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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, February 14, THE LETHMIDQC HERALD Interpreting the News 4 jobless' adviser By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) Allan J. MacLeod, a respected authority on criminal justice, has just retired from a post in which he said he was the "most unemployed officer in the department of the solicitor-general." The 55-year-old man who had a distinguished career in corrections and justice had been since 1970 a special adviser to the solicitor-general on correc- tional planning. "Special advice was rarely he said in an interview Wednesday. "I was the most unemployed officer in the department of the solicitor-general." Not that he did not work. He said he drew up numerous discussion papers giving the pros and cons of important matters. The trouble was that, as far as he knows, they were never discussed. He never heard of his papers after submitting them to deputy ministers or to one of the three solicitors-general he was supposed to advise. _ Mr. MacLeod joined the justice department after the Second World War: He later uecame head of the department's criminal .law section and drafted radical revisions to the Criminal Code in 1955. After that he was chief of the remissions service, the forerunner of today's parole board, and for 10 years headed the peniten- tiaries service. In the latter position he saw the start of many reforms and the change from a system of using grim old fortresses to the building of smaller, modern institutions where rehabilitation was emphasized and trades could be learned. An indication of the respect he earned over the years was given by the large number of corrections officials who appeared at a reception given htm Tuesday night. Mr. MacLeod was named adviser by the then solicitor-general George McILraith. He also served under Jean-Pierre Goyer and Mr. Allmand. He said he simply waited for retirement. Now that that time is here, be will write about criminal justice in a way he hopes will not put people to sleep. In chats with reporters Tuesday and Wednesday, Mr. MacLeod complained that solicitors-general, dedicated servants as they may be, never bold their job long enough to learn it There were 10 ministers since the 1950s, all with little expert.se in corrections. If s the same old Kremlin By WILLIAM L. RYAN AP Special Correspondent Soviet authorities came up with what the? probably saw as a clever way out of a predicament by deporting Alexander Solznenitsyn, but it's an ancient device and it's use will reinforce an impression abroad that the Kremlin hasn't changed much over the years. The Nobel laureate, in a way, has wound up a victor over the Kremlin, what it did to him is.bound to shadow Soviet policy for some time to come and have an impact on the current exercise in peaceful coexistence. But the Kremlin's situation GAMBLING PACKAGE APPROVED HELENA. Mont. (API The Montana Senate voted tentatively to make bingo, raffles, sports pools, poker and nine other card games legal But the Senate rejected any state control of gambling and any possible state revenue from wagering. Also voted down were proposals to make slot machines and pundiboards legal. The gambling package, already approved in the House, is expected to win Senate approval later this week. It faces an uncertain future since the House has to act on Senate amendments. was unpleasant. While it cher- ished detente for practical economic reasons, it couldn't abide Solzbenitsyn. He had challenged toe authority of the leaders and the party. Something had to be done. To place on trial a celebrated though incon- venient personage and then sentence him to the very punishment he so effectively exposed in bis latest book could have bad effects abroad. Since Solzhenitsyn was determined not to cooperate with them in any way, they couldn't use the "voluntary" trip-abroad ploy. And so the regime dipped back into history. TROTSKY EXILED The last forcible deportation was hi the 1920s when Stalin expelled his political foe, the celebrated Lev Davidovich Trotsky. But the czars earlier had used forced deportation to get rid of political undesirables. Solzhenitsyn suspected' the legime wanted to let him go auroad and then lift his pass- tactic used many times in recent years against dis- sidents who now reside in the United States and Europe, for- ever forbidden to return to their native land. But if Solzhenitsyn wouldn't co-operate, he'd have to be forced out, whatever the cost, and cost there will be. The decision to banish Sol- zbenitsyn permanently to the West instead of incarcerating him in a labor camp, and to let his family join him, might seem magnanimous to some by comparison. Most likely it was reached in the interest of the detente and the Kremlin image abroad. Solzhenitsyn can continue his criticism from outside Soviet borders, but the West already is familiar with such criticism, and the Kremlin aim is to shield Soviet and Communist bloc people from contamination. Garbage heat experiment announced VICTORIA (CP) Government buildings in Kamloops could be wanned in the winter and cooled in the summer by using the energy produced by burning garbage, the provincial public works department has suggested. Public Works Minister Bill Hartley said Kamloops was picked for the pilot project because the government now is constructing an office development there. For the past 10 years the department has been burning refuse from Riveryiew Mental Hospital in Coquitlam and using the heat to warm out-buildings. Province takes over half debt EDMONTON (CP) A committee of cabinet ministers have agreed to the province assuming about half the debt of the town of Grande Cache, it was announced Wednesday. The announcement came following the committee's visit to the town to hear briefs from town administrators and the Chamber of Commerce on the Crump Commission report, which looked into the economic future of the area. The announcement said the province will assume the town's inventory of unsold land, worth about million and reduce the debt burden to the point where taxation in Grande Cache is on a par with other Alberta towns. The latter move is expected -to cost the announcement said. 1P L Returns to: -STVC" iT3 NOW thru February 23rd 9 a.m. 9 p.m. Daily SHOP INSIDE AT 70c NonMls 328-0174 328-3912 328-8726 I ;