Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
26 THE LETHCRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 31, 1974 Think before you s-s-s-spray NEW YORK (Heuter) The "spray the con- venient dispenser found in most kitchens or bathrooms, has come under scrutiny as a possible peril to all living things. A growing number of promi- nent scientists are saying that the gas used to pressurize aerosol cans may have terrifying effects on human health and environment by the end of this century. The gas, also used in refrig- eration systems, comes in several forms which are all referred to as fluorocarbons. At one time these gases were considered highly bene- ficial as propellants and re- frigerants. They are virtually insoluble in water, do not re- act with chemicals in the air or oceans and are not known to be involved in any biologi- cal degradation. However, since last sum- mer a number of scientists Aerosol cans possible peril to all living things have become concerned about the buildup of fluorocarbons in the stratosphere, a blanket of chemicals between 15 and 22 miles above the earth's sur- face. The main ingredient of the stratosphere is ozone, com- posed of three oxygen atoms, which performs the life-sav- ing function of protecting the earth's .surface from most of the sun's deadly ultraviolet radiation. However, ozone is highly unstable and readily com- bines with other substances, including fluorocarbons from spray cans and refrigeration systems. When ozone breaks down, becoming molecular oxygen, it allows more ultraviolet rays to reach the earth's surface, with serious Among other things, scien- tists say a reduction in the ozone layer would cause a drastic increase in skin can- cer, especially among light- skinned people. It would also have detri- mental effects on animal and plant life, both on the earth's surface and in the ocean. A decrease in the ozone layer over a long period might also adversely affect the world's weather, with at least one scientist predicting the possibility of another ice age. The ozone-depletion prob- lem first came to light in the late 1960s when environmen- talists said the United States- proposed supersonic transport (SST) airplane might greatly reduce the ozone on the stra- tosphere with its exhaust. While widespread interest in the problem waned with the demise of the SST, several scientists pursued the matter, realizing there were other, more prevalent potential threats to the ozone layer. The first to publish their fin- dings were two physical chemists at the University of California at Irvine, Frank Rowland and Mario Molina. While stating they were only postulating a theory based on a limited model, the two scientists predicted last July that increased production and use of fluorocarbons in the world might result in a 10 per cent decrease in the ozone layer within 50 to 80 years. Later, two University of Michigan scientists, Ralph Cicerone and Richard Sto- larski, used the Rowland-Mo- lina model and a computer to make more They said there might be a 10 per cent reduction in the ozone layer within 15 years. Three Harvard University atmospheric scientists then took the problem even fur- ther, developing more sophis- ticated models for a number of possibilities, ranging from an increased use of fluor- ocarbons to a complete stop- page of their use. That team-Michael McElroy, Steven Wolfsy and Nien Dak a de- crease in ozone ranging from five per cent by the year 2000, at best, to 40 per cent by 1995, at worst. While all three studies are merely hypotheses, they have generated enough concern within the scientific commu- nity that the National Academy of Sciences has es- tablished a special committee to study the problem. And the scientists them- selves have become so con- cerned that they have taken their case to Congress. In November, the Natural Resources Defence Council, which does research and lob- bying on environmental is- sues, asked the Consumer Product Safety Commission to outlaw aerosol cans which use propellants suspected of Herald Family breaking down the ozone layer. The House of Representa- tives opened hearings to con- sider legislation on fluor- ocarbons, including a call for extensive research. A number of atmospheric scientists appeared before a House subcommittee to urge legislation that would ensure the highest quality of knowl- edge in this area. "The impact we are dis- cussing today is potentially so serious that we cannot afford to take McEroy told the subcommittee. Hc'.vever, there were others, most of them from in- dustries which make use of fluorocarbons, who minimized the potential dangers. Ralph Engeles, executive director of the Chemical Spe- cialties Manufacturers Association, said: "Theories that continued use of fluor- ocarbons may deplete the ozone layer are highly specu- lative." Raymond McCarthy of the E. I. du Pont Co. agreed. Du Pont manufactures one of the most prevalent fluorocarbons, freon. Woman priest attains associate pastorship DID YOU KNOW THAT SHOPPERS DRUG MART CENTRE VILLAGE MALL OPEN UNTIL P.M. MONDAY THRU FPIDAY Sundays and Holiday! SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) One of the 11 women ordained as Episcopal priests last sum- mer, Rev. Betty Schiess, has been named an associate pastor of a parish in her home diocese here. She becomes the first of the women ordained in the con- troversial service to receive a regular position as a priest. The post was extended to Mrs. Schiess, 50, by the vestry of Grace Church, an inner city parish where she has been a member for many years. Lomis Goode. the vestry's junior warden said members of the parish overwhelmingly supported the action. Rev. Schiess is to aid the rector in his duties and occa- sionally substitute for him in performing priestly functions such as celebrating Holy Communion, the vestry said. Ten commandments for wrong-headed rearing of children NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) Ten com- mandments for those who want to bring up their children the wrong way have been compiled by the vicar of nearby Bramcote parish, Rev. James Hamilton. His list of things not to do: 1. Never make them do anything they don't want to. 2. Expect them to have standards for life without giving them a basis. 3. Leave them to make up their own minds about God and Jesus. 4. Expect them to do as you say, rather than to do as you do. 5. Assume that they are little angels. 6. Assume they are immune from bad influences. 7. Assume someone else will teach them the facts of life. 8 Keep them sheltered from the nasty things in the world. 9. Never have time to be their friend and go out to work all day to give them everything they need instead. 10. Never inquire where they have been or what they have been doing. FUR TRIMMED UNTRIMMED COATS PANT COATS 73 to Reg. to DRESSES (Junior- Missy sizes) Reg. to EVENING WEAR Reg. to PANT SUITS t. 50% OFF SWEATER-SHELLS (Good selection) SELECTION OF LOUNGEWEAR 3 i, 50% DISCONTINUED LINES OF NURSES UNIFORMS "Complete Stock" NOW ARRIVED! Cruisewear for that Special Holiday Trip. s 407 5th St. S ALL SALES FINAL-NO EXCHANGES, NO REFUNDS! bbcire, Downtown Lethbridge Calgary's 58 paramedics fighting for a chance to save human lives ALL SPORTSWEAR By Koret and Tan Jay L 3 OFF SELECTION OF LINGERIE 50% "Special Racks and More Off CALGARY (CP) A real- life drama is unfolding in Calgary as bulance attendants trained to use sophisticated equipment to save for the legislative right to use the tools of their trade. The 58 paramedics who man the city's fire department am- bulances want the Alberta government to approve legislation which will give them the right to perform medical functions under the radio direction of physicians. Their plight is almost a car- bon copy of a television movie which appeared two years ago depicting the life and struggles of paramedics employed by the Los Angeles fire department. California subsequently passed legislation giving para- medics the protection of the law to perform medical func- tions under a doctor's super- vision. The Alberta legislation was introduced in the 1974 spring session of the legislature and was eventually tabled in the fall for consideration in the 1975 spring session. There are fears that the bill "may be delayed or ignored by a government that will be pre- occupied with energy resource battles and preparations for an expected spring election. The legislation would re- quire paramedics, nurses and hospital orderlies to register and would establish standards for practice which they could follow under the direct super- vision of a doctor. The Calgary paramedics ex- pressed fear that the delay leaves them open to civil suits by patients. Dr. W.H.A. Donald, chair- man of Calgary's ambulance medical advisory board, said "the government really has no right to delay the legislation, no right at all.'' "What do they know about the work of paramedics? It's up to the government to get their finger out and pass the legislation." Michael Woodlock, division superintendent for city ambu- lances, said recently acquired advanced paramedic equip- ment is being used, with or without the legislation. "We're going ahead with the plan to have one paramedic in every am- he said. "There is no way that we will just stand there and watch people pass on to another world because of legislative dithering." Dr. Donald conceded that the province's "Good Samaritan which protects persons who render first aid to an injured person from later civil court action give paramedics almost ironclad protection but added that approval of the paramedical legislation "would make the men a lot happier." Community calendar A Christian Science prayer and testimony meeting will be held at p.m. Wednesday in the church auditorium, 1203 4th Ave. S. All are welcome. ONLY KISSING ALLOWED STAFFORD, England (AP) The local council is hiring an attendant to keep watch on young couples to make sure they engage in nothing more than kissing during rock con- certs. MOBILE OBSERVATION NURSERY (A L.I.P. PROJECT) This is a program where parents of pre-school children (0-6 years) meet one morning a week for ten weeks The children get a chance to play with other children, in a nursery school setting, under excellent care and supervision. At the same time the parents have an opportunity to learn more about the needs and development of small children. Discussion topics will be decided by the group and may consist ot such topics as discipline, learning, ages, and stages, fears, etc When? to a.m. Jan. 6th to March 30th excluding Winter Games weeks. Where? Day? Coaldale Mondays: Hardieville Tuesdays; Picture Butte Wednes- days; North Lethbridge Thurs- days Central Lethbridge Fridays (for new mothers Registrations Groups are limited to 12 families. Pre-registration is required. Telephone 345-3396 or 329-4559. Cost: for 10 weeks (foster parents and parents in special need may apply to Dept. of Health and Soc- ial Development for MRRflNJO SHOES STARTS JAN. 2nd! SHORT AND DISCONTINUED LINES OF WOMEN'S SHOES 12" Regular to NOW ALL WINTER BOOTS O OFF SELECTION OF WINTER BOOTS Regular to NOW 14 99 BALANCE OF REGULAR STOCK 2O% OFF HANDBAGS 10% OFF SELECTION OF WOMEN'S DRESS SHOES 19" Reg. to NOW Reg. to MEN'S WINTER BOOTS 14" SELECTION OF HANDBAGS SELECTION OF MEN'S SHOES 14" WORLD OF SHOES 317A Sixth StrMt South OPENTHURS. TILL 9 P.M.