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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 'FEED GRAIN POLICY S4Y LOCAL AGRI-BUSINESS MEN By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Canada's new feed grain policy has been called and by two Lethbridgo livestock industry Dick owner of Valley Feeders in the riverbottom of Lethbridge and recently elected president of the Alberta Cattle Feeders claims the new policy announced jointly in Ottawa and Regina Friday and is detrimental to the The new policy was part of. a federal government answer to complaints from eastern Canada livestock feeders that the west has unfair ad- vantages because of a gov- ernment Mr. Gray said he plans to call for a haR to livestock marketing by the 162-mem- ber association at a board of directors meeting next week. The association members market about animals yearly. He said the new policy in effect giving eastern Ca- nadian feeders and livestock producers a subsidy to feed cattle and already get four to five cents per pound more for their animals on the He asked why western Canadian farmers should subsidize eastern interests when they produc- already get more for their animals. Bill manager o f Southern a local feed manufacturing said the government has left the issue of pricing for feed grains in a confusing state. Otto minister respon- sible for the Canadian wheat said in the release of the new policy that there be a new buying agent for feed grains set up to keep the price up. He said at the time of the release that the price pro- ducers would get for feed grain would be somewhere between the initial payment announced at the start of the new crop year and the final payment. The unknown final payment is computed usually on known sales by the govern- ment. Mr. Olafson said both Mr. Lang's office and a represen- tative of Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan's office re- ported Friday the price to be paid for feed grain wouldn't be known for about one month. has led to a state of said Mr. Olafson. Mr. Olafson said feed manu- facturers and feeders in fne Lethbridge area are now pay- ing Lakehead prices for feed grains a price which is the highest in the province. Farmers delivering to eleva- tors get for for oats and for per bushel. Feed manufac- turers are paying per bushel for 95 cents for oats and for wheat. He said there would' be enough feed grain around the country but that the feed grain crop in Southern Al- berta would be short. This means that feed man- ufacturers in the south will have to truck feed grain from farms in central and north- ern Alberta to assure suffi- cient stocks. The problem that will arise during the next month be- cause of the uncertain price for feed grains is that feed manufacturers will have to pay much higher claims Mr. Olafson- Until the government price is farmers will Weft to hoM on to thcJm stocks to make sure they will get the most for their grain. The next step would then be a possible shortage of stocks for feed manufacturers. Mr. Olafson said even with the lack of clarification in the policy the new feed grains policy seems like a bonanza for the grain produc- er and a setback to the live- stock industry in western Can- ada. When the initial price for feed barley was set at about per the price tlie feed manufacturers paid jumped ti about per bushel. This has meant an increase for finished grains of about per ton. Another problem facing ths feed manufacturer is locating the supplies needed to make feed rations. spending S25 to per day extra on telephone calls just trying to find more K'.ccki of feed said Mr. Olafson. On the question of a sub- sidy for the eastern livestock producer and feed- er. Mr. Olafson said it appear- ed that feeders and manufac- turers in the west would pay more for feed grains while the eastern Canadian counter- parts would contimrte to pay similar prices under the new policy. The LetHbndae Herald VOL. LXVI No. 201 AUGUST 1973 PRICE 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 36 PAGES Public accepts high prices as 'inevitable' THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON A reduction in the number of plaints about rising food prices may indicate such in- creases now are accepted as inevitable and this. is a says Sally Alberta's federal consumer affairs consultant. Mrs. Merchant said the declining number of com- plaints to her office has been evident during the last six months and ctie reason may be that people now are more aware of the causes. While against consumer Mrs. Merchant endorses consumer to the un- warranted price She said one ot the root causes of the price hikes is that are people have a lot of money and are -willing to spend it on the food they want. She added savings can be made by eliminating snacks and convenience foods. Linda St. provincial agriculture department said her own family of five managed on 65 cents a day a person during the last two years. This requires elimination of a lot of unnecessary snack soft reducing fresh fruit substituting frozen for fresh foods and comparing food value in price an she said. it means are just going to have to get used to different kinds of foods and different kinds of preparations and less convenience foods if they want to stay within their food At Premier Dave Barrett has urged Brit- ish Columbia to boycott meat to avoid being gouged by supermarket outlets and wholesalers and to give meat prices a chance to settle. don't think people should buy Mr. Bar- rett said in answering reporters questions about the current meat buying panic in the province. He said he did not feel farmers were responsible for soaring meat prices but criticized supermarkets for charging exorbitant prices. not attacking the farmers Mr. Barrett said. night on television I saw some supermar- kets taking meat out of wrappers that had already been priced and repricing that meat. gouging the public because the wholesale price of that meat was known when the original price was put in. are taking an exorbitant profit unfairly off that meat. So I tell people to boycott meat for a while. Just don't buy it and settle that price down a In James Conservative critic on the Commons food price said supermarket increases on on-shelf food are makes a mockery of such self-serving an- nouncements as the one emanating from the super- market chains which promise not to increase the price of existing shelf stocks and to increase prices in future only should their own costs go Mr. McGrath said in a news release. He said supermarkets should explain the reason why they put new price stickers over old on certain groceries. Mr. McGrath also blamed the government for a to food price increases. The special food prices review set up the gov- ernment in the should have been 'given more power to deal with these kinds of he added. He also criticized Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan for suggesting the possibility of export controls on meat. Inside Classified 24-27 Comics Comment........4 District. o Family .....J8-20 Local News 14 Markets 21 Sports 6-8 Theatres 5 TV ............5 Weather........ 2 LOW TONIGHT 'I haven't bet. to afford HIGH THIJRS- it for a month SUNNY Cost of meat still gallops highs to new That's for now Senator Sam Democrat-North brings down Viis gavel to end the first round of the Senate Watergate hearings in Washington. From left are Senator How- ard deputy counsel Rufus Sen. Ervin and majority counsel Sam Das. The Watergate committee will not meet ag ain until at least Sept. 10. Story page Rail talks planned today as Prairie traffic halts can't negotiate in a Judge Alan B. Gold fend- ing off reporters after his ap- pointment Tuesday as the mediator in the dispute between Canada's railways and fh'JLi non-operating _ i E But he cteayi't really object to the iaea of the public sitting in on mediation it is going to ac- complish something. Accomplishing something is the whole foundation of Judge Gold's approach to labor media- and he has indioaLed in the past that he doesn't mind what tactics he has to employ in the process. HAS POWER Judge Gold's powers of per- suasion are already making themselves felt in the current dispute. the negotiators have agreed to sit down at a meeting with Judge Gold. get to know each Judge Gold said. then we'll get down to The task at hand is basically one of resolving a standoff on wages. WINNIPEG An esti- mated non-operating rail- way employees in Saskatchewan and north- western Ontario were to walk off their jobs for the second lime today as rotating strikes against leu railway companies continued. As a result of the 42-hour scheduled to begin a t 6 a.m. local both CNR and CP Rail cancelled all pas- senger and freight operations in the two Prairie provinces and northwestern Ontario. The lines affected extend as far east as Thunder Bay and Out. Although the unions have agreed to move grain during the strike to unloading points at the Lakehcad. A CP Rail JUDGE A. B. GOLD spokesman said Tuesday night in Winnipeg there was enough grain on hand at elevators there for several days of unloading. A union spokesman said no arrangements had been made for the handling of grain trains. in Thunder strike co-ordinator Frank Ma- zur said skeleton crews of union members would remain on the job to handle grain movements. The walkout in Manitoba and Saskatchewan is the second within a week. About em- ployees were on a 48-hour strike that ended last Saturday at 6 a.m. CDT. About northwestern On- tario employees were out on the picket lines a week earlier with their counterparts across the province. The unions represent workers such as telegraph baggage and express personnel and slssping-and dining-car por- ters. A total of eight unions are represented by the non-ops' as- sociation. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadian meat prices gal- loped upward this week as many angry shoppers called for government controls on food costs. A cross-Canada survey of 10 major cities by The Canadian Press showed beef prices rising in every province with the cost of a sirloin tip roast highest in where the price shot up to S2.46 a 62 cents higher than last week. Rising meat prices hit hard- est in the West in the last with sirloin Increasing to a pcund in 34 cents more than .last and Sl.99 in up from last week. Centre-cut loin pork roast in Edmonton increased six cents to and remained steady in Winnipeg at Pork roast rose 57 cents in Regina to In the sirloin increased 16 cents to in Quebec City and Montreal. Pork roast rose 20 cents in Ottawa and Mon- treal and fnur cents in Quebec City to In pork roast increased 40 cents to a pound. Shoppers in Halifax paid four cents more for sirloin this week at S1.73 and 31 cents more for pork roast at Ground chuck increased 50 cents in Halifax to a pound and 24 cents in Van- couver to in St. ground chuck dropped to a pound from The survey of large grocery stores revealed the price of po- tatoes dropped in the East but rose 12 cents to S1.30 for 10 pounds in Vancouver. Shoppers in Toronto were angry but didn't know whom to blame for the rising costs of food. One man too bad you can't find just one per- son at fault Hilda Yanoff is terrible. I think the government should step in and make them do something to cut the prices down. What about those old people on pensions who can't af- tod to pay these Mrs. I. Mortimer prices are out of proportion with the wages you get. I blame Mr. Trudeau. Why doesn't he put a ceiling on F. C. McAllister of a former grocery store said the money used for frequent newspaper ads should go to reduce prices. the prices were low people would buy. But they feature two or three loss leaders in the ads and mark everything else high. for may be reasonable but the salad will be expensive because the lettuce is WANTS FREEXE A woman in Quebec City said she foresees a revolt by the poor people in the next few months. should have been a long time A man In St. John's got a moose licence and if I shoot one next month we'll have that this winter instead of In the first survey.CP noted the lowest price for 17 items in an average shopping bag. In subsequent surveys the same brand was checked for com- parison. The surveys are not in- tended to compare prices from city to city. Some of the findings this increased to 99 cents a pound from 88 cents and ground chuck rose to from S1.32. Frozen cod fill- ets dropDed to 95 cents from and tomatoes droppsd to 49 cents a pound from 59 cents. rose two cents to 51.05 and ground chuck went up 20 cents to Me- dium eggs increased five cents to 76 cents a dozen. No item on the 1st decreased in price. Edmonton First grade chicken increased two cents to 69 cents a pound and ground chuck went up 10 to S1.25. Butter increased to 79 cents a pound from 72 cents. A pound of drip coffee decreased to 89 cents from 95 cents. Vancouver First grade diicken increased 10 cents to 79 cents a pound and centre-cut loin pork roast decreased to Si.55 a pound from Si 59. Sliced white bread went up to 39 cents a loaf from 27 cents. Lair suit double-checked by Watergate committee WASHINGTON The Senate Watergate committee re- viewed today its planned law- suit seeking federal court back- ing of its subpoena of Water- gate-related White House tapes and documents. Committee sources had said the suit would be filed as early as but chief counsel Samuel Dash said a final check of the suit is planned before it is filed later this week. Lawyers for President Nixon have filed their legal arguments No official comment clampdown Agnew case hushed up WASHINGTON The United States justice depart- lightening I he lid on its has refused comment on a report that Spim Agnew received from private contractors after he be- came vice-president. The report carried by the Knight newspaper which quotes sources as saying fed- eral prosecutors have been told that contractors paid Agnev a week over a period of and the sum after he was elected vicerpresident. In a story from its Washing- tin the newspaper group quotes the source as say- ing some of the contributions may have been put Agncw's personal use. The justice department has acknowledged only that Agnew is the subject of a criminal in- a fact disclosed Monday night by the vice-presi- dent himself. He proclaimed his innocence and said he will not comment further. No charges have been filed against the and the being investigated by U.S. Attorney George Beall of has not been re- ferred to a grand The investigation involves al- legations of extortion and tax evasion growing out ot kickbacks allegedly paid by building contractors and engi- neers to Maryland and Balti- more County political figures. The investigation was started last and originally was aimed at political corrup- tion in Baltimore where Agnew got his political start.. The Knight Newspapers story says Jerome a Baltimore County given federal prosecutors details ot alleged payments to Agnew Amounting to a supporting the president's re- fusal to give White House tapes to Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. In a brief filed Tuesday with Judge John Sirica of U.S. dis- trict lawyers for the president argued that the court lacks authority to enforce Cox's subpoena demanding the tapas of nine presidential conversa- tions. The special prosecutor has called the tapes evidence'' in the Watergate case. On July both Cox and the committee served the president with subpoenas demanding tapes of specific conversations. He refused. Cox immediately asked Sirica to order Nixon to say why he was not complying with the sub- poena and the president filed his response Tuesday. Sirica gave Cox until Aug. 13 to in to Nixon's response. He also scheduled oral arguments in the case for 10 a.m. Aug. 22. The has not yet acted on its decision to file a similar suit against Nixon seeking court clari- fication. Dash said now that the committee knows what to expect in the way of response from it will go ahead file its suit. The presidestial brief was the work of Charles Alan professor of constitutional law at the University of who is expected to present the oral arguments in the case. for- m e r U.S. plans to argue the case for his office. The Nixon brief contends that the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers leaves the courts powerless to enforce a subpoena. The White House filed in a 'court appearance lasting less than two specific- ally rejected Cox's claim that Nixon waived his claim to exec- tive privilege for the tapes when he permitted former aides who participated in the conver- sations to describe them to the grand jury and the Senate com- mittee. and heard About town POSTAL CLERK Harry Altchison telling a cus- tomer who had complained about the new oversize just write the letter on the back of the stamp and mail Albert Bourassa denying that he pulled the wool over his friends' eyes at the sheep show. ;