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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 38 THE HERALD Building trade faces uncertain year By DENNIS TRUDEAU QUEBEC (CP) Construc- tion firms in Canada will prob- ably face price increases for some construction materials and continued shortages of supply of other materials, the annual meeting of the Canadian Construction Association was told here. The construction industry representatives were also criticized by suppliers for failing to plan their orders on a long-term basis and for often buying supplies from abroad because of lower prices while Canadian producers were left with unused capacity CCA President Henry de Puyjalon said that the total value of construction in Canada this year could reach billion compared with 5 billion in 1973. Part of the increased value will be due to increased costs, he said, but a large part will also reflect higher volumes of construction, especially in the non-residential sector Taylor Kennedy, president of Canada Cement Lafarge, also said cement prices could rise this year because of higher costs for fuel which account for 30 per cent of the expenses in the cement industry "Despite new facilities, prices for cement are going to rise until some stability in the price of energy is Mr Kennedy said. "Supplies will not deteriorate and could improve if better distribution systems can be worked he added. Mr Lee said that the un- precedented construction activity in 1973 combined with several long strikes at gypsum board and other construction material plants led to shortages of these materials in 1973. "We don't foresee shortages in gypsum in 1974" he said but supplies of felt roofing and shingles might not meet de- mand. He said there is a clear in- dication of a slowdown in de- mand for lumber in the U S. because of fewer residential housing starts, which could result in less pressure on lumber supplies. He also said there is a short- age of railway cars available for transporting construction materials. John Macnamara, executive vice-president of Algoma Steel Corp. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont, said Canadian steel production is expected to increase to 152 million tons from the record 14.5 million tons produced in 1973. That could mean an addi- tional tons of construc- tion oriented steel for the industry which generally uses about 27 per cent of the Canadian steel production. He said it appears this increase will not satisfy expected demands of the construction industry although he added he was not certain "how accurately your steel needs have been defined." In addition, he said that if sectors of the economy such as the automotive industry or home construction fall off this year, other industries such as shipbuilding, railroad cars and construction "are just waiting in line to have their steel allocations increased." Prices for Canadian steel now are "as low or lower than could be obtained from any country in the world" and while Canadian mills have increased their base prices, "Canadian orders have been given preference over export enquiries at considerable loss of profit to the potential exporting country Sears Save 20% Afloor with pizzaz! And it's patterned for easy living too! Reg. sq.yd. 'Woodleigh Hues' lets you in on some of the reasons for spreading a little excitement into every room in your home. 100% nylon pile wears like iron trim to fit and install it yourself! Dense, level-loop construction literally shrugs off soil and spills. It's self-cushioned. 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Windows will consist of three sealed glass units inserted into the panels. The award was one of 11 given this year by the magazine, which termed the design a "distinctive Canadian answer to the realities of the U of C president resigns to establish 'think tank9 By JOSEPH MA CALGARY (CP) Helping establish a "think tank" or watchdog over Canada's pub- lic policy was a challenge A. W. R. Can-others couldn't refuse. why he is leav- ing as president of University of Calgary. On July 1, 1974, Dr. Carro- thers will becomes the first president of the Institute for Research on Public Policy in Montreal. After 5Vz years as president of the Calgary university. He declined an invitation for a second five-year term but agreed to stay six months longer to give the university time to find a new president. "Canada is the only major industrialized nation in the West without an institute of this kind, a watchdog over public he said in an interview, during which he chose not to get embroiled in further controversy over the university's less-than-ideal relationship with the provin- cial government. He wants it known, though, that "I was enticed by the challenge of the-new assign- ment and am not leaving the university out of any sense of frustration or that his major objectives as the president of a formative university had been realized. NEEDED BODY The institute Alfred William Rooke to close going to head dates back to September, 1968, when the Liberal federal government mentioned in the throne speech the need for a body "where long-term re- search and thinking can be carried out into governmental matters of all kinds." "This institute would con- duct fundamental research A.W.R. CARROTHERS both for the federal govern- ment and for those provincial governments who wish to avail themselves of its serv- Prime Minister Trudeau said later. "While initially it would be in part publicly financed, it would be an independent and autonomous institution. Dr Carrothers, a 49-year- old native of Saskatoon, said the institute will operate bas- ically along the lines of the Brookings Institution in Wash- ington, Canadian objectives. It will be funded by a ISO- million endowment, to be raised equally by the federal and provincial governments and the private sector. ONLY STAFFER "I have some projects in mind to start the institute but I don't think we should go into specifics at this Dr. Carrothers, said. He is so far the only employee of the institute, which is governed by a 19-member board of di- rectors. The chairman of the board is Ronald Ritchie, senior vice- president of Imperial Oil Ltd. of Toronto. The institute aims at em- ploying a professional staff of about 25 in its first two or three years of operation, and publication will be a major means of disseminating re- sults of its research, Dr. Car- rothers said. It will also "sponsor or or- ganize conferences, meetings, seminars, and training pro- grams" and "provide re- search services or other facil- ities for institutions, corpo- rations, agencies and individ- uals" on matters of public concern. NO BIAS Dr. Carrothers said the in- stitute will take an impartial stand on government unlike some public policy research institutes in the United States that tend to commission stud- ies by ex-government person- nel often hostile to the gov- ernment of the day. Tall, lean and soft-spoken, Dr Carrothers was dean of the faculty of law at Univer- sity of Western Ontario from 1964 to 1968. He also taught law at University of British Columbia, his alma mater, and Dalhousie University in Halifax. He specialized in la- bor law. Immediate past-president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Dr. Carrothers said he expects to maintain close liaison with the university community in his new job. Alberta MP'g idea The people come first By STEWART MacLEOD OTTAWA (CP) Literature MPs send to constituents usually outline what members are doing in Ottawa, their views on a subject, or on what the gov- ernment is doing. Not the literature of Steve Paproski, the affable heavy- weight Progressive Con- servative from Edmonton Centre who thinks his con- stituents are too intelligent to be impressed with his day-to- day achievements and com- ments "The people want to know what's going be says. "Their interests go far beyond what I may be doing." Every day, Mr. Paproski's secretaries sent about 250 copies of Hansard, the official verbatim teport of Commons to constituents. fore often than not. his name doesn't appear in the debates. "It doesn't matter a damn whether I am mentioned or he says, flashing a wide grin. "It lets people know ex- actly what has happened on a given day in Parliament, and that way they get to know a lot more about the place He scoffs at sending copies