August 23 2004


August 23 2004


‘To suggest that millionaires don’t have enough feeds the “consume more” mentality that is leading our world down a path of self-destruction.’ -Tom Piant. Ottawa

Plight of the wealthy

It annoyed me to read in your cover story on redefining wealth about LuAn MitchellHalter, who spent exorbitant amounts of money on a Ferrari (“The myth of rich” Aug. 2). I have nothing against Ferraris— if you are rich, and you are a hard-bitten driving enthusiast, then by all means indulge your passion. But that car elicited little pleasure from her. So many people go without, and I don’t mean without Ferraris, that to spend that kind of money on fleeting whims is unethical. Money should be spent with care, no matter how much of it you have.

Perry Howell, Thornhill, Ont.

I’m a Montrealer currently living in Philadelphia. I can’t believe my national magazine, with all the news of Canada and the world to cover, put a narcissistic blond millionaire on the cover. I find this embarrassing for a magazine of Maclean’s stature.

Andrew Sniderman, Philadelphia

In “The myth of rich,” author Katherine Macklem writes, “if a millionaire isn’t rich, who is?” As I read this I couldn’t help but ask another question: “Who cares?”

Rev. Michael Keith, Fort Qu’Appelle, Sask.

By the time you buy a nice house, car, etc., pay the utilities, that is a lot of money. Just the house and maintenance would be expensive. So, $1 million would make my life a whole lot easier; $10 million would make me feel rich. Here’s to wishing.

Donna Styles, Brampton, Ont.

Under any definition of wealth, I am one of the richest men in Canada. I have a wonderful wife, who after 37 years still loves me and excites me. Together we have four exceptional children, all of whom have wellpaying jobs, love each other dearly, and delight in popping home for a visit. We have a 30-year-old house that is paid for, two older automobiles that are paid for, and a pension that gives us the freedom to live reasonably. No amount of riches in the world

could buy us the love, fulfillment, contentment, health and children that we “possess.” Perhaps you need to re-examine your definition of wealth.

H. David Goldsmith, Chatham, Ont.

If you require an understanding of wealth, I propose that you ask the homeless, the poor, the lower-middle-class, single parents or the aging if they think a million dollars would provide simply a modest living.

Rory Feore, Stratford, Ont.

Millionaires seemingly forget that much of their wealth has come from the labours of those less fortunate. They should be ashamed to flaunt their self-centred worlds to Cana-

dians devoted to helping their fellow man, to families living in poverty, and to a world where thousands die each day of AIDS because they can’t afford the drugs they need. Joan Bell, Saskatoon

Observing Israel

The media fails to condemn the occupation because it is terrified of upsetting the Israeli government and being branded anti-Semitic (“The new old hatred,” Society, Aug. 2). The Israeli government is fanning the flames by apparently instructing its representatives to stigmatize all criticism of its actions as racist, thereby branding the entire world, including the UN and its World Court of Justice. The media would do well to realize that “Jewish” and “Israel” are not the same.

Larry Towell, Bothwell, Ont.

Please forgive me for smiling. Your two writers seem to imply that anti-Semitism is foreign to Canadians. Having come to Canada in 1947 and graduated from two Canadian universities, my experience has been exactly the opposite. I came to realize that anti-Semitism is deeply ingrained in the Canadian psyche.

Naim Mahlab, Montreal

Missing cod tongues

Aside from the slight mention of bakeapples, my home province of Newfoundland and Labrador was left off the menu in your story honouring Canadian delicacies (“The great Canadian meal,” Food, Aug. 2). Needless to say, Quidi Vidi brewery, Markland Winery, seal pie, cod tongues, a Jiggs’ dinner and toutons are all outstanding examples of regional delicacies that were not mentioned. These are exceptional foods that many international guests and Canadians have enjoyed, and surely deserve mention as truly Canadian food.

Adele Chaytor, Toronto

I strongly support Charlie Gillis’s comments on Canadian cuisine. We were recently lucky enough to sample a gourmet meal at La Grappe à Vin, one of MontTremblant’s finest restaurants. My meats consisted of an entree of Kamouraska lamb tournedos lightly seared so that they were still deep red in the interior, followed by a filet of caribou that was the finest meat I have ever tasted. The host, Claude, is deservedly

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Not only urbanization stirs islanders’ passions

While fact-checking a story on the rapid development of Salt Spring Island, B.C., for our Aug. 2 issue, we were surprised to stumble on another source of island angst: Salt Spring vs. Saltspring. Official resources say it’s one word-but locals insist on doing things their way. “It was like a breath of spring that you observed the local spelling,” wrote former islander Walt McConville.

proud of his chef, who also happens to be his daughter.

Bill Steers, Mont-Tremblant, Que.

I really enjoyed your coverage of Canada’s indigenous foods. Chef Kevin Boyce’s fivecourse meal celebrating the best that Canada has to offer, looked absolutely stunning. However, a major oversight was made when he chose to prepare a “trio chocolate terrine” for dessert. The cocoa tree is definitely not native to Canada.

Eric Vellend, Toronto

Four more years?

I have a hard time believing that Bush still has a pretty good chance of being re-elected (“Prime time for John Kerry,” The Back Page, Aug. 2). Bush has the power to do great things. Instead, he has begun a conflict that has killed thousands and created greater instability throughout the world. Do Americans realize the implications if they re-elect Bush? Heloise Apesteguy-Reux, Toronto

While George W. Bush likes to boast about the supposed improvements he has made to our national security, the fact remains he has done very little to protect us. He has spent so much on his tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that he cannot afford to properly protect our points of entry. He has also demoralized our first responders by cutting their pay and benefits while shutting firehouses down across the country. Every day, it is becoming clearer that Bush’s weak plan for fighting terrorism is the wrong choice for America.

Bryan Thompson, Lisle, ill.

Small town crowds

Salt Spring Island isn’t the only place that was formerly secluded and is now having to deal with rapid development and urbanization by people from the big cities (“Building along the fault lines,” Communities, Aug. 2). Take Prince Edward County. Between all the new vineyards being planted, tourists that clog our streets and roads in the summer, and retirees from Toronto who build their million-dollar dream homes (and wonder why their taxes are going up), P.E.C. is a carbon copy of Salt Spring Island. I guess the gap between the haves and the have-nots is growing all across the country.

Steven Van Vlack, Picton, Ont.

I was Canadian

It’s hard to shake the disappointment on the Molson-Coors merger—Molson is a Canadian symbol (“Lost in Brazil,” Business, Aug. 2). It makes one realize how low nationalism ranks in some Canadian businesses.

Athena Lam, Vancouver

Poor parenting

I’m writing in regards to Amy Cameron’s article, “I’ll never grow up, not me” (Essay, Aug. 2). The main message is evident in the line: “It’s now up to us to decide when we want to become adults. Turning 25, or getting that first job, no longer transforms us.” It should read, “I am now 25 with a full-time job, but my parents are not forcing me to live on my own; therefore, I don’t have to transform.” It is not the so-called “kidults” or “adultescents” who are choosing not to grow up, it is their parents who are allowing them to stay irresponsible and immature.

Pam Mclnnes, Ariss, Ont.

Unwanted children

Some people think there are no unwanted children in the world. I think your article about the 26,000 children in public care up for adoption proves otherwise (“The ethics of hard-sell adoption,” Cover, July 26). I hope

sterile couples will seriously consider adopting a child from an orphanage before undertaking fertility treatments. There are already so many children in this world desperate for a home.

Lorraine West, Dauphin, Man.

Canadian children too often take the back seat when we are bombarded with the terrible global realities of children’s lives. By exposing local truths your articles have opened our eyes. Keep up the good work, helping us to know more about our children and ourselves as a Canadian society.

Lois A. Bouchard, Richmond, B.C.

After seven years of trying to conceive, my husband and I looked into adoption. We now have a baby boy. Dreams do come true. Christine Ford, Maitland Bridge, N.S.

Rock VS. soul

Shanda Deziel laments the lack of soul in this year’s Canadian Idol contestants (“Canada, where’s your soul?” TV, Aug. 2). I say rock and roll is the soul of Canadian music and seems to be in fine shape in this talented group of young people. And while everyone is entitled to their opinion, I draw the line at these remarks: “too many cheesy, middle-of-the-road white guys.” Shame on you—colour has nothing to do with music. Note Fefe Dobson, one of the most rockin’ gals to come out of Canada since Alannah Myles.

Kerrie Mohninger, Calgary

The ‘kidults’ aren’t choosing not to grow upparents are allowing them to stay irresponsible and immature