Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LErHBItlDGE HfRAlD Tucidov, July IB, 197J Paul Whileluiv Problems in the RCMP An article on tl'.e need for reform in the RCMP appeared in a recent issue of Maclean's magazine. Written by Jack Ramsay a former corporal with 14 years in the force, the author indicated that pressures within the system have reduced the force's mor- ale to the point where suicide is not uncommon and alcoholism a problem. Public reaction to the article was, as can be expected, distinctly hostile. After all, the RCMP is one Can- ada's most prized traditions and pos- sessions and thus regarded very highly. Any suggestions that it is less than perfect brings forth many calls of outrage. But the author, who states flatly that he lias no axe to grind, is famil- iar with the system and raises points which, for the protection of the force as well as the public, should be investigated. Solicitor Jean Pierre Coyer, whose problems have been considerable within his department of late, has promised aji in-depth look at internal BCMP disciplinary procedures. This is eminently wise. The force is now almost 100 years old. It could be lhat its dedication to tradition may prevent updating of procedures to keep abreast of modern limes. Nobody likes to think that the men of the RCMP become disillusioned with their work. If Mr. Goyer's in- depth look reveals that the force op- erates on ail outdated system which demoralizes its members tfien some- thing will liave to be done to right the situation. Mr. Ramsay, who has come under some severe criticism for presenting the RCMP's problems so openly, may do more of a service for the force in the long run than he realizes at the moment. Undesira ble aIterna lives The strike of longshoremen at the ports of Montreal, Three Rivers and Quebec City was a severe blow not only to Quebec but to the country as a whole. So severe in fact that the Government was forced to introduce legislation and ask Parliament to act on it without demur, which it did. This was a necessary move to halt a crippling strike but it was an un- fortunate one. Parliament at no time should be a vehicle for settling labor disputes. Its use for this purpose tends to disrupt a basic part of the labor relations process. Normally a strike goes along until one side or the other capitulates. But as long as there is some hope that Parliament will step in, a major in- centive to settlement is lacking. Both labor and management in vital na- tional industries can hang on longer to unreasonable demands if they feel they can, in time, force Parliament to legislate an end to the strike. It's to be hoped that Parliament's intervention in the Quebec port strike and other precedents will not be rele- vant factors in the negotiations now under way between the treasury board and the postal union. Parliament will ultimately have to recognize the dangers of these prece- dents, designate essential public ser- vices and prohibit both management and workers from closing them down. The Hull hullabaloo Much more is at stake in the dis- qualification of. Bobby Hull from play- ing for Canada in the hockey series with the U.S.S.R. than the disap- pointment of hockey fans that they will not be able to watch Mr. Hull blast his famous bullet shot at the Russian goalie. That is really a very minor concern. The big issue is whether the Cana- dian taxpayer should be made an un- witting ally of the National Hockey League. Why should the citizens of this country be forced to support the NHL in its ill-concealed efforts to keep the rival World Hockey Associa- tion from entering into serious com- petition? It is outrageous that the weight of the nation should be thrown against players who might be con- sidering signing contracts with the WHA instead of the NHL. If the federal government cannot persuade the NHL to yield its posi- tion that only its signed personnel can play in the series then there should be a hasty retreat from all involvement. Let the NHL play the Russians and pay the shot. The way hockey is played these days it might be better if Canada was not officially implicated. There are enough prob- lems for the diplomatic service with- out having to pick up the pieces fol- lowing a free-for-all on the ice. Do not feed the animals By Marian LAKES PARK preserva- tion of wild life in the world has be- come a problem of serious proportions. Organizations have been established to pro- tect such animals as the rhinocerous, chee- tah, elephant, leopard and many others, wliich are in danger of complete extinc- tion, because of the greediness of humans anller in a man's den, a grizzly bear pelt on his floor. Right now leopard coals for ladies are so extremely fashionable that poaching in Africa, especially Kenya, is being prac- tised on a large scale. Without protection this particularly graceful animal may completely disappear from the face of the earth. Because of such consequences, fu- ture generations, may never have the op- portunity to see these exciting and beauti- ful animals in their native habitat. This situation pertains not only to Africa and India, but to our very own. Waterton National Park at Lethbridgc's back door. How many realize that annually many bears are being punished, caught in bear traps, shot, or dumped in the back woods for being taught by people to like chocolate bars, cookies, cheese, cake or anything one can pull out of a picnic basket to hand them. A year ago, Ihe Walerton naturalist ex- amined the stomach of a deer that had died, and what did he discover? The stom- ach was full of plastic bags, tin foil, choc- olate bar WTappings, etc. He didn't get these off a tree. So who actually killed the deer? A few years aGn mountain sheep camo down lo Walerton Village, along with num- erous big horn rams (one of Ihe most beautiful and dignified animals, one could Prior to this, the only way Ihey could be seen was lo ride a horse or hike In Carthcw or other high altitude summits, where one would occasionally sec one -standing on a rocky ledge, silhouetted against the blue sky (a memorable ex- But what happened? Soon n tiay.cn or more sheep hart lo be carted lack to no- where and the hig rams have disappeared. Why? People feeding! An expert on moun- tain sheep sent by Ihe provincial govern- ment last summer In shirty Ihese animals said, "They will never able Iti foragn for themselves, imce. get lire lasle of people's food. They will die an early der.lh.'1 People provnkfl when ,1 bear prow.I.s arnml Iheir lent or trailer angrily, fall llu warden In "Cel rid of Uiis bear." These bears were or.ec innocent w i 1 tl animals, bul hart been InuRhl lo enjoy Virtue "people's food.'1 Thais why Ihey sniff around the Icnus. On the Cameron Highway, a few days ago, I came across a year-old cinnamon bear. As soon as I opened Ihe door of the car lo gel a photograph he dashed toward it, and scrambled up for food. Just like cliildren in foreign countries who are en- couraged by overgenerous lourists, lo beg for money. Later on, lhat same day, we came across three mountain ewes and two dar- ling lambs. A glorious sight! But the same thing happened we had to drive on before they were practically inside the car. National parks were set up to protect animals in Iheir natural habitat ar.d their caling conditions. No guns are allowed in these parks, but you, who feed an animal, are literally holding a gun to his head because very soon he'll become demanding and vicious. You won't be punished but he may have to be shot. When you leave Ihe parks in the fall what happens? These "people fed" animals become dangerous lo (he yr.-ng Waterton children. If they are carrying a lunch lo school, Ihe deer will push or hit with his hoof io get the food. Many children have to run lo escape a deer when carrying a loaf of bread home 10 Mummy- As lourists, arc we being fair? Tiie national parks board post warnings, "Please do not feed the bears." In the reg- ulations a fine can be levied. I believe the time has come when these warnings should read "Please do not fccrt the ani- fteccnlly, red (ox have, mine ID Waler- Ion. But how long will it be before tiiey will he fed and consequonlly ruined by peo- ple's Lhoughtlcssr.css? If you have been tell- ing your children lhat Ihe "grcalcM fun is lo feed the animals, think il over and leach them lo appreciate and cnjiiy. rather than dcslrey. If >ou were driving on Ihe X.ilinr.nl (lame Koscrvcs in Africa, such as Kinder, Hluhluwc, Wankio, N'orongoro Cralcr elc., you'd be heavily fined if you put a foot out hie car, tooled jour born, Ihrcw n stono fir in any way di.slurhed Hie animals. Con- willi llmnsand.s 'if animals of all Hurts roaminp aliniil, nne strip within 11 feel of a herd of cleplr.n-l. linns, wilde- hw.slc, clr. In but never would one come In Ihe car. They've never been lauRhl lo be buggurs. Here in Wnlcrlon yon can freely hike (lie trails, picnic by the creeks. Sn apprc- (iale MK-II ,-i privilege before Ihe nalionfl park boards have In enforce discipline, such a.s Ihey have in Africa, lo protect Ihe nnimafs. Longshoreman's strike incurs heavy price TirONTREAL It's a well- worn cliche thai everyone loses during a strike. However, even in Ihis cily whore many people have become cynical and hardened by a suc- cession of labor troubles the cost of the recent eight-week wildcat longshoremen's strike is still horrifying. In absolute dollar terms, the walkout ended by special fed- eral legislation cost business- men and union members over million. Loss of revenue to trucking companies, tugboat operators, ships chandlers, railroads and other industries wliich serve Canada's largest port is esti- mated -at more than mil- lion. Another million was lost by importers, according to es- timates by the Canadian Im- porters Association. Export sales were probably more se- verely hurt, but no figures are available. More than 30 million bushels of grain which would have been shipped through Montreal were diverted to grain elevators in other cities. Waiting for delay- ed shipments at other ports kept many ships several days, at a cost of up to a day. These lasses were repeated to a lesser extent in the ports of Quebec City and Trois- Rivieres, Que., which were also strike-bound until special leg- islation was passed in Ottawa last week. The longshoremen in the three ports lost at least 500 each in wages, and many would have made more than that because of overtime dur- ing the busy summer shipping season. Now that their illegal walkout has been ended, about half of Lhe dockers are also out of work temporarily until busi- ness volume increases. Under a contract ratified by the men last spring, they could have received job security pay- ments in Lhe event of However, this provision was suspended temporarily by the back-to-work legislation until port business returns to nor- mal. If losses incurred by local business ;md workers during the last eight weeks are stag- gering, the possible long-term effect of the labor dispute along the waterfront may be more disconcerting. At least one major shipping firm has cancelled all scliel- uled trips by its vessels to Montreal this year. Other lines have moved personnel and equipment, to the ports of Hali- fax and Saint John, N.B., and it is uncertain how much will ic- lurn. Arnold Masters of the Mari- t i m e Employers Association told reporters this week that it will t a k e at least four months to know whether the port has returned to normal. About 30 per cent of the busi- ness done by the port of Mon- trcnl is "discretionary" a word used by shippers to de- scrflre business that could cnsily be switched to other cities. The other 70 per cent will lilcely remain here de- spite n bleak record of labor trouble in recent years. Even so, a loss of even 10 per cent of the port's business would do away with hundreds of jobs with stevedoring firms and allied services. This fact was recognised during the "Don't Worry, It's Only for Six strike by Premier Robert Bourassa and Quebec Libor Minister Jean Coumoyer, who both termed the strike t disas- ter and urged Ottawa to let. The federal government lisa lost heavily during the strike, not only income taxes and oth- er tariff revenue, but that inv portant political commodity In an election year prestige. Federal Labor Minister Mir- tin O'Connell Insisted repeated- ly that the dispute was I pri- vate affair between employer anl employees, until ultimate- ly he had to present back-to- work legislation In the House of Commons. In itself, the bill was a farce for It was essential- ly a law requiring longshore- men to obey a law already on the boolcs An arbitration board ruled Hist file walkout was illegal, there are sanctions ui the federal Labor Code to handle jurt such a situation. Asir'e from the money lost by longshoremen, they also losl any apparent cnance of having contentious contract clauses which sparked the strike resolved. Under a contract signed ear- lier this year, the men agreed to allow the traditional sys- tem of h a v i n g 17-man gangs load and unload ships broken up, in return for 36 weeks an- nual guaranteed employment and a ganeroun pension scheme. Instead, the men agreed to he assigned to loading opera- tions by a computer in gangs of varying size eliminating cases where only live or six men in a 17-man gang were actually needed. However, the rank and file rebelled when the stevedoring companies tried to introduce the new system. In the past, the unneeded men on the gangs had been able to npell each other off taking what amounted to regular four-arid five-day paid vacations. (Herald Quebec bureau) Maurice Western Post office edges into retail market to cut debt .QiTTAWA The Canada Post Office has expressed il5 determination to be more businesslike; a sentiment cer- tain to be applauded by its overcharged and underserviced customers. Leading thinkers in the de- partment have decided that the way to be more businesslike is to get into more business. This may not be accepted as self-evi- dent truth by the nation's criti- cal taxpayers. Despite recent heavy in- creases in rates, Lhe Post Office anticipates future deficits. The more improvements it intro- duces, the worse things seem to get. In these painful circum- stances, the idea has taken hold that the trouble may be in the product. While there is no thought (as yet) of recalling the 8 cent stamp, more is needed if customers are to be drawn to postal premises as they are to department stores. The new philosophy may, therefore, be summed up in a word: diversify. A number of recent news items and releases suggest the general shape of tilings to come. In Paris some months ago Jean-Pierre Cote announced that an agreement with France was ccntcmnlatcd wliich would make French stamps available at philatelic centres m Canada post offices. Wide horizons beckon. Today France, tomor- row Fiji. The possibilities are linvlcd only by the number of slates adhering lo the Interna- tior.sl Postal Union or perhaps by the number of negotiators we have with special talents in this field. Then on Thursday Mr. Cole advised the nation that scenic, pre stamped, pro packaged post cards fCamirla cards) will on sale in larger pasl offices .tuly 17. The price will Iw 0113 Hollar per ,scl of five, plus interesting addition) "provincial -sales lax where applicable.1' Where this will end. Mr. Cole lias not said. Aflcr Canada cards, perhaps Canada in a I c h c s, Canada cigarettes, p r e -.stamped with a heallb warning from John Munro. Can- ada cokes, Canada certified Canadiana. Drop in al your friendly neighborhood post of- fice for anything you need. The phifnsophv behind this is a murky blur. To say the least il floes mil immediately ui'ip Mm "tind in the manner nf HIP Post fifficc deficit. Everyone lhal il is proper for the. slale lo provide certain services. Social- isls would enlarge- the role of the stale. They u.scrl lo nrfiiic, and .some may Mill, dial, it shmili! over Ihn "coin- mnr.fliiig of the econ- omy. To my knowledge, however, no socialist cicn in momcnls o[ unbounded enthusiasm has ever urged in Parliament the import- ance of a state presence in the post card business. This has been a preserve of private en- terprise; most of it very small Letters to the editor enterprise. Why should the great Canada Post Office, which only recently was closing offices in small country stores to effect economies (said by some to be quite now thrust itself Low punch thrown For over 65 years I have al- niired The Herald's good sportsmanship in their sports section; but I am afraid a pret- ty low punch was thrown in the editorial entitled Chess nuts. Are people nuts who watch a cricket match or a golf tourna- ment just because some other nut thinks il lakes too much lime? At least chess players do use a clock. There are some 16 million people throughout Ihe world who would like to have a seat in the arena where the games are being played. In Iceland chess is played from the cra- dle to Ihe grave and the nation- al hero is Olafsson one of the greet players. I do not agree with the views of The Christian Science Mon- itor mentioned in the editorial. I am pulling for Fischer to win because he is from (he Free World; bul I am afraid he acts the way he does because he :s just a spoiled brat. Asking for more money is one thing, but having them lear down and re- build lhat beautiful table four times, rewiring the lighting sys- tem and flying a special chair in from New York combine to make something else. Spassky acted up a little too; but he did it on orders from Moscow and then not until after Fischer conducted his tirade. I have never met Spassky; but some of my friends have and they say he is a real swell guy. LEO W. SPENCER Cardslon. Busing in U.S. is problem AS a result of a recent visit lo the U.S. I came lo sec "busing" from a completely different anRlc as usually re- porled in Lhe Cinad'an papers. We are told Ihe object is lo overcome racism ar.d gue flown-Lrodflen blacks belter ed- ucalion. Actually on a little re- flection it is obvious how empty thai charge is. In facl much of Ihe busing laws, like Ihe biling- ual ones here, are unconslitu- lional or why would Justice ThoiTon be in court fifililing them? Now if you ucallhy enough, only have lo send your children to a private .school as busing does mil. apply to them. What .sen.se docs it make to pul your children on a bus so Ihey can go lo a school 15 miles away lo suil some Inireaucrals idea of equality? Bul Ihis helps Rcl a bel- ter education. Well Ibc Educa- tion Dcpt. should gel afler the poor schools and make them upgrade. Many people lolfl mo they did nol want (heir children bused lo n "lough'1 school or far from their homes. From polls, busing i.s rejected nil over Ihe U.S., by all age, raclnl ami political groups. Worst of nil It costs money ami more money, vi-ln'ch means taxes. The only obvious fruit of il i.s lo make people con- vinced that government bureau- cratg love rules and regulations and just don't care how Ihey feel. H. BAGOT Edmonton. LCI reunion TMs is a very sentimental tlunk-you letter. I recently al- lendcd the L.C.I, reunion of the thirties, and anything I may experience in the fulure will never equal those wonderful tliree days when we all seemed lo be young once more. To the dreamers who first Ihougli of a reunion nnd, in- Flead of leaving Ihe idea as an impossible dream, carried it on to a reality so many thanks. I realize the work of organizing mu.st have been enormous and willioul the full co-operalion of Ihe City of LeUibridge, The Lclhbritlge Herald, radio and TV and business concerns, tlicy could nol have achieved such a Iremcndous success. To the sliidenls who turned the Exhibition Pavilion ir.lo a veritable fairyland for over 500 bctwilchcd adults, I say bless you, nntl who knows, forty years from now you loo may have Ihe joy of returning to re- new friendships you enjoy now. I''or three flays we wcro young again and it was n once- In-ft-lifclime experience, nnd al- though "Thank you" scorns so very Inndcqualc, il comes from the bnllom of my heart. MRS. JOHN LUKASWY, (ALMA KNOWLDEN) Vital Vancouver, B.C. into competition wilh small phi- latelists and people who rely on postcards as part of their stock in trade? Mr. Cote offers various an- swers. First, "these Canada cards will allow us to advertise the beauty of Canada and to recognize imporlant events which in the past have not qual- ified for the issue of special stamps." This invites various com- ments. One is lhat in the new competition between (he state and small business, Ihe Post Of- fice will advertise at our ex- pense and the private dealer at his own. Another is lhat the beauty o[ Canada has never gone unad- verlised. Consider, for example, Ihe sel which is lo go on sale in Winnipeg. By courtesy of the a service to our cus- or v i s- ilors will now be able lo pur- chase postcards showing Ihe Legislative Building, Fort Garry Gate, the Golden Boy, Lower Fort Garry. When it comes to sheer imagination, the Post Office is unbeatable. Why Ihese are the very subjects which have appeared on Mani- toba postcards for untold years. The Post Office senses some dangers in Uiis enterprise, al- though not the more obvious ones. It lias, for example, de- creed thai Saskatchewan scenes will not be sold in Manitoba. It has also worked out a careful formula of the sort we expect from federal-provincial confer- ences. Of 18 postcard sets being produced, three each are being allotted to the Big Three prov- inces, Quebec, Ontario and Brit- ish Columbia. Alberta will qual- ify for two; less favored prov- inces and Territories for em each. Why all this delicacy? The most obvious explanation is that the Post Office feala a trifle uncertain of its ground and favors for the moment somewhat wary approach. By fastidious concentration on the unimportant, it hopes to distract atlenlion from the truly signifi- cant. This is the plain fact that it Is now attempting lo pare its defi- cit by invading the retail mar- ket The announcement con- cedes this indirectly; the Post Office will pay provincial Biles tax where of course, il never did on the sale of Canadian postage stamps. No doubt, it will have to pay too on sales of stamps from France or Fiji. As a business competing with other businesses, it miy properly be subject to other lev- ies. If so Mr. Cole will doubtless hear more on the subject in due time from provincial treasurers. No doubt he can expect a cer- tain amount of critical corre- spondence in any case as mer- chants generally grasp the in- teresting facl that the Post Of- fice is moving, in the field of postcards, to take over the com- manding heights. For the an- nouncement does evade perti- nent question. After postcards, whilher Mr. Cole? Looking backward Through Hie Herald 1022 Advertisement: King's Hotel, 13th Street North and Ilrfl Avenue, newly renovated, lurnishcd a n d unfurnished suilcs. Single rooms a week; hoi. nnd cold water; large yard for children. Slellarenc's new Dubbs cracking unit is com- pleted and in use. Operations ol the half-million dollar Coulls refinery of Northwest Slclla- rcnc Company have resumed afler four months ol construc- tion, 1912 Camp Unuspil, the "Y" camp for boys and girls at Waterton, was attended by 51 enthusiastic youngsters in its first week of operation, July 9-lfi. 11152 Alberta's general election campaign this sum- mer is producing straight fights between Liberal and Social Credit candidates in 10 of the 1! southern-most constituen- cies, and in the lllh the entry ol a CCF nominee has set the stage for a three-way battle I lie Maclced seat, held dur- ing the pasl 17 years by Social Creditor James Hartley of Fort Maclcod. The lethbridge Herald 504 7lh St. S., Lelhbridgc, Alberta LETimiUDGE HERALD TO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1931, by lion, W. A. BUCHANAN Second Mill Riqlilritlon No. 0011 Member of The Cnnodlan Prcjs nnd Ihe Canndlnn Dally Newspapn Publishers' Association nnd (lift Audit Bureau of Circulation! CLEO W. 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