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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THI UTHUIDGE HRAID Thundery, Junt 7, 1973 Gov't evades Ontario girl TORONTO (CP) The goal of Laura Lee Dupuis seems simple become fluent in Canada's two official languages. Instead, the 16-year-old To- ronto high school student has received a good introduction to the never-never land of government bureaucracy. Laura Lee wants a bur- sary for a French course de- signed for 15-, 16- and 17- year-olds at Camp Ecole des Trois Saumons, near Quebec City. But when she wrote to the federal department of the sec- retary of state, which proudly announced a million bur- sary fund last February to en- able students to study either French or English, she was Gov't cancels youth flights TORONTO (CP> flights to Europe organized by the Association of Student Coun- cils will leave from Niagara Fails, N.Y., if they are not allowed to leave from Toronto, an association spokesman said Tuesday. "The flights will not be can- said Jessica Com- petellp, travel secretary for the association which represents the student councils of 54 Cana- dian universities and colleges. i The flights, involving about 1.400 students, have been dis- allowed by the federal govern- ment because of new regu- lations abolishing the right of affinity groups to organize char- i ters at fares negotiated by the group and the airline. The association already had set its 1973 program when the regulations were passed in De- cember and have continued to sell tickets at prices up to lower than the minimum fare of established by the govern- ment. One must book 90 days in ad- ;vance for a flight under new regulations. "Our view is that a student cannot decide 90 days in ad- vance. Whether or not they can go depend on exam results and the job said Miss Competello. "We're filing for an 1 exemption on flights leaving after June 30. told she had to be 17 to qual- ify. During the last three months she has written 58 let- ters to government officials large and small trying to find out why. Her first letter was to Gor- don Carton, her member of the Ontario legislature and minister of transportation and communications. She said his letter of reply showed the poorest effort and poorest response. REPLIES APLENTY External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said he would look into the matter, but Laura Lee has not heard from him; Ontario Premier Wil- liam Davis wrote a lengthy letter, but missed the point; Education Minister Thomas L. Wells passed her letter "on to Jack McNie, minister of colleges and universities; Mr. McNie suggested she explore alternatives and D. S. Be- thuhe, director of student awards in the ministry, said the applicant must be 17 years of what she was questioning. In a moment of inspiration she wrote to the Prime Minis- ter's wife, Margaret Trudeau. "May I express my sincere hope that your efforts to be- come bilingual are re- replied correspond- ence secretary Henry Alan Lawless. "While it may seem other- wise to you at the moment., 1 am confident that your deter- mination will help you suc- ceed." Laura Leo has written to various persons in the office of Hugh Faulkner, secretary of state. She even had a hand-delivered letter sent to the minister's residence in Ot- tawa and has had no reply. When Keith Spicer, Can- ada's commissioner of bilin- gualism, learned of her saga he was thunderstruck. "My he said. "Some- thing's got tc be done. It sounds like an area for some constructive subversion." Meanwhile Laura Lee taps patiently on her typewriter. Next on her list are Opposi- tion Leader Robert Stanfield, Robert Nixon, leader of the Ontario Liberals, and Senator Keith Davey. And after 58 letters she is just nicely warmed up. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Campus Corner By CAROL SEARS Lethbridge Community College WeU, If the last few days have been any indication, summer is here, I don't really like the beat, but the prospect of a good sun- tan at summer's end is some- thing more than desirable. Summer also brings out the Urge to hit the road and get away. Depending on your char- acter, whim, and most of all fspense account, your mode of travel is entirely up to you. I've always fantasized hitch- hiking or ten-speeding I'm pretty poor but that's just about lie best way to get your tan, without even trying. Now, I'm not really experi- enced in hitch-hiking. The only big time was in the middle of winter with a pair of skis on my back and the rides were good. Everybody loves you, if your interests are the same as theirs. For instance, some hitch-hik- ing tips are to carry a helmet with you in case a biker will pick you up; be interesting or provocative with signs and the traffic will at least slow down to read them; and most of all look the people straight in the eye. They've got to look back, maybe even only to avoid bit- ting you. According to Lethbridge by- laws, thumbing in the city is illegal, but in many centres, as long as you don't step off the curb, you're all right. Talking to people who have made their way across Canada via the thumb, Saskatchewan is about the worst place to get anywhere. As far as cities are concern- ed, Montreal moves too fast so you should be prepared for oth- er means of getting around. Interesting but probably ob- vious is the fact that girls are prone to faster rides than guys. And guys with girls seem to be more successful, although no one has to wait too long before someone picks them up. Also, aiding the hiker is the government who has set up nu- merous hostels strategically across the country. And further more, costs to stay in hostels are usually minimal or in ac- cordance with what you can af- ford. Hitch-hiking is a cheap way to see Canada and probably one of the most effective. So, if that's what your into keep on truckin'. LEISTER'S FOR FATHER'S DAY Give Dad a RECORD or GIR CERTIFICATE from LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 Indian cultures displayed Grade 7 Alan Watson School their social studies term with a special display cf South, Central and North American Indian cultures. Clarence Taal (left) and Rod Horcacher, in top photo, examine an ex- hibit of In- dian buildings. Jim An- nand (left) and Brian Robinson, in photo at right, pose at the display of Cree Indian handicrafts. Billed as Indian Expo, the Watson project featured works of the Cherokee, Crow, Iroquois, Aztec, Seminole and Eskimo among the nearly 20 pro- jects on display. of the 56 students in- volved with Indian Expo, under the direction of teacher lone Dergousoff, were given an opportunity to visit the showing before it was dismantled. Belgian cyclist becomes millionaire By CY FOX BRUSSELS (CP) gium, a country with less than 10 million people, has two reigning I and a tall, moody commoner called Eddy Merckx. The son of a Brussels gro- cer, Merckx pedals bicycles for a living. He has become a millionaire doing it and enjoys a monarch's prestige not only here but throughout cycling- mad Western Europe. Belgians flock to see his races and also the fine Brus- sels suburban house where he lives with his ex-teacher wife and their two young children. "A sort of King Albert I of one French news- paper called him, citing Bel- gium's hero monarch of the First World War. Physicians and amateur psychiatrists join in fasci- nated speculations about this sports prodigy. And when, as was the case in the early weeks of the cur- rent season, his performances are by his standards uneven, there are always pundits in- stantly proclaiming that he is at last over the hill. At 28, Merckx may not have many years Ifeft in the gruelling sport of'cycling, which calls for everything from high- speed sprints to laboring up through the swirling snow of mountain roads and then rushing down the other side at more than 50 miles an hour, all on a featherweight bike. Merckx includes among his YOUTH BETWEEN 16 AND 20 Almost a complete year, without cost, of work, travel and exchange with other youth in Canada and in another country: Cameroon, Malaysia, Mexico, Tunisia, Yugoslavie... There are still some vacancies for young workers, male female, in your region. You should register before June 15, 1973. Ask for the tabloid. Prairfei Regional Office P.O. Box 1798 Edmonton. Alberta Jeunesse CanadaMondeI Canada World touth numerous peak performances a world record, established last year in Mexico City, for the longest distance covered by any cyclist in one hour slightly over 30 miles. By contrast with that kind of test, there'is the Tour of Italy, where riders can start in a sunny valley and find themselves a few hours later groping through a mountain blizzard. Or there is the vast chal- lenge of the three-week Tour de France, which keeps mil- lions of Europeans transfixed as the riders sweat and strain up hill and down dale along the course. Merckx has won hundreds of big events since he first burst on the professional scene in the mid-1960s. In 1972 alone, he won 47 races, including the Tour de France for the fourth succes- sive time. After his initial Tour de France victory in 1969, Merckx returned to a hero's welcome in Brussels. It was July 21, the national day, and Eddy came back in an ex-prime minister's pri- vate plane, to be received by King Baudouin and cheered by delighted thousands in the streets of the capital. The whole delirious event successfully upstaged for Belgians another incident that happened to first landing on the moon. Brussels newspapers were by no means oblivious to the spacemen. The papers each gave the moon feat four pages but they also gave four pages to recounting the exploits of Merckx. Yet, despite this uprush of adulation, Merckx is more ad- mired than loved by the masses. He refuses to be a per- former, even after a major success. "I'm not a he once growled at an over- zealous photographer who wanted him to don a police cap. a classic race. He even frightens his wife, watching on television what one writer called the "explo- sions of violence and almost of hate" that characterize his dashes for first place. .CHILDHOOD HAPPY All of the combing through Merckx's childhood for an ex- planation of his on-track per- sonality has yielded no pub- lished evidence of early per- sonal complications lil-p'- spur spectacular benaviu, adulthood. As the Paris newspaper Le Monde put it, Merckx was a revolutionary because "he reinvented the taste for taking risks and gave back to cycle racing the dimension of ad- venture." In his constant drive for vic- tory, Merckx is confronted with a wide array of tough competitors. But he takes good care of himself, pedalling dozens of training miles a day when not in competition to keep in trim his long, smooth-muscled legs and the keen reflexes that en- able him to creep within inches of a competitor for wind protection without ac- tually colliding with him from behind. Youth Students tired of American 'sick society' HALIFAX