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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-12,Lethbridge, Alberta 2 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Saturday, Jmusry 12, 1«74 News In brief use raises $2,250,974 OTTAWA (CP) - The Unitarian Service Committee (USC) overshot its 1973 fundraising' target and raised $2,250,974 last year, executive director Lotta Hitschmanova reports in her year-end review of USC activities. The 1973 target of (1,975,000 was the largest target ever set since the organization was formed more than 28 years ago. Dr Hitschamanova said. Cash receipts of $1,516,419 and written pledges totalling $73,921 would allow the USC to mpet its commitments which involved 124 projects in 13 countries. The organization also received $660,634 worth of clothing, soap, layettes, food, drugs and medical equipment. Christmas card sales brought in more than $33,000-“a new high”, Dr. Hitschamanova reported. Freak storms batter Britain roads to be blocked by rocks and uprooted trees. The Welsh resort town of Amroth was covered with debris left from Friday’s ex- LONDON (AP) — Britain's western and southern coasts were battered lor the second straight day today by freak storms with winds of up to 90 miles an hour. The Coast Guard said the gales raged along the English and Welsh west coasts all through the night, causing tremely high tides that swept over a sea walL Flooding also was reported in parts of Stomaway, capital of the Hebrides Isles off northwest Scotland. Spanish only, please ACAPULCO, Mexico (Reuter) - Ismael Hernandez, mayor of this holiday resort, has ordered shops to remove signs in English and replace them with ones in Spanish He told reporters the wide spread use of English in the resort is alienating Mexican holiday-makers who do not speak the language. Nightclub entertainers also were told to start speaking to their audience in Spanish. Energy shortage labelled ‘not real’ By THE CANADIAN PRESS Three men representing both industry and government separate statements that there is no real    shortage in this country. David Collier, president of General Motors of L-onference there is no energy crisis and the problem is    fgid In Ottaw, F.R. Fenton, president of the Canadian Automobile Association CAA, sa there Is no gasoline shortage, just higher prices. ^ And In Winnipeg. Sidney    ' Oil industry investigation launched in U,S. Poyen ‘agrees’ to stay TORONTO (CP) - The Globe and Mail says John Poyen, president of the Canadian Petroleum Association, has temporarily withdrawn his letter of resignation in an attempt to renew negotiations to improve the industry's relations with Ottawa. The Calgai following newspaper y story that says in a Mr. Poyen, three-hour meeting vrith the association’s board of governors, said his recent letter of resignation will be “stayed for the time being ” The newspaper quotes some petroleum industry officials as saying privately that Mr. Poyen’s departure might have plunged the association into a state of crisis at a time when relations with all governments are “delicate.” The search is on Susan Bojan, one of sixty women involved in security at Toronto International Airport, uses an electronic scanner to search a reluctant small traveller. Fleet investigation, which handles security for both terminals has 100 persons on the job. Security guards claim people don’t object to searches nearly as often when carried out by attractive women. Calgarian heads Saskoil REGINA (CP) - A Cals oilman, Cliff Berg, has appointed general manager of the Saskatchewan Oil and Gas Corp. (Saskoil), the Saskatchewan government announced Friday. Mr Berg, a native of Macoun, Sask., has been general manager of Graham- Michaelis Petroleum Ltd. for four years and has 21 years' experience in the Western Canada oil industry. Saskoil, a crown corporation, was established last year to find and produce more Saskatchewan oil. It recently made its first purchases of oil rights. i * Dutch ration gasoline AMSTERDAM (AP) - The Netherlands, the only Euro- BRIDGE RUG ft DRAPES LTD. FREEeSTIMATCG Phon« 32B-4722 COLLEQE MALL pean country under an Arab oil embargo, began to ration gasoline today in an attempt to conserve fuel. Sweden initiated a mild form of rationing earlier in the week, and Norway will begin a four-tier rationing system Jan. 25. HEARING SET INTO INSURANCE PLAN VANCOUVER (CP) — Mr. Justice J. S. Aikins in British Columbia Supreme Court on Friday set Feb. 25 as the date for a hearing which will determine whether the B.C. government’s auto Insurance is legal. The compulsory government scheme which goes into effect March 1 has been challenged by 36 B.C. auto insurance firms. The firms contend the plan is Invalid, claiming the provincial government cannot interfere with the right of a federally-chartered finii to operate in British Columbia. As of March 1, unless a court rules otherwise, the 36 firms will be out of the $150 million a year in car insurance business and some 1,600 employees will be . Canadian Indemnity Co. represented by Douglas Bix)wn, and George Cumming asked Mr. Justice Aikins to order an early trial in the law suit which this firm and the others launched last September. They asked that the normal time required to get both sides together in court — sometimes up to a year — be reduced in view of the March 1 start of the new plan and the public importance of the issues involved. The lawyers said their clients are ready to proceed V and asked that the defendant, B.C. Attorney-General now I Alex MacDonald, be required also to come into court without further waiting. They suggested Feb. 15. John McAlpine, appearing for the attorney-general, opposed being required to meet the Feb. 15 date. Drugs may be killers By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - The federal health department has issued a national warning that a dangerous mixture of two mood-modifying drugs is being offered for sale on the illicit drug market on Vancouver Island and perhaps in other Canadian cities. The mixture of metha-qualone and benactyzine is believed by police in British Columbia to have been responsible for at least one death, possibly two, within the past few days on Vancouver Island, the health protection branch said yesterday. The health department is concerned that the mixture, which is sold as a white powder in a clear gelatin capsule, may be offered for sale on the illicit market in other Canadian cities. ONLY Once-a-Year! Tailored-to Measure MEN’S 2 PIECE SUITS nso 2 ^*250 In small doses, the two drugs usually act as sedatives. But in large doses, the mixture can produce unpredictable behavior changes, including intense feelings of anxiety lack of co-ordination, and loss of a sense of reality, even death, according to the health department. The Vancouver Island samples were given by police to -the federal health department’s regional laboratory for analysis. Methaqualone, the most potent ingredient of the killer mixture, was recently placed on the controlled schedule G of the Food and Drugs Act after it became one of the most widely-abused prescription drugs in western Canada in 1972 and 1973. The illicit-use of methaqualone has since spread to eastern Canada. Spivak, leader of Manitoba's Progressive Conservative Opposition, said his first thought in preparing his party's energy policy is there is no energy shortage in Canada. At the Halifax news conference, Mr. Collier said GM and the rest of the Canadian automobile industry will recover from the slump caused by United States energy problems as soon as Canada overcomes the problem of distributing energy supplies equally in this country. TOC market for new cars in Canada is still good and current shutdowns by Canadian plants should end when the Canadian energy picture is adjusted, the GM president said. Mr. Fenton said in his statement that a recent survey of 325 service station owners across Canada showed no shortages, but revealed price differences as much as 15 cents a gallon between the eastern and western provinces. “It has become apparent that the energy crisis in Canada is not affecting our gas pumps anywhere near as much as our pocket-books,” he said. BLAMES HIGHER TAXES Part of the reason for the disparity between eastern and western gasoline prices is higher provincial taxes in the east, he added. In Winnipeg, Mr. Spivak said Canada should help its southern heighbor, but Canada “should not be subject to the vagaries imposed on the marketplace by other governments.” He said Manitoba PCs are working on an enet^ policy statement to be issued prior to the federal-provincial conference in Ottawa later this month. In other developments: —Nova Scotia Premier Gerald Regan said construction of an oil pipeline to the East Coast is urgently needed for a national energy policy; —Premier Richard Hatfield of iNew Brunswick said his government wants to establish a major East Coast petroleum storage point at Saint John in conjunction with an eastern extension of Canadian pipelines. He said he intends to press the case for an early start to pipeline con* struction at the federal-provincial conference; —Saskatchewan Premier Allan Blakeney’s office announced the premier will speak in Toronto and Halifax concerning energy before he goes to the federal-provincial conference. WASHINGTON (AP)-Intense congressional scrutiny of the energy crisis appears in the offing, with four committees planning hearings. The Senate permanent investigations subcommittee will begin its hearings Jan, 21, the day Congress starts its new session, chairman Henry Jackson said Friday. Officials of the seven largest U.S. oil companies will be questioned in “an indepth concessional investigation to determine whether there is in fact an oil shortage,” the Washington Democrat said. A House committee, a unit of the Senate-House economic committee and a Senate foreign relations subcommittee also have announced they will conduct hearings on the energy situation. “There is a total lack of pubUc confidence in the oil industry, in the federal agencies regulating the industry, and in the validity of the spiraling costs of gasoline and heating oil,” Jackson said. NEED ANSWERS “People are not going to make sacrifices unless they get some honest, factual straight-forward answers about the extent of the shortage and who is benefitting from the shortage.” Meanwhile, the federal energy office FEO delayed issuance of its final petroleum allocations, the labor department indicated the energy crisis has cost American workers thousands of jobs and Attorney-General William Saxbe said the justice department is investigating major oil firms. Householders who heat with oil will be expected to lower their thermostats six degrees starting Tuesday. In other buildings heat must be reduced 10 degrees unless savings can be made some other way. 100,00« JOBS LOST The government said job losses in various industries “which appear to be due to actual or anticipated shortages of gasoline” number at least 100,000. Hardest hit were automotive dealership and service station workers where employment declined a seasonally-adjusted 50,000 in December, and government analysts said there was an additional loss of nearly 50,000 jobs in service industries- Bourassa denies kickback charge Challenge WASHINGTON (AP) ~ A lawyer who has obtained a White House tape has questioned President Nixon’s account of a key meeting with dairymen. William Dobrovir, who represents consumer advocate Ralph Nader in a suit challenging the administration’s 1971 increase in milk price supports, filed court papers Friday saying the White House account of the meeting “does not appear to be exact.” Regular ValuM to $195. Sal* CTV refuses RCMP film bid DOWNTOWN on FIFTH tTRteT SOUTH We urge you to make your selection as soon as possible to avoid disappointn^ent and delay! Slirls Monday, Jm. 14 It 3Ut! Op«n Till t p.m. Thuradty Nlghial TORONTO (CP) - CTV television has refused to hand over film to RCMP officers investigating leaks of documents from the Unemployment Insurance Commission UIC, Tom Gould, vice-president in charge of news and information programs for CTV, said Friday He said RCMP officers asked for copies of a film interview with Jack Ellis, Progressive Conservative member of Parliament for Hastings, who recently made wide-ranging attacks against UIC based on UIC documents. The documents, which appeared to span nearly two years, indicated there was extensive mismanagement, financial waste and computer chaos in UIC, Mr. Ellis says. Commission officials say the leaked documents were outdated and misleading in the way they were presented to public ‘They the RCMP were very nice about it, but I said no,” Mr Gould said. WOULD BE WILLING “If someone said we had a film which would help in a murder investigation, we would be willing to release it,” he said. “But I could not see how the public interest would be served in this case.” Mr. Gould said the officers told him they had a search warrant but did not produce it. He said the film the RCMP wanted was shown on TV last November. During an interview in his Commons office, Mr. Ellis produced the leaked documents and flicked through them on camera to support his denial that the documents were out of date. MONTREAL (CP) -Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa said Friday allegations that his government received a financial kickback in exchange for U.S. television rights to the 1976 summer Olympic Games were ridiculous. Mr. Bourassa’s comment was one of a host of denials resulting from a request made in the Commons Friday by Otto Jelinek, Progressive Conservative member for Toronto High ParkHumber Valley, for a federal Inquiry into how the American Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) got exclusive rights to broadcast the games. Mr. Jelinek said another U.S. network, CBS, was asked to give the Quebec government $5 million in bidding for the contract, but that CBS refused. He also said a third U.S. network, NBC, had offered ?32.9 million, about $7 million more than ABC, “with no strings attached.” Prime Minister Trudeau immediately rebuffed the request tor an investigation, telling the Commons it is not his government’s policy to intervene in matters under provincial authority. He said he had not discussed the matter with Quet>ec officials. The prime minister’s statement was called “very misleading” by Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield, who said the allegations involved a federal government-supported project, DENIES CHARGE An ABC spokesman in Los Angeles denied that the network had participated in “an under-the-table deal” with the Olympic organizing committee. “These charges have appar ently been circulated by another network that had hoped to secure the television rights but failed,” the spokesman said. “The Canadian Olympic organizing committee also has stated that the U.S. television rights were awarded to ABC sports because of its demonstrated expertise in covering four previous Olympics,” said the network’s spokesman. “ABC outbid its two competitors.” Gerry Snyder, vice* president of the Olympic organizing committee, said Friday in Montreal he considers Mr. Jelinek’s statement “irresponsible for a member of Parliament to make unless he has documented proof to back it up.” “As a member of the negotiating team for television rights, I categorically deny that anything of that nature was ever discussed,” Mr. Snyder said in an interview. Oil fire under control PORT NECHES, Tex. (AP) — A roaring fire that spread to six oil storage tanks and threatened to consume a large petrochemical Installation was well under control early today, officials said. Firemen said four tanks had burned themselves out and a fifth was nearly out. The sixth continued burning. A Mobil Oil Co. spokesman estimated that 150,000 barrels of oil had been consumed. A barrel is 42 gallons. JAMES D. PATERSON. B.A., LL.B. -'«W- 6ERALD P. DFFET. B.A.. tt.B. Announce the Formation of a Partnership for the Practice of Law «1 407 Holiday Vill*«* LtTHBRIDOE, Albert* ¡R tUMiHiis wlKi R. PHILIP M.IIMTH. B.Sc.. LL.I. UMirtlMFinRllMNSl PATERSON. OFFH md NORTH 1«74 ItbmIi StIICM TiiipiNM    mm em. 321-7711    MWMK, MMa \ V, 1 M'H    -iccr ;