Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Saturday, February Tax refunds move in week OTTAWA (CP) There were signs Friday that the weeks-old income tax debate in the House of Commons might end next week, allowing release of 1974 tax refunds. A backlog of more than million in refunds had built by Friday as the House dragged through its 16th day of debate on the government's omnibus income tax bill. The bill covers tax changes announced in the Nov. 18 budget and the government says refunds can- Manitoba Liberals vote today WINNIPEG (CP) Former Liberal MP Mark Smerchanski today withdrew as a candidate for leader of the Manitoba Liberal party. The announcement was made to the party's leadership convention by convention organizer Joe Wilder. Mr. Smerchanski's withdrawal from the race leaves just two candidates Winnipeg lawyer Charles Huband and former Portage La Prairie Mayor Lloyd Henderson. Voting was scheduled for this afternoon, and a new leader was expected to be known later in the day. Mr. Smerchanski, who entered the leadership race only at the last minute Friday, was not immediately available for comment. However, a convention of- ficial said Mr. Smerchanski would be throwing his support behind Mr. Huband to succeed retiring leader Izzy Asper. not be mailed until it is approved. Predictions varied on the possibility of ending the debate sometime next week, but work on the bill quickened late Friday afternoon. Sixty-six non-controversial clauses in the 142-clause, 287- page bill were approved in less than four hours of debate, leaving only those covering the contentious plan to charge income tax on royalties paid by resource companies to the provinces. The Conservative and New Democratic parties want the royalties issue delayed until after the federal-provincial premiers conference in April. The government says it must be passed with the rest of the bill. Other sections in the proposed legislation would implement tax cuts for 1974 and 1975, make the first of savings interest income tax-free, and let first-time home buyers save up to annually tax-free for a home. "With any kind of co-oper- ation, we could have it all wrapped up by next Bud Cullen, parliamentary secretary for finance, said in an interview. But John Reid, parliamen- tary secretary to Government House Leader Mitchell Sharp, said nobody can guess ac- curately. Revenue Minister Ron Bas- ford said returns are coming in steadily despite the delay flimillf Pf] not affected by Training Light fun and serious training blend in Houston, Tex., as U.S. astronaut Thomas Stafford (left) peeks through a porthole of Soyuz orbital module mockup. Soviet cosmo- naut Aleksey Leonov later climbed inside the vehicle for further preparation. Airline featherbed Federal Grits give Alta. campaign help but only those not affected by proposed changes are being mailed rebate cheques. A total of returns had arrived by Thursday, compared with at the same time last year, he said. Of these, had been processed, were awaiting passage of the bill and the rest were "in the pipeline." Turkey pressed for Cyprus deal UNITED NATIONS (AP) Turkey, with the upper hand on Cyprus, is being pressed to make concessions that would lead to resuming negotiations between the two communities on the Mediterranean island. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, fresh from talks in Ankara and Athens, told the Security Council on Friday that the situation demands "a willingness to make concessions and to avoid un- ilateral actions." Debate resumes Monday. The best way to peace, he said, is "renewed and sincere efforts for the speedy imple- mentation" of past UN resolu- tions. The Turks have es- BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phont 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL timated troops occupy- ing Northern Cyprus and should find it easiest to yield something, diplomats reasoned. SITUATION TENSE Waldheim said the Greek- Cypriot leaders' decision to break off intercommunal talks in protest against proclamation last week of a separate Turkish-Cypriot state had created "a tense situation because there is now a vacuum which can all tod easily be filled by renewed violence." Glafcos derides, head of the Greek-Cypriot house of representatives, said during the Security Council meeting that he was willing to stretch out his hand to Turkish- Cypriot representative Vedat Celik in hope that "as true Cypriots our two sides should without occupation armies or foreign interference seek together to find a solution." VANCOUVER (CP) Air Canada has disputed a claim by MP Ron Huntington (PC Capilano) that the airline has not had an audit since 1972. In a statement by its Montreal headquarters public relations office, Air Canada said Friday that it has had an audit each year since 1972. The 1973 audit was published, but the 1974 audit has not yet been made public, a Vancouver Air Canada public relations official said in elaboration on the Montreal statement. Mr. Huntington made his accusation Thursday in a speech to a Vancouver service club. He accused the airline of "unbelievable featherbed- ding" at the supervisory level and above. He said Air Canada has 110 planes and total staff of compared with employees in an airline of similar size in the U.S., Northwest Orient. Mr. Huntington noted Air Canada's million deficit in 1974, and said it faces a deficit of perhaps million this year because of its alleged waste. He said Air Canada is fast becoming a national scan- dal. CALGARY (CP) The Alberta Liberal party's provincial election kickoff campaign got some assist from federal Grits Friday night, including Urban Affairs Minister Barney Danson and Alberta Senator Earl Hastings. Mr. Danson, speaking on federal provincial confronta- tion over energy resources, said he would "wholehearted- ly support" Alberta Liberal leader Nick Taylor's position that "we are Canadians first and Albertans second." "We have to work together as Canadians we are not playing a game for the highest stakes with Alberta holding the top cards for the moment." Senator Hastings, the federal Liberal party's co- ordinator for Alberta, called on the province's federal Liberals to support the provin- cial election campaign. "To those who are federal Liberals arid provincial Conservatives I say, in the name of God get the hell out of here." The Sena.tor accused Premier Peter Lougheed of "turning the people of this province against the rest of Canada" by timing the elec- tion shortly before the first ministers' conference in April, on which oil prices will be discussed. Michael Webb of Calgary, national vice president of the Liberal party, said the March Socreds backing Gordon Taylor CALGARY (CP) Werner Schmidt, leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party, announc- ed Friday night that the party will not field a candidate to oppose Gordon Taylor in the Drumheller constituency in the March 26 election. Mr. Taylor, a former highways minister and now Social Credit MLA for Drumheller, announced Thursday that because of policy differences with the party caucus he will run as an "independent Socred" in the upcoming election. Mr. Schmidt and Elizabeth Sidor, president of the Alberta Social Credit League, told a news conference that the ex- ecutive of the Drumheller constituency, meeting in Calgary Friday night, decided to continue to support Mr. Taylor as its candidate. "Out of respect for his contribution to the party in the past and his work on behalf of his constituents, we will support the constituency association's Mr. Schmidt said. "We wish him well in his political pursuits in the 1975 provincial election; and we look forward to the day Mr. Taylor will return to us Mr. Taylor is a 35-year veteran of the Alberta legislature. Morning-after menu prosaic for aldermen BOILERS I. ETHBRIDCE LTD. 1402 2nd Avenue South Lethbridge Boiler Manufacturers Boiler Repairs Pressure Welding and now COMPLETE Boiler Installations AND GENERAL MAINTENANCE invite all inquiries. Phone 327-3921 After the excitement of the last two weeks Monday's city council meeting will probably feel like a morning-after af- fair for city aldermen. But with the Winter Games party over, it's back to the prosaic every day events. Council will face a relatively short agenda, however, for its meeting which starts at p.m. and is open to the public. Among agenda items are briefs from the Lethbridge Housing Association, and the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alber- ta; a submission on a new general plan for the city, a resolution from Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson that's likely to spark debate from at least two other aldermen; a resolution from Aid. Bob Tarleck calling for a tax brochure to be sent to residents. Deputy Mayor Ferguson wants to restrict aldermanic resolutions to council to one per alderman per meeting in order, she says, to facilitate council business and use of its time. NOMINATION MEETING for LIBERAL CANDIDATE LETHBRISOE EAST MARQUIS HOTEL BANQUET ROOM 8 p.m. TUESDAY. FEB. 25 Guest Speaker Will Be ALBERTA LIBERAL LEADER NICK TAYLOR For further Information 328-1671 or 327-3359 ItiMrltd by Hw LMhbrMlt P. LibwM AwocHtton With a pointed reference to Aid. Tarleck and Aid. Tony Tobin who have kept council busy with resolutions meeting after meeting, she adds: this will ensure that certain aldermen will have a supply of resolutions to last the three year term." Aid. Tarleck's resolution to Monday's meeting calls for a tax information brochure to be sent to all property owners starting in 1976, in order-that "citizens understand as fully as is reasonably possible how their tax dollars are employed." Lawrence Smith, executive director of the Oldman River Regional Planning Com- mission, will appear before council to speak on the preparation of a new General Plan for the city. Mr. Smith says the planners will submit an outline report to council early next month. The Alberta Planning Act requires municipalities to un- dertake a General Plan review every five years. Aldermen also have before them a request from the tiny village of Markstay, Ont. for a contribution to a community arena project. In a-letter'to council, the village of 290 families, ex- plains it wants to build the arena to get youth off the streets, but because of its small population and low assessment it is not allowed to borrow enough funds for the project. FOLLOW THE LEADER By THE CANADIAN PRESS Saturday, Feb. 2Z, 1975 Werner Schmidt, Social Credit party leader, will at- tend a party conference in Calgary. Liberal leader Nick Taylor will attend the party's provin- cial convention in Calgary. NDP leader Grant Notley will be in Valleyview in the afternoon. Premier Peter Lougheed will visit Conservative party constituency headquarters in Edmonton in the afternoon. Sunday, Feb. 23, 1975 Nick Taylor, Liberal leader, will attend the party's provin- cial convention in Calgary. Grant Notley, New Democratic party leader, will attend a candidates workshop in Edmonton in the morning, then travel to Calgary for an afternoon campaign managers workshop. Premier Peter Lougheed will take the day off. Social Credit leader Werner Schmidt will spend the day campaigning in Taber-Warner constituency. Monday, Feb. 24, 1975 NDP leader Grant Notley's itinerary was not available. Premier Peter Lougheed will spend the day in Edmon- ton, basically in his office. Werner Schmidt, Social Credit party leader, will be in his home constituency of Taber-Warner. Liberal leader Nick Taylor will spend the day in his oil- company office in Calgary. News in brief London vice racket smashed LONDON (AP) Scotland Yard detectives raided more than 30 offices and homes around London Friday in a bid to smash a vice racket they said provided girls for Arab oil sheiks and other wealthy men. Twenty persons, including two women, were held for questioning by the Yard men, who included officers from the elite special crimes squad and the special patrol group. Scotland Yard spokesmen said there will be more raids after documents seized in Fri- day's sweeps were analysed. Detectives said hundreds of girls, including international models, will be questioned at the weekend about the sex-for- sale racket. Police believe it is linked to organized crime in Britain and other countries. Main target of the raids was a string of escort agencies that provide female com- panions for visiting oil sheiks and other businessmen. Charles attends coronation 26 election is "obviously going to be a difficult election for the Liberal party, with a new leader and not enough time to find a full slate of can- didates." The Alberta Liberals, who now have no seats in the legislature, have so far nominated 12 candidates but Mr. Taylor said another 13 will be nominated shortly. The Liberal convention con- tinues today with Nova Scotia premier Gerald Regan scheduled to address a dinner gathering. KATMANDU (AP) Prince Charles was greeted by five little flower-bearing maidens today as he flew into this Himalayan kingdom of Nepal for the coronation of its king. The bachelor prince, heir to the British throne, was one of more than iOO persons on the guest list for Monday's rites solemnizing the rule of Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, 29. Birendra has been running his kingdom since the death of his father, King 'Mahendra, in January, 1972. But he delayed his coronation pending a rul- ing on the date from his royal astrologers. Security in Katmandu was exceptionally heavy, even for Nepal where criticism of the king a offence and preventive detention is used against critics who become too vocal. Prison escapee surrenders VANCOUVER (CP) Prison escaper Donald Oag, who said he would never be captured alive, meekly sur- rendered to police Friday after 13 days of freedom. A police spokesman said Oag, armed with a knife, was picked up on a street in the city's gastown district after an off-duty British Columbia penitentiary officer spotted him near the bus depot. The spokesman said the arresting officer had drawn his revolver, but that Oag did not draw his knife. Other of- ficers were nearby when the arrest was made. Oag was serving 14 years for manslaughter and robbery. Argentine violence continues BUENOS AIRES (AP) A seventh person has been killed in a three-day wave of Argen- tine political violence and guerrilla terrorism: Right-wing labor leader Teodoro Ponce, a national committeeman of the steelworkers union, was slain by a carload1 of gunmen Fri- day on a street in Rosario, 200 miles north of here, officials said. United States and other for- eign branch banks and auto dealerships in Rosario were bombed during the day. Targets included branches of the First National City Bank of New York, the Bank of Boston, the Bank of London and South America and the Italian Bank. The only casualties were two police officers injured in an explosion while they tried to defuse a bomb. Admirers mob Mrs. Thatcher EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) Mrs. Margaret Thatcher received a tumultuous welcome here Fri-' day just 10 days after becom- ing the first woman leader of Britain's opposition Conser- vative party. "We are on our way Mrs. Thatcher told cheering admirers in downtown Edin- burgh. Six police officers shouldered a path through the surging mob that blocked Mrs. Thatcher from her car. The crush forced Mrs. That- cher to abandon her first "Meet-the-People" visit since her election as Tory leader. At one point, Mrs. Thatcher, named Thursday in an opinion poll as the country's most popular politician, had to take refuge in a shop. NDP offer rural man NITON JUNCTION (CP) A New Democratic party government in Alberta woul! create a department of rura development with a full-time minister in the legislature NDP leader Grant Notley said Friday night. Peter) Lougheed has shuffled rura development to the back of the deck, relegating the responsibility to a minister without portfolio, buried in the back benches of the Mr. Notley told a public meeting as he cam paigned for the March 26 elec- tion. Our Authorized Representative tJfan Mtifoea GENERAL. MANAGER Realty L. Iru CUD A Kirr BUS. RES. 329-3000 328-8520 LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA OFFERS MORTGAGE FUNDS Guaranteed Trust Certificates AND SAVINGS CORPORATION LIMITED 10M Portage Avtnw Winnipeg, Manitoba R3Q OH MEMBER CANADA DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORP. Continued from last week) The 20-year Framingham stud in heart diseases decided that th greatest risk is one of diet, a mentioned last week. It was learn ed also that the amount of exer else is another habit which great) influences the risk of heart di ease. People usually believe tha if they are tired at the end of day, it means they have ha< enough physical activity. Nothing can be further from the truth Many things can cause you to b tired anemia, lack of sleep poor diet, not enough fresh air lack of exercise are examples Planned, regular, consistent ex erclse which becomes regulating force in bod processes, lowers the cholestero and trlgiycerlde level in blood. I his exercise makes you tired or not depends on how consistently you exercise. The type of exercise can be adjusted to each'person's age and ability to perform, but li should be daily and should oc- cupy approximately V4 hour of continuous 'movement to control weight. To control fat level In ]ood may possibly be ac- orn plished at shorter intervals dding up to Vi hour In total. I now an 83-year-old lady In ex- ellent health, living in a large part men t block. Each day during he winter she walks back and orth the length of the apartment lock basement 56 times. She gured the distance, and decided hal many turns in the basement is equivalent to the distance he walks.each day during the ummer. I call that being con- slent. Because of easy living, any of us are not willing to put ore physical activity Into our yes. My elderly friend values her ood health that much, and I uggest we all should place a gh priority on health. The Lethbridge Milk Foun- atlon.