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A plan for our north: send prisoners there A plan for the lonely: seek others A plan for South Africa: leave it alone

January 30 1960

Mailbag

A plan for our north: send prisoners there A plan for the lonely: seek others A plan for South Africa: leave it alone

January 30 1960

Mailbag

A plan for our north: send prisoners there A plan for the lonely: seek others A plan for South Africa: leave it alone

WHAT We Are Really Doing in the North (Nov. 7) has made our class extremely interested in our desolate northern barrens and we discussed and prepared notes on it . . . We were startled by the shocking facts of the apparent grim future of our north. However, it occurred to us that — if we could avoid creating another Siberia — experimental farms and communities in accessible areas inhabited by our prisoners would be a worthwhile enterprise not only in settling more land but in helping our prisoners to regain their citizenship. Thank you for your very educational and highly appreciated effort. — ROSAMUND DURKLEY, CLASS PRESIDENT, GRADE SEVEN, PUBLIC SCHOOL NO. 2, LIVELY, ONT.

Footnotes to a portrait

Just a note in appreciation for the interesting and enjoyable article. Portrait of a Superhighway (Dec. 19) by Eric Hutton. I enjoyed it very much. — c. c.

DOWNEY, TORONTO.

s As the widow of Len Riley, forestry superintendent and chief arboriculturist of the Ontario Department of Highways from 1947 to 1956, I was amazed to read that Harold Spence, the present incumbent. is given credit for the horticultural layout of Highway 400 . . . The layout was designed by my husband and his assistant. J. A. Kimmel, and much of the actual planting was under the supervision of W. A. Curtis. — MRS. L. G. RILEY, THORNHILL, ONT.

A cure for loneliness

Loneliness (Jan. 2), by Dorothy Sangster, is amazing. Why do not the lonely people do something about their loneli-

ness? Why not hunt out other lonely people, join church organizations, go to night school, join the YM or YW or work for the Red Cross? The only reason people are shy is because they are so worried about the impression they make on other people instead of forgetting themselves and allowing someone else the chance of creating a favorable atmosphere. — MRS. CECILIA.

L. HILL, NANAIMO, B.C.

Mixed game?

With reference to the report contained in Preview (Dec. 19) an amalgamation of the YMCA and the YWCA would be comparable to establishing a league in which the Blue Bombers and the Maple Leafs w'ould be required to play alternately on a hockey rink and a football held. — MRS. A. S. R. TWEED1E, VICEPRESIDENT, YWCA, WINNIPEG.

Banish South Africa—or Robertson

Terence Robertson has managed to express succinctly my personal feeling (Kick South Africa out of the Commonw'ealth, Dec. 19). However, if as your columnist suggests, Canada must take the lead in presenting a Bill of Rights for the Commonwealth, she must first put her own house in order. It really makes me burn to see people from other parts of the Commonwealth (excluding India, Pakistan and Africa) traipsing into Canada at their leisure while East Indian students studying here

have to suffer the indignity of signing documents from the immigration department stating that they will not remain in Canada after graduation. As if the vast majority ever wanted to anyhow. — KENNETH ROBINSON, MONTREAL.

s For the sake of argument, let's let South Africa deal with her own problems and banish Terence Robertson to the West Indies or to Kenya. — .i.c.

SINCLAIR, MARKHAM, ONI.

s At one time there were quite a few who wanted to kick the southern states out of the U. S. A. Your lad who wants to kick the Union of South Africa out might, if he can, imagine just how events would have been altered had that taken place. That the United States would have gained in stature is absurd, and so would it be absurd to expect the Commonwealth to gain ANYTHING.-J. A. SPENCER, MAGRATH, ALIA.

s Who are we to criticize the South African government? We took this country by force of arms from the people to whom it rightly belonged and destroyed them. — .1. n. SPENCE, WEY-

BURN, SASK.

s Let Robertson and others like him be the first to demonstrate how to do things right, by giving their sons and daughters over in marriage to Negros. -ALEXANDER KWAST, SNOWFLAKE, MAN.

s As one who knows Africa well and South Africa in particular, I wish to protest the impertinence of Robertson's article. The Nationalist government in South Africa are not liars and hypocrites and they have nothing whatever to be ashamed of! They place their policy of apartheid openly on the table. What is unjust about separate hospitals for Negros, staffed with Negro doctors and nurses? Why should not colored teachers teach colored children — after the white people have shown them how? — JANET ANDERSON, HALIFAX, if