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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta I Delayed grain causes freighter pileup at Vancouver VANCOUVER (CP) Grain ships were piling up at the port of Vancouver Wednesday, with grain, rail and shipping officials worried that the backlog might become as bad as in March of last year, when as many as 29 ships remained idle for weeks in the port. There were 12 grain ships in the harbor -Wednesday waiting for cargo, with Canadian wheat board officials saying there could be as many as 19 by the end of the week Other ships are also clogging the port, waiting for deliveries of potash, coal, sulphur and other bulk commodities. Port officials said ships now are waiting for eight to 10 days to be assigned a berth to load grain. In March of last year ships waited up to a month or more, at a cost of to a day. Reasons given for the delays are bad weather, a shortage of rail boxcars and not enough locomotives to move the grain from the prairies to the port. A CP Rail spokesman cited figures to show weather problems. He said heavy snow on the prairies is slowing down shipments. In addition, the spokesman said, potash shipments' are at a much higher volume than in previous years, with the result that about cars normally used for moving grain are now hauling potash. He said the railway is also hampered by a delay in shipment of new locomotives. R M Esdale, a commissioner of the wheat board at Winnipeg, described the situation as "very serious, and no immediate improvement appears in sight" Mr. Esdale said grain shipments from B.C ports totalled only 118.7 million tons by the end of January, compared with 157 million in the first month of 1973. The Canadian Transport Commission has estimated that boxcars should be unloaded each day at west coast ports to meet export grain agreements, but since Jan 7, the of cars unloaded is less than the target figure Meanwhile, in Winnipeg, Manitoba Pool elevators reported Wednesday that farmers delivering grain in response to an urgent request by the wheat board have filled some elevators and no more grain can be accepted at certain places because there are no boxcars to move it R. E. Moffot, general manager of Manitoba il, said his comoanv has been hit hard bv I 8 R. E. Moffot, general manager of Manitoba Pool, said his company has been hit hard by the boxcar shortage The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1974 10 Cents 28 Pages British voter turnout heavy LONDON (CP) A heavy turnout was reported today as British voters faced biting winds and snow flurries to have their say in the country's crisis general election. Authorities reported long lines at some polling stations even before they opened and the trend appeared to be continuing. Meanwhile, an opinion sam- pling conducted overnight showed the governing Con- servatives with a three-per- cent lead over Labor giving them a chance of a slim over- all majority in the 635-seat Commons even if the resurgent Liberals maintain their current strong showing. But it still indicated a close finish. The Queen has interrupted her tour of Australia to return to early Friday and greet the next prime minister. As results begin to trickle in a couple of hours after the voting ends at 10 p.m. (5 p.m. EST) tonight, they will be radioed to her aircraft as it flies home. The latest poll, published in The Evening Standard gives the Conservatives 39.7 per Teacher training 'inadequate' for RCs Teacher training at the University of Lethbridge does not meet the denominational needs of the Catholic separate schools, a brief approved by separate school trustees Tuesday says. The brief was prepared by the separate school administration for presentation to the U of L senate March 16. The senate has asked individuals or community organizations to submit any concerns they might have about (he university and the direction it should take in the SWMI and heard About town Aid. Bill Herman welcoming a Calgarian from Sykes' country to God's country Barb Brown getting her annual black eye at a hockey game anthropologist Henry Lewis ending his lecture on fire with "now, who's got the future at its March meeting. "Teachers coming to us from the U of L have little understanding of the special characteristics of separate schools and how they affect their the brief claims. It says that teachers are now applying to the separate school district with no training which prepares them to handle religious instruction. "The Canadian catechism now used in our schools employs advanced instructional methods and places heavy demands upon teachers untrained in its the brief continues In the brief, the trustees urge the university senate to support its efforts to obtain professional preparation for teachers that is specific to the needs of Catholic separate schools in the province. In every other way, the University of Lethbridge graduates of teacher training are "well prepared" for their role as professional instructors, the brief contends. cent of the vote, Labor 36.7 and Liberals 21.2. Other poll findings continued to place the Conservatives in the lead as well, with Labor running a close second and the Liberals in third place. But the margins are considered ex- tremely close and most of the polls were wrong in the last election. The leading headline in The Times today reflected the un- certainty of the vast majority of commentators over the election result. "Election outcome hangs in the balance as Liberals keep up the the newspaper says. Prime Minister Edward Heath was voting in central London near his fashionable Mayfair flat before going to his suburban riding of Sidcup to await the results. Labor Leader Harold Wilson was also voting in London be- fore going to his Lancashire constituency of Huyton and Liberal Leader Jeremy Thorpe was in his highly- marginal North Devon riding where he has stayed for most of the campaign. The heaviest voting was expected in late afternoon and early evening. Guerrillas reject food BEIRUT