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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHMIDGE HERALD March 1971 Anthony Westell Another prime minister Northern Ireland has another prime minister the third in the last cou ple of As a way of solving the problems of that unhappy land it doesnt seem to be very Each new crisis that brings about a change of leadership is prob a b 1 y pushing the time of ultimate decision The day when Westminster will have to assume direct rule over Uls ter may not be far There were many who thought it had come with the latest And if that it seems highly unlikely that an open push for union of all Ireland would not be far Getting tough with the as demanded by the Protestant hard liners could very well prove inimi cal to the very people who look to that It could provoke many moderates of the Catholic minority to become militants because suspension of civil rights would almost certainly be directed mainly toward the Cath olic More strife is a threat to protestant Brian the new prime minister succeeding Major Chiches ter has a very difficult and precarious He must know that following the Protestant hardline would virtually mean setting the clock back to a time of Protestant domination and thus undoing real gains that have been made in redressing the wrongs protested by the But although he may know all this very well he may not be able to withstand the pressure of the A little time has been bought by the change in leadership but it will be something of a miracle if Faulkner can manage to hew a line that will save the More trouble in Ulster looks like a safe A sensible move in A recent suggestion by an official of the provincial health department that Lethbridge might be selected the site for a pilot project in which a composite health and social ser vice scheme would be developed should be heartily endorsed by per sonnel involved in these The composite health and social services as spelled out in the merges these two depart ments into a single administrative and puts under one broad um brella all the various people ser vices now operated by the province and the This would combine active treat ment welfare nursing day care aux iliary guidance ju venile centres and other facilities un der the jurisdiction of public care ser Lethbridges size lends this sort of experiment a good jumping off for the present services now in force are reasonably up to a plus factor which impressed government stemmed from the Lethbridge Regional Mental Health Planning Council and the Mu nicipal Hospital Board and other lo cal authorities who time after presented the needs for some sort of composite service and have gone on record as approving a plan to initiate the final decision to im plement these services must wait leg islative but the idea is so not only in cutting down ex pense and fragmentation of manpow that rejection of the plan would indeed be a regressive step in the plethora of social services which often confuses the individual to the point where he is inclined to go without help rather than run hither and yon to get TV takeover The promoters of the recent heavy weight championship fight gave an impressive demonstration of how to exploit the television By re stricting the fight to closedcircuit television viewing they were able to turn it into one of the most lucra tive sports events of all Sports promoters of all kinds must tie thinking a good deal about that way of restricting viewers to Two or three million made on TV rights for a football or baseball play off is paltry when compared to the twenty million garnered from the boxing There is a possibility that the Fra zierMuhammad Ali fight will be his toric not because of the fight itself but because it marked a turning point in the marketing of sports And if sports viewing should become highly restrictive it could mean a revolution in the whole area of tele vision Payasyousee television may be a lot closer to becoming a reality than may have seemed possible now that this powerful nudge has been If the lucrative advertising normally attracted by major sports events should disappear there would not be much doubt about the direc tion television will The economic difficulties in which that industry would find itself would be insur mountable without drastic Should the day come when each show watched has to be paid for by the viewer it will not be an absolute It ought to result in greater discrimination on the part of the view er with perhaps an improvement in the overall Reflections for modernists by Peter Hunt CRITIQUE of commercialism is bound not one schools Students in the up with any authentic critique of anti schools here are starved for Canadian his up with any authentic critiqui Canadian These influences are anti economic because of anli historical and antiliterary to say nothing of the moral and religious Cer nothing has been more potent in destroying the perspectives and better tra ditions of Austral ians and Englishmen and than commercialism and the shallow and vul gar modernity induced by the persuasne advertiser the true enemy of To love ones country is to understand her past and the heritage it to be deeply interested m the literature that grew from that and hi the special qualities that have emerged to distinguish a people or community in their pioneering and unique struggles to be The veneer of American modernity that swept into this lovely prairie checking the ripe emergence of a provin cial but open and searching local has had many effects in every field of ac Drugs are eating into the heart of this growing prairie city noise and pollu though not yet as malignant as m some other are destroying its land scape and healthful closeness to nature Not long in an article published m an Australian I wrote some very caustic comments on the destruction of fine historical biuldings and about the failure of Australian leaders to clo near ly as much about pollution as is being done here in But that docs not mean I do not love the nor does criticism of commerciahsrn anuhere con stitute a lack of affectionate What diminishes a sense of Canadian iden 111 v through commercialism deserves to be fla gellated Just over a vear I prepared a selec tion of Canadian poetry for use in of llw nnfl some nf the minor ones were The students had not hernd of most of it More I loiiml hit if of tliein had roail uf Bruce Hutchisons eloquent w his book Ihe 1nknnwn Counliy This is tory and Canadian I used to try to cope with the same problem in But here the interest is at present intense and should be The addiction to rock music and to the gibberings of half demented pop to and to the hectic pursuit of produced pleasures and to feverish mod ernity is not It is anti Cana as is the er increasing destruc tion of cf many beautiful towns and and local schools in the cause of centiahsm in this The present so called surplus of teach ers could provide a useful experiment in it is being used to reinforce bad politics and manipulative ad the people uho know most about experienced have too little power to use their knowledge to its greatest It is in the communities scattered around this astonishingly beautiful the communities that grew up through the se but poetic Canadian winters that uere built on the vision and toil of pio neers that uill find the Canadian iflen and in some of Ihe older cities for It is as ucll to re member lhat the tuo cultures aie a bless ing It is no accident lhat some of the most potent criticism of modermtv em anates from for it is there that Ihe cultural ISMKS aic at Ilicir most a true of identity is impossible without diversity tolerant and open But the human lhat make this possible are Kdurntion is concerned vith heritage And heritage rKmmuc and blending the best nf ho old and the because glows out of human needs which in of all times and is will produce the sort of changes in the long run will prove most fruitful That is what the young need and what Ihej cnn appreciate if our ap pruaelt is sinind And is it lo line a fulinln As Smiates saidThe iinrxamined life not wnilh Iiwug Party prospects in Albertas election It was a dull day last week in the decorous chamber of the Al berta legislature acres of pale green massive paintings of royalty in court a potted plant when Premier Harry Strom got to his feet and began to read a prepared I wish to announce that the govern ments intends to increase the home owner tax discount by 25 dollars He was saying in effect that he is going to give every home owner an extra 35 dollars to help pay municipal Up in the press gallery there were chuckles and a ripple of excited Theres the said one and others Down on the Opposi tion Leader Peter a 42 year old Calgary law ticked off a fluent four point political criticsm of the premiers tax This is the time Lougheed has been working and waiting for since he became leader of the Alberta Conservatives six years He has built the party from scratch to a small but deter mined opposition which now presents a serious challenge to the Social Credit The Socreds have ruled Al berta for the remarkable span of 36 They began as a movement of radical protest in the desperate years of dust bowl and rode the tide of oil which swept the province from rags to and have mutated into a Con servative Party backed by big business and the rural Bible At the last election in they won 55 to 65 con firming themselves once again as almost the permanent gov Lougheed and his nine Tory followers are a thin line on the floor of the legislature facing three rows of and to defeat the government in the coming election expected on June 14 or 21 they will need a minor The surprise today is that a growing number of Albertans believe the Tories have a good chance of bringing off the mi Even the doubters agree that it is going to be the most interesting and exciting election in Alberta for If Lougheed can the shock waves will be felt far beyond The Tory leader will become overnight a significant in fluence on the national politi cal an attractive new personality and a certified gi ant killer when the federal Conservatives need all the help they can Lougheed is deeply con vinced that parliamentary gov ernment needs drastic reform to be particularly to young His slogan is people before party and he hopes to transform the staid old Albarta legislature by giv ing MLAs unprecedented free dom from party discipline to speak for their introduce their own legislation and amend government an experiment which would be closely watched from Ottawa and other there is the common belief that once Social Credit is defeated in it will quickly wither and cut off from the sustaining juices of power and the brains trust of the That would open the way for new and un predictable political alignments in and possibly weak en Social Credit in British Co But the forecast of change in the West still rests on the long s h o t expectation that the Tories can beat Social Lougheed is quietly optimistic for four basic political Ernest Manning retired two years ago after dominating Al berta for a quarter century as premier and leading the Soc reds to victory in His suc Premier has nothing like the same personal He is a sincere and respected but inarticulate in un easy on TV with little apparent appeal to the young or to the growing Manning was skilled in keep ing the opposition divided among New Dem ocrats and obscuring the reality that he won his great victory in 1967 with only 44 per cent of the Now it is Tories who emerged from the last election have grown to 10 and become the only opposi tion in the By winning two byelections Speak Letters to the editor No sensible reason for using drugs Recently two letteis on drugs appeared in The from Edward had the added title by The of North American pot smokers cant be They are not only they are all Theie is no sensi ble reason for a single person to be using drugs other than by doctors prescription for Now lets take Haffmans Actually lie was arrested for irymg to smuggle drugs into he lost his rights as a human was jailed and his wife and child were on What right has any one to smuggle nnylhmg into particularly a non citizcn TIow did he lo support his family On our childs You do not a child so oung he wouldnt sell drugs lo as he and Ironic Keeently I read in the lhat a colorful and intcresiing the ivoubilled woodpeck er of southern is close to Closely following his ailicle wyre four full pages demoted the advertising of consumer This struck me as The overproduc tion of consumer espec ially those made from suilhe tic is contributing to the rape of our cnui one of Ihe few things H an ivorjhilled woodpeckei MRS AXDIiKA Mr J L later slated young folks get Who makes them curious people like tell them how nice it is and persuade them to try it so that Mr Haffman personally I wouldnt think it was half a man by a long shot could get cash from no matter if they had to steal it in order to Who is such a person to talk of respect for the law or the profit motive Now as to Walkers sug So we need more drug centres and we need drug users to run We clo not need centres if the drug 15 if a druguser could hold floun that it is the onlv job the could hold down effi cient After the sugges tion that education should be toward leisuretime activities needs a full sack of salt I pose heie only academic qualifications would be consul when character is actual ly whit he is as so many teachers without any or other dared to he cant fool all of the people all of Ihe lime hut these suit of people seem to have us ham bcoyled for the It is Inn lo wake Home oriental rclgions teach that it is not the ability and freedom to do as we please and have all jnnUT lo do anything ho ultimate godlike quahlv is tu all that and the wisdom no lo use il Vvilh ficedom ol and hheily m we seem not to have made much of a start toward the ul When we we will not say those things likely to harm our fellow Editors note The title to Haffmans letter was not so much added as extracted by The As often as pos as in the case of Haffmans the head is a taken from what the person has In this wav The Heralds nfutrality toward the content of letters can best he crazycapers and by absorbing the lonely Liberal MLA and an indepen dent Lougheeds strategy is to present the coming election as essentially a twoparty NDP Leader Grant Notley is given a chance of winning a seat for himself and for one or two and the Lib erals have just chosen a new leader the filth in six years he can hardly bring or der out of party chaos by elec tion Because modern Alberta is a Conservative rather than a Social Credit voters who gave personal support to Manning should not find it dif ficult ideologically to turn to the To encourage this sort of movement of Loug heed and his followers are careful to offer a positive al ternative to the rather than negative They regularly present bills m the dealing with such subjects as civil and the power of the provincial to dra matize the claim to be an alter native government with pol icies already in draft legisla The Tories have been an at tention getting opposition in other Early in this ses for when the clerk in the legislature was droning through the daily agenda and came to the rou tine and almost forgotten item p r e s e n ting Lougheed sprang up to con front the surprised govern ment with a petition from an aggrieved Noel a 63 vear old trapper from Fort Chipewyan on the shores of Lake Athabas complained that the Ben nett Dam on the Peace Eiver over in British Columbia was drytar out his territory and ruining the The petition gave color and m e a n i n g to the Tory claim that the Alberta government has failed to protect the prov inces and the same tactic is expected to be used again later in the session to underline other The Opposition clearly bene fits from the experience of sev eral members who have work ed in Hugh Hor ner was one of the Diefenba ker cowboys in the federal Parliament until he resigned to become a provincial member and coach his new colleagues in the art of Tory whip Lou an Edmonton worked as an executive assistant in Ot tawa during the years of Con servative From another angle of expe Don was not only an Edmonton Eskimo football player for 10 but also built up an oil and investment which gives him credentials as a popular critic of the govern ment resources and industrial The tiny Tory in has achieved visibility and political The by has a creditable a progres sive program and is striving to modernize its image and adapt to the urban Alber but seems to be having dif ficulty in impressing itself on the media and on the ft has finally launched a longplanned 20year 40million dollar program to pave miles of secondary boasts of the best hospital medicare scheme in Canada and is planning denticare and has sembled enough public land around Edmonton to pro vide houses for people to hold down the cost of building Guided by thp young aca demics and city oriented pol icy advisers he h a s gathered around h i Premier Strom has launched a task force on urbanization which is designed to involve citizen groups in longrange set up a commission on education which has held hearings in many communities and in the schools to get ideas from stu organized a department of the environment and a strong Alberta Ecology and prepared a soontobean nounced development plan for the These and other projects do not suggest a government dy ing of old age and But the premier has problems com municating his ideas and seems to be prone to political On the eve of an election in which redistribution will add 31 new city he has man aged to get into a fight with Edmonton over the cityowned telephone system and with Cal gaiy over the power utility and to come into conflict with the provincial He has also annoyed all the municipalities by putting a ceiling on the fund through which they have shared with the province in od and gas In the the local governments received about onethird of this revenue to use more or less as they and they were looking forward to getting their cut from this years record royalties of 170 million the premier fixed the limit at 38 dollars to conserve pro vincial This means the municipali ties have to raise their own tax and they are not placated by the fact that the 25 dollar increase in the tax discount will make it easy for home owners to They im pose Uie taxes Strom gets the political benefit of giving mon ey to the voters to pay the tax On the other despite there are still 42 rural seats against 33 city and it is estimated that four country votes are worth seven city in terms of electing So ruralbased Social Credit retains an impor tant But Alberta is changing rapidly and the background to the coming campaign will be growing awarness that the pro vincial economy is approach ing a the big dis coveries of oil and gas have been made and it is now be coming harder and more ex pensive to tap new although there are undoubted ly many left to be ex ploration is s h i f t i n g to new frontiers in the Arctic and the ocean At the same Alberta has the youngest population of any province and there is a probably in at which the rising demand for jobs will cross the declining sp porrunities offered by resource The answer must be more secondary industry a shock for Albertans who have be come used to living on their natural For about 25 per cent of provincial revenues have come from royalities and land sales since the first big oil strike in 1947 a 3 5billion bonanza not enjoyed by any other With the changing there are bound to come changes in political and social In this the choice will be essentially be tween two conservative parties in the there will surely be an opening to the Liberal or NDP left for voters in an urbanized and indus trialized Toronto Slar Syndicate Looking backward Throngli the Herald 1921 In t h e school board an nounced that teachers who at lend dances during the school would not be reemployed as Hie board felt that those who did so uere inclined to ne glect their school inches of snow fell in the Lethbridge bringing I h e March total to date to one inch of may he a trifle ear ly in the season but the first straw hat appeared in the busi ness area this 1951 The Grouse Mountain ski lift near Vancouver jump ed its cable and about peo ple were listed as Darkness closed in before res cue work was completed and manv hiked others stay ed overnight at the William Fair superintendent of the Lethbridge Experimental Farm from its founding in 1905 lo his retirement in died in the The Lethkidge Herald 504 7th Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Proprietors and Publishers Published 1803 by BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration NO uoi of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO Editor and Publisher THOMAS General Manager Doit kick Mrs tJiirliny nuL will your shoes JOE BAl LA Eclitrr ROY f MILES Advertising WILLIAM HAY Asonate Editor DOUGLAS WALKER 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