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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta West youth uneasy by PAUL JACKSON Ih'ralil Ottawa Itnrcrni OTTAWA Alberta and Brit- ish Columbia youth are becom- ing increasingly frustrated with what they feel is a restrictive ;iml irrelevant educational sys- tem, This, more than anything, ap- pears to be the chief complaint of t h c youlli of the two far western provinces as contain- ed in It's Your Turn, the report by the committee on youlli to stale secretary Gerard Pclletier. Other areas of great concern include the drug scene and the role of the police in enforcing stiff laws on soft drug users while seemingly ignoring to as great an extent the "criminal" pushers of hard drugs and a lark of real democracy in Cana- dian governments. In a province by province .survey, Alberta and B.C. come through wilh similar views on a number of subjects, although British Columbia youth lends to be more firm in its demands. Alberta high school students, says the report, are restless and frustrated by their lack of power in determining what they will study. They express great interest in the ideas of free schools with open curricula- Students believe the class- room should develop fundament- al learning and thinking pro- cesses used throughout life rath- er Mian be geared to learning huge volumes of facts soon lo be forgotten. They also com- plain about "incompetent" teaching staff who have little rapport or interest in the stu- dents. Like the Alberta students, British Columbia youth want lo sec uniform standards of educa- tion across the country- They feel uniform standards would end both inferior education in certain regions and the poten- tial loss of a schocl year by certain students because of difference in educational sys- j Alberta youth (ems. ron A JOB B.C. sludcnts feel that the education sysleni remains bas- ically geared lo training indivi- duals for a job. It ignores sug- gestions that it be directed to- wards (raining people to re- spond lo their environment and to make socio-economic and pol- itical decisions. "In high schools there is a direct correlation between de- gree of discontent and school size. Students in large second- ary schools complain of the fac- tory atmosphere. The most over- whelming satisfaction comes from students attending npen- prcgression, pupil involved schools such ns Carson Graham Secondary School in Vancouver and small independent schools, says Lhe report. The youth of the west coast province are particularly con- cerned about financial reslric- Lions which prevent Canadian youth enjoying full educational opportunities. They feel that un- iversity education still remains the preserve of tbe middle and upper classes. Many young peo- ple feel the government should at least investigate the feasibil- ity of establishing free univer- sities. The Canada Students' Loans Plan comes under heavy critic- ism. Many students find it im- possible to make up Uie differ- ence between a loan and the sum needed for an academic year. They feel the federal government should pro- vide loans to who have ID earn Ihc cost of living away from home to gst the education they desire or need. FOR EXPERIMENTING B.C. youth want federal sup- port for experimental educa- tional programs, but before secondary schools and univer- sities are eligible for any fed- eral support programs they de- mand both institutions meet certain conditions including having students' representatives on all governing bodies. Both Alberta and British Col- umbia are concerned about na- tive education. The B.C. report says that (lie majonly of Indi- an youth drop out after Grade The Alberta viewpoint is thai this is an indictment of an education system which does not relate to native people. "Within the present system, the Indian students' cultural background is denigrated. As a result, they have no motivation to equip themselves for a so- ciety which shuns Ihem." The report says that many- express concern about (he new patterns of drug use in Ihe province, particularly among the younger 13 to 15- year age group. A good number of Alberta youth expressed a concern that Ihc RCMP campaign to close all outlets of cannabis catalyzed an increased use of heroin and other hard drugs. British Columbia youth arc extremely suspicious of the po- lice and legal system. Drug use and the police's singling out of the young for harrassment were the major reasons for such altitudes. West coast youth suggested a c ha n g e in drug laws, cs. peciolly in regard lo soft drugs. Ilowcver, Ihe 210-page report conlinues, young people want facts about hard and soft drugs while, surprisingly per- haps, having mixed feelings on the question o I legalization. Many were highly concerned about the dangers of the hard drug heroin and its connections with organized crime which controls most of thai market. Young people feel that ar- rests for drug usage have little effect on the level of drug use. While all sectors of the younger population use soft drugs, mem- bers of the hip sub-culture, the most visible vulnerable drug users, bear the bnmt of legal prosecutions. British Columbia youth are highly concerned about the rise of police power. They see little difference between Canadian and American police, pointing out lhat there have been in- creasing incidents of Canadian police appearing in riot squad equipment and displaying open hostility. They say these ex cesses must be controlled by the municipalities. AUlEItTA UNEASY Tbe report says the relation ship of Alberta youth with the political systems is "uneasy to say the least." Moderate Al- berta youth simply suggested lowering the voting age to 18 a move already made in most the more radical in Alberta demanded a basic restructuring of the pol- itical system to permit effec- tive mass participation. Young people in British Col- umbia are extremely cynical about the political process. strictions on the voting age and the lock of avenues of influ- ence other than demonstrations have estranged most youth from traditional political involve menl. The younger person Ihrough- out British Columbia wants a voice in the decision making which governs his or her life, hut they are very cynical about tlie possibilities of satisfaction. The LctWnridge THIRD SECTION Letliliridge, Alberta, Saturday, August 20, 1971 PAGES 25-34 SHIP OWN'-HS, LONGSHOREMEN NEGOTIATING Edmund Flynn, Warehousemen's Union, sli down wilh their negoliating teams yeslerday right, white president of the Pacific Maritime Association, and Harry in San Francisco. It was the first coaslwide negotiating session since the Bridges, left centre, president of the International Longshoremen's and dock strike shuldown 24 ports between Canada and Mexico on July 1, Higher priority seen for preventive health JL v _B_ TO HELP PRESS PARIS (Reuter) Interior Minister Raymond Marcellin has ordered the appointment in France of special "press police- men" to help reporters during riots or street demonstrations. The officers, to be selected from police ranks, mil have sufficient seniority to mediate in quarrels between police and reporters during demonstrations. Adult High School Lethbridge Community College School of Continuing Education FALL SEMESTER Preparatory and Matriculation classes begin Wednesday, September 1, or Thursday, September 2, ond end Wednesday, December 15 or Thursday, De- cember 16. Upgrading classes begin Monday, Sept. 27th and end Thursday, Dec. 9th. Each course operates two evenings per week p.m. throughout the schedule COURSES OFFERED HIGH SCHOOL PREPARATORY BIOLOGY 120 TT CHEMISTRY 120 MW ENGLISH 120 TT FRENCH 120 MW MATHEMATICS 110 MW MATHEMATICS 120 MW PHYSICS 120 TT HIGH SCHOOL MATRICULATION BIOLOGY 130 MW CHEMISTRY 130 TT ENGLISH 130 TT FRENCH 130 TT MATHEMATICS 130.......... MW MATHEMATICS 131 ..........TT PHYSICS 130............... MW SOCIAL STUDIES 130 MW UPGRADING Basic English TT F'iglisn 80 TT Mathematics BO MW Science 80 MW TT indicates classes will operate each Tuesday and Thursday MW indicates classes will operate each Monday and Wednesday Courses labelled 130 are equivalent to the regular Grade XII level subjects Courses labelled 120 are equivalent to the regular Grade XI level subjects Courses labelled 110 are equivalent to the regular Grade X level subjects CREDITS RECEIVED MAY BE USED FOR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR FOR COLLEGE CREDIT FEES: per coufio NOTE: Students registered in a regular high ichool may not register in Ihe evening High School Program without permission of tho principal of the high school Application! musl be accompanied by o deposit of which will be included in tile (olal cosl at each course. Balance of fees are due and payable on open- ing nigh! of the class. Prospective students arc encouraged to register r-orly Tuition fees listed far each course are hosed on the lenglh of Ihe course and the materials and equipmenl provided Rcgislralion may be made in person al tho College or by mailing (lie complet- ed application form together with Ihe re- quired fee The College reserves tho right to with- draw any course for which Ilicre is in- sufficient demand People who have registered in a course which has to be cancelled will bo notified and will hnve their fees refunded For Furllicr Information Please Contact: SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION Lcthbmlac Community College Lehbridgo, Alberta 327-2141 REGISTRATION FORM Please complete Ihis form ond relurn il, logclher with the prescribed fee, to the School of Continuing Education, Lelh- bridgc, Albcrla. Name Address.......................... Telephone...... Occupation I wish to register in tho following course Course Name Fee: Course Nomo Fee: Receipt No.............Data By GLENNIS ZILM EDMONTON1 (CP) It could be thst preventive health the branch of medicine lhat keeps you from getting sick- instead of caring for you after you are will get higher priority in Alborla. There will lie "subsUnlial increases1' in the budget lor prevent ive health services as part of a new look at the de- of health care in the province, Ray Speaker, minis- ter of health and social devel- opment, said in rtn interview. One r-rca that will benefit under the neu' approach. Mr. Speaker1 said, is mental health care. This area has been under fire for alinosl two years since the 1969 release of a report by Dr. R. N. Blair, headed a govern- ment-sponsored study into Al- berta's mental health care. The study made 189 recom- mendations. "Our facilities and expendi- ture per capita are equal to or greater lhan (.hose of Ihe ma- jority of provinces in Can- ada." Mr. Speaker said. "But at this point in time we're the whole ap- proach to the delivery of men- ial health care." THY NEW APPROACH In the past, the province bad placed emphasis on insti- tutional care facilities. Now, the priority was to get belter mental health as close lo Ihe individual as possible and (o provide care as early as possible. In the long nm il will be more efficient and less costly, he said. "In two r.r three years we can bo leaders MI the field of mental health services 'n Can- ada." He said Albert a spends about million of the million provincial health budget on preventive services. There's also about 52.5 million spent on prevention out of million in the social de- velopment budget. "We could double that and it's not that much increase in the over-all brdget, but lo Ihe preventive services it's a lot of difference." Mental hcallh is a vital part of the over-all, program and will be stressed accordingly, Mr. Speaker said. "But it won't be an island unto ikelf. It's a component of all programs." JOINT KFF011T As well he has set up a committee which will meet with him as chairman. As a planning committee, it, com- prises the chairmen of the hospital services and health care insurance commissions and heads of Ibrec major dc- partments under Mr. Speak- er's jurisdiction. It has to be seen as a joint service ,lhe minislcr said. There's no room for petty jealousies and refusals to ex- change or share information or not to call in the best lire- pared professionals in the team-approach. He described a hypothetical case where a social worker sees a mother with several children on welfare. Suppose Ihe woman was having a men- tal health problem. The social worker rrvjst work with men- tal h e a 11 h people, public health nurses and social de- velopment personnel. If the worker has (he team altitude, she will help arrange day-care in a hospital psychi- atric unit, find a housckecper to help care for (he children and get supporting services I from otlicr dejiarlmenls. I Such care given immedi- ately and at least partly in the home could prevent hospi- tal slays later. Long-term con- finement might mean having to send the children lo foster J homes. It also could lead to j development uf other home or school problems or trouble j leading to juvenile dclin- qucncy. I All of these problems would be more costly than good pre- ventive mental health care in the early periods, he said. The government already has a pilot project under way at High Level in northwestern Alberta and plans two or three more projects this year. These will co-ordinate and in- tegrate all services at a re- gional level. I ASPHALT PAVING TOLLESTRUP Construction Co. ltd. SAND and GRAVEL FHONE 328-2702 327-3610 For provincial civil servants that day will come soon We can no longer live with burden of being forced to 'sit up and beg" and then to have something jam- med down out throats The government of this province continues to practice discrimination against its own employees with restric- tive bargaining SegisSation Will it go on FOUR more years? We urge you to help fight discrimination Published on Behalf of its Members by the CIVIL SERVICE.ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA ;