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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Son of Social Credit original Low drug expert CALGARY (CP) Before Ken Low joined Ihe Calgary public school board last fall as drug education co-ordina- tor, he was called at limes a "hippie" and a "drug addict." While with Ihe Calgai-y Drug Information Centre, he had heated discussions with officials who, he said, didn't understand his method of dealing with the drug prob- lem. But the situation has changed since the son of the late Solon of the originals of Ihe Social Credit the Jl.OOO-a- month position. There are a few skeptics who even now may assess him on the basis of his shoul- der-length blonde hair and a green molcrcycle he rides to work. "Two years ago things were he said in an inter- view. "After speaking at lec- tures to parents, adults and doctors the typical reaction I received was: 'I didn't know hippies could make any sense "It was really kind of a blow to their stereotype to liave somebody come in and talk like a human being. After this I felt iT I cut mv hair and holds great respect for his father who died in IMS. Solon Low, once Alberta's education minister and a juve- nile and family court judge at Lelhbridge and Medicine Hat, was national leader of the So- cial Credit Party for 16 years. "My father was a man who fought very hard for his prin- ciples. He wasn't about to be backed into a corner by any- body." His son, who left a strict Mormon upbringing, started drug research while studying psychology at the University of Calgary's unte school. During four years of research, he said he tried just about every kind of drug. "I was studying drugs at the time and found the whole Party spokesmen called flunkies EDMONTON (CP) Gordon Wright, NDP candi- fors at a political rally this I date in Edmonton Bclmont, told week crilicized representatives of all four parties campaigning for Ihe Aug. M Alberta election. About 200 Metis from various parts of the province used the English and Cree languages to blast the party leaders for sending "flunkies" to the meet- put on a uniform of the mid- Social Credit, Progressive Con- dle-class working people, I j servalive, Liberal and New was in a sense going to be for- Democratic parties were told tified in their stereotypes." they were "flunkies" and "ju- FAMILY MAN The 29-year-old drug expert could be called a rebel, but he's a family man, with a and two chjldren. who the session the native people of Alberta are entitled to consider- able financial assistance which I slrauld be channelled through Ihe native association for them to decide what is needed. j Rod Woodcock, Liberal can- didate in Edmonton said the na-1 ing instead of attending them- j person's biggest problem is selves. i while people. Candidates representing the j "I feel like a stranger in the land I've considered my Mr. Woodcock said. The Conservatives, i! elected, j would listen to the natives at all limes on all issues. Lou j Hyiidman, candidate in Edmon- ton Glenora, (old the meeting. nior executives" and their pres- ence at the meeting meant the Melis have again "been ignor- ed as we are used lo dealing i top level people." Population drift continues from small to big centres He said the Conservatives are committed to providing public funds to assist with loans and incentives to be managed by the natives for their own social, economic and educational ad- vancement. Don Hamilton. Social Credit candidate in Edmonton, White- mud, said the provincial gov- OTTAWA (CP) First re- 1 from the big cities or larger j eminent has already been suits of this year's census show j communities to smaller centres praised by the Metis Associa- a continued drill, of population I of population will not greatly af-j lion of Alberta "for its readi- from small centres of papula- feel Hie small communities' to- ness to support and work realis- lion to Ihe big cities and their tabs. lically with Hie native people o[ suburbs. Statislies Canada re- j BOUNDARIES CHANGli the province." ported Monday. gome comnal.i50ns between The federal statistics bureau, the 1971 and the 1966 data can- which conducted the census last June 1. released preliminary population counts for about towns, villages, townships and rural municipalities. Compared with figures from the partial census of 19C6, most population counts were down, except in cases where the smaller community is a suburb of a larger one. Statistics Canada said its pre- liminary figures are subject lo revision. In many cases, people who were at temporary ad- j not be made because of changes in city, town or village bounda- ries during that period, the bu- reau added. Most of the communilies re- ported on Monday had popula- tions of less than some as small as Lac Poulin, with a population of two in both and 1971. and Silver S.iixls, Alta.. with Laugh-In slar weds aclrcss HONOLULU (Rcutcr) Dick Martin, co-star of television's Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, j population of two wcd ML'Eh acLress Dclll.v nead this vear and none in since m Pnvatc at a sea- it was incorporated the Slde resort near Wallakl Sm' last five years. The largest increase renoried I Martin's lawyer, Ed Hooks- eported I at holels, in j was Drummondville, Que., with (treatten, said none of Martin's hospitals or at boarding schools (Ms yecr with somewhat i friends, including co-star Dan -on Ihe day of the census j changed boundaries compared I Rowan! knew of wedding plans. should be counted in their j wild 23.21C in ISOO. Martin, V married mice be- places of permanent residence I Lauzon, yue., population de-! fore, was divorced in 1964. it Revised figures will he issued early next year. But transferring these counts dined by 76 to 12.801 from 12.877. Dundas, Out., rose to from 15.501. was Uie first marriage for Miss Read, described by friends as in her late 20s. phenomenon of drugs interest- ing. I was collecting data on drugs and decided the only way to learn about Uicm was through experience." He helped start the Calgary Drug Information Centre. M1XED-UP PEOPLE "The centra was set up to deal with two major areas- public and individual educa- tion and crisis assistance. It could keep itself going just on middle-aged housewives there s an awful lot of very mixed-up lonely people out there He docsn'l make any dis- tinction among alcohol and to- bacco and such drugs as LSD, marijuana or hashish. "Just because some drugs happen to be lega1 and people think it's OK to use them doesn't make them a special drug. People use all of these drugs in much the same way." As a druk education co-ordi- nator, he administers infor- mation programs that are provided to teachers and stu- dents in public schools on a compulsory basis. Often he gets calls through- out the night front people who are having drug problems. "I hear and see. more kids that are messed up because of their parents." He also doesn't believe that drug use is a legal problem. "It's an individual, medical and social problem. By mak- ing it Ihe job of police to look after it we hfive performed the typical copout of our soci- ety, of sweeping all of the dif- ficult ar.d thorny problems over to the hands of the po- lice." LEGAL TIKVGS As vice-chairman of the Al- berta commission on alcohol and drug abuse, he says it's an "academic question" whelher certain drugs should become legal. "The threat of prosecution and detection is so low and Ihe number of users so high that drugs might just as well be legal There were no easy answers to solving Ihe drug problem. "If governments w ere really serious they would try to understand people are using intoxicants generally. Host people don't understand their own drug use, they don't understand their alcohol or to- bacco use. Because it's not an effective teclmique lo prevent anybody from using drags, he doesn't tell kjcls lo keep away from thi'ir.. "I try to point out as fac- lually as I can what Ihe dan- gers are and what attrac- tions are so they can weigh the p'.-os and cons. CO-ORDINATOR Ken Low, drug education co- ordinator for the Calgary Public School Board, tried just about every kind of drug during four years of research while studying psychlogy ot the University of Colgory's graduate school. He is a son of Solon Low, late of Ray- mond and Lelhbridge, national leader of the Social Credit Parly for 16 years who died in 1962. crop in si OTTAWA (CP) While Ihe recent outbi cak of Bertha army worms has been "one helluva blow" to Prairie rapesced grow- ers, the problem now is to find markets for a 100-million bushel crop ripening on the fields. Alvin Hamilton said here. The former Conservative agri- culture minister, who made a personal survey with Stan Kor- chinski on the rapesced situation for Conserva- tive Leader Robert Stanficld, reported that only 40 per cent of the 5-million acre Prairie rape- seed crop has been affected by a recent outbreak of army worms. Of the affected crop, about 80 per cent was about 10 per cent infested. Anolher 10 per cent was about 25 per cent damaged and the remaining 10 per cent was about half damaged. Mr. Hamilton said in an interview. Despite the lo.cses. however, much of the remaining crop is ''absolutely a bumper.'' He estimated that, "as a wild guess based on past crops." about 100 million bushels o[ the oilseed will be harvested this year, up from about 72 million in 1970. CROP TREMENDOUS' "Although its no consolation for a mail who has had big i chunks of his crop gobbled up by a worm, there's a tremen- dous crop out there." Gxporli of rapeseed, however, rose to only about 45-million bushels last year, he said. What's needed now are sub- stantial efforts to sell this year's crop. Mr. Hamilton also empha- sized the need for federal assist- ance to farmers toward the cost of Lajinate, a chemical used to combat the worms. He said Ihe federal ban on DDT, a much more effective in- secticide, led farmers to buy the more costly Lannate. As a re- siill, Ihe federal government should pick up Ihe tab for one- Uiird of the cost of the chemi- cal. He suggested the rapeseed- prcducing provinces would be willing to pay about a third of the cost as well. JueiJay, Augvit 74, 7971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID J7 Calgary shuts door on holiday bylaw CALGARY TCP) Council' The move came after council firmly shut the doors on a pro-' heard numerous submissions, posed bylaw which would have including two on behalf of ma- required all businesses in the 't jor business, city lo close on statutory noli-' Boih lawyers said the bylaw, days. Candidate dismissed, from board as it stood, was unenforceable and emphasized this was the fault not of the city legal de- partment but of provincial leg- islation. COUNCIL BLASTED Orlando Campo, initiator of Ihe bylaw proposal and chair- man of the municipal affairs committee of the Calgary Lab- i or Council, flashed out at coun- cil after the lfl-2 decision to EDMONTON (CP) The abandon the bylaw. Edmonton Native Brolherhood I "City council showed abjp- Society has dismissed Joe ;Jer- lutely no moral responsibility in credi from its board of cover- the art of trying lo govern cer- nors. t.iin business not interested in Adam Chalifoux. the society anything but making a buck." vice-prc-sidcnt. said Mr. Mer-; Mr. Campo said he was not credi was dismissed for a concerned with forcing smaU number of reasons, including j businesses such as corner stores bis candidacy in the Edmonton to close on statutory holidays Whitemud constituency for the bui was concerned about large New Democratic Parly in the operations such as some drug Aug. 30 provincial elcclion. He and furniture stores, declined to name the olher rea-! "This bylaw will do most sons. hcrm to those people least able Mr Chalifoux said the so- i lo protect Mayor cictv "could not tolcrale any Rod Sykes replied. "It is a bad board member getting in'.o piece of legislation and we politics and still being on Lhe should abandon it." board Earlier, he said the bylaw Mr. Mcrcrcdi had no com- would "sentence many small- ment. store owners to death." fobs don'l grow on frees. They grow from the initiative and enterprise of the private sector. That's a plain fact of economic life. And here's another one. The most promising growth opportunity in a decade is staring you right in the face Righl now. If you're ambitious to grow along with Canada, this is the time to start. In (he past year, we've contained inflation more successfully than any other country with a free economy. Economists (both inside and outside the Government] are predicting that Canada is at the beginning of a new period of growth. Things are moving. Companies are expanding. Opportunities are opening up. But we can do much better still. This is no time for undue pessimism; no time for silting back and waiting to snn what happens. Now (while the growing is good) is a lime for building and expanding inlo new mnrkels and new product areas. There are thousands of skilled people ready and anxious to help you build your business and Canada Manpower Centres are just as ready lo help you find (hem. If necessary, they can arrange the training of people you need, and help Ihem relocate lo wherever you need them for more productive employment. Canada Manpower economists and researchers are ready to help in their own field, too with analyses of market polenlial in every part of the country, with detailed reports covering the probable effects of technological change in your industry and in your company with whatever facts and figures you need (o take advantage of existing opportunities and to create new ones. Just how far and how fast Canada will grow in the next few years is very much for you to decide. The stimulus must come from your energy, your enterprise and your confidence in the future of this country, We're ready lo grow when you are. The forecast is favourable. The people are available. And the Government has plans to help with all kinds of business expansion programmes. Now lef s. get Manpower Main-d'oeuvre and Immigration et Immigration ;