BACKSTAGE

Background

June 6 1959
BACKSTAGE

Background

June 6 1959

Background

PEARSON’S POINT

The June 5 publication date of Lester B. Pearson's second book, Diplomacy in tne Nuclear Age, wasn't chosen by chance alone. Still our best-known world figure, Pearson and his publishers (Saunders of Toronto) deliberately aimed at prefacing the summit meeting on Berlin. Pearson's main point: professional diplomats often have a better chance of solving world problems around a conference table than do political leaders. "The Geneva (foreign ministers’) meeting proved that when conferences of states are required, professionals must lay the groundwork,” Pearson told Maclean’s.

THE END OF ESSO’S COMMA

By formalities as complex as a board of directors' motion and shareholders' open vote. Imperial Oil,

Ltd., last month changed its name to Imperial Oil Ltd. (no comma).

How come? One land registrar in Alberta had complained that the company had titles in both forms. He wanted to know which was correct. Esso, informally using the no-comma form since 1919 (before that it was Imperial Oil Company, Ltd.), made up its mind.

THE BEAR FACTS

Is the black bear doomed to distinction? Some nature-lovers were worried when Timmins, Ont., began to organize shoots to kill 300 for busbies for Buckingham Palace

guards. They needn’t have. Nearly 2.000 bears are shot for bounty in Ontario every year anyway. Lands and Forests officials would like to see more done away with. The bear population is increasing. Once thought wiped out in the south, bears have been seen recently as far down as Lake Erie.

ENTERPRISING DESIGNERS

Pessimists thought the death of the Arrow would spell curtains for Canadian industrial designing. Did it? Hardly. Since the government canceled its Avro contract, other Canadian firms have unveiled among other devices: all-aluminum auto transports and an all-aluminum refrigerated railway-car; a backlashproof fishing reel; a reinforced \'A-

ton-capacity plastic wheel for tracked : vehicles; and an automatic machine tool control (by 8-channel teletype) :

with the revolutionary accuracy of .00025 in.

THE MARCH OF CIVILIZATION j

Though Eskimos picked up most of the white man’s evils—from TB to • money-madness—years ago, at least j they'd always retained a freedom and easiness about marriage. No longer. The Northwest Territorial Court has granted its first two divorce decrees for Eskimos. Before : civilization, a young couple were matched by their parents in early life. They started living together :

when the man could support a wife, : were free to break up if they found • they didn't get along. •