Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tueirfoy, Auguit t, 1772 THE inHBRIDOB HERALD 17 Researchers suggest icebergs to quench Californians thirst LOS ANGELES (AP) Two Foundation grant (o develop an Hand researchers say It may make more sense economi- cally to tow tcclK-rgs from Ant- arctica to quench Ihc thirst of southern Californians than lo pump northern California water couth. "Bringing Icebergs to where Lbe water Is needed was sug- gest c d by John Isaacs of Scripps Institution _i_ :_ of Occanog- riiptiy back in the says John Hull, one of two research- ers awarded a National Science n part Ilv PATRICK MACKESZfK OTTAWA TCP) An old nine-pound cannon thunders daily at exactly 12 noon ns an integral part of the capital's heritage. The relic is a muzzle-loader and weighs three tons, The rusting iron barrel was cast in England in 1807 for a warship. H is thought to have been used in Ihe 1850s, during Hie Crimean War. The broad arrow insignia, engraved deeply into the bar- rel signifies military origin. It was purchased by Ihe Ca- nadian militia from the Impe- rial forces stationed in Upper Canada in 1860 for the then- princely sum of Nine years later, the prime minister, Sir John A, Macdon- ald, signed an ordei'-in-council that called for a single cannon round to mark the noon hour. TIPPED IJY WIHE The correct noon-hour time, telegraphed from a Montreal observing station, signalled the firing. It was once located on Par- liament Hill but tlie noise caused a move to the present Bite in a park just across a small bay in the Ottawa Ilivcr. That was In 1S16. Casualties from the daily firing have been few. Ono over-curious tourist standing close to the muzzle caught some of the strength of the blast. His coat was slightly burnt and he was treated for minor burns. Despite Ihe occasinnal mal- function, the gun has only missed twice. In 1UOB, a group of boisterous University of OU Inwa students pilfered It for use as a star attraction In the Ottawa winter carnival pa- rade. Two hours latci1, the HCMP found the cannon bur- ied under two feet of snow. MISSKI) FIRING A traffic jam cancelled one. firing. William J. Davis, Ihe responsible department o f public works employee, was unable to reach the gun on time. Ho retired in after a 22-year stint. The job earned him SlfiO annually above his regular salary. Standing orders arc explicit more (ban three seconds lalK. On Sunday, Good Friday. Tbtmbsgiving Hay and Christ- mas Day, it fires at 10 a.m. sharp. "The locnl churches preier undisturbed say of- ficials who maintain the gun. Although still an official lime signal, it has become a lourisl attraction. But the rit- ual of the noon firing has lost sonic color Ihrough Hie years. The supply of ohi-lnshiimed black powder, loaded into Ihe muT.zle, was ex'iaiustcd in The same year, the gun was modified lo take ek'dri- oally-detomilcd CVK set off by the Dominion observatory. The job cost ymu. .Since 1HI59, it is estimaled Hie gun been fired abnul fti.oon limes. The sound of Ihe b.'ing, it is reported, can blan- ket a M-ttiilr arm cm a good (lav. .cebcrg delivery system in de- tail. "It is our job to show bow practical it he said in a re- cent interview. Hull and bis research partner, Ncill Oslrander, estimate ice- berg water he delivered for an acre foot. It currently costs an acre foot to pump water south from Ibc Tehachapi Mountains. "It will lake less energy to tow two million acre 'feel of water all the way from Antarc- tica to southern California than it now does to pump two million acre foci of water over Ihe Tc- Oslrander said. COl.'IJ) BK TOWKI) Hi cause of their generally i smooth, tabular shape and sta- bility the icebergs could be cas- I ily lassded with cable, arranged in trains and towed north, the researchers said. To protect them from erosion of sea water, the icebergs would he wrapped in huge water sandwiched between Iwo layers of plastic film. One of the major purposes of Hull's and Oslrander's research is to de- termine how such quills will be made and how Ihey can be fas- lencd arouml Ihe icebergs. The researchers predict tugs could low as much as 10 million acre feel of water north at one time, laking about 10 months lo complete the voyage. The scicnlists said only about a tcnlh of the icebergs' water would be lost in transit. Mine i'irm earnings decline i VANCOUVER (CP) Pine oint Mines Ltd. reported el earnings of or 89' cents n share for Ihe first six months of down from or a share for [lie same period last year. The firm's interim statement said that although metal prices have shown n general rise, Pine Point became fully taxable at the beginning of 1972 and addi- tional taxes of million had notable effect on earnings for Hie first six months. Once in southern California waters, (lie icebergs could tlcil off shore and then quarried, much in the same way as gran- ite- is quarried. Large chunks IM cut off and then floated to an offshore tower. There they would be lifted on to conveyors and then fed into flexible pipes to be carried to Worlh named i deputy minister I of education NED DEER roblcms of common interest 'nth his Norwegian counterpart Alv Jakob Foslervoll at the do- Wolverines seldom weigh more than 30 pounds or so, hut their thick, glossy, dark brown fur makes them look, bigger lhan that. SPOON-NAI'l'EllS LONDON (AP) A House of Commons committee has or- dered some visitors' cafeterias lo start using silverware with- out the House crest in a move to discourage diners from (akin; away knives, forks or spoons as souvenirs. mil issuance of a restricted driving licence to Impaired drivers, Attorney-General Merv Leiich said here. He said some provinces re- gard the legislation as lenient treatment of impaired drivers. Earlier consultallon would have allowed them lo decide whether they favor the move and to amend their legislation The Alberta legislature has not sat since the beginning of June and no change in provin- :cmce ministry here. Bcason arrived Sunday for a rour-day visit. The Canadian minister was! guest of honor at a dinner j given by the Norwegian govern- ment and will return lo Ottav.a Wednesday after completion of the official program. I Canada and Norway are both NATO members and, co-oper- ation inside the Western de- fence alliance was a main topic today. Plans for an all-European se- curity conference with Canadian and U.S. participation and for mutual and balanced Jorce re- ductions in were also understood to have been on the agenda. cial law has been possible, Mr. Leitch said. As a result the en- forcement of the Intermittent suspension provision has been left in a stale of confusion. He said, however, the prov- ince has decided to comply with Ottawa's permitting impaired drivers who rely on driving for a living lo request the restricted li- cences. R. F. Tall, deputy registrar of the operator's division of tho motor vehicles branch, said, "as of July 15 we've issued six or seven restricted licences and in the next few weeks expect a flood of them." DEPARTMENT MANAGERESS Required by local firm to lake control of a large China and Giflwaro Deportment This person should be recently or actively employed in a similar or relolcd position. Basic salary plus bonus and other faenefiti. Pleoso send complete resume as to em ploy ment, age, marital slatus, etc. lo Box 68, Lethbridgg Herald. All replies strictly confidential. Trtuleaiis holiday in West BANFF, Alia. (CP) Prime. Minister Tnideau, with bis wife Margaret and son Justin, spent Ihe weekend in this national park community after a week of climbing in the Bugaboo mounlains in eastern British Columbia. The Trudeaus, expected to continue their holiday trip to tho west coast later Ihis week, participated in hiking and can- oeing activities at nearby Lake Louise and Lake O'lfara. Saturday night, ho and his wife attended a play Sunrise On Sarah at the Banff School of Fine Arts. Bciinelt won't allcixl medring VICTORIA (CP) Premier W. A. C. Bcnncll of Brilish Columbia Monday announced he will not attend the provin- cial premiers' conference in Halifax August 3 and A statement from the pre- mier's office said the II.C provincial election scheduler for Aug. 30 wili prevent Mr Bennett from attending the con- ference. L. J. Wallace, deputy pro- vincial secretary, will repres cut the premier, Ihe announce menl said. Guard killed NOKFOLK, Muss. (AT) One guard was killed ami three others were injured Monday when a convict tried to break out of Norfolk Corrections In- stitute, authorities reported. A corrections department spokesman said the Four officers apparently were shot by the prisoner. The prisoner was be- lieved holed up in the ins tiki- (ion with his wife. had been visiting him, the spokesman The inmate apparently was armed with a pistol. The shootings ocnired about 0 a.m., the .spokesman said. Neither the inmate nor the corrections officers were identi- fied. The spokL'snum said the in- nifile nnd his wife wore believed liolfl up, "presumably in one of Ihe rot (ages'' in the medium security corrections facility. competition discontinued FKIJXSTOWK, K n g I a n d (licnler) The Woman Driver of Ihe Year competition w.ns discontinued Sunday after one of Mio competitors hit n brick wall. Knndra VTioks, 10. of Norwich, one of 22 competitors in n con- test, involving cars (hey iiiuhi'l driven before, couldn't find re- verse gear, Instead of bricking away from Uie wait whore spectators were perched Miss Wick's car shot for.vard. 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