Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, April 17, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAtD 5 WIDOW At FUNERAL Mrs. Ida Sallustro is led by her sons, Bruno, left, and Aldo cs they accompany the body of Italian Fiat executive Oberdon Sallustro 1o the cem- etery in Buenos Aires. Salluslro, 56, who had been kidnapped last month, later was killed by terrorists. India launches campaign for shelters for ..poor Viet stores show hike in earnings WINNIPEG Metro politaii Stores or Concilia Ltd. ins reported net earnings o! 2 lor the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, a rise of jver the level for the 1970-71 iscal year. The company, which opened Ivo new Metropolitan stores -incl one new Saan store in (he ast year, plans in 1972-73 to idd a'bout square feet of jross selling space through nine new Metropolitan stores, six Sreenberg stores and five Saan stores. Among the new Metrpolitan stores set to open In is a square foot outlet in Gan- der, giving the firm its first representation in Newfound- and. In Ihe last year two smaller Metropolitan stores and two Saan stores were closed in older and only margi- nally profitable sales centres. The company, observing its 10th anniversary as a Cana- dian-owned enterprise, said the increased sales reflect an im- proved economic climate ir Canada and the firm's manage- ment and marketing abilities. Commons question period important Tiy STKWART Macl-KOD OTTAWA (CP) It's gener- ally accepted that the daily Commons tjuestion period isn't what it used to be, hut no one has any simple solution Cor im- proving it. It's mostly says Con- servative House Leader Gerald W. Baldwin. 'A lot of it is pretty says House Leader Stanley Knowles of the New Democratic Parly. But he adds that "it's something we couldn't do with- out.'' Liberal MPs blame the lack- lustre question period on the op- position, arguing that the ques- t i o n s themselves are badly framcrl. Opposition MPs gener- ally blame the government, pointing to cryptic, evasive or abrasive replies. And they also blame the roster system under which cabinet ministers take lurns attending miestion period, and consequently are some- limes absent for topical ques- tions. FF.W ISSUES There also is a widespread be- lief that a lack of juicy such as pipelines or scandals- has tended to dry up the daily 40-minute period during which MPs can quiz cabinet ministers. Some argue that Speaker Lu- cicn Lamotircux EMS cooled off! the question period by clamping down heavily on argumentative queries. Traditionally question period has allowed opposition MPs to haul out their sliivs and tackle the government, in public, on any issue facing the country, And governments have used it freely to defend policies turn a few stalls. But, oddly, until 1968 there was no reference: to the daily question period in Parliament's standing orders. From Cwifedi'nition until that lime, questions were asked through an undei standing that evolved from the British Parlia- ment It all started in Britain when opposition Mi's were permitted to ask about House business, and the quizzing gradually spread to other subjects. SUBJECTS OPKN In Canada, MPs always have been permitted to ask questions on other subjects, but there was nothing in the rules to govern this. And until seven years ago there was no time limit on the oral questioning, The limits varying from 3fl minutes to an hour, depending on the day were worked out by inter-party negotiations. Tiic question oE time limits vas not a problem until Ihe 19at5 i p e 1 i ii c debate, says Mr. (nowles. "1 caii remember when there were days without -my questions at all, and often he period would he 10 minutes or less. "But the pipeline debate changed all that, with ;m hour or 30 minutes of questions and arguments." In 19G8, the question period was given official status, with a section in the standing orders (hat sjws questions on matters of urgency imiy be ad- dressed orally to Ministers of the Crown URGENCY VARIES But everyone agrees (lie ques- tions, and the replies, arc not always urgent, involve local constituency problems, such as the amount of money being spent in various areas under government programs Since no minister is obliged to answer questions, specific sues can die quickly. Or if a responsible minister is abse his stand-in can cool proceed- ings by merely promising a de- layed reply. Some MPs feel thai if the time-limit were removed thert. would be no obligation to pro long questioning for any giver ength of time, and the result vould be shorter more snappy presentations. But this would work onl y vith tight snys Mr. Baldwin. "At the moment opposition is asking most of the- questions, but it we get televi- sion in the House the Liberals would be up on their feet all (lie !imc, too. It could go on for hours." Individual MPs often disci'F.s ways of improving question pe- riod, but so far it hasn't gono >eyond that. The only area in which there is agreement is in the fact that (he daily period U generally unexciting. MUSLIMS RICH SECT CHICAGO fAP> azitie says Ihe Black Muslims religious sect has become the 'richest black organization of all Sepia, a monthly which claims a circulation of reported (he group has assets totalling million. The main of income for the Black Muslims, (he magazine says, are due1; which require "individual Muslims as part nf their membership to give at least 10 per cent of their i'i- cume.'1 and sales of Muhammad Speaks, a Muslim weekly publi- cation. By RAM SUNDAH CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) A coun- try-wide campaign lias been launched in India to provide shelter for poor people from climatic extremes. Every year more than people, mainly villagers, die either because it is loo hot or too cold. At least 500 people perished in a cold wave this winter in northern provinces. Bihar alone accounted for 200 deaths and an equal number of hospital admissions. Until recently the general attitude of provincial govern- ments and village associations to this problem was one of fatalistic indifference. Government officials used to say that th ere was no money to build shelters for the poor. They said the avail- able resources were needed to build hospitals, schools and roads. Village councils gave a low Pollution fighter Mallard says he was threatened VANCOUVER fo: ATLANTIC SCHOOIS, AB-OS2 Box 110, Lethbridge Herald NAME ADDRESS CI1Y f.: PROVINCE PHONE EDUCATION rating to the construction of night shelters nnd homes for the poor. In some villages night shelters v.-ere converted into primary schools, leaving the homeless to freeze in the cold out in the open. DELHI TAKES LEAD This appears to be no longer the case generally. During the last year hundreds of night shelters have been built in cit- ies and villages. New Delhi, the national capital, has given the lead hy constructing a not- work of them, mninly in the ancient part of the city known as Old Delhi. Bihar province has built an estimated 600 shelters and poor homes. Ironically, some of them are located in the dis- trict of Hazaribagh where a record number of casualties was reported during a cold wave which ended in March, the bitterest in 40 years. The federal ministry of so- cial welfare has asked provin- cial governments to give top priority to projects for mini- mizing cotd-wavo deaths. Some provinces like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kashmir have offered to give mathring grants to village councils which build night shelters. A Kashmir official indicated that the provincial govern- ment was thinking of con- structing dormitories where poor people will be provided not only with beds but with fire-places and room-beaters. Kashmir is among the cold- est areas in northern India. Many villagers in the Srina- gar Valley migrate to the warmer plains of Punjab and Rajasthan (luring winter. HALTED DEMOLITION Prime Minister Indira Gan- dhi is reported to be con- cerned over the fact that three homeless citizens in the capital were frozen to death last winter. Mrs. Gandhi las been tak- ing keen interest in the prob- lems of the homeless people of Now Delhi. She once di- rectly intervened to stop the demolition o f construction workers' huts hy the munici- pality. "We know the prime minis- ter's feelings on the said a municipal official. "There will be no cold-wave or heat-wave deaths next year. We have an ambitious project to house Ihe majority of the homeless." Religious trusts, temples and phiiantiiropic organiza- tions in India are nlso begin- ning lo devole attention to Ihe problem of wcafher deaths. During the recent cold wave the management of the Bartri- nath group of temples in the Himalayan mountains gave shelter to more than villagers. Many of them were also provided with food and warm clothing. One Icmple In the pilgrim town of llardwar poMed Ibis notice: ''Don't donate money to Ibis temple. We want bUm- keta for the poor." WHAT That WASHER -You didn't trade-in e Those FANS -Your Air Conditioner displaced The BICYCLE -the boy outgrew Those STORM WINDOWS -You replaced with new ones The BASSINET -You won't need anymore Look Around! List any in-the-way items you have and turn them into cash With a Lethbridge Herald DO NOT CLASSIFIED CALL 328-4411 ANYTIME Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. to p.m. The LetKbtidge Herald CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT.