‘I hope Air Canada can survive. Whether it was Tokyo or Toronto, they always provided me, a lowly student, with a decent seat and good service.’

Jamie Friesen May 10 2004


‘I hope Air Canada can survive. Whether it was Tokyo or Toronto, they always provided me, a lowly student, with a decent seat and good service.’

Jamie Friesen May 10 2004


‘I hope Air Canada can survive. Whether it was Tokyo or Toronto, they always provided me, a lowly student, with a decent seat and good service.’

Jamie Friesen

Letters to the Editor:

Turbulence In regard to your story about the problems facing Air Canada (“The death watch,” Business, April 26): it never ceases to amaze me how short-sighted we Canadians can be. Air Canada was built by and for the populace and has returned several times over the tax dollars used to build it. It is known the world over as one of the best airlines for its safety record as well as the quality and expertise of its employees. Do you think WestJet-JetsgoCanjet could fill the void if Air Canada were to fail? That is like comparing 7-Eleven to Loblaws. It is time the Liberal government stepped up to the plate and took some responsibility for the airline mess they created. Should Air Canada fail, we surely all would be the losers; wouldn’t it be nice to look upon ourselves as winners for a change? Brian Mahoney, Ottawa

As a Canadian non-resident who unfortunately has to use Air Canada for return travel home at least once a year because it provides the most direct service to our Ottawa “international” airport, I say, let it go bust. Terrible service, faulty equipment, rude customer relations and airline staff— is it any wonder most Canadians are not pleased and looking for better alternatives? Peter Dnistrianskyj, Ottawa

I am an Air Canada flight attendant who is saddened by your report. I have seen the company go up and down many times, including being laid off twice in three years. No matter how the company is dealing with its problems, I must say that every day that I go to work in full uniform, I feel proud to wear it with the maple leaf on my blazer close to my heart. In times like this, the last thing we employees or the public need is more negative reports. Without its employees’ hard work and endless nights of worry, this airline would have gone under a long time ago. Sarkis Filo, Toronto

It appears that the current Liberal government is not going to help out Air Canada. Canada needs a national flag carrier—WestJet and Jetsgo are not viable alternatives for the business traveller. The Liberals allowed Air Canada to put Canadian Airlines—a great airline—out of business and then allowed a poorly managed airline—Air Canada—to take it over. Absolute stupidity. If Air Canada goes bankrupt, this is partially the fault of Liberal policy. I, along with many other business travellers, will remember the party not to vote for come election day. John Hudson, Hamilton

In the key of Krall In his zeal to focus on the Diana Krall-Elvis Costello collaboration (“Krall comes home,” Cover, April 26), Paul Wells has overlooked and omitted from his list the superb 2002 release of Diana Krall Live in Paris—the very best demonstration of her talents as a jazz artist. Earl Hardin, Vancouver

Diana Krall is stunning.

Kass MacLean, Carman, Man.

Stereotypical fun

Being a Japanese expatriate living in North America for more than a quarter of a century, I read Steve Burgess’s article on his trip to Tokyo with great interest (“Found in translation,” Asian Journal, April 26). I was aware that there was controversy surrounding Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation for her portrayal of Japanese culture and people, yet I liked the film. I did not find its description of Japanese people insensitive or offensive. Admittedly, there are several observations made in the movie on things or events typically Japanese; however, I don’t think those scenes are anything more than the equivalent of Rick Mercer poking fun at Canadian politicians and culture. Please rest assured that the average Japanese person, just as the average Canadian, does have a good sense of humour, and is able to tolerate a healthy dose of mockery.

Nikki Yokokura, Toronto

I just would like to congratulate Steve Burgess for straightening things out once and for all. I am so fed up with the twisted Western portrayal of Japan: geisha, samurai, cyber-related gags and everything that is so out of ordinary life. Thank goodness we have someone who can shed light on these in the proper way.

Nobi Kodama, Vancouver

Rude legacy

Letter writer Alan Lovegrove, while commenting that rap music epitomizes the problems with today’s youth, expressed his shortsighted nostalgia for a fictitious utopia that was the 1960s (“The rude age,” Letters, April 26). Sure, the counterculture movements of the ’60s stopped a war, enhanced racial and gender relations and created some more of that ever-abundant “awareness.” But they also produced a generation of selfish consumers who succeeded in compartmentalizing the planet into resource saturations, demographic targets and market forces— dooming every following generation, including mine, to be nothing more than a statistic to be utilized in the pursuit of money. And these sold-out dreamers have the gall to wonder what happened to “nice” music? I’ll tell you what happened: you destroyed the planet, repeatedly squandered and ignored the potential of the society you imagined, and created a world where every single iota of that which makes us human is for sale. I hope that my generation won’t turn out as corrupt as the baby boomers. Hippies, thanks for nothing. Chris Korvela, Calgary

I am the 33-year-old mother of a 12and nineyear-old, and the rudest people we encounter are the baby boomers. For some reason they think society owes them something. While I think we owe them respect, because they’ve been on this planet longer, we do not owe them the right to treat us like their doormats. What has been the point in teaching my children to respect their elders, when these people can’t thank them for holding doors? They don’t excuse themselves when they bump into my children, they feel free to loudly denigrate the appearance of teenagers. What a wonderful example they set. Sherrin Fisher, Sherwood Park, Alta.

Bill vs. Jesus Comparing Brian D. Johnson’s review of Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2 (“Quentin’s cutting edge,” Film, April 26) with his earlier review of The Passion of the Christ reveals some remarkable insight into the world of schizophrenic standards. While Johnson called The Passion a “pageant of sadism” ... “conjuring buckets of blood” ... that “gives way to revulsion,” he described Kill Bill as a “cherry blossom bloodbath” with dazzling “pink spritzer fountains of gore” demonstrating a “fragile tenderness lurking beneath the cruelty.” Where one “brutalized” the flesh, the other had the “cutting edge.” Hmm. I think somebody has a serious credibility issue on their hands. Next time, a lot less pulp and fiction please. John Roumelis, Toronto

How does Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill even come close to Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christi I find it very interesting and somewhat disappointing that at every turn some film critic or commentator is taking a shot at Gibson’s film. All I can say is that Gibson has portrayed more courage and truth than any director/producer who has had a top release in the past five years. So, reviewer Brian D. Johnson: keep swinging, but there is always only one left standing. Laura Elliott, Barrie, Ont.

I just read Brian D. Johnson’s review iotKill Bill. That your reviewer will sit through a bloodbath of violence promotion and death on the silver screen and call it art makes him part of the problem. Bravo Johnson for glorifying Hollywood murder and violence. You have one sick notion of entertainment. Brett Howlett, St. John’s, Nfld.

The Khadr family are totally unworthy of Canadian citizenship. They should be deported immediately.

Khadr controversy To enjoy the benefits of Canadian citizenship, Canadians expect responsibility and allegiance. The Khadr family has demonstrated neither (“Welcome back,” Face Time, April 26). Through their avowed loyalty to Osama bin Laden and contributions to the cowardly terrorism of al-Qaeda, they can be considered nothing but traitors. Their righteous support for the organization that killed Canadians on 9/11 and their presence in terrorist training camps clearly marks them as enemies of all that Canada stands for and totally unworthy of Canadian citizenship. Their actions go far beyond political and ideological differences and they should be deported immediately. Ken Whitehead, Dartmouth, N.S.

Water quality

I am deeply disturbed by your story comparing various new bottled waters to our product, Oxy-Water (“Taking the waters,” Marketing, April 12). When a credible double blind study that is conducted and peerreviewed by a reputable organization is totally ignored and the opinion of a doctor who obviously doesn’t know what he is talking about is substituted, it speaks volumes about your desire to provide the true story. The universally accepted Textbook of Medical Physiology teaches that the gut (stomach and intestines) can absorb gas, contrary to your “expert’s” opinion. The double blind study by George Washington University in Washington, D.C., found that some athletes had measurably better performance and endurance after drinking Oxy-Water as opposed to distilled water. While we agree that there are many water products with dubious benefits, for you to lump Oxy-Water with them is more than just careless, it is irresponsible journalism.

Richard L. Barclay, president, Oxy-Water NA Inc., Columbus, Ohio

Thank you for your article on bottled water. I found it very refreshing!

Amanda Kleinhuis, Hamilton