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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Distress signal It may be plans for an afternoon golf game got snowed under or maybe it was just a storm warning raised by the court house staff. Whatever the reason, the Can- adian flag flapping in Tuesday's snowstorm had a dejected look about it. The weatherman says three inches of snow fell in the city during the most recent storm. He predicts Thursday will be sunny and cold. Clark says tax cuts major Socred priority By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Tax cuts for Albertans and a guaranteed bigger slice of resource revenues are major Social Credit priorities going into the 1974 session of the legislature. Bob Clark, opposition leader said today. Mr. Clark said that the windfall revenues from natural resources could be used to cut provincial taxes by about one sixth. "We would move at the earliest possible date to lower personal income tax." he said. He said the former Social Credit administration had made a serious mistake when it "backed out" of a guaranteed sharing arrangement of resource revenues with towns and cities. He said the province must commit itself to share total resource revenues, not just royalties. The opposition will also press to have the provincial tax on gasoline removed, he said. Other priorities would be reduced mortgage rates in line with the ability to pay and the removal of taxes on building materials. The opposition leader said municipal and other public representatives should be able to approach the legislature directly. He said they could talk to the 75 members of the legislature at the fall session The annual preparation of the budget should be delayed to give municipalities a chance to be heard in the legislature. Mr. Clark said the government must remove the 7'4 per cent spending increase ceiling from municipalities or impose limits on itself as well. It was ridiculous to limit municipalities' spending when the province increased its own outlay by 14 per cent last year, he said. He said resources revenues should also be pumped into development of secondary industry in the province, possibly through a "heritage fund" set up to help future generations benefit from present revenues. There were 50 or 60 by-products from oil sands development that could be spurred into production. Just returned from a visit to Fort McMurray, at the centre of the giant oil reserves, Mr. Clark said the government must lay out its plans for the future of the town. The towns of Cold Lake and Peace River are also very much affected by the sands development Calgary Power seeking an extra 5.2% CALGARY (CP) Calgary Power Tuesday asked the Public Utilities Board for a further 5.2-per- cent across-the-board rate increase, starting April 1. The company said the rate increase, plus an additional surcharge, would be required to offset an US-million deficit as a result of changes in the company's methods of paying federal tax. Calgary Power is already operating on a 15.1-per-cent interim rate increase over its 1972 rates. The utilities board has been conducting hearings on Calgary Power's rate changes for two years. A company spokesman said the additional increase and the surcharge resulted mainly from a June, 1973, decision of the board, which asked Calgary Power to switch its method of paying federal tax to the taxes paid method from the deferred taxes method. Because of this, he said, Calgary Power entered 1974 with a 115 million deficit despite the 15.1-per- cent interim increase. Money had to be borrowed to meet budget operations and to pay the interest on the borrowed money the additional 5.2 per-cent increase would be required. He said if the board granted the 5.2-percent increase as of April 1, the company would still need another million because of the lateness of the 5.2-per-cent increase. That million the company hopes to make up in a surcharge. If the board approves the company's request, Calgary Power's rates would be 20.3 per cent higher than 1972 rates plus the surcharge. The company spokesman said these rate increases could be granted on a interim basis pending the board's final decision. Any excess income by the company will be returned to customers, he said The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 1974 40 Pages 10 Cents Miniely reports economic boom Farm receipts rise 32% CALGARY (CP) Alberta's economic growth in 1973 went "far beyond" what had been expected at the beginning of the year, Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely said Tuesday. "Preliminary figures indicate that most industries in Alberta registered massive dollar-volume increases in 1973 over 1972, be told the per cent higher and farmers cash receipts werejnore than 32 per cent higher." Retail sales increased 13 per cent over 1972, he saia. But higher product prices accounted for much of this. "In addition, the general Calgary-Edmonton consumer price index rose by about 6.5 per cent, a confirmation that physical volume increases did Nixon agrees to appear before House committee economic outlook conference hot parallel dollar volume sponsored by the Canadian increases." Imperial Bank of Commerce. "The dollar volume of manufacturing rose by close to 20 per cent while mining industry sales were almost 39 Miners given new offer LONDON (Reuter) A new pay offer went out to Britain's striking coalminers today, more than doubling the figure originally approved by the ousted Conservative government The offer was studied in an atmosphere of optimism after assurances from the new Labor government that the wage curbs imposed by former prime minister Edward Heath need no longer necessarily apply. The new offer was put for- ward by the government pay board acting on instructions issued by Heath before his defeat in last week's general election. The board's brief had been to define how much extra the miners the anti inflation wage of the hardships of their job. Its recommendation today offered coalface workers roughly what they had asked for. But other underground men and surface workers were offered less than the figure demanded by the National Union of Min- eworkers These were the recommended increases: Coalface workers to get about a week instead of their present pay of about J85 dollars; other underground workers to get about 183 a week instead of about 163 they now receive; surface men with underground experience to get about 170 instead of 158. The NUM had demanded 192 a week for non-coalface underground men and for surface workers. The province's labor force increased to last year from the previous year. Unemployment was down .4 per cent from the 4.4 per cent recorded hi 1972. Alberta's agricultural picture was particularly bright, he said. Total cash farm receipts jumped by 32 per cent while expenses rose by 10 to 20 per cent. But despite this record income, the farmers produced only 1.4Lper cent more grain 1972 and just slightly more livestock, he said. A rapidly expanding world demand for food will assure a ready market for Alberta farm products in the foreseeable future, Mr. Miniely said. Even with below average production, farm incomes should remain at a high level. The province's sale of billion in minerals in. 1973 accounted for 33 per cent of Canada's mineral production and made Alberta the country's leading provincial producer, he said. Fossil fuel production reached a record value of almost 40 per cent greater than in 1972 with petroleum and natural gas making up most of the increase. But coal production is increasing rapidly and coal has great potential as a fuel for power generation, he said. The improved manu- facturing outlook in the province was attributed to increases in food and beverage production, primary metals, transportation equipment, non-metallic mineral products and petroleum refining. "Alberta's manufacturing industry was expected to show a 60-per-cent increase in total investment in 1973, the bulk in the form of construction expenditures." He said although residential building starts were down 7.2 per cent last year, there was a strong upswing in the final quarter. Non-residential construction showed strong growth, resulting in an increase of 14.5 per cent in total value of building permits. WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon informed the House of Representatives judiciary committee today he will give it all the material he has already turned over to the Watergate grand jury "without limitation." The president also offered to answer written questions and submit to an oral interview if the committee is President calls TV broadcast WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon will hold a nationally-televised and broadcast news conference at p.m. MST today, the White House announced. Timing of the surprise news second in nine speculation the president would announce steps toward ending the Arab oil embargo. But Deputy Press Secretary Gerald L. -Warren said: "I cannot predict whether the president will have an announcement this evening." Nixon often opens his news conferences with major an- nouncements, and tonight's session was scheduled amid reports that State Secretary Henry Kissinger brought back from the Middle East this week assurances that the embargo would soon be lifted. The news conference also comes amid a flurry of developments in the Watergate case. not satisfied with the written answers. Nixon's decision was an- nounced by James St. Clair, the president's chief Watergate lawyer, at a hearing called to hear arguments on the disposition of a sealed grand jury report. St. Clair told U.S. District Judge John Sirica the White House would offer no recom- mendation as to what the. judge should do with the sealed report which sources have indicated contains grand jury findings on the president's role in Water- gate. St. Clair disclosed that the report is 1% to 2 pages long; that is in addition to the briefcase containing grand jury evidence which was given the judge along with the sealed presentment. Referring to news accounts about the sealed report, St. Clair said, "We consider there has been a serious breach of grand jury secrecy." He said also the published reports represented a "gross distortion of its contents During a recess, St. Clair told reporters the president would be willing to undergo more than one interview by the judiciary committee and that there would be no objection to his speaking under oath. St. Clair also said, "We can probably make delivery of some documentation this afternoon." He said that included some of 19 tapes and more than 700 documents requested by the committee. Asked why the president turned down the grand jury's request for such testimony but is willing to give it before a committee of the House, St. Clair said: "This is a unique proceeding involving the House of Repre- sentatives and the president of the United States and deserving in my view of unique procedures." War reports prompted Dayan to change mind About town Valerie Reeves helping her houseplant grow by holding it on her lap while watching television Geve Hill calling a joint bank account an account in which the husband puts money in and the wife takes it out Public school boundary rules may be dropped From AP-REUTER JERUSALEM (CP) Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Dayan said today his sudden decision to join a new Israeli cabinet stemmed directly from intelligence reports of a serious military situation on the .Golan Heights. He said that in view of the military developments disclosed at a special cabinet meeting Tuesday night he felt he must do everything in his power to help Israel. Dayan's change of heart cleared the way for Prime Minister Golda Meir to form a government after more than two months of political uncertainty. Premier Golda Meir was to submit today the names in her new minority cabinet. Well-informed sources said the Syrians had changed their military dispositions on the heights in the last few days to what could be an offensive de- ployment But Israeli authorities have not imposed any restriction on movement to the area and there was no indication of an imminent flareup. Dayan earlier had refused to reverse his decision to quit the cabinet even though Mrs. Meir had won a vote of confidence from more than 500 of the 615 members of their Labor party's central committee. Mrs. Meir, angered by a criticism from Dayan supporters in the Labor party, had said Sunday that she would not continue in office. She delayed her decision after receiving a steady stream of party leaders. Atlantic balloonist given up WASHINGTON (Reuter) The United States defence de- partment is officially giving up its plane search of the South Atlantic for missing balloonist Thomas Gatch. Pentagon officials said today. The ex-army colonel, who set out Feb. 17 to become the first balloonist to solo the Atlantic, was last sighted Feb. 21 by a Liberian freighter about 900 miles south of the Azores. By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge parents may soon have the freedom to choose which public school they want their children to attend Public school trustees believe parents should nave this freedom if the school building and personnel can accommodate their choice. And to put their views into action, the trustees are in the process of formulating a policy on optional school attendance boundaries. The policy under consideration makes the public school system more flexible because it allows parents to send their children to a school that uses teaching methods and operates special programs that differ from those used in the school the children are now attending, the public school board chairman says. Dorothy Beckel says the trustees began considering changing the attendance boundary policy about a year ago after receiving a number of requests from parents who wanted to send their children to a school other than the one within their residential area. It was only a very small proportion of the parents with children in the public schools who wanted to move their children to another school, but those who "feel strongly" about moving their children should be able to do so, she maintains Under the present policy, the" school board sets the boundaries and parents residing within those boundaries send their children to the school designated for those boundaries. The only exceptions to the policy involve physically handicapped students, students una1 to obtain the program the. need in the school they are attending and students who nly have one more year to in a school that was situated within an area their parents just moved from. The only restrictions in the proposed policy will be the maximum school attendance limit on each school. Requests for transfer would have to be made prior to April 1 each year. Also, the decision as to whether or not a transferring student should be accepted will be made by the principal. His decision will be based on the availability of classroom space and if there are fewer than 30 students in the class the parent's request will be granted, the proposed policy states. Gerry Probe, director of personnel, says "schools try to meet the needs of all students but if the parent is of the opinion, for whatever reason, that a school other than the one the child is attending would better meet his or her needs then the child should be allowed to attend that school." Eventually, he hopes, every school will be identified so parents will know what each has to offer. The programming and the teaching methods of each school may also eventually be labelled conservative, liberal or whatever other name that best identifies them, be adds. Today, Dr. Probe says, the classification of each school is largely in the minds of the parents. Requests fo; school transfers will have to be made prior to April 1 and final confirmation of the transfer will not be made-until the end of the school year, according to the proposed optional school attendance boundaries policy. Regular busing would not be provided for students who wish to attend a school outside their attendance boundaries, but the school board mar grant them free city bus tickets, be says. Tfte proposed policy also states that there will be no boundary line established between Winston Churchill High School and Lethondge Collegiate Institute. t I Classified Comics Comment District.. Family Local News Markets Sports Theatres... TV. Weather 24-28 16 4 15 33-36 13. 14 18. 19 21-23 7 6 ..'3 tuned to the CBC for the Toronto weather forecast' TONIGHT li BELOW: HIGH THURS., 9; SUNNY 1 ;