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April 1 1969
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April 1 1969

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NATO: Canada in or out?

Ottawa’s Reds: the swingers & the swooners

Stanfield: hang-up in New York

I CANNOT AGREE with your Editorial, Let This Be Our Last Year In NATO. Canada is strong enough to play a role, if only a minor one, in defense of Western democracy, and should keep her forces in Europe. If it is a question of saving money, let the federal government cut back on some of its overlapping welfare programs where poor value is often received for the money expended. After all, North America’s first line of defense is well beyond its coastal waters, and Canada should be virile enough not to expect the United States to pinch-hit for her in time of NEED.-RUSSELL B. ZINCK, HALIFAX

* The post - Czechoslovakia - invasion NATO review showed that West Europeans do not have the capacity to oppose the Warsaw Pact countries. Are you suggesting that Canada lives in a fireproof house?

MATTHEW SCHOLTZ, LONDON, ONT.

* As a Canadian temporarily residing outside my country, I am amazed that an influential magazine such as Maclean’s should try to delude a naïve public by such a fatuous argument, and ashamed at the apparent insular trend in my country. Surely the lessons of history have proven a free Europe is essential to our freedom. The smug attitude that the U.S. will defend us whether we are in NATO or not makes us a charity case — and yet we like to boast of our independent foreign policy. Switching defense money to foreign aid will never provide a solution to the “Angry Third World.” Like it or not, both are required: mutual defense to provide a stable world, and foreign aid for education and self-help programs.

P. A. MACE, VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA

Reds & Red Coats

After reading Eileen Turcotte’s article, Hey, Where Did All Those Movie-Villain Russians Go? (Reports), in which she refers to young women impressed by the new swinging image of Russian diplomats in Ottawa, I think we all should feel very fortunate that the RCMP has a better memory than some of the broads in the capital.

HELEN PIOVATY, PARIS, ONT.

CBC: Australia’s different

It is a mistake to compare the costs of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Commission, as you did in “What the CBC costs the taxpayers” (Higgled}’, Piggledy, CBC . .. ). The two-language role of the CBC has been ignored. CBC’s Montreal operation is the largest French-speaking TV production centre in the world. Australia provides only a one-language serv-

ice, the population centres are concentrated and there’s no microwave network. The CBC is the communications link that brings this country into everyone’s living room. If it is expensive, it’s worth it.

VAL WAKE, OTTAWA

Utopia

Congratulations to John Zichmanis for his article Ibiza: Where The Living Is Easy. He makes the island sound like Utopia.—T. M. BURGESS, SARNIA, ONT.

Maclean’s Stanfield

I thought that your readers might be interested to know that my painting of Robert Stanfield, commissioned by Maclean’s and published in the March 1968 issue, was chosen to be exhibited in the Society of Illustrators’ Annual Show in New York City. This is the 11th show of its kind and represents the highest standard of editorial and advertising art on the scene for the past year. You can imagine how pleased I was to receive this award and I hope that Maclean’s, too, enjoys this international recognition. HEDDA S. JOHNSON, NEW YORK, N.Y.

View from the islands

In Edith Wallis Minds Everybody’s Business, writer Alan Edmonds presents a totally biased picture of conditions on Long and Brier Islands, NS. He mentions drunkenness, reckless driving, bootleggers, derelict cars left by the roadside. He suggests the people are ignorant. with complete disrespect for the law and those who enforce it, and without pride in themselves or their communities. Are the communities of Ontario and Quebec Utopias? The youth of the island communities have made out-

standing contributions in many professional fields. - MARGARET PRIME, DORIS

HOOPER, JIM PRIME, FREEPORT, NS

Alan Edmonds replies: “I didn’t say everyone on the islands gets drunk or drives recklessly or bootlegs booze. 1 did say some do and that it’s a social problem, as it is. The fact that so many leave the area is an ipso facto indication of how many contribute to other fields of endeavor. 1 did not suggest the area around Digby was any worse or better than anywhere else. I think it’s an attractive area and vibrant.”

Live it up!

Re your article about bank clerk Ann Spiller (Anyone Can Steal A Million): I’ve just sent in my application for employment to The Royal Bank of Canada. I can’t wait to get on the payroll and start living it up! Your detailed instructions should expedite my entrée into high living. - MRS. SUE POLSKY, WINNIPEG

Pot and pans

Your interviews with pot smokers, all professional, respected citizens, was biased (Some Of The Best People Smoke Pot). The article had the effect of advocating the use of marijuana. You should have interviewed people in prisons and hospitals—the mainline narcotics addicts, nearly all of whom started by using marijuana. Tell me about the joys of marijuana after you have talked to a 14-yearold prostitute with a narcotics habit who started her career with harmless marijuana.-ROY R. SMITH, CHINO, CALIFORNIA

Y In the past few years the departments of education in our provinces have spent a fortune in the cause of education against drug addiction. Teachers of physical and health education now are confronted with the student response: “It’s okay to smoke pot, sir — I read in Maclean’s that it is nonaddictive and really can’t do any harm.” We know that it is not addictive physically, but is psychologically, and this is just as serious. Parents don’t want their children to be enslaved to anything injurious but this is exactly what the Pot article will encourage. — DOUGLAS KERR, HEAD OF PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION, LAWRENCE PARK COLLEGIATE, TORONTO

The article was a factual presentation of a present-day social phenomenon that has gone largely unreported. It was published as matter of immediate concern to Canadians. Maclean’s neither supports nor approves the use of pot, whose potential for harm was described by a psychiatrist in the article.

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Travel posters

Your article, Write Today! Don’t Delay! You Too Can Get Something For Nothing!, listed our New York office as a source for travel posters of Great Britain. It is, in fact, some years since we have been able to offer free posters, because of rising production costs. I can only suggest that readers who want travel posters apply to their local travel agents.

LEWIS ROBERTS, DIRECTOR, PUBLIC RELATIONS, BRITISH TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, TORONTO

Establishment: slandered?

Re your reference to The Student As Nigger (Four-Letter Words? You’ll Find Them All In Hansard, Reports) : The editor of our school newspaper printed a cut-down version of this article. I say “cut-down” because our principal acts as a censor, and told us what we could leave in, and what to omit. Granted, we didn’t get all the four-letter words you spoke of, but we got enough so that we got the idea of the whole thing. No one was suspended or expelled. I guess the Establishment isn’t as Victorian as some students let on.

BRENDA HARTWICK, BEAVERTON, ONT.

Razor job

TV critic Douglas Marshall does a masterful job of slashing CBC’s Barris and Company (Reviews). He says he didn’t bother to tune in until he observed that people “paled every time the show was mentioned.” This interesting physiological phenomenon impelled him to “tune in on several occasions.” Armed with this background, and a razor-sharp perception, he has been able to snap out a magnificent, long article without having to waste his valuable time watching much of the product he condemns. Personally, I believe CBC should encourage a nightly one-hour variety show out of Toronto in a move to develop and expose Canadian talent, and keep it in the country.

F. WARNER, VICTORIA

* Marshall asks the question, Is Your CBC Channel Snowing You With Second - Best Films? What does he mean, second-best? A lot of us think many of them are third-, fourthand so-on-best. One thing is sure, we’re getting more and more sleep. We lost our tempers long ago. — MRS. D. GELLATLY, WESTBANK, BC

* Please enroll me as a charter member of Douglas Marshall’s newly formed organization, CARPOT — Canadian Association Representing People Out There. I would like to represent the mothers of preschoolers. Programs for these children are normally scheduled between 10.30 and 11.20 a.m. — an excellent time, as everyone except preschool children is occupied earning a living. However, this does not stop the CBC from kicking those programs off the air at any time in favor of public-affairs events — of chief interest to adults, who aren’t there.

MRS. H. TALLENTIRE, MONTREAL