Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDGE September Cross-Canada food survey Grocery items show overall drop compared to July prices By ROSEMARY CAIRNS The CANADIAN PRESS Despite the gloomy disclosure by Statistics Canada of a 37-percent increase in food costs over the last two years, there was some cheer for consumers in this month's food basket. A Survey by The Canadian Press of 17 basic food items showed a considerable drop in the total cost from July levels, with potatoes and tomatoes showing the greatest price decrease. In most major cities sugar prices were up sharply and butter cost from two to nine cents more in 11 of 12 cities. The butter increase had been predicted by Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan at the be- ginning of the month, when the Canadian Dairy Commission support price was raised by eight cents. The support price for skim milk also was rais- ed at that time, but the survey showed rnilk prices generally remained stable across the country. Egg prices also remained generally stable, although Beryl Plumptre, chairman of the Food Prices Review Board, blasted the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA) in mid-August for and unjustified" egg prices paid by Canadian consumers. Mrs. Plumptre said the CEMA had encouraged overproduction of eggs by paying high prices to producers, then selling the eggs in the United States at a loss because Canadians refused to pay high prices. The jump in sugar prices had repercussions in other fields. Earlier in August, officials in the Ontario fruit and vegetable processing industry predicted a 30-to 40-per-cent jump in the retail cost of their products because of increased production costs. The officials cited the cost of sugar, tripled since last summer, as one of the major causes of the increase. Fruit is canned in a syrup con- sisting of 40 per cent sugar and the content is fix- ed by government regulation. And the fruit itself will cost the processors more, said the Ontario Tender Fruit Growers Marketing Board as it announced a 23.1 per cent increase for peaches, 17.6 for pears and 29.5 for plums. Meat prices generally either remained stable or decreased slightly. Walter Miller, vice- president of the National Farmers Union, said in mid-August that livestock farmers still were facing insecurity despite recently-announced beef and hog stabilization programs. The 17 items in the market basket are priced in the same supermarkets on the last Tuesday of each month and show the lowest regular price for the same items or nearest comparable items. The survey is not intended to compare prices among cities. The shopping basket includes a pound of sirloin-tip roast of beef, all-beef wieners, centre- cut loin roast of pork, first-grade chicken, ground chuck, frozen cod fillets, first-grade butter, tomatoes, frozen green peas, apples and drip coffee. It also includes one dozen medium eggs, one quarter of whole milk, a 24-ounce loaf of sliced white bread, 10 pounds of first-grade potatoes, a 24-ounce can of first-grade halved pears and five pounds of white granulated sugar. Halifax: Potatoes and tomatoes were down 34 cents to 95 and 49 respectively, pork 33 cents to and chicken four cents to 95. Sugar jumped 11 cents to butter nine cents to 97, cod eight cents to and wieners six cents to Milk rose three cents to 47, but beef, ground chuck, bread and coffee remained at July levels. August total was down from in July but up from a year ago. St. John's, Nfld.: Potatoes dropped to tomatoes 22 cents to 67, apples 10 cents to 40 and pears five cents to 60. Coffee rose 20 cents to pork 12 cents to butter six cents to 99, ground chuck four cents to and chicken three cents to 88. Eggs, milk, sugar, wieners and cod remained at July prices. August total was 85. down from last month's but up from last August. Charlottetown: Pork jumped 30 cents to Butter increased two cents to 99 and peas two cents to 49 and pears four cents to 73. Potatoes dropped 80 cents to 99, coffee 30 cents to chicken 10 cents to 79, sugar nine cents to and wieners four cents to 95. Bread fell eight cents to 41, tomatoes 10 cents to 79 and apples 19 cents to 39. Prices of beef, ground chuck, cod, eggs and milk were unchanged from July. August total was down from last month. St. John, N.B.: Sugar rose 53 cents to chicken 23 cents to 92, beef 20 cents to but- ter nine cents to 92, bread four cents to 41, peas and apples seven cents each to 44 and 40 respec- tively and pork three cents to Potatoes dropped 68 cents to 99, coffee 80 cents to 95, ground chuck 10 cents to tomatoes 10 cents to 55. eggs two cents to 76 and wieners and cod one cent each to 98 and respectively. Milk remained at the July price. August total was down from in July but up from a year ago. Quebec City: Beef dropped 70 cents to cod 64 cents to pork 30 cents to po- tatoes 31 cents to 62, tomatoes 10 cents to 39, apples nine cents to 30, and milk and chicken dropped two cents each to 37 and 77, respec- tively. Sugar climbed 29 cents to peas 18 cents to 45, butter five cents to 89 and wieners two cents to 99. The cost of ground chuck, eggs and coffee was unchanged from July. August total was down from in July but up from a year ago. Montreal: Tomatoes were down 70 cents to 29, potatoes 20 cents to 79, beef 20 cents to and wieners 19 cents to 77. Sugar increased 24 cents to cod 14 cents to butter eight cents to 89 and apples three cents to 39. Pork, chicken, ground chuck, eggs, milk, bread and coffee remained at July prices. August total was down from last month but up from a year ago. Ottawa: Potatoes dropped 54 cents to 65, cod 23 cents to 99, beef 20 cents to chicken 15 cents to 68 and wieners eight cents to 95. Coffee jumped 32 cents to sugar 17 cents to butter nine cents to 94, bread three cents to 42 and eggs one cent to 75. Pork, ground chuck, milk and tomatoes were unchanged from July. The August total, excluding peas and apples was down from in July but up from last August. Toronto: .Sugar was up 27 cents to bread five cents to 42, butter two cents to 91 and cod five cents to Wieners rose three cents to 92, pork two cents to and chicken one cent to 84. Beef was down to for prime rib, coffee 50 cents to 99, tomatoes 30 cents to 49, potatoes 10 cents to 89, peas five cents to 40, and ground chuck three cents to Eggs and milk remained at July prices. August total was down from in July but up from a year ago. Winnipeg: Sugar was up 32 cents to ground chuck 20 cents to bread 16 cents to 48. coffee 12 cents to beef nine cents to butter eight cents to 95, apples six cents to 55 and cod four cents to Potatoes dropped 21 cents to tomatoes 20 cents to 48, pork 10 cents to and pears five cents to 67. Wieners, chicken, eggs, milk and peas remained at July levels. August total was up from in July and a year ago. Regina: Wieners were up 21 cents to 99, sugar 14 cents to butter 11 cents to 97, bread five cents to 32, milk three cents to 40 and peas and cod one cent to 33 and respectively. Potatoes dropped 96 cents to 69, apples 20 cents to 39, coffee 10 cents to 99 and eggs seven cents to 79. Prices of beef, pork, ground chuck and tomatoes were unchanged from July. August total was down from in July. Edmonton: Beef dropped 56 cents to potatoes 21 cents to 98, chicken 11 cents to 68, ap- ples 10 cents to 39, ground chuck six cents to bread five cents to 27 and eggs four cents to 79. Sugar rose 30 cents to cod 16 cents to coffee 15 cents to butter nine cents to 95 and wieners six cents to 99. Milk, pork and to- matoes remained at July prices. August total was down from in July but up from in August, 1973. Vancouver: Coffee increased 14 cents to peas 14 cents to 49, cod 11 cents to sugar 10 cents to butter eight cents to 95 and milk two cents to 49. Ground chuck was down 26 cents to 99, potatoes 11 cents to 79, apples 10 cents to 39, tomatoes six cents to 49 and eggs four cents to 89. August total was down from in July but up from a year ago. Woman stands trial for murder Rape case draws feminists' attention By LACEY FOSBURGH New York Times Service MONTEREY, Calif. A 30- year-old woman is on trial for first degree murder here in central California in the kill- ing of a 300-pound man who she says helped another man rape her. She faces life im- prisonment if convicted. Charles Garry, her lawyer. who is also the attorney for the Black Panther party, said he planned to use as her defense what he calls ''the un- written law." This, he said, is ''the right of a woman who has been raped to take the law into her own hands to protect her integrity." He plans, he said, to present in-depth testimony about the defendant. Inex Garcia, who is a farm worker of Cuban Puerto Rican descent and to show the jury that, for her, rape was such a traumatic ex- perience that shooting the assailant afterwards was "not only understandable but justifiable." The prosecution, on the other hand, views the matter as "an open and shut homicide case." Arthur Braudrick, the depu- ty district attorney, said, ''I think the rape thing is a defense tactic and probably a very good one but as far as I'm concerned this is homicide, not rape." The trial, which started Aug. 19 but is still in the process of jury selection, has already turned into something of a feminist cause celebre. especially in the San Fran- cisco bay area. Rallies have been held in Mrs. Garcia's honor, leaflets distributed and articles written in underground new- spapers all picturing the beautiful woman as a heroine because she went to such violent and unusual lengths to seek retribution. Mrs. Garcia, who is free on 810.000 bail, says she was justified in doing what she did because "men do not have the right to take over a woman's body." The story of Inez Garcia, as it will soon be told to the jury here, begins in the Spanish Harlem section of New York where she was born and raised. She never learned to read or write or even tell time, and she was first treated by a mental hospital at the age of 14 when she tried to commit suicide. She was married when she was 15 to an anti Castro freedom fighter, and they liv- ed in Miami until two years ago, when her husband was sent to prison in Soledad, Calif., for bombing buildings in Los Angeles. With their sonk now 11, she moved to Soledad and has worked there since in the nearby fruit fields. 'The prosecution and the defense agree on little about what happened the night of March 19 in Soledad except a man named Miguel Jiminez was shot and that Mrs. Garcia shot him. Her story is that two men came to the house in which she lives with Fred Medrano to see him. He was not there, but the men waited. When Medrano arrived, a fight broke out among the three men. she says. She managed to get the two visitors to leave and accompanied them to the door, at which point they grabbed her and dragged her outside the house, where they raped her, she says. Afterwards she came back to the house, she says, got a ri- fle and went out alone looking for her two assailants. About 30 minutes later she found them, fighting again with Medrano. One drew a knife on her. she contends, and she fired the gun several times, killing the man she said had held her down during the rape. The prosecution says that there was no rape and that after the fight in the house both Medrano and Mrs. Gar- cia set out with guns to find the men. They allegedly found them and shot them. Medrano is charged as an accomplice in the murder. ANNUAL TRUCKLOA G.E. DELUXE WASHER G.E. GAS mm 237 G.E. (SELF CLEAN OVEN) RANGE 527 G.E. 15 CU. FT. REFRIGERATOR G.E. 17 CU. FT. FROST FREE REFRIGERATOR KELVINATOR 13 CU. FT. REFRIGERATOR ADMIRAL CONVERTIBLE DISHWASHER 357 PHILLIPS CABINET STBtEO All TV's serviced by Baker's own Service Department ADMIRAL (SIDE BY SIDE) 18 CU. FT. REFRIGERATOR BERNINA SEWING MACHINES ON AT REDUCED PRICES THE BRAND NAMES We are Canadlan- fnartufactured in Can- ada and will be in to give you 'or The life- Time ol your appli- ance. 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