Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Utltbruige Herald 4th Section May 1974 Pages 33-40 Helen Rheaume solves problems of consumers By CHERYL HAWKES OTTAWA After a year of running the only municipal consumer protection bureau in the Helen Rheaume insists she is not a consumer advocate. don't have the she said. too busy solving As head of launched a year ago by officials in suburban Nepean Mrs. manages to stretch Contact's limited budget and her own energy a long way. Her weeks have been filled with solving telephoned consumer complaints she is the bureau's only staff member answering requests for writing a weekly columnin the community Nepean and being host of a consumer-affairs cable television show every second week. Community response to Contact has been Mrs. Rheaume and she has worked out a 10-week study program in consumer education that is being used by high-school teachers in their health and family life classes. She also addresses groups of women and students at special seminars on consumer issues. Formed CA C branch Contact began with about 25 volunteers. But with phone calls coming into the office in fits and the volunteers decided to form a Nepean branch of the Consumers Association of Canada. The CAC which meets once a month in her has left Mrs. Rheaume free to pursue the day-to- day problems of consumers in Nepean. the consumer she said. now they are doing a survey of drug pricing in this area for the CAC. they get an earful from me every Mrs. who with her husband a former Liberal MP for the Northwest once ran a travel said her relationships with businessmen are ''basically had a couple of major run-ins with chain stores. But there has been such a major change in policy afterwards that it was worth creating a little Being a mother of six children between 10 and 19 has helped too. Co-operate eventually In one she phoned a children's clothing manufacturer in Montreal about a snowsuit that fell apart after less than a season's wear. She listened quietly while the vice-president of the firm complained of how hard children are on their clothes. you have no you just have no I told him I had some since I've bought snowsuits for my six there was silence. he if you have six why aren't you at home taking care of The manufacturer eventually as do most of the people Mrs. Rheaume approaches. work mainly through mediation. You realize after a while that consumers realy don't have that many laws to protect One of the biggest problems the complaining consumer faces is finding out where to take a problem. Bureau chief says she is not a consumer advocate. really like to see a storefront consumer-help office with all three levels of government involved. People shouldn't have to decide whether to go to the federal or Funds refused But her idea has not jelled with either federal or Ontario consumer-affairs officials. All they have offered Contact is their approval and moral support. Provincial officials turned down Mrs. Rheaume's request for saying they didn't want to get involved in funding a municipal consumer protection bureau. figured it would be opening the floodgate to 900 municipalities who would want to do the same They told her of their plans to start a string of experimental provincially-run consumer-help offices. really thought Contact was an experiment in a she said. or they could have easily found out how storefronts work. It'll cost a heck of a lot more to get their own pilot projects No final answer The federal consumer affairs department has not yet given Mrs. Rheaume a final answer on Contact's request for money. The government has opened- two federally-operated store-front offices in Toronto and Saint Consumer Affairs Minister Herb Gray says he plans to have about 20 in operation by the end of the year. Meanwhile Contact will continue to operate on a budget of about a year. 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Phil Lethbridge and the West Winds will be in attendance. Everyone welcome. The Sixth Lethbridge Cubs will hold a bottle drive beginning at 6 covering the areas from 13th Street S. to 20th Street S. and from 6th Avenue S. to 9th Avenue S. Funds will be used for the summer camp at Camp Impessa. The Lethbridge Chapter of Sweet Adelines meet every Wednesday from 8 to p.m. in the church 420 12th St. S. Women interested in singing and good fellowship are invited to attend. There will be no meeting held this week for members of the Southland Hospital Auxiliary. The next meeting ii.ni i.._- and economic development has provided for a campaign to promote the use of taro and poi. taro and poi we lose a historic institution and the tourist industry will lose a valuable promotion said department official Arthur Kodama. There were 165 taro farms which produced 9.6 million pounds on 480 acres in compared with 128 farms pro- ducing 9.02 million pounds on 455 acres in Kodama said. The attributes of poi are hailed by nutritionists and physicians. It is highly low in fat and a lifesaver for infants allergic to milk and other foods. Poi was the mainstay of the ancient Hawaiian diet and many mothers still swear by an evening to avoid baby's pre-dawn hunger. They say the poi swells in the stomach for hours. A newcomer's reaction to the taste often depends on the age of the poi. Fresh poi is totally causing a first- time eater to give it a After a couple of it sours and the reaction is then often expressed with a facial contortion and a refusal of seconds. Kodama said the marketing and promotion campaign should be aimed at three local new residents and tourists. Local residents should be told the nutritive value of taro and that it is not as fattening as rice and and that it is non-allergenic. New recipes should be such as mixing poi and taro with fruits to improve the Kodama said. 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