Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBHiDQE Syria confident of halting Israel DAMASCUS. Syria (AP) When jet fighters streak over the teeming bazaars of Dam- ascus, the children don't run for cover. Confident, like their elders, in the strength of Syria's ar- my, they run to vantage points in hopes of seeing a dogfight. Or they hope for something better sight of an Israeli plane being brought down by one of the missiles the Soviet Union has sent Syria. In Damascus, where life is so normal that one would hardly realize battles are rag- ing less than 30 miles away, morale is high. And every day seems to increase the derision with which the people refer to Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan's statement last week that the Syrian front would be finished within 24 hours. "This time Dayan's bite be- came stuck in the Golan Heights and he is said Zeid Ibrahim, a shop- keeper. For three days there have been no Israeli jets over Dam- ascus. The Citizenship Court from Calgary Will Be On Circuit At LETHBRIDGE COURTHOUSE Tuesday, October 23rd 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. COURT OF CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP 335 8th Ave. S.W., Calgary Phone 262-7737 DEPARTMENT OF SECRETARY OF STATE Smoke break Two long-haired Israeli T 1 1 soldiers take a cigarette ISFBell rCSCrVCS adlUSt break during a brief inter- J to another round of war Desert this week. _CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CATO S LETHBRIDGE HONDA CENTRE CHINOOK SALES SERVICE LETHBRIDGE CARDSTON I FAST CATS, FAMILY CATS, BIG CATS, I UTTLE CATS. WE'VE GOT 'EM ALL! f Arctic Cat's got one for everyone. Family machines, racers, snowmobiles for moms, even Cats cut down to kid size. Cats with 292's. 340's, 440's. rotarys, free airs you name it. Come in and see which one you get along with best. fr t? r And buy during October: you'll get worth of extras FREE n 15 g CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT CAT New York Times Service TELAVIV For some Israeli soldiers this is War No. 1. For others it is already No. 3. For Ehud Amir, a stocky, bearded 22-year-old Tel Avivian. the army was sup- posed to be left far behind. He finished his regular service six months ago and was look- ing forward to beginning studies next month at Hebrew University's department of agriculture in Jusalem. He had also intended to make a month's trip to Africa before the school year. On Yom Kippur he was fasting with his family at home in the centre of Tel Aviv when the first alert came. Before the day was out most of the family was mobilized: Amir went to his reserve tank unit, his 19-year-old brother to a regular infantry unit and their 47-year-old father to an army support unit behind the lines. INJURED ARM A week ago Lieutenant Are DOWNTOWN 5Q BIG 5 DOWNTOWN LETHBRIDGE MERCHANTS' SHOPPERS' OVER IN PRIZES! GRAND PRIZE! Ai! Sssnse Paid Trip far Two To Beautiful. PBIZES PRIZES EVERY WEEKI ENTER OFTEN I 10 BIG WEEKSI All Entries are eligible for the Grand Prize Draw Dec. 22nd on Television! IN SPENDING MONEY Trip may be arranged to suit your convenience! ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE FOLLOWING PARTICIPATING MERCHANTS! Amir was maneuvering his tank near the front lines in Sinai when an artillery shell exploded close by and shrapnel severely injured his left arm. Now, lying in a hospital bed in Tel Aviv, he spoke matter- of-factly of the war that had suddenly disrupted his life. He said he was not shocked that the Arabs had attacked for there had been reports for days about their build-up, and he thought they were quite capable of starting a war. "I guess I was what you would call on the left side before the he said. "I believed we should be ready to give back territories for peace." He had supported the views of Arieh Eliav, the leading dove in the Israel Labor Party. Asked if his war experience had changed his outlook, he replied: "Everything has happened so fast I haven't had much time right now. But I still think we should be willing to give territories for peace eventually. It's the only way we can avoid something like this happening again." The Lieutenant's father had been to visit him several times and he had heard that his brother was all right, so he was in relatively good spirits. What troubled him was his damaged arms, he is left- handed. "I'm worried about being able to write when school he said. "But then who knows when the school year will start." He shrugged. VOLUNTEERS In another department of the same hospital Lt. Yael Sion was on the phone passing on information about volunteers working at the hospital. For Mrs. Sion, who is 34 years old and is better known by her maiden name, Yael Dayan, this was the third war in which her father, Moshe, was either chief of staff or minister of defense. During the Sinai War of 1956 she was an Ifl-year-olr) soldier in the regular army. In 1967 she attached herself to one of Israel's fighting generals and spent the war with the troops in the Sinai Desert. Now she is serving ad director of volunteers at the biggest government hospital in the country. As usual the whole family was mobilized. Her brothers, Udi and Assaf, are in the army and her mother is also doing volunteer work. Her husband, Col. Dov Sion, is serving in the army command structure, she said. Mrs. Sion has other worries. "I'm not a free bird she explained. "I have had two children in the meantime." Comparing attitudes in this war with those in the last one, she said. MPs flay Canada's care of veterans By VICTOR MACKIE OTTAWA Aging veterans in Canadian government veterans' hospitals across the country are receiving inade- quate nursing care because of staff shortages due to the low level of salaries paid nurses by Ottawa, two opposition members charged Thursday. The charges were aired in the Commons and outlined in more detail outside the House by two Progressive Conser- vative members. Elmer MacKay (Central Nova) and Dan McKenzie (Winnipeg South They protested that morale of the nursing staffs in veterans' hospitals was low. They said it had led to a number of nurses quitting because of the federal government's refusal to pay salaries to the RN's com- parable to salaries paid nurses by provincial governments in the various provinces. There are federal govern- ment veterans' hospitals in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Winnipeg, London, Montreal and Halifax. In addition there are two veterans' homes, one in Ot- tawa and the other in Saskatoon. A spokesman in Veterans Affairs Minister Daniel MacDonald's office said the problems stemmed largely from the veterans hospitals becoming in part "old folks" homes. He said it was difficult to attract eager, ambitious young nurses to take jobs in those institutions today. However a spokesman for the nurses countered with the claim that the government would not have the difficulty if it would pay salaries and provide vacation benefits to the nurses comparable with the salaries and vacations they could get in other hospitals. Mr. MacKay and Mr. McKenzie took their protests to Parliament. They tried to introduce a motion urging the cabinet to review policy with respect to salaries for nurses, orderlies and cleaning staffs in the veterans' hospitals. The motion required unanimous consent to be introduced. That was denied when several Liberals shouted "No." Outside the House Mr.McKenzie painted a grim picture of some veterans who are now elderly men in their seventies and eighties, getting special attention from devoted nurses who were middle-aged or older. But the work load had become so heavy for the nurses that they had to quit because it began posing serious physical and mental problems for them, he said. Mr. McKenzie said he spoke particularly of the situation in the Deer Lodge veterans' hospital in Winnipeg. Mr. MacKay said similar con- ditions applied in the veterans' hospital in Halifax. "Many of these veterans are elderly men now and they require nursing attention which they are not receiving due to staff shortages." said Mr. McKenzie. "I have been informed that one orderly has had to look after up to 52 patients in one day. This is an impossible situation, as many of the patients require two atten- dants to cater to their said the member. He added that nurses who had come to know the patients in their care very well over the years were torn by emotional strain when they saw the veteran going without the proper nursing treatment due to the inability of the staff to attend to all their needs because of staff shortages. Mr. McKenzie pointed out that veterans' hospitals are different than a regular hospital where a patient might only be in a ward for a few weeks and then be dis- charged. The nursing group of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada bargains as a group. However wage scales have been assess- ed for the majority of the RN's in accordance with various local pay levels so as not to put pressure on salary schedules paid at local hospi- tals! Mr. McKenzie said that the nurses' wages at the Deer Lodge Hospital are lower than at the Winnipeg municipal and Manitoba provincial hospitals. As a result they were unable to attract new nurses to fill the vacancies. The two opposition members wanted the ine- quities in the salaries paid nurses in the veterans hospitals phased out so that the inequities and confusion now existing would disappear. They spelled that out in their motion in the House. Mr. McKenzie claimed that the veterans affairs minister made a statement on a tele- vision program Wednesday night suggesting that the nurs- ing groups registering com- plaints were only resorting to "gimmickry." He called on the minister to explain. The minister attempted to rise but Speaker Lucien Lamoureux had recognized another member. Mr. MacKay obtained infor- mation from the nursing group of the Professional In- stitution of the Public Service that indicated that even with the latest federal proposals for increases in their salaries nurses in Winnipeg at Deer Lodge receiving the max- imum would be below the maximum paid provincial nurses. It would be be- low the provincial govern- ment nurses at their minimum scale. GENERAL STEWART BRANCH No. 4 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION Have now started their annual Poppy Campaign and canvassers are presently caiiing on business nouses and offices. More drivers are urgently needed for Sat., Nov. 3 both morning and afternoon. POPPY TAG DAY will be held SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 1973 The Ladies Auxiliary to the General Stewart Branch No. 4 of the Royal Canadian Legion organize and con- duct sale of poppies with the assistance of the I.O.D.E., interested youth groups and citizens. Anyone wishing to assist would be very welcome. ORDER YOUR WREATH BY CALLING THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION POPPY CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS PHONE 327-6644 "Remember Think Participate"