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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 30, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FINAL INSPECTION Garome Garglmons, 14, and his brother Michael, 12, of Thornhill, Ont., give the igloo they built in their backyard a final inspection. The struc- ture is 15 feet high and about 8 feet wide and took them three months to build. It's not likely to melt too soon, as Toronto-area temperatures are expected to he cold. Nova Scotia labor standards code criticized by businessmen By JOHN SOOSAR HALIFAX (CP) Nova Sco- tia's Li beral governm cnt is under criticism from business- men and legislators over provi- sions of a comprehensive labor standards code, parts oE which have existed in individual stat- utes since the 1930s. Labor Minister Leonard Pace now is morn convinced than ever that the government was right in introducing the massive 54-page bill. "Maybe I was naive he s ays, but I 'm more than convinced now (hat the legisla- tion is absolutely necessary." The 70 per cent of Nova Sco- tia's labor force now unorganized will have a much better chance Hi an in the past under provisions of the code, he says. The business Mr. Pace says it is mainly "big business1' that has voiced stren- uous that the act will regulate them too se- verely. "We plead with you to make revisions now and not leave so much to regulations and ex- said the Nova Scotia section of the Canadian Manu- facturers Association presenta- tion. BILL UNCHANGED As the bil 1 moved through final stages of committee study Tuesday on its way back into the legislature, IvFr. Pace said the measure was basically in- tact and there was no change in its A key section of the code pro- vides for the establishment ol an employment standards tri- bunal charged with disposition of all complaints under its prov- isions. Other sections of the code pro- vide for maternity leave and guarantees of employment and benefits while prospective moth- ers are absent; raises the age at which a child is eligible for employment (o 16 from 14; spells out protection for workers seeking action through a direc- tor of labor standards, employ- ment standards tribunal or min- imum wage board; provides for vacation pay and lists five an- nual paid holidays; requires equal pay for equal work and sets out maximum working hours and regulations for termi- nation of employment. Mr. Pace says tho chief com- plaints have been about sections of the bill which have been in the statute books since 1955 and now are being included in one comprehensive act. The tribunal outlined in the bill was in exist- ence since 1000. MLAsCONCERNED While businesses have zeroed in on the main provisions of tho bill, government and opposition ML As have been concerned about its effects on small em- ployers, such as fanners. The minimum wage in urban areas now is SI.35 for males and Sl.20 for females. In rural areas it is for males and Cor females. The government proposes a province-wide minimum for both sexes of effective July 1 and a further 10 cents July 1, 1973. The minimum wage for un- der-age employees now is for males and B5 cents for The government wants a rate of for both sexes from July 1. Some legislature members said Tuesday the minimum wage for children was unreason- able for seasonal employment in Annapolis Valley fruit process- big plants, summer silviculture programs in the forest industry ami in garages. FEEL MINIMUM HIGH Fruit and vegetable proces- sors also feel they cannot livo with a basic rf'nimum hourly wage rate of One of the area's largest pro- cessors said the minimum wage would force canning companies to review any of their produc- tion lines incapable of being au- tomated, ij d 4 irlrtrt n W 1'liinl Section Lelhbriilge, Alberta, Thursday, March 30, 1972 Pages 21 Winners free of income Soccer pool prizes By IVOK IIKOWX cal slogan.s was Dial which some, not the for approach (o a policy c! London Observer Service (inked liberty with equality. a re eon form ing wit h shares. Ft did .lothine of the LONDON __ Prizes in a person is not free if) general at.titudfi to acquisition kind because the average for accurately forecasting the results of football matches cannot work harder to earn and keep more money, is less liked than to be. known as "the worker" is fas-all alike. E c natcd bv the idea of winning now gone beyo nd 030 And fl winner doesn't pav accept as a sensible The national Premium Bonds1 view. The members of the are made in ore attractive "packet" without doing any work for it. Jlc may ap. iciuiv of tax on his Party, which is most purchasers by large the idea of ccmalitv when Yet. .such a winner if he iii llienry to "fair o (lie prizes won by tho fortu- a Labor .spenkcr is "spouting are constantly and in-, luile holders of a lucky mini- a platform, but in f.'ict his almost certainly will not, demanding differential payments. The Every week somebody get? a cheque for for is to be as unequal as his luck allows. ;ux more and more money strike was sett has done nothing. If he in professional or so. harder1 and Ion ger he won t on tolling. Gambling is frowned on by some, but practised .n one way or another by nearly all. The incentives are enormous. The stale itself promotes a gigantic lottery with its varying rises in wages for those doing various kinds of work. No equality for them. The Irade unions may talk of Jevclling, but their practice contradicts their principle. In t heir i nsis tence on more the money lie would have to pay back three-quarters of it in income-tax and surtax. When the Labor Party was in power it could have arranged for a vast increase of small prizes which would status is accepted as desirable as much in the workers' housing estate as in [tie middle-class suburb. The idea of equality implicit in the idea of "keeping up with Die Jones-' es" but in fact the average fam- mium Bonds with large and is much more eager to Ret of the Joneses in tho Nobody pretends that sending in a correct forecast to tlie football pools is anytliing but of a larger home, a more glamorous holiday, or a more sumptuous motorcar. by race is for- the form of the football _j 7 by law, hut separation before making their entries IpCu lO CLU] US differing kinds of work and claim, that some judgment is as genera! in a factory the chances is needed, but in the elegant offices of Big winners frankly admit that fCP) agencies like f once discovered were simply trusting to luck. There is no merit in and is let out on parole, giving a fellow a travelling to America on a large liner that the grading made a lucky shot. T no place to go, no and telling him where the many employees was a never w as R uch in equ ali t v o His little store of for work. Now we're of bilter contention and unearned income. So runs out and he may feelings. We spent Christ- go on trying to become steal again to get Howard was an Ifiih-cen- Inas at sea- anci wben I without E n gl ishm a n v, ho ca n cabin steward if lie had en- where the .lolm for penitentiaries to his Christmas dinner, ho FAIH Society steps in. It helps such punishments me gloomily that it had British politicians of b o t find work and a place mutilation or ruined because he was put parties are always talking and keeps an eye on him John Howard Society of at table to a halh steward; fair shares. Equality is said sure he stays on lias 35 professional was like seating a cabin bov he a commendable goal. It is and narrow path, in ]5 (he Captain. fact detested as dull. The that seldom is Mr. most fluent talkers about lish people delight in the Archibald Miller trick became Ontario are always ready to sibility of picking up a felt the society should after kicking around it. The left-wing Member in a grotesquely unfair much more and 20 for years then taking the House of Commons is as They may s wear when t h he set out to do just work in Winnipeg and as any oilier to insist on lose their money, but the Ont. When he Privilege" ble is soon over. Off they go to take another chance. When i notice the number ol betting shops along the High Streets and the amount the Ontario Society and told in an interview of a never-ending fight for the rights of former convicts, for bettor conditions in jails and from the Second World War he was in the lie started a branch of the John Howard Society in Windsor r.nd did so well he stepped into puts all IiFPs above the law in certain matters. The tax-payer provides him with plenty of free travel in the first-class. If he were told to go sec- space given to racing in nd f o r more humane puui class, like most of his con- popular newspapers I am opposes capital he would shout the minded of the accuracy of and has always been down. For him Ihe elect- remvrk made by tho wise fine witty journalist, G K.. Chesterton. "The he said, "ere not much interested in the equality of man; they are more concerned with the inequality Kirkpatriek, familiarly known to thousands as simply is 65, still gruff and tough, and though no longer directly involved in the society's work intends to continue his of the existing huge federal penitentiaries housing thousands of prisoners. In 1971, the graduating class in criminology at tho University of Ottawa voted him the man who bad are the elite. Discrimination may be. morally wrong, but it keeps people happy. Equality was the cry of (he French revolutionaries. To insist on it in England today work in some to Canadian be to provoke n revolu- The most- foolish of all he told a Broad leaf tobacco the richest, mellowest tobacco under the sun. RIC L rAV.GLlil R >_V: B R O ADI; E ;