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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta TMi irmMIDOt HIMID Merck WET LOSER This artful dodger almost managed to an early spring He was but despite escape a motorists wake in Battle but his highflying he was too close to the puddle left by melting snow and British Columbias compulsory auto insurance Controversy still is swirling By KEN METHERAL VANCOUVER CPJ troversy continues to swirl around British Columbias compulsory automobile insur ance headed now into its second year of It has been lauded as the best auto insurance system in the world and derided as so bad it could lead to the down fall of Premier Ben netts Social Credit govern A unique example of planned the scheme provides mandatory nofault coverage without re moving the right to sue for personal It leaves the auto insurance business in the hands of private companies but provides a measure of government control through a governmentappointed renew established earlier this year to keep an eye on Central feature of the which compels all of the more than one million mo torists in to carry a mini mum public liability is the nofault con cept of providing basic com pensation to traffic victims re gardless of In a submission to a United States Ssnate subcommittee last Allen Lin a professor at Osgoode Hall law school in described the plan as perhaps the best system of auto insurance in the com monlaw Linden praised the nofault provision and a scale of benefits much more realistic than those provided in the other prov PLEASED WITH PLAN D executive vice president of the B Automo bile says the or ganization was more than pleased with the plan during the first year of The nofault provision is working extremely The asso ciation Is both the chief spokesman for motorists and the largest underwriter auto insurance in the province through its Motorist Insurance launched at the beginning of Tommy manager of Motorist says the plan is rela tively easy to administer and is resulting in a definite trend toward a reduction in the number of cases going to the vicepresi dent of Northwestern Mutual Insurance and B direc tor of the Insurance Bureau of also reports a notice able drop in Last year his company handled more than the year But the num ber of writs against policy holders dropped to 108 from 121 in 1969 and some of the 1970 total involved accidents that happened before the new plan went into An enthusiastic supporter of the B plan is Justin Har head of a Victoria insur ance agency and president of the Canadian Federation of Insurance Agents and Bro He says its nofault provision has removed a lot of hardships from a lot of peo ple who now receive prompt and equitable payment when they are hurt in OPPOSED BY NDP In many before they would have re ccivcd Legislation setting up the B insurance plan was ap proved during the 1969 session of the B legislature over the protests of the New Demo cratic Party which sought a governmentran plan along the lines of that in force in Saskatchewan and being in troduced now in The B legislation pro vides for a wide range of pay ments regardless of in cluding basic death benefits ot for the head of a house lesser amounts for de pendents and up to weekly to survivors for a total of 104 Persons disabled in a traffic accident receive up to weekly until able to return to plus compensation for medical and other expen ses in excess of those covered by the provincial medical care Much of the recent criticism has centred on two points made by the government in introducing the benefits would be paid quickly because of the nofault provi sion and that elimination of the need for costly court ac tions should lead to lower in surance Speaking during the opening debate of the current legisla ture William NDP member for YaleLil cited cases of delays in payment of claims and said the government sits back and lets the insurance compa nies bleed the people CHARGES REJECTED Nofault insurance should work along the lines of work in e n s he Traffic victims should get their money in a week or but this has not been the Nofault insurance is very poorly too too He renewed an NDP plea for a single governmentad ministered insurance fund in stead of policies handled by the 185 private carriers regis tered in the Refer ring to the breakup of the Lib eralConservative coalition government following its elec tion in 1943 that fed to Social Credit winning power four years Hartley pre dicited Just as hospital insurance caused collapse of so car insurance will bring about the defeat of this gov Insurance men generally re ject charges of slow payment although admitting that with so many carriers involved there may be one or two bad The automobile association says it has heard few com plaints about delayed pay and Holmes says that insofar as Motorist Insurance is cheques covering most claims are processed and on their way to motorists in about three Speed of payment under no fault insurance is cited by Linden as one of its major benefits over the fault system inherent in normal liability He said the problem of delay is one of the faults of the fault adding Even where a victim of an automobile crash has a meri torious he must wait too long for his In To the victim has to wait an average of two years to get a Despite government predic tions of lower insurance introduction of the plan and its wider range of bene fits resulted in an increase of about in the premium paid by the average motorist last And premiums are going up another 10 to 12 per cent this compared with an average increase of about nine per cent in the rest of the Warrick says the main reason for the higher rate is the cost of collision re pairs in the Body shops in now charge an about above the national Insurance men say it will be another year before a clear picture begins to emerge on the cost factor of nofault in This is an entirely new said We have go 50 times greater than Lake Diefenbaker Vast water potential discovered RtGTXA fur A some1 line from Lac La Ronge through timesbothersome underground j Hudson Bav and into water formation disco rred last I The water is fed below the surface in the TCegma rising to within foot of the year by the Saskatchewan He search Council has a potential source of water 50 times greater than the man mode Lake Dief en The part of the Blairi more Formation uhicii has been troublesome to potash in COLOMBO f Primp southern areas of the province i Minister Sirimavo Bandaran by causing f nodi j has introduced in Parlia produce up to million gnl the irrt of a senes of res Ions of fresh water daily if used olutums to make Cojlon an in to its full dependent republic nithm the Lake the reser Commonwealth voir of the South Saskatchewan The resolutions will amend River urination Bltams Ce aeres and contains about Inn Independence Art in io million acrefeet of I transform Celon into a sonal An acrefoot of water is the IM democracy aiming at the rhs ume eovennR an aere of land to tnbution of the social product a depth of one foot equitably among all eiti fr W A a rei search counril Ihe formation ncais the Mirface arrows northern iii of the r7 in the and eventually surfaces along a moro I ban the two surface near Saskatoon and to a few hundred feet far ther north At the deeper levels it has a high content eyes republic role thirds necessary for constitu 11 o n a 1 Govern ment said several months will be required to ap prove the A crown colony for lfl Cevlon joined the Common wealth a an independent state ui 19If fls new status will with diaw recognition of the Queen as the islands titular ruler but not as head of the Common i Koiithrrn Uis An a drained plain linked b I holds nearly a hundred I natural rainfall and runoff flush the salt out as the groundwafer nears the Meneley said last years discovery of the potential water through a council pro was completely unex The program is aimed at mapping all underground water supplies m Saskatchewans set tled Forty per cent of the mapping has been with the lest scheduled to be completed hy j He said the water found in the formation across the northern part is extremely good qual ard ould provide unlim ited sources for agricultural and inflnst rial development ia the Such a supply would he a verj reliable somco of water if it de eloped in full potential I Mcnilcv said tin1 uater i ould be lilted from the foima I don with wells and EATONS spring sale 13 Wide Dishwasher each C I Viking portable fits anywhere with the latest pushbutton conveniences to give you extra leisure Hotary spray arm with power turret has 2 wash Dishes go through 2 3 Rinse andhoM and plate warmer Has 2 operating one to tell you the dishwasher is the other to signal use of the Sanitizer 3414 counter Major Second Floor Install Your Own Kitchen Charm carpet square yard Continuous filament polypropylene fibre In level loop gives durability and good Foam rubber Install yourself in Tweed colours of Autumn Blue Cognac Natural Tawny Jet Wild Pepper Approximately 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