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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-10,Lethbridge, Alberta The UtHbrldge Herald VOL. LXVll ~ 24 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA. THURSDAY. JANUARY 10. 1974 28 Page$ 10 Cents Miners review contract By IVARCY RICKARD HeniM ttftrkt Editor SPARWOOD - Tlilrte*n hundred miners will attend four meetings at the union hall h«re today to review and study a contract with Kaiser Resources, negotiated after the miners went on strike Thursday. Officials of Local 72BS. United Mine Workers of America, will recommend the minera accept tbe coitract. A union official said today, “The^contract we have n^otiated represents... adjustments to underground miners’ rates that have not been significantly raised in the past five years.” Secondly, “Although we haven’t achieved all our major goals, we have in certain areas gained significantly.” Every year the miners receive some salary increase, lliat is how they came to the present rate of $4.® per hour for continous underground mining. "When we readjusted rates in 1971, underground miners didn’t get ai^ benefit on the readjustment compared to surface miners,” said an official. “We have now rectified that situation on an individual basis of classificatims. Tlie underground will get more money than the surface workers.*' A total of 1,300 S5-page copies of the tentative agreement were printed and collated late Wednesday night at a cost of about fl,430. In tbe new articles there are three major areas that are new. Never gone into before in the collective agreement are such things as a dental plan, job training, job posting, and apprenticeship training. And there will also be special inct;ements for the un* derground. Meetings were to be held to-d^ in tbe union hall here. Each miner will be tiVen a written copy of the prrâosal to study tooight. Friday bairotin^will be held throughouF the day. While nbe strike against Kaiser appears to be nearing an end, the United Steel Workers of America Local tB84 at Elkford striking the Fording Coal Company are in the 10th day of a strike that looks far from settlement. N^otiations were broken off Dec. 27/73. 9. U.S. waits response to fuel talk invite WASHINGTON (CP) -Canada, Britain and Japan have indicated their willingness to attend an international conference called by the United States to discuss the international energy crisis. President Nixon invited eight countries Wedneiday to meet Feb. 11 to discuss problems caused by the Arab oil production cuts andTising oilbrices. -Those invited were Canada, France, West Germany, Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Japan. -Representatives of Canada, Britain and Japan voiced positive responses Wednesday night and the U.S. waited today for further reaction. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said in Ottawa that he welcomes Nixon’s initiative. He called it an appropriate move toward dealing witb the energy problem. In London, Prime Minister Edward Heath indicated UlS government will attend. Takeo Miki, Japan’s deputy premier, also iiidicatad his government will take part. “Intemattonal co-operation is indispenslbte if we are to resolve the energy problem from a long-term point of view.” he said. In Brussels, the Common Market executive commission urged the nine member governments to attend the conference. Five of the Common Market members were invited to attend. Belgium, Etenmark, Ireland and Luxembourg were left out of the invitatim. Nixon also sent oiessages to the 12 members ol the wm-ization of Petroleum Exporting Countnes (OPEC),.informing them of tbe Feb. 11 meeting and suggtsUng a later conference of oil-consumi^ and oilproduciDg countries. Canada offering sands investment Kissinger departs for Mideast again WASHINGTON (AP) -State Secretary Henry Kissinger leaves tonigjit for another Middle East trip as the United States and Israel appear near an agreement on a military disengagement plan for the Suez canal area. Fire bomb in London LONDON (AP) - A small fire bomb exploded in a central London furniture store early today, burning a hole in a carpet on display. The store's sprinkler system put out the fire. It was the 32nd explosive device reported in London since Dec. 17. Dozens of persons have been wounded in the explosions, which Scotland Yard attributes to the Irish Republican Army. Kissinger is scheduled to return to Washington Sunday night. He will meet twice with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and once with Premier Golda Meir of Israel. Before leaving, the secretary scheduled a joint news ccHiference with William Simon, the administration’s chief energy policy-maker. The two were expected to go over aspects of the Arab oil boycott and President Nixon’s plans for a Pebruaiy meeting with foreign ministers of eight major- oil-consuming countries. U.S. officials say Kissinger will carry to Egypt Israel’s thinking on separating the troops of the two countries in the canal area. No details of Israel’s ideas were disclosed, but Jerusalem is known to have promoted the concept of pulling back its troops perhaps 20 miles from the canal if Cairo undertakes "mutual commitments." By THE CANADIAN PRESS Canada has accepted a United States invitation to a Washington energy conference Feb. 11 and at uie same time issued its own invitation—for the U.S. to invest in development of Alberta’s oil san^. Extenial Affairs minister Mitchell Sharp said Wednesday the Washington meeting will deal with what he termed a world political problem that has produced the energy crisis. Mr. Sharp also told reporters Canada will welcome U.S, investment in the rich Athabasca oil sands in Alberta as long as control of development remains in Canada. President Nixon’s invitation Wednesday to Canada, six European countries and Japan is not an attempt to co-ordinate Arab oilfields wired for attack Inside tSîEïnCHtïi Classified Comics .. Comment District — Family — Local News Markets ... KUWAIT (AP) - ‘We have wired our oilfields with a mine belt that would demolish them all at a moment’s notice if the United States attempts a military invasion,’’ Foreign Minister Sabah el Ahmed of Kuwait was quoted as saying today. The threat, made in an interview published by tbe Kuwait newspaper A1 Rai A1 Aam, was an answer to a statement by U.S. Defence Secretary James Schlesinger earlier this ' LOW TONlGirr -u HIGH FRIDAY 4 LI0I1T9N0W Schlesinger said the Arab states risk increased U.S. public demand for military intervention if they carry their oil embargo too far, but added that he M not believe it itmM come to that. action against the Arab oil states. Mr. Sharp said. The bulk of Canada’s oil imports comes from Venezuela, not from Arab producers, he said. In Caracas. Venezuela, the Canadian embassy began pressing for continued oil shipments to Canada following Venezuela’s decision to take oil instead of cash as royalties from oil companies. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield told the Commons tiiat Venezuela is taking 18 per cent of royalties in the form of crude oil and there have been some delays in delivery of the 800,000 barrels a day that Canada imports froi^ that country. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said the Canadian embassy in Caracas will continue discussions for guaranteed shipments with the newly-elected Venezuelan administration, soon to take office. Strom coiifirm^ plans MEDICINE HAT (CP) — Former Social Credit premier Harry Strom announced Wednesday he will retire from politics before tbe next provincial election. Mr. Strom, 59. who served as party leader from July 16, 1968, until his party was defeated in Sratember, 1971, by the Cfonservative party led by Peter Lougheed, said he would not seek re-election in the next provincial election “regardless of when it may be called.” Mr. Strom said he has ccttnplete confidence in current provincial leader Werner Schmidt and feels there is no need to review the parties's leadership next week when the annual party convention is held in Calgary. Inflation at 22 year high School death Toronto police officers examine pdirt Of a snowblower Wednesday after Thomas Uranis, 9, was killed when he slipped and fell head-first in front of the machine. The boy, whose boots are shown in front of the machine, was playing among the blowing snow in a Toronto schoolyard. OTTAWA (CP) - Higher fuel costs were a major factor in pushing up living costs In December to round out 1V7S inflation as tiie worst bi tt years. Statistics Canada renorlid todav The only bright note in last muith’s six-tenths of «le per cent rise in cnisumer prices was that grocery price rises halted after a sharp year-loig climb. But food costs were up 17 per cent for the year, causing tbe largest part of 1973’s overall living costs’ rise of 9.1 per cent, tbe r^rt showed. In December, beating oil, gasoline and motor oil ^ces rose sharply in Eastern Canada because of steep price increases of imported crude oil. These contributed to increases of eigbt-tentbs of (Hie per cent each in bousing and transportation costs. “Fuel oil prices rose, on average, seven per cent as a result of increases in eastern Ontario, Quebec and the AtlanUc provinces and rates for domestic gas increased in some centres,” Statistics Canada said. "Among other foods, increases were recorded for most convenience food items, soft drinks, coffee and tea registered advances and rises were recorded for sugar, soup and boney,” it added. Clothing costs also were up substantially, a nine-tenths of one per cent increase for the month and 5.9 per cent for the year. Biggest increase in December was 3.4 per cent for clothing services including laundry, dry cleaning and shoe r«^ir. addition to higtwdr heating oil costs, bousing Increase included rises of 1.« per cent for appliancss and* su-tenths of one ber cent for funilture. Over-all bousing costs were up 7.2 per cent for tbe year. Higher transportation costs, besides gasoline and motor oil increases, Mwre due to train and plane fare rises. All transportation costs averaged 5.9 per cent higher for the year. Costs of recreation, reading Ransom sought BELFAST (AP) - Police investigating the mystery disappearance of Thomas Niedermeyer. Northern Irdand general manager for the Gnindig electronics firm, said Wednesday they were studying reports a ransom demand had been made. Grundig’s head office iti West Germany said its London branch received an anonymous telephone call demanding &250,000 (about 9575,000) for Niedermeyer's release. and education were unchanged for the month but were up 4.9 per cent for tbe year. Tobacco and alcohol also showed no change last litontb. and was 2.4 per cent above a year ago. Health and personal care costs rose two>tenths of one per cent in December because of scattered increases for medicines, toiletries and men’s haircuts. This category was up 6.1 per cent for the year. Although grocery prices on average were unchanged last month, there were increases for sane items, the report said. “Higher price levels in the latest month for such categories as beef, processed vegetables and fruit, cereal and bakeiy products, and fats and oils, were largely offset by lower levels for fresh produce, pork and poultry,” it said. “The index for meat, poultry and fish fell sbc-tenths of one per cent as poultry and pork prices went down, on average, 4.2 per cent and 1.5 per cent respectively, thus outweighing an advance of seven-tenths of one per cent in the beef index,” Statistics Canada said. Egg prices rose 1.2 per cent in December and were 40 per cent higher than a year earlier. "An advance of 1.4 per cent in the automobile operation and maintenance index was mainly attributable to a 2.7 per cent increase in gasoline prices in eastern Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces, and to widespread advances for motor oil,” it added. Gasoline prices were up 19 per coit over the year. Prices of oil^products west of the Ottawa Valley where Canadian crude oil is used by refineries have-been frozen by a voluntary agreement between tbe federal government and petroleum companies. But eastern prices have risen as Arab natims more than doubled the costs of imported oil. Although supermarket prices were unchanged in December, restaurant prices rose 1.2 per cent. For tlie entire year, restaurant prices were up 18.5 per cent and grocery costs up 16.6 per cent. The over-all price rises in December pushed the government’s consumer price index to 156.4 on its 1961 tax of 100. Tbe index was 155.5 in' November. The figures mean It faxdt $156.40 per week last month to pay for typical family living costs including food, housing, transportation, clothing, health and personal care, recreation and education, tobacco and alcohol. That was 90 cents a week more than the month before, 913.10 more than a year earlier and $56 40 per week more than a dozen years ago. December cost index OTTAW-V iCPi - December consumer price indexes compared wtlh November and a vear earlier Consumer Price Indexes 19T3 1972 Dec Nov Dee Ail Items    156 4 155 5 1« 3 Koods 25    172 1 171 8 147 I Housing 31    157 4 156 I 146 S Clolhuig It    t« 9 1431 135 1 Trani 15    141 3 140 I 13J 4 Health 5    lei ( IbO i 151 8 Hetrcdlion 7    14e 3 148 3 141 4 Figure}, after groups indicate their percenlagc weight in aU-itcms index ‘West needs secondary industries TORONTO (CP) - Otto Lang, the minister responsible for the federal wbeat board, said Wednesday the development of secondary industries to process Canadian agricultural products is essential to the growth of Western Canada. He told a seminar on vege^ table protein production tbat the government’s concern for the West is the reason it is supporting a f4-million pilot plant at the University of Saskatchewan at Saskatoon which will develop ways of producing protein, oils and starch from Canadian grains. The plant, named POS Pilot Plant Corp. and expected to go into operation in 1975, is a joint venture open to provincial governments, industries and universides. The federal government plans to provide up to 90 per cent of the initial capital outlay plus much of the operating costs for five years. Pre-paid tax response up The city collected some $347,677 in pre-paid 1974 taxes to Jan. 3 compared to $152,267 in 1973, according to the city tax office. City assessor Art Larson said Wednesday response has been good to the city’s prepayment pro^am although the cold weather appears to have slowed the stream of residents heading for city hall. Taxes are actually due after Jan. 1 until June 30, with a penalty attached after June 30. The city this year offered 7V4 per cent interest on prepaid taxes, up from five per cent last year, and Mr. Larson said this may have accounted for the increase in early payments. Television program links CIA with research council “I would like to caution the United States against such an Irresponsible action, the consequences of which would definitely not serve the interests of its initiator,” el Ahmed was quoted. "Our oilfields will all be blown up at the first sign oi aggression,” he said. Kuwait’s pre-embargo production level was three million barrels a day, of which more than •(» per cent is handled by the Kuwait Oil Co. The company is joinuy owned Dv British Petroleum and Guff Oil. On Tuesday. Saudi Arabia, toM PresMent Nixon that its oilfieMs wmiM be Mown up in case of U.S. military intervention. Algeria threatened similar moves la<.t November. TORONTO (CP) - The CBC, in an hour-long television program Wednesday night, says that a branch of the National Research Council (NRC) in Ottawa is really an intelligence agency working closely with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States. The program said NRC’s communication branch is Can- Engineers walk off LONDON (AP) - Neariy 1,000 disgruntled railway engineers walked off the j«« eariy today, cutting the now of commuters into London by more than M per cent. Only SB trains out of a scheduled 532 arrived in the Britirii capiUl, and of the 361,000 commuters who normally come to work only 20,000 ‘ made it, officials said. ada’s secret intercepting and bugging agency both inside and outside Canada and works directly with the National Security Agency (NSA), its kindred body in the United States. But it also has contacts with the CIA whose Ottawa chief, Cleveland Cram, works out of the U.S. embassy, the program said. The program said Harry Brandes, a RCMP intelligence inspector, works in Washington under a diplomatic cover. The program, The Fifth Estate, quotes Victor Machetti, a former assistant to the deputy director of the CIA, as saying, that Canadian intelligence officers have free access to the CIA where an office was put aside for them. The program Ulso quotes Winslow Peck, a former intelligence officer for NSA, who said an agreement was Great Br made Britain, among I Australia, Canada and the United SUtes to divide the world in areas in which each country’s intelligence agency would monitor all communications. The Canadian government has responsibility for the polar regions and for "a certain part of Europe,” Mr Peck said He added, however, that much more information flows into the United States than from it and that the U.S. also .monitors all communications In Canada and in its embassies abroad. John Marks, former sUff assistant to the U.S. state department director of intelligence, said on the program much of the equipment on the Distant Early ' Warning line in the Canadian north is not for detecting air attacks but for U.S. monitoring òf communications in the northern parts of the Soviet Union. Mr. Peck said: 'Information (from the three other countries in the agreement) all comes to the United States but the United Stales does not totally reciprocate in passing all information on to the other powers. Asked to comment on the program, Mr. Cram said in Ottawa that he is “an assistant to the ambassador and an officer in the political section,” Insp. Brandes, referring to the charge he worits as part of Canada’s intelligence contingent in Washington said; "That's nonsense.” Smh and Iwvrd About town it it ir Winter games director Tom McNahk suogesting the games society could raffle off husky fellow director Buck GeMert instead of a steer . . . Mm G«M advising men never to look for faults in their wives because without faults they wouldn’t have married them. ;