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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, September 5, 1974 Spending outlook good despite gloom Constable sentenced OTTAWA (CP) The latest government survey of in- vestment intentions indicates business confidence in long- term prospects has not been dampened by recent gloomy developments. The survey of investment in- tentions released Wednesday showed a 4.2-per-cent increase between the first of the year when a previous survey was done and mid-year. It covers investment intentions by both businesses and governments but the private sector ac- counts for the major portion of capital spending. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified 303-SIh Street So. Metcalf Building PHONE 328-7684 The joint report from the trade department and Statistics Canada estimates spending this year on capital machinery and billion. This estimate is 20.8-per- cent greater than the billion spent last year on capital projects. The mid-year survey total compared with projected spending of million resulting from a survey done at the beginning of the year. Price increases account for part of the reason projected spending totals are higher but a four-per-cent increase in the mid-year survey is about average for recent years. NO GROWTH The report on spending plans follows by a week the report on second-quarter gross national product figures which showed there was no real growth during the April- June period. The GNP report noted that business investment in fixed capital slowed to a 2.5-per- cent increase after five successive quarters of strong growth. "The lower rate of invest- ment was accompanied by a surge in prices from 3.1 per cent in the first quarter to 5.7 per cent in the second, resulting in a three-per-cent decline in real terms." On a year-over-year basis comparing second quarters of this year and last year, how- ever, total gross fixed capital formation was still up 21.5 per cent. All this adds up to the fact that capital investment by businesses and governments has been substantially greater than price increases for more than a year. The last surge in capital spending by business came in the mid-1960s when it peaked at more than 16 per cent of gross national product. The level of business investment was relatively flat at about 13 per cent of GNP between 1968 and 1972, when it again began to climb. Several industries have been operating at close to capacity lately and the higher investment levels must in part mean investments in increas- ing long-range capacity. In- vestments made now would be translated into higher produc- tion levels at a future from less than a year away to several years from now. The upward revision for business investment was 5.2 per cent and the new estimate of billion was 25.3-per- cent greater than the 1973 total. Spending on housing and government projects was revised upward by 2.5 per cent and the total of billion was 14.3-per-cent higher than the 1973 total. The latest survey said pri- mary as min- ing petroleum, agriculture and large expansion compared with 1973. For petroleum and natural gas the estimate is up 32 per cent. Manufacturing projected a 38-per-cent increase over 1973 and financial institutions 36 per cent. HI Jordans who understand {jraciouS the astute torn ine asiuie aroup vuno naue returned to the classical eieaance or wina hai "Stardust Jordans superb "Acrilan" t.m. (Acrylic fibre) Hardtwist made exclusively for our Fashion Leader collection by Bigelow of Canada. Help yourself to some of this beauty that is all good taste. Luscious choice in colour that lives in the new lus- trous yarn blended of 80% Acrilan t.m. Acrylic fibre and 20% nylon. A hardy, tightly twisted, heat-set yarn for texture retention hides footmarks and makes it a family-wise investment. STARDUST is new luxury underfoot and new charm in your home for only sq. yd. A myriad of Green, Bronze Green, French Gold, Inca Gold, Copper Lustre, Cirrus Blue, Mandarin Red, Celadon Green and Bamboo. MHB EXCELLENCE IN ACRYLIC CARPET FIBER BY Monsanto to 60 days in jail Phone 327-1103 Open till p.m. Drily Out of Town Collect for Service Bight in Thuredayl ione 327-1103 nelr Own Home! Jordans Constable in court RCMP Constable Robert Samson listens tight- lipped in Montreal court. Kennedy might be assassinated WASHINGTON (AP) Lawrence O'Brien, former Democratic party national chairman, said Wednesday that although Senator Edward Kennedy is "clearly the top Democrat in America he probably should not run for president because he might be assassinated as two of his brothers were. O'Brien said that if Kennedy chose to run, it would be diffi- cult for any other candidate to win the nomination. "He has inherited the Ken- nedy name and the following his brothers developed over the O'Brien said. But Kennedy "arouses the strongest passions in people." "When I remember that both his brothers were shot down by fanatics I fear history would repeat itself. I'd be inclined to say that he should not O'Brien said in a telephone interview. He ad- mitted not having discussed the matter with the senator. O'Brien said the departure of Richard Nixon from the presidency has made it more difficult to evaluate Democratic presidential prospects for 1976. Diabetes control device developed MONTREAL The time is fast approaching when diabetics will be able to strap on a wristwatch-like ap- paratus and forgo the daily routine of administering in- sulin, says the director of medical engineering at Toron- to's Hospital for Sick Children. Michael Albisser said Wednesday that a group of To- ronto researchers has spent the past eight years develop- ing an artificial pancreas which not only makes injec- tions obsolete but also controls the blood sugar levels of a diabetic. Speaking to delegates at- tending the fifth Canadian medical and biological engineering conference this week. Mr. Albisser said the new technique marks the first advance in diabetes control since the discovery of insulin more than 50 years ago. Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to metabolize sugars and other food materials efficiently. It appears when cells in the pan- creas fail to secrete sufficient amounts of insulin. Before the discovery of in- sulin by Canada's Dr. Charles Best and Sir Frederick Banting in 1922, fewer than 20 per cent of severe diabetics lived more than 10 years. Children who have the disease in a severe form seldom lived more than a year. FREQUENT PROBLEMS But even though insulin now permits a diabetic to lead a normal life, kidney and heart arte- ac- company the condition because of poor blood sugar control. It is these problems which the artificial pancreas will be able to control since it provides tailor-made control of each patient's condition, providing just the right amount of insulin only when it is needed. Mr. Albisser said. Mayor praises Kenora for 4great restraint' KENORA. Ont. Mayor Jim Davidson says the town of Kenora acted with great restraint in the face of provocative action by the Qjibway Warrior Society dur- ing the occupation ol Anicinabe Park. By refusing to be drawn into confrontations, he said, Kenora eventually "won Uie war." The mayor spoke at a meeting Wednesday night of town council with the Citizens" Area Committee, a group formed during the month long armed occupation which ended Aug. 18. The Park final- ly was reopened to the public this week. The citizens' committee generally has been critical that the militant Indians were given to many concessions and also has expressed the view that authorities should have ended the occupation by police action. Thant fighting cancer UNITED NATIONS (Renter) Former United Nations secretary-general U Thant wilj undergo further surgery for cancer shortly. UN sources said Wednesday. He has undergone two operations for cancer in the mouth and cheek, but is still unable to lake solid food. The Burmese diplomat retired in J971, having served as secre- tory-general for more than 10 years, longer than any other holder of the office. MONTREAL (CP) RCMP Constable Rober Samson was sentencec Wednesday to 60 days in prison for refusing to testify at a fire commission inquiry into a July 26 bomb explosion. Fire Commissioner Cyrille Delage declared him in con- tempt of court after Constable Samson told the inquiry he could not testify because o: memory lapses and physical fatigue caused by injuries he suffered in the explosion ai the fashionable suburban house of Steinbergs Ltd. President Melvyn Dobrin. Commissioner Delage ad- journed the inquiry at least 6( days until the constable has1 served his sentence. "After he told Con- stable Samson, "you will ap- pear before the fire commis- sion inquiry again and tell the court the relevent facts. The public has a right to the truth." The constable said the ex- plosion left him with a 45-per- cent hearing impediment for which he scheduled to undergo surgery this weekend. Commissioner Delage ruled these reasons insufficient in view of testimony last week which revealed Constable Samson said he felt physically fit to testify. "I found you he told Samson "for your refusal to testify after you said last Thursday that you would reveal new facts for this in- quiry." In other testimony Wednes- day, a 17-year-old girl said she had known Constable Samson for two years but she noticed changes in him after his return from a trip to Morocco last March. She said the constable, at- tached to the anti-terrorist squad of the RCMP, appeared nervous and was always in a hurry. He appeared to have more clothes and more money, she said, and he drove a late- model Thunderbird which he told her belonged to Camille Gervais, a business associate of William Obront. Mr. Obront has been de- scribed at the Quebec Police Commission inquiry into organized crime as a leading underworld figure. Ginette Bechand, a former girlfriend of Constable Sam- son's, testified last week that she and the constable met Mr. Gervais-; his wife and children, during the trip to Morocco. She said the RCMP officer lent Mr. Gervais money to buy a bottle of liquor during a stay in Paris on the way home and "after we returned we went to dinner with them several times." A Montreal police detective testified last week that while Constable Samson was being treated in hospital for injuries suffered in the explosion, he told him that he (Samson) was to be paid for planting the bomb by a man he met in the bar. Constable Samson told the inquiry last week that he went to the Dobrin house in sub- urban Town of Mount Royal after receiving an anonymous telephone tip that he would find something interesting there. Upon his arrival, he saw a package lying on the back patio of the Dobrin house, he said. When he leaned over to investigate its contents, it ex- ploded, injuring his left hand, eye. chest and face. His lawyer. Frank Shoofey. said following sentencing Wednesday that Constable Samson is considering resign- ing from the RCMP but "hasn't made a decision yet." Mr. Shoofey said his client would probably be eligible to be released from prison after serving 40 days of his sentence. Under the Fire Commissioners Act. Mr. Delage can order a witness held in contempt of court for refusing to testify. Following the constables testimony last week, the RCMP announced he is being detained at force head- quarters for the duration of the inquiry. Under the RCMP Act of 1959. the RCMP can arrest and hold any force member for up to 30 days pending a trial by an RCMP-appointed tribunal. Mr Showfey said he is not sure if the RCMP could still prosecute his client for associ- ating with alleged members of the underworld, if he resigned. ;