Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 LETHBRIDGE HERALD December 1973 care needs more co-ordination' OUTLOOK A five-part report on farming and forestry needs prepared by the Economic Council of Canada. OTTAWA Federal and provincial governments should state policy directions to help overcome loose co- ordination in the health-care says an outlook paper issued here Wednesday by the Economic Council of Canada for the national economic conference at Montreal. Health care delivery is not well says the drawn up by a 12- member committee INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. Established 1911 Lower Floor 517 4th Avt.'S. Phone 327-1541 representing a cross-section of senior health officials. Health organizations that deal with specific problems such as contagious tuberculosis and mental il- lness have little contact among says the which makes 15 recommendations for change. decisions about the location of major equip- about the exact function of out-patient about the setting up of community health are often made independently. Doctors had a tendency to admit patients to hospital who could have been adequately treated at less cost in out- patient clinics. Drugs were distributed through a complex network of retailers when they could be handled more effectively by clinics. Large urban areas have not set up integrated emergency- care systems and isolated areas are often without tailor- made health-delivery the report says. It recommends top priority to the development of an over- all strategy for improving health care. The strategy could evolve during the next three years within a forum of tederal-provincial meetings. Other recommendations call research in health problems and a national health and sickness emphasis on tailor- ing services to meet the public's health A public education program to make individuals more health grants to set up multidisciplinary health-care inter-provincial audit bureau to monitor health and medical experiments. There are adequate re- personnel and facilities to do a better but lack of co-ordination is a stumbling block. Farming strategy could aid supplies OTTAWA Farm ex- perts have recommended a more tightly-controlled agriculture industry to offset tarm price and income in- stability associated with boom and bust swings in production. In an outlook paper prepared for the Economic Council of Canada and releas- ed farm industry leaders warn that agriculture is and less able to live with strategy is required to draw forth supplies when and handle over-sup- plies should they If farmers are to meet the growing demand for farm they must be given pol- icies and programs that en- sure stable in- the paper says. the report tends to adopt the current govern- ment line on most farm matters and outlines many approaches to problems already accepted by federal and provincial agriculture ministers and farm organ- izations. To combat instability in the grains for the paper suggests minimum prices tied to production costs through a joint farmer- government fund grain growers could draw on when times get tough. Legislation advocating just such a program was introduc- ed by the government two HITACHI and FAIRFIELD'S TELEVISION and APPLIANCES bring you Exceptional Christmas Savings on Quality Hitachi GIFT SUGGESTIONS... 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But it adds that legislation is needed to control imports that could disrupt such a marketing system by giving consumers access to lower priced goods. Much of the paper is devoted to a wide-ranging look at prospects for various farm commodities. It warns that current high grain prices may encourage livestock farmers to switch into cash crop production and that fertilizer resources will be strained next year as more farmers attempt to boost yields. World demand for grain will continue to be strong the next two or three it says. The dairy industry can look forward to continued sellers' market conditions for some time to come as more countries demand higher pro- tein and milk. In order to counter a trend to fewer dairy farms and the report urges steps to reduce the export of breeding heifers to least maintain the breeding herd and preferably expand A section dealing with farm trade and tariffs recommends action aimed at liberalizing establishing grain re- serves to counter world production swings and setting up a moeest tariff on all farm imports that compete with those grown domestically. Energy sources an urgent need OTTAWA The nation urgently needs to start devel- oping large new energy resources to provide the power for a growing economy and rising living standards into the 1980s and a special industry committee said Wednesday. The paramount need at present is to get on with the de- velopment of the large potential energy resource reserves of said an eight-man group of energy industry execu- tives in an outlook paper issued here for the national economic conference in Montreal. They said the threat of oil shortages in eastern Canada this winter because of Arab restrictions emphasizes the vital necessity of developing new atomic and water power but even more urgency is required. ingredients needed to do so start with improved govern- ment policy environments and more realistic assessment of re- quirements and the group said. The Montreal conference is the first of its sponsored by the government-advisory Economic Council of which said papers presented by senior industry officials do not necessarily reflect its views. The energy paper was prepared after the Arab production cuts and boycotts led to a world oil but before Prime Minister Trudeau last Thursday outlined his plans for a Cana- dian crude-oil pipeline to Montreal and for developing Ath- abasca oil sands and building a Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline. The energy committee did not comment directly on the new government energy but did urge more aggressive government and industry action to spur future energy develop- ment. The council's energy committee is made up of officials of all energy including president Gerald McAfee of Gulf Oil Canada Ltd.. who has been one of the more outspoken oil in- dustry critics of government energy policies. Other committee members were S. Robert president of the Alberta Gas Trunk Line Co. Ltd. and chairman of the Robert A. president of James Bay Energy John P. president of Dome Petroleum George E. Gathercole. chairman of the Hydro-Electric Power Commis- sion of George W. chairman of the energy resources conservation board of Albert W. chairman of Calgary Power and John president of Denison Mines Ltd They said national energy needs should get first but largely go to the United States and- Ja- continue at the highest possible and the use of foreign money should not be discouraged in developing domestic resources. Known reserves of oil and other energy resources will not be adequate to fill Canadian needs in the early the group said. urgently needs development of its further energy sources whether they are located in developed or frontier it said. many-sided aggressive policy is required if Canada is to maintain the uninterrupted supply of energy which is necessary to ensure a satisfactory rate of growth and economic well- The committee said prohibiting the export and import trad- ing of energy resources would hurt the nation and its people. It warned against seeking to hold down domestic prices at a level too low to finance the costly search and development of new energy supplies. may be in the short-term interests of Canadians to in- crease their returns in the form of higher taxes and-or royalties from the energy industries but if such a policy discourages re- source the longterm results will be a net it continued. It also urged an of environmental protection goals when they conflict with the need to develop energy sources at a reasonable cost. Creation of a standing committee of senior federal and provincial officials to outline administrative requirements of energy development was recommended along with a special in- dustry committee representing firms responsible for develop- ing or obtaining energy supplies. Prepare for continued high grocery bills OTTAWA who have seen their food prices soar more than 18 per cent in the last 12 might as well brace themselves for several more years ol high grocery a committee of food and beverage industry officials said Wednesday. pressures of every de- scription clearly indicate that consumers must expect to spend more on food-industry products as a percentage of disposable income over the next couple of followed by a to the traditional trend of moderate the group said. Its forecast was made in a paper issued here for the na- tional economic conference in Montreal sponsored by the Economic Council of Canada. One major cause of zooming prices is a world shortage of animal the com- mittee urging the federal government to switch from its traditional stress on wheat to emphasize increased livestock and meat production. Rising consumer income had led to heavy demand for meats and the meat industry had expanded 50 per cent in recent years Other major cost in addition to shortages and high consumer in- cluded government policies on exports and con- sumer protection marketing regulations and lood distribution. A Japanese ban on sac- canne had created an im- mediate demand for an extra 300.000 tons of sugar on the world market. The United States freeze on beef prices helped push Canadian beef to the highest prices in many' years SLOW TO RESPOND 'Marketing boards are largely producer-oriented and may not respond quickly to shifts in consumer the group adding that poultry prices in Canada are no longer a less expensive sub- stitute lor red meats because ol such controls. The result is a drop in the growth of poultry consump- tion to one per cent in October compared to a historical growth pattern of six per cent annually. stringent anti-pollution regulations in the next few years will add to the industry's costs and in some cases be so expensive as to force the closure of some existing processing the committee said ultimate cost of borne by the con- sumer as we have seen in where that province's container redemp- tion regulations have in- creased soft-drink prices by 30 per The committee is composed ot 16 officials of food and beverage firms and plus Una Abrahamson. consumer af- fairs editor of Chatelaine and two members of the Economic Council of Canada. The council said the presentations by committees of industry representatives did not necessarily reflect its own views. The food committee urged Ottawa to press for inter- national commodity agreements and work to reduce or remove licences and other barriers to world trade. transport and trade breaks help forestry OTTAWA transportation and trade breaks are needed if the forest industries are to hit a growth rate of three or four per cent during the next two years and five per cent annually after 1975. an Economic Council of Canada report says. Industry experts say in an outlook paper prepared for the council and released Wednes- day that a number of economic changes are needed if forestry is to meet growth targets set for a healthly economy. The paper urges a reduction in the burden of tax- ation on the forestry in- dustry because domestic rates are considerably higher than those of competitors in the United States and Scan- dinavia. As transportation on rail shipments of newsprint to the U S. from eastern mills should be eliminated. And access to U.S.. European and Japanese markets should be improved through negotiated tariff reductions for exported pulp and paper. The paper says it will be physically impossible in the next two or three years to meet an annual increase in consumption of paper and paperboard of five per cent. Current estimates indicate that pulp manufacturing capa- bility between 1972 and 1975 will average 2.2 per and paper and paperboard produc- tion will average 2.1 per cent a year. This compares with increases of 4.6 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively dur- ing the last 20 years. But the chance for growth and development will im- the report if increased prices for products and modernization of equip- ment contribute to a general improvement in the industry's finances. Higher production and transportation costs in 1970- 72. together with ihternational monetary chaos dealt a severe blow to the industry. But growth will pick up as it again becomes profitable to invest in the forestry industry.