The Windsor Star from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on June 16, 1976 · 2
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The Windsor Star indsor edncsday June 16 1976 Page 3 Long elevator lines seen with good crop f T? v x sf f ' " 'M -' . .v"-3yvy. w-m m T3E5 By BILL HICKEY CHATHAM Bumper grain crops again this year will mean the same long lineups at grain elevators that farmers experienced last year, grain dealers were warned Tuesday. Murray McPhail, executive vice-president of the Ontario Grain and Feed Dealers Association, told the annual grain conference here that rail facilities for moving out grain would be no better than last year. With bumper harvests of wheat in July and corn and soybeans last fall, lineups were longer than they had been for years and some elevators had to close because of the backlog. Movement of grain by water is a specialized and intricate job being well done by a few companies, Mr. McPhail said. The trucking system is also doing an excellent job, he said. I dont think we ever had a worse situation regarding rail movement of grain than last last fall, he said. Mr. McPhail said the rail needs of the grain elevators were surveyed and the rail companies bad the greatest number of cars ever in their system last year. Although the rail companies received a lot of the blame for the grain backlog, Mr. McPhail said, the railways blamed grain companies for not quickly turning the rail cars around. The rail companies say they are not building new hopper cars for us to use as storage space, he said. He said he did not expect the rail companies would be able to provide any more cars this year than last. 1 dont think this trade can ever be reasonably expected to handle a harvest such as we had last fall, with three weeks of solid good weather for harvesting and farmers putting big lights on their combines and going all night. Maybe its not the best thing that we take pride in saying we never shut down our elevators. We may have to do a hell of a lot tougher negotiating regarding handling charges if this is going to continue, he said. "1 just do not think it is feasible to keep adding storage space to meet the maximum harvest. Old rural landmarks under new CHATHAM The grain elevator, a landmark in almost every rural community in Southwestern Ontario, is now facing the problem of making itself cleaner and quieter. Tuesday, grain dealers gathered here for their annual conference had their first look at guidelines for air pollution drawn up by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. The guidelines were outlined briefly by Walter Suboch, head of the food and forest unit of the pollution control division of the ministry in Toronto. But the dealers, most of them officials of the major grain handling corporations in the province, also heard a report from a committee of their own members which has been studying dust emissions from grain dryers for the past three years. The dust and noise of commercial grain dryers at the elevators is the major area of concern. Frank Archibald of Chatham, general manager of western Ontario grain operations for Maple Leaf Mills Ltd. and chairman of the dealer committee, said the problem had largely been isolated. "We can now tell where the emissions come from and we have a pretty good idea what we can do about them, he told an audience of about 80 members of the Ontario Grain and Feed Dealers Association. The committee, in co-operation with staff members at the University of Guelph, has been studying grain drying operations at nine sites in Ontario since 1973. Gord McNern outlined for the conference the success the Norfolk Co-Operative in Simcoe has had eliminating dust and noise from its drying operation by installing a settling chamber and noise barriers. He said he did not have the detailed data on particulate emissions but said the cooperative was taking three or four truckloads of matter from the settling chamber during the fall harvest "matter which previously was blowing all over town. Mr. Suboch said the ministry was quite satisfied with what the Norfolk Co-Operative and some others had done to control noise and air pollution. He said most new dryers were clean and quiet enough to satisfy the ministry. He also said water pollution was no problem with any of the elevators. We do feel you can control your dust problem and that, especially for the many smaller operations, you can fabricate yout own collector rather than buy some commercial models," he said. . He said the pollution control guidelines drawn up by the ministry were not regulations or laws, but were to serve as a reference document for ministry officials in negotiating with grain companies on air pollution. I We recognize that the major problem facing all of you is economic. The document will help us in determining what the problem is, what can be done, and how soon, Mr. Suboch said. Later in the program, Dr. Fred Bakker-Arkema of Michigan State University outlined progress in developing grain dryers which are more energy efficient. He said that currently, about 65 per cent CONTINUED on page 4 Probe request denied SARNIA TOWNSHIP -Deputy Reeve Bernice Rade wants an investigation into the townships building department but cant get the backing of council. Mrs. Rade said Tuesday she has received enough, complaints from township residents to question the competency of inspections being done. "I couldnt get anywhere with council. Tne reeve (Ken James) said these things shouldn't be brought out in a public meeting," Mrs. Rade said. But she said the public would not be aware of the problem if it was discussed in a closed session. "Maybe Ive generated a little bit of interest now, At least Ive tried," said Mrs. Rade. At Monday's township meeting, Mrs. Rade argued in favor of the investigation but could drum up no support. Reeve James said at the meeting Monday that Mrs. Rade's remarks were, "in very poor taste." He said the should have notified the rest of council before publicly criticizing the building department. Reeve James said he hasnt received any complaints about the building inspectors. 'r . t$k .. .'"j,;, .4jvv-j? s. ,Vc ilf CONTINUOUS -POUR Workmen spent all day Tuesday pouring concrete lor construction of a bridge on Central Avenue over railway tracks that will allow Central to be extended to what will eventually be E. C. Row Expressway. The pouring started at 6 a.m. and lasted for 20 hours to complete the 360-foot span. Bot Construction of Oakville is doing the $1.3 million job. Tenders are expected to be called shortly for extending E. C. Row easterly from Howard Avnue to Walker Road. Delays between the provincial Photo by WALTER JACKSON and federal government over an agreement for building a railway overpass east of Walker Road on the expressway route have caused to be split in two parts. When an agreement is reached, another contract will be called to extend the expressway. Arbitration deadline extended CHATHAM The deadline for an arbitration award which will resolve outstanding matters in a 1975-76 contract dispute between the Kent County Board of Education and some 500 secondary teachers has been extended until June 21. Teacher sources here said they expect the award to be issued on that date. The deadline for Donald OShea, chairman of the three-man arbitration panel, was extended Tuesday by the Educational Relations Commission (ERC) in Toronto because Mr. O'Shea needed more time, said the commission's Director of Field Services, Sam McKeown. Although the ERC said last week that the deadline was June 14, that date passed without any word of Mr. O'Sheas report or an extension. Mr. McKeown said that the ERC has been removed from the arbitration panel dealing with the Kent County dispute for two reasons: The teachers and board agreed voluntarily to submit outstanding issues to arbitration, whereas other arbitration disputes in which the ERC has been involved in Windsor, Kirkland Lake, Central Algoma and Sault Ste. Marie were initiated by provincially-legislated orders to proceed with arbitration. And, Mr. McKeown said, the Kent arbitration panel consists of three persons, not one as in the other cases. The board-teacher dispute, more than a year old, has gone through stages of work-to-rule strike, teacher walk-outs at several schools and a board lock-out of teachers. Since Bill 100, provincial legislation governing collective agreements between school boards and teachers, was passed last summer, the Kent County case is the only one in which a board and teachers have voluntarily resolved their contract dispute through arbitration. The arbitrated award will be binding on both parties. Kent teachers requests revealed By KEITH ROLLAND CHATHAM - Secondary teachers in Kent County are basing their submission to arbitrator Donald O'Shea primarily on a historical relationship with teachers in Windsor and Essex County and other workers here. A copy of the confidential brief was obtained from local sources involved in the year-long dispute between the Kent County Board of Education and about 500 secondary teachers over a 1975-76 contract. The teuchcrs are seeking a salary grid ranging from $1 1, .00 for a teacher with no experience in category one to $24,000 for a category-four teacher with 10 years of experience. The board's latest offer reportedly called for a minimum of $10,800 and a maximum of $22,700. "The teachers are aware that their monetary demands are very substantial," the brief suys. "However, we ask the board to view them in the light of the declining relative position of Kent County teachers over the years since 1969. "From a position of relative equality in 1969 with Windsor teacher rates, Kent teachers are $4,520 a year below the Windsor minimum and $4,463 beneath the Windsor maximum. Whut is more, Kent teachers have failed to keep pace with upward movements in the wages of other industrialized workers in Ontario." Mr. O'Shea, chairman of a three-man arbitration panel established after the bourd and teachers reached an impasse over money issues, is expected Monday to issue his eagerly-awaited award. Because of the similarity of economy and school systems in Essex and Kent Counties, teacher salaries should also be comparable, the brief suggests. Compared with a large segment of the community, Kent teachers have suffered financial losses in recent years, have not kept pace with increases in the consumer price index or shared fully in increased productivity or economic growth, the brief says. Maximum salaries of Chatham first-class firemen und of first-class police con-stables have risen dramatically since 1969, according to a graph in the teachers brief And, they maintain, both groups require much less education than teachers und reach maximum salaries in three to four years. Nurses, who require only two years of formal education beyond Grade 12 compared to six years for teachers, earn a starting salary of $13,380 while the teachers are seeking a starting salary of $ll200, the brief notes. "Teachers salaries should experience similar growth to maintain their position relative to others in the community," says the brief, submitted by District Two (Kent County) of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. In a summary statement, the teachers conclude: "Kent teachers sincerely believe they have fallen behind as a result of inadequate salary settlements over the last seven years. In our view, this situation should be rectified, particularly in the light of the ability of the Kent County Board of Educations healthy financial position. We believe this group of teachers to be among the most qualified in the province. If they are to stay in the employ of the Kent County board, their remuneration must be sub stantially improved." In the brief, the teachers ask for a monthly cost-of-living allowance equal to the rate of the consumer price index for Canada, and a "folded-in allowance at the end of the contract, period. And they seek a compression of teachers salary grid to nine years, so that teachers would reach max-imun salary in nine instead of 10 of 12 years. The teachers propose a basic salary grid of between $31,200 and $33,600 for principals and between $27,-600 and $30,000 for viceprincipals. They also ask that the board pay 100 per cent of premium costs of all fulltime employees in the Cooperative Health Services of Ontario, 75 per cent of a CONTINUED on page 4 f London girl found dead Fund drive under way for new Thedford arena CHATHAM GOLD Chathams Rachel Amelia has brought two more gold medals back to her home town. A long-time figure skating champion, Miss Amelias latest medals were won in Hamilton at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships. She won these two golds for figures and free skating. She was formerly the novice womans champion for western Ontario and a gold medallist at international trials held in Lake tlacld, N.Y. and at Toronto. THEDFORD - A fundraising drive is under way to replace the Thcdrord Arena which was condemned as unsafe a month ago. Earl Lean, chairman of the arena commission, said Tuesday the fund-raisers hope to receive $I50.0U0 in pledges by the end of June. "If we get that much, Win-tario will match us with the same amount. Then were sure we can get government grants for the rest, he said. He estimated the new arena will cost $600,000. "Everything should fall into pljce and we should be playing hockey in the new arena by January. We are an optimistic bunch around here," he said. Thedford was one of the communities asked by the province to conduct structural safety tests on Its arena. A London consulting firm concluded that the 28-year-old structure was in danger of collapsing under heavy snow or wind conditions, FOREST - The body of a 15-year-old London girl was found in a field about three miles west of here Tuesday afternoon by a local farmer. Police identified the girl as Susan Scholes, 15, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Scholes of London. She had been living with her family at their summer home in Hillsborough, about six miles west of here, and was last seen in Forest ubout I p.m. Police said an autopsy showed death was caused by a puncture wound to the windpipe and that foul play is supcctcd. Button starts pipeline oil. flow S ARNI A The push of a button was all it took T uesday to start the crude oil flow ing in the Sarnia-to-Montreal pipeline. Interprovincial Pipeline Co. operator Jack Ross in Sarnia received an "all systems go" call from Montreal before pressing the button which started the system at 10.45 a.m. The official start-up was delayed 43 minutes because of a technical hitch I Montreal. A pressure release valve had to I installed there. The line is 320 miles long and took cig1 months to build. It will carry an initial 121 000 barrels each day until the fall when tl figure will be reviewed by the Nation Lncrgy Board. '

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