Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
36 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, Augutt 28, 1974 Marriage contract answer to existing, unequal laws THE BETTER HALF EDMONTON (CP) Mar- riages may be made in heaven, but Myra Bielby and Kip Wilson have taken out some insurance on earth. The couple, married last May, approached their rela- tionship as a partnership and signed a marriage contract. They feel every couple con- templating marriage should consider doing the same Otherwise, the married woman would become a vic- tim of Canadian law that favors the male and in many cases leaves the wife out in the financial cold should the union disintegrate, said Myra. Her husband agreed "Every single woman in this country should be con- sidering the signing of a marriage contract before she moves into a marriage." said Kip. a fledgling lawyer "Couples should not hesitate to consider this." Myra said. "Marriage agreements serve best the woman who is staying at home and not working full- time or the woman who isn't making as much money as her husband Before they were married Myra and Kip drew up an agreement which, among other things provides that share the housework equally, since both work tull- time. share household ex- penses equally serious disagrperr.cnt goes to arbitration, each ap- pointing a person to select an arbitrator, and the decision of that arbitrator is binding. share equally the money they earn and the prop- erty they acquire during their marriage, up to a ceiling of each. That is. if one earns and the other they share equally in the total But il one earns and the other the latter is allowed to keep to do with as he or she pleases. ROMANCE UNAFFECTED If Myra has children and stays home with them, the agreement recognizes that her role of mother and homemaker carries as much weight as Kip's job outside the home Therefore, Myra would continue to share the income. Both Myra. who began arti- cling with a law tirm in June, and Kip feel their contract will stand up in court They don't think it takes the romance out of marriage. "Until a few years ago, marriage contracts were used all the time in Quebec, and I think there are lots of roman- tic people in said who has kept her maiden name She added that the reason they are no longer used in that province is because Quebec introduced a law in 1969 that savs all assets acquired dur- ing marriage must be shared equally Asked how binding their contract is, Myra replied: "Well, nothing's binding if you want to break it." "But if we couldn't decide something ourselves, presum- ably a third party would be able to look at it in a more rea- sonable light." CAC gives consumer tips on purchasing new fridge "Once my ship comes in, this is how I II relax in a deck-chair next to the dining salon." Club corner Special speaker at the Salvation Army Citadel Thursday at p.m. will be Mrs Major Karl Abrahamse, a missionary in South Africa. Refreshments will be served. Everyone welcome to attend. The Weekender Trailer Club will hold an outing Saturday, for the long weekend in Homestead campground near Waterton Lakes Park The club holds regular outings every second week for the summer months WHERE SMART WOMEN SHOP FASHION ACTION SPORTSWEAR 20% OFF SHIRTS, PANTS, SKIRTS, SWEATERS for back to Back to Back to 506 4th Ave. S. Phone 328-2653 MORE THAN 320 STORES COAST TO COAST TO SERVE YOU BETTER College Mall Phone 328-7011 Ann Landers OTTAWA (CP) The Con- sumers Association of Canada has outlined at least a dozen questions that the householder should ask herself when set- ting out to buy a new refrig- erator. The questions spring from a series of tests the association made on nine popular no-frost, two-door models. The association loaded the test models to capacity and placed them in an environ- mentally controlled room. One of the things the testers noted was that the capacity of the fridge, as stated by the manufacturer, does not take into account the space wasted by controls, shelves and cris- pers. They also found that frost- free models, while eliminating the tiresome job of defrosting, use about twice as much energy as the com- parable manual defrost varieties. Another finding was that half-width adjustable shelves offer more variety for storing large and bulky items than those with full adjustable shelves. The association urges buy- ers to check whether the new fridge will be big enough for the it fit into the kitchen space available? Dear Ann Landers: You've printed several letters about workaholic husbands. May I add a comment based on many years of experience? I am married to one. Like those who are driven to excesses in eating and drinking, the person who is driven to overwork may be using his "industriousness" as an excuse to hide from something. In my husband's case, he is hiding from me and his children. Mr. Success finds it infinitely safer and more comfortable to stay in his structured work role. Members of his immediate family demand something from him in terms of emotional output. At work he doesn't have to be bothered with relating to people in a meaningful way At the office he can hide behind his mahogany desk and fancy title This man even avoids social functions because he is so unsure of himself. Ht a prominent member of the community, knows a great many people, but he has no friends If you look at my husband's bank statements, his stock portfolio, and his performance in the business world, he's unquestionably a star, but if you examine his role as a husband and father, he's a dismal failure. I'm not bitter I'm just on to him. His Wife Dear Wife: Thanks for a real zinger And now that you're "on to why don't you get on to yourself? You ARE bitter or you could never have written that letter. I'm not suggesting that the man doesn't deserve every word you laid on him, but for your own sake, lady, talk to a counselor and unload some of that hostility and anger. Your husband will never change, which I'm sure you know. My guess is that you have the guy pegged perfectly. So now, get some help for yourself so you can accept, in your guts, his personality defects or make other living arrangements. Dear Ann Landers: My husband and I both have dark hair and dark eyes. Our child, aged six, is a sandy blonde with blue eyes. She resembles my father's side of the family. I resemble my mother's side We moved to this community last year and people are forever making stupid remarks, such as, "Is she adopted'" or, "Is the child from a previous marriage9" I really do a slow burn, but I hate to go into detail about her grandfather's family being blue-eyed blondes, etc etc If it doesn't bother us, why should it bother them'' I don't want to make enemies out of these new acquaintances, nor do I want to raise questions by being evasive What should I say? Irritated Dear Irr: Simply, "Our daughter resembles my father's side of the family, all blue-eyed blondes. I take after my mother Canadian women deprived Conference probes inequalities THUNDER BAY (CP) Sylva Gelber, director of the women's bureau of the Cana- dian Department of Labor told a conference of the Native Women's Association of Canada that native women have won the moral support of all Canadian women She said native women share with other Canadian women the common bond of being deprived of a part in Canada's economic, social and cultural life Miss Gelber. of Ottawa, told about 100 people at the annual gathering that the conference theme our place in society could well be the theme for many women's associations "It is good to know that at long last, steps are beginning to be taken due in no small part to the unwillingness of the native peoples themselves any longer to tolerate the status quo." Native people also were determined to remove the ob- stacles that have affected their lives adversely. "The failure of contem- porary society to implement the principle of true equality, regardless of sex, would nevertheless have seemed strange to some native people in times not too far distant." Miss Gelber quoted from the report of an anthropologist who found Indian women were more independent in North America before the coming of the white man. One piece of evidence cited for this contention was the number of women's signatures affixed to deeds of land transfer between the Iro- quois and colonial governments. Need advice Ram Samnat-Mchta of Ot- tawa, a legal adviser to the federal department of jus- tice, outlined to the conference the department's plans for a law information program aimed at native people. He said the special effort was needed for native people because native people account for a disproportionately high percentage of the prison and jail population Mr. Sampat-Mehta said In- dian offenders accounted for five to seven per cent of the federal prison population in the Maritime provinces, and between 50 to 89 per cent in some parts of the prairies. A pilot program for the in- formation scheme has been launched in New Brunswick. The aim is to reduce the native prison population and create a better understanding of the legal system. The areas for special atten- tion would include civil rights, aboriginal rights on hunting and fishing, law enforcement agencies, and court procedures Mr. Sampat-Mehta stressed the need for bilateral con- sultation between the justice department and the native people. Blame media Several women at the conference criticized new- spapers for discriminating against native people in reporting of minor legal offences The delegates argued that when Indians were involved they were always identified as such, but other racial groups were not so identified. Miss Gelber said the native women should use the media as a valuable tool in publiciz- ing incidents of exploitation. Some delegates, however, said they felt the media, par- ticularly the press, were racist. Agnes Dick of Port Alberni, B.C., a community aid worker and member of the B.C. Homemakers' Association, read a statement on behalf of the Hesquiat band council of Port Alberni: "We cannot understand the purpose behind the news media drawing attention to peoples' ethnic origin when a criminal act is reported. "If such racism continues in the media, we would insist that all non-Indians be referred to by ethnic origin, i e Irish, English, Chinese, German, etc "We, like anyone, enjoy publicity for our achievements but feel we, un- like those of other backgrounds, have been more open and honest with our problems." Mrs Dick said in the past Indians have been subjected to relentless investigations by researchers who wanted to know how many Indians were on welfare, how many were unwed mothers, how many were in jail and how many were alcoholics. She said such negative statistics and reports by government and university- funded researchers hurt the Indian's self-esteem. Women protest NEW YORK (AP) Call- ing on the Roman Catholic Church to support the propos- ed equal rights amendment to the United States constitution, a group of women posted The Woman's Proclamation on the doors of St. Patrick's Cathedral on Women's Equali- ty Day, this week. As the sign dangled from the bronze finger of St. Isaac Jogues on the large ornate doors, the women, garbed as nine different female saints, read out the demands and a letter they said they had sent to Terrence Cardinal Cooke urging the Church's support for the amendment. "We want to choose saints as role models who were women that acted independently and made positive said Ms. Derso _ Loved to eat James Hammon, 24, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, poses, with the pants he wore when he weighed 396 pounds. He under- went a gastric bypass operation Today he can fit his 196-pound frame into one leg of his old pants. Buyers are also urged to check whether the cnsper is long enough for a stalk of celery or deep enough for a head of lettuce. Other items included whether adjustable shelves are easy to move or does the housewive have to fight with them. Another matter which often bothers the householder is whether the light bulb is protected and easy to replace. The test results also brought up the question of sharp edges around shelf ends, compart- ment doors and shelf trim; the location of they are easy to reach once the refrigerator is loaded. TEMPERATURES VARY The association notes that unlike ranges, refrigerators cannot be set at specific tem- within will vary depending on how full the unit is and how many times the door is opened They found that seven of the nine models tested had separate controls for the freezer and the an arrangement which pro- vides better distribution of cold air. The association said tem- peratures in a meat-keeper should range between 30 and 35 degrees. Two manufac- turers advertised a seven-day meat-keeper but the associ- ation notes that Agriculture Canada considers only cured meats can safely be stored un- frozen for seven days. All units tested were equipped with heated butter conditioners but the associa- tion says butter stored at this soft setting should be used within two days. 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