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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 1, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Lynne Van Luven Everyone wants to get the most for their money, but only too often "bargain" buys in eye-wear products are short-lived pleasures. Keep In mind that It costs more to make an ex- cellent product but that price Is not alway a sure Indica- tion of top quality. With a little care, however, you should be able to make a wise selection of glasses that are not only fashion-right but quality-right as well. "REMEMBER, YOUR EYES tJESERVE THE BEST, THEY'RE THE ONLY ONES YOU'LL EVER HAVEI "Quality goes In before the product goes out" DISPENSING OPTICIANS No. 101 Bldg. 740 4th Across from Paramount Thtatra Bldg. 328-7121 The Lethbridge Herald Fourth section Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, March Pages 33-40 The unmerry-go-round 11 appears Mr. Bumble the Beadle may have been absolute- ly right when he said, "the law is a ass, a idiot." The assinine traits of the jurisprudence which governs matrimonial property settlements were amply demonstrated this week when a previous Alberta Supreme Court decision granting a 50-year-old school teacher one-half interest in the farm on which she had worked for 22 years of marriage was reversed by the province's Supreme Court of Appeal. One would have thought that of more than many of the beleagured women who have tested their rights to a fair divi- sion of property upon divorce, Ms. Fiedler stood the best chance: for 15 years she taught school and directed her pay to partial support of the family while her husband worked the acre farm near Castor. Surely that is not the portrait of a parasite-wife who pounces upon divorce as an excuse to reap the spoils of someone else's labor. And, as anyone who has ever lived on a farm can attest, rural women are some of the hardest and longest-work- ing people in the country, serving as housewives, gardeners, mothers and farm laborers. Not that the court of appeal cast Ms. Fiedler out penniless and naked. True, she cannot claim property rights but her case is to be returned to the judge who originally tried the matter, for a lump-sum maintenance settlement. And the judge, Mr. Justice W. K. Moore, has said if he did grant a lump settlement, it would be an amount equal the value of the farm. Depending on the outcome of that go-round in court, her third, Ms. Fiedler may seek to appeal her case before the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeal court has over-turned a judgment which could have set a precedent for farm wives who have worked as partners in the family farm. What is at stake is a principle, as much as money. What is most infuriating and baffling about this week's decision is some of the judges' reasons for voting against Ms. Fiedler's half-interest claim. It all boils down to a matter of trust. And the implication is that, in matters of property and revenue, married couples should not under any circumstances operate on trust alone not if they want their day in court to be a satisfactory one. It would appear, that marriage, which has up to now been regarded largely as a civil and social contract, is being judged as if it were a business arrangement. Mr Justice Moore has been quoted as saying that, because of Ms. Fiedler's contributions over the years, her husband held the lands in trust for both of them. But the appeal court implied that this view was rather simplistic, since it failed to fully ex- plore what 'belief the Fiedlers held as to just how much interest each held in the farm. "The vital a news report quotes one of the judges as saying, "is whether in teaching and supporting the family with her earnings, Mrs. Fiedler acted in the reasonable belief that she was obtaining a beneficial interest in the lands." Ms. Fiedler helped cook her own goose by openly admitting she had never asked that her name be put on the title and that she.knew at the tinie of her divorce her husband owned the farm. What sort of justice is this, which allows a woman to be punished for: a) following traditional views, society-en- forced, which say a husband is head of the family and thus chief property owner; b) ignorance of her rights; c) trust in a maTriage and willing contribution in support of that relationship? And because she got wise too late' and sought redress for her contribution after the marriage faltered, should she be suspect for late-blooming awareness? Few people, men or women, have been accustomed to launch a marriage by prefacing each contribution (monetary, labor or otherwise) with, "In bringing home this paycheque Harry, I am acting in the reasonable belief'that when the big split-o takes place, I'll get fridge, stove and half the house because that's what I'm making payments on, through the sweat of my brow i" The appeal court's decision seems to imply that without a legal marriage contract, whereby ownership ol furnishings, properties and assets is clearly defined, no one can expect a settlement based on consideration of what one put into the marriage. II appears that only a cut-and-dried contract in- dicates "reasonable belief to .acquire beneficial interest." Traditionally working for the family's weal is not enough, is too nebulous a dedication, for a court of law. Is the social contract now judged on business terms? Well, if that's what it takes for women to get fair shakes when the nuptial tie breaks, so be it. But if marriage is to be judged as a business partnership, let our laws clearly say so. Let's see a lit- tle more speed from the Institute of Law Research and Reform in bringing forth proposals for changes in matrimonial property law. Meanwhile, smart women will do well to sharpen their quills and start drawing up that contract. COPE expresses concerns to Marc LaLonde Native people 'suspicious' of gov't doctors FORT SMITH, N.W.T. (CP) Health Minister Marc Lalonde is pleased that the 35 bed hospital in this community just north of the Alberta border is not often filled. "It is an indication that the people are he said dur- ing a winter visit to the northern territories. But Chief Henry Beaver of the Fort Smith Indian band sees it differently. The people are said the chief. Suspicion, he said, often keeps older Indians away from govern- ment doctors. "Maybe they had a bad ex- perience with the government in the past and want nothing to do with the government he said. "Or if they know that a doctor is not too good and they don't trust him, they are going to say: To hell with the doctor, I'd rather die at home.'" Chief Beaver said "there now are three federally-employed doctors in Fort Smith "and when they are off duty, they are off duty." "If you get sick and call up after five, they ask why you didn't go to the clinic when it was open. "Our body systems are not built like clocks. We can't set them so that nothing goes wrong before eight in the morning or after five at night. "At night when they have the nurses working, in the hos- pital, they lock the doors. They are afraid of people coming in and beating them up or something." The young, soft-spoken Indian leader, who was elected chief last summer, was concerned that Mr. Lalonde was seeing only one aspect of life here during his first tour of northern health facilities. "If the minister had more time, I would like to show him some housing, the stuff that the people are living in." Mr. Lalonde's tour did not include inspection of any' housing, although native leaders in most of the settlements he visited said poor accom- modation is a major contrib- uting factor to native ill health. Jim Antoine, 25-year-old chief of the Fort Simpson band, ex- pressed similar sentiments. "Life in Simpson isn't very pleasant for the native he said. "The whites live one way in their fancy, subsidized housing and the native people live another way." Chief Antoine said the band council wants native repre- sentation on the staff of the 12- bed hospital in his community. "We are the majority and yet there are no native people on the staff of the hospital. The feeling is really uneasy. "We want them (the whites) Id recognize the difference between native and white society and respect that difference." 1 HELD MEETING Chief Antoine chuckled after Mr. Lalonde's meeting in Fort Simpson with band members and the hospital staff. "It looked like we were all old friends, sitting there socializing and all. I had never met the head nurse until today." Dr. F. J. Covill, director of federal health services in the Northwest Territories, shrugged off suggestions that some native people are suspicious of govern- ment doctors. "I'm sure that is not widely he said. "Some of the ypungsters may, shall we say, be less than happy with the govern- ment because they are part of a movement." Oh the question of hiring more native staff, Dr. Covill was blunt: "There just are not enough native people coming forward. You can't make people come and be However, Mr. Lalonde was told in Inuvik, on the Mackenzie River delta, that while native community health workers are available, "medical personnel have little understanding of how to use their present abilities and potential." The Committee for Original Peoples Entitlement (COPE) said in a brief to the health minister that there is a funda- mental lack of understanding and communication between the federal health service and native residents of Inuvik and outlying settlements. "Native organizations and in- .dividuals have offered to aid the hospital with these com- munications problems but their offers are rarely the brief said. "Interpreters are used hap- hazardly both in the hospital and the settlements when un- derstanding and accurate in- terpretation is essential. "Instead of developing a full- time core of trained inter- preters, the hospital relies on whoever happens to be available for this important job Dr. M. T. Connolly, director of the federal health department's Inuvik zone, said he does not con- sider communication a problem. "I don't know why they are making such a big deal about this language he said. "There are very few people in the North who don't speak English." Dr. Connolly said he moved to Inuvik eight months ago from London, Ont. "and since my arrival here I have never had to get an interpreter." However, Mr. Lalonde said he would look into the situation "to see whether there shouldn't always be somebody available." "As far as COPE is con- cerned, I think they made several points that have to be looked in- to." COPE said in its brief that problems develop because health is under federal jurisdiction and wellare is handled by the territorial government's depart- ment of social welfare. "This results in continued fric- tion between these, two divisions of two separate governments "Instead of co-ordinated and complementary programs and policy in such social and health areas as alcohol and drug abuse, child neglect and child abuse there is only partial and fragmented action and patients are the losers. "A critical area of neglect brought on by this split of social and health services is that of alcohol. "National health and welfare attempts to ignore the problem by saying it is the responsibility of the department of social development, but social develop- ment has neither the staff nor material resources even to begin any sort of alcohol treatment and rehabilitation program." -Tin' Herald- Family ECM hands down new measuring regulation 'Bosom-conscious' women in a tizzy Morning after pill 'drug out of control' LONDON (CP) A new regulation by the European Common Market has sent bo- som-conscious British women into a tizzy. One leading model says it's had a deflationary effect on her entire psychology and a fashion designer says it will make European women the laughing-stock of the world. But a top bra manufacturer says it will have an uplifting effect on the whole industry. The new rule, just handed down from the antiseptic Common Market headquar- ters in Brussels, says that WASHINGTON (AP) Two women who said they lost teenage daughters to cancer and a third who said she was sterile asked the U.S. Senate this week to ban the drug di- ethylstilbestrol They were witnesses before the Senate health subcom- mittee on the government's new approval of DES as an emergency post coital contraceptive, or "morning after" birth control pill. Mrs. John Malloy of San Diego and Mrs. Albert Green of Chicago said they took DES under doctors' orders in the 1950s to prevent miscarriages. "It was a miracle. It was going to save my Mrs. Malloy said. But her daughter later developed rare vaginal cancer which spread' throughout her body and killed her at age 16, she said. Mrs. Green said her daughter, born in 1951, died of cancer at age 18. The third woman, Janice Luder, of .Los Angeles, said her mother took DES during pregnancy and, as a result, Mrs. Luder underwent cancer surgery and cannot have children. Mrs. Luder told the Senate subcommittee the most tragic thing in her life was that it rendered her sterile. The subcommittee chair- man, Senator Edward Kennedy (Dem. Mass.) called DES a "drug out of control" which should he used with great caution "because it does cause human cancer." Nutrition specialist appointed in Calgary The Alberta agriculture's extension division has ap- pointed Suzanne Tenold as regional food and nutrition specialist in Calgary. Mrs. Tenold will be working with district home economists in the Lethbridge and Calgary regions and in half of the Red Deer region on food and nutri- tion programs. The programs include food education for consumers and nutritional education for all age levels. She will also help promote Alberta-grown products. Mrs. Tenold, originally from Montreal, graduated from McGill University in 1971 with a B.Sc. in food science, majoring in dietetics. She also has a year of dietetic internship and spent two. years as a therapeutic dieti- cian at the Calgary General Hospital. henceforth a woman's bust size' is to be the measurement under and not around her bo- som. Thus, what used to be a healthy 36-inch bust might be 'reduced to a paltry 32 inches "and there goes years of breast exercises down the says a model whose trade name is Cicely. The Market bureaucrats who passed the regulation in an effort to standardize meas- urements in the nine-country community are keeping a dis- tinctly low profile in the furor but British bra designers wel- come it as way of making their sales to Europe easier. However, the controversy has swelled to unexpected di- mensions in Britain where women are already having dif- ficulty getting used to measurements in centimetres rather than inches as Britain switches to the metric sys- tem. This means that a woman with a 36-inch bust under the old system of measurement, now would have to order a 92- centimetre bra. "So what are we supposed to do asked one irate woman, "subtract four inches or so from 92 centimetres to get the right The man who has to bear the wrath of the ladies is George Barrett, a technical officer with the British Stand- ards Institution. He says he's puzzled by all the fuss. "It's simple. A woman with a 36-inch bust measures 92 centimetres but the bra size will be 80 measurement under her bust." As far as the bra cups are concerned, says Barrett, there'll be the usual wide choice available in style and" size. Victims of rape not on trial anymore REGINA CCP) DetaUf of a rape vic- tim's personal life were ruled inadmissible in a Court of Queen's Bench trial that ended this week with conviction of 24-year-old Robert Oliver Kerr of Regina. "It is not this woman who is on Mr. Justice R. A. MacDonald said as he cited a recent Saskatchewan Court of Appeal decision limiting the admissibility of such information. Senior Crown Prosecutor Arnold Piragoff said In his summary that "it used to be a favorite Uctic of the defence in rape cases to dig into the woman's past to divert the jury's attention from the essentials of the charge." Evidence was that the 19-year-old victim did not know Kerr previous- ly and that she suffered bruises on her neck from being choked. Sentencing was post- poned. love is... sometimes a big runaround. PARADE HOMES LTD. SHOW HOME 2153 Palm Road (Eait of Wooico) Open Sunday 2-4 Immediate Potttwion 10% Interest on Mortgage For More Information Call PETER W. GIESBRECHT 328-8535 MORMONISM EXAMINED A SERIES OF LECTURES PRESENTED BY THE LETHBRIDGE CHURCH OF CHRIST EXAMINING THE DOCTRINES ANDCLAIMS OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS. NOTICE Free Paint Wallpaper Clinic MARCH p.m. FREDDIE'S PAINT LTD. 816 3rd S. Phone 32T-SS40 PRE REGISTRATION PLEASE! "Phone Now To Ensure Your Seat" ________Everyone Welcome_________ March 7 through p.m. TOPICS: Friday "Mormonism and The Bible March 7 Saturday "Mormonism contradicts The Bible" March 8 Sunday "Contradictions in Mormon Literature" (March 9) Location of above lectures: CIVIC SPORTS CENTRE GYM No. 2 Monday (or The Book of Mormon Examined" (March 10) Tuesday "The Book ol Mormon and Archaeology" (March 11) Wednesday "The Mormon Testimony" March 12 Location of above three lectures: CHURCH BLDG., 2720 21 AVE. S. Lethbridge, Alberta (Directly behind 7-11 store on Mayor Magrath Drive on corner ol 21 Ave. and 28 St. South) Speaker: ROURT H. WIST of St. Petersburg, Florida. Evangelist and former Editor of L.D.S. Dlscerner. QUESTIONS ANSWERED NIGHTLYI ;