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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-05,Lethbridge, Alberta 10-THE LETHBRIDOe HERALD-Salur^iy, January », 1»74 Extended coverage details announced for Albertans New health plan for senior citizens EDMONTON (CP) - The provincial government Friday released details of its $3 milUon • pro-am to provide extended neaith care to Alberta’s 127,000 senior citizens. The program will cover costs of eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures and dental work and medical equipment such as braces, crutches and wheelchairs. The program covers services not provided for under Blue Cross or health care insurance and is available to persons 65 years old or over. Arrangements have t>eeD made with four of the five professional groups involved so the government will be billed directly for services and senior citizens need only present their Alberta Hospital Care Insurance card. Announced last Aunst, tbe program is the first of its kind in Canada. The government also announced it will reimburse senior citizens for services covered under the program which they received since last Aug. 24. Optometrists have yet to make their final arrangements with the government and for the moment senior citizens will be billed for optometrlc services and they, in turn, will seek reimbursement from the government. Dr. R. C. Lindberg of Edmonton, president of the Alberta Optometrie Association said it is likely senior citizens who cannot pay their optometrists will be allowed to delay payment until the government cheque arrives. Tbe association is waiting to see how much the province is willing to pay for optometrlc services. Dr. Lindberg said. He said the reimbursement system should not work any hardship on senior citizens because many of tbem are able to pay and the rest are covered under other programs. The association favors the reimbursement system, rather than having its members bill the government directly because it will reduce abuse. Dr. Lindberg said. GM plans to lay off 1,150 workers Two-passenger car This experimental two-passenger urban car designed by General Motors of Canada Ltd., was driven indoors Friday at a news conference in Montreal by David C. Collier, president of the firm. Tfie short-trip vehicle is powered by a two-cycle, 12 horsepower engine, runs on gasoline, can travel from 30 to 40 miles per hour and weighs 950 pounds with a 52-inch wheel base. MONTREAL (CP) - Unfavorable market conditions in the United States are forcing General Motors of Canada Ltd. to lay off about 1,150 workers at four Ontario plants, David Collier, GM of Canada president, said Friday. Mr. Collier told a news conference the layoffs, representing abogt two per cent of the company’s work force, will take effect in two to three weeks. They will involve 550-600 workers at the Oshawa plant, about 400 at St. Catharines and 100-150 employees in two Windsor factories.    • “I don’t consider this a large layoff,” Mr. Collier said. “The U.S. side of the market has softened to such an extent that everybody has to share in that softening.” Last week, General Motors Corp. announced layoffs of about 48,000 employees in the U.S., totalling about six per cent of the company’s work force. Mr. CoUier said be stiU does not expect the U.S. production cutbacks to have a major effect on Canadian vehicle production. Car and truck sales in 1973 broke all previous records, Mr. Collier said. He added that GM of Canada is looking forward to a good year in 1974, but with a lower rate of KTowth than in 1973. “So far there has been very Notice: The Board of Industrial Relations is completing a review of the following Orders to determine if changes are necessary to reflect present conditions and invites any further written submissions from the public, employers, employees, trade unions and associations. Consideration will be given to consolidation of the Orders, where possible.    ' GROUP 1 #Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 13 (1973) Governing Days of Rest in the Oil Well Drilling Industry. #    Board of Industrial Relatipns Order No. 42 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Brush Clearing Industry. #    Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 43 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Highway and Railway Construction Industries. #Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 44 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Geophysical Exploration Industry. #    Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 46 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Logging and Sawmill Industry. #Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 47 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in Camps. #    Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 49 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Pipeline Construction Industry. #    Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 52 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Land Surveying Industry.    • #    Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 56 (1973) Governirig Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Oil Well Service Industry. GROUP 2 #Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 41 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Irrigation Industry. 0Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 48 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Nursery Industry. # Board of Industrial Relations Order No. 58 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages in the Sugar Beet Processing Industry. GROUP 3 #6oard of Industrial Relations Order No. 51 (1973) Governing Hours of Work and Minimum Wages -Road Work - Rural Municipalities and Counties. It is suggested that written submissions be filed not later than January 31, 1974 with the Secretary, Board of Industrial Relations, Room 1001,10808 - 99 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T2K0G2 R. B. d'ESTERRE, Chairman, Board of Industrial Relations /dibcrta MANPOWER AND LABOUR little effect on demand due to the energy crisis,” he said. He said, however, that there is an obvious buyers’ trend to small and intermediate cars which prompted the company to increase production of Vegas and Astres. Mr. Collier said the company is hopeful it will not have to announce another price increase “for a long time.’' Prior to the news conference Mr. Collier and other GM officials demonstrated three experimental special purpose vehicles designed to carry two passengers on short, close-to-home trips. Ranging in weight from 950 to 1,250 pounds, the cars could not mix safely with today’s boulevard traffic and would require special reserve lanes. They include battery -powered car capable of speeds up to 40 miles per hour. The vehicle resembles a golf cart and produces only a humming tone when driven. Another is powered by a 12-horsepower two-cylinder gasoline engine. Government annoyed over Skylab pictures OTTAWA (CP) - Government officials expressed annoyance Friday at not having received long-promised film of Canada taken during the Skylab 3 mission that ended last September. Canada and other countries were to receive results of pictures taken by a |37-million array of six photosensors aboard the Skylab. U.S. space officials have been promising tbe film to Ottawa for months now, said R.A. Stewart, chief of the photograinm«tric engineering division of the surveys and mapping branch of the energy, mines and resources department. However, Mr. Stewart acknowledged that the Americans have been busy sifting through the Skylab data, which contains 50 per cent more' scientific infonnation than expected. The film is to show Canada from Windsor, Ont., to Newfoundland taken during a single pass of the Skylab craft. Taken from 225 miles in space, the film will show objects as small as houses. LIMITED VALUE However, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration last fall sent some film to Mr. Stewart taken during a Skylab 2 pass over a mountainous section of British Columbia, Because of cloud cover it was of limited value, he said. His department wanted the film to determine the value of satellite photography for mapping pur^ses. Maps of Northern Canada were needed faster than can be produced by usual methods. Miners, geologists, oilmen and water resources experts required detailed maps. Useful photography of Canada was not expected from the current Skylab 3 mission. Delays in launching, camera malfunctions and the low sun angle over Canada ruled out the prospect of good pictures. Ex-actor dies MOSCOW (Reuter) - Maxim Shtraukh, a Soviet actor who became known as "the second Lenin" because of his realistic portrayals of the Russian ComMft?wi!.st revolutionary leaileY, has diefi at the age of 73, it was C^ial-ly announced here. ■ Shtraukh began his theatrical career in 1921 and worked with producer Vsevolod Meyerhold, who became one of the major artistic victims of the purges of the 1930s. THE CANADIAN ARMED FORCES HAVE ImmddiAt* Jûb Opportunities For •    Dentists •    Doctors •    Nurses •    Marine & Military Engineers And in th« Following Truclas: •    Infantry •    Radioman (Sea) •    Signalman (Sea) •    Cook •    Metals Technician •    Fire Fighter •    Marine Engineering Technician Refinisher Technician Communicator Research Plumber Gas Fitter Instrument Electrical Technician Administrative Clerk Phon* or Visit Your Canadian Forces Recruiting ^ Mobile    . |«l tiM BrMg* TownhouM Metd, Lethbridg*. on 9 A 10, January, 74, Iwtwfwi 12 Noon A 8 p.m. Phono: 327-457C or writ* to Canadian Fore«« R«crulHng Unit at 522 • Ith I AM. 8.W., Calflary, AH«. T2P lEt. GET INVOLVED EARN WHILE YOU LEARN \,V.lilSDHIVt«on ;