OUR VIEW/YOUR VIEW

LETTERS

March 1 1970
OUR VIEW/YOUR VIEW

LETTERS

March 1 1970

Canada abroad: handicapped

WALTER STEWART’S article on Canadian foreign service (Should We Haul Down The Flag In Addis Ababa?) was well balanced and informative. To a large extent, the role of foreign service is intelligence-gathering, analysis and dissemination. In this role our foreign services have been handicapped by the lack of in-depth support: this country lacks serious area research establishments where government, universities and industry resources can be combined for the purpose of analysis and dissemination of useful knowledge; our training facilities for future diplomats, trade commissioners, export planners, etc., are inadequate; our embassies in many countries are understaffed and rotation of personnel is too frequent to develop regional expertise. Having been involved in a number of overseas projects, I can testify to the high calibre of many officials I have met, and inadequate facilities that make them less effective than they could and should be. — K. W. STUDNICKI-GIZBERT, FELLOW, MCLAUGHLIN COLLEGE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, YORK UNIVERSITY, TORONTO

*It would seem to make sense if most of our foreign missions were reduced in scope and converted into trade. However, I cannot agree with Walter Stewart’s statement: . . the world that needed us to straighten out the mess of Suez in 1956.” We can now see that Lord Avon was right. If Britain and France had been allowed to stabilize the Middle East and keep the Canal open with some of the profits going to Egypt, there would be few Arab guerrillas today, no six-day war, no Israel with a hangover from the heady wine of victory, and no extension of Russian military power. Furthermore, our “peace-keeping” forces didn’t really keep any peace at all, because as soon as Nasser wanted to fight he kicked them out. - G. BARRICK, WESTLOCK, ALTA.

Hang in there, Derek

Re those January letters that were critical of Derek Sanderson and your article about him {The Dead-End Kid Who Wants To Be A Superstar): Man, why can’t the older generation lay off Sanderson? What did he ever do to them, besides give their kids someone to look up to? Maybe this is what the trouble is. Instead of their kids looking up to them and having a father-and-son routine, the kids are digging some other guy. According to some of your readers he is breaking down our morals, but whose morals are they afraid of being destroyed? Sure he has a few hang-ups but, man, who doesn’t? Hang in there, Derek, we’re behind you all the way. BRENDA BADGER, SHERBROOKE. QUE.

*As athletes, we deplore the implications for the sports world underlying the article on Derek Sanderson. We question Maclean’s choice for the new hockey idol, a person whose pattern of life (treating women like toys and clean sportsmanship like the plague), has been made synonymous with his making it to the “top” in hockey (or perhaps any endeavor). Sanderson’s private life is his own business, but it should not be portrayed as the standard for aspiring young hockey players. The writer of the article seems totally unaware of the manner in which our nation’s youth look up to and pattern their lives after professional athletes. — BRUCE COULTER, GARTH SMITH, AL GRAZYS, WILL MITCHELL, RON PEROWNE, JR., ERIK IVERSEN, WAYNE RAHM, RICHARD HAFFENDEN, LARRY SMITH, JR., BOB SOMMERVILLE, CHARLES MacLEAN, PHILIP STOTE, CARL TOUCHIE, ROSS BARRETT, DON GIFFIN, DON LIESE MER, KEN CHIPMAN, BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY, LENNOXVILLE, QUE.

Insurance man: you need him

The December You & Your Money column (Don’t Buy By Formula — Buy What You Need) appeared to be a glib attempt to discredit the life-insurance salesman and you have done a disservice to the thousands of conscientious, well qualified life-insurance agents who perform a valuable service for their clients. H. V. WILLIAMS, WINNIPEG

Question for the 1970s

If, as you predict in How To Make It To 1979, the “big book” of the 70s will be written by a feminist, please allow me to riposte before the fact.

Since we’ve fought the fight for progress,

And the sexes both are free,

Now that men are men,

And women are men,

What will become of me?

If I listen to the experts

Sounding off, it would appear I must turn in my vocation

Sounding off, it would appear

I must turn in my vocation

On hand-maiden career.

I çhould throw away my duster,

Join the mad commercial whirl,

But I wasn’t born a lunatic,

I just was born a girl.

And those guys (?) designing garments,

Do they know the lives it wrecks?

When I long for robes diaphanous

They hand me “unisex.”

So I’ll make my own, by golly,

And I’ll try to make ’em fit.

Gee, there must be something wrong with me,

I love to sew and knit.

Just the same we're educated

In a true equality,

And we all come out of college

With the same BA degree,

And we all get launched together

On a rampant earning spree.

Oh, when men are men

And women are men.

What will become of me?


MURIEL NICKEL, OTTAWA

University will change them

As a student in my final undergraduate year, I read with interest your article These Shall Inherit The Earth. From my experience, university is the stage at which by far the greatest change and revaluation take place in the individual. Your article suggests that if this sort of person is going into university, after four years the same kind will emerge. I feel that if you interview the same students three years from now you will discover in most cases a substantial shift in their views.


F. DAVID ROUNTHWAITE, TORONTO

Volunteers: for Social Credit, too

In that segment of A New Direction For The New Democrats: LEFT! (Canada Report), dealing with last August’s campaign in Vancouver Centre, the general implication was that the campaign of the two NDP candidates was done by volunteers, while the campaign of Social Credit’s Evan Wolfe and myself did not involve the constituents. I must point out we canvassed every poll with volunteer help, built a Play Park, sponsored a picnic rally for 2,000 people, and all of this was done with volunteer help, I would also point out that our campaign was run without any outside organizers (the NDP brought in Gordon Brigden from Ontario and Mrs. Page from Ottawa) and we matched leaflet for leaflet, sign for sign, with our opponents.

H. P. CAPOZZI, MLA, VANCOUVER CENTRE

Pollution: the war is now

Congratulations for your well-documented Canada Report, The People VA. Pollution. Few industries care to acknowledge culpability for environmental pollution, including noise. A case in point is the X Canning Company where 1 was Supervisor of Quality Control. Communication was accomplished by shouting above the din. Simple, low-cost solutions to this problem would have resulted in worthwhile improvements in safety, health and productivity. Management, choosing to retire to its peaceful offices in an adjoining building, was not interested. ROBERT G. JONES, POINT GATINEAU, QUE.

* Congratulations on your public-spirited report. It’s an extremely serious problem, far worse than most people realize. We need more such articles, in particular those with specific, practical information on what the concerned citizen can do. STANLEY MILLS, NUNS’ ISLAND, MONTREAL

* With regard to the development of a phosphate-free detergent, may I point out that the work was done by Dr. Philip Jones, who was my thesis supervisor, and myself. The original idea for this project was Dr. Jones’s. Furthermore, while developing a pollution-free detergent, I received many helpful suggestions from Dr. Jones. - F. G. FLYNN, DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO


Pollution and Prince Rupert: The defense and the critic

I FEEL IT is necessary to correct some inaccurate and libelous statements made in the January Canada Report, The People VS. Pollution. Courtney Tower begins his article with the statement, “Prince Rupert, British Columbia, reeks from end to end,” and continues, “Three fish plants dump offal over the ends of wharves, where it simmers and stews.” In fairness, I cannot blame the author entirely, for he quotes from that infallible source of all knowledge on pollution, Dr. Donald Chant of the University of Toronto. Dr. Chant, like most modern crusaders, makes use of gross exaggeration to accomplish sensationalism, and so get his point across. The trouble with this technique is that the dividing line between exaggeration and falsehood is pretty fine, and Dr. Chant’s statements about Prince Rupert fall in the latter category. The Professor of Zoology visited our city a short time ago, for about three hours. Dr. Chant also spent some time on a fish boat out of Prince Rupert when he was a student. This must have been some years ago, and times in Prince Rupert, as elsewhere in Canada, have changed. To be specific, no fish plant dumps offal in Prince Rupert harbor. All scraps and “offal” are made into mink feed and fertilizer, and have been for many years. Unfortunately, science has not yet perfected a method of making fertilizer and processing fish without a smell, but in my medical practice I have not yet seen anyone’s health damaged by an odor. My home is located within a few blocks of two of the reduction plants, and, while we notice a characteristic smell during the fishing season, no one has been near “vomiting.” The pulp mills he refers to are located eight miles from Prince Rupert, and on the other side of a mountain. It is true that smoke emanates from their stacks, but if it contains sulphur dioxide there has been no noticeable effect on the foliage in the area over the past 18 years. It certainly does not pollute the air over Prince Rupert. The effluent from the original mill is discharged into tidal water behind Kaien Island. The Department of Fisheries has been watching the effect of this waste on the fish life but has not been able to demonstrate any harmful effect. The second mill discharges its effluent through a pipeline directly into the ocean. A committee of the Chamber of Commerce, of which I am chairman, has just completed a survey of the pollution problems in the Prince Rupert area, and has found no significant harm to humans or interference with the ecology of the district. If Dr. Chant’s investigation and report on Prince Rupert is a fair sample of the scientific approach used at the University of Toronto, God help the university! — DR. R. G. LARGE, CHAIRMAN, COMMITTEE ON POLLUTION CONTROL, PRINCE RUPERT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

NOTHING QUIVERS, when prodded, like an exposed nerve. Dr. Large’s letter is a prime example of this interesting phenomenon. He also uses the “shotgun” technique of reaction that sprays the entire landscape with so much hysterical rebuttal, denial and abuse that it is difficult to know where to begin rational comment. One gains the distinct impression from this letter that Dr. Large is an advocate of pollution — an incredible conclusion, and one that I hope is not true. I challenge Dr. Large that any statements I have made regarding Prince Rupert are falsehoods. Three kinds of pollution were attributed to this community: (1) there is not even a primary sewage-disposal system, which means that all of the city’s human excrement and other domestic waste is discharged directly into the Pacific Ocean. This ocean is a Canadian asset, not the exclusive sewer of some communities in BC, and I resent treating our ocean in this way; (2) there is dumping of refuse from Prince Rupert’s fishing industry into the city’s natural harbor, one of the finest in the world; and (3) the pulp mill operated by Columbia Cellulose lies within the city boundary, even if it is “located eight miles from Prince Rupert,” and it does cause acute air and water pollution in the area. Two comments of Dr. Large demonstrate the so-called “yahoo approach” to anti-pollution programs. One: he has yet to see “anyone’s health damaged by an odor,” which is a complete denial of any sense of environmental aesthetics or morality (no matter how intolerable the stink, if it doesn’t demonstrably damage your health, forget it!); and, two: the suggestion that because effluent is discharged directly into the ocean, everything is fine and can be accepted. The capacity of the ocean, or any other large body of water, to •absorb pollution insult is not limitless, as we have seen so tragically with the Great Lakes. My feelings about pollution in Prince Rupert are intensified by my conviction that it is one of Canada’s most charming cities, located in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. I shudder to think of its future environmental quality being vested in Dr. Large and his committee on pollution of the local Chamber of Commerce. The most basic of all principles relating to the protection and restoration of environmental quality in Canada is that we must admit that problems exist. All too often, local, parochial authorities adopt a defensive, almost fetal, position when pollution problems are revealed. Unless this reaction of all-too-human nature can be overcome and meaningful and effective programs of pollution control put into effect, our future is bleak and hopeless indeed. - D. A. CHANT, PROFESSOR AND CHAIRMAN, DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Where has all the magic gone?

As the 24-year-old mother of a very good (also very beautiful) bouncing baby boy, and the lucky wife of the most honest, kind, gentle and understanding husband in the whole world (who also happens to be very handsome), may I congratulate Kathy McKeown on her excellent and longoverdue article in the January issue (Platform). I too am sick to death of the false and very warped sense of values of the majority of young people today (who, incidentally, have had this instilled in them by their parents, whose own sense of values is no better) when they judge the worth of a human being by what he owns, rather than by what he is. YVONNE DIENESCH, BOTHWELL, ONT.

* I concur with Kathy McKeown that it is time we began to appraise our values.These masses of introverts are so steeped in avarice that they miss the magic of living and of being a necessary part of this wondrous, creative world. Consideration for others is a forgotten attribute. Thank you for giving us the shock treatment. MARGEE HUGHES, LONDON, ONT.

* I thought girls like Kathy McKeown were extinct. Thank God they are not. There are a lot of us bachelors who would like to meet an honest girl for a change. TED POWER, DOWNSVIEW, ONT.

* If I didn’t know better I would think someone had tapped my brain and written down my thoughts. Regarding the threat that people like us will become extinct, I have evolved a theory to substantiate it. Due to our philosophy and code of personal ethics, we do not engage in the contemporary game of musical beds that would enhance our chances of reproduction. For my own part, I now know what the world’s last male carrier pigeon felt like. No, Kathy, we are not extinct yet, but we are most assuredly in the minority. If that fellow of yours ever turns you off, kid, I would like to know about it J. G. MCLEOD, HALIFAX

Maclean’s strikes again!

You will be interested to know that last night I was glancing at the article on External Affairs in your December issue (SHOULD WE HAUL DOWN THE FLAG IN ADDIS ABABA?) when I noticed a large and venomous looking scorpion moving toward my seven-year old daughter. These noxious creatures are fairly prevalent in the African summer here. I swung hard and successfully with your magazine, although I must report that the scorpion made a squashy mess on the elegant striped pants in your cover picture. From now on I will be the first to admit that MACLEAN’S has its uses! — H. H. CARTER, AMBASSADOR, CANADIAN EMBASSY, PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA


How Now — and Wow!

My score of 31 in Cathy Wismer’s quiz, How Now Are You?, dramatically confirms the suspicions of my friends and relatives that somehow this kid is just not with it. Twenty-one years old and relegated to the status of a “then” person. Wow! JOHN MERRIAM, MONTREAL

*After reading How Now Are You?, I am sure there exists in Canada a subculture that can be termed the Maclean’s Mentality Set.
GIOIA ACACIA, MISSISSAUGA, ONT.

* Cathy Wismer, lose 50 points for your rotten attitude toward Pierre Berton.
JEFF EBY, GALT, ONT.

* Contest editor Cathy Wismer loses 20 points for overbearing elitism and for being generally out of date. The Mamas And Papas no longer exist, neither do The Traffic, The Animals and The Mothers of Invention. Brian Jones is dead, leaving four Rolling Stones. Thus a rolling stone is one quarter (not “one fifth”) of a British rock group. Blind patriotism may be all right but it doesn’t justify making David Clayton - Thomas leader of The Blood, Sweat and Tears. Lead singer or lead guitarist does not a leader make. It’s hard to justify not calling Skip Prokop leader of The Paupers (although he is now with The Lighthouse) when you’re willing to use defunct groups. The Inkspots may be old but such groups as The Temptations owe more of their brand of soul to the Inkspots than to Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. And the Inkspots have more right to be on any pop list than The 1910 Fruit Gum Company.
G. GOLDIE, REGINA

Cathy Wismer replies: “I’ll take a loss of two points for not being more specific about the groups. The quiz was designed for recognition of groups current or defunct. The mortality rate of pop groups is too high to start separating the new ones from the old. You can subtract another three points for David Clayton - Thomas and Brian Jones. Thomas is only the lead singer and a rolling stone is now one quarter of an English rock group. The Inkspots are old and knowing about them as well as you do still loses you three points (the now generation probably hasn’t ever heard of them).”

Sex — enough, enough!

In The Return Of Modesty we are told that nudity is not sexy enough, that “modesty” is more alluring and sexy. Nude bodies lend themselves too readily to analysis and that isn’t sexy enough. Only covered bodies are tantalizingly sexy, etc. Nothing against sex or man’s sexuality, but haven’t we perhaps just a bit too much of sex thrown at us — with sometimes dire results — without Maclean’s pushing it harder yet? Does Maclean’s want to contribute to a further deterioration of the nation’s standards?
REV. H. L. WIPPRECHT, COBALT, ONT.

* What is the point of having those seminude guys tangling with the models? Seems to us these fashions could be advertised without this foolishness!
M. A. PODHORNY, ALEX STARR, SASKATOON, SASK.

BS&T: they blow their own

By using “rock” as a catch-all term to describe music where the musicians use loud, offensive electric guitars and a simple technique, jazzman Moe Koffman displays an ignorance of many rock groups where fine musicianship is obviously manifest (Why Do Kids Dig Rock?). Referring to the Blood, Sweat and Tears, he suggests that the flute solo on one of their tracks was done by a “40-year-old studio musician.” In fact, it was done by Dick Halligan, a member of the band and I have seen the piece performed in concert. Furthermore, BS&T is a group of trained musicians, five of the nine members having been graduated from the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. — MITCHELL SUDOLSKY, ITHACA, NEW YORK

Monarchy: no cost to Canada

In January Talkback M. P. Stilla, London, Ont., complains about “how utterly stupid we Canadians can be by allowing ourselves to contribute financially to the outdated and useless trappings of the monarchy.” What, may I ask, financial contribution does Canada make to the monarchy? The answer is: none.
JAMES MCGREGOR, OTTAWA

* Canada contributes nothing to the Royal Family. And I have been told by several people who have been in constant touch with the present family, that the Royal Family lives very simply when alone. It would cost Canada a lot to house and support a president!
GLADYS THOMPSON, VICTORIA

No time for breakfast...

In The 1960s — Remember?, you stated: “Instant Breakfast . . . speeded the decline of a civilized start of the day.” Obviously, you missed the whole point of the advertising and promotion behind this product. It is not promoted as a replacement for breakfast. It is intended, and advertised, for those occasions when people don’t have time for a regular breakfast. It makes a nutritional contribution to the well-being of those people who were, prior to the development of the product, sometimes forced to forgo breakfast entirely. Incidentally, “Instant Breakfast” is the trade mark of Carnation Company Limited, used exclusively to identify their liquid-breakfast product. - TED E. LANG, VICE-PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER, CARNATION COMPANY LTD., TORONTO

We never said the product wasn’t nutritious. But we did try to make the point that, if the pressures of modern living are prompting an increasing number of Canadians to, well, drink their breakfasts, it’s not exactly good news.

Sorry, Judi

In my article Charge Of The Haligonians (January) there was an item about the proprietor of a wig boutique, Judy Campbell. I have since heard from Miss Campbell, who is distressed that I quoted her using the words “hell” and “crap” which, as she quite rightly points out, are words she simply would not use in normal conversation. Miss Campbell also takes me to task over my version of her name: it is not Judy Campbell, but Judi Campbell-Cooper. In fact, I am very distressed that what I wrote should have caused Miss Campbell-Cooper any concern: she is a charming, gracious woman and deserves every success in her new life in Halifax.
ALAN EDMONDS, TORONTO

Playboys

After I decided to regard your article on Derek Sanderson as a piece of excellent satire (The Dead-End Kid Who Wants To Be A Superstar), it became much more enjoyable. Perhaps you could do a follow-up on some of the other debonair, suave playboys of the NHL, such as Eddie Shack or Gump Worsley.
D. R. M. PRYDE, ST. CATHARINES, ONT.