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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-23,Lethbridge, Alberta 2—THE LKTMKIUOOE MERALD-Wedneedey, iantwiy *», 1*T4 News In brief Ottawa may have oil surplus OTTAWA (CP) — Instead of facing an oil shortage, tbe federal government may be stuck with a 26*mil)ion-gallon surplus this winter The oil was purchased at a higher-than-usual wholesale price from Caribbean and Mediterranean sources at the height of the energy scar« in November. It was to be used m case of heating oil shortages to Eastern Canada this winter, a government spokesman said Tuesday. So far, however, the expected shortage has not yet occurred, and the oil Is being stored at refineries with excess storage capacity. The government is not saying what it paid for the oil, but at the time of the purchase wholesale prices in Montreal ranged between 47 and 60 cents a gallon. Since then the price of Caribbean oil has dropped. Phillips to test drivers Postal employees seek union merger EDMONTON (CP) - City postal employees want their two unions merged to present a united front for bargaining, says John Pastor, president of the Edmonton local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Tlx executive of his group has met with officials of the Letter Carriers’ Union of Canada, Local 15, and agreed that the merger should take place before the end of the year when a collective agreement with the government expires. Trustees’ raise going to court LONDON (AP) - Capt. Mark Phillips, Princess Anne’s husband, has qualified as a test examiner for army drivers after a two-week course at the army driving school in Dorset The army said Tuesday Phillips now is qualified to give driving tests for a Scorpion mini-tank, a six-wheel load carrier and a four-ton truck. Phillips is an instructor at Sandhurst, a military college. Baldwin questions key role Snow blankets fire ruins Remains of burned-out Prince George cabin STRASBOURG, France (CP) — Canadian, American and European parliamentarians joined today in calls for international co-operation aimed at resolving the world energy shortage. But a Canadian speaker at the current session of the Council of Europe's consultative assembly challenged one aspect of an American congressman’s suggestion about giving a key role to the *-Organization for Economic De- Co-operation and velopment (OECD). Gerald    Baldwin, Progressive Conservative member of Parliament for Peace River, criticized what he called the American’s idea that the OECD should be given executive powers in the field of energy supplies, which would make it an intergovernmental body able to develop agreed policies among the major energy-consuming countries. Man saw home burn9 unaware son was inside Higher air fares forecast OTTAWA (CP) — Air Canada and CP Air are likely 'to file domestic fare increases ranging between 10 and 12 per cent with the Canadian transport commission this week, sources say. Soaring fuel cost is expected to be the main reason given for the higher passenger fares. Deaths ,    1 THE CANADIAN PRESS $1 . +* t » * BRIDGE RUG :: ; DRAPES LTD FREE ESTIMATES Phon* 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Los Angeles — Leonard Freeman, 53, television writer and producer of such television series as Hawaii Five-0 ,and The Untouchables, following heart surgery. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. (CP) — A Pnnce George area man watched fire level his small home Monday unaware that four teen-age boys, one believed to be his own son, had burned to death inside. Former CCF leader dies EDMONTON (CP) -Funeral services were held Tuesday for Floyd A. Johnson, 66, of Edmonton, former leader of the provincial CCF party From 1957 to 1961, when the CCF was reorganizing to become the New Democratic Party, Mr. Johnson was its provincial leader. He ran unsuccessfully in three provincial and two federal elections. The boys are believed to have gone to the small woodframe home owned by Walter Rhodes in the Fox subdivision, six miles north of Prince George, after afternoon classes were cancelled at the Kelly Road School to allow students to participate in a sports program. Mr. Rhodes was at work when the fire was reported shortly before 3 p.m. Monday. He arrived at his burning home a short time later but believed the building was unoccupied. It was not until several hours later, when Mr. Rhodes became concerned because his 15-year-old son Milton hadn’t returned from school, that a search was made of the still-smouldering rubble of the home.jOne charred body was found about 6 p.m. "ONE OF THE MORE COMFORTABLE PLACES TO CARRY ON A CONVERSATION AT 100 MILES AN HOURT , Stirling Moss from his review of the Volvo 144 GL. The Volvo 144 GL, the newest addition to the GL series, was designed for people who are down to earth enough to want a Volvo, but sporting enough to want something just a little racier.    . . .    . So the GL provides such high-performance features as fuel injection (with a continuous injection system that insures the correct fuel-air mixture at all times), radial tires and a tachometer that lets you keep up with your engine. Even the driver’s seat performs: it heats itself. Of course, just how sporting you want to get is up to you. You have a choice of either a four-speed gear box with overdrive, or- „ automatic transmission. As well as a choice of seven colors outside (including three metallic ^ paints), two different colored leathers on the seats inside, and an optional sunroof if you want sky-blue overhead. But lest * you get carried away by this dash, let us quickly remind you that the , 144GL $ Votvo, W^MbodyoonsaruGObKW ¡fromandpearefKHa andfour-whetf Japanese ‘mystified’ by oil sands report TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government and industry officials say they are mystified by reports of a large-scale Japanese financing offer to help develop Canada’s Athabasca oil sands deposits.    . , It was reported Tuesday that the offer was conveyed to Ottawa by Ross Campbell, Canada’s ambassador to Japan, when he returned to the Canadian capital for a visit last week. A spokesman for the Japanese foreign ministry said today that Campbell had evidently talked with some Japanese businessmen about the oil sands project, but there have been no concrete offers of financing. “Things are just in the talking stage,” he said. The CBC reported that the Japanese had offered 56 billion over a four-year period to help extract commercial quantities of oil from the Alberta sand deposits. Later, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said bis government hadn't received any firm offer.    . An official at the energy division of Japan s ministry of international trade and industry temped reports of large-scale Japanese participation in oil sand development “speculative.’ Officials at various oil companies said th^t a number of Japanese firms have expressed interest in the sands, especially since the energy crisis broke last year. But they said they were unaware of any specific moves. But some individual companies may be talking to the Canadians about possibilities in this field, they said. CALGARY (CP)—A public school ratepayer plans to <*begin court action Friday to test the legality of the Calgary Board of Eduction's recent self-appointed 50 per-cent pay raise. Leo Vladicka said in an interview Tuesday he would ask the court for a decision on whether or not the raise was legal under the School Act. A decision also would be sought on whether the $9,000-a-year now earned by the trustees was greater than the legal definition of the word “honoraria” would permit. Trustee salaries come under a section of the School Act which provides payment of “honoraria.” When Mr. Vladicka first raised the possibility of bringing the issue to court Jan. 7, he said he hoped his legal action would prove to be a test case in the matter of remuneration for trustees. He said he originally intended to bring action against the four board members who voted for the increase. But his solicitors advised him that the action must be brought against the board as a whole. “I don’t like doing it this way,” he said. “If they had been sued individually, they would have had to pay their legal costs out of their own pockets like I have to. Now, they can spend the taxpayers money to defend themselves. ’ ’ He said he and his solicitors would request to hear tbe tape of, the meeting at which the pay-raise was voted. The request would be made at a public meeting today called as the result of a public petition. Suez rollback begins From AP-REUTER Israel began vacating the Egyptian side of the Suez canal today in the first move toward disengagement of forces, sources in Tel Aviv and Cairo said. Military sources in Tel Aviv said Israeli troops were starting to roll their tanks back across the canal and digging up 750,000 explosive mines and communications lines from the sands of occupied Egypt. The desert road from Cairo to Suez was opened to the Egyptians for the first time since Israeli forces occupied almost 1,000 square miles west of the canal during the October war. The sources said Arab Seminar fails to agree on common energy route EDMONTON (CP) -Organizers of a government seminar who had hoped to see a consensus reached on the location of an Alberta energy corridor were disappointed Tuesday when the meeting ended. The organizers said Monday they hoped the delegates, from towns, farm groups, wildlife groups and pipeline and power companies, would agreee on where a common corridor containing pipelines, power lines and road and rail links should go. The delegates agreed with the common-corridor concept, despite technical hitches in placing so many energy mediums close together, but differed on the route. A consultant’s study considered a westerly route due north of Edmonton, a central route roughly following Highway 63 and an easterly route parallel to the Northern Alberta Railway’s eastern line The central route, for environmental, engineering and economic reasons, was favored Delegates from the towns of Smoky Lake, Lac La Biche and Vegreville argued their centres would not benefit from the central route and said such a route would mean costly new pipelines to serve the oil sands south of Fort McMurray and in the Cold Lake area ambulance drivers were to take about 300 wounded Egyptian troops frdm the encircled city of Suez.    1 Moves were also under way to return the bodies of as many as 335 Israeli soldiers killed in the fighting and to allow Israeli parties to search Egyptian-held areas for more bodies, Israeli officers said. The Israeli sources said Israel’s phased evacuation of the west bank is timed to be completed by Feb. 12 PLAN THREE STAGES They said the evacuated territory would be handed over to United Nations units in two more stages,* and Egyptian troops could move in at the earliest six hours after that. The second stage, which would last until Feb. 3, would see Israel evacuating the region south of Fayid and handing over the airfield to the United Nations. The final stage would be completed with the last Israeli soldier crossing the canal Feb 12, the sources said. Withdrawal was formally to begin at noon Friday under terms of the Egyptian-Israeli disengagement agreement worked out last week by Henry Kissinger, the U S. state secretary, with President Anwar Sadat of Egypt and Israeli leaders The Israeli parliament approved the terms Tuesday. He said the court action would be brought regardless of whether he and his solicitors are permitted to hear the tapes or not. Jobless payments reduced OTTAWA (CP) - Total unemployment insurance payments dropped to (129 million in November, down $6 million from the month before and $15 million less than a year earlier, Statistics Canada reported Tuesday. The average payment across Canada declined 23 cents to $68.99 a week, the report said. This was $5.53 above a year earlier. Total payments in November declined from the previous month in every province except Quebec and Saskatchewan November payments were lower than a year earlier in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. They were higher over the year in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan. Here is the breakdown for the western provinces: Saskatchewan: Total $2,717,000, up $1,000 for the month and down $774,000 over the year; average payment $68 61, up 59 cents for the month and up $7.32 over the year Alberta: Total $5,049,000, down $370,000 over the month and down $3,096,000 over the year; average payment $75.41, up $1.47 for the month and up $9.94 over the year. British Columbia: Total $18,307,000, down $1,074,000 over the month and $896,000 less than November, 1972; average payment $75.9», up $1 38 for the month and up $7.69 over the year Kissinger denies deceit WASHINGTON (Reuter) — U.S State Secretary Henry Kissinger denied Tuesday he has deceived a Senate committee about his knowledge of the socalled plumbers, the secret intelligence group"'run by the White House to plug security leaks But Kissinger conceded to reporters he knew for two years that his former aide, David Young, a leader of the plumbers, helped to investigate leaks from the National Security Council (NSC), which Kissinger headed He denied to the Senate foreign relations committee last September he had any knowledge of or involvement in the plumbers, whose chief known activity at that time was the burglary of the psychiatrist treating Daniel Ellsberg, who had leaked to the press the Pentagon papers history of the Vietnam war Kootenay region ‘being considered for major DREE investment program’ I 1*7» ThH CIUWW LT0 f-3. SHORT STOP AUTO LTD. 538 6th St. S., LrfhbrWg# Phorm 328-85M VANCOUVER (CP) - The Sun says a major investment program for the Kootenay area of southeastern British Columbia is under consideration by the provincial and federal governments. The evening newspaper says the program is outlined in a report on the area prepared for the provincial department of industrial development, trade and commerce by F L C. Reed and Associates Ltd. of Vancouver. The report, one of a number commissioned by the department of all aspects of life in the Kootenay area, has not yet been made public The Sun says the report states there is a large timber surplus available for expansion in the area, which takes in the entire Nelson Forest District and the Canoe Forest Management Unit to the north, a total area of about 34,000 square miles. The report says the current forest harvest of some 216 million cumts could oe increased some 30 per cent to three million cumts and estimates that this would provide an additional 600 to 700 jobs. A cumt is 100 cubic feet of wood In Victoria, Ron Knight, assistant director of the department’s economics and statistics branch, confirmed that an investment program is being considered in conjunction with the federal department of regional economic expansion (DREE) He said the forest industry potential report is one of eight or nine such studies covering such other subjects as mining, recreation agriculture, transportation and urban structure He said the studies are only “working documents” that are private government property and said they have not been made public. The Kootenay area has been designated as a slow growth area eligible for DREE assistance and the two levels of government now are negotiating a new DREE agreement to replace one that lapsed at Ute end of 1973. ;