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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, Junt 10, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 3 Mobs' are name of the game in petro feud EDMONTON (CP) When politicians talk about the pet- rochemical industry, the discussion usually centres on one Alberta has been supplying its oil and natural gas to Eastern Canadian industries, mainly based in Sarnia, Ont., which turn the raw materials into ethylene, the primary petrochemical needed to make plastics. The ethylene is then transformed into compounds such as polyvinyl chloride, which are then processed into familiar items such as camera film, toys and garbage bags. All of that processing creates jobs. Premier Peter Lougheed's Progressive Conservative government in Alberta wants to start a world-scale petrochemical industry in Alberta and get those jobs while blocking major expansion of the industry in Ontario. Alberta's economy, says the premier, must be diversified "to provide nore and better secure job opportunities for our citizens and to strengthen Alberta by making the province less dependent for continued prosperity upon merely shipping crude oil and natural gas out of the province." The premier has made it clear that Alberta doesn't want to cose down the existing petrochemical industry in the east. But Alberta is fiercely opposed to providing the oil needed for a proposed Petrosar Ltd. operation in Sarnia. market for the products. The province says there is only room in the marketplace for two new major plants, both of which it wants in Alberta, while the .federal government says there will be room for three, including Petrosar, by 1980. Ottawa is involved because Petrosar is controlled by Poly- sar, a federal Crown corporation. The federal government also holds jurisdiction over the destination of oil once it leaves the province, and federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald has threatened to divert to Petrosar the barrels a day the plant needs. Alberta also points out that breaking down crude oil into ethylene is a less efficient way to produce petrochemicals than using natural gas. Both Alberta plants on the drawing board would use natural gas. Petrosar president I. C. Rush held a meeting with Mr. Loug- heed in late May, but neither budged from their positions The premier reasserted Alberta's objections, while Mr. Rush said three plants could survive. Alberta has thrown its full support behind a petrochemical operation planned in the province by Alberta Petrochemicals, a consortium of four companies Up to jobs would be created by the time all the processing is done in the province The province is especially keen on the plan because none of the ethylene would be shipped out of Alberta for processing Conditional support has been given by the province to the Dow Chemical-Dome Petroleum proposal to build a petrochemical complex north of Edmonton. Unlike the Alberta Petrochemicals operation, Dow-Dome would send some of the ethylene to the United States and Eastern Canada for further processing while some would stay in Alberta. The province isn't concerned about ethylene sent to the U.S.. since the finished products would not be competing with goods turned out in Canada But production from Sarnia would compete with the output from Alberta. Final provincial approval may hinge on how much ethylene production ends up in Sarnia. Ford may appeal Cortina fire TORONTO (CP) A spokesman for the Ford Motor Co. said Saturday the company is considering appealing a court decision ordering an Ottawa dealership to pay for "grossly misrepresenting" a 1970 Cortina as a 1971 model. Judge Kenneth Fogarty made the ruling Friday in Ottawa on a claim by Helene Brousseau who bought what she thought was a new 1971 Cortina from Lewis Motors for Although her bill of sale and order agreement stated the car was a 1971 model, Miss Brousseau testified she was told the car need parts of a 1970 model when she took it in for servicing. The Ford spokesman said the practice of redesignating cars, or updating, is "an industrywide practice.'' "As "far as we (Ford) are concerned, and I think the entire industry, redesignation works to the advantage of the customer.'' He said the Cortina's design was not changed from 1970 to 1971 The updating, therefore; was not deceiving. A customer selling the car at a later date would get a better return on it if it was listed as a 1971 model, rather than a 1970, he said. The spokesman said produc- tion of the Cortina has been discontinued in Canada. The cars are still produced and sold in Europe. They are not imported into Canada. The damages award to Miss Brousseau is the highest possible in the Ontario small claims court. Phil Edmonston, president of the Montreal-based Automobile Protection Association, called Judge Fogarty's decision a major breakthrough for consumers. He said his organization has 55 similar cases prepared and that actions have been launched against Ford, Chrysler, Peugeot, Renault, Mazda, Datsun and Toyota. GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge...... 65 48 Pincher Creek 65 36 Medicine Hat 67 42 Edmonton 64 39 Grande Prairie.. 64 38 Banfc .........56 35 Calgary........ 59 36 Victoria 65 47 Penticton....... 76 47 Prince George 63 38 Kamloops....... 77 48 Vancouver...... 65 51 Saskatoon....... 60 47 .40 Regma .......63 46 .52 Winnipeg 61 41 Toronto......... 87 67 Ottawa......... 79 65 Montreal 82 67 .05 St John's....... 38 34 .05 Halifax......... 84 44 .05 Charlottestown 66 41 .06 Fredericton..... 91 48 Chicago 84 64 .45 Minneapolis..... 68 54 1.05 New York 87 74 Miami.......... 84 78 Los Angeles ___ 80 63 Las Vegas...... 94 64 Phoenix 100 68 Honolulu........ 86 61 Mexico City..... 86 61 Athens 77 63 Rome.........75 64 Paris........... 59 46 London......... 59 50 Berlin.......... 66 39 Amsterdam..... 57 46 Moscow 59 46 Stockholm..... 63 48 Tokyo.......... 75 64 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Calgary, Medicine Hat Regions Today: Sunny. Highs near 70. Lows tonight 40 to 45. Tuesday: Sunny. Brisk westerly winds. Highs near 75. Columbia, Kootenay Regions Today and Tuesday, cloudy with a few sunny periods. Isolated shower or thundershowers mainly Columbia district.- Highs both days upper 60s to lower 70s. Lows tonight 40 to 45. MONTANA East of Continental Divide Fair to partly cloudy and warmer today and Tuesday. Chance few showers or thundershowers east today. Highs today 70s. Lows tonight 40s. Highs Tuesday 75 to 85. West of Continental Divide Fair and warmer today and Tuesday. Highs both days 75 to 85. Lows tonight 40s. Showers east today. Highs today 70s. Lows tonight 40s. Highs Tuesday 75 to 85. Edwards Cultivator and Rod Woodor 24 ft. Edwards Cultivator and 15 ft. Edwards Rodweeder available at the old price! Buy these now and save! GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coiitto Highway Box 1202 328-1141 Ports of entry: Times in Mountain Daylight Time opening and closing limes Carway 7 a m to JO p.m.; Chitf Mountain closed, Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita Sam to 5 p m Kmgsgate open 24 hours. 7am untiJ 11 pm Wild Horse 7am Io4prn Roosevriie7a.m. toll pm Pass Hamburger test report reaction stuns official Mining industry in Canada 'suffering' from prosperity By WILLIAM BORDERS New York Times Service VANCOUVER Canada's mining industry is suddenly suffering from too much prosperity. After a slump of several years, soaring world prices for the metals that Canada has in abundance have revitalized the industry, which is a traditional mainstay of the Canadian economy. But now, federal and provincial government officials, noting the huge profits in zinc, copper and silver, have demanded much higher taxes The industry says further development is severely threatened "The mood is said Thomas Elliott, manager of the British Columbia and Yukon Chamber of Mines. "People are asking why they should bother to put money into this high-risk business if all the gain goes to the government The industry pessimism, which is regarded in some other quarters as simply a bargaining tactic, is perhaps most marked here in British Columbia, where mining is second in importance only to the forest industry, and where an avidly socialist provincial government came to power two years ago But it is also evident in Manitoba, where a new excess-profits tax on mining is under consideration, and m Ontario, where just last month Texasgulf Inc indefinitely postponed a million expansion of a zinc and copper mine after the provincial government outlined sharp increases in the taxes on its income. Texasgulf, although American, gets more than half its revenues from mining in Canada, and like other mineral producers across the country, it had attracted the attention of the tax men with a huge increase in first-quarter profits million this year, compared with million in the first three months of 1973 To the governments, that sort of financial statement is proof that the people are "getting ripped off" by the giant mining companies, ii. the words of Premier David Barrett of British Columbia Despite the huge company profits, the Toronto Stock Exchange's base metals index has dropped from 108 to 81 in the last four months, and in Vancouver a popular sticker reads: "Will the last businessman to leave British Columbia please turn out the As for the federal government, new corporate tax increases that it announced last month died with the beginning of the current election campaign. But Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to introduce them again if he is returned to office In Vancouver, at the chamber of mines offices, Elliott produced a list of 15 British Columbia minerals projects, worth more than billion, that he said had been indefinably posponed this aftt. the new royalty schedules were published "The companies spent several hundred million dollars looking for these deposits, with not one penny coming back." he said FRAME STYLES From AROUND-THE- WORLD A MAN'S WORLD Out on a limb Perched feet above Toronto and 27 feet out from the growing CN Tower, iron worker Larry Porter pulls a hook of a giant crane as he works on the in- stallation of outriggers that will be used to lift the supports for the restaurant up to the level. Mr. Porter gets an hour below feet and above feet. OF FASHION ptV EDMONTON (CP) A city health official says he was "stunned" at the reaction of the federal health protection branch to a report critical of its testing of ground beef for bacteria content. Dr. A. B. Morrison senior official in charge of the branch, said in an Ottawa interview Friday that testing is not more rigorous because food poisoning bacteria are rare m ground beef. Food spoilage bacteria, on Ihe other hand, occur frequently, but are not harmful to health, he said. "Oh brother, that's said Dr. Ken Pennifold, director of environmental health services for the Edmonton Board of Healtii "it may be possible he was or misinterpreted, but this isn't the Dr. Morrison I know Food poisoning bacteria flourishes just as well as any olher strain in ground beef, he said Dr. Pennifold term "fiddlesticks" Or Morrison's contention that meat will appear noticeably spoiled long before it is dangerous if eaten "It's the meal that looks, tastes and smells absolutely normal that vou'H find behind most food poisoning cases. Once the stuff goes cruddy. people simply don't eat it arid. there's consequently no danger." Dr. Pennifold said staphylococcus aureus. a common cause of food poisoning, can be found almost anywhere. By itself, the bacteria is no threat to health, he said, and only becomes dangerous after it multiplies to the point where it produces sufficient amounts of toxins. Even then, the toxic by- products must be ingested, and resistance to their effects vary from person to person As a result, there are frequently cases where one member of a dinner parly will rome down with food poisoning, leaving the rest unaffected after eating 1he same meal. Dr Pennifold said ROOTS IN FRANCE The word "taxi" was derived from a French company that made meters for public horsedrawn carriages, "cab" is an abbreviation of rabnoJcl. the French word for a Jight. one- horse carnage NASA JUNE 16th FRTHGR'S DRY m FOR DAD -T- i L. trMu ujs Ticket With the Purchase of Any SPORT COAT IN STOCK f HERE'S YOUR CHANCE TO WIN AIM s IT PAYS TO SHOP AT... 3105th Street South II ;