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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Show little concern for consumer November 1179 TNI LITHMIDQE HMALD II Board attacks grocery stores for devious selling practices OTTAWA The food prices review board has at- tacked the country's grocery for a wide range of devious selling say- ing that food retailers in Canada show little concern for the In a report the board recommends seven steps to protect shoppers against such practices as adding a higher price to goods already on the exaggera- tion of low-price un- availability of advertised specials and a of deceiving and confusing in- store The report follows a September survey by Plumptre's for board Chairman Beryl band of 80 investigators sent out to check pricing in grocery stores. During the 159 instances in- dicating possible legal offences were uncovered and referred to the consumer af- fairs department for further investigation. Two Montreal food stores have subsequently been charg- ed with misleading adver- Salaison Joanisse advertising foods in such a manner as to create a false impression relative to the quantity and value of the said foods and Royal Butchers with a similar charge. In the the board urges the govfrnment to strengthen inspection forces at retail to enforce more strictly and extend mis- leading advertising to introduce legislation on deceptive retail- ing and to legislation to improve competition among retailers. It also wants to extend pack- aging requirements to cut down the number of different size to clarify and more strictly enforce product standards and grading regulations and to work with industry to provide more in- formation food buying. CITES OBJECTIONS a number of consumers have been objec- individually and through their to a number of merchandising practices in many food stores which make it difficult for them to be certain they are securing the best value for their food the report says. authorities have paid little attention to these com- plaints. the sharp rise in prices the significance of I these practices has become much The report says the survey found that average prices were higher as distance increased from central dis- tribution coastal province prices were higher than in central costs in Northern regions were higher than those in more populated areas and big- city prices generally were lower than those in small communities and rural areas. While transportation was given as the main cause of the price the found indications of other fac- tors tending to reduce com- The board says such things as concentration of ownership in some regions and pricing related to the degree of competition in others would be further ex- amined. IGNORE POLICY The report criticizes a num- ber of food firms which agreed last August to let con- sumers pay the lowest price when two or more prices were marked on an item. many this agree- ment is not being im- Welfare abuse crackdown suggested MEDICINE HAT Social Credit leader Werner Schmidt has called for a on welfare abuses. Alberta's welfare programs are being abused across the from the smallest towns to the largest Mr. Schmidt said in an interview. Many people currently receiving benefits be kicked off the welfare rolls he added. He said he has no objection to providing assistance for people who need but that many now on welfare are persons who simply won't take any jobs that are Mr. Schmidt told a local ser- vice club the province has so many welfare programs can't count them and suggested the entire welfare plan in Alberta needed to be reviewed. Asian refugees having trouble on job market MONTREAL Many Asian refugees from Uganda who arrived in Canada one year ago are finding the going rough in a job market that can make little use of their mer- cantile or professional skills. About of the refugees were brought to Canada in a massive federal manpower and immigration project following their expulsion from Uganda by Gen. Idi president. Encouraged by the government's reception and the resettlement help offered by 20 volunteer the Ugandans said they had looked forward to a bright future in this country. were going to die in said Mrs. Roshenkhanu who arrived here last November with her husband and six children. lost everything our our But we had to get out They were shooting people like birds. Canada took js and we were very The hopes of many Ugan- dans were fulfilled. Youne. techicalyy-skilled people quickly adapted to the language differences and landed jobs without too much trouble. Many are continuing their education and are con- tent. For instance. Sarvjit works as a medical lab technician in Montreal. He studied the profession in Uganda and requalified at Dawson College last winter. Other skilled engine secretaries and computer technicians who were trained in Uganda found comparable jobs with relative jase. But two groups in particular small businessmen and professionals are finding it lifficull to get the type of work they feel they're qual- fied to do. Shopkeepers were among he hardest hit by expulsion. They were usually able to salvage little of their Ugandan and found little besides factory work here. HAD HEART ATTACK One who said the shock of dislocation had given him a heart attack shortly after his arrival said he was forced to l.eave behind in assets. had a grocery store and a said. all 1 could find was a job in a radio factory at an Another- man who ran a successful radio and cosmetic shop is making an hour in a watch factory. A luckier refugee who was able to bring over enough money to purchase a small gift shop said he is still having difficulty. not easy said shopowner H. G. Thobani. a lot more com- petition. To make money we have to stay open 10 or 11 hours a Some Ugandan teachers and Canada cor- porate managers are having such difficulty finding work that Canada Manpower is en- couraging them to seek other professional fields. don't know what I'm go- ing to said Sowrendra Nath a former executive and legal consultant with one of Uganda's top firms. He has sent applications to more than 70 companies and is getting nowhere. dis- he said. I go they tell me I'm over-qualified. Then they insist I should have Cana- dian experience before they hire entering a job market already jammed with surplus have turned to secretarial work. The Ugandans are con- sidered to be adapting well on the social and cultural however. plemented by store the report says. is particularly true of some store owners who hold a franchise from Test purchases nude by the investigators usually proved to cost the higher price in cases where products carried more than one label. CLIP AND SAVC THIS PAGE. IT WILL MAMA HANDY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING GUIDE. The report said five retai- Food Canada Safeway and in August not to raise the price of any food item on the shelf on which the price already was marked. survey found that in no ment being fully im- Of stores checked for or 51 per cent followed the practice. DISPLAYS DECEPTIVE The eery displays to and de- Prices of displayed items often were the same as those on the shelf or actually higher and in some cases cashiers charged the higher price if a customer picked the item off counters to make meat look more appealing and of using signs that say for items at regular prices. .It also lashed out at the use of such exaggerated price ggen 'deep e report also attacks gro- the shelf rather than from the claims as ''deep discount stores for using end-aisle display. low the price The report also criticizes is magic organization was this agree- consumers. the use of red lights over meat difference in regular price levels between com- peting chains and competing stores are not sufficient to justify the generally advertis- ed The board said it would be prepared to hold public hear- ings to give food retailers a chance to reply to the various criticisms. 1 of a series. Learn what Barbies special world means to your daughter world's most famous means something special to each little girl. Here are some hints on how to make your daughter's play experience with even more special. Barbie4 and her friends are especially appealing to little girls from age 4 to and they will invent as many different to play in as there are facets to a child's imagination. Parents mothers in partic- may want to personalize their child's play experience by casually not invite Barbie'1 and her friends to Uncle Joe's or you taken to the like Daddy took Relating her real world to her play world will expand your little girl's imagination equally add to her fun1 An airplane that opens out almost 5' to fly all the people m world to whatever adventures your daughterdreams up. Comes with BARBIE'S FRIEND SHIP mobile serving 10 serving stewardess 2 cupboards with swinging cabin door that opens and cjoset with hanger sturdy game table and seats. And the whole plane with all its accessories folds into a durable flight bag Dolls not included. BARBIE COIN' CAMPING1 SET Barbie and her friends use this breezy buggy and its sturdy tent- trailer for weekends in the wilds. The set comes with sleeping camp campfire with picnic 2 cooking supper frying pan. coffee pennants Dolls not included. QUICK CURL1 DOLLS These little ladies have rrfagic hair that your daughter can curl into favourite styles easily and with no setting wetting or waiting And it's easy to change from one style to another Quick Curl7'-' and Skipper come dressed in beautiful have twista_ble bendable legs -ancTposable arms Dolls come individually with brush curler. 4 rubberbands. bobby pins and Barbie booklet. MOD HAIR' KEN Your little girl can change look again and add a beard or sideburns or mous- tache. is has bend- able legs and posable arms and comes with his own outfit. THE BARBIE COMMUNITY and her the interaction which their play situations children basic social as well as individual skills such as grooming and fashion coordination COUNTRY LIVING HOME An av.ay-from-it-all cottage that is designed to suggest dozens of olay situations. This big. 3-room rustic doll house has coors that open and close and o'ded furniture for k'tchen and living room Reahs- tio detailing inside and out C'os'.s neatly into a vinyl carrying case. Dolls not included. THE BARBIE -AGE GIRL The Barbie'-age is one of fantasy-play where putting groups of toys into fairly complex group situations becomes more important than fixation on any one toy. At this age. a child may resent heavy-handed adult intrusion into her play but will often wel- come gentle suggestions on how to expand her play activity. BARBIE' CAMP-OUT TENT Your daughter can take Barbie' and her friends in style in this sturdy vinyl tent. Kit includes 2 sleeping bags. 2 camp picnic bar-b- cue and 6 cooking utensils Dofls not included. BARBIE5 COUNTRY AND SUN SET' DOLLS Country is a favourite with the 5 tanned personalities who use it on their surf and sand expedi- tions Camper has pop-out slideout working steering front windshield that tent fold-out table. 2 camp 2 sleeping bags luggage customizing de- cals. Dolls sold separately MOST OF THE ABOVE MATTEL' TOYS ARE AVAILABLE AT THESE FINE STORES.. BUT SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED. Acme MorchendlOO DMrlbutora 426 6 St. Phone 328-1761 8. S. Kree0e SlOfM 4th Ave. 6th St. S. Phone 327-4155 The T. Eaton Co. 4 Ave. and 6 St. Phone 327-8551 ZeHefs 1710 Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 328-8171 Southern Alberta Co-Op 1221 2 Ave. Phone 329-0017 Taper Si To Limited Taber Ig'e Hardware 411 2nd Fernle ;