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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Young bristles under attack OTTAWA (CP) - John Young* 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 normally-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 New birth control device CHICAGO (AP) - Develop-meat of a copper - and-plastdc birth control device said to be nearly as effective' as birth-control pills was announced 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., manufacturer of the birtii-control pill Enovid, said the new device is expected to be on the market 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 thousands 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 the 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 tie 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 the small size of the OU-7 makes it possible for women to wear it longer and with more comfort than other intra-uterine devices. Liquor board workers reject wage offer EDMONTON (CP) - A wage issue, involving 700 employees of the Alberta Liquor Control Board, has been turned over to the chairman and vice - chair-nan of the board in an effort to obtain an acceptable settlement. The employeca rejected a mediation report recommending an eight to 12-per-cent wage increase over 27 months. The vote was 308 to 11. The mediation report recommended five to six-per-cent increases in the first 15 months, then an across - the - board increase of six per cent in the following year. Under present legislation, the move in referring the vote to the Liquor board chairman and vice - chairman, is the final s!ep in formal negotiating procedures. Employees of the liquor board cannot go on strike. The executive of the liquor board negotiating division has r~ked for the support of all public employees in Alberta in an effort to break a five-percent ceiling on pay raises imposed by the liquor board. He raised his voice in apparent anger when Grace Macumis (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 unemployment... "We worked for that co-operation for six months. Then to be accused of not being concerned about unemployment is-it is mildly annoying,'' be finished more coolly. EXPLAINS AIMS He told Mrs. Maclnnis he would "try again" to explain what the commission has been trying 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 e mp 10 y m e n t 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 governmem-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 generally--including organized labor and governments-co-operated in a pay-restraint program, 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 explanation of what the commission was trying to do once again when John Lundrigan (PC -Gander-Twillingate)" 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 Mi'. Lundrigan said the commission 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 earner that t h e designated commission budget of $1,976,000 for the nine months beginning April 1 would be used to complete current research and publish advice aimed at resolving the problem of how to sustain productive growth while avoiding inflation. Asked whether he believed inflation has been checked in Canada, Dr. Young replied: "As long as we have the level of cost increases going through the system at the rate they are today and as long as price increases are as they are today, a body like the prices and incomes commission-a professional warrior against inflation and a professional worrier about inflation-is bound to feel some concern." WE'RE Sfybd Right for Spring ... BOYS' BREAKERS Pop-o-lln club styled jacket has been treated with a water repellant Silicone. Avail* able In Blue or Green with contrast piping on cadet cellar, two front pockets, vertical Racer stripe and sporty chest ensigna. Sizes 8 to 16.  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