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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 _ THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Snlurdny, February It, 1772 you Compulsory automobile insurance starts April 1 Ily JIM KlafI Hnlrr as high ns depending on i no benefits will be paid. The benefits from all so'irccs es- paid unless Ihe survivors arc Women's lib must have had By RUDY HAUGENEDER lui-. a jjutlcss news media. The icrponite n n r r s of tin? Canadian news media, tin1 CCC. are stared 10 "hl'im- tin1 wluslle" IMI advertisers produce faulty pnnhu-ls in- are guilty of adver- tising. Hnw in.-iny limes have I read, stuck in some little read back a condensed one or nvo inch siory vliicli reveals lura- companies have been prosecuted for "out and out Not too often, or it's been so badly condensed as not in pi'ovide any information. To my way of. thinking, that should be headline news, or at least front pau'e news. KecTnlly. listening lo a TV news broadcast, I was astonished by a form of "chickening out" by Ihat media. Three major I'.S. cereal producers had been pros- ecuted for prices for three decades. The news- man did not read the names of the companies in- volved. It's not rard to guess which companies were In- volved, and ii is interesting to note that television advertising budgets are high and probably re- stricted to broadcasters who are considered "sympa- thetic." Having worked on a number of newspapers: dailies, a weekly and a bi-weekly (all dilly-dallies or weakliest I've noticed a disgusting lack of infor- mation about blatant "shafting the public'1 by large corporations. H's evident lhal Ihe advertising departments and accountants have more to say llian editors, who, like all working men have to eat, pay rent, etc. Of course almost even' broadcast 'station and newspaper has its "token" story concerning these areas every once in a while to keep the public thinking that the media are still watching. True, journalists are watching. But they're ham- strung by corporate management that is as guiitv of "ripping off the public" as the worst manufacturers. Freedom of the press. Blah. It's freedom for the shareholder. And it's not just big business that's doing the rip- ping off here or anywhere in Canada. It's also that little businessman who may know your first name, shake your hand, and pick your pocket at the same time. Write your MLA and ask for a strong provincial consumer rights department, and also contact your MP demanding that existing federal consumer protec- tion legislation be more strongly enforced, and in fact strengthened (made Perhaps some reporters currently not involved or caring about human living conditions could also get off their Total involvement needed for development of young I The provincial covmimi'iit's something to do with Ihc dc compulsory automobile1 insur-1 rinilion of the head of the ante scheme which goc.s into j household. For the purpose of effect April 1 sds out tl'.e mm- insurance benefits, lire lirad of imiim coverage CMT.V motor vcliicle in Albi'rla must have. Benefits arc minimal. Acldi- I lional cover; ge ami higher bcncfils will be available through insurance agenls. The scheme basically pro- vides public liability ami property damage. Included are death benefits ranging as high as for the death of Ihe head of a household plus lesser amounts for survivors, funeral costs up lo and total disability payments of ?40 lo a week for as long as two years. Everybody, with a few excep- tions, is covered, including mo- tor vehicle drivers, passengers. I pcdcslrains and bicyclists, and benefits are payble v. ilhin two months of filing a claim, re- gardless of is at fault. DEATH BENEFITS j Every person in Alberta v.'ho I dies from injuries received in 1 a motor vehicle accident is in- sured, regardless of age. Death benefits vary according to one's status in the family unit at the time of the accident. Parents of a child, up to the age of four .'or example, would receive S500 on the death of the child; up to nine years, up to 17 years, Benefits on the death of a spouse in a two parent household range as high as depending on j Ihe household is Ihc person having the largest income. Death benefits have lo be paid within 60 days of receipt by the insurance company of proof of claim. In addition to death benefits, If the deceased was head of the household, each survivor "after the first" will be paid 20 per cent of the principal sum for the head of the household over n period of up to two years or until all survivors have died, whichever occurs first. For example: a 25-year-old man, head of the household, dies following injuries received in a motor vehicle accident. He is survived by his wife and two children. The principal benefit is Each survivor after the first (eliminating the wife) receives 20 per cent of the principal sum principal sum i, 20 per cent is 51.000, therefore each child would receive or for the two children. Total benefits amount to In addition, actual funeral costs up to will be paid on the death of each insured person. Survivors, then, could receive as much as TOTAL DISABILITY The total disability section of the compulsory scheme pro- vides benefits of up to S50 a week, payable for as long as insured must have been gain- fully employed at the lime of the accident and unable to per- form "EVERY" duly of his em- ployment. The weekly total disability payments must start within 30 days of receipt of proof of claim and within each 30 day period thereafter, while dis- abled, subject to further proof of disability each 30 days. EXAMPLE Take the case of a husband and wife with two children, in- volved in a car acidcnf. Tho husband, wbn was head of the household, is killed and his wife is totally disabled. We have already seen where death benefits total The wife of the family worked and her wages were of such to qualify her for the maximum weekly in- demnity of S50. She can receive the weekly for as long as she is totally disabled for a maximum of two years (104 weeks) for a possible payment of Benefits accuring to the fam- ily, then, would amount to 700 in death benefits plus in disability bene- fits. If a totally disabled person is a wife, she may be paid a week for up to 26 weeks, pro- vided she is not working, is living with her husband, and is unable to perform ANY house- hold duties and remains total- ly disabled, SOME POINTS If an insured has other poli- cies which provide disability benefits, and the total of such ceeds his gross Income, then the automobile policy benefits will apply proportionately to the aggregate. A person killed or totally dis- abled by an uninsured motor- ist will be entitled to the same benefits through the provincial unsatisfied judgment fund as if the motorist had been insured. No death benefits will bo spouse or dependents. In the event of death In a common disaster, of the head of a household and spouse, benefits are divided equally among defined survivors. A dependent relalive is a per- son under 18 years of age. de- pendent upon the head of tho household and or spouse, or, if IB years of age or over, is physically or mentally Infirm and dependent. Through an oversight, the government forgot to include benefits for dismemberment in Us compulsory insurance re- quirements. So until amend- menls are made, a person may not be able to make a claim for loss of an arm or leg, un- less the insured had made other provisions. Schedule of payments on death of an insured Age of deceased at date of accident Status of deceased at date of accident Up lo age 4 years 5 lo 9 years 10 to 17 years 18 lo 64 years 65 lo 69 years 70 years and over Head of household J5.000 2.00C Spouse in 2-pnrent household Dependent relative 500 500 age. Benefits on the death of two years. There is a seven- the head of a household range I day waiting period for which Many problems to overcome April 1 Is the day. It is the day when the pro- vincial government's compul- soiy motor vehicle Insurance regulations come into being. It is the day when the nation will take a fine focus on Al- berta to determine the success j of the scheme. It is the day when Insurance i agents and companies in Alber- ta are going to have to dig in, work and co-operate to make the scheme work and to assure i their future. I The government, In Its vis- dom, has seen fit to stay out of the motor vehicle insurance busines and leave the man- agement of the scheme In the hands of insurance agents and companies. How long this situation will exist, rests with the agents, 75 Insurance agents and com- panies are strongly opposed to governments being in the in- surance business. The Insurance Bureau of Canada takes the stand that any monopoly should, i n theory, be able to cut prices on any service. "But anyono who has ever observed a gov- ernment monopoly at close hand realizes that bureaucra- cy, red tape, and lack of incen- tive soon absorb all the theore- tical savings. "Saskatchewan Is the only jurisdiction in the free world with a government automobile insurance monopoly which has been in operation long enough to provide an adequate com- parison of costs. "Most individual car owners i insurance agenls were told at a iin Saskatchewan pay as much There must he total Involve-1 will bring people together meeting in LcLhbridjje. "The j or more adequate m- _ I, B LugcLiiw _ suranre as thpv wnn ri in nfbnr ment of nil segments of society j from different areas. B there Is to be total develop- ment of young children. That was the message of Dr. MJ'ET Horowitz, dean elect of the faculty of education at the is lots1 of goodwill around but there is liUle effort to channel that goodwill into University of Alberta, when he to the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs ID Lethbridge Friday. "We must relate to those peo- ple who are in ot-her units of our society. We need QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Copitol Furnilun Bldf. IB PHONE 328-7684M individual people. Dr. Horowitz projects for young stressed the j future depends on our perfor- mance, spelled with a capital said Ken Cashman of Cal- gary, director of the Insurance Agents Association of Alberta. need for development of indivi- dualized programs for educat- ing young people. "We must determine [or which children, and under what conditions, 8 certain program will he said. "There is no approach which deals u-ith all children in all places." UNIQUE FESTIVAL The Alberta Dance Festival sponsored by the Lethbridge Gyro Club, is the only provin- cial festival which is held an- nually in a single aty. Some people not eligible o for benefits HEINITZ PRINTERS STATIONERS LTD. 324 9th St. 5. Phona 328-1778 FOR YOUR COMPLETE WEDDING REQUIREMENTS tnvilalions Announcement! (74 Hour If Necessary) Bride Book] Thank You Cardi Napkins Mokhes We provide Complimentary Persanaliied Heod Tohlo Place Cards with each Orderl FREE CUSTOMER PARKING There are virtually no ex- clusions applying to "death or luneral benefits under the new compulsory auto insurance. However, the payment of n disability benefit is excluded in some circumstances. j No payment will be made tn j the injured driver: convicted of impaired driving: under the age prescribed by law for ob- taining a license to drive; who, at the time in question, is not authorized by law or qualified to drive; and who engaged in a race or speed test. No payment will be made lo any injured person: covered by Workmen's Compcn.-nlion: at- tempting suicide; if direct cause of accident Is sickness or disease; if injured while ii-sirg n vehicle fin1 an illiru or rTohibiir-d trade. surance as they would in other parts of Canada with similar conditions." The main advantage of pri- vate industry car insurance over government monopoly car insurance, the IEC says, is the Ireedom of choice so that an individual can get the best price and the best service lor the protection he desires. "Competition is better for the consumers than any form of monopoly and allows you to di- rect your business In another agent or company if you are not satisfied." The general feeling of the In- surance agents at the meeting was probably best summed up by the chap who said: "The Manitoba Autnpac is screwing the public." The Manitoba gov- ernment is operaling its own best, it could be described as I ety. be a light one. With the change in governments in Alberta and the rush to push the legislation through, a lot of gaps were left. Through oversight, for ex- ample, the government forgot to include dismemberment ben- efits in compulsory coverage. There are many other pro- blems and grey areas to bo overcome in the initial year. Part of the job of the Insur- ance Agents Association of Al- berta is to bring these matters to the attention of governmnet with rccommendalions for cor- rective measures. The meeting vilh the Insur- ance agents was sponsored hy the IAAA at Ihe request of the government. If insurance agenls and their companies can circumvent the problems which arc guaran- teed to during the initial year of compulsory auto insur- ance in Alberta, and if they can make the program work in subsequent years, Alberta mo- torists will be spared the con- siderable grief, frustration and financial losses being incurred by their Manitoba counter- parts. Nikka Yuko improvements possible Plans to Improve the Nikka Yuko Centennial Gardens may- be discussed at the March 10 meeting of the Lethbridge and car insurance business. A t' District Japenese Garden Soci- No pink card; fine Alterta motorists who don'l to contribute to the Increase. have car insurance after April ill be liable lo a minimum fine of a maximum fine of or in default of pay- ment, up to 90 days in jail. That's for the first offence. For a second offence Ihe min- imum fine is and the max- imum goes to Corporations which have un- insured vehicles will be liable to a fine of to for a first offence and to for a second and subse- quent offences. On a second offence the mini- ster of highways is allowed to suspend a person's driver's lic- ence and pick in the vehicle licence plates and hold them unlil the motorist submits proof of financial responsibili- ty (usually It is mandatory that a motor- ist produce a pink card on de- mand of any peace officer or other official Failure to pro- duce a pink card with him, lost it or left it at home, he has to prove in court that he was insured at the lime or else pay the higher fine. Arrangements have been made with insurance agenls and companies lo assure that every Alberta motorist licensed to drive will be able to obtain at least minimum coverage to obtain a pink card, regardless of how bad a risk that driver might be. The government feels the limits of the fines for driving j without insurance will help change the thinking of the es- timated Alberta motor- ists driving without insurance. There are more than licensed motor vehicles in Al- berta. The cost of Insurance In Al- berta is definitely going to rise, according to southern Alberta insurance agenls. While forced insuring of bad risks Is going it is not the only reason. A film produced by the In- surance Bureau of Canada showed 75 southern Alberta in- surance agents that costs are escalating for the repairs of vehicles. The film showed that 1971 cars are ns fragile as older models and in the majority of instances, repair costs are higher. Shock absorbing bum- pers on new cars, for example, act as battering rams and can inflict more damage than vehi- Enrolment up at university The University of Lethbridge j has recorded a slight increase in enrolment in the spruig semester as compared with last fall's figures. A total of 1.270 full time j students and 520 part time students registered in January. There were full timo and 444 part time students in Ihc fall semester. Tne university is expecting an enrolment of students this fall cles without standard bumpers Sevenly per cent of accident claims are for property dam- age. Greater financial security is being written into policies pro- viding for such itfjns as loss of wages resulting from aci- denl injuries. These things can't help but raise the cost of insurance, the group was told. Before insurance companies can raise their rates, however, they must apply to a three-man board from private industry including a lawyer, accountant and insurance man for per- mission. They must have sub- stantial evidence and reasons to justify their increase. Rales Ihis year are expected tp go up two to six per cent, depending on the company. 328-5083 lETHBRtor-l SUPERIOR MAINTENANCE and CONTRACTING TRUCKINO LOADER BACKHO! SAND 4 GKAVH TOPSOIt DRIVEWAYS MANURE SNOW REMOVAL FREE ESTIMATES HURKENS ELECTRIC COMMERCIAL and RESIDENTIAL WIRING FREE ESTIMATES REASONABLE RATES HANK HURKENS 511 3rd St. South Rei. 1610 St. Andrtw Rd. Phone 328-OB09 Phani 328-3563 a disaster. Kyoto Shigehiro, society vice- The challenge, then, In Alber- president said the plan is to up- ta insurance agenls and insur-1 grade the existing garden, ance companies, is to make a success of the government's compulsory auto insurance leg- islalion. The task will not necessarily rather than lo expand the ncre site at Henderson Lake. Education finance SOUTHERN MONUMENT CO. LTD. Memorial House of the South" 121 13 St. North Phone 328-4577 Memorials of Distinction. We offer quality work, carved by your highly Billed craftsmen. Carved from Grcni.I crving ou from leading quarries, carrying "Serving You" Mm world famous "Rock of Ages guar- onicc. PAUL ANCTIt T. D'ANDREA Wt ALSO OFFER: t Covfln and Curbi Diamond Sawing SlonB Polishing Ceramic Tito Phono 328-4577 offur InitoM- olion on your cemetery plot anywhere In Soulh- orn Alberln, Phono 328-4577 AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT ORDER NOW! The society has written the architect in Japan aslcing for recommendalions. i Al the last meeting of ihfi socioly executive for i was elected. Members are: A. W. Shackle- ford, president; Mr. Khigehii'o, The cost of education in ('an- first vice-president; Mrs. T. ada Ls about 20 per cent all' Allen, sncowl vice-president; I taxes levied by the Dr. G. A. Komp, third vice vincial and municip.'il govom- president and Mrs. Doris rial- j mortis. i covske, treasurer. i RONALD ALAN JACOBSON B.A. LL.B. Wishes to announce that he will carry on the PRACTICE OF LAW Under the Firm Name RONALD A. JACOBSON BARRISTER and SOLICITOR Wilh Offices il Holiday Village 415 Mayor Magrath Drive, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Telephone 327-2159, P.O. Box 1106 Ant) Forl Macleocl Branch Ollice _ Credit Union Bldg (ll.ursdoy Morning) SALVAGE! 1971 HERITAGE MOBILE HOME 12'x68' Damaged by Wind Can Inspected at Marshall Auto Wreckers, 1 milo east of Uthbridga SUBMIT OFFERS TO: F. F. Stewart Co. Adjusters Ltd. 1201 3rd Avenue South Telephone 328-5545 MEET KEN HURLBURT CANDIDATE FOR CONSERVATIVE NOMINATION It Was A Pleasure To Be Appointed Tha Photographer SAME CONVENIENT LOCATION 710 3rd Ave. S. A. L CROSS STUDIO 328-0111 PHONES 328-0222 ;