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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-THE LETHtRIDOI HERALD Tueeday, January t, 1974 Public participation explosion in sight Performing arts will be in trouble unless purse strings are loosened OtTAWA (CP) Unless the purse strings are loosened on the arts and performing groups, advances they have made in the last few years will be stifled, the Canada Council said Monday in its 1972-73 an- nual report. The report, covering the year ended last March 31, said the council gave more than million to music, dance, opera, theatre, the visual arts, film, writers and publishers, including million for the es- tablishment of an art bank for federal government departments. But reporting on a survey of 29 major, long-established performing arts organ- izations, the council said costs outstripped revenues from subsidies and box of- fices. Their combined deficit in 1971-72 was more than million, when their costs were million, double what they were five years earlier. Their costs could double again by 1976-77, the report said. "Everything points in fact to an explosion in public par- ticipation in the the report said. "A great deal of money will be needed to meet the chal- lenges posed by this growth. The council will be called on to give much more money, and so will governments at all levels, and the private sec- tor." On the other side of .its to research in the humanities and social council reported subsidies ran to million in 1972-73, showing lit- tle growth for the second year. There has been an unex- plained drop of million a Chief justice sworn in Prime Minister Trudeau (left) has animated conversation with Bora Laskin, after Mr. Laskin was sworn in as Canada's new chief justice of the Supreme Court. Chief Justice Laskin was sworn in during a ceremony at Government House in Ottawa Monday. Lougheed expects backing Peruvian physician seeks help from Canada EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed says he expects some support from Manitoba and British Colum- bia at the national energy conference this month. But the two provinces won't help Alberta's stand on natural resources as much as Saskatchewan, which, along with Alberta, has passed legislation giving the provin- cial government un- precedented control over oil production. Parkinson's treatment advanced LONDON (Reuter) British researchers yesterday claimed a major advance in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. The general- ly the central nervous system. Some persons are afflicted in Britain alone. The most promising drug for treating it is levodopa, hailed as a "wonder drug" when first introduced because it helps the victim of Parkin- sonism not only to become more mobile but to reduce the tremor and rigidity which are the main symptoms of the dis- ease. But the large doses of levo- dopa required often produce severe side-effects, including nausea and vomiting. Three doctors from Lon- don's King's College Hospital medical school reported in the medical magazine, The Lancet, that combining levodopa with a drug called carbidopa reduces these side- effects and enhances the treatment. Doctors C. D. Marsden, J. D. Parkes and J. E. Rees said they based their findings on a year's trial involving 40 patients. IHC recalls] 100 trucks VANCOUVER (CP) -I International Harvester of Canada Ltd. is recalling a fleet of about 100 of its scout light panel trucks for a check of the steering mechanism. Faults have been found in about 3 dozen of the trucks used by the post office here, International Harvester ser- vice manager Jack Kennettl said today. The fault involves fatigue in a component of the steering system, Mr. Kennett said. Replacement parts have been ordered and are now in transit. Dancer to marry LONDON born Lynn Seymour, 34, one of the Royal Ballet's leading dancers, is to marry commer- cial photographer Philip Pace, 30, here Monday. Her first marriage in her home town of Vancouver in 1983 to Colin Jones, a London press photographer, ended in divorce. She is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E. V. Sprtaffbett of Vancouver, Seymour being a stage name. She met Pace a year ago. They will lire to London. A lesser amount of support is expected from British Columbia and Manitoba because they "tend to be centralist" in their approach to energy policies, the premier said in a television interview. Mr. Lougheed reiterated that he is not-optimistic the energy conference, in Ottawa Jan. 22-23, will produce meaningful policies for the long-term. HE'S SKEPTICAL The hasty organization of the meeting of Prime Minister Trudeau and members of his cabinet with all provincial premiers makes him skeptical that they will be able to meet the need for a new, long-term energy policy. "I don't want the conference to focus on short- term he said. Canada is the only in- dustrialized country that is self-sufficient in oil and gas and this is a factor the country can use to build on, he said. "I hope that is what we will be talking about in Ottawa. Mr. Lougheed repeated his government's stand that if Canadians expect Alberta to sell its oil and gas below value for an extended period, the country should make offers on freight rates and tariff grievances that would allow the province to expand its economic base. "If responsible proposals are put to us, we'll respond in a positive way. Mr. Lougheed also said an oil pricing policy, to be ad- ministered by the new Alberta Peroleum Marketing Com- mission is unlikely to be es- tablished before the energy conference. NO ALBERTA BANK On non-energy matters, he said, the government is pleas- ed with the job done by the Treasury Branch system and does not plan to create a Bank of Alberta. Mr. Lougheed said it is not the government's perogative to change the name of the Calgary Stock Exchange to the Alberta Stock Exchange to reflf-ct a more province-wide approach. The government, however, would look with favor on any legislation proposed by a private member to make the change. LIMA, Peru (CP) A Peruvian doctor has come up with a proposal that he hopes will -revolutionize care of the mentally ill in his he can get a little help from Canada. "Care of the mentally ill is a world-wide problem, but in a country of low economic means it is es- pecially serious and needs to be looked at dif- ferently." said Dr. Kenneth Tejada, a psy- chiatrist at the Victor Larco Herrera hospital here. "The care of chronic who have been in hospital for a long, long particularly serious. Unfortunately, it is only one of many serious problems." Because care of chronic mental cases has lower education, public health and sanitation, care of mater- nity patients and new- borns, for seeking aid from Canada. Canadian University Service Overseas (CUSO) has been asked to aid a project to set up a farm north of Lima where chronic patients could be sent to live and work under supervision. is important said Dr. Tejada. 70 per cent of Peru- vian workers are agricultural. Putting these people back into their natural setting, instead of in a city hospital, should be helpful in their cure." The main public mental hospital for this country of 14 million people is in the capital (ity of Lima, where about L.200 patients get mainly custodial care. "Only 30 per cent of the Lima nospital now is used for acute patients; the rest are chronic patients." One of Dr. Tejada's patients has been in hospital for 50 years. She has no family, cannot manage on her own, but is not violent, dangerous or even particularly sick. "She's just now not capable of existing outside the hospital walls." The Peruvian govern- ment supports the idea of the project. It has provided land for the acres of good agricultural land near the town of Barrance on the coast about 60 miles north of Lima. The land is fertile, but needs water. Dr. Tejada has talked to engineers, both from Peru and from Canada, who are convinced the irrigation system could be renewed cheaply probably for about 000 exclusive of labor. Dr. James Lindsay, a Montreal doctor who visited the site and looked into all aspects of the problem for CUSO, has submitted a report favor- ing the project. "If it works, it would change the face of mental care in he said in an interview. He sees it as a pilot pro- 'ject, with other farms starting if this one works. After five years it should be able to care for about 500 patients, he says. It would help the acute-care .program for mentally ill by freezing beds in hospitals where there are treatment facilities. SEEKS FINANCIAL AID CUSO has sought finan- cial support for it through the Canadian International Development Agency Dr. Lindsay said the scheme has an excellent chance of success because "a project that has a dedicated worker behind it usually can be successful." Dr. Tejada plans to go ahead with his project as fast as money permits.-A former surgeon who decid- ed to take post-graduate work in psychiatry in Ger- many, he is in charge of a small building housing about 50 mental patients at the Victor Larco Herrera hospital. Behind the building is a miniature farm, with every square inch of a 50-by-80 foot lot used by the patients to grow something. Like children, they are proud to show off their tree or their row of plants. A small pen of guinea pigs is displayed to visitors with the pride of a Texas rancher showing off his price cattle. "What they need says Dr. Tejada, "is a place where they can real- ly He's been a major propo- nent in introducing occupa- tional therapy for the men- tally ill. He and his wife, a German-born nurse he married while he was tak- ing his psychiatric courses, spend a great deal of their spare time rounding up free or low-cost materials the patients can use for woodworking, pottery-making or sculp- turing. year in the demand for doc- toral fellowships. What this means to Canadian scholarship, the council was unable to say. But it meant the council was able to increase other subsidies to the humanities within the over-all total. The report generally reiter- ated what council director Andre Fortier has been saying for more than a year in news conferences and public speeches: That federal, provincial and local governments, and private funds, corporations and in- dividuals, must put more money into the arts to keep them growing. Between 1964 and 1989, a .Statistics Canada survey of family expenditures showed a 98-percent increase in atten- dance at concerts and museums. In the same period, family expenditures on paid admissions to sporting events, bingos and circuses rose by 39 per cent, and movie ad- missions rose SO per cent. The council said this is evi- dence of growing public interest in the arts. And to reach these larger audiences, the 29 performing arts groups surveyed recorded a 62-per- cent increase in the number of performances. COSTS INCREASE While the operating costs of the 29 doubled, Canada Coun- cil grants to them tripled. Still they recorded a huge deficit, and performers are notorious- ly underpaid. Few if any organizations, including the Montreal and Toronto Symphonies, give artists a full year's employment. "What these unfavorable working conditions mean is that artists are in effect sub- sidizing the arts organizations and the public which enjoys their work. "The average income of professional performing ar- tists in Canada in 1972 was well below the national average of The council said that for creative artists, a continued financial squeeze on the arts organizations "could en- danger the advances of the past few years." Buy your Olympic Lottery tickets where you see this sign... Lottery Canada Loterie Canada at banks and retailers ;