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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 80-85. The Lcthbridqc Herald VOL. LXIV No. 217 'LKTIIBHIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST ,-HICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO StCTIONS 2X HAGKS Canada tries again U.S. ex DECISIONS, ALWAYS DECISIONS Faces of some of the world's top chess players present a study in game-winning concentration during play at llie Canadian Open Chess Champion- ship tournament now being held at University of British Columbia. From left: World Champion and grandmaster Boris Spassky of ihe Soviet Union, Brizilain women's champon Ruth Card- oso, international master Duncan Sullies of Van- couver and grandmaster Walter Browne of Aus- Iralia. Kootenay power project set Time issue: will it be lick or lock? By GORDON GRANT EU.'i'O'TON (CP) One question to be answered in Alberta general election is whether the province will get into step with the rest of Canada dur- ing Ihe summer. A plebiscite will ask Alberlans whether they prefer lo remain on Mountain Standard Time all year or to introduce daylight limr. It's generally assumed that farmers prefer tilings the way they arc while city dwellers favor a change. In a plebiscite, daylight time was turned down 2W.KW to Fanners EJV a lime change would adversely affect their operations, disrupting everything from seeding and harvesting lo milking cows. Legislation passed in 1945-Uie Daylight Saving Time a fine of S25 and costs for anyone who uould "use 01' obsene'1 any time other than Mountain Slaiul.. ri. In.-irlrv.'.. Premier Harry Strom of Social (-rain. Pclcr Lmighml of the Progressive Conserva- tives. Hob Tlnsst'll of the Liberals and Grant Nbtley of the NDP, SHY their parlies haven't taken an official stand on the issue. However, all say they personally favor daylight lime. Unilanu, the official organization of Ajberla lann- rr5, has ur.ucd its members to examine the issue "critically." Dobson Lea. president of lire organization, said in a statement: 'Tcnv people realize that Edmonton and Calgary, in fact most of Alberta, rightfully belong in the Pacific time 7.cnc. and are, in effect, already on daylight lime.'1 lie said it is already more lhan 30 minutes past noon when the Mm is directly above Calgary. A lime c.hiuiiie would menu rural school children travelling long distances by bus would be faced by dark and chilly mornings a monlh earlier in the fall. Farming opcialions were geared to sun or standard lime and could not be advanced or retarded on com- mand Tiw. in favor of setting the clock an hour laler in spring ,-iid earlier in the tall have formed an organiza- tion called Yes for Daylight Saving Time in Alberta and .-ay arguments by farmers don't make sense. Iraywood, a spokesman for the association which has branches in Edmonlun, Calgary, Medicine Hal and fled P'.'CT. said Alberlans are deprived of sunlight hours because of standard time. "The sun gels up al -I a.m. and we arc still sleep- he said m an inlervicw. "Farmers have at least as much leisure time as city people these days, but they're spending il in darkness. "As for ihe kids, on daylight lime they'll get an extra hour ev. IT night in Ihe summer lo play baseball, soccer, go water skiing or just play around." Ordinary table beets grown in sail water LA .InLliA, Calif. (AD Two scientists working fin mM'ifls of increasing Ibe world food supply say they IKIVG grown ordinary lable beets in full strength scav. more, they say Hie beds taste sweeter than Ihusi' grown in fresh waler. Because mosl planls are extremely sensitive lo salt while young, the Schmitt and Mrs. Pole Ihcir lahlc beets grow in fresh for Ihe lirsl months, then switched [hem lo a sail n- the next 2lii months. "In Ihe past il was generally assumed that the roots of planls could not tolerate conlact with w.iIn- null.1111111; uiiire lhan per mil. Mrs. Miidif .-aid. "Ilov.euT. vi.e have btvii able to show Mint some planl.s can loler.ile much higher concentrations of salt if provision is made for an excellent supply of air I" Ihe roots and [or Ihe prevention ot sail accumu- hlifin aiounil the roots." An demand on limited fresh waler sources slopped up soawaler dcsalinizalion pro- grams. V.ul Sihmilt and Mrs. Mwlie say il would i'lieaper if liirmcrs i-uuld irrigate with the scawatcr VANCOUVER (CP) Brit- ish Columbia Hydro and Power Authorily announced Wednes- day that work will begin short- ly on the first stages of con- struction of the Kootenay canal power project in southeastern B.C. The project, which will cost about SIOO million including transmission lines, will include a three-mile canal lo feed Koo- tenay Lake waler into four generators with a capacity of 500.000 kilowatts. No date was announced for construction of the power house although tenders have been called for the generators. Work is expected to begin next spring. Approval for diversion of Koolenay River water was given only last week by the provincial comptroller o[ waler righLs. Hvdro chairman Dr. Gordon Shrum said Wednesday that agreement in principle has been reached on how the water will be utilized but full details have not been worked out. It is expected that Comuico and West Koolenay Power will receive a share of the power generated at the new plant as payment for the diversion. Hydro Wednesday said it has awarded a contract to Shelter Bay Construction Ltd. of Kamloops, B.C., to clear 300 acres o[ land for the canal site, making every effort to "preserve the quality of the en- vironment." The new power plant would make use of water released from the Duncan Dam on the Columbia River system and from the Dam on the Kootcnai Ilivi-r in Montana, ex- pected to be completed next year. Tiny crack appears in pay-clamp door WASHINGTON' (API Against a p-owing wall of union opposition to President Nixon's wage-price freeze, Ihe U.S. gov- crmncnl has opened the door a rrack lo allow most teachers a pay raise this fall. the National Education Asso- ciation said the ruling affects 80 per cent of Ihe country's 2.1 million public school teachers. Tlie original ruling by the Cost of Living Council had said teachers were barred from pay raises if their contract period started on or after Aug. 15, when Nixon announced the 90- day freeze. Now the council lias ruled teachers may receive raises it they are eligible to be paid over a 12-month period but are in fact paid over a 10-month pe- riod, provided the contract look effect before Aug. 15. Meanwhile, organized labor stepped up demands that em- ployers put frozen pay increases into escrow accounts until questions are settled over whether the money can be dis- tributed when controls end. Otherwise, the AFL-CIO Painters union said, "Ihey will be putting into Ihcir oivn pock- ets dollars that belong to our WON'T WALK OUT After a two-hour meeting Wednesday wilh AFL-CIO Pros- idenl George Mcany, President IjOonard Woodcock of the United Auto Workers pledged Ihere will be no nalkouls among aerospace workers during the 90-day period. Bui Woodcock described Ihe freeze as unfair to workers, criticized Nixon's proposed 10- pcr-cenf investment lax credit for business and expressed con- cern over what type economic controls might be imposed aflcr the freeze ends. Foreign auto-markers began Orr signs for million BOSTON (AP) Bobby Orr, National Hockey League's most valuable player the last two seasons, signed a five-year con- tract today with Boston Bruins. Financial terms of the con- tract were not arccunced. Bos- ton newspapers speculated the agreement was worth SI mil- lion. Wesfon Adams Jr., Bmiiis president, said Ihe contract had been executed last February afler more than a year of nego- tiations. He said no announce- ment of the signing was made at Ihe lime because several minor points of the contract had to be resolved. Mounties to move in move out Beds and food lor UK RC.WP were being moved into (he five provincial jails in Albert a today as authorities prepared for a .strike ot 500 correctional offi- cers, including C3 in Letli- bridge, who could walk out at any lime. A deadline of midnight Wed- nesday passed without a strike by the men, who constitute al- most all the guards and other officers at the jails. They were still on the job today. HCMP detachments near the provincial jails said they have placed on standby alert to replace the officers if the threatened walkout occurs. REFUSE TO IlliDGE Union officials bad set the midnight deadline as the time when the government had to yield to their demands or face a strike. Both sides maintained their positions as the deadline pass- ed and there has been no in- dication that either the govern- ment or the correction officers intend to change their view- point. The dispute centres around a demand by the correctional of- ficers that the 4.7 per cent wage increase granted by a mediation board in May be in- creased by another 4.7 per cent The workers are also seeking collective bargaining rights. Attorney-General Edgar Ger- Iiart repeated his stand that all c o r r e c lional employees who leave their jobs without au- thorization will be fired. In a telephone interview with The Herald this morining, he ;aid he has offered to meet with correctional staff officers Oct. 5 or 6, the earliest date he would be available, but there has ecn o reply. LAST-MIMJTE MOVE In a last-minute move Wed- nesday, Civil Service Associa- tion representatives met Pre- mier Strom in Edmonton to try to secure immediate negotia- tions between the CSA and the government. Heports from the closed-door meeting indicate the premier reiterated a statement made earlier in tiie week that he would not discuss the CSA's grievances until after Mon- day's provincial election. inspector G. R. Gordon, com- manding officer of the Lelh- bridge detachment of the RCMP, said this morning there would be enough men to per- form the necessary duties of the local correctional em- ployees if a strike is called. Strike becomes political issue posting price increases on 1971 cars eoming info the country Nixon imposed an extra 10-percent import fax. Volkswagen of America an- nounced a fi1 z-per-ccnt in- creases, Toyota Molor Sales, an average four-per-cent increase and British Leyland Motors Inc., a temporary S'i-pcr-cent increase. In Detroit, Ford Motor Co. at- tributed a 16.5-per-cent increase in new-car sales during the mid- dle 10 days of August to pro- posed repeal of the seven-per- cent auto excise tax. American Motors Corp. reported a l.G- per-cent sales increase, but General Motors and Chrysler said their sales during the pe- riod declined 3.4 and 10.0 per cent, respectively. EDMONTON (CP) The threatened strike of virtually all the correctional officers at the five provincial jails has be- come a political issue less than a week before the Aug. 30 Al- beita election. Premier Harry Strom, Peter Lougheed, Progressive Conser- vative leader in Alberta and Grant Notch. Alberta leader of the New Democratic Parly, have all taken sides on the is- sue. Attorney General Edgar Cer- hart had said that the strike threat had "political implica- tions" because the strike- dead- line midnight Wednesday night, came so close to election day. The latest statement on the issue came Wednesday from Mr. Lougheed vrho aid the Conservatives would endorse binding arbitration in civil ser- vice salary disputes. The correctional officers are members of the Civil Servants Association. Premier Strom said Wednes- day he supports Mr. Gerhait's position that he will fire any correctional employees who go Dn strike because Ihey do not have a legal right to strike. Mr. Strom said he recognizes that there is a feeling of dis- :ontent wilh Ihe Alberta gov- ernment among civil servanl5. lie sai'l. however, he couM not see the officers "taking any action that would reflect on their good work record.'1 Mr, Nolely said Monday that the government's thieat to dis- miss any striking prison em- ployees forced the employees into an untenable position. It was immaterial what peo- ple thought of Ihe strike threat, he said, "But when a govern- ment bools them out of their homes and their families suffer that government has no heait, that allorney-general has no heart and should be re- placed." U.S. dollar sags lo lowest level BANDLEADER DIES Ted Lewis, the bandleader famous for his "Is Everybody theme, died in New York Wednesday of a heart attack. He was 81, Story on Pafic 1C. LONDON (AP) The U.S. dollar slumped in European for- eign exchanges today to its low- est level since President Nixon announced his economic pro- gram. Leading Swiss banks agreed on restrictions aimed at slowing the dollar's decline. London dealers said trading was gathering momentum but elsewhere turnover was said to be light. The Swiss bank agreement Stolen, steers recognize owner's voice SELKIRK, Man. (CP) Two steers stolen from a Blaniloba farmer were re- covered a momh lalcr from a herd of callle when they recognized their owner's voice. Nick Rizaiu'ew of Inwood Iraced his cattle lo an auc- tion, and then lo a feed lot about 100 miles west of his farm. He said Ihe sleers came forward "like babies'1 when he called their names. Seen and heard About town TEAMMATES nicknaming Man- I m e s o n "triple threat" because he's a con- stant threal at catching, throwing and hitting to his own team Brewery em- ployees wondering what would become of their product when they observed the tempera- ture sign atop the building reading 154 degrees Hnlpli Trimmer, John Calpas and others reaping Ihe benefits of a corn harvcslcr demonstra- tion wilh lots of good eating. was reached in order lo fore- stall official exchange controls. The banks decided to limit their dollar purchases to S2 mil- lion a day when the exchange rate is between 3.95 and 3.96 Swiss francs for one dollar. If the rate falls below 3.95, they agreed to limit purchases to ?1 million a day. Any amount taken in above those levels will be frozen, that is taken the market, for three months. The 3.95- and levels represent respective devalua- tions of the dollar of 2.4 and 2.7 per cent from the rale prevail- ing on Aug. 13. the last day of trading before Nixon announced measures to defend the Ameri- can economy. GATT TAKES ACTION At Geneva meanwhile the council of the General Agree- ment on Tariffs and Trade agreed early today lo set up a working group lo examine the supplementary I0-per-cent im- port tax announced by Presi- dent Nixon Aug. 15. Canada, which is seeking ex- emption from Ihe import lax, will be a member of the group. WASHINGTON (CP) A group of high-level Canadian government officials new inlo Washington loday for a second meeting wilh L'niled Stales rep- resentatives abcut new Ameri- can, import duties. A I'.S. treasury spokesman (V'scr bed the sesuon ES a "fol- lov.'-up meeting by working group" last Thursday's conference involving cabinet ministers from Ihe two govern- ments. Besides import duties, the spokesman said 'he two sides were expccied lo diseuss Ihe picture of the mone- tary situation" in the world fol- lowing Washington's decision to free Ihe U.S. dollar from its gold peg, in effect seeking a de- valuation of the dollar. Canada is asking for a tobl exemption for Canadian goods from Ihe new duly, which can add up to 10 per cent to ihe cost of imports ir.'.o the U.S. Treas- ury Secretary John formally promised only lo consider the re quesi. Ottawa has estimated that one-quarter of Canada's nearly S13 billion in exports to the U.S. craiM e affected. WON'T TAKE STATEMENT Both Canadian and U.S. spokesmen here said there were no plans lo issue a statement following the meeting. Prime Trudeau and Finance Minister Ber.wn yeiler- atcd Wednesday thai the fed- eral goveinmciit still [eels a pencrnl exemption is necessary to prolccl Canadian export in- ciusliy fro-n severe loss of mar- kels and employment potential. But. Mr. Trudeait said, con- tingency planning is under way in the event Canada does not get an exempt ion. Mr. Benson he understood why the Uni- ted Strtes could not act quickly on a general exemption, with demands from other countries for similar action. CAN'T WAIT WEEKS But in Washington last week, Mr. Benson said Canada cannot afford lo wail weeks for the U.S. reply (o its bid. The gov- ernment here, he said, would have lo have an answer fairly quickly in order to meet the situation. Goods Ihat now enter the United Stales duty free, such as most raw materials, or those under quota controls or other regulation, suc-h as petroleum, automobiles and defence mate- rials, are not affecled. A government source in Ot- tawa said the real punch of the duty would start being felt by Canadian industry by about mid-September, and Ihe impact would be heavier as time goes on it Canada is not exempted. JIany s m a 11. independent manufacturers of machinery, household goods, .electronics, and other products would be hit hardest. It was believed that larger firms, particularly those with opciations on both sides of llie border, would have (o make substantial adjust- ments to avoid serious injury. Blueprint for youth plan outlined OTTAWA (CD A tentative, b I M ep ri n I for Ihe innr-h-dis- russcd, often concepl of forms Ihe heart of the report lo (he fcdeial government of its committee on youth The report released Thursday recommends creation of regional and national agen- cies lo approve and fund social development projects conceived by a national ncluork of coin- nmnily assemblies. The. goul would bo tu make ''freedom of choice a soriclal and in llie process, pivi1 people a full role, in Ihe making of deci- sions affeclinp Ihom. Kn route to Uiis conclusion, l.ho Uircc-mnn commit I PC makes numerous recommend at.ions likely lo inspire controversy, in- cluding a proposal that Ihe cul- tivation, ;md of muri- juana be IrRaH'ml. il is difficult to understand how n society, un- Miccc.ssful at. suppressing l.b.9 life of drills ?ueh as Inliaero, alcohol and chrniicnls by its hnpr In erase Min use of pofl drills imw so popular wilh, and available to, such a large, par! of iLs population.1' STUmivS NOT KlltM The report adds I hat. medical studies on the effects of inmi- juana nre from conclusive and lhal Ihe "must reliable studies show il ot physically addictive." TUG report also recommends that l.lK defence department consider liiiiun.u iLs l.hree mill lary colleges Hoyal Mililatv College al Kingston, royal TCoads al Esquimau. B.C. and College Mililairc Hoyal nt Si. Jean. to civilians. C a n a d i a n military college education is considerably more expensive lhan Ihe civilian for m and military people should e "more losely inle- gralcd into the. epnrt soys. OTTAWA The fed- eral government's contingency planning (n JIKVI 111? current trade crisis is still largely in its initial stages, a number of sources in the fodcial govern- ment indicated Thursday. A prices and wage freeze is said nr-l lo an immediate prospect for Canada, but the prices and incomes commis- sion has been reported lo be drafting stand-by plans. These intended criginally to be put on (ho shelf for use if another nnid inflation struck Canada. they may be held m i id-November. The I'.S. and pr'ce frnve i.-, expire, tech- nically, on Nov. but the adminiMralion is to pro- duce niru-lnr.cry to mod- cr.uc r iv v. ;hv ruTiMses v n. nuibon- lics hero be'.ifve i! is impor- tant thai costs uc Kept In be- rnming over in an al- ivady Jiijjbly-compLMitive situa- tion. ;