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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD February News In brief Raise sought for queen Tax reduction bill facing detailed study LONDON (Reuter) Queen Elizabeth may receive an increase in salary. Prime Minister Harold Wilson is ex- pected today to recommend an increase of (U.S. for the Queen. If approved the increase would make the Queen's income about million (U.S. J3.45 million) annually. Colson to be questioned WASHINGTON (AP) Charles Colson, former White House special counsel, will answer questions from the Rockefeller commission staff following his recent charges that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was involved in espionage in the United States, his lawyer says. Colson, who was released from prison less than two weeks ago after serving seven months of a one-to three-year term for obstruction of justice, has charged the' CIA had prior knowledge of the Watergate burglary and the break-in at the office of Da'niel Ellsberg's psy- chiatrist. Henry begins peace talks JERUSALEM Secretary Henry Kissinger of the United States planned a full day of talks today with Israeli leaders as he pressed his search for common ground between them and the Egyp- tians. Kissinger arrived Monday to begin his latest Middle East peace shuttle. He and Premier Yitzhak Rabin were to breakfast together and then sit down for a full working session with their advisers. B.C. to curb rebate loans VICTORIA (CP) The provincial government has issued a new regulation allow- ing the department of con- sumer services to prosecute income tax loan companies charging exorbitant interest rates. Consumer Services Minister Phyllis Young said Monday a regulation added to the trade practices act says British Columbia courts now may look into tax rebate schemes where the consumer receives such a small amount from the rebater that the result is judg- ed to be "harsh or ine- quitable" to the taxpayer. Inflation slow in December PARIS (AP) Inflation in industrialized countries fell below one per cent in December, indicating forecasts for 19A may have been overly pessimistic, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Develop- ment reported. It was the first time the rate fell below one per cent in five months. The average annual rate for 1974 was 14.2 per cent, compared with 7.9 per cent in 1973, the report said. Trucks sales in slump Night Stalker It was a cold and lone- ly vigil Monday night for Winter Games volunteer security guard Ray Yezovick, an LCC student from Creston, B.C., as he checks incoming cars for parking passes. Games organizers estimate some athletes were hous- ed in the village by this morning. Tight security is being maintained in the athletes' village, with a 1 a.m. curfew in force. Escaped AIM leader sees increase in Indian violence, unrest DETROIT (AP) Truck sales, long considered a strong indicator of United States economic health, have plunged into what industry analysts fear may be a prolonged slump. The truck market remained strong throughout most of 1974, while car sales dropped. Now trucks are into their own slump and industry analysts say the market will worsen by spring. still free Taylor nominated CALGARY (CP) Alberta Liberal leader Nick Taylor was nominated by acclama- tion Monday night to run in the Calgary Glenmore con- stituency in the next provin- cial election. Mr. Taylor, a Calgary oilman, attacked the Conser- vative government's handling of the resources revenue as "abdication of respon- sibility." CALGARY (CP) The leader of the American Indian Movement says governments should realize Indian people are "prepared to die rather than suffer one more day of degrading treatment." Speaking at the University of Calgary on contemporary Indian issues, Dennis Banks said he sees violence and oc- cupations increasing. "They bring immediate results and reaction from governments. "They (governments) must realize action must take place either by negotiations at the conference table, or at the end of a gun barrel." He stressed native people should avoid "assimilation surrender" and demand renegotiation and re ex- amination of all treaty rights. "Treaty rights have become the rallying cry of the native people, but violation of treaty rights have occurred day after day, month after month, year after year. "Since the government has been our protective officer, the United States Indians have lost 55 million acres of land. "Concern is growing among the native people, concern that borders on repression." Gov't seeks alternative to Garrison Diversion Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The Canadian government is confident that it can reach agreement with the United States on alter- natives to the Garrison Diver- sion project to avoid causing injury to health or property in Canada. External Affairs Minister Allan MacEachen Monday in a written reply to questions asked by Bob Brisco (PC-Kootenay West) said Investment bill introduced VANCOUVER (CP) Donald Oag, 24, who escaped custody at Vancouver Inter- national Airport Sunday, was still at large today as RCMP and municipal police throughout the province tried to apprehend him. "We're doing everything we possible can to find said one police spokesman in Van- couver. Another police spokesman C< 1 said it is believed oag might contract with oyncrudc Unions sign no-strike EDMONRON (CP) A private member's bill which would provide incentives for Albertans to invest in Al berta based companies was introduced Monday in the legislature by Roy Wilson (SC Calgary The proposed legislation would permit Albertans to deduct up to .in dividends received from Alberta based companies in computing their income tax. Newscast a little late VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia viewers were startled Monday when the Feb. 3 CBC national newscast was shown a second time. CBC announcer Lloyd Robertson signed off the program by saying "that's the news for Monday, Feb. 3" after a program that included speculation on Edward Heath's chances in the British Conservative leadership race. One Vancouver spokesman said the mistake originated in Toronto. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 328-4722 COLLEGE MALL VANCOUVER Retired County Court Judge Key Alger Sargent, 84, an advocate of the death penalty for murderers and of spankings as a cure for juvenile crime but an oppo- nent of Sunday blue laws. NOTICE The Annual Meeting of ST. PATRICK'S SAVINGS and CREDIT UNION LTD. wlllbihtld Saturday, Feb. 15th, 1975 it SVEN ERICKSON'S FAMILY RESTAURANT Businm iDMting to follow Dance to the of tin Raymond Canadians TICKETS WILL ONLY M AVAILABLE AT THE CREDIT UNION OFFICE GUESTS WELCOME! try to reach London, Ont., as he has done during previous escapes, to see his mother. He had vowed Sunday not to be taken alive. Oag, whom police described as "extremely is five foot, lOYz inches tall, of medium build, with fair com- plexion, and has brown hair, and blue eyes. He has several tatoos on his body, including one on his chest stating "cry here, baby." He escaped custody for the fourth time Sunday, this time after arriving at Vancouver International Airport en route from Ontario's Millhaven Penitentiary to the B.C. penitentiary. Police said Oag has escaped custody three other times dur- ing the last five years from the B.C. penitentiary in May, 1973, when he overpowered a guard while being escorted to a nearby medical centre; from Millhaven in July, 1972, during a mass escape involv- ing 13 other prisoners; and from a reformatory at Burwash, Ont., in October, 1969. Vietnam fighting at low ebb SAIGON (AP) Fighting slackened to the lowest level in two weeks across South Vietnam today as the country began its annual celebration of Tet, the four-day festival of the lunar new year. The Saigon military com- mand reported 58 rocket and mortar attacks and four in- fantry assaults during the 24- hour period ending at dawn. The only prolonged fighting was in the coastal lowlands below Da Nang, where government forces have been battling the North Vietnamese for four days. EDMONTON (CP) All 13 construction trade unions negotiating a "labor peace" pact with Canadian Bechtel Ltd., the general contractor for the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project, have signed a draft agreement with the company. John Barr, a Syncrude spokesman, said the draft agreement was circulated late last week and all the un- ions now have signed it. The agreement now must be of- ficially ratified by each union. The draft provides for a no- strike, no-lockout committ- ment between the unions and the employer until the project is completed, projected for the 1978 or 1979, Mr. Barr said. The agreement, if accepted will cover some 800 workers at the site now and as many as when the project hits its peak in late 1976, he said. the government intends to negotiate a solution to the problem that will fully satisfy Canadian concerns. That was his response in the Commons to Mr. Brisco's question: "Will the govern- ment negotiate a halt to the Garrison Mr. MacEachen said the government is convinced that Canada and the U.S. can even- tually agree to alternatives to the Garrison project. At a meeting between senior of- ficials of both governments on Jan. 16 in Washington the US. was again informed of Canada's concern. The Americans reiterated their intention to abide by Ar- ticle Four of the Boundary Waters Treaty. That section prohibits injury to health or property in the other country. The U.S. representatives at the meeting undertook to defer construction of all aspects of the project po- tentially affecting waters flowing into Canada until it is clear that this U.S. obligation is met. Mr. MacEachen said at this meeting progress was made towards a resolution of the issue that will satisfy Cana- dian concerns. OTTAWA (CP) The om- nibus income tax bill, which Parliament must approve be- fore 1974 tax rebates can be mailed, is expected to take an- other step forward today on its long legislative journey. The Commons was expected to give the 287-page bill ap- proval in principle, but how long it will be before final pas- sage is anybody's guess. De- tailed and perhaps prolonged study faces the bill once it goes to committee of the whole House after approval in principle. The government had hoped Vorster optimistic of Rhodesian settlement CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) Prime Minister John Vorster says he is optimistic of a settlement in Rhodesia and that the people of South- West Africa can have freedom whenever they want it.' But he holds out no prospect of black majority rule in South Africa. The 59-year-old head pf South Africa's white-minority government said in an inter- view Monday he doesn't see any reason why an indepen- dent white country and an independent black country "can't both find a place in the sun in the continent of Africa because we are as much of Africa and we have as much right to claim our portion of Africa as any other African country. Vorster also made clear that modifications of South Africa's apartheid policy of racial discrimination do not mean abandonment of the policy of "separate or segrega- tion of the black population in native reservations. He recalled that his predecessor, Dr. Hendrik Verwoerd, said more than a decade ago "that if and when South Africa's policy of separate development is translated into practice, cer- tain historical practices which might be described as dis- crimination will fall by the board." the bill would be on the way to the Senate and royal assent by the end of this week. However, the opposition wants more debate. "We feel we have the government on a bit of a wicket here and we intend to stick to Sinclair Stevens (York-Simcoe) Conservative financial critic, said in an interview Monday night. In the Commons earlier, he insisted that his party is not attempting to delay the bill which Finance Minister John Turner said Monday must pass before 1974 tax rebates can be mailed. The bill would reduce in- come taxes by between and 1974 and by and for this year. Mr. Turner said that is an average seven-percent tax reduction. It also would exempt from taxation interest income up to from savings accounts, dividends or private pension plans. Taxpayers also would be permitted lax-free savings of up to a total of purchase of their first home. Among several technical amendments introduced by Mr. Turner Monday was one to extend by one month the deadline for entering the home ownership plan. The new deadline would be April 1 for this year. The bill also would remove exemptions for'royalties paid provinces by natural resource companies. Before the bill gets second reading the Commons must decide on a "reasoned" Con- servative amendment. It says the bill should not pass because it does not contain a further five-per-cent income tax reduction despite "unprecedented government revenues and the resulting overtaxation of gov- ernment." Mr. Stevens said the "rea- soned amendment" allows the opposition to vote against the bill without being accused of Voting against tax cuts. He said the party has not yet decided how to vote on the whole bill. It still hoped for more tax cuts. But he got no hope from Mr. Turner, who discounted many Conservative arguments say- ing they compare apples with oranges. Appeal launched against P.E.I, landowner law OTTAWA (CP) -An appeal that could affect how much land any Canadian may own outside his own province con- tinues today in the Supreme Court of Canada. And although the rights of Canadians are at stake, the case was brought to the court by two New York state residents who want to buy 30 acres of land on Prince Edward Island. The Americans want the court to strike down a P.E.I, law that says non-residents may own only 10 acres of land and 330 feet of Shoreline un- less they get provincial government permission to ac- quire more. Toronto lawyer Bernard Chernos confined opening arguments Monday to the rights of Canadians but told the nine judges that the law, while affecting Canadians, was aimed at aliens. "But the tail goes along with the he said, a reference to Canadian law giving aliens the same land- holding rights as natural-born Canadians. Prince Edward Island's arguments will be bolstered by lawyers from the other nine provinces who either have, or are considering, similar legislation as P.E.I. The federal justice depart- ment will argue against the provincial legislation. Major airlines admit illegal kickbacks New York Times Service NEW YORK Nineteen of the 23 major foreign and domestic airlines that fly between the United States and Europe agreed Monday to ad- mit to federal prosecutors that they had given illegal kickbacks to travel agents and passengers. The written agreement part of a plea bargaining arrangement between the air- lines and the federal govern- _ ment was expected to be SnilttlPfKSt I S hit the next to last step before I U.CJ. Illl the end of an almost two year federal grand jury investigation of widespread airline kickbacks. Such kickbacks in the form of rebates or improper discounts WASHINGTON are said by airline sources to States has been hit harder by recession agreement, which airline ex- ecutives asserted had been accepted orally by Trager's staff, employees of the air- lines would be exempt from prosecution. The 19 airlines pledged to apply their "best efforts" in the next few months to negotiate a separate civil con- sent decree promising not to make such rebates in the future. Justice department officials have indicated that an airline settlement offer along the lines of the one submitted Monday would be a satisfac- tory resolution of investigation. Trager, however, declined to com- ment on the matter Monday. The participants are reported to include all of the major trans Atlantic air- lines, such as Pan American World Airways, Trans World Airlines, Air-France and British Airways. Four airlines that refused to be a party to the agreement and could face separate prosecution by the justice department are Aeroflot, the Soviet airline; Czechoslovakian Airlines; Pakistan International Airlines and Irish Airlines. hardest by recession involve many tens of millions of dollars yearly. In letters submitted to David G. Trager, the United States attorney for the eastern district of New York, the 19 airlines agreed to provide evidence and to plead no contest to five counts of illegal rebating or con- spiracy to rebate. Each airline, as a cor- poration, is subject to criminal fines of up to However, under tht than the rest of the U. S. and prospects for quick recovery are not good, says the Federal Reserve Bank's southeastern district. One indication of that is the 7.4-per-cent unemployment rate in the southeast in December compared with a national rate of 7.2, said William Toal, a business economist at the bank. In other economic develop- ments: International Long- shoremen's and Warehouse- men's Union and Pacific Coast dock employers reach- ed agreement on a new contract which includes a no- layoff clause. Spokesmen said the new pact would guarantee peace on the Pacific waterfront for 2Vi years. More than members of the Machinists and Aerospace Workers con- tinued a walkout at McDonnell Douglas facilities in California, Missouri and Florida in a dispute over provisions of a new contract. WELCOME VISITORS TO THE JEUX WINTER GAMES Be Sure To Come In and See Our Fine Selection of Shoes AT MflRflNJQ WORLD OF SHOES J17A Siitti Slrttl South OPEN THUDS. TILL 9 P.M. ;