April 5, 1957

HEALTH AND WELFARE

INQUIRY AS TO DANGER OF RADIATION FROM TELEVISION SETS, ETC.


On the orders of the day:


CCF

George Hugh Castleden

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. G. H. Caslleden (Yorkion):

I wish to direct a question to the Minister of National Health and Welfare, of which I have given him notice. First, will the minister inform the house whether or not the research division of his department has found any possibility of dangerous radiation in (a) television sets and (b) X-ray or fluoroscope machines used in some retail shoe stores in Canada? Second, if there is any indication of such radiation, what steps have been taken by the minister's department to protect the Canadian public?

Inquiries of the Ministry Hon. Paul Marlin (Minister of National Health and Welfare): My hon. friend did give me notice the day before yesterday. In answer to the first part of his question I may say that representative types of Canadian television sets have been investigated to determine if radiation from them presents a health hazard. No radiation could be detected emerging from the sets that were studied. My technical officers in the environmental health division are confident that the sets being used in Canadian homes present no health hazard from radiation. This confirms the statement of the British medical research council in their report of June, 1956, when they observed that nuclear and allied radiations did not in this context constitute either a personal or significant genetic hazard to man. In the course of the continuing studies being made by our department of the effects of radiation, my hon. friend may be sure that this matter is under continuous surveillance.

With regard to the second question may I say this. At the end of last session I referred to the report of the technical committee of the United Nations on radiation with special regard to fluoroscopes. In consequence I pointed out that it was desirable that the use of fluoroscopes should be made only in accordance with careful standard medical procedures. It is not within the authority of the federal government to eliminate these fluoroscopes. That is a matter which under our constitution comes under the authority of the provinces. They have been advised of this situation, and I think we may assume that they are taking necessary steps if the situation in Ottawa is an indication of what has resulted. I am informed that at the present time, for instance, 14 of the 21 machines examined a year ago in Ottawa have been discontinued. I would assume that the provinces are taking vigilant action in other communities.

Topic:   HEALTH AND WELFARE
Subtopic:   INQUIRY AS TO DANGER OF RADIATION FROM TELEVISION SETS, ETC.
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NATIONAL PARKS

REQUEST FOR SPECIAL RATES FOR YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS


On the orders of the day:


SC

Ray Thomas

Social Credit

Mr. Ray Thomas (Wetaskiwin):

Mr. Speaker,

I should like to ask the Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources whether he is now able to enlarge upon the answer he gave me yesterday regarding the passage of organized tours of youth organizations through the national parks.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR SPECIAL RATES FOR YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS
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LIB

Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources)

Liberal

Hon. Jean Lesage (Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources):

Mr. Speaker,

the answer to the question asked yesterday is yes. The national parks highway traffic regulations have been amended by order in council

Inquiries of the Ministry P.C. 1957/378, dated March 21. That amendment provides tor a reduction from the normal rate ot halt a cent per passenger mile to a quarter of a cent with a maximum fee for any single trip of $10, in certain cases and under certain conditions determined in the order in council.

Topic:   NATIONAL PARKS
Subtopic:   REQUEST FOR SPECIAL RATES FOR YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS
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ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED INCREASE IN COST OF CONSTRUCTION


On the orders of the day:


PC

John Borden Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. John B. Hamilton (York West):

Mr. Speaker, I should like to direct a question to the Minister of Transport. Would he comment on the report from Washington that it is indicated that our estimated share of the St. Lawrence seaway construction costs, already large, has now risen from $176 million to $285 million?

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED INCREASE IN COST OF CONSTRUCTION
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I would answer by referring the hon. gentleman to the budget of the St. Lawrence seaway authority, which was recently tabled in parliament.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED INCREASE IN COST OF CONSTRUCTION
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PC

John Borden Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Hamilton (York West):

I wonder

whether the minister would care to indicate to the house whether this is a final estimate for these costs or whether he expects further increases.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED INCREASE IN COST OF CONSTRUCTION
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Mr. Marler:

I would not attempt to read the future. All I can say is that it is the latest estimate but not necessarily a final estimate.

Topic:   ST. LAWRENCE SEAWAY REPORTED INCREASE IN COST OF CONSTRUCTION
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AIRPORTS

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS ON TERMINAL


On the orders of the day:


PC

William McLean Hamilton

Progressive Conservative

Mr. W. M. Hamilion (Notre Dame de Grace):

Mr. Speaker, I have a question for the Minister of Transport. Since construction work on the new terminal facilities building at Dorval airport is substantially behind schedule owing to delays by subcontractors, will the Minister of Transport inform the house what steps are being taken to correct this situation?

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS ON TERMINAL
Sub-subtopic:   FACILITIES BUILDING
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LIB

George Carlyle Marler (Minister of Transport)

Liberal

Hon. George C. Marler (Minister of Transport):

Mr. Speaker, I would not accept the premises which the hon. gentleman has just laid for his question. So far as I know, there is nothing in connection with the construction that requires further intervention by the Department of Transport.

Topic:   AIRPORTS
Subtopic:   CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS ON TERMINAL
Sub-subtopic:   FACILITIES BUILDING
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April 5, 1957