National Geographic : 1961 Dec
Trimmer distributes wheat pouring from ;i grain elevator into a ship's hold at Port Arthur, on Lake Superior. Man with a bucket samples the grain Ifr grade anti moisture content. Daybreak Tints the St. Clair River; Refinery Lights Blaze in Sarnia, Ontario This link between Lakes Huron and Eric sepa rates Michigan, on the left, from ('anada's "Chemical Valley," a 400()(),000,)(,((( industrial complex. Burning off excess gas, a tower of tlame balloons above the IPolymer Corporation plant. Lake freighters pass on the river. its elms and gray stone mansions, no\\ con verted to luxury shops. Sixty years ago, 42 of Canadla's most powerful millionaires hadl liiyed here within a mile of one another. Now t he rich had fleld up) Mount Royal, which humps from tlhe city's center. diverting traffic but offering green glens of seclusion for escapists. I rode u) in a horse-drawn vic toria. On the slope stands St. Joseph's Orato ry, male famous by Brother Andre, who died( 24 years ago at 02. The miraculous cures at tributed to him have made this one of North America's best-known Catholic shrines. Next day I called on Valmore Gratton, the cit\'s economist and industrial commissioner. He smiled with satisfaction when I mentioned his altered skyline. "But won't this strangle tlhe atmosphere?" I said. "All this functional glass and steel it could be Lond(on or Chicago." His smile faded. "That is the lprob)leim everywhere. But we will keep our atmos phere. This is the largest French-speaking city outside Paris and the largest French TV center in the world. We have a dozen French theater companies, a hundred French folk dance groups. We have kept our taste for good food and wine. Steak here isn't just meat."