Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Your grocery dollar shrank to 81 cents In past 11 months A shopping cart full of groceries that last March cost in a Lethbridge supermarket now costs That's an increase of 19 per cent in 11 months. Price comparisons for the first two months of 1974 indicate the situation is worsening. The figures emerged from The Herald's latest grocery price survey carried out this week. 'The survey results, while not an exact monitor of food costs, is an indication of costs of common food items that an average family would need regularly. Products surveyed are consistent from one check to another but an effort is made to keep a watchful eye on "best buys" that economy minded shoppers, would watch for. From March to August the same food bill increased 14.8 per cent, and from September to February it jumped 10.5 per cent. Within the last month, a Herald survey of 54 grocery items showed a dollar difference of compared with January's bill; an 8.3 per cent increase. Of the 54 items, price increases were noted in 20, with meat, sugar, cheese and tomato juice leading the way. Families may soon be shying away from chuck steak, which sells for per pound, up from the January price of and 36 cents higher than the summer price of 99 cents per pound. A three-pound roast tallied 78 cents higher on the February scale, followed closely by beef liver which rose from 95 cents per pound to Ready-to-eat ham climbed from 99 cents to per pound. Brown 'n serve pork chops on the other hand have taken a price dip of six cents since January as did economy ground round, going from to per pound. Increased sugar prices added to the food bill hike, going from per 10-pound bag to as well as a notable 10-cent increase in the price of a pound of cheddar cheese. A 48-ounce tin of tomato juice which was one of the most stable items on the list, fluctuating from 46 cents in March and April to 49 cents throughout the rest of the year, leaped up to 57 cents this month. Safest items on the grocery list, demonstrated by the most stable prices, have been sundry articles including toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, laundry and dish soap and toilet articles. But the consumer might well be warned not to put much stock in stability. Long-grained rice sold for months at for an eight- pound box, jumped slightly to in late summer, and sky-rocketed to 13.65 this month a one-dollar difference since early January. "Rice is commented a staff member at a local store. The LetHbridae Herald VOL. LXVII 61 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 1974 28 Pages 10 Cents Alberta opens registry for abused children EDMONTON (CP) A province-wide registry to record child battering cases went into effect today with a local telephone number and a Zenith number available to facilitate reports, Health Minister Neil Crawford announced. Mr. Crawford was joined in his announcement by Ken Jones, director of the registry, Dean Melsness, director of child welfare in the province, and a life-size Raggedy Ann. The doll is the symbol of a government information campaign to encourage people to report cases of child battering. Brochures which form part of the campaign state that Alberta has approximately 400 cases of child battering per year, but less than half of these are being reported to the proper authorities. lif 1971, 133 children were removed from their parents' care as a result of abuse ii the asked for for editor ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -The abductors of Atlanta Con- stitution editor Reg Murphy have made contact with an in- termediary and said Murphy will be released tonight if "all goes the FBI reported. A man who identified himself as a colonel in the right-wing American Revolutionary Army telephoned a citizen according to a plan outlined in a tape recorded message from Murphy Thursday asked that the citizen call the newspaper. The citizen, who was provided with a code word given to authenticate the message, was instructed by the "colonel" to tell the newspaper to broadcast his instructions within 20 minutes. The "colonel" said he wanted the head of the FBI in Atlanta to broadcast the announcement. He also changed the ways in which he wanted the ransom paid. The newspaper said earlier tbat it would meet the demands for the ransom, the amount specified in the telephone call today. province and this increased to 199 in 1972. In 1973, this had increased again to 295 "almost equally split between male and Mr. Jones told a news conference. He indicated the registry is aimed at keeping a record so the problem can be dealt with more adequately than in the past. In some cases, a report may have been made of a child abuse incident but no record kept, he said. If a second report is made involving the same individuals, there is no opportunity for cross referencing, he added. Asked if persons who abuse their children do so more than once, Mr. Jones replied: "very definitely so." "They keep shopping around from place to place" (for medical treatment Jor the child) in an attempt'to avoid being detected: Mr. Melsness said the registry is not .designed only to record confirmed cases of child battering. "We would like people to report suspected abuse situations as well. "It's fine to report the child who's already lying in hospital, but that's a little late he said. Dealing with reports of suspected child battering could bring help and treatment sooner. Anyone suspecting child abuse or knowing of child abuse may report it to the nearest regional welfare office or telephone the registry at 424-3106 in Edmonton or dial O and ask for Zenith 22024. If the initial report is made to a regional office, the social worker looking after the case records it with the central registry. If calls are made directly to the registry, they are answered in the child welfare office during the day and after hours they are routed through emergency welfare services. Mr. Crawford said the telephone numbers will be available in the 1974 telephone book. Asked if the registry could assure callers of anonymity, Mr. Melsness said this could not be done entirely although efforts would be made to protect a caller's identity. However, "it might be necessary for us to use that person... as evidence in child abuse cases." In such a case, the name would have to be released to juvenile and family court, be said. The registry will investigate all reports and there will be necessary follow-up where reports have been confirmed. its way to distribution plant Clifton Dill loads cartons of canned milk on to pallet at an Oakland, Calif., ware- house for shipment to one of four Bay Area distribution pointstrf the People in Need food program set up in reply to demands by kidnappers of Patricia Hearst. Thurs- day the kidnappers issued new demands including an additional million in free food for the poor. However, a Hearst purchasing agent reported from Seattle a tight food market and transport problems may make it impossible to scrape up the ad- ditional food. He said many food items around the country are in "extreme scarcity: canned meats, dried milk products and canned fruits and vegetables are examples." Manitoba announces guaranteed income plan WINNIPEG (CP) Mani- toba's long awaited guaranteed income pilot project, described as the largest social experiment ever undertaken in Canada, was formally announced today. Federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde and his provincial counterpart, Saul Miller, told a news conference the million program is expected to have a major impact on future income- Up to families in all parts of the province are to be enrolled in the three-year pro- gram some time this summer. The federal government will provide 75 per cent of toe funds and the provincial government the remaining 25 percent The experiment is aimed primarily at determining the impact of income guarantees on the willingness of participants to work. The program provides for minimum income guarantees from the government but allows persons to raise their total income level by working. Three levels of guaranteed income tax" rates will be used in the project and the results measured against a control group of between and families. Mr. Lalonde said the project is bound to have a major role in determining the nature'of future government welfare programs regardless of the specific findings obtained. Seen and heard About town Former Saskatoon mayor Sid Buckwold telling local teachers he was once introduced as an athletic supporter... Jocko Tarnava's 32 acres and a quonset hut qualifying him for the Unifarm bonspiel. Initial return on grain rises Price jump at dairy bar 'will be hefty' By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Sharp increases in the amounts farmers are paid when they deliver grain to elevators, were announced today by Otto Lang, minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board. The guaranteed, or initial, price for top-grade bread wheat has been increased to a bushel from Initial top-grade barley prices, paid when farmers deliver their grain, has been increased to a bushel from The initial price for durum wheat, used to make such things as macaroni, will increase to Mr. Lang said the increases will be mailed to fanners in the next four to six weeks. The payment boosts will be payable for all grain delivered since the current accounting fear for crops began last Aug. "f. It will remain in effect until fie beginning of the next crop fear Aug. Discounting the transportation and handling costs of 19% cents per bushel farmers in the Lethbridge area are charged to ship grain to Thunder Bay, local farmers will realize cents for top-grade wheat and for top-grade barley. Barley used for livestock feed will be 10 cents less per bushel. The hike in payments will be paid for from a million fund built up by record high prices on the international grain market, Mr. Lang said. On Aug. the start of the new crop year, the guaranteed, or initial, price paid when top-grade wheat is delivered to elevators will revert to But the guaranteed price for top-grade barley will drop to only up 15 cents from the guaranteed price in effect prior to today's announcement. The increase in barley payments will hopefully encourage fanners to grow more barley instead of wheat, Mr. Lang said. Mr. Lang told the Vulcan Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday night a higher price for barley was needed to cure "wheatitis" a tendency of farmers to plant too much wheat when prices for the crop are at record high levels. To supply potential customers of Canadian grain, Mr. Lang said farmers will have to grow more barley and rapeseed, some of it on land which is projected this year for summerfallow. 3 die in abortive hijacking BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) A security guard and airline co-pilot were shot and killed today when a man carrying a homemade bomb attempted to hijack a Delta Airlines jetliner at Baltimore- Washington International Airport, authorities said. The would-be hijacker was shot and killed by a policeman shooting through a cockpit window from outside the plane, police said. The plane's pilot was criti- cally wounded during the shooting, police said. The passengers were not harmed. The shooting occurred about 7 a.m. as the DC-9 was being boarded for a scheduled flight to Atlanta. Authorities said the would- be hijacker, about 43, walked up to security guard George Ramsburg and shot him several times in the back of the head. The man then boarded the aircraft, where the pilot and copilot were snot, said FBI agent Thomas Farrow. The hijacker was carrying a briefcase later found to contain a crudely made bomb consisting of two, one-gallon canisters of gasoline and a detonating mechanism, Farrow said. The bomb was later destroyed by demolition experts from the army and state police, be said. Officer Charles Troyer of the county police heard the shooting and ran to the gate, where he saw the guard lying on the floor. Troyer saw the man in the doorway of the plane and fired a shot at him as two steward- esses were dosing the plane door, Farrow -said. On the plane, the agent said, the man pulled a gun from inside his coat, shouted "get went to the cockpit and ordered the pilot and co-pilot to "fly this plane out of here.1' Planning carfeer after 65? Physical or 'mental decline in age is largely a matter of attitude. One who is prepared and has the proper outlook toward retirement finds that age is no obstacle to achievement and fulfillment. Discover' how you can ward off possible and actual problems by reading the 10-part series, Life Alter 65, starting Monday in The Herald. It is a-series that can help you prepare for a beautiful career in the retirement years. Barrett's not wooing Fernie CALGARY (CP) The theme song of Fernie, B.C., is Gordon Lightfoot's Alberta Bound and that is where the southern British Columbia Alberta town will be if its Board of Trade has its way. A 'delegation- from the Fernie board was guest of honor Thursday at a Calgary Chamber of Commerce meeting and made it plain its quest to join Alberta is no joke. "We wrote letters to (Al- berta) Premier Lougheed and (B.C.) Premier Barrett Jan. 25 telling them of our wish to Telford Dicks, past president of toe board, told the packed meeting. "Lougheed replied a week later, but Barrett still hasn't answered and that's an ex- ample of how the B.C. govern- ment has ignored us for the last 40 years." "We've been treated like second-class citizens just a workforce to mine the coal so Barrett can make his grandiose deals." The Fernie board voted to secede from B.C. and join Alberta because the town of was left off a provincial government map prepared for distribution at Expo 74 in Spokane, Wash. OTTAWA (CP) Consumers can expect a hefty round of price increases for dairy products during the year, say agriculture sources. They indicate that federal authorities are planning to allow industrial milk price increases worth roughly million, or about a hundredweight, when the annual dairy policy is announced March 31. Others say all provinces in- tend to follow Quebec's lead and raise toe price of fluid milk during the next few months. In 1973, price rises for both fluid and manufacturing milk products cheese, butter and powder were partially offset by heavy government subsidies. But Agriculture Minister Eugene Wbelan has indicated in a number of recent speeches that dairy subsidies, now worth more than million a year, are high enough. "This time the consumer will have to bear toe be toM groups in Ontario and Saskatoon earlier UBS week. There are indications that cunsuiiieis not only will be faced with higher costs as a result of government- endorsed price increases. They also may be expected to fill the price gap when two federal subsidy programs end this year. One, a "temporary" program introduced last August 1 that guaranteed dairy farmers an extra for each hundred pounds of manufacturing milk sold, ends March 31. The other, a one-year five- cent-a-qoart subsidy paid to provincial milk sellers who promised to maintain or lower milk prices, terminates next fall. The dairy industry, repre- sented by toe Dairy Farmers of Canada, said after its annual meeting earlier this year that the government should immediately withdraw from the consumer-milk program, arguing no business basing a sMftdy on price restraints by producers. But the industry says it is worried about consumer reac- tion should the subsidy end. Price increases "coaU be of a magnitude tint would be re- sented by consumers who do not understand the delayed- action effect of this policy." Ostensibly, toe milk subsidy announced last October was only to go to provinces who held the line on price increases. But a clause in each agreement allowed for increases "if unforeseen or extraordinary cost changes take place." Earlier this month, Quebec convinced federal authorities that increased labor, feed and other costs justified a price in- crease and milk prices rose about two cents a quart Sources say that all other provinces but British Columbia "have put out feelers" for similar increases. "The only thing holding them back is that nobody wants to be one source said. But both New Brunswick and Manitoba have put in firm bids for a price rise. The subsidy program to end at the end of next month was billed by Mr. Whelan last July as a teiiipoiaiy subsidy to as- sist farmers meet extraordinary costs. 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