Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, May 6, 1972 H tfTK Joseph Kraft 'Project 75' 'More Hum 10 years ago the inler- on Ilic Prairie farm front con- cerned vertical integration. Co onlinaling production, distri- bution, marketing and pricing was said to be near at hand because this was the only way the farm front was going to able to survive. There were many dire predictions that vertical integration was going to mean an end to the family farm. The inevitable had to he faced. Cor- porate farms were lo lake over. Now Ihe Canada department of ag- riculture is attempting to co-ordinate fanning operations and development on the basis of a market oriented food systems concept. It is to in- clude (he production and marketing of any food commodity, which would include processing, transportation, storage, wholesaling, retailing and consuming Whal "Project 75'' recognizes is that every commodity group has in- terrelationships and interdependence and they are components ot a com- plex food commodity system. Project 75 attempts to bring lhn farming enterprise into a full work- ing partnership as the commodity fol- lows the food chain from the produ- cer lo the consumer. Vertical inte- gration was to bring along the farm- ing enterprise not as a separate en- tity or partnership, but as an ab- sorbed part of. the total operation. Because Canada's farmers are competing much more now on a world market for their various com- modilies today, Project 75 could be considered a refreshing approach and could carry Uirough where vertical integralion failed: strengthening the national identity on large new trad- ing patterns. Friendship centres needed The closing of both Ihe Letbbrid ge and Calgary Friendship Centres be- cause ol some obscure financial mix- up is unfortunate. These centres were instituted to help the Indian and Me- tis overcome alien barriers they find in the urban way of life. Away from their native habitat, whether on the reservation or in villages, these peo- ple often feel alone, uncertain and frequently frightened. In many cities the Friendship Cen- tres are an invaluable aid in helping young Indians find housing, employ- ment and friends. They are an indis- pensable resource not unlike the YMCA and its counterpart Uie YWCA. But to make such centres both suc- cessful as well as useful, adequate supervision of finances and facilities is a paramount requirement. So also are counsellors to guide and assist those who seek information and help. These counsellors may be either vol- unteer or on staff, but they should never be of amateur status, offering only sympathy. The closing down of the local cen- tre seems to indicate a management problem, not a lack of need. But with rising costs and inadequate resources it would make more sense if public officials appointed a financial expert to help the centres' if more money is not (hcr than close them down. It's un- kind lo punish those who use and need these facilities because of prob- lems elsewhere. Power in unity The decision by the Lethbridge Sep- arate School Board to remain a part the Lethbridge Medicine Hat School Authorities bargaining unit is the only course of action that could make any sense under existing cir- cumstances. Certainly the southern membership In the Alberta Teachers Association is not giving any real consideration to withdrawing from its parent or provincial organization. The ATA rec- ognizes that its real strength lies in unity and quantity support. If anything, the separate sc h o o 1 board should try to enlarge the group that it is now a part of. It loo must recognize that its real power wilt be in greater unity both as lo quantity and quality. Only through this approach will the board be able to hire more expert bargain- ing help and only through its unity and size will it ever be a force to be reckoned wilh. Weekend Meditation Life is like thai A GREAT English preacher, F. TV. Rob- ertson of Brighton, England, had more than his share ot troubles and he remark- ed once, ''There are hours which come to us all when the hand of mystery seems to lie heavy on the soul, hours when feel- ings of personal worthlessness unfix the soul from all its old moorings and leave it drifting. In such an hour, what remains? I reply, Obedience. Act." A certain charm- ing woman with good income, a wide cir- cle of friends, and a gracious home was hopelessly depressed. Why? She had no idea. Her friends agreed with her doctors who told her that she had no reason lo be depressed. It was something imaginary, something in her mind. This advice did not help her one hit. When she did not appear for lunch one day to keep an appointment with a friend they went to her tiome and found her in bed, a suicide. The fact that there are over a hundred thousand attempt- ed suicides In the United States annually, a million people in mental hospitals, and that fourteen million people in that couu- Iry M'ill suffer seriou.s nervous break- tlcnm sometime in Ihcir lives suggests that (he woman is in no way unusual. Life is struggle as St. Paul knew when he warned, "Take un'u) Ihe whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil rlay. and having done all, to stand." It is a very difficult matter to keep faith and hope alive. One must con- tinually brace himself against discourage- ment. Anne Douglas Sedwitk, the '.veil known novelist, wrote from her sickbed, added to everything else, I can't breathe unless lying down, my ribs collapse Yet f can't drink my food sitting up. Life is a queer slrugfilr-. Yet it is mine, and beauti- ful lo me. There is jny in knowing I lie in the hands of God. When you urnlr, 'your spirit can surmount I felt a strange tremor of response from an in- domitable Ihread ot life within me. It is mine, hut I felt it communicated from God." This is what it means ID be saved by failh, a statement used in the llible so many limes. The word laith is found Uui hundred and fifly times in the .Vw Testa- ment. It wa.s Hie (lid Testament prophet Ilabakkuk who said liefore St. Paul, "The righteous man lives by his faith.'' Jo- seph Haydn, the great musician, was once asked how he recovered from periods of depression. He replied, "In my home f have a small chapel. When I feel weary be- cause of my work, I go there and pray. This remedy has never failed me." The Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Minneso- ta, believing lhat people are chronically tired out not because of expenditure of en- ergy but because they live an unbalanced life once made a cross of four arms of equal length lo represent work, play, love, nnd worship. They maintained that when or more are stubs, the result is unhap- piness, a frequent forerunner of fatigue. A business man's cross might have too long work and love arms, with very short play and worship arms. The socialite might be long on play and short on work. Some- one else might be long on work and wor- ship but short on love and play. Most of us are sinners in this respect. We live un- balanced lives. The fools of fear, anxiety, nnd depres- sion run deep into the dark places of our souls and are not easily eradicated. The very life of the soul is endangered and possibly all life. Tlie only true peace that comes to They Say The present pope started wilh probably the greatest crcrt- ibilily l.he Calholic church has enjoyed In the past 500 years. Now, the church's credibility is so low thiil we cannot imagine how I his happened. Swiss srholnr-priesl I Jr. Hans Knnc. each case who makes the as- sessment and subsequent rec- ommendation to his cabinet col- leagues. What is envisaged, therefore, is a purely political process, with Ihe Government bargaining for best advantage ivitli business in perhaps 160 cases a year. Conceivably the number could be considerably larger because the Government, with its passion for bargaining, is assuming power of interven- tion even in the case where the object of the take-over is an en- terprise already foreign-con- trolled. There is one limitation. In the spirit of the Competition Act, Mr. Pepin will overlook Inva- sions of our economic terrain if the assets of a business are less than or its gross reve- nues less Uian million. Consi- dering Ihe minister's present very large responsibilities, this is certainly a prudent decision. The onus will be on any appli- cant lo show that a take-over will he of "significant benefit to Canada." In estimating this the Government sinec this is take five factors inlo consideration. Each of Ibese involves judg- ments by a political Minister guided by civil servants. They arc as follows: a) The effect on Ihe level and nature of economic activity and employment in Canada. h) The degree nnd signifi- cance of participation by Cana- dians. c> The effect on proriuc- t i v i t y, industrial efficiency, t e e li n o 1 o gical development, product innovalion and product variety in Canada. d) The effect on competition witlun any industry or indus- tries in Caiitidfi. The compatibility of the ae- q u i s i f i o n wilh Canadian in- dustrial and economic policies. To stale [he mailer simply, there art: no restrictions on the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce. If lie desires lo pre- vent a take-over, he need only consult his crystal hall. If all rise fails, he can simply say that the acquisition is not com- p.iliblo wjlh bis policies, what- ever I hey may he ,il any lime. The (iovcrnmenl, being nmnis- cicnl, has written Ihe Hill ac- cordingly. In I lie light of a num- ber of past economic jiiffg- menls, not to mention such bar- gains as tin1 Canadian-American automobile pad, (his is none tun reassuring. Tim effect, of competition? What effect? A mak- ing his political-economic deci- sion, might decide to bar a take-over because it would ac- cord some giant a dominating position in Canada. Well and good. Equally, on the basis of a political-economic decision, he might bar a vigorous entrant from taking over some mori- bund company because the re- sult might well he more effec- tive competition of value to con- sumers but injurious to his friends. Who knows what Government Mill inherit Ihe powers in this proposed statute? The argument for political de- cision-making is that the Gov- ernment is accountable to Par- liament. So it is if Parliament is i n possession of the relevant facts. But it seems clear from the Bill that much of the infor- mation will he privileged and in any case governments seldom suffer from any sense of ur- gency about the release of infor- mation which, in the superior wisdom of officials, is better preserved under wraps. As with the Competition Bill, the Government finds constitu- tional support for its proposed legislation in the general powers of Section 91, the trade and commerce power, and, In addi- tion, its powers over aliens and naturalization. From the de- cided cases, however, It Is far from certain that the Competi- tion Bill did not involve a mas- sive invasion of property and civil rights. The same doubta are bound to overhang Mr. Gray's Bill. Many enterprises are provin- cially incorporated. By drasti- cally restricting the number of potential purchasers, the Gov- ernment would certainly appear to be diminishing the market value of much properly. If prov- inces are out of sympathy with federal economics, challenges are to be expected. It will he miraculous if they are avoided. Meanwhile, unless the Gov- ernment intends to proceed at once with its legislation, outside companies which may have their eyes en investment here have been put on notice. They must act now or face th'.i criti- cal inspection of Mr. Pepin. Of- ficials console themselves with the thought that such matters require time. 7f (hey are orer optimistic, there may be an_ un- seemly rush lo beat l.he dead- line. (Herald Ottawa Bureau) Looking backward Ttu-ougli The Herald However embar- rassing it may he to Ihe blush- ing hridc to be, the move in making marriage licenses ob- tainable from an official at tho rourlhotj.se, rallier than from a jcwc'lory store, is a guard against girls marrying without their parents' consent. 10112 For the past few weeks a large gang of men have been busy in the clean- ing and leveling off of I h o grounds immediately surround' ing St. Michael's General Hos- pital. Children's mclal toys containing more than ten per cent of metal by weight go on Ihe "probibiied to manufac- list at Ihe end of Ihe month. All sections of busi- ness in Lclhbridge handling major items today welcomed Ihe federal government's re- moval of credit restrictions. The Blossom Time Hall, sponsored by Ihe Sym- phony Women's League, recall- ed Ihe Vienna of the days of Strauss at Ihe Exhibition Pavil- ion on Friday niglil. The UtlibruUjc Herald 501 7fh St. rnthbridgr, Alhorla HBllIDCil'; HERALD HO. LTD., Proprietors nnd Pnhlishcrt Published 1005-1954, by lion. W. A. JWCIIANAN Second Mnll RrnMrnilnn No. Oni? Mrrnhrr of Press flnri tho Cnnatl'inn Daily Nrwspsper Publishers' Iho Audil or Cireulrtliimi Ct FO W. MOWERS, tditor nnd Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, Goiwnl W.III.KUT HC1N Pll I M-imifllnp Edilor ROV r-. Mnnflger Wll I 1AM MAY A'.n.i Friitnr DOUGLAS K. WALKER feililorlnl Pnrjn Editor '7HE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"