MAIL BAG : Frobisher Bay’s gaily-painted suburb / Economy menus for economic victims

December 17 1960

MAIL BAG : Frobisher Bay’s gaily-painted suburb / Economy menus for economic victims

December 17 1960

MAIL BAG : Frobisher Bay’s gaily-painted suburb / Economy menus for economic victims

I FIND rr REGRETTABLE and in rather had taste that while on his way to favorably publicize C ape Dorset, (Weekend on Baffin Island. Nov. 19) McKenzie Porter should, on a few days’ visit and in a few succinct paragraphs. paint such a deplorable picture of Frobisher Bay. Sure we have our problems and, as the Anglican missionaries here, my husband and 1 are deeply concerned. as are many other families in our community, both Eskimos and white people. Had he stayed long enough to find out. Mr. Porter worn Id have known that we are not all bad. All the pretty girls aren’t prostitutes, all the men aren’t drunkards and although Lower Base lathe buildings are far from glamorous outside they can’t be classed as huts. Ehe streets are not littered with garbage and if he wanted gaily painted houses he obviously didn’t visit Apex Hill. 1 realize that he didn’t say specifically that all the people were in a lower ebb of life but the innuendos were glaring.


Advice for the “invisible unemployed"

On reading The Invisible Unemployed (Nov. 19) it occurred to me that there is a vast amount of help for these unfortunate people in the memories of those who have lived through the shortages of two wars and the depression of the 30s. How did we manage? What

did we do? We learned to “Use it up. wear it out, make it do!” We learned to double up on living accommodation. This was not always agreeable, but we did it. Studio couches sold well while other furniture sales were at a standstill. We rented rooms. Wc took in boarders. We exchanged ideas. . . . Some people established children's clothing exchanges. Outgrown clothing was exchanged or sold for a small sum. . . . —MRS. D. B. SHUTT, GUELPH, ONT.

^ 1 have never read a more satirical article on ' distress" (American style). The only ones deserving sympathy arc the elderly couple who apparently always lived within their means. How did the others gel into their unpleasant situation? By following the traditional pattern:

• when single, spend all your earnings;

• get married whenever you feel like it, even if the couple has no money to pay for the wedding cake or their bed nor anything else;

• buy the furniture on payments;

• buy luxuries (TV, radio, phonograph, chesterfield, car) on payments;

• have children whether or not you have any security;

• never learn how to manage a household economically—A. J. SMITS, MANOTICK, ONT.

^ If the woman with the jobless husband is so sick of hamburger may I suggest that she could make a choice variety of nourishing and tastier meals for much less money. According to my local store I see that mincemeat for hamburger is 45c a pound. For 39c a pound you can buy a rack of lamb, pork liver, and beef kidney. For 35c, a country sausage. For 29c, pork heart, pickled beef, and brisket of beef. For 19c, stewing veal or lamb chop cuttings. Look at the menu: MONDAY: Roast stuffed heart with apple: TUESDAY: New England boiled dinner (corned beef and cabbage): WEDNESDAY: Beef and kidney pie; THURSDAY: Liver and sausage; FRIDAY: Veal ragoût; SATURDAY: Broiled brisket of beef: SUNDAY: Roast rack of lamb. —ERIC Al.DWINCkLE, TORONTO.

^ There is no more extravagant buy than sliced cooked packaged ham. To satisfy my curiosity, I went to

the supermarket and for the price of a pound of cooked ham I bought an end of a smoked picnic ham. With the bone I made a pot of thick pea soup (split peas, ¡7c). 1 baked a pan of whole wheat rolls—this made a hearty lunch for 12. I cut some chunks of the meat and made a pot of baked beans, adding molasses, onion, catsup, etc., etc. To give the right touch. I steamed some Boston brown bread ( very cheap and delicious) which made a filling meal for eight. I minced some of the remaining meat, added salad dressing, mustard, etc., and with fresh pumpernickel bread made sandwiches, with homemade pickles and coffee, a good lunch for six. With the remainder of the ham. which I shredded. I made a country omelette. adding cubed boiled potatoes, eggs (large cracks. 28 cents a dozen), parsley, etc. — a good dinner for


* I’m sure the article. The rich come out of hiding, soothed the frustrated feelings of the “invisible unemployed.” It seems strange to me that men and women who have the brains and desire to make all that money lose their minds figuring out new and ridiculous ways to get rid of it, while the unfortunate probe their minds for ways to get hold of some honestly.—HARRY ORNSTON, TORONTO.

Our “distorted opinion" of car racing

The article by June Callwood entitled The Fatal Fascination of Car Racing (Nov. 19) has performed an irreparable disservice to motorsports in Canada. Coming at a time when many hundreds of spectators, automobile sport club members, business firms and racing drivers have dug deep into their pockets to finance what they hope will be North America's finest Grand Prix racing course at Mosport Park, and before the public has had an opportunity to see the results of this expenditure, the distorted opinions in this article could have a serious effect on the success of this fine sport in CANADA.--DAVE VERITY, BURLINGTON, ONT. My husband and I have read with the greatest interest and enjoyment the article. We adopted a Negro (Nov. 19). and are so glad that the Open Door Society is being given more favorable publicity. We adopted a three-month-old baby girl who lias Indian blood. She is now just tw'o, is a most delightful child (we are. of course, biased) and has been accepted completely and with the utmost kindness and affection in our parish and community. Not only has she given us a great deal of happiness but also the opportunity to do something to break down whatever racial prejudices exist in this part of the country — although 1 must say in this district, at least, people seem to be most tolerant in this respect. We have been waiting most impatiently for nearly two years now for a baby boy of any racial background. - MRS. JANE WATSON, CORDEN,

jX One couple's joy with their adopted Indian child Why the VoW believes in leaving politics alone


^ I hasten to write to correct a wrong impression left, innocently no doubt, in We adopted a Negro. The author speaks of a Negro friend having "to leave the country to get his (dentistry) degree." I his is simply not so. at least not in all parts of the country. I am well aware that our medical and dental schools practise discrimination under the quota system, but Dalhousie University, to my own knowledge, most certainly does not exclude Negro students in dentistry. 1 mention this, not to give credit for what should be quite normal, but for the information of Negro students who may wish to enter dentistry and who may have been misled by the article. — it. K. HATHEWAY, ARM-


The women's voice

Whereas the Voice of Women is very appreciative of the recognition which Maclean's has given our movement for peace in Preview (Nov. 19) there are certain inaccuracies to which 1 would like to draw your attention.

First, 1 am the chairman of the UNA Committee for UNESCO, not the president of UNICEF. (1 am on the national committee but Mrs. Jean Arnold Tory is the national chairman.)

Second, with regard to membership figures: there are now close to 1.000 paidup members; the present rate of growth is more than 500 members a month; more than 4.000 new enquiries have been received; over 100 VoW groups have been formed from coast to coast, and in ten major cities local executive committees are in the process of formation. Only six women have dropped out, and they withdrew before VoW was officially established.

Your reporter has given the impression that there is some disagreement between myself and other members of the VoW Central Committee as to the objectives of VoW. This is not true. My remarks, about a conference which would be specific on political issues, did not refer to the objectives of VoW. which does not plan to set up such a conference. Such organizations as the National Committee for the Control of Radiation Hazards and the Toronto Disarmament Committee are planning a national conference along

these lines, in which VoW will doubtless participate. . . .

Your reporter also implied that VoW's program w'as “vague." and in his enquiries persisted in trying to interpret our proposals in terms of political issues, thereby failing, we believe, to grasp the nature of the movement, which has the ideological objective of “creating peace in the minds of women and men" (to paraphrase the preamble of the UNESCO charter). —


The men who fight insects

1 would like to offer some criticism concerning your Preview about anti - insect viruses (Oct. 22). Dr. Smirnoff, whom you credit with a virus that kills the larva of the jackpine sawfly, has been working in this field only three years and all this time under the direction of Dr. F. Theodore Bird of the National Insect Pathology Research Institute at Sault Ste. Marie. Ontario. Furthermore, Dr. Bird has used a number of virus diseases to control insects successfully since 1940. ... It also must be pointed out that viruses are not "developed" but occur as natural parasites in animal and plant populations and man’s hope is to manipulate these to his ADVANTAGE.-GORDON R. STAIRS, NATIONAL


The original corvettes

1 enjoyed your Flashback by Terence Robertson on the "brave corvettes” (Oct. 22 ) for it brought back many memories — some pleasant, others not so. 1 believe there was one slight inconsistency, however, in the opening paragraphs. There were three original Flower-class corvettes commissioned in Vickers in Montreal in November 1940. The Trillium was the one not mentioned and became the senior ship of the three that formed the original transfer of corvettes to the U. K. — for these first ones were destined for the RN, even though they never ended up with the RN and were manned from beginning to end by Canadian seamen. The Trillium, on which 1 made that original crossing, stayed with the bulk of the convoy and journeyed to the U. K. by the great northern route — taking sixteen days to make the crossing. . . . Contrary to Mr. Robertson, the ships were not fitted with dummy guns for the maiden voyage. Our armament was six depth charges and a stripped Lewis and during our crossing wc built a w'ood gun on the foredeck. 1 don’t know when the Windflower and Mayflower acquired theirs, but it was not before they left Halifax. We practically lived on the foredeck — taking turns sleeping over the engine-room gratings, for these ships were not heated, and the mess decks were almost constantly awash with about six inches of salt water, tea and assorted flotsam anti jetsam. We anchored off Greenock two days before Christmas after having been on "iron rations” lor over a week. To the everlasting credit of our “Jimmy,” he spent his own money in providing us with some semblance of a Christmas dinner — fowl and most of the trimmings, even decorations for the mess deck. — JOHN L. IDESON, ST. CATHARINES, ONT. ★