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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE IETHBR1DGE HERAID Dct mlior 27, 1971---------------------------------- lauvinists in retreat doors open to women Expectant mother protests an early maternity leave TORONTO (in plaint about matcrnil> lias been sell led agreement, ad savs has the option to start her preg- the first public board of inquiry held under the Ontario Women's Kqual Km- ployment Act. nancv leave at any lime during the six weeks prior to the ex- pected date of birth. The em- 1 ploycr may require her lo start Under the act. the hearing j hpr only if she had to be held as scheduled I do her normal job today because the board had I Mrs. Mavromatis was told by been appointed, but it became a i ]ta. expected formality. The agreement was o[ ilunc> snc read and accepted by board j she contimic working chairman Prof. II W. Arthurs until May 21, when she and of Osgoode Hall Law School. j other employees were to be laid The hearing was called to in-' vestigate a complaint filed by Morley Fisher, business man- ager of Local 15M. International Brotherhood of Electrical Work- ers. The complaint alleged that Kola Mavromatis was required lo start her maternity leave early, at a time when she was slill'able and willing to do her ._ES AGREEMENT Sydney Goldenberg. lawyer for the women's bureau of the department of labor which ad- ministers the act. said in an in- terview that Philips and the union had a collective agree- ment that said the company may begin an employee's leave of absence for pregnancy any time after her sixth montn. Under the agreement reached in I lie case Dec. 17, the com- pany and the union will negoti- ate a new policy on maternity leave by Jan. 31, to bring it into line with the provincial law. When they negotiate their collective agreement, it is to be revised similarly. The company must post a no- tice by Feb. 1, explaining the new policy to employees. Mrs. Mavromatis is to receive a gross settlement of lo compensate her for her loss of pay between April 9 and May 31. She says the baby, a son, Evan, was bora June 11. She has not gone back to work be- cause she is still laid-off by Philips. There have been other ma- ternity-leave complaints filed with the women's bureau, but this was the first expected to go to public hearing. Oners have been settled earlier by a bureau representative and the inter- ested parties. Women improving their lot: former pilot project helps RV SHARP CP Women's Editor TORONTO it'P> Marine Clarke says the Humber Col- lege Centre for Women has been organized in response to a restlessness among women. She says women who are not content are realizing it is all right for them to want to change, to improve their lot in whatever way seems best. "The IffiOs were a period of adjustment. If >ou couldn't adjust, there was something the matter with you. not with society. "Now a lot of women are feeling ill at ease with them- selves but they're also saying, -Gee, it's all'right to want to do these other things.' "We should be grateful to women's lib. It's partly be- cause of them that women re- alize it's OK to think about politics or education, to want something more." Mrs. Clarke is director of the centre that was set up by the continuing education de- partment at the community college last spring. It was originally a pilot project to (ind out if there was a need for such a centre. ADVICE NKKDED Mrs. Clarke says the centre Is already operating an initial counselling service. "We have women calling saying. 'I want lo make changes but I don't know what I want to do.' "We arc centred in a com- munity, in a different setting from the department of la- bor's women's bureau. We may seem less threatening to some people. I think we might i precede the women's bureau for others. "We are going to do group counselling sessions where women can talk to each ether as well as to a counsellor. "I talk to women's groups a good deal. I've been examin- ing with them what it means to be a woman. There's some- thing very exciting in the air for groups who feel they have never had equal opportunity. "I would like to see us do something about the serious fin- ancial needs of mature women wanting to re-educate them- selves to get better jobs. Society almost makes it impossible. If they are on welfare and get money for education, they may lose their welfare. I know of a woman who can't afford S15 to take a course that would up- grade her qualifications. WOULD LIKE FUND "I would like to have a fund available. Perhaps women's groups with money for bur- saries might want some of them to go to mature women. "We now are working on a field of community develop- BINGO MOOSE HALL 1234 3rd AVENUE NORTH WEDNESDAY ol P.M. Jackpol in 57 Number! 12 Games in 7 Number 4th 8lh Gamc-i Doubled in 7 Numbers 5 Cards 2 FREE GAMES FREE CARDS DOOR PRIZE NO CHIIDREN UNDER 16 SPONSORED BY THE tOYAt ORDER OF MOOSE ment in an apartment com- plex with women who are not in a category where they can hop in a car and come to Humber. "We want to use the recrea- tion room in one of the buildings and maybe take Humber to them to .set up programs they 1 choose. We might have a nurs- ery education woman talk about entertaining kids in an apart- ment, or a psychologist talk about child problems. gelling together could be productive for them. Peo- pie in apartments seem to I lead rather isolated lives. "A lot of the available money keeps going back into the middle-class pot. These possibilities would be an at- tempt to get under that. "I feel that a centre for women should act as a cata- lyst. It should get people talk- ing about the problems of women. SHOULD THINK AHEAD "Because of the way we raise our girl children, they think as soon as they get mar- ried they're set for life. We should teach girls to look at: what they'll be doing at 40. It could be volunteer work or taking courses: they don't have to have jobs. But they should think of the day their children are have a lot of life left." The centre also puts out a periodical called Cycles that goes to schools, agencies and women in the community. Mrs. Clarke is a wife and mother of two young children. She has been a teacher and a volunteer worker and she got her degree in history recently, after a number of years out of school. Our Christmas Present to YOU! SHOES and BOOTS 20% Off! UNTIL FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31 WORLD OF SHOES 317A 6th Street South OPEN TONIGHT AND THURSDAY UNTIt 9 P.M. My .IKAN SIIAKI' Women's Kililur 11 as cuh nc strongholds where a ll a u v i n i s t can grouch in peace about li't; oddncss of women are getting scarcer all the time. Here and there, in 1071, doors were opened to women for the first time. If feminists sniff an nir of tokenism about some of these they represent a 11 improvement In llr.' Ontario and Manitoba legislatures and ill the Senate, girl pages bloomed for the first tin in. Senate Speaker Jean-Paul Desehatot.-, said the appoint- ments there were the result of the report (if the royal com- mission on the status of women, which advocate d equal opportunity. Ontario's retiring Speaker Fred Cass "The all-per- vading influence of women's liberation has to be served." In tire fall the federal jus- tice ininisier named Mabel Van Camp the first woman judge to the Ontario Supreme Court. In Alberta. Elizabeth Ann M c F a d y c n was appointed director of the federal justice department's Edmonton re- gional office. She is the first woman director in the depart- ment. Nova Scotia broke a 250- year tradition when Sandra Oxner of Halifax last June he- came judge in a provincial magistrate's court, the first woman to exercise a provin- cial judicial function in Nova Scotia. In October. Irene Johnson was appointed deputy minis- ler as one of the three com- missioners of the public serv- ice commission. Mrs. John- son, who was born in Winni- peg, succeeded Ruth Addison. Away from government cir- cles, the University of Toronto has its first woman chancel- lor. Pauline McGiblion was elected to a three-year term beginning in July. And Lee Edith Johnson is the first woman member of tho W inn i pep, drain Ex- change. The feat was made possible by a change in by- laws that took the word "male" out of the description of membership requirements. Some legislation affecting women made news in 1971. In Ontario the women's equal employment act, which took effect late in 1970, was used to deal with complaints about sex discrimination. The new Manitoba human rights commission found a lot of its work was dealing with similar complaints. New Brunswick passed a new human rights act largely to include sex in its prohibitions against dis- crimination. A Canadian precedent was set in October when an arbi- tration board in Ontario ruled that a pregnant employee is entitled to paid sick leave under a collective agreement providing time off with pay during illness. The borough ol York, the employer in the case, may ap- peal the decision if agreement cannot be reached with the Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees that sick pay be paid only if the employee returns to her job after maternity leave. Jeanncttc Lavell, a 211-year old Ojibway married to a non-indian. in Toronto has boon trying to have the law changed so slie may retain her rights as an Indian. Under present law, an In- dian woman who marries a non-Indian cannot confer the status of Indian on him or her children, her name is stricken from the hand list and she loses the right to inherit prop- erty that would be hers if she kept her status. Indian men retain their status and band rights. A decision by the Federal Court of Canada in her favor was challenged by the Asso- ciation of Iroquois and Allied Indians. The case is now be- fore the Supreme Court of Canada. It could affect about 5.000 women and their fami- lies. In two instances ir, 1971, or- ganized women indicated they were ready to slop being ex- clusive. In June, the Canadian Women's Press Club became the Media Club of Canada with a membership open to both men and women. In October, Kay Macpher- son of Toronto, president of the Voice of Women, said the group is considering opening its membership. She said such a move would reflect the changes in the role of citizens' concern groups. The battle over abortion laws goes on, with some women's groups still working to get changes made so that the decision about whether an abortion should be performed is made by a woman and her doctor. SUZIE-Q-AND LINDA Suzie-Q, a happy-faced plush doll, went into the operating room of the Kingston Gen- eral Hospital a few days ago with her owner, 17-year- old finda Buss of Kingston, Onl. tinda, who is mentally retarded, underwent a two-hour open-heart operation to correct a congenital heart defect. Without the operation, tinda's life expectancy would have been 40 years. Doll ivasn't scared of operating room KINGSTON, out. (CP) su- zie-Q, a happy-faced plush doll, went into the operating room of Kingston General Hospital a few days ago with her owner, 17- year-old Linda Buss of Kings- ton. "She wasn't scared, but I Linda said. The red-haired, blue-eyed teen-ager, a student at the Sun- shine school for the trainable mentally retarded, underwent a two-hour open-heart operation to correct a congenital heart de- fect. The operation came after a doctor noted a murmur in Lin- da's heart. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Buss, for some time had noticed that Linda was be- coming tired and out of breath after playing for a short time. Tests indicated there was a hole in the tissue of Linda's heart. An operation was sched- i uled and cancelled twice before i Mr. and Mrs. Buss decided to undertake the risk of surgery. 1 he "least do gerous of all open-heart pro- cedures" in the words of Lin- da's surgeon, Dr. Edward J. with stitches two holes in the girl's atria (two chambers where blood is col- lected and passed to the pump- ing chambers of the using teflon-coated d a c r o n thread. During the operation, a heart-lung machine was used to supply circulatory pressure and oxygen for 15 minutes. Before the operation, Linda's lungs were receiving three tunes the normal flow of blood which, over a long period of time, would have strained lung tissues and blood vessels. Without the operation, Dr. Cherretle predicted Linda's life expectancy would have been about 40 years. Linda, with the help of Suzle- Q and her parents, celebrated her 17th birthday while still in hospital. It was one birthday in what is expected to be a normal life span, thanks to her opera- tion. Women given grant EDMONTON (CP) A 000 federal grant to plan and organize early childhood devel- opment programs in Indian communities will be received by the Voice of Alberta Native Women's Society, the society announced. The Indian wamcn's associa- tion said it plans to use the grant to conduct workshops in Lethbridge and Edmonton to be attended by 24 native wom- en from all parts of Alberta. Tile two four-day workshops will involve resource persons from the University of Letn- bridge and the University of Al- berta. CHRISTMAS DECORATOR IDEAS Simple lo ond lovely lo look m, ihr, rfcc orolor rnndle ran grcie.r> ibe table 01 give the Chrismas touch lo o fireplace. It wns made by Randi Korher. Photo by Walter Kerhi-r The Golden Mile Senior Citizens Centre WINNERS OF THE CHRISTMAS RAFFtE Hand Painted Picture MRS. A. GRIEVE, lethbridge Hamper MRS. J. DOBEK, Bellcvue Corning Ware MRS. GIADYS FARRIES, lethbridse Hamper MRS. M. BOBEK, Blairmore Cushion MRS. LIL HOtT, lethbridge THE CENTRE WILL BE OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY, DEC. 25th 10 a.m. lo 4 p.m. SUNDAY, DEC. 26 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MONDAY, DEC. 27 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ALL'ARE WEtCOME Only Have 2 Days Left to Buy Toys at 25 9 OFF REG. PRICES OUR TOY FAIR CLOSES ON CHRISTMAS EVE SO WE ARE SELLING ALL OUR STOCK AT 25% OFF REG. PRICES Hurry to get some real bargains! Gait Educational Toy Fair (Next to Royol Bonk, neor Zellers) am i out n Tun Chapter, ltda Sigma Phi, held a Christmas parly lor the children on Sunday, Dec. 12, at the home of Mrs. Hulh Klzini'a, with S-.'mta there as an ad-led attraction. After canilliiu: on Friday, Dec. 17. Tan held a Christmas social at Ihf of Mr. and Mrs. Den (iiicsts wore Mr. and Mrs. Derek Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Kckclc ami Mr. and Mrs. Dwighf I'urdy. During lliis final week before Qirislinas, o We at Sidorsky's arc saying TJ Christmas To Everyone" with greatly reduced prices on our entire slock of fine quality Kurnilure and Appliances 542 13th St. N. If Sidorsky's Can't Sell For Less Who Can? Phone 328-1151 ;