November 5, 1979

Ideas

But is it art?

World

Prague’s secret trials

Frontlines

Curse of the race with time

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Ideas

But is it art?

In the past few weeks it has been easy to make contact, as boldly or as surreptitiously as you wish. In Vancouver in late September, a passer-by could have turned his raincoat collar up and skirted 20 or so mock-leopard-skin-clad women on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery, members of the Girls’ Club.

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World

Prague’s secret trials

One dissident described it as a step back toward “the ideological Stone Age” and, while some of the more obvious touches of the Stalinist show trials of the 1950s were missing— the hearings were secret, the sentences somewhat less severe—there was still enough of the old-style, heavy-handed approach about the jailing in Prague last week of six leading human-rights campaigners to bring down a chorus of international protest on the country that once promoted “socialism with a human face.” The powerful Communist parties of Italy, France and Spain joined governments and labor movements in the West in denouncing the verdicts and sentences as a mockery of human rights and legal procedures.

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Frontlines

Curse of the race with time

A boy king, a gold coffin, a mysterious curse—the elements of high intrigue came together when Howard Carter stumbled into King Tutankhamun’s final resting place 57 years ago. The fascination of ivory and alabaster, ebony and lapis lazuli still rages as the first of 800,000 visitors pass through the turnstiles of the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto this week to see for themselves “the strange animals, statues and gold” that Carter, after a five-year quest, had discovered.

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Frontlines

A strange bid for autonomy

Like determined hummingbirds, television news crews dove toward the strikers who recently barred the gate to a General Motors plant near Montreal, methodically extracting with their lenses and microphones the perishable essence of the day’s excitement—20th-century town criers at work.

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Canada

Upstairs, Downstairs at the Rideau Club

When he rose and dressed last Wednesday morning, Donald King decided to permit himself one small indiscretion. Not his tie, of course, which would still be choked tight and pinned, nor his pants, which would remain as pressed as folded paper.

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People

People

It has been a decade since the Beatles last hummed harmonies together and, despite Kurt Waldheim’s plea for a reunion concert to aid the boat people, Paul McCartney is firmly convinced that it is just not going to happen. “We all talked together, but the Beatles will not be getting together again,” McCartney told a gathering at a reception honoring his latest entries into the Guinness Book of World Records.

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Sports

Time to blow horns for this Gabriel

"Tarzan comes swinging in on his vine, eh?” Tony Gabriel said to the indulgent smiles. “And he yells ‘Jane, pour me a double martini!’ So she gets him one and he slugs it back. ‘Jane,’ he shouts. ‘Another!’ ‘But Tarzan,’ she says, ‘you never drink—what’s wrong?’ ‘Jane,’ he says, ‘it’s a jungle out there.’ ”

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Frontlines

The Florida connection

A few days after Jimenez Panesso and his hefty bodyguard were machine-gunned to death—“They looked like Swiss cheese,” said the medical examiner—three Canadians were arrested at Miami International Airport. Police say they were drug couriers carrying cocaine, supplied by Panesso’s gang, meant for the Toronto market.

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Frontlines

Star-studded lineups in a game of high risks

Arthur Harnett went to Moscow to watch a hockey game and came home with the Bolshoi Ballet. When the Toronto impresario visited the Soviet Union during the World Cup hockey series last April, he dropped in at the Bolshoi’s office and found the company eager to add a Canadian turn to its United States fall tour.

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Canada

Lifting a corner of the blanket

The last vestiges of Indian summer were fast giving way to winter’s chilly death rattle last week when the Conservatives unveiled their freedom of information legislation in the Commons. And, like the weather, it wasn’t long before the warm glow of Opposition praise for the 32-page bill had turned to icy blasts against the latest Bank of Canada rate which, last Wednesday, rose to 14 per cent (see page 46).

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Technology

U.S. arms for the battle of the beam

Scientists in the United States are now convinced that the Soviet Union has chosen high-energy lasers as the next arena for the superpower arms race. The Rand Corporation, an independent research organization, prepared a study which has just been released by the U.S. government.

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Column

In which the scribe is awakened from his bed of paean and expresses much displeasure

The try real is that thing it cannot wrong with realize this how counits dimensions have shrunk. The people who run it, 112 years after they invented it, are still dummies when it comes to the comprehension of how geography has been conquered.

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Canada

The power and the glory

In Quebec, hydroelectricity is more than cheap, clean energy. It is the Vulcan of the province’s modern nationalist mythology. Just as the Caesars ruled by claiming a mandate from the Roman gods, Quebec’s leaders have, for the past two decades, sought legitimacy for their visions in the divine power of hydroelectricity.

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Column

The salvation of Canadian society may be in taking our clothes off in public

One charitable. day last So winter it was I decided that I found to be myself standing in a straggly line leading to the cash register of a local drugstore, clutching a large box of the cold remedy Neo Citran. Each moment of the lengthy wait confirmed the wisdom of my decision: what is a human being who lacks charity? My friend was lying in bed, her face blotchy and raw from the friction between skin and handkerchief, and I was about to bring I reached the counter.

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Business

With money going mad, what this country will soon need is a good 5,OOOcent cigar

The whole thing was preordained last April during the federal election when Joe Clark was campaigning in southern Ontario. “We also intend,” he told an applauding crowd, “to move this country to lower interest rates.” Then he went main-streeting in the city of Cambridge to the music of Send in the Clowns.

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Frontlines

Cocktails, cleavage and the host with the most

In Washington, where politics as often as not is conducted over brandy and cigars—the rough edges of disputation smoothed through social intercourse—Alejandro Orfila may be the wiliest player in the game. He is a wheeler and a dealer and a charmer.

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Ideas

Quest for the riskless society

The sign outside the guardhouse at Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories bears a warning: “Forest Fire Danger Today—Medium.” Risk, it seems, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. As uniformed guards patrol the physical boundaries of the nuclear site, the industry’s real foe—public and political fear—drifts over the barricades, as invisible as radiation.

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U.S.A.

Hard times in the family trade

Robert F. Wagner Jr., New York City’s most recently appointed deputy mayor (for policy), was settling last week into a freshly painted office close enough to Mayor Edward Koch’s to assure any young politician that his star is rising. But the 35-yearold deputy mayor has been familiar with his new digs since he was a schoolboy: his father served three terms as mayor from 1954 to 1965.

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U.S.A.

A brown-out for nuclear energy

Seven United months States have faced passed the worst since nuthe clear power plant accident in its history. And last week, as the Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island leaked the salient points of its report, technicians were just beginning an initial $400-million job of cleaning up the damaged facility.

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Business

Has he ever lied to you before?

For Jerry Goodis, the summer of 1979 will stay burned in memory— the turning point at age 50, when his professional security seemed to collapse. Ten years ago, as Canada’s rising star in the advertising profession, he predicted euphorically that he would “never have an ulcer.” Yet the past few months have exacted a terrible tolleven by the standards of a profession sometimes known for its capricious, even cruel, turns of fortune.

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