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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta TJiuntdoy, Vanuary II, 197} THE IETHMIDSI HHAID _ Life isn't a bed of roses for volunteers KAMPALA (CP) His ideal- ism Unlisted and his con- victions shaken, Ray Fischer is one of the Canadian volunteers who have pulled out ot Uganda, sharply disappointed with the oppressive regime of President Idi Amin. We've been nervous over the last months, of course." paid the 29-year-old, Toronto-born Fischer who arrived in East Af- rica four years ago brimming with youthful enthusiasm. "We saw the Asians being ex- pelled. Two members of the (U.S.) peace corps were shot and that gave the jitters to a lot of volunteers. "But most of us just don't Some have been reposted to Ni- most of these have asked for want to Fischer added in a geria. Others have relumed j Bucij postings recent interview in this pm dan capital. The remaining CUSO network "At the same time it's impos- stretches throughout black Af. "aUve of Toronta vihoheads toe sible to stay. No one told usto rica. with the non-profit organ- I Malawl that' leave. We just feel we must, ization providing professional and technically-qualified Cana Things are uncertain. "Most of our people are dians to work in developing teachers and you can't continue countries at going rates of pay. to support a system you funda- i Not all the volunteers' ex- mentally disagree with. Still, I periences are as disappointing hope we can come back some day.1' 30 FROM CANADA supply fully its own teacher re- quirements within four years. "It's measurable progress and it's tremendously encour- be added. Out of the CUSO contingent in 30 volunteers are as those of Fischer, however. In Malawi, for examnle. many of the 46 CUSO personnel j Malawi, Fischer is one of 30 members live in modern conditions with a teachers, two are doctors, one of the Canadian University minimum of interference from is a town planner five are Sen-ice Overseas (CUSO) who government authorities. A few j engineers. The requests for as- have been serving in Uganda, j are in isolated locations but I in Malawi, and throughout Africa, are changing rapidly. Teachers are no longer in great demand and the em- iphasis has shifted to technical 1 and highly-professional person- nel. McLaughEn acknowledged there are regular complaints i from volunteers either about the lack of "home comforts" or the Dresence of too many. i "But look at our record. In four years only two petnle have asked t o be sent he added. Fortunately for CUSO, hi< ex- perience seems more typical of Canadians in Africa than (hit of Ray Fischer. .....SHAKE HANDS Pope VI and Israeli Premier Golda Meir shake hands dur- ing her visit with the pontiff at the Vatican. Bottle 'rebate9 system ey mav attract industries CALGARY (CP) Alberta's New universal-depot rebate sys- tem for wine, liquor and soft- drink containers is designed to keep the province dean, but it also could create new industries and expand existing ones. The battle-return legislation weat into effect Jan. 2. and Dave Beck, general manager of the company overseeing con- tainer says the sud- den availability of a new source of cheap glass has stirred glass bead manufacturers in Austria and the United States. "They're looking at the possi- bility of setting up plants in southern Alberta. said Mr. Beck, who operates Contsin-A- Way Ltd. of Calgary. Glass beads are used to in- crease the light-reflecting capa- bility of highway warning signs and lane markers. Mr. Beck said representatives from several companies already have visited Alberta to examine possible land sites. Two sites under consideration Farmers warned it easy' EDMONTON" fCPl Alberta farmers Wednesday were asked to resist the temptation to switch to more wheat produc- tion following a call by Federal Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan Tuesday for a huge in- crease in production. G R.. Pumell, Alberta's dep- uty agriculture minister, said that over a period of time, "ire would like our farmers to main- tain a balance and we exort them to produce commodities for which a market is assured and a profit can be realized He said each farmer must consider his own situation be- fore making "a dramatic switch" in production of one commodity for another. Admitting the current market was excellent with world crop conditions spotty, particularly ln Russia and China. Dr. Ptir- nell said farmers should main- tain "balanced production and thinking on production and marketing.'1 Dobson Lea. President of Uni- i farm, suggested farmers should I react "cautiously'' because he I was not sure how long the cur- rent good market situation would last. "Too often producers have been burnt in the past by being unable to sell what they pro- 1 duce." he said. j Bill Dascavich. Alberta co- 1 ordinator of the National Farm- ers Union, said Mr. Whelan's call to farmers lo produce all i the grain they can. including I wheat carried a "bitter-sweet j flavor.'1 I He said the union has advo- cated a national reserve of grains totalling 1.5 billion bush- els and had such a policy been implemented earlier there would have been no need for the "disastrous" LIFT program that resulted in loss of income for farmers and which now is I adversely affecting Canada's I balance of payments. Qties getting bad deal under new tax relief plan are Fort Macleod and Redditf, where Dominion Glass Co. Ltd. already operates a bottle manu- j faciuring piant. 'We'd probably be able to sell up to 12 million pounds of clear glass a year to them (the I Austrian and U.S. Mr. Beck said. ".And we'd get a higher F.O B. price than Dominion's offer." MIST BE PTEE i Mr. Beck it isn't econom- ical for Contain-A-Way to sell gla.ss to Dominion at existing j rates because the manufac- I Turing firm also requires sup- pliers to undertake the costly- cask of removing impurities. I Clear glass collected from i more than 120 universal depots I in the province now is being dumped at landfill sites, al- though stucco firms are buying j up the colored glass. 1 Meanwhile. Mr. Beck said, ters of thousands of wine and 1 liquor bottles are being re- I turned to the depots, expected i to number 160 by month's end. Consumers get a five-cent re- bate on each bottle. i Hotels represent the biggest single source of wine and liquor bottles and it is here that an enterprising truck owner could possibly increase his revenue. Mr. Beck said hotels still are undecided whether to deliver their own empties or give the job to truckers, who would pay i two cents a bottle in return for pocketing the fivecent rebate. Contsin-A-Way gets a straight fee based on paid both by the Alberta Liquor Control Board and by soft-drink roanu- I facturers through a special 1 trust fund. i Depot operators get one cent for each bottle or can they red- i aim. Mr. Beck said possible reve- nue is co trifling sum consid- ering that an estimated 300 mil- lion bottles or cans of soft drinks and 30 million bottles of wine and liquor will be sold in the province this year. CALGARY (CP1 The .Al- berta government's property tax rebate plan is a break for homeowners but damages mun- icipal autonomy. Gordon Tay- lor and Robert Clark, cabinet ministprs with the former So- cial Credit government, said Wednesday. "It's the most serious intru- sion into local autonomy this province has ever seen." Mr. Clark, former education min- ister, said. j Mr. Taylor, former highways minister, said the tax relief helps low and middle income property owners, but it's one more step toward centraliza- tion of power where cities are concerned. The province assumed con- tro] of finances and the respon- fibility for health and social' development services, he said. "Cities should be treated as equals. There's too much of a tendency think the provincial government somehow has great- er wisdom than they (the city's1 do." Both MLAs said the provin- i cial .covcmmerit should, not take i away the cities' share ci oil royalties, especially not when j rising service costs could be offset by a proportionate in- crease in oil revenues. j Alberta Liberal leader Bob Russell said he support the government's new program, but was disappointed no long- range plans were announced to aid the feferal problems of the large cities. Mr. Russell, in a news re- I lease, said if Alberta's major cities are to meet the needs of citizens in public transportation "they will have lo raise prop- erty taxes to do it." Long haii1 battle ends HEARD ABOUT THE SEAL? Two mlilion fur iroli head for northern reochei of the Pacific Ocean each