Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuesday, January 7, 1975 THE 19 Survey shows overall grocery bill dipping Sugar prices dropping meat costs climbing By DIANE MEKLEVEUE The Canadian Press Sugar the villain of the piece recently as food prices soared, helped lower supermarket bills in December as over-all food prices dipped. Five pounds of white granulated sugar was lower than in November in all 12 cities surveyed by The Canadian Press The biggest reduction occurred in Ottawa where the price of five pounds dropped to from Average cost of 17 items used in the survey was in December, down from in November. The food bill dropped in eight cities, but climbed in Halifax, Ot- tawa. Toronto and Vancouver, mainly because of meat For example, a sirloin tip of beef roast jumped to a pound in Ottawa, up from in November. The drop in sugar prices may continue in the next 18 months Neil Shaw, president of Redpath Industries Ltd. said in December. Consumers' refusal to buy sugar at inflated prices helped the reduction. Sugar consumption in November was 16 per cent less than in November, 1973, said the president of the sugar- refining company. Mr Shaw said he expected the price to continue downward in 1975 and 1976, except for periodic "bumps if there were no crop failures or poor growing weather. Items in the market basket, priced in the same super- markets each month, include one pound each of sirloin tip roast beef all-beef wieners, centre-cut loin ot pork, top- grade chicken, ground chuck steak, frozen cod fillets, top- grade butter, tomatoes, frozen- green peas, drip coffee .and applies. Also included are one dozen medium eggs, one quart ot whole milk a 24-ounce loaf of sliced, white bread, 10 pounds of first-grade potatoes, five pounds of white granulated sugar and a 24-ounce can of halved pears. Some findings, compared with November and the total price in December, 1973: Halifax: The price of five pounds of sugar dropped by 96 cents to while potatoes were down 32 cents and to- matoes 23 cents to 55 and 56 respectively. Among items with higher prices were roast beef which was up 49 cents to and pork up 36 cents to The total price was up from in November. The total for December, 1973, was St. John's, Nfld.: The only increases were in chicken, by 10 cents to 86 cents, and coffee, by 13 cents to The price of sugar fell 66 cents to tomatoes 21 cents to 62 cents and pears 12 cents to 53 cents. Roast beef was nine cents less at as were potatoes at 89 cents. Peas were down by eight cents to 67 cents and apples two cents to 28 cents. The price of other items was unchanged, for a total of less than the November total of In December, 1973, the total was Charlotlctown: This was the only city with no price in- creases. Sugar dropped 86 cents to cod 28 cents to and pears 12 cents to 65 cents. Also down were pork by 10 cents to wieners nine cents to 99 cents, potatoes six cents to 79 cents, peas three cents to 45 cents and eggs four cents to 91 cents. Other prices were stable lor a total of a drop from November's total of and an increase from in December, 1973. Saint John, N.B.: Potatoes, up 10 cents to 88 cents, and bread, up eight cents to 41 cents, were the only items higher priced. Tomatoes were lower by 61 cents at 38 cents, sugar 46 cents at and pork 20 cents at Wieners were reduced by nine cents to 89 cents, cod four cents to eggs four cents to 90 cents and peas one cent to 46 cents. With other prices unchanged, items totalled compared with in November. Total for December, 1973, was Quebec: The price.of most items decreased, including sugar by to tomatoes 31 cents to 38.cents and pears 15 cents to 64 cents. Potatoes were up 36 cents to eggs 12 cents to 81 cents and coffee 11 cents While chicken dropped 10 cents to 79 cents, pork increas- ed 10 cents to The total of was lower than November's In December, 1973, the total was Montreal: The price of sugar showed the largest FOODBASKET PRICES DECEMBER Sirloin tip roast 1 1b. Wieners Centre cut pork Chicken Ground chuck Cod Fillet utter Tomatoes Apples Collee Frozen peas Eggs medium Bread Whole milk Potatoes Pears canned Sugar -112-City doz 24 1 tit. 10 Ibs 28 oi. 5 Ibs SIGNIFICANT DROP SHOWN IN FOODBASKET to followed by a 51-cent drop in tomatoes to 38 cents. Pork went up most, by CO cents to Chuck increased 28 cents to 95 cents and roast beef 20 cents to Wieners and chicken were unchanged. Eggs were up 11 cents to 80 cents, pears five cents to 58 cents and peas three cents to 56 cents. The total of was less than in November and more than the total of in December, 1973. Ottawa: Sugar was at the top of decreases and roast beef at the top of increases. All other meats also went up in pork by 50 cents to chuck 28 cents to 95 cents, wieners 22 cents to 99 cents and chicken two cents to 77 cents. Cod increased 46 cents to and bread eight cents to 36 cents. Tomatoes were down 30 cents to 49 cents, pears eight cents to 67 cents, butter and potatoes each two cents to 89 and 47. The total went up to from in November and in December, 1973. Toronto: While the price of sugar was reduced 80 cents to pork increased 75 cents to pears 12 cents to 74 cents and eggs 11 cents to 82 cents. Coffee was up 10 cents to and butter and peas each by seven cents to 98 and 45. Only other changes were a decrease in chicken by five cents to 72 cents and wieners by one cent to 94 cents! The total was compared with in November. In December, 1973, the total was Winnipeg: Increased in price were potatoes by 47 cents to 95 cents, cod 35 cents to pears seven cents to 79 cents, eggs three cents to 76 cents and milk one cent to 46 cents. Among the larger decreases were sugar by 30 cents to and chuck 18 cents to The total of was down from in November and up from in December, 1973. Regina: The only increases were in bread by live cents to 34 cents and in apples and eggs, four cents each to 39 and 85. Some items lower in price were sugar by 55 cents to chuck by 50 cents to 78 cents, and pork 10 cents to The total was compared with in November. The total in December, 1973, was Edmonton: Only butter and tomatoes were unchanged in price, at 95 cents and 69 cents respectively. Sugar decreased 89 cents to chuck 34 cents to 95 cents and pork 30 cents to Pears were up 30 cents to 67 cents and wieners 16 cents to 95 cents. The total of was down from in November and up from in December, 1973. Vancouver: While the price of sugar dropped 80 cents to and potatoes 14 cents to pork increased 54 cents to and chuck 30 cents to With cod up 36 cents to eggs 12 cents to 89 cents, and chicken six cents to 95 cents, the total increased to from in November. The total for December, 1973, was Ann Landers Dear Ann Landers: Please tell "Very Anonymous" that she is "Very along with other Catholics who believe it is a sin to use contraceptives. I am a Catholic and several years ago, after having five children, my husband and 1 visited a cousin who had just gotten his master's degree from Boston College. He told us that using artificial birth control was not considered a sin that noil use was a and not given by the Pope from the seat of infallibility. I was shocked to hear this and was sure he was wrong. I then wrote to a priest who answered questions in a Catholic magazine. His reply came (along with a letter) saying "it is NOT a sin." He said the Church preferred that Catholics not interfere with birth, but that it was "a per- sonal decision." I've had doctors tell me that the rhythm system fails about 15 per cent of the time. For couples who feel their families are large enough, this system is not very safe. The woman has no peace of mind from one month to the next. It's a nerve wracking way to live. So please, Ann, print this letter and liberate a large number of women who don't know the facts. It could be a great service. From Massachusetts Dear Mass.: I consulted one of the most knowledgeable Jesuits in the country to get my answer. Reverend Richard McCormick. Professor at the Kennedy In- stitute of Georgetown Univer- sity in Washington, D.C., and former President of The Catholic Theological Society of America said: "Your Boston cousin's statement is incorrect. Pope Paul's En- cyclical on Humane Vitae. issued on July 29, 1968', authoritatively reasserted the traditional Catholic position on birth control, the basic concept being that the use of contraceptives is inherently evil and should be shunned. "The reaction to the En- cyclical among Catholic theologians created a great deal of dissension. Many theologians and some bishops felt that Pope Paul had not faced up to the conflictive character of the values of married life, and that birth control techniques should-be left to the individual couples." Father McCormiek made it clear that abortions are not included among the "techni- ques." In answer to your question, "Is it.a some priests and even some bishops who did not agree with Pope Paul's Encyclical have given the green light to Catholic couples who ask that question. Many others take the traditional view. According to two recent studies, almost as many Catholics use contraceptives as those of other faiths. Island of Utopia Hearing completion Receives PhD Rev. Kathryn Hurlburt of Lethbridge was award- ed a doctor of philosophy degree in counselling at recent University of Ore- gon convocation cere- monies held in Eugene. Dr. Hurlburt is director of counselling and pas- toral care for Lethbridge Municipal and Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home District 65. She also holds an under- graduate degree in arts and a master's degree in science. NEW YORK (Reuter) An island meant to be an urban Utopia is nearing completion off the coast of Manhattan. Yes, Manhattan. ft will contain high-rise homes for families, ex- perimental schools and a rev- olutionary way of disposing of garbage. And two of the worst fea- tures of modern city life will be banned from its modern and fear. The project will give some of the richer residents a Fine view of Manhattan's sky- scrapers. But the poorer will have to b'e content with a modern version of William Blakes "dark, satanic mills." The development on the island, in the middle of the East River is due to millions of government dollars. Now called Roosevelt Island, it has gone through several name changes since New York's Indians sold it to the Dutch for more than they charged for Manhattan in the 17th century. Roosevelt Island runs for two miles in the East River, roughly from the United Na- tions to East 86th Street. New Yorkers have known it for years as Welfare Island and its main purpose in this century has been as a place with hospitals for the aged and infirm. It also houses a giant laun- dry, a training school for fire- men, the Revolutionary War farmhouse of one of its early owners and an octagonal- shaped building that was once part of the island's 19th-cen- tury mental hospital. Although facing Manhattan and only minutes away by boat, the island has remained basically isolated. But this has become one of its strongest features. Many families with young children feel compelled to move out of the city because of the poor quality of its schools. Roosevelt Island will offer open-structured schools in the buildings where the children live, free of the overcrowding and potential for violence that beset many city schools. The island will ban cars and dogs. Garbage will be collected and delivered at 30 miles an hour through pneu- matic tubes to a central com- pacting plant. Residents with cars will have to park them in a ga- rage, capable of holding vehicles, located next to the island's one bridge, which connects it to the Long Island City section of the borough of Queens. And visitors will have to be announced before they can leave the garage. Spokesmen for the lion project say this will help make the island secure against the crime that plagues Manhattan. By spring, they expect to have an aerial tramway con- necting the island to Manhat- tan and sometime in the 1980s, a connection to New York's subway system. The first apartments in the project, a group of are nearing completion. Several hundred of these, all in the upper-income bracket, located in a 20-floor building called Island House, will be rented in February. This group, with rents ranging from to a month, af- fords the best view of Man- hattan. Behind them, with a view of a power plant, desolate facto- ries and barren blocks of city- owned is the poor sec- tion of subsidized housing section of the project. It will also be born in con- troversy. For years critics have complained that the for- tune spent in developing the island could have accom- plished more in rebuilding and redeveloping slums. Many complain about the project's school system be- cause it sounds better than much that is available in the rest of the city. Civil liberty proponents may find the restrictions on visitors intolerable. And it is possible that fu- ture residents may find them- selves cut off from easy ac- cess to the city by such irri- tants as waiting for electric buses to take them to the ae- rial tramway which in four minutes will get them to Man- hattan's eastern tip. Lethbridge DIMuM Fish Game Assoc. DlllUU at 8 p.m. S155 JACKPOT IN 51 NUMBERS 3 Jackpoli 4th 8th 10th in 7 Numbara GOLD CARDS PAY DOUBLE FREE CARDS EAGLES HALL. 13th STREET N. FREE GAMES No Children Under 10 fixing the whi- tlow the kids acci- dentally broke ii'ithonl grumbling. Cases of painless childbirth cited on Indian island By RAM SUNDAR CP Correspondent BOMBAY (CP) Housewives, newly-wed women and even grandmothers in the south Indian state of Kerala are vig- orously participating in a controversy over what newspapers describe as "painless childbirth." Several women have said that Moslem doctors on the island of Lakshadeep off the Kerala coast have helped them to deliver their babies without labor pains. "It took only 15 26-year-old Vasuki Menon is quotes as saying. "Far from experiencing any labor pain. 1 brought ii'ir third'child into the world without being even aware of it." Mrs. Menon said the doctor who handled her case was popu- larly known as Baba Sheikh which means a kind of doctor, holy man and teacher rolled into one. Press reports in Kerala say that "at least 200" cases of painless childbirth have been recorded on the island. The doc- tors are described as experts in ancient Islamic medicine. Every week dozens of pregnant women travel to the island to have their babies delivered with the help of the Moslem "miracle doctors." Dr. Sankara Menon. a qualified gynecologist of Trivandrum. the Kerala capital, has warned expectant women to "beware of the propaganda about painless He said cases of women experiencing few labor pains are not uncommon but that such cases occur among peasants accustomed to constant physical work. Meanwhile, the influential Times of India has editorially sup- ported the claim of painless childbirth. The English-language paper said that "medical authorities have confirmed what they have suspected all along: That labor pains are a myth.... The pain link has been propagated as one of the human race's ancient myths, a universal malady based upon what is no less than a colossal mass hypnosis." The Times said that the Lakshadeep doctors were only "de- hypnotizing" pregnant women of their fear of labor pains. Family planning officials of the Indian government ex- pressed 'fear that if painless childbirth gets popular acceptance among women the result may be a baby boom.