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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta The letKbridge Herald THIRD SECTION Letlibridge, Alberta, Wednesday, June 21, 1972 PAGES 29-38 hooked to system Farm computers popular By JIM NEAVES SASKATOON (CP) Wilh ever-increasing numbers of farmers getting wired into the federal government's com- puter system, the National Farmers Union is worried that some may get a shock. Canfarm, the Canadian farm' management data sys- tem, is a national computer- ized farm business system de- veloped in by the eco- nomics branch of the federal agriculture department. This year about farms are hooked into the system and this is expected to swell to close to in the next liirec years. At the start 500 farmers participated. Participating farmers pro- vide information on their op- eration and in return obtain planning and market informa- tion on which to base business decisions. "It is these decisions- that are the heart of successful said Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson recently. But the National Farmers Union sees the system as something akin to the Or- wellian Big Brother is watch- ing concept. Roy Atkinson, NFU presi- dent, says Canfarm is basi- cally a useful program, but is flawed "because of the way it is "Farmers don't trust it be- cause they know the aggre- gate information they supply to it can be used against them." Karl Keeler, executive director of Canfarm, has stressed that all the project's employees have taken secrecy vows to retain the confidential nature of a farmer's financial records. Mr. Atkinson says, however, there has been no guarantee the information won't be sup- plied lo the "agri-business en- emies" of the farmer. "The same government and agriculture department that controls Canfarm produced the task force recommenda- tion to eliminate two-thirds of the said Mr. Atkin- son. The question of access to in- formation remains the bogey man as far as the' union is concerned. HAS BRANCH OFFICES With a staff of about 250 at Guelph, Out., and at regional offices in Moncton, N.B., and Saskatoon, the operation's budget this year is million, of which development and re- search costs amount to 65 per cent, "W hat the government should really do is assist or- ganizations such as ours to es- tablish a farmer-controlled and -operated computerized accounting the NFU president said. "The suspicions will evapo- rate and we will have twice as many farmers signed up on a union-managed program in a matter of months than the government has been able to get on Canfarm during the last three years." Although set up to do so, Major breakthrough seen by Mahoiiey Liberals set sights on West By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Trudeau's government appears to be in the midst ot a cam- paign to wrest from the opposi- tion parties the dominance they hold in tile West, especially on the Prairies. With the exception of British Columbia, Liberal representa- tion in Western Canada is spotty. The federal Liberals hold only four of Alberta's 19 seats, just one of Saskatche- wan's 13 seats, and five of the 13 seals in Manitoba. In B.C., the one bright spot, they hold 15 of that province's 23 seats. The party has Iiigh hopes that a major swing is about to take place. What's more, the prime minister and his colleagues are certainly doing their best to en- sure that the swing is to the Lberals. Pat Mahoney, the minister of state in the current Trudeau cabinet and MP for Calgary South, believes the Liberals could be on the verge of a big, if unexpected, breakthrough in Alberta. He suggests that as the metropolitan centres of Edmon- ton and Calgary become more sophisticated, voters will see less and less a likeness of them- selves in the type of folksy and rugged Progressive Conserva- tive candidate perhaps personi- fied best by Jack Horner, MP for Crowfoot. E. B. Osier, Liberal MP for Winnipeg South Centre, has sug- gested often that Prime Minis- ter Trudeau's government un- derstands the wants and aspira- tions of the West belter than any government In years. And that includes the government of former prime minister John Diefenbaker. Everywhere are signs of the Liberal government's wooing of Ihe West: COUNTING THE FUNNY MONEY All this money- counterfeit. Flipping the pages of uncut bogus bills is U.S. Secret Service agenl Bob Newbrand in Miami. Printing plates in background and stacked and are in foreground, all counterfeit. The raid nel- ted Ibree arrests and culminated a one month investiga- tion by agenls. Plants back in operation SYDNEY, N.S. (CP) The Sydney Steel Corp. plant was back in operation Monday fol- lowing a strike last week by the mill's workers. The men had gonp on strike in protest r.gainst a company decision lo close a bar mill within Ihe planl. At Glace Bay, meanwhile striking workers at the mil- lion heavy water plant returned to -.vork Monday following a walkout last Thursday to show sympathy for families of fellow workers killed in two separate car accidents. WATER SELLS TOKYO (AP) Reports o water pollution and the chem: cats used to treat it hay boosted sales of mineral wate by nearly 400 per cent sine J9G9, bottlers announced, Canfarm does not deal di- rectly with farmers. It pro- vides Information through "user agencies." These include Ihe provincial agriculture departments, agri- cultural universities and the Farm Credit Corp. They are responsible for talking to interested farmers, instructing them on how to provide information and for interpreting and using the re- ports returned from the com- puter centre. Each farmer pays to be part of the system and the user agency has the option of adding an additional fee lo re- cover costs. Mr. Olson says Canada should be proud because "we have developed the only suc- cessful national computerized farm business system in the world." TICKLISH GARGOYLE? A grinning gargoyle gets a gentle brushing from foreman Leo Cleutt during sand- blasting operalions at Toronto's old city hall. The 720 facelift, which is lifting decades of grime off the old building, Is due to continue till September. A two price system for v-heat, long demanded by farm- rs, is now a reality. Critics, of ourse, point out that it isn't uite the plan envisaged by armors. Nevertheless, it will mt a substantial amount of xtra money in their pockets. Also with an eye on the farm ote, the federal government is utting up million to buy ,000 rail hopper cars to get ;rain to export markets in rder to meet record-breaking ales. Supply and Services Min- ster James Richardson, MP for Vinnipeg South, has spurred the of the new Canadian Mint in his home "city. The pro- ect, if not immediately a sub- .lantial job-provider, certainly las a lot of prestige. The much-heralded Canada Development Corporation will operate out of Vancouver. The corporation, which will eventu- ally pump a billion dollars into Canadian business and industry, vould have been a plum for any cty. And, to the delight of Alber- a's oil barons, Mr. Trudeau re- :ently announced plans for his 575 to million northern lighway. All tliis is taking place despite iublic opinion polls which allege .0 show that Prime Minister TrurJeau's stock i s actually oing down in the West, rather :han up. The most recent poll supposedly showed that 41 per cent of Westerners questioned ieel Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield would make a better prime minister than Mr. Trudeau. Only 33 per cent opted for [he current prime minister. It's always difficult to assess Kow a poll such as this will eventually translate itself on the ballots. However, it would seem lhat if the prime minister's for- Sunes really are sagging in the West, he'd be more inclined than ever to pay more attention to this vast area of Canada with some G8 federal seats up for the grabs. The reaction of the Progres- sive Conservative and New Democratic Party opposition to Mr. Trudeau's overtures to the West lias been, as might have been expected, negative. The prime minister recently look time out in the House of Com- mons to criticize Steve Paproski Centre) during a battle over the hopper car purchase. The prime minister wondered why opposition mem- bers look such a negative view of anything Ottawa did to help residents of Iheir provinces. Mr. Paproski, who himself only just managed to sneak into Parliament ahead of his Liberal opponent, went on to criticize the prime minster for suggest- ng that Western opposition MPs help to create alienation be- tween the West and Ottawa. To Mr. Paproski a blanket condem- nation was uncalled for. In fact, suggested Ihe Edmonton MP, Canada is only being held to- gether "by some very thin threads" supported in the main by Western opposition mem- bers. The battle for the West will undoubtedly go on for many months. The prime minister's chief tactic at the moment seems to be lo tempt the West with some very juicy and then turn around the oppo- sition's criticsra of them to his own advantage. The end result is hardly predictable. i f" P P f 4 't i J H 2 DIAMOND JUBILEE GRANDSTAND SHOWS DAILY AFTERNOONS 2 P.M. RODEO EVENTS Saddle and bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, boys' wild steer riding, wild horse race, wild cow milking and brahma bull riding. Special Anni- versary attraction old time bronc riding 1912 style. THOROUGHBRED RACING eight races daily run be- tween rodeo events, pari-mutuel betting. Post time 2 p.m. INFIELD ATTRACTIONS "Icarus The Bird flying" high above the infield sus- pended from a giant kite, zooming in to land in front of the Grandstand. Wild Buffalo Stampede, eight Indian braves in full warpaint charge out of the chutes on the backs of the wildest, wooliest buffalo ever captured. Behind the Scenes Tours 25 lucky people chosen daily from the Grandstand and given a guided tour behind the chutes to meet cowboys and see rodeo close-up. Autographs world champion cowboys in the Grandstand area daily for autographs and pictures. CRANDSTAND RESERVED TICKETS 51.75, Enclosure tickets good for west end bleachers or standing room Child 6-12 years EVENINGS 8 P.M. NEW THIS YEAR AN ADDITIONAL EVENING GRAND- STAND SHOW ON JULY 9 exactly the same pro- gram as on the other evenings. CHUCKWAGON RACES Each race has four wagons with drivers, pulled at breakneck speeds by a team of four, thor- oughbreds. Four outriders to each wagon careen around the track men horses wagons all in a melee of thund- ering action making this an unforgettable memory of the Calgary Stampede. STAGE SHOW Headlined by Calgary's own versatile, singing-dancing Young Canadians who have sky-rocketed to fame and stardom on stage and Television. A spectacular extravaganza supported by internationally famous guest per- formers and the Stampede Orchestra. A family show everyone will enjoy! FIREWORKS DISPLAYS ground displays climax the show in a blaze of glory. High level shy rocket display at 11 p.m. GRANDSTAND RESERVED TICKETS 51.75, 53.00, 54.00, Enclosure tickets good for west end bleachers o: standing room 51.25. Children 6-12 years SATURDAY MORNING ROUND-UP JULY 15 9 A.M. ALL NEW PROGRAM OF WESTERN EVENTS In the infield in front of the Grandstand. MATCHED ROPING CONTEST between seven-time world champion Dean Oliver and Canadian Champion Jim Gladstone. CHUCKWAGON RACES fierce competition and break- neck action! RODEO EVENTS Finals of Junior bareback Bronc Riding, Cow Riding, Barrel Racing and Pony Chuckwagon races. nICARUS THE BIRD MAN flying high above the infield suspended from a giant kite, zooming in to land in front of the Grandstand. TICKETS Adults (No reserved) Children 50; (12-14 years) STAMPEDE SALOON Wild, Wet Western! COLD BEER WESTERN FOOD CONTINUOUS ENTERTAINMENT Jack D'Johns Trio Frontier Follies featuring Johnny Thorson and the Shirley Adams Dancers Two great bands for your dancing enjoyment Admission 51.00 (Good all Day) A BRAND NEW KIND OF STAMPEDE FUN! STAMPEDE CORRAL PARADES STAMPEDE KICK-OFF July a.m. uSTAMPEOE PARADE Monday, July 10 a.m. "DOWNTOWN STREET CELEBRATIONS 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 a.m. to noon. BIG FOUR BUILDING FREE EXHIBITS FOOD FAIR NEW this year "Self Service Beer" BIG 4 RISTORANTE Wine and Italian Food. nFRONTIER CASINO Roulette, Crown Anchor (14 additional blackjack tables added this year.) FLARE SQUARE ARTS ALIVE FLARF. SQUARE in 1972 presents a colorful and exciting look at tha wonderful world of the arts. In a landscaped setting, itself an expression of the arts of horticulture, architecture and exterior design, you'll enjoy live performances of music and drama, galleries_ exhibiting every conceivable facet of creative expression, and workshops staffed by practising art- ists. Added to this festival of sound, shape and color, is par- ticipation of nationally-known headline performers. 2 FREE CHILDREN'S DAYS FRIDAY JULY 7 FRIDAY JULY 14 a.m. sharp. Gates open a.m. Any boy or girl 14 years and under will be admitted FREE to the Stampede Grounds before a.m. to attend the special FREE Children's Days programs in the Grandstand. Selected acts from the Evening Grandstand Performance, Pony Chuckwagon races, and an out- standing program of Junior Rodeo events. KIDS WIN PRIZES! TO DISNEYLANB ON A RANCH BICYCLES-COWBOY BOOTS PUREBRED PUPPIES COWBOY HATS LIVESTOCK EXHIBITION Agricultural Building July 6 15 o OPEN FREE Canada's finest Cattle Horses Sheep Swine Rabbits CLUB SHOW AND SALE July 6 and Friday, July 7 SIXTH ANNUAL WORLD CHAROLA1S SALES 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8 GENERAL ADMISSION TO THE GROUNDS ADULTS CHILDREN 12 and under CAR OR TRUCK 51.50. 12 by 12 Club members FREE before 12 noon daily. (Children 12 and under can obtain n.embcrship cards at the gate.) SENIOR CITIZEN'S DAY TUES. JULY H All Senior Citizens S5 years of [e and over will be admitted REE to the Stampede Grounds I Tuesday, July 11. TICKETS ON SALE AT Cninoi Bank ;ket Office i iok Ridge Ticke f Canada 6th Ave. S.W. COME CELEBRATE ;