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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, November 15, 1974 THE BETTER HALF By Barnes "Discrimination because of sex part of Canadian way of life9 "Care to run down to the all-night drug store and get me an anniversary gift that you forgot to give me today9" Who's Looking After Your Children Today? it's hard on kids when their mum's away. In fact it's hard on the family all around. Take the pressure off by having a home- maker take care of your home amd your family until things are back to normal. CALLHOMEMAKER SERVICE 327-5725 After Hour Emergencies Call 328-0919 By ALAN ARBUCKLE EDMONTON (CP) Dis- crimination against women has been a part of the Cana- dian way of life and it will take generations to change, says the chairman of the Al- berta Human Rights Commis- sion. Max Wyman, 58, who left his post as president of the University of Alberta in July to become the commission's first chairman, said the com- mission is increasingly han- dling cases which have impli- cations for classes of people rather than individuals. But the commission needed time to build a body of legal prece- dent before discrimination could be fully suppressed. "I think in this country we've always been against discrimination because of color and creed but dis- crimination because of sex has been the Canadian way of said the soft-spoken Dr. Wyman, now on sabbatical leave from the university and writing two technical books for mathematicians. "Women have been in sexu- ally stereotyped jobs such as nursing and secretarial work and that has been the way we envisaged women in the work force. We often paid them less money for doing the same job. Gradually I think that type of philosophy became unaccep- table. "To change it, when you have a philosophy that's per- meated our society for 100 years, you need legislation. It's not going to be overcome in just one generation." REFORMS COSTLY Dr. Wyman mentioned a case before the commission involving seven nursing aides at an Edmonton hospital who THE LETHBRIDGE ORDER OF THE ROYAL PURPLE CHRISTMAS TEA and BAZAAR Wednesday. November 20 in the Elks Hall from 2-5 p.m. Everyone is Welcome were being paid about a month less than their male counterparts for exactly the same work. The commission found for the nurses, which means it will cost the provincial gov- ernment a great deal of money to raise the pay of the nursing aides in Alberta. Dr. Wyman said it will be interesting to see whether the people of Alberta are prepared to pay the price of eliminating this incidence of sexual discrimination The commission relies on the attorney-general's office to take cases to court and has power only to hold an inquiry and seek a settlement, often with the help of the glare of publicity. The changes in attitude in society, Dr. Wyman said, of- ten have resulted from out- spoken persons raising prob- lems. "We need radicals who want to change our society, who have new ideas and are willing to speak for them and in some cases become martyrs for them. You need them in a democracy because it's too At Eaton's now! Great buys in cosy S.E. Woods down-filled jackets! For light-weight warmth and all-weather comfort, it's hard to beat S.E. Woods jackets. All styles offer water-resistant nylon shell and lining plus soft waterfowl down insulation. See Eaton's collection of S.E. 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OUTLAWS BELL BOTTOMS BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) President Hastings Banda, who outlawed miniskirts a number of years ago, has done the same thing to bell-bottom trousers He told importers not to bring them into the country and instructed local tailors not to make them. French women granted measures to seek abortion 2989 Sporting Goods. Lower Floor EATON'S Shop Eaton's tonight (Friday) until 9 and Saturday to Buy Line 328-8811. Use your Eaton Account credit terms available. Eaton's guarantee: "Goods Satisfactory or Money Refunded" EATON'S SANTA CLAUS PARADE To Be Telecist Saturday Morning See 1ns magic oi Eaton s Ssnia Ciaus oarade ar '1 Ihe attention of Torontomans The parade will be telecast over CFCN-TV at 9 30 am through 1030 am Saturday morning Be sure to have 1he PARIS (AP) Measures granting French women un- restricted right to seek abor- tion until the 10th week of pregnancy were approved this week by the French cabinet. But stiff debate awaits the legislation in Parliament. The bill was proposed to meet widespread public senti- ment that the 54-year-old law now on the books, permitting abortion only when the mother's life is directly threatened, is outmoded. Feminists insist the 1920 law is not only archaic but dis- criminates in favor of the rich. They said poor women had to go to backstairs clinics for clandestine abortions while the affluent could travel to Switzerland or Britain for legal ones. The current law threatens women who have illegal abor- tions with a maximum two years in jail and in fines. Doctors who perform abortions risk 10 years in jail and a fine. But abortions may not be- come any cheaper if the new law is passed. To encourage birth control, the law stipulates that the cost of an abortion cannot be reimburs- ed by medical insurance. WAIT SEVEN DAYS And to discourage hasty decisions, it requires that a woman get social agency counselling on ways she could go ahead with her pregnancy and then take seven days to think it over before she can re- quest an abortion. "I know that abortion is a serious said Minister of Health Simone Veil, the woman who prepared the law. "Women must know this and must resort to it only after a great deal of thought and when they have no other solution." The French national assembly is expected to debate the law before the end of the year. It has sidestepped the abortion issue several times A public opinion poll releas- ed by the government showed that 73 per cent of the French people are in favor of abortion under certain cir- cumstances. Of these, 48 per cent said they were in favor of unrestricted abortion. Ski Club installs executive Members of the Lethbridge and District Ski Club elected officers for the 1974-75 term this week at an organizational meeting held in the all purpose room of the YMCA. Peter Berger was in- stalled as president. Other officers include Mary Kovacs, treasurer; Ruth Wakelin, secretary, and Stella Grismer, in charge of membership. Representatives from Fernie Snow Valley and Kimberley were guest speakers and films were presented on these ski areas It is hoped both areas will be opening soon The ski club will be running buses again this year for members Persons interested in joining the club are ask- ed to contact Mrs. Grismer or pick up application forms at either of the ski shops. Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: I am a girl 15 years of age and I have a brother who is 12. One night last week when Dad phoned at and said he wouldn't be home to dinner because he had a business meeting, Mom con- fided in us said she just couldn't keep it to herself any longer. It seems Dad has been having an affair with a woman he works with. Now that I know about it I have turned very cool toward my father. I think it is just rotten what he's doing to Mom. My brother doesn't say much but he's too young to un- derstand. Dad is 42 and Mom is two years older but she sure doesn't look her age. The woman at work is 35. Mom made my brother and me promise that we wouldn't tell Dad that she told us but I'm just about to bust I think if I talked to him it might help. Please. Ann, under the cir- cumstances wouldn't it be the right thing to do? Hurry your advice. I'm About To Ex- plode Dear A.: Explode to your school counsellor, or a clergyman, but don't betray your mother. It's bad enough that she betrayed your father. I sympathize with your mom, but she should have dis- cussed this mess with a professional and left her children out of it. Telling you was her way of punishing your father and it was a foolish thing to do. Dear Ann Landers: That letter from the widow who needed friends in her hour of darkness was very sad. She complained that after the funeral so many people came up to her and mouthed that tired, empty phrase, "If there's anything we can do, please call I have been such a fnend, standing by with a heart full of love, waiting for the call that never came. So I made the call myself not Ion? aen mrt asked, "How is everything? Are you all The answer: "Oh, everything is just fine." etc. Even though I knew everything was not "just fine'" I couldn't impose, further. Now I am on the other side. I'm the one who needs friends and emotional support. It took a lot of courage to tell the truth and say, "Things are NOT good. I'm very lonely. I need your love and com- panionship. Please, come to the house for supper or I'll come to yours." They thanked me for being honest and helped me through some terrible times. But I had to let them know I needed their help. Love is God's greatest gift to man. There are times when we must reach out for it and not be too proud or too selfish to let others know we need them. This is not a sign of weakness. It's a sign of being human. No Longer Alone Dear No Longer: My thanks for a beautiful lesson in living and giving. So many of us fail to realize that the refusal to allow our friends to help us is a peculiar kind of selfishness. Everyone needs the chance to give" Dear Ann Landers: am 26 and my husband is 27, 1 am almost sure 1 am pregnant and we are very happy about it. The problem is that 1 want to go to the obstetrician that my sisters went to They both raved about the wonderful care Dr T gave them and I have a lot of confidence in him My husband wants me to go to his uncle who is a G.P. because it won't cost us anything 1 am no1 particularly fond of his uncle but mooey IS impor- tant What do vou Ella Dear Ella Save on something else It's important that an expectant mother go to the doctor SHE wants This shroild he to iron ;