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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Lethkidgc Herald Third Section Lctlibridge, Alberta, Wednesday, .May 81, 1972 Pages 25-32 Canada s grain sldpmenl problem lo move Trnnsporl i presidenl of I'niled drum1 _ nrjn Jn.mieson nn-! Crowd's, said his firm's "nat- Pnirie aericiiltu're officials j n'o'u'nced plans to provide aboul j ural inelinalion" would he lo dien'l enthusiastic about thclsr, million lo improve Ihe port expand Us Vancouver opcralnin p.ospects of improving the porl j at Prince Rupert. rather than go into a new plant at Prince Rupert to handle KIND DISADVANTAGES al Prince Rupert. Agriculture men say I h a I Now, storage capacily in even with upgrading, P r I n c e i all companies Rupert has disadvant a g e s about 25 million bushels compared to Vancouver. I while the National Harbors i Gordon Harrold, president of i Board grain elevator at Prince liv .mi MvU'KS handle i some of Canada's grain ship- mems. One of the problems Pimce Rupert is that it's British Columbia, meaning that grain must move through the Rockies by train getting to ships. And that's the rub: the Alberta Wheat Pool said j Rupert has a capacity of only before I many i that people are not aware 'we have been using i million bushels. Prince Rupert can Weather i Prince Rupert, to ils maximum about in boxcars handle of grain a are as much" to j capacity this year." day; Vancouver between SOU blame for the backlog of wheat i "Another thing many people and[ Mii a day_ uaiting to be shipped from i are not aware of is that it is 1 ROU.LL ON 1.IM-. u couver as anything else. about 2W miles further to Mi. Runcnnan said I nued Between Jan March 14, Prince Rupert lhan Vancouver Gram Growers has considered here were 17 "now slides in i and only one railway serves using Prince Huperl frequently, the Rockies and 12 other weath- j the northern point." 'With new grading systems in e, incidents which stopped j Ils tracks are "subicct lo. effect, it could become a logi- giain trains reachim> the West: the same weather conditions as; cal outlet for quality feed Coisl on schedule. In the same the oilier lines through the grams." period there were also 20 de-1 mountains." Prince Rupert now draws i bailments which tore up tracks i He added that the Alberta gram, basically of low-prole nd blocked lines. Wheat Pool did not consider it; quality, from areas of norihren A furore about the delays In j economic to invest at Prince i Alberta. shipping from Vancouver! Rupert. i E. K. Turner, Saskatchewan piompted the federal govern-' A. M. Rundman of Winnipeg, i Wheat Pool president, says anv move In Inerea1.''. handing facilities at I he norllieni B.C. porl "would not now be econo- mical." "In talking wilh senior Ca- nadian Nalional Railways offi- cals, learned they had great deal more trouble on Ilia Prince Rupert line this winter than on the line to Vancouver. This being the case, expansion in the Vancouver area makes more sense." Mr. Turner said any new facility must have "very heavy use to justify or even come close to paying their way" considering costs a n d the tariff structures in the grain indii'.try 10. A. Bo'l'en of Rcuma. president of tile Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture, said that because of conges- tion in Vancouver. Prince Ru- pert will have to be looked at. But. the federal commitment was "only a start." The rail line itself was not geared to handle much of an increase in i tonnage. WATER DEMAND GROWING A bottle of water from spring fed sources in the Niagara Peninsula area distorts the face of four-year-old Philomena Malascalia of Downsview, Dot. Firms selling chemical-free distilled and spring claim they have customers in Toronto ond say the demand is growing steadily. Wayne Smart, manoger of the Crystal Springs Water Supply Company, says he's gaining customers at the rate of a year through the public's increased concern over'pollution. The water sells for 50 cents a gallon. By ROD EDWARDS REGLXA ICP) The pro- vincial government is pro- ceeding with il.s land bank program, regarded as a trans- fusion for agriculture, the basis of Saskatchewan's econ- omy. Young people are leaving farms; older farmers are caught with the problem of not being able to retire with an adequate income: others struggle along with uneco- nomical units because they lack funds to expand. Members of the New Demo- cratic Party government call the program imaginative, pi- oneering and bold. Liberal op- position members call it a sureppitious plot to 'com- munize" the land. But the land hank legisla- ordans "Probably the most outstanding carpet event of the season" Four famous "Toshion Lende: Jordans by Git-clow of Cenaa'a completely installed at these i One price includes: rubber cushions. Corpels'' made exclusively for Now for two weeks only low prices....... Leader Carpot" TM. by Jordnns' Skilled craftsmen. wilh QQ cusMnn. g yd. sq. P Rw RrjciMty Hn.upd lonr- FT'.--- vcir tat ion tonfi IrvH loop nvlon yarns in practice! 1. K 16 colours. SATURDAY Installed with rfi jffl fgC) rubber cushion. [I with rf rubber cushion, g SALE, sq. yd. H sq. yd. 1 famous Nylon very latcit fasbionl n happy, carofrnn corprt plain prnp'r younq irVnr.. aloriou'i rr! '-i'i colon trxturr. "We Have Carpots For Everyone" Downtown at 315 6th St. South Phone 327-1103 tion was passed at the last session of the legislature, and Agriculture Minister Jack Messer said in an interview he hopes to have a skeleton staff on the administrative body operative in June. The hill has yet to Ire pro- claimed. hut it already ap- pears to have caught the in- terest of many. "I would be making a mod- est pflimalo lo say have received 2. WO letters from people either wanting to sell [and or rent." said Mr. Jles- !--cr. himself a s u c c e s s ful farmer. "We arc proceeding with the land bank firmly con- vinced that we have the sup- port of the majority of people of Saskatchewan.'1 Basically, the objective is for I he government to pur- chase offered land at market prices. The land then would be leased lo young farmers or those w anting to expand. After a five-year lease period, the lessee would have the op- tion to buy. Ticntal rales would depend on the interest charges to the government for money hor- rov.T-d The rale would be. an- nounc-ed in November prior lo (he year for which the rent is charged. j ;tnniit rn PIT cent ol Mid- land's niarkc! everyone v. ould he eligi- ble to lease land, however. To leasing lo farmers who already have an adequate asset hasc and income, (he government proposes only lo lease to those who have a net worth of SM.onil or less and a m a x i in u m net income of Sld.riOO a year. The lifetime lease, op- tion lo hoy. would he subject In termination fnr cause only. Tin1 goveninion! made provi- sions lor leases to be Irans- generation to the Those exercising the pur chase opium, pay cash for Hie land. "II is not our intention lo operate n credil program in competition with the Farm Credil Corporation, Mr. Mes- sers said. T h e agriculture minisler said that in all cases. se'Jinj; farmers who wish lo lease hack l.ho land, jiml sons of mMi-inK farmers, will bo Riven absolute priority In land allo- cations. For the first year's opera- tion, 510 million has been budgeted for purchases and for start-up and oper- ating expenses of the com- mission. The government was criti- cized by the opposition for not making the plan optional whereby a farmer could ei- ther lease or buy the land out- right. In answer to that. Mr. Mes- ser said the program is en- tirely volunt ary: a fanner can self his land to whomever he wishes and if a farmer wants to purchase from a source other than the land bank, he still could apply for a loan from the Farm Credit Corpo- ration. The land bank will not offer lo purchase any assets other lhan real estate. Sellers will be required to dispose of other assets. However, where lessees ha- ven't adequate buildings to operate a farm, the landbank will loan money for Ihe pur- chase or construction of build- ings. Where buildings available on the land, i.hc les- see will be able to lease or purchase them. Another major objection to I he plan was that il would create a tenant society, that, farmers would become share- croppers and have no security of tenure. Bui Mr Mcsser said a re- real study in Ihe Moose area showed onc-lhird of the land farmed in municipali- ties is rented land. Some is owned by the province and some by absentee landlords and corporations. "If farmers have been will- ing to lease up lo one-third of Hie farm land under types of leases prevalent today they will he most appreciative of Iho types of leases offered by the 'land Mr. Mes- ser said. lie said l.he enK persons who stand lo lose from (lie land bank program are large land speculators who hope lo obtain properly at fire-sale prices and resell it. Closely linked with the land hank program is proposed legislation dealing with for. ownership. The Foreign Ownership of Agricullurnl Land Bill vas in- Ireduced at Ihe last session hut was referred lo n house rommillen fnr public hear- SINGER ZIG-ZAG... and beautiful Sherbrooke Cabinet Turn your fashion ideas into fashionable garmenis with this easy-to-own sewing machine that features: EXCLUSIVE Drop-In Front Bobbin Built-in Blind Stitch Three Needle Positions Zig-.iag Stitching for versatility Quid, Full Rotary Movement Lighlweinhl Aluminium Body Take advantage ol Singer's labulous GOLDEN OPPOR- TUNITY DAYS ...NOW! Easy budget terms available. COUEGE SHOPPING MALL ?025 Mayor Mogrnth Drivo Opim Dolly a.m. lo 4 p.m. Thursday nnd Frldoy 9 a.m. lo 9 p.m. Tclephonn 327-224J ;