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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 2G THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Sulurday, Juno 27, 1970 Seeks Ideas On JoSiless Insurance OTTAWA (CP) Pcvsons or organizations wishing to put for- ward their views on the govern- ment's white paper proposals jo reform the unemployment in- surance legislation have until July 31 to notify the Commons labor committee. David Wcatherhcact (L-Scar- borough the committee chairman, said in a statement issued Friday that a detailed study of the white paper, which was" tabled in the Commons June 17, will begin Sept. 15. Briefs to the committee must be submitted by Sept. 1. and the committee has asked for 3D cop- ies in either French or English. The white paper places the re- sponsibility for the protection of workers during high periods of national unemployment on the government. Benefits would be increased to a maximum of S100 a week from the present limit and eligibility require- ments would be reduced to a minimum of eight employment weeks from the present 30. The insurance plan would cover everyone except the self-em- ployed. Air Canada, Govt. Minn On Firings OTTAWA (CP) Former prime minister John Diefenba- ker castigated the government and Air Canada Friday for re- fusing to divulge the names and other details concerning dis- missed vice-presidents. Mr. Diefenbaker said he un- derstands that only one of 20 vice-presidents has survived the wholesale compulsory retire- ments. Air Canada had shown a cav- alier disregard for the long-time service of employees. The former Conservative leader said the refusal to reply to his questions on the dis- missals was an affront to Par- liament and could lead only to the establishment of groups above the laws Canada. "The House might as well close he said. Transport Minister Don Ja- nrieson made no comment. Air Canada has claimed that the in- formation is privileged. Electricity Plan Revised RED DEER (CP) Farm Electric Services Ltd., which provides electricity to rural electrification associations, is planning major revisions in billing and rate structures. Wilbur King, superintendent of Farm Electric, said the changes will allow farmers who are willing to use more electricity to purchase it at a cheaper rate than a fanner who is not Milling to expand bis usage. He said it is completely vol- untary among each of the as- sociations whether they accept the new structures, but he ex- pected most of the 213 co-oper- atives to be in favor of the changes. The co-operatives are estab- lished by farmers to build the rural distribution system in theif area. The co-operatives buy their electricity in bulk from Farm Electric, a subsidi- ary of Calgary Power Ltd., which generates electricity. The power company builds the Rural System, maintains it and bills the farmers quarter- ly. Three Members Won't Attend WSMa jun26j MONTREAL (CP) Col. Jack Davies of Montreal, com- mandant of Canada's contingent to next month's British Com- monwealth Games at Edin- burgh, said today that at least three athletes selected to tho team will not attend. Davies said he was advised by Ian Hume of Montreal, man- ager of the track and field team Thursday night, that Dave Steen of Toronto, Ilio Polselli of Wind- sor, Ont., and Norcen Ldtins of Vancouver, can not obtain suffi- cient time off to attend. Stecn was chosen for the shot put event by Commonwealth selectors despiic the fact he told them he would ho availnhle for only one week. Poisclli is a dis- cus man and Leitins a distance runner, Col. Davits said. He said no alternates had been selected nnd if nnd when substitutes arc named they do not necessarily have to be run- ncrs-up in the same events, but can be chosen on the basis of an over-all strengthening of the team as a whole, Board Of When M.S.I. ceased operations on June 30, 1969, it was certain that a sum of money would be available for distribution to the members of the Corporation. It was obvious that this distribution would be expensive and that each member would receive only a very small payment. The Board considered ways in which the money could be put to a valuable use in assisting the citizens of Alberta. It was finally concluded that areas of medical and allied health research would be best served. The Provincial Government was approached and agreed to introduce an Act setting up a Foundation to receive our surplus funds. This Act was passed at the last session of the Provincial Legislature. At the same time, the M.S.I. Act was amended permitting the transfer of these funds. The objects of the Medical Services Researcn Foundation of Alberta state in part for the purpose of fostering and supporting research into any aspect of the provision of medical and allied health services and the promoting of matters of health in the interest of the people of Alberta." The key word here is "provision" because it is not intended that the funds shall be used to support pure research into any particular disease or ailment. Rather, it is intended that research will be undertaken which will result in developing medical and allied health services in the most effective and practical manner possible. We hope that researchers will evaluate the present methods by which such services are provided and make .recommendations for improving, supporting and developing existing and new methods, so that they reflect the times in which we live. To ensure the continuing work of the Founda- tion, provision has been made for the selection of a Board of Trustees which will represent the many and diversified views of all citizens of Alberta. The Board will be changed periodically and thus new thinking will ensure the practical application of the fund. The i-ounaation has been set up as a perma- nent organization. To ensure this, the Board of Directors of M.S.I, recommended that the capital fund be kept intact and only the income from the fund be used in the work of the Foundation. We believe that the Foundation will serve as a tribute to all citizens of Alberta who were mem- bers of M.S.I. We feel that ail of you who contrib- uted to making M.S.I, the strong and vibrant organi- zation it was will be proud to have played a part in fostering the new Foundatio" 8 MEDICAL SERVICES (ALBERTA) INCORPORATED ;