IN MARCH OF THIS YEAR a respected jurist. Justice W. D. Roach, brought down a report on organized crime in Ontario, the result of a royal commission inquiry last year. Its task was to ascertain the facts, to arouse or allay concern, and its aim — enlightening the public, not imprisoning offenders — should have permitted those facts to be studied from the broad view of reason rather than the narrow confines of law. But logic — cause and effect — is what is lacking in this report.By Alan Phillips
I WAS TEN YEARS OL D when my brother Vince came back to Nova Scotia and took me out to the Lardean country of British Columbia which then, at the turn of the century, was in the midst of a goldrush. Today the Lardean gold strikes are all but forgotten except in the memories of a few old-timers and the dusty provincial mining records.By FRED L. LADE
IN A COURTROOM at Quebec City on July 25, a paroled convict named Léopold Dion confessed that he had in recent weeks murdered four little boys. He had committed the most shocking series of sex crimes in Canada in this generation, and he described them now in detail for a coroner’s jury.By ROBERT FULFORD
ANY MAN who marries an exceptionally beautiful woman automatically marries himself some problems, and a man who marries an exceptionally beautiful actress, as a short look at Hollywood’s marital history will confirm, must have nightmares.By Wendy Michener
AS A STRUGGLING YOUNG WRITER of fiftVtwo, I sometimes need the guidance and encouragement of an older colleague, a mentor who can figuratively pat me on the head and say: "There, there, my boy. you are coming along quite nicely." That is why I slump over a bar.By McKenzie Porter
IN A SHOP WINDOW in Rio de Janeiro I saw a doll my youngest daughter would like. The price tag on it said $1,250 — a bargain since it was dressed in a fancy native costume complete with jewelry. I walked in and peeled big bills off a fat wad.By IAN SCLANDERS
MADELEINE SHERWOOD, the Broadway actress from Montreal, recently spent a few long, cool days in the Laurentiaans with her mother, who is seventy and paints. Miss Sherwood was trying to forget, for a little while anyway, the heat and smell of a county in Alabama where she’d spent the most depressing days and frightening moments of her life.By HARRY BRUCE
IF YOU ARE (a) the parent of a teenager, or (b) a resident of Orillia, Ont., or (c) a folk-song cultist who likes his hey - nonny - nonnies unadulterated by fun, you will be pleased to know that the fourth annual Mariposa Folk Festival next year will be a little different from the one held this year.By Peter Gzowski
TWO YOUNG MATRONS, graduates of Vassar, are talking about their adult life as mothers and wives: “You really feel our education was a mistake?” Priss asked anxiously. “Oh, completely,” said Norine, “I’ve been crippled for life.” The educated, privileged citizens of the United States may not actually be crippled by their education and their privileges, but it is Mary McCarthy’s chosen duty in life to make them feel crippled, and she continues to perform this duty, brilliantly, in her latest novel, The Group, from which the above sentences are quoted.
THE MUCH PUBLICIZED REVELATIONS of Joseph Valachi, the murderer and dope peddler who has been telling U. S. authorities about the inner workings of the rackets, have given new ammunition to the people behind a movement for government-operated sweepstakes and offtrack betting shops.By IAN SCLANDERS
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