Unusual as it is for anyone to applaud the health-care system these days, officials in Victoria have been encouraged by the response to a special program aimed at giving people more information about their options for treatment. If the interim results hold, the program could be expanded to the entire province—and provide hope that the crisis in emergency rooms can be solved.
Next week, Maclean's will publish its fourth annual rankings of the best and worst mutual funds. Since its inception, the special report has grown into one of the most popular features of the year, eagerly awaited by Canadian investors and financial advisers.
Frightening is the word that entered my mind when I read your articles about the promise of health-care technology (“Medicine in 2020,” Cover, Jan. 10). In an existing world where health-care workers are undervalued, demoralized cogs, where the elderly are isolated dependants and not sources of wisdom, where officialdom sees the young as merely workers in training, and where words like “management” and “cost-effectiveness” have replaced words like “caring” and “loving,” your article rings hollow when it describes brave new technologies that just happen to have people attached to the ends of them.
The Trans Canada Trail, scheduled to be formally opened in September, is one of the nations grandest millennium projects. When Bill Pratt, the civic leader who brought the Olympic Games to Calgary in 1988, and Pierre Camu of Ottawa founded the Trans Canada Trail Foundation eight years ago, their vision was of a quiet, cross-country corridor for hikers, cyclists and skiers.
Skis for the disabled have been around for years, but now snowboards, too, could be available as early as next winter. Students at a Massachusetts college have spent four years developing the Accessible Snowboard, which allows riders to strap themselves in, either sitting or kneeling.
Named: Singer Sarah McLachlan, 31, musician Tom Jackson, 51, publisher Jack Stoddart, 55, and president of General Motors of Canada, Maureen Kempston Darkes, 51, as officers of the Order of Canada; in Ottawa. The 81 companions, officers and members will receive their honours from Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson at a Rideau Hall ceremony.
1. NO GREAT MISCHIEF, Alistair MacLeod (11) 1 2. PILGRIM, Timothy Findley (20) 5 3. ELIZABETH AND AFTER, Matt Cohen (4) 3 4. BLUE AT THE MIZZEN, Patrick O’Brian (3) 4 5. SECOND WIND, Dick Francis (4) 8
No matter how stylishly turned out Madame Françoise Bertrand, chairwoman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, may be, what I see when she comes on television is the little flat triangular head of a dinosaur waving above the mud as quicksand closes around it.
The last generation of Cape Breton’s fabled coal miners holds out for a better deal
Tom Hutchison was just 19 and scared to death. But in 1970, he went down into No. 12 colliery in New Waterford, N.S., anyway. Tradition was part of it: his father, Fred, had been working the coal mines of Cape Breton since he was 15 and even raised his family in a small wooden house bought from his employer, Dominion Coal Co. His dad told Tom good workers could count on a job for life down in the pit.
When he is not in attendance on Her Excellency at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s chief herald lives, with little fanfare, in a modest bungalow in North Vancouver. This morning, he answers the door wearing a dark pin-striped suit and tie and looking very official.
Bored with national politics? Uninspired by the lousy theatre that tries to pass for political drama? Well, Preston Manning feels your pain and wants to help. Call it bold or call it crazy, but the Reform party leader tried to unilaterally kick start interest in federal politics last week, promising to resign his leadership and amble off into the sunset if Reform members balk at his plan to fold the official Opposition party into the United Alternative.
A survey of the world's cities by international consulting firm William M. Mercer put Vancouver at the top of the list for quality of life, along with Zurich and Bern in Switzerland, and Vienna, Austria. It is only the latest praise for Vancouver: in its 1999 edition of The World in Figures, for one, The Economist magazine also placed the city first.
Behind a series of U.S. arrests is a shadowy network of extremists in Europe—and Canada
Mohamed Cherfi straddles a chair in his tiny basement apartment in Montreal’s grotty north end, a tourist photo of Mecca and two printed verses from the Koran all that adorn his pale walls. He speaks softly as he describes how he fled Algeria’s violent civil war as a refugee, a status Canadian immigration officials have so far refused to grant him.
Among the rogues’ gallery of gangsters, racketeers and killers that makes up the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, one face stands out. Osama bin Laden—alias the Prince, the Emir, and the Director—is described as a tall, thin man who walks with a cane.
The shootout was brief—but it ended the life of a man whose reputation had been forged by violence. Armed attackers killed Zeljko Raznatovic, the Serbian paramilitary leader known as Arkan, in the lobby of Belgrade’s Hotel Intercontinental on the weekend.
Internet provider AOL plans to take over Time Warner
You would have to think that Bugs Bunny is the most surprised wabbit on the Web wight now. There he was one day languishing on Time Warner's Cartoon Network, a nostalgic symbol of the gilded age of Baby Boomers—so Twentieth Century. The next he is suddenly catapulted into the brave new world of the so-called new media, the fuzzy' front man (front bunny?) in Time Warner's media hutch, which also boasts such hot properties as Humphrey Bogart and Tom Hanks movies, the cast of Friends, Neil Young, Madonna, Time magazine and CNN.
According to a groundbreaking study, Canada has to weave a new Web to keep its high-tech entrepreneurs from leaving the country
The idea sounded so simple and yet so revolutionary: use the Internet to exploit the buying power of far-flung individual consumers, allowing them to sign up for bulk orders on a Web site that would drive down the price of everything from video games to hand-held computers.
AOL made its move before its high-flying share price could be forced to earth
“Use it or lose it.” The phrase did not originate in the technology sector, but increasingly it's an article of faith among executives of high-flying Internet companies. What it implies is that firms whose stock is overvalued because of the current mania for all things Internet should use those shares as currency to buy other companies while they still can.
Many veteran athletes don’t know when to quit, and stay too long. Susan Auch figures she did the opposite. Auch left the national speed skating team after the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan, to coach and work as a TV analyst on TSN and CBC sportscasts.
After four years of careful growth, the Calgary-based discount carrier looks east
Until recently, Victoria resident Selena Blais regularly endured the twoday drive to Calgary to visit friends, experiencing a sore back and occasional car breakdowns for her trouble. The 26-year-old Blais, an office manager for the nonprofit Western Canada Wilderness Committee, had little choice: she simply could not afford the prices charged by the major airlines, where a full-fare economy return ticket between the two cities goes for as much as $1,000.
Ballard Power Systems Inc. of Burnaby, B.C., will join with Japan's Ebara Corp. and Tokyo Gas to adapt Ballard’s fuelcell technology for use in Japanese homes. Fuel cells, currently used in experimental motorized vehicles, produce little or no pollution.
Two months into his term as president of the CBC, Bob Rabinovitch has declared war on the meddlesome bureaucrats at the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Good for him—it's high time somebody tried to knock some sense into the agency that oversees Canada's broadcasters.
The treatment plant at Enfield, N.S., does its job efficiently, expelling organic matter from water drawn from the Shubenacadie River, injecting chlorine to exterminate bacteria and filtering it through layers of anthracite, sand and gravel.
In the years that James Duderstadt ran the prestigious University of Michigan—1988 to 1996—he made it his business to collect a set of large picture books on California earthquakes. These he kept on a bookshelf in his office, and there they stayed until Stanford or Berkeley made a bid for one of his faculty stars.
New movies range from ancient Rome to Victorian London and the slums of Limerick
Anyone looking for a map of the darkness in the human heart—a thematic blueprint to tragedies from the Holocaust to Rwanda—need only turn to Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. It abounds in murders, and it climaxes in a notorious scene in which the wronged Roman general, Titus, serves up the remains of his enemy’s children in a bloody pie.
So, you see, the idea was that me squeeze and I would try to imitate Bogie and Kate Hepburn floating down a hot, steamy, muddy, slow tropical river. The only difficulty was that this was not The African Queen but the Amazon Putterer. The idea was to search for the source of the mighty Amazon, which at some stages stretches 64 km wide.