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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 IHE UTHBRIDGE HERALD f" Wedneidoy, February 7, 1'7? Agriculture branch labelled dying bureaucracy llriii' U'vmiur, leader '.he I'nni Quol'coois lie ihinks his iv.'oup's aim in si'panti1 (jui'bu1 (nan must suc-rm! '.viiliin the next or jl Mill fill "II wo had I'll ili-cunn li'inor-nnv in Q fb i u i 1 RENE II M SQIT HI years or never is we would receive between 30 and 35 per cent of the Levcsquc told reporters at Burlington, Vt. boforo speaking at the University of Vermont. He said the party has a dues-paving membership of 50, COO. But, he said, in the 1970 provincial election Parti Qucbocois candidates received 660. '100 votes or about 24 per cent i f the vote. "Eventually, we will Ret a he said. In his speech to the university students. Lfvesquc said the Parti Quebccois has no relationship with radical separatist groups. Secretar v-Goneral Kurt Waldhcim of 'the United Nations said in Nairobi. Kenya he would like the UM General Assembly to hold its meetings in the "hot spots" of the world in an endeavor to ensure world peace. Waldheim told reporters that meetings in "areas of sion" would lead to a greater understanding of (he issues involved. Jar Herman, a Second World War iMmiber pilot who once survived an II. POO-fool fall without a uarachule, is on enilches in Brisbane, Australia, afler tall-ins over a Harden hose am breaking his right leg. Herman rode to Ihe ground hanging on to the legs of another crew member when (heir Halifax bomber was shot clown over the Ruhr in Dr. Taid Dudley White, (he internationally nolcd heart specialist, disclosed in Washington Chinese and American medical men are in the opening stages of co-operation on Ihe of acupuncture, lie lold a news conference that acupuncture anesthesia invented by Chinese surgeons has been successful in the control of pain during (he course of some major operations. "We know it can he said. "We are trying to do it over here and we are trying for co-operalivc research." Shoichi Yokoi, the Japanese army sergeant who FTCii1 3H years hiding in the Guam jun-gle, said in Guam he never contemplated surrender. ".ATv cave would be my said the man who lived in a cave during most of his years in hiding. At a news conference at Guam Memorial Hospital, Yokoi said he lived first in the jungle and for a time in a hut until he ('nought it best to move near the river. He and two companions later decided an underground dwelling would be better. They dug a tunnel where Yokoi lived until about 10 days ago. He said the two companions died about eight years ago. His favorite food was bread-fruil, H tropical fruit, and he never had a toothache, Yokoi said. He said he never had any close calls at being discovered before he was found Jan. (CT> The head of a government research agency savs Ihe federal agriculture department, slruggling under inadequate leaders to oonlrol Ihc farm industry, lias become a confused, dying bureaucracy. Dr. Gordon MaiEachcr, iie.id of Ihe agriculture economic research council, says the federal department has laken Ihc wrong approach to Ihe farm industry for the last has aimed al "contracting the industry encouraging poorer, small farmers lo gel off the land lo make way for bigger in order to improve the income of tlioso remaining. This approach has failed, Dr. MacKaehern said in an interview. Income per farm lias continued to drop despite fewer farmers. The department lias been unable lo "control the ils failure, the department now was allempting lo get back on lo the farm front bv forming nalional farm policies such as ils recently-approved farm marketing legislation. MISS POINT Such efforts, however, missed the point. The department should be developing policies that would creale improvements on all farms inslcad o[ lo control production and the number of farms. With classification, there was plenty of room for more produc-lion and many export markets lhat had not been fully exploited. Dr. MacEachern said the department has Iwcome loo interested in ils own goals at the expense of the agricultural industry. "Control without is leading lo some pretty confused institutional b c h a v-ior." Farmers would be well served by a department offering leadership and guidance "hut .slaying out of Ihe area of such as the marketing legislation. JOB SPLIT The 37-y e a r -o 1 d economist, head of Hie government and research council since and a member since said he sees the department responsibilities gradually being split nmong oilier federal departments, resulting in a diversified approach to food production as an industry. Or. he said, provincial departments may expand lo fill the vacuum created by the dying federal department. This could he dangerous as it could simply replace a cenlral bureaucracy with several, all competing with one another at the farmer's expense. As evidence of diminishing power, Dr. MacEachern said the agriculture department is receiving annually a smaller and smaller share of the federal budget. This year, agriculture estimates amount lo about mi -lion, up SIB million from Ihe 1971 estimates of million. By contrast, Ihe department of regional economic expansion had its budget increased about million to million this year and the sccrelary of state's department has been al, located million more than the million it received in 1971. grt Bv JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) L.tsL year, Ihc federal government's abortive allempl lo introduce a grains Rlnnilizalion program occupied Ihe attention of Ihc prairie affrittiliiirc industry, Mit 1972 may be inscribed in history ;is Ihe year of l.hc great land-ownership debate. Lr.te in 1971, the federal agriculture department announced a small farms development program under which it would buy land from prairie farmers ivho ivish lo re! ire or move into other occupations and then sell (he land to other farmers who wish to increase their holdings to provide a viable operation. LAND BANK PLAN But the Saskatchewan government has moved one step further witli its proposal for a provincial land bank under which farm land can be purchased or leased on a lifetime basis. Several other prairie provinces have expressed interest in (he land bank proposal hut that's about all. In the East, Prince Edward Island has started a laud bank and now owns 30.000 acres. Saskatchewan Agric u 1 1 u r e Minister Jack Messer is committed to implementing the land bank through legislation this year. The concept was a 1971 election campaign promise to establish a land bank commission to purchase land at competitive prices and then lease it back to families and groups of families co-operatively farming. The families or groups would have security of tenure and would have the option of buying the land if and when money became land-o Since the start of the year, Mr. Me.sscr has been Louring Ihe province explaining the proposal, which the government says will ensure continuation of the family farm in the face of cnCTMching corporate farming operations. TIKI) UP CAPITAL Mr. Messer says the idea evolved from the situation which farmers, for loo long, have tied up most of their capital trying to own their land. There have been many cases in which individual farmers have worked for years witlinut Hie land Ilicy worked ever belonging to Itiem. In some cases all lhat was ever paid was Ibc interest on the purchase price of Ihe wt He says the legislation will be implemented in such a way Lhat renting will be much more attractive then buying because if most farmers purchased it would remain a cost burden. Most of Saskatchewan's farm organizations have expressed approval of the plan, the latest the Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture at its annual meeting early this year. Mr. Messer believes many farmers now accept the idea lhat owning land for the sake of ownership may not be wise because they could invest the money lied up in land in other areas that would return more profit. These include further diversification, machinery and implements, or in co-operative agri-businesses. The mechanics of the Saskatchewan program still are being worked out and, although they are complicated, the province says it docs not want to become involved in more than 30 per cent of total farm land transactions during the first few years of the program. Mr. Messer also has promised all possible steps will be taken lo ensure the program is free from political patronage. Tlie over all program will bn operated by a Ihree-member commission directly responsible to Mr. Messer, but not to the agriculture department, with the possible establishment of land bank regions divided into sub-regions. No concerted opposition has evolved so far, birt the concept is sure to generate heated debate during the coming year. Some farm spokesmen say governm e n t ownership and management of land is likely to Ire opposed because governments have shown little up tude for running any business with even small success and that the owners and operators of large farms would oppose government lake over of their land on any terms. Others point out lhat governments already control large areas o[ crown land. J. A. Brown, an agricultural economist at the University of Saskatchewan in Easkat o o n, says it is clear an effective lajid tenure system is "very basic to the well being of rural areas." However, Professor Brown went on to say that this will not solve the prairie agriculture problem alone. "There is a continued need for adequate support policies and programs in such areas as marveling, credit, exlens i o n, and other auxiliary in Sykes OTTAWA (CP) An award of lo Calgary lawyer Robert Fraser as Ihc result of alleged libel by Calgary Mayor Rodney Sykes was moderate and should not be reduced, the Supreme Court of Canada was old here. J. H. Laycraft, appearing for Mr. Fraser, told the court that the mayor 'deliberately set out to obtain wint publicily" for a press statement in which the alleged libel was contained. The court, which began hearing Mayor Sykcs appeal against his conviction in lower courts, reserved its judgment. Mr. Fraser was acting for a group of developers in Calgary during October, 1970 when the suit arose. The developers planned a huge project for the city. Along with their plans was an extension of 40th Avenue N.W. which became a controversial matter. Mayor Sykes said in evidence in Irial proceedings that lie bad an agreement that the development and the street reserved case would be treated as separate matters. APPROVED BY COUNCIL However, both were approved at a city council meeting which the mayor did not attend. He later issued a press released which Mr. Fraser said libelled him. Jlr. Laycraft said here that the mayor was given the chance lo retract his statements but did not do so. "Rather, he again resorted to the route of Mr. Laycraft said. "T h e defamation damaged the respondent in his professional he declared. Earlier John Stein, appearing for Mayor Sykes, denied that Mr Fraser was libelled. He also said that the amount of damages was excessive. He said that if the high court should uphold Mayor Sykes' conviction, it should also order a new trial to assess HELP FOR YOUR ACHES AND PAINS Would you like to rid yourself of "minor" aches and pains without resorting to pills? It's possible thanks to a new exercise program featured in February Reader's Digest! Developed by a leading orthopedic surgeon, the program consists of 6 basic exercises, designed to correct the primary cause of many aches and pains poor posture. Results are possible in only n few weeks. So find, nut how to relieve yourself of tension and free yourself of pain! Read ORTHOTHERAPY: NEW HELP FOR 7OUH ACHE3 AND PAINS in February Header's Digest. Get your copy todayl police seize books R.EGINA (CP) A large quantity of pocket books and magazines which police, classified as obscene, was seized Monday in a synchronized raid on five Regina book stores by morality detectives. Insp. J. N. Doan said today charges against the stores are being processed but likely won't come before the court until the end of (he week or early next STEREO FAIR See Pnge TV FEBRUARY CLEARANCE R.C.A. 17" COLOR 5388 Reg SPECIAL INCOME A two-child family in Spain needs an income of a day o KILLED Traffic accidents killed persons in Japan in 3rd Ave. S. Phone LIMITED QUANTITIES SHOP EARLY CLEAR OUT SALE at the MARSHALL-WELLS LOCATION 318 6th STREET S. ALL FURNITURE: APPLIANCES USED MERCHANDISE STARTING THURSDAY, FEB. 3rd A.M. SHARP HERE ARE JUST A FEW EXAMPLES OF THE TERRIFIC SAVINGS! 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