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Adoption agencies: too tough on prospective parents? The "ambiguities" of Canadian political parties Frog-catchers on the road to delinquency

October 24 1959
Mailbag

Mailbag

Adoption agencies: too tough on prospective parents? The "ambiguities" of Canadian political parties Frog-catchers on the road to delinquency

October 24 1959

Mailbag

Adoption agencies: too tough on prospective parents? The "ambiguities" of Canadian political parties Frog-catchers on the road to delinquency

RAY GARDNER in his article, Portrait of a High School (Sept 12), says: "Robert W. Service attended the school for exactly forty days in 1904 before jumping off for the north and eventual fame as a poet.” Seeing that Robert Service was born in 1874, wasn’t 30 years rather old for a high-school student, even for one staying only 40 days, or is this another of the many legends which have already gathered around the name of Robert W. Service? —

O. G. SMITH, TORONTO.

Gardner says: "It does seem strange that he would attend high school at the age of thirty even if for only forty days, hat Vancouver school officials assure me this is so. Incidentally, his mane appears on the school honor roll which lists all those former students who served in World War I.”

Adoption problems

Your report on adoption policies in Canada (Sept. 26) was extremely just —albeit long overdue. Let us hope this spark lights a fire of hope for us (five years’ waiting) and the thousand like us.

MR. AND MRS. R. F. BOYD, WINNIPEG.

It’s fortunate for most happy families and mankind that the natural requirements for qualification as parents are not so high as those of the adoption agencies. Congratulations on a good article. — L. HUTCHINSON, OTTAWA.

Delinquency and Snakes

A paragraph in Background, Sept 26 issue, suggests that Junior might make some money selling snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders for scientific research. Surely children should be brought up to have respect and consideration for all living things and the

idea of letting them cash in on the distress of animals revolts me beyond words. We hear so much about juvenile delinquency and kids being “tough.” Is ii any wonder when the adults encourage them in such unpleasant and cruel activities? - MRS. EVELYN SMITH, VANCOUVER.

A university’s gimmicks

While it might appear unduly modest, the Brakeley organization must in all honesty disclaim credit for the so-called "gimmicks” of the University of Toronto publicity program described in your Preview item. Colleges: Watch the Genteel Pitchmen (Sept. 26). The enterprising members of George Lawrence's volunteer public information committee. most of them Varsity graduates, both conceived and are actively carry-

ing out the extensive effort to draw public attention to the national fund for the University of Toronto. The role played by representatives of this company is primarily that of on-the-job consultants, performing their active responsibilities under the direction of the volunteer committee. — ARTHUR R.

MAYBEE, VICE-PRESIDENT, G. A. BRAKELEY & CO. LTD., TORONTO.

Civic political parties?

Professor W. D. Young (We need political parties in civic government, Sept. 26) has dealt incisively with a problem endemic to all municipal governments. But his major argument is based upon a rather shaky premise. He assumes that there are political parties in Canada wath platforms. It is doubtful whether such parties exist, as the history of Canada shows. The nature of federalism is to obscure differences of opinion. If no politically differentiated parties exist at the federal level, what purpose is served by transferring their ambiguities and ambivalences to the municipal level? - R. R. MARCH, FORT

WILLIAM, ONT.

* I would go a little further and suggest that we remodel our federal, provincial and municipal elections along the lines of the American system. The complaint is frequently made in newspapers, when one election follows another, that people are tired of voting. Well, if we voted for federal, provincial, and municipal candidates at the same time, with “off-year” elections every two years for municipal candidates, that would overcome these toofrequent elections. And, as Mr. Young says, we would know what we were voting for in municipal elections, which we do not now. - MISS M. E. JOLLOW,

BRANDON, MAN.

Mystery compounded

I was much interested in your Canadianecdote, Waterloo County's Great Tombstone Mystery (Sept. 12). I took the trouble to work out the cryptogram on the tombstone—a very tedious process—and found that K. W. Renwick's wording of it contained one small mistake. Where he has it “two better wives no man ever had,” it actually reads “two better wives one man never had.” It’s a small point but after going to the trouble to trace it out I thought I’d write to let you know. No doubt many other readers will note the same mistake. - C. A. HERRING, DARTMOUTH,

N.S.

Giimour anti-British?

It’s a good thing I don't pay too much attention to Clyde Gilmour’s opinions on movies. He rates Sapphire as a British whodunit — fair. Perhaps he's prejudiced against the British! I saw this picture and in my humble opinion it's great. The theme (racial) was well carried out, and the acting excellent.

— MISS F. FRANCIS, EDMONTON.

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I cannot refrain from writing to you about "The day the Queen resigned” by Charles Spencer (Aug. 29). It is so very far below your usual standard and also is so silly and stupid and in such had taste. How could you ever let this article be published? - HUGH MATHEWSON,

ZARAUZ, SPAIN.

*" Have just read it for the third time and am still chuckling. - M. WHEELER,

MONTREAL.

*" It is exactly the sort of yarn I had been hoping for all summer. — w. A.

HORNE, OTTAWA.

^ I was getting a terrific kick from it as a glorious spoof, but the last four paragraphs spoiled it. I got serious quick. As an average American I can say we want no part of Canada except as businessmen working with Canadian and European businessmen, as we have it now. — MRS.

CHADY, MORRIS, ILL.

Government freeloaders

As usual the editorial staff allows Blair Fraser to belabor the one black sheep out of ninety-nine unduly (Is unemployment here to stay? Aug. 29). If you want to discuss freeloading, then let us discuss all freeloading. I ask you to discuss the work record of the Senate. How many hours did every one of our senators put in for his or her ten thousand dollars? Perhaps the few freeloaders one sees at the unemployment office are self-made, smalltime senators who feel that an income without labor is a fine thing . . .

What's the standing army done since the war except wait for its collective pension? In any case, a country dedicated

to peace has no need for an army; or a navy or an air force. Come clean now, how many air vice marshals, brigadiers and admirals and police commissioners are dining high on the multi-thousanddoilar pension hog? At the age of fiftythree yet?

Let s stop clowning—you’ve sold your papers and Blair Fraser has been paid and that is really all there is to Canadian journalism, isn’t it? - H. J. GIESBRECHT,

SARNIA, ONT.

Are women scapegoats?

I thoroughly enjoyed Robert Paul Smith’s article. Why does everybody pick on women? (Sept. 12) How did he manage to write so much that’s so true and yet leave out our well-known scapegoat, the womap driver? Whenever I find myself being anything less than 100 percent efficient at the wheel of our car I am reminded of the brilliant statement: “A

woman driver is one who drives like a man and gets blamed for it.” - MRS. P. G. D. GELDART, OTTAWA.

*" In bis conclusion he mentions those women who forsake the home to prove their superiority to their husbands; did he talk with any of these wives? Perhaps he would discover that in these homes the wives’ sense of domestic pride is either ignored or badly TRAMPLED-MRS. J. B. TROUSSE, DARTMOUTH, N.S.

1 only hope there may be others of my sex who agree that the delightful Mr. Smith s slip is showing — he’s afraid of losing the time-honored male prerogative of being the only parent who stays away from home long enough to be greeted with cries of joy on his return! — MRS. PAMELA MOORE, SEATTLE, WASH.

Magog still unmoved

Since when has Magog, in the heart of the Eastern Townships, been moved into the Laurentian district? (Preview, Aug. 29). — MISS DORIS PRICE, SHERBROOKE, QUE.

* I object.. TORONTO.

1 deplore

MRS. SIDNEY J. KIDDER,

A. O. LESLIE, MAGOG,

^ Do not try to displace it. — w. j. DELISLE, DORVAL, QUE.

You do know where the Laurentians are. do you not? - MISS E. M. ENGLAND,

SUTTON, QUE.

Shows you what these upheavals in the earth's crust do, when they cause a town to slip 100 miles out of place. — E. H. A. COLLINS, GANGES, B.C.

Latest (and final) score: 27 chiding corrections.

Dr. Paikin: pro and con

As a medical laboratory technologist since 1935, I feel qualified to offer some comments on the article by Dr. Harry

Paikin. The Tragic Failure of Organized Medicine (Sept. 12). This article, written in a verbose, emotional style which recalls the woolly productions of the Fabian Socialists, uses an established left-wing technique — namely, to set up an “Aunt Sally” (in this case, ‘‘organized medicine”) without any clear definition of the term, and then to hurl condemnation and diatribe in the belief that the readers lack the detailed knowledge to see the flaws and half-truths in the argument. Many of the flowery phrases of the article do not bear the slightest critical inspection . . . Dr. Paikin expresses great concern about “people walking the streets today who suffer for lack of medical treatment” and then proceeds to imply that the situation in Great Britain is vastly different. The truth is that at the end of 1957, the waiting list for admis-

sion to hospital was 440,000. The average waiting time for admission to hospital for ear, nose and throat surgery was 135 days, and for gynecology 73 days. —

L. D. MELLOR, SUDBURY, ONT.

* I note that these arguments originate with the doctors, not the people needing medical assistance. I have yet to find one person opposed to a national health plan, but I have found many doctors opposing such a plan. The people are not complaining that in a national health scheme they cannot choose the doctor they wish to attend them. They want medical attention without having to mortgage their future and reduce themselves to penury. — R. E. STEWART, CALGARY, ALTA.

►" Dr. Paikin hit the nail on the head. —

MRS. JAMES LESLIE, VALLEYVIEW, ALTA.

sensible and courageous ... — ALEXANDER WITTENBERG, QUEBEC CITY.

* Would you be good enough to put on your cover a title adding only one little word that means a great deal more justice towards the medical profession?: An MD speaks out: How our doctors are not letting us down. — DR. E. J. VERREAU,

EDMONTON.

* The Canadian public now owes to Dr. Harry Paikin a debt of deep gratitude for what, perhaps, is an awakening in Canada to the need of this country for a modern national health policy. Did Prince Philip apply the thin edge of the wedge in his recent address to the CMA? —

ALAN REIDPATH, LANCASTER, N.B.

*■'" 1 am speaking as a private citizen and practicing physician and not as a spokesman for organized medicine. In my opinion, there are two fallacies in Dr. Paikin's thinking that should not be left unexposed. First, he leaves the impression that payment of medical fees constitutes a burden for many persons in Canada. This is quite untrue. There are undoubtedly a few individual cases where the purchase of a luxury commodity is postponed in order to pay a medical fee but these cases are the exception. It is true that sickness exerts a terrible burden. This is mainly because of loss of income while one is ill and partly because of hospital expenses. The latter is now removed in most provinces and the former is being alleviated

by various means. The second fallacy is that "state medicine” can be accomplished without at the same time bringing about "state everything else.” — w. j.

ROBERTSON, MD. SAULT STE. MARIE, ONT.

^ Has Dr. Paikin taken a look at medical insurance costs and taxes lately? Medical insurance in Ontario costs the same now as under the old plan! The major part of the increase in taxes can be assumed to give the extra coverage. At the rate of fifty-five dollars a year I would rather take a chance on my

need of a wig in some forty years from now, Mr. Aneurin Bevan notwithstanding! Let's not go overboard for socialized medicine when the root of the problem is economic and health EDUCATION.-G. A.

MORUZI. SUDBURY, ONT.

* Many thanks . . . On this dollar-mad continent, it is hard to find people with a true sense of service. — WM. A. SMITH,

LONDON, ONT.

^ Bravo Dr. Paikin! - NAN PATERSON

PRINGLE, LONDON, ONT.

I have heard doctors speak privately and in public advancing arguments against state medicine in Ontario. I have yet to hear a sound argument against the principle. All opposing arguments can be traced to selfishness and greed. — G. c. PARKER. PUSt INCH, ONT.

^ I suspect that the public relations between the physicians and people across Canada will hit a new low. I am led to wonder if you, sir. dropped that one with your tongue in your CHEEK.-F. E. COSTER,

MD, HAMILTON, ONT. ^