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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 2, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, January 2, 1975 Globe and Mail charges anti-trust violation Oil companies under federal investigation Government helps troubled company TORONTO (CP) The Globe and Mail says federal combines agents are investigating oil company tac- tics in Metropolitan Toronto. The newspaper says that some major oil companies are applying pressure to force gasoline retailers to reduce prices and profits, driving smaller dealers out of business. It says that the Ontario Retail Gasoline Association representing about dealers, complained to Ottawa that oil company coer- cion on dealers has created a gasoline price war and high- pressure sales tactics at a time of supposed energy shor- tages. The Globe and Mail says that sources in the provincial government and in the oil in- dustry have revealed that federal investigators are checking complaints that dealers are being forced il- legally to sell at company-set, market-war prices. Robert Pyke, ORGA execu- tive director, is quoted assay- ing that dealers have resorted to increasing charges on car repairs to recoup losses on gasoline sales. TOLD TO UP PRICES "In fact, some who have complained about low gas- oline margins have been told by company reps to jack up the prices in their (service) the newspaper quotes Mr. Pyke as saying. "The oil companies are not doing a damn thing for you, me, or the public at he added. ORGA is demanding action from the provincial and federal governments to protect dealers irom unfair, and sometimes illegal, com- pany tactics. However, executives ol various oil companies deny the allegations and say that they are simply making the gasoline distribution system more efficient, the newspaper says. Mr. Pyke said one possible measure sought by ORGA is a law similar to laws in some parts of the United States ex- cluding the big oil cor- porations from retailing gas, the newspaper says. But The Globe and Mail quotes J. A. Tannian, a public relations spokesman for Tex- aco Canada Ltd., as saying such a move would be against the interests of the consumer. The Globe and Mail cites. Tremendous year-end savings start January 2nd at Tip Top A super clearance sale of the latest styled suits, jackets, overcoats, slacks, and shirts, Famous Tip Top quality at low, low prices. SUITS Tip Top's finest collection of suits ever! All at fantastic re- ductions. All-wool and polyester blend's in a wide selection of patterns, colours and stylings. The best time to saveonthebestsuitsanywhere! Reg. values to SPORT COATS Tweeds, saxonies, checks, stripes and plains. In a spicy collection of pat- terns and colours. All in the latest styles and de- tailing. A great addition to any man's wardrobe. Look and feel great in these comfortable Tip Top slacks. Dress or casual. Bold or light tones. In checks, stripes or plains. The best slack value of the New Year. Reg. values to '14 SPORT DRESS SHIRTS MADE-TO-MEASURE SUITS The finest made-to-measure suit value anywhere. Carefully tailored in our own factory to save you more. A great choice of patterns and shades. Whatever your build, style or taste we've got the right suit for you, at the right price too! Reg. values to Famous brand-name dress shirts in beautiful geometries, stripes and solids. Current styled sport shirts in bold fall colours and fancy patterns. Every shirt drastically reduced for this year-end sale! Reg. values to 6 AND UP OUTERWEAR Handsomely styled and de- tailed suede, leather and cloth coats. Suburban, sta- dium and dressy stylings... sc.iie with warm deep-pile linings. Just in time for those cold months ahead. UP TO OFF Open a convenient Tip Top Charge Account, Centre Village IVlall TIP TOP Alterations extra on all c'oiliing reduced by or greater. Phone 328-8255 the case of Fina gasoline retailer in the Toronto borough of Etobicoke who complained that he was visited by company repre- sentatives and was told to re- duce the price of gasoline which was selling for 69.9 cents a gallon. Many cut-rate stations are selling at 59.9, and a few at 57.9. The Etobicoke dealer refus- ed and Petrofina Canada Ltd. did not renew the lease but granted an extension to the end of January, the newspaper says. Mr. Pyke said a pamphlet on gasoline prices issued by Shell Canada Ltd. has been sent to provincial officials because it gives a false pic- ture of the station operators' situation, the newspaper says. The pamphlet says the operator's share of a 69.9 price is 13 cents, but very few dealers earn such a margin, he said. The Globe and Mail says dealers who sell at 59.9 cents a gallon receive company sub- sidy of 4.7 cents a gallon, but the dealer's profit is only seven cents a gallon. A bortion is now legal in Austria LONDON (AP) The gov- ernment has stepped in to help Burmah Oil Co., one of Brit- ain's biggest corporations, out of cash difficulties in what amounts to a state takeover of some important oil operations. Under a deal announced Tuesday, the state will take a 51-per-cent holding in Bur- rnah's North Sea oil operations. These include ma- jor stakes in the Ninian and Thistle fields, which are ex- pected to produce about 30 per cent of Britain's current oil needs. Burmah's holdings in the country's other major oil companies, British Petroleum and Shell Transport and Trading, will be held by the Bank of England as security for underwriting Burmahs's debts. Cold swim PEACE RIVER, Alta. (CP) Four members of the Peace River Scuba Diving Club began the New Year Wednes- day with a dip in the 34-degree waters of the Peace River. Club President John McKinney, one of the swimmers, said a person would normally perish in three minutes at that temperature but the four were wearing protective suits. Burmah, which operates in nearly 150 'countries with more than 400 subsidiaries, said the arrangements will provide "interim support" pending "realization of cer- tain major assets." Burmah's statement did not elaborate on which assets it plans to sell. The government's action was seen as evidence of its determination to safeguard North Sea oil production. Britain, now burdened with a heavy oil trade deficit, hopes to be self-sufficient in oil by the early 1980s. Burmah blamed losses with its tanker fleet and falls in the market value of its in- vestments. As a result, it said it was unable to meet its obligations on a long-term loan from a.con- sortium of banks. The loan originally was negotiated to help Burmah ex- pand in North America. Burmah said it now will try to renegotiate the bank loan into 12-month borrowings guaranteed by the Bank of England. Burmah also an- nounced a shakeup of its top management, a full investiga- tion into its tanker operations and an accountants examina- tion of its financial management. VIENNA (Reuter) Abor- tions became legal in Austria, a devoutly Roman Catholic country, Wednesday despite resistance from church leaders, opposition politicians and many doctors. The Liberal abortion law, allowing women .to end a preg- nancy within three months of conception after consultation with a doctor, is part of a revi- sion of the penal code, which has been in force for more than 50 years. The ruling Socialists used a slim majority of five to push the new code through parlia- ment 14 months ago. It became law today. Ethiopia orders western TV heroes off screen ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) Ethiopia's military rulers have ordered the television heroes of. the Western world off the country's screens. Ethiopian television used to be dominated by mass produced British and United States entertainment such as Bonanza, Simon Templar, Jason King, High Chaparral and Peyton Place. However, since last Friday, when Ethiopia's ruling military council announced it would turn the country into a socialist state, Western made scenes of romance, shooting, killing and pursuits on horseback have vanished. Contractors to stand trial Catholic. and opposition groups are pressing for a referendum, which many Socialists fear would go against them in a country with population 90 per cent Catholic. Doctors are not obliged to perform the operation if it is morally repugnant to them, and many are expected to refuse. EDMONTON (CP) A Sherwood Park contractor was committed Monday to stand trial on 11 charges of fraud involving several thousand dollars in payments made for repairs on houses. William Tetterington, 66, owner of Golden West Developers, was charged after a basement waterproofing compound was advertised as capable of stopping leakage. Caouette won't name reporter OTTAWA (CP) Social Credit Leader Heal Caouette says he will not tell a Commons committee the name of a CBC reporter he brib- ed to obtain news coverage. I'm not going to name him and I will not name he said dur- ing an interview on the CBC program Some Honorable Members. Text of the interview was released Tuesday. "Even before a com- mittee of he was asked. "I don't think so, no." The program will be broadcast today. A Commons com- mittee is scheduled to open an inquiry Jan. 28 into allegations by Mr. Caouette that -MPs bribe reporters to im- prove news coverage. The Social Credit leader said earlier this month he paid a CBC reporter in one in- stance and gave to another reporter for an unnamed Quebec new- spaper. He refused to name either reporter or specify MPs who have made similar payoffs. His remarks were at- tacked at the time by spokesmen for other parties. They were also challenged by the ex- ecutive of the 160- member Parliamentary Press Gallery. DECISION Ottawa, December The Canadian Radio-Television Commission announces the following decision effective December 24. 1974. Decision CRTC 74-479 Lethbridge, Alta. Applications by Cableviiion Lethbridge Ltd. to amend its cable television broadcasting licence tor Lethbridge, Alta. to delete the reception and distribution of: a) CHFM-FM channel 240 Calgary, Alta. trom channel 7 to add the distribution of: b) Stereo music on channels 234, 244, c) Local originations on channels 7, 8, 10, 11, 13 d) Local originations arid movies oh channel 12 to add the reception and distribution of: e) CHEC-AM 1090 kHz Lethbridge, Alta. on channel 13 to change the distribution channel of: f) KCFW-TV channel 9, Kalispell, Montana from 5 to 9 g) K72 AM channel 72, East Butte, Montana from 9 to 5 h) K78 AH channel 78, East Butte, Montana from 11 to 3 ij CHEC-FM channel 265, Lethbridge, Alta. trom 5 part-time to 284 to increase the service area to cover Coaldale, Hardieville and the western part of Lethbridge to change the location of the headend site Decision: Approved in Part The part of the application to delete the reception and dis- tribution of CHFM-FM channel 240 Calgary. Alta. is Approved. The distribution of FM stereo music on channels 234, 244. 254 and 274 is Deferred. The display of a locally originated test pattern and the distribution of a stereo music service from tapes on channel 7 Is Approved. The distribution of weather data and news as well as a stereo music service from tapes on channel 8 is Approved. The distribution of community programming on channel 10 Is Approved. The applicant has also requested permission to make this channel available to local broadcasters for replay of any of their locally produced programs complete with their associated commercials. The Commission favours this service but is of the opinion that it should not be offered on the community channel. This part ol the application, therefore, is Denied. The part of.the application to make channel 11 available to local and provincial authorities for educational television is Approved. The part of the application to distribute local community service announcements and a stereo music service from tapes on channel 12 is Approved. The part of the application lo distribute film features on this channel is Dtnitd. In this respect the Commission draws attention to Its Public Announcement ol December 5, 1973 concerning the carriage of feature movies and its announcement of October 3, 1972 concerning pay television. The part of the application to display a locally originated test pattern on channel 13 Is Approved. The part ol the application to add the reception and distribution of CHEC-AM Lethbridge. Alta. is Denied. The distribution channel changes noted above in paragraphs (f) to (i) inclusive are Approved. The parts of the application to Increase the.service area to include Coaldale, Hardieville and the western part of Lethbridge and to change the location of the headend site are Approved. Guy Lefebvre Director-General of Licensing Canadian Conseil de la Radio-Television Radio-Television Commission Canadienne ;