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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Gov board can't lower food prices Controls like greaseless car By WARREN CARAGATA HeraM SUff Writer CLARESHOLM Hie federal government's Food Prices Review Board will be unable to meet the expec- tations of the public in reducing rising food the only producer-member of the five-person board savs. can't roll back prices to a point the public would find acceptable we ther'd be no said Gordon a Claresbolm rancher and former economics professor i Price controls in Britain and the United States haven't he said. In the U.S price es- pecially on led to a partial breakdown in the food production and distribution industry. If Canadians want to have food fanners and ranchers have to have economic he said in an inter- view. we roll back it would be like trying to run an automobile without grease It'll work for but not He said food up 16 per cent this are ris- ing because of international shortages. And while many people say the government should impose export producers would not accept this Ceiling or subsidy Because export prices are higher than domestic farmers would either have to accept a ceiling on their or the government would have to subsidize them Price he are not necessary because food price increases have not reached the crisis stage Consumer incomes are rising faster than prices and the only people hurt by the escalation are those on or fixed incomes he claims. The federal government is trying to provide some relief for people in that position by raising family allowances and income-tax deductions. These increases are being tied to the consumer price index. For other Dr Burton says we should feel fortunate that we have of even if costs are higher .than consumers are used to-paying Many use their pay increase to buy a car and then about food One of the approaches the board which Dr Burton said is really a royal commission is taking to the food-prices problem is an examination of possible ways to expand agricultural production. Expand production The best way to lower prices is to expand he said. Board investigators are now looking to see if agricultural marketing boards restrict production to keep prices high. But he refused to comment on the marketing agen- cies' effects on production until the study is complete The Dr. Burton was set up to look for a villain responsible for rising prices after the Commons committee spent a fruitless winter looking for a culprit. The reasons behind the rising prices are many and complex and the situation can't be reduced to a simple he says. One of the most frequent villains singled out by angry consumers are the large retailing and food- processing corporations. Processors are making good Dr. Burton but even the most profitable firm makes no more than 2V4 cents per dollar of sales. can't assume the public is being gouged because a store shows a large he said. A efficient food store can make a considerable profit without unduly high prices. The board is looking at profit margins in the food in- dustry to make sure that food is handled efficiently and priced competitively. But generally return on investment in the food industry is lower than in he said. There is less than perfect competition among chain he noting that chain stores have lowered prices to the point where small stores can't survive. When the chains become too competition is reduced. Dirty tricks found For two weeks in Dr. Burton 80 staff members of the board found 159 instances of what could be called dirty tricks in putting an advertised price on the shelf but not on the product so that it is checked-out at the regular price. These reports have been turned over to the federal government's combines investigations branch. He feels the board was set up by the Liberals to dif- fuse the food-prices issue and is now opposed by the op- position for their own political but Burton hopa it may make some contribution by the time the board is dismantled next year. The board is persuading retailers to abandon double- pricing and deceptive advertising and hopefully is giving people a better perspective on the he said. The committee may also be successful In convincing store owners to adopt unit-pricing. Stores are moving in this but consumers can't shop intelligently without Or. Burton said. If the board is unsuccessful in dealing with rising food Dr. Burton said he would be willing to accept controls on but termed the authority to regulate profits and prices as to say what profit he asked. District The LetKbndge Herald Stcond Section Alberta. November 1973 Pages-19-33 City crime rate down from 1972 Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition successful Montana hunter passing through Lethbndge Tuesday afternoon. RICK ERVIN photo Another delay by gov't on Paterson renovation By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Students who were in Grade 6 when renovations and expan- sion were first suggested for Gilbert Paterson School almost nine years ago may have children of their own attending the school before construction begins. The latest in a series came by way of letter from the province's school buildings board in Edmonton this month. Local public school representatives met with members of the school buildings board in Edmonton Oct 23 to appeal the board's decision to reduce the square footage of the addition to the school Following the the school building board agreed to accept the appeal and review the plans further They also that we might receive the ad- ditional hallway that was eliminated when they reduced the square said the public school's direc- tor of personnel who made the trip to Edmonton Dr Gerry Probe said the building board's letter of reply to the appeal now in- dicates that they have since reduced the size of the addi- tion to the school by an ad- ditional 144 square feet. At the meeting of public school trustees Dr Probe said the school buildings board agreed to approve a portion of the hallway but in the process they eliminated the washrooms He said he found it strange that on Oct 26 they decide that washroom that was in Public school briefs Board rejects lane job Public school trustees refus- ed Tuesday to sign a petition in support of paving a back lane near Wilson'Junior High School. The lane will not be paved now because under a city the city will only pave back lanes if at least two- thirds of the property owners who own the land abutting the lane sign a petition in favor of the paving- The property owners signing the petition must also represent at least one-half of the total value of the land abutting the lane to be paved More than two-thirds of the property owners in the area signed the but they needed the school board's signature on the petition in order to represent at least one-half of the property value The trustees saved in educational funds by not sign- ing the petition. The trustees were told they had no choice but to pay the bill for a back-alley paving project in the area of the Agnes Davidson School. The public school board was not contacted to sign a peti- tion in favor of the paving pro- ject and now has to support the project because property owners with land abutting the lane proposed for paving com- piled with the city bylaw. The public school board will be billed for when the lane is paved. The trustees requested that a study be done to determine how many other lanes abutting public school proper- ty might have to be paved. The public school board Tuesday accepted the dona- tion of a school bus from the Lethbridge Collegiate In- The LCI students council purchased the 29-passenger bus for but legally couldn't own it The council donated it to the board on the understanding the bus will only be used for LCI athletic travel and field trips Trustee Carl Johnson told the public board that he had met with the minister of as requested by the board in an October but still was not given any in- dication of whether a Lethbridge and district resi- dent could sit in on meetings of the Alberta educational television board of directors. The government appointed 14 Albertans in October as directors of the recently- formed Alberta Educational Communications Corporation No -Lethbndge and district to representativewas named the board. The public school in their October felt that it was important that a director from this area be named to the new board because the directors are in charge of educational broad- casting in the whole province. The public school board reported Tuesday that it does not think school patrols are an method of providing protection for students who have to cross major intersections in the city The board suggested a policeman at the a flashing red light above the intersection and instruction in the schools on how to cross a major roadway would make major intersections safe for students to cross. the plans all suddenly should be Before the the school buildings board had approved the plans that included the washrooms. The public school as a result of the school buildings board's latest will have to support an area of 800 square feet out of its own funds or remove the washrooms and part of the planned hallway from the proposed building plans The plans call for a total ad- dition of square feet to the Gilbert Paterson School with square feet of it to be financially supported by the City of Lethbndge The city entered an agree- ment with the public school board to make the new addi- tion to the school a facility Some trustees at Tuesday's meeting were miffed at the school building board's deci- sion to reduce the government's support of the proposed addition Trustee Carl Johnson suggested the trustees had best not go to Edmonton again to appeal the latest reduction because -'they might declare the whole thing excess Trustee Doug McPherson suggested the board's next appeal should be to the minister of education rather than shot down by some little yard bird on the building He pointed out that Lou in a speech last told the Alberta School Trustees Association that the government would be increas- ing its support to community- use schools UNITED CAMPAIGN AT The. Letbbridge United Way has raised during 34 can- vassing days compared with during the same period a year ago. United Way executive director Al Purvis sayp he is pleased with the results so far and is op- timistic the canvass will bring the United Way officials hope to collect this year. United Way has taken .steps to bring in funds from individual business canvassers and team captains who have not yet turned in their kits. Board members last week were given a list of canvassers to call and letters have been written by the executive director to team cap- tains asking them to turn in their kits to the United Way office Budget and allocations chairman Darwin Linn says problem now is trying to get individual can- vassers to turn their kits into team captains and to try to get team captains to turn them in to United Funds collected dur- ing the business canvass include donations by Alberta and federal civil servants Provin- cial employees con- tributed and the federal employees gave The container can- part of the drive for residential con- wound up Oct 27 But traffic speedsters on increase Crime in Lethbndge is showing a general decrease in 1973 compared to ac- cording to the Lethbridge City Police. The force's October statistical report shows that criminal cases were investigated to the end of last as compared to cases in the same period last year Categories which showed substantial decrease over last year are down to 183 from 231 at this time in break and down to 213 from auto down to 116 from theft over down to 89 from 301 in the first 10 months of 1972 Slight increases were noted in the number of cases of theft under possession of stolen property and frauds Criminal cases increased from 304 in September to 352 in October this year. Chief Ralph Michelson said an increase in cheque frauds can be expected as Christmas and merchants to obtain positive identification from those who write cheques Impaired driving cases were down slightly from 139 to this date in 1972 to 133 Forty-five drivers had their licences suspended for 24 hours in making 296 suspensions so far this year of these could have been accidents if we hadn't suspended said Chief although he added it is too early to make an ac- curate estimate of the success of the suspension which was begun in 1973. The chief expressed concern over the number of speeding tickets issued This speeding tickets were issued to the end of com- pared to in 1972 Speeding cannot be com- patible with safe the chief said. All departments noted that Halloween was relatively with only 28 complaints received Taber may be without hours bylaw Taber will be without store hours controls next week if a bylaw which received two readings at Tuesday night's council meeting is passed when the meeting resumes next Monday 'On a four-to-three split council moved toward rescinding the current bylaw which controls the closing hours of most retail businesses. The third reading was delayed because of the opposition vote. Representation was made to the council by officials of Taber Businessmens Association to have the ex- isting bylaw amended to ex- tend shopping to Wednesday afternoons and from 6 p m to 9pm. Thursdays The proposed changes had been approved by the TBA on a ballot which resulted in a 30 to 20 vote in favor of the changes. Edward Engwer of Taber Five-Cent-to-A- Dollar questioned the validity of the ballot on which businesses not affected by the hours of closing control were allowed to vote on the ques- tion. Trustees learn of illiterate student There 1s at least one student attending Grade 10 in Lethbridge High Schools who can't read even a two-letter word. A high school teacher told public school trustees Tues- day that he had a student in Grade 10 who tell the difference between it or When informed that the stu- dent could not trustee Doug McPherson wanted to know the severity of the problem Can he read his read headlines on a newspaper or you mean the students cannot read he questioned. student cannot the teacher replied. Dr. McPherson said he couldn't understand how a modern school system could send a student into Grade 10 when the students can't even read. Trustee Carl Johnson agreed that the student's inability to read was The teacher explained that the school has a team of peo- ple working with the but the boy is not willing to work for himself He knows he can't read and feels very and as a result shys away from even trying to the teacher said. Fred director of public school claim- ed there was a definite lack of attention for the student's problem at an early age. His problem likely did not gam the attention it should have m the home and the com- munity and the school ob- viously did not follow it Mr. Cartwnght said The school system is attempting to deal with these problems at an early he said He suggested that trustees could assure that early childhood problems are dealt with at an early age by approving a budgft next year to co-ordinate early childhood services. The discussion resulted from a report on a special pro- ject at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute that was presented to the public school board during its meeting. The audio-visual project was designed to assist Grade 10 students who were poor achievers in social but according to the it failed to achieve its objec- tives Seventeen of the 19 students who enrolled in the project in the fall of 1972 as poor achievers in social studies also had low marks in the same subject at the end of the school year last spring The seventeen students were also in the lowest 20 per cent of Grade 10 students in the province in reading skills Jack the teacher for the special project at said the school modified the program this but he detects the same patterns and problems in the social studies class as he did last year He described the audio- visual approach to teaching the poor-achievers as an ad- ditional academic burden to them ;