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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY NEAR 20 ABOVE. LetUbridge Herald ic ic * -A" * VOL. LXV - No. 6 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 32 PAGES $500 million oil plant to create 9,000 jobs JOYOUS MOMENT - �n troops are mobbed by joyous Bangla Desh partisans after troops entered Dacca following Pakistani surrender. Tough year for teachers and trustees By JIM POLING EDMONTON (CP) - Alberta's 22,000 teachers, and the schiool trustees who employ them, are licking their wounds and remembering 1971 as one of the toughest years Tor contract negotiations. Since April, there have been four teacher walkouts which have left about 150,000 students without instructors for periods ranging friom 50 minutes to three weeks. One of the walkouts has been under way since Nov. 29, keeping 12,000 out of classes in seven rural districts in the Calgary area. Teachers across the province, represented by the powerful 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 the first 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 properly 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 the trustees weren't. This is obvious, he says, because only one of the strikes-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 The consultation clause, requiring boards to consult teachers on changes in working conditions, was a stumbling block in many negotiations. The boards claimed the teachers were trying to take a large slice of autonomy from trustees. Mrs. Halstead says that with all but one group of the 1971 contracts now signed, about 14,000 of the province's teachers have consultation clauses. Mr. Connors says the interesting aspect of regional bargaining is that all eight trustee units rejected conciliation board recommendations. This, he says, would be more understandable if wages had been the overriding issue. But, averaging the settlements, Alberta teachers received a six-percent wage increase for 1971. Art Bvoomhia.il, a spokesman for the Alberts School Trustees' Association in Edmonton, says the teachers resisted regional bargaining as a matter of policy. Teachers receive their guidance from their association, he says, and all the trustees wanted fo 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 Hyndman announced the government was cut-ling off 60 per cent of grants to the school boards 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- . servation 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 further 5,500 barrels daily of residual fuel oil also was approved. F. K. S'pragins, president of Syncrude, said that if the ap< proval is ratified by the Alberta government the company could "proceed immediately with final planning and engineering." An extraction 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. PROVIDES .JOBS Between 3,000 and 4,000 workers would be employed during the construction phase, expected lo begin in 1973, and 9,000 jobs would be created when the plant became fully operational in 1976. "The Syncrude plant and administrative and vesearch operations would account for 1,100 direct employees with the remaining employment generated in ancillary services resulting in an over-all annual payroll of about $100 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 80,000-bar-rel limit set by the government and a limited sales market made construction economically unfeasible. Woman dies of exposure on sidewalk GRIMS'HAW (CP) - A 35-year-old woman died of exposure on the sidewalk of the main street in this community of 1,800, the RCMP reported Thursday 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. (CP) - Six persons were killed and two seriously injured early today in a head-on collision on the TransCanda Highway about 70 miles east of Calgary. One of the two cars involved was from British Columbia and the other was from Alberta. Names were withheld. The accident occurred on a straight stretch of highway but olhcr details were not available. Bank bandit gets $35,000 HINTON (CP) - An armed bandit escaped with about $35,-000 in cash after holding up the Royal Bank of Canada here Thursday night. New nation set upjt�er as Indo-Pak war en over From AP-REUTER The war between India and Pakistan ended today, with the new nation of Bangla Desh established in 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 Pakistan accepted India's proposal for a ceasefire on the western front "in the interest of peace and stability on the subcontinent." Yahya ordered Pakistani forces in West Pakistan to halt the fighting at 8 p.m.- 9:30 a.m. EST-the time set by India in a unilateral ceasefire. Only 24 hours earlier 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 the 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 minister's talks in Ottawa, being held as the Group of Ten meets in Washington on realigning world currencies, are expected to focus on the international monetary and trade crisis. Trudeau and Heath are to meet over lunch in Ottawa and again with Canadian government leaders in the afternoon. Heath flies on tonight to Bermuda where he will be Nixon'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, fronts-2,307 killed, 6,163 wounded, and 2,163 missing. Of these 1,021 were killed 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 recently to transfer control to civilians, and this trend will gain impetus under such men as Z u 1 f i k a r Ali 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 in East Pakistan despite the capitualtion of the East Pakistani army, in a formal surrender 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 fighl ing. With preparations to switch the Bangla Desh government operations from Calcutta to Dacca under way, the new government announced these other moves: -A declaration of a 12-mile territorial waters limit. -A declaration that judicial machinery would immediately be set up for the trial of "collaborators" with 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 Bangla Desh from starvation." In other developments: The Pentagon indicated that a U.S. naval force will remain in 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 in the West well away from the combat area. China announced that she will continue material assistance to Pakistan. Peking charged that the war "is precisely a repetition on the south Asian subcontinent of the 1968 Soviet invasion and occupation of Czechoslovakia." More study needed on Skagit 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 Columbia 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 the 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 comprised the best recreation area in 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 commission also found that the valley is an "uncommon and non-reslorable area" with important social values. Mr. Davis said the commission did not have time to estimate costs of mitigating the affects of flooding. Measures for mitigation must he fully studied lirfore the Ross riam is raised, the commission said. This study should take up to three 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 COMMITTEE for an Inde-psndent Canada representative, Bob Tarlcck, commenting on his political party affiliation: "I suppose I'm more independent than anything else" . . . Slielia Wic-key, trying to get a group of pre - schoolers ready for a concert, commenting: "I feel like a head with its chicken cut off . . . Marlaine Hann building a casket for Ted Swihart's pet fly, Sylvester. HHHNI SURRENDER SIGNING - Gen. A. K. Niazi, right, of the Pakistani army, signs surrender document in Dacca, capital of East Pakistan on Thursday. Left is Lt. Gen. Jag-jit Singh Aurora, chief of the Indian east command, who signed for his country. Germans ove step closer EDMONTON (CP) - The 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 the teachers had rejected, for the sec-end time, a contract offer by the trustees. The teachers, who went on strike Nov. 29, took part Thursday 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 elementary and secondary schools in the counties of Wheatland and Mountain View, the school divisions of Drumheller and Three Hills and local boards in Banff, Canimore 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 time the cabinet had imposed compulsory arbitration in any labor dispute since the new Alberta labor act went into effect in 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 "will be looking at proposals and suggestions regarding legislation or regulations in the school act and the labor act as a result of this." BONN (Reuter) - East and West Germany formally signed a transit agreement today regulating access to Berlin from the West. It is the first 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 agreement, thrashed out in protracted bargaining over the last 13 months, was signed in the Palais Schaumburg, Chancellor Willy Brandt's official residence, by the two principal negotiators, State Secretary 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 territory between West Germany and isolated, Allied-held West Berlin. The agreements will not take full effect until the Big Four June weather in December NEW YORK (API - The temperature reached 63 degrees here Thursday setting a record for Uie date and causing the national weather service to issue an advisory it called "June in December." The previous record for Dec. 16 was 60 degrees in 1391. Normal mid-December temperatures here average 36 degrees. powers sign a final protocol. The Soviet Union is expected to withhold its signature until the West German Bundestag ratifies the Soviet-West German non-aggression treaty in the spring. After signing the accord, Bahr declared: "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 German 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 will pay a yearly lunvo sum of $71 million to permit West Germans to use the Berlin access routes. 7 forgot your present!' Cup of Milk Fund Keep the money coming Fails again ROME (AP) - Parliament failed to elect a president of Italy again today on the ninth da;, of balloting as more electors abstained than voted. Those dollars and dimes are mounting up! The Herald's Cup of Milk Fund is marching toward the $9,000-mark in its drive to the $15,000 objective. Thank you so much. It means so much. Others will help too. Today we heard from Mrs. Cherie McKeever of Bellevue. She writes: "Enclosed please find a money order for 'Cup of Milk Fund' as the contribution from tiie two Grade 5 classes of the M. D. McEachern Elementary School in Bellevue. "The classes compiled awl sold Christmas Recipe. Books as part of a culmination in their recent current Events units. "They wanted to show the children of Pakistan that they cared - really cared! I hope this contribution will spur other people into caring." Thank you Airs. McKeever fo- writing such an interesting letter. The $15 the Grade 5 classes earned will buy a total of 675 cups of milk for the refugee children of East Bengal. We're proud of you, kids. AjkI wn're proud of the long list of clubs, individuals and organization? (see Page 2) that are right behind this campaign. We hepe to light a candle. We want to light it Christmas Eve. We want to say everyone helped and we did it. The starving children bagged for help and we answered. Isn't that what Christmas is all about? crisis 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 trade 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 their monetary differences today or Saturday at the meeting. "There will have to be some movement on the trade side," he said, referring particularly to United States negotiations with 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 continue the talks today, Benson said. Round-the-clock itch on 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 hos< pital with kidney trouble. An artificial kidney machine also is at hand for emergency use. SHOPPING DAYS TO CHRISTMAS \ ;