LETTERS

September 10 1990

LETTERS

September 10 1990

LETTERS

A QUESTIONABLE RECORD

Anyone who is inclined to believe the Ontario Liberals’ rhetoric about how good they have been for the environment (“Testing the Nineties,” Canada/Cover, Aug. 27) should note that Pollution Probe says they have a “disastrous” record on waste reduction and Greenpeace claims that they have “actually made things worse.”

David Bell, Sarnia, Ont.

The feature about Ontario’s forthcoming election should have been titled “Testing the suckers.” Premier David Peterson betrayed this voter when he ran on an anti-nuke ticket and then opted for more atomic madness.

Mendelson Joe, Toronto

BITING THE FEDERAL HAND

Now that Gilles Duceppe has been successful in the byelection (“The man to beat, Canada, Aug. 13), it will be interesting to watch the developments when he does not represent a political party recognized in Parliament, when he has to swear allegiance to the Queen, when he will have as his main objective the separation of Quebec, while at the same time drawing his salary and expenses from the federal coffer.

J. Gregory Keane, Charlottetown

OPTIMISM AT KIRKLAND LAKE

The article on gold in the Aug. 6 issue (“Fading prospects,” Business) was both informative and factual, but the unnecessarily negative final salvo aimed at Kirkland Lake takes away from the credibility of the report. Your article attempted to present three very positive projects in a negative manner and failed to report some other developments, such as the relocation of the department of veterans’ affairs Ontario regional office, Northland Power’s $75-million cogeneration plant, Ontario Northland Transportation Commission’s multimillion-dollar bus terminal and a 28,000square-foot office complex. We have had a glorious past and are looking forward to a prosperous future.

Mayor Joe Mavrinac, Kirkland Lake, Ont.

‘MISCHIEF’ ABOUT ERASMUS

Ido not believe that your article “Getting away from it all” (Opening Notes, Aug. 13) should be allowed to produce the mischief it was intended to achieve. When I was inter-

viewed, I made it very clear that our national chief, Georges Erasmus, was fully aware and briefed on all developments in Kanesatake and Kahnawake and that he personally approved of our strategies before they were implemented. The article also claims that “native people close” to me have suggested that I “was not pleased about being left alone without a lead-

er.” If, in fact, there are such native sources behind this minor-league story, what do they hope to achieve by trying to discredit us? There are a lot of issues about aboriginal people that your magazine has yet to discover.

Ovide Mercredi, Manitoba Regional Chief, Assembly of First Nations, Ottawa

THE COST OF PRODUCTION

On the issue of agricultural subsidies (“The elusive solution,” Business, Aug. 6), I can see where undercutting the world price for farm produce is questionable under the Free Trade Agreement. However, any form of payment that is needed to keep the farming industry viable can hardly be considered a “direct export subsidy to farmers.” Let me suggest an alternative—the Canadian Wheat Board should purchase my bushel of wheat for a price determined by the cost of production and the federal treasury should compensate the CWB for the deficit.

Sam Haggerty, Regina

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LETTERS

SHOWDOWN AT OKA

Who expected to see the Wild West suddenly become the Wild East (“Barricades of hate,” Canada, Aug. 13)? Thanks to the inertia of both Quebec and Ottawa, it is now OK to enforce your demands at the end of a gun. So if anarchy works for some, why not for all?

Rev. George Clement, Millbrook, Ont.

Is it not amazing what is happening on the Mercier Bridge and at Oka? Some Indians pay very little in the way of taxes, set up their own governments on the reserves and, in so doing, choose not to participate in Canada. They add insult to injury by demanding federal funding for the reserves, and Canadians are further insulted by the interruption of transportation and the disruption of the economy in the areas affected. Perhaps the army should have moved in on July 11, when the standoff began.

Jerry Pry de, Burlington, Ont.

I want to thank your magazine for its unprejudiced coverage of the Oka confrontation, but also for presenting native people for what they really are—oppressed and neglected. All of a sudden, the opposition parties want to get on the bandwagon to run down the government for not acting sooner to settle native land claims. Where were these politicians hiding for the years that the native people have been crying out for recognition? It is time we paid up and looked for unity across our nation.

Norman Layton, Edmonton

I have just one thing to say: All of this mess over a stupid golf course! Give the Indians back their land and stop acting like children.

Laura Dalgleish, North York, Ont.

UNAFFORDABLE HOUSING

Only in Canada would the taxpayers maintain an official residence for a person whose main objective is to move out as quickly as possible (“A house of horrors,” Opening Notes, Aug. 6). People in other countries must get a good laugh out of this bit of Canadiana. Now is a good time to get rid of Stornoway— when there is no occupant and a few months before the next one moves in. There is no history or heritage there, given that George Drew moved in only in 1950. The precedent is not old enough to preserve, and we cannot afford it. Sell Stornoway now—the land, at least, is worth something.

Maxine Roberts, Whitby, Ont.

OSTEOPOROSIS AND HORMONES

Your article on a new and potentially exciting treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis with etidronate and calcium was both balanced and rapid, appearing only days after the study’s publication in The New England Journal of Medicine (“Brittle bones,” Medicine, July 23). However, I am certain that Maclean ’s did not intend to convey the impression, when remarking that “injections of parathyroid hormone” helped an osteoporosis sufferer avoid being confined to a wheelchair, that parathyroid hormone is used in the treatment or prevention of osteoporosis. The effects of this hormone on bone tissue would be undesirable and contrary to those obtained in this study.

Dr. George Kuchel, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City

A DIVINE CZECHOSLOVAK HAM?

I could not help emitting a nostalgic sigh and chuckling over the irony that David Smith, owner of Nate’s Delicatessens, plans to “teach the Czechoslovaks a thing or two about delis” (“Delicatessen diplomacy,” Opening Notes, Aug. 20). He may be unaware that before the advent of Hitler, the Second World War and the Communists, Prague was a culinary hot spot and famous throughout the Continent for its unequalled smoked meats and sausages. A delicatessen in Vienna, Paris or Berlin was not worth its salt if it could not procure a Prague ham, as they were known. Trying to describe their flavor would be as futile as trying to describe the nectar of the gods.

Elizabeth Hrudka, Paincourt, Ont.