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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 14, 1974 'Everypolice department could use a little community relations' Steps taken to improve rapport between youth and police WEST VANCOUVER (CP) For Bill Gib- bons, 18. involvement with police-com- munity relations began one night more than four months ago when he says police beat him and his companions That same night in a near riot involving police and youths Constable Ron Denny, 35. began the road to his appointment as West Vancouver community relations officer. He lost an eye during the confrontation with about 250 to 300 young people gathered before a home in which a birthday party was held earlier in the evening. As a result of the rock and bottle-throwing melee. Constable Denny lost his right eye and six youths and one juvenile subsequently fac- ed charges ranging from loitering to criminal negligence causing bodily harm. The incident also sparked accusations of police brutality and interference. A report on police actions that night suggested the police had made a confrontation virtually impos- sible to avoid. Constable Denny and Mr. Gibbons did not meet during that evening but in the future the two will be co-ordinating meetings with groups of young people to discuss the work of the police and their role in the community. "Every police department could use a little community relations." Constable Denny said in an interview. He added that the post he now holds should have been established long ago Bill Gibbons, although he says he was beaten by police during the night of the trouble, says he now bears no bitterness and wants to work with Denny in improving the community's relations with the police. On the night of the disturbance, Mr. Gib- bons says he arrived at the scene with two friends and parked his car a block from the house It was shortly after that when the rocks and bottles began to fly. Near the house he claims he was shoved by a policeman when he tried to help his friend. "I was really stunned, first of all, that I would be hit by a he said. Later, Mr. Gibbons decided to lay a com- plaint at the West Vancouver police station. Inside the station he discussed the matter with an officer and later returned to his car only to find it surrounded by police. Mr. Gibbons says one of his friends was grabbed by a policeman, pulled out of the car nnd had his head smashed against the car four or five times. Later Mr. Gibbons was charged with causing a disturbance. Mr. Gibbons, his two friends and 15 others were thrown into a nine-by-11-foot cell and released the next morning. At that point police-community relations were at an all time low. First steps toward improving rapport between the police and young people were taken by West Vancouver prosecutor Lome Topham who dropped some of the charges against the youths. Charges against Mr. Gib- bons were also dropped. Mr Tophan said his decision to review the charges came as a result of Mr. Denny com- ing to him and advising him he had recently been contacted by several accused youths who wanted to talk about problems relating to the police and youth. Following the confrontation, the police report and the dropping of some of the charges, steps are being taken to harmonize the relations of youth and the police force in the municipality. So far, Mr. Denny says his job has been made easy due to the favorable reception he has received in the community. His job also consists in visiting small businessmen to discuss their security prob- lems, meeting with community groups and visiting schools. There now is an office where an officer is available in case "anyone wants to drop in with a problem and kick things Con- stable Denny says. Mobile play school first in Vancouver VANCOUVER (CP) There are 10 four-year-old children playing with toys on the floor of the bus, the only mobile play school in the city. The idea-began in 1971 when Muriel Vallance, a member of the Vancouver section of the National Council of Jewish Women, read about a play- school bus being operated in England by the Liverpool city council A two-year survey began to find a suitable area and work out details. There was con- siderable red tape. "City hall kept saying there were no regulations to deal with a bus: it had never been done Mrs. Vallance said. Members of the organiza- tion bought a bus for half price and continued to run into snags. The health department demanded they move the specially installed toilet away from the emergency exit. Hot running water had to be provided. Volunteers canvassed the entire suburban Mount Plea- sant area to see where there were most pre-school-age children From their findings a suitable bus route was work- ed out. For children can enrol for a year and attend two sessions a week Lynne Gallager was hired as combination bus driver and teacher. The 22-year-old li- censed pre-school supervisor used to call her flock, remind- ing them they were due at school. But with 35 children registered, this is no longer necessary. Many of the children don't speak English, but Miss Galla- ger uses hand gestures and gradually the children pick up words from the daily routine she arranges. For many it is their only chance to mix with other children during the day and it provides a break for ha- rassed mothers. The response of parents and various agencies has delighted the council but it is firmly convinced there is a need for daycare facilities m areas such as Mount Pleasant. Herald Youth Van's TV Sales Service think YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 Firemen in staged a 2 strike during which about 20 fires caused an estimated million damage. a-Regina c-Montreal 2 Food prices review board Chairman Beryl Plump- tre charged the health department headed by- Health Minister with having inadequate ground meat inspection services. a-Marc Lalonde b-Andre Ouellet c-Robert Andras 3 Prime Minister Trudeau hopes to establish a bilateral trade agreement between Canada and the EEC or Common Market. What do the initials 'EEC' stand for? 4 Under the terms of the new immigration regu- lations, prospective immigrants who are not dependents of Canadian residents and who do not have pre-arranged (CHOOSE ONE: jobs, housing) will be penalized 10 points on the 100-point admission scale. 5 The sponsored the World Food Conference which has been meeting in Rome. a-United Nations b-North Atlantic Treaty Organization Pact Sporting new pea jackets Taking off for a three-day stay in Calgary re- cently, these young Navy League Cadets of Leth- bridge, are seen here wearing their new pea jackets, sewn by the women's auxiliary. Getting into the car is Tirn Talbot, handing him the case is Peter Fortune, with Stanley Walker, left, Angus Campbell, Mark Lynch, Randy Stimatz and Johnny Podolski waiting to load up more luggage. Coaldale students achieve honors Honor roll standings based on first report card marks have been determined for students at Kate Andrew's High School, Coaldale. Ed Ryan, school counsellor, says in the adopted system each teacher nominates those students who have performed at a superior academic level in a particular course. The following students have achieved honor standings in three or more subjects: Grade 10 Harrv Dvck. Byron Glass. Larry Haz, Con- nie King. Janice Krulak, Brian Nishiguchi. Kevin Neufeld. Harold Reimer, Donna Tokariuk and Kevin Wan] Grade 11 Carol Braun, Weldon Dueck. Kathy Friesen. Rose Lenz. Dawn Makishi. Phyllis Moser and Debbie Vaselenak. Grade 12 Doris Reimer, Erika Sonnenberg. Faith Takeda. Clarinda Thiessen and Cheryl Tokanuk. PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. 1.....neutral a-having ey matters 2.....fli-cal b-relatmg to the body 3.....physical c-not favoring either side in a dispute 4.....critical d-straight up and down 5.....vertical e-dangerous, risky PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS She tt-dtd M-jnt] AIcQuetJi Kergu--oi. 4- eafcer oi thi 'Aho is HOW DO YOU RATE? 71 91 to 100 points TOP SCORE' 61 to 70 points 81 10 90 points 60 or Under' H mm' FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION 0 Would }DU favor c ,HTI d itjjrot'tl the r- PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the clufes. :.....Ht-nry a-U-.S. Secretary ol Mate 2.....James Richardson b-Defenct Mimsti-r TuvJLn.ans c-iormtr U.S. President 4.....Ktn 5.. ..Hi'hard Nixon c-Premier, Belgium d-goahe, Montreal Can- ada ens STUDENTS nib JLl! VEC. Inc ANSWERS In Van's TV Advertisement A day in the life of Susan Ford -Susan Ford. 17 year old daughter of President Ford and the only one of his four children still at home, has raptured the fancy of Washington. D r Tall, blonde and pretty. Susan made a fetching hostess at a White House reception while her mother. Betty. recuperated from her operation Starting the day early. Susan romped the South Lawn of the White House with Liberty, a Golden Retriever she her father Later armmpanv mg her dad to Bethcsda Medican Tenter Su-an visited her mother then returner! home to give Libertv a quir-k bath Thai evening helped father with rummer b 11 n rj b e f o r e g 11 1 s arrived Reception un- Little Girls Susan plans to hold her high school prom at the White House next spring president as the bsnri played Thank Heaven For SUSAN FORD Pantomime used in treatment of disturbed children OTTAWA (CP) When told to express fear in gestures, a boy may hit someone rather than put his arms up to protect his face. The abnormal gesture told psycho-educationist Pierre Girouard that the child was emotionally disturbed. On the assumption that the body is the basis for expression in mime and for development of the human personality. Mr. Girouard has developed acting without words as a treatment for emotionally-disturbed children. Recently he started a weeklong mime festival at University of Ottawa with a lecture on mime as therapy, emphasing that his theory is not complete, but can be helpful. He said he has developed certain hypotheses through 10 years of clinical observation of disturbed children at the Centre d'Orientation in Montreal. OVER-GIFTED "I was dealing with children aged 6 to 12 who were really over-gifted, in that their IQs ranged from 110 to 150. But they were very much disturbed emotionally, so that they presented symptoms associated with the mentally deficient. "Using ego-psycho principles in pantomime, I tried to rebuild their personalities so they could adapt their personal lives to the real world around them." The psycho-educationist, who has none of his audience's inhbitions about '.vordlessly conveying emotions on stage, said that in self-expression a "complete" person uses body, mind and emotions. "Some children don't understand the alphabet, but they use their bodies freely to express themselves, so it's up to the psy- chologist to understand what is being said through gestures." In the case of the boy who struck someone when told to ex- press fear, a search of his experiences revealed that he was bordering on the psychotic and, when afraid, would hit out as if in anger. It was the only way he knew to express fear. LIKE MIME BETTER Mr. Girouard said the children were more enthusiastic about mime than drama, since mime, being wordless, ensured no prompting or forgetting of mistakes for others to see. Children reluctant to express personal emotions, or lacking knowledge of the meaning of a given word, can call on ex- perience. "I asked a boy to play a vagabond, but he didn't know what the word meant. I suggested he think of something sad. The child thought about his divorced parents and started to cry. He had never before cried in front of me." Mr. Girouard. who learned mime techniques from Canadian mimist Claude St. Denis, said that when a child plays a character, he uses what he knows of himself.... It is really more of a psycho-gesture than mime. "Mime is an art. an expression of emotion that instantly com- municates. A mimist doesn't let his personal emotion be the meaning of a gesture, but a child using the concept of mime does A child adapts a proposed character to his own ability of expression and thereby derives a refined perception of real- itv." SANSPRAE The new sanitary tpray and deodorizer for musical instrument mouthpieces. Destroys germs! Guards health! DRIES INSTANTLY! r Pleasant Aftertaste r Saliva and moisture from Ihe mouth is full of germs and remains in jhe mouthpiece for days There is no sur- er way of catching these disease germs than by putting a mouthpiece contaminated by another person into your mouth. SANSPRAE before you play and be sure 1o sanitize your oboe. 1lu1e. piccolo, recorder, harmonica, pitch pipes and reeds use SANSPRAE at the points where the lips touch the instrument SANSPRAE your swab before using it and "it will help to samlize and deodorize the inside of Ihe tubing 2 LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Bldg. Phone 327-2272 ;