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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IE1HBRIDGE HERALD Friday, December 29, 1977 Improved seroice welcome TUP inauguration of a non sup fhjit i'ronf LethbriOge to EclmontHi iind bus service to such places L'oii'.ts could be in the ofting. This service could result from announcement of Alberta's new policy aimed at cie- veiopin? a fully integrated trans- portation system including air, rail highways. A 44-passenger je-t- plane and a fleet of 20 buses be purchased respectively by Tine Air and Northern Bus Lines to accommodate the increased patron- a :e this stepped-up service is expect- c i to attract. Communities without bus transpor- tation have been at a decided disad- vantage. News of bus links to these centres will be appreciated. Air tra- vel time within the province has nee- slowed by the lack of direct fichu. To reach Edmonton one must stop at both Calvary and Red Deer often with a change of plane en route. The announcement of planned non-stop flights nel'.veon U31-V and Edmonton and Sate- Letli- rklje -Medians Hat Edmonton While air travel connections from Hie cast Kootenays and Okanagan cen- tres to southern Alberta is not part of the new plan it should not be for- gotten. To fly to Lethbndge from Pen- ticton, Keloivna or Cranbrook one must first book flight through Calgary and there change to Time Air for the flight south. This seems an unnec- essary waste of time when one con- siders that Cranbrook is only 150 miles west of Such a flight should take less than an hour but the present arrangement takes half a day. one considers that the east 'Kootenays are so closely tied with Alberta have even chosen to abide by Alberta time and so many B.C. easterners do their shopping in Lethbridge, a direct air link would be of prime ad- vantage. It is encouraging to learn that a Fernie air service is currently Inves- tigating the possibility of establishing a service to include Calgary, Leth- Cranbrook and Spo- It is hoped these plans mater- ialize. Don't take chances Kc-c.-nt accounts of bravery (as in the case ot Fred Kopmann who hiked 15 hours in deep snow in the Kana- askis to get help for his three sons stranded in his parked iruck.i should alert Aibertans to the ravages of win- ter weather. How often do people stop to think about cold being a kil- ler? Do they continue to nurse the idea that it could never happen to them? Perhaps Fred held the same idea before his harrowing ordeal along the lonely forestry road. Sixteen people who acted similarly to the Kopmann family iast v. inter weren't so lucky. That was the death toil taken by freezing Alberta cold in an area between Calgary and the U.S. border last year. According to experts, Kopmann broke every survival rule in the book, despite the fact he showed remark- able courage, mental conditioning and strength. They say he should not have hiked out for help and his three sons should never have been left in the track. In another few hovrs the ve- hicle would have turned into a death- trap as the frost built up on the in- side creating an ice-box effect. Advice offered by experts to Alber- tar.s is to stay av.ay from too remote areas where roads are inadequate and the weather vicious. Those who must travel roads similar to the Kananas- kis should make sure they are proper ly equipped with a minimum safety pack consisting of matches, candles, flares or fuses for signals, an axe, some type of torch or light, food, warm clothing, tire chains, tow rone vice :s: don't start walking; instead get out of the vehicle and build a fire close at hand. The odds are a million to one against surviving an ordeal similar to the Kopmanns. The cold is a kil- ler most people, without a certain amount of equipment and knowledge would have died if they had been placed in Kopmann's shoes. And some will die this winter in Alberta unless they have learned something from the Kopmann story. ART BUCHWALD Weather thou goest WASHINGTON Something is happea- to the weather in this country and it's ca ;isii: g t r anxi ety am on gs-t the people. In the d ays be-fore te le vis in n, nobody really cared that much about wea- ther, You got up in the morning arid looked cut the window. If it raining, you put on rubbers if it was snovang, you put on boots. If it was a lousy day, you alv-'ays- figured- that tomorrow the sun would Bhixe. But thanks to the miracle of tele- vision, people worry about the weather all the time. are told not only what wea- ther to expect in our neck of the woods, but also what's happening in Eillings> and Pitchfork, Newfoundland. This not only csust-s traumas in most American households, it aUo polarizes the co'jniry. A the other a of wer'; v.atchme; the v.eather on U.o nov.s. joliy newscaster was iUnrl- ir.? in front of a map of the North Arrteri- con'.ir.erit re inforrr.ed for ho-Jrs. !ot :t pected to rntst with this warm air mass comlr.g up frorn the South, which will cau.se the raji, slc-et and fog that will arrive in our area tomorrow morning." 1 'There is your said Carey Winston, isn't air corning from that is causing the trouble, tre warm air from the South. They shouldn't the South to send up any warm air at the same time Canada is sending down cold air." Isn't going to make the South stop Eeriding up warm air, not after what trey did for him during the Jim Sym- ington. said. He h always rnainUined Dalinsky agreed, "that tr.e exporting of warm air should be left to the individual states." Tne weatherman was still talking "The can heavy which L> biov-ir.j? in from the :Ti: hr, you tr.e in the fire at the Collar h..> he .-.aid, r'A.s you re a o; 1 'Canada always keeps "rsdifiEj u.s f: asses of my friend Harry :d. 'If Nixon has guU he'i! tell th it off or "Or eUe Collins Birri r-Ve i 1 send them of col r J will rris-ce their of coir] like a trade "f wouldn't frxil with Canada -A hen rr.es to colrl air masses." Bird Ra have a cold aJr superiority over to 1 !v: irinouncjfjr con tinned hw chalk U air rr.ass from is o s.cnd5 LL. all their K-jd 'ihey furious because they tl.at snow dumped on so they v.ar.t 'o riurnp it on replied. 'TJ1 start fer.-Iirig for people v-ho live in the Middle SVfrst when tr.oy dropping tr.cir on The announcer continuecl. thundw- AtorrriS, are txpected in Texas and Okla- 1! prooibly get a tax ai- !owance for Syrninj-ton said. the "let's ar, F, a toil ite map of the SvjUri. A.i you see, there is a cloud covtr over the entire (.'nUed SUtes except fi P is. thf: his holidays.11 My v.ife said, '-ft figures." .4 dvsiv nation ha v W perf Jer.r.ifer is i.-. as they come at. On of her visits she, her mother grandmother went across tr.e .street fo e coffee, with Marj Tiwnscnd. hen Jenrdfer came back from that ition she wanted to the rest of hear'] about the Mickey, that Msrj for little girls to what there was to eat ar.d sev- she tell us that while !h'-y fhf-re F'.iH Tfr'.7i_send came home, didri't. know his name. After a slight he L-iiLOr, '-.r.': around the rlifficnlty by Marj. "What have you got on the Sea of Serenity? I'm interested in a waterfront property." Awareness of Northern issue increases By Peter Desbarats, Toronto Star commentator po'iiical yetr 'hit oi cei e'orjr- ment and no ft he rn tr aro- portatlon I a t tract aji in- creasing of public con- cern. Whattvtr party happen.s to he in power, the federal gov- ernment vvill be under more and more pressure to respond to this concern with policies rather than "vague guidelines for development. The first item on the agenda for 1073 will the report on resource development r.cr.v being prepared for the Mani- toba governmtr.t by former fed- eral cabinet minister Eric Kie- rars. Research for the report has been completed by gradu- ate students at McGill Univer- sity in Mont-eal, where Ki trans is teaching once again; the re- port itself, a documorjt cf about 7Ci pages, wall be finished by the end of the year ar.d .s'jbr.riitted to the government month. Kierans expects that tr.e gov- ernment will make rerort public within a relatively snort time, Ic is no secret that it will explain Kieran's claim that Ca- nadian interests have rxien dis- regarded in the resource "give- a we y" of the past. t h at no meaningful shift in policy can f. j expsc-'.ed from the federal tr.at individual govcrTjmerAa have yc: to explore their bargaining positions ia this field. Kieran's thesis will receive practical support from current moves by the Alberta govern- ment lo increase provincial rev- er.ufcs from oil and gas. Kierans has already been con- sulted on the economic policy by the new N'DP government in Colombia. His activities will as as the Manitoba report is finished. At the same tinnft, is work- ing on 5 on resource pol- ic7 whith re hopes to finish be- fore the end of year. Tue public re-examination of r -co cies by several provincial govemments h to focus more attention federal policies for northc-rn Canadians lo along liifari.i, whether thoy are to repeat old mistakes in Xorth. Tf i i.i n s 11 ona 1 debate will re.'-.oh a next Novern- her af. the Man ar.d Resourcea in sponsored by the Canadian Council of Re- source Ministers. Preparation for the conference already has i r, vo 1 ved o f Ca n a- in serriinaTs various ctr.c-r actr.Tties in every prov- ince tcimpo and visibility or this backgro'jnd activity will next year as the date the Toronto conference a p- proaches. About the same time, the Na- tions 1 Energy Boa rd wj 1! be preparing for public heai ings (if everything goes according to on the fi rst appli- cation to construct a pipeline" to carry Arctic gas the Mackenzie route to customers in southern Canada and the United States. Opponent of the pipeline already have made it clear that the first phase of their campaign will be to dis- credit the National Energy Board as a suitable for meaningful public involverr.erit in the pipeline decision. Tn U. a p ast few .such as Poiiution Probe in Toronto and the 22-mrmth-old Canadian Arctic Resources Committee in Ottawa have stepped up their pressure on the govtmment to open up the whole question of northern de- velopment to meaningful public debate. In a recent Issue of Nature Canada, the magazine of the Canadian Feieralion, CAHC cxerjulive Kit- fc-jn Vlncfirt charged that Cana- dians Li recer.t years have "faced an administration was elected partly on the slogan of 'participatory democracy' yet at ever; step regarding northern development, de- meaned the idea of public in- volvement." One indication that this public lobbying has had effect in Saskatoon last October the head of the Canadian Petrok-urn D. E. Furlong, attempted lo drav: at- tention to the fact tnsc some of thLs aetivi'.y in Canada botn financed by U.S. foundatioris, "doubtless for the best oi mo- tives." if they can't find better uses for their said Furlong, "I hope that the U. S. govern rnen t 1 find a way to tax them without detri- ment their great charitable function." This extrawdinary threat by e spokesm an of m ultinat ions I corporate interest wa.s directly at the CARC, which has been financed in part, in its early stages, by a grant of from the National Audubon Society of the United States. Despite the criticism of fed- eral policies by the CARC and c-'hor the federal gov- er.'Jir.tnt itself has fueled part of the debate about northern de- velopment. A federaUy-spOD- sortd seminar ca northern re- search last fall at Moot Gabriel, Cue-, requited in a for a national inquiry into northern transportation. The Toronto-based Great Plaias Project, funded by the prime minister's office, has also cptr.ed up the transportation ctba'.e v.r.h iu proposal for gi- tr.: aerial tankers to fly gas from the Arctic. This proposal and the mile Arctic oil railroad proj- ected by Canadian InsUtuta c: Guided Ground Transport at University, has sorrjr- people to suggest that the commCTcial pipeline consortium r.ov; in existence should be ex- par.ded into a northern trans- p o r t a t i o n consortium in- various modes of transportation. The breadth of that proposal an diate question about public volvtrrient. Many of these efforts will converge in to Increase public of the "north- ern issue" and public presswa en the federal government for a clearer definition of national policy. Why are there no demands for distinctive currency? By Maurice Western. FP Publications Ottawa commentator OTTAWA There is scrme- thing dbfurbiny the J eoer.t of hsnkersto entrance thoir su- r.ot Lh'jt arf: :-.'jf- from dirr; V.'hat they apparently Is' IT h confirlonce: the very fiuali'y which thty hsve t.n'.v.-- snfl-ice-loving for The of a fioliar hill; ]n days for on the trerrc, a penny U a penny move-: the banker to feeling of dejection ar.rl utter rfe-ipon- dency. ff therr: i.--; Irj rx- for this ufj rniiM fjet ri'J of ca-Sh. appsren'Iy, much bankers or rxyjs'.iona! he a F.'.oek until Kric Kierana ary) George Hoer, up in Thr; rrsA of the shiy i.'. t-he re- harix preskien'.; of the vanished shinpls'ter. In fset F.hinplaiter in ;u F.i.m-riier 'Jsys was a rr.ore tjal than depre- ciaM doiiar; it h-try the a ticket th e Or- pheiim theatre 'often two if he someone the Further, the 'Aa.S emriv.Tit.s in those flays were not sustained hy the battalion.? oi advisers who contribute so rniichto miracles of cc-onornic rri.-maDemerit, the problem In this it i-, under- thai bankers fftspc- c aliy onwj tend to flinch tt a of green. in calmer rnornente, that the ?.'.me v.o'jM produce the same results in the cashless of tr.eir dream.s, rjepre- ciatioTi v.wlrj at least procctd 'i'jcently and respectably lo the v.hir computers fxihind the scenes. trouble with a dollar bill is that it re- Letter Special thanks I like Uj Tr.e to express rny aldermen city ou.'ic-i! who were minder] to re evaluate the -i'j'j'ion the alley Ave "A" and !h Ave. A special thanks to Torn ?'ergij.vOn who many hof.rrs of hi.s OV.TI :e the .situa- n first It h men like are the real to hill, ISIGilAM rnairis visible even though iM purchasing pov.er 15 vanishing. It gives a sensitive man a efart akin trie sensation occa- sioned by the tip of a rat's tail a hiole. Tr.e cashless society may. as the hankers hope, be the corner. It is far frorn clear, hov.-ever, thaf. can wait for the miHenium, the dollar frorn an exchange standpoint being prac-tieally eetoplasrnic now. Vrhat we probably need Ls a transitional unit capable, at least until the illusion passes, of steadying the nation and shor- ing up the bankers' It seems remarkable in the circumstances that v.e have heard nothing on this subject frorn our economic nationalists must be as distressed when they draw their pay in dollars fa designation borrowed, like shinplasJer, from the Ktat.es> as they fx; if tlieir pockets bulged with pounds, shillings and ponce. Why are there no demands on Ottawa for bills as distinctively Canadian as the True North strong and ice-bounrl? Such a unit has rxjen recom- mended by more than one Can- adisn finance !a.st was fxnalr] those whose eyes tend to blur wilh the passage of finance minis- ters, he was the one v.rio could fpeak of "abirling faith" while maintaining the expression of a man enduring the torments of .fob. Mr. Fleming was not at I'nc time suffering from an at- lack of economic nationalism; he merely felt, that two dollars confused the public and com- plicated his work. It occurred" to him that If we made our down payments in people v.ouW not make these com- parisons. The heaver has long t-een considered distinctively Canadian and seldom wears the harried look that distinguishes a finance minister after a mom- ing with departmental officials or the governor of the Eiank of Canada. While such a currency VrO-jlrl involve various changes, thero is little doubt that the familiar patterns of life v.ould soon reas- sert tax- payers at the breakfast table in laU; fall would read in their no-vspapers that the Christinas mail v.ould be delivered only if the fXAtal unions were awarded pelts in retroactive pay. Thiere v.ould soon be other signs normalcy as the heaver bo- gan to its teeth and tr.e voice of bankers was heard agaiii in the land. Stiil, there is not much left of the dollar; practically nothing in British Columbia, whose pre- mier came lo Ottawa only recently to protest that we have been skinnwi. Even if the com- puter was to answer, as our bankers like to think, U is still painfully associated with the revenue men in the public mind to be readily accepted by pa- triot taxpayers. If the hour