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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLIMB TO SAFETY A father and child make it to safety in a hotel blaze which claimed the lives of at least 28 persons. The fire gutted the upper half of the 12- storey Pioneer International Hotel. Elderly neglected WASHINGTON (AP) A Ralph Nader group of six teen- agers charges that doctors, fed- eral officials and nursing home owners are all to blame in ari epidemic of national neglect of the sick and aged. A 346-page report, released today, lashed out at a "serious lack of medical supervision" in the deaths of 25 patients from salmonella poisoning at a Balti- more, Md., nursing home where the illness went unreported for four days last July. And it criticized the Social Se- curity Administration, saying it delayed eight months in setting new safety standards after the death of 32 patients in a nursing home fire at Marietta, Ohio, earlier in the year. "Out of sight, out of is the way the country treats its elderly, Nader said in a prefacs to the report. The study was done for Nader by six girls and their teacher from a private school in Con necticut. The report was issued as Nader and the girls prepare to testify before a Senate com mittee hearing on nursin home care. Despite more than mi- lion a year in federal aid, per cent of the nursing home that receive public tax dollar do not meet even minimal fet era! the r e p o r said. The report described patient as victims of callousness an incompetence among nursin home staffs, neglected by the! doctors, subjected to what termed shocking drug abuse. The report called for stricte enforcement of the f e d e r a standards that do exist, sug gested medical reviews o homes by doctors, and backei better training for nursini Health care commission cracks down 011 newcomers EDMONTON (CP) The Al berta Health Care Commission is cracking down on persons moving into the province and Court okays lowering of voting age WASHINGTON (CP) The United States Supreme Court approved Monday the lowering of the voting age to 18 from 21 on all U.S. national elections. But it said that Congress had no legal right to order states to reduce the voting age for their elections. The court was ruling on the 1970 Federal Voting Rights Law. It also said that literary tests required in connection with elections must be suspended for iive years. The law had lowered the vot- ing age to 18 for all elections- national, state and ning Jan. 1. Oregon and Texas had sued in the court against enforcement of the 18-year-old provision, Ari- zona had f ought the literacy test ban. The states maintain the law takes away from them powers reserved to the states by the constitution to control their own elecions. The law lowerd the voting age to 18 from 21 in 4fi states and the District of Columbia and to 18 from 20 in Hawaii. Georgia, Kentucky and Alaska had al- ready permitted 18-year-olds to vote. The Nixon administration esti- mated about II) million voters would be added to the electorate under the law. The literacy test suspension covered 12 states and part of a 10th, North Carolina. The gov- ernment estimated more than 1.9 million people in those states have been unable to qualify to vote because of their illiteracy. applying immediately for med ical care benefits. Commission chairman Jame" Falconer said in an interview that newcomers will not be al lowed to get Alberta medica care until they have lived in the province for three months Mr. Falconer said the rule has always been that premiums are paid up three months in advance and persons moving from one province to another use that coverage before join ing the plan in their new Drov ince. Mr. Falconer said the com- mission had to tighten controls because of mandatory group coverage which becomes effec- tive Jan. l. The group coverage will include all companies with more than five employees. Mobil Oil plans to build plastic plant CALGARY (CP) Mobil Oil Canada Ltd. said today it will build a plant to manufacture plastic packaging materials hi Belleville, Ont., with construc- tion scheduled to b e g i n short- ly. The plant is expected to have capacity for more than two mil- lion pounds of plastic packag- ing film annually and is ex- pected to be in operation next summer. Mobil Oil Canada is an affili- ate of Mobil Oil Corp. which produces and markets polyethy- lene film and polystyrene foam packaging materials in the U.S. through its division Mobil hemical Co. The Belleville plant, which will employ about 30 persons, is Mobil's first plastics facility in Canada. MANY FORMS Lichens have known forms. price boost no violation _ Tuesday, Docomber 22, 1970 THE IETMBRIDGE HERAID 5 Separate union chapter .sought OTTAWA (CP) The prices and incomes commission an- nounced Monday that major au- tomobile manufacturers in Can- ada have stayed within agreed limits in setting price increases for 1971 models. The commission, headed by John Young, said in a statement that costs for the automobile in- dustry have increased consider- ably over the last several years while revenues declined. The limits referred to by the commission wcro agreed to by major business leaders last February at a conference spon- sored by the federal body. The agreement was, in broad terms that price increases through the year would be clearly less than cost Increases in the interests of combatting inflation. "The three major automobile Smelting firm reduces price of cadmium TORONTO (CP) Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Ltd. has reduced its price of cad- mium by 55 cents a pound. The price goes to a pound for lots of more than pounds and a pound for small lots. The most common use of cad- mium is as a plating material because of its resistance to out- door corrosion. manufacturers in Canada have met the criteria agreed to in February, the commis- sion said. Price increases at General Motors of Canada Ltd. on 1971 models would average about 2.1 per cent higher than in 1970, Chrysler Canada Ltd. had an- nounced price increases for 1971 models about 2.3 per cent higher than in 1970. No over-all average was given by the commission for Ford Motor'Co. of Canada Ltd. Canadian automobile manu- facturers faced higher costs than their parent firms in the U.S. because of the 1965 auto pact, the commission said. This was caused by the lim- ited Canadian market, conse- quent short production runs and increasingly higher costs of tool- ing and production for produc- tion in Canada. A large part of the Canadian market now was supplied from the U.S. and firms in Canada had specialized in a few models. CL'KJi POPULATION TORONTO would be discouraged from hav- ing babies if tho baby bonus and tax deduct ions for dependents were dropped, the head of the zoology department, at the Uni- versity of Toronto told the audi- ence at a pollution debate. Dr. D. A. Chant said the federal government should adopt a "zero population growth" policy for Canada and help set up EDMONTON (CP) Local officials of the United Trans- portation Union have renewed their bid for a separate Cana- dian chapter tor Canada's 000 members. .7. L. Pickett, secretary-treas- urer of Edmonton Local 1233, says proposals for a separate chapter have been sent to rep- resentatives of the 185 Cana-j dian locals. "We are n' t attempting to! break away from the interna- tional union. What we want to do is provide a stronger voice for Canadians in a Caiiad i a n union." The bid was launched 1 a s I. June by the committee for Ca- j nadian autonomy. About was donated by members to support the move. Circulars, buttons and c a r d s have been sent throughout Can- ada. UO.WMIY COAST Tin Unile.l Stales Atlantic! coastline is miles long. Your NEW Authorized Dealer TRUCKS AND STATION WAGONS MOTORS CO. LTD, Cor. 3rd Ave., 3rd SI. S. Phone 327-1418 SCHICK Retractable Shaver cleans and stores with a click. Solid state motor gives fast, clean, no-pull shaving. Self-sharpening head, completely self-contained unit In handsome gift-box. One year guarantee. Only 19.99! Use your credit! Special gift price NO MONEY DOWN! 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