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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Fririoy, April 13, ONE-DAY- TRISKAIDEKADOPHOBIA EPIDEMIC HERE By JIM OUANT Herald Staff Writer The frightful disease of Triskaidekadophobia s t ruck many residents of Lethbridge today. Triskaidekadophobia is sim- ply the fear ot the number 13' Couple that number with Friday and you have a day of woe for all. Even jf you aren't super- stitious, the curses of devil- ibh despair may fall upon if the proper precautions aren't taken believers claim. Such careless acts as walk- ing under a ladder, breaking a mirror, or letting a black cat cross your path can anger the spirits into condemning you to a lifetime of triskai- dekadophobia. .Realize of course, that any Involvement what-so-ever t o day with the number 13 may bring a whole string of mis- haps into your life. On tiiis triskaidekadophobia day, one should beware of putting 13 cents into the park- ing meter, making purchases ending in the number 13. driving down 13th St., and being the 13th person to be served supper. Firemen and policemen should have avoided all calls and alarms at the 1300 hour. Doctors and dentists should have excused their 13th pa- tients of the day without treatment, grave diggers should have avoided the 13th grave, and accountants should have taken the whole dav off. The list could go on and on, but if you have already brush- ed with big number 13, there isn't any need to explain the consequences. You probably have been victimized and are now a triskaidekadophobian. TrMcaidekadophobians g o out of their way to prevent nor.- believers from clashing with the unlucky 13 on this taboo day. Many apartment blocks and hotels don't have a 13th floor, 13 is often avoided when numbering rooms and offices, and most sport types refuse to wear a 13 on their uni- form. Books on superstition claim the fear of the number IS began with early man. Ap- parently, he used the fingers of his hands and his two feet to count to 12. Thus, he fear- ed anything in a greater quan- tity than 12 because of not being able to account for it. T iii s k a i (lekadophobians suggest triskaidekadophobia began in the age of religious taboos. If it did, then it must have made quite an impact over the years because Fri- day 13 is the only taboo day still respected today. T r i s k a i dekadophobians claim government officials should make triskaideka- dophobia a priority concern and declare all Friday's fal- ling on the 13th day of the month a holiday, because any excessive amount of physical movement on that day will disturb the spirits. It might just as well be a holiday because what spiri- tual abiding triskaidekado- phobian would want receive his pay cheque on Friday 13th. While reading the 13th Herald off the press, puf- fing on a cigar, and awaiting an evening of tele- vision on channel 13, ycu still think the whole thing is ridiculous? Beware, you angered the devilish spirits. For the triskaidekadopho- bians who have been extreme- ly careful to avoid physical acitvity and the number 13 today, you may be alarmed to discover this is the 13th time the word triskaidekado- phobia has appeared in this article in whole or part. Farm grant p rogram suspended by gov't Casually concentrating RICK ERVIN photo Spring for students generally means one the mid- night oil cramming for exams. Brenda Hieucka, 20, a second-year Leth- bridge Community College student, however, takes advantage of the mid-day sun to brush up on her business administration courses. Exams begin Monday for college and University of Lethbridge students with col- lege graduation set lor May 4 and the U of L's first summer session open- ing May 7. Students at city public and catholic schools meanwhile looting forward to Easter Holidays, getting out Thursday and returning to school April 30. New cattle growth stimulant welcomed ENERGY RESOURCES A LEVER-MINIELY By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The approval of the beef cattle growth stimulant ral- gro to take the place of die- ttrylstilbestrol (DES) has been termed a breakthrough for the Canadian cattleman. Dick Gray, owner of Val- ley Feeders in the riverbot- tom west of Lethbridge, said Canadian cattlemen had been forced to use the more expensive growth stimulant synovex after the federal gov- ernment banned the use of DES Jan. 1. Rednose causes calf abortions A large number of calf abortions in Southern Alberta has been attributed to Infec- tious Bovine Rhinotracheitis, commonly called redr.ore. Dr. Norm Harries, head of the Veterinary Diagnostic La- boratory in Lethbridge. said tabulations have shown that the rednose virus is the big- gest single cause of abor- tions. The condition has been diagnosed in 36 premises in Southern Alberta during the past five months. The num- oor of abortions per prem- ise ranges from three to 3ight. Dr. Harries claims the num- oer of abortions attributed to "likely represents the lip of the iceberg.'' He said it appears very few Jwrtions have occurred in re- cently vaccinated herds. In majority of the o-x- >reaks. Ijx owner hasn't or jn't sure of hi? COTS i-accinatcd. He said abortion due 1o red- lose has been particularly no- ticeable with pregnant cvna. or heifers introduced into herd through v.-itfer pur- chases vaccinajjOTi vnesc new arrivals is uMiallv doubtful and they probably aven't been vaccinated." be >aid. "In addi'iTi. ha-.? outbreaks vherc jnt unvarcinated cows ba-e sen in cto.-e contact -.i'h icdlof Dr. Harries said vaccina- tion offers good protection against rednose abort i o n'. Farmers should be consider- ing vaccinating cattle before the breeding season. Hs said this is "to ensure that they can choose which method of vaccination they want. In one method, vaccine is given intramuscularly and can't be given while the ani- mal is pregnant. The other vaccine is, ghen through the nose and it can be given when the ar.imal is pregnant. If farmers are interest- ed, they can get further in- formation resardine the fre- quency and Crne to vaccin- ate and the types of vac- cines available, he said. It is best if fanner contacts his local think the approval of ral- gro to replace DES is a step in the right said Mr. Gray. He expects to start using ralgro within two of three days. Ralgro is 50 cents cheap- er per animal to use and tests have shown that cattle gain weight just as efficient- ly with ralgro. He said the stimulant will be tested at his feedlot and he will wait and see how it works before switching com- pletely from synovex to ral- gro. He said the use of synovex at his feedlot wasn't com- pletely successful. Used sim- ilar to ralgro as an implanted pill in each treated animal's ear, synovex has made many of the steers hypersexual. causing them to abuse other animals and to stop eating. With the use of synovex, animals couldn't be slaugh- tered for 70 days following treatment The waiting period with ralgro is reduc- ed to 65 days. The secret to ralgro is an sciive component zeranol. This isn't a highly potent sex hormone but a derivative of a chemical compound ex- tracted from corn mold. Officials of the Canada De- partment of Agriculture claim ralgro doesn't produce side effects that may show up during tbc first day or so of hormone implant use. Fraud brings jail term A mm. ly of Medicine Hat. .sen- Ifncyvj to months m jw! Tmir.-day afier he pleaded guilty to a charge of obtain- a car by fake John J. Xl.nch admitted to the that m Feb. 9 lie purchased a rcv. ,ar_ at S3.9R from Varsity Ply- mwlh, Chrysler Ltd in ral- The Tiror-iny accepted an- other tar n trade valued st M.eoo. and gave it a he-rue 51.W va> of tirrxn payment. The cheque returned from the bank marked "nr> arcowrt." and K 1 i n c h couM rot be traced. car-old Lelhbndge man was given a one-year suspended wntcnce after he guilty to of an offcn.'ixf weapon. Ctwjrt was told that March jfi, Jerome Delvcr -'.alked into the Alexandra Hotel carr.mg an open jark knife and threatened to kill Alberta is seeking to re- dress the economic inequities faced by Western Canada by using its energy resourcee as a lever, Provincial Trea- surer Gordon Miniely said in Lethbridge Thursday. Mr. Miniely told the South- ern Alberta Council on Pub- lic Affairs a greater return on Alberta natural gas will mean more revenue to de- velop industry in the prov- ince and at the same time will end what in effect has been subsidization of Ontario industry. He said Alberta historically has played isolationist role be- cause oil and gas revenues have allowed it financial in- dependence, but it must now, as Canada's energy province in a world energy shortage situation, assume a leading role. "This is the first time in confederation a Western pro- vince has had a club to en- Laiid hough f Provincial Treasurer fksr- doa Miniely didn't quite come to Lethbridge cheque in band. But he did bring a letter from the minister of public works. Dr. Winston Backus, to Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes forraaliy committing the province to purchase il's 6.7 acre parcel of the down- town redevelopment scheme. The provincial govern- ment's cheque for or S1JO.OW an acre will be de- livered to the city as soon as all transfer of property in the parcel is completed. Mr. Miniely saitf pmem- priority expenditures will continue to be in cities like Letlibridge and ouisde Kximontc-n Calgarj. "Wt'Tc serious about that. be said. "Our main priorities have to be in the smaller Aid. Barnes wud the letter of committment really offi- cially starts the de- velopment, which will reach S38-S20 million in the next 'ne 1o SIT j sure it gets its just due from its energy resources, and to correct inequities cf freight rates and tariffs, not just for Alberta, but all Western Can- ada." By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Farmers in the Pincher Creek region have had to re assess plans to rehabilitate native rangeland following suspension of a program which would have provided grants. The grant program, an- nounped last January, was to be made available to every- one who applied. Three cuts in the amount of money available from the budget and an overwhemling re- sponse from Ins agricultural community was the reason for the suspension. Dave Janzie, head of the field crops branch of the Al- berta Department of Agricul- ture, told The Herald in a telephone interview Thurs- day notification of the tem- porary suspension 'was re- ceived Tuesday. He said officials have to find a better way to use the funds To operate the program, S250.000 was made available through the Agriciulture Re- habilitation and Development Act that would provide a grant for farmers and ranchers cultivating at laast 50 acres of native rangeland and reseeding tame grazing crops to improve productiv- ity. Mr. Janzie said the re- sponse from the agricultural community was so over- whelming officials had to find a better way to use the money. He said a series of meet- ings is now being conducted in Edmonton to plan the al- ternative program. Initial reaction Indicates that an interest free loan might be made available for ranchers and farmers to con- duct the range improvement work- Mr. Janzie said the money which would have bsen spent to pay interesl on range im- provement loans for up to tive years. "This will allow the ranch- ers and farmers to get more money to do the hi eaid. Ke anticipates that early next week some general pro- gram can be outlined. Full details of the program could take up to three weeks. think the new program will be palatable to the pro- he said. "It will bs something which will be available to all producers." At the tima of the suspen- sion. 37 grants applications had been made in the Pinch- er Creak area. Bent on Murphy of Lund- breck said the grant was the best approach to the pro- gram, much better than the loans. He said farmers and ranch- ers can get themselves into debt fast enough without a government-sponsored loan. He feels that although grant is better than the loan program, the cost of clearing land is so expensive the grant would "last as long as a snowball in hall.'' He said the grant pro- gram was more of a bait to get ranchers to clear their land. Jim Oocerman of Pincher Creek either a loan or a grant would "tickle me pink'' he hss only a small ploi left to rehabilitate. Otto FiscMraeh of Pincher Creek said. ''It is a crying shame that the government announces a program and then cancels it after the rancher has got Ms plans made." education threat1 protested The University of Leth- bridge senate today pretest- ed what it terms "a threat to the proper operation and de- velopment" of higher educa- tion in Alberta. Senate chancellor Dr. James Oshiro, in a letter to Advanced Education Minister Jim Foster, said amendments to the Universities Act give too much authority to the minister. Dr. Oshiro suggests the government establish an ad- vanced education commis- sion "to serve as a buffer be- tween the universities and the government. "The senate views with alarm those sections of the new act that concentrate au- thority in the minister to re- view, approve, amend or dis- approve requests of a board of governors. "Decisions affecting universities, or any institu- tion of advanced education, will r.ow be made directly by government with the possibil- ity of political Dr. Oshiro says. The chancellor, who also re- quested a meeting with Mr. Fraser to discuss legislative changes, said higher educa- tion and institutional auton- omy is being "eroded and re- placed by direct government control." Dr. Oshiro has asked for an appointment with the minis- ter "as soon as possible." Native's job 'personal achievement9 An Alberta native, hired by the fish and wildlife branch, says his achievement isn't really that spectacular and doesn't deserve pub- lic reporting. John Smith, a 23-year-old Peigan. will graduate in con- servation enforcement this from Lethbridge Community College. His employment with the Alberta fish and wildlife marks the first time a native resident has been hired on a full-time basis by that de- partment. Mr. Smith says his new job only a minor breakthrough in discriminstion against the Indian people. "I worked hard in school and this job is the realiza- tion of my goal. It is a per- sonal accomplishment for me. were a iot of ofoer well-quajined students com- peting. T don't see wJjv people make a big thing about an Irxiian getting good em- ployment." he said Mr. Smith, in a prepared statement, said more and more are recognizing the value of natives on the work force are oilier Indian doing same thine. We have the same in- telligence as anyone else and personal goals jnst like any- one else problems wi'h cm- p1 .icnt have been lack of friucation and discrimination. things still exist 10 trreat extent but are slowly Mr. Smith said. Johfi Smith native hired fuH-iims by fish and wjidiite deportment ;