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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta ftprn i FIE LE i nomuuK Tax tips LEGENDARY TRAFFIC COP Owen Dacey of St. Louis has amused motorists and pedestrians for years with his unusual style directing cars during rush hour in the heart of town. Dacey combines the grace of a ballet dancer, the agility of a gymnast and the talent of a mime in what might be considered a routine day. Milk producers sent money down both sides of street WASHINGTON (AP) An internal audit shows the Associated Milk Producers Inc. directed corporate money to both sides of the political street during President Nixon's first term. The audit and a lawyer's re- port on the co-op's past activi- ties were obtained from court' records. Until President Nixon took office in 1969, the giant dairy co-operative backed mostly Democrats. The audit traces in corporate money used to help Hubert Humphrey's 1968 campaign against Nixon. But after Nixon's victory, the co-op leaders decided to make peace with the Republicans. Harold Nelson, the co-op's general manager, drew in corporate funds to buy tickets to a Republican victory dinner held May 7, 1969, the audit shows. In August, a co-op lawyer delivered in admitted to have been an illegal corporate the keeper of Nixon's secret political trust, Herbert Kalmbach. But the audit shows the milk producers continued to aid Democrats with corporate money even as they solidified their alliance with the administration. In 1970, about the time the milk producers were promising to raise million for the president's then- distant re-election campaign, co-op funds were reported to have flowed into the senatorial campaigns of Humphrey in Minnesota and of his former vice-presidential running mate, Edmund Muskie of Maine. The co-op's former lobbyist, Bob Lilly, is quoted as saying he passed along in cor- poration funds to Humphrey's campaign manager Jack Chestnut, to pay campaign printing bills forwarded to him by Chestnut. And a former lawyer for the co-op, Stuart Russell of Okla- homa City, is quoted as saying he was reimbursed from corporation funds for three contributions to the 1970 Muskie campaign, for a total of Humphrey, asked about both the 1968 and 1970 dairy money, said through a spokesman: "I have no knowledge of these transactions An organ- ization as large as AMPI should have had the kind of legal counsel that would have prevented these types of transactions." A Muskie spokesman said: "It's impossible to check on the veracity of every individual who claims he's giving an individual contribution. The campaign made very careful checks to see that no corporate funds were either solicited or ac- and money which could be identified 'as corporate funds was returned during the campaign." Montreal firms moving to ease mail pinch MONTREAL (CP) Com- panies in the Montreal area are beginning to feel the pinch of a week-long disruption of mail delivery and are employing an array of services to ease the situation. Courier services, teletype networks, freight and express services are being used to capacity in attempts to minimize disruptions caused by the postal dispute. A spokesman for the Bankers Dispatch Corp., which provides both regional and national courier service, said the company has been forced to use every available car and truck to keep up with demand. "We're going crazy handling calls but we are coping with the the spokesman said. The company's minimum charge to deliver a letter or parcel from Montreal to Quebec City is compared with the eight-cent stamp of normal times. But despite the cost, the company reports that it is flooded with requests by businessmen for their service. Other businesses have simply decided to rely on the United States postal service. A postmaster in Burlington, Vt., 75 miles south of Montreal, said however, his post office was unable to handle any requests for boxes by Canadian companies. "We have a waiting list of our own citizens for boxes he said. He added that other towns near the Quebec-U.S. border have experienced a rush of Ca- nadian companies wanting to set up operations to handle their mail. One Montreal executive said his company rented a post box at the border town of Chazy, N.Y., 45 miles south of the city, during a postal crisis several years ago and has kept it ever since in preparation for an emergency such as this. IS EXPENSIVE He said the system involved substantial expenses for the company since a courier had to make daily trips to the U.S. town to pick up the mail and to clear parcels through customs. Meanwhile, about Canadian Pacific employees in the Montreal area have been told they will have to pick up their cheques from company offices rather than wait for the mail situation to clear up. A spokesman for the federal income tax department, which has an April 30 deadline for tax returns, said there has been no decision yet from Ottawa as to whether or not an extension will be granted to taxpayers affected by the postal situation. One federal tax official said he will be unable to complete his own tax returns until mail delivery returns to normal. He said two documents he needs to accompany his returns are sitting in some mail bag in a Montreal post office and he will not be able to get them until service resumes I Secret police trouble U.K. Jobs are available immediately at Cominco's Fording Coal Operations in Southeastern B.C. for: HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS PRESSURE WELDERS PIPEFITTERS The location is one of the most scenic and rapid growing areas in British Columbia located about 30 miles from the B.C. Alberta border. The areajs famour for its hunting, fishing and skiing. Only Journeymen need apply. Journeymen rates are and per hour. Employee benefits Include Medical, Group Life Insurance, disability Income and pension plan coverage. Interested applicants are urged to contact: Oormnoo Q. Tench, Personnel, Fording Operations, Cominco Ltd. Box 100 -Elkford, B.C. Phone calls and enquiries to (604) 425-6263 are welcomed and invited. By ALAN HARVEY LONDON (Reuter) An uneasy debate broke out Thursday over whether Britain has its own form of secret police. The murder of a self confessed police informer brought'a country proud of its open society to take a new look at some of its undercover police work. "It has to be said the special branch are Britain's secret commented the London Daily Mail. "But there's nothing to be ashamed of in that." The comment came amid moves to set in motion an in- quiry ordered by Britain's Home Secretary Roy Jenkins into .the activities in Scotland Yard's special branch. The order followed claims by the murderer informer, Irishman Kenneth Lennon, that he had been forced by detectives to become a paid special branch agent with instructions to infiltrate the Irish republican movement. The claims were made in a statement which the National Council of Civil Liberties (NCCL) said Lennon had made to them three days before his body was found last weekend in a quiet London suburb. The body bore gunshot head wounds suggesting an Irish Republican Army (IRA) "execution." Lennon, 31, was born in Dublin but lived near London. The statement by the NCCL, a 40-year-old pressure group formed to counteract .encroachment on the right of the individuals, led to demands by British parliamentarians for an in- tensive police investigation. The London Times, in a rantions editorial, warned against "a secret police force operating according to no rules or to rules of its own devising." The special branch was formed in the 1880s to deal with Irish violence of an' earlier generation. Then known as the special Irish branch, it came into being, according to some accounts, when Irish nationalists tried to blow up Scotland Yard by planting a bomb in a la- vatory. Later, as the branch was about to be disbanded, Scotland Yard decided to keep it to cope with an anarchist campaign. It was used against German spies in the First World War and has remained in existence ever since, dropping the "Irish" from its title around 1919. There are separate depart- ments to handle Irish, Arab, Middle East and European af- fairs. Members of the force are usually trained marksmen and skilled linguists. Its duties include protecting top political figures and visiting foreign not members of the British Royal Family. Writers have compared the special branch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States .and France's Deuxieme Bureau. EXPAND ALCAN OUTPUT TORONTO (CP) Alcan Products Canada Ltd. has announced it will install a second annealing line at its Kingston, Ont., operations to improve rolling and fabrication of aluminum. To cost million, the second line is scheduled for completion late next year. For further information, call the District Taxation Office. If you live la a toll area, ask your long-distance operator for ZENITH Mttt and your call will be placed without charge. Q. I have heard a lot about Adult Training Allowances under Canada Manpower, some say they are taxable, some say they are not. What is the answer? A. Any amounts received or an adult training allowance paid under the Adult Occupational Training Act is taxable income. Where amounts received were an allowance for personal living expenses while living away from hume, this allowance will not be taxable. T4's will be issued and will show the taxable portion. Q. I worked as a volunteer canvasser for my church's building fund for a considerable length of time one month in all during the year. May I claim a charitable donation for the value of my services? A. No. Donations of services to charitable organizations may not be claimed. Q. During the year, I paid for my Mother's operation. Although my father claims her as a dependent, may I claim these medical expenses in my return? A. No. Medical expenses may only be claimed in respect of the taxpayer, his spouse, or an individual he was entitled to claim as a dependent. Q. I am a student nurse and my only income is a small allowance while in training. Where I am required to purchase my own uniform, can I deduct this as an expense, and is the allowance I receive taxable? A. As an employee, you are not permitted to deduct the cost of your uniform. For the same reason, the allowance is considered taxable. Q. My husband died and I received a refund of the premiums he had paid into a Registered Retirement Savings Plan. Am I required to pay tax on the amount of this refund? A. A refund of premiums is treated as ordinary income of the recipient. A refund of premiums received by an annuitant's spouse is not taxable in the spouse's hands if it is transferred within 60 days from the end of the year to another registered retirement savings plan. Veterans club names officers Officers of the Lethbridge unit of Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Club were elected at their annual general meeting held recently. Appointed to a two-year term as president was Sid Slater. Tony Coutts was named first vice-president and Richard Burnham, second vice-president. Rounding out the executive are: past-president George Martin, honorary president J.S. Lakie, honorary vice- president George Marshall and treasurer Eric Greenhaugh. Capt. Ronald Butcher and Rev. Bruce Field were named as padres for the unit. A. What medical expenses are allowed for full-time care in a nursing home? A. If you, your spouse or a dependent were confined to a bed or a wheelchair throughout any 12 month period ending in the year, you may include remuneration to one full-time attendant or payments to a nursing home for full-time care. Furthermore, even if not confined to a bed or wheelchair, if the patient has been certified by a doctor to be incapable of self-care for what is likely to be an indefinite period, you may deduct amounts paid as remuneration for one full- time attendant to care for the patient in his home. Q. I will be retiring next year and will be receiving a considerable amount of severance pay. I have heard that I can invest this money in an Income Averaging Annuity contract and will only pay tax when I draw it out. Is this correct? A. Yes, that is correct. 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