Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
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Because of the problems Involved, the suggestion should apply only to post-secondary institutions, they said. The main motive behind the recommendation was the need for uniformity across the country in recognizing university degrees, they said. . The students also said provincial control resulted in a lack of freedom of movement by students from province to province, a problem that could Senate reform by publisher of advocated The Herald be eliminated through federal control of post-secondary education. The lack of freedom was caused not by any political reasons, they said, but because of financial considerations on the part of the province. Mr. Runge said students should be able to go to the university of their choice and if the federal government supplied the finances the provinces would not have to bear the hardship of admitting out-of-province students. Related to the students' recommendation concerning uni- One of two submissions Wednesday by Herald editor - publisher Cleo* Mowers to the com-mlttee proposed senatorial tenure be limited and that the upper house become an instrument for "establishing a provincial presence in the national legislature." Mr. Mowers, in a three-page brief, said unless the function, base of authority and method of selection of the Senate are reformed "a good case can be made for abolishing the Senate." The submission, dealing with only the method of selection, discounted election by popular vote for being "redundant." It was suggested that every federal and provincial cabinet minister be given appointment fcrmity among universities was their call that both French and English be made compulsory language courses in all Canadian primary schools. Another recommend a t i o n was that universities stress Canadian content in their curricula. This, they said, would be a step toward Canadian nationalism and Canadian identity. Civil liberties were also mentioned. The students asked the committee to press for a revised Bill of Rights to cover both frederal and provincial jurisdictions. urge CCH students be made every 10 review A brief by 11 students at Catholic Central High School recommended that a committee be struck every 10 years to C of C resumes Le Dain studv The second meeting of the Le Dain report committee of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce will be held Friday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. in Room 4 of the Civic Sports Centre. The committee will continue discussion of the recommendations of the interim report on the non-medical use of drugs. It is expected that a statement regarding the committee's position on the legalization of marijuana will be issued after Friday's meeting. years study and update the constitution, if there is a need to do so. The brief also asked that the federal government take immediate action to eliminate pollution. It would be responsible for producing operational devices to fight pollution to be made available to the provinces, who would enforce their use. Regarding education the brief says the matter should be partly in federal hands. This would help standardize education across Canada. A final point is that cities should be planned so that they will include free land such as parks and recreation areas for the use of all citizens. EXTRA WEAR FOR EVERY PAIR SHOE REPAIR MIKE HANZEL 317-7th STREET SOUTH HISTORY SOCIETY MEETS Outdoor recreation and conservation education at the Lethbridge Community College will be the featured topics at the Friday meeting of the Lethbridge Natural History Society to be held at 8 p.m. in the Bowman Arts Centre. Buck Cunningham and Ben Brocks of LCC will be the guest speakers. Slides will be shown. Dine and Dance FRIDAY and SATURDAY NIGHT! THE MOONGLOWS 8:00 to 12:00 p.m. NO COVER CHARGE Phone 328-7756 for Reservations to the Senate for perhaps five years. "This would remove from the prime minister the discretion and responsibility for putting any of his own ministers into the Senate ... It would put provincial ministers and premiers, regardless of party, on the same footing as the federal." Mr. Mowers also proposed provincial premiers each appoint three persons to represent him and his government in the Senate. The appointees would be recalled when the provincial government changed or upon the premier's decision. The federal prime minister in turn would appoint 10-30 representatives to the upper house. A third segment of a revamped Senate coul' comprise appointees of major educational, professional, labor, agricultural, sports and commercial organizations. The appointments could be made by a special committee of senators from the other two designations. The new senate could reach the proportions of 250 members, compared with the present 102. The submission stated that through a new system of appointment, the Senate could be "exciting." If a change is not made, "the people will eventually insist on abolition." Mr. Mowers' second brief suggested the whole elective process needs to be "shaken up" because the only real authority the people have is to "mark one 'X' every few years." The government "assumes (wrongly) that in voting . . . the citizen is expressing approval of everything that government has stood for." The submission suggested that perhaps a "constitutional mechanism can be devised for continuous participation by the people in the democratic process. The challenge is to put substance into such phrases as "participatory democracy" or to "expose them as frauds. "In the meantime, the responsibility gap between the government and the people should he fully exposed." Twin-language support J. A. Spencer, in a brief presented on behalf of himself and the Magrath Chamber of Commerce, supported the use of both French and English as Canada's official languages. He also proposed that no legislature should enact any law restraining a person from using any language he chose in conducting his own business. Other proposals in the brief included the following: No province or school district may refuse to furnish education in the official language of the student's choice. No legislature shall sponsor any particular culture as to citizens' habits other than those required for good conduct. There shall be special provisions for common rights wherever one goes in the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth as a whole should see to it that every citizen has a standard of living in conformity with human dignity. sought Removal of the monarchy should not be considered at the neglect of Canada's security and economic w e 11-being. International co - operation should not extend to neglecting or destroying the Commonwealth. Canada does not need the European Common Market with Britain included. A trade both federal and provincial shooting war. School signs coming down this week sen s Fireman loses car to fire Ted Scheurkogel, a Lethbridge fireman, took exception to the choice of words used by a Herald reporter Wednesday, when the reporter sought to gain details of a recent car burning. The reporter, upon asking if the fire invblved "just" the automobile, was taken to task by Mr. Scheurkogel, who replied, "don't say just a car, it was my car." Fortunately, the Let h-bridge fire department was on hand and contained the fire to "just the car." The automobile was extensively burned. School zone signs and a pedestrian - activated crosswalk light at Central School are to be taken down this week. The signs remained up after the school was closed, pending official authorization from the city's traffic committee. City police did not enforce the 20 m.p.h, limit. The crosswalk light will probably be moved several blocks east from the present location at 6th Ave. and 9th St. S. to accommodate children north of the avenue who now attend the Fleetwood - Bawden complex. A study is being done to ascertain the best location for the light. The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce proposed to the parliamentary committee on the constitution Wednesday that English be retained as the sole official language of Canada. The brief, given by Morley Tanner, chamber president, suggested, however, that French be taught in all English-speaking areas, in Grades 1-12. The brief was one of 10 formally delivered to 23 members of the 30-member Senate-House committee studying constitutional reform. Lethbridge is one of three Alberta centres in which the group will hold public forums. J The chamber's proposals on! language rights proved to be one of the most controversial of the 4Vfe-hour meeting, leading six committee members to speak in rebuttal. The chamber brief also called for a merger of all welfare plans, including the old-age pension. Armed Forces pension, unemployment insurance and workmen's compensation, into one federal department. The' submission contended there should be "strong, enforceable, central control" on pollution and water resources and that the committee should deliberate on the idea of consolidating two or more existing provinces into a more efficient unit. "The general object of tlie constitution must be to provide every individual with the opportunity to obtain a reasonable standard of living "providing that that individual himself makes an honest contribution towards attaining that standard of living." The brief also asked that education standards be of equivalent quality across the country for easier student mobility. As to language rights, the submission suggested the cost of administering a second official language "must have increased materially" because of duplication. MORE AVAILABLE It also contended that the majority of government jobs are more available to French-speaking people because they are capable of speaking two languages. The problem of French Canadians "is no different to that of our Indian population, our German population, our Scandinavian population ... "The opinion of many citizens in the west is that creating a second official language is going to do more harm than good to the unity of Canada." The language portion of the brief raised the comment from Geo Mowers, former president of the chamber, that he would do everything he could to have the portion deleted. Warren Allmand, an English-speaking Quebecker, said English Canadians enjoy full language rights in Quebec and the same courtesy should be shown Quebecois in other parts of Canada. Mr. Allmand said if English were to be made the only official language it would give "a lot of support to separatist ideas" in Quebec. He suggested the chamber had presumed, in its com-1 ments, that French-speaking Canadians' are capable of learning a second language easier than English Canadians. Mr. Allmand commented that the cost of official government publications has been reduced because English and French versions are now released within the same volumes. Formerly the two languages were published in separate volumes. Quebec French-speaking MP Pierre De Bane, a Liberal, said if the majority of westerners agreed with the chamber's assessment of the French language, "I don't see what I'm doing on the federal level. I should become a separatist." Two other submissions Wednesday, from the University of Lethbridge political science students and the political science faculty proposed that two official languages be into a new constitution. read Civil liberties change is urged Dr. James Penton, University of Lethbridge history professor, told the hearing Canada had an unenviable record in the matter of civil liberties and called for changes that would help eliminate injustices that had been perpetrated against minority groups in this country. Dr. Penton prefaced his remarks by saying he was not optimistic that any changes would be made. He said that because politicians generally are "more interested in short term political considerations than in the major problems of society it is difficult to believe that any major constructive activity of a constitutional sort will take place." One of his major concerns was the Canadian Bill of Rights, passed by the federal 150 expected to attend Model UN Deadline has been set for Feb. 8 for students wishing to register in the seventh amiual Model United Nations Assembly, to be held April 12 and 13 in Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. About 150 students from Canada and the U.S. are expected to attend the two-day event. Resolutions and topics will be taken from the 1970 list of United Nations resolutions. � Students wishing to regis t e r should contact the students' assembly chairman, Kim Ankers, t LCI. government under the then Prime Minister John Diefen-baker. The bill, he said, had had no great impact on the problem of protecting civil liberties. This has led the Trudeau government to suggest the entrenchment of the Bill of Rights in the federal constitution, he said. Entrenchment of a properly written Bill of Rights would help to guarantee traditional civil liberties, he said, and, more important, would provide for judicial review and place the matter of civil liberties with the people as popular rights rather than under the jurisdiction of federal and provincial governments. Dr. Penton said one reason for many injustices that have occured is the fact that criminal law in Canada is under the jurisdiction of the federal government, while the administration of the law was the responsibility of the provinces. He said this made it possible for persons at both levels to shift responsibility to the other government when civil liberties were violated. The fe d e r a 1 government should assume responsibility for the administration of the law, thereby eliminating one cause of injustice in Canada, he said. Variety show set Arrangements are under way for a Feb. 16 variety show in Lethbridge which is to have brotherhood as its theme. 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