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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta North residents in dire need of medical attention says MP Tly PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Doctor Paul Yewchuk, Ihc 35-year-olci MI1 for Llic Alberta const iluency of Athabasca, says thousands of residents in Canada's norllicrn communities are in dire need of medical attention, lie suggests the government should lake emergency steps to establish a doctor service, similar lo ones that exist in oilier coun- tries. Dr. Y c w c h u k says many northern residents never see a doctor from one year lo lire next. Because they lack basic medical allenlion, minor ail- ments can become serious and, in fact, a mailer of lile and dcalh. "The situation is appalling. When I first started making po lilical rounds in my constitu- ency I found the people were not the least interested in what i I could do for them politically. What they wanted was medical attention. In -some communities as many as a third of the resi- dents would ask me for medical says the Progres- sive Conservative MP. He doesn't deny lhat medical facilities do exist in northern British Columbia, Alberta, Sas- katchewan, Manitoba and in the Yukon and Northwest Territo- ries. Cut lie does say that often it is geared only lo serve people already suffering sc-rious illness or on the basis of a semi-trained person handing out antibiotics. Dr. Yeu'chuk wonders why a northern resident oflen has to becnme seriously ill before we start taking his sickness seri- ously. He points out thai the infant mortality rate in Hie North is much higher than in the southern parts of Canada. And he says as long as norllicrn residents arc denied the chance New auto key tag service eveloped bv war amps j. j JL ae TORONTO (CP) More than Canadian car owners, some visiling other countries, last year found lhat a miniature licence plale lag on their key rings was well worth the little more than 35 it cost. They lost their keys, and be- cause of the key lag and the services of Ihe War Amps Key- tag Service, they got Ihcm back. The service is the main source of revenue for 'he War Amps Association, which oper- ates 10 branches across Canada and a rehabilitation program for both war and civilian ampu- lecs. The key lags have been sent oul every year for 26 years lo all who own a motor vehicle, and Iwo tags cost 75 cents. How- ever, recipients are not com- pelled lo pay and only about three oul of every 10 pay. This year more than four million QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Denial Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bldg, PHONE 328-76841 lags are being sent oul across Canada. Read Wilson, nssislanl gen- eral manager of Ihe keylag service, says Ihe group is test- ing a new key ing in Ihe four Atlantic prov- inces and Manitoba, bearing the provincial crest of the province on one side and n filing the olher. The reason for Ihe new key- tag is lhal some provinces are nlrcady using the live-year per- manent, licence plate and On- tario is joining the trend next year. Mr. Wilson says (he loss ol revenue when Ontario switches to permanent plates would just alh.ut cripple the service 's fund-raising source "Ontario represents about GO j per cent of our business and if I we Onlario there's no way we can lie said, i Mr. Wilson says the new tag has two advantages over the old one: II offers more protection because the name and address i of the key owner can't be traced Ihrough the licence plate num- ber; and Ihe system is nol lim- ited to car owners. "We can get to every house- hold Mr. Wilson says. of a regular visit from a doctor he isn't impressed by Prime Minister Trudeau's visions of multi-billion dollar develop- mcnts there. said. Mr. Davidson suggested it would be "tremendously expen- sive" lo follow through wilh Dr. Yewchuk's plans. The Alberta MP believes both I think the very least that I these premises arc false. Fo ivc should be doing is seeing lhal every northern community is visited by a doctor at leasl once, or belter still, twice a week. Surely, we care enough for our citizens to do this for But he wonders if the govern- menl in Ottawa really does care. First elected to the House of Commons in 1968, Dr. Yew- chuk has pleaded wilh Ihe gov- ernmcnl in Ihe House and be- fore Parliamentary commitlees lo lacklc the problem. Nothins has been done. "It isn't a question of not knowing lhat the problem ex- ists. 11 isn't a queslion of not knowing what lo do about it. It is a queslion of having (he right motivation to do something about he contends. So, in a small way, the West- ern Canadian MP has done something about il himself. Well over a year ago with the help of a young Irish doctor, Desmond Dwyer, he set up his own north- ern flying doclor service. The service, using one airplane, now operates oul of Forl McMurray, Alia. H has proved a huge suc- cess. Bui one aircrall can't serve the vastncss of the North. "I feel lhat for a start we should have perhaps five or six aircraft, pilots and doctors. The cost would not be extremely high. You would probably hire a plane and pilot for a month or buy a plane for When it comes to life and death, surely life has some he asks. But government officials do not appear loo receptive to Ihe idea. Recently, Dr. Yewchuk appeared before the standing parliamentary committee on In- dian Affairs ;md Norlhern De- velopment and questioned two high-ranking civil servants on the matter. While expressing sympathy, A. D. Hunt, an assistant deputy minisler, and D. A. Davidson, a deparlmenl acting director, stressed the difficulties. Mr. Hunt thought such a program possible, but doubled the chances of obtaining the "tre- mendous" number of doctors needed for it. It isn't easy to attract doctors to the north, he Thurulay, May 4, 1971 THE IETHBH1DGE HERAID _ 27 UOHNEIISTONF. Bruce. Coclilmrn, an introspective young folksinger, is the cor- nerstone of True North Rec- ords, a small custom label Canadian conipr.ny large on talent. True North's artist ros- ter also includes iM u r r a y McLaughlin and Syrinx. instance, when he advertised Ihe British Medical Journal for an assistant for his office in Lac la Biche, Alia., he had 50 re- plies wilhin six weeks, aboul one Ihird of Ihem suitably quali- fied. The north, and this type ol work, holds a lascinalion lor many. "II seems lo me lhal until something becomes a public issue the government of the [lay rarely acts. People in norlhern communities lack the voice Ihey need in OLtawa, so they go with- out adequate medical services. Of course, if the Canadian pub- lic really knew how poorly our northern residents are served medically, il would soon become a public issue. Then we would j see action." j Dr. Yewchuk says Ottawa's viewpoint seems lo be lhat northern communities have got along in the past without ade- quate medical a 11 c n I i o n so there's really no pressing prob- lem. He believes there is. "Med- ical attention for people in the North shouldn't be just a pine- dream. It is an essential service residents are entitled to Exchange New liquor regulations urged in Sask. report Hijack truck near London LONDON TAP) Four gun- men hijacked a truck carrying worth of silver ingols Tuesday bul abandoned most of Iheir haul in panic as police closed in. The Iruck was held up In rural Essex on its way from London lo Harwich for shipment to Europe. The driver and his partner were bound and gagged anc dumped in a counlry lane. Bu Ihey freed Ihemselves and tele- phoned police who threw up roadblocks, called in an army helicopter and deployed Iwo dozen tracker dogs. Police said (he gang broke and ran while they were trans- ferring the silver from Ihe sto- len truck to another vehicle taking only a few ingots with them. OTiAVVA (CP) Canada's foreign exchange reserve of gold, U.S. dollars and other cur- rencies totalled April 28 or S31 million higher than a month earlier. An international refinancing program colored the figures. Holdings of U.S. dollars lo- tailed gold S766.9 million: and special drawing rights through Ihe International Monetary Fund SJG3.5 million. The accompanying statement by Finance Minister John Turner said assets excluding foreign currencies continue lo be based on a gold value of S35 an ounce pending completion of American aclion (o increase Ihe price to S38. The statement noted lhat re- cent Canadian participation in Britain's repayment of a major monetary fund loan had two ef- fects on the reserve figures. It cul holdings of gold, special drawing rights and Canadian monetary fund reserves by ?G5 million U.S. Keep two pairs of 'us fours. TC2P OP4... Keep two pairs of plus I ours. Funny sentence ch? But so is "i. before or "the quick brown fox..." We know that your new Postal Code isi) 't easy to remember, sci ih.ityou makeup fcnlenees, or rhymes, or some other j tinny way to.remember il. And we'd like to add lhat it isn't: that easy. So tip. The numerals are tough. For example, won, too, for and ate arc usable. The rest arc almost impossible. Try it yourself. Or, better still, I ry it: at your next party and sec who comes up with the best sentence, or rhyme, or something. Then, after you've awarded t he booby prise, remind them to remind their. fricncJs. B four it's two I'cfpht. Get the habit. REGINA (CP) Liquor reg- ulations have undergone dra- malic changes in Saskatchewan over the last century but none have been more extensive than those now being proposed by a special legislative committee. The committee, which con- ducted a number of public meetings last year, has tabled an interim report in the legisla- ture. One of its unanimous recom- the legal drinking age to IB from ready has been passed by the legislature but tire others are expected to be delayed until public reaction has been as- sesscd. Twelve recommendations are contained in the report. Of major impact are those calling for extended drinking hours in cocktail lounges and beverage rooms, longer hours for liquor stores, Sunday drinking with meals, and sale of liquor in bev- erage rooms. Current laws permit beverage rooms to open from 11 a.m. lo midnight with the last serving at p.m. Cocktail lounges with entertainment can stay open until 1-30 a.m. with the last serving at 1 a.m. The committee recommends the outlets open at a.m. and close at a.m. with 30 minutes more to allow patrons to finish their drinks. WANTS HOURS CHANGED Government liquor stores now operate on staggered hours, opening si 11 a.m. with the lal- esl closing time 10 p.m. The committee would like these stores to remain open until 2 a.m. Another recommendation, aimed at tourists, would allow operators of hunting and Fishing camps and other remote tourist facilities to serve alcohol with meals. While the legal drinking age is to be lowered, the committee wants some degree of protection to operators of liquor outlets against youths lying about their ages, It recommends that Identifica- tion cards be issued on a volun- tary basis. Anyone of questiona- ble age not having such a card would be asked to leave. Stiffer penalties were recommended for proprietors serving liquor to the under-age. The legislature recently passed a motion to concur in the committee report although a number of speakers on both sides of the house voiced reser- vations on certain recommenda- tions. Premier Allan Blakeney said he suspects most or all of the recommendations eventually will find their way into law but the timing is anybody's guess. The turning point In Saskat- chewan liquor regulations came in 1959 with the establishment of the Liquor Licensing Act and the Liquor Licensing Commis- sion. The all-powerful commission can rant, refuse or suspend a liquor licence without giving a reason. Local option votes were al- lowed in 1959 on five types of liquor bev- erage rooms, dining rooms, cocktail rooms and clubs. The first such vole was taken June 30, 1959, in six areas and all of them approved all five types of outleLs. Self-serve liquor stores were established in 1903, breweries were allowed lo place public- service advertising in news- paper in 1964, waitresses were permitted in hotel beverage rooms in 1906 and 19-year-olds were allowed Inlo drinking out- lets in 1970. Two appointed to ATA posts EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta teachers association an- nounced yesterday appoint- ment of Robin Stuart of Pono- ka, and Charles Hyman of Ed- inonlon to staff positions with the ATA. Mr. Stuart, principal of Ponoka Junior High School, was appointed lo the ATA pro- fessional development depart- ment. Mr. Hyman, currently completing his doctorate de- gree in educational administra- tion at the University of Al- berta, was appointed to the ATA leacher welfare depart- ment. UTHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LIMITED POST OFFICE BOX 938 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA towel Level Seventh Slreet Shopping Mall PHONE (403) 328-7411 PRESIDENT STAN WORBOYS 1 Squeaky Chair? We Repair! Lethbridge Office Furniture Limited old style A mighty man was he-with a mighty ihirst to match. His style? Lethbridge Old Style Pilsnerl The beer big enough to quench athirstthatwas hammered out of heat and fired in the forge. Beer slow-brewed and naturally aged for honest old-time flavour. Old Style Pilsner: you can't beat it! TflADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE ;