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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE ITIHBRIDGE HERALD Wodnciday, Juni VI, 1972 Student films commercial on misery of VANCOUVER (CP) Just about the time Terry Jenn Barr Is looking for lier first broad- casting job In June, sire will lipve a 60-sccond commercial running on television stations across the province. And If she has trouble landing a job, she will have from the provincial government's council on drags, alcohol and tobacco to tide her over. The 20-year-old B.C. Institute of Technology broadcasting stu- dent won the money for produc- ing the best television commer- cial on drug abuse in a prov- ince-wide contest sponsored by the council. The commercial, one of 33 en- tries, which Miss Barr wrote, filmed and edited, opens with a young girl carrying a bouquet of flowers. drug abuse Flashbacks sliow Hie girl walking along n bcadi with lior boy-friend nnd the boy silling in an n p a r t m e n t after taking drugs. Tlie final scene lias Hie girl placing Hits flowers on liis grave. Death nnd misery from drags and alcohol were domimmt themes in most of the contest commercials from post-secondary students and radio and newspaper adver- tisements submitted by second- ary sludents. One group of three students won a total of for Ricr> mond, B.C.'s Hugh McRoberts junior secondary school with two first-place print ads and a third-place radio commercial. He said the advertisements are "an effective way to get the views of youth on these prob- lems.'1 MRS. ED11H LEPPARD SPRING CLEARANCE SALE OF IMPORTED WOOLS June 15, 16, 17 SAVINGS OF ALL SALES FINAL The Carousel Knitting Shop 541 5th SI. S. Phons 328-4131 DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Mr. ond Mrs. George W. Murray were honor- ed recently on Ihe occasion of their 60th Wedding anniversary. Present at the family gathering were many out-of-town quesls and their four children; Mrs. Ethel Rault of Ed- monton, Marshall of Vancouver, Donald and John of the McNally district, 14 grand- children ond 4 great grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Murray were married in West Branch, Nova Scotia, moved to the McNally district where they farmed, and then settled in Leth- feridge in 1950. -Edward Finloy, photo PANTS Fonts with a flare, .ac- tion packed In easy care fortrel. waislband, stitched front seam. Easy to co- ordinate color. Sizes 8 to 20. From V-NECK PULLOVER Allow you to color up for summer. Plain and striped, polyester and stretchy knits. or O QQ In comfortable .lerry cloth. White with navy and red trim on neckline, shdrt sleeve. Convert from Playjuil to a Dress, with a Wrap A- round Flip Skirt, Neckline plunges. Printed Floral Forlrel. 4 ftp HOODED CO-ORDINATE by TAN JAY 100% polyester knit washable, striped zipper front. Pink, Blue. AVAILABLE AT ALL OUR STORES This week at ihe BETTY SHOP you'll find sun drenched sportswear fashions with maximum femininity! We've got a great selection. So if you've far more taste than money you'l! find your fashion at the Betty Shop, betty shop Super snoopers in Britain sniff out welfare deceptions By CAROL KENNEDY LONDON (CP) Unlike Prime Minister Trudeau in a celebrated remark as justice minister of Canada, the men who run Britain's welfare slate evidently believe there are times when the state has business in the bedrooms of the nation. A national newspaper re- cently stirred up a flurry in Parliament by disclosing that the social security ministry employs 288 investigators, part of whose job is to spy on divorced, deserted or widowed women who claim welfare for themselves and their clu'ldren and who may be suspected of "cohabiting" with a male friend. Using what The Daily Mail dabbed a "snooper's h a n d- government manual covering such allowances and known officially as the AX investigators try to ascertain whether such women are already being sup- ported by male friends and thus defrauding the treasury. Women claimants found to b e regularly "cohabiting" with a man have their welfare payments withdrawn. It's all part of the Conservative gov- ernment's aim to cut down welfare fraud, and Social Se- curity Minister Sir Keith Jo- seph termed it a "necessary if distasteful duty" when Labor MPs tackled Mm about the sex snoopers. DESCRIBED AS SCANDAL Since the Tories returned to power in June, 1970, the num- ber of welfare investigators has been stepped up. In 1964, The Daily Mail reported, there were only 97. The gov- e r n m e n t claims it saved million) in wel- fare payments last year as a result of such activities. Labor MP Clinton Davis told the Commons that in his view the system was "a mon- strous with officials snooping around trying to es- tablish who was sleeping with whom. "They cannot possibly be worth the money they lie said. Canadian-born Joan Lestor, another Labor MP, described the system as "deplorable" and tried unsuccessfully to have the AX Code made pub- lic. Davis, questioning the min- ister about the ethics of such practices, said inquiries fre- quently go too far, with infor- mation being sought from neighbors, employers and even children, all within the handbook's code. Joseph re- plied that he would regard questioning of children "very seriously but he be- lieved that, subject to the oc- casional human error, the in- love is... going out for it pizza when she's too tired to cook. .an a out of town, the guests at the Dr. F. H. Mcwburn OBE Chap- ter, IODE, coffee party from a.m. Saturday in the Pemmican club rooms will be Mesdames C. F. Steelc, T. E. Morris, C. M. Cranstoun, E. MacLean and E. U. Itylands. Pouring honors are to bo shared by Mesdames W. E. Munclell, S. D. Hooke, A. G. Holmes and Miss C. MacEach- ern. Serving the guests will be Miss B. Church, Mesdames E. Constable, J. Easton, E. Hopp, W. Myer, F. E, Quittenbaum and B. A. Scott. Miss D. Church will act as treasurer with Miss M. McNeeiy In charge of door prizes. Assisting In other capacities are Mesdames A. Guise, A. P. Baines, and J. L. Tenney. The public is invited to attend. Family Living vesligators performed their duties in a "decent, honorable and conscientious way." JUDGED GUILTY This, however, did not en- tirely tally valli a survey car- ried out by an independent body cailed the Child Action Poverty Group, which is pressing for a "fairer" defini- tion of cohabitation than noc- lurnal visits, urging that more emphasis be placed on the woman's financial situation. The group's report, com- piled after questioning 20 women who had been visited by ministry officials, says some investigators were de- scribed as "uncivil, insensi- tive and sometimes even ob- scene." It says that under the present system, the women are "guilty until proved inno- deplores the use of gos- sip picked up from neighbors and stresses the risk, if coha- bitation is mistakenly estab- lished, that the woman and her children, if any, may be left without any financial sup- port, In two cases cited in the group's report, investigators were discovered kneeling and peering through front-door let- ter-boxes. Some, without dis- closing their identity, tried to trick the women into making an admission. Another was re- ported as snatching tbe woman's welfare book from her and saying: "Get your boy-friend to look after you." UNDEH OBSERVATION One woman said that when she asked what she was going to do for money, the investi- gator suggested she become a prostitute. The AX Code, as disclosed In The Daily Mail, lays down a series of procedures for dealing with a case of sus- pected cohabitation, saying "it may be necessary to re- sort to observation." The investigator keeps watch on the claimant's home in the morning and evening, noting the comings and goings of any man. The official then confronts the woman, on the second day, before her com- panion returns home. If she denies that a man Is living with her, yet grounds for suspicion remain, the in- vestigator is Instructed to keep watch until the morning of the third day. He then fol- lows the man to his placo of work and is instructed "tact- fully to check his identity and address with liis employer." The man is then inter- viewed, without the investiga- tor giving details ot Ills ob- servation, and a signed state- ment is taken. If the ttiird .day's watch proves negative, on the other hand, the code says the caso papers should be sent anyway to social security headquar- ters. 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