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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 10, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, Octobir 10, 197J UTHBRIDG! HERAID S Sesame Street CRTC and CJOC state positions Canadian culture The following statements of policy regarding Hie Amer- ican produced educational TV program Sesame Street have been issued by the Canadian Kadio Television Commis- sion and by CJOC-TV in I.tlli- brldgc. They are published for the information of Herald readers. In some areas of the country Canadian parcnls have ex- pressed disappointment and ir- ritation (hat their children will no longer see the popular pro- gram, Sesame Street on their local TV stations. The CRTC sympatliizes with both parents and children. It must, however, make it clear that those Canadian TV sta- tions which have dropped Ses- ame Street for 1972-7S have done so by their own choice. Sesame Street rail be avail- able on most of the stations in the CBC English television net- work. The CBC English tele- vision netwo-k includes 13 CBC owned and operated stations, plus 62 rebroadcasters, All will carry Sesame Street. It includes 30 private affiliates. Of these, the commission's information is that 13 stations and 90 re- broadcasters will also carry Sesame Street. )7 private affi- liates of the CBC have indicated that they do not intend to carry this program. These stations have 44 rebroadcasters. Sesame Street Is available free of charge to all TV sta- tions affiliated to the CBC. It docs not cost them anything. However, Uie producers of the pvogram, by contract, forbid the placing of commercials in the program. As a result stations cannot derive any additional re- enue from the showing of this children's program. As mentioned earlier many private TV stations have de- cided to show Sesame Street. These include many small sta- tions across the country. Other stations have refused. The opinion of the commis- sion is that stations have ail obligation under the law to show programs of high standard. However, the commission does not think it can instruct a sta- tion operator as to the speci- fic programs he should tele- cast, neither doas it think it should reduce the room for- Ca- nadian programs every time a good foreign program is available. There is room for a large proportion of non-Cana- dian programs on Canadian television stations, Stations are expected to import the best programs they can get to meet, the needs and desires of their audience, The quality of pro- grams should be a particularly high priority when a station is programming fo- children. The commission believes that the present rules concerning Canadian programs are very reasonable. They are the result of long discussions and public hearings. They have been ar.iv- ed at with the full and detailed knowledge, by the commission, of the financial situation of all television stations. These rules are, as of Octo- ber 1, 1972: CO per cent Cana- dian content for the total broad- cast day, from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight: 50 per cent of the lucrative TV hours from 6 p.m. to midnight. The background of the Issue Is as follows: For the broadcast year which begins October 1, 1072, the CRTC has asked all Canadian TV stations to increase Cana- Conquering delinquency Ray Cromley, NBA Service vices and programs to our viewing public. Of the 30 privately owned CBC affiliates, CJOC I'V U one of S7 that lias had to make the decision' to drop -the program. The remaining 13 stations across Canada operate in vastly differ- ent markets mavkels that are less competitive than Leth- bridge and southern Alberta. are not asking that Ses- ame Street be given a Cana- dian rating, but rather that it be declared neutral in contenL On this point, we arc simply in disagreement with the CRTC. Our argument is bused on the high production quality of. and educational value of Sesame Street. We arc Ihcrcfore asking for help from our We ho'ie that if enough public response, in the form of letlcrs lo (he commission, is forthcoming, the CRTC might reverse ils deci- sion. Mailing Address: Canadian Tiadio and Television Commis- sion, Metc.ilfe Street, Ot- tawa. Ontario, K1A ON2 R. C. JOHXSOX Production Manager CJOC TV7 Lclhbridga Ky Shaun Ilerron In Canada at tills moment, the word cul- ture Is bc'ng bent and broken when it doesn't need lo be. I'm no more interested in multi-culturalism than I am in two-cul- turism because, in the long run, no matter what we try to do to prevent it, we shall not able to achieve a multi-culture; we shall inevitably achieve a Canadian cul- ture with many variations of detail, region by region according to the variation of or- igin among the people of the regions. Even these variations will thin if industrializa- tion should spread across the country, as some hope it may. You do not preserve a culture brought from another place unless you can bring the place and all its layers of history and experience with you. What you bring is a shadow that must grow thinner as it is removed from the setting that gave it birth and is put under the stresses of an- other setting. Surely the people who de- lude themselves that a culture from an- other place can be transplanted in total have heard of cultural shock and know what it means? All you have to do to check the process is to talk with people who have lived a long time in Canada and psoplo who were born here, and who have visited or revisted the root-nation of their present cultural mem- ory. It is easy to pick out the threads that remain. It is not less easy to pick out the patterns of their new culture. Cultures are not exportable, they grew out of the ground. They respond to pressures. They respond to new stimuli. They are the ex- pression of the whole experience of com- munities in the place where they nre. It is merely cheap jibing and drivelling to suggest that anyone thinks costumes are culture. It is emotional posturing to pretend that we In Canada will end up without a Canadian culture. One of Que- bec's complaints confirms my argument: It 1s that people cannot live cheek by jowl without giving up some part of their own culture and absorbing part of other cul- tures. Tills whole business of culture in Canada is a political con-game in which every politician o! every party tries to buy votes among ethnic communities (even our use of the word ethnic is a corruption o( meaning about OT per cent of all Can- adians belong to the same ethnic group) for their own political profit. To encourage people lo contribute their cultural Inheritance to Ihe life of the na- lion is a good thing. To encourage them lo believe they can preserve what does not and cannot exist is humbug. It's time we started calling this political spade a bloody shovel. Up ilie snowmobile! By Jim I on what Us. weather does between now and the time tliis gets published (always the optimist) please read "Now that winter is upon us or perhaps "With winter fast approaching or more hopefully "tliis beautiful fall weather cannot last forever, so as an opening phrase, followed by some- tiling to the effect that any time, now, we can expect to encounter the annual ranting about Uie wickedness of snowmobiles. My spies tell me that this year the ex- pressing of concern and the viewing with alarm will be on much the same basis as last year, which means the business of bow fearfully unsafe snomobiles are, how ruth- lessly they wreck the environment, and how scornfully their operators ignore the privacy of others. Well, if you're an afi- cionado, you'll be relieved to hear that I'm only concerned with one of those. With me the machines win two-out-oi-three, which isn't bad in any league. Safety? I couldn't care less. It happens that I don't have one of Iheire machines, bill be assured that if I did there'd be nothing I'd resent quite as much as any- one _. government, do-gooder or anyone else deciding for me how or whether it was safe for me to ride it. As long as it's my own neck, it's no one else's business if or how I break it. And anyone damned fool enough to buy a machine that's unsafe, By Jim Fishbourne or that he doesn't know how lo handle, deserves whalever he gets as a result. I'm afraid I can't get too worked up about snowmobiles affecting t h e environment, either. 1 just can't see that a few tracks in the snow, over hard frozen ground, will wreck an environment that seems to sus- tain thousands of miles of roads and rail- lines, acres and acres of airports, and tha olher things we cheerfully lake for grant- ed as part of the business of getting from here to there. Now and then I worry a bit about our national parks, but when you think of It, there must be about 95 per cent less peopla using them in the winter than In the sum- mer, which surely leaves a bit of room for snowmobiles. Sure, there are idiots who'll smash a bit of shrubbery, and ro'tcn littla sadists who'll use their machines to Iiarry the wildlife, but the world abounds in idiots and sadists who if they weren't doing this would be engaged in something equally de- structive or disgusting. Much of the weep- ing over our flora and fauna is sheer hyp- ocrisy, anyway. Privacy Is a different story. Here I'm squarely on tlie side of the ranters, or any- one else who says to snowmobilers or hunters, hikers, campers, peddlars or any- one else "This property is mine; keep off, until you're invited." On the use of words Theodore Bernstein Youth-yak. If something there is that doesn't love a wall, it surely isn't today's slangsters. First we have climb the wall as in, "I began to climb Ihe mean- ing roughly that one was being made a little insane by something or that he couldn't stand something. Then there is up the wall, as in, "He drove me up the which means about the same thing. Now there is olf the wall, as in, "He is off the meaning he is irrational or a bit nuls. Why a wall in these expres- sions? you might ask. And Ihe only an- swer one can think of is, why not? Word oddities. A feature article in The New York Times described the person- ality and activities of a woman steeple- jack. Now there you have a woman to loci: up to and a word lo look up. The steeple part is a form of sleep, which derives from the Old English slcap. tall. The jack part means simply a fellow or a man, ami it derives from Ihe Hebrew Yaagobh. Jacob. In this word the jack or man part has a definite masculine connotation; it does not mean merely person, as it normally does in such words as chairman or craftsman- ship. If a few more women lake up steeple- jacking, you can expect HOW and NOW to call for a new word, like slteplejill. full. A room full of people sounds less jampacked than a room lilted with people; a forest full of birds conjures up less of a crowded picture than a forest filled with birds. In general, however, the difference the two words is quite slight. And let's net get into the usual question whether that glass is half full or half empty. Panhandle. Just about everybody knows that lo panhandle is to beg. But not every- body seems to know whal a panhandle is in a geographical sense, and the word keeps coming up in news about storms and about the fighting in Vietnam. It's a met- aphorical word describing a strip of land that, if you slretch your imagination lit- tle, resembles a panhandle. There's one in Vietnam, stretching from the neighborhood of Danang northward. Request fulfilled. Mrs. Claire Harris of Darby, Pa., asks what the distinction is be- tween filled and full. "After sho says, "arc you filled or full? Is the glass filled witli water or full of As far as that water glass is concerned, there ia no distinction. As far as that dinner is con- cerned, lull is the more idiomatic word and filled sounds a litlle loo In oilier uses also filled seems more uteral Ulan Word odititif.B. A commonly misused word is protagonist. The assumption on the part of the niisusers U that if an antagon- ist is one who is opposed, a protagon- ist must be one who is in favor. But not so. Protagonist comes from the Greek protos (first) and agonislcs (actor) and means the (net a) leading character in a play, a book or a raise. The word is not synonymous with proponent or champion. The bi-cycle. Another correspondent. John C. Strallon of Philadelphia, wants to know whether there is any way to be cer- tain whal a writer or speaker means when he uses Ihe words biweekly and bimonthly does he mean twice a week and Uics a month or every weeks and every (wo monlhs? Until all men are well educated and infallible the answer Is no, there is no way to be you can tack si alas al the end of Ihnl if you like. In proper usage bivvrrkly means every two VTO-'KS and bimonthly every two months. The words for Iwice a weak and twice a montli are semiweekly and semimonthly, pro- nounced sem-ec-weokly and spni-fe-monih. ly. Unfortunately, Ihe misuses of the hi- words are so common that their meanings have become blurred and one often has to guess what the u-ser has in mind. For bi- weekly we cr.n always substitute fortnight- ly, but Ihcre is no substitute for bimcml'ily and it is in danger of becoming a bi-bi word. Word oddities. At one time a rival was a colleague or associate. The nrd corner from the Latin rivalis, which tas lo do with a stream or river and originally denoted one who used the same stream and was a neighbor. A neighbor can easily evolve into a conxpctilor, and that's what the word means today. Of course, even tod.iy there aro such things as friendly ;