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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 17, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald LXVIII-30 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 1975 15 Cents A Hereford heifer was successfully herded back to the Lethbridge stock- yards after a daring day- light escape Thursday. Uncowed by the spooked animal, a marksman in the top photo sends a ''tranquilizer dart home, ilnset photos show the tranquilized heifer headed back to the stockyards through a front yard, and then down Mayor Magrath Drive pursued by the cow- catchers including a po- lice escort. The 850- pound animal dented a police car, sent a mail- man and customer at a service station scurrying for cover, and held up traffic before being re- turned to the stockyards, below. Quit bitching or you It get laid off like the Inside 28 Pages Classified........22-25 Comics.............20 Comment...........4 15-17, 26 Family.........18, 19 Markets ...........21 Sports..........12, 13 Travel......'........9 TV............5-8, 10 Weather ...........3 At Home ..........27 LOW TONIGHT 25, HIGH SAT. 40; SUNNY, MILD. i Henry's threat may enable breakthrough New air command watches our sky OTTAWA (CP) Creation of a new air command within a pared-down armed forces was announced today by .Defence Minister James Richardson. There now will be an air branch along with the estab- lished Mobile land Maritime sea element. Air command will join Mobile land and Maritime Com- sea element. Predictably, the minister from Winnipeg said headquar- ters for the new command will be somewhere in Western Canada. The minister also announc- ed that the level of Canadian forces in the United Nations operation on Cyprus will be reduced to about 450 from its present 750 during the next six months. Mr. Richardson, speaking to the Canadian Defence Associ- ation's annual meeting, outlin- ed some reductions within the By HENRY TANNER New York Times Service CAIRO The Middle East has entered a crucial period of a few months during which there will be either a new and much more devastating war or a breakthrough in the form of a major Israeli withdrawal in the Sinai Peninsula and Israeli commitments to make withdrawals in the Golan Heights and the west bank of the Jordan River. This is the judgment of vir- tually all foreign diplomats in Cairo, from Eastern Europe as well as from the west. Arab officials from countries with varying political systems con- cur. Although tension is mounting daily, many diplomats are beginning to believe that a new Israeli withdrawal is more likely than war. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's recent warning that the United States does not rule out the use of force to assure the flow of oil from the Middle East is still being condemned daily in new- spapers throughout the Arab world. But among the officials of the various countries, a view is emerging that Kissinger's main purpose in making the warning was to create a sense of tension and urgency that would help him in his media- tion efforts. "He is heating up the iron so he can strike it while it's one Arab diplomat com- mented. An impression of an im- pending deadline was un- derlined Wednesday by Presi- dent Anwar El-Sadat in a conversation with Sen. Charles H. Percy, R 111., in which he said that the next three months would be crucial. On Tuesday the president told a group of visiting French lawyers that Egyptian renewal of the mandate of the United Nations peace keep- ing forces in the Sinai buffer zone would be contingent on a new withdrawal by Israel: The mandate of U.N. forces on the Egyptian front expires on April 23. Alta. welfare revamp urged EDMONTON (CP) A position paper recommending work incentives for welfare recipients and penalties for employable persons who do not accept jobs was released to- day by Neil Crawford, Alberta's health and social development minister. The paper also suggests increases in disposable or cash assets allowed welfare recipients, expansion of day care services and reduction of the voucher system. Under the proposed plan, a welfare recipient would be allowed exemptions on rM III work related expenses, nfltt such as babysitters and kj J I III 11 dubbed a bluff transportation, "and could keep extra earnings on a sliding scale making work more attractive than welfare." Currently, a welfare recipient may keep only a month of earnings if single, and if a family head. Any additional earnings are deducted from welfare payments. The position paper suggests that earnings of up to a month cause no reduction in public assistance; After the first there would be deduc- tions on a graduated scale. Fifty per cent of the second a'month would be deducted from public assistance benefits, 75 per cent of the second and 90 per cent of earnings in excess of an employable welfare recipient has not found work within .three months of going on assistance, the paper recommends that he be re- quired to accept available work even if it is in a different part of the province or is a type of work he-has not previously done. "As. an alternative to the work commitment, the recipient could opt to accept a reduction of 15 per cent in welfare said" the paper. Mr. Crawford said an es- timated 12 or .13 per cent of all welfare recipients were classified .as employables." imNovember, there were family heads on welfare in the province. The recorrjjnehdations will be implemented this spring, said the.minister. Extending exemptions to public assistance recipients now working would cost the province about million, but, "by encouraging people to work, the plan would even- tually reduce public assistance costs." Another facet of the plan w recipients to have disposable or cash assets of if single and if a family head. The current allowable assets are for a single person and for a family head. Day care services should continue to be expanded as a priority item in the health and social development department, said the paper. The preventive social service budget for 1974-75 included a increase for day care, or 40 per cent more than the previous year. By mid-1975, public assistance should be available by cheque in regional offices, reducing the occasions on which the voucher system was used. Vouchers are required in some cases because of welfare abuse, but in many cases can be degrading, said Mr. Crawford. The plan would see the province offering to relieve municipalities of financial and administrative respon- sibility for public assistance, he added. CANADIAN PRESS The threat by the Syncrude Canada Ltd. consortium to abandon its Alberta oil sands project was described Thurs- day as a bluff and an "unbelievable ultimatum." Synerude spokesmen an- nounced Thursday in Toronto that the billion project will be shut down unless the con- sortium obtains additional fi- nancing of billion by Jan. 31, additional partners, federal tax concessions and permission for unlimited production and world-level prices. Mel Hurtig, an Edmonton publisher who is active in the Committee for an Indepen- dent Canada, said the demands are nothing but a "bluff." He said the demands "should only be regarded as another in what now is a' long string of ultimatums from foreign oil companies to the federal and Alberta goverments." Grant of the Alberta New Democratic Par- ty, called the threat "an un- believable ultimatum" and said the consortium is taking advantage of the current un- certainty surrounding oil sands development to jack up the price of oil and to gain more tax advantages. Don Getty, Alberta minister of intergovernmental affairs, said the finances of the troubl- ed project are being investigated by Alberta, other oil companies, the federal government and -the governments of Ontario and Quebec witha view to possible participation in the venture. Jan. 31 may be too soon for the groups to complete their studies into whether investment in the huge project is worthwhile, he said. Imperial Oil Ltd., Gulf Oil Canada Ltd. and Canada- Cities Services Ltd., the remaining partners in the Synerude consortium after the of Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd., held a news conference Thursday in Toronto. Jerry McAfee, Gulf Canada president, said the three part- ners'could provide billion for1 the billion cost of the project. "We'd'.like to get another he said, or the pro- jedt will be abandoned. shatters bomb truce BELFAST (Reuter) The Irish Republican Army (IRA) today ended: its 25-day ceasefire in the guerrilla war which has cost lives dur- ing the last five years. A bomb was thrown at an army observation post in Bel- fast minutes after the ceasefire ended at midnight Thursday night. The main railroad line be- tween Belfast and Dublin was closed early today after a car suspected of carrying ex- plosives was found parked across the tracks. Experts were waiting until daylight to begin examining Seen and heard About town Trucker Ted Law of Ray- mond squaring off with Byron Smith of Glenwood in a debate on the merits of trucking as opposed to dairying when the wind chill is 45 degrees below First time snowmobiler Grant Perry getting his machine stuck every 10 feet and passenger Volker Russius providing the pulling and pushing power. the car, found near the northern Irish border town of Newry. In Londonderry, Northern Ireland's second city, five shots were fired at an army checkpoint. A police patrol in the Ar- doyne area, an IRA stronghold, came under fire from gunmen and shooting also was reported from the Falls Road area of the city, another Republican district. No one was wounded in the three incidents, but a British soldier was injured by gunmen while on guard at a power substation near Tandragee in County Armagh. He had challenged the two men as they were trying to climb the station's fence carrying a suitcase. Resumption of hostilities was ordered Thursday night by the IRA's eight-man army council which has been meeting daily in Dublin since Sunday to consider the British government's response to the truce. There still was hope among politicians that the new bomb- ing campaign will not start be- fore Monday. The statement from the IRA council calling off the truce blamed a lack of British re- sponse to its peace proposals for the breakdown. Turner says economic risk reduced Herald Washington Bureau WASHINGTON Canadian Finance Minister John Turner says risks of world economic disaster have been "measur- ably reduced" by agreements reached at the International Monetary Fund meetings here. The major agreements in- cluded two new funds aimed at minimizing the impact of the price of oil. Canada would contribute to both. Both funds are com- promises between extreme positions. Turner headed the IMF committee responsible for the agreements. "I came down here as a Ca- nadian concerned about inter- national problems, trying to knock a'bunch of heads to- he said after his work, and a wrap-up press conference, were over Thurs- day night. The heads of the major countries involved, however knocked together they were, expressed general satisfac- tion, at least in public, at the results. Among other things, they also took steps to knock down the gold standard of inter- national currency, something which could be accomplished by September of this year. They also tried to sweeten the pot with special loans for the poorer countries who face oil bills of more than billion this year. This is what the politics of money, mixed with oil accom- plished at the meetings of fi- nance ministers representing 126 nations: Expansion of a special IMF "recycling" fund, financed by oil-producing countries, to billion this year. Creation of a separate billion, two-year fund by and for the major industrial allies, to be used as a "last resort" to save their own economies. Provision of a special 11.5- billion fund-within-a-fund, to be allocated out of the IMF billion, to provide preferred low interest loans to the developing countries. Referral of recommen- dations on gold, quotas for contributions to the IMF general coffers and currency- floating to the executive directors of the IMF. Details of the new funds to handle oil dollars are to be fi- nalized for approval at the next meeting of Turner's com- mittee, scheduled for early June in Paris. Turner said Canada is already "talking" to IMF managing director Johannes Witteveen about its contribution. Details of the fund are to be worked out by the end of February. ;