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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY NEAR 20 ABOVE. VOL. LXV - No. 6 LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIOxXS 32 PAGES $500 million oil plant to create 9 �..1'"'% JOYOUS MOMENT - Indian troops are mobbed by joyous Bangia DesH partisans after Iroops entered Dacca following Pakistani surrender. and trustees By JIIVI POLING EDMONTON fCP) - Alberta's 22,000 teachers, and the schiool trustees who employ them, are licking their wounds and rememberijig 1971 as one of the toughest years for conti'act negotiations. Since Api-il. there have been four teacher walkouts which ha,ve left about 150,000 stTjdents without instructors for periods ranging from 50 minutes to three weeks. One of the walkouts has been under way since Nov. 29, keeping 12,000 out of classes in seven rui-al districts in the Calgary area. Teachers across the province, represented by the po^verful Alberta Teachers' Association, blame a new school act and regional bargaining for many of their problems. The new Alberta School Act, approved by the legislature in 1970, made working conditions negotiable items and allowed the boards to band together and negotiate as units for tl:e fu-st time. Lacked preparation The teachers say the school boards interpreted the legislation as meaning trustees could dictate working conditions. Also, they say, the boards did not prepare themselves prioperly for the innovation of regional bargaining. About 10,000 teachers were affected by regional bargaining when 66 school boards formed eight units. Three of the eight. Battle River, North-Central West and Bow Valley, the unit now strike-bound, had walkouts. The fourth strike was against the Calgary public school board which negotiates by itself. C. E. Connors, a teachers' association spokesman, says teachers were prepared for regional negotiations but tlie h-ustees weren't. This is obvious, he says, because only one of the sti-ikes-Bow Valley-had wages as a main issue. The others were over a variety of working conditions. "The abused freedoms that trustees took made teachers wary," says Donna Halstead, ATA information officer. "As a result, they went for consultation clauses." Stumbling block Tlie consultation clause, requiring boai-ds to consult teachers on changes in working conditions, was a Ktiunbling block in many negotiations. Tlie boards claimed the tearher.s were trj'ing to take a large slice of autonomy fi-om tnistees. Mj-s. Halstead says that with all but one group of die 1971 contracts now signed, about 14,000 of the province's teacliers have consultation clauses. Mr. Connors says the intereslmg aspect of regional bargaining is that all eight trustee units rejected conciliation boai-d recommendations. This, he says, would lie more understandable if wages had been the oven-iding issue. But, averaging tJie seltlcments. Alberta teachers received a six-percent wage increase for 1971. Art Broomlwll. a .spokesman for the Al^eila .School Trustees' Association in Edmonton, says the teachei-s resisted regional bargainijig as a matter of policy. Teachers receive theii- guidance from their association, he says, and all the ti-ustees wanted to do was strengthen their own power base. The strikes made the new progressive Conservative Government slightly apprehensive. Earlier in the Bow Valley Walkout, Education Minister Lou Hjmdman announced the government was cut-ling off 60 per cent of granLs to the school boai'ds involved. EDMONTON (CP) - A second oil extraction plant worth $500 million and employing 9,000 could be operating in the Athabasca oil sands asi the result of a decision Thursday by the Alberta Energy Resources Con- . ser\'ation Board. The board Thursday approved an application by Syncrude Canada Ltd. to produce 125,000 barrels of oil daily from an oil sands development 250 miles northeast of Edmonton. Marketing of a furtlier 5,500 barrels daily of residual fuel oil also was approved. F. K. S'pragins, president nf Syncrude. said that if the api proval is ratified by the Alberta government the company could "proceed immediately with final planning and engineering." An exti-action plant now is being operated in the same area, near Fort McMurray, by Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., owned by Sun Oil Co. Ltd. Complete operating and associated facilities including a basic synthetic crude oil production plant, power plant, pipelines and general area improvement would cost the company more than $500 million, Mr. Spragins said. PROVrOES .lOB.S Between .^,000 and 4,000 workers would be employed during the construction phase, cn-pected lo begin in 197.3, and 9,000 .lobs would be created when the plant became fully operational in J976. "The Syncrude plant and administrative and research operations would account for 1,100 direct employees with the re-mainmg employment generated in ancillairy services resulting in an over-all annual payi-oll of about .lilOO million," Mr. Spragins said. He said the board's approval of the production level and removal of the marketing restrictions on Athabasca oil sands production imposed in 1969 had been necessary if the plant was to be constructed. A smaller extraction plant was planned by the company in 1969, he said, but the 80,odo-bar-rel limit set by the govemjnent and a limited sales market made construction economically unfeasible. Woman dies of exposure on sidewalk GRIMS'HAW (CP) - A 35-yeai'-old woman died of exposure on the sidewalk of the main street in this community of 1,800, tlie RCMP reported Tliursday night. The victim was identified as Shirley K i 1 g i k of Grimshaw, 250 miles northwest of Edmonton. The RCMP said she was walking from one friends' home to another Tuesday night in temperatures 20 degrees below zero and drifting snow. She apparently weakened, curled up in a ball and lost consciousness on the sidewalk and was covered with drifting snow and debris blown by the wind, the RCMP said. Her body was discovered in the morning. Police said a pedestrian had passed near her on Tuesday night but had thought her curled-up body was only a pile of debris. Six killed in Bassano collision BASSANO, Alia. (CP1 - Six persons were killed and two seriously in.jured early today in a head-on collision on the TransCanria Highway about 70 miles cast of Calgarj'. One of the two cars involved was from British Columbia and the other was horn Alberta. Names were withheld. nie accident occurred on a straight sl.rptch of hif?,liv.ay but othor del.'iil.s were not .'nail-able. Bank bauclit gets $35,000 HINTON (CP) - An armed bandit escaped with about $35,-oao in cash after holding up tlie Royal Bank of Canada hei'o Tbiu-sday night. ew ation set up]^^' as From AP-REUTER The war between India and Pakistan ended today, with the new nation of Bangia Desh established m East Pakistan. In 14 days of fighting more than 2,000 Indian soldiers had died, at least that many Pakistanis and uncounted civilians. President Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan of Pal?istan accepted India's proposal for a ceasefire on tlie western front "in the interest of peace and stability on the subcontinent." Ya.hya ordered Pakistani forces in West Pakistan lo halt the fighting at 8 p.m.- 9:30 a.m. EST-the time set by India in a unilateral ceasefire. Only 24 hours eai'lier he had vowed to fight "until all occupied areas are taken back." Prime Minister Indira Gandhi announced the ceasefire Thursday after Pakistan's army had surrendered in East Pakistan, 1,000 miles from tlie western front. Official sources in New Delhi said India suffered more than OTTAWA (CP) British Prime Minister Edward Heath arrived here at 12:15 p.m. today for talks with Prime Minister Trudeau that are expected to deal largely with economic matters. The prime mmister's talks in Ottawa, being held as the Group of Ten meets in Washington on realigning world cun-encies, are expected to focus on the international monetary and trade crisis. Trudeau and Heath are to meet over lunch m Ottawa and again ^ith Canadian government leaders in the afternoon. Heath flies on tonight to Bermuda where he will be Nkon's host at a summit conference Monday and Tuesday. Future relations between the United States and Europe's enlarged Common Market are expected to be the key point in the Bermuda talks. 10,000 casualties in the war on both, trtots-2,307 killed, 6,163 wounded, and 2,163 missing. Of these 1,021 were MUed in the east and 1,286 in the West. THINK PAK TOLL HIGHER The Indian defence ministry says Pakistan's losses are much higher than India's-and few doubt this. The future of Yahya Khan's military government is in doubt. He had moved receni'ily to transfer conti-ol to civilians, and this trend will gain impetus under such men as Z u 1 f i k a r AU Bhutto. As deputy prime minister and foreign minister, he says Pakistan should have democratic government soon. STILL SOME FIGHTING There was some fighting still going on iji East Pakistan despite the capitualtion of the East Pakistani army, in a for-m^al sm-render at Dacca Thursday. The commander of India's eastern front said some Pakistani soldiers in outlying areas apparently had not received instructions from their headquarters in Dacca and were still fighting. With preparations to switch the Bangia Desh government operation.s from Calcutta to Dacca under way. the new government announced these otlier moves: -A declai-ation of a 12-mile ten-itorial waters limit. -A declaration that judicial machmery would immediatelj be set up for the trial of "collaborators" mth the Pakistani martial law regime. -An announcement that "friendly countries" had been approached to supply 150,000 tons of rice a month "for some time to come to save the people of Bangia Desh from staiwa-tion." In otlier developments: The Pentagon indicated that a U.S. naval force will rerrrain m the Bay of Bengal until it becomes clear to Washington that the Lidia-Pakiscan war is over and Americans in Pakistan no longer are in danger. An estimated 1,400 Americans are in Pakistan, most of them ui the West well away from the combat area. China announced that she will continue material assistance to Pakistan. Pekmg charged that the war "is precisely a repetition on the south Asian subcontinent of the 1968 Soviet invasion and occupation of Czechoslovakia." on Skfigit project OTTAWA (CP) - Environment Minister Jack Davis said today that there must be more study of possible effects before any additional flooding of the Upper Skagit Valley in British Columhia is permitted. He told the Commons that this position is the main recommendation contained in a report by the International Joint (Commission. Proposals have been made to raise the Ross dam in tlie state of Washington, thus causing more flooding in the B.C. portion of the Skagit Valley. Mr. Davis said the commission found that raising the dam would flood 10 of the 15 miles of the upper reaches of the S'kagit Valley, which compri.sed the best rea-eation area m that part of the province. More than 5,000 acres in Canada would be flooded, or 40 per cent of the best flatland in the valley. The commi.ssion also found that the valley is an "uncommon and non-restorablc area" with important social values. Mr. Davis said the commission did not have time to estimate costs of mitigating the affects of flooding. Mejisurrs for mitigation must lip fully .studied before Ihfi Ro.ss dnin is raised, the commi.h.sinn said. Tliis study should take up to thi"es years. Mr. Davis said Ottawa, Victo- ria and Washington will review the commission report and then discuss again the valley's future. Seen and heard About town r^OMMirrEE for an Inde-psndent Canada representative. Bob Tarleck, commenting on his political party affiliation: "I suppose I'm more independent than anything else" . . . Shclla Wic-key, trying lo get a group of pre - schoolers ready for a concert, commenting: "T fcsl like a head with its chicken cut off" . . . Marlainc Hann building a casket for Ted Swihart's pet fly, Sylvester. over SURRENDER SIGNING - Gen. A. K. Niazi, right, of the Pakistani army, signs surrender document in Dacca, capital of East Pakistan on Thursday. left is It, Gen. Jag-jit Singh Aurora, chief of the Indian east command, who signed for his country. EDMONTON (CP) - TTie Alberta cabinet today imposed compulsory arbitration on a strike by 613 rural school teachers and Labor Minister Bert Hohol said he expects the 12,000 students involved to be back in class no later than Monday. In a news release. Dr. Hohol said teachers and trustees in the Bow Valley School Authorities Association have had enough time to settle their differences. "The students' interests cannot further be jeopardized. We are therefore stepping in." He said the failure to settle the matter at the local level "is most unfortunate." The government action came after an emergency cabinet meeting called after tlie teachers had rejected, for the second time, a contract offer by the ti-uslees. The teachers, who went on strike Nov. 29, took part Tlmrs-day in a vote supervised by the Board of Industrial Relations and 446, or 77 per cent, rejected the offer while 135 approved it. The strike affected elemen-tai7 and secondary schools in the counties of Wheatland and Mountain View, the school divisions of Drumheller and Three Hills and local boards in Banff, Caoimore and Hanna. Education Minister Lou Hyndman told a news conference that he could see no reason why the schools cannot reopen Monday, "if the local jurisdictions can warm up the buses. ..." Mr. Hyndman said it was the first Lime the cabinet had imposed compulsory arbitration in any labor dispute since the new Alberta labor act went into effect m 1970. The cabinet decided to step in because "there has been, at this point, a clear breakdown in relations." He said he, Mr. Hohol and the cabinet's education committee "wi'll be looking at proposals and suggestions regarding legislation or regulations in the school act and the labor act as a result of this." BONN (Renter) - East ajid West Germany formally signed a transit agreement today regulating access to Berlin from the West. It is the fiJ-st major political agreement between the two states since the Second World War and is designed to end a perennial source of international friction in the divided country. The agi-eement, thrashed out in protracted bargainmg over the last 13 months, was signed in the Palais Schaumburg, Chancellor Willy Brandt's official residence, by the two prm-cipal negotiators. State S'ecre-taiT' Egon Bahr, for West Germany, and State Secretary Michael Kohl, for East Germany. It guarantees unimpeded transit for travellers and freight traffic across Communist East German teiTitoi-y between West Germany and isolated, AlUed-held West Berlin. Tlie agreements will not take full effect until the Big Four June iveather in December NEW YORK (AP) - The temperature reached 63 degrees here Thursday setting a record for the date and causing the national weather service to issue an advisoi7 it called "June in December." The previous record for Dec. 16 was 60 degrees in 1891. Normal mid-December tempera-tures here average 36 degrees. powers sign a final protocol. The Soviet Union is expected to witlihold its signature until the West German Bundestag ratifies the Soviet-West Gea-man non-aggression treaty in the spring. After signing the accord, Bahr declai-ed: "The first step has been taken toward living peacefully beside one another." The next step, he said. Is to conclude a general traffic agreement between the two GETman states. Bahr and Kohl exchanged letters in which they agreed that, as of Jan. 1, West Germans no longer will have to pay individual autobahn and visa fees The second provides that, in place of individual fees, the Bonn government wiU pay a yearly lumo sum of $71 million to permit West Germans to use tlie Berlin access routes. 7 forgot your present!' Clip of Milk Fund Keep the Fails again ROME (AP) - Parliament failed to pl'.-ct a president of Italy again Uiclay on the ninth da;, of balloting a.s more elec-toi's abstained tlian voted. Tlioso dollars and dimes are in-unting uji' The Heralds Cup of Milk I'"und is marching toward the $9,000-mark ui its drive to tlie $15,000 objective. Thank you so much. It means so much. Others will help too. Today we heard frorn Mrs. Cherie McKeever of Bellevue. She writes: "Enclosed please find a money order for 'Cup of Milk Fund' as the contribution from tlie two Grade 5 classes of the M. D. McEachern Elementary School in Bellewir. "The cla.s.ses rnmpiled and ."snld Christmas lirripp Books as part of a culmination in their recent cm-rent Events units. "They wanted to show the children of Pakistan that they cared - really cared! I hope this contribution will spur other [>8cple uito caring." Tiiank you Mrs. McKeever fo- writing such an uiteresting letter. The .$15 the Grade 5 classes earned wiU buy a total nf 675 cups of milk for the refugee childrpn of East Ren-ga\. We'i'p proud of you, Idds. Ajid W(> re proud of the long list of clubs, individuals and organizations (see Page 2) that are riglit behind this campaign. We hope to light a candle. We want to light it Clii-istmas Eve. We want to say everyone helped and we did it. The star\'ing children begged for help and we answered. Lsn't that what Clmstmas is all about? WASHINGTON (CP - The finance ministers and central bank governors from the 10 richest Western nations started concerted efforts today to settle world currency values, with Canada's Finance Minister E. J. Benson stressing beforehand that action on ti-ade questions is also essential., Benson told reporters before entering the conference at the Smithsonian Institution that he couldn't indicate whether he thought the Group of Ten could settle theii- monetary differences today or Satui'day at the meeting. "Tliere vidll have to be soma movement on the trade side,'" he said, referring particularly to United States negotiations witli Japan and the Common Market countries over trade barriers to American exports. A group of Canadian officials who held negotiations with their American counterparts Thursday will contini'e the talk.? today, Benson said. Rouiid-tiie-clock watcli ou singer PARIS (Reuter) - Entertainer Maurice Chevalier is under round-the clock watch by � special camera and a battery of electronic equipment as he lies seriously ill in a Paris hospital with kidney trouble. An artificial kidney machine also is at hand for emergency use. SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS ;