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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Saturday, November 23, 1874 Doctor continues defence of 'unjust9 operations STONY PLAIN (CP) Dr. Viljoen Kritzinger Friday quoted a British medical jour- aul which supported hysterec- tomies for sterilization "in some cases" in his continuing defence over the number of hysterectomies he has per- formed since 1972. Dr. Kritzinger. former medical chief of staff at the Stony Plain Municipal Hospital, was testifying before a provincial inquiry into the operations of the hospital. A report by representatives of the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons said 41 of 60 hysterectomies per- formed at" the hospital were unjustified because pathological studies failed to detect disease in the removed tissue. The inquiry has been told that Dr. Kritzinger per- formed 51. Dr. Kritzinger cited an arti- cle which appeared in the British Medical Journal, by a University of Dundee specialist, which said a simpler form of sterilization tubal ligation leads to pelvic and menstrual problems. FURTHER TREATMENT Dr. Kritzinger said the arti- cle reported that 43 per cent of 374 patients followed for 10 years after a tubal ligation needed further treatment, and 25 per cent needed major gynaecological surgery. 50th anniversary Elizabeth and Jack Pickering of Lethbridge will mark their golden wedding anniversary on Nov. In honor of this occasion, their family is hosting an open house celebration for friends and relatives from 7 to 10 tonight in the Westerner Room of the El Rancho. They had four sons and one daughter, Irvine of Coaldale, Alvin Arlene Al- biez of Lethbridge, Roy of Calgary and Jack of Vancouver. They have 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. No gifts, by request. He also quoted an American study showing that a high percentage of bleeding problems followed tubal ligations. Dr. Kritzinger said he reviews each case history when sterilization has been re- quested to determine which method should be used. If the patient is fit and there are no abnormalities, simple tubal ligation is indicated. Montana rancher acquitted LIBBY, Mont. (AP) Rancher John Doble Sr. of Rexford was acquitted by a jury on charges of murder and assault in the gunshot deaths of two neighbors. Hillary Talbott, 57, and his son Richard, 32. were shot during a dispute with Doble and his family over eight acres of land. Doble, 61, testified he fired his ,22-calibre pistol in Hillary Talbott's direction only because he thought Talbott was going to shoot him. He said he shot Richard Talbott because he thought the young man had stabbed John Doble Jr. Bomb blast investigated BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A police bomb squad and of- ficials of the Montana Power Co. today were investigating an explosion which ripped off a door and smashed windows in the company's eastern Montana headquarters building here. Police said no motive had been established. Pesticides can cause problems for pheasants They Ve getting along better Story of bears, people CHURCHILL, Man. (CP) For polar bears and people, who haven't always got along together in this Hudson Bay seaport, it wasn't a bad year. The troublesome fall migra- tion season is about over and conservation officer Paul Rod says there have been no reported conflicts of two- legged and four-legged inhabitants. Eight potentially dangerous animals had to be shot. Another 11 were airlifted out of harm's way. The fact that an incinerator has replaced the local garbage dump also has helped. There's a major inland denning area south of Churchill to which the polar bears retire before the ice moves out of the bay. Trouble tends to begin when the bears emerge from the dens late in the short summer season and wander back to the coast only to find miles of open water barring their way to the Arctic ice floes. Churchill is right on the migration routg and some residents have been mauled when running afoul of the bears while they scavanged around the dump. Six years ago a child was killed after stumbling across a reclining animal on a bush path. The only solution was to shoot the marauding bears un- til the International Fund for Animal Welfare started a program in 1971 to trap the bears and fly them far out into the wilderness. DOUGHNUTS SOOTHING The 11 airlifted this year were shot with tranquilizer guns, caged and flown out by Lambair, with headquarters in The Pas. If they got ram- bunctious during the flight, Lambair pilots found the best way to soothe them was by feeding doughnuts. The only incident was a ripped pocket in the parka of an airline employee who got too close to a cage during loading. Some bears haven't been too anxious to dash off across the barrens after unloading but the blast of a flare gun usually sends them on their way. And some prefer to hang around the bright lights of Churchill a sow and two cubs deposited 300 miles away padded their way back in 18 days. Since the relationship between Churchill and the bears is likely to be a continu- ing one, conservation officers frequently lecture school children and adults about how to live with the snimals. The basic message is to play it safe, staying away from rocks and bushes where bears are likely to be hidden, and not to go wandering around in the dark. "Churchill is probably the most unique place in the world as far as polar bears are concerned because it brings the bears and a large com- munity of people said conservation officer Rod. Indian conference delayed OTTAWA (CP) A four- day conference on Indian rights scheduled to start Fri- day has been postponed for at least two days. A spokesman for the Native Peoples Caravan said a group en route to Ottawa for the con- ference hasn't reported since Thursday. "But I guess they'll be here by he said. The conference was called during the first Native Peoples Caravan which arriv- ed here last September. Its members took part in the violent demonstration on Parliament Hill. But RCMP officials said they have been assured by caravan spokesmen that no demonstrations are planned during the four-day conference. By DENNIS McDONALD Alberta Fish and Wildlife 17th of 45 Pesticides pose many poten- tial problems to pheasant pop- ulations. Some are obvious: others are not! Certain pest control chemicals are extremely poisonous to pheasants and, they may cause instant mor- tality if swallowed by the birds. Other pesticides are cumulative poisons which build up residues within the birds and kill them during times of stress when their condition is weakened. Some pesticides do not kill pheasants directly but lower their reproductive success by killing embryos within the egg- Pheasant chicks may starve to death if insecticides destroy the insect life that constitutes most of their diet during the first 5 weeks of life. Herbicides, which are chemicals used to control weeds, may seriously affect pheasant populations in a much more subtle fashion. By destroying brush and other forms of plant cover essential for shelter, nesting and roosting, the carrying capaci- ty of the land for pheasants can be seriously reduced. Though many pesticides do not appear to harm pheasants directly, some may reduce the usefulness of the birds to man. A prime example of this was recently witnessed in Alberta. During the 1960's, pesticides containing mercury were used to treat seed grain to protect it from being destroyed by fungi while in storage. Whenever this grain was available, it was eaten by pheasants. As a result, mer- cury residues accumulated in these birds. Tests in 1969, revealed that, on the basis of knowledge at that time, many Alberta pheasants and partridge contained levels of mercury far in excess of that considered safe for human consumption in commercial foodstuffs by the Canada Department of Health and Welfare. A decision was made to close the 1969 hunting season for pheasants and partridge until the hazard was clarified. Subsequent action led to the banning of mercury based fungicides for seed treatment. Soon the problem was resolv- ed as new generations of "un- contaminated" pheasants replaced those exposed to this hazardous hazards to pheasants and other forms of wildlife have caused much stricter controls to be im- plemented over pesticide use in Alberta today. An excellent summary of information concerning the current use and control of pesticides in our province is available from the Environment Conserva- tion Authority in Edmonton. Generally speaking, control over pesticide use has eliminated most of the serious impacts of these chemical substances upon pheasants in Alberta. By far the most serious problem still occurr- ing today is the loss of phea- sant habitat through widespread application of pesticides for weed and brush control. Next week: The Impact of Habitat Destruction on Phea- sant Populations. GROWTH TAKES TIME The bald eagle does not get white plumage on his head un- til he is nearly three years old. Try Before You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION MAICO SMITH-JONES [HEARING AID SERVICE RIPLEY OPTICAL 6183rdAve. S. Phone 328-5447 V VS Here's what it means to you STAINLESS STEEL CONVERTER SHELL CATALYST ALUMINIZED STEELCOVER CERAMIC FELT BLANKET STAINLESS STEEL CAIAUrST SUPPORT How would you like to... 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