ONE of the most important statements ever made in the Province of Quebec was contained in Premier Adelard Godbout’s recent speech at St. Jerome. Referring to his Government’s promise to revitalize education, and to congratulatoryletters received from all parts of the province, Premier Godbout said, “And I am doubly pleased to tell you that the clergy itself is in the forefront of those who realize the imperative need for bringing our education system into line with modern requirements.”
DURING the first fourteen months of the war, 419 Canadians lost their lives on active service with the Navy, Air Force and Army. In ten months of this year, in Ontario alone, 612 Canadians lost their lives in automobile accidents. The toll of the highway and street has been greater than the Canadian toll of warfare to date. In Toronto, 1940 motor casualties to the end of October numbered 66.
IN PRESENT industrial planning, and in the consideration of post-war rehabilitation policies, we hope that those concerned will give thought to the small towns. A number of large industries, for a variety of reasons, must be situated in or near large centres.
THAT famous Yorkshireman, J. B. Priestley, through his talks in the B.B.C.’s "Britain Speaks” series, is doing a noble job for the people of the British Isles. Particularly effective was his description of the hours he spent with the rescued crew of the liner Empress of Britain.
A YEAR or two ago, we had occasion to bring to the notice of Hamish, the composing room messenger, our estimate of the length of time necessary to transport a set of proofs from the plant to the editorial chamber. In the case under review, the proofs were of an exciting murder mystery serial, and it seemed to us not unlikely that Hamish had lingered in some corner en route.
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AS THE door of her office opened. Leslie Cole looked up from the manuscript she had been reading and blinked at her visitor over impressive hornrimmed spectacles. She blinked partly because she was short-sighted, but largely because there was something about Robert Boyer that dazed her slightly every time she saw him.
THE hard thing to discover about our war effort is whether the politicians are living up to their perorations. There are plenty of perorations. Indeed, after months of silence, of an information blackout, everybody has become extraordinarily articulate-making speeches, giving out statements, hold ing press conferences.
Until recently Balkan correspondent of the London "Express,"Mr. Morrell gives his view of what is behind the Italian attack on Greece
SO HITLER can honor a pledge, after all, when circumstance compels him ! Greece really is to belong to Italy’s “sphere of influence’’ in the Balkans, as he promised Mussolini when the two dictators sent their foreign ministers to meet in Milan and sign the Axis military alliance in May of 1939.
THE SHADOW of war hung over Western rugby this season. During midsummer it seemed as if the senior “Big Four” of the prairies might not operate. After two years of competition the Edmonton Eskimos decided that, in view of the war, it was unwise to continue.
THE WAR has been a dominant force in deciding the course and strength of Eastern Canadian football during the season now closing. In some ways it has restricted play, while in others it has brought capable recruits to the gridiron. All inter-university games were cancelled, with a lossof interest, color—and noise; Sarnia Imperials and Peterborough Orfuns were temporarily disbanded; every Eastern club was compelled to replace players who had enlisted, or who were engaged in war work that prevented attendance at practices.
SIGGY MILLER was at liberty again. So Mr. Harvey quickly gathered when the long, chubby trombonist entered the swanky booking office. Siggy looked tired and seedy. There was a meek expression on his freckled face, something apologetic in the way he held his derby under his arm, and, most conclusive evidence that he was in difficulties, he did not have his horn with him.
LONDON, November 6. (By cable)—1910 nears its close. November is under way and the nights draw in. It is true that on the Fifth of November we had fireworks over London, but not quite the kind that used to enliven existence in peace times. It also is true that on November 9 all the various new mayors will take office, but there will be no Lord Mayor’s procession.
Norway is training several hundred airmen at Toronto for the battle against Hitler
ONE DAY last August a new name went up on the directory board of a modest office building in mid-town Toronto. Two names, in fact. Like this: Royal Norwegian Army Air Force Royal Norwegian Naval Air Force At about the same time a rash of carpenters, roofers, plumbers, glaziers and other offspring of the construction industry broke out on a fiat stretch of vacant land fronting Lake Ontario, along from lake shipping docks.
In which Bearcats Hagen and McGonigal tangle with a triangle and thereby settle the referee question
EVER SINCE I knew him this Bing McGonigal was so woman shy that he would break out in a cold sweat if a waitress asked him did he want another slab of pie. But when I breezed into the club offices that morning to pick up my mail, who did I see sprawled over Kathy O'Neill’s desk; mooning at her? And the joint smelled like a lilac orchard.
During the last war many airmen were killed because they lacked the means of saving themselves when their planes were shot down out of control. Today many a pilot shot down in battle lives to fight again. Reason: the parachute—now worn by all military air crews.
Scientific detection and new teeth in old laws are making "torch" fires very dangerous—for the firebug
BECAUSE a citizen possessing a sharp nose and an inquisitive disposition, who chanced to be passing the house at the right moment, smelled smoke, peered through windows and turned in an alarm, firemen were able to smother the flames before they had time to gain any great headway.
We’ll Take ’Em—In a recent broadcast, Mr. Montagu Norman, Governor of the Bank of England, said he didn’t like dirty banknotes. Most people are not so keen on hygiene as all that.—Sherbrooke Record. Sport On the Farm—Seventy-live thousand people saw the concluding performances at the International plowing competition near St. Thomas. Was this evidence of curiosity only, or of a keen interest in observing the basic industry engaged in its most important business? —Toronto Globe and Mail.
CANADIAN soldiers are a gifted lot, as we know from the last war. Sometimes their talents take unusual forms. A pranksome veteran of 1914-1918, serving again with a Western regiment recently in camp near Winnipeg, has been assigned to batman duty, and often relieves the monotony of his shoe-shining and button-polishing chores by running through his own special repertoire of imitations.