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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORKAIT HIGH FRIDAY NEAR 35 The Letltbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 21 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Ontario cuts provincial income tax By BUD JORGENSEN Canadian Press Staff Writer Ontario residents will have a lower provincial in- come-tax rate when Uiey file 1971 returns and Prince Edward Islanders will pay more. In other provinces bhe rates will be unchanged from 1970. For the next tax year, 1972, Nova Scotia so far is the only province that has announced income-tax in- creases, which means there will be higher payroll de- ductions. Other provinces have announced or are planning changes in tax laws for 1972. The reason for the changes is that the method for computing the provincial tax in relation to the federal tax has been changed with the implementation of a new federal tax system. Finance department officials of seven provinces- all except N.S., Ontario and Quebec have said they will change the rates to get the same yield that would have been received under the old system. A Cross-Canada survey by The Canadian Press shows that only Ontario followed the federal govern- ment in reducing taxes for 1971, the year for which Canadians soon will be filing tax returns. Cut federal taxes The federal government reduced taxes by three per cent from July 1, 1971, and also from that date the three-pcr-cent income surtax imposed since 1968 was eliminated. The net effect for 1971 for most taxpayers was to reduce taxes for the full- year by about the amount of the surtax for 1970 if a taxpayer had no change in income level. The Ontario government's first announcement was that it also would cut its income tax by three per cent from mid-year but when details were revealed, the government was more generous. The reduction was about 3.6 per cent and the effect was to reduce the full year's taxes by about 1.8 per cent. Prince Edward Island increased its tax rate from July 1, 1971. The increase in rate was about 18 per cent which meant the amount of tax collected for the full year would be about nine per cent higher. The provinces, except Quebec, have the federal gov- ernment collect income taxes, and the provincial share until this year has been calculated as a percentage of the federal basic tax. In all provinces there may be some reductions for many taxpayers filing 1971 returns because of changes in ttre federal tax law. May see change For the 1972 tax year, Nova Scotia and possibly Ontario taxpayers may notice a change In payroll de- ductions for provincial taxes. Nova Scotia, in addition to adjusting to the new system, has raised its rate by about 26 per cent. A finance department spokesman says the government es- timates the increase will provide about million in additional revenue. The Ontario government has announced that it will continue the three-per-cent income-tax reduction through 972 to conform with federal intentions. This may mean R slight reduction in payroll deductions in Ontario be- cause of delays in revising tax deduction tables. The tax cut was announced in October and was retroactive to July 1, 1971. The Quebec government has announced It plans changes in its tax law, including reductions for low-in- come groups and increases for those in high-income brackets, but details have not been released. A gov- ernment spokesman has said provincial payroll deduc- tion schedules will continue unchanged until new leg- islation is adopted. Secrets of longevity UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) The more the brain and muscles are used, the less they age, says a Soviet report on longevity. The report, issued here recently, says longevity is more common in rural areas, particularly among peo- ple who have had uninterrupted physical activity from their earliest youth to the last stages of their lives. Entitled The Right to Old Ago, the report cites the examples of two men living in the Caucasus, re- ported to be aged 165 and 130, who continue to work on the land. The report lists environment and way of life as other major factors leading to long life. "Work and play, eating and sleeping, sociu-econo- mic conditions, climate can have a profound effect on the adaptability of the aging it con- tinued. The report is based on studies over several years on more than elderly persons. The majority were between 80 and 90 years old, and 415 were more than 100. It was prepared hy Professor Dunilri Ccbalorcv, director of the Soviet Union's Institute of Iho study of old age and its discuses. Of I he persons over the age of 100 in the Soviet Union, more than are women. However, observations shmvol tltat tlw general stale of a very elderly woman's health was not as good as that of i male counterpart. Tire professor, a member of tire Soviet Medical Academy, noted Ihnt longevity could possibly run in families. Ho cited nnoUicr Soviet study which showed that in an over-OS ngc group, 28 to 40 per cent of the old people1! blood relations bad lived 80 yean or man. SURGERY SCHEDULED An operation has been scheduled Sunday at University Hospital in Edmonton .for Cynlhia and Christine, Siamese twin girls, who Were born Oct. 28. Shown here being fed by a nurse, the fllrlj are joined by a small band of tissue between the, bottom of the breastbone and the navel. See story page 10. New air strike in the offing OTTAWA (CP) Strike aci ton that could ground air traf- fic across Canada by next week- Sensitive summit starts SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (Renter) President Nixon meets with Japanese Premier Eisaku Sato today in what could be the most sensitive of his se- ries ot pre-Peking summit meetings. The sensitivity arises from the double shock Japan experi- enced with the President's July 15 surprise announcement that he -would visit China next month aid his sudden Aug. 15 disclo- sure of a drastic new economic program. Nuton and Sato both are anx- xiiis to restore their old close relationship. Sato was reported to be anx- ious to obtain from the presi- dent an assurance that lie will work closely with Japan in his bid to improve the atmosphere with China, an issue of supreme importance to him, and will not enter into any agreement which would harm Japan's interests. Diplomatic observers said Nixon was expected to do every- thing possible to remove any lingering Japanese fears. end remains a distinct possibil- ity following submission of a re- port on a dispute between the department of transport and air traffic controllers. The report by a time-man conciliation board was for- warded today to the government and the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association by the pub- lic service staff relations board. If no agreement is reached by the two sides, the union may go on strike legally Thursday, Jan. 13. Both union and government spokesmen have been bound to silence on the report until Fri- day afternoon by staff relations board chairman Jacob Finkel- man. A key question is whether the conciliation board was unan- imous in its recommendations and, if not, on what issues it divided. The union's contract with the transport department expired Sept. 30. Numerous issues, in- cluding salary increases and technological change provisions, remained in dispute when the conciliation board was ap- pointed hi December. The responsible for guiding the safe landing and takeoff of. aircraft at federally- operated airports, now are paid a maximum of a year. Maximum salary for their U.S. counterparts is The union has never taken strike action in the past. A walkout was threatened at the height of the Christmas season in 1969 before the last settle- ment was reached. Kaiser stock deal claimed violation OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Thirty-six executives of Kaiser Steel purchased stock in a Ca- nadian subsidiary that was not available to American investors and later sold a large portion at a profit, the company confirmed Wednesday. The firm's statement followed publication in the Wall Street Journal of an article saying the purchase was made through a Canadian investment company set up to.evade a ban on United States sale of the Canadian se- curities. The newspaper said the Kai- ser executives sold much of the stock in Kaiser Resources Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary, and shortly afterward the stock began a precipitous decline. The decline followed disclo- sure by the Canadian firm that its huge coal-mine venture had run into formidable problems, the paper said. Kaiser Resources is a 25-per- cent owned subsidiary ofKaiser Steel Corp. Its president and chief executive officer, C. Lee Emerson, said in a statement that the stock purchase com- plied with U.S. and Canadian laws. Emerson said 36 officers, directors and key officials of Kaiser Steel bought KRL stock and KRL purchased shares of Kaiser Resources in June, 1969. SOLD SHARES He said shares were cold in early 1970 and shares were sold later. About shares are still held bf.- KRL, Emerson said. The Journal quoted company officials is saying fcy had no knowledge of the prtblems of Kaiser': Resources Mien they cold (he stock. The newspaper noted that the stock issue was not registered with OK U.S. Securities and Ex- change Commission and the prospectus said it could not be sold "to or for the account of U.S. citizens or residents." "The managements of Kaiser Steel and Kaiser Resources de- sire to obtain a broad Canadian public investment in Kaiser Re- sources and accordingly, the public offering in Canada was not registered witti the U.S. Se- curities and Exchange Commis- Emerson said. "Purchases by corporate offi- cials of shares at a public offer- ing from underwriters at the same price the stock was of- fered to the public are perfectly proper and normal in both the U.S. and he said. Company officials described the stock purchase as a fringe benefit for executives. 'He's busy changing conditions to ensurs a mom comforting Cape likely launch site of plane of the future CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) President Nixon's support of a scaled-down space shuttle wilh. a throwaway booster rocket lias made Kennedy the clear favorite to become the initial launch site for tills rocket plane ot Uie future. The Cape, from which man first went to tho moon, always hns been a fnvorile, even though Us position lias been threatened by proposed launch sites In California, New Mexico, Utah and Oklahoma. Hut there seems little argu- ment nfloT Nixon's announce- ment in Sim Clem- culc, Calif., that he backs a six-year program to develop fhirtla system that will only be half reusable, In- stead of fully reflyable as once envisioned by the National Aer- onautics and Space Administra- tion. The orbital1 section, carrying as many as 12 persons, will be designed to fly 100 or more limes into space, but Ihc booster section will be a rocket tha1 will be dumped into the ocean, just as Apoilos Saturn V rockets sink boneaUi the sea after hoisting men into lunar journeys. HAS PADS The biffgcsl plus for the Capo is that it is Iho only place in the country which has pads and fn- clUtles for rockets- large enough lo luDch ito ibuttle, wUcii be the size of a Boeing 707 jet- liner. NASA is considering mo- dified versions of the Saturn V first stage or the Titan III rocket as the booster. Cape Kennedy, where NASA has a billion plant on acres, has puis for both. Another factor favoring llm Cape is that the spent boosters can drop in the Atlantic away from inhabited areas. NASA expects to name the in- itial shuttle launch site within two months. For UK Cape, it would mean a bounce back from B depression which hns seen employment at lire space centre drop from to since Apollo II, man's first moon taoding. Auto industry pioneer Sam McLaughlin dies OSHAWA, Ont. (CP) Col. R. S. (Sam) McLaughlin, foun- der of General Motors of Can- ada who was 100 years old last Sept. 8, died early today. Until last year, he spent at least an hour a day at tus office in the Oshawa plant of General Motors. A far cry from the carriage business started by his father with eight workers, the plant now produces more than cars and trucks a year and em- ploys men and women. Col. McLaughlin was chair- man of the board of directors of General Motors of Canada Ltd. at the time of his death. He re- tired in 1967 as a director of the U.S. parent firm. Col. title was honor- up with the times even in his advanced age. Five years ago, on his 95th birthday, he said he had no in- tention of fading into a forgotten era. "1 don't know how long I'm going to live another year or five he said then with his usual exuberance. "But I'm going to make the most of each day." And on bis 100th birthday be was up to cut was never to know it was his last- birthday cake. :LED AUTO INDUSTRY More than any other man, he was given credit for establish- ment of the automobile industry in Canada. His business genius and vision propelled General Motors into a vehicle-manufac- turing giant. Sam McLaughlin not only ranked high among such car- making greats as Henry Ford, William Durant, Louis Chevro- let and Walter Chrysler, he was: a multi-millionaire, philanthor- pist and outstanding horseman. He once said: "The things I cherish are the solid worth of life-long friendships with men of good association with a great industry and a great en- terprise; a long life of good health, and sport in the out- doors." From the driving-shed plant evolved the McLaughlin Oar- Apollo ruling pending CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) A decision is expected next week on whether the Apollo 16 moon flight will be postponed from March until April because of a potential spacecraft-separa- tion problem. The Apollo program director. Rocco Petrone, said Wednesday there is a "distinct possibility" the launch will be delayed from the planned March 17 date until the next favorable period, which starts April 16. Scheduled to fly the mission arj astronauts John Young, Charles Duke and Thomas Mat- tingly H. Rogers Pass road cleared VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia department o[ highways said that because of heavy snowfalls in the Rogers Pass section of the T r a n s-Canada Highway, the highway was closed from Wed- nesday night until early Thurs- day. Town sale GERLACH, Nov. (AP) The Western Pacific Railroad is sell- Ing Gerlach, a tiny railroad community 90 miles north of Reno. Western officials said Wednesday tire railway built and owns the town, but now wmils lo gel (rat of (lie commun- ity business in Gerlach which has 18' commercial lots with business establishments and 111 Ms of dwellings. AUTO PIONEER DEAD-Cel. Robert S. (Sam) Mclaugh- lin who founded General Motors, of Canada, died aarly Thursday at hit horns in Oshawa, Ont. Picture was taken last Sept. S on hii-JOOth birthday. riage Co. with eight workers that grew in little more than half a century to General Mo- of Canada Ltd. As for his own automotive background, Col. Sam once told a reporter that he had been hit on the head at five by a wheel swinging from the roof of his fa- ther's carriage shop "and I've had wheels in my head ever since." Titles were common to CoL Sam, who was also vice-presi- dent of Toronto Dominion Bank, director of Canadian Pa- cific Railway, Consolidated Mining and Smelting Co. of Canada Ltd., Mclntyre Porcu- pine Mines Ltd., Moore Corp., Ltd., Canadian General Elec- tric Co. Ltd., Royal Trust Co., and International Nickel Co. of Canada. British soldier shot by sniper BELFAST (Reuter) The first British soldier to be killed in Northern Ireland this year has been snot by a sniper in Belfast. The soldier, 18-year-old Re. Keith Bryan, was- hit in the stomach as be walked across a vacant lot in (he Roman Catho- lic Falls Road area. Other men in his foot patrol fired back, but the killer es- caped. Northern Ireland's ministry of home affairs refused to confirm or deny a report today that a hew internment camp was to be opened near Londonderry. At present there are more -than 400 internees at a centre at Long Kesh and about SO on the Maidstone, plus about 100 sus- pects in various prisons. In Belfast Wednesday night, a bomb thrower concealed behind a wall injured two girls aged 13 and 16 and two men when he threw a bomb at an army vehi- cle. The'victims were taken to hospital 'with lacerations. U.S. peace team sounds warning PARIS (AP) The United States warned North Vietnam and the Viet Cong today against new "military adventures" they are believed to be planning in South Vietnam. The warning was sounded by the U.S. peace negotiator, Wil- liam J. Porter, as the long- deadlocked peace talks resumed following a four-week recess. The acrimonious meeting left the two sides as far apart as ever. "I wish to caution you that the military etforts you seem to be planning on the weslcm bor- der o[ South Vietnam and clse- wlicvc in Indochina arc not likely to achieve anything lo your permanent advantage and will probably entail the loss of many more Porter told the 1.19th session of the talks. North Vietnam's Xwan Thuy and the Viet Cong's Nguyen Van Tien vigorously denounced President Nixon's television in- terview Sunday. They reiterated that the American prisoners in Communist hands would not be released until the United States has committed itself to total and unconditional withdrawal and repudiated its obligations to Saigon. Seen and heard About town nic appearing at an inter- view with a knife and fork in his breast pocket Leo Rkiflim searching all after- noon to find a 200-watl light- bulb willi which to heat Ins car's engine Alderman V r r Ferguson closing off the debate on the library silo by saying, "I don't wnnl lo bo like the woman who stuck her shoe in Uw fresh bucket of milk." ;