ALTHOUGH THE LEGAL PROBLEMS of Lucien Rivard, and the amazing array of influential people who tried to solve them, have been front-page news for six months now, it is safe to say that most Canadians have lost track of the plot. Unlike Britain's Profumo case, which had a clearly differentiated cast of hussies, villains and dupes, the Rivard affair is far too complex to be so dramatic.By GEORGE BRIMMELL16 min
IN THE FIRST TWENTY YEARS of this century much of the region of Cape Breton now encircled by the Cabot Trail was as remote from Sydney as the Northwest Territories are now, and life in its villages was far more isolated than it is in Fort Simpson.
PAUL BOUISSAC, who lectures in French literature at Victoria College, University of Toronto, is undoubtedly the only academic in Canada as knowledgeable about gazoonies and hanky-panks as he is about Voltaire and Balzac. A “gazoonie” is circus argot for the assistant who helps the wild-animal trainer feed his lions and elephants.By Frank Rasky14 min
First he sold the idea with “the damnedest hullabaloo”—then started making it come true, with new schools, hospitals, roads, and rising prosperity. The only thing that hasn’t changed is JoeyBy IAN SCLANDERS13 min
ONE OF THE PROUDEST BOASTS on behalf of the modern way of life is that it grows bigger people. The figures are familiar to all who read the Sunday supplements: in forty years the average height and weight of fifteen-year-olds have increased four inches and twenty pounds for boys, two inches and ten pounds for girls.By NATHAN DRESKIN12 min
Canadian National Railways may contend that English is “the universal language of the American Association of Railroads, even member companies in Mexico" (Reports), but it should tell Mexico’s railroaders. Rail buffs, visiting Mexican roundhouses, can rarely make themselves understood in English.
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