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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Tuesday, January 7, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Dateline Alberta Firemen haul water EDMONTON (CP) Ef- forts to extinguish a blaze on the city's south side Monday were hampered when firemen had to haul water from 10 blocks away. Three pumper units responded at about 2 a.m. to the fire in a vacant house. Firemen were forced to shut- tle water when it was dis- covered there were no fire hydrants in the immediate area. Fire Chief L. C. Day said all pumper units carry a 400- gallon tank and these were augmented Monday by a special tanker truck kept for suclremnrgencies. "There are places in the cily where buildings are beyond the hydrant's line, and our only alternative is to haul water from the nearest Chief Day said. He noted there are areas in the city with no sewage service and no source of water, in- dicating that tanker trucks are especially important when new tracts of land are annex- ed to the city. Travel chief appointed H1NTON (CP) E. G. Sample has been appointed Alberta's conventions and incentive travel co-ordinator, the provincial government an- nounced Monday. Mr. Sample, whose appoint- ment takes effect Feb. 1, is former executive director of the Yellowhead Interprovin- cial Highway Association and has experience in commercial and industrial development. Announcement of the ap- pointment was made at the Evergreen Tourist Associa- tion meeting by Bob Dowling, minister responsible for tourism. Fall from roof fatal EDMONTON (CP) A resident of Hanna, George Hodgeson. 36. died in hospital in Edmonton yesterday from injuries he suffered in a fall Dec. 13 at Hanna. RCMP said Mr. Hodgeson was injured when he fell from the roof of a house. He had been in hospital since the accident occurred. UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. Weather SUNRISE WEDNESDAY SUNSET H L Pre. Lethbridge...... 2fi 9 Pincher Creek 32 5 Medicine Hat 37 10 Edmonton ......14 -8 .06 Grande Prairie -5 -22 .03 Calgary......... 35 11 .01 Banff.'.......... 31 12 .02 Victoria 44 27 Penticton....... 38 29 Prince George 30 8 Karnloops....... 29 13 .01 Vancouver...... 44 29 Saskatoon....... 17 -3 Regina 20 0 Winnipeg 20 18 Toronto......... 37 32 .07 Ottawa 15 10 .11 Montreal 16 11 .09 St. John's....... 28 17 .02 Halifax......... 28 16 Charlottetown 25 12 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Calgary, Medicine Hat Regions Cloudy with periods of light snow today. Highs near 10 above this morning and turn- ing colder during the day. Cloudy tonight and tomorrow. Snow tomorrow afternoon and evening. Lows 10 to 15 below. Highs near zero. Columbia Kootenay Regions Today: Mostly cloudy with snowflurries. Sunny periods this morning. Highs 25 to 30. Wednesday: Overcast with periods of snow. Highs mid 20s. Over- night lows 10 to 15. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Variable cloudiness with widely scattered snow showers today and tonight, becoming more numerous Wednesday. Turning colder north tonight and Wednesday. Highs today 25 to 35. Lows tonight zero to 15. Highs Wednesday zero to 10 above north, 20s south. West of Continental Divide Scattered snow showers mostly mountains today and tonight. Snow likely Wednesday. Highs both days 25 to 35. Lows tonight 15 to 25. IT'S ON Our CATCH-UP 75 SALE We're selling all our new 1975 AMC cars at OVer our cost at UNITED MOTORS CO. LTD. "Serving you over a quarter Century" 302 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-2805 AMA ROAD REPORT as of 8 a.m., Jan. 7. Highway 3 East, Lethbridge to Medicine Hat: Bare and dry. Highway 3 West, Lethbridge to Fort Macleod and British Columbia Boundary: Mostly bare with light snow. Highway 4, Lethbridge to Coutts: Snowing lightly but roads are bare. Highway 5, Lethbridge to Cardston and Walerton: Heavy fog but roads are main- ly bare and dry. Highway 6, Pincher Creek to Waterton: Foggy with icy crystals. Koads bare and dry. Highway 2 North, Fort Macleod toClarcsholm: Bare. Calgary and 'Edmonton: Two inches new snow. Roads are snow covered and slippery. Highway 2 South, Fort Macleod to Cardston and Carway: Bare and dry. Highway 23, Junction Highway 3 to Vulcan and High River: Bare and dry. Highway 36, Taber to Brooks; Bare and dry. Trans Canada East, Calgary to Medicine Hat and Swift Current: Bare and dry. Trans Canada West, Calgary to Banff: Light snow but roads mostly bare. Banff to Golden, Rogers Pass and Revclstoke: Two inches of new snow and sections of com- pact snow. Has been plowed and sanded. PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Chief Mountain, closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita9a.m. to6p.m.; Kingsgateopen24hours; Porthill-. Rykerts 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Times Mountain MP pay-raise dispute unpleasant EDMONTON (CP) Parliament's approach to the question of pay raises for its members has been a mistake, but this doesn't mean MPs are "rip off artists sacking the public says Douglas Roche, MP for Ed- monton Strathcona. "The MP pay raise dispute has been my most unpleasant experience as a member of he told members of a service club. "Only three issues capital punishment, abortion and the world food crisis have produced more mail than the pay raise question." Of the 56 letters and 40 telephone calls the Progressive Conversative MP has received on the topic, 95 per cent were opposed to the 50 per cent raise first suggested by the government. The "tenor of the comments" indicates most people probably would oppose the scaled down increase of 33 per cent in the government amendment still before the House because "they are incensed at the handling of the raise, Mr. Roche said." "The pay raise issue, however it is resolved, has already done much damage to the credibility of Parliament. And given the economic, energy and social planning conditions of the country, Parliament cannot afford to lose any more credibility." PROTESTING MOKE Mr. Roche, who said he is opposed to the 50 per cent increase but supports the 33 per cent raise, said he is becoming convinced people are protesting "not only against salary increases, but the failure of the government and Parliament to run society the way they want." Mr. Roche said members of parliament ought not to set their own salaries "this sensitive task should be in the hands of an independent com- mission, which should make a report every four years." pay the MP what an independent commission says is just, tax him like everybody else, and reimburse him for his legitimate business ex- penses which will obviously vary according to the size of the constituency." A failure to present all the facts of the pay raise issue has led to public misunder- standing and resentment, Mr. Roche said. "Most MPs, and 1 am one of them, are loathe to plead their own case, or even seem to be pleading. Thus we look to the media for a fair presentation of all the facts. "Much of the media com- ment that I have seen invites the cynical response we have felt from the public. "Everybody knows about our subsidized meals and free travel. Does everybody know that legislators in several provinces are paid at a higher rate than MPsV that the top six levels of Canada's public service are paid more than MPs so that, in effect, there are hundreds of public servants earning more than the politicians elected to make policy'.'" COPITHORNE Copithorne won't run in next election race CALGARY (CP) Alberta Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne said Monday he will not seek re-election in the next provincial election, ex- pected next spring or summer. Mr. Copithorne, a rancher from Cochrane, has represented the Banff Cochrane constituency since 1967. He becomes the second Alberta cabinet minister to announce a withdrawal from politics. Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie earlier announced he would not contest the next election. Premier Peter Lougheed expressed disappointment that Mr. Copithorne is leaving politics, saying "the highways and transport minister has had difficult decisions to make but he has been decisive and fair in his decision making." "Mr. Copithorne, in three and one half years as minister, has compiled an out- standing record of perfor- mance." Mr. Copithorne said "I've always been a cowboy at heart" and said he wants to devote more time to his ranch and his family. He said the promised cabinet shuffle which Premier Lougheed said would come after the next election had no bearing on his decision to leave politics. "Things are going pretty good now in the government and Social Credit will likely be out of office for some time to he said. "Mr. Copithorne said he lirst ran for office because "I was extremely frustrated with the kind of drifting, aimless, government we had then in Alberta." He was first elected as an Independent but joined the Conservative caucus in April, 1970. The 54-year-old minister represented the sprawling riding which included parts of the outskirts of Calgary and all lands west to the boundary of Banff National Park. Alberta to fight rail rate boosts EDMONTON (CP) Alberta is going to fight freight rate increases any way it can and is concerned about the behavior of the federal government in allowing increases, two provincial cabinet ministers said Mon- day. Fred Peacock, industry and commerce minister, express- ed concern that the federal government, in removing a freeze on freight rates, would allow an increase of 10 to 15 per cent. In a prepared statement, Mr. Peacock said the Cana- dian transport commission's Dec. 31 ruling postpoining a full 20 to 30 per cent increase until March 1 but allowing a 10 to 15 per cent increase effec- tive Jan. 1 will work a hardship on shippers. "There is no doubt the railways must have rate increases on- those com- modities which have been frozen, however, to expect the shipper to absorb, at one time, an increase of that proportion is grossly Mr. Peacock said. Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer said: "We're going to fight the freight rate increases any way we can." Dr. Horner said in an inter- view freight rates should not rise on meat without the federal government fulfilling its promise of last fall to equalize freight rates between grain and meat. He accused Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, of sell- ing Western Canada "a bill of goods" and failing to keep his promise to equalize the two rates. "It's atrocious. You can't implement a policy that includes the improper use of Crowsnest Pass rates and feed freight assistance without a corresponding ad- justment, on freight rates on meat." Alberta Press Council handles two complaints EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Press Council in 1974, its second full year of operation, was required to make formal decisions on only two complaints, the organiza- tion said in its annual report Monday. A total of seven decisions now have been rendered by the council since it became operative. C. C. McLaurin, council chairman, said in the annual report that he is entering his final year as chairman "confi- dent that the council will con- tinue to be the guardian of reputable and free jour- nalism." A major function of the council is to weigh specific complaints from the public against any of the five daily newspapers which sponsor the council: Calgary Herald, Ed- monton Journal, Grande Prairie Herald Tribune, Medicine Hat News and Red Deer Advocate. During 1974, the council also received six complaints which were later cancelled by the persons who submitted them. Anyone having a grievance against a newspaper is re- quired first to seek redress directly from the editor and fail to gain a satisfactory response before referring the matter to the press council. Thus, a number of complaints are settled without council intervention. The two complaints taken up by the council in 1974 were both against the Calgary Herald, and were dismissed in decisions published at the time. The Alberta Press Council has a lay majority of a chairman and five members, as well as five newspaper representatives. Each of the five newspaper communities has one lay and one new- spaper member on the coun- cil. The council' is a fully autonomous organization, voluntarily sponsored by the five Alberta dailies to serve as an interme'diary between press and public. Stamps issued OTTAWA (CP) Three more Olympic stamps, which carry surcharges destined for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, are to be issued Feb. 5, the post office an- nounced Monday. The three stamps, which feature swimming, rowing and sailing, carry surcharges in addition to their face value. The denominations of the stamps are eight cents plus two cents surcharge, 10 cents plus five cents surcharge and 15 cents plus five cents sur- charge. GORDON ARNOLD OF EDMONTON TALKS TO REPORTERS Countries tighten drug laws An external affairs depart- ment official said Monday Canadian youths should be aware that Latin American countries, particularly Mex- ico, have tightened their drug laws. "People go down there to obtain drugs because they think it is going to be easy, but it isn't, he said. The official, who requested that his name not be used, was commenting in an interview on the case of Gordon Arnold, 22, of Edmonton, released last week from a Mexican prison after spending nine months in jail on a charge of possessing less than an ounce of mari- juana. Mr. Arnold charged during the weekend that Canadian authorities "don't give a damn" about the plight of Canadians detained in Mex- ico, but the government spokesman denied this. Everything possible is done to aid Canadian citizens held in Mexican prisons, he said. In fact, he said, intervention by Canadian embassy officials to the Mexican justice depart- ment is likely partly responsi- ble for the reduction of the charges against Mr. Arnold from trafficking to simple possession. But he added that the Cana- dian government cannot interfere in Mexican justice any more than the Mexican government can interfere in Canadian justice. EXPLAIN LAW The spokesman said the nor- mal procedure for handling Canadians detained in Mexico is for embassy officials to in- form the prisoners of the differences involved in the Mexican law, arrange for a lawyer and handle com- munication with relatives in Canada. "We want to see that they get the same shake from Mex- ican law that Mexicans do." "It's frustrating sometimes but there is very little we can do about it. Some people seem to feel that just because they are Canadian citizens, they should be let off right away." The spokesman said that normally Canadian and American prisoners are treated better than other prisoners in Mexico but added: "conditions there are wretched, but for others they're even more wretched." Mr. Arnold has said that Mexican jail guards beat him after he was visited by Cana- dian officials. The government spokesman said he has no knowledge of that accusation and that Mr. Arnold does not appear to have complained to the government about any such beating. 300 SUNGLASSES to choose from AVAILABLE IN YOUR RX SHOES CONTINUES! SHORT AND DISCONTINUED LINES OF WOMEN'S SHOES Regular to NOW 12 99 ALL WINTER BOOTS 20% OFF SELECTION OF WINTER BOOTS Regular to NOW 14 99 BALANCE OF REGULAR STOCK 20% OFF HANDBAGS 10% OFF SELECTION OF WOMEN'S DRESS SHOES 19" Reg. to NOW Reg. to MEN'S WINTER BOOTS 14" SELECTION OF HANDBAGS SELECTION OF MEN'S SHOES 14" WORLD OF SHOES 317A Sixth Strwt Soulh ;