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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, January 6, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 One economist not too worried OTTAWA (CP) A leading Canadian economist has chal- lenged the pervading doom and gloom theories of world econo- mists and forecasts for Canada at least, an ex- panding economy in the last half of this year. Ai thur Smith, former c'h a i r m a n of t h e Economic Council of Canada, and now presi- dent of the Conference Board, says he expects the economy to expand at a rate of five per cent a year by the latter part of 1975. "Of course if that ever comes about 1976 could turn out to be a very strong he said in a taped inter- view on CTV's Question Period for broadcast Sunday. The Economic Coun- cil of Canada is a federally funded re- search agency. The Conference Board is an independent, nonprofit economic forecasting and research group. Dr. Smith said the Canadian economy is experiencing a slow- down, not a recession. He acknowledged that "the world is now in a worldwide recession and that a great many countries are now ex- periencing a setback.' "The United States is in one of the largest recessions since the recession of he said. And Canadians, he warned, face a difficult period of adjustment. High consumer de- mand for goods and ser- vices until now have "put pressure on our supply capacities" to cause the slowdown, he said. But he indicated he was confident people would learn to use resources more ef- ficiently, to end the cy- cle and encourage further growth. UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge 32 20 Pincher Creek 35 18 Medicine Hat 33 24 Edmonton 17 9 Grande Prairie 14 -14 Banff 26 20 Calgary 29 16 Victoria Penticton Prince George Kamloops Vancouver Saskatoon....... 17 Regina 20 Winnipeg 19 Toronto......... 35 Ottawa......... 19 Montreal 21 St. John's....... 35 Halifax......... 29 Charlottetown 26 Fredericton..... 15 Chicago........ 35 New York 42 Miami......'.... 80 Los Angeles ___ 72 Las Vegas...... 50 Phoenix 63 Mexico City..... 68 Athens 50 Rome 48 Paris........... 45 London......... 52 Berlin.......... 48 Amsterdam..... 50 Madrid......... 54 Moscow 32 Stockholm 41 Tokyo.......... 48 .02 IT'S ON Our CATCH-UP 75 SALE We're selling all our new 1975 AMC cars at over our cost at UNITED MOTORS CO, LTD, "Serving you over a quarter Century" 302 3rd Ave.'S Phone 327-2805 Why was Gagnon released? Drumheller MLA wants inquiry EDMONTON (CP) A prominent Social Credit MLA says Solicitor General Warren Allmand should carry out a full inquiry into the release of an ex prisoner who died in a Calgary -gunbattle with police last month. Gordon E. Taylor, MLA for Drumheller, said in an open letter Saturday a federal in- quiry should be called to determine why Phillip Gagnon, 26, formerly of Ed- monton, was released from Drumheller penitentiary "when 'his actions while in prison indicated such a high degree of instability." Gagnon was released from penitentiary last summer at the conclusion of a three year sentence for rape. He was killed in a two hour gun battle in Calgary Dec. 20 after police were called to investigate what was later New job is 'interesting' Ford look-alike Canadian Robert Smeding has been mistaken frequently during a visit to San Diego as U.S. President Gerald Ford. People have even taken pictures of the British Columbia native. EDMONTON (CP) Ralph Steinhauer says his' lifestyle has undergone a "complete change" since his appoint- ment six months ago as Alber- ta's Lieutenant Governor. Mr. Steinhauer, the first In- dian named a lieutenant governor in Canada, made his comment in an interview on CFRN-TV's Face The Newsmen show Sunday night. His first six months as the Queen's representative in Alberta have been "very interesting." "f've met people from all walks of life. I never expected in my lifetime that I would meet that many people from different walks of life." Mr. Steinhauer, a successful farmer before his ap-- pointment, said there is a movement 'among Indians to return to their old traditions and language. "A lot of young Indians almost lost their language, but they're going back to it." Mr. Steinhauer, in response to a wide range of questions, said he did not think Canadian Indians have been treated as badly as blacks in the United States. "We never were slaves." Asked if he would ever use his powers as lieutenant governor to refuse to give royal assent to legislation he thought was unfair, Mr. Steinhauer replied: "That's a bridge I'll cross when I come to it." Wolf tracked, killed by Washington posse MANSFIELD, Wash. (AP) 'In 'a scene a little like something out of the old west, a posse has tracked down and killed a wolf thought to have recently killed three head of cattle. Mansfield rancher Howard Asmussen brought an end to the hunt by ranchers and Douglas County sheriff's deputies when he shot the rare animal from a low flying air- craft. described as a glue sniffing incident. A city detective, Boyd Anderson, also died in the battle. "How many more Gagnons are free on our streets waiting for conditions that will trigger them into asked Mr. Taylor, a long time Social Credit cabinet minister. He said Gagnon may have been helped if he had been sent to a mental institution when his prison term ended. "There are reasons to believe that Gagnon should not have been released, but should have been taken before a judge with an application for committal to a mental hospital where he could be helped." The Drumheller MLA said that while in jail, Gagnon showed signs of mental in- stability to the extent that he was sent to a mental hospital for examination. "What were .the findings and recommendations of the psychologists and doctors who observed and examined Mr. Taylor asked. The solicitor general has "a responsibility to carry out a full inquiry" into the man's release, which cannot simply be justified on the grounds that Gagnon had served the time imposed by court, Mr. Tavlor said. FORECAST: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat regions Today and Tuesday: Mostly sunny. Winds west 20 to 40. Highs 35 to 40 today. Lows 15 to 20. Highs tomorrow near 30. Calgary regions Today: Sunny with cloudy periods. Winds west 20 with gusts to 40 in the foothills. Highs 25 to 30. Lows 10 to 15 above. Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with scattered snowflurries. Winds north 15. A little colder. Highs 10 to 15. Columbia, Kootenay regions Today and Tuesday cloudy with sunny periods. Isolated snowflurries. Highs today 25 to 30. Lows tonight 10 to 20. Highs Tuesday mid-20s. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Gusty winds, scattered snow showers spreading across the area today. Winds diminishing with partial clearing and colder tonight. Snow and much colder with gusty north winds north por- tion early Tuesday spreading to south portion by late Tuesday. Highs today 30 to 40. Lows tonight 5 to 20. Highs Tuesday 10 to 20 north 20 to 30 south. West of Continental Divide Scattered snow showers to- day and Tuesday. Partial clearing and colder tonight. Highs today 25 to 35. Lows tonight 5 to 20. Highs Tuesday 25 to 35. Processing workers on the job WINDFALL, Alta. (CP) Fifty five gas processing workers with Amoco Canad; Petroleum Ltd. returned to their jobs early Saturday after starting a wildcat walkou! Friday. A union spokesman said the men returned after the Alberta Board of Industria Relations issued a restraining order against the walkout. He said the men returned on the understanding that the com- pany would meet with the un- ion to discuss the grievance that caused the walkout. The workers walked off to protest the dismissal of a man who, they said, was fired for no given reason. The gas processing plant continued to operate during the walkout, manned by supervisory personnel. The men, members of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, are also seek- ing an increase in a new contract of over their current starting minimum of an hour. AMA HOAD REPORT as of 8 a.m., Jan. 6. Highway 5, Lethbridge to Cardston and Watcrton: Black ice with occasional slippery sections. Otherwise bare and clear. Trans Canada West, Calgary to Banff: Bare and dry. Banff to Golden: Light snow with slippery sections. Plowing and sanding in progress. Golden to Rogers Pass and Revelstoke: Light snow with slippery sections. Ten inches of new snow. Has been plowed and sanded. All other highways in the Lethbridge district are bare and dry. PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway a.m. to 6 p.m.; Chief Mountain, closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del BoniLa 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours; Porthill Rykerts 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Times Mountain Royal Mint employees may strike OTTAWA (CP) More than 550 federal employees working at the Royal Cana- dian Mint in Ottawa and Win- nipeg voted overwhelmingly Sunday in favor of strike ac- tion, clearing the way for a walkout today. However, a negotiator for the workers said Sunday that strike action is unlikely before later this week. "Mediation talks are sched- uled for Wednesday and Thursday and whether we strike depends on the outcome of those said Warren Edmundson, negotiator for the Public Service Alliance of Canada. He said Ottawa mint workers voted 521-to-one in favor of strike action. All 36 workers at the Winnipeg meeting voted to strike. The employees could halt the production of domestic and special Olympic coins. The union opted for a strike vote after Labor Minister John Munro decided no con- ciliation board or com- missioner would be appointed following a breakdown of contract talks in November. Average wage how is an hour and the last offer from the mint was for increases of nine and seven per cent in a two-year agreement. The previous agreement expired Dec. 31. Wages, acting pay and working conditions in the new Winnipeg operation are among major issues. Survivors and dependents of female contributors also to be eligible for benefits. Several changes were recently made to the Canada Pension Plan. These will result in substantially increased monthly benefits for 1975 and subsequent years. There are other important changes, too. One of these is equality for the spouses and dependent children of male and female contributors. This means that for female contributors, in addition to being eligible for a retirement pension and disability protection for themselves, and a death benefit payable to their estates, as has been the case in the past, their spouses and dependent children are now eligible for benefits as follows: Benefits for Surviving Spouses A monthly pension payable to the widower who at the time of the death of the contributor is over 35 years of age, or under 35 years of age but is disabled or has dependent children; lhat is. a benefit similar to that which has always existed for widows. Benefits for Orphans A mo'nthly benefit payable to unmarried dependent children under 18 and to unmarried dependent children between 18 and 25 attending school or university on a full-time basis. NOTE: In order for survivors to qualify, the contributor must have died in January 1968 or later and must have contributed for the minimum contributory period, which is three years for deaths occuring before January 1, 1975. Benefits for Children of Disabled Contributors A monthly benefit payable to unmarried dependent children under 18 and to unmarried dependent children between 18 and 25 attending school or university on a full-time basis, where the contributor concerned is in receipt of a CPP Disability Pension. NOTE: In all cases, it is necessary to make application for benefits. If such applications are approved, payments can only be made is, from January No payment can be made for any period prior to that date. Other Changes: no longer have to retire to obtain your CPP retirement pension at age 65. CPP retirement pensioners may work without having their earnings from January 1975 onwards reduce their pensions. The earnings is. the maximum amount on which contributions can be paid and on which benefits can be being raised to in 1975 and to S8300 in 1976. The initial amount of earnings, on which you are not required to contribute, will be in 1975. MAXIMUM MONTHLY CPP BENEFITS Effective January 1975 Retirement Pension....................... Disability Pension......................... Surviving Spouse s 65...... 88.31 over 65........ Orphan's Benefit.......................... 37.27 Disabled Contributor's Child's Benefit........ S 37.27 Death Benefit (Lump For assistance contact: Yqur nearest Canada Pension Plan office. Health Sante et and Welfare Bien-etre social Canada Canada Marc Lalonde..Minister Your Canada Pension Plan ...keeping up with changing times. ;