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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 6, 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 $325,000, had 55 judgments against him and his wages as a car salesman were garnisheed. Today, he owns 15 gasoline stations in eastern Ontario, plans to open three more next spring and believes he will have 500 across Canada by 1980. The reason for Gerry Bisson's meteoric rise is the same reason many gas station operators appear to see a bleak future for themselves: Discount gasoline. To discount operators like Mr. 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 Europe. U.S. strategists long have been cool to repeated Kremlin calls for a general European security 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 Writers Club dinner here. "We would firmly oppose any attempt to use it to perpetuate the political and social division of Europe. "We would see a conference ... as a step on the long road to a new situation-a situation in which the causes of tension are fewer, contacts are 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 expected, the new Berlin access agreement goes into effect. Rcgers leaves Saturday for an FAST EFFICIENT SERVICE! OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO .108 /iti Si S'. IrlhlM.tUi.' Plum 127 3609 annual NATO ministerial meeting 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 their division, should emphasize more co-operation in matters of trade, scientific exchanges and environmental programs and should take specific steps toward freer movement of people and ideas. Three cats in one home enough says Judge Bastin WINNIPEG (CP) - Bertha Rand, a 77-year-old ret i r e d cleaning woman with a penchant 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 CALGARY (CP) - A position paper on the province's over-all communication policy now is being prepared, Len Werry, minister of telephones and utilities, said here. It should be completed next week and will cover telephones, broadcasting, cablevision, computers and microwave facilities. "I don't think we want to go as far as Quebec has gone with licensing of broadcasters and cablevision operators. "But we do want to emphasize that we should have a monopoly on microwave and other aspects of communication in the province." The mature' from MacKenzie's! 1 3 Y t Miniature Grandfather Clock in classic antique styling . with 8 day pendulum movement. 1 1 '/2 " x. 5 " Brass polished. ' Available in black, mahogany, olive, green, blue and red. $4500 - AFFILIATED With MAPPIN S LIMITED.- MACKENZIE'S DIAMOND MERCHANTS^^_AND JEWELLERS REGINA  MOOSE JAW  CALGARY  LETHBRIDG& IN LETHBRIDGE: 613 4th AVENUE SOUTH Telephone 328-4214 Rand from having more than three cats at her home. In a written statement, Mr. Justice Bastin said a city bylaw limiting the number of pets to three of the same species, class or type is within the pow^ er of the city to enact. The city's solicitor had said the injunction was sought because the city had been unable to get Miss Rand to comply with the bylaw. Mr. Justice Bastin heard testimony from city officials and neighbors of Miss Rand that, between May and October, they counted 12 to 25 cats at her home. "In any event, she must reconcile herself to the fact that she must obey the law and if she fails to do so she will be held in contempt of court," 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, despite complaints from neighbors. 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, abandon oats on her property knowing she will take care of them. Hold up switched to sale TORONTO (CP) - Violet Hart has discovered how to prevent hold-ups in the drug store where she works as a cashier-she just starts to cry. A man walked into the drug store yesterday, told Mrs. Hart, 56, he had a gum and wanted all the money in the cash register. "I looked at him and he looked at me, then I started to cry," 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 the counter, and walked out of the store. "I can't even remember whether or not I gave him the cigarettes," she said. lets have brought prosperity. But 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 outlets is usually provided by brand-name companies with surplus they are willing to dispose 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 regular stations. Some discount operations in communities near Ottawa at one point were charging 34.9 and 35.9 cents- a gallon. Others on the suburban fringe changed 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 that, then they can afford to sell it to us for the same price," said Mr. Rump. "If not, the fellow buying his gas from me must be subsidizing the fellow buying it from the discounter." If there are gasoline surpluses, he asked, why don't the companies give a discount to the regular dealers, who can then pass it on to their customers? He 1 estimates he will lose 35,000 gallons in individual sales this year because of five discount outlets opened within a mile of his station. He forecasts that many of Ottawa's 300 regular operators will go bankrupt this winter if the 10-cent price spread continues. A 25-per-cent failure rate Labor chiefs meet Monday with cabinet OTTAWA (CP) - Labor leaders will confer Monday with Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet as a counterpart to the Nov. 22 meeting with industrial leaders, it was announced Friday. The 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, Internationa] Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. You're never too old to hear better Chicago, HI.-A 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 home without cost or obligation of any kind. 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 obligation. Write to Dept. 5771 Bel-tone Electronics Corp., 4201W. Victoria, Chicago, 111. 60646. Just in time for the holidays the Beneficial lusloa It's cash for holiday shopping PLUS cash for holiday travel PLUS cash for gifts PLUS cash for expenses PLUS cash just to have and enjoy! It's the PLUS LOAN at Beneficial Finance... cash for any good reason...PLUS any other...PLUS any other... Call up or come in today! You're good for more at Beneficial Loans up to $5000 - Your loan can be life-insured Take up to 60 months to pay on loans over $3000 ESS ESQ Beneficial FINANCE CO. OF CANADA CORNER 4TH AVE. & 6TH ST., LETHBRIDGE (Woohvorth Bldg.)  327-8565 CPEN EVENINGS BY APPOINTMENT-PHONE FOR HOURS Open Saturday until 12 noon Dec. 11 and 18 among service station operators would likely rise to 35 per cent in the current hard times. The success of Mr. Bisson's firm, Capital City Gas and Fuels Ltd., forms a dramatic contrast to the troubles of regular operators. The starting point was April, 1967, 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 of his nearest competitor, it brought in few outside customers. In November, 1967, he dropped his gas prices. Weekly gross sales jumped from $400 then to $8,000 in July, 1968. A second outlet was opened in 1969 in Quebec. Gross sales were $78,000 in 1968 and $3 million this year and are expected to be at least $4 million in 1972. Mr. Bison's gas bars offer no repairs, air, gifts or sales gimmicks. Where bylaws permit, the stations 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 60. All profit is ploughed back into the company. Phone today and save. Ask for a sleek new Contempra. Or one of AGT's other 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. AGTT alberta government telephones ;