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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta JO THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Tueiday, July SI, 1970 Report To NATO Pesticide Meeting In City Plan Outlined By U.S. Researcher Uses Insects To Control Insects CHIEF SCOUT GREETS FELLOWS Gov.-Gen. Roland Michener, Chief Scout, Boy Scouts of Canada, took time to shake hands with each member of a color guard of Lethbridge boy scouts at the exhibition grounds Monday. In the background behind Mr. Michener is Guy Sabey, guard organizer and former commission of the Lethbridge District, Boy Scouts of Canada. The color guard had rep- resentation from the scout troops in ihe city. Micliener Opens Whoop-Up Days Crown Still Ultimate Safeguard Lethbridge residents got a look Monday at both sides o the debate on the need for the monarchy in Canada. Secretary of State Gerali Pelletier was reported to have said the "force of things" wil eventually spell the end of the British crown's involvement in Canada. Meat Market Damaged By Fire Damage amounted to abou' when a fire broke out in (he rear of the Alberta Meat Market (Lethbridge) Ltd. ai 510 6th Ave. S. about p.m. Monday. The fire was contained in the rear1 of the building, mainly the west wall and the roof. The market is able to con- tinue its operation today. Fire department officials be- lieve the fire might have been caused by wiring in an electric range. Firemen answered another call early Tuesday morning at 344 15th where a stove was reported to have exploded. 100 Copiei plus tax 726? Third Ave. S. But to Governor General Roland Michener, during the official opening ceremonies Monday night of Whoop-Up Days, "the crown is still the ultimate safeguard against the abuse by the government or Parliament, of its authority and power." Mr. Michener, accompanied by his wife, told about spectators in the grandstand, that the "office of the gover- nor-general, now that only Ca- nadians are appointed to it, should symbolize more than any other, the aspirations of The highest ranking official ever to open the six-day event, the governor-general spent two days in Lethbridge and Fort Macleod, inspecting the old Busy Agenda For Planners Fiv.2 delegations are schedul- ed to appear before the Munici- pal Planning Commission Wed- nesday. Smith Bros, and Wilson of Calgary request permis- sion to build the Dunlop Ford automo live dealership on Mayor Magrath Drive. Construction of the complex is scheduled to start next month, with occupanc expected by Jan. 1. A representative from Mi Donnell Manufacturing will as he commission for permissio x) build a motor home manu 'acturing business at 1502 2n Ave. N. Dwight Jensen, director lousing for the University Lethbridge, will make a sub mission to the commission. North West Mounted Police fort, heading off tha Whoop-Up Days parade and torn-ing the exhibition. Mr. and Mrs. Michscer, unexpectedly, stayed for the entire 90-mimte stage show which followed the open- ing. Mr. Michener, a native of Lacombe, said "I am an Al- bertan and proud of it. "It stirs my blood to come back to my native province, and re-discover its beauty and lha friendly spirit of its people." He recalled the days when he played "second coronet when I was 16 years old, too many years ago to think about, for tte Red Deer Citizens' Band." The remark was in reference to the Lethoridge Kiwanis Band which performed prior to the opening. He congratulated the people of Lethbridge on the "splendid agricultural exhibition which' you have built up over the years." By JIM WILSON Herald Staff Writer Insects themselves should be used to destroy bothersome in- sects, says Dr. E. F. Knipling, director of the entomologic a 1 research division-of the United S'tates department of agricul- ture's agricultural research ser- vice. "It's a method that's 100 per cent he said. "You're not disrupting anything else ex- cept the insect you're trying control." Dr. Knipling is one of 75 ternational researchers gathe ed in Lethbridge at the nin day institute on toxicity of ps itcides used on livestock, o ganized by the Lethbridge search Station and sponsorec by the North Atlantic Treat Organization. Some form of genetic atlac on agricultural and other sects, Dr. Knipling said, won be preferable to continued elusive use of insecticides an pesticides, which have a broa spectrum effect on many di fercnt organisms in addition whatever they are aimed at: :I don't think it's so impor ant in the livestock insect fiel where you apply the sprays c rectly to livestock, as it is wi insects such as mosquitoes an crop pests, where you have treat the whole environm e n t Dr. Knipling said. said he had seen no ev dence "to make me think pe pie are in danger" from proper ly-used insecticides, but adde "there is evidence of accumi lation in substantial amounts i the organochlorine (DDT-type insecticides in organic tissues. Combining a number of di ferent methods in insect con trol would be best: insecticide: insect pathogens (insect di eases selected to act only o the insect species being attack selective chemicals an genetic control systems coul together eradicate serious in sects. BUS SERVICE DURING EXHIBITION WEEK JULY 20 TO 25, 1970 LEAVE YOUR GO CAR AT CITY HOME TRANSIT Commencing noon to midnight special buses will operate from the City Cenlre as follows: Start at 4th Avenue and 5th Street South East on 4th Avenue to 13th Street South South on 13th Street to 9th Avenue South East on 9th Avenue to Mayor Magrath Drive South on Mayor Magralh Drive to South Parkside Drive East on South Parkside Drive to Pedestrian Gate Leaves the Pedestrian Gate every 30 minutes from 12.30 noon to midnight via 34th Street South and 6th Avenue South. No. 2 Route Monday Through Saturday Will operate directly to the Exhibition Grounds Main Gate every 30 minutes from a.m. to p.m. Leaves Main Gate every 30 minutes from a.m. to p.m. ALL OTHER REGULAR BUSES WILL OPERATE REGULAR ROUTES AND SCHEDULES. TRANSFERS WILL BE ISSUED Adult Fares.........6 Tickets for or 20c cash Children's Fares.......3 Tickets for 25c or lOc cash Passengers are requested to place their own fares in Ihe box. TRAVEL TO THE EXHIBITION BY TRANSIT BUS AND AVOID PARKING PROBLEMS MIDWAY MAGIC Whoop-Up Days, like any fair, really comes to life when night falls and the midway lights cast their spell. This year's midway is bigger than ever. In addition to the ferris wheel, the main attraction in any midway. Art Thomas Shows of Lennox, South Dakota, has brought in several new rides. One is a special children's ride, the which has 11 different vehicles topped by a huge revolving umbrella. Hormone mimic compounds might also be produced, which would control insects without endangering animals, people or other organisms, Dr. Knipling suggested. "I want to stress that we should be looking for alterna- tives to insecticides, however, and the area I'm particularly interested in is the genetic ap- proach. "Tne success we've had with the sterile insect method (where male insects sterilized in the laboratory are released to mate with female insects, with no young resulting) is shown in the classic example of the screw Dr. Knipling said. "Work is now underway on the same principles for crop insects like cattle grubs, war- ble flies, fruit flies, corn ear worm, bud worm, coddling moth pink bull worm and they ali look encouraging. "In the livestock insect field there isn't as much similar re- search being done, but one po- Information Vital On Pollution Canadian people must be i formed sufficiently about poll tion and its causes to be ce tain they are aware of the se iousness of the problems it cr ates, a Canadian scientist say Dr. Henry Hurtig, forme ly attached to the Lethbridg Research Station and. now search co-ordinator for pesi cide studies with the Canat department of agriculture in 0 tawa, said it is important show people at the same tim that "pollution control is goin to cost a lot of money it's nt going to be cheap." Dr. Hurtig was one of 75 in ternational scientists gathera in Lethbridge for the nine-da institute on toxicity of pesi cides organized by the Let' bridge research station an sponsored by the North Atli tic Treaty Organization. "We're lucky: We're not s polluted that we're in seriou trouble yet. We're a countr where something can be don about the poUution problem' Dr. Hurtig said. 'But we have to start wor ing at it now, or we'll have th same sort of problem the have now in most of Europ where perhaps nothing can b done because tilings have ju: gone too far." He said it was likely goin to have to be done by legist ion, because people and indus .ry just won't co-operate ;heir own. "But the legislation will hav o be done fairly, and take no tice of'all of the effects of 01 ders that could be made bases on it." An example, he said, woul ordering the relocation of a ndustrial plant: who would pa Jie moving cost, to save it from jankruptcy? New plants, such as the me? xacking plant that is to be bull n Lethbridge, must be shown low to be good corporate citi zens and if necessary ther must be legislative or them to follow, Dr. Hurti: said. "However, we have to be aware that what's pollution in me area isn't necessarily po! ution in another." An example would be use o iigh phosphate detergents where the sewage is poured into 500 Names On Petition Briant Stringam said Tues- lay more than 500 names have i gathered to date in a campaign to force a vote on jethbridge's Sunday sport by- aw. The bulk of the petitions have Kit yet been counted, he said. The number of names needed s which is 10 per cent ol he number of registered voters in the city. The campaign is being spon- lored by the Church of Jesus hrist of Latter day Saints. Jther local cnurches are also jarticipating. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC Certified Dental Mechanic Metropolitan Bids. 328-4095 Conner Barmvell Man Appointed To Commission Robert L. Mercer, formerly Bar'mvell, and now of Idaho alls, Idaho, has been appoint- d to a three year term on'the daho Potato Commission by re state's Governor Don W. amuelson. His term will' run through to uly i, 1973. Mercer is field lanager for the R. T. French ompany at Shell, Idaho. He is married to the former B e v e f I e y Knowlton of Leth- bridge. Mercer was a recent visitor to Barnwell for a class reunion. LIQUOR MISUSE A director of the Canadian Red Cross Society's water safe- ty service contends misuse of liquor was involved in the ma- jority of boating accidents last year. WE'VE MOVED To 906 1st Avenue South CLEARANCE OF USED FLUORESCENT FIXTURES 7.00 B light. Complete with tubes. Each WYATT ELECTRIC PHONE 327-2048 a river or even a sewage treatment plant it can be dangerous: a pollutant. How- ever, in rural areas where the sewage is poured into sep t i c tanks which drain into the ground, it is harmless. "There are many potentially dangerous uses 'of Dr. Hurtig said, commenting on the purpose of his visit to Leth- bridge. "For example in Saskatche- wan at least 13 million pounds of are used annually and at least 1.3 million pounds of it moves into the atmosphere to settle somewhere else. "We don't know where it set- tles, we don't know what effects it has and we don't completely know how dangerous it might be." These are among the reasons for the NATO institute here, which it is hoped will be a cata- lyst for further research into both the effects of pesticides and alternatives to them. Dr. Hurtig also had a chill- ing observation about what has happened in the past, to pesti- cides: During the Second World War, millions of gallons of DDT were shipped by the United States to the South Pacific, to combat malarial mosquitoes causing tremendous disease problems for allied troops. "A number of the ships were torpedoed and Dr. Hur- tig said. "Where did all the DDT tential success so far Is control of the horn fly." Hornflics are alien pests, he said, which were introduced on livestock imported from Eur- ope and now cost more than million a year in North American livestock damage. They could be completely eliminated, he said, by use of livestock sprays and chemicals designed to combat horn flies, combined with release of gene- tically sterile male horn flies to finish the job. "This type of attack could be successful, and at a cost that would not exceed the estimat- ed cost of losses due to the in- sect for one .Dr. Knip- ling said. Other insects could be beat- en the same way and at sim- ilar financial cost, resulting in billions' of dollars in saving in future years. "Let's concentrate first on some of the most important pests, the ones that cost most in damages and control, and that require the most use of pesticides that can affect other Dr. Knipling said. "There's also the serious prob- lem of insect rseistance to the various insecticides we have: it is less likely, although I don't think we can rule it out, that insects can develop any resis- tance to genetic attacks we make en "them." He said total elimination of the insects" he mentioned wouldn't do any harm to the environment or natural food chains: "Almost every one of our ser- ious pests is alien to our con- tinent they've been intro- duced accidentally. I honestly believe we'd be restoring our environment to what it was like 50 or 60 years ago by eradicat- ing them, rather than upsetting it. "And I think one of the rea- sons many of these pests are so serious to us is that they don't have their original and natural balance of competitive organisms to control their pop- ulations, so they spread every- where too Dr. Knip- ling said. "There's been a natural ad- justment toacertain degree, but I don't think nature has yet adjusted for them to a fine bal- ance that would take thous- ands of years." This Is Whoop-Up Week MORNING ACTIVITIES DOWNTOWN FREE BREAKFASTS PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINERS SQUARE DANCING PRINCESSES COSTUME PRIZES WATCH FOR THE CJOC TRAILER FOR LOCATION IT ALL HAPPENS DOWNTOWN Courtesy Your Lethbridge Downtown Businessmen's Association ;