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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THf IETHBRIDGE HERAID Tliuriday, April 12, 1973 Trudeau's timing could be wrong Another health hazard Asbestos is a remarkably common substance. It is claimed there are over industrial applications for this almost indestructible material, and there are at least house- hold products in which it is present, ranging from the shingles on the roof and the insulation around the wiring, to mother's cosmetics and junior's motorcycle helmet. According to research conducted on behalf of S.T.O.P. Save Tomorrow Oppose Pollution it is as dan- gerous to health as it is versatile In establishing their point, the S.T-O.P. investigators first cite the fact that asbestos is made up of microscopic fibrils that float freely in the air, and can be breathed in as readily as dust particles or any of the myriad contaminants people worry about. Once inhaled, they tend to stay. Asbestos cannot be oxidized by the human organism, and it won't combine with any of the acids or alkalmes in human tissue. When lodged in the lung, the fibnls remain, accumulating as time passes and more and more are inhaled, irri- tating cell walls with every respira- tory movement. The medical evidence is damning; it shows a clear link between inhal- ing asbestos fibrils and at least three fatal diseases, lung cancer, meso- thelioma and asbestosis. According to recent and reputable studies in the U.S., among asbestos workers one death in 10 is caused by meso- thelioma, a rate about one thousand times the national average. Asbestos also absorbs other pollu- tants, including various carcinogenic substances. As a consequence, while most smokers run eight times more risk of Jung cancer than non-smok- ers, for asbestors workers who smoke the risk is 92 times as great. It is, perhaps, no great wonder that Dr. Irving J. Sekkoff of Mount Sanai Medical School in New York calls asbestos a "hidden time and predicts it will claim a million American lives by the year Some indication of how little is being done about the threat of as- bestos may be found in the results of an inquiry made in Edmonton in Jan- uary of this year. The department of labor not the department of na- tional health and welfare, please note specifies certain permissable limits of atmospheric contamination, including contamination by asbestos fibrils, but a survey of 20 major users of asbestos in Edmonton show- ed that not one of them even knew what the limits are. It is the contention of S.T.O-P. that the designation of asbestos as a haz- ardous substance is the first and vital step. Once this has been done, limits, controls, warnings, and where necessary outright bans should fol- low. The swing left continues A few weeks ago an article on this page remarked on a rather persis- tent world-wide move to the political left. At that time there had been re- cent elections in Australia, New Zea- land, Holland, West Germany and Japan, and in each instance the re- sults showed a leftward swing, strong enough in the antipodes to overturn established centrist governments, less marked in Europe and Japan. The trend seems to be continuing. Three more national elections have received notice in the world's press, those of Argentine, Chile and France, and in each the left has made gains. In Argentine, after a 17 year ab- sence enforced by the ruling military junta, Juan Peron's far-left Justicial- ists were permitted to contest the na- tional election and won hands down. In Chile leftist gains were modest, but AUende's Marxists still gained a few seats in each of the upper and lower houses, even though the world's press let its relief at his limited gains obscure the fact that they existed. It is France, of course, that is of more concern to the Western world. There, the Gaullist-led coalition, gen- erally regarded as weU right of cen- tre, retained its power to govern, but with a very sharply reduced major- ity. It lost 95 of the 370 seats with which it entered the election, and saw its over-all majority in the 487 seat Assembly reduced from a dom- inating 253 seats to 63. Almost the entire shift of seats was in favor of the leftist affiance of Socialists and Communists. The casserole According to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau, there has been an increase of 63 per cent in the incidence of inter- racial aiamage over the last year. At first glance, this looks like a major advance for the cause of racial tolerance. But when the actual figures are examined, they are somewhat less impressive; the increase is from .44 of one per cent of all marriages, to .70 of one per cent At that rate, it's going to take quite a long tnne to make a great deal of difference. 4 (like Bobby Cooper tockey gloves CCM pro-type helmet Bauer skates S35; Custom pro stick patented (panty-hose type) stockings plus shin-guards, ankle guards, mouth protector, elbow pads, shoulder pads, padded pants, suspenders, etc., etc., etc. The total bill? Just under And he has three younger brothers, all crazy about hockey! Notwithstanding the crushing oppres- sion to which women are subjected, ac- cording to those who would liberate then-. surprising proportion of them seem ing to put up with it, or at least to gam-.e that it will improve to the point of being tolerable. According to a recent poll, which asked the straight-forward question "If you came back to earth for a second life would you rather be a man or a only 26 per cent of the women asked said they would rather come back as men. A story came over the wires a while ago, and appeared in a remarkably large number of papers, concerning the prob- lems, past exploits and expectations of a sex-starved lion. Time was when to be news using the word with a looseness that approaches total abandon sexual activity bad to in- volve royalty, a movie star, or an old man and a young girl. Lately, it has got so that any old sex will do. But animals? The latest firm to opt for a flexible work schedule is not exactly the corner store or a small office set-up; it is Hewlett-Packard (computers and such gadgets) and it has adopted this policy for some employ- ees. The arrangement permits an employ- ee to begin work at any time during a two hour period between 7 and 9 a.m., for instance and leave after completing the normal working day of eight hours or what- ever. The idea isn't new, and it's an impart, the West Germans started it several years ago, and now it's fairly common in Eur- ope. Users have found it raises employee morale and generally improves labor re- lations, and also helps with some second- ary problems, fake pressure on public trans- portation. It does a litUe for humanity, too. Im- agine what a relief it must be for some people not to have to worry about being late for work. Experts in these matters Le.. cattle- men keep saying that a boycott of beef will be counter productive. Ghat it will re- sult in a surplus, which will force cattte raisers to cut their herds, which will cause a shortage of beef, which will drive the puce tip. Wefl now. And are -see to believe that if consumers simply accept the present prices, and go on buying beef, the pnce won't go up? Honest? It is good to know the old Empress Hotel is not to depart from Victoria, as recent rumor bad it. The empress is an institu- tion, in the best sense of the word, Vic- toria and Canada will be the poorer when it passes from the West Coast scene. Anyone who has witnessed or partaken of the tea ceremony with all due respect to Japan's cha no yu, there's no other for it lhat graces so much of the main floor each afternoon, will agree this unexampled ritual is worth preserving, for the sake of simple elegance to say nothing of all those lovMy ladies and gen- tlemen in the shrubbery. Does anyone mnenibw1 a pair of second-hand skates, pads of magazines held in place to of inner tubes and stacks "salvaged' wherever it was the big gujs pteyed? Well, things have chanped a fat An actual socotmlmg of the equipment used b> one 14 ysar oM. fix' fools around on the ace ctnd isn t a n c TIVXT of i-n organized team, reads as, folios Brams nylon sweater large Number It's a hit rv-ky. perhaps, with a teachers ataw, but a sharp nrrfe'1 m a rival psp worth Tt It aaie? They cart read anyway." By Peter Desbarats, Toronto Star commentator "I believe the essential In- gredient of politics is said Prime Minister Trudeau in a radio interview last and you don't determine your events that deter- mine it for you." Perhaps the prime minister should call up that tape and lis- ten to his own advice as he pre- pares to ram the language issue through this session of Parlia- ment- There are many signs that this is the wrong time for a heated and partisan national de- bate on the issue that almost lore Canada apart in the last decade. English-speaking Canadians don't want it. As usual, Quebec has shown little interest in it. Under these circumstances, and considering the limited but measurable progress toward bilingualism that has been made in the past 30 years, the results of a forced debate on the question at this time could well be more destructive than positive. If this is the outcome, it could strengthen the impression among Canadians that the prime minister who brought them closer together in the six- ties has failed to keep in touch with the national preoccupation of the seventies. The prime minister himself at times, has shown an awareness of changes in national priorities since he arrived in Ottawa in 1965, at the height of revolution" in Quebec. Only a few days before the October election, during a conversation aboard his campaign aircraft, he talked about moving into new policy areas during the next four affect- ing energy, industrial develop- ment and foreign investment. "There are new he said, "and if we leave them unanswered, they will recreate in 1976 the kind of doubts that existed in 1968. "In other words, we've sold the old doubts just at the point where other doubts are emerg- ing. "In 1976, if we're still around, we'll be saying: "In 1972, we had solved the crisis of identity, but we hadn't really shown how we would bring this identity into the future, and here's what we've been doing about it." The election result, of course, badly shook Mr. Trudeau's con- fidence ra his success in resolv- ing the doubts of the sixties. His closest cabinet colleagues from Quebec were also thrown into a prolonged period of depression as a result of the "rejection" of their policies by many English- speaking voters. During this pe- riod they agreed to substantial modifications in the program to promote bilingualism in the fed- eral civil service. Ever since then, the prime minister has shown an unbend- ing determination to bring about some sort of national rededication to the objectives of bilingualism that were accepted by Parliament and by a major- ity of Canadians during his first four years in office. The strength of the prime minister's personal feeling about this has been evident in Parliament and in many inter- views since the election. At times, the force of his own com- PREMIERS' CONFEREE "I thought I heard a discouraging The Vietnam war that is yet to come By C. L. Sulzberger, New York Times commentator SAIGON The United States has now withdrawn from direct involvement in the Vietnam con- flict to assume a status ap- proaching that of Russia or China in their proxy war. They give North Vietnam only logis- tical and political support. However, the new American approach is not quite the same. Although ground forces are gone, U.S. aircraft still attack along the fringes in Cambodia and Laos and serve as an im- plicit, massive threat should Hanoi resume offensive opera- tions. Indications suggest that such Indeed is Hanoi's ultimate in- tention. Nine of its 11 politburo members have been at the helm from the start and, although now elderly, are probably good for another decade. There is no sign they intend to abandon the quintessential goal cherish- ed since the Second World War unification of all Vietnam, if need be by force. Despite the January cease- fire, despite improved relation- ships between Washington and respectively Peking and Mos- cow, even despite the U S offer to help North 'Vietnam's eco- nomic reconstruction, there is no hint that Hanoi will leash its dogs of war. Since the first suggestions of Armistice last October, the North has been rebuilding its battered army in the South. Hanoi pretends it has no troops here although the num- ber is around and the local Vietcong is weak. War material from the North still steadily pours into the South or into storage depots ringing its borders in Hanoi's territory, Laos or Cambodia. The Communists are seeminp- Ty preparing to choose between two options. Eittier 1be> hope to undermine tfy Thieu rpgime rn an irrtensified campaign