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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May W4-THE LITHBRIOOK HIMALD-9 Slow progress on women's commission By Joanne Herald staff writer What has been done with regard to the Royal Commission on the Status of which cost taxpayers approximately and took over three years to A booklet published by the advisory council on the status of a federal body created in 1973 and responsible directly to reports that only 42 of 122 recommendations within federal have been since the findings were tabled in December 1970. The greatest numbers of recommendations were made in the general areas of career training for the criminal equality in employment and maternity with many specific recommendations for those in the public native women and female offenders. Others included child care birth control information and one parent families. When the report was first three day care and equal promised to be the most controversial. Neither of the abortion-on- demand recommendations have been dealt but three of the four suggested changes in child care provisions have been with a fourth considered by the ACSW to be partially implemented Rec. that fees for the care of children in day care centres be fixed on a sliding has been implemented on the federal level through the Canada Assistance which permits provinces to carry out the intent of the recommendation. A further note by the ACSW suggests the original recommendation did not go far and urges additional steps in the issue of child care. Rec. on the amendments to the National Housing was implemented with the passing in June 1973 of a bill permitting loans for buildings for day care and for the inclusion of day care centres in housing developments. Rec. calling for a national day care has been partially implemented through the above ACSW notes that the funding is still only applicable to low income groups. A unit for consultation on child care Rec. has been set up in the form of the National Day Care Information although many of these services have been available from the Canada Assistance Plan since 1966. Equal employment opportunities cover a wide range of recommendations over a number of employer blocs. Rec. 60 regarding a general was partially implemented in 1972 when a cabinet directive was issued to all federal government departments and agencies instructing them to take steps to encourage assignment and advancement of more women into middle and upper echelon positions ACSW notes that no such directive was issued to Crown corporations and their however it was announced recently that this is to be corrected by mid- May. Rec. has resulted in the establishment of the office of equal opportunities for considered by ACSW as a logical and effective move. Of 23 dealing specifically with one or all of the following federal Crown and the Canadian Forces and the staff of the Senate and the House of 14 have not been with six partially arid only three fully implemented. This seems to bear out the statement of Dr. Katie ACSW who said that the government's failure to carry out simple promises aimed at ending suggested it might have difficulty accomplishing more major tasks. One of the largest groups of recommendations dealt with the federal public and it appears to have the best record of success. Thirteen out of dealing with administrative appointment of bindery career assignment inter departmental management maternity nursing part-time removal senior terms and conditions of employment and volunteer have been implemented. Divorce and citizenship are two other issues which have been mentioned as Of three recommendations on only one is considered implemented. Rec. calling for the divorce act's amendment to allow for the educational maintenance of children over 16 has been upheld in a Supreme Court decision. Other recommendations suggesting a one year separation period prior to and women's liability for support payments to a destitute have not been implemented. the latter is one of the amendments suggested in a bill introduced last week by the federal minister responsible for the status of John which includes proposed amendments to the Criminal the Immigration the Unemployment Insurance and the Canada Elections Act None of the five citizenship recommendations have been implemented. Generally they called for equalizing residence requirements for citizenship for children in situations of naturalization and foreign and automatic citizenship for women who married aliens before 1947. Within the last year there have been several woman's rights issues that have sparked and which may have been avoided had the government implemented the royal commission's recom- mendations more quickly. In August of a ruling by the Supreme Court upheld the decision that an Indian woman marrying a non-Indian loses her Indian status. An Indian man marrying a non- Indian does not. In December of 1973 a bill was introduced into the House of Commons to amend the Canada Pension and was attacked for the lack of concern for women. Since lobbies have pushed for the inclusion of housewives in the plan. Probably one of the most talked about legal cases in Alberta is the Irene Murdoch property settlement dispute. Book reviews After 25 years of farm she lost her attempt to get a half interest in and now lives on support payments. In a similar case concluded in a Manitoba woman was successful in her application to claim a half interest in a farm titled in her husband's name. At first progress on the implementations of the Royal Commission of the Status of Women appears slow and sticky. But considering the failure rate of most royal this one should probably be called a rousing success. Perhaps the most important accomplishment was bringing the whole area of sex discrimination out into the open and allowing women to admit that grievances were not a figment of their imagination. With that in it is up to women themselves to use what leverage they have been given to keep issues until it can be said this is one commission worth the time and money spent. A record of poetry by Irving Records No. Irving Layton believes that last word is always the Even if this were and perhaps in a great sense it the readings by the poet from his Collected Poems on this record tend to give us a pretty uneven last word When he is singing for his in for recalling his in Lazarovitch 1870- or mourning the death of Bull his statements can only be followed by silence. He does indeed have the last word. RCWLSTOK6 TRPHSIT mw LETHBRIDGE TRANSIT MIX 12th Street 2nd Avenue North E. H. Buck 327-7262 Equipped to serve all parts of the summer and winter. Maximum Quality Control. Prompt Delivery. No job too large or too small. Efficient and Courteous Service. RflK Bl.HfJFt Pt.ln RCVCLSTOKC Perhaps part of the problem with this record is that it betrays the fact that Layton is not consistently a A significant part of him is pure a fact that is borne out by his frequent public appearances during which he is usually prepared to speak ex cathedra about almost anything. he reads 34 of his poems and gives us an introductory account of his views of himself as a poet While his distinctly though somewhat voice enhances his one must question why he has chosen read some of the ones he does here. Machine is an example of how bad and tasteless Layton can be at times The poem concerns a man who has paid 15 cents into a machine in order to see a virgin's electric halo light up. Nothing and the poet describes the man's mounting frustration and anger until the offending machine is kicked at repeatedly. The culminates with the poet's observation that I could the way he thought divine poker faced himself taken the Mother of Some may find this along with a few other similarly questionable but it is not poetry and would be an embarrassment to most other poets of Layton's supposed stature. WILLIAM LATTA Tropical Animals and by Mary Batten and Whiteside 124 The tropical forest is a world all its own and author Batten explores this world. She describes the plants and animals that exist in the various levels of the forest. An interesting aspect of this short book that would be of interest to students studying plants and is the final chapter where the author points out that in 35 years the Amazon forest could disappear. This forest is almost the size of the continental United States. What a staggering possibility. GARRY ALLISON a Trip According to by Doyle Klyn Publishing 124 to for many a popular column in Weekend magazine. Doyle now lives in semi- retirement with her husband on Vancouver Island. Her book of amusing anecdotes and hints of travel wisdom is written in recollection of the many miles she covered in search of copy for her columns. Peripatetic travellers will find wise counsel in some frightening prospects in others. The small book is brightened by many witty illustrations by Nelson Dewey. ITT CDtTTU meanings As children we learn by as adults we learn by leading. Photo and text by David Herald reporter What is a Catholic By Peter local writer There are a few simple truths that need attention in Catholic schooling. A few years at least in other these truths would have been the common ground for those working in a Catholic school system. a Catholic because it is an institution set up for the purpose of providing a Catholic education to the for Catholic rests on a basic premise once it is rejected or takes with it the very justifi- cation of the Catholic school's existence. That basic premise is that the Catholic school has its very meaning in a faith-commitment. Like the Catholic the set up to aid parents in teaching their children the Catholic with all that this implies in terms of both concepts and by its very existence acknowledges acceptance of what is known as divine revelation. It caters for a clientele which has freely decided to believe those doctrines summed up in the Apostles' or the Nicene and regards the church as endowed by its founder with the right to teach truth in His name. We are not discussing whether this claim by the church is nor am I concerned to argue for the authenticity of revelation in this brief article. The point is without that core of doctrines commonly acknowledged as essential to the the school call itself Catholic. The core of doctrines accepted as part of Catholic faith by the official church teaching and to which every Catholic has to subscribe at baptism and at is of its open to doubt by unless they decide to cease to be a by a Catholic is one who accepts them. What to the identity of the so-called Catholic school if leaders of the school system or members of school staffs acquiesce in statements to the effect that we no longer have a certain body of doctrinal content on which we can draw in trying to help students to find purpose and direction in their What happens to the rights of parents who do accept these doctrines and want their children brought up under their if teachers either water- down or are simply ignorant of Parents who accept the fullness of the Catholic faith are denied their liberty as primary educators of their children if there is no but rather a good deal of evidence to deny that Catholic doctrine is accurately and loved by the administrators and teachers. I am sorry to say in this we have reached crisis point in many of our Canadian Catholic schools. So frequently do we read or hear denials of that of that certainty that constitutes the heart of that it is tiresomely easy to predict what will be said at any of the or meetings where the identity of Catholic schools is discussed. One does not mind listening to those other Christians who do not share all our convictions express their and arguing with them should never be seen as but as a desire to share truth. On the other when so-called Catholic put forward views which they quite complacently assume are the acceptable trend in the Catholic Church even though it contradicts central and basic doctrines the view that there are any unchangeable and dogmatic elements in Catholic we can see immediately while they are quite entitled as everyone is to their own notions of reality and they are not entitled to command respect and attention as authorities on Catholic education. To be quite many of the teachers in our separate schools have at most a child's knowledge of the Catholic Church and its teachings. theology is unknown to nearly all of though I suspect that it is far worse in the high school. Among trustees and administrators one finds a lack of orthodox though there are exceptions. I know members of staff who have not even read the who reject Humanae who favor abortion in some who have never heard of the Precepts of the who have read no Catholic author of the solidly orthodox kind. I know some who doubt the existence of hell. I know many who talk of Christianity rather than but who can hardly formulate what this means. Generally the central historical and doctrinal view of man as a fallen the idea of original on which the whole redemptive theology is neglected by scarcely even passed over in most of the textual material including the Canadian catechism. Yet this doctrine makes all the difference to one's educational view For one properly it acknowledges what experience shows teachers that human beings are inclined to be slackers and back-sliders. effort and discipline go hand in hand. Students need authority and teachers must wield but in harmony with the philosophy which governs the school they choose to teach if it has one. I will be as that Christianity is loving. I reply that an essential part of that loving is love for the truth and a passion to share it It is the truth that makes us and for an orthodox Catholic truth comes through revelation and from intellectual inquiry. Both are though much less at the elementary in our separate schools. Apart from the other bad results of this it means a negation of a vast heritage. In an integrated the humanities and sciences would blend with theology and philosophy to develop Christian the educated Christian's answer to the moral and cultural decline to which we adapt rather than challenge. Weirdo father By Doug Walker We ate our lunch in the living room on Good Friday so that we could derive the inspiration of TV programming for the day. And what should come on but Make a Deal with all those shamelessly greedy people in their outlandish costumes. A little pnsimH alvrait any of us could demean ourselves with ridiculous garb and do a bit of shrieking for the chance of collecting a few bucks. wonder if I would get picked for my present I as I was wearing my much maligned big sweater and slippers. tTAt in anvfhiww ;