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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, May 11, 1973 Price-conscious consumers are fspoiled'-Whelan OTTAWA (CP) Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan has accused price-conscious con- sumers of being "spoiled" by low food costs. "I know consumers are angry about rising food he said in a speech prepared for delivery to tne Ottovva-Carleton Liberal Association a day after Statistics Canada reported that food pnces jumped 2 6 per cer.t between March and April. Snculd that rate of increase contiuue. food costs would be up about 37 per cent by next "The fact of the matter is that consumers have been Box body cases to be probed EDMONTOX (CP) The bodies of white people as well as native people have been Chipped in boxes in Alberta, Health Minister Neil Crawford indicated vesterday. He speaking in the leg- Wature as opposition members continued to press the govern- ment about reports some of them confirmed of children's bodies being shipped home from hospitals in cardboard boxes and of bodies being de- livered -with no attempt to im- prove their mutilated appear- ance after an autopsy. Mr Crawford said one of the "undercurrents'' of statements about bodies being shipped in boxes "has left the impression that only native children have been involved _ understanding is that that is net the case at all This ib something that is not limited to native children.'' The minister said Tuesday he has asked for an investigation into the confirmed case of an infant. Belinda Manybears, whose body was shipped in a cardboard grocery box to her Metis mother in the northern community of Slave Lake from the Rojal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Art Dixon (SC Calgary- Millicani asked Mr. Crawford ednesday whether other cases "of the same thing hap- pening" had been brought to Jiis attention. .No specifically, the minister replied. Mr. Dixon asked whether the government would investigate the other cases if names were supplied. He did not provide the names, however. "That would depend on the time the oceurences took place." Mr. Crawford said. "In- quiries at the present time wculd show what sort guid- ance we need to have Mr. Dixon said outside the legislature every case needs to be investigated so that "repul- sive and unfortunate" situations can be avoided. Hospitals returning bodies for burial directly to the next- cf-kin should be required to use a wooden coffin rather than a cardbox box and should make the body presentable unless the next-of-kin indicate other- wise. Catherine C h i c h a k (PC Edmonton Norwood) suggest- ed this might be done under an agreement between the Em- balmers Association and the government. The government would guarantee payment of the costs involved although it would attempt to recover them from the estate of the deceased. Belinda Manybears, three months old, was suffering from shigella, a type of dysentry, at the time of her death. spoiled by the low food prices we hav e been enjoying for more than 20 Mr. Whelan said. "Consumers have been spend- ing less and less of their incom.3 on food, while receiving higher and higher quality and built-in convenience.'' Mr. Whelan has been the Lib- eral cabinet's most vociferous spokesman at a time when con- sumer gi cups have organized to boycott products in an effort to curb rising costs. But Prime Minister Trudeau has said the agriculture minister is merely speaking his mind v hen he ccmmsnts on the subject. WEATHER HURT CROPS Mr. Whelan said that im- proved farm efficiency has made the "slow rate of price in- crease" for food possible. But poor weather last year cut into production, particularly in the east, and prices moved up ac- cordingly. World droughts last year, ris- ing demand for red meat and a peer fish catch off Peru this year also contributed to in- creased costs. Fish is used for protein in livestock feed. To offest increases, Mr. Whe- lan again called for all-out farm production and ambitious mar- keting efforts by the govern- "If profitable markets can be developed for those products, our fanners will gain more in- come on larger volume sales and our consumers will benefit from the efficiencies of large- scale production at steady pnces." Mr. Whelan said he realized that rising prices hurt the "bot- tom third of cur people on low incomes. "But I don t think farmers should shoulder the full burdero for society of providing cheap food." Proposed increases in fanrly allowances and increases in old age pensions are a step toward easing the situation for poor people. A text of his speech was given to the press before deliv- ery. Tag along Day-old Canada Gosse tag after mother in pond at naturally to fluffy goslings. Vancouver's Stanley Park. Buddy system appears to come OTTAWA (CP) It is time to reconsider the concept c." a national electi ic power grid the Ccmmons resources committee was told yesteiday by G W. MacNabb, assistant deput; min- ister in the departrrcrt of energy, mines and resources He said such a which provincial electricitv util- ities could fiealy exchanse said to be uneco- nomic when study of the con-1 cept was doro in 1S57. The costs wculd outweigh the benefits. But since then there has been some pi ogress in ir.ter- cenrcction and one curity of considera- ble ".creased in importance Mr. MacXabb said the Atlan- tic provinces are to a large ex- tcrt dependent upon foreign fuel cil for electricity generation Commission to probe accidents EDMONTON (CP) Less than an hour after the govern- ment tabled a report in the legislature showing an increase in the number of industrial ac- cidents in Alberta, it announced that a commission will be es- tablished to investigate indus- trial safety The annual report of the Workmen's Compensation Board showed that industrial accidents reported to it in 1972 increased to 72.297 from in 1971 The number of fatal acci- dents in industry was 104, an increase of four from the pre- viou year Later, Labor Minister Bert Hchol said a commission on in- dustrial safety will survey all existing policies and programs in the field. It is charged with reporj'ng in six months on alternative plans to "provide a total co-or- dinated program of occupation- al health and safety and thus ensure the highest possible level or industrial safely for the province." The commission is to consist of a full-time chairman, expert m the field, end two to four members representing labor c-- gamzaticns, employer organi- zations, safety groups and med- ical or public health bodies. usiness TORONTO (CP) Canadian business failmcs in Maich reached a 10-month high of 309. Dun and Bradstreet, a business reporting service. The figure represents a 36- per-cent increase over the pre- vious month and a three-per- cent increase over March, 1972. res up Dollar liabilities in March to- talled M4 3 million, a 23-month high compared with mil- lion in March last year. Dm ing the first quarter of 1973, the number of concerns failing came to 753, nine per cert above the 69 for the corie- spondmg period last year. and a grid wculd give them more freedom from foieign sup- pliers. CITES BENEFITS Other benefits of the grid would be. cc-ild electricity dern-nds easier by drawing from other provinces Different time zones mean dif- ferent periods province vuth laige pov er-generation dev elopments could save money by installing generators faster than the needs of the province require The surplus could be sent else- where until the province s needs required it. would be savings since utilities and even individ- ual large users would need less spare capacity' as a safeguard against generator breakdowns. The most serious gap between MP doing well on study of gov't growth provinces is between Ontario and Quebec, he said. Arrangements had been made fcr seme power to be sent from Quebec to Ontario, but there was no permanent high-capac- ity' link and in general little progress had been roiade in in- tei connection between those provinces Mr MacNabb said then} are ro links between Alberta and Saskatchewan, or between the islands of Newfoundland or Prince Edward Island and the mamlard. Saskatchewan-Alberta and P E I.-mainland links are being discussed, he added. Mr. MacNabb said federal grants have helped strengthen interconnection between New Brunswick end Nova Scotia and an cffer of million more foe this purpose has been made. By JIM POLING OTTAWA (CP) Bill Knight's personal study of bu- reaucratic growth in govern- ment is going well these days. Since Parliament opened in January the New Democratic member for Assiniboia has asked 35 questions on govern- ment salaries. By Wednesday night he had received 29 re- plies. Each question asks the gov- ernment how many employees it had in a certain department in 1970 and in 1973. Also sought are the salary ranges The figures are helping the 2 5-y e a r-o 1 d Saskatchewan teacher determine if more top echelon people are being hired by the government. Another factor to be probed is whether highly-paid employees are re- ceiving larger wage increases than these at the low end of the scale. I "The evidence to me so far is that the top echelon people, es- pecially those that don't have to negotiate their salaries, are get- ing the best he said in an interview. Wednesday he received sev- eral written replies, one of which showed that staff in the secretary of state department has increased by almost 900 in the last three years. I He also learned that there now are 175 employees in that department earning more than a year, compared with 38 in 1970." PATTERN DEVELOPING? Similar increases are found in figures supplied for the Public Sen-ice Commission, which now has 2.305 full-time employees compared with three years ago. The number of persons in the commission earning a year or mc-e now stands at 189. Three years ago it was 47. Mr. Knight said one of his biggest concerns is that high wage earners in government are getting richer while the av- erage and below-average ear- ners are not getting ahead. "What about the little guy sit- ting in the manpower office in Weyburn? Does he get the same wage increase as the top ech- elon The department of industry, trade and commerce appears to be hiring the most highly-posi- tioned people, he said. His cal- culations for that department are incomplete, however, be- cause of the complexity of hav- ing three sections under one minister. When his study is complete, Mr Knight hopes to have staff and salary figures for all gov- ernment departments and some special agencies such as Statis- tics Canada. Information obtained on Sta- t i s t i c s Canada Wednesday showed workers there compared with 3.110 three years ago. Of these, 307 earn more than a year compared with 144 in 1970. SECRET AGENT DIES THOMASVILLE. Ga. (AP) Harold A. (Babe) White, a for- mer Syracuse University foot- ball star, Olympian, explorer and wartime Allied agent, died at 79. QUAUTY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certlf ed Dental MechdnK Cap iol Furniture Bldg. PHONE WILLAK'A is a Mail Oder House for Stamp franchised in Idaho under No. 69961S-01. We offer a FREE GIFT PACKET to Collectors with our LCD-COST Bonus Approvals. Send P.O. BOX 5388 BOISE, IDAHO ZIP 83705 Pound dead iu trailer ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE (CP) Gilbert Leonard Erick- son, 49, was found dead in his trailer, 17 miles northeast of here. Police said he died of asphyx- iation. The door and windows of the trailer were closed and a lighted stove burner apparent- ly used up the oxygen. SYSTEM WOUKS SYDNEY, N.S. (CP) Solid-, tor-General Warren Allmand told a criminology class at St J Francis Xavier University that the parole and temporary ab- sence programs of Canada s penal system appear to be' working. Last Christmas, pris-1 ons allowed prisoners, in-1 eluding 70 murderers, to go home for the holidays he said. The murderers were all back on I time and only five of the others j were late. KEEPING SECRETS SECRET Despite all the efforts of Ottawa officials, government secrets are always leaking out. In Weekend Magazine thij Saturday, Robert AAcKeown explains why and tells how he and other newsmen have obtained confidential information, even from cabinet ministers and prime ministers. j'jn- OMING 2 year old field grown rose plants, scientifically grown are quaranteed to be of superior quality. "--_' Enhance your yard with these everblcoming Roses, 4 rOCKOgC Quantities are limited, so "hurry in! 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