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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta The letnbridge Herald LXVHl-40 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 1975 15 Cents Individuality The geometric beauty of a showflake Is Illustrat- ed In this photo by Walter Kerber, who captured the flakes on his-'car wind- shield with close up photographic apparatus. The flakes shown are about'20 times their nor- mal size. CTC turns down appeal to quash freight hikes New light standards faulty New street light standards on Scenic Drive at the 6th Avenue overpass .have been taken down after an arm on one of the standards broke off and a check revealed others were faulty. "Out of the first 10 we checked, weren't OH Erdos, city utility director said today. The standards were taken down for public safety and the Winnipeg supplier is looking into the situation, Mr. Erdos said. "We don't know when they'll be back he added. The cracks occurred where the standard splits into double 10 foot arms and were notic- ed after an arm of one of the poles was found lying on the road, the utility director said. City crews meanwhile are continuing to erect single arm light standards on the 6th Avenue crossing itself. OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian transport commission has decided to take no action for the next few days on a railway move to increase freight rates last weekend. The commission turned down today a request by the three Prairie provinces to roll back the increase until the commission has had a chance to review a recent Federal Court of Appeal ruling on rates. But the commission said it was not ruling on the legality of the railway rate increase. The provinces were told they could make a similar re- quest Friday when the com- mission hears argument on the implications of the Federal Court ruling. The railways raised general commodity rates Saturday only hours after the Federal Court overturned a commis- sion decision postponing half a 25-per cent freight rate increase to March 1 from Jan. 1. The commission allowed the rest of the increase to take effect Jan. 1. However, three of the five Federal Court judges recom- mended that the commission look again at the freight rate case leading to its Dec. 31 rul- ing. The commission said shippers will not be severely hurt if no action is taken on the higher rates for several more days. The railways have said that about shippers are af- fected by the higher rates. General commodity rates apply to about 22 per cent of rail freight traffic. When the commission post- poned part of the 25-per-cent rate increase, the railways fil- ed new tariffs with a provision CIA worked in Canada claims former agent TORONTO (CP) A former officer with the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says there is no doubt that the agency carries out regular operations ir Canada. Philip Agee, who worked for 12 years as a CIA intelligence officer in three Latin American countries, said Tuesday he had never been in- volved personally in CIA ac- tivities in Canada but that they would undoubtedly fol- low the pattern he had been familiar with elsewhere. "CIA officers, often on the staffs of American embassies or consulates, constantly monitor the domestic political he said in an inter- view. "When they see a grow- ing threat to American economic interest they go into action." Mr. Agee described the or- ganization as "a secret political force working for the interests of American mul- tinational corporations" in any country, including Canada, where-those in- terests are at stake. Mr. Agee, 40, was in Toronto to promote his recently published book. Economy buoyant Welfare bill to prod recipients to work that rates would be increased the full amount if the Federal Court wiped out the commis- sion decision. The commission said it is "making no finding on the propriety or legality of this condition filed by the railways." But the provinces can make another attempt to push back the rates at the Friday, hear- ing when the railways can reply, the commission said. ByALSCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A revamped welfare system with some incentives to work and some penalties for refusing to work should take effect in Alberta by the summer. The necessary legislation to implement the scheme is the work of a "task force" of government MLA's and sup- ported in a resolution passed by the governing Progressive Conservative party at its annual convention. "All the feedback (on the position paper) has been positive so Neil Crawford, minister of health and social development, said in an interview. Once the legislation is through the house, the system can be im- plemented "by late spring or early Mr. Crawford said. A major change from the pre- sent system will be a IS per cent chop in welfare payments to persons on welfare.who are able to work but refuse to do so. Welfare recipients who are able to work and do not enter job training or take a job within three months of first receiv- ing assistance face the cut. As outlined in the position paper, such recipients have a choice: "Making a commit- ment to accept work of whatever type is available, even in a different part of the province, or accepting a reduction of 15 per cent in benefits." 1 "There simply have to be Mr. Crawford said Tuesday. "The record is that some people abuse the they are quite un- willing to take employment when it is available and find all sorts of excuses not to work. "The amount by which they are supported by the taxpayer should not be as generous as in the case of the deserving person who wants to work." There are persons receiving assistance in Alber- ta. Province trying to head off Syncrude halt Oil export tax likely to increase OTTAWA (CP) Energy Minister Donald Macdonald indicated Tuesday there might be a 38-cent increase in March in the export tax on oil shipped to the United States. The minister told the Com- mons the level of the tax is de- termined by the price of world oil sold on the Chicago market and that Venezuela has an- nounced an increase of 38 cents in the price for its oil. If that full increase is re- flected in the Chieagg prices, the Nationall'Eriergyi'BOard will recommend an export tax increase, the Tjiinjster Said. Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Premier Peter Lougheed and senior members of his cabinet meet Syncrude officials Thursday on the eve of a dealine for shutting down their huge oil sands plant. Syncrude has said it will shut down construction of the plant, now estimated by the consortium to cost billion, if investors don't come up with billion by Friday. Don Getty, minister of federal and intergovernmen- tal affairs, Tuesday told the legislature of the Thursday meeting. But Premier Peter Lougheed repeated statements made the day before by Mr. Getty that the province needs 60 to 90 days to decide whether it will invest. Mr. Getty has said there is a "high potential" for a solution to Syncrude's financing woes but company president Frank Spragins is standing on the Friday date for a shutdown. The Thursday meeting may change the company's mind, and a meeting is also planned with federal officials before the deadline runs out. Ottawa has said it is a potential investor, as has Ontario. Seen and heard About town Dr. John Paterson recalling how his mischievous child suddenly became an interesting problem to educators when he was named 'Edmonton public school board chairman. Pakistan outlook optimistic By BERNARD WEINRAUB New York Times Service RAWALPINDI, Pakistan Three years after the break up of Pakistan, the nation has unexpectedly emerged as the most'economically buoyant on the Asian subcontinent. 'First the good news. I'm exempt from taxes. Now the tod, I've bean inside 44 Pages Classified........28-32 Comics............26 Comment...........4 Family..........33-35 Markets...........27 Sports...........21-24 TTieatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 Low tonight 0 I-18C.) high Thiii. IS cloudy, now. A substantial flow of oil money from the Middle East, lucrative export earnings, stepped up agricultural development and, most crucially, an absence of the widespread hunger that has affected India and Bangladesh have stirred tentative op- timism here among Pakistani and international economists. Like neighboring India as well as Bangladesh, Pakistan remains impoverished. Less than 20 per cent of the pop- ulace is literate. The per capita income ranges between to Inflation in the last two years has reached 50 per cent. Primitive health care, a population increasing at 3 per cent a year the na- tion is gaining people a education and a feudal, tradition bound socie- ty have left Pakistan vulnerable and steeped in mis- ery. Yet Pakistan has proved economically resilient after the 1971 war that saw the nation's eastern wing break away to create a new nation, Bangladesh. Despite this economic jolt and humiliation and fears that Pakistn's viability was imperiled by new regional demands for autonomy the nation has managed to pick up the pieces and move forward. The key reason for Pakistn's economic resilience lies in food production. Malnutrition is a problem, but there is a marked absence of widespread hunger in the cities and scant threat of star- vation. "We will see to it that nobody dies of says Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. "God forbid if a single person has to face that kind of situation." Mr. Crawford said he believes individuals receiving welfare can be protected from unjust implementation of the penalty through local citizens' appeal committees already in operation for 35 regions. .The definition of "employability" will also have to be carefully worked out, he said. For those persons receiving assistance who are eager to find employment, the system provides some incentive. Its critics say the incentive is still not enough. The incentive will consist of a sliding scale of benefits allowing persons to earn more money while receiving assistance. Currently, in- dividuals can only earn a month before having their assistace reduced, and heads of families only By this summer, individuals will be able to earn up to a month with no cuts. After that level is reached, assistance would be cut by 50 per cent of the extra income between and by 75 per cent of ear- nings up to and by 90 per cent of earnings above Assistance would be cut off as soon as income reached the level of assistance. In addition, welfare recipients will be allowed to hold, in disposable assets before becoming ineligible for assistance, com- pared with the they have been allowed since 1961. "Five hundred dollars isn't much and you to spend your last before getting Mr. Crawford said. Families will be able to hold as much as Under the scheme welfare payments will also be pegged to the cost of living, as federal payments are how. A controversial voucher system will be eliminated "as far as Mr. Craw- ford said. For its part, the province promises more money for day care, job creation, job training, housing, depressed areas and better delivery of benefits. ALCB saves Pharley from a life of drink Pharley Quebec Pheasant almost became a bottle of wine, until the Alberta Liquor Control Board clipped his wings. Pharley's creator, Winter Games publicity boss Doug Dunlop, says the Games' bird captured the imagination of companies eager to buy the copyrighted pheasant from the Games society. Among them: Andres Wines of B.C. Mr. Dunlop, who created Pharley two years ago to symbolize Southern Alberta, says Andres marketing experts seized upon Pharley as a sales tool to feather their nest in Alberta. "They felt it tied in nicely with their other wines like Cold Duck and Baby he says, "but the ALCB turned it down." PharJey's creator says the unusual spell- ing of Pharley was used to alliterate with his surname. The Quebec in the middle? "That was the only bilingual part we could think of to get Mr. Dunlop ex- plains. Pharley, he forecasts, "will become better known than the Games logos" which includes a rising sun to symbolize the Sunny South and a maple leaf with a snowflake to represent winter and the national scope of the Games. Pharley is popular, Mr. Dunlop says. "He's been well accepted across Canada.. He always brings a little bit of mirth." The actual drawing of Pharley was done by commercial artist John Siderenko, who gave his rights to Pharley to the Games. What will happen to the Games' feathered friend after Feb. 24? "It's very likely he will be sold to someone." ;