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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, December 19, 1974 Community calendar The Minus One Club will hold a dance from 9 p m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the Polish Hall Music will be provided by the Longacres. Everyone welcome. THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Check-list issued to help choose safe toys Children's gifts can be dangerous Picture yourself as second quarter millionaire BUY YOUR TICKETS AT MOST RETAIL OUTLETS THE WESTERN CANADA LOTTERY More than in total prizes' 1908 luCky people will win1 Ticket sales close January 15th. 1975 Preliminary Draw January 31st 1975 "We spent more on Aunt Ellen's gift than we really should have. So shall we leave the price tag on Women's program head appealing loss of job A woman who appealed the loss of her job as director of women's programs for the Secretary of State department is still awaiting final word on her case from the Public Ser- vice Commission. Suzanne Findlay, who had established rapport with diverse groups of women across Canada since assuming directorship of women's programs in 1972, was told in mid-October that her job had been granted to another candidate, Marlene McGregor. Seventy six delegates to a national consultation on Inter- national Women's Year at the same time unanimously protested Mrs. Findlay's removal as director. The women supported their deci- sion to appeal the selection process. Testimony on Mrs. Findlay's behalf was presented on Nov 29 and Dec. 5, after which time Public Service Commission appeals officers said the decision should be forthcoming within two to three weeks. Since then, Mrs Findlay has continued to carry out duties as director in the job that has been offered to someone else. During the testimony before the appeals committee, Mrs. Fnidlay's supervisor Maurice Heroux, director general of programs in the citizenship branch of the Secretary of State department, was quoted as having told the selection committee that Mrs Findlay might seem to be "too much of a crusader" and might an- tagonize others in the depart- ment without realizing it Other colleagues said Mrs. Findlay was not a crusader, but a woman committed to her job who was respected'for the strength of her convic- tions. OTTAWA (CP) As any shopping-centre Santa Claus will testify, Christmas is a time when children look for- ward to new toys. But gifts that can provide hours of entertainment also can be a source of danger, so the Canada Safety Council has issued a check-lit for the con- scientious buyer to help choose toys that are safe. First, it says, consider the age of the child. Many toys are recommended for only certain age groups or are marked with warnings such as "not intended for children un- der three years of age." These include chemistry sets and electrically-operated toys. A buyer should be particu- larly cautious when choosing toys for small children, the council says Buy a toy that is too large to swallow, is unbreakable, has no detachable small parts that could be swallowed or stuffed into ears and nostrils, has no sharp edges or parts that could pinch fingers or catch hair, and does not have cords or strings more than 12 inches long. Avoid painted toys for a child who likes to put things into his mouth. Toys should be non-toxic and fireproof and preferably passed by the Canadian Stan- dards Association or Un- derwriters Laboratories. The consumer affairs de- partment suggests a buyer consider not only safety fac- tors, but also a toy's stimu- lation potential and esthetic value. "Remember that a toy will serve far more of a purpose to a child than simply to the department says in a newsletter. "The child achieves and grows by play, and toys are his tools." The department recom- mends selection on the basis of the child's capabilities. A toy too advanced for a child will frustrate him and one too simple will bore him." Safe practices should not be limited to the day of pur- chase. The safety council advises parents to teach children proper use of toys. Instruc- tions, if provided, should be read and understood. Toys should be checked pe- riodically for jagged, sharp edges and loose parts. Dart-throwing and shooting games should be supervised, the council says, and children should not be allowed to tam- per with components of elec- trically-operated toys. Hazardous toys should be reported Parents should use common sense and report anything that looks hazard- ous when shopping for Christmas toys for their children, says the consumer and corporate affairs fraud protection officer for Lethbridge and area. Harold Bur.den says parents should report dubious looking toys to his of- fice "We don't mind hearing from peo- ple with a he says. "In fact, we find most people who take the time and trouble to complain have a valid concern "Most people think that if a toy is just a few dollars, it's not worth com- plaining about. But what they don't remember is that they're not the only ones buying it and that a cheap toy is worth hundreds of dollars to the he adds. Some hazardous aspects of toys to watch for include: obviously flammable parts such as hair, fur or clothing on dolls easily removed parts which a small child could ingest lead paint sharp edges faulty wiring in electrical games The department of consumer and corporate affairs visits toy fairs each year when new games and toys are first displayed, in an attempt to iden- tify obviously hazardous items. "Toy manufacturers worked with the department in setting up the says Mr. Burden. "And we figure they should know the regulations and follow them. It's in their best interests to do so every toy we seize and have removed from the market costs them money." More information on hazardous toys may be obtained by calling Mr. Burden at his office in the federal building, 327- 1166 or by calling Gordon Cairns, the consumer and corporate affairs public relations officer in Calgary at 261-3727. Lethbridge mother objects to Woolco's book display A Lethbridge mother of two objects to a book on sexual technique being displayed next to children's books such as Mary Poppins in a city department sotre. Mrs. Josephine Staddon says that Dr. Alex Comfort's Joy of Sex was displayed "right next to" a variety of children's stories in Woolco this week. "I don't object to the book being sold in the says Mrs. Staddon, "but I do think to place it next to books children under 12 might browse through is very inappropriate I'm no prude but I know the contents of the book, and think the il- lustrations are not suitable for young children." Mrs Staddon said she com- plained to the store's assistant manager on Monday morning and was told something would be done. Later in the day, she checked again but the display was unchanged. The assistant manager of Woolco, who did not wish to be identified, said in a telephone interview Wednesday that normally adult books are in a separate section from children's literature "The problem is that at Christmas time, we are limited in the amount of space we have. But we'll I'll see what I can do, move the book." He said he had spoken to the division manager Monday and suggested he re arrange the books, but had not been able to check if he'd done so because Tuesday was his day off The assistant manager said he really did not see any problem with the book display since "if an 11 or 12-year old wants to look at that sort of thing, he can go and look at magazines like Playboy." According to Lethbridge City Police, Joy of Sex is not deemed a pornographic book, but stores should use their own discretion in locating its display mom It's the Fields Sale you've waited for! JUST ARRIVED! CHILDREN'S Famous Brand Clothing Mfg. Sugg, retail was Zl98 to 20'98 25 having each other to take care of. GREYHOUND AVERY MERRY CHRISTMAS! It's that time of year again. When family and friends get together for holiday sharing. This year, drive home on the bus with us. Climb aboard a "Christmas Scenicruiser" and enjoy a safe, comfortable ride. No worries about highway driving conditions or cold-weather car problems. You'll find Greyhound service frequent and convenient...not to mention economical....with extra buses to make sure everyone gets home for Christmas. There's lots of room for Christmas parcels, too, whether you take them with you or ship early by GREYHOUND EXPRESS. HOLIDAY HELPER INFORMATION: 327-1551 A02568 choose from the New Huge Selection... HEY MOM! There's also nice Pant Suits for you at HALF PRICE! Infants Wear Sweaters Dresses Crawlers T-Shirts Sleepers Toddlers Stretch Denim Pants Sweaters T-ShirSs Jumpsuits 4-6x Boys Pant Suits T-Shirts Pants 4-6x Girls Long Skirls Pant Suits Shirts T-Shirts Long Dresses Jumpsuits Stretch Denim pants 8-14 Girls Denim Pants Long Dresses Pant Suits SHOP A COMPARE I OUR PRICKS ARE LOWER SALE STARTS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19th Fields Royal Red. A big favourite in theWest More than 10 million glasses of Royal Red were enjoyed in the West last year, establishing it firmly as westerners' favourite wine. So serve Royal Red to your guests with pride. It's made from specially selected grapes, then aged and bottled in Calona's winery in the Okanagan Valley. ;