Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
8 THE LETHBHIDGE HERALD Tuesday, December 31, 1974 Tighter procedure sought says Lang OTTAWA (CP) Justice Minister Otto Lang says he will seek tighter oail procedures to ensure that dangerous criminals or likely repeaters are kept locked up while awaiting trial. In a statement which has been approved by the minister but not yet circulated, Mr. Lang says he will propose amendments to 1972 bail reform legislation placing greater emphasis on the need to deny bail to persons who are likely to commit a crime if allowed to go free before trial The statement does not spell out the proposed changes, to be introduced soon alter Parliament returns Jan. 22 from a Christmas recess, though Mr. Lang says judges would continue to exercise discretion on bail applications. The changes would tighten bail procedures to help avoid repetition of the few "regret- table errors" which resulted in offences being committed by persons on bail, he says. Mr Lang says many persons have expressed concern about present bail procedures par- ticularly as they affect suspected drug offenders. Police chiefs and others have criticized the bail reform measures as too liberal They say relatively easy bail procedures have led to repeated offences and dis- appearances of suspects while on bail. Mr. Lang says the govern- ment will avoid a return to the pre-1972 conditions when bail was often available only to those who could afford to put up big sums of money. Atnin wants independent Scotland LONDON (Reuter) Ugan- dan President Idi Amin, who previously has issued sugges- tions on various world prob- lems, Monday advocated inde- pendence of Scotland from England Radio Uganda said in a broadcast monitored here that President Amin sent a message to this effect to UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, chairman Mao Tse-tung of China and Soviet Communist party leader Leonid Brezhnev. Copies were forwarded to Queen Elizabeth, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Opposition Leader Edward Heath. her scream brought help DETROIT (AP) Grace McLaughlin got more than she bargain- ed for when she shouted for help after someone snatched her purse. The Great Chase that followed involved about 100 people and a car that crashed into an apart- ment building. It all started when someone grabbed Mrs. McLaughlin's purse Sunday. Mrs. McLaughlin, 65, screamed and blew a whistle she carries. Several people in the East Side area called police. "I saw the man take off and the woman runn- ing down the street after said a motorist. Michael Higgins, 26 "I knew what had happened, and I had to try to stop him." When the man darted between houses, Higgins lost control of his car and it hit an apartment building. That roused more people, who joined the chase. "It was said a pedestrian who joined the chase. New bill will focus attention on importance of Supreme Court OTTAWA (CP) Born in controversy in March, 1875, and first housed in a disused stable, the Supreme Court of Canada on New Year's Day enters its centennial year armed with new powers to pick and choose the appeals it will hear. Until now, the nine-man court often was shackled by a heavy docket of unimportant civil appeals it had to hear because of a rule that any civil case involving or more was entitled to an automatic high court hearing. A bill passed by Parliament this month doing away with these automatic appeals will be proclaimed before the end of January, Justice Minister Otto Lang announced Monday. "All litigants should be put on the same footing in reaching the court and should establish their right to be heard on the merits of their case, no matter what the amount in he said. To establish a financial criterion "as the basis for an exclusive privilege to appeal as a matter of right to Canada's highest court is no longer said Mr Lang The new rule should mean that only issues involving high public interest or important points of law will be given full hearings by the court, thus fo- cussing more attention on the deliberations of Chief Justice Bora Laskin and the eight other Supreme Court judges. Oil workers may strike over cost of living DENVER (AP) An in- dustry-wide strike of oil work- ers in the United States is like- ly unless oil companies offer cost-of-living raises to offset the inflation the companies helped create, union officials say. Most contracts affecting the members of the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union expire at midnight Jan. 7, and Union President A.F. Grospiron says contract talks now are under way at most of the union's approximately 400 locals. The Denver-based union prepared for a strike earlier this month by placing full- page advertisements in many major newspapers explaining the union's stand. The ads, noting increased oil company profits in recent years, said the union's money demands can be met by the in- dustry without raising the price of oil products. "It would take a 143-per- cent wage increase to raise the cost of a gallon (of gas- oline) just one the ad said. Grospiron said thp union is seeking a 25-per-cent raise during each year of a three- year contract. He said the companies are offering a 10.5-per-cent increase the first year and seven per cent the second year of a two-year contract. "The cost of living has risen 12.1 per cent in the past year and they offer 10 V2 per cent when their own prices have contribued substantially in this cost-of-Hving Grospiron said. "So we have a very ludicrous offer." The average wage in the in- dustry is about an hour. The union is seeking an in- crease of about an hour each year. The union also wants a onetime 50-cent-an- hour boost in the contract's first year to help catch up with inflation in the past year. to our many friends and customers from these Lethbridge Business Leaders KENSUPINA Manager INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER Sales Service Centre GEORGE DRINKELL Comptroller INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER Sales Service Centre CLARENCE STANLEY Sales Manager INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER Sales Service Centre Kalvin MacDonell Service Manager INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER Sales Service Centre STEVE MOLNAR Parts Manager INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER Sales Service Centre Mr. Greg Forsyth Manager UNITED MOBILE HOME Development Co Ud 3rd Ave Scenic Drive S BOB DERBYSHIRE Manager FAIRFIELDTV APPLIANCES SERVICE CENTRE APEX TV 'Andy' Holmes President Culligan Water Conditioning (Lethbridge Ltd.) 120-D North Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 327-7867 Jim Martin Service Manager Culligan Water Conditioning (Lethbridge Ltd 120-D North Mayor Magrath Drive Phone 327-7867 EDREDEKOPP Technician VAN'S TV 1238 3rd Ave S PAT ORSTEN Technician VAN'S TV 1238-3rd Ave S. JIM VAN LOO Owner VAN'S TV 1238-3rd Ave. S. W.'L. Hooper Manager ot KING KOIN LAUNDERETTE Thank You and Compliments of the Season Owner EARL WAKELIN DORSYASPLUND Owner-Manager MINUTE MUFFLER INSTALLATIONS Corner 3rd Ave. 4th St S. Lethbridge RICK SETTER Manager KRESGE'S Downtown, Lethbridge MORRIS DMYTRYSHYN Assistant Manager KRESGE'S Downtown, Lethbridge WALTER CURRIE CURRIE FINE FOODS 1516-9th Ave. S. LLOYD CURRIE CURRIE FINE FOODS 15l6-9th Ave. S. Although their powers are second only to Parlia- ment and the court can, and often has, struck down parliamentary acts as discriminatory or beyond Parliament's public attention has been paid to the court. Oi.ly such appeals as con- victed abortionist Dr. Henry Morgentaler and the con- troversial murder conviction of Steven Truscott in recent years have put the court in the public spotlight. All of which caused Chief Justice Laskin to wonder in public speeches whether Canadians really understood the importance of the Supreme Court whose jurisdiction "is as wide as the range of legal questions that can arise in Canada The chief justice has invited the media not only to report the decisions of the court but to assess them and explain the direction the law is taking. Although there was provi- sion in the British North America Act, in effect Canada's constitution, for a Supreme Court, early attempts by Sir John A. Mac- donald to pass a bill estab- lishing the court were re- jected by early parliaments. The Liberal government un- der Alexander Mackenzie was able to get the court establish- ed in 1875 but only after violent objections from a number of provinces, including Quebec and On- tario. Both wanted to keep their own provincial courts as main legal referees. The British government too raised a fuss because it be- lieved that a Canadian Supreme Court would mean the end of appeals of Canadian cases to the law lords of England But the appeals to the privy council were not abolished un- til 1949, the year the Canadian court truly became supreme. In its early years the court was the object of several bills in the House of Commons all aimed at abolishing it. As late as 1880, MPs said it was a waste of public money, money that could be better used for public works. When the St. Laurent government in 1949 moved to abolish appeals to the British Lords, four Ontario, British Columbia and Nova to London to op- pose the measure. The court only moved from its humble former stable to its imposing two-storey granite building in the late 1940s. Its membership increased from five to nine by 1949. Among its landmark judg- ments are those striking down a federal law prohibiting the sale of margarine, ending the padlock laws in Quebec and a more recent decision applying the Canadian Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights, passed by the Diefenbaker government, guaranteeing all Canadians such familiar rights as freedom of religion, speech and due process of law, was first used to strike down sections of the Indian Act dealing with liquor Because these sections meant Indians were liable to harsher penalties than other Canadians, the court said they were unconstitutional There are those who fear that the court can take over an even more active role in mak- ing Canadian laws with the application of the Bill of Rights. Whether it takes that direc- tion is one of the question marks as the court heads into its 100th year. Arctic gas may cost U.S. more WASHINGTON (AP) Natural gas from the Alaskan Arctic may cost United States consumers twice as much as present domestic supplies, an official of a cross-Canada pipeline project said Monday. William Brackett, vice president of Alaskan Arctic Gas Pipeline Co said he has no reliable estimate but he agrees that his company's cost figures may indicate a final price of more than a cubic feet. Adding some final delivery mark-up by a local gas com- pany, this price would be roughly double the present av- erage residential gas price of about a cubic feet as estimated by the American Gas Association. Arctic Gas is seeking U.S and Canadian authorizations to build a gas pipeline from northern Alaska to the lower United States. It filed data with the U.S. Federal Power Commission Monday, on the costs and financing of the 200-mile Alaskan segment of the pro- ject COSTS HIGH Brackett and other officials said this portion would cost about million, while the Canadian segment would cost some billion, in 1974 dol'ars He estimated that inflation might add about billion by the time the project is com- pleted around 1980, bringing its total cost to some billion. Brackett said the pipeline transportation costs alone, from Alaska to the lower-U S border would be about to 05 a cubic feet, representing actual costs plus a supposed profit of 15 per cent on equity investment. In fact, interstate gas pipeline prices are regulated by the Federal Power Com- mission (FPC) which would have the finag word, unless Congress ends federal regula- tion as the energy industries have urged. To that transportation cost, Brackett said, would be added the cost of the gas itself at its Alaskan wellhead; plus addi- tional pipeline transportation within the lower states; plus the final mark-up charged by the local distribution com- pany. The Alaskan might well cost more than a cubic feet before final distribution, he said. Brackett also said his com- pany, a consortium of 23 gas productuon and pipeline com- panies, expects to be able to obtain commitments for financing the huge project if U.S. and Canadian projects are granted. The estimated billion cost in 1974 dollars covers only the Alaskan and Cana- dian segments of the system, he said. Additional pipelines in the lower United States would cost roughly billion, Brackett guessed, adding that more specific estimates for this portion would be sub- mi tted.to the FPC in January. Competing applications have been filed by other com- panies for pipelines to carry Alaskan or Canadian gas. One project seeks to build a pipeline from northern Alaska to a port on the southern Alaska coast, where the gas would be liquefied for shin; rnent to lower-U.S. ports in refrigerated tankers, avoiding Canada entirely. Another project would build a pipeline to carry only gas from Canada's MacKenzie Delta within Canada itself. The Arctic Gas project would carry both Alaskan and Canadian natural gas Brackett said Alaskan gas definitely would flow to U S markets; he said surplus Canadian gas would, too, but there was always the possibility that Canadian gas could be kept inside Canada. As long as the pipeline car- 4 ried it, however, the final destination of-Canadian gas would not alter the estimated cost of the gas reaching the United States, he said. Over vehicles recalled OTTAWA (CP) A total of motor vehicles were re- called during the third quarter of 1974 under the Motor Vehi- cle Safety Act, the transport department announced Mon- day. Recall campaigns by 17 companies included passenger cars, trucks and buses, snowmobiles, 061 motorcycles and 678 trailers. The number of recalls is up from during the second quarter of this year.