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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 5, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, December 6, 1971 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 11 Operates discount gas stations Former car salesman makes fortune in gasoline business OTTAWA (CP) Nine years ago Gerry Bisson was at rock bottom. He owed had S5 judgments against him and his wages as a car salesman were garnisheed. Today, he owns 15 gasoline stations in easlcrn Ontario, plans to open three more next spring and believes he will have meteoric rise is the same rea- son many gas station operators appear to see a bleak future for themselves: Discount gasoline. 500 across Canada by To discount operators like Mr. The reason for Gerry Bisson's i Bisson, low-price gasoline out- European security parley favored by United States WASHINGTON (AP) State Secretary Wil 1 i a m P. Rogers has signalled U.S. support for a European security conference that would move toward cutting down the long-standing divisions between East and West Em-ope. U.S. strategists long have been cool to repeated Kremlin calls for a general European se- curity parley, partly on grounds that Moscow mainly wants to ratify the Communists' post-war bold on East Europe. In the most specific public U.S. response on the European conference proposal to date, Rogers told an Overseas Writ- ers Club dinner here. "We would firmly oppose any attempt to use it to perpetuate the political and social division of Europe. "We would sec a conference as a step on the long road to a new situation in which the causes of tension are fewer, contacts arc greater, and the continent could once more be thought of as Europe rather than as two parts. NATO GROUP TO MEET The United States, he said, is prepared to support a special NATO deputy foreign ministers' meeting to consider concrete preparations next year for a European conference if, as ex- j pected, the new Berlin access agreement goes into effect. Hcgers leaves Saturday for an I annual NATO ministerial meet- ing in Brussels where the allies will talk about, how to proceed on the Europear conference question and on possible East- West negotiations for mutual force reductions. Rogers outlined a four-point U.S. approach to a European conference. He said such a conference should try to get at the basic causes of East-West tension, should encourage reconciliation of European states rather than Uieir division, should emphasize more co-operation in matters of trade, scientific exchanges and environmental programs and should take specific steps toward freer movement of peo- ple and ideas. Three cats in one home enough says Judge Bastin WINNIPEG fCP) Bertha Rand, a 77-year-old ret i r e d cleaning woman with a pen- chant for cats, has lost another round in her fight with city council in suburban St. James- Assiniboia. Mr. Justice F. M. Bastin of Court of Queen' Bench issued an injunction preventing Miss Communication policy coming FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE! CALGARY (CP> A position paper on the province's over-all communication policy now being prepared. Lcn Werry, minister of telephones and utili- ties, said here. It should be completed next week and will cover telephones, broadcasting, cablevision. com- puters and microwave facili- ties. "I don't think we want to go as far as Quebec has pone with licensing of broadcasters and cablevision operators. "But we do want lo empha- size that we should have a monopoly on microwave and other aspects of communication in the province." Rand from having more than three cats at her home. In a written statement, Mr. Justice Bastin said a city by- law limiting the number of pets to three of the same species, class or type is within tile pow- er of the city to enact. The city's solicitor had said the injunction was sought be- cause the city had been unable to get Miss Rand to comply with the bylaw. Mr. Justice Bastia heard testimony from city officials and neighbors of Miss Rand that, between May and October, they counted 12 to 25 cats at he; home. "In any event, she must re- concile herself to the fact that she must obey the law and if she fails to do so she will be held in contempt of said the judge. Miss Rand's struggle to keep her cats goes back to 1965, when city council passed the bylaw and Miss Rand ignored it, despile complaints from neighiiors. Miss Rand says the family of cats she has built up in the last three years is not all her doing. Many people, she says, aban- lon cats on her property know- ing she will take care of them. Hold up switched to sale lets have brought prosperity. Bui operators of brand-name stations say they are worried about the widening gap between their higher prices and those of the cut-rate, no-frills discount outlets. Gasoline sold by discount out- lels is usually provided by brand-name companies with surplus they are willing to dis- pose of at low prices. The discount outlets get the gas at a reduced price, but do not get any benefit from the companies' advertising since the gas is not sold under a brand name. Roy Rump, who operates a brand-name station here, says most discount outlets sell for 10 cents a gallon less than the reg- ular stations. Some discount op- erations in communities near Ottawa at one point were charg- ing 34.9 and 35.9 cents a gallon. Others on the suburban fringe charged 39.9 cents a gallon. On the average, the discount outlets sold gas for a cent less than Mr. Rump bought it. "If they can afford to sell it to the discounters for Uiat, then they can afford to sell it to us for the same said Mr. Rump. "If not, the fellow buy- ing his gas from me must be subsidizing the fellow buying it from the discounter." If there are gasoline sur- pluses, he asked, why don't the companies give a discount to Labor chiefs meet Monday with cabinet OTTAWA (CP) Labor lead- ers will confer Monday with Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet as a counterpart to the Nov. 22 meeting with industrial leaders, it was announced Fri- day. Tlie statement from the prime minister's office said 28 labor officers are expected from the Canadian Labor Congress, the Confederation of National Trade Unions. Canadian Railway Labor Association, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. IN LETHBRIDGE: 613 4th AVENUE SOUTH Tclopliono 328-421A TORONTO (CP) Violet Hart has discovered how to prevent hold-ups in the drug store where she works as a just starts to cry. A man walked into the drug store yesterday, told Mrs. Hart, 5fi, he had a gun and wanted all the money in the cash register. "I looked at him and he looked at me, then I stalled to Mrs. .Hart said in an interview today. She said the man became so unnerved by her crying that he asked for a package of cigarettes, threw 64 cents on tiie counter, and walked out of the store. "I can't even remember whether or not 1 gave him the she said. You're never too old to hear better Chicago, free offer of special interest to those who hear but do not understand words has been announced by Bel tone. A non-operating model of the smallest Beltone aid ever made will be given absolutely free to anyone answering this advertisement. Try it to see how it is worn in the privacy of your own borne without cost or obligation of any Idnd. It's yours to keep, free. It weighs less than a third of an ounce, and it's all at ear level, in one unit. No wires lead from body to head. These models are free, so we suggest you write for yours now. Again, we repeat, there, is no cost, and certainly no obliga- tion. Write to Dept. 5771 Bel- tone Electronics Corp., W. Victoria, Chicago, 111. 60646. Just in time for the holidays the Beneficial I It's cash for holiday shopping PLUS cash for lioli- travel PLUS cash for gifts PLUS cash for ex- penses PLUS cash just to have and enjoy! It's the PLUS LOAN al Beneficial Finance..'. cash for 35 per cent in the current hard times. The success of Air. Bisson's firm, Capilal City Gas and Fuels LUI., forms a dramatic contrast to the troubles of regu- lar operators. Tlie starting point was April, 19fi7, when he opened a gas bar outside a speedway he owned near Ottawa. The gas bar gave him cheaper gas for his own vehicles. But even at three cents a gallon below the price (if his nearest competitor, it brought in few out-side custom- ers. In November, ne dropped his gas prices. Weekly gross sales jumped from MOO then to in July, 1M8. A second outlet was opened in 1909 in Quebec. Gross sales were in 19C8 and million this year and are expected to be at least W million in 1972. Mr. Bison's gas bars offer no repairs, air, gifts or sales gira- micks. Where bylaws permit, the sta- linns operate 24 hours a day. That may be one reason why Mr. Bisson was able to get his entire investment on one station back in 30 days and on another in CO. All profit is ploughed back into the company. r- 1 L f s orders Phone today and save. Ask for a sleek new Contempra. Or one of AGT's ofher stylish wall and desk phones. You can choose from several models in eleven fabulous shades. An extension phone makes a great gift for your favourite conversationalist. Or for yourself! It adds an extra measure of convenience and privacy to your home. Make that run to your other phone for the last time. And call for an extension. Phone 328-5551 Rural Customers DIAL "0" AND ASK FOR THE BUSINESS OFFICE. Wall and desk sets only for multi-party service customers. ALBERTA GOVERNMENT TELEPHONES ;