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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - December 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta The lethbridge Herald THIRD SECTION Lethbridge, Alborta, Friday, December 17, 1971 PAGES 25 TO 32 Dale Trottier-rodeo star and trapper His loves are his jobs By GARRY ALLISON Herald Staff I i i i 4 m m m COLD, WHAT COLD? - It may be warmer than a mini, but the maxi-coat can pose problems in winter. Rose Marie Villecourt of Edmonton finds this but as she hikes up her coat to get over a snowbank. 22-years in operation Govt, replaces tax appeal board By GERARD McNEIL OTTAWA (CP) - The tax appeal board, which once decided that VD shots and protection payoffs by a Vancouver madam were not legitimate tax deductions, was replaced yesterday by the new tax review board. The change ends 22 years of historic, sometimes hilarious, written judgments on the problems of nearly 12,000 taxpayers, ranging from big corporations to race-track touts. The board's six members, three of whom now are in their 70s, tended to be gentle with the taxpayer, tough with the tax collector. Their decisions-more than 10,000-often affected thousands of other taxpayers. The board recently decided, for instance, that feed lots in which cattle are fattened are legitimate farms, a judgment that saved feed-lot farmers a good deal in taxes. As the end came this week, one member was in (Edmonton listening to renowned animal lover Al Oeming's contention that his game farm near Edmonton is a farm, not a zoo as the revenue department says. Mr. Oeming at one point wanted to bring a cheetah before member J. O. Weldon as an exhibit. FALL BEHIND The board, established in 1949 as an inexpensive tax court, was required by law to write judgments. And the problem in recent years bad been that it can't keep up with mounting appeals. One member does well to write 45 judgments a year and this year alone 1,300 appeals are expected. The backlog, says Registrar P. H. McOann, is 1,400 to 1,600 cases. Members expect a deluge-one says "a nightmare"- when tax changes now before Parliament become law. Meanwhile, three members are retiring: Chairman R. 8. W. Fordham, 74, Maurice Boisvert, 74, and W. O. Davis, also over 70. Insurance rates deadline set EDMONTON (CP) - Insurance companies have until Jan. 1 to file the rates they propose to charge for compulsory automobile insurance which comes into effect in Alberta April 1, 1972, Attorney-General Merv Leitch announced today. The rates must be filed with the Alberta Automobile Insurance Board, set up at the last session of the legislature to ensure that Alberta residents will be able to buy insurance at reasonable rates. Appointments to the three-man board were also announced by Mr. Leitch. The chairman is D. O. Sabey of Calgary, a lawyer and vice-president of the Calgary Bar Association. The other members are A. Bruce Mitchell of Edmonton, a chartered accoun- Galway of an insurance tant, and P. G Grande Prairie, agent and a former president of the Insurance Agents of Alberta. SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS FROM LEISTERS � it Records make the perfect gift it Gift Certificates - Any value it Guitars - Good selection and prices it Drum Sets and accessories - Raven and Premier it Cassettes, Blank Tapes and Carrying Boxes it Stock up on Flashlights, Batteries, etc. it Stocking Stuffers - Kazoos, Huma-zoos, Jaw Harps, Slide Whistles, etc. it Harmonicas - Hohner brand Drop in and browse through our excellent stock of music, records, musical instruments and accessories. LEISTER'S MUSIC LTD. PARAMOUNT THEATRE BLDG. 100 rabid animals destroyed AURORA, Ont. (CP) - More than 100 rabid animals have been destroyed in this community 25 miles north of Metropolitan Toronto within the last two months, a Humane Society official says. Alexandra Parry, director of the York Region Humane Society, said the society has been trying for a month to get the federal agriculture department to set up an animal clinic in the community. "I realize the wheels of government run slowly, but this community has an urgent problem." Four persons have been attacked by rabid animals in the last week. Only one, a 14-year-old boy, has been infected. He is undergoing 14 days of stomach vaccinations. Mrs. Parry said foxes, skunks and muskrats have been roaming through the streets of town. Women agents WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Secret Service has its first female special agents. Five women, all college graduates in their 20s, were sworn in Wednesday and joined the 1,111 men who protect the president, vice-president and their immediate families and guard the dollar agrdnst counterfeiters. SIX MINERS DIE HERTEN (AP) - Six West German coal miners died Tuesday in a cave-in 3,100 feet down in the Ewald mine. Four miners remained trapped. Their condition was not known. The tenures of the other three-Mr. Weldon, Roland St. Onge, and A. J. Frost-expire next year. The new chairman, appointed by Justice Minister John Turner, is a 47-year-old Ontario county and district court judge, Keith Allan Flan-igan of Ottawa. Judge Flani-gan, who belongs to the Canadian Tax Foundation, will eventually have a seven-member board. PAY LEGAL COSTS Where the revenue department appeals a board decision under the new law, passed by Parliament last year, the government will pay the taxpayer's legal costs when the amount of tax involved does not exceed $2,500. The new board won't have to make written judgments. Responsibility for the new board is shifted from the revenue department to the justice department to "strengthen the independence of the tribunal," Mr. Turner says. "Having a board composed of members appointed for a limited term, and reporting to the minister of national revenue, who happens to be one of the two parties to every suit, has given some people the idea that the board is not as impartial as it should be." Recalled Mr. McCann of the late Stanley Fisher, a board member who had been with the revenue department collecting taxes for years before his appointment: "He always sided with the appellant (the taxpayer). He could be very caustic with the minister." PROMPT DECISIONS The new members will hold office until they are 70 and will be expected to make decisions "as informally and expeditiously ... as fairness will permit," Mr. Turner says. "I think they're hoping we can give judgments from the bench with a few well-turned phrases," a member said wanly on the eve of the board's end. "We always figured that unless we gave pretty convincing reasons, we didn't do much for the t a x p a y e r," added the member, who like the others often toils several weeks over a judgment. "If we can explain why he has been legally taxed, he feels better about it. We feel we served a useful purpose by explaining why," he said. And, as often as not, an appellant won his case, buoyed by lines such as: ".....a taxpayer should not be criticized if he does not arrange his affairs so as to enable the Crown to put its largest shovel into his stores." In a world of men who fall into line - men who tfork with the crowd, play with the crowd -Alan Dale Trottier is an individual. He is his own man. His loves are also his jobs. Dale "Trapper" Trottier loves rodeo and he loves trapping. Both are vocations followed only by the hardiest of men- both are pursuits of individuals. At age 27, Dale has been ro-deoing professionally since 1966. In that short length of time he lias captured three Canadian bareback bronc riding championships (1969-71) and has qualified ."or the world series of rodeo, the National Finals, on two different occasions. His 150 pounds are moulded solidly cn his 5 feet 10 inch frame, and he approaches the rugged sport of rodeo with a matter - of - fact attitude. "If you're afraid, you'd never try it," Dale says of bareback bronc riding. "You get nervous - pumped up - but not scared. You've got to get into the right frame of mind about the horse, everything else has to be put out of your mind." He paces back and forth behind the chutes prior to each ride talking himself into a winning frame of mind. He puts everything behind him in tense anticipation of the eight second ride coming up. His rigging, a suitcase - type handle cinched tightly to the horse just back of the shoulders, is as individual as he is. "It's modified to my liking. It must fit me perfectly. Anyone else's rigging would be foreign to me, difficult to use. My equipment has to be my own." Once astride the animal and secure in the rigging, Dale tugs his battered, feather-bedecked hat down, settling it squarely over his ears, grits his teeth and nods his head. The chute gate swings open and an eight second flurry of chaps, hoofs, spurs and dust bounds across the arena dirt. Then the horn sounds - the ride is over. That's what it's all about. There are no second chances, no payoff for a poor ride. serious and business - like when he talks of his sport, is his apparent deep feeling for the plight of others. He has come to know a few of the greats of the business and the state of one ex - champion of the world shakes him. "He used to drive Cadillacs when he was on top. He was everyone's friend and everyone was his friend. Money seemed to go out as fast as it came in. Today he has nothing. He's still rodeoing, still winning a lot, but it hurts to see a top - hand working with the stock prior to each rodeo in order to pick up some cash." Dale comes by his nickname "Trapper" honestly. He has a registered trap-line. It's a 45 square mile area of rugged timberland, unpopulated and unpolluted, in Northern Alberta. "It's still in the wilds. There are more beaver on it than I can handle," he says. There are two lakes on the acreage, which lies between the Simonette and Laterell Rivers near the large metropolis of Debolt (50 people). Dale will trap only certain sections of his line each year and in one month in the spring can bring out $l,700-$l,800 worth of hides. "Trapper" uses pack and saddle horses to work the line at times, and can work up to 10 to 15 miles in a day. GREAT MOMENTS There are many great moments, moments of glory and pride. But there are also times like the one at Brooks, whan a tese called Frenchie owned by the Kesler Rodeo Co., comes out best - when the planning and acquired knowledge go awry, and Dale ends up hurtling through the air, to land solidly on hands and knees, winded and jarred to the core. Injuries are part of the sport but Dale says he's been "pretty lucky." He has suffered a broken arm and leg but he adds "they happened early in my career while I was still learn ing. Fewer injuries come with experience." And in the iron-man tradition of the sport. Dale rides even if he is hurting from a shaking up the day before. "You always seem to be bruised and banged up a little." All seems to be worthwhile however - the pains, the heartache, the countless miles of travel - when a great ride has been turned in. Such a ridfi for Dale was a match contest at the Calgary rodeo school against the man he considers to be the best bareback rider in Canada today, Malcolm Jones. Jones was to ride Cindy Rocket and Dale was to be aboard Necklace. Both horses had been tried and proven over the years at many rodeos throughout North America . "I've had Necklace seven times," Dale said. "I rode her four of the seven, for first place money each time. With a great horse like her you can even "business man" her and score well. If you ride her wild, trying to impress the judges, you can earn a winning mark -or get tossed." Dale rode Necklace at Calgary. He rode her in one of the wildest and best rides ever seen in the world - famous cow town. It was champion against champion and this time it was Dale's turn to come out best, "It was the best ride I've ever made," Dale said. "After all week at the school I didn't want to get thrown, I wanted to prove myself. In a way I felt I reached a goal." As for reaching other goals Dale hasn't really made up his mind in regards to the future, He says he'll have to play it by ear. He will, however, stay in rodeo as long as he is healthy. "If I'm not fit and unable to do my best, I'll give it up." Another side of Dale, who is DALE TROTTIER-Two different worlds. He works the line from early morning until just after noon, then its back to the base camp where he spends the rest of the day, drying, skinning and stretching hides. "It's a hard life, it's not as easy as people think. It's not year round work either, with the spring catch being the best," Dale said. Selling the hides can be an involved procedure. "If you're in a hurry you can listen for, or figure out, who is giving the best price and you take your furs to him. Or you can go into the big fur auction in Edmonton and take your chances." "I started trapping because I liked it and a lot of people around home were doing it. I've done other things besides trapping, like ranching and working on oil rigs, but I like rodeo and trapping the best." Trottier (its French, but Dale says everyone pronounces it Trotter) also enjoys big game hunting, especially bear. He shoots elk and moose and other animals as well. Dale worked hard over a month on his trap line in order to make $1,700, but in one week at the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days he pocketed over $2,000 rodeoing. "Rodeo is a great sport. I'd like to give the people in my home - area and others unfamiliar with the sport a chance to get a better look at it. I'd like to show them something about it, I know they'd like it," Dale said. Rodeo is the life for an individual. It's rugged, happy at times, tough. Dale Trottier fits into this life. Its made for him -he is an individual. SPORISlffl FRIDAY DEC. 17-9 P.M. Brought toyou by Canadian Acceptance Watch the Canadian SportsTest on CBC-TVand circle a, b, or c-or true or false-to answer each question. 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