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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, Jun. 14, 1972- Petei- Des'bamls The old clock toiver The old Central School demolition will soon start, to make way for the new library. There will be many regrets at the obliteration such a venerable insti- tution. But what about the present post office building? It, too, will soon be demolished, according to present plans of the federal government. Such is progress. But isn't it per- missible to shed a tear in the name of progress? Lethbridge is running out of his- toric old buildings. The post office building is not very historic, but at least it is the closest thing to a civic landmark. Its clock tower is almost the Lethbrirlge trade mark. Can it not be saved? It may not be the responsibility ol The Lethbridge Herald to mount a campaign to save the post office building, at least the clock tower part of it. But such a campaign might be highly popular and perhaps even successful. Decision too hasty City council acted with haste when il decided that residents of certain sections of 7th, 8th and 9lh Streets South could not park in front of their residences without being fined, un- less they moved their vehicles ev- ery two hours. These residences are in an area designated as downtown and many have no off-street parking aecomo- dations. The decision means that if these residents do not want to be plagued with parking fines, they will have to find parking areas for their vehicles where there are no restrictions. It also means that foreign-to-the- area vehicles could be parked in front of these homes throughout the day provided they were moved ev- ery two hours. True, there are business establish- ments fronting on to some of these streets and a majority of the opera- tors would like to see cars kept mov- ing. Wholesale houses are also outlaw- ed in the downtown area according to the zoning regulations, but there are establishments in the desig- nated area doing a thriving whole- sale business. -City officials have turned their backs on the regulations, unless an applicant is naive enough to make an official application to operate a wholesale business. Activities have changed consider- ably since the general plan was ap- proved some years ago. It's simply a matter on which no one has had time to redraft the regulations. Could it not be that the regula- tions covering the residences on 7th, 8th and 9th Streets may require another study also? Russians in Rome It is fairly well established by now that "outside pressure" was respon- sible for the current relaxed atti- tude of the Soviets in regard to emigration of Russian Jews who want to go to Israel. Thousands of them have left the U.S.S.R. since last year when the publicity in the West about their plight reached its height. A new phenonomen is beginning to show up which might be a spin- off of the "new" policy. Many Russian intellectuals w hose plight has caused widespread criticism abroad, are now being allowed to leave. It's anything but a stampede so far but there are a remarkable number of Foissian writers, painters and scien- tists turning up in Rome where they have formed a group dedicated to the struggle for human rights in their native land. The biggest prize of all is Alexander Yesenin-Volpin, a brilliant mathematician, phi- losopher and poet. When Volpin first expressed the wish to emigrate sev- eral years ago, he was promptly put into an insane asylum a common practice in dealing with those who have been foolish enough to express dissatisfaction with the Soviet way of life. But Volpin is in Rome today, and has been reported reading his revolutionary verse to restaurant gatherings. In the past few weeks photo- graphs have shown the painter, Titov, who was granted permission to leave the U.S.S.R. and took off- accompanied by some of his paint- ings. The paintings were later found to be destroyed. Some one had pour- ed sulphuric acid over the lot. Speculation is current about why the authorities have had a change of heart. Perhaps the brainy agita- tors were not worth the trouble they caused at home; perhaps their de- parture would have a demoralizing effect on their restive colleague re- maining. If Mr. Brezhnev thinks that "get- ting rid of the trouble makers" is going to cure the trouble, he may be in for a s h o c k. Political dissidents are often hydra-headed. Mr. Volpin believes that the growth of public opinion cannot be stopped and says that "for every single individual leaving the Soviet Union two new ones come up." He may very well be right. Weekend Meditation The folly oi ivorrv is a killer and most people are worried about something. In the clos- ing verses of the sixth chapter of St. Mat- thew's Gospel Jesus exhorts his disciples not to be anxious about anything. He puts this in an extreme way to make his point: "Take therefore no thought for the mor- row: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." He obviously did not mean that men were not to make reason- able provision and take reasonable pre- caution, since even the birds to whom he refers do build nests. He also advised them before setting out on a venture to count the cost lest they begin and could not finish. What he did mean, however, was that, having done what could reasonably be ex- pected, to trust in God and so find that tranquillity of spirit which is the true end of life. Johnnes Weiss says that "into our modern world with its hurry and its striv- ing, with its desperate struggle for exist- ence, this song about freedom from cara comes ringing like a strain from the lost Paradise." Jesus believes serenity to be possible. Tor one thing, concentrate on ths Vv'ill of God or, as Luke says, do not be ol a doubt- ful or double mind. Only the single-minded can be at peace. Secondly, live one day at a time, as the famous Dr. Osier used to say, live in day-tight compartments. Most important, remember that God gives life and all things. He must be trusted to do what man cannot do in any case. When tha situation looked desperate in the Civil War, Secretary Stanton salct to President Linc- oln, "I don't see why it is that you are so calm. When everything is going wrong, our generals losing battles, and we can hear Paternalism exerted on people of North TF Robert Service came to Canada's North today to ex- press opinions about dangerous Dan McGvcw, or a lady named Lou, he would probably be told to mind liis own business. Northerners are in a prickly mood right now, particularly when it comes to outside advice. It's a revealing symptom of the current pace of development, Northerners evidently I e e 1 the thunder of guns here in Washington, you keep calm and poised. How do you do Lincoln replied "Well, it's like this, Stanton. When you feel you are only a pipe for Omnipotence to sound through, you don't worry much." When a man believes he !s !n the place and doing the work God wants him to do, he doesn't worry. It is because so few be- Jieve in God that this is called "The Age of Anxiety." Isaiah expressed It truly, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusts in Thee." Edward Wilson had not always been a believer in God. That great soul came to God after much wandering. Cut before he died on that Antarctic expedition he wrote, "Look at life carelessly. The only things worth worry about are in ourselves, not in externals It's only real carelessness about one's own will and confidence in God's that can teach one to believe that whatever is, is best." So Paul wrote too that "All things work together for good to them that love God." Worry is not only useless, but is a denial of God's goodness, Henry Ford told a visitor the same thing. When asked if he ever worried he replied, "No. I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn't need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe that everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry Prayer: Breathe Thy calm into my spirit, 0 God, that with serenity and Courage I may face ihe future and the troubles of life, not conquered but con- quering. F. S. M. Forgetting the past By Doug Wnlkcr WHEN The Herald had a dinner for tha employees some weeks ago the ques- tion arose of who should ask the blessing. First thoughts apparently that T should be ashed to perform this function. As it turned out, Bill Breckenridga asked the blessing and did so very too. The Ixxss had intervened on my behalf. "II is an accepted principle in our he said, "that a man should be allowed to forget his Three good friends they are being got at from all sides. There is growing resent- ment of outside expertise re- gardless of whether it comes from government, business or academic circles. Sometimes this emerges sar- castically, as when they talk of housing designed for a "typi- cal" Eskimo family consisting of parents, children, sev- eral dogs and an anthropologist. But the humour expresses a real concern that everyone but northerners themselves now seem to be deciding what will happen to this part of Canada in the next few decades. This feeling rests on a solid legislative base. There now are about people in the Yukon and Northwest Territories- equivalent to almost half the population of Prince Edward Is- they are the only Ca- nadians who do not control de- velopment of their natural re- sources through their own pro- vincial governments. Particularly in this region, ex- ploitation of natural resources is the foundation of economic life and the lever of social progress. In this vital area of jurisdiction, the people of the North arc, to use a phrase that lias become shopworn in Canada but that applies here with scientific ac- curacy, second-class citizens. Stating this doesn't necessar- ily mean advocating an over- night change. But it would be useful for Canadians in the south, so Jealous of their own provincial rights, to ponder the colonialism that they now exert on tiie North at a decisive pe- riod in its development. Through their government in Ottawa, Canadians have served notice on their northern co-citi- zens that they have no intention of giving up this control for some time. Standing In the shadow of an oil rig on an uninhabited Arctic Island last week, Jean Chretien, minister of Indian affairs and northern development, gestured at the frozen landscape and asked: "Can you imagine this as another The question underlined the Improbability of Canada giving up tlie resources of these vast "sheikdoms" to local control, particularly in view of the large federal investments which have been made and which continue to be made in the region. This situation Is one of the root causes of the uneasiness now felt by northerners. Control of their own resources may ba an unrealistic suggestion right now but that doesn't alter the fact that this control is absent at the very time when major re- sources are being developed. and when provincial-type ad- ministrations eventually take over here, they will probably find that the formative decisions already have been made. Northerners' inability to make basic changes in this situation contribute to their resentment of outside advice. The host of experts who profess to know what is good for the North em- phasizes the colonial status of this part of Canada. Sc pervasive is tills resent- ment that last week, in a speech to the local chamber of com- merce, the r.iati who is the sym- bol of federal authority in the North was able t o employ it against his critics. Mr. Chretien received a favor- able hearing from his local au- dience when he criticized "To- ronto-Montreal professional northerners" who "call for a freeze on northern development for two, three or five years while southerners think out what they believe would be a better northern future." Mr. Chretien called this "a new form of paternalism." In one sense, it was a danger- ous speech. He can be accused of trying to divide and conquer, and of fomenting division be- tween northerners and those Ca- nadians in the south who ara genuinely concerned about the North and who have no axe to grind. But It was clear that' Us words touched a chord here. Northern development In the 70s has often been compared to the greatest single Canadian de- velopment effort of the 19th cen- building of the Cana- dian Pacific Railway. The par- allel is apt in more ways than one. Many northerners feel today that the south is railroad- ing them into the future. (Toronto Stan Syndicate) Bruce Hutchison The balloon watchers eye our murky environment rPHE Canadian government, as I am informed confiden- tially, operates a secret fac- tory deep in the basement of Parliament Hill where name- less technicians, masked and chained to their machines, pro- duce trial balloons, political kites and Chinese puzzles for the use of Prime Minister Tru- deau and his colleagues. About a year ago the first balloon in a new series was launched by Mr. Trudeau from Vancouver but the public hard- ly noticed it in the clouded sky. Only a keen balloon watcher, with strong binocu- lars, could read the fine print on this unidentified flying ob- ject. It said that perhaps, after all, the Gross National Product was not the most accurate measurement of a nation's suc- cess and that economic growth just possibly might not be the sole purpose of human life. Having released this cryptic message into the ether, Mr. Trudeau seemed to forget it and meanwhile Issued a for- eign policy white paper which said, on the contrary, that eco- nomic growth was among the nation's highest priorities. But the prime minister had not for- gotten. The underground fac- tory remained in active produc- tion. Letter to the editor Its next experiment was a kite called the Work Ethic which Mr. Trudeau flew here and there without explaining precisely what it meant. To an ignorant, unethical observer, it appeared to mean that many of the more enlightened Cana- dians were deciding to aban- don work in favor of leisure, contemplation and the rewards of the spirit certainly a noble ideal, provided that the saintly non-workers do not ask the ma- terialistic workers to support them in nirvana. Besides, as Mr. Trudeau seemed to be saying, the aban- donment of work, and therefore the fall in consumption, would relieve the pressures on the na- iton's raw resources and the pollution of the environment a very dubious mathematical assumption. Anyhow, these vague warn- ings failed to satisfy the tough environmental minister, Jack Davis. He did not fly balloons or kites. He dropped bombs of high political and financial ex- plosive power by ajinouncing that the environment must be cleaned up, without further de- lay, no matter what the cost. And he was naturallyjrritated when this reporter suggested that he did not know the cost of such measures. Mr. Davis says he knows tha cost and spells it out in speci- fic figures. During the next decade, he calculates, Canada must spend no more than one per cent of its GNP to cleanse its air and water a cheap bargain indeed, since the alter- native is a totally inhuman en- vironment. If I have misunderstood Mr. Davis, he has misunderstood me, presumably because my piece in these columns was even more sloppily written than usual. What I meant to say was that nobody on earth knew the ultimate cost of saving it not merely from pollution but from population and consequent depletion combined. Mr. "Davis surely will not deny that ob- vious fact. However, his responsibility, as I understand it, is pollution alone and he seems to be doing a belter job than his counter- parts in most countries. With Maurice Strong, one of the world's truly great servants, Mr. Davis gave Canada an ex- traordinary influence at the re- cent Stockholm conference, thus denying the old, absurd legend that Canadians, a dull northern breed, have no origin- al ideas of their own. It would be equally absurd to suppose that Mr. Trudeau Expanded programs for retarded outlined had no hand In this developing strategy. Through his public soliloquies and the speeches of his ministers he Is clearly try- ing to educate the nation in a problem which it (and lie, have hardly begun to grasp. Now, from Alastair Gillespie, the new science minister, we receive the latest instalment in a cram course. He has gone beyond Mr. Davis by telling us that pollution is only half the problem, or less. Within the lifetime of many of us here he says, "stocks of commodities we now take for granted such as copper according to the Club of Rome scientists could run out. Up to now the central as- sumption of Canadian pros- perity has been unlimited growth. We have taken for granted that there was always more wealth in the ground, waiting for a market; always mines to be found, and fortunes to be made." But, he warns, we can no longer build on these premises. We must re-think them to make sure that "the inevitable death of specific resource in- dustries does not destroy Can- ada as well." Mr. Gillespie thinks we have time to avoid destruction because "the future isn't something that happens to us but something we create by putting together ttie facts with our values, integrated by our imagination." Given their treasure of raw materials, Canadians have more tihie than most peoples; but do they have the necessary imagination? Have they also the common sense to put the facts together and face their true meaning? Mr. Gillespie hopes so but admits that time is running out and that we must accept "future social adapta- tions even more drastic tnan those our Niecies has already undergone." Probably few Canadians have paused to read, much less to consider, these horrendous words, floating like the earlier trial balloons in the misty at- mosphere of an election cam- paign. Still fewer have realized that the "social as yet unknown but sure to be extremely inconvenient, will apply to them personally in their own little lives, or at least to their children. Perhaps we ore nuking some progress, however, when our politicians of all parties begin to recognize, very late, that even tlie fortunate, spacious land of Canada is only a minor segment of a tortured, indivisi- ble planet and cannot opt out of humanity. After the election one government or another will have to speed up the unplea- sant educational process before it is too late. (Herald Knecla! Bureau) The Lethbridge Herald re- cently carried a report, on a proposed project, entitled tlm Experimental and Demonstra- tion Project of tho Letliljridgo Association for the Mentally Retarded; involving, to some degree, the co-operation of the Lethbridge Community College. We appreciate the interest; the letter is written solely to in- form the community of this pro- posal, and to correct an appar- ent misinterpretation oE the hoped for development. Tlio term "mental hospital" is mis- leading, and it is not the in- tention of the association to de- velop an instilulion nf the tynn conveyed by the present-day meaning of this term. The Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Retarded, through the generous support it has received from all sectors o fthe community, has been en- abled to develop the Dorothy Gooder School (now integrated with the Lethbridge School Dis- trict No. a pro school program, residences for rural school children, Sunrise Ranch training centre located at Coaldale, a residence at Sun- rise Ranch for adult trainees; camping and summer play- ground program; and a large, active body of young people who work with the retarded on a volunteer basis. We are now planning to round out our programs for the men- tally retarded and other handi- capped persons under the head- Ing of Comprehensive Commu- nity Services. This would in- (1) Crises Centre to pro- vide care for mentally retard- ed and other handicapped per- sons in emergency situations. (2) Home Care to provido support and knowledge to fam- ilies of. handicapped persons. (3) 24 Hour Care for per- sons who need this kind of at- tention, who presently are away in large institutions, so that they might enjoy the required services closer to their home community. (4) Training Programs for nurses Interested in special areas, for recreation people, and for houscparents through- out. Ihe province, to name a tew areas. (3) Citizen Advocacy to provide instruction for inter- ested volunteers throughout the province to represent and aware of the needs of the men- tally retarded, the handicapped, and other less fortunate per- sons. These programs will be housed in a cottage type struc- ture similar in design to a nursing home. This is our proposal. Fund- Ing will come from the national, provincial, and local levels. There will be one experimen- lal and demonstration project in each province, and selection will be made on a merit basis by provincial and national gov- ernment representatives, and by the National Institute on Mental Retardation. LEN WRIGHT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE MENTALLY RETARDED Looking backward Through Tho Herald I3Z2 Arrangements are practically completed whereby, within a ueek or leu (lays, a drill will be on the ground in the Quarantine Reserve, cast of CoulUi, to explore for oil. This will make four drills on the AI- bcrta side going within the next month. 1032 Grasshoppers by the billion, mile upon mile of the big bodied crawling, leaping insects, tangled to form a fast brown and grccu blanket inches deep, delayed a passenger train in southwest. Manitoba. 1812 For Ihe first lime, Al- focrla beet sugar is moving to Ontario to help meet Canada's wartime sugar needs. 1052 The Natal-Michel band will once more make an ap- pearance at the Coleman Rodeo. Since the first rodeo staged in Coleman, the Natal-M i c h e 1 band has always been in at- tendance. The Lethbridge Herald 5M 7Lh St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRTDGE HERALD LTD., Proprietors and Published 1905-1S54, by Hon, W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Man Registration No. 0012 Member cf The Canadian Press and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of ClrculaKcru CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor era Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Wianagei DON PILLING Managing Editor MILES Advtfliilng Manager "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH' WILLIAM HAY Associate Editor DOUGLAS K. WALKER Edilorlal Page Edliw ;