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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-23,Lethbridge, Alberta WMitMMy, JWHiary 23,1f74—THf UTHBRiPOi HEMALO—3« Fitness boom grows OTTAWA (CP) - TTie fitness boom is rnoviog into high gear in the federal public ser> vice, with more and more govenunent departments providing facilities and programs for employees. The health department, spurred by squash-playing Health Minister Marc Lalonde and his fitness and amateur sport hratuh, is pressing other departments to try preventive medicine in the form of physical fitness programs for government workers. In a number of departments, employees came in early for workouts before starting their regular jobs and other departments provide gym and shower facilities for quick calisthenics at lunch time. Sandy Keir, a consultant for Recreation Canada, part of the fitness branch, says the idea of physical fitness as an important factor in public service life will spread throughout the government. The health department, the post office, the energy department and the public works de> [»rtment now have various fitness programs, with other d^rtments expressing mter-est in the idea. Mr. Keir says an or^nized program is necessary for real fitness but even walking to work IS better than no exercise at all. He wants more shower and changing facilities in government office buUdings. If civil servants bad such facilities, he believes, they might jog or bicycle to work, or even skate in the winter on the ice-cov-ere^ Rideau Canal. He savs there is an actual health hazard if employees are forced to sit behind their desks for eight-hour stretches without any opportunity for exercise. In lus view it is an employer responsibility to provide facilities for exercise, even if not a full-scale gym. As yet there is no over-ail policy on fitness in the public service. Some departments subsidize their programs while in others the employees chip in to rent a school gym for their workouts. The RCMP, which stresses physical fitness in its training programs, now wants to provide facilities and assistance NOTICE! NORTH lETHBRIDGE “YOUR PRO STORE FOR HARD-TO-FIND HARDWARE” Phone 328-4441 324.13th St. N. IS NOW CLOSED FOR STOCK TAKING and MOVING WATCH FOR THE GRAND OPENING! OF OUR NEW STORE IN THE WESTMINSTER PLAZA Life on Mars?: Specialists disagree on questionWeekend help Rosemary Joyce, queen of snovir for the Sullivan County Winter Carnival, gives pumping gasoline a chance at a service station in South Fallsburg, N.Y. The station was open Sunday to supply skiers’ cars with gasoline. It closes on another day of the week. PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -Mars experts «round the world are trying to reach agreement on the basic properties of the red pUnet «nd whether it ever supported life. But instead of agreement, there Is new disseiuioo and speculation. After two years of interpreting data from the Mariner 9 space probe, a consensus on what Mars really is like still is far away. One of the central questions that nearly 400 scientists dis< puted vigorously at a meeting bere is whether water in any quaniity ever flowed on the red planet. Water volume would bear heavily on the chances of life having flourished at any time. Dr. Carl SaMn of Cornell University and Dr. Joshua L«* dertwrg of Stanford Univer-' sity maintained there has been no concrete evidence that would rule out the possibility of life on Mars. Further, they contended the Viking space probes scheduled to land on Mars in 1976 will only be able to look for one category of living things, leaving qwn the possibility of life even if the probes have negative findings. HOSTILE TO UFE Other Mars specialists, however, felt the data sent back by Mariner 9 showed a planet with such a hostile environment for life that its possibility seemed unlikely. In the tutenutional Ctdlo-quium on Mars there was some agreement: Mars has Uttle atmospbere; tennpera-lures rise to tbe Ms in mkiw areas during the day and drop to weU below zero at nlAt; caps of frozen water or canion dioxide cover tbe polar areas, and Its surface has rugged volcanic features. Scittitiste secUng to determine when tbe planet’s at-nmsphere an>eared want to know bow long ago the volcanic activity occurred. One group, including Sagan and his colleagues at Cornell, contend mere must at one time have been a more substantial atmosphere. If so, water may have been more abundant and life could have been sustained. The opposing view is that Mars never had any more of an atmosphere than it does today. The present atmos' lAere has a pressure only one per cent that of earth’s. Related to that Issue is the dispute over the canaMlke features first observed in the late 1800s. The idea that they were the work of an advanced society has long since been discarded, but arguments «hi-tinue over how they came about. FORMED CHANNELS To some of the Mars experts, only running water could have formed some of the river bed-Uke channels; therefore water must have been abundant at tome time. . No, say opponents, there are otbei' «t^nalions. Fbwing lava itreams could be the cause. Dr. Bruce Murray of Caltech says, “if we were on Mars studying the earth with the level ti knowledge we have now, we couldn’t understand some of the processes that made earth’s topography.” "We have to accept the fact that there are some processes occurring on Mars that we can't even guees at." In a ioint Hptr on the pot-•IblUty of MartUn life, Sagan and Lederberg Mid a iflde range of living things could exist there as far as is known at present. Since much of the planet is cold and icy, the scientists said, there could exist large animals, just as conditions at earth’s polar regions favor big creatures such as bears and walruses. This is because organisms with large volumes are better able to retain heat. Even tbe lethal ultraviolet radiation from the sun that glares down on Mars does not completely rale out living things, said Sagan and Lederberg. Martian organisms may have adapted to the radi-aUon.” Canadians use a lot of energy Bv JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA — Canada's energy requirements by the end of the cenbiry will reach almost 3 per cent of the world's total energy demand, according to a still-secret Science Council study on energy. But aU that energy will be used to satisfy the needs of only 0.6 per cent of the world’s population, the Science Council report, titled “Canada’s Energy Corridors to the Future,” adds. ’The prediction is that Can* ada’s energy demands will quadruple by the year 2000. But the Science Council study concludes that this pattern of increase in energy consumption cannot continue. Canada’s energy system is in a "transition period in which conservation of energy to reduce demand growth must become an important consideration.’’ The report explains that “what has blindra so many Canadians to their impending energy problems has been the fact that Canada has an immense potential physical supply of fossil fuel reserves in petroleum and natural gas.”' Only one percent of the estimated fossil fuel reserves in Canada have been produced to date, the report says. But the “present proved reserves of petroleum and natural gas are sufficient for a period of only 10 to 2S years.” Canada will need to explore for new reserves, to tap the more expensive oil sands in AlberU, and to use coal. The best to you from Palm, Sour Cream. PALM DAIRIES LIMITED to keep the force in top shape even in the office. The Bank of Canada, now building a new headquarters in downtown Ottawa, is considering space and equipment for fitness programs NO ROOM That’s good, says Mr. Keir, Usually in the past the idea did not occur until a building was complete and then there was no room available. Even members of Parliament have been bitten by the fitness bug. Exercise facilities also have been provided in Confederation Building, where many have their offices Just a short walk from Parliament HiU. Unfortunately, they also have a fleet of mini-buses to carry them that short distance. Health Minister Lalonde, trim and fit at 44, plays squash and tennis two or three times a week and doesn't smoke. He seems a more avid fitness fan than some of his predecessors. Former health minister John Mutiro was—and stilt is—overweight and his chain smoking is the basis for many of his jokes to reporters. Seais RBCORD SPBCTACULAR T. RCX ‘Tanks' RipriM RKordi FRANK aiNATRA ■or Blu* h eiack Whimt Bro*. 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STEVE MILLER -Tha JofcOT” Captlef Raearda at Smnpsons-Sears you gel ^iM«'s f«iest guaraniee •MlBlMtion or motwy rahindad and tree delivery 'Simpsons-Sears Ltd.- open daily from 930 am to 5 30 p m Thursday and Friday 9 30 am to 9 00pm Centre Viltad« Mall — Telephone 328-9231 RRC Oli ;