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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta B.C. adds muscle to litter laws VICTORIA (CP) British Columbia is adding muscle to its Litter Act, the first in Can- ada to make a wide range of soft-drink containers refunda- ble, and merchants say consum- ers will pay I lie cost. Amendments introduced in the legislature last week pro- a maximum penalty of a fine and six montlis' im- pr isonm ent for s tore owners wlio refuse to pay a refund on empty bottles and cans. The new legislation is in- tended to plug a loophole through which merchants could refer customers to collectio.v de- pots, rather than accept empties themselves. The government said not enough bottles were, being returned to the depots and the system was inconvenient to the public, especially senior citi- zens. As a result, Pacific Reclama- tion Ltd. announced that soft drink containers will not he ac- cepted Tor refunds by its 175 de- pots in the province after March Kootenay MLA grills Ex-Western party official has membership vSiispeiicIecl Tueicfoy, Morch 7, 1972 LETHBRICC-E HERA'.U 21 Life in London is deteriorating minister VICTORIA (CP) The pro- vincial government is not pre- pared lo charge patients for subsequent abortions after the first, health minister Ralph Loffmark indicated Irevc. Leo Nimsick (NDP Koo- tcnay) asked Mr. Loffmark it the "government was planning to introduce such .a policy in the light of fact that there were many women were having many abortions at the taxpayers' expense. tic said the number of abor- tions ill B.C. last year was "in- credible" and had reached the stage of abortion on demand. He said the number indicated that the government was fall- ing down on its birth conlrol program. Earlier in tlie day, Mr. Loff- mark said there were therapeulic abortions in the province last year. In reply to Mr. Nimsick's cpiery, Mr. Loffmark said two ministers had raised the issue of charges being made for sub- sequent abortions at federal- provincial conference of health ministers, but none of the min- isters was prepared lo provide abortion services for a fee. Mr. Nimsick cited a news re- port which said that one wom- an had eight abortions in a two- year period. 10, saying it would be impossi- ble to continue the system under the legislation. Pacific Reclamation was es- tablished as a co-operative ven- ture by major B.C. chain stores shortly after the Litter Act was passed in the spring of 1970. During the last year, its de- pots took back almost 2T> million soft-drink containers. Tins were recycled to make about tons of steel and tin. About 200 jobs will disappear when Pacific Reclamation closes. MUST PAY TWO CENTS j The refund section of the act made it mandatory for manu- facturers and retailers to give a minimum refund of two cents each on soft-drink containers. Pacific Reclamation reports I Ihe present boltle-rclnrn rate is just over 50 per cent, an aver- age the government considers oeen too tow. when The revised bill provides fines of up to a clay (or continu- ing offences and says only emp- ties in a rusted or damaged con- dition may be turned away by merchants. Retailers must ac- cept up to 18 empties a day from any one customer and this limit is expected to be increased to 24 by a cabinet order-in-coun- [cil. i Merchanls say the legislation will lead to a health hazard, higher foods costs and bring a severe hardship on small gro- cery' and confectionery opera- lors. Said Lloyd Davies, western di- vision manager for Mac's con- venience stores: "Stores get no compensation for handling them and, let's face it, we're in business to make money, not collect gar- bage." Some merchants intervieiTCd in Vancouver said they would cut back on the products they offer rather than tackle the job of collecting and sorling empty containers from several soft- drink brands. Some already carry limi rd brands In large size only to eliminate small bot- tles antl cans. EDMONTON (CP) Gerry Keck of Edmonton, a former vice-president and one of the founders of the Western Can- ada Party, has had his parly membership suspended. Alf Gale, the party's Albert a i appeal the suspension region vice-president, said' Monday Mr. Heck was suspend- ed for advocating Western Can- ada separatism. But, Mr. Beck said in an in- form agreeing to the policies of I tho party. j Since Mr. Beck no longer agreed with party policies, lie i had lo bs suspended. i Mr. Gale said Mr. Beck could at the party's annual meeting in Cal- gary March 17-19. Monday night, Mr. Bartlett won the Edmonton West nom- ination hv acclamation. terview he thinks he was sus- pended by the party's national council because he protested, at a public meeting, unau- thorized changes in party pol- icy. Mr. Cefk said another tea- son may have been Ms plan to oppose Lloyd Bartlett, a can- didate for president of the party, for nomination in Ed- monton West in the next fed- eral election. Mr. Gale said the party, formed a year ago, always has against separalism and people join they sign Sask. blizzard warnings lifted REGINA (CP) Blizzard conditions prevailed over most of southern Saskatchewan Mon- day afternoon as strong north- west winds gnsting to about 50 niiles-an-hour swept in from (he Alberta bonier. The weather office said Mon- day night (hat blizzard warn- ings for southern Saskatch- ewan had been lifted as the storm moved toward the Man- itoba border. By BRIAN JEKFU1ES LONDON (Al1) The qual- ity of life in London is deterio- rating London's population has dropped more than in JO years. Large sections of the cen- tral area are dead at night and at weekends. Traffic jams at peak periods are getting worse, crimes of violence have shot up, unemployment is increasing, ttie housing situ- ation is getting worse, Ihe birthrate is down and indus- try is declining. There are two schools of thought on the situation. The first says it is neces- sary to reduce London's popu- lation in a controlled manner (o improve s t a n d a r d s for those that remain. The second warns that depo- pulation is going ahead too fast for the good of the capi- tal. If continues at its present rate the net result will bo high unemployment and a spiral of decay. L o n d o n 's population has fallen lo million from, a peak of 8.6 million in 1939. The latest statistics suggest that the capitai is losing peo- ple at the rate of an- nually, with people moving in and moving out. Although the main streets still appear prosperous and the lights of Piccadilly shine as brightly as ever, there are pockets of decay and poverty in neighborhood areas. Shelter, a British charity socializing in housing, esti- mates a shortage of at least habitable dwellings in at present. It says that the situation is getting worse. Crimes of violence in Lon- don went up 2JJ.7 per cent from 1SCO to 1970, with a fur- ther four-per-cent increase in Ihe first six months of 1971 HALF LEAVE HEGION' Where are Uw people who arc moving from London going to? As far as I lie Greater London Council can establish, half are leaving the region entirely and the rest moving into the burgeoning, prosperous souihcast c o m- muter belt bordering London. The council is financing new housing hi 30 towns all over England for the use of who want to move out of Lon- don. Nobody is moved until assured ot both a job and a house. The reduction in population Is beginning to be matched by a. drift from London of manu- facturing industries, This is in line with the government's policy of persuading factories to move to areas of high un- employment. Not everyone is in favor of this policy. The London Cham- ber of Trade and Industry, spokesman of Ihe commercial concerns, recently warned the government that it is essential to halt the drift. An official said: "Once you get into a spiral of decay it is very hard to arrest you get Industry moving out, then high unemployment, then tlio service industries start to lose out. Property is taken over by people with nowhcro also to go and soon a whoio area can become a slum." The chamber is calling for joint action by public and pri- vate sectors to provide moro accommodation in central London, especially for mid- dle-income workers. It sayst such people are being forced to commute long distances be- cause they are unable to af- ford the accommodation they want at London prices. The Hoya! Institute of Brit- ish Architects warned two years ago that "swinging Lon- don" could disappear if tho drift to the suburbs continued, leaving Uie centre bereft of people at night. It still holds the same view. A spokesman says Loi.don can remain alive- only by stimulating a mixture of business and residential communities in the inner area. Pattern Deaths Yesterday By THE CANADIAN PRESS Ouimet, 95, said to be founder of the first movie theatre in Canada. McGregor, 83, former private secretary to late Mackenzie King, former prime minister of Canada. Kirklanci Lake, Chow, multi-millionaire re- cluse and pioneer of the Kirk- land Lake area, after a lengthy illness. Sack, 69, a West German coloratura so- prano. i Escapes to west GOETTINGEN (Renter) A 32-y e a r -o 1 d East German worker and a 36-year-old girl escaped unnamed across tho border to West Germany during the night, customs officials said Tuesday. Pattern 7249 Flatters size 20la just as much as lOla! Darts neatly nar- row the waist of a princess that's a joy to wear a.m. or p.m. all year 'round. Send! Printed Pattern 4697: NEW Half Sizes lO'.i, Size (bust 37) lakes yards 54-inch. SEVENTY FIVE CENTS (75c) in coins (no stamps, please) for each 15 cents for each pattern for first-class mailing and special handling. Send To: ANNE ADAMS, 60 Front SI. W., Toronto Print plainly PATTERN MUM- nfill, YOUR NAME AND AD- DRESS, and the name of the Uthbridgc Herald. DO NOT sent! it to The Herald. Toss on this lacy cape for a touch of warmth and grace. deep border drama. Crochet cape with flattering shawl col- lar of 3-ply fingering yarn. Pat- tern 7249: sizes 36-38; 4O42;