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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta U-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD TuMday, January 22, 'Think metric9 advice given to anxious Canadian adults TORONTO (CP) Con- version to the metric system of measurement, already in- troduced in schools, hospitals and some industries, has prompted advice for anxious adults from university profes- sors. Prof. Fred Rimrptt of the faculty of engineering at the University of Toronto says the easiest way to forget the old system is to plunge into metrics all at once. By learning what a kilo of sugar looks like, a person will be able to decide how many kilos to buy without having to think that a kilo equals approximately 2.206 pounds, he said. University researchers have been using metric measurement for several years and find it assures greater accuracy because it is easier than the imperial system of pounds, inches, etc. WeeWhimsv Ashley Moo" be sent the original art for her quote. Send your child's quotation to this paper The new measurements of grams, metres and litres are easier because they are ar- ranged in a decimal system where all the units are mul- tiples of 10, educationists say. Another advantage is that the metric system is used world- wide. In Toronto's elementary schools, pupils in Grades 1 to 3 are taught the metric system exclusively and do not have to convert. In 1970, the federal govern- ment decided to begin eliminating the imperial system and established the federal metric commission to promulgate the metric system, which originated in France in 1790. NUMBERS DWINDLE With Britain, many Com- monwealth countries and Japan on the metric system, are almost alone in retaining the old not for long. Stevenson Gossage, head of the metric commission, says the federal government will introduce metric weather reports in degrees centigrade on the Celsius thermometer next year. Rain and snowfall ac- cumulations will be given in millimetres, wind speeds and visibility in kilometres. Provincial highways depart- ments have developed a plan to change all road signs to metric between 1975 and 1979. Mr. Gossage said General Motors has indicated it will start producing cars with met- ric specifications by 1977. He said the federal commis- sion, now operating with a staff of 50 and an annual budget of million, has recruited about 900 volunteer executives across Canada to Herald- Family Bowmore Road public school said pupils are "thinking metric" and the process is "much easier for children than for adults." "Our kids don't run the 100- yard dash anymore. It's 100 metres." At the provincial level, the Ontario ministry of consumer and commercial relations has undertaken a program to pro- mote the metric system and is distributing conversion tables for those who do not yet "think metric." The Ontario government is also planning a new labels and packaging act, expected to be- come law this spring, to re- quire all consumer products to display metric equivalents. help spread the message to "think metric." OLD SYSTEM DOOMED The federal government plans no legislation to force adoption of the system, but as more and more are switching, the old system is doomed. "There are those who have been brought up under the British flag who will think this metric business is a Com- munist Mr. Gossage said. The federal commission is recommending that all school boards in Canada follow the example of the Toronto board and start teaching metrics immediately at the elemen- tary level. Principal Ron Wright of Calendars HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services NMd Clothinj. Fymituri. Toys, Homhold Ethels 32I-2MO For Pickup Sorvieo OR LEAVE AT 412 111 AVE. 8. PLEASE NOTE: All club calendars, notices of meetings, and so on, which include individuals' names, must include a first name or two initials. Notices which do not meet these requirements will not be published. Bridge City Toastmistress Club will meet at p.m. Wednesday at the Bowman Art Centre. Meeting will include a debate on women, home versus work. Next month, meetings will return to the regular first and third Wednesday of the month. New members welcome. The beginners square dance group will not meet Wednes- day for this week only. The Lethbridge chapter of Sweet Adelines meets each Wednesday from 8 to p.m. in the church basement, 420 12th St. S. Women interested in singing and fellowship welcome, to attend. The Past Matrons of Maple Leaf Chapter No. 7, OES, will meet at p.m. Wednesday at the home of Hertha Matson. Co hostess will be Hope Ferguson. There will be a Christian Science testimony meeting held at p.m. Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Kappa Chapter will meet tonight at at the home of Susan Giffin. The program, dance and theatre music, will be given by Janet Fisher. Co- hostess will be Lucelle Thompson. EATON'S January Danes Anniversary Sale Get Hanes hosiery for super low prices during Eaton's ten-day sale! DEMI-TOE STOCKING style 615. 15-denier plain knit nylon. Nude heel, reinforced toe. 9 to 11 9Vz to 4 4Q 11 (long) PAIR I "ALIVE" SUPPORT STOCKINGS style 805. Nylon reinforced toe and heel. to 11 to 11 11% to 12 O95 (extra long) PAIR W REINFORCED SHEER STOCKINGS style 415. 15-denier dress sheer nylon with rein- forced heel and toe. 9 to 11 9V2 to 130 PAIR I ALL SHEER PANTYHOSE style 80. 18-denier plain knit nylon. Sheer to the waist. (95 to 130 H fit) (130 to 155 PAIR 1 ULTRA-SHEER PANTYHOSE style 950. 15- denier plain kit nylon. Reinforced panty and toe Petite medium, O40 medium tall and tall PAIR "ALIVE" SUPPORT PANTYHOSE style 809 In nylon and spandex with reinforced panty, heel and toe. Petite, medium, medium tall, COO tall, large and extra large PAIR O Hosiery Main Floor Styla Tmnt South TravM Memories of anxious life Bernedette Forrester holds daughter Jo- Anne, five, whose fearful nightmares stopped Belfast's bombs behind them soon after the family's arrival in Lethbridge. Away from troubled Belfast, life has returned to normal. A new life in Lethbridge By JUDE CAMPBELL Herald Staff Writer Few mothers have known the fear of sending their children to school past armed soldiers and bombed buildings. Few wives have daily wondered if their husbands1 would return home from work safely for another night. Bernedette Forrester has experienced both, and left her fears behind in Belfast when she, her husband, Ron, and their three children immigrated to Lethbridge last March. Although the family had given consideration to leaving Ireland for some time, the increased fighting and trouble "was a strong contributing factor" to their final decision. "It was impossible to br- ing up the children nor- mally" says Mrs. Forrester, "and impossible to have them go to school normally. "They were sent in a tax- i, and if there appeared to be any trouble, the man would bring them straight back. But every day their book sachels would be searched at check points, and they got ideas in their heads from the talk of other children in school." Mrs. Forrester says her oldest daughter Anita, eight, found the greatest change on their arrival in Lethbridge; while six, has become much more relaxed and five- year-old JoAnne's fearful nightmares have stopped since the move. At home, where the family lived in Ander- sonstown on the outskirts of a suspected IRA stronghold, the children learned to run into the house when the shooting began, and grew up ac- customed to the sound of bombs and armored cars. They were never allowed to watch the news on TV says Mrs. Forrester, "but they could see all around them the ''wrecked buildings and the soldiers asked Peter if he was Catholic or Protestant." "You can't keep them unbiased when at age four they're already being separated into one group or the other. The children don't understand and you can't explain it. "The young people's hearts are full of hate instead of love, and there's no respect for law or order. We dread to think of what will happen when the fighting she says. Ron Forrester says the district in which they lived was a mixed neighborhood, but as the central circle of fighting gradually extend- ed into the surrounding areas, the Protestants moved out and pre- lorninantly Catholics re- mained in Andersons- town. "A year ago it was possi- ble for a person to stand on the fence, but not now. It's one side or the other, and yet you're reluctant to ven- ture an he says. "Your own emotions are mixed up and all things seem blown out of propor- tion. There's nothing you can do, and although a lot of people are trying, their efforts are lost in the rush of things." The Forresters' explain that although factions ex- ist, Catholic-Protestant friendships also exist. Peo- ple work together each day without conflict, but socializing at night is out of the question. "We would have had our friends in, but it was much too risky. What would be an innocent entertainment might not be looked at lightly by.neighbors. And to ask a Protestant into a Catholic district would be to risk your guests says Mrs. Forrester. For this reason, the two factions become further divided into their own small groups and appealing to logic becomes the im- possible. Rather than a religious war, both felt the problems were basically economic and nationalistic. Fear of losing jobs and housing opportunities lead to the Protestants fighting to keep what they had, although both also felt neither group was better off. Only now are the people beginning to construct playgrounds for the children, recreational facilities and the like. Resentment is a major factor as well, according to Mrs. Forrester who says the people "just can't take it all without feelings." "If the internments would stop, if people could see their daddies and sons released perhaps it would help. But to know they're locked up some for three years without trial is more than most can take. And to be searched always. Some soldiers are pleasant, but others are nasty and resentment builds up in the people. Then the soldiers accept it as political she says. In Canada, the Forresters see a better life with a great many oppor- tunities for their children to grow without bias. Although they left their homeland and their families, both say they have found friendship in a strange land and plan to stay. "We've noticed little says Ron. "Now we can go for a drive anytime without fear and we can go out at night. Before you stayed in your neighborhood and stopped for no one." Venturing outside the area meant taking a chance on not being let back in for several hours or perhaps a day, if soldiers had blocked off the way and were searching homes for IRA men and arms. Mr. Forrester left behind in Andersonstown the memory of being held for one-half hour with a gun at his head while masked men verified his claim to living in the area. Mrs. Forrester left behind the memory of be- ing in the heart of the bom- bings on Bloody Friday and evacuating her business building several times a week for bomb scares. Both say it was a matter of luck whether you made it or not, and both Protestants and Catholics lived through the same ex- periences. "It was all a part of the scene something you says Mr. Forrester. "But we did leave. We have only one life, one set of kids. If we had chooser) to stay and something had gone wrong, we couldn't say 'right, let's take the other road.' We couldn't take the risk." Smokers 300 years ago risked grizzly penalties Buylina 328-8811 Shop Eaton's Wadnoaday to Uaa Your Eaton Account Crodlt Tormt Availabla EATON'S CHICAGO (CP) Smokers have never had it so good these days. Laws prevent them from lighting up here and there, such as in public transport vehicles, but generally they can puff to their heart's content. Not so 300 years ago. Smokers in the past faced such penalties as having their noses slit, castration, flogging, banishment, even death. Dr. David Hollander, writing in the Journal cf the American Medical Association, reports that in Persia, smokers had their lips, ears and noses cut off while melted lead was poured into their mouths. Others were burned alive for their smoking sins. While today's non-smoker would hardly sympathize with these measures to deter smok- ing, he'd probably agree with King James I of England who once said that smoking is "a custome loathesome to the Eye, hateful to the Nose, harmful to the Brainc, dangerous to the Lungs, and the blacke stinking fume thereof, nearest resembling the horrible Stigian smoke of the pit that is bottomless." Dr. Hollander's views of smoking are simple. "Incessant smokers for the most part can choose the site of their he writes. Healing Substance... Shrinks Piles, Checks Itch Kxclusivc healing substance to shrink hemorrhoids...and repair damaged tissue. A renounce! research institute has foumt a unique healing sub- stance the ability lo shrink hcr.toii hoids painlessly. It re- itching and discomfort in minutes and speeds up healing of the injmed, inllamed tissues. One hcmoulinid.il case his- toiy alter anothci reported sinking improvement." 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