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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, Jun. 14, 1973 Executives hear consumer wants By BUD JORGENSEN TORONTO (fcP) Execu- tives who employ armies of door-to-door sellers were given conflicting readings yesterday about how concerned consumers are about current business and sales techniques. One member of a panel at the annual meeting of the Direct Sellers Association detected a new militancy while another speculated that "consumerism" may be political opportunism. The 20 members of the associ- ation have about sales representatives in Canada. Al Walker, registrar of the Ortario Consumer Protection Bureau, said businesses have been too busy expanding during recent years of prosperity to pay much attention to con- sumers. "The consumer today is only saying, 'Give me my rights.' OUTLINES WANTS Consumers want good prod- ucts, good service and the right to complain, he said ''They have grown tired of de- ceptive sales techniques, the con-artist games, that have gone on for too long Ken Smookler, a Toronto law- yer and legal columnist, said he wondered how much of the con- cern about consumer protection was connected to politicians' as- sessments of the popularity of the issue. He disagreed with a prediction bv Mr. Walker that there would probably be less consumer legislation. "The consumer now feds he can get somewhere and there's going to be more unrest in the future DEMANDS VOICED W. D Ardell, president of the Better Business Bureau of Can- ada, said that consumers have become articulate and adept at getting complaints circulated through ths media. Niquette Delage, director of the Quebec Consumer Protec- tion Bureau, asked Mr. Ardell: 1 Did you really, mean that he is articulate or was it just a pious vow on your part." He said he did not mean that all consumers have learned how to get action on legitimate com- plaints but many have a greater understanding than they did 10 years ago about how to inf'uence corporations. Mr. Smookler took issus with Mr. Walker's statement; that consumers want their rights. "If you look at it from a hard, cold viewpoint the con- sumer has no rights." SAYS PLAN NEW LAWS He said a right is something that is conferred, and from the corporate viewpoint this inter- pretation means they should be attempting to influence legisla- tion "One of the ways to live with legislation is to propose it your- self." He said the association should be lobbying for uniform legislation in the 10 provinces and Miss Delage said Quebec would welcome federal initia- tive m this area Mr Ardell said business now is "overwhelmed with regu- lations" in the consumer-protec- tion area. Miss Delage assured the con- vention audience that her de- partment recognized that some people will lie to government of- ficials in attempting to promote unjustified claims "I don't expect the govern- ment to be so taken by the con- sumer that it becomes unrealis- tic FIRES BREAK OUT SAO PAULO, Brail (AP) Major fires broke out in three separate fires in Sao Paulo's in- dustrial suburbs Tuesday, in- cluding a multi-million-dollar blaze that destroyed most of a plastics factory. No injuries were reported. Damage from the three fires was estimated at more than million. Foster mothers Jill and Julia Kent step in where mare refuses to tread. Two-day-old colt was surprise arrival, for it wasn't known the mare was in foal. She has refused to feed the colt so the girls give It a bottle feeding every two hours. Injunction against ship adjourned OTTAWA (CP) An Seafa- rers International Union in- junction application designed to tie up a foreign-owned -vessel operating in Canadian coastal waters was adjourned today by the Federal Court. Mr Justice John J Urie ad- journed the hearing to permit examination of witnesses in Halifax next Wednesday Consideration of the action designed to tie up the Bn'ish- owned vessel Travetal, which sails between Halifax and St. John's, Nfld., will be resumedters, the SIU has launched a here Monday, June 25 The TraveUl is owned in L ft don, registered in Singapore and operated by Trident Steam- ships Ltd It has been carrying mostly automobiles to New- foundland from Halifax It has four German officers and a Spanish crew. In an action that it hopes will an effect on all foreign- om-ed vesssls operating in coastal service in Canadian wa- series of actions. SEEKS INJUNCTION It is asking for an interim in- junction ordering Trident to slop operating the ship on the coastal trade and it is asking that this interim injunction be followed by a permanent in- junction. It also asVed that the federal government refuse to issue an extension or renewal of the coasting licence of the ship and that various federal depart- ments enforce various laws as they apply to the vessel. The action was smarted in court a day after Transport Minister Jean Marchand said in the Commons that the vessel be allowed to opera'e an- c her two months, even though the crew does not meet Canada Shipping Act requirements. The vessel has been tied up sinca June 5 when its three- month temporary coasting li- cence expired. Mr Marchand seid in the Commons that 1he owner was advised Monday "he v.ill probably be allowed to travel for a couple of months MISTAKEN FOR BEAR The wolverine, a powerful, long-haired member of the wea- sel family, may be mistaken on sight for a small bear. World codeine shortage looms By ALTON BLAKESLEE NEW YORK (AP) A war against growing poppies that yield heroin threatens to boome- rang into a harvC% of pain for millions of people, urug experts are warning. The reason is those same pop- pies supply the morphine and codeine to kill or diminish pains ranging from cancer to aching joints A worldwide shortage of co- deine could come as early as this fall, says Phillip Reed, president of S. B. Penick Co., one of three United States firms licensed to make codeine from opium obtained from opium poppies The opium can be turned into morphine, and then either into codeine or heroin. The shortage looms because the Nixon administration is pay- ing Turkey million not to grow poppies, even for legal, medical use. Turkey has been one source of legal opium, but also a source cf heroin finding its way to the U S. 'DISPUTABLE ACTION' The poppy curb is "an ex- ample of well-meant but dis- putable political action" to cut off a source of heroin, say Dr. Lmwood Tice and Dr. John H. Moyer of Philadelphia. "It will probably make no sig- nificant difference in the activi- ties of the underworld and their illnct importation and sale of they write in the publi- cation Internal Medicine News. Much heroin comes from the so-called Golden Triangle of Southeast Asia, the countries of Burma, Thailand and Laos, Reed says. These countries are not signa- tories to an international agree- ment to produce legal opium under controlled conditions, as in India and as Turkey was. In- dia pioduces about 80 per cent of the opium used legally, but the loss of Turkey's 20 per cent is enough to initiate a threat- ened critical shortage, particu- larly of codeine, it is explained Consumption has risen sharply in recent years, and is still ris- ing. Codeine is used to relieve mild to moderate pain, such as accompanies influenza, in- flammations, bursitis, os- teoarthritis, post-surgical and post-childbirth pain, kidney stones, burns and tooth extrac- tions. RAN OUT OF OPIUM The Penick company ran out of opium May 9. Merck and Co. has enough to maintain present production of codeine for about nine months: "But we are the smaller of the producers and cannot pick up their slack and meet the country's needs. If In- dia doesn't plant more poppies, there will truly be a a Merck official said. The bulk producers met Mon- day in Washington with a high- level force reviewing federal opium policies, urging release of some opium from the govern- ment's stockpile, totalling about 400 tons, to relieve the short- term problem. The stockpile, plus continuing imports, could take care of U.S. needs for about two years, giv- ing time to work out a program for a continuing and sufficient supply of legal opium, Reed, said. The force mads no immediate decision on the request. Codeine is still considereed by! authoritative medical opinion as; the drug of choice for mild to moderate pain, writes Tice, dean of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, and Moyer, professor of medicine at Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital. Available synthetic drugs, as substitutes, "are either weaker in their analgesic (pain-reliev- ing) effect or, if given in ade- quate dosage, produce much more objectionable side ef- they say. Meir to rest JERUSALEM (AP) Pre- mier Golda Meir of Israel has cancelled all appointments for the next three days to rest at her home here, aides said Tues- day. The officials said Mrs. Meir, 75, was tired from her busy schedule during the four- diay visit of West German Chan- cellor Willy Biandt which end- ed Monday. DATSUN SAVES More gas than any other 1973 car The American Government's Envi- ronmental Protection Agency has published a study on automobile consumption. It rates every" 1973 car sold in the U.S. Here are some of the results: Oalsun Honda Sedan........... BuickOpel DoflgeColt Volkswagen Sedan....... Chevrolet Vega 2300...... Ford PintoWagon........ FiatSedan American Motors Gremlin P'ymouth Valiant Duster Volvo 145 Ford Maverick Mercedes-Benz 220 American Motors Javelin Chevrolet Nova....... Chevrolet Chevelle....... Dodge Dart Ford Station Wagon Plymouth Fury Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, Chrysler Imperial...... Cadillac Eldorado......... Ferrari 365 GTB Miles per Gallon U S Gal Imp Gat 287 258 233 22- 21 7 21 21 2 206 196 180 179 177 163 162 143 T28 118 106 101 97 92 81 63 359 32 1 20 r, 26 Q 236 258 246 226 2" 4 22 20 20 17 16 14 1" 12 1 6 1 6 79 TESTBJ WTHE SPA SWOV They found that a Datsun 1200 does further on a gallon of gas than arty of the others. So if you drive a Datsun 1200 you'll save money on gas, and you'll burn a lot less of the fuel that causes much of our air pollution. If you're economy-minded, or if you're ecology-minded... all you really need is a Datsun UOO DATSUN Polaroid Land Camera Makesomebodyhappy This our ingenious gas saving device DATSUN And the man you need to see. FOREIGN CAR (LETHBRIDGE) LTD. 1102 3rd Ave. South Letrbridge, Alberta Tel: 328-9651 There are more than 1300 Datsun dealers acrosifianatfa and the United Square Shooter2. Only 67 An all-purpose instant color camera at an amaz- ingly low price. Electric eye and electronic shutter for automatic exposures Built-in flash for standard flashcubes. Sharp 3-element lens. Uses inexpensive square film. Polaroid's lowest priced camera Black and white pictures in only 30 seconds. Includes features like built-in exposure control and built-in flash A great gift at an unbelievably low price. The Polaroid Camera Girl will be in our store this weekend to show }cni a wonderful gift idea Come in and see the complete line of Polaroid instant picture cameras. There's one to suit every need and budget Model 420 with Focused Flash. 62.44 Model420withoiitFocusedFlash. 54.97 The Model 420 is the most economical of Polaroid's folding cameras. Uses the Focused Flash system. A set of louvers open and close in front of the flashcube to let out the right amount of light. It's automatic as you focus. Electric eye and electronic shutter for all other shots. The Model 430 has a built-in mechanical timer that "Buzzes" until jour picture's and accepts optional UV and cloud filters. The Model 440 lets you take indoor black and white shots without flash, has four exposure ranges and accepts all optional accessories. The Model 450 is the finest camera in the 400 line. It fea- tures a built-in electronic timer that "Beeps" when your pic- ture's ready, and has a deluxe metal body with brushed chrome finish. Polaroid Colorpack Land Film. Type 88 for Square Shooters 'perpack. Type 108 for the pack cameras perpack. Type87forZip 2.09 >rpack. 2025 Magrath Drive COLLEGE SHOPPING MALL Open Dally 9 s.m. to 6 p.m. Thurtday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.i the right to Limit Quantities. DEPARTMENT STORES A DIVISION OF THE MM. WOOUftOKTN CO. UMTTtol IF YOU TAKE AWAY OUR LOW PRICES YOU'VE. GOT A REGULAR DEPARTMENT STORE ;