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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 19 THt UTHMIMI HMALD Jwtunry 1, It71 Part of Kaiser Resources Ltd. strip mine. Part of Coleman Collieries Ltd. strip mine. Strip mining regulations will 'far more comprehensive'-Yur Existing ing strip clamation regulations govern- mining and the re- of areas mined are inadequate says Alberta En virooment Minister BUI Yurko New legislation "far n :10 TICKETS only comprehensive and encompass- ing than existing legislation" will be introduced at the spring session of the legislature, he said in a Herald interview. "The public can rest assured that environment preservation will be balanced against devel- he said. Mr. Yurko said the increas- ing importance of coal mining and concern about the environ- ment prompted the decision to introduce more protective leg- islation. The new government turn will serve a three-fold pur- pose: preventive; restoration of disturbed areas; ar.d puni- tive legislation for offenders. The amount and type of pen- alty for offendres will dspsud on the degree of breech of leg- islation, he added. Much of the new legislation depends on a pending report from the Alberta Environment Conservation Authority which has been conducting public hearings on coal strip mining, including a Dec. 12 session in Lethbridge. U of L religion regulations are all right with ministers Rev. Larry Hankinson, presi- dent of the Lethbridge Minis- terial Association, says present University of Lethbridge regu- lations regarding religion could be improved but they are gen- erally acceptable. The university does not per- mit religious, social, political or commercial groups to estab- Library contest winners Winners of the Lethbridge public library's children's cotn- wtltions were presented with books as their prizes Friday. Julie and Kim Henderson, ages nine and eight, of 1607 1Mb Ave. S. were winners of lie picture cnmpeUUon run re- cently in the LcthLridge HEI-- tld. Parry rimily of 250C> 71i A Ave. N. Were also diligent Udpanb, with Dylan, eight, writing the bait of the story en- triei, and SUn, (even and All- son, four, winning the illuatra- lon competition (Jong with 11- w-old Bwbtra Slray of Mo- bWord. New Unemployment Insurance Act goes into tail force this week By RUDY IIAUGENEDER StJL'f Writer The full force of the new Un- employment Insurance Act takes hold this week. The past six months have acted as a transition period to familiarize people with the new act, which partially took force at the end of June. 1971. Under the new legislation an individual who has worked and contributed lo un- employment insurance for a period of eight to 16 wcc-'ts is classified as a "minor attach- ment" to the work force and eligible for benefits. An individual who has con- tributed insurance payments for 20 weeks or more is eligible for full bsnefit5. According to the Unemploy- ment Insurance Commission pamphlet explaining the new act, "All claimants may receive benefit if their interruption of earnings has been caused by a shortage of work." Claimant benefit rates de- pend on "attachment" classifi- cation and dependants. People without depend a n ts earn two thirds of their week- ly cheques while working. An individual with a depen- dant and earning less than ?50 per week is eligible for 75 per cent of an average weekly in- sured earnings during the qual- ifying weeks. The minimum benefit is sel at "20, with a maximum of per week. To receive UI benefits an in- dividual must obtain a separa- tion certificate from the em- ployer, which indicates the number of weeks worked and amornt contributed to the surance fund, thereby indicat- ing the amount of benefit a per- son is entitled to. An individual applying for in surance benefits :s not to any money for the first two weeks unemployed. Claimants are entitled to their full benefit rates provided that dependants' earnings do not exceed 25 per cent of the maximum insurable earnings which are set at ?150 per week. Pregnant women, formerly excluded from UI benefits, are now also eligible provided they meet the regulati'-ns. A pregnant working woman Resources are sold 'too quickly' Governments in Canada are selling natural resources too quickly and too cheaply to the United States, says a provin- cial labor leader. Roy Jamha, president of the Alberta Federation of Labor says complacent provincial governments are selling Cana- dian raw resources without looking at future potential for the same resources. The resources sold now should and could be sold in the near future for considerably more, he said. Mr. Jamha said these re- sources could also be used to develop labor intensive second- ary industry. "There's too much selling for :he buck now, instead of for 510 he said. While secondary industry in Alberta is growing, he said, it is not labor intensive. This province has the poten- tial for labor intensive steel and petro-chemical industries and their byproduct secondary industries, he said. usn luu nme omcss at the campus, in an effort to tain strict The university's policy such matters states: "If university favors or is believed to favor any suc-h groups, it cannot adequately perform its functions of encouraging free exchange of ideas received a New Rev. Hankinson said he gift from the the church has a role to communications. in university force is now hooked up "We have a definite role in such things as counselling the Zenith telephone syslem means that anyone un- inter personal to contact their local de- lie need only lo dial "0" "While we would like lo ask for Zenith more active on Ihc cnmpus, will be put i.i touch do not feel we arc being the nearest RCMP detach- at no cost to themselves. "I have always received the fullest co operation during improved service is available on a 24 hour a day visits to the Portrait Commercial 710 3RD AVE. PHONE 328-0 is entitled to benefits starting nine weeks before and six after confinement. If a worker makes an appli- cation [or benefit within a week following an interruption of work, a claim starts the Sun- day of the week the stoppage occurred. If a claimant does not apply within two weeks, the claim bs- gins the Sunday of the week in which the application for bene- fit is made. The UIC booklet states: "Generally speaking, a claim is processed within one week of its receipt and advance pay- ments of benefit are paid in the third week if a worker has a 'major attachment' status." Advance benefit payments are made only to "major attachment" claimants and un- der certain conditions, the pay- ment is equal to three weeks benefit. However the following condi- tion have to be met by the claimant: lad an interruption of earnings due to shortage of work; not expect to return to work for former employer for at least the next fivr weeks; -have served the >wo week waiting period in the period iiial began with, or immediate- ly followed, the week in which the Interruption of earnings oc- curred not in an employment that mil continue after the waiting period; capable of and available for work; not been disqualified from receipt of benefit. When filing for benefit a clai- mant must declare ell earnings arising out of previous or cur- rent em p 1 o yment and all money must be reported in the week it was earned, whether it was paid that week or not. All payments received under a group sickness or disability wage-loss plan must be declare ed. including group wage loss maternity payments. Also declared must be. a n y training that is paid under the Adult Occupational Training Act. All money including vacation pay, temporary workmen's compensation payments, bon- uses, gratuities, severance pay and oli 's must be declared. It Is uie total monies, before deductions including income tax, which must be declared. Under the new legislation, i claimant's earnings which ex- coed 25 per cent of gross week- ly benefit will be .-Uducted frorji weekly payments. This does not apply where r claimant is serving his wiftfcig period and in cases of pregnan- cy where full deduction will be made for any earnings receiv- ed. An injury of sieknesl or quarantine does not interfere with benefit rights. If the sickness period is more than eight days, a medical cer- tificate must be enclosed with 11 claimant's regular report, Mid if longer Ulan expected, ft sup- plementary medical certified is required. A claimant leaving his UIC district for a short period of time must inform the UIC of- fice before going. If a claimant changes residence district the UIC office must be in- formed so files can be transfer- ee! to the new district office. OF 1972 Congratulations May your days be long and happy ;