Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIOGE HERAID Thvlildoy, Juns 1972 Maurice Western Pilots and court orders With the exception Eastern and Northeast Airlines, U.S. carriers did 'not participate in the strike called by the International Federation of Airline Pilots. The reason they did not was that a court order was is- sued against participation. There had been some confusion as to whether the U.S. Airline Pilots Association would defy the court or- der and ground all American air- craft. It is to their credit that, in spile of the belligerent statements made by their president, Capt. John O'Donnell, they obeyed the court or- der. After all, what the airline pilots are protesting, in essence, is a breakdown in law and order on the airlines. It they had suspended nor- mal operations the pilots would have been contributing to the very thing against which they are pro- testing. "A heart of steel' Dr. Fidel Castro and his band of loyal followers have been travelling about on an image-mending tour for the last month. Rumors tliat Fidel suffers from a heart condition, are taken as fact by most newsmen in spite of his announcement that he has a "heart of steel" or some equally durable metal. Pictures of the Cuban leader engaged in a basketball game support his condition that everything is fine with his heart. There is grave doubt though that the same goes for his image. Eastern European countries which have been supporting Castro with econmoic aid they can ill afford, are said to be disenchanted with him. They think the money that could be used at home is supporting an inef- ficient government, and further that Castro is a political opportunist who foments division among the left- ists of Latin America, rather than hewing to the Moscow-directed line. Following his tour Eastern Eur- ope Fidel is going to go lo Moscow, for "talks" with the Russian leaders. It could be lhat the "talks" may be of a disciplinary nature. Moscow is reputed to prefer Raul Castro who has been left at home to mind the shop in liis brother's absence. With news that the Organization of the American States (OAS) is consider- ing a reassessment of its Cuba sanc- tions, and in particular that the ques- tion of diplomatic relations with Cuba might soon be a matter for individual Latin-American nations to decide for themselves, the Russians want'no more of Fidel's vacillations. They would prefer the less mercurial and solidly pro-Russian Raul. There's always the excuse, valid or otherwise, of that heart condition if Fidel steps down in favor of his brother. But even if this doesn't hap- pen, Dr. Castro is going to find him- self under Soviet pressure to keep his house in order and that means hoeing the pro-Moscow line. A man to watch Militant Libyan Premier Moamer Qadhafi has hit the headlines again with threatening statements whicli more than anything else exhibit the frustration of an irresponsible meg- alomaniac. He says he intends to sup- ply arms to the IRA, back American blacks against the U.S. government, and help the Philippine Moslems in their quarrel with their Christian brethren. Col. Qadhafi, whose mili- tary government took over the oil- rich nation in 1969, is a xenophobe nationalist of the worst kind. He has quarreled with his Arab neighbors, forced a rigid authoritarian regime on his own people who appear power- less to resist, tried to buy internation- Bl influence with his country's rich- es, and is now attempting to turn domestic disaffection in other coun- tries into disruptive hatred wherever he sees an opportunity. Qadhafi's announcement that he is already supplying arms to the IRA may be true, but there has been no official confirmation thus far. If he has been doing so, he has made as, the British foreign office says hi the comparatively mild language used by diplomats on these occasions, "a very grave admission." His ac- tions can only be interpreted as being inspired by hatred of the British since the IRA and the Libyans have little in common, other than a belief in vio- lence to gain their ends. Col. Qadhafi was less explicit on how he intended to help American negroes in their opposition to the gov- ernment, although presumably he would extend funds from Libyan cof- fers for this purpose. (The poverty- stricken Libyan masses might wonder why the Colonel does so little to spread the largesse among them; but if they do resent the siphoning off of funds for assistance to minority groups in other countries, they would be risking their necks if they said The Philippine Moslems and the Christians in Mindanao have carried on a vicious war for years. Nothing much has been known about it, but it is certain that both communities have been supplied with arms, includ- ing a few tanks and some outmoded artillery equipment. It is suspected that a corrupt Philippine government turns the other way when certain Fil- ipino entrepreneurs sell military hard- ware, no longer required for use by the armed forces, to the religious fanatics. Qadhafi's money could come in very handy in tipping the balance in favor of the Moslems, who are concentra- ted in outlying islands and comprise about 5 percent of the total popula- tion. The Colonel is of course, violently anti-Israeli but if he is actively sup- porting the Palestinian guerrillas with men, money and arms he isn't boast- ing about it. What he really aspires to is leadership of the Arab world which has so far eluded him. Nevertheless, Quadhafi is a man to watch. He is one of the richest, dedi- cated and dangerous threats to peace in the Middle-East. Beating meat prices IT isn't easy, but our family has found a way to lick the price of meat. We have done it by having a daughter who plans to become a brain surgeon, a mother who is going into training as a reg- istered nurse, two younger children who identify with all four-legged creatures, and a father who suddenly loses his appetite when asked: "Daddy, what animal did this meat come Like other carnivores I have in the past enjoyed meat, thanks to a healthily schi- zoid ability to think of lamb as a lovable baby sheep except at meal-time, when a lamb is a juicy chop. This is one of the miracles of the human brain. Denied it, George Bernard Shaw be- came a vegetarian. Shaw must have had more family meals than his biographers have indicated. It was during preparation of one of our family's meals steak and kidney pie, one of my favorites until very recently that I entered the kitchen as my brain- surgeon daughter was operating on the kid- ney. "I found the renal she told me, pointing to the dissection. "I also found tha cortex and the medulla. I even found a kidney stone." She held up a small object that I did not by any stretch of the im- agination wish to see. With those few words my daughter, Dr. Wiener Schnitzel, excised my happy antici- pation of a steak-and-kidney pie, replacing it with ao autopsy on the urogenital sys- tem. Sometimes I wonder how I got lo be a member of this family. We don't have din- ner, we have a clinic. Other children wash Policy urged governing public servants OTTAWA Frank Howard, the veteran NDP member for Skeena, received some decid- edly murky answers when ha sought the other doy to obtain clarification of government pol- icy in situations of potential conflict of Interest. It is understandable that the government was taken hy prise on the first run since Mr. Howard prefaced liis question with a reference to an incident in another jurisdiction. He noted that the Olivetti Business Ma- chine Company had provided an expense-paid trip for two public servants of the Ontario govern- ment and had subsequently sold equipment to the same govern- ment. But the question he posed to ministers was clear enough and it can scarcely be said that they did very well on the second run. Mr. Howard asked: "Would the minister be prepared to make a statement in the House oullinirjg federal government policy In respect of expense- paid trips for public servants arranged by businesses or cor- porations, particularly those that do business with the gov- To this James Richardson, minister of supply and services, replied reasonably enough that it was not exclusively his area but he would be glad to consider the problem raised. Mr. Howard tried again. "Perhaps I could ask the Secretary of State for External Affairs in his capacity as Acting Prime Minister to find out which department or minister has responsibility In the area in question, and whoever it is, would he be pre- pared to make a statement on federal government policy in re- spect of business concerns pay- ing for trips and excursions for federal public Mr. Sharp observed guard- edly: "I would think it concerns all members of the administra- tion. If there Is some particular case the hon. gentleman would like to discuss which does affect a federal civil servant, perhaps he might bring it to our atten- tion." Certainly it should concern all members of the government. But is there a policy? Mr. Sharp did not say so on Friday and there has been no clarification since. Again, it is doubtless a member's duty to bring cases of this sort to the attention of a re- sponsible minister. But the point of a policy would be to prevent such cases from arising. Thus it is certainly pertinent to ask whether there is a policy and to request that it be placed on tha public record. At one time the subject might have been considered relatively unimportant. In those days the civil service was small and gov- ernment, which then played a much more modest role, lived at arm's length with the busi- ness uimmunity. There have been many changes since that time and their net effect is to give the problem new import- ance. Both business and govern- ment have become far more their hands for dinner mine scrub up, to the elbows. I think they would wear sur- gical masks If there was some way of get- ting the food through the gauze without messing. My younger daughter, who has already turned vegetarian stares at the Sunday joint as though it is an atrocity commit- ted on one of the characters of Born Free. I am paying a pound to be made to look like a member of the world's last re- maining tribe of bushmen that practice cannibalism. Because of loss of appetite for meat in the kitchen nook, or the O.H. as I've come to think of it, my wife is htrying smaller and smaller cuts. Last Sunday we had a rolled-rib roast that looked like a sausage stricken with bloat. "What part of the cow does this come asked my son. He needs to know the anatomical derivation of all meats, be- fore giving his serving lo the cat. If he were any son of mine he would be con- lent to think of meat as coming from the butcher, -by acupuncture In which I'm the one that gets the needle. This Is the situation lhat Is reducing my wife's meat bill. It is also reducing my weight. I have started sneaking out of tha house for surreptitous hamburgers, or car- nal offerings from the delicatessen. This pushes the meat bill back up again, ex- cept I'm paying it. And I blame television. All those damned medical series have Uristed my family's minds. A pox on you, Marcus Welby, M.D. Alay your next steak die under the knifcl (Vancouver Province feature) IMpflL "All those CBC strikes finally got to Manfred, so he decided to strike complex and their relationship has changed. Business recruits talent from government and government draws talent from business. let Britain fliis has caused concern because of the possibility that knowledge gained in government may sub- sequently be used to serve pri- vate interests. Here we are fre- quently assured that govern- ment and business are natural partners and, as Eric Kierans noted at the for the first personal re- lations between men in the business world and those in the service have become close. It could scarcely be otherwise when the government nowadays has so many programs which bring Important executives so frequently to Ottawa. On the side of business there have also been important devel- opments. Some firms now main- tain very elaborate public rela- tions organizations. Influence may be exerted in many legiti- mate ways; it may also be em- ployed in the fashion suggested by Mr. Howard's question. How, in his situation, is the public in- terest to be defended? There is another difficulty in that the values of society have changed. This was recently dis- cussed at length by most dis- tinguished public servant, Gor- don Robertson, Clerk of the Privy Council and the Secretary to the cabinet. His concern was quite different; the recent leaks of confidential information. But the change may have other im- plications for government; at the least it would seem unsafe to assume that it has none (or will have none) for conflict of interest situations in the very complex circumstances of the present day. If a major scandal should erupt tomorrow, doubtless there would be salutary action to pro- tect the public purse. But-why wait for a major scandal? I( there is now a firm policy, it should be placed on record. If there is no policy, surely tho matter should be thoroughly considered and not solely by one western minister. Mr. Howard' has raised an important subject with ramifications going far be- yond the actual wording of his question. It deserves a more ad- equate and an early response from the government. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Peter Desbartits Development of Arctic resources already a fact PLLESMERE ISLAND, N.W.T. The first oil dis- covery in tha Canadian Arctic Islands was made here. The data was Feb. 4, 1972, and the exact place was feet be- low the surface of this bleak valley about 800 miles from the North Pole. It is already ancient history, although the same oil rig is still operating over the same spot, its bit now churning through tha sediment of ancient oceans more than feet under- ground. An even older story can ba seen 250 miles to the west, on King Christian Island. Journal- ists were flown there last week to watch Jean Chretien, Indian affairs and northern develop- ment minister, open a valva and ignite a roaring demonstra- tion flare that consumed, in 10 minutes, enough natural gas to heat your home for 10 years. This story goes back to Oct. Letter to the editor 25, 1970, when King Christian N06 blew wild, caught fire and burned out of control for three months, a beacon that could be seen for 150 miles in the Arctic night. Several thousand miles north of Toronto and Vancouver, al- most equidistant from both, this is the operating time perspec- tive. In the south, development of Arctic oil and gas, despite ev- erything that has been said and written about it, still seems to be a visionary prospect. In the Arctic, it shapes the present. At a conference on the Arctic in Ottawa several weeks ago, I listened to a graduate student berate older scientists for pas- sively accepting the idea of northern oil and gas pipelines. The question is not how the pipelines can be constructed safely, she said, but whether the pipelines should be built at all. Canadians who still believe Chariot still disputed May I comment on Mr. Fearn's letter of Thursday re- garding the Chariot of the Gods. It is one of Ihc freedoms that'we have that gives a right to Mr. Fearn to enjoy his be- liefs or to any one eke who be- lieves in the supernatural. If someone were to take away those rights I would be the first to come to his aid even though I believe his reasoning to be wrong. He believes that heavenly bodies can and "have come to this earth." When heaven has been discovered geographically or astronomically, then I will believe in it. He says that a certain professor "Made testi- monial on gods visiting this earth." He made no mention of professors who do not believe in it. He says "that visitations from heavenly beings have been going on since the time of Adam" and "he can find out by reading the Holy Bible." Since the Bible was not writ- ten by God but by ancient men who claim it to be the word of God is it not possible to doubt its authenticity? In those days there were so many things unexplainablc as they did not have access to modern knowledge. A study of physics, chemistry, geology, astronomy, anthropology, paleontology and other sciences has contributed lo tlie death of supernatural be- liefs. Some theological histori- ans claim that God created Adam around B.C. but science has proven lhat Homo Sapiens, the Cromannon man, was developed about B.C. and that the first man-like crea- ture appeared earlier than 1, B.C. However I believe that Jesus was a moral teacher and his ethics are worthy of support. But I believe that Mr. Fearn and the churches should rid themselves of some of these archaic beliefs and make them- selves available as moral and social councillors for which there Is such urgent need. AHT MATSON Lclhbridge. 'Crazy Capers' Perhaps a crude justice will come when a term paper ex- ecutive looks up from the oper- ating table to see one of his better customers approaching dressed in surgeons' gown, scalpel In hand. Stephen Trachtenberg, dean of university affairs at Bost- on University, on firms that sell ghost-written term papers to students. that this is the issue are living in a dream world or the past. They are somewhere in the early '60s when "northern de- velopment" was a toy painted in primary colors and toss- ed about by politicians at elec- tion time. That this dream persists In the '70s is partly the respon- sibility of the media. They have continued to describe the north in fantastic terms a land of unbelievable resources and in- credible wealth and prospects this has helped to ob- scure the fact that Canadian exploitation of the Arctic is now an accomplished fact. A great deal of the fantastic future is already history. The key decision was made In the late '60s when the Canadian government decided not only to encourage the search for oil and gas in the high Arctic but lo participate in it as a 45-per- cent shareholder in one of the most active companies, Pan- arctic Oil Ltd. of Calgary. Since then, more than million has been spent on oil and gas exploration and drill- ing in the Yukon and North- west Territories. Enough oil and gas have been found to jus- tify preparatory work on pipe- lines. No, "justify" is too weak a term. The discoveries have made it imperative for the fed- eral government to solicit bin's this year for a Mackenzie Val- ley gas pipeline, and to commit for an i n i t i a 1 survey this summer of gas pipeline routes along both coasts of Hud- son Bay. The inevitability of this devel- opment is what one begins to appreciate after only a few days in the Arctic. From this vantage point, Ca- nadians in the south are the ones who appear to be living in a world of visions where all op- tions are open and all things are possible. The real world is up here, at the "isolated" drilling sues where the roughnecks commulo every 20 days to Uieir homes in Alberta. It Is obvious here that millions are being spent, that oil and gas are be- ing found, and that it is going to move south by one means or another. It is obvious that the oil and gas industry in the Arctic is here to stay. In fact, its future seems more assured than tho future of the native people who also seem to realize some hopefully, some passively, f few angrily that the North Is al- ready dancing to the rhythm ol the American drum. The air of unreality that per. sists in the south has also been encouraged by many public fig. lires on both sides of the issue. Even last week, In informal conversations with a small group of journalists accom- panying him on a tour of the Arctic Islands, Mr. Chretien sought to preserve the illusion pf manoeuvrability. He argued that it is only sensible for Can- ada to explore the extent of its northeni oil and gas reserves at this stage, and that when tha reserves are determined more exactly, the government will be in a position to decide on their exploitation. But it became more and more evident, as we toured the sites, that the decision to explore im- plied a decision to exploit. Something more than the spirit of scientific Inquiry has produced the millions of dollars that are being sunk into these wells. W h' c n marketable reserves are discovered, this money is going to be called back. If Pan- arctic can earn gross revenues of million a year as pre- dicted, splitting the profits with the government, no administra- tion in Ottawa is likely to seal the wells and sit back to ponder their development. In fact, the government al- ready has committed Canada to this development, and every policy decision deepens that commitment. Only a few weeks ago, In Ed- monton, I heard Prime Minis- ter Trudeau he gov- ernment to spending mil- lion this year on the continent's first road to the Arctic the Mackenzie Highway. Last I choked on the dust of that new highway as the bull- dozers began to push it south from Inuvik. It is clear that the big deci- sion already has been made. The Imperatives of the conti- nental energy games have been accepted. Lawsuits, Injunctions and other tactics employed by Ca- nadians in the south and North who fundamentally disagree with this decision might be able to alter the pace of this develop- ment, but it is too late to dream of stopping it. The important decisions that have yet to be made about the people and environment of the Arctic will be made In the con- text of the development that is now under way. Canadians who still think that these bleak islands are tha world of the future are cultivat- ing a dangerous illusion. (Toronto Star Syndicate) Looking backward Throngh The Herald 192Z Departmental exami- nations started Wednesday at Central school. Mr. Crawford of the local high school staff, Is presiding. 1932 Fleetwood school cad- ets have been awarded the Traunweiser Cup in physical culture for the province. The first official clay of summer was ushered in here wilh heavy rains and snow in the footliills. 1952 _ The "Richest Hill on or the famous "Bulte Hill" in Montana, is producing strategic metals for (he joint Canadian United States de- fence program with the use of natural gas from Alberta. 19C2 Herald reporter Dave White went into his second day of living in a fallout shelter for his series on "A week in a Fall- out Shelter." The Letltbridge Herald 504 7th St, S., Lethbridge, Alberta HERALb CO, LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1005-1954, by Hon. W. A. 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