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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, October 3, 1973 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Rationing system baffles Cubans Big daddy This is a ground view of a ground station at Lake Cowichan, B.C. which will be used by the Canadian Overseas Telecommunication Corporation as a direct telephone link via satellite between Canada and the People's Republic of China. _______________ Battle continues to save salmon OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment and the fishing in- dustry have been fighting a non-violent war for years, try- ing to save the East Coast salmon from extinction through over-fishing. Canadian fishermen have been barred from taking the endangered salmon until at least 1978. New Brunswick fishermen, who bear the main brunt of the ban, this year will receive million in federal compensation. Denmark, meanwhile, continues to take Canadian-spawned salmon that feed off the west coast of Greenland. The Danes, at the meeting of the International Commis- sion for North Atlantic Fisheries (ICNAF) in Copenhagen last June, agreed to reduce their catch gradual- ly over the next five years. Canada contends this just isn't good enough. Other stocks also are dwindling but the main concern is the Atlantic salmon, which range far afield on their deep-sea od- yssey and fall to foreign fishing fleets. What grates New Brunswick fishermen is that many of their salmon come from hatcheries. Environment Minister Jack Davis, whose department is responsible for fisheries, recently explained the ban at a meeting in Saint John. BAN STAYS He said there is no plan to lift the ban because "there are very few salmon and we're de- termined to protect what is otherwise a genuinely en- dangered species." Besides, he said, the 900 fishermen getting compensa- tion are better off financially. "The compensation is three to four times what they would make if they were catching all the fish that are going up the rivers right now." It is an exceptional sit- uation and we're using ex- ceptional methods in order to revive a fishery which has been valuable in the past and can be very productive in the future." Alberta beef preferred EDMONTON (CP) Beef buyers in Montreal prefer Alberta beef to beef from any other Canadian province becase of the quality and supp- ly available, Samuel Alboim. secretary-manager of the Independent Meat Packers and Processors Association, said today. But to retain the market Alberta must be prepared to meet the standards of the Montreal beef buyers and assure the regular supply of the types of carcasses needed. In an informal brief to Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner. presented at the end of a five-day tour by a 20- member Montreal beef trade mission. Mr. Alboim said retail chain stores prefer moderately finished carcasses weighing 550 to 770 pounds. The retail trade sold 75 per cent of the beef used in the Montreal area and Alberta supplied more than half of the 10 million pounds of beef con- sumed weekly in the area. In the past consumers purchased beef by quality and price of the package, paying little attention to the price per pound. Because of recent higher meat prices consumers were purchasing smaller cuts of the same high quality and the cuts must come from smaller carcasses. HAVANA (Reuter) Going into a shop or department store to buy everyday goods is no easy matter in Cuba. The shopper has to know how the rationing system works, when the shopper has the right to buy and how the ration book is to be used. Since rationing was in- troduced in 1962. one person in each family, generally the mother or daughter, has had to be a "libreta (ration book) specialist." She must konw how to operate both ration books issued to each Cuban family, one for food and household articles and the other for what are called "in- dustrial products." This loose term covers just about everything outside of food, drinks, cigarettes or some kitchen utensils such as saucepans. But currently, under a new system which reflects a general increase in the availability of consumer goods, all Cubans are being issued with individual "libretas" for industrial prod- ucts. There are even "libretas de books for Although most Cubans are excited at the prospect of do- ing some personal purchasing, the day when they will have to go into a shop to buy a simple item like a pair of socks, using their own ration book. A recent television program explaining how the new system works showed that many Cuban men knew very little about the libreta. The male journalists who made up the television panel confessed that they always had their wives do the shopp- ing because they feel unable to cope with the intricacies of the system. Although rationing is still in force, more than 70 items have been "liberated" or taken off the list of rationed items. They include a wide range of household articles, perfumes, deodorants, insect repellents and some "luxury goods." These can be bought in any shop at any time of the month without having to show a ra- tion book. But a majority of consumer goods are still rationed and this is where the situation becomes complicated. QUALITY RESTRICTED First come the so-called "normadps" or regulated items which are sold on a strictly rationed basis to each individual or family. The list includes better quality shoes are trou- sers, cloth and similar prod- ucts. The second group is called "special selection" and allows Cubans to choose one of several articles every six months. For instance, a shopper can go to the "special selection" counter of a department store and choose between one or two of the following items: shirts. stockings, handkerchiefs, raincoats, sweaters, slippers, tennis shoes and bathing suits. Finally, there are articles which come under the system called "for selection." They can be bought every three months. Again customers can choose between one or more a certain range of within items, items. NUMBER A CLUE The shopping itself is limited to specific periods. Each ration book has a number which comes up three days each month. For in- stance, a Cuban holding a libreta with the figure 8 as the last number will be entitled to shop between the 18th and 21st of each month. The new individual libreta is i-asier to operate, ft is made uj> of coupons which the shop dork will detach when an arti- cle has been purchased. More consumer goods will become "liberated" as production increases and rationing will eventually dis- appear. Although no date has been given. some Cuban economists say it is certainly a matter of years rather than months before the libreta dis- appears altogether. 50 Ways to Cut Food Costs Why is liver a good buy? When arc store coupons real- ly a saving? Why is it some- times best to buy the smallest size package of a product? Here are tips to trim your budget and at the same time provide nutritious, satisfying meals. One of 34 articles and features in the OCTOBER RKADKR'S DIGEST. EN'S FASHIONS Barry Matthews and Murray Leslie are pleased to announce 'their new store' is now open in COLLEGE MALL Denim is Dynamite We aren't allowed to print the name BUT YOU'LL RECOGNIZE THIS FAMOUS AMERICAN pants with the famous fit legs with or without cuffs Beige, Charcoal 28 to 38 polyester, 50% cotton REGULAR 11.98 AND 12.95 FRIENDS 'N' NEIGHBOURS FIRST QUALITY SALE: Thurs., Fit, PI n i A c C While Quantities Last o3t., UCI. 4, 0, 0 51 Stores serving B.C. and Alberta ;