June 1 1970


June 1 1970

That’s Joey

My congratulations to Ian Adams for his portrayal of Joey Mallow and for the adroit and succinct manner in which Adams created his quick sketch (The Emperor’s Last Stand: A Portrait Of Joey Smallwood Today). We may say without hesitation, “Yes, that’s him — you’ve caught him!” - D. MILNER, EDMONTON

I am sure Joey Smallwood is a difficult man to talk to but Adams did a good job. I personally have never cared too much for Smallwood, but some of his friends worry me more. They leave much to be desired. More reporting of this kind may be the answer.

A word to women: organize
Re How Women In Power Keep Other Women Powerless: To help women achieve equal rights and equality of opportunity, we need money. To get it, the most realistic course would be to start a Women’s Union. Membership fees could bring in as much as a million dollars a month. The money could be used to finance the campaigns of women running for parliament; to set up day-care centres, so that those who wish to work can do so; to provide either grants or loans to women who wish to train, or retrain, in any job or profession of their choice; and to supply loans to women who wish to start a business. MRS. MARYROSE C. CLARK. VICTORIA

* I have been working successfully in a “man’s world” for many years and enjoying every minute of it. I am a happy, contented woman. I like this world I live and work in. MRS. SHEILA B. WHITE, WOLFVILLE, NS

* I am one of Margaret Daly’s oddballs who become hysterical at the idea of picketing beauty pageants or burning bras. Did she ever stop to think that the reason why so many women don’t support “Women’s Liberation” is simply because they don’t want to be, or feel the need to be, liberated? The only women who really make it difficult for women to be seriously considered for top jobs are those who, having attained prominence, behave in such a way as to strengthen the claim that women are too unstable, too emotional to be successful at the top. Many such women show an inverted sexism by trying to prove they are “one of the boys,” and end up by outdoing the boys. MISS M. F. INGRAM, OTTAWA

* Finally the long-awaited exposure has appeared. What was said has needed to be said for many years. I find the kind of woman Margaret Daly criticizes to be a particularly selfish, heartless type with little sympathy or understanding for her sisters. She is used by men to further their own cause and, in most cases, she knows it. It is high time to reveal her inadequacy. — RUTH PRICE, TORONTO

* A more appropriate title would have been How Men In Power Keep Women Powerless. I agree that women are victims of sexism and only when women stand together will this help to alter the attitude. Just the same, men have a responsibility in this respect as well. It is a two-way street. To blame successful women in a “man’s world” is terribly unjust. Margaret Daly gives society another excuse to partially close the slowly opening door against women having and receiving equal opportunity. She’s doing exactly what she says the “successful women” are doing. MRS. E. F. SWINTON, WEST VANCOUVER

* Let’s face facts: power and equal rights are like oil and water — they don’t mix, in any form. Thank goodness men and women do. ALAN MOFFATT, SURREY, BC

All about us

The Orillia Packet and Times described perfectly my impression of Maclean’s, and should be considered more seriously than is indicated by your rebuttal, Articles Wanted: Effete Magazine Desires Chest Hairs (In Our View—-And Yours, March). I suggest Maclean’s stop trying to tell us it’s the leader and start doing something about becoming a leader.

* How sweetly serendipitous for all of you at Maclean’s that March’s Volume 83, Number 3 should be the issue to print the Orillia Packet and Times’s bass bray for cojones in your journalism. If Vol. 83, No. 3 had had more seminal quality, 481 University Avenue would have been raided by the Satryiasis Squad. All those matted chests around the Packet and Times office by now have had the experience of reading 83:3 with mounting — all right, then. Orillia — tumescent delight. Hang on to 83:3, Packet and Timesmen : it may be a watershed — a Canadian journalistic watershed, as virile as Stephen Leacock. STAN GIBSON, OKOTOKS, ALTA.


* It was instructive to note that Walter Stewart’s timely article on Canada’s involvement in the Vietnam butchery (In Our View — And Yours, March) was placed directly opposite a full-page advertisement for the Greek National Tourist Office. How’s that for editorial impartiality? - JOHN L. WATSON, TORONTO

* I was born in Canada and I have lived happily in the U.S. for many years. I still bristle at criticism of Canada — just as I am highly indignant at the “Hate America” articles in several current issues of Maclean’s. Heaven bears witness that the vast majority of Americans loathe our involvement in the war in Vietnam. But please place the blame where it belongs — on a misguided president who got us into this mess, and the other who increased that involvement. If some of our soldiers have been cruel and vicious, let’s name them, too. Let’s not refer to the whole of this country as “butchers.” Please stop generalizing and indicting a whole nation.

Mrs. Warne's point is well-taken. For an answer — and a better idea about how Maclean’s really feels about the U.S. and Americans — see page 13. — Ed.

Notes on the need for Nader

Re your April Canada Report, Q: Who Needs Ralph Nader? A: Canada: Hats off to Pollution Probe for making the public aware of what’s happening to our environment. But we can all be in error, as Pollution Probe has been in listing in its mailing piece three presoaks (for stain removal) in its heavy-duty detergent listing. No one would wash their clothes in Amway Trizyme, Bio-Ad or Amaze, any more than they would in liquid bleach. E. BAYNE, TORONTO

Maclean’s also erred in describing Amway Trizyme, a presoak, as a detergent. Amway’s -claim that it “won’t contribute to detergent pollution of water supplies” applies to Amway SA 8, a detergent. See below.

* You say Amway detergent heads the -list in pollution-creating phosphate content. I use Amway because I am antipollution. When I used Tide, I used 1- 1/2 cups for a wash. I use one quarter of a cup of Amway detergent. If Amway has a phosphate content of 36, but I use only one sixth as much as of other detergents. Amway then is at the bottom of the pollution list. MRS. MARY SIMS, TORONTO

Reports editor Courtney Tower replies: "We checked Amway out and Mrs. Sims’s arithmetic isn’t as simple as it appears. Pollution Probe's phosphate-content listings were determined by weight, not by volume. Amway SA 8 is a denser, more concentrated detergent than, say, Fab, which has the same phosphate content, 36.5%. A quarter of a cup of Amway SA 8 is not one quarter the weight of a cup of Fab, but about two thirds the weight. So, by using less Amway than another product one does get some improvement, but nowhere near the lower phosphate level Mrs. Sims believes she has reached.”

* You report on Canada’s first Consumer Supply Depot, in Ottawa. Please advise me where I might obtain information on how to set up a similar operation in our area. — c. D. PAÚL, KELOWNA, BC

Write to Ralph Staples, United Co-operatives of Ontario, 35 Oak Street, Weston, Ontario. He started the Ottawa depot, knows the pitfalls and generously offers to tell you who in your area you should see.

Sorry, Judy

I was astonished by a reference made to me by Douglas Marshall in his article, “But Patrick, What’s Wrong With Saying (#*—!) On The Air?” (Reviews. April). The incident referred to is made up entirely of whole cloth. During the year in which we prepared tapes of the Ombudsman show [for CJOH-TV, Ottawa], at no time was any program ever interrupted by my departure nor anyone else’s. Contrary to the article, each one of the grievance cases was very well researched in advance. At no time have I ever “yelled,” “yelled, ‘Cut!,’ ” “stormed out of the studio,” "stormed out of the studio screaming.” JUDY LaMARSH, NIAGARA FALLS, ONT.

Douglas Marshall replies: "I heard the story of the incident from a source l considered impeccable. Evidently I was misinformed. The trouble with being a personality as lively and as colorful as Miss FaMarsh is that observers too often recollect what they wish she had done rather than what she did. I apologize for having fallen into this easy trap.”


* Marshall’s postmortem on the WatsonLaPierre situation has all been said before. This overstated uneasiness in the Bushnell camp will, I feel, in no way hinder Bushnell Communications’ present expansion program. However, I must echo Marshall’s criticism on the present situation of children's programming in Canada. I am the producer of Smart Alec and 1 feel this show is CJOHs first conscientious effort toward the idea of “good” children’s programming. ALEC BRIDGE, OTTAWA

* Douglas Marshall’s article, TV Is Not Bad For Kids — But It Could Be Even Better, was excellent. It is encouraging that, finally, an imaginative children’s show such as Sesame Street is available. MRS. CAROL BEDARD. OTTAWA

And, happily, it will be available on the CBC at II a.m., five days a week, starting in October.

* My 2 1/2 -year-old son has been enthralled by the show and my husband and I seem to find plenty of excuses to keep him company while it is on. I was pleased to see Romper Room publicly put down. I saw the show and was appalled by its joylessness.

* Marshall condemns mothers who deny TV to their preschoolers, yet he admits that there is not much worth watching. Does he really think there is nothing wrong with letting a child watch “artless drivel”? I can't think of anything more dulling to the mind. So until the CBC produces more educational and interesting programs (without commercials, please) I will continue to restrict TV viewing and not feel the least bit guilty. MRS. JUDY DUNCAN, BURLINGTON, ONT.

Re The People vs. Pollution (Canada Report, January):
The statement concerning pollution by the mines at Yellowknife and the inaction by town authorities to bring pressure to correct it is utterly untrue. Both mines now working in the immediate area of Yellowknife spent considerable sums of money installing the most modern cleaning and scrubbing plants to remove arsenic from roaster fumes as long as 10 years ago. Samples of runoff are taken in 20 or more locations daily and have never shown an arsenic content remotely approaching a danger point.

Reports editor Courtney Tower replies:
“Mr. Byrne might ask himself why, then, Yellowknife had to move the source of water supply. Or he might look any day at the film of refuse from the mines that covers trees, grass and water. Or look at the lake signs, which tell you not to swim in the water (left).”

* Not all the citizens of Prince Rupert are as complacent about pollution as Dr. R. G. Large (Letters, March). In the past six weeks more than 100 have joined a newly formed branch of the Society For Pollution And Environmental Control.

*As a food chemist, I fully support Dr. D. A. Chant's abhorrence of all types of pollution (Letters, March). However, as the owner of one of the modern Prince Rupert, BC, fish-processing plants, I wish to inform you that, contrary to Dr. Chant, none of the plants here dumped fish waste in this harbor in 1969. - ARTHUR GALLAUGHER, PRESIDENT, ROYAL FISHERIES LTD., PRINCE RUPERT. BC

* A federal health officer says the government doesn’t know w'hat to do with the thousands of gallons of DDT that must be disposed of. Here’s the answer: put them down all the sealed-off oil wells across the country. WALTER DAVIS. NELSON, BC

Is nationalism necessary?
Your February Canada Report, The Heartening Surge Of A New Canadian Nationalism, frightens me. I have just returned from an extended trip through Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Canada is known abroad as a small but peaceful country. Shouldn’t we use this sought-after freedom, not as a base for new nationalism but as a place to start a coupling of a stronger national identity with world service in promotion of world peace and brotherhood? MICHAEL R. SHUTE. HAMILTON, ONT.

* Still slightly homesick for my native Canada even after 20 years of American residence, I avidly read your Report. Here, Canada is a subject infrequently mentioned, and the growing desire of Canadians to be independent and selfgoverning couldn’t elicit less sympathy: "Then why aren’t they? Why do they take American money? Why watch American TV?” It would appear that Walter Gordon told it as it is when he wrote: “If Canadians are not ready to stand up for their rights, nobody else is!” They’ll certainly get no sympathy or help from aggressive, noninterested Americans. DORIS A. WARD. KALAMAZOO. MICHIGAN

* Your Report doesn’t contain anything new. It is the same old negative approach, expressed by artist Greg Curnoe, of London, Ont.: “It’s because I don't want to be an American.” This appears to be the gist of Canadian nationalism to date. Not wanting to be an American is all very fine, but we must be more positive, we must want to' be CANADIAN. - IRMA E. PATTISON, TORONTO

* The furor over foreign ownership needs better perspective than given by Messrs. Gordon, Moore and Parker, or we could wind up cutting off our national nose to spite our national face. Despite Walter Gordon’s assumptions, foreign capital is needed for our development. The Liberal Party rightfully repudiated Gordon and his policies. The take-over of small companies isn’t only endemic to Canada. The conglomerates are gobbling them up all over the world. John Moore hails Canadian industrial nationalism from the strength of his presidency of Brascan! It’s fine for Canadians to invest in Brazil, but we must drive out the dirty foreign investors from Canada! Robert Parker’s demand for control is right but his method is unrealistic. Multinational corporations operate from the great centres of the world; they’re not about to move their head offices and chief executives to Canada at our behest. We’d wind up with them buying out opposition and our having to import instead of having the goods manufactured here.

* The emergence of a new Canadian nationalism is an interesting development. After vacillating between being a British and an American satellite, this is long overdue. Three important, immediate actions that Canada can take include: (1) the development of the Canadian Development Corporation into a truly competitive force challenging present entrenched capital (nationalization per se of industries does nothing but change ownership — often with a loss of existing markets); (2) by open international solicitation, reverse the brain and capital drain, which has severely hampered Canada in the past; and (3) truly become the melting pot of the world of the 20th century. — WALTER J. EURCHUK, BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON

Liberals: their good side
When Keith Knowlton says that liberals are arrogant, thin-skinned and dogmatic enemies of free speech (In Our View — And Yours, April) it sounds as if he were enumerating their good points. Here in the United States the liberals either looked the other way or actively assisted the presidents who took us into the Vietnam War. — HENRY R. KORMAN, LONGVIEW, WASHINGTON

The inflation mythology
Re Prof. Rosalind Blauer’s article on the mythology of inflation, What’s So Terrible About Inflation?: What concerns me is that a whole generation of Canadian university students is being taught the myths she describes. The dangerous mythology is being perpetuated among the people who will make up the influential and educated classes of the future. — LINDA BOHNEN, TORONTO

* The Blauer article was good. I agree with what it said. I wish Finance Minister Benson did. We do not suffer from too much money; we suffer from too little. We suffer from too costly credit. Full employment is essential to a healthy economy. Fast circulation of money is necessary. Surpluses are wasteful. Spending is the only logical way of saving. R. J. LATTIMER, UCLUELET, BC

* Prof. Blauer gave us a lopsided view on the causes and effects of inflation. I cannot help questioning her sense for scientific objectivity when she quotes a couple of sentences from one of the reports of the Economic Council of Canada, which seem fit for her to draw farfetched conclusions from, but does not mention that the same body recommended in a previous report that “the average annual increase in consumer prices and in prices of all goods and services produced in Canada should be contained within the limits of 1.4% and 2.0% respectively.” Her recommendation, to keep inflation alive, is obviously dangerous. — EUGENE BERNATSKY, WINNIPEG

* Rosalind Blauer implies that, if Canada adopted a flexible exchange-rate system, inflation in Canada would be offset by a depreciating exchange rate, and thus the Canadian trade balance would not be affected. In other words, inflation would never give rise to problems in Canada’s external or foreign trade balance. But no exchange system, fixed or flexible, can work satisfactorily with continuous inflation in any one country. WILLIAM MARR, LONDON, ONT.

* The real cause of inflation and its ills is the lack of buying power in the hands of the consumers. The Trudeau-Benson method of creating unemployment to curtail our economy cannot succeed. It is undemocratic and contrary to all laws of decency to deprive people of the necessities of life on the pretext that it is for their own good. J. M. GAGNON, PORT ALBERNI, BC

* Prof. Blauer’s article is truthful, clear and precise. Perhaps our Liberal government intends to save the forest by killing the trees.

Here, here for ‘Hair’
Re What Hair Is Doing To A Bunch Of Otherwise Ordinary Canadian Kids ... : My husband is a Presbyterian minister. We do not smoke (anything), drink or swear. We thoroughly enjoyed Hair. We hadn’t expected to. The whole performance combined the innocence of childhood with the wisdom of the ages. It gave us a fresh outlook on life. We came out feeling happier than we had in years.

* The U.S. draft, Vietnam and pollution are not the real threats to Canadians. Drugs, permissiveness and degeneration will surely destroy us. GORDON A. CLARK, MEDICINE HAT, ALTA.

You’re all wet, Stewart
Judging by the figures he quotes in his article, Water: The Sellout That Could Spell The End Of Canada, it would appear that Walter Stewart thinks that the U.S. has already taken us over, for he gives the cubical contents of an acre-foot in U.S. units, which have no legal basis here. He states that an acre-foot of water contains approximately 326,000 gallons. That would be in wine gallons (U.S.). The cubical contents of an acrefoot are 271,322 Imperial gallons (British) or 325,851 wine gallons (U.S.).

Staff writer Walter Stewart has been reprimanded and forced to make the following confession: “I used a U.S. encyclopedia. Oh, fudge.”

If we must have snoopers ...
I am appalled by the power that credit spies have to pass judgment on a person’s life {The Credit-Spy Can Ruin You, Canada Report, March). If this snooping is really necessary, it should be done by a government agency or under the strictest governmental supervision. A person who had been wronged would then have some hope of redress — and the information would be more accurate.

* Courtney Tower managed to convey a completely misleading impression. Members of the Credit Granters’ Association of Canada obtain credit information from their local credit bureau and are primarily interested in facts relating to the credit-applicant’s record of paying habits and ability to repay. Such a record is created by the individual himself by the manner in which he discharges his obligations. Tower seems to feel everyone should have a divine right to get credit whenever he wants it, with no questions asked. Fortunately for the cost of goods and services to the vast majority who have no credit problems, the credit industry does not operate in this irresponsible manner. - DENNIS E. GINGRICH, PUBLIC RELATIONS CHAIRMAN, CREDIT GRANTERS’ ASSOCIATION OF SASKATCHEWAN, SASKATOON

Stick around, Aislin
With supporters like those who rushed to criticize Aislin’s brilliant caricature of the Queen (Letters, In Our View — And Yours, April), how can the Commonwealth hope to survive? As a loyal Englishman, now residing in Canada, I would suggest that a distinguishing feature of our breed is that we are able to see the humorous side of ourselves and our “sacred” institutions — including the Royal Family. — R. J. PIRIE, TORONTO

* In my opinion the British Royal Family is the living representation of the iniquitous class system of a second-rate country, and the retention of this foreign institution in our country is one of the chief reasons for the lack of a true national unity and national pride in Canada. WAYNE H. CAMPBELL, MONTREAL

* I am English myself, and relatively patriotic, but see no reason why the Queen should be treated as a “sacred cow.”