Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, 26, 1974 THE LETHBftlDGE HERALD 21 'Meat tenderizer' drug killer Delators Geills Turner, wife of Finance Minister John Turner, sits between Opposition Leader Robert Stan- field (left) and former prime minister John Diefen- baker (right) at the opening session of the Common- wealth finance ministers' conference in Ottawa. Wardair cool to IATA offer of membership WASHINGTON (AP) Deaths and paralysis have re- sulted among many of the 000 patients in the United States treated with a drug described as "purified meat a Senate group investigating the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was told Wednesday. An orthopedic surgeon testi- fied that FUA approval for widespread use of the ex- perimental drug Disease, in- jected into the back to dis- solve ruptured spinal discs, would be "a disaster." Another surgeon said it would be "idiotic" for the FDA to approve the drug, in the face of questions about its safety and efficacy and recommendations against approval by an FDA medical officer and outside scientists. But FDA Commissioner Alexander Schmidt, appearing for the second time before the Senate health subcommittee to answer employees' charges of harassment, called ac- cusations against his agency "absolutely false and irresponsible." He said no proof has been shown that there is a pattern of FDA favoritism for the drug industry. Schmidt said he had not re- viewed all the complaints by at least 10 of the FDA's 108 medical officers who investigate new drug applications. EDMONTON (CP) Ward- air, the Edmonton-based international charter airline, is not impressed with the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) offer of membership to charter firms, a company official said Wednesday. Tom Spalding, Wardair vice-president, said his im- mediate reaction was "very negative" and his firm would have to take a close look at the terms of any 'membership in IATA. The association voted last week in Montreal to permit charter carriers to join the or- ganization of scheduled car- riers. Industry spokesmen say the move to open the membership made by the scheduled carriers, who are suffering severe profit squeezes, is aim- ed at obtaining co-operation for floor prices on all air fares and that the fares on tran- satlantic flights may increase as much as "We are concerned that we could be saddled with fares and service restrictions that are against the public Mr. Spalding said. He said the scheduled air- lines have a vested interest in getting the charter carriers to join. "It's a very respected organization and we will have to look very carefully at membership. "But we are concerned about the public interest too." Alberta furnace plant sold on women workers EDMONTON (CP) The operation of a furance manufacturing plant benefitted after it was forced to employ women, a company official said Wednesday. Jim Law. division manager of Flame Master Industries Ltd., said that because of a labor shortage 25 per cent of the firm's 65 employees now are women. He said when the staff increases to 85 in mid- October, the percentage of women is expected to rise to 40 per cent. Determined cripple Ronnie Vaquez, crippled at five-years of age by a disease called calcinosis univerentas, has vowed to complete his education at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., despite a host of obstacles. Vasquez receives heJp from nurse Nora O'Brien a1 a nursing home by night, but has completed high school and junior college in the ,a a.- ssj.msyifc "We've found women more stable, their absenteeism is much lower, and it really has improved the morale of the male Mr. Law said. "We draw most of our female workers from the im- mediate area and we find them competent, conscien- tious and efficient workers." The firm, a division of Bow Valley Industries Ltd., opened a new foot addition to its plant Wednesday. The plant area now covers square feet.