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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, September 10, 1973 Conservatives morose Bitter internal feuds may be keeping Tories from power .pu f Wo.tarn ronuHian well tint the PCs were intent on forcing an early former prime minister John Diefenbaker's time some of the veterans, who like Mr. Din- Added to the Conservative MPs who an n'lTAUA Ihe veteran Westein Canadian will ttuuni i u, weie imtnion loiung jr H _ stanfiekrs leadership and his sdale and Mr. Hamilton served in the Diefen- critical of certain personalities or party policies OTTAWA The veteran Western Canadian Conservative MP said it with a sigh and a lot of resignation: "It's been a long, hard road since 1962 and it looks like it's going to be even longer and perhaps just as hard." The MP. who like many of the Conservative members is becoming increasingly critical of the party and its leadership, was bemoaning the fact that no matter how close the PCs may have seemed to power last Oct. 30th basically the Conservatives are still in the same similar state of disarray as after the 1962 election tore all the glamor from the party's staggering 208seat vic- tory in the 1958 Diefenbaker sweep. Privately he condemns both party leader Robert Stanfield and House leader Ged Baldwin for immediately after the last election revealing the Conservatives strategy to defeat the minori- ty Liberals at the first opportunity. Knowing full well that the PCs were intent on forcing an early defeat of the government, the Liberals and New Democrats made a quick bargain to prevent that defeat. "If only those two guys hadn't given tho game we could have caught the Liberal-NDP coalition' off guard and been in power today. As it is." lie says with some bitterness." NDP Leader David Lewis' speech in the Commons a week or so ago in which he tore strips off Mr. Stanfield and gently rapped Mr. Trudeau's knuckles was a fair indication that the PCs have been pushed out into the wilderness again." "I don't want to embarrass anyone, but there's so much insane jealousy in the party that sometimes we wonder whether we're fighting ourselves more than we're fighting the govern- ment." That jealousy isn't simply a reference to former prime minister John Diefenbaker's scorn for Mr. Stanfield's leadership and his refusal to still come to terms with those who backed the leadership convention which saw Mr. Stanfield replace him. but a jealousy between backbenchers and frontbenchers as to who gets to be party spokesman on this or chairman of that particular committee. There's some despair too in the midst of some of the older like Calgary North's Eldon Woolliarns. Brandon's Walter Dinsdale, Peace River's Ged Baldwin and Sas- katchewan's Alvin that after having come so close to victory and the smell of those cabinet posts unless the Conservatives win power soon they might never be minister of anything. At the same time, some of the younger and brighter Conservative members feel that its time some of the veterans, who' like Mr. sdale and Mr. Hamilton served in the Diefen- baker cabinet, moved out of the front benches and let the new blood take over. There are a lot of bright new MPs in the par- who came in either in the dis- astrous 1968 election or last year. From Alberta. Don Mazankowski, Harvie Andre, Joe Clark, Peter Bawden. From British Columbia, John Fraser. John Reynolds. From Manitoba, Jack Murta and Dan McKenzie. From Saskatchewan. JackHorner'sbrother, Norval, springs instantly to mind. Even if relatively newcomers such as those mentioned don't admit either publicly or pri- vately to a sense of frustration over old feuds, petty jealousies and perhaps a lack of real pur- pose and commitment in the party they must at times feel it. Added to the Conservative MPs who are critical of certain personalities or party policies, are actually even some paid employees of the federal party. One employee who picks up his weekly paycheque from the party is known by many'people on Parliament Hill to being one of Mr. 'Stanfield's harshest critics. In one same conversation he'll often mention party as- signments, condemn the party leader and then ponder switching his employment to the federal Liberals. Concludes the It's ironic that when a government, which won more seats than the op- position in only one province, has shown itself completely unable to solve the problems of the day that the official opposition isn't able to take advantage of the situation due to the NDP's sup- port of that government and our party's own inner conflicts. It makes you think." Despite ecology fad garbage dumps persist By ELMO CIPRIETTI CP Staff Writer Canadians produced a ton of garbage each last year and racked their brains to dispose of it. while gulls and scave- ngers attacked the problem with great efficiency in coastal As Canadians raised an out- cry about pollution caused by garbage, action groups were formed across the country to find new methods of recycling or disposing of it. The Ecology Action Centre in Halifax. Pollution Probe and Group Against Garbage GAG i in Toronto and similar groups in other cities planned new uses for garbage. A Toronto area plant this year began converting sewage into drinking water for 1.000 suburban residents. A project in Windsor. Ont.. uses human waste for fertilizing vege- tables. Garbage is being made into ski hills: it is being burned to produce heat and electricity. Ground Glass is being used in road pavement and for mak- ing concrete blocks. But. in spite of dozens of projects and study groups fi- nanced by grants from the Local, Initiatives Programs and Opportunities For Youth funds, old methods of garbage handling persist. DUMPING POPULAR A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows most communities still rely on garbage dumps, or "sanitary landfill operations." Landfill operations involve dumping the garbage in an open area, usually a gully or valley, and sometimes cov- ering it with earth. Since federal law prohibits the use of raw garbage, the refuse dumped at sanitary landfill sites receives some chemicals, burning or burial under rock, ash or soil. Incineration used to be the most common solution, until governments at all levels be- gan fighting air pollution. In- cinerators have been elimi- nated in Alberta and almost eliminated in British Colum- bia, with other provinces fol- lowing the trend. But a Toronto company, Technican Industries Ltd., hopes to reverse the trend with its non-polluting disposal kiln, which burns garbage at 2.000 degrees fahrenheit and retains all byproducts, in- cluding gases, ashes and odors. REDUCES WASTF The new Cyclops kiln, de- veloped in Italy by Tech- nitalia of Florence, reduces waste to five per cent of its original volume and can dis- integrate glass and metal which can later be sold as scrap. The traditional faults of the landfill disposal method are infestation by rodents and in- sects, production of explosive methane gas. seepage of pol- lutants into nearby water and continual iow-grade com- bustion and decomposition. The landfill dumps in coastal areas have been a boon to scavenger birds. At Vancouver's Burns Bog land- fill dump, gulls constantly sift through garbage which ac- cumulates at almost 500.000 tons a year. The survey showed virtually no large-scale recycling of garbage with only a few ex- perimental programs under way. but hundreds of studies made on garbage problems. Its sheer amount is over- whelming. In addition to the five pounds of waste produced daily by each individual, in 1972. Canadians discarded three billion bottles, five bil- lion cans, three million tons of paper. 750.000 old cars and 330 million tons of waste rock and ash. HAMILTON HIT Anti-pollution groups warn- ed dtixens of the dangers of littering and improper dis- posal. But in Hamilton a mid- summer strike by garbage collectors and other mu- nicipal employees resulted in enormous raw garbage dumps downtown. Garbage from Metropolitan Toronto continued to be a sub- ject of controversy as nearby communities protested vigor- ously when plans were de- bated to transport garbage by rail to outlying areas. Ski slopes made out of gar- bage mounds were in use. un- der construction or being planned for many commu- nities, including the Toronto suburb of Ktobicoke. Kitch- ener. Cornwall and Beeton. near Barrie. Ont. Hamilton became the first municipality to un- dertake a system of recov- ering and recycling metal cans from household garbage. M and T Products of Can- ada offered to buy all steel scrap separated magnetically from Hamilton's new solid waste reduction (in- plant. RECEPTION MIXED The company was hailed by industry for pioneering in a difficult field. But a local anti- pollution group criticized the proposal as tokenism, charg- ing that steelmakers were us- ing the plans as a public relations ploy. In Saint John. N.B.. the city recovers about 125 tons of cardboard a month, selling it for 16 cents a ton to a private linn which in turn sells it to mills for recycling. The city employs 52 men to collect tons of garbage a year at a cost of Murray Baxter, director of sanitation for Saint John, says the future of three in- cinerators is in doubt because of the pollution factor and "landfill is the answer as far as I am concerned." Most of Halifax's tons of garbage last year was burn- ed in two furnaces after collection costing and involving 29 employees. Although there is no official recycling of waste in Halifax, the Ecology Action Centre conducts a tiny operation with a weekly collection of several hundred pounds of paper. A cardboard recycling operation was discontinued as unprofi- table two years ago. BURNED IN P.E.I. In Charlottetown. in- cineration is the disposal method. Non-returnable con- tainers, both glass and metal, are dumped with the rest of the garbage. In the Quebec City area, a million incinerator is un- der construction with capacity tor burning 350.000 tons a year. At present, 60 per cent of refuse is burned and the remainder dumped at sani- tary landfill sites. Quebec City has 140 em- ployees collecting 80.000-tons of 'garbage, with a 1973-74 budget of million. Montreal burns 80 per cent of its garbage at three in- cinerators and dumps the rest. Since 1969, one of the in- cinerators has produced steam for electrical turbines serving municipal buildings around the plant. Since May. one Montreal in- cinerator has separated met- allic particles from ashes and sells the metal for a ton for use in the production of Cop- per at Murdochville. The city spent about million and employed 900 workers to han- dle garbage last year. METRO JOB COSTLY Metropolitan Toronto had the highest garbage disposal CULTURE WORTH AS MUCH AS SPORTS? i HALIFAX (CPi The Nova Scotia government con- siders cultural activity to be as worthwhile a form of recreation as sports. That's why the recently- created provincial depart- ment of recreation the first department of its kind in Canada has appointed Louis G. Stephen to the unique posi- tion of director of cultural recreation. The New Brunswick-born pianist and former music ad- viser to the Nova Scotia department of education says the word "culture" has been done a disservice because a myth of snobbery has been built around it. "We tend lo isolate arts events as culture, but that is a great mistake." he said, because any creative activity ilono on a daily basis is Culture. costs, spending million and employing workers in the city and five boroughs. Metro incinerated and bur- ied at two landfill sites a total of tons of garbage, and is looking for additional landfill sites. Winnipeg spends about million to collect tons of garbage a year. Most of the garbage in Greater Winnipeg is dumped at five landfill sites and the remainder is burned. In Hegina, a shredding station is being built, similar to those in oper- ation in Edmonton and Ham- ilton. Shredding reduces blow- ing at landfill sites and gives less support to rats since all items are mixed, leaving no pockets of organic material. Ron Sandalack, Regina's garbage disposal supervisor, says his department is more and more concerned about air pollution and "the department of health has been after us on a few occasions about the in- cincerator." BURNING STOPPED Edmonton stopped in- cineration in 1971 because of Alberta's anti-smoke, and anti-fly-ash regulations. All city garbage now goes to land- fill dumps. Alberta leads the country in the battle against pollution and littering resulting from the use of non-returnable bot- tles and cans. Legislation that went into effect in January of this year established depots across the province where any glass or metal container, including disposable, single-use items, can be turned in for refund. Vancouver collects garbage from residences and small businesses, but most com- mercial collection is handled by private companies, largest of which is Smithrite Disposal Ltd. Waste disposal great challenge The aim of the new depart- ment is to stimulate all kinds of cultural pursuits among Nova Scotians. be it wood carving or cooking ethnic dis- hes. Mr. Stephen said a lot of damage is done when some hobbies or creative pastimes are put down. He said he hopes to en- courage creativity among many groups of people, including the elderly. "But it enough young people are turned on to our culture in their productive years then our job will be that much easier." Mr. Stephen is well known in music circles and has his own television program. Man and His Music, which resumes Sunday mornings on CBC this lall. CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) Solid waste management is probably the greatest en- vironmental challenge facing Prince Edward Island at present, says Art Hiscock: chairman of the provincial en- vironmental control com- mission. The island has a hodge- podge network of some 300 old-fashioned dumps, many of which are potential sources of pollution to waterways. "Many are burning, throw- ing smoke and particulate matter into the air." said Mr. Hiscock in a statement. All of them harbor rats, flies and potential disease-carrying organisms. "Without exception, they are a blight on the island scenery and a threat to sur- rounding property he said. None of it sits well with a province that relies on the tourist trade for income and the late Robert Schurman, then tourism minister, set up an inter-departmental com- mittee, last fall to study the problem. MEET DEADLINE The committee's role is to keep the study on schedule so that it can be completed within the six-month time limit set by Mr. Schurman. The first stage, now under way. is to estimate the amount of waste being generated by each community ;md each industry, followed by projections for future produc- tion of waste based on popula- tion and land-use trends. Mr. Hiscock said the idea is to find out where the refuse is coming from, how much there is and how much can be ex- pected in future years. In the second stage, the committee and its consultants will select proper sites, ensur- ing those selected do not jeopardize public health and safety; are acceptable to the public: avoid disruption of the environment; are compatible with area planning, and are capable of being properly developed, operated and finished. The third stage will involve evolution of a master plan, taking into consideration the costs relative to each site chosen. The study will then consider various processing and dis- posal alternatives such as sanitary landfill, i n cineration, and grinding and composting. The study will encompass more than just domestic gar- bage. "Besides all of the in- dustrial wastes such as fish of- fal and scrap metals, there are special disposal problems to he considered." said the chairman of the environmen- tal commission. "One of these is the problem of getting rid of blighted potatoes which must be buried to avoid spreading the disease to healthy crops." he said. The province is "far behind" in sol id-waste management and the study now under way "should give us the direction to change our weakness in this he Festival dancers The Dance of the Feathers' by the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico is a number that tickles audiences in London, one might say. It is one of the most Colorful and one of the biggest numbers of the Mexican troupe. Assassination plot ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (Reuter) President Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea has an- nounced that a young Guinean electrical engineer, who he said was trained in West Ger- many, has been arrested for olanning to assassinate him. The president said details of the plot were revealed by documents seized from the would-be assassin, whose identity he did not disclose. But he did say that the would-be assassin was directed by a West German. it was steam and cinders all the way on those big eight-wheelers. Gave a man a thirst as big as the Rockies and as dry as the Drumheller badlands. So his style was Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner, for thirst-quenching flavour slow-brewed and naturally aged. And that's the way it still tastes honest-to-goodness beer brewed with half a century of know-how. Try it at your next wet-your-whistle-stop. TRADITION YOU CAN'TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE ;