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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Thimcfoy, Juni 1972 THE LHHeRIDGI HHAID A long, long wait for jobless Canadians Credit card unemployment insurance would have been a help By IAN PORTER Canadian Press Labor Writer OTTAWA (CP) Many jobless Canadians would have been far happier last winter if they had been able to collect unemployment Insurance ben- efits through use of a credit card. Or If, instead of having to rely on mail service, they had felt assured that their fort- nightly payments would be transferred automatically into their bank accounts. Either innovation would have speeded Unemployment Insurance Commission proc- essing of claims and paying out of benefits. Together, they would have taken some of the sting from the loss of a job and removed the anxiety from first commls- New programs are being HATS OFF? NOT IN NAM The headgear is as assort- ed as the expressions on the faces of these youngsters, portrayed as they waited for transportation from South Vietnam's northern most province, near the city of Huer to safer areas in the south. Youngster at bottom right wears a Gl helmet liner, a -symbol of the strife responsible for the evacuation of the children. Wheat quotas effective now WINNIPEG (CP) A num-' her of quota changes, including the opening of new quotas for soft white spring wheat, Alber- ta red winter wheat and all grades of hard spring wheat, were announced by the Canadian Wheat Board. All changes are effective Im- mediately. An F quota for soft white spring wheat, authorizing pro- ducer deliveries at a level of 35 bushels a quota acre, has been opened at all delivery points within the designated area. A D quota for Alberta red winter wheat, authorizing deli- veries at a level of two bushels a quota acre, has been opened at all delivery points. An E quota for nil grades of hard spring wheat, author- izing deliveries at a level of one bushel a quota acre, has been opened in 14 shipping blocks and at all delivery points In British Columbia. The blocks affected by the' change are: Biggar North and West, Edmonton North, South and West, Hanna South and West, Brooks, Lcthbridge, Vul- can, Calgary, N.A.R. West and East and Railway. In addition, the two bushel D quota for all grades of hard spring wheat has been extend- ed to 12 shipping blocks and all B.C. delivery points. Tho blocks affected by the change are: Winnipeg North and West, Brandon North, Dauphin, Prince Albert East, Regina North and West, Keewatin, Car- berry, Bulyea, Swift Current and Edmonton CP. The five-bushel C quota for durum wheat, grading No 3 and No 4 CW amber durum only, has been extended to include all grades of durum wheat In seven shipping blocks. These are: Saskatoon South and West, Regina North and West, Assini- boia, Swift Current and Medi- cine Hat. think PART IV PICTURE QUIZ 5 POINTS 1 am a high-ranking Soviet official. What Is my name and title? HOW DO YOU RATE? 91 lo 100 polnll TOP SCORE M 19 90 pcinu EicMknt 71 lo to Good. (1 lo 70 point! Filr. 60 or Uixfcr? 7 H'mml FAMILY DISCUSSION QUESTION Should the possession of marijuana be legalized? YOUR NEWS QUIZ PART I NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL Give yourself 10 points for each correct answer. 1 Parliament (CHOOSE ONEi approved, rejected) legislation that would raise old-age pensions retroactively to January. 2 Concerning marijuana and huhleh, the Le Data Commission recommended that. a-poBsesston of marijuana he legalized but that possession of hashish remain illegal b-possession of both drugs be legalized but that selling either drug for profit remain illegal e-possesslon of both drugs remain Illegal but that the penalties be' reduced S Prime Minister Tnideau Bald he would not call an election before this fall. True or False? 4 Donald MacDonald was reelectedPrecldentofthe a-Canadlan Labor Congress b-Confederation of National Trade Unions c-Internatlonal Labor Federation 5 Prssldent Salvador Allende of.. 7.. has Invited Prime Minister Tnideau to visit his country. a-El Salvador b-Mexico c-Chile PART 11 WORDS IN THE NEWS Take 4 points for each word that you can match with its correct meaning. 1.....consortium ...Inaugurate S.....Ignominious 4.....intangible 6.....emphatic- a-shameful, disgraceful b-eannot be perceived by the senses c-begin officially d-assocJationor nership e-forceful PART III NAMES IN THE NEWS Take 6 points for names that you can correctly match with the clues. 1.....Kim II Sum Bruno Kr el sky a-Soviet Foreign Minister b-Chir.eeUpr, West Germany 3.....Andrei Gro'myko e-Chanoellor, Austria Glerek (2-Pollsh'CommunlBt Party leader North Korea. STUDENTS Save This Practice Examination! Valuable Reference Material for Exams. 8.....Willy Brandt REVERSE PAGE the wait for sion cheque. Both now may be technolog- ically possible. As the cost operating computer systems becomes more attractive, both may be economically feasible before 1980. But last winter found the commission only part way into the future. Reorganized in the last three years around five re- gional computer centres across the country, the com- mission was able to churn out payments every two weeks to more than claimants. SOME LEFT OUT For some, however, the sys- tem did not work as smoothly as advertised. For a few, it worked not at all. There seemed to be thousands people protesting that their In- itial payments were delayed for no reason, or that their claims were "lost In the com- puter" or rejected with no ex- planation. or commission officials, meanwhile, it was a frustrat- ing period. At the same time they were completing the re- organization, they were re- quired to implement the com- plicated overhaul of unem- ployment insurance legislation approved by Parliament last June. They were confident their system was working well and would improve if only given a chance. But neither employ- ers nor workers understood the new legislation, it seemed, and everybody had questions. The problems were outlined during a visit to the offices top UIC oficials in Montreal. FEW UNDERSTOOD "Wa never imagined what would be involved in the im- plementation of the new admitted Gaston Gagne, the regional director. "We thought people would under- stand the situation much bet- ter." "People didn't know the new said Marcel Jarry, manager of the district office which, with claimants, Is one of tha bigest in the country. "They all expected a week because that's what they thought they read in the news- papers. 'They didn't lika the deduc- tion for income tax; they didn't like the two-week wait- ing period; they didn't like the severance-pay provisions. Getting employers used to the Idea of the separation certift. cates was a major difficulty." By law, employers are re- quired to give to an employee who is losing iiis job a certl- cate stating earnings, length of service and reason for lay- off. Mr. Jarry said most em- ployers simply ignored the certificates when they were introduced in January. Claim- ants had to be sent back to obtain the document or UIC staff had to obtain the details from the employers pay of- fice. "At first, less than five per cent of the claimants were being given tho Mr. Jarry said. He expected that not before June would use of the certifi- cates be routine for a maxi- mum of 90 per cent of all claims. Clearly, then, there was more to the UIC's time of troubles than might be a in the public protests and em- onstrations, the angry editori- als and the denunciation! In the House of Commons. The comments of commis- sion officials suggest, how- ever, that tha success of so massive a new government program depends largely on advance preparation of the public. Their task was not made easier by the reorganization which reduced the number of local commision offices in favor of a system of district offices clustered around a re- gional centre CAN USE MAIL Now a claimant can mail his application for benefits to the nearest district office; the claim is checked and ap- proved and filed in the re- gional computer; the com- puter then can send out fort- nightly payments and the claimant mails back to It a report card indicating he has been without a job in the pre- vious two weeks. Brycc Mackasey, minister responsible for the UIC, main- tains that the new system ac- cords more dignity to the un- employed worker. But the change In many cases has eliminated all per- sonal contact between com- mission staff and their clients. Routine communication is conducted through the com- puter. The system itself has suf- fered from troublesome, if tempera ry, shortcomings. Computer programs have not been sophisticated enough to handle all factors that de- termine tho size of a claim- ant's cheque. developed and introduced to the computer month by month. Only gradually are they taking over from the large numbers of workers re- quired last winter to process manually such special cases as the claims of clients with part-time earnings. STILL BEHIND For all the effort to update Its operations, the UIC has caught up only part way with the posibilities of modern computer technology. The new system utilizes "batch" computers which on busy days turn out cheques and more. The vol- ume is impressive but the process is rigid and leaves lit- tle chance for individual serv- ice. David Steele, director-gen- eral of planing and develop- ment, says he hopes that within five years the commis- sion can switch to the more modern 'random access" computers now used by air- lines and some Financial Insti- tutions. The advance would make possible the return of tho local UIC office. Each would have its own computer terminal linked to the regional com- puter or a computer centre in Ottawa. Among the advan- tages of the system would be its ability to provide instanta- neous replies to anxious quer- ies about the status of a claim. COST TOO HUGH By Mr. Steele's calcula- tions, however, the cost ol a random-access system is still too high, The cost of issuing a cheque would be several times more than the average of 50 cents now obtained with the batch computer, he said in an interview. New rates VANCOUVER (CP) Tha reduction In no-fault pre- miums ordered last March by the British Columbia Auto- mobile Insurance Board will be wiped out by new auto in- surance rates to take effect July 1. The increases, In car insur- ance catefories other than no- fault, have been approved by the regulatory board for groups of companies represent ing more than half of all car in- surance written In B.C. wipe out Details of the new rates wer made public Tuesday by mem bers of the Canadian Under writers' Association and the In dependent Insurance Confer ence, two groups 53 per cent of B.C. car insur ance coverage. Spokesmaen for both group said the eight per cent figur attributed to an unnamed in dustry spokesman Tuesda was a "fair estimate" of th average increase to the aver ege motorist. By the time a ad- vanced system becomes eco- nomic for the UIC, however, a credit-card and bank-transfer operation may be posible. The vision is of computer memory banks provided with ;he work history of every em- ployee in the country. Presen- iation of a credit card bear- ing, perhaps, a social insur- ance number, would result in an almost immediate decision whether a worker qualified for benefits. 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