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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 WE UTHBRIBGE HERALD Saturday, November 7, 1970 Ask Me.. By Margaret luckhurst rriIE THREATENED removal of existing tlayliner service to and from Lctlibridge should be pro- tested by the whole city, including those who do not find it necessary to make use of the service. In Canada "we have relied on the railways tor our expansion and development, and until the recent decade both CP Rail and the CNR have been con- scious of this fact. But the increase in air and bus travel as well as the popular use of privately-owned cars on long- distance travel, have cut serious inroads into passen- ger traffic. This reflects in the anticipated revenue of the two companies and they are unhappy about it. But both companies show considerable profit m other sectors of their interests and should be ex- pected to absorb passenger carrying loss with a little bit of book-juggling. it -ft- In the case of CP Rail which initially received a large cash grant plus millions of acres of tax free land for its development, there seems to he a nefar- ious scheme afoot to discourage passenger travel. Schedules are arranged with mysterious design so that reasonable connections with other trains or services cannot be completed; waiting stations are chilly and uncomfortable; care of coaches indmer- ent in many instances. Yet the "company has stated on several occasions it has no intention of making train travel more at- tractive, nor has it any intention of competing with other forms of services. The public, it says, has deserted it. In short the company would be pleased to discontinue passenger service altogether in Can- ada. This would be an unfortunate move for whether this service is profitable or not, it will remain a popular mode of travel for many people. In our country where snow covers much of the territory for half the year, air travel is not always reliable or available, and car travel undesirable. Then too, bus and airlines service only an infinitesimal num- ber of communities and more and more of them are becoming isolated as train service is discontinued. But my main argument for continuing train ser- vice, particularly on the trans-Canada routes, is the attraction it has for tourists. Our economy is just realizing the vast potential tourism has and we should be sharply aware of the services we have to offer to lure tourists our way. More and more American and European people are hearing about Canada and planning tours to this part of the continent. But how much of it will they see if they have to fly over it, or suffer the long distance on buses? These services definitely have their place, but neither can, as yet, offer the accom- modation or comfort of the trains. But the most significant point in the railways' argument in support of declining passenger interest is a point they completely miss or choose not to see. The older, more populated countries of the world are stepping up their train sendees because they find them more efficient in moving large numbers of commuters, travellers and tourists. Canada's pop- ulation isn't exactly jumping ahead in leaps and bounds but we are growing. It seems impractical and unreasonable to dispense with rail passenger service in consideration of this and other countries' experiences. Subsidization, unpopular though it may be, might keep the passenger service in effect. But basically, the companies themselves could well af- ford to assume more responsibility to the nation in this matter. Library Memberships Up Memberships at all branches of the public library continues to climb, according to a report of chief librarian George Dew. A total of memberships were added tlu's year to the end of October compared with for the same period in 1969. Circulation books up to and including October totalled 325, 668. To the end of October, 1969 circulation was The daily average at the main branch in October was 688; at the north branch 290; at the south branch 311. INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGINCiiS ITD. ESTABtlSHEO 191! Floor 317 4th Avo, S. Phone 327-1541 The increased circulation is attributable wholly to adult cir- culation at the main branch. Queries and reference work has kept pace with circulation, amounting to about 250 hours cf '.fork. A total of 281 requests for specific titles were received, most of them provided from stock and three by inter-library loan. The increase in interest in all library facilities has indicated a need for additional stall, arid an experienced librarian is ex- pected to join the staff next year. To the end of October, a total of books had been added to the shelves. This is a total of more than for the same period in 1969. During October of this year a total of 215 films were shown with an attendance of Receipts from these showings amounted to Fines on overdue books for October amounted to of which were incurred by rural members. CITY STORES CONSTRUCTION Work is moving ahead on the city stores complex at 280 5th St. N. as Smith Bros, and Wilson of Calgary works toward its Feb. 27 completion date for the project. Construction of the structure got under way in late September. The first stage of a new complex, including the equip- ment pool, service garage- and bus barns, was completed several years ago. The new addiiion will house the city stores, public works, water and electric department, all of which have been in temporary quarters. _________ Life Of Inventor Broken Dreams By MARGARET LUCKHUKST Herald Staff Writer JVS 1 UiiUCl avanw iv, The life of an inventor may osi said, "a patent is granted be interesting and fulfilling but only if the invention is the first according lo Andy Briosi of of its kind and is an original North Lethbridge, it's also pla- j idea. Then it can be manufae- gued with frustration and bro-1 tared only on a royalty basis. time effort and talent he's put] to be adapted, and when this this work by hand, so I into an invention. happens, a patent isn't worth to dp it. "As I understand Mr. Bri- the pajwr it's printed on." so I design- ken dreams. Mr. Briosi ought to know for The catch in this is that all a smart copier has to do is he's been inventing and design- alter some part of the design ing improvem e n t s on farm and he's free to manufacture equipment for more than 30 his product, even though initial- years, but is still waiting for; ly it was someone elses idea that pot of gold at the end of and is supposedly protected by the rainbow; or at least rea- i a patent. Mr, Briosi, who for years fanned at Picture Butte, said most of his inventions were cre- ated as a means of eliminating or reducing work. "It's not that I'm any lazier than the next person, but I like to see work done efficiently and as quickly as possible." His first invention which showed great possibilities was a Sugar beet topoer, which is still in use in the area. sonable financial returns for the "Its quite easy for a design couldn't see the sense in doing Church Needs Immigrants By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer The continuance of Japanese United churches is dependant on immigration, not the inter- est of Canadian-born Japanese, according to an official of the Alberta conference of the United Church of Canada. Dr. Dwight Powell of Ed- m o n t o n, superintendent of home missions for the Alberta conference, was speaking in an interview at the fifth national conference of Japanese United churches. Dr. Powell said the churches bridge the cultural and lan- guage gap for Immigrant Japa- nese, but "the necessity of this kind of church vanishes as time goes on." i He said if the necessity did disappear, the United Church of Canada would not hesitate to disband such ethnic churches. There are about fami- lies holding membership in the nine Japanese United churches across Canada. About 137 of the families are members of the South Alberta church, which is quartered in Leth- briage. Campus Work Ahead Of Schedule University of L e t h b r idge campus construction is ahead of schedule, sistently good a result of con- weather during I the past several months, 'versity officials say. Project Manager Dennis Wil- son, of Poole Construction 1 Ltd., said work on the first two 'units of the 909-foot long build- j ing is about two days ahead of schedule, and has reached the top storeys of the unite. TO SYMBOLIZE FOND MEMORY Choosa wisely ihe monu- ment honor your loved ones. We will be p'eascd lo assist YOU. IETHBRIDGI MONUMENTAL AND TILE WORKS B'-cn Satisfyina CuMomerj for Over. 60 Years" 325 Blh SI. S., tethhrcdqa Phone 3274920 The three sections up lo three weeks ahead of The bulk of the churches are in Hamilton and Toronto. Funds have declined by three per cent In both 1969 and 1970, whcich Dr. Powell said could reflect a lack of interest or the general decline in the economy. Like Armenian, Italian and Hungarian United churches, Japanese congregations are af- flated with regional presby- teries and with the tome mis- sion board, whic'a transmits funds from the national church. Dr. Powell indicated most immigrants head for Vancouv- er and the eastern centres, not tor the Prairies. Chinese immi- gration now surpasses Japa- nese to the west. He said he thought people had forgotten the translocation of Japnese from the west coast to the interior during the Sec- ond World War. "But many in the 40 to 55- years age group have turned to Buddhism because they equate the Christian church with what the government did to them." He said forced migration of Japanese by the government, out of fear they would favor their homeland's war policy, was "the dirtiest mark in Ca- nadian history." He said it wasn't the forced move which caused bitterness, but the way the Japanese were treated. "I know one couple, owners of a business in downtown Van- couver, who received a check from the government for their grocery confectionery stock. Good farms had to be sold for he said. The translocation reflected a state of "panic by the government. Lease Renewals Little Effect Here schedule. Paul Harding, project officer for the new campus, said the largest single contract, an- nounced several months ago, was awarded to Lockerbie and Hole Western Limited, for in mechanical work. Next largest contract is to Hume and Humble, for 922. Contracts totalling more than million have been awarded so tar on (lie million cam- pus. Break-in City police are still investi- gating a break and enter at Davis Enterprises Industries Ltd. on 2nd Ave. A. North Thursday morning. It is nol known whether any- thing was stolen. Entry was gained by smashing a window. rfew federal government measures regarding renewal of perpetual leases for national parks properties will have little effect on Waterton Lakes Na- tional Park leaseholders, says Emanuel Cohen. Mr. Cohen, president of the Waterton Park Chamber of Commerce, said the ruling ap- plies only to perpetual leases held by their original owners, and not to those involving eith- er new property or old lease property resold to new owners. It has been national parks policy since 1958 not to renew perpetual leases (which have specified time limits with gua- ranteed renewal) but to change them into 42-year leases with various extra clauses extending to another 10 years. The leases would not likely be renewed, and the landhold- owners has had to renew yet. If anyone has been limited to a 42-year renewal on a perpe- tual lease, under the new gov- ernment regulations the lease would become perpetual again. Other 42-year leases are legal. Mr. Cohen said a fact-finding committee has been ent to all parks by Prime Minister Tru- deau, interviewing local parks leaseholders regarding leases, local self-govenment possibili- ties and related matters.; The commitee is to be in Fort Macleod at an as yet unspeci- fied date in mid-November to meet with Waterton leasehold- CD Classes defence rescue training classes, started last month at er would receive no compensa- the Civic Sports Centre, have He was advised to hold a demonstration, and if the ma- chine was well received, apply :or a patent, which he did at some expense. Patents cost Mr. 3riosi said, "and the initial out- ay is costly tco, I correspond- ed with an American manufac- who led me to believe ,hey were interested for a time, aut nothing came of it. A few years later they were manufac- turing this machine with my invention altered just enough so that I couldn't claim they were abusing my patent rights." Not easily defeated, Mr. Bri- osi followed this invention witl several others; a iront em manure loader and hay stack er, and a beet digger with a wheel type lifter which pullet :he beets from the ground al- lowing the dirt to filter through the chains instead of being load- j. All of these were cosily in .-ssign and materials, but he always hoped that one of them would be successful financially, :'These were good machines and widely lie said. "1 got a lot of publicity out ol them, but very little cash." Eventually Mr. Briosi gave up farming and purchased lanii on the outskirts of which he developed into a par three golf course. While it was under his own- ership he put his creative tal- ents to work, designing am auilding a machine that gulped up golfballs, and a simple, eas- ily operated aerator for work- ing the greens. But he decided against try- ing to get a patent for them 'It's too expensive and frus- he said. Although he's now retired, Mr Briosi can't stop inventing tilings. "My wife thinks of things I should be designing to make housework he said, "bu' sn't go into the patent bus! ness again unless I come uj will) something really unusual, and at this point I don't think I've done that" Reserves Require Economic Projects EDMONTON' (Staff) Eco-1 nomic development is essential 'or social and human develop- ment on Indian reserves in ianada, Fern Doucette of Ot- tawa said at the Indian Associ- ation of Alberta development conference. Mr. Doueette, director of In- dian Eskimo development for ,he department of Indian af- fairs, said on tire basis of pres- ent day population figures there should be an additional to jobs if the In- dian labor force were to have an unemployment rate of no more than the national aver- age. "Because the Indian popula- tion is much younger than the national average, the number of their people reaching labor !orce age is also proportionate- ly much larger, compounding .he importance of employment and economic development on Indian he said. "The average income of In- dian people is probably less than one-third of the national average, a result of a lack of jobs, many working to low- wage jobs, low level of educa- tion which excludes them from well-paid jobs, and large fami- lies with many people depend- ing on one income." Mr. Doucelte said a large proportion of the reserves hi Canada are in areas where the resource base is limited and what resources are available are undeveloped. People living on reserves lo- cated around large urban cen- tres So not have tire same problems of employment since there are ample employment opportunities. "Unfortunately, the majority of the Indian people are not living on these he said, "and if they were, the problem of finding jobs would be easier to resolve." Mr. Doi'cette said the great- est source of employment in our society is not resources but services which now provide employment for CO per cent of the population. "The improve- ment of services on the re- serves will provide jobs." Mr. Doucette said if jobs could be provided for half the Indian papulation now un- employed, fo a large extent, at least in the short term, the se people are not ready to fill jobs. "It is well known it takes about 10 years for residents of any rural community to accept the work discipline required if a factory is established in a rural area to provide employ- ment for he said. "Most of these people are used to working very hard, but working onisidc. This is not only an Indian problem it exists in any rural area. "If you take a pulp mill which goes into a small town or village it takes a generation before all the jobs are filled by local people and it takes about 15 years before the local com- munity accepts it as a way of life." With the department four months, Mr. Doucette said he has looked at the organization of the Indian affairs depart- ment, asking if they are the kind needed to do what Indian people want. "I have come to the conclu- sion it is not." The process of change had started to make it an organiza- tion that would be able to re- spond to the needs voiced by the Indians themselves. "We are so over-structured it is difficult for us to communi- cate with one another but this has to change so we can re- spond to those who have start- ed to help he said. Branch Of Bank Being Considered EDMONTON (Staff) The possibility of establishing a bank branch at Standoff is being investigated by the Bank of Nova Scotia. T. A. Douglas of Calgary, Al- berta general manager of the bank, said details have not been' worked out. He was speaking on the role of charter- ed banks at the Indian Associ- ation of Alberta development conference. Mr. Douglas said the Indian Act "falls short by prohibiting" the individual Indian from con- ducting his financial affairs in the presently accepted manner. "Neither an individual nor an Indian tribe is permitted under the act to give security, sell land, or in general, pro- vide the security a banker would normally require for loans." He said proposed govern- ment policies, if enacted, will lead to the full and free right of any individual or tribe to carry out financial business in a manner parallel to that of any other Canadian. "With this opportunity, the Indian people can realize an immense and cultural potential that will enhance their person- il well-being, the areas :n which tlfey live, and the coun- as a whole." Mr. Douglas said most fi- nancial transactions between individuals and tribes are con- fined to those allowed by the Indian Act. "However, it appears any oroup of Indian people which operates as a corporate body, whether under the Co-opera- lives Act, Societies Act, or the Registrar of Companies, is an entity which, although then subject to the Income Tax Act, can borrow money, give se- curity, and in general, conduct a "business as any other cor- porate body." There are several examples of this action, he said, includ- ing; cattle co-operatives which borrow under a provincial gov- ernment guarantee to purchase cattle; the bus co-operatives which borrow to purchase buses, giving security on the buses; and the company form- ed to manufacture house and travel trailers at Standoff. Three Hurt Three people were slightly injured and damage amounted to as the result of a rear- end motor vehicle collision on the corner of 1st Ave. and 5th St. S. Friday. Drivers of the vehicles and two of the injured Were Lucille Agnes Rainbow of Picture Butte and Joseph Sovka of 717 5th St. S. Neither required hos- pital treatment A passenger in the Rainbow vehicle, Agnes Kane of Picture Butte, received lacerations to the head and was held in SI. Michael's Hospital for observa- RIPtEY OPTICAL DISPENSING OPTICIAN "Where service mean! serving people" 613 3rd Avf. S. PHONi 328-7626 tion from the government for his losses. "It's still pretty Mr. Cohen said. "People who have bought leases in the park since .1955 have signed the 42- bcen suspended until after Christmas because of a lack of interest. course open to anyone interested. Weekly classes will be held starting in the new The situation has not yet arisen because none of tlic Wa- tcrton leases has expired. There about 150 leases in the park, some owned by !hc same person. Mr. Cohen said less than a third of them have perpetual leases, and none of the original year leases under duress, be-1 year on all aspects of rescue cause if tliey wanted the land j they had no other choice. "There are two types of leases involved commercial and cottage. The commercial leaseholder recievcs no com- pensation his local improve- ments; the cottage owner would receive some. SHOE REPAIRS BIST FAST x CHEAP SHOfc HOSPITAL 331 11 111 Street South HKlNITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS ITD. 324 9th St. S. Phone 328-1778 FOR YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING REQUIREMENTS Invitations O Announcements (24 Hour Service If Necessary! Bndo Book! Matches Napkin! Thank You Cards provide Complimentary Personalized Head Table Place Carcis with each Ordorl FRSI CUSTOMER PARKING Leave Winter Behind Choote from our selection of Fabulous Winter Tours ond enjoy o never to be forgotten vacation relaxing in the sun. 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