Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE August Further thoughts on impeachment One- of .Nixon's strategic arguments against impeachment (and it is >til! ne- made in vain hope that it will stem the tide i is that, considering the problems facing the I'nited States, im- peachment of the president is ill ad- vised. The White House has spoken repeated- ly about the dangers of eroding the presidential position when strong leadership is needed to settle problems ut inflation, trade, monetary reform, strategic arms limitation and the whole gamut ot international problems The rhetorical question has been asked, is it in the best interests of the I' S to force impeachment and trial at a time like this" On a partisan level, the same argu- ment iP Parliament again 'iu- minister only speed the abortion Irom the Criminal THE CASSEROLE Headers may recall the world-wide furore m 1970 and 1971 over the infamous tiger-cage priMin on Con Son Island, denounced In Amnesty International as "the worst hellhole of all for political prisoners One conse- quence of the international outcry was that the prison commandant. Colonel Van Ve. was relieved of his command. But not for long lie lias been reappointed and once again is lord and master ot the sombre little- island Doctors claim that hockey helmets and mouth pieces have done their job admirably, they've greatly reduced the incidence ot head injuries and damaged teeth among younger hockey players Now they're working on some sort of visor attachment, to cut down on eye injuries. No one would want it any other way. perhaps, but one parent was heard to remark, rather wistlulv. "Wouldn't it be nice il HIM once a problem could he solved without Hicre being something more to buy'1" ot the most bizarre proposals pri'S'-nied in recent years comr.s from a group of engineers an if scientists representing Acre-, Consulting Services Lid of i'oionto They -enough suggest that loi i v warehouses, storage facilities power ilations. r aaJ .itwage treatmcrit plain-- and sorts of commercial and industrial luciiiius should be relocated underground The nic.i is to "save valuable surtace space lor pleasant things like parks." But there'll bo fringe benefits too. like helping office workers keep their minds on (he job. by eliminating such distractions as windows to look out of. traffic noises, etc. Thev're talking about doing this in Canada, and believe it or not, they're serious' ERIC NICOL Canadian content Televising the impeachment proceedings against President .Nixon raises serious ques- tions about Canadian content. Canadian TV networks have carried significant amounts of the Watergate drama, to the detriment of this country's actors, writers and technicians So far as is known, none ol the impeach- ment committee Congressmen has a work permit from the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists. All across Canada, artists who ordinarily would be employed for regional summer replacements are selling socks in department stores. As Lord Acton All power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts a lot of people who can't afford it. During the past two years Nixon has done immense damage to the earning power of Canadian entertainers. He is without a doubt the worst president Canada ever had One thing you had to give President Eisenhower: he didn't steal bread out of the mouths of Juliette and Friends. If the CBC and CTV are going to run extend- ed episodes of the impeachment proceedings, it is reasonable to ask them to hire a Cana- dian i ACTRA) actor as a standby president of the United States. He should be paid whatever Nixon is being paid to portray Ihe chief executive of the American republic. Similarly the Canadian networks ought to have standby performers for the American Congressmen, lawyers, judges, and their wives. (Every time one of the cast of the Watergate drama calls a press conference, his wife is by his side. She doesn't say anything, but she silently expresses loyalty. integrity and democratic-ally constituted sex There are dozens of Canadian actresses eager to play the part, lor union scale, non- speaking role, As for us writers, if we go to a Canadian radio or television producer with an idea for a courtroom drama series, his twitch goes into overdrive. He cannot justify blowing part of his budget on a form of entertainment that can be pot free, simply by plugging in to the 1 .S Senate Special prosecutor Leon Jawor- ski provides Perry Mason without the residuals. Neither ot the Canadian TV nets can afford to produce suspense drama with as large a cast as that of Watergate. At the rate that Nixon's aides are going to jail, the CBC would have to shoot its entire bundle on one series, with no real hope of being competitive Very sensibly, they are re-running Jalna instead Already in a clavs with (iunsmoke. in terms of length ol run The Impeachment of Nixon may well be extended into the fall before we have the final episode. And what an episode that will be. Pity the author of the Canadian TV play that falls into the same time slot as Nixon la tearfully bidding adieu to the White House, or tearfully thanking the American people for renewing his lease. Either way, the damage will have been done The cultural colony that is Canada will have bcc-n exposed for so long to the U.S government spec-fade of itself, that filling the gap will .simply be beyond the capability of Wayne and Shuster. For these reasons, it is reasonable to ask Canada's television and radio networks to cancel The Richard Nixon Show. Forthwith. Regardless of its Niclson rating. They can replace it temporarily with A Musical Interlude, or one of those National Film Board sensitive studies of Arctic muskeg in labor Anything to buy time for Canadian performers to take political corrup- tion, deceit, obstruction of justice and kindred arts and give them the stamp of a tru- ly Canadian identity Economic policy needed from Ottawa By Dian Cohen, syndicated commentator The govern- ment seems to have backed itself info j corner. It is dif- ficult to which way economic will go when it decides to move out. Last week the government, through Bank of Canada. raised the bank rate to its historic high of 9'i per cent. This should not be interpreted as a signal of where the government wants to take money and credit policy. On the contrary, the government is FOLLOWING rather than leading the trend of interest rates. For some significant time, changes in the bank rate which seems to make the biggest headlines have come AFTER all the really important interest rates have been raised by the chartered banks. This time round, it was little more than an acknowledgement that the government's idea of what borrowed money should cost was out of line with what the chartered banks think it should cost. There are even indications that the government didn't want to raise the bank rate at all. For one thing, there are signs the economy is slowing dramatically. For another, Ottawa has to borrow a lot of "One female, males, the trimmings, hold the blue eyes Abortion justice unsatisfactory By Rob Bull, Herald Quebec commentator MO.VPHKAL After more :han four years of court procedures, tlit- machinery ot ,1'istice in Que.be'1 has finally obtained a conviction of Dr. Henry Morgentaler. who has admitted to performing between H.OOO and 7.000 abor- tions. The conviction and sentence were obtained despite the fact that a mixed jury of Quebec' :rund the doctor not guilty because he performed a competent medical act. VsMK-Mte Chief Justice .'ames K of the Court of Queen's Bench sentenced the doctor after be- ing ordered to do so by the Quebec Appeals Court. At the present time the law permits- abortions only after the- woman wishing one has applied tor it before a special hospital committee. Morgentaler performed Ins thousands of operations in a clinic In bis judgment. Judge Hugess'-n said: "The accused says he does not respect the present law "Tins is certainly his right and perhaps his duty in a democratic society whose es- sence it is to allow every citi- to speak and fight his ut- most against laws which he considers wrong or unjust. "The law does not require respec't. It demands obedience." Because Dr. Morgentaler did not obey the law, he was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison and forbidden for a three-year period to perform abortions except in an approv- ed hospital. Presumably after three years he may be permitted to perform abortions again in his clinic. He is free at present pending his appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. One factor in the length of time it took to convict Dr. Morgentaler was his able lawyer. Claude-Armand Shep- pard. Another was that the authorities found it difficult to find any woman willing to testify against him. The trial has been surround- ed in controversy with pro- and anti-abortion groups at- tacking journalists who dis- agreed with their points of view and exerting what pressure they could on official procedures. But the main reason Dr. Morgentaler was able to re- main free for as long as he has is because the law on abortion is practised differently in different parts of Canada. Once more, there is ap- parently one law for Quebec and another for the rest of the country. Federal Justice Minister Otto Lang recently said that some hospitals are showing a tendency to offer what could be considered abortion on demand. He neglected to mention that most hospitals in Quebec either have no abortion com- mittees, have quotas on abor- tions or allow only a very small number of them. Dr. Peter Gillett of Montreal General Hospital testified that only one French- language hospital in Montreal has an abortion committee. The result is that French- Canadian women are not offered the same services here that they would have in other parts of Canada. If Mr. Lang is concerned about some hospitals overstepping the law he should also start worrying about those which are un- derstepping it. Dr. Morgentaler was able to continue his practice because the majority of hospitals in this province were not doing their job. because he had the support of a signifi- cant number of the province's physicians who recommended patients to him and because the service he offered was a safe and efficient one available at low price. Quebec women who want an abortion and can afford it go by the thousands annually to neighboring New York. There they receive the same service Dr. Morgentaler offered but under medicare. Those who could not pay the transportation costs came to Dr. Morgentaler. They will continue to seek out abor- tionists but now, instead of a competent physician, they will go instead to the butchers. Even the New York clinics may not be particularly safe. Anti-abortion extremists have taken to bombing them. Dr. Morgentaler is not a particularly good martyr. fie admits that he has made LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Industrial development a comfortable living from his practice, and while entangling the law in its own procedures lost no chance to mock it at every opportunity, perform- ing an abortion on national television and telling news conferences after every court appearance that he was returning to perform more. Judpe Hugesscn recognized that Dr. Morgentaler was ef- ficient. "The danger which the ac- cused represents." he said, "is to the public values and the public interest in the protection of the unborn fetus." This brings a new element into Canadian jurisprudence on the subject and one which has not, perhaps, been fully considered by the country's legislators. Dr. Lise Fortier, a Universi- ty of Montreal professor and senior member of the obstetrics and gynecology department at Notre Dame Hospital, testified at Dr. Morgentaler's trial that the male sperm and female ovum are "living organisms." Asked at what point "we reach the complete human being." she said life does not start at a given moment but is a continuing affair. -Such an approach applied to law would logically ban all birth-control procedures. There is less and less of a dialogue between those who feel a woman's right to an abortion is a matter for herself and her doctor and those who do not agree. The present legislation is unclear and, according to the federal justice minister, applied differently in different places. The courts, even the Supreme Court of Canada, are not the place to settle this matter. Parliament should make a decision soon. To aid it in its task, perhaps it should be noted that laws money itself this year, and it is no more anxious than anyone else to pay higher interest rates. For a third, 1970 is still close enough for Ottawa to remember that a credit crunch in a slowing economy would contribute less to a reduction of inflation than to an increase, in un- employment next year. The Bank of Canada has been hauling in the growth of the money supply, thereby making it tough for the chartered banks to satisfy all the demands made on them for loans. The banks have also been held until last week to an agreement reached in Winnipeg last year, that they wouldn't raise the rates paid on short term deposits. That's been another crimp in the banks' ability to lend out money. But while the government has been content to impose this moderately restrictive credit policy, it has also been content to let the chartered banks sidestep it by playing a perfectly legitimate game called "swaps." Here's how swaps works. Say you go to a bank with What's the best rate they will give you short-term? The bank says the best they can pay is on a U.S. dollar deposit. The bank goes to the money market and buys American dollars. At the same time, to be sure it can pay you otf in Canadian dollars when you want your money back, it sells the equivalent number of American dollars for future delivery in Canadian funds. This is called a fully hedged investment, and it is the same principle as hedging a bet so you can't lose. Ordinarily, this swap U.S. dollar deposit is used to buy an American asset. That way. there is no increase in the amount of money banks have to lend in Canada. But lately, the banks have been turning around and re selling the I' S dollars in the foreign ex- change market, collecting Canadian dollars, and lending them out in Canada. So banik loans have continued to ex- pand, even though the money supply has not been all that accommodating. The Bank of Canada would, apparently, have been happy to let this state of affairs con- linue. But a series of events forced to follow the chartered banks' lead in raising interest rates. First, the Bank of Montreal raised its prime lending rate during the election campaign. The other chartered banks didn't go along. Competitively, it made no difference to them if one of their number decided to charge MORE for the same service. But last week, the B of M raised its SAVINGS rate the rate it PAYS to attract funds. The other banks took this as a direct competitive threat: why should anyone bank with them when they can get more at the B of M? Once all the chartered banks increased their prime lending rates, the government had lit- tle choice but to tag along. It will now be October before we are likely to see much economic leadership come out of Ottawa. It is im- possible to determine the government's money and credit stance without knowing what its taxing policies will be And we won't know that until budget time. To think, that by the time we I agree with the sentiments expressed by Mrs. Jill Kotkas, (letter. July especially her statement "growth for growth's sake is the ecology of Ihe cancer cell." The proposal by the in- dustrial development officer that a precious eight million dollars be spent developing new industrial sites leaves me cold. I have no desire for the problems of air and water pollution, traffic congestion, increased crime etc. that mushroom along with in- dustrial ,ind population growth. Already the city coffers have opened to the tune of over four million dollars to construct a secondary sewage treatment plant that still doesn't adequately remove the waste matter poured into it by the meat packing and food processing industries. These industries were wooed here without even the stipulation that they must sub- ject their wastes to primary treatment, and it has taken pressure on city council by the provincial government to finally have some steps taken in this direction. I wonder also where the city plans on obtaining water to service a large industrial community, judging by the trickle of water that meanders down the Oldman River by late August. I realize that some expan- sion is necessary to provide adequate employment, however I would strongly urge city council to pay heed to Vera Ferguson's desire to emphasize the quality of liv- ing in our community, rather than size or quantity. In- dustrial development should progress in a carefully controlled manner, with in- dustries carefully screened as to their effect on our water and air resources. BECKY COUSINS Lethbridge banning abortion were as gut all this furniture paid for, satisfactory as the current we shall have genuine system. antiques! 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