Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Let 11 bridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 11, 1975 20 Cents WALTER KERBER pholo Dog-gone cold No one needs the sun dogs to tell them how cold it has been the past few days, but the extra lights in the sky are usually a sign of cold weather. Sun dogs are a result of sunlight refracted by ice crystals in the air. However, Sunday and Monday may see warming temperatures approaching the freezing mark, the weatherman says cautiously. This Weekend CREDIBILITY FOR SALE Weekend magazine takes an inside look at the man who arranges for prominent Canadian athletes to lend their Image of credibility to various products. Weekend page 8 NORTHERN CITIZENS Photographer Stephen Krasemann calls on the Inhabitants of Kluane National Park in the Yukon and displays photos of some of the ones he found at home. Weekend Page 14. HOSPITALITY Southern Interfalth groups, faced with the problem of no room at the inn during the Canada Winter Games, are puzzled by accom- modation plans. Page 10 SILENT SAWMILLS A sudden drop In housing starts has pulled the lumber Industry down with it, and in the Crowsnest Pass loggers are without work In a season when sawmills are usually stockpiling trees for summer. Page 17 SONS AND CELEBRITIES Head table guests including Vernon Law, Duke Snider and Tom, Wilkinson highlight the annual LDS Father and Son banquet this evening. Page 14 SINGLES TOGETHER Three Taber women say their single parents' club helps single persons trying to raise a family. Page 20 60 Pages Classified....... 28-31 Comics........... 22 Comment........ 4, 5 17-19 Family........ 20, 21 Markets....... 24, 25 Religion....... 10, 11 Sports.......... 14-16 Entertainment 7, 8 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SUN. -5, SUNNY, COLD 'I'm told he has a tooth with a gold Doctors feel services worth 50% more than they are paid By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer About 90 doctors in Southern Alberta feel their services are worth at least 50 per cent more than physicians are paid now, The Herald has learned. Minutes of a closed session of the Alberta Medical Association in September show a resolution was presented by the South dis- trict that requested a 50 per cent boost in the physicians' schedule of fees. Physicians in this area an average of near a year; govern- ment figures show. Horner, Paletta discussed plans By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner said Friday he learned of the inten- tions of Montreal meat packer Larry Paletta to build a plant in Fort Macleod from the packer himself in a 10-minute meeting last fall. The two discussed Mr. Paletta's plans but Dr. Horner did not ask the packer about his financial backing. The Herald in December published reports that Mr. Paletta is referred to in RCMP files as being involved in organized crime and as an associate of an organized crime figure. Dr. Horner told a Lethbridge press conference it was not his concern where potential Alberta businessmen received their financial backing. That was a job for the attorney-general and solicitor-general. And he said Solicitor-' General Helen Hunley's department was, at the re- quest of Fort Macleod town officials, investigating Mr. Paletta's background. The minister said Mr. Paletta outlined his current practice of shipping live cattle to Montreal from Alberta. The cattle mostly low-grade animals, are then slaughtered at Mr. Paletta's plant, Pal- mont Packers Ltd. But the packer told the minister he wanted to build a slaughter facility in Alberta, then ship carcasses to eastern markets. Dr. Horner said he told the packer he agreed the propsal made good business sense. Mr. Paletta didn't ask for provincial financial assistance and the minister offered none during the meeting. The resolution, passed at a district meeting here early in September, was supported by 90 physicians, Lethbridge physician Ray Kimberley told the closed session. The resolution was presented as information to the AMA because of the im- pending, and now in progress, fee negotiations with the government. The AMA negotiating com- mittee is meeting government officials to arrange an increase in the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission's schedule of benefits. The schedule of benefits lists the payment the AHCIC will make for each service a doctor performs. The schedule of fees is a guideline formulated by the AMA which list what the association feels each service is worth. The two schedules are currently the same but a new schedule of fees is being prepared. Doctors are not bound by either schedule but any charge above what is listed in the benefits chart has to be paid directly by the patient. The resolution adopted by 90 of about 160 Southern Alberta doctors said: "That our primary contract is with the patient and that our right to set our own fee for service is non-negotiable." The resolution was made because the doctors here felt overhead has increased so drastically physicians' in- comes are actually decreasing, a physician pre- sent at the district meeting said. The resolution said physicians were "obliged to accept unrealistic fee increases" when their last contract with government was signed in October, 1973. That contract, which called for two four per cent increases, expires Dec. 31, 1975. It concluded with requests that- the AMA ask its negotiating committee to for- mulate a new schedule of fees. The request asked for "an overall increase of at least 50 per cent on all items. Alta. may lend funds to Syncrude By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Syncrude can still look to the Alberta government for possible loans to save' its threatened oil sands project, Acting Premier Hugh Homer said Friday. Meanwhile, Alberta Social Credit Leader Werner Schmidt blamed the province and Ottawa for creating the consortium's woes in the first place. Dr. Homer, acting premier while Premier Peter Lougheed is on vaca- tion in California, repeated statements by other cabinet ministers that the province is doubtful it will invest in the project. "The problem is that you might end up with a hundred rri ff> Alberta Resources Railways (an ill fated scheme of the Bank drops lending OTTAWA (CP) _ Federal _ previous Social Credit ad- authorities have given the he told a si that t, believe the Lethbndge press conference. cost of borrowing money "That doesn't mean we should drop. might not be involved with The Bank of Canada is low_ Syncrude in a debt situation erin its rate ,or loans to rather than an equity chartered banks to 8'A per situation, he said. cent from 8% beginnjng Mon. Syncrude says its plant, es- day. timated by the company to The retail banks seldom cost billion wili go under if borrow from the federal bank a partner or partners don't but changes in the central replace Atlantic Richfield of bank tend to influence shifts in Canada Ltd., which pulled out borrowing costs. of the consortium in The announcement Friday December. follows a series of rate Meanwhile, Don Getty, changes in the United States minister of federal and and R.W. Lawson, senior intergovernmental affairs, deputy governor of the Bank said in Edmonton that more of Canada, said there were the oil sands plants will be built, same influencjs here pushing Only one, operated by Great down interest rates. Canadian Oil Sands, is now in The statement from Gerald production. Bouey, the bank governor, Mr. Getty also left open the said the reduction followed a possibility that the province decline in recent weeks in might help out Syncrude on its short-term interest rates. debt financing, or completely Earlier this week some restructure the royalty large U.S. banks cut their arrangement between the prime lending rate to the 10-to government and company. cent range. This is P Proposal ALVOR, Portugal (AP) 'Three rival guerrilla move- ments offered Portugal a common proposal for Angola's independence early today. A senior Portuguese of- ficial called it "reasonable" and said it has been adopted by the Portuguese as a basis for negotiation. "Investor confidence could be shaken or destroyed" by cabinet ministers' statements that Alberta would not invest, Mr. Schmidt added. Attorney General Merv Leitch and Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely Thursday both said Canadians, not just Albertans, should back oil sands projects and that investing in Syncrude now would be very risky, for Albertans. Seen and heard About town Rev. Ken Forster assuring fellow clergy hunting for ac- commodation for Games visitors "there is plenty of room in the attic" Ken Price wishing Santa hadn't brought his daughter a toy caboose and an empty propane tank car lie askew after oven after discovering no one in tne cp yard this morning. Three other neck 150 watt light bulbs for cars derailed but did not tip over. A CP Rail spokesman was the oven. ,at a loss 19 explain the accident since tracks were in good Tumbled train BILL QROENEN pholo condition and no mechanical failures were found. Rail traffic was not hampered by the derailment which caused about damage.