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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Only the guest speaker wanted rail line cutback freeze ended By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer MAGRATH A federal government freeze on railway branch line abandonment, scheduled to end Jan 1, 1975, should be carried on for another five years or until a better transportation system can be designed That was the unanimous vote Tuesday by about 50 residents of this district gathered at a meeting sponsored by the Magrath and District Chamber of Commerce The open vote, with no hands signifying opposition to the resolution, contradicted an opposing view of the problem from Ken Appleby of Tofield, 40 miles east of Edmonton, producer representative from Alberta on the Canada Grams Council Mr Appleby told an unruly crowd he feels extending the rail line abandonment freeze wouldn't be in the best advantage of all agricultural producers He said Ott )tto Lang, federal minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board which sells Canada's grain crops, is expecting a recommendation from the grains council long before the end of the current freeze which would help solve the problem When he said he didn't favor their resolution, several persons in the crowd suggested Mr Appleby be removed from the grains council He assured the crowd that the grams council has only the authority to recommend a new transportation system to the government, that the real power on rail line abandonment lies with the Canadian Transportation Commission Harold Boucher, president of the Magrath chamber and chairman of a special committee from the Alberta Chamber of Commerce studying the rail line abandonment problem, told the crowd the furor surrounding the topic was raised when a report was printed in 1972 in a weekly farm newspapei which outlined alternatives in the transportation and gram elevator systems The report indicated one alternative was that about miles of rail lines could be abandoned and hundreds, of country elevators phased out in favor of larger centralized delivery points Mr Boucher claimed the grains group ot the federal government has been brainwashing the public through the press and populai magazines, trying to push this concept through Mr Appleby suggested the report was nothing more than "engineering studies" done as one transportation system alternative He thought someone was "fooling around with figures Mr Appleby said he was in touch with Mr Lang in Ottawa Tuesday morning and "nobody knows what is going to happen Jan 1, 1975 He said the CTC has one of about three choices facing it to try to solve the problem It can maintain the freeze for one, five or even 50 years and continue to pay a subsidy to the rail companies for operating uneconomic rail lines It could lift all freeze orders on rail line abandonment in The Prairies In this case, there likely would be a big stack of applications for abandonment in the CTC office Jan 2, he said Or the CTC can devise a "piecemeal' system which will operate under set guidelines, he said This would incorporate various rules and would take the best of both suggestions Following the meeting, several farmers sat around shaking their heads They claimed they didn't learn anything new and in some cases listened to information which had been presented incorrectly at other meetings concerning the same topic Mr Appleby said the meeting took a familiar pattern the farmers don t know what they want but they want government to design the perfect system for them He said the real solution will be to let the market for all commodities establish the transportation system needed to meet the needs of all sectors Rail freight rates shouldn't be set by outside forces, he said Fees should be set by the demand various commodities create He said the Magrath meeting was opposed to such a stand District SECOND SECTION The LetKbridge Herald X Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, April 10, 1974 Local news Pages 19-36 High-rise splatter-paint artist Tommy Lau, a worker at Dan's Greenhouse, 43rd Street S and the old Coaldale Road, splatters the windows m the greenhouse with a chalk- water mixture to protect the flowers from too much sunshine At critical growth stages, too much light damages the blooms Removal of the substance is left to nature's next snow or ram fall WALTER KERBER photo SOUND AND FURY MUFFLED Im extremely discouraged and defeated That s the way Marilyn Anderson a member of the board of the Association for Historical Productions put her reaction to city council's action Monday in defeating two moUcr.G to fund 'The Sight The Sound and The Fury Mrs Anderson said the association s next move would have to be determined at its next board meeting but since funding from the Alberta RCMP Century Celebrations Committee was contingent on city funding, the future of the outdoor pageant celebrating the arrival of the Northwest Mounted Police m Alberta looks bleak "After all the work we ve put into this and all the support we've had over the last year, to be stopped by one or two individuals lacking imagination is really Mrs Anderson added Aid Barnes was fairly outspoken in his opposition to giving the association Monday though he did suggest giving it Council voted down the motion 4-3, because it wasn't enough, and defeated another motion that the association be given because it was too much a.m. and snow and black as heir By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer The day Canada became a nation is how First World War veteran Donald McRae, describes the battle of Vimy Ridge fought in France in 1917 It was the first time four envisions of the Canadian army joined in he told about 90 people who gathered at the Royal Canadian Legion Memorial Hail Tuesday night to commemorate the 57th anniversary of the battle About 97 000 Canadians took part in the battle representing every province in the land he said Mr McRae told The Herald when the Canadians took Vimy Ridge, also called "The Pimple and Hill 145, it was the turning point in the First World War Hill 145 had "the best view of the battlefield of France" on the eastern and western fronts he claimed He described the battle as 'lough going About Canadians died at Vimy Mr McRae said the Germans were well-fortified in the trenches on the nine miles of uphill grade that were at the foot of The Pimple This combined with the sleet that fell during the days of the battle were maior factors responsible for the higli number of casualties Les Doadt, another veteran of Vimy, recalled finding a piano in one of the Germar ALEX BROWN trenches He said some of the trenches "were better than the houses you live in today The Germans took Vimy Ridge from the French in 1914 and the French and the British were unsuccessful in their bids to recapture it in 1915 and 1916 The French lost men fighting for the ridge In 1922 the French government gave 250 acres of land at Vimy for a Canadian memorial in recognition of Canadian efforts The battle at Vimy Ridge began m the wee hours of the morning of April 9th (Easter Monday) after about three months of preparation Mr McRae and Mr Doadt kidded each other about their LES DOADT parts m the battle Mr Doadt who was in the infantry told Mr McRae who was in the artillery that while he was up front fighting hand to hand Mr McRae was a safe distance away "writing memojrs Mr McRae replied saying they "had artillery to keep you guys from running back They "didn't know enough to run ahead so we would drop a shell behind them Thirty-four Vimy vets attended the banquet held in their honor As the years pass fewer and fewer attend the annual functions In the past year four local Vimy vets have died and were honored at the banquet FRED BURTON Frank Sargeant, 84, who had two canes and each time there was a toast struggled to his feet, said he didn't remember much from Vimy because he was "too dazed He was wounded in the right arm and left shoulder Fred Burton, 88, who was in the cavalry (Canadian Light Horse) at Vimy recalled the boots and saddle at 2 a m the snow and it was black as he said Alex Brown of Coaldale told The Herald the thing he remembers most about Vimy was "passing over the bodies of Canadians left there the ground was strewn with them He said most of the men and DONALD McRAE officers felt they had "done something terntic and there was no bitterness at the high number of casualties Most of them "felt damn lucky to be alive bumps' New system i- for pricing milk-Horner By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A new pricing system for milk to 'smooth out the bumps in price increases for both producers and consumers is to be instituted m Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner says the province will soon have a milk pricing formula ready on which increases will be based Dr Horner told the legislature the public utilities board will be requested to accept the formula as the basis for its decisions on fluid milk price hikes Outside the house, he said milk producers had been forced to apply to the board three times in the past year for increases Tuesday producers were granted an increase which means a four- cent hike for a quart of milk April 15 Producers are always behind the eight-ball and can never catch up to rising costs Dr Horner said 'If we can smooth out the bumps it will be better for all The new system would be tied to production and consumer price indexes Increases would automatically be passed on probably on a quarterly basis Unless the province ivent to a formula pricing system, producers would be back before the Public Utilities Board almost immediately, he said At least two other provinces, British Columbia and Ontario, have formula pricing schemes Dr Horner said the price of milk would continue to rise without question But even at 50 cents a quart it s an extremely good food buy He said consumer associations would still bex able to make representations to the Public Utilities Board which will apply the formula It was doubtful if the formula concept could be extended to other commodities he said because it carried a built-in inflation factor But milk had historically been treated on a different basis, being subject to provincial control since 1933 In the meantime, the government will continue feed incentive payments to milk producers on a sliding scale until Aug 1 Dr Horner told the legislature he had received strong representations that the PUB- sanctioned increase and a new federal dairy policy would still not meet rising feed costs Fuel forecast good The feed situation should improve over the summer Payments of 11 a hundredweight will continue in April and May Tne payment will drop to 74 cents in June and 37 cents in July Suicide study rolling The recently appointed government task force on motor accidents and suicides has begun rolling against the increasing rates of suicides and traffic deaths in Alberta Menno Boldt vice chairman of the lorce said Tuesday the eight member group has divided into two committees Dr Boldt is in charge of the suicide committee The total task force held its first meeting April 5 and plotted its initial direction in the two areas The suicide committee s initial focus will include an investigation of existing services Yelated to suicide including prevention identification and treatment Thev will also be investigating the training of people who are in the position to make initial identification of potential suicide cases People who tend to be in this position include physicians the police nurses and lawyers Dr Boldt said He is an assistant professor ol sociology at the University of Lethbridge We will see how they are prepared in identification aspects and how they handle people once identification is made Dr Boldt said statistics for 1970 to 1972 showed rapid increases in the rate of suicide m Alberta especially within the lower age groups In 1970 there were 54 suicides in the 15 to 24 age group and in 1972 there were 160 In the 25 to 34 age group suicides increased to 104 from 35 during the same period Suicide ranks as the second largest cause of death in those age groups second to accidents And suicide is the eighth largest cause of death overall Dr Boldt said Highwav deaths have been increasing at a comparable rate and the committee studvmg these will focus on aspects including alcohol and People travelling to the northern United Stales over the Easter weekend should have little or no problem obtaining eatbelte gasoline in those states John Rhodes, local manager of the Alberta Motor Association, said today latest reports indicate a considerably improved situation regarding gasoline supplies But Mr Rhodes warned against carrying extra gasoline in the trunk of the vehicle because there is the danger of explosion and it is illegal to carry more than a full tank across the border into the U S Neither study will investigate individual cases The committee is going to break down the rate of suicide belween rural areas and urban and find cause differences belween Hie areas ;