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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta ALL TUCKERED OUT Brandy class at a dog show in- Miami. If is, he seems to be saying, Alexander, 180 pounds of St. Bernard, takes a seat as he good to sit down. appeared all tuckered out offer winning first place in his Responsibility is the hey You cannot parole everybody By PAUL JACKSON' Herald Ottawa Bureau man who spends lus life saying thst offenders .should be given parole or proba- 1'on rather than 5 jail sentence contends that hardened criminals should be locked away for even longer periods than they are today. That seems like a contradic tion in ideals. But, says fed eral parole board chairman T G. Street, it's nothing of the sort Rather, it's just commor sense. For Hie past 13 years Mr i A Warm, Wonderful fur from Canadian Furriers. m Wo have hundreds of happiness 15 i furs to choose from. ?5 You're sure to find the fur r i S of your dreams at jfa CANADIAN FURRIERS! "IN A TRADITION OF QUALITY" Paramount Theatre Blclcj. Phone 327-4343 HOURS: '58 lift Men., Tucs., Wocl. and Sat. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. JK Tliurs. and Pii. 9 o.m. to 9 p.m. i'g if a man has been locked up in a penitentiary after having fail ed his family, his school and so- ciety in general he's hardly go ing to go through a magic trans formation in prison. What' needed is for the man to be made to realize his offence is a serious one in the eyes of so ciety but that he'll be given an other chance to prove he can stiil be part of society. Magic transformations within prisons shouldn't be expected says Mr. Street, because thes rarely come. Despite the alarm the publii feels when a psrolee does vio late his trust, parole and pro batiou are being used more am more. In fact, a new light is being shed on the sub- ject. A senate inquiry into parole is just about to get under way The inquiry will try to find ou whether parole is actually Mr. Street con- tends it is in the majority o also attempt: to in form the public about the sys- tern. 11 trill even get the views of convicts inside penitentiar- ies. .MAJOR HOPE From the inside, the parole system has become much more personal. At first, the decision on whether to release a per- son or not from jail was usually decided simply by checking over his files. Not so today. Now, personal interviews with the prisoner are the order of the day. If parole is refused, the prisoner is told why. Parole is increasingly regard- ed by prisoners as their one major hope for release before their sentence is over. In most cases it is their only hope. prisoner sentenced to >reaking parole regulations or more than two years is eligible ireaking the law the every day for parole after he has served citizen has to obey. one third of his sentence. Mr. Street says the number of Since it takes about four people who break the faith i months to fully process a par- placed in them by tile parole ole application, the board usu- board is upsetting. He realizes ally gets a prisoner's applica- tion five months before he be- comes eligible. After that there's what must be a tension- filled wait for the prisoner. At the end of it, joy or utter rejec- tion. With about pecple par- oled in the last 13 vrnrs Street has relentlessly persued his belief that people should be put on probation rather than into a jail cell and that those who are in jail should be given more chances to prove they needn't be. Says he: "We use prison sen- tences far too much in Canada. How can you instil a sense of responsibility in a person when you strip him of all responsi- bility while in Pointing out that a sense ol responsibility is what stops' person breaking the law, the parole board chairman says much better solution than jai for most offenders is some form of supervision such as is ob- tained when a convict is parol- ed. But, he stresses, you can't parole everyone. People who are "real menaces to society should be locked up where they can't escape" and he's stead- fast in his conviction that he doesn't want to let out a dan- gerous man with a long record. Mr. Street says that about 75 per cent of the people in Can- ada's penitentiaries are not icious, dangerous or a threat" to anyone so the na- tion is just wasting time and money keeping them behind bars. However, Mr. Street admits that an increasing number of people are being also that an increasing number of parolees aren't living up to the faith placed in them. In 1953, parole was granted lo of about prisoners ho applied for it. There was a failure rate of some eight per cent. In 1970, prisoners were paroled out of who applied for it. About a quarter )f those are back in prison for too that when the public reads of some parolee who has gene out and broken the law again while back in society under trust, sympathy for greater use of parole dwindles. Part of Mr. Street's the job of the parole board's MO staff members in ;15 offices across to convince Ihe public that psrolc is a good thing for society as well as for the pnrolec. Himself, he believes that par- olo is thr only true incentive to good behavior and, hopefully, complete correction. After ail, only 5.000 breaking faith placed in them. Mr. Street says lie believes a person who looks at the system objectively or with a little sympathy will find it more merit than simply putting a man behind bars and hoping something in liis prison nal training WILLIAMSBUKG, Va. (AP) Attorney-General .John N. Mitchell announced today the establishment of a National Corecfions Academy lo serve as a centre for re- search and tlie training of fed- eral st-ate and local personnel. In a keynote speech to the opening of the first con- ference on corrections, Mitchell disclosed a new federal pro- Irani of aid lo help modernize he U.S. penal system, recently (Tacked by numerous Mitchell said the federal bu- reau of prisons and UK law en- orcemenl assistance admuiis- ration will work with state and ocal authorities to establish the icw corrections academy, vhich will offer training for correction personnel at all em- ployment levels, cciilrc planned "I believe it will be the most effect ive single means of up- grading the profession and as- suring that correction is more Ih.iii a euphemism for detention, he said. I'HIDK COMMON BOM) PICTON, Out. (CP) Per- sonal pride in their heritage was the reason for belonging to the United Kmpire Loyalists' Association of Canada, Hobert F. Kirk, an association mem- ber, told a meeting of I ho asso- ciation's local branch. He said the organization was supposed to provide interest, so people will do something about that pride. He suggested involving young people and enabling local people lo provide historical in- formation to visitors. The LctlikiJge Herald Third Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, December 8, 1971 Pages 33 42 When? that's the question Farm machinery testing centre seems likely for Prairie area By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) There arc indications a centre to test farm machinery will be re-established on the Prairies, but just when and how re- mains uncertain. The agriculture ministers of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta have held several talks on setting up a testing centre, but that's about as much as they'll say. Last May, after five years of study, Dr. Clarence L. Bar- ber's one-man royal commis- sion on farm machinery rec- ommended a n independent agency be set up to test and develop farm machinery. Dr. Barber said such an agency would help farmers choose the right machines and models for their operations. Since then, federal action on the report has been slow and the agriculture by Jack Messer of Saskatche- discussing the need, location and administra- tion. They have declined to re- veal specifics, but sources in- dicate there may be differing opinions on whether it should be administered by an inde- pendent organization or through existing university fa- cilities. TALK ABOUT FINANCE While Ottawa says only that the Barber report is "being studied as a package" and that talks with the industry are progressing, tie ministers have reached the how-to-fi- nance stage in their talks. Machinery testing was set up by the CCF government of Saskatchewan in the early 1960s. Called the Agricultural Ma- chinery Administration, it was scrapped in 1'64 when Ross Thatcher led his Liberal party to victory ousting the CCF, the fore-runner of the New Democratic Party. Three years later, United Grain Growers, in a survey of some of its more than Prairie members, said 88 per cent of the replies indicated farmers wanted farm machin- ery sold on the Prairies tested in the Prairies and 70 per cent said manufacturers should bo "forced" to test all their ma- chinery. A. M. Runciman, UGG pres- ident, said his board of direc- tors "strongly supports ma- chinery testing." E. A. Boden, Saskatchewan Federation o f Agriculture president, said lu's organiza- tion also approves the idea. Dobson Lea, president of U n i f a r m which represents about A 1 b e r t a 's 50.000 farmers, says he has discussed testing with Agri- culture Minister Hugh Homer. He said Unifarm would not object to the test location being in Saskalchewan. The development comes when farm-machinery sales- ill a slump during the hist three on an up- swing. Since 1988 in Saskatchewan, between 150 and 200 dealer- ships have folded because of economic conditions and con- solidation. But during the first six months of Statistics Can' ada said sales of new imple- ments and equipment, includ- ing repair parts, increased 'id.3 per cent from the same 1970 period in Saskatchewan and 33 per cent in Alberta. In Manitoba during the same pe- riod sales declined about two per cent. DIPORT 1IORE TRACTORS There are also indications imported tractors may be making more impact on the Canadian market which, Dr. Barber said, is dominated by Massey-Fcrguson Ltd., Inter- national Han-ester and John But the lack of sen-ice and parts still poses a problem for the purchaser of an imported from Italy, Romania, Russia and Japan. However, salrs show a steady increase with Italy sending 918 tractors c'uring tile first eight months of 1971 compared with 281 in 1 i. !51. In Winnipeg Canadian Co- Operative Implements Ltd. now is manufacturing Swedish Volvo self-propelled and pull- type combines under contract and sells imported Volvo trac- tors. In Edmonton, Komeco Equipment Ltd. is one of a fast-growing number of West- ern dealers for Japan's Ko- malsu Tractor Co., one of the largest ing firms in the world. George Hirst, Komeco pres- ident, said he started import- ing three years ago and it "took at least six months be- fore wo sold the first six units.'1 "Our farmers were wrong about buying equipment pre- viously untested on the Prai- ries, but now our first custom- ers are coming back and sales are tremendous.M Mr. Hirst said his "competi- tors fell me our prices are always about 10 per cent lower but if the Japanese yen is revalued upward the price difference would be reduced." Page Harrison, from the University of Alberta, says a Western Canada testing centre would cost only a year to operate after an initial capital invest- ment of between and SI million. m The Ideal Christinas gift for the family TELEV 9 Automatic Fine Tuning t Automatic Tint Control In a beautiful walnut grained cabinet 3 year picture tube warranty Reg. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL SEE THIS AND OTHER CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS AT APPLIANCE AND TV CENTRED- Phone 328-1673 BILL BAKER Across from Enerson's Downtown Showroom I We Take GRAIN On Trade 328-1332 WAYNE BAKER Free Delivery works initiatives ram. The Local Initiatives Program is part of the Federal Government's Special Employment Plan. It is designed lo cncouragn groups, organizations and municipalities to slarl worth- while projects like building a rink; or providing services for the elderly or handicapped; or improving substandard housing. Projects must give employment lo people who might otherwise bo unemployed and must beofanon-protitnaturc. Ityour community hasn't applied for a project, start some action now. Applications aro processed as they are received so it's best to move quickly. Tito deadline for applications is Jan. Contact your local Canada Manpower Centre for further information. Canada Works and Immigration Immigration frtto WS7W ;