Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE IIERAID lueldny, May 30, 197? Ururf I In trhison University and newspaper Last Jii a series of five art- icles, The Herald reported a survey of Ihc university plans of a repre- sentative of southern Alberta students. The curses were deafen- ing, 1ho dcmiiicinlions heaped on The Herald devastating. 'Hie reaction we found more worri- some than the results of the survey. The survey was an honest one, without bias or malice. The mechanics of the survey were reported. The method adopted was fairly standard. The sample was lai-e. T li c opinions expressed and re- ported were those not of The Her- ald but. of the students. They stated their plans and generally gave rea- sons for them. The findings were admittedly not unanimously flattering to the Uni- versity of l.elhbridgc. We saw thai as no excuse for not publishing them. In editorials The Lethbridge Herald has consistently supported the Uni- versity of Lethbridge. It is not the business of the news department to support lor anything, not motherhood, not the Chamber ol Commerce, not the Liberal party, not God. not even the University ol Lethbridge. It is the function of the news department to search out the news, and we thought there would be neu'.s value in what prospective stu- dents felt about the University of Lelhhridge. It has been alleged that our find- ings were wrong. Perhaps they were, Little evidence has been pre- sented lo disprove them. If they were not wrong, if we ac- curately reported the thoughts and plans of Ihc high school graduands in this area, then two things can be done about it. One is to convince the students I hoy are wrong in their un- flattering opinion of the U of L (ed- itorially we believe to some extent they are The other is to de- nounce The Herald for reporting dis- tasteful news. If a bit of the energy directed against The Herald could be re- routed into improving the univer- sity's communications, then all of this turmoil might turn out to be good for Hie university. But let there be no mistake about the function of a self-respecting newspaper. It is to find out and to in- form. A newspaper should do for the current and local scene exactly what the university should do in the larger arena of human knowledge- probe, question, study, listen, and in- form. No university should shut off any area of human activity from its scrutiny for fear of "rocking the boat." Nor can a newspaper. W. M. The Duke comes home Less than half of Canada's popu- lation will be emotionally affected by the death of the former King Ed- ward VIII. They are too young. To them, the Duke of Windsor repre- sents an almost forgotten historical episode bearing overtones of roman- tic love, of conflict, with established authority. In latter years he occa- sionally made a pathetic appearance in the social gossip columns, on television or in the pages of popular magazines. To those old enough to remem- ber the Duke when as the handsome beguiling Prince of Wales, he visited tills country, his death revives nos- talgic memories of a different age and a vastly changed social climate; of the abdication crisis when millions of people transfixed beside their radios wept for him and for them- selves. For 3fi years file Duke has lived and suffered almost isolated from his family and the country of his birth his second love. Now he returns for burial in the grounds of his ancestral home. Iron- ically death awards the privileges and honors denied in life. On fraud and ladybirds By Eva Brewsfer j Going through last year's steadfastly refused lo use, sprays which would pollute the air, harm nesting birda in our trees and incidentally kill beauty lo- gcllier vvitli the beast, such as butterflies and bees. 1 was certain the ladybirds would soon make short shrift ol our tormentors. Reminders after reminders went off to ths "breeders'' and so did letters to the paper that still carried the same illustrated, ex- pensive advertisement. When summer turned into fall and as well as plants, had been eaten alive, hope for a miracle, dwindled and concentrated on trying to get our money back. In vain. All I have to show for my efforts is two letters from the paper: "Dear Reader, We received your complaint one o[ our advertisers and wrote to them about it. You should be hearing from them directly." And two months later: "Dear Header, we could not trace the advertisers. Sony for the trouble this has caused you and please conlinue to enjoy our weekly edition." So, beware all lovers of pestfree gar- dens and ladybirds! One good point may have come out of this disappointment though On further investigation I found spring correspondence, plant orders, catalogues and other items any keen gar- dener looks fur at this time, I came across an interesting offer. Having fallen for it. hook, line and sinker in 1971. the best tl-ung to do in 1972 is to cut my losses, warn others not to get involved in this or similar swindles the other side of the bor- der (within Canada, I believe, papers screen their advertisers) and see if soma good ideas might come out of the exper- ience. Here In from if me Is a full-page beauti- fully illustrated advertisement which ap- peared week after week throughout last summer in an American weekly paper: "THROW AWAY DAA7GEROUS SPRAYS! NO DANGEROUS INSECTICIDES! NOW NATURE'S MIRACLE 'EATS UP' DES- TRUCTIVE INSECTS IN YOUR GARDEN." Even had the lady bird not been my orite beetle since childhood who does- n't h'ks the colorful little creature that inspired songs and rhymes and, with its black dots, helped innumerable children, me included, to tell its age by counting from one to six I would have fallen for that all the mysterious powers claimed for the elusive beetle are absolutely true. For ils and hanlincs.s il really is a miracle of nature that, once established in your garden, will re-appear each spring to keep its habitat practically free of pests. I also understand that they could breed anywhere. Sure, temporarily. "World Gar- den whoever they were, made a lot of profits from ladybirds that weren't but in the long run I am convinced the real tiling could be not only a wothwhile high school biology project but also a gold- mine for enterprising Canadians. I would be delighted lo IK their first cus- tomer. I could even go so far as lo provide the first set. of ladybird parents, provided, that is, somebody can tell their sex for the first two little red, blackdottcd beetles just Ihis offer with Its vivid pictures of all the pests that liny lady-bird devours. To make the venture even more templing, 'World Garden Products Insect Control Centre" with an impressive address in Connecticut. U.S.A. offered batches o f "easy to hatch" Praying Manti.; eggs as well. The Mantis also lives on harmful insects and I have often watched it at work and "prayer" in Africa. Gladly I threw away all dangerous in- secticides and .sprays and off v.-cnt my cheque wiih an order big enough lo keep a ranch pe.sl free. let ;jlone a pcekol-sm'd garden like mine. The way I reckoned, it was the guarantee for a beautiful mosquito and greenfly-free summer for the village. Alas, it turned out to be some- thing like the tale of the woman in Ihe alighted on my himfli How alxmt il, kids? vinegar hot lie. .She lou wished fur loo much ard while I. like her, waited greed- ily for "Ihe miracles ol nature" lo ,-crrivc in large numbers, all f ever got was an overabundance nf mosqiiilns. greenflies and any cither garden you can name. l''or UP .suffered patiently ;md To buy or not lo buy American, that is the question and a controversial one at that Ilicsc clays when U.S. restriction.! against Canada are on the incren.se. How- ever, when il comes to buying I heir in- genious fraud as well. there can hardly be nny cloubl nlioul M.s undesirahililv. ling Walker Saving Tune an 'llus sloudimn on reading led In Ihat bonks ihev .11. Inrmnmi; pile. im. 'k fly Ihe Him: I have a nf tllc I miuhl even have lo Iry Coif, done .sonic lokni pullering in Ihe yard ln RM my Jennifer BOUTC.V and beat my wife in a game o! rribhago to (In some rrvtowinf as M-, i. a on my ,f and ualrh lln: nahonnl .n.nuir lo few "w -vrl Alice 2oes for tea in Trudeau-land ALICE reached Tni- deau land Ihc Mad Hal- Icr himself welcomed her warmly to his tea parly. "There'll be a purely nominal charge for our ho added. "Only a liltlo more than a Ihird of your annual income. However, I leave the collection of taxes and other sordid busi- ness to my financial colleague, the March Hare. My mind is on higher things." "Like prices, muttered the Dormouse, a conservative sort of fellow who wakened sudden- ly and soon went back to sleep. the Haller protested. "MY mind is on the monstrous evil of the work ethic If peo- ple would only be sensible liko us and stop demanding the chance to work therc'd be no unemployment prbulem. That's plain logic. "But who would pay the tax- Alice ventured to ask. "We hadn't thought of Ihe Hare admitted. "N ever mind, we'll set up a royal com- mission and a task force to work out the minor details and issue a white paper .some day.'1 "You mean a red said the Dormouse. "The fipures on the ledger are all red, you know, though not red enoug'.i. And therefore we should reduce taxes and increase the deficit lo stop inflation by sound fi- nance." cried the Hare "There'll be no inflation so long as I'm in charge of the house- hold budget. Well, only a teeny- weeny bit, about five per cent a year, compounded. It's all plan- ned to the last decimal point, years ahead. So we've nothing to worry about." "What said the Dormouse, "is a constant dol- lar that would force the govern- ment to raise taxes for reasons of sound finance." "You said just the opposite a moment ago." Alice objected. "So what9" asked ,he Dor- mouse. "My ideas continually improve from moment lo mo- ment as the election approach- es. Yes, constant dollars. That's the answer." "And how do you propose to keep them the Haro inquired. "That's your respon- sibility, not the Dor- mouse replied and began to snore again. "The real p r o b 1 e the Halter went on, "is the Gross National Product, that mon- strous heathen god worshipped by everybody nowadays. The fetish of economic growth threatens to ruin the country. Rut not before the election, of course." The Jabberwock, silting at (he extreme lefl of the la- ble. had been silent, munching waffles and suffering acute in- digestion. Now lie intervened to observe that Alice looked sus- piciously like a member of the disreputable middle class. said the Hatter, "There's no middle class any more. At least there won't bo when the Hare has finished his noble work." "All the the Jabber- wock insisted, "she looks like a capitalist." "Ah, a the Hare cxlaimed. "Then my dear lady you'd surely like to buy ono of my new government bonds, with seven per cent interest, no less. An excellent bargain when the value shrinks only five per cenl or so per year, leaving you wilh an income of Lwo per cent from which we lake only aboul a third in taxes. No ono could ask anytlu'ng fairer than that." the Halter empha- sized, "the bonds are printed on the best paper, wilh bcauliful golden lettering and a special adhesive on the back. You can easily attach them to Ihc walls of your house afler they've lost all their value in money and become a priceless souvenir. What a lovely ornament lo brighten your old age, when you're living on our generous pension! Take no chances on Ihe future, my child. Buy bonds for security." the Jabberwock sneered. "How can there bo any security when the law is an ass and the judges worse lhan capitalists? Liberals or Conser- vatives, every last one of them. Or were in their youth. And you, call this "Cut the laxes and guaranleo Ihe Dormouse mur- mured. "Or raise them. I don't care which, so long as you take my consistent advice." "We'll do the Hare promised. "We'll cut taxes in election years and raise them immedialely afterwards. That's modern economics at their best." "A f a n laslic the Hatter agreed. "I must tell my friend Dick Nixon about it right away." As it happened Mr. NIT o n and his advisers were enjoying a lea parly of their OUTI across a friendly border defended by nothing morn than a high larrif wall and an iron curtain of im- port quotas lopped with sharply pointed DISCS. "The Americans seem to have more bread, butter and jam than we Alice sug- gested. "I can't Imagine the Hatter confessed. "Possibly because Ihey produce more. But the work ethic is destroy- ing them, poor devils. Soon they'll run out of jam, then but- ler and finally bread. We've only lo wait a little longer and our living standard will be higher than theirs. That horrid fate will overtake us unless we can abolish the work ethic. It makes me shudder." "And said Alice, "I hear that you work IB hours a day yourself." "Ah, yes, hut I'm mad, you the Hatter chortled. "Ev- erybody says so. You can read it in any newspaper editorial day after day. Quite mad, and how I do enjoy "True the Dormouse mumbled. "But unfortunately there's a method in it." "You bet there the Hare agreed. "And what would we do without the divine madness of the Halter? The thoughl of his retirement just terrifies me. But I guess I can face if it I have to." "If you'll excuse said Alice, "I think I'll return through the looking glass to tha familiar world of sanity. "You're very welcome to it, I'm said the Hatter. "But when you grow up and get some sense you'll prefer this land of freedom, fantasy and endless fuddle-duddle. After all, it's more fun, and much closer to reality." (Herald Special Senlcc) Peter Desbarals Council of premiers advances Maritime union 'flie decade of the sixties was a Lime when the premiers of Canadian provinces spent a greet deal ot time on various summits proclaiming grandiose Visions of the future. Not content with federal-pro- vincial conferences to discuss, if seldom to enact, basic changes in the Canadian federation, tha premiers held a number of unu- sual meetings among them- selves. The best example of Ihe genre was the carefully slaged Confederation of Tomorrow con- ference held in 1967 by Premier Robarls of Ontario in the new Toronto-Domini on Centre. Students of this period of in- ter-provincial summitry have been sifting through the record in recent years am an effort to identify the concrete achieve- ments. In many cases, the gleanings are slim. Useful as Lliey might have been as instru- ments nf political education, the conferences failed to achieve the structural changes in Con- federation that many Canadians had been led to expect from them With this background, a quick study of the record of the Coun- cil of Maritime Premiers, which completed its first year of exist- ence Ibis week, produces a dis- tinct ,SPnso of surprise Contrary lo usual procedure, the premiers of the three Mari- time provinces of Nova .Scotia, New Brunswick and Piincc Kil- Ishnd appear to have spoilt the past year saying rela- tively little nnd doing a great deal. Onr refill of this extraordi- nary Ivis been that Ca- nadians in general arc unawaro of the extent nnd imporlance of .structural changes which aro now taking place in the political administration of the Atlantic region. Kvon residents of I ho Marilime.s, at Ihis si age, seem to have litlle detailed knowledge of tin1 aclivilies of Ihn council. Only last month, as location relating In I he council went through the Scolin him, ono of the C.'oiwrvnlivn members referred to HIP Coun- cil of Maritime Premiers as a "spiritual body." It is exactly the opposite. If the impetus of the first year is maintained, the council will more than justify the as- sessment of Premier Richard Hatlield of New Brunswick that it "could become one of tha most significant experiments in regional consultation and plan- mng in Canada." Even this judgment might ap- pear lo be conservative within a few years. Already the adminis- trative achievements of the council appear to be steering the Maritime provinces toward the groat question of political union at an accelerating rale. The current process of admin- istrative integration may soon make the question of political union a practical decision rather lhan a Ilioorc-lical possi- bility. This eventuality, of course, is one of the reasons why the- three premiers have worked to- gether diligently but quietly since the council was formally established May 25, 1971. They have wisely concentrated on practicr.l achievements and avoided a confrontation with op- ponents of political union who are still numerous and vocal in the Maritimcs. "We are really talking about 'Crazy Capers' two different ex- plained Premier Alex Campbell of Prince Edward Island last week. "There is the concept of co- operation between the three At- lantic provinces, and there is the concept of a single largo province. We have been trying our best to draw lines of distinc- tion between these two con- cepts. "After he said, employ- ing an analogy that wasn't ov- erly convincing, "you can have a courtship without a mar- In many respects, the rela- tionship between the three prov- inces appears already lo have moved from the stage of court, ship to cohabitation. T ic Council of Maritime Pre- miers, with a tentative budget of in the current fiscal year, is now prepared to .start administering regional services in ils own right. Next the council will assume full responsibility for a natural resources engineering and dcvclnpmenl planning .serv- ices unit at Ambcr.sl, N.S., which had come into existence originally under the federal de- partment of regional economic expansion. The federal govern- ment, which had planned lo close Ihc fiD-man unit, will pay half ils operating cos1, for a fur- ther five years but the ndmini.s- Iralion will bo taken over by I ho council which will sell the serv- ices of the unit In various pro- vincial deparlmenLs, Before (he enrf of (his year, Ihc council expects lo be. operal- ing ils own laud information and registration service, tlui lain1 surveying and mapping di- vision will loci.led in Prinen Kchvard Island, the slaiisiic.s and titles registration division in Now llrmiMvick and Ihc cen- tral administration .'incl syMrmn planning division in Nova lia. Integration in (wo other im- portant areas is well under v.-jiy: post-.secondary educa- tion where a single commission for I he three provinces is being crcalwl, flnri in (ho collection, classification and storage of of- ficial data where a regional data bank for the region is in the stage of teclmical study. Other areas of practical achievement by the council in- clude: Justine: A common police act for the region has been drafted. There is agreement in principle on establishing a "Maritime po- lice probably at Charlotte town, on standardiza- tion of courtroom procedures nnd on a study of the advisabil- ity of having a single appeal court for the region. Transportation: A commit ICQ uas set up at an early stage to produce uniform trucking regu- lations for the region, and lo develop a single administration for motor vehicle licences and driver permits. Telecommunications: ..The council has interested itself in Hit: jurisdiction of the Canadian transport commission over mi- erownve facilities in the Mari- time provinces. In broadcasting, the council has a committee of officials studying the rjucsLinn of regional radio and television networks. At the moment, the only way in which Maritime p r e in i e r s can communicate through radio and television with their entire region is na- tional networks originaling m Toronto. Public uorks: The council nl-- ready has removed regulatory harriers which prevented a con- struction company in one prov- ince (nun bidding on ;i provin- cial (irojrcl ni .'iiiolluT. Tlir three governments are also aludjing a proposal for pooling their purchases of. equipment and supplies. Integration of provincial sen-- Ices and administration is also being actively studied in tha areas of environmental control, development of natural re- sources and supervision of fin- ancial institutions. In most of these areas, some Integration of provincial serv- ices has seemed logical and po- litically feasible. Now there is a committee of ministers and civil sen-ants at work in one of the first "sensitive" areas to be ex- plored by the provi- sion of management and tech- nological advisory services to industries in the Marilimes. At an early stage, this will bring the council to the neces- sity of making a firm political commitment to a detailed re- gional strategy for economic and social development. There may he indications of initial movement in this direction at the sixth meeting of the council in Ch.nrlollclown next month. If the council continues this "courtship'1 procedure at. the tempo .set in iUs first year of existence, (lie question of "mar- ringc" may well appear to be. lilllc more than a legal formal- ity at some point in future. Long b e f o r e, that point is readied, other members of (ho Canadian family will have had lo reckon with the practical ex- istence and influence of this im- portant regional entity on thu AMantic coast. 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