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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 11, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 A 1 The LetKbridge LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, AUGUST II, 1972 PRICE NOT OVEH 10 SECTIONS -24 PAGES ATTENTIVE LISTENER Prime Minister Trudeou PM to make decision about election soon VANCOUVER (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau ended a West Coast vacation Thursday by appearing on an hour-long oprnline radio program during which bo ficldcrl questions ranging from the date of the next federal election to the; forth-coming Canada-Russian hockey series. Asked by bro.idca.ster Jack Webster of radio station CJOIl Vancouver, moderator uf the program, whether a federal election i.s planned this fall, Mr, Trudoau said he woiilrl study Ihe situation nflcr returning to Ottawa decide! whether Omariu will have rlcdion-free .'nil.1' Iln said the rlrci.simi would mnde after consult- ?np with his cabinet, looking at llio program for IVia fait, MIR siluah'nn In HIP roimlry ami Ihn doHrp of people lliom "I'll decide if we'll have an election- free fall." "And if we aro, then I'll toll you about an election- free winter Inter in the fail." He received little encouragement from listeners to sock an early mandate. Mr. Webster spent the List few moments of thu prgram asking listeners whether they were for or against the prime minister. The out- come V.DS four against, three for. J'OK TTUU, 1'EHSONAI.l.Y On the controversial question nf whether linhhy Hull should be allowed to play for Canada in ttic eight- game Canada-Russian hockey scries beginning next month, Mr. Tnuleau said he personally would like to BCC Hull play. But he said he felt the federal government must respect privntc contracts signed hy Individuals con- cerned and arrangements made by Team Canada. Bobby Hull, who Jcft Chicago Black Hawks of the Na- tional Hockey League earlier (his year (o sign a multi- million-dollar contract with Winnipeg Jets of the World Hockey Association, is burred from the scries under Teiim Canada provision requiring all players to hava signed contracts with an NHL club. Mr, Webster .i.skcd ttie prime minister whether fed- eral action Is planm! to alleviate the situation on (ho Vancouver waterfront, now paralysed by a Inhor dia- pute involving hiring practices. Mr. Tnidfiiui replied that when people have been given (ho right to strike under the law, it shouldn't IJG taken away from them from the momer.t they use it. Ftoplyjng to a question about the federal govern- ment's bilingualism policy, Mr. Trudeau .said he con- sidered it a success, The official Languages Act hr.d biij'n passed v.iili ttm support of all parties and now was bcring iinplemonLed. This WHS a recognition of the fact two official languages English and French are spoken in this country. It was something that should have boon done years and perhaps even decades ago. SAW SOMK BACKLASH He admitted there had boon some backlash on bi- lingualism, but said this was so with almost every pol- icy brought in. "There are always some people who don't like Mr. Webster said there MUS unhappincss about tho "very loose immigration policies" of the gov- ernment. Was there any plan In tighten the laws and stop Ihe right of visitors I') apply from within tho country Mr. Trudeaii said the present government and tlio Pearson government hfir! been lilicral to lot people from all parts of the ivovlrl come to Camilla to make Iheii' homo. There woufd hnve to n up on pro- but no change wa.s planned in basic immigra- tion policy. Mr. Webslcr .snirl now recommendations for drug law changes were considered hy many to be another stop lownivl disaster. Vancouver was "rid- dtrrJ drugs nr.d oilier drugs." Mr. Tiudemi said (ho planned changes were not ,1 dramnlio revolution, but reduced Ihe penally for use of marijuana. Asked if this mennl "r-nioke it iinlil ymi're caught." Mr. Trudeau this could apply to tunny (lungs, such ns drinking nud driving until you're caughL Tax credit for homeowners price index soars points Education tax relief sought by committee CALGARY (CP) Home- owners should be allowed to write off at least part of their education property tax pay- ments against their provincial income tax, a government com- mitlec recommended today. In an interim report the Con- servative committee, headed by Hoy Farran, Conservative ML A. for Calgary North Hill, pro- posed homeowners be relieved of the property tax burden up to a maximum tax credit on income tax. The recommendations follows similar plajis initiated in On- tario and Manitoba this year, and if eventually approved by the Alberta government could come into effect in 1974. Tlie report favored the tux credit plan over the alternative of extending the refund system that now applies to senior citi- zens paying the 30-mill prop- erty tax levy for education across the board to all home- owners. Such an alternative, however, would carry with it i ceiling so the maximum relief would be about the amount a per- Bon pays in provincial educa- tion taxes ort an average home, The interim report is design- ed to generate reaction across the province to the of the committee established to examine the financial arrange- ments Ixjlwecn the province and its municipalities, and w-liicn level of government ehoukl pay for which service. The committee said it tried in make recommendations "which would .shift, as far as compatible with local auton- omy considerations, human re- source programs education, social develop men t toward Hie and services of di- rect benef i t to properly to- wards Ihe local authority." The report said there- may bo "some disappointment" in local government over the tax credit recommendation because llio property tax relief is more di- rect for the taxpayer than for Ihe municipality itself. The maximum relief applied against provincial income tax would be a year (roughly the total 30 mill education levy paid on an average home as- sessed at however, the not rctief would only considering the homeowners grant woulci be abandoned, For a senior citizen, the maximum relief would be The actual amount of relict would operate in the same man- ner as income tax. It wouki be administered with existing in- come tax forms through the de- partment of rational revenue. The higher the income, the low- er the additional relief, with the greatest relief for low-in- come families, "There is no doubt that a tax credit plan Is eminently fair; it is wholly in tune with 'ability to pay' ar.d makes an effective assault on (ho regressivencss of property the rommittee said. "It is a step towards bring- ing residential property ov.iiers closer to equity with those who hold property for profit and who can charge properly tax as a full credit before income tax. "For those a vei-y low in- come and who receive a tax refund cheque, it has an ef- fect similar to negative income tax." The estimated cost to the pro- vince ef the tax credit scheme was miUimj, with another million to reduce supple- mentary school requisitions and lo take over lota! hospital fund' ing. Tliis would be offset by a Ing of million in homeown- er grants and a cancellation of million of the million in municipal assislance grants; leaving an over-all hill for the province of SIS million. Renters were not included in cither plan, however Hie com- mittee noted the tax crcdif. op- tion "can he effectively adjust- ed lo include renters should a shortage of rental accommoda- tion again occur." POLICE today fo f-lruction exe SEARCH os police the rctu cutive. Se Tbis was tho general scene In Calgary Thursday night and conducted a massive dragnet for kidnappers who paid rn of Marlene Hashman, 17-year-old daughler of a Calgary con- e story on Page 2. OTTAWA (CP) Food prices soared last month with sharply higher price tags on meats and vegetables, sending the consumer price index up more than usual lor this lima of year. Statistics Canada reported the index, based on 1351 price3 equalling 100, rose for all com- modities and services to 140-2 from 138.5 in June and 134.1 in July last year. The food price index rose to J42.5 last month from 137.5 in June and 133.3 in July last year. Restaurant meal prices, which have been soaring, rose moderately last month. The main food price increase was in bought for consumption at home- In dollar terms, it cost last month to buy a bag of gro- ceries that cost in June, an increase of 54 cents. That same bag ot groceries cost a year earlier. For the whole of the average urban family's budget, it cost S14.02 last month to buy what bought in June or bought in July last year. This reflected further re- duced spending power of the consumer dollar. What a dollar bought last month could hava been bought for 71 cents in 1961. A year ago, the consumer dollar was down to 75 cents. The Statistics Canada report cited no special reason for tha higher food and other prices last month, except to say that the increases were greater than usual. Food prices account for mora than one-quarter of the over-all consumer price Index, The cost of housing accounts, for about one-third, and it rose in July because of higher'rents, higher costs of home-ownership, and higher electricity service rates in some Ontario centres. Bomb mission kiebec remarks 3 guerrillas 'blown up 'misunderstood' dy JsL 'How'ff you spall Iff A From BELFAST fCP) A bomh believed Intended for a British army post exploded in a car to- day, apparently prematurely, killing (wo suspected terrorists nnrf! a girl. Almost .simultaneously with the explosion in Belfast's North Howard Street in the Falls Road district, bombs blasted two supermarkets on the out- skirts of Londonderry. The blasts shattered a relative calm in Northern Ireland during tho last 24 hours. Tiie Belfast deaths brought tho three-year Norlnern Ireland! communal death toll to 505. Eight bystanders were in- jured by the blast in the au- tomobile iii North Howard Street, winch separates the Catholic Falls Road area from the Protestant Khankhill dis- trict. As British soldiers streamed out of n nearby army post to help the injured and recover the shattered pieces of blaster! bodies, (hey were stoned by youths. "It looks as though it was a bomb mission that went an army officer said. Officials said the car had been reported stolen about 30 minutes before Ihe blast. They said two of the dead were men believed to have been planning to place the bomb at the army post in a disused, mill. It was not clear whether the dead girl was a bystander. A few minutes before the ex- plosion n man and a girl xvcro seen leaving the car. One car- ried a bag. They entered a gro- cery store and left when lha manager became suspicious and asked them to leave. A wit- ness said the car blew up as they drove off. The Belfast courthouse was ringod by armored cars and British soldiers in bullet-proof jackets. Inside Me eh an told the court he refused "to recognJ7e the jurisdiction of this illegal assembly11 until all Ireland is united. Meanwhile, moderate Catho- lic and the British administrator for (he north scheduled a third route of cru- cial talks today that could lead to all-party discussions on the future of Ulster. Truck ploughs into train killed, 26 injured LACHUTK, Quc. (CP) Hospital officials here said three persons were killed and nt least 2J> injured today when a (ruck hit a CP Rail clayliiier nl nearby Calumet on the main Ottawa-Montreal line- Horace Lamerche, adminis- trator of Hospital Argenle-uil, said the truck driver anil three passengers on day liner were killed. Their bodies were brought to the Lnchute hospital. 15 miles east o! the crash scene, Mr. Lamarche said at least IS persons were admitted with injuries suffered in the crash. None was seriously hurl. Among the injured was a pas- senger in the truck. No names were immediately available. EDMONTON (CP) Prem- ier Peter Loughced today said his recent remarks on support- ing Quebec in constitutional matters have been misunder- stood. Earlier this week, on return- ing from the premier's confer- ence at Halifax, Mr. Loughecd said Alberta would stand with Quebec so that "French Can- ada is never again isolated." Opposition Leader Harry Strom and Grant Notlcy, Al- berta New Democratic leader, said Thursday Mr. Lougheed's statement was "ridiculous" and "startling." "The Alberta government would obviously not support any position by Quebec or any other government that was not in the best interests cf Alberta or of Canada as a whole." tho premier said in a prepared statement released today, 1' However, ns Albert a ns have a responsibility to play a part in strengthening Canadian unity." The premier said Quebec now is striving to remain nnd 1 cnipting (o offset the pressures of separ- atism." "It is undesirable for Quebec to be isolated If it is at all possible to avoid it on a mat- ter of provincial rights rather than federal government con- trol. "This Is what unfortunately occurred at the Victoria con- stitutional conference n year Seen and heard About town pUPPET show err David Mann helping emcee helping to hold up a broken set and tell- ing the audience that "despite unforeseen technical difficul- ties" the show would go on Lana Stooks heard brag- ging about her purchases of 34 pairs of pants, all marie of different materials, for Terra Brinlcy. eight, dy- ing for a splash in a swim- ming pool during the heat wave wondering how much waler there would ba in an Alberta Wheat Pool elevator. Meteorite only small By BENNETT HcraM Stnff Writer A spectacular atmospheric phenomenon, witnessed by many North Americans includ- ing residents Thurs- day ntlcrnoon. may only he a preview of tilings to happen later today. Ralph Scgman, public affairs officer for Ihe Oceanic nnd Al- mor.phcric Adminiflralion, a Uniled .Stales federal agency based at Boulder, Colo., said in a telephone interview, Ihe fire- ball sighted in southern Alber- ta, British Columbia and as far fioulli as Denver, was likely an unusually- largo meteorite which had entered Ihe earlb'a Atmosphere "on a very Hat Me explained several astron- omers had predicted a ite shower would take place this weekend. Henry public rela- tions director with the National Centre for Atmospheric Re- search (KCAH) at Houlder, leilc! The Herald Ihe predicted meteorite called llio Pcrscid Shower, was expected to reach its peak density nt 9 p.m., IvOthbridne lirnr, todny and end Inter Saturday, Mr. Lnnsforcl explained tho maximum CM peeled density of meteorites penetrating the earth's atmosphere would total about 50 per hour. "It is impossible fo deter- mine Ihe sire, paths or possible rianiAgc which might result during the he said. The I'crseid shower reMilfs when !ho earth passes through a porlion of space with a high- cr-thnn-Tiormal concentration of space-rock debris, which is pulled earthward by this plan- et's gravily. The meteorites which are the earlh arc rern- naril.s of n comet which last reported intarl in IfltiS. Following initial reports of a ''fireltnlI" which Irijrgcred ru- mors of rverjihinR from ol-s to ing s.-tiicers (lie t'ni- (ed HI ntes Air Force and NORM) launched an intensive i n v e s t i p, a lion to determine whether the sighting had been a nifilcoriie or a piece of spa'co junk in a decnyinp orbit. Confirmation of the object as a was issued by NOHAD shorlly before r. p.m. alter "t'oiisidornblc clieckim; with civilian said another USAF, spokesman. Most reports in southern Al- berta indicated the meteorite was moving in a northwesterly direction at high speed. Descriptions of the meteorite varied both in Allwrta nnd the United Stales. Cana- dian report descriptions n[ HIP meteorites Kize variul from four lo SO feet in diameter. Color descriptions fluctuated from shiny silver lo blue and even orange. lost of I who snvv t he pietcorite agreed it was leav- ing a con trail similar to the ones made by jet aircraft. Inspector C. rt. Gordon, offi- cer commanding of Hie .South- ern Alberta subdivision of Ihfl KCMP, was among the eyewit- nesse.s. He sighted the nbjccl while. drivinp nenr Raymond, south of "My attention was first drawn to it because of the flash of Fimlifiht on its nofe. It was trailing m u 11 i-colored fl.imes aiif! leaving a con trail. "As I watched it travel to- w.irci ihe horizon, Die con Iroil stopped, Ihcn flames Mop- ped and llion (hero: was noth- ing Insp. Gordon said. Similar arcounis of a meteor- ite were ako received from Hd- monion and Hod Peer An KCMP constable near JJeHcmie rcporled sighting (ho object shortly after p.m, Thursday and reported hearing a boom as it passed from sight t.lin mountains. At B.C., lvo> ings were one shortly after p.m. PDT and anoth- er shortly liefort 2 p.m. PDT. A jci fighter pilot. fMng over muliiviMoni Washing I o n esti- mated the firobal was travel- ling at about 2.500 mph at an altitude of about feet. TEie Denver office of Frontier Airlin es reports one of their pilots sighted a fireball as it passed beneath his plane, and then vanished. Mr. Seginan (old The Herald descrepanc ies in n f sighting could possibly indi- cate there was more than one involved. Or, possibly, that an extremely large meteorite had entered the atmosphere and broke-up as it travelled north, with smaller psris veering in several directions. There are inrlicatioris ss to where ilia meteorite might have crashed into the earth. However, a Salt Lake City scientist speculated thai if it diet not bum up, it rould bavo crashed in Northern Canada or the Arctic Ocean. ;