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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta _ THl UTHUUDGE KERAID Thuitday, February 4, WI Chrysler develops new safety system DETROIT (AP) Chrysler Corp. revealed Tuesday its "safety cushion system" which it says will protect front- and rear-seat passengers in a car from serious injury in front-end knpaets up to 30 miles an hour. R. S. Bright, Chrysler vice- president for production devel- opment, said the firm plans to have the system in all its 1974- model cars. The system consists of large areas of impact-absorbing cush- ions designed to restrain a pas- senger's knees and chest in a crash, combined with semi-auto- matic seat belts for the front seat riders. It is designed, at least for the moment, to replace the contro- versial air bags as a means of protecting car occupants in a crash. Proposed federal stand- ards would require all cars buill after July 1, 1973, to be equipped with a passive re- straint system capable of pro- tecting car occupants in a front-end crash at up to 30 m.p.h. A passive restraint is one which unlike current lap ant shoulder belts, requires no ac tion by passengers to make i effective. Most of the talk about passive restraints has focused on the air bag, a balloon-like device whicl inflates in a fraction of a secom Cubs, scouts hold banquet GRANUM (HNS) The Granum Cub and Boy Scout's Mother and Son banquet wa held recently in the community hall. The toast to the queen wa: given by Chris Donahue am grace was said by Ian Dudley Lloyd Jorgenson gave th toast to the mothers and his mother, Mrs. H. Jorgenson, re- plied. President of the Boy Sew group committee, Roy Fjorc botten, acted as master o ceremonies. Guests at the head tabl were Mrs. J. Wevers and Mrs T. Blair. Cub leaders; Lew Blair, district commissioner Mrs.' John Strang, Joh Strang, assistant district com missioner; Mrs. Lew Blair an scouter Doug Barnes. John Strang stressed that was important to let the boy experiment. District commissioner Le Blair told the boys the Bo Scout sign was a sign of ex cellence but that they mus work to keep it that way. He gave a number of exam pies showing how their presen training could benefit them in later years. Roy Fjordbotten lead a vot of thanks to the cooks, H. Jor genson, A. Travis, M. Donahu and A. Munro. and protects ctcupants in a rash. All of the Big Three uto-makers have said serious evelopment problems still re- lain before air bags can be put production cars. The Chrysler system, which installed on a 1971 car, con- isted of a dashboard, which ap- pears to be heavily padded. Ac- ually, the pad is vinyl plastic wer a plastic-foam filled rigid teel cage. The entire cushion is designed o collapse and absorb the im- act of a passenger thrown for- ward into it. The padding ex- ends far enough down to hole he front-seat passengers knees without intruding seriously on normal legroom. A similar pad extends across he top of the front seat to pro- ect the rear passengers and here is a heavily-padded steer ing wheel. Council has new motto EDMONTON (CP) Mini mum damage to the environ ment is one of the new mottoe of the Alberta Research Coun til. For years the council has a< vised industry about the loca tion and potential value of de- posits of raw materials am even advised industry how could economically extract thi material. But the council's emphasi will be altered in years to come it was predicted by Dr. Ernes Wiggins, director of the council which celebrated its 50th birth day Jan. 6. "Although Alberta will con tinue to depend heavily on ex tra'rtion industries, there will bi a great concern to extractin the raw materials with a min. mum damage to the enviro Dr. Wiggins said in interview. "And we hope we'll be mor concerned with developing proc essing industries so the mater als can be processed right her in the province. "But everything must be don keeping hi mind a balance be- tween the economic and esthet values." Dr. Wiggins, who calls "quality of life" research, sai it is "around this balance th we will be doing a great deal our research." For instance, an area of Ian potentially attractive as hot parkland and an industrial d velopment will be thoroughly before a decision its future is made. Store sales growing ROBBERIES Howard who spent five years in prison on an armed robbery conviction, works at clerk in a La Mesa, Calif., late-night food store. He and other ex-convicts were hired by the store in an effort to stop losses and the experiment is paying off. There have been no robberies in the five months since the men were hired. Everyone is buying art EDMONTON (CP) Cana- dian, enjoying a greater de- gree of affluoece than ever before, are devoting more money and time to art. "Art development reflects the condition and state of the says A. J. Pyrch, president of the Edmonton Art Gallery. "People are concerned with pollution and the social and human problems of life be- cause they are not struggling now for the basics." This concern, says Mr. Pyrch, has led Canadians to take stock of life and develop a taste for its better things. The result has been that the average man is becoming in- terested in art, whether it be Eskimo soapstone from the Arctic or an inexpensive oil from a department store. The urge for art probably is manifesting itself best in the department stores. All large Edmonton department stores carry sizable stocks of oils and prints and managers say sales have been increasing steadily for the last few years. 'OILS IN DEMAND The stores guard sales fig- ures closely, but A. W. Brent, Hudson's Bay Co. divisional merchandising manager, says his company, which imports original oils from Scandina- via, can't keep up with the de- mand, "I think we've just scratched the surface so far. Everyone is buying, not only the very affluent." Mr. Brent says people no longer are satisfied with ster- eotype furnishings and are buying paintings to reflect their individual tastes. Prints, available in frames for and up, also are sell- ing well, he says. The most popular oils range from J50 to Batons is another store which imports oils from Eu- rope and manager Bob Kerr says business is growing every year. "Truck drivers as well as executives have them 10 years ago we didn't have this type of he says. "I think it's because of the general sophistication of peo- ple. They are more knowl- edgeable in other things, so why not lie says sales of prints are steady and they are being purchased by people "who can't afford to buy oils." The managers say that new techniques, which have made more realistic prints possible, are a reason for the upsurge in sales. Private galleries also are benefiting from the height- ened interest in art, but spokesmen for some galleries feel department store prints are hurting art. "There are a lot of horrible prints says a spokes- man for one independent gal- lery. Yet, his sales are in- creasing every month despite the fact that'Ms oils sell for between 5200 and "The good artist today 25 people waiting for each piece he he adds. Gallery owner Harry Bara- bash says it's a sin for depart- ment stores to put "cheap decorations' in beautiful frames. "The department stores are killing the galleries. You can't make a gallery survive with- out another line." Mr. Pyrch says it's unfor- tunate that the majority of people who buy an oil or a print buy it for decoration. But he concedes that buying painting of any kindte a step in the right direction. "It's better in the long run if you can go with someone and get a real good print or a good oil with merit. some- thing which will sustain itself longer." If a person can't afford a good oil, he says, he should get a print that has merit or a water color. "I think a lot of this aban- don buying is killing sen- sitivity or development of a critical eye.. Mr. Brent says it doesn't matter what type of painting people buy as long as they learn something about art from it. Berger speaks on pollution FOET MACLEOD (Special) Sewage disposal units serv- ing towns in the Chinook Health Unit are not presenting a serious stream pollution problem, Jim Berger, health unit inspector, told the Fort Macleod Fish and Game meet- ing recently. Fort Macleod's disposal unil will be one of the first that will need to be improved or en- larged, he said. "Industry at the present time, throughout this health unit, presents no problems that can't be rectified if the provin- cial board of health should re- quire said Mr. Berger. Speaking oil water pollution and how it affects man, Mr Berger said the main destruc- tive forces for man started with the concentration of peo- ple into crowded urban areas and their inability to properly dispose of waste and contro diseases. He said stiffer regulations for the control of water pollu- tion are not the complete an swer to the problem. "We must improve our water resources develop ment an< management systems by more complete scientific studies of important watersheds." World efforts needed to stop ocean pollution UNITED NATIONS (CP) Two American researchers say that unless international steps are taken, oil pollution of oceans can be expected to in- crease. They say there is need for legal requirements covering ev- erything from ship design to qualifications of officers and crew to augment international law concerning oil spillages. And they say that while little is known of the long-term ef- fects of oil pollution, the "non- lethal" effects may pose serious problems in the future. The remarks are contained in a comprehensive report on ocean pollution by Oscar Schachter and Daniel Serwcr appearing in the January tion of the American Journal of International Law. Schachter is deputy director of research at the UN Institute for Trainir" and Research and Serwer is an assistant research fellow at the organization. On the over-all question ol pollution of the ocean the re- searchers say: "The greatest long-term dan- ger from marine pollution lies in its potential for upsetting the ecological balance of the oceans in such a way that man will find the usefulness (if the marine en- vironment vastly diminished. "That this can happen is clearly demonstrated in many of the world's fresh-water areas." IT LASTS AM) LASTS The report says that oil is the persistent pollutant o[ the oceans. In some aspects it agrees with this week's report by the committee investigating the grounding and resultant massive oil spill i'ji the tanker Arrow off the Xuva Scotia coast. It also reflects some of Can- ida's fears about Arctic oil pol- .ution. It quotes one recent estimate as saying that no less than three million tons of oil a year is discharged into the ocean from such sources as ships and off-shore wells. Another esti- mate put oil from transportation facilities at one million metric tons a year with a total from all human activities "at no less than 10 times that amount." Most of this was in coastal areas. Unless steps were taken to cope with the increasing volume and risks of production and transportation, oil pollution could be expected to increase with the increasing world production. A wreck by a supertanker of tomorrow could cause far greater damage than did the Torrey Canyon when it went agroimd off the English coast. The researchers say there are international conventions deal- ing with oil spillage and what now is needed is legal provi- sions to prevent accidents at sea. These would include require- ments concerning the design and equipment of ships, the use of navigation instruments, qual- ifications of officers and crews and, in some cases, maximum speeds, traffic lanes and com pulsory pilotage. Governments could enforce these regulations by requiring ships crossing their territoria: seas to comply vim them. The. researchers say after a spill er accident oil may sink, he washed a.shore or remain in the sea in the form of tarry lumps for as much