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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE Thursday, January 23, 1375 Work incentives program reactions vary Businessmen favor fi I VkX.f-m.rin.fvf By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor The work incentives program for social allowance recipients, announced last week in a government position paper, has drawn a variety of local responses. The paper recommends work incentives for welfare recipients who would be allowed ex- emptions on such work-related expenses as transportation and babysitting and could keep extra earnings on a sliding scale. Included in the paper's proposals are penalties for employable persons who do not accept jobs, increases in allowable cash assets, expansion of day care services and reduction in the use of welfare vouchers. A mother of four, attempting to work her way off welfare, says the increased limit in the amount a recipient may earn without reductions in assistance is "not a great deal, but it will help anything helps." A representative of Human Concern, a Local Initiatives Project operating in af- filiation with the Lethbridge branch of the Human Rights and Civil Liberties Associa- tion says she doesn't think the new regulations will make much difference to the average family on assistance. However, the regional administrator for the department of health and social develop- ment says the method of incentives is "good" and is based on detailed research to deter- mine what would be an effective and reasonably-priced program of im- provements. The mother of four, who did not wish to be identified, said although she is working on almost a full-time basis for an office overload firm, she still can't make enough money to support her family and requires a social allowance supplement. She said the increase in the basic earnings allowance would "not particularly" improve her income, but might balance out her monthly car expenses which are not covered by the travel allowance from the department. "It could be she added, "but it will help." Isabel Isaacson, the Human Concern worker, was less positive about the incen- tives program. "The whole tone of the position paper tends to re-inforce the commonly-held misconcep- tion that most welfare recipients are un- employed employables (that is able-bodied persons who are avoiding work) when in fact, about 39 per cent of the province's welfare recipients are single parents struggling to raise families. We are doing them a great dis- service by giving the public the impression that we must get these "employables" back to work. "A single parent attempting to provide emotional and physical support for children alone, on the amount allowed by the depart- ment of health and social development has a big enough job without added societal said Ms. Isaacson, herself a former welfare recipient. She suggested that the department should take steps to ensure an improved and expand- ed day care system in operation before ex- pecting much of a reduction in the numbers of families on assistance. "Most mothers would rather be at home with their children, and until there are more day care services available, I think they're she said. However, she added, all recipients would applaud the decrease in the use of the voucher, although she wondered how long in coming that change would be. "I certainly don't quarrel with the changes outlined in the position said Bob Rechner, regional administrator for the DHSD. "Some of them were in keeping with my suggestions for improvements. We're certainly glad to see action taking place." Mr. Rechner said while some critics may say that the incentives program could have gone much further, they must keep in mind factors such as the cost to the public, the effectiveness of the incentives and the com- plexities of the administration were all contributing factors in deciding the range of the improvements. He said the change in the amount of allowable assets for recipients from to for single persons and from to for family heads was a not in- novative, but a "catch-up measure" since the limits were last set in 1961 when had far greater purchasing power. Mr. Rechner agreed that if the allowable earnings had been increased to rather than there might have been more of a work incentive. However he emphasized that increasing the allowable earnings would cause problems with persons presently employed at a minimum wage. If those families on low in- comes were to claim a exemption, it would increase many fold those eligible for public assistance. "With the first exempt, and the sliding scale of assistance allowed for those working, recipients will see improvements as they work more, they will benefit more." Mr. Rechner said the plan to relieve municipalities of the responsibility for assistance will "clear up archaic arrangements, and save people in need from being bounced from office'to office." discount proposal for cash-payers -The Herald Family A black eye can mask something more serious Trim, Com pact Zenith Eyeglass Hearing Aid Make the right decision now and try this reliable Zenith Carlyle aid at no obligation. And if within 10 days after purchase you aren't completely satis- fied, you may return the aid and your money, except for the cost of a custom earmold, will be refunded. JfetHTH n before tl'e go; LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. Batteries for all makes of hearing aids. The quality gc.us in beluic tl'e n. F. A. LEISTER, Certified Hearing Aid Audiologijl "Helping.the hard oi hearing since 1943" Paramount Theatre Bldg. Phone 328-4080 715-4th Avenue S. 327-2272 New York Times Service NEW YORK A black eye can mask something far more serious than a temporarily wounded, psyche or the cosmetic embarrassment from a bump into the bedroom door. If the black eye is not treated quickly and properly, permanent damage to the vi- sion can result, the editors of the British Medical Journal have warned. The potential serious damage results from a frac- ture of the orbit, or bony socket that protects each eye, not from the bleeding that blackens the area around the eye. Medically, a black eye is a hemorrhage that occurs under the eyelids and the sur- rounding skin. It is produced by a blow. Blood that escapes from small blood vessels seeps into the loose spaces un- der the skin. No truly effective treat- ment exists for a black eye, the editors of the journal that is published by the British Medical Association in London said. "The time honored beef steak is both expensive and uselesss and most of the drugs said to reduce hematomas, blood clots under the skin are not of convincing the doctors said in a January issue of the British Medical Journal. Most doctors believe the beef steak achieves whatever success it does by acting as a wet compress. The overwhelming majority of people who get a black eye, Van's TV Sales Service think YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 Hoyal workers, who are responsible for producing the 1976 Olympic memorial coins as well as Canadian and some foreign coins, went on strike. 2 The 28th annual National Hockey League All-Star Game was scheduled to be played in (CHOOSE ONE: Montreal, 3 (CHOOSE ONE: Pittsburgh Steelers, Minnesota Vikings) won Super Bowl IX to become the National Football League champions. 4 A group of opposition politicians charged South Vietnamese President with taking a million U.S. bribe to accept the 1973 Vietnam peace agreement. a-Phuoc Long b-Nguyen Van Thieu c-Park Chung Hee 5 While firing a bazooka at an Israeli jetliner, terrorists hit a Yugoslav plane at Orly airport, located outside of a-Tel Aviv b-Paris c-West Berlin PART II WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. 1.....segregate 2.....seize 3.....sentiment 5.....swap a-twilled cloth often used for suits b-grab, take hold of c-keep separate from others d-trade one thing; for another e-view based on emotion PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS He's Postmaster-General. Can you name him? HOW DO YOU RATE? 91 10 100 points 91 le 90 points TOP SCORE! 71 to 60 points Good. 61 to 70 points Fair. 60 or Under? H'mm! PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 5 points for names that you can correctly match with the ciues. FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION What style of today's music do you preferand why? 1.....John Sirica 2.....Lord Killanin 3.....Yitzhak Rabin 4.....King Hussein 5.....Hafez Assad 120-T5 a-chairman, International Olympic Committee b-leader, Jordan o-Presldent, Syria d-U.S. federal judge pre- siding over the Water- gate cover-up case e- Prime Minister, Israel Inc. STUDENTS Save This Practice Examination! Valuable Reference Material for Exams. ANSWERS in Van's TV Advirtisaimnt suffer little more than the cosmetic embarrassment that goes with such an injury. But some people suffer damage to the eyeball and the muscles whose contractions direct the gaze in all directions. It is the damage that results from what is called a blow out fracture of the orbit, or the bony socket, that was of greatest concern to the British doctors who wrote the editorial. "Blunt trauma injury such as from a fist or ball, tends to force the eye back into the or- bit and the hydraulic force may cause the bones to give way in the thinnest place, which is usually in the floor of the the editors said. When the orbit is fractured and sometimes even when the bones are not broken a patient with a black eye can develop diplopia, or double vision, particuarly when gaz- ing upward. "Sometimes when the floor (or the orbit) is fractured or- bital fat and the interior ocular muscles may herniate through and become in- carcerated; the patient will then experience double vision, unless his eye is occluded by the bruised and swollen the editors said. Women want- IWY funds for programs SURREY, B.C. (CP) Women's groups in British Columbia are quite incensed by the federal government's advertising program for International Women's Year Consumer Affairs Minister Phyllis Young said said this week. Ms. Young said the million set aside by the health and welfare department was being spent on a multi media advertising campaign and to sponsor nation wide conferences. "We've had enough she said. "Women want funds for programs to get things going. "I'd like to see money for advocacy, like discrimination cases this would be a positive she said. The minister was one of three panelists discussing the changing role of women in society at a local school. Some women's rights progress has been made in B.C., the minister said. Half of the staff of the newly formed department of con- sumer affairs are women she said, since they were better qualified in many cases to handle consumer problems. Board and commissions within the B.C. government "started off with one woman on every she added. "It sounds like tokenism and it was." The problem of finding com- petent women to serve on boards was increased because women in the professions did not want to leave their work. Ms. Young said when volunteer groups were tapped "a lot of highly trained peo- ple were discovered." The department of highways now is consciously looking for a female engineer, she added. KITCHENER, Ont. (CP) A survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business shows a majority of its members favor giving cash paying customers a discount. Of about independent businessmen who replied to the cross Canada poll, 68.4 per cent favored the discount while 26.5 per cent opposed it. The remaining 5.1 per cent did not express an opinion. The ballots went out to the federation's members, a third of whom are in the retail sales business, said John Bulloch, federation president. He released the figures this week during a speech at a Kiwanis club meeting. Many of the major credit cards, such as Chargex and Master Charge, require par- ticipating merchants to pay between two and five per cent of the purchase price as a handling charge. The contracts with the merchants forbid them to offer discounts for cash sales. In the United States, the Consumers Union won an out of court settlement, forcing American Express to allow cash discounts and the deci- sion whether to offer the dis- counts now is left up to the in- dividual merchant. Supporters of the discount proposal in Canada have ar- gued that cash customers are subsidizing those who buy on credit, Mr. Bulloch said. Golden Mile Open Monday through Fri- day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 1 to 5 p.m. Next week: Monday: Keep fit 10 a.m. Tuesday: Singing 10 a.m. Dancing 2 p.m. Wednesday: Thursday: Dancing 10 a.m. Whist drive p.m. Friday: Leathercraft 2 p.m. Dancers at Blue Sky Lodge 2 p.m. Noteworthy: There will be a dance at the centre from 8 to p.m. Jan. 29 for members and guests only. 1975 membership tickets are available at the office. The third annual daffodil tea will be held March 22. HYACINTH BURGH Auxiliary elects executive The Women's Auxiliary to the Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital has elected its new executive for the new term. Hyacinth Burch was elected president. Other officers include Jackie Gort, first vice president; Ruby Johnstone, second vice president; Henrietta Hatt, recording secretary; Enid Halvorson, corresponding secretary; Irene Hacker, personal therapy; Anna Vries, patient recreation; Elna Brather, buying; and Frances Seaman, publicity. Andrie Houlton is in charge of the canteen; Rhonda Schindeler, canteen treasurer; Thelma Brown, sunshing bags; and Molly Coupeland, historian. bring your prescription Community calendar The Minus One Club will hold a dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in the Polish Hall. Music will be provided by the Prairie Ramblers. For more information, call 327- 8739 or 327-0310. THE CENTRE FOR PERSONAL COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT In conjunction with C.F.C.N.'s "LIFESTYLE" presents... "The Art of Parenting" This series of four programs can help you make the most of your relationship with children. You'll learn about communication, children at play, discipline and much more Be sure to tune in as Peter O'Donnell joins Elisha Rasmussen on LIFESTYLE C.F.C.N.-TV, every Friday at a.m. Beginning tomorrow, January 24th. FINAL CLEARANCE All Fall Fashions PRICE and LESS ctxine s LADIES'WEAR ;