The Mail

The Mail

March 25 2002
The Mail

The Mail

March 25 2002

The Mail

Gold-medal issue

What a tremendous treat it was to read an all-good-news publication. “Games to remember: A special commemorative issue” (Cover, March 11) was a breath of fresh air, and the Back Page article by Bob Levin, “ Whore you rooting for?” an added bonus. Gone were the painful images from Afghanistan, the anticipated horrors on that pig farm in B.C., the Middle East saga without an end. Wish you could publish an all-good-news issue every month, and had material to spare.

George Wasylyk, Mississauga, Ont.

The CBC did indeed show a celebration of the hockey victory in Montreal where many a Canadian flag could be seen waving amid the Montreal Canadiens paraphernalia. When we play hockey, there is no English or French, there is no division among us—it’s just the guys on the bench.

Alex Dawes, Calgary

It is unfortunate that the essay by Benoit Aubin titled “Montreal waves the flag” (Olympics, March 11) was filled with criticism that CBC “misses out” and “ignored Quebec” during coverage of the men’s gold-medal hockey game. Shortly after the game, we showed the reaction from a crowd at a bar called La Cage

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aux Sports in Montreal counting down the last 15 seconds of the game, followed later on by street scenes in downtown Montreal with celebrations that totalled almost a minute. For the record, on the day of the telecast we had celebration footage from St. John’s, Nfld., Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Ottawa, Sydney, N.S., the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Kandahar, Afghanistan, and, yes, Montreal.

Joel Darling, Executive Producer, CBC Olympic Winter Games, Toronto

After witnessing Team Canada’s victory in both women’s and men’s hockey, I can honestly say that I have never felt so proud to be a Canadian. However, after reading the Over to You column by David Shribman (“Yup, it’s your game,” March 11), I felt like my older sister had just let me win at Monopoly. Whether Shribman meant it or not, his article was full of condescending terms like “We [the U.S] have a soft spot for justice these days” and “that wasn’t American ice. It was Canadian ice.” The bottom line is that the good of U.S.A. was beaten, fair and square.

Patrick A. Desbiens, Shilo, Man.

I was delighted to see the front and back covers of the magazine glowing with the men’s and women’s hockey teams. They really deserve to be there. I soaked up all the stories about the Olympic champions and will keep this issue as a memento of the 2002 Games. However, I think Elvis Stojko deserved to have more honour bestowed upon him, considering how much he has done for the sport of skating. Medal or no medal, kudos to Elvis—he’ll always be my fave.

Carmen Daiziel, Niagara Falls, Ont.

The March 11 issue of Macleans was one of the best ever. On the front and back covers were hockey players Mario Lemieux and Danielle Goyette, two French-Canadian athletes proudly displaying the Canadian flag for the world to

Hockey at its best

After watching Canada’s Olympic hockey women play their incredible game, and watching the speed, skill and dedication of the men, and after following the NHL for some 70 years,

I have decided that it is a waste of time to watch a bunch of idiots hook, grab, interfere, slash and, of course, fight (“How sweet it is,” Cover, March 11). The game of hockey should be played as it was in the Olympics—clean, swift and skilful. I hope the CBC or some other outfit produces tapes of both of the Canadian gold-medal games so people can see how hockey should be played. As for the practice of watching hockey on Saturday night, I’ll pass and watch a movie.

J. C. Davies, Parksville, B.C.

see. Having lived in Quebec all my life, I notice when I pass by a French school that there is no Canadian flag to be seen—just the Quebec fleur-de-lys—whereas English schools display both the Maple Leaf and fleur-de-lys. That emotional goldmedal win by our men’s hockey team was a legitimate excuse for francophones in Quebec to jubilantly wave the Canadian flag alongside their English friends and not be branded traitors.

Leslie Nutbrown, Lennoxville, Que.

I am sure former U.S. ambassador Gordon Giffen is not aware that there are currently 65,000 persons on waiting lists in Toronto for public housing. Until we can adequately house the people of this nation let’s not hear any talk of subsidizing pro hockey (“Let’s help pro hockey,” Olympics, March 11).

Alistair Thomson, Oshawa, Ont.

So, hockey rates a commemorative issue. And hockey without the World Wrestling Federation antics, no less. It’s almost

enough to make me return to the fold, I mean the religion of the NHL. The real heroes were the women. None were overpaid NHL brats and all gave without the standard bloodletting. Now, it’s time Macleans gave equal time, another commemorative issue, devoted to the homeless. With so many dotting the sidewalk, don’t they deserve some sort of recognition if only to shame citizens and the greed-driven liars we elect to govern us? Mendelson Joe, Emsdale, Ont.

Curling makeover

After reading the excerpts from various newspapers about curling in Overbites in the March 4 issue, I realized how much it could learn about marketing from other Olympic sports. Curlers need to get out of those baggy sweaters and try something more form-fitting. If you do not dress in Spandex it is not a sport. Also curling is far too cut and dried: whoever scores the most points wins, can you imagine? It needs a panel of judges to score points for form, delivery and artistic interpretation. In this day and age, no sport can hope to make it in the big leagues on pure skill and athletics: you need presentation, showmanship, drugs, deals and intrigue.

Murray Freeman, Granville Ferry, N.S.

Long time away

There must have been thousands of Second World War vets shaking their heads after reading the complaints from some of our sailors about being away from home for six months. (“A real challenge,” Feb.

18). Try six years. Many of our servicemen went overseas in 1939 and didn’t see Canada again until 1945. I didn’t see my father for four years, while my wife saw her father only twice in six years. Worse still, we never knew where they were.

R. A. Cameron, Angus, Ont.

Competing interests

In the March 4 issue retired U.S. diplomat David Jones, in a piece entitled “Flaccid follies,” sharply criticizes former Canadian diplomat Mark Entwistle’s vision of Canada’s post-9/11 international role (“The Canuck advantage,” Feb. 4). All I can say about Jones’s response is, how predictably and irritatingly American. Mili-

tary might and self-interest seem to be the twin pillars of his notion of America’s international relations. Give me former foreign minister Lloyd Axworthy’s “flaccid follies” any day.

Fes de Scally, Kelowna, B.C.

Methadone deaths

While it is true that Dr. Jim Cairns, deputy chief coroner for Ontario, has reported increased deaths where methadone has been found in the deceased body, it is, in fact, not clear what it really means, who is to blame, or what needs to be done (“Too many deaths,” Health, Feb. 25). One must understand that treating any disease entails risk. Medicine appreciates this and attempts to minimize risk through mandatory training and monitoring of those physicians who prescribe methadone. And I must ask why such strong negative sentiment toward methadone? Methadone treatment is not perfect but it does work. Untreated, the disease of addiction substantially harms both the user and society. Inadvertent deaths due to allergic reactions, medication errors or toxicity from much more common drugs far outweigh those that would be attributable to methadone.

Dr. Mark Latowsky, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University ofToronto

Investment follies

Donald Coxe’s commentary blames the accounting profession for “widespread accounting follies that fed the Wall Street frenzy of the 1990s” (“Games auditors play,” March 4). He fails, however, to

mention the far more widespread investment follies of that period, when price-earnings multiples (especially for high-tech stocks) skyrocketed and many investment dealers happily banked their burgeoning commissions, assuring clients that reported earnings didn’t matter. Coxe discusses the “stock options game” that “companies and their auditors play.” But as noted, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, rule-maker for the accounting profession, was rebuffed by the U.S. Senate in its efforts to write the rules for that game. I hope Macleans will retain a reputable accounting academic to inform (rather than alarm) its readers in a more comprehensive and balanced manner.

K. S Gunning, Sechelt, B.C.

Speaking up

I see Macleans two weeks late, given that our Canadian librarian here in Glen Ellyn scarfs your magazine and takes it home for a thorough reading and rereading before we ever get a shot at an issue. (I should complain? I pay nothing to read what I consider to be the last intelligently written weekly news periodical in existence.) Anyway, I see where Cynthia Kemper of Denver has criticized Macleans for being “one of the most decidedly anti-American mainstream publications in Canada” (“Taken to task,”The Mail, Feb. 11). Well, she certainly doesn’t speak for this lifelong Chicagoan. You understand, of course, that it’s terribly unpatriotic for us in the States to question so much as a Dubya burp, grunt or scratch. But you guys should do and say as you like.

Jim Mueller, Glen Ellyn, III.