MAILBAG

August 1 1967

MAILBAG

August 1 1967

MAILBAG

Miners and Expo

Where the girls go

The Forgotten Miners, by Ian Adams, was heartrending. I am ashamed, as a Canadian, when I think what we’ve spent on Expo, compared to what we have spent on the people who have died helping to build the Canada that Expo is supposed to represent.

MRS. S. SUTTON, NORTH VANCOUVER

Why “Royal”?

Isn’t McKenzie Porter a bit inconsistent (Why Stop at Unification? Here's Oar Chance to Build the World’s Biggest Commando Force, Argument)? He complains that the Canadian armed forces play “the role of mere auxiliaries in the hgger formations fielded by the British and Americans.” Yet he wants to call them the Royal Canadian Commandos. As long as we use the prefix Royal, we aTe perpetuating the widespread assumption that Canadian forces are under British jurisdiction.

L A. NORMAN. MONTREAL

Bravo “Riel”

May I express my appreciation for your excerpt from the new Canadian opera Louis Riel, by Mavor Moore and Harry Somers. This opera, intermingling French and English, is just what we need to further our putative bilingualism.

ARCHIE WALKER, SYDNEY. NS

A time for cheering

Re Jocelyn Dingman’s Confessions of an Adult Non-Nationalist (Reviews): Would you please put a soft pedal on all the blase non-nationalists for a while? We have always been told by other nations that we have no national consciousness. Now. when we are trying to show a little pride in our country, why make fun of it? Give Centennial a chance.

MRS. JEAN BREWSTER, EDMONTON

Guide or gossip?

As a mother who strongly believes that children must be taught independence from an early age, and must be pushed from the nest as soon as they are ready to fly. and allowed then to seek their own solutions to life. I must take violent exception to the article The Uncliaperoned Girl's Guide to Europe, by Bonnie Buxton. Far from being a “conscientious" guide for girls, it is a nasty-minded piece of gossip designed simply to upset parents whose daughters have just left for the tremendously enriching experience of traveling in Europe.

MRS. GEOFF RAINEY. COURTENAY. BC

* That girl who made up her mind to lose her virginity in Europe: I wonder if she ever took it with her.

JOHN GRIFFITH, VANCOUVER

* I was gratified to learn that the sexual revolution in mores sweeping the U.S. campuses has not as yet engulfed Canadian colleges. The Canadian co-ed appears to practise — just as when a dozen years ago I was a European immigrant undergraduate at Queen’s — a successful virginity brinkmanship. She can hitchhike. dine and dance across Europe, dangling the reward of her physical charms. When men turn "lecherous," she is skillful enough to ward them off and has the psychic bonus of enjoying a sense of moral outrage in the bargain. No

wonder she will make the ideal wife when she comes back home to Smiths Falls. — PROF. K. PALDA. CLAREMONT GRADUATE SCHOOL. CLAREMONT. CALIFORNIA

* Super! It couldn't have been written by anyone but a sister in the hitching fellowship. She forgot to mention a few

things. There’s the arrive-at-hostel-inpitch - dark - find - it - closed - nearest -hostel - 30 - miles - away episode. Or. how - to - keep - smiling - ail - through -three - hours - in - pouring - rain - waiting - for - a - car - to - come - by. But the spirit of the article summed up the whole glorious thing pretty well. And what a glorious life it is! A note to all

our - little - girl’s - over - there - and we’re - worried parents: don’t.

HANNAH VAN DER KAMP. ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND

New Think and The Image

I’ve got news for writer Jack Batten and his admen (These Guys Are Trying To Sell You Something). My young children and their friends are potential consumers, and the "New Think" ads leave them utterly cold, or howling with derisive laughter. The admen are. in fact, actual-

Schools: whose feet are dragging?

ly antagonizing their future customers.

MRS. S. STEVENSON, LONDON, ONT.

* I used to wonder whether admen really believed that their client’s bright detergent did a better job than the rival white one. or that persuading the public to buy a water-miscible hair dressing instead of the greasy stuff helped expand the economy. Now, thanks to Batten’s article, I realize that such questions do not concern the adman of today. He is a creative person who writes 58V2-second short stories instead of commercials, and if in the process the truth is stretched a little — put it down to poetic license. As for the professional image, why these people are Artists and Scientists. If only the agencies could obtain grants from both the Canada Council and the National Research Council, they wouldn't need clients. — w. A. ARMSTRONG, OTTAWA

* The timing for an article like this couldn’t have been worse. I feel the legislators who were made to think objectively about advertising, are now as a result of this article returning to their original conception that we, in the agency business, are “mental lightweights.” I sincerely hope that Canada’s largest agency in defiance of the industry’s Code of Ethics did not encourage the writer of this article to refer to their competitors as the “most flamboyant operator” or “hot shot, young.” Can you imagine a lawyer in court being permitted to use these descriptions of a competitor?

R. L. DAVIDSON, PRESIDENT, DAVIDSON BLASCO ASSOCIATES, TORONTO

“Centennial series”

Articles such as those of June Callwood on education in your recent issues perform an urgently — nay, desperately — needed service. The vital role of education cannot be fulfilled behind a veil of professional reserve. A direct and sympathetic communication must exist among the three parties concerned: the teacher, the “taught” and the society which creates, and is ultimately created by, the schools. Her series is, in my view, the most worthy contribution a publication such as yours can provide—truly a commendable Centennial project.

MRS. ISOBEL A. CULL, VANCOUVER

* I’ve been teaching for more than 35 years. I think the cure for our traditional ills lies in the voting for and electing better boards who, in turn, choose better principals, who are alert to and not afraid of change.—v. v. M. MCLEOD, EDMONTON

* Miss Callwood’s series would qualify her as the high priestess of the popular Canadian cult of national flagellation and self-abnegation. It would be far better reporting to have written about the thousands of schools in Canada where improvement is taking place, where every school day teachers are intimately involved in the process of teaching, and students in that of learning.

A. M. BROCKMAN, PRINCIPAL, HUNTINGDON HIGH SCHOOL, HUNTINGDON. QUE.

* To say “Canadian children learn nothing to prepare them for responsible citizenship” in school is a very broad statement without application to the whole educational system. Are honesty, truth, fair play, helpfulness, neatness, co-operation, and even independence, which are the fabric of school life, not the earmarks of a responsible citizen? These are the attitudes teachers are

developing intrinsically in every lesson. IRENE HARRISON, GWEN LIVERMORE, PAT

LANGFORD, PARRY SOUND, ONT.

* Re Callwood’s High Schools: Holdouts in the Classroom Revolution: There is a large number of teachers pressing for change. Miss Callwood misses the point by not realizing that schools are controlled by boards of education composed of businessmen from the community who have no real knowledge of education. It is the boards of education who restrict the freedom of the teachers, and until these are reformed teachers will remain in their position of unprofessional servitude. — FRANCIS MANSBRIDGE, NOTRE DAME OF CANADA, WILCOX, SASK.

* What right has she to assume that Ontario’s “rigid,” university-oriented curriculum and “Victorian” teaching methods are still being perpetuated throughout Canada? It’s time Maclean's and its reporters removed themselves from the apparently narrow confines of Ontario and set their course for the west, where new curricula and methods have been operating for at least four years. - MISS M. MOLLOY, HEAD, DEPT.

OF ENGLISH, BONNIE DOON COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL, EDMONTON

Too long at the (wrong) fair?

Hal Tennant must have cither had a fight with his wife the morning before he went to Expo, or else he’s just old sour grapes, to give the exhibition such an equivocal vote of confidence {A Fair that Wins on both Roundabouts and Swings, Reports). Perhaps he’s been attending the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto for too many years.

BRYNA RUBINGER, MONTRI AL

* While at Expo the other day, 1 decided to have dinner in one of the many restaurants. After waiting several hours for a seat and after seeing the prices on the menu, 1 came to the conclusion what Expo’s real theme is. So I sat down and designed this symbol (above). DIANA RUBIN, MONTREAL

* Congratulations to Pierre Berton for his report on Expo ("By God, We Did It! And Generally We Did It Well,” Reports). We (?) did do it — by God.

NINA GREEN, OTTAWA

* Berton remarks, “Something has obviously gone very wrong with the engineering of the two mammoth theme pavilions which use the principle of the truncated tetrahedron.” As an engineer, and as one who was involved in design of some of the other space-frame structures at Expo. I would like to straighten Berton out. The fault with the theme pavilions is not that of engineers — at least not directly. The blame must surely be pinned on the architects and their arrogance in pushing such a scheme through to execution. The failure, and it

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Voyageurs / Bare on the beach? / “Every hood is laughing”

is a gross failure, is in the architectural conception and design.

D. T. WRIGHT, TORONTO

* As a student who is acquiring a noninstitutional education as a guide in Man in the Community at Expo, I extend my congratulations for your relatively extensive comments on that excellent pavilion — particularly since much of the

North American press seems to have given it somewhat scant coverage. GEORGINA STE INSKY, ST. LAMBERT. QUE.

Why Minnesota? Here's why

In Some Records To Throw Away Next January (Reviews), Elmo Ciprictti makes a rather snide remark concerning the

issuing of The Voyageurs and Their Songs by the Minnesota Historical Society, such an enterprise being taken, he says, on "slender grounds.” This organization has a sound historical interest in the French-Canadian voyageur, for he not only passed through Minnesota territory on the way to the British northwest territories, but penetrated far into Minnesota’s heartland. This society

has done much to find and record Canada’s fur-trade history. In 1941 it published Grade Lee Nute’s The Voyageurs Highway, reprinted it six times since then. In 1955 it republished Nutc’s The Voyageur. In 1962 it cosponsored publication of Eric W. Morse’s Canoe Routes of the Voyageurs. In 1965 it sponsored an international conference on the fur trade. Last year it co-sponsored an underwater archaeological project on the Winnipeg River. And this year it planned to send its associate director to tell about this activity to a conference on western Canadian history, a Centennial project held at Banff in May. — J. w. CHALMERS. PRESIDENT, HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF ALBERTA, EDMONTON

Saved by the rag bag

A publication that has had a reputation above reproach as yours should definitely refuse to print such pictures as those disgraceful bathing suits! (It Looks As If Bathing Suits Are Here To Stay . . . But Only Just Barely.) If it weren't for the wisps of material snatched from the rag bag. those models would surely be NUDE.-MRS. M. B. ARCHIBALD, VICTORIA

Rights — for whom?

In So You Think You’ve Got Legal Rights? Ha Ha Ha (Reports), Jack Batten says, "A man in a Canadian police station has few rights, little protection and not much hope.” What rights should a man found driving in the condition described have? Who protects the other motorists on the road? It is the responsibility of the police and the courts to protect the safety of the innocent bystander, not provide fancy privileges and rights for those who don’t deserve them. T. B. COLLINGS, COUNTY ENGINEER, STRATFORD, ONT.

* How can Batten speak of “protection,” when he thinks that the only way the average citizen can be protected is when Canada adopts the same law that we have in the U.S.? As a police officer in New York City, I know that since we have had the Supreme Court rulings in the Escobedo and Miranda cases, we have not been able to give the proper protection to our citizens. Every hood is laughing at us, and we feel frustrated in not being able to do our job properly. DETECTIVE SERGEANT JIM HERRINGTON, NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT

* The disturbing thing about Batten’s article is that it puts the lawbreaker in the role of the victim, and the police, legislatures and courts in the role of oppressors. When will we realize that the police represent all of us? When will we begin to show the moral indignation against lawbreakers that we now vent against the law enforcers? I agree that the public, members of parliament and judges have the right and, indeed, the duty to oppose improper police methods and to seek improvement in the administration of criminal law. However, the remedy does not lie in mass acquittals of those who have been proved guilty.

W. F. BOWKER. DEAN OF THE FACULTY OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA, EDMONTON

* Batten laments that O’Connor is left with a criminal record “simply because he did his driving in Canada.” I would have thought it was simply because he committed a crime. I have legal rights, too: the right to have my wife and children protected from drinking drivers, and the right to demand that our police provide such protection, short of brutality. — JAMES HORNING, MONTREAL ★