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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, February 14, Alberta Consumer Affairs ready to help Consumers9 lack of education still a big problem By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor One of the principal objec- tives of Alberta Consumer Af- fairs is to "get the marketplace back to what it was 'M years ago when a handshake and a merchant's word stood for a department employee said here Thursday. Speaking at a University of Lethbridge non credit public service class on 'the con- sumer and the law', Alf Kaszubu of Calgary said despite concern 'for the well being of the individual, government must always remember that the marketplace is a "complicated mesh, of many Mr. Kaszuba, a consumer affairs officer, said an im- balance in favor of any one of the constituents of the marketplace business, investment, government or consumer could be un- healthy. "There should be a homogenous marketplace. At that level the system is most effective." The establishment of the Calgary consumer affairs of- fice in the fall of 1973 (the department was established in 1969) saw a dramatic increase in the number of con- sumer complaints from Southern Alberta, he said. Mr. Kaszuba said the Calgary office receives a sub- stantial number of calls and letters from consumers in the Lethbridge area. He advised consumers to call the Calgary office using the toll free government service (phone 329-0106 locally) or to write the department, care of Box 1616, Edmonton. All letters are relayed to the appropriate office. "We want to encourage as much response as he added. It is expected that the con- sumer affairs department will eventually serve the province on a de-centralized basis, with several regional offices throughout Alberta. Legisla- tion finalizing the concept is still pending. The biggest single problem facing the department is the "tremendous amount of education required by con- he added. "Credit buying and family budgeting are real problems for the majority of said Mr. Koszuba. "The average person spends between and 51 million in a lifetime, but spends no time planning how to spend. And how you spend your disposable Income deter- mines your He said the problem seems to be one of reaching those who need and consumer education the most. "Often, the people who turn up at classes like this are the ones who need help the least, since they are already concerned and aware of Consumer affairs is working with the department of educa- tion to implement consumer courses in schools at an early level. "One of the most depressing things when visiting he said, "is hearing from 15 and 16 year olds who say they already own cars, have credit cards and are so socked into debt, they don't think they'll ever get Consumer education, said Mr. Kaszuba, should prepare the individual with "skills, concepts and understanding required for everyday living" so he will derive "maximum satisfaction in utilizing his "We've got to put our needs before our he added. When it comes to wise con- sumerism, people are often their own worst enemies, he said. "They won't comparison shop, don't make shopping lists, won't compare credit rates, don't live by family Consumers are often not aggressive enough about defending their rights as con- sumers, pressing their case with merchants and pursuing problems to individual satisfaction. While his department, "can't solve all the if it gets a number of complaints in one area, it can investigate or make recommendations, Mr. Kaszuba said. He said the department is not here to replace the courts. In seeking regress to abuse, individual consumers have the right to their day in court. He said the department is empowered to investigate consumer complaints, advise consumers of their rights, foster consumer education and retain liaison with business groups. Although the actual Con- sumer Affairs Act covers a very small area of legislation, a number of other acts are also administered by the department including The Credit Loan Agreements Act, The Sale of Goods Act, The Landlord and Tenant Act, Licensing of Trade and J Business and.The Direct Sales Cancellation Act. Generally, said Mr. Kaszuba, consumers should use the following rule of thumb to channel their com- plaints: control of manufac- turing, standards, product labelling and composition are federal matters; selling of goods, licensing, warranties and credit are provincial responsibilities. He said the Unfair Trade Practices Act, first proposed in the last session of the legislalure as Bill 78 has received response from throughout the province The bill proposes legisla- tion in a number of areas to give consumers .protection from questionable business practices- -The Herald Family CHA C rejects CM A position on abortion OTTAWA (CP) The Catholic Hospital Association of Canada has rejected the. Canadian Medical Association's "position and policy" on abortion, the Catholic group says in a state- ment. The Catholic Hospital Association (CHAC) "con- tinues to uphold the principle that the right to human life is inviolable" and "accepts the stand that human life begins at it says. "Killing the unborn or born human being is contrary to the Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Satur- day I to 5 p m. Next week: Monday: Keep-fit 10 a.m. Tuesday: Singing 10 am Dancing 2 p m. Wednesday: Films spon- sored by the Lethbridge Public Library p.m. Thursday: Dance practice 10 am. Crib tournament 1.30 p.m. Friday: Leathercraft p.m. Noteworthy: 1975 membership cards are available at the centre. The singers entertained at Southland Nursing Home today. The dancers will be enter- taining at the nurses' residence of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital tonight at 8. Sculpturing will begin Feb. 24 for members only. basic principle of life." The CHAC takes issue with the abortion policies of the Ca- nadian Medical Association (CMA) as expressed in an ar- ticle in the CMA Journal last September. It says the CMA admits it has not tackled the question of when human life begins if it does not begin at conception. "Perhaps this is under- standable, for the question is more philosophical than medi- the CHAC comments. But it says the medical pro- fession cannot ignore this question, "for the nature of fetal life is the central issue of the whole abortion question." At the end of a person's life, the CHAC says, a doctor must make sure that a person is dead before performing any potentially lethal action such as an autopsy. "This ought to hold also at the beginning of human life. Because an abortion is always lethal to the fetus, a doctor who plans to perform one should have to give evidence to society that this is not a human person. "In actual fact, however, doctors who do abor- the to ignore the whole question." The CHAC also takes issue with the CMA's reference to "potential" human life in reference to abortion of fetuses. "There can be no doubt whatsoever that where a fetus is concerned we are dealing with actual, not potential, life. Furthermore, it is distinctly human, and it is an individual distinct from the mother, as its genetic makeup clearly in- dicates." Please be and marry me love "Ah, sweet mystery This super-sized Valentine's Day Card and pro- posal appeared at a busy Intersection in the eastern end of Ottawa earlier this week. It was Jackie B.'s first proposal and, according to suitor Brian, "she still hasn't been able to get over it." So, while Ottawa now knows of Brian's intentions, he declines to give his last name or that of his prospective wife. He is a public servant, though, and paid for the proposal. He hopes to have a reply by today. Only 5% of beaten children reported to authorities Child abuse increasing annually Now at Camm's The Latest Fashion for Spring 75! NiwDrusWidgi by Cambridge In white or black wet look crinkle patent. EARTHINGS Beautiful shoes for beautiful pe- ople. As shown in natural tan. Also in slip an style. Summer Stndilt lor your winter Holiday irlp. OptnFrkJiytllltp.m. CAMM'S SHOES 403-SlhStrtMSoulh By RONALD CLARKE CHICAGO (Heuter) An estimated children die in the United States each year because of maltreatment and up to more are per- manently injured. They are victims of what is called the battered child syndrome. Many authorities believe that child abuse in the U.S. is increasing by as much as 15 to 20 per cent annually. Some child experts blame the growing unemployment rate which leaves fathers out of work, bad tempered and with lime on their hands. Crowded living conditions, frustration at work, even hot, sticky days are cited by others. But Dr. John Madden of the department of pediatrics at the University of Chicago believes the reasons go deeper than that. He said one of the largest PUILIC BINQO LETHBRIDOE ELKS LODGE ROOM (UpMlItt) EVERY THUDS.-! M groups are parents who were abused themselves when young. Other child beaters are those who build their hopes for their children too high, he said. "Often their un- reasonable expectations are not reached and the this case, usually very young beaten." "Other child beaters see themselves in the role of providers of corporal punish- ment and feel they have to dish it out. A survey by child care ex- pert Jean Moore, working on cases reported to the British National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, said parents trapped in a miserable marriage sometimes beat their children. "It is almost as if the parents take out their misery on the children who become the footballs of she said. Dr. Madden said children are abused, in all classes of society, the rich as well as the poor. But most of the cases reported to the authorities oc- cur in poorer families, he said. He estimated that only five per cent, of beaten children taken to private doctors in the U.S. are reported to the authorities. Many U.S professional groups are playing a'n increas- ing role in helping to prevent child abuse, said William Scott, Illinois attorney- general. A young lawyer's group has offered legal aid for children in cases of suspected abuse re- ported by hospitals. The family life achievement centre, which is involved in research into child abuse, recently has opened a branch in a Chicago neighborhood where the number of such cases is high. Countless other medical, le- gal, social service, communi- ty and religious groups also are working on the problem. But so far they have been unable to prevent the number of child abuse cases from increasing, Scott said. MacDonald buoyed By Thatcher's victory OTTAWA (CP) Margaret Thatcher's election to the leadership of Britain's Conservative Party will help women in politics everywhere, Progressive love is... CASH BINGO ST. BASIL'S HALL Cor. 13 St. 6 North FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th 8 p.m. md ltd QMIIM MO In 7 140 5 CARDS FOR 11.00 OR EApH BLACKOUT JACKPOT 1220 IN M NUMBERS LUCKY NAME DRAW WORTH UN LUCKV NUMIER DRAW WORTH 11) WIIKIY DRAW WORTH 110 i f Mi _ DOOR M1ZI MTMM Ufldar II VMn KM ________tmtimnt H IT. lAtll'l Mllf I ClUi not making loud noises too early in the morning. M ItB. U.V .11 illMl im hr i.i 114.1.1 Conservative Flora MacDonald says. She told a Kiwanis Club gathering Tuesday she was impressed and encouraged by Mrs. Thatcher's victory, but wouldn't say if she intends to seek the Progressive Con- servative parly leadership when leader Robert Slanfield resigns. "The fact that she (Mrs. Thatcher) won on the second ballot a week after the first vote shows she was chosen not because she is a woman but because the delegates con- sidered her capable of handl- ing the Miss MacDonald said. Mr. Stanfield, who has fought and lost three federal elections since taking over the leadership in 1167, has said he will step down by mid-lB76 at the latest. Party President Michael Meighen said that reservations for a leadership convention have been made in Ottawa and Winnipeg for late November and next February. La Leche League provides details on breast feeding "Any mother can" might well be the unwritten motto of the newly organized La Leche League of Lethbridge. Any mother can breast feed her baby, if she sincerely wants to do so and has the required information and moral support, 'say local la Leche leaders Betty Anne Papp and Mary Lou Nordstrom, both of whom recently became accredited leaders with the group. The Lethbridge league, which officially affiliated with the international organization last October, holds monthly meetings attended by an average of 16 to 32 women interested in learning more about what La Leche calls "the womanly art" of breast feeding. The name La Leche (pronounced 'lay chay') is derived from Spanish and means literally, the milk. But to league adherents, the name has a symbolic meaning of the beginning of life, love and happiness to a baby. The league, a non-profit, nbn sectarian organization which was founded in the U.S. in 1956, now has over groups in several countries. "We're here to give people the benefits of our experience, as well as information and encouragement necessary to stick to breast agree Mis. Papp and Mrs. Nordstrom, both of whom have borne and nursed four children. "We're not here to give medical advice or to tell people what they must do. We just present the information and they can pick and choose what they adds Mrs: Papp She says breast feeding, until recently replaced by bottle feeding which was considered a more 'modern' approach to motherhood, is regaining popularity. "Previous generations had the benefit of family and friends with experience in breast feeding who could advise and support a young mother's efforts. That's been lost over the last genera- tion or two of bottle feeding and now some people seem to think there's a stigma attached to breast feeding." "Just as it was the better educated women who first turn- ed to bottle feeding in the past, it is the same group who are ad- vocating a return to the natural adds Mrs. Papp. The Lethbridge La Leche league meetings are attended by mothers of all ages, and three additional women are in training to become leaders. Any women interested may attend La Leche meetings without being a member of the organization. Membership dues of a year are divided between the international association, the local organization and the group's provincial treasury. Mrs. Papp says results are far better if mothers learn about breast feeding prior to their baby's birth, rather than afterwards, when they are having problems. The league's meetings are held in educational series of four, discussing advantages of breast feeding, benefits to baby, family reaction and nutritional aspects. "We aren't condemning mothers who bottle emphasizes Mrs. Papp. "We are promoting breast feeding, but we believe such decisions should be based on personal choice whatever is best for mother and baby." More young mothers are turning to breast feeding says Mrs. Nordstrom, and some of the old wives' tales (such as mother's milk 'spoils' during hot summer months) and stereotyped images surrounding the technique are fast dis- appearing. "People used to have an image of a breast'- feeding mother as peasant like, or large and she says. "It was thought you were not 'with it' if you breast fed your children." Esoteric reasons aside, La Leche leaders can offer many practical factors to consider when deciding whether to nurse children. "It's much cheaper to nurse a says Mrs. Nordstrom. 'You don't need any special equipment and the supply is always handy. Breast milk is superior nutrition, breast led babies often suffer fewer allergies and mother's milk is more easily digested than formula. "The mother gets into shape faster, she adds, "because nursing causes reflexes which tone the uterus. And you have one arm free, so you can play with other children at the same time you're feeding the youngest." The Lethbridge La Leche League holds its next meeting Feb. 25. Further information may be obtained from Mrs. Papp at 327-6306, or Mrs. Nordstrom at 328-1881. CANADA WINTER 6AMES CHILD CARE SERVICE Y. AITht 604 8th St. S LET THE "Y" TAKE CARE OF THE CHILDREN While you enjoy The GamesI Phone 327-2284 ;