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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta iu me uecemoer 1973 A winter tour across Canada LONDON-Heathrow is worse than I ever a seething chaotic mass of ill-temper and misery. It takes well over an hour to reach the check-in stumbling over abandoned luggage and semi-abandoned children. The BOAC ticket clerk maintains that it is all the management's fault for refusing to employ more staff. It seems hardly conceivable that anyone should prefer this utilitarian method of transport to the leisurely grandeur of the sea the final two days spent steaming up the St. Lawrence through the sunlit glory of a Canadian autumn. But the or most of have gone for and it is after all January my neighbors on the air- craft are Uganda a mother and two small daughters on their way to join daddy in Toronto. As we descend out of the brilliantly blue sky the children stare un- comprehendingly at the white the snow whipped like spume off the river by a 30 mph wind. Temperature six below the captain informs us laconically Montreal by is sweltenngly hot. The air crackling with an- nouncements of flights to and from Florida and the Caribbean. Middle-class Canadians no longer cherish any romantic thoughts of a white snow and ice are all too real and are willingly exchanged for cor- al reefs and palm trees. Next morning in Halifax the newspaper carries echoes of England with a lead story on soaring beef prices. But they are hardly likely to make an English housewife with T- bone steak at a pound. What is surprising is the in- formation that with all those legendary herds of bellowing cattle being driven across the dusty foothills of the is still a net im- porter of beef. If Canada cannot feed what country can' In the bitter cold sunlight of St. John's a Soviet trawler leans against the harbor holidaying from the Grand deserted as Russian ships always seem to be. Its presence evokes no the Russians regularly put in for to land sick or simply to shelter from the gales. Recently local fishermen did stage a small but there was nothing political about the trouble was that the foreigners were occupying all the best leaving the Newfoundlanders to moor at the far side of the harbor. Next door to the elusive Russians is a German cargo whose load of railway wagons ran amok in an Atlantic storm. The crew took fright and aban- doned and it was eventually towed into har- bor by a brave local but not entirely since the salvage claim is likely to run into several million dollars. reminder of the draw- backs of big-city life. Montreal is frequently' said to be in the financial and industrial heart of the country is now and even the great corporations are reported to be under government for political to retain their head offices in what is still Canada's largest city. But looking at the soar- ing new skyscrapers it is difficult to believe the pessimists. Granting that ByJOHN YOUNG The London On a street comer half a dozen massive refrigerated by the freez- ing are displayed for sale like magazines or packets of popcorn. Although the city depends heavily on fish for its it has yet to find space or money for a market. After the peace of the where traffic is relatively sparse and seldom in any great the swirling concrete flyovers and snarling jams of the Montreal rush hour are a disconcerting VANEE LIVESTOCK LTD. FORT MACLEOD and LETHBRIDGE Fort Macleod Phone 234-4074 or 234-4428 Direct Line to Lethbridge 326-1477 _ Dealers and Order Hogs Shipped Wednesday and Thursday CATTULININ SIRVICI We buy feeders on all markets in Alberta Contact us now for your feeder cattle. Toronto is growing too fast for many people's Montreal still has that elusive style that only great cities possess. its superb un- derground network of all- weather shopping linking office exhibition railway and metro is a brilliant ex- ample of imaginative town planning. Ottawa may not be the most beautiful capital in the but it is surely one of the least stiff- necked Everyone seems glad to make time to see and protocol is minimal. My interview with Mitchell was conducted not across a desk but with the two of us relaxed in deep arm-chairs. Many not least Prime Minister still have a strong feeling for the Com- and they are openly delighted to play host to the Queen and to Murray McKay and Chuck James along with their staff extend Season's Greetings and a Prosperous New to all their customers MCKAY BROS. FARM IMPLEMENTS LTD. 3214 5th Ave. Alberta events like the prime ministers' conference. The weather is causing acute dismay to winter sports gloomi- ly surveying the rain- washed hills and the melting ice on rivers and canals. At the first stop on our flight it is over 50 degrees which in January is comparable with a severe frost in the Persian Gulf. The stewardess brings round copies of The a relatively lively and well- edited tabloid which was started two or three years ago to fill a much-needed gap. A feature article provides a revealing glimpse of the changing mores of this once ultra- Puritanical city. What would those dourly Orange civic fathers have made of the semi-serious suggestion that the Cana- dian National Exhibition grounds should become a red-light controll- ed and licensed annually by the mayor and At where we have a momentarily dis- concerting difference of opinion with another air- craft on the the winter scene is back to nor- the city surrounded by the endless flat expanse of frozen white fac- tory chimneys belching smoke into the bright sky. But in Calgary it is springtime the streets and pavements dry and office workers strolling at lunchtime without hats or the ugly but usually essen- tial overshoes. friendly and is many people's favorite Canadian city. Occasionally it wears its folksiness a little self- like the two dark-suited businessmen in a hotel each sporting a huge white stetson hat. In a lavatory in the same hotel is a surely unique a notice board above the urinal to which are pinned pages from the evening paper listing the latest stock market prices. Like Edmonton is basically a cow-town grown rich on oil revenues. This is not meant in any disparaging it simp- ly implies in spite of all the wealth and expan- the people have not yet lost the country-man's good humor and hospitality. Each city dis- plays an unexpected hostility towards the but most of it is almost cer- tainly spurious. A few miles outside Ed- monton I get my first taste of snowmobiling. This new sport has provoked bitter hostility from a large sec- tion of the public who ob- ject to the noise and ex- haust fumes of these motorcycles on skis polluting the peace and pure air of the winter countryside. There is also concern at the high casualty dozens of people every year collide with cars and lorries on crash through thin ice on or die of exposure after their engines break down in the snowbound wilderness. But I thoroughly enjoy our 10-mile dash in darkness across the fields and through the and I cannot seriously believe that our convoy menaces anyone In Inuvik it really is 44 degrees below zero when we arrive and the ther- mometer still falling. But the Arctic night is less prolonged than I had ex- pected. daybreak is not until about 11 but it is still light at 5 p.m. The ghostly sunlight is filtered through a strange sort of fog I am by the moisture in the air condensing at extreme- ly low temperatures. We crawl along the road from the airport with our headlights blazing and have to edge our way past the scene of a head-on collision. The brutalities of modern life are no different in the far north. 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