LETTERS

LETTERS

April 23 1990
LETTERS

LETTERS

April 23 1990

LETTERS

VICTIMS OF SENSATIONALISM

Your article on the investigation of child abuse in Prescott, Ont. (“Rumor and scandal,” Justice, March 26), was superior to most of the national media reports. Considering that in North America one in four female children and one in 10 male children may be sexually abused, one hardly needs a course in probability to propose that the condition exists in every community in the country. Prescott’s citizens and police ought to be commended in their lack of tolerance for such an appalling social blight. Instead, they have been too often faced with frothing journalism that substitutes exaggeration and conjecture when the truth does not make sufficiently titillating copy.

John Ray croft, Prescott, Ont.

PAYING FOR A PIPELINE

Your April 9 Business Note “Priddle bows out” described the Industrial Gas Users Association as being concerned “ ... whether consumers or the company will bear the cost” of TransCanada Pipe Lines Ltd.’s proposed expansion.. Regulated pipelines, such as TCPL, generally pass on all their costs to their customers. The Industrial Gas Users Association’s concern is which customers should pay for the cost of these expansion plans. TCPL is building what amounts to a new pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. border at Iroquois in eastern Ontario, and has proposed averaging its new costs with existing ones, thereby increasing costs to all existing users—by about $150 million per year by 1993—and keeping costs to new users lower than otherwise. To help redress this uneven balance, our association has proposed that the new facilities to serve the U.S. market be established as a separate cost pool to be paid for by these new users.

Ted Bjerkelund, Executive Director, Industrial Gas Users Association, Ottawa

AGREEMENT LACKS DEPTH

Your brief mention of a native land claim seems designed to pacify readers’ or politicians’ sense of guilt (“Land-claim approval,” National Notes, April 9). The settlement of $580 million works out to a meagre $34,118 per person, in an area with a very high cost of living. And while you mention the size of the land in question, what is not included is the ownership of subsurface rights. This leaves the way open for any mining company to disrupt surface life to get at the desired resources.

Gary J. Kohl, Toronto

GUNN/CANAPRESS

Prescott: ‘exaggeration and conjecture’

‘PATHETIC’ COMMENTS

The comments made by B.C. Environment Minister John Reynolds in response to expected criticism by National Geographic are pathetic (“Chopping at a province’s image,”

Opening Notes, March 12). Even if logging practices in Eastern Bloc countries are worse than ours, that does not make what we do in British Columbia right.

Glenn Treasure, North Vancouver

AN ISSUE OF GUILT

If Capt. Joseph Hazelwood is not guilty after Exxon did a great deal to blame the Exxon Valdez spill on him (“A captain’s guilt,” Environment, April 2), who is then? Nature, for« being there at the wrong time?

Chris Charlebois, St. Catharines, Ont.

A BREAK FROM THE FAST LANE

I read Charles Gordon’s column “Bulging veins as status symbols” (March 12) and nearly fell on the floor laughing. It was the first laugh I had had in an agonizing week in the workplace. Hands clenched on steering wheel, storming through shopping malls, trampling slow-moving children and grandmothers— yup, that just about paints the picture. Thank you for holding up the mirror.

Donna Castledine, Woodbridge, Ont.

LETTERS

OFFENSIVE STEREOTYPING

Whenever an article is about women, your reporters seem to feel the need to provide descriptions of her physical appearance, clothing or marital status. This is not the case for articles about men: you never see the comment “the grey-haired Michael Wilson.” Yet in “Taking the rap” (Cover, March 5), you describe Kim Campbell as a “bright, blond and personable Vancouver lawyer.” It was apparent from the many pictures of Campbell that she has blond hair, just as it is clear from his picture that Wilson has grey hair. Could it be that your writers buy into the old stereotype that a woman’s worth is based on her appearance or her relationship to a man, i.e. her marital status? This style of writing is truly offensive for those of us who are trying to overcome sex discrimination.

Christine Leonard, Bradford, Ont.

Brian D. Johnson seemed to be so enamored of Julia Roberts’s beauty in the movie Pretty Woman (“Love for sale,” Films, April 2) that he failed to notice the underlying theme of the movie that implies that the value of a woman lies in her physical beauty and desirability as a sex object. The generally good reviews are frightening, not only because of the film’s negative portrayal of women, but because the critics who are reviewing it seem blind to its subcontext.

Judy Halyk, Toronto

DEFENDING THE FANS

I take exception to Lenny Glynn’s review of Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Ultimatum (Books, April 2). He may think he is being funny when he stereotypes Ludlum’s reading public as “mild-mannered middle-aged guys with wild fantasies,” but I might remind him that Ludlum has a wide readership and to pigeonhole a fan like this is just downright ignorant.

Scott Mackay, Toronto

AFFORDABLE WHISTLER

From a business point of view, your article on Whistler, B.C. (“Money on the slopes,” Business, April 2), was accurate and interesting. However, being neither rich nor famous, but a longtime lover of the area, I was disappointed with how much emphasis was placed on the high cost of experiencing it. This area is indeed affordable, and I just hope this article does not deter the average tourist from enjoying it.

Brenda Dolick, Oshawa, Ont.

LETTERS

CONFLICTING MESSAGES

Ottawa’s new advertising blitz to attract U.S. visitors (“Go north, please,” Business, March 19) flies in the face of Via Rail’s policy to cut trains, which have always been among the biggest attractions for U.S. visitors.

Raymond E. Hannon, Dallas

MARKETING TRUDEAU

When Penguin Books Canada Ltd. bought Towards a Just Society-. The Trudeau Years a year and a half ago, we hired Goodman Communications Inc. to handle the public relations for the book. You do a grave injustice to Jeffrey Goodman by implying that the very well-orchestrated media campaign for Pierre Trudeau and Thomas Axworthy was organized by Senator Keith Davey (“Return of a gunslinger,” Cover, April 2). Outside of his participation in the Toronto launch of the book, Senator Davey played no part in the marketing plans.

Sandra Hargreaves, President, Penguin Books Canada Ltd,, Markham, Ont.

SUSPECT RELATIONSHIP

I cannot understand this long and extraordinary love affair which seems to exist between Maclean ’s and Pierre Trudeau. Using his photograph once in a while to support an article may be considered acceptable, but your issue of April 2 (“Two visions of Canada,” Cover) shows his likeness four times. Providing such extensive exposure to a visibly aging former prime minister suggests that an arrangement exists between you, of which I and other readers can only be suspect.

G. William Burgess, Islington, Ont.

CHARITABLE MISGIVINGS

Has Brian Mulroney ever heard the old saying “Charity begins at home” (“Forgiving a debt,” National Notes, April 2)? As a longtime taxpayer, I suggest that he never be allowed out of the country: I can’t afford it. Ten million dollars to the University of the West Indies, when our own universities are crying out for funds that Tory governments at all levels say we cannot afford. Two and a half million dollars for airport improvements in the Caribbean region, when Toronto’s is a disgrace. Before handing out tax dollars for other airports, he should join the mob of us ordinary Canadians forced to use Toronto airport.

Geoffrey Hill, Rexdale, Ont.

LETTERS

BRAZILIAN CONNECTION

I had been looking forward to the first Maclean ’s issue following the inauguration of Fernando Collor de Mello as the first democratically elected president of Brazil in 29 years. I was disappointed to find the event relegated to a six-line note (“Brazil’s new president,” World Notes, March 26) in the same issue that had a seven-page report dedicated to Mexico. With $4 billion in commercial exchange of goods and services with Canada, I feel that Brazil deserved better than that.

Gui Souza-Leite, St. Catharines, Ont.

PERSONAL AFFAIRS

Your magazine has sunk to the level of gossip tabloids with its inelegant report on Peter Nygard’s potential romantic encounters (“A union made from whole cloth,” Opening Notes, March 19). To find an article that speculates on the personal affairs of a successful Canadian businessman is largely inappropriate, and your closing comment, “A good businessman times his mergers carefully,” represents a vulgar disservice to your reading customers.

Huibert Maris, Kingston, Ont.

DIVERSITY AND MARKETING

Grants and subsidies to the farming community of Saskatchewan appear to have been little more than a Band-Aid solution for the plight facing the farmers (“Crisis on the land,” Canada, April 2). The former breadbasket is losing its most valuable asset—youth. Instead of attempting to sell that which is being produced, Saskatchewan should diversify and produce that which can be readily sold. It should also employ professional marketing methods, so that grants and subsidies would no longer be needed or wanted. A healthy agricultural sector would not only terminate the exodus of youth, it would certainly reverse the flow.

Casse A. Jones, Willowdale, Ont.

DOING THE COUNTRY PROUD

In “Back-to-back gold” (Sports, March 19), Lisa Sargeant, Canada’s only woman competing in the singles event of the world figure skating championships in Halifax, was not mentioned. In her first appearance in this competition, she placed in the top 10. An incredible accomplishment, and Maclean ’s overlooked it. Let us not forget to salute a Canadian when that individual has done the country proud, eh?

Cherie Hollman, Yorkton, Sask.