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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE IETHBRIBGE HERALD Monday, January 3, 1971 Industry plagued by layoffs, cutbacks By IRVING C. WIIYNOT Canadian Tress Business Editor "It's a crisis situation." That is a New Brunswick labor leader's summation of the problems created by a series of layoffs and business shutdowns along Ihe province 's north shore. "You can't take jobs out of an area and say it will not lead to a says Paul LePage, president of the New Brunswick Federation of Labor. Layoffs, closings and poduc- tion cuts nave plagued Canadian industry all year, hindering ef- forts to cut into the number of unemployed. The New Bruns- wick situation is typical of the economic backlash that results when payrolls are cut or disap- pear. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows lay- offs during the year hitting es- pecially hard in the aircraft, mining, pulp and for- estry, mining and textile indus- tries. But scores of others also were affected, everything from jam-making plants to manufac- turers of diamond drills and la- crosse sticks. For the year, major employ- ment cuts included about by General Motors of Canada Ltd., when the Toronto Telegram ceased publication, by International Nickel Co. of Canada Ltd., and about 750 by Aluminum Co. of Canada Ltd. ONTARIO LOSES 30 Labor Minister Gordon Carton of Ontario said 36 companies shut down or curtailed opera- tions during the year, costing workers their jobs. Anothed 11 companies have told fce government they intend to close or cut operations in- volving workers. Other provinces also will be hit with more layoffs. About 350 of paper mill employees are to be laid off today by Bowatcrs Newfound- land Ltd., at Corner Brook, Nfld., when the largest of five paper-making machines closes for an indefinite period. Domtar Ltd. expects to lay off nearly 650 early in 1972 at its newsprint mill in Tims-Ri- vieres, Que. Unemployment in Canada during 1971 was consistently Above six per cent of the labor force, but the federal govern- ment feels its long-range poli- cies will reduce this during 1972. One estimate is for the rate to go to 5.7 per cent or so, and per- haps as low as five per cent by the end of the year. But Gerald Filion, president of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, sounds a cautious note. SEES A PARADOX In his year-end statement he sees for 1972 "the paradox of a level -of future expansion, healthy by historical standards, combined with a persistence of m unacceptably high rate of un- employment." Across the country, these were major layoff situations: In Newfoundland, the Bowa- ters layoff is the major one but there were others. A copper mine closed and 175 were laid off; 205 lost their jobs when a fish plant shut down; and the work force on the Churchill Falls power project is down to ia New Brunswick, the big problem area was the north shore where employment cuts came from dosing or suspen- sion of work at forestry product mills, a fertilizer factory and a smelter. PLAN DAY OF CONCERN Labor leaders are organizing a Day of Concern which will feature a mass rally of workers as many as Bftturst, a city of about Leaders from all levels of gov- ernment are being invited. Quebec was especially hard hit by the economic problems of rary curtailments. In addition to the pending Domtar layoff, Ca- nadian International Paper Co. Ltd. shut down three plants in early December, leaving jobless. They are due to reopen in early January. Declining business in Ihe aer- ospace industry also hit Quebec. Canadajr Ltd. is down to workers from at the begin- ning of the year. But United Aircraft of Canada Ltd. reports employment at a year's peak of up from 2 summer low of In Ontario, the new layoffs ex- the pulp and paper industry, pected by Mr. Carton will add There was a series of tempo-1 to an already heavy toil. The Ontario Federation of Labor is- sued a survey showing workers losing their jobs in the 12 months to June because of plant shutdowns or layoffs. It said 138 plants in the province closed entirely or had layoffs or terminations of more than 25 workers. The federation said the total was greater than in any year since the financial crash of 1929. As an example, de Havilland Aircraft of Canada announced in early December it will lay off another 170, making the work force compared with in 1969. The major layoff in Manitoba Tax route still hazy about from a mid-1970 peak of For Nova Scotia, the most se- rious layoff of the year was the closing of two fish plants after a long strike, putting 400 out of work. Springhill's last coal mine, a lOO-man operation, closed and an era came to an The town once had more than miners but the big pits closed following disasters in 1956 and 1958. No major layoffs were re- ported in Prince Edi'i'rd Inland. By IRVING C. WHYNOT Canadian Press Business Editor TORONTO (CP) Despite some uncertainties, the heads of major Canadian stock ex changes look for an improving market in 1972. Some doubts still exist about the effects of new federal tax legislation, whether inflation will continue and bhe persMenl problem of unemployment. J. R. Thomson, executive manager of the Calgary Stock Exchange, is concerned about the falling volume of trading and the delating of some stocks. "This decline in local invest- ment interest is all the more disappointing in view of the availability of greater opportu- nity created for junior resource companies in development in the more readily accessible areas by the transfer of major interests to the Arctic and East- ern Canada. "'.Tithout judging the merits or existence of economic nation- alism and regional disparity, there can be little doubt but that the supply of risk or invest- ment monies is severely cur- tailed thereby." J. E. Kimber, president of the Toronto Stock Exchange, says Canada should fare reasonably well in the new currency and trade patterns worked out at the late-December meeting of major non-Communist coun- tries. "It is quite possible that had ;he world not had its monetary iund machinery for arriving at a new entente between the key industrial nations, we could have had a drastic drop in world trade accompanied by nn economic depression probably not unlike the 1930s." SHOWS CHEAT PRUDENCE Mr. Kimber said the govern- ment showed "great prudence" in allowing the Canadian dollar to float in advance of the cur- rency crisis. Forest fires worse in '71 EDMONTON (CP) More than acres of forest were destroyed by fire in Al- berta this year, the forestry department said here. A department spokesman said unofficial figures to the end of November showed 914 fires in the province burned acres. The largest lire was iri the Footner Lake region in the northwest where acres were burned. This blaze was reported still burning along roots underground and was be- ing watched closely by the de- partment. In 1970, 816 fires destroyed acres of forest. ry a gentle laxative 1L_ T____l.-tl from the maker of It's called w because it's Nature's Remedy. The Turns people, as you would expect, know a great deal about sensitive stomachs. They make their laxative with vegetable ingredients. Ml brings easy, effective, overnight .relief. Nl's gentle action works while you sleep without disturbing yourrest.TryNature's Remedy, a gentle all-vegetable laxative. Regular or chocolate coated. Nt tonight, tomorrow alright. He says the real uncertainties for 1972 arise from new federal tax legislation and the problem of unemployment. "Time may prove that a tas system emphasizing economic growth, new jobs, and individ- ual incentives may have been more equitable and rewarding than the present tax route." Charles B. Neapole, president of the Montreal and Canadian exchanges, is optimistic about the economic ouflook for 1972. "There have been several in- ternational and domestic factors which have detracted from our capacity. But fourth-quarter re- sults will provide a strong base for the beginning of sustained growth in 1S72." Corporate profits increased during the fourth quarter and it already has been reflected by renewed confidence in the se- curities market, Mr. Neapole says. The floating dollar "will cer- tainly be beneficial to Canada because, as our dollar moves in sympathy with the U.S. dollar, there will be a great demand for our exports and this will certainly activate our industries and thereby reduce the unem- ployment rate to some degree." was of several hundred workers by CAE Aircriul in Winni- peg. Others included two cuts by mobile home manufacturers during December. Sflskatchewan escaped mass layoffs but there was an in- crease in retail and construction workers seeking jobs. An iron- worker union official says win- ter job prospects ave bleak and the number of unemployed from the union's 300 membership could climb as high us 200. A general construction union leader says about 10 per cent of his union's 425 members are without jobs compared to 70 per cent the same time a year ago. Alberta also had no major layoffs during December. Ear- lier, 2BO were laid off at an Ed- monton chemical plant and there were other job-loss situa- tions at a glass factory and two potato processing plants. British Columbia had unemployed of a total work force of in November and a Canada Manpower spokesman says this likely will increase in January as people continue to join the province's work force, fastest growing in Canada. B.C. also was hit by problems in the forestry products indus- try. L. L. C. Bentley, president of Canadian Forest Products Ltd., says there are more en- couraging prospects in the lum- ber and panelboard areas for 1972 "but more curtailments in the pulp industry will be neces- sary." Maharajas lose their privileges NEW DELHI (AP) _ In- dla's 278 maharajas became commoners again today, losing million in annual pensions Plan autopsy into death EDMONTON (CP) An au- topsy was to be performed on the body of Alex Quintal, 53, of Conklin, who died at Fort Me- Murray in northeastern Alberta. Coroner Dr. A. J. Nicholson of Fort McMurray ordered the autopsy following reports that Mr. Quintal may have died after drinking methyl hydrate at a pre-New Year's Eve party. An investigation was being carried out by RCMP at Lac La Biche, 100 miles northeast of Edmonton. CAREER A comprehensive course offer- ed in helro-hypnosis for those sincerely interested In a lludy of hypnotherapy. Idea! for professiono.lt involv- ed in medical or psycho-iocial fieldl. Careers olso available in our establishment on satis- fying our professional criteria. Course fee: Two hundred and fifty dollars. All inquiries in strictest confi- dence: THE HYPNOLOGICA No. 20B 324 Seventh Strwl S. and other princely privileges which Prime Minister Indira Gandhi considers out of date. Pretldent V. V. Giri signed the 2Nh constitutional amend- ment approved earlier this month by overwhelming majori- ties In both houses of Parlia- ment. It abolishes the remnants ot the centuries-old concept of princely rule on the subconti- nent. Giri signed the amendment just In time to save the country million, the first quarterly payment to the former rulers nude on Jan. 1. Mn. Ggndhi abolished the maharajas' privy purses and privilege! by execu- tive decree ii September, 1870, but the supreme court declored the action unconstitutional three months later. In March, Mrs. Gandhi iron a landslide general election vic- tory In which the princely privi- leges was a major issue, and with her new big majority she laid the groundwork with a con- stitutional amendment giving the legislature the right to take over private property. Distinctive PRINTING t WORK SHEEiS FltE CARDS CHEQUES LEDGERS t INVOICES STATIONERY. ETC., ETC. All an integral part of business. Whatever your printing needs perld on us. The Letlikldge Herald Printing and Lithography Division Phone or 328-4411 AND LET US HELP YOUI SMALL 606-608 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5767 GENUINE PRICE REDUCTIONS ON EACh AND EVERY ONE1 OVER 300 ITEMS IN STOCK! CONVENIENT TERMS) JUST SAY- "CHARGE IT" Reg. tu 119.95 PRICED TO CLEAR, EACH Rag. to 16.95 PRICED TO CLEAR, EACH Reg. to 149.95 PRICED TO CLEAR, EACH Reg. to 39.95 PRICED TO CLEAR, EACH Reg. to 179.95 PRICED TO CLEAR, EACH Reg. to 39.95 PRICED TO CLEAR. 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