Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LE1HBR1DGE HERALD Monday, 15, 1972 Bruce Hutchison Planetary citizens' campaign launched Strike sympathy If ever a strike were to have a chance of gaining near universal ap- proval it would have to be the ono proposed ty the International Feder- ation Airline Pilots Associations for a one day shutdown of air traffic throughout the world. The pilots are proposing this action to protest the inaction of the United Nations in con- nection with aerial hijacking. No doubt the shutdown would do more than inconvenience tourists and businessmen; it could seriously disrupt many important scheduled af- fairs and ongoing activities. Depen- dency on air transport is very great. The strike would demonstrate that truth should it not already be real- ized and will gain its dramatic im- pact as a consequence. Directing the strike against the United Nations makes sense inas- much as the problem of hijacking can only be solved through con- certed action. Measures to deter hi- jackers must be adopted as univer- sally as possible and something like sanctions applied to the few nations refusing to comply. Sympathy for the pilots' strike would arise from the recognition that it was something undertaken in the interests the safety of all who travel by air. The pilots are the ones who know most directly the strain arising from hijackings and are the logical people to pressure for rigor- ous rules and for stiff penalties ijor those who break them. All union workers connected with the air industry should see the merit the strike and support it. They would be striking a blow for a larger good than is usually the case when shutdowns occur. THROUGHOUT his long aeons of life in barbarism and his short life in civilization man has given his first loyalty to the tribe, not tlie species. As the tribe became a nalion it re- ceived the same loyalty which has survived countless wars and other misfortunes. Now, of. a sudden, we are warned by undeniable and usually disre- garded facts that the species itself is moving toward collec- tive ruin while the nations con- tinue their quarrels. This idea is not entirely new, of course, and must have dawned on most men ca- pable of thought when the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima. But a second idea, stemming from the first, is certainly new, in politics any- how, and quite staggering if you pause to think about it. Pause for a moment, then, to read a remarkable advertise- ment in the New York Times. It explains, with bold heresy, why forces even more danger- ous than the bomb will compel man to transfer his loyalty from the tribal state to the species if 11 is to have a chance of decent survival. Certain thinkers from many nations say in their advertise- ment that "human life on our planet is in jeopardy" through war, pollution, excessive pop- ulation and the depletion of the earth's resources. "It these dangers are to be removed and if human development is to be assured we, the peoples of this planet, must accept obligations to .each oilier and to the gen- eral ions of human beings to come." The obligation to maintain peace and save the threatened environment is obvious and as easy to endorse as motherhood. The advertisement goes on, however, to tell us what all these ringing platitudes actual- ly involve: "We have the obli- gation to place the human in- terest, and human sovereignty above national sovereignty We assert our primary allegi- ance to each other in the fam- ily of man. We declare our In- dividual citizenship in the world community and our sup- port of governing our planet in the common human interest." This doctrine is so here- tical and proposes such a total change in human lu.bils that you might expect it to be sign- ed by a few cranks and anchor- ites who have never lived in 'the real world, held a job or met a payroll. But note the sig- natories. The Canadians among them include Lt. General E. M. Burns, one of the nation's most distinguished soldiers and a practical man by any defini- tion; Lester Pearson, once a practising politician and al- ways a great world citizen; Maurice Strong, once a power- ful business tycoon and now the organizer of the Stockholm en- vironmenial conference. Will anyone suggest that these men are cranks? Or that, among the Americans, Paul Hoffman, formerly a giant of industry, and Victor Beuther, vice-president of the Auto Workers, are mere visionaries? Are C. P. Snow, the British scientist, Arnold Toynbee, the histori- an, and Queen Juliana of The Netherlands to be mitten off as fatuous dreamers? No, their Planetary Citizen R e g i s t r a lion Campaign is much more realistic than any political campaign now under way, and for an obvious rea- son. Working politicians, by the nature of their trade, sel- dom have leisure for long thoughts. They are too busy, in government or opposition, for anything but day-to-day busi- ness and seldom look past the next election. Long thoughts rarely come out of politics which, after all, are only the rough expression and clumsy operating mechan- ism of the public's current thought, the common denom- inator, the source of votes. Now, clearly, that denominator is set far too low for the task facing humanity and the long The doctors protest Recent demonstrations by South African university students most of them white have been brutally put down by the police. The pro- tests, which began peacefully in St. George's Cathedral in Capetown have proliferated all over the nation where the students have been joined by office workers and laborers con- cerned now not only by apartheid policies, but the quality of education, in a nation which espouses separa- tion of blacks and whites. Prime Minister Vorster says he "would have been disappointed if the police had not taken strong action. It would have shown they were slip- ping." He categorically refused an opposition call in Parliament for a judicial inquiry as a waste of tima and an opportunity to give ammuni- tion to the country's enemies. His tough action has not intimi- dated the students or the others who have joined them in defying a ban on outdoors demonstrations. Now Prims Minister Vorster's parliamentary opposition, the stu- dents and other enemies of apart- heid, have been given strong sup- port from an unexpected quarter. Dr. Marius Barnard, a brother of Dr. Christiaan Barnard and a member of the famous heart transplant team has been threatened with dismissal by the Groote Schur hospital Author- ities. Dr. Marius spoke at a city hall meeting in Capetown and told the gathering that they should aim at ousting the government through the ballot box. In a free society that is the normal process. But South Africa is not a free society. It is ruled by white autocrats, determined to stay in power, using repressing police measures to make sure that they do. Until very recently the demonstra- tions have not been emphasized in the news. No pictures have been televised because news photograph- ers on the scene had their cameras destroyed on the spot. But pressure is mounting and many editorial writ- ers have suggested that academic communities in Europe and North America take up the cause. It is true that the large proportion of the protesting white students were of English background, and that the anti-apartheid movement may not attract white Afrikaners who out- number the English speakers by about 6040. But there is a strong possibility that many of them may now join in the protests. Dr. Marius Barnard has not been dismissed on the charge of miscon- duct and he probably won't be. The government is well aware that re- lieving him of his job, and the threat of the departure of both his brothea1 and himself would inflame public opinion abroad as well as in South Africa itself. All things considered, Mr. Vorster would do well for the sake of his party and his cause, to-draw in his horns. If he doesn't he may have a situation in his country which neither he nor his paramilitary police force can control. TOffli... fiFfi HOVft THE WIFE _. Critical decision most critical decision facing the father of a young boy is: Which sport to encourage the lad in? One incautious word of praise, a single exposure to the wrong game, can cost the old man hun- dreds of dollars and permanently damage his health. I bear witness to this fact, having an eight-year-old who is just entering the dan- gerous age of games, between Snap and girls. So far I have escaped terminal in- jury. But I have learned enough to be able to assess the risk factor for Father in certain key sports: 1. Ice hockey. Deadly, to any but the most ruggedly-built papa. Hockey practice for small boys is held at 0500 hours, at an arena to which the small boy must ba driven and from which the small boy must be picked up. Besides acquiring the pallor of a night- watchman, the dad of a boy intent on hacking it with the NHL is afflicted by palsy in the hand that takes the money from his wallet to pay for skates, hockey uniforms, helmet, pads, stick warped to make it more expensive and the emer- gency services of a prosthodontist. 2. Baseball. Marginally healthier for tho Little Leaguer's father than his being the Iceman that coineth. Less chance of his feet turning to permafrost. This advant- age largely offset because boy's baseball games are played at dinnertime. Tha old man can go for weeks without seeing any- thing on a plate except an umpire. Also, junior league baseball is organized Internationally. The sweetness of victory is modified by Dad's having to accompany his little relief pitcher to Toledo, Ohio, for a game in which the boy doesn't get to play. Strong incentive to hope that one's son is a born loser. Happiness is a lack of muscular co-ordination in the wee chap. 3. Skiing. There is no such thing as ski- ing. This is what the wise father tells his son. Skiing, like Santa Claus, is a charm- ing fantasy created by the Germans to bring joy to orthopedic surgeons. The people that the boy sees on TV, leap- Ing about on planks atop mountains, do not exist. It is trick photography. If God had meant a small boy to ski, He would have given him long, thin, stiff feet, or alterna- tively, would have given his father the pow- er to spin snow into gold. 4. Soccer. Probably as minimal damage as a hoy's father can contrive, short having a daughter. Somebody else's father supplies the soccer ball. Shinpads readily improvised by tucking old copies of Play- boy into the lad's socks. In many coun- tries soccer is played barefoot, which of course means that the parents can afford to buy shoes for themselves. Truly a grand game. 5. Japanese wrestling. The ideal. Equip- ment nominal: Loincloth and a package of salt, both good for several reasons. In- doors no need for the father to stand on the sideline in icy drizzle, croaking exhortation. It b never too early to start condition- Ing one's son for Japanese wrestling. him Tojo, Urge him to be- gin workouts while he is still in the diaper, and never take it off. Share his training table, pound for pound. Togetherness, father .and Son. Banzai. (Vancouver Province features) Guilt by association By Doug Walker and it self-destructs the day after the thoughts must come from non- elected, non-cleclable and non- ambitious persons. The real question is not whether the species faces a crisis literally unique in all its experience of several million years, since that fact is mathe- matically demonstrated. The real question is whether the species has sufficient time and intelligence to recognize the crisis and solve it before it be- comes insoluble. In asking man to confront his true situation, as distinguished from his tribal myths, tha long thinkers are asking a lot, more than most of us have yet begun to grasp. They are ask- ing Win, in fact, to emerge from the nation state, as he once emerged from the cave, into a single community, be- cause nothing less can deal with a physical emergency that recognizes no national boundaries and this at a time when nationalism is the most popular dogma, the secu- lar religion, of the day. Here a curious, pathetic or comical paradox can be ob- served in Canada. The leading Canadian nationalists, in gen- eral, Ere intelligent men of goodwill who would be the first to agree that a world civiliza- tion rent by its quarrelling splinters cannot long endure. Yet in a second watertight com- partment of their minds they persuade themselves that Can- ada, somehow, can escape the joint human dilemma, or at least the worst of it, by pass- ing the necessary laws and electing the right government. Such a split personality and acute schizophrenia is common to us all, not only in Canada but everywhere a worldwide epidemic ol the spirit, hut not incurable. For nationalism can be a constructive force if It means that a group of people in a given area work to im- prove it and thereby improve the joint prospects of mankind. If the group works, on the con- trary, to improve its own pros- pects at the expense of man- kind, then it is not only de- structive but self-defeating and, in the end, unworkable. This, I take it, is what the Planetary Citizens' campaign is trying to tell us, very late, though perhaps not too late. Whether we shall have tha sense to listen, or whether civilization must wreck the planet by the impossible de- mands of the nation states, our generation will' not live long enough to learn. But the next generation will surely hear the answer, the supreme court's verdict of life or death, with no chance of appeal. (Herald Special bureau) Peter Desbarats Long awaited native program still bogged down CALDWELL, Richard Burke and I had a game of golf one day. Our scores were in the horrendous category. There wasn't any help forthcoming for any of us from any quarter. It is understandable that Ron should have been deserted after writing that in- famous column of his. The only explanation there is for Richard and me is that v-c being penalized for the company were keeping. A two-year attempt to launch a promising new program of na- tive cultural educational centres across Canada stands today as a depressing example of what can happen to a good idea in the bureaucratic mills of Ottawa. Many details of the story are contained in a file internal government communications, most of them marked confiden- tial, which I now have before me. The proposal for cultural edu- cational centres for native peo- ple first reached Ottawa in March, 1970, from the Indian Association of Alberta. Within a matter of weeks, the proposal for the Alberta Indian Educa- tion Centre was followed by pro- posals for the Saskatchewan Cultural College in Saskatoon, the Indian Heritage Centre in New Brunswick and the "Old Sun" Cultural educational Centre in Gleicheri, Aka. On June 18, 1970, the federal cabinet asked the inter-depart- mental committee on Indian and Eskimo policy to establish a subcommittee to examine the whole concept of cultural educa- tional centres directed and oper- ated by native peoples. Results of the subcommittee's work were summarized in a memorandum to cabinet dated June 11, 1971. The most impor- tant points in this memorandum included the following: AH native leaders contacted by the subcommittee "indicated their enthusiastic support for the concept and further sug- gested that it should be imple- mented as a priority program." Provincial government offi- cials in Alberta, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick 'indicated 'that their governments ap- proved in principle the cultural educational centre The concept was based on the premise (hat "an Indian who a firm base in his own cul- ture is much more likely to be able to participate in the larger society, with pride and with dignity, than the one who has been educated only in tha mainstream of the majority cul- ture. Successful application of the concept requires that "The way must be left clear for non-status Indian and Metis people to par- ticipate in the program" be- cause "ultimately it is desirable that native groups (Indian, Metis and Eskimo) share com- mon facilities and pro- grams." Accessibility of all native peo- ples to the program would be ensured by haying it funded and administered jointly by the de- partments of Indian affairs and secretary of state. It was recog- nized that "to offer the program only to certain categories of Ca- nadian peoples of native ances- try would seem to unnecesarily discriminate between the No-sniff glue NEA s i vce by young- sters is a serious addiction problem that has been over- shadowed by the nation's con- cern about the increasing use of hard drugs. But the conse- quences of glue-sniffing can be just as tragic. One company decided to do something about it. Model Pro- ducts of Mount Clemens, Mich., announces that after much re- search it has perfected a safe, completely non toxic plastic model cement that smells liko fresh citrus fruit. The product, appropriately named Notox, docs not contain the toxic, haliucogenic and ad- dictive agents, toluene or toluol, which are the harmful ingredients in other glues or cements. Instead, Notox sub- stitutes a harmless citrus deri- vative that is equally effective for cementing purposes. Virginia !l. Knauer, special assistant to the President for consumer affairs, calls tho de- velopment of the non-toxic model glue "an example of technology with a conscience." We hope to be able to make continuing reports of many other such examples in tha future. It was considered "urgent that an operative framework for the centres be developed as quickly as possible in order to capitalize on facilities now available, and the current high level of native enthusiasm." The memorandum of June 11, 1971, concluded with recommen- dations for a five-year program involving federal spending of million in the 1971-72 fiscal year and 510 million in each of the subsequent four years. Tha memorandum was signed by Minister of Indian 'Affairs and Northern Development Jean Chretien, and Robert Stanbury, who was then minister without portfolio responsible for citizen- ship. In the following months, tha subcommittee developed man- agement policy and procedures for the scheme. In a report to the interdepartmental policy committee on Jan. 20, 1972, it recommended that a 'secretar- iat" be established to adminis- ter the program with officials from both Indian Affairs and the secretary of state. By March, 1072, the subcom- mittee had actually reached the point of considering an initial grant of for the Alberta Indian Education Centre. Acord- ing to the confidential min- utes of this subcommittee meet- ing on March this grant was supported by officials from the secretary of state depart- ment hut opposed by an official from Indian affairs, who stated that is was "too generous" and that "probably closer to was needed." On March a notice ol a meeting on April 6 was sent to members of the policy commit- tee of the interdepartmental committee on Indian and Es- kimo affairs. Criteria for tho ncvv program, included in this notice, now specified that pro- posals for a cultural educational centre "may be received for consideration from status In- dian organizations only" and that proposals from other native groups would he considered only if they were supported by a firm commitment from provin- cial governments and endorsed by existing cultural educational centres in their region. By the end of last month, more than two years after tha original proposal from the Al- berta Indians, the program had still failed to pro- duce a single cent. Apparently this impasse was discussed sev- eral weeks ago by Secretary of State Gerard Pellelicr and In- dian Affairs Minister Jean Chre- tien who were under some pres- sure from Prime Minister Tru- deau to get the program mov- ing. At this meeting, according to reports circulating among na- tive leaders, Pellelier agreed to turn the whole program over lo Chretien, at least temporarily. This news was greeted with alarm by the Native Council of Canada, representing Metis and non-slalus Indians. In a meeting with Pelletier recently, offi- cials of the Council said that ex- clusive control of the program by Indian affairs would prevent its benefits from reaching more than native people who are not under the jurisdiction the Indian affairs department. Felletier was said to have lis- tened to Ihis argument sympa- thetically. If this is true, the interdepart- mental dispute may continue for some time to block action on one of the more promising pro- grams for native advancement. Copyright 1972 (Toronto Star Syndicate) Looking backward Tlirougli The Herald isi: For years the people of Stafford Village have bought water by the barrel. After to- day the water wagon will no longer be a familiar sight on its streets. The connections be- tween the city and the village mains have been made and tho supply will be turned on for the first time today. 1922 Nanton local will ob- serve UFA Sunday on June 38th. The speaker will be Hon. Herbert Greenfield. 1932 A. H. Graves a well known farmer north and east of the city found a young turkey buzzard in a ditch near his farm. The bird with a wing span of over five feet is a very rare bird in this region. H42 The variety of choco- late bars has been cut approxi- mately 35 per cent with a num- ber of the most popular bars difficult to obtain. Candy bars are no longer wrapped in tin foil but have a waxed paper wrapping. "We consider our- selves lucky when we get any kind of chocolate bar in a member of a local warehouse firm said. 1352 Saskatchewan today started off its third stretch as Canada's only socialist-govern- ed province. The Lethbtridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lcthbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905-1D54, by Hon. W. A. 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