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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta We invite you to drop In and see BERNICE VOTH for all your European travel arrangements. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, February 22, 1973 PAGES 17 TO 28 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. lower Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-7411 HOME AND OFFICE SAFES World demand, shortage of red meats reflected in local prices A world shortage of red meats can be blamed for record (high' meat prices, for both live and processed product, and :.o end is in sight to the spiralling figures, says George Chessor, regional livestock inspector. Mr. Chessor, chief inspector in Lethbridge, said the shortage of red meats combined. with the increasing world demand for the product is pushing the price up. He said he doesn't feel increased production can com- pletely overcome the shortage so the price rise could continue. High beef prices for Alberta were paid to Southern Aiberta ranchers following a sale at the Lethbridge Public Stockyards Wednesday. Mclntre Ranching Ltd. of Lethbridge sold 70 Grade A 1 and A 2 steers averaging 1,050 pounds for an Alberta public market record - high $41.50 per hundred weight. Another shipment of 35 animals of slightly lower quality matched Calgary's record high of $41.40 per hundredweight. During the same sale, a Hol-stein bull weighing 2,650 pounds, consigned to Vanee Livestock by Martin Slingerland of Lethbridge, brought a record $871 for the U.S. slaughter market. A Holstein cow brought $514.25 for the same market. Mr. Chessor, sa!?. live animals prices are sky rocketing all over the world. He said steers were selling in Toronto Wednesday for $44 per hundredweight. Taking into consideration the transportation and cost factor, this is in line with the high prices in Lethbridge. Cattle sold Wednesday in St. Paul, Minnesota, for $44.75 and, with the export duty on Canadian cattle, animals can't be moved either way across the border. Farmers avoid corn contract By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A general lack of experience with corn appears to be 'the main reason Southern Alberta farmers are slow to sign grain corn growing contracts to supply International Distillers Canada Ltd. of Lethbridge. Gerald Ingram, elevator manager for Pioneer Grain Company in Taber, said only six contracts for a total of 300 acres had been signed by Monday. Pioneer Grain has been named the sole supplier of grain corn for the distillery. The company will need about 800,-000 bushels of grain corn for the first .year of operation and this will mean about 6,000 acres under contract. Arrangements have been made to dry, handle and store all grain corn produced under the terms of the contract in the Canadian government elevator in Lethbridge. The price set by Pioneer for contracts, including a hauling subsidy, per dry net bushel is set at $1.57 for growers within a 25-mile radius of the Lethbridge terminal elevator; $1.62 for growers 25 to 50 miles from Lethbridge; $1.64 for growers 50 to 75 miles from Lethbridge, and $1.66 for growers more than 75 miles from Lethbridge. Stan Freyman, secretary of the Alberta Corn Committee and corn research specialist at the Lethbridge Research Station, feels the prevailing good markets for most other crops is the reason for the delay. He says farmers would rather grow the crops they are fam- iliar with and are assured some measure of success. For this reason, I feel farmers will settle for lower profits, he says. "I can't understand farmers not taking advantage of corn as an alternative crop," he says. "There is no sweat as far as markets and quotas are concerned and with the provincial government assistance, farmers who grow grain corn will receive a higher price for their product than any farmer in North America." Dr. Freyman suggested that many farmers will grow grain corn outside the contract on speculation and then sell it to the highest bidder after harvest. . "Contracting got a black eye in this area a few years ago when a grain company gave farmers a bad deal," he says. "This could be affecting their decision." Welcome to Lethbridge . . . 0 Teachers to your Southern Alberta Teachers' Association Convention - and - | Alberta Fish and Game Association Members attending your annual convention FRACHE'S FLOWER SHOP 322 6th Street S. Lethbridge Toddler recovers The 18-month-old boy injured in a house fire in Lethbridge Feb. 5 has recovered from his initial injuries and is in satisfactory condition today in Foothills General Hospital in Calgary. Colin Heninger received burns covering about 70 per cent of his body in the blaze, which is reported to have been caused when one of Colin's brothers threw a burning match-book into a bedroom cupboard. None of the other people in the duplex at the time of the fire suffered injury. A the ART STUDIO ON PIPTH AVENUE ARTISTIC  PICTURE FRAMING . ART 1 GAUEIW OPEN DAILY 9:30-5:30 SATURDAY 10-5 710-5 AVE S LETHftftlDGE-ALTA COMPUTER ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT LTD. Data Processing Services 507 CANADA TRUST BUILDING TELEPHONE 328-7883 RICK ERVIN pdOTO Hopping into spring! Sunny days and brisk west winds soon clear the snow from city sidewalks. That's when the chalk comes out to draw lines for a lively game of hopscotch after school. Enjoying the pleasant weather, which is forecast to continue through Friday, is Dixie Chief body, 7, of 1702 6th Ave. S.____ National economy looks good-banker By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer The economy of Canada looks very good for 1973, the president of the, Canadian Chamber of Commerce said in Lethbridge Wednesday. John Ellis told 270 persons at the 84th annual dinner of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce that he "hopes the minority government stays this way for awhile. It's good for us." The budget Is heading the right way, he said. "I think it will work. It looks good." Inflation is expected to increase at 4.2 per cent while the gross national product is to increase by 6.5 per cent, said the 57-year-old vice-president of the Bank of Montreal. There will be lots of money this year for loans, he said. The prime rate of six per cent won't go beyond 6.5 per cent in the next six months. While the U.S. dollar will devaluate by six to seven per cent the Canadian dollar won't devaluate more than one to two per cent, he predicted, leaving Canada in a good position. As president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the bank has given him leave to spend full time .cm. chamber work. He has travelled coast to coast and spoken to hundreds of people. "We've get the most wonderful country in the world," he said. "We have natural resources coming out of our ears. There are no great problems although there are some problems such as too much affluence: . "We haven't got unity of purpose and thought. There is too much parochialism. If only we could work in harmony to. put it all together . . ." The chamber of commerce is the greatest non-political organization that can put it together, he said. There are 750 chambers and boards of trade across the country representing more than 125,000 Canadians - all Ag-Expo feature Seed competition set for April Farm families throughout Western Canada are now getting ready to submit seed samples for competition as part of Ag-Expo April 3 to 6. Set for the Lethbridge Exhibition Grounds, Ag-Expo is expected to display agriculture as an industry to more than 30,-000 citizens. Every building used for display purposes at the Exhibition Grounds is being utilized for the five-day show. The annual seed display competition, under the direction of Lloyd and Connie Mercer, will be part of urban Alberta, Sas- ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Blclg. 22? 5th Sr. S. Phone 328-4095 Riley & McCormick "Lethbridge's Leading Western Store" Centre Village Mall Phone 328-5644 JEAN and SLACK 1 CLEARANCE! Levis Grape Cords H.I.S. and G.W.G. Denim Flares Levis Burgundy Cords Male and Dobber AT ONE LOW PRICE.............. "THE LARGEST SELECTION OF WESTERN WEAR AND SADDLERY IN SOUTHERN AIBERTA" 3 katchewan, British Columbia and Northwest United States orientation of agri-business. Special prizes will be awarded all first place winners in 27 cereal grain specialty crop and hay seed classes. Second place winners will get $10 and third place winners $5. The exhibits must be at the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Association office by March 30. All exhibits must have been grown on the farm of the exhibitor's family in 1972. Mrs. Mercer says entering a sample of seed in the competition is harder work than most people think. She says a person must transfer his tendency of appraising a sample from its mass appearance to an examination of a limited number of individual kernels. Mrs. Mercer says the kernels in the display should be large and plump, of high quality for the purpose intended and be bright in color with a good lustre. All kernels should be as uniform as possible in all these respects and the sample must be free from weed seeds and other foreign matter. Every field sample of grals. no matter how good, is still quite variable in the size and plumpness of kernel, says Mrs. Mercer. Usually there Is also some INCOME TAX INDIVIDUAL, FARM, and BUSINESS RETURNS F. M. DOUGLAS 917-27 Street 'A' N. Ph. 328-0330, 328-1705 mechanical damage from i threshing, some immature kernels and some impurities that require removal before an exhibition standard is achieved. "It is the exhibitor's task to discard all defective kernels before he presents his sample for competition," she says. To start to assemble a sample, an exhibitor should examine the grain pile for the best kernels possible. Mrs. Mercer claims if a person finds 10 per cent of the kernels suitable for exhibition, he is lucky. ' The first stage of the process is to pass the grain through a fanning mill or hand screens. Through this process, the undersize and thinner kernels are removed. After these kernels are removed, the sample is then put through a different screen to get rid of the oversized kernels. She says after the screenings, hand labor is necessary to pick out any kernels with defective color or quality or if they show diseases, mechanical damage or immaturity. _ A reasonable amount of polishing in a cotton sack will improve the lustre and increase the weight per measured bushel, she says. But polishing must be done carefully to ensure that the endosperm of oats and barley or the germ of wheat isn't damaged. Also, the sample should be kept away from warm spots to avoid excessive drying and loss of lusti*. Mrs. Mercer says additional information is available from the district agriculturist extension offices or the lethbridge and District Exhibition Office members of the Canadian: Chamber of Commerce. "We're not big business - we're everybody. We are a heterogeneous group of people -the only voice left to represent everybody," said Mr. Ellis. A total of 69 per cent of chamber members are in communities under 5,000 population and 27 per cent are in communities of 1,000 or less, he said, in emphasizing that chambers are not "bit business." "We are the one great adr hesive force for the good of all. Many are not aware of the potential and power we have." Seventy members of the Canadian chamber recently met the prime minister and cabinet, the opposition and the Bank of Canada to present the views of chambers across the country, he said. The chamber presented some 31)0 issues but zeroed in on inflation and unemployment, in. ternational trade, and business' government relations. In a survey of 22 key issues the chamber's priorities were control of inflation, employment, preserving and fostering the incentive to work, taxation, government expenditures and productivity. PRICE CONTROL The control of prices and income is a most controversial subject, Mr. Ellis said. The chamber's view is to stay away from price controls at the moment. With a 4.2 per cent increase in inflation and a 6.5 per cent increase in gross national product, Canada doesn't have a crisis at this time which would warrant price controls. There is no balance of payments crisis yet. The government has a control program ready to implement if the need arises, Mr. Ellis said. Exports are extremely important to Canada and its balance of payments, he said. While 25 per cent of the gross national product is exported, 52 per cent of the value of all goods manufactured in Canada goes for export. While Canada has an unemployment problem it finds more jobs for its size than any other western nation. It is producing jobs faster than any other country. The new budget will help business and industry create more jobs, he said. The net return per dollar of sales in Canada is 3.6 cents and in the U.S. 3.9 cents. Profits are overemphasized in the news media, Mr. Ellis said. Instead of saying a certain firm realized a profit of $15 million, it should be said that for every $1 million invested, or whatever, a certain number of jobs were created or maintained. Then further down in the story, he suggested, it should say how munh per share was realized from the year's operation. Better rapport Is needed between business and government. Millions of dollars have been misspent and thousands of manhours wasted on things like the Tax Act, he said. The chamber has offered its services and resources to the federal government to help with new legislation, to provide field expertise in the practicalities of legislation under consideration. "Mr. Trudeau Is thinking about it" (the offer), he said. Abuses of unemployment insurance and welfare is perturbing to people across the country, he said. There is a weakening of the "work ethic" - businessmen complain it is difficult to get people to work be-ca.use of the benefits, he said. Too many people look on unemployment insurance benefits as a right, instead of as insurance. The Unemployment Insurance Act amendments have not gone far enough, he said. They. are impairing the incentive to work and are alienating those who do work. SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phone 328-2176 E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Leth.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 YOUR BUSINESS ASSOCIATES KNOW THE THREE SISTERS MOTEL IS THE BEST ACCOMODATION IN THE CROWSNESTI DO YOU?  COLOR TV  FREE LOCAL TEL CALLS  D.D. PHONES  ICE & NEWSPAPER  FERNIE'S NEWEST RESTAURANT ADJACENT RESERVE FERNIE 423-4438 |CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic IBLACK DENTAL LABI MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. Lower Level PHONE 327-2822 SUPER SPECIAL! CHARM0NT CRYSTAL STEMWARE COLORS:  Gold  Blue  Smoke Choose from Sherry or Parfait Regular 2.95 SUPER SPECIAL Y2 Price! Call China 327-5767 DOWNTOWN Celebrate Your Special Occasions at Ericksen's! and This Friday and Saturday Evening 'The Alberta Ranch Boys" 8 to 12 p.m. - No Cover Charge Phone 328-7756 for Reservations Welcome . . . Teachers! To your 73rd South Western Alberta Teachers Association Convention I. M THE OUt TRADITION OF WESTERN HOSPWAUTY Bven Epicksen's family iestaulant ;