Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Serturday, February 17, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - 3 Westcas+le: where some of the 1975 Winter Games will take place *k� fx**.-:. *f*.' ,�>.. >.__*.... WALTER KERBER photo Advocate responds to Games award Central Albertans received with' bitter disappointment the weekend announcement that the Trudeau government had decided to stage the 1975 Canada Winter Games at Leth-bridge. "Lethbridge? Not lethbridge again?" Immediately after the announcement was made in Ottawa by National Health Minister Marc Lalonde Satur- From The Red Deer Advocate Page one neivs story, Monday, February 12 day evening, some Red Deer citizens began to insist that the federal government should reimburse this city for the cost of nearly $8,000 in submitting its bid on the Games. There was a suggestion the govern- By George Yackulic, in The Red Deer Advocate, Monday, February 12 Tfoa long - cgSabl&I-jad pattern of federal Liberal governments showing extreme favoritism to the southern end of Alberta and ignoring Central Alberta was perpetuated over the weekend with Lethbridge being awarded the 1975 Canada Winter Games. -The decision was precisely What had been predicted months ago, even before the formal! bids were submitted, by "many AJfoertans acquainted with the course of conduct of Libera;! administrations at Ottawa. They "knew" all along, that the Trudeau government could be expected to award the Games to its favorite Lethbridge. The impression now is sinking home to Albertans that no other community ever had a real chance of winning the Games. Red Deer's bid for the Games' was supported by communities with a total population several times as large as that backing the Lethbridge bid. The population of the Red Deer trading area is at least as large as that of Lethbridge. Central Alberta was convinced Red Deer had immensely more to offer and more desei-ving the Games on plain facts than Lethbridge. But looming throughout the background is a long - time performance record that must be faced. Here is a very partial sampling of-the kind of "goodies" with which Liberal governments at Ottawa have been showering the Lethb ridge area: Tens of millions of dollars for construction of dams and canals for the St. Mary River irrigation development south and east of Lethbridge. Tens of millions of dollars for construction of the Bow River Development north and east of Lethbridge. Now the government is considering plans for, donating many more millions for rehabilitating structures in those two irrigation projects. Millions of dollars in federal industrial development incentive grants to persuade industries to establish and expand in Lethbridge. Some of those industries might have come to Red Deer had both cities been on an equal footing. When the government decided to extend that grant program beyond its previous term, it kept Lethbridge in the scheme and continued to exclude Central Alberta. Now the government is considering applications for grants for more industries for Lethbridge. And not the least bit embarrassed by the federal largesse, Lethbridge city offi- cials are trying to stretch their luck by asking the fedei-al government to provide financial aid for expanding water and sewage systems needed because of the industries steered there by federal grants. A Liberal senator from Lethbrid.ge quietly engineered the "sale" of four blocks of valuable federal land in the heart of Lethbridge to the city for one dollar. Huge amounts of money poured into the development of the city's airport, K e n y o n Field. CoBstruettion of a large grain storage elevator in Lethbridge.. It has been standing like a white elephant for more than 40 years, fully staffed- but empty most of the time and losing money for Canadian taxpayers every single year since it was built. Development on the east side of Lethbridge of Canada's largest agricultural research establishment outside of Ottawa, with scores of highly-paid scientists. The government now has announced a major expansion program costing many more millions of dollars for that centre. Completing the reconstruction and expansion of a large federal office building in downtown Lethbridge and then announcing a multi-million - dollar construction program for it in the immediate future. Heavily subsidizing the establishment of vegetable processing industries in Lethbridge. Heavily subsidizing the area's sugar beet industry every year. Those are just some of the samples of favorite treatment for the Lethbridge area. More could be cited, as well as such facts that the federal government maintains in Lethbridge pension, immigration and other offices, which are not found in the large Red Deer territory; that senate and judgeship appointments which never came to the Red Deer region are an established fact of life for Liberals in Lethbridge. While dumping the federal pork-barrels on the Lethbridge area, Liberal administrations are noted for these accomplishments in Central Alberta: building four miles of easy construction to extend the provincial David Thompson Highway into Banff National Park; scuttling the flying training program at Canadian Forces Base Fenhold; downgrading the La-combe Research Station for the sake of that at Lethbridge; consistently refusing ct extend the federal industrial development incentive grant program to this region. ment had decided to stage the Games in Lethbridge even before receiving bids from six communities. Calgary formally requested the federal government to reimburse its costs for bidding on Sportsmanship requires congratulations to Lethbridge on being awarded the 1975 Canada Winter Games. And no doubt about it: sincere wishes the Games' will be the mcGt successful - in advancing athletic achievement - of any yet staged in Canada. It's a great opportunity to present another side, of this distinctive provice to a national audience. There's no place for bitterness between cities over this. But one needn't be stupid or give away the store, either. The federal �authorities who made the decision ought to be at the receiving end of a blast making their heads swim, one designed to get some remedial action out of them. Naturally, Mr. Marc Lalonde and his colleagues haven't given any reasons for their choice,; apart from the predictable sweet-talk about the choice being a difficult one. Well, federal authorities have found it astonishingly easy to. award Lethbridge porkbarrel handout after handout in recent years. What's the explana- the Games more than several days before the announcement. The other communities submitting bids were Grande Prairie, Hinton - Jasper, and Medicine Hat. Stunned by Mr. Lalonde's ammouncement, Mayor R. E. Barrett asked "Why Lethbridge? Why? "Naturally, we are very disappointed . . . We're not crying sour grapes, but we hope that somehow we can find out what advantage Lethbridge had over Red Deer . . . There must have been some important reason for the government awarding the Games to Lethbridge, and I'd like to know what it is*." . , . From The Red Deer Advocate An editorial, Monday, February 12 tion? We "don't begrudge aid to impoverished areas of the Maa> itimes or any other lagging part of the country. But in a province like this, if Lethbridge is deserving of aid, then so is Red Deer, if only to balance equality of. opportunity. As it is, this region has been taxed for years to aid Lethbridge - while receiving nothing. Worse, the unequal advantage conferred on Lethbridge probably has been a contributing factor in this area's slow - growth. We'd have no objection- to, say, Grande Prairie having been awarded the '75 Games. Its need is greater than Red Deer's. It prepared an appealing case. It would have been nationally exciting to have, staged the Games in the Peace River Country. '.But* Lethbridge? A discouragement which Red Deer ought to. fight, as 'it has rarely fought before. Nice guys, we've learned, finish last. To start with, city council ought to demand a refund on every cent spent on the formal bid for the Games. If Lethbridge was a foregone conclusion, as hindsight suggests, then the expense adds insult to injury. Secondly, Red Deer ought to push even harder with proposals for an Alberta sports college here. That was the heart of its bid, on the proposition that (a) Ottawa and Edmonton have been flirting with' the idea for a long time and (b) a permanent t r a I n ing centre for young athletes would serve Canada for decades after the '75 Games were 11131017. The idea ought to be salvaged, polished and pushed with all the determination we possess. Book Reviews Strike solutions difficult "The Strike: For and Against" edited by Harold H. Hart (Hart Publishing" Company, Soft Back, $3.50, 249 pages). Discussion on the strike issue entered a new phase in 1969 when the AFL-CIO appointed a commission to meet with the American Arbitration Association to evolve a formula through which labor disputes could be settled without recourse to the strike. Despite this dramatic move, almost all the contributors (12) to this book take the position that the right to strike is essential to the labor cause. Absent from the list of contributors is an employer. There is one representative of management - a lawyer who has acted for management in labor disputes. Two union executives, two academics, four journalists, and 'three arbitrators round out the list. Although the issue of greatest concern today seems to be whether workers in the public service should have the right to strike, it is one which is not easily settled. Some public services are really not very essential while some private enterprises - food and fuel supply, for instance - are indispensable even for very short times. If any ban on strikes is to be imposed it will have to be in areas of 'essential' rather than 'public' services. Among the many interesting observations in these essays are the ones pointing out that strikes really have, been diminishing; that strikes in the public employment field should diminish as union representa- tives and governmental administrators develop expertise; that the threat of strike is what makes bargaining effective and thus cannot effectively be dispensed with. Reading a book of varying opinions on the strike makes one much more conscious of how difficult it is to reach simple solutions. D. W. Attractive almanac "The Popular Science Illustrated Almanac for Home Owners" by Robert P. Stevenson and Roy Doty (Popular Science-Harper and Row, $10.30, 328 pages, distributed by Fitshenry and Whiteside Limited-. The description on the dust jacket almost tells the whole story: "Being a compilation of instructions, know - how, facts and figures, and day - by - day suggestions for maintaining, improving, and getting more and fuller enjoyment from our various domiciles . here on earth; done and put forth in words and pictures in these early days of human visitations to the moon," But some other things are worth adding. Besies being written in a spritely fashion and humorously illustrated, this is a very attractively prepared book. It would be a suitable gift for most home owners (the author objects to homeowners because that is the form used mostly by banks and insurance companies). I am especially partial to this book because the entry for August 19 begins, "Fewer fences exist around home plots nowadays because they no longer are needed in most cases to keep stray animals out. But there is another important reason, too. Fences frequently lead to neighborhood squabbles . . ." That suits my outlook very well. D. W. The Voice Of One -By. DR. FRANK S. MORLEY Women in the church The fact that woman was made aft,er man and from man to be a helpmeet to man, in no way makes woman consequently inferior to man. It could be argued that God created things in an ascending scale and thus woman was superior to man. Also Genesis records, "God said, Let us make man in our image, alter our likeness . . male and femate created he them." Thus in the first chapter God transcends sex. Both man and woman are in the image of God. True the Jews worshipped a masculine God and Jewish society and faith were patriarchal. It should be noted, however, that Miriam is a prophetess on the same level as her brothers, Moses and Aaron, that Deborah was a prophetess as well as a judge, and Huldah, the prophetess, was the highest authority whom Josiah and his court could consult. In the New Testament the fundamental law was stated by St. Paul, "There is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Jesus had brought women into the inner circle of his friends, he had given them the deepest truths of his teaching, as to the woman by the well in Samaria, and he had made a woman the first missionary, after the resurrection bidding Mary, "Go to my brethren and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God." St. Peter affirmed, "our sons and your daughters shall prophesy." The Holy Spirit at Pentecost was given to women as well as men. That women took an important part in the life of the church was beyond doubt. Of the 24 names to whom Paul sends greet- ings in the sixteenth chapter of Romans, six are women. He speaks of them "laboring hard." Junias is a female name and she is mentioned as being an apostle! Now apostle and missionery are words with the same meaning, but the word apostle also has a connotation of rank and honor. Paul's affection for and high regard for women is well documented, in this chapter. Writing to the Corinthians Paul states the subordination of women, but what he is obviously doing is both bringing order into the church and preventing the women from evil gossip. The early church was accused of the most loathsome practices and Corinth was the most evil of cities. Paul states the essential partnership of man and woman when he declares in the eleventh verse that each is useless without the other. At Philippi Lydia was a leader along with Eudoia and Syntyche, Apphia was prominent at Colossae, and Lois and Eunice at Lystra. At one time it seemed certain that Mithraism would overwhelm the Roman Empire, but a deciding fact was the fact that Mithraism excluded women while Christianity included them and gave them an elevated and protected status. Obviously in the early church women were permitted to do whatever they were fitted to do. This happy state of affairs was not destined to continue though today the church may be returning to its original traditions. One persistent and utterly unfounded notion is that Paul was unmarried. Certainly at one time he must have been married. SATURDAY TALK -By NORMAN SMITH The real threat to the Games One has an uneasy feeling that some Canadians are under the impression the Olympic Games symbol is not the Torch but the Dollar Sign. "What price Olympic Games." is a fair question, but it has tended to become the main question. It seems the concern of many is not so much how we will do in the Games but whether we will make money out of them. What about applying the amateur rule to the host country? A country should not lose its shirt in staging the Games, but it ought to be willing to pay something for the prestige, fanfare and nation-building a well-run Games should mean to it. True, the prime minister has come forward with a measured form of assistance, but hardly as a genial Santa Claus. "PM comes to games' aid," cried the Montreal Gazette's front page flareline, possibly reflecting the relief many Canadians felt. But why shouldn't he? The Olympic Games are an inter-nation event and spectacle, not an inter-city one. It is Canada's spirit, Canada's athletic prowess, Canada's ability to stage the Games that are at stake not Montreal's. Mayor Drapeau went to Amsterdam in May 1970 to plead for the Games to come to Canada, with the Canadian government's stated support. Even Mr. Trudeau's last-minute offer of measured aid in coins, buildings and broadcasting was accompanied by his re-asserting at the same time that Canada "would not provide any special assistance for the Games." The nature and tone of his reluctant support is hardly likely to end the divisive-ness that has been allowed to develop in Canada around the Games. Aid he may have offered but in the manner of a hard-shelled banker. It's his spirit we want. This deep-sea diver, this skier, this Judo expert, this holder of the Grey Cup kick-off record, this undoubtedly fit outdoors man: he above all could whirl up a genuine Canadian enthusiasm for these games if he would. But it seems a politics doth hedge his ardor; his eye is on a different ball. The heart of the matter is sport - which should be amusement, fun, diversion, spirit-lifting, good manners. My dictionary says a sport is a person who "regards life as a game in which opponents must be allowed fair play; a person ready to play a bold game." Canadians should play a cheerful and bold game in staging these Games. Cheerful in attitude, bold in endeavor to make them good but not gaudy. We shouldn't give Mr. Drapeau a blank cheque, but neither should we snuff out the flame of the Olympic Torch lest it burn our fingers. Of course the Games have become sus- pet: their amateurism is questioned and their symbolism for peace tarnished. But a fortunate country like Canada should try to.revive them, net scorn them.-Who killed Cock Retain? Presumably it is now clear that we are going ahead with the Games. But that it was uncertain, and that jealousy of some kind could still make us a spectacle unto the nations, compels our country to face up to the challenge. To doHMs we must admit what the real challenge is. It is not money, it is not whether we will win medals or not, it is not whether athletes from other countries will mar the Games with prejudice or even whether extremists will come to the gathering with guns of hate. Our challenge is at home. It. 5s to keep the Games from becoming still another source of feud between Quebec and the rest of Canada. There are politicians and plain people already playing them that way. Hear their two cries: 1 "Why should Canadians put up money for Drapeau and his gang of Quebecoia to build their city and feather their nest?" "Just because the games are in Montreal the government in Ottawa and English Canadians all over the country are trying to wreck them." Neither cry is fair, neither cry is honorable, but each has just that tiny grain of truth that enables the thoughtless or the mischievous to spread their prejudice. Sport, which is what the Games are about, calls for team play; especially within the nation staging them: politically, geographically, economically, racially. Suppose Canada wins the pole vault but loses in its effort to stage the games in grace and goodwill? To succeed will demand teamwork from all of Team Canada and from every Canadian. But it will require at the top a directing team of the fibre and courage of the team that put over Expo despite the little Canadians who cowered back and forecast spectacular failure. That team included Dupuis, Shaw, Knie-wasser, Churchill, Beaubieti Jasmin and Delorme. That no team of such calibre is yet assembled for the games is perhaps due to the sniping and cynicism that has marred the country's approach to them. But that can be remedied. The chickens say it is too late! Great balls of fire, the events don't start until the summer of 1976! Let's all get in the game, and what's wrong with taking the Olympic Oath given by Contestants after the singing of the Olympic hymn and the lighting of the flame: "In the name of all competitors I promise that we will take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the " rules which govern them, in the true spirit of sport and for the honor of our teams." The rules which govern Canadians as hosts are no less for the true spirit of sport and for the honor of our country. .