The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on May 23, 1989 · 6
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The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada · 6

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Tuesday, May 23, 1989
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Cttt&llCfW, Montreal. Tuesday. May 23. 1989 Last paper dollar won't be worth plugged nickel, collectors say TORONTO (CP) - Call It the lame buck. After 123 yean of use and abuse, the low. iy Canadian one-spot will be a dead duck on June 30. ( That's when the government issues its f last paper dollar and begins rounding up and .: ocstroving the estimated 313 million green- "' m in circulation. f.. But. as the countdown begins, Bank of Canada officials estimate 30-45 million dollars could escape the grinding teeth of gov-. crnment shredders. f Some of the bills will simply be lost. ..Many others will be scooped up by Cana-,. dians banking that the bucks will eventually .be worth more than their face value. " "It's i futile effort," says Paul Margolis, owner of the Rare Find coin shop In downtown Vancouver. "I don't think hoarding them will ever produce a profit for anybody." "As a rule, the last Issue of any currency Is the least valuable." adds Klaus Hirsh, who's been dealing In dollars and cents for two decades near a busy downtown Toronto intersection. "I wouldn't save it." sneers Hirsch. leaning on a glass showcase packed with rare coins and paper money from around the world. "But there are always people out there who hoard them. "Most of the time, they eventually spend it in a year or to when they get short of cash." As of July 1. banks and trust companies have been ordered to return all dollar bills to one of the Bank of Canada's nine regional offices in exchange for the coin equivalent Once they fall into the hands of the central bank, they'll be pressed into huge paper shredders and turned into landfill. "After a while, you think of money as Just a lot of paper," says Bill Watson, deputy agent at the central bank's largest regional office in Toronto, where 200 million bills of all denominations were destroyed last year. Across Canada almost a billion pieces of paper money were turned into mulch by the government in 1988. Watson says boarding bills especially final editions isn't unusual. It happened when the British recently withdrew their one-pound notes. It also occurred In Australia when that country buried its buck. Watson adds even after the dollar coin officially replaces the bill, paper dollars will always be accepted as legal tender. But the most valuable bills are usually first-edition banknotes or examples of an especially short-lived series. In the 1954 edition, for example, signatures of the Bank of Canada governor and his deputy were changed five times before the bill was redesigned several years later. A bill with the right combination of signatures can fetch more than 11,000, says Hirsch, while others from the same year bring as little as $1.7$. Hirsch says the current 1973 edition the common greenback with the Queen on the front and the Ottawa River and Peace Tower on the flip side probably won't ever be worth much more than the 1989 price of a cheap lottery ticket. ; "In 10 or 20 years, kids are going to laugh at paper dollars like the 25-cent bills they issued in the 1920s." Okay. What about the f 1 coin, the loonie,. It's a first-edition, right. Maybe it'll be worth something someday. "Ha," says Hirsch. "The government made so many loonies about 200 million are already in circulation they'll never be worth anything." B.C. nurses work to rule to press demands r VANCOUVER (CP) - Administrators at some British Columbia hospitals worked through the holiday weekend as unionized nurses refused t to do any work not directly related .to nursing care. - - But the impact of the ban designed to demonstrate the resolve of guie l.suu-memDer u.u nurses union to win a new contract seemed . to be sporadic. ' "At a small hospital like this, we Eretty well do everything," nurse , orna Durant said in an interview 'yesterday from St. Bartholomew's "Hospital in the tiny Fraser Canyon community of Lytton. "We're always giving out the diet food trays, answering the phones . . . ;-U's almost impossible not to do these things." The ban on non-nursing duties, instituted Sunday, could be a prelude to further job action as the union and . the Health Labor Relations Association, bargaining agent for 144 hospitals and institutions, return to the 'bargaining table today. .' After issuing strike notice last ,,week following a 94-per-cent strike mandate from its members, the union said there would be no withdrawl of services before it assessed the outcome of today's talks. The nurses want a 33-per-cent ;wage raise over one year, benefits .'totalling 43 per cent on a negotiable timetable and more say in how they Iperform their jobs. The hospitals .have not tabled a wage offer. ; The kind of work being refused by 'the nurses includes housekeeping, switchboard work, sorting records, .making beds, washing equipment ! and serving food when no dietary : 'staff is available. Hundreds march to protest Ottawa arms show 2j -If f f 4 i- Co V' tit -4 y . - -' . r- . 1 - - - Young demonstrator wears protest stickers in spikes of his hair yesterday. CP OTTAWA (CP) - Waving black flags and chanting anti-war slogans, some 1,500 peace activists marched yesterday to protest ARMX '89. the international arms exhibition opening today. The demonstrators, from tots to teens to seniors, halted holiday traffic as they marched from downtown to Lansdowne Park, site of the controversial trade show first organized in 1983. Denounce arms trade At the 'park, they gathered in an area cordoned off by police and listened to speakers denounce Canada's involvement in the arms trade. Nearby, a dozen people in the exhibition stood quietly in the late afternoon sun and watched. "My message is for the people in there," yelled Natalie Turner of the Student Christian Movement of Canada, pointing to the stadium. "We don't want to see our planet destroyed by bombs, by garbage and by hatred." Today, members of the Alliance for Non-Violent Action say they will block the entrance to Lansdowne Park, and leaders expect some will be arrested. Richard Sanders of the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade, said Canada's reputation as a peacemaker is called into question by its involvement in ARMX. The demonstration will "show the world that the statement that Canada is a peacemaker is a myth," he told protesters before the march began. "Canada is anything but a peacekeeper." The three-day trade show, sponsored by the Toronto-based Baxter Publishing Co., is expected to draw as many as 15,000 buyers, sellers and soldiers from around the world, organizers say. Some 400 companies from 16 countries will set up booths to display their weapons, communications equipment, tents and computerized simulators. The exhibition is held every two years. But this year, Ottawa city council decided it will no longer rent municipally owned property for the show. The Defence Department is a major participant, although the federal government no longer organizes the event In the Commons on Friday, Mary Collins, associate defence minister, said the exhibition was a cost-efficient way to bring the department up to date on the latest in training technology. But the demonstrators said ARMX promotes the arms trade, and thus, promotes killing. They say Canadian weapons often end up in the hands of some of the . world's worst human-rights vio-' lators. 'We can stop war f "If we can stop the arms trade, ' we can stop the arms race and if we can stop the arms race, we can stop war," said Leonard -Johnson, head of the peace group Project Ploughshares. ; The protest was led by a rough- -looking group, many dressed in black leather, with their faces covered with bandannas. - Behind them came members of peace groups and political -movements, waving placards, singing protest songs from the '. 1960s. As they marched, youngsters -ran alongside, stopping now and again to scribble "Stop ARMX" : on the sidewalk in chalk. Manitoba officials believe Impaired-driving charges hit record Bow forest fires set to create jobs in impoverished areas :, WINNIPEG (CP) - Each spring ;: in Manitoba, Mother Nature pro-f vides the fuel but man provides the ' spark. ; While many forest fires in the f province are the result of careless-'; ness and poor land management, Natural Resources Department offi-,' cials believe some fires are set merely to create jobs or provide en- tertainment. ' "We do have, in certain communi-! ties, strong suspicions that there's "employment behind what's going on," said Bill Medd, the department's head of fire management. There have been 329 fires to date in 1989, an increase of 150 per cent from last year, said Harvey Boyle, director of regional resources. The issue of deliberately set fires has become a major concern this spring as RCMP and natural resources investigators probe a suspicious fire near Ashern, 140 kilometres north of Winnipeg. Arson has been officially listed as 11 n t .Ln kln.A tknf IninnJ pther fires to destroy more than 3,-600 square kilometres of timber. .Two men were seen lighting fires in ditches south of Ashern. ; Arson is also strongly suspected as 'the cause of a huge fire in western Manitoba last week. ' Conservation officers have long suspected that fires are set near communities where residents depend heavily on getting well-paid worK iignung iires, meaa saw. Each year, the poorest and most remote communities are those that report the highest number of unexplained and suspicious fires, he said. "We find that in the areas where people are generally poor, there seems to be more fires," Medd said. "Where economies are strong, you see less fires." RCMP Cpl. Ken Morrison of Pine Falls, on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, said it is well known in the community that fires are set to guarantee summer jobs. "We know that there is a high probability that some of these fires were set for employment," Morrison said. "But to prove who deliberately set the fires is another thing." Near some communities, dry meadows and light bush can create a cottage industry, said Medd. "It's almost to the point where the fine fuels on some of these communities have become a renewable resource. They grow every year, they burn every spring and we pay them to put out the fires." There is also concern about people who set fires for fun. Conservation officers have witnessed instances in remote communities where small fires are set so residents can watch water bombers put them out, he said. "We know we've found children that have lit fires because they want to watch a water bomber or helicopter," Medd said. Three years ago, after a spate of small unexplained fires around Norway House, department officials removed all water bombers stationed at the nothern community, ending the fire problems. However, deliberate fires account for only part of the huge number of human-caused fires every year. Open camp fires, along with farmers who burn their fields, are other prime causes. TORONTO (CP) Impaired driving has fallen to its lowest level since national figures were first collected 15 years ago, says Statistics Canada. In 1987 the last year for which figures were available about 128,000 people were charged with impaired driving offences, a 21-per-cent drop from the peak year of 1981 when 162,000 charges were laid. It was the fourth consecutive annual decline, reflecting increased efforts by police, community groups and governments to stop drinking drivers, observers say. "My own feeling is that these public-awareness programs seem to have been working," said Holly Johnson of the Ottawa-based Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics. "But although the message is getting through to the great majority of people, there still is a group of chronic offenders." John Bates, president of the lobby group People to Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere, said the figures are a function of the strictness of enforcement by Canada's police forces. "The much-vaunted government crackdown never came and people eventually realized it." He said he believes the proportion of accidents involving alcohol is about 60 per cent. In 1987, the average number of impaired driving charges across Canada was 500 offences per 100,000 residents. :-' Alberta was the leading province in charges with 830 offences per 100,000 people, while Quebec trailed with 397. Ninety-two per cent of the people charged with impaired driving in 1987 were men, the figures show. $1 -billion grain subsidy was unnecessary, report suggests TORONTO (CP) - A federal report suggests a $l-billion federal subsidy payment to Canadian grain farmers in 1987 may have been unnecessary, says the Toronto Globe and Mail. Prime Minister Brian Mulroney promised the $l-billion subsidy in October 1986, two weeks before a Saskatchewan provincial election. It was distributed to grain growers in 1987 with almost half going to Sas katchewan farmers. But the report to the Agriculture Department says the payment "may not have been needed" because most prairie grain farmers were already scheduled to receive large payments from the Western Grain Stabilization Program, the newspaper said. About three-quarters of the 100,-000 western grain farmers were eligible for subsidy and stabilization payments. The stabilization plan, mainly fe-derally financed, provided $1.4-billion for fanners in 1987. Federal officials said the Sl-billion subsidy was to compensate farmers for low grain prices caused by a trade war between Europe and the United States. But the report says revenue from grain prices and stabilization pay ments was sufficient to provide a safety net for fanners without Ottawa's extra billion. 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