One man serves six months for assault, another gets a suspended sentence for armed robbery. The magistrates' inconsistency is understandable, for robbery, burglary, “stopping a mail van with intent to rob," the Criminal Code allows penalties ranging from suspended sentence to life imprisonment. This is a national report onBy JANE BECKER18 min
WHEN BRITAIN JOINS the European Common Market within the next twelve months — few people here now think there’s any “if” about it — what will this mean to Canada? Will this radical decision by the motherland of the Commonwealth wreck our economy (as the bitterest critics claim) or will it usher in a greater prosperity and security for the free world, in which Canada will fully share (as the most enthusiastic boosters believe)?By LESLIE F. HANNON17 min
When fire broke out in the munitions carrier Volunteer on November 3, 1943, it threatened to blow up the ship and everybody aboard — and half of Halifax as well. This is the record of the hair-raising nine hours during which Commander Owen Robertson and his fire fighters battled flames, poisonous fumes, ricocheting ammunition, and the reluctant tugboat crew they needed to tow Volunteer to a sandbar where they could beach her before she killed themBy TERENCE ROBERTSON16 min
Five hundred forest scientists are trying to turn Canada's 1.71 million square miles of timber into one tame crop, like wheat. They're incubating seedlings under 24-hour light, shipping deep-frozen pollen hundreds of miles, breeding radically “improved" fast-growing hybrid trees, and sowing fields of forests from airplanes. And, for the trees' own good they sometimes set the woods on fineBy FRANKLIN RUSSELL11 min
We all do, of course. But here is what a physicist and, father named, Norman Alcock is doing about it: He quit his $15,000-a-year job. He has spent his savings trying to establish Peace Research Institutes on both sides of the Curtain. He believes — rightly or wrongly — that other people who want, peace will support, his Institutes, and that scientists working in them, can learn how to ward off World War IIIBy RALPH ALLEN10 min
Just a few years ago, the idea of “neutral” schools in Quebec—meaning unaffiliated schools that would replace or supplement the strictly Protestant and strictly Catholic systems that now exist —would have been about as popular as the idea of taking religion out of the Mass.By Peter Gzowski6 min
How would Marcel Chaput run an independent French-Canadian state? Would she have her own army? What about the English-speaking minority? And foreign policy, trade with Canada, nuclear arms? Here are a leading separatist’s answersBy PETER C. NEWMAN6 min
A party seeking re-election usually spends the closing months of its mandate plotting legislative measures aimed at that bloc of voters which in the opinion of its strategists will hold the balance of power in the final balloting. Nineteen-sixty-two is no exception; exactly this kind of manoeuvring is now going on in Ottawa.By Peter C. Newman6 min
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