I have read all the articles in the September/October issue of Accenti and particularly enjoyed those which tell of immigrants, recent or older, and how they have settled; and of their successes and failures, and how they have been accepted. I like to hear of Italian authors and artists, as well.
Nellie Cavell, Vancouver
It was exciting to see the front cover of your July/August issue. More interesting still was the interview with the author of the cover story on Antonio Meucci, Dr. Basilio Catania. Your coverage has provided continuity in the string of Canadian initiatives and activities that support Antonio Meucci's claim to telephony. Good work!
Franco Gucciardo, Antonio Meucci Centre, Montreal
I really like the articles in Accenti. They are interesting and talk about various themes. The one thing that bothers me a lot is the absence of French articles. I'm from Montreal, both my parents are Italian and, unfortunately, my mom can not read your magazine because she speaks only French and Italian. Furthermore, I think that by doing your magazine only in English, you forget about the French community. They may not be Italian, but maybe they would like to learn a bit more about our culture. If you want to make your magazine national, you should at least have one or two articles in French. It would make me feel, and other Franco-Italians, like we are a part of it. I love my community and my Italian origins.
Yolanda Lepore, Montreal
In his interview Antonio D'Alfonso very pointedly states that, "Culture stays alive only if we want it to stay alive." After reading your September/October issue, it becomes clear that Accenti does a splendid job in this regard. The perspectives offered in your magazine are inviting and very innovative. Certainly, celebrating the "Italian Immigration Experience" in a creative and well-conceived fashion will serve all of us well. I look forward to future issues.
Robert LiTrenta, Toronto
I enjoyed reading Aurora Canadese: Canadian Designers Acclaimed in Milan and Building the Canada-Italy Bridge in your July/August issue. After spending thirty years working for a Canadian airline, visiting Canada several times a year and being in touch with hundreds of Canadians, I feel ready to pledge allegiance to the Queen! However, how do I go to Canada? You have the answer. By car! Yes, on the bridge that is being built between Canada and Italy. I don't see many other ways to do it. In fact, as of October 25, 2003, Air Canada has suspended its service from Rome indefinitely and will rescind its commercial agreement with Alitalia from Milan. Alitalia will be left alone to fill the gap and will operate (for the time being) a daily flight from Milan to Toronto. There are countless reasons behind this decision, but so far I haven't heard many dissenting voices or pressures to either change it or even discuss it. This affects both passengers and cargo, but it hasn't made the headlines. This will push us back 15 years, with all the traffic from Italy basically connecting at the convenient hubs of Frankfurt, Paris and London. Alitalia will continue to fly with their skimpy Eurofly equipment used for charter flights that carry some Italian Canadians, some Italians and mostly customers from the Mediterranean basin. This is the picture of the Canada-Italy rapport at present. Not a pleasant and optimistic dream.
Ernesto Milani, Milan