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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-10,Lethbridge, Alberta Gas sale breaks monopoly 'I    ^ Nixon dog wants taste President Nixon’s dog King Timahoe takes a sample of the birthday cake presented to the President by the White House staff in a small party Wednesday at the Western White House, nyirs- Nixon and daughter Tricia shared in the festivities. CALGARY - A Sunday tnorning newspaper SUNday, wUI mak« Its appearance k Cataary Feb. . 17. The newspaper is, according to puDlisher Blike Horsey, “modelled on the style of tbe Tmmto Sunday Sun,” with a bright tabloid, presentation and stress on local issue« Mr. Horsey, a lormer executive assistant to Mayor Rod Sykes of Calgary, said the exact editorial policy wlli not be made until final decisim on an editor is made. SUNday will b^ operation at 20,000 copies per issue. Home distribution is expected to make up more than 7& per cent of the total. The rest of the papers are to go on sale through Calgary newsstands at 25 cents a cc^y. EDMONTON (CP) - The proposal announced Tuesday to sell 4,3 trillion cnbic feet of Alberta natural gas to Quebec has broken the monopoly situation that was holding Alberta gas prices beknr true energy value, said Alberta MineraU Minister BiU Dickie. Mr. Dickie was commatii« on the announcement that PanAlberta Gas Ltd. of Calgary and Gas Metr<q>oU-. tain Inc. of Montreal bad entered a preliminary agreement to sell Alberta gas on the Ijuebec market from Nov. 1, 1974, to Nov. I, ZOOO. Hie «»npanies did not disclose terms but Mr. Dickie said tliey were well within parameters established by the Alberta government. The gas sale, which must be approved by the Alberta energy resources conservation board and tbe national energy board, would go a long way towards achieviog one (tt Alberta’s major energy goals-fair market vahie for its natural gas. The companies will apply to the Albert* board for permission to remove the ns from the province later this year. The proposal calls for moving 14.8 billion cubic feet of gas to Quebec in tbe first year of tbe contract. By tbe fifth year, that amount would be increased to 182 billion cubic feet a year. NEED PIPEUNE The agreement substantially increases shipments of Alberta gas to Quebec, Mr. Dickie said. It Would increase shipments for the TransCanada PipeUne system by about 20 per cent a year and would require 9350 million worth of pipeline expansion across Canada in the next five yean. Hie field pricc of natural gas remtllned stable during the last three years. Alberta gas prices lagged far behind those in the United States after the national energy board prohibited furtlier Alberta gas exports to tbe U.S. in tbe faU of 1971. With the U.S. market no longer available, Alberta could sell gas to only TransCanada PipeLines, Which, in turn, sold gas to utilities in Ontario. “We look at tbe pn^xued sale of natural gas to Quebec as a real breakthrough,” Mr. Dickie said. "An Alberta company is selling gas directly to the Quebec market and thus breaking tbe TransCanada Pipelines’ monopoly.” FEE PLANNED Although the gas will be car ried through the TransCanada system, the pipelbne company would not buy the gas. It would simply charge a transportation fee. The Alberta government suggested that Eastern Canada utilities come to Alberta and compete for gas purchases. ' The prices proposed in the anwment are substantially above those now being paid by TransCanada. The Alberta government holds a direct interest In PanAlberta Gas through the Alberta Energy Company. The higher gas prices should mean Alberta’s gas reserves will be substantially increased by making the production of known fields economic and by stimulating new drilling, Mr. Dickie said. Higher fares seen OTTAWA (CP) - Donald Watson, president of Pacific Western Airlines, says increased costs resulting from recent federal measures will result in higher air fares for PWA passengers. In a letter to Conservative Allan McKinnon Jan. 2, Mr. Watson says the transport department has raised rents at Vancouver International Airport by 20 per cent. This, coupled with the proposed federal $2.80 “head tax” on passengers, was forcing up the airline’s operating costs. “I have written to the minister this date that we simply cannot bear these costs and accordingly are going to have to pass them on to the consumer,” says the letter. Mr, McKinnon raised the issue in the Commons Wednesday when he asked Transport Minister Jean Marchand whether airlines will be charged more for terminal facilities. Mr. Marchand replied that he was “not informed of this.” A transport department official, ashed for confirmation, said there was “absolutely no foundation for the report.’’ SHOWS LETTER Outside the House, Mr. McKinnon produced the letter from Mr. Watson, in which he said he had “a document from Her Majesty the Queen increasing our terminal charges by 20 per cent.” Rusty Harris, PWA general manager and vice-president, said in a telephone interview from Vancouver that the increase came at the same time the airhne renewed its lease. Dentists needed OTTAWA (CP) - Twice the present number of dentists are needed to provide satisfactory service and improve the generally poor dental health of Canadians, says a report prepared for the federal health department. At present, there is only one dentist for every 2,800 persons, says the report prepared by two dentists in the University of Toronto’s dentistry faculty, D. W. Lewis and B. I. Brown. This ratio should be lowered to one dentist for approximately every 1,300 persons, the approximate ratio of dentists to population in the Scan-danavian countries, it says. Provinces that were planning publicly supported dental health plans for children 19 years and under should aim for a ratio as low as one dentist for every 1,100 persons. A problem was that dentists were not distributed evenly by population. There was only one dentist for every S,S57 persons in Newfoundland, compared with one for every 2,093 in British Columbia. The report, made public Wednesday, says dental health is directly related to the availability of dental workers. It also savs poor people are tbe least likely group to get adequte care. PRICE IS RIGHT 9:00 a.m. — 9:00 p.m. DAILY JAN. 9th thru JAN. 19th AT THE if Complete New and Used Inventory on Sale ir 150 Cars and Trucks -All Makes - All Models A (S) 1 LI 1 LI n 1 LJ f ^ 1 ! 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