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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald Countdown (lavs lo go LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 1975 15 Cents Ottawa energy-saving proposal 'late' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal government has belatedly unveiled what it considers to be a for- ward-looking national energy conservation program, designed to keep Canadians from the jaws of the Arab oil sheiks and save Canadians a little money each year as well. But in a phrase: it's too little, too late. In case you hadn't noticed, the worst of winter is almost over for this year and the emphasis of the federal program, as was reported months ago, will be on "convincing" Canadians to change their energy lifestyle. In addition to the "turn down the thermostat again" advice and other handy-dandy around- the-house energy aving tricks, the federal government is going to try to set a good ex- ample. Treasury Board has already approved a plan to switch federal fleets, including rental and leased vehicles to compacts, to save gasoline and money. And all federal vehicles, except law enforcer ment and security vehicles, will be restricted to a maximum speed limit of 55 miles per hour. Ottawa will also be asking the provinces to reduce highway speed limits generally, suppo- sedly to 55 mph, when federal and provincial of- ficials meet in Ottawa Feb. 18 to discuss the federal energy conservation initiatives. Federal heating and lighting standards are be- _ ing revised again for federal buildings, beyond that initiated last winter during the "energy crisis." The big change is that cooling in the summer will be limited to 77 degrees F, during working hours, 85 degrees during non-working hours. Heating during working hours will be limited to a temperature of 70 degrees F., and to 65 de- grees during non-working same as last year. Ottawa will be asking the provinces to revise electric and gas utility rates so they no longer favor higher consumption. Insulation and other energy-retaining modifications will be added to federal buildings. And the insulation standards in the Canadian Code on Residential Construction will be up- graded this May. The code is used by Central Mortgage and Housing in determining mort- gage financing under the National Housing Act. Federal public servants will also be asked to use more recycled paper, issue fewer needless reports and releases, and use fewer non- returnable containers at their subsidized cafeterias. Land deal price worries Macleod town councillor By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer FORT MACLEOD A se- cond town councillor here has said he favors temporary suspension of the town's land dealings with Montreal meat packer Larry Paletta. Jim Coutts said Thursday he was concerned about the price of the land agreed on by the town and the Montreal businessman even before The Herald published an indepen- dent appraisal Wednesday which valued a 70 acre parcel involved in the deal at twice what the town was paid. Coun. Coutts joins Coun. John Viens in calling for a suspension of the Paletta deal. Coun. Viens said publicly last week he favored suspension of the deal until the town council knew, more about.the Montreal businessman's background. Mr. Paletta was the subject of a six part series published in The Herald in mid December., The packer has since declared he would proceed with his plans to build a meat packing plant in the town. Another Fort Macleod coun- cillor, meanwhile, says he doesn't agree with the land appraisal commissioned by The Herald which places land values higher than set by the town. Seen and heard About town Homecraft enthusiasts Helen Dorner and Liz Quick trying to give their neighbor a new kind of flu called the "crocheting fever." Ernie Housley, Coalhurst, dealing himself a perfect 29 cribbage hand to defeat his son in law Victor Wiebe. Coun. Phil Hodnett said part of the land included in the 430 acre deal is being used as a town dump and therefore not worth more than the an acre for the 70 acre site and the an acre price for the other 360 acres that the town has said it will accept from the Montreal packer. Asked if he felt the deal with Mr. Paletta should go ahead, Coun. Hodnett said: "We should deal with facts. I don't think The Herald is helping Fort Macleod by doing everything you can to arouse people. Coun. Ralph Webb said to- day he is "riding the fence on this one" and has not made up his mind to back or reject either, the project or a proposal to suspend it tem- porarily. He said he may observe how his fellow councillors vote then "go along with whatever they want to do." "I'm not saying it (the plant) should or shouldn't go ahead. I'm not going to com- mit myself one way or the other, I'm not going to stick my neck out. There's been too much heresay." Mayor Charlie Edgar's reaction to Wednesday's land values story was "no com- ment, I'm not going to tell you anything." Coun. Coutts said Thursday: "I was quite concerned about this thing right from the outset. I began to have my doubts when these fellas (Mr: Paletta and his legal ad- visers) wanted 360 acres just for a packing plant. "That's an awful lot of land. What are they going to do with it? The only answer I ever got was holding pens but that seems like an awful lot of holding pens to me." He said he was particularly concerned that the option land, which might soon border a highway bypassing the town, shouldn't be worth more than the council has asked. Hunley receives data on Paletta Alberta Solicitor General Helen Hunley has received in- formation from police files on Montreal meat packer Larry Paletta. authoritative sources have told The Herald. Miss Hunley's interest in the packer was aroused by a story in The Albertan Dee. 11 which quoted a Montreal police official as saying Mr. Paletta was being in- vestigated by the Quebec organized crime inquiry. The Albertan article, which preceded by a week a six part series on the meat packer in the Lethbridge Herald, raised implications which alarmed the solicitor general. The request for information went to the RCMP in Ed- monton and was routinely complied with. Sources say the solicitor general routine- ly asks police for information that might either confirm or refute press reports on various law enforcement related topics. The information from police tiles given to the solicitor general's office concerning Mr. Paletta was "sketchy" and Miss Hunley's office has since asked for no further amplification, The Herald was told. Miss Hunley said in the Legislature Thursday the has not yet had time to consider a request from Fort Macleod town councillors for informa- tion on Mr. Paletta. She did not say anything about her concern over the Dec. II Alherlan article or that she had asked police for information. Miss Hunley told NDP Leader Grant Notley in the legislature Thursday that the letter making the request is on her desk. Mr. Notley asked if she could tell the house whether her department has "received any request for an assessment or an evaluation or a check into'the background of the principals of the proposed packing plant at Fort Macleod." GERRY BEAUDRY HANDS TORCH TO PREMIER LOUGHEED Games torch, parade greeted by premier Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Canada Winter Games torch rolled up to the legislature Thursday on the last leg of its journey home to a gala reception next Tuesday. The torch, and its colorful band of custodians, were greeted by Premier Peter Lougheed and later by Edmonton Mayor William Hawrelak at city hall. HorSt Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation, was also on hand at the legislature to send the torch homeward. The torch left Ottawa Jan. 6 on its cross-country run. It will be back in Lethbridge for the opening of the games on Tuesday. Games hostesses Eleanor Kubik of Blairmore and Vicki Cleland of Taber, ac- companying the torch for the last leg of the tour, brought greetings to the premier. Gerry Beaudry, secretary general of the Canada Games Council and national co ordinator for the torch parade, also attended the ceremony at the legislature. Alberta co ordinators for the parade are Terry Banyen and Danny Woytiuk who were on hand. D'Arcy Van Loo, Vince Thompson, Jim Saunders, Dave Annand and Randy Dunlop, all of Lethbridge, are driving for the torch parade as it wends its way to Lethbridge. Today, the parade visits Devon and Calgary. By the time it reaches the open- ing ceremonies it will have toured each of the venue sites in Southefn Alberta. Price climb rate slackens OTTAWA (CP) Even though consumers had to pay more for cars, to eat and drink and to heat their homes and keep the lights on in January, the increase in the cost of liv- ing was only half the rate recorded for a month earlier, Statistics Canada reported today. The January report on the consumer price index showed a one-half-of-one-per-cent gain in the over-all index last month, half the rate that prices rose in December. For 'the first time in several months, food prices showed only a moderate gain. Most of the increase that did occur in this index was attributable to higher prices for food eaten outside the home. On a 12-month basis, there was a 12.1-per-cent increase, in the over-all index to its January level of 176.6 this year from 157.6 in 1974. This represents a slight moderation from the 12.4-per- cent annual rate recorded for cost-of-living increases in 1974, but the rate last year was the highest Canada had experienced in 26 years. Statistics Canada started publishing consumer price index figures in January that are adjusted for seasonal fac- tors. It now also measures how much month-to-month price changes are due to things such as increased use of heating oil in winter or cheaper vegetable prices in summer. On this basis, the over-all index showed only a three- tenths of one per cent rise last month, compared with one- half per cent on an unadjusted or actual prices paid basis. For most consumers, changes in actual prices from month to month are more significant than seasonally- adjusted changes. And on this basis, a mix of consumer items that cost in 1961 cost last month and in January, 1974. The figure for December was The consumer price index is based on a 1967 survey of fam- ily spending patterns and weights of major component indexes are: Food, 25 per cent; housing, 31 per cent; clothing, 11 per cent; tran- sportation, 15 per cent; and other items, 18 per cent. Higher housing and trans- portation costs were among major contributors to the January index increase, as were tobacco and alcohol price rises following recent government tax and price increases. Gas and electricity rates also were increased, raising consumers' living costs in the cold-weather month of January. Lower retail prices for sugar, beef and poultry large- ly offset price rises for fresh milk, eggs and cereal and bakery products, keeping the increase in the food index to three-tenths of one per cent. Prior to January, sugar and to a lesser extent, beef, had been major contributors to food price rises. Fresh fruit and vegetable prices continued to decline in January and clothing prices showed a normal seasonal drop. Tokyo quake TOKYO (AP) A rolling earthquake rocked Tokyo ear- ly Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake struck at a.m. local time. Ouellet proposing profiteering board OTTAWA (CP) Corporate Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet is to propose another new government one with authority to rule over when a modified set of legisla- tive proposals to stop "profiteering" by business is introduced in Parliament later this year. The latest proposals, department officials'say, are at an ad- vanced stage, and are a substantial departure from the ap- proach the government tried last April. Then, former corporate affairs minister Herb Gray said the government wanted amendments to the Combines Investi- gation Act to permit it to freeze or roll back excessive prices. Hearings into alleged offences would be held by the existing Restrictive Trade Practices Commission under the c'ombines act. That bill, introduced hastily at a time when the government was emphasizing its anti-inflation policies and two.months before a federal election, was withdrawn when it came under opposition party fire. Mr. Gray was dropped from the cabinet in August. Railways reduce freight rate OTTAWA (CP) The rail- ways announced today they are filing reduced freight rale increases averaging 12.5 per cent which would be in effect to the end of February. Truckers' food storage rules set EDMONTON (CP) Long delayed regulations requiring truckers to conform .to the same perishable food storage requirements governing the rest of Alberta's food industry will come into effect July 1, L. E. Stewart, Chief of inspec- tion services for the provin- cial health department said Thursday. Mr. Stewart said the provin- cial cabinet has given truckers until the end of June to conform to regulations adopted but not enforced four years ago. The railways have been charging a full 25-per-cent in- crease for genera! commodity rates since Jan. 26 but were ordered to push back the en- tire increase last Wednesday. The full increa'se would take effect March 1. But in ordering cancellation of the increase, the Canadian transport commission in- dicated the railways could file a new 12.5-per-cent rate increase which would come into force right away. The Railway Association of Canada, speaking for the Canadian National Railways and CP Rail, said in a hews release that the new tariff was being filed to "clarify the situation facing many shippers' while rate appeal proceedings are under way before the Supreme Court of Canada. The commission ruling last Wednesday would have essen- tially brought the railways back to where they stood after an earlier commission 'deci- 7 said we were drilling too Inside 28 Pages I Classified........24-28 g Comics............22 Comment...........4 15-17 8 Markets...........23 Sports...........12-14 Theatres...........11 gj Travel..............9 Weather............8 a At Home ....x.....20 f Low tonight -10 S high Sat. 10 some snowflurries. xj Alta. Syncrude bill could reach billion OTTAWA (CP) Total tax- payers commitment to the Syncrude oil sands project in Alberta may amount to billion from the Alberta if there is no inflation of present cost estimates. And Ontario, the smallest investor might wind up with the voting balance of power in the Syncrude board- room with only four per cent of the shares. The size of the government investment in the venture will increase with any rise in cost estimates of billion for the main Syncrude plant, a pro- jection that already has drawn suspicion from opposi- tion critics in the Commons. Federal officials provided some additional details Tues- day of the financing deal worked out among the federal, Alberta and Ontario governments and three U.S.- owned oil'companies behind Syncrude, Imperial Oil Ltd., Gulf Oil Canada Ltd. and Canada-Cities Services Ltd. New and previous arrange- ments, involving various share and debt options, could wind up giving the three governments together just over 50 per cent of Syncrude voting shares, with Alberta the biggest single shareholder. At present, the deal gives the oil companies 70 per cent, the federal government 15, Alberta 10 and Ontario five per cent. Breakdown of the govern- ment investments under pre- sent cost projections of billion for the main Syncrude extraction plant, plus million for an associated power plant and pipeline: million by Ottawa for the 15-per-cent interest. million by Ontario for five per cent. million by Alberta, half for a 10-percent share in Syncrude, and half in loans to Gulf and Cities Service that may be converted in future into a further 10-per-cent shareholding. million by Alberta for power plant and pipeline, to be wholly'owned by the province. -A possible additional million by Alberta if the prov- ince chooses to exercise an op- tion to buy another 20-per-cent share in Syncrude. The additional 20-per-cent option dates from 1973, when Alberta gave Syncrude free leases to the resource and waived rights to normal production royalties. If Alberta chose both to con- vert its loans to shares and to take up its option for a further 20 per cent, it would wind up holding either 36 or 38 per cent of the voting shares.- ;