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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, December 7, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Dateline Alberta Henning advisors named PUB reserves decision on power rate increase EDMONTON (CP) A seven member advisory committee for Vic Henning, northeastern Alberta com- missioner, was announced to- day by Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell. The members include Bertha Clark, national presi- dent of the Native Women's Association of Canada; Frances Jean, former publisher of the Fort McMurray newspaper, and Bob Duncan, an active member of the Northern Alberta Development Council. All are residents of the Fort McMurray area. Also included were Chuck Knight, chairman of the Fort McMurray Town board; Noel McKay, member of the com- munities town board in Fort Chipewyan; Clare Peden of Fort McMurray, former member of the town's board of administrators; and E. H. Walter, principal of the. Fort McKay school. Firm plans pollution cut CALGARY (CP) A chemical fertilizer company has responded to an order from the Alberta environment department with a plan to limit air pollution from.its Calgary and Medicine Hat plants. Western Co-operative Fer- tilizer Ltd. of Calgary was ordered by the department last summer to submit a report indicating how it intends to control oxides of nitrogen and particulates, and to suggest a schedule of the changes. Company and environment department officials said Thursday'the report was sub- mitted to the department but declined to disclose its contents. Catholic schools 'bleeding' CALGARY (CP) The Calgary Catholic school system is "slowly bleeding to death" due to inequalities in local tax revenue, says board chairman Gerry Tersmette. He said in an interview that the separate board is "very disappointed" in the lack of government progress toward qualizing the corporate por- tion of supplementary re- quisition. "We're nearly million short of the total supplemen- tary requisition we're entitled to in respect to the number of students we Mr. Tersmette said. The separate system educates about 22 per cent of all city pupils but gets only 14 per cent of the corporate and residential assessment. Trustees were hoping that Education Minister Lou Hyndman would come up with, a formula for equalizing cor- porate assessment when they met him in Calgary earlier this week. Mr. Tersmette said although the minister promis- ed last March that action would be taken Jan. 1, 1975 to move toward "greater equity and so far the education department is still saying that it is gathering assessment data. UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Weather SUNRISE SUNDAY SUNSET Lethbridge......44 12 Medicine Hat 40 14 Calgary......... 39 12 Edmonton 34 14 Pincher Creek... 39 16 Penticton....... 41 36 .30 Vancouver...... 45 40 .38 Prince Rupert... 50 46 .03 Victoria.......49 38 .19 Penticton....... 41 36 .30 Kamloops......38 36 .09 Winnipeg 36 09 Regina 43 -1 St. Johns 32 14 .07 Montreal 32 24 Ottawa.........31 18 Toronto......... 37 21 Chicago 47 39 New York 42 34 Rome.......... 55 39 Paris........... 52 46 London........57 52 Berlin.......... 48 43 Amsterdam.....50 43 Brussels........ 52 36 Madrid......... 54 36 Moscow 30 21 Stockholm 36 32 Tokyo.......... 54 37 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Calgary Today, a few fog patches this morning otherwise sunny. Winds becoming westerly 20 and gusty throughout the western sections this after- noon. Highs near 40. Sunday sunny. Winds west 20 and gusty. Lows 25 to 30. Highs 45 to 50. Medicine Hat Today fog patches clearing this after- noon. Highs 35 to 40. Sunday sunny. Winds westerly 20. Lows near 25. Highs 45 to 50. Columbia Kootenay Mainly cloudy today. Cloudy Sunday. Occasional rain or wet snow. Highs today near 40. Lows tonight in the 20s. Highs Sunday in the 30s. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Scattered snow showers southwest portion ending by afternoon. Otherwise mostly sunny today and Sunday. Strong gusty southwest winds along the east slopes Sunday. Cooler today warmer again Sunday. Highs today 35 to 45. Lows tonight 20s. Highs Sun- day 45 to 55. West of Continental Divide Considerable cloudiness to- day and Sunday. Snow ending extreme south this morning. Scattered snow showers most- ly mountains Sunday after- noon. Highs 30 to 40. Lows tonight 15 to 25. BEFORE YOU BUY WAIT THE1975AMC CARS ARE COMING And here are just a few reasons why you should wait: P'oduct A F-rop Leaver And a T UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. 302 3rd Avenue South Phone 327-2805 EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Public Utilities Board reserved decision Friday on an application by Alberta Power Ltd. to increase electricity rates by 12.75 per cent. William Abercrombie, board vice chairman, said the board would attempt to reach a decision by Jan. 1. He asked that the utility and an expert witness for an intervener file by Dec. 16 on the projected benefits to the company and costs to be con- sumer of the increase. Alberta Power, serving 000 customers in 364 northern Alberta communities, wants to apply the increase Jan. 1. It proposes to amend its method of paying taxes to allow 96 per cent of the increase to be ul- timately returned to the con- sumer. These rebates, however, would not begin to appear un- til about 16 months alter the rate increase and would de- pend on current federal and Alberta government tax treat- ment of utilities remaining the same. Alberta Power wants to put' the 12.75-per-cent increase on top of rate increases ranging from 15 to 24 per cent which it was granted temporary approval to apply last June. VALIDITY FOUGHT The utility and the interveners are still fighting the validity of the rates Publishers cut back on foreign customers EDMONTON (CP) Hur- tig Publishers will no longer sell publishing rights to foreign controlled book clubs and foreign owned paper- back reprint houses in Canada, Mel Hurtig said Friday. He said in an interview that Edmonton trolleys 4 delayed EDMONTON (CP) An order of 37 trolley buses from Flyer Industries in Winnipeg is five months overdue and the delay is causing the Ed- monton transit system serious problems, the city's public transportation manager said Friday. R. J. Matthews said 37 coaches were supposed to arrive in June but only one has shown up. This has curtailed planned expansion of routes and has forced more money to be spent on reconditioning old equipment The Flyer plant has been closed since October by a strike. Mr. Matthews said the new trolleys are needed to provide more frequent service on trolley routes and for route extension. Motor buses are be- ing used in the interim. "It means we're tying up motor coaches and spending more money reconditioning old equipment when the economics would dictate that we get rid of the equipment." Mr. Matthews said that Flyer is the only source for trolley coaches in North America. "I can hang on for about another year, but if we don't hear anything by the summer, we'll have to swing over to motor coaches completely." foreign book clubs and paper- back distributers hurt the Canadian book trade by flooding the market with foreign publications and ig- noring good Canadian literature. This is particularly damag- ing to the earnings of Cana- dian authors, said Mr. Hurtig, former chairman of the Com- mittee for an Independent Canada, whose company is the largest English language publisher in Canada outside of Toronto. He added that his company would continue to sell publishing rights to foreign companies whose books were distributed outside Canada. Foreign book clubs dominate mail order book sales in Canada, yet less than five per cent.of the books they sell are written and published by Canadians, said Mr. Hur- tig. In contrast, "any examina- tion of the current Canadian best seller lists indicate that in retail stores across Canada 40 to 50 per cent of the books being sold are Canadian books." "Book clubs are flooding the Canadian market with foreign titles and are not paying atten- tion to the demand for good Canadian books that are being purchased elsewhere." Similarly, about 98 per cent of books distributed by foreign owned paperback publishers are non Canadian, said Mr. Hurtig. applied last June and the board Friday adjourned that hearing until Feb. 3. Board staff said the week of April 7 would be open for interveners to begin their case against the rate increase. The board is scheduled to begin preliminary hearings Thursday into a bid by Northwestern Utilities Ltd. to increase natural gas prices in northern Alberta, including Edmonton. The gas utility, an affiliate of Alberta Power, proposes natural gas increases which would cost the average homeowner about per month. A. M. Brownlee, counsel for the Alberta Union of Rural Electrification Associations, said Alberta Power had failed to justify its proposed 12.75- per-cent increase. He added that the time lag in paying the higher rates and receiving the tax refund would cost con- sumers million annually in lost interest rates. B. V. Massie, counsel for Alberta Power, said increased costs and interest rates were getting the utility in trouble. Mr. Massie said the proposed tax change and rate increase were a means of getting more money without refiling new information and starting the rate hearing again. If the board declines to approve the rate increase, the utility will be placed in a serious situation, he said. It will either have to continue borrowing on a short-term basis at high interest rates; or try to sell more stock which earns a higher rate of return than debt capital and will consequently cost the con- sumer more; or get along without additional funds and refuse to serve new customers. Meanwhile, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Associa- tion announced it is seeking a change in public utilities board rate hearings to cut the high costs of hearings. The announcement comes at a time when five Alberta utilities are seeking rate increases and groups like the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association are struggling un- der the high costs of interven- ing in extensive rate hearings. Lower living standard in Canada 'inevitable' QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic 303 5th Street South Metcalf Building PHONE 328-7684 w UPHOLSTERING Prompt Service Reasonable! MODERN and ANTIQUE FURNITURE and AUTOMOBILES 1016 1st Avenue South, Lethbridge PHONE 328-5257 after 5 p.m. WHOLSTERlM Royal Open House Trust REALTOR Sunday, Dec. 8th p.m. 1727 St. Andrews Road Custom built four level split. Beautiful kitchen cabinets, spacious rooms. Ready to move into. Priced right at Hosting Realtor John Pietramala, 329-0352. M.LS. JOHNPIETRAMALA 329-0352 PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Chief Mountain, closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours; Porthill Rykerts 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Times Mountain ROYAL TRUST REAL ESTATE 914 3rd Avenue South 328-7761 'Decide what you want We can help you' CALGARY (CP) The secretary of the Canadian Cat- tlemen's Association said Fri- day Canadians will have to accept a lower standard of liv- ing because of food shortages and rising food prices. Chris Mills told the Calgary Chamber of Commerce that consumers have been able to enjoy "the good life" because of low food prices, but that future food prices will rise substantially. He also said countries with food reservers will "be very fortunate" to avoid global war with countries facing wide- spread famine. Food will outweigh all other issues, including energy, as the main international problem of the next decade, he said. Canada must adopt an in- tegrated food policy which will protect producers 'and domestic consumers while meeting international food responsibilities. However, Canada should not provide food aid to countries unless the country is attempting to a gain self suf- ficiency in food production, he said. Unrestricted food aid to de- veloping countries during the 1960s slowed development of agriculture in those countries. Meanwhile, he said farmers will face more government re- strictions on production and marketing in coming years as governments try to resolve food problems. STAGNANT PRODUCTION Mr. Mills said production levels in Canada have become stagnant and in some sections of the country food production has declined. He also blamed recreation groups for trying to reduce the amount of land available for agriculture. There are also suggestions that Canadians give up meat one day a week to provide feed grain for human use, he said. But on the Indian subcon- tinent there are about 260 mil- lion cattle that are not used for food. "If these cattle were slaughtered and eaten, or sim- ply killed so they would no longer have to be fed, it would do far more for the famine in India and Bangladesh than Canadians giving up meat for one day a week." rr MEALS ON WHEELS AT NOMINAL COST For Further Information Phone 327-7990 Member of Community Social Service Park may cost more EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government has not ruled out the possibility of paying more than the million it originally com- mitted to development of a nine mile river valley park in Edmonton. At a ceremony unveiling a plaque dedicating _ the park, Allan Warrack, 'lands and forests minister, said the province may base its finan- cial contribution in terms of 1974 dollars. 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At; outlet Smart walnut finish 2 Automatic record changer. 4-speed BSR turntable plays up to 6 LP's Precision engineered with tubular tone arm stylus pressure adjuster, flip-over ceramic cartridge Smoked acrylic dust cover, walnut black and silver base 4-5 3 Stereo 8 cartridge tape player. Lighted tract' indicator Trim complementary styling 1 Speaker system. Twin sealed cabinets in walnut-and-fabnc finish Two woofers, two horn-mounted tweeters 6 Modular-system stand. Compact, clean-line design in walnut finish with black trim 7 Stereo headphones. For personal listening pleasure1 Ear pads 5' cord 8 Bonus RCA album1 To start your new collection (or add to your old one1) COMPLETE Ask for Music Package 15 Smith's Coior TV Appliances 236-13th St. N. Phone 328-5541 Closed Mondays, Open Thursday and Friday till 9 ED GERARD CONRAD MIKE SMITH PLETTELL PLETTELL MISKULIN ;