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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 101 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. THURSDAY, APRIL 11. 1974 32 Pages U.S. vets can't sign DES slips By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The Canadian government's order requiring imported livestock to be certified free of the growth stimulant diethylstilbestrol is unworkable, a United States agriculture office told The Herald today. M. B. Huffman, a Bismarck, N.D.. veterinarian in charge of area 14 in the northwest United States, said in a telephone interview that because Canada requires the certificate be signed by a government veterinarian, the inspection program is impossible to carry out. He said certifying the overwhelming numbers of cattle in the U.S. would be an impossible burden on the limited government veterinarian inspection staff. Shippers of feedlot and slaughter cattle and sheep are up in arms in the United States because they have lost a market for their animals through government intervention, he said. The Canadian requirement lor a statement or certificate Irom the United States department of agriculture veterinarians proving feeder and slaughter cattle and sheep free from DES has put a complete ban on all such animals moving into Canada, said Dr. Huffman. He said a Telex was received in his office today notifying him of the Canadian requirements that sheep and cattle destined for Canadian leedlots or slaughter houses be free of DF.S "This effeci'reiy stops all slaughter and feeder sheep and cattle moving from the U.S. into he said. He said the requirement doesn't apply to sheep and cattle to be used for breeding purposes Dairy cattle for breeding purposes are also excluded. Dr. Huffman said top agriculture officials in Washington. D C., have issued instructions to all department veterinarians that the certificate required by Canada can't be made available to Canadian, authorities. "We could take a statement Irom the owner of the cattle or sheep that they have never been implanted or fed DES but that would just be like taking the owner's statement. And this wouldn't fill the Canadian requirement." Dr. Huffman said because Canada requires that U.S. department of agriculture veterinarians make the actual inspection of cattle, feed and feed supplements, it won't-be done. Seen and heard About town Larry Fahy wondering if next Thursday is Good Friday LCC food services student Joan Perrett saying the large recipes needed for commercial cooking would make just the right quantities for her husband-to-be. To do this, department staff would have to visit all farms to analyse feed. And the owner could have fed DES earlier Because it is impossible to detect DES in the cattle, the U.S. veterinarians wouldn't be able to sign a certificate. Another U.S D.A. official in Montana said this morning, "there are some mighy sore people down here Many ranchers had made commitments with Canadian cattlemen and "now they can't fill the bill." In Lethbridge, local packing plant officials say the border closure to DES free U.S. cattle has driven the live cattle prices upward. Cattle were selling for slaughter in Lethbridge Monday Tuesday and Wednesday for to per hundredweight. Thursday, the price jumped to to 75 per hundredweight and one local packer predicted prices in the to per hundredweight range, Friday "if he can get them." These prices excluded the five-cent- per-pound federal government subsidy for producers. He said there appeared to be a producer holdback in cattle shipments to market, causing a supply shortage and price increase. The packer said the price for cattle is bound to increase and he hopes something won't "hit the fan and cause the bottom to fall out of the market." The packer feels if the live price of cattle hits a high enough level the federal government Kkely remove the five-cent-per- pound subsidy. Policing drunks not happy lot Should highly-trained city police officers have to act as bouncers for local beer parlors? This other questions related to the policing of alcohol in the city were discussed Wednesday at a closed meeting of the city police commission, local hotelmen, provincial officials and the Alberta Liquor Control Board. Police Commission Chairman Harold Vosburgh said today the results of the meeting are still being put together, but, "I think we're on the right track in minimizing the problem." "An overall willingness to co-operate was demonstrated by all groups at the he said. More details would be available next week, he added. City council was told Monday during discussion of the police department budget that policing alcohol was a major function of the police department in the downtown area, a job it shouldn't have to do. LCI Band named best at festival EDMONTON (CP) A Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Band directed by Jerry Pokarney won over- all best band honors and the senior secondary school division title at the Canadian Stage Band Festival Wednesday. The LCI group is eligible to compete in a national competition in Toronto in May. The festival is open to semi-professional through junior high school bands. Boxcar boss appointed Marchand has own R for ailing rails Sudden vacancy An explosion destroyed a house in northeast Montreal this morning and killed a 67-year-old widow. Police and firemen recovered the body from the rubble- filled hole of the explosion site nearly three hours after the 8 a.m. blast. Cause of the blast has not been determined. Syria gains advantage with Meir's resignation JERUSALEM (AP) Pre- mier Golda Meir formally submitted her resignation today, plunging Israel into political upheaval and clouding prospects for peace in the Middle East. The presentation of her resignation, announced Wednesday, came as Arab terrorists sneaked across the Israeli-Lebanese border, killed a dozen men, women and children in a little town, then blew themselves up as Israeli troops closed in, senior police officers said. The upset of Mrs. Meir and the political weakness of her lame-duck government puts Israel at a disadvantage in negotiating with Syria to end the fighting on the Golan Heights front. The resignation was viewed in Washington as a serious set- back to State Secretary Henry Kissinger's hopes for a quick disengagement along the Is- raeli-Syrian front. OTTAWA (CP) -Transport Minister Jean Marchand called a halt Wednesday to a struggle over rail freight car problems by announcing his own package of remedies. These included pressure on United States railways to return Canadian equipment, tax changes, appointment of a former Canadian National Railways official to monitor rail movements and further conferences of shippers, railwaymen and government officials. Earlier, G.N. Vogel, chief commissioner of the Canadian wheat board, led shippers at the first national rail car meeting in criticizing railway performance while the railways suggested their customers could improve rail car use by unloading more quickly Mr. Vogel said grain move- ment in the West has reached crisis proportions. He said the wheat board is ready to buy 000 additional grain hopper cars if the railways meet certain conditions. But some shippers said they are satisfied with railway per- formance. A representative of the Mining Association of Can- ada urged against diverting cars from mining operations to other industries. NAMES HAYES Mr. Marchand said Jack Hayes, a former CN executive, will monitor rail Controller ballot Tuesday EDMONTON (CP) Air traffic controllers will vote Tuesday on a government offer in four-month-old contract negotiations placed before a conciliation board last month. Dennis Myrthu of Calgary, western representative of the Canadian Air Traffic Controllers' Association, said Wednesday controllers could strike April 18 at the earliest if they reject the offer. The conciliation recommendation went to the members of the air traffic controllers early this week Mr. Myrthu said the result of the vote will be made public the day after it is held. A strike by the controllers would virtually halt all com- mercial air traffic in the coun- try, although some of the em- ployees would remain on the job to serve during emer- gencies. The majority report of the conciliation board recom- mended wage increases of nine per cent retroactive to Jan. 1, a two-per-cent raise for the lower six levels of employees on July 1, a seven- per-cent increase Jan. and a further increase for the lower six levels of two per cent on July 1, 1975. El tu, Gerry? freight car movements in Canada to aid shippers wanting information about available cars. The government also will try to get Canadian rail cars returned from the U.S., and a tax change will permit cars assigned to international service to be used up to 90 days in domestic business without penalty. Revenue department officials said this order, retroactive to last June, could add 600 cars annually to domestic freight operations. Mr. Marchand said he will ask the Canadian transport commission to ensure that the two railways co-operate fully after one Saskatchewan government official said each railway should be willing to carry grain cars owned by other railways on its lines. A. F. Joplin, CP Rail vice- president, said the railways can control car numbers and running times but they cannot deal with loading and unloading times. Cutting the time it takes to unload grain by one day would allow CP Rail to move another 40 million bushels of grain a year. "This would be equivalent to a saving of about million on car equipment." J. W. G. Macdougall, executive vice-president of CN, said that since -1970 demand for CN service has increased by 8.5 per cent a year while the over-all economy has been expanding at 5.25, per cent annually. This boom in demand was compounded by equipment shortages. While it once took five months to fill freight-car orders, it now takes 12. He said CN expects demand to be about seven per cent annually until the end of 1978. Harold Homer, a Saskatchewan government official, said much time is wasted carrying CP and CN grain cars between Calgary and Edmonton to get the cars on the right rail line to Vancouver. He said the railways should try to co-operate with CP Rail being prepared to haul CN cars on CP Rail lines and vice versa. ,R. O. Martmelli, CP Rail's grain marketing director, said such an arrangement was used for about 30 years until 1962, but is too costly. It required special switching arrangements at Calgary which would be too expensive. Jack Homer (PC Crowfoot) proposed a.special superport for grain at Vancouver similar to the Roberts Bank port near that city now. Roberts Bank handles goods such as coal. Mr. Martinelli said' better use could be made of existing grain facilities there. Eric Stephenson, CN senior vice-president for the West, said there is a port similar to what Mr. Homer proposed in Australia, where grain- hauling is more advanced. No Herald Good Friday The Herald will not publish Good Friday. Full coverage of holiday news events will be carried in Saturday's edition. Vice President Ford may miss the brass ring By WILLIAM SAFIRE New York Times Service WASHINGTON In President Nixon's news summary this morning, the story causing dismay and outrage is a summary of an article in The New Republic entitled "Ford's by John Osborne. Osborne, a shoe- leather reporter who _____________ has, earned his rep- utation for integrity, prefaces his account with a classic as- _____ sertion of the "Lindley Rule" about nonattribu- tion. "This report is presented solely on my Comment authority, and readers will just have to assume and believe that I haven't made it up out of nothing." Then Vice President Gerald Ford's innermost thoughts are revealed. As president, he would certainly keep Secretary of State Kissinger and probably fire Secretary of Defense Schlesinger. He' would bring back Treasury Secretary George Shultz, hold on to Secretaries Brennan, Morton, and Lynn, and perhaps let Secretary of Transportation Brinegar go. The "new Haldeman" at the White House would either be L. William Seidman, or Philip Buchan, both cronies from Grand Rapids; Counselor Bryce Harlow would be retained and Press Secretary Ziegler dumped. Official gagwriter would be Bob Orbin, who has impressive credentials from Red Skelton. The crowning touch: "The hours that he's had to spend with the writes Osborne, "mostly listening to Mr. Nixon talk about this and that, have on a few occasions driven the vice president close to distraction. He's brought himself recently to break, off their conversations. A few diehards might consider it unseemly for the vice president to be confiding his plans for the assumption of power while the body of the sitting president is still warm. Reached by telephone today, the vice president admits to being the source of most of the story but adds that he thought he was talking off the record during' a flight from Florida to Washington, D.C. The cabinet changes are "generally my he says, but the crack about the presidential conversations distresses him: "I get somewhat embarrassed that I'm taking too much of his Ford explains. "I know he's busy, and I don't want to sit there until he throws me out. That's what I and it was exaggerated considerably." In his predictions of how he would reshuffle the cabinet and White House, Ford betrays a lack of understanding of the uniqueness of his role: He is the first vice president in American history whose own actions could help make him president. He must be at once loyal and independent; both his own man and the president's man; a defender uncorrupted by the defense. This duality requires more political skill than we have recently seen in Ford; he will miss the brass ring if he grabs at it. Suds shortage subsides By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer "Back to appears to pretty well describe the drinking situation in Lethbridge following Wednesday's Supreme Court injunction halting the nine-day old liquor store strike. Doug Fryer. Alberta Brewers' Agents foreman, said today beer deliveries were made to all licenced outlets in the city last night and would be made again today. "We're trying our best to get them all enough beer for the weekend we think we'll make Mr. Fryer said. "The boys worked until last night. "We're swamped with orders, but we've only got so many men and trucks." The regular shift reported to work at the city's two liquor stores Wednesday afternoon following the court order, and both stores are operating normal hours again. Sidney Ashmead. Alberta Liquor Control Board manager here, said three loads of beer were delivered to the stores Wednesday and there should be enough for the weekend. Most hotels contacted by The Herald said they either had a good stock of beer or werp expecting deliveries today for the weekend. The strike ended when Mr. Justice D. C. McDonald of the Alberta Supreme Court ruled that liquor store employees did not .have the right to strike for renegotiation of wage clauses in their, contract The contract was to be in effect from April 1, 1973, to March 31, 1975, and made no provision for strike action, ihe judge said He said the agreement does not "in so many words" prohibit strike action, but the omission of such stipulation "does not entitle any party to violate its sanctity with impunity. The chairman of the ALCB, Peter Elliott, said in Edmonton he was not planning any action against the Civil Service Association for the picketing which was considered unlawful. The CSA has claimed the current contract was invalid because it was negotiated with a government negotiator, not the ALCB, and was rejected by the liquor board employees. An Alberta Federation of Labor official said Wednesday the provincial government set a bad example as an employer by allowing the injunction to be filed. "I have nothing but condemnation for the action of the, Alberta Liquor Control Board and the provincial government, which in this case is the employer, for even applying for an said Gene Mitchell, federation executive secretary, in an interview. Inside Classified.......26-30 Comics........... 24 Comment.......4. 5 District.......19 S Family.........20, 21 8 LI Joan Waterfield.....6 S [J] Local News.....17, 18 Markets ..........25 Sports...........14-16 S Theatres............7 Travel.............n TV............7, 9, 10 Weather............3 At Home 31 Youth .............22 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH FRI., 55; CLOUDY PERIODS ;