Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 5, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Forecast high Saturday near 20. The Letltbridge Herald ? ? ? ? * VOL. LXIV - No. 71 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-26 PAGES Drugs (5) Not all drug use can be tabbed abuse That drugs are abused there can be no doubt; However, not all drug use-even that of marijuana-can be considered abuse. Some people use drugs as a social tool: in this way, alcohol and marijuana are similar. And substantial amounts of research indicate that marijuana and hashish are significantly less harmful, both physically and socially when used in moderate amounts, than is alcohol. This does not in any way suggest they are completely harmless or safe: alcohol really has few redeeming qualities other than its social and legal acceptability. Dr. J. Robertson Unwin, writing in the February 24, 1968 Canadian Medical Association Journal, says: "Marijuana is considered by most experts to be a mild hallucinogen which does not produce physical dependence or significant abstinence symptoms (withdrawal pains during non-use), nor has tolerance (meaning a requirement for more and more of the drug) been demonstrated." Reactions uncommon Dr. Unwin adds: "Adverse reactions to marijuana are apparently uncommon..." and "... the incidence of delinquency seems to be low for the marijuana and psychedelic users." Some people use the same drugs more heavily, although often in entirely uncontrolled situations, to assist themselves to view the world from a sufficiently-different point of view so that they may better understand it. In this way they concentrate their ability to meditate, and again substantial evidence exists to show that marijuana, hashish and LSD increase the ability to concentrate, and to remember, and thus to reason out new ideas, free from biases. Some researchers suggest that creativity is also enhanced. Reaction timing is not affected, so such activities as walking and talking are not impaired. However, vision is usually upset; colors, depth perception and peripheral vision undergo radical change; and ability^to judge lengths of time is impaired. The same drugs have bo�sn found useful u? treatment of alcoholics and heroin addicts, since they give the same mental escape to the user while he undergoes a relatively, painless withdrawal, without introducing a new addiction. Sidney linger, in a 1963 review of Ciba Symposium writings covering 15 years of drug research said there is "strong evidence" that psychedelic drugs can assist in treatment of psychosomatic disorders, neuroses, borderline psychoses, character problems and others. Pure form The real cause of all the public concern over nonmedical use of drugs is that they are also used as a pure form of escape from reality. Alcohol addicts and heroin addicts are well-understood social problems; "pot-heads" and "acid-heads" are less understood but equally difficult problems for society at large. Many times this form of drug over-use is a passing phase in a young person's life, and one he can drop when he is ready to drop it, since he does not.become addicted. However, a jail sentence for drug use will only result in sufficient social stigma that jobs are suddenly entirely impossible to find-and drug escape becomes a way of life. In these cases, prison does much harm and little or no good. And the crunch: increasing numbers of people, young and old, are turning on with drugs in such extreme dosages that they can do themselves physical harm due to increasing apathy, lack of appetite and a general couldn't-care-less feeling. It's escape in its truest sense and the root of the problem is in the society they're trying to escape from, often for very good reasons. But that explanation doesn't lessen the problem. Number small The number of drug users in this category is fortunately small, and it has nothing to do with legality or illegality of drugs: the same people would turn on with alcohol or find some other way to drop out if marijuana suddenly ceased to exist. Yet it is because of this group, and not the others, that people have become so up-tight about legalization. None of the foregoing should be taken necessarily to suggest that marijuana should be legalized simply because alcohol is legal, but it should point out that the real abusers of drugs will use them in equal quantities whether or not they are legally available. And consider the following: A large number of the people who use drugs are businessmen and housewives, but the majority of the rest are young and in low - salary jobs. Sufficient marijuana for a three to five-hour high costs less than 75 cents per person (and as little as 25 cents with good drugs).-For a happy social feeling, the cost is even less. Compare those figures with the high cost of amounts of alcohol showing the same effect, and one of the drug's major attractions becomes obvious. And marijuana doesn't leave a hangover. It is also from this relatively small group that studies produce such frightening side-effects as birth deformities. Again, it is not specifically due to marijuana. Continued overuse of drugs tends to deaden hunger feelings and produce lethargy, often resulting in severe malnutrition. An unborn foetus in the mother's womb, suffering from varying degrees of malnutrition as the mother is, will often be born retarded or deformed, and similar birth problems are found in slums and ghettoes, your pet Pierre pulled fast one NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. - Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau, a private man with a flair for the dramatic, is honeymooning today with his 22-year-old bride after a wedding that caught an entire country by surprise. Canada's 51-year-old leader, one of North America's most eligible bachelors, took as his bride Thursday Margaret Sinclair, a leggy, almond-eyed beauty- and a university gradu- ate in political science and sociology. ALL IN THE PARTY And, it's all in the party. The bride's father is 62-year-old James Sinclair, a privy councillor and former Liberal fisheries minister with a record of 17 years as a Liberal member of Parliament interrupted by five years of air force service in the Second World War. The marriage of the millionaire swinger-thinker and the auburn-haired beauty took place Thursday evening in St. Stephen's Roman Catholic church, a modest one-storey establishment with an austerely modern interior. Only immediate family attended-and there was no announcement until the ceremony was over. The newly-marrieds-who met three years ago while both were vacationing in Tahiti-will have a honeymoon in the dramatically beautiful ski country in the Garibaldi Park area north JUST MARRIED - Prime Minister Trudeau gazes at his bride, the former Margaret Sinclair, 22, of West Vancouver, at their wedding reception Thursday night at a West Vancouver country rJub, The two were married in a quiet and secretive ceremony in fieighbonr.g North Vancouver with only the closest family as guests. Photographer Fred Schiffer of Vancouver caught the two in a private moment during the reception. stirs after 20-inch snowfall MONTREAL (CP) - Montreal was slowly digging itself out today from under some 20 inches of snow in the wake of a paralysing record 24-hour snowfall that swept through the province and crippled the city. Banks, businesses and schools were closed for the second straight day. Banks, however, were to open Saturday between 9 a.m. and noon. Montreal International Airport officials said they were to start functioning again at about noon. Provincial transport buses were to be off the roads until they had been cleared. City buses were running, but slowly, in some cases taking two to three times as long to make their rounds and some not even managing to make it over hills. Almost the only activity going on normally was snow removal, as crews battled heaped-up drifts. ISLAND CUT OFF The storm cut off Montreal Island from south-shore and northern suburbs, isolated some rural communities, and caused power blackouts. Quebec City had 16 inches of snow, bringing the winter's total to 138 inches. Montreal's fall of nearly 20 inches surpassed an 18.9-inch record set in 1954 at the airport and an 18.3-inch record set in 1889 at the downtown McGill observatory. It also brought the season total to about 140 inches, surpassing the previous post-war season record of 138.7 inches in 1946. The storm barrelled up from the New England states, and hammered at eastern Ontario and the Maritime provinces as well as Quebec. Many Montrealers termed the Pakistan split hinted DACCA (Reuter) - Troops guarded strategic points here today and army reinforcements were rushed in as a constitutional crisis gripping Pakistan threatened a total split between its east and west wings. This capital city of East Pakistan was cut off from the outside world by normal means of communications and there were hints that a "historic statement" promised Sunday by local leader Sheikh Mujibur 'Excuse me, your Majesty, There's a fellow outside with something called letters,' Rehman could be a declaration of independence. C-130 transport aircraft and ships ferried in the troop reinforcements from West Pakistan to Dacca where Sheikh Mujibur claims at least 300 persons have died in clashes this week. . Barricades blocked major streets, including those to the airport, and most areas were strewn with bricks and other debris. They were reminders of the angry demonstrations sparked by President Yahya Khan's decision Monday to postpone indefinitely Pakistan's constituent assembly meeting, which was to have begun here Wednesday, because West Pakistan political leaders had refused to travel to Dacca. COMMUNICATIONS CUT All telephone and telegraph links from Dacca were cut Thursday and radio links disrupted following a call by Sheikh Mujibur for East Pakistan not to co-operate with government authorities. Police have vanished from the streets over the last couple of days and the only signs of order now are peace oatatfs formed Seen and heard About town � i THLETI C-TYPE Mrs. Hildegard Mars chasing two gophers across the prairies on her way to the university . . . Fire Inspector Doug Kometz complaining that the clean water used by the firefighters sure messes up his job . . . Russ Leskiw offering a tidbit to the chamber council meeting "for what it was worth" and manager Wilf Bowns getting be-sedged by requests for copies, of Vancouver and will head for Ottawa next week to set up housekeeping at the prime minister's official residence on Sussex Drive. Here is the sequence that led up to and followed the thunderbolt announcement that Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the kissing campaigner and dater of entertainer Barbra Streisand, among many others, had settled into the marriage fold: Earlier Thursday, Mr. Trudeau was reported to be in the Vancouver area on a skiing holiday-expected by all but the most intimate insiders to be just another of the prime minister's attempts to gain a little hard-won privacy and get away briefly from his recent impish interjections in parliamentary debate. Mr. Trudeau arrived in the afternoon aboard a transport department jet plane which was late arriving, it was understood, because of storm conditions in the east. Announcement phoned Nothing more was heard until Trudeau aide Gordon Gibson called The Canadian Press with his bombshell announcement in the form of a "statement on behalf of James Sinclair and Mrs. Sinclair." .The statement said: "Pierre Elliott Trudeau .mar* ried Margaret Sinclair this evening at St. Stephen's Church, North Vancouver, in a quiet ceremony attended only by members of the two families. "...Charles Trudeau was best man for his brother and Rosalind Sinclair bridesmaid for her sister. "After a wedding dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Trudeau leave for a short honeymoon before returning to Ottawa next week." From the church service, the Trudeaus went to a wedding dinner at the Capilano Golf and Country Club in North Vancouver where a dinner was served for an exclusive sitting of 13. Smoked salmon capilano was on the wedding-dinner menu along with turtle soup, roast filet of beef, asparagus with lemon butter, and pears flambe. Mountie drives storm the worst in living memory. The storm also caused postponement of the trial of Paul Rose, charged with the non-capital murder of former labor minister Pierre Laporte. The trial was to resume today. In other developments: -A National Hockey League game between Montreal Cana-diens and Vancouver Canucks was cancelled Thursday night at the city's request. . -A Canadian Forces base at suburban St. Hubert was snowed in and the duty officer had to refuse all requests for help because of the lack of personnel. -In Quebec City, the ninth round of the Canadian curling championships, scheduled for Thursday night, was postponed to today. Sleighs and snowmobiles were used to get Saskatchewan curlers four miles from their hotel to the arena. by Awami League members to stop looting and arson. Sheikh Mujibur called the demonstrations and strikes after the assembly postponement. He and his a II -p o w e r f u 1 Awami League which won most of East Pakistan's seats in the December election are still standing by their demands for virtual East Pakistani autonomy. The social niceties over, the couple went back to the Sinclair home in a well-to-do neighborhood in West Vancouver and then left by automobile with a plainclothes RCMP officer at the wheel. Their reported destination was a private lodge in the Whistler Mountain area. The new Mrs. Trudeau is one of five sisters-the others being Betsy, 19; Rosalind, 24; Janet, 25, and Heather (Mrs. Tom Walker), 28. Doreen Robson, a sister of Mrs. Sinclair, was asked how long the couple had been engaged. "Since last fall, perhaps," she said. S'he said Margaret was an Anglican but recently became a Roman Catholic. Her father is a member of the Presbyterian church. Father-of-the-bride James Sinclair, Scottish-born building company executive now out of politics, said all the secrecy was intentional. He chortled, after the wedding: "One thing they wanted was a wedding with nobody around, and we got it; we got it." A swinging era-or at least one with that aura-is over. It began even before Mr. Trudeau was sworn in as prime minister on April 28,1968. In days gone by, speculation linked Mr. Trudeau romantically with a dozen or more women after he was seen out with them once or more often. A footnote to the end of the bachelor days of Pierre Elliott Trudeau: In Los Angeles, Miss Streisand was not available for comment. And B.C. Premier W. A. C. Bennett got in a note of booster-ism on behalf of the province. "Great things are happening in B.C. and this is one of them," he said. PRIME MINISTER HEATH . . . Another bachelor Hot news in U.K. LONDON (CP) - One bachelor prime minister congratulated another today on his marriage and news of the wedding of Prime Minister Trudeau made headlines in British newspapers. Bachelor Prime Minister Edward Heath sent a letter to Trudeau, congratulating him on his surprise marriage Thursday night in North Vancouver to 22-year-old Margaret Sinclair, daughter of a former Canadian cabinet minister. An aide said Heath's letter to the former bachelor was warmly congratulatory in tone. "Hush-Hush Trudeau Weds , Girl, 22" is The Evening News headline over a picture of the prime minister and Vancouver-born Miss Sinclair at a 1969 ball in Ottawa. "Bachelor Premier M a r-ries" is the top story in the rival Evening Standard. Both papers say the 51-year-old Trudeau was one o� the world's most eligible bachelors until his marriage in a North Vancouver Roman Catholic Church. Trudeau has been hot news for British gossip columnists since his visit here for the 1969 Commonwealth conference, when he captured the limelight with his colorful style of dress and dazzling social whirl of nightclubs and pretty girls. PREMIER STROM , . . unflappable flaps Strom flaps a bit EDMONTON (CP) - Premier Harry Strom of Alberta, who has a reputation for being unflappable, flapped a bit Thursday night when he learned about the marriage of Prime Minister Trudeau. "I am not staggered very often but you fellows haye staggered nie now^" was his reaction when a reporter sent him a note during the legislature session. "I can read what you say but is it Tru . . . deau?" He then wished the Trudeaus well. IT'S GREAT "I think it's great that Canada has a first lady," said bachelor Premier Richard Hatfield of New Brunswick at Fredericton. The 39-year-old premier declined comment on whether he intended to follow suit. Premier Alex Campbell's reaction to the marriage waa brief. "Great, just great," th� Prince, Edward Island premiei said in Chariottetown. OH. MY GOD VANCOUVER (CP) - The only woman member of the House of Commons said Thursday night she thought the institution of marriage was under threat until she heard of the marriage of Prime Minister Trudeau. "My God, I didn't think he was the marrying kind," said Grace Maclnnis, New Democratic Party member of Parliament for Vancouver-Kings-way, when told the news. SHARP SURPRISED OTTAWA (CP - External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said today he is "as surprised as the rest of the Canadian population" about the marriage in Vancouver Thursday of Prime Minister Trudeau. "I am, of course, absolutely delighted," he said, adding that he had met the bride previously at the prime minister's residence. "She is a delightful young woman, and I wish them all happiness." STANFIELD DID IT HALIFAX (CP) - Prime Minister Trudeau is not the only political leader who prefers to get married in secret. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield was even more se-cretive when he married Mary Hall here in 1957. So secretive, in fact, that not even a picture of the bride and groom was available until a press photographer caught them at Boston on their way to a Bermuda honeymoon. Mr. Stanfield, then 43 and premier of Nova Scotia, married the daughter of Judge W. L. Hall of the provincial Su-pi-eme Court, at the Hall home at 3:30 p.m. May 10. One hour and 40 minutes later they were on a Boston-bound plane, not even waiting for the reception.