Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
iv, Hospital deaths linked to fatal gas The duchess returns The Duchess of Windsor, the former Wallis Warfield Simpson, strolls with her secretary and pet Pugs through the rjunge of the Raffaello as the Italian liner arrives in New York from Madeira Tuesday. Before disembarking, she consented to grant newsmen a brief session for photographs and questions. Ontario budget declares war on inflation 1 a r i o By J iCP; The On- government, a light against inflation, announced budget measures Tuesday to bolster the incomes of the elderly and disabled, reduce family expenditures and restrain the runaway costs of land. Provincial Treasurer John White's second budget elimi- nated the seven-per-cent sales tax tin footwear costing or less and on several household and toilet articles, at an annual saving to taxpayers of million But it imposed stiff new taxes on land speculators, on land purchases by non-residents of Canada and on the mine in- dustry It provided for a guaranteed income of a week for persons and over and Mind or disabled and receiving family benefits, and a week for couples. The additional cost was estimated at million a year, with the new supplementary payments ranging up to about a week for single persons and for a couple. Fi ee prescription urugs also will be provided for needy pensioners at a cost of million a year. Total budgetary expenditures were estimated at million, with both income and outgo setting the customary alltime highs The deficit was put at million up from a prospective 1973-74 deficit of million. For the personal-income- tax paver, the province's svstem of credits will be expanded to reduce payments b.v an total of million, up -iTi) million from Itist >ear. In a budget that left the tax structure pretty well on an even keel, Mr. White handed out a relatively minor grab- bag of reductions totalling million, compared with total budget revenue of million, while increasing other taxes by million a year. Fer-capita grants to munici- palities will be increased by about per cent, and the province's operating subsidies to local public transit will be increased to cover half the amount of deficits, provided fares are left unchanged. The measure will increase transit grants by a estimated mil- lion a year. The tax increases involve: the mining com- panies' profit tax from its present 15 per cent to a sliding scale ranging up to 40 per cent, for a revenue gain of million; Crown dues on timber, for a gain of mil- lion; of roughly million and million, respectively, from the land- speculation tax and the tax on non-resident land purchases. Blaming land speculation for part of the increased cost of housing, Mr. White said he hopes to slow it down with the immediately-effective tax of 50 per cent of the profits of resale unless the land has been substantially developed. Several exemptions are pro- vided, including sale of an owner's principal residence and 10 acres of land, his principal recreation property and transfer of a family farm within the family for continued agricultural use. Mr. White later told reporters he believes the tax is unprecedented. Proceeds, which he said are low because the tax is intended as a deterrent to land speculators rather than as a revenue producer, are to be split 50-50 with municipalities. The new land-transfer, tax, 20 per of the purchase price, will be collected from anyone who is not a Canadian or landed immigrant and ordinarily resident in Canada. Canadians will continue to pay a transfer tax ranging between three-tenths and six- tenths of one per cent. Tax talk VICTORIA (CP) Premier Dave Barrett told the legislature Monday night that if the federal government removes its 11-per-cent tax on building supplies the British Columbia government will scrap its five-per-cent tax. He said this would serve to increase the number of housing units being built and added that if the federal government doesn't do it the five Liberal MLAs should resign. SUDBURY, Ont. (CP) Nine deaths at Sudbury General Hospital last year were linked by a coroner's jury Tuesday to the administration of nitrous oxide from misconnected medical gas lines. The jury, which sat for 56 days hearing evidence per- taining to the deaths of 23 patients at the hospital last year, returned with a 26-page verdict, 22 hours after entering a room in a downtown hotel to deliberate. The jury made 10 recommendations, two of which incorporated total endorsation of a 17-item list submitted by presiding coroner Dr. Ross Bennett during his charge to the jury, and lengthy recommendations submitted by engineering and medical experts earlier in the inquest. "It's an experience I'll never jury foreman Barry Farmer said as he left the courtroom after listening to nearly three million words of testimony from 165 witnesses during the longest inquest ever held in Canada. "You can't ask for a better said Raymond Lagr- andeur of nearby Garson, whose three-year-old son, Richard, was among the nine whose deaths were linked to nitrous oxide. "The facts judge them- selves.... It won't bring any of the dead back but it will help in the future nothing like this will ever happen again." ACCEPTS VERDICT Dr. Bennett was content to accept the jury's verdict, say- ing the mass of recommenda- tions made the inquest well worth the effort and time. "No one person is to blame for the mishap that he said. "This fact has been obvious throughout the whole inquest." The nine deaths linked to the fatal gas were: Dominic, 6, of nearby Dowling who died Sept. 7 from lack of oxygen to the brain due to the administration of nitrous oxide following an anesthetic. She was taken to hospital with a broken arm. Freake, 16, of Toronto who died June 28 from lack of oxygen to the brain and irreversible shock due. to administration of nitrous oxide complicated by loss of blood. He was taken to hospital after cutting his leg with a power saw while visiting his brother here. Lagrandeur, 3, of Garson who died Aug. 5 from lack of oxygen to the brain due to the administration of nitrous oxide following a water accident. Solomon, 54, of Wikwemikong, about 90 miles west of Sudbury, who died Sept. 8 of a cardiac disease complicated by the administration of the gas. Albert, 76, of Sud- bury who died July 30 of a stroke complicated by administration of nitrous oxide. Dupuis, 16, of Sud- bury who died June 3 of lack of oxygen to the brain plus an overdose of propoxyphene. She was taken to hospital after a suspected drug overdose. Bihum, 68, of Sudbury who died May 19 of an acute heart attack complicated by the administration of nitrous oxide. -Hilma Lehto, 72, of Sudbury who died June 29 of heart disease complicated by nitrous oxide. Jacobson, 55, of Walden, about 10 miles west of Sudbury, who died May 19 from the administration of nitrous oxide while being treated for congestive heart failure. WRITTEN A LONG TIME AGO The oldest known written text is the pictograph expression of Sumerian speech, dating from about 3500 B.C. Military spying evidence heard WASHINGTON (AP) The United States Army created two highly secret computerized data banks in the late 1960s to store intelligence information on U.S. citizens, a Senate subcommittee was told Tuesday. Robert Jordan, former army general counsel, said the existence of the data banks at Fort Holabird, Md., and Fort Monroe, Va., was kept secret even from the army's senior civilian officials. The systems were "filled with a lot of unevaluated 'junk' information about individuals and incidents which had an enormous potential for Jordan told the constitutional rights subcommittee. "When we had finally ob- tained a copy of the biograph- ical bank being assured that no such compilation of the staff members in the army general counsel office flipped through the Jordan said. "I recall that in looking at the entries for only surnames beginning with 'A' and 'B' we found the name of an out- standing Special Forces colonel and a major-general who was a division commander, each ac- companied by an ideological code which cast doubt on his loyalty to the United he said. 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