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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, September Canada to become haven of giants? i curious CDC choice There are few enterprises more Cana- dian than newsprint production This is the world's largest producer, tinning out more newsprint than all others combined, and exporting more than the rest ol the world produces The dollar value ot this export passed the billion mark in 1970. and is till rising steadih World demand tor newsprint is increasing In the U S the largest con- sumer, demand goes up bv something like a halt million tons a year This is significant to Canada, as the U S im- ports two-thirds ot its newsprint needs from this countiv Lately, newspapers in the U S and elsewhere been cutting down on their use ot newsprint, not because they want to but because ot short supplv Bad weather and some costly labor problems earlier this year cut Canadian production by roughly 20 per cent, and while produc- tion is struggling back to normal, it will be some time beloie it reaches tull capacity Kven when it does, it probably won't be able to take care ot the rising demand The problem with paper mills is that are expensive, a new one today would cost (torn to S100 million But in the newsprint business is low. not much more than tive per cent Anyone with 01 million expects and can get a lot better than live per cent these So although there is an assured market, and a cleai need for both replacement and additional plants theie is small interest in building them. The implications tor the Canadian in- dustry are serious. It is a normal U S. leaction. when supply ot anything it needs becomes uncertain, to take measures to assure it With the resources the White House can com- mand, it would take only a stroke of a pen to allocate a billion dollars or so to developing the U S newsprint industry, already second only to Canada's It is quite conceivable, then, that unless something is done to revitalize Canadian newsprint production. Canada could lose this extiemelv valuable industry This situation has been known tor some time It is strange, therefore, that the Canadian Development Corporation has shown so little interest One would have thought this an almost ideal opportunity lot CDC involvement Quite apart trom the obvious tactors ot employment and export earnings this is an operation that depletes no natural resource, the pulp and paper business having been developed into what amounts to a matter ot cropping But instead the CDC has poured million into a one third share of Tex- asgult Inc a U S based conglomerate with extensive on-going mining interests in Canada an arrangement that may give CDC control ot the company, but will still send 65 cents ot every dollar profit out of the country It is hoped the CDC knows what it is do- ing Sensible cabinet changes A significant change in provincial cabinet responsibilities was announced this week by Premier Peter Lougheed The portfolio of the attorney-general was divided with the present attorney- general, the Hon Merv Leitch. retaining tesponsibilitv tor the administration ot justice and the Hon Helen Hunley being assigned to look alter the penal system and policing in a new solicitor-general s department There may have been a political motive behind this move Mr Leitch was under considerable tire on a couple ot oc- casions so that some mav read the change as a way ot easing him out of sen- sitive areas Also in this ot increased concern about the status of women it is wise to give an able female member of the government a position ot genuine im- portance Quite apart Irom such speculation, the separation ol the administration of justice from the supervision of the penal svstem makes sense It is in line with recommendations contained in the 1968 MeGrath report on the Alberta penology svstem That report did not envisage two departments but it did see the need tor a clear separation ot functions and recommended that there be two deputy ministers The premier has simply taken the logic' ot such a recommendation to a proper conclusion and made two depai linen Is tinder the old set-up there was always the danger that the legal technicalities would occupy an undue proportion ot the time and attention of the minister In a proper svstem ot justice policing and corrections are deserving ot equal atten- tion Thev mav get it with the separation now in etiect although both ministers have been left with heavy additional responsibilities that could militate against vigorous attention to their puma i tasks War against white bread The "staff of life" (generally white, rather than brown bread I is capturing wide public attention since prices have spiralled beyond 30 cents per loaf but lit- tle attention is paid to tne current cam- paign to substitute whole meal bread for the colorless loaf According to British surgeon, Dr Dems Burkett, popularly knoyvn as the "Bran Man" (who aims to supply more fibre in the diet) the lack of fibre in the Western world is responsible for a mul- tiplicity ot ills including diverticulosis (the commonest bowel disease in the West) appendicitis, bowel cancer, gallstones, varicose veins and deep-vein thrombosis all of which are rare or non-existent in rural Africa And yet Africans, living in the Western suf- fer from the same high incidence as the whites This convinces Dr Burkitt that some sort ot environmental influence is involved He, along with a group ot fellow researchers believe it has nothing Weekend Meditation Great God, man needs you Long ago, back in 1932, Wionston Churchill said that without an equal growth of mercy, pitv peace and love, science would destroy all that makes life majestic and tolerable He said There never was a time when the inherent virtue of human beings required more strong and confident expression in daily life, there never was a time when the hope of and the disdain of earthly power and achievement were more necessary for the safety ot the children of men But these are found in God alone Atheism is empty, without laith or hope or love The man who finds God or is found of God has depths of joy and peace For him alone the birds sing the flowers uluom. and history moves with meaningful purpose God is food lor the fully groyvn." said St Augustine Certain it is that a conviction akin to leligiou.s leeling. ol the rationality or intelligibility ot the world lies behind all scientific work ol a higher said Mbert Einstein So faith in God means that mind is the creative lorce behind phenomena and the prmc iple upon which mind operates is love Now this is taith but it is not blind taith since man thinks God's thoughts and shares God's lite There are many arguments and power lul ones tor the reality of God, but they appeal only to men and women who already loinul God God is not a problem to be solved, but a person to be loved and a power to be Charles llartshorne in "Man's Vision ol God states that' The ground lor his book is the- conviction that a magnificent intellec- tual content lat surpassing that ol such By Dian Cohen, syndicated commentator The Canada Development Corporation s spectacular bid two months ago to take ovei a loreign multinational corpora- 11on has ended in the Canadians winning control ot Texasgult CDC president Tony Hampson has made no bones about the tact that the Tex- asgull coup is only the first ot many to come, it he has his wav It must seem odd to some of Canada s homegrown mul- tinationals, like Massev Ferguson and A1c a n to reahxe that the Canadian government is in the multinational business too Not so long ago. Massey was threatening to move out ol the country because some ol the new provisions ot the tax letoim are so detrimental to the competitive position of C'anadian-based mul- tinationals Now that the Canadian government has one ol its own it seems likely that Canada will become a more attractive haven tor these international giants. Finance Mrnrster John Turner has already listened to Massey with a sympathetic ear. and has refused to imple- ment some ot the tougher bits of legislation formulated by his predecessor. Edgar Ben- son Ml that aside the Texasgult coup is brilliant on a number ol levels The CDC was established by Parliament in 1971. not as originally intended by Walter Gordon to "buy back Canada." but simply to es- tablish a "strong presence" rn the development ot the Cana- dian economy Texasgult meets all Parliament's requirements tor CDC acquisitions It is to begin with, a highly- profitable enterprise million profits in the first half of this year, double its last vear's performance It is also a major American corporation which gets most ot its profits trom its Cana- dian operations The Kidd to do with race but stems trom an absence ot fibre in the food enjoyed in the Western world Burkitt explains that despite the tact fibres have long since been considered useless researchers are now realizing that a considerable number ot Western diseases are related to its removal and a return to an inclusion of fibres would make an incredible difference to the West's general health (while possibly making a very unwelcome difference to the pharmaceutical industry and likely throwing the whole laxative industry out ot business) The doctor, who has already earned recognition for his medical detective work in Africa, which helped launch research into viruses as possible cancer causes, is turning his energy to a cam- paign to "banish white bread" and sub- stitute it with a spoonful of miller's bran sprinkled over the breakfast cereal systems as Thomism, German Idealism. Positivism (old or new) is im- plicit in the religious faith most briefly ex- pressed in the three words. God is love It is an at I irmation of both meaning and method in giovvth and existence The creative relationship ot lite is not material and mechanical as the evolutionists of Russia and Marxism declare but is a compassionate, earing nurturing, healing, redeeming princi- ple and personality Such a taith makes man feel at home in the universe No longer is it alien and hostile, but it has a basic goodness and loving kindness Botanists say that I lowers respond to people who love them This is another way of saying that love is the life process of the universe So Clod becomes real in love That is what St .John keeps repeating in Ins tirst letter God becomes real in service God becomes leal in prayer The whole earth becomes vocal with the call of God if man would but hear radiant with the vision of God it man would but see "Lift the stone and thou shall find me cleave the wood and I am there As man finds in God a profound meanmgfulness or life the essence ol which is love, he finds too the peace that passes understanding What a great gilt it is. but it will not come without the death of self and a rebirth into a new hie which is eternal life, in all of which there will be much anguish though the end be eternal blessedness and joy IMIAYKR: O God, grant that Thy greatness ma> How round our incompleteness, round our restlessness Thy rest. and you standing naked in front of the income tax office to protest government subsidizing everything with your money is just as futile Where is the Year of Europe? By C.L. Sulzberger, New York Times commentator to Henry Kissinger this was supposed to be the Year ol Europe tor U S policy but the chances of real success are modest Not that it isn t high tune to check the erosion ot Transatlantic i elationslnps it is simply that too unforeseen frus- trations have occurred When Kissinger is confirm- ed as secretary ot state where he should prove es- pecialK el lee live he will undoubtedly seek to carry out Ins original plan of gluing back together It is no seer et to him that some ot our p.utneis are led up with unilateralism and the seeming priority ot interest in China and Russia at the expense of Europe (and Japan) But political e m barrassmenls and procedural imposed bv gate s spieadmg ripples distorted and weakened the original piogram to rectify this situation President Nix- on s hopes tor a triumphant Kuropean journey have become dimmer Kissinger's own desire to use this week's Copenhagen meeting of Common Market foreign ministers to galvanize unity untortunateh taded Nor is Europe s am- bience particularly propitious Bonn and Pans are squabbling more than they have in years over the European com- munity s agricultural policy which patently favors France The French are reverting to nastv anti-German cracks and meanwhile Chancellor Brandt's Ostpolitik has run into trouble Attempts by the Europeans to compose their difficulties have s-tumbled A trial balloon floated by Bonn and proposing ,1 Fianco-Bntish-German summit never got oil the ground U the same time a combination of factors has worked to loosen Transatlan- tic- ties The monetary crisis, ptimarih caused by an un- c ontrollable U S credit struc- tuie plus a sagging dollar is not ovei Many Europeans complain the consequent export drive is at their expense And above all it ,s necessary to erase suspicions that bilateral dealings betyveen Washington and Moscow do not reflect the interests ol NATO s European members Kissinger clearly when he first spoke ol the Year ot Europe fundamental changes exist in the relationship betyveen that area and the United States, a lelationship initially formaliz- ed in NATO For an entire generation the West Europeans have been able to locus on internal problems while reiving for protection on the American nuclear umbrella The age of decolonization relieved them ol expensive overseas ties and helped them to c reate a huge mass market in the European community now including nine members This built up their self- c-ontidence. enabling them to speak more loudly in world af- lairs even il they are not truly unit led and are certainly m- capabie of defending themselves The latter weakness is obscured bv plea- sant assumptions that today's detente will be ot indefinite duiation Within NATO the United States has ceased being the benel ic ent economic prop and is now olten at a disadvan- tage Europe's commercial Letter to the Editor Creek and silver mines in Timmins are among the largest in the world The takeover ot Texasgult accomplishes one more ot CDC President Hampson's goals Not so long ago, he carved out six broad areas of the economy in which he wanted the CDC to establish its presence mining and smelting, petrochemicals, Aictic pipelines, health care, venture capital, and petroleum and natural gas The CDC got into petrochemicals by bu.ymg the highly successful Polymer Corp and renaming it Pol.ysar It entered the lucrative health care field by buying Connaught Laboratories, which, under then new name ol C'onlab Holdings are themselves anxious to become multinational CDC is a partner in a number ot venture capital companies, as well as in the Canadian Arctic gas study gioup Texasgulf neatly fills the gap in the mining-smelting field leaving only a petroleum o! natural gas company to be bought couple of months ago, Hampson said that he might share the wealth with other Canadians bv issuing shares of CDC' which could be bought in the stock market He said that depending on the buildup ol C'DC" s investment! porttoiio. the CDC could go public as eaily as next spring This possibility raises anew the ancient debate as to whether the basic concept ot a joint government-private enterprise venture ib a viable one Private enterprise has one major goal to maximize or at least to optimi7C Governments mav want to make money, but often their interests lean to what they conceive to be national objec- tives Thev also unlor- tunatelv. olten make decisions on the basis oi political ex- pedience In looking at the C'DC s future we shouldn't lorget the soi rv past ot another joint government- ptivatc enteipuse collabora- tion Quebec's General Investment Corporation The GIC was set up to invest in the economic' development ot Quebec Its shares went on the market at each The CMC proceeded not to buy money making com- panies but to shore up un- competitive linns because politically it coiildn t allow jobs to disappear GIC shares went steadily down Irom if.10 to unclei Finally, the Quebec government bought the GIC back trom the losing public not even lor cash but I oi other government sec unties There has never been a sat isl a etc) i y answer to whether the C'DC will become a pawn of national objectives oi regional or political problems Tonv Hampson has said that as long as he is president the CDC' will be in business to make money within the teims of its man- date In this way. Hampson believes, the best interests ol the C'anadian economy and all Canadians will be served There is no question that the portioho ol the CDC reflects Tonv Hampson's goals But neither Hampson nor the pre- sent government, which seems to support his views will be there forever Everything new isn't wrong The trouble with the kind of reasoning displayed recently by Teny Morns and Peter Hunt is that characteristics which identify a lew par- ti c1 u 1 a r instances of a phenomenon are made out to be true in all other cases No two open areas are iden- tical, jus-t as no traditional classrooms are identical To point out only the most ob- vious differences pupils, parents and homes, teachers, administrators, and school philosophy It is not far short ol ludicrous to draw conclusions about all of one kind ol learning environment based upon observations of only a lew cases of the type. It would be totally unreasonable to damn traditional classes having visited only two such classrooms at Almighty High School Surely the same is ti ue loi open areas Concerning open areas, Mr Hunt cites research done in Winnipeg to support his contentions And here is yet another problem Persons who tend to cite research and statistics to prove a point tend at the same time to be selec- tive about the research and statistic thev employ Doing it in just this way, Mark Twain showed many years ago, that it is dangerous to go to because more people die in bed than anywhere else Messrs Morris and Hunt do, however, share a concern of mine (much to their credit) It is with what one writer has called "neophiha" mlatua- Uon wilh Ihe new, with in- novation, whatever it may be The neophihacs" charge hell-bcnt-for-leather after every new idea that comes along until they eaten it and saddle the rest of us with it, then oil they go alter vet another, with the same reckless abandon These neophiliac creatures are to be avoided at all costs tor they utlerly lack common sense and reason However, Morns, Hunt and Hales ought to be somewhat cautious of quick indictments ol all innovations For there is ,1 healthy even necessary, kind ol change which must constantly flow through any system so that it does not become stagnant Too, it is healthy lor a school system to have variety in its schools simply because not all children and not all teachers I unction best in one and onlv one kind ol learning situation Neophihacs" are absolute- ly dangerous, but stodgy- old querulous pre- Renaissance pedants aren't much darn good either C! 1, HALES Lethbi idge rival And while it remains the latter s ultimate protector the combination of U S Soviet relations, declining strength and gain- ing pressure to bring home tioops worries Europeans who know thcv couldn't do much to help themselves militarily in ,1 ci unth Thus a kind ot quasi- isolatiomst spirit on each side ot the ocean is starting to replace the old twin-pillar theory which previously sustained North Atlantic hopes Ml hough common ideas of freedom and re- main a powerful bond among the allies they begin to find their trading interests often antipathetic, their political aims more unilateral and then common defence invest- ment less palatable The consequence is a new psy chological atmosphere Wise see the need to keep garrisoning Europe in out ovyn self interest in a world capable of sudden shifts But tins is not made politically easier by cornmer- c-ial resentment and diplomatic suspicion of Washington in West Europe the same time, while Europeans want our soldiers and missiles thev don't like helping to pay tor them or gi anting favors to ease the load The result ot these discerni- ble trends in each half of NATO is that both the ISA and Western Europe are becoming increasingly relax- ed toward a smiling Russia that is meanwhile arming to the teeth and tightening screws on dissidents Prof Raymond Aron, a brilliant French commen- tator, makes this wry obser- vation "One should not see an adversary as a devil, but one should not see him as a friend cither Perhaps one can con- sidei the opponent of today as a 11 lend of tomorrow, but one should not take him as a friend belore he becomes one The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th Si S Lethbndge Alberta 1 ETHBRIDGb HERALD CO LTD Proprietors and Publish 3rs Published 1905-1954 by Hon W A BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No 0012 Member ol The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers Association and the Audit Bureau of Circulations Cl tO W MOWERS Editor and Publisher THOMAS H ADAMS Manager DON Pll I ING Wll I IAM HAY Man iqinq editor i He Fditnr nov MII rs HOIK.i AS K WAI KI n Advertiiinq M ituqer I ililon il P iqc> Lililor THE HERALD SEilVLS THL SOU! 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