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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta y, March 24, 1970 THE lETriBKIOGE HEKAID 23 Newspaper Strike Costly, Inconvenient For Coast City Parks Bill By KEN SIETHERAL VANCOUVER (CP) Can- ada's third largest city is find- ing life without its regular daily newspapers inconvenient I o i' most and cosily for some. For almost six weeks Vancou- ver has been without the morn- ing Province and evening Sun, which suspended publication Feb. 15 during a contract dis- pute with their unions. The effect on business varies from "very little" for some firms to "disastrous" for others. "The falling-off in i bad and it hurls, but it is only e small part of the said Ben head of a chain ol furniture and appliance stores in the greater Vancouver area. "What is really important is that Vancouver is rapidly be- coming a city of unifoimed peo- ple." Mr. said he nor Million Rebated To Companies OTTAWA (CP) New Demo cat Leader T. 0. Douglas asked the government has to make public the criteria under which cabinet has relumed in custom duties to automobile companies. The remissions were reported in the annual report cf Auditor- General Maxwell Hender- son. He said they were made under a cabinet order to com- panies that did not meet all the requirements cf Ihe motor ve- hicles tariff order. Finance Minister Edgar Benson said he would the question as notice. Mr. Douglas said (he govern- ment should add the cabinet order lo (he tariff order mnde under the 1965 Canada-U.S. aulo agreement. ally devotes about two hours i newspapers each evening to eep abreast of Ihe news. We are not fully informed boul what is going on at cily all, at Victoria or at Ottawa, iadio and television try to fill he gap, but it's not the same. J eel it is disastrous." IAI.ES DROP FAR He said sales of major appli- ances in his Vancouver stores have dropped about 20 per cent since the two papeis, with a combined circulation of stopped publishing. And sales ol small appliances "are down as much as 40 per cent." "Impulse buying plays a _ factor in the sale of small appli ances and newspaper ads gel the buyer interested." Department stores, whicl rarely discuss retail volume said it is too early lo assess Ihe effect of the dispute. Ray Hunt, manager of the L1TTLF. SHORTER The shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere Dec. 21, has a period of dayligh only a few seconds shorter lhan the 10 days or so around thi date. B.C. division, Retail Merchants Associatior of Canada, said ef- fect of the dispute has tapered off as merchants turn to other advertising media. "There's no doubt that sales are down. We should have some figures in the next two or three weeks that will tell us by how much." All four major department toi'es in the Bay, Salon's, Simpson-Sears and swung heav- ly into flyer advertising with a Icod of flyers hilling Vancouver doorsteps almost every day oi the week. Press runs on depart- ment store flyers are aboul copies. Other n e w s p a p e r s in the p-caler Vancouver area, Tha Daily Columbian in New West minster and local weeklies, are benefiting from the demand for advertising space. The Colum bian, normally faced by heavy competition from the Vancouve dailies in its own area, has in creased its daily run to copies from and almos doubled in size lo 40 pages. The Vancouver Express, put lished three times a week b members of the five unions dispute vith Pacific Press which produces The Sun an The Province, started publisl ing Feb. 20 as a 12-page pape vith no advertising. It r.ow runs t 4-page papers well filled with I .ds and is considering expand- ing to 32 pages. Reports on effect of Ihe dis- pute on the real estate and auto- nohile industries are contradic- oiy, but most firms say they ire being hurl by lack of adver- .ising space. Hugh Clee, general manager of Ihe real estate division of Uacaulcy, Nicholls, M ail land anJ Co., Ltd., said his firm finds advertising in other media more costly, in total, than in the metropolitan newspapers. "We are spending more and getting less he said. MOVIES. CLUBS HIT The entertainment industry which depends heavily on news paper advertising to attract cus tomers, generally reports sharp reduclions in business. The Odcon group of movie houses with 18 theatres here, and tin 20-theatre Famous Players lain, repoit business down fivi 20 per cent depending'on th Ira. Nightclubs report business If as much as 50 per cent. In contrast, Hugh Pickett lanager of Famous Artist ,td., which books plays and en crtauiers here, says he's savin EDMONTON