August 20, 1966

THE GREAT BEER SCARE 67

THE GREAT BEER SCARE

"A MYSTEKY STORY with the last two pages missing...” That is how the authoritative Journal of the American Medical Association describes the great beer scare in Quebec City. The main facts are well known — probably no incident in recent years received a greater combination of news coverage and widespread discussion.
ARE THEY GOING TO THROW THIS TOWN AWAY? 1415

ARE THEY GOING TO THROW THIS TOWN AWAY?

THOSE OF US who live in the built-up areas of Canada find it easy to believe that life in a frontier town must be refreshingly simple. Compared to the city, especially, with its traffic jams and air pollution, ward politics and property zoning, the frontier town seems, from a distance, to present clear-cut problems that can be solved neatly, if not swiftly, by direct action:
IS THIS THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD? 2223

IS THIS THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD?

SOMETHING VERY ODD is going on in Toronto. People are leaving the country, changing their occupations, giving up their children, leaving their husbands, wives, or lovers, changing their whole lives. All in the name of something called Scientology.
"WE INTEND TO LET IN A LITTLE FRESH AIR" 2021

"WE INTEND TO LET IN A LITTLE FRESH AIR"

THAT GLOWINGLY GOOD MAN, Pope John XXIII, once was asked what were his intentions in summoning all the Roman Catholic bishops to meet in Rome for the Second Vatican Council. He crossed the room and threw open a window. “We intend to let in a little fresh air,” he said grinning.
Where it all began: has the swing lost its zing? 1415

Where it all began: has the swing lost its zing?

LONDON: When I first came to live in London, in 1954, it was, to my astonishment, not to be dazzled by a foreign culture that was new to me, but instead to be confronted by variations on the theme of the recent American past. I had collided with a cultural-cum-class uprising that was ineptly tagged by Fleet Street as the time of the Angry Young Men.
HOW TO COCK A SNOOT AND LIVE, LIVE, LIVE 1819

HOW TO COCK A SNOOT AND LIVE, LIVE, LIVE

THERE'S THIS SMASHING-looking girl sitting demurely on the subway minding her own business when suddenly up jumps a nondescript little bespectacled man and — just like that, right out of the blue—he thrusts a bunch of flowers into her hands.
Faces of fear / Who’s Ho? / Wilson 3839
MAILBAG

Faces of fear / Who’s Ho? / Wilson

IF IT’S TRUE that a picture may be worth a thousand words, then the bewildered, frightened faces of the two accused young men, shown in The Executioners, by Farley Mowat, would have to be that picture. It is difficult to see the reasoning behind Canadian law that would subject these people to something of which they are unaware.
THE NAVAL BROADSIDE THAT MISSED THE BOAT 0_21
MACLEAN’S REPORTS

THE NAVAL BROADSIDE THAT MISSED THE BOAT

IF THE MUTINEER admirals had no more sense of strategy afloat than they have displayed ashore, perhaps it’s just as well that someone else is now in charge of Canada’s maritime battle arrangements. Their combat with Defense Minister Paul Hellyer over service unification would have been very like a bullfight, if bullfights were planned by the bull.
WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE OTHER IDIOT BOX 4041
MACLEAN’S REVIEWS

WHAT’S HAPPENING ON THE OTHER IDIOT BOX

SINCE TV PUSHED it out of the nighttime slot as the big family box, radio has fallen down, picked itself up, readjusted its aims, taken advantage of its special properties and—despite a transistor image of electric guitars and screeching folk-rock — boomed back as a competitive medium even outside the realm of teenage public service.
ARGUMENT 4445

ARGUMENT

NORTH AMERICA HAS produced a new kind of criminal—the credit criminal. His billfold will carry anywhere from one to 20 credit cards all fully up to date and all frequently used. But never paid. It is painfully clear by now that our present methods of controlling these credit criminals just don’t work.
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