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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Pensioners demand attack on poverty sources By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer The National Pensioners' and Senior Citizens' Federation, meeting in Lethbridge passed a series of resolutions Monday afternoon calling for a strong attack on the sources of poverty. In a major resolution, combining several motions suggested by groups from British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, it was resolved to demand that the federal government take all necessary measures to control spiralling costs. The pensioners went on to suggest that "first, a pricing policy on basic services and consumer goods such as the cost or rental of land and housing and food processing and distribution be investigated, the findings publicized, and where justified, roll back prices." The resolution was considerably milder in tone than the six it combined. Four of these called for rent control, two for wage control, one for profit control, one for interest control, and two for control of prices other than rent. Three of the resolutions confined thf.Tiselves to rent control and one to recommending that leading economists be called in to advise the federal government. But one of the consolidated resolutions, put forward by the British Columbia Old Age Pensioners' Organization, called wage and price controls "no solution to the problem" of inflation, and requested that the federal government institute profit and interest controls as well. Resolutions committee chairman Charles Mac Donald, of the United Auto Workers community service and retired workers department, told the meeting that such controls were important to everyone. He said inflation was caused by wages chasing prices, not the other way around, adding that workers had to sell their wage increases to the public, but doctors and dentists did not. "In the dental profession and the legal profession they just come out of a back room and announce that tomorrow the price of their services is going up by so charged Mr. Mac-Donald. "But the workers have to sell these in the public eye." The senior citizens also resolved to petition Ottawa to increase the income tax exemption for old age security recipients to for single persons and for married couples. This resolution amalgamated four suggested motions, with the maximum exemption being the for single per- sons and for couples desired by the United Senior Citizens of Ontario. Housing resolutions asked Ottawa to set aside funds to build "adequate and suitable type housing including all types of special-care housing for senior and to remove the sales tax on building materials. Mr. MacDonald said that the tax was a hardship to all Canadians, not just pensioners. The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, September 25, 1973 Local news Pages 11-20 'Moose, you big The good guys won Monday night at the Exhibition Pavilion. And don't let the grimaces on some of the fans' faces fool you...they loved every minute of it. It's called Stampede Wrestling. That means the chaps in the ring must be wrestlers. Funny, that was the one thing they weren't called by the fans. RICK ERVIN, photos Meanwhile. Policeman convinces fan to leave the wrest- ling to the wrestlers. Help all Canadians not just elderly, B.C. speaker says Poverty should end for all Canadians, not just senior citizens, a former mayor of Van- couver told his cheering fellow delegates at the National Pensioners and Senior Citizens Federation convention in Lethbridge Monday Tom Alsbury, chairman of the British Columbia group Pensioners for Action, noted that the Crole report a few years ago had said that one-quarter of the population, over 5 million people, were living below the poverty line. Mr. Alsbury said that federal welfare minister Marc Lalonde had an- nounced that the government's aim was to help all poor Canadians, not just the elderly poor. The PFA leader's remarks came during a debate on a resolution advocating the in- stitution of a national iden- tification card applicable to all discounts for which senior citizens are eligible. Second vice-president Frank Ways of Vancouver told the delegates that such a pro- ject had already been discuss- ed with Finance Minister John Turner, "but we have heard nothing further on it." One delegate called the ID card a tempory measure at best. "Our goal should be to secure for senior citizens an adequate standard of he said "Eliminate the dis- counts and eliminate the he added, "We'll be able to pay our own way because then we'll have an adequate income." The ID card resolution was endorsed, as was the New Horizons project for senior citizens. It too came under fire from the pensioners, its budget being compared un- favorably to the amount spent on the local initiatives pro- jects for young people. "They're spending money like drunken said one delegate from the Maritimes. Mr. Alsbury later told The Herald that 'before the last federal election the govern- ment had refused to meet at all with old age pensioners or to raise pensions. "At first we weren't even getting ear he said. "Now we have increased supplements and pensions with cost of living increases." The PFA leader attributed the increase to the election, which left the Liberals in a minority position. He said pensioners number 1.8 million in Canada and form 13 percent of the electorate. With sym- pathy from those in their youth and late middle age, the "pension vote" may have amounted to 20 percent, he added. "You only get anything when any group gets up on their hind -legs and lets the politicians know that they are a voting block." said Mr. Alsbury. Council okays pool design An indoor swimming pool for North Lethbridge that will hold 320 swimmers and 520 spectators and features a moveable bulkhead got the nod from city council Monday Council gave first reading to a bylaw to authorize borrow- ing of to build the pool on 15th Avenue N. between Winston Churchill High School and a proposed shopping centre, following a presenta- tion by the architects, Bond Mogridge Ltd. of Calgary. The city will actually pay only of the cost with coming from the federally-funded Winter Capital Project Fund. The pool's moveable bulkhead, as described by Allan Mogridge of the architectural firm is an actual physical barrier mounted on wheels at the pool's side. It can be moved by two peo- ple up and down the length of the pool creating different sizes for different functions such as races and synchroniz- ed swimming This will meet the re- quirements for the syn- chronized swimming event in the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Mr. Mogridge told council. Actual size of the pool will be 120 feet by 42 feet with six lanes and depths ranging from three feet at the shallow end to 12 feet at the diving end. Spectators will be accom- modated in upper level per- manent seating for 264 people and on temporary bleachers seating another 264 people on the pool deck. Mr. Mogridge said construc- tion of the pool could be started in November and finished by the end of May to meet the requirements of the winter works fund, but that such a schedule would take some going and a few breaks from the weather. Community services direc- tor Bob Bar'lett said it is the general feeling that the Lion's Pool at 411 16th St. N. will be closed when the new pool is opened because of high maintenance costs but a final decision has not yet been made on it yet. Outreach program existed without funds Donation set A cheque of will be presented to the Canadian Mental Health Association by the Lethbridge Jaycees Wednesday at p.m. The presentation will be at the nurses' residence of the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. The money came from the recent fly-a-thon sponsored by'the Jaycees. The Community Uutreacn Program, a youth-oriented preventive social services project which received city council approval in July has apparently been operating all summer without money. Council was told Monday the project was refused sup- port by the provincial govern- ment because it's preventive social service budget has been overspent. The government recommended re-submission next April. The project also did not receive the city's 20 per cent share of its budget and council was asked to make this available to ease current debts to the staff. Council agreed to this un- animously and to a suggestion that a direct approach be made to the minister of health and social development as was done last week by the Lethbridge Family Service which was in the same predicament. The Family Service group got their funds after presenting a brief to the minister during the cabinet's visit here. Car thief gets jail term A North Battleford, Sask.. man who stole a car Sunday evening and then wrecked it was sentenced Monday after- noon in provincial court to 18 months in jail. RCMP said Edward James Falcon, 19. hotwired a car parked at Gait Gardens. He then drove the car. owned by Robert Cryre, Coaldalc. around the city and picked up several persons. He then left the city but was arrested by RCMP investigating a traffic accident near Kipp Alternative sources of funding such as through the department of culture, youth and recreation's volunteer services program will also be explored to keep the project going until next spring. Insurance shopping made easier Buying life insurance is con- fusing. Policies from different companies look the same and it's difficult to decide which one is best suited to your needs. For adequate price com- parisons of most policies the Canadian Life Insurance Association says a prospec- tive buyer should have the tollovving information: premium charged. cash surrender value for the first few years and then at five year intervals to about the 20th year. One should also look at alternatives to cashing the policy A booklet, called How to Compare, which explains the comparison of policies, is available without charge from the Canadian Life Insurance Association, 44 King Street West. Toronto M5H 1E9 Gov't urged to establish monthly pension by JUDE CAMPBELL Herald Staff Writer Revisions in the Old Age Security Act figured prominently in resolutions put forth by delegates at Monday's sessions of the National Pensioners and Senior Citizens' Federation. Charles MacDonald of Toronto, chairman of the resolution committee, told delegates the federal government must be urged to implement proposed changes made in the old age security Listed as a priority was a monthly pension of to all qualifying residents, subject to revision every throe Vnonths according to nses in the cost of living. At the time a resident qualifies, an equal amount should be made payable to the spouse. On the death of the OAS resident, an amount equal to six months benefit becomes payable to the surviving spouse for funeral expenses, the resolution said. The resolution also called for the OAS to bo available to residents at an age earlier than the specified 65 years, and eventually becoming available at age 60 Delegates unanimously voted to sup- port the resolutions and io push for sup- port from local government represen- tatives and through local affiliations. Included in the resolutions was the establishment ot government respon- sibility for channeling information con- cerning programs available to senior citizens. The committee called for a depart- ment ot aging to be established to com- pile statistics and information about senior citizens groups and organizations, to help solve problems of senior citizens and to help create a proper climate for them to improve their quality of life. Suggestions from the floor led to the addition to the resolution that a cabinet minister be appointed to such a depart- ment to "give it status Delegates also suggested a need for research on the needs of the aging, in- cluding housing, health and financial situations A motion made to have prescription drugs dispensed to senior citizens at wholesale cost by the federal govern- ment received approval, and delegates resolved to make a strong effort to have dentures, hearing aids and eyeglasses on reduced rates as well Among other resolutions passed by convention delegates were: the federal government should make adjustment for the cost of living each quarter in the guaranteed income supplement. -pensioners should be allowed a 50 percent reduction in fares when travell- ing within Canada by government tran- sit, including CN and CP transpor- tation: political party leaders should be approached by affiliates prior to elec- tions and should be requested to public- ly M.ite pension policy and candidates bo asked Io state such policies at all meetings ;