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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 44 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, November 29, 197J New facilities for UofS atomic research By MARVIN ZIVITZ SASKATOON (CP1 The University o! Saskatchewan, which already has some of the most sophisticated nuclear physics research equipment In Canada, is planning modifica- tions which arc expected to ex- tend its reputation. A electron accelera- tor tbat physics department chairman Leon Katz says is the biggest of Its type In Canada Is used for much, of tlio research. The department has been study- ing changes in the accelerator and Prof. Katz, a highly re- spected physicist and former member of the Science Council of Canada, says the modifica- tions could be Implemented in six years. Prof. Katz said In an inter- view the changes would allow experiments that are not possi- ble with eilstlng research equipment. "We started our theoretical study of changes four years he said. The transforma- tion of the accelerator would permit a continuous flow of electron impulses. Prof. Katz avoided technical jargon when explaining the ac- cclerator, but said that with a continuous flow ot impulses "we I would be able to get into a new field of research. It would give us a new tool to study the nu- cleus." The theory behind the Im- provements to the accelerator appears to work on paper. After discussion at two International conferences, Prof. Katz said ex- perts in the highly specialized field told him the theory slxnild work when it is implemented. The next step is to find engi- neers capable of translating the mathematical formulas Into a conceptual design. The univer- sity has already received a federal grant to help in research and Prof. Kalz hoped more funds will be made avail- able. The conceptual design of the accelerator changes, estimated to cost up to ?1 million, will be studied by the university with an application made to Ottawa for financial assistance. Prof. Kalz cald It la important to show the government the new equipment "will project Canada into the International scene." Nuclear physicists have re- ceived harsh criticism because some of their "pure" research has been applied for develop- ment of nuclear weapons. "We can't stop searching for an un- derstanding of the said Prof. Katz. LONELY LOCOMOTIVE It teems even a train can look lonely, especially when the blustery Prairie wind whips knee-high grass Into frenzied motion and the forlorn telephone poles stretch into the endless distance. But, alas, the solitary engine tits alone under the bleak, gray weslern sky. Game herds decline; hunters asking why By JOE BALLA Herald Staff Writer If the population of big game animals in Southern Alberta is on a downward trend, this ques- tion must be asked: why? Hunters say the trend toward smaller populations started in the early 1960s, and there is nothing to indicate the trend has been checked, let alone re- verse itself. At the outset, It shouldTe pointed out that the situation is Dot unique to Southern Alberta. Ontario and Quebec have had extensive wolf eradication pro- grams under way for years in an attempt to save the declin- ing deer herds. The Maritime provinces, the Nev; England states in the U.S., Wisconsin and Maryland to name only some of the problem areas also show de- clines in the deer herds. In the majority of these places t h e wolves are dUiur absent or show up rarely. Despite the great number of biologists throughout the coun- try, there is relatively little re- nearch sanctioned in an at- tempt to find Ihe answer nnd, for the most pnrt, there are few people who would attempt in educated guess. The critical points are food and cover for the big game herds. After spending well over 20 years on the flatlands, In bush Okay PoW gifts HONG KONG (neuter) American prisoners of war In North Viclniim can again re- ceive Christmas and New Year parcels from Ihcir families this year, the North Vietnam news agency reported Tuesday. The agency said the parcels- allowed (his year to he It pounds Inslond of fi.fi should ho sent by mail via Mos- cow In nrrordaiirr! wilh proce- dures laid down last year. country and in the sub-alpine regions of the south country, the decline appears to me to be clearly linked to several sig- nificant factors: the sudden arrival of. seis- mic and gas well drilling crews. The revival of coal mining. More and more of the natural habitat and landscape is being scarred beyond all recognitions. there is a marked change in logging practices, and this alleged improvement is not conducive to the creation of larger game herds; more modern, high pow- ered equipment has been brought into use for more rapid and etlicient forest and bush- land fire control. FACTOID There are other contributing factors: the winter of 1971-72 saw all snowfall records broken in the mountain areas. The in- vasion of man is ever increas- ing, causing some severe stress situations among the animals. For the 1956-57 season there were wildlife certificates and game licences sold by the Alberta fish and wildlife divi- sion In 1969-70 this increased to Income from sales in 1956 was In 1961) it was Add to this the increasing summer tourist tra- vel and the harassment of poachers and night light hunt- ers. The arrival of the snowmo- bile on the scene has created increased opportunities for the poachers and the meat hunt- ers who sell game meat. In Canada the over-all game population problem is dial the animals are at the northern limits of their range and re- quire optima] conditions for their survival. HKIIKSY7 And, the bulk of this good range is Tit the southern extre- mities of country. The may sound ns ereby lo a rjorxl many, but a fair iMTccnUidc of the tint, mountain and basblnnd could use a good fire. Whilo the sug- gestion could startle the most stolid owl, the results could be fantastic. Even some farmers and ranchers are in support of this approach under a control- led program. Fire wipe-outs are followed by lush growths of grass, and deciduous brush, bush and sap- lings. It could take a fair num- ber of years to bring back the evergreens, but they would come back. Check out those areas where major fires have swept in years past. Big game animal habitat and food supplies are prime in most instances and there is an abundance of healthy game. Keep the roadways out, and you'll have ideal conditions. AGED There are many districts In the south where the brush and browse have become aged. For the most part they are dead and provide little in the way of pro- per food. Predation by wolves or stray dogs and increased pressure by man can result in smaller pop- ulations for the big game herds, especially when populations arc small and not healthy in the first place. So can hard winters. The simple truth is that be- fore any answer can bo pro- vided for any region, govern- ments will have to provide ade- quate funds for research so that problem areas can be identi- fied, analyzed and recommen- dations made. Management pol- icies must be based on fact. It's like the angler who was apprehended for fishing in closed waters in which there were no fish In the first place. Docs this apply in Alberta? JAPANI3SK IlKTUItN TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) Jap- anese visitors arc gradually re- luming to Taiwan after Tokyo's renewed diplomatic links with China caused anti Japanese sen- timent here among Nalionalist Chinese which dried up the tour- ist trndo. Simpsons-Sears has everything for Christmas Give the lasting Gift of Music this Christmas! Presley Featuring "Burning Love" and hill from hii movies. R.C-A. 1 .98 YOUR CHOICE 3 .99 rn-Mn. Mills "Music Hall Party" featuring 21 greal piano tunes. Capital Records Kampfert "Greatest No. 2." Fabulous entertainment for all. MCA Rtcordi YOUR CHOICE Cooper With "School's Out." Ideal for the younger set. Kinney Records Pride "A Sunshiny Doy wilh Charley Pride." Featuring "ll's Gonna Take a Litlle Bit tonger." R.C.A. Victor Records Lightfoot "Old Dan's Records" featuring "The Same Old Obsestion." Warner Brot. Records Rex "Tho great for "now" generation. Reprlst Records f-Black Sabbath Volume 4 "Wheel) of Confusion." Warntr Bros. 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