Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
mt itmoKiuot IUKALD 9 seeking new land policy By Rob Herald Eastern Canada commentator Prem- er Alex Campbell of Prince Sdward Island likes to tell a dory about an Island armer who visited Ottawa irtiere a great many people him how things should be tone on P.E.I. The more advice he was giv- the more curt he became. Finally someone asked him why Islanders seemed to re- sent outside advice on how to manage their province. they own was he reply. But people here are begin- ning to realize that they own ess and less of their land. Off-islanders own an increas- ing amount of recreational shoreline. Speculators have seen active. Agribusiness has made an appearance. With a way of life based on small a. total area of only 1.4 million acres and a history of absentee land- the Liberal provincial government has been under pressure to fight these trends. Premier Campbell has moved In two areas to protect the close-knit rural way of life in a province where land is almost the only resource His passed land control leg- Qation in April 1972 and cre- ated a royal commission to study land ownership and land use. The commission handed down an interim report in January with a final one to be the basis for a new land act expected shortly. The 1972 law is already being fought in the Supreme Court of Prince Edward Island. The controversial legislation the purchase of land by all including off-Island to no more than ten acres of land and-or 330 feet of shoreline without the approval of the lieutenant-governor in council. Counsel for two United States citizens argued that the law was unconstitutional and that they were entitled to hold 36 acres of land purchased from an off-Island Canadian. Only the federal they could legislate egainst and where pro- vincial jurisdiction over prop- erty and civil rights clashes with federal the cen- tral government has primacy. The right of U.S. citizens to own land in Canada governed by a U.S.-Canada treaty. The province argued that the substance of the legislation was concerned with land ownership and therefore land use. P.E.I.'s Bertram Pla- mondon province is not trying to legislate against aliens but on the ownership of property. The rights of aliens are only incidental to the legis- law was a blunt instru- ment needed in a Andy Wells said. Mr. Wells is prin- cipal secretary to Premier Campbell. The law was passed to head off speculators while the royal commission went about its business. The commission found some rather startling statistics. In September acres of the Island's total 1.4 million were owned by a proportion of 6.5 per cent. This included 100 miles of shoreline or 11.5 per cent of total shore frontage. Only 150 miles of shore front- age is recreational land famous Island and a substantial proporation of this is taken up by national and pro- vincial parks. The royal commission also reported in or less than one-fifth of the island's lived on farms P.E like the rest of is facing a declining rural population and increasing control of its major resources by outsiders. .These trends are not limited to the or the Maritimes. The provincial royal commis- sion in its interim report has suggested several ways of deal- ing with the As a most basic step it rec- ommended that a general land- use plan for the province ba with public unique and fragile lands and special wildlife habitats desig- nated. Detailed plans would be work- ed out on a local level widespread local participation. To fight subdivision developers would be penalized with higher taxes on those lots which remain un- developed for more than three years after the date of subdi- vision. The problem of the absentee is a little more complicated. Many island farms have been bought by what Andy Wells calls gentleman wealthy business or profession- al men from Central Canada of the New England states. you get high-salaried people moving are will- ing to pay to per Mr. Wells said. many farmers can afford to pay that kind of money for land and hope to make a living on To' fight this Mr. Wells sees a double tax rate based Book Reviews partly on the real mar- ket value and partly on its agri- cultural value. an individual owning property spends 51 per cent of his time on the land and earns 51 per cent of his income from he would be eligible for a tax deduction or a lower tax As far as recreational land is the royal commis- sion suggested that a half-mile strip around the coast be ex- amined and areas planned for public land subdivis- public access points and natural reserves. Behind the commission's rec- ommendations seems to be the feeling that the island must control its land as its primary resource. went to a number of the commission's Mr. Wells said. seemed to be a general concern about change and the altering social patterns here. we're a pretty tight society here but there has also been some concern about limiting the rights of non-Island- ers to come in and buy land if they want to. and Islanders are outgoing and proud to show their province off but they are concerned about their own ac- cess to their own resources. the percentage in- crease in off-Island land tent summer highway congestion and some of the more obnoxious strip developments in which outsiders have we can ask how long this welcom- ing attitude will last. is a tricky business hit- ting that fine balance we Flourishing life in Siberia Saw by Hugo Portisch 210 pages plus 128 pages of glossy distri- buted by Irwin and Company The author of this a really did see a lot cf Siberia and he writes about what he saw and heard with amazing candor. A lot of what he saw and heard will astonish anyone who still thinks of Si- beria as a frozen wasteland. Great cities industry recreational opportuni- ties and living condi- tions are generally pretty good. Those who prefer to retain a picture of Me in the U.S.S.R. as grim and unpleasant in spite of the many favorable things reported by be able to pick out things to support their preconcep- tions. The central government imposes a sameness on the cities all building plans for apartments and cultural cen- tres are the same. Petty beau- rocratic practises abound se- curity guards check people crossing for instance. One of the more interesting aspects of the book has to do with life along the Chinese bor- der. The Portisch re- are building a sort of Iron Curtain to prevent the Chinese from entering the U.S.S.R. and not the reverse. The Russians claim the Chi- nese authorities have heartless- ly made thousands of their people homeless and forced them across the border to try to overwhelm parts of the coun- try by sheer numbers. Although not what one would call an absorbing book this one is worth reading. It should be read soon because things are changing and it will quickly be- come out of date. This makes me wonder why it should have been published in such an ex- pensive format. Many cf the pictures could have been sacri- ficed in the interests of a cheaper edition with a conse- quently wider circulation. DOUG WALKER All kinds of games Encyclopedia of by John Scarae and Whiteside 628 pages. John Scarne is billed as the foremost games auth- a deisgnation the Hoyle people may have some doubts about. But there can't be much doubt about the tomprehensive- ness of his this volume is a sort of you've always wanted to know Fail-field's SALE MODEL UD4025 4 Position Pile Adjustment Outer Vinyl Bag Washable Triple Action Cleaning Removes All Dirt It Beats As It Sweeps As It Cleans MODEL 716 UPRIGHT MODEL T152 KITS For oil models 69 OR Ground to a perfect uniform edge by experts with the finest commercial equipment available. Bring in all your your neighbour's AU work done while you shop. Fmling tewing barber garden kitchen etc. 3 days only Hoover will haw a representative demonstrating these products. With Any Hoover Purchased 1244 3rd AVI. S. PHONE 327-AAM card games and others. It covers all the familiar and a few this reviewer had never heard including some of the 30 variations of modestly described as first truly new card game concept of this The section on card games also includes scores of versions of and a remarkably detailed and useful chapter on cheating at and how to detect it. There is also a section on tile games and an- other long one on games played with dice. Next comes an out- line of chess procedure and the san-p for and a detailed treat- ment of another Scarne inven- tion called Teeko. The rest of this thick volume is packed with information on games requiring special equip- ment of one sort or go tiddly winks and several others neglect- ing of a sec- tion on lottery-type games and a final chap- ter appropriately entitled lor games for The book is a bit bulky for ordinary family and prob- ably more detailed than the av- erage family though it certainly could add a new di- mension to family fun. For rest- it should prove to be ideal. J. W. T. Books in brief of by D. E. Maclntyre. Martin As- sociates 133 The recollections of the auth- or provide the reader with an evening's reading of the early railroads in northern Quebec to the yard in a some- what-less-than picturesque Re- gina. The while is full of humorous incidents as well as the tragic ones that went with early railroading. At 15 the author went to work for the CPR and this writing is a collection of his remember- ances of his experiences with the huge railway. It is a very warm book about an age long centering around one of modern man's most ro- mantic the steam gu-e. GARHY ALLISON by Benjamin Siegel and White- tide 303 A murder story that unfolds entirely in the courtroom. It is a bit unusual in that instead of focussing on the a shiftless drunk with a record of brawling and petty or the a over-the-hill it fea- tures the members of the their their weak- and In the case of a couple of strays that Jury duty brings their love af- fair. Siegal tells a good enough and he knows his court- room. As a bonus he knows the English too. .T w F A lottery win By Eva Brewster COUTTS After showing a film on com- munal settlements I had brought back with me from the Canadian audience ask- ed many pertinent questions. no good reason for the founder generation's somebody isn't It rather a matter of expediency or lack of choice for then- children to stay with the What would for if a Sabra native sud- denly came by a large sum of money through an inheritance or some other wind- I had often wondered about this my- self. Would such a youngster stay in the kibbutz or would the temptation to spend his money freely be too great to A 19-year-old member of Kibbutz in the Jezreel answered the ques- tion. He had recently been given money to pay his bus fare and lunch in Haifa where he had a doctor's appointment. By the end of the he had 50 cents left over and was wondering what to do with when he ran into a lady selling state lottery tick- ets. he thought for the first time in his gambled with money that might have bought him an iced cof- fee or a bar of chocolate. Nobody was more surprised than David is not his name but he had enough publicity to last him a to hear that his ticket had won Mm Since the buying power of the Israeli pound roughly equals that of the this is a lot of money to anybody but to a boy who never had more than his annual pocket money to it is astronomical. Inter- viewed on the radio and asked what he would do with his he said haven't received it so there is little point worrying about Letters began to pour in suggesting how he could use the money. Israel is such a small country that any time something happens there good or bad almost everybody feels involved like a mem- ber of a large obliged to offer ad- vice. the some don't need it in a yourself a nice house and a business and leave the settlement. After you came by your fortune said it to the was yet another suggestion. there was never any doubt in Dav- Id's mind. After didn't own Hazorea and share the benefits and ac- cumulated wealth with the rest of his com- Obviously the others had equal rights to share his bounty. He therefore gave the money to his kibbutz which used pounds to finance European holidays half for its young David the other half for old members. The re- maining pounds were donated to a veterarfs convalescent hospital. All David was ample reward for an outlay of 50 cents but to crown his joy the lottery ticket won him a wife too and this is how that A girl from a neighboring settlement wrote to him to be influenced by other peo- ple's opinions. The decision on how to spend your money is entirely a matter between you and your ha was sound he thanked later met the girl and they are now mar- ried. Dand asks people who query his you do better with 50 cents than getting a trip to Europe for so many a convalescent home and a lovely wife into the Among many other after the was the fact that this young man is there must be people who don't get along with others. What are co-operative settle- ments In Israel doing about their members who don't like each other and who will not conform and abide by majority I will have to answer this ques- tion another time. their methods of solving such problems are nothing short of ingenious and the astonishing thing is that in the end everybody is satisfied with their solutions. Women's please note By Jim Herald staff writer Here's a little story indicating an anomaly the Women's Lib people might be interest- ed in. If they and manage to do any- thing about they could be striking a blow for the whole and not just their side of it. A father of a young and growing family asked his insurance agent to call around. right he some coverage I really The agent called tttat very and asked Just what coverage was needed. insurance for my be was told. mean health I mean disability insurance. I have a policy that will pay me BO much a week if I'm disabled end can't go to work. I want the same sort of thing for my your wife say she She's a I meant does she work for not for I don't now. I don't think any of the companies I represent offer policy that would pay a housewife a weekly allowance for an injury. You she doesn't have a normal weekly so it would be hard to calculate er a company could quite a beating on that kind of you know. Women could just file their claims and lay around the house all day. How could we tell if they were really the same way you tell in my replied the client. we really need that kind of coverage. If I'm either the Workmen's Compensa- tion Board or my insurance policy takes care of the bills. But if she's there's nothing. I still have to pay a housekeeper or someone to wash do all the things she does to look after the house and the said the a bit doubt- check it out at the and see which company has policies that wiE do what you want. I'll be in touch when I find The man is still waiting. Beating inflation By Chris Herald staff writer Remember when basement shelves were lined with tempting preserves categorized in sections of vege- and fruit when every jar with a sorewtop or spring lid was carefully saved for canning purposes of becoming a collector's Lids and jars were boiled until they glistened and after being plumped full of steaming preserves were screwed tightly two rubber rings if to ensure eirtightaess and stood on end to reveal any lurking air bubbles. Remember picking gunny sacks of fresh string rinsing them and sprinkling them with salt before storing them in crockery in a cold room and digging that backyard storage hole for winter tur- apples and parsnips and when pick- ling odors saturated the And re- member the when confronted with unexpected guests and while still ing them calculating rapidly of there's canned and pears. I'D Just pre- pare a pot of and the meal will be ready in a jiffy before they fin- ish expounding on their surprise visit to us last Then along came easy living with every- thing obtainable at the nearby supermar- ket. Driving out to the farms for produce became such a bother and the dollar saved by buying in quantity was minimized by the Inconvenience. After all a supermarket trip was so much and the sealers had long since been given away. it was in this day of super-living end the deep freeze when dark vegetable rooms and canning shelves were ta antiquated as the chiffonier. And as if in a bad It Is discovered that produce is selling for prices out of this and one wonders what has happened since the day a sack of beans could be picked for 50 pumpkins gathered for a nickel and ptita- toes at per hundred pound sack. Inflation had crept in that's what as stealthily as a midnight prowler and that dollar which bought a sackful has shriv- eled to a spoonful. Meanwhile children have developed king-sized appetites and what used to do three meals has now dwindled to one. One wishes food and money had an elastic quality and would stretch to meet the demand. But the dilemma remains of having to feed the crew on a threadbare budget. You dedde to strike back by reactivat- ing your yesteryear thrift slumbering as if out of you begin to utilize every money-saving method you remem- ber. Every preservable item will be can- ned and every salvageable garment made you decide. Out comes the canning manual. where did I put my canner and why did I give away those With harvest approaching you know you'll need that equipment if your decision Is to have teeth. start all over you this time I won't be so stupid to think jars are superfluous and canning preparation too time consuming. anything I can lock in a jar money The voice of an admirer By Doug Walker celebrate the end of the said Elspetb on the night before school start- ed again. So we all jumped In the car and went over to the J and L for an ice cream cone. out in the I explained to Les. Isn't never mumbled Paul who had accompanied ma ta belo carrv the cones.