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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Opposition MLAs slam advanced education department Grant Notley advocates "boat rocking" By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The university communities must become more vocal if they expect to receive a fair share of the financial "windfall" this province will receive from oil tax royalties. Grant Notley, leader of the provincial NDP, and Robert Clark, Social Credit house leader, speaking at the University of Lethbridge Thursday said the best method of lobbying would be to convince local members of the legislature of their needs. Mr. Clark said the U of L must begin lobbying immediately because it is the smallest of the three universities and is still growing. "You can't afford to mark time" like the other two universities. Mr. Notley suggested universities "too frequently are willing to go along with the don't-rock-the-boat" philosophy rather than oppose government decisions that have a detrimental affect on universities and society. "You're too he charged. Both speakers suggested the petition 80 University of Lethbridge faculty members signed for presentation to the provincial cabinet was an ineffective method of lobbying for their cause. They claimed the faculty members would have made much more'impact with the government if they had all written a letter to the premier of the province. Petitions are not very effective because it is too easy today to obtain several signatures on a sheet of paper, they explained. Bill Beckel, president of U of L, pointed out to the speakers that it is a "major thing to get a petition going" in the university community and very difficult for the universities to speak out because of the way they are structured. Mr. Notley said he realized it was difficult for the university communities to speak out but if they want to receive the same consideration as other vocal segments of society then they'll have to make the effort needed to "rock the boa." The provincial government will be coming up with "all sorts of hair-brained schemes" to spend the oil royalty windfall it will be receiving in the near future, Mr. Notley told the seminar on Politics and Higher Education. "Post-secondary education should make its claim he added. Both speakers estimated the "windfall" at about million. The department of advanced education has been strongly criticized during the previous three seminars on Politics and Higher Education at the university for the direction it was taking. The seminar Thursday was no different. Mr. Clark says he doesn't think the department knew what it was being set up to do when it replaced the Universities Commission about a year ago Mr. Clark, the former education minister in the last Socred government, said the now defunct universities and colleges commissions had their imperfections, but they were "a heck of a lot better" than the department of advanced education. The department doesn't let the universities know the direction it is taking, doesn't allow input from the universities until the last minute and then doesn't respond to the input until after it has made its decisions, the Socred house leader charged. Mr. Notley said the department of advanced education, when first formed, claimed it would not be making any major decisions about post- secondary education until it had time to fully review and evaluate the system in operation. That has turned out to be the most absurd "doubletalk he claimed. Shortly after it made that statement, Mr. Notley says, the department began to make "hasty decisions." In the short time tue department has been in operation it has done away with the University Commission, appointed Walter Worth as deputy minister before consultations on the Worth Report were complete and put restrictions on university programs, he said. Now, he says, the department is contemplating changes to The Universities Act that would transfer some of the powers of the general faculties councils to the university board of governors. "I get very concerned when -I hear Dr. Worth suggesting that the authority of the general faculties council should be transferred to the boards." The leader of the provincial NDP claims "the boards represent the conservative element of society and their perspective is of those who have" and as a result they resist any changes in society. The proposed changes to The Universities Act are "going to mean the university will become more conservative and less responsive to he projects. Mr. Notley also claimed the control given to Dr. Worth" by Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, provides him with "enormous power" to the detriment of the universities. He says the ground-rule restrictions Dr. Worth has placed on the universities encourages "wheeling and dealing" between the institutions and the department for funding and programming. Mr. Notley agreed with Mr. Clark that the institutions would be much "better off" if the Universities Commission was still overseeing their operations. They also agreed chat the department of advanced education us ever-expanding staff should be disbanded and post-secondary institutions should again be placed under the jurisdiction of the department of education. Robert Clark "the old way was better" District The LetKbridge Herald news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, March 1, 1974 'Pages 15-28 Bankruptcies not caused by gov't loans By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer An Opposition MLA's suggestion that government loans rwere partly-responsible for a rasH of bankruptcies last year has been rebuffed by the provincial department of industry and commerce. Albert Ludwig (SC Calgary Mountainview) has said low-interest loans from the province enable new businesses to go into competition with existing small concerns. "While the provincial government is pushing credit with the view of establishing new businesses and new industry in Alberta, many of our existing businesses are falling by the he said. Not so. says the department of industry and commerce, citing Dun and Bradstreet studies of the Alberta economy. The financial consulting firm calculated there were actually 26 fewer business failures in the province in the first three quarters of 1973 than of 1972. The company said that in the first three quarters of 1972. there were 158 failures and in the first three quarters of 1973, 132 failures. A spokesman for the department said the figures cited by Mr. Ludwig from Statistics Canada were misleading because they included personal bankruptcies. The figures showed bankruptcies had tripled in two years. But Dun and Bradstreet. according to the spokesman, said that not only had business failures decreased in frequency but the amount lost to creditors was down 54 million to million. "That doesn't represent an upward trend in the spokesman said. Meanwhile, 'he assistant In like a lamb Those who set stock in old adages can bang their heads against the wall today. If people really believe that March comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion, or vice versa, the end of the month promises to be as, miserable as possible. Mild weather conditions are expected to remain entrenched over Southern Alberta for the weekend, with highs in the 40 to 45 range. Bat. lending credence to the adage, the weatherman said today we can still expect some winter. deputy minister in charge of finance and administration said the climate has never been better In the province. "We're the envy of the Dominion." Bill Pickard said in a telephone interview. "There is a good economic climate and absence of a sales tax." Mr. Pickard also said the cardinal cause of small business failures was not competition but "weak and faulty management." He said the government was counselling small businesses which did not have access to expensive accountants and consultants to improve their operations. Ag-Expo to start Tuesday Ag-Expo, Lethbridge's agricultural show of the year, kicks off Tuesday at 19 a.m. There will be 130 booths occupied by distributors and manufacturers of various farm products and several educational displays. The second annual Ag-Expo will run Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Lethbridge Exhibition Complex located in the exhibition grounds. One of the highlights of Ag- Expo is the seed competition. More than 40 classes of seeds are entered this year. The agricultural short course topics this year include: cattle breeding, the beef market outlook, the farm machinery crisis and the cereal and oilseed markets. Nutrition and cooking will be emphasized in the home economist's corner. There will be cooking demonstrations daily as well as a new feature, dial-a- nutritionist where a person can call a nutrition expert with any question. Southern Alberta farm equipment distributors will have displays of giant farm machinery. Saturday at noon there an auction of new and used farm equipment Ag-Expo will also have irrigation displays, displays by the fire and police departments and St. John Ambulance and a model of the Woodward's downtown development Saturday at a.m. there will be draws for prizes offered by the various booths. Unseasonable dip BILL GROENEN photo Mallard ducks enjoy a dip in unseasonable open water at Indian Battle .Park. Ducks can be seen off and on during the winter in the open water below the sew- age treatment plant because the water is warmer there. But ifs surely a sign of spring when the birds move on to other areas of the river. Israel increasingly isolated, says writer By KATHIE MacLEAN Herald Staff Writer Unless other nations remember the uselessness of appeasement before two world wars Israel will be destroyed and with it the last hope for humanity, law. jus- tice and western civilization. says a Southern Alberta freelance writer. Speaking at a Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs meeting, Eva Brewster of Coutts said Thursday no country has the right to force Israel's withdrawal from occupied Licence plates on sale Licence plates for farm vehicles will not go on sale today, as scheduled, because of a delay in processing them, a spokesman for the highways and transport department in Edmonton said in a telephone interview Thursday. The 1974 stickers for passenger vehicles and truck plates go on sale today The farm plates should be out in a few days. Some distributors have farm plates branch of the Alberta Motor Association has 1.900) but it was decided to wait until all distributors have them before they were issued Passenger vehicles only buy 1974 stickers for their plates this year while owners of trucks and farm vehicles have to buy new plates territory. "Neither other countries nor other religions have a record of brotherly love and concern they could be rightly proud of that may give them a nght to dictate anything to anybody." said Mrs. Brewster. Israel is almost totally isolated, has few remaining friends and is continually subject to ill-informed criticism and dislike for poorly understood policies. Israelis, who have done all in their power to help underdeveloped nations and have co-operated with the developed ones, have almost ceased to publicly defend their actions and motives, she said. On the other hand, she said Arab countries have become increasingly vocal and, supported by their stranglehold on the world's economy with an oil embargo. terrorism, hijacking and bombing, have "successfully convinced the world of the wisdom of supporting the Arab cause." Even though Arab promises seem "dazzling." fulfillment of these promises would be a "devastating surprise." "Israelis feel bitter to be suddenly abandoned and apparently disliked, but they are not surprised. In the whole of man's history, there has never been a people so persecuted, misunderstood and Mrs Brewster said. She believes Israel is unable, to convince other nations of its integrity and will for peace because "Jews take it for granted that they will not be able to make themselves understood." Prom biblical times nght up until today, she added. Jews could never explain their right to exist. "There was a time when other nations could have prevented the massacre of six million Jews. Yet the world stood by and did nothing." Mrs. Brewster. who was a survivor of Auschwitz, a Nazi German concentration camp, said the world's attitude meant the deaths of her husband, father and child. Mrs. Brewster said even though Israel's army is a citizen's force, with little military discipline, it managed to defeat the combined power of its surrounding enemies. "U must be the first time in history the victor is being dictated terms by the vanquished attacker and has to apologize to the rest of world for not havmg been totally destroyed." she said. I EVA BREWSTER ;