Just when everything was going along so nicely, too

March 21 1977

Just when everything was going along so nicely, too

March 21 1977

Just when everything was going along so nicely, too


I want to commend you on your recent series of timely articles on extended fisheries jurisdiction. However, I must point out two inaccuracies which detract from the quality of the articles. In Mostly From Bad To Worse (January 10) you identify Howard Cole as an Armed Forces Officer. Cole is an officer serving on the Fisheries patrol vessel CGS Cygnus and his uniform with “Fisheries Canada” on the shoulders readily identifies him as such.

In Who Rules The Waves? (February 7) you show a tracker aircraft dropping low over an unidentified foreign trawler. No wonder it is unidentified, as it is the Department of Fisheries & Environment patrol vessel CGS Chebucto. The lack of a stem ramp, nets, booms, trawl winch and open work area clearly differentiate it from any fishing vessel.


I enjoyed Robert Miller’s Who Rules The Waves? and I was pleased that he pointed out to the public that our Armed Forces, on both coasts, perform a most creditable job in assisting with the patrol of the 200-mile limit as well as its military role. Also, his mention of the outdated equipment with which the job is done makes their performance even better. It is hoped that our federal government will finally get the lead out and give these people the proper tools with which to perform the various functions expected of them. It is, to say the least, a formidable task.


By Canadians, for Canadians

The expression “extra-parliamentary opposition” (EPO) used in The “Enemies” Within (February 7) was not coined by radical groups of the 1960s in the United States (not everything radical comes from the United States. The United States does not have a parliamentary system). It is in fact a Canadian contribution with some assistance from the German SDS under Rudi Dutschke to the international New Left Movement in the world of the 1960s. The term was first developed in 1967 by the editors of Our Generation, a quarterly new left publication from Montreal. It was most fully developed in the only publication by and about the new left called The New Left In Canada published by Black Rose Books in 1970.

Second, the article did not attempt to differentiate between the blacklist of 21 and Jean-Pierre Goyer’s letter concerning the so-called destructive new left. The impression was left somehow that the blacklist contained new leftists and that is completely false.


The error of our ways

I am writing on behalf of employees at CP Rail’s Ogden Shops, Calgary. In Racism? You Can’t Argue With The Facts (February 7) you published a photograph of CP employees leaving the main gate at Ogden Shops. Being one of the persons in that picture, I, along with the rest of the employees here, am very upset and we take exception to the fact that Maclean ’s is discriminating against every white and East Indian employee at Ogden.

Never once has there been any kind of violence involving the white and the East Indian. A few years ago there was a dispute between two different ethnic groups but most of them (if not all) don’t even work here anymore. That dispute had nothing at all to do with the whites.


The reader is correct. Our caption writer misread the story on which the caption was based. Maclean’s apologizes for the error.

A somewhat different position of power

John Ellison’s labor comment, The Unions May Not Really Run Britain Today . . . (February 21) was an interesting overview of the Bullock Report. However, it contained one important error. Jack Jones may well have been voted the most powerful man in the country, but not because he’s General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). I had the rare opportunity of meeting with the TUC’S General Secretary and I can assure you the man is Lionel Murray, not Jack Jones. Jones, while indeed a powerful leader, is, in fact, the General Secretary of the TUC’S largest affiliate, the Transport and General Workers’ Union.


Many a (Freudian) slip

In Small, Smaller, Smallest (January 10) Dr. Sidney Drell of Stanford University is referred to as “Stanfield’s Drell.” Maclean’s efforts to Canadianize Time magazine have gone too far.


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Something of value

Why The Dollar Is Taking A Nose Dive (February 21) by Kevin Doyle and Hartley Steward was a very well-written and informative article on a rather complex subject. Never, during my three years in the “nationally renowned” commerce and finance program at the University of Toronto, were the workings of the money exchange market explained as clearly and as thoughtfully as it was explained by your fine reporters.


Your issue that uses the so-called 85-cent dollar as its cover and the attached comments are very disturbing. There are reasons why you would want to discuss the current exchange rate. It is interesting to conjecture why seemingly unconnected events—the lowering of the interest rate, the Quebec election, and the doubts about the future of the aib—should come together and cause a change in the exchange rate. It is reasonable that you should try to find the answer to it.

What is not reasonable and not the type of writing that will add to your credibility is the mixing together of such expressions as “gnome” and the Chicago futures market to create an aura of being knowledgeable. You might just as well take the experience of a TSE floor trader as the authority for the future of the Canadian paper industry. What you are doing is, in effect, using the mercury in the thermometer to make the final diagnosis. I have no quarrel with your opinion but I doubt if your readers are helped by the reasoning that leads up to it. You certainly completely mislead the public when you suggest that those elements that you mentioned are the ones that have a decisive place in establishing the value of the dollar.


The reign in Spain is mainly misreported

It is sad to see that Maclean ’s has joined the ill-informed jeremiahs in Freedom May “Cure” Anarchy . . . (February 7). One would have hoped that you would have learned from the blunders already committed by the Western press. First they told us that Juan Carlos I was an inexperienced weakling who would last a year. Instead he has proved himself to be a very shrewd monarch who has built up large popular support and who has become an indispensable guarantee of democracy and stability in Spain.Then, a year or so ago, the Western press told us that Suarez was the tool of the right and that his government would not outlive the summer of 1976. Instead he routed the reactionary forces and achieved the almost impossible goal of reconciling the left with the monarchy.

Now Maclean’s tells us that Suarez is in danger of losing his position and that the Spanish progress toward democracy is gravely imperiled. It is perhaps a little too early to gainsay this new prophecy of doom, but it would seem that yet again the pessimists are to be proved wrong. Antonio Maria de Oriol and Emilio Villaescusa have been released without concessions; the army has reaffirmed its loyalty to the King and has been further removed from politics by royal decree; and the government has pressed on with its reform policies by making it easier for opposition parties to become legal. It would also seem—heaven forbid!—that the violence has subsided. Fools rush in ...




Besides, who did the writers ever beat?

Fascinating article on George Chuvalo and “Boxing Canada Style” (January 24)! As a former amateur boxer and promoter in Toronto (burned up the family vacation money for three years) your right cross to the chin of the press was, as we say, “poetry in motion.”

I remember a similar press conference at the Friars’ Tavern when my associates and 1 (Les Sharpies and former promising light-heavyweight Frankie Bullard) were promoting the Ontario Amateur Heavyweight Championship card. There we were with the contestants—George Chuvalo, Clyde Gray, Ted McWhorter and many more—and not one member of the

press showed up. George was so upset, not at us but at the press, that he called them to raise hell. Their sheepish answer was, “So who cares?” We cared and obviously Barbara Amiel does. Every kid on the card went home with a trophy. They cared too.


All the fitness that’s fit to print

Having read The Great Canadian ShapeUp (January 24) I would like to point out that many organizations other than the YMCA run large fitness programs, not the least being the YWCA. We run programs across Toronto during the day and evening, and have a large number of the public attending. We also have “on-the-job” fitness where we take the fitness classes to the business people. An example is the large program in the Toronto Dominion Centre, where the TD management have donated a room, and we have a variety of fitness classes during the lunch hour and after work. This concept of on-the-job fitness is geared mainly to the working woman for whom’there is nothing offered at a reasonable price downtown.

I feel that with so many other organizations doing an excellent job in promoting and running fitness programs, it is wrong to single out the odd one—even if it is done unintentionally.



Invidious comparisons

Several statements in the Shere Hite interview (January 24) lead one to suspect the validity of Hite’s approach to human sexuality. She has cited a biologist who pointed out that animals spend less time copulating than do we humans. She then concludes that humans do not possess a “drive”; she has denied us the biological aspect of sex. The point is that animals are sexually receptive when in a period of heat. Copulation takes place within this period—about once or twice a year. It is wrong to compare our sexual activity with those of animals since, in the course of human evolution, sexual receptivity (response to the male’s advances and the ability to conceive) has lengthened from a mere few days to almost all year around. This is a common anthropological fact.

If one were to continue comparing ourselves to members of the animal kingdom. Hite’s discussion on masturbation is of equal interest. It is a zoological fact that animals in captivity will masturbate; those in the wild simply do not! What does this say about us? In behavior we are not unlike the mammals with respect to artificial environments, social pressures and so on.



A few words on behalf of ‘the target’

Robert Lewis’ Trudeau Seems To Think The Press Can’t Hit What It Can’t See (February 7) mixes a jaundiced outlook

with shortsightedness and plain distortion. His one-sided version of the press conference debate is a lacklustre effort despite the manner in which he draws Greek mythology into the discussion, while using the opportunity to take a swipe at government information services. Lewis bemoans the end of the scrums, “ . . . verbal jousts with reporters that once provided glimpses of a candid, unscripted Trudeau.” He claims that the press and public are now “ ... evolving ... right out of the (information) picture.” Since when have the weekly press conferences shown us a Trudeau who is less than candid, or scripted rather than unscripted? Are the “bogeymen” in the “Privy Council Office” (Prime Minister’s Office?) supplying Trudeau with “thinly veiled speeches” to use in answer to all of the questions from Lewis and the other 194 members of the Press Gallery? If so, then we either have superhumans in the East Block or intellectual weaklings in the gallery. Has it not occurred to Lewis that if the media members earn their keep the weekly conference should provide more rather than less information for the public? If the press is looking for a target to interrogate, surely a scheduled, stationary one is preferable to a Prime Minister who actively avoids the press in the corridors of the Centre Block?



Let us gather together in Walt’s name

The Better Mousetrap (February 21) by Walter Stewart roused me to write the first letter I have ever sent to any publication. I recognize that the thousands of articles lauding Disneyland and Disney World leave little to be said about these attractions but Stewart’s cynical and sour swipe is a ridiculous attempt to be different and it does not mask the lack of honest work on his subject (the growth of theme parks). The sketchy and very general information contained in the article could probably be picked up within an hour by telephone. Stewart seems to complain about high prices, the lack of suggestive posters, etc., wholesomeness, lack of imagination, lack of educational value, commercialism and regimentation. My conclusion at both Disney World and Disneyland was that there are very few if any entertainment experiences that a family can enjoy together which do not cost a comparable amount. Then to label Disney World unimaginative is asinine. If the visible attractions seemed mundane to Stewart, he might have enjoyed himself more if he had done a little work on his subject. The not so obvious environmental and ecological safeguards built into the entire park show concern as well as imagination. The educational value is probably overshadowed by entertainment value; however, American history, folklore, music and Yankee ingenuity are featured in abundance. Commercialism, like the word profit, is used indiscriminately as an ugly adjective in our society. But good commercial enterprises run radio stations, magazines, cable TV companies and pay writers.


After reading Walter Stewart’s article on Disney World, I wondered what Walter Stewart does for fun? I found Disney World to be magic—carefully made and damn fine. The feelings Walter had after his visit were mine before I arrived! And they were quickly dispelled. Did he come with a chip on his shoulder, or did he just stay too long? Too much of a good thing and all that!

His criticisms are ridiculous. People who follow instructions, lines, signs etc. are docile, he says. What else for such a large place with so many people? I can find other places and other times to express my individuality. Who wants to show a visitor from Mars how we reproduce in Disney World? Since when are girlie shows and suggestive posters sexuality? Since when are “smiling wholesome girls and boys” asexual? Really, Stewart!

Try to mellow before your next visit. Go to a fun place when you are not going to write an article about it, analyze it, worry it. Go and enjoy.