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Canadians not angry? Now they are Labor raiding: "only on non-CLC unions” Our “negative, mush-minded” attitude

February 13 1960
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Canadians not angry? Now they are Labor raiding: "only on non-CLC unions” Our “negative, mush-minded” attitude

February 13 1960

Mailbag

Canadians not angry? Now they are Labor raiding: "only on non-CLC unions” Our “negative, mush-minded” attitude

HUGH GARNER put into words a question that has puzzled me since my arrival in this country three years ago: Why are Canadians so slow to anger? (For the Sake of Argument, Jan. 16.) Canada’s dependence on America both financially and militarily makes me wonder if it will be a waste of time applying for Canadian citizenship.— JOHN PENGUNAS, BROCKVILLE, ONT.

** ... So perfectly, if exasperatingly, true. Garner stated that “You’ll never find a Yankee, go home! sign in this country.” Well, here, just to start amends, is the first: Yankee, Go Home!

—NANCY NELSON (age 14), BRIGHTVIEW, ALTA.

* Why must Garner and other “AngloSaxons” continually confront us with their “New Canadian” nonsense. For his information, many “New Canadians” have had a chance to learn what Canadian patriotism is and are, in fact, far more Canadian than either the English or FRENCH.-MICHAEL P. CZUBOKA,

WINNIPEG.

^ Garner is right in that we should become angry at times; especially when readers are exposed to trashy journalistic listings of dull, forgotten facts which spill out from certain free-lance WRITERS.-D. D. STEEVES, FREDERICTON,

N.B.

^ Rousing cheers for Garner. Every nail hit right on the head, and the stodgy, mediocre, Milquetoast, newspaper - and - magazine - molded Canadian character devastatingly exposed. Full responsibility lies with the printed media —Maclean’s in the front rank—pursuing a non-controversial, uninteresting, middle-of-the-road, don't-hurt-anybody, pusillanimous policy. Oust the organiza-

tion women from control of this section of the press, and turn it over to a man who isn't tied to a woman’s SKIRT.-R. T.

BUCKLEY, OTTAWA.

Although my wife and I are native Canadians we are frothing mad at: the poisoning bomb tests; the dubious educational methods employed in our elementary schools which are obviously directed toward producing a future complacent citizenry; government sanctioned legal procedures involving property holdings which misdirect a heavy current of wealth—to mention but a few outstanding GRIPES.-HOWARD C. WHITE, SCARBOROUGH, ONT.

^ Even if enough of us became angry enough to sew all our politicians in

sacks and drown them like kittens in the St. Lawrence Seaway, another crew would take their places. There is no scarcity of people who believe that whatever is is right.—M. c. MILBURY,

RICHIBUCTO, N.B.

Do railwaymen raid unions?

Your article, Can Bill Smith lick the heavyweights of labor? (Jan. 2) stated: “Smith wants to build up his own organization—the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers—at the expense of international unions . . .” The brotherhood, as a member of the Canadian Labor Congress, is pledged to respect the jurisdiction of other CLC affiliates, the vast majority of whom are international. Our organizing activities, with one exception, are directed toward organizing

the unorganized. This single exception applies to seamen who arc members of the Seafarers’ International Union, which last June was suspended from the Canadian Labor Congress for raiding an affiliate. Thus, the no-raiding pledge does not APPLY.-DICK NIELSEN, OTTAWA.

The Y and the gospel

Maclean’s is easily the best magazine we take. You can image my dismay when I read under the title, YM-YW To Get Engaged (Preview, Dec. 19), this statement: “The day is past when the

YMCA should preach the gospel,” attributed to me. In speaking to YMCA people I have taken the position (as others have) that the YMCA is not a church. Wc leave to the church such things as theology, creeds, formal worship and preaching the gospel. But, personally, I am very interested in preaching the gospel.—R. s. HOSKING,

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF YMCA OF CANADA, TORONTO.

Should youth be slow to anger?

I was delighted to read Hugh Garner’s criticism of the Canadian attitude, but my pleasure turned into disgust when I read your spineless, sniveling editorial (Would we be better off if there were any great causes left?). 'I hat two such perfectly opposing points of view can appear in the same magazine is evidence of that lack of intellectual fortitude and sincerity described by Garner. 1 hope never again to see such a negative, mush-minded attitude expressed in a Maclean’s EDITORIAL.-JAMES BRIAN SALLEY, OTTAWA.

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v* False sex attitudes: “a threat to happiness” i^ You can’t refuse firemen entry to your home

Morley Callaghan has expressed himself admirably in his argument (Why single out sex as the only real road to sin? Jan. 2). Of all the factors which militate against the attainment of happiness, nothing is so paramount as false attitudes to sex expression. To endeavour to rectify these errors is a standing challenge to all social scientists and philosophers. — J. w. COWAN, VICTORIA, B.C.

^ . . . The religious approach is purely hypocritical against sex but thunderous against free thought. - J. B. BELL, MONTREAL.

* Callaghan is confused. Khrushchov (after previewing the movie Can-Can in Hollywood) only said that the face is more attractive than the backside. If he had been a psychiatrist he might have added that the can-can is itself part of the backside of bourgeois prudery, and that prudes associate sex with bad conscience so as to sugar-coat the bitterness of their selfish and insecure ambitions. — K.

KARN EGEL JOHNSON, SALMON ARM, B.C.

^ Had Morley Callaghan taken the trouble to say anything at all, he might have arrived at the conclusion that it is not the act that offends the soul so much as the motive . . . Adultery, the one sexual offence mentioned by the Bible with any severity, is not even defined. And so the problem is thrown back where it belongs, on the conscience of the individual, and — let’s face it — few have any real conscience in the matter, airing their shocked disapproval of others in order to mask their own weaknesses. Marriage is an invention of the Chinese (who also gave us gunpowder), while sex is an invention of God. - A. L. CALLAWAY. MONTREAL.

Support for DEW line plan

May I thank you for publishing the excellent article, Let The Russians Use The DEW Line Too by W. H. Pope (Dec. 5).

MISS I). DOROTHEE MEYEROWITZ. GRENFELL MEDICAL MISSION, SI. ANTHONY, NEWFOUNDLAND.

Portrait of a daughter

The statement in McKenzie Porter’s profile of artist Frederick Varley (Nov. 7) that Varley refused to paint my daughter is not true. I he War of 1914-18, when he was attached to my establishment, was my only contact with Varley. I never saw him again. The picture was painted in 1919.* He was paid £100 for it which was more than he asked. I am often subjected to untrue stories. It is time I contradicted some of them. - BEAVERBROOK,

LONDON, ENGLAND.

*(Tilled Portrait of a Young Girl, Varley’s painting of Lord Beaverbrook’s daughter Janet now hangs in the Beaverbrook Gallery, Fredericton, N.B.)

Firemen may come in

In the generally excellent article. Why Can’t We Stop The Slaughter And Waste From Fire (Dec. 5), there are inaccuracies. 1 ) It is correct that municipal building bylaws are not retroactive, but the Ontario Fire Marshals Act gives the local fire department very complete discretionary authority to order remedial measures in old buildings to bring them as close as is reasonably possible to modern safety standards. A very similar law exists in

the other provinces. 2) The article says Queen’s Park has everything the (Toronto) City Hall has for a good fire, without the sprinklers and without an alarm system." This paragraph is quite inaccurate. The entire building is protected by a very modern and very elaborate automatic fire detection and alarm system which is tied in directly with the Toronto Fire Department alarm system. There is a fire station less than two short blocks away. There is also a 24-hour watchman service. 3) In dealing with home fire inspection programs the article says "Any householder has the right to refuse them (fire inspectors) entry.” This is incorrect. In the United States and in Britain, generally speaking, fire inspection laws do not give the right of entry to private homes. But in Canada the fire inspection authority under the Provincial Fire Marshals’ statutes or fire prevention law in all the provinces makes no such exception. — w. j. SCOTT, FIRE, MARSHAL,

TORONTO.

An idea answered

In your Jan. 16 issue, you published a letter from Mrs. Glenys Stow of Burlington. Ont., suggesting you invite your readers to guarantee a monthly sum for a year to CARE. I think her idea is an excellent one and would be glad to add my name to such a list. — MRS. LORE E. FORD,

VANCOUVER.

Maclean’s is not sponsoring such a list (Old suggests donations be made direct to CARE, II6 O'Connor St., Ottawa.

The next province?

It was very kind of you to mention the new province venture (Preview, Jan. 2). Canada has to be cut up. This octopusminded mania of getting one capital to govern such vast areas of land is a serious detriment to general expansion. — VAL WAKE, DAWSON CREEK, B.C.

* It was most unfair to state that Val Wake, editor of the Dawson Creek. B.C., Star, sparked the latest round of Nth Province discussions. Wake s article was written several weeks after a suggestion by Robert Porritt. elected member of the Northwest Territories Council for Mackenzie South, hit the nation's press. Porritt was quoted last year in the Edmonton Journal as saying the District of Mackenzie was the logical contender for provincial status. - JOHN JACOBSON, YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. ★