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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-24,Lethbridge, Alberta New intern breed sees MP's action By AKLENK (iKKlCK OfTAWA (CP) - “I used to be cynical about poUticians," said 22-year-old Fenny VieUeck, but itnce l‘ve been mrki^ on Parliament Hill my opintoi of tbem has gone up fanUstically." Penny works for R«i Atkey, Progressive Conservative member of Parliament for Toronto St. Paul's. She Is one of « new breed of “interns” who attach themselves to a member’s office to leam the ropes of fovemment. The parliamentary internship program is the brainchild of Alfred D. Hales (PC— WelUngton). It is designed to provide backbench MPs with highly qualified assistants. At the same time it gives utUver-sity graduates, chosen through competition, a first* hand Took at the MP’s day-to-day work. Each intern spends five months with a Commons monber from the government benches and the rest of the 10-month stint with an opposi-tl(m MP. The 10 interns have two thhjgs in common—a university degree and an interest in politics. But not all are aspiring politicians. Penny wanted to teach political science and thought the program would give her practical eiEperience that would make her a more effective teacher. But after four months working for Mr. Atkey she no longer rules out the possibility of someday running for office. “I never would have thought about running before,” she said with great emphasis. “But I’ve been luclcy. I happened to meet a lot of hard-worldng MPs.” Alan Freeman, who works for Liberal Jean-Jacques Blais, is a recent graduate of the Columbia University school of Journalism. He also entered the program hopi^ to get an inuoe look at federal poliUcs. “I thought it would htip to have this type of «vericnce, working a Mt more from the Inside. Journalists tend to te such critics from the ou^ that perhaps very often they’re unfairly critical. “1 thought that by woiti. in a member’s office I cou__ understand better the difft-culües an MP has to face. “But I wouldn't want to • spend the rest of my life re* porting on Parliament Hill.” He said news media tend to give the idea that “what hai pens in Canada han>ens that hour during questim period” at the start of the daily Comm<His séssirai. " Penny agrees. “That’s the idea the politicians have too.” she said. "But when you ^od so much time here you can’t help but think that this is where the action is.” Some interns find that there are few real differences between political parties. “Parties seem to look much more alike than I thought üiey would,” said Mark Gaudette who, at 28, is the oldest of this year’s batch of parliamentary interns. I Alan Freeman sees more differences between individual members, and between members who represent various regions of the country, regardless of party affiliations. “You see hard-working members and you also see members who aren’t quite 90 dedicated ... and it goes across par^ Ibes,” he said. LEISTER’S MUSIC LTD. Campus Corner Lethbridgi ThiMdiiy, JwHwry M, 1974 - THE LETHMtDOi HEIIALD-» rTlic Herald- W« hav* « good Mipply of FESTIVAL MUSIC on hind'loul dMNMM for ofiMoo to Fob. 4th Bo Miro to 901 |0ii7 imiolc oorly whio oupplloo oro ovaNaMo. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. TU rnkmmt. Youth Snow White comes to life next month Snow White glows . Crystal Mater with dwarfs Linda Bosselir.g and Judy Rapuano More than 80 , will be on stage at the Ya Memorial Centre next month in Wilson Junior High’s producti«]. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The winter musical was initiated to get the kids involved, says Barbara Walker, instructor at Wilson and director of the {day. “To build up enthusiasm, we have done a lot of doublecasting for the parts and even some triple casting,” Mrs. Walker said. “For example. Snow White will be played by Karen Cunningham, Crystal Maier and Virginia Martin while Dawn ttovies and Brenda Olesky portray Queen Grangomar,” she says “We have found this eliminates the problem of su> stitutes and gives everyone a better chance to get a part. In some cases, students were too good to cut.” The production is scheduled for PeV 13, 14 and 15 with a students’ night on the 14th. The afternoon of the 13th beginning at 1:30, is reserved for schools only. Admission for students’ night is 75 cents, with regular performances at fl for students and tl.SO for adults. Costumes for the cast are being made by instructor Peggy Hiatt, assisted by other members of the Wilson staff. Don Matisz is in charge of set design and James Hamilton, assistant director. Willie Mathis and the Wilson Junior High band, with some former Wilson musicians from Winston Churchill, will be providing the music, taken from the Walt Disney version. . PmUP JANG dge Collegiate Institute It is quite likely anyone that has gone through a Canadian, or for that matter, a Western school knows Columbus discovered America. Or at least that was taught in school in about Grade 5. Marco Polo was the chap who ‘,‘discovered" all the riches of China; Cortez “found” the Aztecs; and so on. The point is that the educatirn we have been receiving has been of a quite biased and one-sided view—the North Americans already knew that America existed before Columbus “discovered” it. But does one ever hear about the North American Indian discovering Columbus? Doubtless, the numbers that have may be easily totalled. Additionally, the riches of China were already there before Marx»,Polo “discovered” those — and the same with Cortez's Aztec "discovery.” They’re all European or Western oriented histories. The history student discovers the world as the Europeans slowly unfolded it for themselves. Surely there are recorded histories from other cultures. For instance, how China discovered the West. The possibility of a Chinese landing on the British Columbia coast way back when, is quite likely buried in some dilapidated history text within some obscure paragraph which probably isn’t even indexed. (One could question whether or not that last thought is feasible.) What is yet more amazing is the willing acceptance of all these points by most students. Call It the "Columbus discovered America” syndrome. Few, if any, students have taken the time to reveal to themselves what is usually not revealed to any «eat extent in the history courses of the West’s grade schools: history from a non-Westem point of view. The syndrome encour^es shuttiiw in of oneself; The rest of the world does not really exist for things discovered by a Western explorer seem only half real {as does the explorer). The perspective is of one thoroughly unfamiliar with the scene. It’s like someone coming into Canada and walking into a millionaire’s home and Canada is filled with millionaires' homes Or walking into an igloo (if they still exist). Chanada is filled with igloos. ' On the other hand, the history of a country seen through the eyes of that country is apt to be more revealing. Then one realizes the lack of written history in many parts of the world. Then again one can ponder about the large segments that do exist. Where might one find these segments? That’s hard to say. To repeat, the West, for the most part, has Ignored the histories of other countries through the eyes of those countries. To obtain a full view, one must look out from the inside as well as in from the outside. Things appear much less deuiled and complicated, though possibly mistaken, when glancing from afar — the opposite is more often true when one is in the midst of things What is most desirable, of course, is a combination of the two Our public school systems can hardly be expected to go into fastidious detail about each and every region — but they just can’t continue along their ignorant, blissful way and still do a proper job. Admittedly, things have been improving in the past year — and especially so when one reaches high school Ail this is not to say that those curious and courageous men who established lines of communication and recogniticm should not be recognized They played a role, but theiré Is not the only perspective. The day is yet to come when it is universally reported and accepted that Columbus visited America. Saints defeat Hornets By KEVIN HARTLEY The Hamilton Hornets were upset by the Catiiolic Central Saints by a stunning score of 29-16. The strong CCHS offense was just too much for the Hornets defense and manhandled them as they stroked on to victory. The Hornets took a first -quarter lead by a score of M but CCHS twined around in the second quarter to go into the dressing rooms holding a 17-6 lead. Daryl LanRrldae led the Hornets attack with 10 points while Chu Kenly Jang, Darrell Steed, and Owen Hayward chipped in with two each. Meanwhile, in the girl’s game, Hamilton’s Halos edged the Catholic Central Cheetahs 22-15. Debbie Wakelin supplied the scoring attack with eight points while Lisa Nirk netted six. Hie Halos went into the dressing rooms at a 10-10 ball game and perked up in the third and fourth quarters to take the 22-15 win. The Halos will play at Wilson Saturday while the Hornets will meet with Wilson at Hamilton Fl'iday. MP may become SFU president VANCOUVER (CP) -After three days of meetings with administrators, faculty and s.tudents of Simon Fraser University, Pauline Jewett returned to her Ottawa home uncertain whether she will be the next president of the Burnaby, B.C. university. In a telephone interview recently. Dr. Jewett, a political science professor at Carleton University and former liberal MP, said: “We're still in the middle of things. All being well, within two or three weeks it should be settled one way or the other.” She said a number of matters remain to be resolved before she could be appointed president, including censure of SFU by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) nearly three years ago after a dispute with a number of faculty members and dismissal of two. Dr. Jewett said she could not accept the SFU post unless censure were lifted or its removal was assured She said talks at SFU involved exchanges of views on what direction the university might take, and inclHded a meeting with the student council and other stvdenu. YOU There is only today between you and tomorrow Which is why Canada Pension Plan benefits will be increased today and will be kept in line with the cost increases of tomorrow What thl* means to you as a bonoficlary From January 1st 1974, Canada Pension Plan benefit payments will be adjusted to reach ... then maintain a tevei in line with the actual cost of living. If you are receiving monthly benefits that began during the period 1967 to 1973, your benefits have been recalculated so that the amount you receive in 1974 is related to the actual increase in the cost of living over the years your benefits have been paid When you receive your January 1974 benefit cheque, you Will see that tt has been increased. The increase in your payment will vary from 8% to 20% and will depend on the year tn which your benefit first became payable In future years, if living costs continue to rise, you can expect further increases in your benefits based on current cost of living data. What this means to you as a contributor As a contributor to the Canada Pension Plan, you are building a basic and portable retirement plan for the future and at the same time providing current protection for yourself and your dependents against the possibility of severe disability or early death In order lo protect the value of your eventual benefits, the Canadian Parliament has passed legislation which ensures that the contributions you make today will give benefits that maintain the purchasing power of today's wages twenty, thirty or even fifty years from now . when you need it' To achieve this, the Government plans to have the earnings ceiling — Ihe maximum amount on which contributions are paid and on which benefits are calculated — increased each year so that It will reach, and then keep even with the average earnings of Canadian industrial workers. This ceiling will be raised from $5,600.00 in 1973, to $6,600,00 in 1974 and $7,400 00 in 1975. These changes also mean that the maximum employee contributions will increase from $90.00 a year in 1973 to $106 20 in 1974. Your contribution is matched by your employer. In the case of self-employed persons, the maximum annual contribution is increased to $212.40 for 1974 as against $180 00 last year. For earnings of less than $5,700.00, there will be no increase in contributions The change in the earnings ceiling means that the maximum retirement pension will rise from $90.71 tor pensions efieclive in December 1973 io $134.97 for those whose pensions will begin in December 1975. As the maximum earnings levels for the years after 1975 continue to rise, so will the maximum retirement pensions in those years. There will also be increases in the maximum values each year for disability and survivors’ benefits If you have any questions or would like further inlorma-tion, please write Canada Pamlon Plan, Dapartmant of National Haalth and Walfar«, Plac* Vanlar, Towtr "A", Ottawa, Ontario, K1A0L1. Your contributions todaf ensure your protection tomorrow. This new earnings ceiling means that the year’s basic exemp tion — the initial amount on which you do not pay contributio — rs changed from $600.00 in 1973 to $700,00 for 1974 WftWHii at n Saw* iwtann «Mn-Mi* ÉMM Marc Laionde, Minister 1 LKliñCiíVtsco'r ;