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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight near 25; highs Friday near 45. The Letttbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 280 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS COMMUNICATIONS SATELLITE This is Canada's new communications satellite, built by Hughej Aircraft Co., in El Segundo, Cal., due to launched from Cape Kennedy, Fla., Thursday into synchronous orbit. If successful, it will pro- vide 12 color television channels or more than two-way telephone circuits to isolated portions of Canada reaching up beyond ths Arctic circle. (AP Wirephoto) NDP cleanup campaign under way By MICHAEL HUGHES The Canadian Prcsi 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 state 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 bill 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 stated that it would hold public hearings throughout the prov- ince to get opinions on the host method of redesigning labor legislation and creation of a better labor-man- agement climate. It is understood the government will bring in a new labor bill at the next session to replace the re- scinded legislation. Tire government is also proposing an industrial de- velopment corporation to help stimulate secondary in- dustry. Attorney-General Alex Macdonald is responsible for this and is reportedly negotiating with Eric Kierans, former federal Literal cabinet minister, to act as con- sultant and adviser. Another priority of the NDP administration is a study of Ihc health facilities and programs in B.C. to this end, a four-member team under the leadership of Dr. Richard G. Foulkcs, former executive director at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., has hccn set up In review nil Urn health services in lhc province within one year. The name of Ihc study is llrallh Security Pro- gram Project, which Indicates the government's Inter- est in a possible health security program similar to welfare security programs. Health Minister Dennis Coeke Is quoted ns being in favor of community health centres, recommended to the federal government. In the recent, hustings report. Kdueation Minister Klleeii Dailly Is bent on n com- plete review of the public school system and a change in Ito complicated education finance formula. Unique agriculture complex for Lethbridge Tiy ItIC SW1IIATIT Herald Staff Writer The Canada and Alberta de- partments of agriculture will go together in building Canada's largest agricultural and public information conglomerate i n Lethbridge. Jl 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 Lethbridge 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 to plan the 51 million office wing for the provincial staff in Lethbridge. BETTER 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 will 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 the regional agricul- tural department including the new Alberta irrigation division. About 60 persons will be add- ed to the provincial staff with the move. Mr. 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 to 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 the 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 row 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 take 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 Marilyn Tatem. UNEMPLOYMENT, INFLATION MAIN TARGETS Index up despite food price drop Canada performance Thn fnn. in f.fl hllV U'hat I established OTTAWA (CP) The Con- sumer Price Index rose to 142 in October from 141.8 in Septem- ber despite a drop in food prices, Statistics Canada re- ported today. Higher housing and clothing costs were mainly responsible for the increase, which was about average for this time of year. The index, based on 1981 con- sumer prices equalling 100, was ]34.0 in October iast 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 the month. The statistics bureau, which surveys morn than 300 con- sumer goods and services every month 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 ownership rose strongly. The increase in clothing prices, the bureau said, was a move- ment that usually occurs be- tween September and Octobei1, with the approach of winter. In dollar terms, the over-all Index means that it cost .514.20 in October to buy what bought in September, or what 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 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 the over-all index at 142 means an- other 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 with 71 cents in September and 74 cents in October last year. Another way of locking at the index is to say tha't consumer prices last month were 42 per cent higher than they were in 1961. They were 83.5 per cent lu'gher than they were in 1949. goals Trudeau may face western music By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau will consider re- turning to 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 the first post- election caucus. On tiie way into 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 planned From REUTER-AP WASHINGTON (CP) Presi- dent Nixon planned a cabinet shuffle today and now foreign- policy initiatives following his landslide victory over Senator George McGovivn. A series of summit meetings with West European nltios and now moves tn try In bring peace in the Middle Kasl wore ex- pected to bo among Nixon's priorities at the start, of a sec- ond four-year term in the While- House. Nixon, who (lew to his Key Tiiscayne, Fla.. home Wednes- day night may make up lc> four changes in the heads of the 11 cabinet departments over the next, few weeks, political ob- servers said. lipfetire MHvin vhn ll.r. prrMtlnl r- Ilie gradual i I h il r ;i w :il of American forces from Vietnam, is considered eeiiain to leave the Pentagon post at. his own request, afle.r four years in the job. Stale Secretary William Rog- ers, who has often boon over- shadowed by While House for- eign policy adviser Henry Kis- singer, may also dcpart- under discussion the date for the summoning of the new par- liament. The prime minister told newsmen that "if we are ready" his minority govern- ment will meet parliament in early December. No decision was made at the caucus about a date for calling the new parliament into session. It was discussed by the mem- bers but no date was recom- mended. The prime minister was asked by newsmen if he would go out west to meet with dis- gruntled Liberals. The suggestion that he make the western post-election safari was made by the defeated Lib- eral who sat for Edmonton Slrathcona in the last house, Hu Harries. "I'm not aware of his sugges- tion, but I'll certainly consider it." Mr. Trudeau told reporters. The prime minister and mem- bers of his cabinet after the caucus, said it was united be- hind Mr. Trudeau. Safeway plans store WHERE AM sleepy-eyed Ugandan child awakes in the arms of his pigtailed mother after his plane carry- ing 198 refugees from Uganda arrived at Montreal Inter- national airport early Thursday. (CP Wirephoto) Alberta economy growth rate good Cahill fired TORONTO (CP) Head coach Leo Cahill of Toronto Ar- goiiauLs, who guided the Argos into the Grey Cup in 1971 but couldn'l get the team out of the Eastern Football Conference collar this season, was fired today. EDMONTON (CP) Most sectors of the Alberta economy showed a "healthy" growth rate in August this year com- pared with 1971, the Provincial Bureau of Statistics said today. The bureau, in its report on business trends for August, said total farm cash receipts for the first eight months this year were 17 per cent above the same period in 1971. Field crops showed re- ceipts only slightly higher while livestock prices showed an increase of 22 per cent. RETAIL TRADE UP While building permits in August dropped tn million this year compared with last year, the eight month total for 1972 was about II per cent higher than last year. Sales of crude oil and natural gas registered increases of 25 per cent and 18 per cent, res- pectively compared wilh Au- gust last year with coal pro- luction showing 11 per cent in- crease this year over the same month in 1971. "Retail trade was up 14.4 per cent in August and 14.6 per cent on a cumulative basis for 1972. Wholesale trade trends in- dicate even greater increases during this period." Seen and heard About town 7VTOVICE cribbage player Maxinc Fettig whipping George Santoni with the help cf a perfect 29 hand Esther Odeganl surprising her niece. Pearl Thomson, with a bouquet of flowers from her garden on Nov. 8. OTTAWA (CP) The Economic Council of Canada proposed today a set of performance goals says should reduce unemployment and cut down the inflation rate. At the same time, the federal advisory body said all governments should hold the line on tax rates or reduce them. The performance goals proposed in the councils annual review should reduce the unemployment rate to 4.5 per cent of the labor force by 1975 and cut the in- flation rate to three per cent annually, it says. Unemployment this year so far has averaged 6.3 per cent of the labor force. Prices have risen yearly four per cent in the most recent 12-month period for which broad statistics are available. Consumer prices alone have risen 5.3 per cent. SETS TARGETS The council's 1972 economic review is more specific than in the past about the goals _ the country should strive to achieve in the next three years, and how to go about it. In brief, the goals are: over-all growth rale of six per cent a year in gross national expenditure, the total outlay of governments, business and individuals. Equivalent to the gross national product, the GNE now is running at more than billion a year and in- creasing at roughly the sug- gested rate. 5.5-per-cent annual in- crease in consumer expendi- ture, and an increase of not more than five per cent a year in all government outlays on supplies and services. increase of 10 per cent in outlays on machinery, plant and equipment, and in- creases of five per cent a year in housing construction. increases of six _per cent a year, and import in- creases of 6.5 per cent a year. of total employ- ment amounting to 3.1 per cent a year, with output per person employed rising 2.8 per cent a year, and productivity in the manufacturing industries rising five per cent a year. All of these, the council said, should be the achievement goals for 1973 to 1975, with spending and investment figured on the basis of dollars of unchanging value, not whittled away by in- flation. The report, the first to be pre- pared under the council's new chairman, economist Andre Raynauld of Montreal, said the council's original long term goals for the Canadian economy are still valid as things to be achieved. But they may not be attainable in the near future. These goals were: Not more than three-per-cent unemploy- ment, two per cent annual price rise, a high and stable rate of over-all growth, a viable bal- of international payments, and an equitable distribution of rising incomes. A senior official for Canada Safeway Ltd. has confirmed his company plans to open a new store on the Hull Block prop- erty, 3rd Ave. and 7th St. S. Although plans are "far from A. G. Anselmo said Wednesday Canada Safeway would "like to replace our downtown located on 6th St. S. between 3rd and 4th Ave. Details of the plans should be available in about one month, IVIr. Anselmo said in B tele- phone interview from Calgary. The property has been vacant since the building occupying it burned down about 10 years ago. Several other projects, in- cluding hotels and motels, have been proposed for the site but have always fizzled out 'How many minutes do you plan to Denies Alberta crime punishment backward EDMONTON (CP) Attor- ney-General Merv lycilch Wed- nesday rejected Ihc conclusions of a University of Alberta so- riologifl. who charged that crimp punishment is backward In Alberta. Or. Victor Mat I hews earlier this year published a report, under sponsorship of the Hu- man Resources Research Coun- cil, that used a statistical study which concluded Hint punish- ment was excessive in tho province. In one seel ion of I he report, I he sociologist said that per cent of persona sent to jail were sentenced for not more than HO days and that SO per cent of those incaive'alcd were sentenced to less than (il) days. An interpretation of the Mat- thews report also criticized Hie Cmni nf Appeals and argued Hint a high minihrv of appealed to the Sup-erne. Court of Canada were not up- held. After the report was publish- ed, Mr. Lcilch snid he found lit- llc agreement with some of its findings hut wanted a full Mudy of the existing stalislieal infor- mation and n comparison made with Dr. Matthew's material. KKI'OKT CHECKED Reminded in the legislaturo Wednesday by New Democrat- ic Party loader Grant Notley of a promise to report back on the Matthews study. twitch had a .'.t.'uii nf notes ready. lii.i department drew on pro- vincial, federal, RC11P and uni- versity exports to check tho Matlhcws conclusions. "What we found was that the statistical base on which the re- port rests was indefinite." The ntlorncy-Rone-'.il said ho also found a "rather serious mistake" in an Alberta and Canada percentage comparison of persons charged with of- fences. "It might have been approp- riate to have a commission of i n q u i ry to clear the he said. PIIINK1NG OPI'KNCFS Mr. Leiteh snid Mint from lo Ihe province sent about li.OOfl persons lo jail for drink- ing offences. Rut from 1970 to the present, because of changes in the law and new procedures, only 802 persons had been jail- ed'for drinking offences. On probation criticized In the Matthews report he said that in only l.iiOO persons were out of jail on proba- tion, while in 1971-72 the figure was 4.0flO. He also described as dramat- ic sonic of the changes of re- cent years. In 1967, per- wins were sent lo jail for not paying fines for minor offences. Th figure is now half that. "'Hie net result of changes is that there are fewer persons be- ing sent lo correctional institu- he said. Mr. Lcitch also said he still was not happy Nat so many people end up in jail, particu- larly those charged with drink- ing offences. He said such peo- ple need care and treatment, ralbor than punishment. ;