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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THEIR BAG IS SAFETY These school bags the boys ore weoring in Offenbach, West Germany, have a special feature: The plane and elephant illustrations reflect light. They were shown at the International Leather Goods Fair there. Oil exploration in Arctic s. will boosf north economy POND INLET. N.W.T. (CP) Oil exploration across the Arctic is promising to give new economic life to remote north- ern communities. Settlements such as this com- munity of 480 people, on the north tip of Baffin Island, have lived for hundreds of years by hunting and trapping. Now the territorial government e s I i- mates Eskimos working on ex- ploration rigs will bring more than home to the out- post each year. The Pond Inlet people are get- ting work through a new pro- gram introduced by Panarctic Oil, the government-backed ex- ploration consortium. The program offers employ- ment to Eskimos who work a 20-day work, 10-day holiday schedule. A Panarctic aircraft flies the men to their settle- ments after 20 days and picks them up for work 10 days later. The shifts were set up this way because many potential Es- kimo employees would refuse work if it meant being away from their wives and families for several months. There are 17 men from Pond Inlet working on drill sites in the high Arctic. They earn about S800 a month each. One of the men is Simeonie i Angotikjuak. 31, who sees his I new job as greatest opportu- nity he could have. "I couldn't stand to be away from my children for very long without getting real he says through an interpreter. "With this job I can make good money and still have 10 days every month to he with my family and do a bit of hunting." Traditionally. Eskimos have not had much need for the white man's monetary system, but the Pond Inlet workers are quick to learn. Many of them plan to hank half of their earnings every 20 days. The major problem with Es- kimo workers, say drill rig su- j pervisors, is the language bar- rier. Few of the men speak English. However, Bob Pilot, a terri- torial government official, says the program is heartening at a time when native employ- ment is one of the most serious problems facing the N.W.T. "The workers are enthusias- tic, and the oil men are only less he says. Wednesday, May 3, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 33 Job seekers at mercy of private eyes TORONTO fCP) Private investigators will prepare con- fidential reports on a half mil- lion Canadian job-seekers this year, most of whom won't know they're being investi- gated. Informants say the reports, mainly drawn from interviews with former employers, con- tain not only factual informa- tion but may include opinions colored by prejudice and per- sonality conflicts. The reports could cost an applicant his job. The only protection offered job applicants in most prov- inces is an offer from one large firm of investigators, Retail Credit Co. of Can- ada, to discuss a confidential report with the applicant if he is turned down for a job and happens to learn the report was a factor. Gordon Kennedy, head of the firm, which prepared confidential reports on job applicants last year through its 27 offices, says a local manager will tell a sub- ject of the report's contents without showing it to him. The applicant is given an opportu- nity to correct any errors and give his side of unsubstan- tiated narratives by former employers. Air. Kennedy said if inaccu- racies are discovered, they are corrected. Govt. strategy completed for industrial research Herald Ottawa Bureau interested in seeing the govern- Oil well lax plan to hurt development EDMONTON fCPl The Canadian Association of Oilwell Contractors says the Alberta government's plan to tax proved oil reserves still in the ground will discourage lion and development of oil and gas reserves in the province. "The amount of to million expected to be derived (in the first year) from the direct taxation of crude oil re- serves may cause oil compa- nies to search for reserves of hydrocarbons outside the prov- it said in a statement. OTTAWA The govern- ment's strategy for industrial research and development has been completed by the federal science ministry and is now awaiting federal cabinet ap- proval, according to govern- ment officials. The R and D strategy is part of the government's broader in- dustrial strategy. It will likely call for more funding of research by govern- ment in the industrial sector and in specified portions of Can- adian industry. It will include the recently-ap- proved principle of "contracting out" of government research. And the criteria for deciding [the amount of funding and the extent of "contracting-out" by various government agencies and departments will likely be ready for application early this summer. This would mean, officials es- timate, that the industrial R and D policies would affect new government programs in fiscal year 1973-74. The science ministry has iden- tified four industrial sectors computers and communica- tions; the chemical industry; transportation; and energy and will require separate industrial R and D pol- icies as soon as possible. These separate policies will include the issue of "make or buy" h e t h e r government agencies or departments should 1 buy Canadian." 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Telophonn 328-923! ment develop "centres of excell- ence" in R and D in Canada- based on strength in some areas and regions, lo fill technological gaps and regional disparities in other areas. Honald Masters, 42, o( Markharn, Out., says he be- lieves he lost three jobs last year because of allegations in personal reports of which he was not aware. He was investigated by Re- tail Credit Co. A former securities sales- man, Mr. Masters worked briefly with a real estate firm after he was let out during the 1970 market slump. He tried used-car sales, then was inter- viewed for a sales position with an office furniture firm. "I left thinking I had a good chance of getting it." Mr. Masters said. Later, he was called and told he would not be hired. The same thing occurred at a second office equipment firm. Finally, a life insurance firm interviewed him and "it seemed I had the job, and the manager had even introduced me to the staff as 'the new Mr. Masters said. Then, a letter from the Re- tail Credit Co. of Canada came while he was in the in- surance company manager's office. The manager opened it, Mr. Masters said, and de- clared "Oh my God. I can't take you." The manager ex- plained the letter said Mr. Masters was going to he suod by n former employer, the real estate firm, who fired him because ol a debt of "several thousand dollars" to the owner of the real estate firm. TOOK ANOTHER JOB In there a dispute between Mr. Masters and the firm over ?700 which Mr. Masters says he was paid as salary. The firm says it was paid against future commis- sions. "I felt the matter was re- solved when I received a T 4 slip from them indicating the Mr. Masters said. In any case, Ills lawyer ;dvised him that since noth- ing had been signed, the money was uncollectable. Retail Credit Co. says It corrected the file, but Mr. Masters says he still has only the company's word and he still fears the same thing could happen with a different investigator. The correction, though, didn't help Mr. Masters with the insurance company. By the time the file was cor- rected and a copy forwarded fo the insurance company, Mr. Masters had taken an- other job at a lower salary. Manitoba is the only prov- ince with regulations govern- ing personal investigations. The legislation, passed last year, prohibits anyone from conducting a personal investi- gation in connection with ap- plications for credit, insur- ance, tenancy or employment without obtaining the sub- ject's written consent or noti- fying him of the investigation witlu'n 10 days of the granting or denial of the benefit sought. Donald Deacon, Liberal member of the Ontario legis- lature for York Centre, has al- ready introduced a bill in the legislature similar to Mani- toba's. DULL PROBLEM NEW DELHI (AP) A bull with a nose for booze is sniffing out illicit whisky stills, The Times of India reported. The animal pries open whisky con- tainers with his horns and drinks his fill. 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