In 1952, a 31-year-old amateur biologist from Saskatoon published a book called People of the Deer and shocked the country. It was an alarming exposé of the hardships that white civilization had inflicted on Canada’s Eskimos. The book was a major achievement, and it instantly established its author, Farley Mowat, as an important Canadian writer, a controversialist, a naturalist, an ethnologist, a public scold and an interesting man.
For many years I have held the view that a smug minority of Canadians — business leaders and politicians, mainly — have been trying to brainwash the rest of us into accepting the silly idea that work, all work, is noble and that leisure, which is often wrongly confused with idleness and laziness, is sinful.By PIERRE BERTON13 min
“BOB: THE BERTON BOOK was discussed at this morning’s publishing meeting. I feel it’s an important book and we should go ahead with a first printing of 100,000 paper and 3,000 cloth. Please take it from here, JM” That’s the way Canadian publishing history was made, at any rate according to Elsa Franklin, who sent off reproductions of this scrawled memo from Jack McClelland, the publisher — sent them off to book dealers to promote the publication, on February 10, 1968, of Pierre Berton’s new book, The Smug Minority.By JON RUDDY12 min
IF YOU GOT FOOLED by the picture at the right, you can be sure you’re not alone. Edmonton hasn’t really become another Montreal — not yet, anyway — but it’s trying. And for visitors who could never contemplate the old Edmonton without either wincing or yawning, the new Edmonton is a surprising, exciting and sometimes bewildering place.By HAL TENNANT12 min
CRITICS AND DOUBTING Thomases in Montreal are at it again. They just don’t believe Mayor Drapeau can keep the spirit of Expo 67 alive. Man and His World, or Terre des Hommes, as the Son of Expo is called, opens May 17, and Drapeau himself predicts 30 million people will visit it.By DON BELL9 min
Since images are now more vital than truths or policies, the men jostling for Lester Pearson’s job are in trouble. They’re all honest, dedicated, even brilliant public servants and parliamentarians. But they’re still Canadian politicians, which — imagewise — is synonymous with dull, dull, dull.
The story you want is part of the Maclean’s Archives. To access it, log in here or sign up for your free 30-day trial.
Experience anything and everything Maclean's has ever published — over 3,500 issues and 150,000 articles, images and advertisements — since 1905. Browse on your own, or explore our curated collections and timely recommendations.WATCH THIS VIDEO for highlights of everything the Maclean's Archives has to offer.