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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE LETHBRIDGE HiRALD Wednesday. September 15, 1971 Shisuye Takashhna Takeaway giveaway The proposed new family income project is bound to cause resentment in some quarters. Quite on v i on s J y those mothers who have been count- ing on that family allowance cheque every month to finance purchases they would otherwise not have been able to make will be resentful when it doesn't come in any more. Even if. the amount of money is not large and the family income adequate for its needs, the family allowance cheque has been a fact of life in Canada for years. No one likes a giveaway taken away. Nevertheless Ihe proposal should go a long way in assisting the very poor with large families. This is what the scheme should have been geared to in the first place. It's taken a long time for common sense to take over, and it takes a lot of political cour- age lo do what the Trudeau govern- ment intends to do come next May. The extra money will mean a great deal lo those families in Ihe low in- come bracket, there can be no doubt of that, and higher income Canadians who must give up their benefits, will do so without too much grumbling as long as they can be assured that they are not being asked to finance a wel- fare scheme for those "disinclined lo work." Canadians can only hope that the subsidization of lower income fam- ilies who persist in having large num- bers of children will not be neces- sary in another decade or so. If the birth rate continues to drop, the cost of Ihe family income security plan (FISP) will go down too and that's just one more reason for spreading the birth control message across the nation. Student enrolment down Alberta's three universities have all had fewer students enrol than had been expected. Across Ihe country, according lo a Canadian Press sur- vey early this monlh, university of- ficials unifoiinly expected increased enrolments. A good guess is that the experience in Alberta will not be ex- ceptional and that student enrolment will be down everywhere. The suggested explanation for low- er than expected registration at the University of Lethbridge is not likely to prove to be correct. No merely local problems such as a partially divided campus can be at the root of something that is wide- spread. Pointing to the fact that the num- ber of young people available for uni- versity has levelled off since the crest hit from the babv boom that followed the Second World War is no answer either. In arriving at their projected enrolments, university officials would inevitably have taken that into con- sideration. An inlrigiiing suggestion made in an article 'in the Wall Street Journal (many U.S. colleges arc also suffer- ing from reduced enrolments) is that some young people have rejected the notion of status associated with the acquisition of higher education. They prefer to work wilh their hands. If they go on to any kind of post-second- ary educational institution it is apt to be a community college where they can get technical training. Another possibility is that some young people are simply infected with a contemporary emphasis on feelings and the living of a free flowing ex- istence. The denigration of reason which is a corollary, cannot fail to give a low valuation to the acquisi- tion of a university degree. One thing seems fairly certain university officials will be delv- ing into the possible reasons for the discrepancy between their projections and the actual enrolments. The pub- lic will await with interest their find- ings. Law course in school AI me annual meeting of the Cana- dian Bar Association held recently in Banff, the retiring president A. Lome Campbell of Winnipeg made an ex- cellent suggestion. In his final speech lo the convention he proposed that all Canadian schools should provide instruction in the basic principles of law. Mr. Campbell referred to the law- breaking tactics of some student rad- icals as the main reason for his sug- gestion, noting that as far as uni- versity militants are concerned, "hu- man dignity, respect and reason have become forgotten words." This proposal is a sound one. All Canadians should have a knowledge of the foundations of a democralic system of government which are only protected by the rule of law. Intro- ducing courses in the classrooms of our schools would point out not only how laws work, but also how out- moded laws can and should be chang- ed, not by violence and objection but through an orderly process. A basic understanding of our Canadian laws, and how they protect not only indivi- duals but our; society as a whole might do a lot in clarifying for youth the necessity for respect for law and order, and hopefully, could revive re- spect for the system. ANDY RUSSELL Year of the berries IIERE and there, sometimes only in small patches, nature's fruit trees yield berries almost every year. Like the grain crops on the farms across the face of this great land, the size of the yield depends a good deal on the vagaries of the weather. Sometimes the bushes burst forth in an abundance of Moon? only lo be frozen during a night of late frost. Or hot, dry weather when the fruit is form- ing, shrivels it up and only a few berries ripen here and there where ground water keeps them growing. But then comes a year when everything is right and Ihe abundance of berries is on a kind of generosity binge as though to make up for the times it missed. This has been one of those years. When the saskatoon bushes hang heavy with fruit everything eats these big, juicy berries: horses, cattle, deer, elk and moose browse the laden twigs. I have seen milk cows eat them until their milk was fla- vored with the juice. Sharplail a.nd ruffed grouse sluif their crops and by fall their meat is delicious with the fine, delicate flavor of Ihe fruit. It is a lime when the meat-eaters give up hunting for a while to eat little else but berries. Coyotes, fox- es and wolves abandon prcdation for the easier life of the vegetarians. Bears and men join in Iho harvest lo gather the wild fruit for winter food and energy. I have seen wild huckleberries in such profusion on Ihc bushes in the mountains of Alaska and the Yukon, Dial one could stand awl look out across lhr> great finis to see the berries shining black and pur- ple in the sun as far as the eye could pick up the color. In such of plenty llicro arc nol enough animals to cat Ihcni, and uncounted Ions fall from Ihc hushes lo fade back inlo the soil that produced them. It is then Hie grizzlies live in the midst of riches. The most dexterous berry pick- ers of them all, they eel until they can't hold any more, lie down and sleep, and then get up and eat some more. They eat until their bellies bulge like drums, and by winter they are obese and their coats deep and glossy. Even the great polar bear eals berries when the cranberries and huckleberries are in full fruit. I have seen Canada geese sedately walking through the brush ealing berries in early September away down by Conville Lake, one hundred and twenty miles north of the Arctic Circle. II is a lime when women, white and red, revert to the primitive and gather the luscious fruit to be made into preserves, jam, jelly or even wine of a quality to tickle the palate of the gourmet. In the old days when I was a. trapper, it was an annual event lo shoot a young black bear in the fall and render out its fal into pure white lard. My wife used this to make light tasty crust for the huckleberry and saska- toon pics to go with the venison roast. She still makes the pics from the wild fruit she galhcrs, but with shortening; for the bears and I now live in peace. A few weeks ago, I was out one eve- ning trout fishing, when I walked up close 1x> a beautiful shiny black bear busy in a saskatoon patch. When he discovered me standing only n few steps away, he stam- peded, disappearing lo Ihc accompaniment of much crashing and banging in Ihe heavy growth of willows nearby. But a lit- tle later I heard Ihe sloshing of feet in a uet place, and Iheu saw llw bear peering at me around a hush. I slood perfectly still, and obviously deciding I meant no harm, he went back lo his berries, As he stuffed himself, he looked towards me occa- sionally, hul paid me no more allenlion if 7 had been another of his kind. It gave me a warm, comfortable feeling of belonging here in the wilds lo have him so close and unconcerned, us 1 cast my fly to feeding troul. A child in a Canadian prison In 111 II, Japanese. Ca- nadians lived on Canada's west const. it'll i n nine months al! of Lliem had been stripped of civil rights, had their property confiscated and were shipped to internment cnmps, mostly in the Kock- ics. The. primitive conditions under which these people who were guilty of no crime, and indeed were never accused of any, had to live is here de- scribed by Artist Taknshiinn who was 'A young girt aC (lie lime. From her book A Child In Prison Camp, Tundra Bonks. QCTOBER 1942 Mean- while school [or us has not begun. I am gelling restless. The provincial government of B.C. claims lhat the Japanese people do not deserve an edu- cation. Yet, fallier says, they are taking lax money for edu- cation as well as rent for our houses. Can you imagine? Every day the elders bravely complain to the B.C. Security Commission. Finally, during the last week of October, school starts for Ihc children, but just from grades one lo eight. "The Japanese people do not need, nor do (hey dcsen'c, higher education." Father says that's what they told him and Mr. Sumi, our other spokes- man. So Yuki cannot finish school and she has only one more year to go. Mother is very upset. Yuki remains quiet. We are taught by older girls. They have completed high school, but they are not "teach- so everything is noisy and very un-school-like at first. We are given correspondence sheets which we have to follow. T don't like this al all. We have books, too, but nothing else. I miss the familiar desks and my school friends. Winter 1942 Today is Sat- urday. We hear that the Span- ish delegate and (Jie Red Cross people are louring the camps because of so many complaints by our parents. Everybody is excited. "Maybe we'll have wa- ter in our homes." I tell mother. She smiles and hands me the kettle. Yuki and I walk with care along (he path. The snow-cov- ered ground feels soft under our feet. I carry a kettle full of water; Yuki, two buckets. In the distance I see the Red Cross people and another man, all in smart winter overcoats with briefcases. They stop to watch us with our buckets of water. We walk past them. The sharp-faced man with glasses and dark, wavy hair, veiy Spanish, stares at us, turns to his companion and says: "and they have no Several days later, father brings home a lamp. So does Mr. Kono. One coal-oil lamp has been given lo each family by the security commission. H is hard to believe. Father has a triumphant smile on his face as he carries it in. He places it gently on our [able. Father says, "One slop al a time. Next comes water in [lie spring." We hear noise outside, We all go out, the Konos, molher and I. I see all our neighbors are out too. Everywhere people are shout- ing. At the center is Mr. Moil, an old, brown-faced man with sunken cheeks. Like the mous- tached man on the highway, he is hired to "keep an eye" on bis people. No one lutes him or trusts him. He seems to belong to the outside and is not one of us. Suddenly everyone is silent, staring at him. He glares back, then waves his stick before father's face, shouls again, "You are al] cow- ards. I fought for Canada in the Great War. I am a war vet- eran, not a clog as you whisper behind my back. This is my job." Father stares at Mr. Mori and shouts. "Shut up, old fool. Working for the Police is the same as swing for them. Leave us alone. This is not your business. We do not need your advice. Lot of good it's done you being a veteran. You can't vote any more than we can. British Columbia won't let orientals vote veteran, citi- zen, or police-spy." Someone cries, "Trouble to my father and to the other men. Women are shouting and crying. Mother pushes me back lo the house. Through the thin walls shouls can still be heard. Mother looks at me. "Don't cry. Everything will be alright." She sits by the table. "Try lo eat." Quietly, I pick up my orange chopsticks and begin to eat. The rice is cold. later mother says, "If it wasn'l for the few like your father who complained to the government, we would not even have stoves to cook with." I nod. The house is still now. At last Yuki returns. Sic does not speak; she goes to bed. Mother ignores her. I too creep into bed. I touch my sister's feet. She draws away and turns her head. I can hear someone cry- ing. It's muffled. I remain still. I hear the wild dogs howl. The owls screech in Ihe wilderness. They add lo Ihe awful feeling in oui- house. Anthony Westell Whoopee, the boys are back for games in Ottawa QTTAWA The British House of Commons has been known for years as the best club in London. The comfortable private res- taurants and cosy bars, the tea- room near the chamber where MPs gather lo exchange gos- sip, the impressive dignity and sometimes the drama of the de- bates, fuse into a most agree- able atmosphere. Even the hottest socialist firebrand comes under the spell of Parliament and finds himself, if not co-opted into the establishment, at least being polite to the highest High Tory on the other side of the House. The Canadian Commons has never teen a gentlemen's club to quite the same degree, nor catered so well to a political elite. There are no public bars and not much socializing be- tween members of opposing parties. Perhaps because they are younger, political passions often seem rawer, and the style of debate runs more Lo the axe than the rapier. Nevertheless, there is an in- group atmosphere about the place which strikes one anew after each recess, before fa- miliarity wilh the daily pro- ceedings dulls perception. Reassembling recently after Letter To The Edilor the summer holidays, the MPs greeted each other rather like boys returning to school. They shouted cheerful insults across the floor, exploited the ritual mysteries of the rules of pro- cedure to confound each other's plans, and plunged back into debates in which no one listens to anyone else and the idea of converting opponents has long been forgotten. For the most part the Com- mons is an appalling bore, a mock political battle waged ac- cording to archaic rules by members of the club. Occasionally as when one sees it all with a fresh eye af- ter a recess _ one is bound to ask in wonderment what it is all about, and how grown and intelligent men can play such curious games so far removed from the real world outside. The system is called parlia- mentary democracy and it may have worked well enough in earlier times. Waging battles with words was at least an im- provement on killing each other with weapons, and the House of Commons grew up as a forum in which competing factions could fight their civil ware within clearly defined rules. Even when governments managed lo organize them- selves in such a way as to dom- Withhold judgment ReccnUy, in your account, of a traffic accident, yon gave Ihc name and age of the driver of the car occupied by Iwo injured persons, while you gave ilic name bill not the age of Hie driver of the other car involved in the accident. When pcoolc .see Hie driver of one