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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta -Wedneiclay, Jonuarv 24, 1973 THE IETHBR1BOE HERALD 41 OBSCENITY AND BOOKS Guilty until proven innocent can he just ahont aaylhlnE these wild, a point which New York City's Whitney Museum o( American Art makes with a em-rent exhibition of the works ol Greek-born Lucas Samaras. Choice items include, left, "Chair Transformation center, "Slid Box aod right, a work a viewer can really get involved la, "Mirror Room." By JOHN DODD EDMONTON (CPi Un- like i person, a book can be judged guilty until proven in- nocent. If police believe that a pub- lication for sale is obscene, they may soizs it and issue a "show cause" summons to the seller under section 160 of Lhe Criminal Code. The seller then has. hvo op- tions. He may attempt ;o prove that the seized material 35 not obscene. If he '.vijis the material is returned. Instead he may do this is the tendency. In that case the material is destroyed. If he tries to prove that the j material is not obscene and loses, it is destroyed anyway. This method and i'.s conse- alienees arouse heated debate j in Canada. The debate is par- ticularly prevalent in the West where critics of the law say variations in standards and in application of the Criminal Code regarding obscenity are mdsr than elsewhere in '.he country. Various things happen uien this definition and assorted obscenity laws are applied by the police, Masazine removed The November. issue of Playboy masazise ivas re- moved from i-i Saskatoon by the distributor alter police advised him there might be reason to believe it contained obscene No charges vrere laid. In reher pails of the province and in :ho reft of trie West, it V.T.S sold freely. In July. 1970. hundreds o! copies c; the Georgia Straight, underground newspaper published in Vancouver, were seized in Edmonton before they could be sold. The seizure was made on the strength of a warrant is- sued by a judge v.-ho vras "satisfied by information upon oath" that there reasonable grounds for beh'er- hg that the publication was obscene. IVhen the case fi- nally came to court, the Crown simply declined to present evidence and the seized copies were returned. The issue of the newspaper was then three months old. Cases of fines and even jail sentences, however, abound in al! four western provinces. Hit fines A recent case in Manitoba in- volved a man fined SI.WO for distributing a publication called National Mirror. Last spring, a Manitoba was senienced to ,'our months in jai! for pos- session of obscene literature tnd a film for sale. In Febrj- ery. a Winnipeg company fined a total 01 So.iXX1 ior having on sale 36 paperluck books and a film deemed to be obscene. In British Columbia. G and P. International News of Van- couver was fined last November for possession of obscene books and for ingly selling one obscene book. Johnscn ar.d Frankri s-ale Distributors Ltd. of Eum- aby was fined in Octo- ber for possession of obscene books for the purpose of dis- tribution. In this case. Judge V. A. Sculti said that an un- dercover policeiroman nas about lo pay for a book when she asked to be assured she was buying "a real dirty boos." In Aicena. police in the fall of 1971 raided the warehouse of a distributor and seized a carload of magazines and pa- parbcck books. Then police railed most of the firm's out- lets in the city and suggested that this proprietors take off their shelves books and maga- zines with the same titles as those seized. Police doing jobs Aknost everyone complied with the request. ''I lock them off because I didn't want to get into irou- b'.e." one store o-.vncr siid. T. D. R. a Crown prosecutor in the sttorrey- general's office in Saskatoon, defends such actions. "People not remember the distinction the po- lice arid legislators." he says. "It" you want the law chanced, talk to your of IJamerjr. rot ths prOee. Ee- niernber in Canada, cttstrt.-.-j- tLng obscene material is ille- gal. The ponce are colv doing what they are supposed to do" Sandra GutrJk. who with her husband. Maurice, runs Billy's and Smoke Shop in Calgary, took another view in remarks to the city police commission. "We have been put in a very dangerous and serious situation because the police been put in the position of ceisoring boots." she said. "Our suppjy o; so-called books. irlilcb are testily ar.d sold oniy to ma- ture adults, has been curtailed while we are still allowed to se'J violence-filled books such as The Godfather Prosecutor Lappy >L-. Caldwiell said he is happy 'about the obscerjty lav.'s ar.d Lbe way they are en- forced. itiy kid to a cnnu'c bock. I don't h.ra to have to tltrough oi> incrature." Beyor.d the on application of the obstrnity rieb.-te rn whether there should be forrhip s! rages every. vtiere in the West. Pouce Chief Jajnes Isclties of Saskatoon says he believes "a lot of the offences are a result of the input of junk on the riC-wstands." Publisher Mel Hurtig of Ed- ctrtujii disagrees. third vcluir.e of the lvin.-ey study made 3 very im- ponarii point." Mr. Huitii: sdd. "Tliey concluded, as did the president's commission, ii is obvious that such things ?.s women's stockings, perfume, ear-rings have a far greater to-Tccncy to excite. Conse- quentjy. if you consider ban- ning literature, then you had better eonsinor banning ear- rings and perfume and stock- ings." Rare are missing (CPi pir.s: crane population vill be rci back 10 years if 13 birds r'jssins; arjd presumed lost in last fall's aruiiMl to Itic Arkansas WildiiiV ;n Icxas aro found. Morv BaXor. director of the1 N.mir.ll Museum. lie s.T.d in i'.'.Icrv'.eu' tli.i'. V.-c hriM> avriv- cd a: liu'ir by mid-IXvcmhcT al the C.M. arc con- ducted alms iJie coast o( Men- co in an attempt lo locate ih? lost birds. Last year there were 59 birds of tbe ncar-e.xliDct species liv- in the wilderness. The h'72 hatch prviduccd five so there was a net population drop of eifhl birds if tlv 13 nuFfinj! ones are indivd der.d. This is the f-ca- de.-lm? since tlic- oi 11 binls (lie population back to 151 from 26. LOOK al fne snapry r.ev; iasrjcs you'll iind at Simpsons-Sears. Checks never befora. They're brier', bcid. textured 2nd So check then: cii on votir fabric o-60" Acrylic and Cotton Blend Woven Seersucker Machine iportjwccr. Yd. ideal io c-45" Polyester satin suede d-44-45" American poly-press prints S1.29 yd. Heor.-.y tor great designs and coirjrs! Icrq skirts, smrx-is. etc. Dacron pr'yester and Avn! tlsn.1. valL'e! e-45" vogue stitch faded heather prints S2.29 yd. 5UL-. lor pretty Sptina is5v care acryiic that looks like fins wcol, f-45" Perma-Prest polyester batiste icr th-? c j'trics for limes ?.fc ariwn-nr.s! Yard Geodi a! 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