AMONG THE FAMILIES of Canada none has made more history, more controversy or more news—and few have made more money—than a pioneer son of Manitoba, Clifford Sifton. and his five sons. Old Sir Clifford himself (he was knighted for home-front services during World War I) was Sir Wilfrid Laurier's minister of the interior and of immigration around the turn of the century.By BLAIR FRASER21 min
IT WAS A COLD DECEMBER NIGHT and three cross columnists sat in an office writing their columns. The first was reviewing a play he had just seen and was visibly in pain. The second, a humorist, a gentle man and a scholar, was nursing his ulcer past the subject of doorto-door salesmen.By JOHN GRAY20 min
In one of the most heroic actions of World War II, a converted merchantman pointed her pathetically inadequate guns at a prowling German battleship and invited sure destruction while the rest of the convoy ran for coverBy Richard O’Hagan17 min
At the rate of $25,000 a clay, it’s pouring money into the arts, humanities and social sciences. Critics say the scheme is “a futile attempt to buy culture;” to others it’s “a sound and wonderful investment.” Opinions aside, here’s an up-to-date report on what the chief spender himself says is a gambleBy ALAN PHILLIPS17 min
From the days of nickelodeons and beauties in bloomers to stereo sound and bikinis, I’ve been photographing a fascinating world —including three men trying to make a moose climb stairs. King George VI was different—he photographed meBy ROY TASH16 min
Canada holds a record — the world’s worst — for loss of life and property by fire. At the current rate, seven thousand persons will die in flames in the next decade. This national report by KEN LEFOLII offers stringent advice from experts on how to save these lives
As the author stood a few feet away in the soft Indian twilight, a fanatic pumped three bullets into the saintly old man. The whole world mourned the outrage but no one more keenly than this young girl to whom the Mahatma was friend, hero and guiding lightBy URMILA B. VALIA15 min
One thing wrong with these times of increasing populations and expanding cities is that people only know people. Nobody knows any animals any more, the way they did when there were delivery horses and Hocks of sparrows on city streets; chickens, geese and an occasional cow in suburban back yards; and every boy longed to own a guinea pig, rabbit, white rat, ferret or Hock of pigeons, which we found a lot more interesting than human beings.
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