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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 102 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 54 PAGES Mill rate hike in the works A summary of the city's 1973 operating budget calling for a three-mill tax increase was pre- sented to council Monday. The full budget picture won't be in council hands until Thurs- day however, and aldermen will begin discussing it at a special meeting Monday, aim- ing to have their budget delib- erations completed by May 4. According to the summary presented to council by City Manager Tom Nutting, the municipal portion of the pro- posed 73 mill budget will in- crease by only .85 of a mill. The balance of the increase 2.15 mills is for educa- tional purposes which the city collects but which will be re- bated by the provincial govern- ment this year under its tax reduction plan. The net effect will be reduced property taxes for most home- owners. The news isn't all good how- ever as changes in utility rates are being prepared as well as a plan to increase city parking rates, to increase city revenues. A revision to the city's water rates to cover combined opera- ing and capital deficits and a bylaw to increase electricity rates to cover the 15 per cent increase in power rates recent- ly received by Calgary Power are being prepared. The operating budget calls for expenditures of up from last year. Mr. Nutting says departmental re- quests were pared by in order to submit a balanced budget with only a very modest mill rate increase. TflINGS GO FROM BAD TO WORSE Sharp gloomy on peace r Charred classroom More than 299 students had another holi- day" in Taber today after a fire broke out AAon- day night in the new Taber Central School. Dam- age to the school, opened two years ago, was confined to the northwest corner. Firefighters had difficulty pin-pointing the blaze area. Smoke poured out of windows on the east and north sides of the building. Firefighters answered the alarm at about 8 p.m. Cause of the fire is un- known and damage has not yet been assessed. School officials are looking for temporary facili- ties for the 234 students. Ross Gibb photo OTTAWA (CP) Things have gone from bad to worse for Canadian observers in Vietnam and, unless there is dramatic improvement in the near future, the men will be brought home, External Affairs Minister Mit- chell Sharp told the Commons Monday. In his gloomiest report to date, Mr. Sharp said the situ- ation has deteriorated since Ca- nadian participation in the In- ternational Commission of Con- Alberta given go-ahead to drill at Suffield Oil spills i n near By BOB DOUGLAS Canadian Press Staff Writer OTTAWA A contingency plan for oil spills on the East and West coasts has been reached with the United States, Environment Minister Jack Davis said Monday. Mr. Davis told importers after a meeting with Rus- sell Train, chairman of the U.S. president's council on environmental quality, that the agreement extends cur- rent provisions for the Great Lakes to coastal waters. He said the agreement has been initialled and will be formally signed within two weeks. The environment minister said the two govern- ments also have agreed to bring Seattle City Light and the British Columbia government together for formal talks on the controversy over proposed flooding of the Skagit Valley in B.C. Mr. Train said the U.S. government hopes to fulfil most parts of the Great Lakes water quality agreement by the 1975 deadline. Mr. Davis said the coastal oil spill contingency plan involves oil tanker routes, navigational aids to prevent spill disasters and methods of cleaning up spills. Mr. Train said the two groups discussed only the environmental problems of the oil tanker route. He said he supports President Nixon's preference for the Al- aska pipeline and West Coast tanker route over alterna- tive methods of transporting Alaskan oil The environment minister said the oil spill contin- gency plan would apply particularly to the Strait Juan de Fuca and the Georgia Strait. He apparently was expressing hope that tankers would net travel close to the B.C. coast to reach U.S. refineries. On Grest Lakes cleanup, Mr. Train said 252 municipal sewage treatment projects have been ap- proved at a cost of S3 billion. It was not dear whether this money was in addition to the billion previously committed for 1973. He admitted reports that there 3s a clash between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Coast Guard on sewage discharge standards. Inside Classified 18-23 Comics 16 Comment 4, 3 District Family ___ Local News Marfccls Sports 3. 6 H. 33 31, K 17 R. t) j Weather LOW TONIGHT 25, HIGH WEO-. M'WY, MOJi EDMONTON (CP) The Al- berta government has received permission from Ottawa to drill test wells to determine natural gas reserves In the Suffield area, 30 miles north of Medicine Hat, the -legislature was told Monday. Intergovernmental A f f a i rs Minister Don Getty sa'd while approval has been received for the drilling pro- gram, there has been no push by the Alberta government to have full access to surface rights in the 1.700-square-rnile area now used as a training ground by British troops. FEDERAL STUDY Mr. Getty indicated final terms of the agreement abcut future use of the area will de- pend on the result of a federal study. Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie said the govern- ment has asked drilling pro- posals from private companies. He said that once an agree- ment with Ottawa over access to the area has been complet- ed. 95 per cant of the mineral rights in Suffield will belong to Alberta. This will allow the province Nixon seeks broad new trade powers WASHINGTON (API Presi- dent Nixon formally asked the United States Congress today to give Mm broad new powers to raise, reduce or remove tariff barriers as a lever in upcoming world trade negotiations. Nixon asked for expanded au- thority to retaliate against u> fsir trade practices, including authority for the government to ban some imports- He also sought authority to extend mosl-favored-nation treatment without ad- vance congressional approval. He made it dear he wanted to grant ]WFN status to the Soviet Union. WANTS TAX CHANGES He also recommended these changes in lax laws: to lax the un- distributed earnings ol VS.- OWTOX" foreign manulacturins corporations -which Jiencfii from foreign tax incentives, or manufacture for the U.S. mar- ket lo reduce fwiim I.TS cm'iK tn rrrapliirr prc- vinuj-'j Spinel H fwricn Jw.-r.s. Mid I'T changes would eliminate artificial incentives vh'cb cr.n diF'orl the How of in- vcslmenl carnal. Birt he Congress "In refrain from enacting broad nrw changes in frit lavs rwrnirc dire-el for- c crn wr-'wrrl until vp f-fc vhal fm- leral ajrrcemAnt-> a free hand in setting royal- ties for the gas and in super- vising the area's development, he said. The drilling program, called by Premier Peter Lougheed to gas- drainage into fields outside the area, is expected to start this summer or fall with more than 70 test wells. Estimates of the productive capacity of the region have been set as high as 200 times the amount of natural gas con- -sumed in Edmonton'or Calgary last year. Three killed at Bassano in crossing accident BASSANO (CP) Three per- sons were killed Monday after- coon when a CP Rail passenger train and a tractor-trailer unit collided and burned at a level crossing. The dead a man. a woman Rent subsidy program pushed EDMONTON (CP) The province ir pursuing agree- ment with the federal govern- ment en a rent subsidy plan for low income families. Municipal Affairs Mia i s t er Dave Russell told the legisla- ture Monday. Mr. Russell said Ontario has reached agreement with the federal government on the ap- proach be finds "extremely at- Gscrge Ho Lem (SC gary asked if rent sub- sfdies would eventually take precedence over the existing public housing program in Al- berta. Mr. Russell said the legislature has already indicat- ed" a "mis." of both systems would be the most desirable course. The federal government has proposed a of special loans for apartments and hous- ing develoDmsats in which 25 per cent of unit? would be set aside for low income ten- ante. and a one-year-old occupants of the truck and no one on the train was injured. Names were withheld. The two locomotives pulling the train, the trans-continental Canadian caught fire after im- pact but they separated from the rest of the cars and stop- ped further along the track. Police said the truck was pu'ling a house trailer. The accident occurred at an uncontrolled level crossing on a district road about p.m. eight miles east of Bassano or 70 miles east of Calgary. WHAT COUNCIL DID The big story out of city council Monday was the unex- pected resignation of Aid. Chick Chichester. AM. Chichester submitted his resignation to council in writ- ing, giving personal and health reasons for his decision, then left the meeting. When the remaining alder- men got down to the evening's business they: Approved a byiaw setting up a super committee to su- pervise tie sportsplex construc- tion Got an introductory glimpse at the city's 1973 op- erating budget Went into a dosed session to discuss the west side devel- opment. trol and Supervision (ICCS) was extended last month to June 30. "If it does not improve very substantially, it will be clear that by continuing in the ICCS. we would be staying on to ob- serve, not a peace, not a cease- fire, but a continuing war. "We would be doing so at a totally unjustified human risk. This we will not do." His report was prompted by the death Saturday of Capt. Charles E. Laviolette, 42, of Quebec City, one of nine per- sons killed when an ICS heli- copter was shot down by Viet Cong ground forces near the Laotian border. CONDEMNS ATTACK Mr. Sharp condemned the in- cident as a hostile and unjusti- fiable act and later said Canada is under no obligation to wait until its new deadline before withdrawing if it becomes clear that the ICCS is not wanted. A second helicopter with two Canadians aboard landed safely after the first was shot down. On Monday, the minister said, another helicopter with two Ca- nadian passengers was fired on near Vi Thanh in the south- ernmost of the seven ICCS re- gions in South Vietnam. As a result, he said, all ICCS helicopters in areas of danger have been grounded while the situation is reviewed. A Saigon report later said all ICCS heli- copters operating in South Viet- nam had been grounded. Claude Wagner, Conservative external affairs critic, attacked the government for failing to make clear that all possible steps are being taken to ensure the safety of its observers. basic questions must be answered and the government should "come clean with the Canadian he told re- porters. His remarks were denounced by both New Democratic Leader David Lewis and Social Credit Leader Real Caouette, who accused him of using Capt. Laviolette's death to score polit- ical points. OFFICERS BITTER The death of Capt. Laviolet- te. who was described by Ca- nadian military commander Maj. Gen. Duncan McAlpine as one of the Canadian con- tingent's most outstanding offi- cers, has left a strong under- current of feeling against the Viet Cong among Canadian of- ficers. "If they are going to declare open season, at least they should give us warning." one senior officer said bitterly. In Washington.' the White House said Monday President Nixon views as "extremsly serious" the armed attacks on clearly marked helicopters of the International Commission of Control and Supervision in Vietnam. Meanwhile, two Canadian of- ficers crossed the Thach Ezn River at Quang Tri today to besin an investigation on the helicopter crash. Guerrilla leaders killed in raid BEIRUT (AP) Israeli com- mandos invaded the heart of this Lebanese capital early to- day, killing three Palestinian guerrilla leaders in their apart- ments and attacking refugee camps. It was thought at first that the raid was in retaliation for Arab attacks Monday in Cyprus on the residence of the Israeli ambassador and an Israeli air- liner. But an authoritative Lebanese source said there were indications that prepara- tions had been made by an ad- vance party that came to Beirut several days ago. Al Fatah, the biggest Pale- stinian guerrilla organization, said thevictims included its No. 2 man, Mohammed Yussef Naj- jar, known as Abu Yussef. He was one of the founders of Al Fatah. The Lebanese defence minis- try said 11 persons were killed and more than a dozen wounded in the strike that began shortly after midnight. The statement indicated the casualty total might rise. The Israeli military command said the raiders' only casualties were four wounded. President Suleiman Franjieh held an emergency session of the Lebanese cabinet, and a protest to the United Nations Security Council was believed iraminent. WIFE IS KILLED Najjar's wife died as she tried to shield her husband's body. The others killed were Kamal Adwan, who sources in Israel said was in charge of guerrilla operations in the terri- tories occupied by Israel in 1967 war, and Kamal Nasser, a lead- ing Arab poet who was the spokesman for the Palestine Liberation Organization. Arab affairs specialists in Is- rael said that Najjar was the executive director of the Black September terrorists, but guer- rilla sources said he was a moderate who opposed such Septembrist actions as the at- tack on the Israeli Olympic team. Israeli forces had not struck at the Lebanese capital since December, 1968, when airborne commandos hit the airport and blew up Arab airliners in retali- ation for guerrilla forays. Sten and heard About town NEWKIRK, of fie human rights commis- sion. tclTkDg three female stu- dents it isn't against the new Human Rights Act for neigh- bors to gossip about a mate student living with them Max Gibb telling about the good lime he had when he eaoed up 5n the wrong con- vention at Banff Provin- cial Judge L. W. Hudson apologizing for being late for court but ihs} ntv body loM him what court room to be in. crashes in storm BASEL, Switzerland British charter airliner flying 139 Britons to Basel's spring fair crashed in a blizzard near here today and police said 10S were killed. The four-engine turboprop aircraft had a crew of seven. Nearly sll of the passengers were women going to the fair on a special shopping trip ar- ranged beforehand. The plane apparently over- shot the Basel airport as it came in for a landing after a flight from Bristol, England. Flight organiers in Britain said 63 of the women were from the village of Axbridge in south- west England. The village has a population of 1.000. The other passengers were from the neighboring hamlets of Con- gresbury and Cheddar. CRASHES OX ROAD Two other crashes at Stutt- gart. West Germany, and Mon- treal also were blamed on snowstorms. Four persons were injured seriously today when a private twin engined aircraft crashed ca a road in suburban St Laurent during an approach to Montreal International Airport ia a blinding snowstorm. Police and crash investi- gators said three other persons aboard the U.S. registered Merlin t u r b oprcp. arriving from Toronto, were only slight- ly injured. At StuMgart. five persons were killed when a twin-ercine aircraft crsjhed during a snow nrsr Jiutt part's Echicr- dingen airport today. Government may set teacher pay rates Spokesmen for rural said Joday iJwv arc prc-parrd in hsio the rovcrmncnl j-cl 1973 sal ro'cs Mirmjph arbitra- tion. The Southern Alberta teach- ers r.avc been in dispute since last fcttcmbcr wilh the- Soulrt- em Alberta School AuUrorities ow this year's said loday agents Sf.r rural educators have ap- proved all but one atein in a new contract. That 51em is dol- lar? and cents. Mr. Spaceman, do- iails of the am-emenl cannol be released w V Thursday, con- sistenUy denied cay ptnogrcss in mediation talks vcbcn con- tacted by The Herald Jasl week. Lale Monday he announced agreement had been reached Oil 10 a.m. last Friday i on aUowanrr. frinp2 benefits, pro rate, professional "cave and Uic length of con- trad. Mr. Spademan said all teach- ers in Ihe J9 country districts involved will vole on new prcv al S p.m. Wednesday in Lcthbridge. He said the menwandnm of agreement covering all but Icacner s-alarics was fijrned by leacbcr nesolialor Russ Purdy and SASAA chairman Ray Clark. Mr. Spaceman details on Jhr jncnwcndwm may be jnadf puWir after rural leach- cast baJJots for or against