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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta March 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERA1D 33 Few figures available on baby beating cases I inadequate ration for childrearing and lack of understanding and ap I I of chkl said Betty director of child Ontario de partment of ocml family It can be because of a And the sadperhaps tragic i or pschouc part is that he wasnt in a i winch would cause the frus By GLENMS ZiLM Canadian Press Staff Writer A sixmonthold boy spent 54 days in hospital last em ber inth fractures of a broken right a bum on the left head injuries and possibly permanent dam age to an eye 5p HELLO DOWN THERE A grant Newfoundland dog peers inquisitive ly at a tiny Mexican Chihuahua at a sportsmens show in Although the dogs are the some 18 the Newfoundland weighs 162 pounds and the Chihuahua tips the scales at a mere 40 Campaigns against future Alaskan tankers Exnavv MPs oil spill learnings get little notice By JOHN MIKA Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA While west coast attention is rivet ted on the problems of the future if Alas kan tankers are put into ser vice an exnavy HPs frantic signals about existing dangers of catastrophic oil spills go al most But David Groos L Vic toria says he wont quit in his campaign to make residents oi both coasts aware that not only dangers exist but also poten tial After the S4 million Arrow disaster in Chedabucto Bay he doesnt feel he has to stress the dangers to But the appalling difficulty is that west coasters blithely ig nore the fact that Arrow sized potential oil spills sail through the sheltered waters of Juan de Fuca and Georgia Straits ev ery other day right A ton ore carrier carries almost tons of fuel oil for its own power require ments thats just about the amount of oil that landed up on the beaches from the he said in an There are lots of freighters coming through those waters to Canadian ports now and the iig bulk carrier traffic will become an increasingly larger proportion of the Each one carries greater or smaller quantities of fuel oil which could be spilled in an accident even though theyre not yet few people re alize In big oil cargoes sail the straits Last year there were eight ton tankers that delivered oil to Vancouver theres tons that went up and down that narrow and tricky water way on the Canadian side Even more big ship and tanker traffic goes through Juan de Fuca on the side now every vessel carrying oil as fuel or cargo by thous ands of The Arrow was a ton tanker About one third of her cargo was another third drifted in a huge slick out to the open sea and only one third hit the Mari time beaches enough to con aminate to greater or lesser almost 200 miles of But in the nearly landlocked west coast straits where the flushing cycle takes three months to complete theres ht Ue likelihood that a third of any oil slick would ever make its way to open Groos proposes harbours of refuge be established by the federal government on both coasts where pollution fight ing equipment such as booms and slick lickers could be ringbolts driven for holding barges and boats and tank farms established for un loading a stricken As he envisages the de transport and environ ment departments should com bine to establish a battle plan in which ex perts and equipment could be dispatched to converge on a disabled tanker or ship leaking The task force would then cocoon the vessel to prevent an oil slick from spreading oul perhaps after effecting temporary repairs or taking il nder convoy it to the arboir of refuge for mopping p the Groos said the primary arm i such an operation would to be the armed forces Because they have the manpow communicat vessels and aircraft on standby at vari ius centres He said the defence department might even buy a couple of old but serviceable tankers cheaply to to the taskforce for pump ing out a stricken vessel at sea before it He pointed out that a recent slick of bunker oil that hit the west coast national park eaches may not have been caused by a passing ship clean ing its bilges as I could have come from the fue anks of a Scandinavian freight er that sank near the area re Groos says that while some fuel oil trapped in sunken ship inevitably escapes to the sur the rest of it does consic erable damage to sealife on th continental shelf as studies have So a couple of tankers pick ed up faiiiy cheap would be good environmental protectio insurance by taking off a much fuel from a sinkir not to mention tan as he maintain car accident or hit by a A deciding he proba bly had been beaten into this state by lus made him a ward of the Its impossible to get ac tual figures on the number of baby beatings in said Mary Van an Ed monton author who is writing a book on But she believes that in the age jroup from one to 10 child beatings are probably he major of ranking en above A CrossCanada Survey by The Canadian Press showed there are few figures avail and those Uiat are prob ably indicate only the tip of the iceberg DONT KEEP KECOrUDS For in where there is a fairly good reporting 364 cases of child battering were reported in But most provinces dont keep records and unless a rase is taken to court it is impossible to isolate the A former official of the de partment of health and wel fare estimated children each year are killed or per manently maimed through battering by their parents in Authorities in all provinces agreed that cases of childbat tering cut across all social Beatings can happen in any type of rich or poor the parents may be in any age group either the father or mother or both par ents may be But there are some common Most authorities agree that adults who beat children are mentally The parent or parents need to be treated themselves and punishment is not the The reasons parents or others mistreat children are but invariably include mental anxiety pro duced by marital fiscal tration level to become very said Eugene A director of child j welfare fcr Prince Kdward Is It coud be people not so neurotic who are just over whelmed with pioblems and tensions and comes the last straw You get terribly compli cated relationships between parents and said Mona head of the family senicei fcr the Clul drens Aid Societj in A lot of parents tend to be hostile people studies indicate they see chil dren as things rather than as Miss Robinson said studies done in the United States show that mothers wha beat infants usually aie under great stress COULD CONTROL Dean director of child welfare for said that a mother who might have managed to cope with one or two children could lose control with three babies close to She begins to beat the one who cries and it becomes a Only pi oneered the way with legisla tion in Colum Nova Newfound land and Alberta have laws requiring persons aware of childbeatings to report them to welfare Quebec has a bill in the These provincial laws pro vide some protection against hbel for persons reporting suspected The mapr problem in helping such children is the fact that people are reluctant to certify that damage has oc curred because of said White of a program director of the Cana dian Welfare All authorities agree that many cases are not Van Stolk said studies in the United States have shown there are about 10 cases of child battering for every one that is officially in Ard for cncld that there arc likely HO who are miMreateu without official awaieness Because of the lack of sta tiiiicx au onties dont know whether childbattering is m crcasjH Joseph executha duector of he Ottawa Chil drens Aid believes there no increase in the number of heatings but that nioie of the cases are being rcpoi ted The worst cases usually come to the attention of offi cials tlirough hospitals or doc tcS But because parents usualh dont admit to beat offer seemingly ra fell dottiiitairs She fell out of the neighbors or I relatives i teachers will report suspicious bruises and indications that a I child is being Only extremely rarely will j the other both are I not im oh 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