Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on January 27, 1979 · 1
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Saturday, January 27, 1979
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S3 fl 4 . 7..T ..---.ii j y u 4 A S4SS million coal mine and power plant complex has been approved for Hanna. Page C6 A "fantastic find" has triggered a modem-day gold rush in the Queen Charlotte Islands. Page 026 'T'amour" is sure to catch the eye of any tourist visiting romantic Paris. Page F3 Sections A G Life Today AW Sports A14 Activities G17 Architecture Gil Automobiles G18 25 CENTS 1 1 s ' " -'V r ' v . - - i fp : . - .-.- i , . , - - rv l ' ' ' v " - r- -V1" - ' Pope's blessing Big story By Peter Calamai (Southam News Services) VANCOUVER It's a great story Except that there's no daily newspaper here to print it. Yet the tale of how people have coped without daily newspapers for nearly three months has everything that a stereotyped, gruff, cigar-chomping editor could want. Puppy dogs and sick kids. Operatic divas and hockey stars. Big business and the working man. Mix all this, add a touch of intrigue and clashing personalities and break out the banner headlines. Vancouverites have been lacking such razzle-dazzle journalism since Nov. 1 when the city's two dailies the morning Province (130,000 circulation) and afternoon Sun (233,000) fell silent because of a strike-lockout with 1,400 unionized employ- Woolliams' fails to get results on postal problems in Calgary By Paul Jackson (Herald Ottawa correspondent) OTTAWA Liberal MPs Friday vetoed an attempt by Calgary North MP Eldon Woolliams to force Postmaster-General Gilles Lamontagne to investigate growing mail delivery problems in new areas of Calgary affecting as many as 40,000 residents. Woolliams had tried to put a motion before the Commons calling for such an investigation and, after Liberal MPs refused to give him the necessary unanimous consent to do so, he tackled Lamontagne on the problems. But, said the Calgary North MP later, he failed to get any satisfaction whatsoever from Lamontagne 's answers. V-'oolliams charged that between 30,0(50 and 40.C00 Calgarians living Science Today takes a look at a new satellite that could be the forerunner of space colonies. PageG12 Canada's Mennonites have joined in the struggle for native rights. Page G13 Calgary's skyline has been massively transformed in the past decade. Page G16 There was jubilation on the Blackfoot Reserve at Gleichen Friday at the return of 562 tribal artifacts. Page A10 Business C6-20 CityDistrict Cl-3 Classified D2-24 Comics Crossword Entertainment . 5 1, -I Pope John Paul II blesses the crowd at the start of his triumphant motorcade through Mexico City, shortly after his arrival there Friday. Thousands in Vancouver is no news at all But they've also missed more ordinary services of a daily newspaper, like death notices, winning lot tery numbers, movie times, advertis-. ing and reviews of drama and music. And they're likely to keep right on missing these things, with management and union spokesmen reporting no moves to resume talks broken off in early December. Puppy dogs and kids get into the act because silent presses mean less scrap newsprint and fewer old newspapers. Within days of the start of the dispute, the Vancouver SPCA had frantically canvassed all area printers. "They were desperate for paper to line their animal cages," says Robin Lecky, editor and publisher of a neighborhood paper, now expanded by the strike-lockout. Lecky strongly denies that his operation is being wooed by the in eight communities are now forced to pick up their own mail at depots which open at eight a.m. and close at four p.m. The new residential areas include Ranchland, Beddington Heights Decour, Pineridge, Temple, Rundle and Edgemont. Woolliams said it is bad enough residents don't have door-to-door mail delivery, but even worse that the post office doesn't provide them with boxes at the depots so they can pick up their meal anytime at their convenience. The Calgary MP claimed the post office has 4,000 boxes on hand but because of management indecision, union disputes or other matters has failed to have them installed. He said it was impossible for some residents, to get to the depot between eight a.m. and four pan. 4 a yfT- Curl Mollins, in part two of his series on the Canadian Condition, says the people of this country do not share the politicans' urgency to change the constitution. Page G21 ..G22 Grant MacEwan G23 ..Dll John Schmidt C16 .Gl-9 Life Today A10-13 r j 1 f, ' J J , J CALGARY, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 1979 !f a i 9 3? 3, " turned out the parade G13.) Toronto Sun as a non-unionized, springboard to launch a Sunday paper here in March; the Sun's imminent arrival has been a popular rumor for months. ' The dispute could also mean a delay in the planned 1980 start of a long-promised Children's Hospital in Vancouver, since the main sponsor has been twice thumped by the absence of daily newspapers. Variety Clubs International was counting on at least $180,000 from the annual Vancouver Sun Christmas appeal towards its $5 million hospital pledge; the charity is also down another $3,000 weekly in expected proceeds from 20 newspaper recycling bins around the city. As for the divas and hockey players ... all live entertainment is suffering from plummeting door sales on the day of performance. Even the widely popular Handel's and urged that unless the boxes are installed, the depots at least remain open for longer hours. Woolliams also claimed some residents have to make a 24-mile round trip to pick up their mail. - Lamontagne said he was as concerned qs anyone about getting good mail service for all Canadians, but the post office had to operate under certain financial restraints. He gave no indication when matters might improve. Later, Woolliams said residents in these areas are being discriminated against since they paid both taxes and postal fees to get the service other residents received but they didn't. Woolliams said postal problems in Calgary will get worse since the city's population is growing by 2,000 persons a month. I Entertainment Amateur theatre is taking giant strides towards respectability in Calgary. Page Gl Bill Musselwhite analyses the success of TV's Barney Miller. Page G5 A Southern Alberta Opera Association survey reveals a wide range of tastes. Page G9 The University of Calgary modern dance club's 11th annual performance was exhilarating, says reviewer Joy-Ann Cohen. Page A20 Name Game C4 Pat Tivy G4 Patterns D18 Religion G13-15 Saturday Page G16 Science Today G12 Y'- -. , iK- AP wirephoto to cheer him at the airport and along route. (More stories on Pages A4 and Messiah only sold out one of four dates over Christmas this year. Other intriguing sidelights include mourners perplexed over flowers for funeral services and anxious gamblers who clog phone lines to the federal government and radio stations trying to check winning lottery numbers. All aspects of the disappearing newspapers may never be charted with precision, since neither university here has a graduate student interested enough to investigate a real-life change in people's lifestyles. But a week of interviews with dozens of residents and affected parties confirms the findings of a report prepared for a Senate committee in Ottawa after a three-month newspaper shutdown in 1970: inconvenience and frustration are See PRESSING, Page A2 urn. & HEART ATTACK. Former vice-president and New York state governor Nelson Rockefeller, 70, died of a heart attack at his office Friday night. The wealthy art collector was found slumped over his desk at Rockefeller Centre where he was working on a boclt about his ejection. More on Rockefeller, Page A4. i i i i M - -V ! 4 f i 1 CityDistrict pfeAaillli Plastic tokens used to pay wages and spendable in the prison are just one of the many things that make Bowden penitentiary one of the best places in Canada to "do time." Page CI Sports Stock Lists . Television... .A14 .C17 A L . ft Japanese in Banff Tour kickbacks By Heather Wilson (Herald staff writer) BANFF Store managers here are losing Japanese tourists as customers because of kickbacks they say the town's Japanese shops pay tour guides and travel companies. Six managers told The Herald they consider the practice of giving tour guides a cut of the sales in return for delivering customers unethical, but haven't complained becapse they believe the situation cannot be changed. . j Most say they're surviving well on- American and Canadian tourist spending, but feel the Japanese should be their customers, too. "It's unfair competition and we just have to swallow it," says one. More on Japanese, Page El Neil Cochand, executive director of the Banff Chamber of Commerce, says legally there's nothing wrong with the practice. "It happens with tour companies from countries other than Japan and is done in tourist centres throughout the world." The only complaint received by the chamber, has come from a Caucasian businessman who was offered a similar deal by an American tour company. The matter has been placed before the ethics committee of the Travel Industry Association of Alberta, which hopes to have its first code of ethics ratified this April. Merchants complain But while Cochand says there is nothing to substantiate claims that Banff merchants are losing money to the town's 10 Japanese stores, the merchants have a different story. Toby Rayner, of the Spinning Wheel, says his Japanese trade has decreased 60 per cent in the past three years. He attributes half the loss to the increase in the number of Japanese shops and half to the business tactics used by ihe people who run them. The tactics, he says, begin with picking up Japanese tourists as soon as they arrive at their hotels. Andy Billy, manager of the Voyager Inn Motor Hotel, says that when Japanese store employees call the Inn's front desk asking about tour arrivals, he now refuses to release any information. But that hasn't prevented the store's employees from showing up. "They send a girl down to sit and wait for a tour to come in, then she grabs the tour operator and offers him money for bringing his group to her store," he says. "Sometimes the girl will sit there . . . for as long as 10 hours. When we ask her to leave, she pretends she can't speak English. Finally she goes, but will soon be back." Stores rent buses Once a tour escort agrees to a pay-off, his group is chauffeured downtown in mini-buses rented by the Japanese stores, he says. Kickbacks, however, are not always arranged in Canada. And the Japanese stores have other advantages: They're familiar with their countrymen's spending habits and take considerable pains to advertise their merchandise abroad. Takashi Koyama, owner of a variety store, which on a very good day rings up $10,000," says he visits Japan twice a year to promote Banff. As former vice-president of Tokyo's largest management consultant firm, he has a long list of bust-' See KICKBACKS, P?ge A2 Canadian Jean Gascon, director of theatre at Ottawa's National Arts Centre, is a star sapphire in Canada's cultural crown. Page 5 The obsessions of figure skating or how to give up everything for the daily patch. Page 8 It's not too late to rediscover the old art of seduction, says columnist Jack Batten. Page 18 Will and Ariel the story of the Durants, who popularized philosophy and history in this century. . Page 20 1 I - 19 - 19 D5 Week in Review ,.......A9 Young Readers.......E26 Your Horoscope ,.....D7 4 f &4 , 1 DON MACKAY . . . gave city its symbol White-hat mayor i By Heather Wilson and Brad Brekke (Herald staff writers) Don Mackay, the mayor who gave Calgary its "white-hat" symbol, is dead at the age of 64 after suffering a stroke late Friday afternoon. A city hall source, said Mackay died shortly before 5 p.m. at the Firestone Canada Ltd. plant at 707 Barlow Trail S.E. Funeral arrangements will be set after Mackay's wife, Mary, arrives in Calgary today from Phoenix, Aria. Bom in Lethbridge, Mackay spent his early teens in Drumheller and was a Calgary radio announcer during the early 30's. He made a dramatic entry "into Calgary civic affairs in 1945 by topping the aldermanic pell in his first try for public office and was - mayor from 1950 to 19S3. His biggest mark in boosting Calgary prbbably came in 1943 , when he led the city's contingent to the Grey Cup in Toronto and began . the yearly football revel' tradition for hijinks. During his first term as mayor he frequently warned city officials "must do something about the city's youth problems . . . there are no vacant lots for skating rinks or football games . . ." By 1958, he was describing ihe ciiy s ponce laciuuos as no; :.. 1 -1- M tic-s&ly; See EX-MAYOR, Pigs A2' t i

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