Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Friday, February 1, 1974 B.C. police commission pledged by government By MICHAEL HUGHES VICTORIA (CP) The for- mation of a British Columbia police commission and legislation providing greater returns to the people from the province's resources were promised Thursday in the speech from the throne. In the speech, read by Lt.- Gov. Walter Owen, the New Democratic Party adminis- tration also pledged to bring in consumer legislation to "promote honesty and integrity in the market place The Landlord and Tenant Act will also be amended and SAND GRAVEL lASPHALT >TOLLESTRUP SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE a bill will be introduced regarding the public disclosure of business in- terests by public officials. Premier Dave Barrett told a news conference that the throne speech, only 2Va pages in length, was deliberately short and vague "to allow for the maximum amount of debate by the opposition." The premier said the government's major programs for the session, the fourth of the 30th legislative assembly, will be unveiled in the budget speech, expected in about two weeks. The throne speech also said the province's land banking program will be expanded, adding that "the continuing difficulties in the housing field still rank as one of the major problems facing our peoples HOUSING SPEECH Mr. Barrett said Housing Minister Lome Nicolson will make "a major speech" on the housing during the throne speech debate Mr. Owen told the 55 MLAs that the police commission which will be set up will have the power to set standards for IN SA TURD A VS WEEKEND' Grey Owl His friend and publisher, Lovat Dickson writes about Grey Owl's childhood in England, in Weekend Magazine this Saturday The Letkbridge Herald police performance, recruit- ment policies, training pro- grams, continuing research, and discipline procedures. Mr. Barrett said such a commission has been requested for some time by municipal police forces and members of the RCMP and, it is hoped, will lead to a police act in B.C. On the subject of the prov- ince's resources, the speech said "the ownership of re- sources resides with the people of this province, that is an unarguable fact" "You will be asked to take further legislative steps to make the benefits of this own- ership more directly available to the people of this province than ever before The speech also said that legislation will be forthcoming as a result of the three-man committee which has been set up under Peter Pearse, a University of B.C. economist, to review all aspects of forest policy in B.C. The "temporary tenures" or licences held by forest companies were pinpointed in the speech as being ripe for legislative change. Resources Minister Bob Williams warned the coast forest industry late last year that it has had "an easy ride" too long and warned that new legislation will be introduced at the session aimed at "trimming its fat." The landlord and tenant legislation referred to is likely to follow the recom- mendations of the Law Reform Commission of B.C which brought in a report late last year. It recommended the appointment of special "rentalsmen" to arbitrate disputes between landlords and tenants and greater protection to tenants against eviction. Mr. Barrett said that al- though the committee will be discussing the whole question of property assessment, the government will still bring in legislation providing relief for many small B.C. landowners from excessive property tax increases- Dateline Alberta Girl awarded EDMONTON (CP) An 18- year-old girl crippled in a 1970 traffic accident has been awarded in general damages by Mr. Justice M. E. Manning of Alberta Supreme Court. A court official said the award is believed to be the highest ever made to an accident injury victim in either Canada or England. In a 56-page judgment Mr. Justice Manning said the Oct. 4, 1970, accident in northwest Edmonton left Dianne Lynn 'Loney with no feeling below her chest, partial use of her arms but no use of her fingers. Miss Loney, 15 at the time of the accident, now lives at the Glenrose School Hospital in Edmonton. Miss Loney was injured when a car driven by James Cassidy, in which she was a passenger, collided with a car driven by Edward Voll of Edmonton. Mr. Justice Manning's judg- ment ruled that Mr. Voll was 80 per cent responsible for the accident because he turned into the path of the Cassidy vehicle New system introduced EDMONTON (CP) The new natural gas royalties announced Thursday by Premier Peter Lougheed introduce a system based on a sliding scale that corresponds to the wellhead price, rather than the old method of a fixed percentage of production. Instead of the old system of an average sixteen and two thirds per cent of the wellhead price being paid to the government, gas companies will be charged between 22 and 65 per cent, depending on the price they sell their pVoduct for. Retroactive to Jan. 1, the province's share of natural gas sales will be 22 per cent for gas prices of up to 26 cents per cubic feet. Phone service planned EDMONTON (CP) The communications and petroleum industries will co- operate on a three-month' experiment to bring telephone service to remote Arctic oil rigs, it was announced Thursday. A portable receiving station will be moved to three different Mackenzie- Delta, drilling sites during February, March and April to receive LONGEST FLIGHT The longest distance for a champagne cork to fly from a bottle is 34 feet, recorded at the Mardi Gras at New Orleans. La, in 1962. signals from Anik 1, Canada's domestic communications satellite The service is expected to provide direct dial local call service and telex service between the rigs and Edmonton and Calgary. Havoufs 3ODA R5CKEY 2 IVATE R '-iVEMlXCR v i Mb POP 1 CASE of 24 (10-Oz BOTTLES OR 7 CASE of 12 (26-Oz I BOTTLES DEPOSITS (Refundable) 24 (10 -Oz) BOTTLES AT 5tf Each 12 (26 Oz BOTTLES AT lOtf Each CASE DEPOSIT 80c Purchase by ihe CASE only WE ALSO BUY BEER BOTTLES per dot. LE TO THE dadls pop shop 544-13th Street North Phone 327-0068 I OPEN DAILY 9 a.m. 9 p.m. PREMIER SCHREYER Gov't enters insurance business WINNIPEG (CP) The New Democratic Party government of Manitoba proposed a move into the general insurance field in the speech from the throne read Thursday at the opening of the provincial legislature. The speech also forecast in- creased workmen's compen- sation and aid to persons buy- ing homes. The speech, which opened the first legislature session since last June's provincial promised early con- sideration of a variety of programs in the general field of health and welfare. These include government supported dental care for children, an expanded program of subsidized drugs for the chronically ill, and more special services for han- dicapped children and the mentally ill and retarded. The housing program, which is intended to complement legislation recently passed by the federal government, is to provide grants of to first- time homeowners and annual subsidies of up to a year. The grants and subsidies iu northern Manitoba, however, will have a ceiling to allow for the higher cost of housing there. The proposed legislation is in line with statements made last year on several occasions by Municipal Affairs Minister Howard Pawley. Premier Ed Schreyer's government's plans for enter- ing the general insurance field mark the first major step in this area since the introduc- tion of compulsory govern- ment automobile insurance nearly 2V2 years ago The throne speech is not specific in what kinds of in- surance are to be offered by the Crown, bol government spokesmen have talked primarily about fire in- surance, which would be sold in competition with private companies Merchandise on sale Friday to p.m. and all day Saturday a.m. to p.m. February 1 and 2 Limited Quantities MEN'S SUITS SPECIAL Sizes 36 to 46. Tails and Regulars Double Knits and Wool Plaids Reg. 69.96 EACH SPICIAL PURCHASE! 26" COLOR CABINET TELEVISION ASSORTED CABINET STYLES FREE 10-DAY HOME TRIAL jmmmmmmmm__ SPICIAL PURCHASI! FLEETWOOD 20" Portable COLOR TELEVISION Zellers County Fair Unfed m Ztftors Sboppinf Plan M KUyor Wwifli Orin Opm Dtftf a.m. lo p.m. Ttorsdif and Friday a.m. to 9 no p.