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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, January 7, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 Heifer beef recommended SASKATOON (CP) The food prices review board and the Canadian Cattlemen's Association agreed Monday that consumers might buy beef at lower prices if retailers used more heifer carcasses, which are a lighter weight than the traditionally- used steer animals. The board, releasing its sev- enth report on the beef in- dustry, said the current market difference in the price paid to producers for heifers is "greater than can be justified." The board recommended that large retailers reassess their inflexible buying policies "which often prevent con- sumers from receiving the benefits of lower prices of beef from that producers try to market heavier-weight heifers, and that the federal government start a reporting system to monitor the weights- and prices of heifers and steers. The board said heifer car- casses usually are marketed at about 4tiO pounds compared with about BOO pounds for steer carcasses, adding there was no difference in quality between the two types of beef. The board said the difference in price results from a lower market demand lor heifers. "Retailers are concerned that the sale of smaller retail cuts from these carcasses tend to lead to reduced volume of beef sold over the counter." It also said that live heifers generally yield two per cent less saleable meat than live steers of similar quality. However, the board said the problem concerns mainly Eastern Canada, where five of nine major supermarket chains will not knowingly purchase heifer beef. The market is limited to the small quantities of heifers purchas- ed by the four other chains, the independent meat retailers and the restaurant and hotel trade. "In Western Canada three major supermarket chains will purchase heifer beef when the price spread is sufficient." Charles Gracey of Toronto, manager of the Canadian Cat- tlemen's Association, said he believed Canadian consumers would buy heifer beef if it was available. "There may be many people who would make a choice be- tween a smaller cut at a lower price or buy no cut at all." He admitted cattlemen must learn to produce a heavier heifer "without producing a fatter heifer, but that's quite a trick." He said-the board's report was excellent and well-docu- mented, but questioned the mathematics which indicated price spread between heifers and steers should be about a hundred pounds. "During the last four or five years, with the exception of last year, heifers have sold at about 93 per cent of steer prices and today's market would justify a spread of about Mr. Gracey said the policy of many retailers in rejecting heifer carcasses is "in- correct." and that the board's report was encouraging for cattle producers. Air Canada chops free newspapers traditional free news- paper for economy passengers has been chopped by Air Canada in a cost cutting drive. An Air Canada spokesman said the air- line expects to save about a year by limiting free news papers to first-class passengers. The move took effect last Wednesday. The spokesman said it is intended as a temporary measure. The Crown-owned air- line recently reported a deficit last year of about million. Domestic fares were raised about 20 per cent in to cover rising fuel, labor and maintenance costs. Air passes for cabinet wives vetoed CAREERS Experienced Counter Help Automotive and Industrial FOR INTERVIEW CONTACT MANAGER ACKLANDS LTD. Lethbridge Phone 328-8111 PHARMACIST REQUIRED CONTACT THRIPTWAY DRUGS 327-0340 Hard-pressed auto workers present plan OTTAWA (CP) The United Auto Workers' Union feeling the pinch of a decline in vehicle sales, press- ed Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie Monday for measures to boost the domestic industry. A delegation of union leaders, headed by Canadian director Dennis McDermott, brought Mr. Gillespie a three- point plan asking for an end to the price differential between American and Canadian-sold cars, promotion of investment in Canada and reduction of interest rates: But the union officials de- parted without any major promises and left notice that they will be back, perhaps later this month, with "more troops." About Canadian auto- workers have been laid off recently, for an indefinite period, as a result of a slump in both the domestic and American markets. American union members have been hit even more drastically. Mr. McDermott said after the meeting that the union wants the government to take steps that would stimulate demand, lie added that Mr. Gillespie and other departmental officials lis- tened attentatively to the UAW proposals. REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY A Chartered Accountant We are a rapidly growing Lethbridge business, offering the individual the opportunity for ad- vancement and company benefits. Excellent working conditions. Salary com- mensurate with experience. Reply in strict confidence to Box 71 Herald. The Alberla Educational Communications Corporation re quires in ils Central Services Oliice (Edmonton) a: PROGRAMME DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Your. Druggists in Lethbridge and Southern Alberta LETHBRIDGE McCaffrey's Drug Store 418 13lh Street North Phone 327-2205 Thriftway Drugs 702 13th Street North Phone 327-0340 BLAIRMORE Michael Finn Pharmacy Phone 562-2192 CARDSTON Temple City Drugs 271 Main Street Phone 653-3842 CLARESHOLM Claresholm Pharmacy 49211st Street Phone 235-3050 COALDALE Coaldale Pharmacy 1721 20th Avenue Phone 345-3277 COLEMAN Coleman Pharmacy Coleman, Albetta FORT MACLEOD Price's Rexall Drug 206 24th Street Phone 234-3093 'ICTUREBUTTE Price's Pharmacy 339 Highway Ave. N. Phono 732-4431 TABER Johnson's Taber Drug Store OTTAWA Cana- dian transport commission has abruptly grounded a plan to give the wives of federal cabinet ministers unlimited, free first-class travel on Air Canada. In a terse, unpublicized decision dated Dec. 30, the commission rejected an Air Canada request to grant' spouses the same free-ride privileges enjoyed by cabinet members and a small number of other senior political figures. Now no one appears ready to take the idea. An Air Canada official said Monday the request was made reluctantly in the knowledge that it would be turned down by the federal air transport regulatory body. The publicly-owned airline was apparently responding to pressure from some cabinet ministers who were being nagged by their wives to go along on trips, the official .said. But officials in the offices of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Transport Minister Jean 'Marchand said they were unaware of any re- quest to Air Canada for exten- sion of the special travel privileges. At present Air Canada pro- vides the senior politicians with term passes, effectively giving them an open first- class ticket to any destination in the airline system which covers North America, the Carribean and parts of Europe and Asia. They must make reser- vations but they can lake precedence over other passengers on crowded flights if they can convince the air- line they have pressing business. Cabinet-level spouses now can obtain free Air Canada passes but only on application to the airline and for specific trips. The term passes are provid- ed lor the 29 members of the Trudeau cabinet, Opposition Leader Robert Slanficld, the Commons and Senate Speakers and former prime minister John Diefenbaker. The airline, which had a million deficit in 1974, said there is no estimate of the cost of the passes or of ex- tending the privilege to spouses. A spokesman for Mr. Marchand, who was on holi- day and could riot be reached, said the request was likely made by the airline for ad- ministrative reasons. It would be easier to issue cabinet wives with permanent passes than to provide occasional single-trip passes, he said. Hut an Air Canada official denied this. The airline has no interest in adding to its deficit, he said. He said Air- Canada has been asked from time to time by cabinet members to provide perma- nent passes for spouses to the wife off my back." Non-cabinet MPs are entitl- ed to one free return trip weekly to their ridings. The government pays Air Canada and other airlines for these trips. CLC calls for pensions of 75 per cent OTTAWA The Cana- dian Labor Congress will at- tempt to put pressure on the federal and provincial govern- ments for changes to the Can- ada and Quebec Pension Plans to eventually provide a benefit of 75 per cent of wages at age The campaign is the second part of a drive by the 1.9-mil- lion-member congress for a revamping of the plan. It will begin in February. In 1974, union locals were urged to study existing pen- sion protection, propose im- provements and rally public support for change. In a letter sent Monday to local unions, labor councils and provincial labor federations, George Home, political education director, urges union members to en- dorse a resolution and send it to Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde. The resolution calls for a continuation of increases to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and its Quebec equivalent beyond January, 1976, when the pension is to reach 25 per cent of maximum pensionable earnings. The increases should con- tinue at a rate of 2.5 per cent a year until it reaches a max- imum of 75 per cent of ear- nings in 1996, the resolution says. The eligible age should also be reduced by one year beginning in 1977 until it reaches 60 in 1981. The congress also wants one-third of the total Contribu- tion into the plan made from the government and, the funds administered by a pension council which includes government, business, labor and farmer representatives. Joe Morris, congress presi- dent, said in a news release Monday that many retired persons are living at a bare subsistence level. "We talk about allowing our older citizens to live in dignity. The fact is that digni- ty for those people living sole- ly on old-age security and Canada or Quebec Pension Plan is more like poverty." The combined CPP retire- ment benefit and old-age security now is a month. 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