Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Be thankful it's cool, cost of quenching thirst's going up By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Rising sugar prices are blamed for a cent increase in the wholesale price of a 10 oz. bottle of pop, which one local bottler put into effect today. Sugar is the major cost ingredient in the production of soft drinks and it's gone up about times what it was a year ago, said Peter Enns, manager of Chinook Beverages Ltd. which bottles such pops as Pepsi, 7-Up, Mountain Dew and Orange Crush. The latest increase of per hundredweight this week, bringing the wholesale price of sugar to per hundred pounds, spurred the soft drink price increase. Effective today, said Mr. Enns, the wholesale price of pop bottled by Chinook will go up 35 cents per case, a rise of 1 Vz-cents per bottle for the 10 oz. size and nearly three cents per bottle for the 30 oz. family size. This brings the wholesale prices per case to plus deposit on 10 oz. returnables, plus deposit on 30 oz. family size returnables and including deposit on 10 oz. cans of pop, Mr. Enns said. Suggested retail prices, he said, will be six for plus deposit of five cents per bottle for 10 oz. returnables, two for 89 cents for 30 oz. returnables plus 10 cent per bottle deposit, and six for including deposit on cans. Dalton Jordon, manager of Purity Bottling Ltd., which bottles the Coca Cola line of soft drinks said his firm will be raising its prices in the next day or so. "We're really just passing along the sugar he said, adding that Purity's price increases hadn't yet been worked out but would be close to those announced by Chinook. Prices have also increased recently at the cash and carry pop outlets. "We went up about July 24 to for a case of 12 30-oz. bottles, and to for a case of 24 10-oz. said Casey Wiskerke, manager of Pic-A-Pop. The Old prices were for the 10 oz. and for the 30 oz. he said. "The net cost, not counting the deposit, works out now to 8% cents for a 10 oz. bottle of our pop and 19.6 cents for a 30 oz. said Mr. Wiskerke. "Don't blame it on the pop bottlers it's the sugar." "But the price of our plastic cases has gone up 51 per cent and glass 18 per cent since I started in he added. Peter Enns, of Chinook Beverages, also mentioned other cost increases four increases in the cost of paper cartons in the last year; increases in glass and concentrates. But, he added, retailers too are adding to the rising pop prices. Some of them, he suggested, are taking too high a mark-up. The bottlers have no control over the retail price of their product. "A lot of them started charging 30 cents a bottle plus deposit after the last said Mr. Enns. The most common price of a 10 oz. bottle of pop in the city Tuesday seemed to be 25 cents, plus the five cent deposit. At two city supermarkets prices were two for 83 cents and two for 81 cents for the family size bottle with a 10 cent per bottle deposit; and six for and six for for the 10-oz. bottle with a five-cent per bottle deposit. Both the local brand-name bottlers said the price increases in the past haven't reduced pop consumption. "Our plant has looked at an average 14 per cent annual increase in consumption over the past four years." said Mr. Enns. The national average by comparison is a six to per cent increase, he said. District The Letlibridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, August Pages 13-20 City students return to school next week Lethbridge students will be filing back to school next week and neither school board expects any major problems. Ralph Himsl, separate school superintendent, said today the city's Catholic students would be returning to school Wednesday. A full Complement of teachers has been acquired and there should not be any staffing problems. There have not been any major renovations undertaken at any of the schools, so all buildings should be ready, he said. "Our main concern now is the number of children and the distribution of he said. "A concern is St. Patrick's where enrolment has been dropping off." Other areas have been increasing and this could cause a slight shortage or surplus of teachers. But if there are not any changes from the anticipated enrolment there should be few problems, he said. Renovations of one school in the public school system, however, will be causing some inconvenience to students and staff as they return. Lethbridge Collegiate Insitute students register Monday, while the first day for other students is Tuesday. Robert Plaxton, public schools' superintendent, said today Paterson Junior High School is being renovated with a gymnasium and meeting rooms being added. The construction will continue "at least until Christmas." "It will cause some inconvenience but it will be worth it as it will be Lethbridge's first community school." he said. "The community will have full access to the addition in the evenings." There have been few staffing difficulties. The school board's only problem has been finding one or two teachers for specialized areas such as auto mechanics, he said. There will be about students in the public system. The Lethbridge Community College and University of Lethbridge students will have until September to enjoy their holidays. LCC students register Sept. 3 with classes beginning Sept. 4, the day university students will register. University classes will begin Sept. 5. Grain hopper car topples A disagreement between this fully-loaded grain hopper car and a switch in the CP Rail Lethbridge yards Tuesday afternoon caused to damage. Grain spilled over the tracks from ruptured plastic hatches when the hopper derailed, taking two other cars with it. The rermainder of the 82-unit grain train was on its way to Vancouver an hour after the accident. The damaged track was to be repaired by today. The 63-foot hopper cars each hold bushels of wheat. County wants to plan New Dayton development WARNER (Staff) The Warner County council will ask the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission to draw a plan for the overall development of New Dayton. Council Tuesday took this route when it was again faced with developer Ted Rudd's offer to buy all 50 county- owned lots in New Dayton. Mr. Rudd, of 2855 North Parkside Drive, Lethbridge, told the council he had to have all the lots to proceed with his proposal to establish mobile home sites. Coun. Don Christensen of Stirling said the planners were concerned about reserving land for schools and stores. The planners were against the blanket sale of all the New Dayton lots, he said. Mr. Rudd's offer is each for all the 50-foot lots and each for the 25-foot lots. He presented a sketch plan of a proposed mobile homes court but councillors agreed it represented the idea of putting one mobile home on each lot and was not an overall development. Council agreed the Lethbridge businessman would develop the lots one at a time, or in pairs. Minimum wage not intended to be fair By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Provincial legislation provides minimum standards for working is not intended to be a fair employment guide, says the Lethbridge manager of the Board of Industrial Relations' labor standards branch. The legislation involved is for a minimum wage, not a fair wage, says Wilf Jensen. Trade unions have won improvements over the minimums. In many companies without unions, improvements have come voluntarily from the employer, he says. "We are concerned with a minimum, something below which no employer can says Mr. Jensen. The minimum wage an hour for jobs under provincial jurisdiction, and hours are based on an eight-hour day and a 44- hour week. Most jobs are regulated by the province, but occupations of an interprovin'cial nature, such as airline and railway jobs, are under federal jur- isdiction. There are exceptions, though, contained in 31 orders of the Board of Industrial Relations. There are special orders concerning employment of handicapped persons or students. The order relating, to the taxi industry allows a 10-hour day or a 60-hour week, says Mr. Jensen. The order for school bus drivers makes their minimum shift two hours, rather than the three hour minimum for other industries. Before the order was passed, all school bus contracts had to be approved by the board, he says. There are also special orders about construction and oil drilling. Most employees are entitled to two weeks paid vacation a year, according to a board order. The exceptions are people who work less than eight hours a week and real estate, bond and stock salesmen; wholesale travelling salesmen paid entirely by commission and workers to whom another order applies or who have been exempted. Workers in the construction and brush clearing industries, except office workers, are entitled to four per cent of their earnings either when they get a vacation, on Dec. 31 if they haven't had a holiday in 12 months, or when their employment terminates. Construction and brush clearing workers are also entitled to 3.2 per cent of their pay for general holiday pay. Most other workers, according to board order No. 21 of 1972, are entitled to a day off with pay on New Year's Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Dominion Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Remembrance Day and Christmas. Those who have to work on general holidays are entitled to an extra day off before their next vacation and must be paid time and one half for working the general holiday. Exceptions are exempted employees and several types of salesmen. Mr. Jensen says most of the office's complaints are about improper overtime pay or vacation pay. Not many employers try to pay less than the minimum. Confidential complaints are not popular with the branch, he says. Complaints are not normally taken unless the employee has made a demand for redress to the employer, and they may be confidential if the employee is still working at the same place. The branch has the power to examine a business's books and ques- tion the to determine if complaints are valid. Penalties are provided in the law, but Mr. Jensen says he does not like to use them. Education ideas requested Schools lack environment study sites By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A request for suggestions on how to spend a proposed provincial trust fund for "new thrusts in education" drew moderate response Tuesday from public school trustees. But two school board officials were quick to suggest ways the government dispose of the proposed fund. Robert Plaxton, school superintendent, told the meeting funds could be used to set aside large tracts of land in their natural state for students to study. "One of the major problems is there are no places students can go and study the environment in its natural state." he said. "And around Lethbridge there are at least six different physical environments." School children can go to parks, he added, but these are no longer in their natural state. Dr. Plaxton was making his suggestion after a request was read to the board from Education Minister Lou Hyndman. Mr. Hyndman has informed the Alberta School Trustees' Association that part of Alberta's million in resource revenue could be used for "new thrusts in education and suggestions from local boards would be helpful. Among other suggestions at the Tuesday meeting was the idea to build a regional research and training institute to help relations between parents and children. Trustee Carl Johnson suggested the money be used to upgrade physical education in schools. "A new look in physical education is he said. European countries are so far ahead in physical training that "we are not, even on first base." The suggestions were tabled by the board until its next meeting Aug. 27 to give teachers, the public and board members time to list their ideas on what is needed in new educational programs. Also tabled until that meeting was a list of suggestions for a referendum topic to be included in the Oct. 16 election of school trustees. The request for local boards to consider local referendum issues again came from the education minister. Trustee Doug McPherson, before making a referendum suggestion, said he could not see what the purpose of having one would be. Dr. McPherson suggested a question could be presented to the public on family life education in schools. This idea drew quick support from Dr. Plaxton. "Dr. McPherson's suggestion is a pertinent one because a committee is going to come out with a report on this in the fall. The board may have to take action on he said. "It may be a good idea to get public opinion." he said. More suggestions, the implications and mechanics of a referendum, and cost will be brought before trustees at the next meeting. Patterson will run I for mayor Ernie Patterson said Tuesday he will run again for the mayor's job in Claresholm from which he was ousted last year by a decision of the Alberta Supreme Court. Chief Justice J. V. H. Milvain ruled on July 4 that Mr. Patterson :could again seek municipal office. He said the period from Jan. 10. 1973, to July 4 would serve as the former mayor's dis- qualification period. Mr. Patterson said in an interview the deci- sion means he will take the mayor's chair away from incumbent Len Bach in the Oct. 15 municipal elections. Land sale accord elusive No decision was reached Tuesday in a special meeting between the public school board and city council's land sales committee on the sale of some 10 acres in southeast Lakeview to the city. Another meeting has been scheduled for next week. The city wants the school board to sell it the land at Spruce Drive and Redwood Road to preserve it for public use. The school board purchased the site in 1961 for but it was later eliminated as a school site because of declining numbers and a projected low student population in the area. Trustees had earlier decided to sell the land as two parcels of 4.79 and 4.75 acres by public tender, but the city since asked to discuss immediate purchase by the citv for cash. What happened to summer? CALGARY (CP) What happened to summer? That's the question most Calgarians were asking themselves this morning as many awoke to frost on their gardens and thin ice on their windshields. The official low temperature overnight was 36 degrees, but in many low lying areas of the foothills city the thermometer dropped below 32 degrees. Overnight low at Lethbridge was 43.