Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
April IS, ml UTMMMt Maurice Western QTTAWA: icr br< Cost Of Royal Commissions The Time Ifiihv broke the wekoM. lad week Uut the B and labors, more or less, oa March M. Then fa stin some printing and ttftng to be done and at least one final report to be de- hvered. But DO bold new ven- tures will be undertaken that me of the co-chairman his deputed for Information Can- ada. Aiuadusj to a leieut esti- mate abuuaed from the gm era- meat by a Nora. Seotian Conservative, the fiaal coot ef ths' ewnmJBJOB'i .work nearly seven jean win total thai This rec- ord It likely to go unchaUeng- ei. for tome time. la ntrcapeet. He may be regarded as a gotten age of royal commissions. We are still living in the after-flow are which have yet to pre- cent their final tons aid Mik- (X these, it expected that the commission on the status af womei will spend a total of The post office as a tiowu corporatioa Critical environmental fort- out, practice, management in- it information system, blue- Teatory, print fo for implementation J5.ISO. 560.MO ation 71.000 iua...... _ prtdsctiVity MJd dWribotJoa and pre-sorting Erakatioa of ckxtroc data processing fadtitie H.OJUi Public address postal coding Stampdesuni ,..-...-.v The omimiKsini oa, fara machinery H.ai.W. There is also the eommissioo OB statute revision (stalled by official) which will rat' (l.- OM.Mt. .However, the latest Blue Book provides only fiM.on for royal. comnusskns aid task forces in. the present year. This suggests a lean season barring mis- chance (such' as the difficulties in Montreal which led unexpect- edly lollr. Goldenberg's or sudden new Im- on the part of govern- ment' la the somewhat longer new fte recent reliance OB "mitim- coir curious because it has coincided with a remarkable growth of permanent- institu- tions which contribute mas- sively to the "moot" of gorern- Aims Control Agreement In Jeopardy TpASHWGTON As it pre- W pares to'.enter the second phase of the strategic ami lim- Nixon admin- .---------.irpnpose "an'imme- diate de eaesatonn of the arms race. The that cbenees' of success IB'the'talks win dun- irish as development It waft' timed k tfae final 'aonimiatntion1 dehnentionB on the sUnd to taken when the SALT resume' n Vienna; Aprfl 11..The While Hooseihas mdjeatBd DK negotiatiDf pos- ture win be" derided it national 0 -f Anns control meet- ing: hen ,n recent days have baaed the pnsi-- dent tap Dropose a freeze OB deployment .for two t wtich time oegottBtioBil JOB a' long berm ,.stable basii .Short of, an mter-j the later part of the.weet' .The president has so far turn-' ed. a deaf ear'on ajppeals along these referring to m the Senate as simply a rest- eration of-his tang term nego-i tilting enals. The pressure per- sists, bovRer, pot OE concent about the; effect of kORV de- pbyoQent on the The pa- rallel development of an'apti- .balBsdc nnsale'Eysbem (ABIC) The' report, serang 'American -It is argoedI that the new-gen- CTtlQOB 'Ol -WMpODS BOW, ECAfly for. extensive depiflyment will, as they .are set in place, intro-. into the SALT talks, owing to their enoanctd ctpahCorJes. The report states' that: "A rafe'co- modeoce of political and strategic .conditions pro-: yides a real but fleeting oppbr-. :tumty br ending the nuc 1 e a r race.'! The! piouuseJ interim' fieeze ..would "keep the. present opnortuBty fioui nvSif Congressional' .efforts the' sarnie end have givea rise to a co' sponsored by' senators, urging Ike prra-' dent, to propose an mmedsate ficejc: on. the and testing of strategic.'.weapons; Tbe' reaolotKXi' cMefiiDj 'avoids -''of; nBflateral so that inexingfu] and arms Kxhitation agreesnents be worked out in the talks that are about to. begin in-Vienna., '.'If the condition of parity is not EtabQized kbg for 'such negotisticns, the talks win have, to proceed 'against the background of a .staft in the eomparitive strengtii.of the two negotiaUng parties. "In. such a conditioo, agreement wooH be' -'all the rf not known' as (mnlbple. Indenendebtly .'abie -a entry The appeal, the; of American As-.: had the fun or partial'.- backing of a number of former; tffiii'rr of the Kennedy and the US: and ABIC-'dere t pljme4 or if the DBto continues tfcdTsUioed nuBiles MDBd- vitb multiple .warbeads.' the recobK Fubigbt trThE parpose is to Pnised Stita.-.ind. .vc SovM'TJncii is coDdihoo ah-rotaim period The resobtiod proposes ver- ;by suich1 established .means aft satellite sorveifiance. Overail, K' is :a dear departure; frnm precedent in that it ac- cepts the oteirabOrty rf parity B-nodear weflpons as between- j (lift two snperpoww, -It reflects ooDcen-at vfnttwtnv prpffi- diBire SCBU Pnfhright out thot 'tie. world bad 'spent ope" thousand" bfihon doTJars on arms since 1964. The resotutJoa exprCEses the. sense of tie Sen- ate, and wooU not.be binding on'te presioent (HeraU Wasaugtn .Bmaa) Prime Rill Roasts SIDES LCHHS OF POM CHUCKS OF POBK IT" 9-W Wnira Rump or Hip, or HIM Brand MILK POWDER PIE CRUST MIX ReUn Hood, _ Macaroni FRESH PRODUCE VALUES PEANUT wrrra r 1.39 Borbka Grapes caatr STAIXS 1 19e wen vKcnvi rmm., n., AND UT., GRAHAM'S FOOD MARKET AND UVI flft DfUVRT CMB H744M, M7441I MMTI nu t PJH. meat. Thus majsien caa now draw on (he annual reports and special studies of the mic Council of Canada and those of such other relatively new institutions as the Science Council of Canada. It is also notable- thai aw- emment, as it grows larger, leads to rely more and more OT sources outside government. This input is torm-fimn visible and sometimes invisible de- pending on Vat mrnnhrial view of the public interest. An astonishing diversity now characterizes the fiekL There are royal coonnjsaons with for- ratable powers ander tfae In- quiries Act There are common may have the same powers or may not There am of in- quiry, not ruiKsaiilj as mod- est as they' sound since tho commissioners and Buy ako be' appointed under .'the Inquiries Act: There are'task forces, cur- rently very staff- ed in whale of in part by out- side management consultants. Anil there are' surveys and studies also entrusted.in many .cases to the outside consultants who in Ottawa DOW- adays.like bees around a hive. These various bodies have common; they are engaged in. fact finding and they all cost money. But strange hybrids have develop- ed 'such as the Prices and In- comes Commisskm. It is supposed to be engaged in a task of limned duration and is thus not comparable to such permanent bohes. as the .Restrictive T r a d e Practices Commission, 'But it is comparable in the sense that it does not merely seek' but has made ttself operative. By supptementary estimate it received io I9S8-TO and the' estimate for 39TOr71 is niflbon. It will be apparent from ths above that appearances may be deceiving.. The 'present slump, cornmissjoDeering .does not', necessarily''mean a decline in outside input into the work of government. Of- all the ministers' In the present administration, none has contributed so consistently to the prosperity of .the task force industry'-as Mr. Erie Ki- erans. At the last const he-had 'commissioned no jess than a dozen studies. They are'list- ed in a return with their respec- tive costs, as in the box. Regrettably, all this encode effort has not brought order to the post office. Since the return to Coates, the troubles in Montreal hare required further studies by Mr. Gddenberg. Many task forces address themselves to specialized stud- ies. Others examine; prob- lems. One of the more intrigu- ing, reported by'Mr. is a seven member '.task force' on departmental objectives." It' will be 'agreed that in these complex days the Department of Transport should know where it is going and the min- ister was apparently able to or- ient-himself for Tbe outcome is not aWrays so happy. Kir. HeDyer's task force on bousing and nrbaa develop- ment cost and :Mr." HeDyer's place in, the .Cabinet. Such expenses must be eob- sidered minor when compared with the 11.5 million coat of, the Woods Report on CaondiaB in- dustrial relations. v One of the puzzling (rings about modern .government is that the larger, it 'gets.'the more Pollution A Federal Crime Tnm The Ottawa Cktlwa WITHOUT going overboard or pressiag panic buttons.over the latest find- Ings of mercury buildups In fish in Erie, it k reanaabie to ask a simpis question: Does industry ntt have an oNigatiin to prevent the discharge of poisons into public In fact, is it not criminal to contaminate water-, ways willi poisonous substances? The public may be surprised to dis- cover the proposed Canada Water Act Is silent on this cjuestion. It merely authariz- es estabUshment of regional management authorities nbkji, in turn, may regulate- sewage Hihrhafges. There is good reason for an absolute on poisonous' tcaterials. The aent of an iadustrial plant knmi what A cjp of Instant please] chemicals are In use. The prospect that it could face criminal action would put it OQ the alert to ensure thai Loxic material! are not escaping from iU plant. As things are, it is frequently m-hen public authorities .detect the pret- ence of poisons in a waterway and track it back to, is source, that industry begins cleanup 'action. (Dow Chemical, discov- ered B IKt, to be a source of mercury pollution In Lake St Clir, bad been using mercury substances for 20 yean.) Energy Minister Greene win be propos- ing amfiirimmts (o bis legislation, now under committee study, and Is expected to phosphorous discharge by ndustry a crime. He should treat 'poisons same vay. Quebec's Empty Coffers By Jeaa Peueria, MMtnal la PresM ITNTIL there a proof to the contrary, w Qaebec'is.m serious financial diffi- culties. Its coffers are empty. Its borrow- ing power Is nil. Economists note that investments are at their lowest, and the taxpayers see clearly that taxes are at their highest, while statistics show' that the unemployment rate reached 8.7 per cent, or 12 per higher than'the national level Also, specialists wbo the situa- tion come to the conclusion thai Quebec has a serious money' problem. It even has trouble paying its suppliers and mak- ing tax rebates. The banks are starting to 'refuse to lend money to school cam- missions, even with the endorsement of the education department, which has the effect of sanctioning the words ol the pres-. ktent of the Quebec Teachers'Corporation, wbo is not afraid to state that the depart- ment of education is DO longer financially Quebecers appear to be eternally un- lucky. Nothing works for them and they always have a scapegoat to fall back upon. Formerly, it was the fault of Protestants and the Freemasons; later, it was the Communists and leftists; today the .fault .is that of the English, the separ- atists or the federalists. And what if it is simply tire fault of politicians do not know their And. what' if it is the fault of all of us, incorrigible dreamers, incapable of govern- ing ourselves'and playing the democratic game? Quebec-needs a team of very competent politicians. In any case, to pull it out of distress, .it wiH take'something other than old- time polirJcken or sentimental, Tocifer- ous nationalists who believe that all win be better in the best of all worlds the day we succeed in making our own room on this continent. Another Coast-to-Coast Airline? From fANADA hardly Deeds soother coasl-to- coast air h'ae. Yet the way-dungs are going! it is not Inconceivable that on some dark morning the country will Dud it pos- sesses one. Within a few weeks It will be possible, though hardly attractive, to fly from Newfoundland to British Columbia without touching Air. Canada or CP. Air. How the'Canadian Transport Commis- sion reached, allow Trans- air to spread Its wings from the Prairies to Toronto is one of those examples of poli- tical dealing suppasedhr; outgrown to Ot- tawa. Those who wanted (a-oppose the application were pot permitted to attend the m-camera session. While some intend to appeal the franchise award, others have thrown; in their bands simply because the miiister of transport publicly approved the .whole project months before the decision was amouDced. .'Transaif first began to rise hi admini- IstratJve favor when it said it could oper- ate, at a Prairie milk-run which Air Canada had Io subsidize internally. So it got the route, plus'air'and ground equip- ment from the Crown company, and six months later wanted out. Instead it was given a subsidy, which has since disappear- ed. Just a few weeks ago its western structure was beefed up, sad Air Canada was ordered to coordinate its schedules with Transair's and make ground layiues available. The next logical step In the [augieulon -if logic has anything to do for the.'.CTC to order Air Canada to co- ordinate ill operations on Transair's behalf between Winnipeg and Toronto. In view of Transair's deficits-in recent years, which the new route is bound to Increase at least a request for. a subsidy should expected. Thereafter, in the (pest for big- ness'uticb1 regional operators feel is syn- onyiaous with viability, there will be new merger overtures among local companies east and west If they have the proper' sponsorship; voila: a new national carrier. Tbe political ramifications being serious, the onlr'lnpe'for a proper assessment lias within. Parliament, where no Interest has been shown in the pattern so far. In tha meantime, It look as though, the peopU of Canada, the owners of Air Canada', art taking it in the neck on behalf of private interests who nave friends among those en-' trusted with public stewardship. Doing Own Thing By.Twi Saaoaeri la The WiaaJseg Free Press In eaily..tones when govern-' ments had little to, worry about apart from' the bilge; tasks of nation bmldbig, spinU rainis- tries and a thry civil- service operated on a do-it-yourself pol- icy' basis- Nowadays we have a mas-, stve While House establishment costing about JSS.OOO a year: a ministry of record size, a civil service at (allowable con- tinuing employees, March 31, 1779) and many permanent "input" institatiom. But this B the day of the consultant. How did we'even survive in those far-ofl days when merits and few 111 paid pub. lie servants did their own work? (ReraU Ottawa Baren) 'Crazy Capers' is soDething healmy about the desire of today's youth to do their own thing. .Ideally it means being true Ihem- jt'.'ves, to their own nature, to their own particular'tajents and gifts. It means being enfettered by R faith1 have out- lived their' usefulness and by'social pres- sures whose validity DO longer applies. It has meant for many a liberating of the human spirit and the emergence of the in- dividual as a'person in his bwi right. It has meant the death of old hypocrisies and taboos .and the birth of a personal honesty in both conduct and thought. This Is the'positive side of the coin of permissiveness In the currency of our times. But, like all currencies, it be- come1 debated, Old hypocrisies may be re- placed by new ones and useful conventions may be discarded, wiDy-rally, with those whose has been outlived. The new cuK of the individual, moreover, may render to society leu than its due. Man does not live ta a vacuum. He is a social as well as an infa'vidaal and what he docs as a person affects society as a whole. la is at this point that the desire to do one's own thing'becomes open to question. Can the Individual do Ms own thing with- out' conldermg Hs social, as well as its personal, consequences? To that question, in certain areas of cfv, society has always said DO; and K cen- times-to say m today, Thi industrial plants and detergent manufacturers products have been polluting our air and resources have been'doing their own thing; and society, through government, hat become cancaned. The poDutiea of our environment is not just aa individual prob- lem; It Is. a social problem, The .individual manufacturer's right to do his own thing nnat be governed by certain 'safeguards la the totereats of todety.ua wMe. Similar., i madiig governs law enforce-, menf. Doing one's own things does not to'criminal action or (o Mataat io- vasion of the rights of oilicvs. Tbe man who imbibes loo liberally at a Inend's or a local bosteiry and causes a traffio fatality through impaired driving may doing his own thing, bii he will Dot win tba approval of society for so doing. The right to do one's own thing can never be abso- Inte, This, In effect, Is the thtme of John Up- dike's novel, Couples. Because of its senial .emphasis, both critics and readers tended to dismiss this book as M mon than another sei-iwel. 11 has been describ- ed as. "the thintog man's Peyton Place." But, as a perceptive exposition of Updike's 'v.ort-Tbe Elements of John Updike (Eerd- mans) by Professors Abce and Kcgneth Hamilton points out, its 'Implications run much1 deeper. In the husband and wife swapping that takes place In (he novel, each of the characters may be doing his owa thing; but the conclusion makes clear that this type of unrestrained conduct can have one result: tragedy (or the Individual and disaster for the community of which ha Is a part. Far from being aa endorsement to anre- strajned permissiveness, Couples is a wan- Ing of the dangers (o which pcnnssiveaeai can lead. It Is a warning to which the In- dividual in today's society should give heed. All that can be said tn favor of doing one's own thing should not blind us to the fact that both the individual and society must be protected from Ihenuelvcs. Permissiveness can be tolerated only when It Is willing (o accept the bit of social responsibility, the curb of social restraint. An excess' of individual liberty can destroy liberty itself. It can encourage a reaction In which restraint is no longer self-imposed but state Imposed; or it can lead to.ulti- mate confusion sad chaos k which Is neroer safety nor freedom lor any of IB. Such ire the alternatives before hi the essentially heaKhy but sometimes dan. ferous practice of doing one's vwa thtaf.