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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Ontario's Equal Pay Law Fails To Help Nurses By nOSEMAKV SPE1I1S TORONTO (CP) Despite Ontario's equal pay legisla- tion, female registered nursing assistants in hospitals across (lie province are paid an aver- age a month less than male orderlies with less training and responsibility. It seems a clear case of dis- crimination. But M. E. How- ard, director of the Ontario employment standards branch, says there is no legal way the province can force the hospi- tals to give tliis group of wom- an workers equal pay. "We feel registered nursing assistants do a much more re- sponsible job than the order- lies, but they don't do the same job so we can't do anything about Mr. Howard explain- ed in a recent interview. The case points to a critical i fact more responsible than failure in the Ontario Equal both the nursing aides and the Pay Act, which says that wom- en working in the same esta- blishment as men must get equal pay for doing the same work. By extension, the criti- cism applies too, to the federal and other provincial equal pay acts which are modelled on the male orderlies. Since tire duties of the regis- tered nursing assistants Ontario legislation. In a recent court ease, volvc more not the same skill, effort and responsibility than those of male orderlies, they get no protection under (lie law. "We'd go after the situation tire Ann Lande rs DEAR ANN LANDERS: This is an answer to the reader from Port Jen-is, New York, who wrote about a friend who committed suicide. Last December a pal of mine killed him- self. Another friend attempted suicide three times in the past 14 months. 1 tried to take my own life a few years ago. We all had promising futures and financial security but we lacked one thing the ability to relate to others. I stopped wanting to kill myself when I realized my death would make a difference. That somebody really cared. If people want to help, they can. Here a few things everyone can do: Smile more even to people you don't know. Touch people. Look them in the eye. Let them know you are aware they exist. Be concerned about those you work with. Listen when they speak to you. Spend an extra minute. If someone has a problem let him tell you about it. Sometimes just listening means more than you'll ever know. To those who are in n depression, say this: "Everybody has highs and lows. Nobody is on top of the world all the time. You'll crawl back up again if you give yourself a chance. Tomorrow will be better." You could save a Me without realizing it by letting a depressed person know he has value. He counts. Somebody cares. 1 care. 27 DEAR TWENTY-SEVEN: So do I. That makes two people right there. Thank you for a wonderful letter. tf DEAR ANN LANDERS: I've written you four letters a week apart and torn tham all up but I can't get this off my mind, so here goes: I am seven months pregnant. On Mother's Day my hus- band didn't buy me a present. I would have settled for a card. I was very hurt but said nothing for three days Then finally I let him have it. He said 1 was crazy that Mother's Day was for mothers and I didn't qualify. I say I DID qualify. After a woman carries a child for seven months, she feels like a mother. Is a mother a mother only AFTER she has' a child? Please answer. This is Important. Roz DEAR HOZ- H a woman is a mother before her child Is born she can also be a widow before her husband dies, a mother-in-law before her child marries and a sister before her mother has another child. Now do you get the point? I Ontario Court of Appeal tried j to broaden the interpretation of I the Ontario act to cover such loopholes. The court ordered Toronto's Greenacres Home for the Aged to give equal pay to female nursing aides and male orderlies on the grounds their jobs involve the same 1 skill, effort and responsibility although they are not identical. GETS XO PROTECTION However, even tins liberal interpretation does not apply to female registered nursing assistants, whose jobs are in I tals. pretty vigorously if the jobs Mr. Howard said. "As it is, our hands are tied.' Although the orderlies argue that their jobs cany heavy re- sponsibilities, Mr. Howard says many may do little more than act as porters. Registered nursing assistants take a nine-month course at the College of Nursing and are required to have a basic Grade 12 education. Orderlies need only a Grade 9 diploma and Both are involved in lifting iuid clothing patients and other aspects of bedside care. Heavy lifting falls to the orderlies but they do noi share in the regis- tered nursing assistants' re- sponsible duties of administer- ing pills and changing dress- ings following operations. KATES ARE VARIED Under pressure from unions, a handful of Ontario's 2CO hospi- tals this year brought registered nursing a s sistanls' salaries close to those of orderlies. But a sampling of hospitals in different areas of the prov- ince shows these rates; Belle- ville General RKAs S370 to 5-100 a month, orderlies to Welland County General orderlies Hotel Dieu Windsor and River- S335, orderlies S440; To- derlies Since the law offers no help, Uie job of winning equal pay for female Iwspital staff is left up to the unions that bargain OmV a Lrliiue a ------J-------------- are trained on the job East well depending on the hospi-! orderlies S420 5150; Sault Ste. c r'nnni-nl cvr.z nr- Marie or- Friday, Auguit 14, 1970 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 15 for wage rates. Al Ilearne, Canadian vice- president of the Service Em- ployees International Union repVesenling workers in about BO of the 100 unionized hospi- tals, says union negotiators "are working as hard as they can to eliminate pay differen- tials." Changes are coming gradual- ly, he says, but he hopes the inequalities will be eliminated in SEIU hospitals in the next few years. Mr. Howard however, has no patience with unions that agree temporarily to different pay lists for male and female em- ployees. "I'd like to prosecute all "the unions who negotiate different rates." he says grim- ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bidg. 328-4095 CURTAIN WEIGHT Marbles put in the hem of your shower curtain will weight the curtains down and prevent air currents from blowing the curtains in the shower. CASH BINGO ST. BASIL'S HAU-Cor. 13th St. and 6lh N. FRIDAY, AUGUST Hth-8 O'CLOCK BLACKOUT JACKPOT 52 NUMBERS 4th and 8th Games in 7 NUMBERS-12th Game S40 LUCKY DRAW S CARDS FOR OR 25c EACH Person! Under 16 Yeart Not Allowed SPONSORED BY St. BASIL'S MEN'S CLUi Lethbndge Girl On Guiding Tour By CHRISTINE PU11L Heralll Staff Writer Noreen Reilander. a Leth- bridge Girl Guide and student at Catholic Central High repre- sented Alberta during Carousel their choice of where they, wanted to visit. j "The city of Montreal is very nice and so modem. Everything is UP- Bllt 'he peo- ple rush around a lot." Canada, an Intel-provincial tour "Quebec city is my favorite of guides to celebrate the 60th place Everyone was so nice to year of guiding in Canada. us The drivers would go Miss Reilander said. 'There of[ routes just to teke us were so many really great things about the trip to Quebec, that I couldn't name just one." One of the two guides chosen from Alberta, she said being some place and people would stand up on the buses for us." While in Quebec city they stayed in St. Andrew's hostel and at the Rosedale hostel and 6 and spent the first eight days in a northern Montreal with 70 other guides across Canada. Include; in Miss Hollander's scrapbook of the trip are many badges and homemade items swapped with other guides from across Canada. Her favorites are a lobster trap and tiny claw mounted on felt from Nova Scotia, a felt and plastic rose from Rose- mere and a wooden sugar house from Quebec. "They are so original and show all the work the girls she said. After the camp the giu'des split into three groups and had Every kind of fashion you camp can imagine is worn in Quebec, from I she said, from granny skirts right up to the micro-minis. Although Miss Reilander was interested in Brownies there as no Brownie pack near her home and she waited until join- ing Girl Guides four years ago. She has just received her Gold Cord the Ugliest honor in guiding and plans to continue. The future for guiding seems very bright to her. Badge work is being modernized in relation to current trends and happen- ings as well as other new ideas which are being imple- mented. SWAP COLLECTION Noreen Reilander, a lethbridge Girl Guide displays a few of the many items she traded with other guides from across Canada while in Quebec during Carousel Canada, an interproyiricial touring of guides. Deaf Graduate LEEDS, England (CP) A 26-year-old woman student at Leeds University in Yorkshire gained a degree with honors in reading the lips of her lecturers. Daphne Payne, who has been deaf since she was eight years old, said after her success: "I hope it will in- spire others." Alberta likes it on the light side Three Feathers Rye Whisky is blended for today's trend to lightness. Enough four year old to keep it lively enough eight year old to make it smooth. More and more Albertans are joining the light brigade. What's lighter than a feather? 1THREE FEATHERS CANADIAN PARK TILFORD DISTILLERIES LTD Cake Decoration To decorate a child's cake with black-eyed Susans, arrange five pieces of orange candy com around a centre of small black gumdrops. Hats Back Again By LUCIE NOEL PARIS (AP) Shorter hair- cuts, meaning smaller heads, have given new hope to Paris milliners. For several years, the milli- ners and hair stylists have been waging an undeclared war. Up to now it was victory7 for the coiffeurs, and the result that only five top-name milli- ners have survived. High fashion houses also have been cutting in on the tradi- THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes g-'i "We can bake that salmon we bought with parsley because with Russia and China feuding among themselves who knows what Willie McCoyey will bat this tional milliners, with their own hat departments. They all show headdresses with their collec- tions to complete the fashion look, but try to get away from "that thing called a hat." But Mme. Paulette, the dean of the traditional milliners, has looked at the new hairstyles and says are necessary They are being accepted again." Millinery buyers are reported to be placing big orders. ACCESSORIES MATCHED Accessories have been gives new emphasis this season. Cou- turiers are matching them up, often to hats. Balmain teams tweed turbans with top boots. Cardin matches tight jersey bonnets with gloves. Paulette plays with sweeping plumed musketeer styles, done in melusine, or drapes tartar turbans hi pat- terned wools or precious bro- cade mixed with fur. Jacques Pinturier fits pieces of felt and fur together as in a puzzle. Makeup, too, comes in for evolution this season. Elizabeth Arden says the purpose is "not to disguise but to transfigure." Focus is on cheeks, eyes and brows. Cheekbones come in for a glossy touch. Thickly eye- lashed eyes are given a dreamy look by delicately colored shad- ows, borrowed from butterfly colors. 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