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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD March 17, 1975 Maurice Western. Alberta grain commission The provincial "uveninieiil is set- liny up cm Alberta Grain Commis- sion, the minister of agriculture has announced. His reason: Hie instabil- ity of. Ilic grain industry, particularly in mechanics of marketing. The reason is good. 'Hie physical marketing machinery is a shambles. True, exports have been at a record high and may go still higher, but that is small consolation to the pro- ducers caught in an uneconomical operation. Selling the wheat is still the main concern of Hie farmer. And yet grain .ships have come Vancouver and waited weeks and then left empty be- cause they couldn't bo loaded. Clear- ly something is wrong. Part of (he explanation lies in the difficulty keeping rail lines open this hard win- ter, but there is much more to it Mian that, Where the blame lies with the country elevator system. with the railways, with the Wheat Hoard, with Hie terminals is not for us to say, but something is to blame. The federal government has been working on it, but not fast or hard enough. So there can be no objec- tion lo the provincial government stepping in. What the province can do about it is not clear. Its power may be mostly in the form of moral persuasion. It must work with and not against the federal authorities. Politics has no place in the picture. The provincial government's ap- proach is fortunately comprehensive, even to the point of admitting there may be room for "rationalizing" (a euphemism for closing lines and de- livery points) the country elevator system. It will be interesting to see how bravely it pursues that line. But all credit to it for throwing its weight behind drastic reforms. Missed opportuni ty Automobile insurance becomes compulsory in Alberta at the begin- ning of April. It. should have become compulsory at the time the new lic- ence plates went on sale. An easier and more sensible way of policing the new insurance require- ment than refusing to issue licence plates without proof of coverage is hard to imagine. Yet the plates are being sold with merely a perfunctory question being asked about posses- sion of insurance and a handing out of a pamphlet warning of heavy fines if caught without the required cov- erage. Threat of fines fails to impress a certain class of people the very ones, in fact, who make compulsory insurance necessary. The only way to solve the problem of the irresponsi- ble automobile operator is to prevent him from driving before he can be- come involved in an accident without insurance. He may also try to drive without licence plates but he won't get very far without being appre- hended, so making proof of insurance necessary for securing plates should follow. The most charitable thing that can be said about the failure to tie com- pulsory insurance with the issuing of licence plates is that an opportunity for complete and effective imple- mentation of the law has been missed. It is to be hoped that the mistaks won't be repeated next year. Basement suites Ever since city council created the bylaw calling for controlled zoning throughout the city, the municipal planning commission, as the admini- strative creature of zoning, has been confronted with technicalities and rulings that are somewhat difficult lo draft in the form of legislation. Trie most niggling and common- place item has been the one of base- ment suites. Residents who have de- cided to instal basement suites, bylaw or no bylaw, have in the past usually ended up with their suites and little more than a scolding if that. Those who have tried to live up to the bylaw and its intent have, in the majority of the cases, ended up with no basement suites in the areas zoned for single families. Once, again the commission is at- tempting to hand the little monster problem back to council, and as in the pasl, council is asking the com- mission to come up with more direc- tives as lo what is really wanted. How much longer will our zoning bylaw be a source of confusion and contention? Hooked on vitamins T am an acid head. Ascorbic acid. 1 am so high on Vitamin C, just looking Rt me makes your mouth pucker. It was Dr. Linus Pauling who got hooked on acid. I read in the paper ihat Pauling had written a hook to show that massive ingestion of ascorbic acid wither- ed the virus of the common cold and set a person free forever from bondage to the manufacturers of tissue. I was sold. I didn't even bother to read Ihe book. Pauling had won a Nobel Prize, for something and that was good enough for me. You don't win a Nobel Prize if much of your time is lost to sniffling and hacking. So I started hitting the bottle of ascorbic acid pills. The bottle sat on the breakfast table, beside the tin of marmalade, and I tossed back the tablets like a squirrel that has found a mother lode of nuts. I was downing 1000 milligrams a day which for some reason seemed like more than one gram when I read another ar- ticle in the paper, by a Canadian doctor, warning that the long-range effects of swallowing large amounts of Vitamin C are unknown. It was possible, said this medical killjoy, that absorbing one gram daily "the equivalent of 5000 Oranges" could damage the kidneys. Shortly after reading this article I de- veloped a sharp pain in the lumbar re- gion. "I don't want to be an I to'd my wife, "but who do we know that might donate me a Today Ihe bottle of acid is gone from the breakfast table. Withdrawal pains or not, (here simply isn't room at the table for me and oranges. Just to look at the bottle makes me feel like Pompeii, smothered by an eruption of citrus fruit. The bottle of Vitamin C pills has taken its place on the shelf beside the bottle of Vitamin D capsules, the nasty little fish eggs that have turned brown with age. 1 was a Vitamin D addict for several years before I discovered Vitamin C, wolf- ing down the spongy globs in a quantity that threatened to decimate the world's supply of halibut livers. I got strung out on the sunshine vitamin because I read somewhere that some peo- ple feel tetter in the summer than in the winter because they need additional amounts of Vitamin D. I recognized my- self at once in this description. If I bent over after October 31, I was not likely to straighten up till the following May. 1 was putting away international units of solar ray per diem till I read a magazine article citing evidence that ex- cessive dosage of halibut liver oil could cause physical damage such that a person could have sex only under water. A weak swimmer, I went straight off Vitamin D and onto Pauling's palliative. Now I'm kicking the Vitamin C habit too. Especially since a friend of mine told me about Vitamin E. "What docs it I asked him. "Bloody ha whispered, eyes glowing. "Vitamin E prolongs virility." Well, if there's one thing I want pro- longed, it's virility. I can put up with a little nose and throat congestion, provided I can wheeze endearments with the vigor of Cary Grant. If anybody has anything to say against Vitamin E kindly wait till I've had time to hide the bottle. Another reason I By Dong KXOW it's Spring without even hav- ing to look for robins or crocuses. All winter the subject of fences has Iain for- gotten but suddenly it has been resurrect- ed. Now everybody, it seems, wants to know when I'm going to get started. Well, here I am at it finding more reasons for doing without a fence. I heard recently thai my friend Bob Elliott's fence caught on fire. There doesn't seem to be much percentage in erecting a fence when so many of the elements are opposed to them wind blows them down; water washes them out; fire burns them down. I'll just go along with the wishes of na- ture and do without a fence. Transportation integration vague idea QTTAWA: It is one uf our quainter rituals Ilia llouse of Commons, at regular intervals and bursts of ill lem- per, debates a bill formally au- Canadian National Railways to make capital ex- penditures most of which linvc already been incurred. What makes the procedure more remarkable, and perhaps distinctively Canadian, is the fact that the government at tlio same time solemnly buys four per cent preferred stock in a company which it already owns. As the CNB is not, has never been and is not likely to be a profit making concern, this arrangement is rather less meaningful than the ancient ob- ligation of the Hudson Bay Company to pay the Crown a tribute of black beaver skins on appropriate occasions. The debate does, however, afford members ot Parliament an opportunity to discuss trans- portatiou generally, since the bill also embraces (lie ad- vances to Air Canada. What this amounts to is one long tale of woe, relieved at intervals by assorted proposals for addition- al public spending and exhorta- tions about the need for a na- tional and rational transporta- tion policy, whatever that may be. David Lewis confided lo the House that, us a young man 40 years ago, lie had warned a CPU president that, given a chance, "I would nationalize his railway." Mr, Lewis added that lie had no apology to make for Ibis. Sooner or later, he suggested, the CPR will be na- tionalized. He did not, how- ever, indicate that this in on the immediate agenda of tlx> NDP. We have a nationalized rail- way, although Mr. Lewis had little of commendation for it. After noting that the CPK is "an organization without con- he continued: "I say the same thing to the CNR leadership, Mr. Speaker say lo the CN: Your company is no longer accepting its re- STorisibilly to carry out its duty as a transportation ser- vice.'' This scarcely sounds like a trumpet call for social owner- ship. We have one line without conscience and the other with- out responsibility. In addition, there is a regulatory body, but who regulates whom? "In my opinion the Canadian Transport Commission is much more an agency of the railways than it is of this Parliament or of tho people of Canada, and this can- not any longer be tolerated." Mr. Lewis did discern one distinction between the two sys- tems. At least CNR officers could be brought before parlia- mentary committees. But this has always been the case and it does not seem to have pro- duced general happiness. More than a decade ago, the Macplierson Commission re- ported that passenger service is a losing proposition. Mr. Lew- is confirms this from his own studies. "There just is not any railway that can make profits out of passenger service." It so happens, Itowever, (hat one sys- tem the CNR spent a good deal of nioncy nt our expense over a period of years attempt- ing lo demonstrate that the late Mr. MacPJierson was wrong. Mr. Lewis has another argu- ment, now somewhat grizzled with age. The CNR, through a recapitalization, ought to be re- lieved of the debt it is carrying. What he failed to observe was that the CNR has twice gone through recapitalizations; as- suring Parliament on each oc- casion (hat in the result it would be able to move lo pro- fitable position. Social judgment scarcely seems to be a match for private judgment' what it has produced is the perennial comedy iti wliich Parliament, on our behalf, buys slock in our own road. Air Canada, born at a belter lime and a chosen instrument, has done relatively belter. But its president, Mr. Pratte, de- fined its "basic problem" last year. "We (at UK management level) do not know what tho mission of Air Canada is. We wish we knew." Shortly after- wards, Mr. Jamie.son was re- ported as saying: "We would like to give Ah- Canada a clear- cut mandate, but it is hard to be precise. I have been work- ing on this for two years." _ This might suggest that there Is some virtue in having more than one airline; a thought which may have occured to passengers for other reasons. But Mr. Lewis, following the consistent line of his party, is against taking any privileges away from Air Canada. "I do not object to the thrust, corn-age of enterprise of an in- IE 'Don't iell me, let me went fo onotfitf cf ihoie lib meetings lorfoy.'" t 'We, 'it WasJi'ngion, see prosperity just aiounJ Ine cor- ner for Ihe family larm. Ml you have io do is survive will the juiuris [each you, and yau'tf make a in real estate1." dividual or group of individuals wishing to set up some Air company. I am not saying that such people should not be al- lowed to develop their business. What 1 am saying is that, In (he long run, it is shortsighted and stupid to allow Iliem lo do so at the expense of the poten- tial income and development of Air Canada. 1 am saying that CP Air particularly ought not (o be given (hat kind of ad- vantage." But the NDP leader then added the suspicion that Air Canada "may welcome tills op- portunity for lessened service." What is the point of taking over private companies and turning them into chosen in- struments if bureaucrats are not trustworthy in any case? Tile essential problem, recog- nized by the Macpherson Com- mission, is: How much are we prepared lo pay out in subsidies at any time for (lie mainte- nance of services deemend to be in the national interest? One Liberal member Jack Cullen. recommended free passes for senior citizens, beginning with those over 75. As government Jias already accepted some re- sponsibility as sponsor of tra- velling youth, this is scarcely a revolutionary proposal. But are we to get into a new poli- tical competition with one par- ty offering free passes at age 70; another at 65 and so on? If this is "the sort of service that a national railway, partic- ularly a Crown corpDrtion rail- way, should be prepared to of- fer to our senior what about those wlra happen to b've on the lines cf the CPR? Whether we have one system or two, whatever is "offered" will be at the expense of tax- payers. As no member of Par- liament appears to regard tho existing services as adequate, is the time propitious for new ones, however attractive, at unknown expense? It is invariably said In the transportation debates that wa must integrate the four major- means of transport (air, road, rail and water) in some mean- ingful way for all patts of the country. Mr. Lewis said it again midway through his dream nationalization of the CPR. It would be interesting to hear for once what integration means in detail and how it can he made meaningful at one and the same time for everybody everywhere without wrecking aJ) already badjy battered pub- lic treasury. (Herald Ottawa liiircnu) Shaun lierron CANADA, I love thee. I stand on guard for thec. Wliat do I get out of it? I have been brooding on the Bland-on-guarders, The Adams Family weren't really interested in Liberty, Fraternity and the Pursuit of Happiness; they were after Power, Privilege and Profit for the Adams family and their friends: that is, in a transfer of power from one holder to an- other. After the Second World War it was all right for Ameri- can historians to admit this. Prior to that it was required that American children in school should learn only about the wickedness of the cowardly British who at Bunker HiII "three times charged up the hill." "It's interesting that Canadi- an nationalists standing on guard has Robert Stanfield yet noticed the sinister signif- icance of the reduction in the number of stand-on guards in the new version of 0, Canada? fall into three rough cate- gories. There are: The People Nationalists interested in sharing in loot of the Word; The People of Thi Platter and The Power People. These, being interpreted, are: Ihe communicators journalists, poets, writers and, above all, publishers; the mu- sic people singers, com- posers, record companies and I'll throw in film makers as communicators; and of course tho politicians of the Left in the pursuit of power, along with their friends and supporters. There are also the big L Li- berals who tbink the wave of the fulure is with "nation- no matter what it is. But in one form or another, the name of the game is Ihe same old name: Loot. Where do you find Canada's most articulate Nationalists? Among the hook publishers. They began, like Jack JlcClel- land, with a general advocacy of Canada Firstism. We were being robbed of our birthright. But the case moved, and the propaganda found cars that hear of the terrible plight of Canada's publishers. Canadian. Nationalism as it is showing it- Work widely preferred By Jlon Oakley A Psychologist has discover- ed that both children and rats prefer lo work for their rewards rather than get them for free. Dr. Devendra Singli, assistant professor of psychology at tho University of Texas, reports in Psychology Today magazine ihat when given a choice be- tween getting marbles by press- 1ng a bar or merely sitting and waiting for them lo roll out, children, "regardless of their preferred to get their rewards by working. Similarly, he found that a ma- jority of rats tested preferred to obtain food pellets work- ing for them that is, by press- irig bars than through [ree- Joatiing. However, when the test was rigged so that the rate got twice as many pellets by not a large majority of them tinn- ed lo freeloading. Kvery rat has its price, says NEA Service Singh, and if we make the temp- tation attractive enough it will begin to freeload. Nevertheless, he sums up, "ft appears that the desire to work for a living is quite widespread. An organism likes lo be r.ctivo and control its environment." He cites as an example Iho .superstitious magic of primi- tive tribes in which people stage elaborate rituals to get a good crop or to bring rain, etc. "Objectively none of this be- havior changes says- Singh, "but the important thing Is that these rituals give per- sons the feeling that they somehow control the environ- ment and hence can get what they want." Presumably this applies also to psychologists and their some- times elaborate rituals oops, experiment which really change nothing, including tho sum total of human knowlcdce. self now is largely a Toronto affair: it is based in the ego- tism and sense of growing pew- er of a metropolis; it is tho assumption of the intellectuals and ambitious politicians professional or amateur of that place, that Toronto is Can- ada. And it was the manipula- tion of this created sentiment that laid the base for the pub- lishers' plunder tax money for Nationalist publishers. It was a classic exercise in the manipulation of the public for private gain under the banner of the national good. It was just as evident, at the Juno Awards affair at the Inn on tlie Park, in Toronto. This is the occasion when Canada's music people get what's com- ing lo them from the music in- dustry. 0, Canada; it was clear that the day had dawned and if Canadian Nationalism w a s good for anything it was good for one hell of big (rough to wallow in; God bless the CRTC that decreed that every medi- ocre latent had lo have its day in the sun if it was Canadian, because it was Canadian, and that meant Loot. It also meant that talented people like Mr. Lightfool had to worry in case his Canadian talent was so overexposed, to (ill (he gaps left by mediocrity, that his pub- lic would get tired of the sound of his voice, and Ihe royalties would go by default lo the me- diocrities because Mr. Light- foot's voice was heard too of- (en. Meanwhile, the recording companies, springing up like publishing houses, arc in love with Canada, like the Adams family holding out their bats for plums to fall from the Bri- tish North American nhnn irce. Nationalist passion even, has never been so pure. It is Canadian. The film makers aren't fall- ing behind the literary and mu- sical litter at the trough. There's gold in them hills around Ottawa, and if you can get an option on a property that is, a book it's quite likely Ihat you can become a film maker overnight, .so Jong f.s you use Canadian lalenl. So people who write books are gel- tine letters from Dcoolc who call themselves film production companies and the letterheads look like Die sort of thing chil- dren do with home printing sets. They ask odd questions. They can get your address from your publisher but they don't tliink of asking your pub- lisher for the address of your agent. They ask you: How much would you charge me for an option on your book, So-and- So? Would you be prepared to write tho screenplay? How much would you charge me for that? And you pass the tellers to your agent and he replies, asking questions like: What have you done? What is Ihe economic base of your produc- tion company? And nobody ever replies to these questions. The production companies that are shooting up just lie dcnw) out of sight. What they need is a property not a lot of impertinent ques- tions because there's money to be had from the public purse If you can say: Look, Canadian author, Canadian actors, Cana- dian camera crews, Canadian- all. 0, Canada, our home and native trough. These are the three chief sources of the in- tense passion for what is pass- ing as Canadian nationalism. The pattern is as old as na- tionalism whether it was in an American colony or is in an Af- rican state. It is a group inter- est; its base is the emotional manipulation of a mass of opin- ion among people who will not benefit at all, by people who will benefit a great deal where benefit really counts: In their pockets. The politicians 1 need nnl dwell upon. Mr. Lewis and bis backers see before them anoth. er kind of Loot power. Pow- er to control not only the poli- tical destiny of a vast country, but power also (o control, di- rect and ruin what they do not and no longer need to own. (Heralrl special service) Looking backward Trirongh Tne Herald 1322 Not an inch of Ulster territory will be yielded to southern Ireland, speakers at the Kiiicel orange meeting las! night said. 1M2 According lo a rumor from the east, the business ol flying the mail between prairio cities may be taken over by the different western flying clubs should