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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Wtdneiday, Nov.mb.r 3, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 23 Long list of layoffs by Canadian industry Business Spotlight Ily IRVING C. WHYNOT [employment rain, adjusted for Canadian Un-ancs Editor I seasonal variations, at 7.1 Tlie new production culs and layoffs announced by interna- tional Nickel add to an already long list of work force reduc- tions in Canadian industry this year. In addition to Inco, layoffs continued to hit scattered seg- ments of the Canadian economy during Ocober. But there was also a handful of brigher news involving additional employ- ment. or new jobs to come. There were some permanent plant closings for economic rea- sons and others clue to bank- ruptcies. All added to the coun- try's unemployment woes. Latest statistics show the un- ecnl of the labor force in Sep- tember, up from C.8 per cent a year earlier and the highest since 1961. For a country with the fastest growing labor force of an in- dustrial nation, this is a matter of increasing concern. JOUS DON'T OPEN Gerard Filion, president of the Canadian Manufacturers' Association, says: "New job op- portunities simply have not opened up in sufficient number to keep unemployment within acceptable limits." Quebec has been among the hardest hit by layoffs and there was a pessimistic forecast by NO CONFLICT What seems to be a conflict between church and actually is no conflict at all. The driver of the religious van left his brief case in the window and didn't bother to put a coin in the parking meter, because it was Sunday a meter holiday in Houston, Texas. Gillcs Masse, provincial natural resources minister. Spunking at the opening of a mine in Noranda, Mr. Masse predicted the loss of jobs in the northwest mining area of the province unless economic forces combine In re-establish industry. He blamed rccc-nt mine closings in the area on a "lack of foresight on Ihe part of the owners" but predicted that the James Bay power project will contribute to re-industriali- zation. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press showed these major job-loss decisions during October: Nickel Co. ol Canada Ltd., the non-Commun- ist world's largest nickel pro- ducer, recently announced a 15- per-eent cut in production, in addition to an earlier cut of seven per cent. The company said the net effect on employ- ment of these cuts, and other related moves, will be a reduc- tion of about jobs. Anollier employees will replace people who retire or quit over a period of several months, mean- ing the company's hiring needs will lie sharply reduced during that period. Motors of Canada Ltd. on Monday starts the layoff of about workers from On- tario plants at Oshawa, Wind- sor, St. Catharines and Scarbor- ough and a further 570 at Sle. Therese, Que. The company said these were maximum fig- ures, and the total could be less. Telegram, one of To- ronto's two evening daily news- papers has ceased publication with the loss of jobs. Mont- real La Presse, Canada's larg- est French-language daily sus- pended publication for an indefi- nite period leaving without work. The paper has been in- volved in a labor dispute since mid-July. Quebec Chronicle-Tel- egraph, shut down since Wednesday because of a dispute with composing room staff, an- nounced Friday that it is ceas- ing publication as a daily and will switch to a weekly. A com- pany official said 12 reporters and" 18 to 20 composing room employees are affected, al- though some would be retained to operate the weekly, the report said the "really sig- nificant aspect of this trouble- some problem" is that the courts make no attempt to hear both sides of the story. Tliis is because police assaults are usually irrelevant to pro- ceedings before the court and persons arrnsled usually "reso- lutely refuse to take any action for redress of their grievances." The researchers also found that more than 75 per cent ol persons arrested by police spend more than 12 hours in jail before being released on bail or tried by a judge. "More than 20 per cent of these people suffered pre-trial confinement for various periods between one week and three months. By contrast, less than eight per cent of those arrested endured less than four hours de- tention." Among the other major find- ings: B8 per cent of those arrested eventually secured re- lease on bail pending trial, but many complained that delays were caused by the unavailabil- ity of justices of the peace to set bail; than 70 per cent of the accused spent their pre-trial de- tention in jails or prisons that provided no recreational facili- ties or activities; per cent of the ac- cused made statements to the police, and of these, 17 per cent said the statements were given involuntarily. than 62 per cent said they were not advised of their right to remain silent. The education trust said it found few cases of a sensational nature, that the survey portrays "a picture of the daily grinding down of accused human beings through the brutal viola- tion of their bodies, but through the piecemeal diminution of their dignity." The report characterized the Canadian justice system as a "plethora of trials, de- fenceless interrogations, need- less detentions and inadequate facilities." On the Prairies, 25 were laid off at the Goodyear plant at Medicine Hat, Alia., and 10 were laid off at the Manitoba Distillers' in Minnedosa, Man. In British Columbia, the Col- umbia Cellulose Co. announced that two of its pulp mills will close Nov. 1 for three weeks. Union officials said about 450 workers would be involved. Crown ZeDerbach announced that it is permanently closing a 21-man lumber mill at Peach- land in early November. The employees will be offered other company jobs. On the brighter side, there were these announcements: Development Minister Ralph Fiske ol Nova Scotia an-' nounced that agreement in prin- ciple has been reached with II. B. Nickerson Ltd. of North Syd- ney to reactivate the fisli plants at Canso and Mulgrave for- merly operated by Acadia Fish- eries Ltd. The plants employed 500 until the company went out of business last summer. Hotels and Halifax De- velopments L t d. announced plans for a ?7 miiiion luxury hotel in Halifax, employing 500 during construction starting in November and 275 when it opens in 1973. at Halifax Shipyards Ltd. will reach a post-war high of early next year when construction starts on another offshore oil drilling rig. Tlie yard now employs about subsidiary of a Chicago corporation will start manufac- turing electrical appliances at Carpet producers times Man ordered to hospital MONTREAL (CP) The Ca-! A development nadian Carpet Institute was told Thursday that the carpet-mak- ing industry is finally coming out of its first recession in at least a decade. Albert Davidson, president of the institute, said during recent months there have been encour- aging signs of renewed growth in the economy following Mr. Davidson, years of recession for Canadian carpel producers. "There is no doubt that Can- ada is on a rising curve of pro- duction which could give us a gross national product about five per cent higher than last year in terms of constant dol- lars." Mr. Davidson of Brantford, Cut., president of Harding Car- intcrnalional trade might not EDMONTON (CP) A 30- year-old man from Fort Mo- Murray, charged with the at- tempted capital murder of an j RCMP officer, was remanded to the Alberta Hospital for fur- ther examination. Provincial court judge Dean Saks remanded Donald Harry domestic or Gallagher who was charged at- RCMP Constable James G. have an immediate effect on the 23, was shot in the elbow carpet business, he said, but it could become a factor. There is no reason why tire in- dustry's 1S71 sales level of about 40 million square yards of on Oct. 16 in Fort McMurray. The RCMP said Constable Fyfe wa.s checking a vchiclf when another car pulled up and a man got out a.id start- .___ _ ___ carpeting cannot become 70 mil-! ed firing at the officer. Con- lion five years from now, said stable Fyfe returned the fire, I striking the man in the leg. Stellarton, employing 100 when I pets Ltd., told the institute's an- production starts Jan. 3 and in- creasing to about 250 in a year. Bathurst can- celled plans for a two-week shutdown of its mill at Bathurst, N.B., which was due in Novem-1 dent during Ihe second quarter nual meeting that consumer buying has been renewed "so far as our industry is con- cerned." "This was particularly evi- her. It would have affected 801) workers. Inc. announced plans for a million woods produc- tion plant at Dolbeau, Que., with production starting in Feb- ruary with employment for 100. Pont of Canada an- nounced expansion of a plant at North Bay, Ont., which will give additional employment for 40 when the job is completed in 1973. Industry Minister Gerard Le- vesque told the Quebec legisla- jndex shows that between 1961 lure that a new Iron Ore Co. of j wd inflationary period Canada Ltd. development at I__carpets have actuelly been re- Scpt-ries will create 800 new j in price, he added. jobs and employ 1.600 construction. The opposition questioned the figures. The Rayonier pulp mill at Woodfibre, B.C., re-opened Oct. 12 after a three-week closure when consumer buying in- creased by 4.3 per cent. Housing starts are continuing to rise, as is general construction activity, and these are two indices of business activity which have a bearing on our industry's pros- pects." Mr. Davidson said per capita consumption of carpets hi Can- ada has increased from less than half a yard in 1961 to nearly two yards in 1971. The official government price during which 200 were without work. Singer dies GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Irene Daye Spivak, big band era vocalist and wife of band- leader Charlie Spivak, died here at hospital after a long Help offered OWEN SOUND, Ont. (CP) A five-day withdrawal plan for smokers, operated as group therapy, is being offered in Owen Sound and Grey and Bruce counties. The campaign, originated by the Seventh-day Adventist denomination more than 10 years ago, is being en- dorsed locally by the Christmas Seal Association. Therapy ses- sions include lectures or discus- sions by a minister-physician team on the physiological as well as the psychological as- I pects of the smoking problem. TOWER OPENS Thirty-storey Dominion Bank Tower, the first phase of the million Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver, was opened by Premier A. C. Bennett. College Shopping Mall SNOWMOBILE THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4-5-6 Al! models on display in the Mall Tougher 7 Ways See the Tough Ones All models on display Prebco Recreation Vehicles 600 4lh Ave, N. lethbridge Phone 328-4421 HERE NOW! The complete line of Ski-Doo, original snowmobile. Choose from 7 series with 27 models. BERT MACS CYCLE LTD. 913 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-3221 "SERVING SOUTH ALBERTA FOR OVER 30 YEARS" SCORPION SNOWMOBILES The great one for 1972 on display courtesy PLAINSMAN SPORTS LTD. Your Scorpion Dealer KEN COTKAS Phone 757-2246 Baronj ARCTIC CAT The snowmobile you can count on. All models on display courtesy of: LETHBRIDGE HONDA CENTRE 1117 2nd Ave. S. Phono 327-8889 uouknow SALES AND SERVICE LTD. 21st St. and 2nd Ave. S. Phone 328-6977 "Under tho water tower" See tho YAMAHA Snowmobile In the Mall MARKER'S MAIN SERVICE CENTRE LTD. 3rd Ave. and 9th St. 5. Phone 327-6698 Presents the all new EVINRUDE SNOWMOBILES FOR 1972 ;