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The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • Page 37
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The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada • Page 37

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Hydro prepares for any oil shortage Prof calls surprise witness By Trish Irvln Journal Reporter A surprise witness, flown in from Spain, told an arbitration hearing Tuesday that during a visit here he had been impressed with the professionalism of a University of Ottawa professor Gord Lomer below the hi Officer parked cruiser in a dumb' spot SUNDAY DRIVER: An angry reader writes to complain about what he considers some pretty dumb car handling on the part of a policeman. "I was returning from the airport," he writes, southbound on Prince of Wales Drive about 8:40 a.m. Sunday. On the curve near Normandy Crescent, about half way around, maybe a bit more, an unmarked black cruiser was parked half on the road and half off. The driver was writing a ticket on a green Volvo, lady driver, who had pulled off the road on the shoulder while being ticketed. "I don't think I was going more than 30 but that (censored) cop was a hell of a lot more of a hazard parked halfway on the curve of the highway than I am sure the lady driver was before she was stopped. He really did create a hazard. Couldn't help but wonder if the cop was (censored, but meaning angry) at being on duty on a hot Sunday morning, or just real dumb. "He's the kind of guy who supports the argument of people who say why bother respecting them any more, they're stupid, or whatever." The writer signed his name, and we'd be happy to supply it to Police Chief Tom Welsh should he like to investigate or get further details. QUOTABLE QUOTES: Slogan on the new.U. S. one-dollar postage stamp: "America's Light Fueled by Truth and The New Zealand Dairy Association is introducing sheep's milk on market shelves as a substitute for cow's milk. So far the average New Zealander's reaction to trying sheep's milk has been 'Ewe First', according to world traveller Meyer Click. "It doesn't matter that the Ottawa beaches are closed. I couldn't go anyway. My bathing suit's got holes in i i i i the From a current isssue of Air Force, the unofficial but recommended publication of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, in a letter to the editor. It came from an American who was enlisting in the RCAF in Ottawa during the Second World War: "In Ottawa I met some other Americans who were enlisting in the RCAF. They were also under the auspices of the committee (the Clayton Knight Committee) and were on a per diem rate and staying, expenses paid, at the Chateau Laurier. I too stayed at the Chateau, but I slept on the floor of their room and ate at the Honey Dew across the street from the hotel." And that's going back a few years. AROUND TOWN: Bumper sticker seen on a Georgia registered car on Bank Street: "More people have been killed In Ted Kennedy's car than in all nuclear plants in the Every now and again they have a gourmet-style "Candlelight Dinner" at the National Press Club. The most recent one was last Saturday night and someone forgot the candles. One wag suggested they change the name of the thing to "Incandescent Light A couple of visitors, either Canadian or American, were standing down by the Chateau Laurier watching one of the tour boats pull away from the docks, fully loaded with tourists. "Well," noted one, "there go the boat people." STAMPEDE, INDEED: Louise Belnhauer, supervisor of the Canadian Automobile Association's approved accommodations program found a way to beat the motel problem while attending the Calgary Stampede. Louise, six months along in -her pregnancy, and her husband Fred, visited the Stampede, earlier this month for the first time. Although they were staying in a CAA approved motel, one visit to the bronco-riding activities apparently proved too exciting for the expectant mother as she ended up In the maternity wing of Holy Cross Hospital to give birth to a two-pound, five-ounce baby girl. All is well with the Belnhauer family and Robla Elaine Is resting comfortably In an Incubator despite her three-month premature arrival. Calgary hospital officials are arranging to move (be Incubator and baby to Ottawa this week. 1 who was later dismissed for alleged misconduct with a student. Miguel Alcaraz, the second witness in the three-day hearing into the case of Rudi Strickler, stated his respect for the ecology professor, who is seeking reinstatement at the university. During his two hours of testimony, Alcaraz described a fishing trip he had taken with Strickler, to the same place at Meach Lake where 20-year-old Marie-Eve Coupal alleged her ecology teacher had tried to remove her clothing. Alcaraz said he and Strickler left Coupal alone and decided to let her sleep it off in the living room, then the both of them retired to their own bedrooms. Alcaraz lived in Strickler's home during his stay in Ottawa. Alcaraz said he heard nothing from Coupal until he saw her the next day in the laboratory, where she laughed about having a hangover. Strickler, after denying allegations of misconduct with Coupal has filed a $250,000 libel suit against the biology student, who was one of Strickler's employees in the lab. Coupal, In her testimony during the first two days of the hearing, told of three alleged incidents where Strickler tried to kiss her and remove her clothing. The hearing has been adjourned until the arbitration board reaches a decision at the end of October. Chairman J. D. O'Shea will present the decision once he has received written submissions from the lawyers representing both parties. Strickler's lawyer, William McCaughey, representing the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa, says Strickler was dismissed on the grounds "that he alleged the student consumed alchohol and was in the habit of misbehaving and that his clear attempts to discredit the student could not be supported." McCaughey said Coupal gave evidence of her own misconduct during her testimony and that it is unlikely he will call any more witnesses. Bruce Stewart, a Toronto lawyer representing the university, said it Is significant that most of evidence presented in the case was from his client, Coupal. Later in his testimony, Alcaraz said Strickler ran a very efficient laboratory and since he worked with Strickler on a scientific paper in the summer of 1978, he has been invited to many "Many people came to the laboratory to see Dr. Strickler's work. He is very well known. I respect him." Changes sought in way. of testing children's seats Spectators ooohed and aaahed Tuesday as dummies of children smashed into dashboards, their necks snapping in a film taken of tests at Buffalo, N.Y. The film shown at a public hearing into federal regulations on children's car seats illustrated Calspan claim that methods used to test children's car seats must be changed and different criteria developed to measure potential stresses on real children. Inadequate methods and a dearth of accurate data have been major concerns for G.B. Williams, Ottawa consulting engineer, and the two other men appointed six months ago by the consumer affairs department to investigate possible changes to federal regulations on children's car seats. Other problems are high prices and deciding who has jurisdiction over the seats. Williams said he had wanted to present his recommendations to Consumer Affairs Minister Allan Lawrence by September but the report will probably be delayed because, he has asked hearing participants for more statistics and data. "We're desperate for factual data," Williams said, telling those who presented briefs he needed more than their opinions. Manufacturers, consultants, the Consumer Association of Canada and consumer affairs officials all have said acceleration sled and laboratory test methods do not accurately simulate real accidents. The consumer association and representatives of Canadian and U.S. manufacturers told two days of public hearings that regulations are unrealistic and overly-stringent. More than -100 children -are-killed each year In accidents on Canadian highways, but no statistics are kept on how many were In car seats. About 200,000 car seats and child restraint harnesses are sold each year. Manufacturers say they can not meet the Canadian standard of 18-lncbes-or-less of forward head and body movement on impact without losing sales. The department also says seats should be anchored to automobile bodies. Studies show that many consumers do not use straps provided because they are inconvenient. The consumer association supported manufacturer statements that design may have to be compromised since it would be better to sell many attractive, relatively-adequate seats than to sell no ugly, almost-perfect seats. It also recommended that prices be brought down from between $35 and $105, including installation, by removing an 18-per-cent federal Import tarrlf, a nine-per-cent manufacturer's tax and provincial sales taxes. Adult seat belts are exempt because they are called safety equipment. Children's car seats are taxable as baby furniture. (CP) daft- -ha Ottawa Hydro is taking steps to ensure it can meet extra demand- for electricity be-cause of a possible shortage of heating oil this winter, but utility general manager Lloyd Askwith said Tuesday the moves are just precautionary. Askwith said he "doesn't anticipate" any shortages, but added the utility must make the technical adjustments to be prepared, just In case. secure than in the past. Lloyd raised the question at a press conference held Tuesday to unveil the Eastern The concern Is ihai people might "go out miariu refioTt of the royal cuiiwilsMun on I and buy portable electric heaters" this winter to compensate for the shortages of fuel, supplies of which are said to be less electric power planning, but Porter said the reports of tight oil supply were too recent to have been taken Into account In the report. Wednesday, July 25, 1979 Page 37i 41 fz 'Student left on living room couch9 WKmmmmmB SOsSrd OP 4 1ST- 4-1 Mike RldewoodjounMKp McCaffrey fights sex discrimination Discrimination hearing fought by federal gov't By Anne Mclntyre, Journal Reporter The federal government is trying to prevent a Human Rights Commission tribunal from hearing a complaint of sex discrimination against Revenue Canada. Michael McCaffrey, of 226 Argyle a single father of one child, filed the complaint In March after Revenue Canada disallowed a 1977 tax deduction claim for child-care expenses. The commission set June 21 for a tribunal hearing in Toronto but postponed it to Aug. 2 after the justice ministry applied for a court order prohibiting the hearing. At issue is a section of the Income Tax Act which says a man may deduct child-care expenses only if he is separated from his wife "pursuant to a decree, order or judgment of a competent tribunal or pursuant to a written agreement." McCaffrey, a 24-year-old music student at the University of Ottawa, has been separated from his wife since November of 1974 but only by verbal agreement. "I drew up a separation agreement myself rather than pay someone to do it and I sent her two copies but she never returned them," McCaffrey said in an interview Tuesday night. He has been unable to locate his wife since February of 1976 when a six-month reconciliation attempt failed. His six-year-old son has been in full-time daycare for almost five years and start elementary school in September. Revenue Canada disallowed McCaffrey's claim and reduced his 1978 return by $30, the amount outstanding from the previous year. "I've claimed the child-care deduction every year and I will continue to do so. It's not the amount but the principle," said McCaffrey. "A woman doesn't have to produce a separation agreement, just a man and that discriminates against single fathers." "This is a strange section' of the Income Tax Act," said McCaffrey's lawyer Robin MacKay. "I don't see why men and women should be dealt with differently. There could well be other men in the same situation." MacKay claims Revenue Canada is denying McCaffrey access to a "service (as described in section five of the Human Rights Act) customarily available to the general public" on the basis of sex. The prohibition application denies the contention and is aimed at preventing the tribunal from exceeding its jurisdiction, said M. L. Jewett, director of the justice ministry's Revenue Canada legal department. "I doubt people see imposition of tax as a service," Jewett said. A tribunal finding in McCaffrey's favor would in fact be an order to the minister of revenue to either amend the legislation or not enforce it, Jewett said, adding: "The Human Rights tribunal cannot substitute itself for Parliament. Only Parliament can amend legislation." Success of the prohibition application would not prevent the Human Rights Commission from recommending changes to the act, he said. The prohibition hearing Friday at the Supreme Court building on Wellington Street will also deal with a second similar case, in which a New Brunswick single father has filed a discrimination complaint on the same grounds as McCaffrey. "It will be very interesting. Only the courts can tell us if this (the Human Rights Act) overrides the Income Tax Act," commented Donald Davidson, an assistant deputy revenue minister. Salaries for ministers rapped by church founder By Rose Simpson, Journal Reporter Clergymen should not be paid salaries to avoid the risk of becoming victims of the selfishness money creates, the founder of Outreach International said Tuesday. Too many clergymen turn their calling into a living, said Tony Kostas, the founder of the church which began as a coffee house operation in Melbourne, Australia, in 1967. Kostas Is In Ottawa speaking to members of Ottawa Outreach, one of only two branches of the church in Canada. Ottawa Outreach operates with 30 members out of the Vanjer Community Centre every Sunday Instead of from a church. being salaried keeps you clean," he sald. "It's easy to become a mercenary in this business." t' Kostas lives off gifts from members of his organization, he said. So does the Ottawa minister, Ted HallasL- V' Yet both ministers are In the process of buying their own homes, thanks to donations from their con imitations. "We simply trust God to help us make our way when there apparently is no way," ne said, saaing it is the responsibility of church members to take care of their ministers. Kostas said the emphasis of his early work was in helping young people with "broken lives" who were deserted by their families. Many were taking drugs and were looking for direction. His first sermons were preached in coffee houses. He said his first message to young people was that they were not alone. Outreach International has 14 churches throughout the world Including one in Ottawa and one In Toronto. Church members consider themselves Christians, using the Bible as their philosophical base. But they do not believe In ritual. "Too much ritual causes people to lose touch with reality said. Its central philosophy stresses the Importance of the nuclear family in society, Kostas said. "We don't deny that women can do the same Jobs as men, we just consider their role as mothers more Important to society," he said. The Outreach community Is one without rules, he said. Each member lives within his own conscience, but within the boundaries of his com- to God and his church community, he aid. 4

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