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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, January 16, 1971 // You Ask Me.. by IAURIE GRAHAM Income security main topic at Munro meeting TVTOBODY likes to bring up old reports on certain items . As a newsman, however, I think the air should be cleared about remarks made against the John Howard Society. A Calgary judge blasted them recently for failure to secure jobs for inmates released from prison. He may be right and he could be wrong. But the statement was made. The JHS, supported by government grants, has an obligation to look out for the rehabilitation of released or paroled prisoners. This is their function. If they've made one error, according to the judge, why should they be condemned? No organization, society, etc., is free of error. Nevertheless they were taken to task. ? ? * Unemployment across the country today continues to mount. The government is criticized daily for its anti-inflation policies which labor leaders and opposition members in the Commons blame for the jobless hike. This then should assure a lot of people, and it sinks home to me, that the JHS job to get employment for released or paroled prisoners is one of the toughest tasks in the country. It's hard enough if you haven't been in trouble. But in today's situation for the man or woman who has served time | for offences against society-it's even tougher. I believe the judge failed to realize the situation when he teed-off on the JHS. Sure they receive a government grant to operate and try to provide jobs for those who have, for some reason or another, fallen into or have remained in the criminal element. But with the unemployment situation today the JHS has a tougher task to get jobs for persons with a blemished record against society. The work of the JHS over th2 years goes unnoticed. But ask a few who have been helped and corrected in their ways and they have nothing but praise. The JHS is doing its best to correct, prepare and assist those who seek or ask for their assistance. What more can they do without being criticized by judges, magistrates and even families of the ones they are trying to help? ? ? ? Police and legal officials here agree the JHS is doing and will continue to do its best in its field of work. With one representative here, and the mounting numbers of cases to be handled, citizens should realize it's no easy job. I spoke to top officials in the city police and government legal circles and they had nothing but praise for the work of the JHS. They also singled out the Salvation Army, whose representative attends all court cases, to help the wayward soul. "I have never been in magistrate's court' when a Salvation Army representative wasn't there," one official remarked. "They deserve a lot of credit. They do a good job and help all offenders." To face the facts we should all be grateful for the JHS and the work of the Salvation Army in their efforts to rehabilitate the criminal. Without these organizations what recourse would he have? Certainly they won't cure them all. That's an impossibility, but they're willing, able and ready to aid those that want to forget the cell block and return to a place in society where they can move about without being reminded of past offences. * ? * The tough part is getting jobs. Tough1 for them, for JHS and the Salvation Army, to convince the employer of the need for work for those with records of minor or major crimes, who seek our assistance. It's not our duty nor is it our responsibility to help, is the answer most people will say. I say let's give it a whirl and if the results are there we have all played a part in recognizing that a criminal, by choice or otherwise, can once again be part of the community and the society where the sweet life is. Mayor Andy Anderson is to represent Lethbridge at a meeting in Edmonton Jan. 22 of representatives of Western Canadian municipalities. John Munro, federal minister of health and welfare, will be present to discuss the implications of his White Paper on the Municipality. Also represented will be the executive of the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities and possibly Alb e r t a provincial cabinet members. Mayor Anderson said one of the main topics will be income security for Canadians. Federal policy on the issue is outlined in a White Paper prepared by Mr. Munro. In it he says that "although any new initiatives are ncce-sarily limited by what is economically feasible, the economy must be enlisted in support of social objectives." The paper goes on to outline the following policy: "This paper looks at prior- THE BEST THREE-ISLAND TOUR AVAILABLE Yet Surprisingly Inexpensive At $448.00 15-day inclusive tours leaving Edmonton every week throughout the winter-Holiday Package Features:  Return air fare by CP Air;  Lei greetings and all transfers in Hawaii; # 7 nights hotel accommodations in Honolulu plus 7 glorious nights on the Islands of Maui and Hawaii; # All inter-island air fares;  Sightseeing tours; # Escorted. These tours may be extended to a maximum of 30 days. Special Senior Citizens Tour Departing March 2 and April 7 For Further Information And A Descriptive Brochure Contact Your Travel Agent or call ADVENTURE TOURS at 328-7992 Social services projects okayed Lethbridge's preventive social service committee Friday approved three project budgets totalling $31,000. Under the cost - sharing arrangement with the province the city's share would be $6,-200, provided the expenditure is approved by city council. The largest of the b u d g e t s was $22,100, for the local Headstart program. It was also the one that came in for the most critical analysis by the committee. Final approval for the budget contained a recommendation that the program be supported only to the end of August and that it be evaluated by the committee before that time. The evaluation is to include an investigation of the possibility of implementing a fee schedule for Headstart students. Alderman Vera Ferguson, city council representative on the committee, questioned the selective aspect of the program. She noted that only 40 students were enrolled and wondered if it was worthwhile spending $22,-100 on them when there were probably many more children in the city who needed the same kind of opportunities but who wrere not enrolled. Committee chairman Dr. Bob Elliott said lie could not see the need for hiring a teacher who belonged to the Alberta Teachers' Association and who had to be paid $10,000 a year. The program, in operation since 1968, provides educational experiences for culturally disadvantaged five-year-olds. A similar program, which provides preschool training for handicapped children, is b e ing dropped by the provincial department of social development. The committee approved a $3,-900 budget that will see the program through until the end of the school year. Also given the okay was a $5,000 request from the Meals on Wheels committee, which has been operating since September 1970, entirely on donations. Prepaid taxes Bill Kergan, director of preventive social services, said the project, the only one of the four under consideration at the meeting which had not previously been subsidized through preventive social services, had sufficient funds on hand to carry it through until spring. Total budget for the program is $14,000, with an estimated $9,-000 in revenue from fees and donations. Meals on Wheels supplies meals for elderly persons unable to cook for themselves. Some problems were encountered with the budget for the Golden Mile Drop - In Centre and the committee asked that it be broken down into an itemized account and resubmitted. Costs for the centre since it opened in April last year came to $4,000. It requested $8,700 for the corning year, $3,600 of this for the director's salary. The drop - in centre for senior citizens, located in S o u t h-minster United Church, had 3,-000 visitors in the past 3Vi months. There were 1,140 in December alone, the committee was told. ities in the light of modern problems. One such problem is the existence of several large income groups who lack means and opportunities of life in comparison with the majority of their fellow citizens. The situation is especially serious for low income families with children. "Some income protection programs are criticized because they are universal - they pay benefits to all or most Canadians regardless of income. THE CHALLENGE "The challenge, then, is to arrive at a renewed affirmation of income security policy which will have the effect of assisting the people in greatest need, without detracting from programs designed to stimulate economic development. "Greater emphasis should be placed on anti - poverty measures. This should be accomplished in a manner which en-lished in a manner which enables the greatest concentration of available resources upon those with the lowest incomes. Selective payments based on income should be made, where possible, in place of universal payments which disregard the actual income of the recipient." REVISE POLICIES After noting that there have been suggestions that poverty could be eliminated by the creation of a single, large guaranteed income plan, Mr. Munro says, "The best approach for overcoming deficiencies in the existing system does not lie . . . in dismantling the system in favor of one over - all program. The best approach is to revise income security policies to redirect their em p h a s i s and scope." Specific policies are spelled out in several major areas. Regarding guaranteed income supplement (GIS) and old age security (OAS) the paper states that effective April, 1971, increases in the GIS will ensure that no qualified married cou- ple will have less than $225 per month and no single person less than $135, from all sources. "OAS' recipients who qualify also for GIS will be entitled to a maximum two per cent annual escalation on. the combined total to reflect price increases. OAS will be escalated only when accompanied by the supplement. "Together with the OAS pension of $79.58, supplementation now produces a maximum of $111.41 for individuals and $222.82 for couples." The paper also puts forward a suggestion for changes in the field of social assistance, which is under the jurisdiction of the provinces. "While the effect of the preceding proposals will be to reduce the dependency of many people on welfare there can be no doubt that social assistance programs will be needed for many more years cure improvements in social assistance programs." The minister's concluding statement notes that the proposed changes have the effect of re - ordering priorities and concsnt rating available resources upon the people in greatest need. Mi'. Munro estimates that changes in family income security and the guaranteed in- "At the earliest opportunity come supplement will shift a the federal government wishes total of $470 million a year into to enter discussions with the the hands of lower income re-provincial governments to se- cipients across Canada. Gundlock set for challenge Lethbridge MP Deane Gundlock said Friday he would willingly enter a public debate on proposed parliamentary wage increases, "but it's rather silly to debate what has only been recommended." A challenge to debate the proposed wage hikes was issued Thursday to Mr. Gundlock and Crowfoot MP Jack Horner by Clareshoki Mayor Ernie Patterson. Mr. Patterson contended wage C of C drug study is to be continued Anderson seeking Socred nomination are up slightly Prepaid tax payments at city hall for the week ending Jan. 14 came to $100,105. This was a drop of more than $27,-000 from the payments for the same week last year. Total tax payments to date this year still exceed last year's total by about $24,000, however. The 1971 payments so far amount to $410,000, compared with only $386,000 last year. John V. Anderson, former co-owner of Lethbridge Glass' Co. Ltd., announced Friday he will seek the provincial Social Credit nomination in East L e t h-bridge riding. Mi". Anderson, who h^s never before sought public office, is the first declr"ed candidate for the East Leth bridge Socred nominati Dick C:~uenwald, city separate school board trustee and owner of an insurance agency, annoumed ear her he would seek the party nomination in the West Lethbridge riding. Mr. Anderson, 52, was born near Medicine Hat, schooled in Calgary and Retlaw, and came to Lethbridge in 1939. He worked for some years with Lethbridge Sash and Door Factory before co - establishing L e t fa-bridge Glass in 1948. The firm was sold one year ago. Mr. Anderson is now retired. Married, with two children, he was recently appointed to the preventive social services advisory committee in Lethbridge. The East and West Lethbridge Social Credit associations are expected to hold separate nomination meetings some time in March. The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce study committee on the Le Dain report is to schedule a third meeting to fully cover the report's recommendations. Committee members, as well as a few interested persons from the community, met Friday night to continue discussing the interim report on the non-medical use of drugs. A day-long meeting had previously been held Jan. 8. Recommendations under discussion have included the need for further drug information and informed debate by the public; the need for scientific research and funds for research projects; and the effects of the law on users of marijuana. JOHN ANDERSON TO SYMBOLIZE FOND MEMORY Choose wisely the monument to honor your loved ones. We will be pleased to assist you. LETHBRIDGE MONUMENTAL AND TILE WORKS LTD. "We Have Been Satisfying Customers for Over.60 Years" 325 8th St. S, Lethbridge Phone 327-3920 Graduates increases for parliamentarians are unjustified at a time when unemployment among the public is so high. A government - appointed committee of private citizens recommended in December that MPs' salaries be increased to $25,000 a year, all of it taxable. Backbench members of the House of Commons currently receive $12,000 basic taxable income, plus a yearly tax-free sum of $6,000 for expenses. Mr. Gundlock said a more Tree burning The Firemen's Union, Local 237 Burn a Tree for Muscular Dystrophy campaign for 1971 has been cancelled due to lack of response and cold weather. The project was slated for this Sunday. A department official said, weather permitting, the project will be held next year. The interim report on the Le Dain committee failed to recommend the legalization of marijuana until further research and consideration is given to the implications of such a move. A final report of the five-man committee is expected to be released this spring. pertinent time for public debate would occur when the government introduces a bill in the House. "Then we'll know what we're taLlng abo. 1." A government bill on wage increases could reveal drastic alterations of the committee's recommendations. Mr. Gundlock said the present $18,000 total salary would be adtquate for an MP "if personal expenses weren't so high." He sai the cost of maintaining a second residence in Ottawa, telephoning Ottawa from a home constituency and travelling in the constituency, bite into take-home pay. He contended current parliamentary wages should be retained if the government could pick up more legitimate, on-the-job expenses. Besides, taxes become steep for taxable incomes over $15,000 he said. He submitted that a yearly taxable income of $25,000 would leave him with a take-home pay of $750 a month or $9,000 annually. Pig cruelty costly Mike Mandell of Monarch, was fined $200 and costs in magistrate's court under the cruelty to animals act. He was charged with unlawfully and willfully ill-treating a pig, causing it unnecessary suffering. ASHPHALT 2 PAVING ^ cctdiid * HEINITZ PRINTERS & STATIONERS LTD. 324 9th St. S. Phone 328-1778 FOR YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING REQUIREMENTS 0 Invitation!  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