January 24, 1977

Fitness

The great Canadian shape-up

George Chuvalo is still on his feet

Business

Mainly because of the meal? No, mainly because of the president

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Fitness

The great Canadian shape-up

The fitness craze swept Canada about five years ago much like any other fad. Canadians of every shape and age embraced it just as we had the Frisbee and the low carbohydrate diet. Somehow the word got out that as a nation we were overweight and unfit, ripe for every cardiovascular ailment endemic to mankind.

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George Chuvalo is still on his feet

Never mind that he’s 40, overweight and a might-have-been, or that he’s back in the ring mainly to plug a new soft drink. The man has class

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Business

Mainly because of the meal? No, mainly because of the president

A. J. E. Child, president of Burns Foods Limited, is a balding accountant with a preference for precise three-piece suits, a formal man whose initials fit him more neatly than his given name, Arthur. You’ll find him, 10½ hours a day, behind a massive black-topped desk, its starkness unrelieved by so much as an ashtray, in his office several miles away from the Burns packing plant in the blood-and-guts atmosphere of the Calgary stockyards.
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The god that failed

Welfare states have created as many problems as they’ve solved, but they still have one thing going for them: they’re better than the alternative

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Television

Brian Linehan has ways of making people talk... and talk... and talk

Everybody laughed when young Brian Linehan first sat down in front of Toronto’s CITY-TV cameras. Even at a station that was known to let the receptionists read the weather, he was green. Linehan fumbled and mumbled his way through a 15-minute interview with Canadian director Eric Till.

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Preview

More seals for the killing, and more people trying to stop it

It may seem like only yesterday that the last great seal hunt battle was lost and won, but actually its resumption is only a few months away. In March, on the ice floes off the coast of Newfoundland, Canadian and Norwegian sealers will attempt to knock off 170,000 (up 43,000 from last year) baby harp seals for their pelts, and three militant conservationist groups will try to stop them.
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Interview

With Shere Hite, author of the newest best seller on female sexuality

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Business

Compared with the horrors yet to be unleashed, today’s oil crisis will seem like a skirmish

“What effect is OPEC having on the Third World countries?” echoes the oil analyst, with the impatience that only New Yorkers can show when asked to consider something other than their own navels (or, in this case, the U.S. economy). “They’ll starve, of course.

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Behavior

Contrary to popular opinion, ‘surrogate’ is not a four-letter word

The “library” at the Centre for Social and Sensory Learning in Los Angeles specializes in books relating to one broad topic: The New Sexuality, Total Orgasm. Acts Of Love. It also contains plastic squeeze bottles of “oil for sensual massage.” a vibrator, and a queen-sized bed piled with fuzzy-feel pillows.

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Canada

Unemployment: does anybody really care?

The year was 1961 and a record-shattering unemployment rate of 7.1% touched off an uproar across Canada. Newspaper editorials shouted out their anger, business and labor leaders demanded government action, economists fretted and in parliament the opposition declared the situation to be a national emergency.

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Medicine

Drying out surgically

Fred C. had tried all the standard cures. Seven-and-a-half years in and out of Alcoholics Anonymous, Ontario’s Addiction Research Foundation and psychiatric care. Nothing offered permanent release from his suicidal attachment to alcohol.

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Theatre

If ‘Hosanna’ makes Monette a star, he’ll have no one to thank but himself

“If you care about the theatre and want to see the birth of a new star,” raved Bob Weiner in Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, “run to the theatre.” There were similar reviews in The New York Post (“phenomenal performance”) and by United Press International (“Monette is brilliant”), but despite the critical acclaim the Broadway production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna closed after three weeks.

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Lifestyles

The Trudeaus have one. So do the Clarks. And the Langs, of course

Not since Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins first came to town had there been anything like it. The affair: Ottawa’s first annual Nanny Night. The participants: no prim, bespectacled matrons, but about 70 fashionably dressed young women in their early twenties.
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Why should the government tell people what it’s doing?They would only get confused and cranky

The essential invention of government is the myth. A party in power that can take fantasy and sugar-wrap it into a guise resembling fact is a successful operation. It is why, as the House of Commons opens its lungs for 1977. the Liberals are decorating their legislative list with the machinery to televise parliament.

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Canada

An exercise in futility?

When René Lévesque greeted reporters after his first cabinet meeting in 1977, tanned and rested from two weeks in Mexico, he had a series of announcements that all pointed to the major preoccupation of the new government: the Quebec economy.
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Canada

The final battleground

It ranks as one of the largest diplomatic conferences since the Congress of Vienna in 1815 and it’s almost certainly the longest-running. It may also be among the most important and least understood world gatherings ever convened. But when the marathon international Law of the Sea talks resume in Geneva next month, a conclusion—either failure or a successfully negotiated treaty governing the future use of the world’s oceans—should finally be in sight.
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God bless Jimmy and God bless his‘team,’ those wonderful folks who gave us Vietnam

With the swelling sounds of Jimmy Carter’s inauguration hanging across the land, Americans are hoping for peace, prosperity. tolerance, faith and freedom from body odors. All worthy hopes, of course. but too ambitious; what they really need is a malarky-cutter.

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Letters

They may say ‘back-to-basics,’ but they mean ‘back-to-thought-control’

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Medicine

The man who ‘died’ to prove a point: hospitals are poor places for dying

The patient checked in looking haggard and underweight. His neck bore signs of a recent biopsy, and what seemed like burns from radiation treatment scarred his abdomen. His arms and hands carried the telltale needle marks of intravenous feeding.

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Books

Three visions of The North: myopic, distorted, and almost 20/20

The swarms of blackflies and mosquitoes that plague the lives of native Northerners, circling them, moving in quickly for a sip of blood and then regrouping, have been joined by a new and even thirstier species. Together with the Oil-and-Gas Sucker (genus Exxon or Atlantic Richfield) have come the hordes of electronic and print journalists, academic activists, vegetarians and sandal wearers of earnest political persuasion.

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