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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbruicje Herald FOURTH SECTION1 Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 17, 1973 PAGES 33-42 The metric system is coming...slowly By JFM MAYBIE Staff Wrilcr Would you believe a fair dam- sel a fieure of 91.5? Or how nboui Or Is the firs; ooe a the second one an ele- phant or the one a gopher? Vv'ro.ig on all counts. The are trulj" those of 2 fair damsel. Expressed in she would be 36-M-36. The is rough met- ric eqiuvalent in centimretres. The other wo were the milli- and decinieire equiva- lent. Aed you'd better gei used to them. Canada is slowly cnsng-jig over to the metric system. The flurry z couple of years lia about rhasEiag to met- ric system in Csnads seems to have died on the surface bu: chsnses are being made daily. Vsjiy preduns ir. your gro- cery cabi-.el ar.d medicine chest certain tne ounce, pound and p'jii measures uith tfi? metric equivalent LT brack- FI5. Toothpaste Iiive yo-.i purchased Icvlh- paste lately? You can stiU purchase the very small tubes marked in oiinces. Bu: cost lubes are in 50 ml, ral or 150 ml. By the way. ml stands ior millilitre. About "S ml make up fluid ounce end or.c nil equals one cc tcubic cenuinjetre In tbe metric system, the ba- sic thirg one has to remember is that mecre stands for a unit ol length, cram fur a unit of ar.d litre for a unit of volume. For easy calculating, one equal- about grams. Have you no-ticed your milk cwoiis lately? They state "half gallon ii.27 liirre.! or one quar, I.i-. litres. The viu- nin D added is expressed in nails per 100 mis. A pound of Christie choco- late chip cookies has g' printed on the package. Peal; Fred's 15-ousce shorttake has 1425.2 g'> printed on the pack- age. TVmings tes. re: wfieht 4 oz. also has lerns n-'.h V'lrsioas. He says 'Jut under s-jn-cr Protection Art and standard sizes of packacl-r regularjons, si] toothpaste in b? packaged in muiip'.es of 25 rniiiihtrss. Xe-.v resuia'Jons s'ncu-d be cut by string fer standard-size packaging of pro- ducts, changir.g oracs and to exact metric units cf and 'Tt L- no: a question of u-heth- F- the metric system is corning to Mr. Helton said. "it 15 a matter of He ihe metric sys- tem 'in Canada be almost Toughest of all The toughest thing lo change ar.d r.e cnc that vail cause the ntost orobl-cir.. he said, is hich- sr-eeds. People are gctg to stnie r-Alems cettbg used to crhTr.c. si 50 Klcrae'.ers an hour c-ry T! mph or 100 kph or. the highivaj the legal system of voieh.s ar.d measurej in CarjadE. Lne present sv'stem be around a long while, inci- cated Mr. Hehor.. Some land deeds in France, for example, haven't been cor- in Lbe niore LIED 25-3 years that has been or. the metric system. it be tin lone in Can- sea before it will mandstory the land descripwons for titles h? done Li Lhe. metric system only. 2ur. Helton predicted. Metric seminor In an attempt to acquaint the surveying and construction in- dustries and the general public Lhe metric sysiem a sem- inar sp-tnscred bj' the Leth- bricge College lo- cal coostrucnon associatic-n and the Oldman River Beaonal Pirjnrjng Commission, has bsea tectativpiy for March 15-1T. A full line of speakers is be- ing organised. Mr. Helton said, and there vrill be a series erf v.-oritshops for practical dem- onstration o: the application of the metric system. Interest ir, the seminar has expressed from coast to Scstis to :K ssid. and 200 relegate? are expocied to at- v.'nile there vr5 be rr.uch A eer-erai to the public and ether b'jsmesses. the sem- ir-sr is aimed rlenners. and con- tractors to accuHtnt them vith the metric and dernon- to-.v conversions csn be made easily. A session for the pub- particularly -je housewife, iiU be held, free of charge- Charge for the entire seminar however. Kkely be about Mr. Helton said. Even-ore 15 also inrited to arieiid tbe seminar. The OKRPC itself CT'I! soon also be doing everything ID metric Helton said. ONE PHYSICIAN MEANS HOSPITAL ONE-THIRD FULL B> GREG McIVTVRE Herald Piaff MILK RIVER Dr. Norman bas been ihe only doctor in Ihi; are--. Arril a Dr. xvuld pjppon ;hrce ckx1- He hat about 6.CW patjents spread from the Warner area ?ouih- 10 per cent of Dr. Streighi's south of the birder where iha shonace of small town riociors is io iv tiian in A'.ivru. a of abou; on'y or.e doctor, Mid. in an ir.ar.y conimiimuiV. Milk Riu-r h.-.d invjMe keepinc fiociors :r, ihe In recent years there have usually been iwj dix-ior? in Hob i? on ihe way. but only tem- porarily, r.ior.th a youns: expected from Ireland, but Dr. saJii bes onJy siayinp four mp.-.lJis "JIL-; for a lark belore returninc lo BrUain. Tk1 ha money a? a riivior a a p m a U fo'Aii practice does n-.ake P. p'catcr demand on IV Oshiro. who lives in Coa'dalt1-, Dcv.or? tend to avoid- >rnal] of the responsibility, a ot "profession.il isolation." the lack of Fhoppinc. onlcrtainmrni. and other facilnu's offered in ciiy. he said HLVauso men tend to Ix1 with their jobs, it is ihe wives and families of doctors whp object ihe Mronccst lo small IOIVTJ life, said !he A MA rrrsident. Dr. Oshiro said the medical associ- is cwidtictinp a study of the dis- tribution of medical sornrcs across AUxirta. lYcmirr Lougbcod has asked for fi- pures on Lhe d'sirinution of doctors. Sic said. "Preliminary Ficures should be available by la'.e spring." Dr. Oshiro said Lhere are probably er.ough coctors in Alberta, b'ji ihey are no: distributed acecus-eK. nonherr. conununrjes suffer the meet shorisces o: moicai help, he said He soud no ow hs? conic up sny good idesi to encourage coders to slay m and isolated places. Perhaps medic si could quirec' to spend Linie in small cenu'fs par; of he ?t.iy LI the larger trcs." he said. "Medicine 15 cetrJicr more compli- cated all the time more tobor.v tones. more facilities, I even told unofficially at the medics! school level rot to go to a plai-V wiih Uvs 5.rtV popple il n.s.s no: .1 to.in you'd jtis-t ciH your practice ostabhslied and place nuphi [owl up." Apart from on duty 24 hours MV. seven days a iveck, Pr SireJ.shi said tilings are no more hoclic than U'.cre utre doctors in Milk Kiver. He said people realire lit Is over worked Jind been considor- flir. "I've actually even had less calls at nipht than usual." A doctor-patient chai DT, Straight examining seven-monih-old Celine Ccs ;