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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE HERALD December 1970 Maurice Western Onus on government Benson budgets for a baffling situation Just about everything that can be said about women and their status has already liecn said loud and It was therefore unreasonable to expect that the Royal Commission on the Status of Women would have anything new to was it and why did the public go to so much expense to finance it Probably the main reason was to raise the status of the question it to move tlie debate out of smoking rooms into the serious politi cal to try to determine once and for all whether womens grie vances were real or One doesnt need to subscribe to the outlandish extremes of the wo mens liberation movement to admit that there is Most of Hie laws and customs have been es tablished by a male dominated so and the male establishment has not been sensitive to the aspirations and frustrations of a growing num ber of The commission was not organized It was a calm investigation of a sub ject heretofore dominated by emo While governments and parliaments are not bound by royal commission they must have good reason for not following The onus for legislative and execu tive action on matters affecting the rights arid status of women now clearly on Hie It has been told what should be by a responsible group solemnly commis sioned to determine what should be The government should now say that what should be done will be and if it is not prepared to say it should produce some good Tlie question of the status of wo men has now entered an entirely new and an urgent QTTAWA Edgar Benson has Even the government was yielded much less than already into the red ink before might have been expected to the clamor for economic stimu lants at the expense of the con tinuing struggle to contain In Tlie in sig nals a net increase in the tax burden since the temporary three per cent surtax on per sonal and corporate which was to have expired at the end of this has been reimposed for the budget The fore cast deficit is million with cash requirements of million apart from foreign ex The1 anticipated com parable figures for 197172 are million and Thus the minister of finance was a man beleaguered with problems and with very little room for The situa tion was made worse by the fact thai the government had to sustain the casualties of in Of the additional million in budgetary expendi tures for nc less than million goes for social bandage programs the interim ten per cent increase in unem ployment insurance benefits and tlie already an in OAS and other pen sions and guaranteed income With so little available for new Benson was obviously subject to im portant pressures in the deploy ment of these limited The underlined by winter unemployment was the demand for programs yielding the earliest possible The second was unemployment being particular ly severe in with per cent of the and British with per Distorted values There is a good deal of talk today about distorted What is usual ly referred to are changed attitudes toward appearance and But for an example of a really distorted value nothing can ap proach that exhibited by the people living on or near Scenic Drive in Lethbridge who objected to having a group home for disturbed young peo ple established in their This is especially so in regard to those whoso objection was based on the notion that the home would lower property It is this giving of priority to prop erty over people which has sickened a large number of the younger gen eration with society as it Some of the rejection of established ways is directly traceable to their disillu sionment in finding that talk about values is largely A community that is devoid of car Ing is not worth living If a group of neighbors cannot bring themselves to merely tolerate the presence of a group of unhappy young let alone reach out to them with posi tive can much really be expected of society Not much comfort is afforded in the realization that the people who rejected an opportunity to express a helping hopefulness may be typical of the majority of citizens in Leth bridge or any other In fact the thought is depressing in the ex One way in which the blighting blot might be erased would be for a group of neighbors to invite the de partment of social development to seek a premise in their It would be even better if several groups took such an action since it would give the department more chance of finding a Are there any takers of this propo sal A bad law The law relating to illegal posses sion of liquor is possibly a bad There are too many instances when It can be linked with Kecentiy this law was singled out by Coroner Cantor in connec tion with the deaths of two young people on the Alexis Indian He pointed out that in many cases Hie law makes people drink what they have in their cars rather than running the risk of being The intention of the law is just the It was hoped that it would discourage people from drinking while But since that is ap parently not the way it is working consideration should be given to changing the Banning liquor from communities such as the Blood Indian Reserve may lead to the same results as the law regarding illegal It also may encourage tlie hasty con sumption of what has been purchas ed rather than run Hie risk of appre Of as Cantor changing laws is not ultimately the answer to the problem of drunken He suggested that people need some oilier forms of recreation than that of It is not only that more recreation al outlets are needed in especially in some Indian communi ties but that the whole idea of drinking as a recreational activity needs When society is pre pared to give some serious attention to attitudes in relation to a change in the picture of drunken ness and death brought on by drunkenness may be Until laws are not apt to make much Letters to the editor Toynbee wrong in linking the Pope with Heath Archivists really must pre serve Arnold Toynbces piece on Pope and a prime minister on freedom Herald Its a primary source of considerable merit in tlie pearances of a but approves the capitalist fetish of the sacredness of prof even in the face of infla pollution and urban and bureaucratic In rush towards centralism has destroyed and is destroying freedom and human North America is very from being Its vu ILUJILUJIIUIJIU fiG sbsurd urbcin UIG sigiit it provides into the mod other like most trends of crying population ex huge numbers of people in ern political leaders is put plosion and ignoring the dis what Mumford calls the anti distribution of both within nations and between the politician is really a liberal progressivist the the Pope is not subject to the fashionable for tlie following points 1 Toynbee confuses the crystallized Tory conservatism of a with the moral and spiritual essentialism of the like many of the Tory retains the outward ap ting tlie goals of the corpora tions before tlie genuinely hu man goals of distributed prop erty and The on the other in his recent utterance on con traception and stressed the need for radical changes in tribulion of people and One is a blend of nineteenth century British imperialism and devotion to the capitalist statusquo the other speaks for dynamic 2 Toynbee fails to see or face up to the fact that tlie Canadian control over iinance Art Buchwald WASHINGTON The question of what to do about American passenger rail roads is still very much on the Admini strations There is no doubt that the railroads are losing nroney on passen ger If they had their they would1 just stay with At the same the publics need for passenger particularly commuter is What is the solution Professor Heinrich who holds the Casey Jones chair of railroad philosophy at Pullman has come up with a radical idea that could save both the railroads and the needed passenger Applebaum says the solution to tlie problem can be found in large aluminum containers which are now being used for These containers are placed on trains already and unloaded the same This saves companies money in freight loss due to pilferage and and also saves Applebaum claims tliere is no reason you cant use the same containers for This is how it would operate Let us as sume that 150 people are going to take the fron Connecti When they arrived at the they would be placed horizontally in the This would give everyone an extra hours sleep to New The container would he insulated as well as When everyone was in the con tainer it would be Then a freight train going through Greenwich would stop and the container would Iw hoisted on board a The same thing would happen all along the Commuters in containers at Port Rye and Larchmont would all be waiting to be picked up by the freight When the train arrived at Grand Central the containers would be taken off by cranes and opened on the and everyone could go to The reverse would happen hi the Applebaum except in this to break the the commuters would be loaded in The beauty of the says is that by using railraods could cut the cost of a ticket from Greenwich to New York by They could also profit by the fact that they would not have to build new passen ger and they could eliminate the bar they wouldnt Have to worry about customer as the commuter service would be run by the freight The big advantage of this is that once the railroads able to legitimately treat passengers as they would improve their service rather than try to discourage people from using he rail Applebaunr says at the the container idea would only be practical on short but he felt that as time went on a method coiild be developed for long runs to freeze people in icfrigcrator cars and then thaw them out when they reach their The Departmnnt of which Is trying to find a solution to the passenger train has expressed great inter est in the Applebaum A spokesman for the department said If it could the Penn Central Toronto Telegram News Service There is no such problem as Canada wanting the benefits of capital without paying for We never have had a dollar of American except in joint projects for which we paid our We have had a lot of private capital from tho and I hope we have a lot Every dollar is here he cause we have a splendid coun try with excellent investment Honey is sure to come to such a fine We furnish the climate to make invest ment profitable and do not owe anybody The country of origin has control of that money while it is in their coun Once it comes into Canada it is under our No oth Help Project Recall At H a m i 11 o n Junior High School we have a group of stu dents who are studying the his tory of Lethbridge and south ern We call PROJECT Ap proximately 45 under the direction of Bruce Haig are exploring this Dur ing or holi days we have interviews with those who have lived here many Our objective is lo build archives to be placed in the Gait Museum where this study would be available to all or ganizations and schools for We will be taking pic tures and building them into multi projector Many organizations and as well as many have allowed us to photograph their Centra School has asked us to help Ihem set up a slide pro gram showing the history of their before it is torn down late this We are presently doing a study of Dia mond City and on November 5th a number of us took a field trip to Diamond City with Kurze and They showed us where some of the old build ings We have had a great deal of help from many citizens and clubs as well at the Gait Mu If you have any old pic or material that we could we would appreciate them very The pictures will be taken care of and re You can contact the school and leave your name and we will then contact Thank GERALD Statement corrected We wish to correct a some what erroneous statement in November 30 Lethbridge Her ald which said that Heals on had been in operation since 1970 without request ing money from any organiza Had it not been for the re quest sent out lo many organ izations for money ami volun teer help and the ensuing sup Wit Meals on Wheels could never have begun this So far we have receiv ed over from clubs and for which we are eternally With out their continued support and interest wo would not be the success we Chairman for Meals on Meals on Wheels er country can be allowed to exercise any control whatever over money once in our coun We expect that investment to make a if it is legiti mate and handled But we h a v e every right and duty to expect that profit to be used for our As far as possible it should remain in Canada for further investment and development and the over flow should be balanced by in flow from Canadian invest ments and We are not selling our re sources or country to anybody We are merely selling the right to operate under our for our always remembering that the investor must benefit if we are to bene but that does not mean that any other country has any Their rights stop at the for either men or mon and if it does not then wo should change any Jaws neces sary to insure that we do have and shut up about for eign It does not exist unless we are foolish enough to permit no matter how much money comes Ungrainiiialical I do hope newcomers or strangers to tlie city do not Ihink some of the things they hear on a local radio station arc representative of the state of culture in The ungrammatical ladies that phone in to a local talk show the sports announcer with his real good these make me wonder about south ern Not to worry about citizens of these parts ever having to become bilin gual they have a bad enough time with their misuse of the English cities which is tlie main cause of pollution and And the root cause of that is the notion of maximizing profits and its accompanying perver sion of technology to waste 3 To use the term laissez faire to describe the policy at Heath on inflation and that of the Pope on is ir Heath represents political forces which favor government promotion of the goals of Econom ic laissezfaire is a thing of the The Pope has not preach ed laissezfaire at Toynbee ignores the stress on solutions other than those of contracep tion and abortion in Pope Pauls Thoughtful people should see that the basic causes of infla tion and environmental prob lems are the same an in trinsically unjust social order to which the human alternative is not state socialism but co operative and decentralist hu PETER In accordance with venerable the government has reacted to the first pressure with public works Federal departments and agen cies will spend million in the current fiscal A new loan fund of million is also being established to finance new capital development pro jects in the As pre scribed by the new regiona money will be distributed according to a formula based on unemployment An ef fort is to be made to coordinate these projects with the grams of Jean Marchands de partment of regional economic The same emphasis is appar ent in other relatively small programs million for ac cess roads and other services surrounding Montreal interna tional airport special incentive grants for a dBsignaled region in three adjoining Ontario coun ties and with ob vious regional for the shipbuilding and competi tively crippled footwear indus The one striking innovation in the budget not subject to regional limitations is the special concession permitting manufacturing and processing businesses to value new invest ments in equip ment and structures at 115 cent of their actual cost as a base for earning capital costal This is a shortterm expiring March Its purpose is plain to achieve the greatest possible employment results in the im mediate future by speeding the capital outlays of private inter Some of the sunnier pas sages in Bensons obvious ly difficult text refer to ths gratifying state of our interna tional It is the more de pressing that the minister missed an obvious opportunity to bring some relief to consum ers and many producers by re duction of the customs With inflation still admittedly a serious concern and with the expressed anxiety of the gov ernment to reverse a protec tionist trend in the Benson had very much greater freedom in this respect than in doling out tax concessions and The it would has become the great untouchable in Canadian poli Tlus is the more puzzling be cause no government has had more to say on the subject of budget itself has lost its old quality of perm In Bensons words The government has engaged in what has been virtually a continuous adaptation of our fiscal Dwelling at some length on post budget developments of the he showed that a projected in crease in cash requirements of million had grown to So much then for But in that case what is to be irmde of Bensons present estimates The prospect is that we will be million intha red next year and that the gov as the minister will face difficult borrowing problems all too likely to gen erate a new burst of Hence the far from obscure warning that Ottawa may have to invoke price and wage con Even the forecast how be accepted with for continuous adaptation is fa remain tlie order of the day in the finance The longterm outlook is There is perhaps one consola tion for the citizen if he finds the situation so mani festly do Bensons high priced Herald Ottawa Bureau Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD December weath er has decided the men of Ma gralh to have a road bee sim ilar to the successful one held four years ago when the only grease and loving it are 52 Lethbridge who are tak ing the motor mechanics coiuse at a local President Trumans knuckle cracking letter lo a good work on Magraths main critic who panned his daugh streets and roads leading into cinninn the town was Park Lake is des tined to be not only a pleasure resort in the but also a place of amusement in the winter is seen in the number of parties who journey there to enjoy the skating on the sheet of ice covering the JMO Up to their elbows in ters provoked chuck les and some sharp criticism in Improvements to In dian Battle costing about may be included in the citys winter works A proposed plan of action for de veloping the park was ap proved by the parks and rec reation The Iethbrul0e Herald 504 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 by BUCHANAN Second Class 0012 Member cf Tlie Canadian Press and Iho Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers Association and the Audit Bureau of circulations CLEO Editor and Publisher THOMAS General Manager JOE 8ALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate editor ROY MILES DOUGLAS WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Edilor THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH ;