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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Old library to house Games centre WALTER KERBER photo Ice testing City community service foreman Frank Clark checked the thickness of ice at Henderson Lake yet again Monday. What he found is some good news for city skaters. The ice was thick enough for the community services department to get its tractor on some areas to start clearing snow. If the weather stays cold as forecast, an area of the lake should be fenced off and ready for skating by the weekend, says Bill Brown, parks superintendent. The department will also work with the Fish and Game Association to establish an ice fishing area if possible, he said. Work train cooks expected to maintain clean, sanitary kitchen By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Any spoilage of produce or unsanitary conditions on CP Rail work trains is the fault of the cooks on those trains, a CP Rail supervisor said Monday. Glen Swanson, supervisor for the railway's Southern Alberta operations, said the cook is responsible for keep- ing the work train clean and making sure food does not spoil. Two work train cooks, con- tacted by The Herald, said many of the trains contain out dated equipment that often malfunctions and is im- possible to clean. They blame the old equip- ment and its failure for the spoilage of thousands of dollars worth of produce each month. One of the cooks agreed with Mr. Swanson that sometimes the cooks are at fault for ordering more Ice machine shed slated for Fort FORT MACLEOD (Staff) John's Construction of Fort Macleod Monday night was awarded a contract by town council to construct a building to house the new ice machine at the local arena. Council learned that Dave Rooke of the Fort Macleod Minor Hockey Association has pledged the association will work toward paying for the ice machine. Coun. Phil Hodnett, in charge of recreation, told council it will cost to finance the small building, ready for use. With the ice machine, the total cost of the project will be about "Of this, we can get in a grant from the provincial he said. At the same time, he said there is little hope the next stage in the arena project, "filling in the centre of the can be completed at a cost of Coun. Hodnett was referr- ing to construction of a roof that would join the curling rink and the dressing room buildings. This project would extend the rink as well. Council agreed this won't happen for 10 or 20 years. "The hockey gates are im- proving but nothing to justify said Coun. Coun. Hodnett said seven or eight ice machines are on order from various Southern Alberta towns. Those centres are hosts of Canada Winter Games hockey events and will have priority for delivery. Councillors Margaret Moses, John Viens and Hodnett will meet this week to discuss capital expenditures for recreation. "I don't think there will be any major construction this said Coun. Hodnett. "I am sure we can tighten our belt in recreation in view of the expenditures that are coming up in other departments." He noted a score board, donated by a Lethbridge firm, will be installed very shortly. perishable goods than freezer facilities will hold. "But when the refrigerator stops there isn't much a cook can he said. Mr. Swanson said although the cars on the work trains "are not up to date" CP Rail has installed "new (kitchen) 'GOOD INSIDE' "The outsides of the cars are not much to look at but the insides are in pretty good he said. The Herald obtained access to one work train stationed in Lethbridge and found most of the equipment and utensils appeared to be outdated. There were three refrigerators in the kitchen dining car but only two were in working order. One of the two was so badly worn the wood frame showed through the sheet metal covering the freezer area. Mr. Swanson said he has never heard that it is hard for the cooks to order and receive new equipment. However, one of the cooks said he Has been trying for two years to get a more modern car, but to no avail. The railway has its own employees checking on the work trains to make sure they meet federal health regulations, the supervisor said of charges the cars are unsanitary. The cooks say many of the cars would fail an inspection by federal health authorities. NEW CARS One of the cooks said he has noticed more new cars for work trains being put into operation and Mr. Swanson agrees. "We have a major up- grading program under way for the work he said: "We try and change as many as we can." The city's old library in Gait Gardens, which has been vacant since last spring, will be used as a downtown Canada Winter Games headquarters and information centre. The building, was recent- ly donated to the Games society for use during the Feb. 11-23 Winter Games here by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association. The association still plans to develop an art gallery in the old library, but it will likely be April before it receives provin- cial or federal money for that purpose, Association President Dr. Van Christou said today. City council donated the building to the art gallery group last summer. "We hit a bad time for said Dr. Christou. "The federal govern- ment froze museum and art gallery funding last November while it reviews its whole policy in that area." The freeze is ex- pected to last until April. "But the provincial culture youth and recrea- tion department is review- ing our brief and it looks encouraging." A grant of was re- quested by the association to renovate the old library and operate an art gallery. Second Section The Lcthbridgc Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, January 7, 1975 Pages 13-24 Crude trucked to Montana refinery Murphy avoids oil export cut By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald Staff Writer A Murphy Oil Company Ltd. official said Monday the reduction in oil exports to the United States to barrels a day does not affect his firm because it has won a special concession from the National Energy Board. Macleod planning wage deal FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Towns of Fort Macleod, Card- ston, Pincher Creek and Claresholm will negotiate public employee wages and salaries as a group if plans initiated by Fort Macleod Secretary Treasurer Roy White materialize. Cardston Town Ad- ministrator Keith Bevans in- formed Fort Macleod council by letter Monday night that his town is willing to negotiate with other centres. "Four secretaries can get together very said Mr. White. "We propose to get together between now and next fall and go over all the union (CUPE) contracts and try to get them into one. We are all basically the same size so we can't see why salaries can't be on the same basis." Gordon Packer of Murphy Oil says his firm trucks barrels of oil a day from wells in the Manyberries area to a refinery at Kevin, Mont. "The energy board recognizes the geographical area of this production as be- ing a special Mr. Packer said in a telephone interview from Calgary. "Kevin is our most viable market." For this reason, his firm was granted a concession and is not affected by the Jan. 1 reduction. "We went to the board and explained the situation and it made that concession to allow us to export whatever produc- tive capacity we could as long as the refinery would take said Mr. Packer. Another proposal by Ottawa calls for reducing the level to barrels by mid 1975. "As far as heavy oil in Alberta goes, we are not an- ticipating any said Mr. Packer. He said the only market for Manyberries area oil is at Kevin. There is no other economical market. Possibly Calgary is an alternative but Calgary is a long way to go. Producers couldn't generate the cash flow to make the operation viable, he said. HEAVY OIL If the Kevin refinery tells Meanwhile, two north central Montana refineries say they have to curtail production because of the cut- backs in Canadian crude oil exports to the U.S. Officials at the Big West refinery in Kevin and the Westco refinery east of Cut Bank, both heavily dependent on Canadian crude oil, said recently the Canadian cut- backs may force them to reduce their production and, consequently, the amount of fuel products they sell to area distributors. Cliff Smith, manager of the Westco refinery near Cut Bank, says 30 per cent of the crude oil refined at his plant, or about barrels per day, is Canadian export. A. H. Morris, manager of Kevin's Big West refinery, says more than 50 per cent of the crude oil his plant processes comes from Cana- dian sources. That amounts to around barrels per day, he says. The U.S. imports as much as barrels of Canadian crude oil a day, but this country has announced plans to gradually cut off the flow by 1982. OTHER SOURCES Both Mr. Morris and Mr. Smith indicated that unless they find other sources for crude oil, production cutbacks at the refineries would be necessary. Finding other sources of Lethbridge Grits urge 15% pay raise for MPs The Lethbridge Federal Liberal Association is urg- ing the federal government to restrict pay increases for MPs and senators to 15 per cent. At their weekend meeting, local association direc- tors unanimously supported a resolution proposing an initial pay boost of 15 per cent, with subsequent increases tied to industry averages. Liberal director L.G. Hoye told The Herald today association directors feel "one way to combat infla- tion is to show a bit of restraint." Proposed pay raises for MPs and senators fail to show restraint, he added. The association's request for a 15 per cent wage boost has been sent to Prime Minister Trudeau and Senator Earl Hastings. Few charged at Check Stops Murphy Oil it is jamming up crude oil is still an unsolved on crude, the heavy oil is sold problem, says Mr. Morris, to another market in Calgary, says Mr. Packer. One possible alternative is the Cut Bank field. By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer It's hard to measure the effectiveness of Check Stops in reducing accidents over the past holiday season, say Lethbridge RCMP and city police. Sgt. Charles Poytress of RCMP highway patrol says measurement over a short period of time is difficult. On one night when there are no Check Stops, there could be no accidents. On a night where there is a Check Stop, there could be 10 accidents. SNOW REMOVAL ON 11TH STREET SOUTH MONDAY Ice may be city's liability Legal opinion differs on whether the city is liable in connection with ac- cidents resulting from winter road con- ditions. City Solicitor John Hammond says a section of the Municipal Government Act relieves the municipalities from liability for damage resulting from snow, ice or slush conditions except in cases of "gross negligence." But one Lethbridge lawyer contacted by The Herald says the city could be liable in accidents resulting from current road conditions. Mr. Hammond says the city is doing everything in its power to clear the streets and is not liable. "You don't expect the exceptional of he says. The other lawyer, who wished to re- main anonymous, said there are many dangerous spots in the city which have caused public comment but there has been no noticeable improvement. Liability in a particular accident would depend on the drivers, road con- ditions and other factors, he said. The meaning of "gross negligence" varies in different circumstances, said the lawyer. The leading legal authority on the subject indicates that it cannot be defined. It could mean a dangerous condition for pedestrians or vehicles which is known to the municipality and has ex- isted long enough that the municipality might be expected to remedy it, he said. Budget, time, weather and other factors would have to be considered. Police Chief Ralph Michelson said merchants generally are co-operating in cleaning off sidewalks in front of their businesses. Beat patrolmen inform merchants when their sidewalks are slippery, he said. He said he cannot remember any being prosecuted for not cleaning sidewalks. Some merchants received reminders from police Monday. "Most of them co-operate once they're told, and most, of them don't have to be said Chief Michelson. One problem over the long holiday period was that snow in some locations turned to ice, he added. 4 However, Sgt. Poytress feels if people know there is to be a Check Stop, they will think twice before drinking and driving. Lethbridge RCMP charged one person with impaired driving over the holiday season, a particularly low number as about three people a week usually are charged with impaired driving in the Lethbridge area. This Christmas season was very good as the traffic was down and people stayed at home. It's "finally getting across to people drinking and driving don't Sgt. Poytress said. During one period since the Check Stop program began 14 months ago, fatalities due to drinking drivers were reduced from 50 to 38 per cent, he said. RCMP are finding more and more drivers who have been drinking are getting other peo- pie to drive for them. Sometimes when a car is stopped, the husband is intox- icated and the wife, who is sober, is driving. Police Chief Ralph Michelson says city police investigated a lot of accidents between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day. He says the majority were caused by the bad roads. Chief Michelson also says it's hard to determine if Check Stops reduce the number of accidents. However, Check Stops, the free-bus service in Lethbridge New Year's Eve and the bad road conditions all helped keep impaired drivers off the road, he says. Many people who might have become impaired drivers left their cars at home. Probably because of the poor road conditions more than anything else, Chief Michelson says. City police charged three people with impaired driving over the holiday season and suspended 11 drivers' licences. This is an average number, says Insp. Bill West of the traffic division. PM to visit PINCHER CREEK Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and federal Health Minister Marc Lalonde will visit here during the Canada Winter Games next month. The Games committee here confirmed the visit and also said a visit by Premier Peter Lougheed is expected, Thq chamber hopes to ap- point "goodwill am- ;