Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Monday, September 23, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD a Post Office flunks mail test CALGARY (CP) The Post Office flunked the Calgary Herald mail test. The newspaper reported to- day that 86 per cent of letters and parcels mailed between Calgary and six centres in Canada arrived late. "Since Aug. 27, when (Calgary) Postmaster A. M. Shred said mail delays were 'isolated incidents' the Herald has been flooded with reports of mail arriving late at Calgary homes and businesses. "In response to these reports, we tested the postal system to see whether late mail deliveries are 'isolated incidents' or indications of serious problems within the post office." The Herald exchanged a total of 44 pieces of parcels and letters with addresses in Vancouver, Edmonton, Win- nipeg, Ottawa, Halifax, Calgary and Vulcan, Alta. Half of the mail used the postal code and the other half didn't. Only six items arrived on time. Delays in letters were up to five days, and in parcels up to 10 days or more, as some parcels still were not received. Some uncoded items arrived before the coded ones. Bob Congdon, Calgary Assistant Postmaster, attributed the delays to "staff shortages and the change from a manual operation to a complex machine operation." Mr. Congdon said he was not surprised that sometimes mail without the postal code arrived ahead of coded mail. "It is possible that the un- coded item went through our system before the coded item. And then we had a breakdown." There have been several mechanical failures at the million mail sorting plant which opened in the Calgary Post Office Aug. 10. Ed Hamlin, President of the Calgary local of the Letter Carriers' Union of Canada, said the mailmen and truck drivers sort and deliver all the mail they are given each day. "The letter carriers and drivers have been given in- quiries by the Post Office ask- ing the whereabouts of all se- cond and third class mail that has not been delivered nor- mally. "This is a farce because, with the new mail sorting plant so far behind, the Post Office is trying to pass the buck to your postmen." Alex Clarke, President of the Calgary local of the Cana- dian Union of Postal Workers which represents workers sorting mail, has another ex- planation for the delays. "The program used to operate the computer at the plant was designed three years ago. When the machinery arrived at the plant, it was different from what had originally been Legislation should have quality assessment VANCOUVER (CP) Government legislation is often poorly worded and should be checked by a foun- dation for legislative drafting before being introduced, says the Chairman of the British Columbia Bar Association. Peter Manson said the non political foundation would include labor, industry, government and lawyers. He told a meeting Saturday of the Provincial Council of the B.C. branch of the Cana- dian Bar Association that the foundation would be similar to the Canadian Tax Foundation. It would assess the quality of legislation, suggest im- provements in drafting techni- que and encourage research in legislative drafting. Mr. Manson said the B.C. branch has been doing such work for the provincial government for the past year. He said the proposed founda- tion should check legislation at all three levels of government. The LetHbrtdge Herald Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge...... 78 41 Pincher Creek... 78 41 Medicine Hat 80 38 Edmonton 74 43 Grande Prairie 77 44 Banff........... 75 38 Coronation...... 76 50 Victoria 78 50 Penticton....... 73 43 Prince George 71 40 Kamloops....... 76 47 Vancouver...... 73 51 Saskatoon....... 72 41 Regina 68 41 Winnipeg 59 38 Toronto......... 51 30 Ottawa......... 49 36 Montreal 54 36 .01 St. John's....... 71 54 Halifax......... 69 51 .11 Charlottetown 67 46 .11 Fredericton..... 62 41 Chicago 48 42 New York...... 72 47 Miami.......... 85 77 .07 Los Angeles..... 93 68 Las Vegas...... 94 71 Phoenix 89 70 Athens 70 61 Rome.......... 75 63 Paris........... 61 49 London......... 59 50 Berlin.......... 63 43 Amsterdam..... 57 46 Moscow 59 43 Stockholm 59 46 Tokyo.......... 75 58 FORECAST: Lethbridge Calgary Medicine Hat regions Today: Mainly sunny. Highs 70 to 75. Tuesday: Mainly sun- ny. Lows 35 to 40. Highs 65 to 70. Columbia Kootenay To- day and Tuesday, sunny and warm. A few morning fog patches in valleys. Highs in the 70s. Lows in the 30s and lower 40s. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Sunny and warm today and Tuesday except chance of few showers east portion tonight and early Tuesday. Continued warm. Highs both days mostly 70s. Lows tonight 35 to 45. West of Continental Divide Sunny warm days, clear cool nights, today thru Tuesday. Highs both days 70 to 80. Lows tonight 30s. GOOD IDEA! your pro- duct or 9vrvic0 t on. Call Display Advertising 328-4411 The Lethbrickje Herald "Serving and Selling the South" PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway 6 a.m. to 12 midnight; Chief Mountain 7 a.m. lo !0 p.m.; Coutts open 24 hoars; De! Bonite 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours: Porthill-Rykerts 7 am to 2 am.; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Rocrsevilie 8 a.m. to midnight. Times in Mountain Daylight planned. This meant that the computer program must be changed. Approval for this change has to come from Ot- tawa and it hasn't been approved. "If the bureaucrats in Ot- tawa started asking the people in the field what is needed instead of shoving things down our throat, things would be easier. Mr. Clarke agreed that staff shortages have contributed to the problem. "Our people are working all the overtime they can handle. We could use twice the staff we have, but the Post Office has to hire through the Public Service Commission." Judge at AHC inquiry: 'Something being hidden9 j Leave me alone! Two New York City policemen attempt to re- strain John Rowan, 27, on cables of the Brooklyn Bridge. Traffic was disrupted for more than an onlookers watched tower 190 feet his descent, Rowan was charged with reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct. Life 'too bleak9 for B.C. Indians BELLINGHAM, Wash. (CP) Many British Colum- bian Indians find life so bleak they destroy themselves, a University of B.C. Commerce professor said Friday. Prof. William Stanbury told a seminar at a symposium on Canada United States relations his observations are based on a survey of of B.C.'s 16.000 status Indians who live off reserves and an analysis of government statistics. "With a real unemployment rate of 47 per cent, incomes thai leave two thirds in poverty, spending twice as many days in hospital as whites do. and with a life ex- pectancy sharply lower. many- Indians find life not worth he said. He said accidents and violent deaths account for 29 per cent of all Indian deaths three times the proportions for whiles. "They're not dying from what whiles are dying from." he said. "I would believe that most of these deaths are due to self alcohol often being involved." The median age of death for B.C. Indians is 44 while it is 72 for whites, he said. Prof. Stanbury said the In- dian population is young and growing fast Rural Indian mothers have an average of 4.7 children each compared to 2.7 for the average rural white woman. He said about 57 per cent of all status Indian births were classified as illegitimate in 1972. This is largely because of federal laws that cause a woman to lose her rights as a status Indian if she marries a non status man. he said. Rather than have this happen, many marriages are common law. Somersault record PEACE RIVER, Alta. (CP) Things were really revolv- ing around James Chelich Saturday. The 17 year old Fairview, Alta.. youth somersaulted his way to what he hopes will earn him a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, hav- ing tumbled 10 miles in 14 hours. While classmates moved two mats to give his body something softer than the road to land on. he left Fair- view. S3 miles southwest of Peace River in northwestern Alberta, at a.m. Saturday and began rolling toward Dunvegan Bridge 16 miles away. He quit at p.m., six miles short of his target. CAPITAL PROBLEM Canada's chief economic problem in 1973 was inflation. By KATHERINE KENNEDY EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Housing Corp. (AHC) inquiry was tentatively adjourned Friday after 21 days of testimony although the presiding judge, Mr. Justice J. M. Cairns, said "there's something that's being hidden." He said he "would certainly like to find out" how a loan to the AHC in 1969 by the Main Bontal Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, was negotiated. Commission lawyer Rod McLennan said he would try to get further information from the bank and would advise within a week whether he was successful. Testimony has shown that the loan's effective rate of interest increased to 14.94 per cent from 10.81 per cent after several re-evaluations of the German mark. Canadian funds were available at the time for be- tween eight and nine per cent. In addition, the bank discounted the loan by nine per received nine per cent or less than cover various fees which one witness said were unreasonably high. Canada has no treaty with Germany under which bank officials could be ordered to testify, said Mr. Justice Cairns. And Mr. McLennan received in- sufficient information when talking with bank officials before the inquiry opened May 6. Most of the testimony regarding negotiations for the loan came from Victor Farkas of Montreal, who acted as financial broker. Mr. Justice Cairns said Friday "the story Mr. Farkas told us is nonsense, just a list of balancing figures." Mr. Farkas said an associate referred him to E. A. Toshach, mayor of Drumheller, Alta., when Victor Farkas Realty Ltd. was looking for investment op- portunities outside Quebec. Mr. Toshach suggested that he write Bob Orysiuk, then director of the AHC. Mr. Orysiuk told him that the AHC was trying to ob- tain money for housing purposes, and the broker went to Europe where he was ultimately offered the funds by the Main Bontal Bank. Mr. Farkas said he received of the fee and his associates received, He said Robert Mitchell, who put him in touch with the bank, received and Max Judlicki, a real estate broker who supplied Mr. Mitchell's name, got Mr. Toshack got which he says he split with Mr. Orysiuk. Mr. Orysiuk denies this. The Main Bontal Bank received Joe Rosen, Mr. Farkas' accountant, testified that the interest rate on the loan was arranged so the brokers would make high commissions. Mr. Orysiuk opened the inquiry by stating he had re- ceived half of a commission paid in 1S69 to Edmonton lawyer Ed Achtem, a land assembly agent for the city's Mill Woods subdivision. Mr. Achtem said the fee was split because Mr. Orysiuk "advised me on general strategy." The judge said Mr. Achtem did not appear to have particular expertise in land assembly, and the Mill Woods land could have been assembled more eco- nomically by the AHC's own land specialists. Testimony also indicated that AHC bought a warehouse from Mr. Achtem although others were available at a lower cost. In other testimony, Mr. Orysiuk said he was unable to find the source of funds for more than deposited to his bank account between October, 1971, and July, 1972. Asked to identify the source of more than he said about was received in wages, loans and for cars he sold. The inquiry also delved into AHC development of Fort McMurray, an oil sands boom town 250 miles northeast of Edmonton. SAVINGS MATERIALIZE AS SINGER UNROLLS MIR BIG FASHION FABRIC SALE 60" polyester crepe suitings Wide width saves yardage! Fully-washable, crease-resistant. Great for sportswear or dress. Reg. yd. 58" heather suiting imported from Italy 85% nylon fabric with cosy napped flannel-like weave. Heather-tone shades create a rich appearance. 36" cotton velveteen has luxurious nap Looks and feels like expensive velvet. Has firm cotton back, washable, crease-resistant. 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