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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Farmers should control Canadian wheat board9 By R1C SWIHART Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Because producers of gram foot the bill for the operation of the Canadian wheat board, control of the government sales agency should be returned to farmers, says the chairman of the Alberta Grain Commission. John Channon told about 50 farmers and researchers at the annual meeting of the Calgary branch of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists here Wednesday the wheat board started out as a producer grain selling agency and it should be operated that way. Mr Channon said in 1930 the grain handling firms, corporations and co-operatives formed a central selling agency to get better returns for farmers. But with the collapse of the world gram markets, this selling agency paid farmers too much money before all the receipts for grain sales were in the bank. The agency then had to appeal to the Dominion government for funds. As a result, the wheat board was officially formed in 1935. Mr. Channon charged that over the years, the government has taken over control of the wheat board "but it doesn't pay any of the expenses." Adding fuel to the fire, he claimed the wheat board could sit back and operate in almost any manner because it was in a no risk position. "No matter how much the board loses, it won't go broke. "And they are never faced with the prospect of appearing before their bosses, that is, the producers. I know of no instance when a grain farmer punched a wheat board commissioner in the nose." He pointed to 1943 as the year, in a wartime measure, that grain producers were transferred from the tyranny of the market place (producer control) to the tyranny of the wheat board. "Perhaps this is still the choice which western grain producers must face." In a more political vein, Mr. Channon said the people of Alberta don't recognize how much harm has been done to their farming enterprises by federal agricultural policies which are geared to Saskatchewan situations. He said this is true for feed grain policies originating in 1949 in Ottawa that placed the wheat board in charge of selling oats and barley to today's situation which includes federal interference in merchandising feed grain in Alberta markets. Last year, the federal government established the Agricultural Products Board which set a minimum price for feed grains. Farmers could deliver their feed grains to an elevator and receive a total final payment. Or they could deliver normally for sale to the wheat board in which case they wouldn't get all their money until the following year. When this policy was brought in, the price of feed grains jumped to record high levels, he said, a move which has hurt the entire Canadian cattle industry. In a question period following, Mr. Channon said the role of the Alberta Grain Commission in 1974 will be to continue to fight for the highest net returns for farmers. He said this will be accomplished through publicity programs which will advise farmers of up-to-date prices for their feed grains and where the best markets for those feed grains can be found In response to another question, Mr. Channon criticized the fact that Eastern Canadian farmers can buy western feed grain for much the same price as Alberta producers. Barley Wednesday was selling for per bushel at Thunder Bay or Vancouver. By subtracting 10 cents per bushel freight that isn't needed if the feed grain is used in Alberta the price for local feeders is reduced but local elevation charge of five cents per bushel raised the final price to In Montreal, feed grains from Alberta can be bought for plus a fee of 13 cents per bushel for brokers service. But eastern feed grain users get a 17-cent-per-bushel feed freight assistance fee, bringing the final price to 79 per bushel. Under proposed feed grain policies, the feed freight assistance will hopefully be phased out quickly, he said The new policy is aimed at equalizing the price of feed grains for all farmers with the only difference being freight and handling charges. Additional reports on Page 16. District The LetHbtidge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, March 7, 1974 Pages 15-28 Icy irrigator A snow-covered sprinkler waits for spring along with the rest of the country. But no relief is in sight yet, says the Kenyon Field Weather Office, as all of Canada except Southern Ontario freezes in the unseasonable cold. The forecast for Lethbridge and district is a high of about 10 degrees today with ice crystals in the air, a low tonight of 10 below to 15 below, and a high Friday of 10 to 15 above. Occasional light snow flurries are expected Friday. Fire destroys restaurant, sale ring at auction mart FORT MACLEOD (Staff) The sale ring and restaurant of the Fort Macleod Auction Market were swept by fire Wednesday night. No one was injured. But the loss to Member of Parliament Ken Hurlburt, owner, is estimated to be from to "I guess all we can do is try to bring in a tent or something and try to set up and be in business next said Mr. Hurlburt. He had been on the scene since the fire broke out at 11 p.m Wednesday. The livestock market employs about 70 people. South cattlemen share in bull sale bonanza CALGARY Two Southern Alberta cattlemen claimed a giant's share of the money at the annual Calgary Bull Sale Wednesday. Hans Ulrich of Claresbolm walked away with an average of 18.730 on six Hereford bulls offered for sale. The total included one bull for two bulls for each and one for Frank Sienna of Coaldale picked up for the grand champion Aberdeen-Angus bull of the show. Three more Angus bulls from the Sienna ranch brought and The Slenan bull which won the top ribbons, was also judg- ed the junior Angus bull. Two Slezian bulls combined to win the best pair of bulls award. In shorthorn cattle sales action, Floyd Bolduc of Stavely won the junior champion bull title and then with the same animal won the reserve grand champion title. The Boktoc bull sold for Sates officials blamed poor weather and road conditions for the low average price on shorthorn cattle which settled at below the average last year. Strong American support for the Hereford sale helped to stretch the average price to for 460 bulls. This was a drop of from last year for Hereford bulls. The average for 68 Angus bulls was up from last year. A total of 613 bulls in the three breeds brought an average of This compared to an average price last year of for 490 bulls Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt who shared the auctioneering chores with Joe Perlich of Lethbridge, blamed a continual decline in commercial cattle prices for the slump in prices at the Calgary bull sales. He said the large number of United States cattle which are entering the Canadian slaughter industry is having a definite effect on the prices cattlemen are paying for purebred breeding stock, something "an absolute disgrace Flames consumed the 50 by 80-foot building while Fort Macleod volunteer firefighters worked frantically to save a new, concrete block building adjoining the 14-year- old structure. "There is a lot of smoke damage to the new said Mr. Hurlburt. The fire came out of a wall and an electrical shortage could be the cause. Firefighters were hampered somewhat by a lack of hydrants in the vicinity. Two pumpers were used to pour water on the adjoining building. No one was injured and no cattle were lost. Mr. Hurlburt said his firm moved into the new building in January. "We haven't even finished paying the contractor for it." Insurance was carried on the building. PWA-city talks today Pacific Western Airlines president Don Watson was expected in the city today to meet with city officials at a private session tonight. Aid. Steve Kotch, chairman of the city transportation committee, said today the committee would be willing to listen to any discussions by PWA of an east-west route through Lethbridge. Bat he expressed doubt that any proposals be forthcoming. Building Construction dips from 2nd month '73 A building permit for foundation work on the Woodward's Lethbridge Centre project helped boost the February value of city building permits to The February figure was just under last February's total of but this year's two- month total of is still ahead of the Jan- uary-February 1973 total of Permits for three apartment buildings with a total 35 suites worth and for 30 single family houses worth were issued last month. 1 Pincher delegation plans meeting with Lougheed PINCHER CREEK A seven-man delegation from here will confront Premier Peter Lougheed in Edmonton within the next two weeks with a petition asking that a new hospital be built in the town. The delegation was chosen at a meeting Wednesday night, attended by 120 area residents, at which a petition bearing 2.500 signatures was presented Pincher Creek Mayor Juan Teran told The Herald today the petition asks that plans for renovating the present facility be abandoned and that a new hospital be built Mayor Teran said there are about residents hi the Pincher Creek hospital district and of that number, 4.000 are eligible to vote, indicating that more than 60 per cent are hi favor of a new hospital. Representatives of the Peigan band at Brocket, including Chief Maurice MacDougall and band manager Henry Potts attended the meeting to support the petition. Mr. Potts will be among delegates along with Mayor Teran. Hilton Pharis. Dr. L. B. Collins. Ron Zukiswsky, Frank Lynch-Staunton and Brian Anies. Two prospective locations for a new hospital have been discussed. Mayor Teran said. Both are privately-owned parcels one block off main street near the creek. Milk producers plan meeting The Lethbridge Milk Producers Association annual meeting will be held March 19 at Ericksen's Family Restaurant starting at 10 a.m President Albert Kooy of Momarrh Hairy will be aired. June 1 end looms for birth control centre project By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The city birth control and information centre will close June 1 if city council concurs with a community services Advisory Committee recommendation to end funding for the centre. The committee made the decision Wednesday in a meeting to deal with preventive social service programs for this year, at which it also recommended approval of funds for two public day care programs _ Committee members said there is a need in the city for some kind of family life and sex education, but feel the birth control centre was not adequately filling this need. "It was a' try a bit of an experiment, and it didn't said Jim Anderson, who had served on the centre's original board and defended it then as a pilot project. "It's failed to demonstrate it can serve the community he said. Only one committee member Elizabeth Hall spoke in favor of the centre. She said other programs such as those put on by churches and the "Y" usually reached only parents who were already committed to providing some form of sex education to their children. None of these programs are so far reaching people who need it parents who can't or won't speak to their children on that subject. Mrs. Hall said. "This is one of the reasons I felt this (the birth control centre) was valuable. At least it was one place young people could turn But community services director Bob Bartlett, who had recommended to the committee the project be terminated, said the centre had failed to demonstrate it was reaching those who need it most Centre program co- ordinator Judy Burgess feels it was a poor time to cut off the centre's funds because so much has been initiated and accomplished in the last five months. Commenting after she learned of the committee's decision, she disagreed with the committee's conclusion that the people the centre was reaching were not in need of its services. "They seem to expect us to educate all the students in the school system. We can't even get into the schools without permission." she said. Ms Burgess added that close to 1.000 people came into the centre last year, which on a per capita basis tvas better than other centres in the province. "I don't see what they expect." she said She said the committee may have based its decision on out- dated information contained in an evaluation prepared last September that was originally supposed to go to the committee in October "A lot has happened in the last five months The centre will likely appeal the recommendation when it funding private programs. The committee recommended, however, that discussions be continued between the province, private operators and citizens participating in public day care towards some kind of mutual program. The committee agreed the immediate need for public day care on the north side and the city centre area served by the YWCA was critical. Approval of funding for a number of other preventive social service projects was also recommended by the committee although in some cases budgets requested were cut. These included the Centre for Personal and Community Development, Homemaker Service, Lethbridge PreSchool Services, Golden Mile Senior Citizens Centre. Meals on Wheels, and Information Lethbridge, goes to city council March 25, she said. In other decisions Wednesday, the community services committee recommended approval of for the North Lethbridge Child Development Centre and of for the YWCA Whole Child Care Centre, but recommended against funding the U of L Co-operative Child Care Centre. The North Lethbridge Day Care project is planned for 40 children initially while the YWCA project will involve 25 children. Both are aimed primarily at low income single parent families that can't afford the per child charged by private operators in the city. One committee member, Mrs Hall, said she was prepared to support funding of a private operator to provide day care for this purpose, but was told the province thus far has said it will not assist in Deadline Coleman Collieries has met one date but another nears .By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Coleman Collieries has met a March 4 deadline set by the province for an interim solution to the company operations' serious dust emission problem. The suggested solutions are now on the desk' of Environment Minister Bill Yurko, The environment minister said Wednesday he will be treating the matter with "some urgency." The government could decide on what to do with the company's report by the end of the month. Dust levels exceeding provincial regulations up to more than 10 tunes permissible levels have been recorded in the Town of Coleman, 90 miles west of Lethbridge in the Crowsnest Pass. The dust comes from the collieries' coal cleaning plant and storage area on the western outskirts of the town and from coal mining operations to the west Coleman Collieries faces a second May deadline to suggest a total solution to the emissions whipped over the town by winds reaching speeds more than 100 miles per hour. The province is funding appraisals of costs to move the cleaning operation outside the town. It was opened only five years ago and said to be the most modern in Canada. 20th kindergarten gets gov't funding Funding under the provincial government's early childhood services program has been approved for the Coalhurst pre-school The pre-school, attended by 25 children, has been operating since last September with funds from the Barons-Eureka Preventive Social Services Board However, starting April 1, an ECS grant of per student will be provided. The pre-school parents' association, which operates the school, will now contract with the County of Lethbridge school committee to provide earlv childhood services in the Coalhurst district A total of 20 kindergartens have been approved for early childhood services funding in Lethbridge and district Only three of the eleven kindergartens in the city have not received government approval to date Fire snuffed City firemen put out a fire at tiie provincial veterinary diagnostic laboratory. 3115 5th Ave N early this morning The fire was believed to have been caused by an incinerator in the building Damage, confined to the roof, totalled about ;