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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 31, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, January 31, 1975 Once a pace-setter, Ottawa slips mid-way down minimum pay list Canadian dancer arrested MEXICO CITY (AP) A Canadian cabaret dancer was arrested yesterday at Mex- ico City airport after customs agents found more than 2Vz pounds of pure cocaine, police reported. Linda Therese Belley of Sainte F'oy, Que., was en route to Los Angeles from Guyaquil, Ecuador. Police said cutoms agents found the drug in a false bottom of a valise. The 23-year-old dancer, whose stage name is Jinny Lee, was moved to Santa Maria women's penitentiary on the outskirts of Mexico City. If convicted of narcotics trafficking, she faces up to 15 years imprisonment. GRIZZLIES HAVE HUMP The grizzly bear can be dis- tinguished from other bears by the hump on his shoulders and his evil temperament. Unusual sight Undraped plastic mannequins lined up at the sunlit window of an office in downtown Tokyo yesterday offered an unusual 'first viewers in nearby buildings. Drug reports 'exaggerated' TORONTO (CP) The president of Upjohn Co. of Canada says there is "nothing in recent reports that two powerful antibiotics marketed by his firm in Canada may cause serious il- lness and death. Lee Smith said in an inter- view Thursday that United States reports on the drugs, clindamycin and lincomycin, marketed as Cleocin and Lincocin in the U.S. by the Up- john Co. of Kalamazoo, Mich, were "wildly exaggerated" by the news media. The U.S. Food and Drug Ad- ministration has received re- ports of 14 deaths of persons taking the two drugs, fre- quently prescribed for colds and other common com- plaints. Mr. Smith said there have been no cases of deaths in Canada can point the finger" at the two drugs as the cause. He said deaths attributed to the drugs in the U.S. may have struck patients already se- riously ill, since any drug, even those properly ad- ministered by a doctor, can cause problems. He said colitis may be caused by a number of things, including antibiotics. Colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease often accom- panied by abdominal pain, fe- ver and bloody discharges. The U.S. company has said the two drugs are not recom- mended for use in treating colds or other non-serious dis- eases not indicated in the package insert approved by the Food and Drug Ad- ministration. Six experts testified before a Senate monopoly subcom- mittee Tuesday in Washington that the two drugs should be administered for certain bacterial diseases, and only when other antibiotics cannot be used. Dr. Francis Tedesco of Washington University school of medicine in St. Louis, told the subcommittee he found colitis in 10 per cent of 200 patients taking clindamycin. Mr. Smith said the health department in Ottawa has been kept in contact with the situation and letters will be sent later this week to Cana- dian doctors outlining the situation. A health department spokesman said Wednesday in Ottawa that the department is investigating the possibility that the drugs caused serious illness and death. The Doctors and Staff of CHINOOK PET CLINIC Coutts Highway pleased to announce the OFFICIAL OPENING of their NEW SURGICAL WING FRIDAY, JAN. 31st Open House 2 to 6 p.m. The 'public is cordially invited to attend! B.C. clamps down in austerity move VICTORIA (CP) The British Columbia government has ordered a freeze on public service hirings and a general tightening of all departments until at least April 1. The "freeze" order, signed by Gerry Bryson, deputy minister of finance and secretary of the provincial treasury board, stated the board will not entertain re- quests for additional staff un- til after April 1, and after that date any request must include an estimate of the costs for "space, including revisions, furnishings, equipment and travel and other expenses which would be incurred if the additional staff were taken on." Mr. Bryson's memo also said no departments will receive new cars or other vehicles and mileage charges for private vehicles won't be paid unless the driver has received written permission beforehand to claim such charges. An additional memo to all staff members in the public service states the treasury board's directive "reflects a somewhat tighter economy and consequent closer sur- veillance of our expen- ditures." OTTAWA (CP) Tradi- tionally a pace-setter, the federal minimum wage has fallen back to about mid-pack among the country's 13 separate pay minimums. Only 10 months ago, when the federal minimum went to an hour from the wage set by Ottawa ranked se- cond to British Columbia's. The 10 provinces and two territories set their own levels. Now Ontario and Saskatche- wan at Manitoba at and the Northwest Territories at have joined B.C.'s in the group with rates higher than the federal minimum. The Yukon also has a higher rate at but it has a special formula equal to the federal rate plus 10 cents. Even a have-not province like Newfoundland has a provincial minimum equal to the federal rate while New Brunswick's will be up to by July. Quebec's now is Federal labor officials now are reviewing the minimum wage and when they set a rec- ommended figure, it will be presented to the cabinet. The ministers must approve the increase. Labor Minister John Munro has said the government is looking toward a raise and there is little doubt the increase will come in 1975. And if recent comments by Treasury Board President Jean Chretien are any guide, the government will not be a trend-setter. A labor ministry spokesman says that the federal govern- ment is not likely to go very much above the current high of an hour in B.C., but it is likely to be in that order. Labor generally maintains a consistent pressure on govern- ments to raise the minimum wage. the latest interest in an increase in the federal min- imum wage came after Man- power Minister Robert Andras commented on a television program that the minimum in many parts of the country was too low. He suggested corrective ac- tion was mainly up to the provinces. Bill in recent months, the provincial minimum wages have generally been rising faster that the federal minimum. Ontario's, for ex- ample, will rise to on May 1 and it only went to the present level of in the fall. The rapid increases in provincial minimums has left behind the federal minimum wage as major pace-setter. Trends in the federal jurisdic- tion have often been viewed as the wave of the future even though only about five per cent of the work force comes under the its purview. The minimum wage, if applied to a 40-hour-week throughout the year, only pro- vides an annual salary of below the commonly- accepted poverty level of about When the last federal raise was made, it only directly af- fected about employees. But the minimum wage level also has some indirect effects. Some workers want to maintain comparability with the minimum wage and im- mediately start the search for increases. Governments have been wary of large jumps in the minimum wage because they must seek out the views of business and other interests-if the base level is raised. Effigies burn Striking workers of the Royal Canadian Mint in Hull, Que., gather near the burning effigies of Treasury Board chairman Jean Chretien and Mint chief Geoffrey Ferguson on Parliament Hill. 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