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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 42 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, February Alberta lumber industry sags EDMONTON (CP) Alberta's stud lumber industry, which accounted for one-third of the province's record lumber production last year, is sagging and one producer is thinking of quitting. The studs, custom-cut two by fours from seven to eight feet in length, are sold mainly in the United States for use in homes. Housing starts are declining and higher mortgage rates are discouraging prospective home buyers. Alberta producers were getting as much as a thousand board feet last summer. But prices this year have fallen to a thousand board feet, generally considered by industry spokesmen to be the break-even point. Buchanan Lumber Co. in High Prairie, 170 miles northwest of Edmonton, is considering closing because of low prices. But owner Gordon Buchanan says he is afraid that if the firm closes, the loss of skilled staff might cripple a move to resume production at a later date. And he is concerned about the effect it would have on the town's economy. Mr. Buchanan places part of the blame for the decline in prices on federal government industrial grant policies. He says department of regional economic expansion grants have enabled pulp nulls in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec to add stud mill equipment to their mill operations. These studs are penetrating markets formerly dominated by Alberta producers whose shipping costs are higher. African Lifeline Liz Primeau reports on how millions of dollars of food and supplies were airlifted from Canada to the drought stricken plains of West Africa. In Weekend Magazine this Saturday. The Uthbridge Herald Health branch proposes changes No more watery juices By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA In a few months, it will be much more difficult for companies to get away with selling watered- down, ready-to-drink orange juice or grapefuit juice products in Canada. The federal health protection branch this week has proposed several changes under the food and drug regulations, to improve the legal standard for the two breakfast juice products. Three of the changes are specifically designed to make it easier for the health depart- ment to determine quickly and easily whether a manufacturer has added too much water in reconstituted orange and grapefruit juice products. (They cover the ready-to-drink variety of juices, not the kind you buy frozen in the store and add your own water to later, at home The changes set legal min- imum levels of three naturally occuring con- stituents of the two juices that must be found in any orange juice or grapefruit juice offered for sale in Canada. For the technically-minded, the standard for grapefruit juice will now require that the juice contain a minimum of 1.15 millequivalents of "free atnino acids" building blocks of protein per 100 millilitres of the juice; a minimum of 70 milligrams of potassium per 100 millilitres of juice; and enough total polyphenolics, a chemical not normally found in other kinds of breakfast juices to have a light absorbance value of not less than 0.310. The minimums for the same three constituents of orange juice are slightly higher. What this all means, accord- ing to Doug Chapman of the health protection branch, is that orange and grapefruit juice makers will have to go to greater lengths to try and fool federal inspectors about diluted juice products. Dr. Chapman, director of the food advisory bureau, explained yesterday that at present federal inspectors have only two quick ways of determining whether a orange or juice product has been watered down. The inspectors can visit the plant time-con- suming and not always fool- proof approach. Or they can measure the cit- ric acid content of the iuice. to see if the juice is acid enough to indicate that the same amount of water has been re- added to the product as was contained in the original fres- hly squeezed juices. Dr. Chapman pointed out that an unethical juice manufacturer could and sometimes does add citric acid to watered-down products, to fool inspectors. Under the new proposed regulations, expected to come into law in a few months, juice manufacturers would have to find a way to artificially increase the content of such natural constituents as amino acids, potassium and polyphenolics chemicals that Dr. Chapman said are not likely to be found in a local drugstore like citric acid. "They'll have to go to much greater lengths if they want to excape detection in Dr Chapman said Gas find MOSCOW (AP) Radio Moscow says geological surveys confirm that two West Siberian fields contain more than five trillion cubic metres of natural gas. Radio Moscow reported the fields were in the Yamburgskoye and Zapollyarnoye districts near the Arctic Circle. Plans to develop the fields were not disclosed. Automation This battery-operated mannequin stands along- side a Montreal autoroute, thereby saving the pro- vincial roads department from paying wages to a human performing the same flag-waving function. Other such dummies will line autoroutes in the future as a life-saving, cost-reducing measure. Co-op housing movement grows OTTAWA (CP) Success and increasing government support are building the co- operative housing movement MEN'S UNDERWEAR CLEARANCE Men's Thermal Underwear i. U Lit t 111.11 li.iUlH.LH.ll-l. un.it LI muni. i I'li tittiJJ-lUiUi.lt III LI ILllLtL 111111 LULL I J.LI- 1. Ill till let LliLLlLl. LlLlllL LLCCLIL (.ILL (.Itl LLLttltt L 1 11.1.1 M. ULtH.ll LU-LL.I.LI JlULltll LLLLLILL ULtLLH -LLLL.LI ItLllLL LI llilU.1 (.1.14.111 LUllt HC.CIC (.111 into a "third force" in the housing field This interest in a relatively new hybrid, the "continuing springs from successful ventures in the last eight years and recent gov- ernment programs promoting co-op housing Continuing co-operatives, which combine elements of renting and private own- ership, have so far taken a much smaller portion of the housing market than the long- established private and public housing sectors. But the movement is growing and supporters say it eliminates many of the social problems linked with public housing and renting. The federal government last summer launched new hous- ing programs to aid co-oper- atives and is publicizing them through Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. British Colum- bia and some cities are help- ing through cheap land rental. The new programs offer poor people a share in owning their own accommodation. They also give moderate-in- come families with little hope of buying their own homes a satisfactory alternative. 40 per cent of Cana- dians now live in rented hous- ing. NEW IN CANADA Continuing co-ops have op- erated in Sweden for 50 years and have a long history in other European countries but the first one in Canada was not fully developed until Willow Park project in Winnipeg. Unlike building co-oper- atives, continuing co-ops re- tain ownership of housing units. Building co-ops, active in Canada for 40 years, turn over units to individual own- ers after they nave been put up.- Residents in a continuing co-operative project are members of the organization that owns the units. They set their rents and manage the project. "It is as difficult as de- mocracy said Dr. Alex Laidlaw, Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. senior, ad- viser for co-operative housing. "We never say, and nobody should say, that co-operatives are automatically the solution to housing problems They are never any better than the people that run them." But there have been enough successes to start a snowball of interest rolling. While the number of housing co-ops can still be counted on two hands, informed sources expect 10 new ones to be launched this year. RENTS REASONABLE Andre Gratton, a resident of Ottawa's new Pare Beausoleil project, suggests that security and low rents are among the main attractions. Ten years married and father of four, he rented accommodation on busy St. Patrick Street here before joining the co-op he now heads as chairman of the board of directors. "It's so he said of the 56-unit co-op project lo- cated a few blocks away from St Patrick Street. He rents a four-bedroom townhouse with a spacious back yard for monthly, well below normal market rates He also in- vested to become a mem- ber of the co-op but would get this money back if he left. There are drawbacks. "You have to forget selling your house and making a Mr. Gratton said. "But the extra money I would pay for my own home I have in my hands for myself and my family." MANAGED BY TENANTS There is long-term security as well. Rents rise only to take account of things like growing maintenance costs and taxes. Over the long term rents fall farther and farther below market rates. There is freedom to deco- rate the interior as residents please. People manage their projects themselves: they don't have to depend on apartment owners. This al- lows co-ops to organize their own facilities such as day- care centres and even bars. Day-care centres in a Van- couver co-op, De Cosmos Vil- lage, have allowed single-par-, ent families greater freedom. Mothers who would have had to live on welfare to care for their children are able to work. A group that may benefit most from co-op housing is public housing tenants or those living in sub-standard accommodation. MAKE UP 10 PER CENT De Cosmos Village has. set aside 10 per cent of its units for residents who would nor- mally live in public housing. They are scattered throughout t'-e project and some receive government financial aid Glenn Haddrell, executive secretary of the Co-operative Housing Foundation, said he asked the De Cosmos board of directors how the public hous- ing tenants were fitting in. "Their reply was that they didn't know who they he said. Now an Edmonton group plans to reserve one- third of its development for persons on public-housing waiting lists. Dr Laidlaw said he expects a growing movement to co-op housing if rents rise sharply in the next two years as some experts predict Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford said he hopes other provinces will follow British Columbia's lead in leasing land at low interest rates to co-op groups. The high cost of land in provinces like Ontario was an obstacle. He said co-op organizations may be wise to buy existing housing before plunging into new construction. They could learn the ropes more easily Mr. Basford and Dr. Laid- law both said co-op housing will not grab a large portion of the housing market over- night. "It's a movement that's very much in its Dr. Laidlaw said. "We have to walk before we run." Men's Short Stem Shirt Made of 65% Fortel and 35% Cotton. Medium Weight Size Regular 34-40 only. Chest. Colors: green and navy. 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Listing the physical strain, the sadden changes in climates and altitudes, the grind of protocol, Waldheim says (he trips are essential of enormous benefit to the United Nations "No report, even if it is the best report, can replace the personal impression In two years, Waldheim's travels have taken him. among other places, to Ottawa. Moscow and Peking. India and Pakistan, various African and Latin American countries. If he has slighted KURT WAI OHRM Europe, no one will take offence, he says, because he's Austrian and himself a Eu- ropean. Waldheim's Middle East tour last September was 3 source of potential embarrassment. War broke oat only a month after he said he found everywhere a desire for peace He acknowledges he was not aware that war was that close, but he says he warned the situation was dan- gerous On (lie current tour, starting Thursday in Mauritania. Waldheim will visit a number of countries devastated by the subSahara drought and famine, one of the worst of this century. "We're working out a long- range a very big Waldheim said Waldheim has been invited by practically all of the 135 members of the United ;