Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
GROCERY BILL CONTINUES TO SHOOT SKYWARD OTTAWA (CP) Escalating food prices during June made consumers spend two per cent more on food than they bad in May, Statistics Canada figures revealed today. The monthly consumer price index, 25 per cent based on costs of food, shows that in the last year food prices have risen by 16.7 per cent to an index fig- ure of 160.5. This means that cents of groceries in June, 1972, would have sold last month for The spiralling food prica rise was the major factor in raising the all-items consumer price-in- dex for June by 0.9 per cent, a faster than normal increase for this time of year. All other items included in the index, except transportation costs, which increased 0.9 per cent, were lower than the all- Hems total. The index is based on 1961 price levels, which were set at 100. Since then, the purchasing value of one dollar has declined to 67 cents, government figures indicate. The all-items index stood at 149.7 in June, up from 148.4 in May. Ifcis means that house- hold goods and services costing in May were in June. two cent increase in food prices between the two months contrasted with 0.2 per cent and 0.1 per cent rises be- tween the same two months in 1972 and 1971. But in 1968, the change in food prices between the two months was 2.2 per cent. Statistics Canada said all main elements of food con- sumed in the home rose in price between May and June but in- dicated that fresh produce, beef and poultry costs increased the most: Although fresh vegetable and fruit prices normally rise be- tween the two months, there was a marked increase this year. Potatoes, lettuce and to- matoes, all jumped by about 87. per cent on the average, the bu- reau reports, outweighing de- creased prices for some other vegetables. Fresh fruit in- creases stood at 5.1 per cent. In the last year, the price of fresh vegetables and fruit have risen by 51 per cent and 23 per cent respectively, Meat, poultry and fish prices, which eased slightly in early May, climbed back up by 2.7 per cent, with beef increasing by 5.1 per cent and poultry ris- ing 23 per nt. Eggs cost 61 per cent more than a year earlier, beef 21 per cent more than in June, 1972, pork was 22 per cent higher and poultry 26 per cent more costly. Major factor in the trans- portation costs to tha consumer was a 1.4 per cent increase in cost of automobile maintenance due to higher gasoline and mo- tor oil prices. Further increases in these fuels are expected this month. The latest increase prompt- ed Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield today to repeat his call for a 90-day freeze on prices and incomes. The Lethbrtdqe Herald VOL. LXVI No. 177 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JULY 10, 1973 TEN THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGES NEW ERA DAWNS FOR BAHAMAS NASSAU (AP) After nearly three centuries of foreign rule, independence and a new era came to the Bahamas today. More than cheering residents of this na- tion of islands proclaimed their-freedom from Brit- ain in midnight ceremonies combining royalty, pageantry, fireworks and a colorful salute to his- 11-59 p.m. Monday, the Union Jack came down for the last time. Bahama's new tricolor took its place atop the flood-lit 45-foot flagpole two minutes later. The flag-raising in Nassau's huge Clifford ParK "was the signal of a new era for our said Prime Minister Lynden Pindung. He presided over the ceremony with Prince Charles and the outgoing British governor, Sir John Paul. Most of the crowd apparently left for their homes after the ceremony. But observers reported some partying and street-dancing by Bahamians and tourists into the early-morning hours. Prince Charles was to present Pindling and his government today with the "constitutional instru- ments" signifying, the formal severence of colonial ties with Britain.' New controls announced THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA In continued reaction to a series of control measures taken in the United States, the gov- ernment announced Monday night it is widening the export controls it imposed June 29 on soybeans, flax, rapeseed, cottonseed and linseed oils and their by- products. Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie said the list would be extended, effective midnight Monday night, to a series of edible oils, animal fats and livestock protein feeds. The new commodities include sunflower seed, cake and meal; alfalfa products; packing house products such as meat, bone, blood and feather meal; vegetable oils, all mixed feeds for livestock and poultry, lard in 20-pound units or over, tallow, brewing byproducts such as distillers solubles and brewers' and distillers grains, corn gluten feed and meal, soybean lecithin and metbionine. Speaking in the Commons, Mr. Gillespie described the controls as "further precautionary measures" and said they are being imposed in light of the U.S deci- sion last week to place 41 commodities under export restrictions. However, exporters with contracts signed before June 29, the date the first series of controls went into effect, will be able to apply for an export licence to meet their commitments, the minister said. NO SOYBEAN EXPORTS All applications would be examined on a case- by-case basis but no further exports of soybeans or soybean meal would be allowed. He said permits win be issued for rapeseed and flaxseed export contracts up to June 29 but his an- nouncement was unclear on what will happen in the case of fishmeal and Unseed cake and meal "These actions by Canada are necessary precau- tionary measures to safeguard our market against dis- tortions in world trade in protein feeds that may arise as a result of shortages of animal protein feeds and the U.S. control A shortage of animal feeds would almost certainly result in a reduction of the amount of meat available to consumers. He called the controls "temporary pending the stabilization of the situation and the arrival of new crop supplies on the Canadian market" Mr. Gillespie said all shipments now in the process of loading will be allowed to go forward provided ex- porters can show satisfactory evidence that their con- tracts were signed before June 29. Inside Classified 16-19 Comics 6 Comment 4, 5 District 3 Famfly..........13 Local News.. Markets 15 Sports 8, 9 Entertainment 7 TV 7 Weather 2 'CmwOans? What LOW TONIGHT 55, HIGH WED. SS: MOSTLY SUNNY. Airport needs to be upgraded Nixon in dark on Watergate -Mitchell WASHINGTON (AP) -John Mitchell today denied sworn testimony that he approved the Watergate wiretapping, and said he did not teU President Nixon of campaign involvement or cover-up for fear of crippling tile 1972 re-election effort. Mitchell, fanner Royal greeting Prince Charles of England, stops to greet a young patient in the children's ward cf the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, during a visit to the hospital Mon- day. The prince is in Nassau to celebrate the end of three centuries of British role and the independence of the Bahamas. Rescue matter of time SAIGON (CP) Officials of Canada and the International Commission of Control and Su- pervision (ICCS) awaited word from the Viet Cong today on where they can pick up two Ca- nadian officers missing since June 28. Canadian planners and heli- copters on standby to take off on 30 minutes notice as soon as final arrangements were made to pick up the men hi an area about 35 miles northeast of here. The Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) announced Monday that the Canadians. Capts. Ian Pat- ten of Toronto and Fletcher Thomson of Ottawa, are in Viet Cong hands. But it said the men and their two Vietnamese ICCS employ- ees have been moved from the rubber plantation near Cam 10 miles west of their ICCS base at Xuan Loc, where they were detained. Canadians waited today for the Viet Cong to locate the new position of the men. R was reported eariv today that IOCS officiate had deliv- ered to the PRG South Viet- namese guarantees of safety for helicopters going into the area. The PRG found the guarantees acceptable. Provision of those guarantees meant that a major hurdle had been overcome and, barring more unexpected developments, the rescue of the Canadians ap- peared to be just a matter of time. NO MORE TRIPS Meanwhile, Canadian cease- fire observers have been order- ed not to make any more field trips on their own, Defence Minister James Richardson said in Ottawa. Ship stays in danger zone 6until bomb goes off WELLINGTON, N.Z. (Reuter) The protest yacht Fri has warned that ft plans to stay in the danger zone off the French nuclear test site on Muniroa Atoll in the Pacific "until the bomb goes off." Fri's message was received Monday night aboard the New Zealand frigate OSago as specu- lation mounted that the first blast of the French test pro- gram is imminent The Otago, sent into the area as part of a protest by New Zealand, is still outside the 72- mile radius around the Muniroa Atoll test site which France has declared a forbidden zone. Fri is only 45 miles off the Atoll, with its crew of 10 men and three women. One of the women is six months pregnant The Canadian protest ketch Greenpeace III was due to leave the New Zealand port of Whangarei for Mururoa today. 'Aboard will be the skipper, 38-year-old David McTaggart of Vancouver, Briton Nigel In- gram. 23. and New Zealanders Ann-Marie Home, 20, and Mary Lonue, 20. By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Doubling of the length of the main runway and development of a new terminal building more than 10 times the size of the existing one have been recommended for the Kenyon Field airport. A report from LaBorde Simat Ltd. of Calgary, presented to the city council committee on air service facilities Monday, also calls for immediate implementa- tion of a Lethbridge-to- ______________________ Great Tails flight five times a week. The survey, which took six months and cost the city 000, will be before council next Monday and, if approved, pre- sented to federal ministry of transport officials in Calgary later this, month. Support for new facilities here has been sought from oth- er communities-in Southern Al- berta. Extension of the runway, from feet to feet, is necessary to handle take-offs and landings by large jet air- craft, such as the Boeing 747 and DC-8, the report states. FOREIGN MARKETS Planes of that size can be expected to use an up-graded Lethbridge airport for both 'passenger and freight service. The survey projects the de- velopment of foreign markets for local' agricultural products now restricted, by transporta- tion, to domestic buyers: Dairy bull calves could be shipped to Southern Europe for use as veal. A return flight could bring back fresh fruit from the Mediterranean coun- tries. Dairy calves in Eastern Canada, where there is a short- age of pasture; could be fkrwn to Southern Alberta for feed- ing. Poultry breeding stocks could be shipped directly to Lethbridge from the 'Unite d States rather than being routed through Calgary as they are now. Also, a "competitive chick operation" could flourish here providing poultry for world markets. Beef cuts could be pro- cessed here and shipped by air to Japan and Europe. QUARANTINE STATION The report also suggests a quarantine station for import- ed exotic cattle could be re- quired in the city with the com- ing of air freight service. Mayor Andy Anderson told The Herald the city -will push for development by 1976 of fa- cilities to handle air cargo. Passenger surveys conducted by the consultants show the need for a transcontinental east-west route between Van- couver and Toronto through Lethbridge by 1978. To go with increased passen- ger service is the need for gradual upgrading of the air terminal to square feet by 1993 from its present .square feet, the report states. A building of that size would be sufficient for all services re- quired by passengers of two large aircraft, 433 persons at peak periods. Work should begin imme- diately to provide at least tem- porary facilities for the 1975 Canada Winter Games, the consultants recommend. eral told fi; committee be went along with cover-up operations designed to keep the lid on the wiretap story and White House domestic surveillance activities to avoid "scarring -ie presidency." He described domestic spy plans as "White House horror rjid said their dis- closure during the election cam- paign could have been even more significant than Water- gate itself. The former attorney-general and campaign manager, once rated the man closest to Nixon, said he decided to keep what he knew of Watergate from the president. Mitchell said that to his knowledge, Nixon was not' aware of the Watergate story until long after tbe election. He said he' fid not believe Nixon knew, adding under ques- tioning that belief was- "based solely on my association with tbe president and not oft conver- sations on the affirmative side of tbe subject matter." Mitchell spent two hours this morning answering questions WHERE'S put by the committee counsel at the televised hearings. He disputed key elements in the testimony of Jeb Stuart Magruder, once an aide, who has said Mitchell approved the political spy plan and author- ized a budget. insisted, he actually vetoed tfie plan. Mitchell said it was bis very strong opinion, based on his en- counters with Nixon and his own decision to shield the presi- dent from Watergate knowl- edge, that Nixon didn't know tiie facts. Indeed, Mitchell said he never got to the bottom of Watergate himself, even though he ac- knowledged participating in three meetings at' which spy plans were discussed. He said he rejected them every tims. Mitchell said be did not want Nixon to know about' the gate affair during the cam- paign. MARTHA? WASHINGTON (AP) Former attorney-general John Mitchell testified before the Senate Watergate committee today, but where was Mar- tha? She's in heaven like all the angels." Mitchell told report- ers shortly before the hear- ings began. "They didn't have the right kind of television set for her." That was a reference to a news story last week that quoted Senate sources as say- ing the Watergate committee bad offered to provide Mrs. Mitchell with a color set in a private room where she could watch the hearings. Mitchell would not say whether Mrs. Mitchell is in Washington. Uruguay almost paralysed MONTEVIDEO (AP) Hun- dreds of demonstrators were ar- rested and scores injured as po- lice attacked marchers protesting the dictatorship in Uruguay. Leaders of the outlawed labor unions ordered a step-up in the general strike that has nearly paralysed the country since President Juan Bordaberry dis- solved congress two weeks ago and began ruling by decree. The march on the presidential palace Monday night was' the largest anti-government demon- stration so far. The marchers sang the national anthem and repeated the phrase "Tyrants tremble." The labor unions and univer- sity students have been leading the protests against the mili- tary-backed dictatorial policies of the president. They want Bordaberry to resign and call new elections. Legal battle AIM hsoro About town Ottawa may boycott hearings adjourned C7 CALGARY (CP) C FNTERPRISING CrigMon offering to sell tbe family dog for to some chQdrcn and receiving a counter offer of Art Joevanazzo astonish- ing himself and friends by scoring an eagte three' on a par-five golf hole during only the third time be had ever played tbe game. YELLOWKNIFE. N.W.T. (CPi The federal govern- ment wiJMrew its lawyers Mon- day Irom hearings into a_ con- troversial Indian 3and daim to square miles of the Northwest Territories. Crown Counsellor Oryflle Troy told Chief Justice William Morrow of the Northwest Terri- tories Supreme Court "my in- structions are that I be excused from any further proceedings at this tame." The withdrawal came two days after the Federal Court of Canada, in an unusual Northern sitting, rejected a federal at- tempt lo prohibit Mr. Justice Morrow from hearing argu- ments in tbe case. The federal lawyers who ar- gued unsuccessfully before fed- eral Frank Collier left Yellow-knife Friday evening amid speculation the govern- ment would boycott the bearing it bad opposed. Mr. Troy said Monday that federal lawyers bad appeared before Mr. Justice Morrow ear- lier and exhausted all their ar- guments. Mr. Justice Morrow described the federal action as leaving "a roost unusual position1" and said he thinks tbe move is more an expression of dissatisfaction than legal strategy. "Some 48 hours ago they were determined to prevent me from proceeding. He said such a move in an ordinary lawsuit wouM reason- ably result in default and a judgment for the other side. "However, it most be appar- ent to all that this is DO or- dinary lawsuit" Because of tbe importance of the case, he appointed a lawyer to represent the government? Dietrich Brand of Yellcwfcnife, but warned Mr. Brand be might not receive any fee for bis work. CALGARY (CP) Ontario's legal battte with Alberta over the letter's constitutional rights to interfere with gas sales be- yond its boundaries was today adjourned until Sept. 25 to allow the Alberta Energy Resources" Conservation Board and the oil industiy "adequate tune to study this important matter." The application to adjourn the hearing was made by M. A. Putnam, representing Pan Al- berta Gas Ltd. of Calgary, a major gas-exporting company.