Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, November 55, 1970 THE ItTHBKIPGE HERALD 45 "You wanl lo borrow for a dog banking service proving successful O 10 YELLOWKNIFE, N .W .T. (CP) "Good morning sir. Please take a seal. You want to borrow tor a dog learn? 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 ot a bank loan with a branch man- ager anywhere in Canada. A look out Hie 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 Ihs 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 wouldn't sustain explained -Alex Sin- clair, manager of the Yel- lowknife branch that co-crdi- nates the Commerce's opera- tions in the Northwest Territo- ries from this territorial capi- tal of about people. He said the idea first cams from Bob Engle, a veteran northern flyer who now is president of Northwest Terri- torial Airways which has 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. Ivext is the shortest hop, 140 miles northeast to Coppermine on the Arctic o coast. With 700 residents, Cop- permine is the largest north- ern coastal settlement. Fro m Coppermine, it's straight north to Hoiman Is- land, a tiny community on Uie west coast of Victoria Island, 220 miles over some of the most beautiful and forbidding territory in North America. Than ifs 32J miles across Victoria Island to Cambridge Bay on the southeastern tip, 210 miles west to Lady Frank- lin Point, slill 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 fighl among the staff as to which one gets to go. Many of are from the North originally to see the places they've only read about." Residents of the communi- ties served are notified by mail of when to expect (he aircraft and in many cases, thanks to the mainly flat ter- rain, the two propellers of the DC3 roar Us arrival right at the towns' doorsteps. SERVICE TO EXPAND Mr. Sinclair said the flying bank service will expand when Northwest Territorial s 'service expands. The Commerce, which has teen 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 Uie present, we are kind of tied lo Bob Engle's routes. "I don't foresee this as the end of this service's possibili- ties, and the time is goint; lo 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- tion." He has not been disap- pointed, and there ore 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 team. We did finance it and it turned out very well." Park icardens check paint sprayers BANFF (CP) If bears mis- behave in the national paiks, the park wardens paint their bottoms and banish them (o the high slopes of Uie 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 Piimppines 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 ths 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- jino Catholics will jam Manila 'or this greatest event the history of their Church sines 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 lUcely 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, Kufino Car- dinal Santos. But Chito Santa Homana, 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 eon- tends it will be an attempt to "consolidate the feudal values and beliefs the church propa- and is being made be- 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 fa banking, 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 in calling for church reforms is PhiUppine Priests Inc., which claims as members 82.9 of an estimated priests in the country It supports the abolition of fees for such services as baptisms and weddings; a public accounting of Church assets and income, and a more active role by lay- men and priests ui the selection of bishops. CALLING HOME Che s not aTlhe North and he won't break any toys by s ling on hi; sack. This Santa is carrying a bag of peanuts. Tony Arts, a member of loun- dVy and Dye House Workers' Union, picketing a Toronto laundry firm walked the line wearing a Santa Claus outfit. He carried a 200 pounds of peanuts to symbolize the urn- ion's attitude fo the company wage offer. YOU'RE SfTTHrtr SUMSET! tMY EVES.' j V4KTCH THE BRU ARNOU) East meets West 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 beers that way for nearly half a century. So enjoy your own Great Moments with Algeria's original Pilsner. Call for Lethbridge Pil! TRADIT10H YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF tETHBRIOaE HJH W feS) See the new way to cook bacon automatically, quickly, to any crispness with less shrinkage and fast easy clean up. As easy as putting bread in a toaster, no spattering at smoking, fat drains out into separate tray on bottom. A WESTINGHQUSE REPRESENTATIVE Will BE IN THE SMALL APPLIANCE SECTION, SECOND FLOOR, ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY FROM 1 P.M. TO P.M. Be sure to see the demonstration. Wesiinghouse Small Appliances Toaster........eflch 18.95 Ccsn Openers 19.95 Kettle Meh 1195 Coffee Percolators .....Each 32.95 irons ).95 Small Appliances, Second Floor THURSDAY FROM REE PARKING RIDAY EVENINGS L CHRISTMAS IN THE CAR PARK Here's how if works Thursday and Friday evenings only from 6 p.m. fo 9 p.m. from now unlil Christmas, EATON'S will validate your ticket in the Downtown Car Park for the first two 'hours on proof of any purchase made in the store during the above fwo evenings. Simply bring your car park ticket with you into the store, make a purchase during the evening, and we will stamp it for the first two hoyrs of free parking. It pays to shop at EATON'S. Shop Eaton's Thursday and Friday From 9 'Til 9. Buy line 328-8811.