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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, August LETHBRIOGE Railways deny charges workers fear reprisals OTTAWA (CP) Spokesmen for Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Telecommunications denied Wednesday accusations made earlier in the week by a union counsel at rate hearings before the Canadian transport commission. Gordon Miller and Howard Pye, counsels for CP-CN re- spectively, in an interview, denied statements by Martin Levinson, counsel for the United Telegraph Workers saying fear of reprisal was prohibiting the appearance of witnesses before the commission. "This whole issue has been blown far out of said Mr. Pye. Mr. Levinson told the com- mission Monday that Frank Williamson, a CN employee for 36 years, had been refused permission by the company to attend the rate hearings, as requested by the UTW. "Williamson operates a one- man station in Vernon, said Mr. Pye "and he couldn't be readily released without causing problems." Had the problem been fully explained to his regional man- ager, "a leave of absence could have been he said. Mr. Levinson also told the commission Monday that Wil- liamson was asked to testify July 19, 1974 and had been re- fused permission for leave two hours after discussing the matter with his regional manager. Mr. Miller laughed off state- ments by Mr. Levinson con- cerning employee fears of pension cancellation should they testify before the hearings. "Could you seriously see us taking a pension away from a man who had been with the company for 51 he asked. Ministers are lukewarm on tri-level conferences CHEASANTSAND CA TTALOS MA Y BE MAIN DISHES GUELPH, Ont. (CP) Cheasants and cattalos might be main dishes on future Canadian menus. Both are hybrid animals being developed by University of Guelph researchers, one a cross between a chicken and phea- sant and the other the offspring of a cow and bison Prof. P. K. Basrur of the department of biomedical sci- ences is investigating hybrid problems to better understand genetic aspects of crossbreeding. But the researchers also hope to develop two commercially-viable animals for con- sumption as well. Prof. Basrur first heard of cheasants when he read that an- cient German monarchs bred them for feasts. But be is fac- ing the same problems as the old in the male hybrids and lack of functional reproductive organs in the female. Several breeding projects involving cattalos have been carried out in North America since the turn of the century, but none of these produced a commercially-viable animal because of sterility and difficulty at calving time. The cattalo looks like a bison with long hair and a con- stitution which makes it hardy for the winter and disease- resistant. Prof. Basrur said research with cattalos has been going on at Guelph since 1988, but the work is slow because of long gestation and maturity times and the fact that only one offspring is born at once. Republicans snap out of Watergate doldrums REGINA (CP) After three days of talks, provincial ministers of municipal affairs found little good to say about conferences involving federal, provincial and municipal, representatives. A statement issued at the end of their three-day meeting said that most of the ministers agreed that national tri-level conferences are useful as a means of consultation. However, those favoring such conferences felt they should only be arranged when it can be demonstrated that there are "topics of sufficient importance to warrant such a conference." Asked whether the ministers saw any justifica- tion for a tri-level conference in the foreseeable future, meeting chairman Everett Wood of Saskatchewan said: "We didn't think there was anything in the immediate future that we would need to meet for." Mr. Wood said that on the basis of the last two tri-level conferences, the ministers be- lieve such conferences are "not necessarily un- but a third should not be called without good reason. Concerning the general problem areas of housing, transport and urban planning, he said: "It's not that these are not urgent but how much we can settle them in the rather ponderous tri-level conferences we have had." REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY Service Writers, Body Mechanic Mechanics Apply to BRUCE SCHWEIGERT SERVICE MANAGER KING CHRYSLER DODGE LTD. Mr. Wood said progress was made on many issues dis- cussed, stressing that the meeting was not held to make firm decisions in any area. He said the ministers are seeking a common definition of real property so they can have more uniform tax assessment procedures. A report by a working group on that issue did not win gen- eral approval at the meeting. Mr. Wood said Saskatchewan disagreed with the report because it is not the province's practice to assess farm buildings. Other topics included land- use planning, where the ministers agreed that "there is an ever-increasing need to control the use of land through proper planning and zoning." Government faulted for high egg prices TORONTO (CP) It's the federal government's fault consumers are paying "un- justifiably high" prices for eggs, Beryl Plumptre, chairman of the federal food price review board said Wednesday. The high prices are the result of government failure to straighten out egg marketing policy and to assess the effectiveness of the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency Mrs. Plumptre said at a luncheon at the Canadian National Ex- Veterans shout to amnesty plea CHICAGO (AP) Senator Edward Kennedy (Dem. Mass.) urged delegates to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention Wednesday to reconsider their rejection of President Gerald Ford's call for limited amnesty. The audience responded with a resounding On Monday, the president told the convention that he supports limited amnesty for EXECUTIVE CHAIR BY NIGHTINGALE SPECIAL Pliable Kid-Tex Vmyl Luxurious Fabric Seat Deep Cushioned Hard Tufting Throughout Black Only. Reg. 177.20 CS-523 SHARP CALCULATOR Smart, compact and convenient, the CS-523 enhances office decors, improves working morale, increases efficiency. Reg. 425.00 SPECIAL WHILE STOCK LASTS! CHINOOK STATIONERS LTD. 319 7th St. S. Phone 327-4591 young men who evaded military service during the Vietnam war, but the VFW unanimously rejected the idea Tuesday. In his address to the con- vention, Kennedy said: "President Ford asked for limited amnesty... and I stand one with him." He said the VFW's rejection of Ford's plan was "in error It was wrong to put him down without even the chance to hear his (full) proposal." Aside from rejecting any re- consideration of their opposi- tion to limited amnesty, the delegates gave Kennedy a warm reception. In an news conference ear- lier, Kennedy termed the president's attitude toward amnesty "courageous. It's a new wind from the White House The senator said Ford's per- formance in other areas since he assumed the presidency also have been excellent. "He hasn't missed a Kennedy said. Kennedy, a possible Demo- cratic presidential candidate in 1976, said Ford "will be ex- tremely formidable for any opponent to unseat" if he seeks election to a full term in 1976. Kennedy also said he ex- pects that Nelson Rockefeller will be quickly and easily con- firmed as vice-president. Dial-a-friend Zenith 6-6O14. Just call us toll-free from anywhere in Alberta. Or ask your travel agent to reserve a room. That way when you stay in Calgary, you'll stay with friends. Downtown Calgary. 9th Ave. 1st St., next to the Calgary Tower. hibition here. CEMA was set up last year to bring order to egg marketing. The agency has been buying surplus eggs from the provinces. But CEMA's egg disposal program has resulted only in a large egg inventory and in a "reported financial deficit of said Mrs., Plumptre. Consumers were paying more and more for eggs. They now also will have to pay for federal "bailing out" of CEMA, said Mrs. Plumptre referring to an announcement Monday by Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan. Mr. Whelan said the govern- ment would buy CEMA eggs and egg products to supply de- prived countries as part of Canada's commitment to the World Food Program. An AP News Analysis By CARL P. LEUBSDORF WASHINGTON (AP) The Republican party is fielding its strong new Ford- Rockefeller team at the same time that old Democratic divisions have burst into the open. Last weekend's walkout by reformers at a Democratic charter-drafting session in Kansas City probably would have happened regardless of the unfolding events in Washington. But it emphasizes the prob- lems faced by the Democrats, the majority party in the United States, in trying to reclaim control of the federal government in 1976. From the Democratic view- point, things would have look- ed brighter with Richard Nix- on still in office. Now Gerald Ford is in the White House setting a new, open tone and reversing such Nixon positions as opposition to any form of amnesty With Nelson Rockefeller as his vice-president, Ford can portray himself as the leader of a new administration if he runs in 1976. "We're upbeat now, instead of being beat Senate Leader Hugh Scott of Pennsylvania told reporters Wednesday. The Democratic blow-up at Kansas City, in which party regulars tried to delete new reform rules, showed that the national chairman, Robert Strauss, has not succeeded completely in maintaining peace. About 60 per cent of Demo- crats in recent polls favor one of two highly divisive Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts or Gov George Wallace of Alabama the 1976 presidential nomination. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Mansfield of Montana has said in public that he hopes Kennedy won't run. Few party leaders see any chance Wallace will get on the 1976 ticket. Thus, the much-maligned primary process may again produce the nominee from a field of Senators Walter Mondale of Minnesota, Lloyd Bentsen of Texas and Henry Jackson of Washington a crowd of others. The battle for the White House may be uphill for any Democrat. 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