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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 IHi UTHMIOCI HIIALD Ap'l It7e IJHTOIUAIS Anthony Westell New Style Participatory Politics Voting Viscerally Wildly differing predictions of tho outcome of the Quebec provincial election next Wednesday indicate how unpredictable that outcome really is. Despite the fact that some ol the predictions are based on polls taken by reputable agencies they are obviously of no help in reaching an assured conclusion. Wlu'le there are people outside Quebec who would not care if that province were to become an independ- ent slate, the majority of Canadians view that possiblily with the pro- foundest regret. Consequently it is likely that candidates with non-separ- atist positions have the sympathetic support of most people in the rest of Canada. Quebec within Confederation seems the hest arrangement. But people do not always vote rationally. Sometimes as in the recent byelections in Northern Ire- is clear that voting is" done viscerally. Feelings run high among people whose cultural identity appears to them to be threatened. The separ- atists have an easy time appealing to such sentiments. Whether or not the large enthus- iastic crowds who have been turning out to separatist meetings mean much in terms of seats in the next legisla- ture is as uncertain as election on the whole. It may be that those who attend the meetings are all the supporters there are which would mean there is nothing to fear. But are symptomatic of the real feeling of Quebeckers then there is trouble ahead. The likelihood of the separatists gaining a majority of s e a t s is gen- erally conceded to be very small. But with the vote being split among four parties the possibility of no party receiving a majority is very great. This means that the next government is apt to be shaky at the very lime when Quebec needs a strong adminis- tration with a clear sense of economic and political direction. Perhaps the surest thing that can be said about the election next week is that it is one of the most crucial provincial elections in recent Canad- ian history. No Canadian can really be indifferent to its outcome. Non-Indictable Offence Ingestion of a drug for non-medical purposes is a non-indictable offence. People are charged for possession and peddling but not for participating. This information, given by Inspec- tor Frank Balhgate of the Drug In- vestigation Branch of the Lethbridge Police Department, elicited expres- sions of surprise at a meeting of parents held in the city recently. It opens up possibilities of arresting drug-taking in certain individual cases. There may have been instances in the past when parents, friends or del- inquents themselves have been deter- red from seeking help because of fear of the confession of use leading to charges and conviction. Apparently such fears are hot justified espe- cially where there is likelihood of the user accepting help in ceasing the Ingestion of drugs. But hesitancy in revealing names Weekend Meditation The Christian And Today's World JT IS Impossible to be a Christian and not pray for a radical transfonrHtion of society. U is abundantly clear in the New Testament that the "new man" was new la all his relations. "I make all things declares God. Consequently the Christian should be prepared for change. The sub- servience to the status quo 'and even me opposition to social change is anti-Chris- tian. Change U not necessarily good by an; means, but the reactionary refusal to move to onr positions is always wrong. The Christian therefore should see God at work h the world, shaking old monopolies and strongholds. What will grow up in their place no one can predict, but the old order changes and the new comes in. The dicta- torships that refuse the conditions permit- ting change the tyranny that denies free- dom, Justice, and the mechanics of evolu- tion are evil. "A new man in a new world" Is a Christum slogan. Perhaps "On- ward Christian Soldiers" should become popular again. No one can read the Acts of the Apostles without realizing that to be a Christian meant to enter into new relations, to be a member of a new society, to belong to a new race or nation. Paul makes this abun- dantly clear in his letter to the churches at Rome and Ephesus. The Christian Gos- pel also comes as a revolution: "He hath put down the mighty from their seals and eaalted then: of low degree." The conver- sion of (nrfividusls, on which [he church1 has placed a primary emphasis and rightly. must be lor the transformation cf society, but one must realize that the transformation of society also creates pre- requisite conditions for the conversion of individuals. The man who settles down into social confonnism Is no Christian. The attitude of the Christian therefore should be erne of constant enquiry. Wliat [3 God trying (o do? Where is God leading? It Is hli Inescapable duty to transform a static society into a dynamic one, however (Last la t pOUTICAL power Is ing away fra Parliament and the ectabhshed pities'. New styles of parbdpjtuv pokUcs and new methods of government an eraiviiif as jet, computers, the modern pnsc decettTahze oebMc by iavairBf the whole country m national limes, and bring masses of people iota ckner contact with their leaders and Most at those involved in pub- lic affairs are uneasily iware of the pressures change at- tacking their exjetnf institu- tions, Dot nooe OB yet fojetcc the shape at a new system. Prime Master Pierre Elliott to the; police is still apt to prevail. If delinquent has not been con- sulted he might find himself almost betrayed because he is bound to be more closely afterward and eventually be found, in possession. The police would have no other choice but to be more observant and to lay charges if evidence were available. The drug picture is full of perplex- ity. The police have to be supported in the exercise of their duties and clearly it u a duty to apprehend violators of the law. Parents, howev- er are understandably reluctant to do anything that might bring about the arrest and conviction of their child- ren. What is clear is that persons gen- uinely seeking help to break out of the morass of the drug situation do not need to fear admitting their trans- gression to the police. Such an ad- mission is not grounds for a charge. Trudeau Liberals: young people ay the between trouble or order is be- ing decided out in the street; the orientation to be given our society is going to be decided in Ihe streets. Thai that we too must take to the streets Oppttituo leader Robert StaafieU emphasizes the oppo- site view that Trudeau is gauV crag; autocratic power iata his on buds: "Over the past cou- ple of yean' there has been a gradual but quite radical change in the system of gov- enmeot m Canada, vita an al- most invisible and ad hoc of onr rorrtirntinii, so as to build op the power of the office of the Prime Minis- ter and at the .cabinet o( Can- an) to break doni l i o n a 1 safeguards designed to protect the individual Cana- dian." Conservative party organizer Flora MaeDonakt sayi: "Many already feet that there is so Bttle genuine radicalism inside the party system that anyone wsbing to eflert change must look elsewhere." One who has baked ebe- vhere is Richard Rohmer, vis- ionary author of'the plan (or national developmeat of mid- Caoada UK Green North u hf. alls a in a new bock just published. After years as an mOueotial Rohmer be- came so disuhisianed by can- veotiaaal pdrriral pro ceases that be stepped. the turn In buisi BB on organua- tfco for mTiueacBg public opin- ion and policies. Liberal federation president Richard SUabury warm that partie t must democratize Ihemarives or die, giving way to 'new methods by which peo- ple can participate n decision' uncomfortable that may be for himself and bfa feUowcburchmen. A Japanese writer points out that the Japanese have a saying, "Stukataga meaning "There is no other way." It marki a resignation to things u they are. So in Thailand they say, "Maipon "never in Indonesia T5da "Ask not why." The sigh of defeatism is found in ell nations. Regarding the Mafia one hears in America, "You can't do any- thing about it." Much of the rebellion of youth is against the resignation to things as they are. Didn't McCarthy provj that you couldn't beat the anyone combat giant industry successfully to pre- vent the destruction of environment? Who can change the wasteful, cheap, and men- dacious advertising based on covetousness? Can the anonymous person be recovered from the business and factory machine? Who can infuse education, wandering in a wasteland, with a highway and goal? When you ask, "Whal can one man remember what the saints did. They "one-man of whom Robert Frost wrote. They not only profoundly in- fluenced their own times, but influence gen- erations down to the end of time. That they were weak men they themselves were the first to call to notice. But one thing they declare to .every man that the only palh growlh and renewal can lake place is wilhin the individual person. Someone has said that all the great changes, all the pro- gress of mankind, have ben the achieve- ment of I wo per cent of the population. They arc lhal Ihin soil which the vrorld would be a desert. From such dedication all things became possible. anyone does not know lhal man is Ignorant, wicked, and mortal and will continue to be so In any social arrangement, he knows nothing of humanity. But Jesus said that the yeast could leaven the lump, (he light could spread through a dark wrld, and the salt could give flavor to the whole. Prayer: 0 God, transform the world, be- ginning first with me. -F. S. M. Doubling Douglas By Doug MPHE FIflST GAME of the Stanley Cup seml-finalj between Boston and Chicago was scheduled lo start at noon on Sunday, We had an ur.usually full program af our church K> that the preacher hadn't even got started on his sermon by 10 lo 12. Just as 1 was trying lo reconcile ray- self (o missmg a sizeable chunk of the game my wife leaned over Ui mo to report 70 "For the Benefit of Mankind, You Should Slow letters To The Editor Oi Bus Schedule Worth A Try Mr. Koicb has asked for an Investigation into a number of aspects of the city bus service; why so many buses for so few runs, a complete financial run- down on the operation and so on. As a taxpayer, I think such a check is a sound idea. However, there are cert i n recurring problems in the downtown area which, to me, seem to be very much inter- related. 1. A shortage of parking space during peak business per- Political icieatlst Denis Smith says: "We seem to have created in Canada a presiden- tial system without its COD- gressional advantages.' la this confusion of there the common fear that the old denjociaey is crumb- ling before a new model M ready U take its place. But some reassar tacti now seem to be emerpnC- The declne of Parliament u a national forum is offset by the obvious truth that public problems and government pol- icies are being more widely de- bated than ever before. The concentration of power ia the bands of the Prime Min- ister is matched by the rise ot popular participation' in the making of decisions. Toe new politics takes many forrrs outside the changing Parliament. Trudeau, more than any pre- vious Prime-Minister, gets out of his office and away from paper.work to meet people aid sense toe passion of their an- ger or the intensity' of inter- est: Grain growers in Regina, labor leaders in Ottawa; Bia- fra pickets in Halifax, Vietnam demonstra t o r s in Vancouver, students on campuses, Eskimos and Indians in the north, radi- cals and businessmen and jour- nalists ever the dinner table at his official home (now one of the best eating places .in Ot- Universities organic teach- ins on Americanization and oth- er issues. Poftlion Probe springs up to educate opinion and pressure governments. The committee for fair tatafton lob- bies against the tax White Pa- per. Farmers stage tractor pro- tests and march on provincial legislatures. The government issues policy proposals in White Papers be- fore presenting legislation lo Partia me n I, and deliberately stirs national debate. The storm over the tax paper, in fact, has become so fierce that some Liberals fear the whole lectri- que as thoroughly bad politics. But mere are more papers and statements to come .00 such .controversial issues as social security, foreign poBcy, urban affairs and foreign investment. The political parties are scurrying lo fmd new roles for themselves in an age of fluid loyalty when people have no automatic attachment to a cause and few are satisfied Canada In Guatemala While on a cruise of the Caribbean in March, our chip lied up in Santo Thomas on the Guatemala coast about 300 miles from Guatemala City.' I immediately bopped a flight into the city, where one .of LeUibridge's best pro ducts, John Tennant, (son of Ralph and Janet attached to Ihe Canadian Embassy in Guatemala met me at the wing tip of the DCS. We drove past embassy homes where children plajed in gardens behind high, tightly woven wroughl iron fences- Police dogs were with them as added protection. All gates were locked and to gain access to Ihe residence, one had to ring a bell at the gate. This large group of terror- ists, who roam through Guate- mala, and who are against the government, and all law and order, apparently have every embassy car marked. Fortu- nately, when I was there, Can- ada's image in Guatemala, as well ss in all the Caribbean area seemed high. hope it remains so. U may be gratifying lo you "Miles for Millions" walkers that a fair share of (he money earned in Canada is being used In Guatemala, primarily for educational purposes. Canada Is a country cf only 22 million people, hut in our dealings, OUT travels, and gen- eral behavior outside our coun- try we must, in every way, aim to keep the image of Can- ada "a number one spot" With young men of John Tennant's calibre representing us, it will not be difficult. MARIAN VIRTUE. Funchal-Madeira. Air Service You have to be a big shot to get along in this world! It seems that Air Canada made sure lhal Pacific Western would take over the Lethbridge- Catgary-Edmonton run before they dropped it, with no consid- eration whatsoever of our local service. I Uink it would be a damned shame if allowed PWA to take over. Time Air has been doing i good job on this run and ac- cording to Stub Ron, the presi- dent, improve as traffic warrants. What will happen is, PWA will find it is not economical to fly these Kg planes and Lelhbridge mil bo left on wliecls. It Is of lillle use lo close the bam door alter the horse gone. AIRBORNh. Lethbddge. 2. Too many employees us- ing available parking spaces while al work. 3. Not enough people making use of city buses. I believe lhat these problems could be solved in large part, not by cutting down on bus ser- vice, but rather ,by chaigmg the ins schedule. Businesses generally open on the hour or half hour and close on the came time table; a.m. to p.m. At present, buses arrive downtown on the'hour I OOK, MA, "NO CAVITIES" and half hour so that an em- with Bcking stamps to brip win elections. The liberal Federatjd b hoping to survive a ckMoel of comffiuoicatioB bttwoa the people aol the govcnmrt. It seeks to draw the puWic iato pobey at the tool level and to estabUt a pipe- line into the cabinet at the Ba- tumi capital j The so called political cab- inet, composed of Truden, his Banisters and party officials, DOW meets about once a mcoth to work through an agenda' pre- pared by the party. One of Ihe current party [or ex- ample' is reform of the tax law lo encourage political donafani from private citizens, the orgaxuatioa less on big corporabjonft 'The Conservative orgatjha- Uoo is always the Jespiif of those who seek to improve'if. The dreams of a year .of installing such high priced help as Duff RoUin and D a It on Camp as professional party chiefs of organzation and pol- icy have withered. But there is a new blueprint for a stnidure of command staffed by professionals, in- stead of amateurs and volun- teers, and il is hoped to hure a corps of orgaiizers lo stimu- late social activism at the onm- mmity level. New Democrats have alirari regarded the parliamentary party in theory as merely a branch, or a wider social demo- cratic movement, and they an now putting more emphasis oo political action through left- ants' organizations, women'] liberation groups, consumer co-ops and similar community leaders. The NDP's rapidly growing lelt wing wdfle group, wttch now has more, than 7W Barnes on its mailing list, is ..quietly working to radicalize doe of Ihs most conservative elements in society, the trade union, by encouraging young. activists to overthrow aged "leaders. The number of and commentators in 'the par- liamentary press .gallery, as distinct from reporters, is con- stantly growing. Partly because of Triideau'i otten contemptuous treatment of the press, and the general opinion that his press office is more interested in shuang his image than issuing, informa- more and more politi c a 1 newsmen see tfaemselve] in the role of opposition to lie gov- ernment. All this is evidence of a new, different and more broadlj based democracy, growing h supplement, or even replace, the centralized forum of Parlia- ment, and to counter the coo centration of power in Un hands of the Prime Minister; (Copyright, Toronto Star Fluoride's Legacy From Tbe Tore Daily Star Roads Or Sidewalks? a message she hail Just received. The mes- sage was that Ihe game had bcci can- celled because the Ice had melted. I didn't give any credence to thai mes- sage, of course, ami she got rushed off home anyway. The- occult normally gets short shrift from me. Judging by the cal- ibre of Elspelh's message from the be- yond on lhal Sunday morning II Is net (o be wondered at that J am known as Doubting Douglas, As a frequent visitor lo your fair city 1 would like to ask one question: is Ihe re ra law against jay walking in this southern metropolis? In moji cities people realize that cross walks arc for pedes- trians and In your larger neigh- bors (o the north there is con- sideration being given lo in- creasing the lines for risking one's neck (to say nothing o! the nerves of the car drivers) by dashing across a street be- tween can h ttc vuiddk of a block. Hovrever, in one nTjuld Ihink that Ihe entire dowTilown area had been turn- ed into a mall with cars hav- ing lo dodge pedestrian! any- where and everywhere. If there Is no law against Jay- walking in Ldhbridge I would suggest that a large sign should be posted in various strategic locations warn Iho- unwary motorist that he is fair game for the dash and dodge pedes- trians. Maybe something like: motorists Travel at Your Own Risk. Our Roods Real- ly SMewallts in Disguise. If there Is a law against Jay- walking, then for heaven's sake, may I suggest that your city police commissionaires start handing out tickets right and left until people realize that the automobile Is here to slay and Uiat cars drive on roads and people walk on side- walks. JOHN LAKfE. ployee using the bus has a choice of arriving down town at to start work at or, at and being late for work (frowned on by employ- At closing time they again have a bait hour wait before UK bus leaves. This re- sults in more and more people taking can lo work, using up a great deal of available parking space which again results in businesses getting annoyed when potential customers can- not park in the downtown area. It would appear that those who suggest cutting down the bus service because it is un- profitable an not those woo use the bus to get to work. Had these same people ever had the half hour wait for the store or office to open, or the same half hour wait to get home again at night, a rather simple solution might have occurred to them. Would it be so very difficult to change the bus schedule to have buses arrive downtown and leave at 15 to and K after 'he hour? If employees had this 15 minutes lo get from bus to work and work to bus, it is just possible that many many more of them would make use of the city transit system, which in turn would leave a great deal more available parking (pace for potential customers. For a bus system to be profit- able it must be used; to be used il must be convenient; to be convenient it must lit into the schedule of the work- ing day. Because oaf present bus schedule does not fulfil the last requirement, many hundreds of potential users now have U) lake cars lo work. Isn't a change of bus sched- ule at least worth a try for a few months before "turning to such a drastic solution M cut- ting il down and making it even mote Inconvenient? J. B. LANE. Letttiklge, sounds like something nit of a toothpaste commercial. But it is the literal truth for thous- ands of Toronto children, thanks to fluoridation of the city's water supply. Records kept by the Toronto dental services, department and disclosed recently show that a remarkable improvement has taken place in the condition ot children's leeth since fluorides were placed in the water system in 1963. In 1963, the proportion of year-old children who had never had a cavity was 2S per 100. By 1969 it had risen to 42 per 100. The latest survey of kinder- garten children shows that 59.5 per cert were free of cavities [hat needed fixing. In 1938, ia the pre-fluoride era, me per- centage was 33.33, These statistics represent t rem.irliable reduction ia' pain for the youngsters and expense for their parents. They also represent a promise 'of betta: health for the rising generation. The claims of the advocates of fluoridation row seem fully jus-' laled. At the same lime, the warn- ings of the anti-fluoridationists have proved unfounded. After more them five years of drink- Ing fluoridated water, the peo- le have not had their limbs fan off nor become miodJess robots. LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THF. HEKAl.P Rescue workers strug- gled through huge heaps of rub-' ble In two earthquake dev- astated towns in southern Iran today as estimates (X the death toll climbed to last night in Toronto, lo become the 1WO Allan Cup champions. 1930 Prospects are bright- er for a settlement between mi- ners of Gait Collieries and the mine management, follow- 3. J. Mclntyre, pred- Ing Iho election of a new slate ot Ihe International Coal of officers at a dent and Coke Company announced today that the majority of the 104 coke oven operated in Cole- man will be closed down due to "general conditions." The Kirkland Blue Devils defeated the C a 1 gary meeting heM ttts week. am Due to the Inefficiency end deficits resulting from the city-owned street car service, city council Is giving serious consideration (o suspending the public service. The Uthbridge Herald 504 Tib St. S., Lethhridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, bj Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN ttcmt aim JJiJ atfhuilln NiTr.tnr WU AflodaUn AodH Bareu rf ClfciliUoM O.EO W. MOWERS, Ultgr ind PitMtr THOMAS 1. ADAMS, Ctctril Kanifcr )OE BAT 10T r. DOUOLAS K. MwUI rn> MM KIIIIW THE HERALD StlVtt THE JOUrrf _, ;