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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Militia job plan mulled By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) - Defence Minister James Richardson is considering legislation that would provide ~^some form of job security for militiamen who want to serve overseas with Canadian forces, for instance in the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Middle East. The minister made the comment Thursday a few days after a call for about 120 volunteers for UNEF service went out to militia units across the country. Mr. Richardson said in an interview he is not far advanced in his consideration but that it is one of the things he is thinking of in his efforts to provide incentives for young people to join the armed forces reserve. He said the legislation may not be necessary and that another system may be found to assure that a man does not lose his civilian job because he wants to do a stint with the reserve, either in Canada or out, for training or for operation duty. He said he is not anticipating difficulty in finding 120 men-10 per cent of the Canadian UNEF force. Force officials aid the volunteers will receive about two months of training and probably will reach the Middle East about May. Mr. Richardson was Interviewed at the annual conference of defence associations-groups concerned with the militia and the reserve-being held here. He was reflecting the increasing concern of Gen. J. A. Dextraze, chief of defence staff, who, with a small regular force of only 83,000 men, wants to revitalize the reserves. In recent years, as the forces have been cut and the defence budget frozen, the reserve has been neglected. Now the general wants to malce reserve units part of what he calls the first team, using them with regular forces in Canada and in NATO and peacekeeping. He said the reserves have suffered from everything from lack of challenge to poor equipment, low pay and lack of job protection. Mr. Richardson said in the interview he wants to increase the size of the reserve. He would give no new target figure. At present there are about 16,000 militiamen, about 3,000 short of authorization. There are also naval and air force reserve units. During the meeting the minister announced a six-point package which he said shows government concern for the significance and future well-being of the reserve units. The package includes already-announced pay increases, plus promises of continued equipment and clothing improvement and such things as government assistance in buying and maintaining kilts to assure identification of traditions and history of units is maintained. Dat�llne AllMrta Woman's claims probed Edmonton strike ends Friday, January 18.1974 - THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD - 3 Buses rolling again EDMONTON (CP) -Michael Car-Truck, the three-year-old found abandoned in a city hotel last March, has not been put in touch with the woman claiming to be his mother, a government spokesman said Thursday. Wally West, information officer for the Alberta department of health and social development, said an investigation is still in progress into the 26-year-old woman's claims. Meanwhile, Michael remains in the foster home where he was placed last April. The child, named "Car-Truck" because they were the only words he could say when he was found, has been made a temporary ward of the state. The woman who claims to be his mother got in tough with officials Jan. 9 following an announcement that the province intended to make Michael a permanent ward. Games effects studied EDMONTON (CP) - A task force has been set up to look into the effects of staging the 1978 British Commonwealth Games here, the Edmonton Social Planning Council announced Thursday. Batya Chivers, one of the council's planners, said a critical look at the advantages and disadvantages of the games is needed, especially if a plebiscite on tlie city's $11.6 million share of the cost of the games is held. A petition to force the vote is being circulated. Ms. Chivers said the investigating team will look at media rights to the games, impact on long-range recreational planning, traffic patterns around new facilities and the cost of operating facilities after the games. GENERAL FARM Pr�Mntt Th� Weather SUNRISE SATURDAY 8:19 SUNSET 5:07 H L Pre Lethbridge...... 47 23 .. Medicine Hat ... 42 13 .. Edmonton ......20 0 Banff........... 38 17 .. Calgary......... 38 9 .. Victoria ........ 45 39 .06 PenUcton....... 48 35 .. Prince George .. 28 6 Kamloops....... 50 33 Vancouver...... 46 38 .18 Saskatoon....... 7 13 .01 Regina......... 29 14 .. Winnipeg....... 28 1 .07 Toronto......... 17 0 .02 Ottawa......... 0-17 .. Montreal ....... -5-18 .. St. John's....... 9 3 .25 HaUfax......... 1 0 .. FORECAST: Lethbridge - Mainly sunny today and Saturday, winds SE15 to 20 becoming SW30 gusting to 40 this evening and on Saturday. Highs today near 40. Lows near 25. Highs Saturday near 45. Medicine Hat - Mainly sunny today and Saturday, winds SE15-20 becoming SW20 this evening and on Saturday. Highs today near 35. Lows near 25. Highs Saturday near 40. Calgary - Sunny today with. cloudy intervals, winds S20 and gusty becoming SW20 and gusty near the foothills this afternoon, highs 25-30. Lows 15-20. Sunny periods Saturday,. highs 2540 but near 40 in the foothills. Columbia-Kootenay - Cloudy today with occasional snowflurries. Saturday, mostly cloudy with a few snowflurries. Highs today and Saturday, in the mid-30s. Lows tonight near 30. MONTANA East of Continental Divide - Fair east becoming cloudy west today. 'Variable cloudiness tonight and Saturday with widely scattered rain or snow showers Saturday. Gusty southwest winds along east slopes this afternoon through Saturday. Highs both days mostly 40's, lows tonight 25 to 35. West of Continental Divide - Cloudy with occasional showers this afternoon, tonight and Saturday. Highs both days 40's. Lows tonight 25 to 35. RINN-CUPIT GRAIN ROLLERS FEEDING PROFITS 10%-20�^ N SMOOTH ROUS will NOT POWDER or FLOU  DUST FREE ROLLED GRAIN  LESS DIGESTING TROUBLES  LESS WASTE IN HANDLING  LOWER PROCESSING COST AVAILABLE NOW AT . . . GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Count Highway, Box 1202 Phon* 328-1161 AMA Road Report as of 8 a.m. Jan. 18. Highway 3, east, Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, bare and dry with slippery sections throughout. Some sections of glare ice. Highway 3,. west to the B.C. boundary, generally bare and dry with occasional slippery sections through the towns and the Crowsnest Pass area. Highway 4, Lethbridge to Coutts, bare and dry. Highway 5, Lethbridge to Cardston and Waterton, occasional slippery sections, generally .bare and dry. Highway 6, Pincher Creek to Waterton, mainly bare and dry with occasional icy sections. Highway 6, Pincher Creek to Waterton, mainly bare and dry with occasional icy sections. Highway 2, north, Fort Macleod to Calgary and Edmonton, generally bare and dry with some slippery sections. Some blowing snow between Red Deer and Edmonton. Highway 2, south, Lethbridge to Carway, mainly bare wim occasional slippery sections. Highway 23, via Vulcan, mostly bare with slippery sections. Highway 36, Taber to Brooks, bare and dry, occasional icy sections. Highway 1, Trans Canada Highway, east, Calgary to Medicine Hat and Swift Current, mostly bare with some black ice. Highway 1, Trans Canada Highway, west, Calgary to Banff, mostly bare,' sanding on slippery areas. Banff-Golden, plowing and sanding in progress on slippery sections. Golden to Revelstoke is now open, extreme caution advised. Many areas have equipment working and single lane traffic. Banff-Radium highway plowing and sanding on slippery areas. Banff-Jasper highway, closed until further notice. Ports of entry: Times in Mountain Standard Time ^Aiber-ta), opening and closing times: Carway 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Chief Mountain closed; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kjngsgate open 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 7 a.m. until 11 p.m.; Wild Horse 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Rooseville 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Logan Pass. (Canada Customs hours moved one hour earlier Jan. 6 when Montana went on daylight time.) Nursing home subsidies possible CALGARY (CP) - The Alberta government may support higher subsidies to provincial nursing homes if operators indicate they will pass the money on to their employees, Health Minister Neil Crawford said yesterday. The minister has been under pressure by the Alberta Federation of Labor and Art Roberts of the Canadian Union of Public Employees to raise subsidies because employees at nursing homes are working for near-minimum wages. The CUPE spokesman asked for a $5 a day per bed increase, over the $7.75 the government now pays and the $3 paid by patients. Most provincial nursing homes are not organized and their employees earn somewhat less than workers at Blunts Kenwood Nursing Home in Calgary where wages range from $2.02 to $2.25 an hour. Legal minimum wages are now $1.90 an hour and will move to $2 April 1. Border motion approved LLOYDMINSTER (CP) -The local Chamber of Commerce has approved a motion which, if carried to completion, would see the Alberta-Saskatchewan border changed to accommodate the city in one province. Lloydminster now straddles the border and this causes many (echnical problems. Chamber representatives said. Joseph McLean, a past president of the chamber, suggested the Chamber in cooperation with the mayor and city council call a general meeting to investigate thi possibility of altering the border so the city can be in one province or the other. Girl wonU be flunked EDMONTON (CP) - Striking Edmonton transit system bus drivers and garagemen voted overwhelmingly Thursday to accept the city's contract offer, ending a strike! that has left Edmontonians without public transportation since Nov. 29. Union officials, emerging from a morning meeting where the 680 members of Local 569, Amalgamated Transit Workers' Union, voted, said the vote was 553 in favor of the contract and 64 opposed. George Hughes, acting chief city commissioner, said the 350 buses that have been in garages since the strike began will begin rolling sometime Saturday. However, union spokesman Bil Mack told reporters that ratification of the agreement was tied to a condition that buses begin rolling today if possible. The workers agreed to a 31-month contract, retroactive to June 24, that will give drivers a top hourly wage of $6.12 at the end of the contract period. Tradesmen will receive $7.15. Top hourly wage under the old contract was $4.45. The union had been asking for a 25-month contract rather than the city's original offer of 28 months. Under the city's 28-month offer, decisively rejected by union members, the top hourly wage for drivers at the end of the contract period would have been $5.80. Mr. Mack said the transit employees had been told they must be prepared to return to work today if the agreement was ratified "and they are cognizant of it." DRIVERS READY "They will be ready if the equipment is ready." He said he was "certainly going to do everything I can to help the management to get the system rolling." "I believe that there should be no reason why we can't have our electrical units out tomorrow. However, I can't speak for the management... but we will support them in any way that we possibly can to get the system rolling as soon as we can." If the buses hit the streets this weekend, Edmonton shoppers no doubt will breathe a sigh of relief since it would' follow seven weeks without bus transportation to downtown stores and shopping centres throughout the city. BIZET'S JUBILEE AUDITORIUM CALGARY 800 P.M. THURSDAY FEBRUARY 7, 1974 SATURDAY FEBRUARY 9, 1974 ANN HOWARD COVENT GARDEN ERMANNO MAURO COVENT GARDEN ALLAN MONK SAN FRANCISCO OPERA CAROL ANN LOOMAN CANADIAN OPERA CO. CARMEN DON JOSE ESCAMILLO MICAELA STAce omccm CONDUCTOR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: dr herman geiger-torel harman haakman alexander gray ORCHESTRA: CALGARY PHILHARMONIC 2814 - 22nd Ave. A. S. Phone 32B-12S0 Assisted by the du Maurier Cauncil (or the Performing Arts EDMONTON (CP) - A 16-year-old girl who received a failing notice from her school because she missed classes during the public transit strike will be able to salvage her school year. Glenda McElroy, who depended on the transit system for transportation to school 10 miles from her home, was unable to attend school for seven weeks during the strike. But the principal of her high school said Thursday a program had been worked out so Glenda could make up the work she missed. Striking bus drivers and garagemen voted overwhelmingly Thursday to accept a contract offer from the city and return to work. Car stalls at crossing CALGARY (CP) - A Calgary businessman narrowly escaped death when his car stalled on a railway crossing and was battered by about 40 rail cars while he was trapped inside. "I'm just counting myself lucky to be alive," Jan Dallinga, 43, who ironically manages an auto-wrecking firm, said. Mr. Dalliga's 1972 Cadillac worth about $9,000 was totally demolished in the accident. "It was foggy and I was going slowly," he said. "I was about 30 yards from the railway track when I saw the warning light. I tried to brake but it was clear ice on the road." A CP Rail spokesman said neither of the .train crews realized the car had been struck due to a thick fog. CJOC proudly presents in persen  Plus ... Lathbrldgt'a Own 9 Place Rock SenMlion KATHY and the KOOL AID KIDS iicMKert 'PAINTER' Th� Group ELECnU RECORDS hit pradldrf to b� tMr MXt SUPER STARS ExcNdlng 'Oivitf Oitti ind Briid'. LIsliii to Jim Parsons. John ChiilN, Kivln McKmu on CJOC RADIO, for �on doliilt. Sunday, Jan. 20th - 2:30 p.m. LETHBRIDGE EXHIBITION PAVILION Advance Tickott $3.00 on Sal* at Muaicland. Laiatara and Shoppara Drug Mart (In Contra Vlllaga Mall) Tickata alao Availabia at tha Doorl Indian^ may ask Ottawa for larger tax slice CALGARY (CP) - Alberta's Indians may join the province's in asking Ottawa for a greater share of the oil export tax for petroleum, says Harold Cardinal, president of the Alberta Indian Association. "Since Alberta is asking for more revenue from the oil-export tax, one wonders if the same formula shouldn't be used for the reserves," he told a seminar at the University of Calgary. He suggested that Indians establish a corporation that would administer and distribute profits from oil and gas taken from the reserves to benefit all Canadian Indians. Mineral rights on reserve land come under the control of the federal government with the Indian Affairs department handling negotiations for land leasing and royalties. The funds are returned to the reserves concerned. QUESTION UNRESOLVED Canada has never resolved with the Indians the question of mineral rights as witnessed by the current controversy surrounding the James Bay project and the aboriginal land claims of Indians in the Northwest Territories, he said. "The treaties did not surrender the Rocky Mountains, water, minerals or timber - they only surrendered land," Mr. Cardinal said. "Now that we have Indians going to university and NEW TUNNEL OPENED A new tunnel under the harbor at Hong Kong was opened recently, ending the total dependence on water transportation. becoming teachers, doctors and nurses, it is time to ensure that these educated Indians have something to go back to when they return to the reserves." But it may not be desirable to talk of mineral rights in terms of dollars, he said. "Maybe, in the long run, it would be more profitable to sit down and discuss how we can best provide security for our children. Such an approach may be more desirable than taking an adversary position in court." Consultations have begun with Indian elders to try and determine what the original treaty signers had in mind respecting mineral rights, he said. Harold Cardinal Black's MEN'S SHOP All Prices Slashed Agalnl Wi'ra wrapping it up with in 9 hour ula this Saturday - Wa'va ragroup-id. dug dMpar. and lowarad lha boom on pricat agalnl ;