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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Countdown 6 days to go The Letttkidge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1975 15 Cents 'Americans face declining economy' WASHINGTON (AP) Americans face further ero- sion of their standard of living, higher unemployment and perpetually higher energy costs, President Ford's economic report to Congress said today. "The American economy was built on the basis of low- cost he said, "This has now come to an end." The report said the decline in the economy was so steep in the fourth quarter of 1974 that the administration cannot promise a quick rebound this year. But the president's council of economic advisers, which prepared the report, still ex- pects the economy will "move on to the road to recovery" in the second half of 1975, follow- ing another steep decline with high unemployment and high inflation in the first half. "The most pressing concern of policy is to halt the decline in production and employment so that growth of output can resume and unemployment can be they said. But the report left no doubt that the Ford administration has given up hope of bringing world oil prices anywhere near the lower prices of just 18 months ago. In fact, Ford said most domestic oil prices must be raised to encourage new investment in other cost- ly energy sources. East slope report delayed Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A report from the Environment Conservation Authority on the government's policies for coal exploration in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains will be delayed until at least the spring. The EGA is investigating, with the concurrence of the government, how the depart- ment of lands and forests handled the issuing of coal ex- ploration permits during a moratorium on development in the slopes. The department has said exploration cannot be considered development, but environmentalists in several quarters disagree. Syncrude agreement said close at hand 1 Arafat at carnivaV One of the main figures in the big carnival parade In Mainz, Germany, next Monday is Yaser Arafat. The Mainz carnival artists designed the PLO leader as he enters the United Nations. Alberta flatly refuses oil sands nuclear blast 'Speak for Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta is not joining the nuclear club of nations yet. Environment Minister Bill Yurko told the legislature Monday that the government "flatly refused to examine in any way" a proposal to mine the oil sands with help from a inside 24 Pages Classified........20-23 Comics............18 Comment.........4, 5 13-15. i Family.......'..16, 17 Markets...........19 i Sports...........10-12 I Theatres............7 i TV.................6 Weather............3 Low tonight -20 high Wednenby -10 cloudy periods, cold nuclear explosion. Mr. Yurko said it would be "sheer madness" to under- take such an experiment "at this time" because of the hazards, especially consider- ing the numerous other ways available for extracting oil from the sands. Phoenix Canada Oil Com- pany Ltd. has been sounding out provincial officials about an experiment with its techni- que. It is proposed that 'the incredible heat of an un- derground nuclear explosion be used to separate the oil from the sands. The company says it doesn't know it the process is commercially viable. "I think personally this is a madness that is not necessary to impose on the people of Alberta as Mr. Yurko told Ralph Sorenson (SC Sedgewick Mr. Yurko said he considered such a technique highly unsafe in view of water and heavy mineral formations within the sands, among other en- vironmental considerations. A spokesman for Phoenix said Sunday no formal application has been made for use of nuclear devices in the oil sands. He said such an experimen- tal blast would cost between million and million and would take at least a year to prepare even after approval by various provincial and federal agencies. Heath withdraws as Tory leader LONDON (AP) Former prime minister Edward Heath stepped out of the battle to retain his leadership of Britain's op- position Conservatives Tuesday night after being outvoted by Margaret Thatcher, a former education minister. Heath, 58, announced he will not be a candidate for the sec ond leadership ballot next Tuesday after his fellow Tories in the House of Commons did not re-elect him. The Tory party caucus in Parliament in its leadership vote gave 130 ballots to Mrs. Thatcher, 119 to Heath and 16 to the "no-hope" candidate Hugh Frazer. Mrs. Thatcher, 49, formerly in Heath's cabinet, narrowly missed geting the majority needed to take over the leadership. TED HEATH Americans flown out of Eritrean capital ADDIS ABABA (AP) Wives and children of United States citizens were flown to this Ethiopian capital today from the war-torn city of As- mara. They flew out as intermit- tent machine-gun fire and ar- tillery duels were reported raging outside Asmara, capital of Eritrea province, between Moslem rebels and Ethiopian troops. Two Ethiopian Airlines jets evacuated more than 100 wives and children. of U.S. citizens after days of heavy fighting. Reuters news agency re- ported that the British govern- ment was evacauating 20 of its nationals from Asmara. Evacuees said they were un- der orders from U.S. officials not to talk about the fighting and their experiences as long as their men remained in Asmara and until they left Ethiopian soil. But they said none of the 300 U.S citizens in the provincial capital figured among casu- alties. An Italian industrialist, Guido Molinari, owner of a shirt factory in Capri in north- central Italy, was flown out along with the U.S. citizens. "I feel as if I have aged 10 years in five said Moli- nari, who was trapped in the fighting and stranded at the Hotel Imperial while on a safari. Molinari said the city was in the hands of government troops and being patroled by tanks. "There is no way to describe our he said, adding that the hotel was also running short of food and water. Some evacuees said it is likely their men will be flown out too, but could not say when. Ethiopia's military regime today asked the rebels to lay down their arms'after five days of fighting. But it vowed that it would never permit the northern province to secede. The statement, issued by, the military regime, called the rebels of the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) "a handful of bandits." It offered amnesty "to people who com- mitted murder due to private or other causes, robbery and other offenses and have gone to the bushes." Socred praises cabinet members EDMONTON (CP) Four members of the Lougheed cabinet picked up some unex- pected praise, three were criticized and the rest were ignored as Albert Ludwig made his personal assessment of cabinet performances Mon- day. The outspoken Social Credit MLA from Calgary Mountain- view announced to the legislature that Environment Minister Bill Yirko, Health Minister Neil Crawford, At- torney General Merv Leitch and Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner had done ex- cellent jobs in cabinet. Dr. Homer, for one, was clearly taken aback by the Delegation presents plans to help save rural schools Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Salary incentives for teachers and a revamped grading system were among the proposals made to the government Mon- day by a delegation of Southern Alberta parents arid teachers determined to save the rural school. A delegation representing Milo, Arrowwood, Mossleigh, Carmangay, Champion, mond and Vulcan residents met with Education Minister Lou Hyndman to present a brief drafted after a public meeting held in Milo three weeks ago. "A continuation of the pre- sent policy in rural schools is a regressive rather than a progressive step towards the government's stated objec- the delegation said in its brief. Presenting the brief were Milo Parent Teacher Association President Susan Ivers, Linda Sharp, Margaret Umscheid and Paula Monner. The delegation suggested that the County of Vulcan would be a suitable location to establish a pilot project "to develop a new curriculum es- pecially geared to the rural classroom with emphasis on the non-graded concept." The brief said rural schools should not be equated with their urban counterparts. comments from a member who has been in the forefront of many opposition fights with the government. Advanced Education Minister Jim Foster, Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell, and particular- ly Lands and Forests Minister Allan Warrack received less than rave notices from Mr. Ludwig. Mr. Ludwig said during throne speech debate that Premier Lougheed would "do both sides a favor if he were to move the minister of lands and forests far back where he would never been seen or heard." Advanced Education Minister Foster's department should be phased out, or if it is to be continued the premier should get "somebody who's going to have a sincere concern about advanced education." Mr. Ludwig said the cities of Edmonton and Calgary would never forget the municipal affairs minister "saying they never had it so good the premier should have someone take his place." Brezhnev sick CAIRO (CP-AP) Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko told Egyptian Presi- dent Anwar Sadat today that Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev has been ill. WINNIPEG Negotiations to provide government funds to bail out the troubled Syncrude oil sands project were to resume by telephone today, with of- ficials hoping an agreement would be reached by this afternoon. Energy Minister Donald Macdo'nald, looking weary after 12 hours of negotiations with provincial government and oil company executives, indicated an agreement may be near. Some important questions remain to be solved, the minister said, but he hoped they could be settled in a series of telephone calls between the parties this mor- ning. He declined to elabo- rate. If a final agreement is reached, it will be outlined in the Commons this afternoon and in the Alberta and Ontario legislatures. A spokesman for Mr. Macdonald said any announce- ment would come after 5 p.m. EST when stack markets across the country have closed. Premiers William Davis of Ontario and Peter Lougheed of Alberta as well as Syncrude's owners declined comment as they left the meeting. The Syncrude project in northern Alberta, owned by the multi-national oil com- panies, says it .needs ad- ditional'financing of billion or the plant will be cancelled. DEADLINE PASSED'- Deadline for a decision had been set for last Friday, but after meeting Mr. Macdonald the consortium of Imperial Oil Ltd., Gulf Canada Ltd. and Canada-Cities Service Ltd. agreed 'to put off their deci- sion until talks have been concluded. Both Ontario and Alberta say they are interested in providing funds for the pro- ject, but so tar only Ottawa has said what it is willing to invest. Last week Mr. Macdonald said the federal government is willing to commit million. and an additional million might be available under cer- tain conditions. Syncrude ran into problems in December when Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. pulled out of the project after it learned estimated costs had doubled to billion during one year, and that Ottawa planned to eliminate oil ex- ports to the United States by 1982. Atlantic Richfield had planned to export most of its share of the oil to its U.S. par- ent company. Seen and heard About town Forward Gary Kennedy of the LCC faculty hockey team scoring the first goal for the opposing city doctors' team.. John Hull, Bellevue, building the USS Constitution with one eye while watching TV with the other. Free language training for civil servants' wives irks MPs Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Hot on the trail of what he calls "Prime Minister Trudeau's former long-time Liberal riding association president, and since the two-term Conser- vative MP for the Eastern Ontario con- stituency of Leeds, Tom Cossitt, is iden- tifying, one by one, the wives of senior public servants who have been taking language training at the taxpayers' expense. So far he has named 11-entering their names on the Commons Order Paper. Together with Nova Scotia Conservative MP Robert Coates, he managed, after more than a year of prodding the government with questions, to secure the information that it has cost to provide language training for 158 of 410 wives of senior civil servants attending government-sponsored courses. It was unable to account for the cost of training the other 252 wives, claimed the government. State Secretary Faulkner, answering the Cossitt-Coates questions for the Public Ser- vice Commission, explained that while providing the names of the wives, there was "no record" of the rank and title of their husbands. The two Tory MPs had demanded names, because, as they said, they couldn't under- stand why the taxpayers should be stuck for the price of the language lessons for, among others, Mrs. Gerald Bouey, wife of the Bank of Canada Governor or Mrs. Jean Teron, wife of the boss of Central Mortgage and Housing Cor- poration. The two Opposition MPs who kept the pressure on the government for answers until Mr. Faulkner came through with at least a partial reply, expressed outrage that the two ladies had explained they had found French useful at social affairs. In identifying 11 more senior wives, Mr. Cossit uses the technique of more questions. Listed by Mr. Faulkner among wives, not on the public service payroll, but still receiv- ing language training at government expense, noted Mr. Cossitt, had been a Barbara Head, married to a member of the Privy Council Of- fice. "Is this Mr. Cossitt asks through the Order Paper, "the wife of Ivan Head, who is a member of the Prime Minister's staff (his special foreign policy ad- viser, in fact, known around Parliament Hill by the critical Opposition as "The Canadian Then, in relation to Mr. and Mrs. Head, Mr. Cossitt follows up with these questions: did the government at taxpayers' expense pay for Mrs. Head's French courses? one of the reasons because the government believed Mr. Head's salary was not sufficient for him to pay this expense himself? long did Mrs. Head take these courses and what was Mr. Head's salary dur- ing that time? In previous answers, the government conceded there was no limitation to the number of courses, at public expense, in the administration's own languages schools or in private institutions, a senior public service wife could take. ;