The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Uthbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 19 LETHBRIOOE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 1974 20 Pages 10 Cents Oil freeze thaw nearer THE CANADIAN PRESS There were further in- dications of a thaw in the freeze of domestic oil prices Thursday while suggestions of alternate energy sources were made in Edmonton and Halifax. In Ottawa, Finance Minister John Turner said domestic oil prices must rise to ensure the industry has enough capital to develop frontier and offshore reserves and bring the Alberta oil sands and other sources into production. Domestic prices frozen since September ,at about a barrel under a voluntary government industry arrangement, currently are less than one-third the prices charged by most in- ternational oil producers. Mr. Turner didn't say when the government would let do- mestic prices rise. It is com- mitted to maintaining the price freeze until the end of the winter heating season. In Edmonton, Dr. Norbert Berkowitz suggested large- scale conversion of Alberta coal to gas as an alternative to piping in natural gas from the Arctic. Dr. Berkowitz, head of fuel sciences at the Research Council of Alberta and a member of the province's energy conservation board, said there may be economic advantages to producing gas from coal rather than building a natural gas pipeline along the Mackenzie Valley. The pipeline would move one trillion cubic feet of natural gas a year and cost an estimated billion, he said. Ten coal gasification plants could produce a trillion cubic feet of gas annually and cost no more. A pipeline would employ 600 to 700 after it is built but coal gasification Slants would employ to ,000. In Halifax, L. F. Kirkpatrick, president of Nova Scotia Power Corp., said an interprovincial electric power grid should be built to' meet the growing need for energy in Eastern Canada. He suggested a grid linking Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec would lessen the dependence of. the Atlantic provinces on power generated by oil-or coal-burning plants. Saturday gas stays in U.S. WASHINGTON (AP) -The Federal Energy Office has de- cided against seeking Satur- day closings of gasoline stations in the United States as a way to cut fuel consump- tion. "It is definitely an energy office spokesman said. Saturday closing move was under serious consideration. Now, he feels the measure is not needed to deal with the gasoline shortage. Federal energy chief William Simon had said as late as a week ago that the Saturdayclosing move was un- der serious .onsideration. Now, he feels the measure is not needed to deal with the gasoline shortage. The energy office has already asked the U.S. gasoline stations to jclose Sun- days to discourage consump- tion. A high percentage have complied. Simon said the Sunday-closing request will become mandatory if he gets the power from Congress. During the news conference, he other energy officials said the response from the public on government conservation measures has given new hope that gasoline rationing can be avoided. A high energy of- ficial said later, however, that the key test will come this month as gasoline production is cut. British crisis hurting more LONDON (CP) Things are going from bad to worse in Britain's economic and indus- trial crisis. The government says 000 persons are unemployed as a direct result of a three- day work week imposed to save energy. Shortages of bread and ciga- rettes are also feared due to the crisis while women may have to pass up visits to the hairdresser Hope for an end to the crisis -diminished Thursday when the government pay board turned down a demand by miners to be paid for time they spend taking a bath after working in the pits. This demand was seen by many as the last hope of ending a crippling work slow- down by miners. The slow- down has resulted in a shor- tage of electricity and along with the oil shortage has Bri- tain in the grips of what politicians say is the worst crisis since the Second World War. The workers the gov- ernment says are idle due to the three-day work week in- clude those either laid off or on part-time work and draw- ing unemployment insurance. Tens of thousands are not at work but are being paid. On top of the unem- ployed due to the energy crisis, there are per- sons who were out of work before the crisis began. This is out of a work force of 25 million. British bakers announced today they will cut bread production by five per cent to help save electricity. It will mean a reduction of nearly 000 tons of bread a week and retailers fear it may lead to shortages almost im- mediately. The shortages of cigarettes is due to workers in that in- dustry being on a shortened work week. Hairdressers say they face ruin because power curbs mean they cannot run their businesses. Businesses are re- stricted to three days of elec- tricity a week. One salon faces a fine of for switching on its hair driers on a day it was not supposed to use electricity. Secretaries and clerks worked by candlelight, often in overcoats and scarves because there was no heat. Inside "Which thru do you want to Classified....... 16-19 Comics............14 Comment.......... 4 District............13 Family............20 Joan Waterfield 3 Local News 11, 12 Markets...........15 Sports........... 8, 9 Theatres........... 7 TV............5, 6, 7 Weather........... 3 Workshop..........10 LOW TONIGHT S, HIGH SAT. II; LIGHT SNOW Plenty to do Ike Ward, of Seville, Florida, who celebrated his 111th birthday at Christmas, is shown cultivating his garden. The former Civil War slave attributes the way he eats to his long life. "I eat just about anything, he says. When not cooking, he is either cutting wood for the stove, gardening, or harvesting sugar cane and making it into syrup. Suez front troops, M. near disengagement GENEVA (Reuter) Dele- gates from Egypt and Israel move into what may be a cru- cial phase of talks on troop disengagement today as the Soviet Union and the United States prepare to exert their influence over a settlement. A major-general and a colonel from either side, each accompanied by a civilian ad- viser, will meet for the fourth time here after reporting Terrorists wait trial BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) Yasir Arafat's attempt to prosecute the five terrorists who staged the Rome airport massacre are being hindered by a split within his Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the failure of Arab governments to co-operate. Arafat has announced that the gunmen who killed 32 per- sons in Rome and Athens and surrendered in Kuwait will be brought to trial before a "Palestinian revolutionary court." The Kuwait govern- ment said it will oand the men over to the PLO, but the Beirut newspaper Al Anwar reported today that two Arab countries have ignored Arafat's request for the trial to be held on their territory. Bodies found near wreck All four passengers in- cluding a former Lethbridge man aboard a Saskatchewan provincial government air- plane missing for three weeks were found dead Thursday. Passenger Rod Morrison, 28, was the son of Edward and Beatrice Morrison of 722 10th St. N Mr. Morrison was the assistant director of the economic development branch of the department of northern Saskatchewan. He had moved to La Ronge from the Edmonton area a few weeks ago with his wife and three children. The bodies were found Thursday afternoon, one day after the wreckage -was sighted 28 miles west of Cumberland House in heavily wooded country about 200 miles northeast of Prince Albert. reaching an important stage at their last session Wednes- day on the question of separating their armies on the Suez front. The fact that negotiations are at an advanced stage-has been underlined by an- nouncements that Egyptian Foreign Minister Ismail Fahmy and Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan are travelling to Moscow and Washington for parallel con- sultations. The Soviet Union and the United States are co-sponsors of the Middle East peace conference, which set up the military talks two weeks ago. They and the other partici- Israel, Jordan and the united Nations- stressed then that the dis- engagement issue is a test case which will determine the feasibility of an over-all settlement in the region. Dayan has already flown to Washington and Fahmy is due in Moscow in the next couple of days. Informed sources in Tel Aviv said Dayan took with him a program under which Israel would withdraw from its salient west of the Suez during the October while still allowing an Egyptian presence on the east side. Israel insists, however, that Egypt must reciprocate by withdrawing some of the thou- sands of soldiers and hundreds of tanks it landed on the east side during the war, informed Israeli sources said here. Any agreement would also probably contain provisions for another buffer zone, patrolled by United Nations forces, informed sources said. If an agreement is reached, it may be signed by the full peace conference, tentatively scheduled to meet here Jan. same day as the new Israeli parliament reconvenes after its general elections. Arabs told 'use force' CAIRO (AP) The editor of Egypt's semi-official news- paper, Al Ahram, said today it is up to the Arabs to use force to settle the Middle East crisis in their interest. He didn't spell out what he meant by force, but Mohamm- ed Hassanein Heikal said in his weekly editorial that U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger, "drunk with previous successes, would not endanger this asset by failing to solve the Middle East crisis." Heikal advised the Arabs that "in the community of nations force replaces power." MPs squash vote orgies billion made in agriculture Agriculture in Alberta grossed more than billion in 1973 for the-first time. Dr. Glen Purnell, deputy minister of agriculture, reports that provincial gross farm income was 91.2 billion and 1974's total should be even higher. The net provincial farm in- come was slightly more than half the gross. The percentage net income of the gross income varied from product to product and ranged from 33 per cent to 60 per cent but averaged between 50 and 58 per cent. Protestants reject agreement BELFAST (Reuter) In a crucial vote Friday, Northern Ireland's Protestant Unionist party, rejected the recent tripartite agreement on a Council of Ireland, thereby imperilling the political future of Party Leader Brian Faulkner. The 900-strong Unionist council voted 454 to 374 in favor of a motion opposing es- tablishment of the All-Ireland Council, This would establish the first formal ties between the two parts of Ireland, since partition in 1921. Faulkner said he is "very ,the result. The vow puts in jeopardy a packaged deal worked out in four days of meetings last month by the governments of 'Britain and the Irish Republic, along with leaders of the new Northern Ireland executive. Faulkner was expected to carry on as Northern Ireland's chief executive, but the result was certain to be seen as a major setback to hopes for a political solution in the trou- racked North. Kidnapped BUENOS AIRES (Reuter) executive of the Argen- tine subsidiary of the U.S. Pepsi Cola soft drinks com- pany was kidnapped near here Thursday night, police sources said today. The sources said Argentine- born Douglas Gordon Roberts, 46, was kidnapped in the northern suburb of Martinez. OTTAWA (CP) -Uncheck- ed federal election-spending orgies in which major parties try to outdo each other in spreading their gospels to the voters appear to be over in this country. The nation's first legislation limiting federal campaign spending received final Com- mons approval Thursday. The government bill, which its architects say promises a new era of electioneering, limits spending by candidates and their parties and plat 3s controls on contributions. It also provides public money for political parties and new rules in election broadcasting. There is doubt, however, whether the bill will be in force for the next federal elec- tion. It is to be proclaimed six months after royal assent or earlier if Chief Electoral Of- ficer JeanMarc Hamel feels the procedural machinery is ready. "But I suspect we'll need the six close to Mr. Hamel said in an inter- view Thursday, night Asked whether it might be ready for a late spring elec- in May or June as speculated by some MPs-he said "it will be almost impossible for it to be ready by then." The Canada Election Act, about 400 pages, has to be redrafted right down to the index. Staff also need time to become familiar with the new controls. Seen and heard About town Curler Ruth Better contemplating bright blue boots to bolster her game Tom Tamura trying for three weeks to build an "easy to make" backyard skating rink for some neighborhood kids. Once it is in effect, candi- dates will be limited to spend- ing for each of the first 000 voters in their ridings, 50 cents for each of the next and 25 cents for eSch voter over Also, par- ties will be spend 30 cents for each voter: Candidates will be reim- bursed from the public purse, however, for limited postage, travel and auditing expenses. Not included under the spending limits are travel ex- penses. Reimbursement of these, for those candidates getting at least 15 per cent ot the vote, will be either the ac- tual amount of expenses, or one cent multiplied by the square miles in the riding, or whichever is the .smallesf amount. Theoretically then, can- didates will be able to spend -whatever they want on travelling but will be able to collect a maximum reim- bursement of only The maximum income tax deductible donation will be This will be arranged on a sliding scale that gives the smaller contributor a better tax break. The bill also requires that all donations of more than f 100 be made public, and that radio and television stations provide 6Vi hours of prime be paid partially from public funds and to be allocated under an all-party agreement. Violators of any section of the act will be liable to max- imum fines of add dental coverage EDMONTON (CP) Alberta is considering providing dental care coverage for children under health care insurance similar to plans proposed in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan, Dr. William Cochrane, deputy health and social development minister, said Thursday. Dr. Cochrane was com- menting after a survey by the Alberta branch of the Con- sumers' Association of Canada showed many people were not satisfied with the because for dental health care it lacked care. Alberta is considering providing such dental care for children "particularly in the area of preventive Dr. Cochrane said. The survey showed 40 per cent of the more than 300 respondents were not satisfied with health care coverage and 90 per cent of those attributed their attitude to the dental aspect. IRA seeking death for Pym BELFAST (AP) Irish Re- publican Army elements pro- nounced a "death sentence" Thursday on British adminis- trator Francis Pym. "We shall not rest until the death sentence has been carried the IRA said in a statement. This was the first time in more than four years that the organization battling to break Ulster's British political link has singled out an individual by name for such treatment. The announcement was sent to Northern Ireland new- spapers by what was describ- ed as the headquarters of the Provisional IRA's Lon- donderry brigade. It said the sentence was "cast against him" because Pym had ordered the internment of a member of the brigade. Pym was appointed Dec. 2 to take over as administrator of Northern Ireland from William Whitelaw, who was appointed when Britain took over direct control of Ulster March 31, 1971. On Dec. 31, Pym turned over a portion of his powers to an executive coalition uniting Roman Catholics and Protestants and in a form of government for the first time in Ulster's 52-year history. Laskin appointment 'political' CALGARY (CP) H. G. Field, president of the Alberta Law Society, says the appointment of Bora Laskin as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada was a political move probably designed to strengthen the federal government in its confrontations with the provinces. "I think the move was politically he said in a telephone interview from Edmonton Wednesday. R. P. Fraser, chairman of the Alberta branch of the Canadian Bar Association, said he hoped'' Mr. Justice Laskin's appointment would "not up- set the stability of the court." He described Justice Laskin as "an extremely well-considered jurist and legal scholar re- garded as an innovator to some extent." E. Nell McKelvey, president of the Canadian Bar Association, said in a telephone interview from Saint John, N.B., that he was surprised that the gofernment broke tradition to choose a junior judfe but declined to say whether he sidered the move improper. "Laskin has had an outstanding judicial career, his approach to the law being that it should evolve with the times, taking note of changes in society, rather than being unduly bound up with tradition." Mr. Field, emphasizing that his remarks were personal and not intended to reflect the views of the society, said Justice Laskin was probably chosen over more senior members of the court because he had shown an innovative approach to the law and a tendency to favor centralized federal power over the claims of the provinces. That combination, he suggested, must have appealed strongly to the government of "Prime Minister Trudeau which has been embroiled in constitutional battles with Alberta over the control of the province's energy resources. "I think the prime minister felt that his ap- pointee should be of like mind to the prime minister, particularly on constitional issues that come before the court "It seems to me that the prime minister is a staunch supporter of central power, as is reasonable for a man in his position. And we have every reason to believe that his appointee will also be a staunch supporter of strong central government." Mr. Field said his remarks were not intended to criticize either Mr. Justice Laskin or Mr. Justice Ronald man who would have become chief justice had the government abided by the tradition of appointing the most senior member of the court. But he warned that the break with tradition that elevated the relatively junior 'Laskin, first appointed a Supreme Court justice in 1970, to the highest judicial post in the land may harm the court by creating uncertainty and hard feelings among its nine members "I just have the feeling that other members of the court will be concerned about changes in the (round-rules as to who is to become chief justice. It may create tome hard feelings at a time when that would not be conducive to the smooth functioning of that body."