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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 45 The Uthbridflc Herald VOL LXIH No. H5 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, APRIL 28, WTO PRICE NOT OVER 10 CEWTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES Pollution No. 2 Ontario Lake Industrial Cesspool Que. Independence Issue On By JIM WILSON' Herald SUB Writer Lake Erie has been called the industrial cesspool of eastern industry. The lake is so dead th-t conserva- tive estimate say it would lake 500 years to clean it up even il no more pollutants were emptied into it. The muck from a dozen of the world's largest in- dustrial waste producers pours into it via its river sys- tem, and the petrochemical ooze that covers the rivers several inches thick-notably along the Cuyahoga River caused the waterways io become serious fire haz- ards which'burst into flames several times a year due to spontaneous combustion. The companies say they are obeying to tks ktter of the law all pollution controls that exist. Lake Taboe, a centre of the Nevada tourist industry, is one of the cleanest lakes in Ihe world. The vested in- terests in the area have themselves insisted on strin- gent pollution controls to keep the lake clean. The rivers which feed Lake Tahoc run through in- dustrial and farming districts, but because the power- ful tourist industry lobby in the state needs clean water, none of the plants or cities is allowed to pour one drop of sewage or waste ir.lo the rivers. The sewage disposal systems in the Lake Tahoe river basin are' air.ong the best in the world, and the legislation that requires them is possibly the best in North America. Industries that produce 55 trillion gallons of sewage in North America each of which is fed into river systems after half-hearted attempts at purification claim they obey all local legislation: and so they do., The fact remains they still produce more than two- thirds of all environmental pollution. The problem is the ineffectiveness of the legally- required anti-pollution measures, not how exactingly the existing regulations are followed. Public Opinion Angle Public opinion based on monetary consideratione can create difficulties. For example, willing would Pincher Creek residents be to impose heavy: (but neces- saiyV on ttbe 560 niuTon plant Shell Canada is buiUinj n.the area, at the risk of losing the'plant? Sheaiofficials'say they will follow, all provincial but the question a whether or not the provincial regulations are many biologists say they are not. V- smaller areas, including -Lethbridge, are prone to say they don't think they cai do anything to fight poflotion, but this sort of situation is one front on which a community can, and in .many places has, taken the initiative in the anti-pollution revolution. Some Lethbridge aldermen have suggested that spending several million dollars on a secondary'sewage treatment plant for the city would be a waste because other cities, and industries, will continue to pour, their sewage into the Oldman River. Such shortsighted thoughts are precisely what cause most pollution: offi- cials refuse to try to overcome the total problem and ignore it by saying one part of a large district can do nothing. One thing the cities along the river could do is form an Okunan River Commission, setting up pollution con- tnl guidelines for the commission to enforce.and then lobbying loudly with the Alberta government to provide the necessary legislation and funds.. Hypocritical Bill This Is one way to fight tlie hypocritical govern- merit legislation designed to keep middle-line control over pollution so rivers don't die completely, but at the same time avoiding infuriating industries that pay Uxet and provide jobs to keep voters happy. When governments start to tell the truth, or find out the truth, about pollution the revolution will really begin. Still, Ihe problem of corporate responsibility for in- dustrial pollution illustrates why the major source of anti-pollution legislation must come from federal gov- ernments and ultimately must be the subject of worldwide agreements. The free enterprise competitive system requires that legislation force pollution controls that voluntary action would not accomplish because of risk of profit losses: why should one company volun- tarily install expensive equipment that another less- responsible company doesn't buy? Canadian Seal Hunt Humane TORONTO (CP) The annual seal hunt on the Gulf of St. Lawrence has become a humane slaughter- ing operation, T. I. Hughes, general manager o< Ontario Humane Society, says in a report on the 1970 expedition. Mr. Hugh's says the hunt "is without a doubt one of the irwet humane slaughtering operations 1 have ever witnessed." "It is tightly reguWed and certainly the regulations were enforced more stringently than in any other slaughtering operation that I know he says, Mr. Hughes, an official observer for the young seal hunt in March, says present regulations can be left unchanged unless all seal hunting in the gulf is to be banned. Noting a danger of ecoiogical imbalance If the hunt were prohibited, Mr. Hughes says: "From the humane point of view, perhaps the best solution would be to ban the killing of adult seals in the gulf and allow ship-borne sealers to kill, say, white-coals each season under the stringent regulations which are now in force." QUEBEC five parties contesting the.Que- bec general election expect-the largest turnout of voters in Quebec history Wednesday in a battle between feder- alism and separatism. Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand spoke to his largest campaign turnout Monday night as persons jammed a Quebec City recreation: centre, and Parti Quebecois Leader.Rene Levesque barnstormed through several Montreal-area ridings and met at least ENDED' Meanwhile, Liberal Leader Robert Bourassa spent the day in Northern Quebec 'where he was enthusiastically received by close to persons. Recent election polls forecast the liberals would get the larg- est percentage of votes, fol- lowed by the separatist Parti Quebecois and third-place Onion Nationale. Mr. Levesque. has had by far the largest turnouts in the cam- paign since the election was an- nounced March 12. At a wind-up rally of three large meetings he said the lide of enthusiasm for his party must be tide the likes of which has never been seen in the modem history of Quebec." Mr. Levesque said his separa- tist, party has already reached its objective, even if it is not elected to ofQce .Wednesday. "The old ice of our inferiority complex is he said. The Parti Quebecois might not emerge victorious from its 'but it 'substatf- Markets At Low Level By THE CANADIAN PRESS Canadian stock markets touched new lows today after several consecutive sessions of declining prices. Analysts said the slump was believed lo be caused by disap- pointing first-quarter corporate earnings, concern abcut infla- tion and caution among inves- tors. At 11 a.m. EOT, the Toronto stock market was at-its lowest level since August, 1969.. Both industrial and base metal in- dexes touched lows for The Toronto market has been in a prolonged period of decline for 'several days. The decline .first election campaign, was interrupted briefly Friday certain to get a "s THE SMEU. OF VICTORY An atmosphere of victory pervades Paul Sauve arena in Montreal Monday night, as separatist (coder Rene Levesque speaks to a crowd of amidst V-for-vIdory signs. but the. downward trend re? sumed Monday. Montreal also continued its decline today after touching- lows for the year Monday. NEW YORK The slijipid further today early lradii_g after fall- ing to a six-year low on the Dow Jones industrial average Mon- day; The Dow industrials by a.m. bad dropped 2.97 points to 732.18. Analysts have attributed the sagging market conditions to Investor concern over inflation, poor earnings report by compa- nies and the situation in Cam- bodia and Laos. Despite the gloomy news, two top .U.S. economists predicted their would be a real slowdown in inflation in the fall In making this assessment in speeches to the United States Chamber of Commerce in Washington Monday, Walter W. Heller, former economic ad- viser under president Johnson, and Eeryle W. Sprinkel of Chi- cago supported N'ixon adminis- tration contentions that over-all price rises will slow sharply in the autumn. As they spoke, the Dow industrial average fell 12.14 points to "735.15, going well below the previous 1970 low of. 744.06 reached on Jan. 30. The average's decline was its steep- est since July I, 1969. tial" share of the first big step ahead" in the march toward independence. Premier Bertrand told his carnival-like meeting in Quebec City, his party walks the middle of i the. road between extreme federalism-and outright separa- tism. -V 'Union -Nationale wants to maiiu'iin all reasonable ele- ments negotiation (for Con- federation) conducive to the real needs pi Quebecers. CARRIED TO PODIUM "We will do all in our power to reach a solution which wiH help Quebec and other prov-- inces the 53-year-old chief said after he was carried atop the shoulders of party sup- porters to the speaker's podium. Camil leader of the CrecStiste party, told about supporters in his home constitu- ency of Rouyn-N'oranda that after" the election Quebec mil not only have a new driver at the political.helm, "but also a new car." The 35-year-old automobile salesman said he would be the driver of the new car, a 1970 model which would be a Credi- tiste Mark 1. MAKE FORECASTS AH five leaders made optimis- tic forecasts in a CBC Frencb- language broadcast Monday night of their parties' shares of the 106 seats in the legislature.. The forecasts: Bertrand, 65 seats and 45 per cent of the popular vote. Bourassa: 53 to 70 seats 40 to 45 per cent of the pop- ular vote. lo to 25 seats and possibly a third of the popu- lar vote. Samson: More than 40 seats. leader of Quebec's New Democra lie Party: Two to six seals and 10 per cent of the vote in the 13 ridings where the NDP has can- didates. Standing in Ihe national as- sembly at dissolution was Union National 55, liberal 44, Inde- pendent 6, vacant 3. Citr Electrical Workers May Strike into effect at noon Thursday.-'- 1: In the meantime, city of- The city's 28 electrical tors' 'final proposal to the city ers will go on strike'Thursday 8 p.m. meeting at the If the city does not accept the Club ipd the city union's final .proposal Mde win get 'Monday, E. H. (Ted) Stark, our strike notice which win go business manager for the Inter- national Brotherhood of Electri-- cal Workers'254, told.The Her- ald Tuesday. City and union negotiators' met before a mediator Monday in sessions which lasted until' p.m. The union member- ship recently voted 100 per cent in favor of strike action if a satisfactory new contract'.could not be negotiated. Monday's meeting was a last ditch effort to avert a strike. Mr. Stark said the union mem- bership accepted the negotia- Arsonists Sought At Red Deer RED DEER (CP) -Fire early today destroyed the old Red Deer Central school, one of the city's chief landmarks, in circumstances which set police on a hunt for arsonists. Special guards were placed at all city school buildings today to prevent what school board officials feared might be fur- ther arson attempts. Arson is suspected by police and fire officials in a garage fire early this morning near the Central school blaze, a small blaze at the local YMCA building during the weekend and a recent blaze at a restaurant under construction in the city. Police believe an attempt to bum another private garage in the Central school area over- night was frustrated by the homeowner, who reported a youth fled as Hie man ap- proached his garage. ficlals'were busy Tuesday mor- ning calculating what--the in- creased cost would be if -the: same were granted all city employees. "It's not just' the K electrical .workers' that are .City Manager Tom Ferguson .said, "it's Ihe other 380 empoyees who will be entitled to receive the same concessions, that has to be ta- ken into consideration." A further meeting was to be held today. GORDON TAYLOR Taylor Resigns From Cabinet Conference Set On Cambodia JAKARTA (AP) Foreign Minister Adam Malik of Indone- sia announced today an Asian conference on Cambodia will be held here May il-12 and at feast eight of 20 countries Invited will attend. Malik told' reporters Indone- sia's four co-members in the As- sociation of Southeast Asian Na- Singapore, Ma- laysia and the Japan, Australia and New Zea- land have said they will attend. The Cambodian government of Premier Loo Kol'also will be represented. NEW HEART A dd Roman priest was In fair condition this after receiving the heirt of a 14-year-oM girl tm x transplant Mon- day at St. Michael's Hwpilal. A Toronto hospital spokesrnaa Rev. Edward F. Madi- gan of St, Monka's Roman Catholic Church was resting well Her having a comfortable nlgki. Father Madigam received the heart of Mai-lent James of Lind- say, in a 55-mlnufe op- by t team 'of set- Bill Protects Consumers From Shady Deals EDMONTON (CP) High: ways Minister Gordon Taylor has accepted a position with the federal transport depart-' ment and has resigned bis cabi-. net post in the Alberta govern- ment effective May 1. Premier Harry Strom, at a news conference, said Mr. Taylor will become a dep- uty mjnister with the federal department and will be re- sponsible for surface transpor- tation. The announcement ends sev- eral months of speculation that Mr.. Taylor intended to join fre federal civil service. Mr. Strom said Alberta ap- preciated the many years of service given by Mr. Taylor in his as highway minister. "There; is c6ncrele evidence of. the excellent, work'he has dore." The premier said }Ir. Tay- lor's talents will for the good of all Canadians. Mr'. Taylor'was 'first'elected to the Alberta legislature in 1WO as the Social Credit can- didate for the Drumheller-GIei- chen constiluency. He was min- ister of telephones from 1940 to 1930. In 1951, he was appointed minister of highways and trans- port. Mr. Taylor was the unsuc- cessful candidate for the party leadership in 1969.. In resigning his portfolio Mr. Taylor also resigned .as. MLA for his constituency: The premier said-he had no immediate plans for a byelec- tion for Drumheller-Gleichen and that be expected to be in the position lo name a new min- ister of highways scon. "This' could involve other cabinet changes." The premier said he believed a'byelection wilt be required, before the 1971 sitting of the leg- islature. OTTAWA (CP A bill.to protect consumers from being forced to pay for something they didn't get was introduced in the Commons Monday by Consumer Affairs Minister Ron Basford. The bill, given routine first reading, is aimed at abuse of the current situation whereby dealers selling goods on a lime- payment plan force the buyer lo sign a promissory note. The note Is'often then sold lo i convoy wMch to le- gally able lo force collection, whether or not the buyer has re- ceived delivery. The new bill, proposing amendments lo Ihe foderal Bills of Exchange Act, would provide consumers with a legal defence when caught by a shady dealer, by giving them an opporlunity to show that the seller did not honor his part of the bargain before transferring the note to a sales finance company. Mr. Basford said outside the Commons the provision will force finance companies lo po- lice the companies it takes notes from by making sure the terms of sale have been met. bill would require that when promissory notes are used in connection with conditional sales contracts, they be marked "consumer to make it plain that ibe buyer is signing a purchase order. The amendments also apply to cheques postdated for more than SO days. In some cases un- scrupulous vendors ask buyers to sign a series of postdated cheques in place of a promis- sory' note. Such cheques would have lo be marked "consumer pur- M weD. ond Heard ABOUT TOWN JpOR THE second time in three weeks, Den Me- FaMcn holding a wake for his hockey club first Mon- treal and Ihen Chicago Garry Wyroslok bragging about his new convertible, which.happened to be a mus- tang bike small panic in the kitchen of the Lelhbridge Municipal Hospital as bread- man Dorogdi bent over his basket of goodies, split his pants, and discreetly backed out to his truck. American Sugar Workers Back From Cuba SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) The Cuban freighter Luis Arcos Bergr.es docked here today with nsarly 700 youcg Americans who worked in the sugar cane fields of Cuba. They were to leave for Iheir tinted States homes by chart- ered buses and cars via the Ca- lais, Me., border point after rou- tine processing here by 11 cus- toms and immigralion officials. The passengers, members of the Venceremos shall win) Brigade, appeared in good spir- its, singing with a dockside wel- coming group 'which carried a tenner reading Death lo the Yankee Invader, an apparent reference to the recent invasion of Cuba by a small armed group. To Hire Women As Lifeguards MILWAUKEE (API The County civil service commission volcd raanimo'jsiy hiring women as life guards at Ihe county's swimming pools and Lake Michigan beaches. The bikini will not be accepted life guard attire, however. ;