DON’T PESTER THE QUEEN with gifts when she comes to Canada this month. This is Ottawa’s answer to scores of petitions from people, organizations and business firms that want to send her mementos. Will Canada give her something? Perhaps a painting, piece of jewelry or furpiece; that’s up to Prime Minister Diefenbaker. But one of his secretaries provided a clue: “She’s just coming home for a day or two. That doesn’t call for a gift.”
THEY MAY HAVE TO USE CLAYMORES yet to decide the pattern of B. C.’s Centennial tartan. Two firms are warring for the honor of designing the cloth to wear for the 100th birthday party. B. C. Tartan of Victoria has registered a Centennial Tartan but it hasn't been accepted as official. Island Weavers will make its bid with a different tartan altogether. The only thing that’s ofiTcial is that by next year B. C. will become the second province to adopt a tartan (Nova Scotia was first).
PREVIEWING THE FAR NORTH: One of the things that has retarded Canada’s mining development is the high cost of digging, processing and moving ore. Often the most promising strikes are so far from market they can’t be exploited except at a loss. But the miraculous atom has begun to change that. Three companies in the Ungava area have received specifications for nuclear-power plants that may be able to mine and mill all kinds of ore. and even process it. And Dr. Harry Morgan, noted mining geologist, predicts, “In ten years we'll be putting small packaged atomic-power plants into any area we wish" to run machinery for which the north now has no power.
WILL MONTREAL SUFFER the ultimate humiliation of copying Toronto in its form of government? For years Canada’s largest city has boasted that it had nothing to learn from the second largest. But November’s civic election could change that. If Mayor Jean Drapeau is licked his city's almost sure to get a metropolitan government patterned after Toronto’s. While Drapeau is against it, both Premier Duplessis and the Greater Montreal Rally opposing Drapeau are for it.
PREVIEWING FASHION: Not content with wearing the pants in the family, women are going to wear men’s straw hats. The new fad is expected to gain momentum in the winter-cruise season and become a stampede by next summer . . . The Scramble for the Teen-Age Dollar (Maclean’s, Sept. 14) will soon develop into a full-scale fight, with new teen chain stores being organized to capture what they can of the $100-million-a-year prize. Lady Ellis, for example, is opening Little Lady Ellis shops.
STOP BLAMING TEEN-AGERS for wild driving. They’re becoming the safest group of all, according to Manitoba safety surveys. Another finding:
7.000 “problem” drivers—established as such in a 7-year study of
300.000 drivers—will be responsible for 60 percent of accidents this year, including 60 deaths. The province would like to bar the 7,000 known “problems” from the highways right now, but motor commissioner
R. B. Baillie admits public opinion won’t stand for it.
PREVIEWING THE WEATHER: IT’S GOING TO BE WET
Put a tarpaulin on the woodpile if you want to keep logs burning in the fireplace most of this month in most parts of Canada. Here’s the long-range forecast (Oct. 10 to Oct. 27) prepared for Maclean’s by Weather Engineering Corporation of Canada:
MARITIMES: Generally cool and wet. Principal storminess, Oct. 21-23;
other storms, Oct. 10-1 I and Oct. 27-28. Cold from Oct. 23 on. ONTARIO AND QUEBEC: Cool,and wet, especially in southern parts. Stormy Oct. 10-11; intermittent storms Oct. 14-17, Oct. 19-21 and Oct. 26-27. Cold on Oct. 13 and Oct. 21-22; milder Oct. 25-26. PRAIRIES: Showers Oct. 13-14. Oct. 22-25. Cool from Oct. 10 but moderating until Oct. 20 when cold spell starts.
SOUTHERN B. C.: Rainy spells Oct. 12-14 and Oct. 17-23.
Mostly moderate temperatures.
WATCH FOR STAGE-PLAY REVIVAL / CANADIAN-BORN FILM HIT PLAY ON TV / WRITER’S TRIPLE TRIUMPH
MEN TO WATCH: A young Hungarian, John Hirsch, who has climbed from puppet shows to one-act plays to openair theatre, now plans to give Winnipeg its first professional play-acting in 20 years. His Theatre 77 (it's 77 steps from Portage and Main) will present five plays this season. Hirsch spoke no English when he reached Canada in 1947 but graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1952 with his RA plus a special prize in fiction writing . . . Montreal’s Ted Allan, whose play. Double Image, was a London hit last season, will try London again this season with a new movie script he's just finished, The Burning Vineyard.
WOMEN TO WATCH: Prize-winning playwright Elda Cadogan, whose short stories you’ve read in Maclean’s, will soon turn her talents into TV as well. The Durham, Ont., housewife has scripted her Rise and .Shine, which has played 200 performances in Canada and the U. S. and won 40 awards, for the CBC. . . . Toronto author Marjorie Wilkins Campbell will complete a unique triple with a five-part documentary on CBC of her North West Company. The story in short form won her the governor-general’s prize for a juvenile book, Macmillan Company is bringing out a longer hook for grownups and the CBC series starts Oct. 5.
LOWER MEDICAL BILLS
TIRED of too - high medical bills? Things may get better. Two Canadian hospitals—Reddy Memorial in Montreal and Jubilee in Vernon, B.C.—are proving they can lop 80 percent off hospital costs, by taking their services to patients at home. Thirty-one similar plans are operating in the U. S. and the program may soon be enlarged in Canada. Insurance companies which had objected to home-care plans because of the difficulty of keeping check on scattered patients are now planning to discuss them with Canadian hospitals.
One reason of course is the big cut in costs. Another is that while patients are sent home from hospital they remain on the hospital register and are looked after by mobile hospital teams. They can be promptly re-admitted to hospital if the need arises. Hospital doctors and nurses answer emergency calls at any hour. Doctors take specimens to the hospital for testing. Hospitals supply such essentials as beds, dressings, wheelchairs, crutches. Most patients have
Hospitals go into homes
undergone operations or treatment for cancer, heart trouble, diabetes, skin disorders.
EXAMPLE: A woman in Reddy Memorial was operated on for a broken hip. Normally she'd have been in her $15-a-day room for two months. Instead she went home after two weeks and was treated there by doctors, nurses, physiotherapists. Hospital equipment was used and hospital tests made. Treatment at home cost $3 to $3.50 a day.
The average stay at Reddy is only eight days, a big factor in meeting the demand for beds. Last year 158 patients were treated at home for an average of 80 days. If they’d stayed in hospital they’d have deprived 1.580 patients of their eight days there.
There is another advantage, according to Dr. Martin Cherkasky of New York Montefiore Hospital, which pioneered home care. “Tender loving care” aí home is a genuine cure in many Cases.-SIDNEY KATZ
LEACOCK SHRINE Can °r,nia pul1 a “strat,ord’,?
ORILLIA’S now beginning to do with Leacock what Stratford did with Shakespeare—make a showcase for his work that will probably become the town’s chief tourist draw.
In the home Leacock built almost 50 years ago at Old Brewery Bay outside the town, bales of his private papers and thousands of books he collected are being catalogued by a young Kentucky professor. Dr. Ralph Curry. Orillia owns the house, having bought it for $25,000 from L. W. Ruby, publisher of Flash, who had bought the estate from Leacock’s son, Stevie.
The Leacock shrine, to open next May 24, will contain one of the most fascinating hodge-podges of literature in the country:
• 4,000 books of all kinds, many autographed by famous writers (Leacock read in French, Italian and German and was learning Russian). In addition he left hundreds of paperback mystery books which he read avidly.
• Hills of daily journals. Leacock kept household accounts, plans for the house, records of books read (he averaged a book a day).
• Letters from such notables as Churchill. Roosevelt, Robert Benchley, Scott Fitzgerald. Sir Robert Borden.
Actor John Drainie, a Leacock enthusiast, also plans a Leacock show in the Opera House. “We'd like to make it a centre for Canadian writers with the accent on humor,” he says.
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