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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Doctors seek Raymond patient test In community By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Government plans to reassess patients in the Raymond Home will not change a thing, three Lethbridge psychiatrists believe. Lawrence Kotkas said Friday that he, Scott Angus and James Thompson have joined together to support a proposal for an independent 'reassessment of the patients in surroundings other than the home. The provincial government announced this week, after numerous charges against the home were made by two former patients, that a team would be sent to the home to counsel patients and reassess their potential for rehabilitation. The patients in Raymond must be reassessed but not in their present surroundings, Dr. Kotkas said. The surroundings the patients have been in some for 15 years are very much a part of their problem. They have become "institutionalized And to assess the 65 women patients in Raymond under these conditions "won't change a thing." "The women should be reassessed in an organized unit where full services are available to any other Alberta citizen and where pipelines into the community" are available." he said. The psychiatric unit at the tethbridge Municipal Hospital could be used and "pipelines" available here are social service agencies that could play an important role in the future of the women. Dr. Angus, chief of the psychiatric unit, supports the idea and would only have to get the hospital's approval to implement the plan. Dr. Kotkas said the unit would provide a diagnostic service that would'keep the patients for two or three weeks. The government's plan only calls for regular visits by the assessment team. In the psychiatric unit the women could be observed and given full-time advantages of modern psychiatry and "new" treatments they have may never had. "And the best diagnosis of their condition is to try he said. The plan would not cost the community any more money because the unit is there and the Raymond women could be brought in when beds are available. This would ensure 100 per cent occupancy and the total utilization of the service. When reassessment is completed the patients could then be transferred to the area of their choice where other psychiatric and social services could take over the task of helping them back into the community, he said. "These people should have royal treatment from here on and nothing should be second class." he said. Dr. Kotkas has sent a letter to Health Minister Neil Crawford informing him the' three psychiatrists are available and willing to proceed with a reassessment of the women. Pipeline application 'March 2F CALGARY television station CFCN says Canadian Arctic Gas Study Ltd. will "likely' file application March 21 for the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline project. The station's weekly oil report, by Calgary oilman Carl Nickle, a former president of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada, says the 27-company consortium will hold simultaneous meetings with the governments in Ottawa, Yellowknife and Whitehorse regarding the project. "At that time, several thousand pages of data covering the environmental, sociological and engineering phases of the project will be filed with the Canadian Department of Northern Affairs and the National Energy Board." It says the consortium "would build and operate a four-foot-diameter pipeline reaching from the Arctic coast to Central Alberta, then branching out to southwest corner of Alberta and to a point on the Saskatchewan- US border." The Lethbridae Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 1974 15 Cents 80 Pages Ottawa beef subsidy accepted grudgingly By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A seven-cent-per-pound federal government subsidy on various grades of cattle has been grudgingly accepted by South livestock feeders. A Herald survey following the announcement Friday in Ottawa by agriculture minister Eugene Whelan indicated they will take the money, "but it isn't what we wanted from the government." Mr. Whelan said the program will give beef farmers a retroactive subsidy of seven cents a pound for all top-grade cattle sold for domestic consumption since March American ECM ties at new low SUBSIDY PROFITS CLAIMED Sign of the times Finance Minister John Turner was amused by these gag signs presented to him Friday by Hamilton Mayor Vic Conns. The signs ban streaking, the current phenomenon of running in the nude. Mr. Conns asked Mr. Turner to see that Prime Minister Trudeau gets the signs, printed in English and French. Edmonton "should issue9 best-buy information EDMONTON Social Credit opposition called on the provincial government today to issue weekly statements to. consumers naming retail food chains in Alberta that have either drastically increased or reduced prices on certain products. Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader, said this would give the consumer a tip on where to get the best buy.. Speaking outside the legislature, Mr. Clark also called on the government to prosecute chains engaging in "real gouging" if they cannot justify price increases. Bob Dowling, consumer affairs minister who has been under heavy attack from the opposition about government action to combat rising prices, said prices will continue to be Lower oil prices only a dream? VIENNA, Austria (AP) Ministers from the world's major oil-producing countries met today to discuss raising or lowering the posted price of oil. Delegation heads who talked to reporters said they see no reason to lower prices. The regularly scheduled meeting of the 13-member Or- ganization of Petroleum- Exporting Countries (OPEC) came on the eve of an expected announcement by Arab oil producers formally least oil embargo against the United States. Algerian Oil Minister Belaid Abdesselam was asked as he entered the conference room at OPEC headquarters whether oil prices will be lowered at the meeting. "I would prefer to discuss increased prices." he replied. The new 'Venezuelan minister for mining and hydrocarbon. Valentin Hernandez Acosta. said the factors that brought the posted price of oil up to its current rate of about a barrel "have not yet been re- moved." He apparently was referring to continuing inflation in Western industrialized countries where the oil producers get most of their manufactured goods. TO DISCUSS BAN The Arab ministers are re- ported to have decided Wednesday in Tripoli, Libya, to lift the oil ban against the United States. They were expected to debate the issue again in Vienna and then make an announcement Sunday. More clashes DAMASCUS (Reuter) Is- rael and Syria engaged in artillery clashes on the Golan Heights today for the Fifth consecutive day, a Syrian military spokesman said. monitored but individual stores will not be named. "If there is a breach of law, there will be Mr. Dowling commented outside the house. Cases would be referred to the attorney-general for action. Mr. Dowling, who has made numerous references to "sophisticated monitoring" done by his department and the agriculture department, tabled in the legislature the first report on monitoring. Prices on 43 items at stares were monitored five-week period. The total cost for the week ended Feb. 8 was and the figure dropped to for the week ended March 8. Mr. Dowling said prices have been monitored in 21 communities across the province and he will table the results as they become available. "The statistics won't be of much use to the individual housewife, but they will be of value to the Mr. Dowling said. The monitoring will allow the department to spot trends in food prices. "Mr. Dowling told us last fall the department was involved in food Mr. Clark said. "We have asked repeatedly for the statistics and this is the first information we have had. "He didn't get around to it until Feb. 8. It's a farce." The monitoring is done by district home agriculturalists with the co-operation of the retail stores. Mr. Dowling said the stores have been promised their names will not be used. Even before the ink was dry on a subsidy program to assist the Canadian cattle industry, loopholes were being used to reap huge profits, The Herald leaned Friday. An informed source reported that two Canadian cattlemen had each placed orders for American cattle for resale under their own name in Canada. Because the new subsidy plan provides for seven cents per pound for cattle sold for domestic consumption, the men will each reap in the transaction based on each animal weighing about pounds. The source said cattle -prices in the U.S. are lower than in Canada. Therefore the cattle can be shipped into Canada from the U.S., sold for the higher Canadian price which will pay for handling, freight and duty charges and allow for the profit of directly from the federal government subsidy. Famine affects ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) More than persons are suffering from famine due to drought in four provinces south of here, said official figures released today. These were in addition to the 1.3 million suffering from drought and famine in the northern provinces of Wollo, Tigre and Shoa. where the re- lief effort has centred until now. An estimated have died in Wollo alone from starvation, United Nations figures show. and heard About town Jim Henderson suggesting patrons of the Lethoridge Longhoms banquet take up a collection to help Stan Maxwell pay a fine levied by the Alberta Junior League. billion project SOVIETS TO DEVELOP SIBERIA MOSCOW The Soviet Union disclosed details today of a 15-year agricultural project to transform 124 million virgin acres into arable crop and grazing lands. if successful, the new Kremlin program would increase Russia's grain-producing lands by about 30 per cent and provide substantial help in resolving the country's perennial agriculture problems. Pravda revealed details of the program, first announced Friday by Communist party leader Leonia Brezhnev in Alma Ala, the capital of Kazakhstan. Brezhnev said 35 million rubles (about billion) will be spent on the project in 1976-1WO. appearing to indicate a five-year program. But the Communist party daily's account of his speech revealed a far-more-ambitious project spanning 15 years. Elaborating on Brezhnev's report, a Soviet spokesman said the new program will involve the development of 78 million acres of crop land and 44 million acres of rich grazing and fodder la ids. The areas involved stretch from the northern Ukraine to the Baltic states and from Byelorussia in the west to east of the Ural mountains in western Siberia, the spokesman said. The program involves the last areas of the Soviet Union that can be profitably developed for agriculture, one Western diplomatic expert said. He said the project will evidently be directed toward land reclamation and irrigation, saying the regions concerned are endowed with sufficient moisture in winter but would need irrigation for the dry summers. The new project will be considerably larger than the famed virgin lands program initiated by Nikita Khrushchev in 1954. which saw the cultivation of about 105 million acres of grain fields during a 20-year period in central Asia and Kazakhstan. Brezhnev made tiie announcement Friday at the 201h anniversary celebrations of the Virgin Lands program and added that "virgin land does not end with Kazakhstan's or the Altai steppes." 4. The subsidy will also apply to lower grade A3 cattle slaughtered between March 18 and April 13 and on A4 cattle slaughtered between March 18 and April 6. The program will end when cattlemen are assured higher prices and a more stable market, said Mr. Whelan. The purpose of the subsidy is to help the beef industry through current depressed markets. Dick Gray, president of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association, said the subsidy will make some happy. Mr. Gray said it was evident from the minister when he was in Lethbridge Tuesday that he didn't want anything to do with quotas, tariffs or surcharges on American cattle entering Canada the very measures advocated by livestock- groups in the west. One cattle feeder who sold 54 head of animals in Lethbridge -Friday morning will realize an extra under the new program. "But the subsidy program won't solve the long-term surplus cattle said Mr. Gray. "The cattle industry could follow the hog industry when a subsidy of per hundred pounds was provided by the Alberta government. after the provincial program was announced, the market price fell about per hundred pounds. "The cattle market price could just as well fall per hundred pounds also and we'd be in the same position." John Carnine, manager of Dri-Land Feeders in Warner, said he-doesn't like the plan because it's a subsidy. And thai, in the opinion of Mr. Carnine, is only one step closer to a marketing board under Bill C-176. It is enabling legislation passed in 1971 allowing producers of any commodity to form a marketing board for their own protection if a sufficient number of producers are in favor. "This thing could screw us around to he.said. John Pahara, a cattleman from Lethbridge who had head on feed Feb. 1, agreed with Mr. Carnine that the subsidy should have been paid on feed grain, the key input cost to feeding cattle. Both men said that would have helped all cattlemen. The way the program is spelled out, only Grade A cattle are eligible for the subsidy. But. Mr. Pahara said about 50 per cent of all cattle in Canada are grades B. C or D. Leonard Haney. co-owner of Haney Farms Ltd. of Picture Bulte. said that during the week ending Feb. 26. about 25 per cent of the cattle in his feedlot weren't grade A. Roger Holt nutritionist for Hi-Way 152) Feeders at Raymond, said the program isn't retroactive enough. Those who have already marketed their animals are the ones who have lost a tremendous amount of moDey. he claimed. Mr Haney said he would have liked to see the program pay a subsidy on all cattle sold for domestic slaughter since Jan. 1, not March 4. BONN (Reuter) President Nixon's letter to West German Chancellor Willy Brandt calling off his planned trip to Brussels next month has sent United States- European Common Market relations to a new low. The message, sent to the chancellor Friday in his capacity as current chairman of the Common Market, was followed by Nixon's speech in Alberta divorce rate highest OTTAWA (CP) The num- ber of divorces has climbed sharply since divorce laws were eased in 1968, says Statistics Canada. There were divorces in 1972, up from the total of in 1971, the statistics agency reports. Alberta had the highest per- capita divorce rate in 1972 with 227.8 per residents. British Columbia was second with 224.1 and Ontario third with 168.5. Chicago in which he attacked the Common Market's stance on transatlantic political and economic relations and warned the European Economic Community against ganging-up on the United States. Veteran observers in the West German capital said they could not remember when a president spoke so sharply to his Western European allies, nor a time in which transatlantic relations reached such a low ebb. First word of the Nixon message came in a government statement here, which quoted the president as saying that since work on a joint declaration by the Common Market countries and the United States has not yet progressed far enough for a date to be set in the near future for the document to be signed, such a date should not- be set. J, In the meantime, fears of a trade war and a new period of United States isolationism were voiced in European newspapers today in the wake of President Nixon's Chicago speech accusing his transatlantic allies of not co- operating. British gov't crisis deepens Herald London Bureau LONDON Edward Heath is endangering the Conservative party by his" decision to inflame Britain's political crisis in seeking a parliamentary defeat of the government on Monday. The situation is as tense this weekend as in the days just after the election result Feb. 28. The Conservatives have laid down an amendment to the Queen's speech that can be read as a vote of no confidence in the new government's pol- icies for controlling wage in- creases. Because of the Labor governments minority position there is a good chance that the amendment will pass on Monday night. Harold Wilson could well decide to send a cable to the Queen, now visiting Indonesia, recommending dissolution of Parliament and plunging the country into another general election. This could place the Con- servative party in the position of having put party before country and lead to a'swing to Labor'that would give it a majority in the House of Commons. Everything must be discussed in condition terms because there are a number of ways in which the confrontation could be avoided. Wilson has reduced the Con- servative's area of manoeuvre by letting it be known indirectly that he may or may not regard the Monday amendment vote as a vote of confidence. It is. after all. virtually a rejection of the government to defeat it on its new program. Now the Tories and Liberals face a situation in which they could be regarded by British voters as having forced out of office a government that settled the miners" ended three-day working, imposed a rent freeze and is committed to increasing old age pensions. They also would be removing the government before it had had a chance to present its budget and before it had had a fair run. The same top Tory advisers who told Heath he should call the election he lost have told him he could get back into power by the back door. They argue that should Wilson resign the Queen has the constitutional right to ask Heath to try to form a coalition government with the' Liberals, before ordering a general election. Inside Classified Comics___ Comment District.... Family Local News ..28-32 26 4.5 15 33-35 13. 14 Markets........27.38 Religion......8-8 Sports...........21-23 Theatres.......17 TV...............16 Weather........3 I x- 'Actually is the price of the sticker, not the meat.' LOW TONIGHT HIGH SUN. 35; COOLER, CLOUDY ;