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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDCE HERALD April 4, 1973- Cattlemen attack meat boycotters Close border says NFU head The National Farmers Un- ion wants the U.S. border- closed to cattle movement into Canada. Roy Atkinson, president of the NFU, told 200 persons at Ag Expo Tuesday that clo- sure of the border is needed to protect the Canadian cat- tlemen. Taking the position that U.S. producers could use Canada as a dumping ground to sell animals above the price frozen by President Nixon recently, Mr. Atkinson said he doesn't even know how Canadian cattlemen can cope with the heavy subsida- tion now paid to American producers. Dobson Lea. president of Unifarm in Alberta, said he leans toward a more com- petitive solution to the pend- ing problem of American cattle moving into Canada in large numbers. He said the growth hor- mone diethylstil bestrol (DES) holds the key. Cana- dian cattlemen were forced to quit using the hormone Jan. l bt federal legislation because of a suspected health hazard. American cattlemen can still use DES implants in feeder cattle to save feed costs and speed fattening- Both countries have outlaw- ed DES in feed rations. This means American cat- tlemen have a production ad- vantage over Canadian. cat- tlemen and if the govern- ment isn't going to stop the flow of U.S. DBS-treated ani- mals into Canada, local pro- ducers should be given the opportunity of c o m p e t ing with the use of the hormone. Sister Thomas More Ber- tels of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, said the closure of a border is the same as a strike. She feels that this procedure won't work for the cattlemen because "labor is the only group which knows how to use the strike effectively." LCC students approve closed door amendment A motion to meet behind closed doors, at any time considered necessary, has been approved by retiring ex- ecutives of the Lethbridge Community College Students' Association. In the past, all association meetings have been open to the general student body. Former association treasur- er Ivan Lu'vcnda said tha amendment to the group's constitution "would allow any meeting to be closed to the public providing a motion to that affect has been A simple majority is all that would be required to ex- clude the public, students and non-elected persons from as- sociation meetings. Mr. Luk- enda said. Students' council advisor Wendy Rasmussen said reg- ular association meetings will still be open to the public. She said only "special may be closed. Miss Rasmussen said per- sonal grievances and finan- cial matters can be discussed in secret under the new rul- ing. The association's constitu- tion does not, however, spe- cify which matters can be considered in closed session. Strong opposition to the move has been voiced by the LCC weekly The Endeavor. Student editor Bernice Herle says the step toward secrecy 1 could be misused by the stu- dents' council and is a dan- gerous move to keeping the public in ignorance. is the students' right to know what decisions council makes. It is the right of the media to report those deci- sions. amendment allows for grave misuses. It cannot be allowed to happen. can only see this amendment as dangerous and just another step toward keep- ing the public in ignorance. The amendment should be nul- Miss Herle writes in The Endeavor. LCC information officer Gordon Colledge said the campus administration has no comment on the student move to secret meetings. He said college president Dr. C. D. Stewart, and mem- bers of the board of govern- ors, prefer to let students manage their own affairs with as little interference from the administration as possi- ble. Mr. Colledge said the stu- dent plan parallels policy already set by LCC gover- nors. "Any meetings held here dealing with personnel, fi- nance or other topics are dis- cussed in conxrdittee by the board. "Discussion is not made public, but the results and any decisions reached in clos- ed session are released to the public with the regular board Mr. Colledge said. Student council executives at LOG have not said if dsci- sions reached in secret ses- sion will be circulated with regular council minutes. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The North American meat boycott aimed at reducing food costs has been termed "emotionalistic, u n realistic and ridiculous." Southern Alberta cattle breeders attending the Ag Expo show in LethbriOge this week are unanimous in their criticism of the boycott. They claim consumer groups are striking out at the beef industry because they are fed up with inflation within the food chain without thought of what that boycott is doing to the livestock in- dustry. 'Me some farmers in Canada are withholding cat- tle from market and others are claiming large losses di- rectly as a result of the boy- cott, the majority of the per- sons contacted in Lethbridgft feel it won't last long. Steve Balog of Milk River, president of the Southern Al- berta Cattle Breeders Asso- ciation, claims people will get hungry for meat and "they'll weaken." He says boycotting such an Important part of the way of life in Canada will do noth- ing but hurt all of Canada. "The average working man has got enough money at present to afford to eat Mr. Balog claims. "When one considers" the high wages be- ing paid workers today, beef is cheaper today than when it sold for five cents a pound during the 30s." Food still cheap Emery Bonertz of Pincher Creek feels food is still a cheap commodity in Canada. "It's not the high cost of food that has brought on this boy- cott but the cost of living he says. He says consumers boycot- ting beef don't realize that v.ith the high' price of beef, the cattleman is now just reaching the point he should have reached 20 years ago. Leo Ellert of Milk River, primarily a grain producer who dabbles in the cattla business, claims the boycott is trying to affect the supply and demand of meat on a world-wide basis. He said the people seem to understand the principle of supply and demand very fit- They don't seem to under- stand that in the livestock in- dustry the law of supply and demand is like the law of gravity. People can't change the law of gravity so they have to learn to live with it. "If consumers keep on buy- ing beef while the price is high, farmers will keep in- creasing production and soon the price will level he says. "The price won't go down and I don't think it should. It will remain in proportion with the cost of living." Whv choose meat? Mr. Balog, also of Milk River, asks why meat boy- cotters don't boycott items which' aren't necessary. "When the price of a bot- tle of whiskey goes up to the people still will buy it and not think a thing of he says. "Everything is increasing In price. I don't know of any- thing which isn't going up." Shirley White, a farm wife east of Vulcan, feels the boy- cott is just another form of strike, a method which she considers an unfair proced- ure. She feels feat Canada can get more for her food dollar than most other countries. "I challenge dty wives to visit the farm when it is calving time so they can see the headaches attached to raising she said. "Then they will realize the value they are getting when they buy beef." Mrs. White says her hus- band no longer slaughters his own animals to provide beef for the family's table. She doesn't even buy meat in bulk any more, now purchas- ing her cuts straight over the meat counter. Rancher buys at store "On the farm, we don't have any use for the byprod- she explained. "When we buy from the butcher, we get the exact cut of meat we want with no waste. "I feel we pay a fair price for the beef we buy and we now get a fair price for the animals we sell." Another part of Ag Expo included a forum featuring four agricultural experts. Neiv Labor Act at the printers Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A new Al- berta Labor Act is at the printers. Labor Minister Bert Hohol told the legislature Tu- esday. Dr. Hohol told Bob Clark fSC-Olds-Didsbury) the Labor Act will be given three read- ings and passed at the spring sitting. He said "c? scon as it comes from the printers it will be introduced in the house." Dobson Lea, president of Unifann, the voice for 24.- 000 members In Alberta, said beef is still a good buy, even at today's high price. People don't have to go to the retail stores because there are other outlets which feature meat which isn't packaged so expensively, he said. They can -also buy in larger amounts. He pointed to the constant- ly rising salaries which reach a new all-time high each year. "These people are used to this increase and EOW they should get used to it in the agricultural i n d u s t r he said. Dr. George Jones, a corn and beg expert from Ontario, said producers have grown more beef than ever before and the prices are higher than ever before. He said all the women joining the meat boycotting groups across North America "can hardly get Into their girdles because they are overfed." Big little rancher Mike Scott of Gleichen .with father Ken's .Hereford bull BILL GROENEN photo 200 get education at Ag Expo Two hundred elementary- aged Lethbridge school chil- dren invaded the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds Tues- day when officials opened the doors for the four-day Ag Expo. The school tours, part of an educational program to in- troduce the school children to agriculture, were guided throughout the Exhibition Grounds by experts from the various sectors. More than 400 are scheduled to tour Ag Expo during the show. A Grade l class from Gen- eral Stewart School walked in starry eyed and remained so until they left. Denise Martin claimed she sever saw so many cows in her life. They were the best part of the show for her and the pony rated a close sec- ond. The pony, part of a promo- tion at Ag Expo, drew the at- tention of most of the young- sters- Sheila Madsen had never seen a pony before, mistak- ing it for a donkey. Next to the pony, she liked the big combines, tractors and wag- ons. She really liked the guide. Yasushi OhM liked the pony, toy trucks and the car motor cutaway. He is going to tell his mother and father to come to Ag Expo tonight, Larry Fedor liked the cat- tle, the pony and "the trac- tors which put bay in and then it comes Terry Troff iiked the bulls, although he has seen them before on his cousin's ranch. He thought the entry for the draw for the pony was the most exciting. Chad Zaremba thought the most of the pony, the com- bines and the tractors. A Grade 3 class from the General Stewart School were equally enthralled with Ag Expo. Sandy Kiemele, 8, liked the bulls the most and although she had seen them before, she really enjoyed them. Kim Swartzenberger liked the pony the most, "because it is so soft." She has another pony which she feels would make a good partner for the Ag Expo pony- Experts argue how to organize Foster supports united voice of students By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer ATI organization to provide a united voice lor college students Uiroaehout Alberta has received the formal sup- port of Advanced Education Jini Foster. The board of student coun- cil presidents, to combat edu- cational ills from Fort Me- Murray to Leihhridge, was formed in late January. The group, now known as the Presidents' Committee, i? concerned with decisions by boards of governors at Alber- ta colleges and their affect on sf-udents Until an executive Is elect- ed at Edmonton, dining a meeting April 27 at Grant MacEdwan Collect, the chief spokesman iar the Presidents'' Committee will be John Ink- ster. Mr. Inkstcr, president, of Grart MacEwan Students' soaatJoo, has been told provincial government is "de- to accept the multi- college organisation. "I am rieiigfaied to accept and recognize your Presidents' Committee as proposed. I am anxious to establish a com- mittee on student affairs, rep- resentative of all sbadents and all institutions of advanced education in this province. "It is my hope that a stu- dent affairs committee iroalri be both a forum and a sound- ing board of student opinion on matters of public concern, particularly as they relate to advanced education and the Mr. Foster has told student officials. As originally proposed, the Presidents' Committee represent nearly sh1- attending college at Vermilion, Grande Prainc Edmonton. Northern Alberta Institute of Technology FouUiern Alberta Institute