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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Immunizing wild animals may be answer to rabies control Eight skunks captured in the vicinity of three rabies infected skunks the end of November have been found free of the disease. Bill rabies specialist with the federal Animal Diseases Research In- stitute in said two predator control officers for the Alberta Department of Agriculture found a rabid skunk in the Grassy Lake and Medicine Hat regions. When this was a Medicine Hat fanner noted a skunk dopey and near his buildings. He killed the animal and sub- mitted it-to the disease in- stitute for analysis. It was positive. Officers for the veterinary division of the department of agriculture then conducted a vector control program in the vicinity of the rabid actually depopulating skunks from the regions affected. They found the eight skunks which proved negative in tests at the disease institute. Using the eradication method to rid any area of pests in rabies affected regions has been successful in said Dr. Dorward. But a plan in Ontario to im- munize wild animals against rabies may be the best answer. This very concept is includ- ed in a 10-point recommenda- tion on rabies control using vaccines published by the National Academy of Sciences in D.C. In the ministry of natural resources is entering its second year of trials on a bait system and Connaught Medical Research Laboratories Ltd. is working on an oral rabies vaccine. If both aspects of the plan work out as the scientists the ministry's biologists will be able to start field trials next fall. In the baiting small plastic bags containing a rabies antibiotic were smeared with chemical attractants and meat flavorings. Of 600 animals submitted to the ministry bv 16 per cent had eaten the antibiotic. This bags were put out in four counties. The work being carried out by Connaught formerly owned by the University of Toronto and now by the Canadian Development involves develop- ment of a vaccine. The company is working with a vaccine already perfected for dogs and trying to adapt it for wild animals. Dr. Dorward said nothing is being done in Alberta with im- munization of wild animals. The work is being done in On- tario because that province has a much higher incidence of rabies than Alberta and it is the backyard of Connaught Laboratories. Dr. Dorward said if techni- ques are developed in Alberta would likely pick them up for use here. The World Health Organiza- tion Expert Committee on Rabies has also published new material on rabies including and expanding some of the points published by the academy. One of the keys to the WHO report is a change in the guide to post-exposure treatment of patients. Treatment following the bite of a suspected rabid animal may be stopped if the results of a recently developed fluorescent an- tibody examination are negative. Also using the fluorescent unvaccinated cats and dogs can be tested immediately for rabies infec- tion or may be held in the traditional way to see if symp- toms develop. The revised recommen- dations continue to stress that eliminating rabies virus at the site of infection is the most ef- ficient mechanism of protec- tion. WHO recommends washing and flushing the wound with soap and detergent or water followed by the application of alcohol tincture or acqueous solutions of iodine or dilute quaternary ammonium com- pounds. Despite the advances to WHO claims rabies will remain a part of the disease picture of the world. The group feels though that vir- tual elimination of rabies in dogs and improved post- exposure treatment could reduce human deaths con- siderably. WHO also put considerable importance to immunization of wildlife but the committee feels this is a distant goal for the eradication of the disease. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION December 1973 Pages 17 to 32 Not all of the icing is going on the cakes being decorated for the food fair at the Lethbridge Com- munity College Dec. 14. Seven-month-old Gregory Uwazny of 819 13th St. S. helps his Facing icing BILL GROENEN photo Gwen Olsen of 1272 8th Ave. prepare for the food fest which will see items on display. There will also be a seven-line smorgasbord of food delights. to 7 grant requests turned down By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The Community Services Advisory Committee Wednes- day pared down some in requests from community organizations fur 1974 civic grants to about It's recommendations which denied grants to seven of the 13 groups will go to city council Dec. 17 for ratification. In recommending approval of grants for the remaining six Classes cancelled for Games University of Lethbridge classes will be cancelled from Feb. 10 through 1975 to allow university participa- tion in the 1975 Canada Winter Games. U of L's general faculties council has decided to start 1975 spring semester classes Jan. 1975 instead of in the second week in January to prevent loss of study time and to suspend classes during the games. The games will probably make use of campus facilities such as the Physical Educa- tion Fine Arts and faculty and staff will probably be involved as part- time workers or spectators. the committee praised the work of two groups the St John's Am- bulance Society and the Vic- torian Order of Nurses. Both the committee were effectively providing important service's to the community in areas in which no one else was operating. Grants of for the St. John's Ambulance and for the Victorian Order were recommended. The VON had asked for and the St. John's Other grants approved by the committee were for the Canadian Mental Health which had asked for a total of for three for the Lethbridge Symphony Society which had asked for for the Lethbridge Hor- ticultural the amount it and a tax forgiveness for the YWCA. The YWCA had asked for for its take-a-break program and for a day care and refusal of both these requests was recommended although com- munity services director Bob Bartlett indicated it may be possible to fund the programs in other ways. In the advisory committee recommended refusal of grants in cases it felt did not meet criteria for civic grants or seemed to be duplicating services. In denying a grant to the Volunteer Action the commit tee recommended that it be integrated with Informa- tion feeling that although the functions fulfill- ed by the two organizations differed they could be performed under the same roof. The volunteer centre still has an application pending with the Local Initiatives Program. Disabled on the a group of disabled people who want to conduct a survey of the accessibility of Lethbridge buildings to the handicapped and had asked for were turned down chiefly because it was felt job creation is not in the terms of reference of the civic grants program. The group came to the city for help after being turned down by LIP. Mr. Bartlett said the group can get clerical help from the community services depart- ment which would also print the guide resulting from the survey and distribute it through Information Lethbridge. Big which had asked for was turned down but will also be told it can get clerical help through the community services department. The Canyon Church Camp which asked for to help operate its senior citizens' camp was turned down on the basis that provisions already exist through the department to help those who can't afford to go to the camp. The Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Band was turned down on its request for to send the band' to Spokane for Expo 74. And the Fort Whoop-Up Historical formed to take over operation of Fort Whoop-Up from the Kinsmen was also denied a civic grant. The advisory committee that a complete review of the future operation of the fort be undertaken by the society and the city. Woodwards gets final okay Final approval for the Woodward Stores Lethbridge Centre project was given by the Municipal Planning Com- mission Wednesday. The planning commission okay sets the stage for construction on the million project to begin next month. Woodwards is going ahead with construction of the entire complex immediately except for the 150-roorn which is expected to be added later. Lease negotiations for the hotel are still being con- ducted. Besides the department food and shopping plans also include a 10- storey office tower and a 12- storey luxury apartment building. Tennis planned for the roof desk above the shopp- ing mall have been dropped because of the wind but a swimming pool and health spa are still included. Farm machine dealers can't fill inventories By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A North America-wide move by farmers to buy new equipment is blamed for a shortage of putting farm machinery at a premium. And with the increased de- mand for farm machinery has been a decrease in production that makes it impossible for Lethbridge dealers to fill inventories for the 1974 sales year. 1 In a survey of Lethbridge implement dealers. The Herald learned that while stocks of most lines of machinery are some are nonexistent. Ken sales manager for International Harvester Co. Ltd. in said his inventory will be at least less than what it should be. He said he ordered 60 seed drills for next spring. The company notified him only 30 would be available. It then ad- justed the figure to 12 drills that could be delivered to Lethbridge. George manager of Canadian Co-operative Implements said his company has already told him they can't supply any more machines in some lines. The entire 1974 production in one line of swathers and cultivators is already sold as is the entire combine inven- tory for Saskat- chewan and Manitoba. Mr. Smith said he has had to turn down deals for tractor and combine sales and on many other lines of equipment he is writing orders for farmers subject to availability. Chuck manager of McKay Brothers Farm Implements said the volume of equipment is just as good this year as past years but many farmers have decid- ed to buy new machinery at once. He said the land bank system in the United States government paid farmers to keep land out of is being reversed. They are using more land for growing crops and this takes more equipment. Mr. James predicts the severe shortages of equip- ment will level out as farmers catch up with purchases they didn't make during the past four or five years when crops weren't as good and prices weren't as nigh. Don manager of Southland Ford Equipment said a constant strike situation at Ford has caused many of the supply problems. The entire assembly line at iFord has been tied up three and at one a 25- acre field was filled with machinery waiting for some component parts. This adds to the cost of the equipment because it has to be put through the assembly line twice. He said the waiting time for equipment has stretched to 120 days from 30 to 60 days last year. Bill Armstrong of secretary of the Alberta Retail Implement Dealer's told The Herald in a telephone interview that it is still too early to push the panic button about any supply crisis. He said three years there was no demand and there were equipment inven- tories all over Canada. This year sales have increased 27 per cent all over. Mr. Armstrong said if farmers are contemplating purchases of they should get out and buy now. There could be a shortage next year and yet there could be adequate supplies. can't say the demand will be as high next he said. the energy crisis could have a baring but it is too early to Likely to spark debate Collision theorist to be honored by U i By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A man who has produced emotional reaction ambng world scientists for more than two decades is to be honored in Lethbridge this spring for his controver- sial theory of planetary collision. The University of Lethbridge is to con- fer an honorary degree on Immanuel American scientist and at its convocation in the spring. Dr. Velikovsky's use of historical writings and common from the old testament and other records of the to describe the catastrophies experienced by the earth during planetary collision is bound to stimulate reaction from some segments of the Lethbridge public Objections to granting an honorary degree to the 78 old Russian born scientist began Wednesday at the U of L. Granting an honorary degree to Dr. Velikovsky no credit to the in- a man who was in the United Church ministry for more than two decades told a class of university students who are studying the Velikovsky theory. Doug now editorial page editor with The said Dr. Velikovsky's competence as a Biblical interpreter is highly questionable He said Dr. in his book Worlds in made no distinction about the nature of his written source i when quoting from the bible. myth j and drama are all held to have the same evidential in his book. j has erected a great mass of conjecture on this naive that i all deposits of literary material yield the same pay load of factual Mr. i Walker told the students. I In Worlds of Dr. Velikovsky uses many original historical sources from cultures all over the world to docu- ment his theory that the planet Venus had a close encounter with the earth about 1500 B.C. This according to Dr. produced tidal electrical volcanic erup- earthquakes and even the earth's rate of rotation was disrupted After shaking the earth Dr Velikovsky claims Venus moved into an orbit crossing the orbits of both Earth and Mars before having an encounter with Mars. Mars then moved close to the earth and created a series of catastrophies earth between 747 and 687 B.C. The result was supposed to be the the solar system of today 'Hook Mr. Walker said he didn't have the ex- pertise to question Dr. Velikovsky's theory of planetary collision as a scientific explanation of an occurrence in the solar system. But said he had to consider the theory presented in the book suspect because of the it not downright dis- of Dr. Velikovsky in interpreting the Bible to support his theory. Mr. Walker referred to Dr. Velikovsky's use of the Bible text Exodus as one exam- ple of irrational interpretation. In the book Worlds of Dr. Velikovsky uses a quotation from F.xortns that says a shower of meteorites flew toward the earth and dust-like ashes of a furnace fell on the land of Egypt. Mr. Walker says if the reference to the passage in Exodus had been kept in con- it would have given no support to any cosmic disturbance. What really happened was Moses threw ashes from a kiln in the air and the in- terpretation used by Dr Velikovsky was the description of that dust falling back down to the Mr Walker claimed. Sludnils The students challenged Mr following his critique of the on several of his observations on Dr. Velikovsky's use of the Bible. A person could easily Velikovsky to if he or she studied any one par- ticular source of his supporting literary but don't expect everything he presents is completely one Student said. The student claimed the theory is based on enough fact that it is plausible and cer- tainly you something terrific to think about Dr. Earl chairman of the physics department and one of the academics at the university who first suggested that Dr. Velikovsky be given an honorary claims it has been stu- dent groups who have kept the Velikovsky theory alive. He said there was a hostile reaction to Worlds in Collision by the scientific world even before it was published in 1950. Scientists may have hidden Dr. Velikovsky's theory for a period of time by not discussing it or printing it in scientific but people are now beginning to display a willingness to consider and debate his theory. Scientific theories are not closed Dr. Milton insists can say he is right or wrong and because of that his theory can't be dismissed. 'Cun'l think I know astronomy and I can't prove him Dr. Milton claimed in an interview Wednesday. In reference to critics who claim Dr. Velikovsky has inaccurately interpretated certain historic Dr Milton suggests one person could be just as wrong about an interpretation as another. Both could be beginning their interpreta- tion from a different he said. not giving him a degree for be- ing Dr. Milton explained. He is being given an honorary degree at the U of L because he has provided the scientific world with a plausible alter- native to accepted scientific theory and in doing so has stimulated intellectual Dr. Milton said. If the honorary degree even gets this community and university talking about then have won by it... not lost by it Dr. Milton says it is the intention of the university to hold seminars on the Velikovsky theory with invitations going out to scholars in Canada and the U.S. to come to the U of L to debate the pros and cons of his theory. Dr. Milton will also speak on the Velikovsky theory at the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs weekly public gathering Dec 13 ;