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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Saturday, February 22, 1875 Careful plans Regulations spelled out for magazines set pheasant hunt season By DENNIS McDONALD Alberta Fish and Wildlife Z9th of 45 Pheasant hunting seasons are not set as simply as pinn- ing the tail on the donkey. Unlike a game, hunting seasons cannot afford to be a hit or miss proposition! Ideally, laws controlling pheasant hunting reflect careful consideration of biological information concerning the current status of the bird population. They also reflect public attitudes towards harvesting this valuable wildlife resource. The biological information required for setting seasons has been outlined previously in this series: winter sex ratios, spring crowing counts and breeding indexes, brood counts and annual production estimates. This information provides the basis for judging whether a harvestable surplus of birds exists which can be harvested without harm to the pheasant population. It also indicates whether there is a surplus of hens as well as roosters. If so, it is biologically sound to harvest both sexes. If biological data show a surplus is available which can be harvested by hunting, planning begins to set con- ditions by which these birds may be taken. From this point onward, social considerations become equally as important as biological ones. The Alberta fish and wildlife division began an extensive review of the results of preceding seasons. Meetings are held to obtain feedback from fish and wildlife officers and wildlife management biologists concerning the past season soon after it is over. Checking station results, field checks of hunters by officers anil obser- vations by staff during the season are reviewed. When problems are identified, changes are recommended to solve them. Next the division reviews feedback from the general public regarding past hunting seasons. Such feedback comes in the form of letters, phone calls, newspaper articles and special surveys conducted by the division. Additional feed- back is received from the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Ad- visory Council. This council is comprised of members of the general public who are knowledgeable in area's as ranching, far- ming, outdoor recreation and forestry. Their responsibility is to advise the minister of lands and forests and his staff, some of whom are also members of the council, of problems related to fish and wildlife programs from a public viewpoint. After consideration of biological data and feedback regarding social concerns, a tentative plan is formed for the upcoming hunting season. Proposals regarding dates of the open season, bag limits, possession limits and special regulations concerning seasons for non residents, etc. are sent to the Minister of Lands and Forests along with advice from the Advisory Council. The minister discusses the proposed hunting season with other elected representatives in government, his staff in the fish and wildlife division and others whom he wishes to con- sult. The minister then makes the final decision 'whether there will be a pheasant hunting season and, if so, where, when and how it will be conducted. He issues an Order in Council providing the details of the hunting season. This is published in the Alberta Gazette. It is a government publication designed to inform Alberta citizens of government legislation and legal notices which may affect them. The fish and wildlife divi- sion then combines the infor- mation in the Order in Council with additional infer-: mation of importance to! hunters. The combined infor- mation appears as the hunting regulations pamphlet. Each hunter receives a copy of this' pamphlet when he purchases his hunting license. Next Week: The Role of the Hatchery Is Alberta's Phea- sant Management Program. By MICHAEL LAVOIE OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian editions of Time magazine and Reader's Digest will have to be 80-per- cent different from their U.S. parent publications as well as 75-per-cent Canadian owned if they want to be sure of con- tinued survival in the country, Revenue Minister Ron Basford said Friday. Mr. Basford for the first time spelled out what is in effect a Canadian content quota for the two magazines whose survival is threatened by coming tax legislation. He said in an interview that Time and Reader's Digest will be judged by the revenue department as Canadian if they are 80-per-cent different in content from editions published in other countries. If they are 60-per-cent dif- fent or less they will be con- sidered foreign and adver- tisers will no longer be able to claim tax deductions for advertising costs, he said. If either magazine, or any of the four newspapers and three trade publications also affected by the proposed legislation, falls between the 60-and 80-per cent limits, rulings will have to be made in each specific case, Mr. Basford said. He said tax authorities will also have to decide in each case whether or not the publication's name and for- mat are affected by the re- quirements. In addition the publications Montana gas plant answer to cutoff? MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) Lt.-Gov. Bill Christiansen says construction of a Mon- MEALS ON WHEELS AT NOMINAL COST For Further Information Phone 327-7990 tana based coal gasification plant could lessen the impact of Canada's promised cutoff of natural gas exports to Mon- tana. Christiansen said a con- scientious effort by the state to lessen dependence on im- ported Canadian gas also might prompt the Canadian government to extend its five year deadline on exports. "I'm not, at this point in time, frightened by the thought of a gasification plant in Christiansen said in a broadcast interview. I think, as a very prac- tical matter, with Canada cutting out natural gas, we have to look to gasification plant on line at least in the he said. Christiansen said Montana's energy needs have created an 80-85 per cent dependence on Canadian gas. SCHOOL OF CONTINUING EDUCATION LETHBRIOQE COMMUNITY COLLE8E offers LIP READING For adults with a hearing handicap For parents of children with a hearing handicap The program Is designed to Improve a person's ability to lip read. The student will progress from lip reading Individual words, to phrases, sentences and then to small paragraphs. The program will be very beneficial to parents of children with a hearing disability. Parents will learn lip reading techniques and gain a greater under- standing of a hearing disability. Classroom emphasis Is on practical exercises in oral communication. 15 Wednesdays starting February 26th p.m. to p.m. FEE: i mm cmaH no Tumoii I Instructor: Miss Barbara Cormack Speech Therapist Chinook Health Unit rtrMtari MM141-U1. will also have to meet other requirements already set out by State Secretary Hugh Faulkner who last month an- nounced the government's plan to seek removal of special tax status for Time and Reader's Digest ad- vertisers. These include re- quirements that the publications sell at least 75 per cent of their shares to Canadians and agree not to operate under direct li- censing arrangements with parent companies. The legislation will remove sections of the Income Tax Act which effectively made Time, Reader's Digest and the other smaller magazines and newspapers Canadian publications allowing their advertisers to claim tax deductions for advertising costs. The proposed change would substantially increase the cost of advertising in the publica- tions resulting in the flow of more advertising money into all-Canadian periodicals, Mr. Faulkner said. He said he hopes the step, taken at the urging of some domestic publishers and a powerful lobby of nationalists, will lead to the establishment of a Canadian weekly news maga- zine. Time and Reader's Digest executives have made or are negotiating the sale of equity to Canadian investors but neither publication is anywhere near meeting the content requirements. Time with a domestic cir- culation of about has four-to 10-per-cent Canadian content in a magazine of about 100 pages a week. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Time Inc. of New York, though officials have sounded out Canadian investors about purchasing 75-per-cent ownership. Reader's Digest, with a monthly circulation of about 1.5 million in both English and French, has about 25-per-cent Canadian content and 32-per- cent Canadian ownership. Ralph Hancox of Montreal, Digest vice-president, said his company was never told of the 89-per-cent formula for judg- ing whether or not a magazine is Canadian for tax purposes. It will require thorough study before any decision is made on trying to meet the re- quirement, he said. Time officials have said they would try to meet the ownership requirement but could not accept any form of Canadian content quota. Time officials have com- plained that they cannot ob- tain a concise statement from Mr. Faulkner of what they must dp to qualify as a Cana- dian publication. Mr. Faulkner refused meetings with company executives and told them to await the legislation, to be introduced soon, and to make their appeals when the bill goes before a parliamentary com- mittee. Time president Stephen S. LaRue oi Toronto has.said the' company will suspend publication of its Canadian edition if the advertiser ex- emption is lifted next Jan. 1 as planned. Mr. Hancox said Reader's Digest has made no such decision but that the company will face serious financial losses if the tax privileges are removed. Executives of other non- Canadian' publications say they are awaiting the legisla- tion before deciding what to do. BASFORD Best Wishes CKTATaber S.W.Davis Broadcast Technical Services Ltd. Broadcast Station Design and Construction GLASSES In Photosun, Polarized or Tinted. Available in your Prescription. Frames from all the leading names in eyewear fashion. Open 111 p.m. Monday to Saturday (Thursday till 9 Lethbridge West Polling Sub-Division ;