Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetMnridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 148 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 5, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS SECTIONS 20 PAGES City electric power study gets go-ahead By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer An Indspendent study that should give the city a fairly clear idea of how best to meet its electric power needs is to be conducted by a consulting firm from Bellevue, Wash. Council voted unanimously for the study Monday following a presentation by Harold power de- partment manager of (Cornell, Howland, Hayes and Merryfield, Clair A. Hill and Associates) Engineers, Planners, Economists. Aldermen stipulated however that the terms of ref- erence of the study be brought back to council before the contract with the firm is signed. The study will cost the city a maximum of and will take approximately four months to complete. The firm was chosei partly because it is a com- pletely independent outside company. Mr. Moser told council to his knowledge the firm had not previously done any work in Alberta and had absolutely no corporate relationship with Calgary Power Ltd. OFFERS TO PURCHASE PLANT Calgary Power has offered to purchase the city's power plant and supply the city's entire power needs. The company now provides a part of the electricity re- 'quirements under a contract to run until 1981 and the decision facing the city is basically whether or not to accept the Calgary Power offer and get out of the power production business or expand its own plant and continue to supply part cr all its power. Aldermen were particularly concerned Monday that the study they were being asked to buy would provide them with some clear opinions in layman's language. Mr. Moser told council his firm's recommendations could be based on fairly narrow margins, but in the areas that the firm was qualified to ing, economics and environment these recommenda- tions would be clear. Political and legal considerations, however, could be a little less straight forward, he said. NEED FOR STUDY RECOGNIZED He said the firm lias done a number of electric utility studies in the western and northwestern United States and its experience was largely with lay boards of local governments. The first step in the study said Mr. Moser would be to extsnd the city's estimated future load require- ments from the 10 year projection made by city staff to 15 years. About 30 people would be assigned by the firm specifically to the project and would look at the prac- trical options open to the city, alternative technologies, availability and cost of fuels and related matters. A preliminary report would be submitted for discus- sion with citv hall staff and with council if wished and a final report would include a 15-year financial projec- tion on what the city's electrical supply will cost on a year to year basis, Mr. Moser said. Inside Classified 15-17 Comics........6 Comment 4, S District 3 Family........ 13 Local News Markets...... 18 Sports 8, 9 Entertainment 7 TV..............7 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 45, HIGH WED. 80; When I said we wanted 10 marry...' SUNNV Safeway job shut down strikers Louis Kostek, Walter Chocho and Bill Wirostok, left to right. Next air strike on Wednesday MONTREAL (CP) The In- ternational Association of Ma- chinists will stage their next 24- li o u r walkout commencing Wednesday, a union spokesman announced at a.m. EDT to- day. The spokesman declined to Israeli condemned for attack MONTREAL (CP) The governing council of the Inter- national Civil Aviation Organ- ization (ICAO) has strongly condemned Israel for shooting down a Libyan airliner over the Sinai desert in February. But a report prepared by an ICAO investigating team says the crew of the aircraft, a Bceing 727, belisved they were approaching Cairo airport while they were actually about 100 miles away over Israeli-occu- pied Sinai. The report says the Israeli Phantom jets intercepted the aircraft, and attempted to in- struct it to land. The Israelis fired on the plane, probably hitting it at where the wing joins the fuse- lage. The plane crashed and burned while trying to land in the desert, the report says, adding that there was probably an ex- plosion in a landing gear well just before touchdown. Of the 113 people aboard, 108 were killed in the crash land- ing. and heard About town writer Janice Millar wondering if the Xs go above or below the zeros Hugh Campbell getting pickled after gorging on some of Kay Thaell's homemade variety pickles. comment further in accordance with union policy of giving 24 hours notice before a walkout takes- place but only two hours warning of its target. The walkout announcement against Air Canada, the third within 72 hours, came as machinists at Montreal Inter- national Airport returned to work at 6 a.m. EDT, exactly 24 hours after they began their second rotating strike here Monday. An Air Canada spokesman said Monday the rotating strikes by its machinists are already taking their toll in cancelled flights and unattended services. Even in general terms, he said, the airline is finding it "increasingly difficult to main- tain satisfactory operations un- VST the pressure of rotating strikes." During the strike here. Air Canada cancelled 15 of 174 ar- rivals and departures, most of them short-haul domestic flights. Some other flights were delayed. Apology received for deaths OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau has received a letter from Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda apologizing for the May 15 shooting deaths of two Canadian girls on the Zam- bia-Rhodesia border, the ex- ternal affairs department said today. Details of the letter were to be disclosed later in the Com- mons. Mr. Kaunda has accused Rho- desia and South Africa of mak- ing a propaganda issue of the incident. He said the two Marjan Drijber of Roekwood, Ont. and Christine Sinclair of Guelph, victims of "a racist conspiracy." The two 19-year-olds were killed while visiting the Victoria Falls. City strikers seek wage parity Striking construction labor- era in Lethbridge say they'll go back to work as soon as they get the same wages as similar construction workers in Alberta. Twenty-eight construction la- borers walked off their jobs Monday afternoon to prepare for picketing of more than million worth of construction being done by three city con- tractors. Other construction workers continued on the job Monday but in the face of established picket lines at all job sites early this morning, four of five jobs were shut down when workmen refused to cross the picket lines. The Raymond Junior and Senior High School addition, be- ing done by Westbridge Con- struction, was continuing this morning. The Alberta and Northwest Territories Building and Con- struction Trades Council has fully endorsed the action taken by the local laborers. Unionists in other construction trades are being advised of the council's stand, and are bzing asked not to cross the picket fines. Ted Stark of Calgary, south- ern representative of the coun- cil, arrived in the city-Monday to assist in the strike. Bill Slewidge of Vancouver, international representative of the Laborers International Un- ion of North America, said he will be spending a couple of days in the city helping the strikers and other unionists in the area. All the Lethbridgs skilled la- borers want, he said, is wage parity with the rest of Alberta. To get parity, they need an hour more over the next two years. In 1969, said Mr. Slewidge, Lethbridge and Calgary con- struction laborers were on the same basic rate of Two years later Calgary jumped ahead of Lethbridge by 25 cents an hour. RATE SOUGHT Lethbridge construction la- borers want to be making an hour by the end of the two- year contract period, the same as Calgary workers, said Mr. Slewidge. They now are earn- ing (25 cents an hour less than Calgary's former rate) so an hour increase over tie next two years is required for wage parity. A concilation officer's recom- mended wage increase of 85 cents on hour over two years was accepted by the certified contractors in the city but re- jected by the laborers. The six laborers who accept- ed the recommendation were employees of Dorigatti and Bcychuk Construction. These two firms are not being struck, having agreed to sign a con- tract satisfactory to their la- borers. Kenwood Engineering, Wes- bridge Construction and Gillett Construction, who collectively have more than million of construction under way in the city, are affected. Tory split widens over language bill OTTAWA (CP) John Die- fenbaker, eyes blazing and voice rolling, urged his fellow Conservative members Monday to break with Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield and vote against the government bilin- gualism resolution. "I ask honorable members behind me: Are you going to be made dupes" he said in the Commons with Mr. Stanfield sitting only three seats away. His speech was the sharpest indication yet of a Conservative division over a resolution ask- ing the House to endorse nine principles for bilingualism in the pubic service. Turning to face the Con- servative benches, the former prime minister said "every last one of you" will be accused of voting for the Official Lan- guages Act if the party supports the resolution. "None of you will be able to go to your constituencies and meet that. That will be the Lib- eral argument in every part of the country." Brands it sham He attacked the resolution as "sham and hipocracy'' cesjgned only to hold Liberal votes in Quebec and regain seats the government lost elsewhere in ,the last election. About a dozen Conservatives, many from western Canada, ap- plauded at the conclusion of his speech. Mr. Stanfield and Claude Wagner (St. the pcdy's main Quebec spokes- man, sat in silence. An unknown number of Con- range be- tween six and expected to go against the resolution when it comes to a vote, prob- ably Wednesday afternoon. But its passage is assured even if the Conservative split grows. The New Democratic Party, the effective balance of power behind the minority Lib- eral government, has pledged its support. Mr. Stanfield, a supporter of the Official Languages Act from the beginning, announced last week he will personally support the resolution, which spells out the government goal of making the country's public services functionally bilin- gual by 1978. ROBERT STANFIELD JOHN DIEFENBAKER Mayors act to end fears of split Wants legal teeth He asked the government to give the resolution legal teeth by making it part of the act. But his proposal was turned down by the Liberals and seems certain to be defeated when it comes to a vote at the same time as the resolution. Both the government and the Social Credit party oppose the amendment and a New Demo- cratic member said Monday night the NDP will vote against it. Mr. Diefenbaker, who op- posed the act when it was adopted in 1969, said he will vote against the resolution to protest the way the government has administered the act. All his life he had worked for equality among Canadians of every ethnic origin and had hoped for an end to "hyphen- ated Canadianism." But now, he said, his efforts were being swept away by a government dividing the coun- try as never before into "Anglo- phones, Francophones, multi- culturalphones or whatever kind of phonies you choose.' Bryce Mackasey, former manpower minister, said he has long respected Mr. Diefenbaker but "God help Canada were the attitude of the right honorable gentleman to prevail" in the Commons. "His concept of equality is something that is hard for me to he said. It obviously meant a Canada in which mil- lions of Canadians would be prevented from working in the public service just because they happened to come from Quebec. On the contrary, he said, Mr. Stanfield had taken an encour- aging, dynamic and rourageous stand on the issue. "I take my hat off to him." He said the Conservative party is fortunate to have a leader prepared to do this. His remarks brought a burst of ap- plause for the Opposition leader, most of it from govern- ment benches. CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) The big-city delegation at the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities (CFMM) conference moved today to end fears of a split with smaller towns by pledging full support to the federation. But the motion proposed by Mayor Vic Ccpps of Hamilton was approved with only a por- tion of the delegates present. The big-city delegation was meeting to nominate 10 repre- sentatives to the CFMM board of directors. About half the 70 delegates drifted out before Mayor Copps made his motion. There have been reports that some big cities are unhappy with the fed- eration and are considering withdrawing. While Mayor David Crombie of Toronto and Mayor Art Phil- lips of Vancouver said Monday that there is no intention of forming a separate organization for large cities, Mayor Copps told the big-city delegates a firmer pledge should be made. He urged the delegates to commit full support for the CFMM. Aid. John Kushner of Calgary said the motion should not have been made when so many dele- gates had already left. He said that though he supported the idea, he would oppose the mo- tion for that reason. No-car day TOKYO (Reuter) Japanese cabinet ministers left their cars at home Tuesday and took buses and trains to work. They were setting an example on a Japan-wide "no-car" day, a highlight of Environment Week here. Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka stuck with his car, for security reasons. Drive-in theatre withdraws Him Canada's economy expands strongly OTTAWA (CP) The econ- omy continued to expand strongly in .the first three months of 1973, fuelled by greater consumer spending, corporation profits and business investment in inventory. Statistics Canada reported Monday that gross national product (GNP1, seasonally ad- justed to remove normal sea- sonal variations, reached an an- nual rate of billion in the first quarter. That was a 4.4-per-cent in- crease, "one of the largest ever from the lion annual rate reached in the fourth quarter of 1972. The in- crease in the fourth quarter was 3.6 per cent over the third quarter. But when the effect of in- flation is removed, the fourth and first quarters had the same rate of real per cent. The effect of inflation on the GNP more than doubled. Whereas price increases had boosted fourth-quarter GNP by seven-tenths of one per cent, they raised first-quarter GNP by 1.5 per cent. The GNP, a yardstick by which economists judge the over-all performanes of the economy, is the value of all grods and services produced in the country. SPENDING UP Consumer spending on goods and services increased 4.3 per cent in the first quarter, to billion from billion, the largest gain in 21 years. Even with the effect on inflation re- moved, consumer spending rose by what Statistics Canada called "an impressive three per cent." Spending on durable goods jumped "a remarkable 10 per led by increases of 33 per cent for new automobiles, H per cent for used automo- biles and 11 per cent for furni- ture. Spending on semi-durable goods such as clothing and foot- wear was up 4.4 per cent. There was also an increase of 3.6 par cent in spending on non- durable goods such as food, but virtually all this increase was due to rising prices. Unusually low tax refunds caused a decline in the level of personal savings. The govern- ment held up tax refunds wait- irg for Parliament to pass changes in tax law. Statistics Canada said the rise in corporation profits, to an an- nual rate of billion fram billion, was unusually sharp. Lzbor income, which accounts for 55 per cent of GNP, rose by 3.5 per cent in the first quarter compared with four per cent in the fourth quarter. Most of the export increase was to the United States and Japan, as exports elsewhere generally declined. EDMONTON (CP) Horst Schmid, Alberta minister of youth, recreation and culture, said Monday night the operat- ors of a drive-in theatre criti- cized by neighborhood residents for showing restricted films had agreed to withdraw one movie. Parents in the Ottewell neigh- borhood circulated a petition for presentation to Premier Peter Lougheed saying that because drive-in theatres can- not control their viewing audi- ence since screens are visible from outside theatre proper- ty, restricted films should be prohibited in drive-ins. Mr. Schmid said the theatre plans to withdraw the picture Without a Stitch. City Police Inspector A. W. R. Lefeuvre, an Ottewell resi- dent, said police could not do anything about tbs situation. A resident of the neighbor- hood, Louise Werstiuk, said children on bicycles were watching Without a Stitch from outside the theatre grounds dur- ing the weekend. Restricted movies have bean shown in Alberta drive-ins for A year since an order-in-coun- cil deleted section ef the Amusement Act which prohib- ited outdoor theatres from showing X-rated movies. WHAT COUNCIL DID council's town hall ses- sion Monday produced no live- ly dicussions to speak of, but as it turned out aldermen had enough on their regular agenda to provoke debate. They all agreed on the need for an independent study on the power plant question and quiet- ly accepted an administration report on the Mayor Magratb. Dr. and 5th Ave. S. crossing. But they didn't agree on the bus fare increase, voting 4-3 to stick with their original 15 cent fare decision, and couldn't get together on the need for fire fighting training facilities, fin- slly rejecting teem in a 3-3 vote. And they gave the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta a good run for its money before approving the grant. Aid. Bill Ker- gan missed the meeting.