The Mail

The Mail

August 6 2001
The Mail

The Mail

August 6 2001

The Mail

‘Essence of RE.I.’

Congratulations on the new Maclean's. You have changed a ho-hum magazine that too often regurgitated weekly events into a fresh and creative alternative to the daily newspapers. However, in the quest for a snappy cover story, there is the danger of oversimplification. I fear the writer of “The selling of P.E.I.” (July 23) may have missed the essence of Prince Edward Island that draws tourists beyond the golf courses and the family entertainment area near Cavendish. My cherished memories of our journey to the Island last summer include walks along the beaches of the PE.I. National Park, sweeping vistas of sea, sky and land, fresh fish ready to be cooked in comfortable accommodations and Islanders welcoming us to share their rich cultural and musical traditions. This, along with a charming and vibrant Charlottetown where my daughters were able to find a cyber-café. Too bad you missed all of this.

Janice Coles, Toronto

As a parent of a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, I was shocked to read the flippant first line of

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your cover story on P.E.I. that “today, [Anne of Green Gables] would probably be on Ritalin.” Just because she was a “spunky” child does not mean she would require medication. Ritalin has helped our son to attend school happily, play soccer successfully and enjoy activities many other children (and their parents) often take for granted. Marcia Vaillant, Thunder Bay, Ont.

The sumo wrestler may

have been married at Green Gables, but it wasn’t where Lucy Maud was married on July 5, 1911. She was married at New London, more than 10 km down the road, and in a home where Japanese still gather for weddings or reenactments of weddings.

Rev. Clifford Moase, Dartmouth, N.S.

Celebrating scouting

Congratulations to William Shaw! The 14-year-old’s first-aid training got him an “up” arrow in your Over and Under Achievers section (Overture, July 23) for using the Heimlich manoeuvre to save a friend choking on candy at a “PE.I. jamboree.” But Macleans failed to mention that this jamboree was in fact the Canadian National Scout Jamboree, bringing together 10,000 youth and 5,000 volunteer leaders and parents from Canada, the United States and as far away as New Zealand to celebrate scouting. As a leader and a parent, it was wonderful to be in an environment where I could send off our scouts and say, “Be back at 10:30,” and not worry about where they were going or who they were going to meet.

Rob McDougall, 1st Stouffville Scouts, Stouffville, Ont.

Three strikes

I am writing to correct three errors contained in your profile of Nova Scotia Premier John Hamm (“Bittersweet medi-

cine,” Canada, July 23). In it you state that “he’s enacted a law against Sunday shopping.” In fact, the statute that restricts Sunday shopping is a long-standing law that was last amended in 1993. While our government has chosen not to change the existing statute until 2005, it has not brought forward any new law against Sunday shopping. You also state that the premier and Mrs. Hamm have two children and three grandchildren, while, in fact, they have three children and two grandchildren. Also in error is the statement that “he took over leadership of the third-place Conservatives in 1995. But later that year, he led them to official Opposition status.” In fact, the premier was elected leader of the official Opposition Progressive Conservatives in 1995.

Robert Batherson, Press Secretary, Office of the Premier, Halifax

Stampede action

The staid studio shots in the “pictorial profile of the characters who make the Stampede such an extraordinary spectacle” (“Calgary’s big show,” Canada, July 23) do not portray the Calgary Stampede I know. The Stampede is the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” for a reason. It is set outdoors, in open spaces, under big Alberta

On the other hand

Gordon Morewood’s letter “ ‘Best and brightest,’ ” (July 23) asserts that “unless there is a cultural upheaval in Canada’s academic, governmental and corporate institutions, many individuals who wish to excel in their field will continue to be lured to the United States.” Despite being the richest country in the world, the U.S. ranks sixth, compared with Canada’s third place, in the UN Human Development Index for 2001; the United States is not a signatory to the UN declaration on the rights of the child; has rejected the Kyoto agreement on climate change; has opposed the Canadian-led campaign to ban landmines; and has refused to participate in talks designed to control the proliferation of small arms. Now, let’s see, which country requires a cultural upheaval? Brian Wharf, Saltspring Island, B.C.

skies, in the hot sun. By days end, that means cracking thunder, streaking lightning, pelting rain, horses pounding through mud, in chuck-wagon races that are never tame and can be death-defying. People who haven’t seen the Stampede could discover a link with prairie stampedes of the past and an electrifying city full of energetic people not too stuffy to yell and stomp (that means dancing here). Macleans needs to get in touch with life outside the studio to portray our Stampede in action, not a still life.

Maureen Ranson, Calgary

SkyDome success

As the architect responsible for the design of SkyDome, I was at a loss to know what made SkyDome a “dubious fantasy” in Allan Fotheringham’s eyes, and which specific promise or promises it has not met (“Innocents abroad,” July 23). The owners of SkyDome at no time required us to design a stadium that would accommodate either the Olympic Games or NFL football. They knew that Olympic stadiums make very bad professional sports venues; they are simply too big. They wanted SkyDome to accommodate CFL football, with its smaller capacity, not NFL football. SkyDome’s other purposes were to accommodate major-league

baseball and concerts, together with many other multi-use functions, all of which it has done quite successfully. We believe that together we produced a great stadium of the highest international quality and significance that brings honour to Toronto, Ontario and Canada. Rod Robbie, President, RYW Arch. Inc./RSA Inc., Toronto

Olympic madness

I Well, the International Olym| pic Committee has done it again.

1 Choosing China as the seat for

2 the 2008 Olympic Games deserves a gold medal in feeblemindedness (“Woe to T.O.?”

Canada and the World Essay, July 23). China itself is a gold medallist in many fields, including war machine, capital punishment for minor offences and pollution. As well, the International Olympic Committee itself has not yet cleaned up its act. Olympic athletics is a big farce today: young contenders do not stand a chance if they are not backed by super-rich corporations willing to shell out up to six digits in training expenses. All this is turning me away from the five circles of madness referred to as the Olympic Games.

Cameron McCraw, Granby, Que.

Canadians are fortunate to have been spared the financial burden of the 2008 Olympics. Recent estimates show that the 2000 Olympics cost Australian taxpayers nearly $5 billion.

Bruce Fulton, Sydney

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Musical chairs

While 1 am pleased to have accepted the appointment as chairwoman of the CBC, I have not, as reported in the Passages item in your July 23 issue, left: my position as chairwoman of the Vancouver Board of Trade. I am honoured to continue in that role until my term is over in June, 2002.

Carole Taylor, Vancouver