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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 4, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, January A, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Quebec planning sugar expansion MONTREAL (CP) Amidst unparalleled uncer- tainty in the domestic and world sugar market, the QUebec government has decided to try to double production at its sugar refinery through a expansion program. The expansion will increase production capacity to tons daily provided farmers increase the amount of beets grown. Consumers in Quebec and elsewhere have been hard hit this year with record high sugar prices, blamed by in- dustry spokesmen on demand exceeding supply. Housewives have rebelled by reducing consumption 10 to 12 per cent in recent months, as shown in refiners' statistics. Refiners have en- couraged this trend, through advertising campaigns, as a way of lowering prices. Consumption of sugar in re- cent years has increased two per cent annually and some in- dustry spokesmen fear the re- cent rejection of high prices could adversely affect future rates of sugar consumption. Original construction of the Raffinerie de Sucre at St. Hi- laire was sparked by the Sec- ond World War and its resulting sugar rationing. The province decided in 1942 to build the refinery. Despite any current world sugar shortage, whether arti- ficial or not, sugar prices began a steady decline about a month ago from a record high of 66 cents, a pound. Neil Shaw, president of Redpath Industries Ltd., Canada's biggest refiner and national price leader, recently predicted prices will probably be lower in 18 months although periodic "bumps up- ward" may occur. By June, 1976, sugar should be selling for 25 to 35 cents a pound, he said, compared with the current 55 cents a pound. The entire. Caadian sugar beet industry, concentrated in Alberta, supplies only about 10 per cent of domestic needs. Statistics for 1974 reveal that about 350 Quebec producers, on acres of land, delivered tons of sugar beets to the St. Hilaire refinery. Imperial Oil announces natural gas negotiation Talks resume WINNIPEG (CP) Talks are to resume Monday between representatives of Flyer Industries Ltd. and striking workers in an effort to end a three month strike lockout. The resumption of talks, which follows recent union re- jection of a company wage offer averaging, a 41 per cent increase over three years, was announced Thurs- day by Labor Minister Russ Paulley. MODEL OCTAGONAL UNITS FOR ARCTIC Habitat designer offers for N.W.T. British currency reserve drops hard LONDON (AP) Britain's gold and hard currency re- serves, vital to the value of the pound sterling, fell by a record billion in December but still showed a small gain for 1974, the treasury announced today. On Dec. 31 the reserves stood at billion. Despite the December outflow this was higher than at the end of 1973, when the reserves stood at billion. Informed sources reported that a main reason for the De- cember fall was a treasury op- eration to support the value of the pound early in December, when Saudi Arabia announced it wanted oil payments in dollars. Previously, Middle East oil countries had accepted sterl- ing in part payment of oil dues. Aramco, the Arabian- American oil company, is reported to have bought sterl- ing in advance of its December payment and began to unload it when the Saudi decision became known. The previous monthly record drop in reserves was million recorded in July, 1972, financial sources said. Furniture fuss not hurting Canada trade HAVANA (CP) Ramon Castro, oldest brother of Cuban President Fidel Castro, said in an interview this week that the result of a proposed sale of office equipment to Cuba through a Canadian company will have no effect on trade between the two countries. Litton Industries Inc. of California recently turned down a office equip- ment deal involving a Cana- dian subsidiary, Cole division of Litton Business Equipment Ltd. of Toronto. The U.S. Trading with the Enemy Act makes it an offence for a U.S. company to H. H. Smith Ltd. Customs Broker COUTTS Home Office Phone 344-3822 do business with countries listed as enemies. Castro said Cubans under- stand that Canadians don't want the U.S. interfering in their business and the out- come of the Litton deal will not affect trade between Canada and Cuba. Lea flays freight hike EDMONTON (CP) Dobson Lea, president of Unifarm, says higher freight rates on livestock and dressed meat moving to Eastern Canada could drive local producers out of business. Commenting on the freight rate increases granted to the railways by the Canadian Transport Commission this week and the second increase anticipated March 1, Mr. Lea said "it will be farmers who pay the increase." The Unifarm president said there will be less incentive to produce meat in Western Canada compared with Eastern Canada. He also said he expects the unifarm board of directors to call for a complete overhaul of national transportation policy at their meeting next week. FROBISHER BAY, N.W.T. (CP) In the post-igloo age finding a good place to live in Canada's North can be a problem. Staff and public housing reflects economy, ur- gency and a lack of planning. The situation is highly vis- ible in the Baffin Island town of Frobisher Bay, where pre- fabricated homes, utilitarian row houses and an eight- storey apartment building make.up the range of hous- ing. Only a few homes in this community of offer a standard of comfort and qual- ity comparable to the south. However, this problem has been tackled by Montreal ar- chitect Moshe Safdie and his team. Commissioned by th Northwest Territories govern ment to provide governmen staff housing, the man wh designed Habitat for Expo 67 came up with an octagon, unit featuring a domed cen tral living space. Early in the design stage request from the local hous ing association was receive that brought the total of pro posed units to 141 from to previous 81. Arranged in continou; chains conforming to the hill: in the town, the new units wil each provide a view of the baj and the hills beyond as well as a radical departure from traditional northern housing Some prefabricated row hous ing in particular is poorly suited for sustained periods o: occupancy in the North. With this project, his first in Canada since Expo, Mr. Saf die said he hopes to alleviate some of the social problems that afflict' many Northern communities. He said the pressures of iso- lation and social fragmenta- tion can be relieved by homes that give a feeling of stability, homes where people can spend a great deal of time dur- ing the winter. Translucent domes in the houses allow about 10 to 15 per cent of the daylight into the unit during the summer. Dur- ing the winter they will shed a soft glow onto the dark land- scape. Individual housing units will be attached to each other but in a strategic arrangement designed to give a feeling of privacy. Living quarters will be grouped around the domed living room on the top floor. Under the main part of the house will be room for work- shops and a cold-storage locker which will keep fish DaleT. Coupland Chartered Accountant wishes to announce the opening of an office for the practice of his profession at 519-7 STREET SOUTH LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA PHONE 328-6055 SCHWARTZ AGENCIES (1972) LTD. BIRDIE SCHMITT M.L.S. Rep. November Schwartz Sales Rep. November Blrdlo has excelled during November In solving your problems. During eleven months of 1974 the Action Agency reps have won this honor ten times. That's like several grand slams In one game of bridge. We produce professional results, so call Birdie or her team mates at 329-3331. and meat frozen with little or no assistance. Private home ownership in the North is rare because of high building costs and a mo- bile population. The territorial government is financing the project. The un- its will be assigned by govern- ment agencies that must house their employees and by the Frobisher Bay Housing Association. Mr. Safdie hopes to have two trial units ready for habi- tation by April. These pro- totypes will be built in the south and assembled on the site, in the classic northern construction pattern. The plan calls for the re- maining homes to be built in a Frobisher Bay factory. Unofficial estimates put the cost at perhaps a unit. The novelty of the units lies in their appearance and grouping, Mr. Safdie said. Construction techniques are standard and wood and ply- wood materials will keep the costs roughly in line with those of other northern proj- ects. The pre-fab plants are ex- pected to be a source of train- ing and employment for local people and may eventually produce homes for all of Baf- fin Island and the region. TORONTO (CP) Imperial Oil Ltd. said Friday it is negotiating the sale to TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. of a "significant share" of natural gas Imperial has dis- covered in northern Canada. Imperial Oil is a major ex- plorer in the Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Delta areas and there are an estimated seven to 10 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the entire area. An Imperial Oil spokesman said sale of portions of the po- tential but unproven reserves are also under negotiation. Spokesman for the two com- panies declined comment on the specific terms of the contract because negotiations are still continuing. Imperial said that generally the price would be tied to the average equivalent price of competitive fuels (such as crude oil) minus the cost of transporting the gas to market. At the present price of crude, the equivalent price would be about a thou- sand cubic feet for light oil, for heavier industrial grades. The northern gas will not be available to hungry southern markets until a pipeline to transport it is completed, probably in the early 1980s. By the time the gas comes to market, the price of crude could be up to or a bar- rel. OPPOSED TO CLAIM Counterclaim is a claim presented by a defendant in opposition to the claim of a plaintiff. Also under consideration in the proposed sale is a possible cash advance from the pipeline company to help finance continued exploration for new reserves, Before it enters such an agreement, TransCanada will want some assurance from the National Energy Board (which controls the com- pany's rate of return) that it will be allowed to include such prepayment in calculating the price at which it resells gas to utility companies. TransCanada is also negotiating purchase of northern natural gas from Shell Canada Ltd., working in the Mackenzie delta. Royal Trust eyes economic slowdown MONTREAL (CP) The Royal Trust Co. forecast Fri- day a continued slowdown in the Canadian economy during 1975. In an economic review and forecast, Royal Trust predicted several negative economic trends in 1975, with the exception of business capital spending. "Consumer spending for big ticket durable items, including automobiles will be restrained, housing starts are likely to be well below recent levels and Canadian merchan- dise exports will continue to meet increasing resistance as the economies of most of our trading partners said the company. Such predictions follow trends already established in 1974 when decreased housing starts adversely affected the lumber industry and plummeting automobile sales caused layoffs in factories. Volumes of exports had also decreased in 1974. "Unemployment will likely rise slowly to a level in excess of six per Royal Trust economists predicted. Unem- ployment in 1974 averaged about 5.5 per cent. Labor strikes will also be more pronounced, said the re- view, as unions push to recap- ture purchasing power lost through inflation. Wage increases, which averaged more than 12 per cent in 1974, were likely to re- main high, compared with the average annual increases of seven to nine per cent between 1970 and 1973. "Over the balance of this year and in the first half of 1975, we anticipate a relative- ly sluggish economy, operating well below its longer term potential. "However, a decline to an actual recession is not forecast." Royal Trust said inflation, which was more than 10 per cent in 1974, would be reduced only marginally in 1975. THE Sunday Crossword 'formerly the Now York Herald Tribune Crossword) Edited by Robert B. Gillespie Crossword WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE By J. P. Campbell ACROSS 1 Unkindest cuts 6 Confuse 11 Shield 16 Masher 21 Hot crime 22 Labor group 23 Sparse 24 Worship 25 Twain's waterway 27 Keystone coai-area waterway 29 A dotted letter 30 Domes 31 Color 33 Whimpers 34 Filch 35 Tear apan stove? 39 Sea bird 41 Indisposed 42 Gollios 43 Annoy 45 Season anew 47 Paddles 49 Moccasin 50 Bowers 53 Latvian seaport 1 Philippine island 2 Threefold 3 Winnipeg's waterway 4 Cow 5 Shortcut? 6 South wind 7 Kiev's waterway 8 Excessive thirst 9 Unkind cut 10 Sooner city 11 Nobel peace prize win- ner, 1911 54 Cleopatra's waterway 55 Grecian shields 58 Oddballs 60 Sweetener 62 Lament 63 Waterway flowing into Black Sea 65 Strain 66 my word? 67 Behaves 68 Sothern or Sheridan 69 Play banjo 71 By birth 72 Pert 74 English actress or waterway 75 In (poor! 77 Waning 79 Natives of southern China 81 Gentle and sweet waterway? 83 Netherlands town 85 Siberian waterway to Balkhash 86 Ear 87 Waterway in Burns country 88 Hebrew G 91 Panorama 93 Zachary or Liz 95 Snakes 99 Gl org. 100 Robert Service waterway 102 Mauna 104 Red ink entry 106 Pony snack 107 Leaping Russian waterway 109 Lizzie's metal 110 Waterway at Archangel 112 Lewis and Clark's waterway 114 Seer's waterway in Canada 116 Where Rivei Shannon is 118 Frighten 119 58 A have lost these 120 Actor 121 Denials 123 Foot curves 124 Ruby is one 125 Lion pads 126 Song with a story 128 Dine late 129 Socials 131 Chewed 132 Where waters cure 134 Tidal bore 136 Hot refuse 139 Icky! 140 Facilitated 142 Greek E 144 Erodes 146 Swiss waterway 147 Carolina waterway; Parisienne? 150 Sacred wa- terway of Bangladesh 153 Purposeful 154 Greek market 155 Kentucky college 156 Singers 157 Trite 158 Of kidneys 159 Utopias 160 Salad years 12 French coin 13 Quick snort 14 Ask 15 Mine timbers 16 Cheers 17 baked a cake" 18 Hartford's waterway 19 Ford 20 Widens hole 26 Sack 28 Slithery Californian waterway 32 Still 36 Monotone 38 Lisbon's river: cry in kids' game? 40 Uproar 42 Ethiopian native 44 Kringle 46 Beating 48 Malt drink 49 Through 50 Lena tributary 51 Danish seaport 52 Sofa 54 New tale 55 Lily 56 Houston ballplayer 57 German city 59 Yugoslavian native 61 Wild in Scotland 62 Prompts 64 Caeser's Yalu 66 Math question 70 Italian city 72 Pretty-boy 87 Grain waterway appendage of Iowa? 88 Swallows 73 Waterway to 89 Grenoble's Great Slave Lake 76 Sandra's waterway in Scotland 78 Small drink 80 Wood sorrel 82 Monk's title 84 Work hard ACROSS 1 monster 20 Pother 21 Fasteners 22 Incursion 23 Mont 25 Omens 5 Expiators 8 Railroad employee 10 Greets 11 Vegas' 13 Boxes 14 Man from Missouri 18 Sinned 19 Do the butterfly 18 X 18, by Alice D. Vaughan -32 and outs 33 Purpose 34 Bisquit container 35 Cob 36 Strap 26 Fourth down 38 Pang and three? 39 Chemical 27 Chum suHix 28 Pop 40 Inclined 30 Comedienne 41 Dele Adams 42 Change 31 Funny 43 Honkers 45 Spoken 46 Under 47 Deserter 48 Seth's brother 49 More certain 50 Openings 52 Italian city 53 Zero 54 Newlywed 55 Free 58 Railroad employees 59 Tidings DOWN 1 Aims 2 Fluid pigments 3 Lighthorse Harry 4 Limb 5 Defiles 6 and true 7 Witchcraft city 9 Forty winks waterway 90 One of a Pittsburgh trio 91 Comic act 92 Young eel 93 Yukon tributary 94 Japanese sashes 10 Celestial strings 12 Conks out at stable 13 Heron 14 Railroad employee 15 Goat tot 16 Mrs. Cantor 96 Denver's waterway 97 Talk: dial. 98 Pens 101 Indians 103 Kuwait's big product 105 Russian rulers 108 Church areas 110 Garb 17 Railroad employee 18 Railroad employees 19 Health centers 21 Railroad parking place 22 Grog 111 A pit. in Soho 113 World of the dead 115 Skirt edge 116 Electrified particle 117 Washington 135 Period crossing 137 Hank 120 Cleanse 122 Wise bird of Nevada 125 Expel a 126 Night bird 127 Plays 129 Yarn clusters 130 Heron 131 Nonsensel 133 Ride bike 138 New York waterway needs shyster 23 Slam 24 Nut 25 Bristle; record 26 Wine 27 Ice cream unit 29 Disney animal 31 Ness mowing f 140 homo" 35 Pennsyl- vania city 37 Fuel 38 Radio comic Fred 42 Penthouse, for birds? 44 Consume 45 meal 46 Load CRYPTOGRAMS 'IXTO UDH EDTOH UBRO 141 Scottish waterway; how'm I 143 French cleric 145 Argument; foot cover 148 Zilch 149 Parseghian 151 Wayne's and Cliffs waterway 152 Rubber tree 48 Muslim title 49 .Entourage 51 Wire unit 52 British trolleys 54 Beer, e.g 56 Coal repository 57 N O C S H SOLUTIONS OF LAST WEEK'S PUZZLES NOTCOLDNBLO SI INSUU REXME DI OBROMDLT. -By India M. Spcrry 2. AOANKACHU AOANKAM SC HSFU RBB: MLXFU AOL XCAARAM. MUL MPY YU MEII LIFE By Barbara J. Rugg MPTY, MPTY. -By Wilson Dew E N G LISL B U G W AND E I S BA BL EUBAADW? -ByB.J.K. Last Week's Cryptograms FOR RELEASE JANUARY 5, 1975 The absent-minded joker likes to imagine his brain is just suffering from jest-lag. Pet puppy eyed real puppets doing their thing on large stage. Naughty cur wagged his way into our good graces. Patrols' odd parasites are likely called polly-ticks. 1975 by Chicago Tribune-N ,Y. News Synd. Inc. All Rights Reserved ;