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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 THE LETH1RIPQE HERALD W 9, 1974 CROWiV BEING ADDED TO RGMP UNIFORM OTTAWA i.CP) John Diefenbaker's complaint that a crown will be removed from certain RCMP uniforms was crushed Tuesday by Solicitor General Warren Allmand's an- nouncement that, in fact, a crown is being added. Mr. Allmand told reporters that a memo concerning RCMP uniforms provides for minor changes such as wider ties, brown shoes, as well as black, and a tie clip with a crest including the crown. "And that waim't there a grinning Mr. Allmand said. Mr. Diefenbaker (PC Prince Albert) has asked hi the Com- mons three tiima recently about reports that the crown is to be removed front the uniforms of certain non-commissioned RCMP officers. Mr. Allmaud repeatedly denied any such change was plann- ed but the former prime minister stuck to his guns. He has said the reported change is an example of the government's continu- ing disregard for the monarchy and its symbols. Mr. Diefecibaker objected to an attempt to table the RCMP items, calling Mr. Allmand's letter a "self-serving addition of his explanation of the unexplainable." Oil crisis in Sweden A motorist fills up a gasoline can hidden in a paper bag in his trunk as he tries to get as much gas before rationing took effect this week. The can was hidden in the bag because it was against the law to buy gasoline in cans or other containers. Railway unions produce figures By VIC PARSONS OTTAWA (CP) Union ne- gotiators pulled their own ac- tuarial figures out of a hat Tuesday, contending that a study commissioned by the federal government has over- estimated-pension plan costs to railway companies. Both unions and companies presented their views on the study, conducted by Dr. John Deutsch, principal of Queen's University, at the conclusion of arbitration hearings before Mr. Justice Emmett Hall. Mr. Justice Hall, a retired Supreme Court of Canada judge, was appointed, to produce a working agreement between rail workers and companies including Canadian National Railways and CP Rail. His decision will be released Jan. 16. Mr. Deutsch, a former chairman of the Economic Council of Canada, has adopted the actuarial position of the railways in his report to Labor Minister John Munro, agreeing that improvements in a pension plan would cost the companies 4.3 per cent of their unionized 1972 payroll in 1973 and 1974. But Mr. Deutsch said in his study the costs of improve- ments to the plan, agreed upon earlier in negotiations, would be reduced by one per cent annually when proposed changes to the maximum pen- sionable earnings level of the Canada and Quebec Pension Plans were put into effect. In their arguments Tuesday, representatives for the union presented figures showing the plan would cost between 2.4 and 3.1 per cent of payroll costs annually if the number of employees remained cons- tant or decreased two per cent a year. Mr. Deutsch had said in his report that he could not make any meaningful estimate of future employment levels but David Brown, a Toronto con- sultant for'the unions, said he could not understand why the report did not test payroll costs with various future employment possibilities taken into account. "The exclusion of future employees implies that for the purpose of the com- missioner's calculations, there will in fact be no new railway employees hired after Dec. 31, Mr. Brown said. Increases in the number of employees would further lower the costs to the com- panies of the pension im- provements, the unions said. Sid Ingerman, a consulting economist for the workers said that before the present set of negotiations, pension improvements had never been made through collective bargaining. He added that im- provements had never been used as an argument to reduce "otherwise justified wage increases." The companies say the arbitrator should take into account the value of the pension changes when he works out the total wage and fringe benefit package for the employees. Los Angeles residents try to cut energy use LOS ANGELES (AP) Some households have remov- ed the light bulbs from their refrigerators. Others have switched from color television to black and white, which takes less wattage. Still others are using candles instead of bathroom night lights. These are among the ways Los Angeles residents are at- tempting to cut their energy use 10 per cent below year's'average monthly con- sumption. Hie cuts in this city of three million people were ordered by the city council under an ordinance that became effec- tive Dec. 21. Penalties are automatic. Households and other users failing to cut consumption by 10 per cent will find a 50-per- cent surcharge on- their bills at the end of January. Multi- ple offenders can have power cut off for as much as SO days. Los Angeles is the first American city to make electricity conservation man- datory, and the ordinance appears to be successful. Since Dec. tt, power we has dropped 14 per cent, says the RCMP faces red over slip-up By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) Red- faced RCMP officials have ordered more diligent securi- ty at all Canadian airports following an unimpeded and unhindered tour of the Toronto airport airstrips by a couple of television reporters. "It was rather embar- an RCMP spokesman said Tuesday following the tour by Global Television reporters Sunday. He said orders ,to keep a closer watch went out to ail airports "forthwith." The reporters entered the airport strip through a cargo door and toured around, pass- ing close to parked aircraft which could have been the ob- ject of a bomb attack. The RCMP is responsible for security at all major air- ports in the country. Newly-recruited special constables, trained at the RCMP training school at Regina, now are stationed at the airports. They are under the command of regular force RCMP officials. What is most embarrassing to the RCMP is the fact they ordered a tightening of securi- ty at airports in recent weeks and assigned more manpower to some airports. The police said they have re- ceived no information from Europe stating that Canadian airports will be the target for terrorists, but are acting in a precautionary manner. Transport Minister Jean Marchand, who has jurisdic- tion over airport security, said Monday that doubled sur- veillance was ordered follow- ing reports that Arab terrorists may strike at Euro- pean airports with anti- aircraft missiles. He said there is no evidence the terrorists are in Canada but the fact that some may have ground-to-air missiles constitutes a threat. He said the doubling of security will mean the use of more electronic devices and more manpower. At present Ottawa airport has 15 special constables and five regular force. Montreal has 15, and 35; Toronto 22 and 50 and Vancouver 33 and nine. department of water and power, which owns the power plants. GOOD UNTIL APRIL "We would have been in ro- tating blackouts last says a department spokesman. "We were within 60 days of running out of oil to generate electricity. Now we are assured of power to last until the end of April." City council took the action because Los Angeles was hit harder by the power crisis that other large American cities because the city-owned power plants were depending on Arab oil for half their 1974 fuel. Many residents used inge- nuity to reduce energy. A housewife in VanNuys got out the pressure cooker she received as a wedding present. It cooks faster than ordinary pans, thus saving electricity. A handyman in Westwood insulated the hot water pipes under his house. 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