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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta IMC LEinDmwuE IJHIOKIAIS Provide rental help While bureaucratic buck passing goes on some Lethbridge pensioners are being made to suffer. They are the people who were forced out of their accommodation by the redevelopment plan in the down- town area who have subsequently had to pay greatly increased rentals. It is to be hoped that ultimately the provincial government will agree to ex- tending the rent supplement program to these people. In the meantime the city has a moral obligation to help out until such agreement is reached. Compensation for the property owners n the affected area is not the jeople who were established in rental- quarters ought also to be recompensed. The upheavals caused by the city's deci- sion to redevelop are as grievous to renters as to owners perhaps moreso. No fair-minded citizen wants to see the city progress at the cost of ignoring the plight of the powerless. Uprooting people and leaving them to fend the best they can bespeaks a heartlessness that would make the splendid new buildings a mockery. Assisting the relocated people with their increased rents should be con- sidered as legitimate a cost item in the whole program as any of the other fac- tors which have been approved to some of which were less anticipated and no more pressing. Lethbridge to Moscow A University of Lethbridge history professor is one of a small group of Cana- lian teachers and students in the LJ.S.S.R. under an exchange program ad- -ninistered by the Canada Council and Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in co-operation with .he department of external affairs. Dr. G. E. associate professor history at the U of has been at Moscow State University during the fall semester doing research in early 17th- Russian history. Others in the are a professor of Islamic studies rom the university ot who will spend two months in an artist ffho is at the Moscow State Conservatory for 10 and seven students ittending Moscow State Leningrad Voronezh Univer- Tbilisi and the Institute jf Moscow. At the same 13 Russian teachers and students have been or are still in Canada on similar fellowships this seven at the University of three it McMaster and one each at the University of and the Ecole Poly technique de Montreal. The program is an exchange at the not the institutional and allows a maximum of five five lecturers and a small number of. graduate students from each country. Participants are supported financially by both governments. Needless to selection for this academic exchange brings honor and recognition not only to the professor and the institution but also to the entire community. It is a program in which all of Southern Alberta can take personal particularly in view of the fact that one of the two Canadian professors involved in the exchange last year came from the University of Calgary. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said recently in Leningrad that governments must permit more com- munication among their that isolation engenders irrational fears and illusions. Whatever the problems involved in this scholarly attempt at better com- munications approval by the host country of in- dividual applicants it is to be regretted that more Canadians are not taking ad- vantage of the program. It would also be beneficial if the Russians who take part could be encouraged to come west of On- tario. ART BUCHWALD The Arab hijackers WASHINGTON is your pilot speaking. I wish to announce that the Arabs lave just hijacked the world. The next voice fou hear will be that of one of the is Faisal. I have a gun pointed at the lead of the pilot and all of you will do exactly as I say. there is an Israeli passenger in board and I want someone to throw him jut the can't do an American passenger Why can't we do a French asked. we we'll all go lown in giving in to the American Faisal's voice came over the loudspeaker. 'I have just received word that a Dutch jassenger was seen talking to the Israeli I want the Dutchman thrown out the plane as a British passenger ather a drastic measure. But then again one nust think of oneself. I guess we have no course you have a the American said. Dutch are your best riends. Surely you wouldn't throw a-friend tut the an ordinary situation I would say of 'ourse not. But this isn't an ordinary is We'd better do what the Arab The West German passenger chimed haf to do vat he asks or ve'll all be dead. Vho is going to one Israeli and one if we dump the Israeli and the Faisal may insist on our dumping A MO LITTLE HEM up someone the American said. only chance is to stick together. If he kills all of us he will have to kill An inscrutable Japanese passenger bowed. it were just I would spare the Israeli and the but I must think of all the transistor radios I have on Faisal cutting down the power.'' The Israeli and Dutchman refused to budge from their seats. If you cared anything about your fellow the French passenger said to would jump out the door and spare the rest of The British passenger can't you see what you're doing to Be good sports and go over the The West German was hysterical. up or the crazy Arab vill cut off the The Americans we can speak to Faisal and talk him out of you the Frenchman exclaimed. we put in a good word for the Israeli or the he'll make us can't stay up here forever or we'll run out of the Japanese passenger cried. Faisal spoke again. people don't seem to understand. If y.ou don't do something about the Israeli and the Dutchman in the next few I'm going to turn off all the The the the West German and Japanese passenger started toward the Israeli who suddenly pulled a hand grenade from under his shirt. you touch I'll blow up the he said. said an Italian passenger who spoke up for the first time. knew I should have taken the ON THE HILL Joe MP for Rocky MouBUln Where the trouble lies By Joseph syndicated commentator WASHINGTON The dif- ficulties the United States faces are so obsessive that there is a positive need to know strengths as well as to identify heroes as well as villains. At bottom the country is ob- viously sound. The United States today presents a spec- tacle of solid resistance to a series of dizzying shocks. A leader elected with more than 60 per cent of the vote only a year ago has behaved in a way that causes his perfor- mance to find approval with less than 30 per cent of the public now. A booming economy turns around and heads for recession. What was supposed to be structure of almost over- a great power confron- tation and a nuclear alert. But these jolts have had no visible impact on the nation's underlying cohesion. Along all the ragged edges of internal on 'the the striking thing is the sign 6f harmony. Race for ex- have rarely been easier in the past few years. Witness the election of black mayors this year in Los Detroit and Atlanta. Backlash has been beaten. The traditional conflict between management and labor has also abated. The re- cent settlement between auto workers and manufacturers gives the tone for the whole year. Even inside the present ad- it is only the White House that has come under the darkest shadow. It may be news to most but the government is full of hard dedicated men and who are doing their best every day to help the country. Henry Kissinger is only the most visible hero in town. Gerald the vice presi- dent has come forward as a quiet American who could well serve as president America's credit in the is far from exhausted. The Russians and the Chinese continue to the one against the for the favor of Washington. There are hopes for peace in the Middle East because both Israel and Egypt need American help. In Western Europe and the appetite for American things has given the dollar a shot in the arm. So there is an abundance for which Americans can feel grateful. The elements of success in national and inter- national life lie all around us. But our good fortune is daily devoured by much as the fat cows in Pharoah's dream were eaten by the thin ones. There is not much doubt about where the trouble lies. If the country is hung up on it is not the work of the press or the Congress or the Democrats. It is the work of a self destructive leader who even while pretending to make everything clear only deepens suspicions. To a degree rare in in other the troubles of a great nation hang on a single man. If he went on his own there would be a sea change in national prospects. Since he is digging we should at least be thankful that the country can stand the toil and torment re- quired to deal justly with a leader who has shown his ul- timate interest to be self- concern. Viewing the economy euphorically By Dian syndicated commentator MONTREAL Finance Minister John Turner says that last month's employment and unemployment statistics prove that the economy is operating nearly at full blast. A fortunate coincidence has allowed Turner to make this statement with some measure of credibility. The rate of inflation is still going up but more slowly than last month. Winter's un- employment is not yet upon us. Both will be rising before long. In the past the Trudeau government has proceeded on two fronts. One has been patently unsuccessful. The other might still work. The unsuccessful approach has been to solve or contain the problems. No one can claim success with inflation rates of eight per cent and unemployment hovering near six per cent for the past four years. The alternative approach is to convince us all that the problems can't be or that they don't exist. On the unemployment side govern- ment officials are hard at work redefining the rate to five or six per cent unemployed. They are making what appears to be a concerted effort to scut- tle their own Unemployment Insurance Act by talking about how the benefits are in some way mak- ing the jobless statistics un- reliable. It has not been ex- plained how insurance benefits which average a week and which are now tax- able can be considered generous. On the inflation front the government has given up. Price and income controls are out. Income tax payments are to be tied to the cost of living index. What will 'the government's response be when unemploy- ment and inflation rates both begin to Unemployment rates will rise this winter as seasonal jobs disappear. Infla- tion rates will rise for a number of reasons. Fuel prices will be up. Negotiated wage settlements this fall were the highest since 1966. These will ultimately be translated into price increases. It is perfectly reasonable to roll with because we all remember that the price of fighting it is increased un- employment. But Canadians should not have to endure high inflation and high un- employment. In the United States where inflation is no worse than government economic policies have brought unemployment down from six per cent to 4Vz per cent. Four hundred and twenty nine thousand people were without jobs when the finance minister talked about our full blast economy. One wonders how many of them view the economy in the same euphoric light. Unemployment insurance will cost Canada at least 201 million in 1073. That is the government's and usually it is low. The figure was released when the Robert bowed to opposition and presented a report to Parliament in early November. It was thought he might an- nounce some significant reforms in the program. he announced only that the employer and employee contributions would go up. In the minister pulled back one means of reform. In a bill had been introduced to deal with per- sons who voluntarily quit their jobs without cause. The NDP opposed that and the minister has now withdrawn it. He says there will be no ma- jor amendments to UIC until the minister of health and welfare completes his review of social security legislation. No date has been set for com- pletion of that review. In 1972 UIC cost four times as much as regional expan- and more than Canada's total defence budget. In even though the rate of unemployment in Canada is down from previous un- employment insurance is costing more. The Andras report was par- ticularly shocking because it said nothing about major dis- closures of inefficiency and abuse in UIC disclosures reported in a comprehensive document prepared by Jack the Conservative MP for Hastings in Ontario. When the new Unemploy- ment Insurance Act was being debated in the govern- ment said the new plan would cost Canadian taxpayers approximately million more than- the old plan. Because of this Parliament agreed to the government's proposed ceil- ing of million on advances from the public treasury to the unemployment insurance account. The estimate was hopeless- ly wrong. In 1972 this million ceiling had to be ex- ceeded by million. In ob- taining the additional the government used methods that were questionable at and illegal at worst. The additional funds were obtained by two- Governor- General issued after Parliament had recessed. The Ellis document shows that senior UIC staff as early as May that the total benefits as forecast would require UIC to exceed the ceiling. The Poor administration of a poorly-planned Unemployment Insurance budget a computer system that simp- ly does not a manual pay thrown together over a period of four which asks people to do what a sophisticated computer System should be sudden reversals in govern- ment programs and policy. All of this is well documented in the Ellis report. The Ellis document reveals these even though un- employment is the number of disqualified claims has increased seven times over last year. June 1973 had the same -number of dis- qualifications as all of 1972. one third of the forecast 1973 annual budget is being spent on headquarters operations. For the same headquarters ex- penses in 1973 are already three times more than they were in 1972. 'When the commission converted to calendar year budget planning in January a full year's budget had already been spent in a nine- month period. cost of operating the Ontario- region in the fiscal year April 1970 to March 1971 was million. In 1973 it is expected to be approx- imately in spite of an advertised drop in un- employment figures. staff re- quirements for the new Unemployment Insurance Act was Canada wide. By the winter of staff had fluctuated to over and is expected to rise in 1973. But perhaps the most astounding aspect of UIC operations is the total and complete failure of the com- puter system it has employed. The master control program was specifically designed for a computer model different from the one used in central UIC offices. Since com- puters in ail regions have malfunctioned. They continue to causing over- underpayments and no payments at all. Dur- ing the the computers to make duplicate payments. The manual pay system is the commission's answer to malfunctioning computers. That system asks people to do a sophisticated com- puter system should be doing payments sub- monthly claims inactive claims complex payment movement through phases and so on. That is almost impossible for people to do. The Ellis report recommends a public inquiry into the administration and operation of the Unemploy- ment Insurance Commission. But the government refuses to order or allow an inquiry. Letters to the Editor Sewage responsibility As it becomes increasingly apparent that the city is going to have to spend an additional million to beef up The secondary sewage treat- ment plant to handle in- dustrial individual taxpayers and ratepayers of Lethbridge ought publicly and loudly to be asking a most im- portant Who is going to pay for By adopting an essentially spineless bylaw regulating discharge of industrial sewage when the plant first went into city council virtual- ly assured that what been happening during the past years was more or less bound to happen adding monetary insult to en- vironmental dis- proportionately raised domestic sewage rates in the bargain. There can be no doubt concerning who or what is responsible for the recurrent conditions of overload that have plagued the sewage treatment there should be no doubt in anyone's mind about who should pay for cor- recting the situation. It is clearly up to city coun- acting on behalf of domestic ratepayers have already had some un- pleasant surprises this year in connection with their water and electricity to see to it that the cost of necessary plant expansion is borne directly by those industries whose activities have brought on the impending crunch in city finances. Uttering pious remarks about how respon- sibly industry is behaving and jacking up domestic sewage rates again just won't answer. Since those local industries involved in periodically overloading the sewage treat- ment plant are not likely to be bashful and retiring when the inevitable question of rate increases is concerned private citizens are urged to let city council know now how they feel about this matter. C. B. BEATY Lethbridge. The Uthbridge Herald 7tn St. S. Albarta LETHBRID06 HERALD CO. LTD and Publulwi Sacond Claw Mail Registration No. 0012 CLEO w. MOWERS. Editor dno Publisher DON H. PILLING Minting Editor DONALD R. DORAM Qaneral Manager ROY F. MILES Advertising Manager DOUGLAS K. WALKER Editorial Editor ROBERT M. FENTON Circulation Manager KENNETH E. BARNETT Managar HERALD SERVES THE ;