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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, April 27, 1974 THE LtTHBHiUUt is Blairmore urges one price at pool klRMORE (CNP wav thrnnuh the Ihp rprrpatinn hnarri thatit nrohlbitlVe for BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Blairmore council has indicated it is in favor of having a one- price system at the Community Swimming Pool. Due to a deficit last year entrance fees will be increased by approximately 20 per cent. The pool is expected to open about May 17 or 18 and a cleanup job is under way through the LIP program. The staff has been hired. Council could see no reason for a two price system which made Coleman and Belevue swimmers pay a higher fee than the other communities because they were not part of the Crowsnest Pass recreation board. A motion was made that council recommend to the recreation board that it go to a one price system for one year. Council also rejected the proposal that the building on the Blairmore Playgrounds be turned into an area for a ceramics class. It was disclosed that cost of putting in an all-weather water line, installing proper power and gas and purchase of a kiln would be prohibitive for small classes such a recreation would draw. It was felt that money could be better spent on the' golf course which attracts more than 150 golfers from the area. Blairmore Lions Club expressed its interest in assisting the town with construction or material for the tennis courts if the project is approved. County joins war on wild oats Trail to be focal-point of lead pollution study OTTAWA A group of Uni- versity of Ottawa scientists have been given by the federal health department to see whether lead pollution in the air from a lead smelter ac- tually results in lead poisoning among nearby residents and under what conditions, how and among what age groups and occupations. The two-year study is sched- uled to start in Trail, B.C., site of the world's largest lead and zinc smelter, this summer, with co-operation from the B.C. health and air pollution departments A duplicate control study will take place simultaneously in the nearby logging town of Nelson. According to one of the Uni- versity of Ottawa researchers, the study should have important implications in Toronto, where a scientific controversy involving a lead smelter and lead pollution problems in its vicinity has been bubbling furiously in recent months, both in the public eye and in the courts. The same could be said about Montreal and Trail In Montreal, a union repre- senting workers at Carter White Lead Co. is trying to get a court injunction to have the lead factory closed down until lead levels in the plant are lowered. Workers at the plant stopped working April 1, claiming their life and health is endangered by lead poisoning. In Vancouver, Trail's Com- inco lead smelter was the centre of controversy and study late in the 60s when young horses developed a de- District bilitating disorder from lead poisoning from the nearby smelter and some experts were worried about human residents of the community. Dr. George B. Schreiber, University of Ottawa epidemiologist and project director of the lead study, said that in fact the scientists had decided against doing the lead study in Toronto for both "political'' and scientific reasons. He explained that the legal battles involving the Canada Metal Co. Ltd. lead smelter in Toronto suggested the company would be less than enthusiastic about becoming involved in such a study. Control group in study at Nelson. In addition, the facts that other studies were already un- derway in the area and that the situation had already become quite emotional and political would have made it even more difficult to carry out a controlled, scientific experiment, he suggested. The South In short Corn grant forms ready TABER (HNS) Taber District Agriculturist Lynn S. Grant says applications for the grain corn production incentive grant must be received by July 1. The basic grant is 30 cents a bushel plus a yield incentive of three cents a bushel above 60 bushels an acre. The total maximum grant per acre is Forms are available at the district agriculturist's office. Cardston Golf Club to meet The Cardston Golf Club will meet at 8 p.m. Monday at the clubhouse to discuss fees, schedule and rule changes for this year's course. Ski bus service discontinued NATAL (HNS) The free ski bus on weekends between Sparood and Snow Valley, sponsored by Kaiser Resources Ltd., has been discontinued as demand for the service in the latter part of the season had diminished. Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON DECOUX, Rip., 562-2149 LETHBRIDGE CATHOLIC SEPARATE S. D. no. 9 Registration and Orientation for children beginning school this (all Children who are 5 years old by February 28, 1974 may begin school this fan. These child- ren will DB registered and will attend school on a part time oasis during the week May 13- 17. Please contact the elementary Catholic School of your choice for further details. ASSUMPTION SCHOOL 14 Ave. and 24 St. South 327-5028 ST. MARY'S SCHOOL 5 Ave. and 19 St. South 327-3098 ST. PATRICK'S SCHOOL 8 St. and 10 Ave. South 327-4386 ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL 10 Ave. and 12 St. 6 North 327-4451 The Trail study will involve some 1200 residents, including three groups of children, a group of workers at the Com- inco Ltd. lead-zinc smelter, and the wives of the workers. A total of 900 residents of Nelson, situated 30 miles north of Trail and unaffected by lead pollution from the smelter, would be make up the control group, in five similar age groups During the first year, the" scientists would measure levels of lead in the blood of participants. The Nelson participants would reveal blood lead values resulting from "background" 'ead in the environment. The Trail participants should reveal what effect elevated levels of lead in the air from a smelter have on blood lead levels, Dr. Schreiber explained. As the Toronto controversy has underlined, there continues to be considerable scientific controversy about the effect of elevated lead levels in the air on the human body's accumulation of lead, on levels of the metal in the blood, and on human health, he said. The participants would also be given a health effects ques- tionaire, to see if the lead pollution has resulted in any so-called suo-clinical effects: for example, are some of the smelter workers staying home sick more often than their counterparts in Nelson, do they have more joint pains; and do they have any subtle signs of lead During the study, provincial experts will be taking contin- uous measurements of lead in the air in the two communities. In a previous study. Trail's air was found to have two times the lead that the most automobile- congested American cities had. The same study had con- cluded that a mysterious debilitating disorder among young horses in Trail in 1968 had been the result of fallout of lead from the air from the nearby Cominco smelter. The lead had contaminated foliage ingested by the horses, resulting in severe lead poisoning Earlier report said Trail residents not threatened. But the study, published qui- etly in 1971 and headed by Trail's Medical Officer of Health Dr. Nicholas Schmitt (also involved in this year's study) had also concluded, after a less involved study of some Trail residents, that humans in the community were not threatened by the lead contamination "in the light of present standards." During the second year of the planned new study, scientists will analyze samples of human hair or fingernail cuttings, to see how much lead is being ac- cumulated in the bod> over the long-term Dr. Schreiber suggested these analyses are probably more reliable indicators of long-term "body burden." The study will also be looking at the levels of several other metals in the air and in human blood: specifically, copper, cadmium and zinc. In addition to measuring in- dustrial exposure of lead among Cominco smelter workers, the study will feature an in-depth look at possible sub-clinical and toxic effects among the children living in the smelter town. There has been considerable scientific controversy about whether children near leaa pollution sources are more susceptible to consuming lead, perhaps by eating or inhaling dirt contaminated with lead air pollution, and whether harmful effects of lead appear at lower blood levels in children. To attempt to sort out this controversy, the Trail study will include a group of children ages one to three; a second group in Grade One; and a third group in Grade 9. There will be three similar control groups among the Nelson participants. If in fact children are most likely to pick up lead by eating or "grovelling in as some experts believe, then higher lead blood levels would be expected in the youngest children, less so in the Grade 1 children. Dr. Schreiber explained. But if the main exposure comes from inhaling the lead particles directly from the air, then the elevated blood levels should appear among the Grade 9 students, who have the highest metabolic rate among the children, he suggested The spouses of the smelter workers in Trail would tend to act as controls within the community, unless they are also being exposed to the lead, perhaps in washing dirty- clothes from children and husbands, or in cleaning and eating garden vegetables contaminated with lead. Some garden vegetables showed contamination. A joint industry- government-provincial study in Trail in 1970 had revealed some garden vegetables in Trail were so contaminated with' lead, even after being washed and prepared for eating, that the vegetables could not be legally sold under federal food regulations cov- ering lead contamination. Trail and Nelson are similar geographically and soci-eco- nomically which should make the comparison more valid, Dr. Schreiber suggested. Part of the problem surrounding the current scientific controversy over the health effects among humans living near lead pollution sources, such as lead smelters or lead battery plants, is that no one has really done proper comparative studies with similar areas and residents subjected only to normal background levels of lead, Dr. Schreiber suggested in an interview. "This is part of the problem in Toronto no one has really determined the base level (of lead in the air and in the blood) in the thereby allowing scientists to distinguish the effects of a particular situation of lead pollution source, he said. The Trail area study "presents a unique opportunity" to do just that, he added. Other scientists involved in the two-year study are: Dr L C Neri, principal investiga- tor and senior lecturer at the University of Ottawa's department of community medicine and epidemiology; Dr. Nicholas Schmitt, medical officer of health at Trail, Dr. Terrance Pagan, medical officer of health at Nelson; Dr. John Milne, University of Ottawa chemistry professor; Dr. Sankaranarayanan Raman, University of Ottawa bioslatistician; and Dr. Anthony Larson, director of the division of epidemiology with the B.C department of .health One wild oat fighter Coun. Bill Gejdos of Skiff Coleman ratepayers face bylaw COT.SMAN (CNP Bureau) Coleman ratepayers will go the polls June 5 to either approve or reject the town council borrowing the sum of for construction of a new town office and library building complex. The bylaw, sent to the Local Authorities Board recently, has been approved. John Kapalka was appointed returning officer. Council signed a joint use agreement between the towns of Coleman, Blairmore, Bellevue recreation boards and the school division for use of facilities. The cor- ordinating body will be the school division secretary. Bears have been visiting Pineview subdivision and the fish and game branch in Pincher Creek will be requested to take steps to remove the animals. Permission was granted to the Coleman Elks and Royal Purple to hold a tag day May 10 for Purple Cross and the Volunteer Fire Brigade was given permission to hold a tag day May 24 to raise funds for muscular dystrophy. Council received a map from the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission requesting the town indicate areas on the map they felt would be suitable for a sanitary land fill site. Council felt that the OMRRPC would plan something for Coleman. President COALDALE (HNS) Mrs. Don McCann has been named president of the Readymade Farm Women's Club, a 12- member group that meets the first Wednesday of each month. By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FOREMOST Wild oats are virtually indestructible, say some County of Forty Mile councillors. Reeve Dan Vanden Berg says the pesky plant can sleep for a decade and then return to plague the farmer who happens to dip his plow too deep. Reeve Vanden Berg says he knows a man who left his farm for 10 years, came back, sank his plow in and got a dandy crop of wild oats. Some Forty Mile councillors say wild oats have about nine times nine lives. Coun. Lyle Nattrass of Manyberries says the plant cannot be licked. "You can have alfalfa on a field for 10 years and then get a beautiful crop of wild he told his colleagues recently. It seems like a losing battle. But, take heart. County of Forty Mile Agricultural Fieldman Vern Arnold has some forms. Farmers here can fill them out before June 1 and get a lot of agricultural know-how in the battle of the seedbox. Despite all the pessimism, the provincial government has granted the county to do battle. This is the sixth highest allotment in the province. Two inspectors will be hired for three months. Coun. Russell Scratch says cultural control is by far the most prevalent method used to knock wild oats dead. Fieldman Arnold agrees that when the plant is five days old there is some chance to knock it out. "Five days that is the time to work says Mr. Arnold. .Coun. William George McFall of Etzikom says winter rye can overpower it. Not feasible on irrigated land, says Mr. Arnold. "This has to be looked at for each individual farmer." "It really does says Coun Bill Gejdos of Skiff, agricultural committee chairman. "Just east of me they have been seeding rye and they have just about got the wild oats problem licked." Every farmer who joins the fight plan, carries it out and tames wild oats will receive from the county. It's a tough problem. 1 Agriculture authorities say wild oats can produce as many as 250 seeds per plant. In some cases as high as 21 bushels of wild oat seeds per acre have shattered prior to harvest. The plow layer of some fields has been found to contain as high as 71 bushels of wild oats per acre and the top four inches of the soil to contain as many as 50 bushels per acre Professor given grant of A University of Lethbndge professor has received a Canada Council grant to complete his PhD research on the social organization of British Columbia coastal Indians before the influx of European settlers. T A Moore. an anthropologist, will take a year's leave of absence to conduct his research at the provincial archives centre in Victoria, the Hudson's Bay Company archives in Winnipeg and the Bancroft Library in Berkley. Calif. COMPLETE HOMEOWNERS' INSURANCE AT LOWER RATES HUNT INSURANCE AGENCIES LTD. 120l-3rdAve. S. Phone 328-7777 ABSTAINER'S INSURANCE COMPANY only Canadian Company providing automoblla and (Ira Inturanca excludvaly to abatalnan. 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