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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 42 LETHBRIDQE October Meat packer trying to force up price? Nervous diabetics hoarding insulin TORONTO (CP) A Toronto diabetes specialist says nervous patients are starting to hoard insulin following charges by the president of the Canadian Dia- betic Association that a major meat packer was hoarding animal pancreases to force up the price of insulin which 200 000 Canadians need to stay alive. The federal health depart- ment is to have a meeting Nov 28 in Ottawa to investigate charges made two weeks ago by Dr. Albert, Fisher about the hoarding of beef and hog pancreas glands, the only commercial source of insulin. Dr. Bernard Leibel, the spe- cialist, in a weekend inter- view, said: "This is the first time in my 30 years' experience that there's been a real scare about insulin supplies." A spokesman for Connaught Laboratories, which makes in- sulin, said shdrtly after Dr. Fisher's charge that diabetics in Canada do not face a short- age of the drug now or in the future. However, officials of Connaught and the fine chem- icals division of Canada Pack- ers, the only other buyer of pancreases, say the long-term supply is uncertain. The two met last week to discuss long- range needs. Connaught gets about 75 to 80 per cent of animal pan- creases in Canada for insulin and Canada Packers gets the rest for drugs used for ulcers and gastric infections. E.. I. Smith, general manager of Canada Packers' chemical division, said the company ordered pancreases from one of Connaught's regular suppliers after Con- naught ordered from some of Canada Packers' suppliers "when Connaught saw the world demand going up." Canada Packers made a three-month and later six- month contract with Swift Canadian Co., which controls about 15 per cent of the animal kill, offering Swift 65 cents a pound When Connaught had been paying 56 or 57 cents. Connaught made known to the Canadian Diabetic Association its concern about a major source of supply be- ing closed. Connaught was given the right to produce insulin, pro- vided it was in the public interest, when it was still part of the University of Toronto following the discovery of in- sulin in 1921 by Canadian scientists. Connaught kept the price of insulin steady for years, sell- ing it about 30 per cent cheaper than in the United States. Sears Big sounds in small packages day and date digital dock'radio 5998 c-Tells you the day, date and time at a glance' Wake to music or alarm. Sleep to music. Urge lighted numerals. 24-hr, set-and-forget alarm system. Illuminated tuning dial. Modem Off White'cabinet Twin 3" full-fidelity top- mounted speakers AM-PM designations. Audio output lacks. 57R 010 243. Reg. Cassette recorder with built-in condenser microphone I7 Reg. Auto, shut-off and level control. Push-, button function controls. AC or 4 'C' batteries (ind.) Jacks for external_ mike, input, earphone. 57R 019 245. portable phonograph with soBd-state AM racfto 2Q98 Monaural ceramic cartridge with sap- phire needle. Automatic turntable shut- off. 4 'D' size batteries or AC house current. 45's or LP's. 57R 017 051. Come in today or order by phone. Call 328-9231 Simpsons-Sears Ltd. SeHsfeCBon Use your or money AH Purpose Account Store Hours: Open Daily a.m. to p.m. Thursday and Friday am. p.m. Centre Village Mall. Telephone 328-9231 New province campaign Melvin Deibel, 18, member of a campaign to form a seperate province in Northern Ontario, stands beside tent outside Queen's Park in. Toronto. Mr. Deibel, along with his father who is leader of the campaign, set up the tent on the lawn of the legislature. They say they'll stay there for a few days to draw attention to the living standards of Northern Ontario. No frills for Russians MOSCOW (AP) A night out at a neighborhood beer bar in Moscow begins on the sidewalk, standing in line. In this city of 7.5 million there are relatively few cafes, snug restaurants, pubs or cor- ner bars where people can gather for a drink or a snack. The telephone book lists only 22 beer halls in the entire city. Perhaps the low number re- flects only the lack of such frills, for ordinary Russians. Most drink their beer from communal glasses at outdoor kiosks. Or perhaps Commu- nist authorities want to dis- courage people from gather- ing to discuss daily life or pol- itics. The beer bar near the Kiev railway station has chairs for 150 persons on two storeys of a glass-fronted, modern build- ing. Since it is almost always crowded, a doorman is on duty to let people in a few at a time. Two naval officers walk to the front of the line and are let in. There is little grumbling by those left, standing in line. Russians are accustomed to some people being more equal than others. After 40 minutes, you get in- side and check your coat. Wearing a coat in a public building is frowned on in Rus- sia. Fluorescent lights glare down on the crowded room. The smell is a compound of cigarette smoke, stale beer, perspiration and crayfish cooking. The beer is only two or three per cent alcohol. There are no beer mugs. Beer is dispensed by ma- chines Put in 20 kopeks and you get a measure of beer. Those with mugs play the beer dispenser like a slot ma- in coins and filling one mug after the other. Two habitues swoop down on a littered table, grab dirty mugs, rinse them quickly in an aluminum pot and start drawing beer without waiting. A Red Army lieutenant looks in the pot and grimaces. It seems to be a mixture of dishwater, beer dregs, soap and other unidentified sub- stances. There is a piece of chewed cucumber floating in the bquid and a cigarette butt. The soldier calls to a woman attendant. "You can't rinse glasses in he says. "Of course she replies angrily. "That's just slops. Wait for clean glasses.'' Mugs finally arrive, fresh from washing. With a 20-ko- pek 25 cents at the official get a partly filled, pint-sized mug of beer. There seems to be a staff of about 15 or 20 men and women at the bar and, in theory, some of them wait on tables. But services is so slow, most peo5 pie serve themselves. With half a mug of beer, you search for a vacant chair. Most people turn you away with a rude and unfriendly "no." Some patrons are obviously drunk. It becomes clear how they got that way on such weak beer. They pull bottles of vodka from briefcases and manufacture what is called a "yorsh." The word designates a small, silvery fish, but is commonly used to mean a generous shot of vodka in Russian boilermaker. Others bring their own wine. Although the bar doesn't sell hard liquor, the staff pays no attention to those who provide their own bottles. Eventually, someone invites you to share a table. The host of the small, impromptu party arrives with six mugs of beer and goes back for more. Two women pull packages wrapped in Pravda from their bags. They contain a salty, bone-filled, dried fish. The fish is hammered on the table to loosen the skin and then ripped apart with teeth and fingers. The fish helps the beer, which is slightly sweet and flat. A bell rings. It's p.m. In another half-hour the lights dim and the last celebrants are being herded out. The beer bar's patrons start home. Far down the street, two young men start singing a song that begins, "Friends forever sunburst ceramics limited RETAIL OUTLET CONTINUES SUNBURST CERAMICS is open every Thursday and Friday evening from 4 pro to 9 pm offer- ing many of its fine products DIRECT TO YOU- The world famous handcrafted ceramics and pottery along with its ovenproof cookware, is available at savings of to 601 on a "as supply lasts" basis. Items for sale are limited to supply on hand of slightly imperfects, out of production and salesmen's samples and overruns. SUNBURST CERAMICS is located at 1014 3rd Ave. (across from the ALCB Warehouse.) SPECIAL SALE HOURS Thursday Friday 4PM to 9PM N ;