Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
City council lacks parking meter rate to 10 cents an hour Parking meter were doubled and dty business tax jumped one per cent as dty council looked for ways to reduce the 1974 toz bill hike Monday. A number of cuts were also made In dty department budgets in council's budget committee meeting in efforts to pare down an 8.06 mill projected tax increase to a more palatable its mill hike recommended by City Manager AlUster Piadlay. Parking meter rates will be 10 cents per hour and five cents per half hour with the U-minute penny rate eliminated, probably by June 1, if all the meters can be converted by then. The city engineering department estimates that after conversion costs of dty coffers will be enriched by about by the higher rates for seven months this year, and than by about annually evecy year after that Council voted W for the increase with Aid. Cam Barnes, AM. Steve Koteh, and Aid. BUI Kergan opposed. The business tax increase will add about to dty revenues, but hi less than Mr. Findlay had hoped to gain with a two per cent jump-to 10 per cent. Council voted M for the nine per cent rate with Aid. Cam Banes, Steve Kotch and BUI Kergan opposed, after first voting down motions that the tax remain at eight per cent, and then that it go up only by H per cent. City revenue from the business tax will be about H71.HI (be ntae par cent Tne average JoceJ buntnesnes will amount to areunFw, according to city estimates. The fire department took the largest budget cut with its request for 10 more firemen eliminated and its endpnieat expenditures reduced by a wboppinglltMul to Aldermen felt 10 new men this yenr weren't needed because12 had been hMd last year. The department wanted the man tooting its platoon, or shift, strength up to 15. The department also wanttt to buy pumper trucks at a cost of to replace 27- year-old and M-year-old vehicles, but the cut will probably mean putting purchase of one or both back at least a year. Council was willing to give department, which hat no new 1171, hut the pormittlon to hire only four ef'the wanted. Police commission chairman Harold Vosnurgh told council more men were needed to keep up with city expansion. The now nuttbers M, the same as in 1971. Council saved about IUJM hi salaries by agreeing to hire four mslansl of ttvw eonttablni in June. A number of other bwiget-juggliag mensuns were approved by council to reduce city taxation requirements by some this year. JMrtanlm furnliiliMi. wnSfc arc to be'paid for community ifimtttfUf if penult, ami allffcatioii of water and electric department and reserves totalling some to the relief of taxation. Other money-saving moves Included eUmlnaUon of the library board wanted to set aside for purchase of a bookmobile, and delaying relocation of the city greenhouse for a year, saving some this year. Council will have another crack at the budget next Monday when Mr. Findlay wants the mill rate struck so the city can begin preparing to collect 1074 taxes. The LetKbridge Herald VOL. LXVI! 99 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, APRIL 9. 1974 10 Cents 56 Pages Conference seeks boxcar mess answer Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A major national conference on Canada's transportation problems, to be held here tomorrow may be a mile- stone en route to a new trans- portation policy. Transport Minister Jean Marchand said yesterday the conference will be attended by railway executives, the ship- pers, "and all those who are users of railways." It will be open to the press. Jack Homer (PC- chairman of the Commons Standing Committee on Transport and Communications, has also been invited to attend the meeting. Purpose of the conference, Mr Marchand said, "is to get to know exactly what is happening and to ask the railways what we want to ask them." Mr. Marchand also revealed yesterday that a boxcar com- missioner has been appointed and will be presented at the meeting. The new appointee, who was not named, "will monitor dis- tribution of boxcars in Can- Mr. Marchand said. Former Prime Minister John Diefenbaker suggested several months ago that a boxcar czar be appointed to force the railways to meet their commitments, Mr. Marchand appeared re- ceptive to the idea at the time. The minister has since stated in a Commons speech that Canada's transportation system is in a "mess" and More jobs in March By NEIL GILBRIOE OTTAWA (CP) Total em- ployment rose in March for the sixth consecutive month to a total of 8.7 million, while unemployment edged down to 5.4 from 5.5 per cent of the labor force, Statistics Canada reported today. The month's total job gain of was shared by Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec and was greater than the seasonally expected increase for early spring. Jobs declined in the Atlantic and Prairie regions. During the past year, total employment in Canada rose the report said. The actual decline in unem- ployment was to a total of but much of the drop is customary at this time of year and Statistics Canada figured it was a smaller decrease of on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Classified....... 26-29 Comics............24 4, 5 District............19 Family..... 22, 23, 31 Local News 17, 18 Markets...........30 Sports.......... 12-15 Theatres........... 7 TV................ e Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 38, HIGH WED. tt; SUNNY. MILD i THE PUZZLE IVANY SUPPORTED Prices expected to rise i m_ _ A _ _ m W> ______ ._ _ __ conceded that the government had no policies at the time to solve the problems. The government has been severely criticized for months, particularly because grain and lumber shipments have fallen far behind schedule due to a boxcar shortage. Mr. Marchand also told the Commons yesterday that he will soon present a policy paper to cabinet on changes which he feels should be made in his department. He implied that the national conference next week will be a major step toward devising new policy. Wellhead difference explained OTTAWA (CP) -The aver- age increase in the wellhead price of a barrel of Canadian crude oil following last month's federal-provincial oil price agreement is five cents more than Ottawa originally anticipated, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Monday. He said in the Commons the difference stemmed from a misunderstanding between Ottawa and Alberta over what increase was necessary to bring the average wellhead price to a barrel. Government officials" have said the federal estimate of the increase included more expensive non-conventional oil. He said Ottawa would have liked consultation to clear up the misunderstanding, but it is not a fundamental problem "and therefore not an issue we wish to press further at this time." Legislation also covers oil products OTTAWA (CP) Oil- pricing legislation before Parliament provides for extension of the export tax to oil products as well as crude, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Monday. He said the charges could be imposed by regulation. "The absence of a charge on products has meant that export in that form have not borne their share of 'he said in the Commons. EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Legislature gave unanimous support Monday to a recommendation that the Very Rev. Randall Eugene Ivany be appointed the new provincial ombudsman. The 41-year-old Anglican churchman will start his a year job May 1, replacing George McClellan who is retiring from the position he held since 1967. Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader, and NDP leader Grant Notley both praised Dr. Ivany, who will leave his position as dean and rector of All Saints' Anglican Cathedral in Edmonton. Dr. Ivany was one of 182 candidates for the job who applied to a special legislative committee. Beef imports grind to halt at border Dad's plane? Justin Trudeau, two-year- old son of Prime Minister Trudeau, asks his mother Margaret Monday night if the airplane that just landed at CFB Uplands airport was his daddy's airplane It was minutes later Prime Minister Trudeau left the aircraft to be greeted by Justin and Margaret. Mr. Trudeau was returning from France. Tornadoes hit again Gas price stability awaited before cuts THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tornadoes have struck again at four southern states, killing one person and injuring more than two dozen. Widespread damage was reported. The twisters hit sections of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and South Carolina Monday, less than Vi week 'after a savage outbreak of tornadoes which claimed more than 300 lives in 11 states and Canada. The Alapaha, Ga., police station was, blown over by a twister, and five persons were injured; extensive property damage was reported in Anderson County, S.C., where several mobile homes were overturned and a bouse war ripped from, its foundation; eight persons were treated at hospitals after a tornado struck the northern part of Ga.; and a also slashed into Athens in southeast Tennessee, damaging eight businesses, 10 homes and a school. Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Alberta government will wait until gasoline prices stabilize before considering a further reduction in its gasoline tax, Premier Peter Lougheed said Monday. He told Opposition Leader Bob Clark prices will have to stabilize at both the retail and wholesale levels before the government takes action. Alberta just chopped five cents off the tax per gallon, bringing the levy down to 10 cents a gallon. Mr. Lougheed told the legislature earlier Albertans now enjoyed probably the lowest gasoline prices in the world. He said further cuts would nave to be considered carefully as they could encourage squandering of the non-renewable resource. Don Getty, minister of federal and intergov- ernmental affairs, told Bill Wyse (SC Medicine Hat Redcliff) that it has not been decided when the Suffield gas reserves will.be handed over to the Alberta Energy Company. It will, not be until after evaluation of the giant reserves is completed and the act creating the company, a joint government public venture, hi passed? Mr. Getty said. Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, told the legislature that decision has been made either about the percentage of the reserve to be saved for use in muth eastern Alberta. The has been the matter with Medicine Hat for some time. In the field of energy stored in coal reserves, Mr. Dickie said the government was considering bringing them under the control of the Alberta petroleum marketing commission which sets the price of oil and gas reserves. One decision last approaching is the decision to buy into Interprovincial Pipeline and Steel Company of Regina. The cabinet was to sit down and discuss taking up its option on 21 per cent of the shares in the company today. The deadline for buying in is April 13. Fred Peacock, minister of industry and commerce, is pushing the option as a means to creating a viable steel industry with stable prices on the prairies. The company would spend hundreds of millions of dollars to expand its operations into Alberta. Tape reply WASHINGTON (AP) -The House of Representatives judiciary committee expects today the promised reply from the While House to its request for tapes of 42 presidential conversations. Firemen get support VANCOUVER (CP) The strike by Vancouver Airport went into its fifth straight day Tuesday while department of national defence civilian firefighters in Victoria walked off their jobs in support of the strike. The 115 firemen employed at the Esquimau dockyards hi Victoria voted Monday night to walk off at 8 a.m. to support the strike which has virtually halted all commercial flights at 10 British Columbia airports. The naval yard firemen union local disbanded Monday and its members voted to call themselves the department of national defence firefighters action committee. In Vancouver, a spokesman for the airport firemen expressed frustration at not having been contacted by two ministry of transport officials who flew here from Ottawa in an attempt to get firefighters back on the job. About town Jidge L. S. Twcotte being introduced as the Henry Kissinger of Lethbridge a sleepy Garth Leavitt getting up in the middle of the night to get his wife some pills and taking them himself. Importation of American cattle ground to a halt today giving Canadian cattlemen what they have been demanding for months more control over the prices they receive for their cattle. With the federal government's move effective midnight Monday requiring that all imported livestock be. certified as not being fed diethylstilbestrol Canadian cattle prices will directly reflect the domestic supply. The situation is likely to exist until the United States government reacts to the Canadian ban of DES-fed livestock and works out its procedure for certifying livestock bound for Canada as DES free. Meat packers and producers suspect the government's action will increase retail beef prices significantly. A Montreal meat packer today predicted beef prices will increase as much as 60 cents a pound. DES is a livestock growth stimulant banned in Canada Jan. but now allowed in the United States. CANCER LINK Health authorities in several countries have linked the growth stimulant with cancer. Local beef industry spokesmen say retail beef prices will be affected if producers start to withhold animals, creating an artificial shortage. Cattle prices would then increase in relation to the amount of cattle withheld. Sheep and hogs are also included in the DES certification order, but the effect on Canadian wholesale and retail sheep and hog prices are likely to.be minimal. The president of the Alberta Cattle Feeders Association, Dick Gray of Lethbridge, told The Herald today he doubts cattlemen will withhold animals from the market. He applauded the government's DES ban. ON FEET It will help the Canadian cattle industry "get back on its he said. "It will also stop a bone of contention that U.S. feeders could use DES while Canadians Mr- Gray said. A Picture Butte feeder says cattlemen should not be too enthusiastic about the government move. Howard Haney, co owner of Haney Farms Ltd., which- markets .about 200 head of cattle weekly, expects American cattlemen will have no problem gathering non DES-fed cattle for export to Canada. The Canadian government action will have no long-term effect on the Canadian cattle industry. Canadian cattlemen will again soon be competing with American cattlemen, Mr. Haney said. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan said today that strict regulation on importing DES-fed cattle were imposed for the protection of consumers. Mr. Whelan told the Commons agriculture committee that "a nominal amount of cattle" from the U.S. has been brought Into the country in the last three weeks. "It's not an embargo as far as I am said Mr. Whelan. "It's a protection for the consumer." He said the regulations are similar to those of products from any country which has a health problem with its produce Mr. Whelan told the committee he would be "very suspicious" of the motives of anyone predicting a 60 cent a pound increase for beef. Last year, Canada imported about head of cattle from the United States and beef shipments so far this year have totalled 10 million pounds. Lamb imports totalled head last year A Lethbridge packer said today only 871 U.S. cattle have been slaughtered in Lethbridge so far this year Retail milk up Retail milk prices will increase four cents per quart April 15, not three cents as previously arinounced. The Alberta Public Utilities Board today rescinded a retail milk price increase order issued April 1 because of a discrepancy in the pricing formula which caused milk processors (dairies) to lose money. Fred Trofanenko of Edmonton, a member of the board, told The Herald in a telephone interview this morning, a new order was to be issued today establishing new minimum retail 'milk prices. The price of a quart of milk in Alberta April 15 will increase to 39 cents from 35 cents for homogenized, to 36 from 33 for 2 per cent and to 33 from 29 for skimmed. Albert Kooy, president of the Lethbridge Milk Producers Association, said today the new price still doesn't properly reflect the increases needed by producers to cover the costs of production. During hearings with PUB, producers asked for a 10-cent- per-quart retail price increase. This was the amount producers felt was needed to provide a reasonable profit. The PUB took into consideration a provincial government feed assistance program it felt added about three cents a quart subsidy for producers. Mr. Trofanenko said PUB also felt feed costs would drop., soon for producers, lowering the average feed costs. 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