Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
-Thursday, Fubruary 24, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HEKAID 21 Ex-inmates help each oilier farmer prisoner heads Con-Cent Society BLAST SCENE This is an aerial view of the ex- plosion scene ot Aldershot, Britain's biggest army base, where seven persons including five women and a chap- lain died in a bombing that aimed at avenging London- derry, Northern Ireland's "Bloody USED TRAILER SALE KITCHENS, WASHCARS, DINERS, OFFICES, BUNKHOUSES, WELLSITES Contact Department ATCO (WESTERN) LTD. 5115 CROWCHILD TRAIL CALGARY 24M101 By GERHY BUTTON CALGARY (CP) The last time he was in prison, Law- rence Oshanek decided he had a past but not a future. "I knew the next year of my life was going to be spent behinr prison bars and that s stupid. I started asking a lot of questions." The soul-searching devel- ops! into an organization called the Con-Cern Society. It was formally registered as a society in December, 1970, while Mr. Oshanek, its first president, was serving a sentence in the Calgary Correctional Institute. He was released last May and the 25-year-old Yorkton, Sask.. native began imple- menting the aims of the soci- ety. "Social survival for ex- cons" is the society's main purpose, said Mr. Oshanek. "We have all experienced personal failure, not once but many times. We decided it might be easier to survive as a group rather than individu- als. Con-Carn is just a society of frierds in which we help each other." OFFERS A ROOF Other Con-Cern goals are: give prisoners a place to stay while on a pass; obtain employment; help in dealings with social service agencies. The program also says: I "We will be here when you need someone to talk with to help in any way to make it easier to stay straight." The organization recently received a federal govern ment grant of which will put the former prisoners to work for non-profit groups in the city. Pay cheques wil come from the grant, givet cider the winter works pro- gram, until the men obtain permanent employment. Welfare is ruled out as Mr. Oshanek, now employed as an ironworker, wants the ex-pris- oners accustomed to support- ing themselves. Con-Corn has two houses for former prisoners, Ihe major- ity of which have done more Boyle's Column By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Things a columnist might never know f he didn't open his mail: No man is as brainless a bird. The brain or many birds veighs less than their two eyes. But the prize for dumb- ness probably goes to the os- trich, each of whose eyes weighs more than its brain. Maybe that's why it is re- ported to hide its head in the sand when danger ap- proaches. It reasons, as some people do, that what it can't see can't hurt it. Drivers should take particu- lar care to watch the car ahead. Approximately 90 per cent of whiplash injuries are caused by rear-end collisions. Have the stars on a bright night ever felt so close to you that you could reach out and touch thsm? Well, you'd have to take a pretty good stretch. The sun is only 93 million miles from you, but the next nearest star is 30 trillion miles farther away in space. International prosperity note: Tokyo now accumulates tons of garbage daily. By 1975, however, Japan's capital expects to accumulate tons a day. The harder the garbage man works, the higher the people live! If you like honey in your morning tea, you have to be grateful that bees go buzz- buzz-buzz all day. A bee has to visit about flowers in order to produce a tablespoon- ful of honev. Housekeeping note: When wax polish on furniture be- comes it's time to re- move the old' wax because it has become mixed with sur- face dust. Change of value: Why were most guests at the 19th-cen- tury banquets of French Em- peror Lcuis Napoleon given gold knives, forks and spoons to eat with, and only a select few given utensils made of aluminum? The select few were being specially honored. Aluminum at that time was more expensive than gold. Funny girl: The late Texas Guinan, night club quec-n of (lie Flapper Age, had a robust sense of humcr. The roll of toilet paper in her bathroom contained a miniature music box. Whenever a sheet was pulled from the roll, the music box played a selection from a Wagnerian opera. Bl SIMPSONS-SEARS A Kenmore first! Introducing the all-new, Compu-timer Kenmore range Computer controls do all the figuring for you. Cook your roast just the way you want it. Every time! Dial ID the weight of the meat in pounUs Din! in the predetermined cooking factor. Push button to start And presto! You get perfect roasting every time, just tEc way you want it Low price includes new, innovative digital range clock 289 .98 Ends the complicated calculations necessary to determine the length of time a certain weight of meat must cook. Cooks meat to the exact degree you select... rare, medium or well-done. Even keeps your roast 'slicing' warm, ready to serve. Harwa Gold. AvcradoorCoppcilone 10 extra Charge il on your all-purpose account You get more with a Kenmore QUALITY COSTS NO MORE AT SIMPSONS-SEARS STORE HOURS: Opon Dolly 9 o.m. to p.m. Tliunday onH Friday 9 o.m. to t p.m. Village. Telsphone 328-9231 than one sentence. The presi- dent has done years in different prison? FACES CRISIS Coming out of prison is a crisis, Mr. Oshanfk said. "Even people who knew you well before von went in have a questioning attitude toward you when you're out. "There's a traditional fence around people who have been in prison, and the mil. people who don't feel it are the ones who have grown up in a fam- ily where nriErai is familiar. talk a lot about em- ployment discrimination, but perhaps far more impcrlant is Ura .social kind of discrimina- ticn-the traditicr.al stigma a man faces w-hcn he is re- leased from prison." The resident's trouble with the law started at an early age, although he can't pin- point who or what is to blame. "1 think 1 made my first break and entry at the age of six. I know I was never taught to break and enler. I never taught to drive a car, but I was driving cars at 11 and went on a year's pro- bation at that age for being the leader ot a car theft ring." Mr. Oshanek said it might have been school or the peo- ple he met that had a "big effect." "The corrections depart- mcnt is bending backwards for anyone who might have a solution to people going back to prison for the same of- fence. Obviously, the correc- tions department doesn't have a solution, or it would be a more viable kind of situation than it is." Something like Con-Cern is needed in Canada, he said. "This country has the high- est per-capita incarceration rate in the Western world, and a recidivism rate of about 80 per cent. Four out of five first offenders go back to jail. To me, that means something is really uTong somewhere." NEW PRESIDENT DM Wilson, vice-president of En- gineered Homes Ltd., Cal- gary, has been elected presi- dent of the Housing and Ur- ban Development Association of Canada. WAYNE AND SHUSTER AND THE OSHKOSH AARDVAKKS If the Oshkosh Aardarks ever hit the ice, there should be o lot of loughs. That's because they're the dream-teem cf Wayne and Shuster. This Saturday in Weekend Magazine, Canada's famed comics tell Andy O'Brien what they would do if Ihe National Hockey league ever gave them a fran- chise. 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