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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THE MIRACIE OF SIGHT "Oh, what I have exclaimed Rose Crawford after kissing Ihe liny hand of a week-old boby at Tororlo's General Hospital. Mrs. Craw- ford, 54, lost her sight when she was four years old and had it restored this week after a series of operations. One of her first requests was to see a baby. lean urapeau s .15- call for millions in grant By PAUL WHITELAW FI> Puhliralions MONTREAL Whatever way Mayor Jean Drapeau ex- plains it, his plans for the 197G summer Olympics call for mil- lions of dollars in federal gov- ernment grants. Just how much money will be coming from Ottawa's coffers hasn't been determined, but one thing is certain: The financing of the Games in this city won't be as easy and painless as Mr. Drapeau tried to convince visit- big reporters here last week, According to the mayor, Otta- wa's financial participation in the Olympics will be limited to approving Montreal's requests for assistance under existing or future shared cost programs. The city will require no 'direct' provincial or federal grants or special assistance, nor will the summer Games necessitate any municipal tax increases. However, what Mr. Drapeau painted lor visiting reporters was an Idealized and vague fin- ancial picture which depends on so many "ifs" that it is hardly assuring. To begin w i t h, the mayor's statement was based on the as- sumption that the federal and provincial governments will ap- prove all his applications for shared-cost assistance. Neither Ottawa nor Quebec is under any such obligation. And, despite Mr. Drapeau's insistence Hint his city will require no special financial aid, many Canadians may suspect that at least some of Ihe projects for which Mont- real will request shared-cost as- sistance might not have been considered if it were not for the Olympics Certainly, Montreal can use more low-cost public housing, but one may question whether using 'federal shared-cost hous- ing funds to help construct an Olympic village would be put- ting such money to its best use. Montreal intends to convert tlio village into low cost housing after the Games, thereby quali- the mayor's shared cost assistance which the city "will n number of community leaders and housing experts have ques- tioned whether the needs of low-income families might not be better served if federal funds were spent on a project rot originally designed as tempo- rary lodgings for athletes. In addition to shared-cost as- sistance, Montreal's financial plans are contingent upon ap- proval by Ottawa and Quebec City of v; hat Mayor Drapeau has described as "extraordi- n-a r y" revenue producing schemes. At his press confer- ence last Thursday, Mr. Drap- eau speculated that these might include special lotteries, tho sale of Olympic coins or a num- ber of ol b e r schemes that haven't yet come to mind. The Olympics must also realizo through ticket sales, television rights and other royalties tho projected revenue (hat is cen- tral to the city's current finan- cial plans. Another Important require- ment for reducing the burden ol building Olympic facilities, most Importantly a stadium, is securing the yet-to- be-given assurances of Mont- real's professional baseball and football teams that they will lease the stadium after 137G. And, most important of all, Mr. Drapeau must avoid the soaring costs thai, have plagued the or- ganizers of the summer Olym- pics in other cities. What happens, however, if the federal or provincial govern- ment balks at one of Mr. Drap- eau's shared-cost proposals, or television rights don't fetch (lie expected price, not enough peo- ple buy lottery tickets, or the original cost estimates sky- rocket? Mr, Drapeau didn't say, of course. But, it is highly unlikely he would, or could, call the whole thing that the fed- eral government w o u I d allow Canada's international prestige to be damaged by such an inci- dent. What that means, in ali likeli' hood, is that despite the finan- cial picture painted by Mayor Drapeau last week, the federal and provin c i a 1 governments would have to bail out Montreal. The recent experience of ci- lies have been the Olympics, and w hat hap penct with Expo 67, are far more encouraging. money of this year's Olympics in Mil nich are reported, for instance .0 have found themselves spent .ng six times as much as originally planned. A large in crease in the original Olympic was also experienced n; Tokyo, host of the Games i: 1964, and Expo 67 ended up wit deficit of million despii prediction in 1966 that i would Ire only million. Th federal share of that deficit wa million. When Mr. Drapeau made hi successful bid for the 197 Olympics two years ago, he tol Ihe Internalional Olympic Com mittee in Amsterdam that Monl real would budget S124 millio for (he Games, far less than th total cost of any recent summe Games. At last week's pres conference, the mayor didn't a lude to his original estimate an refused to make any stateinen about what the Games may co or what share will come from Ottawa. Consider Mr. Drapeau's rea son for wanting to keep th wraps on an Olympic cost cst mate for the time being "Rather than having it said lha Ihe mayor of Montreal is hcin unrealistic about the cost nf th Games, we will let nil govern ments concerned see the fig ures. Then, those who doubts a b o u t the Games wi have (o say that the three go1 ernments have been unrealist: and not just the mayor of iMon real." Third Section Lcllibridgc, Alberta, disastrous year for Facts do By PAUL ntecl out (hat the close llcralil Ottawa between (he federal departments of OTTAWA The plight of and the Canadian farmer, that oscr than in many other and hardworking be increased even who starves in the midst of the benef'l of sea of plenty he has helped significant that the >roduce, has again didn't criticize Ihe >rought home to (he government unduly year. In fact, it paid The Canadian Federation a number of Agriculture has just the efforts Agriculture s annual submission to Bud Olson of Alberta Minister Trudeau and his Minister Olio Lang net. The only fault in the mission is that it tends to 1 i n e agricultural )urcly from a technical 1 joint, rather than a human O TWH ll i A human picture of a XJ7 "Lr JLS can have so much more on people especially those lighly knowledgeable of a -E- I? R icular T ii s Nevertheless, the facts Ji. or themselves. Apart from odd bright spot, Canadian agriculture had a disastrous year Ottawa 1971. Charles Munro, If you happen president, says (he farmers an electron microscope alized income fell to the basement, you might n dollar terms for as long to discover a new treat comparisons make any drinking water and come in real terms was only and soft per cent of what it was years earlier, in 1961. And would new! thn was a bad year in itself. A "more satisfactory" year was 196U. The 1971 income was because the talcum powder-like asbestos fibres mil T mere 56 per cent of that in small. For the statistics, as telling as they are, become even more so o ne fih re would weigh something like one billion measured against a decade of an ounce, And take one billion Obviously, agriculture, placed end to end cially small farm agriculture, slightly less than a a dicey business (o be in. nevertheless, risks are high. Profit return department scientists capital is low. Some health protection branch are even being forced to sell they do at least in Iheir macliinery and number of samples of in order to maintain in Ottawa, Montreal, of their land, Hundreds of and Hull and in an small independent number of samples in every province lose the b e v e eacli year and are forced .somewhat academic With a picture like tliis experts them, you'd expect that is nothing to worry dian farm organization published in the would be full of Nature last They're not. most, according to a But not official, the What frustrates the farmer findings confirm that everyone but him findings in a few to make money out of The research is Supermarket chains of a larger effort to across the cilies and sensitive detection the country. Canneries for a host of packing companies do the pollutants in the Somebody is making a One type of out of the food industry. It blue asbestos not yet [he Canadian studies, That's what concerns problems when like Mr. Muiro. He is not suspected that one reason farm health problems has lagged so badly is the nation's Ihousancls of water from ers, though numerically and Ottawa and vital to (lie country's 2 and s p o n s i b 1 e for the Canadian Board, have made in easing the farmers' lot. Federal initiatives in grains policy, export market develop- support of a managed milk industry, the Small Farms Development Program, agricul- tural legislation, and the recent deficiency payments on hugs all came up for praise, Both Mr. Olson and Mr. hang speak of even better things to come in Mr. Munro says thai despite bleak days past and present, ag- riculture in Canada is not an abstraction or a mystic way of life in the space-age world. Nei- ther is it a disappearing indus- try. It is a huge, growing enter- prise, and the foundation of a very large part of the economic activity of this country. But lie believes that a big, overall ap- proach is needed if the basic producer in the food industry is to flourish as well as other MC- Hors. ores 72.7 million fibres per quart. Soft drinks generally had as as tap water, but one iample of ginger ale had 12.2 million fibres per quart. In two adian beers, 4.3 and 6.G mil- fibres per quart were ound. In two U.S. beers, the count was 2 and I.I million; in a Canadian sherry, million; and in an Italian vermouth, 11.7 lillion. The asbestos is thought to get nto the environment as n result ecialOld. Tryalitde of the widespread use of tha material in such things as acoustic and door tiles, insula- tion and brake linings. Studies on asbestos fibres in foods are continuing. NEW CITY A new industrial city cf called Haipowan has been carved out of the mineral- rich wilderness of Inner MOD- 40 hp. 50 hp. 65 hp. Open water or quiet stream, they're performers. If you're a mid-power man if you're a family boater if you like a not-too-small, not-too-big outboard that'll tnke you skiing, skin divinjr, fishing, cruising, weekending see your Mercury dealer and his midi-Mercs. The '10-hp Direct Charge 402. The popular 60-hp Merc 500. And the all-new compact C50, 3 cylinders, 65 hp. Just one problem. It's tough to decide which is best. OUTBOAF1DS Complete range of power: 20, 40, 50. 65, JO Jip. For nearest Mercury Dealer, sec tJis Yellow Pages under "Outboard Motors." Mercury Marine Limited, P.O. Sox 488, Mississairga, (Toronto) Canada, Fiberglas Boats and Canoes FROM 10 FEET IIP Boat Trailers Marine Supplies end fquipmen! Accessories; Life JcxVcls, Floaler SERVICE AND REPAIRS GLASCON INDUSTRIES 327 3rd Sf. S. Phone 328-4950 ;