The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Local sugar retail prices increase for the new year The price of a 10-pound bag of sugar has increased by 26 cents at some city stores and further increases are predicted. Local retail price increases are in line with price increases across the country in the wholesale price of sugar. Safeway, L-Mart and IGA in the city are now selling sugar at for 10 pounds. Dec. 31 this same bag sold for The managers of L-Mart and Safeway both say the increase is due to the increase in wholesale prices. The increases in wholesale prices are attributed to a worldwide supply shortage and the .breakdown of the Inter- national Sugar Agreement last October. However, some local stores have sugar they bought at lower wholesale prices and are still passing the lower prices on to the con- sumer but they say as soon as the lower pric- ed sugar runs out (a week to 10 days) they will have to buy sugar at the higher wholesale prices and raise the consumer price. Lloyd Currie of Currie's Food Ltd. says be expected wholesale prices to increase S3 to a hundredweight but his wholesale price has increased to This could bring the price of a 10-pound bag of sugar as high as he claims. Mr. Currie says price increases in sugar will lead to higher prices in all products that are made .with sugar such as soft drinks, candy and ice cream. He has already received a suggested increase of 15 cents for a six-pack of 10-ounce it Purdy, general manager of Cana- dian Sugar Factories Ltd. of Lethbridge, says the average price charged wholesalers, Mon- day, for 100 pounds of sugar was Thursday the average price was Mr. Purdy says CSF bases its prices to wholesalers on Montreal prices which went up at the end of the year because of the breakdown of the International Sugar Agreement. CSF which supplies processed beet sugar to Alberta and Saskatchewan keeps its prices lower than Montreal cane sugar prices in District The LetKbridge Herald order to be competitive. So whatever the Montreal prices are CSF prices are lower. The price to each wholesaler varier depending on several factors, such as the size of nag the wholesaler wants, Mr. Purdy says. Obviously 1010-pound bags of sugar are going to cost more than one 100-pound bag because of higher packaging costs. A Herald survey of city bakeries shows the price of baked goods using sugar have not gone up. One bakery expected prices to go up and one said it would try to keep prices down even it if was paying more for its sugar. Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, January 4, 1974 Pages 11 to 20 Library nears completion Outside -work on tH% new city library "seSlrns almost complete with the exception of a few windows which have to be installed. Inside cleanmg-up operations are in progress. Only one worker arevfeible asthe stands on some scaffolding doing some finishing work. The library is scheduled to open for business the middle of February and officially open April 1. Grain corn crop falls short of forecast By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Alberta's grain corn crop for 1973 totalled acres but fell far short of the an- ticipated acres. And with almost half of the harvested corn still in storage, only has found its way into producers hands as part of the provincial government cash incentive to grow grain corn. The govern- ment paid 40 cents per bushel for all corn harvested as grain in 1973. Gram corn is used in kernel form in the distilling and livestock and poultry feeding industry. It is harvested with a grain combine fitted with special cutter heads to accom- modate the widely spaced corn stalks. Marvin Gaits, chairman of the Alberta Corn Committee responsible for promoting the growth of the corn industry, said the committee objective of acres of grain corn fell short by only 400 acres at the start of the growing season. But high prices for silaged corn due to a world-wide increase in livestock feeds, chemical damage to some fields and the fact that some grain corn fields didn't develop properly prompted many fanners to harvest 800 acres of corn for silage. Silage corn incorporates the entire corn plant from about six inches above the ground. It is harvested with a machine which chops the stalks, cobs and leaves together to make a type of hay. Both Alberta Agriculture Minuter Dr. Hugh Homer and David Hyde, manager for Palliscr Distillers Limited in Lethbridge, have expressed disappointment with the 1973 grain corn picture in the south Only about bushels of grain corn was delivered to Palliser Distillers from the Canadian Government Elevator where it had been dried and stored. Mr. Hyde said the corn he did receive was graded No. S sample, far below the No. 2, 3 and 4 grade corn usually used to make liquor. Jack Waterhouse, superintendent for the govern- ment elevator, headed a fact- finding trip to eastern Canada to determine the reason for the extreme amount of crack- ing to the corn kernels that caused the tow grades. He said all officials con- tacted in the bean of the corn industry in Ontario Mid the Alberta corn had been harvested too early and that the combines had been set in- correctly. The officials said there was some evidence of drought or frost which contributed to the cracking. Mr. Waterhouse said under the 1973 Alberta harvest con- ditions, it was almost impossi- ble to dry and handle the corn without causing cracked kernels. This year, the government elevator dryers will be used at a lower temperature to dry the crop and the corn will be handled less. Mr. Hyde is confident the grain corn industry in Southern Alberta will be able to supply his plant's re- quirements in the future. If not, he will contimw to import grain corn from the United States where he is assured a quality and supply. He said the fanners who grew their corn properly made a lot of money and he feels there will be an increase in the number of growers in 1974 Mr. Gaits echoed this opinion, claiming the high returns by some producers will encourage expansion of acreage by other growers and will entice new growers to try the crop. With a provincial govern- ment cash incentive of 30 cents per bushel for 1974, Mr. Gaits anticipates acres of grain corn will be grown this year. Silage corn reached an all- time high of acres in 1173 and the corn committee expects this figure to reach at least acres and possibly acres. Winter daylight time a problem .or not? Lethbridge residents see the Jan. 6 switch to daylight saving time in B.C. and the U.S. in different ways. Even the transportation .industry has different reactions one man described the situation as chaotic, another as inconvenient and a third as little problem. By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer The change to daylight sav- ing time in British Columbia and the U.S. Jan. 6 is causing problems in the transporta- tion industry, officials say. It is very confusing with only parts of the country changing to daylight saving time, Stubb Ross of Time Air says: This means changing the times of arrival and depar- tures on all flights to B.C. and the U.S. "It's chaos, just However, Mr. Ross says Air Canada is not changing any of its schedules but leaving it up to the passengers to add or subtract an hour from their arrival and departure times. B.C. IS' now an hour behind Alberta but when clocks there are moved ahead an hour on Jan. 6 B.C., Pacific Standard Time will be the same as Mountain Standard Time. Floyd Mogen, vice- president of sales and traffic for Greyhound Bus Lines, says Greyhound will change its schedules in B.C. but not in Alberta If a bus is scheduled to arrive in Lethbridge from Vancouver at 7 p.m., it will still arrive at that time but will leave Vancouver an hour early. On departures from Lethbridge the buses will leave the city at the same time but arrive in Vancouver an hour later. Mr. Mogen said Greyhound is making many changes in B.C. so it doesn't have to make changes in Alberta. He said he wished all the provinces would go on daylight saving time rather than just one or two so Greyhound could avoid chang- ing its schedules. D. D. Collier, assistant supervisor at CP Rail, Lethbridge, says time changes don't affect the railway because it stays on standard time the year round School officials didn't see a switch to daylight saving time in Alberta having any great effect on school systems although students would have to go to school in the dark. "I don't see it as a serious Robert Plaxton, superintendent of Lethbridge public schools says. There might be some small problems with Grade 1, 2 and 3 students. Dr. Plaxton hasn't seen what he considers real evidence daylight saving time saves energy and for this reason doesn't really think it is necessary for Alberta. Ralph Himsl, superinten- dent of the Separate School Board, says he has no strong feelings about daylight saving time in Alberta Because most children are bused to schools, they would likely avoid going to school in the dark, he said. If switching to daylight sav- ing time would serve someone else well, Mr. Himsl is for it. He didn't think there would be any major problems became people can adapt very quick- ly However, many mothers The Herald spoke with were less than happy with the idea of their children going to school in the dark. One woman had no real ob- jections to Alberta going on daylight time but when told it meant her children would have to go to school in the dark she said: "I don't like that part of it at all." Cable television programs from the U.S. will be arriving an hour earlier when B.C. switches, Stan Bates on CFCN-TV says. A program like Kung-Fu which is on the same time on cable and CFCN would arrive an hour earlier and people would watch it on cable an hour before they saw it on CFCN. The Ontario cabinet Thurs- day decided not to switch to daylight time. If Ontario would have switched it would have meant a three-hour delay on programs, like the national news, from eastern Canada, Mr. Bates says. Hockey games would have started at 5 and not 6 p.m., Mr. Bates says. There would have also been less time to communicate with Eastern Canada. It a person tried to contact the east at 9 a.m. western time it would be lunch time in eastern Canada. And if a person phon- ed at 1 p.m western time everybody would be just getting off work in the east. Mayor Andy Anderson sees no reason why daylight saving time shouldn't be adopted year round. "Why should we be out of step with the other he says. "I don't see why we don't continue it year round." Mayor Anderson says there would be some minor in- conveniences but no major problems with year-round daylight saving tune. Mike Sutherland, general manager of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber will take an of- ficial stand on daylight saving time at its next meeting Wednesday. He says B.C.'s switch to daylight saving time will affect shipping, schedules for transportation companies between Alberta, B.C. and the U.S. Benny Pavan, a local dairy fanner, says if daylight sav- ing time came to Alberta this winter it wouldn't affect his dairy operation. Before daylight saving time was introduced to Alberta in the springtime of 1972 dairy farmers were one of the most vocal groups against it. Mr. Pavan says he will con- tinue to milk his cows at the same time he always does. He says a switch would affect the time for getting parts for machinery from eastern Canada. If Alberta did switch to daylight saving time this winter it would mean Alberta clocks would be moved an hour ahead. This would mean it would be darker in the morning when Athenians got up but it would be lighter longer in the evening. A survey of 10 city residents showed it didn't make much difference to most of them if Alberta switched to daylight time to keep in line with B.C. Seven persons said it didn't make much difference one way or another, one person was for daylight time, one against and one. wished the province would make up its mind and stay on daylight or standard time year round. Highways clear despite gusting winds, snowfall Highways in the Lethbridge district were in generally good condition early today despite winds which gusted to 30 m.p.h. overnight, the department of highways said. Travel surfaces were most- ly bare but in some areas visibility was limited with blowing snow. Light drifting occurred in sheltered areas. Highway 3 from Brocket to the B C. boundary had a light snow cover, Highway 2 from the Montana border to Stan- doff and from Cardston to Waterton Park had a light snow cover. Highway 6 from Pincher Creek to Waterton was snow covered and all highways in the Lethbridge department of highways district were bare. The Arctic front forecast for Lethbridge overnight dumped more than half an inch of snow on the area between S p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. today, the weather of- fice said. And colder air following on the beds of UK northwesterly winds was expected to spread over the entire province by noon However, winds are ex- pected to ease off tonight with the temperature dropping to near zero Forecast for Saturday is cloudy with occasional light snow and highs near 10 above Temperatures this morning had dropped in Edmonton and Calgary to near the zero mark as the mass of arctic air mov- ed southward. High winds blowing a guy wire down resulted in a brief power failure this morning for residents of the area sur- rounding the city. Ted Chalmers, Calgary Power divisional manager, said power had to be cut until repairs were made, but full service was restored in about half an hour. Mr. Chalmers said the guy wire broke and fell on a power line. The resulting "bump" affected power service to areas east, north and west of the city.