The slaughter of 14 women provokes deep feelings (“Massacre in Montreal,” Cover Dec. 18). Many women feel sisterly grief and outrage. Many men feel horror and shame. It may do us good to do some soul-searching. Like most of the things valued in our society, violence is in the hands of men. It is the male’s power and privilege. Aggression backs up our ambition, sex appeal and authority. Without the threat or thrill of it, we are often bored. It saturates our advertising, our sports and entertainment. It reduces our relationships into terms of power and control. We need to acknowledge those women of Montreal, not just as victims of one man, but also as victims of the violence that is active in all men in many different ways.
Sheldon Oberman, Winnipeg
The tragic deaths and injuries of those university students in Montreal is indeed a sad commentary on our present-day lifestyle, and is further proof, if more proof is needed, that automatic, multiple-shot weapons have no place in our society and should be banned, period. Certainly, there are many other factors motivating these killers, but eliminating those killing machines would be a good place to start in searching for a solution.
Richard Hutchinson, Etobicoke, Ont.
The University of Montreal massacre will certainly bring forth great wrath against the abominable attitude that certain men have against women; there is no excuse nor the remotest justification for such deeds. For a moment, I even felt ashamed to be male. However, men and women must continue to trust each other; take heart, there are over 12 million men in Canada who are not murderous. This was not a low blow to mankind, for the perpetrator was merely an aberrant individual.
Dr. Murray E. Allen, North Vancouver
SKYDOME FOR LENINGRAD?
After reading that a group of 25 “mostly Toronto-based entrepreneurs” are planning to remodel St. Petersburg (“To Russia with cash,” Cover, Nov. 13), I had the horrible thought that this group is going to do to St. Petersburg what they did to my Toronto. The Russians should be warned and, if they are considering turning these people loose in Russia, urged to at least take another look at Toronto and its examples of this awful type of anachronistic boosterism—the CN Tower, Ontario Place and the Sky Dome.
Robert Thomas Allen, Sun City, Calif.
MEECH LAKE INTRANSIGENCE
In my view, Brian Mulroney, Robert Bourassa, Lowell Murray and company have done a great disservice to the people of Canada by their unyielding attitude towards the Meech Lake accord over the past 30 months (“Step-
ping back from the brink,” Special Report, Nov. 20). Their attitude, if continued, will kill the accord.
Ross Babion, Thunder Bay, Ont.
A HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUE
When will people realize that Temagami is more than a cottage and lumbering area (“The 112-year war,” Environment, Nov. 20)? It is the homeland of the TemeAugama Anishnabai (Deep Water People). We have seen our land and water destroyed by clear-cutting, pollution and decisions made in the south by people who have never set foot in the area. This is not only an environmental issue, but primarily one of human rights. We are in the same position as the natives in the rain forests of Brazil. Values must be reassessed to allow native people the right to control our own destiny. When we have destroyed our own planet, where will we go?
Rita O’Sullivan, Second Chief of the Teme-Augama Anishnabai, Bear Island, Ont.
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