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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta WedneKfoy, Dewmbef 57, 1972 THE LETHSSiDCE HERALD 29 Higher contributions may help bail out unemployment fund vo-i. I Tho alterations to Uv plan .wit unemployment. Above savs that basic principles o! paign got under way Opposi- j million to PAIISOXS by employees and employers, ments earliest New Years The rf that figure, the government the program were sound, hut Uon Leader Robert SUuifield than Ira governi resolutions, were to be an- I follow months 01 i L.J i. i hr neine IK vie PAIISOXS OTTAWA (CP) The com Ing year brings an overhauled unemployment insurance pro- gram, with higher payments by employees and employers, lo help combat apparent defi- ciencies of 1972. Changes in the program, re- flecting one of the govern- ment's earliest New Year's resolutions, were to be an- nounced in the speech from the throne Jan. 4 as the new Parliament opeas. alterations to the plan follow months of controversy over opera'.ion and costs of the program. Among plans to keep a leaky Unemployment Insur- ance-Commission 'I'lC; afloat will be increases in employee pay-ins to SI from 90 cents for every of insurable earn- ings a week. Employers' costs will go up to J1.40 from 51.26 a week. The increases are expected to provide S100 million more in contributions in 1973 tr.an there were in JS72. High unemployment ent unemployment. Above that figure, the government litars the full burden of costs of the plan itself. N e w Manpower Minister Robert Andrar, taking on a tough job after a year in which unemployment insur- ance payments developed into a major federal election issue, Collect trees 1 PIN CHER CREEK (Special) Members of the Pincber i Creek Fire Brigade will collect throughout the yea-, standing j Christmas trees after the New between sbc and seven per cent and s e tti n g monthly Year and funds from this cam- paign will aid the Muscular early '60s, resulted in a deficit the government apparently did not expect. MAJOR ISSUE Employee-employer contri- butions were designed to in- sure that the plan pays for itself to the level of four per Trees will be collected Sun- 'day. Jan. 14. Residents are re- i minded they must be left in j handv plac-es. In the afternoon on Jan. li the trees will be burned. Youngsters of the area 1 will be treated to a free wiener i roast. says that basic principles of the program were sound, but shortcomings had to be cor- retted. The act would be revised in Jy73 to out persons "le- gally and technically'' entitled to benefits, but who should not have received money morally, he said. He included in this group some students and who enter the work force tem- porarily. Entrance requirements rnight also be changed, with a lengthening of the period one must work to become eligible for benefits. The qualifying lime now is eight weeks. ELECTION ATTACKS The changes follow con- certed attacks by the opposi- tion ID the way the govern- ment ran the UIC and resig- nation of former manpower minister Bryce Mackasey. a prominent member of Prime Minister cabinet. As the Oct. 30 election cam- paign got under way Opposi- tion Leader Robert Stanfield Conservative recruit Paul H el Iyer attacked the govern- ment for costs of the unem- ployment insurance program. They estimated the cost at between !4W and VJfi million. The gove-nment responded with a proposed crackdown on suspected frauds by hiring 80 new investigators. Mr. Mack- asey said he would pursue cases tA abuse relentlessly but would not turn the UIC into a "local police station." Early in October, Mr. Mackasey announced deficits of the unemployment insur- ance plan were S544 million. Tne insurance plan was sound, he added, but the gov- ernment was being forced to ask for an additional mil- lion from the federal treasury because a statutory ceiling of Saw million on deficits was being approached. MILLION DEFICIT He admitted that the pro- gram might in fact cost S275 million to million more than the government had fore- cast, bringing deficits to a total of K20 million. Afte- the election, Mr. Msckasey resigned from the cabinet, 'amid suggestions bo was being made a scapegoat for insurance plan problems. Soon after being appointed the new manpower minister, Mr. Andras. appeared with UIC chief Guy Cousineau at a news conference. Mr. Cousineau said pay- ments of insurance would cost the federal treasury WW mil- lion, with total benefits stand- ing at billion and admin- istrative costs an additional million. The government share of costs would be the S390 million deficit plus the administration expenditures. Mr. Andras and Finance Minister John Turner also an- nounced in December that the federal government would spend million to S37S mil- lion on job-creating winter works plans this winter. KIDNAPPED The excitement of Christmas was a little more intense tor kinder garten student Dcnn'e Hillmnn than i! is ior most five-year-olds. He kidnapped Christmas Day when his grandparents' cor was stolen frcm a service centre near Borne, Ont. Connie asleep in the back of the csr. Provincial police later in connection Ine kidnapping. stsd Doctors invest in movies By HOD THOMAS panies to Indian tribes. Perhaps i Sounder was partly financed i HOLLYWOOD 'APi Film it was inevitable that a band of. by the Matte! toy firm, Dirty i financir." now comes from a va- wealthy doctors would get into Little Billy by the Wells, Rich, J rictv of'sources from tov com- the act. and Green advertising Tom Sawyer by Reader's Di- i Oddities in the News ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. I "Call it poetic justice if you said the Albu- r cuerqije lav.yer who've clien" s horn, was Defence lawyer John Car- mody said the home of Willie Barrera Blanco, 25, was er.- tered recently while the owner was away. Blanco was unable to stay norr.e ar.'l protect his erty. explained. be- cause he was being held in the County jail here after pleading guilty to bur- j gisry. phone in the lobby. Police salri she found an in- fcr.t girl. inUrnaU-d by hospi- tal officials as or.e to two old. Tne child was admitted to the hospital's maternity waid in good condiiiorj, and police a search for the mother. geat. N'ov; cornes a film called Steel Arena. Is backers are 13 north- em California medical doctors who contributed The man behind Elect Arena is Traynor. Belgium 'AP> --A fool and his money are it is said. An ah- se.it-minded Antwerp rr.an knovrs it's The officer, tte r.cwipafX.T De report of hi.s pay concealed from his wife by rolling up banknotes and stuffing them into the barrel of his regulation pistol. The urinamed summoned to the firing range i for shooting prar.lice. pressed the trigger and blar-.terf hir, se- cret savings to shreds. HOUSTON" 'APj An dcriy man, suffering an rjarcr.t heart attack, was pickyl up by an am.Sular.ce in downtown En route to hospital the rnan regained a dose "Where are we he asked tte (sttendar.t.'i. When th'ry tolrl him, ho said: "I think I'll get out here." Then he jumped from the scene. Police could not locate him. BALTIMORE 'APi Vfni'e others are -ayir.2 it with canls or larger gifts, a 76- year-old security guard has wished persons Merry Christmas this week by hand- ing trcm a. shiny nf.v psnny. "When I can make someone or smile. I feel good." ssirl Austin White, who live vc-ars began passing out pennies "at Christmas "as a gag." Kach year the penny tradi- tion grew until White said r-j decided to hand out SIM worth of shiny goodwill to passersby this season. He visited 35 different banks to get the sackful of pennies and Friday i-mled his week-long greeting tradition by giving away the last 2.000 pennies outside the One S. Calvcrt Ruilding, whore be is a private guard. White, who earns an tour, apparently is pleased that his "gag" has grown into a 1100 dollar give-away. "Helping people keeps rne young and eating, sleeping or working ncvftr worried he said, founded leverage Funding Sys- Its purpose is to make I doctors and dentists richer by i investing their excess cash. He I says that more than of i them have enlisted his services. SEKS PROFIT such investment group-. leverage Funding has gone for real estate develop- ments that offer tax shelters, last year Traynor decided that movies aUo present a investment. 'I believed there was profit potential he said. "I felt we could transpose our finan- cial ar.d management ex- perience into film making. One cf our strong suits is sales- manship, and that has been wanting in (he movie business.' Steel Arena, Traynor said, i; not aimer! at the Acadenv Awards or film festivals. It< i target is the millions of Ameri cans who like action movies. I Trjtynor liired a ynung Berke- 1 ley fil'm maker. Mark Lester, to photograph demolition debries i and auto thrill shows in such I California towns as Val- lejo and Sacramento. Tne star is Dusty Russell, a fearless car i wrecker who travels the thrill show- circuit. LIZA BETH TON fAP) BALTIMORK, Mtl. (Keutcr) University Hospital had a inexpcclcd delivery here. A woman leaving the hospi- tal saw a shopping bag mov- ing underneath a wall telc- PARENTAL ADVICF. CAMBRIDGE. England (CP) When the cat's sway, the mice will play, or so the saying goes. Parents in this Cambrid- geshire town were toM to stay ..........___ home whenever possible if they Give something different for have teen-age children. Speak- Christmas this year: A boa con- png at a meeting, Prof. Ivor stricter? 1 Mills said youngsters usually That sort of Christmas sur- make love for the first time at prise is offered by Bill Mor- home when their parents spend gan, who has put his pet boa, an evening out together. "It is Ivan the Terrible, up for sale, worthwhile parents sacrificing Morgan says he can't find their leisure for their children's the time to handle and caress Mills, a professor of Ivan the way he needs lo be. medicine, said. SIMPSONS Sears Today you can humidify your home and dress it up at the same time. Economically. Here's alt the beautiful styling of fine furniture with wood grain vinyl finish and simulated cane front panels. But this isn't just another piece of good looking furniture. Oh no! it has all the internal features that you'd probably expect to pay much more for. Features like: Automatic humidistat to keep the level just right Removable polypropylene reservoir Convenient front filling for added ease Rugged solici state fan speed control Air flows from the lop through air direction controls Running light tells you when the machine is on Electrical Low priced at 99 STORE HOURS: Open Wednesday, Thur.day and fridoy 9 p.m. Sat., Dec. 30 until p.m., Centre Village Mall. Phone 328-923T ;