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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, Oclob.r 14, 1971 THE UTHBRIDGt HERALD -Walter Kerber Pholo ON SESAME STREET These preschoolers are right there on Sesame Street, along with Gordon and his friends. Loft to right are: Keven Penner, Cindy Higgins, Christine Dawson and Jodi Williams, Protective association approves resolutions Television's Sesame Street is popular with Lethbridge youngsters, teachers By HERB JOHNSON Staff Writer Originally produced by Uni- ted States educational televi- sion for culturally disadvan- taged youngsters in American ghettos, m.nai Sesame Street has ]ged to break out of the usual pattern of such shows and catch the public's attention. Reaction to the show general- ly has been excellent, although there has been some criticism. Some educators have caution- ed against attempting to use the program as an all purpose panacea for all educational problems in the early grades. The British Broadcasting Cor- poration recently decided not to use Sesame Street because the techniques used were too rigid and placed quite a bit of em- phasis on repetitious drill. How do Lethbridge preschool- ers react to Sesame Street? In an attempt to find oul. The Her- ald arranged to talk with 20 youngsters enrolled in Lake- view Kindergarten. One fairly obvious conclu- sion is that' the kids will watch the show without becoming dis- tracted. Even with 20 of them sitting or the rug, there was little of the fiddling and jiggling that beti-ays a mind that is somewhere else. Quizzing the youngsters on their preferences also revealed that at least half of them would rather watch cartoons. This, added to the fact that their fa- vorite characters on the show are the puppets, seems to sup- port the wisdom Street's creators' of Sesame heavy reli- ance on animation and pup- pets. The kids also seemed to take to the ABC and number drills. About half sang along with the alphabet song and acted out the 'Vashing your face" game. The washing game, very probably intended to upgrade the health standards of slum children, may not have been necessary for the local young- sters, but they didn't seem to mind. General reaction to the drill portions of the show was good, with the exception of one young fellow who professed to hate it. Almost without exception, the child. knew the alphabet and could count (one of them "past Street. All but one, who learn- ed his ABCs from his sister. Aimed largely at a black au- dience, the show has two black hosts. Questioned about this, the Lethbridge children seem- ed to exhibit some conf used thinking (probably typical of their age) about people of dif- ferent colors. Despite their having a mix- ture of views consisting large- LCC considers proposal from West Castle resort The board of governors at the Lethbridge Community College is considering a proposal that the college sign a contract for use of the West Castle ski area as a location for its recreation and environment courses. Dan McKim, general mana- ger of West Castle, told the board guaranteed participation by someone during the May to December period is necessary if the resort is to survive finan- cially. An Alberta Commercial Cor- poration loan to West Castle hinges on whether the facilities will be used steadily during the summer and fall months. a and they said they McKim said the area has had learned it from Sesame both recreational and education- al advantages which the Col- lege could put to good use. The board expressed interest in the proposal but asked for a detailed, written proposal on ex- actly what the area has to offer before the matter is given fur- ther consideration. 14 AID RELIEF UNITED NATIONS (Reuter) Fourteen countries and the Vatican have pledged to the UN relief operation hi East Paki- stan a total in cash and kind of the UN announced Wednesday. The United States has pledged about 75 per cent of the total, Canada is the next biggest contributor with nearly The tax column Case raises tax status of women By I. H. ASPEK The first test case on the ex- penses of wives attending con- ventions with their husbands has been settled, and since there was no appeal, it appeal's the government has accepted the court's verdict. Host businessmen and their key employees will recall that some time ago the Department of National Revenue published a policy bulletin to the effect that where an employer paid the expenses of an employee's wife travelling with him on a business trip, the department would add those expenses to the husband's income and tax him as though he had been paid the wife's expenses as ex- tra salary- The author of that rule rea- soned that where a husband- employee takes his wife to a business meeting, her presence is a pleasure, and if the com- pany employer pays her way, then the employee should pay tax for that pleasure. Quite apart from the readily apparent social, domestic and commercial debate that arose from this proposition, the rul- ing was assailed by employers and employees alike, who were dismayed with the pettiness as well as the lack of business un- derstanding that went into its creation. But the tax officials remain- ed intransigent. One company in the life in- surance business remembered that government departmental bulletins don't make the law. When the opportunity arose, it tested the ruling in the Exche- quer Court and won. The facts of the case were a little stronger than the usual situation, but since there are numerous similar appeals pend- ing, the court decision will probably become an important yardstick against which other similar situations will be mea- sured. Mr. Justice A. A. Cattanach's judgment outlines the facts on he based his favorable ruling. The taxpayer was a regional Ontario manager of a life in- surance company that also did business in the United States. A sales conference w-as held in Texas and the taxpayer was required to attend and take his wife. Her expenses of a b o u t were paid by the employer. The tax department claimed that the employee had received a benefit of from his employ- ment because his employer had paid his wife's expenses. The court heard a great deal of evidence about how impor- tant company wives can be to their husbands' careers. As a CORRECTION In the Woolco full page advertisement in the Wednes- day, October 13 Herald, Page 13, the item in the bot- tom left corner "PAMPERS DISPOSABLE DIAPERS" SHOULD HAVE READ: Daytime 30's 2.33 Overnight 12'i 1.23 Daytime 15's 1.23 Newborn 30'i 1.93 matter of fact, the evidence reads like a guide1 to how to be a successful company wife. And while it may shake one's belief hi the old bedroom barefoot and pregnant theory of the wife's marriage role, the evi- dence does establish the wife's business importance. WIFE NEEDED The court was told that the wife's presence at conferences was not only encouraged, but required. Her husband's career would be reviewed if he failed to bring her along with- out good reason. At the conference itself cer- tain things were expected of her- Her wifely duties ran from the mundane (looking after accommodations for salesmen's wives) to the aggressive (urg- ing other wives to attend ses- sions for them) to the intriguing (sharing accommodation with another couple having matri- monial difficulties in the hope of helping In all. tire court held that this was no holiday for her, and as one can see, she certainly was busy. The trial judge observed that in the insurance industry particularly a salesman's wife was almost an unpaid employee of the company; that her ef- forts were required to help her husband through the ranks; and that, hi fact, before a man was hired his wife was interviewed separately to see if she "meets the company standards." After he was hired, his fem- inine helpmate had to read a barrage of company material "giving instructions and gui- dance on how to help her hus- band." As for the law. Mr. Justice Cattanach ruled that the con- ference was a business meet- ing even though there were so- cial events. He held that this was. no pleasure trip for her and that the husband got no economic benefit that could be taxable. Her presence at the conference was good for the company and the company paid for it. The appeal of the taxpayer was allowed. This case does not settle all the possible venations on this theme ,but it does give clear indication of the direction the court will go in a proper case. For the time being, a proper case would be one where the husband is only an employee and not a shareholder of the employer, where the wife's presence is considered very im- portant by the employer, and where her duties at (lie confer- ence were such as to destroy the idea that she was there for fun. But the judgment is much more than an important tax de- cision. It catalogues the role that companies expect em- ployees' wives to play. For that reason it is equally important as a social document. It reveals what has happened to our once purely feminine wives. No longer can one be friendly with the wife of one of his senior associates; her sin- cerity is in doubt she's just being nice because it's good for business. What have we done? It is al- most better to pay the tax. (Mr. Asper is a Winnipeg SKI-DOO NIGHT "72" NEW MACHINES ON DISPLAY FASHION SHOW PRIZES AND LUNCH CANYON SCHOOL PINCHER CREEK Friday, Oct. 15 p.m. COLEMAN COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL Sat., Oct. 16 p.m. RANCHERS SUPPLY LTD. PINCHER CREEK PINCHER CREEK Hunt- er and hunting controls, use of iroarms and animal damage o crops were some of the main terns dealt with as 75 mem- bers of the Foothills Protective Association voted on resolutions and policies. The association will ask t h e game branch of the provincial ;overnment to approach the SCMP, municipal police and he Alberta forest service to as- sist patroling the hunting areas withni its jurisdiction. The members felt additional Datrols would give "incentive" for hunters to follow more closely the laws of the prov- ince. And to help make sure the law was being followed, t :i e association wants check points established in the hunting zones. In other action, the associa- tion will ask the provincial gov- ernment to rule it unlawful to fire a gun on, near or across a municipal road, Andy Russell, vice president of the organization, said the in creasing population in all areas makes the use of high power- ed rifles on municipal roads un- safe. Mr. Russell said the hunting of game birds is slightly differ- ent because shotguns are used. "Shotguns don't carry near- ly as far as rifles so there Is less danger to people in the area of the he said. "Because of the safety fac- tor, it is not right to hunt from a road with high powered ri- fles." The ranchers living on the south slope of the Porcupine Hills, adjacent to the Peigan Indian reserve east of Pincher Creek asked the FPA to seek equalization of the duration of the cow elk hunting season be- tween the Gap Forest Reserve She has high regard for the; and the Porcupine Forest Re- show and plans to use it next serve. year. Children who have watch- "The Porcupine Forest Re- ed it she said, have a better serve borders the Peigan In- vocab'ulary, are more ready to dian reserve timber limits, and express themselves and are this area is actually a game re- "way ahead" on reading readi-1 said one rancher, ness. i He said the Gap has a hunt- ing season for both male and i The motion was withdrawn female elk, while the Porcupine when Hilton Pharris, reeve for area has a hunting season of five weeks for male elk and only two or three days for cow elk. The elk population has in- the Municipal District of Pinch- er Creek, said the district was in the process of developing a general plan which would con- creased alarmingly in the For-; all development in the re- ly of racial stereotypes influ enced by a few real experi ences, they were very open about accepting the two blacks as people. For most of the chil drcn, they were simply Susan and Gordon, the two people on Sesame Street. Asked what they had learned from the show they had just seen, most mentioned the al- phabet and numbers tilings they had been drilled on. Yvonne Kerber, who along with Beth Cutforth, runs the kindergarten, confirmed that the children in the 3-5 age group "love order and predictability." The repetition is what they real- ly enjoy, she said. cupine Hills due to the shorter htmting season, he said. The elk are creating a damage sit- uation for the farmers and j ranchers because of the large numbers. A motion calling for stiffer scrutiny of the private indus- try which is planning to set up tourist facilities along the high- way leading to Waterton Lakes National Park, was withdrawn. Andy Russell, who proposed the motion, said it was design- ed to provide the FPA with some information about the push for tourist development outside (lie park. "There is pressure being puf on ranchers to sell frontage land at the entrance to the park for use by developers to estab- lish tourist facilities and camp- he said. "The park is pushing for the establishment of these facilities in order to relieve the over- crowded conditions within the park." He said the m o t i on was meant to try to keep the essen- tial services standards of the development high, so as not to encroach on the environment in any way. gion. Fewer U.S. official in Calgary A representative of the Uni- ted States social security ad- ministration will be at the U.S. Consulate General in Calgary Oct. 20 and 21. Persons having questions re- garding U.S. social security matters are invited to call or write Raymond Pederson, the United States Consulate Gen- eral, 805 8th Ave. S.W., Calgary 2, Alberta, telephone 206-8962. Fewer motor vehicles are be- ing wrecked on Leihb ridge streets but more people are. During an eight month period ending in August the number of traffic injuries on city streets skyrocketed 40 per cent to 353 casualties resulting from traffic accidents. Figures released by the Al- bert Safety Council show that one less accident took place compared with an eight month figure for 1970 when 749 acci- dents were recorded. To the end of August one person was killed on city streets compared with none the previous year. Including the month of Sep- tember tl'.e fatality figure lias tripled to three, representing a 300 per cent increase over the previous year. This compares with province- wide figures which show a three per cent increase in both in- jury and fatality accidents. At the same time a 15 per cent decrease in number of acci- dents was noted in Alberta. The Safety Council says liquor was a contributing fac- tor in more than hah" this prov- ince's motor vehicle accidents. Property damage from the accidents amounted to almost million. The Safety Council warns: "Most accidents happen to peo- ple within a few miles of home in good weather and on good roads." Tor Black Label we blend and brew only the finest patience...with bring out all their flavour. Then we give the brew more time in our cool, quiet cellars so that Black Label slowly matures to perfection. If you like a beer with flavour, try a Black Label .enjoy flavour that is conquering thirsts all over the world. Carling Black Label- sold and enjoyed in over 60 countries around the globe. THE CARIINC BREWERIES (AKERTA) LIMITED "i-ii-Hl ;