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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 LETHBRIDGE HERALD May 1974 Alberta writer receives award OTTAWA A population report from Statistics Canada shows that half of the fastest growing cities in the country are in Alberta and British Columbia The report covers population estimates between 1966 and 1973 The covering the years showed that eight metropolitan areas grew faster than the average of 22 areas At the top was Calgary with a gain of about 30 per cent The average among the 22 metropolitan areas was 13 9 per cent and 55 1 per cent of the t al lived in those areas The Canadian average growth during the 1966-73 period was 10 4 per cent to a June 1973 population estimate of The other seven among the fast growth areas were in order 22 4 per 21 8 per Vancouver. 20 per 18 per cent 17 per 16 pei and 15 per cent There were six others above the all- Canada average 13 1 per Quebec 128 per St Nfld 12 7 per 12 3 per 11 4 per and Wind- 10 9 per cent The other eight were Sask 103 per 10 per St 81 per 7 9 per Saint N B 58 per 57 per Thunder Ont 4 6 per and Chi- two per cent Among the only Halifax and Sudbury had a drop in population comparing the 1972 and 1973 estimates U.S. health insurance law closer Hardhal for PM Prime Minister Trudeau wears safety helmet during tour Friday of sawmill in Vancouver Truckers set example in safety standards OTTAWA Highway fatalities could be reduced if motorists had the professional attitude of truck drivers a conference on traffic safety was told Friday R Fleming of Hamilton vice-president of International Harvester Co of Canada said motorists would drive more safely if goveinments recognized good drivers as do trucking fleets This could be as intangible as a small windshield sticker or as concrete as a reduction in licensing fees he told about 100 traffic safety experts during a panel discussion at a Traffic Injury Research Foundation con- lerence In the trucking a driver has pride in his ability to avoid accidents and is rewarded for his competence by the companies said Mr Fleming It completion of defensive driving couises were a requirement for licensing then traffic accidents likely would drop he said Most trucking companies required that their drivers take these courses Another Paul Law- rence of general manager of the Alberta Safety Council said more research was needed to determine whether vehicle maintenance instrumental in crashes We've been fooling around with vehicle inspection and no one is sure that it really means he said Some clearly good safety measures on the other would be enacted but for political he referring to the apparent reluctance of some provinces to make wearing seat belts compulsory Fraser MacDougall executive director of the Ontario Press said traffic accidents might not be reduced significantly until people s attitudes change and more care is taken to preserve human life Manv car drivers look on other drivers cvclists or pedestrians as statistics he said Unfortunately some behaved accordingly and drove offensively Barrett practising ping-pong VANCOUVER Premier Dave Barrett said this week he definitely will make a trip to China as premiei but has not yet decided on the date The suggested by Chinese ambassador Chang will be at least semi-official with other government members participating Mr Barrett said The premier s recent trip to Japan began as part of a rugby tour but developed into a major political and economic mission Mr Barrett acknowledged that there is no rugby played in China but added I'm practising my ping-pong He made the comments following a banquet here in honor of Ambassador who is on a five-day visit to BC The Citizenship Court from CALGARY will be at the LETHBRIDGE COURT HOUSE Monday Afternoon May 27ID from to p.m. Persons having buc'ness with the Citizenship Dept may attend at that time Presentation of Certificates takes place at a.m. Court of Canadian Citizenship 335 8 Avenue S. W. T2P 1C9 Telephone 262-7737 Dept. of the Secretary of State WASHINGTON A series of compromises has brought the United States closer to the kind of universal health insurance progam that most advanced countries take for but the prospects for legislation in the current Congress are still uncertain Nearly two dozen bills dealing with national health insurance have been put before Congress Both the Senate and the House of Representatives are cur- rently holding committee hoping to agree on legislation that might be passed this year But the whole speeded-up program may be derailed if there are time-consuming hearings on the impeachment of President Nixon or by masses of other legislation that await congressional action Some key opponents still need to be won over before any compromise bill stands a chance Health care in the U S has tor years been acknowledged as a national scandal by almost every segment of American despite glowing successes in some areas Although the so-called medical-industrial consumes some billion a year figures from the United Nations rank the U S 17th in the world in infant 13th in female life expectancy and 30th in male life expectancy The government-run Medicare program covers 21 million elderly Americans and Medicaid helps more than 15 million of the poor annually with their health bills The Blue Cross-Blue Shield plan of prepaid hospital and medical care has 80 million subscribers and other prepaid group the Kaiser permanent plan in another eight million Health Secretary Casper Wienberger testified that 25 million Americans do not have health insurance coverage at all and millions more face financial rum from illness because their coverage is inadequate conversion in 1970 to the principle of a gov- ernment role in health insur- ance was regarded as a mile- stone in the fight for a national come forward this year with a bill that includes compromises in several important areas Senator Edward Kennedy who had led a labor-sponsored bid for socia- lized medicine for several switched courses month and joined with the more conservative Representative Wilbur Mills Ark to push a compromise bill that has influential backing Even Senator Russell Long La whose own proposals are regarded as far more modest than either Nixon s or has said he is frozen in any position I understand this busi- the folksy Long re- marked to his Senate finance committee as it heard testi- mony on health Nixon is compromising with Mr Mr Kennedy is compromising with Mr and the rest of us haven't been compromised with yet If you can wait til I Monday Snap-up hot bargains from an inventory of millions of dollars They're a reai steal1 Shoppers Stoppers start May 27 Simpsons-Sears CLOSING OUT The Clothes Cache EVERYTHING MUST GO We Have A Complete Line Of H.I.S. 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