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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, April 19, 1974 News in brief Tax rebate deadline extended EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government has extended the deadline for Alberta homeowners to apply for last year's maximum property tftx icbate of Dave Russell, municipal affairs minister, said Thursday the province decided to advance the deadline to Dec. 31 after assessing the number of returns received after the original deadline earlier this year passed. He also told the legislature there is no deadline tor senior citizen tenters to apply for the renter assistance program. Mew CiNK chief named OTTAWA (CP) Robert Bandeen has been appointed president and chief executive officer of Canadian National Railways and at 43 he becomes the youngest person in the history of the company to hold the position. The announcement from the prime minister's office also said Pierre Taschereau has been appointed chairman of the board The appointments represent a division of the top policy and administrative positions as the two men succeed Norman MacMillan, president and board chairman since 1967 He is retiring at age 65 after 37 years with CN. The new president and the chairman had been executive vice-presidents Mr. Bandeen was also the youngest person in the history of the company to be named a vice-president when he was appointed to a senior executive position at the age of 38. He worked his way up through the financial side of the company's operations and had been in charge of the finance and administration departments since 1972. Zoos "should be banned' TORONTO (CP) Joy Adamson. author ot Born Free and a noted conservationist, has criticized all private zoos, mclu'ding the new Metropolitan Toronto Zoo. as a monej racket Adamson, interviewed on her cross Canada tour to promote the Elsa wild animal appeal in Kenya, said private zoos should be banned. "I'm very much against them because private zoos are a money racket.' she said. "It provides a market for captive wild animals." The 64-year-old writer, artist and wildlife enthusiast said even natural type settings being prepared for Toronto's new zoo fall far short of the wild environment. Leadership review sought WINNIPEG (CP) The Manitoba Liberal youth organization has called for a provincial party policy convention and a leadership review before the end of the vear. The proposal is to be put before the party's annual meeting this weekend, along with a number of policy resolutions also being presented by the Liberal party's youth wing. Game, group seeks money EDMONTON (CP) The Commonwealth Games Foundation is seeking an additional grant from the city to continue its operations during 1974 Tony Thibaudeau. head of the foundation's finance division, says in a letter to city council that the money is needed for "interim operating lunds Mr Thibaudeau notes council decided to provide a grant of during 1973 but rejected the idea of providing a loan after the city solicitor said such a move was inadvisable Union officials jailed MONTREAL delegates for Local 791 of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) were sentenced to eight days in jail for contempt of court Thursday after they refused to answer a question at a fire commissioner's inquiry into labor violence last month at the James Bay power project. Maurice Dupuis and Jean- Paul Page, both working at the LG-2 construction site March 21, refused to say whether they saw a bulldozer m action that day. Both witnesses cited "in- adequate" protection against self-incrimination as reason tor refusing to answer the question Saxbe called irresponsible SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Three weeks before Patricia Hearst was abducted, police found a Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) notebook containing cryptic references to her. says the San Francisco Chronicle. The co-ed's father, newspaper magnate Randolph Do you have PROBLEMS taking GOOD PICTURES? Then lei the experts show you how in and talk with GERRY or RANDY KWIKKOLOR Colltgt Mall Phont 327-4884. 'Same Day Service on Your Color Prims UM Southern AllMrti't only KWIK KOLOR SERVICE now lociMO tt Mirtcni IOA in Murphy'i Stereo in Sptrwood Co-op Store In Plncher Creek Cerdtton Phermecy in Cerditon Hearst, told The Chronicle the notebook is "unquestionable proof" his daughter had "in no way" arranged her own kidnapping On Thursday, he called U.S. Attorney-General William Saxbe irresponsible for saying Patricia was a common criminal because of her role in an SLA bank robbery Will return EDMONTON (CP) Undaunted by a massive mudslide which prevented his train from reaching Edmonton and which forced a change in travel plans, Gov.- Gen. Jules Leger Thursday night declared his first day here "a very good one indeed." The governor-general, on his first official visit to Edmonton as part of a seven- week whirlwind tour of provincial capitals, said he was touched by the reception he received "and indeed we will come again." Death Toronto Leonard Griffiths, 63. chairman of Laura Secord Candy Shops Ltd. and Smiles'n Chuckles Ltd., of a heart ailment. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 328-4722 COLLEOCMALL Police question land dealer about 'forged'' Wilson letter LONDON (AP) Police detained wealthy property dealer Ronald Milhench Thursday for questioning about a letter allegedly containing the forged signature of Prime Minister Harold Wilson. They said they also were mtenogatmg Milhench about the death of his wile in a driving accident two months ap' Mil- hench insured his u tor ,1 tew weeks before the aa ulcnt. A statement from police headquarters in Wolverhampton, the Midlands industrial city where Milhench lives, said officers had taken firearms and ammunition from the property dealer's home and made ar- rangements for his children to stay with a family friend. Police feared for the safety of Milhench and his two children. Ann, 8, and Keith, 6, the statement said. Milhench is also a registered firearms dealer. The case of Wilson's forged signature broke earlier this month when newspapers said Marcia Williams, Wilson's private secretary for 18 years, and her brother, Anthony Field, Wilson's former office manager, made in profits on land sold to Milhench. Wilson himself was not involved and the land deals, conducted while he was leader ot the opposition, were legal The alleged forgery of Wilson's signature appeared on a letter to Milhench. The letter backed the plan by Field to sell Milhench the land Milhench told two British newspapers Wednesday that the forged letter had been a gag to trick the press, but the joke had snowballed out of hand. Athabasca oil project 'threat' to environment EDMONTON (CP) Two Alberta government officials have warned that the planned rapid development of the Athabasca Oil Sands could cause vast and irreparable damage to the environment. Rivers and streams would be diverted, vegetation uprooted, animal life destroyed and evicted, sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emitted into the air, the ground dug up and mining wastes dumped, a conference on the oil sands was told But the speakers, Robert E. Beaty, a scientific officer with the environment department and H. W. Thiessen. assistant deputy minister in the department, stressed that they are everything possible to keep environmental effects to a minimum. U.S. gesture may COIltaCt Herald Washington Bureau WASHINGTON In its first gesture of possible reconciliation with Cuba since diplomatic relations were broken 13 years ago, the United States abandoned Thursday its total opposition to any hemispheric con- sultations with the government of Fidel Castro. U S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger agreed to a Mexican proposal for a survey of all governments which attended a two-day meeting here of Latin American and Caribbean foreign ministers on whether to invite Cuba to a similar meeting in Buenos Aires late this year or early in 1975. The proposal was accepted without discussion on the sec- ond day of the conference, held at the state department Saskatchewan oil rule challenged REGINA (CP) The Saskatchewan government was ordered Thursday to file a statement of defence within seven days against a legal challenge to its oil legislation The order was made by a court of Queen's bench judge after 'he denied a crown application for a stay of proceedings in the dispute The province had asked for the stay to allow appeal of a judgment on a related issue. The ruling by Mr. Justice R W Johnson came after a closed hearing Meanwhile, the company responsible for the court challenge. Canadian Industrial Gas and Oil Ltd. of Calgary. Thursday sent a courier to Regina carrying more than in overdue oil taxes to meet a deadline set by the mineral resources department. CIGOL and about 300 oil companies with producing wells in the province were sent letters April 10 giving them a week to pay taxes owed under the oil legislation, which established a mineral income tax and royalty surcharge. It was not known how many of the 300 were actually witholding the taxes CIGOL and a number of others had been withholding the money in the hope of getting an indication whether they could reclaim it later if CIGOL's challenge against the legislation is successful. The mineral resources department threatened to cancel the leases of companies which did not meet the deadline "This is the first step toward ending the isolation of said Mexican Foreign Minister Emilio Rabasa. A similar proposal, by Co- lombia, on whether Canada will be invited to the next round of talks in the Argentine capital was also accepted A top aide to Mr. Rabasa told the Free Press that there is "no doubt that there will be unanimous agreement" that Canada should be invited. A Canadian diplomatic source indicated that Canada would likely accept such.an invitation. The Washington and Buenos Aires conferences, like the first of the series held in Mexico City last February, are described officially as "informal dialogues." They are held outside the framework of the Or- ganization of American States which begins its annual assembly today in Atlanta. Mr Rabasa said Premier Castro, with whom he met recently in Havana, is willing to attend the Buenos Aires conference "in a constructive spirit." 40 escape RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Forty prisoners armed with sub-machine-guns shot their way out of a downtown Rio prison today and seven persons, including one guard and one military policeman, were wounded, Brazilian police reported Rudolph Hess then and now Rudolph Hess is shown at left walking in the yard of Spandau Prison on the outskirts of West Berlin recently where he is the only inmate., At right Hess is shown 30 years ago in picture taken when he was deputy to Adolf Hitler. Hess, imprisoned in Spandau prison for 28 years, will be 80 on April 26. NDP warning greets Trudeau's return home OTTAWA (CP) The New Democratic Party touched off a new round of election speculation Thursday by suggesting that a non confidence vote can be forced before the government brings dawn a budget. "If the opposition really wants to bring things to a head, it can be NDP House Leader Stanley Knowles said in an interview. But he refused repeatedly to explain his statement. "I'm not telling anyone yet. I want to discuss it with the (NDP) caucus before saying anything." Faced with growing in- dications that the NDP may reverse its policy of supporting the minority Liberals, the government has refused to designate any opposition days until the budget is brought down. Prime Minister Trudeau has said the budget will be too at- tractive to oppose. No budget date has been an- nounced, but speculation cen- tres on May 6 and May 13. Mr. Knowles said the timing will determine whether the NDP attempts to force an early confidence test. Finance Minister John Turner is expected to announce a date next week. Meanwhile. Prime Minister Trudeau, back from a six-day Caribbean vacation, faced a snarly Commons when he ar- rived for the daily question pe- riod. Otto Jelinek High Park-Humber Valley) asked the government to bring in new measures to dampen inflation, while a score of other MPs focused on labor disputes involving airport firemen, air traffic controllers. St. Lawrence River pilots and postal workers The government has said that no development of the oil sands, including the already- announced Syncrude project, will take place until its environmental standards are met. Some of these standards are still being developed. The speakers said, however, that it will be tremendously difficult and costly to keep damage to a minimum. Some irreparable damage was inevitable. "An enormously complex natural resource development is about to unfold in the Athabasca Oil Sands to supplement North America's increasing demands for energy and hydrocarbon said Mr Beaty. "Unless this development is co-ordinated to minimize the elfects on the surrounding environment, the pending industrial expansion could conceivably result in irreparable damage to a very sensitive portion of Alberta Mr. Thiessen said the irreversible losses anticipated through oil sands development would involve mainly the "natural physiographic and ecological relationships, the unique wilderness attributes and the cultural land-use patterns." "However, the same, I suspect, may have been said by the cattle barons about the agricultural settlement of western Canada at the turn of the century, and further may have been said by those same farmers about the country residence subdivisions near our urban communities. 'The answer may not be one of technology, but of philosophy." Under current techniques for the oil sands, the surface layer of muskeg and dry sands is removed with huge draglines equipped with buckets. The same draglines are used to mine the oil-saturated sand when it is exposed. The sand is sent to an extraction plant and mixed with hot water and steam. The oil is skimmed off the top of this mixture This oil, called bitumen, is separated into napthta, light gas oil and heavy gas oil and is to be piped to Edmonton for refining. Mr. Beaty said that due to the chemical composition of the bituminous sands, the refining process at the site unavoidably results in the production of sulphur-bearing compounds mixed with air. "Even with the highest recovery rates achievable with present-day technology, some sulphur dioxide will be discharged to the atmosphere. The same applies to nitrogen dioxide whose damaging effects are similar to sulphur dioxide, Mr. Beaty said. Homer vows to destroy changes By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Alberta MP Jack Horner vowed Thursday to destroy Canada Pension Plan improvements before Parliament on the grounds that one of them gives special privileges to Huttentes and Ontario Mennonites. The Conservative charged that the bill, in allowing the groups to opt out of the plan on religious grounds, increases the tax load on other Canadians "If we adopt the idea that some may be exempt because of religious beliefs then why should others not be exempt0" Horner demanded. "I take groat ''xception to the govern- ment suggesting that one reli- gion is better than another." He suggested that he will move so many amendments to the 57-clause bill that it will never pass through the Com- mons before an expected elec- tion intervenes. Horner was at once attacked by two other Tory speakers in the debate who accused the Alberta MP of appealing to prejudice, trying to deny Huttentes and Mennonites freedom of reli- gion, and misrepresenting what the two sects are asking for The bill includes changes in the present plan to remove the requirement for an earnings test for recipients between the ages of 65 and 70, to give equal status to males and females as contributors and beneficiaries and update formulas for calculation of maximum eligible earnings and annual basic exemptions under the plan. Horner served notice that he is prepared to destroy these measures along with those clauses allowing Huttentes and Mennonites not to participate on religious grounds. The Alberta Tory criticized his party's spokesman in the Hold, Heath Macquarrie for indicating earlier that the Conservatives support the bill in principle "There will be votes." Horner said, "and I address my remarks particularly to members from Alberta." (All MP's from that province are "Their votes will be noted by Aibertans in regard to ex- empting various religious groups from this particular tax that the government has placed on all Canadians, a tax that this legislation is now increasing." he warned. He noted that the Mennonites of Western Canada have not applied for exemption from the CPP, and that this measure would benefit only members of the M.-U from Southern Ontario. It would also apply to Hutte- ritos. including those in Alberta, he added. ouse AT YOUR CESSNA PILOT CENTRE Look at Pilot Education as a sound business investment. If airline schedules don't meet your travel needs, and highway driving is not your answer, look into Cessna Pilot Education. It can help you solve your intercity transportation prob- lems. Come out this weekend Hangar No. 7 Lethbridge Air- port Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21 Cessn ;