LAST MONTH Donald Gordon, deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, went to New York to tell the National Foreign Trade Council that North America must lower tariffs and import more if the world is to prosper. It was a good speech; we agree with every word of it.
IN PARLIAMENT the other day John Diefenbaker was complaining about the Government’s way of spending money. Parliament used to examine the estimates in advance, he said, but lately that rule had been “more honored in the breach than in the observance.”
HANS HABE (“Nobody Has a Hundred Dollars,” pages 18 and 19) is the man who first discovered Adolf Hitler’s real name was Schicklgruber. This was when he was youngest chief editor in Europe on the Viennese paper Der Morgen. Habe had a scoop, all right, but the Nazis didn’t like it.
Beginning the Story of Antoine Rivard, Famous Criminal Lawyer
ANTOINE RIVARD, the tubby little Quebec Cabinet Minister who is reckoned French Canada’s top criminal lawyer and the best bet to succeed Maurice Duplessis as leader of the Union Nationale, has often been referred to as “the Perry Mason of Quebec.”
THE FOOTBALL season of 1949 was marked by (a) more American imports, (b) the adoption of the T formation by the majority of the teams, (c) the much more frequent use of the shifting or 5-4 defense and, unfortunately, (d) certain distressing signs indicating that if something constructive is not soon done to bolster intermediate and junior rugby football our game, like the Roman armies of old, may soon be turned over to the mercenaries.
Gilbert Breckenbridge Associates Engineering Consultants Toronto, Ont. 20 July, 1949. Fred Sjoberg, Sjoberg Contracting Supply, NYC. Dear Fred, Please do something for me immediately. My daughter Ann has gone out of her mind. She writes me she’s in love with some long-haired Bohemian in Greenwich Village.
AT THE HEIGHT of this year’s Channel swimming season a much ballyhooed American schoolgirl, Shirley May France, went to England to splash the gap and quickly fell afoul of the newspapers. The chunky mermaid (who didn’t make it) spent her 17th birthday sobbing that she was homesick and didn’t like England.
EVEN if no admiral is actually fired, drastic changes in the Royal Canadian Navy are expected. The Navy has been out of step with the other services—and with Defense Department policy —for years. Now the lid has been taken off this sour situation by the recent commission report on “mutinies” aboard three Canadian warships.
THIS IS London. The parks are covered with dead leaves, a jaundiced sun is trying to pretend that it is still summer, the buses snort and grind their way through the traffic, the barrow boys offer us some pensive-looking pears and apples, and everybody is talking politics.
A slight but striking woman in a sari endured three terms in British jails to win through to Washington as the much-loved envoy of 340 million free Indians
THAT AUGUST 15 reception at the home of Her Excellency the Ambassador of India, Madame Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, at the handsome, park-surrounded 2700 Macombe, N.W., threw the sophisticated Washington diplomatic corps somewhat for a loop.
Quebec's lusty young city of gold defiantly kicks up its heels but progress and plumbing are taming it into respectability
LAST AUGUST police raided Lew Gagnier’s so-called Hunting and Fishing Club in Val d’Or, Northwest Quebec, and seized chips, dice, shakers and gambling machines which had been used in the Yukon 60 years ago. Not since Dawson City burgeoned to the ballads of Robert W. Service has such a lusty town as Val d’Or been whelped from the strike of a bonanza.
His need was grim; he must ask his friends the hundred-dollar question. He found dollars, dollars everywhere but not a dime to lend
ROY SPENCER, young and ardent screen actor, awoke on this Friday, the 15th of June, as no man of his sanguine nature should. Doom was straddled firmly across his chest. Uneasily, he shifted, looked at the traveling clock on his night table and shut his eyes to the persistent California sunshine.
CANADA is bidding $30 millions for a lead role in a new air age. For the first time we are out to crack the world market with aircraft and engines not only built but conceived and designed in Canada. We are making this gamble just as aviation is hurtling into a revolutionary new era in which anything mounting a propeller is as old as the Wright Brothers and in which you must be jet propelled to win, place or show.
Are the Swedes our most civilized people, or our most cynical? Their prosperous welfare state rests on a hair trigger between East and West
STOCKHOLM.—A British tourist remarked here the other day, “I think I know now what we are always fighting for—we fight to make Sweden safe for democracy.” Was that crack deserved? Are these people really a nation of self-centred cynics? Why did they continue to put Sweden first at a time when the whole free world reaffirmed its solidarity?
Canada is one of the three civilized countries still using the lash. Penologists say it doesn’t cure criminals
THE penitentiary morning bell clangs sharply. The guards come down the block unlocking cells. The prisoner in the third cell waits nervously. “You won’t be working in the carpentry shop today,” a guard says. “The doctor will see you at 9.” The prisoner trembles.
BIG Finnan McDonald, the one they still call “Big Finnan of the Buffalo,” lies in the churchyard of St. Raphael, at Glengarry, Ont. Not far away lies his father, Angus Ban a’Mhuinneal (the old McDonald), who led 540 Highlanders to Canada in September, 1786, in the ship McDonald.
Let the office be promptly alerted; Let the new hands be speedily told — For we’re panicked and much disconcerted When Mervin blows in with a cold. How he caught it is shrouded in mystery, A medical puzzle, he’ll say, He spends hours outlining its history, But he won’t stay at home for a day.
VISITORS are always intrigued by Canada’s fascinating variety of place names, even though Canadians don’t bat an eye at Medicine Hat or St. Kalixte de Kilkenny. There’s a glorious mixture of Indian, French, Irish, Scottish, English, Scandinavian, German, and just plain lightheartedness.
The secret of the Allen Finance Plan is to know always exactly what you owe. Then don’t pay it
SO YOU want to get more fun out of life. You long to travel. You want to own Betty Grable. Yet you can’t fit any of these things into your budget. The answer is simple. You need a new budget. I recommend the budget I’ve been using for years. It’s called the You-Can - Sign - Your - Name - Can’t - You?
I am a regular reader of your delightful magazine, which I always enjoy. In “Fido, Answer That Phone” (Sept. 15) you told of “Hector, that canine Einstein, the dog who always knew that two and two make four . . . When Hector began to get his sums right, he progressed to multiplication and subtraction until finally he could be given almost any problem . . .”
Youth in Rebellion—In the Sudan a 60-year-old man threw a rock at his grandpa. This juvenile delinquency problem is world-wide. —Calgary Albertan. Gets Around Halitosis and Germs, Though—The Beck San Sun says that “next to feeding oats to a dead horse, kissing over the telephone is the most useless waste of energy we know of.”
WE KNEW things were going from bad to worse but had no idea how bad they could get till we received the following report from a lady near Valcartier, Que., describing a drunken orgy indulged in by a host; of thrushes, robins, yellow grosbeaks, finches, jays—all our most upstanding feathered friends turned into dipsomaniacs by (swears our informant) a wildcherry tree.