Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
News In brief Skylab astronauts encouraged HOUSTON Skylab 3's astronauts should be able to complete most of their planned earth resources sur- veys despite excessive use of control space officials report. The astronauts were en- couraged Monday when they completed two resources runs over the United using only two-thirds of the fuel that was needed for two similar passes Sunday. A computer analysis here had told the spacemen how to manoeuvre the space station to the proper position with less nitrogen gas consump- tion. Additional computer checks are expected to reduce the fuel use even but not enough to complete the 30 resources runs originally scheduled for the 84-day mis- sion. Control centre officials esti- mate now that Gerald William Pogue and Edward Gibson should be able to ac- complish between 35 and 40 runs. Excessive use of control gas for manoeuvres became a problem last week after one of three main gyroscopes failed. Handbag thief grabs offer LONDON A 25- year-old Canadian mechanic was offered freedom from jail Monday if he catches an early plane for Canada and does not return for at least five years. Stanley given a three-yesr jail sentence last May for assault and handbag received the offer- ing in London court of appeal. He accepted. The court was told the fare for Juszczuk to fly from London to Vancouver Dec. 10 had been sent by the man's mother and stepfather in Van- couver. Lord Justice Sir Arthur James said sentenc- ed in last May had acted while suf- fering from the sudden rup- ture of a personal relationship. Fatality list climbs The Atlantic Provinces and Saskatchewan Monday re- mained the only parts of the country free of traffic fatal- ities for the third day in na- tional Safe Driving Week. Manitoba and British Columbia reported highway deaths Monday but previously unrecorded fatalities in On- tario jumped that province's total to 16 from 13. B.C. also added one to its Sunday bringing its toll so far to four while previously unreported road deaths in Quebec raised that province's total to five. The national unofficial total now stands at 28. Last year 52 persons lost their lives on the highways during Safe Driving Week. Following is an unofficial day-to-day record this year with running totals and last year's seven-day Total Dec. 1 2 3 '73 '72 Nfld. 00003 P.E.I. 00000 N.S. 00007 N.B. 00001 Quebec 41056 Ont. 5 11 0 16 12 Man. 10121 Sask. 00001 Alberta 10014 B.C. 1 2 1 4 4 17 Total 12 14 2 28 52 Arab League considers plans CAIRO The Arab League economic coun- cil met here Monday to con- sider plans for the struggle against Israel. Eighteen all the league members except were represented. Abdel-Aziz Egyp- tian deputy urged the council to draft immediate plans to finance th campaign against Israel until all the oc- cupied territories have been liberated. He said the plan should include a unified economic strategy to develop Arab industries and econ- omies. Algerian representative Bachir Quid Darwich propos- ed supplying African countries with oil needs at special rates. He said the difference between world prices and the special ones could be deposited by the African states in the proposed Arab bank for the industrial development of Africa. Quebec taxes may drop MONTREAL Premier Robert Bourassa said Monday his government would consider lowering taxes on gasoline if the federal government provided sub- sidies to the provinces. He was commenting on a weekend proposal by Donald federal energy that provinces reduce the gasoline taxes to minimize the impact of high prices on the consumer. he gives additional funds to the province then we'll think very seriously about his he said. B.C. wage rate adjusts VICTORIA The minimum hourly wage in British Columbia rose Monday .o from for employees 16 years of age and over and to fl.85 from for those 17 jnd under. MODERN INDUSTRIAL RENTALS 1250 111 Ave. S. Phone 328-8896 and Home Owner RUG SHAMPOOERS FLOOR SANDERS RENTAL IS YOUR BEST BUY The minimum wage increased to an hour from Dec. as the first in a three-stage hike by the province's New Democratic Party government. The next increase will come June 1974 when the wage paid to those 18 or over will jump to an hour and for those 17 and under it will rise to Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Ruther- ford former lineman with Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue and a plant manager for General Motors. give him a gift he can wear. a pair of HI-FASHION Shoes or Winter Boots Gift certificates available master charge OR CHARGEX MRRflNJO A _ I WORLD OF SHOES 317A Sixth Strati South Ttartiay till UN commander proposes talks By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Egypt's leading newspaper says the United Nations com- mander in the Middle East has proposed a resumption of Israeli-Egyptian ceasefire talks Wednesday. The Cairo paper Al Ahram says Lt.-Gen. Ensio Siilasvuo of Finland made his sugges- tion Sunday to Israeli military leaders in Jerusalem. He met earlier with Egyptian military men in Cairo and has since returned to Egypt. Quoting a UN spokesman in the paper says Siilasvuo also asked the Israelis for positive proposals on a withdrawal of Israeli forces to the positions they held at the time of the last Oct. 22. Egypt broke off the talks last Thurs- day claiming the Israelis were stalling. Al Ahrani says Siilasvuo told the Israelis that UN troops would be deployed in a between the Egyptian and Israeli troops. In spokesman George Vest said the state de- partment expects the talks at Kilometre 101 will start later this week. MET WITH SADAT His optimism apparently re- sulted from the meeting Sun- day between the U.S. Am- bassador to Hermann and President Anwar Sadat. Israeli and Syrian tanks and artillery dueled across the Go- lan Heights Monday for the second day in succession. Israel said four of its soldiers were Syria claimed 15 Israelis were wounded or killed. Both Sunday and each side accused the other of provoking the firing. Israeli radio said testimony from prisoners returned from Egypt in- dicates definite majority of prisoners suffered difficult The Egyptians have returned 247 captured Israelis. Trudeau gives pipeline pledge By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau assured the Commons Monday he could that the propos- ed extension of the crude oil pipeline from Ontario to Mon- carrying western crude into eastern be completed by Energy Minister Donald Macdonald told the House he had met Friday with representatives of the pipeline company. He was confident that there would be adequate supplies of steel available in Canada to construct the line and have it completed by 1975. Other developments in the Commons regarding oil Mr. Macdonald said he hoped to be in a position to announce to the House shortly XAVIERA REMANDED VANCOUVER Xaviera author of The Happy Hooker made a brief appearance in provincial court Monday and was remanded to Jan. 31. Court officials said she flew in from Toronto especially for her one-minute adjournment appearance before Judge Darrell Jones. She is charged with shoplifting here last June 8. During prosecution evidence Nov. 7 witnesses said she told them she took the items while researching material for a new book. Defence evidence was to have been heard but more time was sought to bring in a psychiatrist from Toronto to Inailf.r the cabinet's decision on the formation of a national oil cor- poration for government-to- government negotiations with Venezuela and other oil producing nations. The federal decision with regard to price rises after January 31 when the voluntary price freeze is removed by Ottawa will de- pend on discussions this week with the government of Alber- Mr. Macdonald said. are being carried on by Ottawa with. trucking firms and with the railways to see what can be done next winter if oil has to be transported from Sarnia to Tansport Minister Jean Marchand told the House. Assurances could not be given the House that any arrangements could be made to ensure the overland supply of oil before the mid- December freeze-up of the St. Lawrence waterway this said Mr. Marchand. He pointed out that first the rail cars and trucks have to be found and put in a position to move the oil as soon as it is necessary to transport the oil. Mr. Macdonald said he could not be sure that the recent announcement of an in- crease in the price of Venezuelan crude oil would necessarilly result in an im- mediate price increase. He said it would be a matter of some weeks before the price increase would be felt for the crude feed stock supply to Canadian refiners. The federal govern- ment will look at the cost situ- ation involving Venezuelan crude and determine whether any further increase in the price of oil could be Sculptor Donald Colp of Sher- wood Park has a unique method of carving wood. The Alberta sculptor set up his studio on a street in Mission near Vancouver this week. He uses a chain saw to shape various forms. Transit talks stalled EDMONTON A seven-hour meeting of negotiators in the five-day-old strike of Edmonton transit workers ended unsuccessfully Monday and a city hall spokesman said no new meetings have been scheduled. submitted our proposals to the union for con- said the city hall spokesman Representatives of Ed- monton Local 569 of the Amalgamated Transit Union refused to comment as they left the meeting. Business agent Bill Mack refused to answer when asked if a new meeting was scheduled. Mayor Ivor Dent was not directly available for com- ment and refused to answer questions relayed to him by his secretary. Members of the union walk- ed out Thursday to back contract demands. The union has been without a collective agreement since June and negotiations broke down after both sides rejected a conciliation award. The union is seeking wage parity and a 24-month contract ending with a salary of Officials have said the major issues are terms within the contract. The city has offered a 25-month agree- ment ending at the same salary level. Nixon gives advance cash look WASHINGTON President Nixon has given selected Republican leaders an advance glimpse at a thick stack of personal financial reports he plans to release this week. The unannounced White House meeting Monday came as unofficial calculations in- dicated Nixon apparently was entitled to sizeable refunds in the last three years because of over-withholding of federal taxes from his salary. While House spokesmen would give no saying it was a private but Representative John Anderson of one of those said Nixon's lawyers defended Nixon's income tax deduction for donation of his vice- Parole board reviewed Indian members 6bad precedent' OTTAWA A New Democrat bid for Indian and ex-convict representation on an expanded parole board was branded discriminatory by the other parties in Commons de- bate Monday. Frank Howard argued that adding two Indians and two former prisoners would give the board needed representation and but members of other parties said it would create a bad precedent. Mr. Howard said Indian rep- resentation is necessary be- cause of a disproportionately high number of Indians in prison. Amendments to place In- dians and ex-convicts on the board were introduced by Mr. Howard during debate on a bill to expand the parole board by 10 part-time members. The board now has up to nine full- time members. Mr. Howard said 25 to 30 per cent of the federal prison population in western Canada consists of Indians. In some provincial the level is 75 to 80 per cent. TREATED UNFAIRLY Despite their native peoples do not get equitable consideration when they apply for he said. Wally Firth Northwest a termed the large number of native people in penal institutions deplorable situation as far as I'm Before the white man native people had a good rehabilita- tion system for system without locks or The only non-NDP speaker to support Mr. Howard's suggestion on Indian represen- tation was Jack Homer he was unhappy the separate amendments on Indians and ex-convicts were lumped together for debate. Eldon Woolliams gary said parole board members should not be picked on a racial basis. Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde said such a selection might pave the way for regional and sexual represen- tation. Sirica examines Watergate 4ium' agreement reached TORONTO United Auto Workers and Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. reached a tentative agreement today in the 10-day strike by 'workers in five Ontario plants. Details of the settlement were withheld- pending ratifaction by the union membership. U.S. gas hike sought WASHINGTON Congress may soon be asked to authorize a tax increase on gasoline that could raise the price in the United States by 14 cents to about 60 cents a gallon. Administration forces favoring such an increase were working toward that goal in Congress even before a shakeup of President Nixon's energy sources said. President Nixon was ex- pected to announce today the creation of a new Federal Energy Administration head- ed by William Simon. WASHINGTON After spending a day listening to Watergate U.S. District Judge John Sirica turned today to how White House officials handled the secret recordings. Lawrence a member of the White House was expected to take the witness stand today when testimony resumed in the hearing into what might have caused a hum that obliterated conver- sation on an 18-minute seg- ment of one tape. As an aide to then White House chief of H. R. Higby was involv- ed in the 1971 installation of the secret recording system. Expected to follow Higby to the stand was Gen. John Ben- nett of the White House staff. In another Watergate development Senate Watergate investigators heard from at least 13 employees of billionaire Howard Hughes. The session concerned a payment by Hughes to Charles a close friend of President Nix- on. Both Nixon and Rebozo have said the which was to have been used to help finance the president's 1972 was returned. The tapes hearing adjourn- ed last Thursday after brief testimony from Alexander former White House aide and now ad- ministrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Butterfield disclosed the ex- istence of the tapes in testi- mony last July before the Sen- ate Watergate committee. He had been responsible for in- stallation of the taping system. B.C. tax program clarified B.C. Municipal tax concessions given corporations by the former Social Credit govern- ment will be ended this says Premier Dave Barrett. He told a public meeting the year is out you will see action by your government to stop those con- cessions and we will have a re- distribution of that tax load to ensure that every major inter- national corporation operating here in B.C. and crown corporations will pay their fair share of taxes in every town of this The New Democratic Party premier declined to give any details or indicate the amount of taxes involved. The Canadian Press dis- tributed an erroneous report of Mr. Barrett's speech Sun- day quoting him as say- ing all corporate tax concessions in B.C. would be ended this year. American foreign aid bill approved WASHINGTON The House of Representatives ap- propriations committee has approved a nearly billion foreign assistance appropriations bill. The measure includes all or most of President Nixon's billion request to help Israel replace Middle East war losses. Nixon administration of- ficials told an appropriations subcommittee and the House foreign affairs committee that the billion includes billion in weapons already sent to Israel out of U.S. arms stocks. They testified in open and closed session they don't know exactly how much Israel will saying her arms re- quirements will depend large- ly on how heavily the Soviet Union rearms the Arab countries. The foreign assistance appropriations bill also includes million in emergency aid for Cambodia and million in emergency relief for the drought-stricken Sahel region of Africa and for Pakistan and Nicaragua which suffered floods and an earthquake. Under a new concept for allocating money by social need rather than under grant the committee appropriated million for food and nutrition million for population planning and million for education and human resource develop- million for selected development programs and million for internationally funded programs. The committee said the U.S. economic aid will go to 68 countries and the military aid to 46 countries. The bill appropriates million for the U.S. Peace which has programs in 63 countries. 'Contract meddling may hurt oil jobs9 EDMONTON A Calgary Social Credit MLA said Monday night the Alberta government is threatening investor con- fidence by meddling with sanctity of long- term sales contracts. Roy Wilson Calgary said in the legislature that damaging investor con- fidence by interfering with contracts could destroy many oil-industry jobs in Edmonton and Calgary. Mr. Wilson was speaking on an amendment to a provincial arbitration act that would allow government appointed arbitrators to establish new gas prices in disputes involving natural gas producers in Alberta and buyers outside the province. The part of a long-standing ef- fort by the Alberta government to increase gas would have arbitrators consider the value of natural gas in relation to other energy prices and add a premium because of its clean burning qualities when establishing new gas prices in long-term contracts. The legislature gave the bill second reading Monday. Mr. Wilson said a decline in exploration and other industry activities would mean there would be less reason to maintain Calgary as Canada's oil industry centre or Edmonton as its technical service centre. Les Edmonton Jasper said higher gas prices would only increase investor confidence. The higher prices were increasing the reserves of .natural gas. He said the profits from producing these together with the high dividends the oil industry already is should increase investor confidence. REALISTIC The knowledge that the Alberta govern- ment is knows where it is going and knows the energy market creates investor confidence far more than paper he said. Mr. Young also said that the national energy board had the power to increase the price of natural gas being shipped to the United and the federal government was remiss in not seeing that these prices were increased. and have good reason and a right to demand an ex- Mr. Young said. Former Premier Harry Strom called for a high-level conference which would include the Alberta the federal government and the U.S. government. The meeting could aim at solving problems of gas pricing and distribution. He said the Alberta government should urge the federal government to hold dis- cussions with the U.S. because at this time Canada cannot afford to isolate itself from its neighbor.