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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wednetdqy, March 24, 1971 Young bristles under attack OTTAWA (CP) - John Youngs chairman of the federal prices and incomes commission, bristled Tuesday under accusations that he and his organization are responsible for current high rates of unemployment in Canada. The nomally-cool and persuasive economist came close to exploding when New Democrat and Conservative members of the Commons welfare committee ignored or turned aside his repeated statements that the commission's prime aim has been to find ways of maintaining high employment while fighting price inflation. DR. YOUNG . . . Almost explodes Vew birth control device CHICAGO (AP) - Development of a copper - and-plastic birth conti-ol device said to be nearly as effective as birth-con-ti'ol pUls was aimoimced here. The device is called Cu-7. Cu is the chemical symbol for copper. The device is in the shape of a 7. G. D. Searle and Co., manu-facturer of the birtlKontrol pill Enovld, said the new device is expected to be on the naarket during the summer and that it will be available only through physicians. Dr. Thomas P. Carney, senior vice-president of research and development at Searle, said in an interview that the device has been tried by tlwusands of women in the United States, Peru and Sweden. The conraceptive effect of copper was discovered three or four years ago, he said, and discovery of die device was made by Dr. Jaime Zipper of the University of Chile, Santiago. The CU-7 is made of a small piece of flexible plastic, about one-sixteenth of an inch thick, in the shape of a 7, with copper covering most of the stem. The top is about one inch across and the stem is about VA inches long. " Dr. Irwin C. Winter, vice-president of medical affairs, said the CU-7 achieves a pregnancy rate of near zero and is almost as effective as oral contraceptives. For women who cannot take birth-control pills because of their side effects, the new device "appears to represent an effective alternative," Winter said. Winter said tlie small size of the rU-7 makes it possible for women to wear it longer and with more comfort than other intra-uterine devices. Liquol' board workers reject wage offer EDMONTON (CP) - A wage issue, invc^wrg 700 employees of the Alberta Liquor Control Board, has been turned over to the chaii-man and vice - chair-n.an of the board in an effort to obtain an acceptable settlement. The employeco rejected a mediation report recommend-ing an eight to 12-per-cfint wage increase over 27 months. The vote was 308 to 11. The mediation report recommended five to sbc-per-cent increases in the first 15 months, then an across - the - board increase of SIX. per cent m the following year. Under present legislation, the move in referring the vote to | the Liquor board chairman nnd | ada, Dr. Young replied: He raised his voice in apparent anger when Grace Maclnnis (NDP-Vancouver Kingsway) persisted with a contention that Mr. Young had foreseen that high unemployment would result from anti-inflation measures. "Yes, we foresaw that unemployment would result," he said. "We argued that co-operation by different sections of the community in holding down costs and prices in co-operation could lessen imemployment. . . "We worked for that co-operation for six months. Then to be accused of not beinfi concerned about. unemployment is-it is mildly annoying," he finished more coolly. EXPLAINS AIMS He told Mrs. Maclnnis he would "try again" to explain what the commission has been trymg to do. He repeated for the fourth time that governments everywhere in the Western industrial world have found that they are unable to keep productive activity and employment going strong without encountering price inflation that gets out of hand. The only weapons available to curb inflation are spending and credit restraints that slow down output and cause unemployment, he said. What the commission was assigned to do in 1969 was to find a way to moderate the impact of anti-inflation policies used by the government-to prevent a major slowing of output and employment. The commission persuaded businessmen to co-operate last year in a price-restraint program, but its attempts to win co-operation in a pay-restraint program failed. NEEDED CO-OPERATION "Some people say the commission failed to achieve something," he said. "We could say the country failed to achieve something." Had Canadians gener^y-including organized labor and governments-co-operated in a pay-restraint pi'ogram, inflationary cost pressures would have been reduced and the country could have started earlier to expand productive activity, thereby avoiding some of the current unemployment. In answer to questions by Alfred D. Hales (PC-Wellington), Dr. Young said the commission expressed its views publicly and pressed them privately on the need to limit pay increases to six per cent a year when the government was involved in salary negotiations. He said provincial governments, which are substantial employers, had failed to co-operate with the wage guides and "somewhat hampered" the program. David Orlikow (NDP-Winnipeg North) predicted, that price inflation would resume this year, unemployment would moderate, but "then we will have the worst of both world." "What was the point of last year's exercise then?" he asked. "Your policies led to this." I say this is a disgrace." POLICIES BLAMED Dr. Young went through his e5cplanation of what the commission was trying to do once again when John Lundrigan (PC -Gander-Twillmgate) charged that the commission's policies had damaged regions such as Newfoundland and caused a depression in Eastern Canada. "There seems to be some confusion that we are the government," said Dr. Young, adding that the commission aimed at reducing the need for heavy anti-inflation measures by the government. Since that would reduce the depressing impact on Newfoundland, "I am surprised you wouldn't welcome our work," he said. When Mr. Lundrigan said the cormnission was a waste of government money because it had caused depression, Dr. Young gave up. But Commissioner George Freeman told Mr. Lundrigan that "I really cannot understand your attitude" and went through the explanation once again. TO DO RESEARCH Dr. Young said earlier that t h e designated commission budget of $1,976,000 for the nine months beginning April 1 would be used to complete cun-ent research and publish advice aimed at resolvuig the problem ot how to sustain productive gro%vth while avoidang inflation. Asked whether he believed inflation has been checked in Can- vice - chairman, is the final s'.cp in formal ncjrotiating procedures. Emploj'ces of the liquor Inoard csnnot go on strike. The exncutive of tho liquor board nRgotistin^, division has �' kpd for l-hp support of all public employess in Alberta m �Ti effort to break a five-percent ceiling on pay raises imposed by the liquor board. "As long as we have the level of cost increases going through the sy.stom at the rate they are today and as long as price increases are as they are today, a body iilco the prices and incomes commission-a professional wari-ior against inflation and a professional worrier about inflation-is bound to feci some concern." ..CAUSE wr� W04>(C^ lECAUSE WE'RE to-w^ rnsfS Your Shopping f***'* You Less! Styled Right for Spring ... BOYS' BREAKERS Pop-o-lin club styled jacket has been treated with a water repellant Silicone. Available in Blue or Green with contrast piping on cadet collar, two front pockets, vertical Racer stripe and sporty chest ensigna. Sizes 8 to 16. . EACH Three Great Styles . . . I'S JACKETS Choose Club style corduroy jacket with cadet collar. Knitted cuffs and waistband, 2 slash pockets and zipper front. Hand< tome Forfrel lined "breaker with knitted cuffs and waistband. Or Regular style breaker with self lie down collar, cuffs and waistband. Assorted shades. Sizes 36 to 46. 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