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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Wtdnetday, March 24, 197.1 - THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD - 23 Ex-Albertan becomes TV ombudsman OTTAWA (CP) -Ron Wood, 28, an Ottawa broadcaster, has been appointed as what he describes as "the first community ombudsman in Canada for television." Mr. Wood, editor of a television news program for CJOH-TV Ottawa, has been named promotion director of Bushnell Communications Ltd., owners of the station. His main duties will be to discover what areas of the community are not adequately served by CJOH-TV and to advise the station how this can be remedied, he said. Mr. Wood said he will also be suggesting to the station how it can produce programs for sale elsewhere. These programs could be sold to the CTV television network - CJOH-TV is a member - or distributed to stations throughout the country. Mr. Wood, a Bushnell employee for four years, has also worked for radio stations CKMP Midland, Ont., and CKPM Ottawa. He was born in Midland end educated in Calgary. Lower quorum for committee OTTAWA (CP) - Difficulties in getting enough MPs to attend meetings has prompted the Commons public works committee to lower its quorum from 11 members to six and also to meet afternoons and evenings rather than mornings. Committee chairman Leonard Hopkins announced the changes at today's meeting which got under way about 20 minutes late until the required six members showed up. A committee meeting last week was postponed due to lack of a quorum. There are 21 MPs on the committee. Theatre may play greater role in social life By VICTOR STANTON Canadian Press Staff Writer Theatre may play a greater role in the social life of Canadians in the 1970s if the trend of the last decade is any indication. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows that the emphasis in the '60s was on construction of buildings designed expressly for the presentation of the lively arts theatre, opera, ballet, concerts and on establishment of resident professional theatre companies. This cultural growth also extended to the size of audiences attending theatrical presentations - but, significantly, not the ability of theatre, however popular, to support itself. Even companies and cultural centres reporting seasonal audience capacity averages of 80 and 90 or more per cent had to rely on subsidies from local, provincial and federal government bodies to carry them through each season's program, and it seems unlikely this pat tern will change. Canada's Centennial Year was an occasion for more gen erosity than usual toward development of Canadian culture, and 1967 is commemorated across the country by several PRINCESS IN FILMS - This is Princess Ira von Fur-stenberg, pictured at a Rome press conference, who says her amibition is to play a peasant woman in the movies. Born to the title of princess and an automobile fortune, she led a jet-set life as a girl, became a bride at 15, mother at 16 and was a two-time divorcee at 24. New bank charges motion blocked OTTAWA (CP) - A move to have the chartered banks appear before the Commons finance committee to defend service-charge increases was blocked Tuesday. Committee Chairman Gaston Clermont (L-Gatineau) said the rules didn't allow him to put a motion by Max Saltsman (NDP-Waterloo) asking Finance Minister Edgar Benson to refer the matter to the committee. However, Mr. Clermont promised t > seek advise on the ruling and confirm it at the next meeting. Mr. Saltsman raised a series of questions about the service-charge increases on cheques in a letter to Mr. Clermont. The increases average about 33 per cent. He wanted to have chartered bank presidents before the committee to explain, among other things: -How the banks determine who pays service charges and who doesn't. -How are costs allocated in clearing cheques. -If the banks were absorbing losses in clearing cheques, these losses must have been absorbed via higher charges elsewhere. Would these charges be reduced now that cheque charges were higher? -Would the chartered banks favor takeover of the cheque-clearing sysetm by the Bank of Canada, as recommended by the royal commission on banking and finance? "Why is it that all banks have the same costs for handling cheques" Mr. Saltsman asked "Are we to believe that they are all equally efficient? "Why then do their profits differ? "Why did they wait a week or more after telling their employees to announce to the public the increases in charges" Did the banks believe one free cheque a month, worth 14 cents, for each $50 in the account was a fair rate of return? This worked out to 3.36 per cent year, he said. If banks said they were losing money on clearing cheques, they obviously must attribute an "implicit rate of return on current and personal chequing accounts balances." They paid no interest on such accounts, arguing that the revenue earned defrayed the cost of clearing. "What is the implicit rate they use in their internal ac counting?" centres for the arts that have been opening annually ever since. The latest of these, the Regina Centre of the Arts, opened last August. The centennial largesse of patriotic fervor and funds also spearheaded a movement toward increased production of Canadian - written works that for the most part proved far from lucrative at the box office. Once past 1967, business-minded professional companies in general reverted to a program policy of giving audiences what they seemed to like best: Broadway and London hits with a few classics thrown in to add a little stature to the season. Musicals and comedies, as a rule, attract the largest audiences. Yet nothing could have been more Canadian than the Char-lot tetown Festival musical production of Anne of Green Gables, which has become probably Canada's biggest theatrical success - going back to the early 1600s when a cast of Indians and French explorers is believed to have initiated Canadian theatre with a marine masque in the harbor of Port Royal now Annapolis Royal, N.S. But for the most part, little-theatre groups are small, semi- professional companies concentrating on experimental and new forms of theatre. These have been the main source of Canadian originality in the field. At present there are resident professional theatre companies in every province except Newfoundland. Most got off to an insecure start during the '60s and their future security, in many instances, depends on government recognition of their social significance. John Perlin, director of the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre, foresees a situation in Newfoundland - which has a similar centre in Comer Brook, another to open this year in Grand Falls and a fourth planned for Gander - where a resident company would mount a production to play one week in St. John's and then tour other parts of the province. The federal government has assisted theatre in Canada through annual grants from the Canada Council, a government agency created in 1957 for the encouragement of the arts, hu inanities and social sciences. Canada Council grants for theatre in the 1970-71 fiscal year are estimated to total just over $3 million, up from a little more than $12 million in 1965-66, Ontario and Manitoba provide further funds for the arts through their own arts councils while the Centennial Cultural Fund Advisory Committee serves the same purpose in British Columbia. All three agencies came into being in the '60s. The Saskatchewan Arts Board is the granddaddy of arts-funding government agencies in Canada. It was set up in 1949 with a provincial grant of $2,-500. The grant in 1970 was just over $333,000, with the budget for 1971-72 providing a similar amount. Some funds for the arts in Newfoundland come through the department of provincial affairs, while in Alberta and New Brunswick arts funding comes under the jurisdiction of the provincial secretary's department. It is handled by the department of education in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The Alberta govern nr e n t, which proposes to provide more than $142,000 for theatre alone in the province in 1971-72 - more than 10 times the provision for drama in 1960 - plans to include a department of cultural development when the cabinet is reorganized later this year. The Nova Scotia government, meanwhile, has received briefs calling for the establishment of an arts council in that province. Cities with resident professional theatre companies also contribute to their upkeep, and drives for private donations are organized by the companies themselves. In addition to what comes out of his taxes and what he may donate - which in some cases eases his tax bill - the theatregoer in Canada car. contribute anywhere from $1 to $7.50 for a single - performance ticket at the resident company theatres. The best-known resident Canadian companies are: Neptune Theatre, Halifax; Char-lottetown Festival Company; Theatre New Brunswick, a touring company based in Frederic-ton; Centaur Theatre, La Com-edie Canadienne, Theatre du Rideau Vert and Theatre du Nouveau Monde, all in Montreal; National Arts Centre, Ottawa; St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Toronto; Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.; Stratford Ont. Festival; Manitoba Theatre Centre and Rainbow Stage, both in Winnipeg; Globe Theatre, Regina; Citadel Theatre, Edmonton; Theatre Calgary; Playhouse Thea- tre, Vancouver, and Bastion Theatre, Victoria. Of these, only La Comedie Canadienne, Theatre du Rideau Vert, Theatre du Nouveau Mcnde, Stratford Festival and Manitoba Theatre Centre existed prior to 1960. At least two new professional companies, Le Trident in Quebec City and Theatre 3 in Edmonton, have produced their first shows in 1971. The future? Keith Turnbull of the Manitoba Theatre Centre, at 26 the youngest resident director in Canada, says the next stage of development in theatre in this country "will hopefully see several major companies performing in each city ... a wider range of professional theatre." Joe Shoctor, recently retired as first president of Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, wants to see the development of Canadian playwrights writing on Canadian themes, but doesn't favor having "a strictly Canadian theatre." 'Theatre is interna t i o n a 1. Good theatre communicates across boundaries." Mr. Shoctor says he sees the ultimate audience for theatre in any area as about five per cent of the population. Mayor says college people snubbed at universities LACOMBE (CP) - Mayor W. H. Jackson said Tuesday graduates from the Seventh Day Adventist College here are refused entrance to the province's universities. Highest sales for Boeing SEATTLE (AP) - The highest sales in the history of Boeing Co., amounting to $3.6 billion during 1970, were reported in the aerospace firm's annual report issued here. But the firm predicted that sales in 1971 "will be below the record level . . . reflecting lower deliveries under all jet transport programs." The 1970 sales, it said, were an increase of $842.4 million over 1969. Net earnings were reported at $22 million, compared with $10.2 million in 1969. But, he told an informal session of the commission on educational planning, they can go to the United States to study, obtain a teacher's certificate and return to Alberta and teach. Mayor Jackson told more than 300 delegates at the hearing the same situation appued to other private colleges in Alberta. Chairman Dr. Walter Worth said the matter had been brought before the commission at earlier sessions and would be studied before the commission's final report. SMALL DECREASE EDMONTON (CP) - A total of 315 fatal accidents in 1970 took 394 lives in Alberta compared with 351 accidents and 434 lives in 1969, says the Alberta Safety Council. The 1970 total was the lowest since 1967. !....: 1 ' 11$ m It's time to GET GROWING! Yes! It's nearly time for the green thumb enthusiast to start thinking of gardening and planting Here's a must for the beginner-a Revelation for the experinced . . BETTER WAYS TO SUCCESSFUL GARDENING in Western Canada by ISABELLE R. YOUNG and CHARLES YOUNG Better Ways To Siim�lul QinltMiitig l\1 li- lt* t*ilfll. 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