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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta J7, If 72 THI HMAU Higher contributions may help bail out unemployment fund _ _ __-__ __i JMM fWhtfWI. fft By VIC PARSONS OTTAWA (CP) The com- ing year brings an overhauled unemployment insurance pro- gram, with higher payments by employees and employers, to 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- Bounced in the speech from the throne Jan, 4 as the new Parliament opens. alterations to the plan follow months of controversy over operation and costs of the program- Among plans to keep a leaky Unemployment Insur- ance'Commission (UIC) afloat will be increases in employee to from 90 cents for every of iusurable earn- ings a week. Employers' costs wfll go up to from a week. Tbe increases are expected to provide 5100 million more in contributions in 1973 than there were in 1372. High unemployment throughout the year, standing between six and seven per cent and setting monthly bigte unreached since the re; cession-ridden days of the 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 f our per unemployment. Above that figure, the government bears the full burden oi costs of the plan itself. New Manpower Minister Robert Andras, taking on a tough job after a year in which unemployment insur- ance payments developed into a major federal election issue, j Collect trees I 1 PJNCHER CREEK (Special) Memhersoftbe Pincher Creek Fire Brigade will coDect I Christmas trees after the New j Year and funds from this cam- jpaign will aid the Muscular Dystrophy AssociatioiL Trees will be collected Sun- j day, Jan. 14, Kesiderfts are re- minded they must be left in j handy places. In the afternoon Jon Jan. 14 the trees will be burned. Youngsters of the area j will be treated to a free wiener I roast. says that basic principles of the program were sound, but shortcomings had to be cor- rected. The act would be revised in 1973 to out persons "le- gally and technically" entitled to benefits, but who should not have received money morally, he said. Ke included in this group some students and hotsewives who enter the work force tem- porarily. Entrance requfcemente might also be changed, with a lengthening of the period one must work to become eligible for benefits. The qualifying time now is eight weeks. ELECTION ATTACKS The changes follow con- certed attacks fay the opposi- tion on the way the govern- ment ran the UTC and resig- nation of former manpower minister Bryce Mackasey, a prominent member of Prime Minister Trudeau's cabinet. As tee Oct. 30 election cam- paign got under way Opposi- tion Leader Robert Stanfield and Conservative recruit Paul Hellyer attacked the govern- ment for costs of the unem- ployment insurance program, Thev estimated tbe cost at between and million. The government responded with a proposed crackdown on suspected frauds by hiring 80 new investigators. Mr. Mack- asey said he would pursue cases of abuse relentlessly but would not turn the UIC into a "local police Early in October, Mr. Mackasey announced deficits of the unemployment insur- ance plan were million. Toe insurance plan was sound, be added, but the gov- ernment was being forced to ask for an additional mil- lion from the federal treasury because a statutory ceiling of million on deficits was being approached. MILLION DEFICIT He admitted that the pro- gram might in fact cost million to million more than tbe government had fore- cast, bringing deficits to total of million: After tbe election, Mr. Mackasey resigned from the cabinet, amid suggestions he 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 coofereuce. Mr. Cousineaa said pay- jaents of insurance would cost the federal treasury mil- lion, with total benefits stand- ing at billion and admin- istrative costs an additional million. The government share of costs would be the million deficit plus the administration expenditures. Mr. Andras and Finance Minister John Turner also an- Bounced in December that the federal government would spend million to mil- lion on job-creating winter works plans this winter. KIDNAPPED The abatement of Christmas was a linie more intense for kinder garten student Dcnrvie Hiilman then it is for most five-year-olds. He was. kidnapped Christmas Day when his grandparents' car was stolen frcm a service centre near Berne, Ont. Dcnnle asleep in the back of the car. Provincial pd'ice later arrested a man in connection with the kidnapping. ____ Doctors invest in movies By BOB THOMAS 1 panies to Indian tribes. Perhaps HOLLYWOOD (AP) Film' it was inevitable that a-band of i financing comes from a va- i vreslthy doctors would get into! riety of sources, from toy com- i the act i Oddities in the News ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. j (AP) "Call it poetic justice if you said tbe Albu- querque lawyer whose client's fcotsa was robbed. Defence lawyer John Car- mocy said the home of Willie Ban-era Blanco. 23, was en- tered recently while the owner was away. Blanco was usable to stay home and protect his prop- erty, Cannody ezplaiced. be- cause be was being' held in the Bernalilio County jail here after pleading guilty to bur- glary. ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) fool and his money are soon parted, it is said. An ab- sent-minded Antwerp police- man knows it's true. Tbe officer, the newspaper De Standaard reports, kept part of his pay concealed from his wife by rolling up the banknotes and stuffing them into the barrel of bis regulation pistol The unnamed policeman, summoned to the firing range for shjooting practice, pressed the trigger and blasted his se- cret savings to shreds. phone in tbe lobby. Police said she found inside an in- fant girl, estimated by hospi- tal officials as one to two hours old. Tbe child was admitted to the hospital's maternity ward in good cocditioD, and police began a search for the mother. HOUSTON (AP) An el- derly man. suffering an ap- parent heart attack, was picked up by an ambulance in downtown Houston. En route to hospital the man regained consciousness after a dose of oxygen. "Where are we he asked tbe attendants. When they told him, he said: "I think I'll get out here." Then he jumped and fled from the scene. Police could not locate him, BALTIMORE, Md. fReuter) University Hospital had a unexpected delivery here. A woman leaving the hospi- tal saw a shopping bag mov- ing underneath a wall tele- BALTIMORE 'AP) White others are saying it with cards or larger gifts, a 76- vear-old security guard has wished 10.000 persons Merry Christinas this week by hand- ing them a shiny new penny. "When I can make someone laugh or smile. I fee! said Austin White, who five vears ago began passing out pennies at Christmas "as a Each year the penny tradi- tion grew until White said he decided to band out S100 worth of shiny goodwill to passersby this season. He visited 35 different banks to get the sackful of. 1972 pennies and Friday ended his week-long greeting tradition by giving away the last 2.000 pennies outside tbe One S. Calvert Building, where he is a private guard- White, who earns an hour, apparently is pleased that his "gag" has grown into a dollar give-away. "Helping people keeps me young and eating, sleeping or working never worried he said. Sounder was partly financed fay tbe Mattel toy firm, Dirty little Billy by the WeBs, Rich, and Green advertising agency, Tom Sawyer Di- gest Now comes a film called Steel Arena. Its backers are 13 north- 'ern California medical doctors who contributed S475.000. The man behind Stes! Arena is Peter Traynor, 34, who founded Leverage Funding Sys- tems. Its purpose is to make doctors and dentists richer by investing tbeir excess cash. He says that more than of them have enlisted his services. SEES PROFIT Like other such investment groups. Leverage Funding has gene for real estate develop- ments that offer tax shelters. Last year Traynor decided that movies might also present a worthwhile investment. believed there was a profit potential he said. "I felt we could transpose our finan- cial, and management ex- perience into film making. One cf our strong suits is sales- manship, and that has been wanting in the movie business." Steel Arena, Traynor said, is not aimed at the Academy Awards or film festivals. Its target is the millions of Ameri- cans who like action movies. Traynor hired a young Berke- ley film maker, Mark Lester, to photograph demolition debries and auto thrill shows in such California towns as Lodi, Vat lejo and Sacramento. The star is Dusty Russell, a fearless car wrecker who travels the thrill show circuit. LIZABETHTON CAP) -Give something different for Christinas this year: A boa con- strictor? That sort of Christmas sur- prise is offered by Bill Mor- gan, who hac put his pet boa, Ivan the Terrible, up for sale. Morgan says he can't find the time to handle and caress Ivan the way he to be. PARENTAL ADVICE CAMBRIDGE, England (CP) When the cat's away, the mice win play, or so the saying goes. Parents in this Cambrid- geshire town were told to stay home whenever possible if they have teen-age children. Speak- ing at a meeting, Prof, Ivor Mills said youngsters usually make love for the first time at home when their parents spend an evening out together. "It is worthwhile parents sacrificing their leisure for their children's Mills, a professor of medicine, said. Today you can humidify your home and dress it up at the same time. Economically. Here's all the beautiful styling of fine furniture with wood grain vinyl finish and simulated cajie 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 solid state fan speed control Air fiows from the top through air direction controls Running light tells you when the machine if on Efecrrfcol Applianctf Low priced at STOW HOURS: Open Thuwfay Mfcy pm ;