Brickbats and Bouquets

Brickbats and Bouquets

Pension Basis Changed

December 1 1937
Brickbats and Bouquets

Brickbats and Bouquets

Pension Basis Changed

December 1 1937

Brickbats and Bouquets

Pension Basis Changed

With reference to my article, “Canada Has Kept Faith,” in the November 1 issue, my attention has been called to the fact that the provisions for automatic pension to widows of deceased soldiers receiving a pension of eighty per cent or more have now been changed, eliminating the time limit of a pension for a period of less than ten years, prior to death.

Under the new provisions of the Pensions Act, a pension is now awarded automatically, if the husband has been in receipt of a pension of eighty per cent or more, and the words “for a period of less than ten years prior to death” have been removed. — M. McIntyre Hood, Toronto.

Not Responsible for School Statements

In your November 1 issue there appeared an article entitled “School Drought,” under the joint authorship of Craig M. Mooney and J. M. Braithwaite. In an editor’s note over this article occurs this statement: “. . . They declare that all statements in the article have been verified by the records of The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.”

That note has, in the opinion of many, placed responsibility for all statements made in the article upon the officers of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. I wish, as president of that organization, to disclaim, both for myself and the Federation, any such responsibility.

The files of the S.T.F. are open to our membership and we do not object to quotation therefrom, naming the source of authority. The authors do not do that, however; instead, the general statement is made that “all statements have been

verified by the records of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.”

Since many statements are made which are not a matter of record, and since much of the article is a matter of opinion, the claim made in the editor’s note is contrary to fact. We would not allow some of the statements made to appear in our own official publication. We cannot, therefore, accept responsibility for them when made in a national magazine.—L. F. Titus, President, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation.

Compares Russia With Canada

Colonel Drew’s article on Russia is obviously biased, crude in its misstatements, lacking in that true spirit of research which one expects from an intelligent democratic Canadian.

If our Canadian system cannot bear a sane level-headed comparison with the system of any other country, what is wrong with Canada? That is the question which should bother us more than what is wrong with Russia.

We know Russia has progressed. Her achievements in aviation, education, building, industry and land reclamation are quoted by all papers. Are we afraid of a sane comparison? Must we follow the path of all those whose cases are weak and use cheap slander against our opponents? Perverted propagandists like the colonel make the task of democracy in Canada much harder.

Canada is a free country. Above all, let us be free of prejudice and free to progress in any direction which Canadian democracy may decide.—Frank Snowsell, Rutland, B.C.