Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 20, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Janwry 10, THE IHHMIDOf HWAID IS Souths air, rail and bus transport have gaps By JOE MA Stiff Writer Today we look at air, rail and bo transport. AIR In UK opinion of the OWman River Regional Planning Com- mission: "Although air freight service for large, bulky goods ha> been discontinued to Leth bridge, adequate are available via truck and rail transport. "The existing regional air- line Time Airways Ltd. pro- vides excellent service for business connections to large centres outside the region." The commission has re- ceived a suggestion from one local industry however, (Auto- matic Electric, which exports telephone equipment to a num- ber of countries) for facilities to transport large cargoes by Lethbridge used to be on the east-west mainline route, but Calgary later took it over. Air Canada pulled out of Leth- bridge in July, 1970 following approval from the Air Trans- port Board in Ottawa. Time Airways Ud. provides scheduled passenger service from Lethbridge to Medicine Hat, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton, and application has been filed to operate an Ed- monton-Grande Prairie route. Stubb Ross, president of Time Airways, said his com- pany is buying one more air- plane. "We are growing accord- ing to he said. At present the company has two eight-seat and two IB-seat aircraft. According to Mr. Ross, the situation in southern Alberta requires small aircraft and more frequent flights, and with the volume of traffic, his com- pany is able to cope with the demand at least for several years to come. There is not much air freight leaving Lethbridge because of the type of manufacturing here, be said. Fowler Aviation (1970) Ltd., with four aircraft, and Leth- bridge Air Service, with eight aircraft, provide charter ser- vices to anywhere in North America. Time Airways has a conces- sion rate agreement with Air Canada, CP Air and Pacific Western Airlines for passen- gers traveling from Lethbridge to Calgary to catch connecting flights. The passenger, traveling to Calgary for such purpose, pays instead ot the normal fare of This rale, however, applies to Lethbridge only, and to no other areas in Alberta. "Just because we are being provided with good air service, this will not stop the Leth- bridge Chamber of Commerce in its fight to have Lethbridge as a link in mainline trans- Canada past cham- ber president Morley Tanner says. Steve Koteh suggested a year ago that a study be done on the need [or east-west air service. However, the president of Air Canada replied that it will not be economically "real- istic" for Lethbridge to be in- cluded in the mainline route in the near future. There is also the question of runways at Kenyon Field, which presently can accommo- date DC-9s only part of the Fowler Aircraft Rentals, now inactive, used to provide a pas- senger service to Great Falls. However, due to various rea- sons, including a fee to clear through customs for late- arriving flights, the service was cancelled. Mr. Ross is optimistic that the Edmonton-Grande Prairie route will be approved. The Grande Prairie city council ex- pressed support for this ser- vice last month. Second in series Mr. Ross said his company will also be looking for a fran- chise when demand justifies east-west operation outside of Alberta. RAIL The Railway Transport Com- mitlee gave permission to CP Rail to discontinue passenger service from Medicine Hat to Lethbridge and from Leth- bridge to Calgary effective July 3, 1971. The committee said it was satisfied that CP Rail was los- ing money, that there was not sufficient patronage to justify the continuation of this ser- vice, and that alternate means of transport were available. CP Rail also applied for the abandonment of branch lines under the National Transporta- tion Act four years ago. Four of these lines are in southern Alberta: Haley to Whiskey Gap, 21 miles; Cardston to Glenwood, 26.7 miles; Cassils to Scandia, 23.4 miles; Suffield t o Hays, 34.8 miles. "The farmers, if they have to laul their grain more than 15 o 20 miles to the elevators, will have very little profit said Uniterm provincial executive Bill Nicol. However, the railroad has a different point of view. "CP Rail is entitled to apply or the abandonment of rail- if their operations are osing money, unless their op- erations are considered a ne- ary public service, in which case the government will have to either subsidize he railroad company or the CP public relations representative in Calgary, Bob explained. "No decision has been made regarding these branch lines and no unilateral action can be taken by he added. As to charges of discrimina- tory freight rates, Mr. Fergu- son said it is true in certain cases that shipping charges for ;oods transported from To- ronto to Vancouver will be less nan for goods from Toronto to jethbridge, although in dis- tance the Toronto Lethbridge run is shorter. However, he said "very complicated cost accounting is involved. "Occurrences where rates may be higher to intermediate points than to more distant loints are not he said, 'and the practice has in the rast been considered by three loyal commissions, which had Music exams start Friday Examinations for the Royal Conservatory o( Music begin Friday in Lethbridge. Madeline Bone and Patricia Lemoine, two members of the board of examiners of the Conservatory, will be in the city to conduct the examinations. Miss Eone is an active lec- turer and an experienced adju- dicator for music festivals. She is well-known for her solid rep- utalion as an established con- cert pianist. Miss Lemoine attended the Artist Diploma Course at the faculty of music, University ot Foundation Scholarship. She has been a member of the fac- ulty of the Royal Conservatory for eight years. Miss Lemoine will be exam- iring Jan. 21 to Jan. 39, and J'iss Bone will be present Jan. 24 and 25, in each case ruled In its fa- Vancouver on the Pacific coast, can more readily look for other sources of supply, whereas oft the main routes and inland, will have fewer new sources to look for. "This situation u not unique in southern Mr. Fer- guson said. "An actual rail rate is not based so much on costs as on the value of the service or on market demand." At present no other answers seem to be available concern- ing freight rate variations. BUS There are two inter-related issues regarding scheduled bus lines in southern Alberta. One is the application from Northern Bus Lines to operate a Letbbridge-Calgary-Edmon- ton route. Another is Northern's ser- vices from Lethbridge to Wa- terton Park and to Picture Butte. Steve Kotch, president of Northern, said both routes are losing money, and he is considering cancelling them unless he gets the Lelhbridge- Calgary-Edmonton route to off- set some of the loss. "Competition means im- he said, pointing out that Greyhound Bus Lines increased its Lethbridge-Cal- gary service from sbt daily runs to 12 after Northern made the application. However, according to Bill Bcattie, Greyhound depot man- ager in Lethbridge, increased services between Lethbridge and Calgary were being planned "long before Mr. Kotch made the application." Alberta Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne told The Herald that the Northern appli- cation is still under considera- tion. "I cannot tell you whether Northern will get the approv- the minister said. "How-" ever, I oppose monopoly." Northern's LeUibridge Wa-' terton route used to serve Ray- mond, Magrath and Cardston. j The service has been reduced j to summer now, and the buses bypass Raymond and Magrath. Even for the summer opera- tion, Mr. Koteh said the Water- ton run resulted in a deficit of last summer, down from when the route was in full service. Northern is also losing a year for the Pic- ture Butte operation, he said. Bus chartering services are provided by Greyhound, North- ern and the Lethbridge city transit. MORE TOMORROW Hog board will assist producers in new plant By RIC SWIHART Staff Writer The Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board has swung full support behind the province's producers to assist in negotiation of hog contracts for Canada's proposed largest hog slaughtering and processing in- dustry. North American Integrated Food Processing Co. Ltd. is in the process of selecting a plant location for a to million pork processing operation with preference in southern Alberta. Public meetings Thursday in Burdett and Friday in Taber will acquaint hog producers and feed barley growers with the project. Both meetings are set for 2 p.m. Following a marathon four- hour discussion Monday in Ed- monton, the Alberta Hog Pro- ducers Marketing Board af- firmed support for the hog pro- ducers in the province in nego- tiations related to the proposed plan. Tony Westerhoud of Taber, district one delegate to t h board, said this morning in telephone interview, that the marketing board approval must be granted before hogs can be procured by the principals ot the project. He said the marketing board has been in contact with the promoters of Ihe project and has supplied certain informa- tion requested. "To date, no agreement has been said Mr. West- erhoud. "We expect further negotia- tions in the near future." Since many partners are in- volved in the total picture, thi> marketing board has at this Bme limited it's participation to assisting the producers wilh negotiations for forward con- tracts of bogs. hoard will have to tread very carefully in view of the fact that Ihe 640.000 hogs needed for the industry must be produced in addition to tha bogs already being he said. He said the present hog mar- ket picture is responsible for this. Producers from through- out the province will be af- fected. "The proposal must be sound before we (as a board) jump into it." Mr. Westerhoud said be board doesn't know enough about the project to put full support behind it at this time. He said after the public meet- ings and further discussion, the board will have additional pol- icy statements. All models with trade 15 UNITS ONLY! WASHER SPIN DRYERS Regular list on higher models will run as high as 259.95 .95 169 BONAFIDE CLEARANCE TILL THESE 71 AND 72 MODELS ARE GONE! 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