Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
40 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, October 9, 1974 Tension eases in penitentiary KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) John Dowsett, acting director of Millhaven Institution, says tension has eased in the federal penitentiary where a dispute between administra- tion and staff erupted last spring. The 52-year-old retired lieu- tenant-colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces assumed his post in July after the prison had cooled down under the temporary directorship of Arthur Trono, acting regional director of Canadian peniten- tiaries in Ontario. Guards had booked off sick to protest conditions in the prison and excessive over- time. Cells were searched for weapons following assaults on guards and work and exercise programs for prisoners came' to a halt. INSTALLATION HUMIDIFIERS 1709 2nd Phone 328-5973 Now; guard-prisoner relations are relatively tension-free, Mr. Dowsett said in an interview. "It's not the image one would get see in- mates and staff talking and laughing." However, community groups still are barred from the prison. To maintain the eased at- Mr. Dowsett said he spends more than an hour each day walking through the maximum security quarters, recording prisoners' com- plaints. On the other hand, "I have made it perfectly clear to the inmates that they will treat guards with.respect that's their due in this Mr. Dowsett said. Swearing at a guard costs a prisoner time in isolation. 1 Despite the tight-ship, mili- tary style of its director, Mill- haven allows concessions to its 322 prisoners. About 100 have special diets including kosher, two types of bland, vegetarian and even 000-calorie diets. Prisoners sought and received permission to alter their television-watching time to catch the Canada-Russia hockey series. But security also has been tightened at the prison, from which 14 prisoners escaped in July, 1972. The director, whose last armed forces post was as commandant of the school of intelligence and security at Canadian Forces Base, Borden, continues to hold his post of deputy regional direc- tor, security, with the peniten- tiary service. He said prisoners are not allowed closer than 20 feet from the 14-foot chain-link fence which holds rolls of barbed wire. Lighting, thought to be one factor which allowed prisoners to cut their way through the fence to freedom two years ago, also has been improved. Until another.four towers are built, guards survey prisoners in recreation yards from temporary shelters around the perimeter. Prisoners coming -from workshops or recreation areas are searched with metal or hand detectors. Cell and yard checks are carried out regularly. Sears ire Snuggle up in a leather look" pant coat! Fabric by Pervel luxuriously trimmed with dyed lamb. Curly pile lining of Borg Orlorf acrylic. 3 days only. Reg. 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FEEDING DEVICE DEMONSTRATED New invention helps handicapped feed themselves MONTREAL (CP) Three McGill University engineer- ing students and their professor have designed a machine, controlled by head movements, which they hope will allow the handicapped to spoon-feed themselves. Using simple, easily available materials such as pieces of pipe, two (8 motors, an ordinary spoon and a table trolley, Prof. David Pfeiffer, David MacKay, Douglas Kennedy and Patrick McNally developed the machine they hope will enable people lack- ing the use of their hands to become more independent. The device already was tested by two patients of the Montreal Neurological In- stitute. One patient was a college student paralyzed from the neck down after-a football injury. The other was a middle-aged woman, who had lost the function of both arms. Both patients were able to feed themselves at their own pace, says Barbara Hah, an occupational therapist at the institute. She sees a good potential for the feeding machine. The apparatus consists of two motors -under a table trolley. One motor .drives a disk above the table on which the plate is set. As .the plate turns, the other motor moves a crank to which a metal arm holding the spoon is attached. The spoon is lowered to the plate, scoops up some food from the far side of the plate, halts at a ,back stop at the edge of the plate and rises to' the level of the patient's mouth. The patient can stop the spoon by tilting his head slightly against a wire which switches the motor on or off. When the person has taken the mouthful-from the spoon, the motor is reactivated by again tilting the head against the wire. The spoon then re- turns to pick up more food from the plate. By touching a second wire, the plate turns so the spoon travels a different path. This enables the entire plate to be emptied.' 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