Internet Payments

Secure & Reliable

Your data is encrypted and secure with us.
VeraSafe Security Seal

Lethbridge Herald Newspaper Archives

- Page 4

Join us for 7 days to view your results

Enter your details to get started

or Login

What will you discover?

  • 108,666,265 Obituaries
  • 86,129,063 Archives
  • Birth & Marriages
  • Arrests & legal notices
  • And so much more
Issue Date:
Pages Available: 60

Search All United States newspapers

Research your ancestors and family tree, historical events, famous people and so much more!

Browse U.S. Newspaper Archives

Select the state you are looking for from the map or the list below

OCR Text

Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, December 15, 1971 The CDC gets the go-ahead The now Canada Development Cor- poration is startin" to lake on some shape with the announcement by the federal "'ovcrnment recently of its 21 directors. The directors comprise a lietcroKcnous drawn mostly from the business world, with only one woman academic and a trade unionist to try to inject a little bal- ance. There apparently is to be no spe- cific boss. Instead, the job at the top will be managed on an equal basis by a financial executive from Montreal's business community and a civil servant from the federal cab- inet's secretarial staff. Tlic corporation will begin busi- ness with million to be advanced as required by the federal govern- ment, followed by up to S75 million annually in each of the next two years. If il has accomplished what is expected of it in thai time, Cana- dians will be invited to invest in com- mon and preferred shares at S3 each up to about S2 billion. Stockholders logically will not be rushing with their money if it ap- pears that the CDC is being used, or may be pressured by the federal gov- ernment into using its funds to bail out failing industries in poor areas or to block foreign lake overs of com- panies which cannot find Canadian backers. Prime Minister Trudeau announced bis government wished to see the head office of CUC moved to Van- couver within two years. This may seem that government, influence has already been exerted before this pro- gram got off the ground. However, that, is by-lhe-by and Canadians gen- erally will view the move as a posi- tive indicator that there is some de- centralizing of power from Ottawa being considered at. lasl. Vancouver will give the CDC a western focus and will perhaps be influential in en- couraging more investment, in the Prairie region. It will take lime for the CDC to see where and how it will serve Canada best But according to the present schedule, it will be 1974 before Cana- dians will get the opportunity of ex- pressing their own judgment of its performance when (he CDC opens its share subscription list. Go all out for bus use Reducing transit fares lo a uni- form 10 cents a ride of itself is not apl lo induce more people to utilize this mode of transportation. On this point Alderman Steve Kotch is no doubt correct. Even his proposal of a better service might not make the desired difference. The experience of larger centres in Irving to persuade people to pat- ronize the public transit systems is very discouraging. An experiment in one r.S. city of picking workers up at their doors didn't even induce them to give up driving their cars. More success in weaning people from total dependence upon their aut- omobiles might be possible today when awareness of pollution and the depletion of resources has spread. A publicity campaign directed to the consciences of people could have some effect. Improving the service early in the morning and lale in the afternoon holds the best promise of luring bus riders. This is an experiment that downtown merchants ought to get behind since il could help to im- prove the parking situation. If em- ployees rode the bus they would not be feeding meters and discouraging shoppers. Reducing fares without improving the service or mounting a publicity campaign doesn't appear to be a suf- ficient answer to the problem of non- patronage. People who can afford to drive cars to work, and perhaps feed a meter all day. will not change their habils merely because of the prospect of a 10-cent fare on the bus. ANDY RUSSELL The persecuted birds 1VOT so many years ago. eagles, hawks and owls were considered vermin alcng with crows and magpies, pests to be destroyed by every means possible. Boun- ties were paid for great horned owls, gos- hawks and even eagles. It was said the latter were inveterate killers of lambs, both wild and tame, but nobody had done much honest looking. Most of us did not know the difference between a goshawk and a prairie falcon, so we shot hawks indiscri- minately. We counted all the expense and effort as a worthy investment to save wild- fowl, upland game and songbirds from the predators. The same pccplc that clamored for more and higher bounties were draining wet- lands, plowing under brush cover and even removing boundary fences to allow cultiva- tion right up to the edge of the road al- lowances. Weed sprays were being used to kill brush and weed cover on irrigation canal banks and roadside ditches. Cereal grain was the name of the game; the growth of a great monoculture. We did not realize that nature abhors monocultures. We were fast removing much natural nest- ing cover in places where it should have been left. We did not care about the wet- lands disappearance, just so there was more grain in the bins. To add to the threat, we attacked the insects with tons of DDT, and contributed more tons of poisonous mercury effluent to the land and water. Progress we called it, but in spite of our zealous killing of predators, the birds continued to disappear. Then, at last, we began to realize the truth of Rachel Carson's predictions Silent Spring, a time when there would be no more bird- song or sound of whistling wings ,when the spring sun warmed the land after long, cold winters. Second looks reveaJed that most of the so-called destructive predators were the best controls for rodent pests. Bounties were largely discontinued. DDT was found the tissues of animals, birds and fish in every corner of Ihe world, and its use cur- tailed. The deadly effects of mercury ef- fluents were checked, but not till major water systems wore so badly polluted that fish contained are condemned for human consumption. Some species of birds like the brown pellican and the eagles are on the brink of extinction due to effects of DDT. Many of the songbirds have been thinned dangerously in numbers for the same raason. The deadly effects of weed spraying over nesting grounds has been severly criticized and checked in many areas. Many people have become aware of the dangers and inhumanity of our ways to the point of insisting on improved en- vironmental management. But we still have a long way to go too long for any resting en laurels. For instance, just how destructive are crows and mapgies? For fifty years here on our ranch in southern Alberta, we de- stroyed these birds at every opportunity. Bui counts show very little difference in numbers of songbirds, grouse and ducks. So ten years ago we put crows and magpies under total protection. Populations of other birds show little difference as a result. Two years ago after eight years of mag- pie and crow protection, a graduate stu- dent from the University cf Wisconsin came to make a study of songbird popula- tion in aspen growth. On a plot measuring 300 yards deep and the same wide, he tabulated ;i2 different .species of songbirds, including 27 species with nests. In several plots of similar aspen growth nature from Manitoba west to the Rockies this was the heaviest bird population he observed any- where. At the same time, as a Ducks Unlimited "Key man1', I ca'i sec no appreciable dif- ference in the duck and grouse numbers. So the thought occurs to this observer, we still have much to learn. When I saw a field well sprinkled with crows and magpies the other day, all busily eating grasshoppers, 1 wondered .some more. Maybe, if we spent the time and money used in their control to improve tbe habitat., we would be much further ahead. II. is something to think about, for nature has wonderful ways of balancing things. ;md if we could help straighten some badly used environment, the birds could take care of them- selves. Making believers thought I had carried my boon offered for sale M o r e incredible J fence spoofing too far when T reported things I linn fences change hands as a my reaction to classified ads offering fen- result of those columns. There was even cos for "That's she said, an ad once nhout a (iarbenstangel. "any hope that readers might pve crcci- Kathcr than discrediting ir.y veracity, ihilily to your stones has been shattered the mention of the fence ads is likely to make hellevers out those who may Avid readers of The Herald's classified wondered if all the stories about section know very well that fences have Elspcth nrc true. Manric Senate pressed for decision on tax bill OTTAWA The government slill burdened wilh the Benson tax measure, is al- tempting lo calm an all-parly revolt of senators, angered and humiliated by the roic as- signed to them in this parlia- mentary drama. This was stretched n u I. by Paul Martin, who intimaled, in characteristically polite fash- ion, that the senators should deal with it in the first four days of Christmas week. Me suggested a few overtime vari- thought and thus spare the would be no alternative but us to return and deal with th bill before the end of Decem- ber in this calendar year." In arguing for closure, Allan llacEnchcn calculated that the measure in its various mani- festations had been before the for not expected lo do anything or Beyond question, however, the is the Senate of importance in the the kind. For, if the Senate Senate has in the past amend- Mr. Trudcau's eyes; it is to De- seeks to play its role in a re- sponsible fashion, it will al- most certainly have to amend the bill, at least to the extent of incorporating the changes rec- ommended in the latest report Commons on nearly <10 days. It of its banking and commerce is astonishing that the Senate, which has yet lo confront (he hill, should be expected in four days to exercise its function of sober, second ed so-called money bills (al- though it cannot originate To quote McKay (the unreformed Senate of Can- "The income tax bill of 1917 was practically unwork- able when it came before the Senate, and only by the Sen- come in future more impor- tant. "Federal systems general- ly provide in the central leg- islature for an upper house which in one nay or another permits representation of the particular interests of the ale's amendments was it put component states and their into anything like satisfactory people." shape." Further, among those Cariadai it ]s also pos- who asserted a right in the to ccrtain special ants but the point of his mes- sage was: "If the bill is not fin- ished, oi course, in view of the effective date of Jan. 1, there House of Commons from the consequences of its usual, and sometimes serious, mistakes. On the face of matters, il is Senate have been disputed. committee. By inference, it is instructed to avoid such action for, in thai case, the measure would have lo go back to the Commons (which must also be oiuii_ iu iuw.....j kept in session until royal as- present case, was Eugene For- the people of the sey, a leading authority on the respcctive province or regions constitution. "This he thoso intei.ests require a said "may see fit to make fuj, opportunity for public ex- amendments to this bill, with ession in a institution the result that the House of sent) at further and grave risk to the sacred timetable. The price powers of tho Commons will have to consider those amendments." No one challenged his assertion. But the government eviident- ly has a strong conviction that the right ought not to be exer- cised. The duty of senators is to endorse the bill, and with despatch, for what is important is the timetable. If the Senate's role is mere obedience, is it useful in its present form? Is the govern- ment, perhaps, making a practical case for abolition pressio such as the Senale. "Tho Senale of Canada should have the. powers it now possesses, together with certain additional powers, to approve nominations by the federal government of judges of the Supreme Court of Can- ada, ambassadors and heads of cultural agencies." And so on. Nothing any- where about a curtailment of powers. No hint that the Sen- ate is a mere rubber stamp. The omission is not acci- dental. Mr. Trudeau is attempt- as advocated by Stanley to'woo the provinces with Knowles? Or does it have in m i n d a reformed Senate lim- ited to special studies (on pov- erty, for example, or Ihe prob- lems of the aged) and removed from the legislative process? The answer is no. There is no relationship between the prime minister's practice and the prime minister's view s. In practice, senators are treated like page boys and vacancies (of which there are at the mo- ment 15) are simply ignored for month after month al- though some provinces may be virtually tion. denied represenla- "Hold on, we are issuing a But the doctrine is utterly different. It is to be read hi propositions submitted by the federal delegation, a summary of proposals put forward by the government in its bid to win the consent of the provinces to constitutional reform. Not only Letters To The Editor Next major move, government control of savings Your editorial on 3 would suggest that the govern- ment of Canada has (he "right, even the duty." to invoke clo- sure by whatever flowery term, and ram a monstrous tax bill down the throats of the taxpay- ers of the country. The bill is The Herald has also implied that resistance to tnis "tax re- form" comes only from those who will be adversely affected. These people are not properly adjuster! to the ideals of col- lectivism, so therefore they are of no consequence. These peo- about the economics of produc- tion with dollars out of a print- tivity as the reformers who ing press. And beat inflation have never paid a dime of with make-play projects. taxes in their lives. Your tax reform is the sec- open to criticism, only a small pie are paying enough taxes, portion of it has been examined They are sick and tired of buy- ing West Side sites and cultur- al centres and make play- projects and Bonaventures and Opportunities for Youth and by Parliament, its provision will dominate every working Cana- dian for years to conic, and you would have us accept this pig in a poke as the divine right of the Liberals. Both Britain and (he U.S. ond phase of a much greater have recently discovered rath- and more comprehensive legis- lative package. The first phase was the passing two years ago of the debate-limiting bill (us- ing closure) so that this one could be railroaded through. The next major move will be to government control of sav- free bus rides. And if they have brains enough to make the er painfully, Ihe consequences of destroying initiative. But there is something about our Canadian weather that inspires a brilliance of socialism found nowhere else in the world. We are going to deficit finance our- selves to prosperity. Borrow ourselves rich. Garb everything from those who work and save ings. Anyone with substantial an offer of substance. "The Senale should be partly select- ed by the federal government and partly selected by provin- cial governments." Obviously such an offer would amount to little if sena- tors so designated are rele- gated to a merely ornamental role or at best to that of indus- trious students limited to re- search activities. It is not much wonder that the senators, denied an op- portunity to represent effect- ively the interests of their respective regions in a matter of such importance, should feel affronted. The fact is that they have 'worked hard in the gen- eral field of tax reform al- though they have yet to come to grips with the Benson text which, with the regulations, will determine the treatment of citizens in years to come. In dealing with the Senate, the government does not pos- sess a handy guillotine. It has the more effective weapon, of moral pressure based not on the image of the Senate, which it seeks to impress on provin- cial premiers but, on the more popular image, kept fresh by advocates of abolition. How can an appointed body pre- sume to oppose itself to the elected representatives of the people? The Senate, in modern times, has very carefully avoided col- lisions with the House of Com- mons. Sober second thought presumes study, delay and amendment; a Senate lacking these rights would certainly be if ti-is ipoUlaiion his been money that keeps the country and give it to those who won't. If tins legislation nas Been __.'__. V, tn tavahlp too long under discussion let us remember that it was cle- verly and purposely handled in a manner to complicate, dis- guise and misrepresent. It was no accident that some of the original proposals were put in to stir controversy, then dropped after they had attract- ed attention away from what was left, the real purpose of the bill. Obviously there arc clauses, ramifications and interpreta- tions of Ihis thing which will not stand a public examination. Most of us will learn about them for the first time when we send our years' earnings or our life savings to Ottawa to be dissipated as quickly as pos- sible in whatever way will buy Ihc most, votes. A million peo- going and pays the politicians' handsome salaries, they just could know almost as much Encourage people to taxable production by flinging handouts to the improvident. Fight infla- savings will be compelled to Uselcss_-But the upper house, invest a portion, or all of it, thc expcriellce of some of with the Canada Development Corporation. L. K. WALKER. Milk River. As a Christmas token to Chief Warden Armstrong and his hard working staff of Wa- terlon National Park, I should like to publicly commend them for the outstanding work they have done in the past two years by way of restoring the delta, commonly called the in the townsite. I well remember the sad, pi- tiful condition of this area three years ago after all the trailers, tents and people had pulled out. privacy. More than 101) previously lovely Irees stood silhouetted, like life- less ghosts, against thc moun- lains and blue lake beyond. eminence of some of its members, only rarely re- ceive favorable notice and its popular image makes it vul- nerable to such pressures as may now be brought against it. Mr. Trudeau is certainly not the first prime minister to treat the Senate in cavalier fashion, requiring it to clear fine job this summer Faced important legislation with in- soil was carted in, grass seed unsurpassed vis- adequate consideration _at the Thanks to ivardens and staff at park expense, moved on thc scene a disciplinarian along with the and this devastated area has R.C.M.P.? now been restored. Rich black Incidentally the police did a generously sown, trees not only eplaced but more planted and itors on the 24th of May week- end, including many who were finally tenting privileges lim- utterly ruthless, their measures ited to one tent per lot a la trailer area with very end of a session. He has merely dramatized the prac- tice; made a technicolor pra- duclion out of it by confronting and preparedness were notice- ably and satisfactorily tighten- the senators at the last mo- paved "strip leading to it for ed 'for the rest of the summer, nwnt with perhaps the most v ,_.. :_i._ i___, massive and complex measure parking and a number for iden- tification. As a result tenters have more So long as these lovely moun- tain areas are open for every- one's use, paid out of our tax dollars and available not only UUJldli