April 19 1982


April 19 1982


The guru’s gospel

Congratulations for even daring to mention that some intelligent people disagree with “the master” (The Gospel According to Frye, Cover, April 5). It always bothered me that Frye attracted a group of uncritical disciples, and my guess is that this is not what he has wanted either. Much better to have generated creative individuals who are their own gurus, “maladjusted to ordinary society.” — MONTE HUMMEL,

Cookstown, Ont.

In defence of the true blue

It is true that police officers today appear to get more flak than due credit (Charges of Mayhem on the Beat, Justice, March 15). Our lives are richer because of them. We must be aware and learn to discriminate between the proverbial “rotten apple” and those 98 per cent who are true and blue and who deserve our undying respect.


To state blandly that Edmonton police “shot and killed an unarmed youth who had been arguing with his mother over a TV set” ignores the fact that the person concerned was shot in the process of attempting to kick a semiconscious policeman to death. —R.F. LUNNEY,

Chief of Police, Edmonton

No cuts for Whitehorse copper

The caption on the photo accompanying your article Hard Times Hit the Yukon (Business, March 29) is entirely misleading. The implication that Whitehorse Copper Mines has made “miners’ job cuts,” and furthermore that our union leaders have accepted them, is totally false. The photo is undeniably of Whitehorse Copper Mines, but the quotation from the text obviously refers to United Keno Hill’s operation in Elsa.

— D. LINZEY, Vice-President, Whitehorse Copper Mines, Whitehorse

The tough game for Telidon

Maclean's makes a good point when it asks the question A Cartel in Telidon’s Future? (Business, March 29). Perhaps it is time that the industry started to think in just such terms. It has been estimated that going into the States with a proper marketing approach would require about $20 million. This amount of money is not easy to come by, either from government or the private sector. In the meantime, a number of companies are banding together to do what they can. Canadians don’t often show that they have the stomach for the tough game of international business. In this case we have the product and the timing is right. Let’s get on with it.


Faxtel Information Systems Ltd., Toronto

Heartaches for the economy

Roderick McQueen gave us a rather eloquent little piece about the economy and spring (Does the Economy Have Spring? Column, April 5). The question remains, however: do Canadians want to be an arm of the space shuttle and have mission control from Houston—or Washington? I saw Don Shebib’s Heartaches, which was shot against the Toronto skyline, yet the characters passed American money and the film was about outsiders. “Was it a Canadian film?” I thought. “Oh, yes! So Canadian!” —DAVID ROBINSON,

Vancouver, B.C.

The search for sacred truths

In the March 29 Podium, Debunking Myths of Sacred Truths, Rabbi Abraham L. Feinberg writes, “The only sacred truth is that there is no such thing as sacred truth.” This is nonsense. There are many truths that should be termed “sacred.” For example, every man must sooner or later come to realize the sacred truth that God is good. Otherwise how can he learn to love? Truth of any kind is difficult to sift from the confusion and apparent contradictions of countless writings, but it is not impossible. It takes hard work, patience and humility.


Personality, not sound policies

David Macfarlane’s profile of Dr. Stuart Smith (A Scientist's Escape From Political Bondage, March 22) was very informative and enjoyable. As a voter in Ontario, I think it is a shame that people would still rather elect a personality to office, instead of someone with good, sound policies. The only problem I found with the article was that there wasn’t one word about Smith’s successor, David Peterson.

—JIM ANDERSON, St. Catharines, Ont.

The preferred contraceptive

The sensational approach of your cover illustration (Living Without the Pill, March 15), and the slanted style of the article itself, does a great disservice to Canadian women. In its sophomoric

anti-business references, the article also does a great disservice to the reputable pharmaceutical manufacturers that have worked very hard, and very successfully, to provide safe and effective oral contraceptives. Wyeth Ltd. is the largest manufacturer of oral contraceptives in Canada. We were never approached by your writer, but if we had been, we could have informed her that our sales of Min-Ovral and Ovral, the leading oral contraceptives in Canada, increased substantially in 1981 to the highest level in our history. It can be stated with certainty that, contrary to the impression your article attempted to create, oral contraceptives will remain the preferred form of contraception for women for many years to come. —P. VAN DEN EYNDE,

President, Wyeth Ltd., Toronto

How could you write an article on contraception without mentioning the sympto-thermo method of family planning? Serena Canada, the organization that teaches the method in Canada (funded by the federal government), has been growing rapidly for 10 years with no advertising save word of mouth. Unlike rhythm, the method is effective. It is also safe and cheap. All that is required is some intelligence and 10 days of self-control each month.


I agree with the concept that barrier methods are free of most of the problems that we have encountered with the Pill. I encourage the use of these methods in people who are motivated to use them. However, the key word is motivation. Unless they are used properly there is a vast difference between the theoretical effectiveness and the actual use effectiveness. — RICK SWANSON, MD, Saskatoon, Sask.

Your article has succeeded only in heaping confusion on an issue already fouled and distorted by the popular press. Making rare complications appear commonplace may attract readers and draw headlines, but does not alter the fact that they are rare. Contraceptive technology has few surprises for us in the foreseeable future. Let’s not destroy the few reliable ones we have. —D.C. KITTLE, Calgary, Alta.

Women will not stand to be sheltered by the patronizing attitude of doctors like Robert Kinch who keep facts about the risks of the Pill “short and sweet” so as to not “frighten” women. We should be frightened, terrified in fact, because this attitude permeates the medical profession. —HELEN KENNEDY,

North York, Ont.

The benefits of work-sharing

I read with interest Carol Bruman’s article on job-sharing (Unemployment Kept at Bay, March 22). As expected, Canadian Labour Congress President Dennis McDermott attacked this proposal since the union movement is often against meaningful reform. But wouldn’t job-sharing solve a lot of problems besides unemployment, especially if it was carried out on a permanent basis? It would free people to spend more time on hobbies, with their families, doing volunteer work, or whatever. And because of the tax system, one would retain, after taxes, a larger amount of pre-tax income than when working full time. —D.R. PEARCE,


Never a pleasure

In his appeal to emotion, Farley Mowat alleges that the seal hunt is brutal and inhumane (Podium, March 15). Admittedly, the killing of any animal is not esthetically pleasing, particularly to people who have never witnessed the slaughter of animals from which so much of our food and clothing is obtained. Nevertheless, there is abundant evidence from autopsies performed by veterinary pathologists that a humane death is produced by the method of clubbing and bleeding-out practised by Canadian fishermen. Extensive testing of alternate methods has shown that this is the most efficient and humane method practically available.

— PETER MEERBURG, Program Officer (Atlantic), Communications Branch, Fisheries and Oceans, Ottawa

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