Flashback: Pagers, a cat burglar and ... Barenaked who?
Many people are working at home in 2020, but the trend began years ago
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The electronic tether
At the Bank of Montreal in 1991, the "floating office" meant having a beeping pager turned on during work hours for managers who wanted to work at home.
Avoiding a gruelling commute, even if it meant making your own coffee, was the main reason many liked working at home. The company saved on the cost of office space, too.
And in 1994, the CBC reported on a Calgary insurance agent who moved his work life to a weekend retreat in the Foothills, thanks to the "information highway."
November's very own
Drake may be October's Very Own, but many famous Canadians could say the same about November.
Several other well-known Canadians are celebrating birthdays of their own this week: troubadour Gordon Lightfoot turned 82 on Tuesday, comedy producer Lorne Michaels turned 76 on Tuesday and author Margaret Atwood will be 81 on Wednesday.
A tribute to Alex Trebek
We've all heard the sad news that Canadian quizmaster Alex Trebek died recently at age 80.
His long and record-setting reign as Jeopardy! host won't likely be equalled and the show won't be the same.
Trebek's final shows are airing over the next few weeks. But fans can forever remember his early days on television with CBC.
Not yet, Canada
Forty-five years ago, Canada wanted in at the G6. It didn't happen, despite pressure from Britain, West Germany, Japan and the U.S. It wouldn't be until 1976 that things changed.
Maybe it wasn't fair to expect that the seasoned panel of Front Page Challenge would guess they were quizzing the Barenaked Ladies. The story? How the band dissed Toronto.
No more dancing
"The Dancer's gone," Al Maitland told As It Happens listeners on Nov. 16, 1990. That day, Northern Dancer, the famed Canadian racehorse, was put down. He was 29 years old.
Literally, a cat burglar
She used to capture live prey. But then Mindy switched to golf balls from the neighbouring Brightwood course in Dartmouth, N.S. — nabbing 150 of them over a few months in 1987.