February 1 1958


February 1 1958




A big new rodeo as small shows fight to live National merger likely for YM and YWCAs Coming: “biggest story in Canadian publishing”


U. S. with tourist propaganda. B. C., Alta. and Sask. have drawn up plans for a combined budget and information bureau to draw tourists. Manitoba favors the scheme and is expected to join. "We've had the ‘country bumpkin' tag on us too long,” says Sask. 1 ravel Information Minister Russ Brown. “People think of New Brunswick, for instance, as a land of forests, trees and streams. The fact is you could lose all of N. B. in Saskatchewan’s forest area.”

THE ODDS ARE RIDING HIGH that the Calgary Stampede will get big-time rodeo competition from Winnipeg by 1959. Dickering for a '58 rodeo seems to have fallen through, but an indoor show to be run by ex-bronc-busting champion Herman Linder and backed by local service clubs is “almost sure" to start in ’59. Meanwhile the west's small-town rodeos, hit by the big purses cowboys are demanding and unable to jazz up their shows with clowns, racing, stage-shows and trick events, are on the wane.

Marty Wood of Calgary, Stampede saddlebronc champion last year and runner-up lor the world championship, “We're getting worried about the future of this business.”


for the next election is starting early, if PC efforts to line up Toronto publisher John Bassett are a good indication. Diefenbaker has called on Bassett personally; an Ottawa newspaper said he'd run. But Bassett assured Maclean’s: “I've got too much on my platter right now. 1 definitely will not run this time.”

THE “Y” IS MOVING INTO THE “TOGETHERNESS” CAMP. Younger members of the Y MCA and the YWCA, pointing at 15 small-city Ys that have amalgamated in joint YM-YWCAs in Canada since the war, believe that within the next ten years the two national associations will merge.

Older hands, particularly in the YWCA, are resisting: “A national merger would remove the best guarantee that women could continue to develop as administrators and organizers,” says YW national secretary Agnes Roy. But Clifford Schell, director of the world's first merged Y (at Windsor in 1924) says: “It’s been a success. It’s sure to come nationally.”

SALMON WILL SWARM THE PACIFIC COAST this year in the greatest run since 1913—if the fish don't cross up the experts the way they did in 1950. That year fisheries department officials said the salmon would be thick enough to walk on. The catch was smaller than average. This year the prediction is for “10 million or more sockeye on the Fraser River system,” against 3 million in '57.

WHO WAS WHO IN CANADA, often a tough question to answer without long and laborious research, will become as easy to find out as it is of dead Britons, whose biographies are at anyone's hand in 66 thick volumes.

A Canadian Dictionary of National Biography in about 20 volumes (there’s a slim two-volume book available now) will be published by the University of Toronto Press, which describes it as “the biggest story in the history of Canadian publishing.” The late Janies Nicholson, a Toronto millionaire, set up the project with a trust now worth “well over a million dollars”; it will get under way when the will’s conditions have been met.

WHEN THE SEAWAY IS FINISHED, expect the drums to start beating for a new canal. This one: a Seaway offshoot along the Richelieu River, through Lake Champlain and the Champlain Canal to the Hudson River and New York City, cutting 1,200 miles off the sea distance from Montreal to New York. A portent: Premier Duplessis, in opening a new bridge over the Richelieu recently, noted it was built to clear canal traffic.




Nan Murphy, former chairman of the Winnipeg School Board, executive member of the Manitoba school trustees association, and best bet to become the province's first woman cabinet minister. She’s been nominated in a Winnipeg constituency: when it was suggested she be guaranteed the cabinet post if she and the party won she was run ragged by phone calls (about 20 an hour) from people backing her bid.

MAN TO WATCH: J. W. (Jack) Eaton,

45, fastest-rising member of the merchandising family and strongest candidate in sight to succeed T. Eaton Co. president (since 1942) John David Eaton. The family connection is distant: Jack's father, R. Y. Eaton, was a cousin of John David’s father, former company president Sir John. But Jack has climbed fast. Ten years ago he was merchandising manager of the furniture department in Montreal: now he’s assistant general manager.

BOOK TO WATCH: Early this spring Independent Man, by Harry Barnard, will recreate the stormy era of the industrial maharajahs in Canada and the U. S. The title figure. James Couzens, was Henry Ford’s Canadian partner, later a U. S. senator, always one of the most controversial figures of a tumultuous era. Item: he “retired” with $30 million, then stood the Coolidge administration on its ear by demanding higher taxes on the very rich.

CULTURE MONEY wh°?i1 set and h°w much?

AS THE CANADA COUNCIL headed into its first full year of operation Chairman Brooke Claxton and his twenty fellow members were still far from decided which way the hottest of their hot potatoes — who pets the money?—is ultimately going to bounce.

Claxton spent the last weekend of '57 at Kingston, Ont., asking for advice from about forty of the country's leading friends of, and practitioners in, the arts—people like conductor Sir Ernest MacMillan, opera singer Raoul Jobin. choreographer Gweneth Lloyd, painter Alexander Colville, writer Robertson Davies, and Claude Bissell, presidentdesignate of the University of Toronto. He got no agreement and no formal recommendations—and expected none.

But he didn't lack for suggestions about the broad lines on which the $2,500,000 available for grants in '58 in the arts, social sciences and humanities can best be spent. One had already been adopted: to allow successful applicants for the $4,000-a-year senior

fellowships to do their studying inside Canada, not necessarily abroad. Another, if not yet official policy, will remain the general practice: to give preference to established theatre, drama and dance companies over untried groups.

Knottiest decisions may be in the making of awards to individuals: whether to give preference to people who have sizeable accomplishments or to hungry but promising unknowns.

One small group of guest-counsellors maintained part of the money should be used toward really fat — though occasional—prizes to artists of exceptional achievement. Give a painter cr a writer a thousand dollars of state aid in this materialistic age. the argument went, and he becomes an object of pity. Give him fifteen or twenty-five thousand dollars and he becomes a national hero, somebody to emulate and therefore a well-spring for better painters and writers in the future. Mr. Claxton promised gravely to think it over.

BIG-LEAGUE BALL How we may Set — sometime

HARDLY A WEEK GOES BY that somebody doesn’t turn up in Toronto or Montreal or occasionally Vancouver with blueprints for a major league baseball stadium. With four big-league shifts in the last three years, the notion has grown that all a city really needs to attract a big-league team is a stadium that can seat 35,000-odd people.

Jack Cooke, a publisher and radio station owner who operates Toronto’s International League Maple Leafs, has led sporadic (and largely vocal) efforts to land a big-league franchise in Toronto. He and newspaper publisher John Bassett, a director of the Toronto Argonaut Football Club, head a committee trying to stimulate the city fathers into enlarging the lakefront stadium in the CNE grounds to provide some 40,000 seats for baseball and football.

But even with a big-league stadium at his disposal, Cooke is reluctant to guess when a franchise might be available. “With the exception of Washington, every club in the majors is now on a solid financial basis,” he says. “It seems to me that there is only the faintest possibility that Washington would permit its franchise to go.”

The only hope Cooke sees is the possible expansion of the two major leagues from eight to ten teams.

IL president Frank Shaughnessy “in the not-too-distant future” envisions two 12-team major leagues.

Emile (Butch) Bouchard, former Montreal Canadien defenseman who is now president of the IL’s Montreal Royals, won’t guess when major-league baseball might reach Montreal. He headed a group which tried to buy the Royals’ franchise from the Brooklyn (now Los Angeles) Dodgers a year ago but president Walter O'Malley of the Dodgers refused to contemplate a sale.

If and when the American League

and the National League expand, it’s entirely likely, according to Toronto’s Jack Cooke, that Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver will constitute three of the eight new teams. But he insists its “impossible” to estimate when that might be. —TRENT FRAYNE