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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THi LETHMIOCt HUALD Saturday, Ftkuary 13, Penalizing the Metis Recently the federal government permitted Metis and Indians to round up 200 buffalo in the Wood Buffalo Na- tional Park in order to supplement their food stocks. The move was des- igned to ease the Metis' living con- dition which has been sadly disrupted by the ecological effects of the Ben- nett Dam in B.C. No longer can they survive on their indigenous traditions, since the clam has all but eliminated their hunting, fishing and trapping grounds. But the federal government's gen- erosity was promptly cancelled out by the provincial social development department who immediately re- duced Metis' welfare allowance for groceries by a whopping 25 per cent. It's significant that the Indians did not receive similar treatment, but then they come under federal, not provincial jurisdiction. It's not as if the Metis were get- ting any great handout. Although the buffalo were shot by park officials, tlie recipients had to skin, cut up the meat and transport it to their homes, all at a time when the weather was stubbornly below zero. The public, sympathetic to the plight of the Indian and Metis, is jus- tified in feeling irritation at the short- sightedness of the provincial depart- ment. The buffalo population had to be thinned out anyway, so why not give it away without any strings at- tached? But more important, why, when the Metis are willing and an- xious to undertake this project which took a lot of initiative, should they be penalized? Shouldn't this resource- fulness, inherent in the Metis, be encouraged? The province apparently doesn't see things this way. Its policy of penalizing those who try to improve their condition, even when they are aided by welfare, certainly needs a second, more humane look. Another year the Metis could reject the fed- eral government's offer in favor of receiving their proper welfare allo- cation. Then the province may be stuck with thousands of pounds of buffalo meat and have to set up a butcher shop to get rid of it. It might almost serve them right. Talk, talk, talk, Failure to get through the project- ed legislative program is a cause of considerable frustration to the Tru- deau government. A similar situation exists in the United States where too much talking put a serious crimp in what the Nixon administration hoped Congress would accomplish. When the 91st Congress adjourned, President Richard Nixon said it would be re- membered "not for what it did, but for what it failed to do." During the two year session the two houses passed a total of measures out of that were in- troduced. The Wall Street Jour n a 1 says that Americans should be grate- ful for the fact that, for one reason or another, the Congress failed to do all that it could. No doubt the coun- try was saved from some burden- some legislation by all the talking that'took place. The U.S. Senate was the main ob- stacle to getting legislation passed. It sat for 738 hours longer than the House of Representatives. Talk is something that is hard to shut off in the U.S. Senate. It requires a 75 per cent vote of approval to close a fili- buster. Only a few times in history has that happened. An attempt is being made at pres- ent to reduce the majority required to end a filibuster. But the proposal is itself being filibustered and little hope seems to be held for the suc- cess of the attempted reform. In the face of growing troubles there is talk, talk, talk. Love story There's a magnificent love story in today's Weekend magazine. It wasn't dreamed up by a novelist; it took place in Montreal last year. Love was evoked in men and women for children nearly four hundred of them. A strike by non-medical employees in Quebec private hospitals, creches, and old-age homes brought about an emergency appeal for temporary home care for 380 children. There were more than offers of as- sistance. When the strike was ended four months later only one child was given up by the families who had provided care. The one exception was a boy who returned to his natural mother. All the rest were either adopted or became foster children on a more-or-less permanent basis. Such strong bonds of love had been established that the new parents found it unthinkable to give up the children. Every social worker 'in the country with responsibility for children will be wishing an excuse could be found for an emergency appeal to provide home care for children in institu- tions. They know the Montreal love story could be repeated over and over. There is probably here for Lethbridge citizens. An attempt to establish a small group home for dis- turbed children in a community set- ting has twice been thwarted by fearful would-be neighbors.. There is a real possibility that if such a home had been permitted those neighbors would have developed, in due time, an affection for the chilren. That love story could still take place. .Weekend Meditation The vital ingredient WORSHIP is something that most people do casually. They often neglect it, as if it were unimportant, as if seme ex- tra sleep, a business appointment, or some social occasion were more necessary. As a matter of fact worship is either all-impor- tant or without value whatever. The very word "worship' means a complete devo- tion of life, a decision as to the things that are worthwhile, since "worship" and "worthship" are Siamese twins. Worship means that one gives oneself utterly and unreservedly to something or somebody. The most pitiful thing in the world is a half-hearted worshipper, whatever the god may be. Nothing in God's universe is so pathetic and tragic as the person who merely goes through the form of church attendance and various acts of devotion. There is no power in such a performance. How on earth do such folk expect (o become new people with a new life, new aspirations, new orientations, and new habils? One. docs not saunter into tha Kingdom of God with hands in pockets. There must be a corn- plete dedication. The Kingdom of God. it has been well said, does not belong to the well-meaning but to the desperate. Buddha took the man who wanted to find Gcd down to the river and put his head under water. When he let the gasping fellow up he asked him what he wanted at thu! time. was the reply. ''When ynu want God as you wanted said Bud- will find Him." Gladstone said that the secret of success was concentration. How little concentra- tion one sees in church! One overherl'S trivial conversation which tells of a con- tinuation the life of the streets. There i.s no "centering to use the fine phrase of the Quakers. Professor Tawney of the University of Illinois onee srrid thnt worship was so important that he womk-r- cd how mam of us could afford to do inv- but educate in !he art. So is an education ;imi a form of art! Jiaro is the who so regards it! Dr. Temple who became Archbishop of Canterbury and was undoubtedly one of the very first class minds of our time, said that the world could be saved from political chaos and collapse by one thing only and that was worship. Dr. Temple did not think of worship as some idle exercise that did not reach out into all life. He held that worship meant quickening the conscience by vital asso- ciation with th3 holiness of God. The mind was fed on the truth of God. The imagina- tion was purged by the beauty of God. The heart was opened to the love of God. The will was devoted to the purpose of God. Now one sees worship in its right setting. All the personality is changed and society is transformed through and through by worship. Here is the key to social reform. Here is the key to the new world. Here is the key to brotherhood. Here is the key to a healthy family life. Here is the key to vital, dynamic personal living. Without worship faiih becomes a farre, not. a force. It becomes a hypocrisy, a cov- ering, for a corrupt life. But worship does not mean one of the many travesties that pass for it. Worship means an experience which recreates us. cleanses us, and em- powers us. It brings us into more than a partnership with God; it brings us into unity with God. It is more than comrade- ship; it is communion. .Jesus said that man's objective should to ''he perfect, your Father in heaven is perfect." JCSILS never said anything did not mean. Jesus thought of sin a.s a drcadul, devastating thing which perverled man's true nature and destiny. The only escape is through calling on tiic grace of God. de- pending on the help of God, submitting or.o's life to the invasion of the Holy Spir- it. PRAYER: "Thy nature, gracious Lord, imprtrf, Come quickly troni abme; Write Thy name upon my 'll.y lieu, best name of Love." K.S.M. Airborne good Samaritan Bruce Hutchison Moving away from ideal of free trade the Chilcotin plateau of British Columbia the big sky is clear. The air, fil- tered through the icy pinnacles of the Coast Range, is fresh and spicy. In this lonely land, free of the city's smog and clamor, men have time to think. A cowpuncher, around the camp fire, may be ignor- ant, as education is reckoned these days, but he talks more sense, about basic things, than most members of Parliament. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that when Chilcotin sends a representative to the House of Commons he can think, too, and talk with out- door bluntness. Such a man, judging from the parliamen- tary record, is Paul St Pierre, MP (though, to tell the truth, it was a bad day for Canadian journalism when this best of our columnists and a brilliant writer of books and movies as well, left the front page for the back bench, the sparkling prose for the cranky fine print of At any rate, while everyone else in Ottawa overlooked it, the man from Chilcotin quickly grasped a certain interesting fact. It is that a Liberal gov- ernment, dedicated in high principle and ardent piety to the ideal of free trade, has be- gun to move stealthily in the opposite direction. Mr. St. Pierre, so far as I can see, was the only Liberal to pro- test tliis sudden swerve and realize where it could lead Canada. He stood alone in the House, as men must often stand on the cold, wind- swept plateau. His protest broke all the rules of the political game, defied the party caucus and deeply distressed the gov- ernment. Jean-Luc Pepin, the minister of trade, who had devised a cunning system of quotas against foreign tex- tiles, was saddened to hear that anyone could suspect lam of illiberal, protectionist leanings. Poor Mr. Pepin deserves our sympathy. Much more sadness awaits him as Canadians begin to share Mr. St. Pierre's suspi- cion. To be sure, the latest re- striction on competitive im- ports is a small one. It is ex- cused by the government, like the illegitimate baby in the ancient tale, because of its size. But Mr. St. Pierre knows to use the clean, literal English of Chilcotin that small bastards often grow into large ones, that the descent into the storm cel- lai of the tariff starts, like all journeys, with a single step. Where, one is impelled to ask, were the other Liberals when the descent got under way? Twenty years ago, or less, a Liberal government attempting some disguised restriction on imports, at the cost of the Canadian con- sumer, would have faced a revolt in 'ts caucus and a dan- gerous battle in the House. The western members, at least, would have risen in fury. Why, I can recall the Mackenzie King government embarrassed and split because it had quiet- ly adjusted its customs regula- tions to discourage imports of seme obscure canned fruit not because they amounted to anything but because they rep- resented a principle and a di- rection. Today, apparently, we have Farm journals in trouble A FOURTH-YEAR journal- ism student at Carleton University conducted an inter- esting research study earlier in the year on the subject of where the average grain farm- er goes for information. The student, Bryan Lyster, whose family farms at Abernethy, Sask., discovered among other things that the printed word as it appears in farm newspapers and periodicals is by far the most important source of infor- mation for farmers of the area. The farm press is, in fact, four times as effective as radio in getting information to farm- ers, according to those who re- sponded to the research ques- tionnaire. Mr. Lyster's findings ought to be of special interest to those who seek to reach farmers with advice and information or any other kins! of message in the most effective way. This was not exactly news to Ihrse of us who are involved with the business of farir pe- riodical publishing. We have been certain, in spile of the development of the electronic media, that thnre is no real sub- stitute for the printed word that can be read at leisure and at a time of a man's own choosing. Besides that, a very few nuUblc exceptions, radio and television pay little attention to farmers and their problems. 'Ir.ey will pay less ami less at- icrition to these affairs as farm population diminishes in pro- portion to urban population if experience in other countries is any guide. Hut. as farm publications are increasingly needed by their farmer-readers, it should bo rernffnized that that important need alone will not ensure that the publications can continue in existence to meet that need. There is the all-important, mat- of revenue lo keep them go- and has been a real piohlem in the feu Farm p u h 1 i c a I I o n s are among Iho first lo feel tlie ef- The Western Producer fects of declining farm rev- enue. The state of the farm economy in the past year par- ticularly has meant that many farm families on the Prairies were too hard up even to dig up the modest fee required to keep the farm paper subscription go- ing for another year. On top of this, the imposition of a 200 per cent increase in postage rates on second class mail, coming at the worst possible time from the point of view of farm in- come, further complicated the picture and added to the losses sustained by all major farm publications that remain in the field. Advertising traditionally has been the mam source of rev- enue for farm publications, and when that begins to de- cline, they're in deep trouble. When farm income declines as drastically as it has on the Prairies in the past couple of year s, advertising revenue dries up as fast as farm in- come. The advertiser sees little point in promoting his goods or seivices in a market that lacks the cash to pay for them. The latest report of Elliott Research Corporation of Mon- treal, a firm specializing in statistics of the publishing busi- ress among other things, con- tains some rather startling fig- ures on the state of advertis- ing in farm publications in the first 10 months of 1070. It ,-hould Iw noted that nil pub- lications suffered a serious de- cline in advertising revenue in and also in the previous jear.; In II) months The West- ern Producer suffered a de- So They Say If the mouse was processed with Ihe biscuits there should be no danger. In fact, the mouse probably added a hit of extra protein. Food Inspect- or's comment on a monso found in breakfast cereal. cline in advertising linage of 14.( per cent from the compar- able period in 1969. Regional editions of The Country Guide look a loss of 12 per cent in lin- age, while national linage drop- ped by 23.7 per cent. The Free Press Weekly took the worst beating of all, with a decline of 38.6 per cent in lin- age appearing in its regional editions and 27.6 per cent of a drop in its national edition. Readers should be aware that there is no revenue (at least that we know of) in recent frantic efforts of the Free Press Weekly to destroy the faith of farmers in the Cana- dian Wheat Board and orderly marketing in general. None are coming close to breaking even. Even the Free Press Weekly, owned by the mighty Siftcn-Bell newspaper empire, admitted to the loss of last year at the spring meetings of the Senate Com- mittee on the Mass Media. This was somewhat of a comedown from frequent insistences by some of its representatives that the FP was rolling in profits, and tlieir scornful attitude to- ward those who were not in that category. As we see it, survival of all farm publications circulating in Canada will depend on a rapid upturn in the fortunes of farm- ers, and a greatly improved mnrkct for farm inputs, so that advertisers will be encouraged :o promote the things they have to sell, the revenue icquired to keep farm publica- tions going will begin lo flow in. Farmers should know that the farm publications read, and presumably en- joy and appreciate, won't, he able to keep going j'.ist because they arc needed by readers. Just like farmers themselves, the papers need revenue to keep going, and in recent times they have been hit just as hard as formers themselves. Again like farmers, the future of farn: papers will he in douhl unless revenues pick up very soon. advanced beyond that primitive way of thinking. We say, and tbs prime minister said it with moving eloquence at Singapore, that the world will explode if the poor nations cannot sell their goods to the rich. We are eager to buy from them, but not if they sell cheaply, not if they hold down the price of cot- ton shirts to the Canadian fam- ily. We are ah" saving the pool- nations, provided that it causes no inconvenience and loses the government no votes in the manufacturing centres of On- tario and Quebec. This kind of tortured mo- rality does not convince a plain man from Chicoltin, where they take facts, and shirts, quite se- riously. But the government, though nettled by a.backbench- er who had the impudence to speak his mind, kept its temper and gave a gentle reply to Mr. St. Pierre. Surely, it said, he could not suppose that any uneconomic Canadian industry would be shielded from heatlhy compe- tition? Surely he believed that the textile quotas would be withdrawn unless the inef- ficient concerns reorganized themselves and became ef- ficient? To imagine that the giovernment might violate its own sacred doctrine for politi- cal purposes was just too much for Mr. Pepin. He was sadden- ed. The little unpleasantness in the Liberal family passed al- m o s t without public notice, without any serious debate in the House, and that is the whole point of the stray. The tariff issue, once the delicate gravity centre of politics, had almost ceased to be an is- sue at all and the West, al- ways the victim of eastern tariffs, gave up the fight as if it no longer mattered. And yet the Economic Council of Can- ada has us over and over again, in dull, unanswerable re- ports read by hardly anyone, that the issue is as important as ever, perhaps more Impor- tant. So it must be, because the entire world economy is chang- ing overnight in what we call the post-industrial revolution. To meet entirely new economic circumstance.1 emerging from a new technology and fierce in- ternational competition, Canada will have to change its methods, as the Economic Council warns. Above all, it will have to exploit its natural strengths and its natural weak- nesses if it is to empoly its people in the long run. And this means, despite the present in- difference that it will soon have to face the old, neglected tariff issue in new versions. Fresh from the simple, factual land of Chilcotin, Mr. St. Pierre seems to have done his homework, read his history and is not enfeebled by the hothouse air of Ottawa. He is not opposed to the textile in- dustry and appreciates its diffi- culties. He is not even opposed to the quotas if they are used temporarily, until the industry learns how to reorganize and compete. But he is not naive enough, either, to believe that the quotas will necessarily be so used, when all our past expe- rience argues to the contrary. That is what saddens Mr. Pepin. The pity of it. In fairness, he should ba warned that they will think about these things on the pla- teau where there is time, space and silence to think dearly. I never saw a cowboy up there who wasn't interested in his shirt, his private symbol of independence, his humble in- signia of a free human being. He is interested in the cut, fit, color and also the price of the shirt. Since the textile quota system will keep the price as high as possible, the home folk can understand their man in Parliament even if Mr. Pepin doesn't. (Herald Special Service) Looking backward Through tlie Herald 1921 Lethbridge utilities made a better showing last year than they have for many years. Both the electric light and waterworks departments showed a surplus of over SI I .COO, while the street railway deficit was clown to 1331 Following ihe receipt of information from Ottawa, which puts the city on sure ground in respect to (he por- tions of direct relief, a new deal in respect to the unemploy- ed will be put into force. Job- less will be given one day's work a week under the new plan. Hill Fears that Japan may strike southward as the Nazis open a blitz in the Balk- ans have been expressed in Australia. Japan is building air and sub bases in the south Pacific. 1951 Support for establish- ment of a junior college in Lethbridge is being sought throughout southern Alberta. A junior college would provide school graduation with a grade 13, equivalent to first year uni- versity. Alberta's portion of the Alaska Highway will be paid for by revenue from trav- ellers and gasoline tax within years, according to High- ways Minister Taylor. The Lethbridge Herald 50! 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mai! Registration No. 0012 Member of The Canadian 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 BALI.A Miintujing Editor ROY F, MILCS Advertising Manager WILLIAM HAY Associate Editor DOUGLAS K. WALKER frditorial Pactf Editor "THE HERALD SERVES IHE SOUTH" ;