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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, 0, 1974 News In brief Train derails near Hat REDCLIFF (CP) The CP Rail main line was blocked about 1 a.m. today when a westbound freight carrying, lumber and sulphur was derailed near this community five miles west of Medicine Hat in Southeastern Alberta. CP Rail spokesmen were not available for comment on possible causes of the derailment. No injuries were reported. There was no indication how long the line would be blocked or what arrangements would be made to move passengers and freight east or west around the blockage. Three die in plane crash CALGARY (CP) Three Americans from Dallas, Tex., were killed Thursday when their Cessna 310 plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Calgary International Airport. Police identified the victims as W. B Shriver, 56, Leo T. Gales, 38, and his wife, Susan Gales, 35. The twin engined plane, heading for Billings, Mont., crashed just outside the air- port at p.m. Witnesses said it hit a 100 foot light standard, plunged to the ground and burst into flames. Two witnesses, Helga Fuss and her 13 year old son, Harry, who live near the air- port, said the plane appeared to be having problems and was spinning before the crash. Illness curtails Chou activities TOKYO (Reuter) Chinese Premier Chou En-lai is being informed only of im- portant matters because of his ill health, Vice-Premier Teng Hsiao-ping was quoted as say- ing Thursday. The Japanese news agency Kyodo reported from Peking that Teng made the statement to a Japanese mission there. Teng was quoted as saying the 76-year-old premier has been in the hospital for eight months and subordinates seek his instructions only at times when he is well enough to give them. The agency quoted Teng as telling the Japanese mission leader that Chou is exhausted because of the pressure of work in the last few years. He is suffering an internal dis- order, he said. Teheran death toll uncertain TEHRAN (AP) Conflicting reports of the death toll in the collapse Thursday of the snow-covered roof of the Tehran airport ter- minal lounge ranged from 16 to 42 today. No accurate official count of the dead was available yet Rescue teams including army engineers and paratroopers were still digging through the wreckage today and officials feared more bodies would be found. Bishops confirm Coggan LONDON (AP) Nine bishops sitting on tombstones in a cathedral crypt decided Thursday that Dr. Frederick Donald Coggan is the right man to be the 101st Archbishop of Canterbury He thus was confirmed as spiritual head of the Church of England and its 64 million communicants, succeeding Dr. Michael Ramsey who retired at the age of 70 Bizarre murder trial ends LONDON, Ont. (CP) One of the longest and most bizarre murder trials in On- tario's history ended Thurs- day when Peter Demeter was sentenced to life for the murder of his wife, Christine. After almost 48 hours of deliberation, an Ontario Supreme Court jury of nine men and three women found Demeter guilty of hiring someone to kill the 32-year-old former fashion model. The once-wealthy Mis- sissauga, Ont., builder then told the jurors they could not have reached any other deci- sion on the evidence presented. He insisted, however, that he was not guilty and that they did not hear all the evidence. Coal miners return to work CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Soft coalminers in the United States began returning to work today just hours after their leaders signed a new contract with the coal in- dustry Hundreds of miners reported for work on the mid- night to 8 a.m. shift this morn- ing in southern West Virginia. Most of the BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL members of the United Mine Worker (UMW) however, are not expected to be back on their jobs until Monday. The union had shut off 70 per cent of the country's coal pro- duction since the old contract expired Nov. 12. UMW President Arnold Mil- ler, in announcing that the new contract had been approved by 56 per cent of those voting, said the agree- ment would take effect at 12.01 a.m. today Immediately, officials of Consolidation Coal Corp., the second largest producer in the U S were on the phone with local UMW leaders. APPOINTMENTS TO VARIOUS COMMITTEES Vacancies occur occasionally on City Boards, Commissions and Committees as a result of appointments expiring resignations and of a By-Law which does not allow a person to be re-appointed on a Committee that they have served on for the preceding six con- secutive years. This will be the case in the Community Services Advisory Committee. Interested persons wishing to participate in civic affairs by serving on this Committee are invited to write to the City Clerk, giving a short resume of themselves. For further information please call the City Clerk's office at 328-2341. JOHNGERLA, City C'erk Syncrude partners seek Lougheed meeting Rhodesia, blacks coining to terms SALISBURY (AP) A secret trip by Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Smith heightened anticipation that progress is being made toward a settlement between Rhodesia's black nationalists and Smith's white-minority government. Smith returned to Salisbury Thursday, and sources close to the government indicated that he had been meeting m Lusaka, the Zambian capital, with nationalist represen- tatives and the presidents of Zambia, Tanzania and Botswana. These sources said they be- lieved Prime Minister John Vorster of South Africa would go to Lusaka this weekend, al- though this was denied in Pre- toria, the South African capital. It was believed in Salisbury that Vorster, who is anxious to avoid a black-white confrontation in southern Africa, was putting great pressure on Smith to come to terms. Smith proclaimed Rhodesia's independence from Britain nine years ago to block British plans for a new constitution promising. the black majority eventual control of the government. Economic reprisals and sporadic guerrilla activity Rockefeller confirmation assured WASHINGTON (AP) Vice president-designate Nelson Rockefeller has com- pleted confirmation hearings and his nomination appears headed for certain congressional approval in the next two weeks. His confirmation would complete a turnover from the Richard Nixon-Spiro Agnew administration and leave the country for the first time with an unelected president and vice president. Questioning during nine days of House of Represen- tatives hearings indicate 12 of the 38 House judiciary com- mittee members at most will vote against Rockefeller's confirmation. Such a solid committee recommendation would assure confirmation in the full House. have not forced the white regime to retreat. But the new Portuguese government's promise of independence to Mozambique and Angola raises the threat of more effective guerrilla campaigns from those neighboring territories. Rhodesia has a population of whites and 5.6- million blacks, while in its parliament 50 seats are allotted to the whites and 16 to the blacks. Last month, Smith's regime gave temporary freedom to two leading black political de- Nkomo, head of the Zimbabwe African Peoples Union, and Rev. Ndabaningi Sithole, leader of the rival Zimbabwe African National that they could meet in Lusaka with Presidents Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania and Seretse Khama of Botswana, three African leaders of the Commonwealth who also are anxious for a peaceful settlement in southern Africa. Nkomo and Sithole returned to confinement in Rhodesia after the meeting. Their tem- porary release by Smith and their willingness to return to detention were considered strong indications that a settlement was in the works. Games transport Canada Games bird Darlene Hudson receives a handful of keys from Herb Boyd, the Ford Motor Com- pany of Canada's western regional manager. The keys were from some of the 40 vehicles behind them. The vehicles have been loaned to the Games by Ford. Six- ty General Motors vehicles are to be delivered to Games' officials shortly. Leniency urged for protesters Although the two-day oc- cupation ended last Saturday, the federal minister Sunday refused to rule out the possibility that the leaders of the demonstration would be charged by RCMP. He said the occupation "was rife with illegal acts." EDMONTON (CP) Nick Taylor, provincial Liberal leader, has urged Indian Af- fairs Minister Judd Buchanan to refrain from prosecuting the leaders of last week's oc- cupation at the Calgary office of the department of Indian Affairs. THEY GAVE Following is a list of those who have contributed to the Cup of Milk Fund. Anonymous 100 Anonymous, Lethbndge 1 00 An Old Friend, Lethbndge 2 00 C Haiste Lethbndge 200 Brad and Bruce Sabey, Magrath 2 00 Beth Pitcher, Magrath 2 00 Shauna Swanson, Lethbndge 3 00 Anonymous 3 00 Sue Neil Lethbndge 5 00 Mrs Minnie Matthews, Lethbndge 5 00 Mrs Gladys Freed, Lethbndge 5 00 Anonymous 5 00 Anonymous 5 00 Katie Heal, Claresholm 5 00 Frank Kropinak family, Blair- more Florence M Dixon, Pmcher Creek 5 00 Mrs Olga Rallion 5 00 Yasaraft 5 00 Lulu, Lethbndge 5 00 Robert L Hubka, Claresholm 5 00 E Vossehn, Medicine Hat 5 00 Art Bixby, Warner 5 00 Bert Love, Raymond 5 00 Ruby M Bishop Pmcher Creek 6 00 Mrs Mary Cranley Lethbndge 10 00 Burdett Women's Institute, Burdett R Petrone family Bellevue Anonymous Anonymous, Spring Coulee Kirkcaldy Women's Institute Claus Schremer, Lethbndge Robert Dwyer, Lethbndge Daniel Shapiro, Lethbndge M H Congdon, Blairmore Duff Sound Lethbndge Rmgdahl's, Vauxhall Anonymous Anonymous Anonymous 10 00 10 00 10 00 10 00 10 00 10 00 10 00 10 00 10 00 Equipment, 10 00 10 00 15 00 20 00 20 00 Galloping Gals, Picture Butte 20 00 Sherry Shackleford Blairmore 20 00 T Vandermeulen, Lethbndge 25 00 Mr and Mrs Jack MacLame. Coaldale 25 00 Anonymous 100 00 Total 46200 Total to date 45 By THE CANADIAN PRESS An announcement that a partner is considering leaving the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project added fuel to the federal-provincial energy dis- pute and sent the project's three remaining partners into an emergency meeting to dis- cuss the situation. Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. (ARCO) told partners Imperial Oil Ltd., Canada- Oil-trade proposal broached WASHINGTON (AP) Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau is reported willing to consider an oil-trading proposal that would help states affected by Canada's cutoff of oil to the United States. Republican Representative John Anderson of Illinois rais- ed the possibility with Trudeau at a breakfast meeting Thursday and said Trudeau expressed a willingness to consider some such proposal. Anderson, chairman of the House of Representatives Re- publican conference, one of 19 House members who have written to President Ford ex- pressing concern over the Canadian intentions. He said he made no specific swap proposals to Trudeau, but just broached the subject generally. An aide to the conference said that on of four proposals being studied is to exchange excess Alaskan oil for Cana- dian oil, which might be mov- ed into the U.S. Midwest. The 19 House members said in their letter that the pending cutoff would adversely affect the producers and consumers in the upper Midwest. They noted that Canada is the major supplier of crude oil to the region, and that two- thirds of the Canadian exports are consumed within the northern tier states. They urged serious dis- cussions on the subject, say- ing that "even if alternative domestic or foreign oil is made available, no satisfac- tory transportation system presently exists to move petroleum to the area." ARCO meets with cabinet EDMONTON (CP) Of- ficials of Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. (ARCO) meet with members of the Alberta cabinet Thursday to discuss ARCO's possible withdrawal from the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project P A. Hildenbrand, ARCO Canada President, said the meeting was to inform the government of the company's problems in continuing its participation in Syncrude but did not wish to elaborate. He said ARCO is not seek- ing a government move to affect the situation nor has it firmly decided to withdraw its 30 per cent interest from Syncrude. Gordon Miniely, provincial treasurer, who along with At- torney General Merv Leitch attended the meeting, said he was "not at liberty to com- ment on what ARCO told us m confidence." It was Mr. Miniely said, to discuss the effect of ARCO's possible withdrawal. 'Canadianization9 of magazine rejected Ottawa, Time dispute deadlocked OTTAWA federal government and Time Canada Ltd. are said to be deadlocked over a four- point plan to "Canadianize" the newsmagazine and save it from extinction. Time executives have accepted government proposals for a majority Canadian ownership of the United States-owned publication but have turned down demands for a minimum 65-per-cent 'Canadian editorial content and changes in the magazine's for- mat, sources say. As a result the whole question of ending the controversial tax exemptions for the Canadian editions of Time and Reader's Digest has been moved well down on the government list of cabinet-level priorities. Sources say a cabinet committee has made Time an offer which would effectively allow the government to introduce Income Tax Act changes barring the exemp- tions but let Time Canada Ltd. continue operations as a Canadian publication. Under the proposed deal Time would let Canadians buy a controlling interest in the subsidiary which now is wholly-owned by the parent publishing company in New York This would have to include autonomous control of the Time Canada budget. In addition the magazine would have to expand its five to seven pages of Canadian news every week to at least 65-percent Canadian content. In conjunction with this the magazine would have to make major changes in its format to make it distinct from the so-called "mother product" in the U.S. A Time official said the company is ready to accept the first two points in the proposed deal to the extent of making Time Canada Ltd. 75-per-cent Canadian-owned and financially independent of New York. But the company cannot accept the "unrealistic censorship" of Canadian content quotas, the official said. The official said the company is planning to expand its Canadian section to 10 pages every week and reach- ed this level with a cover story in this week's edition on the country's prison system. The expansion will mean extra production costs and additional Canadian staff, he said. But expansion to 65 per cent Canadian content and a Change in format would completely alter the magazine's identity and was rejected, the official said. Cities Service Ltd., and Gulf Oil Canada Ltd. and the Alberta government Wednes- day that it was reassessing its participation in the Syncrude consortium. "We are waiting for official clarification and legal inter- pretation of what ARCO means by said John Barr, Syncrude public affairs manager in Edmonton. However, ARCO's partners held an emergency meeting in New York Thursday and said the: are reassessing their position in view of the ARCO move. The three have requested a meeting with Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed to discuss the situation next Tuesday. PRESSURES OTTAWA The premier said in an interview Thursday ARCO's announcement puts pressure on the federal government to increase the price of Canadian crude oil. A higher price would strengthen the viability of oil sands plants, particularly in light of a National Energy Board report predicting an oil shortage for Canada in about seven years, Mr. Lougheed said. Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader in Alberta, said ARCO's move shows that the province and the federal gov- ernment must keep trying to iron out differences over natu- ral resources. It is clear the present crude oil price of 50 a barrel must be increased, Mr. Clark said. Federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Thurs- day the federal government still is willing to participate in development of the Alberta oil sands. But he said that any federal investment will require the approval of Alberta, which has opposed such plans. Mr. Macdonald said he wanted to see a report from the Syncrude meeting in New York before making detailed comment. ARCO, Imperial Oil and Canada-Cities own 30 per cent each and Gulf holds 10 per cent of Syncrude. The Syncrude plant in northeastern Alberta is ex- pected to go into operation by 1978, producing up to barrels of oil a day. A hint of the reasons behind Atlantic Richfield's move came Thursday with acknowledgement by the United States government's export-import bank that it has denied a loan to ARCO to help buy equipment for the oil sands project. REJECT SUGGESTIONS Suggestions that the denial might be retaliation for Cana- ddddian energy policies were rejected by officials of the bank, ARCO, the U.S. treasury department and Prime Minister Trudeau, questioned on the subject dur- ing a news conference in Washington. Phil Helmig, head of ARCO's government relations office in Washington, said the company is reassessing its in- volvement in an oil shale project in Colorado as well as the Alberta project. Capital expenditures on the projects have become "unbelievable" and the com- pany has reached "a point where "we have to give something up Asked about the suggestion that the export import bank's decision was retaliation for Canadian policies, Mr Helmig replied: "That idea never entered my mind." An ARCO official has been quoted as saying failure to get the loan was probably only a minor part in the decision to reassess its involvement in Syncrude. TWO NOT RELATED Rosemary Mazon, senior vice president of the export import bank, said the decision "has nothing to do with the Canadian position. The bank does not have a negative policy on energy related loans to Canada." Gerald Parky, assistant secretary of the U.S. treasury for trade and energy matters, said the department "would not want the export import bank pursuing any policy that was in any way retaliatory or related to Cana- dian energj policies." Asked whether he thought the bank's decision represented retaliation, Prime Minister Trudeau told the Washington news conference: "I certainly don't." When the Syncrude project was first announced in 1964, the price tag was million. The current estimate is billion, but Syncrude presi- dent Frank Spragins said in Edmonton there will be a new cost estimate. ;