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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, February 10, 1973 Beefed up or plain? That luxury item, the crown roast, may be stripped of its royal distinction alter May 1st. That is the date when American cattle 'beefed up' with the chemical diethyl - stilbestrol, believed to be a cancer-forming agency, are to be allowed into Canada for slaughtering. The consumer, already faced with the possibility of relegating meat to a once-a-week Sunday dinner category, because of spiralling prices, may decide to remove meat from his menu entirely if the fear of cancer should permeate his every mouthful. Canada banned, as of January 1st the use of diethyl-stilbestrol, both as a feed additive and ear implant because of its cancer producing qualities. The U.S., on the other hand, has banned its use only as a feed additive with ear implants continuing to be used in an effort to fatten up cattle for early marketing. Although the U.S. has imposed tighter controls on the use of DES making the withdrawal period before an animal is slaughtered seven days instead of the previous forty-eight hours, DES opponents feel the cancer agency possibility is still there. Should 'beefed up' cattle be permitted into Canada, the consumer is bound to approach the meat counter with temerity wondering which beef is American and which is Canadian -that is if she conscientiously wishes to avoid foods under suspect as cancer-forming. The question arises will the butcher identify the 'beefed up' meat versus the natural? Will the Canadian government which, following research, banned DES feel obliged to identify DES-fed beef with warning stickers? And Canadian cattlemen who have suffered a feeding loss of some 10 to 15 per cent since DES was banned in Canada are wondering why the government doesn't, rule against import- ing a product their suspicions influenced them to ban. It follows that if DES-fed beef is highly suspicious the fact it comes from south of the border doesn't make it less suspect. One wonders why the sex hormone DES continues to be used at all in the U.S. in view of its highly suspicious nature, when they have the corn mold extract Ralgro which produces about the same rate of growth but without the accompanying side effects. When Ralgro was licensed in the U.S. a few years ago researchers at the Melfort Research Station were quick to realize that a replacement might be required for DES in view of the adverse publicity. Currently being tested at Melfort are Synovex S and Synovex H containing the two natural hormones progesterone and estradrol also licenced in the U.S. and being considered for approval in Canada. These feed additive alternatives do not contain cancer-forming agencies. That they are overlooked could be due to the fact they are slightly higher in cost than DES with 33 milligrams of DES costing only 35 cents whereas 36 milligrams of Rolgro costs the cattleman 85 cents and Synovex S, $1.50. Cattleman MP Bert Hargrave in asking Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan what the government intends to do about the situation was told research into the chemical DES is currently being carried out in the U.S. with Canadian officials watching. But until that report is finalized and brought to his attention he is not in a position to make a decision. It is certainly hoped he finds himself in the position of making an informed decision before the first shipment of 'beefed up' cattle arrive in Canada from below the border on May 1st. Soap under scrutiny Scrutinizing the labels of tinned juice and jiffy cereals in an effort to determine the contents, is a common practice for many consumers. Few, however, feel it necessary to carefully read the label on a bar of soap - unless of course they have been alerted to' the possible harm to internal organs resulting from the absorption of chemicals within that perfumed bar. Suspicion of organ damage from chemically treated soaps has resulted in the appointment by the U.S. food and drug administration of a panel to investigate the results of hexachlorophene substitutes used in body soaps. Existing evidence casts suspicion on the chemical substitutes used in scented bars. Public attention was focused on the existing danger when nearly 40 French infants died from talcum powder which contained an accidentally-high level of hexachlorophene. U.S. studies had tied the chemical to brain damage in premature infants. A resulting FDA investigation led to the banning of hexachloro- Weekend Meditation phene - contained products sold over the counter. The list of specific hexachlorophene substitutes to be examined by the FDA panel now described by members as "not generally regarded safe for incorporation into toilet bars for personal hygiene use" covers every germ killer listed by the toilet soap industry used in their best-selling deodorant soaps. Meanwhile the soap manufacturers say they are confident they can prove the safety of their products before the FDA reveals its findings on hexachlorophene substitutes expected in about three months' time. The panel of doctors involved in the investigation has stated "the amount that could be used safely for a lifetime has not yet been established." The discriminating consumer should not be fooled by such catch phrases as a "cool, clean feeling," by a soap's delightful fragrance or even by the old axiom that "it will all come out in the wash" for it would appear the absorbing qualities of hexachlorophene substitutes cannot be erased with suds. Where is the sanctuary? Where can the soul find a sanctuary? "Without Thy visitation I cannot live," said Thomas a Kempis. "Wherein does your prayer consist?" St. John of the Cross asked a penitent. She replied, "In considering the beauty of God, and in rejoicing that He has such beauty." Does the life, ritual, and worship of the church provide such blessed encounter? Alas, when one reads the first letter of St. Paul to the Church in Corinth one finds reflected too much of the modern church - the stain of the world, the divisions and quarrels, the acceptance of sins, the failure in love, the lack of faith in eternal life, and the lack of devotion. Books like "Re-Entry" by J. W. White are quite explicit and bitter about this. And popular books like that by Pierre Berton do not understand worship or the ideal life of the church. There is nothing more joyous, more liberating and exalting, than a service of worship if it be rightly conducted and if it be approached by the worshipper with understanding and commitment. The soul is awestruck by the wondrous love of God and every act in worship is clothed in niysterious splendor, until in adoring gratitude for the ]ight( life, and love of the Transcendent poured out upon men, the worshipper is truly lost In wonder, love, and praise. Teaching is imperative to the chuch and the believer. Doctrine has an importance too great to be exaggerated. But teaching and doctrine are not first. Do you not get tired of the conflict of opinion, of the arguments pro and con about the nature of God and the reasons for His existence or against His existence? Do you not long for a simple love and faith, a spirit of devo- tion, the experience of the early church - and of true worshipers ever since - that they had been made "kings and priests to God" and had entered upon "the joy of the Lord?" It was this fact that astounded and converted the Roman world, that these people, despite their hardships, poverty, and persecution, had discovered an invulnerable joy which made them "more than conquerors." Of course there is danger here. The disciples wanted to stay on the Mount of Transfiguration, to make pemanent homes there. Jesus, loving the joy and glory of it far more than they, resisted temptation with the words, "Get thou behind me, Satan!" Then he went down the mountain to heal the epileptic boy. Nevertheless the one is a pre-requisite to the other; power is essenial for the task. Wonderful recreational programs, stimulating group discussions, and opportunities to make friends, will not feed hungry souls. Men and women come crying with Augustine, "I seek thee that my soul may live. Worship does a mighty work, pouring power into lifeless bodies, uniting the hearts of men in the love of God, lighting up the dull mind, stirring up the calloused conscience, and putting the new song on the lips. Worship is a resurrection from the dead, it is communion with the deepest reality. It takes us beyond the tragedy and mystery of our lives into the beauty of the holiness of God. PRAYER: 0 God, in this noise and confusion, in this restlessness and fever of covelousness and desire, give my soul a sanctuary of peace and serenity. F.S.M. "Sire, the time is ri^e for the restoration of the monarchy!" World problems await Vietnam peace by James Reston, New York Times commentator WASHINGTON - The big nations now have a chance to concentrate on the big problems in the world - the control of military arms, population, trade, pollution and money - and there are some encouraging signs that they are beginning to do just that. Prime Minister Edward Heath of Britain has been here talking with President Nixon about the reorganization of the world monetary system, the changing economic relationships between the expanded European Community and the United States and Japan, the continuing Arab-Israeli crisis in the Middle East and. the forthcoming conferences with the Soviet Union on the balanced control of weapons and forces in Europe. President Nixon has managed, despite the Vietnam war, to keep all these larger questions under study, but the mind of Washington has actually been on Indochina and on the less than 2 percent of the people of Asia who live in Vietnam. Now things are changing. Years of quiet hard work and planning in the National Security Council, and the state, defense, treasury and commerce departments are now being gathered together for action. Henry A. Kissinger is visiting Hanoi, not only to cool down the fighting or to talk about U.S. aid for the reconstruction of Vietnam, but to try to persuade the North Vietnamese, as Vice - President Agnew has been trying to convince the South Vietnamese and others in Southeast Asia, that there is a chance to look beyond the past and see their own security and progress as part of a new order and balance in Asia and the world. These next few months are going to be very important, for while these larger problems of the future are now more visible, the practical immediate problems of defending territory in Vietnam and protecting national trade and monetary interests still seem to be more real and urgent. Fortunately, both President Nixon and Prime Minister Heath were able to agree here that too much concentration on specific differences over money and trade in the coming months would not be helpful. The problem in the immediate future is to get the objectives straight and agree about the common interests of the major, nations in ;he areas of security, trade and anance, before beginning to differ about their separate nation-il interests. Kissinger's argument to the North Vietnamese will be the same: the United States and China, for all their size and power and differences, finally agreed to put aside old assumptions of unavoidable hostility and reached a limited accommodation. likewise, there was some common interest that persuaded France and Germany, the Soviet Union and Germany, the United States and Japin, fi recognize the changes in the world and begin talking, if not agreeing, about the future. Kissinger's argument will be that maybe the North and South Vietnamese should not only try to knock off the fighting but change their attitude to the outside world, as the Chinese did, and make a hew effort at reconstruction. Once the American troops and prisoners are withdrawn, Vietnam will recede from the center of the world stage, even if the shooting goes on, and other subjects and cooler minds are likely to take over. All the big nations have very serious problems at home, and this is not only true in the United States, Britain, France, Japan and Germany, but even more so in China and the Soviet Union. They all need time and money, and all, for their own reasons, would like to cut down on their military budgets. World military spending ban Increased by 82 percent in the last 10 years, from $119 billion in current prices in 1961 to $216 billion in 1971. Inflation and higher military pay have accounted for a lot of this increase, but the size of the world's armed forces has actually gone up to more than 29 million men in the last 10 years, a 20 percent increase since 1961-and part of the tragedy of it is that the increase in military expenditures has been most pronounced in the poorest countries that can afford it least. Nevertheless, the trend is turning. Nobody has the answer to the major questions that are affecting the whole of the human family, but, after Vietnam, they are at least coming to the fore in world politics. Clarification needed on James Bay project by Maurice Western, Ottawa commentator for FP Publications OTTAWA - Now that the prime minister has ended the mystery, although not the controversy, about financing the Olympic Gaines, it would be helpful to have clear statements about some aspects of that other touchy subject, the James Bay Power project.  Some reticence is understandable, given the unhappy experience of an earlier federal government which came into conflict with' W. A. C. Bennett over huge power projects in British Columbia. As it turned out, however, interests beyond the purely provincial were involved in Mr. Bennett's plans; a fact which became belatedly plain to Alberta citizens with the ruin of the Athabasca delta. In the House of Commons last Monday, Alvin Hamilton touched on one rather cloudy matter when he asked Donald Macdonald to confirm a state- ment that Quebec does not intend to sell any power from the James Bay project to the United States and has so informed the federal government. The. minister's reply was carefully worded. "Up to the present time," he said, "we have had no indication that any part of that power would be sold either to Ontario or outside the country. Our understanding is that the site will be developed for the purpose of the Quebec load itself." It is possible that nothing else is involved. In response to a further question, Mr. Macdonald added: "Specifically, with regard to the James Bay project, my understanding is that it is for consumption in Quebec only that the project is being proceeded with." But it may also be that James Bay power is intended to replace Quebec or Labrador power destined for export. As the question was not asked, we do not yet know the answer and perhaps the federal government, for reasons of its own, has not asked for It. If this is the plan, the distinction would not appear to involve a great difference. As a number of important federal interests are involved at James Bay, Parliament should have a clear understanding of the matter. One reason for seeking further clarification is the fact that a good deal of Quebec comment has assumed a large outside interest, specifically a New York interest, in the future of this development. Mr. Bourassa has made statements of undoubted importance which appear to have exactly the same qualification as that prudently entered . by Mr. Macdonald. Thus in July of last year the Quebec premier announced sales of 800,000 kilowatts in summer months beginning June 1, 1977 to Consolidated Edison. During the first five years of the agreement Hydro Quebec is to receive $123 millions. The agreement provides for construction of a 765,000 volt power lino between Quebec and the United States. Mr. Bourassa was quoted as saying that the agreement does not "for the time being" involve energy from James Bay plants. It will come instead from existing sources, from the largely completed Manicoiigan - Out-ardes complex and from Churchill Falls. The agreement, however, is for 20 years and nothing is said about deliveries after 1981. It is expected that, by that time, James Bay will be able to generate 10 million kilowatts. What happens then? Mr. Macdonald's assurance may be enough for the moment to provide, at least on this point, some justification for the government's kid-glove approach to an obviously sensitive matter. Does it mean, however, that some future government will find itself reduced more or less to political helplessness by the maturing of a situation for which it was not responsible? It seems important that Parliament should understand the implications of present policies before and not after the works are built. There is no reason to doubt the accuracy of the information disclosed by Mr. Macdonald but there is room for suspicion that information is being rationed in one capital or the other. For the guidance of Parliament there should be a much more comprehensive statement on the whole James Bay situation. Impending French elections critical for Europe by C. L. Sulsberger, New York Times News Service NEW YORK - Next month's French elections are enormously important to Western Europe and, conceivably, to that vital area's relationships with the United States. France, after all, is at he geographical heart of the region joined in a Common Market and allied with North America. It is complicated for foreigners to understand the method of the French vote. It comes in two ballots (March 4 and a run-off between leading contestants in each parliamentary district March 11). From one week to the next, all kinds of deals are liable to be made among party leaders. The quintessential issue is whether the Gaullist majority can continue to survive without De Gaulle or whether a Left effectively united for the first time in almost 40 years, is strong enough to gain control of the National Assembly. Should that happen, it would be difficult for President Pompidou not to ask a leftist to accept the premiership. He detests the very thought. The mathematics of French politics indicate that after a very near-run thing,the coalition led by Georges Marchais (communist) and Francois Mit-terland (socialist) will manage to scare the daylights out of the Right but won't gain power. Usual electoral proportions of the Fifth Republic have been about 40 per cent for the bloc of assorted GauUists, about 45 per cent for various elements of the Left led by communists and socialists and about 15 per cent for the Center opposition. Recent opinion polls showed the GauUists slipping, but by election time statistics will probably stabilize closer to the norm. A variety of deals would be Imposed upon the GauUists and the .Center to block a left-whig take-over after a scary first ballot. This is what is to be expected despite protests from those involved that they wouldn't dream of such a thing. When Pompidou visited Brezhnev last month his opponents saw this as a repeat of De Gaulle's old trick: make friends with Moscow to undercut the pro-Moscow French communists. There are indeed indications the Kremlin would prefer a Gaullist victory just as it favored Nixon over Mc-Govern in the U.S. election. The Pompidou administration suffered by disclosure of scandals involving many top public figures (including a premier) and also involving government contracts and the French security, intelligence agency. Marchais has been presenting a moderate, unrevolu-tionary image and says he wants no official post in case of victory. The Fifth Republic, whose constitution gives the president great powers, was tailor-made for De Gaulle. Its electoral system enables small pluralities to seat large numbers of deputies. In 1967 (when the general was still president) the Gaullists got 244 seals with a 42.99 per cent vote bu the communists got only 73 seats with a 21.55 per cent vote. Should the president's Gaullist supporters (almost certainly relying on aid from the moderate Center) regain power, it is possible to forecast a basic continuation of existing French foreign policy with continued adherence to the Atlantic Treaty (although* not the NATO organization). Should the communist-socialist bloc t^ka over, in the long ran anything might happen. Marchais and Mitterand have held close to their chests the cards they would like to play. The Uthbudtjc Herald 904 7th St. S., Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD HO. LTD., Proprietors and Publisberfl Published 1905 -1954, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Second CImi Mall Registration No. 0012 Mtmbtr of The Canadian Preei end i the Canadian Oalty Newspaper Publishers' Association and th� Audit Bureau of Circulations CLEO W. MOWERS. Editor and Publisher THOMAS H. ADAMS, General Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor__ ROY F. MILES DOUGLA4 K. WALKER Advertising Manager Editorial Pag* Editor "THE HERALD SERVES THE SOUTH" 74 ;