Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 - THI IETHBRIDOI HIRALD - Friday, March If, 1971 EDITORIALS Paul Whitelmv The arena, old and new Letlibridge needs a good hockey arena, preferably in time for the season's opening in the fall. It is right that plans for replacing the structure destroyed by fire last week should be considered immediately. But no decision should be reached prematurely. However it is financed, a good deal of public money is involved and the best possible value should be obtained for it. Adequate parking is an important consideration in any new plans, of course. That makes the exhibition grounds a site to be seriously con-sidered. The greatest possible utilization is another factor. That raises the ques- tion of the wisdom of duplicating the Exhibition Pavilion, which is not being used to full capacity. Then there is the matter of moving the exhibition farther out of town, which is made more difficult every time another building is added at the present location. And somewhere along the line there should be discussion of the inadequacy of the insurance carried on the building that was destroyed. All of this study, of course, must not dim the miracle of the fire itself - that there was no loss of life or even injury. Some jammed doors, or a mild stampede, and this could have been the worst Canadian tragedy since the Halifax explosion. Getting at the truth Complainers about public assistance henceforth must do more than fire broadsides. Specific charges of injustice or of abuse now are to be taken before appeal committees for assessment and ruling. It is not very likely that many instances of either injustice or abuse will be discovered by committees throughout the province. Most of the complaining aired in public in the past will not even come to the committees because it is too generalized to bear scrutiny. The setting up of the committees will be worthwhile if even only a few cases of injustice or abuse are corrected. But the real worth of the whole project will be in clearing the air of unfounded suspicions that poison personal and public life. Some people are seemingly happiest when they are grousing about something. They will be the only casualties of the appeals system. Their letters to the editors and calls to the phone shows should diminish. The more pleasant climate resulting ought to be recognized as clear gain. No one can predict the volume of work in store for the committees. A guess, however, is that the necessity of presenting specific charges will greatly reduce the potential. Also, after a few typical complaints have been registered, getting at the truth by the committees will not be difficult. The idea of having the complaints committees is a good one. It can do nothing but enhance the reputation of the department of social development in the long run. Banish the savage hunt! The savage seal hunt off the coast of Labrador is under way again. In spite of loud protests from Canadians from coast to coast, the barbaric clubbing of beautiful white baby seals, with soft brown eyes which melt the heart of even the toughest sealer, continues as before. True, there are restrictions. Sealers are not supposed to begin skinning the pups until they are actually dead, but witnesses say that the rush and hurry of the event presses some ruthless sealers to carry on with their work regardless of whether the animal is dead or not. Protest has also insisted on a measure of control so that the species may be perpetuated. But the picture of this slaughter even with its updated controls is very unsavory indeed. Mother seals standing over the skinned bodies of their pups, or nosing through the bloody furs, trying to find their young, have been projected to the public via TV. The seal hunt is a major source of revenue for the people in that region. To eliminate it would cause unnecessary hardship and unemployment for an already depressed area. But the sealers themselves, aware of public distaste for their methods of slaughter, would be glad to have an alternative as a livelihood. Of course, the most sensible alter- native would be to persuade women to stop wearing animal furs. There are plenty of fake ones now on the market, and these should provide the girls with whatever savoir vivre they feel the right furs will give them. It must take a pretty insensitive girl to drape herself in that lovely white baby seal fur without, in her mind, seeing the brown eyes that watched a killer advance with a club. The other alternative has been suggested by a group of young Americans and Canadians who recently visited the seal area as sightseers. So intrigued were they by the family spirit of the seals, their aquatic antics and the beauty of the surroundings it struck them that the Canadian government would be well advised to turn the whole coastline into a sanctuary. This seems a logical suggestion. If more Canadians were encouraged to "See Canada first" this whole region could be developed to cater to tourists without menacing the seals. There would still have to be routine controls to keep the seal population down, but this would be a technicality. Surely something will have to be done to halt this yearly slaughter. It heaps scorn on Canadian wildlife preservation and convinces the sealers involved that they are in a very grubby business indeed. ERIC NICOL T DON'T wish to alarm further the resi-dents of Southern California, already badly shaken by earthquakes. But this morning I saw this goose. He was a wild goose, wilder than most, in my judgment. I was standing at an upstairs window of the house, looking south', when I saw him coming at me. He was flying very low, and going like the clappers. As he vanished over the roof I could see not only the frantic stretch of his neck, I could see his face, the beady eyes bulging. That goose was panicking. Let me review the situation. First the goose was too early for the spring migration north. Something had happened, or was going to happen, in the wintering grounds of California and Mexico, to launch him sauve-qui-peut, in too much of a hurry to bother gaining altitude. Secondly, I have often watched geese flying north in the spring, south in the fall. They invariably fly very high, in flocks of a dozen to several hundred, all yakking it up on what is obviously a charter flight. This goose was flying alone. Nothing about the frenzied beat of his wings suggested that he was concerned about a V-formation, or that he was emotionally involved with the matchless beauty of wildfowl seen against a sunset. Wherever he was going, he had to get there before he arrived. And he was talking to himself. I swear it. Just as he passed over the house I saw his mouth working-alright his beak working-in what any psychiatrist would recognize as maniac hysteria. Not speaking honker myself, I couldn't make out what the goose was saying. But you don't need to be Mr. Berlitz to translate "The sky is falling!" I don't like the augury of this goose. As you perhaps know, auspice originally meant bird watcher, I have to say that right now California is under auspices as perilous as any since Ronald Reagan got airborne as a hawk. What really worries me is that when the goose reaches Alaska (he's due in, I'd say, at about 0800 hours tomorrow) and sees what the oil companies are preparing to do to the ecology of that region, he will turn right around and head south with the after-burner blazing. Frankly, I don't want to see that goose on the return leg, flying low over our house, strummin' has lower lip - alright his lower bill. Maybe you feel that I am making too much of this portent. But with more earthquakes predicted for the California area, and the Atomic Energy Commission preparing bigger nuclear tests in the Aleutians, and 400,000-ton oil tankers, due to come lumbering out of the Panhandle, I put it to you that this goose may have a message for us. He may in fact have dropped it, on our shingles. Whatever it is, there is no blinking the fact that geese obey a mysterious and unerring motivation to travel great distances. My goose was motivated like a bat out of hell. I don't know about you, but I'm bringing my suitcase up beside my bed. Government language plans in Quebec MONTREAL - What overall plan the Quebec government has to increase the "status" of the French language isn't expected to be known until sometime this fall, as Premier Robert Bourassa awaits the report of a provincial royal commission set up in 1968 to study the potentially-explosive issue. But, in the meantime, a rough outline of the premier's intentions has been becoming clearer. A result has been increasing concern in recent months among the province's "angkv phones" - as the Quebec government refers to its English-speaking residents - and some of it may be justified. There is general agreement on the part of all but a small minority of the English here that Mr. Bourassa is justified in wanting to make French the "working language" of the province and wanting to increase the teaching of that language in English-speaking schools. The concern arises over what interpretations the government may take of such broad terms as "working language" and "increased instruction." There is additional anxiety over the type of language guarantees that would emerge in any new constitution that Prime Minister Trudeau and the provincial premiers may arrive at during the constitutional conference at Victoria in June. In the confusion over what various Quebec government spokesmen have said about the future of the French and English languages in the province, these specific developments have taken place so far: Mr. Bourassa has stated that French will become Quebec's "working language," and that the way this will be achieved will be announced after he studies the next report of the Gendron Commission on the status of the French language; Education Minister Guy St. Pierre .announced in mid-January that as early as this fall, a program will begin to increase the amount of instruction in French at English ' schools to 40 per cent of total classroom time; This is tempered by Bill 63, passed in the fall of 1969 by the previous Union Nationale government. It guarantees parents the right to enrol their youngsters in either English or French schools; Pill 64, passed in December, requires that immigrants to Quebec wishing to practice in 19 professions and trades will have one year to acquire a working knowledge of French. This bill is aimed at heading off a trend that in recent years has seen 80 per cent of the immigrants to French Canada opt to assimilate with the English milieu. Demographic surveys show that if the trend continues, English-speaking people would outnumber French-Canadians in Montreal by the turn-of-the-century. On the other hand, Mr. Bourassa issued a directive last fall instructing government departments to reply, in English, to letters from private citizens written in that language. Dealings with large corporations which have offices in Quebec, and correspondence with the federal government, are to be carried out in French; A new consumers bill includes a clause giving the right to demand that a contract under the act be written in English; There is concern that the linguistic guarantees of Quebec's English-speaking population, contained in the British North America Act, might be relegated to the status of privilege" in a new Canadian constitution. George Springate, the English - speaking depute for St. Anne's riding who is known outside Quebec chiefly as a member of the Montreal Alou-ettes football team, says very few people can disagree with Mr. Bourassa's apparent aims. But, he noted during a recent interview, Quebec's English-speaking residents have cause for concern until the premier gives more details on the way French is to be' promoted. The Liberal backbencher in the Bourassa government said he sensed a return in the non-French community of "a restless and uncertain mood felt "from now on, / don't want to see you sitting around hen chanting 'Om/ when you haven't Hnished your homeworkl" c mi If HW, hc.v "Listen, man, I think I'm on to something, new! I'm using brushes, oil paints and canvas." Letters To The Editor Millions of North American pot smokers can't be wrong On September 29, 1970 I was arrested crossing the border at Carway, Alberta with some twenty pounds of wild vegetation I had picked a few days earlier. Unfortunately for me the vegetation happened to be of a type people enjoy smoking. It was not cancer causing (but legal) tobacco, but harmless (and illegal) marijuana. Because of the heinous crime of processing a weed that has been smoked for five thousand years with as yet no meaningful evidence that it is in any way harmful, (the governments are still searching with all their resources for such evidence) my rights as a human being suddenly vanished and I was thrown into jail. My wife and two children were forced onto welfare, and after numerous pointless court appearances my trial came up. I was sentenced to four months, which I understand is lenient for Southern Alberta. The upshot of all this was that a family was totally disrupted for some five months and thousands of dollars of public funds were wasted. I still smoke marijuana, and I think I convinced more than a few people I met in jail to try it.. Young people today are for the most part not fooled by propaganda and government repression regarding "illegal drugs". They are generally aware that comparing grass with heroin is like comparing vitamin C with sleeping pills,, and the legal drugs that the establishment abuses, such as alcohol, barbituates, tobacco and pep pills are far more harmful than the weed for which otherwise law abiding citizens are first introduced to the criminal world. Drug repression is one of the major reasons young people have little respect for government today. Total collapse of the established order in the U.S. is only a question of time. Canada is maybe a few years behind. It is for this reason, quite frankly, why I no longer actively support legalization of marijuana. Government has shown itself to be just an extension of monopoly capital, and any human values or rights that do not serve the profit motive are thrown out the window. Democracy has been reduced to the choice among five identical brands of toothpaste or the choice between two dull, mediocre politicians. The sole interest of the politician is to stay in office while ensuring personal enrichment, and this is accomplished by furthering the interests of the rich and powerful while appeasing the common man with token programs and convincing him through mass media, job manipulation etc. that his interests are the same as those of the corporate state. So, small-minded bureaucrats1 of the world, keep it up. Some 25 million pot smokers in North America can't be wrong. You are the most valuable assets the youth revolution has. I will appreciate your printing this letter, as publicity from your paper played no small role in sentencing me in the first place. EDMUND HAFFMANS. Springfield, Mass. prior to last spring's election." The Liberal party won 72 of the 108 seats in the National Assembly after a campaign in which Mr. Bourassa denounced separatism and promised that economics would outweigh nationalistic polemics as a government priority. Mr. Springate said many people in Quebec's English com* munity may feel Mr. Bourassa is betraying his mandate by stressing the language question. He noted, however, that he will have to be content to wait until Mr. Bourassa studies the Gendron commission report. At that time, Mr. Springate wants answers to such questions as whether the Quebec branch of a non-French company will be able to function in English when not dealing with the public, whether telephone operators will give assistance in English, and what measures will be taken so that older English-speaking residents of the province with an insufficient knowledge of French will not.be penalized. The senior English-speaking cabinet minister in the Bourassa government, William Tetley, has no such hesitation. Mr. Tetley, who heads the department of financial institutions, said in a recent interview .that English-speaking citizens will not be harmed by the government's language plans'. Criticism of the government's plan to increase French instruction in English schools has come from some English educators. Reid Tilley, the chairman of the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal - the largest English-speaking board in Quebec, says the scheme is nice in theory but unrealistic. He noted during an interview that the Quebec government does not plan to increase the budgets of English schools to make the change-over. What, Mr. Tilley asked, Is the value of having English teachers giving instruction to English pupils in faulty French. And,'another unacceptable alternative, he said, would.be hiring teachers on the basis of their ability to speak French without regard for their knowledge of English or teaching ability. Educators who are more outspoken than Mr. Tilley wonder, whether the plan to increase the teaching of French is aimed surreptitiously at breaking-down the English language school system. There has been nothing firm from Mr. Bourassa to indicate that this is the case. In fact, the premier and his cultural affairs minister, Francois Clou-tier, have sought in . recent weeks to calm the Enlgish population with reassuring - if not very specific - statements on English language rights. A question of more direct concern to French Canadians is how the plans to make French the "working language" will affect the flow of investment capital badly needed to stimulate Quebec's stagnant economy. By increasing the stress placed on the language issue in recent months, Mr. Bourassa may be giving the impression that he is governing in reference to the separatist Parti Quebecois, and is easily swayed by radical elements. Only the state of Quebec's economy at this time next year will provide a firm answer. (Herald Quebec Bureau). Medical incomes wrongly explained Looking backward The statistics on the high incomes of the medical profession have been explained erroneously albeit by Mr. Skeptic (L. H. March 11). With discrepant ranges of incomes many lower bracket men are lost in the jungle of averaging out. If incomes rate high - so also the coronary rate - amongst professionals, highest in fact. Working full tilt to satisfy an expanding work load of sick (and hypochondriac) patients at a time when medical 'Crazy Capers' I can tell you trust in God by the way you drivel schools are full and insufficient, naturally this professional income will rise with demand. One might question here if tax-conscious skeptic realizes that about half of our medical team locally was trained at the expense of foreign taxpayers. If skeptic has parted with money over and above the cov-' erage of Alberta Health Plan then he has only himself to blame. Why did he not refuse payment and notify the authorities? "Scalp fees" are no longer allowed which is fortunate for the reputation of the many, many doctors who have never extra-billed. Take heart skeptic that no unilateral use in fees is now allowed without the approval of the provincial government. The medical profession works within a health team framework and as such is not required to own that building in which it works or its equipment (viz. the hospital). In the same vein our teachers are not required to own those school facilities which they occupy nor are our lawyers expected to own the courthouse and jail. Hospitals are largely public owned and the government would surely never tolerate ownership of such by the medical profession which would be retrograde. In a multiple-doctor practice a 24 hour service is always available. Skeptic surely doesn't expect his favorite doctor to be awaiting his 24 hr. beck and call. Any doctor can substitute in an emergency. International conferences of medicine (which skeptic presumes occur only in Hawaii and the Carribean) put Canada on the world scene by the representative doctors who take time to go. The Canadian government realizes this and gives tax deductions as an encouragement. Unlike many other professions, medicine is internationally reciprocal and Canadians are to gain by these scientific exchanges'. Through the Herald 1921 - The home branch ot the Soldier Settlement Board is having a series of short courses for soldier settlers' wives. Lethbridge will be one of the centres where the courses will be given and women's organizations will look after billeting and entertainment for those attending. 1931 - The current issue of the Alberta Gazette states that his honor the Lieutenant-Governor has designated ward "D" at the Gait hospital as a mental disease hospital. that his company will establish a warehouse and cannery unit to employ 100 persons in the city. The plant will go up on a seven-acre site just west of the government elevator. 1951 - Plans are now nearly complete for a "welcome home" for the Lethbridge Maple Leafs, current leaders in their quest for the world's amateur hockey championship at Paris. 1941 - Announcement was made by R. Broder, president of Broder Canning Company, 1961 - One of the most modern and economical methods of communications will be used in Lethbridge for tourist accommodation service this year. Lethbridge and Calgary will be the only two centres in Alberta using telex. Letlibridge. PATIENT. So They Say It would appear your chances of surviving an airplane ride with a female driver are about three times as good as they are with a man at the controls. -Federal Aviation Administration report on the safety record of women pilots. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905-1954, by Hon. W. A. 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