In my town, it’s Canadians who buy up American land!

January 1 1971

In my town, it’s Canadians who buy up American land!

January 1 1971

The article on the land-grab is typical of the paranoid pap one expects to see published in Maclean’s, and typically inaccurate. So far as I know, there are no regulations preventing Canadians from buying the Canadian property that the Americans have purchased. Even when Washington State real-estate laws forbade other aliens from owning property, an exception was made with regard to Canadian citizens where reciprocity was in force. The law has recently been changed to allow all aliens to acquire property in this state. Ninety percent of the property owners here at Point Roberts are Canadians. We welcome them. But perhaps we should suspect them of a planned “take-over” of our country?


* In your article on the land sellout in Canada, you state: ‘‘Across the border, in Washington, Canadians can’t own state or private land.” The laws of the U.S. give the privilege to any nationality to purchase and own land in the U.S. They are entitled to attend any tax sales or buy in any way they feel privileged to. Canadians have purchased considerable property in the state of Washington for recreational and other purposes.


* It is only natural that people of any nationality will be attracted to a land as beautiful as Canada. But a real-estate businessman in BC has complained to me that Canadians won’t buy the properties he has for sale, but Americans as well as other nationalities will. He feels that Canadians are far too conservative in this respect and that they fail to recognize the potential of their land. You can’t criticize Americans or others for buying when they are welcomed to Canada with enticing offers to buy choice land.


* If you want to make a noise about foreign capital, have a look at the Japanese capital now being invested in Canada’s natural resources. The Japanese are going to own your country before long — not the Americans.


Doctors’ patients—lose patience!

The article by Robert Thomas Allen, Wanted: A Doctor Who Doesn’t Keep You Hanging Around (November), put the onus right where it belongs — on the doctor. As a medical receptionist, I have put in a good many hours watching patients glare, pace and complain because the doctor is always late, only to have them all smiles when at last they get in to see him. If more people would stand up for their rights and complain — to the doctor — this common show of inconsideration would come to an abrupt halt.


* I read Bob Allen’s article in the waiting room of an eye specialist with whom I had a 2:15 p.m. appointment. When I still had not been admitted to his inner sanctum at 3:50 p.m. I left, because I had school-age children waiting at home. To add insult to injury, I had waited one and a half months for this appointment.


* A doctor in a town outside Toronto was treating me for hypertension and was distressed one day to find my blood pressure well elevated. He speculated on the cause, and when I suggested it was brought on by the 90-minute wait in the waiting room he told me to tell his receptionist I was not to wait more than 10 minutes when I came again. But do you think the girl would believe it? No sir.


* I’ve been going to the same doctor for 11 years, and have never been kept waiting for more than 10 minutes — as a matter of fact, he’s often waiting for me when I arrive. Now my dentist — well, that’s a different story!


* Poor Robert Thomas Allen! Our hearts go out for him: he is being kept waiting at his doctor’s office. Alas, he is not the only one who has had this annoying experience. As a doctor, I am not entirely blameless. Not that I like to keep people waiting — even important ones. My secretary arranges the appointments for weeks ahead most meticulously. The annoying thing is that those darned emergencies keep cropping up quite unexpectedly, messing up the whole day’s schedule. Not only are patients kept waiting, but, like Allen, I also miss my lunch, often my dinner, even my sleep! This is the reason why, quite unaccountably, we sometimes disappear down those long corridors. I realize that some people’s time is money — our time often is human life saved. Perhaps this insight will help Robert Thomas Allen to wait more patiently next time.


Joe Greene: Captain Capitalist?

Maclean’s is profoundly mistaken in regarding Joe Greene as a Canadian nationalist, Captain Canada of 1971 (November). If you examine his Denver speech, you discover that at no point does he reject continentalism. The proposal for 51% Canadian ownership isn’t any solution. In fact, what has it brought Mexico? Continued poverty and continued American domination. Is there any reason to believe that Canada would be any different? The only hope for Canadian independence is socialism, whereby the profits of Canadian resources could be invested in Canada, increasing employment and also giving Canadians control over their country. The Canadian business class doesn’t deserve to control Canadian interests. After all, who has been selling us out to the Americans?


* I find Walter Stewart’s proposal to consider J. J. Greene as a contender for Captain Canada somewhat ludicrous. The real test of a man’s concern for Canadian independence is not how many flag waving speeches he can make to Denver businessmen, but what he is actually prepared to do about it. And Greene, as you know, supported the recent sellout by the Cabinet of an enormous quantity of natural gas to the U.S., without even taking the trouble to secure the expected I concessions by the U.S. to Canadian oil. The result, of course, will be to fix Canada more firmly in the role of a mere supplier of raw materials to U.S. industry, whose finished products we can then buy back — if we can afford them. In view of such performance, I am not at all reassured by Greene’s current statements that our water is not for sale. The logic of Stewart’s facts was clearly leading him to conclude that Greene is inconsistent, opportunistic, and a continentalist; so it was unsettling to find him avoiding these conclusions, and commending Greene as “flexible,” “pragmatic,” and a believer in Canadian independence. One of the reasons why many people have found themselves in the Waffle is that, unlike Stewart, they can no longer avoid those conclusions.


Football: more than a sport

Lionel Wilson is obviously not aware of the benefits most players receive from playing football — Football Fever: The Great Canadian Con Game (October). I couldn’t figure out whether or not Wilson meant the football buffs or the players were slobs. Either way, I resent the implication. Football at the high-school level keeps young boys from hanging around the local restaurant after school. It has its place — regardless of how many of these players go on to greater things.


* There is no more justification for teaching football in high school than teaching Grand Prix racing or skydiving. It seems ridiculous to tie up over two million dollars of Ontario taxpayers’ money in football equipment to benefit less than 10% of the school population when other mass participation sports such as rugger, soccer and field hockey can be carried on at almost no expense and can be played also at a later age in life.


Of hawks and doves

Walter Stewart’s article. Who Goes There? Friend ... Or Fuzz? (October) was excellent. Many of us tend to blame either the police and courts or dissident groups for the troubles in law enforcement. However, we are all directly involved because law enforcement agencies reflect the values of society which are fostered, nourished, and propagated by the unaverage citizen; namely, all of us. Respect for law and order must be earned, but unless we operationally and not merely theoretically start respecting the political, social, and economic rights of our fellow citizens — of our fellow human beings — we will never have respect for law and order in our society. Respect arising from trust is more important than respect arising from fear and negative sanctions.


* I am on the side of the “Doves.” The public should realize there are good and bad police as there are good and bad people. If they are going to disrespect all police because of a minority of bad cops, then they are being senseless.


* Walter Stewart’s comments on the Mounted Police (RCMP) were not appreciated. The people here in the United States who read Maclean's are used to the digs you send our way, but when you start slurring your own Mounties you have gone too far.


* I was perturbed by the article in which Maclean’s undertook to divide the police staffs into “Hawks” and “Doves.” To brand a police chief a “Hawk” because he attempts to enforce the law strictly, is, in my opinion, a very serious disservice to our police staffs. The police require all the support we can give them to maintain law and order.


* Thank you for the publicity — now I am a Super-Hawk! I think your article stinks. There is no semblance of recognition between my answers to your questionnaire and what you have published.


Walter Stewart replies: “The designation of Super-Hawk was not based on the questionnaire — which certainly supports it — but on a two-hour interview with yourself. Remember?”

Tobacco tales from Springhill

After reading Jon Ruddy’s article on Anne Murray. The Pit And The Star (November), I feel I should send this letter by pony express — but we in the Maritimes have advanced beyond that stage. What was most distasteful to me. other members of my family and people in the community of Springhill, was the reference of Anne’s “granddaddy” who used to chew tobacco when making house calls as a doctor. I was brought up in this man’s home and never once saw him chew tobacco, much less dispose of it under a corner of the rug. This was a home that was far from culturally deprived; the article made it sound as if Anne just popped out of a mine and started to sing. Her uncle was, for some time, a professional musician, her aunt a music educator and her cousin has had an opera program on the CBC for 20 years.


* Nonsense! Anne Murray’s grandfather did not chew tobacco. Is this morsel of memorabilia, this tidbit of trivia gleaned from the hearsay of an unidentified historian at the pithead, supposed to represent her father’s family?


Jon Ruddy replies: “1 don’t know how anyone could conclude that l believed or suggested that Anne Murray’s paternal grandfather chewed tobacco. The miner’s anecdote was included as a demonstration of the storytelling propensity of the Springhill miners — who have kept their good humor despite everything -—and was dearly refuted in the following paragraph. Nor do I understand how anyone could read into the article a suggestion that Miss Murray’s background was ‘culturally deprived.’ ”

Abortion: the good, the bad and the ugly

Congratulations to Roberta Squire on her thoughtful and courageous article on abortion, Pm Married, Happy And Went Through Hell For A Legal Abortion (October). I am 21, single, and have never needed one, but, like other girls my age, I have friends who have had abortions, some of them legal. They have paid for their so-called sins with pain and money to save bringing an unwanted child to the Children’s Aid Society for possible adoption.


* I hope Maclean’s will give the same amount of time and space to something that needs far more publicity than Roberta Squire’s abortion story — a comprehensive guide in the use of reliable contraceptives and especially sterilization or vasectomies.


* In defense of the social worker’s questions directed to Mrs. Squire at Toronto General Hospital, I would remind her that our hospital is a large teaching hospital in which research figures prominently. Many of the questions asked of our abortion patients are part of a research program being carried on in order to understand both the effects of our new law and the problems it creates.

Indeed figures for a recent month indicate that 73% of patients who received an abortion had rarely used any type of contraception. We must expect a death rate of about three in 100,000 for this operation. This rate increases alarmingly when the procedure is repeated. The long-term answer to this problem is good birth-control information, not abortion. Let’s be fair, Mrs. Squire: you created your problem, you listened to inaccurate gossip and you received the help you needed when you asked for it. It would be nice to hear you express some appreciation.


* By having an abortion Roberta Squire has denied herself the greatest joy in life.


* If such a sophisticated barbarism is allowed in our Canadian society, the future of our country is dark indeed.


CHEZ US: The feats of a small, thin fireman

AT HAYHOE MILLS Limited, Pine Grove, on September 10, workman Henry Nipro had a broken leg and was trapped in the narrow neck at the bottom of a grain bin. He was installing some equipment and while climbing up a rope he fell to the bottom of the bin. The rescue squad was called at 6:32 p.m. and hauled him out. Fire Chief Davidson said this incident proved the usefulness of having a small, thin fireman on every crew. THE LIBERAL. Richmond Hill, Ont., September 17

A BUSLOAD of male students from George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto passed through Trenton yesterday at about noon, destination unknown. THE TRENTONIAN, Trenton, Ont., October 7

LAST NIGHT the City Hall Pest Extermination squad reconvened in a special emergency session to come up with a more immediate and effective answer to the question of the impending pigeon take-over of the downtown area. In all fairness to the city engineer, who will lead the charge, the elimination of the dirty birds will take place “under controlled conditions and in conjunction with the Chief of Police.”

TIMES-JOURNAL, St. Thomas, Ont., September 9