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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE HKdAl D luosday, January More people are seeking help Human rights group assuming new '75 projects -The Herald- Family By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor The Lcthbridgc braneli of the Alberta Human Rights and Civil Liberties Associa- tion could never be accused of a reluctance to assume duties. The local branch of the' AIIHCLA held their first meeting of the year at the YMCA Monday evening and the handful of working members c o m milled themselves to a wide array of projects for 1975. Within the next few months, the association plans to have one of its members become knowledgeable about the problems and worries of the dying person, in order to heller help lhat individual and relatives to cope With the realities ol death; another member has volunteered lo invesligale juvenile detention centres in Lelhbridge. Dairyl Slurrock, secretary for Hie human righls and civil liberties association, said once she had familiarized hersell with all aspects of death in today's society, siie would be available as a speaker to community club meetings, to give a "warm, concerned and human" presentation on the impor- tance of the support of family and friends during Ihis "inevitable" part of life. "I have seen a lot of death within my own said Ms. Slurrock, "and one of Hie cruellest aspects of our socie- ty today is that we allow peo- ple to die alone, without any companionship and support to lend them strength." A third project for in- volves the compilation of a list of community activities, sports and youth associations specially available lo welfare and low-income families who usually cannot afford to register their youngster in such community activities. In addition, the Lethbridge Human Mights and Civil Liberties Association has voied to collect pertinent data on divorce and rape laws, as a special International Women's Year project. Frank MerkI, who was elected president of the human rights and civil liber- ties association at the meeting, admitted that the organization was involving its members in many different concerns and possibly running the danger of spreading itself too thin. But, he added, the group has recently been receiving requests and for assistance and information Irom a wider- segment and broader base within the com- munity than ever before. "AH the areas we're involv- ed with vital aspects of everyday life, which are of great concern to those people who contact said Mr. MerkI. Association member Dorothy Anton asked if the group should not wait unlil an individual request for help in any given area came up, before becoming involved in an issue. Mr. MerkI replied that in the majority of cases the association was responding to citizen needs and requests for help. The more the gr-.up investigates the legal and social aspects of problems, he added, the better equipped it will be to assist people when the time comes. The group agreed to allocate approximately a month to a group of women attempting to establish a telephone answering service for persons who have un- dergone all types of sexual assaull and require supportive counselling or legal assistance. The women are working under the Human Concern project, funded by a Local Initiatives Program- grant. Mr. MerkI, who is also a worker on Hie Human Concern project says the group is receiving inquiries from a wide array of people and is working in co operation with a variety of existing agencies. Father of three Ontario welfare laws Key to change not 'tokenism' THE BETTER HALF By Barnes Women newscasters recognized TORONTO (CP) Until about two years ago, CBC television in Toronto was an area where women walked softly, never appearing on camera or behind a micro- phone. Gradually, that is changing. And this change can be seen especially in one corner of the the local news- casts CBLT produces for Met- ropolitan Toronto viewers. For in Toronto, 24 Hours at ti.HO p.m. and Toronto Tonight at 11.20, both products of the same staff which includes 10 women, have more visible women a minute now than any other front-line CBC series. "I think it's great and long said fan Parker, executive producer of the news shows, and he promised to equalize the sexual odds even more. And Toronto an- nouncing chief Arthur Loucks, heading a department in which pro-male bias was al- most an article of faith for a generation, echoed the senti- ment. The key to the change is thai these are not token women. "11 you go foi tokenism, you hire one girl, not Mr. Parker said. "1 don't want tokens. I want re- porters. We're not inierested in doing what so many TV op- erators some giddy female to play weather girl." The newscasts draw on women from several sections of the CBC siaff and in al- most all those sections ihe women remain a small minor- together, they often emerge as a majority on the screen. Lale in July, Jan Tennant and Margaret Pacsu began alternating on the central an- chor desk of the Toronto Tonight show. Meanwhile Miss Tennant, the first woman to anchor the national news at 11, filled in tor vacationing Lloyd Rob- ertson. The anchor desk, the focal point of u conventional TV newscast, occupied by a member of the an- nouncers' staff because of CBC union jurisdictional rules. But whenever the program shifts to on-the-spot reports of Consumer congress set for Jan. 15 through 17 Jack Lyndon, depuly minister of Alberta Consumer Affairs, and Sally Merchant Alberta representative for the department of consumer and corporate affairs, are two of the featured speakers at the first provincial consumer congress, to be held in Red Deer Jan. is through 17. Jointly sponsored by the HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Need Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 328-2860 FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 1sl AVE. S. provincial branch of the Con- sumer's Association of Canada, and Alberta Agriculture, the conference is intended to bring together consumers, government of- ficials and industry represen- tatives, to discuss mutual concerns. Topics include efficient con- sumer education, and ex- cessive packaging and promo- tion of consumer goods. Registration for the conference is Further in- formation may be obtained by contacting Ariene MacKay, 0735 Leeson Court S.W., Calgary, or by telephoning 249-1284. some event, that's the job of a reporter, a member of the Wire Service Guild. On one edition, there were six such filmed reports from locations around Metro, and five of them were by regular reporters and two trainees. This sort of sexual equality was unheard of before Janet Elizabeth Tennant broke the ice on the announcing staff in 1970 and Suzanne Howden did the same with the 24 Hours reporting staff, in 1972. The significant break- through was Miss Tennant's. Women reporters had never been but not taboo. But women an- nouncers? The CBC had tried a few in wartime when many of the men were away. "But the public didn't like it at said Lamont Tilden, a CBC announcer who has train- ed recruits for longer than he cares to remember. "The audience just didn't respond to the femaie voice back equate it with authority and believability." Mr. Tiiden, who worked as coach in 1970 with Miss Ten- nant. added: "That's all changed now." Miss Tennant remained the ione woman announcer on the Toronto English-language staff, however, until a va- cancy was posted early last year. There were 52 appli- cants, nine of them women. "The house is in the middle of a snow trap. See yoo can do with this club." Mini calculators sprouting up in many schools hat Joe Green's ANNUAL... tlEARANCE WENS' SHOES lines 1 Short and discontinued lines ol Savage. Rnnd. McHale. McFarlane Regular values to NOW ONLY ANOTHER SELECTION Of MEMS' SHOES Must be clearer! 14 Regular to pair. NOWONLY 99 PAIR 99 HAIR CHILDREN'y SHOES 53 only. 7 >ur olcc-. Short and discuntuii Regular to S15.00 pair. NOWONLY 99 PAIR WINTER BOOTS 10 99 WINTER BOOTS 20% OFF PURSES Must be cleared. A good election of purses. Regular lo NOWONLY WOMENS' DRESS SHOES SANDALS Must go. Gold Cross, Cambridge, etc. Musi be cleared. 99 PAIR Regular 10S28.00 pair. NOWONLY 5! DRESS SANDALS 14 Atr Step. Gold Of 055 Regular lo S3G.OO. -NOWONLY 99 PAIR TEENERS' SHOES jiscjontir'jUecJ jtf. Susan. 1 Regular to pair. NOW ONLY HEEL HUGGER SELBY SHOES Must also go short and discontinued lines only 99 PAIR Regular lo S32.00 pair. NOWONLY 17 JOE GREEN'S SHOES DOWNTOWN ON SIXTH STREET Pocket- size electronic calculators, miniature adding machines, are sprouting everywhere, even in the pockets of school children, and school teachers are undecided what to do about them. In the national capital, teachers disagree on when a student is ready to use them. And what will they do to Ihe teaching of old-fashioned arithmetic or new mathemalics? The calculators can easily provide totals to long lists of numbers and, depending on complexity, can compute logarithmic problems at the touch of a finger. They can end the drudgery of practising multiplicalion and division tables and vir- tually eliminate the third of the three Rs of lear- writing and 'ri thine tic. The problem for teachers is whether such mechanical aids should be allowed into Ihe classroom, especially during exams. A survey of elemenlary and high school teachers here re- vealed that in many schools the question has not even been raised yet. Among those who have considered the problem there is no consensus. Welfare allowances up Feb. 1 EDMONTON (CP) Food and clothing allowances under the public assistance program of the Alberta Health and Social Development Depart- ment will increase by S8 a month for adults, effective Feb. 1. Social Development Minister Neil Crawford said Monday the increase in allowances reflects changes in the cost of living within the province. Under the new rates, the food-allowance will increase to S50 a month from and the clothing allowance will go to from a combined increase of a month. Increases are correspon- dingly smaller for other age groups. There will be a food allowance increase and a increase for clothing for children up to six years old; a inciease each for food and clothing for children from seven to 11; more for, food and more for clothing for children from' 12 lo 15; more for food and ?2 more for clothing for 16 and 17 year olds. "Children need lo praclise basic computation skills up to Grade said Donald Halle'y, principal of Vincent Massey public school. "A person has to be able to approximate the answer he expects from the- machine, otherwise he wouldn't know when he had pressed the wrong button, because he wouldn't know how to recognize when the machine was giving an absurd answer." Jim Craig, principal of Fielding Drive public school, said a child should have to take a basic-skills tesl before being allowed to use a calculator in the classroom. At some elementary schools students are introduced lo such aids as the slide rule and computer in Grades 7 and 8, but so far no pocket calculators have been seen. Teachers agreed lhal calcu- lators have no place where compulation skills are being tested. They differed, however, on the question of allowing them during exams. "A calculator is an unfair advantage on an exam with a time said Bob Green of Sir Wilfrid Laurier high school. "It would be a time-saving device, giving students who had them more time to plan their questions." Douglas Hall, principal of Hillcrest high school, said that to allow calculators would mean no injustice to students who couldn't afford them. PENETANGUISHENE, Orit. (CP) Harold Currie's wife died in 1972. Since then, the father of three has been struggling to keep his family together at home. But government threats to cut off financial assistance might make the task more dif- ficult. So Harold Currie has become the fourth man in re- cent weeks to fight Ontario welfare laws which they say discriminate against single fathers. They are challenging a law which allows assistance to single mothers while denying it to single fathers unless they are blind, disabled or per- manently unemployable. In 1967, before the death of his wife Miriam, Mr. Currie scoured the Penetanguishene area looking for a spot to build a house for his family. He fi- nally found a 5.5-acre plot overlooking Georgian Bay and bought it for Afterwards he scrounged the area for materials to build his present one-room, home. Then Mr. Currie's problems began. His window-cleaning business gradually fell apart as he spent more and more time helping his wife through the terrors of cancer and shouldering the parent- housekeeper role. In late 1970. he asked for welfare and the family since has been existing on the welfare cheques which come twice a month. But each year Sinicoe County has threatened to cut them off. The county did stop payments last year but afterwards said that the che- ques would continue until a welfare review board had con- sidered the family's sit- uation. Welfare administrators have told Mr. Currie he should find work now that his children, aged 7, 9 and 10, all are in school. But it's a difficult task for a man like Mr. Currie who lives in the country and has only an eighth-grade education. "If I could find full-time employment that was suf- ficiently remunerative that I could hire someone to assume the homemaker role, I said Mr. Currie, 45. "If I was misusing the funds or taking advantage of them, then I could understand it. "But instead of encouraging me they're criticizing me. They say I should be ac- quainting my children with the work ethic." He said he cannot com- prehend the possibility that the state might break up his family or force him to sell their home. 'Female' fields attract males Community calendar Christian Science prayer and testimony meeting will be held at p.m. Wednesday in_the church auditorium. 1203 4th Ave. S. Kveryone welcome. i The regular monthly meeting of the Lethbridge Symphony Women's League will be held al'8 loniglil al Ihe home of Mary Pieschuk, 1302 Mayor Magrath Drive. Co hostess will be Shirley Ivison. The regular monthly meeting of the Wilson White Community Club will be held at p.m. Thursday at the home of Mrs. C. E. Parry Friendship Lodge No. 729 will hold the regular meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Ihe 100F Hall. Usual lunch. The Lethbridge Women's Institute will hold their sew- ing meeting at Ihe home of Mrs. 1. Holt Wednesday at p.m. with Mrs. H. Black as co-hostess. VERASTANKO Lodge elects executive Vera Stanko was recently elected 1975 president of Friendship Lodge No. 729, Ladies' Auxiliary to the United Transportation Union. Other officers include: Mary Atkinson, .past president: Margaret Larko, vice president; Effie Jones, secretary: Anni Miron. treasurer; Audrey Kessler. conductress; Mary Crabb. chaplain; Merit Smith, warden: Belly Ferguson, inner guard; Dorothy Logan, outer guard and Kitty Jones, pianisl. VANCOUVER (CP) -Men are becoming increasingly in- terested in traditionally female jobs while women are more and more interested in traditionally male work, says a British Columbia human rights officer. Hanne Jensen told a meeting of the Industrial Relations Management Association of B.C. that men often don't want a serious commitment to full-time work and a 20-year career. "They want something that will enable them to make enough money but doesn't de- mand a lot of she said. One such man applied for a part-time cashier's job in a grocery store and was turned down on the grounds that it was a woman's job because women are better at standing on their feet all day. The manager of the store told an officer of the human rights branch of the provincial department of labor that this fact had been proven by ex- perience. Whenever a male manage- ment trainee was put on the cash register, he would give up in a couple of hours, com- plaining bitterly about his feet, the manager said. The man finally got the job. The human rights branch has also helped women get employment in traditionally male fields. PUBLIC BINGO 16 GAMES BLACKOUT (Played Unlil Won) LETHBRIDGE ELKS LODGE ROOM (OpiKIn) EVEHYTHURS.-8 p.m. LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd Ave. North REOULAH NIGHT BINGO 8 P.M. 25 GAMES OOIIB1 MONEY CARDS MANY EXTR4S This Week's Jackpot in 58 numbers 5 MROS.J1 II CAHDS PAY DOUBLE DOOR PRIZE No undei 1S years allowed (o LEGION BINGO EVERY WEDNESDAY P.M. '500 JACKPOT BLACKOUT IN 53 NUMBERS OR LESS (Increasina one number rjer week unlit won) EXTRA OAMES FOR TURKEYS !s: SAME JACKPOT _ GAME 125 (X) 10th GAME JACKPOT IN 48 NUMBERS FREE IDS fIRVICI HOME AFTtB BINOO MEMORIAL HALL PUBLIC MEMBERS AND GUESTS NORMANDY LOUNGE CHILDREN UNDER 16 NOT ALLOWED by Ladies' Auxiliary ;o Cai'aclmn Legion ;