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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The Letlibridcje Herald Counlduwn to go LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1975 15 Cents Throne speech barely mentions energy Elderly promised stable income Hostage ordeal ends with chase, capture Almost ready These barricades will come down Monday at 10 a.m. when the long-awaited 6th Avenue crossing will open to traffic. Official opening of the bridge will wait until this summer after the concrete deck is paved with asphalt. By then the million bridge and roadway which brings the U of L and West Lethbridge within miles from downtown should be well broken in. LONDON, Ont. (CP) Donald Wayne Cline, who held police at bay from a farmhouse with four young hostages in nearby Thamesford and then led them on a chase through southwestern Ontario, faces two charges of attempted murder of police officers, one of kidnapping and one of arm- ed robbery. Provincial police said Cline would appear in provincial court in Woodstock today. Police armed with rifles and using tear gas flushed the accused out of a residential townhouse here early today, ending a drama that started Tuesday afternoon. Cline, 22, who escaped from prison last October, surren- dered quietly at a.m. after police fired tear gas into the house in which he was hiding. He earlier had releas- ed unharmed a 12-year-old boy he had held hostage for 33 hours. "It went smooth as Police Chief Walter Johnson said moments after the cap- ture. "He came out right away as soon as he knew we meant business." The house, on Boullee Street in the city's north end, was surrounded by police at-about 4 a.m. Police talked with Cline on the telephone and said that during the conversa- tion he held a gun to the throat of a woman. She later was identified as Gail Guest, a friend who had joined Cline in the farmhouse at Thamesford, Ont., about 15 miles east of London, Tuesday while he was holding four chil- dren for ransom. Both Cline and Miss Guest were taken to police head- quarters. Chief Johnson said Cline threw out his weapons and emerged from the townhouse with his hands up after police fired in tear gas. Neighbors had been told by police to take refuge in their basements. There was no immediate in- dication of how police dis- covered where Cline was hid- ing. His hiding place was appar- ently discovered about 2% hours after Cline freed Robert Field, 12. Punishment rare for terrorists Inside Highlights EDMONTON Here are some highlights from the throne speech which opened the Alberta legislature today: income supplement program for senior citizens, guaranteeing a minimum in- come of a month for Albertans over 65 who receive the federal guaranteed in- come supplement. 50-per-cent increase in the senior citizen renter rebate, bringing it to community service program for the elderly, un- der which financial aid will be available for home-support services and drop-in centres. medical ser- vices for the elderly, in- cluding free medical ex- aminations for those seeking drivers' licenses. establishment of four new provincial parks, two of which will be in the eastern slopes of the Rockies. significant increase in the funds committed by the Alberta Housing Corp. for direct lending, programs and senior citizens' housing. new program to en- courage the development of major cultural and recreational facilities, involv- ing cost sharing and volunteer commitment. million revolving loan fund and assistance grants to publishers and resi- dent Alberta authors. CIA spies working in Canada x By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A guaranteed income for senior citizens and more housing help for Albertans were promised today in the Progressive Conservative government's fourth speech from the throne. Under an Alberta assured income plan, the govern- ment said any senior citizen receiving the guaranteed in- come supplement will receive a minimum income of a month. The program will mean an increase of a month for many senior citizens, and a month for those now taking advantage of a provincial program already in effect which adds a month to the federal pension. The throne speech, to be read by Lieutenant Gover- nor Ralph Steinhauer, also promised "significantly increased" housing help. Recreation facilities A program to help com- munity groups build multi purpose recreational facilities is also included in the election year programs of the government. Payments to local governments will increase 15 per cent to million, a million interest subsidy will also be added, and anoth- er million will reduce the education foundation levy on. municipalities to 26 mills from 28 mills. Four new provincial parks will be established this year, two of them in the eastern slopes of the Rockies. But the speech gave no hint about what the government will do about land use policies and guidelines for slopes development. Environment department policies "will con- tinue to evolve in co opera- tion with other the speech said. Both "decentralization" of education curriculums throughout the province and province wide "bench mark examinations to more ac- curately measure student achievement" are promised. Emergency help for small rural high schools is promised as is a "new multi year basic education finance plan" for this fall. The government is taking action to establish a new men- tal health research fund as recommended in the 1969 Blair Report on mental health. The report's author complained last spring that the government's mental health programs would flop without more research. The government did not offer specifics, but Dr. Blair has suggested a behavioral research institute be es- tablished at one of the 'province's universities, with annual minimum funding of New benefits S 'I've got it. Let's take off the tSOO we were going to put 8. tin next THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy once threatened to cut off the arms of two air- plane hijackers, but the punishment that Arab terrorists actually get usually amounts to little more than wrist slapping. Arab governments and the Palestine Liberation Organ- ization (PLO) are vociferous in their criticism of terrorist acts against countries and people other than Israel. However, no terrorist turned over to them is thought to be in prison now. In the only known case of punishment by the PLO, Abu Mahmoud was shot to death on a Beirut street last Sept. 12 for masterminding the un- sanctioned attacks at the Rome and Athens airports in 28 Pages Classified........22-25 Comics............10 15-17 Markets...........19 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 Youth 8 LOW TONIGHT 30; HIGH FRI. 45; SUNNY, WINDY. and About town Jim Anderson claiming anyone who- has something to say should be able to say it in 15 minutes and Albert Paikuskl replying "You haven't been to a Winter Games meeting lately." Parents die, children rescued small children were rescued today from the wreck of a single engine airplane in which their parents died. RCMP repbrted that Hubert Prefontaine, Saskatchewan's deputy minister of social serv- ices, and his wife died in the crash, but two children, Joce- lyn, 1, and Carman, 4, surviv- ed and were taken to hospital. December, 1973, which killed 32 persons. The PLO also sentenced Abu Nidal, a Fatah renegade living in Baghdad, to death in absentia. But it was for accus- ing PLO leader Yasser Arafat of going for his alleged role as mastermind of the hijacking of a British jetliner from Dubai to Tunisia jn November. European governments that have captured Arab terrorists have often been blackmailed by new hijackings into releas- ing them. West Germany, for example, was putting on trial the three survivors of the at- tack on the 1972 Israeli Olym- pic team when two other Palestinians hijacked a jetliner and won their release. All of them were flown to Libya, where nothing has been heard of their being punished. Greece sentenced two Arabs to death for an attack at Athens airport in 1973 in which five persons were killed and 55 wounded. But their sentences were commuted to life and on May they were expell- ed from Greece. As the result of two recent Arab terrorist attacks at Paris' Orly airport, France's interior minister has called for international agreement on punishment for terrorists who escape to another country. The United States and several other Western governments have been pushing for such action in the United Nations Extended lottery likely to assure Olympic funds QUEBEC (CP) The financing of the 1976 Summer Olympics became virtually assured late Wednesday night when Premier Robert Bourassa said it is "almost certain" there will be an ex- tension of the Olympic lot- tery to cover a million deficit. The premier told a com- mittee of the national assembly the extension, for an unspecified number of years, would apply only in Quebec province. Lottery revenues from out- side the province cannot be used for construction costs.' TORONTO (CP) Ed- monton publisher Mel Hurtig said Wednesday that at least 50 spies from the Central In- telligence Agency (CIA) of the United States have worked in Canada with the full knowledge and co-operation of the RCMP. Mr. Hurtig, founder of the Committee for an Indepen- dent Canada, told the local committee chapter that the CIA also has field officers working as attaches and consul-generals in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. He said a Canadian security police and security planning and analysis about the oper- ations and they "open their files" to the CIA. Mr. Hurtig said Col. Robert Bourne, assistant deputy minister in charge of the security group which is under the federal solicitor-general's department, "regularly makes his secret files 'available to the CIA." He said in an interview later that his information about the the CIA and Col. Bourne will be given to Solic- tor-General Warren Allmand today. These are some of the details of the speech: For senior citizens the minimum monthly income, an increase to from in the senior citizen renter rebate plan, free medical ex- aminations for those seeking driver's licences, new am- bulance benefits under the Blue Cross plan, cancellation of the admission charge to active treatment hospitals, more public health nursing help, staff development programs for auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes, more support for projects such as Meals on Wheels, and more senior citizens centres. For agriculture irrigation systems will be improved through provincial assistance and individual farmers provided with technical aid. "Means of reducing risk and uncertainty in livestock production will be examined." And "joint ventures between Alberta interests and foreign investors will be en- couraged." For consumers an unfair trade practices act will be re introduced and the depart- ment of consumer affairs act amended to reflect its respon- sibilities in corporate matters. For education curriculum decentralization, benchmark exams, improved school libraries, aid for low assess- ment regions, grants to minimize declining enrolment effects, rural school help, new finance plan, increased sup- port for all categories of han- dicapped children, increased emphasis on consumer educa- tion and Canadian content. In advanced education, a new research and science policy will be outlined, representing "a commitment to research excellence" in- volving Albertans from many sectors. In health and social develop- ment twenty one group homes in Red Deer for place- ment of 168 residents of Deerhome and Alberta School Hospital, other measures and help for mental health research. For those on fixed incomes higher minimum wages, increased compensation benefits, cost of living ad- justments for public service pensioners, all previously an- nounced. The government does not have much to say about energy, except to reiterate its stand that resources should be conserved for Albertans, sold as close as possible to fair market value and be developed in Alberta as far as is possible. Under culture, youth and recreation, it announced million for the Alberta publishing industry, in addi- tion to the program for multi use centres which could com- prise sports or the arts or combinations. 'Tax concessions might save Syncrude9 By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Syncrude Canada Ltd. would be willing to accept special provincial or federal tax concessions for Syncrude member companies, in lieu of some or all of the ex- tra in investment neitJed to keep the oil sands project alive past Jan. 31, ac- cording to the chairman of Imperial Oil Ltd., one of the Syncrude partners. Jack Armstrong, Imperial Oil's chief executive, added Wednesday that the consor- tium is not interested in ex- tending the Jan. 31 deadline for obtaining all the necessary added investment or cash flow for the oil sands project at Mildred Lake, Alia. Nor is the consortium inter- ested in loans, in place of equi- ty investment, Mr. Arm- strong the loans be from Canadian governments or from foreign investors such as Arab oil countries. But "letters of intent" from prospective new partners, or similar written commitments on new tax concessions to free up additional capital among: existing partners, would be sufficient to keep the project alive, if received by Jan. 31 and if together such com- mitments would provide the extra Jl-billion in investment, Mr. Armstrong suggested. The "letters of intent" would have to be guarantees in writing of a new partners firm intention to invest in the project. With such guarantees, the existing partners, Imperial Oil Ltd., Gulf Oil Canada Ltd. and Cities-Service Co. of Tulsa, Okla., could continue to provide sufficient cash to keep the project going until the ac- tual investments by new partners were arranged, Mr. Armstrong said. On the suggestion about tax concessions helping save the Syncrude project, Mr. Arm- strong explained that the new federal resource taxation measures introduced in the November budget will take an estimated extra out of Imperial's pocket and an estimated extra out of gulf's pocket. Not counting any tax savings for Cities Service, the returning of Imperial and Gulf to the pre-1973 federal tax situation would free up suf- ficient additional revenues to make up the necessary extra for the Sycrude pro- ject in about 4.5 years, Mr. Armstrong calculated. ;