Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 200 AUGUST 1973 PRICE 10 CENTS Oil 'crisis' sparks move from Barrett By THE CANADIAN PREiSS B.C. Premier Dave Barrett says the United States oil crisis has been artificially created by the big oil companies. In an the premier said the big conglom- erates want to gain public sympathy and height demand for domestic oil as well as push the little com- panies out of business. He said he has asked the attorney-general's de- partment to write for indictments from Florida. That state has charged several large oil companies with conspiring to contrive the current fuel shortage. Mr. Barrett said he believes the oil companies in British Columbia are charging too much for petroleum products and called for a statement from the federal government on energy conservation. Asked if he had any evidence that oil companies in B.C. were conspiring to create a demand for do- mestic Mr. Barrett have a fesling the oil companies are the most ruthless operators on the scene. It is obvious their price structure is very Mr. Barrett said there is a growing credibility gap in B.C. because the oil -companies plead poverty but latest figures indicate some of the oil companies have never made more money in their The premier said what is needed is a federal state- ment on energy conservation. Reminded of the recent release by the federal government of a position paper on Mr. Barrett not a federal pol- icy. That's a bureaucratic As to whether he thought oil companies in B.C. are charging too much for their products he I do. I do. I certainly Mr. Barrett said he is very interested in Florida's case against the oil companies and so asked Attorney- General Alex Macdonald two weeks ago to send for copies of the indictments. At Shell Canada Ltd. has followed the lead of Imperial Oil Ltd. and increased by 40 cents a barrel the price it pays to producers of Western Cana- dian crude oil. The Shell increase appears in a list of prices mail- ed to Alberta producers during the weekend. The new prices range from to a depending on the shipping point and quality of the oil. Shell and Imperial have also announced they are increasing their prices for gasoline and fuel oil in Eastern Canada by up to two cents a gallon. Inside Constable Glen of Coaldale reads over an accident report before filing the information as part of his regular duties. For a story about small-town law a history of Henderson Lake and a report on fish look in enclosed with today's Herald. Classified ____ 18-20 Comics ____ Comment 5 District 3 Family 13 Local News 12 Markets 21 Sports 8-10 Entertainment ____ 7 TV 6 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT HIGH 70 SHOWERS Wheat export halted by ECM action BRUSSELS The Euro- pean Common Market today suspended further issuing of li- cences for export to outside countries of soft wheat. The which doesn't cover food-aid follow- ed a ban by the Market's com- mission on issuing of export li- cences for durum wheat. Explaining its latest the commission said there have been in the last few days. In the last three days there have been applications for export licences covering almost 37 million bushels of soft the commission said. Canada and the United States are holding back on sales of durum until they can evaluate their coming crops. Durum is not a major crop in Western Europe as a whole but it is big in parts of where production runs to more than 100 million bushels annually. Durum also is grown in France. In the case of supplies from the in store price at the Thunder shipping centre June 1 was a fraction less than a bushel. By Aug. 1 it was almost and still rising. Durum tte term is derived from the Latin for comprises three million acres of the more than 20 million under wheat cultivation in Can- ada. In view of the ''holding-back'1 policy on sales at the the prices at Thunder Bay and elsewhere in a arti- one wheat specialist sug- gested today. In a statement Monday an- nouncing its durum the Common Market commission mentioned steadily-rising prices and the European community's own deficit in durum supplies. The high prices were encour- aging community traders to dis- pose of their stocks a trend if it would pose the danger the com- munity markt might be serious- ly is a risk that contin- ued exports from the Common Market might endanger com- munity supplies in the months the commission added in explair.Vig its complete ban on export licences for durum. Alberta's crop harvest delayed by damp iveather Big chicken in the sky It looks like 10-year-old Sandy Dere n of is holding eggs but they're hailstones that battered the town- of Fort about 100 miles north- west of during the weekend. uebec rail traffic stopped for 42 hours us B MONTREAL All rail traffic in Quebec province ground to a halt at 6 a.m. EDT today when the province's 000 non-operating railway em- ployees began a 42-hour strike. The which also halted telecommunications serv- is the first in the second cycle of rotating strikes by Can- ada's non-ops against 11 railways. About Montreal com- muters who normally use trains to gel to work took extra buses and car pools. In about 60 employ- ees at a CP Rail freight shed walked off the job unexpectedly to protest both union and com- pany tactics during the rotating strikes. A spokesman for the workers said the to last for one shift came because the men feel the company is not se- riously negotiating for a settle- ment and the union is not tak- ing strong enough faction. The Quebec strike was an- nounced Monday by the Associ- ated Non-Operating Railway Unions after an abortive week- end attempt to resume negotia- tions with Canadian National and CP Rail. Richard chief negotia- tor for the said they are going to escalate action against the 11 Canadian rail- ways with which the unicns have contracts. At the same there were warnings from the big railways that continued strikes the heart of the could lead to a serious decision on rail A senior CN official said last week that it is doubtful his company long run a sys- tem whose very nature requires that each region of Canada be dependent on the The strike in Quebec is the second in the region since the non-op walkouts began close to two weeks ago. During the last a week about commuters in the Montreal area had to rely on special bus service and en car pools to get to work and home again. CN said Monday it was im- mediately cancelling all trains which pass through or origin- ate in Quebec to and from the Marilimes and Ontario. a CN news release Amtrak trains linking Montreal with Washington and New York load and discharge passen- gers at the Vermont with buses being used to carry people between the border and Montreal. Labor Minister John Munro named a special mediator today to help deal with the con- tinuing contract dispute be- tween non-operating railway workers and their employers. The mediator is Judge Alan B. Gold of the Quebec Provin- cial Court in Montreal. Mr. Munro said Judge Gold would probably meet with the lailway and union leaders in Montreal but the time and lo- cation would be left to the me- diator. Harvest for crops seeded last have been brought to a halt throughout Alberta by general sprinkle and drizzle conditions. Lethbridge district agricultur- ist Murray McLelland said today if enough moisture falls on Southern the very late spring seeded crops may benefit. Too much could bleach already drought-stricken crops. All other including pasture land in the are too far advanced-to be helped by the he said. Winter wheat and fall-seeded rye crops were being harvested and some rapeseed fields and barley crops were being swath- ed when the rain started Sun- day at 5 p.m. The Lethbridge weather of- fice reports the drizzly conditions are being caused by a low pressure cell centred near North Sask. It is causing cloud cover over the entire province from Slave Lake to the United States border and from the mountains to the Saskatchewan border.- To 9 the Lethbridge weather office had recorded .21 of an inch of precipitation. Another two days of similar conditions are expected for Southern Alberta although the rate of preciptiation Is expect- ed to resulting in a slow steady amount falling until Thursday. The high temperatures dur- ing ute forecast ueriod are 60 to 65 degrees. Overnight lows are expected to be in the 50 to 55 degree range. Skylab crew resumes work By HOWARD BENEDICT Tex. With a record space walk in the the Skylab 2 astronauts resumed experiments in their orbiting laboratory. The flight plan called for mostly medical experiments for Alan Dr. Owen Garriott and Jack Lousma. But a solar planned a long-awaited study of the sun with a battery of eight tele- scopes. been pacing back and wondering when In the dickens he'd get a chance at the solar telescope a flight controller reported. he'll finally get his Garriott and Lousma loaded the telescope cameras with film Monday during a record space walk in which they were outside the station six 31 min- utes. That's nearly double the previous mark set by two Sky- lab 1 astronauts in June. Agnew faces criminal charges witli denial of any wrongdoing Royal hikes rates for prime loans MONTREAL The Royal Bank of Canada an- nounced today the bank will in- crease its prime lending rate by one-half per cent to per effective Wednesday. The increase follows an an- nouncement Monday night liy the Bank of Canada that i'nc bank rate is being increased one-half per cent to per the fourth increase since April. The Royal Bank said it will maintain the differential to one-half per cent on the bass rale for small business raising it to 73i per cent. This applies to loans of less than In both the Nation- al Housing Act loans and con- ventional mortgage rates will nse one-quarter per cent to 10 per cent. The Royal Trust announced. Monday it was raising mort- gage interest rates by one- quarter per cent to 10 per cent. The previous increase by the Royal Bank its prime lend- ing rate became effective June 13 when the rate was raised by one-half per o WASHINGTON Vice- President Spiro Agnew says he is under investigation for pos- sible criminal violations but has done nothing wrong. Newspaper reports say the investigation in- volves allegations of extortion and tax fraud. Agnew made the disclosure Monday night through his press J. Marsh and declined further comment than to say that I am innocent of any wrongdoing The Wall Street Journal says the allegations against Agnew result from the award of state contracts during Agnew's ten- ure as governor of Maryland in 19S7-1E63 and from federal con- tracts in Maryland let since Ag- new became vice-president in 1969. The federal contracts were let by the General Services Ad- ministration the agency in charge of constructing fed- eral buildings. The Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun also report that the investigation involves alle- gations of kickbacks from pri- vate contractors to Maryland and Baltimore County figures. A Nixon spokesman declined comment Monday night but said the White House was aware of Agnew's statement before it was released. The Journal says Agnew has not been called to testify in the case and the prosecutors have not presented the evidence they have assembled to a grand jury sitting in Baltimore. Meanwhile the Senate Water- gate committee today postponed a lawsuit aimed at obtaining Watergate-related evidence in President Nixon's possession. The delay apparently was caus- ed by concern that the courts might refuse to accept the case. The White House evidence the committee is seeking consists of tape recordings and documents which committee members be- lieve would go a long way to- ward answering the question of New peak reached in combat SAIGON Fighting in South Vietnam has reached a new peak and matches the burst of Communist activity which immediately followed the country's second official cease- fire in the South Viet- namese command said today. A command spokesman said the number of alleged Commu- nist ceasefire violations rose for the third consecutive day to to- tal. 127 in the 24-hour period from dawn Monday. Once again heavy fighting was reported in the central highlands between the cities of Kontum and Pleiku wnere Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces continued their attacks against Plei Mrong ranger base near the border with Cambodia. if knowledge Nixon had of the Watergate burglary and the subsequent cover-up. Nixon has refused to turn over the evidence to the com- mittee on grounds that to do so would violate the twin doctrines of executive privilege and sepa- ration of powers. The decision was by committee Chairman Sam J. after members of the committee met in executive ses- sion before the opening of the day's hearings. Ervin did not say how long the postponement might be. The suit had been ex- pected to be filed either this afternoon or Wednesday. committee decided to postpone filing the suit until counsel for the committee have an opportunity to ascertain and study the reaction of the White House attorneys to the motion of the special Er- vin said. He referred to an answer ex- pected today to an order for the Whitp House to show cause why it should not have to turn over nine White House tapes and re- lated documents sought by the special Watergate Archibald Cox. The lawyers for Nixon were expected to attempt to justify Nixon's refusal to comply with the Cox subpoena for the Water- gate-related material. The President made an unprecedented ac- counting cf some of the secret costs of the presidency while ordering a full disclosure on bis purchase of homes In California and Florida- Acting on the president's In- officials at the White Secret Service and Gen- eral Services Administration revealed Monday that nearly million has been spent by the government since 1969 for commu- nications and other work at the president's out-of-town resi- dences and offices. At the same presiden- tial spokesman Gerald Warren announced that Nixon has hired a private auditing firm to pre- pare detailed ac- counting of the acquisition of the homes and he has purchased since taking office in San and Key Biscayne Fla. The report will be released within a Warren told re- porters. and htard About town 7ELLAH Totit telling a dieting friend she hopes to see less of her in the fu- ture Hungry Tom IHgb. land surprisng Theodora George by taking 20 minutes to eat a super-duper beef sandwich Larry Kohls claiming his dentist has iota of pull.