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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IE1HBRIDCE HERALD Thursday, January 18, 1973 Track removal Removal of liie CP nail [racks, as mocKed b> Mayor -O'jy _-v -.srson. would result in the cny being able 10 utilize the veiy valuable corridor ci land now dissecii ihis city. Ai present the railway divides Leth- bridge 35 abruptly as a coulee or a river. Newcomers to the ciiy are im- mediately aware that there are two distinct divisions the nonh ar.d the south created by the railway rib- bon. The knifing of the tracks leaves on either side two larte attractive residential areas, joined by only three main arteries, the Ninth St. bridge, Thirteenth Si., and Mayor Magraih, Drive. Apart from these three ap- proaches there is no hurdling of the railway barrier. Lons planr_in2 for the city calls for the removai of nil hut the two tracks necessary to .-ccorp.- modate trains using the level bndge. The renaming tracks would be removed cos: borre by the federal goverr_nieni A marshalling area, at ei'-her Coaihursi cr Brc-x- bum could be utilized for ir.e assem- bling of very long trains. Mayor Araersc1" roLiis to tEbiishrnent of '.he mall in North Lethbridge, on the site ot the old freight yard, as a fine ex- ample of what can be accomplished when valuable land is utilized. He forsees the day in the not-too-distant future when the mall will be inte- grated into Lethbridge's main busi- ness core. The mayor views the track re- moval project at Saskatoon as a fan- tastic job in utilizing very valuable land formerly occupied by railway tracks. The city of Winnipeg is at present undergoing such a reclama- tion at a cost of 3100 million to be met by the federal government. railways are necessary and served as a major lint before the day of the automobile, it is back- ward thinking today to wink at the fact they are now occupying the very heart of sprawling cities. Relocation is necessarily expensive, but failure to relocate the tracks is a luxury cities just can't afford. will be eagerly await- ing the outcome of the Ottawa meet- ins slated for January 27 when Mayor .Anderson will meet with the Hon. Ron Basford. minister of state and urban to discuss the matter of rem in It's still called hockey benches emptied as both stormed onto Lhe ;ce marred by a wild a melee involving all players of 'e.-.rr.s Readers of '.he sports pazts wi_l know these phrases ar.i their con- text, they mean it's the hockey sea- son, ar.i that :he p av- ers are sperjl-.g rough- housing than play-i: me game. Hockey is a sport. ;n which physical clashes beiw een op- posing players are not only permis- sable. bu: are an integral part of the game. Contact can be violent, quite legitimately: there are rules to control some of physical con- tact, but none to limit the degree of violence that can be applied. The rules say an opponent may be hit, not with the fist or stick, bu: with the shoulder: there is no rule that says how hard he may be hit. In a game in which such vigorous treatment of an opponent is legal, it may seem strange that players should want to use their fists as well. It is not so strange, though, when it is realized how hockey is organized. Apart from Little Leagues and organized by churches, schools and organizations, like the Scouts, most hockey [earns are owned by someone, who must find the money to pay for uniform; equipment, travel costs, ice rental, wages and a host of other ex- penses. The only source of income is gate receipts. This puts a tremen- dous premium on getting people to come -o games. A? ir. any business, it is wise to see how the most successful operate, and in hockey that means the proiession- ais. The professionals, who operate in urban centres, have discov- ered their sophisticated fans want more thriiis than the game normally provides, so they offer them fights between the players. These are stag- ed so riiually that one suspects a per-gar.ie formula. But it works at the box cii'ice. and the smaller own- ers down the line see this, and are not displeased when their little charges wade into one another. N'or are the players loathe to scrap: via TV they see their big league heroes at it, so fist-fighting becomes the thing to do. No one really cares how the profes- sionals carry on. As paid performers in the entertainment business, they do what their want and their fans demand. It is or should be different for the youngsters. If those who control hockey were so inclined, it would be quite easy to eliminate this aspect of a game that doesn't really need it. Simply adopt the international hockey role about fighting, which awards a match penalty for one punch. Anyone who thinks it might not work need only recall the notable absence of fighting during the Canada-Russia series, which demonstrated that even the professionals can keep their tempers and their fists to themselves, if en- couraged to do so. Td like to, but By Gregory L. Hales, Fleetwood-Bawdeu School "Johnny, what do you think of the film ish you for your ideas.. Aid I'm sure your we just 'Td rather cot say, teacher." "Weil for Heaven's saie. Johnny, why express your ideas and opinions. That's the way we can get to understand each other WOUM-'L tea5e you for siviizE your opinions. In fact, it's important that you do "I Just don't want to cfferxl anyone." "Don't be silly, no CM will be offended.'' "Yes. but weil, I cos'' to get Wo trouble." "Johnny, what on earth do yau mean, you don't want to get into "Well if you don't agree with whas 1 say you may give use a poor mark, or keep me in alter scr.oci. or give me Lie strap.'' "Why Johnny! I'd never do that'.'1 "That's what you say. bu; I've heard about other kids who got in troub'.e when they said something their teacher didn't like. And I don't want that to hapzen to me." by sharing our '.dsaj and getting to know what others are thinking.'' Ring, ring, ring. TveU. there's the Class dismissed. .Ar.d Johnny, you tjvnk about what I've sajd. "O.k. teacher. Bye." "Gotti (Five rni-ir.es pass: Mr. Tsafer." "Yes. Mr. Principal." Teacher, local newspaper just called and woid '.ike someone from our staff to an articie I'D- a forum they're go'jig to run on the proposed changes in "Oh Johnny, I think you've jus: heard the public school programs. I thought you some rumors. I'm sure tha; tvouM -ever Kg in doing the article.'1 happen at tha schoci." Mr. Principal, I'd really like to "That's ok for you to say, but v.r.ai if the principal didn1- iike wha: I id? probably call my parer.is or svnie-r.ir.s.' "The principal would never do tha; John- you kr-0'j I've got a lot of ideas about the but uh. I just don't think i: v.ould he a vise thing to do at this juncture. You know those thinss we've ny. And besides, school is the place- heard about central office. And the way I you should teel free to speak your mir.d, understand it. a board member approached let express your ideas and opinions." sbiut one cf bis arti- "Oh yah, sure! Ar.d -.vhat about my cles. It just seems like too big a risk. friends. They'd laugh at Ee anri tease Ar.d beside, [here's my colleagues to worry me. They wouldn't let me play with them, a'lxmt. I heard one case where a group of I wouldn't have any friends left at all teachers really ostracized a guy tor some- "Johnny. I'm sure you have nothing to thing he urote. Aral they were nn the be afriad of. Why. I'll bet you're just ima- same staff, too! No. I think I'd rather not, gluing the whole one would thanks Can't be too careful you know." Thoughtful husband By Walker Prior to a Herald social Tiinrtion Jim Fishboume, an Li ci pa Ling that hi-, V] wiwld want to know what Ihr ally wore on such occasions, out to ner the information. well yet. I'm nnt noted for being about what, people The host T rnuld do for Jim was suggest that he consult onr of fprnilo s'aff members. Later in ihe rtav I asked .lira if hr had romo up vith !hp trlfivani. data in his ro- Hc directed his about drefs to me, search project. "No." he said, "but I'll which shows that he doesr.'t know me very get some Brownie points lor even asking." The deadly features of 1080 poison By Andy Russell, local author and naturalist WATERTON" LAKES PARK The article on coyote preda- tion and methods used for con- trol of this animal recently published in The Lethbndsje HeraM is well WTitten and illus- trated, though it is also mis- leading. The dead sheep shown in the photos could be found on any sheep ranch and they could have died of any cause. Certainly the carcasses have been Fed on by something probably coyotes for coyotes will clean up dead animals left lying aramd regardless of the cause of death. Leaving such carcasses in the field promotes this kind of feeding, and this is how habitual sheep killers generally get started. I am not suggesting coyotes do not kill sheep, for some o[ them cer- tainly do. but I see no reason for Lhe whole species to be put in jeopardy along with other flesh eaters by Ihe use of 1060 poison as a control. More selec- tive means of control must be used. Somehow some of the statements in the story smack of an attempt to whitewash the dangers. Understandably, sheep ranch- ers are inclined to be biased when it comes to blaming coy- otes for most of their losses. But a survey carried out last year by the president of the Humane Society in the U.S. re- vealed that the percentage of loss among sheep was the same in Ohio as it was in Wyoming, indicating a discrepancy. For in Wyoming the sheep owners are bitterly opposed to any kind of curtailment of a devastating poison program against coyotes that has been going on in vary- ing degrees of intensity for nearly a century. They claim the coyote is their major loss factor, but in Ohio where there are no coyotes, the loss per- centage is the same. If we are to retain the very desirable living quality and pro- duction potential in all phases of recreational and agricultur- al activity in this country, we cannot afford to use such a deadly and non-selective poison as 1080. Such use is a prime example of breaking nature to our needs rather than bending it without undue destruction. Mr. Alsager, the director of the government branch dealing with pest control, accuses some of us who oppose the use of 1080 of knowing very little about it. This may be true, but we sadly contemplate the fact that many who advocate it know even less, and. what is much worse, they don't care. He also says that it will take from 34 to almost 9 pounds of meat treated with 1080 to kill a FOR THE fAtWF. New railway needed to move produce By Joe Balla. Slaff Writer Crow's Industries Ltd. o: Femie. B.C. ioitialty looked at Lhe pirbabiliUes 9f shipping huge quantises of coal froa the East ina of British Corjmbia to "Jie Orient, i: realized mediately ths: it v-'ss ou: of :LS element. The pwesi's] IK the inder- takings extremelv ereat; was rratajiatioa n coal production trie world over. Yet, o: the law? the irdustry in Caraca hac itot changed colorial tirr.es. Crow's .Vest Indusrries turned to some of ibe world's foremost R. L BarJis ard of U'lshi-.gton. D.C for ar.d advice. Highlights of the report from tr.e oonsultacts iudiided: 1 The public imerei; of all Canada will be sen'ec by the buildire of the Kootenav ard Elk Railway. 2 The Kooteiay ar.d Elk w o u 1 d prices in trarEponaLion ard thereby the parncipa- 'LJcn oi new mines acd produc- eri ic the massive ar.d grow- ing Japanese market for metal- lurgical coal. 3 Construction of the Koo- tenay and Elk Railway would, by prodding an roir.e-to-port route, assure the transport deperdsbil'.ty needed in Cin- pereiratlon of the Jspar- tse coal market. 4 Through construction of Kooter.ay and Elk. Car.ada can secure 2 long-term market for cos! in the nonhwestetn r-itetl Slates. 5 Traffic carried by ihe 'Crazy Capers' Kootenay and Elt wraJd con- to efficient utilization of Cir.ada's bulk commodity port at Roberts Bank. 6 Both the Kootenay and Eik and the Canadian Pacific routes are Deeded if the erow- ir.g traffic to Canada's west cocst is to be developed to ihe fuljss: exient. Letters to the editor 7 Traffic available to the Kcoteaay and E1 k. without diversion froin Canadian Pacif- ic, is sufficient to provide a sound basis for its operations. 8 World coal customers Mould be more and more at- tracted to toe CrmreDest region oi British Cohnpbia as their source of era; lf can oe- Criticism undeserved Tne letter by Brian Winches- ter headed. Mossing mform- calls for an explanation irora this genileman. In the "Aperture" article of Decem- ber 38. it says that be did his research on South .African poli- tics while a resident of Ghana for a year. 1S6J-70. I should like to ask Prof. Winchester just hew long spent in South Africa, or if he indeed, lived Lbere at all. Mrs. Marian Vir- uie has travelled to a good many countries, probably marry more than Mr. Winchester has. ar.d the latter is a very recent arrival in our country and not a Canadian. Mrs. Virtue has contributed cany interesting articles to Tne Herald over many years, and is a very keen observer of life in all the countries she has visited. She certainly does not deserve the criticism handed out by Prof. Winchester. It seems to me that we have a of people, recemry arrived in Lethbridge from other coun- tries, who think we Canadians are an ignorant lot and have never been outside our own country. G. KENNETH WATTS Lethbridee. What is an educator? Wipe A recent article in The Her- ald criticized our ecuca'crs. tnicie imr'Jed ira -e leaned a> nwre and more highly educated and specialized ad- niiriitrators to key posts of re- sponsibility, and ihe record 'o have some ser- ious hiemishes, according to the It seerns to me that the only the writer would make such sraiener.us is ihai he hasn't done his "homework.'1 He offered no analysis, no al- ternatives, only some worthless unsupported opinions. An educator is a person who tries to think out. and discover values in his own life and then tries to express value? in concrete form to a eroup of peo- ple. You can't a head and stuff into him all the things nf this worlrl. However, mir educators can help (o ex- pand a person's vision a little, they can thoir life and this of he- a human hoint; in a litile fuller u-ay. but Ihe edu- c a tors can sou- the seed which has contributed po much to this and age? EdiicatJon is not simply the accumulatioD of vast toor- ledge. It is the drawing out o? the dvve.opir.g of one's quah'.ies r; mind and heart, etrhrscing ircilecrjal and training. Educauon can.no; be n-.emoriied it must be lived. Perhaps we can help our ed- ucators to be more effective by more involvement in our communities in everything au- thentically human. I am advocatine a commun- ity council, a comprehensive network of citizens" advisory bureaus. .Aside from helping the young, among other things, it could act as a referral centre for the poor and underprivi- leced. the unemployed, ethnic groups, and pensioners, with a paid on reliable resulting from a second com- petitive railway system. 9 Additional railway capa- city is needed now. Pipeline research and development are nc! far enough advanced to determine Then or wbether pipeuue movement of coking coal from the to Roberts Bank may become physically or economically fea- sible. Sereral years must elapse before a pipeline might aug- ment rail transport. 10 Benefits from the Koc- trnay and Elk siD be realized solely from tbe mrestmeDt of private venture capital, t'niike many other new railways, this one will contribute revenue to the government treasury, re- quiring no subsidy from public funds. 11 Primary justtflcstion for the Kootenay and Eli is an es- sential component to the physi- cal distribution system for mar- keting Canadian raw materials in Japan. 12 When the Kootenay and Eli is built, it will contribute lo ihe prosperity of southeastern British Columbia, an area which has long suffered under- utilization of its great natural resources. 13 By providins an alterna- tive to the CPR. the Kootenay and Elk wiU improve the mar- iet access no; only to Kooteriay coal, but aiso to conrr.od- moiing from other re- gions. 14 Without the reliability ol a second competitive rail line, export coal contracts will be lost: (hereby depriving Ca- nadians of thousands of mining and mirins-supponed jobs, to- peiner nith hundreds of millions cf dollars in investment which v-ill be required to produce the coal. It is some of these points as N-o. 13. that has the new governme.T. of British Col- umbia concerned about the pos- view lo simplifying procedures fible existing jobs. so that all laymen can under- s'and and u.v them. Far too often the public lacks tbe infer- rnation which educational insu- rurions and government agen- cies assirme is known by one flnd I hope this observation will awaken a response and create in some a su'mulus for action. A satisfactory balance between home, school, and the educators requires grcilcst co-oper- ation. Perhaps, in time, we c.in find ou! what education is really about. AB CHERVTNSKI Taber (Third In a series) 150 pound man a somewhat dangerous and misleading statement. If this is true, why are employees handJing bails instructed to use long rubber gloves and steel hooks? Peo- ple have been killed by com- pound 10SO. The danger is care- lessness that can creep up on a person through long years of handling the stuff or just plain to Ihe safety of others. Human tolerance to this poison depends on the condi- tion of the individual. Some peo- ple who have been in contact wilh it have died from what has been diagnosed as a coro- nary heart attack. Some path- ologisls have come to suspect thar. such an attack could be the result cf ingestion of minute quantities of the compound But it is a very difficult thing to prove because specialized lab- oratory equipment and highly trained technicians are neces- sary to identify such minute quantities and these are always readily available. Ap- parenMy heart tissue is re- quired and this must be taken shortly after death. While it is true that 1080 is extremely effective on canbes, it is irresponsible to suggest other forms of life are safe from it. What is to prevent a f'oni the prescribed sufficient io kill it ivhen baits have been left out after the normal pick-up time, as has happened? An eagle Trill eat sufficient to kill it In a very short time. Eagles art an endangered species. These and some beneficial hawks feed on baits and poisoned coy- carcasses during their spring mirrs'ion in March and April" No mention U made of foxes, which do not readily take poi- soned bait, b'.it tend to fill the vac-jiini created wtien coyotes wiped out. These can be very !amb killers and are upland bird predators. Aciiially. very little really data on the di- nx-t p.nd hairect effects of com- pottrd iOSO is available. Some r.TTths ago 1 bad reason to ex- plore for such information, and all I could find at tie local municipal office was a very in- complete paper supplied by the manufacturer; suspect of its source and the fact that it was 22 years old. This office had been administering the dis- tribution of the poiswi for fif- teen years at that time. Sev- eral years ago federal wildlife personnel in the U.S. issued a paper listing various species that had poisoned and picked up d'jrmg a predator control program. It included a horrifying list of various wild- life involving thousands of ducks and geese and even beav- ers, and created such a public uproar and was such an em- barrassment to the agricul- tural authorities promoting 1030, tha; it was prompter and ef- fectively buriec. True, as the recent article suggests, this was largely due to use of a heavy concentration of IUSG in grain for rodent control. But what it fails lo point out is the fart that such a rodent popaiatzos e-cplos- ion would not have occurred had not natural controls been wiped out by the use o{ tie same poison in a previous pred- ator control program. Resulting damage from rodent copula- tion is not as obvious sometimes, but can be far in excess of feat caused by preda- tors. Mr Alsager Is a trairjed zoo- Icigist. but his statements leave me with ihe distinct impression of a msn walking a tight-rope, trying desperately to keep his balance between faffing on his face in the mire of what he knows is uronc. and stepping cNwn firmly on the side of what he knows is right. Certain- ly c'rer wildlife authorities, in- educators ara a-iahst the use of com- pxind as a predator From a legal standpoint, the law says that baits containing compound cannot be pijoed on private lands -riihout the owners permission So when a poisoned coyote dies or rep.irgitates bait on lands where permission has not been granted, the agency dis- tributing the poison is resnon- sib'.e for breaking tie law. This is a pcr.i: that Mr. Alsager, his as-socLr.es and the sheep ranchers v.ew wirh dua consicoratior, and care. The Lcthbridge Herald 504 7th SL S., LETHBRIDGE HER.-VLD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisben Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Car.aaiai Prejj iljMri' AUX flliWi era AuiiT B.TJJ CLEO W. WOWEBS, ira Pt THCV.AS H. ADAVJ. Gccm DON PILLING L ROY F WILES Mvirtli'ng MJMfft DOUGLAj iCifj'iai EfliTir -THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;