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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, June LETHBRIOGE HERALD-25 Alcan raises prices MONTREAL (CP) Aluminum Co. of Canada Ltd. (Alcan) announced Friday an export price increase for primary aluminum ingot of three cents a pound for all overseas markets except the United States. The company said the in- crease will bring ingot prices to 39 cents a pound (U.S.) effective July 1. The announcement does not affect the company's ingot price in Canada. Alcan is also adhering to its U.S. price of 33.5 cents a pound under an agreement with the Cost of Living Council which expires Aug. 2, a company statement said. The company said the action will bring its list price closer to spot prices "which are ranging about the 50-cent level in most international markets." The statement said Alcan also believes list and market prices "should be more closely aligned during periods of market strength and downturn." Oil price to rise CARACAS (CP) Venezuela will increase its posted crude oil prices beginning Monday, Fernando Baez, director of the mines and hydrocarbons ministry, announced Friday. Baez said the government's share in oil-export earnings of private companies will also be increased. Baez refused, however, to disclose the amount of the in- creases. decided on the in- creases despite a decision by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to leave the prices frozen for the next three months. Venezuela is the world's third-largest oil exporter, and any posted price increase can affect how much North Americans pay for gasoline and oil products. OPEC members voted June 17 in Quito, Ecuador, to extend the current freeze on posted crude oil prices for another three months after July 1. The posted price is an arti- ficial price for oil, set by the governments of the countries in which it is produced. Taxes and royalties that oil companies pay to the countries are calculated from the posted price. The OPEC conference also voted to increase the rate of the royalties to-be paid on the posted price by two per cent. The posted price for light Arabian crude now averages around a barrel. Better year for wheat predicted by council Talks with airline officials Air Canada came to town Thursday for a chat with city officials about eventually resuming service to Lethbridge. From left to right are: Hank Ernest, Air Canada cargo sales service manager in Cal- gary; Dave MacLean, sales market analyst, Van- couver; Howard Paillefer, district manager, Calgary; Doug Russell, regional cargo sales service manager, Vancouver; City Manager Allister Findlay and Mayor Andy Anderson. Story on Page 1. Government to intervene in meatpackers dispute EDMONTON (CP) Mounting pressure from livestock producers and their organizations is expected to result in some provincial government action to end the dispute between Alberta employees and Canada's three largest meatpacking firms, informed sources said Thursday. Burns Foods Ltd., Canada Packers Ltd.. and Swift Cana- dian Co. Ltd.. locked out their Alberta employees June 5 and negotiations with the Canadian Food and Allied Workers union in Toronto were at an apparent impasse. The talks were stalled be- cause the companies refuse to meet the union's request that they negotiate separately with the Alberta locals. The mestpackers said they were willing to talk only on a national basis. The source said some action was expected by the provincial government to try to end the dispute which was difficult to handle because it involved a lockout, not a strike. Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer said recently the shut- down of the firms" eight plants in Alberta was intolerable, could not continue for long, and was doing irreparable damage to the livestock industry. Dr. Homer's office was "deluged" Thursday with calls from irate producers 3000 SQUARE FEET FOR RENT Downtown Commercial Space Phone 328-1520 or 328-5309 H. H. Smith Ltd. Customs Broker Home Office Phone 344-3822 seeking government action, a secretary said. In Toronto, R. B. d'Esterre, chairman of the Alberta industrial relations board, aided by Bill Dickie, Ontario deputy labor minister who acted as conciliator, was holding talks with both sides. The employees were locked out in Alberta before a con- ciliation award was rejected on a national basis. The firms originally said they would impose the lockout on a country-wide basis, but subsequently changed that decision. The union had withdrawn its strike notice against Swift Ca- nadian but the packers decided on the joint lockout because, they said, the strike threat remained until the workers ratified a new contract. The companies proposed a five-point program calling for an increase of an hour over 26 months in addition to cost-of-living reviews and fringe benefits on base rates ranging from to an hour. The province later offered interest-free loans to small Alberta packing plants to allow them to buy more livestock and upgrade their production facilities, but most have increased output without financial assistance. Some of the locked-out em- ployees have found work at the smaller plants, donating some of their income to aid the union cause. There has been little effect at the consumer level but the impact on the large packers was not known. It is the livestock producers that have taken the brunt, los- ing hundreds of thousands of dollars as they have had to withhold cattle and hogs from market. One farm organization spokesman said that just prior to the lockout the storage facilities of the large packing plants were so full "you couldn't have put another slice of bacon in." The Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board says many producers are being forced out of business and seeks com- pulsory arbitration. But the National Farmers' Union wants the provincial govern- ment to place the affected plants under trusteeship to resume operations. LONDON (CP The Inter- national Wheat Council says the world's over-all supply- and-demand situation regarding wheat "may be somewhat easier in 1974-75 than in 1973-74." "This general inference must, however, be the council said in a statement today after two days of meetings here. "Much of the wheat of the 1974 crop still has to be har- vested. Recent bad weather in North America, for example, has lowered earlier ex- pectations about crop conditions there But the London-based organization added that "provided there is no further serious setback, particularly from the weather, in major producing areas between now and the completion of the harvest, wheat stocks in the five main exporting countries are likely to increase in 1974- 75 from the very low level experienced in 1973-74." The council says increased production seems likely to keep import requirements in Western Europe down to a level slightly less than in 1973- 74. The import demand for the Far East seems likely to re- main about the same in the coming season as during 1973- 74. One of the main countries likely to export wheat in the coming year is the Soviet Un- ion, says the council. On durum wheat, the council reports that total import requirements in 1974- 75 may be lower than in 1973- 74. particularly if harvests in North Africa are as good as expected. "Crop prospects in the two main producing countries, Canada and the United States, are at present somewhat uncertain. "If planting intentions have been realized, exportable sup- plies may be at least as large as in 1973-74, despite the lower levels of opening stocks." The council says world wheat production may be affected by shortages or high prices of oil, fertilizers or pesticides, with weather playing "a determinant role" in the quantity and quality of the harvests. "The current outlook for coarse grains and protein foodstuffs points to some improvements in the situation in 1974-75. might in some cases affect their ability to meet their wheat import requirements, especially if these increased. "Wheat prices on the world market could therefore have a greater impact on the level of import requirements in 1974- 75 than in the council said. "The continued instability of the monetary situation might again create problems." The council has decided to start a program of studies re- garding improvement of inter- national co-operation in wheat matters. These studies would range from assessing past inter- national wheat agreements to ''exploration of new possibilities for the future, including the implications of stockholding policies for world wheat trade." Reduced cherry crop predicted KELOWNA, B.C. (CP) British Columbia's 1974 cherry crop is expected to be substantially reduced, a spokesman for B C. Tree Fruits Ltd said Thursday. He said there will also be a big reduction in plum and pear crops, but the outlook for peaches and apricots is brighter. He said a cool, wet spring is largely responsible for the anticipated crop reductions. The cherry crop, estimated at pounds, is almost 20 per cent lower than last year. He said cherries were a bumper crop last year and it is not unusual for a smaller crop, both in size of fruit and production, to follow a bumper crop. Apple and pear production will probably be down slightly, he said, but added it is still too early for accurate predictions. "We had a good (apple) crop last year a total of TVa million boxes." he said "This might reduce the de- mand for wheat as animal feed.'" Agreement reached WASHINGTON (CP) A high state department official said Friday the United States has approached Canada with a view to working out an agree- ment covering cross-border pipelines. Rufus Smith, deputy- assistant secretary for Canadian affairs, said in an interview that a note to this effect was sent to the Canadian Embassy here some time ago. "It outlines the kinds of things we'd like to he said. "From early observation. I'd say it would be a little down this year t Estimates tor pear production are based on two types of pears. The Bartlett crop is estimated at 494.000 boxes, down seven per cent from last year, while the D'Anjou crop is estimated at 250.000, down 17 per cent. Prune production will experience the greatest decrease with an estimated production of 317.000 boxes, down 26 per cent, he said. Peach and apricot crops are expected to increase slightly with production forecast at 695.000 boxes of peaches and boxes of apricots The spokesman said it is impossible to translate crop predictions into price increases or decreases because prices will depend largely on competition from growers in California and Washington In Kamloops. federal agrologist Bill Hubbard said perfect weather conditions have resulted in a bumper hay crop in the B.C. interior and said hay prices should drop to about a ton compared with the present The steep rise in oil prices was straining the financial re- sources of petroleum- importing countries and this Prisoners' work plan opposed by industry Since the recent filing of an application to build a bil- lion natural gas line from the Arctic through the Yukon. Northwest Territories and Al- berta to the U.S. mainland, some congressmen have been calling for a formal pipeline agreement or treaty with Can- ada to ensure security of sup- ply. CLOSED CIRCUIT TV CAMERA For HOME, FARM and BUSINESS Security Systems 426A-6 St. South Phone 327-4755 WHAT YOU DONT SEE CAN HURT YOU! This Offer Expires July 31 WINNIPEG (CP) The Automotive Trades Association paint and body division has expressed strong opposition to a proposed federal project to set up an auto body shop to employ prisoners and former prisoners. The project was first suggested about a year ago by convicted bank robber Ken Leishman and two other prisoners at Stony Mountain Penitentiary. Association chairman Al Loewen told a meeting Thursday qf corrections officials and association members his group is willing to assist wiui rehabilitation of prisoners and employ them within the trade, but does not approve of a government funded shop in competition with established businesses. Dick Sheppard. supervisor of industrial training at Stony Mountain Penitentiary, said the project has not yet been fully approved and a final decision isn't likely until after the July 8 federal election. He said people s.eem to think that Mr. Leishman. released from prison six weeks ago. would receive to spend as he likes. On the contrary. an advisory board will supervise all aspects of the project and allocate the funds. The advisory board has also recommended that the shop foreman be a professional rather than a former prisoner. Mr. Sheppard said the project would use rented premises and equipment and "would not expect preferred treatment" in obtaining business. 'j DOUGLAS WALTERS A.I.I.C. (Formerly the Insurance Manager at Schwartz) is pleased to announce the OPENING of... 13th Street North LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA Phone: Bus. 329-3441 Res. 328-5446 Grain quality monitored FOR SALE TO BE MOVED 34'x48' Located at 410-9 Street South Offers wffl be accepted by- PAHULJE CONSTRUCTION LTD. PHONE 327-6747 WINNIPEG (CP} The Canadia Grain Commission spends million annually on a monitoring system designed to maintain quality control of grains. The system extends from the country elevator to the hold of ocean-going vessels. Gram is weighed and in- spected, graded, cleaned and tested with the aim of selling it on the world market to the maximum benefit of Canadian producers. The commission's quality control begins before a farmer seeds his crop. Extensive tests of quality of new varieties of spnng wheat, durum wheat and malting barley developed by plant breeders are conducted by the commission research staff. It also decides how to 6.000 new varieties would be judged in the grading system and whether a new cross would qualify for top grade or feed grade on the basis of kerne) characteristics. The inspection division is responsible for setting and maintaining grades and standards and oes so by sampling each year's crop to make sure grade require- ments such as bushel weight punty of variety and cleanli- ness are maintained. Grain may be inspected as many as five times as it moves through the grain-han- dling system It first is in- spected when the farmer de- livers it Jo the country eleva- tor for grade and dockage content) If there is any disagreement between the agent and the farmer the grain may be inspected again by a commission official. When the gram is shipped, a sample of the carlol is sent to either Winnipeg or Calgary to be graded and tested for protein for binning informa- tion at the terminal En route to the terminal, the grain may be inspected ,ind graded at major centres, but the first official grade is determined when !he car is unloaded at the terminal elevator. If 1he grain company is net satisfied, it can appeal through as many as fcwr in- spections In 1971-72. of 472.831 carlots shipped. 24.714 were reins- pected. of which 22.091 where left unchanged. When the grain is loadwl on the ship it is again sampled and inspected before a final certificate is issued. The inspection methods still remain basically visual. C. W. Hammond, director of the in- spection division, said visual judgment is not only the easiest but the most efficient and quickest method. That, however, may change. While mechanical and chemical testing requires more Ume as becomes more complex, the inspection division now is studying a rapid protein analysis method This will provide ac- curate protein tests on unload samples in the terminal elevator and is based on m- ira-red reflectance, requiring two seconds for each sample. This system will be able to analyse more samples in a year at one-third of the present cost. (1-3 Year Term) GUARANTEED SAVINGS CERTIFICATES interest payable monthly, quarterly, semi-snnually or compounded to maturity- Member Canada Insurance Corporation Depositors can purchase Olympic coins FARMERS MERCHANTS TRUST Phone 328-5548 309 -7th Streets., ;