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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Store hours big issue everywhere Ily SUSAN OTTAWA (C'P) Pronncially regulated retail topping hours brae-fit business ethics, improve cus- tomer services and help hold the line on price in- creases argues businessman E. II. Fisher. He speaks as a pioneer in the downtown mer- chant's battle with suburban retailers many of them large discounters for the consumer dollar. Specifically, Mr. Fisher rejects the view of Dr. Bruce Mallen of Montreal, first reported in 1963, that shopping hours should vary by shopper preference- regular downtown, for example, but closing later in the suburbs. Quebec legislation effective Jan. 1, 1970, makes the Mallen findings "both obsolete and Mr. Fisher said in an interview. He would be pleased if Ontario followed Quebec's legislation. That legislation, he said, regulates business hours Monday to Saturday and permits shopping until 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. Statutory holiday closings are specified. "We have professional evidence to support the fact that both a majority of consumers and merchants arc happy arid content with this legislation." Mr Fisher, 57, president of a long-established men s- wear firm, was appointed earlier this year to co- chair a board of trade committee on the store hours issue. Chamber approves The resulting resolution, with some amendments, was approved last May by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce annual meeting. Dr. Mallen, chairman of the marketing department al Sir George Williams University, had suggested that "the altitude of many retailers is that people will shop when 'we want them to.' Growth of suburban shop- ping centres in the 1930s and 1960s had led to down- town merchants seeking more restricted shopping hours. The Mallen study said it "appears not in the in- terests of the consumer if a small majority of down- town merchants succeed in getting legislation passed which forces stores to close at six o'clock, regardless of where the stores are located." Mr. Fisher disagrees. Provincially decreed store hours help legitimate business "operate in an ethical he says. "Provincial store hours have an anti-inflationary effect on prices and help to prevent the deterioration of service in retail stores.'' The resolution endorsed by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce asks legislation "to remove from local authorities the power to regulate store hours so as to ensure that any restriction upon retail store hours shall apply equally throughout the province." Content in Quebec The Ottawa Board of Trade last March had a re- search survey done on 822 shoppers and 102 store managers in seven unspecified Quebec cities. Mr. Fish- er says 70 per cent of the shoppers said they were satisfied with Quebec's store hours, five per cent want- ed shorter hours and 25 per cent longer ones. Fifty-one per cent of retailers were satisfied with the horn's, 34 per cent wanted shorter tours and 15 per cent wanted longer ones. Mr. Fisher argues that if Ontario followed general- ly the same store hours Quebec now has, the stores would be open 60 hours a week. Since few persons worked more than 37'2 hours a week, there would be ample shopping time. He says the Mallen report was commissioned by the National Retailers Institute, an organization of dis- count stores that, he says, aims at eliminating store- hburs legislation in Canada. Prices could go up Should store-hour rules Ire done away with, either the traditional merchant stores would have to dilute their customer service or increase prices in order to hire more sales persons to maintain the same service level over the longer hours. "It's not hard to see how minimum-service, mass- merchandising chain stores can afford to advocate that their stores stay open longer and longer hours be- cause they don't have the cost structure built in that is necessary to serve customers properly." Mr. Fisher also says there are "signs of a serious deterioration in observance of statutory holidays" in Ontario. Uniform provincial store hours would reverse this trend as mentioned in (lie recent report of the Ontario Law Reform Commission on Sunday obser- vance legislafion. !le. argues that uniform provincial store hours would "create a climate of equality among merchants where each retailor has the opportunity lo share the tola! sales dollar potential in any trading area." The LethlmiUie Herald HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 60 uth Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LX1V No. "LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER FOUR SECTIONS-80 PAGES Even fish get ulcers HOMK i.AP) Oimr.iinicinlR foil disease, in- cluding ulcers in salmon and .1 "whirling" sickness that drives trout mad, are increasing among Eurrpean fresh-water fish. The United Nalicns Food and Agricultural Orgaiii. zillion says the increase in whirling disease and of ulcer and liver degeneration in salmon and carp is due to the expansion of inlernatinn.il trade in live fish and fish eggs, the result of steady growth in fish farming in the last '.'ii yours. nnth culliviiled fish and those in lakes and nmnim; waters .'ire affcclcd, though il is nnl yel clear to what degree. Miisl of the (Incases lie treated successfully and arc harmless to humans, FAO notes. Tho silualion is aggravated by the general lack of effective sanitary controls over Ihe trade in live fish and fish egfis. Among the fish ailments most reported is whirling disease, so-railed because of Ihe circling motion it In- duces in fish. Cases of whirling disease in trout and oilier fish have been reported in Bulgaria, Czechoslo- vakia, France, llaly, Norway, Yugoslavia and Urn Soviet Union. Cabinet split over auto OTTAWA (CP) .Senior cabi- net members are reported div- ided on framing a response to American demands for changes in the Canada-U.S. auto produc- tion agreement. s The main split is believed to be between Finance Minister E. J. Benson and Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin. So far, inform- ants say, Mr. Benson seems to be ahead in his view that Can- ada must give up some ground in the American-imposed condi- tions for eliminating the U.S. surcharge on imports. The auto production pact, signed in 1965, has resulted in Canadian factories of the four major U.S. auto firms wiping out an adverse trade balance amounting lo million or more annually before its imple- mentation. The agreement streamlined Canadian factories into more production of fewer models, cut- ting costs and granting access Sharp plans sharp -test criticism UPSET Russell Moses, (centre) a special assistant to Indian affairs minister Jean Chretien, said Thursday he was "deeply hurt and upset" by the conditions he saw during a visit to several Indian reserves in northeastern Alberta. He cut the tour short becausp "I can't stand to see anymore." Indian living conditions appalling It made him EDMONTON (CP) A spe- cial assistant to the federal min- ister of Indian affairs has cut short a lour of Alberta Indian reserves because "I can't stand to see any more." "I wouldn't have believed it unless I saw it." Russell Moses said in an interview Thursday. "I'm abhorred.' flu and skin infection from drinking this Chief Gor- don Young Chief, 29, told Mr. Moses. There are 500 Indians on the reserve living in 45 houses. One two-room shack housed 23 per- sons. The unemployment rate is 98 per cent. The Indians said they will Five Canadians win Mr. Moses arrived Wednesday continue to keep their children after being asked by Indian Af- _____________ fairs Minister Jean Chretien to investigate conditions on the re- serves. Indians in northeastern Alberta have been boycotting schools in an effort to get better roads, schools and living condi- tions. "I've never seen conditions like Ihis, not even in northern Mr. Moses said after viewing homes on Kehewin Re- serve. Mr. Moses, an Indian from Six Nations Reserve in Ontario, said he would speak to Mr. Chretien "in stronger language than I dare speak to you" and tell him of the conditions. WATER FROM SWAMP He watched the people of the Kehewin Reserve take water in buckets from a hole fed by a swamp. "Our children are in and out of hospital, mostly with kidney ailments, and as well, stomach out of school until they receive a personal commitment from Mr. Chretien. Harold Cardinal, president of the Indian Association of Al- berta, said he will ask Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed to visit the reserves "to get his hands and feet dirty and see what ex- ists within his provincial bound- aries. By THE CANADIAN PRESS i''ive Canadians won prizes of each with Irish Sweep- stakes tickets on King Midas, winner of today's Cambridge- shire Handicap at Newmarket, England Three Canadians won 63 dead in air TIELT. Belgium (API A British European Airways Van- guard plane on a flight from London to 'Salzburg, crashed near here today and the airline said all 63 jwrsons aboard are believed lo have died. A spokesman for BEA in Lon- don said most of the 55 passen- gers and eight crew were Brit- ish. He said Ihe four-engine tur- boprop airliner, with capacity for passengers, had stopped at Bnisscls on route lo burg. The numlvr iibrard (uv.t reported as W, later raised to M. Belgian radio reported tho aircraft exploded in flight, above Aarsole, a Flanders village 13 miles cast of Ghent. The plane was flight No. 706, which left Heathrow Airport at a.m. and was scheduled to arrive at Maxglan in al a.m. The crash occured at nliout a.m. 'Any imrd on the latest underground nuclear test blast, 9 deserters hauled out of church SAX DIGGO, Calif. (APi Nine sailors '.vho took sanctuary iu a Roman Catholic church while their ship sailed for the. Vietnam war were ap rested al the church Indny and flown lo the ship in the Pacific Ocean. They were then flown by plane lo Ihe aircraft carrier Constellation, which had sailed without them Friday. Tho Constellation had been the targel of numerous anti-war groups who asserted il was lieing sent to escalatn Ihe war in Southeast Asia.8 each with tickets on sec- ond-place Astrocan and SK Ca- nadians won each with tickets on Londesboro, who fin- ished third. Canadian tickets on the win- ning horse, as listed by sweep- stake officials in Dublin after the draw Wednesday with horse's name, ticket number, name or non-de-plume and hometown, were: King 87554, Luck of the Irish, Toronto; DTK No Luck, Winnipeg; DZB 775T9, Booter T., North Bay, Onl; CJB 64435, Ann Farmer, Castlegar, B.C.; CJL 54554, Las- sie, Victoria. 69530. Bowler, Dartmouth, N.S.: DRR. 873 champion, Nanaimo, B.C.; DSJ DM-iri, This is It, Brantford, Ont. I.onclcslmro 92631, Comet. Lucky Lake, Sask.; DXE Baby, Mississauga, Ont.; DTM 50G20, 1134, (no name given) Vancouver; CIIJ 98011, The Boss, Willowdale, Ont.; CLM 46409, Dcvey, Re- gina: DZR 50007, Chappy Dandy. Vancouver. A (oUl of 3M other Canadians won about each for hav- ing tickets drawn on the sweeps. UNITED NATIONS (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, having deliv- ered a forceful protest over the proposed United States nuclear test, was to do much the same thing with the Soviet Union today. Sharp said Friday night he made a "forceful presentation" to U.S. State Secretary William Rogers over the planned U.S. nuclear test on Amchitka Island in the Aleutian chain of islands off Alaska. Rogers told him that Presi- dent Nixon was aware of the views of Canada and the Cana- dian people about the test and had made no decision yet on whether to go ahead with it. Today, Sharp meets Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gro- myko and is expected to bring up, among other things, the re- cent Soviet nuclear test. Sharp already has expressed concern about this and the American proposed test when he called for a nuclear test ban in his speech to the General As- sembly Wednesday. He told a news conference that several fellow ministers he has met here in the last four days in private talks have said they found persuasive his argu- ments for a Soviet and Ameri- can test ban. Sharp and American sources said Rogers told the Canadian minister that Nixon had found similar views to Canada's in Alaska last weekend when the president journeyed to Anchor- age to greet Emperor Hirohito. An American source said that C a n a d a 's views were well known to the U.S. but that Sharp evidently wanted to present them to Rogers in per- son. Sharp reiterated the Canadian view that the danger from the Amchitka blast may not be great but that the danger of earthquakes and tidal waves does exist. The minister also said he sur- prised Rogers with his explana- tion of the effect of U.S. eco- nomic policies on Canada. He said that the U.S. secretary did not realize that Canada suffered the most from the various mea- sures either in effect or pro- posed. He said he told Rogers that if the U.S. continues to follow the course indicated at present there might have to be a "fun- damental review" of Canadian relations with the U.S. But lie also told the news con- ference that, basically, relations between the U.S. and Canada, despite the friction caused by economic problems and the pro- posed nuclear test, are "very good." Police guard funeral BELFAST (API Thousands of troops and police stood guard in Belfast as two Protestants killed by a terrorist bomb were buried after a massive funeral procession through the city. The cortege of Protes- tants marching behind the cof- fins from tlie ShanMll Road dis- trict to Hoselawn Cemetery brought the city centre to a standstill for mere than an hour. There was no violence. The bomb victims were Alex Andrews, 60. and Ernest Bates, 38. They were killed by an ex- plosion in a Shankill tavern Wednesday which injured "SI other Protestants. lo the U.S. market duty-free at the manufacturers' level. The U.S. lias been pushing for at least three years to have re- placement auto parts, a lucra- tive market, included in tho duty-free agreement. Canadian parts makers have been shielded from U.S. competilon so far in this market, aside from parts going into new cars. The U.S. m a y be urging as well that a wholly-free market be created for Canada-U.S. auto buyers. CARS COST MORE Despite cuts in Canadian pro- duction costs car prices here still run ahead of those in the U.S. for reasons attributed to higher distribution costs, lower volume per dealer and higher taxes. In any event, Mr. Benson Is said to argue that Canada's over-all trade position with the U.S. outweighs protecting a sin- gle industry such as autos. Mr. Pepin's vieu- is said to he that giving ground to the U.S. on autos will open the way for concessions elsewhere. The official government view delivered by Prime Minister Trudcau and Mr. Pepin is that the auto indeed other specific questions not been raised by the U.S. so far in connection with what Canada has lo do to be relieved of UK surtax burden. The government view is that Canada has been a good neigh- bor and should be exempted from the surtax, having floated its dollar last year and other- wise acted to aid the U.S. in its lengthy battle against dwindling earnings and mounting deficits internationally. Mr. Trudeau has said that changes in the pact and any removal of the U.S. surcharge on import's are not linked "in our minds." LONG UNDER DISCUSSION Mr. Benson and Mr. Pepin said the auto pact has been under discussion well before an- nouncement Aug. 15 of the American surtax on imports. In a context not related di- rectly to the anio pact, Mr. Tru- deau has said there may have to be a big reassessment of re- lations with the U.S. if the latter insists on importing only Cana- dian raw materials and keeping out C a n a d i a n manufactured products. Informants said Friday this statement can be tied to the auto pact which has been a major reason behind the in- crease in Canadian exports of manufactured goods to the U.S. Seen and heard About town TUEDDINO; ANNIVERSARY celebrants John and Shirley llrsti'r correcting a transposition in the figure from 51 years te- .15 and commenting "after all, our oldest girl is only in Grade 8." Sieve Pocza proving that he can be trusted as a lifeguard at Henderson Lake Pool now mat the water is out Al Davis sweeping the floor in his store and his wife Vi letting him because he thinks it will help his cmling game. TO VISIT CANADA President Tito will pay an official visit to the United States in the second half of tills month and go on to Can- ada in rarly November, it was announced today. No precise dates were given for the visits. One killed in local accident A Calvary man is dead and a Lethbiidge man is in hospi- tal iL.llo-.ring a single-car acci- dent near the city this mor- ning. The 18-year-old Calgary man was dead on arrival at hospi- tal. His name is being with- held pending notification of next of kin. Robert Larson. of 1115 Stafford Drive, was being treated for possible internal injuries. The accident occurred on the Coutls Highway, two miles east of the drive-iu theatre. RCMP report the car apparently fail- ed to negotiate a curve. RCMP ask that anyone hav- ing any knowledge of the acci- dent contact them. Civilian spies fingered by agent LONDON (API Several Britons have been apprehended in a sccurily sweep designed In uurovrr civilian spy conlnrls fingered by a Russian espionage informed sources re- ported today. The sources said Scotland Yard agents were questioning the Britons and several others picked up in a dragnet launched on the basis of information sup- plied by Oleg Lyalin, the Kfill aunit whoso defection was an- nounced last week. Lyalin's files on operations of Ihn'KGB the. .Soviet po- lice, were said by British seen- rily to have led lo tho expulsion ol Sm-iel diplo- Tim Ynrd raids In Ixindon and southeast. England were depicted as follow-ups on tho expulsions, Tho sources said several of the civilians taken into custody may be charged under the Official Secrets Act. They were picked up Friday night and early today, tho sources said. The Guardian iv- porls another crackdown in Sus- sex. Dorset and Hampshire counties in early September, and Ihe newspaper said a Royal Navy officer at Portsmouth was arrested as a result. The revelations, which nntir.li authorities say I.yalin fur- nished, have cast a cloud over relations with the Soviet Union. Moscow accused tho British of spying and of trying to revive East-Vest animosities by oust- ing the. Soviet officials. The official Communist party newspaper Pravda blasted "Iho sinisler doings of British intelli- gence" and named British busi- nessmen il said had spied insido KusMa. Lyalin himself was secreted by tlic British in ii hideout near Umdon wilh his blende secre- tary, Irina Teplakova, :'.l. The government said Friday she de- fected with Lyalin InsMwnth. The couple arc apparently lovers and this detail has Gener- ated widespread reports in the British press of the couplo win- ing and dining and holding hands in some of Ixindon's top night spots. Mrs. Teplaliova is married to K Soviet trade official based iu ;