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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta llrHMIDGI HERAID WedMlday, Apiil 1, Cross-Canada Survey Indicates No Break In High Rents In Forseeabk Future By R. J. AN Canadian Press Staff Writer Remember wlisn apart- ments and flats were so easy to get that the landlord of- fered a month's free maybe six weeks or two to get you to sign a one-year lease? Those were the days. They aren't coming bacV, at least in the foreseeable future, a Canadian Press Cross-Canada Survey shows. They can't possibly come back 'until the landlord pays the mortgage on a multi- rtillion-dollar investment, meanwhile paying taxes that never seem to cease to rise and paying the superintendent -no longer is he a "janitor" or SI an hour, plus an apartment with garage space, 10 look after the property. In Ihe good old days, before income-tax deduction, p e n- sion-plan contributions and medical insurance took over, a rule of thumb was that a tenant paid one-quarter of his month's salary for housing. Now it's a take-home-pay situ- ation and, the CP survey indi- cates, rule of thumb does not aoply. UK'S NOT AX OGRE To the tenant, a landlord is an ogre, out to gouge the last penny for a cold-water flat that isn't worth half what he demands. He holds the threat ot eviction if rent is not paid on the button. Not really. The modern landlord probably is a large corporation, seeking to make a reasonable profit on a heavy investment. And It- has problems. In a city such as high-cost Toronto, a piece of land for t one apartment is priced at from J6.000 to fi- nancing, each apartment is assessed as a "lot." Thus the trend is to reach for the sky up, rallier than spread out. Then comes construction, cosily to finance and to serv- ice. So the landlord has prob- lems. "Let rce tell you said the property manager for a large Toronto corporation. "To begin with, we don't evict anybody. It costs us money to get the bailiff in. We do our best to keep our ten- ants did you ever deal with the problems of 240 tenants? "In our development (a rniiMle-income-class project) we have little difficulty col- lecting rents. If there is a problem, I go out and try to find out what's the matter and try to help out." That's the point of view of what might be termed a "good" Toronto landlord. There's another side to the rental story, the survey shows. Canadian apartment dwell- ers, a docile lot on the vbole, are becoming disgruntled at high rents, and here and there in the last year there have been open protests. But with the population growing, the price of most goods and serv- ices rising, housing in short supply, the old Uw of supply and demand U in full play. In sum: "No break" in reals is in sight. The vacancy rate in Toronto and many other cities is esti- mated to' be at low as one-half of one per cent. The annual "moving day" on the first of May tog since has guue by the boards. Tenants now seek long leases at as reasonable a rent as possible, and bang on tightly. Though a minority, many landlords in Ontario have taken advantage of the hous- ing shortage to boost rents to as high as the traffic will hear. This has moved the provincial government to in- troduce legislation to give ten- ants a better break. The act shies away from rent control. The legislation provides for a limited form of rent review and abolishes security depos- its. Security is a device whereby the tenant pays a sum of mercy, usually a month's rent, in advance. -W.dn.Uay, Ap.il I, 1970 fflf UTHWOCf HHAIB J7 Former Lethbridge Man Tackles Drinking Water Pollution _ IP nflccitia air fir nv- lipnnwi for of ItS aEriCUl- atXKir DISCOUNT PRICES By KEN KELLY OTTAWA (CP) Federal health department scientists soon will begin tests of a new way to rid drinking water of pesticKj? pollutants. U successful, it could mean cheap purification of drinking water without some of the odor and taste problems associated with present methods, which do not deal with pesticide residues. It also holds promise that some of the equipment may be useful for a new sewage treat- ment system undergoing stud} at the Ontario Research Foun-l dalion. The federal project is under direction of Dr. H. P.. Risen- aauer, an organic chemist who came to the federal environ- mental health branch three years ago from the Dupont of Canada research centre at Kingston, Ont. His group already has es- tablished in the laboratory that the system can neutralize phe- nol, a coaimon industrial pollu- tant that is toxic, at about one- quarter the cost of the process used in industrial refineries. Usually the next stage would be to carry tests from the labo- ratory to full-blown industrial application to see whether the same savings would result. However, the federal depart- ment regards destruction of DDT-type pesticides in drinking water as being higher on its scale of research priorities in the pollution field NEEDS A VEAR Dr. Eisenhauer, a native pi Lethbridge, Alia., and raised in Regina, said it -rill be at least a year before a good picture emerges of the applications of he system. The basic ingredient is ozone, an oxygen-like gas which rap- idly links up chemically with anything that is available, prod- ucing, it is hoped, non-loxic compounds. The targets are DDT and sim- ilar chlorinated hydrocarbons which are present in sources of drinking water. The ocone Is bubbled through the water in quantities and for periods ol time sufficient to give Orion a chance to bind with the pollu- tants. The most expensive item is ihe ozone-producing equipment. Increase Ration MIAMI (AP> The Cuban government has ordered the na- tional rice ration to be raised to six pounds per person each month from four or five pounds, depending on the area Food has been rationed in Cuba since 1962 It is made by passing air or ox vgen through an electrical arc. Dr. Eisenhauer said it has been calculated that this can be done at about seven cents a pound. The economics haven't been checked further. But it is possi- ble that ozone-producing equip- ment for water purification also could be used to provide ozone for sewage treatment; a method now under study at the Ontario Research Foundation. Water purification is only one stage of anti-pollution meas ui-es. DDT already has been banned for most of its agricul ,ural uses in Canada. Neverthe- less residues ot this and related long-lasting chemicals will be Visit Eott BERLIN (AP) An esti- mated West Germans ra- ited East Berlin on Sunday, but for the fourth successive Easter there were no wall passes for West Berliners to visit relatives in the Communist-ruled half ol the city. around in earth and water for a ong time to come. The cumulative effects, if any, have never been thor- oughly documented, although considerable study has gone into the immediate toxic effects'. Federal drinking water stand- ards were recommended to the provinces late last year, includ- ing maximum levels of pesti- cides that could be safe. melting machines mounted on trucks can melt nearly 90 tons of snow an hour. ORIGINATED IN ALBERTA FOR ALBERTA FAMILIES 410 bft Thursday to Saturday, April 2nd to 4th, 1970 SHOP MART ...KEEP LETHBRIDGE FOOD PRICES LOW. w -w MART LOWER PRICES NEEDS INCLUDING INSPECTED BRAND HELP US TO HELP YOU SAVE! STORE HOURS Daily 9 a.m. Til 6 p.m. Wednesday 9 a.m. Til 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. Til 9 p.m. IS TO SAVE PRICES! DISCOUNT FOOD CENTRES ;