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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta HIGH FORECAST THURSDAY 35. The LetKbtrtdge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 57 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS- 36 PAGES Home Oil purchas documents said MOUNT BLACKSTRAP Is scheduled to begin Wednesday on Mount Blackstrap but temperatures, below freezing at night and in the mid-40s during the day, have already scratched half the cross-country course. Snow appeared suitable for normal skiing but the Winter Games officials are wondering what might happen when skiers begin carving up the course. Great debate on pipeline under way By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) The great public debate about a proposed oil pipeline across Alaska resumed here Tuesday with battalions of supporters and de- tractors lining up to a lone Canadian warning of "inevitable" damage to the West Coast of Canada. Bogers C. B. Morton, newly-appointed interior sec- retary in the Nixon cabinet, opened a two-day hear- ing by assuring several hundred would-be witnesses and spectators that the application to build an 800- mile pipeline has not yet been approved and will not be approved until all sides have been heard and all factors weighed. And in what looked like specific recognition of Ca- nadian fears about oil spills from fleets of tankers plying the coast, Morton said he wants more investi- gation "of the environmental impact of tanker trans- port from the "Gulf of Alaska to the Puget Sound area" in Washington stale. David Anderson, Liberal MP for Esquimalt-Sa- anich, acknowledged Morton's mention of tanker trans- port gratefully. But he told the hearing a draft state- ment from the interior for the cur- rent the threat to Canada's coast from tanker transport and failed to consider adequate- ly the effects on Canadian interests on the current proposals for getting Alaska oil to the mainland U.S. He warned there "will be repercussions" in other areas of Canada-U.S. relations if the U.S. government approves the project without consulting or co-operating with Canada. Anderson said he was speaking as a private citi- zen, but the 33-year-old MP mentioned his role as chairman of the Commons committee on the environ- ment and many of his expressed concerns were sim- ilar notably more dramatic of Energy Minister J. J. Greene in a Vancouver speech last Friday. Both men questioned the argument, that a trans- Alaska pipeline is necessary for U.S. security and that a pipeline through Canada would be "politically in- secure." Citing the risks of tanker transport through stormy coastal waters and the narrow passages leading to a refinery near Bellingham, Wash., as well as the fre- quent collisions and groundings involving tankers, An- derson said it "is me repeat the word an oil spill of perhaps massive pro- portions will occur if tlu's tanker route is es- tablished." He found it "beyond my comprehension" that Hie interior department's draft proposal did not. study Ihe tanker problem in dclail. For (Jin U.S. government to make the same mistake and to proceed without con- sulting Canada "would be an act entirely unworthy of the United States." Preceding and following Anderson to the witness stand were a scries of spokesmen from Alaska, the U.S. Congress, conservation groups, Alaskan native or- ganizations and UK seven-company consortium which wants to build the pipeline, Alycska Pipeline Service Co. Abducted hospital patient located WINNIPEG (CP) A three- month-old girl taken from Re- gina General Hospital Tuesday night was admitted to the emer- gency section of a hospital in suburban St. James Assiniboia early today. RCMP here said the child was picked up from her parents' car by highway patrol officers west of Winnipeg before 8 a.m. today, and taken to hospital. Regina police had issued an alert after a man and woman took the child from Regina hos- pital shortly before midnight. The child, Esther Marie Randall of Wawota, Sask., was to un- dergo surgery in Regina later today. An application to make the child a ward of the province was to have been heard at 11 a.m. today after the parents, members of the Jehovah's Wit- nesses religious refused permission for blood transfu- sions. Officials at Grace Hospital here could not give details im- mediately of the child's condi- tion on her admittance. Regina police said she is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ray- mond Randall of Wawota, a Sharp split in CBC pay rift OTTAWA (CP) Another sharp split in pay recommenda- tions is contained in a concilia- tion report handed down today to the CBC and the Association of Radio and Television Em- ployees of Canada. Sources reported that a ma- jority of the three-man board has called for a 23-per-cent sal- ary increase hi a three-year contract with the union. Also filed, however, is a mi- nority recommendation by the CBC nominee, Montreal lawyer Raymond Caron, that would provide a raise of 15 per cent over the same period. The split is much the same as that, on a conciliation report handed down in January in the even longer contract dispute be- tween the CBC and production employees. Mr. Caron was the CBC member of that board and, as with the board in the ARTEC dispute, the chairman was Louis-Marie Trcmblay, director of the in- dustrial relations department at the University of Montreal. small community 90 miles east of Regina. RCMP here said the parents were being held in custody. In Regina, provincial welfare officials said' there was a possi- bility an operation on the child could be performed without the need for a transfusion. However, if blood was re- quired, they said they would ask their Manitoba counterparts to take immediate action to have the child made a ward of the Manitoba government to enable an operation to be performed immediately. Regina city police said it was "too early" to say what action, if any, would be taken against the child's parents. North troops attack SAIGON (AP) North Viet- namese troops attacked a United States position in rocky hills northeast of Khe Sanh today and rain and low clouds prevented U.S. helicopters from flying in reinforcements. At dusk, the U.S. troops were still holding out after calling in artillery close to their own posi- tions to keep back a North Viet- namese force of 200 or more surrounding the U.S. position. There was no indication whether the main North Viet- namese force was still sur- rounding the position or whether it had faded in the face of artil- lery and air strikes. A U.S. Army spokesman at Quang Tri said contact had bro- ken off at midnight, but air force spokesmen said sporadic contact continued after that. The air force spokesman said bombing missions were flown throughout the day in support of the position. First reports said more than a half dozen U.S. troops had been wounded. The North Vietnamese began their attack at dusk Tuesday, hitting troops of the U.S. Ameri- cal Division with mortars, small-arms fire and rocket grenades from all sides. The American troops are part of a force acting as a blocking force for the South Vi- etnamese operation in neighbor- ing Laos. FLIGHTS INCREASED Military sources said the United States has stepped up re- connaissance flights over North Vietnam slightly but no signift cant North Vietnamese supply movement southward has been detected. Montana families evacuated GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) About 80 Glendive families were given permission to re- turn to their trailers and homes Tuesday after being evacuated overnight when wa- ter from the flooding Yellow- stone River crept dangerously close to their homes. The river had dropped six feet between Tuesday morning and mid-afternoon, said police in this community near the Montana North Dakota border. In Hijsham, the chief of po- lice said fire trucks were being driven 27 miles to Forsyth to obtain water for the small community, located between Billings and Miles City. Hij- sham's pump had been flooded by high water from the Yellow- stone. Glendive officials ordered residents in the affected areas from their homes late Monday night, after the Yellowstone swelled seven feet in a matter of hours as a ten-mile ice jam made its way downstream from Miles City, Terry and Fallon. Henderson says Bennett dam benefits Alberta EDMONTON (CP) The W. A. C. Bennett Darn in Bri- tish Columbia will benefit Al- berta, Health Minister James Henderson told the legislature Tuesday, There is no evidence to indi- cate the dam, on the Peace River, has had a direct effect on commercial fishing and trapping in the Fort Chipe- wyan -area of northeastern Al- berta, he said. Mr. Henderson was making a counter-offensive against a mo- tion of censure proposed by Op- position Leader Peter Loug- heed, which accused the Social Credit government of misman- aging the province's resources in the Bennett Dam contro- versy. The dam has been blamed for ecological damage to the Athabasca-Peace River Delta because it has reduced water levels in the delta, and court actions seeking compensation have been started by the resi- dents of Fort Chipewyan and the town of Peace River. Mr. Lougheed said the gov- ernment had ample opportunity to protect Alberta interests, but missed the boat. The gov- ernment should seek compensa- tion now, either through an agreement with B.C. or through legal action. Claims that the delta is dying because of the dam are "not in keeping with the facts." Mr. Henderson said. Water le- vels had been as low or lower in previous years. As for the plight of the 1.450 Students plan big beer-in to mark new age law 12 iii hospital after collision THUNDER BAY (CP) At least 12 children were taken to hospital today following a col- lision between a school bus and a transport truck about 15 miles tact at here. CALGARY (CP) When the Alberta government an- nounced plans to lower the age of majority to IS from Only second gum price increase in 53 years CHICAGO fAP) The William Wrigley Jr. Co., which hiiH held Hi" line on thn five-cent, parkagc of riieuing gum while other manufacturers raised their prices, announced Tuesday it is increasing its wholesale price of five-stick packs by three-fifths of a cent. It was the company's sec- ond price increase in 53 years. Wrigley officials said continually rising costs of do- ing business rromptcd the in- crease. 21, ways of marking the change's major effect a lowered drinking ed appearing in people's minds. At. the University of Cal- gary the result will be a "Beer in" Friday of the bring-your-own bottle style. Students from the techni- cal institute and the com- munity college in the city have been invited to vie with the university for the title of "most: inebriated campus west of the Red River.'1 Peler Faid, director of the u d P n I s' union building where the protest is to be held, said Iliere is no le- gitimate way to stop the beer-in but added he hopes no one will show up. University regulations pro- hibit the use of alcohol on campus except for functions licenced by the Alberta Li- quor Control Board and at- tended mostly by persons of legal drinking age. Seen and heard About town n f ceremonies Jim Rtirgcr introducing his wife Ann as tlio head of the Burger home and Anna Davis adding "You mean Mama Burger? Proud mother Gerry JIcManon tell- ing friends about the first pup in her dog's litter to open its eyes Steve Kay- tor finding the best way to keep track of your fork at a fondue party is to "tic it to your TORONTO (CP) The Star says documents filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commis- sion show that R. A. Brown of Calgary, president of Home Oil Co., has agreed to sell almost half his con- trolling interest in the company for million to Ash- land Oil of Kentucky- GOVERNMENT OPPOSED The proposed contract was signed Jan. 18 but a statement by Mr. Brown filed with the commission says the Canadian government is opposed to the sale with Ashland or any other non-Canadian company and there is no assurance the deal will be carried out. The Star says the documents filed with the commission show that Mr. Brown gambled heav- ily and lost on the multi-million dollar exploration for oil on Alaska's north slope. "They show that Brown's con- trolling interest in Home Oil is pledged with the Bank of Nova Scotia for demand loans total- ling more than million. "Brown also has a demand loan of with the Cana- dian Imperial Bank of Com- merce, secured by non-voting shares of Home A." INVOLVES SHARES The proposed deal between Ashland and Home, Canada's largest independent oil com- pany, is detailed in a letter of intent from Ashland president Orin Atkins and signed by Mr. Brown. "It calls for the sale by Brown to Ashland of shares of Cygnus Corp. for million, or about a share. "Brown controls Home Oil through his holding of 50.3 per cent of the voting shares of Cyg- nus, which in turn holds 43.5 per cent of the voting shares of Home. "According to the letter of in- tent, Ashland would buy the re- mainder of Brown's Cygnus shares for a minimum price of either 10 years from the date of the proposed transaction or within 120 days of Brown's death. "In neither case would Ash- land assume full control of Home before May Home Oil has been the sub- ject of sale rumors for some time and Ashland has been named as the prime buyer since late in 1969. Energy Minister J. J. Greene has said he is opposed to the takeover of Home by foreign interests and that he would do everything possible to prevent such a deal. Alberta EDMONTON (CP) An appeal court decision has forced Alberta to change regu- lations governing tracking op- erations in the province, High- ways Minister Gordon Taylor said in the legislature Tuesday. Mr. Taylor said the Alberta Appeal Court, in a case in- volving Smith Transport of Winnipeg, ruled that the same rules that apply to local truck- ers should apply to carriers from outside the province. As a result, all truckers now will have to obtain authority to opsrate from the Highway Traffic Board. Previous, out-of- province truckers required a permit while local truckers faced nothing more thon nor- mal registration procedures. STOP GAP MEASURE "It is a stop-gap measure to protect the trucking industry in this Mr. Taylor said. In a news release, he said the Alberta trucking industry is substantially involved in inter- provincial movement of goods and must be able to maintain its rights and privileges on a basis of equality with other carriers in Canada. The new regulations will ap- ply only to public service ve- hicle licences and to some of the commodities now permitted under a class "E" licence. Test readiness LISBON, Portugal (Renter) Warships of Britain, the United States, West Germany, Holland, Norway and Portugal and a French naval force began a ser- ies of combined exercises Tues- day in the Atlantic code-named Sunny Seas 71. Indian and Metis residents of the delta, the minister, said, they had led a "precarious ex- istence for many years and will continue to as long as they wish to remain living as they do now." ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN The people couldn't live off fishing and trapping. Fort Chipewyan had declined in im- portance as a transportation centre into the Arctic, several local industries had closed and employment opportunities i n nearby communities such as Fort McMurray and Uranium City had been reduced by a slowdown in economic activity. Mr. Henderson said the at- tack on the dam, launched last year in a brief reporting the death of the delta, is nothing more than "a premeditated publicity exercise by govern- ment and university biologists that rendered an injustice." What (he dam definitely will do. he said, is control flooding and, by creating a huge re- servoir, make it economically feasible to generate several million horsepower of electri- city on the Peace River in Al- berta. Technical studies were being done on two of the most promising hydroelec- tric sites. Precedent-making case dismissed LONDON (CP) In what ap- pears to be a precedent-making case, the Court of Appeal has ruled the New Brunswick Devel- opment Corp. to be an arm of that province's government and therefore entitled to sovereign immunity from suit in Britain. The appeal case followed a lower court decision last De- cember which allowed Rex Mel- lenger and Louis Levin, two London-based industrial consult- ants, to serve notice of a writ on the corporation outside the ju- risdiction of the British courts. The writ claimed as a reasonable com- mission payable to Mellenger and Levin for arranging intro- duction of the corporation to Airscrew-Weyroc step which resulted in successful ne- gotiations for the establishment of a million chipboard plant in New Brunswick. In its appeal before Lord Den- ning, master of the rolls, and two other law lords, the corpo- ration contended it is immune from suit and that the leave to serve the writ out of jurisdiction should be set aside. Such leave is necessary when the object of the writ is a for- eign company with no place of business in Britain. Lemieux fired MONTREAL (CP) Mr. Jus- tice Marcel Nichols said today he will consider whether to per- mit a nxtion for mistrial to he presented on behalf of Paul Rose, charged with the kidnap- murder of Pierre Laporte. The judge adjourned proceed- ings until Thursday in the slow- moving trial in which the rela- tionship between Hose and law- yer Robert Lemieux has be- come a newly-complicating fac- tor. Another hitch developed today when Rose fired Lemieux as his defence lawyer hut left him free to present a motion for mistrial "if he wishes." Lemieux came to court with a "mandate" written by Rose in his prison cell, in which the ac- cused reiterated that "any law- yer who represents me in my absence will be considered an enemy of the people." However, be left Lemieux frea to present a motion for mistrial and the 29-year-old lawyer im- mediately sought permission to do so. It's iiow cheaper to buy homes WASHINGTON (Renter) The United Slates government has made it cheaper for Americans to buy homes by lowering to seven per cent from per cent the interest it charges for insuring mortgages. The cut in the rale on rrari- pases insured by the Federal Housing Administration and the Veterans Administration is third in three months. The rate prevailing during most of the year was 8'j per cent. ;