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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, July 11, 1972 Maurice Western The air in Lethbridge A good rule of self-government is to keep the rules to a minimum. Un- less there is a compelling need for legislation, it is always better not to legislate. What is the need for the ban-the- burning-barrel legislation being pro- posed, to city council? To reduce pollution, is the answer. Pollution of what, by what? What is the problem? Is it the ash sent into the air? Is it the damage to clothes on the wash-line? What dam- age? What clothes? How many clothes lines are used any more? How often does ash fall on the clothes? What about dust storms which are far more bothersome? If a careless citizen creates a nuisance by burning his bumablcs, isn't there an effective anti-nuisance bylaw already on the books? Or is the pollution problem the carbon dioxide build-up in the earth's atmosphere? What effect would Al- derman Kergan's proposed bylaw have on that? The citizens of Lethbridge contri- bute to world atmospheric pollution probably ten thousand times more through their automobiles and through their fuel hungry affluence than through burning their empty corn- flakes boxes. In some parts of the world the air doesn't move out fast enough and local atmospheric pollution is a fright- ful problem and combustion of any kind must be kept to an absolute minimum. Surely Lethbridge, not having the problem, doesn't need to endure the expense and inconven- ience of the cure. The bylaw could not prevent those home owners with fireplaces or kitchen or basement incinerators from using them, so those peopla could get around the intent of the bylaw. Those without such luxuries would be discriminated against. The city is already getting far too particular about the amount and type and appearance of the garbage it hauls away sometimes to be burn- ed. To add to the volume by pre- venting clean burning would add to the city's problem and the citizen's inconvenience. If city council wants to do some- thing for the people of Lethbridge it would give some attention to the putrefaction so often in the atmos- phere in East Lethbridge. And when it gets that problem solved we can think of dozens more which are in- finitely more urgent than burning barrels. '67 repeated in '76 Undoubtedly Canada would like to act the proud host to the 1976 Sum- mer Olympics but can the country afford it? Or -will we, like the family with unexpected guests for dinner, have to hold back on our own priori- ties so that we can impress our guest in the manner to which they've been accustomed. The flamboyant promoter of the Games, Mayor Jean Drapeau, ini- tially claimed they would cost a mere 5120 million and he was vague how Economically depressed Quebec would raise that amount. Now, how- ever, sources in Montreal have un- covered the fact that the Quebec gov- ernment has predicted the cost will total at least million. And this estimate is likely to be as far off the mark as Mr. Drapeau's original one. Staging an international spectacu- lar has become a fantastically ex- pensive venture. The 1968 Games in Mexico cost SG50 million. The 1972 Games in Munich already has in- volved the spending of million. The Winter Olympics in Sapporo Japan cost million. There i i little reason to hope that four years hence the cost of the Games for Can- ada would be contained within the ?300 million budget. Prime Minister Trudeau has stated several times that Ottawa will not contribute a dime to the cost of the Games. However, suspicions are growing that Montreal has already involved the federal government in financing some of the Games facili- ties in a subtle way. The govern- ment's programs to encourage ama- teur sport are reported to be the medium whereby federal funding is to be arranged. And Central Housing and Mortgage Corporation, a federal agency, will be asked to finance the but costly Olympic vil- lage. Mr. Drapeau has a facility for spending money with abandon, u the run-away costs of Expo '67 re- vealed. While the Games will no doubt add considerably to Canadian international prestige, it will not be achieved without cost. We must be prepared for that. Weekend Meditation The presence of God rpHE only peace and joy a man can know in this He conies from the pres- ence and the love of God. Our dearest loves leave us and go Into the night and our hungry souls look after them longingly. Everything In life finally decays and dies. The only abiding fact of this world Is tha presence of God, and not His presence only, but His concern and care. In one of the apocryphal sayings of Jesm tie the words, "Lift the stone and thou tbalt find me; Cleave the wood and I am there." God Is everywhere. As the Psalmist wrote, "If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there; If I make my bed in HeH, Thou art there; If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there shall Thy hand lead me and Thy right hand shall guide me." This is the truth that Francis Thompson had In mind when he wrote his wonderful poem, "The Hound of Heaven." God's love pursued him, no matter where he fled, and there was no escaping God, always tha sound of "those strong Feet that followed, followed after." Then came the Voice "A Voice beat more instant than the Feet All things betray thee, who bctrayest Me." God loves us and is present with us, this Is Lhe essential message of Jesus. Jesus said that not a flower falls to the ground without being seen by God. He personally made the lily more lovely than anything in the court of Solomon. He saw and sympa- thized with the dying child, the hungry crowd, Lazarus begging from rich Dives, the wounded traveller, and the wayward son. George Matheson wrote his great hymn, "0 Love that wilt not let me about this thought of the invincible love of God. Life is not easy, the mists come down on tho landscape of life and the storms buffet us, and our only hope lies In tho fact of the love of God, not our love (or Him, in His grasp of us, not ours of Him. Before we were born God thought on us, prepared a place for us, planned a lift for us, and led us despite our rebellions and follies. "When through the slippery paths of Ufa With heedless steps I ran; Thine arm unseen conveyed me And brought me up to man." As Stevenson used to say, there was pilot who steered his ship and "I came about like a well-handled craft." Such a conviction makes a world of difference, the conviction that God is in the midst of His creation, that He cares about it, and that our lives were destined not for the rubbish heap or to be the victims of any human evil, but for eternal purposes. So James Held explained the endurance of the Chris- tian martyrs, "They got through It all be- cause they saw through it all. They saw through it to another world." In the Fifth Canto of Dante's Infemo tho poet Virgil leads Dante into the second circle of Hell where the desperate, suffer- ing sinners cry, "0 living creature, grac- ious and benign, if the King of the universe were our friend we would pray Him for Thy peace." This is a universe ablaze with the love of God. There U beauty for the eyes, music for tho ears, truth for the mind, taste for the mouth, and love for the heart. God loves you, that Is plain. Trust that love. Finally will come the res- urrection day and you will rest forever in the peace of God. PRAYER: Lift me, my God, out of Ihe fog of doubt and fear into a life that in- creasingly knows the Ineffable presence of The Good Companion. F. S. M. What does il mean? By Dong Walker "FIIE Martin Slotyn family visltal us re- I don't know what lhat meant but It sounds TU... cvcn worsfl Anderson', Ae. scriptlon of the fillers as "mcnnies." However, If Vivian really disapproved sirongly sho would give up rending these pieces instead of eagerly ns she had earlier admitted turning first, lo the Itorinl pages to set If thert my Ihert. (cntly from Calgary. They nladdcned my parksan spirit by saying that even tlioufili they left Nobleford several years Iliry .slill subsmlxi to The Lethbridge Herald.' Vivian, commenting ftn fillei.s, she I had Income n lilllo "rally'1 since taking up I ho Journalistic, vocation. Conservatives bolstered by new addition A Conservative welcoming pennants flullcr- ed Tuesday as Paul Hellyer com- pleted his political voyage from the Trudeau cabinet to the high councils of the official Opposi- tion, It has taken some time be- cause it involved a long detour via Action Canada. This is not altogether surprising. For a pri- vate member nowadays it is relatively easy to pass from onn loosely constituted political party to another. Perry Ryan did so quietly; Raymond Rock with a dramatic flourish. For a major political figure, it is ob- viously much more difficult. Mr. Hellyer was not only a most prominent Liberal Minister; he was also in 1988 a serious con- tender for the party leadership. Movements such as Action Canada rarely go very far in Canadian politics. Wlu'le they may have some influence on Die policies of other parties, they are almost always ground to pieces by them in general elec- tions. As the movement faded, Mr. Hellyer's political shadow was shortening. He was becom- ing in fact what he was for- mally in (he House of Commons role was bound to disappear. This situation has now changed. Tho move announced on Tuesday was a political de- velopment of some importance. How significant it will prove re- mains to be demonstrated since much will depend on the shape of an election campaign which has yet to be announced. But two things may be said with some assurance. The first is that the Conservatives have good reason to welcome Mr. Hellyer. From their standpoint 1968 was a disaster not to be reckoned solely in the total of seats lost. The worst result was the decimation of their Front Bench, in consequence of which they have been woefully weak in the House of Commons. Mr. Slanfield Iras had to can-y a dis- proportionate load himself; lie has almost been the party. This has been most apparent on days when he has been absent in the country as a party leader must frequently be. Mr. Hellyer has been In Par- 1 i a m e n t almost continuously since 1949 and has had experi- ence in important ministerial posts. He has ability, wide-rang- ing interests be- cause he has lived much of the time in violent nationally known. Further, he is no extinct political volcano but an active, hard-driving, ambi- tious man. His move to the Con- servatives, therefore, should help Mr. Stanfield to win for the party a credibility with voters of which it has been In great reed. The second point is that Mr. Hellyer, given his qualifications, IK almost bound to exert a con- siderable influence on the Con- servative party. The nature of that influence is reasonably evi- dent. Mr. Hellyer has been a loading advocate of strategic controls over prices and wages and an increasingly severs critic of welfare hand-outs. In his view, as expressed at the press conference, Mr. Stanfield has now ir.oved part way to meet him with statements that he would accept controls if nec- essary to prevent a recurrence of the spiral of unemployment and inflation experienced In the past two years. How far Mr. Stanfield has moved is not clear. He appears to be thinking in last resort terms; open to conviction but not as yet convinced. More may be required of Mr. Hellyer's missionary zeal. Indeed it may be needed on a broader front for the Conservatives, despite talk of an incentives society, 'And how long do you Intend staying here, sir have seemed most reluctant to permit the Liberals to outbid them in welfare politics. The FISP episode is a can In point. Mr. Hellyer considered the legislation appalling and blocked it with Ills dramatic, last minute intervention. Signifi- cantly, the Conservatives at that point were prepared to let it pass; they take issue with tin prime minister's contention that the Opposition is to blame for tiie reverse in the Commons. If Mr. Hellyer can influence his new party to a more con- servative course, in the modem sense, there will be a welcome clarification of our politics lead- ing to a clearer choice by the voters. It is said that politics make strange bedfellows. Mr. Hell- yer's new associates will In- clude Lambert is were his fierce critics in the daj's of the great debates over unification of the forces. Much water has flowed under the political bridges since then, washing old issues with it. There is no lack of new ones to hold the attention of members. The common view, strength- ened by the prime minister's re- marks at a recent press confer- ence, is that Parliament will not reassemble after the summer recess. If it does, Mr. Hellyer's move will increase the Interest of the session. Since his break with the Tru- deau government, the former minister has been a somewhat detached figure, intervening only occasionally with effective speeches. Thus the fact has been half-iorgolten that, under Mr. Pearson, he was an able Oppositionist. One of Mr. Hellyer's qualities Is a certain audacity. (Some of his critics, during his period as minister of defence, called it He was never content to wait while the gov- ernment of that day destroyed Itself through its own mistakes. His instinct was to attack. In- deed, on one occasion, his zeal created come embarrassment for his colleagues. A critical Hellyer speech was released to a newspaper before it was ac- tually delivered. The minister, George Pearkes, 'was thus fore- warned and counter-attacked with perhaps his most effective speech of that Parliament. It seems highly improbable, therefore, that Paul Hellyer, in his Conservative reincarnation, will be an unobtrusive member mantled in silent dignity. If the session does resume, it is much more likely that the Conserva- tives, stirred up by their newest recruit, will be buzzing like a nest of hornets. This would cer- tainly add interest to Parlia- ment. Whether the prospect will appeal to the prime minister and induce him to extend the life of the present Parliament is more doubtful. Mr. current view seems to that there has already been quite enough buzzing and insufficient completed work. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Colin Smith In Ulster every day is St. Valentine's Day BELFAST OusBde La Salle secondary school, families from Belfast's Lenadoon es- tate, leaving their homes in protest at the British Army's presence there, were milling noisily around a blue and cream double-decker bus. As the families prepared to move out a Provisional IRA gunman sat on the curb and watched them with interest. His brown, shoulder-length hair framed a surprisingly unlined, rather beardless face for a man in his mid-twenties who has been living with death for a long time. It was a few hours before an 18-year-old private called John Jones became the 100th British aoldicr to be killed in Ulster since the present troubles be- gan. Sixteen part-time soldiers of the Ulster Defence Regiment and 26 policemen have also been killed. Total IRA losses have probably not been much more than 40 dead. The Provisional sat wilh his shirt off lapping up Belfast's first hot sun of the year. A couple of very young teenage camouflage hats, hare midriffs and the top stud of their drainpipe skinhead- style jeans scxily were hanging around him, hut he didn't seem to be taking much notice. His body was very white, ex- cept for the blue and red tatloos on the forearms, one of which carried tho word "mother." Ho held his left arm rather stiffly, Ixjcause tho Index linger, whleh was hcnl and hnd some black .studies hanging rather ob- Kccncly out of it, was still throbbing from ttu bullet fired into it when he was strip- ping a P38 automatic. We talked about casualties and the way things had gone since the ceasefire collapsed and the killing began again. Aflcr four days of exceptionally heavy firing, which culmi.uted In an attempt to blow up the Army's Lenadoon billet by ram- ming it with a mechanical dig- ger laden with explosive, the Army had moved into the estate In force to occupy the IRA's sniping positions. There is a growing tendency to portray Ulster as a fullscale war, complete with grim street fighting, the like of which has not been seen in Europe since the Hungarian revolution. This is made easier by the fact that the more unscrupulous photog- raphers can send back any amount of hairy-looking combat piclures because army foot pa- trols in the province always dodge dramatically from cover to cover whether they are actu- ally under fire at the time or not. Militarily It obviously makes sound sense for soldiers to learn the essential life-preserv- ing drill by reflex, and there can be little doubt that the casualties would he even high- er if Ihcy did not. Belfast shop- pers see nothing strange in a platoon of soldiers body-swerv- ing through a crowded pave- ment likn small boys with toy guns oblivious of the adult world. In fact, almost twice a.s mnny people have died In traffic ac- cldcnls in the last Ilirce years of the troubles. The truth alxmt Ulsler's violence Is that it ia usually more like n prolonged, iind sometimes rtUier public. gang war with a St. Valentine's Day massacre most nights of the week. Three times recently civilians have been killed try- ing to snatch weapons away from nervous young IRA men who were planting bombs at gunpoint. The Lenadoon affair was one of the biggest military op- erations ever mounted in Ul- ster, and that was very small beer compared with other coun- ter-insurgency operations the army has mounted since the Second World War, though to read some of the British Press you would think they had to fight for every inch of Lenadoon Avenue. The last time I had met the sunbathing Provisional was about half-an-hour before the troops in their six-wheeled arm- oured personnel carriers roared into the estate, and he and the olher three men in his Active Service Unit had to run for their lives. When I left the Pro- visionals were firing at some Scols soldiers who had just oc- cupied three houses further down Lcnadoon Avenue after the mechanical digger attack. "We've got those Scotchics pin- ned down he explained, anil pointed to a couple of Pro- visional, long-haired with Armnlitc rifles crouching by the sldo of n house. "We'vo got Actlvo Service Units there, there and he said, jab- bing n finger towards most o[ the high points on the estate. A team of small boys had gathered, and everybody was waiting for something lo hap- pen. "Hang n couple down. Tommy" he yelled lo one of Ilia gunmen by the wnll. Tho mill boy'i reporter one or two other people taking the evening air stepped back a foot or two so there was a house between them and the military while Tommy obliged. There was no response. We did not know it at the time, but the soldiers were enviously getting ready for their move into the heart of the Catholic estate and were not going to be drawn by a couple of shots into the wall of their billet. The watching crowd was typical of Ulster. Firing has to get very fierce for civilians to get in, and several have liter- ally been killed at their front doors and windows trying to see "where the shooting Is." When the ceasefire broke down in Lenadoon I saw civilians watching a four-strong Active Service Unit engage an armour- ed car from behind a gable end of a row of terraced houses. When the IRA men had to fall back one of them drop- ped the magazine from his car- bine as he ran out of cover across an open road, and went back for it before diving spec- tacularly head-first Into a gar- den. You could almost hear the sigh from the home crowd: tha ultimate in spectator sporls. (Written [or Tlie Herald anil The Observer in London) Looking backward Through Ihe Herald When contractor K. H. Mclntyre finishes the new Mctcalfe building early in Sep- tember it promises to bo one of the most attractive shop and office buildings in Lethbridge. 1932 The "Gatherers of the Honey" Beehive swarm of the Second Ward MIA, enjoyed Ilieir annual summer camping trip on the St. Marys River at point known as Stecle's Cros- sing. 1DJ2 A registration of Ca- nadian women, aimed at find- ing workers for war industry and replacing men for mililary service is expected haps within the next month. The Letltbndge Herald 604 7th St. S., Lethbridge, AlberU LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publiihcn Published 1903 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Socond CUsi Mall Rtglslratlon No. 0013 Member of Tho Canadian Prill and tha Canadian Dally Newspaptf Publishers' Association and (ho Audit Bureau ol circulation! CLEO W. MOWERS, Edllor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PIl.tJNG WILLIAM MAY Managing Edllor AssociatD Edllor BOY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advtrming Manager editorial Page Edllor THE HERALD SERVES THE ;