The two previous Ontario governments were content to give, give, give, which, in the long run, helps no one (“Wading into the welfare mess,” Canada, Dec. 4). In the midst of protests and angry voices, it is a pleasure to see that Premier Mike Harris has the vision to initiate much-needed reform that will make Ontario stronger. Jonathan R. Doke, Mississauga, Ont.
The truth of the matter is that, in Ontario, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Most people on welfare want to work, but there just aren’t any jobs out there. Harris’s Common Sense Revolution makes sense if you are well off. You can whine about not be ing able to afford a new vehicle, but that is a luxury compared with a welfare recipient’s real problems of trying to feed his children.
Robert Losee, Sudbury, Ont. ®
I was disappointed with the petty and contemptible review of the Princess of Wales’s BBC interview (“The princess rattles the royals,” Lifestyles, Dec. 4). She is neither “troubled” nor “unstable,” but rather a woman who has faced her problems. Diana’s honesty will give others the courage to acknowledge psychological problems and seek help.
Wray Pascoe, Winnipeg
You report Diana as saying that “no advice was ever offered on how to handle the royal
ropes.” The Queen Mother invited Diana to live at Clarence House for the six months prior to the wedding. They must have talked about matters other than the weather.
Barbara Smiley, Hillsburgh, Ont.
With all due respect to Reid Anderson, I was the first Canadian artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada (Passages, Nov. 20). I was born in Canada and will always be a Canadian, and proud of that fact.
David Haber, Houston
What a hoot
Perhaps in its quest for expansion into Canada, the U.S. chain of restaurants called Hooters should consider catering to female clientele (“The Hooters debate,” Life-
styles, Dec. 4). From time immemorial, men have been boasting about how well endowed they are, and perhaps an opportunity to work in a skimpy uniform would allow them to strut their stuff. Maybe they could name the place “Dinks.” Janice Waddington, Calgary
‘A listless ship’
As a psychologist, I can attest that Barbara Amiel’s diagnosis of “borderline personality syndrome” in Canada is more accurate than she might realize (‘There is nothing left to offer Quebec,” Column, Nov. 20). Like a ship without a captain, borderline personalities
Your coverage of Canadian ballet star Evelyn Hart (“Hart and soul,” Dance, Nov. 27) was superb, and your photo and brief account of native journalist Edith Josie (“A national treasure,” Canada Notes) far more appealing to the Canadian palate than the cover story on Baywatch star Pamela Lee (‘The most famous Canadian?”). This American-made version of what true beauty is supposed to be is just a symbol of what Canada will become as we drift to the American way.
R. E. Lauder, Saint John, N.B.
sway from impulsively following instinctual tides to succumbing to the imposed control of external forces. Such a ship is without internal engines to power itself or internal charts to direct itself. Better for Canada to have a whole or split personality than to be a listless ship of state.
Brian M. Shustack, Calgary
Made in America
Making the grade
As a student at the University of British Columbia, I found your Universities 95 package informative and comprehensive. You overlooked physical access and services for disabled stu-dents, however, as ranking categories. By including“ these items in your survey, you would compel postsecondary institutions to more seriously examine the accessibility of their campuses.
Natasha Edgar, Vancouver
Maclean’s should factor in student satisfaction when rating the universities. With the current criteria, I feel that my university, Laurentian, received unfair judgment. If student approval accounted for something, Laurentian would have scored high at least in that category.
Andy Evans, Sudbury, Ont.
I recently graduated from Concordia University, and it is a shame that some of the problems of an institution bring down the perceived quality of education at that school. Given the disappointment that will likely result from your rankings of Canada’s universities (“Universities 95,” Cover, Nov. 20)—and the joy as well—I can only say thank you for your honesty. I wish I had had some of the same kind of research in my hands when I was making my university choice in 1990.
Keep on truckin’
I am shocked and saddened by the carnage caused by the trucking industry on Canada’s highways (“Highway horror show,” Transport, Nov. 13). We should ask ourselves why so much freight is being carried by trucks when in many cases it makes more sense to ship by rail, which is inherently safer than highways.
Bruce Wolff, Vancouver
As a trucker, I believe that Transport Canada should mandate safer truck wheels, nuts and self-adjusting truck brakes to reduce ac-
cidents. But we should not ignore the fact that drivers of passenger cars are the main cause of truck crashes.
Don Bell, Mississauga, Ont.
Not greener grass
As a Canadian physician and consumer of health care furthering my education in the United States over the past 18 months, I have come to realize that we Canadians take
for granted the ease with which we may access health care. Some Canadian consumers and physicians look at the United States and see greener pastures, but I warn you all, the (insured) people of the United States do not control their health care, nor do their physicians. The access to and distribution of health care is controlled exclusively by the private insurance companies, who have no other interest in mind than their own.
Dr. Gregory Davies, Durham, N.C.
Another 90 years?
Congratulations on putting out a quality magazine for 90 years. Your many readers include people in the United States who are dying to know what is going on in Canada. Sad to say, most of the media here only cover Canadian affairs when some major event occurs—for example, when a country is threatening to split in two. Keep up the good work.
John B. Matthews, Bettendorf, Iowa
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