A. J. E. Child, president of Burns Foods Limited, is a balding accountant with a preference for precise three-piece suits, a formal man whose initials fit him more neatly than his given name, Arthur. You’ll find him, 10½ hours a day, behind a massive black-topped desk, its starkness unrelieved by so much as an ashtray, in his office several miles away from the Burns packing plant in the blood-and-guts atmosphere of the Calgary stockyards.
The fitness craze swept Canada about five years ago much like any other fad. Canadians of every shape and age embraced it just as we had the Frisbee and the low carbohydrate diet. Somehow the word got out that as a nation we were overweight and unfit, ripe for every cardiovascular ailment endemic to mankind.By Hartley Steward12 min
Everybody laughed when young Brian Linehan first sat down in front of Toronto’s CITY-TV cameras. Even at a station that was known to let the receptionists read the weather, he was green. Linehan fumbled and mumbled his way through a 15-minute interview with Canadian director Eric Till.By HARTLEY STEWARD4 min
It may seem like only yesterday that the last great seal hunt battle was lost and won, but actually its resumption is only a few months away. In March, on the ice floes off the coast of Newfoundland, Canadian and Norwegian sealers will attempt to knock off 170,000 (up 43,000 from last year) baby harp seals for their pelts, and three militant conservationist groups will try to stop them.
“What effect is OPEC having on the Third World countries?” echoes the oil analyst, with the impatience that only New Yorkers can show when asked to consider something other than their own navels (or, in this case, the U.S. economy). “They’ll starve, of course.By Peter Brimelow4 min
The year was 1961 and a record-shattering unemployment rate of 7.1% touched off an uproar across Canada. Newspaper editorials shouted out their anger, business and labor leaders demanded government action, economists fretted and in parliament the opposition declared the situation to be a national emergency.By IAN URQUHART7 min
The “library” at the Centre for Social and Sensory Learning in Los Angeles specializes in books relating to one broad topic: The New Sexuality, Total Orgasm. Acts Of Love. It also contains plastic squeeze bottles of “oil for sensual massage.” a vibrator, and a queen-sized bed piled with fuzzy-feel pillows.By SANDRA PEREDO4 min
Fred C. had tried all the standard cures. Seven-and-a-half years in and out of Alcoholics Anonymous, Ontario’s Addiction Research Foundation and psychiatric care. Nothing offered permanent release from his suicidal attachment to alcohol.By PETER DE VRIES5 min
“If you care about the theatre and want to see the birth of a new star,” raved Bob Weiner in Andy Warhol's Interview magazine, “run to the theatre.” There were similar reviews in The New York Post (“phenomenal performance”) and by United Press International (“Monette is brilliant”), but despite the critical acclaim the Broadway production of Michel Tremblay’s Hosanna closed after three weeks.By PETER HAY4 min
Not since Walt Disney’s Mary Poppins first came to town had there been anything like it. The affair: Ottawa’s first annual Nanny Night. The participants: no prim, bespectacled matrons, but about 70 fashionably dressed young women in their early twenties.
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