HONORED: Newfound-land Premier Brian Peckford, 38, chosen as one of the five annual Vanier Award winners as an outstanding young Canadian of 1980. The citation
praises his “personal improvement, political achievements and concern for his province and country.”
DIED: John Oliver Blick, 65, following a short illness in Winnipeg. A former schoolteacher and wartime pilot, Blick dominated the western broadcasting industry and revolutionized radio by introducing remote broadcasts and news every hour. He founded CJOB in 1946 after persuading Winnipeg financiers that his radio ideas were sound.
ELECTED: Chun Doo-hwan, 50, as president of South Korea. A former army intelligence chief, Chun has been
serving as president since Choi Kyir hah resigned in a general uprising last May. Calling for a “democratic welfare state,” Chun’s followers have since banned all political parties and purged most of their opposition, including Kim Dae-jung, whose death sentence was recently commuted.
HIRED: Mary Cunningham, 29, by Joseph E. Seagram and Sons Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the Montrealbased Seagram Company. Cunningham, the Bendix Corp. vice-pres-
ident who was forced to resign in October when her meteoric career was linked to a romantic liaison with company Chairman William Agee, will serve as the vice-president in charge of strategic planning and project development.
RELEASED: British missionary hostages John and Audrey Coleman, both
57, and Jean Waddell, 58, held in Tehran since last August for espionage. Iran has admitted the evidence against them was trumped up by a mentally unbalanced Iranian Anglican. A fourth Briton, 57-year-old businessman Andrew Pyke, remains in captivity.
DIED: Howard Hanson, 84, American composer and conductor, of a stroke at his home in Rochester, N.Y. Best known for his Elegy in Memory of Serge Koussevitzky, the former director of the Eastman School of Music won the Pulitzer Prize in 1944 for Symphony No. 4-
DIED: Historian Bertie Wilkinson, 83, in Toronto. One of the top three medievalists in the world, Wilkinson made his reputation on scholarly publications from The Chancery
Under Edward III in 1929 through The Creation of Medieval Parliaments in 1972.
All creatures great and small
We must commend you and Roy MacGregor on your article Shadows of An Ancient Calling (Outdoors, Feb. 16). Your readers will have learnt something of the enormity of the slaughter of these sentient creatures, and something, too, of the attitudes of the persons, both customer and supplier, guilty of supporting it. Most important, they will be reminded that those who carry on and maintain this vicious trade are ignoring all moral considerations for the sake of sport, profit or mere ostentatious dress. —MICHAEL BELEC,
President, Animal Defence League of Canada, Ottawa
Quality not quantity
In his editorial How CBC-2 Can Save Our Kids From Becoming Mork and Mindy (Feb. 2), Peter C. Newman argues that Canadians need access to a second CBC channel to overcome the influence of American programming. As one of the many thousands of Canadians who are not yet served by the CBC’s existing network, I feel that “a relatively nominal sum of $30 million” would be better spent by extending CBC coverage to include local stations in all provinces and in all cities with a population of 40,000 or more. Victoria needs its first CBC station far more than Ontario’s asphalt triangle needs CBC-2.
—KELLY BERT MANNING, Victoria, B.C.
If Peter C. Newman thinks we are getting too much of Mork and Mindy and Three's Company, I suggest it is entirely the fault of the CBC. In fact, both those shows are purchased by the CBC for rebroadcast. To allow the CBC to establish another network would be to condone what they have done to date.
— DAVID WINEBERG, Ottawa
No, we don’t need another CBC channel. What we do need is quality homegrown programs on the CBC channel we already have. After all, man cannot live by documentaries alone.
—HEATHER HAMM, Calgary
An optional view
In my opinion, your interpretative piece Another Ace in His Sleeve (World, Feb. 9) showed a deep lack of understanding and perception of Philippine politics. Your conclusion that the recent lifting of martial rule was influenced by the election of Ronald Reagan and the visit of Pope John Paul II is hard to believe. As early as the summer of 1978, President Marcos publicly announced his firm intention to lift martial law “within 18 months.” In setting out to
prove your point, that the whole exercise was a “charade,” you conveniently failed to mention the real effects of the termination of martial rule: the abolition of military rule, relinquishment by President Marcos of his emergency powers, restoration of the writ of habeas corpus, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. Instead of enlightening your readers, the article did them a disservice.
—HONORIO T. CAGAMPAN, Consul General, Consulate General of
The Philippines, Toronto
A factual follow-up
We would like to inform you that in Allan Fotheringham’s column New Lamps for Old (Feb. 2), the Business Day referred to was presented by the students of the faculty of management of the University of Calgary, and not of the University of Alberta. We would like to add that those who attended Business Day thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Fotheringham’s after-dinner address. He provided a much-needed satire of the Canadian political situation.
Acting Chairman, Faculty of Management, University of Calgary, Calgary
It was interesting to note that Allan Fotheringham mentioned the magazine Alberta Report, saying that “it will be the first national magazine published in Alberta.” I am glad that Fotheringham is aware of this magazine, but wonder why he is not aware of such national magazines as Energy Processing/Cañada, Propane/Cañada, Canadian Petroleum and, of course, the MacleanHunter publication, Oilweek.
— MAX L. MALDEN, Managing Editor, Energy Processing/ Canada, Propane/Canada
Food for thought
Stanley Roberts, the western troubleshooter galloping into the sunrise of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce presidency, is an entrepreneur whose nutritional facts are faulty. In your article The Liberals' Man-For-All-Regions? (Profile, Feb. 2), Roberts said that Pablum was invented as a pig starter. Wrong, wrong, wrong! Pablum was developed at the nutritional research laboratories of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children in 1930 by doctors Frederick Tisdall and Theodore Drake as an infant food. —CHARLES W. TISDALL,
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