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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Universities fear loss of autonomy Alberta's throe unlvwaMto and the provincial department of advanced education appear on a collision After Interviewing of academics and government representatives in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge, Herald reporter Jim Grant has written a series of six articles outlining the crash which looms. The series will be published in The Herald this week. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer flnt of six Alberta's universities are in a state of uncertainty created by fear of change and by the failure of a new government department to clearly articulate what it expects of them. Many of the fears projected by the1 university communities may well turn out to be unfounded. But in an age of anti-intellectualism any change to the university operation is viewed by academics as part of a drastic overhaul of the institution and what they represent. The provincial department of advanced education has assured the universities that it isn't interested in interfering with their autonomy but the academics claim the actions of the department in the areas of programming and research indicate otherwise. A significant division between the department of advanced education and the university academics is evident and both sides have very little sympathy for each other. There is the danger that the professoriate may let its concerns with government control and university finances interfere with teaching at the expense of education and tomorrow's society. And there is a danger that the university may relinquish its role as a critic of government and society in exchange for financial security a move that may not be intentional but that may gradually surface on the assumption that one doesn't bite the hand that feeds him. How did the universities and the department of advanced education come to lock horns when both claim to be acting in the best interests of students? First came the provincial government's decision to replace the Universities Commission with the department of advanced education. Buffer group needed The department has been in existence since September, 1971. It took over the responsibilities of the commission about a year ago. They contend that a "buffer group" is needed between the government and the universities to prevent political decisions from affecting the operations and role of the universities. They claim the Universities Commission fined the need adequately while the department of advanced education is simply an arm of the government. The minister of advanced education, Jim Foster, says the universities each have a board of governors to act as a "buffer group'' and it is the intention of the department to work more, directly with the .boards on university .Mr..-Foster claimed in a Herald interview that the process'of obtaining information and decisions from Hie university communities has been speeded up with the elimination of the commission. A! W. R. Qarrothers, University of Calgary president, told "The Herald he would "like to know their (members of the advisory groups) competence is in the field of university education. I would like to know what quality of opinion" the groups will be able to offer the department. Another major concern of some academics is not with the formation of the department of advanced education but with the way it has been operating during the past year and the people who have been appointed to some of the prominent positions in the department. In the centre of that controversy is the appointment of Walter Worth as deputy minister. _ Most of the people in the university communities interviewed by The Herald directed their wrath toward Dr. Worth and the only discontent with Mr. Foster was with his appointment of Dr. Worth as deputy minister. Grant Davey, faculty association president at the University of Alberta, believes Mr. Foster "must be looked upon as an ineffective minister" Worth seems to be making the department's policies. It was a mistake in the first place, he says, to appoint the man who wrote the report (Worth Report on Educational Planning) that has become the department's guiding force to a position in which he will attempt to implement it "come hell or high water." Dr. Davey says "it doesn't matter if the report is good or bad the man who wrote the report will try to have every bit of it implemented." University of Lethbridge professor E. M. Webking, president of the Alberta federation of faculty- associations, says the Worth Report makes fun of intellectuals and its author is biased and prejudiced against universities. "He continually makes charges that are Dr. Webking claims. Dr. Worth, in a Herald interview, responded to such accusations by suggesting that some people in the universities were striking out at him and the department merely because it is asking the universities what they are doing and where they are going. And "if that makes them insecure he suggested with the same type of flair that angers the university academics when he speaks to them. Knows what's going on Foster is disgusted at the suggestion Dr. Worth is running the department. "These chaps are awfully naive if they think I don't know what is going on in this department. I am responsible for all decisions made by this he says. The universities have also expressed concern with what appears to be a trend of favoritism in the department of advanced education toward manpower education. When expressing the concern they also point out that Dr. Worth took an anti-intellectualism stance in his report and is now spreading the same attitude throughout the department. The academics claim Dr. Worth and the department are set on classifying colleges, trade schools and universities into one all-encompassing system. The universities and the colleges are offering two different types of education and when a system of controls that works effectively in the manpower education situation is forced on the universities, the uniqueness of university education is lost, they say. The university communities are suspicious and they become more suspicious as the "bureaucratic monster" (department of advanced education) expands into areas that have been traditionally and universities believe should continue to be solely under their jurisdiction. H CBC ordered to cut commercials By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) CBC radio and television networks operate today under a new five-year mandate given the state-owned corporation by the Canadian Radio- Television Commission (CRTC) on the condition that it reduce or eliminate com- mercials. The commission renewed the CBC licences a few hours before they were due to expire Sunday midnight, praising the corporation for what it has dune but admonishing it to do better in future. The CRTC ordered the CBC to: out commercials on FM radio, effective li except where AM Jan. such as the sturdy afternoon Metropolitan Opera broad- only available to the CfiP wlth commercials. down the present ration 8DOUt 10 minutes of commercials an hour onCBC- -TV networks. Starting Oct. 1, iVre dfe limit is to be eight and it is to be cut by one nunute per hour until it reaches five minutes in 1978- Tne ucencM come up for renewal again in March, _Us4 Canadian programs for at least half toe TV broadcast time between I p.m. and 9 p.m.. on a four- week avert ge, starting Oct. 1, 1976, and require privately- owned CBC affiliate stations to air them as well. Currently the CBC uses U.S. programs heavily in this time slot. television com- mercials aimed at children under the age of IS, starting next Jan. 1. CBC President Laurent Pi- card told a parliamentary committee on broadcasting last June that all children- oriented commercials would be eliminated by September, 1974. Numerous consumer and broadcasting interest groups had urged the ban. Parliament Itself last July concurred with a Commons broadcasting committee report calling for strict regulations on children's television advertising. The CBC has already adopted many of these conditions as policy, but the CRTC ruling makes them binding as part of CBC li- cences to operate. The CBC has cut off advertising aimed at children, and does not carry commercials on its FM stations. It announced last week it intends to cut advertising out of its AM programming. While renewing the network licences for five yean, the CRTC renewed some CBC transmitter licences for only two, three or four years. This will enable the commission to delve into local CBC facilities more deeply than it could this year when all the licences ex- pired at the same time. To further inter-regional broadcasting, the CRTC said the CBC board of directors should set up a special fund to finance programs interpreting English-speaking Canada to French-speaking areas, and vice-versa. And it said the CBC must play a bigger role in promoting the feature film industry, helping to sell films abroad and giving at least IS premieres to Canadian films on the CBC-TV network each year. CBC commercial revenue from TV amounts to about million a year, but Laurent Pi- card, CBC president, has said it would cost ISO million a .year to give them up. The extra million represents the cost to the CBC of filling up the air 10 minutes an hour other program material. Parliament is being.asked to vote million for the CBC in the new 1974-75 fiscal year which starts today. The total vote for 1973-74 was 1273 million. The letttbrldae Herald VOL LXVII 92 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, APRIL 1, 1974 10 Cents 20 Pages 5-cent a gallon break service station manager Con Pilling watches oil company representative John Cole lower pump prices. Americans allege fuel overcharge By EDWARD COWAN New York Times Service WASHINGTON Federal energy office price investigators disclosed over the weekend that they were in the final stages of an inquiry into alleged overcharging for gasoline and other petroleum products by some major oil companies. The companies were not identified but were referred to as "household by one official. The investigators are assembling what they believe is evidence that some companies have "paid" prices to foreign corporati? affiliates for crude, oil ther1 raised prices to customer'8 to cover the higne'> "costs." In sorne instances, the investigal101'8 are tracing costs througl1 a series of transactions involving corporate1 affiliates which the regard as unnecessary middlemen betweei1 the producing company and its sister refining company. Another possibility is that a broker Time appeals flight limit A restriction on the number of Time Air flights between Edmonton and Grande Prairie will be appealed by the airline Tuesday in Ottawa. Time Air has received approval for two round-trip flights a day between the two cities instead of the three round-trip flights a day it applied -for, Time president Stubb Ross said today. The application for three round-trip flights a day was made following a study of the economics of operating the service and "we are not too sure" it can be economically operated under the restrictions, Mr. Ross said. The times of the flights were also restricted to certain hours so that Time Air's flights wouldn't interfere with the service already being provided between the Northern cities by Pacific Western Airlines, he said. But Mr. Ross doesn't see Time Air competing for passengers with PWA if it was only three flights in and out ot Grande Prairie each He said1 PWA operates a jet that caries over 100 passengers while Time Air's twin only carries 18 passenger's- So it would be for us" to take was a middleman between two affiliated companies, officials said. In effect, officials indicated, whether the transaction between producer and affiliated refiner was direct or circuitous, the company may have been paying itself more than a fair market price for crude oil. If the federal energy office wins what is expected to be a hotly contested battle with the companies, substantial price reductions for some brands of gasoline could result. The officials believe that the alleged violations have been occurring for at least three' months and that they may involve more than million. If the agency compelled substantial price reductions, it would be a political plus for the Nixon administration in its running battle with congressional Democrats over a price rollback. The president vetoed a bill containing a rollback of some crude oil prices and Democrats are expected to try to make political capital of that fact as the autumn elections approach. business awav PWA- Mr Ro0s will meet with the air transport committee of the Canadian Transport Commit'0" Ottawa Tuesday see can't be somf modifications made." Agreement MONTREAL (CP) The Canadian1 Lake Carriers Association 'MHnm Union of Canada (SIU) today agreed or1 ncw contract after negotiations with Labor Minister John Inside 'Iff Shtok to buy Classified....... 16-19 Comics............ 5 Comment.......... 4 District............13 Family........ 14, 15 Local News 11, 12 Markets...........20 Sports...........WO Theatres...... 7 TV............... Weather.......... 3 LOW TONIGHT M HIGH TUESDAY 4S CLOUDY City gas cut 50 Belfast market searched BELFAST (AP) Hundreds of troops and police today sealed off the market of Belfast, an Irish Republican Army stronghold, in a search for explosives. The search came as Prime Minister Harold Wilson prepared to meet in London with key cabinet ministers to discuss new security measures after a weekend of violence that left six dead in Ulster. Merlyn Rees, the secretary of state for Northern Ireland, returned from Belfast to London, to give Wilson a first- hand account of the weekend bloodshed. Rees will deliver a policy statement to the House of Commons Thursday and is expected to announce new security measures. Political commentators predict these will probably include tightening security at 'Northern Ireland's ports and along the 260-mile border with the Irish republic. That would be an attempt to block the terrorists' pipelines for smuggled explosives. More- intensive roadblock and search operations may also be included. Gasoline prices at most city service stations dropped five cents this morning as local dealers passed on the provincial tax reduction to customers. All major brand stations, a self-serve station, and discount stations contacted by The Herald indicated they had turned back their pump meters by the five-cent amount today. This leaves prices in the city ranging fromj42.9 to 49.S cents for regular gas and 50.9 to 54.9 for premium' gasoline. Lowest prices were thf discount stations 42.9 and 43.9 cents for regular at the self-serve station where regular was also 43SfreeHts? Regular most .brand" name stations contacted ranged between 46.1 to cents. The low prices will likely be just a brief respite for the motorist, however, as retail prices are expected to rise possibly within a month to six weeks, in line with the federal-provincial agreement hiking Alberta crude oil prices to from a barrel. The major oil companies have indicated pump prices will go up after current inventories are used up, but they're not yet predicting exactly when this will occur. According to some company spokesmen the increase could average between seven and eight cents a gallon. Local brand-name dealers said today they were told by their companies to drop prices five cents, and some said they also had letters from the provincial government asking them to drop prices by the five-cent amount. Minimum wage up OTTAWA (CP) The federal minimum wage goes to an hour today from One dealer said a government inspector read ills pumps last week and told him spot checks would be made at gas stations beginning this week to make sure the full gas tax reduction was .being passed on to consumers. The government had arranged to compensate'- service stations for gasoline stock purchased while the higher tax was in effect so that the price reduction could begin today. hold sought OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment has quietly delivered a secret note to the U.S. state department proposing a five- point program of negotiations aimed at keeping giant oil tankers away from the British Columbia coast and reducing damage from oil spills. In contrast to past notes on the proposed U.S. tanker route from Alaska, which have been heralded by statements in the Commons by cabinet ministers, the external affairs department this time refuses to disclose the details of the message, delivered last Monday. But it is understood to contain a request to discuss these points: routes for tankers unloading Alaskan oil at refineries at Cherry Point, Wash., that would reduce the danger of spills in the narrow Strait of Juan de Fuca. One option is setting up a terminal off shore, with an undersea pipeline to the refineries. action to set up navi- gation controls to cut the risk for employees 17 years- of collisions or groundings. old or older. For those less than 17 the minimum wage goes to an hour from under increases announced by Labor Minister John Munro last December. About workers will be affected. Proposal ASMARA, Ethiopia (AP) Eritrean Liberation Front guerrillas have promised to release two Canadians and three Americans if Ethiopian authorities guarantee not to retaliate, a United States oil company official disclosed today. S9tn and (ward About town Helen DavMsea returning to her seat at a smorgasbord with a full plate because there was no place to put her dirty plate Ron Clark saying newspapers should be printed in fluorescent ink so people can mad them in the dark. plans to fight oil spills. plans to compensate shore interests in either country for damages from spills. planning and consultation on a long-term basis to govern coastal shipping in the interests of residents on both sides of the border. CONFIRM DELIVERY Confirming delivery of the note, officials said their hush- hush strategy is aimed at con- vincing U.S. authorities of Ot- tawa's desire for "a cool and mature approach" to the pollution dangers of the proposed tanker route, without the heated public pressures that have ac- companied such talks in recent years. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, who has opposed the tanker route for years, told U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger Feb. 10 that the Canadian note would be coming. Officials say that under international law, Canada could not impose unilateral ba riers against ships moving into Cherry Point. So negotiations are necessary to reach agreements to help' prevent ;