Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, November 35, 1970 "You wanl lo borrow for a Flyingbanking service proving successful YELL.OWKNIFE, N .W .T. (CP) "Good morning sir. Please take a seat. You want to borrow tor a dog team? I think that can be ar- ranged. Here's how we go about it." Except for the dog team angle, it might be anyone dis- cussing the possibility of a bank loan with a branch man- ager anywhere in Canada. A look out the front door of the bank branch, however, is a reminder this is banking with a difference. In summer, the panorama would be one of moss-flocked rock with per- haps the sea in the back- ground. In winter, it would be a landscape almost as inhos- pitable as the surface of the moon. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce last June began the Western Hemi- sphere's only flying bank service in the remote North, and it's proving successful. WORKS FROM CAPITAL "We've been trying for some time to establish a serv- ice in communities that ordi- narily w o u 1 d n 't sustain explained lAlex Sin- clair, manager of the Yel- lowknife branch that co-ordi- nates the Commerce's opera- tions in the Northwest Territo- ries from this territorial capi- tal of about people. He said the idea first came from Bob Engle, a veteran northern flyer who now is president of Northwest Terri- torial Airways which lias scheduled flights into the high Arctic from Yellowknife. "It was probably frivolous at first, but it was operating in about two weeks." The flying bank occupies the front four seats on one of the a i r 1 i n e "s twin-engined DC3s, and on the last Wednes- day of each month a bank em- ployee leaves on the 12-hour, round trip. His first leg is a 270-mile jaunt north to Port Radium on the east shore of Great Bear Lake. Next is the shortest hop, 140 miles northeast to Coppermine on the Arctic coast. With 700 residents, Cop- permine is the largest north- ern coastal settlement. Fro m Coppermine, it's straight north to Holman Is- land, a tiny community on Lhe west coast of Victoria Island, 220 miles over some of the most beautiful and forbidding territory in North America. Then its 32J miles across Victoria Island lo Cambridge Bay on the southeastern tip, 210 miles west to Lady Frank- lin Point, still on the island, and then 425 miles south to Yellowknife. The average stay is 45 min- utes. "It's not always feasible to finalize things in one Mr. Sinclair said. "A mort- gage, for instance, takes some time to do." The bank, because it has no Eskimo-speaking employees, makes the job easier by supplying pamphlets for po- tential customers printed in Eskimo ideographs. "There's a real fight among the staff as to which one gets to go. Many of are from the North originally lo see the places they've only read about." Residents of the communi- ties served are notified by mail of when to expect the aircraft and in many cases, thanks to the mainly flat ter- rain, the two propellers of the DCS roar its arrival right at the towns' doorsteps. SEKVICE TO EXPAND Mr. Sinclair said the flying bank service will expand when Northwest Territorial -Airway s 'service expands. The Commerce, which has been operating in the North- west Territories since 1937, has permanent branches also at Fort Smith, Fort Simpson, Inuvik and Tungsten. "It's once a month at present but this doesn't mean it's going to remain that way. You must admit that, for the present, we are kind of tied to Bob Engle's routes. "I don't foresee this as the end of this service's possibili- ties, and the time is goliy to come when we're going to put a permanent branch in some of these smaller settlements." Married and with three young children, Mr. Sinclair worked in a Calgary branch until offered the Yellowknife post two years ago. "I took it because it sounded like a lively proposi- lion." He has not been disap- pointed, and there are fringe benefits. GOOD FOR CHILDREN "We have all the conven- iences we need up here. As far as younger children are concerned, I certainly can think of no other place to bring them up. There are none of the hangups you'll find in Edmonton, Montreal or Toronto." He finds his northern cus- tomers, especially the Eski- mos who have been cut off from the white man's world until fairly recently, easy to deal with. "Our experience with Eski- mos have been very good. If you lend an Eskimo money, usually he's been established for some time. "If you do run into a collec- tion problem, you know where to find him. "Before we began this serv- was done by mail be- never had an appli- cation for a loan to purchase dogs for a dog team. We did finance it and it turned out very well." Park wardens check paint sprayers BANFF (CP) H bears mis- behave in the national parks, the park wardens paint their bottoms and banish them to the high slopes of the mountains. They probably wish they could apply the same treatment to some of Uie misbehaving human beings in the parks, but they can't. Park wardens are on the look- out, however, for anyone seen spraying names or messages on rocks, bridges and overpasses Pope Paul's visit to the Philippines --------___________ ._ ___ _ Turbulent event possibility MANILA (AP) Pope Paul's visit to the Philippines will put him in the midst of millions of adoring Filipinos and a church in ferment. His Friday-to-Sunday stay in Asia's only Christian nation, where about 85 per of the 38 million Filipinos are Roman Catholics, may be among the most turbulent of his nine over- seas tours. An emotional and exuberantly warm welcome is certain. Fili- pino Catholics will jam Manila for this greatest event ill the history of their Church since it was established by Spain in 1565. Planners say the Pope's major outdoor mass may at- tract up to three million people. Accompanying the jubilation, however, is a hard measure of discontent with the local church hierarchy. This unhappiness is rooted among groups of students, farmers, laborers and priests. Some seem likely to demon- strate with marches, banners and calls for reforms. Most insist that their dissent is not aimed at the Pope, but at the powerful diocese of Manila and its archbishop, Rufino Car- dinal Santos. But Chito Santa Romana, spokesman for the radical Movement for a Demo- cratic Philippines, sees the Pope's visit as an effort to reaf- firm the status quo. He con- tends it will be an attempt to the feudal values and beliefs the church propa- and is being made De- cause of a strong threat of revo- lutionary change. The Manila diocese and Cardi- nal Santos are targets because of their reputed riches and con- servatism. Several knowledgeable churchmen and lay leaders esti- mate the interests of the diocese in hanking, businesses and land give it 50 to 70 per cent of the church's total wealth in the is- lands. Diocese officials deny it Has excessive wealth. Among the leaders hi calling for church reforms is Philippine Priests Inc., which claims as WftTCH THEBflLt, J; ARNOU> A likely story! But what else can you expect from that .crazy cast of characters on our label. They can change the shape of Alberta's great history- but they'll never change the taste of Alberta's great beer. Lethbridge Pilsner: as real and rugged as our pioneer .tradition. Famous for good old-fashioned flavour. And it's been that way for nearly half a century. So enjoy your own Great Moments with Alberta's original Pilsner. Call for Lethbridge Pil! TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE embers 829 of an estimated oOO priests in the country. It. pports the abolition of fees for ch services as baptisms and eddings; a public accounting Church assets and income, nd a more active role by lay- en and priests in the selection bishops. CALLING HOME No ne's nat at the North Pole and ting on his sack. This Santa is carrying a bag or ary y outfit He carried a 200 pounds of peanu ion's attitude to the company wage offer. by walked the line See the new way to cook bacon automatically, quickly, to any crispnesi with tea shrinkage and Jy.linn up Aslsy as puning bread in a toaster, no .pattering or .making, fa, dra.ns ou, separate tray on bottom. A WEST1NGHOUSE REPRESENTATIVE Will BE IN THE SMALL APPLIANCE SECTION SECOND FLOOR, oJTHURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 1 P.M. TO P.M. Be sure ,o see ,he demonstrai.on. 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