A little more traveling music, this time with a definite upbeat

October 4 1976

A little more traveling music, this time with a definite upbeat

October 4 1976

A little more traveling music, this time with a definite upbeat


The Allan Fotheringham column A Little Traveling Music Please . . . (September 6) was read here with considerable dismay. It is an example of biased comment that is damaging to an extremely significant industry. Tourism is the world’s fastest growing industry and it does require control to balance the ratio of permanent residents and tourists who visit heavily populated areas. Tourism authorities are increasingly conscious of this responsibility and are taking positive steps to maintain a reasonable balance of visitors and to prevent overextended services.

Misuse of tourism in some areas is only a symptom of more basic weaknesses in government policies throughout the world. There are many examples of islands and resort areas that enjoy the benefits of tourism. In many cases, tourist dollars represent the only or primary source of revenue that provides income, export earnings and employment. Such an example is Bermuda, which has carefully preserved the environment and standards of excellence enjoyed by Bermudians and visitors from many parts of the globe. Canada is blessed with a healthy and growing travel industry. Contrary to Fotheringham there are many who recognize that travel to and within Canada does contribute to our economic health and national unity, international understanding and enrichment of life.

Maclean’s has run many fine travel columns and features. This is not one of them.



If “condescension is no longer abided in the Pacific or on the St. Lawrence,” what in

the hell is it doing in the pages of Maclean’s! I suppose the “spavined, varicoseveined matrons waddling off jumbo jets” should meekly stay home to make way for Fotheringham who seems to consider himself a little higher than the angels. And why this preoccupation on the same subject in his report of the PC leadership convention?

I gave up my subscription to Time magazine when Maclean ’s started its new format but I find Fotheringham’s columnvery similar to Time at its worst period—when it was more interested in Orval Faubus’ table manners than in his racism. I keep hearing people say Fotheringham is a good journalist and I’d love to know who started the rumor.


A fourth cheer for the New Halifax

I enjoyed Why Are Fewer People Goin’ Down The Road? Behold The New Halifax! (August 9). During my four years as a graduate student at Dalhousie University, I witnessed some of the transformations described in Irene Parikhal’s report. Lest other readers be misled, it should be mentioned that one of the best features of the city is that anyone who tires of the everquickening pace associated with the “new Halifax” can quickly and easily withdraw from the city to enjoy the relatively unspoiled countryside surrounding Halifax. As the Halifax-Dartmouth area grows, its residents should temper the desire for more development with a strong-willed defense of their environment.

Dalhousie University, by the way, is famous not only for its medical and legal faculties (as mentioned in the article) but also for its Department of Oceanography

which (together with the Department of Biology and several government laboratories) gives the area the distinction of being one of the largest (and best) centres for marine studies in the world.


I was just reading your magazine and noticing all the accolades from readers who think it’s “a truly worthwhile Canadian magazine” and better than Time, etc. I began to think, well, maybe this will work and we will have a magazine for all Canadians when I came upon your description of Halifax as “Canada’s oldest city.” Oh, no! Back to the drawing board. Guess what, Canada? We joined you in 1949. And guess what, Canada? St. John’s, Newfoundland, is Canada’s oldest city. Most people here are really trying to think of themselves as Canadians but it’s awfully difficult when Canada’s newsmagazine is grounded at North Sydney west.


Differing on quantity, but not on quality

The article Are Canadians Getting Their $12 Billion Worth? (September 6) by Eleanor Ward and Robert Miller includes a factual error. The number of full-time post-secondary students was not 311,000 in 1961 but 163,143. Similarly, in 1971 there were only 475,548 full-time post-secondary students instead of the 820,000 mentioned in the article. Apart from this, the article has provided a balanced presentation of a complex issue.


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Olympian task, Olympian effort

I took exception to Heroes Of The XXI Olympiad (August 9) by Michael Posner. Nowhere in the article did he give credit to the Canadian swim team, particularly the women, who won most of Canada’s 11 medals. Admittedly they were not gold medals, but they were still medals. I took particular exception to the sentence: “In the silver medals of high-jumper Greg Joy, canoeist John Wood and equestrian Michel Vaillancourt; in the performance of the sprint relay teams, in the stubborn determination of Jack Donohue’s basketball squad (which finished fourth), there were grounds for optimism.” What about the female swimmers? Are there not grounds for optimism there? After all, if it weren’t for them Canada’s medal total would have been even less imposing!


I want to congratulate you on the increasing excellence of Maclean’s newsmagazine. My family and I particularly appreciated your comprehensive, timely and in-depth coverage of our exciting and successful Olympic Games. In that section', as well as in the rest of Maclean’s, your coverage was equally as good on overseas subjects as it was on Canadian content. Certainly Maclean’s has achieved its main objective of reporting the world through Canadian eyes, and should begin to provide good reading for our friends in other countries as well.

It is difficult to single out any one secjion when they are all well produced but certainly Interview at the front is always an immediate delight, for example, the interview with Dr. Hans Selye (June 14).


Gymnastics, to my mind, is the most graceful and beautiful sport in Olympic competition. Maclean’s must have had hundreds of prints from which to choose to illustrate this section of Heroes Of The XXI Olympiad. Olga Korbut was portrayed in a reprehensibly cropped picture that could have had no artistic merit whatsoever. Almost every pose the gymnast strikes is poetry in action—what possible motive could you have had in making these deplorable selections?


Yes, we have some bananas

I think the letter from Jas. H. Gray of Calgary (August 9) on the subject of Bechtel should be compulsory reading in all our secondary schools in the hope that the generation growing up will understand the true situation that exists in Canada today.

I lived for some 30 years in Ethiopia and four Latin-American countries and we, here in Canada, have the nerve to classify some of these countries as “banana republics” when in fact Canada is the Number One banana republic of the world. The countries in which I lived and worked have matured and their eyes have been opened

to the exploitation of their resources. However here in Canada we are still in the cradle stage and we allow our non-renewable natural resources to be exploited, and mostly in raw form, thereby denying employment to our people.


Underclothes don’t unmake the man

In What Every Well-Dressed Man Is Wearing This Year (September 6) Sandra Peredo warns: “There have been some complaints that tight underpants—paisley prints notwithstanding—contribute to impotence.” Mercy! As if there weren’t enough castration threats already. Tight jockey shorts have nothing to do with impotence-inability to achieve erection. They may, however, in some cases, have something to do with lowered sperm count, overheating, lack of ventilation,

If birth control is not your objective, male reader, try wearing a kilt.


The unforgotten

It is with great disappointment in Maclean’s that I read the irresponsible article The Forgotten Man (August 9) on the Honorable Paul Martin. Although our political views are obviously different, I hold for Paul Martin that respect and esteem that I believe to be widely shared among people of all parties who have the honor of knowing him personally. He has devoted his life to the service of Canada and he has served with distinction in many high offices. A true patriot, Paul Martin is a kind and good person and truly a gentleman whose contributions, despite the cheap remarks of your writer, will have a permanent place in the history of our nation.


I read with great interest Marci McDonald’s article on the Canadian High Commissioner, the Honorable Paul Martin. She hit the nail on the head, it was a very well-written and true-to-life article. Working in the Press Office has put me in direct contact with Paul Martin’s urgent need for publicity. He has in some respect succeeded since Canada has certainly gained some recognition in the British press over the past year. I have been working here since May and I have been introduced to Paul Martin at every reception, press conference and function that I have attended. He has not yet remembered who I am.



I thoroughly enjoyed Marci McDonald’s article on Paul Martin—gently debunking yet sympathetic. I remember the very first time I met Paul Martin. He said, “Good to see you again, young man.”