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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, March THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 2f Preachers query Alcan in Africa By JOHN FITZGERALD MONTREAL (CP) Representatives of numerous church groups from Canada and the United States grilled officials of Alcan Aluminium Co. this week in a bid to examine the morality of the company's operations in the Republic of South Africa. "We in Canada often deplore the exploitation of our resources by outsiders and here we see a Canadian company doing the same thing in John Ridout, a spokesman for the Anglican Church of Canada, told the company's annual meeting. "And it is doing it to their most valuable said Mr. Ridout, who is a member of the church's unit on public and social re- Paper deal in the bag PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) A longterm agreement for the sale of sack kraft paper to Japan has been signed between Prince George Pulp and Paper Ltd. and the Oji Paper Co., the British Columbia company announced this week. The contract calls for Oji to buy metric tons of sack kraft a year for 10 years and represents 40 per cent of sack Rraft production at the Prince George mill. Shipments start in July. Hog sales reviewed RED DEER (CP) Consideration is being given to changes aimed at improving the selling system of the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board's Edmonton operation, Bill Wright of Lacombe, director of District Four, told a board meeting this week. He said that compared with other provinces the Alberta system has several weaknesses that now are being studied. Recommendations would be developed in the next few months for an improved selling system. Poultry built up EDMONTON (CP) Lack of consumer demand has resulted in a huge inventory of poultry products being built up. Don Potter, secretary of the Alberta Broiler Growers Association said this week. He said producers now have 2.5 million pounds of poultry stored, down 1.1 million from the total in early January. Mr. Potter said prices of poultry have been lowered substantially in Edmonton to reduce the inventory. Prices had not been lowered as much in Calgary and Red Deer because there was less competition at retail outlets. THE HOTEL WITH MORE TO OFFER AND WE NOW HAVE COLOR TV for Your Ifl IVIERA MOTOE BOTBL Calgary Trafl Tatac W7-M10 sponsibility. Nathaniel V. Davis, company president, denied the allegation, saying: "The company has gone on record as disagreeing where human rights are not respected." "But we should not go into a country and exercise political influence. We train labor, try to get wages up and attempt to raise the standard of which I believe is the best process in the long run." Mr. Ridout said the company was planning to extend its operations in South Africa by allowing its South African, subsidiary to take part in the construction of a silicone-smelting plant in an area bordering on "apar- theid-imposed" territory. SUPPORTING APARTHEID "Our shareholders are supporting the apartheid policy of the South African he said. How, he asked, "will the South African government get the message that Alcan dis- agrees with apartheid pol- James V. Cameron, an executive vice-president of the company said the company was satisfied Alcan's projects in South Africa would bring a higher standard of living for black Africans. Reverend Don Morton, a spokesman for the United Church of Christ in the United States, listed repressive measures which he said the South African government imposed upon its dissidents, including church organizations. He likened the regime in Sauth Africa to "a police state on par with Nazi Germany." "Alcan has made profits in the past and will earn more in the future. May God forgive those who seek to make profits from he said. Church representatives questioned officials on numerous phases of the company's operations in South returning to the central theme of whether it was a moral act for Alcan to "maintain a blind eye" while continuing to reap profits at the expense of black Afri- cans. Asked whether he thought the company could exert pressure on the South African government to loosen some of its policies, Mr. Davis, board chairman, replied: "We do not feel we can violate government regulations. We can only bend customs in the proper direction." "We disagree not on objec- tives but on Mr. Davis said. Bill Davis, assistant treasurer of the United Church of Canada, said the purpose of his appearance at the meeting was to show solidarity with the other church speakers and to oppose the apartheid system. "We must work together with management to develop policies of corporate social he said. Reverend Thomas Anthony, another spokesman for the Anglican Church, told the meeting the church was interested in the economic sphere because, "the whole sense of man is important." "We as individuals and corporations must begin to recognize there are new reflections on the role and function of the he said. Cecil Abrams, a professor at the University of Montreal suggested the company is causing indirect suffering to the black Africans by its presence. "We know by Alcan's pres- ence, there is a moral boost being given to the South African government." Getting ready Ocean centre tests Chris Barber leans over the rail of Lock 3 of the Welland Canal at St. Catharines, Ont., this week as Ken Teal pulls himself up for a lunch break. Mr. Teal had been installing timbers on the gate. The canal, part of the St. Lawrence Seaway System, will open early in April. Preferred stock drawback Arctic sea travel can outweigh advantages VANCOUVER (CP) A visitor to the Arctic test facility at British Columbia Research's new Ocean Engineering Centre will be able to leave his parka at home. The facility will be examining how ships and marine structures perform under arctic ice conditions, but don't look for any ice in the test tanks when the facility is completed in a few months. "Because we'll be using models, everything has to be scaled said Roy Lake, B.C. research manager of the applied physics division. "So we'll need to scale down the properties of the ice too, which means that we can't use real ice." The centre now is searching for some kind of acceptable substitute, an artificial ice medium. "We've been working with a wax substance, but it's too said hydrodynanicist Tom Tothill, the man in charge of the design of the ocean research centre. "The whole idea is to have something that can be used at room temperature." DON'T NEED ICE Much of the work, Mr. Tothill said, can be done without ice, using machines and instruments to measure stress on ship models. For example, the loss of sta- bility of an icebreaker ship's bow riding up on ice can be measured using a roller with APPOINTMENT ESMTO Southern Printing Comptny UmtoC. dLembridge, announce fhe appowimsm of Mr George as Sales Manager of iia PJ lining George has had extensive experience in )he printing and Stallonory 9te1d tne lOTNbrftSge area, and would tfke to make avanawle nis services to fDends and QtfMOTfisrs, {Ad and new 1291 instruments attached. The ocean test centre was announced in the summer of 1973, at a cost of Since then, however, cost of the faciity has risen to million. Reason for the added cost, Mr. Lake said, is the increased sophistication of the centre. The testing facility will in- clude a towing tank 220 feet long, 12 feet wide and eight feet deep, wavemakers, a shallowwater tank, wind generators, machines to create an arctic environment and a hydroclave, which simulates deep-sea pres- sures. It can carry out tests in a wide variety of areas, on ships from tankers to tugs, on oil rigs and log booms and on sea- planes. "With water bombers, for example, you could determine optimum float designs and scoop said Tothill. "You could measure drag and test various loadings. You'd establish safety limits." OTHERS GET WORK The only similar centre in Canada is a National Research Council facility at Ottawa, with the result that much of the country's testing work is going abroad. "Some worth of testing went out of Canada in 1973, and that's a conservative said Mr. Tothill, adding that the existence of a test facility will stimulate the growth of Canada's shipbuilding industry. Work on the ocean engineer- ing side of the centre began last year. 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