Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 22, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, January 22, 1975 News in brief Oil export hearings set Gloom of inflation greets MPs after holiday OTTAWA (CP) 1 ing high inflation OTTAWA (CP) The Na- tional Energy Board will hold hearings in April to determine the volume of cil available for export in 1976, it was announc- ed Tuesday. The public hearings will re- ceive evidence on Canadian oil production and re- quirements projected over a 20-year period. The hearings are expected to begin in Calgary to receive evidence related primarily to the potential production of oil. Breakdown stalls convoy PHNOM PENH Phnom Penh's first supply convoy in a month was reported stalled by propeller trouble 44 miles southeast cf the Cambodian capital today. Two tugs towing barges loaded with a total of about 000 tons of ammunition were trying to make the run up the Mekong River with the protection of T-28 fighter planes, helicopter gunships and navy gunboats. Manila fire kills 42 MANILA (AP) A fire swept a five-storey building in a Manila suburb today, killing 42 persons and seriously injur- ing 79, authorities said. It was the worst fire in Philippine history. Most of the victims were trapped when the blaze block- ed emergency exits and they died in the flames or in jump- ing from the burning building, Fire Chief Benjamin Dela Paz said. Ford telling 'big lie' Montreal fire victims 'witnesses to killings9 SAIGON, South Vietnam (AP) North Vietnam today accused President Ford of telling "a big lie" to.the U.S. public about the upsurge of fighting in Vietnam in an attempt "to pressure Congress for increased aid" for the Saigon government. Hanoi radio said in a com- mentary that "at his first news conference of the year, U.S. President Gerald Ford told a big lie when he said North Vietnam had infiltrated a large number of military personnel, and a huge quantity of arms and munitions into South Vietnam, in violation of the Paris agreement." Lalonde said holidaying YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) A spokesman for the Northwest Territories mental health association said Tues- day Health Minister Mare Lalonde apparently is more interested in holidaying than in attending to business during his tour of the far North. Murray Sigler of Yellowknife, vice-president of the volunteer group and chairman of an alcohol and drug co-ordinating council ap- pointed by the territorial government, expressed the criticism after both organizations were turned down in requests for meetings because Mr. Lalonde couldn't fit them in. Earthquake toll reaches 51 NEW DELHI (Beuter) The death toll in this week's earthquake in northern India reached 51 Tuesday and there might be more victims, in- cluding people suffering from exposure. Already, three children are known to have died from ex- posure as a result of the quake, said reports from Simla, the capital of the mountainous state where the disaster occurred Sunday. Seven villages were complete- ly destroyed. MONTREAL (CP) Eleven of 13 people who died in a bar in the city's northeast section early Tuesday are believed to have been put. to death because they saw the other two assassinated in an underworld settling of ac- counts. The manager and a client were both shot with a .22-ca- libre revolver, and "we believe everyone else was herded into a storeroom to get rid of said Claude Desautels, assistant director of Montreal Urban Communi- ty police. He said Rejean Fortin, 43- year-old manager of the Gar- gantua Bar-Salon, was shot through the heart while patron Pierre Lamarche, 29, was shot in the stomach. Pathologists said Mr. Fortin died of the wound but that Mr. Lamarche died of asphyxia- did the 11 a fire fuelled by an undetermined substance was ignited in at least two places. The 13 were jammed into the tiny storeroom in the se- condfioor nightclub and the fire was under way "at least 30 minutes before firemen were called to the a police investigator said. The bodies, crammed, into about 25 square feet of floor space, were "piled three feet said Lieut. Maurice La- barre of the Montreal fire de- partment, who made the gris- ly find. Lieut. Labarre said he pried open the padlocked plywood door of the storeroom after he pushed aside a jukebox posi- tioned in front of it. "I- didn't know there were any bodies until another firemaii told me I was stepp- ing on the body of a man. "I thought it was a rolled up carpet." It took another 30 minutes to find the other bodies after the smoke had cleared. Police identified the vic- besides Mr. Fortin, his wife Claire and Pierre as Denise Lauze, 21, a go-go dancer at the club; Pierre Lamarche's brother Jacques, 31; Gaetan Caron, 23; Serge Trudeau, 25; taxi driver Yves Pigeon, 43; Pierre Leliege, 22; Augustin Carbonneau, 29; and Ghislain Briere, age unknown. Two other victims, a man and a woman, have not been identified. Police are investigating the possibility the slayings are linked to a double murder at the Gargantua on Oct. 30, 1974. BILL SROENEN photo Thar she blows Southern Alberta, long known for its wind, ex- perienced poor visibility Tuesday as winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour carried Monday's snow in a mini- blizzard. Winds are expected to continue today with 50 miles per hour gusts expected near the mountains. The high today will be 45 degrees with an overnight low expected for 30 degrees. Thursday is expected to be sunny with a high of 50 degrees. 6CIA active in Alberta9 Police forming special squad CALGARY (CP) Police .Chief Brian Sawyer said Tues- day preliminary steps have been taken to form a special weapons and tactics unit within the Calgary police department. The action follows six in- Chou admits heart trouble TOKYO (Reuter) Chou En-lai, China's ailing premier, has told, Japanese visitors in Peking he is suffer- ing from heart trouble, the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri reports today. Yomiuri says the 76-year- old premier had identified his illness during a meeting in a Peking hospital with Shigeru Hori, a senior member of Japan's governing Liberal Democratic party. Ottawa, Vancouver have food Jobless benefits up OTTAWA (CP) Unemployment insurance benefit payments for the first 11 months of 1974 were five per cent higher than for the same period in 1973, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday. The total to the end of No- vember was billion, up from billion for the cor- responding period in 1973. Dean signs book contract ______ _____ ANGELES (AP) BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE Dean, former White House counsel who was a star witness in the Watergate hearings, has signed a book contract for his personal story, a publishing official CATHOLIC "ENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS OTTAWA (CP) Food prices in Ottawa increased at almost the fastest rate among major cities in December, two months after local prices had declined during super- market spot checks by the Food Prices Review Board. Ottawa and Vancouver had the highest over-all increase in prices during December, due mainly to higher food prices, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday. Price indexes for all 12 urban areas surveyed were up, ranging from 1.2 per cent in Ottawa and Vancouver to four-tenths of one per cent in Quebec City. Ross Dam hearings continue SEATTLE (AP) The Federal Power Commission has reconvened hearings on whether Seattle City Light should be given licence to raise the height of its Skagit River Ross Dam ]21 feet. The FPC hearings over the raising of the dam started last April in Bellingham, Wash., with administrative law Judge Allen C. Lande presiding. After 10 days of hearings there and in Seattle, the sessions moved to Washington, D.C. where more testimony was taken. Tuesday Judge Lande returned to Seattle for eight to 10 days of rebuttal testimony from witnesses to be presented by the Ross Com- mittee, a Canadian group; the North Cascades Conservation Council; and the FPC staff.- The city light proposal would cause the flooding of 300 acres of wilderness, including acres in Canada. The only witness to appear at the Ross Dam hearings Tuesday was Arthur F. Tautz, a research biologist for the British Columbia fish and wildlife branch. Increases during December for other urban areas were: Saint John, N.B., and Win- nipeg, 1.1 per cent; Montreal and Thunder Bay, Ont., one per cent; Toronto, nine-tenths of one per cent; Edmonton- Calgary, eight-tenths of one per cent; St. John's, Nfld., and Saskatoon-Regina, seven- tenths of one per cent; and Halifax, sixtenths of one per cent. Increases during the 12 months to December for other cities were: Winnipeg, 13.6 per cent; St. John's, 13.4 per cent; Thunder Bay, 13.1 per cent; Toronto, 12.9 per cent; Saskatoon-Regina, 12.3 per cent; Edmonton-Calgary, 12.2 per cent; Montreal, 12 per cent; Quebec City, 11.3 per cent; Saint John, 11.2 per cent; and Ottawa, 10.4 per cent. Food price indexes have gone up faster than any other components of the price indexes. The 12-month rise in the food price indexes were: Halifax, 20.2 per cent; Van- couver, 20 per cent; Halifax, 19 per cent; Winnipeg, 18 per cent; Toronto and Thunder Bay 17.9 per cent; Saskatoon- Regina, 17.8 per cent; Quebec City, 17.2 per cent; Montreal, 16.7 per cent; Saint John, 16 per cent; Edmonton-Calgary, 14.8 per cent; and Ottawa 14 per cent. eidcnts involving dangerous use of firearms in the last 30 days. In the worst incident, a police detective and a gunman were killed and six police of- ficers wounded. "We are stepping up our study of the need to establish a special weapons team within our support said Chief Sawyer in an inter- view. He said several police of- ficers have already received special training and "some specialized equipment is on order." "The death of Detective Boyd Davidson on Dec. 20 and two other shooting incidents since that time have prompted renewed activity in this he said. In addition to the massive two hour shooting which left the two men dead, police have been called into major operations facing a mentally disturbed gunman who fired shots from a high rise apart- ment house, and against a 16 year old man who broke into a department store and who began firing at police in down- town Calgary from inside the store. Police evacuate 20 more families CALGARY (CP) Bruce McGuinness, a Vancouver television producer, said Tuesday the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is'active in Alberta "gathering information about, and perhaps trying to influence the petroleum industry." Mr. McGuinness, an independent producer, told Calgary radio station CFAC three persons were recruited in Alberta for CIA work by Virginio Gon- zalez and "a Mr. Abbott." Mr. McGuinness formerly worked for the Calgary station. Mr. McGuinness said earlier he was asked by Mr. Gonzalez and Mr. Abbott to watch the activities in Canada of John Meier, a former aide to recluse billionaire Howard Hughes, but he declined. He later learned from a reporter in New York that the two men were agents for the CIA. Mr. Meier is a former scientific adviser to Mr. Hughes. Mr. McGuinness did not elaborate in the interview with CFAC about the CIA's alleged ac- tivities in Alberta. A spokesman for Helen Hunley, Alberta solicitor- general, declined comment on Mr. McGuinness' statements. Meanwhile, Harvie Andre, MP for Calgary Centre, said he wants some response from the federal govern- ment concerning Mr. McGuinness' claims. He said it's possible the RCMP is'aware of any CIA activities "but if their explanation is not sufficient, a full-fledged inquiry might well be in order." OTTAWA (CP) Continu- ing high inflation and talk of recession greet MPs today as they return to the Commons after a one-month Christmas vacation. While the MPs were away, some of their fears about de- teriorating economic con- ditions were confirmed by Statistics Canada. An annual 10.9-per-cent in- crease in the consumer price index was reported, plus a De- cember unemployment rate of 6.1 per cent. The inflation rate was the highest in 26 years and the largest increase in a year not affected by war. Prime Minister Trudeau said last week he does not con- sider Canada to be in a recession, but opposition members are sure to seize on the economic statistics and an acknowledged recession in the United States to attack the government. In addition to economic arguments, MPs also face contentious energy matters and a Commons order paper piled high with bills at various legislative stages. Despite sustained activity between the Sept. 30 throne speech and the Dec. 20 ad- journment, only 20 bills have been passed. Many pressing items are still before the House1and several have not yet been introduced. Among them are bills to prevent excess corporate profits and deal with monopolies and one to es- tablish a national petroleum corporation. The monopolies bill would form the second half of Liberal government competi- tion policy. The first part, covering unfair marketing practices, was in committee When the Commons ad- journed. An anti-profiteering bill was introduced just before the then minority Liberals fell in the last Parliament, with the NDP saying it did not go far enough and the Conservatives calling it impossible to ad- minister. Mr. Trudeau has said the new version will be altered, but no specific changes have been given. Another key item still out- standing is the petroleum ad- ministration bill authorizing the oil export tax and the im- ported oil subsidy to eastern Canadians. Firm studying coal gas to supplement supplies OTTAWA (CP) Synthetic gas produced from coal might cost three times as much as present natural gas supplies, officials of TrarisCanada Pipe- lines Ltd. said Tuesday. Company representatives estimated the price for syn- thetic gas delivered to the Eastern provinces at about a thousand cubic feet compared with a present price of 80 cents. But they said the price esti- ASBESTOS, Que. (CP) Police evacuated 45 families in the aftermath of a mile- wide landslide Tuesday at an open-pit asbestos mine in the centre of the town. The exodus to safety began early in the day when 150 workers scrambled out of the 950-foot pit, the largest in the world, after a muffled crack-, ing sound was heard. Com- pany engineers then ordered evacuation of 25 families liv- ing near the rim of the pit. The slide occurred at the Jeffrey mines operated by Canadian Johns-Manville Ltd. No injuries were reported. Reports said a laser beam .warning system had alerted company engineers to the dan- ger. The families evacuated immediately from a five- area slept in hotels or with relatives Tuesday night. Police Chief Adrian Larivee said a another 20 families were evacuated during the day. Four years ago this week, another slide left 68 families homeless. mate really amounted to guess work at this point, bas- ed on the experiences of U.S. companies and taking infla- tion into account. N.E. Frost, sales vice-presU dent for TransCanada, said the J2.50 price would be the equivalent of a barrel for an equal amount of crude oil. Although domestic oil prices now are frozen until spring at a barrel, Mr. Frost said oil on the world market is selling for about The company feels that with rising oil and gas prices, the synthetic gas probably will be competitive if its proposed plant goes into operation in 1981. If the price did reach it would mean the annual fuel bill for an average homeowner would increase to from TransCanada has applied to the board for permission to pass on to its customers the f8-million cost of a feasibility study into gasification of coal in the Western provinces. Spread over a three-year pe- riod, cost of the study would add about one-third of a cent to the price of a thousand cubic feet of gas, or about 57 cents a year for consumers. TransCanada says it believes synthetic gas might be needed to supplement its supplies from producing areas in the Western provinces before gas from the north or the east coast is available in the 1980s. In its application, the com- pany estimates it will be short 40 billion cubic feet a year by next winter and the deficiency will rise to at least 142 billion cubic feet by 198i. An initial feasibility study, which should be completed by the middle of next year, will cover coal and water reserves in Alberta and Saskatchewan mining costs, preliminary de- sign of the gasification process and the economics of the project. A decision on whether the company will go ahead with a plant, at an estimated cost of about million, will depend on the results of the study. One of the factors in making a final decision, Mr. Frost told the board, is the status of projects to bring frontier gas to market. If a northern pipeline was being built at the same time, it would be doubtful if the company could get the necessary capital for the pro- ject. Ford says he'll veto gasoline rationing WASHINGTON (AP) The United States Congress is re- sponding to President Ford's economic program with quick' action on tax relief while en- tangling his energy policy in dispute. In a no-retreat statement opening a news conference Tuesday, Ford said he will put into effect without congressional help his tariff oil imported oil and will veto any mandatory gasoline rationing legislation. House of Representatives leaders went ahead with plans to open hearings today on tax Ford's ver- sion and Democratic counter- proposals. But they moved to block the imposition of the 13-a-barrel tax on imported crude oil. House Majority Leader Thomas O'Neill (Dem. Mass.) said hearings will begin Mon- day or Tuesday on his resolu- tion .to hold up the tariff at least 90 days.. Ford said he will put it in ef- fect by proclamation this week, clearing the way for the tax beginning at Feb.l and reaching April 1. Ford also said "the United States does feel that the danger of war in the Middle East is very serious" and diplomatic efforts to avoid an outbreak are being intensified with both Israel and the Arab states. "We are some arms to various states in that he said, adding it is important to maintain "a cer- tain degree of military capability on all sides" while negotiations go on. Ford again backed State Secretary Henry Kissinger in refusing to rule but military takeover of oil fields in the hypothetical situation that the West might be strangled by a petroleum cutoff. But he said this would be an extreme situation, not something like last year's short-lived em- bargo. On other matters, Ford: he cannot foresee any circumstances in which the United States might re- enter the Vietnam war, but said he will ask for another million in military aid for South Vietnam. detente with the Soviet Union, including improvement of trade relations, will continue despite his disappointment over Soviet rejection of the 1972 trade agreement.