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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, March 18, 1974 Local news Hopak dancers from Calgary give the large audience a taste of the Ukraine The world's culture on display It was something like you'd expect a United Nations party to be. Dancing, songs, costumes and food from many nations. The day-long International Folk Festival at the University of Lethbridge ended Sunday afternoon with spectators crowded into every nook and cranny of the university gymnasium watching hours of dancing and music. The festivities were sponsored by the university and the Lethbridge Folk Arts Council and featured performers from throughout the province. The Irish jig Susan Smith of Edmonton Yugoslavian dance the Jolliffe dancers from Lethbridge KICK ERVIN photos Japanese del! on display Businessmen must change to sell more to USSR SPOT, YOU VILLAIN BE CAREFUL Canadian businessmen will have to change their ways to sell more to the Soviet Union, University of Calgary geography professor said Saturday Speaking to a Canadian Association of Geographers western division meeting at the University of Lethbndge, Brenton said Canadian businessmen operate with a one-year planning horizon at test The Soviet planners plan three years ahead, at least The Soviets also operate as members of a group, not as individuals, he said. Expectations for Soviet trade had soared after the 1971 agreement between Canada and the U.S.S.R., but had been dashed after the detente with the Americans, be said. Dr. Barr said Canada could still do business with the Soviet Union if similar regional experience was used to advantage. Both countries have resource exploration and exploitation activities on a "frontier" and both have had population movements from a centre to the edge. He said Canadians should concentrate on Soviet regions most like those in Canada, such as Siberia and the Canadian Shield. Regional decision makers should be given increased knowledge of Canada, he said. Regionalism is important in the Soviet Union, he said. Not all decisions are made in Moscow as most people think. The U.S.S.R. is too large a country for that to be possible. Tracked vehicles made in Calgary are sold for use in Western Siberia because they have made a good impression on officials there. Spot Jones, the pooch who spends his day following city mailmen, is breaking the law. The dog licence that mailmen chipped in to purchase for Spot does not entitle him to roam city streets as reported in the story outlining Spot's post office career Saturday. City poundkeeper Glen Anderson said today a city bylaw prohibits even a licensed dog from roaming streets unleashed. A dog must be under the control of his master while using city streets. Control means a leash, but Mr. Anderson says he usually won't pick up a dog that is obviously out walking with his master. Now. the question is, are Spot's pals the mailmen under control of the pooch when they make their rounds? Pages 13-24 Birth control centre brief sparks debate By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Requests for everything from the display of the Canadian flag on campus to the development of more specialized courses were made to the University of Lethbridge Senate Saturday by individuals and community organizations. But none caused so much discussion and vocal disagreement as did the request by the Lethbridge Birth Control and Information Centre for service courses in the faculty of education for teachers of sex education. The senators questioned establishing such training for teachers when public opinion is split on the type of sex "instruction youngsters should be taught. Are students to be taught just the scientific facts of birth control and venereal disease or are they also to be taught the moral values of human sexual relations9 The senators couldn't agree Spokesmen for the birth control centre said it could only reach a limited number of people who walk in off the street and if the majority of young people are to receive sex education, it is of "prime importance" that it be taught in schools. The success of such a program in the schools depends upon "the training and ability of the they stated in support of their request for sex education courses for teachers at the U of L. Even if teachers blush when questioned by youngsters about sex, they are influencing the life-long attitudes of the children toward sex, the senators were told by those making the submission on behalf of the centre. 4300 want training' A brief presented by the centre suggests there are at least 300 teachers in Southern Alberta who would be willing to take a sex education in- service course at the U of L. It suggests teacher interest is sufficient for the university to offer at least one course in sex education. Russell Leskiw, dean of education, told the senate the universities in the province have studied the possibilities of developing a sex education training program for teachers and found that there is only one type of sex education program that is effective one that starts in the community and moves into the schools. "All programs imple- mented in other ways have fallen he claimed. The were not in agreement on whether sex education training should be provided to all teachers or if it should be given more in depth to a few teachers who wish to specialize in it James Oshiro, chancellor and chairman, suggested that sex education is a major problem that is not being handled well at any level because people can't agree on how it should be presented to children Somewhere along the line "we have got to tackle this issue." he maintains. The birth control centre brief and the others presented to the senate Saturday were referred to the university president's office for presentation to the university community After receiving response from the various levels of organization in the university, the President Bill Beckel is to report back to the senate. Motion overruled Following the presentation of briefs, senator Gregory Hayles attempted to present a motion giving senate support to the continuation of the Lethbridge Birth Control and Information centre, in danger of losing city funding. Dr. Oshiro overruled the motion on a point or order that it wasn't within the jurisdic- tion of the senate to take a position on such matters. Lethbridge city council will decide the centre's fate March 25. During discussion on a few of the 16 briefs presented to the senate Saturday, university administrators indicated they had already given substantial consideration to the concerns expressed but were unable to take appropriate action because of budget restrictions. Financial restrictions were also blamed for the failure of the U of L department of music to meet the need for trained string teachers in Southern Alberta. The bachelor of music program at the U of L is now restricted to piano and voice "More funds needed' Dr. Leskiw, in response to the brief presented by the Alberta Registered Music Teacher's Association and the Lethbridge Symphony Association, said it is a "very high priority" concern of the university that the need for string teachers be met by the U of L. but "it can only be met if we get more funds." A brief recommending that citizenship should be a factor in making appointments to university faculties and that all future appointments of administrators such as deans, presidents and department chairman be restricted to Canadians received a negative response from a few administrators and senators. In his brief. Jim Bumess. 2010 5th Ave. S.. also suggested that more care should be taken in the selection of professors for the university and the elimination of those who are not "capable." An analysis Funny... he doesn't look like Mrs. Plumptre By AL SCARTH HeraM Staff Writer Is Alberta Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowlmg really Beryl Plumptre in Similarities between the chairman of the federal food prices review board and Mr. Dowlmg do exist. They have both been forced to sit back and watch the slaughter in the market place like two helpless but clucking hens. Mrs. Plumptre can explain that she and her board were never intended to do anything else but monitor prices and make recommendations to those who do pack a clout Mr Dowling has no such easy out His is a supposedly full-fledged government department with a full-fledged clout behind it Consumers' expectations were raised high by the fanfare accompanying creation of the board and of Mr Dowling's portfolio. Now some of their high hopes are being dashed. Opposition leaders in both Ottawa and Edmonton are making political hay out of the hard-pressed board and department Mr Dowlmg. for his part did not acquit himself particularly well last week in the Alberta legislature as Opposition spokesmen demanded what the minister was doing about prices. Playing to his fellow cabinet ministers and to Conservative backbenchers, Mr. parried Opposition questions in a hghl-hearted manner as if he had all the apples and could afford to be snippy. But the minister was caught by one of his own plays After repeated references to "very sophisticated" pnce monitoring devices, he told New Democratic Leader Grant Notley he would ask Ottawa for information to back up his claim that price climbs in Alberta were decidedly lower than national averages. And by the time Mr Dowling tabled the first report on food pnces. for Edmonton, he had conceded that his very sophisticated monitors weren't yet folly in operation In his attempts at urbane and witty debate, he only fueled an Opposition charge that he was Conservative for some retailers. Mr Dowling said tn answer to former agriculture minister Henry Ruste (SC Wainwrightt that while there was no real shortage of anli-freeze in the province there were "some scalpers" charging up to double the normal price. Asked then by Gordon Taylor (SC Drumbeller) if the government would consider prosecuting price gougers, Mr. Dowling replied: In a free enterprise system, it is pretty hard to prosecute someone for free enterprise. It might have been a bright reply but it wasn't very bright for a consumer affairs minister supposedly protecting the interests of consumers. "What's a million''" and "Let them eat cake" were comments which probably seemed witty at the time Opposition spokesmen pointed out that the producers and free enterprisers appeared to have more than sufficient representation in the cabinet already in the form of several portfolios devoted to industry, commerce, natural resources and agriculture Mr Dowlmg's problems are not all of his own making. He must defend a department virtually powerless except for legislation giving it a right to existence He has been righting a delaying action until he can take the offensive with a consumer legislation package Then it will be his turn to play public protector ;