BACKSTAGE

Background

February 14 1959
BACKSTAGE

Background

February 14 1959

Background

PEDESTRIANS, HOW VALUABLE?

The perpetual downtown battle between the automobile and the pedestrian has, in Montreal at least, temporarily been won by the rushhour driver. “One impedes the other, says traffic director Jean Lacoste, who ordered the abandonment of pedestrian traffic lights along St. Catherine, the main street, because they slowed down traffic to a peak hour average of only 7 mph.

THE BAFFLING BUFFALO

Cattalo—produced by scientists when they mated buffalo and ordinarycattle—have Hopped in trials as domestic animals suitable for northern settlements. After half a century of testing, geneticists of the Dominion

Range Experimental Farm at Manyberries, Alta., have been baffled by the buff’s inability to pass on his cold-resistant qualities. What’s in store for our 16,000 remaining buffalo? A life of ease as vanishing zoological specimens.

TIPPLERS CHANGE GLASSES

Although Canadians arc today drinking only a little more than their grandfathers (1.19 gallons of alcohol per head in 1871; 1.51 gallons now), our drinking habits have changed drastically. A new study by the Alcoholism Research Foundation of Ontario shows that the intake of the 1871 tippler consisted of 15% beer, 4% wine and 81% spirits; his current counterpart is drinking 64'/2% beer and 30% spirits, while wine has been nudged to 5'/2% of the total. The survey also notes that convictions for “keeping or

operating an illicit still“ have fallen from a high of 1,068 in 1923, to a low of zero in 1955.

LAI KI LS TO THE LADIES

French Canada is one sector where man often likes to proclaim himself boss, but with not too much conviction at the moment in literary circles. When poet Anne Hebert recentlyreceived the Duvernay prize, top award for French-Canadian writers, it was the third straight triumph for women. In 1956 novelist Gabrielle Roy won: in 1957 poet Rina Lasnier picked up the $500.

DOGS IN DECLINE?

The homely mutt is having more trouble finding a home. Purebred sales remain steady, but according to Alva McColl of the Canadian Kennel Club, the dogs are losing ground as household pets. Reasons: the rabies

scare and cases of mauling are •

making parents hesitate about getting • junior a pup; gardening neighbors J have demanded (and got) stricter •

laws against roaming dogs. Budgie

breeders, with a million customers in Canada, arc ready to fill the gap. • “Budgies,” they claim, "are just as • affectionate as dogs—and they talk." :

NEW USE FOK THEATRES j

Ever wondered what’s happened to ;

the Canadian movie theatres which j

have been closing at the rate of fifty a ; year since television started? In •

Winnipeg, the former Lodge Theatre • is now giving continuous perform•

anees as a Shop-Easy Food F air, • while Safeway of Canada is spending • $200.000 to convert Winnipeg's closed Tivoli. In other cities aban• doned theatres are now churches, •

garages, warehouses, shooting •

galleries and club rooms. j