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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, March 25, LETHBRIDQE HERALD Dateline Alberta Eight meat workers return Big government scored at seminar CALGARY (CP) Eight local Safeway meat employees returned to work last Friday leaving six still attending information meetings called by the meat packing union in support of striking Lucerne employees. Last Monday, about 15 of the 175 meatcutters and wrappers employed in the 37 Safeway outlets in the city demonstrated their support for employees of the local Lucerne Foods Ltd. plant by attending twice daily study sessions. The main issue of the strike which began March 5 is wages. Retail store meatcutters make 88 cents an hour more than the Lucerne plant meatcutters. The strike cut off meat supplied to 200 Safeway stores in British Columbia and Alberta and forced the company to find direct supplies of meat from packing houses. CALGARY (CP) When talking about Canadians should realize that federal government expenditures have increased five-fold since 1960, Maxwell Henderson, former auditor general of Canada says. Federal government expenditures have increased to an estimated billion this year from billion in 1960, he told a seminar sponsored by the Economics Society of Alberta. "We go on and on with government complaining about inflation the very inflation it is increasing itself by its own said Mr. Henderson, now a director of the Royal Ontario Museum. Much of the increased spending, he charged, was due to social programs and welfare benefits that "buy votes." "The bigger government gets the less it thinks it has to be Mr. Henderson said. However, he said he was not just referring to the Liberal government. "I don't know the difference between Liberals and Conservatives they're just the ins and the outs." The "bigness" of government also drew concern from other panelists attending the seminar. "To a large extent the divine rights of kings has been replaced by the divine rights of government which may not in the multitudinous aspect of life in which it functions automatically represent the said Calgary petroleum lawyer John Ballem. Governments at both federal and provincial levels have found their intervention in the energy field a heady and intoxicating experience, he said. On the other hand, Canadian businessmen's "constant preoccupation with the profit factor is suicidal." Mr. Ballem said. "Until we begin to emphasize the contribution that the company makes to its employees, to the communities, to national objectives to all these very non cash but vitally important areas, we will continue to alienate the sympathy of the public and open the gate to further government intervention." Dr. Abraham Rotstein, a University of Toronto professor and a founder of the Committee for an Independent Canada, said an economic power vacuum exists in Canada, partly because many key decisions are made by corporations controlled from outside the border. As a result of the power vacuum, government is moving into areas previously occupied by private business, he said. "In the province of Alberta, the Conservative premier is now the godfather of several government corporations designed to assert the public interest in the field of energy and resources." The only alternative to further government intrusion, Dr. Rotstetn said, is "a renaissance of Canadian business, willing and able to step into the breach and re- assert control as representatives of the Canadian interest." -c v eg in vu controlled trom outside the Canadian interact Good news for Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) Confirmation of continuing provincial support for urban mass transit was the obvious high point for Edmonton in Friday's provincial budget, says Mayor Ivor Dent. "This has to be the most outstanding news it certainly makes rapid transit in Edmonton a very viable said the mayor, commenting on the government's promise of million for mass transit systems in Edmonton and Calgary. The mayor said he also was pleased that the 1974-75 budget made provision for increased provincial aid for urban roadway construction. Details of how the province plans to distribute the money for mass transit have yet to be announced, and the budget contained no hint of how much aid ca'n be expected in subsequent years. Warning on 'phone without i lifting receiver GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H LPre Lethbridge...... 41 22 Pincher Creek... 42 24 Medicine Hat 36 17 .03 Edmonton___ 19 11 .02 Grande Prairie 23 11 .11 Banff.....'...... 38 23 Calgary........34 20 Victoria........ 50 38 Penticton....... 50 29 Prince George 49 20 Kamloops....... 56 29 Vancouver...... 55 40 Saskatoon........6 -15 Regina..........7-18 Winnipeg........4-13 Toronto......... 24 4 .02 Ottawa......... 28 0 .02 Montreal 34 5 .07 Ste John's....... 42 33 .65 Halifax.........50 24 .35 Chariottetown 48 20 .12 Fredericton "49 19 .03 Chicago...... 18 15 New York...... 61 20 Miami..........81 75 Los Angeles..... 67 53 Las Vegas...... 78 53 Phoenix ........'78 53 Athens........64 54 Rome.......... 70 46 Pans........... 66 48 London......... 52 43 Berlin..........54 35 Amsterdam..... 59 15 Moscow 41 30 Stockholm 43 32 Tokyo 48 36 FORECAST: Lethbridge Medicine Hat Calgary Cloudy with light flurries today. Highs 30-35 except near 40 over Lethbridge region. Lows 10-15. Tuesday, cloudy, highs 35-40 except near 45 over Lethbridge region. Columbia Kootenay Sunny with cloudy intervals today and Tuesday. Highs Doth days in the 40s or low 50s Lows 25 to 35. MONTANA East of CootiVenfll cloudy today and Tuesday with widely scattered snow showers highs today and Tuesday 25 to 35 northeast. mostly 40s west and south. Lows tonight 5 to 15 northeast... and 20s west and south. West of Continental Divide Partly cloudy today. Scattered rain and snowshowers tonight and Tuesday. High temperatures both days 45 to 55. Lows tonight 25 to 35. PACKERS and HARROWS Order now and ba ready for Spring. Flexible, Diamond, Coil Spring Tooth and Mulcher Harrow. 4 ft. and 6 ft. Inland Packers AVAILABLE NOW AT... GENERAL FAI Coutts Highway Box 1202 328-1141 By NEIL GILBRIDE OTTAWA (CP) An elec- tronics firm is seeking world patent rights to a device that permits the broadcasting of emergency warnings or mes- sages through an ordinary telephone without lifting the receiver. Terry Matthews, marketing director for Mitel Canada Ltd., says the device requires no additional wiring. M.C.J. Cowpland, president of Mitel, says it could be used in office and apartment build- ings, hotels or through any central telephone exchange, covering perhaps half or more of the world's 280 million tele- phones. It could be even more easily built into new telephone systems, he added. The basic device is a two- by three-inch mounted- electronic circuit and speaker that cart be inserted in place of the ordinary telephone bell. It is activated by a central public-address device connected at the central tele- phone exchange. TWe inserted in the-.. telephone costs about each roughly the cost of the tele- phone bell. The public-address equipment that would serve an entire telephone exchange with hundreds of phones would cost about Mr. Cowpland says. The system uses existing telephone wiring. GIVES WARNING Mr. Cowpland's voice, broadcasting from a room at the opposite end of the building, came through the telephone loud and clear in a demonstration at Mitel's offices, delivering messages and warning of an imaginary fire with the telephone re- ceiver still in place. Such an emergency warning also would reach anyone talking on the telephone, overriding the conversation. "Don't you think all those people who jumped out of that building in Chile a few weeks ago would have liked to know there was a fire in time for them to get out said Matthews. Mitel officials say a number of communications firms in Europe, the United States and Canada are testing the system. Mitel has applied for patents in 15 countries including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdon, France. Germany and Japan. The device also replaces the familiar ring of the telephone bell with an electronic hum- ming sound that Mitel says is less irritating. The electronic ringing sound requires only one volt of elec- tricity, rather than the 90 volts required for the ordinary telephone bell, the firm said. For those who worry about telephone eavesdropping, Mr. Cowpland says the system permits only one-way broadcasting from a central telephone exchange through various telephones hooked to the system. No one can listen in on telephone conversa- tions through the system, he says. New telephone device world rights sought 'Strain becoming too much9 Soviet author's family get visas MOSCOW (AP) The family of exiled writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn has received visas to leave the Soviet Union and join him in Switzerland but no travel date has been set, family members say. They said Solzhenitsyn's six-month-old son still is ill and a departure date could not be chosen until he recovers, and Mrs. Solzhenitsyn still must pick up her Swiss pap- ers before she can leave. Solzhenitsyn was exiled last month after weeks of official attacks on his new book about Stalinist labor camps, Gulag Archipelago. The Nobel lau- reate is staying with lawyer, Fritz Heeb, in Zurich. Democracy said imperiled CALGARY (CP) The Canadian parliamentary system must be revised to allow it to deal with the demands of a rapidly changing society if public disenchantment is to be avoided, Senator Ernest Manning says. "It is ironic that wars were fought to make the world safe for democracy and that democratic processes were being imperilied, not from exterior forces, but from governing systems he told a Calgary chamber of commerce meeting. Scientific progress and technological development are producing changes which put such demands on the governing process that "these Chilean refugees 'no security risk9 TORONTO (CP) There is no reason to believe that all the refugees who came to Canada after last September's coup in Chile are a potential security threat, Harold Edelstam, Sweden's expelled ambassador to Chile, says. AMA ROAD REPORT as of 8 a.m. March 25. 1974. Highway 3 east. Lethbridge to Medicine Hat. generally bare with occasional slippery sections in the sheltered areas. Highway 3 west, Lethbridge to Fort Macleod and B.C. Boundary, generally bare and dry with occasional slippery sections through the towns of the Crowsnest Pass. Highway 4. Lethbridge to Coutts. bare and dry with occasional slippery sections. Highway 5, Lethbridge to Cardston and Waterton, bare and dry with occasional slippery sections. Highway 6. Pincher Creek ro Waterton. bare and dry. Highway 2 north. Fort Macleod to Calgary and Edmonton, generally bare and dry throughout with occasional icy patches through the towns. Red Deer area, driving lanes generally clear with passing lanes snow Visibility reduced in places to Edmonton. Highway 2 south. Fort Macleod to Cardston and Carway. mainly bare and dry. Highway 23. Junction Highway 3 to Vulcan and High River, bare and dry. Highway 1 Trans Canada east, Calgary to Medicine Hat and Swift Current, mainly bare with light snow around Medicine Hat and occasional icy sections through to Swift Current. Highway 1 Trans Canada west. Calgary to Banff mainly bare and dry. Banff to Golden, mostly bare with occasional slippery sections. Golden to Revelstoke. has had a trace of snow Banff Jasper Highway. mainly bare with occasional slippery sections GET HAIR CUTS SEOUL (AP) About 6.500 long-haired South Korean youths were rounded up during the weekend in a nationwide crackdown on "hippie-styled national police said today. AH but about 100 were released after they agreed to a haircut. The holdouts were referred to the summary court. At a news conference, Dr. Edelstam avoided making di- rect comments about Canadian policies and attitudes toward Chile because of his position as "a guest in the country." "The refugees are not activ- said Dr. Edelstam, whose visit here was sponsored in part by the Canadian Council of Churches. "They just belonged to political parties supporting (the late) President (Salvador) Allende." The Chilean embassy in Ot- tawa said Friday that Dr. Edelstam's actions following the right-wing revolt which overthrew Allende "were not in any way compatible with the world diplomatic tradition." The embassy suggested the former ambassador provoked incidents with Chilean soldiers, and intervened on behalf of Cubans firing on the Chilean army from the Cuban embassy'in Santiago. He also gave asylum to a Uruguyan terrorist leader who broke Chilean law, the embassy said. Dr. Edelstam, expelled by the Chilean junta for what it regarded as over-zealous protection of refugees, said most of the estimated Chileans now in Argentina, Peru and Bolivia were Allende supporters. systems are overloaded" to the point of imperiling the present democratic system. "The energy situation, world wide inflation, pyramiding debts, the high cost of money, taxation increases how much further can the economic and financial structure go without breaking under the the senator wondered. The more complex Canada's social and economic problems become, the heavier are the burdens falling on government, he said. Widespread delays in reform, such as the five years- it took to implement tax reform measures first outlined in the Carter commission report, have caused widespread dissatisfaction, he said. But governing processes are not designed to facilitate rapid action. 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