Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, March 9, 1972 Bruce Hutchison Info Canada in a mess Many Canadians have been won- :ring what became of Information Canada, the'federal government's super public relations bureau which was promoted a couple of years ago. Introduced following a task force study which reported that about million was spent annually feeding government policies and reports to the public, its purpose was to cut clown and eliminate costs and dupli- cation. But according to a January memo from Robert A. J. Phillips deputy director of Information Canada lo its director Jean-Louis Gagnon, the agency is in a gargantuan mess and is costing the country far more than hitherto. After listing a lengthy ser- ies of projects begun and abandoned, of Cabinet directives ignored, of pro- liferation of staff, the memo stales: "Unless there are rapid changes, the current year will indicate that Infor- mation Canada is doing roughly what other departments did previously, that we are providing a certain pool of resource support which could come from private industry, and that most of the major projects we launched to create a greater understanding in the government have been dropped, shelved or left in a limbo of indeci- sion. What then, are the directions for the Jt's a good question. Information Canada was to open agencies across the country which would assist Cana- dians (if they cared to find out) on government policy, publications available and other relevant data. But few of these opened and the average Canadian is still in the dark about where lo seek government in- formation. Even the government it- self didn't make use of its own agen- cy. The secretary of state's depart- ment for example, paid a Toronto PR firm over to do the work Information Canada was set up to do. In his memo's conclusions Mr. Phillips declares this agency to bs in a "stale of largely suspended ani- mation that leads one to conclude that it is urgent to consider some projects to justify our budget and our existence.'1 It's to be hoped this disclosure from a responsible government of- ficial will stir remedial action in the proper circles. Mr. Phillips certainly deserves plaudits for his frankness. More barking needed Some time in the next few weeks the auditor general will issue his re- port on another year of government business. The report is now being pre- pared for the printers. No doubt the auditor general will again point an accusatory finger at the government for a list of wasted monies. There will be much wailing by taxpayers and gnashing of teeth by opposition members of Parliament and then, the indignation having been spent, there will be silence for anoth- er year. The government may be hoping that this is all that will happen. With an election in the offing sonic things the auditor-general may criticize could prove to be more than a passing em- barrassment to the government. At times it seems that so little at- tention is paid to the auditor-general's report that it might as well not be made. Yet the role played by this of- ficial and his staff is essential. With- out the annual scrutiny of government spending (he mismanagement pub- lic funds could be greater than it is. The present government indicated that it would like to get rid of the aud- itor general but found the public strongly opposed and consequently did not act. What the public would like is not a curbing of the power of the auditor-general but giving him more scope as a watch-dog, if pos- sible. Instead of just an annual re- port, many comments should be ex- pected from him throughout the year. A Bonaventure refit job might not balloon out of sight if warning bark- ing could be heard more frequently. An insane attitude Brazil's planning minister, Joao Paulo Velloso, is credited with a disturbingly irresponsible remark recently that borders on the insane. Endorsing a huge woodpulp project which his country would undertake for Japanese paper producers, he said flippantly, "we have a lot left to pollute; they don't." The problem of improving an econ- omy while curbing pollution is trou- blesome. But it has become obvious to nearly everyone that industrialists cannot go on in an uncontrolled fash- ion polluting the environment. The desire of a developing country to catch up with the more developed nations does not justify a cavalier attitude toward pollution. Pollution has to be curbed everywhere. There is only one environment. Pollution problems may be more se- vere in Japan at this time than they are in Brazil but it is only a matter of time until the conlaminat i o n spreads to affect all parts of the world. An urgent need exists for coun- tries such as Brazil to take precau- tions now against pollution and for countries such as Japan to find ways to eliminate its pollution. The whole point of the UN Conference on the Human Environment, scheduled for Stockholm in June, is to make a con- certed attack on the problem. Our world cannot, afford to have indivi- duals and nations take more turns at robbing the public till. Education Week: an evaluation By Grr-.gi gDUCATION WEEK 1972 is Hearing its conclusion, and parents, teachers, and students are breathing sighs of relief and preparing to resume normal activities. An evaluation of the success of Education Week Is now In order. So, in keeping with the most revered tradition of education, the following quiz has been constructed. The Instructions for this quiz are simple. Below are 10 partial statements. Follow- ing each one are five possible completions or endings. Read each part statement and the endings very carefully. Then pick the one best ending for each statement and circle the letter besirle it. There will be no talking during the quiz. When you finish turn your paper over and sit up straight. There is a 10 minute time limit on this quiz. Ready? Begin 1. The theme of Education Week is: a education hits home b education hits school b education bits back d none of the above e all of Ihe above 2. A school is: a a professional baby silting institution b a place to teach children c a place where children learn d none of the above e all of the above 8. A home is: a a non-professional huby sitting msti> stitutinn b a place to teach children c a place where children learn d none of the ahnve e ati of the above 4. Teachers are: a overpaid b underworken c underworked and overpaid d none of the above c all of the above i. Parents are a overworked try Hales b underpaid c underpaid and overworked d none of the above e all of the above 6. Education: a happens nnly at school b happens only at home c happens anyway d none of the above e all of the above 7. The purpose of education is: a to raise the tax rate b to prepare children for jobs c to prepare children to live a life d none of the above e all of the above 8. The most important characteristic of a school is: a order and control b loving and learning c often missing d none of the above e ail of the above 9. Tho most important characteristic of a home is: a order anrl control h loving anrl learning c often missing d none of the above e all of the above 10. The most important characteristic of a good quiz is: a urine of the above h ;iM of Ihr: above f- some of the ahnre d onre nf the ahnvo e all but one of the above Scoring: give yourself 10 prjinls for each correct answer and five points for each partly correct answer. Rating: sn-irri points Excellent 70- 8D points Very Cowl 60- poinls Satisfactory 50- 59 points Average 40- 4D points Needs lo improve 30- 39 points More work needed Below 30 poinls Failure Problem postponed until after elections Any Cana- dian who talks with some p( Ilic best economists in Wash- ington and at Harvard Univer- sity will go home a sadder but not a wiser man. For among these distinguished experls, (heir names known all over the world, there is no agreement on the existing economic facts, and less on the future prospects.' No wonder, then, that the laymen in the governments of the United States (and Canada) are baffled by a new and uni- que problem that they did not foresee, do not yet understand and are now trying to postpone, if possible, until they win Ibis year's elections. Already, however, it can be seen that tho floodgates of events opened on August 15 last will not be closed soon. By freezing wages and prices in liis Phase One President Nixon bought time until he could or- der the partial thaw o[ Phase Two, calling it a temporary measure and distrusting it in the depths of his conservative Republican soul. But what about Phase Three, a year or so from now? Can the Western world's richest economy go back to its old norm, its ac- customed ways and ils sup- posedly free market? The president hopes so, be- cause tlie United States no long- er controls the international flood and has yet to control it- self. Though wages and prices aro under a form of control, weirdly complex and little un- derstood, this is n superficial, dermatologist's treatment of I he skin for a deep-sealed or- ganic disease. In truth, the economic system throughout the industrialized nrXions is afflicted by ailments at once physical and psycholo- gical physical because the system is not producing enough to satisfy the public's demands, and psychological because the public's expectations far exceed ils ultimate productivity capa- city. It is no cure, and hardly more than a brief placebo, to limit prices so long as costs arc steadily increasing and the stale, with its deficit budgets and printing-press money, is deliberately inflating the whole system. Yet that is all we need except in an American and Ca- nadian election year. After it comes the day of reckoning, perhaps at last of action. "Spending up 50 per cent, no justification for existence, planning at a standstill- nothing out of line here, M'sieur Letters to the editor Admitted drug users not representative of youth Recently The Herald carried a series of four articles which were supposedly a series of in- terviews with students of Win- ston Churchill High School on the topic of the use of drugs. The excuses used by those in- ter v i e w e d were pathetically weak. Some of Ihese people gave Ihe excuse that there was nothing to do and this was the cause for their turning to drugs to es- cape horerfom. Personal obser- vation and some questions have indicated that the people using this alibi are not the ones who take part in the usual run of school or community activities hut because of an unadmitted realization of their own infer- iority confine [heir activity to criticizing the efforts of their fellow pupils and civic author- ties. These are the same people who state that adults should not condemn the use of drugs until they have experimented with them. As an adult, I do not have to stand in front of a speeding truck or car or shove my hand info an operating circular saw to realize that the results can do me nothing but harm I have known several addicts during my life time but have never heard the genuine article boast of their addiction. Three of those whom f know, finally turned to suicide as the only way out of their predicament Some of our youth state that their use of drugs or liquor is the result of the lack of free- dom from supervision in our schools. These are the kooks who deliberately violate all priv- ileges given them, with the con- sequence that often these ileges have to he taken from even those who have not violat- ed them hut instead have work- ed hard to atiairi them origin- ally. In actual fact many of our young people are dominated by the fear that they will be left out and considereci not "widi U" which to tlie less intelligent is a horrible state of affairs. These are the people who adopt every new (sup p o s e d 1 y) fad that comes along in regard to dress and general appearance because of their fear of other peoples opinion. Instead of actually do- ing their own thing, as is con- stantly referred to by the news and advcrlising media, most of them simply become somewhat grotesque caricatures of what (hey think they should he, Keep noses out of hisli, situation However, the minority who receive all the publicity as rep- resentative of their age are ac- tually not true representatives. By far Ihe majority of today's young people are as useful and capable citizens as in any per- iod of our history. Many of them form the centre of any school or community activity and have little inclination or time for the less realistic affairs in which the fringe element allow them- selves to be involved Happily, in spite of critics, 1 am quite convinced that our young people will continue to follow the good way of life which most of us enjoy today. Those who resort to (tie use of drugs and other methods to opt out of our life and to avoid their responsibilities can only be pi- tied. G. D. LEE Milk River. Such is tlie timetable of poll- tics, as hopefully written in Washington and Ottawa for the United States a fixed elec- tion of November 7, for Canada a movable feast, depending on Pierre Trudeau's judgment o( the climate. Rut the economic timetable is not so easily man- aged and it poses grave risks for hotti countries and all their inhabitants, rich and poor. Tho first risk is clear enough: Will the currency and trade deal put together in Washington last December un- ravel before it can begin to stabilize the world economy? On that score most of the American economists, like the Canadian, seem to be optimis- tic. The deal, they say, will be maintained since no nation will dare to break it and ensure an- other exchange crisis worse than that of 1971. Even accepting this unproved forecast, a second risk cannot be ignored: If the United Slates continues to mn huge exchange deficits, as it must for a year or more anyhow, and if unem- ployment is not substantially reduced, then congressional politics may override presiden- tial economics. A desperate, self-defeating attempt may be made by legislation lo reduce the United States' imports and. as the protectionists glibly ar- gue in (lie late President Mc- Kinley's famous slogan, to keep the dinner-pail full, the jobs at home. Any such return lo the old storm cellar, would rip the cur- rency and trade deal apart a nightmare which disturbs the sleep of every economist and central banker in Ihe world. No doubt it is shared by the more intelligent politicians like Pres- ident Nixon and Prime Minister Tntdcau but they have other fish lo fry, voters to reassure and elections to win. In any case, (he president expects to fight off (ho protectionists while throwing them a crumb of com- fnrt now and then in the form of various import restrictions. The Ihird risk is equally ob- vious: If Ihe United Slates ean- not curb the wage-cost spiral, it will find itself, not long from now, further pricing its expen- sive goods out of tlie world market, despite the increased value of foreign currencies, and out of Hie domestic market as well. For all it has really se- cured in the deal is the chance to ralionnlize and harden its soft, inflated economy, a chance that will not last inde- finitely. On Ihe hopeful side, Phase Two, with all its complexity and confusion, has witnessed, if it has not itself created, a much improved price performance. Inflation, during the last sis months, has not moved nearly as fast in the United States as in Canada. That fact alone is sufficient to frighten any Cana- dian government out of Us wits and into an early election, be- fore things get worse and housewives more angry. For President Nixon, too, things could get worse, before lie approaches Phase Three, for tho reasons mentioned above and olliers to be mentioned in a second report. But if the lat- est of his many game plans ac- tually works, if he can achieve strong economic growth, cut unemployment even marginally and hold annual inflation to something like three or four per cent, he will he satisfied. With a little bit of luck, ev- erything could look- better in the autumn season of political mists and mellow Republican friiitfulness. Yes, but will the votei.s appreciate his achieve- ment? Not if Ihe Democrats can help it. For them autumn is not only the harvest but the .shooting season, nnd the game plan is fair game. (Herald Sjieci.il Service) I (hlnk the lady who so ably brushed Mr. Burke asirle, actually laughing at him, not making a joke of Die misery that exists in Ireland. His com- ments are so typical of a dis- torted assessment of most past and current events. Her main point seemed to be her concern about the deep rooted haired some seem In harbor in their hearts. Most sane people would agree that the killing nf Ulster Irish civilians by British troops, even if by accident, i.s a Irag- edy. Even more unreasonable is Ihe cowardly killing of Scot- tish, English, Welsh and Irish (roops, from behind hidcouls by insane Irish rebels. How- ever, the greatest tragedy of all is the cowardly slaughter of Ulster Irish by bombing and gang shootings of their own people or by rebels from the Irish Republic. Some of the minorities in Ul- ster have suffered unjust treat- ment, so in the name of justice this situation will have to be rectified. Stop fanning the flames 1 do not consider that it is worth continuing the correspon- dence on the Irish situation; and I would suggest it cease. It would bo so easy to de- scend lo the level of the vicious, venomous, and vituperative let- fer printed Thursday March 2, but this type of missive docs no good, except perhaps lo smooth the ruffled feathers of the writer. Tiie Irish situation will even- lually be worked out by the Irish people North and South and not by pronouncements Ijy Irish senators from Braton, or Irish teachers; from Lclli- briclgc. If we were all to stop fanning Ihe flames, Ihe fire brigade could get on with their job. Lcthbridge. H. J. COBOUHNE. It should be remembered that the great majority of the people of Ulster have voted by democratic means lo remain with the rest of Brifain, and the government of the province of Ulsler invited the British troops lo come there to keep the peace. The Ulster Irish have just as much right lo delcrmine their own destiny as we have and probably more of a claim to their land than we have on the land our forefathers took from the Indians. Mr. Burke would prohably he the first to cry for help from the federal troops if some Black-font Indians from Montana came to Lethbridgs and bombed his home, and then shot at civilians from be- hind buildings. Maybe we should take off mir colored glasses and puri- tan robes and keep our noses out of the difficult Irish situ- ation and do a little fence mending at home. There aro many injustices right here that should keep our minds occu- pied for a long time to come. L. KOSHOSKI VauxhaU. Looking backward THROUGH THE HERALD 1522 _ Tlie Eight Mile local No. 1101 of the UFA have taken preliminary steps towards pur- chasing purebred dairy cows and are now in possession of the well known ShorUiorn bull Prince Northern Jimior, pro- cured from the Dominion gov- ernment. 1932 Charles Lindbergh Junior, son of Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, is still being sought after being kidnapped one week ago. 1512 VVilh the campaign over ajid the clean up taking place May, bad subscribed lo the second Victory Loan, exceed- ing its tjuota by 27 per cent. Premier E. C. Man- ning last night announced a record budget of more than SII6.flM.000 for Alberta. By re- ducing its public debt steadily. Manning predicted Ihe prov- ince would he debt free by 1973. 13fi2 Lclhbridgc voters came out overwhelmingly in favor of a "familv style" swim- ming and wading pool in IJirj Henderson Lake area. The Lethbridge Herald SOI 7th St. S., Lelhbridgo, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. 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