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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 21, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 27 Aircraft are the lifeblood of northern RCAAP By STEPHEN SCOTT FROBISHER BAY, N.W.T. (CP) Many southerners think of the Mountie in the North as the constable who always gets his man, setting out on a months-long trip by dog sled that ends only when ths criminal is apprehended. Forget it. Todays northern constable kisses his wife and kids goodbye and sets out by car or snowmobile for the RCMP aircraft at a nearby landing strip. His patrol, if it can be called that, may take a day, maybe two. "That aircraft is our life- says Inspector V. G. B. Irving, 41, head of the force's G Division which cov- ers all of the High Arctic Islands, talking of the Twin Otter under hio command. "We don't even use a boat any more." That invaluable aircraft is a symbol of change for the RCMP in the Far North, a vast, mostly barren area that was virtually their govern- mental preserve for decades. There is no more honorable chapter in the history of the force, celebrating its 100th an- niversary this year, than the saga of the incredible hard- ships its northern constables endured in the simple per- formance of their duty. Isolation They were more than po- licemen. They were the Union Jack, the Red Ensign, the only indication that Canada claimed the islands stretching toward the pole, and they en- dured years of isolation to preserve Canadian sover- eignty. Today the Es- kimos call them still protect sovereignty In lonely outposts. There still are policemen bringing law and order to people who know no crime; still "flag stations" where the main job of the de- tachment of two or three men is to fly the Maple Leaf. But as southern civilization creeps north, the RCMP are spending more time doing what they were trained to places META- SYSTOX-R insecticide When late-appearing or migrating aphids move into your potato fields, give them a smack in their suckers with META-SYSTOX-R insecticide. Quick cleanup Absorbed into sap stream through leaves Systemic activity provides longer control Controls aphids resistant to chlorinated hydrocarbon insecticides For economical, effective control of aphids, spray with META-SYSTOX-R Spray Concentrate. Order from your supplier now. RESPONSEabillty to you and naturo. CHEMAGRO LIMITED 77 City Centre Drive Mississaugua, Ontario T3115C like this Baffin Island com- munity of When Robert (Paddy) Ham- ilton, now of Ottawa, came north in 1928 "there was no Paddy, who stayed until 1945, still is remembered by Eskimos living on the north- ern part of Baffin Island, as are many of the men who spent part of their lives in the North. Pole changed Paddy spent 10 years on virtually uninhabited EDes- mere and Devon islands with seldom more than another ronstable and a few Eskimos for company. Once a year, a supply ship dropped stores and mail. If there was a mes- sage for him it wculd come on a commercial radio broad- cast. Durirg the Second World War he was tt Pangnirtung, about 150 miles north of here. He would occasionally make the eight-day trip by dog sled to this almost deserted area or to other camps of the no- madic Eskimos. Today most of the Eskimos are established in hamlets Where they remain except when hunting. At Grise Fiord on Ellesmere Island there is a Northwest Territories official, a Hudson's Bay store and a landing strip for RCMP air- craft. There is easy contact headquarters at Frobi- sher Bay by radio. If Pangnirtung Constable Joe Blackburn wants to make a patrol over the large area for which he is responsible, he calls Frobisher to arrange for use of the aircraft sta- tioned there. Otherwise he stays in the settlement of 850 persons which is served by a commercial airline. Duties varied Constable Blackburn and his 37 fellow-officers in G Di- vision are friends when help is needed, government repre- sentatives when the regular men are away, customs offi- cers. "We even run the co-oper- ative for the Eskimos at Grise said Inspector Irving. Cpl. Walter McAuley, leav- ing Pangnirtung after a tour of duty, said much of his time was taken up with adminis- tration and looking after two nouses, three warehouses, a boathouse and a greenhouse. "If you want to be a build- Ing superintendent, here is the place to learn." he said. But crime is coming to Pan- gnirtung, just as it, came to Frobisher Bay and Cape Dor- set, along with southern civ- ilization. Schools, various forms of government payments and in- come from Eskimo art have pulled the native people away from nomadic ways and into settlements where alcohol has become a serious problem. A total of 472 prisoners were held in the Frobisher Rayonicr reduces operations VANCOUVER (CP) Ray- onier of Canada Ltd. has an- nounced operations at its Port Alice pulp mill will be reduced immediately to a five-day work schedule, throw ing about 70 employees out of work. The company said in a state- ment that workers to be laid off will be offered employment in forest divisions but a spokesman said later it is un- likely that many of them will want to make the switch. The reduction from seven- day operations comes as a re- sult of the company's unsuc- cessful efforts to keep within the limits of a water condition permit, issued hy the B.C. pol- lution control branch, by reduc- ing daily production levels. The branch issued an amend- ed permit March 30 requiring the company to maintain the dissolved oxygen content in Neroutsos inlet, into which the mill discharges effluent, at no less than five parts a million. Production at the mill was cut May 3 by 13 to ]fl per cent and the mill was closed the last two weekends in efforts to meet the requirements. Dismissals will be from the 410 operational employees, the spokesman said. The 90 salar- ied personnel will not be af- fected. The company has filed an appeal against the permit but the original hearing date of next Tuesday has been delay- ed. The delay was at the re- quest of the branch, the Ray- onier spokesman said. Bay lockup in 1970. There were 758 in 1971 and 1.569 in 1972. In the first quarter of this year there were 650 pris- oners, not counting those thrown into the drunk tank to sober up and released without charge the next day. Related to drink Baffin Island might have a couple of murders a year. Most of the crimes are drink- related offences such as- sault, break-ins, minor and rape and other sexual 01- j fences. Almost all the crime in- volves about five per cent of the native population of the area. The story is similar in Cane' Dorset, a smaller community I to the south which is a centre for Eskimo carving. The Frobisher Bay liquor store, the only one on the island, sends ever increasing amounts of spirits and beer to Dorset every week. Now there is talk of stop- ping all mail-order liquor sup- plies. "The tragic thing about it is the way it is affecting the Es- kimo, who really is a hell of a fine said Inspector Irving. Robert Pilot, a former Mountie who now is NWT re- gional director here, said the changing times have had their effect on the RCMP. It started when southern transients came in the 1950s and 1960s to work on DEW line sites and other construc- tion projects. They posed po- Jice prob'ems and the RCMP responded by sending men north who were more police- oriented. "The police lost their touch with the people. They didn't have the opportunity to learn the ways of the Eskimos and the native people were treated on the same level as the white transients. "The type who were sent in saw problems as they were seen in the South. The image of the force was damaged. "In the last two years, un- der Inspector Irving, much has been dones to restore the old image. Tolerance and un- derstanding are coming again and the RCMP is helping to bridge the gap between the two cultures." 1 is a set of tires? Ho hot air. So no better place for top tire value and service. What is top tire value? The way we see it, it's getting tires that best suit ycur kind of car, your kind of driving, and the kind of money you want to spend. Tires that fit you. And that's what you get when you deal with us. We'd like to tel! you about our General Tire line-up, and why we believe there are no better tires built anywhere. We carry all nine types of General tires. Conven- tional. Belted. Radial. Tires for imports. Tires for North American cars. 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