Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Tuesday, September 22, 197U Maurice Western. Count Canada In Very belatedly Canada is being counted in as a combatant in the struggle to arrest the population ex- plosion. The federal government has announced that it will become ac- tively involved in birth control pro- grams at home and abroad. Staggering increases in population throughout the world point to a day too far distant when the demands for food will outstrip the supplv. Optimistic forecasts of phen- omenal increases in production of foodstuffs continue to be made here and there but most experts are pes- simistic. Former Prime Minister Lester Pearson speaking at the recent World Food Congress held in The Hague, noted that almost a third of the 8.5 billion people living on earth today are either hungry or danger- ously under nourished. Since it has Managing The House Perhaps people would be less frightened of the word ''economy" or "economics" if they knew where it came from. 11 is from two Greek words meaning managing a house. As Canada's economy becomes more complicated, it is at once more difficult and more imperative for the people to understand it. The annual review of the Eco- nomic Council of Canada, published this week, is essential reading for all who are concerned about how Canada manages her house. Those who are worried about em- ployment will learn from the report, that fewer people are now engaged in producing goods than in provid- ing services. Of those employed the percentage engaged in agricul- ture, forestry and fishing has drop- ped from 28 to 9 since the war, and all of that slack has been taken up by the service industries, such as transportation, merchandising, eclu- tion, health etc., which now are 58 per cent of the total. There is no reason to expect that the service in- dustries will not continue to expand in job opportunities. Another lesson: the infusion of new capital has been heaviest, com- pared with new jobs, in utilities and in mining, oil and gas, and in these two fields and only in these two (agriculture is not included in that chart) has there been no noticeable price increase since the war. The areas of heaviest price in- creases were those with the least efficiency in using labor and capi- tal. Copies of the review may be ob- tained from the Queen's Printer, Ottawa, for ?2.50. Mr. Turner's Surprise Canadian judges got a surprise the other day. The Minister of Jus- tice Mr. Turner thinks they are due for a fat salary hike, a whopping 50 per cent. Back in 1967 judges' pay was upped five thousand dollars a year but it wasn't nearly enough- according to Mr. Turner that is. Judicial salaries range from about per year for district court judges to per year for chief justices of provincial trial courts and courts of appeal. Most prov- inces give the jurists supplemental allowances as well. Jurists do not come cheaply, nor should they, considering the essen- tial role they play in society, the qualities of wisdom, of study, and of temperament which they must .possess to sit in judgment on their fellow men. Still when the federal government is attempting to keep guidelines within bounds around per cent, a suggested 50 per- cent increase in judicial salary is startling. It even sounds far out to some of the learned men who stand to benefit from it. Mailing Gifts From Thailand By Joyce Sasse 'T'HAILAND I intended to write when I first got up this morning. Had I done so then, I would have tried to help you visualize the sights so familiar to Thai- land's capitol city. First, I would have de- scribed gold encrusted walls and glittering green and orange porcelain roof tiles, and roof beams turned up like the prow of an ancient Norse sailing vessel, and stone spires, studded with chips of colored glass and china, and demonic figures with goulish smiles and waving arms, and the mytholo- gical lions at the gates all integral parts of Buddhist temples located, so it would seem every few blocks in the most devout- ly Buddhist nation in the world and everywhere, the odor of incense, and the sight of saffron robed monks, eyes down- cast in an attitude of humility, begging a contribution toward their breakfast Then I would have carried you along in our boat as we toured the broad muddy waters of the busy Chao Phya Eiver. The sluggish, narrow, winding canals that branch off this thoroughfare form the high- way network of the country. And multi- purpose highways they are! Children as brown as the teak that grows in the great forests to the north, use these "Wongs" as their playground, while their parents drop a bucket over the edge of the front porch and draw water for lunch. A tot brushes his teeth a few feet from where a bare-breasted grandmother performs her daily ablutions. Between them mother is busy with the fam- ily laundry. The coffee vendor paddies by in a kiak shaped canoe, eager fruit ped- dlers do door-to-door business without ever leaving the comfort of their tiny merchants from the "floating market." Had I the time and the space, it would be fun to drive you out into the country- side. While we might not get as far as live River Kwai, could see bright green rice paddies ringed with majestically lowering palm trees, and watch the children care for huge grey water buffalo submerged up to their ears in lotus ponds after a hot af- ternoon's work. In c e r t a i n of the more densely wooded areas you might even meet an elephant pushing a two ton teak log to the river. Or, if you long for more excite- ment, you could place your bets on a prize fighting cock and watch Uvo birds feel out their attack strategy. We could give closer attention, too, to the harmoniously complementary relation- ship th.it exists between Ilic Chinese and Thajs. The former, so tlicy tell me, are the traders and business men of the land; while the latter have taken to politics and govern- ment administration. As I say, had I written this morning, I would have told you all these things. But the morning fled in one hectic bustle such as can only beset an unsuspecting sbjourn- er in a foreign land. Let me begin by say- ing Thailand is a marvelous place to shop. By the time we walked past the shops in the airport we were addicted to teak wood- carvings, and bronze flat ware. The "Thai silk" signs lured us as we drove to our lodging place. Thai cottons are simply ir- resistable. What better place to do our Christmas shopping? The second evening we struggled back to our rooms laden with gifts and heavy brown wrapping paper. Someone was delegated to get more tape and string. Someone else sent for the nec- essary customs forms. By our fourth day, neat little bundles were stacked high on our desks, the Guest House ear had been reserved, and we were off to the Post Office well, almost! We got as far as loading everything in the car (and for four women there were a lot of when Dr. Saywell (host and manager of the Christian Guest House and an indis- pensable friend to the traveller) came out to make sure the driver knew where to lake us. He took one look at the parcels and murmured something about them "not being and P.O. officials being pretty sticky about such tilings and the declaration slips needed to be glued on and there was no working space once we got down there (only people) and he hoped we had enougli bhat (the local cur- rency) since they don't accept American money or travellers cheques there And and maybe we had better just bring the whole thirty parcels back into the din- ing room, where we have tables to work- on, and recruit as many as we can to put heavier string on certain packages, paste the appropriate labels, cover each knot with candle wax, etc., etc. By this lime, we were battling the bad less than two hours before we were scheduled to leave for the airport. In an hoiu-, we were once again piled in the car, along with a couple of staff members, who would help us get through the wicket line-ups, and the man- ager himself. In fifty minutes we were with perspiration, wise r for the experience, sure that this was a ''Christmas" we'd not forget! Bennett's Proposal Is Show Business not proved possible to adequately feed the existing population of the world, the prospect of supplying the needs of double the number within a few years does not appear to be very encouraging. The arguments in favor of birth control have become so compelling that only a few pockets of resistance survive. Canada has not been op- posed to birth control. The govern- ment simply waffled on the issue. Even as recently as three months ago when the absence of any policy was noted in the White Paper on Ex- ternal Affairs, the Hon. Mitchell Sharp lamely brushed the matter aside. Late as it is in coming, the an- nouncement of Canada's intention to become involved in birth control pro- grams is welcomed. There is still a chance that disaster can be averted. rjTTAWA Not for the first time at a federal-provin- cial conference the premier of British Columbia has proclaim- ed himself the one true friend of Quebec in Confederation. Mr. Bennett cites, as proof of this claim, the famous mil- lion loan which lie oucc extend- ed to Jean Lesage, then pre- mier of Quebec. Apparently, ho has nothing similar in mind on the present occasion since lie lias formally requested annual payments of half a billion and assorted smaller hand-outs from the federal government. There is little evidence that Mr. Bennett's claim is based on expectancy or any sort of care- ful accounting. It might have been million or ?600 mil- lion or any'other round figure which came to mind at the moment. Essentially it is a matter of show business. As regards Quebec, however, Mi-. Bennett is not merely a lender. He is also a borrower, operating in the field of ideas. Among the many matters which t li e premiers have shelved for further considera- tion at an indefinite time is the Quebec scheme for a constitu- tional court to replace the Su- preme Court of Canada. The ef- fect of this would be to replace judicial decision with a system of arbitration since the judges would be partially appointed by the federal, partly by the pro- vincial authorities and would be expected to represent the in- terests of the appointing gov- ernments. Mr. Bennett, sensing the possibilities of the Quebec principle, has now without so much as an acknowl- edgment to its originators applied it to the Bank of Can- ada. The attractiveness of the idea, from his standpoint, is reasonably obvious. It should please Mr. Caouette and the Social Credit faithful. It also in- volves r e a r r a h g ing affairs within the federal jurisdiction, which Mr. Bemiett has always been willing to do, wilh or with- out invitation. Equal partnership in the op- eration of the central bank means, for the B.C. premier, that the board of directors would be appointed by the governments from each of the five regions of Canada and the government of Canada. This assumes, evidently, that the provinces will sort them- selves Out into regions in ac- cordance with Mr. Bennett's earlier instructions. In addition, legislative jur- isdiction over the chartered banks and other major finan- cial institutions would be in- vested in a fiscal and monetary council, the members of which would be appointed in the samo way. Mr. Bennett is keen on getting rid of governments (outside the coast region) but would compensate for this sim- plification by introducing a new government level. As remodelled by the pre- mier, the new bank would be "truly federal." It will be re- called that "true federalism" made its first appearance in Quebec where it was widely ad- vertised as a great improve- ment on classical federalism. Since then it has been supplant- ed in its birthplace by various other forms of federalism, al- though not before it was stored in Mr. Bennett's mind for the needs of a future revelation. There are two possibilities in the B.C. proposal. The hopeful "How did you make out with your million demand 1" Letters To The Editor Better To Burn Dictionary Than Bible I would like the privilege of answering J. W. Fishbourne (Fo- cus on the University, p 5, Eat., Sept. Does he believe people used garden hoses, with fine sprays, before the time of Noah? The Bible d-Desn't say they didn't- Another Vieiv Of Things In the letter by John Mac- Kenzie, the myopia of the anti- Semite is apparent. I thought that it was the Nazis who created the hoards of displaced Jews. I seem to remember the thousands of Jews flocking to Britain in the 30's and America, too. Not much persecution there! Not our guilt, either. I seem to remember that there was to .be a Palestinian state for the Arabs in 1947, but the Egyptians, Syrians and Jor- danians put a stop to that idea when they descended on the in- fant Israel in the 1947 war, thinking they could get easy pickings and getting their fingers badly burnt. And there were not two million Arab refugees until Nasser was stupid enough to provoke the 6- day war in 1967 and do not forget that no-one has ill-treat- ed the Arab refugees as much as the Egyptians and Syrians. The hijackers are anarchists, they have put themselves out- side the law, both in the taking over of foreign p-hnes, and also in trying to rule the country that gave them refuge. Who could be surprised at the West- em nations looking the majority of Middle East nations appear to want nothing to do with the ei- ther! Personally, and this will probably show what a square old Tory I am, I think it is a pity that Israel, France and Britain were not allowed to complete the job they. started in the 1957 war we probably would not have the Middle East in its present calamitous state, or Russia sailing from the Alexandria naval base. HARRY J. COBOURNE. Lethbridgc. Beware Of "The Horse" Last week while visiting your city we spent several hours at your lovely Henderson Park. I wonder how many thous- ands of other tourists have spent hours there with little c h i 1 d r e n so completely un- aware of the danger that is present The Horse. Our young son went for a lit- tle ride on one and when he get off ho had one tooth knock- ed right out, at least two more loosened and it took 17 stitches to close his face. It could have been worse he could have lest his eye or it could have cut his throat. As it is. he will "ju.st be scarred for life.'' As we rushed into the emer- gency entrance at the hospital, the nurse took one look and said "The this must be the I Olst child in here from that horse. The doctor said it was the eighth or ninth that he had treated. Why? Surely to good- ness one or two should have been enough for the proper authorities to take some means of action cither by posting a sign of danger, padding the horse or simply removing it. Perhaps the authorities were unaware of this now you know. MRS. RAY TINSLEY Lacombc. but, personally, I doubt it, sim- ply because there was no need for it. In his 6th paragraph, J. W. F. says, "Knowing what we now know, could he believe that rain- bows did not exist before the Certainly he could. Up to the lime of "Noah's Flood" rain never fell en the earth. It was watered by dew. That is why, during 120 years of preaching that it was "going to rain a great Noah never managed to convince a single person. As far as they were concerned, "He's a fool. It never has it never will." But Noah was right and they, though a tre- mendous majority, were wrong perished because of their refusal to listen to God's Word, through Noah. J. W. F. goes on to say, "I Commendation I would like to commend Neil Andrews, consultant for the city's Parks and Recreation de- partment, on the proposals he made to develop the Lethbridge riverbottom assets. A recrea- tional area such as this i? of interest to individuals and fam- ilies because it will provide a few days' entertainment in the outdoors. Park land facilities offered here will hopefully b e as successful a tourist attrac- tion as the Japanese Gardens. Building of the Park, mainte- nance, running of concessions, stables, and boat facilities will contribute to employment op- portunities especially student summer employment. There has been a tendency in the past for people to avoid the rivcrboltom. Controlled facili- ties such as trail rides, histori- cal tours, canoe voyages and nature hikes would familiarize the public with the rivcrbo1.- loin. N. C, think it very likely lie devised an explanation, one that fitted what he believed he knew at the time. Now, with more knowl- edge available, a better and truer explanation was possible." Well, regardless of what J. W. F. "thinks the word of God is the word of it does not change. Yes, J. W. F., it is true that, "To advance our collective knowledge is not irreligious." But, be sure it is true knowl- edge that yen are advancing and not just your own persona! pet theories and ignorances. Better to burn your diction- ary than God's word The Bible. LILLIAN CLIFTON Nelson, B.C. view is that a Benncltized Bank of Canada would not work, in which case damage would be held to a mini m u m. The gloomy view is that it would work in accordance with Mr. B e n n c t t's expectations, in which case it would wreck the country. The limitations of monetary policy as an economic regula- tor have frequently been spelled out by the practical men with actual experience of managing it. They are bound to make their judgments on -the basis of complex considera- tions, domestic and interna- tional. Moreover, the effect of what they do depends not mere- ly on the degree of pressure exerted on the controls but also on precision of timing. If they are late in attempting to cor- rect a trend, action by the bank produces no automatic re- sponse. There is a time lag and within this space conditions may alter. Thus monetary pol- icy often produces disappoint- ing results and the bank is for- ever warning the public against counting too heavily on it, to the neglect of fiscal and other regulators. But the bank, as presently constituted, has a single re- sponsibility. Mr. Bennett enter- tains the curious idea that, if it is made responsible to six dif- ferent masters If there is a "sharing in decisions" it mil perform more efficient- ly. How rapidly governments achieve collective decisions is demonstrated by the constitu- tional achievement. Since the great work began, all sorts of subjects have been discussed but, according to Mr. Bennett in his bank speech, all this in depth discussion has produced nothing discernible by way of agreed progress. Similar in depth discussion on the far from simple prob- lems that constantly confront the Bank of Canada would probably suffice to put it out of business. While this would be unfor- tunate, everything is relative. The more appalling prospect is that the Bennett scheme, for a time at least, would work. The e n e r a 1 criticism of monetary policy, at any given period, is that it operates across the board and fails in the process to meet regional expectations. If the money sup- ply is to be determined by add- ing up the government-as- sumed needs of the five re- gions, what is likely to be the result? British Columbia, ac- cording to Mr. Bennett's pres- ent calculation, is short about half a billion annually. As tyiew- ed from other capitals and fre- quently advertised by Mr. Ben- nett, however, it is croesus- rich. Thus there must be pro- portionately greater need for infusions of cash into the Prai- ries, Quebec and the Mari- times. Even Ontario, whatever its misgivings, could scarcely turn its back on such a cornu- copia. Since no government could be expected to tax on such a scale, the Beiuiettized bank would have to provide. It is difficult to imagine a more promising way of wrecking the currency. Fortunately, no such bank is likely to materialize. It has nothing to do with economics, everything to do with show- manship. Mr. Bennett does not come to Ottawa like the other premiers; he descends on it from luminous clouds. Whether the conference is open or closed is of little con- sequence. With each arrival sometimes before the arrival- there is a new revelation; now of the bank; tomorrow the trea- sury. Mr Bennelt some time or other has been everybody's true friend but nothing much results from these visitations; nothing of the order of million or a friendly hand on the tap of the Bank of Canada. LOOKING BACKWARD THROUGH THE HERALD 1920 The famous monkeys of Gibraltar are doomed. The governor has decreed their ex- tinction or banishment. These wild monkeys are the only ones on the continent of Europe. It is believed they were brought in when the Moors invaded Spain. 1830 Southern Alberta re- ceived its first taste of winter when rain turned to snow. The storm is general and all field operations have been suspend- ed. 3910-Matthew Halton, Wash- ington correspondent of the To- ronto Star, will be the speaker Sunday night on the public in- formation "Face the Facts" broadcast. Ralph Bunche, for- mer United Nations mediator in Palestine, has been award- ed the Nobel peace prize. Western Canadian Seed Processors plant went into commercial operation this week. The plant processes sun- flower, rapesecd, safflower and flax seed. The lethbrutye Herald 504 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publishers Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second Class Mail Registration No 001! Member of The Canadian Press and the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers' Association ind I he Audit Bureau of Circulation. CLEG W. MOWERS, Editor end Publisher THOMAS H, ADAMS, General Manager JOE BALLA WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor HOY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Page Editor "THE HERAID SERVES THE SOUTH"