Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
4 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Snlurdoy, Sepl.mbor 26, 1970 Bruce, Hutchison River Rights British Columbia's Bennett Dam on the upper Peace River has impaired the water supply of Peace River town in Alberta. The town has been put to extra expense because of the changes in water level caused by the- dam. So the town will sue the B.C. govern- ment. This action will he watched with close interest all across Canada, lor it will break new legal ground. Each province owns its own rivers. In the case of rivers that pass through two or more provinces, each owns its own section of the river and neither is subject to the other. The federal government has certain authority over such interprovincial streams, but almost none over their development. So British Columbia could legally dam the Peace without reference to Alberta. This is a constitutional weakness that cannot he corrected, under pres- ent circumstances, except by the courts through application of common law, and there is no clear tradition or precedent from the courts. If Peace River town wins the case, it will profoundly influence all future river development in Alberta, for all our streams eventually flow out. Libera lized A bortion Amendment of the Criminal Code In regard to abortion did not go near- ly far enough for many people. At the time of the debate in the House there, were warnings that the people would not be satisfied with only an appearance of liberalization. There have been indications re- cently that there is considerable dis- satisfaction with the present law. The illegal type abortions are still be- ing performed and various bodies have made themselves heard in fa- vor of a truly liberalized abortion law. Although the committee on mater- nal welfare of the Alberta Medical Association did not sound as if it was campaigning for change, its re- port provides ammunition for those who are. The report said that thera- peutic abortions should be looked upon the same way as any other med- ical problem. It also favored a lib- eral interpretation of what consti- tutes a therapeutic abortion. The logical conclusion of such a position is that the requirement of submitting petitions for abortion to a medical tribunal should be abolished. That is precisely what the agitators for liberalized abortion want. When abortion is viewed as a med- ical problem the role of the state is radically changed. Policing virtually disappears because the medical pro- fession provides supervision. A meeting of Liberals in Vancouver expressed a view that is widely held. "Free abortion laws in no way force those who are by conscience opposed, but leave everyone with a free choice to accept Or reject abortion in light of the individual's ethical and moral concepts." This applies to those who might he eligible for abortion and those who perform them. Justice Minister John Turner says that change will come when public opinion demands it. He is hearing some of the public now and will have to decide when what he is hearing has become the view of the majority. It is only a matter of time the change appears to be almost inevit- able. Tips Expected! The resolution by the Guelph Cham- ber of Commerce that the parent body should put itself on record as being opposed to tipping as a cus- tom that has outlived its need was greeted with general laughter. The idea should have received more seri- ous consideration. Prof. W. T. Ewen of Guelph says tipping is a degrading practice and is no longer necessary where minimum wages are set by law. Most em- ployees don't seem to be humiliated when they find some change under the plate in a restaurant, and cer- tainly no bell boy who straggles with mountains of suitcases refuses the expected pourboire. But tipping is not only a nuisance, it can be costly too. Take, for instance, the heavily laden air traveller. On arrival in a metro- politan centre he has to have assis- tance carrying his luggage to the taxi. The taxi driver expects some change so does the bell boy who takes his suitcases to the registra- tion desk, and up to his room. This also calls for a tip. Door men expect tips when they call for taxis. The cost of getting in and out of hotel rooms has gone up so much that most people carry their own bags if they can. Many hotels in the United States and nearly all of them in Europe add a whopping 10-20 per cent on the hotel bill as a "service charge." This has done very little to eliminate the tipping nuisance. There is a possibil- ity that if a service charge were added, and notices put in hotel rooms and restaurants, that tips were un- necessary because of this arrange- ment, at least some of the nuisance might be eliminated. But the practice has become so ingrained in the mod- ern social fabric that it appears now to be ineradicable. The Soviets tried to stop it and they did for a brief time. But pride eventually took sec- ond place and the Russian hand ac- cepts the ruble as eagerly as the Canadian one takes the fifty or more. Suggestions anyone? Weekend Meditation Hands Beneath The Wings visions of Ezckiel are not easy to understand, but few are so rewarding. Take the first chapter of Ezekiel where lie sees four living creatures with four faces, four wings, and hands beneath the wings. The poet, William Blake, took these living creatures to be the Four Zoas, Urizen, Lu- vah, Los, and Tharmas corresponding to "the Four Eternal Senses of thought, feeling, intuition, and sensation. The psy- chologist, C. G. Jung, who has done so much research to relate Zen Buddhism and exis- tentialism, in his book, "The Integration of contends that the health of personality depends on the proper union of these functions. If however, you do not wish to explore so deeply into the meaning of EzekieFs vi- sion take a very obvious lesson from the picture of hands beneath the wings. Wings are for soaring, hands are for hard work. If a man is going to do anything worth- while, he must have visions; if his visions are to be realized he must have hard work. Some people can dream, but they can't work. Some work, but never dream. The first are idlers good for nothing, and the second arc slaves, whose work is hard monotony. Think of all the youth taking drugs so that they can dream. How few of them will do a day's honest work. Edwin Markham, on the other hand, has a poem inspired by seeing Millet's world famous painting of a brutalized toiler, "The Man with the Hoe." He quotes from Genesis, "God made man in his own image, in the image of God made He him." Using words like ham- mers Markham asks who made this man "dead to rapture and despair a thing that grieves not and lhat never hopes, stolid and stunned, a brother to the Then the poet goes on to conclude v.ith a warning to the world lhat this man will rise one day in rebellion, .shaking dcmn kingdoms kings, for what they have done tn him. In his description of the wheels, no proph- et is more modern than Ezekiel, but much of what he says requires no difficult inter- pretation. It is plain for all to see and very applicable to modern life. There is the Valley of Dry Bones which only the Spirit of God could clothe with flesh and make to breathe and stand up. There is the syncretism of religion, the worship of Babylonian deities which has been the downfall of every civilization the loss of purity in their faith. We might well ponder tliis as our Western world runs after every fad, trying to join African and Oriental re- ligions with the Hebrew Christian faith. It would do us good to listen to the warnings of the great Dutch theologian, Hendrik Krae- mer, who points to the uniqueness of the Christian revelation as its crown and glory. It is a degenerate culture that seeks to mix all religions into a hotch potch, sinking into superstition, as even some of the uni- versity students are doing. Ezekiel recalls people to the worship of the true God. Since our secularized society has driven God from business, politics, and art. making them autonomous fields for man's sole exploitation, God leaves man alone. Yet that is not true exactly, for ir.an comes under the judgment of God. Man's pride, tyranny, murder says Ezekiel, will not go unpunished. In the twenty second chapter he sums up the evils of which men have been guilty. He speaks of gross im- morality, the destruction of tire sanctity of family life, and the repudiation of paren- tal authority. He describes the social in- justice and decline of brotherhood. He tells of the crooked business and the bribery. But the ultimate evil is departure from God. The hands llic wings lire vision of God and man's dedication. That was the need Ihcn and it is the need now. PRAYER: Show me Thy will, 0 God, and enable me to have Iho diligence anil endiirfince lo perform il, K S. M. Back To Bread And Butter Concerns AMONG (111! many Pierre Trudcaus who collectively occupy Canada's highest office the nation recently watched the great constitutionalist at work. But obvisouly lie was not working very hard. Tlic other Trudcaus the party leaders, parliamentarian, economist, fi- nancier, social reformer, inter- national diplomat and outdoor man have been taking most of the available time. After tliree days of apparent- ly wasted talk with the ten pre- miers, the constitutionalist can enjoy a prolonged vacation while his various alter egos re- sume the practical work of die cuff remarks ahout Hie prospects of a new Canadian conslitulion should be read against the considered state- communique that, having fail- ed to get anywhere at five con- ferences, the heads of the 11 governments are liot in the government, enough of it to de- ments and fascinating logic of leasl discouraged. They will mand the full energies of all the Tmdeuas combined. On second thoughts, however, the public may suspect that the last federal-provincial confer- ence was not wasted but went according to plan, the Tnideau plan, of course, with appro- priate window dressing. The constitutionalist's off- his book, Federalism and Ihe French Canadians (a pitiably dull and inadequate title for a masterpiece of politcal litera- Carefully re read this book, which appeared early in 1968, lells us much more about our affairs in autumn, 1970, than any official communique. Thus we arc assured by Ihe serve prime minister's devise a new constitution, the prime minister says "as rap- idly as possible" at a pace, one suspects, of an aged snail crippled with arthritis, exactly the pace intended from the be- ginning. If this seems to be a cynical statement on page 30 of Ms book: "I should be very sur- prised if real statesmen, given the facts of the problem, ar- rived at the conclusion that our constitution needs drastic revision." Even the renewed attempt la devise the mechanics of amend- ment in Canada and bring the constitution home from Britian now, suddenly, lire desper- ate, urgent need of all the gov- reading of the communique, ob- ernmenls cannot seriously of the more democratic structure endorsed by the World Congress on the Future of the Church you will desist in referring to me as the Reverend Shop Steward Letters To The Editor Editorial Declaration On Fireworks Stupid Your editorial declaration that fireworks should not be banned is just too stupid to be passed by without comment. As the father of the boy who was injured in the latest fire- cracker incident I feel ob- ligated to make a rebuttal. We are dealing with the wel- fare, indeed the very lives, of countless children, and yet you have the effrontery lo produce trivial arguments about the pleasure that children may de- rive from firecrackers. You also attempt to equate fire- crackers with swimming pools and motor cars, a futile com- parison that may make sense to you but certainly will not to responsible parents. I can hardly believe you are serious, and it is obvious that you have not made even the slight- est effort to check any facts and figures. I would like to present you with a few chilling statistics that demonstrate only too plainly that the pleasure that children can obtain from firecrackers does not outweigh the hazards. As a starter, you might re- fer to a small item that ap- peared in your own newspaper on July 13, 1970, Datelmed Bos- ton it reads, "Approxi- mately persons, mostly children, were injured by fire- works during the July 4 U.S. Independence Day weekend this year, the National Fire Protection Association reports. The Association said this was about ths same number as last year during the same time." The United States Public Health Service estimates that every year between and people suffer injury from fireworks. I regret having no Canadian figures, hut I think we can assume that such in- juries occur in this country. Two surveys were conducted in the United States in 1969, one by the National Fire Pro- tection Association jointly with the Fire Marshals' Association of North America, and the oth- er by the National Society for the Prevention of Blindness. disturb the prime minister, in his book anyhow. As he wrote of the famous Fulton-Fayreau formula, before its untimely death, it "docs not fill me wiih wild excitement." Again, the revision of Hie constitution, originally sought by Quebec, "must be interpre- ted as taking place over sever- al since "we must not meddle with the constitu- tion just yet. The real danger is that all these constitutional debates will provide an escape valve for our (French Canadi- an) energies and useful diver- sionary tactics for those who fear the profound social re- forms advocated by the pro- gressive element in our prov- ince." There speaks the whole Tru- dcau instead of the part-time constitutionalist. In a leisurely, peripheral way he is concerned with a new constitution in the remote future, as a father may be concerned with the life of his great-grandchildren whom he is unlikely to see. But the prime minister's immediate concern, his true purpose in politics, is to reform society, and he holds that it can be completely reformed, if the- na- tion so desires, within the ex- isting constitution- All this was perfectly clear to him in 1968, before he thought of becoming primv minister. In a sense, no doubt, it is still clear to him now. Unfortunately, however, tilings never turn out, in politics, as they are blue- printed in books, and he finds, half way through his first term, that his grand social design has been badly dented, if not broken, by events that neither he, nor anyone else (except a few amateur economists crying vainly in the wilderness) could foresee. His dilemma, as he did fore- see, is not the constitution. It is the unforeseen and many- sided phenomenon which we roughly describe as inflation, weirdly combined with reces- sion. That contradictory pro- cess distorts everything, mocks Mr. Trudeau's dream of a Just Society, exaggerates the prob- lem of Quebec, deepens the problem of regional disparity, strains the provincial govern- ment, sours the entire political system and makes the consti- tution almost irrelevant. No wonder, then, that the prime minister has little time for constitutional dialects at the moment. If a ship is leak- ing in a storm the captain does not worry about the cuisine and wine list. He tries to reach port where he can make repairs. That, it seems to me, is pre- Keep Our National Parks Alive These two surveys covered incidents involving fire- works during a five-month pe- riod. In these incidents, people were injured. Five people were killed. Thirty-eight people lost their eyesight, and in 16 of these cases blindness _______ .....__ was caused by the so-called cisely whal Mr. Tnideau is try- "Class C" fireworks, which are ing to do now. In the economy considered relatively harmless of Canada he is trying to repair compared to some types. Nine a very leaky ship and the con- cases of blindness were caused by firecrackers of the type that injured my son; this category includes firecrackers that are one-and-a-half inches or less in length. You maintain lhat your posi- tion is taken "in defence of and that a ban on fireworks "comes close lo in- fringing upon personal f r e e- stitution offers him no help and no hindrance. I am writing in reply to "Browned Off, Pushed Out, and Burnt Up" of Lethbridge (Sep- tember 8) who had vacationed in Waterton Lakes Park this past summer. I do agree that probably peo- ple with self-contained trailers would not be using the kitchens. Maybe these kitchens could be kept for the convenience of tent campers. But, I also agree whole- heartedly with the Waterton Lakes Park Administration in spreading people out more, thus allowing grass, trees and wild shrubs to have a better chance to remain alive. All the green space and trees around these kitchens and the large enclosed one, are a wonderful improve- ment over the way it was fast deteriorating from so many hu- man beings and their cars run- ning over it, just where and whenever they pleased. They wouldn't want their own lawn treated this way- It could not possibly be ex- pected that with the increase of people travelling to Waterton, and to our National Parks, that I suggest that you trot out those phrases to the par- ents of children who will be in- jured or killed next week, next Yet it would be quite wrong to say that the 11 governments, in their family conferences, have made no progress. For surely it is progress when all of them, even constitutionally- minded Quebec, recognize that the essentials of bread and but- ter must come before the ab- stractions of ink and parer. Mr. Trudeau recognized that fact long ago and, with a pa- tience and bland indirection they be camped within walk- month, or next year. I suggest worthy of Mackenzie "King, his Some Scientific Evidence We are fortunate in Lelh- bridge to finally have an expert of Dr. C. P.'s standing giving us judgments" without bias, and large metal shields. For the past several years llw public has become alarmed by an increasing number of objectively and therefore scien- young people driving cars. It is tifically" on the question of reported that first they go hitchhiking and drugs. (Sept. eighteen miles per hour but I would like to add weight to his scientific conclusions by advising readers that "Ten years ago" a man was struck in the head by lightning and killed in Southern Alberta whilo operating his tractor making it obvious to all that he shouldn't have been riding his tractor. "Two weeks before" a man in North Dakota was narrowly missed by a falling stone (burn- ed and pitted) and since author- ities have not yet determined the source and frequency of this outrage the citizenry o! the area have beun advised lo live underground and when ventur- ing out to wear dark goggles pretty soon they are travelling at 160 miles per hour. Police are concentrating on those in the lower speed ranges because they are easiest to catch. The authorities are trying to elim- inate cars and heing supported by the Buggy Preservation League which recently invited "some" traffic experts and au- tomotive engineers to fry driv- ing these dangerous machines at twenty miles per hour but there wore no volunteers. Some- one reported that Ihcy said they had better things lo do with their lime, JOHN Lelhlindge. ing distance of the townsite I have been fortunate in hav- ing spent a 'ot of time in Water- ton since a very small child and as f grew older, and saw that year after year, this down- town campground was begin- ning to look more like a desert, I was indeed very happy to see that the Park Administration was at last bringing life back to this area. And so now, in standing back and viewing this beautiful lake with the gran- deur of the mountains, it makes one happy to be alive. Yes, Belly River would be a bit far to travel back and forth, but it's n beautiful and well- kept campground. On Labor Day we spoke to three young American couples, who thought it was the most beautiful camp- ground they had seen in their travels. It's impossible for our National Parks lo be able lo continually accommodate this evergrowing population. Land does not increase. Our National Parks were founded to be nature's living museums preserved to protect even small insecls as well as llv largo beautiful animals, and for us to enjoy. As for the mosquitoes at Maskinonge Lake well they arc just one of naluro'.s necessary evils. MliS. II. J. GRAHAM Pinclw Crock. that you look a little deeper human antithesis, he 'has per- ncxt lime and lhat you do a suadcd the premiers to little honest thinking before T------ running off mouth. at your editorial DH- M. R. HANNA. Lethbridge. LOOKING THROUGH THE HERALD brawl between two women in which one charged the other with using obscene language over the garden 1'encc, was dismissed by the magistrate as there was no charge under the bylaw as the disturbance did not occur on the street. were killed near Brooks in the first air mail crash since the service was starled last November. it. Hence the constitutional re- vision moves, or halts, accord- ing to plan all right. Bui no- thing else does. (Herald Special Service) BACKWARD 1WO Germany, Italy and Japan signed a 10-year mili- tary and economic pact in which Uiey agreed to collabor- ale in Iheir efforts lo creala new orders in Europe and Asia. 1850 Berlin's famous Kai- ser's Palace in Ihe Soviet sec- tor of the cily, is being de- molished to make way for a demonstration square modelled after the "Red Square" In Mos- cow. The Lethbridge Herald 504 7th St. S., Lelhbridge, Alberta LETHBR1DGE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisher! Published 1905 1954, by Hon. W. A. 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