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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday Doctmbtr J7, 1971 THE UTHMIDGE HfRAlD 28 Goyer moves to overhaul prison system OTTAWA (CP) Jean- Pierre Coyer, who marked his first anniversary us solirilor- general recently, has GOOD FORTUNE Isabelle Booth, a widowed 55-year-old Guelph, Onl., grand- mother, and her son-in-law Duncan McFadzen, who is married to Mrs. Booth's daugh- ter Pot, are all smiles after she won the grand prize in the Irish Hospital's sweepstakes. She said she's been buying Irish Sweeps tickets periodically for years, but never expected to win. _______________ Holiday cottage owners advised to note value Rising costs headache for brewers TORONTO (CP) Rising costs continue to plague the Ca- nadian brewing industry ac- cording toasurvey released here by the Brewers Associa- tion of Canada. The survey, based on 1970 re- sults, says taxes are the largest cost component for the indus- try. Taxes for 1970 totalled al- most million, an increase of five per cent over Federal excise duty account- ed for more than mil- lion last year. The survey says there were employees on brewery payrolls in 1970, up slightly from the year before. Salaries, wages and commis- sions totalled more than million with security benefits adding million and another million in miscellaneous benefits, such as courses and, recreational funds. Canadian industries supply 97 per cent of breweries' raw ma- terials, the survey said. launched what he calls a "Ictal revision of departmen- tal He lias brought Uie penal construction program to a grinding hall, branding the newest prisons "oppressive" JEAN-PIERRE GOYER Under attack and espousing the "living- unit" concept tor those to be built in future. The parole system estab- lished in 1959 is undergoing its first intense scrutiny and Mr. Goyer has already suggested an overhaul will he made. A new dimension has been added to his office with the creation of the controversial security planninc and re- search group. This means responsibility for security cases has been shifted to his hands from the minister's office, where it landed with a thud during the security scandals of Uie mid-1960s. The diminutive, soft-spoken Goyer has earned a growing reputation among reformers as the direction of his policy becomes clear. At the same time, events such as the Kingston penitentiary riot last April, the robbing of the RCMP's Long Sault detach- ment in May and the physical attack on visiting Soviet Pre- mier Alexei Kosygin in Octo- ber have tended to over- shadow the initiatives. GUARDS IN COURT As a result of the Kingston riot, prison guards went to court to face charges of as- sault against prisoners. The penitentiary system has al- ways handled suoh cases teraally, even where prisoners were killed. The robbery of the Lang Sault detachment revealed that the RCMP paid teen- agers to inform on their ac- quaintances. The resulting fu- rore led Kr. Goyer to an- nounce that juveniles would no longer be paid as inform- ers. The 39-year-old Goyer has been the "target of a steady stream of parliamentary and editorial criticism, partly, as one editorial writer put it, be- cause of a penchant for "lead- ing everyone to fear the worst." He has been rapped for tak- ing "a simplistic Spiro Agnew approach" in the young of- fenders legisla- tion drafted before he became for patterning his parliamentary style after Prime Minister Trudeau's. One editorial dubbed him a "dangerous amateur" in secu- rity matters. The Montreal lawyer has been sensitive to such criti- cism and has tried to answer it or adopt a less abrasive style. But he isn't thin- j skinned. He once defended federalism before a student audience in Montreal that pelted him with eggs. And the reviews have been getting better. "You are a very enlightened mail." said Senator Andrew Thompson a s Mr. Cover outlined oeniten- tiary plans to a Senate com- mittee. Prison reforms so far this year have been more style than substance. Letters are no longer used to include their own prisoners now arc able to air their points of view to members of Parlia- ment or in letters to news- papers. The military prison haircut is gone. Clothing regu- lations are being relaxed to give a sense of identity to men always treated as num- bers. In 1972, more substantial steps will be (aken to achieve the ideal of prison reformers: small institutions in which smashed or distorted person- alities may be rebuilt; confi- dence restored; real skills im planted. A prototype prison probably will be built in or near Van- couver to implement the "liv- ing-unit" mere dressed-up cells but a home where the prisoner may learn to "resocialize." Meanwhile, a team ol psy- chiatrists has been commis- sioned to propose ideas for the handling of mentally-ill pris- oners. It is expected to report early in the New Year on bet- ter means to deal with per- haps the most neglected group of society's flotsam and jet- sam. About 10 per cent of the prisoners are said tn need mental need reflected in high prison suicide rates, searing tensions and the brutality of the Kings- ton riot, when "sex deviates, informers and child beaters were clubbed, two of them fa- tally, and tortured by a small group of the prison's 500 in- mates. OTTAWA (CP) Winter in Canada is not normally UK sea- son for holiday cottages, but owners still should be thinking about their value. Valuation Day is about to be proclaimed under the new fed- eral tax law that has just passed Parliament and which will come into force Jan. 1 after routine royal assent. The so-called V-day is part of the new. law's inlroducUon of a tax on capital gains in Canada for the first time. The value of assets as ot V- day, probably a day late tlus year, will be the basis of calcu- lating gain from any future sale. Half of a capital gain hence- forth will be counted as part of the gainer's income and taxed as such. Half of any loss simi- larly can be deducted from tax- able income. For Canadians who are not corporations with myriad assets of various types, capital likely to be affected would be gains on the sale of stock-market shares, property other than a person's main home, or personal assets such as an antique or piece of jewelry worth more than ACRE OR LESS EXESIPT A principal residence with no more than one acre of land would be exempt from capital gains tax, no matter what profit the owner picked up on selling ft. But sale of a cottage or a plot of land counts. Sale of an antique, a work of ait, a piece of jewelry worth more than similarly would be liable to lax, but only on half tie gain in excess of A valuable item there- fore might wan-ant appraisal and formal valuation now to avoid trouble with the tax man later. Gains be calculated from the owner's selling price after subtracting the original price he paid or the worth of the asset on V-day, whichever serves the taxpayer best. Say'you have shares of Ticktack Petroleum' which you bsught in 1S69 at in all. On V-day, it turns out, Tick- teck shares are quoted on the jewels, art, antiques and oUier such valuables should also be appraised. Revenue Minister Herb Gray has promised to issue explana- tory pamphlets on this and other tax subjects early in the new year. He says the main Uieme of the V-day pamphlet will be that most Canadians won't be af- fected. for survey of noise, odor stock exchange at 75 cents, making yours worth in all. Next June, they rise on the! J market to and you sell, I AWlil d LOIIVI ULl collecting For tax purposes, you count the gain as advance from the 1.V9 price you rather than the increase between V-day and the selling date. Half the be added to your 1971 income for figuring tax. TAKE BEST LOSS TOO On the other hand, if Ticktack had risen to 51.25 on V-day, then fell to 50 cents next June and you unloaded them for you could calculate your loss from the V-day value of rather than the price of That is, your tax-purposes from other in- be rather than the actual loss of from There is no problem about recording the value of shares on V-day. The stock markets do that for you and the govern- ment. CALGARY (CP) A con- tract to survey the noise and odor problems of the city has been awarded by the depart- ment of environment to a team from the University of Calgary and a local engineering firm. Drs. H. R. Krouse and H. W. Joncr of the physics depart- ment and Dr. Bruce Dunn of Uie psychology department will conduct the noise portion of the survey. Two mobile stations and one observer will take measure- ments across the city, pinpoint- tag problem areas. The firm of Strong, Lamb and Nelson odor survey will conduct the with Uic use of A cottage might be anoUier j questionnaires, advertisements, thing. It is wise to establish and record the value of the cottage on or about V-day, either by ref- erence to a current sale of a comparable place in a nearby location or by having the value appraised and noted by a rjal estate expert. Scamp or coin collections. a telephone complaint service and random sampling A contract for a similar study in Edmonton has been awarded to Bolslad Engineering, noise control specialists, and Stanley Associates Engineer i n g, spe- cialists hi air pollution control. Amounts of the contracts were not disclosed. Postal newspaper in federal public service MAYFAIR-VOGUE'S 4-DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DRESS SALE Dress up for the holidays with a variety of SILHOUETTES that enable you to 'Do your own Thing' By IAN PORTER Canadian Press Labor Writer OTTAWA (CP) How would you feel if your boss started paying for a monthly publica- tion to be read by those who work under you and which printed their criticisms of your performance? Or, how would you react if. as j a union leader, that same house I organ started to ask your mem- i bers how they really feel? Well, Uiat's Communication latest experiment in dialogue between the post office and its workers. As a departmental n e w s- papcr, Communication "71 prob- ably has been unique in the fed- eral public service i'or the last 18 months. Featured on the front page of the December issue, for exam- ple, is a staff-written story re- lating nothing but criticism by postal employees in the Atlantic provinces of their working con- ditions. WORKERS SKEPTICAL Many of the workers quoted prefaced their remarks wiUi "it doesn't matter what 1 say, you won't print it anyway. Their observations printed in the article convey a strong im- pression Hint they feel the de- partment is more interested in spending money on new labor- saving devices than on decent lunch-rooms for employees. I The approach is reported to j have infuriated some top post-1 office managers. j It also leaves James McCall, i president of the Canadian Union of Postal Work- ers, cold. Communication '71, he -said in an interview is a clever excise in "subliminal brainwashing." He said it was an attempt to undermine the union by per- suading the workers manage- ment was listening to their com- plaints and plans to do some- thing to meet them. Furthermore, the ntwspape: "gets lire, emotions lying" just at a time when the union is be- ginning to obtain valid results from consultation proceedings with management. RESENT EXPENSE At their convention in June, union delegates expressed strong resentment at the ex- pense of developing Communi- cation '71. They not only passed a resolu- tion to boycott, the newspaper, but also barred editor Grant Johnston from their proceed- ings. Mr. Johnston, M, is less con- cerned about the hostility of the union, however, than about I pressure from above for greater management control over the content of the newspaper. "I'm paid by management but I'm not going to be manage- ment's editor on this he said in an interview. "This is not: a management tool." The purpose of the paper, he said, is to encourage employees to feel a greater involvement with operations of the post of- fice. It is not intended to usurp the union in its function of bar- gaining for the workers on the big issues such as wages and job security. HAS SUPPORT Whatever pressures post of- fice area managers have ex- erted against the newspaper's approach, Communication '71 continues to gel strong support from Mr. Johnston's superiors in Ottawa. G. M. Sinclair, assistant dep- uty post-master general for op- erations, admits there has been adverse reaction from senior of- ficials but for the present, at least headquarters will stick with a policy of non-interven- tion. Public relations director ,1. B. Kinsella, meanwhile, hopes that eventually the unions will agree to play a consultative role in publication of the newspaper. "There's no role anymore for publications that are cither j management tools or union, he said. 14 ,95 FEMININE FASHIONS 1'iat make your body Beautiful! I996 3995 Sizes 6 to 20 and to 26Vi. TAKE A ROMANTIC WHIRL THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS toolk dazzling in our Elegant Gowns .95 HOT PANT DRESSES long and short outfits to In swing for the festive days ahead. Sizes 5 to 15. 19 95 COMING SOON. 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