The Mail

The Mail

August 2 1999
The Mail

The Mail

August 2 1999

The Mail

Success story

Although I was surprised to see an article on hip-hop in your magazine (“Hip-hop rules,” Cover, July 19), I must commend you for its inclusion and content, and for the accompanying story “Deborah Cox, queen of R&B.” In a time when Shania, Celine, Alanis and Sarah dominate the headlines as Canadian success stories, it is nice to see Deborah getting the recognition she deserves, not only as an international success, but as a Canadian.

Ewan Lyttle, Halifax

My husband, Jim, and I enjoyed your cover story very much, but we would like to point out that Deborah was not the first Canadian to win the Soul Train

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Award, although she may have been the first in the R and B category. Our daughter, Diana Krall, won it for best jazz album in 1998. We congratulate both artists who have brought honour to Canada through their music.

Adella Krall, Nanaimo, B.C.

Chelation testimony

Although chelation therapy may be “scientifically” unproven and therefore not approved by medical associations, we have witnessed many proofs for this alternative treatment for heart trouble (“An alternative to bypass surgery?” Health, July 12). My wife, Evelyn, ended up in hospital in late November, 1995, as a result of a heart attack. She had double-bypass surgery and supposedly the problem was solved. However, she did not recover well and continued to lack energy for months that stretched into years. Finally, in desperation, Evelyn took chelation therapy in New York state. She was soon feeling better and has continued to improve even though she has completely discontinued the blood pressure and heart medications prescribed by doctors here. The Ontario health plan, OHIP, likely paid about $65,000 for the bypass surgery, which did not produce acceptable results, whereas we spent only about $3,000 for the chelation therapy. Both the results and good financial management would seem to favour serious consideration of approving this procedure under provincial health plans. Eugene C. Perry, Beamsvllle, Ont.

They can denigrate chelation therapy all they like. All I know is that about 10 years ago, when I was in my early 70s, I had angina so bad I could not walk half a block without stopping several times for relief. After a few treat-

Trek back in time

The July 12 issue was excellent. I enjoyed “The Long March West” (Life, July 12) on the North West Mounted Police. When Sir John A. Macdonald, the father of our country, sent out the first Mounties to Western Canada, he certainly had a vision of this great country. We should all be grateful for his foresight.

Ruth Watson, Saskatoon

It had been raining for two days when the clouds broke for the sun to shine through on the procession of redcoats on horses riding by my front door. It was an impressive sight. For me, it highlighted the hardships the original march went through and the history of this region of Canada.

Alain Kolt, Morden, Man.

ments, I felt greatly improved and now, after a decade of 67 treatments, I can walk a couple of miles with no difficulty. I take four treatments a year for maintenance.

Edward W. Farrar, Hamilton

Share mix-up

I would like to correct an error that appeared in Deirdre McMurdy’s column “Sizing up the unseen,” (July 5). The shares issued by TD Waterhouse Group, Inc. in its initial public offering were not what was incorrectly referenced in this column as “tracking shares.” There is a significant difference in what common shares and tracking shares represent and in how they are valued. TD Waterhouse is a stand-alone company, with its own board of directors, its own chief executive officer and its own common shares traded asTWE on both the NYSE and the TSE. Heather Conway, Senior Vice-president, Corporate and Public Affairs, TD Bank, Toronto

Territorial imperative

Peter Gzowski’s report was a stellar opportunity to explain to southerners (the 30 million Canadians who live

south of 60) what the future holds for the Northwest Territories after division (“Northwest passage,” Canada, July 1). Unfortunately, its description of the court challenge and related events had a few holes in it. The challenge was launched only after the legislative assembly rejected the recommendations of the Electoral Boundaries Commission. The challenge was against the old boundaries that remained after the defeat of motions in the assembly, not against the new proposed boundaries. And the “group of five Yellowknifers,” known as Friends of Democracy, actually comprised six of us.

Robert Slaven, Yellowknife, N.W.T.

Little means a lot

In “Politicians who never learn,” (July 19), Allan Fotheringham refers to bingo players as “little old ladies.” I am a woman over 80 and do not consider myself a little old lady, but a responsible senior citizen. I am not into bingo, but it is doubtless more entertaining than most TV programs. The term “little” suggests condescension. We deserve respect. However, I look forward to reading Fotheringham’s weekly column. He is a great little journalist.

Betty Hunter, Toronto

The Scottish model

Despite the threats to our loonie, old growth forests and split-run magazines, Canada could still survive as the Scotland of North America (“Say it ain’t so,” Cover, July 5). All we need is the right, for those who want it, to migrate to the United States plus the wit and will to retain the ownership and control of our water. Many of our enterprising businesspeople are already in the United States, taking over big chunks of the economic sector. We could send more of our intelligent and motivated young people to U.S. universities on scholarships, where they would have more adequate financial support. As in the past, Canadians would do well in contribut-

ing to the economic, political and intellectual elites of the United States. Isn’t all this similar to what the Scots did when they entered free trade with England? Taking advantage of the right to migrate south, they assumed major roles in British government (including the civil service), industry and business (especially banks), and ran them (in addition to the British Empire) for 200 years. If the Scots could do it, so can we Canadians.

John E. Kersell, Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Waterloo,

It is with delight, homesickness and dismay that I read Macleans every week the minute it arrives. I have been living in the United States for about five years, but Canada is and always will be home. Now I read about a debate over merging Canadian currency with the giant to the south? Is nothing sacred? In spite of all the propaganda in the media, the United States is not utopia. From what I read in the news from Canada (Canada barely exists in the U.S. news), it appears that Canadians are willing to allow the country to be sold out, given away, traded away bit by bit until there will be no Canada left. Canada appears to be on a path of self-destruction—becoming an appendage to the United States, which is more than willing to consume Canada’s resources and give little or nothing in return. Please, keep Canada free. I want a country to move back to in the near future, and I want my children and grandchildren to be raised Canadian. Betty Walling, Orem, Utah

Triumph or shame?

I suggest anyone who thinks that the batde for Vimy Ridge (“Canada’s century: the 25 events that shaped the country,” Cover, July 1) was a triumph should read Pierre Berton’s book Vimy. His well-researched account of that battle should make us hang our heads in shame for what young men were forced to do to each other.

Stan Penner, Landmark, Man.