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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, June 19, 19.4 News in brief Few contracts offer raises OTTAWA (CP) A federal labor department survey of collective agreements shows that less than 10 per cent of contracts have a provision that ties wages to cost of living increases. The survey, released Tuesday, indicates that 233 of 2.440 agreements filed with the department have cost of living allowances and 190 of these provide for a cents an hour increase based on per point rises in the consumer price index. The index measures changes in the cost of living based on estimated spending habits of an "average" family. In May, the index rose 1.7 per cent above the previous month to 164.6 the highest month to month jump in 23 years. Convention business threatened VANCOUVER (CP) The American Society of Associa- tion Executives is endeavour- ing to modify proposed legislation that would prevent United States conventions from behind held in Canada, President P. D. (Bud) Herman of Chicago said Tuesday. He said a U.S. survey had indicated that up to 60 per cent of the total occupancy in ma- jor Canadian hotels was provided by U.S. group business guests at such events. He told the 31st annual convention of the Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors: "The House Ways and Means Committee is trying to wipe out that business." He said representations by his organization had been met with suggestions that if authority for foreign conven- tions is approved it will only be through reciprocal arrangement. The committee favors this with three countries, one of which is Canada, he added. W oodworkers close to pact VANCOUVER (CP) Representatives of coastal woodworkers and British Columbia's forest in- dustry appeared close to agreement Tuesday evening' when they adjourned talks. Jack Munro. International Woodworkers of America regional president, told reporters at the close of a 35 hour bargaining session with forestry industrial relations that a ''major breakthrough" had been made. And he said the union's bargaining committee will meet today and make a recommendation to the membership and inform the industry of its decision. Opposition fights mineral bill VICTORIA (CP) The British Columbia legislature slowed down to a snail's pace Tuesday night as opposition MLAs worked hard to delay passage of the governments contentious Mineral Royalties Act. In three hours, the house passed only two of the bill's 27 sections through the com- mittee stage when there is a separate vote and debate on each clause. Mines Minister Leo Nimsick made the onlv fresh contribu- tion when he listed basic values determined by his department on which the so- called super royalty provi- sion of the bill will be based. Value for copper will be 58 cents a pound, for gold an ounce, for molybdenum per pound of concentrate and an ounce for silver. All prices are an average of prices over the last five years, with adjustments made for copper, gold and silver because of the huge increases in the last year alone. Soviet parliament drops woman MOSCOW (AP) Culture Minister Yekaterina Furtseva. the Soviet Union's highest-ranking woman, has been dropped from the national Parliament, Pravda said today. Mrs. Furtseva's name was missing from the list publish- ed by the Communist party newspaper of the 1.517 deputies elected last Sunday to the two houses of the Supreme Soviet. There was no indication whether the 64-year-old woman will also lose her government post or her membership on the Com- munist Party Central Com- mittee. Mrs. Furtseva. the wife of Deputy Foreign Minister Nikolai Firyubin. was reported to have been reprimanded by the party two months ago for building a lux- urious country dacha outside Moscow. Famine sufferers get help UNITED NATIONS (CP) Asia will get the lion's share of a special SlOO-million Cana- dian emergency assistance contribution to help develop- ing countries hit hardest by inflation and famine. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp disclosed in a letter to UN Secretary- BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL General Kurt Waldheim that about S67 million will be dis- bursed to Asian countries. About S45 million of it will be for wheat and other food- stuffs and the balance mainly for fertilizers. Sharp said about million has been earmarked for the African continent for those areas which are not only critically short of foreign ex- change but continue to be plagued by drought and famine. Most of that assistance will be food aid. with million going to- ward famine relief. LOOK AT THIS PRE-HOLIDAY CLEAN UP SPECIAL Dry Cleaning For Only 3.95 Frw Pickup and Dtliviry Turn in your exlra hang- ers to our routemen for extra credit. Lethbridge Laundry Cleaners 18l8-3rd South Phone Homes evacuated as floods threaten Kootenays CANADIAN PRESS Some residents in British Columbia's Kootenays were forced to evacuate their homes Tuesday as temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s pushed rivers and creeks over their banks. A few farmers and ranchers left their homes when the Kootenay river overflowed its banks a few miles east of C'ranbrook and flooded fields tor halt a mile on either side. And at Wasa. 25 miles north of Cranbrook, the Kootenay flooded highway 95 up to a depth of 21 inches. Highways department officials have closed the road and are rerouting all traffic north into the Columbia region through Kimberley. In the Fernie area east of the Kootenays, the Elk River has flooded low rural areas and water continues to seep Colorful commitment i here's no doubt about the extent of Rocky Valentini's commitment to the: Conservatives and its candidate in Mr. Valentini's riding of Toronto York-Centre in the July 8 election. Most supporters are content with a small printed sign on their lawn or in a window. Not He had his entire house painted in Tory and decorated it with the candidate Harry Swadron's name and the Conservative colors. Drumheller mayor received in brown paper bag EDMONTON (CP) Mayor A. E. Toshach of Drumheller said Tuesday he split half of a fee he received for helping the Alberta Housing Corp. obtain a loan in West Germany with Bob Orysiuk. former AHC ex- ecutive director. After Mayor Toshach made the statement at a judicial in- quiry into alleged wrong-doing by AHC personnel, Cameron Steer. Mr. Orysiuk's lawyer, said his client told him he never received the money. Earlier testimony indicated that Mayor Toshach and Vic- tor Farkas. a Montreal finan- cial broker, helped the AHC borrow S2.2 million from a German bank at higher interest rates than prevailed at the time in Canada. Mayor Toshach said he received the cash "finder's fee" in a brown paper bag from Mr. Farkas in a Montreal Hotel room in 1969. He put the money i- a safety deposit box and IOOK the next flight back to Alberta. Under questioning from Commission Counsel Rod McLennan. Mr. Toshach ad- mitted he had a conversation with Mr. Farkas after the in- quiry had been ordered. "That's not what you have been telling Mr. McLellan said. "I thought it was a business Red conqueror of Berlin dead MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet government today an- nounced the death of Marshal Georgi Zhukov. the Soviet Union's most famous military commander in the Second World War. He was 77. The first announcement by Tass. the government news agency, gave no further infor- mation about the marshal's death. But unofficial sources said he died in a Kremlin hospital Tuesday afternoon after a heart attack last week. The marshal had been living in retirement at his country home outside Moscow. Zhukov. the Soviet army chief of staff when Hitler in- vaded Russia, directed the defence of Moscow in 1941. broke the back of the German army at Stalingrad, lifted the siege of Leningrad, captured Berlin in 3945 and received the German surrender on behalf of the Soviet Union May 9, 1945. Slalin. fearful of Zhukov's popularity, assigned him to an obscure command in Odessa in 3946. After Stalin's death in 3953. he returned to become defence minister but Nikita Khrushchev dismissed him in disgrace in 1957. and he spent the next few years quietly writing his memoirs. AWARDED ORDER Zhukov was rehabilitated in 3966 and on his 75th birthday in 3971 ho was awarded the Order of Ixmin thv r; Soviet decoration, for the six- th time. Though Zhukov's tactics often were considered brilliant, he relied heavily on his country's huge reservoir of manpower. When Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower once asked him how his soldiers dealt with mine fields. Zhukov replied: "When we come to a mine field, our infantry at- tacks as if it were not there. The losses we get from per- sonnel mines we consider equal to those we would have got from machine-guns and artillery if the Germans had chosen to defend that par- ticular area." 28 forest fires still burning EDMONTON