Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Lumber prices falling; don't expect housing prices to follow suit By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Don't look for the current slump in the British Columbia forest industry and cor- responding falling lumber prices to be reflected in a drop in Lethbridge house prices. That's the word from local house builders and lumber yard operators. The price drop in lumber, they say, is not significant enough in terms of the total cost of building a house to make much of a difference in its end price. The cost of other materials that go into a house, including concrete currently in short supply, are still going up, pret- ty well nullifying reduced lumber prices. However, if the lumber prices stay down, it may at least produce a braking effect on the increase in house prices, said Keith Bickerton, manager of Engineered Homes Ltd. here, and presi- dent of the Lethbridge Hous- ing Association. The slump in the lumber in- dustry is largely a result of declining world markets, chiefly in the United States where housing starts are down from two million last year to about 1.4 million. A large percentage of B.C. forest products go to the States. Canadian markets get the rest and some local lumber dealers are worried that the layoffs and shutdowns at B.C. mills caused by the slump could hinder future supply. In the meantime, they say, prices of some types of lumber are down somewhat although the full effect of price drops at the mills won't be passed on until inventories of higher-priced lumber, purchased before the slump, are sold off. "It'll be another month or so before I see anything happening because of heavy said one dealer. "It's pretty tough to sell below cost." However, he said, his price to building contractors is down about per thousand board feet from six months ago. "We're gradually dropping our prices, but there's not a great deal of said another operator. "It went too high for a he said of lumber prices. "Three-quarter inch plywood got as high as a sheet, and that's ridiculous It's now around and it could get less than that, but you never know with plywood." Prices- to lumber yards bills hit city A passed at a local bank Thursday, has been turned into Lethbridge city police. The bill is the fourth counterfeit bill to be passed in the city in just less than three months. Two counterfeit bills and another bill have been passed. None of the persons who passed the bills are suspect. Police say the bills are a good likeness of genuine bills but can be detected if the bill paper is examined closely and compared with a genuine bill- The serial numbers of the bills passed are: 5837037. 6606559. 4694055 and He got his key back John A. Grant, 1720 2nd Ave. N., lost his car key when he was planting his garden last May. The key turned up again last week when Mr. Grant harvested his carrots and found this one growing through the eyelet of the key. He plans to wax the carrot and put it on top of his television. from the mills vary a good deal right now, he said, depending on how badly the wholesaler wants to get rid of his lumber. Most of the city lumber yard operators interviewed'agreed that the B.C. mills would only drop their prices so much and below a certain limit would shut down rather than con- tinue selling at too low prices. The reductions most often mentioned were in the 10 to 15 per cent range. And that's not going to amount to much on a house, they said. "In a small project house of 920 square feet only about 200 board feet worth of building material is said one. "Even at 15 per cent, you're still looking at only about to "We have to go with the dis- count, but I'm not saying what happens at the other end." Added another dealer: "Lots of times when the price of lumber goes up they say that's the reason house prices are going up, but actually it's a combination of everything." Many observers agree that supply and demand exert a far greater influence on house prices than the cost of materials, although in a highly competitive housing market price reductions in materials like lumber could get passed on to the con- sumer. "It's a good buyer's market said Mr. Bickerton of the Lethbridge situation. While the mortgage situa- tion is just now causing a slowdown in house starts here, the first six months of the year saw a good inventory built up, he said. City hall building permit figures bear him out. There were 237 starts to the end of June this year compared with 223 for the same period of last year's record-setting pace. But since then starts have declined to only 21 in August and Mr. Bickerton said it's doubtful the goal of 500 new houses this year will be reached. But, he said, there are close to 110 or 120 unsold houses un- der construction now, a few of them with mortgages as low as per cent. "That's possibly the largest inventory of speculation houses in the city's he said. "I feel we still have a competitive market." A similar situation is ap- parent in the used house market. The Lethbridge Real Estate Board's multiple listing ser- vice has about 120 listings now, which is higher than it's had for some time, said Alia MacMillan, secretary manager for the board. Residential sales have con- tinued high, however, she said. District The Lethbridge Herald Local Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, September 9, 1974 Pages 11 to 20 Punishment policy ready The final draft of a new discipline policy that forbids verbal and physical attacks on students will be presented to the public school board today for approval. The public trustees approved the policy in principle earlier this year. The policy doesn't restrict a teacher from us- ing force to restrain students from harming themselves or some other person or from being destructive. Teachers, the policy states, must direct constructive criticism towards a student's actions instead of degrading the student. The school board outlines the'purpose of short-range dis- cipline being the main- tainance of controlled behavior in the classroom so all students can learn effec- tively and long-range dis- cipline as developing a capaci- ty in students for intelligent self control. The policy specifically for- bids physical attacks that include shaking a student, pulling a student by the hair or ear, slapping or striking a student, hitting a student with any object held or thrown and the use of the strap. Verbal attacks forbidden include name calling, use of sarcasm, unfavorable per- sonal references and belittling a student publicly. The school board expects teachers to establish clearly understood and reasonable limits for the behavior of their students and insist the limits be respected. 'BEING MISS CANADA FITS VERY WELL INTO MY LIFESTYLE" BILL GROENEN photos Role of Miss Canada proves long on short on glamor Little Brothers have 18 Big Brothers, 482 left without By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge Big Brothers Association is getting a good grounding in community involvement, diners at a banquet at the Elks Hall were told Sunday. Blair Lancaster, Miss Canada '74. told the group she was not familiar with the Big Brother movement before her involvement with the Miss Canada pageant. Since then, she has worked for the group in Toronto and acted as hostess at the national conven- tion in Winnipeg. She said her role is in promotion and public relations. since I can't really be a Big Brother myself." In Toronto, the Big Brothers have a major involvement with the community, said Miss Lancaster. It's more than just matching boys with Big Brothers there has to be counselling after relationships are established and the work has to be financ- ed as well. Jim Wemple. vice presi- dent of the Lethbridge and District Big Brothers Association, said the major needs and plans arc for a membership, a sound finan- cial base, more group ac- tivities and contact for all the Big Brothers and Little Brothers. Ed McTavish, president of the association, said more than head counting is involv- ed in matching a Big Brother with a Little Brother. All prospective Big Brothers are screened to ensure their suitability, and contact has to be maintained with establish- ed relationships. That is where the money comes in. he said. Social workers employed by other agencies in Lethbridge are giving their time volun- tarily, but the system is being strained, he said. The national organization calculates that a part time paid social worker is necessary with every 15 relationships. The Lethbridge Big Brothers expect to have 25 soon. Big Brothers was founded in New York. N.Y.. in 1904 by a group of men who wanted to help fatherless boys, said Dr. McTavish. The first group of boys improved a lot. and the idea spread, he said. There arc about 5.000 one- to-one Big Brother relationships in Canada today, about 18 in Lethbridge. he said. But about 500.000 boys in Canada, and 500 in Southern Alberta, need Big Brothers. Mayor Andy Anderson said the city appreciates the work of private social service groups and the Big Brothers were one of the best in Lethbridge. Norman Hall, exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge in Lclhbridge. gave the organization a cheque for the dinner proceeds plus an Elks' donation to round the figure off. John Gogo. a Little Brother 30 years ago in Toronto, urged support for the organization. "A man is what happens to a boy." he said. "If we take an interest in our boys, we will have successful men." By KATHIE MacLEAN Herald Staff Writer The door swings open. In walks a young, attractive woman with a big smile and bright eyes sparkling with anticipation. Blair Lancaster. 20. of Burlington. Ont.. is Miss Canada '74. She is in Lethbridge helping the Big Brothers association recruit men and women and financial support to meet the needs of more than 200 fatherless boys. Miss Canada, who met the local Big Brothers at their annual conference in Winnipeg held in July, will leave the city Tuesday afternoon after her four-day visit on behalf of the association. In an interview at the Park Plaza Motor Hotel Saturday- Miss Lancaster said serving as Miss Canada has not changed her lifestyle very much. In fact, she said, it fits in very well with her interests. She has been working in cosmetics and modelling for seven years and the role of Miss Canada "has given me more headway." "I am a full-blooded Canadian and am very proud of my country." As an official representative of Canada. Miss Lancaster has done a lot of travelling in the United States. She has attended such functions as the Academy Awards, the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Texas, and was a special guest on location with William Conrad, star of the television series Cannon, in Los Angeles. She has visited every Canadian province with the exceptions of British Columbia and Newfoundland. She said at the beginning of her reign tilings were really busy and found it pretty tough. But now. things are slowing down a little. She finishes her term Oct. 28. "I'm enjoying my reign very mach and using it as a lever to get going in fashion. advertising and public relations. But, I am also looking forward to getting on to something else. It will be a great thrill to hand over the crown and give someone else the same opportunities I've had." She said she will be a little bit sad when her reign is officially over but "I'll probably smile a lot. cry a lot, and say Miss Lancaster regards the role of Mis.s Canada as a fulltime job. "You've got to use your head. People always forget that you have to write out thank-you cards for all the gifts and special She doesn't look at her position as glamorous but as an interesting job. "There really isn't much glamor in it. Hotel rooms sometimes aren't what they're made out to be. The travelling is great but I like to get home." Miss Lancaster hopes to set up a finishing school in Burlington when her reign is over. It would involve courses such as etiquette, grooming, and cosmetics. She has completed her first year in retail fashion management at Sheridan College. She enjoys ballet, modelling, theatre arts, gymnastics, sewing, public speaking, golf, swimming, skiing and fishing. From here, she and her travelling manager. Mrs. Patricia A. Williamson, will return to Toronto for one day. then go to Winnipeg. Highlighting her stay in the city. Miss Lancaster appeared at" the IWJi annual Rotary Horse Show, participated in a motorcade, officially opened the Big Brothers' office in the Canada Trust Building, participated in a fashion show at Eaton's and was a dinner guest at the Eft's lodge. This afternoon she'll be visiting Southland Nursing Home. More importantly, she has helped the Big Brothers inform the male population of this city that it only takes a few hours of their time each week to make a big difference in the lives of fatherless boys. Red Cross commissioner to kickoff United Way The Red Cross commissioner for Saskatchewan will be the guest speaker Sept, 16 at the Lethbridge United Way's campaign kickoff breakfast. Jack Lutes of Regina has held his present position for 12 years. He graduated from St. Joseph's Univer- sity, now the University of Moncton, and Success Business College. He served in the RCAF in the Second World War. The breakfast will begin at a.m. at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. Holiday birds not destroyed Two Alberta turkey industry officials have taken exception to reports of 25.000 breeder turkeys being intentionally destroyed in Ontario. Don Potter of Edmonton, secretary of the Alberta Turkey Growers" Marketing Board, has told The Herald the Ontario firm of Cuddy Foods Ltd. did not intentional- ly kill 25.000 turkeys just to take them off the market. The firm sells day old turkeys to producers to grow. Mr. Potter said the firm, faced with an oversupplied market like all other com- panies in the turkey industry, simply had to cut back on production. And to do this, the firm sold 25.000 turkey hens now while they were still in the weight range for table con- sumption. Table trade turkeys are worth more money than turkeys which have been allowed to get old and heavy after producing hatching eggs. Herman Lowen of Fort Macleod. one of Alberta's largest turkey growers, said he has cut back purchases of day-old turkeys by 20 per cent in the past six months. This cutback has to be passed on to the producers who raises turkeys for the hatching eggs. Mr. Potter said Alberta producers will have to make a similar decision soon since now is the key turkey marketing season for the table trade. Mr. Potter said Canada already has a high inventory of turkey and there are more birds to come to market which won't be absorbed by the public. He said the consumer can't be blamed for the turkey producer's predicament because turkey consumption has increased nine per cent since last year. He blames the over supply on a miscalculation by producers. Alberta's quo-ta under the national turkey marketing plan in 1973 was million pounds. The quota for 1974 was reduced four per cent to 17.5 million pounds to counteract the oversupply situation. But Alberta producers increased production to an es- timated 19 million pounds that is expected to be marketed this year. Under the national marketing plan, if a province produces more than its quota share, the quota for the following year will be reduced by the amount overproduced. That means Alberta's quota will rest at about 16 million pounds in IS75. Mr. Potter said the over- supply situation in British Columbia is similar to that in Alberta bat the situation in Ontario and Quebec is "much more severe." Mr Potter predicts Ontario and Quebec will have substan- tially lower quotas for 1975.