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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, December 13, 1971 THE LCTHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Bitter debate at Regina Shopping issue goes to vote REG1MV (CP) Residents will vote next Wednesday on aji issue bitterly debated since last August: whether Hegina will re- main one of the last major cit- ies in Canada where stores are open only five days a week. Stores now open Tuesday to Saturday and a referendum will decide whether the stores will be allowed to open Mondays. A bare majority will decide Hie issue but city council has re- served the right to veto the re- sult if the vote is close. The debate started when a brief asking for six days of shopping was submitted to city council in August by the three major department stores: The Bay, Eaton's and the Robert J. Simpson Co. Ltd. Although The Leader-Post has maintained a neutral edilorial policy on the issue, it did say that there was an uproar before stores were permitted to remain open until 9 p.m. the only night of the week they did so. Many dire things were piedicled if the stores stayed the newspaper said. "Has anything dire happened in Edmonton, Calgary and Win- nipeg? These cities had night shopping long before the system started here. Are they yet an- other step ahead of us by elimi- nating the store-hour Most of the opposition has come from labor groups and tile operators of small stores. The Saskatchewan Federation of Labor firmly oppose the six-day store spokes- man Gerry Edwards said Thursday, adding the federa- tion's voice In those of several major unions, including the Oil. Chen-jcal and Atomic Workers Union. "It would adversely affect the lives and welfare of retail and associated employees." Mr. Ed- wards said. "The retail worker is entitled, Free denial care in sight QUEBEC dental, give the Quebec Health Insiir- care in Quebec for children up ance Board the necessary six to age seven could begin by I weeks to set up administrative structures to operate a dental care program. "We haven't even begun ncgo- age Feb. 1, Claude Castonguay, so- cial affairs Thursday. minis ler, He told the national assembly that some progress had been made in negotiations with the Association of Dental Surgeons that would allow extension of medical care insurance 'cover- age to include dental care for young children. But in Montreal Dr. Hubert LaBellc, association president, said agreement seemed impos- sible in time to have such care in effect by Feb. J Mr. Castonguay said agree- ment was needed by Dec. 20 to FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON Carpets Walls Floors Ceilings Windows Storm Windows JANITOR SERVICES COMMERCIAL AND DOMESTIC BONDED INSURED QUALITY WORKMANSHIP FAIR SERVICES PHONE 327-1272 tiating fees Dr. Labellc said, estimating that it would be at least March or April before free dental care is available. EXTENSION APPROVED The Quebec government passed legislation last June ex- tending the province's medicare plan to cover free dental care for children up to seven years old and free drugs for social welfare recipients and old age pensioners. At the time it was hoped to have both extensions operating Jan. 1. However. Quebec assumed Ot- tawa would share with the prov- ince, under the I960 Canada As- sistance Plan, the cost of the free drug scheme. When the legislation was passed, he told a news confer- ence, the provincial government assumed that costs would be shared with the federal govern- ment under public assistance legislation passed in 1986. But Ottawa replied negatively "a few days ago'' to the idea of sharing co'sts in this way, Mr. (Xstonguay said, and it was im- possible to foresee when the free drug plan could be put inlxi effect. with oilier employees in the community, to have two consec utivc days a week. "The six-day opening, by ex- tending hours and contributing to the hiring of more part-tim- ers in an industry that already has a disproportionately high number, would further under- mi.ie earnings and conditions al- ready less than average." SMALL FIRMS Small merchants are worried they may be forced out of busi- ness. "What is good for big busi- ness is not necessarily good for little business." said JeiTOld Brodie, president of West of England Dress Goods Ltd. and an outspoken opponent of the proposal. "The institution of night shop- ping proved conclusively that the extra hours are an extra fin- ancial and physical burden on small stores and the only stores to benefit by it are the larger chain Mr. Bro- dic said in a brief to city coun- cil. Mayor Harry Walker, who ad- mits he has never been optimis- tic about a compromise between th big and smal. operators, says he believes the city should not regulate store fours. Train plunges bank BOSTON BAR, B.C. (CP) Ten cars and two diesel units of a Canadian National Rail- ways freight train plunged down a steep bank into the Eraser River Saturday after a derail- ment 18 miles south of this Fraser Canyon community. The train, consisting of to 70 cars, was westbound to- wards Vancouver. There were no injuries. CNR traffic was re-routed over CP Rail lines, delaying the westbound CNR Supercon- tinental for several hours. 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