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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Monday, July 10, IMPROVED APPEARANCE Scon Whilelaw, one of 12 youlhs hired by ihe Lethbridge ond District Exhibition Association for summer Whoop-Up Days celebrations read- iness, paints a new fence on the southeast corner of (he rccc track. The new portion is part of a continuing cap- ital expenditure for up-grading the complex. It will be ready for the 10 races slated for each day of the cele- brations. Kaiser volt crew superb in safety NATAL (HNS) Kaiser Re- sources limlled's Hanner elec- trical crew recently received the bronze, silver and gold B.C. Safety Council awards. The 38-man crew added lo its already impressive safety rec- ord by working from Jan. 26, 1971, to March 26, 1972, without a lost-time accident, a total of man hours. The group has established a new safety record for Harmer Surface as it is the only crew to have an unbroken safety record after receiving the gold award. The men have raw worked more than 500 calen- dar days without a lost-time accident. Immediate supervisors lor the crew are Tom Goddard, John Polak, Wayne Fisher and Tony Freeman, all shift fore- men. Summerfun Community summer program FUN CLUBS (For boys and girls 6 to a years old) Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9 to 12 a.m., at Rideau Court, Kinsmen and Lakeview playgrounds. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 to 12 a.m. at Staffordville, Kiwanis and Lions play- grounds. Tuesday and Thursday af- ternoons at Rideau Court playground. Gyro is open every day, 9 to 12 am. Friday is Special Event Day. PLAYGROUND CENTRE (For boys and girls over eight years old) Civic Centre puppet workshop, arts and crafts, swimming, volleyball lourna- menl. Norbridge hiking, games, screen painting, swimming, pollution pictures, penny car- nival. Henderson Day C am p starts Monday, registration at site, northeast end of Hen- derson Park. OTHER EVENTS (For people 8 to 14 years old) Canoeing new session starts today at Henderson Lake. Trips will be taken and canoeing skills and safety will be taught. Indoor-Outdoor Games group games, archery, gym- nastics, weekly trips to Ihe college. Music field trips, guest artists, productions, making instruments. New session starts today and will be held every afternoon at the Yales Memorial Centre. For more information about Ihe summer program and a .summer of fim call 328-087G. UBI n I U H bl t Lethbridge doctor back from Russia "They don't smile, and you are afraid to soy romelhing lo make them smile because you nay say the wrong thing. You are surrounded on all sides ivhlle the official examines you and your passport. The Russi- ans are suspicion? of the tour- ists and suspicious of each other." Dr. Fred T. Preston, a Letli- bridge general practitioner, and his wife, Gwen, have jusl returned from a two-week visit :o the Soviet Union, Hungary and Yugoslavia. The visit was described as "very inleresl- ng" because Ihey saw "how people live under different kinds of communism." The Prestons were among 200 Canadian doctors and their wives who went to the Iron Curtain countries to attend the first Soviet-Canadian Colloquy on Health Care Delivery, June 17-30. Dr. Preston, was one of ;he five physicians from Alber- ,a in the group. A Canadian of Polish descent 'the area where Dr. Preston was born is now part of Hus- Dr. Preston had some unkind words to say about Rus- sia. Dr. Preston has a sister, 71- vear-old Paraska Pavlik, who lives in Trojanowko, a small in the Ukraine. Mrs. Pav- ,ik, incidentally, came to Lerh- jridge to briefly visit her bro- ther two years ago. He recalled some unhappy events ly? experienced with his sister, who went to sec him in Moscow. "My sister spent the whole of Wednesday (Jura 21) looking 'or me and nobody gave her any Dr. Preston said. 'Finally she found me on Thursday at 10 a.m. In Russia, icople cannot travel from one )lace to another without per- mits." The Canadians were staying at Hotel Rossia, a huge, room building in Moscow. Mrs. Pavlik was not allowed to stay the same room with the Prestons because "the Russian people are not supposed to as- sociate with the tourists." Mrs. Pavlik was told she must leave Moscow the next day, and Dr. Preston spent hours -just trying to buy a tick- et for her return trip. "I speak Dr. Pres- ton said. "The hotel is a huge building and at first I was told I should get the ticket at the east end of the building. I went to the east side and was told I should get it at the west side. I went to the west side and was told I should get it at the east side. I was mad and told them I already tried the east side. They said they didn't know. So I went to Intourist (the Soviet state travel agency) and was told I should get it at the east side. I said, 'Damn it, I already tried the east side and the west side, and I'm not going anywhere unless you show rae where to get it! Fin- ally Intourist sent a boy to ac- company me to buy the ticket for my sister. I started to buy the ticket at 11 a.m. and it was not until p.m. that I got the ticket." "In Russia you are not sup- posed to give any lip because the Russians want to prove thnt money cannot buy everything." Mrs. Preston nddcd. "You don't get any scrVe in Russia. In Hungary and Yugoslavia, they cxper.l 'tips and they give set- vice." When Dr. Preston finally got the ticket, he had to pay twice as much as his sister paid to get to Moscow. "The Russians Dr. Pres- ton said. "My sister gets 20 rubles (one ruble equals a month on state pension. But the people in Moscow and Len- ingrad will say they get 85 to 135 rubles a mor.fh on pension. The Russian people arc starv- ing. I will bo happy if my sis- ter lives in a place better than my kennel." Dr. Preston said tjie Cana- dians could not go to many places without permission and an Intourist guide. He said one of the Canadian doctors, from By Joe Ma Herald Staff Writer Regina, was so enraged when his sister-in-law, a Russian, en- countered difficulties in trying to sec him that he asked an Mourist guide, "Are the peo- ple slaves iu only to bo warned, "You be careful with what you I was scared when I was in Dr. Preston said. "In fact I would not have gone to Russia if I were not going in such a group. I asked the doc- tors to find me in the airplane so they could Imow I was with them." The Canndians only saw one hospital in Moscow, and were refused permission to see one in Leningrad. It was arranged that the Soviet Ministry of Health would provide some speakers, but the Russians did not provide any. Mrs. Preston said V. 1. Lean is worshipped as a god in Rus- sia. "Every Russian visits the tomb of Lenin four times a she said. "We had to wait for three hours at the tomb. The children in Moscow lined in the streets begging tourists for chewing she said. "In Moscow, there is a Dollar Shop for tourists, and the goods there are of better quality. They only accept for- eign currencies and the Russi- an people cannot go there." Mrs. Preston said even Avon cosmetics were sold at the Dol- lar Shop. There are few private auto- mobiles in the U.S.S.R. Mrs. Preston said in Leningrad, a city of three million, there are only four gas stations. "You cars there are In she said. Because both man and wife have to work in Russin, they don't have much time to bo with their children, Mrs. Pres- ton said. "After a baby is born, the mother will be given three months' maternity she said. "At the end of the three- month period, the baby is put in a nursery. The parents can tnke the baby home C o'clock at night and bring him back at six the next morning, and take him home for the weekend. "From the age of three to seven, there is compulsory kin- dergarten education. From seven to 17, there are 10 years of primary and secondary edu- cation-, also compulsory, and free. "University education is op- tional. University students pay 3% to four rubles a month, and that includes room, tuition and books. For outstanding stu- dents, the entire fee is refund- ed at graduation. For good stu- dents, part of the fee is re- funded. For poor students, there is no refund." Dr. Preston said to get a medical degree in Russia, one has to study seven years in a medictl school after high school. However, the period of specialist training is short, a minimum of six months. In Canada it takes at least five years of post-graduate studies to become a specialist. Dr. Preston said in Russia medical attention is provided by the slate, but 11 doctors cannot find anything wrong with a person who has a com- plaint, the person mil not re- ceive wages for his sick leave. As a result, the rate of false complaints in Russia is only 0 2 per cent of total complaints. Chiropractors receive their pay- ments directly from the pat- ients, unlike the case in Alber- (a. Mrs. Preston said there Is restricted freedom of religion in Russia. "In Leningrad, there are only 20 she said. Fanning in, Russia is still done chiefly by manual labor. The Canadians visited a farm, Petrovorets near Leningrad, and did not see any farm trac- tors. "There was a doctor from the United States who orginally came from Hungary during the Hungarian Dr. Pres- ton said. "He said communism is going to defeat itself because the peo- ple in Russia, Romania and Poland are starving. The situa- tion is better in Hungary and Yugoslavia. I share his feel- ings." Mrs. Preston said there was a Russian nuclear scientist who suggested there should be a Bill of Rights in Russia. "If he did not work in an atomic plant, he would probably be sent to she said. There are vast difference; wages and pensions. Dr. Pres- ton said although his sister gels only 20 rubles a month in pen- can Imagine how many private I sion, his cousin, a physician will BACK FROM RUSSIA Dr. Fred Preston and wife Gwen contemplate some of ihe souvenirs they brought back from their recent trip to Russia, Hungary and Yugo- slavia with a tour of doctors. get 250 rubles a month in pen- sion when he retires. Young Russians are looking for chance to leave the coun- try, Dr. Preston said. He said in Moscow, a young writer about 20 asked him privately how to get a job in Canada "but I don't know how he could ever leave the country." The Preslons said life in Hungary is more relaxed. In Budapest, Ihe capital of Hung- ary, there is a hotel built by Pan American. World Airways 'and the service there is ex- Mrs. Preston said. "In Hungary, the people smiled, and we smiled at Dr. Preslon said. In Budapest Dr. Preston saw a liberation monument with Russian names on it. Curious, he asked his Intourisl guide what the Russians liberated the Hungarians from, and the guide told him quietly, "We choose our friends, but we also have to live with our brothers." Pressed further, he said, "When I find it out, I'll write to you." In Yugoslavia communism is more relaxed, and there are many private enterprises. 'President Tito is admired and Mrs. Preston said. "The Yugoslavs are worried that when Tito dies, there won't be a successor, and Uiey are afraid once Tito is gone, Ihe Russians may treat Yugoslavia like they treat Czechoslovakia." In Budapest, four papers on the process cf aging were pre- sented at the Semmelweis Uni- versity Medical School and "they are excellent Dr. Preston said. Aside from that, Dr. Preston said there was not much to gain from Ihe professional side of the trip. In Russia, only 10 per cent of the physicians are male, the other 90 per cent women. "The streets in Moscow and Leningrad are spotlessly Mrs. Preston said. Living condition are poor in Russia. Dr. Preston said one Jewish graduate engineer, his wife, and their two teenage children all live in a room 12 by 20 leet. "In Yugoslavia, the citizens are allowed to criticize the gov- Mrs. Preston said. "I heard a Joke that three months before the baby is born, the baby is worrying whether his mother is going to get an abortion. At the time he is born, he is worrying whether his par- ents are going to get married. Three months after he is born, he is worrying whether he has a grandmother (to look after him, since both his parents have to to In Yugoslavia, the Canadians visited the city of Dubrovnttt, "a most beautiful place, which has never been defeated." Dr. Preston said generally, the Russians are getting good medical attention. In Lenin- grad, there are physi- cians serving a population o( three million. "In our group thero was a young doctor who is a little to the Dr. Preston said. "I asked him how he felt about Russia, and he said he did not like it. In fact, none of us Hied Russia and none of us wants to go back. But we do want to go back to Hungary and Yugoslavia." In Russia, the Canadians could not see factories and other places they wanted lo see. Instead, they were shown old palaces. In Budapest the Prestons were delighted lo see a car with an Alberta licence. "I think it belonged to one of our government Dr. Preston said. "The Lougheed government is trying to do busi- ness with the communist coun- tries." Unlike Hungary Russia, people Yugoslavia buy tilings at shops where tour- ists buy theirs. Prairie water supply report release this fall A report on prairie water supplies and what is needed to expand Ihem will be made pub- lic this fall. Fred Durrani, of Regina, di- rector of the Saskatchewan- Nelson, water basin study saul the five-year million fed- eral provincial study shows DON'T GET CAUGHT OVER A BARREL! Check your stock of IETTERHEADS ENVEIOPES CHEQUES INVOICES FORMS STATEMENTS LEDGER CARDS, ETC. CALL ON WESTERN CANADA'S FINEST PRINTING AND LITHOGRAPHING FIRMS TO BRING YOUR PRINTING SUPPLIES UP TO PAR! The Lethbridge Herald PHONE 327-3203 OR 328-44'n PRINTING. AND. LITHOGRAPHY DIVISION what measures can be taken lo improve water supplies. He told the Canadian Water Resources Association annual Bad cheque plan started by chamber i The local chamber of com- j nierce is socking support for a proposed bad alert i program. The program would involve members of the chamber and j Hie police deportment lo keep businesses informed of bogus cheque, .shoplifting and fast- buck artist complaints. A complain! called in lo Ihe police would lie checked out llien referred lo Ihe chamber offices. 1'roin Iherc, several designated members would be called nnd Ihry in lurn would call .several members rrich nn- III each member had been noti- fied of Iho complaint. meeting Friday "what the re- maining supply of water is after uses have been taken care of." The report will also oullinc what effects a system of dams and river diversions to improve water supplies will have on land and water ecology. Dr. Durrani warned not enough information has been gained on possible project sties to warrant their developmenl without further study. Implementation of the water supply scheme would depend on water supply demand studies lo be carried out by Ihe Prairie Provinces Water Board. Leslie Edgeworlh, deputy minister of the federal environ- ment department said the study will likely be commis- sioned by llic provinces lalcr this year. A lengthy draft of the study was approved by ministers of Ihe prairie provinces and the federal government'in Edmon- ton last week. The study shows fcnslbility And costs of dnms nnd diver- sions Involving most tributar- ies of the Saskatchewan River and diversions to tho Saskat- chewan from Iho Arclic-flowing Pcaco nnd Athabasca Rivera. Lethbridge population up 10 per cent The city of Lethhridce has a population of Statistics Canada reports up 10 per cent from (he last census At the last census in I960, the population Alberta's third- larpest cily was Final population figures for the 1971 census show thai all 14 cenlres in Ihe province with or people, have grown since Ihe lasl census. In order of size, with 1971 populalion first, and 19GG pop- ulation in brackets Ihey arc: Edmonton Calgary Lellv bridBc lied Deer Medicine Hat Grande Prairie 13.079 SI. Al- bert Lloydmin- slcr Camrose Fort McMurrny Wetiiskiwm Fort Saskatchewan 5-, 726 Drumhmheller and Peace River The three largest cities In Canada continue to be Mon- Tor- onlo nml Vancouver Sex information program started Many young people in the j people to Ihe vencrcsl disease problems dealing with sex clinic or to Cie Lethbridge Mu- ................and sex but they are too shy to dis- cuss them, says Judy Rurgess, coordinator of Lcthhridge Services. nicipel Hospital for lests treatments. A lari v.ill be sponsored at the Youfhnrama Exhibition "The younger kids, about building r-xl by Sex don't want to admit they have Services. Slides, displays and problems but the kids that arc I pamphleLs. all coaling with FIREFIGHTERS The taUinridRG fire depart- ment began in ns n volun- lecr force In the huildinE now situated nl fire hall No. 1, on 2nd Avc. S. older and more mature can and will talk about their prob- lems Judy said the Opportunily for Youth project, Ssx Services, Services, had previously been called Life Education, but she said it had made them sound like teachers or instructors in the field of --ex. Many young people were missing the point of Ilioir or- ganization. She snid they de- cided lo call it Sex Services and make it obvious to the young people tbnt they wore of- fering help for sexual Icms. Sex Services is aimed direct- ly si youlh, with accurate, open infomration and aid in areas of the birth control pill, contraception, nlmrtions, ven- ereal ( nml oilier rclc- vent areas. The members of the projecl hope Ihnt young people of soulhcrn Albcrln will mnko use of the services they nrc offer- ing. Sex Services will refer young sex, will Judy even Liioueh Sex is only n week old, m.iny people have already come lo fliem for help. Tlie or- gnnizalion has planned rnp ses- sions and prnprani nights for 1 anyone inlcrcFlcri. I Sex Services is located al 909 1lh Avc. S. or phone 327-0101. Huttcritc speaks here ,1olm Wurz. leader of Ihe Wilson co'ony of tlio Ilullcrian Brethren living south of Coal- dale, will discuss Iho Com- munal Properties Act at n meeting p.m. tnnifihl o f the (Irccn Acres Kiwanis Club nf Lclhbridgc nt the Marquis Hold. The provincial government hnfl suspended communal pron- crticr, Icpislnl'on pernling n re- view at Ihe fnll session of tin legislature. ;