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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 . THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID - Wednesday, January 13, 1971 Business Spotlight Auto insurance not profitable Tor TORONTO (CP) - Although automobile insurance policy costs have increased sharply during the last few years, an industry spokesman claims motor vehicle insurance is one of the least profitable and most troublesome of all insurance lines. Donald B. Martin, fit, recently elected chairman of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, says some companies have become wary of underwriting auto insurance because of large losses. "We'd like to reduce prem- Swordfish held off market BOSTON (AP) - More than 4.5 million pounds of swordfish, most of it imported from Japan, Canada and Peru, is being withheld from public sale on orders of the United States Focd and Drug Administration because of suspected mercury contamination, it was announced Monday. The fish is valued at about $2 million, and is in cold storage plants in Gloucester, Boston and New Bedford. Arthur J. Beebe, regional director of the FDA, said that mercury content above the FDA safe limit of 0.5 parts per million was found in 90 per cent of the samples tested thus far. One sample tested 2.4 parts a million, Beebe said. In Halifax, a spokesman for the federal fisheries department said the swordfishing season off Canada's east coast will not reopen until the water warms up later in the year. No swordfish have been landed in Nova Scotia since the fall and therefore no recent tests for mercury content have been possible. In Ottawa, Dr. Chesley Blackwood, director of the fisheries inspection service for Canada, said "as soon as swordfish become available again, tests will be done, probably in April." The last tests for mercury content in local catches were made in Halifax in September, a spokesman said. Contamination at that time was negligible. iums," he says. "We'd much rather have stable claims and stable premiums." A large segment of the public, he says, believes companies enjoy raising premium rates. "Until costs to us stabilize," Mr. Martin says, "we won't be able to stabilize the premiums that we charge to our clients." He says auto insurance premium rates are unlikely to de-ctcase in the next few years because companies face high auto repair costs and the expense of large court settlements. SEEK IMPORT CHANGE A committee of the insurance bureau met recently with federal government officials to ask that all spare parts for automobile repairs be allowed into Canada duty-free. Most parts are manufactured in the United States. Duty is not charged now on parts for use in new cars. The broadened duty exemption sought by the bureau could mean lower costs for the auto repair industry and indirectly, for the insurance companies. Mr. Martin says the move by car manufacturers to introduce sub-compact cars which will maintain basic styles for several years will not result in kwer auto repair costs. Instead, he says, the use of cheaper materials to produce low-priced cars may result in a still flimsier product. Mr. Martin says federal and provincial governments should place greater emphasis on driver training programs and more stringent enforcement of licencing procedures and traffic regulations. Courts, he says, should be encouraged to levy stiff penalties for traffic law violations. He says these measures would help to reduce the number of claims handled by insurance companies. 4ft-below zero weather closes north schools GRANDE PRAIRIE (CP) Record low temperatures Jan. 12 forced closure of schools I in the Peace River region of' northwestern Alberta Tuesday. School officials said 2,100 students were affected in the Spirit River School division while the others were in Grande Prairie County and the East Smoky School division. The town of Peace River reported a record low of 48 degrees below zero, seven degrees colder than the previous record set last year, while Grande Prairie was 41 below, an eight-degree drop. Trudeau may be the man to save Commonwealth Rangers may go kaput Admit women WORCESTER. Mass. (AP) -Holy Cross College will admit women student" in 1972, administrators announced Monday. The college is the last Jesuit institution to be exclusively for men LONDON (CP) - A writer in the London newspaper The Observer specu'ates that Prime Minister Trudeau may be the man to "save" the Commonwealth in the face of threatened defections by some countries over Britain's consideration of selling arms to apartheid South Africa. Commonwealth correspondent Colim Legum writes: "By this time next week we should know if Mr. Heath is to | go down in history as the British prime minister who Dresided over ths liquidatifi f t'"> r->-monwealth or whether Pierre Trudeau has succeeded in saving it. .. . "Mr. Trudeau is a recent convert to its value, having come to f e last (Commonwealth prime ministers) conference as a skeptic. He now shows all the zeal of the neophyte who has been persuaded by his own political experience of the importance of the opportunities offered by the informal links of a worldwide multi-racial association. I "At Britain's weakest moment in its attachment to the Commonwealth, it is ironical that Trudeau should find as his leading partner in his initiative to prevent its breakup, India's Mrs. Gandhi (Prime Minister Indira Gandhi)." The Canadian-Indian strategy, Legum writes, is to try to persuade African leaders at this week's Singapore conference to suspend Commonwealth membership rather than withdraw permanently should Britain take the decision to resume sale of arms to South Africa. The writer calls Trudeau the Commonwealth's "new knight in shining armor." INCREASED EXPECTANCY Life expectancy in Britain has increased to about 69 and 75 years for men and women respectively. OTTAWA (CP) - Whether the Canadian Rangers are to continue as part of the armed forces is a decision to be made by Brig.-Gen. Ramsey Withers, commander of the new northern region headquarters based at Yellowknife, N.W.T. Most of the 1,600 whites, Eskimos, Indians and Metis who made up this purely-volunteer force now are inactive. In the late 1940s, when the Rangers were formed, these men lived mostly in remote areas of the sub-Arctic and the Arctic and were an invaluable source of help and information. "They were given such tasks as guiding regular troops, providing a reconnaissance screen, and coast-watching," says the current edition of The Sentinel, published by the Canadian Fc'ress Headquarters. "They were to help the RCMP and police in apprehending small groups of enemy agents. They were to report on friendly aircraft in distress and help the crews of such aircraft, and they were to report on enemy aircraft. "Finally, if the situation required, they were visualized as the nucleus for guerrilla bands operating against an enemy invader." Building the Distant Early Warning line across the Arctic and long-range aircraft stripped Air exercise at Whitehorse WHITEHORSE, Y.T. (CP) -The Canadian Forces will stage the first operational deployment of modern military aircraft north of the 60th Parallel out of Whitehorse airport beginning Feb; 22. Dubbed "Northern Pioneer." the exercise will involve six CF-5 jet fighters and about 50 air and ground crewmen. Members of the Tactical Fighter Squadron from Cold Lake, Alta., will practice grid navigation and reconnaissance for a week. the Rangers of many of their duties. And the Rangers themselves were changing. The lure of community life, with its schools and stores, took many Eskimos and Indians away from the trapline. Maj. Bill Stirling, dispatched last summer on a 12,000-mile mission to report on the status of the Rangers, found many of the units "practically non-existent," says The Sentinel. He was to report on the current usefulness of the Rangers and make recommendations for thsir future. But establishment of the northern headquarters put Rangers under Maj. Stirling and Brig. Withers. "He is determined that the force should reinforce the pattern of development In the North," says The Sentinel. "He wants to talk to a (treat many mere people in the Arctic and sun-Arctic before he comes to any conclusions about this proud fore*." Dief urges crime probe commission TORONTO (CP) - A royal commission should be set up immediately t o investigate crime and revolutionary conduct in Canada, former prime minister John Diefenbaker says Among its main considerations would be an investigation into the Front de Liberation du Quebec and its operations, he told the Advertising and Sales Ciub of Toronto. The commission should also "be empowered to look into the matter of alleged infiltration of Communists and former avowed Communists into higher posi-1 tions of government. ..." He mentioned the Company of Young Canadians, Information Canada and the CBC as national organizations which could be investigated. The commission would investigate the circumstances under which the War Measures Act was promulgated to find out the facts which led up to and resulted in the extraordinary action being taken. "Canadians will only then know the true facts which they do not now have." He said the formation of such a commission is long overdue. It should be set up immediately with federal and provincial government representatives and required to report within three months. Third NFU director quits post ST. LINA, Alta. (CP) - Ed Eigner resigned Tuesday as director for the National Farmers Union region four in northeastern Alberta. It was the third resignation from the militant farm organization in Alberta during the last week. Bob Cheshire of Ash-mont, and Gloria Paquette of Picardville resigned from the union's national board last week. i Mr. Eigner informed a district board meeting Monday at Smoky Lake of his intention to resign. He said in a prepared statement he could not continue to work in the union because it was "run completely from the top down." "No one is allowed to think, suggest or debate except the executive and the few selected people who wilt not stand up for the farm member's rights." He agreed with Mr. Cheshire and Mrs. Paquette that the only way for the union to be brought back under the control of its members was for president Roy Atkinson of Saskatoon to resign. Montreal police seek pay hike MONTREAL (CP) - City police have asked for salary increases ranging from eight to 20 per cent in negotiations for a new one-year contract to replace an agreement that expired Dec. 31, The new demands, made public today by the Montreal Policemen's Brotherhood, call for salary increases of between $1,000 and $2,000 a year in most classifications. The last police contract was signed following a 10-hour strike in October, 1009. (hat was ended bv special provincial legislation after army troops were called into Montreal. Tho brotherhood's initial demands would increase the salary of a first-class constable to SI i..">"(( from 15 annually. Drtcctivc-.'-rrg.'pnt^ and rar>-tsin.s would be increased to $12,403 a year from $11,740. Moonbuggy feat hailed MOSCOW (Reuter) - The success of Lunokhod, the Soviet remote-controlled moonbuggy, is so great that it gives hope for a future manned space observa tory on the moon, the Soviet Communist party newspaper Pravda said today. Kirill Kondratyev, a corresponding member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, said the creation of remote-controlled unmanned space observatories still presented many problems. But he added: "However, the scientific horizons which the use of such an observatory opens are so wide and significant, the outstanding success of Lunok hod so brilliant, that this gives hope not only for an automatic station, but also for a manned moon station in the feasible future." Lunokhod started moving about the surface of the moon again Saturday after sitting out its second cold lunar night. Tass reported today that Lunokhod had moved 517 yards during a five-hour communications session with earth Monday. it said the eight-wheeled vehi-I clc packed with instruments en-: tered a crater and carried out a ' panoramic survey of the area. j LOT OK SNAKE j Adult king cobra snakes coin-1 mcnly measure 15 feet or more i in length. MARSHALL WELLS MATTRESS and BOX SPRING 3 DAYS ONLY - JANUARY 14TH, 15THJ6TH - OPEN THURSDAY JANUARY 14TH AT 7:30 A.M. POSTURE QUILT MATTRESS and BOX SPRING Regular 99.95 per set NOW ONLY .95 PER SET Mattress or box spring Each ............ 34 RESTONIC HEALTH O MEDIC MATTRESS and BOX SPRING Regular 199.90 PER SET Vl Price i Now PRICE QQ-95 VW 2? Mattress or tjx spring Each ............... ENCHANTED SLEEP MATTRESS AND BOX SPRING Regular 119.95 per set "TiF ^^�95 Mattress Sale Price.................. � %^ Mattress or Box Spring only................44.95 eacn 3'3" HOLLYWOOD BED 49 95 Complete with headboard, legs and brackets. Regular 69.95. 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