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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, May 17, 1973 roiti s Boating restrictions There will be a rush for the water this holiday weekend with boat-own- ers competing for space on the many small lakes in this area. It is this crowding which has in- fluenced authorities to add boating restriction regulations to the small vessel regulations under the federal Canada Shipping Act. The intent of the new regulations are simple: to give everyone the opportunity to fully enjoy Canada's lakes, rivers and streams. It is known that all sports, including power boating, water ski- ing, swimming and angling cannot be practiced at the same time on a limited water area. This is obvious at nearby Park Lake where power boat operators zoom around recklessly, narrowly missing swimmers, swamping canoes and forcing the odd sailboat to cut in and out for safety. On such a small body of water this variety of water user poses a growing problem. The public may not yet be aware that a speed limit of eight mph for motor boats has been introduced at Park Lake, prohibiting all further water skiing (no one can water ski at eight miles an This regulation also covers Police Lake, the dock area at Chain Lakes. Coch- rane Lake, Beaverdam Lake. Beau- vais Lake, Outpost Lake, Elkwater Lake, Henningers Reservoir and Beav- er Mines Lake. Restricting power boats from cer- tain lakes and keeping their speed down to eight miles per hour in oth- ers will be welcome news to every fisherman, canoeis-t and sailing en- thusiast. There is nothing more mad- dening to the fisherman than to have a racing boat cut across his lines, or for file canoeist to be swamped by a zig-zagging power boat opera- tor, out for thrills- The sailor finds it hopeless to cut between racing boats. The power boat operator will find no restrictions on Chin Lake, Mc- Gregor Lake. Little Bow Lake, Trav- ers Reservoir, Crowsnest Lake or Kehoe Lake, all within easy access of the city of Lethbridge. It is unfortunate that warning signs being prepared for restricted areas are not yet ready, and are not ex- pected to be until late June or July. But neverthless. the guilty boat owner can't use "ignorance of the law" to defend himself anymore than an automobile driver can claim ig- norance of a speed limit excuses him from his speeding violation. It is hoped the RCMP will en- force these new boating regulations this coming eekend. They have been introduced to provide greater water safety, so necessary when tempera- tures soar. End the mayhem Maybe something will finally be done about the deplorable roughness prevalent in hockey games espec- ially junior hockey now that a group of Lethbridge doctors has made a protest (see letter on this Voices have been raised before but have been largely ignored. It will not be easy, however, to dismiss the doctors. The often-used argument that hock- ey needs the rough stuff to attract customers is nonsense. There is plen- ty of appeal in a game featuring the skills of skating, stick handling passing and shooting. Fans are being cheated from seeing good hock- ey by the poor players who have to resort to intimidation in order to slow the game down to their capabilities. Hockey has an inescapable element of roughness. Players risk getting hurt accidentally from flying pucks, errant sticks, collisions, and falls. But this is not what the doctors are concerned about; they object to the deliberate attempt to maim oppos- ing players. Charges of premeditated mayhem on the ice may be hard to substan- tiate but evidence of undue rough- ness is plain and ought to be dis- couraged. The surest way to do this is to have league rules that make it mandatory for players to be sus- pended for certain offences and to forfeit games when there has been an excess of unacceptable behavior. Since winning games seems to have become all-important the threat of poor odds or certain loss could have a salutary effect. It is hoped the doctors pursue this matter with the necessary persis- tence required to achieve the goal. They should have the support of a host of parents who are troubled by thoughts of serious injury to their boys, to say nothing of the warping of their characters by the win-under- any-circumstance approach. Butter substitutes I said, holding a dandelion trader my daughter's chin. "You like mar- garine." Since the latest boost in the price of butter I have bean trying to educate my family along the lines suggested by Agri- culture Minister Eugene Whelan, who point- ed out that there are plenty of nutritious substitutes like margarine on the market and there is "nothing wrong with them." These subsitutes include margarine, chicken fat, blubber, tallow, bear grease, and activated sludge. But, for some perverse reason my fam- ily persists in distinguishing butter from the cheaper though equally nourishing sub- stitutes. My free evening lectures entitled "Happiness Is a Piece of Bread Smeared with Pork Dripping" was a qualified suc- cess, mostly because our tiny roast of pork refused to yield any of the matter being promoted. I have tried hiding the golden ingot at the rear of the fridge, behind the blocks of olco, but little fingers are untiring in fishing out the Real Thing. My nearest and, God .knows, dearest ignore the magazine article scotch-taped to the door of the fridge, the piece that describes the deadly effect of cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels. They are prepared to take their chances with a heart attack, just as I take mine when I look at the supermarket bill. Just my luck, to live in a menage that doesn't care a fig for longevity. Even the cats are ready to lay their nine lives on the line for a lick of the butter dish. Whimpering from the blow of butter price I have cut the precious substance into pats, the kind you get in the com- pany cafeteria of a firm facing bankruptcy. I have dusted the handle of the butter knife with lampblack, to facilitate identi- fication of fingerprints. I have warned the loved ones that the three cardinal sins of the household are: 1. Flushing homework down the toilet. 2. Building a camnfire on the living-roan rug. 3. Taking butter from the fridge and spreading it while it is still hard. These stringencies are rendered largely ineffective because I am one of the worst offenders, when it comes to squandering the family reserve fund on dairy products. Better than any of the others, I know which side my butter is breaded on. I think I am still living in the Dirty Thirties, when butter on the table w as taken for grantee. I can't seem to grasp the fact that ths higher standard of living bestowed by the Age of Affluence means that I can afford a substitute for butter dabbed on a substitute for bread. If my standard of living rises much high- er I'll be drinking a substitute for water (recycled In spite of the agriculture minister's re- assurance that the next-best is yet U3 coma, the suspicion festers in me that there is a rip-off somewhere between the cow and me. She's the same old moo-moo, and examination of my cwl will confirm that my tastes remain simple enough, but a voracious herd of middlemen who drive Caddies and winter in Hawaii have got their cloven mitts on Bossy's butter. And believe it: there's more than Betty's bat- ter bitter, buster. Source of inspiration By Doug Walker Elsepth did her usual expert job of pre- siding at the graduation ceremony of the CGIT department at McKillop United Church this year. At the recsption afterwards Mrs. Mary Pharis was full of praise for the way in which Elspeth had bundled things, wondered if, in recognition of my wife's splendid leadership, I could refrain from dragging Elspeth's name into the paper for a week or two. Well, that's asking quite a lot since she's such a great inspiration to me especial- ly when I S't down to write a batch of filters. "By golly the best hired hand 1 ever had.' A sellers' market for wheat in 73 (First of a Series) Wheat farmers have indicat- ed their intention to plant about 24 million acres in wheat as Canada approaches the 1973 giowing season. Unfortunately the growers are apparently not following the desire of the fed- eral government. Otto Lang, the minister in charge of the Canadian Wheat Board, has urged the western fanners to plant 28 million acres in wheat, but the growers apparently have decided not to follow govern- ment advice and instead will re- tain over 25 million acres in summer fallow. In the face of the initial price of which will be paid by the Wheat Board for wheat in the 1972-73 crop year and record wheat board asking prices of the government antici- pated that its objective of 28 million acnes would be reached, but it appears wheat growers have other ideas. Why? First, supplies of surface and deep-soil spring moisture are away below normal, but this is not the main consideration. There is plenty of time for moisture recovery. No western Canadian spring wheat crop has been lost in April or May. Why, then, does the western grower hesitate to increase pro- duction? The answer must be lack of confidence and a state of confusion. In July, 1970, faced with a supply position including a new crop of 1'.5 billion bushels, the government decided to embark on the Lower Inventories for Tomorrow (LIFT) program. While at the time it may have seemed the only solution lo the surplus problem, as events transpired LIFT turned out to be a disaster for the western wheat grower. The program itself proved very effective in reducing wheat production to approximately 300 million bushels, or less than half the previous year's produc- tion, and the federal govern- ment paid out over of the taxpayers' money to re- duce production. This part of the program was unfortunately all too successful. The wheat carryover this year at July 31 will be around 300 million bushels. Although the federal govern- ment has been severely criti- cized for its LIFT program, it By a special correspondent is only fair to say that its policy was established at a time when Canada was carrying, at a high cost to the taxpayer, the larg- est supply of wheat in our his- tory and the government felt it just could not continue a wheat acreage base of around 25 milloin acres. The govern- ment can, however, be criti- cized for not recognizing that in all the history of grain grow- ing on this continent every at- tempt to take grain oui of pro- duction by government hand- outs has ultimately resulted in failure. There is every indication that Canada will ship around 800 million bushels of grain this present crop year, of which about 600 million bushels will be wheat. So we should end up with about 300 million busehls on hand at July 31, 1973. This is what we will have to sell, plus the available surplus from the new crop. This will be the low- est wheat carryover since 1953, when Canada carried over about 200 million bushels, but in the crop year 1952-53, we pro- duced over 700 million bushels of wheat for the first time in our history. We have therefore reduced wheat supplies in Canada since August 1, 1970, by 1.25 billion bushels. How have we accomp- lished this? First, by the LIFT program of 1970 and second and. more significantly, by heavy sales of wheat for future sales positions. From July 31, 1971, our wheat was sold to the limit of shipment availability, some sales being made for positions several years ahead. The board and the govern- ment had no means of knowing that in one year the world would be scrambling for wheat. It is doubtful that in the history of the Canadian grain trade such a volume of wheat has been sold so far ahead. Thra board also had no means of knowing what the future of wheat prices would be, but it left itself vulnerable in the event of drastic changes taking place in the world wheat posi- tions. This happened with dramatic suddenness in July, 1972, when Russia entered the grain mar- ket on a scale unprecedented m the history of the world. The Russians were shrewd they bought over billion worth of grain from the Unitec States and approximately million worth from Canada without raising the market a penny. They are clever traders. Pan of their purchase from Canada was 50 million bushels on which they obtained an option to buy under a previous contract, at the old price. Surely a master stroke in trading. Probably the most puzzling thing in this situation is that it took the Wheat Board about three weeks to raise the price of wheat, after the magnitude of the Russian purchases was known to the world. In this per- iod the American open markets for grain caught fire and im- mediately advanced substan- tially. Although futures markets have been criticized over the years as being an instrument used for the purpose of reduc- ing the price of grain to the grower, the events of last July show that these markets re spond both ways. So the Ameri- can futures markets advanced while we were making up our minds what we should do. Even Argentines pay more for their beef By James Neilson, Lond on Observer commentator BUENOS AIRES Soaring meat prices the world over mean trouble for governments and housewives alike. Even in Argentina, where beef has been a staple for generations, the price of the most expensive beef cuts has rocketed well out of reach of most working-class and middle-class families. The very cheapest cuts, which re- cently were retailing at 55 (U.S.) cents a pound, impose a severe strain on working- class budgets. The government, while gen- Letter to the editor uinely worried by the relent- lessly climbing cost of living, views the increase in beef prices with mixed feelings. For several years the military re- gime has been ordering a beef ban on alternate weeks, and the ban is still imposed on Buenos Aires housewives. De- spite the innumerable loop- holes butchers and wholesalers made in the ban and the rise of a flourishing black market, its principal objective was achieved: the decline of the cattle herds was halted. Now the price explosion has imposed a far more efficient system of rationing than was achieved by government de- cree, and at long last Argen- tines are begining to consider the culinary possibilities of fish and chicken as well as mutton, which in the past was not con- sidered "meat" at all. With Argentine beef prices approach- ing the levels of less favored countries a whole sub-culture revolving around cheap beef is coming to an end. Many Ar- gentines fear that the tradi- Hockey sanctions proposed We have long been concerned for the safety and health of the members of teams in the Junior hockey leagues and this con- cern has been increased by ac- counts of the matches' played by Portage La Prairie and Humboldt teams, and again by the Portage and Penticton teams. We understand that the same disgraceful conduct thai was displayed by Portage at Humboldt has been continued in their series against Pentic- ton and that, far from being repentant, the coach was heard to sav, after another series of inexcuseable and disgraceful at- tacks upon the opposing team, "now they know how Portage La Prairie can rough it up." The failure of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association to discipline Portage and their savage treatment of the Hum- boldt team can only mean that the officials condone deliberate attempts by one team to injure another, and that they are pre- pared to see the boys playing in these Junior leagues injured as a display for financial gain. The excuse made by the rep- resentative that the action Unmboldt was neces- y because of the loss of gate money if they failed to play Portage is quite inadequate to explain their action under these circumstances. We are calling for: 1. The immediate suspension of the Portage La Prairie hockey team, 2. The reinstatement of Dr. Terry Hanning and the Hum- boldt team. 3. The adoption of Dr. Han- ning's proposals regarding rule changes to make the game safer, 4. That the CAHA require an agreement from all coaches of Junior teams; that they will hold the safety and health of their own players and those on opposing teams more im- portant than ther winning of any game or series of games. No coach to be allowed to coach Junior Hockey players unless he is prepared to give this un- dertaking. Here in Lethbridge the medi- cal profession has given much support to Junior Hockey, some of our members are ac- tive in coaching teams and the local medical association has recently donated consid- erable sum in order to purchase equipment for the pee wee hockey teams. This support will not be forthcoming in the future unless there is a change of at- titude on the part of the CAHA. Resolutions are being pre- pared for submission to the Al- berta Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Associa- tion calling for nationwide sanc- tions against the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association unless a greater sense of re- sponsibility is shown and the necessary rule changes are made. Signed by the following local doctors: G. S. BALFOUR F. M. CHRISTIE F. G. GORE-HICKMAN R. L. JOHNSON R. KINGSTON J. OSHIRO M. PRATT J. B. STTLLWELL P. CASHMORE J. FARR R. G. H. HALL R. KING-BROWN J. J. R. HABERMAN A. C. POMAHAC D. R. STEWART A. R. F- WILLIAMS tional barbecue, an essential part of most festivities and en- livened with wine and guitars, will soon be little more than a memory. But while the end of the cheap beef era may change the Argentine way of life it will also increase the nation's earn- ing power, and hasten the ap- proach of a new era of pros- perity. Argentina can now look forward to a ready market abroad for all the meat it can produce. An awareness of this has now become generalized, and although high meat prices contributed greatly to the mili- tary regime's unpopularity, the Peronist administration, which is due to take over May 25, is unlikely to reverse its policies. Argetina's farmers, however, do not expect to be the main beneficiaries of the coming ex- port boom. Their political power was broken over 30 years ago, and they are now accus- tomed to seeing a large propor- tion of their earnings flow into the national exchequer. With the advent of the Peronists, they now face the probability of limited agrarian reform. The Peronists have already prom- ised to tax unproductive land heavily, and some factions would like to see all land in the hands of the state, which would then lease it to farmers. The Peronists are conscious, nevertheless, that the small farmers who provide the bulk of their support in the country- side are far less efficient than the big ones. The cattle bar- ons, moreover, are the only ones able to keep up with tech- nological advances. This is vi- tally important in a country whose chief money earning industry is still decades behind its counterparts in the United States, Western Europe and Australia. Argentina's chief rivals for world markets are Ireland, Yugoslavia, Australia and New Zealand, whose total exports have been rather higher than Argentina's in recent years. Ac- cording to a United Nations study, however, Argentina's exports of meat in 1980 will be tons, compared with tons for its four com- petitors. Another rival, just emerging onto the world scene, is likely to be Brazil which should again according to the United Nations be exporting tons of beef a year by 1980. This figure could be consider- ably augmented if ambitious Japanese plans to finance cat- tle ranches there are carried through. Many Argentine farm experts, however, think the es- timate for their own country is far to modest. The Lethbridge Herald ______ 804 7th St. S., Alberta UTTHBRIDCE HERALD CO. LTD., Proprietors and Published IMS-1964, by Hon. W. A. BUCHANAN Saeend Claw No. 0012 Mmbir Ttw Canadian Press and tha Canadian Dally Association and tha Audit Bureau of CLEO W MOWERS, Editor and Publlthtr THOMAS H. ADAMS, Ctnaral Manager DON PILLING WILLIAM HAY Managing Editor Associate Editor ROY F. MILES DOUGLAS K. MnrtkMg Maiwgw Idttorlal Page Mttor "WE NMMD SMIMi UK ;