Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THI LETKSMOGE KDJUD Saturday, ftbrvary EDITORIALS ttrttce Hutchison Who goes there? It would appear that people in Que- bec may have to carry an official identification card in the near future. The continued unrest in that prov- ince has convinced Justice Minister Jerome Choquette, Premier Robert Bourassa and several top govern- ment officials that citizens will have to accept unspecified limits on their freedom in the fight against terror- ism. Mr. Choquette, who has been cam- paigning for ID cars since last No- vember when police faced futility in tracking down the Cross LaPorte kidnappers, clarify the govern- ment's intentions on ID cards and other law enforcement measures in a white paper to be presented at the coming session of the Quebec Assem- bly. The justice minister has indicated the ID cards would carry name, ad- dress, photo and thumbprint of the bearer. The white paper is expected to deal with a wide array of extra police powers such as restrictions on protest demonstrations, tighter con- trols on firearms, broader use of po- lice wiretaps, increased surveillance of radical activists and of campuses by undercover agents, to name only a few. Surprisingly, most French lan- guage newspapers have endorsed the ID card principle and in a poll taken by a Quebec polling organization over 80 per cent of French speak- ing respondents also supported the idea. Among English speaking re- spondents the support for compulsory cards fell to 65 per cent, which would still indicate an awareness of the need for some method of easy iden- tification when the need arises. Opponents of the ID principle claim the use of photographs and finger- prints on compulsory cards would be an invasion of privacy and would only create real'problems for people forgot or lose their cards, with- out doing anything to curb crime. People who operate outside the law, they claim, are smart enough to ac- quire forged cards in order to pro- tect themselves and the real pur- pose of the ID card would not serve any useful purpose. Although all measures to facilitate law enforcement systems should be taken seriously, especially in Quebec at this time, it's difficult to see how one province alone could put the ID system to work successfully. Crim- inals or political radicals prob- ably find it quite easy to live beyond the Quebec borders where ID cards were not needed, yet still continue to engage in their underground activ- ities. Perhaps in the future all Canadians will be required to have some sort of ID card, similar to the National Registration card issued during the Second World War. This would make quick identification relatively easy and eliminate the necessity of carry- ing around a social insurance card, medicare card, and a sheaf of credit cards. But most people would strong- ly object to anything but a simple identification method, and finger- prints would definitely not be a popu- lar Inclusion. Why so many collisions? Collisions in marine traffic have been occuring with all too frequent regularity in North American wa- ters. Last summer a B.C. ferry was rammed by a Russian freighter re- sulting in several lives lost. In San Francisco Bay recently two tankers collided under the Golden Gate Bridge, spilling some gallons of oil into the already heavily pol- luted bay. A year ago, the Arrow another oil tanker, was wrecked in Chedabucto Bay, Nova Scotia, spill- ing some 2.6 million gallons into the water creating a messy cleanup job which cost well over a million dol- lars before it was finished. The public, already uptight over the pollution problem, is certainly jus-' in asking "what goes These ships are supposed to be equipped with.the latest in electronic navigation devices which is sup- posed to prevent collisions and other mishaps, even in fog. Following the Arrow spill a task force investigated present marine conditions and "was appalled by the callousness and sloppiness that was found in the operation of the world's tanker fleets." It recommended that Canada- take the initiative to con- vene a conference of all concerned to write a new international conven- tion for the operation and control of shipping throughout the world, pat- terned on the principles of the Con- vention on International Civil Avia- tion which Canadian authorities had a significant role in writing. The task force pointed out that the air convention has resulted in an in- ternational world safety record of av- iation which is outstanding. They ar- gue that if air transport can operate efficiently in three dimensions, sure- ly shjps can do so in two. It is- surely not beyond technical capability to improve equipment needed on ships to keep them from banging into each other. If Canada can get some sort of convent i p n un- derway soon, it will save millions of dollars spent on oil spills, not to men- tion eliminating the hazard the spills present to wildlife. Weekend Meditation Man's nature and destiny lyTAN was born to think about God. This JTJ- is his nature and destiny, If he be made in the image of God, then he should think about God that he may be like God. How can he know what he should do or, more important, be, without thinking con- tinuously about God? Few indeed are the people who spend even a few minutes every day thinking about God. They think of their work and family as necessities, but God is a luxury, a peripheral fact as far as they are concerned, the most easily neg- lected, the most quickly forgotten. The saddest thing in the world is to lose God and not to miss Him. Thousands, how- ever, do just that. They crowd their lives with trivialities, with business here and there, never caring, never daring to de- scend into the depths of their beings lest they discover how empty their lives are, how meaningless and aimless. They would learn that they had nothing to look for- ward to except death. They would know that all life has meant to them has been some insignificant sensation. But, you ask, how can a man think about God? The Bible says that the thoughts of God are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways. Famous theologians have declared that "whate'er thy mind comes at, God is not that." This is true from a human point of view, but does not take into account that God is con- stantly trying to speak to man, keeping up a continual conversation with every crea- ture, and that man can be led by the Holy Spirit into the knowledge of God. Man does not discover God, hut God re- veals Himself to man. In ten thousand ways God speaks to man. He has His pri- vate door into every man's soul. But His perfect revelation was in His Son. God not only sent His Son, but He came in His Son. God is like Jesus. What you see Jesus doing God is continuously doing, healing the sick, feeding the hun- gry, redeeming tlie sinner. God comes to us in the storms of life, when the night and despair settle in, speaks the word that stills the waves and a tfroat The fantasy of the boring Canadian truth about Canada couldn't be suppressed for- ever, I suppose, but we must blame Pierre trudeau (or let- ting it out at the worst possible moment. It was an English journalist, Anthony Carthew, of the London Daily Mail, who be- gan to sniff tlie national secret as he watched the prime min- ister recently in Singapore. (These Fleet Street reporters have no discretion and no mer- cy. Look how they even broke the confidence of a respectable oraogutang lady in Borneo who, like all females, gave Mr. Trudeau an innocent kiss and found her picture in the entire world press next day.) This gross breach of privacy calm. He comes with the peace that passes all understanding. It passes understanding because no one can understand how it comes or how it works, but it meets us at our point of deepest need. Even as Jesus promised the disciples, "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come to So bod promises every man who asks Him that He will come to him and bring him' through. Is God, therefore, a crutch for the weak and needy? Not in any way. He is the saviour of the weak and needy and all men are that way some day. If you have not had it you will have it. A time will come when life will break you and your head will be bowed, however arrogant you may be. No man is finally self-sufficient. The time comes when life is full of empty corridors and rooms hold only ghosts and memories. God is "a very present help in time of the Bible says. An old Hebridean saying goes, "When thou art low, make but a little cry to God and thou shall find Him at thy hand and all the power of Heaven In thy heart.'' God is more than that. He is a guide to the strong and the strong nran, un- guided by God, becomes weak like Samson and ends grinding corn for the Philistines. It has been the tragedy of many a "strong" man. God gives men talents and strength and Ho has a time of accounting for man's stewardship. Many a strong man has brought his nation ami other nations down in ruin because he abused his stewardship. This life is but a small point in time. Eternity looms on either side. Man comes from God and goes lo God. His whole des- tiny and meaning are in God. Otherwise his existence is insignificant however great ard important he may seem to his age. Rulers go and are forgotten like the least laborer. But for the man who knows his God 2nd loves and serves God there is a whole eternity of meaning and progress, of ever becoming more like God. Nothing else is finally important. PRAYKK: Make me. 0 God like Tin- self and five mo from Ilk: mimiciy of Iho world. K.S.M. was only a beginning. Mr. Car- thew rushed to the nearest tele- graph office and cabled a sen- sational dispatch to London. The prime minister he wrote, had suddenly dispelled "the long and widely held view that Canadians and Canada are re- spectively the most boring peo- ple and the most borins nation on earth." One may doubt that the le- gend of our native boredom has been finally dispelled, but grave damage has been done, as only a Canadian can realize. For more than three centuries we have gone stealthily about our business, tamed the wilder- ness, mastered half a continent and Jived a life of splendid madness, perpetual delirium. Obviously we couldn't have managed it if foreigners had been allowed to know what we were up to. Once they learned how much we enjoyed our weird northern adventure they would have flocked in here by the millions, bored us and spoil- ed everything. So wise men like Sir John A. foreseeing that danger, in- vented the great Canadian de- ception, a mask harder to pen- etrate than the precambrian Canadian shield. Don't pay any to us, they said. Don't believe those old wives' tales about the Mounties, the In- dians, the CPU, the Kiel Rebel- lion, the Diefenbaker govern- ment, the Just Society and many other things best forgot- ten. There's nothing worth look- ing at here, they said. Canada and Canadians are just a suf- focating, stupefying bore in the cold, empty Dominion of Ennui. This subtle strategy worked well for a long tune. All Mac- donald's successors enforced it without change. Mackenzie King perfected it as the na- tion's bore-in-chief so success- fully that no one detected the wild and reckless drollery be- hind the pudding face, the ac- cepted face1 of Canada through- out the world. (Mike Pearson tried, half-heartedly, to. wear a different boyish face now and then and took the ultimate risk mm WORLD "Sir, WAM you say you dig long hah' Jo von mean by IB 1OT tr HEA, he. "Pour man! You can tell by the eyebrows he't from Streel.'" Letter to the editor Consider students in matter of transferability An article titled "U of L clarifies situation" appeared in your paper of January I offer the following comments that may indeed clarify the sit- uation. The problems of transfer or- iginated for college students with the Public Junior Colleges Act 1958. Sec. No ju- nior college may be established unless the provincial board, in consultation and agreement with the co-ordinating council, has approved the application for affiliation with one or more universities. During the period from 1958- 1971 many man hours have been consumed discussing transfer. Space will not permit a summary of the progress, or lack of it, that has taken place since 1958. Let me, however, summarize the last nine months. SPRING 1970 Colleges commission staff met with uni- versities co-ordinating council in Calgary. The council agreed that current affiliation proce- dures were inadequate and that the entire matter required re- view. SUMMER 1970 Colleges commission staff met Dr. Thorssen and Dr. Kristjanson. It was agreed that a committee consisting of representatives of both universities and colleges and the two commissions should be established to devel- op a new accreditation-trans- ferability package. SEPT. 17-70 Colleges ap- pointed MacLeod, Anderson, Mathews. and Fast. It was agreed that a committee con- sisting of representatives of both universities and colleges and the two commissions should be established to de- velop a new accreditation- transferability package. OCT. 8-70 Dr. Carrothers of the co-ordinating council was advised by Mr. Thorssen of the agreement we had reached with him. OCT. 12-70 Dr. Carrolhcrs made a counter-proposal that a new affiliation agreement pre- pared by a sub-committee of the co-ordinating council, chaired by Dr. Blackley. be examined at a conference which would include thirty or forty educators. OCT. 23-70 Colleges com- mission staff'informed Dr. Car- rothers that his counter-propo- sal was not acceptable to the colleges commission since the terms of reference were too narrow, and recommended that the earlier proposal be re-ex- amined. LATE OCT.-70 Colleges commission staff attended a meeting with university co-or- dinating council. Agreed lo es- tablish a committee to' begin immediately to examine the en- tire accreditation transfer- ability issued. Equal member- ship was agreed upon. NOV. 30-70 Dr. Carrothers reported to colleges commis- sion staff that staff's recollec- tion of the membership of the committee was in error. NOV. 31-70 Colleges com- mission staff cleared member- ship problem by phone. DEC. 2-70 com- mission staff re-affirmed mem- bership appointed on Septem- ber 17-70. DEC. 30-70 Dr. Carrothers informed colleges commission staff that he had received their letter but too many members appointed. JAN. 23-71 Member of the colleges commission staff agrees to resign from the com- mittee. I submit there are four par- ties vitally interested in trans- fer: students, minister of edu- ucation, universities and col- leges. Let the reader be the judge of who throws the road blocks. Dr. Smith may well be sur- prised that the minister of ed- ucation would make recent and direct reference to college-uni- versity transfer problems by a request to Dr. Stewart; how- ever, I am sure the general public would concur that this is the minister's prerogative. !f Dr. Smith would care to see the letter, I have it in my of- fice. I have suggested transfer should be arranged by legisla- tion, which would place the col- leges commission in accred- iting capacity for college pro- grams. The minister wished me lo expand on my ideas in this area. The article attempts to indi- The Herald welcomes letters from readers. Pseudonyms arc permitted but correspondents must attach their name and address. A number of good letters have recently been receiv- ed and reluctantly set aside because of lack of name and ad- dress. All letters are subject lo rdilins for length and Rood lasle. cate that the only problem is at Lethbridge Community Col- lege. Why not ask the other colleges, or better still, the stu- dents themselves? I have re- cently spoken to students in first year at Mount Royal Col- lege (Calgary) who are hopeful that the problem will be solved by the time they graduate, in order for them to transfer to Alberta universities. At the present rate of progress, it is doubtful if their sons and daughters will have suitable transfer arrangements. I assume the statement, "But surely any change in policy along these lines must be based on sound educational evidence and not on personal comes from Dr. Smith. Am I to assume that he is the only president endowed with the right to express personal opin- ions? I contend that my recom- mendations are based on more sound educational evidence than he has on the problem. The college agrees that dup- lication of services is an im- portant concern to the taxpay- er, but rather than have the universities decide unilaterally where programs should be of- fered the colleges and students should become part of the deci- sion-making process. Dr. Smith's statement typi- fies the university approach th.Vi the problem is not serious. The Honorable Mr. Clark re- cently released figures on en- rolment at colleges and uni- versities which I am sure are indicative of a continuing trend a levelling off of enrolment at universities and a sharp in- crease in enrolment at col- leges. Students are finding the following advantages by com- mencing their post-secondary education at college: 1. Many high school graduates are undecided regarding de- finite careers. The small classes and individual guid- ance services of a commu- nity college will assist these students lo find themselves. 2. Expenses can be kepi lo a minimum. The saving in tui- tion fees, transportation and living accommodation will enable many students to get one or two years of univer- sity work with small cost. 3. Academic staff and equip- ment meet (be high stan- dards set by the universi- ties. The vocational staff meets rigid trade specifica- tions. 4. Colleges have well-equipped buildings. 5. The academic staff at col- leges arc "Master Teach- ers" and carry no responsi- bility for research as do their counterparts 8t univer- sities. 6. The cost to the taxpayer is less for a student to take similar education at college. Undoubtedly students find other advantages as well. It is interesting to note that the first four advantages listed above were published in the college calendar in 1966-67, when the University of Lethbridge was the university section of the Lethbridge Community College. In one respect I have so far been as guilty as Dr. Smith, that of clouding the issue. Ade- quate transfer arrangements are not for the benefit of col- lege or university presidents, college or university admini- stration, or academic staff, but for students. The future defi- nitely indicates more students facing transfer situations. As senior educators in the prov- ince of Alberta, our handling of the situation has been deplor- able to date. I intend to support students to the limit in their efforts to obtain desirable transfer ar- rangements as judged by them, however, my limit would not include destruction of property or student protest marches. C. D. STEWART, PRESIDENT, LETHBRrDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE. Looking Through the Herald 1921 Women will not be given the vote in the provincial elections by the Quebec legisla- ture this year, nor will the house adopt any b'U permitting women lo enter into competi- tion with lawyers of the prov- ince. 1931 For the first.time in the memory of the city, sprin- klers have had to be used to settle the dust on the streets in February as the warm weather continues. of a na- lionwide salvage campaign was announced by the minister of of a bow tie but we soon solved that problem by telling suspi- cious visitors that he was only putting on a harmless act for the voters of Algoma, We made sure, too, that such a danger- ous- man would never get a ma- jority in Parliament.) Alarmed by his occasional lapses, we took further precau- tions. The Economic Council, the CBC, the countless royal commissions, task forces and white papers were all cunning- ly designed to baffle the for- eigners and ourselves as well. Thus we guarded our household windows against prying eyes by methods of protection far more effective and deadly than any tariff or import quota. Everything was going along fine until Mr. Trudeau appear- ed on the scene and destroyed, overnight, the work of the ages. Some of it might have been saved from the week if he had only stayed in Ottawa, yawned in Parliament and left good enough alone. But no, he had to travel abroad, swim with tropical turtles, kiss orangu- langs, leap upon Indonesian pedicabs, save the Common- wealth and let it see what Ca- andians are really like not bores but adventurers, swing- ers, gamblers, comedians ex- traordinary, the original village cut-ups and playboys of the Western world. Mr. Trudeau can be forgiven a lot but this is just too much. Now that the dike has been broken the flood must surely follow. First thing you know, the world will pry open our su- preme family joke a people who owns the richest land on the planet, inhabit the freest society and yet are comically worried about their future and sometimes talk of smashing the whole shebang because it isn't quite perfect. No other nation enjoys such a riotous fantasy, but we don't half appreciate it. Why, some dull, literal, unCanadian fel- lows like Rene Levesque, W. A. C. Bennett and T. C. Douglas even take the thing seriously, or pretend to. That, as we all know, is just part of the joke, but foreigners are unlikely to understand it. Mr.. Trudeau understands it all right. He revels in it and that's what worries his col- leagues. Someone, perhaps the stone-faced Mitchell Sharp, should take him aside and ex- plain the facts of Canadian life, particularly, the fact that the stone face, the counterfeit in- difference and the eteranl yawn are the only sound basis of na- tional security. It's all very well to laugh in the sealed cabinet chamber (where, I'm told, they laugh at themselves all the time be- tween tears) but not in Singa- pore; Borneo, Kandy and points east. The local aborigines may begin to get envious ideas. They may even. see through Mr. Trtideau's latest joke, a dizzy triumph of deadpan Arc- tic humor, when he solemnly urges the poor countries to sell their goods in Canada and, at the same moment, passes a quota law to exclude them. For sardonic wit and macabre whimsy you just can't beat a Canadian. Once he breaks out of gruesome Ottawa and lets himself go in the sunny tropics anything can happen. More than enough is happen- ing already. Mr. Carthew, the wandering Englishman, has opened the bag at last, un- loosed the old Canadian cat and revealed us for what we are. After all these years of snug secrecy, and impenetrable dis- guise it makes you feel naked, shivery, and indecent in a cold northern winter. (Herald Special Service) backward national war services in Can- ada. Such waste articles and materials will be used in cur- rent war production. Some of the articles to be salvaged will be newspapers, some metals, tires, waste rubber, string, cork, fals and oils. 1951 Canada is embarking on a three-year defence program with the main emphasis on an airforce of 40 squadrons and planes. has launched a six and one-half-ton sputnik, the largest satellite launched since the first sputnik soared into or- bit in October, 1957. The Lctlibridgc Herald 501 7th St. S.t Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 001! MeS1Kf..of The Canadlan press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA Managing Tdilcr ROY' F. 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