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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22-THE LCTHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, October 19. 1974 Wfttfff Woman co-pilot navigates firmly towards future She's eyeing seat By LYNNE'VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor On a clear night, the sky is the best place to be, says Time Air's only woman co-pilot. Theresa O'Flaherty has been working as a Time first officer (co- pilot) for the past six months. Ms. O'Flaherty says she's always wanted to fly, even though her first plane rise "scared her out of her mind" and has pursued her goal with single-minded purpose. Ms O'Flaherty leaves Lethbridge next week to transfer back to Grande Prairie, her hometown, where she will be one of two air crews providing twice-daily week- day Time service to Edmonton. Ms O'Flaherty is one of 25 pilots and co-pilots working for the Lethbndge-based airline which ser- vices smaller Alberta centres. Nine captains and six co-pilots fly out of Time's Lethbridge office. At 21 she is a graduate of Mount Royal College's two-year aviation diploma course, the veteran of a year's experience as flying instruc- tor in Calgary and, for the reassurance of those patrons with the tendency to underestimate the power of a woman, one very level- headed and sefious-minded young professional. After completing high school, Ms. O'Flaherty worked as a file clerk for a year, using all her spare time and most of her sparse income to take flying lessons. "At an hour for lessons, a file clerk can turn into a hermit quite recalls Ms. O'Flaherty. Her first goal attained achieving confidence and skill in the enrolled in the aviation diploma course to gain further academic and technical background. "I don't really know why I am so keen on she says. "I can't explain my feelings. But on a clear night, when you're at the controls surrounded by nothing but stars, the air just seems the best place to be." SOME SURPRISE "I have met with absolutely no says Ms O'Flaher- ty. "Male colleagues don't care that I'm a woman, it's whether I can fly or not that counts." As first officer, she shares flying duties with the plane's captain; each of them divides round-trip flying duties, logging equal amounts of air time. "The captain is my superior. He has the responsibility for the plane and passengers. But I carry out ex- actly the same duties as a male co- pilot." A few customers express surprise or make typical jokes about "a girl in the driver's seat" when they glimpse her in the cockpit, says Ms. O'Flaherty. "But I've usually got my headset on, so the remarks don't bother me too much." She speaks of her job with relish, saying she intends to continue flying as long as she enjoys it. And she has- a specific goal in mind: "J. definitely will get a captaincy before I quit this she says. Time Air requires women flyers to be a minimum of five feet five inches in height.' "And you need a certain amount of strength to handle the controls and move the plane adds Ms. O'Flaherty, herself tall and very slender. "But we have the chance to build our she laughs. ''The crew often has to load and unload baggage. Passengers have told me 'that's no work for a but I don't see why I should be treated any different than the men, when I earn the same wage." Has she any desire to pilot one of the jumbo planes7 "Not really. I'm still learning at this job. Besides, most of the other airlines won't accept me because I wear glasses and 20-20 vision is a recruiting re- quirement." But then, her spunky nature re- asserts itself. "But if the rules ever changed or the opportunity arose, I'd like to give it a try1" THERESA O'FLAHERTY CHECKS CONTROLS OF HEti DE HAVILAND TWIN OTTER PLANE Foreign abortions halted F.O.L BINGO TONIGHT EAGLES HALL 6th Aye. A and 13th ST. N. Every Saturday Night at 8 p.m. S Cards for 1.00 or Each Three 7 Number JACKPOT Free Gamm and Free Cards DOOR PRIZE Gold cards pay double money OTTAWA (CP) Justice Minister Otto Lang has interceded to block or hold up federal grants to organizations which help women find abortions outside the country when the opera- tion has been, refused by a domestic hospital committee. A spokesman for the justice minister confirmed Friday that Mr Lang has "intervened with other cabinet ministers" to make sure groups which help women find such abor- tions do not get federal money. The minister had no objec- tion to agencies which merely provided abortion counselling, CASH BINGO TONKHT, SAMMY O'CLOCK MM6MBM OU) TMERS HALL main nap ta NOW AND 5 drts tor or nek (Located to He. 1 Fireball) NEWI UKRAINIAN GREEK ORTHODOX OCTOBER 20 EAGLES HALL Mini Jackpot S50 S2M JACKPOT IN 56 NUMBERS one number per IS YEARS OF AGE telling women where to turn for abortions within the country. If such agencies were receiving federal grants it was "no the spokesman said. But the minister took excep- tion to groups which help women find abortions they "can't lawfully obtain in Canada." The spokesman said that the minister specifically helped hold back a grant to the Saskatoon Women's Centre, proposed by officials in the state secretary's department last April. That department's minister, Hugh Faulkner, was asked to delay the grant until an investigation had been carried out to ensure it would not be used to help counsel women about iUegal abortions in Canada or legal abortions outside the country which had been turned down domestically. A final decision on the grant to the women's centre, which advises women on birth control and abortion, still has not been made, the spokesman said. The state secretary's department granted about during the 1973-74 financial year to women's centres and other related women's activities. Under the Criminal Code, women are guilty of an indic- table offence if they attempt to abort unborn babies "by any means." ALBERTA FEDERATION OF LABOUR CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE WILL Investigate consumer probloms Initiate action whore possible Monitor activities of consumer affairs departments of provincial and federal governments Expose price gouging 1.0. Retail prices, rents, interest rates press for adequate consumer protection legis- lation Advise the Alberta Federation of Labour of your problems as a consumer Write to: A.F.L CONSUMER PROTECTION COMMITTEE P.O. BOX 45 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Lynne Van Luven mmmmmmmmmmmimfmmm Cataloguing jny sins Isn't it wonderful? Thoughtful merchandising houses have provided us with yet another diversion, an escape to brighten our culturally void lives, an alternative to the nauseating stream of sporting events being telecast these days. What? You haven't had one of these marvellously compact little "escapes" delivered to your house free of charge' Poor you. In some cases you have to be a loyal patron of the store in question. Obtaining all your wordly chattels under its roof automatically places you on the mailing list as a sucker er, customer in good standing In other instances, no particular expertise in getting and spending is required the miraculous little books just appear on your doorstep As first I thought they were delivered by midget gnomes in the stealth of night. But this romantic notion was shattered when a delivery van screeched to a halt in frontof our house one day, and a harned-looking man sprinted up the walk and thumped a Christmas catalogue down on our welcome mat. Given this concrete evidence, I suppose I am forced to the next logical conclusion: that Santa Glaus is not a jolly old gentleman, but an alcoholic spendthrift whose elves are actually orphan children of especially short stature who are working in his sweatshop without benefit of union or minimum wage regulations. The trouble with these gratuitously delivered catalogues is simple: I'm hooked. It does no good to remonstrate: I know these gaudily- colored lap-sized little booklets have very little to do with customer convenience Their major purpose is to part my money and myself, to kindle my consumer lust and to enable the store's board chairman to take winter vacations in Bermuda with the profits of my Christmas shopping. I mean, neither I nor my friends and family need, armchairs that vibrate, bun warmers, cantaloupe-scented colognes, dandruff detectors, electric tooth brushes, fur muffs, galvanized coal shuttles, hand-woven afghans from Armenia, in- sulated car blankets, jack-knives, kitty potties, laminated bedspreads, marble plant stands, naugahide waste baskets, onyx pendants, plaster of pans statues, quarts of quince preserves, rabbit fur vests, silver-plated toupee stands, tram- polines, umbrellas decorated with a portrait of your favorite politician, vacuum-packed popcorn, winches, xylophones, yahtzee score pads or zebra-hide bathing caps. But still, in times of domestic crisis, boredom or procrastination, you will find me paging through the catalogue while around me my empire lies in ruin. Surely, in this enlightened era, there's a Catalogues Anonymous somewhere to help disgustingly weak people like me. HELP US TO HELP OTHERS! The Salvation Army Welfare Services Clothing, Furniture, Toys, Household Effects CALL 32S-2SM FOR PICK-UP SERVICE or LEAVE AT 412 AVE. NOW YOU ARE FINISHED SCHOOL WHY NOT BECOME A HAIRDRESSER? We tiave 3 qualified Ml irme and we artl phases rt be'Jty tiair and tilling JjteathiTO Smting and wavmg Youll MIT TICW amd w 405 St r4AWIE iray vmpon For Mor. ADDRESS MtomMftpn OITV Sterling Now UmMortMjr Wedding expenses in India leave parents in poverty BOMBAY (CP) Thousands of elderly Indians have to spend their last years in utter poverty because they spent too lavishly on-their daughters' weddings. Harihara Ayyar, who recently retired as head clerk in an import-export, company in Bombay, is a typical ex- ample. Of his retirement benefits which totalled all but had to be ad- justed against "obligations to family members." What Ayyar really means is thafhe borrowed heavily to fi- nance the weddings of his three daughters. Now, he has to take up some job to make ends meet Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has been calling on her countrymen for years to keep wedding expenses to the minimum. But no one, not even members of her own -The Herald Family Unicef Halloween campaign organized The Lethbridge Unicef campaign hopes to raise in excess of 000 in its Halloween campaign this year says the group's local fund raising chairman. Mrs. Eileen Lynagh says 14 Lethbridge volunteers are organiz- ing the Unicef campaign this year in an attempt to obtain publicity and support from a wider base within the com- munity. "We're hoping to leave posters in stores social agencies and the library, in an attempt to increase people's awareness of the Unicef says Mrs. Lynagh. Local students coliectecl through the Halloween boxes campaign last year. In 1973 74 students throughout the province raised for Unicef; this year's province wide target is In 1973, Cana- dian children raised in the nation wide Unicef campaign. Mrs. Lynagh says, with the co operation of junior high and elementary schools as well as a few kindergartens, children will take the Unicef box- es door to door on Oct. 31. "We rely on the co operation of principals and teachers to dis- tribute the boxes once we drop them off at the says Mrs. Lynagh, "and to help us gather the money once the children have collected Congress Party, seem to have followed her advice Recently, Mrs. Gandhi set a personal example by celebrat- ing the marriage'of her son Sanjay Gandhi to Menaka Anand, a New Delhi college beauty, in a most austere manner Less than 50 guests were present at' the simple wed- ding. There was no feasting or fireworks and the whole thing was over in half an hour. At last there are some signs that the prime minister's ad- vice in this regard may be heeded. A number of government officials in New Delhi, Bom- bay. Madras, Calcutta and other cities have decided to celebrate the marriages of their sons and daughters at a cost of less than Ramnath Gupta, a federal official working in the customs department in Calcutta, Says the forthcom- ing marriage of his only daughter Mala will cost him only Gupta recalls that when he was married 28 years ago the expenditure was around "At that time, meant more than 10 times that amount in these days of he said. But in Indian social con- ditions it takes a lot of courage to insist on simple weddings As Mrs. Kamla Suri, a Bombay housewife, said- "It is all right for Mrs. Gandhi to talk of austere weddings But who would have married our two daughters'if we were not prepared to spend on each A legislator of Maharashtra state is reported to have spent nearly on his daugh- ter's wedding recently. THE GOLDEN MILE CENTRE 320-11th St. 8. BAKE SALE TEA Wednesday Oct. 23 2 p.m. VARIETY TABLE TICKETS DRAPERY SHOP and HOME SALES PEOPLE Full .or Part Time needed by National Drapery Chain to extend custom made drapery service into this locality. Some experience in drapery or home decorating would be an advantage. CAR NECESSARY Training provided and leads furnished. DRAPERY INSTALLERS Experience in custom made drapery required part time. For Inttnrtow Contact: Mr.llflROM HinlsM Dfijwlti 337-41 N.W. MlftJMMdfe or pnviiv 276-4496 ;