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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 46 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD Wadnoiday, Juno 21, 1972 Canadian youth on iJic move The 'summer army9 slowly wends its way across the country By DEIUK HODGSON Canadian Press Slnff Writer The summer army has al- ready begun its march across the land. Over the hump o[ Lake Su- perior, across the flailands and clown the highways to Iho Pacific, y o u n g hitch-hikers are on the road in near-battal- ion strength. Wawa, perched on the rocky northwestern Ontario shore ot Lake Superior, reports 25-to-30 Inkers a day have been thumbing their way around the lake. For the hikers, is often looked on as the water- shed of cross-country travel ancl is notorious as the place not to get marooned. Young hikers tell tiorror sto- ries of being stranded there for 30 days while waiting for a lilt. Wawa residents tell horror stories of hitch-hikers being stranded there for 30 days. Bill Coleman, deputy town clerk of Wawa, said t'.ic sum- mer could be "one big head- ache" if the back-packed young arrive in the expected large numbers. "We had thousands and thousands last year. It could be a lot worse this year." He said there would be no hostel operating in Wawa this year and the town reaily had no facilities to offer tran- sients. HOSTELS PLANNED Al the same time, many places are planning to accom- modate the legions of roving youth. In Quebec City, for in- stance, officials expected to accommodate more than at La Petite Bastille on the historic Plains of Abra- ham, almost doubling the number who stayed at that hostel last year. On the other hand, early planning at Vancouver does not call for the volume of a year ago because facilities last summer operated below capacity. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press showed a wide divergence of opinion on the numbers of youth who will be on the move this summer. Some have apparently put stock in a report by the Cana- dian Council on Social Devel- opment last year that youth's urge to travel had peaked and hitch-hiking had lost its ap- peal. said the deputy clerk of Wawa. "They have been going through here for a month now." Others like Janet Willis of the Kitchener, Ont, manage- ment board, think the wide- spread sale of three- and 10- speed bicycles will make some dent in the ranks ot those thumbing rides. Several Prince Edward Island and To- clashes with tran- sients last year. The situation in both places seems calmer ami cooler lids ear. Here is the picture across Canada: NEWFOUNDLAND A problem of lack of accom- modation for transient youth in Newfoundland last summer is expected to be remedied this year. There were only three youth hostels in the province a year ago but this summer's plans call for seven along the Trans-Canada High- way from St. John's to port aux Basques. One St. John's councillor lias suggested that the island bar all liitch-hikers unless each had But Chief Allen Dwycr of the Newfoundland Constabulary, which polices the city, said he had found most transients "nice and courteous people." PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND John Lacey, director of a Prince Edward Island hostel, estimated about hitch- hikers passed through the province last summer and ex- pectations are for an increase of in 1972. But plans for hostel accom- modation still are developing. There was trouble in 1971 when angry residents of East Hoyalty put up road blocks to protest a government-estab- lished hostel there. The situation calmed down after Premier Alex Campbell and his family spent a night there and reported it a fun perience. NOVA SCOTIA After long negotiations the city of Halifax has agreed to allow a school to be used as a hostel, accommodating about 200 a night. Other centres in Wolfville and Sydney have also started preparations and at least 15 youth agencies have applied for federal grants to establish hostels. Halifax police reported they had no problems with hitch- hikers a year ago and antici- pate none this year. NEW BRUNSWICK David Lambert, director of the Fredericton hostel com- mittee, expects the number of hitch-hikers this summer will be the same as last year when bed-nights were prov- ided. But Police Chief Bryce Neely of Fredericton said he expects the number to drop by as much as one-third. Frederieton is a popular lo- cation (or transients with its position astride the Trans- Canada Highway leading to the other Atlantic provinces. QUEBEC Youth hostels in Quebec are gearing up for an expected transients. The prov- ince has 15 youth hostels oper- ated under the commission on youth, sports and recreation and another seven operated by the Canadian Youth Vostcl Association. Don Boisvert, running a youth project at Loyola Uni- versity, expected more hitch- lukers this summer. "I'm amazed at the number travelling, just from kids I talk to here at he said. "It's- a fever that's catching on." Police, who said they had no trouble last year keeping transients from sleeping in parks or other public places, say the number of hiteh-hik- crs moving through Montreal is in the thousands. ONTARIO Information Canada has is- sued a survival kit for stu- dents and hitch-hikers visiting (he nation's capital. It's a page booklet listing available accommodation, aid facilities, sports and leisure areas. An Ottawa bylaw forbids hitch-biking on the streets. But Detective A. L. Methot of the city traffic division said as long as they thumb while on the curbs or sidewalks they will have no trouble. University of Ottawa esti- mated youths used their transient facilities last year. And Jim Harbic of the off-campus housing bureau said. "We're just swamped with transients. It's a real problem in ex- pensive and the number of va- cant rooms is very low." He expects more hitch-hik' ers this year than ever before. There was a clash last year over a tent-hostel near the University of Toronto when eviction notices wore served on transients but the layout has been revamped this year with apparent approval from authorities. MANITOBA In Winnipeg, John Lyons ol Summer '72 Projects Co-ordi- nating Committee expectec about transients moving across the province this sunv mer, the same as last year. The volunteer group organ izbig summer programs says there will be three hostels in the Winnipeg area with a tola of 200 beds, compared with four centres offering 231 beds last year. SASKATCHEWAN Mayor Harry Walker of re- gina has advanced from his own pocket to a group op- erating a hostel in his city si the organizers would not havi to wait for federal or city ap proval. More co-ordination said desirable in marketing By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) For- eign buyers must think the prairie agriculture Industry is "kind of stupid, and I have to says E. A. Boden, president of the Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture, Mr, Boden of Regina says the industry is fragmented when it comes to selling prod- ucts and that makes things tough when trying to compete with such trading blocs as the European Common Market, The answer: a union of pro- vincial marketing agencies. The message apparently is becoming clear to agricultural powrers-that-be, b e c a u s e in IMay a committee wras set up to study co-ordinated market- ing by the four western prov- inces. Mr. Ecden ssid the federa- tion encouraged (he Saskat- chewan agriculture depart- ment to get together with its counterparts in the other provinces "to do the promo- tional job needed for market development, particularly for red meats." "We could do a much better job and cut out the duplication if we got down to a thrce- province basis. Yon can't tell me that Alberta red meat is any better than Saskatchewan red meat." ALBERTA LED WAY Each Western province has sent delegations on marketing and promotion trips to foreign countries, basically selling the same products. It's this type of duplication that Mr. Roden, and others like him, want to see eliminated. Alberta made a successful start on foreign marketing when it appointed Harry Har- greayes as marketing com- missioner about two years ago. The province has been highly successful in selling to Pacific Kim countries. Now. Manitoba has set up a marketing commission and LIP project gels extended CRANBHOOK (Speci all- Success of a "surrogate grand- parent" program, sponsored by the Cranbrook branch of the Canadian Mental Health Asso- ciation, and financed by the Lo- cal Incentives Program, has Jed (o a further federal grant of Sll.516 for its continuation until Sept. 39. It was to have ended May 31. MP Doug Slew- art made the announcement re- cently. The EK Mental Health unit] was professional consultant for the program assigned to take pressure off stressed families of mothers and small children. Supervisor is Mrs. Trudy White. Services of screened "mother's mostly in the grandparent age bracket who have raised families, will be continued. KK Mental Health unit direc- tor Virgil nrosvn has reported "success far beyond what I ex- The program will be expanded to cover seven fam- ilies who "need such grand- he said. Cranbrook CMHA is prepar- ing a brief documenting contri- bution to the community of the initial program to support its proposal it be continued as a permanent mental health unit service when the Sept. 30 date is reached. MOVB TO CHANCE BUENOS AIRES (AP) The Argentine government is study- ing the possibility of moving tbe capital from Buenos Aires lo a city farther inland. There has been some criticism that power and wealth are concentrated in Buenos Aires. A commission will report on the matter in De- cember. Saskatchewan has a ready to implement. Wliile the co-ordinated ap proach is reasonable, Saskat chewan says there still room for market developmen on a provincial basis. Jack Messer, Saskalchewa agriculture minister, says it i "understandable that each the provinces have some sel fish concerns." "We can't ever expect t work in total harmony lowarc establishing new markets, bu there arc areas in which w can work together." WORK BY STAGES His Manitoba counterpart, Sam Uskiw, says he looks at the setting up of his own pro- vincial marketing branch as an "evolutionary" approach. "It will likely result in a combination of provinces or regions doing the marketing thing he said. "But we have to set up indi- vidual marketing agencies at this time to develop into larger concepts because we can't jump right into the re- gional or national systems im- mediately." The liaison committee, at- tended by the deputy agricul- ture ministers of the four Western provinces in Calgary, will review each province's market development pro- grams and recommend steps to eliminate duplication and enhance the prospect (or greater marketing potential. They agreed top priority should be given to improving communication and that the federal trade and commerce department should be in- volved. One concern is thai the Jap- anese, astute traders, are looking to the Prairie prov- inces more as suppliers of needed food commodities. "I hope that we can find a solution to the prospect that the Japanese will play off each province against the other in Mr. Boden said. City council, however, Is not ,s keen on the idea. At a May meeting, council approved a to write the federal overnmcnt saying Regina vill nol participate in the hos- el program in 1973, But lids summer the liegina iDStel is expected lo accom- modate 135 transients a night. Regina Leader-Post in an :ditorial in April said sucli hostels were making "free- loading attractive and conven- ient at public expense." ALBERTA Ray Verge, special projects officer for the Alberla govern- ment department of culture, youth and recreation, is one of those who thinks youth travel has reached a peak. Mr. Verge, who figures the number of young transients will equal that of last year, said that a surprisingly large number of travellers with money last year wanted to pay for their accommodation. The province expects to have eight hostels operating with federal help this year, of- fering 500-600 ,beds a night. The Canadian Youth Hostels Association has 14 permanent hostels in Alberla, either used or operated by the CYHA. About went through Edmonton last summer. BRITISH COLUMBIA Many sources in Vancouver, a mecca in the past for hitch- crs, think travel to that area reached a peak two years ago. In the words of one po- lice official "kids last year complained that their sleeping bags never dried out the whole time ttiey were here." Vancouver ir preparing for 23.0DO this year, same as in 1970 and about above J971. Early planning for the city's hoslel and home placement program called for a lower volume than was planned for last year because the facilities operated below capacity. 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