MAILBAG

November 3 1962

MAILBAG

November 3 1962

MAILBAG

Why one angry reader tore Maclean’s into little pieces How do you know dinosaurs could tell red from blue ?

Although I have been a subscriber to your magazine for about 15 years, I have never till now felt the slightest urge to send in any comment, complaint, or pat on the back. Subscribing to Maclean's and reading Maclean's has been just too dull for that. I suppose I first subscribed and continued to renew and renew in that spirit of dogged, dreary nationalism so characteristic of my generation which came out of the universities just after the war. 1 accepted your claim to be Canada's national magazine—no one else challenged it. I noticed that you seemed to cover hockey in a sprightly way, and were doing your best to promote undistinguished Canadian performers on TV into Canadian “stars.” After all, what else was there to do?

I am writing now to congratulate you on some recent issues of Maclean's. For the first time I find myself discussing an article in Maclean's with friends, actually suggesting that they might buy a copy and read it. This is the result of reading Mordecai Richler's articles on the state of Israel today and the strange pressures which are changing that attempt at an cqualitarian society into something new and complex. I am writing this letter because 1 have just finished reading Robert Fulford's article on the Canadian state of mind (For the sake of argument, Oct. 6). It is refreshing to read one of your writers bold enough, and intelligent enough, to assume all the usual cliches — that Canada is a geographical paradox, etc. — who goes on from there to make some positive suggestion about just what form a Canadian policy should take. He doesn't go far enough — but it’s pretty far out for Maclean’s. And it delights me! Fulford and Richler are real writers who let their point of view show. I hope Maclean’s plans to keep on publishing this kind of writing, as well as the sports gossip and the social problems sob-stuff. — MRS.

I. M. OWEN, TORONTO

* I have just finished reading an article in Maclean’s magazine entitled For the sake of argument. I will never again read your magazine and this issue is torn into little pieces. — L.

WALKER, VANCOUVER

* I was interested in an article in the October issue of Maclean’s by Robert Fulford under the title of For the sake of argument (Oct. 20). It is a very good sermon but we are getting very tired of such sermons. Furthermore, they do not seem to do any good. Of course, they do not do any harm either, and are not likely to alarm the “powers that be" in our society. In the last election I voted Liberal, as my father and grandfather have voted before me. but if I had been living in Quebec 1 would likely have voted Social Credit, as a protest against both the old parties, even though Mr. Caouette does not seem to have the haziest notion of what is involved ;n his proposal and it is a qiustion as

to what extent Major Douglas did either. . .

Canada is a country rich in natural resources with the scientific knowledge and technical skill needed to develop them. But we are prevented from doing so by an international financial structure more powerful than governments, inherited from the nineteenth century. Thus our economy must be organized, not in the best interests of our citizens, but in the interests of the international speculators whose operations determine the prosperity of nations. — J. v. REÍD, TORONTO

Mourning for Canada?

Re: What went wrong with Canada (Sept. 22) by doubtful Peter C. Newman. After reading this article I think all Canadians should wear crepe or at least a black tie. What a pessimist!

For his information we are a strong, vigorous nation and can score even under minor setbacks. Very few do not need a dose of castor oil at times.

-HUGH M. SCOTT, MONTREAL

Cover complaints

Surely there must be more attractive designs for Maclean’s cover than magnified women’s faces (Aug. 25 and Sept. 8) and facial contortions resembling an extreme “belly-ache” (to put it vulgarly). Let us get back to the real beauties of Canada to restore a pleasant emotion when facing the COVER.-ETHEL W. SLATER, VANCOUVER

Reptilian vision

In the article Evolution: it shouldn't happen to a dinosaur (Sept. 8) Dr. Swinton states: “There’s one thing man has in common with the dino saurs: ... he has color vision”. I am most curious to know how this was ascertained. Please elucidate. — M. w.

BAIL EY, VERNON, B.C.

Studies on the distribution of color vision among reptiles today, such as crocodiles which we know to have color vision, suggest that dinosaurs could also see in color. — DR. W. E. SWINTON

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The errors and dangers of French-Canadian chauvinism What cities can-and are-doing to reduce delinquency

As a French Canadian, I am sorry to read, in your magazine the insulting letter from Mireille Lafrance (Oct. 6). For smugness, complacency and “better than thou” attitude, she deserves a prize. “We are too good” says she, “we have let the English take the best in our province ...”

Perhaps this lady should learn a few truths. In Toronto, mademoiselle (you must be very young to be so intolerant), these contemptible English money-makers have given their city, long before Montreal, a symphony orchestra, a fine concert hall (still a dream here) and a new building for the faculty of music of their university. As for libraries, Montreal can blush when compared with the Queen City. And here, in our own city, who founded the Museum of Fine Arts, the Ladies’ Morning Musical, and even the Canadian Handicraft Society? Despicable English capital.

I am as good a French Canadian as Mile. Lafrance. My name in itself is a guarantee of my loyalty to our province. But we must be fair. I lived a part of my life in Westmount. I loved their wonderful library which puts to shame all the suburbs of Montreal. Yes, I often heard laughing and saw little children sitting on the grass and “amoureux” on the benches. As for our artistic temperament, I agree with Mile. Lafrance: many of our people are gifted. We have writers, singers, musicians, artists, but so have other races, even if they are different from us. This kind of attitude is always a sign of ignorance and I feel sorry for people who have such distorted minds. This sort of mentality breeds contempt, disunion, engenders suspicion, hate, jealousy and discrimination. It would be laughable, if it were not so dangerous. — BLANCHE

PAPINEAU COUTURE, MONTREAL

Ways to reduce delinquency

Jack Batten and John Young should be congratulated for presenting the main ideas of this service (Reaching the unreachahles, Sept. 22) in such an interesting and accurate manner. I was particularly interested in the way some of the actual techniques of the services were worked into the story because I have quite a struggle in describing these things in papers and reports. The article should do us a lot of good here as well as inform other communities that there are ways to reduce DELINQUENCY.-JAMES F. KEECH. SUPERVISOR, DETACHED WORKER PROJECT, YOUTH SERVICES BUREAU

^ The article Reaching the Unrcachables states that Mr. Keech is “the only full-time detached group worker in Canada.” I thought you might be interested in knowing that we at the University Settlement Recreation Centre in Toronto are entering upon our second year of a detached youth worker project. Though employed by the University Settlement, this worker

is engaged on a project very similar to Mr. Keech’s and the method and goals arc almost the SAME.-HARRY M. MORROW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, UNIVERSITY SETTLEMENT, TORONTO

Confusion

The otherwise interesting and much needed article on the Soviet Union (Two years as a reluctant Russian, Oct. 6) was spoiled by the confusion in the opening paragraphs where Ukrainian is synonymous with Russian. Maybe the fault is with Soroka or Hutton but I am still surprised to see it in Canada’s national magazine.

R. L. CHROMIAK, CALGARY

Wanted: British Russians

Re: Himie Koshevoy’s article on Irena Rebrin and how hard it is to get rid of her (Reports, Sept. 22). Why do Canadian universities hire such people? U.B.C. must have looked into her background and her political be-

liefs before they added her to their staff. Why hire her when I am certain there are hundreds of people, in cosmopolitan Victoria especially, who are experts in the Russian language and whose lineage is British back to Caesar’s TIME.-MRS. E. MOTT, CREELMAN, SASK.

What happened to Nutri-bio?

Your recent article covering the Nutri-Bio Company (The rosy world of Nutri-Bio, July 28) and its operations gave a picture of a healthy and prosperous business. It was with surprise therefore that I read about the failure of this company to meet its CREDITORS.-J. WILLIAMSON, SOUTH

BURNABY, B.C.

Gzowski’s irony doesn’t help

I won't go so far as telling you to leave our priests and province (of Quebec) alone as somebody has written you lately, although sometimes I think just that when reading articles concerning same. If you must write about this subject which is an important factor in Canada, why not have people who speak French and have lived, or better, are still living in Quebec, write something they would know a bit about . . . Peter Gzowski's irony doesn't help to improve relations between French and English people. —

C. MAILHOT, OTTAWA ★