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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta THE IETHBRIDGE HERAIO Friday, October 1, 1971 Paul WhUe.ltnv Tax reform when? The PnrliiiiiiciiKiry over Hie Pniiric (Irani act has taken days (if delude. When it's all over the' will have to introduce the Employment Support Act which is intended lo provide grants to maiiui'aclurers hard hit by the IMS. import snrcharue. After Ihal and al long last Parlia- ment will ucl down lo Ihe business of discussim; Ihe new Income Tax Bill That's uoiiiK to lake a lot of time and some acrimonious discus- sion. Finance Minister Benson inlencis to introduce somelhint; between 100 and 150 amendment to Ihe bill which, according lo Hie Financial Times "are intended to fix up the muddled wording and generally enhance the bill's clarity." The criticism emanat- ing from the Canadian Bar Associa- tion and the Chartered Accountants has had iis effect on the minister. The Progressive Conservative par- ty's chief financial crilic. Mr. Mar- cel Lambert is said to be preparing a number of draft amendments of his own, but Ihc IS'DP financial critic Max Sallsman has come forth with the astonishing statement that his party will probably let the hill go by without Ion much criticism. His theory is Ihat when it becomes law "the 'people will be able lo see bow inadequate it is." It is true Ihal the complexities of the income lax lull have little ap peal for a public already bewilder- ed by its implications. But that is hardly reason for Mr. Bailsman to adopt an apathetic attitude in debat- ing a bill which will affect all Cana- dians, as well as the business and economic life of the nation for years to come. Could it be that the New Democrats are so certain of winning the next election and throwing out Mr. Benson's bill, that they think it doesn't ma'ter much anyway? Come on Mr. Salesman, burn the midnight oil. get jour advisers to work and come tip'with an amendment or two of voiir own. UN-a year of decision Revival or decline'.' This is the year of decision in the UN. The two great dilemmas which must be dealt with concern the Middle East and China. The debates on these issues, the determination with which they are pursued, and the result, may well decide the future of the UN as an organization which can be count- ed on to influence world order, now and in the future. In the Middle East, Premier Sadat has been able to maintain relative peace with Israel, exhibiting a will- ingness which almost amounts to ea- gerness to enter into international negotiations designed to preserve Egyptian integrity without resort to arms. But in spile of Sadat's amaz- ing ability to calm the domestic scene in Egypt following the death of Nasser, he must still depend on the army as his base for political supre- macy. The army demands assurance that there will be no concession to Israel in the matter of permanent, occupation of the Sinai desert. If it sees any signs that Sadat might wea- ken he will lose its support and the basis of his power. The U.S. wants to find some way of seating Ihe Peoples' Republic of China in the Security Council while retaining a seal for Taiwan in the General Assembly. Unable to find a solution itself, it has thrown the issue to the UN. If the UN decides that Tai- wan must be excluded, the U.S. will go along with the verdict. But the verdict will have come from the UN not the U.S. These are the Iwo complex issues of global importance with which the UN must deal in the months ahead. If it is to maintain its validity it must meet them without fear or equi- vocation. Strong leadership and clear understanding that the UN is a body which is not simply there to protect the weak, but must deal primarily with the problems of the strong, is vital. If the world council cannot find the means to attack these ques- tions with decisiveness and clear in- tention; if it exhibits lack of purpose in involving itself with great power issues, the powers will disregard it as a decision making world forum. Strong or weak? Dilatory or per- sistent? The coming sessions will bring the fateful reply. School busing in Paris WASHINGTON -Many politicians talk alxnit school busing, but it is doubt- ful that am of them has ever ridden on one under actual combat conditions. Only those who have been on a school bus mission know what busing is all about. I once took a school bus ride from St. Germain-en-Laye to Paris years ago, and to this day whenever the climate gets damp, my wounds start to ache. This is what happened. It seems that a group of American mothers who lived in the suburbs of Paris discovered there was no bus to take their children to the Am- erican school in town. So they went out and rented one. which would pick up the students in the morning and bring them home in the afternoon. The first year they tried it without chaperones. and so many bus drivers quit, that the bus company said they wouldn't rent them another bus again unless a adult other than the bus driver accom- panied the children. At first the mothers tried to hire chap- erones, but couldn't take it. so final- ly it was decided a different mother would ride the bus each day, trying to main- tain some semblance of order. To give them a certain esprit de corps they call- ed themselves the Mother Riders of School Bus No. 5. As a young newspaperman on the Paris Herald Tribune, I was always volunteer- ing for dangerous assignments, and when the editor of the paper asked for some- one to write a story about what it was like to ride an American school bus in Paris, I asked to go on the mission. The Mother of the Hay was a Mrs. Richard Edclstcin, whose husband worked for Paramount Pictures. She had ridrtcn No. 5 six times, which she told me was the equivalent of raids over Dusseldorf during Second World War. We pick'-d up our charges, about 35 girls ;nid boy.s at Ihc bus was fair- ly quiet when we first started off because most of the students thought I was a detec- tive who had been hired by the parents to keep them in line. (This was a pos- sibility because the school had gone through four bus drivers in five months, and the mothers had threatened to hire a detective after the last driver had slipped on a banana peel on the steps of the bus and broken his back.) But when they found I was nothing more than a reporter, the wraps were off. The students in the back of the bus started hitting the students in front of them with their school books. The injured retaliated by swinging their lunch boxes at the at- tackers' heads. Mrs. Edelstein went back to break it up when a boy in the front produced a live frog, which he dropped down a 12-year-old girl's dress. Her screams brought Mrs. Edelstein to the front of the bus, which gave the stu- dents in the middle an opportunity to kick the ones sitting in front of them. A fire base for spitballs had been set up in the. last row, which was targeted hi on the bus driver, who like all French drivers, was barreling through Ihe narrow streets of Paris at tiO miles an hour. Every 10 minutes the bus screeched to a halt to discharge some human cargo, which gave the other riders a chance to Ihrow orange peels at pedestrians. Mrs. Edelstein walked up and down the bus, first threatening, then offering bribes of candy and finally making the driver stop until all her charges had quieted down. Miraculously we had arrived at the end of the line with no serious casualties. The only one shaken by trip, besides my- self, was the bus driver. Mrs. Edclstcin who eventually was voted Mother Rider of Ihe Year with an oak leaf elusler (old me, "If you think Ibis was bad, you should have ridden with me through the Bois de Boulogne last week." (Toronto Telegram News Service) The fixer's helper Among the the replace on hath the handle ago. While I By Dong Walker friend George Ward of Saska- jamb watching George and feigning comprc- iMted our home a while ago. hension while he explained what he was repair jobs he underlook was Els''dh ;isl vice centres. This latter cate- gory includes most counselling agencies. The hospilals, social welfare agencies and homes under the regional bureaus would also be controlled lo a large degree by appointees of Ihe social affairs minister in Quebec City. For instance, a hospital cen- Ijc would have a board of di- rccLors of 14 people, seven of whom would be appointed by the government and seven who will be chosen from among lo- cal doctors, dentists, represen- tatives of the regional bureau, and social workers employed at the hospital. Only the local community service centres would have a modicum of local representation, with half of the ten board members being elecled by Ihe local population. Private institutions would be allowed lo exisl, but only if they meet their own expenses without government assistance, or in the words of the decide lo be subsidized for their expenses and for re- numeration representing the average yield of an undertak- ing of similar kind in the re- gion where they operate." Thus, the number of private institutions would be reduced. First reading of Bill 65 was given in July, shortly before the national assembly recessed for the summer. So far, reaction has been quiet as people affected by the sweeping legislation study the fine print. But, the criticism is slowly building up, and should come to a head during hear- ings of the national assembly's health committee later this fall. Critics are pointing to the dictatorial powers the social affairs minister would have through his control of the ma- jority of appointments to boards of directors. They also say the bill would have a de- humanizing effect, by spawn- ing a vast bureaucracy and do- ing away with the regional, religious and ethnic peculiari- ties of many institutions. Equal results could be achieved, they say, by more carefully controlling the dis- tribution of government grants under the existing system. However Mr, Castonguay's chances of seeing his bill pass- ed without significant changes are excellent, unless there is an unexpected groundswell of dissent. Mr. Cas-.onguay is regarded by many as Ihe most powerful minister in the Bourassa gov- ernment, and he knows his field better than any other member of the government or the opposition. He is in Ihc enviable posi- tion of being able to implement many of the recommendations he made as head of a provin- cial royal commission on health and welfare, before be- ing recruited by Mr. Bourassa. The social affairs minister got practical training on how lo steer controversial legislation through the national assembly last fall when he implemented Q u e b e c's medical insurance plan. (ilcrahl Quebec Bureau) children and the children and Reads some of the columns Right o! I've just had something very annoying happen. But it's not the first lime. As i was driving down Street, I slopped lo Icl a young girl cross the road. The cars behind me stopped for a moment; Iho cars on the other side didn't slnw down. When Ihe road became clear, and the girl cautiously stepped oil', the driver behind mo pull- ed out. The others followed suit. f had an urge lo jump oul of my car, screaming and ranlinp; try In gel Ihc Iraffic lo ship decided instead lo come home and write this loiter. The pedestrian, dear Leth- hridgc drivers, does have Ihe, right of way. (.live it lo him. ANNOYED. Lclhbridgc. f read the movie and TV column (The Complcat Bagge) every week and have seen that Herb has nol given a critique of Cannon the ultimate in humanistic, real, everyday, common, collective, habitual, familiar private investigator series currently telecast over CJOC television. (150 minulcs of down-to-earth di'loctivc drama sans Ihe "while hal" always retaining his exquisite coiff despite the karate and judo free-for-all with the "black This dismays me to Ihe ulmosl, havini; expected lo pe- ruse his crilirism or one of Ihn besl shows yet lo strike Ihe blind, non-committal eye of the idiot box, (and the eye of Ihc whose perception and intellect is highly All In The Family is well, in my estimation; des- pite the more "cultured" (Icft- critics puldowns. U makes a complete and consum- mate mockery of Ku Klux Klan, the National Socialist Party, George Wallace and various olher extreme right- wing ilemigoRiies. Shirley's World! Eecchhh! after only one episode! OK, so J am close-minded! Franciscus righl on, lici'b! EGAD! Shades of Conan Doyle and Hammed and Hitchcock, el The suspense is just too, too much! I can hardly contain myself until Ihe next thrilling and spine-lingling epi- sode nf (fluin. dc, dum, dum! I "The City Palhors In Peace and War." Looking Through The Herald 11121 The Greek Catholic Society is holding a dance to- night at St. Basil's School from 8 'til 1. Cost: genls ladies 50 cents. 19.11 The Canadian dollar has dropped 15 per cent in com- parison with Ihc American dol- lar 1911 The hisloric metal fences and gates surrounding Buckingham Palace arc to he taken down lo be converted into backward scrap for (he manufacture of tanks ant' other weapons. 1951 Judge J. A. Jackson, a veil known jurist and na- tional figure in sports circles, died today at the age of 76. Judge Jackson served on the dislrict court bench here for 32 years. Ifllil Tara Singh, the 76- ycar-old Sikh leader broke his "fasl unto death" when India agreed lo appoint an inquiry commission into discrimination against Sikhs. Ix'thbridgo. iMlilor'r, mile: Mr. Johnson's column on 17 conlalncil Hie Cannon critique. The tethbridcje Herald 504 7th St. S., Lcthbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDfiE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published -1931, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Setmul Class Mall RenlMrallon No. 0012 n of Tho Canadian Press .inn im; Canartifm Daily Publishers' Associflllon and thfl Audit Bureau nf circulations CLEO W. MOWERS, Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Mam.gcr JOE DA1.LA WILLIAM HAY Msnanlnfl Editor Associate ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Pane Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" ;