Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 18, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald LXVIII-31 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 1975_ 20 Cents Budget 'key' to Tories '75 program Furious nioh Mr Uvnrlmnn cave 0nV- loaielnfinn (hd rf. to the Workers' romneilKation Art sacks embassy EDMONTON (CP) The provin- cial budget, rather than the throne speech, will be the key to the Alberta government's programs for 1975, says Lou. Hyndman, Progressive Conservative House Leader. I He denied the emphasis on the budget has anything to do with the provincial election expected this spring. The budget will be read by Provin- cial Treasurer Gordon Miniely Feb. Lt.-Gov. Ralph Steinhauer will read the throne speech at the Jan. 23 opening of the fourth session of the 17th Alberta legislature. Mr. Hyndman says the gov- ernment intends to introduce between 40 and 50 bills. The Unfair Trades Practices Act, introduced last fall but left to gather public reaction, will be re-introduced with "significant changes." The bill would enable the director of the consumer affairs branch to take alleged unfair business prac- tices to court at government ex- pense. Mr. Hyndman said a new Pipeline Act, "increasing the safety aspect of natural gas, oil and chemical pipelines with a new approach towards monitoring lines under construction" will also be introduced. The legislation follows the re- lease of report saying pipeline breaks or wellhead blowouts in Alberta's natural gas fields could be hazardous to many people. Mr. Hyndman said the Medical Professions Act will be re- introduced early in the session with no changes. The bill would tighten the requirements for doctors prac- ticing in Alberta and create a registry of paramedical assistants. Improvements to the Criminal In- juries Compensation Board will be introduced to "expand the classes of persons who can apply for compen- sation." There will be major amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act to increase benefits and changes will be proposed for the School Act and the Municipal Government Act. Mr. Hyndman declined to give details for much of the proposed legislation, saying they still had to be ironed out. Extensive debate is expected on the future of the Synorude Canada Ltd. oil sands project in northeastern Alberta. The Syn- crude consortium, faced with a heavy financial burden following the withdrawal of one of its members, has said it will shut down the oil sands project unless billion can be found by Jan. 31. NICOSIA (AP) Five thou- sand demonstrators stormed the United States Embassy today, hurling stones, setting lire to cars, ransacking of- fices and setting one wing ablaze, but there were no im- mediate reports of casualties, embassy officials said. A spokesman for the U.S. leader confident project will proceed found by Alberta, Ottawa or "We've got to create an en- Herald Ottawa Staff Writer private sources to save the se- vironment that will encourage OTTAWA HAT Alberta cond oil sands plant. investment so we get the legislation to Credit Leader Werner "I believe there will be access to the oil. the Juvenile says the Syncrude oil other sources Mr. "Let's not be greedy and quents Act will be project will proceed, Schmidt said in an interview arrogant and say that all of posed in lack of a provincial after a nomination meeting the revenue has to come to me this session as court policy on the here Friday. as an Alberta citizen who police officials and an ultimatum from "It can't be allowed to drift owns the oil. Some of it surely concern about project's developers. on and on if we want access to has to go to the men who put mounting crime Syncrude consortium that Mr. Schmidt said. the risks into developing that among young earlier this week it would But he said he did not oil." down the project Jan. 31 believe Jan. 31 is a. real "Let's also make sure that Solicitor billion could be deadline as claimed by the we get our share." Warren Allmand "We must have a gradually firmed Friday that don't think they're increasing the Socred will present to Mr. Schmidt said, "I leader said. We cannot ment a White Paper race think what they are doing is indefinitely keep our price of draft bill to replace a negotiation lever." Canadian oil for Canadians at present legislation which is more than leader He said the money should the price it is today. I am ab-come from the private sector, solutely convinced that we years old. He said in an interview the 1 but did not rule out the must gradually approach the Wide Open possibility of long -term loans world price. new law will be the province, or foreign "And it is, of course, essen- (CP) Ed investors such as the OPEC tial that we have harmonious His comments the odds-on countries. federal provincial after court and to replace David At the base of the whole relations." authorities in B.C. as national New J, R "What the Alberta govern- pressed frustration leader, dis- investor con- ment should do right the present himself as a can- fidence Mr Schmidt told 350 Mr. Schmidt said later, "is to available for Friday, throwing the -M nomjna. indicate, number one, that with juvenile wide open. meeting fof cypress thev are BoinB to have a tar quents in the surprise announcement and Medidne Hat constituen- sands development policy, to Attorney at a federal NDP coun- indicate what they are going Alex Macdonald has stated that the meeting in Montreal where .lfc. _. to do." Mr. Broadbent told senior In the last 18 months, we "The basic problem today is act is outmoded members he would not hav.e a lack of investor confidence, should be replaced, because of family a lack of stability, a lack of government sources fe Ieaeral ana PTWMKMI predictability and, of course, Ottawa arcued that out of the race, levels- a lack of policy in the tar problem is not with will be decided at a July He said the province sands development. They just convention in Winnipeg, will promised in July of 1972 not to don't know what's going to him to spend more time alter its royalty policy for.five happen." his wife and children, he years and then did so only six months later. See other story Page 2. Puddle j ump ing Mild weather is melting much of the snow and ice that plagued Lethbridge streets in past weeks. Unfor- tunately, it also creates puddles. Lethbridge is sand- wiched between an arctic front to the north and a snow storm to the south. The warm weather will continue with highs near 40 today with westerly winds between 15 and 20 m.p.h. in the afternoon. Much the same is forecast for Sunday, weather forecasters said. Syiicrude break-in file re-opened EDMONTON (CP) A break in at .the offices of Syncrude Canada Ltd. last July is being investigated by city police to determine if confidential documents were stolen, city police and Syncrude officials said Friday. Officials said the break in took place during a weekend. The .Syncrude spokesman said no apparent damage was done inside the office and a subsequent investigation found nothing missing. However, the spokesman said a copying machine was located near a cabinet where confidential files were kept. City police said the break in was originally investigated last year and no arrests were made. Since the break in, several persons have made public what they called confidential documents relating to the Syncrude project which they said were received from anonymous sources. This Weekend INVESTMENT Arab oil Interests may Invest billion In Canadian housing. Page 9 ANNIVERSARY History Is still judging Albert Schweitzer on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Page 11 STYLE AND GRACE Herald photographer Bill Groenen's camera explores the world of ballet, capturing style, grace and the agonizing moments oi trial at a city ballet school. Page 17 CONCERN Private day care operators In Lethbridge ex- press concern about Increasing government Involvement In day care. Page 20 66 Pages .......28-32 Comics Sports...........14-1S Theatres............7 state department in Washington said that "most personnel" were evacuated from the embassy in armored personnel carriers provided by the UN peacekeeping force on Cyprus. Greek-Cypriots have har- bored anti-American feelings since the U.S. did not prevent the Turkish invasion of the island-nation last summer. Thousands of other demon- strators attacked a British government office in Nicosia, and still others broke into .the British Embassy in Athens, tossing fire bombs and destroying the offices, authorities said. Casualties were not immediately known. In Cyprus, demonstrators attacked offices of the British Council, an educational and cultural organization funded by the British Parliament. The extent of damage there was not immediately known. The demonstrations were against Britain's decision to let Turkish-Cypriot refugees evacuate British bases on Cyprus and eventually settle in the Turkish-occupied northern third of the island. The first group of Turkish- Cypriots left for Ankara earlier in the day. The demonstrators at the U.S. Embassy threw fur- niture, typewriters and chairs out of windows and made bon- fires of broken furniture, witnesses said. Four embassy cars were overturned and burned in the parking lot. Witnesses said U.S. Marines guarding the embassy fired tear gas shells from the seventh floor roof garden as thousands of demonstrators massed outside the building and then began to storm it in force. The state department spokesman said at last report the large group that originally assaulted the building had left, but a smaller crowd con- tinued to mill in the area. In Athens, meanwhile, authorities said a group of Greek-Cypriots broke into the British Embassy there and set an embassy car and motorcy- cle on fire in the courtyard. A few of the demonstrators were reported to have entered the building, caused small fires, but were evicted by police. The skeleton staff at the embassy abandoned the building when the attack began, officials said. The demonstrators in Nicosia were first dispersed by police, but returned an hour later and stormed the embassy as the marines con- tinued to fire tear gas shells at them. The demonstrations were the most violent of the last three days. One demonstrator, a Greek- Cypriot student, died Friday outside the British military base of Akrotiri on the southern coast when he was knocked down by a British ar- mored car during fighting between the demonstrators and British troops guarding the base. About 14 British servicemen were injured. Brezhnev on leave of absence9 NEW DELHI (AP) The Press Trust of India says that Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev "has taken leave of his responsibilities on grounds of health." The news agency, in a dis- patch from Moscow on Friday night, quoted informed sources as saying Brezhnev "is resting and is undergoing treatment not far from Moscow and is available for advice to his colleagues who now carry on collectively. "Exhaustion resulting from hectic activity in recent years, age and illness have forced Mr. Brezhnev, who also suffered emotional stress in the loss of his mother earlier this month, to take this step." The dispatch said little is known about the nature of Brezhnev's illness. Olympic building to resume MONTREAL (CP) Con- struction at the 1976 Summer Olympics' site is due to resume Monday, but with signs that finished facilities may differ from the original plans. An illegal six-week strike by Quebec iron workers was settled Friday when less than 350 union members voted overwhelmingly in favor of accepting the government's imposed settlement of an 85 cent-an-hour wage increase. Even if the workers' return eases the immediate pressure on Mayor Jean Drapeau and the Olympics Organizing Committee there are other hurdles to be overcome. The costs were recently re- ported to have more than dou- bled, to million from million. Now, the government wage settlement could pre- sent problems in other ways. Setn and heard About town Bill Cousins celebrating the first win by his Bantam B hockey team Lethbridge Community College instructor Gaylen Armstrong facing an ice cream cone like microphone during a televi- sion interview and asking if he should "lick it or talk into it." Victoria compromises in gas tax dispute TV Weather OTTAWA (CP) The British Columbia government may wind up paying part of the tax bill for natural gas companies under an agree' ment in principle to solve a taxation dispute with the federal government. Federal government sources indicated Friday that- most of the comprimising for the agreement came from the province. Ottawa will not change its decision to tax the companies on the basis of a 'Whtnver you drive. It's down LOW TONIGHT M; HIGH SUN. M; SUNNY, MILD. 6 set "fair market value" for 3 ijjj natural gas. The province is believed to have agreed to pay federal taxes on the difference between the fair market value price set by Ottawa lower price actually paid the companies by a provincial marketing agency. A joint announcement of the agreement, negotiated last Thursday during a meeting between Premier Dave Barrett and Energy Minister Donald Macdonald, is ex- pected Monday in Ottawa and Victoria. The energy minister and At- torney-General Alex Mac- donald of B.C. held further talks Friday to iron out some sections of the agreement, but both declined to release details. An agreement in principle has been reached, the B.C. minister said, adding he was "optimistic at this point" that it would be accepted by both sides.