Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Long-expected floods hit Saskatchewan with vengeance Long-predicted spring flooding on the Prairies after a winter of exceptionally heavy snowfall arrived with 'a vengeance Thursday, leaving Moose Jaw bearing the brunt of the onslaught. In other centres, Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) officials were bracing for the worst. Thousands of acres of prime grain-producing land in Saskatchewan were saturated and low- lying farmsteads were flooded. In Alberta, flooding was isolated with central areas being lldlUlM ill'l. Waterway diversions in Manitoba were filling rapidly as officials scrambled to avoid Hood damage in any major centres. Moose Jaw residents were facing a flood crest today after the icy waters of Thunder Creek and Spring Creek spilled over, cutting the town in half and forcing major evacuations. The Moose Jaw River was rising at the rate of a foot per hour shortly after midnight and Mayor Herb Taylor declared a state of emergency. The city's downtown business district was in the middle of a 25-block area inundated with water three to four feet deep in places. More than 190 homes were evacuated Thursday night. The southeast Saskatchewan centre of Weyburn, meanwhile, was holding its own but EMO spokesman Andy Robertson said "we have a lot of water to come." The flood crest there is expected in a couple of days, and 125 men were busy sandbagging in anticipation, Mr. Robertson said. A bridge in the city had to be weighed down with truckloads of sand as officials feared the rush of water and ice would shift it from its pilings. So far, Weyburn has been spared any real flooding and no evacuation program has been started, Mr. Robertson said. Saskatchewan hydrologist Dave MacLeod said several roads on the perimeter of Regina were blocked by melting snow and that Wascuna Lake, in the centre of the city, had risen a foot by Thursday. It was expected to rise an additional five feet.. At Lumsden, 18 miles north of Regina where severe floods struck in 1971, residents watched as the Qu'Appelle River swelled. It is expected to crest within the next week. Low-lying Alberta farmsteads were flooded in some areas and several rail-lines were washed out, including the CNR mainline coming' to Edmonton from the west, forcing Gov.-Gen. Jules Leger.and his party to change their travel plans. The vice-regal party was flown to Edmonton by helicopter. The Alberta government reports issuing about 11.500 sandbags with more being stockpiled. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 107 LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA. FRIDAY. APRIL 19, 1974 10 Cents 28 Pages I Football j debate I launched Row, row, row your boat. Moose Jaw citizens cope with flood that's dividing their city Strikes disrupt mail, air service THE CANADIAN PRESS Many Canadian centres were .vithout mail delivery today and air travel was widely disrupted because of labor disputes that are not officially called strikes. Post office inside those who sort the off the job in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and most centres in the Atlantic provinces, except Fred- ericton. In other communities in Quebec, Ontario and the Prairie provinces, mail service has been disrupted by sit-downs or partial walkouts. Air travel has become a matter of catching short-haul flights because trans- continental hops have been halted by airport firemen leaving their jobs for "study sessions" in most major centres. Meanwhile, there was the Inside 'As to the Middle fast, we are in complete agreement. That is my wife and I ft- Classified........22-25 Comics ............8 Comment...........4 District............17 g Joan Waterfield.....7 Local Markets..........20 8 Theatres............7 Travel.............21 TV Weather............3 At Home ..........11 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH SAT. 60; SUNNY, MILD Mount Hermon battle rages ASSOCIATED PRESS Syria said its planes and missiles shot down 17 Israeli planes today and that one of its own MiG aircraft was downed as ground fighting raged for key positions on Mount Hermon and along the 40-mile Golan Heights front. But Israel said all its planes returned safely. The Syrians said they downed seven Israeli aircraft in dogfights that swirled over Lebanon and snow-capped Mount Hermon. The air duels were the first reported since and heard AbouUown City police Const. Mike Ballnt saying he doesn't like walking past 5th Street construction project for fear one of the big cranes will fall over on him. last October, and Syria said up to 50 Israeli fighters and fighter-bombers were involved in the action. The Syrian command said its MiGs "scored direct hits" on Israeli positions, "causing heavy losses in men and but Israel reported no casualties in the air strikes The Tel Aviv command said the Israeli jets attacked artil- lery and troop emplacements for three hours on the slopes of Mount Hermon and on the southern Gdlan front. In Lebanon, nine Israeli planes were seen striking a Syrian radar station on the. peak of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains just east of the Syrian-Lebanon frontier. There was no immediate estimate of the damage or comment from the Syrian command. threat of a complete shutdown of airports. Air traffic con- trollers have voted in favor of strike action if their contract negotiations with the federal treasury board are not satisfactory. Shipping on the St. Lawrence River also is disrupted by a strike of 136 river pilots who have rejected contract offers that would increase their annual salary to an average from They are demanding parity with West Coast pilots who average For those expecting old-age pension, family allowance, welfare and unemployment insurance cheques, the postal disruption poses particular concern. The Commons voted unani- mously Thursday to approve any emergency methods of de- livering these cheques but no one yet has suggested a work- able way. The postal walkout is not called a national strike by Joe Davidson, acting president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers even though an estimated of the union's members are off the job. The union's contract does not expire until Dec. 31. They are protesting automa- tion by the post the introduction of postal code machines which they say are manned by operators paid less than that now earned by the sorters. Another meeting between Postmaster-General Andre Ouellett and union executives Thursday accomplished little. The Lethbridge post office remained open today as local postal workers have not joined the spreading walkouts at major centres across Canada. Doug Harrold, president of the Lethbridge Canadian Union of Postal Workers said today any decision on whether or not to go out would have to come from the members OTTAWA (CP) The minority Liberal government launched the great football de- bate in the Commons Thursday night, then challenged h-ighly- critical Conservatives to keep it short so the House can return to more pressing matters. In a noisy debate, the government sought speedy passage for proposed legislation to ban American football in Canada. Health Minister Marc Lalonde called for support of his legisla- tion. Heath Macquarrie Hillsborough) delivered an acid speech rejecting it, and Les Benjamin Lake Centre) supported it. The initial target of the legislation is Toronto Northmen of the World Football League, headed by John Bassett, Jr. Today, only one Liberal will speak in what the government hopes will be the end of second-reading debate, after which the bill will go to a committee where witnesses can be called. The Liberal speaker will be James Walker of York Centre, a Toronto riding. It was not known how many speeches there will be by the Conservatives and New Democrats, both split on the bill that Mr. Lalonde says is necessary to protect Canadian professional football. Mr. Benjamin said NDP MPs will vote without party guid- ance, although he suspected most would support Mr. Lalonde. The Conservative caucus has not taken a definite stand. Mr. i Macquarrie is said to represent a consensus of Conservatives who feel this is not the time to debate sport. Canada will seel top resource dollar Lock-out claimed Members of .the Canada Packers unit of Local 740, Canadian Food and Allied Workers, claimed they were locked out of their jobs in Lethbridge late this morning. About 15 to 20 persons immediately manned picket lines in front of the plant. Some members carried placards bearing the words "lock-out Rene Masse, chief steward of Local 740. would say nothing other than the men had been locked out. Company olfinals had no comment. UNITED NATIONS (CP) Energy Minister Donald Macdonald says in future Canada will process more of its natural resources to earn top dollar in the marketplace. Where past Canadian policy has been to export, if neces- sary, in the unprocessed form, "the emphasis now is to achieve a higher degree of processing in Macdonald told a news conference Thursday. The minister winds up today a two-day visit to New York to attend the special General As- sembly on natural resources and development. He also addressed a corporate seminar on Canada- United States relations at a luncheon of the Council of Foreign Relations, a private group. He startled some of the correspondents with his frank answers on raw materials. One correspondent said he sounded more like a representative of an Arab state. We're trying to max- imize our economic opportun- ities just as everyone else would try to Macdonald explained. "I think this is an economic fact of life. It represents a viewpoint on the part of Cana- dians that we can get a greater return for our country by a higher value added in Canada rather than exporting them for the purpose of adding that value in other countries." Macdonald made these key points- nations should be en- titled to attain the maximum possible advantage in terms of realization of their assets. But prices will be dictated by what the market will bear. "perhaps never" will be able to export com- pletely processed resources. time, with financial support from other countries, Canada would be glad to make its Candu nuclear reactors available to Third-World countries. about 60 holes drilled on the East Coast continental shelf, offshore drilling has not yet provided a commercial field to develop. three to five years, exports of crude oil to the United States will drop to less than barrels-a day from the 'present barrels and "perhaps by the Campaign on PARIS (AP) The campaign for the French presidency, which has been on since Georges Pompidou died April 2. opened officially today with 11 men and one woman on the ballot for the first round of voting May 5. No one is expected to receive the majority required for election. end of the decade to zero." closed in Cape Bre- ton probably will not be re- opened because of the cost in- volved and the high-sulphur content of their coal. Macdonald was asked how he could reconcile a policy of maximizing profits for raw materials with the efforts at the special session of Third- World countries trying to change the system. He said Canada had made it clear when External Affairs Minister Sharp addressed the special session last Thursday that it is prepared to work with both producer and consumer states toward international commodity agreements. He said he didn't think the roots of inflation are neces- sarily related to this. Nominee get the call CALGARY (CP) When the Calgary Tourist and Convention Association passes out its awards to people in the tourist industry next week, a Calgary call girl who was one of 638 nominees for the awards won't be among the winners. Even though her sponsor described her as "a great comfort to visitors" tourist association spokesmen say they couldn't consider her for one of their "one of the best" awards Athabasca oil profiteering claim rebutted By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Claims by a Calgary petroleum engineer that secret upgrading of tar sands oil was robbing the province of royalties and enriching an American company parent were rebutted Thursday. Joseph Yanctvula told a Lethbridge audience Wednesday that Sun Oil siphoned off as much as million from the Great Canadian Oil Sands project in 1972. He said a claim by the GCOS subsidiary that it experienced a loss of was invalid. Tar sands were being processed to a considerably greater extent than admitted by the company and shipped south to bring in to a barrel when the province was only getting a royalty on a price of about a barrel. But Bill Dickie, Alberta minister of mines and minerals, said Thursday night the provincial auditor has made a special check of such allegations. "Allegations of manipulation of profits have been thoroughly investigated by the provincial auditor to insure the provincial government was receiving its full share of Mr. Dickie said, in an interview. He said the claims could not be substantiated and that Gordon Miniely, provincial treasurer, was also satisfied "There is no secret refining going on in the area of Fort McMurray." Mr. Dickie said. But, he said, the province based its investigations on information obtained from GCOS. He said he was satisfied with the information. Mr. Dickie said Mr. Yanchula has never been in contact with his office. The engineer claimed in his speech Wednesday that tylr. Dickie was giving him the "biggest runaround in the world." is no correspondence in my office from Mr. Mr. Dickie said. "Nor has he ever contacted me. He's been writing letters to the editor and that is the extent of my knowledge. He's made no inquiries. He's never contacted this office Alberta gas price board 'legal', says Lougheed Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta will discuss a tripling in price for some of its natural gas but is convinced its price-setting board is constitutional, Premeier Peter Lougheed said Thursday. Federal energy Minister Donald Macdonald wrote the province last wepk requesting discussions of the hike Mr" Lougheed told the legislature. "In due course there will be some he told Bob Clark, leader of the opposition. But he said the province would not have established its arbitration board for gas prices unless "we were on sure constitutional grounds." Mr Macdonald told the House of Commons Wednesday the con- stitutionality of the board was under dispute and would be a subject of the discussions requested with Alberta. The arbitration board last Thursday set an important precedent for future gas prices piped east. It ordered the price raised to 60 cents per thousand cubic feet from 26 cents by November for gas shipped under four contracts held by trans-Canada pipelines Ltd. The price would be raised to 73 cents by November of 1975. Meanwhile, Alberta rural users of natural gas were told by Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely he is writing to Ottawa to complain about conflicting information offered bv federal tax offices on installation of gas- powdered appliances and equipment He denied a suggestion by Ray Speaker (SC Little Bow) that the provincial department of telephones and utilities was responsible for the mix-up. Farmers joining natural gas co-operatives have been counting on deducting up to from their incomes as an expense. Mr. Miniely said federal tax offices were responsible for issuing' conflicting information on such deductions. It now appears only about five-per-cent of the installation cost can be deducted as a capital expense. Mr Speaker has estimated the change could cost farmers an additional to in 1973 taxes, Lottery results may be challenged in court MONTREAL (CP) Nine Levis, Que., women picked up their tax-free million from Olympic Lottery Canada Thursday while a man claimed he might be the actual winner. Pierrette Cote and Pierrette Blouin spoke for their fellow worker-winners at a news con- ference where they received their cheque, telling the startled audience they would be back on the job at a cigarette manufacturers on Monday. The nine women will share the million. But the lottery's 10th prize winner, electronic technician Georges Cote, of Frobisher Bay. N.W T.. claimed he could well be the million winner because his ticket 1713078 was the first one displayed to television viewers when the draw was broadcast Monday. He said in an interview when he saw his number on television his first reaction was that he had just won million. He said he will consult sev- eral experts to evaluate hfs chances of getting the money from the lottery through the courts Meanwhile, Guy Bertrand. a lawyer in Quebec City, doubted the lottery conformed to the specifications on the backs of lottery tickets. The million, according to the ticket, goes to the ticket whose number "is identical to the first winning he said in an interview and the first number seen by television viewers was Mr Cote's Julien Cote, vice-president and general manager of the Olympic lottery, said the com- puter was programmed for two operations -first to select j the million winner and the 10 runners-up, then to present the winners in reverse prize first. Mr. Bertrand replied, "that's ridiculous. How do you know what the machine has selected? "The winning number is that which the public knows, not what the machine knows."