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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 20 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, October 31, 1973 EATON'S BIG Look! Buy these chairs in the covers you like at the prices you like on your convenient Eaton Account Thursday, Friday, Saturday 114 to 229 isn't it nice to know you can still buy a great chair, at a reasonable sale price'' And pay for it the easy way, on your Eaton Account? All the styles you like pull-ups, lounges, rockers, swivels. In French or Italian Provincial, modern or traditional. In prints, plains tweeds, velvets, brocades, soft gram vinyls, matelasses (some with Scotchgard Come pick yours. Have them custom-covered in the fabric and color you like and pay for them on your Eaton Account. A. Mrs. Chair Each B. Mr. Chair Each 164" 169" C. Swivel Rocker Each 159 .99 H. French Provincial K. Tub twlvel rocker Each 184 I. Rcckir Ottoman M. Swlwlrockir 189.99 74.99 157.99 Shop Eaton's Thursday and Friday from to 9 for Exciting No- vember Sale Values. Buy Line 328-8811. Use your Eaton Ac- count. .CreditTerms available. Auditor office studied OTTAWA (CP) For the first time since Confederation, the respon- sibilities of the auditor general's department will be reviewed "in all its Auditor General James J. Macdonell announced Tuesday. Mr. Macdonell, in his first appearance before the Com- mons public accounts com- mittee, introduced the members of a three-man study group he commissioned to make the review, saying a review is needed before a new auditor-general act, now being drafted, is introduced. Cost of the study is es- timated at and will take seven to nine months. Chairman of the group is J. R. M. Wilson, Toronto, recently retired senior partner of Clarkson, Gordon and Co. and a past president of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Other members are Marcel Belanger, Quebec City, an economics professor at Laval University and former chairman of the Quebec royal commission on taxation; and A Lome Campbell, a Win- nipeg lawyer and former president of the Canadian Bar Association CONDITIONS CHANGED Mr. Macdonell said the independent study is needed to k eep the auditor-general's of- fice in line with changing con- ditions. "During the past quarter century, the involvement of government in the lives of Canadian citizens, and the magnitude of both taxation and government spending, have grown he said "I therefore feel that, before new legislation is introduced, there should be a thorough review of all aspects of the auditor-general's func- tions within the context of present-day conditions Mr. Macdonell, a soft- spoken 57-year-old Montreal chartered accountant, was ap- pointed to the auditor- general's post July 1. He succeeds controversial Max- well Henderson who retired earlier this year Mr. Macdonell also told the committee his annual report will be ready at the end of the calendar year No early election Trudeau OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau, while ob- viously delighted at the result of Monday's Quebec election, doesn't see the massive Liberal landslide as a forerunner to an early federal election "I have no early elections in the prime minister said in remarks commenting on the provincial election Monday night. Asked whether the Quebec result will bring a federal election, Mr Trudeau said: "No, because it is a province where we were strong before. "It may decrease the anxie- ty that the Creditiste or the federal Conservatives might have had to want an early election because it would probably take some time before they would rebuilt their strength in Quebec. "So in that sense it may even make the election further off "But as you know my posi- tion was that we were elected last year to govern and my plan is to govern for four years if Parliament will iet us." SEPARATISTS NOT DEAD The prime minister said the election result, under which the Parti Quebecois received almost 30 per cent of the vote but only six or possibly seven seats in the National Assembly, cannot be said to be the death knell of separatism in Canada. "There will be another elec- tion in presumably four or five years and it will depend how the Parti Quebecois acts in op- position and more important how premier Bourassa's Liberal party will govern the province in the next four years." The prime minister said there is a "solid core" of peo- ple still voting for separatism. NEEDS UPDATING LONDON (CP) The current Post Office Guide refers to "Germany, Soviet Zone" a phrase for East Germany which became ob- solete when Britain recogniz- ed the independent Com- munist state in 1949. Women ignored in pension plan GRACE MacINNIS Government complex for Calgary CALGARY (CP) A million government complex will be built in southeast Calgary, with construction to start in the spring of 1975 and completion scheduled for September, 1977, J. E. Jube, federal minister of public works said yesterday. The complex will house the offices of 17 federal govern- ment departments with employees, he told a news conference. The complex will have half a million square feet of office space over 5V2-acres of land. Mr Jube said the complex will be designed in a way that 270.000 square feet of space can be added to it later. By KEN POLE OTTAWA (CP) Grace Maclnnis wielded a velvet- covered club in the Commons Tuesday when second-reading debate resumed on a bill to beef up the Canada Pension Plan. She complimented Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde for de- signing a bill that was good "as far as it goes." But then the New Democrat from Van- couver-Kingsway started hammering at the govern- ment for equal pension rights for women. The bill removes the two- percent ceiling on annual es- calation of pension benefits and ties the plan to the cost of living. It also raises, in stages, maximum pensionable ear- nings from to what the annual average earnings will be in the 1980s. This would result in higher pension premiums and higher pensions. Mrs. Maclnnis praised the proposed changes and patted Mr. Lalonde on the back for having avoided the "father knows best" approach when he met provincial represen- tatives for pension talks earlier this month. By winning unanimous pro- vincial endorsement of the proposals, the minister had done more than any other government MP to "achieve a measure of unity in the country." It was regrettable, however, that the government had not sought other changes, especially to provide pension equality for women. WANTS EQUALITY Survivor benefits should be equal in all respects and the plan should not contain refer- ences to the sex of pension plan contributions, she said. The plan now provides a 100- per-cent pension for a man, and if his wife dies, he con- tinues to collect the full amount. However, if the man dies, the pension is cut to 50 per cent Mrs. Maclnnis said the gov- ernment has ignored part of the 1970 report of the royal commission on the status of the part dealing with pensions. "It's not enough for this government to go around pay- ing lip service to the rights of Housewives in particularly were oppressed because they were not entitled to contribute to the pension plan Mrs. Maclnnis said marriage is a full partnership and housewives, as equal partners, should be entitled to pension benefits She said each woman wants to stand "economically and emotionally on her own two feet" and the government could facilitate this by allow- ing housewives to contribute to the plan "I suppose they can go through the old man's pockets but I don't think that's a fair position to put a woman in." Pure water undrinkable By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Two years ago, the defence department pur- chased some of a commercially-purified water bottled in plastic, to see whether it could be used in survival kits for navy emergency life rafts. At the time, Canada Dry Ltd of Toronto, the soft drink company and the maker of the specially-processed "polish- ed" or filtered water for sur- vival, announced its technical triumph by passing out free samples of the 16 ounce plastic bottles of water to newsmen on Parliament Hill. Today, the water the defence department bought for its tests has "Do Not Drink" warning signs on the cartons And one of those free samples obtained by Winnipeg Free Press and FP Publications journalist Victor Mackie has "black crud" floating in the still-sealed con- tainer. In a sentence: The "pure" water has been found to be so contaminated with bacteria that much of it is unfit for human consumption under even the best of circum- stances, let alone on a sur- vival raft The culprit, according to preliminary studies by Canada Dry and federal health scientists, seems to be the plastic bottle, not Canada Dry's elaborate and expensive multi-stage chemical and filter water purification method. In the wake of the findings, the federal health protection branch has recently ordered a cross-country survey of all spring and mineral waters be- ing sold in plastic bottles to the public, to determine whether any are also con- taminated. According to one of the scientists involved in the sur- vival water studies for the defence department, most of the commercially-available plastic bottled water he has tested has been contaminated with bacteria Plastic bottles have become popular in recent years with the recent surge in demand for bottled spring and mineral waters Many people regard bottled waters as being "purer" than the water they get from their taps. Canada Dry says it does not produce any products sold in plastic for the public but that some other companies do. Captain John Pinsent of the defence department's directo- rate of clothing and general engineering admitted in an interview that government tests had uncovered what he described as "black crud" floating in some samples of the bottled survival water after only one year of storage. The survival water is sup- posed to last up to five years Laboratory tests suggested that about three of 48 samples of the water were sufficiently contaminated with bacteria to be unfit for human con- sumption. The water, while it wouldn't kill a person, could produce a severe stomach upset, Capt Pinsent that would be unacceptable in a survival situation And the defence department is now awaiting results of pre- liminary studies by Canada Dry involvng a possible solution Heat treatment of the bottle and its contents, to ensure that anything left in the bottle is dead. Federal health officials were just as finicky. THE REAL THING Alex Colville, one of Canada's outstanding artists, believes in painting it like it is. Weekend Magazine this Saturday takes a look at the astonishing realism of Alex Colville's works, and Liz Primeau explains why Colville paints the way he does. Watch for this article! IN YOUR LETHBRIDGE HERALD WEEKEND MAGA7INE m FRONTS OF BEEF SIDES OF BEEF Canada Grade A 1 and 2 cut. wrapped frozen Canada Grade A 1 and 2 cut, wrapped, frozen Ib LOINS OF PORK Rib and Lom end BOLOGNA WIENERS CHUCK ROAST BACON Package PORK SAUSAGE .03 Package FRESH ICE PACK FRYERS ASK ABOUT CUSTOM CUTTING in effect Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1, 2, 3 RANCHLAND MEATS WESTMINSTER MALL PHONE 328-0837 ;