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Faces of fear / Who’s Ho? / Wilson

August 20 1966
MAILBAG

Faces of fear / Who’s Ho? / Wilson

August 20 1966

Faces of fear / Who’s Ho? / Wilson

MAILBAG

IF IT’S TRUE that a picture may be worth a thousand words, then the bewildered, frightened faces of the two accused young men, shown in The Executioners, by Farley Mowat, would have to be that picture. It is difficult to see the reasoning behind Canadian law that would subject these people to something of which they are unaware.

BARBARA MOWAT, WOODSTOCK. ONT.

* One is forced to reflect on the highsounding title, Company of Gentlemen Traders, given to the original personnel of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

J. SADLER, TORONTO

* I spent a year nursing in Inuvik. NWT, and during that time I saw the effects of many mistakes white men have made in the north — mistakes which it seems, unfortunately, are being propagated. If our laws are to be applied to the Eskimo people, we must teach them more about our customs and our laws, not force upon them something they do not understand. And conversely, we must try to understand their ways. Consideration must be given to the different conditions that exist in the north, so that our laws are made flexible enough to adequately cover these situations. BERNICE L. MUIR, RN, POWELL RIVER. BC

* Some 40 years ago I was in the north, and I was often shocked at the way these Canadians were treated. Slaves — worse than slaves: these poor wretches were often treated worse than the dogs. No wonder they seldom reached the age of 30. Companies have taken millions from our northern people. What have the people got in return?

H. P. HEBBES, CARSELAND. ALTA.

Best of treasure hunt

Once again Maclean’s has demonstrated its journalistic superiority by publishing Alan Edmonds’ story of the Chameau treasure found near Louisbourg, NS (Treasure! How The Chameau Gave Up Its Fortune). A number of other periodicals carried dry-as-dust accounts of the heroic struggle to recover this treasure, but only Maclean's filled in the details and supplied the human interest. A very outstanding article.

ARCHIE WALKER, SYDNEY, NS

Alias Ho Chi Minh

Re Glen W. Davis’s Argument, A Vietnam "Dove” Asks: Do The Americans Have The Right To Destroy A Nation Just Because The U.S. Didn't Sign An Agreement?: Ho Chi Minh is not the peasant hero fighting for freedom or nationalism as one might be led to believe. His name was formerly Nguyen Ai Quoc. In June 1925, he betrayed to the French the founder of the Association for the Restoration of Vietnam. Ho Phan Boi Chau. He founded the Vietnamese Communist movement the same year. From 1953 to 1956 inclusive, it has been estimated that 100,000 people were killed in North Vietnam as the result of Communist terror campaigns of denunciation and torture.

G. A. ROSE, TERRACE, BC

* Davis presents many cogent reasons for rejecting the claims made by Professor K. H. W. Hilborn in his attempts to find legal justification for U. S. intervention in Vietnam. However, Davis

could have strengthened his position still further. It is true, as Hilborn maintains, that the U. S. did not sign the agreement on cessation of hostilities or join in the final declaration which followed it. But the U. S. did issue at the same time a unilateral declaration in which it took note of the cease-fire agreement and the terms of the Final Declaration, saying that the U.S. "will refrain from the threat or the use of force to disturb them, in accordance with Article 2 (Section 4) of the Charter of the United Nations dealing with the obligation of members to refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force: and (ii) it would view any renewal of the aggression in violation of the aforesaid agreements with grave concern and as seriously threatening international peace and security." This surely commits the U. S. to respecting the Geneva Accords as fully as if they had signed them. BARRY LORD, LANCASTER. NB

Too Good to be good

I disagree with a number of the points made by Michael Nimchuk in his Fragging From Coast To TV Coast (Reviews). I am 15 and thought you might like a teenager’s viewpoint. Halifax’s “salty humor" strikes me as being slightly sick. As for Montreal’s “sex with Gallic panache.” I can't quite see this, but then adults are often quicker to perceive something of this nature than are teens. Nimchuk’s "Toronto is Good.” I agree with — it is so Good that neither I nor my friends can stand the show.

MOLLY FLEMMING. QUEBEC CITY

Wilson: one-man band?

How could you publish such blatant and puerile propaganda as the article by Lawrence Earl, Harold Wilson: My, How He’s Changed!'! Any astute observer of the political scene knows full well that Wilson is a one-man band whose love of power and self, whose lamentable handling of both home and foreign affairs, are bringing this country to ruination. “Too clever by half” is a generous epithet for this slippery and discredited politician.

R. F. L. DOWBIGGIN, LONDON. ENGLAND

More than 54?

You might be interested to know that my family is among the oldest Maclean’s subscribers. I believe my mother gave a subscription to dad in June 1912. When he died in 1961. the original subscription was transferred to me. so that now the unbroken string has reached 54 years.

VINCE LUNNY, MONTREAL

Previously, we heard from a veteran subscriber of 40 years. Can anyone top this latest record?

What’s Quebec “given”?

Regardless of the merits of the conclusions you draw in your Editorial, How Not To Be A Separatist, you should not use incorrect arguments to make your point. One of these is the statement that French Canadians in Quebec have “given" English Canadians rights. This is untrue. Article 93 of the BNA recontinued overleaf

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quires Quebec to give the same rights to Protestant and Roman Catholic school systems in Quebec possessed at the time of union by Roman Catholic separate schools in Upper Canada. No further privilege that I know of has beén granted in Quebec. The other specious argument is the notion that a French Canadian has some inalienable right to demand a French milieu for his children anywhere in Canada. You may be correct in feeling that he has a right to resent its absence, but he certainly has no legal right to it. - P. M. LAUGHTON, OTTAWA

* As loyal Canadians, we take a dim view of the phrase, “treated as if he were an immigrant.” This implies that immigrants are rated as second-class citizens. If French Canadians in Quebec worked as hard at being loyal Canadians as do our immigrants, they would not have so much time to worry about their biculturalisms and their constant demands for more. - MRS. JUNE I. M. WEIR,

SECRETARY-TREASURER, THE RED ENSIGN CLUB OF CANADA, ABBOTSFORD, BC

Lumps and splashes

So Mavor Moore wants to know why more isn’t being spent on art (If Our Nay-Saying, Doom-Crying, Short-Sighted, Penny-Pinching Culture Baiters Want A Fight—Well, They’ve Got It!) Tell him that Toronto alderman had something when he asked how long we are to have this type of art and sculpture stuffed down our throats. He had something that draws a fervent “amen” from the vast majority of Canadians. Listen to the words of the Director of the Royal Academy of Britain: “Lumps of stone or bronze of any form whatsoever will, helped by the skilled persuasion of vendors, and often, 1 am sorry to say, financially involved and therefore perhaps not unbiased writers on art, be received with bated breath and called ‘profound imponderables’ or some such meaningless phrase. Accidental splashes of color or rags or sacking on canvas, the man will boldly tell you, is an art of great significance, and if you look at it long enough ‘will do something to you,’ and we are all too timid to answer ‘nonsense.’ ” Let’s return to even a fair percentage of realistic art, Mavor Moore, and I think you’ll have a better chance of arousing support from the public.

DR. L. G. ROBINSON, GALIANO, BC

* Asa student at one of our new “instant campus” universities, run by a “hardheaded businessman,” I can see where Moore is going to have trouble in the future with his campaign for the arts! “Efficient” graduates of our “efficient” universities are going to go the way of Clark Kerr’s analogous railway engines of the second half of the last century — thundering down a narrow, immovable, well - defined track (efficient as hell, though), spending half their time in tunnels, and never deviating from their path except by the remote control of some omnipotent switchman in a control “Tower” (any suggestion of the Peace Tower, the towering White House, and the towers of the Kremlin is entirely intentional). The ignitors of the knowledge explosion have thought about money, but thought less about what the “explosion” will do to the country, and least about the student.

WAYNE E. STEVENSON, WATERLOO, ONT.

^ Moore assumes we owe him and all art a living. Most forms of art are enjoyable, but so very expensive that they are a luxury — and we can only afford so much. If all we can spend on art is a very small fraction of tax money, then that is all we should spend.

HARRY BASSKEW, TORONTO ★