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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, April 15, 1974 THE LETHiRIDOE HERALD -3 VttfttXXV I 'Not goingto bat for the consumer9 Clark Bowling can expect more scathing criticism EDMONTON (CP) Consumer Aifairs Minister Bob Dowling, under heavy attack in the Alberta legislature for his department's performance, can look forward to more of the same this week. The Social Credit opposition has vowed to continue to apply pressure when MLA's return from the Easter recess. Mr. Dowling has been peppered with questions almost every day since the spring session opened in March and Bob Clark, opposition house leader indicates the end is not in sight. The opposition, which has received support from NDP leader Grant Notley in questioning Mr. Dowling, wants the department to name stores engaged in "price gouging." Mr. Clark says weekly food bulletins should be issued telling consumers in all regions of the province where to get the best buy and warning them to stay away from shady business operations. Mr. Dowling, a 49-year-old pharmacist, says individual stores won't be named and that the department won't expose frauds until a conviction has been returned by the courts. "Sometimes we get carried away and although we think it may be a fraud and a contravention of the law, it may well not says Mr. Dowling. Mr. Clark shoots back that "it's part of the job of the department to warn the public what to stay away from." "In that aspect, the department is doing nothing." Mr. Dowling has tabled in the legislature a series of food monitoring reports, but Mr. Clark says they lack impact because individual stores are not named. The consumer affairs minister says merchants who have agreed to allow their prices to be surveyed have been assured their names will not be released. The consumer affairs department has shown reluctance to tinker with the free enterprise system. Asked what he was doing about service stations charging double the regular price for anti-freeze during a recent shortage, Mr. Dowling said: "In the free enterprise system, it's pretty difficult to prosecute anyone for free enterprise." Mr. Clark's one-word response: "Baloney." Ninety-three cases involving suspected illegal practices have been turned over to the attorney- general's department for investigation since the consumer affairs ministry was created last year. There have been four prosecutions and 34 cases in which no prosecution was taken. Twenty cases involved companies that subsequently went out of business and the other investigations have not been completed. Mr. Clark suggests the Progressive Conservative government isn't committed to protecting consumers. "The department doesn't have a commitment from the government to move ahead as a well- managed says the Social Credit house leader. "It's not going to bat for the consumer. BOB DOWLING Car dealer fined EDMONTON (CP) A district court judge has ruled that an automobile dealer was guilty of fraud even though company officials said they knew nothing about turning back automobile odometers. Waterloo Mercury Sales Ltd. was fined last week by District Court Judge S. V. Legg He said that instructions issued by the company president to employees not to tamper with odometers did not constitute a defence against the two fraud charges. Judge Legg ruled the actions of the employee who turned back the odometers "were those of the accused itself and his conduct renders the company criminally liable." Calgary woman assaulted CALGARY (CP) A 23- year-old Calgary woman was raped Friday morning by a man who broke into her home, police said Saturday. Police said the woman, who was not identified, was not seriously inju'red in the Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Lafayette, Caffery, 87, ranked as dean of the United States diplomatic corps before his retirement in 1955 Elias de la Tornente, 70, prominent anti- Castro leader and former Cuban agriculture minister, shot to death. attack. The suspect was described as between 25 and 30 years of age. about six feet tall, weighing about 175 pounds with collar length hair. No suspects have been taken into custody. Moscow Evgeny Vuheitch, 65, Soviet sculptor whose works have been hailed as triumphs of socialist realism. NEW YORK Paul Schoenstein, 71, former managing editor of the New York Journal American and a Pulitzer Prize winner for distinguished local reporting. GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre. Lethbridge...... 62 35 Pmcher Creek... 60 46 Medicine Hat 56 35 Edmonton 41 22 Grande Prairie 48 27 Banff........... 56 31 Calgary......... 61 38 Victoria 63 44 Penticton....... 64 37 Prince George 58 29 Kamloops....... 70 44 Vancouver...... 61 47 Saskatoon....... 44 25 Regina 37 17 Winnipeg 42 .24 Toronto......... 63 36 .52 Ottawa.......57 40 .32 Montreal 57 37 .23 St. John's....... 34 23 Halifax......... 37 33 Charlottetown 36 33 .11 Fredericton..... 41 36 .55 Chicago 63 38 New York 60 36 .66 Miami.........83 75 Los Angeles..... 87 60 Las Vegas...... 73 47 Phoenix 86 58 Honolulu........ 85 74 Paris........... 59 39 London......... 48 41 Berlin 54 36 Brussels........ 54 41 Madrid......... 59 39 Moscow 41 28 Tokyo 61 52 Lethbridge-Medicine Hat- Calgary Sunny today and Tuesday. Highs today 55-60. Low 25-30! High Tuesday 50-55. Columbia-Kootenay Today and Tuesday mostly sunny. Highs both days near 60, lows tonight near 40. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Sunny and warmer today with increasing southwesterly winds along the east slopes of the Rockies. Partly cloudy Tuesday with a few showers in the mountains and the northeast portion. Gusty winds Tuesday. Highs today and Tuesday 60 to 70. Lows tonight 30 to 40. West of Continental Divide Sunny and warmer today. Partly cloudy tonight and Tuesday with a few showers over the mountains. Highs today and Tuesday 60s. Lows tonight 25 to 35 DRILL FILLERS Labour Saver Hydraulic, Electric or Qaa Engine Driven. Alao the G.T. Tail Gate mounted Drill Filler. Thia ia the Eaaler and Faater Way to fill with Grain or Fertilizer. AVAILABLE (40W AT GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutto Highway, Box 1202 Phone 326-1161 AMA ROAD REPORT as of 8 a.m., April IS, 1974. All highways in the Lethbridge district are bare and dry. Ports of entry: 7 imes in Mountain Standard Time opening and closing times: Carway 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Chief Mountain closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours; Porthill-RykertsTa.m. until n p.m.; Wild horse 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.m Logan Pass. (Canada Customs hours moved one hour earlier Jan. 6 when Montana went on daylight Seaway pilots threaten to strike CAPE VINCENT, N.Y. (AP) Officials of the St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots Association have vowed to halt traffic on the waterway unless their wage demands are met. "There will be no ships moving on the river unless the pay raise is said John Gonzales, president of the group. The association contends that its pilots receive 40 to 60 per cent less pay than pilots in other areas of the United States. The group sent a telegram to Canadian and U.S. officials saying they are prepared "to take necessary measures" if their pay is not increased. The association also ex- pressed its support of a strike being conducted by Montreal pilots. The association includes 42 pilots on the St. Lawrence River between Massena and the Welland canal as well as Lake Ontario, BERT MAC'S RADIO TV LTD. ELECTROHOME VOLUME PURCHASE SPECIALS! Fully Automatic Portable Color TV's from.................... '469 Fully Automatic 26" Color Console TV's from.......................... Available now at.. Bert Mac's Radio-TV Ltd. 70S 3rd Ave. South Phone 327-3232 Serving Southern Alberta for 35 Years Bugged? Wayne Betz, 12, wonders if the mysterious sphere, which turned up. on his family's lawn, is a bugging device. It seems to have a will of its own, making strange maneuvers and vibrating. Mr. and Mrs. Antoine Betz asked the navy to check the sphere and return it to them if it isn't government property. The family lives in a castle-like home near Jacksonville. Florida, started by radio tycoon Atwater Kent in the 1920s and finished some time later. No serious shortage of gas seen WASHINGTON (AP) Mo- torists vacationing in the United States may run into some spot shortages of gasoline this summer, mainly west of the Rockies, but these should not be serious, the Federal Energy Office says. "The definition of a spot shortage will be a gasoline said John Weber, assist- ant administrator for operations and compliance. But if lines develop, they will be short and nothing like those of January and February, he said. The energy office sees none of the kinds of spot shortages that plagued some areas last summer. Colorado, which ran into serious shortages, should have no problems, Weber said. Although the energy office has said that enough gasoline will be available for motorists to take U.S. vacations this summer if conservation is practised, they will have to be more careful in planning their trips, Weber said. This will 'mean calling ahead to check on the availability of gasoline, to see when service stations will be open and to check on possible limitations on purchases, Weber said. He suggested that motorists may want to check with the American Automobile Associ- ation or with Holiday Inns, which are running checks on gasoline availability. DIONITE LUGGAGE "BONNEVILLE SERIES" Two pieces of men's or ladies soft-Sided luggage 3 BLACK DECKER POWER TOOLS variable speed reversing dnl action finishing sander 2 speed jigsaw dual PANASONIC 8-TRACK CAR STEREO Slide volume and tone controls automatic program selector two speakers Your choice of valuable gifts when you borrow or more from Canada Trust That's right! You get a valuable gift when you borrow or more in new money from Canada Trust. No catches, no strings. All you have to do is meet normal loan credit qualifications. You don't have to be a Canada Trust customer. We're interested in servicing your loan needs and this offer proves it. 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