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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Wednesday, February Massive irrigation program set WASHINGTON The United States pledged Tuesday to abide by its treaty obligations with Canada in developing a massive irrigation project in North Dakota, but declined to order a halt on the project as Ottawa had asked. The U S stand was set out in a note delivered late Tuesday to the Canadian embassy. Although neither Canadian nor American officials would comment on the contents, the tenor of the U S reply was disclosed by a well-placed informant The informant said the note made no formal acknowledg- ment that Canada had re- quested a moratorium on all further work on the million project, known as the Garrison diversion unit But the U.S. promised to "comply with its obligations" under the Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 and avoid polluting the Red and Souris rivers with irrigation run-off water below the point where the two rivers flow north into Manitoba. The Garrison project has the backing of the entire North Dakota congressional particularly Senator Milton Young, senior Republican on the key Senate appropriations committee, who is up for re-election this year. President Nixon's budget for the next fiscal year, made public Monday, included an appropriation of to continue work on amount sufficient to keep the project alive without committing the U.S to carry it through to completion. A group of interior depart- ment officials is understood to be in North Dakota now, studying the project on the scene Originally planned to irrigate acres of North Dakota farmland at a cost of million, the Garrison project has been about 15-per- cent completed with an expenditure of some million. The total estimated cost has more than doubled. The interior department maintains that current work will not affect rivers flowing into Canada. Ottawa fears that if the project is continued, the economics of the project will require that it be carried to a point where irrigation water will be diverted into the southern loops of the Red and Souris rivers. A formal Canadian note last October, asking for a moratorium, said the scheme would "significantly and seriously degrade water quality" in the two rivers. Bank accused at inquiry of violating agreement A fly, ,F f, my eyes Monstrous as it seems, this large-eyed creature is a common fruit fly as seen enlarged 200 times through the electronic microscope of Dr. M. Beidler of Florida State University. The eyes are large clusters of very simple eyes and the fly sees a total image like a mosaic. EDMONTON (CP) A public inquiry was told Tuesday that a Vancouver branch of the Royal Bank of Canada violated a "firm verbal commitment" to lend P.A.P. Holdings Ltd. million, resulting in the Alberta-based conglomerate defaulting on a contract and ultimately going broke. Dr. James Lampard, a former director of P.A.P., told hearings into the failure of the company that bank officials at the Granville and Davie branch assured him the loan was cleared "through the Vancouver supervisor and cleared back to Montreal." The money would have been used to purchase shares of N.W. Financial Corp. of British Columbia. The inquiry, under District Court Judge Roger Kerans, has been told that P.A.P. and related firms collapsed when they committed all their assets to an unsuccessful attempt to buy control of the B.C. company. Dr. Lampard, a Red Deer optometrist, said a Mr. Becker of the Vancouver branch made the assurances in August, 1970, a month after P.A.P. contracted to buy a block of N.W. Financial shares from Residential Resource Development of the Bahamas. The RRD shares were to have been partially financed by a Montreal underwriter, who backed out when the Royal Bank declined to advance the loan, said Dr. Lampard. Earlier Tuesday, another former director, John Olthuis of Lacombe, Alta., said the Royal Bank branch transferred about from a special Canamera Enterprises Ltd. account, where subscribers paid the bank directly, into a general account. Canamera was public company created to replace the private P.A.P. Its special account was not to be used for general purposes, said Mr. Olthuis. LOAN TRANSFERRED Continuing his testimony from Monday, Mr. Olthuis said the Alberta insurance department was aware of the illegal transfer of a loan from Cosmopolitan Life Assurance Co., controlled by P.AJP., to Canamera. Metis groups sue Alberta government EDMONTON (CP) Eight Alberta Metis Settlement Association Tuesday launched a major lawsuit against the provincial government claiming compensation for natural resource develop- ment. The associations, in a statement of claim against Neil Crawford, health and social development minister, say the province has withheld petroleum and natural gas lease and royalty monies from Metis lands during a period dating to 1938. The Metis claim Mr Crawford has not carried out provisions of the Metis Betterment Act which stipulates that mineral rights belong to the settlements and any money drived from lease sales and royalties belongs to them. So far more than million from natural gas and petroleum rights have been placed into the province's general revenue fund instead of the Metis Betterment Trust Fund which was established in 1943, the associations said. Both the fund and the act, which legislated the associations into being, are administered by Mr. Crawford's department. He testified he was present at a meeting when Vancouver lawyer David Hubberman was told over the telephone by Bill McKinnon, chief examiner for the insurance branch, that the insurance department was "turning its back." The meeting was held in December, 1970, and Mr. McKinnon has testified that the department didn't receive full knowledge of the transaction until February, 1971. Dr. Lampard collaborated previous testimony that Albert Jaasma, founder and director of P.A.P., made most decisions relating to the companies. Dr. Lampard said a "management trio" of himself, Mr. Olthuis and Peter Van Rhyn "kept adequate control over our prima Mr. Jaasma, while business was conducted in Alberta, but when Mr. Jaas- ma moved to Vancouver with Canamera the trio lost its control. First War nurse dies HAMILTON (CP) Hazel Noel Campbell, a native of Winnipeg who served as a nurse with Canadian forces overseas during the First World War, died here Monday at the age of 81. Mrs. Campbell also was a concert pianist and she entertained troops as well as nursed them in England and France. PRICES EFFECTIVE in Lethbridge, Feb. 6-9, 1974 Save on foods, housewares, paper BEANS Tatte Tells Canada Choice Regular Cut Green or Wax, 14 fl. oz. tin I0TOMATO JUICE SAFEWAY PRICE Town House Canada Fancy, 48 fl. ox. tin MARGARINE SPECIAL Harvest Colored, 3 Ib. pkg. TISSUE Kleenex Assorted Colors, 200-2 Ply Pkg.. @DETERGENT s, health and cypm's CHOICE Panty Hose Saftway Assorted Sizes and Colors. Pair 0 Bold Powdered King S Ib. pkg. 2 09 Black Mafic or tot Ilk.Box Chocolates 189 oM I FRESH GROUND BEEF Regular Quality LEG 'O PORK bone In serve Apple 179 89 YOUR CHOICE Olympic Frozen Beef Steekettes, Chopped Ved Cutlets. Breaded Veal Cutlets, BroMfed Pork SPECIAL Household Needs CLEANER DETERGENT flnffpNi nWIW UWal 14iz.Mlwt.lii 119 Freeh Whele or Frondied, Ib. 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