MAILBAG

Nobody left at the altar? / Dr. Spook, please get lost / Who needs McLuhan? / Or English fads?

August 21 1965
MAILBAG

Nobody left at the altar? / Dr. Spook, please get lost / Who needs McLuhan? / Or English fads?

August 21 1965

Nobody left at the altar? / Dr. Spook, please get lost / Who needs McLuhan? / Or English fads?

MAILBAG

In your Editorial The Hopeful Vision Of A Quiet Revolutionary, you quote at length from a newly published book. Sous le soleil de la pitié, by Brother Pierre-Jérôme. He says, “To be against revolution is not to bless the OPR." He believes that “the welfare of Quebec will come through Quebec, not through Ottawa.” He adds, “I don't feel myself married to Vancouver.” Ouch. Are we here outcasts or something? Do we not belong to the same land, and are we not governed by the same parliament as Quebec? We here in BC arc sick and tired of the slurs leveled at us by envious east-coast people. For the information of Brother Pierre-Jérôme, no one in Vancouver would wish to “marry” Quebec, if we could help it. Only this great landmass holds us together, and if any province should have a real reason for “divorce” from the rest of Canada, it’s

US. — T. E. JOHNSON, VANCOUVER

Unfair to Good Samaritans!

Re Allen Linden's Argument, The Law Is Stacked Against The Good Samaritan: I would venture to say that apart from possible legal liability, another big reason for people hesitating to help the police or come forward as witnesses of accidents is the chronic time-consuming conduct of the courts, to which postponements mean nothing and which act as if only the court’s time is valuable.

J. SADLER. OTTAWA

Let’s get away from it all

In Argument, Sheila H. Kieran Offers Advice To Parents: Burn All Those Books On Baby Care. When is she going to give up? It seems to me she has just about exhausted the subject of Dr. Spock and his more-or-less beneficial influences. By a curious coincidence, I too am the mother of seven children, and, believe me. 1 am ready for an article by Sheila H. Kieran about deep-sea diving off the coast of Australia. — MRS. SUSAN MONK-

MAN, NEW WESTMINSTER, BC

Rire ou sneer?

Re How One Canadian Family Leaped The Language Barrier — Together: it seems extraordinarily inappropriate that Canada’s National Magazine should choose to treat the subject of bilingualism as if it were some sort of a joke and the learning of the French language as nothing more than a frivolous stunt.

RICHARD MAURICE, VICTORIA

* None of the English-speaking people here in Montreal will ever try to do the same thing as that wonderful family. MRS. EMMA PARIZEAU, MONTREAL

Bugs in the Kremlin?

In your article on Prof. Marshall McLuhan (The High Priest Of Pop Culture), we arc given an outline of his theories of the problems of communication in the cold war. What garbage! I suppose the Communists would be comforted if we bugged the Kremlin: then our espionage would only be communication with the “ear-oriented” Russians. Conversely, we

would be happy if the Reds only sent over a few U2s, a form of visual espionage wc could understand. Such comments arc fatuous and ridiculous, pompous and inane. 1 suspect that the other "McLuhanisms” are similar. Why is McLuhan, then, so much the fad? Because, as your article intimates, he can give apparent rhyme and reason to our syncopated, sick society. McLuhan’s theories on communications are interesting, but his applications are useless. I don’t look to him (or anyone) to make our society seem meaningful. — K. DENT, TORONTO

How did it start?

Re How Alberta Schools Teach Evolution (Reports): Being aware of some of the arguments against evolution, I am persuaded that the Theory of Evolution is not nearly so secure as we arc often led to believe. I feel quite strongly that the struggle between Evolution and Creation is not so much a question of method in beginnings and development in our world in particular, but rather whether God did it or whether it happened by itself — a battle of God versus anti-God. I am quite satisfied that God, through the instrumentality of His Son, formed the worlds, and whatever is in them, but just how this was done one cannot be certain. I think, too, that too many of us are inclined to categorize God and His works. Because we are an earth, confined by time and space, are we to conclude that He who dwells in the heavens and transcends time and space, is not, and has not been, very active in the past development of our world, simply because He cannot be brought into the laboratory, and there dissected and analyzed?

A. W. SMITH, TORONTO

London, please copy

I have a flash for Michael D. McGinnis, of Surrey, England, who criticizes you for not being up on the latest teenage fashions in England (Mailbag): nobody with a brain in his head gives two hoots about the “newest English fashions.” Anyone who is really “with it” would realize that the “clumpy, broguestyle shoes” he refers to make one’s legs resemble hydro poles. As for the

“tweedy look.” well, it always will be frumpy and typically British. Londoners could take a page from the North American book: forget the ridiculous brogues, long stringy hair, whitewashed faces and black-rimmed eyes, and try our brand of true femininity.

KATHY CAMPBELL, TORONTO

It’s high commissioner, Roloff

Roloff Beny should know that there is neither a Canadian embassy nor Canadian “ambassador” in India (My Global Quest For The Pleasure Of Ruins). ALAN G. HAMILTON, NIAGARA FALLS, NY

No halo for Joey

Premier Joey Smallwood must have given writer Ian Sclanders a good lunch for him to put a halo around his head (Joey

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Thirty million mistakes? / Salute to builders of the Bruce / How to see a PM best—from afar

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Smallwood's New, New, New Newfoundland) . He failed to mention Joey's disastrous dip into finance. When Newfoundland joined Canada, it had thirtyodd millions in the treasury, which Joey completely dissipated in building nationalized industries that were a complete loss. He then spoke on the radio, acknowledging his many blunders and said everybody makes mistakes. But surely not thirty-odd million ones.

HUGH M. SCOTT, MONTREAL

T The article on Newfoundland was shallow, unbalanced, deceptive and misleading. All confederation did basically was to change exploitive overlords from London to Ottawa. The real basis of what has been called prosperity during the last twenty years had its foundation in the impetus given to our economy by the war boom of the forties and the defease boom of the fifties coupled with the greatly increased prices for our exports in world markets. Not one single major industry has been established because of confederation. Newfoundland has one of the highest, if not the highest, rates of unemployment in the Western world. The centuries-old forced exodus from Newfoundland continues unabated and promises to become stepped up in the future. Destitution, poverty, malnutrition and semistarvation are widespread throughout Newfoundland. Newfoundland has the potential capability to support a nation of millions if it had ever been allowed to obtain nationhood, in reasonable comfort and well-being. As it is, less than half a million have to struggle to maintain themselves with a frugal existence.

F. ROWE, ST. JOHN’S, NFLD.

4« Being a Newfoundlander, and very proud of the fact, 1 thoroughly enjoyed your portrayal of our premier as a very human person, generous, humorous, and to my mind, a very gentle and thoughtful person behind the mask of an efficient, brisk diplomat and politician. So little is ever said of the people of Newfoundland who become doctors, nurses, lawyers, teachers, etc. The prevailing impression of Newfoundland and its people, held by those outside the province, seems to be that we are fishermen, etc., and know nothing else. MARJORIE WILCOX, RN, TORONTO

Trail builders

bred Bodsworth On 7he Bnue (Holiday Trails Of ( añada) is a splendid account of the Bruce 1 rail story. Our president. Dr. C uyler Y. Hauch, of Owen Sound, Ont., has asked that we congratulate you on a line piece of reporting. Several of our directors have already stated how delighted they were with the article. So many have contributed to the building of the Bruce Frail that Mr. Bodsworth must have been faced with a real problem in knowing whom to mention and whom not to mention. The list is very long! However, we regret that the names of J. P. Johnstone, of Tobermory, and Alan Fowler, of Lion’s Head, were omitted. I hese two men have contributed very substantially to the actual building of the trail in the Bruce from the earliest days. They have worked with very little help and under great difficulties and are much appreciated by the Bruce Trail

Association. A small quibble: the picture on page 23 is not Lather Bluff (correct. Esther Cliff) but is. I believe, Skinner Bluff. The gentleman with the cane is the late Charles C. Middlebro’, of Owen Sound — crown attorney for Grey County and president of the Sydenham Bruce Trail Club. - R. N. EOWES, SECRETARY. THE BRUCE TRAIL ASSOCIATION, HAMILTON, ONT.

Endurance test

In your article How The "Flush Test" Kates Your TV Habits (Reviews), you admit that “our findings may be challenged on several grounds. but then you fail to mention the most obvious. Apart from the fact that Bonanza is a children’s program, and children are more prone to run to the bathroom frequently, isn’t it reasonable to assume that, if one has used the bathroom during Bonanza, one would not have to go again for Seven Days?

MARJORIE CAMUS. NOBEL. ONT.

Late-blooming bouquet

Your spring album (How The Provinces Proclaim Themselves With Flowers) is, alas, typical of Canada’s news coverage. Why leave out one third of Canada's land mass, the NWT and the Yukon? In the Yukon the fireweed (epilobittm augustafolium) clothes our frontier in rich purple, hemming the miles of the Alaska Highway and the Dawson road. It reaches up our foothills looking like heather on our Scottish hills. The Arctic avens, territorial flower of the NWT. is also one of scores of sub-Arctic species that star the alpine meadows and woodland wilderness of the Yukon. We did enjoy Emily Sartain’s paintings and the excellent photography but even floridly the NWT and the Yukon are a part of Canada.

MARGARET MARSH. WHITEHORSE, YT

They are indeed, and for a flowery acknowledgment, see page 24.

T Emily Sartain’s painting of the Pacific Dogwood omits an outstanding characteristic of the flower: the dried brown tips on each of the petals. Close inspection of Gene Aliman’s photograph reveals these tips, which sometimes appear as if a bite has been taken from each. 1 believe that there is a legend about the brown tips being marks of regret, which the Dogwood displays, for involvement in some ancient and nefarious deed.

J. S. LORD, TORONTO

Long-sight is sharper

While I find it difficult to follow the intricacies of Canadian politics, may I say a word of appreciation of Blair Eraser's recent article on the British political scene, Harold Wilson's Daily Gandtle With Defeat. It seemed to me to be a most accurate and balanced observation, probably because the writer, not being immediately involved, could take a refreshingly cool and impersonal view from afar.

GEORGE M. MALTMAN, RICK M ANSWORT'II. ENGLAND ★