LETTERS

Dual Olympians

June 29 1987
LETTERS

Dual Olympians

June 29 1987

Dual Olympians

LETTERS

Just to set the record straight, in “Canada’s long glide to gold” (Olympics, May 25), you say that Pierre Harvey became the first male Canadian to compete in both Summer and Winter Olympics in 1984. In fact, my husband, Bob Boucher, speed-skated in the Grenoble Winter Olympics in 1968 and later that same year cycled in the Mexico Summer Olympics. -DALE BOUCHER,

Nelson, B.C.

Diplomacy without job-creation

I fail to follow Peter C. Newman’s leap of logic in arguing that Canada’s economic future lies in the hands of men such as Paul Desmarais (“Power’s new Siberian connection,” Business Watch, June 1). While I fully agree that co-operationeconomic, cultural or any other—will help to lessen East-West tensions, it is beyond me how investing in a Russian pulp mill to feed a paper mill in China using Korean technology is going to put anyone in Canada to work.

-RANDY WEBBER,

Winnipeg

An unchallenged Soviet view?

One of the hallmarks of journalism in a free society like ours is the adversarial role the media play in trying to clarify inconsistencies between the words and deeds of public officials. Your interview with Soviet Ambassador Alexei Rodionov (“An ambassador for glasnost,” Q&A, June 1), for reasons unknown, seems to have abandoned this approach in exchange for uncritically parroting

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the Soviet views of the world. For example, the United States is guilty of “state terrorism” for bombing terrorist training camps in Libya, but you fail to press the ambassador for how he defines “acts of national liberation.” You also missed your chance on human rights. I wonder if the ambassadors of South Africa, Chile or South Korea would have gotten away with not being questioned regarding human rights in their countries. Without a wider perspective, you risk becoming nothing more than an unthinking transmission belt for Soviet propaganda. —TONY PRUDORI,

Thunder Bay, Ont.

After reading your interview with Soviet Ambassador Alexei Rodionov, I was amazed that you did what I thought' went on only in the Eastern Bloc nations. You allowed a master of KGBtrained propaganda to control the interview. When Rodionov says, “But please, I would like to comment further on Soviet-Canada relations,” the reporter should have politely said that he had another line of questioning in mind.

-G. CAMERON DONALD,

Edmonton

CLARIFICATION

A story in the June 22 issue of Maclean's (“Hollywood Goes to War,” The Arts) reported that Cineplex Odeon Corp. chairman Garth Drabinsky favored imposition of a movie admission tax to increase Canadian film production. After the magazine went to press, a spokesman for Cineplex stated that Mr. Drabinsky in fact opposes such a tax.

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