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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THIRD SECTION The Lethkldge Herald PACKS 27 TO 38 Hard water cuts down death risk LifesparToTprairie people baffles scientists TORONTO (CP) A profes- sor at the University of Toronto says scientists are baffled by the fact that persons living on the Canadian Prairies have a longer lifcspan than those in 1 cle which ho and two colleagues other parts 'of Canada. from .the. University of Ottawa Dr. David Hewitt of the uni- versity's school of hygiene was commenting Friday on an arti- 11 UII1 LI U in vti .-311.7 Drs. L. C. Neri and J .S. Man- uel wrote in the medical weekly Lancet, published in London. England, and Boston. The article reported that hard water seems to cut down the risk of death. "The findings arc not that novel or said Dr. Hewitt in an interview. "T h o same work has been done in Europe and Japan." Dr. Hewitt said three years collected from 11 years of data from 51G Canadian municipalities showed that the Prairie provinces have more hard water. A summar of the article states: "The findings are consistent with a tendency for harder water to reduce the risk in general, rather than from cardiovascular causes in particular, by a mat-pin of up to 15 per cent or as much as 30 pel-cent." The study analysed mortality siatistics for aged X: to M. "There's no doubt that the Prairies live longer but we certainly can't say it is because of the said Dr. Hewitt. "H would certainly be interesting to find out." He explained that hard water is water with a high concentration of calcium and magnesium are not sure whether H Is the water or the elements that affect he added. "The fact that there is hard water in the Prairies and persons live longer there could well be a coincidence." Dr. Hewitt stressed it was difficult to draw any conclusions from the study. PACIFIED POOCH Six-month-old Tammy of Vancouver chews on child's pacifier -when she isn't chewing on slippers, toy cars or the evening newspaper. Pup is owned by George Diack.____________ Highest ol major cities Regina crime rate OTTAWA (CP) Latest national figures leave open the question whether the Prai- rie provinces suffer from a crime wave or from specially stern law enforcement by po- lice. Regina. for c x a m p 1 e, emerges with the highest crime rate of major cities. The Saskatchewan capital had a crime rate in 1971 figures compiled by Sta- t i s t i c s Canada are some months a w a y h a t was roughly 15.000 Criminal Code offences per 100.000 popula- tion. Traffic and drug offences are excluded. fn absolute terms, Regina, population in 1970, re- ported five times as many of- fences as Prince Edward Is- land, population Edmonton Police Chief Fred Sloan says the hisli Prairies crime rate may simply he the result of a "better book-keep- ing system'1 than in other areas. The national statistics depend directly on reports from the RCMP. provincial and municipal police forces. LAY TOUGH CHARGES The RCMP provides the force for the three provinces. Their figures and those from Prairie cities do support the criminology record that police law and order tend to lay the toughest charges and more of them. Calgary for example set a national record hv charging If) men for one murder in 1970. Kdmonton reported more rapes than Toronto, which is five times the size of the Al- berta capital: the same num- ber of almost twice as many attempted murders. Winnipeg led Ihe nation in "other sexual a statistical category that in- cludes everything from mo- lesting children to indecent exposure. Regina isn't amoiw I lie K largest citif-1; in frmor'a studied in detail in I ho 1970 survey but ils crime rate is double that of siicli caslern centres as Montreal or To- ronto. Among Ihr- 12, Kdmonlon Keemod the most lawless with n crime rale of n.lllilUl of- fences per population. Only Vancouver, which ap- pears ta have a drop-roolcd and more genuine crimp prob- lem, approached Iliis. Wind- sor, Onl.. where crime slops over from violent Detroit, ranked third among the 12 cit- ies. Calgary was fourth with a rate of 7.291.8 offences and Winnipeg was sixth, following Hamilton, with a rate of 6.279.8 offences. Quelicc City had the lowest rate among the 12 Provincially. British Colum- bia had the highest crime rate: 9.362.9 offences per 100.000 population. A 1 b e r t a was next at Manitoba third at 6.286 and Saskatche- wan followed Ontario with 5.884.3. CI1IME INCREASING Crime was increasing more rapidly in Alberta than in any other province, ft reported offences in 1970, a 17.3-per-eent increase over 19G9 and a 30-per-ccnt rise over 1MB. The solution percentage was 42.7 per cent, hettered only by New Brunswick. Manitoba also was running ahead of the national average increase of 9.1 per cent, with an increase of 13.5-pcr-ccnt over and 53.270 offences. Saskatchewan's increase was ft.7 per cent and it re- ported J8.028 offences. The figures arc based on standard reports made by po- lice forces to Statistics Can- ada but distorting factors are built in. Montreal has a far lower crime rate than Edmon- ton for instance, but police are heavily engaged in coping with armed robberies and professional crime barely evi- dent in the Alberta capital. OFTEN LOWER COUNT Edmonton's high number of murder, altemplcd murder and rape charges may reflect nothing more than a tendency to place Ihe stiffcst charge. Other fed f r a 1 figures, al- though they don't give juris- detail, prove that the initial charge of murder placed by police is often re- duced to manslaughter or a lesser offence in court. Attempted murder may turn out to lie assaull after a More than 1.000 rape cases were reported in Can- ada in 1970 but only 77 men went to prison on (he charge. The ratio is the same year aflcr year. In 21 categories of criminal Code offences, still excluding traffic but including drugs, Al- bcrla placed third or higher in II led in fraud, possession of slolcn goods, eontrollod-dnig oficiu.cs and LSD possession. Calgary had Ihe highest fraud rale of nny city and assault, which may range from brawling to asking a police constable an inoppoi- tune question, apoeared epi- demic in Edmonton, which had 3.43B cases. Alberta ran second, usually to B.C., in manslaughter, rape, breaking and entering, two theft categories, auto theft, narcotics offences and marijuana .iffences. The province was third in murder, attempted murdei. robbery, gambling offences and possession of offensive weapons. Saskatchewan's 23 cases of attempted murder in 1970 placed it No. 1 among the provinces in that category, ft had above-average murder, manslaughter, theft and fraud rates. Manitoba's 519 "other sex- ual of them in lo the highest rate in the country. Among "other sexual offend- ers" was Thamas Shand. con- victed of capital murder after a detective was slain during a stake-out to catch a peeping torn. Shand's death sentence was eommuled recently. Manitoba led in the offen- sive-weapon category and the 25 murders reported by police in 1970 gave it the second highest rate in the country. Manitoba also had high rates of rape, breaking and entering, Ihrfl exceediii'! narcotics offences. LSD of- fences and "woundings." run- ning third in nil these categor- ies. Parole board member Mi- chael Maccagno of Alberta told a Senate committee re- cently that offence among tndians and Metis on the Prairies arc alarmingly high hut rarely involved "real crime." the kind committed with intent. 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