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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, March 2, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 31 Spokesmen react cautiously Gov't promises legislation to end sex discrimination By CHERYL HAWKES OTTAWA (CP) Opposition critics and spokesmen for women's groups reacted cautiously this week to a government promise of legislation to end discrimination between the sexes. The throne speech opening the new session of Parliament forecast creation of a federal human rights commission, a recommendation of the 1970 report of the royal commission on the status of women. Canada and Quebec pension plan changes were predicted plus removal of some discriminatory regulations governing federal employees. Gordon Fairweather Fundy Royal) said- "I antici- pated more than what was mentioned, but I still consider it a forward step and I'm grateful for what is mentioned." Katie Cooke, chairman of the government's advisory council on the status of women called it "excellent... and bloody well about time "The commission had better have some legal clout, or there's no point in setting it up." she said. Mr. Fairweather said the new human rights commission will need "a fairmly entrenched Canadian Bill of Rights" to be effective. The bill has taken a number of legal beatings before the high courts. Most recently it was set aside by the Indian Act in a case before the Supreme Court. Because of that decision, In- dian women continue to lose their treaty rights when they marry non-treaty Indians or white men. The speech also promised to "to remove all possible in- equalities based on for government employees. Treasury board spokesmen said this will probably mean changes in the Public Service Superannuation Act and the Armed Forces Act, particularly as they affect pensions Equal treatment also will be provided for in amendments to the Canada and Quebec pen- sions plans, the speech said. The chief inequities there relate to survivors' 'benefits. When a male contributor dies, his widow gets a survivor's pension. If a female contributor dies, her husband or dependants receive benefits only if it can be proved they were substantitlly dependant on her. Some welfare critics have requested that housewives be included in the Canada THERMO-ENGRAVED Wedding Stationei at 327-3203 Good taste needn't be expensive Our beautiful Invitation line proves this with the most exquisite papers, type faces and workmanship you could wish for' it features Thermo-Engravmg-rich raised lettering elegant as the finest craftsmanship-yet costing so little! Come see our selection Located in the LETHBRIDGE HERALD __ BUILDING THE HERALD PRINTERS Call Vem Decoux at 562-2149, Blairmore Pension Plan, but a welfare department spokesman said Wednesday the government does not intend to proceed on that issue yet. The speech also said the government will ask Crown corporations "to undertake positive action to encourage the assignment and advancement of more women into responsible positions." The advisory council esti- mates that only about one per ,cent of the top positions in Crown corporations are occu- pied by women. Dr. Cooke said the throne speech reference "is not strong enough." "The government has to say not only is it not nice to dis- criminate against women, but we'll take you to court if you do." The reference to Crown cor- porations should be extended to banking, transportation and communication areas not under Crown corporations, she said. These are three top areas where women find the most discrimination, she said. "The federal government a bellwether in fair employment Mr. Fairweather said. "We still have rug- a situation where a government secretary's pay is tied to the position of her boss, he said. The government also should improve the lot of midtile-and lower-level female civil ser- vants, not just push more women into the higher level. The throne speech referred to the "many measures to im- prove the status of women in Canada since the royal commission on the status of women "I don't know if I would have used the word said Dr. Cooke. Of the 167 royal commission recommendations, 122 fell within federal jurisdiction, she said. Forty-two had been implemented. Steps had been taken to put another 37 into effect, with 35 per untouched. The advisory council consid- ered the government had given women "a good kick in the teeth" by failing to include any women in its recent Supreme Court appointments, a spokesman said. A full section of the throne speech devoted to sexual equality is in itself a milestone, Dr. Cooke said. Painting and drawing preferred by harpist To be wed Mr. and Mrs. Y. P. Matsumiya of Coaldale are pleased to announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Patricia, to William Hales, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Hales of Winnipeg. The wedding will take place on March 30 in the Coaldale Buddhist Church. the cat is man's best friend WINNIPEG (CP) You'll never convince Therese Beriault that the dog, and not a cat, is man's best friend. And for good reason. Sixteen years ago Mrs. Beriault's cat, Baby, saved the woman's life. The cat awakened Mrs. Beriault and made her aware of the danger of fumes from a faulty oil burner. A new Baby saved the life of Mrs. Beriault's husband, Aurel. He was at home recovering from an automobile accident when he suffered a heart attack. Mrs. Beriault was asleep when it happened but the cat awoke her by repeatedly on her chest. She phoned police and her husband was taken to hospital. Mrs. Beriault said the cat is deaf and cannot cry like a normal cat and awoke her the only way he could, by Allowances up OTTAWA (CP) By December, 1971, family allowances in Canada were being paid to almost 6.8 million children in more than three million families. Payment during the 1970-71 fiscal year amounted to million. "WEDDING DAYS" Mr. and Mrs. Donald Chandler (Nee Nadine Boyden) Lethbridge For that Once in a Lifetime Truly Fine Portrait jumping on her. The original Baby was put to sleep several years ago because of illness Now they have a problem with the second cat who is very attached to Mr. Beriault. Since he entered hospital, the cat refuses to eat and will d.rink only water. Blood donor clinic opens next week The first Red Cross Blood Donor Clinic of the year will be held next week at the Lethbridge civic centre. Clinic times are 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and to 11 a.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Quota for the March clinic is 950 pints. By ALAN LEITH HALIFAX (CP) Ruth Wainwright might have been a professional harpist but she says she was 'too shy to per- form. Today, Mrs. Wainwright's talent as a painter is gaining her the recognition she might have had as a musician. She began teaching painting in her home here in 1951 be- cause she loved to draw and felt she could help others. But that was after she over- come her shyness. "I was a very shy was afraid of I didn't really get over my shy- ness until I had studied paint- ing under Hans Hoffman at his Province Town School in Rhode Island in 1951 and again in 1953." My father bought a second- hand harp when I was guess he really wanted to play it too, because he played almost everything else-and he tuned it and showed me a few chords. "Then I came to the Hali- fax Conservatory of Music and studied under a teacher who taught many instruments but unfortunately knew little about the harp." PREFERRED ART Although she performed professionally with the Atlan- tic Symphony Orchestra and as a "background musician" on a radio program in the '30s and '40s, Ruth decided she preferred drawing and paint- ing Besides, there was a family to raise. Born in North Sydney, N.S., Mrs. Wainwright is the mother of two and this, she said, had a lot to do with her developing style as an artist. "Painting and drawing are a part of my life." Her work is varied, mostly because she attacked her pas- sion when she had time to spare from her duties as a mother and housewife She is a handsome woman, tall. trim, well-dressed and certainly does not have the unconventional approach to life one might expect from an artist But Mrs. Wainwright is wise to the "world and has seen a good deal of it. Sitting in the den of her family's home, with plants and books', and none of her paintings on the walls (for they have been sent to an ex- she recalled the learning years. STUDIED WATER-COLOR "I started taking water- color lessons in North Sydney and then studied art at Hali- fax Ladies College. "Then I worked on my own until I decided to give lessons. I had studied with Edith and Lewis Smith, and later with Gentile Tondino. I also stud- ied under Hans Hoffman, who is considered one ofthe greatest art teachers of the century. "I absorbed everything he said." Influenced by Picasso for' his "significant forms" and by Miro she has developed a style of her own. She sees herself as a stu- dent of none of the accepted schools because of the variety of stages she has gone through in developing her talent. "I like art work to be in- ventive and imaginative. I want to see something differ- ent. "I use some features of what others have to offer." she said, picking up a small rock from the window sill be- hind her. USES ROCK SHAPES "You see this stone. My husband collects rocks and he found it on a beach on the Magdalen Islands and I love it because of its shape. I use many rock shapes in my painting." Stately Classics and Radiant Casuals Traditional or Contemporary Wedding Photography has changed.. at A. E. Cross Studio the difference is BEAUTIFUL A. E. CROSS STUDIO Just for Lovers Radiant, Beautiful, Vibrant Intimately Yours That "Something Special" Portrait To Have and to Cherish For Ever and Ever From the Engagement Photograph Elegant Yet Delightfully Simple A Message from the Heart to Come and Share Your Happiness To the Wedding Portrait Tenderly Speaking of Your Love For Each Other. What a Wonderful Way, to Tell, Those Both Near and Far This Is the Most Wonderful Day of Your Life And We Have Told the Story So Often With Glowing Portraits Stately and Regal Formate Casuals and Intimate Moments Held for All Time in a Portrait And Now New and Exciting Presentations Money Saving Packages to Include The Engagement and Wedding Announcement Portraits Exclusive Invitations, So Delightfully Different Make Your Appointment At Now featuring Brush Oil Backgrounds Ttw Depot So Many Things Have Happened in Wedding It's an Exciting Invigorating Experience Ask Any Bride and Groom Who Proudly Displays A Portrait By Kerry Kland Photography 1224-3rd 327-2873 Creating a Beautiful Image Keeps Us In Business Cottage Man 329-0211 Taber 223-2402 ;