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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, 18, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 39 Drought hits grain crops in Argentina Mandatory seat belt legislation proposed MPs lead in salary stakes New York Times Service BUENOS AIRES A per- sistent drought in the most fertile grain producing zones of Argentina has led to rising pessimism among agricultural experts here that the county will be able to significantly aid the worsen- ing world food situation. According to leading farmers' organizations, one third of the grain crop in Southern Buenos Aires province and La Pampa has already been lost because of the drought. In Entre Gios, another agriculturally rich province, grain yields are reported to be half the normal yields. Together, the three provinces account for more than half the wheat, corn and sorghum production in Argen- tina. This year, Argentina produced 6.6 million tons of wheat which was con- sidered a poor harvest in a country that has had annual wheat yields above 10 million tons. Farmers increased their wheat acreage by 20 per cent over last year's planting, but the drought has brought most harvest estimates down to about five million tons. This will mean that Argen- tina will probaNy have to im- port wheat again to meet contracts and commitments made with Latin American and European grain clients. After overselling the last harvest, the government was forced to import about tons of wheat. Earlier this month, the government raised the prices for wheat farmers by 15 per cent to about a ton. The increase came too late to affect the planting season, but it may serve as an incen- tive to farmers who claim that costs have risen so much that even harvesting the crop is too expensive. There have already been reports that some farmers in Southern Buenos Aires province have grazed their cattle on wheat fields not con- sidered worth harvesting. Corn yields are expected to run 5 to 7 per cent above this year's harvest of 9.9 million tons. But agronomists warn that production will depend on rainfall, particularly in December when the corn ears are formed. Besides the drought, agriculture here continues to be plagued by a lively contra- band trade. The state run National Grain Board the only unauthorized buyer of crops offers prices that are often less than half the world market levels. As a result, huge quantities of agricultural products find their way across the borders to Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay. Last year, the government estimated that more than million in food- stuffs were smuggled into neighboring countries. OTTAWA (CP) The wear- ing of seat belts in cars should be mandatory across the country, the Consumers' Association of Canada says. Monday. The association said the in- troduction of such legislation by provincial and territorial governments would result in the saving of lives and million in medical and social assistance costs. The only province to in- troduce such legislation is Nova Scotia, which passed a bill last month requiring peo- ple in vehicles having seat belts to use them. The association said in a news release that similar legislation in Australia reduc- ed accident deaths initially by about 20 per cent. The association rejects the argument that mandatory seat belt use is an infringe- ment on personal freedom, saying that driving is a privilege, not a right. This privilege is subject to restric- tions already in the form of traffic regulations, the state- ment says. "Also, the wearing of a seat belt reduces costs to all of society. By refusing to wear one, an individual is not only taking a personal decision. He is increasing everyone's taxes insurance slums." The development of protec- tive air bags would not solve current car safety problems, it says. Even if the bags were installed in all cars in the next few years, it would be at least 10 years until as many vehicles had air bags as currently have seat belts. The association said more than 95 per cent of vehicles in Canada are equipped with seat belts at present. Federal and provincial health ministers advocated mandatory seat belts at a meeting last spring but action on the proposal must come from provincial transport departments. OTTAWA (CP) The pay raise members of Parliament hope to award themselves be- fore Christmas will keep the federal legislature well ahead of provincial houses in the salary stakes, after Quebec had threatened to overtake Ottawa. Nova Scotia MLAs almost doubled their pay three weeks ago to from That 92-per-cent raise, retroactive to last January, whipped through without debate and was paid out in cheques promptly Nov. 27, the day the last session pro- rogued. A Quebec committee recommended at the end of last month an increase of about 40 per cent in salaries to from for members of the national assembly. With the tax free allowance of un- changed, that would bring the total to a year from the current That raise, proposed by a committee led by Laval politi- cal scientist Jean-Charles Bo- nenfant, would have put the MLAs ahead of MPs, who now get a basic total of in taxable and tax-free money but are going for Ottawa legislation aims to boost taxable salaries to 000 from and tax-free expense money to from a year. To get the same take-home pay without a taxfree allowance, a person would have to get an annual salary of to match the current income of MPs, and almost to get the proposed new rate. Following are the current taxable salaries and tax-free allowances paid to members of provincial legislatures: British and and and Nova and AVERAGES 20 HOMERS Hank Aaron, with 733 career home runs, hit 20 or more homers in his last 20 seasons. and and New and and and Prince Edward 000 and DRAFT AND MILITARY RESISTORS Options exist to Ford's "CLEMENCY" program. Many draft resistors no long- er have charges, others often can get charges dropped. Military resistors can often obtain discharges easily without "alternate" service. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PHONE: 800 665-8885 TOLL FREE Hooker meets actress Happy Hooker Xaviera Hollander, right, talks with actress Lynn Redgrave who's playing the role of Xaviera in a movie called The Happy Hooker in Toronto. Lynn says the movie doesn't follow Xaviera's book to the letter but adds "I'm sure there's nothing in it she hasn't done." Deputy ministers continue to retire OTTAWA (CP) The turn- over in the upper reaches of the federal public service con- tinued here with the an- nounced retirement of Elgin Armstrong, deputy revenue minister for taxation. Mr. Armstrong, who was 60 in May, is the fifth deputy minister in recent weeks to announce an early retirement. His resignation came at the same time as that of Cecil Brennan, 62, the revenue department's assistant deputy minister for legislation. In another public service de- velopment, Dr. John Young, the 52-year-old former head of the now-defunct prices and in- comes commission, was ap- pointed assistant deputy minister of finance by the Public Service Commission. Mr. Young will be responsible for natural resource policy, industrial and regional development and financial operations. Simon Reisman, 55, one of four deputy ministers who an- nounced resignations two weeks ago, was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for 1974 Monday for his work in the public service. Mr. Reisman, along with Sydney Williams, agriculture deputy minister; James Gran- dy, industry deputy minister and Herb Walls, supply and services deputy minister, all announced early retirements. None had reached the man- datory retirement age of 65 years. The resignations were all announced within two days and brought charges from George Hees Edward-Hastings) that they had been forced tc resign by the government which was about to name hand-picked replacements. Deputy ministers are ap- pointed by the cabinet, while other federal employees below thai rank are chosen by the Public Service Commis- sion or by departments. Gillette Hot Shave System 77 Kodak Instamatic X-15 Camera Outfit Oil of Olay-moisturizing beauty lotion. 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