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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Ftbruary 13, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 43 .ft f Sweden9s standards new Canadian goal By PETER MICHAELSON OTTAWA (CP) Motivating that 30-year-old Canadian so his physical fitness no longer compares unfavorably with a Swede twice his age, will be one of the top agenda items for the health ministers conference here Wednesday and Thursday. Health Minister Marc Lalonde says he wants to talk generally about health the top- level conference which will be held behind closed doors at the government Conference Centre. Agenda items include acupuncture, nutrition, ambulance services, venereal disease and patent medicines. With health costs taking up a larger share of the gross na- tional product each year, the federal government believes economies can be made by preventing some expensive hospital cases, H L Laframboise, director of the federal health department's long-range planning branch, said Monday. To do this, health programs would be aimed at the so- called "diseases of choice" and "diseases of neglect" such as obesity, lung cancer and heart disease, he said in an interview. Despite Mr Lalonde's reservations, the talks might get around to health-cost financing, an area of disagreement be- tween the provinces and the federal government for several years The federal government wants the provinces to take over more financial responsibilities, saying this would make the health system more flexible and easier to reform But the provinces have turned down the last federal proposal to transfer tax credits to the provinces in exchange for limiting federal contributions to provincial medical insurance plans. The federal government pays 50 per cent of the costs of ap- proved provincial plans, which have been rising between 10 and 14 per cent a year, higher than the rate of increase in the gross national product to which the government wants to tie its contributions. A health department official said the federal offer was still open. But there were no indications it would be sweetened or that the provinces were any more prepared to accept it. The health ministers also will be looking at acupuncture, the controversial Chinese anesthesia technique to treat pain and disease by inserting needles into selected points of the body. The method has advocates in high places, including Prime Minister Trudeau and Science Minister Jeanne Sauve, but medical associations say more research is needed. A group of Ontario doctors has been granted a charter for incorporation of the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada, but the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons says acu- puncture practioners may not charge for their services. The provinces might take up the recommendation of a eminent study force and ask that ambulance services be in- cluded under the cost-sharing plans in order to improve emergency services Provinces or patients now pay for ambulance services. Talks in this area probably will be based on the force's re- port published last year which also recommended an up- grading of ambulance standards on the Ontario model. The health ministers might recommend that a national venereal disease program be instituted to help battle what some experts describe as an epidemic, said Mr. Lafrom- boise. Such a federal program operated during the 1950s but dis- appeared when venereal disease appeared to be under control Questions on whether sale of patent medicines should be restricted to drugstores and whether the ingredients and for- mulas of "secret formula" medicines should be made public will also be raised at the meeting, Mr. Laframboise said. Nothing dull about Winnipeg By ROD EDWARDS WINNIPEG (CP) The ox- carts and tents have dis- appeared and the high-rises and suburban plazas have proliferated. In physical appearance, the city of Winnipeg that is cele- brating its 100th birthday this year offers few reminders of the frontier town of the 1870s. Yet there are aspects of the social and political life of the city that would bring a nod of instant recognition from the city's pioneers. Protests from vested inter- ests marked consideration by 2 Matrtcba legislature of bill .T .iicorpcrate l r? ir, 1871 There were iim- iiar protests in the early 1970s when a dozen surrounding municipalities were amalga- mated, creating a metropolis with 500.000 population. The 1873 debate was some- what more lively. A group of u, their pancnre at in the bill passage by tarring the Speaker of the legislature, a Dr. Bird. There are other echoes of the past. In the early 1900s there was a rapid rise ir. the cost of liv- irg By some calculations, the ifiCTvase was as much as 75 pfcr cent in a 12-month period. STRIKES NOTHING NEW There was labor unrest in 1917 and 1918, culminating in the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919. Winnipeg remains largely a working-class city and day-to- day reports agam tell of ris- ing costs and der.iands fcr ".ages. Strikes and sk-'fces still are prevalent An account written in 1873 tells of Indians celebrating a "feast" of dogmeat on down- town Main Street, near the present site of the CP Rail passenger station A few blocks sonih out-of-town Icing uitertsined by the gentry with lavish meals and table-settings. One can still find lavish steak houses and humble Dea- neries on the same stretch of Main Street. Then as now, contemporary accounts complained of a skid-road area in north-cen- tral Winnipeg, observing that the Indian "fares no better on the reserve or in the city than he had at the start of the cen- tury." Then as now, citizens felt that they were neglected and despised by eastern politi- cians. They were dismissed as "those Wi people of Red River" Ij Minister Sir John A. Macdonald. The Op- position leader, Alexander Mackenzie, said in an election campaign that "a cart track is good enough for Manitoba for years to come." The mass migration to Can- sda began before the Defi- ning of Uie cenrjrv nipeg was truly the "gateway to the West." Thousands of immigrants from Russia. Austria, Hun- gary, Poland, the Ukraine. Finland, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden flocked into Uie city Lured by the promise of ISO- acre homesteads to the west, many newcomers continued on but thousands more settled in Winnipeg. The north end became "little Europe." Before that St. Boniface already had be- come a community of French- speaking Canadians, and the Anglo-Saxons settled in Jhe east and west It has been said that To- ronto can boast of being the publishing centre of Canada but Winnipeg is the home of the foreign-language press There are about 20 news- papers m the city counting the two major dailies and many a variety of ethnic groups 500 bid for UNEF positions Armed forces reservists volunteer for service Ministers who swing Presbyterian ministers organized as The Lost and Found Department play pop .ballads, folk songs and old-time hymns in churches all over Ontario for "worshipful celebrations." By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) Armed Forces officials said Monday a call for reservists to serve in the Canadian contingent of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEFUn the Middle East has met with surprising response. A forces spokesman said Mobile Command headquarters in St. Que., now has almost 500 volunteers to choose from to fill about 110 positions in UNEF. Who T.vill be selected from among the group, how they will be trained, when they will go over to Egypt and what they will do when they get there has yet -to be determined. When reserve units from across the country were asked to see if any of their men wanted to serve in the Middle East, armed forces officials were not sure of the response. Gen. J. A. Dextraze, chief of defence staff, felt certain that there would be enough men to meet a target of about 10 per cent of the UNEF Canadian force. But forces officials here did not anticipate the response they got. The spokesman said that the 500 volunteers now listed represent those who went through a screening, process at the unit and regional level, so there must have been considerably more applications. The men volunteer for eight months service, two training and six in UNEF. That means they have to either quit their jobs or secure leave of absence. HAS TWO OBJECTIVES Use of reserves for UNEF has two objectives: provide operational experience to men who will pass their knowledge on to their reserve units; ease the strain caused by the need for more than troops from a force of only persons. Gen. Dextraze has said that he foresees other operational roles for reserve cluding helping to fill Canada's NATO commitment. It is hoped that the reserve volunteers can start moving to Egypt about May or June. 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