Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
An editor resigns to save his honor ItTl THI LtTHWHDOI HMALO By CtwlM Ic The Ottawa Citlzea .There are still men of prin- ciple to be found in this business of and one of them is named Marcel Gingras. Mr. Gingras until the editor in chief of Le Droit. Ottawa's French language the only one of its kind produced in English speaking Ontario. Today he is looking'for a job because he feels he had lost his freedom to write what he and could not stay on at the newspaper losing my The plight of Marcel Gingras .is representative of a sickness that is gradually tak- ing over Canada's French language and which threatens on occasion to crip- ple papers produced in the language of the English speaking majority. Mr. a sensitive man with a strong journalistic background in Ottawa and his BERRY'S WORLD native is a federalist to the core. His he is falling into the hands of separatist sym- pathizers. A related explanation is the rise of -'reporter in the French language and which almost brought about the death of the Montreal daily La Presse in a long strike last year. At Le Droit it in practical that the newsroom employees who cover the news can now dictate the editorial content of the paper as well. The issue had been simmer- ing at Le Droit for months while labor negotiations were in progress. A key provision incorporated into the new contract established a joint staff management mittee to study the new- spaper's editorial-'policy. The union argued that only the work of its members should be published. When management caved in on this Mr. Gingras's deputy editor. Louis was forced out. Gingras himself had his field of comment cur- tailed he Was not to write anything about the politics of Ontario or Quebec. He found this suffered embarrassment whjjjii critics attacked the increasingly separatist tone of paper's political editorials. crunch came when an article by Social Credit leader Real Caouette. commissioned by Gingras as one of a series by different party was removed from the editorial page at the demand of Unionists in the newsroom. They took exception to Mr. Caouette's criticism of the Parti in which he least we can hope for is that the federal civil ser- vants who live in and Book Reviews especially in the regions of Hull and not be fooled by hypotheses as muddled as- those- presented by the Pequistes. sincerely believe that they will reject separatism and say 'no' to the Pequiste peddlers who can only sell Camelot under the cover of ephemeral Le Droit then published two related one'on its front page and a longer one on the .editorial page. Neither came from the typewriter of the editor-in-chief The editorial page signed by Philippe gave a favorable review to the Parti Quebecois lauding its social welfare proposals and assuring Que- bec voters that a PQ govern- ment would take the side of the poor against the rich. On the front Le Droit's Jean Robert offered a less enthusiastic view. Without rejec- the independence op- he the paper felt it was undesirable at present. those who do not think Tike we say that we respect their opinions We would like to believe that. French Canadians of this region have attained a degree of maturity sufficient to and an adverse It wasn't clear whether the publisher was addressing the general readership of Le or the militants in his own newsroom who had s. cessfully suppressed free speech a few days earlier. Three similar pressure from the news staff had brought about the removal of the paper's city editor and managing editor. is ridiculous and il- declared Mr. as he submitted his an editor cannot control what goes on the editorial page at But having lost the he chose to leave rather than en- dure further humiliation. Ardor and artistry evident 1973 happened to growing old and Power by Peter C. Newman 244 Although Peter Newman began life in Czechoslovakia and did not speak English un- til he emigrated to Canada at the age of he has become a passionate Canadian and an exceptionally gifted writer in his acquired language. Both his ardor and his artistry are evident in the pieces collected to form this book. Most of the columns deal with national political figures who have been prominent in recent times. He is obviously intrigued by Pierre Trudeau and his failure to fulfill the ex- pectations of those who swept him into power. A longish piece called Reflections on a Fall from Grace provides about the most satisfactory explanation I have en- countered of Trudeau's loss of popularity. It can be summed up in a trying to bypass one he created another and unwit- tingly became its This has reference to the staff of the prime minister's office. Another person who gets a lot of attention is John piefen- the man living out his His account of Dief's final hours as the Chief of the Progressive Conser- vative party is devastating. Several other politicians must have cringed when they first read what Newman wrote about them. A piece about Robert Thompson is a requiem for a Another about Jack Pickersgill circumstances that allowed Jack Pickersgill to flourish were part of a cynical old- style approach to Canadian politics. But even in that context he was one of a One cannot read this book without admiration for the way Peter Newman writes and regret that he is not still covering Parliament Hill in a syndicated column. This does not prevent me from making the that there are times when he gives the impression of being presumptuous. His pronounce- ment about Richard Nixon's insecurity is a case in point. DOUG WALKER Glory days gone Play The Story of the Toronto Maple by Flschler. FLEMING MOTORS LTD. Present their. of 73 In order to clear the lot for our new '74 cara and trucks-We've SMASHED all prlcea on our REMAINING 73 DEMONSTRATORS FLEMINGS DAILY RENTAL UNITS 73' 8ATILLITI SMRINQ PLUS 2 door p. DIM vinyl vinyl bucket mitt In color. Stock no. 8273. Lttt SOM.iS SAVE 706.65 SMASHING CLEARANCE................................................ 73'PLYMOUTH PUNY III 4 door VI HoMy gold In color. Stock no. Ltot PrWk S2S7.1S. SAVE 1057.15. SMASHING CLEARANCE '4380 '4200 73 PLYMOUTH DUSTER 73 PLYMOUTH FURY III 2 door Sport Coupe. 225 slant radio Spinmaker white in color. Stock No. 3303. List price SinS579.95. SMASHING CLEARANCE 4 door air vinly root. Regal Blue Metallic. Stock No. 2501. 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Followers of .the Maple Leafs over the past few seasons know them as a club on a downhill skid to but they have had their glory winning 11 Stanley Cups how about that Ranger The last time the Leafs tasted the glories of victory in cup competition was 1966-67. Last season the Leafs found themselves not battling for a playoff spot but scrambling with' the inept Vancouver Canucks for fifth spot. Remember when Turk Broda fought the of the Bill Barilko potted the cup winning goal in the of Charlie Joe Primeau and Busher Jackson were the toast of the Teeder Tod Sloan and Howie Meeker wore the big white and blue maple those were the days. If your memory needs jarring or you are short a few years to be taking this trip down memory pick up a copy of Mr. Fischler's book. He is an ex- cellent as those of you who follow his columns on The Herald's sports pages will attest. This book is a nostalgic ex- not only for Leaf fans but for hockey lovers in general. Fischler captures the spirit of men like Conn Smythe and King their love for the Leafs and es- pecially Smythe's daring when he stunned the sports world with his scheme to build Maple Leaf Gardens. He also captures the sadness that must have overcome Smythe as he slowly slipped away from his beloved Leafs and into the background in his declining years. Hockey is Canada's national sport and the Leafs used to be her But times have not only for the but for hockey in thanks to expan- sion and a great Russian- Canada series. The slipped beyond belief last season. But as one Toronto radio man put it in this age of complacency towards the Leafi are the fourth wont team in the NHL and the question on everybody's mind is who GARRY ALLISON ArSPr1 LrAAUnJJb Management by Objectives HI By Reg member of the Lethbrldge Public School Board Let us take a closer look at Management by Objectives as it would be used by the Lethbridge public school system. First of the school system would produce a set of goals. The public school board u now in the process of doing this. A goal is a and this one To Ensure Job Qualification Preparation will no doubt be accepted by all of us. Every school administration will be aware of this goal and will take action to achieve it. This means it should be achieved for every student other than those so disabled that no jobs exist for Obviously careful planning and serious dedication must be shown at all levels from central office to classrooms if we are to succeed. But we all know what we want to do. .The next step would be for each school to plan how to dp 'its part by designing appropriate activities suited to the age group in the school. This would require that each school set GENERAL OBJECTIVES such Developing student awareness of the great number and variety of jobs in Canada by use of the and field trips. Getting students to realize that nearly all jobs require special skills by discussing jobs their relatives and by use of newspaper and magazine pictures. These would be suitable for elementary schools. A junior high school might use Developing a knowledge of the kinds of jobs existing in Lethbridge by means of field guest and individual student investigation. Helping students understand the classification of jobs into skilled and unskilled my means of field trips and guest speakers. A high school might use Helping students learn about skilled trades by use of the school shops. Acquainting students with secretarial duties in professional and business offices by means of a work experience and guest speakers. Note that general objectives apply to an area such as a or it could be a or a group such as the counsellors or principals. The last and most important step brings us to the teacher-student. Here we have actual realization of the goal. It is here where per- formance objectives are set and action taken to achieve them. For a typical school subject unit such as Physics 10 the performance ob- jectives cover the same ground as the text book but they are worded in a way which compels the student to DO or say what he would in a given situation. Here are some a. Given a small irregular metal object the students will find its with an error of not more than two per cent. b. Given two sides of a right-angled the student will find the third side. c. When asked how he would proceed to turn a chair leg out a piece of the student will state every safety precaution correctly. d. On being asked why Alberta is a more prosperous province than the student will give at least three valid reasons. e. asked to correct a given paragraph of writing the student will correct all the errors may be 10 of The reader will have figured out by now that the subject area has been broken down into specific bits of learning that the student must master. This is ideal for and some other courses but would not seem to be sensible for social etc. As a matter of from my own I can vouch for the fact that MBO has done more for social studies than for any other area. The trick is of course to choose the right objectives. If the general objective is to un- derstand the impact of history on the present by .memorizing the facts' that have been then MBO would enable the student to learn a lot of useless trivia better than he could learn it in the traditional way. This would be a strike against MBO. But MBO forces you to look closely at your objectives because you really are going to achieve them. Therefore we will find social studies teachers preparing objectives such as To understand the effect of affluence on the level of cultural development of a society by studying and modern societies. The difference between this objective and the previous one is that this one forces the learner to be active in the diligent in preparing his and intelligent in his judgments. The previous one simply requires the student to read and listen to lists of called facts and to write a report which is almost the same as hundreds of others that have been written. Even in music and which have always been managed by improv- ed instruction can be obtained by listing the performance objectives and making sure that each student is aware of them and has observ- ed the correct version of anything he is trying to learn. In there is no area of school ac- tivity that would not be improved by using the MBO approach. Behavior of administration of the all of should be controlled by the persons involved being guided by goals that have been general objectives that state what will be done in each specific and how it will be and performance objectives which spell out in detail what will be done to achieve the general objectives and the goal. REPORT TO READERS DOUG WALKER No deliberate censorship There are only a few areas of knowledge where I feel I have a special competence due to extensive study. In most I am not tempted to exercise any kind of cen- sorship over the copy that arrives on my desk. The only exception that comes readily to mind is when the .subject matter has to do with biblical -interpretation. Contrary to a popular notion that everyone is entitled to his own opinion about what any particular passage in the Bible I am convinced that only those who avail themselves of the fruits of and other such components of critical research have a right to assert an exegisis. Thus when writers enter this field I sometimes find myself strongly tempted to excise their most obviously ill-supported statements. But this would be censorship and it goes against my grain to be engaged in the suppression of .'ideas. In the free exchange of ideas the right ones should ultimately triumph. Such a conviction should have prevailed in the scientific community in the case of Immanuel Velikovsky. A refutation using in part some of the assured results of biblical criticism of his thesis of Worlds in Collision would have been sufficient without the intimidation of the original publisher. In this day of pervasive skepticism regarding the whole jounalistic enterprise it is not likely that readers be assured that no censorship is practised by the editorial1 page editor of The Herald simply because he claims to resist it at the point of greatest temptation. Isn't a kind of censorship inherent in the decision of what commen- tators to keep out of the paper and what columns of the 'favored writers to The possibility of censorship in those terms cannot be denied. Our choice of commen- is not consciously ideologically determined. It would not be practical or economical to subscribe to all syndicated columnists and services in order to have access to all possible shades of opinion. The several New York Times com- mentators come to us as part of a package news for instance. All of them might not cost more than to subscribe to a single syndicated commentator. If that seems to give an over-balance of liberal opinion it should be noticed that The Times deliberately added William with a-professed conservative to its roster. there is a peculiar sensitivity operative in my selection of material because of the possibility of being considered guilty of cen- sorship. I tend to choose Safire because he is conservative also because he writes well I knowing that The Herald is widely thought to be liberal even slavishly liberal in cast. On the Canadian political scene I probably choose more articles that are critical of the Liberal government than ones favorable because of the early Liberal association of the paper which readers think still applies. That same quirk applies in another function in which censorship might be suspected and might possibly unconsciously be at work. This is in the editing process where changes and cuts are made. It is widely assumed that editors alter material that does not conform to their outlook. Letter writers who complain about our editing express just such suspicions. The fact that the things I most disagree with are the ones I am most likely to leave untouched if cutting is necessary. This includes nonsense about the Bible. Sometimes the changes made in texts of ar- ticles and letters do distort the authors' inten- My classic boo-boo occured in a letter dealing with pornographic literature. Not ever having heard of a magazine called clusive and coming across a phrase Male and magazines I thought some editing was needed so altered it to read male No theory about bias censorship is needed to explain that ordinary ig- norance suffices. What is. troubling about all this is that often wrong-headed ideas my get ventilated without being balanced by letters or columns with other points of view. Thus a kind of censorship by neglect is in effect. And since it is our policy to exercise great restraint in attaching notes to letters as well as excluding replies from staff the responsibility of providing the corrective balance rests with readers. Please accept it. A warning to all By Doug Walker A terrible thing happened to Bob Dunn fall. He was rebuilding his fence and ended up in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Happily the fence induced disability was of short duration and Bob is mobile again. But what happened to him ought to be a warning to that in addition to being a disagreeable fence building can be dangerous. 1 don't know about Bob or anyone but I'm taking a serious view of the matter and have made a promise to continue to resist all inducements to build a fence.