Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THf LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, January IS, 1973 Commons representation Rerresemation in the Canad i a n Hcu.'e oi L'omiyioris is by population, the number oi se.us icr c.ich prov- ince recalculated after every decennial census. Trie census cf 1971 will resuit in seme adjustments; Quebec will lose two seats. Newfound- land, Nova Scjiia, Manitoba and Sas- iaichewan will lose one each, Ontario and British Columbia will each gain three. The ntrnber oi prairie members has fallen with even.- census of the last 50 years. In 1921. the three prai- rie provinces together had a total of 54 seats; by the 1971 census, their combined total is to be 43. Alberta has made some modest gains, from 16 in 1921 to 19 today, but in Mani- toba and Saskatchewan there has been a marked decline. In 1921 they had 17 and 21 seats respectively: both have 13 today, and will drop to 12 each on redistribution. There is concern over ttus continu- al decline in representation, and severs" political coiv.- mentaiors have remarked en i: Fear has been expressed IT. articles pub- lished in most Canadian newspapers linciudin; this one- tiia: as '.he rrerd contir.'-ies Msni'oba an could find trsnise'.ves less members than Brunswick and Nova Scotia, which have much small- er populations but a constitutionally guaranteed minimum or 10 seats each. That particular fear is groundless. The writers oi the articles referred to are quite correct about Nova Scotia and New Brunswick having constitutional assurance of at least 10 seais in the Commons, but it would seem they should have read their political science texts a bit more carefully. If ihey had, they probably would have iVund that Saskatchewan and and the other prov- inces, tor that matter also have a guarantee applies specifically to this case, though it has to be figured out. By a 1952 constitutional amendment, the number of seats allotted to any province cannot be less than the num- ber allotted to one with a smaller population. So until the population of Saskatchewan or Manitoba falls below that oi New Brunswick the current difference is about 300.000 neither can have less than 10 seats in the Commons. For those interested in the details, the Maritirr.es guarantee also derives from an amendment to the BNA Act. but an older one enacted in London 1913. among other tiiir.is. province "'ill have less seats i-. ire House of Commons trim 11 the By th? original act oi in 1907. the Maritime provinces received a block of 24 Sen- ate seats, a-d in 1973 these were allo- cated 10 each to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the remaining four to Prince Edward Island. So. while there is ever." reason for concern over the diminishing repre- sentation of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, unless one or the ether suf- fers a calarrltous rimp in population. it cannot fail below 10 seats each. bounty on dogs The city's campaign is going too iar. Dogs and dog-owner- ship must be controlled, but the con- trols must be reasonable. Dogs have a place in this city, in any city which loves its children. No property-owner or other citizen is entitled to com- plete and total protection and insula- tion from dogs, any more than from children. Pan of the price oi living In a community is to be exposed to neighbors, and neighbors' children, and neighbors' children's dogs Con- trols, yes, but reasonable controls. The new bylaw gets at dog-owner- ship in two ways through prose- cuting the owner in the courts oi law. where he may defend himself, and through impounding his dog. where he may not. If his dog is picked up. be pays. He is presumed guilty. The dog-catcher is not only the police- man and the prosecutor but the judge and also, in the last resort, the executioner. As rough and offensive as that is. It is made ten times worse by the city's additional offer to the dog- catcher of one dollar for each dog he picks up. on top of his normal rernuEe ration. This is a form oi bounty-hunting. It presumes that every dog caurht is legally and properly caught It is an incentive to pick up dogs whether they should be caught or not. It is somet-rr.es alleged that high- way police have quotas, that if they don't catch a certain number of motorists they are not doing their job. that ii they meet their quotas they get extra pay or at least get to keep their jobs. That is not so. oi course. But that :s the way the new dog-catcher will work. He ac- counts To nobody, in apprehending dogs. The more he hauls to the pound the more money he will make. And the more the city will make, because it gets the money the owner will have to pay to retrieve his dog Ii a bylaw as lough as the city's new one is needed, which we don't believe, at least the bounty aspect should be removed. The dog-catch- er should be paid to do his job. That job is to supervise the dog situation in Lethbndge, not to nab ail the dogs he can. Parents are a pest! By S. B. Tain, free-lanct wriier "Parents are a pest." fumed Dr. Pro- jects. "It's bad enough having teachers question our plans but to bave parents get- ting Inquisitive is just too much." "We never should have given women the chimed in Dr. Lost. "I blame the Worth snapped Dr. Weirdo. "Dr. Worth is an ex-adminis- trators and yet he actually dares to sug- gest that we Edminismors "could be wrong. Ii's "The fact is we're stuck with the Worth Report and now we've got to think o: some way to keep parents and teachers ir. their place. The infallibility of school adminis- trators must be maintained." "When I was doing my doctoral studies at Ivory Towers." said Dr. Lost. "I took a graduate course In Advanced Contusion. The professor told us that one way to set nosy parents and teachers off yuur was to distract them with some stunt or scheme." "During my doctoral studies at Abnorm- ality U." added Dr. Weirdo, "I read a book. It was was a very interesting book with lots of pictures. It said that in olden days Songs and barons would keep rebellious serfs in order by sending the court jester or town fool to all the villages. The sen's were so amused with the entertainment that they soon forgot their grievances and went back to work. Let's get the trustees to appoint a district jester or fool to enter- tain parents and teachers and get their minds off Worth.1' "Bravo. A brilliant sucr.esiion gentle- roared Dr. Projects. "A district jester could organize o.n- certs, fun days, displays, operctus. bake sales. He could wear (unny piny his banjo or ukelele ami sing silly He'd wander arounrl our schools and kern people so busy and amused that they would have r.o time to think about the Worth Re- port and we could go on running the sys- tem our way, which of course, Li the right way.'' "It could be on expensive appointment." queried Dr. Lost. "How will we persuade wjr trustees to pay out tho Dr. Projects jmilwi warmly at li.s leagues. "Leave it to me. I will prepare a lengthy position piper tut dream up some fancy name for our ner.v colleague. We'll call him the Director Relations Interscholasu'cus Publicus or, DRIP for short." The Drs. Weirdo and Lost looked at each other in wonderment. "It's a great title but what on earth does It asked Dr. Weirdo. ''Who cares." replied Dr. Projects. "By the time our trustees have waded through my paper they will be in no stale to worr, about the meanings of words. Anyway, no trustee wants to show his ignorance and so no one will dare to say he understand the title. The customary rub- ber stamp of approval will be applied and hey presto, we have a new colleague.'1 "Teachers might said Dr. Lost. "and I can't shut them up in the usual vsy. AU r.jve beeo prorri_sed for rest titr-re years." "3e inrovanve." chirped Dr. Weirdo, "and dangle a few conferences or sabbati- cals before their noses." "I'll do my best, but I'm still wonder- ing which department will gc-t suck with the bill for this nut "An expensive oddball. Seems a natural for School Services." The uproar that lowed this remark took several minutes to die down. "There must be a bugging device in the conference room." cornpiauied Dr. Lost as he carefully examined the ir-side of tr.e coffee um. "There's nothing here'' glared a red fac- ed Dr. Weirdo as he emerged from under the table. "Ci'me CCT.C." sir.ilcd Df. Projects 2s r..s peered sitpicinuslv round the room, lie deterred by f.f Dr. Wev.vlo, BO .'.rvl our i.-.er.d of his for.hcomir.g tl.e district DRIP. Dr. IX.FL, put an advertisement in the press just to make things look above board Gentlemen, today ue have struck a great blow in de- fence of all administrative bureaucracies in our province. The ASTA and ATA should be proud of us The three. to four, musketeers ro.fi solemnly to Ihnr fret M.'iv our motto SMCCP the land.' iicjir.- wl Ur. 1'rojccl.-. "All together now, Down with Worth Uo with lha DRIP." "I don't think you should have referred to that particular letter as making you his pen pal A gloomy, chilly prospect B} Bruce Hutchison, sprc-lal commentator tor FP Publications T-.e C'-V. ccn'.ury c.d not begin as as the prophets of 1973 Act-a.iy. 'i-e >ear A.D. da'.vned upon Ot- taw; b a bliiiard and Anthony Popkin. a civil sen art of high rank, rose in his unhea'.eri Roekchffe home feel- ing r.o rarticular e.xsita'.ion at the stir of a new era. So far as he see. hsd charged, except the iljures en the ar.d the ccst of liv- ing. w'rlcit sys changed si- Since electricity had dis- appeared froz: North .America long ace the exhaustion of ail e-err.- resources Mr. Pcp- ki- lig'rtsd his car.dle. rernem berir.t; must serve irv.il the r.ev. ratio-. Ka also 1-ijrtM a tiny tire in his stove with a :ST sticks dragged retnnants cf the for- est. ar.d c'-cked his nourishing breakfast of synthetic plankton, It tasted almost, but rot quite. like the res', Tr.us re- freshed. re felt strong enough to -ace the brave new cenfory or "re had just Jearred from the ur. official grape-r.ne iihe government having radio and tc'e- for tl-e protection of de- a grave political crisis erjptr.g on parlia- ment hill. The computers. which had replaced men in the cab'.nec to provide stable admin- istration after decades of par- liamentary stalemate and serni- annual disagreed c-n basic policy. Even thetn cH'.riattons. exsct to the last were unable to establish z trajonty ir the Hoitse of Cyphers. In- credible as it 5eem. t.-e c e r t e c t governing system, kn-O'.m as anticipatory bureau- cracy. was breaking down and the Ne-.v Democratic minon.y of 3! computers threatened to any government when- ever they felt like it. Tr.is latest of innuir.erab'e crises didn't worry Mr. popkin when the ETOSS national product and the Canadian stand- ard cortinved. to rise year by year to its present aH-time high Tr.e records cf rapid notnic po'jning tr.e con-n-ttrs '.vt't r.o dourt tha-. Bur t-en. Y- Pcni-rn re- fected. the com ruters thouch they gove-neri superbly, never hrd to eat or pay the current price of as calculated by the Donr-rion Bureau of Mys- tics. In rrotnenis of depression Mr. Pockin someliines won- dered ho-.v he could make ends meet on his pension of only S10.- a month Breakfast finished, he swept the snow from his doorstep and looked wistfully into his garage. The last NDP government, be recalled had denounced the sor- did materialism of the old-line parties and promised four au- tomobiles had been fully re- deemed. Four cars in Mr. Po> kin's garage, accordine to plan, hut they stood on blocks and h-d so for a dozen years because there was no gasoline to propel them after the ulti- mate crop of petroleum was drained out of the arctic. Tee or.ce oil-rich Arab sheiks ot the Near East had recently aban- doned their purchase of the en- tire North American economy and returned happily to the use of cartels instead of Cadillacs Weil. Mr. Fopkin thought Canada's situation was much better. At least it had satisfac- tory urban transportation. The ir-orriae bus. 'drawn by a srsnking team of horses, was lite today, due to a strike by ti-e Amalgamated QuadrjTreds Union, but it finally arrived at the street corner aid Mr. Pop- km boarded it for the pleasant two-hour journey to to-ra. .As he had learned con- fidentially from the grapevine, an obscure restaurant on an al- ley behind Elgin Street was of- fering, to a few reliable clients, a luncheon of genuine plankton, smuggled from the Bay of Fund" in a diD'.ornatic pouch, despite the -atdifti] electronic eyes of the computers. Forrunately that crime had not been discovered and. know- ing the pass word. Mr Popkin was admitted to the restaurant by its proprietor, an aged, white-bearded man who called hiicscif David Lewis and alleg- edly had been the first socially prime minister of Canada. Mr. Lewis, a rotund and merry pen- sion, chuckled at the memory cf those far-off times when he be- lieved his own speeches Wish- ing Mr. Poikin a happy New Yes-, he boasted that r.e was the onlv free enterpriser left in Mobility without mayhem t're front cti.'i-itr'. If the driver cr is occupied and the car is put without the scat belrr. faster.efl. a loud si-nd-'sr.d a UHh: flashes on the The ir.s-fu'e for Hir.h-.vr- Sr.iLty repo-s that a spot i' mnde of n n: the V.n.i'-trcton area fo'in6 that :aiesrrian at nine cf tr.e were "iil- ing to S.-.O-A- how ti.e required wamir.r; cr.uld ho c.r- cumventod or rii.-cor.r.ec'.c-d. Only i'.vo enMiirag. ed :f-nt frit hoth ;o huye-rs who ;n 'l.e system. f-c :re ni: e rr'ii a ii :n M liyi-c v in ,-o.it hoi's. R'lt t; e f.-i poopln actually po so fnr as to discon- nect ice rather thrirj simply up and shut it off does underscore in a smnll way a point mridc hy Franklin M. Krcml at tho recent annual mcotinc! of Traffic Safely A-oici.iti'in h-iroi'.. rely on vehicle irnpro'.rmonl.-; alone til highuay accident loss- HA said. By DOD Oakley. NEA scrrice Ai s young man Kreml work- e-i his way iL-oag'n law sc'r.col a traffic policeman. He join- ed Xonhwestera University in the IKVJS and eventually estab- lished its renowned Transporta- tion Centre. In 1970. he served as chairman of the President's Tssl-i Force on Highway Safe- ty, which last year made its re- port to the nation under the title. "Mobility Without May- hem.1' He is now president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association. Krem! argues that in addi- tion to federally required ve- hicle regulations, a broad-based balanced safety program must be carried on at the state and local level where the leeal re- sponsibility, authority and man- power are. Amors o'hcr thirty, he cnll? f-ir EriTitcr on im- proved driver lir-en-irz; to rc.il- lest the true compet- ence of applicants under real driving conditions, improvement of substandard roads and more uniform traffic laws and con- trols. But how far, ha asks, are tha people willing to go in support of safety programs that might lead lo widely restricted licens- ing? Arc they Killing lo bo .stop- ped nn the highway to submit tn chemical breath tests (or al- coholic Intmrlenlion? Hnw miifh are they willing ard able to ercerc.se? Ha credits highway safety programs, supported by both the public and private sectors, with cutting the number of traf- fic deaths V'l million miles of vehicle travel from more than 15 in to the present level of sbou; five. He notes, however, that it has taken more than 10 years to re- duce the rate from six to five and that tiie number of high- way deaths in the same period has risen from an annual level of to 55 If the fatality rate Is not sub- stantially refcced and ii the number of vehicles ar.d miles driven increase as pro'ec'.cd, he warns, more than 70.000 peo- ple he killed annually hy 1075 and annti.-.lly i'v "Vietnam cifers tr.'ntcr vr.ahii-'y from a injii.y than to large areas of t.-e United he sr.ys. There Is a riire p.inicularly in nonurban arens, for adequate systems of aid, transport and medical care for the injured. The time is at hand for im- plementing "Mobility Without declares Krcml. rind this cnn only he done with a rational ptotfram lhal equal attention and resources on all elements o( iraflic acci- Letters Defends Patterson Canada or. as he put it. with a sly gnn. "the last cf the corpo- rate burns." Anyho'.i. his plankton uas the genuine article and Mr. pop-tin enjoyed ii'i? rnc.il. though the price of 51.000 a plate, plus sale tax. seemed rather high, almost a corporate rip-off. However, he was reminded by the customer at the next table that the res- taurant must earn a profit somehow to make socialism work. This ancient gentleman, still E ruddy, vigorous figure in youthful clothes, introduced himself as Pierre Truc'eau. a name that Mr. Popkin vaguely from the dim past. Ke was in retirement new. writ- ins a ten-volume history of Ca- nadian government as it should have been but. unfortunately, was not. While admitting that he had failed to erect a totally just society. Mr. Tmdeau remarked that the computers had cone so and he hoped that the nation would like it. "Don't hush." he added. "Jokes are dangerous. I learned about tha; the hard way." The third, customer, a certain Robert StarJie'.d. was reported to be very rich. He had amassed a gre-.t fortune in the manufacture of woollen underwear, be-'ore sheep van- ished, and i t became popular when central heatins was abol- ished. But as Mr. Trudeau ob- served, tre oroceeds of the business really amounted to little after the tax increases of the Conservative government in its 1973 budget, subsequently raised every year by the cabi- net computers. They reeded aO the revenue thev could to their So' Mr. Stanfield lived quite lecturing at Car'eton University on his familiar test. to succeed in politics without z policy, or even try- ''The computers." Mr. Trufeau sighed, '-seldom re- sign, as T used to do so ot'ten in the old days, and thev never die. But wbat the heii. the uni- verse undoubtedly is unfolding as it should All the same, we could have unfolded i; much better if the voters had been smart enough to give us an- other chance." The residents of Claresholm were shocked when the news via radio and TV informed them Mayor Patterson has been disqualified from holding his seat as mayor which he held for eight years. This decision concerned a riv- lal matter of a com laundry he rents. People went to the laundry regardless of how they drove to pet there. Mayor Patterson would be the last person to vo'.e or use any one for his own personal gain but some council members needed some loophole and that mayor's chair was such a chal- lenge. After all. the mayor worked his way up the ladder to educate himself and was not one of the elite. All he thought about was helping his fellow man and bringing industry and housing to Claresholm. This was the straw that broke the camel's back! Low cost rnusing second rate citizens and even 2 Trailer court this was IMSI loo. too much. Darin-- iho floods or that snowstorm thai stranded tour- 1513 here our mayor worked with the town crew ajid likely had very little sleep. What other mayor would do this? The reaction of the citizens is indescribable. No one could be- lic-ve this had happened soma wept, others were furious real- izing what a thankless eight years Mayor Patterson has de- voted to the town. Mayor Patterson stated he was a fighting Irishman but ha is so honest it wouldn't matter if he was Indian, Japanese or any color because he treau even-one the same knowing wa were all bom equal regardless of race or material wealth. I wish he knew how many Clares-horn residents are for him. He should hold his head high. He only made a trivial mistake. Yi'e all need him to keep the progressing, May I remind the few new- ccmers to Claresholm who have made every council meeting a farce "That whnt you put In the lives of others comes back unio your AX IRATE CITIZEN Claresholm What is poison? Commenting on a letter in The Herald (January 15) writ- ten by M. A. Yalli of Brooks. Yalli says "salt is a TTe Canada Food and Drug Act does not say that salt is a poi- son bui the act does say that Fiouride is a poison and it fur- ther states that one tenth of a milligram (.fing.> is the man- nr.'-i safe dally coos of flour- ice. The act goes on to say that three and three tenths mil- lirranis (3.3 mg.i is the maxi- rr.urn safe daily dosage of strychnine. Yalli says "tobacco is a poi- son." Wei. nicotine, the deriv- ative of tobacco is a poison but the use of tobacco is voluntary ana if anyone tried to insert nicotine in a public water sup- ply I am sure that the anti- fiouridizers would object to that too. In fact. I believe that the would even object to as- pirin being added to the water supply even though there art so many morning after head- aches around at times. Yalli says "most medicines are poisons." Agreed, but I know of no other prescription drug or substance that anyone advocates adding to a water supply. All other prescription drags ETC used in carefully measured doses and not in the haphazard and unscientific way of Boding to a water supply. RAY KEITCES Lethbrid 2e Challenge iacts only s First let me make it clear that in commenting on G. Ken- neth Watt's letter as published in The Herald (January 13', I am not concerned with the differences ot opinion between Mrs. Virtue and Prof. Winches- ter. I am only concerned with Mr. Wart's remark, "the latter (Prof. Winchester' is a very recent arrival tn our country arai not a Canadian." .Are we to infer from this remark that Mr. Watts feels that any comments critical o; our opinions as citi- zens of longer standing will not be tolerated? Surely we can argue our opia- iocs rath-out alienating the newly arrived to our commun- ity. If Mrs. Virtue is as well travelled as is indicated then surely she be on2 of the first to welcome a more inter- natinal or worldly attitude to the problems she has seen ou her journeys. Prof. Winchest- er's willingness to disagree with what he feels is incorrect in- formation should be challeng- ed purely in regards to fact. I hope Mr. Watfs Kill apolo- gize and that Mrs. Virtue and Prof. Winchester will not be discff-rraged in expressing them- selves purjliciy in the future. G. WISER LeJibridge Retain rural rail lines The railway wishes to remove a lot of the track from the rural areas because they are unecon- omic. Some grain companies with. I the blessing of the wheat board, wish to remote the rural elevators for the claim. C-.Y: the farmer more to deliver, tut there would be a ret gait because the operating cast cf tre grain compinies would be less ar.d transporta- tion costs much less all which comes out ot the farm- er's pocket that Ls he gets his price less -.he costs. I think we sbou'd have very serious thoughts about ihe re- moval of the railways from the rural areas. Consider some arguments which have been appearing in The Herald with ir.creasir.g and alarming frequency. First there is ire pov-er ar.d fuel shortages in the I" S. Second, as Bruce Hutchison wrote, there is the alarming fact of massive pollution by myriad automobiles. just how long can we afford to keep on increasing the use of fossil fuels when it is a van- ishing resource? We can co to our scrap heaps to recover metals but not fuel or gas. Perhaps it is time, or even long past time, when we took a look at the problem from i'-nl angle. When you replace the train by a multitude of truck? to market grain, you cannot ar- gue tr.2' less gasoline Mill used. Nor can you say there will not be an increase in sir poiluncn. Wceier we realize it or not. we are on the verge cf fuel rationing and au'.orrobtle restriction, and we v.iil be forced to use mass L-ansp-ir.itioa again. It may us z bit. for no firm, or lot of investors. run at a loss, but we should rot allow present facilities to be destroyed til] we have solved the problem of transportation under restric- tions. We have had a taste ol thi! during war time and it could occur again. Of course there has to be some new way found, besides fossil fuels, for trarsrortarion. but we do not have it in hand yet. 1 c-ite realize that even when the announced the in- tention of closing the lines, this problem was recognized by very few. But that is no longer true. It is very rapidly reach- ing cr.sis proportions and we must reassess our thinking, and very quickly. It is not only po- tf-ti-1 shortage, but air pollu- tion. We simply must cut doivn the discharge of carbon to the point where plant life can bal- ance it off by oxygen produc- tion. J. A. SPENCER The Lethbridge Herald 5CH 7lh St. S., Letwndge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD TO. Propriciors and Publisher Published by Hon. W. A. 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