Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 12, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
BITTER COLD Forecast high Wednesday 15-20 below. The Lethbrtdge Herald ? ? ? ? * VOL. LXIV - No. 26 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 18 PAGES Gunfire echoes in Jordan despite ceasefire pact i Commonwealth value stressed TRUDEAU IN NEW DELHI - Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau gestures Monday after arriving in New Delhi, India. He was welcomed by Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, right. Sewage charge bylaw okayed in principle By HERB JOHNSON Herald Staff Writer Approval in principle to a sewage service charge bylaw setting the domestic rate a $2 per month was given by city council Monday. The finished bylaw is to be prepared by City Solicitor John Hammond, who said it should be ready for close scrutiny by council in time for the next meeting Jan. 25. In addition to the $2 a month charge, taxpayers will be faced with giving the actual operating coste of the new secondary sewage treatment facilities out of a general tax. levy of about Hi mills. This, of course, applies to all .taxpayers, including local industries. Heavy users of the sewage system, notably meat packing and food processing plants, would pay 13 cents per 100 cubic feet' of water consumed1. This compares with approximately 20 cents for the domestic user. Industries with strong wastes would also face a surcharge, revenue from which would go into a special fund. Fifty per cent of this surcharge could be refunded to a particular industry if it used the money to install pollution abatement equipment which would ease the load on the sewage plant and delay the time when additions would be needed. It has been estimated that under this proposal domestic users would pay about $241,000 a year toward the capital costs of the new sewage facilities. Industrial and commercial users would contribute $205,000. Operating costs of $190,000 would come from taxation. An estimate by City Manager Tom Nutting placed this at just over two mills. Finance Director AUister Find-lay told council it would probably be closer to 1% mills. Alderman Rex Little said that this was actually a decrease in the number of mills set aside to pay for sewage costs. Mr. Findlay said it was less than the two mills used for that purpose in 1969 but that there had been no levy for sewage in 1970. He added that it had been the city's practice to pay sewage costs out of general taxation until 1969 when it was decided to treat the system as a utility. Can't buy idea Whether the proposed bylaw did, in fact, put the system on a utility basis was the subject of some discussion. Aid. Jim Anderson said he "simply couldn't buy" the idea of subsidizing a utility through taxation. He said that the utility concept was destroyed as soon as taxes were added to the financing situation. Aid. Steve Kotch objected to the taxpayer having to subsidize industries that did not have the foresight to plan ahead and clean up their effluent before the situation reached the stage it now has. Aid. Camm Barnes asked if there was any method for reducing the domestic rate, especially in view of Die fact that many users were persons on fixed incomes. Was there any method of comparing Lethbridge's proposed rates with those in other centres, Aid. Joe Balla wanted to know. These, and other questions aimed at finding out if the proposed rate structure distributed the costs equitably among all users, were asked of Peter Law-son, a consulting engineer with Reid, Crowther and Partners Ltd. of Calgary. Mr. Lawson has worked for local industries in preparing a brief to the city relative to the sewage bylaw and has now been hired by the city because of his experience in this particular field. Mr. Lawson said that because of practical considerations it was next to impossible to apportion costs on a completely fair basis. Doing this would re-quire testing the strength of all effluent from every user, he said. He added that within these practical limitations the bylaw was close to a realistic sharing of the costs. Mr. Nutting told council the bylaw was being presented at this time in order to give aldermen time to consider it closely and still give industry time to look at the rates and consider installing pollution abatement equipment' before the bylaw comes into effect Jan. 1, 1972. 'George! I've just remembered. You're unemployed!' German vessel sinks From AP-Renter ' FOLKESTONE, England (CP) - Six bodies were recovered and 12 persons are missing today after a 2,695-ton West German motorship sank in the foggy Strait of Dover. Channel pilots believed the Brandenburg tore open its bottom on the hulk of a Panamanian oil tanker that sank off Folkestone the day before. "We heard a crash and came on deck and within two minutes she had sunk," said one of the 14 persons rescued from the Brandenburg. They said two women passengers and two stewardesses were among the 32 persons aboard. Pilots said the ship probably struck the bow section of the 13,600-ton Texaco Caribbean, which exploded and sank Monday after a collision with a Peruvian freighter. The Brandenburg was carrying machinery and case goods from Antwerp, Belgium to the West Indies. NEW DELHI (CP-Reuter) -Prime Ministers Trudeau and Indira Gandhi expressed their concern again today at the dangers to the Commonwealth from Britain's proposed sales of certain types of arms to South Africa. The Canadian leader urged the Indian prime minister and the country to rally around the Commonwealth and help preserve it. Trudeau, on his way to the Commonwealth prime ministers conference in Singapore which opens Thursday, arrived in New Delhi Monday. He missed a serious outbreak of rioting by students in the holy citv of Varan-asi by a few hours after a visit there Monday. The riots left 11 persons dead. Canadian sources said Trudeau and Mrs. Gandhi met for 2Vz hours of formal talks and had a "certain meetings of minds" on the arms sale issue. Canadians killed in Montana , BOULDER, Mont. (AP) - An elderly Saskatchewan man and woman were killed in a head-on collision north of here. Sheriff George Paradis identified the victims as Anna I. Kasper, 67, of Saskatoon, and Christian J. Nielon, 68, of Meadow Lake. Paradis said that Mrs. Kasper apparently stepped on the brakes, causing her car to slide into the path of a northbound minibus. Four persons in the bus escaped serious injury. Each has the same concern about the dangers of the situation and the future of the Commonwealth and both are anxious to avoid a confrontation at the Commonwealth prime ministers' summit, the sources added. WORTH PRESERVING In a speech at a luncheon given in Ms honor by Mrs. Gandhi, Trudeau spoke of the Commonwealth as a valuable instrument well worth preserving. It demanded nothing more than tolerance, good faith and human concern but offered friendship assistance and goodwill. Trudeau's message to British Prime Minister Heath at a dinner meeting here Monday night was the same. Trudeau was understood to have repeated to Heath that he considers the projected British sale of arms to South Africa as unwise because of the consequences it might have on the future of the Commonwealth. Trudeau said of the Commonwealth in his luncheon speech: "No other international grouping permits the representatives of such a widespread number of countries to gather and to co-operate with one another in a totally unrehearsed and civil fashion." While conscious of India's material poverty at present, Trudeau said it is nothing com- pared with the spiritual and artistic poverty of much of the world in past centuries. A solution to present-day violence might well be found through a combination of the comprehension of the East and the technology of the West. For the violence possibly is a product of what he called the subconscious clash between the forces of desire and the forces of reaction. Protest strikes in Britain LONDON (CP) - Britain's auto and shipping industries were disrupted today by a protest strike against the Conservative government's anti-strike legislation. The giant Trades Union Congress, governing body of Britain's union movement, opposes the walkouts although it is critical of the legislation, which clamps down on wildcat strikes. It recommended instead lunchtime union meetings today in all industrial plants across the country to discuss the government measure. Agency criticized by Judge Cullen CALGARY (CP) - Mr. Justice A. J. Cullen of the Alberta Sumpreme Court Monday criticized the John Howard Society after he was told the group was unable to find a job for a 16-year-old youth convicted of car theft and two break-ins. The society was asked last December, he said, to find the youth a job after he pleaded guilty to the charges. Mr. Justice Cullen was told the youth appeared to have potential and was employable but no job had been found, although the society was hopeful one would be found. "fn Lhe 6'2 years I have been in Calgary and the courts, this is the first time to my knowledge that a judge has asked the John Howard Society to do a specific task - and the response has been they are hopeful. "We have to do more for this young man than extend a hope," said Kir. Justice Cullen who imposed a suspended sentence with a two-year probation in the hope that the youth "can do something more for himself than we have been able to do." Mr. Justice Cullen said "one gets thoroughly sick and tired of these agencies and forces that talk in great round terms and do nothing." From AP-Reuter AMMAN (CP) - Palestinian Arab guerrillas and the Jordanian government signed a new ceasefire agreement today after five days of fighting but barely an hour later artillery mortars and machine-guns opened up in Jordan's capital. It could not be determined immediately which side started the shooting. People who had ventured on the streets in the first hour after the ceasefire was announced scurried for shelter and the streets were deserted within minutes after the firing began. Most of the shooting was in the areas of the Intercontinental Hotel and most government ministries. The explosion of shells and the chatter of heavy machine-guns was echoing in the city more than two hours after it began. The ceasefire was to have ended fighting between the guerrillas and Jordan's army. A joint statement said anyone disobeying the order would be tried as a traitor. The statement was signed by Premier Wasfi Tell and Ibrahim; Bakr of the central committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization. They appealed to Jordanians and Palestinians to go back to work and resume their normal activities. The Jordanian army was reported preparing to move back into Amman in force to conduct a house-to-house search for guerrilla arms. Both the army and the guerrillas moved out of the capital to comply with the agreement that ended their 11-day civil war last September. But several thousand Palestinian militiamen -- part - time guerrillas,- remained with their weapons in the refugee camps on the outskirts of Amman. FOLLOWS CHARGES The ceasefire was announced in the Jordanian capital a few hours after a guerrilla communique issued in Damascus charged that Jordanian troops in tanks and helicopters were attacking guerrilla bases in northern Jordan under cover of artillery barrages. NDP advocates nationalization OTTAWA (CP) - Nationalization of the Canadian Pacific Railway and of Bell Canada would be part of a New Demo-c r a t i c Party government's long-term planning in national ownership, NDP Leader T. C. Douglas said today. Mr. Douglas also told a news conference that the need for a firm and clear government policy on foreign ownership has become "desperate," and said the current debate over tax reform in Canada has become an exercise in futility. Foreign ownership of Canadian industry, tax legislation and the unemployment "crisis" were delineated by Mr. Douglas as three critical policy areas facing the rest of the current parliamentary session. To deal with the foreign ownership problem, he advocated government action to stop takeovers of Canadian industry and encourage the development of new Canadian industries. He said he would use the Combines Investigation Act to restrict takeovers. There was an important place in economic planning for national ownership of industry, but national ownership of all industry was neither desirable nor practicable. CITES SOME INDUSTRIES Mr. Douglas cited railways, air traffic, gas pipelines, utilities and comrhunjeatk*}!? an, areas where national ownership is desirable. Asked whether this meant an NDP government would nationalize Canadian Pacific, Belt Canada, and pipeline companies Mr. Douglas said that would be part of the "long-term objective." At another point he rejected the idea of early action to repatriate such foreign-owned companies as General Motors of T. C. DOUGLAS Canada and Ford of Canada. The primary task was to stop the increase of foreign takeovers and mobilize the necessary capital for resource development and processing by Canadian enterprise. "I don't think at this stage that any talk of buying, back foreign-owned corporations is the immediate problem." Mr, Douglas said the government should get on with creation of a Canadian development corporation, but rejected government proposals tor a "glori-fir?d tniutual fu.rt"f" to oversee the giveaway of Canada's profitable Crown corporations to private investors. War of nerves stepped in Soviet-U.S. dispute up By REUTER The war of nerves over harassment of Americans in Moscow and attacks on Soviet property in the United States intensified today in a crossfire of threats and protests. After five days of menacing incidents involving American Trudeau: Don't count on us. brother NEW DELHI (CP-AP) - Prime Minister Trudeau was asked today whether Canada would come to the aid of India if it were attacked by China or Pakistan. He replied: "I think the simple answer is, I hope it doesn't happen, and if it does, don't count on us, brother." He told a news conference that Canada is not a member of any military alliance with India. He added that Canada might take part in a peacekeeping role sponsored by the United Nations. citizens in Moscow, the U.S. embassy Monday night officially protested to the Soviet authorities. Political Councillor Thompson Buchanan called in person at the foreign ministry to present a list of incidents including deliberate damage to Americans' cars and encounters between Americans and indignant Russians. This harassment followed a Soviet warning a week ago that it could not guarantee the safety of Americans in Moscow if Soviet premises in the United States were not protected against attacks by extremist Jewish groups. A Soviet embassy building in Washington was damaged by a bomb blast only three days after the Russian warning, and Sunday the militant Jewish Defence League in New York threatened harassment of the attacks on Soviet officials there. RESENT TREATMENT The recent wave of anti-Soviet sentiment in the United States, and the ensuing anti-American reaction in Russia, grew out of Jewish resentment of the treatment of Jews in the Soviet Union. Sunday's threat by the JDL, which claims 15,000 members and admits responsibility for several attacks on Soviet property in New York, brought a quick and disapproving response from the state department. Department spokesman John King said the justice department is being consulted on what steps can be taken to prevent the threat from being carried out. Extra security measures were in effect at Soviet offices in New York and Washington. The Kremlin Sunday recalled its ambassador in Washington, Anatoly Dobrynin, for consultations, but there has been no confirmation of a report that he would not return to his post. Teachers Strike CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike against the city's public school system for the second time in two years today, cancelling classes for more than 500,000 elementary and high school pupils. Quebec plot hinted MONTREAL (CP) - A yellow notebook with the word Canada on the cover was presented in evidence today at the jury trial of Robert Lan-gevin, 21 - year - old student charged with publishing a seditious libel. There was no immediate indication of its contents. Detective-Sergeant Bernard Frechette testified that he found the notebook under a bookcase in a raid on an apartment at 4524 Breboeuf St. in Montreal last Oct. 25. Sgt. Frechette also said he found a weapon under the bookcase. The defence objected to this latter statement on grounds that other objects discovered by police were not relevant to the charge of seditious libel and Mr. Justice Roger Ou'met instructed the jury to disregard it. At the opening of the trial Monday the Crown announced it intended to prove the existence of a plan "to overthrow the Quebec government by force." ADDRESSES JURY Prosecutor Bruno Pateras made the statement in his opening address to the jury, sitting in the first trial arising from the province's political kidnapping crisis' in October. Three Czechs recalled from Ottawa OTTAWA (CP)-Three of the seven diplomats posted at the Czechoslovakian Embassy here were recalled to Prague in November, it was learned today. An embassy spokesman said today that the three hadn't been here long but denied that "political reasons" accounted for the departures. A purge has been under way in Czochlovakia since Russians invaded the country in August, 1968, to crush a liberal reform program. About 10,000 Ctechlovakiani who fled the country that year came to Canada. The number dropped to 1,754 in 1969 and 612 in the first nine months of 1970. Recalled in November were first secretary Josef Svoboda, who arrived about September, 1969; Zdenek Havlicek, third secretary for economic affairs; and Miroslao Dvoracek, third secretary for scientific affairs. Havlicek and Dvoracek arrived after Svoboda. Mr. Dvoracek, first to return, was asked to visit Prague in November. After bis arrival tha embassy here was told he wouldn't be back. His family was then returned to Czchoslo-vakia. The embassy spokesman said Mr. Dvoracek is working in the federal bureau of technology in Prague. Only departure to be explained was that of Mr. Havlicek, who was said to be ill. "There were no political reasons to call them back," embassy counsellor Stanislav No-votny said in an interview today. "They will be replaced. "Of course, I don't know when. It depends on many circumstances." The external affairs department had no comment. Officials emphasized that Canada had notliing to do with the recalls. The embassy, which had nine members just before the 1968 invasion, currently is down to four. It has undergone a complete staff turnover since mid-1968. The current ambassador is Bretislav Matonoha, who took his post Jan. 9,1970. Seen and heard About town r'ONSLUTING engineer Peter Lawson proudly displaying his new-found skill with an "executive toy" called a "get-nowhere" that had puzzled most members of city council ... Dr. Ralph Kuipcrs bragging after a horseback ride that "my ears aren't even cold" and wife Sue commenting, "they should be, they're all white" . . . Terry Belangor proving he was reigning king of the pinball machines and commenting, "it's all the way you sit"