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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Seaway deficit adds urgency for review OTTAWA (CP) The St. Lawrence Seaway Authority has been hit with its first operating urgency to a review of seaway financing, says Paul Normandeau, newly-appointed authority president. The deficit may mean a sea- way toll increase within two or three years, though Mr. Normandeau will only say that it is a "decision that has to be taken by the cabinet." A proposal to deal with the authority's rising capital debt, including interest charges, and operating costs will go to the cabinet in two or three months, he said in an inter- view. Previous annual operating profits have never been enough to cover even interest charges and the total debt now is approaching million. This is only one of the issues the seaway chief is in- vestigating at the moment. He is also in the midst of a study on the future role of the sea- way. One important question is whether Canada and the United States should spend billions of dollars expanding the seaway to handle a broader variety of products? Any attempt to expand the Welland Canal, for example, will require joint U.S.-Canada action, he said. This raises questions about ownership of facilities now entirely in Canada. LITTLE CONTACT Mr Normandeau, a 61-year- old engineer, had little contact with the marine world before his appointment to succeed Dr. Pierre Camu as head of the seaway authority in November. He had a long career in in- dustry in Canada, Mexico, the U.S. and England before join- ing the federal regional expan- sion department as assistant deputy minister in early 1970. Mr. Normandeau said a re- SAND GRAVEL lASPHALT SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-2702-327-3610 cent financial review of 1973 shows that while record cargo tonnage passed through the seaway, the inland waterway had its first operating deficit since it opened in 1959. The seaway, he said, has managed annual operating profits despite deficits on Welland Canal operations because surpluses on the Montreal-Lake Ontario sec- tion covered the difference. But, rising wage and supply costs have finally led to the over-all deficit. Seaway tolls have been frozen since 1959 but a report prepared for the government in 1971 recommended raising tolls to cover rising interest and debt charges. Faced with strong opposition from shipp- ing companies, western grain farmers and eastern mining interests, the government has not yet acted on the recommendation. The U.S. forgave the U S. Seaway Development Corp. the interest charges on its capital debt. The Seaway Development Corp. is respon- sible for two of the 12 locks on the seaway Mr. Normandeau said the seaway authority has never been able to pay the full an- nual interest on its capital debt. t January MONDAY and TUESDAY Back to school It's Prof. Archibald Cox once again as the former special Watergate prosecutor lectures to a Harvard Law School class for the first time since last May. Israel's Law of Return hinders gov't formation JERUSALEM (AP) Is- rael's Law of Return, granting every Jewish immigrant auto- matic citizenship in the Jewish state, is hindering Premier Golda Meir's efforts to form a new coalition government. National elections were held New Year's Eve, but Mrs. Meir and her Labor party still have not managed to select a cabinet to deal with the Mid- dle East crisis. The National Religious par- ty, an indispensable partner in any coalition, says it will not join the government unless the Law of Return is strengthened. The Independent Liberals, Mrs. Meir's other vital coali- tion colleague, insist that the law remain unaltered. HARDLITE LENSES... Maximum protection for Children who wear Glasses Shatterproof for maximum eye protection Lighter on their faces Only half the weight of ordinary lenses warranty against eye injury Available in all prescriptions OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO, 308 7th ST S LETHBRIDGE Phone 327 3609 The law is one of the funda- mental principles of the Jewish homeland, and changes would make it dif- ficult for some Jewish con- verts from other countries to settle in Israel Preoccupied with the after- math of the October war with the Arabs and peace efforts with the Arabs, the nation has tended to overlook the quarrel about religion, immigration and citizenship. WHO QUALIFIES? The Law of Return provides free and automatic Israeli na- tionality to any immigrant "who is a Jew, or a convert to Judaism according to tradi- tion." But even government publications ask "who, then is a and reply "there is no legal definition." The Religious party and the rabbis and Orthodox Israelis who support it want to change the law by eliminating the word tradition and sub- stituting the word "Halacha." Halacha is the strict code of customs and religious law dating to writings of the fifth and sixth centuries. Amending the law would mean giving citizenship only to those born as Jews or those converted by Halacha. Thus citizenship might be denied to the many Jews converted by Reform or Conservative rab- bis, whose rules are non- Halacha and more liberal. The non-recognition might go further. If the law were tightened, children of a marriage between a Jew and an unrecognized convert would be considered outside the pale by Israeli rabbis, and would be unable to marry un- less they left the country for a civil ceremony. Civil marriage does not exist in Is- rael. Israel's Orthodox and anti- Reform religious establish- ment is a powerful political force and its influence is felt in everyday life. Public transport halts for 24 hours at sundown Friday for the Jewish Sabbath and places of entertainment are closed. Many restaurants may serve only kosher food. Reform Jews such as Dr. Ezra Spicehandler of Jerusalem think the move to change the law is aimed at in- creasing Orthodox influence and preventing liberal in- roads. But Orthodox Jews such as Rabbi Louis Bernstein, head of the Rabbinical Council of America, say they are con- cerned that two separate com- munities might develop, Orthodox and those detached from Halacha, thereby creating "two nations in Israel." Immigrants who do not come under the Law of Return can become citizens, but it is difficult and requires a three- year period of naturalization. Former editor dies at 93 MOOSE JAW (CP) Dave Miller, former editor of The Times Herald died here aged 93 Born at Wic, Scotland in 1880, he came to Canada in 1900 and was employed by En- cyclopedia Britannica until 1906. He then went to Win- nipeg to work for a newspaper until he moved to Moose Jaw in 1908 where he started as assistant editor. In 1911, he established Western Press Ltd., acting as manager of the firm until 1956 FITS TRUCKS and TRACTORS TOO SAVE MONTHLY ON YOUR GAS BILL EASILY INSTALLED FITS ALL CARS It takes only a couple of minutes to install. Exact information is enclosed with the unit Garage charge would probably be (AMERICAN and FOREIGN) From a Cadillac to a Volkswagen These testimonials tell the story: "Proven Very Satisfactory" A. 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