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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 9, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID - Saturday, January 9, 1971 Strict regulations urged on air, water polluters EDMONTON (CP) - Governments must impose strict regulations on organizations that pollute air and water, even if it means accepting a lower standard of living, Gene Mitchell, executive secretary of the Alberta Federation of Labor, said here, "This uncontrolled pollut i o n through industrial wastes must be stopped. If it means we must accept a lesser economic standard, we will benefit through a higher quality of existence," he said in an interview. "Ultimately, the federal government must get involved more deeply," Mr. Mitchell said, because uniform standards are necessary in Canada. "Companies that pollute must be made to pay. "It may mean in the long run that we'll all have to pay. It is necessary. Companies that don't meet standards should be shut down and in that case, workers must be protected by law." Mr. Mitchell said he is unhappy that a proposed pulp mill at Grande Prairie has been promised that the province will pay all costs of pollution control beyond $3 million committed by the company. "That's just like giving the company a blank cheque from Ire prov i n c i a 1 treasury," he said. He also objected to a recent statement by provincial officials that a pulp mill at Hinton has been found within provincial pollution standards. "That proves to me that our provincial standards are not good enough because the company is still polluting the Ath�-basca^River." ~Mr""Mitchell said the Federation hopes to get all its members and other anti-pollution groups involved in its anti-pollution campaign next month. "We hope to be reasonable, but the problem is extremely serious and some substantial corrective steps are necessary." Opposition may raise heck MPs face hectic month By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) - MPs trooping into the Commons ttinday after their three-week Christmas recess will face a hectic month, especially in House committees. And one opposition spokesman says they'll "raise hell" if the government doesn't ease the committee load. There are 18 standing House committees, two special committees and one special joint committee shared with the Senate. Government sources say about 10 major government bills will be introduced in the Commons in the coming weeks, all but a few to be studied by committees. These include a measure to control air pollution, bail reform, and establishment of the long-promised Canada development corporation. Opposition MPs, who have complained for months that it is impossible for them to attend all the committees to which they belong, have reached the end of the complaining stage, says Conservative House Leader Gerald Baldwin. He says opposition MPs are New test detects cancer of colon CORONADO, Calif. (AP) - A researcher says an inexpensive new test that accurately detects cancer of the colon should be given to every adult to curb the 54,000 deaths caused annually in the United States by the disease. "Although it is often curable by surgery, cancer of the colon kills more Americans each year than any other cancer except lung cancer," Dr. David H. Greegor said. Figures compiled by the American Cancer Society, he said, indicate colonic cancer strikes 73,000 persons in the country each year and kills 54,000 annually. An assistant clinical professor in medicine at Ohio State University, Greegor has spent more than five years in the development of a test to enable physicians to spot such cancerous growths. In a report prepared for the National Conference on Cancer of the Colon and Rectum today, Greegor said of 900 patients he has tested five per cent showed positive reactions. Your NEW Authorized Dealer JEEP" TRUCKS AND STATION WAGONS UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Cor. 3rd Ave., 3rd St. S. Phone 327-1418 Called the hemoccult-for hidden blood-slide technique, the test is fast and accurate, he said. It involves having patients smear samples of their stools for three days on a paper slide treated with a resin. "The slide comes inserted in a small envelope for mailing to the laboratory," he said. "A special developer is applied to each sample and if it turns blue it indicates there is intestinal bleeding." Patients whose tests indicate hidden blood are called in for further examinations using such methods as barium enemas, Greegor said, adding that test materials cost less than $1 a patient. 3,000 workers on strike in Poland STOCKHOLM (AP) - About 3,000 shipyard workers are striking in the Polish port of Gdansk, demanding the release of some 200 persons arrested during the rioting there last month, a Stockholm newspaper said today. Aftanbladet said the strikers also demanded that the new chief of the Polish Communist party, Edward Gierek, go to Gdansk to hear the workers' grievances. Armed militia were reported patrolling the streets, and the sliipyards have been idle since Tuesday, the report said. members of about three committees each. He wants one of the committees-procedure and organization-to sort out the scramble. But it is up to the government to allow the committee to start that chore. Seven bills now in committee are hold-overs from the pre-Christmas rush. Among them: -The agriculture committee is studying the farm products marketing agencies bill that would establish a national farm products marketing council and authorize establishment of national marketing agencies for specific commodities. -The finance committee is studying a bill to rename the Dominion Bureau of Statistics as Statistics Canada and allow the body to gather tax information from the revenue depart' ment. -The welfare committee Is studying a bill to introduce the metric system as a legal measuring standard in Canada and allow the government to set accuracy standards for various meters and scales. These three committees along with the special committee on election expenses, the public accounts committee and the special committee on pollution, will all meet next week. The special joint committee on the constitution travels next week to Winnipeg, Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops, B.C., Leth-bridge, Alta., and Calgary for public hearings. The agriculture committee starts a cros-Canada tour Jan 20, with hearings on the market ing bill in Halifax, Quebec City Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton and Vancouver. OTHERS RESUME WORK Eight other committees will resume work this month, on issues ranging from the white papers on external affairs and un employment insurance to a peti tion from 13 Glace Bay, N.S., employees of the Cape Breton Development Corp. urging better retirement plan. The entire Commons will form committee-of-the-whole to discuss the proposed House reorganization bill, which would give the prime minister power to appoint 14 additional parliamentary secretaries. Passage of the budget presented by Finance Minister Benson in December will also be discussed in comittee-of-the-whole. Later in the session the government is expected to introduce a bill to give the cabinet emergency powers less drastic than those contained in the War Measures Act. 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