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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 59 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1974 44 Pages 1C Cents Fort Macleod mayor to appeal disqualification United Way drive stops short The Lethbridge United Way has baited its 1973 fund drive some short of its objective Ron Sakamoto, publicity chairman, announced following a United Way meeting this week. The 1973 goal was about more than collected in 1972. He said residential returns were up from last year, but collections in other areas were down. Crawford against welfare By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald Staff Writer FORT MACLEOD Mayor George Buzunis will appeal an Alberta Supreme Court decision which disqualified him as mayor of this town, a town official says. The official said Mr. Buzunis made his intentions clear during a telephone conversation from Florida where the mayor is vacationing. The court decision, handed down Feb. 15, said a land transaction, approved by the Fort Macleod Town Council, contravened the Alberta Municipal Government Act in that Mr. Buzunis purchased a town lot without it having been advertised for possible bids from the public. Sidney Arthur Bent, former town secretary, took the matter to court. He left the town's employment in May, 1972, of his own volition. Now he manages an investment firm in Calgary. The case was heard Jan. 3 by Mr. Justice W. K. Moore in Alberta Supreme Court in Calgary. In handing down his decision, Mr. Justice Moore said: "Decisions of this kind are difficult, particularly when no ane connected with the town, that is to say the secretary treasurer of the Town of Fort Macleod, the councillors, or for that matter Mayor Buzunis himself, had even the slightest idea that the proper procedure had not been followed in connection with the sale of the lot by the town to the mayor. "Accordingly, I am left with no alternative other than to declare that George Buzunis is disqualified to be a member of council of the Town of Fort Macleod." The lot involved is on the northeast end of Fort Macleod near the Willow Creek Foundation Pioneer Lodge and is a residential lot. Power plant burns JASPER (CP) Power to this mountain resort town's hospital and four blocks in the downtown area was being supplied today by an auxiliary unit after an early-morning fire destroyed the town power plant. Alberta Power was making plans to transport a number of mobile diesel generating units from around the province and hoped to have full power restored to the community of residents by late tonight or early Thursday. RCMP -aid the fire started when a hose from a tanker- truck unloading diesel fuel at the power plant began leaking. The fuel spread to the generators and was ignited. "The fire really spread an RCMP spokesman said. "Fortunately our volunteer fire department kept the fire away from the auxiliary power unit" The spokesman estimated the tanker truck, destroyed in the blaze, was worth about No estimate was available of damage to the plant Power to all ski areas in the popular resort town has been cut by the fire. and About town Various police station staff members noting that Chief- for-a-day Nicholas Bate was getting more attention than the real chief usually gets... Station Gordon Stevens wondering if he had been demoted when he was listed hi this column as a patrol sergeant. A bductor leaves gunshop Holding a rope to which he tied four female hostages, a hooded man emerges from a gunshop in Nagoya, Japan, today where he holed up for an hour demanding- a ransom of 10 million yen Suspension ruled both legal, lawful Shortly after he emerged, he was clubbed down by a policeman and arrested. None of the women were seriously tiurt. The abductor had seized his hostages at knife-point in a train. Inside A provincial judge ruled Tuesday that when a policeman suspends a driver's licence for 24 the suspension is legal as well as lawful. Provincial Judge A. H. Elford found Malcolm McManus of Picture Butte guilty of driving while disqualified by reason of a legal suspension of his licence. McManus' lawyer, W. Douglas Maxwell, had challenged the charge on the grounds that his client's licence had not been legally suspended. The suspension was lawful, he said, but argued since it was not ordered by a judge, it was not legal. McManus was stopped Dec. 22 in Lethbridge and his Liberals worry Heath LONDON (Reuter) Prime Minister Edward Heath moved today to outflank growing support for Britain's minority Liberal party with a warning that the next government must have a decisive majority to deal with difficult international and do- mestic situations. With only eight days to go before the Feb. 28 vote, opinion surveys are snowing 17-per-cent support among voters for the Liberals. This would give them 50 seats in the new Parliament and the possibility of holding the balance between the two major Conservative and Labor parties. licence was suspended by police for 24 hours. He was stopped 40 minutes later and charged with driving while suspended. Provincial Judge Elford said if a suspension is made correctly according to the laws of the province, then it is a legal suspension. McManus was fined and costs. Them's Kissinger again.' Classified....... 28-31 Comics........... 24 Comment.......... 4 District........... 21 Family........ 26, 27 Local News 19, 20 Markets.......... 23 Sports.......... 12-14 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 20; HIGH THURS., 40; AFTERNOON CLOUD. Kissinger may do some arm twisting in Israel WASHINGTON (Reuter) State Secretary Henry Kissin- ger returns to the Middle East next week hoping to help nego- tiate another Arab-Israeli agreement that might end the Arab oil embargo against the United States. President Nixon announced Kissinger's second Middle East peace mission Tuesday after three days of talks here between U.S. officials and the foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia and Egypt Kissinger's destinations this time are Damascus and Jerusalem. His aim is the dis- engagement of Israeli and Syrian troops on the Golan Heights through an agreement similar to the one concluded last month between Israel and Egypt on troop withdrawals along the Suez canal. Although the Nixon adminis- tration appears optimistic that its mediation efforts will lead to an early lifting of the embargo on oil exports to the United States, diplomatic observers believe the visiting Arab ministers made plain that they expect considerable progress before they end their boycott They noted that although Saudi Arabian minister Omar Sakkaf told White House reporters he was hopeful "something will happen soon to the benefit of the United he subsequently seemed to play down the idea of a firm Arab commitment on ending the embargo. "We have said "nothing (about lifting be said at a news conference after bis meetings with Nixon and Kissinger. Diplomatic sources said there was little doubt the subject was discussed and that the Nixon administration received a clear indication that the boycott will be eased in exchange for its mediation efforts. However, some observers believe Kissinger will probably have to persuade the Israelis to accept or at least move closer towards some of the Syrian demands before Arab oil producers agree to lift the embargo, imposed following the Middle East war last October. Kissinger, whose meetings with Sakkaf and Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy began during the weekend, also met Tuesday night for an hour with Israeli Ambassador Sinicha Dinitz. An Israeli spokesman said they had full and com- prehensive talks about Kissin- ger's forthcoming visit and also discussed the secretary's meetings with the Arab ministers. But embassy spokesman Gad Ranon emphasized that Israel has not changed its position, nor has it been asked to change its stand on its conditions for opening talks with Syria. EDMONTON (CP) Welfare ministers from across Canada differed Tuesday over whether numerous assistance programs shpuld be combined but found more agreement on equality between the sexes and cost- sharing for nursing homes. The provincial ministers met behind closed doors with federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde for the third in a series of discussions aimed at improving Canada's welfare system. The conference ends today with discussion expected on a community employment program for the hard-core unemployed and discussion of a report prepared by a group of federal and provincial officials on employment strategy. "It's been going on very Mr. Lalonde said after Tuesday's opening session. Ministers emerging from the conference revealed one area of disagreement, however. British Columbia and Sas- katchewan were believed to be the only provinces pressing for an "omnibus approach" which would see numerous welfare and social insurance programs incorporated under one scheme. Norman Levi, human re- sources minister of British Columbia, called for a com- prehensive, integrated approach to social security. He accused delegates of merely tinkering with a system already proven inadequate. Health Minister Neil Craw- ford of Alberta, on the other hand, said he considers such an omnibus approach unworkable. "I don't think a single solu- tion exists." He said programs must be flexible and deal with individual needs. A variety of plans appeared to be the best way to accomplish this. Mr. Crawford, host for the conference; said agreement in principle was reached on equality between men and women under the Canada Pension Plan. The existing system, which sometimes provides greater benefits for men than for women in such matters as death benefits, would be changed to make sure that women are not shortchanged. Details of the tentative agreement were not released. A tentative agreement also was reached on a proposed cost-sharing system between the provinces and Ottawa to finance nursing-home care, Mr. Crawford said. The formula, which-still is to be negotiated, would, at present, apply only to Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta which offer provincially-financed- nursing home services to all citizens. Mr. Lalonde said after a meeting of welfare ministers in October that he would try to have the Canada Assistance Plan amended to cover 50 per Arabs offered Candu BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Donald Macdonald, Canadian energy minister, said today the main purpose of his Middle East tour sell Canadian-made nuclear reactors to the Arabs "for cash, not oil." Macdonald, who arrived here Tuesday, told a news conference Canada had already begun negotiations for the sale of two Candu reactors to Iran and one to Turkey. He said he would also propose selling Canadian nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia. Macdonald was scheduled to fly to Riyadh, the Saudi capital, tonight for talks with Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani. The Canadian minister con- ceded that his country's nuclear reactors are 10 per cent more expensive than French and American models, but he-said they are more economical to' operate because they use natural uranium rather than enriched uranium. France has just concluded a deal to build a nuclear reactor in Libya under an economic cooperation agreement. 277-seat Commons proposed OTTAWA (CP) A complex redistribution formula that would increase the size of the 246-seat Commons to 277 seats immediately and to 352 seats by 2001 was proposed today by Privy Council President Allan MacEachen. He told the Commons privi- leges and elections committee that redistribution under existing guidelines would result in a loss of seats for Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. This would happen even though 1971 census figures show a population increase in each province from the previous census in 1961. Mr. MacEachen said his for- mula, which divides the prov- inces into categories of small, medium and large, would pre- vent any province from being represented by fewer seats than at present Redistribution usually occurs after each decennial census. However, the process was suspended by Parliament last year after complaints from some MPs and from provinces which would lose members. Plebiscite may be up to council A decision on holding a referendum on the power plant issue may be solely city council's prerogative, according to City Solicitor John Hammond. Mr. Hammond said in an interview Tuesday, that while he has not yet thoroughly researched the matter, a' petition asking for a referendum on the power plant question may not be binding on council. The Municipal Government Act says a referendum can be initiated in a city of over population by a petition signed by five per cent of the proprietory electors, on expenditures of money by a civic government. Such is the case in the recent petition raised by more than people in Edmonton which forced a referendum on that city's expenditures on facilities for the 1978 Commonwealth Games. But the sale of the city's power plant would presumably not fall into tJis category unless, for example, council decided to go ahead with" expansion of die plant and a petition was raised against spending money for such a purpose. Mr. Hammond said, however, in the case of a utility, other legislation may be involved and he will report fully to council on the referendum question at a later date. Several of the briefs presented to the Yates Centre hearing Monday called for a referendum. Additional report on Page 19. Oil export hearings in April cent of assistance costs for such universal programs. Balloonist may land in Africa Ervin's heard enough about Watergate WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate Watergate committee has voted to end public near- ings unless it uncovers extraordinary new evidence. Chairman Sam Ervin (Dem.N.C.) said the move re- flects the committee's aware- ness that the focus of Watergate has shifted to the courts and to the impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives. The 6-to-l vote cancels two sets of hearings for which wit- npsses already had been an- nounced. They are an inquiry into the circumstances of a payment made by billionaire Howard Hughes to C. G. <8ebe) Rebozo, a dose friend of President Nixon, and alleged links between campaign payments made by the milk industry and a Nixon administration decision increasing dairy price MlppUllS. Ervin told repoiters those and other unfinished investigations will be included in the committee's final report. The committee today filed an appeal from a ruling by US. District Judge Gerhard A. Gesell denying the committee access to five White House tape recordings. The dissenting vote to end public hearings was cast by Senator Edward Gurney The committee's official position leaves the door open to taking some further testimony in executive sessions. Ervui said Gurney wanted all bearings ended and the final report written immediately. Following Ervin's announcement, the Senate approved by a voice vote a resolution extending the committee's life three months until May 28. Ervin said the extension is needed to allow the committee time to complete its report Publication of that report was delayed at the request of special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski who said its release now might interfere with indictments expected by the end of the month. WASHINGTON (AP) A man trying to be the first to fly a balloon from North America to Europe may become the first to make the trip from North America to Africa instead The National Weather Service reported that Thomas Gatch is being pushed far to the south of his planned course by apper-air jet streams. "We estimate that be will reach the African coast some- where near Dakar, Senegar this afternoon, said the weather service. Gatch took off from Harris- burg, Pa., Monday night and originally planned to land either in France or Spain. He was spotted about noon Tuesday by Iberian Airlines about mites north-north- east of Puerto Rico, sawJ the Air Transport Association OTTAWA (CP) Hearings to help decide how much crude oil should be exported to the United States will open April 2 in Calgary, the National Energy Board announced Tuesday. Subsequent hearings will be held in Vancouver and Ottawa, but dates for these cities have not been chosen, Marshall A. Crowe, board chairman, said in a news release. The board had announced earlier it would bold public hearings to determine bow much oil is available to Canada, from both domestic and foreign sources, and what criteria should be used in deciding export volumes. Originally scheduled to open in December, the bearings were delayed first, until February, and later until the April date announced Tuesday. Fast-changing energy policies throughout the world forced the delays. About 60 per cent of all do- mestically-produced oil now is exported to the United States while roughly one-half of the amount needed to meet domestic demands is imported from Venezuela and the Middle East. This trade-off pattern is based on a 1961 government now being split the country into two oil markets separated by the Ottawa Valley line. Originally, the energy board hoped to complete bearings and make recommendations to cabinet by the end of 1973 Its suggestions are expected to figure strongly in future t policies. Oil exports now are deter- mined on the basis of supplies considered surplus to' Canadian needs ;