Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethln-ulge Herald LXVIII-39 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 1975 Paletta land plans await finalization 15 Cents NO PARK FOR CITY Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON This isn't the year for a new provin- cial park in Lethbridge's river valley, as proposed by MLAs Dick Gruenwald and John Anderson. None of the four provincial parks planned for 1975 will be in Lethbridge. The parks will be located in the Kananaskis Lakes region, 80 miles west of Calgary, at Kakwa Falls, southwest of Grande Prairie, the Carseland Weir region, 30 miles southeast of Calgary, and at the junction of the Peace and Notikewin Rivers, north of Peace River. By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer FORT MACLEOD Montreal meat packer Larry Paletta early last fall paid for one piece of Fort Macleod town land and for an option on two other pieces but so far he neither owns the one nor has the op- tion on the other two, The Herald has learned. Sources here say: Mr. Paletta won't own the 10-acre piece of land on which he says he wants to build a packing plant until a few legal technicalities are cleared up. The final draft, of an agreement that would give the packer the option to buy a total of 360 acres in two chunks has been sent to the packer for final signature but the signature has not been returned leaving that deal uncompleted. The technicalities that must be settled before Mr. Paletta, through his Montreal packing firm Palmont Packers Ltd., can assume ownership of the plant site include subdivision, are a legal procedure involv- ing consolidation of land titles of the land concerned, and transfer of title to the packer from the Town of Fort Macleod, which now legally retains ownership. Little has progressed on subdivision since Mr. Paletta gave the town his cheque for for the proposed plant site Sept. 30, 1974. Town of- ficials remain vague about when the subdivision will go ahead. The cheque for that Mr. Paletta and the town ten- tatively agreed would cover the cost of the option remains uncashed. The is 10 per cent of the price agreed on for the 360 acres. Syncrude considers fund deadline delay No public comment Sources say the town could have begun subdivision of the proposed plant site but hasn't done so. The procedure will take from 60 days to six months once it has been applied for. Town officials have been ad- vised by the town's solicitor, Ron Jacobson of Lethbridge, not to comment publicly on their dealings with Mr. Palet-' ta, who, The Herald reported in mid-December, is referred to in RCMP files as an un- derworld figure. The 33-year-old packer an- nounced two weeks ago he was going ahead with his plans to build the packing plant at Fort Macleod regardless of The Herald ar- ticles. But the head of the Alberta environment department's division of standards and approvals tpld The Herald Monday from Edmonton that Mr. Paletta has not yet sub- mitted the design of his proposed plant for approval a mandatory procedure for anyone wanting to build a packing plant in the province. The Edmonton environment official said his office has not heard a thing about Palmont Packers or a packing plant for Fort Macleod, except what The Herald has reported and what he learned in a meeting with Macleod town officials last fall. Province knows nothing Irish peace prospects dimmed by bomb blitz "There has been' nothing written or verbal with these people he said. Sources here say Mr. Paletta told the town last fall it would take him about 18 months from the time he got approval from various government departments, including environment, to get the plant built and operating. Fort Macleod secretary treasurer Roy White says the town will withhold the title to the plant site until develop- ment has begun a procedure the town follows on all land sales. "If the packing plant doesn't go, nothing says Mr. White. That includes the option agreement. And the packer can build nothing except a packing plant on the site. "If he wants to put anything else on that land, he has to deal with the town" which has powers of approval under its development control bylaw, the secretary treasurer said. Meanwhile, The Herald was told today a charge of violating regulations in the Canadian beef grading system against Mr. Paletta's Pal- mont Packers Ltd. has been postponed in Montreal. A spokesman for the federal agriculture department said from Montreal the case has been postponed to Feb. 7 when the presiding judge will ex- amine meat involved in the charge. The charge was laid by agriculture department inspectors. LONDON (AP) A series of bomb scares disrupted traf- fic in busy areas of London to- day as police sought terrorist bombers who struck at London and Manchester on Monday night, injuring 26 per- sons. Prospects for a new ceasefire by the Irish Re- publican Army (IRA) dimmed. A Scotland Yard spokesman said about 10 London streets were cordoned off after anonymous telephone callers warned that bombs had been planted in sidewalk mailbox- es. Bomb-squad specialists checked the mailboxes but no bombs were found, the spokesman said. The affected areas included the busy shopping areas of Ox- ford Street and the Strand and also Fleet Street, the heart of London's newspaper district. After Monday night's ex- plosion a Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We seem to have a blite on our hands. We are expecting more." CN operations back to normal Sadat views French arms From REUTER-AP Egyptian President Anwar Sadat saw a wide range of military and civilian electronic equipment south of Paris today that might be part of a big commercial agree- ment he works out with France. Sadat inspected air and naval radar systems, tele- communications equipment, air and sea navigation controls, and television and 'I'm not saying it does; there again, I'm not saying it electronic components during a two-hour visit to the Thomsbn-CSF plant outside the French capital. Sadat, who arrived in Paris Monday amid strict security precautions, has made no secret of his intention of buy- ing arms from France. He has a long shopping list that includes Mirage F-l and M-53 jet fighters, tanks and helicopters. Inside 40 Pages Classified......20-23 Comics.......... 18 Comment...___4, 5 13-15 Markets......... 19 Sports.........10-12 Theatres.......... 7 TV............... 6. Weather.......... 3 Low tonight -5, high Wed. IS snow (tarries By THE CANADIAN PRESS About half the striking locomotive engineers at Cana- dian National Railways re- turned to their jobs today as operations were reported near normal in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. However, engineers still were off the job in Winnipeg and the Ontario centres of Toronto, Belleville, Ottawa and Niagara Falls. A total of other CN em- ployees, half of them in Mani- toba, have been laid off in the Prairie region because of the walkout by locomotive engi- neers in the dispute that began last Wednesday. In Montreal, talks began to- day between the railway and the Canadian Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. W.D. Piggott, CN's vice- president of rail operations, said that the company would not enter into meaningful negotiations until engineers went back at all terminals. The company would con- tinue legal action started Fri- day against the union and members, he said. The engineers are unhappy with terms of a new contract signed by 18 railway unions and 11 rail companies last month. The bombing Monday was the first large-scale attack in .England since the IRA's Provisional wing ended a Christmas ceasefire Jan. 16. The IRA's army council has been reported discussing a new truce at a meeting in Dublin. But violence resumed in Northern Ireland nine days ago, and five more persons have been killed there. The bombing Monday began with an explosion in the base- ment hardware section of a Manchester department store. A man with an Irish ac- cent telephoned a warning 17 minutes before, but the police were unable to clear the store in time. Nineteen persons were injured. Five explosions followed in London, 200 miles to the south. The first wrecked Gieves, tailor and outfitter to British military men for generations. A warning was given, but a caretaker was injured. After another warning, there were explosions but no injuries at a gasworks and a chemical plant in north Lon- don. Then came explosions without warning at a jewelry store in Kensington High Street and a fashion boutique in Victoria Street, almost op- posite Scotland Yard. Six per- sons were injured. During the evening, more telephoned warnings sent the Yard's bomb squad to a restaurant in a shopping dis- trict in Hampstead, north London, and a shoe store in Putney, in southwest London. WALTER KEHBEH photo First crossing The long-awaited 6th Avenue river crossing was unceremoniously opened to foot traffic Monday as 20 YMCA joggers sprinted, jogged and stumbled across the new bridge during a noon-hour run. The first city bus made its inaugural crossing to West Lethbridge at 9 a.m. Monday. The first bus, originally scheduled to cross at a.m. was delayed while crews gave the bridge deck a final sweeping. By coincidence, the first and last load of concrete for the new bridge were hauled to the bridge site by the same truck driver, Chris Steudier of Lethbridge Concrete Products. Ouellet promises credit legislation VANCOUVER (CP) Legislation against abuses by credit card companies and other credit grantors will be introduced soon in Parliament, Andre Ouellet, consumer and corporate af- fairs minister said in Van- couver Monday. Mr. Ouellet said in an inter- view that the consumer credit legislation will deal with "true and complete disclosure on interest rates, and the licensing of lenders." For credit cards, the bill will outlaw agreements under which merchants accepting credit cards pledge not to give discounts for cash trans- actions. The legislation also will give consumers protection against harrassment for payments arising from false billings due to computer bookkeeping error, Mr. Ouellet said. "There will be a clause that 'will put some responsibility on the part of the companies to ensure they are accurate in he said, including provision for fines against the companies and reimburse- ment for inconvenience caus- ed the consumer unjustly charged. Mr. Ouellet said he is out to curb the continued monthly billing of credit card holders who have been charged in error, who notify the charge card company, "and the com- puter still completely ignores" these persons." and htard About town Annie Hardigan suggesting haggis is nothing but a stuffed bagpipe retiring Milk River school bus. driver Harold Anderson claiming his assistant, wife Kay, complain- ed about her zero salary so often he was forced to double it annually. OTTAWA (CP) Syncrude Canada Ltd. will consider re- quests to delay its decision on the future of a proposed oil sands plant, but might require interim financial help from government, company presi- dent Frank Spragins said today. Any delay past Friday might involve "extremely dif- ficult financial complications and risks" that Syncrude may not be willing to accept, Mr. Spragins said in an interview from his Edmonton office. Unless Syncrude's owners decide to liquidate the com- pany by Friday, a partner that pulled but of the project last month will be free of any wind up costs. That might result in additional costs of "millions of dollars" for the remaining partners.. Mr. Spragins also said a de- lay will require interim pay- ments on equipment orders to- talling about million. The company president said he is willing to consider a re- quest from Ottawa and the Al- berta governments to extend for 60 to 90 days a company deadline for finding new financing of billion. "It will be discussed, but we haven't seen the conditions under which the governments are seeking the he said. He said one of the matters to be considered is whether the governments are willing to pay part of the interim costs of a 60to-90-day delay. The request for a deadline extension came Monday following meetings between the province, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald and Treasury Board president Jean Chretien. Both the province and Ot- tawa said they are consider- ing investing in the plant, but need more time to make a decision. They are awaiting the results of a consultant's study into the project ordered by the province last month. "There is no hope of letting the results of that study before the end of the Mr. Macdonald said. Syncrude, a consortium set up to produce barrels of oil daily from the oil sands of northern Alberta, ran into trouble last month because of rising costs and a decision by one partner to pull out. The company says its costs doubled to billion during one year. And in early December, Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. announced it was withdrawing its 30 per cent share in the company. TOO EXPENSIVE The remaining "partners Imperial Oil Ltd., Gulf Canada Ltd. and Canada Cities Service Ltd., say they cannot afford to continue the project alone. Unless partners find out by Jan. 31 if any new. partners can be brought into the con- sortium, the project will be abandoned, they have said. Operating costs at the plant site are running at about million a day and if the com- pany closes it will have to pay penalty costs on some of the million in equipment ordered from 300 suppliers. Clark launches first non-confidence motion Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Govern- ment spending unauthorized by the legislature of more than million a day headed a five point non confidence motion in the Alberta legislature Monday. Debate on the first non confidence vote of the session should continue this week. It was moved as an amendment to the throne speech by Op- position Leader .Bob Clark. "Perhaps the most repulsive thing I've seen happen in the last year is the fantastic growth in special warrants (spending by cabinet not approved by the Mr. Clark told the house. The move came during Mr. Clark's reply to the speech from the throne presented last Thursday. The non confidence motion said the government has fail- ed to mention central and limitation of expenditures by special warrants, reorganiza- tion of municipal financing, steps to restore investor con- fidence in Alberta's industry and commerce, clamps on growth of the bureaucracy and a reduction in personal in- come tax in its 1975 legislative package. "This government is first class in making an- nouncements and perhaps several notches lower when it comes to following through; Mr. Clark charged. He said government spending by warrants topped million or more than a million for each day of government business in the last year. An oil sands policy was promised in 1973 and 1974, "and we still haven't got it." "Virtually nothing" has happened concerning guidelines for the eastern slopes and consumer educa- tion promises were "a re run from last year." Mr. Clark also scored the government for granting an increase in senior citizens' pensions to a level only "87 or 88 cents more than in British Columbia" when it has a billion dollars in resource, revenues. He said he wondered where mention of the purchase of Pacific Western Airlines dis- appeared to in the speech. It was one more example of the government acting on the spur of the moment, he charged, and its plans to make Ed- monton the air cargo capital of the world were obviously falling through. On northern development, he said the government sat for now wants to call only a conference on the North. It was "true blue Tory sitting still" action, he said.