THE POLITICAL CONVULSIONS of the last few weeks — the embittered cabinet resignations, the attempted coup d’état, the sudden fall of parliament, the calling of an election which few voters really wanted, and the rowdy campaign that has followed — all these events have left many Canadians disturbed and baffled.By PETER C. NEWMAN
CANADA HAS EIGHTEEN national parks, a number of them the most beautiful to be found anywhere in the world. They are among the most precious national resources we have, or so I and many other people believe. But we are losing them at an alarming and accelerating rate.By FRED BODSWORTH
JAMES BEARD IS A GENIAL, well-fed professional gourmet who regards with more sorrow than anger — but with considerable anger nonetheless — the indifferent food foisted on North Americans’ palates and stomachs at home and in restaurants.
DURING THE EARLY Thirties I was an outstanding figure at such famous London night clubs as Ciro's. Brummell's and Romano's. My distinction in these haunts of rich, elegant, well-bred revelers arose from my post-adolescent pimples, my gauche comportment and my dinner jacket of palpably provincial cut.By McKenzie Porter
WHEN THE MONA LISA was in Washington in January, people lined up for blocks, often in bone-chilling weather, waiting to get into the National Gallery. Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, one of the treasures of France, ordinarily hangs in the Louvre in Paris.By IAN SCLANDERS
FOR YEARS NOW I’ve wanted to have words with Roger Vadim, the notorious French movie director who is credited with — and accused of — having invented a new kind of woman. Sometimes she is warm, an “erotic hoyden”; sometimes she is hot, a “sex kitten.”
KAPUSKASING is a tidy, prosperous little town. The houses are small, but solidly built. The stores have modern glass fronts and sell, mostly on credit, fine quality clothes, furniture and home appliances. There is only one industry, the Spruce Falls Power and Paper Company, but the work is steady and wages are good.By DAVID LEWIS STEIN
THERE is AN ADAGE in sport that “nice guys finish last.” Nowhere is this rule said to apply more specifically than in hockey. The March 9 issue of Maclean's, in fact, carried an article by the former National Hockey League referee Red Storey to the effect that some of the most important (important to winning, that is) players in the NHL are the ones known as “policemen” — men who are paid to chase men instead of pucks.By PETER N. ALLISON
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT we elect next month, if we do elect one, will eventually find itself dealing with several important problems related to culture. It will be faced, for instance, with a National Gallery which has fallen on hard times — its staff demoralized, its reputation in ruins, its programs and influence drastically curtailed.
ANY CANADIAN POLITICIAN you care to name has recently experienced a private — or excruciatingly public — crisis of conscience; some Ottawa reporters swear they have stood outside cabinet ministers’ offices and actually heard the thump of breast-beating.By HARRY BRUCE
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