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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, December 23, 1974 LETHBRIDGE HERALD-3 More social discipline inevitable Law may lose credibility VANCOUVER (CP) The question of law and order and the credibility of the law has been thrust into the spotlight in British Columbia by two re- cent incidents on the Lower Mainland where private in- dividuals have used guns to defend their property against thieves. "It is apparent we are try- ing to cope with a rising wave of social Attorney-General Alex Mac-Donald said in an inter- view "But I don't think we are anywhere near approaching the problems that exist in parts of the United he said Referring to a report just completed by his department, Mr MacDonald said, "Crimes against personal property have doubled in the last 10 years." He outlined several programs which he believed would preserve the citizen's faith in the institutions of the law His department is increasing community and preventive policing, it is speeding the administration of justice through the courts; and he is trying to redirect convicts from prison sentences to some form of community restitution. "We are moving as fast as we can in these he said, "and I believe the public understands and supports us. FREE SOCIETY "We are living in a free society, so we must do these things openly. In China, when the government decided that drugs must go, they went. That's all there was to it. Well, we can't operate that he said The Attorney-General said he felt one of the evolutions of the law that now is taking place is that "we will probably have more social discipline than we have had up to this point "The note I detect is a ris- ing concern about juvenile vandalism and petty Mr MacDonald said, "and we are giving it anxious con- UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET Pincher 2 23 Medicine Hat 7 20 -10 17 -6 -3 04 FORECAST: Lethbridge Medicine Hat regions weather warning dis- continued Today A few flurries clearing this morning Highs near 20 Tonight and tomorrow: Cloudy periods Gusty Chinook winds by mor- ning Temperatures rising to near 30 by morning with highs of 30 to 35 on Tuesday. Calgary region Today Sunny. Highs 15 to 20. Tonight and tomorrow Mainly cloudy Winds increasing to westerly 20 and gusty by mor- ning Temperatures 25 to 30 by morning with highs in the mid thirties later Columbia Kootenay regions Today and Tuesday: Cloudy with occasional snow in the Columbia district. Sunny with cloudy periods in the Kootenay. Highs both days, 25 to 35. Lows tonight around 20. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Gusty northwesterly winds with snow and blowing snow this morning Wind and snow diminishing this afternoon. Partial clearing northwest tonight. Scattered snow southeast Very cold all sec- tions Partly cloudy and not so cold Tuesday Highs today 5 to 15 Lows tonight zero south to 15 below zero north Highs Tuesday 15 to 25 West of Continental Divide Scattered snow showers today Partial clearing and cold tonight. Partly cloudy and not so cold Tuesday. Highs today 15 to 25. Lows tonight zero to 10 above Highs Tuesday 20 to 30. ClOe'ro hoping the holiday brings you many joys shared with loved ones. It has been a pleasure to serve you. From the Management and Staff at UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. "Serving you over a quarter century" 302 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-2805 PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway 9 am to 6 p m Chief Mountain, closed; Coutts open 24 hours, Del Bonita 9 a m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours, Porthill Rykerts 7am to 2 a m Rooseville 7am to 11 p.m. (Times Mountain AMA ROAD REPORT as of 8 a.m., Dec. 23 Highway 3 East, Lethbridge to Medicine Hat: Clear with occasional slippery patches. Sanding is in progress and caution is advised. Highway 3 West, Lethbridge to Fort Macleod and the British Columbia boundary: Slippery sections throughout but generally bare in the driv- ing lanes The road has been plowed and sanded but caution is advised Highway 4, Lethbridge to Coutts: Slippery sections throughout and though plow- ing and sanding has been done, caution is advised. Highway 5, Lethbridge to Cardston and Water ton: Clear and being plowed. Highway 6, Pincher Creek to Waterton: Clear with some icy sections and has been plowed. Highway 2, North, Fort Macleod to Calgary and Ed- monton: Slippery sections throughout The road has been plowed and sanded. Highway Z South, Fort Macleod to Cardston and Carway: Slippery throughout with plowing and sanding in progress Caution is advised. Highway 23, Junction Highway 3 to Vulcan and High River: No report available at Press time. Highway 36, Taber to Brooks: Mostly bare with oc- casional packed snow Plow- ing and sanding is done as re- quired Highway 1 Trans Canada, East Calgary to Medicine Hat and Swift Current: Generally bare in driving lanes with slippery sections. Caution is advised Trans Canada, West Calgary to Banff; Mostly bare m driving lanes and slippery throughout. Plowing and sanding has been done. Banff to Golden, generally bare with some slippery sec- tions and some sections of compact snow. Has been plowed and sanded Golden to Revelstoke, generally bare with some sec- tions of compact snow and slippery sections. Has been plowed and sanded. sideration at this time. "Locking people up is not the answer but definitely a degree of social discipline is necessary." Mr MacDonald said im- provements in the provincial court system will increase public regard for the law and reduce tensions that the ex- isting system has bred. "There is no doubt that the jamming of the courts leads to a sense of frustration that courts cannot he said. ARMED GUARDS "But I don't think that frustration has passed the point of no return the way it has in places like Detroit, where there are armed guards at every he said. "Private arsenals don't protect the individual, they only lead to shootouts Chief Constable Don Winterton of Vancouver said he senses a public trend favor- ing stiffer applications of law and order. "There is a new feeling for law and order in the com- munity that I haven't sensed Chief Winterton said. "As part of this trend there have definitely been signs that some people are prepared to take the law into their own hands "When that happens it is bad for the community. It means some people have lost faith in the capacity of the law to look after them." HAS PLAN An expanded police force working within the communi- ty was his department's plan to cope with the situation, he said "Any one who is interested in personally participating in law and order is welcome to join the Police Auxiliary and get proper training There are about 45 vacancies there right Chief Winterton said. "The problem of juvenile offenders is one the whole community is going to have to consider We are using the methods open to us to divert juveniles away from the ex- isting conviction and prison sentence routine "But we still need, at the very least, a holding facility for the five to 10 per cent of juvenile offenders who are the hard core group Chief Provincial Court Judge L. C. Brahan said he could see no direct evidence of a pattern of vigilantee action but he did say the possibility of a problem had been discuss- ed among his fellow judges "This problem has been with us since law and courts came into Judge Brahan said "Lack of respect for the law is not new. "But I feel that in the com- munity's demand for law and order the police and the courts are being used as scapegoats. "What is happening is that the more affluent we get, the more crime we produce. If the community feels that sentenc- ing more criminals in the courts is the answer, that's like trying to cure cancer with an aspirin The chief judge said restructuring of the provincial court was proceeding satisfactorily Judge Perry Miller has been named Chief Court Administrator and all costs of the provincial courts are to be borne by the provin- cial government. "We are planning more of a business administration approach to the judge Brahan said. "We are seeking ways of increasing the case flow, ways of decreasing the tieups We've got a long way to go. "But now the province pays the costs of all the courts, a formal administrative struc- ture shold show us where the backlog is." Speaking as secretary- treasurer of the B.C. Associa- tion of Chiefs of Police, RCMP Inspector Norm Fuchs of North Vancouver said: "Our organization is hearing a lot of community concern about contempt for the law "We have discussed these concerns about people taking the law into their own hands at our Insp. Fuchs said "There is no doubt in my mind the biggest problem in all B C is said Insp Fuchs "The corner grocery store stickups, breaking and entering often are drug related. Sixty to 70 per cent of breaking and entering crimes are committed by addicts." Insp Fuchs said association members expressed concern on the problem of policing juveniles but that police had to take direction from the provincial government in the prosecution of juvenile cases. FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE OPTICAL MESCRimON CO. RFAVFR HOME DCftVCn CENTRE Everything you need to make it on your own TRIM A TREE TRIM A HOME TOYS OFF ALL REMAINING STOCK No Returns Sale Ends December 24. We Reserve The Right To Limit Quantities. 17th Stroet 3rd South, Shop to dully Opin till 9 p.m. Thurtda, 32M461 or 321-4462 Right now, Safeway is a veritable cornucopia of wonderful foods for the festive Christmas season. Whatever you plan to serve your family and friends, our great variety offers the very you need for merry feasting. We've spared no effort in gathering perfect foods to help you have the best Christmas ever! EDWARDS Regular, Fine or Elec. Perc. Grind Vac Pak 2 Ib. tin SPECIAL SAFEWtT SPfCIU ma PINEAPPLE TOWN HOUSE SLICED, in own juice, 14 fl. oz. tin KERNEL CORN TOWN HOUSE CANADA FANCY WHOLE VAC PAK. 12 fl. oz. tin EMPRESS, 24 fl. oz. jir YOUNG TOMS Over 20 Ibs. DILL PICKLES 7Qo TOWN HOUSE. POLSKIOGORKI32 fl. oz. jar f W MINCEMEAT 990 2 59' 2l89< 129 each I ICE CREAM 19 SNOW STAB ASSORTED FLAVOURS. 1 gallon paper carton each POTATO CHIPS PARTY PRIDE ASSORTED FLAVOURS, 8'A oz. net wt. pkg....................... each CHIP DIPS LUCERNE ASSORTED FLAVOURS. 8 oz. net wt. carton CHOCOLATES LOWNEY'S MARASCHINO CHERRIES. 1 Ib. pkg.............................. TURKEYS PINECRESTFROZEN CANADA GRADE A TURKEYS TEC PINECREST FROZEN YOUNG HENS CANADA GRADE A. 10 to 18 Ib. size Ib. I V SMOKED SHOULDERS RANCH BRAND PICNIC STYLE PORK ROAST Ib....................................... VW SLICED BACON i BUHNSHIRERINDLESSVACPAK. llb.pkg...................................... each I GENUINE JAPANESE ORANGES 39 The Festive Treat 8 Ib. box each 3 BRUSSEL SPROUTS A Qc CANADA NO. 1 SMALL.................................................... Ib. W VALUES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridge, December 23 to SALES IN RETAIL QUANTITIES ONLY! Copyright 1960, Canada Safe way united ;