Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on February 24, 1978 · 40
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Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada · 40

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Friday, February 24, 1978
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B 1 6 THE CALGARY HERALD Fit, Feb. 24,1978 'Intensive' forest management urged SYDNEY, NS. (CP) The only solution to the ''problems in the Canadian forest industry is intensive forest management, a forestry conference was told here. Dr. Leo Seyn-Wittgenstein, director of the Forest Management Institute of the Canadian Forestry Service, told delegates attending a three-day conference on forest management that serious regional wood shortages are developing across Canada. Seyn-Wittgenstein said the backlog, or potentially productive land which has not been properly restocked, is presently "not less than 60 million acres, or 100,000 square miles." "Short-term programs are no good," he said, adding that Canada must make a long-term commitment to forestry. Forestry management involves the use of a combination of. treatments to increase the yield of the forest on a sustained basis at a rate greater than nature can achieve. A Nova Scotia forestry official told delegates that the province's forest industry could ideally support four times the present production. The present harvest of 1.7-rcillion cords annually required to supply the existing industry could be boosted to 5.8 million cords by using proper forest management practices, R.E. Bailey, a research scientist, said. Residential Land Calgary builderdeveloper requires land having residential development potential. Will consider purchase or joint venture project. Apply, in confidence: BOX H-679, HERALD . NORMAN S. SCHACHAR M.D. F.R.C.S.(C) -faculty of Medicine The University of Calgary Wishes to announce the opening of his practice in ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY THE MEDICAL CENTRE Calgary General Hospital , 841 Centre Avenue East Calgary, Alberta T2E 0A1 24 HOURS 265-7854 Telephone-266-71 84 TOWNHOUSE INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY S.W. CALGARY Well built units, rented with full management services available. 10 CAPITAL COST ALLOWANCE Full details from K. Roenisch, S. Cheng, J. McRae CASCADE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION LTD. 265-7914 DEPENDABLE REALTORS SINCE 1898 CANYON MEADOWS 383 CANTRELL DRIVE S.W. EXCEPTIONAL HOMES LOW 70's 10 exciting new homes built by HorWest all on weH-treed lots affordable prices. Some of the many fine features included in these low prices are land scaped front yards, stove, dishwasher, smoke detector, lovely kitchen cabinets, quality broadloom, bath and a half, fireplace, roughed in plumbing, phis, if you want a main floor family room. Come and see these fine homes with your host and hostess, LARRY HARVIE 278-1019 and MAVIS FEDUN 286-6845. or 253-2775. OPEN HOUSE . SATURDAY AND SUNDAY T-4 P.M. Macaulay Nicolls Maitland & Co. Ltd. (Real Estate) m nam ' 1 f ? ' ' 1 L 7 . r in i V COMMODORE'S PET 2001 See if on display at THE COMPUTER SHOP. For $1,195 a complete system with 22,000 words of memory, program and data cassette file storage. The ultimate calculating machine for business, laborafory, education, and the home. THE COMPUTER SHOP 3515-18 Street, S.W. Calgary, Alberta 243-0301 EWESTORS 1 0 CCA. Property Available S.W. Area 235-7914 Call: J. MacRae S. Cheng L. Turner TRANSPORT TERMINAL FOR LEASE GLENMORE CENTRE Consists of 16,000 sq. ft. warehouse, 4,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned office plus 1 .5 acres of completely fenced yard. Also has pross-through doors, shop area, gas and diesel tanks. Available April 1 . FOTIS SORTIROS 252-1 059 OFFICE 264-7111 HI Professional Achievement TOPS IN SALES FOR JANUARY Sterling Homes takes particular pleasure in congratuling Herb Snowdon for leading in new home sales for the month of January. Herb would like to thank his past customers, and invites you to visit the Model Homes and information centre at: CROWCHSLD RANCH 1116 Ranchlands Blvd. Tel. 238-7344 2k HERB SNOWDON -.i).i.. I. ...... Sterling Homes )fmmm"mmK'm HUGIN Hugin Cash Registers Ltd. is pleased to announce the appointment of GOLD MEDAL EQUIPMENT ALTA. LTD. as their dealer for the complete line of Hugin electronic and mechanical cash registers. Hugin with a 50-year tradition in the manufacture of quality cash registers was formerly marketed in Canada under the Victor label and is the second largest manufacturer of cash registers in the world. For all your cash register requirements call the cash register people, call your Hugin dealer. 4, 61 IS -4th STREET S.E. CALGARY T2H 2H9 253-1449 jj if. ""ZjL JACK CARTER CHEV OLDS APPOINTMENT 1 ' i j A (Sf V g . .-. , GERALD BUNDY It is with pleasure that Jack Carter Chev-Olds announces the appointment of Gerald Bundy to the sales staff. Gerry Brings to his position several years of experience in the automotive field. Gerry invites his friends and customers to call him regarding their transportation requirements. Call a Carterman Our people will work for you. GLENMORE & MACLEOD Phone 252-8171 Last of the pyramid firms By James Dingwall (Financial Times) If you think pyramid sales are dead, think again. The last of the big-time pyramid sales organizations in Canada, Bestline Products of Canada Ltd., is alive and selling in Ontario under the name of 237345 Products Ltd. In addition, the company is moving into Calgary but not under the pyramid sales promotion. Instead it will be straight retail sales. On any given Wednesday night and many chosen weekends, anywhere from 50 to 100 persons will be found cramped into a stuffy overcrowded room at Bestline's head office in Dow-nsview, Ont. They are listening to a well rehearsed sales pitch one that has been used for more than 10 years across North America selling people on the idea of selling soap. In Toronto, the pitch might be delivered by Ken Wright the area co-ordinator for Downsview. At one time he practised his polished rhetoric as class president of a Swiss private school. Now, flanked by neatly stacked pyramids of Bestline products all-purpose liquid soap, laundry Bestline is only safe in one province of 1971 set out similar legislation with similar results. In New Brunswick the lotteries section of the Criminal Code of Canada was used to prosecute the Dare to be Great scheme in 1971. Quebec saw the Consumer Protection Act shut down pyramid selling altogether in 1971. The federal Combines, Investigation Act of 1976 finally outlawed pyramid selling except in those provinces that had their own legislation. According to some critics, this left Ontario's law as a giant loop-hole to be used by con artists looking for a quick buck. Any doubts concerning the activities of Bestline raise the ire of its president, Rudy Revak. An American in his mid-30s. he joined the company as a distributor in 970. Revak, along with his management team, prefers to elaborate or unwilling to recruit any newcomers to the fold. Over the past five years she has depleted her stock of soap products by selling to friends at her cost or by using it herself. "It is a really excellent product," says Mrs. Knott. "The rug shampoo is terrific f or j cleaning counter tops." The company is said to have had $7 million in revenue last year, but no exact figures have been made public. But it would be wrong to consider Bestline as just a holdover from the bad old days of rampant pyramid schemes. In fact, Bestline in Canada, along with sister . companies operating in Japan and South America is part of a -still-thriving empire controlled by " Bestline Products International Larry Grossman, minister of consumer and commercial relations has spoken of replacing the Pyramid Sales Act with a more all encompassing Franchise Act. similar to that in force in Alberta. He said recently new legislation might be introduced in 1978. But Revak isn't worried." Our marketing plan can be adjusted to whatever the government regulations require. It doesn't affect us if they have a change in policy or a change in law, whatever Winnifred Knot borrowed $1,600 to invest and she ended up using the products herself detergent and rug shampoo he presents a one-hour, non-stop argument in favour of selling soap. .! More accurately, he is suggesting for those willing to hustle that they buy into a position as a direct distributor of Bestline products and become a supplier to others who will sell the soap for you. The cost to set up as a di-' rect distributor is $3,329.24. About $1,000 is for one-time training, sales literature and meeting room expenses. The remainder pays for a small bedroom full of soap products. Bestline is now the only legal pyramid sales operation in Canada. As long as it offers a prospectus outlining the company's operations to any investor and pays a 75 per cent refund to disgruntled buyers within 60 days after a contract is' signed, the company can conduct its business anywhere in the province. For the most part, legislation has virtually outlawed pyramids in other provinces. In British Columbia, the Pyramid Distributors Act of 1973 made the practice so difficult and unprofitable that the authorities have not seen one registered since the law was enacted. In Alberta, the Franchise Act on the success stories found among Bestline distributors. Any witness to what he calls n "opportunity meeting" is likely to hear a dozen personal testimonies from financially successful Bestliners. Husband and wife teams or individuals claim to make upwards of $5,000 within months of a "special incentive bonus" system through which the company rewards those making high retail sales. However, not everyone is lucky. In 1972, Winifred Knott. 44 years old and sales clerk in a clothing store, liked the idea of being her own boss. She took out a bank loan to invest in Bestline as a direct distributor. '1 was told not to tell the bank I wanted to go into Bestline, but to say the money was for a trip to England," she says. "As it was explained to me, I wasn't supposed to sell soap . exactly, I was to get other people to join up. We were even out on street corners stopping people and asking how much they would like to make in their spare time." Mrs. Knott invested $1,600 when she joined Bestline. She estimates she sold about $20 worth of soap at retail prices before giving up. She was unable their changes, we can change our" marketing plan to fit." Already the company is selling, its product in Calgary but not under a pyramid plan. "It is straight forward direct sales," explains Revak, "Similar to Avon or Tupperware." "'' Bestline is pushing to recruit., people for its next phase of operation in Canada that of a multi-; level sales organization. With a hard-core management, team recruited through its pyra mid operations in Ontario, Bes- tline intends to emmulate sue-, cesses like Avon Products Inc. . and Amway Corp. with door-to-, door sales. . When that happens, Bestline will flip its pyramid. As it is now,, the organization is inverted, a -. company with lots of chiefs on top but very few door-knocking. Indians. Multi-level selling is modelled on more traditional designs with the workers on the bottom and management on the, top. The company insists it will make the transition, but until. Ontario law changes, the company is still head-huntig. And Mrs. Knott who never quite got off the . ground as a super-soap seller is still trying to sell a case of floor -wax. 1302 - 3rd AYE. S.W. PH. 269-3176 1 FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PETROLEUM INDUSTRY Employed over twenty years by a major integrated company, with last ten years in senior financial and administrative posts. Seeking a new challenge in the industry Salary in the $60,000 range. Reply to: BOX H-690 CALGARY HERALD 21 FOR SALE FREE STANDING RETAIL BUILDING 10 YEAR NET LEASE AT $28,838.00 QUALITY TENANT 1280,000.00 FULL PRICE COWLEY & KEITH LTD. Commercial Division Exclusive Agents -261-6690 J restaurants; for sale In Calgary, as well as good locations for restaurants. OFFICE SPACE Approximately 3,700 sq ft. of space for lease on 8th Ave. $5.00 per square ft. plus utilities Call Marian Jefferies Residence 271-5088 'jjL ,; ,y 253-8800 R-4 LAND WANTED 27,000 sq. ft approximately close to downtown. ALEXftPE Res: 252-1329 Bos: 253-5344 PROJECT MANAGER SEEKS POSITION . With Aggressive Commercial Developers Experienced in: Design, Planning.' Construction Methods. Scheduling. Contract Tendenng and Award, and Tenant Liaison. Reply to: Box H-686, Calgary Herald OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE 330 - 9th Avenue S.W. Areas from 500 to 4000 square feet Competitive Rates For additional information, please contact TRIZEC EQUITIES LIMITED 263-7120 NOW READY TO ASSIST YOU WITH YOUR MORTGAGE NEEDS HIGHFIELD FINANCIAL LTD. has Residential First Mortgages available to assist in purchase to refinance existing mortgages to finance home improvements COMPETITIVE RATES FRIENDLY SERVICE Phone 264-6863 or call in at Ste. 200, 301 -3 Ave. S.W., Calgary Professional E SPACE Located on Crowchild Trail North West in the centre of a large expanding Residential area, close to the University of Calgary, the. Foothills Hospital and only 1 5 minutes to downtown. This building will provide;-. first class office space,' ample parking with uncon- , gested access and an unrestricted view in all directions. This building is now over 60 leased so don't miss this opportunity. Available June 1 978. 261-4900 Northland Professional Building

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