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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight near 25; highi Friday near 45. The LetKbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 280 LET11BRIDGK, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGE3 Unique agriculture complex for Lethbridge COMMUNICATIONS SATEUITE This ii Canada's new communications tatellite, built by Hughei Aircraft Co., in El Segundo, Cal., due to be launched from Cape Kennedy, Fla., Thursday Into synchronous orbit. If successful, it will pro- vide 12 color television channels or more than Iwo-way telephone circuits to isolated portions of Canada reaching up beyond the Arctic circle. (AP Wirephoto) NDP cleanup campaign under way By MICHAEL HUGHES The Canadian Press VICTORIA Like a housewife armed with clean- Ing utensils and prowling around a dusty attic clutter- ed with the old and the used, British Columbia's New Democratic government is busy scrutinizing establish- ed programs and policies in the province. There are very few shadowy corners not peered Into or familiar pieces of furniture left untouched in this all-out clean-up campaign launched by the gov- ernment during its first two months in power in B.C. The list of projects includes a look at health ser- vices, labor laws, the public school system, bargaining rights for civil servants, Indian problems and even a glance at the stale of the government's airplanes. An air of haste accompanies the scrutiny. The NDP government appears anxious to implement quickly pro- grams it has held dear for many years and to rele- gate to the trash can some long-standing pieces of legislation brought in by the Social Credit government during its historic 20-year reign In B.C. Besides reviewing and updating what it considers to be old, encrusted programs, Premier Dave Barrett's administration also is launched on some creative leg- islative proposals. In this latter category the major job belongs to Highways Minister Robert Strachan, now engaged in a complete study of the government automobile insur- ance schemes in Manitoba and Saskatchewan with a view to drafting a hill for a similar program for B.C. in time for presentation at the next session of the legislature likely to begin in late January. New labor bill In terms of the economy, a major rev'cw is bsing organized by Labor Minister William King into B.C. la- bor laws. During the last session the government staled that it would hold public hearings throughout the prov- ince to pet opinions on Ihe best method of redesigning labor legislation and creation of a belter labor-man- agement climate. It is undei'slood Jlic government nil! bring in a new labor bill at Uie next session to replace flic re- scinded legislation. Tlic government is also proposing an industrial de- velopment corporation lo help stimulate secondary in- dustry. Attorney-General Alex Macclonald is responsiblo for this and Is negotiating with Eric Kiorans, former federal Liberal cnbincl minister, to act as con- sultant nnd adviser. Another priority of the NDP administration is a study of Ihe hcnllli facilities and programs in B.C. lo Oils end, a four-mcmlw Icnm under the leadership of Dr. Richard G. Foulkcs, former executive director at Hoynl Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, H.C., lias boon Kef up lo review nil Uic health services in Ihc province our year. name o! (lie sdirl.v is Hfvillh .Secnnly Pro- gram Project, which Indicates flic government's inlcr- cst In a possible hcnllli security program similar to welfare security programs. Hcnllli Minister Dennis Cocke Is quoted ns being In favor of community honllh centres, recommended to Uw federal government In the recent bastings report. Kducatlon Minlslcr Uilcpn Dailly Is henl on n com- plele review of Ihc public .school system and n chnngo in Uio complicated education tollmen formula. By me SWNIATVr Herald Staff Writer The Canada and Alberta de- partment.'; of agriculture will go together in building Canada's largest agricultural and public information conglomerate i n Lethbridge. It was announced at a press conference Wednesday that the Alberta department will add a wing to the proposed mil- lion office and laboratory com- plex planned for the Canada de- partment's Lethhridge Re- search Station. C. S. (Cherry) Clark, region- al director for the provincial department, said architectural and consulting engineering firms have already been engaged to do the prelim- inary work for the research station complex and now will have to start work lo plan the fl million office wing for the provincial staff in Lethbridge. BETTEIl SERVICE Dr. J. E. Andrews, director of the research station, said the agreement to move the two de- partments into one building is designed to give better service to the agricultural industry. He said the announcement is not intended to indicate that the federal research station is am- algamating with the regional of- fice of the provincial depart- ment of agriculture. "It mil allow the two staffs to better work together, have better lines of communication and better serve agriculture." The new complex will house the 300-man science research and support staff of the federal research station and 150 mem- bers of Ihe regional agricul- tural department including tha new Alberta irrigation division. About 60 persons will be add- ed to the provincial staff wilh the move. Jilr. Clark said the agreement Is a unique concept of combin- ing the efforts of the federal research station and the provin- cial- regional agricultural de- partment. He said the roles of the two departments will re- main the same the research station to develop new break- throughs in research and the regional extension staff to get that information out to the peo- ple. "Now we'll be able to do this job more he said. BEST ANYWHERE "We'll try lo make agricul- ture in Alberta the strongest and most viable industry any- where." Dr. Andrews said present plans call for a general con- cept for Ihe major construction to be completed by early Jan- uary, 1973. Detailed plans and a construction tender call are expected for mid-July. He said work crews are slat- ed to begin in November with the building ready for occupan- cy two years after the start of construction. The regional department Is now occupying the Science Building at the Lethbridge Community College. A three- year lease was signed earlier this year following a move from the Provincial Building on 9th Ave. N. Mr. Clark said all other Al- berta government departments will lake over use of the Pro- vincial Building. The depart- ment of agriculture will no longer be located in the struc- ture, including Lethbridge-Warn- er county District Agricultur- ists Murray McLelland and Roger Moore and District Home Economist MariJyn Tatem. Index up despite UNEMPLOYMENT, INFLATION MAIN TARGETS food price drop Canada performance goals established OTTAWA CCP) The Con- sumer Price Index rose to 142 in October from 141.0 in Septem- ber despite a drop in food prices, Statistics Canada re- ported today. Higher housing and clothing costs were mainly responsible (or (he increase, which was about average for this time of year. The index, based on 19G1 con- sumer prices equalling 100, was 134.0 in October last year. In percentage terms, the 12-month increase was 5.3 per cent, and the index was up one-tenth of one per cent for Ihc monlh. The statistics bureau, which surveys more than 300 con- sumer goods and services every monlh to compile the index, said the same over-all gain was recorded between September and October in both 1970 and 1971. Food prices usually move down in October. A small increase in house rents was reported, but costs of home oimerehip rose strongly. The increase in clothing prices, the bureau said, was a move- ment that usually occurs be- tween September and with the approach 01 winter. In dollar forms. Hie over-all Index means that it cost in October to buy what bought in September, or what J13.49 bought in October last year, in a broad selection of consumer goods and services. In the food category, the price of restaurant meals rose last month, but there was a signifi- cant drop in the cost of foods purchased for home consump- tion. For food at home, last month's grocery basket cost SJ4.13 compared with in September and in October last year. The same foods cost in 1961. In c o m p i 1 i n g the over-all index, Statistics Canada figures housing cost represent 32 per cent of the total, food prices 27 per cent, and clothing prices 11 per cent. Statistics Canada said tha over-all index at 142 means an- olher cent was trimmed from the purchasing power of the dol- lar last month. The 1961 con- sumer dollar was worth only 70 cents last month, compared Milh 71 cents in September and 74 cents in October last year. Another way of looking at the index It lo say thai consumer prices last month were 42 per cent higher than they were In 1961. They ivcre 83.5 per cent liigher than they were in 1949. Trudeau may face western music By VICTOR JIACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau will consider re- turning lo western Canada to meet with angry and irate Lib- eral candidates who went down to defeat as a result of the gov- ernment's policies. The prime minister said he would take the suggestion under consideration, after he emerged Wednesday from Ihe first post- election caucus. On Hie way inlo the caucus he had been asked what was on the menu and he smilingly retorted "western The regular meeting of cabi- net Thursday (today) will have Cabinet shakeup planned From WASHINGTON (CP) Presi- dent Nixon planned a cabinet shuffle loriay and now poliey iniliathes following his landslide victory over Senator George A series of summit incpliiips vutll West European allies and nciv moves In try lo peaer in the Middle Kasl were ex- pected to bo iillloiiL: Nixi'n's priorities at Ibc st.irl of .sec- ond four-year term in the Whilo House. Nixon, who flew lo hi.s Key Tliscaync, homo Wednes- day night may malie up In four Changes ill Ifie heads of the II rabincL departments over the next few weeks, political ob- servers sriid. llpfctirp Sori'claiy Mrlvin Vninl, u-lin piTM'Ird r" Ihr gradual M i Ih