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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbrtdge Herald LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1974 15 Cents City boosts '75 borrowing to million SKUNK COMES CLEAN ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) A pet skunk that liv- ed with Nellie Mustard disappeared last week during a small fire in her basement. But last weekend, Mrs. Mustard loaded her automatic washer in the basement, started it and went upstairs. A few minutes later she heard squealing and thump- ing sounds, rushed downstairs and found the pet skunk in the machine, soaking wet, but apparently un- harmed. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A capital budget projecting record borrowings by the city in 1975 of a whopping million was approved by city council Monday. Approval came after inclu- sion of that will have to be borrowed to get servicing of the new industrial park area under way. It provoked yet another debate on industrial growth, and claims by some aldermen that the provincial govern- ment didn't follow through on verbal promises made this summer to help the city finance its industrial park ex- pansion. The city asked the province to land bank the industrial ex- pansion much as was done in West Lethbridge, with the city paying back the province as it sold land to industries. Instead the government removed the ceiling on the amount of money municipalities can borrow through the government's Alberta Municipal Finance Corporation and stabilized the interest rate at eight per cent. "All that happened is they allowed us to borrow enough money to break said. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff. "I'm a shade upset with the province on this one, although they've been more than generous with us in other Aid. Hembroff said. 'Nothing to worry He told council Premiei Lougheed and Deputy Premier Hugh Homer told him during visits to the city this summer that the city's re- quest was being looked on favorably and Lethbridge had nothing to worry about. Aid. Cam Barnes and Aid. Tony Tobin said the city should send a delegation to Edmonton to renegotiate the city's industrial park expan- sion, but City Manager Allister Findlay said it wouldn't accomplish much since the government can argue it did make the money available and at a stable interest rate. The chief difference between the methods of financing is that as things stand now, the city has to pay back the loan whether or not it is able to sell land in the in- dustrial park. If the city can't sell the land, the cost of developing the industrial park will come out of the taxpayers' pockets, to the tune of about annually, beginning when the first payment is made on the debenture loan in 1976. Mr. Findlay said following the council meeting, he doesn't think it is much of a gamble, because the city should easily be able to recover its costs through land sales to industry. Aid. Tony Tobin, however, worried that the city cculd be forced into the position of accepting undesireable in- dustries just to sell land to meet its loan commitments. Ottawa policies may force oil price hike Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Alberta may boost oil prices to obtain funds to bolster its flagging petroleum industry, provincial treasurer Gordon Miniely said yesterday. In a bitter attack on federal resource taxing policies Miniely declared "you have left Alberta with no choice but to bolster the industry." However, noting that Self-SUfficiency in oil IS a A m t m r national policy supported TRANSIT TAX ON by all the Canadian people, Miniely .said "all Canadians should help pay CANADA OIL SOUGHT The Alberta statement and WASHJNGTON (CP) _ Congressional anger with Canada's equally tougn one oy oil.export jncreased today when a southern Democrat in- troduced a bill in the House of Representatives, demanding that the United States impose a tax on Canadian oii that crosses U.S. soil. If the bill became law, President Ford would be required to impose a transit tax on the Canadian oil which would exactly offset the amount of Canadian tax that U.S. customers pay on oil they import from Canada. The measure was introduced by Representative Dawson Mathis, a 34-year-old former television ne 'caster from Georgia. "We are not going to let this die." Holland said in an inter- view. "We want this (Ford) administration to know that there are members of Congress who are concerned. "The United States is not going to be the punchmg-boy for every country in the world." Two aldermen opposed Official greeter Prime Minister Amir Abbas Hoveyda of Iran shakes hands with two-year-old Justin Trudeau, son of Prime Minister and Mrs. Trudeau. The Iranian prime minister, in Canada for an official six-day visit, attended a dinner at the Trudeau residence Monday night. He and Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson were the only aldermen to vote againsj: putting the amount into the 1975 capital budget. But Aid. Bill Kergan called such talk a "lot of presump- tions" and said the city has a lot of land and can be choosy about what part of the in- dustrial park it puts industries in. Aid. Hembroff said council will have another chance to review the situation when the actuall borrowing bylaw for the comes before council. Mr. Findlay said the bylaw won't likely be ready before March. There was no debate on two other major items in the 1975 capital budget borrowings of for the Sportsplox and of for the 6th Avenue S. bridge. Commitments were made in 1973 for both borrowings when the projects were initially approved. Total cost of the Sportsplex has reached with all of it but in federal and provincial Winter Games grants coming from city coffers. The 6th Avenue bridge cost is with the city's share, Inspectors seek cause of Wilson school fire Lethbridge fire inspectors today are probing the charred ruins of the south wing of Wilson Junior High School in an effort to find the cause of Monday morning's fire. The blaze, reported at a.m., ripped through the .Grade 7 wing of the school, destroying classrooms and Glass worker strike halts Lethbridge Centre work The Lethbridge Centre construction site was closed this morning as picket lines were set up by Local 1725 of the Glaziers and Glassworkers Union. Walter Moroz, manager of Canadian Pittsburgh In- dustries Ltd., said he did not know how many construction sites were affected. The com- pany is involved in several projects in Southern Alberta, he said. Nine of the company's Lethbridge employees are un- ion members he said. It is one of two unionized glass com- panies in Lethbridge. Mr. Moroz said negotiations are still going on, so he could not comment on strike issues. Ray Abbey, business representative for Local 1725, said the union had no com- ment at this time. Al Troppmann, Poole Construction Ltd.'s job spon- sor on the Lethbridge Centre project, said other unions respected the picket lines, so no work was going on. About 200 workmen are affected, he said. Poole is not directly in- Inside 52 Pages Classified..........24-27 Comirs...............22 Markets..............23 Sports.............12-15 Theatres...............7 TV....................6 Weather...............3 LOW TONIGHT tt; HIGH WED. 45; GUSTY WINDS. volved, he said. "They might settle today and it won't do anything or they might settle in a month and it will really destroy he said when asked about the strike's effect on construction progress. PLO office bombed BEIRUT (AP) Foreigners using timing devices fired rockets from atop four parked cars today at offices of the Palestine Liberation Orgnization causing extensive damage and two casualties, officials reported. Lebanese Premier Rashid Solh said the cars were rented from a Beirut agency by four non Arab foreigners. The police and the PLO, the umbrella organization for the Palestinian guerrilla movement, blamed the attack on Israeli agents. But other sources speculated that they were the work of radical Palestinians opposed to the PLO and its leaders, Yasser Arafat. In Tel Aviv, the Israeli military command denied it was behind the attacks but the government declined com- ment. equipment and gutted the cor- ridor leading to the north wing of the school before firefighters stopped the flames. Fire inspector Doug Kometz said "nothing has been found yet to alter the suspicious nature of the fire. We are still looking at the possibility of arson." He said an investigator from the fire commissioner's office in Calgary is assisting in the investigation. Mr. Kometz said sections of the south wing roof, which collapsed during the blaze, are hindering the investiga- tion but should be removed today. Crossland and Peacock Ad- justers, said it will take some time to calculate the damage. School authorities said the loss might reach Manager J. M. Arnold, said a considerable amount of equipment was destroyed, along with damage to the building itself. "It will be a large Mr. Arnold said. Besides the investigations being conducted at the school, workers are also cleaning up the debris left by the blaze and public school board officials are uncertain when the 720 students of the school will be back in classes. "We are still-hoping to re open the school a school board spokesman said. Ex-governor admits illegal contributions WASHINGTON (AP) Former governor Tim Bab- cock of Montana pleaded guil- ty today to helping oil millionaire Armand Hammer make illegal political contributions totalling to the 1972 Nixon re-election campaign Babcock, now a businessman in Helena, Mont., pleaded guilty to mak- ing the contributions in the names of himself and others when the money actually came from Hammer. an equally tough one Saskatchewan finance minister Wes Robbins, set the tone for the continuing federal-provincial conference of finance ministers today. Only Nova Scotia supports the federal policy of not allow- ing resource companies to deduct royalty payments as an expense item when calculating federal taxes The three westernmost provinces are the most in- by the federal move. British Columbia premier David Barrett, who is also finance minister, was scheduled to lead off the con- tinuing confrontation today Both Quebec finance minister Raymond Garbeau and Ontario treasurer John White indicated they would look for compromises that might solve the issue. There was no compromising in Miniely's position yester- day, however, except for the assurance that Alberta will offer some kind of financial assistance to the smaller ex- ploration companies operating in the province Why should Alberta make the major contribution to find new reserves lo supply other parts of Canada when those reserves will not add significantly to Alberta's wealth? Miniely asked "We are being asked to sub- out of our heritage, both current consumption of crude oil by Canadians and the exploration to find new reserves to meet future re- quirements of he added. Mmiely said Alberta rejects arguments made by Prime Minister Trudeau that Canadians are recouping con- tributions made to the development of the Canadian oil and gas industry through tax incentives. "Canadians are recouping their contributions in a very dramatic Miniely said. "Canada is, at present, self- sufficient the only in- dustrialized country that is and on top of that Canadians are shielded from inter- national price levels." Mayor to retire at end of term Seen and heard About town City Poundkeeper Glen Anderson telling the Lethbridge and District Kennel Club: "I seldom get invited anywhere" Deputy Fire Chief Jim McKenna smoking the wrong end of a cigarette at the Wilson Junior High School blaze Monday. Mayor Andy Anderson says he will retire at the end of his present term in office. Mayor Anderson, 65, reveal- ed his retirement plans today after city council voted him a salary increase to a year. "I'm quite sure this will be my last term. There comes a time when a person should retire from this position." Mr. Anderson was first elected mayor in 1968 and would step down in 1977 if his present plans hold The mayor said his position has become "more than a full- time job" and council feels his successor should start at a de- cent salary. Mr. Anderson chopped his predecessor's salary in half when he first took office. His present salary is made up of a annual stipend and expenses. The new salary, effective Jan. 1, will be and in expenses, an increase of It will put the mayor's salary at the same level as that of an MLA in the Alberta legislature. Aldermen Monday also voted themselves pay increases after a closed meeting discussion. Aldermen will receive 000 a year, made up of a stipend and in expenses. That is an increase of over their present pay of They now receive 600 plus in expenses. The deputy mayor's salary will be increased to but the expenses cut by to 000 so the total salary stays the same at a year. Aldermen will receive higher daily expenses when conducting city business. Overnight stays will now bring a daily reimburse- ment compared with But trips not requiring overnight stays will be reimbursed at the rate of only City council also approved an average 12 to 14 per cent salary increase for ad- ministrative staff at city hall About 60 people are affected The city manager will now receive compared with senior directors will receive compared with and the director of business development 000 a year compared with First elected to council as an alderman in 1964, Mayor Anderson has toted up an im- pressive list of contributions to the civic and business scene in the city. Jobless rate up OTTAWA (CP) Unemployment rose once more in November, primarily because of a drop in full-time employment of women, Statistics Canada reported today. The November rate was 5.5 per cent. The figure is ad- justed to discount for seasonal employment factors and com- pares with 5.4 per cent for Oc- tober. The highest unemploy- ment rate for the year to date was recorded in September, when 5.8 per cent of the labor force was jobless. The higher unemployment last month was almost entire- ly among women. The rate for women over 25 increased to 3.2 per cent from three per cent and for women younger than 25 the rate went to 8.7 per cent from eight per cent in Oc- tober. turn your back on Bangladesh Please accept our warmest thanks for your kindness to the Lethbridge Herald's Cup of Milk Fund. Thank you. Sacred Heart Parish of Raymond for show- ing an understanding heart. The little children of Bangladesh are suffering. You have answered their pleas for food. Let every man be fully per- suaded in his own mind of this great need. We can't turn our backs on these poor babes. They need milk. Your goal is to match last year's actual gift of milk. Help us to send more Otis year. Thank you so much, dear people who sent a gift in memory of Mrs. S. Spencer. Thanks, Kinniburgli Women's Institute of Taber. Thank you, Chad and Michelle Croissant of Lethbridge. Heaps of Christmas wishes to all our loyal Cup of Milk Fund supporters. We wish you happiness without limit. Thank you so much, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Thompson of Bow Island. Thank you, Rosalind and Byron Leavitt of Coalhurst. Thank you, Senior Citizen. Let's work together to help these children of Bangladesh. It could be worse for us that is. For them, well, they can't have it any worse. Con- sider the man who drives the truck that picks up the dead bodies in the streets of Dacca. Five men three women and four children. Twelve more victims ot starvation and disease that have killed up to people in Bangladesh in the last five months Hundreds of thousands of destitute, starving Bengalis, arms thin as rakes, faces old beyond their years, have trekked to this already overcrowded city, forced from their farms and villages by flood and famine up- country. The "children. They have seen nothing at all of life ex- cept starvation. Don't let it worry and upset you. We haven't heard the whole story. Don't rage back at life. Join hands with the Unitarian Ser- vice Committee and Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova. Together we can do it. Lift us up. Help us help them. Write Cup of Milk Lethbridge Herald. Fund, See list of contributors Page 2. on ;