As a front-line worker in the Children’s Aid Society who also happens to be gay, I am acutely aware of how homophobia puts our gay and lesbian teenagers at risk. Thanks to the courage of public figures like Svend Robinson and publications like Maclean’s (“Gay and proud,” Cover, May 16), the homophobic threat is diminished, and our young people have a greater chance of experiencing the fullness of life.
Christian Hackbusch, Ottawa
You refer to gay activists who give “anti-homophobia” presentations in the schools. This is a diabolical attempt by gays to warp young minds into believing that normal people accept homosexuality while only dysfunctional types disapprove of it. Rubbish. One does not have to be homophobic to be anti-gay.
What makes you or Svend Robinson so sure that we want to know his story? Frankly, we are sick of the pretense that the gay lifestyle is newsworthy. This letter is not a commentary on homosexuality, just a protest against the concept that we should be impressed by someone who is proud to be gay. Is Robinson impressed by the fact that we are proud to be heterosexual?
Gary and Hendrika Duthler, Edmonton
I was horrified to see the cover of your May 16 issue. What has happened to our country in this day and age? How could you put a photograph on the cover of Canada’s Weekly Newsmagazine depicting a member of Parliament who is—heaven forbid—not wearing shoes!
Ed Drass, Toronto
Graduates of the University of British Columbia school of library, archival and information studies are starting their careers with salaries of $34,000 and above. More than 90 per cent of our 1993 graduates found professional positions. How odd, then, that Maclean’s should indicate, based on Statistics Canada sources, that the average librarian’s salary is $21,500 (“Are they worth
it?” Cover, May 9). StatsCan must have included all clerical and support staff as well as the professionally qualified librarians who manage systems and services.
Ken Haycock, Director, school of library, archival and information studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
The ‘perfect body’
Congratulations on your May 2 cover story “Body obsession.” As professional dietitians, we are acutely aware of how much people, especially women, spend of their valuable money, time and energy on trying to achieve an elusive “perfect body.” Although North American culture has a long way to go, articles such as this will help sensitize people to the issues and pave the way to a culture that does not value people based on physical appearance.
Lynn Garrison, Susan Knowles, Hamilton
Hooray for Peter C. Newman! Finally, we have a pundit who loves this country enough to condemn the prevailing “after you, Alphonse” attitude towards Quebec separatists (“The Faustian deal of Lucien Bouchard,” May 16). Canada is in danger of breaking up, but we can’t put all the blame on separatists. The fault lies with all of us— especially our politicians who are afraid to act for Canada’s best interests in case it offends some Quebecers. Blasé indifference
and “nice nellyism” will contribute to the dismemberment of this country. It is time for Canada’s self-interest to be defended.
K. M. Edgar, Vancouver
Newman’s Bouchard-bashing article epitomizes the kind of anglophone attitude that stands in the way of meaningful dialogue with Quebec. Unfortunately for federalism, and no fault of Lucien Bouchard, the Canadian melting pot has not assimilated an> glophone, francophone and I aboriginal peoples into a sin£ gle identity. Consequently, the I majority anglophone vision of one Canada has never been universally accepted and minority efforts to gain cultural autonomy must be addressed. This may be a frustrating situado but attacking its spokesmen is not a mature response. We might do better to listen to Bouchard, whose basic message seems to be that it is never too late to be reasonable.
Henry M. Bradford, Wolfville, N.S.
In Peter C. Newman’s column, I was quoted as saying, “if Canada and Quebec decide to part ways, then I hope we do it peacefully and with our historic common sense.” This quote was taken wholly out of context. I want Canada to remain united. But if Quebec did decide to leave, I believe that Canada should take a tough-minded approach. But do I want violence? Of course not. So, far from surrendering our country, I say, “Let’s fight for it.” But let us not lose our respect for democratic principles and human rights—some of the very traits that make us Canadian—in our passion to keep our country one.
Art Grant, North Vancouver
There was a gun
In his May 16 letter “I must have a gun,” H.
L. Wipprecht of Cobalt, Ont., wrote, ‘Too bad nobody had a gun at the Just Desserts café, where Georgicafé, where Georgina Leimonis was murna Leimonis was murdered.” Unfortunately, someone did have a gun and now Leimonis is dead.
Richard Ostler, London, Ont.
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