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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, December 17, 1971 - THE lETHBRIDGE HERAID - 15 Unemployment, industrial diversification ^^^"^ ojwxtcii needed �. dmg education will be according to thesis given to school board " By GREG MrlNTYRE Staff Writer Unemployment and the need for diversified secondary industry will be the top issues in southern Alberta in the next federal election, a Progressive Conservative official predicts. Dr. Herb Axford, president of the provincial Tory association for Letbbridge East, made the prediction following a national Conservative policy conference he attended at Ottawa. "Employment Till be a big issue," said Dr. /otford, a professor of economics at tihe University of Lethbridge. "We need more diversification of industry to provide jobs. We have to find some secondary industry. It's not good enough for Alberta to educate people up to the age of 21 and then send them to Ontario to find a job." He predicted Prime Minister Trudeau will call a general election in the spring or fall of 1972 and suggested other big issues locally will be Canadian ownership, and marketing problems in the livestock and wheat industries. New methods must be found for the "efficient and low-cost" marketing of Canadian wheat in world markets, he said. "In the past 10 years Canada has fallen away behind other countries in the efficient production of wheat. If we don't challenge foreign markets, we don't sell wheat. And we haven't been selling as we should to markets in Europe and the Orient." Another issue that will be discussed in 1972 election cam- paigning ^vill be the problem of drug abuse in Alberta. Dr. Axford said this province has the highest incidence of drug use, "particularly LSD" in the country. At the national policy convention in Ottawa Dec. 4 to 7. Conservatives discussed a number of problems relating to Alberta, he said. Mr. Axford said Tories recognized the need for a regional reorganization of the cen- tral Bank of Canada, which influences interest rates and other factors in the economy of the country. "Interest rates are higher in the West, so that when they tighten money in the East it disappears out here." He said regional branches of the central bank would also provide financiers in Toronto and Ottawa with better information on the needs and de- ASPHALT PAVING TOILESTRUP Construction Co. Ltd. SAND and GRAVEL PHONE 328-2702 - 327-3610^ i 4 i i Plans unveiJed for pageant recalling soutKs history By RUDY HAUGENEDER Staff Writer An ambitious program to dramatize southern Alberta's history has been unveiled. Frank Smith, manager of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta has outlined a plan to stage re-enactments of Important historic episodes. The proposed site for the historic reproductions is in and around Fort Whoop-Up at Indian Battle Park. Although Mr. Smith would lilce to see the program started this summer, he feels the first production must be staged by 1973 to commemorate the centennial of the founding of the RCMP. Because of the program's size - at least 60 actors and accompanying personnel - financial backing is a problem. Mr, Snnth has forwarded copies of his plan to various pro- A PIPE SMOKERS' GIFT Leonard Payne's 'Dri-Kule Classic' Specially Designed For THE WET SMOKER 'No moisfure' 'No tar* 'No guk' You will also receive a BUTANE PIPE LIGHTER v/ith every purchase OUR CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU See Canada's finest pipes at MARCEL'S SMOKE SHOP PROFESSIONAL BUILDING - 4fh AVE. S. - LETHBRIDGE LEONARD PAYNE'S PLEDGE 'My pipes are guaranteed against every possible hazard except loss. Repair free. Money back guarantee.' Buy Canadian-Keep Canadians Working" vinciai and federal government departments for financial support. At least $5,CfiO is re-quu-ed. "This undertaking would have far - reaching benefits to the community, and as such it is an ideal vehicle f o r co-operative involvement by citizens as individuals and in groups," Mr. Smith said. "Tt is not a difficult under-takuig, but rather is a collection of many small jobs which mesh together." If the plan is rejected by southern Albertans, the Calgary Tourist and Convention Association says it wants a chance at it. In a letter to Mr. Smith, Doug Johnson, the executive vice-president of the Calgary group, says Calgary will incorporate the plan into its nver-all program. The revival of the old days concept is a "tremendous" idea says Mr. Johnson. Mr. Smith warned that unless enough interest is generated in his plan locally, the plan will be tiu-ned over to the Calgary group. A staged historic reproduction of this magnitude could develop into one of the nation's major tourist attractions, Mr. Smith said. The dollars and cents benefits from it would be "incalculable to the southern Alberta economy." This type of imaginative tourist promotion program is needed in view of the enormous competition for the tourist dollar from other provinces and the United States, and from reduced intercontinental air fares, he said. If incorporated, the plan could see tourists changing their destinations towards southern Alberta rather than using the highway arteries to get to another place, said Mr. Smith. Tlie staged reproductions would be timed not to interfere with other programs planned in the southern portion of the province. Once tourists are destined for the show they wiU spend con- siderable time and money in other southern Alberta areas, Mr. Smith predicted. The actual benefits to the ordinary citizen are: the construction of additional accommodation facilities which would result in reduced land taxes; more jobs; and reduced provm-cial taxes resulting from tax money gained from tourists through the purchase of commodities. The problem of providing equipment and costume is not very great, Mr. Smith said. The audience would not sit close enough to the show to note the authenticity of the equipment used. As a result, easily - accessible materials could be used while providmg tourists with a maximum of pleasure. Mr. Smith's program outline has received nation-wide support. LaiTy Ecroyd, executive vice-president of the Travel Industry Association of Canada, Ottawa, says: "The detailed proposal for a dramatic show featuring the taming of the Canadian West at Fort Whoop - Up could be a most important element in the develop m e n t of tourism in southern Alberta." "Capture the history of south-em Alberta while it is still fresh and while some knowledgeable charters are still around," says John Fisher, the 1967 Canada Centennial commissioner, in a letter from Toronto. "Your idea is an imaginative one and today's traveller wants excitement." Inspector G. A. Potts said from the office of the RCMP commissioner in Ottawa, "We will be pleased to provide any reasonable assistance and cooperation to help you in this presentadon." The Alberta ombudsman and former RCMP commissioner, Geo. B. McClellan said: "I think your concept of commemorating centennials of vafrious historic events as they come along, will certainly give you a permanent project which can be extended and improved upon through the years." sires of people in the Western Canada economy. Delegates at the Conservative conference supported abolition of interprovincial trade restrictions on agricultural products, he said. "If we are going to have an efficient economy, we have to be able to move products around freely within Canada." Resolutions were passed that would support any steps to make the Indian population more .self - sufficient, he said. "The Progressive Consei-va-tive Party, for instance, supports the establishment where possible of school boards made up of Indian people themselves." Education was seen as an important avenue for Indian people to improve their standards of living, he said. Canadian economic independence - particularly in the media and publishing industries -was discussed. Mr. Axford said "whether we like it or not, home ownership is going to be a big issue. "There is going to have to be some Canadian control on the boards of directors of big oil companies, for example." A whole new approach is needed on tlie question of drug education because present methods only pay lip service vvithout getting at the roots of the problem. A controversial paper on drug education by Dr. Edwin Sever-inghaus, a widely kno\vn medical authority, was presented to the Lethbridge public school board's regular meeting. Dr. Severinghaus said drug education is a game in which all the players fill their expected roles - the "expert" relates facts about drug abuse, the "good guys" express shock and horror and the "bad guys" feel that the "expert" and the "good guys" don't really know what is going on. This results in everyone staying exactly where they were before the game started. Ideas have only been reinforced and nothing has been accomplished. Dr. Severinghaus said schools are caught in the middle when it comes to drug abuse education. "The schools are increasingly being expected to "do something" about drug abuse," he said. Long Christmas holidays almost here for city students High school, college and university students in Lethbridge have entered the home stretch in the Christnvas examinations race, and holidays are near. Students at the Lethbridge Community College will complete their exams on Friday as will most students at the University of Lethbridge. Senior high school students began writing departmental examinations Thursday and vrill finish the middle on next week. Students in the lower grades will wite their exams next week. Vacations for some students have already begun, but most will attend classes until Dec. 23. At LCC, students will return to school Jan. 3 while the U of L will resume studies on Jan. 12. COFFEE HELPS Hot coffee chases the wmter cMll, and has the added advantage of gi.ving party goers who must drive extra chance to ensure that they are capable of operating their vehicles. "Coffee has no sobering power, but the time element could make the difference," says the Alberta Motor Association. This holiday season, police yourself. Oity schools will reopen on Jan. 10, although teachers return Jan. 6. "We put the schools in an impossible bind by asking for drug education when larger social policy questions are unresolved." Dr. Severinghaus said schools cannot be truly educational about drugs without invoking severe criticism from other powerful institutions and individuals and the alteniative is hypocritical game - playing. "I feel pessimistic about our present appi-oach having any significant relevance or impact. We should stop doing more of the same and devote our energy to taking a fresh look at the situation." Bob Gall, director of special .services, said the paper describes "exactly what the situation is. "It pomts out a lack of sincerity that is common to society -nd Lethbridge is no different than any other place. It is like that here too." good Good Wishes for Christmas Sanla's r/ng/ng out jolliest wishes to alll From the management and staff at aiRD BUILDING SUPPLIES Phone: 328-2050 328-2051 City youths invited to Red Deer meet COLLEGE MALL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL DOWN-FILLED SKI JACKETS All Colors Men's and Ladies' models Reg. 64.95. SPECIAL ..... 'An Ideal Christmas Gift SKI SCENE SPORTS COLLEGE MALL PHONE 327-0553 en 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. until Dec. 23rd  Six high scliool students from Lethbridge are among 50 teenagers invited to attend a youth seminar at Red Deer Dec. 27 to 30 sponsored by the Canadian Council of ciiristians and Jews. The pro-am includes a "rap session" with Red Deer Mayor Ed Barrett and some city aldermen. "The youth will have the opportunity to hear how a mayor and his aldermen deal with the problems of running a growing city in the middle of Alberta," he said one of the seminar organizers. Bob Lucas, director of the CCCJ at Calgary. Invited to attend from Lethbridge are teen - agers who took part in a OCCJ exchange program last summer. They are: Glen Hubbard, Lynn El-Uott, Gary Gleb, Kathy Graham, Marty McDonald and Ilona Peti-unia. This siunmer's exchange will also be planned at the Red Deer seminar. Each summer the CCCJ operates an English - French exchange program for about 3,000 students. This year about 300 from Alberta will exchange with students in Quebec. The seminar is also intended to discuss formation of an Indian - non - Indian Brotherhood camp for youth for August, 1972. THAT'S POWER The local electric power demand reached 42,700 kilowatts Wednesday night, exceedmg the previous high of the year of 41,400 kilowatts and last year's high of 38,200 kilowatts. A mighty man was he-with a mighty thirst to match. His style? Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner! The beer big enough to quench a thirst that was hammered out of heat and fired in the forge. Beer slow-brewed and naturally aged for honest old-time flavour. Old Style Pilsner: you can't beat It! TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE - FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE WlilTiml ;