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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, August 14, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Dateline Alberta Three charged in fire CALGARY (CP) Three Calgary men were arrested Tuesday and charged with causing a fire by negligence in connection with a fire March 16 at a motorcycle club's building which claimed the life of a woman and injured 15 other people. Names of the three men were not released pending a court appearance today. The fire was traced to a faulty oil heater by fire in- spectors. Witnesses had said the furnace began shooting flames into the living room of the building and that the fire spread quickly through the rest of the building. Two other men are being sought by police in connection with the fire. Similar charges are to be laid against them, said a police spokesman. Two walk out of jail CALGARY (CP) Two 18- year-old prisoners at Calgary's Spy Hill Jail ap- parently walked out of the front entrance of the jail early Tuesday, prison officials said late Tuesday Walter George Binksmaa and Joseph Gerry Houben es- caped between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. while walking to the jail's doctor's office. The two were awaiting trial on charges of possession of offensive weapons. Neither man is considered dangerous. Car goes out of control CALGARY (CP) Wilmer Christianson, 67, of Calgary was killed Tuesday afternoon when the car he was driving went out of control in northeast Calgary. Police said Christiansen's car went out of control and crossed from the southbound to the northbound lane of the Barlow Trail, causing a five- car accident. Christianson was Calgary's 33rd traffic death of 1974 and was the fourth person to be killed in traffic here in the last five days. Bombing played down CALGARY (CP) A Calgary police spokesman said Tuesday the early morn- ing dynamiting of a parked Calgary police car Monday was probably not intended to injure anyone and was probably an isolated incident. Insp. Al Menzies, communi- ty relations spokesman for the department, said there is no evidence that the bomb was intended to harm anyone or that it was set by a professional.- The blast ripped a hole in the trunk of a parked police car, causing about damage to the car and another to a nearby police sub- station. Insp. Menzies said a police description of a man wanted in connection with the bomb- ing should not be interpreted as meaning the man was directly involved in the ex- plosion. CENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE THURS. SUN SET H L Pre. Lethbridge...... 52 Medicine Hat 53 Pincher Creek... 46 Victoria 68 Vancouver...... 69 Edmonton 59 Jasper.......... 65 Banff........... 53 Calgary......... 50 Saskatoon....... 57 Swift Current 58 Moose Jaw 64 Regina 63 Winnipeg 76 Toronto.......86 Ottawa........83 Montreal......81 Quebec......... 77 St. John's......64 43 46 35 49 54 43 39 .05 .34 .35 37 50 51 54 .01 .35 .32 .14 .50 .35 55 1.05 56 53 57 58 61 .19 54 FORECAST: Lethbridge regions Cloudy today with showers. Highs 60 to 65. Cloudy intervals tonight and Thursday with isolated showers tomorrow afternoon. Lows tonight 40 to 45. Highs tomorrow near 65. Calgary Cloudy periods today. Highs near 65. Few clouds tonight. Lows 35 to 45. Risk of frost in low lying areas. Sunny periods on Thursday. Highs near 65. Columbia Kootenay Today, sunny with cloudy periods. A few showers and chance of isolated thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Thursday, mainly sunny. High temperatures both days low to mid-70s. Overnight lows 45 to 50. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Rain and occasional thunderstorms with heavy precipitation likely today and tonight. Cooler east and south. Wednesday scattered showers west rain and thunderstorms diminishing in the east. Continued cool. Highs today 50s northwest 60s east and south. Lows tonight 40s. Highs Thursday mostly 60s. West of Continental Divide Occasional showers and a few thunderstorms today and early tonight. Cooler. Thursday partly cloudy with a few showers in the mountains. Highs today and Thursday mostly 60s. Lows tonight 40s. AGRATEC AUTOMATIC BALE STOOKER Stocks 6 Bales in weather tight stooks.. No trip no engines, fully automatic. See KEN THOMPSON or KEN DICKSON at GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutts Highway Box 1202 Phone 328-1141 PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Camay 6 a.m. to 12 midnight; Chief Mountain 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Kingsgateopen24hours; Porthill-Rykerts7a.m. to 2 a.m.; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Rooseville 8 a.m. to midnight. (Times in Mountain Daylight Time.) Alberta officer in Cyprus New deadline JJ Jr EDMONTON Maj. Murray Smith of Edmonton, economic officer for the United Nations Applications deadline for the peace force in Cyprus, co-ordinates UN humanitarian efforts on the island. In Northern Alberta Develop- general, he said, there have been few problems getting food, blankets or medical ment Council student bursary aid to isolated pockets of Cypriots. program has been extended ____________________________________________________________________ by 10 days. Probation law under attack CALGARY (CP) A leading Calgary lawyer said Tuesday the right to piv. .ation which is guaranteed under federal law is largely denied to 'bertans under provincial statutes. "There's a bi ,id in the area of quasi criminal law, and it's nothing short of Scott Saville said in an in- terview. "People committing I-- 'eral offences can obtain probation but if a person commits a a provincial statue, such as a liquor offence involving bo. 'gging or the manufacture of wine, then probation isn't available Mr. Saville said there are many prisoners in provincial jails who have committed crimes under provincial law who could be out of jail and performing a useful service in the community. He said the province's Probation Act which is at present part of the Corrections Act. should either be improved or dropped altogether. Art Belanger. president of the Alberta Criminology and Corrections Association (AOS) says the Probation Act has its faults. "What's really needed is a new Comprehensive that's not possible then the current act should .re specific." Catherine Arthur, assistant to solicitor general Helen Hunley. says the corrections act is adequate "We've consolidated all our corrections acts because it's easier for everyone." she said She said Alberta has one oi the best probation systems in Canada and has more probations per capita than any other province Ms Arthur quoted figures which showed about 5.000 people on probation in Alberta, compared with 1 400 in jail AHC loan interest rate aimed to pay high commissions EDMONTON (CP) The effective interest rate on a loan to the Alberta Housing Corp. (AHC) in 1969 was arranged so that brokers would make high commissions, a judicial in- quiry was told Tuesday. Joe Rosen of Montreal, ac- countant for Victor Farkas, the broker who obtained the loan from a German bank, told the inquiry that his client met Robert Mitchell, a former Chrysler Europe president, in Geneva to dis- cuss the loan. Mr. Rosen, who was also in Geneva, said Mr. Farkas and Mr. Mitchell did not discuss the amount of their com- missions because it depended on the rate of interest offered by the bank. If the rate was eight per cent, the men could deduct a discount out of which their commissions would come high enough to bring the effec- tive interest rate up to 9% or 10 per cent, said Mr. Rosen. He added that there were no real negotiations between Mr. Farkas and the Main Bontal Bank of Germany. Mr. Farkas only asked for the best rate. The inquiry has been told that the actual discount was nine per cent the province received nine per cent less than the million it borrowed. The effective rate of interest on the loan was 10.81 per cent, when money borrowed by other govern- ment agencies cost between eight and nine per cent. COMMISSION SHARED Mr. Farkas testified Mon- day that he ultimately receiv- ed of a com- mission. He said Mr. Mitchell, who put him in touch with the Main Bontal Bank, received and Max Judlicki, a real estate broker who supplied Mr. Mitchell's name, got Mr. Farkas said went to E. A. Toshach, the mayor of Drumheller who suggested the AHC was in the market for a loan. An associate of Mr. Farkas' who introduced him to Mr. Toshach, a Mr. Schlien, was given The Main Bontal Bank received and Mr. Rosen got Mr. Mitchell indicated he had to share his commission with someone else, said Mr. Rosen. The accountant said "it seemed like someone at the bank." A Panama-based company of Mr. Mitchell's, Inversiones Escarla, was to become the firm handling future deals in- volving Mr Farkas, Mr Judlicki and Mr. Mitchell, said Mr. Rosen STATEMENT ERRONEOUS Mr. Rosen also acknowledg- ed that a written statement given Bob Orysiuk, former AHC executive director, was partly erroneous. The statement was prepared by Mr. Rosen because the AHC official "wanted something written." "What struck me as odd was that the people who came to borrow knew very little about borrowing even less than I said Mr. Rosen. The statement said the nine- per-cent discount on the loan was necessary to give the bank an adequate yield and "the underwriting costs, including agents' fees, finders' fees, legal costs, dis- tribution and bank charges will barely be covered It added that "the small un- derwriting provision is both very reasonable and customary." Mr. Rosen admitted the statement was a "sales but said he was sure the loan would not be approved by authorities in Alberta. He testified that he told Mr. Farkas it "seemed ridiculous" that the AHC should come from Alberta to Victor Farkas Realty in Montreal to borrow money. Mr. Justice J. M. Cairns of Alberta Supreme Court, who is presiding over the inquiry, stated Monday that there was never a resolution by the AHC board of directors authorizing the large loan. TOSHACH TESTIFIES Mr. Toshach, also testifying Tuesday, said he paid Mr. Orysiuk in 1969 after the AHC director prepared plans of a retail apartment building for him. The Drumheller mayor reiterated testimony that he gave half of his com- mission from the AHC loan transaction to Mr. Orysiuk. Fou.- payments of and one payment of were made to Mr. Orysiuk in cash between October, 1969, and January, 1970, he said. The inquiry adjourned Tues- day to Sept. 16, when Mr. Orysiuk will be recalled. AHC land transactions in Fort McMurray, Alta., will also be probed. Mexico offers Alberta markets EDUCATED FOOTWEAR Dimensions are higher this year and the ac- cent is on the heel, sole, platform and un- usual patterns in great new colors! See our fantastic se- lection of styles for men and women. DISCO-VER BACK-TO-SCHOOL FASHION WITH LOW PRICE AT DISCO SHOES AND HIM EDMONTON (CP) A Mexican-based Canadian diplomat says Mexico offers Canadians major export opportunities in agriculture and heavy industry. R. Douglas Sirrs, commercial consul with the Canadian embassy in Mexico City, says major trade agreements involving livestock, railway equipment, power plants and forestry machines are being planned. An arrangement for the export of Alberta dairy cattle, and perhaps some beef cattle, could have a potential exceeding million, Mr. Sirrs said SHOES 'One Step-Ahead in Fashion, One Step Behind in Price' 5J75 4th AVENUE SOUTH ;