Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE VHHBRIDGE HERAVD Mondgy, Otiobor 23, Give them ice this winter A recent review of minor hockey in Lethbridge corroborated Hie opin- ion of many people that one of the city's jnajor recreational prob- lems is simply the Sack of ice space ami ice time. This is a plea, on behalf of Uie city's youngsters, for a bold and imaginative program of ice-making this winter. The city's preoccupation willi major ice arenas is not being criticized. These have an important place. Bui Ihey are inadequate, they are res- tricted, they are too organized. They don't do the job. Money. o[ course, is a major con- cern. But very little money would he needed to change the picture drasti- cally. Outdoor ice frequently doesn't last all winter in Lelhbridge. But so what? Water is cheap and easily applied. We plead, firstly, for ice on every school playground in the city. A few inches ol boards around the flat areas, and then a couple of nights of flooding by city fire hoses say in fvoi'cmber, and Hie youngsters have a rink. If it melts, do it over. If it gels cut up, flood it again. Ideally, Hie neighborhood children would keep the snow shovelled oft, but if they don't, a tractor could do it in no time. No dressing room would be needed. Temporary lights, If thought desirable, could be strung up quickly. If there were enough of these, no organization would be needed. Tha kids could do their own knock a puck around. There would be such a rink within a few blocks of every home. Secondly, vast areas of Hender- son Lake should he prepared for skat- ing. The city did an excellent job last year, but it didn't go nearly far enough. And the ice should be flooded occasionally. Winter can be a great fun time for youngsters, but in Lethbridge they "have not been getting a fair break. The Queen in Belgrade Queen Elizabeth, Uie Duke of Edin- burgh and Princess Anne have been on a state visit to Yugoslavia there is more than an exchange of: courtesies involved. The Royal fami- ly does not decide to go on one of tJiese lours (which it would probably prefer to without some gov- ernment prodding. Britain and Yugoslavia have been on friendly terms for a very long lime, an association dating back to the Second World War. One of the rea- sons for the continuing amity since then has been the liberalism and in- dependence of Marshal Tito, and his implacable opposition to Russian in- terference in the domestic affairs of his country. But recently there have been indi- cations that the 80-year old Tito, may be changing his tune. "Faced with Ihe threat of Croatian national- ism and demonstrations by olher groups within the countrv, Tito has been backing down on liberalism. The press is muzzled, there have been party purges, indications are that the federated republics may lose much of their former autonomy, and there has been an upsurge in political trials. In short, there is an ominous return to both political and economic authoritarianism. The Royal family can hardly do anything about any of these things.. Their presence in Yugoslavia simply demonstrates Britain's abiding inter- est in a relatively independent en- lightened Communist society. The visit is not going to change the course of history. It has diploma- tic value only bolstering'the cause of Yugoslavs who continue to believe that the way of the future is the way of the past an independent road to liberal communism. And that is something, after all, in a country so vulnerable to pressure from the one outside power that has, and still does, threaten its independence the U.S.S.R, Planning pays off The foresight in long-range plan- ning displayed by Cranbrook's city council is indeed commendable. City fathers in this burgeoning East Kootenay cily in making a concen- trated effort to amalgamate the city's recreational and cultural facilities into one large central compound, have now agreed to purchase an ad- ditional 10-acre plot to ensure the realization of their dream. Halmenl Park was established by the city as the site for its healed outdoor year-round swimming poo) and public library. With the acquisi- tion of the adjoining 10 acres space will be preserved for the construc- tion of the proposed curling rink, ice arena, auditorium theatre meeting complex and the necessary parking space these facilities will require. Purchase price for the 10 undevelop- ed acres acquired for park expansion was SGO.OOD. But should Ihe Cranbrook council have been oblivious to tomor- row's recreational needs, the land would have probably been sold for high-density housing and future coun- cils would have gone crying for land at exhorbitant prices on which to erect the city's needed recreational facilities. E Enormous bucket drops Bryce Mackasey, federal manpower min- ister, has described the Unemployment Insurance Commission deficit of mil- lion as "a drop in the bucket." This remark whetted my curiousily about (he bucket used for Ottawa's deficits. How big is it? Docs it have a lid? Can you kick the bucket, as a form of political suicide? Upon making enquiries I was gratified lo learn thai the federal deficit bucket is manufaclured right here in town. I hasten- ed down to Ihe factory of The National Bucket Company (Canada) Ltd., which faces east on a large industrial site, among mounds of rusting buckets of various sizes and shapes. I was met in the lobby, beside The Wish- Ing Well, by plant manager Holger Voyd, who conducted me on a tour. "How I asked, "have you been making deficit buckets for the federal gov- "Since John A. said Voyd. "When Jack and Jill went up the to fetch a pail of water, they were carrying one of our products. And it was Parliament Hill lhat they went up." Voyd chuckled and pinched a passing dairymaid. We entered a large building in which an r-normous receptacle suspended from (fie ceiling was receiving a cascade of simu- lated currency gushing from an overhead chute. "This is our research explained Voyd. "We are testing our latest model of federal deficit bucket, the Mark II Hyper- hopper." "But the bucket doesn't have a I said. "fabulous, isn't Voyd made no at- tempt to conceal his pride. "A real break- through in bucket technology. Ottawa U very excited about it." "It looks more like a sewer pipe than a I said. "A sewer pipe with a corrected Voyd. "Without the handle there is no way the government can hang it on the tax- payer." "Would it be possible to see a drop in tha "Certainly." Boyd pressed a couple of buttons, and several hundred bundles of banknotes plum- meted into the bucket. "Five hundred and forty-four said Voyd. "Ono drop exactly. You'll note that to prevent the cash from sticking and jamming we've developed the world's first teflon-coated bucket. The money passes through it like a dose of sails through a tall Swede." Voyd led me into a shed stacked with buckets as big as buses. "Last year's he said. "Obsolete already. Ottawa sent us new specifications for a bucket that can handle Iho deficits for all the departments plus the Olympic Games in Montreal." "Your development program mu.sl re- quire a lo! of I said. ''Yr-s. hut O117U1.a is generous to our cor- We got a ferfcral loan that they drop inlo one nl our buckels with Ihe rest of the deficits." "You have complete participation in the Canadian economy." beals hell out of making diaper snirl Voyd. (Vancouver Province features) We weren't too clear on your policy regarding markings on RCMP vehicles and signs, so to play it safe Trudeau emphasizes need for balance By Anthony Westell, Toronto Star commentator OTTAWA The campaign button wlu'ch calches the eye all across western Canada says simply: I Care. The design ist something you might see in a boutique selling unisex fashions; llio heads of a man and woman he with long hair and a drooping mous- tache against the maple leal flag, in the arl-nouveau style. There is no party identifi- cation on the button, but it is distributed far and wide by young Liberals. It has to be the softest sell of this election, almost sublim- inal, and it matches the mood of Prime Minister Pierre Tru- deau's campaign. He is, he says, out talking to the people about the kind ol Canada they want for the fu- ture; nothing as crass as chas- ing votes. His speeches are mostly not speeches at all, but low-key lectures about the prob- lems of government, the duties of citizens at election lime, the goals of his administration in the most general terms. They are contrived to appear informal and spontaneous, lack- ing the harsh rhetoric and hard- sell message of the conven- tional campaign speech. Trudeau's audiences are large often overflowing the hall and surprisingly attent- ive to his low-key and rambling talks. When he does change style and become openly parti- san, the meetings flare into ex- citement. Trudeaumania call it that for want of a better word stilt lingers just below the sur- face. With a little encourage- ment, it could easily break out again on a considerable scale. But the Liberal party organiza- tion has not been iryhis to crank up hysteria and the press is wary of writing about the phenomenon. Trudeau remains nevertheless a fascinating per- sonality tor many Canadians. Most of the time, Tnideau spins his quiet lectures around what he calls "the four goals." The first is national integrity, which applies to the land and the people. He mentions the ex- tension of the territorial seas, sovereignty in the Arctic, clos- ing fishing grounds to foreign vessels, guaranteeing the rights of French, multiculturalism, equality for Indians. The next goal is economic growth, and Trudeau cites fig- ures on the gross national prod- uct, claims the creation of more thnn one million jobs, and discusses the need to restrain inflation. He says that unem- ployment is localized, not a na- tional problem, and must be tackled by specific measures, such as regional expansion, rather than by broad tax culs. Under the heading of social Justice, he talks about the in- crease in old age pensions and unemployment insurance to lake care of those without jobs. 'Die last fioal is fulfilment of the individual, which means programs Lo promote health, recreation and education. Trudeau constantly empha- sizes the importance of keeping all the goals in balance, of en- suring that programs do not contradict each other and that the total policy of the govern- ment is coherent. He says he has no palience with critics who focus on one problem at the expense of others: For exam- ple, nationalists who tlu'nk only about reducing foreign owner- ship and not about the conse- quences for employment, or the people who are concerned only about stopping pollution and not about economic growth. He talks aboul national idenl- ity and unity in terms of his- tory, reminding Western audi- ences that their rivers were paddled, thejr mountains cliuib- cci, (heir trading pasts estab- lished hy explorers French and Scots from Quebec, ami he says that Canada is now standing on new frontiers of boundless opportunity, Trudeau's statistics are often selective, his arguments sim- plistic. For all the appearance ot candor, there is a certain gtibness about his performance although that perhaps is in- evitable when the same idea is expressed lime after time the casual manner of address is carefully studied. However, the technique seem- ed to be working in the. West, at least. He was getting over his message that the problems of government are complicated and (hat he is a competent prime minister who may make mistakes, hut generally knows what he is doing and where he is going. He got precisely the soil ol welcome he hoped for when the Mayor of Prince George, an outspoken hard- ware dealer named Harold Mof- fat who has been identified with the Social Credit Tarty, said: "At times I have been rather upset by some of your policies, hut on review I appreciate your forthrightness I must say I appreciate the fact that you have been able to lake an- other look at some of the things that have happened and have promised us above all that thore will a revamping II was close to an outright en- dorsement and the Liberal or- ganizers smiled with satisfac- tion. The point remains, however, that Trudeau has been talking to local audiences of a few hun- dred or a few thousand at a time, and nol lo Ihe nation al large. Thai may explain why bis campaign advisers prefer to predict this election riding by riding, rather than on tho basis of national tides of opin- ion. But even those who a few weeks ago were privately guessing at a minority govern- ment are now speculating about a majority. And there are a few sober party men and a hand- ful of journalists who, observ- ing the personal appeal of the candidate and the undercurrent of public excitement, are begin- ning to talk about a landslide, I just don't know. Letters Citizens care and wonder Blundering along in Ireland By Shann Flerron, Winnipeg J-'F Publications commentator rjBIGlNALLY, Willie While- law (Prime Minister Northern Ireland) intended to hold his vote on the border be- tween North and South Ire- land in September. For some reason never adequately ex- plained he did not do so. In- stead he announced the muni- cipal local government elections and announced that they would be held under pro- portional representation. The English have always had a peculiar blind spot when deal- ing wilh Ireland, North or South. It may be their fatal ten- dency to assume lhat, since English institutions have work- ed so well in the past in Eng- land, they will work equally well elsewhere (Africa, Asia) and the apparent assumption that goes with this, that all people of Northern Ireland should first be given the oppor- tunity to vote on the border Issue. The last poll lhat taken among Northern Catho- lics gave the lie to the assump- tion that most Catholics want to sec Hie end of the parti'jon of Ireland 70 per cent of the Catholics said Ihey wanted to stay wilhin the United King- dom. That figure miphl not have remained .sfable, but it is likely thfit a majority would still ni.ikn (he same judgment. II was this Ihnt all sides agreed should first hp. de- terminer! by a vote on the issue. Mr. Wroclaw, in what he regarded as his view nf his wisdom, has decided lhal local elections for Hie new local gov- ernment districts must first he held. If is Ibis decision lhat has set off loyalist resistance. Press reports still refer to Ihe reactions of the Loyalist com- munity as those of "extreme elements." This must come from habit rather than observa- tion or knowledge, for the !-oy- alisf community, with very fractional and unimportant ele- ments, is quite united and of one mind on Mr. Whilelaw and his policies. That is why the long prophes- ied civil war has in fact already bcyun with Ulster Defence As- sociation units doing more dam- age to the IRA than Ihe army has (lone in its security opera- lions. The IRA is in fact licking its .serious wounds and UDA militancy approval of the loyalist community which is now ns solidly behind them as Ihe Catholic community was once behind the IRA, And Lhis is the wor.sl and most dangerous point. Iho af- fair has reached The Protes- tant community has decided it has at last taken all it is willing lo lake from the Catholic-cov- ered IRA. The Catholic com- munity Is now a frightened com- munity, lor ns the Irish Inde- pendent of Dublin said after Bloody Friday, those who cover the TRA are as guilty as the men who set Ihe IximbF. That is the emotional simplicity of Ihe confrontnlinn as it now stands. A CDA man who is well known lo me told me, "If we have to get lo the IRA through the Catholic population, then that's what we will do." To this point they are get- ting lo the IRA without iloiuR what has done in Ihe past, terrorist outbreaks hum i n g Catholic neighborhoods. They ere in fact going into Catuolio districts hi planned and execut- ed commando raids and hilling IRA men, coming out again unscathed. The restraint that has been so hard lo believe for so long is now gone. Mr. White- law has lost Ihe confidence of both sides hy misunderstanding the native of the problem. Ho has probably made open civil war inevitable hy refusing, for some reason that is ohscurc, to 'take the steps that have lo be (Bken, in (heir natural emo- tional order: That i.s, lo deter- mine first what proportion of (he Catholic community wants the North lo remain in the United Kingdom, then giving the entire population (lie chance lo vote in local elections, on a ore-man-nnc-votc basis. Thn siJufltion now morn deeply tragic than it was be- fore and it has been tragic enough for three years. Dr. 1'aislcy and his men must take their first share of grim res- ponsibility lor Iheir angry re- sistance to reform, almost four years ago. They were stupid, ignorant and bigoted. The IRA must take an even grimmer share of responsibility, for they brought out the guns and did it knowing what the result in bitterness, hatred ami death would be. They are even stupid- er arul more ignorant men Mian wnre Paisley's bully-boys. They arc also psycholic.s who have, oust Ihe Catholic community dear, and poisoner! the blood for another generation or more. Meanwhile Mr. W h i t e I a w blunders on, calm, superior and evidently assured of his righlncss ex-en ns the evidence piles up (hat lie had made a bad situation infinitely worse. In response to Mr. Hales, we the citizens ol Lethbrid-ge do care about the education, and its future direction, in our city. We also wonder if the future is bright and if it's futile to ex- press our views. We wonder why the classroom teacher, who faces our children directly, seems to be one of the first targels in the tightening ol funds. Along willi lhat we wonder what effect this has on our children. Increasing class- room sizes results in a very high cast of education when we consider the loss of human rela- tions and personality develop- ment lhat cannot exist because o[ numbers. We wonder what the classroom ratio would be if only the number of classroom teachers is divided inlo the slu- denl population. We wonder, loo, if Ihe light- ening of funds has had Ihe re- verse affect on Ihe total admini- stration. The chain of command appears to get lieavier and heavier as more directors, con- sultants, assistants and oflice staff are added on. We wonder how Ihe school board nods ap- proval lo Ihe growing list. We wonder why administra- tive people must wade through mountains of paper work before finding lime for planning. Per- haps a new look at detail work and a reassessment of what is necessary would be in order. This couW result in a decision lhat even less and less red tape Would he necessary and even Borne positions eliminated. The Ivethbridge Herald, a few months ago, had a filler hy Donald Barr, Dalton School headmaster, who said, "I think what education desperately needs is a few administrators lo make decisions on their own responsibility." Peter Hunt, a local writer, also staled, "If budgets slretch only so far Ihen let the expenditure he mainly on increasing Ihe number of teachers in the schools." We wonder, too, about the role of the six regional centres in (he province. They seem to encompass a group whose pur- poses arc not clearly defined. wonder, too, what it means when we hear that 77 per cent of the school budget goes to salaries. What is breakdown in regard to actual teacher salaries as compared to the total cost of administra- tion? We wonder, are we get- ting die most for our education- al dollar? Perhaps we, Ihe citizens, do not have Ihe background to un- derstand what we sec, hut we cV> care and we do wonder. A LOCAL CITIZEN Lothbridge. Why not boycott CRTC? If four or len federal candi dates say lhat public pressure will force a return of Sesame Street. I suggest that not one of them, if elected, has earned a one-way train fare to Ottawa. What man, hopeful of repres- enting tho Letlibridgc constitu- ency d.-irc condone a boycolt of a public communications sys- tem that serves ils community as well as CJOC-TV has done and is doing? Broadcasting h a business. The economics of operating suc- cessfully isn't solved by public pressures. Anyone u-ho rinnr bis homework would know lhal the Canadian Radio Television Corporation is taking Ihe Ses- ame fitrcel hour out of Ihe Ca- nadian syslem. Why not boycolt Ihe CTITC? Why all the fuss Tihnut Ses- ame Street anyway? It's a safo enough babysitter, to sure. It leaves mothers free for a full hour If (heir children stay glued to the TV. Some children don't. Anything they learn is in- cidental ,15 they'll learn it any- way a few more months. The children for whom the pro- gram was especially createrf arc the under-privileged, and often (hey don't have TVs lo learn from. Must children be yanked out of babyhood hy over anxious mothers who think a child is a moron if ho can't recognize Ihe ABCs to the crack of whip? .My children learned their ABCs and numbers without Ses- Kicc-1. A-i, We often talk .alwut the wicker rocking- chair that fell apart hit by hit as wo rocknrf and read, anil Kmf. and counted. When do you have your precious, close, mom- ory-liolfling moments with your children? They are little for such a short lime. MRS. BETH JOHNSON talhhritlgc. The Letlibrulgc Herald MM 7lli SI. S Utibridgc, AlberU LETlITjRIDGE HERALD 10. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher- Published IMS 10J4, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN second Class Mill Registration Mo 0013 rj Ths Canadian and Canadian Dally Newspawr Pubrljrierj' Anoclatlon and Hit Audll Bureau ol Clrtulalfmi CLEO W. MOWERS. Edllor Publisher THOMAS H. AOAMS, General Manager DON PILUIIG HAY rVanaalng Editor Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K, WALKBH Manager Editorial parje Edllor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH"