This month marks Pierre Trudeau’s tenth anniversary as Prime Minister of Canada. Only King, Macdonald and Laurier were in the office longer. Such durability ranks Trudeau with the likes of de Gaulle and Adenauer among postwar Western leaders.
Our dreams were high in that hopeful springtime of 1968 when I left Pierre Trudeau’s spanking new office, having just been granted his first interview as Canada’s fifteenth Prime Minister. I had been particularly struck by his comments about “basic reform of the Senate,” a pledge to extend the commendable record he’d earned as minister of justice in filling federal judgeships.
John Byles may have talked himself out of a job. The McMaster University psychiatry professor set out to prove, once and for all, the assumption that the more helpjuvenile delinquents receive, the better they behave. Enlisting the support of police and family therapists in Hamilton, Ontario, Byles recruited 305 youths aged 10 to 14 who had been in trouble with the law at least twice.
Has there ever been a more stupid sport than curling? I discover, to my astonishment, every time I turn on a TV set on a Saturday afternoon at this time of year, that great reams of time and cathode tube are being devoted to this most deadly of pastimes, this most turgid of spectator sports, this most numbing of public events.
Whether it is publisher’s hype for a potential best-seller or the preamble to a major scientific breakthrough, no one seems entirely convinced. But there is little doubt the publicity accompanying the impending publication of U.S. science writer David Rorvik’s book In His Image:
In the land of television April is the crudest month—the month when network officials stop contemplating the olives in their martinis in order to make hard decisions about which program shall live and which shall die. This is called Firming Up the Fall Schedule.
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