Plan aims to address economic problems of Manitoba’s Interlake

Our History: May 1966

map of Manitoba's Interlake region

Our May 19, 1966 issue led with coverage of the release of a 78-page master plan to address the chronic economic problems of the Interlake. This graphic contained the recommendations for land use in the different areas of the region. Improved education was recommended as the “paramount undertaking,” followed by resource development. Agriculture Minister George Hutton, in response to “some disquiet” by farmers, emphasized that no level of government intended to get into the business of owning farmland through the Agricultural Rehabilitation and Development Act (ARDA) program that had been operating in the Interlake.

The weekly crop report said warm, dry weather was needed — there had been heavy rains May 15, and only 25 per cent of the crop had been seeded. There was extensive flooding along the Red River in 1966, and the Red River Board had opened an office to receive claims.

Officers of several credit unions were scheduled to meet to discuss the current “tight money” situation in Canada. A full-page ad from Manitoba Pool offered 10-year savings certificates at six per cent interest.

We reported that radioactive fallout from China’s third atomic bomb test was more than 33 times higher than the previous one. There were agricultural effects from more than 400 tests that were conducted by the U.S., Soviet Union and China in the 1950s and 1960s. The Strontium 90 nuclear isotope became concentrated in food, and there were particular concerns about the safety of milk.

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