Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
CANADIAN PRESS photo CORRIE-JO PETRUNIK, 12, WITH TORCH I The lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1975 15 Cents Trucleau urges better physical fitness Pomp, plea open Games RICK ERVlN photo 'LET'S HAVE A PARTY', URGES PM By GEORGE STEPHENSON and RUSS OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writers Prime Minister Trudeau urged Canadians to "stop eating garbage" and "respect your as he opened the 1975 Canada Winter Games here Tuesday night at the end of a colorful two-hour ceremony. "I wish all those people who are going to watch the Games on television would get off their their the prime minister said to a suddenly-warmed audience of athletes and spectators. Minutes before Lethbfidge figure skater Corri-Jo Petrunik, 12, lit the Games torch, Mr. Trudeau warned Canadians they are "getting sluggish." "Because we are affluent, we have cars and motorcycles and buses and trains and air- planes and elevators and es- calators arid we don't move around very much. "Physical fitness is falling back in Canada. It's not as good as in many other lands." Mr. Trudeau said if the spirit of the Games "can spread into the schools and colleges and universities and offices and factories and farms and Canadians begin to develop a sense of pride in their physical well-- being, stop eating garbage all the time, begin to respect their bodies and believe in health and believe in the values of physical fitness, then we will begin to make a great Then we will be doing something." His impromptu remarks in French and English, sandwiched between two standing ovations, exhorted Canadians "to believe in health that's what these Games are all about. That's why you have the support of all your governments." Mr. Trudeau's pica followed brief comments by Lethbridge Mayor Andy Anderson, Games President Charles Vir- tue, Premier Peter Lougheed and federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde, who predicted that "the friendship of the Games will outlast by far the results of competition." Jim Shot- Both Sides, chief of the Blood Band, gave his blessing to the success of the Games in a Blackfoot in- vocation. Although few understood the chief, Mr. Virtue said "the WALTER KERBER photo COVETED WINTER GAMES FLAG IS LOFTED HIGH ABOVE ATHLETES games have been well blessed." Speaking in faltering French, Mayor Anderson and Mr. Virtue welcomed the athletes and praised the work of volunteers. Unlike Mr. Lougheed, who stuck to English, Mayor Anderson and Mr. Virtue drew of applause, mixed with laughter, for their valiant sorties into francais. Although speeches drew the warmest response from the capacity shoulder to shoulder crowd of it was the athletes who were in the spotlight. After trooping into the Sportsplex amidst provincial and territorial flags and anthems, the teams joined Lethbridge judokan, Guy Pomahac, 18, as he recited the athletes' creed. The Canada Winter Games flag, later hoisted high above assembled athletes, was carried in by the Ontario team, which captured the coveted pennant at the second Winter Games four years ago in Saskatoon. Before the athletes' colorful entrance, camera-toting spec- tators, hordes of news photographers and CBC news focused their attention on an hour of entertainment. Twenty-one "Greek dancers" invoked the spirit of Olympic competition with a veil dance performed to strains of The Impossible Dream. Eight Pharley 'Pheasants, paired with eight "Pharlettes" and wielding .spqrts props, gave the appreciative opening crowd an athletic dance depicting 10 of 16 Winter Games sports. Other ceremony entertain- ment included a march selec- tion by the 80-piece Magrath- Cardston Marching Band, songs by the Canada Games Honors Choir and Band, an' "Alberta Medley" by the Lethbridge. Collegiate In- stitute Stage Band and fan- fares by eight military heralds from CFB Calgary, f (For additional opening ceremonies coverage see Pages Public backs police in shootout CALGARY (CP) Most of the members of the public interviewed by an inquiry into the Dec. 20 Shootout approved of police handling of the in- cident, inquiry member Gordon Gilkes said today. Mr. Gilkes said 18 persons turned up Monday in the se- cond and final day of the in- quiry's public phase to offset the disappointing turnout of two persons Saturday. RICK ERVIN photo BUNDLED-UP TRUDEAU DONS SKATES TO TRY OUT NEW SPEEDSKATINQ OVAL AT OFFICIAL OPENING end hmrd About town CBC commentator Ted ReyMldi describing Games hostesses at the official open- ing as Gamesbirds and bun- nies Howie Yuoilk haul- ing water to his new house with frozen water pipei. Licence plates delayed Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON "The whole things's been kind of a dis- aster" was how Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne described the case of the tardy licence plates Tuesday. Mr. Copithorne informed Albertans in the legislature that they may have to wait un- til May to purchase a million sets of plates that would nor- mally go on sale next month. Outside the House he described the trail of misfor- tune which has plagued the province's first issue of five- year plates. It was also the first time the plates have been manufac- tured .outside the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Institution. "I wish we had kept the equipment in Fort the highways minister said ruefully at one point during his explanation to the house. What happened to make the plates so late? First the steel to make the plates was the wrong kind, then the steel sent in .its place to a Regina fac- tory was mangled in a train wreck near the Great Lakes. When the firm finally receiv- ed the .necessary steel and forwarded the pressed plates to Edmonton for painting, the Edmonton factory did a sloppy job. At the moment, a spokesman for Hi-Sign Com- pany said Tuesday, the firm is inspecting individual plates for poor paint jobs and fingerprints. Hi-Sign purchased some of the equipment used at the Fort Saskatchewan institution to do the job. The operation at the jail was phased out because it offered no useful job training in other fields, Solicitor General Helen Hunley told the legislature. Mr: Copithorne, answering questions first raised by George Ho Lem (SC Calgary McCall) said the province hopes to put the new plates on sale by April 1 but may not be able to open sales until May. Ecology study planned for sands Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Two of the gov- ernments that last week agreed to keep the J2 billion Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project alive have now decided to spend million or more during the next decade to see what the development will do to the Athabasca oil sands environment. The joint environmental as- sessment effort by Alberta and th.e federal government, which will be announced later this week, will consist primarily of "base line" scientific studies to determine the state of the environment before, during and after the massive oil sands de- velopment that the 12 billion Syncrude project is expected to spark. Meanwhile, Syncrude, which is responsible for doing studies on the pollution to be caused by the first major oil sands plant, still has not provided Ottawa and Alberta with the extra .environmental information needed to shore up what federal environment department experts in December described as a con- fusing and 'misleading initial company environmental assessment. The first .environmental studies under the new joint Alberta-Ottawa effort are scheduled to start ibis spring, With the 1975-76 effort worth about million, according to government.sources. Asked why the government would be doing such studies "after the since the re- cent Syncrude decision repre- sents the all-clear for massive development of the oil sands to meet Canada's growing oil needs, federal environment scientists replied that development of the tar sands has always been assumed. The role of the federal gov- ernment is not to block such important energy projects but to "minimize" the harmful ef- fects on the environment, ac- cording to Les Edgeworth, as- sistant deputy minister of the federal environmental protec- tion service. Syncrude snubbed EDMONTON (CP) Five provincial governments were decidedly, lukewarm to the idea of investing in the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project and two did not even reply to Alberta's offer. Letters, tabled in the: Alberta legislature Tuesday by Bill Dickie, mines and minerals minister, showed only Ontario and Quebec look- ed positively on the idea. On- tario ultimately joined the consortium for million. 'At youein iff, mtmbtrt of Sovbt fntt, thm't nothing wrong with Comndt Bnthntvl' 40 Pages Classified........28-31 Comics............26 Comment...........4 13-15 Family..........21-24 Markets...........27 Sports...........33-36 Theatres.'...........9 Weather............3 Low (Might -li cold, drifting now.