Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 28, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Paul Whitelaw Heath must overcome Prime Minister Heath and President Pompidou parted company in Paris in an atmosphere of effusive cordiality, indicating that the main hurdle to Britain's entry into the European Common Market has been cleared. Reaction by the British press has been generally favorable, with some reservations. The fact that Britain is coming ever closes to Euro peanization, both politically and economically, is giving rise to nagging worries and doubts in some sources which have until now given total backing to British entry. Most commentators believe that satisfactory terms can be arranged concerning New Zealand, the Commonwealth country most heavily dependent on trade with Britain for its economic survival and that an agricultural policy agreeable to both Britain and the inner six will be worked out in Brussels next month. Mr. Heath is, however, going to have a stiff battle in Parliament when he finally presents the White Paper outlining terms of Britain's entry. Opinion polls show that two thirds of the public is opposed to participation. It looks apprehensively at the predicted rise in the cost of living, with unhappiness at the inevitable loosening of the old associations, and quite frankly it does not trust the French or their motives. In this connection it is worth quoting the warnings of the London Economist, a paper which has always strongly supported British entry, and now advocates entry - with extreme caution. The British public, it says, "actually gives less tolerance to a French leader than to a German one. It has been possible from time to time in this century, for the British sense of self-interest to be mobilized by British governments behind alliances with the French against the Germans. But these have seldom been popular, and it has required overwhelming evidence of German evilness (that is the deliberate destruction v�f small countries whose interests have been opposed to German self-interest) for these ententes even to come into being. However high official hopes and expressions have been in Paris this week that Britain and France are close to a turning point in history, there happens to be a great weight of history to be turned." Mr. Heath's tremendous task is to get entry terms which will convince Parliament, and a larger section of the public, of the dynamic benefits of joining. Ambiguous or unsatisfactory terms will not be acceptable. Knots in cablevision: A decision about cablevision policy to be expected soon from the Canadian Radio Television Commission is certain to have some far - reaching effects on the future of broadcasting. The objective of the CRTC is to reduce the overdose of American programming which comes into Canada by cable TV. Reducing "foreign" programming they argue, will allow Canadian performers to broaden and develop their talents without the uneven contest they meet at present with so many imported shows. It makes sense for the federal government to maintain jurisdiction over airwaves in the instances where network or national broadcasting is concerned, but the question crops up as to how the government uses and abuses control through prescribed content or censorship. Both Quebec and Ontario, long - time cable users, have indicated they want to control their own cable TV, but Ottawa declares that under the Broadcasting Act cable systems fall within the. definition of "broadcasts." Future control over cable TV carries with it all the ramifications of controlling original broadcasting stations, including making decisions on what the public is to see and where. At present the provinces have jurisdiction on educational TV and unless the federal government is prepared to set up a national educational network or to use the CBC to better advantage, it is only reasonable that the provinces should be allowed to follow their own ideas and experiments in this regard. CRTC should encourage the provinces in the ETV programming by ensuring each province a reserve channel for its use. Whatever the CRTC decides, it must be cautious lest its decision ends in a form of unwelcome censorship. A Canadian content requirement for cable might be consistent for Canadian networks, but blacking out the American stations could constitute an infringement of the right to pick and choose whatever is on the air, regardless of origin. Canadian broadcasters who object to the cable TV systems which they say are stealing their business have suggested a number of ways to put life back into the market, from surcharges to superimposed advertising. The answer is plain enough - if Canadian content improves, the country will gladly watch. ERIC NICOL HPODAY'S Kold Komfort from the freezer of life: I bail the opening of the new Disney playland in Florida. NW the fathers of eastern Canada will be able to share with the fathers of western Canada the special rewards of having to reply to the question: "Why can't we go to Disneyland?" Welcome to the club, Dads. Over the years I have learned to hate Disneyland with more intense detestation, per acre, than any other region of the earth. Even the fewerridden swamps of the upper Amazon are closer to my heart than Walt's Wonderful World of Expense, in southern California. As successful neighbors have departed for that pestilential mecca of moppets, their children hallooing derisively from station wagons and dropping typewritten instructions to feed their cats, I have probed new depths of abomination for Ad-ventureland, Storyland, Frontierland, and all the other obscenities that make up the multi-million-dollar monkey on my back. You fathers oE eastern Canada can look forward to improvising the reasons why your family is the last in your block to shake hands with Mickey Mouse. I can tell you right now that "We can't afford it" will not wash with pocket Draculas you call dependents. So long as you have rice in your bowl and a breach-clout to clothe your nakedness, your kids figure you to be solvent enough to swing a week of computerized spectacular paid for in U.S. Dollars. Since Florida's Disney World is 80 times as big as the old Disneyland, the paterfamilias in To- ronto and Montreal and Halifax will experience 80 times as much pressure applied to the square inch of his conscience. At these pressures the oxygen in the blood begins to boil, and the ears fuse to the skull. It may be cheaper in the long run to take the family to Florida than to pay for nursing as a permanent invalid. From my own repertorie of alibis, however, I can offer the health ploy: "I'd love to take you to Disneyland, children, but Daddy is allergic to orange pollen. Not to mention the avocado weevil." After the children have made clear that your survival is not relevant, and if they are old enough to understand American violence, you can try: "Good heavens, honey, do you think I would take you into that hotbed of Birchers, Minutemen and Panthers?" If you can supplement this response with a home newsreel of bloody mob riots against a background of palm trees, so much the better. Unfortunately the seme kid who wears a peace locket and makes rude gestures at televiews of Governor Reagan can set aside political differences long enough to satisfy his lust for Cinderella's Castle, Main Street, U.S.A. and the ride on the Sternwheeler Mark Twain. Curse their fiberglass facades. This brings you - and I continue to address the old man of the east - to the terminal status that I have established with my family, namely that of master stinker. If you thought you were in bad odor before bucking the family visit to Niagara Falls, wait till October when opens Disney World in Florida. (Vancouver Provincial Feature) Cheeky girls By Doug Walker �pOUR young women - Carol Christie, Judy Karpiak, Debbie Rae and Irene Ross - graduated from CGIT at McKillop United Church recently. The minister said some very nice things about these girls and their leader, my wife. There is something Brian Jones apparently doesn't know about the girls: they Spotlight on Quebec at June conference TVflONTREAL - Premier Rob-ert Bourassa and his advisers are remaining tight-lipped about the demands and concessions that Quebec will make when Prime Minister Trudeau and the provincial premiers meet in Victoria next month. Mr. Bourassa and his cabinet have been studying the outcome of the most recent session of federal-provincial bargaining which took place behind closed doors in Ottawa last February. The Quebec premier said three months ago that he was pleased with the progress at the second constitutional conference he had attended, but his optimism was cautiously worded. There is still considerable uncertainty about whether Canada's leaders will decide to accept the constitutional amending formula that was discussed or any major re-d i s t r i b u tion of government powers - such as the social welfare jurisdiction that Mr. are very cheeky. Twice in one day two of these girls addressed me as "sweetie" - in that same sardonic way in which my wife employs the term. Mr. Jones should be a little more chary of his encomiums, especially in regard to Eispeth, considering the kind of leader ship the girls have obviously been given! Bourassa demanded. A consensus that there could be an agreement soon, as early as next month, was more apparent in the press outside Quebec, than among Canada's French-language journalists. Whether Mr. Bourassa will accept the amending formula that he agreed to study after the Feburary meeting still apparently depends on whether the other premiers and Mr. Trudeau can agree to concede Quebec major tax and spending power in the ever-growing social welfare area. The amending formula would give five provinces besides Quebec veto power over any constitutional changes. Mr. Bourassa is in agreement with Mr. Trudeau that an amending formula must be formally accepted so that Canada's constitution can be patriated from Britain. But, he also knows that constitutional changes won't suddenly be as easy to obtain as Mexican divorces once some "magical" formula is accepted. There is some tactical wisdom in wanting constitutional jurisdiction over social welfare programs as a pre-condition to any other constitutional amendments. It has yet to be proven that major constitutional changes could be worked out with the six-province veto formula. However, it is much more certain that, once accepted, federal and provincial leaders would be under pressure to abide by the formula for some time to come. Aside from his social welfare demands, Mr. Bourassa was also the only premier to express reservation about the linguistic and educational guarantees that were apparently accepted in principle by the English premiers. Any Quebec premier, when he goes to a federal - provincial conference, is under constant pressure from the electors back home to show that he is protecting the future of the French language. With an obvious eye on the headlines in the French press, Mr. Bourassa told a group of Quebec reporters' following the Ottawa meeting that the clause about linguistic guarantees in the country's schools provided no assurances for his province's cultural future. He said he was worried that entrenchment of the right to attend either a French or an English-language school might make it difficult someday to dissuade French parents from sending their youngsters to English institutions). Mr. Bourassa is under new pressure since the recent announcement of the federal government that all of Quebec and New Brunswick will be designated bilingual districts, with the right to government services in French and English. Many Quebec Liberals, who have a difficult time as it is defending their federalist views in the face of separatist attacks, find the recent Ottawa announcement surprising in view of the upcoming Victoria conference. BERRY'S WORLD c itn it nu, 'Smile, Herman-you look like you're full of mercuryttoo\" c 1*71 ty NU, Ik. "There's a nasty rumor going around the club, Ferguson, that you paid taxes!" Quebec's new official bilingual status does little to help French Canadians within Quebec's borders, although it may improve the quality of the French minorities in other provinces. The Ottawa decision is seen here as helping only the English minority, which is gathered mainly in Montreal's west end. It would be possible, if Ottawa goes through with its plans, to demand English services in areas of Quebec where there are no English Canadians. Segments of the Victoria conference, unlike the February meeting, are to be televised, Mr. Bourassa is unlikely to forget that Quebecere watch the performances of their premiers at the federal - provincial bargaining sessions with a critical interest that is surpassed only by Stanley Cup hockey broadcasts. This will have some effect on the Quebec leader, who has not resorted to the belligerent theatrics of some of his predecessors at the two conferences he has attended so far. The tone of the Quebec delegation, and the articulate young economist who heads it, may also be affected by the increasingly similar state-ments Ontario has been making about federal-provincial relations. Although there has been no apparent collusion between Mr. Bourassa and William Davis, the Ontario Conservative who recently succeeded Premier John Roberts, there Is an increasing community of views between the two men In opposing what they call Ottawa's "centralizing" policies. Ontario and Quebec officials have been making surprisingly similar statements recently about jurisdictions over educational television and Ottawa's shared - cost programs which the provinces have had to accept. Many of Quebec's economic and cultural aspirations have been opposed in the past because of their apparently-nationalistic motivation. It would be harder for Mr. Trudeau to oppose a concerted opposition from the two largest provinces in Confederation. (Herald Quebec Bureau) Maurice Lately Pope Paul echoes the spirit of Pope John in Letter pOPE PAUL is the first Pope to have confronted directly and personally one of the main problems of the Christian in the modern world: the relevance of a faith that originated 2,000 years ago in pastoral Palestine to the teeming life of the great cities of today with their urban proletariat. He has seen at first hand some of the impoverished cities of Asia and Latin America; and it is this that gives a special note of passion and urgency to his Apostolic Letter on the eightieth anniversary of Leo XHI's Encyclical, Rerum, No varum, that earlier definition of the place of the Catholic Church in modern society. 'Within industrial society,' he writes, 'urbanization upsets both the ways of life and the habitual structures of existence: the family, the neighborhood and the very framework of the Christian community. Man is experiencing a new loneliness: it is not in the face of a hostle nature which it has taken centuries to subdue, but in an anonymous crowd which surrounds him and in which he feels himself a stranger. Urbanization, undoubtedly an irreversible stage in the development of human societies confronts man with difficult problems. How is he to master its growth, regulate its organization and successfully accomplish its animation for the good of all? 'In this disordered growth new proletariats are born. They install themselves in the heart of the cities, sometimes abandoned by the rich: they dwell on the outskirts - which become belts of misery besieging in a still silent protest the luxury which blatantly cries out from centres of consumption and waste.' Against this background the Apostolic Letter deals with many current problems: the aspirations and insecurity of youth and the generation gap: the need for equal rights for woman while securing her proper role at the centre of society; the workers and the trade unions; the special obligation of the Church to the handicapped and maladjusted: the old and drop-out groups on the fringe of society; the problems of immigrants and of racial discrimination. As to population growth - the root of the problem and perhaps the main danger for the future - the Pope, in accordance with his known views, rejects Malthusian ideas 'inculcated by propaganda for contraception and abortion.' But there is no further reference to birth control; and the entire passage on population is -perhaps deliberately-vague. This might arise, from a recognition that his own feeling on Letters to the editor this matter, as expressed in Humanae Vitae, is so contrary of this new document that it could present a stumbling-block which, if it cannot be removed, should at least be veiled in a certain obscurity. The Apostolic Letter recognizes the demands for democratic participation and equality in the solution of all these Wrong course of action It is a well-known fact that one man's word is no man's word and that one should quietly listen to both sides. The public should at all times bear in mind that the quick modus operandi of the medical staff of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital who are obviously playing to the gallery, looking for public support, and creating havoc in the public mind by statements made in the article of the 20th May, 1971 Herald about the closure of the second floor surgery of the hospital during the course of the summer causing a further delay for a long waiting list of patients for surgery, is a poor excuse. The onus for getting the patient to hospital lies with the doctor every time and it is his bounden duty to see that his patient has all the care he or she needs. Failure to admit a patient in adequate time for surgery lies upon the head of the medical and surgical attendants of any patient. Any one who has fears that such delays could be detrimental to them might remember that there are always emergency beds in the hospital ready for such eventualities at all times of the year. Why the public does not ask the medical staff for an explanation of their continual dumping of their patients in hospitals as a convenience hostel rather than treating some of them at home would be a good question. If a good number of people were visited at home as they were in years long gone by, thehospitals would have ample space for all waiting-list patients to be accommodated. If the doctors really want to put patients in hospital they can readily do so and they know whom to send and whom to allow to stay on. As far as I am concerned, when there are differences between medical staff and the hospital board as such, immediate action by resignation and creation of hysteria would not be the best, but rather that resolution of difficulties. This course would be better befitting to a body of intelligent men. SICK PATIENT-COME ALIVE!! Lethbridge. problems, but does not lay down any party line. It recognizes indeed the wide range of options open to Christians, the widely differing and sometimes conflicting roles they may'have to play, and calls on Catholics to seek the answers in dialogue with their brother Christians and all men of good will. The section dealing with relations with Marxism is particularly interesting. It distinguishes between Marxism as a totalitarian atheist ideology, as the active practice of class struggle, as one-party rule, and as a method of examining social and political reality. It warns of the danger of entering into the practice of class struggle and its Marxist interpretations, while failing to note the kind of totalitarian society to which this process leads. However, Pope Paul recognizes that while ideologies may remain the same, the practise of them may change and, he repeats Pope John's arguments in Pacem in Terris on which a Christian-Marxist dialogue can be based. He recognizes, too, the attraction for Christians of socialism in general terms, of a will for justice, solidarity and equality, although his warning against all terms of totalitarianism is very strong. It is balanced by another, somewhat obscure warning against a revival of what he calls liberal laissez faire capitalism, and also against the dangers of abuse of power by multi-national corporations. It is then a remarkable and many - sided document. It should give encouragement to most Christians who are attempting to liberalize tyrannical regimes in Latin America; to those who have to get on as best they can with the Communist governments;1 to those who are seeking to improve their lot of the underdeveloped countries, and to bring about social reforms m the democracies of the West, and to the radical young who are looking for a new approach to social problems. Of c o u r s e, all these things are easier said than done. But the letter is a promising prologue to the Synod of Bishops which is to open in Rome in the autumn. There are, tq*>, elements that extend far beyond the Church to all men of goodwill. While accepting the inevitable variety, even of conflict, of views in our pluralist society, it also urges the need for a common animating' spirit to hold that society together. Paul has the reputation of being a cautious man, and he refers back to traditional Catholic teaching in the social sphere. But, taken as a whole, his Apostolic Letter chooses the liberal elements in that tradition, and breathes the spirit of Pope John. If realized, it could present a new pattern that could transform the image of the Catholic Church in society. (The London Observer) Looking backward Filling those blanks Through the Herald 1921 - In the halfway mark of the Lethbridge egg laying contest W. Mathews* hens lead with 710 eggs. 1931 - The Alberta Board of education saved $60,000 by eliminating 25,000 students in high school from taking exams. 1911 - Ottawa stabilized gas prices. 1951 - Lincoln Ellsworth, Polar explorer, dies of heart attack in- New York. 1961 - The first sod was turned for the new St. Andrew's Presbyterian church at a cost of $138,400. Signs of Summer! Children are coming home from school with workbooks to complete. That means teachers have realized we only have two weeks till school ends . . . and still so many empty slots! Not wishing to incur the wrath of concerned parents who will look at those slots and say they didn't get their dollar's worth, some of the teachers are going to make sure that EVERY SPACE IS FILLED. "But," you may say, "workbooks are not meant to be an end in themselves. Shouldn't these exercises be integrated with other modes of instruction if they are to be used at all?" Silence, boy, head down and fill that blank! If you learn nothing else, by the time you leave here you're surely going to know that slots are made to be filled! SQUARE-PEGS' DADDY. Lethbridge. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mall Registration No. 0012 Member nf The Canadian Press and the Canadian Dally Newspaper Publishers' Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulation* CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor _ ROY F. MILES OOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manege* _ Editorial Page Editor "IHE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"