Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wtdnwdoy, May 23, 1973 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD If Consumer protestation required Essential reforms needed in funeral industry EDiMONTON (CP.) The right of self-disposiUon and con- sumer protection aie essential reforms needed in the funeral industry while specific regula- tion of the industry is optional, the annual meeting of the Me- morial Society Association of Canada was told here Prof. William Neilson of Os- goode Law School, Toronto, and C. Gaylord Watkins, an Ottawa lawyer, presented a report which outlined model legisla- tion to control the funeral in- dustry. They advocated giving a per- son the legal right to decide how his body is to be disposed of after death either by amend- ing the model Human Tissue Act, which allows parts or the whole of a body to be donated for medical use or research. Alternatively, an amendment could be put into provincial public heatlh laws relating to funerals and the disposal of hu- man- bodies or into legislative packages regulating the entire funeral industry, they said. STATE REASONS "A major reason for high costs (of funerals' is the poor position of the pros- pective purchaser of funeral in- dustry products and they said in the report. "One cannot legislate away grief or deep-seated attitudes. Pre-arrangements by individ- uals of disposition of their own bodies alter death is the ob- vious path' to take." The proposed legislation would define who was bound by the dead person's wishes and what should be done if no pre- death wishes had been express- ed. It would require funeral homes to keep records of direc- tions given for disposition so that compliance could be checked. It also would include a clause providing that if no di- rections could be found, "dis- position shall be arranged in a way that will not excessively deplete the deceased's estate or other available funds." The meeting was told that the study found the main problem of consumers in relation to the funeral industry was cost, in- cluding the poor bargaining po- sition of the purchaser, a lack of knowledge about practical awl legal requirements in- volved in disposing of a body and some practises by the in- dustry that could be considered deceptive or misleading. These practises, which in- clude deception about the char- acter, nature and extent, num- ber and price of products or services, not itemizing services, agreements not to advertise prices between funeral industry members, lack of information on warranties or guarantees, misrepresentation of legal re- quirements, and supplying ser- vices such as embalming before getting consent, can be elimin- ated in many cases through consumer protection legislation not necessarily confided to the funeral industry, they said. The two men said many peo- ple believe embalming is man- datory. However, in Alberta embalming in a normal death is not required; in a death caused by a communicable dis- ease defined by law it is manda- tory only if the body is not bu- ried within 36 hours and if the coffin is not sealed; and if the body is to be transported for a period longer than 72 hours. "There is in fact no law that says you have to have an un- dertaker, but there are special problems if you go into the Mr. Watkins said. He said general legislation regulating business prac- tises could be adapted for the funeral industry without re- quring basic changes Such legislation would in- volve a general prohibition of unfair, deceptive or misleading trade practises; a list of specif- ic prohibited practises that could be expanded; an enforc- ing authority that could investi- gate, educate, inform, prevent and enforce the granting of lief to consumers. TOMATO JUICE CRACKER! Town House Canada Fancy 48 fl. oz. tin Busy Baker Snack U-oz. net wt. pkg. Town House Sweet Orange Pure from Concentrate Zip Top 10 fl. oz. tin Empress Soft 100% veg.......... Hb. tub COOKIE! FRESH YOGURT AKE MIXES Davids Oatmeal, Cocoanut and Choc. Chip 16-oz. net wt. pkg. Lucerne Plain 32-oz. net wt ctn. 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