COMMENT

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What kind of reporting are we getting from Cuba? / The missing Canadians

April 7 1962
COMMENT

MAILBAG

What kind of reporting are we getting from Cuba? / The missing Canadians

April 7 1962

MAILBAG

What kind of reporting are we getting from Cuba? / The missing Canadians

In response to William Eccles (Ladies’ day in Cuba, March 10), I would like to say that there isn’t much difference between the women of Cuba and the women of Canada, since 150,000 of us Canadian women donned uniforms to serve our country when it was threaten-

ed by an enemy, and if they had issued us guns and shown us how to use them to defend our country from an invader, we would have done that, too. Three cheers for the women of CUBA!-MRS. MYRTLE BERG REN, LAKE COWICHAN, B.C.

I too have been to Cuba recently, and 1 am in a position to recognize a slanted, biased article when I see it. To the unfamiliar the (Eccles) story sounds like the Gospel, but to those of us with first hand experience on the island, the story is full of discrepancies, misleading inferences, smears, halftruths and innuendoes. William Eccles must understand that political philosophies alien to capitalism are not necessarily bad. These people have had 400 years of feudalism and 60 years of capitalism and have discarded it in favor of socialism. — TREVELYN M.

BROW N. WINDSOR. ONT.

r* THOUGHT l’D SEEN THE ACME OF SLANTED SNIDE REPORTING OF CUBA IN THE U. S. A. PRESS BUI YOUR BOY ECCLES WEARING HIS HAMMER AND SICKLE BUTTON TO CONDUCT HAVANA INTERVIEWS REACHES NEW HEIGHTS OF MALEVOLENCE AND DISTORTION STOP THIS VICIOUS STORY HAS SORELY TRIED MY CONFIDENCE IN YOUR USUALLY OBJECTIVE MAGAZINE.—JACK SCOTT, VANCOUVER.

^ After reading William Eccles’ report on Cuba under socialism. I have just one cOiT^ent to make: Hooray for

Castro! — s. M. ;-*QUGLAS. MONTREAL.

No back-slapping ~----.

No nation has the right to feel smug and self-satisfied in regard to anything done to help survivors of Hitler's hell-

camps when so little was done in the years before World War 11. When the pitiful remnants of FTirope’s Jewish children arrived in Canada (The redeemed children, Feb. 10) they were hand-picked, spruced up, clean and healthy. But did Mr. Katz see them, as 1 did, when they arrived in the D.P. camps in Austria, children in years only, lousy, sick and weary unto death? How can any nation indulge in backslapping, trumpet-blowing and feelings of “a job well done?” For almost two years, as chief of a team of British welfare workers, 1 was stationed in Austria; we worked with approximately 250 field workers, men and women of every race and creed, the representatives of many nations, but I did not meet up with one Canadian welfare worker, either Jew or Gentile, during the whole of my stay in Eastern EUROPE.-MRS. DORA DOWEK,

TORONTO.

How to get straight

Some years ago someone sent me a copy of Maclean’s in which you attacked Evangelist Oral Roberts. In your March 10 issue you attack indirectly world evangelism as practised by the Moral Re-armament group in Brazil (How one student of Moral Re-Armament was frozen out of Brazil). Personally, 1 think it rather wonderful that 1,000 people from many races have experienced change of heart and are willing to confess their sins, as one is enjoined in the Bible to do. That young Bentley Le Baron has had no such experience is to be regretted. Perhaps he had better attend either Oral Roberts’ or Billy Graham's meetings and get his own life straightened out. — MRS. A. H.

NEFF. VANCOUVER.

Fire in the forest

Will you kindly accept congratulations on the article, What fire does for the forest (Feb. 24). Conferences with forest officers of the federal and provincial departments of forestry are reflected in the reporting. Legends below the three photographs unfortunately give an erroneous impression, seeming to indicate that all slow-burning fires are detrimental, while rapid crown fires are oen¿ir"3lResearch on the controlled use of tuC under careful scientific conditions. sho':Ud not be confused with wild fires cai.5^i by human careless-

ness, which are invariably unwanted and tremendously destructive. — J. L. VAN CAMP. EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, CANADIAN FORESTRY ASSOCIATION, MONTREAL.

How to fight cancer

Congratulations on your Preview item, March 10, How 1,300 B. C. doctors are cutting the cancer toll. B. C.'s uterine cancer detection program is the most advanced in the world and has only developed because of the sensible cooperation of all concerned. A similar program is functioning in Nova Scotia. Public education is necessary to achieve these results, and factual reporting of this type is extremely valuable. — s. c.

ROBINSON, M.D., DIRECTOR, UTERINE CANCER DETECTION PROGRAM, MEDICAL SOCIETY OF NOVA SCOTIA, HALIFAX.

The free English

In your issue of February 24 you published an interview (A policy blueprint for the Republic of Quebec) with Dr. Marcel Chaput, president of Le Rassemblement Pour l’Indépendance Nationale. One of the questions asked Dr. Chaput was, “Would you establish a state religion, like Catholicism in Spain and the Church of England in England?” 1 strongly object to the comparison. While the Church of England may be termed the state church, all other denominations in England are at liberty to worship as freely as any church in Canada. - R. E. PETTIGREW,

OTTl RVILLE, ONTARIO. *

Sad season in Alberta

Thank you for taking me back to my childhood in Ontario (The prize trophies of a wild flower hunter, Mar. 10).

For years I have tried to describe a jack-in-the-pulpit to my four children, and all pictures 1 have been able to find

never did my memory justice, until today. I don't know whether you know anything about our Alberta springs, but what there is of them is not inspiring. Looking at the trillium, columbine and jack-in-the-pulpit I can even smell the lushness of Forrester’s Swamp near Mitchell, Ontario, where we went every spring for PICNICS.-MRS. J. V. ROSI.,

CALGARY.

*" More, please, of those lovely wild flower studies by Gene Aliman! Those you printed whet the appetite. - MRS. P. ARMSTRONG, WELLAND, ONTARIO.

Outlaw the coon hunters

If an association for hunting coons has been formed in Canada on the wicked basis which you describe (The hardand-fast code of Canada’s coon hunters, Feb. 10), then it should be outlawed along with other similar inhuman practices carried on in our country. I hereby solicit each woman, man and child who detests cruelty, and values compassion and kindness, to lend assistance to a campaign to bring about the introduction of a bill at Ottawa to outlaw cruelty in any form to all animals. Such a procedure is a necessity because human nature is such that man does not accept rules unless they are imposed by constituted authority. — PETER G.

GERARD, SHAMROCK, SASKATCHEWAN.

Charity in a dead world

Ralph Allen’s article on Norman Alcock (The man who wants peace, Feb. 24) came to my attention three days after I listened to Dr. Brock Chisholm speak in our town. As an agnostic, what I contribute annually to charities has found its way to the Salvation Army, the local London Rescue Mission and overseas projects sponsored by the Unitarians. I came away from Dr. Chisholm's lecture with the feeling that unless some solution were found to the problems the Peace Research Institutes are trying to solve, there will be no room for charity in a dead world. Consequently, while there is time, it u'ould seem fitting for all of us to divert at least a part of our charitable donations to Dr. A Lock's new Research Institute.

— WILLIAM J. HART, LONDON, ONTARIO.

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Why Cuba’s propagandists should study Buz Sawyer Reminder to our rulers: efficiency is not enough

Cuba’s program to export revolution, by William Eccles (Mar. 10). is a shameful collection of prejudices twisted into fanciful nonsense under the guise of objective reporting. He cites as “another sign of the Castro government’s subtle campaign to replace the Roman Catholic Church in the esteem of the Cuban people” the fact that Castro uses a helicopter to visit rural and mountainous areas. “Still another is the fact that virtually all the leaders of the revolution still wear long beards.” Such asinine drivel belongs in the U. S. press releases of Senator Goldwater and not in ihe pages of an “informed” Canadian periodical. How gullible do you imagine your readers to be? His “sick sample of the (Cuban) newspapers’ propagandizing ... a comic strip about the activities of a Cuban worker who is drawn much like a Walt Disney humanized dog ... a good guy” sounds very innocuous indeed when stacked against such hate-and-fear rabble-rousers as Buz Sawyer, Steve Canyon. Terry and ‘the Pirates. Winnie Winkle. Smilin’ ..rack and dear Little Orphan Annie, all of whom masquerade as comics in our “free” press dailies and weeklies. What a pitiful waste that any “thinking” man, given the rare privilege of viewing firsthand the miraculous short-term fruits of Cuba's all-out war against economic exploitation, poverty, disease, and ignorance, should so callously turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the new enthusiasm that is sweeping the Cuban people and then parrot all the tired old intolerant clichés of the U. S. vested interests.—D. E. ARMSTRONG, TORONTO.

Prescription for peuce

Referring to the article about Dr. Norman Alcock (The man who wants peace, Feb. 24) and assuming that these Peace Research Institutes are going to oiler their findings to governments, it seems unwise that “their main concern will not be what is right but what will work.” Governments decide our destinies and what the ordinary citizen relies on is that the men in authority shall be responsible to moral standards; what is right, not merely what is expedient. To try Jo attain peace without applying —vfinst’s principles is like treating a gangrenous wound with mentholatum.

— MRS. JOHN BEST, EDMONTON.

The high cost of rescue

Re Mrs. Rosalie Shapiro’s remarks on The redeemed children (Mailbag, Mar. 10). Mrs. Shapiro is completely overlooking the fact that Canada spent many times 4,000 in the best of her young manhood in helping to rescue these children from the Nazis. We ask her simply, why did not the Jews of Canada, or any other place, look after all their children? Canada did probably more proportionately than her share in this rescue. Mrs. Shapiro should do a little deeper thinking.—GEORGE DUNSFORD, TORONTO.

^ When Mrs. Shapiro condemns Canada for not accepting Jewish refugees during the "thirties,” she is speaking with the gift of hindsight. Let us rather look at the situation that prevailed in this country at that time and think in that context. Unemployed men “rode the rails” looking for jobs that didn’t exist; thousands of families were on relief and men labored in camps for a few cents a day. Any Canadian government which sponsored immigration would

have been committing political suicide. Morally—especially in the light of the atrocities which were committed — we should have admitted Jewish refugees. Having said this, however, we must also state that no democratic government can move without popular support and the Canadian people were (quite rightly) concerned with their own problems during those anxious days. Does this imply a flaw in our system and in our hearts? Perhaps—but Mrs. Shapiro must admit it is not as serious a defect as that which existed at the core of Hitler’s Germany where the only mandate needed to condemn millions of people to death was a stroke of the PEN.-RONALD MILLER. TRENTON. ONTARIO.

Who’s corrupt? All of us

Your article (A modern manual of civic corruption, Mar. 10) shows to what a low moral state we, a so-called Christian country, have sunk. We have no one to blame for this but ourselves. The government of our country, at a federal, provincial or local level is com-

posed of people, human beings just like us and our neighbors, and as they are dishonest and evil, so are we, because they are us. Look at the average Canadian family. How many would take the money back to a store because a clerk undercharged them? How many are above trying to get something for nothing?-EVA DARRACH, SCARBOROUGH. ONT.

Why our workers are fleeifig

Ralph Allen (Is it the boss that’s wrong with business? Jan. 27) might also have pointed out the tendency of the majority of the management hierarchy to follow a rigid pattern in their recruiting efforts. Their deliberations and selections are confined to the stereotyped and familiar; they eschew imagination, daring and innovation in favor of conformity and custom; they see only the soft, pure minted gold in their own backyards and ignore the rough diamond over the hill. The Financial Post reports (Feb. 24) that since 1956, 120.000 workers have emigrated from Canada to the U. S. A. Over one quarter of this total consisted of professional. technical and managerial persons. Of this total it might be reasonable to assume that perhaps one half of one percent were eminently suitable to help run Canadian business. Who bears the prime responsibility for their loss? If Canada were a socialist country, one might blame the government, but in a free enterprise state it appears more likely to be the result of the shortsightedness of the leaders of INDUSTRY.-H. ERICSON,

SCARBOROUGH, ONT.

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Our elected officials: only a few are corrupt, but perhaps they need a code of ethics and a governing body

A modern manual on civic corruption by Alan Phillips (March 10) implies that all elected local officials arc (or are about to become) corrupt. Nowhere in his article does the author take the trouble to point out that his case against local officials is based on a few known instances. True, there have been a number of unfortunate cases in recent

years but to paint all officialdom with the same brush is like implying that all motorists are corrupt because a few manage to evade paying the penalty for having committed a traffic violation. Your magazine has gained a reputation for fairness and unbiased reporting and for this reason I will be looking forward to seeing a public apology by

Mr. Phillips to the many thousands of honest and ethical public spirited people who now' serve as our elected representatives on the many local councils across Canada. - J. D. CONNOR. EXECUTIVE: SECRETARY, SASKATCHEWAN URBAN MUNICIPALITIES ASSOCIATION, REGINA.

** Similar instances to those mentioned

by Alan Phillips have happened here in Victoria. For instance, last year the city council amended the zoning by-law so that an undertaker, who was not a property owner, could have a funeral parlor erected in a residential zone. Although the majority of property owners in the area protested, and even presented a petition to the inspector of municipalities asking for a public inquiry, their protests were ignored. One means of preventing, or at least diminishing, corruption at the municipal level might be the setting up of a bi-cameral community council. The new body of “municipal trustees” would be an honorary body only. It could not introduce money by-laws, but would have the power to veto any money, zoning or other by-law passed by the present municipal council. - LINN A. GALL. VIC'

TORIA, B.C.

^ We in Scarborough and no doubt those in other communities can testify that voting a crook out of office does not stop his activities for an hour. While in office, they learn the knowhow' of feathering their nests and have funds of information stored up to enable them to plunder on a much greater scale when they are ejected from office. They just change their titles and become "smart” businessmen. Theonly answer is public punishment for public crimes. Why can’t we have a Siberia in Canada to send delinquent public officials to?-CHARLES WARD, SCARBOROUGH.

ONTARIO.

What the politicians believe

Your correspondent. Joan Brooke, after reading In High Places, asks “Do the politicians not believe in Him (God) any more?” (Mailbag, Mar. 10). Well, some profess to, at any rate. Gateway to Greatness, a policy statement of the Social Credit Association of Canada, contains the following paragraph: "No nation can be truly great or permanently strong, unless its people recognize and acknowledge the eternal deity, sovereignty and righteousness of God and His meritorious right to man’s worship and allegiance. The voluntary acceptance of this individual and collective responsibility is basic to enduring progress and the dignity of man.” I

have enjoyed In High Places and youc__

Modern manual of civic corruption (Mar. 10), though perhaps the time has come now when you should run a feature on the politicians who are not corrupt — there are such, even in municipal politics! The medical and legal professions have adopted governing bodies to maintain standards of ethics and public service among their members. Has the time come when the politicians should do the same? — J. M.

HATTERSLEY, PERSONAL SECRETARY TO THE NATIONAL LEADER. THE SOCIAL CREDIT ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, OTTAWA.

The wild wake-robin

The prize trophies of a wild-flower hunter (Mar. 10) is one of the most artistic contributions to your magazine in a long time. Not since the days of Holmes the artist have our wild flowers been given such a loving treatment. If I might suggest another name for the red trillium — one which in my opinion is a much more picturesque one —

I would like to say 1 have always called it the wake-robin. We have a lot of them in our part of the country. —

MRS. J. G. MORRISON, KINCARDINE, ONTARIO. ★