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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta North residents in dire need of medical attention says MP By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ollnwa Bureau OTTAWA Doctor Paul Yewchuk, Ihe 35-year-old Ml1 for the Alberta constituency of Athabasca, says thousands of residents in Canada's northern communities are in dire need of medical attention. He suggests the government should take emergency steps to establish a flying doctor service, similar to ones that exist in other coun- tries. Dr. Yewchuk says many northern residents never see a doctor from one year to UK next. Because they lack basic medical attention, minor ail- ments can become serious and, in fact, a matter of life and death. "The situation is appalling. When I first started making po- litical rounds in my constitu- ency I found the people were not the least interested in what j 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 that medical facilities do in northern British Columbia, Alberta, Sas- katchewan, Manitoba and in the Yukon and Northwest Territo- ries. But lie does say that often it is geared only to serve people already suffering serious illness or on the basis of a semi-trained person handing out antibiotics. Dr. Yewchuk wonders why a northern resident often has to become seriously ill before we start taking his sickness seri- ously. He points out that the infant mortality rate in the North is much higher than in the southern parts of Canada. And he says as long as northern residents are denied the chance New auto key tag service developed bv war amps A j TORONTO (CP) More than Canadian car owners, some visiting other countries, last year found that a miniature licence plate tag on their key rings was well worth the little more than 35 cents it cost. They lost their keys, and be- cause of the key tag and the services of the War Amps Key- tag Service, they got them back. The service is the main source of revenue for the War Amps Association, which oper- ates 19 branches across Canada and a rehabilitation program for both war and civilian ampu- tees. The key lags have been sent out every year for 26 years to all who own a motor vehicle, and two tags cost 75 cents. How- ever, recipients are not com- pelled to pay and only about three out of every 10 pay. This year more than four million QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capitol Furniture Bids, PHONE 328-76841 tags are being sent out across Canada. Read Wilson, assistant gen- eral manager of the keytag service, says the group is test- ing a new "confidential" key tag in tiie four Atlantic prov- inces and Manitoba, bearing the provincial crest of the province on one side and a filing the other. The reason for the new key tag is that some provinces are already using the five-year per- manent licence plate and On- tario is joining the trend next year. Mr. Wilson says the loss of revenue when Ontario switches to permanent plates would just about cripple the s c r v i c e 's fund-raising source. "Ontario represents about GO per cent of our business and if we losj Ontario there's no way we can he said. Mr. Wilson says the new tag has two advantages over the old one: It offers more protection because the name and address of the key owner can't be traced through the licence plate num- ber; and tiie system is not 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- ments there. "I think the very least we should be doing is seeing that every northern community is visited by a doctor at least once, or better still, twice a week. Surely, we, care enough for our citizens to do this for But he wonders if the govern- ment in Ottav.'a really does rare. First elected to the House of Commons in 1968, Dr. Yew- chuk has pleaded with the gov- ernment in the House and be- fore Parliamentary committees to tackle the problem. Nothing has been done. "It isn't a question of not knowing that the problem ex- ists. It isn't a question of not knowing what to do about it. It is a question of having the right motivation to do something about he contends. So, in a small way, the West- ern Canadian MP has done something about it himself. Well over a year ago with the help of a young Irish doctor, Desmond Dwyer, he set up his own north- ern flying doctor service. The service, using one airplane, now operates out of Fort McMurray, Alta. It has proved a huge suc- cess. But one aircraft can't serve the vastness of the North. "I feel that for a start we should have perhaps five or six ail-craft, 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 too receptive to the idea. Recently, Dr. Yewchuk appeared before the standing parliamentary committee on In- dian Affairs and Northern De- velopment and questioned two high-ranking civil servants on the matter. While expressing sympathy, A. D. Hunt, an assistant deputy minister, and D. A. Davidson, a department acting director, stressed the difficulties. Mr. Hunt thought such a program possible, but doubted the chances of obtaining Uie "tre- mendous" number of doctors needed for it. It isn't easy to attract doctors to the north, he that these said. Mr. Davidson suggested it would be "tremendously expen- sive" to follow through with Dr. Yewchuk's plans. The Alberta MP believes both premises are false. For instance, when he advertised in the British Medical Journal for an assistant for his office in Lac la Biche, Alta., he had 50 re- plies within six weeks, about one third of them suitably quali- fied. The north, and this type of work, holds a fascination for many. "It seems to me that until something becomes a public issue the government of the day rarely acts. People :n northern communities lack the voice they need in Ottawa, 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, it would soon become a public issue. Then we would see action." Dr. Yewchuk says Ottawa's viewpoint seems to be that northern communities have got along in the past without ade- quate medical attention 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 pioe- dream. It is an essential service residents are entitled to Thurlday, May 4, 1972 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAfD 27 I UOIINEKSTONE Cockhurn, an introspective young folltsingcr, is the cor- nerstone of True North Hcc- ords, a small custom label Canadian company large on talent. True North's artist ros- ter also includes u r r a y McLaughlin and Syrinx. Exchange reserves New liquor regulations urged in Sask. report Hijack truck near London LONDON (AP) Four gun- men hijacked a truck carrying worth of silver ingots Tuesday but abandoned most of their haul in panic as police j closed in. The truck was held up in rural Essex on its way from London to Harwich for shipment to Europe. The driver and his partner were bound and gagged and dumped in a country lane. But they freed themselves and tele- phoned police who threw up roadblocks, called in an army helicopter and deployed two dozen tracker dogs. Police said the gang broke and ran while they were trans- ferring the silver from the sto- len truck to another vehicle, taking only a few ingots with them. f two pairs or "us fours. K2P OP4... Keep two pairs of plus Funny sentence ch? But so is "i before or "the quick brown fox..." We know tliiit your new Postal Code isn't easy to remember, so we'reaitycsttnt; tIi.it you make, up sentences, or or sonic other J unny way to remember it. And we'd like, to add that it isn't that easy. So here's n. tip. The numerals arc tough. For example, won, too, for and ate are usable. The rest are almost impossible. Try it yourself. Or, better still, try it at your next party and see 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 friends. B four it's twol'cight. Get the habit OTiAWA (CP) Canada's foreign exchange reserve of gold, U.S. dollars and other cur- rencies totalled April 28 or 531 million higher than a month earlier. An international refinancing program colored the figures. Holdings of U.S. dollars to- talled gold million: and special drawing rights through the International Monetary Fund S4G3.5 million. The accompanying statement by Finance Minister John Turner said assets excluding foreign currencies continue to be based on a gold value of S35 an ounce pending completion of American action to increase the price to The statement noted that re- cent Canadian' participation in Britain's repayment of a major monetary fund loan had two ef- fects on the reserve figures. It cut holdings of gold, special drawing rights and Canadian monetary fund reserves by SG5 million U.S. REGINA (CP) Liquor reg- ulations have undergone dra- matic 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 18 from ready has been passed by the legislature but the others are expected to be delayed until public reaction has been as- sessed. Twelve recommendations are contained in the report. 01 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. to midnight with the last serving at p.m. Cocktail lounges with entertainment can stay open until 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 at 11 a.m. with the lat- est 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 vote was taken June 30, 195B, in six areas and all of them approved all five types of outlets. Self-serve liquor stores were established in 1903, breweries were allowed to place public- service advertising in news- paper in 1964, waitresses were permitted in hotel beverage rooms in 1966 and 19-year-olds were allowed into 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- j inonton to staff positions with the ATA. Mr. Stuart, principal of Ponoka Junior High School, was appointed to 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 teacher welfare depart- ment. UTHBR1DGE OFFICE FURNITORE LIMITED POST OFFICE BOX 938 IETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA towel tevel Seventh Street Shopping Mall PHONE (403) 328-741! PRESIDENT STAN WORBOYS Squeaky Chair? We Repair! Lethbridge Office Furniture Limited old style A mighty man was he-with a mighty thirst to match. His style? Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner! 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-tirne flavour. Old Style Pilsner: you can't beat it! TflADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE ;