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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 'HE IETHBRIDOE HERAID Monday, March 19, 1973 At the lejiislalure Secrecy is the nature of things K_. By GREG MclNTYUE EDMONTON" Anyone who has tried for hours to obtain information from gov- ernment only lo be shuttled from department to depart- ment like a collector with bad breath must have groaned at that item oul of Ottawa the other day. It said the Liberals tabled in the Commons a detailed list ot restrictions on the re- lease of government informa- tion. The list was so lengthy that it covered virtually ev- Opposition condemnation wasn't strong enough by half. NDP house leader Stanley Knowles at least touched the heart of the matter. Said Mr. Knowles: "I think it is important that we es- tablish the principle that government documents should be open unless there is good reason for their being kept secret "We should get away from the present practice which is the very reverse of this." Secrecy, like thee ebb and flow ot the tide, is the na- ture of things. The tales jerk response oE any secretary or civil ser- vant at any given rung on the bureaucratic ladder when asked for information is "I'm sorry, I don't know you tried so and so Afler chasing the dog's tail for minutes, hours, days, the enquirer finally gives up in frustration and the cloak of secrecy is main- tained intact. Only in the rare case where orders have come down from on liigli do the. bureaucratic knees jerk in the opposition direction and make an effort to provide the sought-after information. The current government in Edmonton deserves a warm round of applause for setting that important attitude that the government exists tn serve the public who have a to know. Premier Lougheed came to office on an "open govern- ment" platform and has ta- ken some substantial steps to put the principle into ef- fect. Not that secrecy has been abo'ished. Heaven forbid. But at least John Q. Public has a fighting chance to talk that secretary or civil servant inlo forking over the informa- tion. Some of the steps to en- sure "open government" ta- ken since the Tories took of- fice in .September 1911 in- clude: Decentralizing some government offices out of Edmonton, O Beefing up public rela- tions offices such as the bu- reau of public affairs which has a full-time job to keep the boondocks informed, Opening the legislative assembly to tape recorders tuid cameras, e utilizing where possible public hearings, studies and consultation to keep govern- ment iii touch with what's on the public mind. The jury is still out on a new sub-committee scheme for the consideration of de- partment by department bud- get estimates. The legislature has been broken into four which sit simultaneously. In past years all MLAs went through the budget depart- ment by department. The government hopes the new method will get the job dona in >i the time. However, if opposition MLAs decide lo talk at length during sub-committees and again when the esti- mates are brought back to the full assembly for approv- al, the exercise will flop. On different wave lengths: Later Minister Bert Hohol told the legislature early last week negoli aliens re- sume Wednesday in the teachers strike. Teachers negotiator Bill Casanova responded to that with "I cion't knovy anything about any bargaining this week, next week, or the week after that. Further more, we're not going to bargain until somebody tells me they have an offer that's worth listening to." Well, talks did resume Wednesday at the invitation of Dr. Hohol's department, but by weekend, with the minister in Toronto worrying about the elevator strike, they broke down again. Stronger action is expect- ed this week lo keep things moving as almost stu- dents are becoming a bother to parents. Summer camp anyone? The real question was who wns provoking who as Roy Wilson (SC Calgary Bow) lit into the Hutterite expan- sion debase. Mr. Wilson got carried away with himself. "What do you tell !he housewife when she says I'm scared I've got two little kids and in town shopping I heard talk about burning about taking the law into citi- zen's own hands." Curious that housewives would have been talking like that in Calgary Mr. Wil- son's constituency. CENCE constant moisturizers Give your face, I h root, hands and body constant moisture care Revenescence. And save! This oulsiand- ing offer is on for o limited time only. Take advantage of it NOWJ REVENESCENCE, For your face, under makeup. The moisturizer with a unique continuous-release action to keep moisture on tap and Jo keep makeup fresh ah day. Cream or liquid, REVENESCENCE CREAM Reg. 5.50 Special Reg. 8.50 Special .66 Reg. 13.50 Special .1-01. Reg. 22.50 Special REVENESCENCE LIQUID Special 13.50 g.00 MASK REVENESCENCE The moisturizing mask that revs up local circulation. Hetps purge the skin cf political's. Yet remains cool and -noist on. For your but don't forget your ihroot. 2-01. Reg. 5.00 4-or. Reg, 7.50 Special W Special V REVENESCENCE SOFT BODY LOTION For your body oil day. Trie moisiurircr 1hot dfcnchci tho body torso lo super safuranls lhal ycu work to undry your skin Jg QQ cloak it sofuhir 8-oz. Reg, 7.50, Special YOU CAN ORDER NOVA PHONE US OR VISIT OUR COSMETIC COUNTER 305 61h ST. S. McNally students win fair Two junior high school stu- dents from McNally were the grand prize winners in the llth annual Lothbridge dist r i c t science fair over tlie weekend. Jim Russell and Will Lanier studied the various designs tor manned glider flights. Their dis- play included models of four types of gliders, and charts oE height and airflow patterns. Runners-lip were Gregory Kuipers and Mark Kimnik from St. Mary's, Lethbridge, in 'he junior high school section, and Leo Wagenaar from the Leth- bridge Collegiate Institute in le senior high school section. The junior high school win- ing exliibit was titled the fl- eets of certain chemicals on >lant growth. Leo's exhibit was ased on experiments grown at different tem- National fair Dennis Raima from W. R. Myers, Taber, was a fourth His entry was on the experiments of drag reduc- ion. Dennis, along with one of the members from each of the top hree exhibits, will travel to Thunder Bay, Ont. to take part n the Canada science fair ,Iay 15-19. In case any of these persons may not be able to attend the lalional fair, two alternate win- ners were chosen. They are jloyd Takeyasu from Wilson Jr. ligli, Lcthbridge, and Ruth Veintraub from the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute. Ai total of 70 exhibits entered in the 1573 fair, spon- sored by the Lethbridge branch of the Alberta institute of Agro- ogists and the Agricultural In- stitute of Canada. It was held n the 4-H building at tiie ex- hibition grounds. The number of entries was increased 20 per cent over last year, said Dr. John Neal. pub-. iicity chairman for the fair. 'Amazing' Dr. Neal remarked on the quality of the projects. ;'It's amazing some of the experiments that can ha Science fall- xoinner Jim Russell his glider displcry A tuition award covering hvo semesters has been made avail- able by the Lethbridge Com- munity College to a person who entered in the 1973 fair, and who will te taking a two-year program at the college. Junior high Junior high school individual winners were Biological sciences (first judging Richard Emery, Catholic Central, first; Gerald Cook, Wilson Jr. High, and Robert Saunders, Duchess High School, second; Michelle Bris- sette, St. Mary's, Taber, honor- able mention. Biological sciences (second Biological sciences (first! Earth judging Gregory K'jip- ers and Mark Dimnidi, St. Mary's, Ivethbridge, first; Kim Gilchrist and Larrainc Daw, Wilson Jr. High, second; Donna Troman and Susan Tendlev, Catholic mention. Central, hnoor able pro- duced from the'kitchen he said. The exhibits were judged oui of 100 points, with creative abi- lily, scientific thought, thoroughness, skill, clarity and dramatic value taken into ac- count. Entries came from as far north as Nanton, as far west as Blairmore, as far south is Milk River and as far east as Medicine- Hat. Scholarships Several scholarships have jeen made available to fair en- trants. Tiie science fair matriculation scholarship of established by an anonymous donor will be ;iven to the student who places iiighest among Grade 12 com- petitors and achieves a cer- tain standard in his school stu- dies. A scholarsliip has been made available by the Univer- sity of Lethbridge to a person who has entered a winning ex- hibit into the fair, and who is entering university for the first lime. Larry Erdos, Catholic Central, first; Douglas Schmitt, Erie Rivers, Milk River, sec- L alja lilcnll ond; Timolhy Randies. Isabel e Tolleslrup, Coalhurst H i g h, Biological sciences (second Rino Mucciaronc, Kevin Zeeb and Raymond Ho'farth, Catholic Central, first; Ally.-on Saundevs, Dav.Ti Mereski and W a n