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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta WednMdty, January 29, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 25 Caution needed in accepting new computer ideas TORONTO (CP) Retailer J. Richard Davidson warned here caution is needed about accepting any computer in- novations for a national payments system that would turn humans into ciphers. Mr. Davidson, general manager of research and planning for the Robert Simpson Co. Ltd. with depart- ment stores across Canada, was speaking to a conference on the payments system, a term used to define the ex- change of payments che- ques, credit cards, etc. between individuals and cor- porations. The conference was held in the wake of new federal initiatives to develop a national computer system geared to reducing the need for cash transactions, or what has come to be called the near cashless society. "I believe that all of us must be increasingly aware of the growing ground swell among the public that is resisting the trend toward humans becoming Mr. Davidson said. He said similar parallel attempts to categorize people by numbering systems, such as bank account numbers, credit account numbers and others, tended to dehumanize the individual "which runs counter in many respects to current life style philosophies." Mr. Davidson said 45 per cent of the transactions in the retail industry are by cash and about 50 per cent by revolving credit. He said department store chains have resisted bank sponsored credit plans such as Chargex and Master Charge and are likely to continue to do so in the near future. The cheque was still an integral part of the retail business. Almost 90 per cent "of our accounts receivable are settled by cheque." "Internal economies and operating savings are not the be-all and end-all-it's the customer who counts." In a luncheon speech to the more than 200 delegates, Dr. Paul S. Nadler, professor of business administration of Rutgers University in New Jersey, called Ottawa's policy paper on the payments system "a big hoax." He said Ottawa "simply said if we scare the hell out of them enough, they'll do something." In a brief to the conference, Norman A. Bromberger, general manager of the Saskatchewan Co Operative Credit Society, called for creation of an automated clearing house to facilitate the handling of increasing volumes of paper. Mr. Bromberger estimated that most of the financial in- stitutions represented at the conference were at some stage in moving towards a full time data processing system. But he charged that there had been no effort to work on a common carrier system. Seaway opening set for April 1 MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) The 1975 navigation season for the Montreal Lake Ontario section of the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Welland Canal is scheduled to open April 1, seaway officials said today. David Oberlin, ad- ministrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Develop- ment Corp. said the announce- ment followed agreement between him and Paul Nor- mandeau, president of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority of Canada. Daylight navigation only will be permitted from open- ing date until commissioning of navigation aids is com- pleted, Oberlin said. Weather and ice conditions will be monitored continually along with vessel traffic demands, he said. On another matter, Oberlin said the Seaway Development Corp. is participating in a factflnding trade mission to Europe to help build a firm foundation for increased world trade. were down dur- ing the past year, especially (or general Oberlin said. "By going directly to the European shippers, we will find out how the seaway can best serve its users and poten- tial users." The delegation will visit shippers and maritime interests in several European ports and London. Grain handlers seek 40% wage increase THUNDER BAY (CP) About Lakebead grain handlers will be pushing for wage increases of more than 40 per cent when salary talks with seven elevator com- panies begin early next month, a union representative said Tuesday. Frank Mazur of local 650 of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks said the settlement legislated Grain cargo to set new world record VANCOUVER (CP) The largest grain cargo in the world, an estimated 4.8 million bushels of wheat, will be loaded here next month aboard the Liberian oil tanker Amoco Cairo, bound for Bangladesh. The cargo, a gift from Canada through the Canadian International Development Agency is the product of acres, or the total output of 345 square miles of farm land. The long ton vessel, about 916 by 175 feet and arriving here Feb. 10 on her maiden voyage, was just built in Japan for the American Oil Co. The tanker is so large, she will have to unload her cargo, ranging in weight from to long tons, into smaller ships about SO miles offshore from the Bangladesh port of Chittagong. by Parliament for grain handlers at west, coast ter- minals would be a major fac- tor in bargaining. The contract for Thunder Bay grain handlers expired Dec. 31. Some progress has been made in contract talks to date, but negotiations have not yet dealt with salaries. "Everything hinges on Mr. Mazur said, and if the companies balk at union demands, the agreements reached on other issues will fall apart. Bargaining on salaries is to start Feb. 5. Parliament forced west coast grain handlers back to work last fall after a strike and lengthy slowdown of ac- tivities. Mr. Mazur said the wage settlement there also gave union members increases of more than 40 per cent in a two year contract. CP unit approved EDMONTON (CP) Calgary Power has received approval from the energy' resources conservation board for a fifth power generating unit at its Sundance coal fired thermal plant at Lake Wabamum, 50 miles west of here. The company has also applied for a sixth unit. Calgary power president M. M.Williams said Tuesday the franchise granted privately owned utilities requires that they supply all new customers whether they ate homes or factories. FKWLSTOIK PanefngSafe! Citation Prefinished Hardboard Paneling Hardboard panels won't scratch, splinter or scuff. Sound and flame resistant. Easy to plane and shape, wipe clean with a damp cloth. 4' x 8' random grooved. Alpine Ash and M AC Georgian Oak only. Mm V Special1 irchase Elswood "Tahltlan" Prefinished Paneling Luxurious, scuff-resistant prefinished mahogany print panels In four earthy new woodgrain patterns... in fact, all new for 1975 Southern Walnut, Surf- side Oak, Driftwood Oak and Native Oak. 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