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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE June Hews in brief Portuguese, rebels agree LUANDA. Angola (Reuter) Ttie Portuguese military command in Angola and the nationalist guerrilla movement have reached agreement on suspension of hostilities, it was officially announced here Monday night. An oihcial communique said officers trom Portuguese army headquarters in Angola met Dr Jonas Savimbi. the guerrilla leader, somewhere in eastern Angola where they reached agreement on suspension of hostilities in preparation for a ceasefire. Cypriot ambushers shot NICOSIA, Cyprus (Reuter) Police shot and killed one of several men who tried to am- bush a police car near Limassol Monday, an official statement said. The police returned the fire and the ambush car drove off. It was found soon afterwards with a man dead of bullet wounds on the front seat. B.C. floods peak By The CANADIAN PRESS The Eraser River was expected to reach the 20 foot mark at Mission in the Fraser Valley today and water levels rose Mondav in the interior. The 20-foot level at Mission is used as the first emergency mark although Fraser Valley dikes have been built to withstand a flood of 26 feet. The emergency level is 24 feet above sea level. St. Albert short of water ST. ALBERT, Alta. (CP) This town just north of Edmonton has placed a total ban on watering lawns and gardens until Thursday because of a drop in water reserves. Town engineer Jan Maandag said Monday the water reserves became "dangerously low" over the weekend because of high consumption while temperatures reached the 80s. More B.C. workers strike VANCOUVER (CP) Officials of British Columbia's forest industry said Monday evening they believe 10.000 International Woodworkers of America members already staying off the job will be joined by mcfre todav And the unidentified officials of Forestry Industrial Relations said no matter what they offer the union's negotiating committee, the industry will still have a virtual strike situation in the coastal sector. Plumbers to return? VANCOUVER (CP) Plumbers could be back on some jobs in British Columbia by the end of the week following their acceptance Monday of the latest Construction Labor Relations Association contract offer. CLRA chief negotiator. Chuck Connaghan, said the plumbers' signing was a significant break" in strike, now in its sixth .week, involving more than 12 trade unions in B.C. Canada sends-war material TORONTO (CP) The Globe and Mail says Canadian and United States officials have confirmed that they are continuing to help Canadian companies ship war and war related materials to South Vietnam The newspaper cites one case in which a federal industry, trade and commerce official offered to help a DARWIN SIEWERT Sifc.vorl son O' M-s G.o- a S'.-.'.erl MT David a'ed ir. 3 of Lefib' doe V- ded and BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE 1 make _ it a sandal summer AII the airiest afoot are here m our new collection of bared and beautiful Sanaa's Opm Thursdi) till 9p.m. WORLD OF SHOES 317A Sixth Strwt South Promises escalate as vote nears Calgary mill rate declared illegal CALGARY (CP) The city's controversial 1974 mill- rate structure was ruled illegal by a district court judge Monday, throwing homeowners' tax payments into confusion. Judge L S. Turcotte ruled that the city didn't have the authority to approve a municipal tax rate for apartments at a level higher than the rate for commercial- industrial property. Calgary's three-way-slit mill rate saw single-family homes taxed at 53.9 mills, apartments at 68.9 mills and commercial-industrial property at 83 mills. However, the municipal portion of the commercial- industrial tax was 36.6 mills. whereas the municipal portion of the apartment tax was 49.4 mills. Provincial legislation states that commercial-industrial tax must not be lower than residential tax. The city had adopted the view that the legislation referred to the entire mill rate including the 26.9-mill education foundation levy. But Judge Turcotte said the legislation did not include the school tax. and therefore the three-way plan approved by city council May 27 is "null and void "It is absurb to suggest that the city can manipulate a mill rate by using tax rates over which it has no control to vary the intent of the legislation." the judge said. City council was informed of the court's decision at its regular Monday night meeting. Aid. Peter Petrusak said later the matter will be Montreal firm reroute its consignment through the U.S. to avoid ''difficulties that can arise when a Canadian company is asked to bid on a U.S. defence requirement that is to be delivered to Southeast Asia." Province buys land EDMONTON (CP) The province is setting aside land near Fort Saskatchewan. 15 miles northeast of here, for use as a combined federal minimum security penitentiary and correctional officer training school. Dr. Winston Backus, provincial minister of public works, said Monday the site is part of an exchange in which the Canadian Penitentiary Service dropped its option to buy Holy Redeemer College on the southwest outskirts of Edmonton. discussed at the next council meeting June 24. City solicitor Brian Scott said he hasn't decided whether he will recommend that the city appeal Judge Turcotte's decision. Meanwhile, property taxes are payable July 1 and Judge Turcotte advised property owners to pay their taxes by that date no matter what course of action the city takes Failure to pay taxes by July 1 would automatically set in motion penalties for late payments Municipal affairs minister Russell called Calgary's mill-rate structure illegal after it was approved by city council but he said he would rather see a Calgary property owner take the city to court. Take the city to court a Calgarv property owner did. Monday's matter was brought to court by Clifford Douglas owner of an apartment management company. Ambulance patients to pay VICTORIA (CP) All patients who require ambulance service will be billed a flat a call beginning July 1. Health Minister Dennis Cocke said Monday. And the bill will come from the provincial Emergency Medical Services Commission, not from the ambulance company. BILL GROENEN photo Who drained the pool? Looking as though someone drained the pool on him, a young streaker takes time out to get an all- over suntan in the coulee under Highway 3 bridge. Refineries blame oil charge for decline in gas exports By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A number of major Prairie refineries and motor gasoline "jobbers" have complained to the National Energy Board that Ottawa's extension of the a barrel export charge in May to refined products madefrom domestic crude has virtually eliminated traditional Prairie exports of an estimated 1.5- million barrels a year of mo- tor gasoline to the U.S. As a result, the NEB is reconsidering its flat-rate export charge on refined products and is reportedly considering changing the single, fixed charge to a schedule of charges, whereby the amount of the charge would vary with the product and with its region of manufacture. NEB officials Monday also revealed that despite reports last week that export licenses had been issued during May for some barrels of motor gasoline to the U.S.. very little of the gasoline has actually been exported as a direct result of the added a barrel export charge which came into effect in May. Industry sources estimated that gasoline in the Mid-West, a market for Canadian gasoline, is now available at the wholesale level at about 25 cents a gallon. NEB officials said they have no idea of exact prices in the U.S. for motor gasoline, in part because the price varies so much depending on circum- stances. They said prices have probably dropped recently as the supply situation in the U.S. improved. Industry sources then sug- gested that the recent increase of crude oil prices in Canada by a barrel added about 9 cents a gallon to the costs of domestic motor gasoline. 300 evacuated as fire spreads Inquiry ponders AHC loan fiasco EDMONTON (CP) While residents of the Mill Woods subdivision slogged through the mire of unfinished roads this spring, a judicial inquiry began plowing through the muddy circumstances surrounding Alberta Housing Corp. (AHO acquisition of the land. Now. after three weeks of testimony, questions still remain about the S2.2 million for the land assembly, borrowed by the AHC in 1969 from a West German bank although Canadian funds were available at lower interest rate5; John C u r r i e. former assistant deputy treasurer. testified the loan's effective- rale of interest in money borrowed by olhrr agencies rost between eight and nine per 1081 per rent rof.r 10 14 94 per cent because nf revaluations of the German mark and ultimately cost the province 2 million When Bob Orysiuk. former head of the AHC. admitted he larked experience in inter- national monflary affairs, Mr Justice- J M Cairns. presiding over the inquiry, amazement at 1ho r a s u a 1 atmosphere NiirT'nJirJing the loan You gel a junior cleric out of some department, make him executive director and then he eoes out and borrows he said. Mr. Orysiuk was promoted in the late 1960s from the position of government clerk. The broker who obtained the foreign funds. Victor Farkas of Victor Farkas Realty Ltd.. has declined to testify, the inquiry was told. The inquiry was told that the Montreal firm was recom- mended by Drumheller. Alta Mayor E. A. Toshach. who has been subpoenaed to appear to- day. James Monaghan. a senior executive with an Edmonton construction company, told Ihe inquiry he was told by Jim Landsky. another former head of the AHC. that the mayor re- roivcd in connection with the AHC loan. The Alberta Supreme Court justice asked Mr. Orysiuk to gel copies of his income tax returns for through 1973 from the department of national revenue, but Mr. Orysiuk refused "Wh> is he trying to hide his income tax returns''" Mr Jus- 1iee Cairns asked 1he lawyer for Mr Orysiuk "We are In. ing to get lo the truth Mr Orysiuk opened leMimony in the inquiry May 6 Malmp thai he received hall of a rnmmission paid bv Ihe AHC in 196S to lawyer Ed Arhtem, a land assembly agent for the Woods project. EDMONTON (CP) More than 300 persons were evac- uated late Monday from their homes as a raging forest fire about 150 miles northwest of Edmonton continued to spread Fanned by winds gusting to 20 miles an hour and with tem- peratures in the 80s. the fire covered about 5.000 acres Monday night- It had covered a 1.100-acre area earlier in the day A provincial government spokesman said most persons evacuated were employees of natural gas distribution centres in the area and their families. In addition. 175 Alberta forest service firefighters had to be evacuated from their base when it was threatened by fire More than 40 fires were burning in northern Alberta Monday. They were being fought by 500 men supported by 60 aircraft, including eight fire bombers. 25 helicopters and 24 fixed-wing aircraft. Another 250 firefighters were on their way to the scene Monday night. Most of the fires were started by a lightning storm that swept through the area Saturday night. The storm caused 57 fires; 42 were still burning Monday night. Fifteen were out of control. "Things are critical and probably will be for the next couple of days unless the weather said Nick Radke, Alberta forest service superintendent at Wnitecourt. By DAVE BLAIKIE The CANADIAN PRESS Prime Minister Trudeau an- nounced a multi-million-dollar urban transit program Monday and New Democrat Leader David Lewis gave moral support to economically-pressed dairy farmers as national political leaders began the third-last week of the July 8 federal election campaign. Mr. Trudeau. addressing an enthusiastic outdoor rally of several thousand in Toronto, announced Phase 2 of the Liberal transportation program, promising if re- elected to spend million to million over the next five years to improve urban transportation systems in large centres such as Montreal and Toronto. Mr. Lewis, meanwhile, flew to Hawkesbury, Ont., where he told dairy farmers they are entitled to a hundredweight for industrial milk. They now are guaranteed but say they are losing money and may be forced to abandon their farms if prices don't go up. Progressive Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield took Monday off after completing a trip last week through more than 30 southern Ontario rid- ings. Today he is in Victoria and Vancouver. Social Credit Leader Real Caouette completed a two-day Maritime visit Monday with an open-line radio appearance in Moncton, N.B., and a news conference in Halifax. He told listeners in Moncton that the Conservative prices- and-income proposal will not cure inflation. Some other way must be found to increase consumer purchasing power. He suggested a 25-per-cent retail discount program financed by the government through the Bank of Canada. Under such a plan, the government would reimburse retailers 25 per cent of their costs and prices would be lowered accordingly for con- sumers. The Social Credit leader re- turns to his traditional Quebec power base today with stops in Quebec City and the northern Lac St. Jean region. In Toronto he said the Liberal transportation plan would pay the full cost of vehicles for approved projects and 50 per cent of the cost of stations and platforms. For in-city transit. Ottawa would pay 25 per cent of the cost of vehicles such as buses and street cars as long as they were Canadian-made. Aides said no legislation would be required to put the plan into operation. The prime minister returned to Ottawa after visiting a shopping centre in North Bay and held an evening dinner for ministers attending the NATO conference. A nibs pleased, Jews irked Today, his schedule included'brief remarks at the formal opening ol the conference, a series ol campaign appearances in Ottawa and visits to Cornwall and Windsor, Ont. Mr. Lewis flew to the heart of Social Credit country Monday alter his stop in Hawkesbury. In a brief visit to Temiscamingue, Que., in the home riding of Mr Caouette. the NDP leader toured the Tembec paper plant and spoke to a small audience at a local union hall. He praised their efforts in reviving the plant after the former owner. Canadian International Paper, announced plans to cease operations. In turn, he was praised by a local NDP official for the part the NDP leader played in keeping the plant in production. It was reopened last year after being taken over by workers, in- vestors and the provincial government. Mr. Lewis stayed overnight in North Bay and was to cam- paign today in the Northern Ontario centres ot Earlton. Kirkland Lake and Sault Ste Marie. France, U.S. disagree on declaration OTTAWA (CPi A dis- agreement between France and the United States over the wording of a new declaration of principles is likely to top the agenda when the NATO alliance opens its annual spring meeting today. Informed sources say. how- ever, that a compromise be- tween the two governments is in sight and some settlement is expected which will enable the 15 countries attending the discussions to issue the document before the conference closes Wednesday. They say the dispute centres on a section of the declaration devoted to a pledge of greater consultation between the U.S. and its European partners on Western defence matters. In general terms. France appears to be demanding a greater commitment to close consultation than the U.S. is ready to give The issue was to be discussed by the foreign ministers and diplomats attending the twice-yearly meeting at a dinner given Monday night by Prime Minister Trudeau at his resi- dence. It likely will be taken up again today, sources say. by U.S. State Secretary Henry- Kissinger who arrived late Monday night from Tel Aviv. Candidates' calendar BESSIE ANNAND, NDP Tonight Attending all-party Unifarm forum in Claresholm after campaigning in Fort Macleod. Wednesday Campaigning in Lethbridge all day Wednesday night "Election 74" program on CHEC radio, all-party forum on "Women's Place." Lethbridge Women's Centre. SVEN ERICKSEN, LIBERAL Today Campaigning in Picture Butte and Turin. Wednesday night All-party forum at Lethbridge Women's Centre. KEN HURLBURT, PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVE Nothing reported. VERN YOUNG. SOCIAL CREDIT Nothing reported. Nixon has mixed success AMMAN. Jordan President Nixon has convinced four Arab leaders of his active neutrality between Israel and the Arabs, but he does not appear 1o have brought them closer to a compromise with Is- rael The United States chief executive was told peace will never come to the Middle East without major concessions which Israel so far won't drawal from all territory captured from the Arabs. including Old Jerusalem, and restoration of Palestinian "rights." Nixon earned praise from the Arabs and displeasure in Israel for the new era of good will that is opening up bdween the United States and the Arab world. But he found no softening in Arab conditions for a lasting peace In Egypt. President Anwar Sadat told Nixon there ran be rio peace until Israeli forces are removed from Ihe Sinai Peninsula and the Palestinian question is settled King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, who considers himself Ihe protector of Islam's holiest shrir.cs, said there never will be a real and lasting peace until Jerusalem is returned to Arab sovereignty. President Hafez Assad of Syria stressed that military disengagement in the Golan Heights must be only a ''first step toward Israel's withdrawal from all occupied Arab territory and securing the national rights of the Palestinian people." King Hussein of Jordan asked Nixon to press lor immediate Israeli withdrawal from Ihe Jordan Valley before the Palestinian issue is taken up at a Geneva peace conference. This would create a six-mile dcmili- lanzed sonc along the Jordan Hivcr similar to thoK- separating Israeli forces from the Egyptian and Syrian armies on the Suez canal and the Golan Heights Hussein also outlined his ideas for a Palestinian solution; to let the Palestinians on the West Bank of the Jordan River choose one of three al- ternatives once Israel union with Jordan, a new form of federation with 1he rest of Jordan or the creation of a separatist slate" uniting the West Bank and the Gaza S1np Israeli leaders reacted coolly to Nixon's supgf siion. that 1hcy take political risks in pursuing "the npnt of statcmanship" toward a Middle KaM rornpronn.-f One Israeli government official commented He wants us to take the nsks but he gives us that he will stand behind us when we do ;