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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 7, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta y, Jun. 7, 1972 THB ItTHBRIDGE HIRAID 11 'Grossly unfair, harmful to consumers and Gas pipeline firm runs into opposition on proposed rate hike ..n, nlne-aer- oard does have that but I discriminates among, various OTTAWA (CP) Trans-' Canada PipcLincs Lid. today opened the second phase of its campaign to increase the rates it charges for delivering natural Eas. The pipeline how- ever, continued to encounter stiff opposition from the gas utility companies that opposeil Its rate increase application during the first phase of the Na- tional Energy Board hearings. The Consumers' Gas Co., To- ronto, filed a submission today charging that TransCanada's proposed rates would be 'grossly unfair and harmful to Consumers' and its customers and that if the board approved ho new rates "uncertainly and doubt will be created in the minds of present and potential users of gas in Canada which in urn will undermine develop- ment of the natural gas industry in Canada." A representative of Union Gas Co. of Canada, Chatham, Ont. served notice that the compan; intends to challenge the consti tutional power of the board to revise existing contracts be- tween TransCanada and its cus lomers. TransCuiada says Its con- tracts, which run for up to 20 years, do not give it enough rev- enue to permit needed pipeline expansion and a reasonable rate of return. It has requested that the board order increases in what TransCanada customers pay- Hearings on the principle of such Increases were held from Feb. 9 to Aug. 17 last year and the board decided that Trans- Canada should earn a nine-per- cent return on its investments. The current hearings are to work out- in detail the tariff rales which will produce that level of income. Last year the utility compa- nies took to the Exchequer Court, now called the Federal Court, the issue of whether the board has the power to change contracts. The court ruled that the Firecracker ban wanted EDMONTON (CP) Bill H i t e, governor of Alberta's Kinsmen clubs, said he will present -a petition to Attorney- General Merv Leitch asking for a ban on the sale of tire crack- Mr. Kite said a convention of the Association of Kinsmen ubs, District 4, which m- HERE COMiS THE JUDGE Judge Frederick T. Egener and policewoman Loyall chat with In a low-income area of Toronto. Judge Egener was one of about 40 judges who spent the evening touring low-in- come find what youngsters ihink of Ontario courts. eludes the province's 60 clubs and clubs from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, B.C., pass ed a resolution approving the move. The petition will ask that the ban be imposed on firecrack ers "for any use other than licenced or supervised dis plays." oard does have that power, but he issue merged again today in slightly different form. Charles Dubbin, representing Union Gas, suggested that last year's ruling would not apply to he rate-increase application in ts present form and that the ward's power lo adjust rates does not include the power to adjust other terms and condi- ions in the contracts. Mr, Dubbin said his objections will be spelled out later. George Finlayson, represent- ing TransCanada, said tha vast majority of terms and condi- ,ions in TransCanada's con- Tacts cannot be separated from the rales charged under those contracts. CRITICIZES PROPOSALS The Consumers brief made several criticisms of the specific rates proposed by TransCanada saying: proposes schedule of rates and tolls tha discriminates among various ate zones, load factors and ypes of service." "TransCanada has not applied for an upward ad- justment in its rales or tolls charged to export customers, in- cluding its affiliated company, Great Lakes Gas Transmission CO.....TransCanada's deter- mination of proposed rates for Canadian sales fails to reflect a iust and reasonable allocation of sll costs properly assignable to export sales." The TransCanada brief says revenues from export sales more than cover the costs ot ex- porting gas and that the surplus would be distributed among Ca- nadian customers. During 1971, TransCanda's ex- port costs were million and its export revenues were million, leaving a surplus of million. Consumers says tha1 "TransCanada's proposed credi of an alleged excess ol export sales revenue over the cost of service allocated to export sales s improper and TransCanada's Little girl disappears from playpen in truck proposed rates should be ad- justed to avoid unjust dis- crimination against Canadian customers." MONTREAL (CP) Police said today there is a possibility :hat a four-year-old girl from nearby St. Hubert, subject of a iuge search since she disap- peared Sunday from a parked truck, was kidnapped. A St. Hubert policeman said Chantal de Montgayard would have found it extremely difficult to get out of the truck herself. "We had a six-year-old boy try lo open the doors and he he said. "So how could a little girl two years younger and much The search shifted today to wamps bordering tlie commun- ity on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River from Montreal. Detective-Captain Steve Saw- chuk of the St. Hubert polka said "there is always the possi- bility" that the girl has been kidnapped. The girl's father, Claude, said he left her in a playpen in the back of the truck for 15 minutes while he went to repay a per- sonal loan. An infant left with her was in the playpen when he returned but the girl had disap- peared. Slave labor' charge denied TORONTO (CP) Charges that Indians employed to fight forest fires are used as "slave labor" were denied here by William G. Cleaveley, director of the environmental protection branch, department of natural resources. Anti-litter program approved CALGARY (CP) A antl litter program, aimed es pecially at shopping centres was approved Tuesday by city council's community services committee. Aid. Tom Priddle labelled a Insufficient a campaig involving the purchasing of 5 garbage pails at apiece Litter bylaw enforcement wa criticized by Hon Brown, pres dent of Local 37 of the Cana dian Union of Public Employ ees. "You always hear peop complaining about civic em- ployees and garbage collec- tion, but why should we waste public money cleaning up the mess from the shopping centre. "It's time the city started en- forcing some of these bylaws they've established." Acting under Mr. Brown's recommendation, city commis- sioners agreed to review a pro- posal that would force shopping centres to surround their lots with wire fences to keep gar- bage on their own lots. In an Interview, Mr. Cleave- ley said Indians with qualifica- tions "get as good a job as any- one else" and that Indians and whites not trained in firefighting are paid the same-the an-hour minimum. Harold Sault, executive direc-1 tor of the Armstrong Indian-Me- is-Association, told a meeting f the Heritage Ontario con- fess that when he worked 'ecently as a firefighter northwest of Thunder Bay he ound Indians were paid an hour no matter how many lours they worked. But he said white men earned as much as 19 an hour when working over- j lime on Sundays. He also charged that Indians were issued three blankets and had to sleep on the ground while while firefighters slept in trailer. He said Indian cooks I were refused use of a truck lo drive to a lake to wash up but that whites were allowed to take the truck to go drinking at night. Mr. Cleaveley said the depart- ment often hires Indians rathpr than whites for firefighting be- cause of their "bush experi- ence." "But as far as difference in treatment, there is no discrimi- he said. "Everyone gets tha same lodging and most times we work with and tents when out at fires." Bank shows revenue hike TORONTO (CP) Canadian! Imperial Bank ol Commerce re- ports balance of revenue after provision for income taxes of million for the half year to April 30, up from million a year earlier. The figures do not include an appropriation for losses which the bank makes at year end. Assets at April 30 were billion, an increase of bil- lion for 20 per cent over the pre- vious year. The bank said the Increase was due largely to greater volume of loans and mortgages. Balance of dif- ference between Income and ex- penses before an allowance for income million compared to million a year earlier, an Increase of 41 per cent. The bank does not report net profit until the year end when the appropriation for losses is made. Rancher Higdon dies at 94 MEDICINE HAT (CP) Mack Higdon, a long time res- ident of southern Alberta and at one time the owner of a major cattle ranch, died here after a long illness. He was 51. 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