Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 25, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
City may hike overparking fines WALTER KERBER photo Spring antics Michael Tarns, 9, of Taber rolls a winter grip tire around the block while more optimistic Ronny Van Seters, 9, 1004 14th St. S. has selected a summer tire for their play antics in melted ice and slush. According to the weatherman, Ronny's tire is the one to use from now on as spring" weather conditions are forecast for the next while. A massive area of warm air from the West Coast is moving east through Northern British Columbia moderating temperatures today to near 40 degrees. Overnight lows are expected to be 25 to 30 degrees with highs Wednesday near 45 and Thursday near 50. Not much wind is expected except when the warm air first moves into the area. Canada trade performance "dismal, growing worse' Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Canada's trade performance is dismal and growing rapidly worse, figures released by Statistics Canada revealed yesterday. Although Canada had a trade surplus of million in 1974 exports were declining at year-end and imports were rising. Officials here concede that Canada could have a trade deficit in 1975, for the first time in more than a decade. Already the adverse balance of trade has led to a weakening of the Canadian dollars which, in the past few weeks, has dropped below par with the United States dollar. The trade surplus of million for 1974 was achieved only because exports exceed- ed imports by a wide margin in the first half of the year. Statistics Canada attributed the decline, from a surplus of billion in 1973, to "the effect on Canadian exports of world-wide economic retrenchment." The fact that Canada's econ- omy remained strong, with high demand for imports, after other nations were feel- ing the economic pinch has contributed to the nosedive into a balance-of-trade deficit. In the second half of 1974 ex- ports rose by billion, or nine per cent over the first half; while imports increased by 17 per cent to almost billion. Most of the increases in dol- lar value were the result of in- flation. In "real" terms, ex- ports declined by one per cent while imports rose by four per cent. The reason that some government officials are pessimistic about Canada's likely trade balance in 1975 is that the worst weaknesses in export performance did not show fully in the latest official statistics. Wheat exports, they note, suffered a severe blow from the grainhandlers' strike in the last half of 1974. Nor- mally, given more sustained movement of grain through commercial channels, one could expect an increase in 1975. However, officials note that wheat prices have declin- ed by more than a dollar a bushel in recent weeks. By the end of 1975 these lower prices will be having a profound effect on dollar earnings, and it will require a 20 per cent to 25 per cent increase in volume to retain the, same dollar ear- nings. Seen and heard About town Billy Slavieh washing paper plates and plastic knives and forks after her granddaughter Kim's fourth birthday party.. LCC student Dallas Munkholm grumbling about the weak stomach of a two month old puppy he had to take along as a passenger to Creston. Motorists may soon have to pay a lot more to overpark at city meters. City council Monday asked for, a bylaw to be drafted that would raise the parking fine for a meter violation to from But aldermen also instructed City Solicitor John Hammond to beef up a provision in the bylaw that would see motorists who leave their cars in a metered space all day without plugging the meter, tagged with several tickets. The practice now is to issue only one ticket per day. As Aid. Vaughan Hembroff put you can decide "it's a lot easier to leave my car there and pay the dollar it's going to cost 60 or 70 cents anyway what's another 30 Aid. Bill Kergan pointed out an existing sec- tion of the city Parking Bylaw already allows for a second ticket after an hour has elapsed, and a car has not been moved or the meter plugged. "In other words if I park in a metered space at 9 a.m. and I get a ticket at 10, and the com- missionaire comes around again at could get another said Aid. Kergan. "I could get up to six or seven tickets a day if I read this he added. Aid. Kergan and Aid. Cam Barnes argued that enforcement of that provision would do the job meters are supposed to do of keeping traffic moving, without raising fines. But council voted 5-4, with Aid. Kergan, Aid. Barnes, Aid. Bill Cousins and Mayor Andy Anderson opposed, to have a new bylaw drawn up with a over parking fine. City Manager Findlay suggested the change, noting that the tickets in 1974 indicated by sheer numbers that the fine isn't serving its pur- pose. The bylaw, that will be brought back to council for ratification before the new fines are brought into force, would also provide for an increase to on a ticket that isn't paid within seven days, and an increase to if a court summons has to be issued. The LetKbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1975 15 Cents Ottawa, provinces reach transport SHRINKING BOSOM BUSTS MARRIAGE MUNICH, West Germany (CP) A Munich insurance salesman won a divorce from his wife Monday because she secretly underwent an operation to reduce her 42-inch bust, Agence reported. "I married my wife for her ample the salesman told the judge. "Imagine my shock when I saw it shrunk to the size of an orange." The judge agreed, saying she should have warned her husband in advance of the operation, which she underwent in an attempt to increase her sex appeal. She said she had felt her breasts were too large. Strikers allow cheque delivery U of L names new chancellor By THE CANADIAN PRESS Revolving strikes by federal blue-collar workers entered their ninth day today follow- ing agreement Monday to allow delivery of government welfare and pension cheques Greeks probing coup try ATHENS (AP) The Greek government arrested 37 army officers today, including six generals, and was interrogating them to find out how much of the armed forces was involved in an attempt to overthrow Premier Constan- tine Caramanlis and return the former military dictators to power. The government announced Monday that it has suppressed an attempt to restore the junta that collapsed seven months ago. Military sources said the list of those arrested included one lieutenant- general, five brigadier- generals, two colonels, nine lieutenant-colonels, 15 ma- jors, a captain and four lieu- tenants. Today's announcement said the coup w.as uncovered after a "conspiratorial meeting of a small number of officers" in Larisa, northern Greece. and an announcement that the government intends to take action against workers who strike illegally. In Montreal, a post office spokesman said all mainte- nance workers belonging to the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) were back on the job for 24 hours to enable distribution of welfare che- ques. The union agreed to let mail sorters in Toronto go through the picket lines of PSAC postal mainte- nance workers and deal with 1.5 million federal and Ontario government cheques. In Calgary, PSAC workers withdrew pickets from postal facilities to primarily enable the delivery of pension and welfare cheques, a PSAC spokesman said. Ex-Soviet premier dies MOSCOW (AP) Nikolai Bulganin, premier of the Soviet Union from 1955 until Nikita Khrushchev dumped him in died after a "protracted serious Tass said today. He was 79. A brief report by the official Soviet news agency said Bulganin died Monday. It did not say where he died or the nature of illness that it said resulted in the death. CALGARY (CP) An agreement in principle, described as "a major breakthrough" in Western Canada's fight against certain discriminatory transportation policies, has been reached between the federal and provincial governments. It did not solve all the problems, said Saskatchewan Attorney-General Roy Romanow. The accord was announced Monday in a communique by Transport Minister Jean Marchand and the provincial ministers responsible for Minister Robert Strachan of British Columbia, Alberta Industry Minister Fred Peacock, Mr. Romanow and Manitoba Industry Minister Leonard Evans. The communique, released at the end of a two-day meeting, said agreement was specifically reached on five principles: communities to be included in the same rate groups as the nearest large cities, saving them money; federal Canadian transport commission to re- ject future railway applications for across-the: board rate increases, and any future railway applications for rate increases must be justified by full cost dis- closure; change in the formula of maximum-rate restrictions with the intention of easing the burden on certain shippers; of long-haul short-haul anomalies so that "intermediate rates will not exceed long-haul rates ex- cept where particular com- petitive circumstances justify a special rate to a long-haul and of anomalies between the freight rates on raw and finished products. HURTS PROCESSING Mr. Romanow said Western Canada now ships finished products to the east at a higher cost than raw materials, thus discouraging secondary processing in the west. Mr. Marchand said he will' "propose a legislative amend- ment to reduce the rate- differential anomalies between raw and finished products" and in the interim will "take measures necessary to correct urgent as rapeseed oil which is charged a higher rate than unprocess- ed rapeseed. The ministers also discuss- ed branch-line abandonments. Mr. Marchand said the federal government would "ensure that any phase-out of branch lines would not interrupt the socio-economic development plans of the provinces." Mr. Marchand said miles of main railway lines are frozen until the year 2000, "thereby guaranteeing a basic rail network to Western Can- ada." A Lethbridge orthodontist has been named chancellor of the University of Lethbridge. Van Christou, 49, will take over from Dr. James Oshiro at the March 15 university senate meeting. Dr. Christou has a long connection with the U of L, beginning with the Chamber of Commerce education com- mittee and steering com- mittee, which laid the groundwork for the establish- ment of the university. He was on the first U of L board of governors and is president of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association. Dr. Christou was born in Lethbridge and is a graduate of the University of Alberta. He did postgraduate work at Rochester, N.Y., and since has practised in the city. "I'm excited about the possibilities with the Univer- sity of he told The Herald today. .The U of L has already had There's trouble in the bell tower. The men won't DR. CHRISTOU an impact on the quality of life in Lethbridge, and can play an even greater role in the com- munity in the future, he said. Inside 56 Pages Classified........20-24 W Comics............18 8 ....13-158 Markets...........19g n Theatres............ 7 TV.................6SJ Weather............38 Low tonight 30 S high Wed. 45 mostly sunny. Opposition parties slow in cranking up campaign machinery EDMONTON Affairs Minister Don Getty has already spent several afternoons knocking on voters' doors while the Liberals and Social Credit search for candidates to run against him. Horst Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation, so far is unopposed in Ed- monton Avonmore. This reflects how Alberta's opposition par- ties are trailing the Progressive Conser- vatives in the organizational battle for Alber- ta's first winter election campaign in 35 years. The campaign started 11 days ago with Progressive Conservative candidates nominated for all 75 seats.. Many Con- servatives have been working on their cam- paigns for months. By contrast, Social Credit, which formed the official opposition with 24 seats in the last legislature, had nominated 33 candidates by Monday night lor the March 26 provincial general election. The New Democratic Party, which held only one seat in the last legislature, had 62 candidates in the field, while the Liberals, who held no seats, had 12 candidates nominated. They all have until nomination day, March 12, to catch up. Social Credit is having organizational problems that go beyond finding candidates. Social Credit Leader Werner Schmidt ex- pects to spend at least half his time in the southern Alberta riding of Taber-Wamer in his third try to win a legislature seat. Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader, says only that the 16 remaining members of the party's caucus in the last legislature who are seeking re-election on the party ticket could retain their seats if they try hard enough. Premier Peter Lougheed says he is seeking a 50-seat mandate, one more than in the last a demonstration of support for Alberta's energy policies. But political veterans in the three other parties all say privately they will be surpris- ed and satisfied if Mr. Lougheed takes less than 60 seats. Social Credit lost a veteran campaigner last week when former highways minister Gordon Taylor quit the party, saying that "the leadership of .the party's legislative caucus is immature." He now is running as an Independent Social Credit candidate. Another effective campaigner, Jim Henderson, stepped down as opposition house leader during the last legislature and de- fected from Social Credit to sit as an independent. This time, he helped nominate a Conservative in his own riding. Mr. Henderson is retiring from politics. Former Social Credit premier Harry Strom is another party veteran who is not running again. On the Liberals' side, a party official says the organization is in some cases having a hard time finding suitable candidates. Liberal Leader Nick Taylor, a Calgary oilman, is expected to spend a lot of time in Calgary Glenmore seeking election in the seat vacated through the retirement of Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals. Even though Mr. Dickie was once a Liberal, he was elected as a Conservative in 1971 by more than a margin over his Social Credit opponent.