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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - October 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 75-80 The Lethbrldge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIII - No. 246 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-26 PAGES Youth Hostel Program Had Some Critics By ARNIE HAKALA Canadian Press Staff Writer North America's wandering youtli found clieap places to lay tiieii- l>eads last summer but their presence in Canadian hostels was not always welcomed. Militai-y barracks were converted into hostels in many Canadian cities and their success in keeping youth off the streets and, in some cases, out of jail, may lead to the continuation of the project in 1971. However, a cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows that while most Canadians were in favor of the project, others expressed strong disapproval. By far the most outspoken critic was Mayor Tom Campbell of Vancouver. When the Beatty Street armory opened July 8 in downtown Vancouver, he said bluntly: "I was concerned that a military establishment was becoming a haven for draft dodgers, deserters and hippies. All I can say to those people is you're not welcome here. "There ai'e no jobs, so don't come looking and any bum that comes to Vancouver will get a bum's rush." Cheaper Than Welfare But Gordie Mullin, co-ordinator of the Beatty Street project, typified a reaction across Canada when he said: "It wasn't a question of what kind of people they were, it was a question of accommodation at a partic-ulai" moment. At about $1 a day per person, it's cheaper than welfare and cheaper certainly than jaU." The secretary of state department, financer of the project at about 15 military establishments, said it was difficult to estimate just how many used the establishments although it recorded 75,000 "bed nights," meaning that each of the 1,500 beds provided was used about 50 times dui-ing the summer. The alternatives to military facilities were overnight centres operated by private groups. A secretary of state spokesman said hostels other than those financed by his depaiiment probably served as many as the military estabUsliments. Tlie cost of the program to the military was about $12,000, mainly for maintenance and guard service. The overall cost to the federal government for beds, sheets and other materials is expected to be about $200,000, close to the estimated cost. Calls It Success The secretary of state spokesman said: "The general response we have is that thte program has been an overwhehning success, both with the young people and the communities, except Vancouver and Revelstoke, B.C., where there was dvic opposition." At Revelstoke, 230 mUes northeast of Vancouver, Mayor Don Gillespie headed a citizens' group collecting signatures protestuig the hostel there. A 19-year-old youth suffered minor injuries when he was beaten up by three men in their 40s and there were rumblings in August that a vigilante committee was going to i-un the youths out of town. On Sept. 11, Vancouver youths moved to the nearby Jericho armed forces base, ah-eady earmarked for the Canadian Youth Hostel Association, who put in $40,000 worth of renovations to conform with city building codes. Voices Irritation This prompted Mayor Campbell to voice has irritation again. "I would advise everybody in Point Grey site of the Jericho facility to bring in their lawmnowers and lock their doors. They have moved the brothel to Point Grey." Theresa McKeamey, a sergeant's wife and mother of five childi-en, typified the reaction of on-site residents: "How are we expected to bring up our children next door to a barracks room full of di-ug-taking hippies." Among those who favored the hostels was Rev. Bill Dixon, dh-ector of tlie Calgai^ youth aid centre wluch was set up at the Mewata armoury between July 3 and Sept. 5. He said the hostel which served 1,786 youths, and others aci-oss Canada, should be open all year. At the Prince of Wales armomy in Edmonton, about 1,700 young poeple - both male and female - stopped during the summer. There was a four-day limit set on the stay and a staff of five looked after the facility. Praises Youth A spokesman for the Canadian Armed Forces in Edmonton said he had notliing but good to say about the use the young people made of the armoury. "They didn't interfere in any way with our use of the area ... and they made a first class job of cleaning it before they left Sept. 18." About 4,500 young men used 100 beds, provided at the HMCS Chippawa barracks on the southern edge of downtown Winnipeg during the summer. Capt. Bill Renaud said he did not detect any real opposition from WLmiipeg residents. Winnipeg also had several private hostels and dining places set up by cbuixhes and other wganizations. CROOKEDEST STREET - This night time exposure shows who: is described as the ''Crookedest Street in the World," the 1000 block of Lombard street in San Francisco. In one recent v/eek there were five accidents, two buildings damaged and a 50-year-old hedge uprooted. The residents are asking that a mid-block flower bed be constructed so that the street would no longer be a through one. The postcard appearance of the street would be preserved and those living on the street would still have easy access from either end. .Newspaper Rates Probe Launched By CARL MOLLINS OTTAWA (CP) - The federal prices and incomes commission has launched a cross-Canada investigation of newspaper prices and their advertising rates to determine whetiier .recent increases accord \vlth anti-inflation limits. The commission said today that investigators are conducting preliminary studies at the Toronto daUy newspapers-The Star, The Telegram and The Globe and Mail. Investigators wiU move later to Vancouver and plan to check changes in subscription and advertising rates from coast to coast, a spokesman said. The preliminary investigation Is one of more than 150 such studies of price changes in Canada since last March. Full-scale price reviews in detail follow only if preliminary checks indicate that rate increases might have violated the restraint pr* gram. HAD COMPLAINTS The program, approved last February by businessmen at a Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN PROGRESSIVE Conservative leader Peter Loug-heed conmienting "since Prime Minister Trudeau got into office, politicians are no longer limited to kissing just babies" . . . bachelor Bob Ackerman going around "mad with hunger" since he's had to cook his own meals ... Dr. C. D. Stewart explaining to the rest of the Community College board the reason he and Gladys Red-fern (the only woman board member) were served supper first is because "we're the, best looking couple here." national prices conference; requires in general that any price increases should be clearly less than increases in production costs. The preliminary studies were prompted, as in other :such in-viestigations, b y complaints from private citizens and reports from some newspapers. A number of newspapers informed the commission of rate increases in accordance with procedure agreed to at the February conference. In addition to a total of 160 preliminary studies of price increases this year -m o s t of which were found to be witliin the agreed limits-the commission has completed 14 full-scale reviews and 19 others are in progress. Most of the completed reviews found the prices concerned met the restraint formula. On the wages and salaries front, where the commission proposed a general limit of six per cent for increases tliis year, the agency plans to publish next week a comment on wage settlements just reached between major grocery store chains and their employees. Those settlements involved pay awards of about 25 per cent or more over two years for employees of Loblaws, Steinbergs and Dominion Stores. Middle East Peace Mission Suspended UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Middle Gast peace mission of special United Nations representative Gunnar V. Jarring will be formally suspended again, diplomatic sources disclosed today. Chicken - And War Flares OTTAWA (CP) - Manitoba entered the chicken-and-egg war on two fronts Thursday. On the home front the province enacted legislation to enable its marketing board to regulate poultry imports into the province. And on the eastern front Agriculture Minister Samuel Uskiw told the Commons agriculture committee why this had been done and what he thought was wrong with Battle Lines Drawn By STEVE BAREHAM Herald Farm Writer The chicken war has taken a tui-n for the worse, and according to Ralph Effler, manager of the Lethbridge branch of LUydale Poultry Sales Ltd., Alberta is between the devU and the deep blue sea. The battle lines were drawn around the beginning of September when the Quebec Marketing Board stopped all egg imports from other provinces, and Quebec producers began dumping 500,000 broiLers per week into other provinces at cut rates. British CJolumbia took up the torch and placed restrictions on broiler imports from other provinces. More recently, the B.C. Turkey Board put an em-bargo on out-of-province turkeys. GOVT. SILENT "The whole thing is getting quite involved now," said Mr. Effler, "and no word or action has been forthcoming from the government." Ontario and Saskatchewan recently implemented chicken embargoes and Thursday Manitoba enacted legislation to enable its marketing board to regulate poultry imports, leaving Alberta as the only province outside of the Mari^ times without such restrictions. "Alberta dealers and producers don't believe in embargoes and dumping, but if everyone else is doing it we may have to do the same to protect ourselves," said Mr. Effler. As far as the controversial BiU (3-197 is concerned, the federal attempt to establish national agricultural marketing boards, he feels it may be the best thing for Alberta poulti7 producers. "I can see the ramifications involved in the bill," he said, "but one central board instead of all these provincial boards would likely solve the problems." Lilydale is still shipping poultry to B.C. grocery outlets, but Mr. Effler says most of the large chain stores which make up the majority of the B.C. market have stopped buying. B.C. makes up 27 per cent of Lilydale's exjport market. Lilydale directors will meet in Lethbriit,j next week in an effort to work out some of the problems facing the company and the industi-y. Bill C-197. REAL SCRAMBLER The bill is the federal attempt to establish national agricultural marketing boards and is going through the scrambler of a Commons committee investigation. Manitoba now is the sixth province to fly in the face of the federal initiative by enabling its own marketing board to rule on imports. The fedei'al government has the legal right to control inter-provincial trade, but so far has been reluctant to step across provincial jm'isdictional boundaries to touch internal sales. One area in which Mr. Uskiw fmds tlie bill unsatisfactory is the lack of definition of the principles by which the marketing agencies it is intended to create will be guided. SHOULDN'T BE LEFT "These principles are so important that then- definition should not be left to the discretion of a national mai'keting agency after it has become established," he told the committee. "It is quite conceivable . . . that for some agricultural products quantitative supply management wiU be one of the functions to be assumed by the national marketing agency. "In cases where quantitative supply management is necessary, the allocation of pi-oduc-tion quotas by provinces becomes unavoidable. For such cases, the legislation should spell out the principles by which the marketing agency should be guided. . . ." One of the quantitative supply areas he pointed out was in domestic and international markets and he suggested: "... It would be wrong . . . to allocate the desired increase in output strictly on the basis of proportions that the producers in each of the provinces have received initially. "We suggest that 50 per cent of anticipated growth requirements be allocated to the provinces, and the remaining 50 per cent of growth requirements be tendered to the lowest bidder." Mr. Uskiw also took exception to the consensus at the recent federal-provincial conference of first ministers tha: cattle should be excluded from the bill. He told the committee that "establishing the principle of exemptmg a commodity group from embracing legislation is very dangerous." Catch Escapee SWIFT CURRENT, Sask. (CP) - Harold Halseth, an escapee from a Washington state mental hospital who was the object of a thi-ee-day search, today was arrested by police in this southwestern Saskatchewan city. 'I've decided to go back to school...* Wilson Rebuffed By Labor Party HAROLD WH.SON . .. Slapped Down BLACICPOOL, England CAP) - Former prune minister Harold Wilson's opposition Labor party ended today its first annual convention since losing office, with Wilson's authority shaken and party finances in disan-ay. Oliver Stutchburj', the partj''s fund-raising adviser for the last four years, dramatically underscored Labor's sunken fortunes by annoimcing his resignation in the closing minutes of the convention. "Financially and organizationally, the party is in a critically unhappy position," he told delegates. "My job as the party's fimd-raising adviser cannot be pei-formed effectively in the present state of the party's organization in the coimtry.'"' Wilson drew applause from delegates for his keynote speech Tuesday, but endured a succession of rebuffs in the voting. Among the slaps: -The convention, against his advice, voted a resolution Wednesday declaring that its decisions should be binding on all Labor MPs. The stated reason was that the Wilson government had seemed to treat past convention decisions with contempt, such as those tliat called for a British dissociation from American policy in Vietnam. -The convention approached the brink of repudiating liis policy of supporting Britain's projected entry into an enlarged European Common Market if the terms are right. A handful of votes decided the issue his way after key unions sought to define tough new conditions for British entry. -The convention decisively rejected Uie ui-gings of Wilson and his fellow leaders that the Labor party must remain com-mitte