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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Ride your bike on sidewalks but stay off streets CYCLES Ninth Street bridge cycle path long way around for cyclists like Haroid Hahn, 15, 2300 13th St N Grain handling strike likely to start tonight VANCOUVER (CP) A confrontation between elevator companies and the gram handlers union appears certain to be headed for a halt tonight of gram exports from Vancouver The Gram Workers Union said the four companies now have served layoff notices to 200 workers more than a third of the 550-man work force The companies said notices have gone to at least 130 workers The union, which earlier took a strike vote but had remained on the job, said it would picket companies issu- ing layoff notice as soon as the notices take effect schedul- ed for later this afternoon The companies responded by saying they will lock out workers if picket lines go up A meeting between the government and presidents of the four companies has been scheduled for Monday in Ot- tawa, but that now may be a futile exercise The government will probablv be forced to call a special session of Parliament to deal with the dispute It has repeatedh urged the com panics to accept the recommendations of the con- ciliation report of Dr Neil perrv The union has accepted the report but the companies have refused claiming it is highly inflationary and would cost them 61 per cent over two vears The government has pledg- ed to legislate a settlement if necessary On Wednesday, gramhandlers unloaded only 61 boxcars potential is 700 firms must explore for natural gas' JASPER Alta (CP) Firms wishing to establish nitrogen-producing plants in Alberta to make fertilizer us ing natural gas as feedstocks will have to become involved in exploring for and develop- ing new gas fields Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer said Thursday Dr Homer speaking to the annual meeting of the Cana- dian Fertilizer Institute spell- ed out the conditions under which the Alberta government will issue permits for new nitrogen-producing plants One of the requirements is a very stepped-up in volvement in the drilling and proving up of natural gas re- sources in Alberta, he said Some of the companies al- ready have started such oper- ations in co-operation with the natural gas industry Greek withdrawal damaging By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer How does a cyclist get from the north side to the south side without running the risk of a fine' Answer ride on the sidewalk It's okay, under the city bicycle bylaw to ride on sidewalks as long as pedestrians aren't interfered with, but it's not okay to ride on city streets designated as arterial roads And the two underpasses and one overpass joining North and South Lethbndge at Mayor Magrath Drive 13th Street and 9th Street happen to be part of the arterial road system Pedalling to and from the U of L could be a bit of a problem, too Highway 3 West to the city limits is an arterial road, so's University Drive And so are many other streets under the city's Tran- sportation Bylaw 3000 The bylaw was passed in 1971 after the provincial government re- quired municipalities to adopt general transportation plans in order to be eligible for provincial grants Streets are described under the bylaw as freeways artenals, or co. tors It s got nothing to do with bicycles really except that artenals are generally the busier streets, although some artenals are busier than others "It's a safety measure that's the way I see it said city police chief Ralph Michelson, of the bicycle bylaw He admitted it posed an en forcement problem but added We've been using dis- cretion in enforcing it There are two or three problem areas he said "We're more concerned with the hr.-wv traffic areas Have vou ever seen a bike going down Mavor Magrath Drive taking up a whole lane, lining up cars behind him9 Or trucks gearing down on Scenic Drive behind a cyclist poking along looking at the enery9" It s there entuely to promote bike safety and pre- vent injuries on main thoroughfares Aid Bill Kergan, who spearheaded adoption of the council in January, agreed I was mamh interested in the safety features such as en- suring children have lights on their bikes at night said Aid Kergan I wouldn t want a youngster under 16 of mine on some of those roads, par- ticularly Mayor Magrath Drive and 13th Street N he said They can ride on the sidewalk I ve been looking at the bylaw perhaps we should take another look at it, he added 'But it's a good bylaw for safety if it's obeyed It s one of those things that you re damned if you do and damned if you don t Added Chief Michelson We re trying to encourage rather than force people to practice bike safety There aren't that many tickets issued But said the chief the bylaw is there and it s up to the police department to enforce it We can go all out Oi we can use discretion that s the way we d rather do it Besides the arterial road provision the bicycle bylaw also says person shall ride a bicycle without an adequate braking system a rear reflec tor which can be readily seen and at night a headlight and electrical red rear light cyclist shall keep both hands on the handlebar except when making a signal, keep both feet on the pedals or footrests, ride only on the regular seat of the bike or m- lants in a properly designed carrier shall not use the bike to carry more than one person unless designed for more person shall not operate a bicycle on a roadway public place or park where signs prohibit its use or on a boulevard unless specific provisions is made for it person shall not ride a bike when the streets are icy slippery or dangerous for travel are not to be ridden side side are not allowed in cemeteries Violation of any section of the bvlaw can cost the offender See map on Page 2 for bicycle-less streets The Lethbtidge Herald VOL LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1974 15 CENTS 28 Pages Alta. VD rate increases 22% Venereal diseases are on the increase in Alberta with a 22 per cent jump in 1973 over 1972 in the number of cases of gonorrhea reported Gonorrhea the most com mon sexually transmitted communicable disease reach ed a record high m 1973 in the province with a reported rate of 434 cases per people Syphilis the more devastating of the two dis- eases, showed a small increase from 8 6 to 9 2 cases per well below the national rate of 17 per 100 000 The federal health department s recent annual report on venereal disease places Alberta first among the provinces in the rate of gonorrhea reported, but this may simply reflect better reporting provincial officials say "In effect these figures may be misleading since the high rate may indicate only a higher instance of said Dr Paul Rentiers, direc- tor of the division of social hygiene in Edmonton This would indicate an effective VD control program and also the co operation of the physicians in reporting treated venereal disease In Lethbndge the number of cases of gonorrhea reported to the social hygiene clinic at the municipal hospital rose only slightly from 136 confirmed and 34 unconfirmed cases in 1972 to 144 confirmed and 41 unconfirmed cases in 1973 There were nine cases of syphilis dealt with in 1973 compared with seven in 1972 Most were in the inactive stage, however, and some of the cases had already been diagnosed and treated elsewhere Better reporting, good con- tact finding and better diagnostic methods may be contributing to the increase in reported cases, said Madeline L Larson, supervisor of the clinic Dr Rentiers said venereal disease may be increasing because of the common use of birth control and more liberal 'Turkey could fill gap in NATO attitudes towards sex with a general lack ot knowledge about the possible conse quence Gonorrhea a disease which can cause sterility in adults and possible blindness in infants seems to exist among all levels of society he said This disease which is se cond only to the common cold in incidence can be cured if treatment is given in the early stages 'Syphilis is the more serious of the two venereal diseases and can cause blindness paralysis and men tal illness he said Soviets' proposal for Cyprus studied THE ASSOCIATED PRESS State Secretary Henrv Kissinger says the United States government is studying the Soviet proposal for an 18- nation conference to chart the future of Cyprus But Western diplomats at the United Nations dismissed the Soviet move as a propaganda manoeuvre It doesn t seem to be any thing that will get off the ground one said A Soviet government state- ment Thursday said attempts by members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to settle the Cyprus crisis have failed It cited the special responsibilities for the maintenance of peace of the five permanent members of the Security Coun the Soviet Un- said the time is right for a conference made up of the 15 council members plus Greece Turkey and Cyprus The ceasefire in Cyprus con tinued to hold But a UN spokesman said the Turkish army refused to allow UN troops in Famagusta to deliver food water and medicine CHINESE ARRIVING OTTAWA (CP) Nine Chinese women and children will rejoin relatives in Canada Sunday the first of several hundred Chinese Canadian families to be reunited in coming months the immigration de- partment announced today The first group will arrive in Vancouver aboard a CP Air flight from Hong Kong China officially outlawed emigration after the 1949 revolution But when Prime Minister Trudeau visited China last October Peking agreed to a system of reuniting relatives in Canada By JUAN DE ONIS New York Times Service ANKARA, Turkey Premier Bulent Ecevit said today that Turkey could compensate for any defense weaknesses in the Mediterranean caus- ed by Greece's military withdrawal from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. "Even though Greek withdrawal from the military structure of NATO would inevitably cause some damage to the eastern the premier said in an interview, "I think we would be in a position to compensate this to a large extent Ecevit said also that a new and im- proved relationship between the United States and Turkey, based on "mutual confidence had developed out of the Cyprus crisis Asked if Turkey would provide porting facilities for the U S Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean if the pre- sent facilities in Greece were withdrawn Ecevit replied "I don't want to go into details in that direction because I might sound as if I were try- ing to take something away from under the feet of the Greeks But I have in- dicated enough by saying that we should be able to compensate for any that ensures as a result of Greek withdrawal' Ecevit, who heads a coalition govern- ment based on his moderately left-wing Republican People's Party, made it clear that Turkey's policy in the eastern Mediterranean, where the Soviet Union is a major military presence, would be with the under- standing that NATO should not function only as a collective security arrangement, but also as a constructive agent for detente in our area Seen and heard About town Provincial Judge Lloyd Hudson saying he doesn t come to supper during football season until halftime and dui ing baseball season he doesn t get supper until the end of the game because his wife is a baseball fan Greece invited into ECM ATHENS (AP) Cornelius Berkhouwer president of the European Parliament, said to- day measures will be taken for Greece's speediest entry as a full member of the Euro- pean Common Market follow- ing the country's return to democratic government After five days'here "we are convinced that the Greek authorities and the very last man in the street is knocking on the door of the European i nomic Community, Berkhouwer said I firmly believe that the EEC should open that door as widely as possible Just one more rub Gerry Tucker of Stellarton, N S one of 32 mem- bers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Musical Ride, washes Empire's eyes prior to a performance in Lethbndge today Story on Page 16 Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Sports Theatres Travel TV Weather At Home 24-28 22 4 17 23 7 11 3 8 'I just overtook a UN peace resolution1' LOW TONIGHT 45; HIGH SAT 75, SUNNY, WARM. ;