Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
10-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, March 2, 1974 'Canadian grain consumers' subsidization should cease9 By SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Canadian farmers are continuing to subsidise consumers for every bushel of wheat consumed in this country and it should be stopped, says the head of Unifarm. Dobson Lea, president of the Alberta farm commodity group, told The Herald Friday the two-price system for wheat announced by the federal government in August, 1971 is not doing justice to the farmer. The program was brought in when the export price of wheat was per bushel. This price still prevailed for export sales but farmers were guaranteed per bushel Aug. 1. 1973, and Sept. 13 for all wheat consumed domestically. When the export price is above per bushel, government adds up to per bushel to keep pace with the export price. Mr. Lea said the program was brought in with little consultation with farmers or farm groups. One day Unifarm received a telephone call from the assistant deputy minister of agriculture asking what the group telt about a pricing system for wheat which would set the minimum price at per bushel and the ceiling price at per bushel for the next five years. Within a week, the plan was announced at the quoted prices but was to remain in effect lor seven years. Mr. Lea said Unifarm told government there was a real need for a variable formula in the price range but this wasn't included. Unifarm computed that farmers were losing about per bushel, for every bushel sold for domestic consumption. This is the amount extra farmers could make if the wheat were sold into export positions. He found that the minimum price under the system should be per bushel with the top range at least But even with the higher range, there would have to be an inflation factor built into the system that would allow payments to farmers to increase with the cost of production. Government finally did increase the range to the figures supplied by Unifarm but it didn't include the inflation factor. Mr Lea said if inflation keeps up at the present rate, the minimum of per bushel will be outdated in three years. He added that the consumer should start to pay for what he eats. Why should tht government continue to pay money to keep the price of bread down, he asked. "I would sooner see the consumer pay the lull he said. "They should have incomes that would allow them to pay." Some help could be on the way for Canadian farmers, he said. If the federal government can come up with incentives through a stabilization program, producers will stay in the business. He said the world is in a food shortage supply situation and it isn't likely farmers will produce more until they can be provided with a long-term guarantee of good returns. He said Unifarm received four calls Thursday from farmers who had convinced their sons to remain on the farm this winter. All of them stated they had lost about in the cattle feeding operation during the past few months and they wanted to know how to explain this to the young men. "These young men will be lost to the industry and the farmers will simply sell out and that will be said Mr. Lea. He suggested any person in such a position should talk to their MLAs and MPs. "That's the place to put pressure." He said a fair profit is needed throughout the food production chain. When the primary producer starts to make money and realizes he will continue to make money, he will increase production dramatically. At that point, prices of production woii'l be able to control the market. The country will need a supply management program to make sure all segments of the food chain continue to make that fair profit share. He said some commodities in Canadian agriculture already have a 'form of supply management and its working out Minister wants public input Tenants moved The Alberta minister of advanced education. Jim Foster, has called for public input on legislation affecting advanced education. The input would be part of a review on the universities act. brtifMDMMMKtuic CUFF HACK. BUCK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL ILK. LOMT Laval PHONE SUPER SPECIAL! 5-YEAR LIGHT BULBS Popular Mfg. Sugg. Retail PRICEI fell Hirdmra 327-5767 DOWNTOWN the colleges act. the students finance act. the trade school regulation act and the department of advanced education act, Mr. Foster said in a statement released Friday. The legislative review was initiated several months ago and basic background research has been completed, he said. Mr. Foster said the public may contact R. D. Karoles. director of legislation, department of advanced education, in writing or by phone An exchange of opinion will help in background research, he said. Formal briefs may also be submitted to Mr. Foster's office before Sept. 1. An opportunity to supplement briefs with verbal submissions may be given in September or October. The City ot 8 Lethbridge Health Unit g has placed S "condemned" placards on seven rooms in a g house at 504 6th Ave. S.. a public health inspector said Friday, iS Pat Hirsche said he :S placarded the rooms Friday morning. The x: last tenant in the house would be moved out by S Monday, he said. Only the owner would remain in the building. The owner, Bert Benedek. 504 6th Ave. S.. told The Herald he 8 was trying to sell the property. A story in The Herald Jan. 28 described" the living conditions of a S tenant in the house. Conditions included blocked drains, a foul odor pervading the house and insects that g may have been cockroaches. transition The switches were flipped and presto living color. CJOC-TV began all-color transmission at p.m. Friday. Officials say the cost of the transition was about including for two cameras like the ones here. Cameramen Tim Hubbard and Garth Wilson had their expensive apparatus focused on a signboard on which dignitaries painted "CJOC Color Launch 74" in different colors. It all went very well, production manager Bob Johnson said today. no answer to crossing problems9 FUEL SAVINGI You mm tart cenHertaMa at a POWER HUMIDIFIER CHARLTON ft HILL LTD. 1262 -2K AVI. S. PIMM 328-3388 BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SUES KTMUnOMS By DON BERGMAN Evening till t p.m. PHONE 271C 12th So. Overpasses are not the solution to alleviating pedestrian crossing problems at two controversial intersections in the city, Mayor Andy Anderson said Friday. Commenting on statements on the school crossings issue made by separate school board members Wednesday, the mayor said the recommendations of the traffic advisory committee will go a long way towards solving the problem. 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Separate school board members, who were at the meeting, complained that the report ignored the 5th Avenue S. and Mayor Magrath Drive intersection and left the entire situation back where it was last fall. "The committee did what it was asked to do." said Mayor Anderson. "That's our answer at this point." The committee, which was set up last fall and included representatives of both school boards, the chamber of commerce and city officials, was instructed by council to come up with a general policy for crosswalks throughout the city, not just look at specific intersections. That task was left to the traffic advisory committee, made up mainly of city administrators, although there was input from the school boards. Agnes Davidson School and other concerned individuals. The traffic committee's report recommends establishing three types of crossings depending on the level of vehicle and pedestrian traffic at an intersection. 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Ashmead, manager of the donwtown liquore store, said he coped with the situation by calling in as much casual help as he could. The North Lethbridge store was closed because of the study session.- Mr. Ashmead said casual help were not in the bargaining unit, which is comprised of full-time permanent and probationary staff. The manager said he was not familiar with the employees' grievances since he was not in the'bargaining unit and the CSA dealt with higher management. Mr. Webb said the workers wanted a cost-of-living oonus added to the contract awarded them by an arbitration board in April 1973. The award was 7.5 per cent and Statistics Canada said the cost of living had jumped 9 1 per cent in 1973, he said. The contract would expire in April, he said. With 10 to 12.5 percent inflation expected this year, a six-per- cent increase would put ALCB employees another four per cent to 6.5 per cent behind, he said. Directors Two Lethbridge residents have been elected to the board of directors of the Alberta branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. Elected Friday at the C'MHA annual meeting being held in Lethbridge are Hazel Ross, a member of the regional board of the association, and Roger Barnsley. a psychology professor at the University of Lethbridge. MCCARTHY'S PLUMBING FKM Phone 327-6400 Evaninga GUARANTEED SERVICE To SONT. LLOYDS. PIONEER, MORESCO. and most otliar makes ol ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT 2 UMH to JNWB ANGLO STFREOft PHOTO SERVICE DEPT. MMNW 3M-M79 INSTALLATION HUMIDIFIERS 1701 Hint WARNING TO MINORS 1 PERSONS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE ARE NOT PERAWTT6D TO ENTER PREMISES 1JM1ESS ACCOMPANIED BY A PARENT GUAPOIAN Sign in store window while clerks 'study' Councillor's absence forces tabling action An application by Ranchland Recreation to re- zone 640 acres of prime irrigated land to allow residential subdivision was tabled again Friday by Lethbridge County council. 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