Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetKbttdge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 1975 15 Cents Redevelopment bylaw said misunderstood ETERNAL COMPLAINT HALIFAX (CP) The Chronicle-Herald proved to- day that complaints haven't changed much in the last 100 years. To celebrate its 100th birthday, the Halifax new spaper inserted in today's edition a reprint of the first edition of its direct ancestor, The Morning Herald of Jan. 14, 1875. An editorial in The Morning Herald complained that increased railway rates were having a disastrous effect on industries in the province. Paletta still plans to build meat plant By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A downtown redevelopment bylaw that seems destined to be somewhat misunderstood was given second and third readings by city council Mon- day. Known as the Lethbridge downtown redevelopment scheme phase two, it's like- ly to be misinterpreted because it's a "spin off" of the phase one redevelopment scheme, but the two are as different as night and day. Phase one covers the Lethbridge Centre and provin- cial government administra- tion centre projects. It involved a major land assembly by the city which then sold the land to Woodward's and the province. All the buildings on the land were bulldozed and the area cleared. Phase two, as several aldermen and Lawrence Smith, executive director of the Oldrrian River Regional Planning Commission, valiantly tried to explain dur- ing the public hearing on the bylaw Monday, is completely different. The city, they said, will not be directly involved in phase two, but will through the bylaw simply provide a com- prehensive set. of development guidelines for private enterprise. Existing buildings should be saved and renovated wherever possible, said Mr. Smith, although he admitted many buildings in the area may 'not be worth saving. The bylaw involves some 12 city blocks, mostly between 1st and 4th Avenues S. and 1st and 5th Streets S. There will be no time limit on development, since development will occur in the context of commerce, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said. "It's not intended that peo- ple should immediately be ex- pected to be uprooted and to move." Aid. Hembroff also told lawyers representing three businesses on 4th Street that they didn't have to worry about immediate closure of Street between 3rd and 4th Avenues as outlined in the redevelopment bylaw. "It's simply a concept and it won't, happen unless your clients agree to sell their property for one big develop- ment he said. Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson said another bylaw would have to be prepared and another public hearing held in any case before council can order a street closed. The, businesses represented had claimed the bylaw would, through closure of 4th Street deny vehicular access to their premises, ruining their business overnight. Residents rather than businesses in the area were a larger concern for Aid. Tony Tobin and Aid. Bob Tarleck. Aid. Tobin attempted to stall passage of the bylaw but his motion to table it until a meeting could be held at which residents of the area could express their concerns was defeated 5-4. Aid. Tobin said he wasn't against the bylaw in principle, but disliked the process by which it had reached its pre- sent stage. Ford pushes tax cuts for recession relief Warm weather omen An evening chinook arch, sign of continuing warm weather today and Wednesday, frames a Cessna 337 at Kenyon Field. High temperatures will be in the 35 degree range both days, a treat after the first cold spell of the winter. This plane, owned by Fowler Aircraft Rentals Ltd. of Lethbridge, is home from the High Arctic for maintenance. WASHINGTON Early enactment of a tax cut in the United States appears certain because President Ford andTjie Democratic 94th Congress agree that such a step is necessary to fighi a recession. However, the president and the Congress appeared divid- ed today over how much of the reduction should go to lower- and middle-income taxpayers. In a broadcast speech Mon- day night, the president pro- posed an across-the-board tax rebate of. up to on 1974 tax payments. Most Democrats in Congress favor a tax cut about Milk to go up 2 cents a quart The cost of a quart of milk will rest fully on the shoulders of consumers Monday when a federal subsidy is removed and milk prices increase two cents per quart. Homogenized milk will cost 48 cents per quart or 95 cents for a half gallon, up from 46 cents and 91 cents respec- tively. Two per cent partially skimmed milk will cost 46 cents per quart or 91 cents for a half gallon, up from 44 cents and 87 cents. Skim milk, sold only in quart containers, will cost 42 cents, up from 40 cents. In October, 1973, the federal government instituted a con- sumer milk subsidy of five cents per quart which allowed the consumer price to be held steady while producers received more money. The federal subsidy was reduced one cent per quart Nov. 1, 1974, two cents per quart Dec. 1, 1974, and the final two cents will be remov- ed Monday. Greek-Turk talks start in Cyprus equal to the billion reduc- tion in personal and corporate income taxes that the presi- dent proposed. But they reacted Monday night against the president's proposed billion in oil tax increases which they said would raise gasoline prices up to five cents a gallon without easing the economic burden or curb- ing reliance on foreign fuel. Republicans generally back- ed Ford's proposals. The president unveiled his program "to put our domestic house in order" in a speech from the White House a few hours after House of Representatives Democrats outlined their economic proposals and two days before he was scheduled to address a joint session of Congress for his State of the Union speech. The key points of the Ford program include: billion in imme- diate tax relief by giving indi- viduals a 12-per-cent cash re- bate on their 1974 tax pay- ments, up to a, maximum of per taxpayer, plus billion in corporate tax relief. taxes on foreign and domestic oil, natural gas and windfall profits of oil producers. 'If we do bomb their oilfields, shouldn't we fill up Inside 48 Pages Classified....... 26-29 Comics........... 10 Comment........ 17-19 Family........ 22, 23 Markets.......... 24 Sports......... 14, 15 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 LOW TONIGHT 25, HIGH WED. 35; CLOUDY PERIODS Calgary RCMP deny charges of entrapment NICOSIA (Reuter) Greek and Turkish-Cypriot representatives opened talks today which diplomatic observers saw as a breakthrough in attempts to reconcile the two Cypriot communities. Former acting president Glafkos derides represented the Greek-Cypriots and Rauf Denktash led the Turkish-Cy- priot delegation at the talks, Leash law delay gives dog owners reprieve Dogs and their masters who don't like leashes got another two-week reprieve from city council Monday. Mayor Andy Anderson and Aid. Bill Cousins voted against giving the dog bylaw amendments all three readings, delaying the third reading for two weeks. One of. the amendments would require dog-owners to have their pets on leashes when on public property in the city, or risk having them pick- ed up for running at large. Council did agree to one change in the proposed amendments Monday. A section had been written into the bylaw amendments that would have permitted residents to keep more than two dogs by paying a licence fee for each extra dog. Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson objected to that, recalling that council had previously passed a resolution limiting households to two dogs period. which also were attended by Luis Weckmann-Munoz, the United Nations special repre- sentative in Cyprus. The talks centred on the political issues involved in a settlement and were aimed at solving "the substance of the Cyprus diplomatic observers said. High on the agenda was the possible reopening of Nicosia International Airport, closed since it was bombed by Turkish aircraft during the Turkish invasion of the island last July. The question of the airport and harbors occupied by the Turks will be discussed further at the next meeting of the negotiators, an official UN statement said after today's meeting. The Turkish invasion follow- ed the Greek-inspired military coup which overthrew Archbishop Makarios as president last July 15, and eventually caused the downfall of the military junta in Greece. It resulted in the dis- placement of Greek- Cypriots from their villages in the north of the island, and of about Turkish-Cypriots from the Greek-held south. Seen and heard About town Lethbridge county coun- cillor Jim Nicol saying con- tour maps submitted by an eager developer were so detailed he could see the buf- falo chips martial arts enthusiast Lee Ens accidently kicking 98 pound Lynda Yeates in the left eye while standing around at a party. Jim Hunt, a former Van- couver RCMP drug squad of- ficer, said on a CTV network program Sunday that he knew of cases where the RCMP had been responsible for spreading heroin by bringing .drug pushers to places where there were no drugs. The buyers, not the pushers, were arrested. Mr. Hunt said he was per- sonally involved in the procedure with members of the Calgary and Edmonton squads in the mid-1960s. He also charged that some drug squad members in Vancouver traffic in drugs, beat people, steal, perjure themselves and use entrapment. "To my knowledge it never has occurred S. Sgt. Ryba said of the entrapment charge. And the alleged Van- In Zurich, gold opened at. couver practices "do not exist an ounce, cpmpared to in Calgary and they won't be at Monday's close. tolerated." CALGARY (CP) The head of the Calgary RCMP drug squad has denied charges by a former RCMP officer.in Vancouver that narcotics of: ficers here and in Edmonton used entrapment. Staff Sergeant Dutch Ryba said Monday that other abuses alleged in Vancouver also do not exist in Calgary and Ed- monton, where he once ran the squad. Gold drops LONDON (AP) The price of gold dropped to to- day in London and Zurich. Gold sold for an ounce during early trading in London after closing at Monday. FORT MACLEOD Montreal meatpacker Larry Paletta said here today he will build .a plant in Fort Macleod .despite allegations that he is invoked in .organized crime. Mr. Paletta told a joint meeting of Fort Macleod town councillors and members of the local chamber of com- merce that he has purchased a home in the town, that he intends .to live here and that his proposed meat .packing plant will go .ahead. "I am not a Mr. Paletta told the meeting of about 20, adding that he intends to sue The Lethbridge Herald and reporter Terry McDonald for a series of December articles, based on confidential RCMP files, that alleged a link between Mr. Paletta and organized crime. Following is a statement read to the meeting by Mr. Paletta. He refused to answer questions. The meeting lasted about an hour. "I was so upset at a series of articles in the Lethbridge Herald that they made me speechless but I recognize my silence may be misunder- stood. "Gentlemen I am a meat packer. I am a cattle purchaser that is my only business. "I claim to have made success of it in this great land. Above all, I am a free enterpriser. "I am a young, hardworking and proud businessman who knows the packing house business from the time the cow has its calf until the time the consumer enjoys his meat at the table. have thought for a long time that the meat packing in- dustry in Canada is behind the. times. "I therefore decided to open a packing plant in the West. "I chose the province of Alberta and Fort. Macleod where I purchased land. I intended to construct a plant there to give jobs to Albertans and to improve the quality of meat products available to the public in Canada and to make a profit for myself. "But this dream appears to be shattered by Mr. Terry McDonald and the six articles in the Lethbridge Herald. "I frankly wonder who is behind this. Who is paying the reporters to spend months in the East? Who is it that is go- ing to these lengths in an attempt to prevent my building a pljjni ir Alberta. I am concerned ti RCMP should apparently Jn cSn- fidential files to "What magic did that reporter have? Who in high of- fice unlocked this door to him? This could happen in Russia or in Chile. "But I did not think it could happen in Canada. I nevertheless give credit to Mr. McDonald for his search. Parts of his articles are cor- rect but there is much that is false. "Gentlemen, I am not a criminal. I have never been convicted of a criminal offense. I assure you I am not a member of organized crime. "I have too high a regard for the abilities of the RCMP to think for one second that I am named in their confiden- tial files as such a member. "I deny with every breath in my body these assumptions and innuendos and therefore what must I do? "I do not care for lawsuits but I can do nothing else but sue Mr. McDonald and the Lethbridge Herald for libel. "I shall ask large damages. It is not that I need the money. I am deeply hurt by the statements of The Herald. "They reflect on me and my family and have three sons. I have already purchased a home in Fort Macleod. I in- tend to make my home here. "The articles have also affected my business, not only in Alberta, but also in the east where papers have repeated the statements of The Herald. "Frankly, I was not prepared for such western hospitality. I am advised by my lawyer that I may have a choice in what place I can sue. "I have not lost faith in Alberta. I will sue here and put my reputation in the hands of an Alberta jury. "I have therefore instructed my lawyer to serve a notice of libel and to start an action. "Gentlemen, I do not pre- tend to be a saint but I am not the criminal that this paper has pictured, me. "Although I am gravely concerned by those false statements in The Herald I am going to continue on with my plans for a plant at Fort Macleod." Jobless rate jumps to 6.1% OTTAWA (CP) The num- ber of men unable to find work increased substantially in De- cember, boosting the over-all unemployment rate to 6.1 per cent from 5.5 in November, Statistics Canada reported today. The jobless rate was the highest in almost two years and the worsening unemploy- ment situation, while spread throughout most of the country, hit hardest at Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. The participation rate also rose in December. This is the proportion of the population working or seeking work and the increase meant the number of people competing for jobs was increasing faster than the number of jobs available. .Among the provinces, New- foundland and New Brunswick were most severely affected. The rate in Newfoundland went to 16.4 per cent from 14.4. This was partly due to an increase in the participation rate, increasing the size of the local labor force. In New Brunswick there was a decline in the participa- tion rate as people dropped out of the labor force and still there was an increase of one percentage point to 10.6 per cent in the unemployment rate. Saskatchewan was the only province where unemploy- ment fell in December, to 2.4 per cent from 2.5. In Alberta, there was a nine- tenths of a percentage point gain in the unemployment rate, to 2.9 per cent. Guerrillas alerted for more fighting SALISBURY (Reuter) The Organization of African Unity (OAU) has told nationalist guerrillas to prepare for intensified fighting if while minority re- gimes in southern Africa re- main inflexible over majority rule. The warning was contained in a tough new policy docu- ment formulated Monday by the OAU's liberation com- mittee, and aimed at Rhodesia, Namibia (South West Africa) and South Africa. The document, called the Dar es Salaam declaration, pledges the organization's full weight behind efforts'" to rid the region of minority rule and the "inhuman system of apartheid." The policy means the bulk of OAU finance and material support allocated for African liberation will go to Rhodesia's newly unified nationalist movement, the African National Council, and the Southwest Africa Peoples' Organization. The declaration said war was not the goal, "but Whether the solution takes the form of an intensified military confrontation or negotiations would entirely depend on the response of the rieist and colonialist regimes." The liberation committee called for renewed inter- national pressure on South Africa to relinquish its illegal occupation of Namibia and to end apartheid. The declaration was issued as the Rhodesian government and its black nationalist op- ponents appeared deadlocked over who should make the itext move toward the country's planned con- stitutional conference. At the heart of the impasse lies a difference of inter- pretation about the terms of last month's Lusaka peace pact, which was supposed to have ended Rhodesia's guerrilla war. Under the accord, the Rhodesian government agreed to release black politicians from detention and convene a conference on the country's political future, while the black nationalist guerrillas undertook to lay down their arms. Last t week, however, the government halted the release of detainees, and said some guerrillas were continuing to fight. The African National Coun- umbrella black nationalist by accusing the government of breaking the Lusaka pact.