Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 17, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
28 THE 1ETHBRIDGE HERAtD Thursday, September 17, 1970 All Areas Of Country Hit Says Bank Review Saskatcheivan Suffers Most From General Economic Slowdown TORONTO (CP) The Bank of Nova Scotia says all areas of the country have been hit by the general economic slowdown but Saskatchewan has suffered the most. The bank says in its August review that in Saskatchewan, "the depressed economic pic- ture reflects the severe difficul- ties of the wheat industry and, to a lesser extent, the mineral sector." "However, operation LIFT has achieved a substantial re- duction in wheat acreage and will be making available to Sas- katchewan fanners some million in federal payments." The review says housing Poisonous Metal Mercury Found In Common Foods By BIUAN SULLIVAN AP Science Writer ROCHESTER.. N.Y. (AP) The poisonous metal mercury has been discovered in a wide varitey of common feeds iii Canada, says a new study by scientists at the University of Toronto. Prof. Robert E. Jervis, a nu- clear chemist who directed the study, says it is "quite likely" that a study cf foods in the United States mil reveal the same potential health hazard. A spokesman for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington disputed this, however, saying he would ex- pect to find only "negligible" amounts of mercury in ordinary foods here. New York Mayor Joins Bike Hide NEW YORK (AP) Mayor John V. Lindsay mounted a two-wheeler Wednesday and at least enthusiastic bi- cyclists joined him in a bike ride down Fifth Avenue. Shortly before 8 a.m. bicy- cles and riders of all shapes and sizes converged at 59th street, where Lindsay infor- mally proclaimed1 Sept. 16 as "Bike for a Better City Day." Then the mayor, mayoral aide Sid Davidoff and environ- mental protection administra- tor Jerome Kretchmer led the rest into the left lane of Fifth venue. Lindsay led the pack at a fast pace. However, he dis- mounted unseen at 46th Street and hopped into a limousine to go to the airport to fly to Washington. Others, thinking the mayor was still In the running, sped downtown to city hall. Veiner, Sykes Race Sulkies On Sunday MEDICINE HAT city's "challenging mayo Harry Veiner, has done it again. Mayor Veiner has challenged Calgary Mayor Rod Sykes to a harness horse racing match and Mayor Sykes has accept- ed. The race will be held Sun- day at Victoria Park in Cal- gary. Mayor Veiner earned his rep- utation as a challenger by cut- ting sugar cane in Cuba, kick- ing a soccer ball in Dundee, Scotland, shearing sheep in New Zealand and racing saddle horses. He also wrestled an al- ligator in Florida. Plan Program For Impaired Car Drivers EDMONTON (CP) A new program, aimed at rehabilita- ting convicted impaired driv- ers in Edmonton, was an- nounced today by Alberta At- torney-General E. II. Gerhart. The program is an extension o! services provided problem drinkers during the last four years by the Edmonton Muni- cipal Court. Under the new program, courts in Edmonton will order impaired drivers to attend four lectures in provincial court. Mr. Gerhart said officials hope drivers will learn to de- velop better attitudes toward driving and increase their awareness of other problems family, emotional and job which also adversely their driving. affect HIGHEST IN U.S. The loftiest location in the United Slates is Mt. McKinlny in Alaska with an elevation of feet. Jervis says his study found significant levels of mercury in wheat, flour, white bread, long- grain rice, skim milk powder, cheese, tea. beef hamburger, beef liver, pork liver, calf liver, fish and poultry. However, none of the products had a mercury content in ex- cess of .5 parts per million, the safety standard set for Canada by the Canadian Food and Drug Directorate. We may be having an intake of mercury from regular food that may be as appreciable as from eating contaminated he says. "We have heard a lot about fish, but it may not be the most significant input." SHOULD CHECK Both Canada and the United States, Jervis said in a tele- phone interview, should begin immediately to make an official chefk of common foods. The FDA spokesman said he is Una-wars of the Jervis report, but that such a check already has been started. Comparable studies of fish by the Industrial Laboratory at Eastman Kodak Co. in Roches- ter indicate the Canadians "are on the right says Dr. Don H. Anderson, laboratory director. Kodak has been con- cerned about detection of mer- cury for more than 30 years be- cause even extremely tiny amounts of it damage photo- graphic film. The Canadian study adds a new dimension to the mercury contamination storm m the United States that began only last March with a Canadian an- nouncement of a fishing ban on Lake St. Clair because of mer- cury levels in fish of up to eight parts a million. USED AS PRESERVATIVE Since then, abnormal levels of mercury have been found in water, fish and game birds and has turned up in at least 33 states. Just Tuesday FDA offi- cials in Washington said mer- cury is being used as a preser- vative in some cosmetics and should be replaced as quickly as possible with less toxic subst- ances. The officials said only a rela- tive handful of products contain mercury and there have been no reported cases of mercury poisoning linked to cosmetics; However, symptoms mimic those of many other ailments and are hard to detect. Jervis said there is "no defi- nite knowledge" of how mer- cury gets into the food chain, but the suspicion is that it comes from agricultural us.es of mercury in fungicides and her- bicides. Industrial users also add mercury io the environ- ment. Jervis also said in his report that samples of human head hair of Canadian citizens indi- cates rising levels of mercury in recent years, a finding that tends to support the idea that contamination of people may actually be taking place. CAN CAUSE DEFECTS Mercury tends to concentrate in the brain, liver, spleen, kid- neys, Wood, saliva, the lining of the small intestine, muscles and bones. In large enough concen- trations it can cause speech de- fects, paralysis, blindness, in- sanity. Swedish scientists have reported that mercury poisoning can produce birth defects and abortions. The effects of long-term- low- level exposure are unknown. The World Health Organiza- tion suggests a general toler- ance level for mercury in most foods of 0.05 parts per million. The FDA says there is no real safe tolerance. Fish containing more than one-half part a mil- lion of mercury may be seized. The Jervis study reported finding levels consistently above the W.H.O. standard. Samples of wheat from Toronto showed these levels: 0.40, 0.34 and 0.30 parts a million. Three brands of flour from Winnipeg showed 0.38, 0.26, and 0.22 parts a million. A brand of flour from Quebec showed 0.27. White bread from Winnipeg showed 0.23 parts and long grain rice, 0.21. Skim milk powder samples from Toronto showed 0.11, 0.06 and 0.18. Cheese showed 0.07 and tea from Montreal 0.05 to 0.11. Hamburger from a Toronto store showed 0.31 parts a mil- lion, beef liver from Vancouver 0.14 and in Montreal 0.199, pork- liver from Halifax 0.17 aral calf starts and retail sales in the province were lower than those in the other provinces. In the Atlantic provinces, business held up well with the number of employed during the first seven months of the year at about the same level as in the corresponding period of 1969. Manufacturing shipments were running ahead of those of last year and the trend fa retail sales has been upward. Some softness, however, was evident as a result of labor troubles in some sectors of the Nova Scotia fishing industry. REFLECTS SLACK In Quebec, the low rate of em- ployment reflects a slackness in the industrial sector. Retail sales and housing starts have remained subdued. The review says the demand for newsprint is down while cost pressures remain strong and competition from United States mills is on the rise. However, there has been an increase fa activity fa the alu- minum and steel industries, oil refining and mineral produc- tion. Ontario experienced growth in several sectors. Manufacturing shipments have shown a slight increase over 1969 and automo- bile exports to the United States have increased considerably. Steel and mineral production has run ahead of last year, and chemical and industrial equip- ment plants have been busy. Ontario's economy shows weak spots in farm machinery, aircraft and consumer durable Reporter Dies TORONTO (CP) Don Dela- plantc, a veteran reporter for The Globe and Mail, died sud- dently at his homo Tuesday night He was 56. He wrote for The Globe and Mail on Northern Ontario from 1950 to 1963 while based fa North Bay. In 1953 he won a National Newspaper Award for spot news reporting on a story he had written the year before for The lobe and Mail about thievery at Petawawa military camp. The story, pieced together at Petawawa, Brockville and Ot- awa led to investigations that substantiated his findings. sales. Housebuilding is also on the decline, but non-residential construction has continued strong. The Prairie provinces present a mixed picture, says the re- view. Employment fa Alherta in- creased through the first part of 1970, but fa Manitoba and Sas- katchewan the number of people with jobs is down from last year. ALBERTA PROSPERED Alberta continued to show signs of prosperity. Crude oil production growth is expected to almost match 1969s rate of 13 per cent despite reduced U.S. oil quotas. Natural gas production is ex- panding rapidly to meet U.S. shortages. Coal mining, for sev- eral years a near-dormant in- dustry, has new vitality this year, bolstered by long-term contracts signed with Japan. Manitoba has had difficulties with wheat, but has shifted its emphasis to livestock produc- tion. The province's large food and beverage industry has re- mained strong, and manufac- turing shipments are level with 1969. British Columbia's growth rate, which mushroomed during the last 10 years, was held in check this year by work stop- pages and the general slow pace of business. Unemployment rates, which stood at over 10 per cent on a seasonally adjusted basis in June and July, were far above the national average. Some softening occurred in lumber and plywood products, the province's two major indus- tries. A strong demand was noted in the pulp and paper sec- tor, however. GROUND BEEF FRONTS of BEEF SIDES of BEEF Ib. Table Rite, freshly ground Red or Blue Brand Cut and wrapped 100-150 Ibs......... Ib. Red or Blue Brand Cut and wrapped 225-300 Ibs............. Ib. Prices effective until closing Saturday, Sept. 19fh. 55' 45' 58' liver from Winnipeg 0.22, among many other samples. f Linen Sale Continues Friday! Terry Towel Matchmates at 25% Off Regular Price Plain colours, jacquard prints, stripes, all in sheared finish, soft and absorbent ferry. Bath and hand size towel have fringed ends. 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