Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Volar Desbarals Pleasant responsibility For its size, Lethbridge is strong on musical and theatrical talent and most of this talent is enthusiastically available to the community. The annual musical theatre effort which has just closed is a major case in point. The quality of the production and the amount of effort that went into it were astonishing. Numerous other groups, in the course of each year, also make outstanding contributions to the quality of life in southwestern Alberta, to the pleasure of living here. Now it is time to put the spotlight on the Lethbridge .Symphony Association, which stages its first concert tonight. Bolli the orchestra and the chorus, each under highly professional direction, will perform. This is both an opportunity and a responsibility. It is a rare opportunity for all who appreciate good music, and especially good live music. If they miss it, the loss is theirs. And for those who make their living here and prosper from the presence of such talent and effort, there is a responsibility to support it. The artists and performers, in giving so selflessly of their time and artistry, need to feel that the community appreciates and supports them. Cheers are out of order Fidel Castro's three - week happiness tour in Chile has achieved at least one thing. It's revived interest in Latin American affairs which have been all but ignored here in recent months. Reports have indicated that the Chilean president Sr. Allende, the first Marxist to be elected by popular vote, had been getting on well with his nationalization program. But immediately prior to Castro's departure for his Cuban home, Sr. Allende's opposition demonstrated its vigor in the streets of Santiago. It started with a march of women, demanding an end to the serious food shortage which has hit Chile. The fact is, that Chile is desperately short of foreign exchange, and that the food crisis can be laid squarely at Sr. Allende's door. There was apprehension in the international community that Uruguay's recent elections might follow the Chilean political line. But Uruguayans have voted against the radical coalition party which adopted a program similar to Sr. Allende's. It had the support of the terrorist Tu-pamaros - despite their contempt for elections. The new president of Uruguay is expected to be the minister of agriculture in the former government, Sr. Juan Maria Borda-berry. Former President Areco is prevented by the constitution from taking office for a second five-year year. An amendment which would have provided for this has been defeated as was expected. So - the course of Marxism in Latin America is meeting with some obstacles. But the very fact that the radicals polled a large percentage of the vote - [just how large isn't yet known, but it is likely to be about 30 per centi - will encourage them to try harder. And among those leftists are the Tupamaros, who are now certain to step up their campaign of violence - kidnappings, hold-ups and guerrilla warfare. The outlook for both countries, Chile and Uruguay is grim. Neither Marxism as in Chile, or elected strong - armism as in Uruguay has been able to halt the discontent brought on by inflation, dwindling world markets food shortages and consequent labor problems. Peking party diplomacy The Chinese threw a party in a Peking hotel the other day, in honor of the 27th anniversary of the "liberation"' of their friends the Albanians. No Russians were invited, but their diplomatic friends from East Europe - Hungary, Bulgaria, Poland and Czechoslovakia, plus the West Germans, were extended an invitation. It may have been a jolly party for a few minutes - but not for long. The guest of honor, the Albanian ambassador to Peking threw the first monkey wrench in the works when he told the assembled guests that "U.S. imperialism and Soviet socialist imperialism continues to act in collusion to divide the world into spheres of influence." The Germans and the East Europeans departed immedi- ately, no doubt parking their drinks in the potted palms on the way out. The exodus didn't upset the hosts in the slightest. The Chinese vice-premier followed it up by taking a verbal slap at the Indian diplomat, and at his friends the "social imperialists" alias the Soviets. The diplomat departed in haste. None of which proves very much except that talking behind backs is not for the Chinese. Ask them to the party, tell them frankly you don't like their ideas, or their friends, or whatever. If they don't like it, they can always go home, leaving extra food and drink for those who really appreciate it. It's known as Peking party diplomacy. ERIC NICOL Rocking the boat r'APTIVATING, the case of the schoolteacher (Creston, B.C.) who returned $1,000 of her salary to the school board because she felt that teachers were pricing themselves out of the market. The school board was (New Math notwithstanding) nonplussed. The teachers' federation graded the exercise F, for Fink. Only the public, disorganized rabble that we are, have had no official spokesman to boggle on our behalf. Allow me. First, I invite you to agree that in our society of massive pressure groups, lumbering and wheeling about in contention like hippos in rutting season, it is refreshing to witness an individual acting according to his lights. Or, in this instance, her lights. The rarity of the occurrence is indicated by the fact that the story made the front �page of the newspaper. Like the birth of-an eagle in captivity. Or the discovery in outer space of a star that makes unaccountable noises. Labor unions, brotherhoods, federations and guilds, along with professional and managerial associations, regard such freak utterances as an abomination. It is a sin against the great unifying force of our time: greed. Apostasy against the cohesive doctrines of the older church are ho-hum-see page 39, among the truss ads. The bishop who makes the public statement that priests should be allowed to marry is a minor heretic compared to a teacher who kicks back a grand to the taxpayers because she thinks she is overpaid. Orthodoxy today is based on the gospel according to St. Lucre, in particular: "To him shall it be given that hath the heaviest clout." Collectively, the meek may well inherit the earth. Your average postie, for example, viewed in isolation does not come across as a large, blunt instrument. But as a member of the letter carriers' union he ceases to be the mild-mannered friend of man and beast, becomes part of a formidable object, an immense boot placed on the neck of the nation's communication. The teacher too is transformed by federation into a G-argantua even more terrifying than the corporate muscle of trucker or longshoreman. Most mothers would sooner be deprived of food than have their kids hanging around the house because the school is strike-bound. The teacher in question was not a member of the teachers' federation, apparently. This means that she cannot be burned at the stake, though she may get scorched a little in the staff room. As to whether she was right to rebate the $1,000 to the school board-this is a complex question that I prefer not to answer as I ha,ve already been hanged in effigy at a PTA meeting. Having no immediate plan of returning $1,000 to my employer, on the grounds that I am pricing newspaper columnists out of the market, I can hardly endorse her act without sounding faintly pharasaic. I would also make the payroll department very cross if I returned pay after they had made all the deductions for income tax, medical insurance and the pension that will support this gutless wonder into its dotage. The first-aid nurse would want to see me, too. And I hate that test of putting the square blocks into round holes. In principle, however, and remembering that to stand up to be counted is apt to rock the boat, I am disinclined to associate myself with the viewpoint that it is impossible to regard the teacher's action as anything but mischievous. And that's for sure, (Vancouver Province features) Prairie bloc possible under new leaders OTTAWA - Prairie politics have been unusually volatile since the New Democratic Party formed its first Manitoba government under Ed Sch-reyer in the spring of 1969. This year the NDP returned to power in Saskatchewan, under Allan Blakeney, and Peter Lougheed led the Conservatives to an upset victory in Alberta, ending 36 years of Social Credit administration. Now that the dust has settled, it has become clear that the changes involved more than transfers of power from one political party to another. There was a shift of power from an older political generation to a younger. This is embodied in the three men who now lead the three Prairie provinces. The ideological differences which separate them seem to be far less important than their similarities of temperament and approach to government. This is particularly striking when you talk with the three of them, as I did, in the space of a few clays. The political result will be a far more cohesive Prairie bloc than the rest of Canada has been accustomed to encountering. There were early signs of this at the federal-provincial conference in Ottawa last month. It was clear that Manitoba and Saskatchewan came to the conference after extensive mutual preparation; despite party differences Alberta now gives every indication of wanting to be inv lved. They belong to the same generation. Schreyer, at 35 years of age, is the youngest. Blakeney is the oldest at 45. Lougheed is 43. Blakeney and Lougheed, the two lawyers, received part of their education in other countries, Blakeney as a Rhodes scholar at Oxford and Lougheed at Harvard. Schreyer has a raaste r's degree in economics and political science and lectured at the University of Manitoba early in his political career. All three men are of intellectual ability and confident physical presence. Schreyer is moodier than the other two and probably the most brilliant. Impressions of Blakeney differ widely. There are many who consider him a cold man. If this has been true in the past, my own feeling is that his new political authority has made him more outgoing. Lougheed is by far the most attractive of the three from a television producer's viewpoint. His most obvious political characteristics so far have been ambition and an ability to work incredibly hard. There is a more substantial comparison to be made. The main political objective of all three appears to be sound government management. In this thev resemble premiers of their own generation in other Canadian provinces; but this is the first time that politicians of this type have coincided in office on the Prairies. It is evident, from talking with the three premiers, that this ,s going to have a marked effect in relations between these provinces, on their relationship to British Columbia (where W. A. C. Bennett is the last "old style" provincial leader still in office) and on the influence that the Prairie region exerts on the rest of Canada. The three premiers agree in principle that this is likely to happen. In practice, they are working toward much closer a d m i n i strative relations between their provinces. None of the premiers, significantly, shows much interest at this stage In discussing political prairie union or other grand strategies in the style of W. A. C. Bennett. "I still have an interest in it," said Schreyer, who is on record as supporting Prairie union, "but I think there's more prospect of a functional approach than a constitutional approach." Letters To The Editor Jesus Revolution a unique example To Mr. Allan Walker's irresponsible assertion that such productions as Superstar are necessary as an approach to modern youth, there can be but one answer. The fact of the matter - a fact confirmed by the evidence of twenty centuries - is that the message of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, has been and always will be the drawing card for humanity, young and old alike. Consider for example the picture which the church presents in the world of today. We see the Modernists blindly laying themselves open to the charge of inconsistency or worse - paying lip service to Jesus the man while the Judas kiss betrays his divinity; sowing a human gospel and reaping results which have no power beyond the narrow confines of mere social reform. We see the Fundamentalists, well-meaning no doubt, but often bogged down in ritualism, formality and apathy - the complaisant pulpit edifying the comfortable pew while without waits the multitude, forgotten and unfed. But there is also a third company, men and movements which frequently arise in times of spiritual dearth and which manifest to their generation the intense dedication and missionary zeal which characterized that glorious, first century church. There are such in the earth today and from their number I would site a unique example. A recent issue of Time devotes eleven pages to the story of the Jesus Revolution which during the past few years has swept across the United States adding multiplied thousands of America's youth to the ranks of the Jesus People. Here is something which is leaving a vital and permanent impression. The secret of its success - Jesus Christ a present day reality to individuals in a confused world. This movement has begun to expand into Canada, and for over a year there has been a dedicated and enthusiastic nucleus in the city of Lethbridge. Watch the kids. I predict great things for the days ahead. REV. T. W. ROYCROFT. Lethbridge. Appeal for natural history collections '[ think it's worth a look," said Blakeney, "since every Canadian problem appears to be a constitutional problem. In that context, Prairie union is a good idea. But, in fact, there is a great deal to be said for smaller units of administration." "I just don't see political union at all," was Lougheed's reaction, "but I think there will be a greater number of times when a combined western approach, hope fully . including British Columbia, will occur more frequently. "I think that will be a forward thing for Canada that the balance between Quebec and Ontario will be to a degree offset by, perhaps, a growth towards political union in the Maritimes and at the same time, a stronger and more united western view." In Blakeney's opinion, any substantial alliance of western provinces has to start at administrative rather than political levels. "All the politicians can do is smile benignly and give their blessing," he said. "If it's going to work, it has to be done by the people even below the deputy minister level, at the branch head level." This kind of co-operation depends not only on the philosophies of t h e different governments but on the capabilities of the various civil services. "I think, for instance, that we'll get a prairie economic council as soon as we have a civil service that is geared to do that sort of thing," said Blakeney. "I didn't inherit one and I'm having to build it. I don't know what kind of civil service Lougheed has got. The previous Social Credit government of Alberta kept a very tight ship. Their public servants didn't mix with the others at federal-provincial conferences. "Schreyer has now built a good civil service and the links between the Schreyer government and our own are really getting quite close in many, many areas. We hope to do the same with Lougheed and as far as I can see, Lougheed hopes to do it with us." "I don't anticipate any problem in dealing with Schreyer or Blakeney," agreed the premier of Alberta. "Even though we may have some ideological differences, I think that we approach things pragmatically. I sense that we'll be able to get along very well." Schreyer said that he was closely following moves to integrate departments of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Maritimes. "If they manage to do this, I think it's a tremendously logical and rational thing to do," he said. "We could, in the Prairie provinces, do the same with respect to university grants, university building and construction, curriculum and expansion. I think there's room for it in resource development as well." He cited, as a small example, a common program of testing farm machinery which will come before Manitoba and Saskatchewan legislatures this winter. The biggest u n a n s w e red question, in this drift toward some form of Prairie union, is the position of British Colum* bia. Blakeney said flatly, "I don't see British Columbia fitting into this just that neatly. At any rate, nothing is going to happen in B.C. while the present administration is there. In administrative terms, it's not going to happen, but I don't see a great deal of affinity anyway." Lougheed, on the contrary, believes that any western alliance would be immeasurably Before January, the biology department of the University of Lethbridge will be operating in the new building. It will, for the first time, have proper facilities to store and maintain field collections of preserved biological specimens for purposes of teaching, research, and display. It takes many years of painstaking work, however, to accumulate such collections. While we have significant beginnings in various directions, we would much like to enrich our holdings. I would appeal, therefore, to anyone who has a scientifically worthwhile collection of natural history specimens, including necessary collection data, to consider donating or willing it to the university. Too often, such collections are lost after the initial interest fades, or when they are inherited by the collector's children. A measure of permanent protection can be Open letter to Keen Observer From your letters of November 12 and December 1, you display an astoundingly strong ant i-Canadian pro-American attitude. Being a patriotic Canadian (which I assumed you are, patriotic or otherwise), 1 am amazed that a fellow Canadian would condone such atrocities as the ones you have described in your letters. Your attitudes pertaining to the Am-chitka blast, biculturalism, exportation and American takeover are preposterous and trea-sonously anti-Canadian. If you hold the United States and your beloved Mr. Nixon so dear 1 strongly recommend that you go down and join him because you're certainly not wanted here. I was also amazed that you didn't sign your name to either of the letters, but I guess it's plain to see that you didn't have enough guts to take the credit for your dire patriotism. ALAN HOWARD, 18, WINSTON CHURCHILL HIGH SCHOOL. Lethbridge. strengthened by the presence of British Columbia. All the interviews took place in the offices of the premiers. They were all recorded on tape. The most extensive was with Premier Schreyer. We talked for more than an hour, starting with recollections of his first election to the Manitoba legislature in 1958 - an election that I had covered as a reporter for the Winnipeg Tribune. Schreyer at that time wes the first elected politician of my own age that I bad ever encountered. I was not the first to notice how much he has aged in the past few years. His face was heavier and etched with fatigue lines. His associates told me that he almost never takes exercises during the long Manitoba winters and that his working hours are long and erratic. During the interview, Schreyer answered each question at length, more for his own satisfaction than from any notion of public relations. Premier Bkkeney was the only one of the three premiers who sat behind his desk during the interview. The others moved out to informal conference areas in their offices. We started out by talking about his daughter's recent experience as a student in a French-language high school near Montreal. Premier Lougheed of Alberta is the most "western" of the three . . . outgoing and affable. While Schreyer hunched in concentration during the interview and Blakeney sat rather formally behind h i s desk, Lougheed lounged in a comfortable chair. It was interesting that he opened the interview by asking about my own work. The easy manner belied a mentality that is intensely political. In terms of content, the interview with Lougheed was the least productive of the three. It is evident that Lougheed is not going to make many careless mistakes in the early years of office. Despite many efforts to arrange an interview with Premier Bennett in the weeks preceding my arrival in British Columbia and during the week that I was there, he remained unavailable. British Columbia is certainly included in the plans of a high-level private group which is working now in the western provinces to create a "Canada West Council." At a "Prairie Union" conference in Lethbridge, last year, the idea of such a council was supported strongly by James A. Richardson, minister of supply and services and the only Manitoba member of the federal cabinet. Since then a fair amount of quiet preparatory work has been underway. As now envisaged, the council would be a private non-political organization devoted initially to research and funded primarily by government. Preparations have advanced to the stage where a leading western Canadian businessman has been asked to head the council but no formal approaches have yet been made to the provincial governments. In recent years, a great deal has been written about western separatism and Prairie union. Separatism is not a serious question in the west; political union at this stage is of little more than academic interest. But a potent combination of new political types, common economic interests and pressures from central Canada are creating, at this time, conditions for a far greater degree of western unification than anyone would have believed possible only a few years ago. (Toronto Star Syndicate) provided by the university which is not present in private homes. I am thinking particularly of more specialized collections such as insects, egg-shells of birds, etc. Individual mounted animals or game heads, if in good condition, would also enrich the environment within which students study. Anyone who is willing to contribute such materials is invited to contact the writer at home or at the department of biological sciences, University of Lethbridge. JOB KUIJT. Lethbridge. Invitation I do not intend to enter into a writing match on the editorial pages of The Herald but I would appreciate enough space to invite the person who signed himself "Law Abiding Citizen" in a recent letter to visit me in my office at his convenience to discuss the problems he seems to have. RALPH D. MICHELSON, CHIEF OF POLICE. Lethbridge. Looking backward Through The Herald 1911 - At a late hour in the afternoon the census returns showed a total of 10,085. It is possible that the final returns will reach the 10,500 mark. 1921 - At the meeting of city council, the matter of the objection to the building of the new premises of the Crystal Dairy, made by the residents of Eighth street was disposed of. 1931 - Work commenced Saturday on construction of snow fences on the frozen surface of Crow's Nest Lake, in an attempt to prevent blockage of the Pass road. 1941 - More than 18,000 applications for enlistment in the Canadian Women's Army Corps and the Canadian Women's Auxiliary Air Force have been received by the department of national war services. 1951 - Canda's population is more than 100,000 short of the 14,000,000 mark, the Bureau of Statistics disclosed in a preliminary report on the 1951 census. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishert Published 1905 - 1954, by Hon. W. A. 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