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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, February 22, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Dateline Alberta Mother nature fails 4em WETASKIWIN (CP) Mother nature didn't do her job too well for this city's annual 18-mL'jte parade, so residents took matters into their own hands. The parade featured all the traditional ingredients like multi-colored floats and smiling queen candidates. But it also featured an imported ingredient. Truckloads of snow were dumped along the parade route because the bright sun had caused the original snow on Wetaskiwin's only main street to disappear. And snow is a necessary part of the parade, which annually kicks off the North- Am Snowmobile race in this community, 40 miles south of Edmonton. Bomb hoax at Calgary CALGARY (CP) Police were sent on a wild-goose chase and office workers were evacuated from two downtown buildings after telephone calls threatening bomb explosions in two oil company offices Gulf and Shell were received Thursday afternoon. Two calls, believed to have been made by the same man, were received shortly after 3 p.m. by switchboard operators at the Herald and the Albertan, Calgary's two daily newspapers. The newspapers informed the oil companies which informed the police, who sent search teams to the buildings. No bombs were found and police said it appeared to be a hoax. Mobile home owners meet CALGARY (CP) The first Alberta convention of mobile home owners will be held in Red Deer March 23-24 on which the formation of an Alberta Mobile Home Owners Association will be discussed. The convention is being organized by the Calgary and Edmonton mobile home owners associations, a spokesman for the Calgary association said. All Alberta mobile home owners, manufacturers, developers, park operators and government officials are invited. Registration forms are available from the Calgary and Edmonton associations. Teachers seek rights EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Association for Teachers of the Retarded will seek certification for the right to bargain with the provincial government on wages and working conditions, association president Barbara Hofmeister of Edmonton said Thursday. Mrs. Hofmeister told the annual convention a committee was formed a year ago to draft a proposal for certification, which would include 128 teachers from 21 schools. The committee has held meetings with Education Minister Lou Hyndman and found his position encouraging, she said. Woman guard fired Mrs. Yvonne D. Cabell of Morrisville the first woman ever hired as a guard at an all male New Jersey prison was fired. Mrs. Cabel was dismissed allegedly because she wasn't "strong enough" and "didn't have the right frame of mind." She said she would appeal the decision. AHC allegations probe ordered EDMONTON (CP) Allegations of wrongdoing in the Alberta Housing Corp. and increased calls for a public investigation culminated Thursday in the announcement that a judicial inquiry will be conducted into the corporation's affairs. Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell said the inquiry will be headed by Mr. Justice J. M. Cairns of the appellate division of the Alberta Supreme Court. The inquiry will begin as soon as possible. The minister earlier had said the public accounts committee of the legislature would review the crown corporation's affairs when the spring session opens March 7. However, the chairman of that committee said he doubted his group represented a suitable forum for the inquiry. w u w p u kiwiai Credit MLA for Vermilion Viking, said that as long as he can remember, a public accounts committee in Alberta has never conducted such an inquiry. Mr. Cooper has been the committee's chairman for three years. Grant Nptley, Alberta New Democratic Party leader, said following Mr. Russell's initial announcement that a public accounts committee review would work only if the committee was allowed to deal exclusively with the Alberta Housing Corp. Mr. Russell, in announcing the judicial inquiry in a news release Thursday, noted "there appears to be some doubts by the present chairman of the public accounts committee that the committee could adequately deal with an inquiry into the various allegations and innuendoes about the Alberta Housing Corp." "As a past chairman of the public accounts committee, I believe the committee could have conducted a full and proper inquiry. "However, in order to remove any doubts Albertans might have had that a full and proper inquiry would be held, we are directing that a judi- cial inquiry be conducted..." Announcement of the inquiry was released through the premier's office while Mr. Russell was in Calgary. The inquiry has been asked to consider: Whether any person connection wnn the acquisi- tion and assembly of the nine-square- mile Mill Woods subdivision in Edmonton by the Alberta Housing Corp. or its predecessor, the Alberta Housing and Urban Renewal Corp.; Whether any person acted unlawfully in connection with the borrowing of money by the corporation through the Bank of Frankfurt, West Germany, in or about August, 1969; Whether any person between Jan. 1, 1969, and the present time unlawfully used any staff, material or other resources of the corporation or its predecessor for his or her personal benefit and, if so, whether any person wrongfully altered or destroyed any of the corporation's records; Whether anyone in the corporation used his or her position or office to cause the corporation to make purchases of land or to award contracts for services. The corporation's affairs came under question when Chris Harder, defeated Liberal candidate in Calgary Foothills in the Last provincial byelection, called attention to it last month. Early this month, Mr. Harder told a Pembina Liberal Constituency Association meeting that Attorney General Merv Leitch should resign because he obstructed justice by preventing a complete public investigation of the corporation. UNANSWERED QUES- TIONS He said Mr. Leitch and Mr. Russell contributed to a cover-up of misdeeds within the corporation in Fort McMurray and other parts of the province. The same day that Mr. Harder made his statements to the Pembina constituency meeting, Social Credit house leader Bob Clarke called for a "complete, immediate and public inquiry into allegations surrounding actions of certain individuals" involved with the corporation. TRAP CLUB will be open during the winter months Sundays 1 p.m. Weather permitting Call 327-9058 Datum's new luxury number. Detective shot in head EDMONTON (CP) An Edmonton police detective was in satisfactory condition in hospital Thursday after he was wounded in an unsuccessful armed robbery attempt at a west side branch of the Bank of Montreal. Detective Zane Kotyk was shot in the head as shots were exchanged with the lone gunman, who was taken into custody. British Airways eye West EDMONTON (CP) British Airways has been given British government approval to serve four cities in Western Canada, John Gorman, regional manager for Canada, said Thursday. Mr. Gorman told a service club meeting that service would be subject to bilateral negotiations between Canada and Britain. Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver would be served by the airline, created last year by the merger of British Overseas Airways Corp., British European Airways and other regional carriers in Britain. Two choices seen in cattle plan MEDICINE HAT (CP) Local MP Bert Hargreave called on the federal government Thursday to either lift its ban on the cattle growth stimulant DES or impose a total embargo on United States cattle shipments into Canada. Mr. Hargreave, Progressive Conservative critic on cattle policy and former president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, was commenting on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent decision to lift the ban on DES diethylstilbestrol. The administration imposed the ban last year following charges the chemical may induce cancer. "The Canadian government really has only two Mr. Hargreave said. "It must either rescind the ban in Canada or put embargo on all U.S. cattle being imported into this country-" Some Canadian agriculture officials "have hinted the government may try to work out some kind of a selective permit system for U.'S. cattle he said. "Under that kind of arrangement, only those U.S. cattle certified as having not been treated with DES would be allowed into the country." However, "from a practical standpoint that type of screening would almost be impossible to administer. FOLLOW U.S. LEAD Mr. Hargreave said that since the Canadian government imposed its ban based on the initial U.S. decision, "it should be consistent and follow the U.S. lead again." "But I think it is much more likely that the government will decide to cut off cattle imports from the U.S." Such an embargo would have a good effect on the Canadian cattle industry and "would be particularly welcome at this he said. "In the past couple of weeks, the prices to feeders have dropped from about 53 to 55 cents a pound down to about 43 to 44 cents. "Since a feeder has to make about 55 cents a pound just to break even, the situation is obviously extremely serious." Mr. Hargreave said he is especially concerned about the situation in Saskatchewan where the feedlot industry "already is practically dead." "Naturally, with grain prices so high, there is a very great temptation for feedlot operators in that province to switch to grain production." In Alberta, beef producers are losing money up to f 150 a head losses have been reported this week and some are selling their herd stock and getting out of production entirely. ARRESTED ON BUDDHA BANGKOK (Heater) Pour American youths have been arrested in northern Thailand two of them were found climbing on a Buddha image, police said. Mew power: For 1974 ourtop-of-the line Datsun is equipped with a bigger overhead cam engine, and a 4-speed standard or optional 3-speed automatic transmission. New interior comfort: Fully reclining front bucket seats feature cloth inserts in sedan models for smart appearance and cool comfort in warm weather driving. For your convenience, we've added a clock to our dash. A new 610 option this year: Datsun's own air conditioning units. New safety: We've added an energy-absorbing bumper system to the 610's package of standard safety equipment that already includes power-assisted front disc brakes, independent rear suspension for better handling, tough unit body construction and fully retractable belts. Improved emission controls make the new 610 safer for the environment too. New continuous or intermittent operation windshield wipers improve rainy weather visibility. New Datsun economy: The 610's overhead cam engine was designed by the same team that enabled Datsun to claim better fuel economy than any other car sold in the United States, according to U.S. Government 1973 Environmental Protection Agency tests. Datsun saves. Test drive a 610, Datsun's new luxury number. It conies as a 4-door sedan, a hardtop and a 5-door wagon. all you really need is a There are more than 1300 Datsun dealers in North America. 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