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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 3S THI UTHBRIDOE HERAID Wednesday, July 11. 1973 But They Always Ring The Church Whenever a merchant leans back and claims I don't have to advertise. I've been on this corner for umpteen years everybody knows what I've then he's wooing sales trouble. You see, they remember what he used to have but they don't know that he has updated his mer- chandise to include new, modern lines. They don't want what he used to have so they go on to his competitor, who told them of the new shiny wares on his shelves through his local newspaper. You see, the corner might be familiar but the people aren't! Ifs just like the old church that stood on the corner for 75 years. "It was well-established but the minister still rang the bell every Sunday Why not ring your bell EVERY WEEK through an ad in... The Uthbridge Herald Phone 328-4411 and ask to have a lethbridge Herald Display Advertising Representative Call on you! SASKATCHEWAN: Problems as real as population explosion and urban sprawl By JAY WALZ New York Times Service REG regions may be engulfed by problems of pop- ulation explosion and urban sprawl But Saskatchewan, in the heartland of the Canadian Prairies, is different. Here, as a retired farmer on a park bench reported to a visi- tor recently, "the population is going down, instead of up, and a socialist bent government is proposing capital gains to lure country boys back to the farm after they've finished school" Paradoxically, or so it seems to many, the majority New De- mocratic Party, which for years has fostered public ownership of utilities, telephones and in- surance, is now determined to put the Saskatchewan farmer back on his sturdy, free-enter- prise feet Under a multimil- Mon dollar land bank pro- gram, the government is buy- ing up land from the poor and the elderly, and leasing it with options to buy to young men eager to work soil but who haven't the capital for land and modern equipment When accused of "gobbling up" private land for the public domain, provincial officials often say they are "saving our farms" from rich and greedy American corporations planning large scale operations in Can- ada Premier Allan Blakeney, who came to power in an upset election two years ago, has called on Prime Minister Tru- deay for federal help in off- setting the threat of "another American invasion." Saskatchewan has been the poor sister of Canada's West- ern provinces ever since the drought and depression of the 1930's. Manitoba had Winnipeg, the hub and capital of the grain industry, as an economic base. Alberta struck oil, and British Columbia bad its forests and mines. Saskatchewan's hi g h hopes of fortune in oil and po- tash proved disappointing m the 1960's and the wheat market slumped in the middle of the decade When Blakeney came to of- fice, Saskatchewan's popula- tion had dropped from a high of in 1966. The de- cline of three per cent stood in contrast to the gain of three per cent and more in most other provinces The decline, accord- ing to government statistics, continues today. There is a vacuum, officials say, that not only invites for- eign ownership, but also imper- ils, in the words of Agriculture Minister John R. Messer "the small town life that now typi- fies the -province." When the small family farmer is bought out, Messer argued recently, "he goes to the city, where there is nothing for him, and where there are growing social problems that we aren't pre- pared for" The small towns that Messer pleads for bear such pictures- que names as Cutknife, Bif- fer, Handel, Mozart and Dy- sart Gilbert H Wesson, chairman of the land bank commission, told a visitor: "We must have people, not just big farms, back on the land, and we must lower the average age of farmers. Today, it's 55, and that's too high" The land bank program, which has become the keystone of Blakeney's planning, calls for government purchase of all farm lands offered by owners 65 years of age and over. A father wishing to transfer his land to a son receives priority. The commission pays the mar- ket price, then offers the land for lease, at an annual rent of 5 per cent of the purchase price, with an option to buy after five years. 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