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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, August 28, 1974 Part of lines said unprofitable Some district rail service at issue in fall Commons session By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer The federal government will likely clarify its position on un- profitable Prairie railway branch lines during the fall session of the House of Commons, a Canadian Transport Commission spokesman says. The session starts in mid-September. The clarification is needed, the spokesman told The Herald in an interview from Ottawa, because the government's freeze on applications from Canadian National and CP Rail to abandon low density branch lines officially expires Jan. 1, 1975. The CTC is the government agency charged with the ad- ministrative responsibility of processing abandonment applications. The National Transportation Act gives the CTC the respon- sibility of first deciding whether the railroads are justified in claiming that specific branch lines are losing money and cannot be made to turn a profit. Once the CTC is convinced of the line's inability to make money, it then must decide whether to spend taxpayers' money keeping the line going or allow the railroad to abandon the line. Processing the first batch of applications could take as long as four years and includes extensive auditing and investigation and public hearings in the region of the lines being proposed for abandonment. But a statement by Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, during the early-summer federal elec- tion campaign has caused the CTC to put off plans for handling the first batch of abandonment applications which includes six Alberta CP Rail branches. Mr Lang told an audience in Shaunavon, Sask., June 8 that "I'm saying flatly that rail service will continue to any delivery point where the co-operative or elevator company at that point finds the deliveries (of farmers' grain to elevators) warrant regular operation." Where elevator companies determine regular grain elevator operation unwarranted, and therefore rail service not necessary, the government will subsidize iarmers who must haul their grain to elevators farther away. The effect of the Lang announcement is to freeze indefinite- ly abandonment of branch lines, but the CTC says it has never received clarification of the announcement. The countdown to Jan. 1, 1975 actually began back in 1961. Canadian National and CP Rail had applied to abandon more than miles of prairie line, but railways froze aban- donment plans at the request of the federal government, CP of- ficials say. Then in the summer of 1967, the federal cabinet established a network of "protected branch lines" involving about miles ot track in the three Prairie provinces. The cabinet stipulated that no action on abandonment of these lines could be taken until Jan. 1, 1975. This left 1.839 miles of CN and CP track in the three provinces "unprotected" not guaranteed by the government to remain in operation until Jan. 1, 1975. The railways filed applications with the CTC to abandon this track and all were held up. And then it was announced in July of 1973 at the Western Economic Opportunities Conference in Calgary that abandonment of this "unprotected" track would also be frozen until Jan. 1, 1975, All of the six Alberta lines CP Rail has already applied to abandon are in the southern part of the province. They are: Cardston to Glenwood, 27.7 miles; Cassils to Scandia, 23.4 miles; Hamlet to Irricana, 21.4 miles; Rosemary to East Coulee, 65.4 miles; Suffield to Hays, 34.8 miles; Raley to Whisky Gap, 21 miles. CP Rail claims losses on these branch lines totalling about million in 1970 and 1.9 million in 1971, according to a state- ment it published early In 1973. Losses have increased since then, the company says. CP receives no government subsidies on these lines, which under the ground rules prior to the June 8 Lang announcement would be eligible for either abandonment or a subsidy after Dec. 31. 1974. CP Rail claims it lost in 1970 and in 1971 on the Cardston-Glenwood line; in 1970 and in 1971 on the Cassils-Scandia line; in 1970 and in 1971 on the Hamlet-Irricana line; in 1970 and in 1971 on the Rosemary-East Coulee line; in 1970 and in 1971 on the Suffield-Hays line; and in 1970 and in 1971 on the Raley-Whisky Gap line. But CP does receive subsidies on 13 other Alberta "protected" lines. In these cases, the government had already presumably decided they are unprofitable but worthy of the public expense ot subsidizing CP Rail for keeping them operating, at least until Jan. 1. 1975. These lines are: Empress to Bassano. CP Claimed losses of and in 1970 and 1971 and was granted subsidies of and Schuler Spur. CP claimed losses of and and received subsidies of and Raymond to Cardston. CP claimed losses of and and received subsidies of and Kerrobert to Coronation. CP claimed and and received and Collicutt to Cremona. CP claimed and and received and Epping to Paradise Valley. CP claimed and 000 and received and Truman to Breton. CP claimed and and received and Bassano to Hamlet. CP claimed and and received and Lomond to Eltham. CP claimed and and received and Manyberries to Stirling. CP claimed and and received and Gleichen to Langdon. CP claimed and and received and Hays to Lomond. CP claimed and and received and Vegreville to Willingdon. CP claimed and and received and Clover Bar to Lloydminster. CP claimed and and received and Trustees to keep duplicators despite health warnings By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Spirit duplicators will con- tinue to be used in Lethbridge public schools, although they are being phased out at Calgary where officials think they can be harmful to health. The duplicators are safe if handled with care, according to Bob Plaxton, Lethbridge superintendent, who com- mented Tuesday in an inter- view after the school board meeting. During the session, school board trustees received health warnings about the duplicators and filed them away without comment. The Calgary Board of Education decided to phase out the spirit duplicator machines because the chemicals used in them can be poisonous. Dr. Plaxton agreed that the methyl alcohol can be harmful to health if it is used in a room with inadequate ventilation. However, he pointed out that local public school staff have been careful to operate the duplicator machines in a well-ventilated area. Dr. Plaxton also intends to issue a bulletin to public school staff warning them that the machines can be harmful if proper precautions are not taken. The Calgary board will replace duplicators with mimeograph machines as PENNER'S PLUMBING m service Work. Water Healers and Basement Plumb'ng 1209-2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 Alberta, hot off the skillet Ann Weintraub, left and Donna Thacker prepared flour and meat dishes for hungry shoppers at Agri Prom. Erna McKenzie of Warner, centre, Edna Nelson of Calgary and Marg McRae, 1104 13th St. S. anxiously wait for a morsel while a young- ster waits in anticipation. City Scene Philips ORAL HYGIENE CENTRE Toothbrush Sanitizer Cordless Power Handle makes any tooth- brush an electric toothbrush. Recharges automatically 4 way orbital action. Protect your fam- ily with the exclusive germ killing Gold-Ion light SPECIAL 14 99 Call Housawires 327-5767 Downtown Mini-fair promotes Alberta foods Man hurt by truck Consumer acceptance of Alberta grown and processed agricultural products is the key to expansion of both in- dustries in this province, Walter Mackowecki of Ed- monton, president of Agri Prom Association said today. The association, a non-profit group ol 24 Alberta companies with 12 associate companies, sponsors a promotion of Alberta processed products. Agri Prom will be in Centre Village Mall until 6 p.m. Saturday. Mr. Mackowecki. president ol Heritage Foods Ltd. of Ed- monton, said Agri Prom is CLOSED UNTIL SEPT. 9th Phone lor Appointment Certified Denial Mechanic CLIFF BLACK BLACK DENTAL LAB PHONE 327-2822 SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION At the WAREHOUSE-1920-2nd Avenue South THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 Terms Cash Sile stirts p.m. No Rtstrvt Nice older chest of drawers; Old vanity dresser and stool. Old oval picture Irame: Wood arm settee: Viking fridge- Selection of televisions- 10x11 green rug, 9x17 red rug. Single bed. Gas heater. Old mirror. Hide-a-bed, Lounge and 2 chairs. Ash stands; End tables' Step ladders; Camper tie downs- Gas and electric ranges; 900 ft. TV plastic pipe, 300 ft plastic pipe. Electric trolling motor. 4 wood chairs. Good selection of small rugs; House lacks: Pair bi-fold doors: 4 folding chairs; Deep freeze: School desk: Iron boards: Good selection of bicycles, Vacuums; Table lamps. Blankets; Sealers, Bird cage and stand. Chrome hi- chair. Crocks, pots and -pans, boiler. Books: Mirrors: Stevens 12 gauge pump shotgun: Linen, 54" spring and mattress; 39" mattress, Sinks and basins; Suzuki 250 cc motorcycle; Home- made snow plow: Camper doghouse SPECIAL SALES SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 EASTWAY ESSO SERVICE AUCTION SALE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 SMCIAL AUCTION SAL! COMPLm LISTING WILL APPIAR IN SATURDAY, AUGUST 31st LITHMIDOI HIRALD SALE CONDUCTED BY HURLBURT AUCTION SERVICE LTD. PHONE 328-4705 19202nd AVE. S. LETHBRIDOE TED NEWBY KEITH ERDMANN Lie. 010283-41 Lie. 012116-458 designed to enlighten the con- sumer about Alberta grown and processed products and to encourage the consumption of these products. There is much room for growth of the processing in- dustry in Alberta, he said. But for that growth, the industry must have a source of goods to process and that's where the tarmer comes in. On the other hand, farmers must be assured of a market for their product before they will expand production "We hope Agri Prom will provide a base for this relationship by fostering increased consumption of Alberta he said. Lethbridge is the fourth stop for the show. Two previous shows were held in Edmonton and one in Calgary. Another is to be held in Calgary. Mr. Mackowecki said Lethbridge was chosen because it is a centre for growth potential in the vegetable and oilseed in- dustries. York Farms. Canbra Foods and McGavin-Toastmaster are local firms which belong to Agri Prom. These firms pay a fee toward the promo- tion and all dollars from the participating companies are matched by the Alberta department of agriculture. Mr. Mackowecki said the promotion will help con- sumers as much as it will help to expand the production and processing of Alberta products because they will be made aware of quality local foods. "The processing industry in Alberta isn't as highly developed as in the United ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phone 328-4095 EXPERIENCED PAINTERS Required immediately lor house painting Phone 328-7005 States so our processed products are more natural." he said. "Not so many ar- tificial additives are used because the processed products are much closer to the market place." He said Alberta consumers should read labels on packag- ed loods to make sure they are buying Alberta products. Because of the wide variety of professions and trades involv- ed in getting Alberta foods from the farm to the table, consumers will protect the livelihood of other Albertans if they buy Alberta products. Mr. Mackowecki said the consumer has a real role to play in the development of the Alberta food processing in- dustry through his buying habits. Consumers can ask their local grocer to carry Alberta products. Agri Prom has displays of products from the par- ticipating companies at Centre Village ranging from dog food, margarine and cheese to frozen French fries a.icj peas, powdered eggs and wines. Many booths are offering samples of their foods and everybody can enter their name for a food hamper each day. Boy killed in Cranbrook CRANBROOK A six- year-old Cranbrook boy was killed and his five year old brother is reported in good condition in Cranbrook dis- trict hospital after they were struck by a car as they cross- ed a city street Tuesday about p.m. Dead is Sandy Tull, 6. His brother Chuck is in hospital. They are sons of Charles Tull of Cranbrook. Ian Biddlecomb, 17, of Kimberley was the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident. Sandy was pronounced dead on arrival at Cranbrook hospital. Cranbrook city police are still investigating the accident. An inquest has been ordered. A 17-year-old Lethbridge man was treated and released from St. Michael's Hospital after being struck by a five-ton truck Tuesday at Supersonic Car Wash, 1819 3rd Ave. S. Gary Humphreys, 1706 16th Ave. S., was knocked to the pavement when he was struck by a truck driven by Kenneth John Boychuk, 20, 1009 19th St. N., according to Lethbridge city police. Police are still investigating the accident. Two vacancies on board There will be two vacancies on the public school board when trustees begin campaigning for another three-year term next month. Trustee Bill Brown announced Tuesday that he would not be seeking another term after serving five years on the board. The other vacancy occurred in May when Al Mont resigned prior to leaving the city. Trustee Doug Card still has not made up his mind about serving another three years on the board but indicates that it is "quite likely" he will run again. The other public school trustees have confirmed their inten- tions of having their names on the Oct. 16 ballots. Men reserve pleas Three men who appeared in provincial court Monday charg- ed jointly with being in possession of a stolen car were remand- ed in custody until Thursday so they could get a lawyer. Warner Scout, 29, and Rodney Bottle, 22, both of Cardston and Roland Cotton, 28, of Standoff were charged Aug. 24. The men reserved their pleas. Weekend camp at Waterton A United Church youth camp for men and women 15 years and over will be held on the Labor Day weekend at Canyon Church Camp in Waterton. Activities include horseback riding, swimming, hiking, baseball, campfires and others. The camp opens Friday evening at 7 p.m. and ends Monday at noon. Ice centre to close The Henderson Ice Centre will be open tonight for public skating for the last time until Sept. 17, according to a Lethbridge community services officer. Bill Brown said there will be public skating tonight from 8 p.m. to p.m. and then the centre will close for maintenance work. On Sept. 5 the centre will open for the Bronco's Junior A training camp but may not be open for public skating until Sept. 17. Automobile taken away A green 1964 Chevrolet valued at was reported stolen from a Lethbridge resident Tuesday, according to Lethbridge city police. The vehicle belonged to Paul Harding, 1313 16th Ave. S. It was parked in front of the Harding residence between 6 and p.m. when it's believed to have been stolen. they wear out. City land holdings expanded by more than nine acres Tues- day following the public school board's decision to sell to the city its two acreages in Southeast Lakeview. By agreeing to sell the two parcels of land to the city for the school board re- jected an offer from George's Construction Ltd. of ior either acreage. The construction company made the offer when the school board opened the property to public tender earlier this summer. The school board decided to sell the Lakeview acreages when they eliminated the area as a possible site for a new school earlier this year. Trustee Reg Turner was granted leave from three regular board meetings scheduled in September and October Mr. Turner will be on vaca- tion in England during the period of those three meetings Park findings to be presented at Thursday meet Public meetings on future development of Waterton townsite have convinced a Parks Canada planner that "people don't want another Banff or Jasper" at Waterton Lake National Park. Al Lubkowski told The Herald residents in and near Waterton agree that the quaint atmosphere of a "walking-type community" needs to be preserved and en- couraged. The park planner will pre- sent his interpretation of public feeling, gleaned from 11 meetings held earlier this year, to Thursday's public meeting at p.m. in the Lions Hall at Waterton. Following the meeting. Arson thought in tiny fires Arson is suspected in small fires at two Lethbridge homes Tuesday, the Lethbridge fire department said today. Martin Parry of 1214 5th Ave. S. told the Lethbridge city police he smelled smoke about 11 a.m. and discovered a rug on fire in front of his suite door. He extinguished the fire then noticed a fire at a neighboring duplex, 1212A 5th Ave. S. Elsie Martin, the renter, was asleep inside at the time and awoke to find Mr. Parry extinguishing the fire. Newspapers had apparently been placed at the duplex door and set on fire. Parks Canada will draft a ten- tative plan for future townsite development. This tentative plan will go back to the public before being incorporated in a master plan for the townsite and park. He said most people at public meetings have agreed that the park atmosphere should be "brought into the town" expanding oppor- tunities for visitors. Lubkowski said the meeting is not intended to finalize the tentative townsite plan, but to encourage further public dis- cussion. He said Parks Canada has received opinions from general meetings and ques- tionnaires. Different ques- tionnaires were distributed among lownsite businessmen, employees, cottagers and visitors, yielding a "wide cross-section of public opinion." SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING 328-2176 FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6585 E. S. f. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATIONS By DON BERGMAN Thurtdcy Evening till p.m. PHONE 321-0372 2716 12th South Flowers on the turn a luncheon into an occasion! It's hmc lo m.ikr .t ri'.illy spot lal day of it And nolhmn s.iys 'spcrml like beautifully arranged (lowers ('all or IMI us today in SI-P our solomon MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP Phone 327-1515 4th Ave. A 7th St. Downtown Lethbridge ;