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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 18, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuwday, Stptember 18, 1973 9 Cdmemon W.nn.pog Toronto OlIOwO Normal Precipitation j 9 Comic book series attacks alcoholism By WILLIAM BORDERS New York Times Service MONTREAL The government of the Northwest Territories has published a series of comic books attacki- ng alcoholism which is one of the main social problems of Canada's bleak frozen north. Starring Captain Al Cohol, who is much like superman except that he has a weakness for strong drink, the comic book stories are set in north Eskimo villages, and their message is anything but sub- tle. "When I start drinking, nothing seems to matter 'cept that I get a lot a Recall of drugs to be kept secret Mixed bag Temperatures are expected to be below or near- normal for most of the country for the remainder of September, with Alberta and British Columbia expect- ed to receive above-normal readings according to the 30-day weather outlook of the United States Weather Bureau. Precipitation is expected to be moderate for most of Canada, with Quebec and portions of Ontario receiving heavy. This is not a specific forecast and changes may occur. WASHINGTON (AP) -The United States Food and Drug Administration plans to keep secret in future the recall of certain defective and poten- tially deadly medical devices and drugs. In a series of recent inter- views, FDA officials said they are concerned that public warnings may literally fright- en people to death. Thomas Brown, director of compliance co-ordination and policy, said the FDA will decide on a case-by-case basis whether or not to issue public warnings. 1 "L DO1T1I) O11G FOUNDRY WORKERS REQUIRED WANTED IMMEDIATELY Foundry workers and labourers. Good starting pay and fringe benefits. Per- manent employment. Contact LETHBRIDGE IRON WORKS CO. LTD. 120 1st Avenue South, Lethbridge LQNDON letter bomb exploded in the British embassy at Kinshasa, capital of Zaire, and injured a member of the staff, the foreign office here reported today The postal packet containi- ng the device had been addressed to Ambassador Mark Allen, but was opened by security officer John Mathieson. who suffered an injured hand. It was the third recent bomb incident in a British embassy. A woman secretary at the British embassy in Washingt- on had a hand blown off by a letter bomb delivered from Britain Aug. 25 Three days later a letter bomb was successfully intercepted at the British embassy in Pans. "We want to preclude any undue fright on the part of the he said. "If it's going to harm the public by making an announcement, we won't do it." Recalls might not be made public until weeks or months afterward. Brown said the policy might cover cardiac pacemakers, implanted in the patient's chest to provide an electrical stimulus to the heart, and perhaps some drugs for the chronically ill. TO ACT QUIETLY No public warning will be is- sued if the FDA feels it can contact the limited number of health professionals and manufacturers necessary to take corrective action quietly, he said. The final decision on delayi- ng public disclosure of a recall will be made by the com- missioner, based on the recommendation of the appropriate FDA bureau and the associate commissioner. Brown said The new policy is scheduled to take effect after an interim announcement in late Septem- ber or early October, with for- mal regulations published later. The FDA has delayed public disclosure of recalls and did not issue public warnings at least twice recently. Brown said, in the case of heart valves with a tendency to break and pacemakers with loose batteries which could cause them to fail. "We didn't want to upset all those people (patients) who might drop dead of Brown said. Go to town... in our town! Our mini- weekend is well spent and well worth an expedition! Could you use a small, perfect vacation? Together, Calgary and the Calgary Inn will arrange it for you. The City provides an air of vitality, exciting shops, exuberant night life The Inn provides the ideal way to take advantage of the City (For a start free guest parking') Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, you can have an overnight escape for two. The style is cosmopolitan, the food without equal. You could feel you're in any of the world's great cities but we speak YOUR language1 WESTERN INTEKNATIONACKOTECS Partners in travel with United Air Lines 4th Avenue and 3rd Street S W Calgary, Alberta, Canada (403) 266-1611 Telex 038-24547 parka-clad Eskimo named Tooktuk tells Capt. Al Cohol in an episode titled "Booze Is For Bums." "But I can't control myself." Tooktrk continues his head in his hands. "Sometimes I go beserk don't like that part of it. But I can't stop." Al Cohol, who wears a costume of red tights and purple boots and gloves ad- vises his Eskimo friend, "you've got to make it on your own. No one can help you now except yourself." But tne Captain, a partly reformed drunk who keeps sliding off the wagon himself, is not always so pious. When he is drinking, his exploits run a range of disorderly conduct familiar to anyone in the Arc- tic, including starting a barroom brawl and running a snowmobile into a telephone pole. BIG PROBLEM Drinking is such a problem in the north that even very small communities have their own alcohol education of- ficers, and the sight of an Eskimo or Indian man or woman lurching down the street at any hour is not at all uncommon. The reasons for a rate of alcoholism that is epidemic in places include the cold and the long dark nights, but most sociologists trace it to the dis- ruption of the Eskimo and In- dian societies and the destruc- tion of their values that has been part of the white man's rush north for oil and other minerals. Almost anyone who wants to can now live on welfare in the north, and since there is little else to do. drinking is a pop- ular and often violent past- time. Thirty per cent of the deaths in the Northwest Territories last year were violent, and according to a government report, alcohol was related to perhaps half of them besides the deaths from diseases such as cirrhosis. Capt. Al Cohol. Who has super-human strength to fight evil when he is sober was the creation of a government writer in Yellowkrafe named Art Sorenson. Eight thousand copies of his four-volume saga are being distributed across the territory, through government offices and clinics, and Sorenson hopes that it will also be translated into the Eskimo and Indian languages. "People in the field told us that the comic book format was the best way to get a message across." Sorenson explained. "So we thought, you (the U.S.) use your Cap- tain Marvel and your Batman why not Capt. Al Murder charge laid CALGARY (CP) Two Calgary men were to appear in provincial court today, one charged with non-capital murder and the other as an accessory in connection with the death Sunday afternoon of a 30-year-old man. Clarence Donald Morrison, 29, has been charged with non- capital murder, and Gary Russell Smith, 25, has been charged as an accessory after the fact. They were arrested Sunday night. The body of the man, whose name was withheld, was found behind a grocery store in southwest Calgary. Police said he was beaten to death. Institute elects new president WINNIPEG (CP) Mozah Zemans of Vancouver has been elected president of the Vanier Institute of the family, succeeding Beryl Plumptre. president since 1969. Mrs Zemans is a past president of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada. The institute was set up in 1965 to strengthen the Canadian family. GIRL KILLED BRASILIA (Reuter) The seven-year-old daughter of a public works official was mur- dered by her kidnapper 24 hours after he asked for a two million cruzeiros ransom, police said Wednesday The child. Ana Lidia Braga. was kidnapped by a tall blonde man when she iclt school Tuesday. THE UNE PRICES SA All-Star quality paint, manufactured by Sherwin-Williams, is still available at last year's low sale prices. Only a for the best interior latex in the game...Super Kern-Tone, the "name" paint. And just a for Kem-Glo Velvet, the velvety-smooth finish that wears and wears. Two dependable, colorful performers .807 Fashion-Right colors plus white at unbeatable prices. Now! ENAMEL you pay no more than a gallon mmml At participating paint hardware department stores Home Improvement Centresand thp following dealers Sherwin Williams Martin Senour you pay no more than contents are a tinting base, the gallon cans are short-filled 2 to 4 ounces to allow for addition of colorants ra gallon Manufactured by Co. OF CANADA LIMITED at all Link Stores Modern Electric Coleman, Hardware Fernie, B.C. Magrath Trading Co. Magrath, Hardware Ltd. Taber, Alta. Phone 223-2052 M R Lumber Co. Milk River, American Lumber Co. Ltd. Taber, Alta. Phone 223-2265 Campbell Hardware Picture Butte, Companies Ltd. Taber, Alta. Phone 223-2424 Sauter's General Supplies Vauxhali, Son Hardware Vauxhali, Alta. Revelstoke Companies Ltd. 1602 3rd Ave. S. Lethbridge, Alta. Phone Building Supplies 113-13 St. N. Lethbridge, Alta. Phone 328-2050 Canada Paint 424 7th Street S. Lethbridge, Alta. Phone 328-8808 Brulene Paint Wall Covering 321 6th Street S., Lethbridge, Alta. Phone 327-8321 Magrath Co-op Ltd. Magrath Alta. Barton Motors Ltd. Picture Butte, Alta. Andrew's Hardware Fort Macleod, Alta. North American Lumber Co. Ltd. Bow Island, Alta. Cellis Building Supplies Coleman, Alta. Phone 563-3731 Cahoon Lumber Co. Ltd. Cardston, Alta. Pincher Greek Co-op Ltd. Cowley, Alta. M E Hardware Foremost, Alta. Pincher Creek Co-op Lumber Feed Pincher Creek, Alta. Jackson Bros. Hardware Pincher Creek, Alta. Ward's Allied Hardware Fort Macleod, Alta. Bow Island Hardware Bow Island, Alta. Thornton Sons Hardware Blairmore, Alta. Raymond Mercantile Ltd. Raymond Alta. Phone 752-3034 ;