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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Wednesday, May 20, 1970 Majority 'ISice, Normal Kids' Part Three Hostels Necessary For Young Canadians By MARILYN ANDERSON Herald Family Editor The proposed Lethbridge Youth Aid Centre, a hostel for transient youth, has caused some controversy in the city over its purpose and necessity. The question most often rais- ed is whether, and how many, drug users are expected to use the facilities of any hostel. Ac- cording to Mrs. Cenovia Addy, executive secretary of the Fam- ily and Welfare Division of the Canadian Welfare Comicil in Ottawa, there is a hard core of drug users travelling the roads, but they do not form the ma- jority of youth groups. "We have to expect this core of drug users to be around from time to said Mrs. Addy in a recent interview in Van- couver, "but it's safe to say that the rest are just normal kids who want to see Canada. It isn't just tte misfits who are on the road." Mrs. Addy explained why there would be so many young people on the road in 1970. "Young people today have moi'e interest in the country and seeing for themselves what is goiug rn in Canada. Too, the lack of jobs in many Canadian centres is forcing young people onto the road. If the employ- ment isn't available, there is nothing to hold them back." The employment picture was also painted as bleak by Cam Bracken, supervisor of the Leth- bridge branch of the Alberta So- cial Development department. "It certainly is true that there art no jobs 'for young people, or anyone, for that matter. It hasn't been this bad since the '30s. "We usually can give some- one a job for even a short while but not this year. We predict that possibly transients will be passing through the city this summer." In a report issued by the Ca- nadian Welfare Council this spring, three main reasons were given by 119 young people for travelling on the road. Over fifty per cent said they wished to gain new experience and understanding of oneself and other people and places. To see the country and to seek adventure was tto reason given by 28.3 per cent and to escape problems at home was given by 20.3 per cent. Although the whole concept of transient youth is categor- ized by many adults as "kids on the bum" the CWC report reveals that of the 119 inter- viewed, 107 had been or still were in university or high school. It was also found that more than half the fathers of youths in the CWC sample were in manag e r i a 1, professional and technical occupations, as com- pared with 23 per cent for the population generally. The size of the family seemed to be of significance as families with five or more children were al- most twice as numerous. Mrs. Addy said the reaction of the public to transient youth has been slow, but turning as it has a greater understanding of the factors involved. "Right now we need public education and information in this whole area of transient youth. West of Winnipeg there has been little accomplished in the past, but we are pleased to see centres like Edmonton, Cal- gary, and Lethbridge com i n g forth." The Lethbridge committee has now reached the stage of acquiring financial help from Preventive Social Services and the city of Lethbridge, and a lo- cation for its Youth Aid Centre. Aside from public antagon- ist, Mrs. Addy said there has been a certain amount of police harassment over youth hostels. "The young people have been stopped for questioning and jailed for vagrancy because they were not residents. Often they have no money and there is a continuous fear of the drug user." Problems have teen named as the most with the police Organization Aids Persons Yearly Outside World A Shock To Ex-Nuns NEW YORK (AP) When into a Manhattan advertising they leave their old world for a new, it is a shock, like Rip Van Winkle awakening. There are so many adjust- ments to make that people on the outside take for dress, money, dating, even makeup. They are the ex-nuns. An estimated left the reli- gious life in the United States last year to rejoin the secular young of their One of them is Barbara Kane. Before she had been simply Sis- ter Matthew Maureen. Her first jolt was the rou- tine cf applying for a job. "I thought, What aim I get- ting myself said Bar- bara, 27, who found interviews were just the beginning of a series of rude awakenings she would have before settling job and a Queens apartment. "I also wrote my friends and told them they should have practised a few four-let- ter words on me." Dating proved no problem. Barbara, a plain but friendly blonde, who was in orders eight years, quickly learned dance steps. But it took her hours to learn to apply eyeli- ner. GUARDED HER PAST Then there were "dating" bars. She found that scene too desperate and awkward when asked the standard, "Who do you and "Where have you Barbara didn't want to lie about her past, but she didn't want to advertise it either. Barbara was fortunate, fin- ancially. Her order, Sisters of Charity, loaned her to get started. Other orders only re- turn part or all of the small dowry girls submit before en- tering. Another ex-nun, .Ginny Schulti, 31, a former Domini- can sister, was given by her order and by a rela- tive. Totally bewildered about how to write a resume or get a job, she went to Bearings for Re-establishment Inc., an organization that aids about former nuns and priests each year with job counselling and social rehabilitaiion. "It's a strange sensation go out on a job interview sell-' ing said Ginny, a nun 13 years. Although she was a quali- fied teacher, her first job was as a secretary to pay her apartment deposit. She has since found a job as supervisor of teachers at a large Manhattan association for the handi- capped, but her Bronx studio apartment i s still .only par- tially furnished. Ironically, Ginny said, one of her miam problems has been adjusting to poverty. "My standard of living was a lot higher when I was in the convent but everything is rel- ative. For example, I could never have had a bright yel- low chair in the convent." She also spent at a dis- count store for her wardrobe. And now, like many other women, she has found her tastes have changed. "Getting clothes wasn't as difficult as trying to decide what I she said. New Labor Act Administrator TORONTO (CP) Dr. Lit a Rose Betcherman, head of the Ontario labor d e p a r tment's women's bureau, has been ap- pointed administrator of the proposed new Women's Equal Employment Opportunity Act. The legislation, which would prohibit discrimination in job recruitment, Wring, training, promotion and dismissal, was introduced in the legislature by Labor Minister Dalton Bales. Dr. Betcherman hopes the act will be in operation by fall. Dr. Betcherman, former his- tory lecturer at Carlelon Uni- versity in Ottawa, calls the new legislation "a string of specific prohibitions" thati will mean whatever Ontario's working women want them to mean. "If the female workers use it, invoke it, it will be an asset in raising the standards of women in the labor she said in an interview. The legislation sets fines of for companies, unions or employment agencies and for individuals who deny any- one a job or a promotion be- cause of sex or marital status. It also requires employers of 25 or more persons to give up to 12 weeks of maternity leave to pregnant employees mar- ried or single and prohibits the dismissal of employees for becoming pregnant. The legislation bans all job advertising that "expressly lim- its a position to applicants of a particular sex or marital status." Dr. Betcherman said the bu- reau will be primarily after the "old fashioned discrimination against women." Religious practices also change. Barbara still attends mass regularly. Ginny has stopped going. Barbara says she would consider birth control if she married. Ginny would not hesitate to practise it and fur- thermore states emphatically she would not rear her chil- dren in the same strict Roman Catholic manner in which she was brought up. SHE'S FREER NOW "I consider myself a good Catholic but I would not put my children through the same brainwashing process I went said Ginny. Both Ginny and Barbara have tried not to get into so- cial ruts with only other ex-re- 1 i gio us persons. However, Barbara's roommate is a for- nun and Ginny lived for a while with a former nun be- fore getting her own apart- ment. Barbara harbors no animos- ity toward the order or the years she spent there. She thinks it is a fine vocation for some people, just not her. "I don't think I was un- happy as a she said. "I'm just freer as a person and I represent myself now." .Ginny cites internal politics and philosophical differences as her reasons for leaving. "The Pope's encyclical on birth control was the begin- ning of tlie end for said Ginny. "But what made me want to leave was the same thing that kept me in for six months after I decided to a system could cripple a person to the point where the idea of lacing the real world is a serious prob- lem is wrong." Administrative iinsi women. i Many "women with the edu-! ASSlStCintS cation and job qualifications j can't even get interviews for better site said. Dr. lira Rose Betcherman To Administer New Act NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JEWISH WOMEN RUMMAGE SALE NEW AND USED CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD ITEMS THURS., MAY 21st-9 a.m. BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE 914 15th Street 5. (Opposite St. Michael's Nurses' Residence) Bus No. 1 and 1A Behind Bachelor Image Trudeaus 'Ordinary Mail MELBOURNE (AP) Be- hind that Trudeau image of bachelor, heart throb and non-conformist is "just an or- dinary man like my hus- says 28-year-old Susan Peacock. The honey blonde wife of Australia's minister for the army, Andrew Peacock, and Betty Gorton, wife of the Aus- tralian premier; accompanied Prime Minister Trudeau on some weekend sailing around Australia's coral reefs. Their husbands, who had hoped to join them, were kept in Can- berra by the government cri- sis. THE ONE AND ONLY DOUBLE TIMER SANYO WASHER 12 IB. LOAD CAPACITY COLOR-WHITE Regularly 229.95 NOW ONLY .95 THIS PRICE IN EFFECT FOR 10 DAYS ONLY THROUGH MAY 25th with trade-in of any Hoover Washer Dryer in working order (with drain hose out the FAIRFIELD APPLIANCE SERVICES LTD. 1244 3rd Avenue S. Phone 327-6684, 327-6070 "Pierre is a very natural, interesting person who enjoys the company of women but not in an obvious said Mrs. Peacock. "The whole picture of the gay playboy image doesn't ring she said. "He talked about politics and was interested to know how to cope with being a min- ister's with my she said. "He told us of the various problems he runs into without a wife. "He did a lot of fishing, eatching a fair few, and the rest of the time we just lazed around in the lovely sun- shine." Jn Name President SARNIA, Ont. (CP) Doro- thy Osborne of Winnipeg was elected president of the Associa- tion of Administrative Assist- ants, or private secretar- ies, during the group's annual meeting last weekend. Mrs. P. J. Barrett of Ottawa was elected treasurer and also frequent, by nearly hah" of the transients questioned. They also listed accommoda- tion, food, money, employment and health. Although panhand- ling was given as a way of existing by 35 of the 119 youths, 73 (aid they worked for a liv- ing. Others received assistance from friends, dealing in drugs, savings, family, social assis- tance, and stealing. During the '30s when employ- ment was nil and many men were on the road looking for work and handouts, homes were opened up to provide food, if not lodging, for these "unfortu- nates." The same feeling does not prevail today. Many adults look at young people as lazy, irre- sponsible, good for nothing, and "revolting speed "Why can't they stay home and do asked one parent. But the CWC report says that there are serious lacks in ser- vices for youth. The study does not recommend .handouts as a solution to the transient issue. It recom mends emergency hospital facilities, emergency psychiatric treatment, residen- tial treatment centres and group homes. Every commun- ity is urged to recognize the importance of having a strong youth division in the police de- .partment. The average transient re- quires safe, clean inexpensive accommodation with first aid and health care easily avail- able. This could be accomplish- ed in a network of hostels across Canada. Many of these transients are young people who have tired of financial and parental stability and seek an opportunity to try it on their own for a while. Recommendations made to the federal government by the study were government leader ship in finding more summe jobs, education systems more relevant to society, lowering the voting age, and creation of a national youth bureau. J-amily CAC Meet June 9-11 In Saskatoon OTTAWA Consumers' As sociation of Canada (CAC) wil hold its 23rd annual meeting June 9 to 11 in Saskat o o n Sask., at the Holiday House Motel, the national headquart- ers of the organization an- nounced here. Theme of the meeting is :When Consumers Organize Discussions will revolve arounc the significance, effectiveness and improvement of Canada's only national consumers organ- ization. Theme address will be given at 7 p.m. June 9 by John Fish- freelance writer and broad- caster and author of "The Plol to Make you Buy." Speaker at the annual banquet will be the Honorable Dan-el V. Heald, at- torney general for Saskatche- wan. Representatives of govern- ment and industry will take part in panels and seminars. Delegates from across Can- ada will attend. KISSING NOT PROPER TOKYO (AP) A university research group reports officials chairman of the finaoace com- may have to set aside "lovers' mittee. i corners" in public parks to keep About 62 delegates attended young people who wish to kiss the meeting, which will be held from offending others using the next year in Calgary. i parks in "the proper manner." THE BETTER HALF By Bob Barnes UL Provincial meeting of the Ladies Auxiliary ,to the United Transportation Union was held in Edmonton recently. Mem- bers of the Lethbridge Friend- ship Lodge UTU present were Mesdames W. A. S. Johnstone, R. M. Long, C. J. Davis, J. K. McGregor, S. Irvine, V. S. Reed, P. Larko, C. Marsden and E. P. Jones. Mrs. F. T. Wood mil be a j delegate at t'tic Canadian Asso- ciation of Hospital Auxiliaries Convention and Annual Meet- ing being held at the Chateau Lacomhc, Edmonton on June 3, 4 and 5. Speakers, panels and discussions groups will consid- er health care for the future ard how and where auxiliar- ies can play a part. "Pleosa if I sell more subscription I'il win a 10-year scholarship to the Munich College of Brain Surgery." IT LOOKS LIKE THi MINI'S DEAD Despry? the pro- tests of the men, it appears the mini-length dress has had its day. London designer Mary Quant, who pioneered mini, recently dropped hemlines to the midi-length. Modeli are shown wearing Pierre Cardin's spring mini in deep coral and Teal Trana's midi-length in turquoise and butter- scotch. Peruvian Girl Adopted By Lethbridge Couple Mr. and Mrs. Chester B. Beaty, 1514 16th-Ave. S., have financially "adopted" Gladys Velasquez, a 10-yeav-old girJ .from Peru, through Foster Par- ents Plan of Canada. Tire foster parents' responsib- ility is financial, not legal and GLADYS VELASQUEZ the child grows up with her own family. Gladys has a brother, 12, and a three-year-old sister. Both her parents work but only earn a combined per month. The .split-bamboo hut in a Chimbote slum has no sew- age, light or floors, except dirt. Until PLAN came, the family could not afford fresh milk and had the "cheapest tough" meat once a week. The object of PLAN Is to help the child and family be- come self-supporting, through improved health, nutrition and educational opportunities. Foster parents pay per month (or a year) through PLAN for a minimum of one year. Letters between foster par- ents and their adopted children keep both parties in constant touch. In many instances, fos- ter parents visit the children and their families during busi- ness or vacation trips. Since the Plan was started in 1937 more than foster children have "graduated" thanks to more than Canadian and U.S. foster par- ents, including groups. Mere information may be ob- tained by writing Foster Par- ents Plan of Stan- ley St., Montreal. BINGO MOOSE HALL 1234 3rd AVENUE NORTH WEDNESDAY at P.M. Jtukpot in 56 Number! in 7 Numbers 4th 8th 12 Garnet Doubled In 7 Number! 5 Cards 2 FREE GAMES FREE CARDS DOOR PRIZE NO CHILDREN UNDER 16 SPONSORED BY THE IOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE LaKay's Shop with confidence at LaKay's WEEKEND SPECIAL LADIES' SHOES for every occasion Italian Sandals Elegant Shoes Marquis Shoes Nurses Oxfords by Dr. Richmond tales! styles and colon for Summer. Guaranteed Lowest Price in Town YOUR CHOICE OFF LaKay's Downtown 4tK AVI. i. 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