The Mail

The Mail

May 24 1999
The Mail

The Mail

May 24 1999

The Mail

Focus on the elite

It was very exciting to see one of my close friends and classmates, Brenda Ha, on the cover of Macleans (“Courting the class of ’99,” May 10). By the end of the article about lavish and highpaying jobs available from companies just waiting to throw money at young graduates, I was convinced that I should attend Queens commerce. But wait, I just graduated from it. The point is, such treatment of students is limited to a very small portion of graduates. I will be working for a fantastic firm next year for an excellent, but average, salary.

Readers of your article, however, will hear my stories of recruitment and think, he must be an unfortunate exception. In fact, some of my fellow students are still looking for employment. They are intelligent, hardworking, dedicated individuals with great personalities. I am confident they will eventually find a perfect match and be successful in life, but again, your article puts them across as the runts of the class. For most of my colleagues at Queens, recruiting was a stressful and frustrating experience that many would have rather traded for walking through fiery coals.

John Shipman, Guelph, Ont.

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McGill graduate Paul Farr “laughed when [he] saw the Canadian offers.” It seems that a starting salary of $50,000 is a real hoot these days. I wonder if he would find it so amusing if he had had to pay U.S. tuition rates for his oh-soattractive bachelor of commerce degree. The highly subsidized Canadian university system is taken for granted by these “princes of capitalism” who are happy to take what they want from Canada, and offer derision in return. He’ll need his $75,000 (U.S.) salary to cover medical insurance costs, housing in a gated community and tuition to private schools since so many aspects of a civil society are practically nonfunctioning in the States’ low-tax, me-first climate.

You’re correct—for those with the right credentials, the world is their oyster. Being the first PhD graduate from the University of Waterloo (mechanical engineering, ’66) who went south of the border because of the lack of opportunity in Canada at that time, I haven’t looked back. Other than learning to tolerate U.S. politicians, preachers and a few Stone Age laws, it’s a fine place to live. Canada is a great place to visit, especially with the dollar at 69 cents.

Bob Stewart, Louisville, Ky.

I suppose it is comforting to know that some members of my generation will be making $60,000 a year at the age of 23. But most of us won’t be, thank God. Many of us will struggle as we strive to find our niche, as poets, musicians, social workers and overseas volunteers. And in 30 years, we will look back with pride on our accomplish-

Elaine Butcher, Ottawa

Family-friendly skies

It is all well and good for Canadian Airlines to try to court business travellers with gourmet meals and executive service (“A cloud over Canadian,” Business, May 10), but they should think about this: become a family-friendly airline and parents will beat a path to their gate. Develop a family section on each plane with video screens and fold-down seats with proper restraints for small children. Provide kids’ meals, carry an onboard library of good Canadian children’s books and let the children who are all in one section play together. Kids would be happier, parents would be less stressed and those passengers without children would be spared the sound of “how much longer?” for hours on end. To top it off, place this section in the back near the washrooms (each equipped with a change table and baby wipes) and there will be peace and prosperity in the skies.

Liza Judd, Vernon, B.C.

ments. Where will those systems analysts and MBA graduates be in 30 years? Why, they’ll have retired early, of course. But they will never have tasted the icecream-flavoured idealism that is youth. Hilary Thomson, Ottawa

‘Keep Gretzky real’

Allan Fotheringham makes the outrageous statement that “Wayne Gretzky never once swore at a referee, never whined about a call” (“Needed: gentlemen in sports,” May 10). Never? Of course he did. He was a hockey player, some say the best who ever played the game. But never whined? Let’s at least keep him real. He’s up for induction into the hall of fame, not sainthood. David Livicker, Atikokan, Ont.

I was joyously reading Allan Fotheringham’s column when I stopped dead in my tracks. Fotheringham’s reference to “millionaire jerks” took an inaccurate turn when he foolishly included Tie Domi’s good name along with Albert Belle. Domi and Belle are in two different leagues. Domi is arguably the heart and soul of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but his contributions are not limited to the ice. He’s a huge morale booster in

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the Leaf dressing room, and a visible personality in the community. His volunteer work with young teens is well documented. Tie Domi has more heart than a hundred Albert Belles.

Steve Maddock, North Vancouver

Tragedies of youth

Murder in Ottawa, deaths in Littleton, Colo., and Taber, Alta., and other similar shootings: do people really not know why? (“Tragedy in Taber,” Canada, May 10). The common thread among the people committing these crimes is that they were ostracized and ridiculed. People bemoan how these horrible things can happen to our innocent children. Don’t they remember how cruel children can be? Should they be surprised in these ever-changing times that some individuals are striking back? If any good can ever come from these tragedies perhaps it will be that people who believe they are superior, or who enjoy making fun of others because of their differences, will learn that their attitudes and actions are not only unacceptable, they are dangerous, too.

David Wright, Waterloo, Ont.

In the 1970s, my cousin, who was a teacher in Ontario, was killed by a student gunman. I was very young at the time, but always think of her when I hear of events such as Taber and Littleton. Recent reports and analysis will try to say that society has deteriorated, when in fact this problem is not a new one. The problem may be blamed on the ease with which teens or others may use the Internet to access information needed to carry out these unthinkable acts. But while the means have changed, the reasons why people do this will always remain a mystery. People need to enforce better moral standards, keep in touch with their kids and take a more active role in their interests and concerns. Dan Trivett, Halifax

Children’s violence should be stopped. It is going to ruin their future. As a nine-year-old child, I think if every-

one pitched in a little more, we could prevent this from happening. I feel that the world will come to an end if violence will not stop. I don’t think anyone wants that. People should not have to suffer because their family members have been shot to death or wounded very badly. I don’t like walking by myself somewhere because I’m scared and it’s not fair to anyone to have to be scared. The people that are being violent need help.

Katie Lotto, Barriere, B.C.

The new Macleans

That part of me that is a graphic designer says kudos on the new look (May 10), while that part of me that is Canadian is tempted to ask why it is that Canada’s weekly newsmagazine went to New York City for a face-lift. And that part of me that is just naturally curious wonders what Heritage Minister Sheila Copps would think about that.

Laryn Bakker, Winnipeg

Why all the white space? I suspect some young graphic design team with 20/20 vision dreamed this up. But to one of your aging subscribers, this seems like a bad time to make things harder to read.

Tom Shorthouse, Port Moody, B.C.

Congratulations on your new design. You have indeed succeeded to “enhance words on paper.” The new edition is clean and pleasing to the eye. Your new look is the best that I have seen in many years.

Robert G. Girard, Winnipeg

I miss the old look of Macleans. The new magazine is colder because of the large areas of print and sections of white paper. It doesn’t look Canadian—it looks New York-style. The only inviting thing about the new magazine is Brenda Ha’s wonderful smile on the front cover. Joan Irvine, Wiarton, Ont.

Forget the fluff, tell us the news and stick to the point.

Ron Coleman, Sacramento, Calif.