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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 Uganda Asians find Britain a bad choice Many I'gaii'lan picked Britain Instead oC Canada as their new home are reported to have regretted their choice. QUAUTY DRY CLEANING BY THE LOAD S-Ibs. (Normal Garments) PRE-SPOTTED ARER-SPOTTSD By Our UK' Open Daily at S a.m. 2654 South Pctrkside Drive Phone 327-0811 Wliile their formor coun- trymen established them- selves in Canada, they say they face economic and so- riai difficulties in Britain. Now many of them hope to fly across the Atlantic. First of two-part series. By OAVE THOMAS LONDON Letters from relatives newly-settled in Canada and other reports of their quickly finding work and homes, have caused many Ugandan Asians to re- gret their choice of Britain as their adopted land. Many of the evacuees here accepted Brilian's in- vitation without thinking much about Canada because of fear of cold and snow. But they soon learned the mis- eries of the British winter damp and the scarcity of comfortable housing. Although three-quarters of the family heads are working, their pay is often not much more than welfare benefits collected by those still job- less. The Canadian Hirh Com- mission has received visa ap- plications for about 1.200 of the evacuees now struggling to survive in London and about 400 have so far been ac- cepted. Under its re-emigra- tion scheme, the British gov- ernment pays the air fare on the move. CANADA TOOK BEST Britain's Uganda resettle- ment board offers an ex- planation for the relative suc- cess of the Canadian govern- ment's effort. A board spokes- man said Canada has "taken the cream" of the Asians expelled by Gen. Idi Arnin. In contrast. Britain ac- cepted without qualification all those who held British citi- zenship. About 2.500 of the evacuees here arc still living in the mil- itary barracks of the hastily- opened refugee camps, most of them too old io find work or isolated from (he jcb mar- ket by their lack of English. The crushing problem for those who have moved into British communities is hous- ing. Facing not only high rents charged in London and other major cities, evacuees are often victims of a particu- larly harsh effect of racial discrimination: They become the over-exploited tenants of other Asians. SITUATION FALSIFIED The resettlement board and community social workers confirm complaints that some white landlords declare ad- vertised accommodation al- ready rented when they hear an Asian accent over the tele- phone. Showing no special sympa- j thy for members of their own race, some Asian landlords often charge rents considered shocking even by London standards. Unaware of Britain's rent- control tribunals, evacuees usually accept the abuse and sometimes find themselves evicted to make way for more desperate and higher-paying Asian families. The experience of Jas- vantrai Raval, 43. and his family provide an example. With his attractive wife and two children, Raval arrived last September on the first plane-load of evacuees. Now the family is cramped into their fourth unheated flat since leaving the Stradishall refugee camp. All of his North London landlords have been Indians like himself and have forced the Ravals to move out to make way for others ready to pay more. Dejected at his failure to regain the family's comfort- able life enjoyed in Kampala, Raval pays 70 a month for a tiny two-room flat. "You said Mrs. Raval, mother of two young children, "part of our prob- lem here is that the British people think we are the same as the Asians who came here right from India. They don't Irust us to nay anr] rhpy don't understand that in Uganda we lived just like middle-class Europeans." And, about their Indian landlords: "They say that they suffered when they came here, so we can suffer too." NATIONAL COURTESY CARD' LEASING VKe motor vemcis CoicriBsc! on tie Sack o us well as an excellent teaching aid for parents and leaders of ynutii groups. Scientific terms are avoided whenever possible, although They are defined in the glossary. Some 400 of the, most popular and familiar flowering plants of Alberta are described in detail. Full colour photographs identify each species and as a further aid concise descriptions nf plant, flower and seed are given. The habitat of each plant, its time of blossoming ond its location within the province are also listed. Tha book was written by R. G, H. Cormack, professor of botany at the University of Alberta. 1SHES Beautifully illustrated record of th? lifespan and habitat of the various species of fish found within the province. Sections on fish ecology, history of fish culture in Alberta, fish identifica- tion, diagrams and definitions of scientific terms as ivell as photographs are detailed maps of riverc, and streams make this booic required reading for scuba divers and anyone interested in Alberta's water resources. The book is written by Martin J. Paetz, chief fishery biologist for Alberta and Joseph S. Nelson, fish biologist at the University of Alberta. ORDER NOW! Please mail me. Nature Books at per set. Enclosed please find my chequa or money order for i i i i_ .sets of 3 Alberta TO: THE QUEEN'S PRINTER For The Province Of Alberta 11510 KingswayAvenua EDMONTON, Alberta. T5G 2Y5 NAME ADDRESS I I I I M-H m miwmmmmmmmli PROV. ALSO AVAILABLE THROUGH LEADING ;