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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, Auguil 'At, '1971 THE IFlHBRIDGE HERALD _ 5 Book reviews Pulitzer Prize once awarded Herald Placet's law scuppered Hy (ieruld Lrat'fi, in The London Observer "0 u r AlbcrU Heritage. People, Places, Progress" three book sel hy Jacques Hamilton, Illustrated b.v Nelson. (Commissioned by Calgary Power 51 8 TT ISN'T EASY Tor me, as a corns lately Alberlan l.n make a useful criticism of these books for they are intended as history and I'm not familiar with much of the province's history. Of course I have heard the usual tales and legends about some of our most inter- esting characters which are re- corded in "People" and I'm catching up w i t li historical events and the background of "Places." For frontier stories they are hard to beat. The books read well enough, although occasionally the auth- or's rather rushed style seems to indicate he was in a hurry to get the work done. His sources are good, according to the bibliography, and he treats history not as something that should merely be recorded ac- curately, but also as something that should entertain. This is likely what Calgary Power in- tended: nothing too deep, but a good accounting and report- ing of incidents and happenings from settlers and pioneers as they remember them. In under the sec- tion Communications is an article of special interest to Herald readers. (In fact it was brought to the editorial writ- er's attention recently by just such a reader.) It concerns the events in 1S37 leading up to a quarrel between I he govern- ment, then under the leader- ship of Premier William Aber- hart, and the newspapers in Alberta. According to the re- port in Progress, "the govern- ment's attack started, not against1 one of the gianls like the Edmonton Journal, but against the small and quiet- spoken Lethbridge Herald." The Herald may have been quiet-spoken at ordinary times, but when its publisher Senator W. A. Buchanan got annoyed, as he did when the govern- ment announced its intention of taking over control of (he prov- ince's banks, he editorially tore the issue and the government apart. Later, the government had Urban centres "Patterns of Urban Living" by Wolfgang Peterson (Uni- versity of Toronto Press, 109 pages, TN reeent years there has been increasing concern about, the quality of urban life and greater participation by the public in the decisions made by government on plan- ning matters. This book, wlu'le definitely not slanted specifically loivard the layman, is short enough that it can be read the reader becoming lost in a mor- ass of technical jargon. It presents the results of stu- dies done in three Canadian centres, identified as Urbvillc, Intropolis and Decentria. It gives the layman an insight in- to the problems and advantages of three types of urban centres. Good reading for the person with a definite interest in ur- ban problems (own planners and aldermen could benefit from it. HERB JOHNSON. Us innings when, because he refused lo reveal the sources from which he received news stories, The Herald's press gallery correspondent was llu-ealcncd with expulsion from (he House. Tliis was followed by the passage of a bill titled "An Act to Ensure the Publica- tion of Accurate Information." The act placed control of news- paper space under the Social Credit Board. It required pub- lishers, daily and weekly, to print the aims and policies o( (he government; also it de- manded that a publisher had to reveal the source by name and address ol all inlormation published and the identity of the writer of any editorial, ar- ticle or news item. Heavy pen- alties were set down, including the possible suspension of any newspaper and the outlawing of any newspaperman the So- cial Credit Board might take issue with. Naturally Ihe legislation to control the press caused a furor from coast to coast and Senator Buchanan, backed by the Edmonton Journal and the Phil the Greek "Philip: An informal biog- graphy" hy Basil Boollirov'l: (Longmans' 221 pages, TJUNCH columnisi Boothroyd presents his assessment of the Duke of Edinburgh youth, man, and consort in a series of taped interviews, articles and other accounts