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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 84 THE lfTH8RIDGE HERALD Wedneidny, July 26, 197J Trans-Canada Highway Shy, lonely girl is economic lifeline DEIIIK HODGSON A ribbon of road runs clown Signnl Hill in Newfoundland. It ends almost miles lo the west at the Pacific. In be- tween, it is Main Slrcct Can- ada. The Trans-Canada Highway Is an asphalt umbilical cord joining 10 provinces physi- cally and economically. The motel keeper in Cap St. Ignace, Que., and the gas sla- tion operator in Moosomin, Bask., depend on the road lo bring business to their doors. Youngsters ride it on their thumbs in summer. Vacation- ers are guided by it. The big trucks roar over it U hours a day. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows it brings economic benefits to all provinces. A peacetime boon, the high- way was born in war. The Second World War emplia- sized the need for an all- weather road of high standard linking all provinces and elim- inating the physical barriers on a coast-to-coast route. It was authorized under 1949 federal legislation by which the central government and the provinces entered agree- ments for its construction. Quebec was the last province to negotiate a shared-cost agreement, in 1960. Originally, the estimated cost was around S300 million. The actual cost is calculated at about ?3 billion. By 1962, with the completion of the highway through the Rogers Pass in the British Columbia Rockies, the last of the physical problems had been mastered. One of the toughest was In Ihe Hookies, where an elabo- rate system of avalanche de- fences was needed, including snow sheds and diverting dams. The highway also re- quired such impressive struc- tures us the Port Mann bridge in B.C.; the Ile-aux-Tou rtes bridge near Montreal and the Bras d'Or bridge in Cajx? Breton. Going over the route by provinces: I n Newfoundland, E. P Henry, the island's director of tourism, says the island's 563. miles of the Trans-Canada provided Ihe first general tourist access to the province. Previously, tourists consisted mainly of wealthy anglers and hunters who could afford to fly in. A salt water gap bridged by a ferry brings a car to within striking distance of the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton. Tourism officials in Nova Scotia credit that province's 270 miles of Trans-Canada with opening up the huge tourist potential of the Cape Breton Highlands. Of the mileage, all but six are two-lane. Like most prov- inces, only a few highly-built- up urban areas have four or more lanes. Prince Edward other ferry ride 71.G miles and again the motel and restaurant business is centred round that asphalt. Back on the main land again, New Brunswick's 380 miles lead to Quebec. Mainte- nance this year will cost N.B. about Quebec has 393 miles of Trans-Canada Highway, which cost in the neighbor- hood of million. Ontario's miles lake the traveller through some of the most populated and also the most barren sections of Canada. Unlike other prov- inces, a number of provincial roads make up the Trans-Can- ada within Ontario's borders. Gas stations, motels and restaurants are sparse north of Lake Superior and spokes- men for the Ontario Motor League say the stretch be- tween Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie leaves much to be de- sired. Manitoba motoring on the Trans-Canada is straight and clean. The province's 310 miles are p u n c t u a t e d by "orbit" containers for deposit- ing refuse. Saskatchewan's 406 miles have about 130 miles of four- lane pavement. Traffic counts for tha Saskatchewan segment are about vehicles daily. George MacDonald, execu- tive vice-president of the Al- berta Motor Association, said the main problem in Alberta is sr.ow slides in the winter. "It's a difficult problem that may never be overcome, but more concrete slide sheds might be a partial solution." Alberta has 281 miles of Trans-Canada Highway. Heading down the westward slopes of the Rockies, the Ca- nadian traveller is on the last leg of a cross-Canada jaunt. No longer named the Trans- thanks to pro- vincial pride it's called British Columbia Number province has 554 miles of highway linked with the Trans-Canada network. MP criticizes OFY programs CALGARY (CP) Criticism by MP Stan Shumacher of Op- portunities For Youth program Is unfair and unduly harsh, say spokesmen for one Calgary pro- ject. Mr. Shumacher (PC-Pallis- er) said in a letter to consti- tuents that the programs are a "gross wastage of tax money" and promote dependence on government assistance. "The hand-out system per- petuated by the present govern- ment encourages reliance on the 'system' to provide, under- mining the traits of individual enterprise, self-reliance and personal pride Bob Ewanshan, who along with four others received a total of to operate Trans- ient and Community Counsel- ling, described the complaint as nonsense. top record artist By JOHN KORODANIK WINNIPEG (CP) Me- tallic Shelechknik looked like a shy, lonely girl walking to Ihc centre of the stage tor her first ever recital. Better known simply as Me- lanic, she moved slowly to the single, hard-backed chair on the stage and briefly adjusted the two nearby microphones. She strummed her guitar briefly, then quickly broke into song. Ninety minutes later she left the stage, hav- ing demonstrated once again why Melanie is one of the most popular recording artists today. Melanie has enjoyed the popularity almost from the day she wrote and sang Can- dles in the Rain, telling the world what Woodstock meant to a young girl from New Jer- sey. She herself had travelled, briefly, the route of the so- called hippies whose burning candles at Woodstock inspired her to write the song. She ran away from home as a tesn-. ager, but soon found herself in a Los Angeles jail and that experience had a lasting ef- fect. "As soon as I got out I ran straight home to the arms of my mother and father. "It was something I was to- tally unprepared for. those two weeks in jail. They were horrible so bad I would certainly never write a song about them." MUSICAL DIARY The impact of that state- ment becomes clear when you realize that Melanie, now 25, had told practically her life story through her songs. Her music is her diary. She sings of her mistakes, things and people she had loved, peo- ple, she should not have loved, gifts she should not have giv- e n i t h o u t being leenie tragic. "They reflect the moods I'm experiencing and I keep them pretty she says of her songs. "I guess if some- one knew my songs they would know me." The lyrics reveal that things have changed for the girl with the big round eyes that spar- kle continuously, and the long auburn hair that complements the beauty of her eyes. "There is much more life in my songs now, they have more of an energy.'1 she says quietly, almost too shy to speak with the numerous peo- ple milling around listening to every word. "Something is opening up and I'm being al- lowed to write these songs." Since the recording in early 1971 of the Nickel Song, Me- lanie has grown up, matured, and taken more control of her own career. LIKE A MACHINE "I had an image of myself I felt like some sort of music she ex- plained of the Nickel Song. "I was with a record company that was always asking lor more and I had it or not I was giving it. So I felt it was useless. "f was giving things that weren't important and were not what I should have been wasting my energy on." Melanie found herself being manioulated by those around her during the early years of her career, but "I suppose I wanted that." "It was a way of not being responsible for allow people to put me into their situations and I allowed it. When I realized this I found out I didn't really want it and I wasn't going to be a victim anymore. "I wanted something to be different and in looking for ways to make it better for myself and people around me, I meditated I fasted. I just did not allow these things to happen to me again." QUAKE REPORTED BOULDER Colo. (AP) An earthquake registering 6.4 on the open-ended Richter scale oc- curred in the Vancouver Island region off Canada's Pacific Coast on Sunday, the National Earthquake Information Centre here reported. The quake was about 350 miles northwest of Seattle. BLANKET FASHIONS Designer Jacques Esteral, foreground, presents his Fall- Winler 1972 collection. At lefl is a "streel gown" in while and red reversible wool with o similar garment in black wool crepe 01 right. (AP Wirephoto) New cause cited for Indian's death KAMLOOPS (CP) Fred Quilt may have died from ap- pendicitis rather than from in- juries, a pathologist said Mon- day at the second inouest into the death of the Chllcotin In- dian. Dr. Glen Martin, chief o[ clinical pathology at Royal In- land Hospital here, was the second witness to testify that the physician who performed the autopsy on Mr. Quilt may have erred in his work. That physician, Dr. H. C. Lee of Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake, B.C., deter- mined that Mr. Quilt died of a general infection of the abdom- inal cavity, known' medically as peritonitis, and that the infec- tion was caused by a severed small intestine. The Quilt family has charged that an RCMP officer dragged the 55-year-old Indian from his pickup truck last November and jumped up and down on him. After Mr. Quilt's death two days after the alleged beating, a coroner's jury returned a ver- dict of accidental and unnatural death, but exonerated two RCMP officers from any blame. The British Columbia Supreme Court ordered a new inquest, saying members of the first coroner's jury had had connections with the RCMP. TO FACE TRIAL CALGARY (CP) Gerald Brown, 28, of Calgary was committed for trial on a charge of armed robbery following a preliminary hearing in provin- cial court. He was charged shortly after the May 31 rob- bery of a Bank of Montreal branch in the northern section. WEEKEND FEATURES! GUARANTEED MEATS: "GARDEN FRESH" PRODUCE: POPULAR NATIONL AND "L" BRANDS BEEF STEAKETTES 10 CONTADINA CHOICE MARLBORO BATHROOM CHUCK ROUND DONE SHOULDER 3f ov I R JL r FOR THE KIDDIES WESTON'S, 12's pkg. PARAMOUNT p WAGON WHEELS 2 Sl SALMON. 2W C ASSORTED BRAND f in PEACHES. TISSUE f DUMPTY F Cf CONTADINA CHOICE POTATO CHIPS Zrl TOMATOES All varieties...............................9-oi. 28-fl. oz. tin NABOB PURE STRAWBERRY 24-oz. tin ASSORTED BRAND AIR FRESHENERS 14-or. Aerosol tin 2025 Mayor Magrath Mall 420 6th Street South-Downtown 324 Mayor Magrath Drive STORE HOURS Open Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m Sweet, Medium Size Originated in Alberta for Alberta Families. ;