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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta FrtnMfy LETHBMOOe HERALD I- Dateline Alberta Bus company is fined EDMONTON (CP) A bus company was fined Tuesday for instructing its employees to make false claims so they could receive unemployment benefits while still working. HHH School Bus Ltd. pleaded guilty to five counts of counselling to commit an offence. Crown prosecutor John Kennedy told the court the company manager appeared to have set up the scheme but he added that the company went along with it in its bookkeeping methods. The five drivers, who worked part-time, earned about in unemployment benefits, most of which has been repaid. Labor ministers huddle EDMONTON (CP) -Labor ministers from the four western provinces will meet here Thursday and Friday to discuss a number of topics. Dr. Bert Hohol, Alberta labor minister, said today labor relations, labor standards and industrial safety will be on the agenda. Band invited to Munich EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta All Girls Drum and Bugle Band has been invited to perform during the finals of the World Cup soccer championship this year in Munich, a band spokesman announced Tuesday. The spokesman added acceptance of the invitation will depend on getting funds from either government or private sources to finance the trip. Woman feared for life EDMONTON (CP) A Calgary woman who committed perjury because she feared for her life had her three-year sentence reduced to twox years less a day in Alberta Supreme Court. Debra Anne Cordes, 21, and a man were arrested at Calgary International Airport last year and charged with possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking. Defence lawyer Richard Hunt said Mrs. Cordes changed her testimony because she was afraid to tell the truth. Probe told firm used as 'chequing account9 EDMONTON (CP) The president of Canada West Insurance Co. said Tuesday Albert Jaasma used the company as his "personal chequing account" when Mr. Jaasma was its president in the early 1960's. Jack Connauton of Edmonton told a public inquiry into the failure of Cosmopolitan Life Assur- ance Co. that Mr. Jaasma's spending contributed to a shortage in Canada West. Mr. Jaasma was ousted as president in 1962, the same year he founded Cosmopolitan, said Mr. Connauton, one of Cosmopolitan's incorporators. Asked if the shortage made him wary of dealing with Mr. Jaasma in Cosmopolitan, Mr. Connauton said Mr. Jaasma had "a great number of talents if he could be controlled." Mr. Connauton said he was chairman of Cosmopolitan's board from 1962 to 1967 but was removed when he suggested that the company reduce its operating costs, including Mr. Jaasma's salary, and concentrate on sales. He said he resigned from the board and traded his Cosmopolitan shares to Mr. Jaasma for shares in Canada West, an insurance company. Cosmopolitan's stock was inflated in value, although it could have been worth its price if the company had been properly managed, said Mr. Connauton. The two men also owned Cosmo West Securities, a copany formed to trade in the secondary market of Cosmopolitan shares but whose licence was not renewed in 1966. Mr. Connauton said renewal was not granted because an investigation showed that Cosmopolitan shares had possibly been misused. He added that Cosmo West was too closely related to Cosmopolitan. S mo key the bear Smokey the Bear, the symbol of forest fire pre- vention whose picture has appeared on posters for more than 20 years, walks in his cage at the National Zoo in Washington. Smokey will be this spring. CRTC flex muscles at licence hearings Offending map defended VICTORIA (CP) A travel brochure that offends residents of the East Kootenay area of British Columbia hasn't been changed and there are no plans for a reprint, the deputy minister of travel industry said Monday. Richard Colby said a million copies of the brochure have been printed since it was first designed in 1961, to take advantage of an offer from the Seattle World's Fair organizers. What has the East Kootenay in such a lather the board of trade at Fernie, B.C. has begun proceedings to secede and join Alberta is a tiny sketch map in red and green about two inches square that leaves out the extreme southeast corner of the province. It shows four main highway routes leading north from Washington State into the province, but leaves off a fifth, secondary route farther east that Fernie businessmen think would bring tourists up their way. The rough-sketched diagram covers a huge area of the province, stretching 230 miles east from Princeton to Cranbrook and south from Revelstoke to the border, a distance of 130 miles. Roads are defined in -red, on a splotch of green that fades just beyond Cranbrook Fernie is 40 miles farther east. CRANBROOK USED "It's not a map that anyone would use for said Mr. Colby. The brochure is being mailed out by Expo 74 publicity staff at Spokane, Wash, in response to every inquiry about the fair, which starts in May, but in the last decade it has also been extensively used by local groups in B.C., who could print their own message on a blank section. "It was even used in added Mr. Colby. "It's a very, very stylized said an official of the industrial development department, which is handling the province's participation at Expo '74. "Obviously everything couldn't appear on the map." Mr. Colby said that everyone who writes to his department requesting travel information gets a government road mao updated annually. OTTAWA (CP) Pierre Juneau, chairman of the Cana- dian Radio-Television Commission Tuesday upheld the right of the CRTC to impose any conditions it wishes on re- newal of CBC radio and tele- vision broadcasting licences. He also stated bluntly that the commission will continue to set conditions on the licences under which private broadcasting companies use the Canadian airwaves, and said in future some of these conditions may cause some surprises. Mr. Juneau was commenting on a brief by the Canadian Broadcasting League, which asked for renewal of the CBC's licences forthwith, without any conditions that would impinge on its autonomy. The league, a vigorous sup- porter of public broad- casting, said through its past president and long-time spokesman, Graham Spry, that the CBC should be given a budget of billion a year to improve its programs. The CBC's budget last year was 1263 million. Mr. Juneau said the CRTC had made it clear it is biased in favor of the CBC, since the state-owned networks are the keystone of broadcasting in Canada. Once a licence has been granted to the CBC, the CRTC has no power to revoke it. But it has power to set conditions, he said. All the CBC's licences are before the commission for a five-year renewal. They ex- pire at the end of this month. Mr. Spry said there should be as little government inter- vention in the public broad- casting system as possible, but he said the CRTC should be regulating private broadcasters. "We have and we Mr. Juneau said with some heat. "We will continue'to do so, and perhaps cause some surprises." Mr. Spry said that it was an anomaly that one agency set up by should regulate another agency, the CBC. Mr. Juneau said the CRTC is a law-abiding commission, and he could not agree it should not use the powers given it to regulate the CBC. Two other briefs Tuesday complained of CBC services in the Maritime provinces, and in the Far North. Harry Boyle, vice-chairman of the commission, said both urged that the identity of those regions be given greater exposure to the rest of Canada. Food, transport costs push up city living bill OTTAWA (CP) Sharply rising food and transportation costs were the chief factors in pushing up living costs in most major cities last month, Statistics Canada said Tuesday. Transportation rose one per cent or more in all 12 regional cities surveyed because of in- creased airplane, train and taxi fares and higher prices for new cars and motor oil, said the report on January prices. Food costs topped one per cent in six of the 12 cities, led by a steep 2.4 per-cent jump in Otttawa, it added. The food price increase in the nation's capital was more than double the national average increase of 1.1 per cent in January that was reported earlier. Other large food price rises were 1.4 per cent in Toronto, 1.3 per cent in Vancouver and 1.1 per cent each in Montreal, Quebec City and Saskatoon- Regina. Lesser food price increases were seven-tenths of one per cent each in St. John's, Nfld., and Halifax; four-tenths each in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay; three-tenths in Saint John, N.B., and one-tenth of one per cent in Edmonton-Calgary. "Food indexes increased in all Statistics Canada said. "Higher quotations were registered in most centres for dairy, bakery and cereal prod- ucts, beef cuts, fresh produce, processed fruits and vegetables, sugar and food eaten away from home." PORK. POULTRY "On the other hand, pork and poultry prices were generally lower across the it added. LIGHTING Set the Mood with Lamps that Reflect Fine Quality Brass Crystal Chandelier a. Brightens beautifully. 5-light polished Brass Crystal and a 17" spread and a drop. Bulbs not included Spun Round Globe Fixtures b. Attractive lighting can now be yours. 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