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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, February 7, 1975 Oil consumer 'will pay bill for bailing out Syncrude' By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Alberta Liberal Leader Nick Taylor, a former vice president of exploration for one of the companies in the Syncrude consortium, describes the recent Syncrude rescue as a "comedy of errors." But consumers have little to laugh about in the Syncrude fiasco, he warns. A geologist and oil explora- tion executive since the late '40s, the 47-year-old Taylor says the Ontario and federal governments were stampeded into financing Syncrude because Eastern Canadians are convinced that "Syncrude must go; or we'll freeze in the dark." While the federal govern- ment has made an "honest Taylor says, the Alberta government wants Syncrude to provide "in- surance" for the Tories' mis- guided dream of making the province "the General Motors of the corporate states of the world." Taylor, who will contest the Liberal nomination Feb. 12 for Calgary Glenmore, a seat now held by retiring Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie, blames the National Energy Board for contributing to the "climate of national emergency." The NEB, he adds, recently predicted Canada would fall short of its daily oil needs by barrels in six years. Games closing tickets gone Queues formed in Action Central only minutes after the Winter Games ticket office opened its doors this morning. With a scant 800 tickets left this morning for opening ceremonies, and all tickets for the final hockey event and clos- ing ceremonies already sold out, Southern Albertans are feverishly grabbing up Games tickets. Ticket boss Pat Berti says sales are accelerating, with final competitions in every sport showing strong demand. No ticket orders are being taken over the telephone, she said. There are no reserved seats and no refunds or exchanges. floor price sought for beets 'Uneconomic enterprise' City Scene Music fest deadline here Saturday is the deadline for entries in the 45th annual Kiwanis Music festival. Enquiries and entries should be made before Feb. 8 to Mar- jorie McLaughlin, 509 Dieppe Blvd. The April 14 to 19 com- petition, to be held at seven locations in the city, includes a concert April 20 and an awards banquet April 24. Pottery, photos on display A display of pottery, drawings and photographs by two local artists will be on display at the Bowman Arts Centre from Mon- day through Feb. 28. Drawings and pottery by Rodger Woslyng and photographs by Bill Groenen will be shown. The centre is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. Lottery sales pass The Winter Games lottery ticket fell into the drum Thursday. Lottery official Del Brown said this morning the ticket, number A179062, was purchased in Calgary. The next early bird draws are Feb. 11 and 23, with the final draw March 17. Broadcasters name officers WALTER KEHBER photo His kind of sport Aaron Berg, three, of 817 7th St. N., may be a bit young for the Canada Winter Games, but he can enjoy the winter sport of tobogganing. It's less of a sport for his mother, Ingrid Berg, who has to bring Aaron and the toboggan up from the bottom of the slope. Sugar man predicts continued high price For Imperial Oil, Gulf Oil and Cities Service, the three private partners who own 70 per cent of the project, getting into bed .with three governments is "like marry- ing the landlady's daughter there's no rent, the best bed in the house and the first pork For the Canadian consumer, Syncrude is a bad deal. "We've been panicked into buying an uneconomical enterprise." "How did they make it seem Answering his own question, Taylor says: "The after-tax revenue on a barrel of oil to conventional industry is and these are Alberta government figures. "Great Canadian Oil Sands nets after taxes. "But the net-after-taxes for Syncrude will be a little over a barrel. NICK TAYLOR Dream insurance We still have Brown, genera manager of CJOC Radio ha been named a director of th< good selection Association o at the association' meeting in Calgary. Marshall of CFCN Calgary, was electee president, replacing Tom CKXL, Calgary 20% was appointed to the association's five-man boarc directors. PRICED TO agreed on the 4" ,15" Call for more young people in the industry, and resolved tc publish a booklet encouraginj prospective broadcasters to the field. u _ DMUI BLACK, DENTAL LAB MNTAIBLDG. DOWNTOWN 327-2122 Relatively high sugar prices and slightly lower sales have been predicted for 1975 by Bill Hetherington of Vancouver, vice president of B.C. Sugar Refining Co. Ltd. Mr. Hetherington told the 50th annual banquet for the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association Thursday a tight supply demand situation and a low world inventory of sugar will keep consumer prices high throughout Canada. He said consumer prices will not reach the low levels of the 1960s when sugar sold for eight and nine cents per pound. The lower sales of sugar in 1975, due mainly to the con- tinued high price, will be offset by higher sales of sugar substitute with a return of ar- tificial sweeteners. The industry will also have to face the "nutritional freaks" and their claims of empty calories derived from eating white processed sugar, he said. "Calories are calories and we need he said. "Sugar provides those calories cheaply and quickly.'' In spite of all consumer complaints about the high price of sugar, westerners had the cheapest product in Canada during 1974, he said. B.C. Sugar Refining Co. Ltd., the only cane sugar processing plant in Western Canada, owns Canadian Sugar Factories in Lethbridge and Manitoba Sugar Co. The parent company started in the business strictly in cane sugar. But in 1900, it was testing sugar beets on a small scale in British Columbia as well as beets grown for the Knight Sugar Factory at Raymond. While B.C. Sugar was processing cane sugar, it was maintaining a close eye on the beet sugar operation in Southern Alberta, said Mr. Hetherington. Since buying the Southern Alberta sugar factory and ex- panding into Manitoba, more than half of the total sugar production for B.C. Sugar comes from beet operations on the Prairies, said Mr. Hetherington. "What they've done is, in effect, taken money from wheat producers and started a wheat farm in a non-viable area. While farmers are getting a bushel for wheat, the government gives itself a bushel and says, 'We have an economically viable farm.' "In order to make Syncrude appear economical, the Alberta government is taking money from conventional producers and using the sur- plus to build Syncrude. "What the consumer pays for oil bears no relation to the cost of exploration and refining." Like whiskey, the price of oil is determined by govern- ment taxation, he says. Syncrude, like the im- probable wheat farm, hits the consumer hardest, because "he's the one who pays." But the Alberta government persisted, charges Taylor, because it wants synthetic crude as "insurance" for Premier Peter Lougheed's "industrial dream." The oil companies, he adds, are more than willing to climb into bed with government: "I think that major oil com- panies are backing out of ex- ploration and development and hoping to make their money from refining and marketing." Atlantic Richfield, which owned the 30 per cent share in Syncrude purchased for 000 by the three governments, pulled out because the com- pany has no plans to market synthetic crude in Canada. NOW... a loader built to match your big tractor JCHUJRRTZ Tin Schwartz loMcr mwt melon et 75 h.p. tnd up, long ruch, 11 ft. IM 4000 ib. IHI. CwnptoM Km of AVAILABLE AT Oliver Industrial Supply Ltd. 236 36 Slraat N. Phont 327-1571 Or the OLIVER Dealer Nearest You Rodeo school reports vacancies Vacancies still exist in six events for the rodeo school planned by the Lethbridge Community College Rodeo Club. The school, to be held Feb. 14-22, is open to all interested persons. More information is available from the student council office at the college. Vacancies exist in steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping, bull riding, bareback riding and saddle bronc riding. Two people injured An ambulance speeds to the scene of an accident Thursday at Mayor Magrath Drive and 3rd Avenue South. One woman, Maria Toess, 1516 A 7th Ave. S., was taken to a Lethbridge hospital where she was treated for injuries and released. Her husband Lyle has been charged with driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 per cent. The Toess car, which was southbound on Mayor Magrath 'P.r.''ye about 7 p.m., was in collision with a northbound vehicle that was attempting to make a lefthand turn, Lethbridge city police allege. The second vehicle was driven by Lowell Osing of Milk River. Mr. Oslng's wife, Ada, was slightly injured in the accident, which resulted in damage. City youth dies in 3-vehicle mishap INSURANCE FARM Can Sava You SI t 7M M. An. t. MM7M A three-vehicle accident on Highway 3, two miles east of Fort Macieod at 7 a.m. today has resulted in the death of a Lethbridge youth. Calvin Craig Hyatt, 17, 3506 10th Ave. A S., was killed when the eastbound car in FOX DENTURE CLINIC ESI. 192: I. P. FOX, C.D.H. FOXLETMMMEKNTALLM MtDICAL OMTAL ILDO. which he was a passenger was in collision with a semi-trailer truck driven by Clifford Bryngelson of Richwood, Minn. Prior to the collision, the westbound truck was in colli- sion with another westbound car driven by Carlos Harris of Magrath. The driver pf the eastbound vehicle was Shawn Thompson, 1601 Lakeshore Drive. Jack Byam, 1228 31st St. A S., was a passenger. Mr. Thompson and Mr. Byam were taken to Fort Macieod Municipal Hospital following the accident. Mr. Harris wasn't hurt. The accident is still under investigation. By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A floor price of {45 per ton for sugar beets is being sought for income .protection for members of the Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association. A resolution presented to the association's 50th annual meeting Thursday by the Burdett Bow Island local asked for the floor price from the federal Agricultural Prices and Stabilization Board. Producers received a record per ton for beets grown in 1973 and predictions for final returns from the 1974 beet crop are even higher. The 1974 final gross returns won't be known until all sugar processed from those beets is sold, likely next December or January. In past years, sugar beet growers have been paid on the basis of what the price of sugar on the wholesale level during a year averaged. When consumer prices are high, returns to farmers are high. With a floor price, when the world sugar market fluctuates below the level needed to return farmers per ton, the difference would be paid directly to producers from the federal treasury. In other resolutions, the association unanimously sup- ported the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association in its ef- forts to get additional govern- ment assistance to up date irrigation systems and to build upstream water storage facilities on Southern Alberta river systems. A farmer from the Taber Irrigation District told 100 delegates his district had to shut down for three days last summer to allow water stocks to replenish because of a lack of water storage facilities up- stream. Ben Lomond of Picture Butte, a board member from the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District, said with present spending limits, it will take 30 to 40 years to renovate and up date the irrigation dis- tricts in Southern Alberta. He called for a tripling of expenditures in the districts to get the job done faster. Quoting from a recent study done for the provincial government, Mr. Lomond said 85 per cent of the benefits accrued through irrigation goes to non agricultural people, mainly urban residents through lower food costs because of the higher rate of production through irrigation. He said because of this study, the government has agreed to spend for each the districts spend. But more is needed, he said. Fertilizer also brought dis- cussion from the delegates at the meeting. A government inquiry into fertilizer prices and availability of supplies was requested by the growers. Jim Csabay of Coaldale said he wants to know if the pre- sent high fertilizer prices are realistic or if the fertilizer companies are profiteering and gouging the farmers. If the cost of fertilizer produc- tion is legitimate, farmers are likely willing to pay the price. Dobson Lea, president of Unifarm, responded to the dis- cussion by telling the farmers his organization has been helping to monitor the input costs of fertilizer to farmers for about eight months. He said the price of fer- tilizer in the United States has been about per ton higher than in Canada, prompting some farmers to sell fertilizer stocks needed in this country to American farmers. Another resolution that would have the federal government share in the cost of fertilizer in Western Canada because the high price is tied directly to the spirall- ing energy prices was defeated by one vote. ARTBIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC SctaiftaWj 222SWSI.S. Phona RELIEVES GAS PAJNS. NEWVW's (rom S3195 Coming Soon! The Introduction of The New RABBIT AND SCIROCCO RAEWOOD MOTORS LTD. VOLKSWAGEN PORSCHE AUDI PHARMACY FACTS from 0. C. STUBBS If you've ever won- dered why we stock numerous brands of what are often thought to be 'the same drug' then please give the following a little thought. Drug manu- facture and distri- bution are under tight control of the governments in Russia and the communist world. There is no patent protection, no profit motive, no ad- vertising. In those countries, while we can assume re- search must be being done, it's a fact that new drug discovery las practically come o a halt. In fact there s a known shortage pf drugs in all these countries. On the other hand, since before World War II almost 60% of all drug dis- coveries have origin- ated under our free enterprise system. STUBS PHARMACY LTD. dally a.m. to p.m. and Holidays 12 noon to p.m. BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS AND CARPET CLEANING loan TtarMff I FrMn NI ;