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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 10, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Gun control legislation faces protests of hunting clubs OTTAWA (CP) Representatives from gun and hunting clubs from Quebec to British Columbia gathered here Saturday to oppose gun control legislation now before the Senate. The representatives from a dozen national and provincial associations, claiming to speak on behalf of three million Canadians, specifical- ly opposed registration of sporting guns, which they said would not stop killings. They also demanded to be consulted when gun control legislation is being for- mulated. At a news conference called by Firearms and Responsible Ownership Inc., a national gun association, the representatives, who out- numbered the news media 22 to four, assured reporters they were present on their own financing and received no help from the gun industry. Centre of their attack was a bill that Senator Donald Cam- eron of Alberta is trying to get through the Senate for a third time. It has received second reading, approval in principle, and is awaiting discussion in committee. Among other things the bill would require registration of all sporting rifles and shotguns now exempt from such treat- ment under the Criminal Code, a permit to carry all guns and training in the use of guns. It also would make the own- ership of handguns more diffi- cult than it is now. Penny hoarders thriving NEW YORK (Af) Penny hoarders are, thriving in the United States, government offi- cials report. New York banks are still on allocation and the U.S. mint is prepar- ing a nationwide adver-' Using campaign to retrieve the coins. Of the 70 billion pen- nies produced since 1959, the mint esti- mates 30 billion are lost or'still lying in pickle jars, piggy banks and shoe of cir- culation. The. hoarding con- tinues despite a 60-per- cent drop in the value of pennies' copper con- tent, a change which mint director Mary Brooks hopes has left speculators "with egg all over their faces." Last year's sharp rise in copper prices to near- ly a pound led to home stockpiling and talk of an aluminum penny. With 147 pennies to a pound, some Americans wondered whether they might better sell their coppers than use them for cash. But copper sells now at about 50 cents a pound. And Brooks says the aluminum penny has been "absolutely re- jected." Blackbird lovers are thwarted WASHINGTON (AP) A federal judge denied Saturday an attempt by wildlife groups to stop the United States Army from killing millions of blackbirds that have been roosting at army installations in Kentucky and Tennessee. U.S. District Judge William Bryant turned down requests from the Society for Animal Rights and the Citizens for Animals for an injunction against the army. However, the judge ordered the army pot to begin carrying out its bird-killing program at least through Monday so that the wildlife groups can appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals. At issue are an estimated four million blackbirds which have been roosting at Fort Campbell, Ky. and about an- other eight million which have been roosting for the winter at the Milan, Tenn., army arsenal. The news conference drew representatives from the Do- minion of Canda Rifle Associ- ation; the Canadian Wildlife Association; the wildlife federations of Manitoba, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec; the shooting federa- tion and the Fish and Game Association of Manitoba; the Council of Shoot- several Federation of Anglers and Hunters and the Skeet Shooting Associa- tion of Ontario; the Shooting Federation, Pistol and Revolver Club and Antique Gun Collectors of British Co- lumbia; the Shooting Feder- ation of Canada. A spokesman made these arguments: of sporting and hunting rifles and shotguns would impose an un- fair and restrictive burden on three million Canadians who own between five and seven million guns at present. would hit the those who respect the use of do nothing against the criminals who get guns and use them, no matter what the would hamper police in doing their normal duties; Cameron bill is so re- strictive that a man could not even allow his son to use the former's rifle in the safe con- fines of a shooting range; registration has been tried in many areas and never has had any effect on murder rates; in England and parts of the U.S. has not worked and pistol in use in Canada for 40 is not effective; police don't want further gun registration; control is a cpverup for failure of other forms of law enforcement to cope with William Jones of Hull, Quo., head of national association with affiliation in most gun owners are being made the scapegoat of the politicians. "We're the easy target. You can release a lot of pressure by talking gun control." He and others said that rather than talk of gun control that will not work, there should be a five-year, no- parole sentence for perpetrators of violence using a gun. L. H. Nicholson of Ottawa, former RCMP commissioner spoke on behalf of the Domi- nion of Canada Rifle Associa- tion and the Canadian Wildlife Federation. He said it is estimated that there are between five and seven million rifles and shot- guns in Canada and that it would take thousands of hours of work by police departments to register them all. He said the over-all job of registration, issuing permits and other things called for in the legislation would keep po- lice from investigating and preventing crime. The registration of handguns over the years call- ed for in the Criminal Code, had been of only minimal assistance to police, and even the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is against further registration, he said. THE BOARDROOMS OF CANADA DONT HAVE MANY WOMEN. WHY NOR Policy decisions made in Canada's boardrooms have a tre- mendous influence on our life- styles. They affect the price of our food, the style of our clothes, the design of our homes, the quality of the goods we buy. Yet most of the women you see in Canada's board- rooms are serving coffee to the men who make those decisions. The strange thing is that, so far as we know, no company has a charter forbidding women to sit on the board of directors. And there is no legal barrier blocking the way. So why aren't more of us reaching the boardroom? Why aren't there more of us at the mid and upper management levels? Are we so conditioned into be- lieving that only men have careers that we automatically hesitate when we reach the fifth rung on a ten-rung ladder? Or is the ladder pulled out from under our feet if we take one step too many? Perhaps the answer lies with us. Perhaps we should all look upon every job we tackle as being a career. Being a housewife is a career and a demanding one. Being a mother is a career and a choose, then we should try to change it. We should make our voices heard. We should talk' to each other and to those whose influence we need. Politicians, husbands, friends, teachers, news- paper editors. And we should talk to the men on the boards of directors. As equals. If you'd like more information on International Women's Year and the status of women in Canada, all you have to do is write us or fill in and mail the coupon below. If you'd like a "WHY button, and a set of posters, just check the appropriate squares. We're here to help. rewarding one. But, if we want to be bankers or brokers, carpenters or care- takers, printers or politicians, why not? Why don't we refuse to accept pre- judicial barricades? Why don't we follow the examples of those who have proven it can be done? Maybe we've all been conditioned into not caring enough. Maybe. But, if a law, a precedent or a prejudice stops any one of us from pursuing any career we OTTAWA, ONT, K1A ID Please send me your information on IWY and the status of I women in Canada. D Please send me a "WHY NQTI" button. n Please send me a set of posters. (Available in March.) NAME- ADDRESS. CITY_____ PROVINCE__________________POSTAL CODE---------------__ Mtolftw Responslbto for HM Status of Women WHY NOT f ;