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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBHIDGE HERALD Thursday, February 13, 1975 News In brief U.S. assessing Cambodian war PHNOM PENH (AP) Ad- miral Noel Gaylor, com- manderin-chief of United States forces in the Pacific, arrived today to review the situation of the besieged Cam- bodian government and assess U.S. assistance to it. Gaylor and a small party of U.S. military and civilian offi- cials met with President Lon Nol and Gen. Sosthene Fernandez commander of the Cambodian armed forces. Old skeleton unveiled CLEVELAND (Reuter) The remains of a fossil human skeleton believed to be about three million years old was unveiled here Wednesday by an anthropologist who found it in Ethiopia last November. Dr. Donald Johnson, curator of physical anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, said a preliminary study in- dicated the skeleton was that of girl slightly taller than three feet who was between 18 and 20 years old when she died. 'No Mafia in B.C.' lufkith Htld Area Yialouio Tax bill swudy may stall 1974 refunds VANCOUVER (CP) The chairman of a two day seminar on white collar crime says there is no evidence the Mafia, or Cosa Nbstra or any other form of organized crime is operating here. W. S. Irwin, British Colum- bia superintendent of brokers said Wednesday the "crime is certainly here even if it.is no worse than any other North American centre." Cyprus partitioned Turkish-Cypriots have declared the northern part of Cyprus a separate Turkish state, but want to be federated with the Greek part of Cyprus. Rauf Denk- tash has been chosen as the head of the new state. See Cyprus story on Page 1. Silverplate dangerous WASHINGTON (AP) -The United States Food and Drug Administration launched an investigation Wednesday into potential lead-poisoning hazards from silver-plated holloware such as baby cups, tea sets and goblets. The FDA said that its testing of 90 different Silverplate vessels last year disclosed that some leached up to 316 parts of lead per million, compared with the federal limit of seven parts per million for ceramic dinnerware. Extras may boost Syncrude price tag Yurko confirms sands study EDMONTON (CP) A federal provincial agree- ment to study the en- vironmental impact of the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project will be signed in the near future, Alberta En- vironment Minister Bill Yurko confirmed Wednesday. He' told the legislature the province had proposed a joint study for several years, but it has taken time to "bring. together various view points Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The billion estimated price tag for the Syncrude Canada Ltd. oil sands project does not include any of extra costs for equip- ment and project modifications needed to meet environmental regulations, according to one of the preliminary assessment studies of the Syncrude pro- ject done for the Alberta government. And another of the studies reveals that the price tag also doesn't include an estimated million expenditure need- ed to dispose of saline water from the huge pits to be created in mining the Athabasca tar sands. Employers 'too restrictive' OTTAWA (CP) Man- power Minister Robert Andras told the Senate finance committee today that employers have been adding to problems in finding needed workers by sticking to job standards that are too re strictive. "Personnel officers, to reduce the number of can- didates they see, impose screens of education, age, ex- perience, height, weight, bon- ding, and so Mr. Andras said in a statement to the committee studying man- power programs. "Then when the market tightens and they can't get workers they fail to realize how much they have restricted their field of choice." Rebel Malagasy police surrender Valentines were bombs BELFAST (AP) Terrorists mailed letter bombs disguised as valentine cards to Roman Catholics in Belfast today. First reports said a 39-year-old woman and her s'even-year-old daughter had been injured. The Irish Republican Army (IRA) said it was not respon- sible for sending out the ex- plosives and was observing the ceasefire that began Mon- day evening. There was no immediate comment from Protestant guerrilla groups. MLA eyes NDP leadership VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia MLA Rosemary Brown said Wednesday she will seek the federal leadership of the New Democratic Party. Ms. Brown, NDP MLA for Vancouver Burrard, said in a news release "it is my inten- tion to run a strong campaign based on a commitment to socialism, the preservation of our natural resources, the protection of our environment and for the rights of workers and ail people." Calgary teachers accept pact CALGARY (CP) one-year contract providing a Calgary's Catholic 17.5 per cent salary school teachers Wednesday increase, improved medical voted in favor of accepting a and sabbatical leave payments and freezing teacher ratio at 21.9 pupils per teacher. The contract, reached last week by negotiators of Local 55 of the Alberta Teachers Association and the separate school board, was ratified by the board earlier Wednesday. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phorw 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL TANANARIVE (Reuter) The majority of rebel police blamed for the assassination of the Malagasy head of state have surrendered to security forces who stormed their camp outside the capital, ac- cording to informed sources. Loyalist forces were reported to have overrun the camp on the outskirts of Tananarive Wednesday night after a day of shooting and bombing by government planes. Col. Richard Rat- simandrava, 43, was killed in an ambush Monday as he was being driven home from a cabinet meeting. He had been head of state for just six days on the Indian Ocean island. A new military council blamed the killing on a rebel security police group. The rebels holed up in a camp on the edge of the capital and loy- alist troops surrounded it Wednesday. Some of the estimated 400 rebels were understood to have escaped. Martial law has been pro- claimed and a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed. The capital was calm Wednesday night and foreign residents were not believed to be in danger. There are several thousand French residents in the country, formerly the French colony of Madagascar. Nixon 'didn't doubt Ford's abilities' NEW YORK (AP) Former president Richard Nixon called President Ford last weekend to assure him that he never doubted his ability to be president, Nixon press secretary Ron Ziegler said today. Ziegler said Nixon's call was prompted by a public statement last week by former presidential counsel Charles Colson that Nixon delayed resigning from the presidency because of doubts about Ford's ability to take over. "He (Nixon) told me that he had called President Ford to say at no time did he doubt his Ziegler said in an interview on the NBC To- day Show. Nixon feels Ford has taken hold of the office and is doing a good job, Ziegler added. This second study, done by the chartered accounting firm of Price Waterhouse and Co., concludes that another million in mortgage financing costs needed for the housing projects for Syncrude employees is not included. Housing for Syncrude is be- ing arranged by Northward Developments Ltd., an associated company owned by the participants in Syncrude. The Price Waterhouse and Co. analysis also concludes that interest during construc- tion has not been included as a cost of construction. "At an interest rate of 10 per cent, interest on the total investment through 1978 would exceed the accounting firm says. Thus, excluding the un- calculated extra costs to meet envirommental regulations, the price tag of the Syncrude project could in fact hit billion without any real change in the Syncrude cost situation. On the question of environ- mental costs, a report by Lo- ram International Ltd. to Al- berta Prem'ier Peter Lougheed on Feb. 4 says that "the impact costs of the en- vironmental regulations could not be assembled within the time-frame of this report. A long term extensive study by several design estimators would be required to deter- mine the increase in cost.. to meet the statuatory regu- lations and the specific condi; tions of each permit." OTTAWA (CP) As the Commons moves into its se- cond day of clause-by-clause scrutiny of the massive om- nibus tax bill, it appears that those 1974 income tax refunds will not be out soon. Debate Wednesday barely scratched the surface of the 287-page bill, an amalgam of measures proposed in the Nov. 18 budget. In addition to considering the 142 clauses in the bill, the Commons will have to deal with 41 amendments proposed by Finance Minister John Turner. Meanwhile, no income tax refunds can be mailed by the revenue department until the bill becomes law. The opposition concentrated most of its attacks Wednesday on the contentious clause which would require resource companies to pay income tax on provincial royalties. Alvin Hamilton Qu'Appelle-Moose Mountain) said delaying the federal re- source tax changes might facilitate a wider agreement at the April federal-provincial energy conference. A delay in imposing the re- source tax would show that Ottawa has left room to negotiate at the April 9-10 meeting he said. "Does the prime minister want to go into this conference with his hands bloody? "I simply ask that before Parliament passes the -edict that no provincial taxes or royalties are deductible, let there be one more opportunity for consultation to see whether there can be .Mr. Hamilton said. Mr. Turner rejected the suggestion that the govern- ment delay proclamation of the clause until after the April conference. Making the taxes effective only on special cabinet order would inject too much uncer- tainty into an already uncer- tain situation. To those critical of the re- source tax proposal, "the power to proclaim would con- stitute just as much of a threat, except that it would be an uncertain Mr. Turner said. "Neither in- dustry nor the provinces would know when or whether it was to be used." He expressed hope that the federal-provincial energy con- ference would take place "un- der the umbrella of a good tone." In addition to the resource tax provisions, the bill provides for increased per- sonal tax exemptions in 1974 and 1975. The tax breaks range from to in 1974, increasing to between Opposition MPs also ques- tioned a clause which would allow some employees to receive tax-free company benefits to educate their children in the parents' primary language. Mr. Turner said the measure "was primarily introduced for those sections of Canada where an employee of one language works in an j language VYUIKS In an and for the 1975 tax area where the other language year- is predominant." Henry confident of Mideast peace THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. State. Secretary Henry Kissinger concluded "very positive" talks today with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on an Israeli withdrawal in Sinai and flew to Damascus seeking Syria's support. "We are still in Kissinger told reporters before meeting with Syrian President Hafez Assad. Privately, U.S. officials said Syria was not opposed to a second stage agreement between Egypt and Israel and might actually favor another Golan Heights accord. Until now Syria has con- sistantly demanded an imme- diate resumption of the Geneva peace conference. Kissinger takes his "explor- atory" mission to Israel tonight. A senior American diplomat said further signifi- cant progress was unlikely before Kissinger returns to the region around March 10. Stopping first in Cairo, he plans to work out the details then of a sizable Israeli pullback in exchange for moves by Egypt toward acceptance of Israel. INVOLVE DOCUMENT U.S. Officials said an agree- ment would involve a docu- ment signed by both Egypt and Israel. But these officials would not go into detail except to hint that one element of the settlement would involve replacing the oil Israel would lose by giving up .the Israeli- occupied Abu Rudeis oil fields. Korean voters endorse Park authoritarian rule SEOUL (AP) President Chung Hee Park today termed the referendum endorsement of his policies "a valuable decision on the part of the people." But the voting returns showed a drop of more than 20 per cent in public sup- port for Park's authoritarian rule of South Korea. The government said returns from 98 per cent of the ballots cast in Wednesday's referendum showed in favor of Park's major policies, opposed and ballots invalid. South schools to get student loss grants Herald Legislature' Bureau EDMONTON Seven Southern Alberta school systems will receive declining enrolment grants under a provincial program announc- ed Monday. Vulcan County school system will receive the largest, grant, for an average loss of 5.25 per cent or 81 students averaged from 1972 to 1974. Picture Butte will receive Warner County Taber Separate Newel! County Forty Mile Separate and Barons Consolidated About 80 per cent of those eligible voted, so the total in favor of the president represented about 58 per cent of the 16.7million electorate. This was a sizable drop from the results of the 1972 referendum which endorsed Park's revision of the con- stitution to prolong his hold on the presidency and enlarge his powers. The vote in his favor then was or more than 80 per cent of the elec- torate with opposed and a 90 per cent turnout. The president's victory statement was conciliatory in tone. But a spokesman for the National Congress for the Restoration of Democracy, a coalition of political, civic and religious bodies, predicted a crackdown on opposition leaders that would show the "dictatorial nature" of the government. New PM BANGKOK (Reuter) Seni Pramoj, 69-year-old veteran leader of the Democrat party, was chosen as Thailand's prime minister today. Snowstorm clogs B.C. highways 'Negligent' U.S. firm gets federal contracts Pantera iicoi.i.eoe Now Through February 15th OTTAWA United States consulting firm, cited for "negligence and in- competence" in the develop- ment of a northern Manitoba forestry complex, has been given in federal government contracts, in- formation tabled in the Com- mons revealed Wednesday. Arthur D. Little Inc. of Cambridge, Mass., obtained six contracts to do consulting work for five federal departments over the last several years, New Democrat David Orlikow (Winnipeg North) was told in a written response to a question. The Little company and a number of other individuals and firms were criticized in the inquiry commission report last October into losses in- curred by the Churchill Forest Industries (CFI) complex at The Pas in northern Manitoba. The project was heavily financed with public funds. The three-member commis- sion said a CFI developer, Alexander Krasser, extracted excessive profits from the project and said that he left Canada with an estimated million from CFI tran- saction. The Little company, the firm engaged to oversee the project for the Manitoba Development Fund, was call- ed negligent and incompetent several times in the six- volume commission report. Federal contracts awarded to the firm came from the communications, energy, trade and supply and services departments and from the Central Mortgage and Hous- ing Corporation They ranged from an CMHC contract in 1966 to make recommendations on development of 500 acres of land in Etobicoke, a Metropolitan Toronto borough, to a trade department contract to help produce an assessment of Canada's future role in the aerospace industry. In reply to Mr. Orlikow's re- quest for reasons for the con- tract awards, the departments said the com- pany possessed the necessary experience to do specialized consulting work. By The CANADIAN PRESS The Rogers Pass section of the Trans-Canada Highway remained -closed Wednesday night and motorists were warned to avoid unnecessary travel on British Columbia highways. A snowstorm dumped up to 29 inches of snow in some areas of B.C. Tuesday night and fresh snow Wednesday continued to plague depart- ment of highways clearing operations. Highways Minister Graham Lea: said in Victoria that sand trucks were keeping just ahead of the snow. He said there was a possibility of avalanches on provincial highways and said motorists should avoid unnecessary highway travel. Heavy snow coupled with a snowslide closed the Rogers Pass, about 20 miles west of Revelstoke, B.C. A department of highways spokesman said the Fraser Canyon section of the Trans Canada Highway would be closed until sometime this afternoon. The Allison Pass section of the southern Trans Canada Highway between Hope and 'Princeton was opened to two lane traffic Wednesday after- noon, and the Cheakamus Ca- nyon stretch of Highway 99 between Squamish and Whistler, which had been Mocked by three snowslides, WM opened to .single lane traffic at 9 p.m. No one was injured when a snowslide struck a small lodge 13 miles east of Hope Wednesday afternoon. The liv- ing room portion of the Sumallo Lodge was ripped away by the slide. The Salmo Creston Skyway remained closed and the 10 inches of snow which fell in the Salmo area in the West 'Kootenay resulted in at least one death. David Dorey, 27, a Salmo school teacher, died in a five vehicle accident north of Salmo Wednesday morning. On Vancouver Island, where Nanaimo received a record 29 inches of snow in 24 hours, a company spokesman said CP Telecommunications was "in pretty bad shape between Vic- toria and Nanaimo." The storm also caused cancellation of several hockey games. Kamloops Chiefs of the Western Canada Hockey League cancelled a home game against Lethbridge Broncos set for Wednesday night because they were un- able to return from a Tuesday game in Victoria. The game will be played tonight. Dean apologizes for fee GUELPH, Ont. (CP) John Dean, con- victed Watergate conspirator, apologized ij; to students at the University of Guelph Wednesday for accepting a fee for S the lecture but added that his help in un- ravelling the Watergate affair left him in serious debt. jij: "The question of fetes has troubled me since I began my he told an g overflow crowd at the university during g the first of two Canadian stops of his tour. "At first I planned to cancel my lecture g tour, but people convinced me to con- g he said. "I want to share what I g saw and what I heard during Watergate." J: He said the news media exaggerated his g; potential income from the lecture tour Si arranged shortly after he was released" from prison. i Mr. Dean spoke to a receptive audience at the university with the only disruption fi from a small group of Waterloo Univer- sity students who were booed down when they tried to interrupt his speech. x He blamed the Watergate coverup on the White House atmosphere during 3 former president Nixon's administration and said he was a willing participant because of "blind ambition." 3 Mr. Dean said there will never be 8 another Watergate. During an hour-long question period, Mr. Dean said a Watergate might occur in Canada, but said the leader in this coun- try would be removed much sooner. When asked about Mr. Nixon's pardon, he said he would not favor imprisoning a 8 former president, but said the truth should 8 have been the price of a pardon. 8 He said the Watergate coverup was a jij: piecemeal attempt to sweep things under the rug rather than a co-ordinated master 8 conspiracy. "The belief prevailed that somehow, some way, this godawful mess would go 8 away." g: He added that it was good the coverup 8 was unravelled. "If we had got away with the coverup, Lord knows what the next 8 coverup would have been.' ;