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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Environmental conference makes history WATERTON LAKES PARK Three hundred ielegates met in conference lealing with environmental education at the University of in Edmonton recently. The conference was railed by the Alberta Conservation Authority and lot the first time in Alberta's history there was the opportunity to draw up plans a working program of environmental education applicable to young and old in every level of education. Some of the delegates came from as far away as Toronto and but most were Albertans drawn from the teaching various industry and the arts. It developed into a keenly interesting and constructive conference even if there were moments of frustration and disagreement. The problems involved are largely concerned with making citizens aware of the necessity of contributing towards a high environmental quality of life that is being insidiously eaten away by human both destructive and wasteful. It was largely agreed that people must come to understand that life as we have known has its best chance for survival through their willingness to learn and contribute not just by finance but by active and informed participation. The meeti.ig was opened by the W. J. minister of and the keynote address was given by Dr. J. principle of the Regina Campus at the University of Saskatchewan of Regina. The theme of his speech was the great need for environmental education with accents on good land use planning and the dangers of political lip service stalling necessary action. Following speakers delivering addresses over the next three days that highlighted the conference 1974 by NEA I grow I want to be a highly self-in- dulgent professional By Andy local writer Dr. W. R. chairman of the environmental Mr. Gerry education Alberta department of Dr. Cy advisory committee of environmental The L. D. minister of Dr. D. department of forestry and University of Dr. Des department of advanced and Dr. D. department of Ottawa. This excellent group of speakers illuminated the subject of environmental education through wide experience in their fields and their ability to communicate in an easily understandable fashion. Their comments were very valuable to delegates attending the 16 organized helping them set up recommendations to the government for an adequate program. All the speakers were constructive in their approach to a new solution to this problem and there were no predictions although none were unduly complacent. None of the speakers suggested that there were any easy solutions for environmental problems presently facing Alberta and the but were reasonably optimistic if some means could be found to instruct and guide people in general towards awareness and appreciation of our environment. As the workshop sessions progressed it was evident that interpretation was to many relative to the wilderness and accompanying forgetting that it also includes such things as quality of water running from the importance of land growing our the four walls surrounding us and the small patch of green grass by the big front doors. There was a tendency toward the old path separating men from nature and overlooking man's conflict with nature as the basic problem. There was also some sloping toward snowing the issue under an avalanche of academic which dooms so many reports to government into dusty files where they are forgotten. One thing became very clear as the meetings communications between government and educators could stand some marked because some of the things asked for in their recommendations are already available. After education is communication in one form or another and if communication is educational requirements suffer. Some of the delegates felt that industry could have been better for many industries have valuable educational programs connected with their public relations departments and have had much experience in applying them. There was also a feeling that the native people should have'been for these are the key to highly necessary co- operation in environmental education where Indians are vitally concerned. There are also teachers presently conducting highly successful environmental classes in various schools all over the province and it would have been helpful if more of these had been present to lend their suggestions and experience. The recommendations collected from the various workshops were understandably repetitious in certain but all useful. In here is the how best to organize and put into constructive motion a program of environmental education in Alberta. Here are the ways it should be shortened but workable. Improve communications between government and educators. Environmental education should be incorporated in inter disciplinary fashion into the not as a separate but relative to other suitable courses. Incentives should be given teachers to acquire environmental training. All available human resources should be organized and encouraged to provide added illuminating and interesting material towards this end. For teachers who have been Olds College has what you ____and leaves out what you dorrt. Olds College is a great place to with plenty of down-to-earth give and take that's healthy for everyone teacher and student alike. We know it works because we've got more than our share of fully-prepared grads doing very well in all phases of business and agriculture. We believe m and we believe that people come here to learn. That's why we've stripped away the unnecessary to give you the essential training that equips you for your place in the working world. Our instructors are really enthusiastic and know how to put their subjects across straight from the shoulder. If this sounds like what you've been looking for check into Olds College xllbcna ADVANCED EDUCATION Okb Gofege Alberta practicing successful environmental courses can be contracted to instruct other teachers in summer courses. should be beamed towards all kinds of environmental training objectives. Touring naturalists should be contracted to give illustrated lectures at schools. Environmental educational courses should be available to all age but particularly the young and should be applied from primary schools right through particularly to all engineering classes in the latter. Industry should be encouraged to provide pertinent educational material beamed toward environmental education. Active community associations and professional groups should also be encouraged to contribute and work with educators. Governments and school boards should provide the necessary funding for a vastly accelerated and more comprehensive environmental education program. There was not a delegate at the conference who was not enthused and optimistic. They were particularly encouraged by the opportunity to participate in helping to set up an environmental program better than Canada has ever seen. But all were aware of hard work ahead. They also realized that some mistakes will likely be but conscious of the fact that the ones who do nothing are those that never make errors. The basic platform of the departments of education and environment are a built-in launching pad for such a program. There is a host of talented people ready to assist. Given the necessary funding and organizational there is no doubt that more history will be made in the formation and application of a new and completely unique environmental educational program here in Alberta. Books in brief in by Frank G. Slaughter 396 Descriptions of the latest developments in medical procedure are enough to boggle the imagination of the average layman but in this novel are made more palatable by the drama surrounding the lives of the nurses and patients in the Biscayne General Hospital. The story is captivating enough but a good proofreader could have remedied many awkward sentence structures to give the story more polish and credibility. ELSPETH WALKER Else's by Ted Wood Irwin Company 188 This is Ted Wood's first published collection of short stories and very good stories they are too. He writes about ordinary people who get involved in difficult situations. There's the alcoholic who breaks up on his daughter's wedding a delightful story about a water softener young lovers faced with an unwanted' and a dozen other tales. TERRY MORRIS Hunger and Industrial by Walter James Shelton of Toronto This is a detailed account of the known facts and historical sources of the widespread rioting in England in 1766 and 1768. The clear conclusions are that the riots of 1766 were by the working class agricultural and returned militia from the Seven Years against the large farmers and and that the upper classes mostly encouraged the revolt. The theme was higher food caused by supply and demand together with price- manipulation. The fright to the Establishment produced a negative conservative reaction at a time of important social which conditioned the reply to the American and retarded social legislation in England until 1832. Primarily a book for the historian. PRIP WIT I 1AMS Urgent need for women MPs By Eva freelance writer COUTTS You don't have to be a member of Women's Liberation to see the advantages of having women in Parliament. To find out why a woman might score in Southern it is necessary to take a close look at the latest performance of all party leaders and consider why men have failed us and what different approach women would take. Mr. Turner's budget was good. Nothing is perfect in the political world he couldn't please everybody at he tried to prove he is an honest politician by not giving in to the temptation of pandering to NDP demands or bribing the electorate with promises he couldn't keep. What was so disappointing and there I have to agree with Mr. Lewis was the speedy withdrawal of the whole package deal as soon as the government was defeated. There was no need for that. I am there would have been no opposition to some of the new taxation he imposed and even less to small down payments and interest rates on low cost housing or the exemption from income tax of interest earned on small savings. he used the complete cancellation of his budget as a lever for re election. if this liberal action reminded me of my little boy's threat to my mother. if you keep saying 'no' to I'll never love you any the opposition parties hold no better promise for a brighter future. The Conservatives' election platform is going to be based on wage and price freeze and controls. That has been tried elsewhere and failed. In any as far as Canada is it amounts to closing the stable doors after the horses have bolted. The while probably changing their are still fighting under the banner of the same theme the rip-off and demand reforms Canada cannot afford at this time. Social Credit apart from holding out bait in the form of a fixed annual income for all Canadians seem to spend their time bemoaning the tremendous and unnecessary expense of another election to the treasury before new provisions for campaign financing come into effect. Those were Mr. Trudeau's sentiments too. Everyone of the party leaders failed to mention the main essential for good leadership and to set an example of how to ward off inflation. By their omission they all seemed to convey that attaining power is their foremost concern. What I had hoped to hear from somebody was a promise of reduced government a voluntary acceptance of lower salaries at the highest income The kind of spending to be cut among other the extravagance practiced in all departments and almost all levels of the civil service. At the end of a financial year. I have yet to hear any office federal or provincial refuse leather upholstered arm wall-to-wall glass fronted book not to mention large film projectors and other goodies so generously offered on governmental shopping lists for the following fiscal year. Millions of dollars could be saved if government across Canada made do with fewer of the external trappings of office. It is in this area women would do a much better job. After running a country is not so different from running a household. Every mother will forego that coveted dress or expensive rugs and new furniture for her home as long as her children's need for education and financial help is more urgent. Here lies the In the individual the woman will buy hamburger where the man might buy steaks and she'll have something to show for her savings. As a public servant and an M.P she with equal foresight and unselfishness economize where economy is needed. I believe I could speak for all women capable and willing to accept high office that they would bring to it the same selfless untarnished by lust for they expend all their lives on their families. Woman could bring back to politics something we have lost somewhere between wars and integrity and. most of the real love and concern for the larger family of Canadian people. A confab in Soviet Georgia By Norman editor of Saturday In at the initiative of President Dwight some two dozen Americans and many of them p'rivate assembled at Dartmouth College Their job was to examine outstanding issues between the two the hope being that they might pave the way for possible agreement later by the diplomats. That 14 years was the first of what has since become known as the Dartmouth Conference series. In eight meetings have been held. The most recent meeting was in capital of Soviet Georgia. In many ways it was the most successful meeting of the entire series. The American delegation had the clear impression that the Soviet leaders were staking a large part of their foreign policy on a co-operative relationship with the United States. In at least two the Soviet position at the Tbilisi Conference was different from previous meetings. there was new recognition of the central role of the United Nations in the making of peace. considerable importance was attached by the Soviet delegates to public opinion in the formation of a foreign policy. In previous Soviet participants appeared to be more interested in a world dominated by the two superpowers than in a broad basis for collective security. The United Nations was hardly save as another zone of confrontation between the two countries. It was difficult to persuade the Russians that the main road to peace was marked At the basic Soviet referred affirmatively to the concept of collective security and to the need for strengthening the United Nations. The many references to the importance of public opinion were a striking development in the Soviet attitude. In the early years of the Soviet participants reflected some bewilderment when American conferees would contend that important moves in U.S. foreign policy had to take public opinion into account. At the recent conference in Soviet the Russians seemed to have little difficulty in accepting the pivotal function of American public Book review opinion on major issues. Time and the Soviet delegates would ask questions about American attitudes. In they were worried because the American people did not seem to them to be as enthusiastic about detente as the Russians would like them to be. the Soviet delegates no doubt reflecting the concern of their government were uncertain whether detente could survive if Richard Nixon resigns or is impeached. The Americans at Tbilisi were through Sen. Edward Kennedy and Sen. Hugh Scott representing both our political to emphasize that world peace was not a partisan issue in the United States. Sen. Kennedy assured the Soviet delegates that detente had dominant support within the Democratic Party. He referred to President John F Kennedy's initiative in ending the Cold War and to the policies of President Lyndon Johnson as coming essentially of the same school as President Nixon's policy. Sen as leader of the Senate strongly endorsed the general tenor of Sen. Kennedy's remarks and emphasized that detente was not dependent on the political fortunes of any single individual. Sen. Scott reviewed various aspects of American Soviet relations over the past quarter-century and expressed the view that the process of passing from confrontation to co-operation was not a simple one. It required patience and a persistent conviction about the need to safeguard the peace. Sen Scott emphasized that world peace depended not solely on a co-operative relationship between the two governments but on adherence to the basic principles that were essential to a workable peace. The final communique of the Tbilisi Conference began with a general statement emphasizing that detente should be regarded not as exclusive arrangement between the countries but as an integral part of a worldwide effort designed to promote the possibility of lasting And the delegates agreed that the United Nations was the and essential instrument for bringing about collective world security. The strengthening of the United Nations is a primary objective of all the U.N. Tracing origin of Highlander Highland Their Origins and by L. G. Pine. This is a well researched and concise history of the clans of the Highlands of Scotland. Since L. G. Pine is not himself a Highlander in actual fact he was born at Bristol. in 1907 and was the editor for years of Burke's Peerage and Landed Gentry his book is perhaps less prejudiced than most on this interesting evocative subject. Tracing the origin of these people from the earliest times and setting the emergence of the Gael in historical this slim volume goes on to recall the bitter inter-clan feuds of the late Middle Ages and the constant forays and rebellions which marked the endless struggle for supremacy between Highland and Lowland and between the Lowlands and England. The evolution of a Highland way of life and and the disputed origins of the kilt are examined. It is interesting to note that the now traditional Highland worn even in exile by some of her native in its present form only dates from the 18th century. Prior to this the kilt was part of the plaid. Ths name is of Danish origin Ut is allied to and means something girded or tucked up. The who has also written an interesting work on The Story of Surnames gives a full account of the outlawing and attempted extermination of the clan Macgregor and the barbaric massacre of the MacDonalds of Glencoe by the Campbells in 1692. The oft-told talk of the Highlanders ill- fated support of the Royal House of Stuart in the rebellions of 1715 and 1745 is recounted once more. .The last charge of Gaeldom on the battlefield of Culloden is described briefly. The first time the Highland charge was used was at 'Bannockburn in 1314 when Robert Bruce vanquished the English. This book will be well-received whenever Scots gather around the world and is a good introduction to a topic that appears to be of increasing interest to both Highlanders and Sassenach. ERNEST MARDON ;