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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LftHBXIDGE HEKALD March 1971 Anthony Westell Continued trouble in Ireland The coldblooded killing of three offduty soldiers in Belfast last week for a few days evoked a temporary unanimity of feeling among the spokesmen of both parts of Ireland and both communities in That two of the murdered youths were teenage brothers added impact to the outrage and provoked an allout manhunt in Ulster to track down the Home Secretary Reginald Maud ling said the killers belong to a small minority of ruthless de termined to provoke British security forces into reprisals which would ap pear aimed against large sections of the He said they hope apparently to inflame relations be tween the army and the public and to stoke up again sectarian violence in the In Maudlings predictions have become An aura of rest lessness pervades throughout in spite of the shock of the There were predictions from the hoi polloi that the the high point in the violence which has washed over Northern Ireland for the past two were only the beginning of more troubles to Protestant militants have stepped up their campaign to oust Prime Minister James Chichester Clark from office and replace him with a member of the right wing ruling Unionist party who would deal more severely with Roman Catholic ex Whatever the outcome in the next few it is almost certain that it will be years before Catholics and Protestants in Belfast will ever come to some common terms of communi At present they are complete ly not only in and in but to a great degree in The atmosphere of hostility is ever and no one in political office at the present time seems able to come up with a solu tion acceptable to either To be expected Several young people have recently unsuspectingly ingested drugs with unpleasant consequences they had to be taken to Deplorable as it is that this should it is not an altogether unexpected The custom of surreptitiously spik ing drinks with alcohol has a long and dishonorable It has be come so in that the only safety lies in declining drinks or in supplying ones own and guard ing them A game played with one product is almost certain to suggest itself as suitable for another The spooked sugar cube may not seem substantially different to the spiked No doubt the stakes are higher when it comes to a drug other than alcohol so that the alarm experienced as a result of people playing the lat est version of an old game is under If a public outcry can im press upon the guilty a realization that their behavior is totally unac ceptable it would be a desirable out Disapproval is a potent instrument in controlling If there had been greater application of it in past instances of spiking drinks with al cohol there might have been less risk of the spread of the game to other The smirking that too fre quently accompanied the alcohol game is apt now to be paying off in unwanted Labor chastened Labor in Britain should have been chastened by recent It should be apparent that there is a limit to what the economy can stand from the double drain of everincreas ing wages and non productivity through Dismissing the Heath government as simply anti labor because of its insistence that there must be a tem pering of demands was Not so easy to ignore have been the collapse of some industries and the blunt statement of Henry Ford III that his company was sick of industrial strife and would not invest further in Bri There is something almost incred ible about the way labor has been willing to price itself out of work to bring about the bankruptcy of busi nesses and the end of Perhaps the process of automating and merg ing of companies is inevitable but it does seem amazing that labor often seems to invite the acceleration of the The refusal of members of one union to follow their leaders in a strike action against the RollsRoyce company for laying off men may be a straw in the It could be an indication that there is a realization that a different approach is requir ed than the automatic reflexes so long too long characteristic of Undoubtedly there is need for un ions as a bargaining That there is need for them to continue to exhibit the same old militancy as in the past is Reasonable doubt Dismissal of a speeding charge against a judge of the Alberta Su preme Court is almost bound to pro voke It will be widely be lieved that favoritism came into play simply because it was a judge who had been Yet another judge is not apt to lightly dismiss a charge en if only because he would be aware that it would be interpreted as More a judge has to have the confidence of the police offi cers within his jurisdiction and wrould therefore not rule there was reason able doubt of identity unless he was convinced tins was it seems obvious that confidence in the impartiality of jus tice would have been enhanced in the public mind had the police charges been made to It might have been unfair not to have given the judge the benefit of the doubt but if anyone can afford to be denied such a benefit it is surely a Bleak educational horizons Bv Louis Burke the new School Act became law in it hailed by ev er especially as tho educa tion act designed to scnc the Evenone except teachers saw new frontiers on the educational horizon But nearly one whole has parsed and only a ghastly nightmare straddles the new It seenrs that minds programed in the thirties and ruling eduCdUun in province cannot reach forward to take full advantage of the freedom created by the new Many hustees hailed the act now sit shrivelled in mental shells too small to ccpe with such Not only school but even some mass media men who belong to the vanguard of change and progress failed to the situation and adjibt It looks as if education is about to re treat right back into the twenties this province was quite primitke Then OMI cation was ttie pawn of little merchants in small or the fief of frmneis in tcacliTi Incd the serfiif preyed ufOii for faisrico working conditions It was a period forces deliberately uwked to strangle an infant Ted teachers see these qnoMs from hell rise Lctb hope it only imagination But the impasse now building up br tueen teacheis and trustees iols of loom for Most not all school UUMCCV ai e No one be naive enough to blanket the lot of them as Most of them want and are a good job for but tliere are not enough of these good men in key A bent on have worked themselves into vital posts in the trustee structure wherein they block edu cational citing public opinion as the The public wants the best edu cational sj stem possible and is prepared to pay for it as it clues fur other ser vice it invests in ted Such trustees un load an enormous disservice on the Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in the present state of teachers con not only in Quebec and other not only in but right here in south cm in Medicine Hat and Leth Teachers been uorkmg for al most one vear under trying physical and psychological conditions It looks as if they have o soldier on much longer while trustees acker with these men have notions of shouldering the full responsibility for the del moral ing Thn may be happy In submit to accmintabiliK when the next election They may fien be happy with Ihe nightmare of their own creation who knows9 Ihe new Sthcol Act wiped out rules and definitions and divi sions in order to establish effi ciency and some real Has created a suamplam fiom the past out of vhich ciawl distills and hopelessness Let us Ixtpe Getting more women into government AW A At a private meeting of Ihe national executive of the Liberal before the last general the provincial chieftains were reporting on the candidates be ing adopted in the and several commented regretfully on the lack of women seeking seats in Vice President Pauline Jew a political scientist and out spoken former listened quietly to the regrets and then suggested that if the men were really so perhaps the party should set itself target of finding and adopting 50 women There was a short and eloquent silence and the meeting moved on to nest When the election came there was one Liberal woman Margaret Rideout in New Brunswick and she lost the seat which she originally inherited from her Flora a former organizer and national secre tary of the Conservative party and now on leave from Queens University to run the Commit tee for an Independent is one of the best known politi cal activists in The Royal Commission on the Sta tus of Women engaged her as a consultant of women in public Interviewed recently by a leading she argued vigorously that women are so far behind men in politics ar4 government that they need spe cial help something better than equality in the short term to break through to the prominent positions in which they can prove their compe tence and get men used to their So the newspaper ran her views in the pages re served for That was adding insult to the injury of the fact that the royal commission was unwilling to go along with Miss Mac Donald in her plea for equality plus for women who have long had far less than To talk to women such as Miss Jewett and Miss MacDon ald who have had experience in the mans world of to read the sour memoirs of Judy probably the most successful woman politi cian in Canadian is to understand why they regard with suspicion the talk of a new era for women in The statistics of past exper ience are too depressing to per mit much In 134 federal and provincial elections from 1917 to persons were Just b7 were In the 15 federal elections since when women be came free to ihere have been Just 3000 have been And many of those were sacrificial lambs put up by the parlies to nm in ridings where they had no chance a Liberal woman against John Diefenbaker in Prince Albert in for ex and a Tory woman against Pierre Trudeau in Mount Royal in In the past half only 13 women have been elected to the Seven of these took over seats originally won by fathers or There is only one woman in the present Grace a New Democrat from British mem ber of a famous political family and an outstanding The story of the Senate is even As late as the Supreme Court of Canada luled that women could not qualify under the law as per sons entitled to sit in the Upper The judicial com mittee of the Privy Council in Britain overturned that curious on appeal and said that women were indeed per sons able to take a place in the Hark 1 Think I Hear Voices Even successive prime ministers have been re luctant to appoint women nine out of 236 Senators chosen In the federal civil there is not a single woman at deputy minister rank heading one of the great departments of and there is less than a handful at assistant deputy When the politicians of course set out to try to improve this dismal they often encounter discour aging Prime Minis ter Lester Pearson was widely criticized for appointing the Commission on the Status of and when Trudeau chose to speak on womens rights at a Liberal dinner in Toronto he anticipated the lack of audience enthusiasm and wrote into his text Who of you at this moment are say ing to women Why doesnt he speak on an impor tant Many in the fashionable audience were saying just the speech was said to be a bore and a But there were others who thought that the prime for all his good was objec tionably patronizing to He suggeted that women in public life would be more com passionate than more alert to the problems of con less influenced by tech nology a mans view of women as the softer sex con cerned with homely Trudeaus are preferable to his As head of he has Made it deliberate policy to seek out and appoint more women to public most noticeably last October when he sent two women to the More such appointments can be and a hunt is on for women qualified to sit as judges in the highest Told his program planners that measures to improve the status of women must have a high place on the governments schedule of the all important list of the things that must be done in the limited time Appointed social scientist Freda Paltiel to the Privy Council offices with a broad mandate to guide the govern ment in implementing the royal commission report and going beyond that to other ac tion required to improve the position of As leader of the Liberal Trudeau has put his personal authority behind the campaign to persuade constituency organ izations to nominate women as He lias also en dorsed the appointment of a threewomen task force which will survey the opinions and wishes of the Liberal member ship across the country womens rights and carry the advice to Inside the Liberal organiza there is a special com mittee to study development of womens The party Senator Rich ard said recently that one of the early tasks is to survey the situatioin in each constituency to discover where to stand for Liberal policv chairman Al Linden a Toronto law professor adds that it is not just a matter of seeking openings but also of finding qualified You cannot just take a woman away from washing dishes and throw her into Parli he You cannot take her from washing diapers and make her head of a com There are not many women who have the qualifica tions and experience to be and some women who are qualified for public life have problems overcoming their own Linden thinks it will take 40 to 50 years in practice to women to equality with men in public hfe Trudeau savs We should be guilty of intellectual dishonesty if we underestimate the weight of tradition or the depth of bias both conscious and un conscious which permeates each of There can be no expectation that any of men or can overcome these attitudes in a period of months or even years While these may be realistic assessments by past standards of they are not like ly to satisfy todays revolution ary The demand is for solutions rather than for the next The only way to meet this sort of expectation is to force the rate of perhaps by setting reserved quotas for women in the political Miss MacDonald and Miss Jewett have both urged the idea that the political parties accept the responsibility of nominating a minimum number of women for seats in Parlia The New Democratic which has always done rather better than its in fielding women is now under pressure to ensure that women fill half the places on its key organizational com The royal commission proposed that there should be an informal quota of two women from each province in the But perhaps the most radical and intriguing idea came from a Creditisle Rene Matte recently redistri bute Parliamentary ridings into 150 each to be represented by a man and a woman Toronto Star Syndicate Tim Traynor favorable to pipelines across Canada WASHINGTON Canada and the United States are now squarely addressing themselves to the possibility of moving Alaskan oil to the mid by means of a pipeline down from the Mackenzie Val ley and through western Can As of this there is a firm official basis for inten sive consideration of the long pi ejected Mackenzie In a Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien round ed out a series of Canadian ministerial statements indicat Letter to the editor ing Canadian eagerness to have the Mackenzie line con sidered as an alternative to a pipeline crossing Alaska and linked with a tanker route run ning along the Pacific In the most straightforward formulation to Chre tien said Canada would be pre pared to make a rightofway for a pipeline for Alaskan northslope He called attention to special re quirements related to environ mental protection and Cana dian but the un derlying assumption through College and university I feel that the majority of citizens of Lethbridge are um I am sure all are aware that the college dont fair if it The name Lelhhridge Commu nity College implies one major thing the college is commu nity supported and Being an outoftown student Crazy Capers Its f I felt I could take an unbiased Since I have arrived I noticed support and co operation on all sides for Ihe its students and con For the college 1 have noticed little I feel few people understand the colleges basic The people of Lethbridge should take notice of their com munity college and work to build up a new and a good thing DEIRDRE Lethbridge So They Say bucks It is humbling to consider how if we cannot control a simple problem such as no can hope lo change more se vere disorders such as alcohol ism and dnig Edward di rector of the Psychology Clin ic at the University of Ore on methods be ing tried to help smokers stop out was hat the pipeline was Many essential noneconom ic questions must be answered prior to the approval of such Chretien but the question is not whether pipelines will be built but how such lines will be He was also at some pains to stress that foreign both for northern development and w ould continue to be notwithstand ing the debate over economic In a press conference recent Interior Secretary Hogers Morton took note of the Canadian statements and indi caetd readiness to take a close look at Mackenzie As with the Chretien state this gave a new firm ness io a position which his been evolving rapidly amid growing resistance to the proposed transAlaska pipeline Responding to the cla mor against Ihe transAlaskan Morton had ear lier ordered a study of the en vironmental dangers of the projected anker movement along the and had indi cated he would move cautious ly and would look at alterna tive in considering a construc tion permit for the transAlas ka Mr Morton citecl apparent Canadian readiness to provide for a line through Canada and said n ould approprialc for U S oil companies lo lake tlir maltei iij lie Canadian He w a s he lo consider the Mac kenzie route as an alternative o Ihe TransAlaska roulc in his consideration of the con struction At different he raised the possibd ilv ihn the Mackenyie route would he an outrighl alterna and that it would he sup plemental to the TransAlaska This points up a key un derlying consideration In the absence of a clear indication of movement on the Mackenzie Ihe might well be moved to push the trans Alaska route to answer short term Morton lay heavy stress on Ihe growth of energy demands and pointed to the north as a key element in meeting We would be very negligent if we decided somehow lo seal up this in light of the energy problems faced by the coun try Morton made clear the generally positive attitude had to pipelines across In addition to in quiries made by the oil com panies officials had raised the possibility of a Mackenzie pipeline with the Canadian he He also undorsccied Ihe need to tap the emerging natural gas reserves of northern As a factor in consideration of a pipeline for Alaskan oil through he pointed to the possibility of utilizing the same route established for the projected natural gas pipeline to the Looking backward Through the Herald 1921 The latest fad among eastern Canadian girls is fom huckle but Ihe girls have no use for the clasps Thej just pull them their shoes and let them flap I9u Work has begun on the new termimal elevator here and some 40 men aie now em with much of Ihe build ing material now on 1911 Canadas important part in the development and operation of new aim ed at overcoming t li e night bomber menace in was described in guarded terms in the house of commons b Air Minister Three persons have been found nine olhers arc umeported and an Id morthold child is trapped in a collapsed home in the Trochu district following the twoday which has swept the 1961 Two babies have died and six are believed to be in serious condition after a solu tion of boracic acid instead of distilled uater was put in their feeding formula at a Regina hospital The Lethbridge Herald m 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 by Hon A BUCHANAN Second Class Mill Reqisiranon NO 0012 Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Puotisners Association and Hie Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W Editor and Publisher THOMAS Genera Manager JOE BALLA POY P MILEb Advertising Manager WILLIAM HAY Associate Editor DOUGLAS K WALKER LJifuMn T6y6 Elhlof THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH ;