Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE UTHBRIDGE HERAID Tuesdoy, December 28, 1971 More probation needed a. claims retiring warden STONY MOUNTAIN, Man. (CP) Ted Harris says Cana- dian prisons are schools lor crime. He should know, lie's spent most of his working life in them. On Dec. lie leaves the world of iron bars and caged men forever because after a career that spanned -VI years, Warden Harris is retiring. He's a gentle man who speaks softly and quietly. He's r.msitive to feelings and looks lor the best in people. One cl the warden's major concerns is for the young men coming into the penitentiary system. "Our prisons arc schools for he said, is no question about il. The younger ones learn more about crime in the penitentiary. I hate to see them ceminfi in." Mr. Harris is a firm believer that more offenders should Ire given probation rather Uian a prison term. lie estimates that 20 per cent of the prisoners in b't o n y Mountain penitent iary just north of Winnipeg should be on probation rather than behind bars. The warden says those men who can be given probation have a greater chance at lead- ing normal, fruitful lives. He said there are also financial considerations and noted that it costs the government S10.400 a year to keep a man in prison ami only to have him on parole. It was in 1932 that '.Viinlcn 'Harris started working in the federal prison system, wlien his father was Canada's only parole officer. He applied for a job as a clerk but was made a guard at Collins Bay Penitentiary at i Kingston, Ont. Later lie transferred to ad- ministrative work and became deputy warden at the Joyce- viile. Out., correctional farm. I He later returned to Kingston and helped reorganise the rr.axi- mum security prison there and in he was appointed i warden at Stony Mountain. I In his early days, he recalls, the penitentiary was still mo- dolled after the concepts that I prevailed in 1867. The idea was i that a convict was in penitence and was to rehabilitate himself. The prisoners weren't allowed to talk during the day and could be deprived of their privileges or put in isolation for a.n infrac- tion called dumb insolence. "The first tiling I experienced when I reported (o Kingston was the foreboding feeling at the gate as the gate closed be- hind me the prison was The House of Hate." Warden Harris said today's concept of dealing with prison- ers is entirely different. Instead of isolating prisoners from buman contact and confining them under cruel and abnormal conditions, the attitude today is to invite citizen participation from the "outside." "Hopefully we try to make life here as close as possible to normal living basically we try to treat them as human beings." Russian trip Cor Lougheed claims paper EDMONTON (CP) The Journal says Premier Peter Jxnighccd is expected to visit Russia in August or September at the invitation of Soviet Pre- mier Alexei Kosygin. Purpose of the Al- berta delegation is expected to go to study Russian techniques in northern develop- ment. Premier Loughced received the invitation when the Russian leader visited Edmonton during his Canadian tour in November. The Journal says plans for the visit "are believed to be on the desk of Mitchell Sharp, minister of external affairs." The Journal said that Russian experiments in northern pipe- line construction would receive priority attention from the Al- berta group. HELP COULD YOU QUALIFY IN ANY OF THESE FIELDS? 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To qualify for training candidates must hove been a resident of Albert a for the past twelve months be unemployed and actively seeking employment and out of the regular school system since June 30, No tuition fee will be charged tint! training allowance will be available if eligible. Programs vary in length from 12 to 16 weeks with the majority of courses commencing January 3, 1972. Individual courses subject to cancellation if insufficient applicants register. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE PRIORITY EMPLOYMENT PROGAM WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD DECEMBER 18th. FOR COMPLETE DETAILS CONTACT: STUDENT SERVICES LETHBRIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PHONE 327-2141 The year of new governments Sharp contrast In takeover methods JL WA1.TKK KHEVENCHL'K Canadian Press Staff Writer Tl'cre was a sharp contrast in the takeover methods of new governments elected in Saskatchewan and Alberta in After dumping the Liberals in the June 23 Saskatchewan election, (he New Democratic Party rapidly repealed fees for hospital and medical care use, provided premium-free health services for persons 65 and older, and did away with the Essential Services Emer- gency Ad which had effec- tively prevented strikes in major services and industries in the province. The NDP also introduced legislation to give fanners a one-year moratorium on pay- ments of loans on land, live- stock and machinery and can- celled a proposed S117-million pulp mill in northwestern Sas- katchewan. Premier Allan Blakeney said electoral reform and leg- islation to strengthen farming will be two of the main items to come before the next ses- sion of the legislature. Meanwhile, Alberta's first Progressive Conservative gov- ernment adopted a go-slow approach after upsetting the 35-year-old Social Credit ad- ministration Aug. 30. Premier Peter Lougheed, the 43-year-old Calgary law- yer who led the Conservatives to victory, said there defi- nitely will not many in 1972. "We're looking at a four- year term in office and we're net going to go racing off in all directions." Instead the Conservatives, who won 49 of 75 seals in the legislature, set up committees to review legislation dealing with northern development, pollution, labor, natural re- source development and con- servation, liquor regulations, hospitals, police matters, in- dustrial incentives, housing, oil and natural gas royalties, mental illness and provincial- municipal fiscal matters. One of the first tasks the Alberta government will face New Quebec bill for clenturists QUEBEC (CP) Quebec dcnturists would be permitted to deal dirodly with tbc public under legislation presen ted in the Quebec national assem bly. Rene Dussault, deputy minis- ter of social affairs, said in an interview the bill would enable patients to order dental plates directly from denturists without referral or examination by a dentist. Denturist-s in several prov- inces such permission and legal action has been taken against them recently in several cases after public clinics were opened despite laws requiring them to make dentures only on prescription from a dentist. Claude Caslonguay, minister of social affairs, introduced the new Quebec legislation. It would establish a provincial association of denturists and a code of regulations governing their practice. The bill defines a denhjrist, or dental technician, as a person who sells, fits, supplies or re- places dental plates. It also out- lines training, examination and licensing procedures for dentur- ists. The bill would forbid dentur- ists having any financial inter- est in the manufacturing of false teeth. Public committee hearings on the bill will be held during Jan- uary and February. Hutterites would be exempted KITCHENER, Ont. (CP) Tlie federal cabinet has agreed lo an amendment to the Canada Pension Act that would exempt members of the Old Order Amish Mcnnonites and Hutter- ites from pension plan pay-1 mcnts. Liberal MP Keith Hym-1 men said here. The member for Kitchener said Health Minister John Mimro ana Revenue Minister Herb Gray agreed to clnnges after meeting earlier this month with Mr. Hymmen and repre- sentatives of the Old Order. The a m c n d m c n I will lie presented to Parliament nest session, Mr. Hymmcn s.-iid, and if passed would affect about 2.000 adults. Tlic measure would he retroactive lo Jan. 1, 1972. Self-employed persons, such as members of the order, must pay pension premiums along with their income tax in quart- erly payments. The maximum pension contribution in 1971 was ?172, lo be increased to in 1972. The government would recom- mend an exemption from cover- age for self-employed members of religious sects where the sects met certain requirements yet and it was es- tablished the compulsoi-y aspect of the pbn was in conflict with religious Icncls of the sect. I'l.OWKItS IIHKI) Daffodil brooding has been carried on in England since the century. in 1572 is an adjustment of oil and natural gap royalties, which are due fur review April 1. NEED MORE REVENUE Provincial Treasurer Gor- don Minicly said oil and gas revenues will have to increase before the Conservatives can make good on their election- campaign promises. Removal of education costs from prop- erty tax was one commitment that would have to wait until 197.1. However, the Conservatives have promised lo provide some relief to senior citizens and others on fixed incomes at the spring session of the legislature. Compulsory automobile in- surance, a plan which re- quires drivers to have a mini- mum in property dam- age and public liability insur- ance, will be one Social Credit program to survive the changeover. It will go into effect next April J. Social Credit, which won 25 scats, assessed its unfamiliar role in opposition at a Novem- ber convention and decided the party needs younger blood and better communication with the public. "We've got to get rid of the 1S35 model-T car and get it into a duster said the party leader and former premier, Harry Strom. "One of the most important functions is to make contact with people the big prob- lem lias been a lack of getting across to youth what it is we stand for." NDP HAS SEAT For Hie first time since 1967, the NDP will have a voice in the Alberta legisla- of party leader Grant Notley. 'flic NDP in Saskatchewan also promised to reduce prop- erty taxes for school pur- poses, but a government spokesman said the program will take some lime to imple- ment because it is "such an ambitious undertaking." The NDP won 45 of 60 seats in Saskatchewan, with the Liberals taking 15. One month after the elec- tion, Liberal leader W. Ross Thatcher, 54, died of a heart attack. D. G. Steuart became acting leader and was subse- quently elected leader at a party convention held Dec. 10-11. B y e 1 e c t i o n s to fill Mr. T h a t c h e r 's vacant seal- the Souris-Este- van seal mads vacant by Uie death of NDP member Russ Brown were held Dec. 1. The Liberals held Morse, the NDP Souris-Estevan. 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