Among major events of the year 1959: President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II on board Royal yacht Britannia cruise on the newly opened St Lawrence Seaway. President looks through a pair of binoculars as the yacht sails across the seaway as part of the opening ceremonies.
Propaganda piece about living conditions in China under the Communist regime of Mao Tse-tung, with images photographed by Indians visiting the country. Delegates from all over the world at an international conference. Representatives from Iraq, Canada, Romania, Australia and Pakistan among others. Elderly Chinese revolutionaries pose. Mao Tse-tung's views (according to a narrator): He believes that war in inevitable between capitalist and socialist nations. View of a rally and military parade in China. Explosions during the Korean War in 1951 with Chinese troops in action. Homeless, displaced Tibetan children and families after the Chinese take over in 1959. Indian Army soldiers return after China's attack on India during the Sino-Indian War in 1962. View of Soviet Union Premier Nikita Khrushchev. Map of Asia depicts Chinese aggression towards its neighbors. Explosions during the Chinese aggression in Vietnam and Laos. Mao Tse-tung intent on risking a war with the West.
Actor Raymond Massey talks about the nation's need for defense against possible air attack. He walks to a large wall map depicting North America and discusses joint efforts of Canada and the United States to establish an effective air defense system for North America. On the map, lines of radar stations are shown: The DEW line;Mid Canada line; and the Pine Tree line. Other radar installations are highlighted along East and West coasts on land, on towers in the ocean, on picket ships and on picket aircraft. Sites of the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) network of radars, computer systems, and aircraft command and control equipment are depicted on the U.S. part of the map. The headquarters of NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) at Colorado Springs, Colorado is highlighted. Massey points to models of intercepter missiles and long range bombers, on his desk, and discusses their employment.
He then speaks of an intricate communications system to tie everything together. This is depicted on the animated map. Views of men laying telephone cable. Underground view of telephone cables. View of telephone microwave tower. Telephone poles and lines along a rural road. A mother and child telephoning the father long distance. Office workers using telephones. Teletype machines and television communications. A ship laying telephone cable at sea.Map depicts lines of communication provided by undersea cables. views of emergency supplies and equipment available in times of disaster. Downed power lines being repaired. Men at a large emergency diesel generator. Underground communication cables being installed by team of tracked vehicles. Remote lines of communication away from possible targets are depicted.
Children at a zoo in Canada. Children enter the zoo. Penguins walk and show their act to the spectators. Children enjoy watching them. Monkeys swing in their cage. A trainer with a lioness in a cage. A bear in a pond. Children feed pigs and goats.
Annual winter round up of cattle in Canada. From the summer pastures now covered with snow the cattle are taken to home range further south. The cattle on Douglas Lake Ranch. Cowboys look after them. A cowboy smokes a cigarette. The ranch is covered with snow. The cowboys on horse backs. They drink and eat. A herd of cattle.
Processing at Goderich salt mine in Ontario, Canada. Engineers and workers at the Goderich salt mine. They make preparations for blasting. Blasting being conducted for mining. The broken down salt being scooped by loader vehicle and channeled to conveyor belts.