September 1, 1971

ONE HUNDRED HOURS ON DES RECOLLETS STREET 1819

ONE HUNDRED HOURS ON DES RECOLLETS STREET

When time ran out the French Canadian lay dead and the Englishman went free. It was business as usual
HOW TO BE AS WELL INFORMED AS MARSHALL McLUHAN,JOHN EATON,LESTER PATRICK WATSON, 3839

HOW TO BE AS WELL INFORMED AS MARSHALL McLUHAN,JOHN EATON,LESTER PATRICK WATSON,

One of my principal means of “keeping up to date” or of relating to my surround is conversation with people I encounter when I go away to give talks. This also includes the people who come to visit the Centre. The writing of books compels a very sharp lookout for leads and guides.
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PUSHING THE BIG RIG

Between the trucker’s trip and the poet’s trip lies the longest hard-surfaced road on earth
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THE ETCHEVERRY-MILITARY-ATHLETIC COMPLEX

It’s his eyes. Paul Gadoury, the PR man for the Alouettes, says. “That’s how Sam grabs you. He minds his own business. To hear him speak, you wouldn’t know he’s around. But his eyes hold you. I see this all the time around the office, with the girls on the staff, with visitors.
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REQUIEM FOR THE HIGH LIFE

Farewell and bye-bye to Roloff Beny, the Ideal Negro, Vogue, Jackie Onassis, Fire and Ice lipstick, the liberal ethic and filet de boeuf à la jardinière
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YOUR VIEW

For some reason I got the urge to write to you. This is the first time I ever carried out what I really wanted to do. Other times, like when I wanted to write to Elvis Presley, I chickened out and besides who’d want to read a long boring letter, especially when famous people tend to be so busy.
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THE VIEW FROM OTTAWA

MY 90 DAYS ON THE SEAT OF POWER, AND HOW I FELL OFF

I was used to the plastic smile of Air Canada, the economyclass elbow in my ribs. This was different. Nothing had prepared me for the respectful welcome of the Department of Transport, the Viscount captain’s four-engine handshake, the cushioned luxury of what looked like a flying drawing room.
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THE LAST SPIKE

Sunday, January 12, 1885, was Prime Minister Macdonald’s seventieth birthday, and on Monday all of Montreal celebrated this anniversary, which also marked his fortieth year in politics. It was almost 15 years since he had promised British Columbia a railway to the Pacific and in that period he had moved from the prime of life to old age.
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IRVING LAYTON'S CANADA

Roses are red, violets are blue, and poets write with broomsticks in the night
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MUSIC

SORRY I WAVERED, JON, I LOVE YOU AFTER ALL

I have a friend who knows a great deal about music and whose judgments in such matters I have learned to respect, and on a traumatic evening about a year ago I was playing Joni Mitchell’s third album, Ladies Of The Canyon, for him. I had only just bought the album, liked it, and my friend is one of a half-dozen people with whom I feel a compulsion to share my enthusiasms.
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