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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetKbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, December 2, 1974 news Pages 13-24 Couple now in Greece Lethbridge bride follows deported groom By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer On Oct. 22 about midnight Barb Economou's world came crashing down on her. She and her husband of five days, Efstathious (Tasos for were returning from a drive when he was arrested by Lethbridge city police. About thirty-six hours later he was at Kenyon Field Airport being deported to his native Greece. Upon returning to Greece, Mr. Economou, 21, had tojgo into the army. Mrs. Economou faced the agonizing decision of stay- ing in Canada and seeing her husband in two years or joining him in Greece where she would at least see him on weekends. Like most 18-year-old girls who have just been married, she chose to go to Greece. She made up her mind the night before Tasos was to leave. She had been visiting him at the Lethbridge Correctional in- stitution where he was being kept. She didn't tell Tasos of her decision until the next day at the airport. "He asked me if I was coining to Greece. I said yes. The look on his face when I.said yes really made up my she told The Herald before leaving. Imagine moving from Lethbridge, population where you've lived all your life, where your friends live and where you know your way around to Athens, a strange city of 2Vz million people, where a different language is spoken and where your only friends are your husband and his brother. Forget the romance Forget the romance, excitement and history of Greece. Mrs. Economou, a quiet girl with an easy smile, was a "lot scared" about going. "I don't like big cities to begin with, and 2Vz million isn't ex- actly she said. "My mother thinks I'm crazy but I'm anxious to see she told The Herald. So on Nov. 12, about three weeks after her husband left for Greece, she left to join him. BARB ECONOMOU She planned on staying with her brother-in-law when in Athens. He just got out of the Greek army. She hopes to see her husband on weekends and to work during the week. Only speak- ing a few words of Greek, might create a problem, but a job is a necessity. Before leaving she was only able to scrape up enough money to get to Athens and to support herself for a little while. One more thing about going to Greece is the coupie have to get married again. The Greek government doesn't recognize civil marriages and they were wed in a civil ceremony. They first met in June. At the time he was in hiding as there was a warrant out for his arrest. He came to Canada in September of 1973. His passport expired Jan. 15 but he didn't get it renewed. A hearing was held in March and he was ordered deported, Bud Wray of the Lethbridge Immigration office told The Herald. Additional time was granted Mr. Economou asked for some time to arrange his own passage out of Canada and this was granted with the condition he report to Lethbridge immigration officials shortly afterwards to let them know exactly what he'd done. Mr. Wray says when Mr. Economou failed to show up at the immigration office, officials checked with his parents who are landed immigrants living in Lethbridge. The parents told them he had left for Vancouver. Further checks were made and when no proof of his departure could be found, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Mrs. Economou says the reason he went into hiding was he didn't want to go into the army. He was already late in reporting which would have added extra time onto his two-year stint and because he was to report at the Jime of the Cyprus war he feared a greater penalty. However, there has since been a change in government in Greece and the new government abolished the penalties for reporting late. Mrs. Economou was living with her mother and two sisters in Lethbridge this summer when she met her husband. She had just graduated from Winston Churchill High School and was working at a local restaurant to save money to go to university. She enrolled at the University of Lethbridge but then he proposed, she agreed, and dropped out of university. Before getting married she went to the immigration office to see if be- ing married to a Canadian citizen would change things for her husband. She was told it wouldn't. If he was caught, he would be deported. This is why she never encouraged her husband to turn himself in. "I knew what would happen if he she said. Mrs. Economou figures when she went to the Immigration office this is how they learned of Tasos whereabouts. The only thing Baib is bitter about is the swiftness with Which Mr. Economou was deported. He was arrested Tuesday night and was on the plane for Greece Thursday noon. She claims she asked Mr Wray at the Immigration office if they would keep Tasos in jail for one week so she could see if anything could be done. Immediate deportation is policy Mr. Wray told The Herald: "It's department policy when a person is ordered deported he be detained and sent out of Canada on the first available transportation." Mr Wray claims he never received a request from Mrs. Economou that Tasos be kept in jail for one week. He says they weren't going to take any more chances with Tasos because they gave him one chance and he blew it. She also claims the immigration laws discriminate against women. If she had been in Canada illegally and he had been a Canadian, she would have been allowed to stay in Canada after their marriage. Mr. Wray says the immigration act makes no provision for men or women. They are treated equally and if she had been in Canada illegally she would have been deported. After her husband was arrested, Mrs. Economou went to Terry Huzil, a local lawyer who represented her husband at the deportation hearing, but there was nothing he could do for her. She contacted Lethbridge MP, Ken Hurlburt, who took the case to Robert Andras, federal minister of immigration. Mr. Hurlburt told The Herald there was nothing Mr. Andras could do because after a person is ordered deported locally, Mr. Andras cannot intervene. Home training favored over strap at school Discipline must be taught in the home before bad habits develop, an opponent of the strap in schools court ends. Speaking to a provincial department of culture, youth and recreation-sponsored workshop for student council representatives, Reg Turner said Friday discipline must also be taught in every subject area and by every teacher in the school. "Discipline is not punishment It is not the strap. It is not a bawling out. Discipline is a way of emphasized the public school trustee who successfully introduced a mo- tion to ban the strap in Lethbridge public schools dur- ing the past year. When a student does "bad things" it does not mean that the "bad things" that happen in return should include cor- poral punishment. Up to the age of three or four, Mr. Turner continued, "spankings may be okay, but for older children it is much wiser to remove privileges. "It isn't the amount of punishment that is important, it is the certainty that it will happen that is important and makes it effective." He believes behavior tiain- ing must occur before a child is of school age because the task becomes more difficult as the child grows older. "That is why elementary teachers have so much trouble It is too late to do the job easily and there are too many children to take care of especially since there is also a job of teaching to do." Mr. Turner maintained that the child who comes into the school with behavior problems will likely possess behavior problems that are "just about impossible" for the school to alter. However, a natural recovery system is built into the human being rs they change from child to adult, he suggested. Mr. Turner believes good behavior is obtained by self- discipline because behavior problems must be solved by the individual who is having them. Nobody accomplishes anything by attempting to solve the problems of others, he insisted. "Your school counsellor will help you to solve a problem, but he won't solve it for the former principal of Winston Churchill High School told the student representatives. Parents should never rob children of their problems, but should instead let them solve their problems themselves with the least amount of help and assistance as possible, he advised. It takes courage to stand by and watch people attempt to solve their own problems without becoming involved with attempting to provide a solution yourself, he said. The public supporter of stu- dent rights concluded his remarks to the high school group by suggesting it takes "a lot of courage for every mother and father to raise children to the age you are without making very many bad mistakes." WALTER KERBER photo Racing winter Lethbridge construction crews have benefited from mild fall weather but still consider themselves racing to accomplish as much as possible before win- ter's clutch tightens, making many tasks impossible. This project involves burying cables along 28th Avenue N. Planning against winter games emergencies is mayor's challenge V RUSSELL OUGHTRED ing troops and supplying and Forces oeoole in Alberta are But how do games "We want to cxnose our ooint it breaks down. I have no By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Consider Major Archie Logan, whose job involves planning for such crises as this hypothetical one: THE UNEXPECTED FEB. 12, 1975 All events in the Canada Winter Games were cancelled today as athletes and officials picked up shovels and helped Lethbridge dig its way out from under a freak snow- storm. An arctic disturbance, ac- companied by gale-force winds and sub-zero temperatures, howled through Southern Alberta, dumping up to three feet of snow on the region and blocking most main roads. Public transportation is at a standstill with no immediate end to the blizzard in sight. A spokesman for the local weather office said the snow would probably abate in 36 hours. He called the sudden storm, which has paralyzed the 1975 Canada Winter Games, the "heaviest snow- fall since 1967." It's a far-fetched scenario, but the unlikely as well as the likely are grist for the logistics mill of Major Logan, services administrator and assistant general manager for the games. The 49-year-old retired army major, hired 11 months ago by the games society, has been trained to anticipate the unexpected. It's all part of says the games major, who honed his skill at logistics dur- ing a three-year stint with NATO during the '60s. And what is logistics? "It's the art of moving and quarter- ing troops and supplying and maintaining a he replies. But what possible relevance has logistics to the winter games' "Translated to these games, it's the transpor- tation, feeding, housing and whatever is required to sus- tain athletes." "Our he continues, twirling a pencil with drill precision, "is to provide athletes and officials with everything they require." "Sports technical he adds, "must be free to run the games." Eleven months of "brainstorming" and strategy sessions have already gone into the major's battle plan Games organizers have pored over voluminous reports from previous games, especially the summer games held in Burnaby last year. But previous games, he points out, were held in concentrated areas. The Southern Alberta event, by comparison, is the first to be held at a variety of venues throughout a region. "No one's ever gone down this road says Logan. "Also, these games are going to be the biggest games ever held in Canada." LESS HELP To make games strategy a bit more complex, the Cana- dian Armed Forces won't be giving the games as much support as it has given other games. "Traditionally, the military have given extensive sup- port." In Burnaby, for ex- ample, the military erected the games village and supplied Burnaby games of- ficials with 277 men. Southern' Alberta will receive 82 men, all "specialists." While Armed Forces people in Alberta are "sympathetic" to the local games' plight, they are severely burdened by "man- power and financial restric- he adds. The logistics problems are considerable, but that's where the games major comes in. "The problems of sports ac- tivities and military support are very similar." The greatest challenge fac- ing games organizers is the athletes' village. "We have to create the largest hotel in Canada in two he says briskly, reaching for the appropriate dossier. The "hotel" is junior and senior high schools clustered in a two-block area near games headquarters, or HQ, on 3rd Ave. S. Into 176 classrooms will go beds, mattresses, pillows, pillowcases and "barracks boxes" for athletes' gear; blankets and sheets and countless mirrors, window coverings and mirrors. AT BASES The "hotel" is currently at military bases across Canada. As it arrives here in pieces, Games recruits will stockpile the hotel in a donated warehouse at Palliser Distilleries. On Feb. 7, a regiment of volunteers will unload beds, mattresses and so forth from trucks and set up Canada's largest dorm. Two weeks later, the same process will occur in reverse, as the beds, mattresses, and so forth return home. Logistics, the games major, points out, doesn't end with the end of the games. But how do games organizers know how many volunteers are needed to set up the village? The games major pulls more charts from his battle 'plan for the village. "We ran an experiment by taking 10 double (bunk) beds and three young men and seeing how long it took them to set up one room." Time: 45 minutes. On copious sheets of technical in- formation are the number of man-lifts required for each article and the estimated time it will take volunteers, mostly students, to furnish 176 rooms. The village experiment is all part of what the retired major, who served with the British Army as a platoon commander in the Middle East during World War II, calls "gaming." "Run a normal day he adds, and you'll encounter the normal sort of problems Once you've got a "normal" day under your belt, com- plicate things by taking the bus carrying skiers out to West Castle and give, it a mechanical breakdown Or dump a few inches of snow on the highway so everything is delayed while cars and buses slide off roads and get stuck. Or have the power go off. Or have a thunderbolt wipe out telephone communication "GAMING" PLAN he explains, in- volves "sitting down and thinking of everything nasty that could happen." The "everything nasty" is, in military parlance, a "con- tingency" for which games of- ficials must prepare. "We want to expose our says the former company commander for British Army troops in Malaya after the War. "If there was a three-day blizzard, the games would probably stop But at what point it breaks down, I have no idea." Despite his penchant for ex- posing possible snafus, the Games major is confident the games will go off as planned. No detail is too small. Take the beds for the village as an example "I've worked it all out in he says, his crisp voice resonant with authority and confidence. "Is it more tiring to carry a mattress, which moves, or an entire bed, which MAJOR ARCHIE LOGAN "There's only one way to find out, and that's to carry both up some stairs." He says the games are "technically in good shape. We're more advanced today than any other games society was at this stage." A sign on the wall behind his efficiently-bare desk testifies to his assurance and com- mand of the situation. "Either lead, follow or get the hell out of the the sign reads. And -Archie Logan, major for 15 years in the Canadian Armed Forces, knows which of the three he will do. Indian lecture set today The economics of Indian society and how native people can control their own economic development will be two topics discussed at the University of Lethbridge Mon- day, December 2. Fred Gladstone, president of the Indian-run Red Crow Corporation on the Blood In- dian Reserve at Standoff, and Johnny Samson, a member of the Indian Association of Alberta, will be the guest speakers. The lecture will begin at 8 p.m. in Room C-674 of the Academic Residence Building. There is no admis- sion charge and all interested persons are welcome. Contemporary Indian socie- ty is a series of lectures given by native people on recent and ongoing changes in Indian -social and cultural systems. ;