Walking on muck

September 28 1981

Walking on muck

September 28 1981

Walking on muck


Looking at the forced smiles on the two “high priests” of price (The High Priests of Peace, Cover, Sept. 14) as they toasted each other, I understand their predicament in celebrating the outrageous cost of compromise over the people’s resources. The big winners, of course, are Ottawa and Alberta, not to mention the oil industry, whose take is added to already record high profits. The definite losers are the people of Canada who must pay and pay and pay.

— B. SHELTON, Barrie, Ont.

Your cover picture of Pierre Trudeau and Peter Lougheed provides Canadians with a perfect example of what the future holds. As gas prices approach the 88-cents-per-litre level by 1986 there will be many more of us walking instead of driving. —TED SCHOUTEN,


The sudden oil pricing agreement would, of course, have nothing to do with the controversial report by the McDonald commission and Jim Coutts’s embarrassing loss in the Spadina byelection. Could this have forced a good rethinking about the government’s popularity? As facts of the agreement unravel, it will be interesting to see who conceded to what in order to achieve this six-day wonder. —C.E. FRASER, Waterville, N.S.

High priests: pay and pay and pay

Climb every mountain

In Allan Fotheringham’s column Wilderness and Its Delights (Sept. 14), he stated that Mt. Waddington is Canada’s highest mountain. Mt. Logan in the Yukon, which is also a part of Canada, is the highest. —MORRIS GIRARDIN,

Porters Lake, N.S.

Arrowing concern

I should like to register my displeasure at the manner in which your article Sinking Feelings on Water Street (Canada, Sept. 7) was reported. I am president of Crosbie Offshore Services,

jointly owned 49 per cent by myself and 51 per cent by Crosbie Enterprises and, far from standing still, this company has grown at an astonishing rate since its inception as a division of Crosbie Enterprises in April, 1979, when our monthly gross was $100,000. We became a separate limited liability company in early 1980 and our gross for the period from May, 1980, to May, 1981, was in excess of $29 million. Our profits have increased in a like manner. This company was not financed from outside sources, has no pressing debts and has no large corporate liabilities. This company is a profitable enterprise and continues to grow at this same remarkable rate. —R.A. SPELLACY,

St. John's

Pure lunacy

I have the privilege, indeed the honor, to number Dave Patterson among the very best of my friends (A Renegade Spirit in the Union Den, Profile, Sept. 7). For anyone to suggest, even remotely, that martyrdom is his fate is pure lunacy.


Here’s SCTV

Thank you for your great article on SCTV Network 90 (A Southern Triumph for the Great White North, Television, Aug. 31), which is the funniest latenight show in North America. It is true comedy and, best of all, it’s Canadian.

— B. MACKENZIE, Vancouver

In the ears of the beholder

You do a credible job of showing that Bruce Cockburn’s strong Christian faith has survived his move to the inner city (Dancing in the Jaws of Change, Music, Sept. 7). How you find this a pretext for fundamentalist-bashing, though, is not clear. Bob Dylan and Cliff Richard indeed differ from Cockburn in style and delivery, but the message of all three is the same. Whether it is received as a “threat” or a “spiritual option” has most to do with the heart of the listener, it seems.—GORDON NICKEL, Acting Editor, Mennonite Brethren Herald, Winnipeg

Brecht with the true message

Bertolt Brecht wrote: “The great Carthage conducted three wars. It was still powerful after the first, still habitable after the second one. When the third war was over, it could be found nowhere.” Isn’t the true message of your editorial ( We Must Continue to Take Up Arms Against a Sea of Troubles, Aug. 31), live by the sword, die by the sword? —BILL CURRY,


A pinch of salt, a pound of flesh

I am sure many people will be amused by Allan Fotheringham’s foray into the unique world of the European package tour (History Replayed in Portugal, Column, Aug. 31). But just how much can we believe when he thinks that someone from “Leeds or thereabouts” speaks with an accent like George

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Formby? As a Leeds lass, let me inform you that Formby came from Lancashire, and the house of the white rose (Yorkshire) and the house of the red rose (Lancashire) are as different in accent and dialect as chalk and cheese. I shall now take Fotheringham’s future columns with a large pinch of salt.

—ANN S. ANDRUSYSZYN, Lower Sackville, N.S.

Behind closed doors

Congratulations on your excellent dateline story on Romania (A Nation Embarked on a Perilous Ride, Aug. 24). As a Canadian of Romanian descent, and having been to Romania many times, I have often tried to convey the bitter realities of life behind the Iron Curtain. In the future I will simply present this article and let people judge the facts themselves. —VICTOR BONCA,

Scarborough, Ont.

Who is the fairest of them all?

Not Enough Bangs for Our Bucks (Cover, Aug. 31) was an especially inappropriate title for an article that at no time expressed the sentiment that Canadians are not getting enough production from the Canadian Armed Forces for the money being spent on it. The discussion was honest and embarrassing and, in the words of Lt.-Gen. Sir John

Winthrop Hackett: “What a society gets in its armed forces is exactly what it asks for, no more and no less. When a country looks at its fighting forces it looks in a mirror; if it’s a true one, the face it sees there will be its own.”

— GWEN HARDY, Gander, Nfld.

Oologists on the run

The term “oologist” is a deceptively scientific title to give those whose contributions are as worthless as the personal status sought from stealing the progeny of vanishing bird species (Collections of Hot Eggs, Environment, Sept. 7). May quicksand find these egg thieves before conservationists do. —WENDY TAYLOR,

Sudbury, Ont.

Blowing in the wind

The tone in your article Reaping a Grim Agricultural Future (Agriculture, June 29) seems unnecessarily alarmist. And when you say, “The steady, progressive erosion of Canada’s farmlands can be traced to accumulated injury . . . [from] continuous food production,” you are making a point which may be valid, but the intent is far from clear. If your intention is to voice concern about the adverse effect on the soil of growing row crops such as corn and soybeans continuously, I am sure most soil scientists would agree. If that was the intent, it should not have been difficult to state it in plain English. —R.A. HEDLIN, Professor and Head, Department of Soil Science, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

Even the barons look to the stars

Bob Bossin is slightly out of tune when he says CBC Radio is passing over distinctly Canadian performers (A Dissonant Note for Pop Music, Podium, Aug. 31). Three producers from CBC Radio’s variety department are now presenting a concert starring Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Stan Rogers and Graham Townsend. These artists were the choice of these producers who live and work in Toronto, but whose eyes are firmly fixed on northern stars. A cursory glance at our schedule over the past year would indicate that Bossin hasn’t been listening. On behalf of a small group of “culture barons in the East,” I can assure you that we will continue to program “distinctly Canadian performers.” — RON SOLLOWAY,

Head, Radio Variety, CBC, Toronto

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