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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Miners content, Labor brings back 5-day work week LONDON (AP) -Britain's Labor government scrapped the three-day work week today fol- lowing the settlement of a miners' strike that cut off coal supplies to industry. Energy Secretary Eric Varley said factories will return to full-time working from midnight Friday night. But he appealed to Britons to continue to save electricity in their homes until full coal pro- duction is resumed and supplies are back to normal. Coal fuels 70 per cent of Britain's power stations. The country's miners got ready to go back to work in the wake of Wednesday night's settlement of their pay dispute. The month-long strike, and the 10-week overtime ban that preceded it, forced industry on to short time working and brought down Edward Heath's Conservative government. Maintenance men began preparing the coal pits today just hours after the leaders of the miners' union reached a wage agreement in 12 hours of bargaining with the National Coal Board. The settlement was the first order of business for Wilson's new Labor government, which took office Monday after defeating Edward Heath's Conservatives in the general election last week. To get the settlement, the government threw out the seven-per-cent anti-inflation ceiling on pay raises which the Conservatives tried to defend in the elections. Even before the voting, however, it was generally conceded that whichever party won would put aside the ceiling to end the strike. And the settlement that was accepted was proposed by a fact-finding pay board appointed by Heath's government. The miners will get an average increase of 22 per cent, with the lowest category of basic pay increasing to a week from and the highest to from Bonuses for shift work and other benefits will mean an additional for most of the underground force. The size of the proposal resulted from the pay board's discovery late in the election campaign that the miners, who traditionally have gotten more money than other manual laborers, had slipped to seventh place because their earnings were being computed on a different basis from that of other workers. The settlement, million less than the million package the miners demanded, still must be approved by union local meetings Friday. But the vote will only be a formality because of the 2S-to-2 vote for acceptance by the mine union's executive. "We didn't get the full thing, but we think it's a reasonable union chief Joe Gcrmley told reporters. Unless the government subsidizes the increase in miners' wages, electricity costs may rise and add to Britain's already serious inflation The LetHbrldge Herald problem. But Derek Ezra, chairman ot the National Coal Board, said that even with the increase, coal will remain competitive with imported oil because of the recent big price increases by the oil countries. Elsewhere on the economic front, cabinet Minister Shirley Williams warned housewives not to expect a drastic cut in food costs as a result of Labor's election victory. But Mrs. Wil- liams, named to head a new department of prices and consumer protection, said she hopes to announce subsidies to reduce the price of basic foods within weeks. Bread, now 39 cents for a two-pound loaf, will be the first candidate. VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 7, 1974 28 Pages 10 Cents- Smashed aircraft The wreckage from an aircraft that crashed into a hillside near Prince Rupert was found by searchers Wednesday. Seven persons survived the accident, which happened Tuesday afternoon, while three others were killed. Story on page 25. Former aides indicted by jury WASHINGTON (AP) A federal grand jury today indicted former White House aides John D. Ehrlichman and Charles W. Colson on a charge of violating the civil rights of Daniel Ells- berg's psychiatrist. Also indicted on the same charge were Watergate con- spirators G. Gordon Liddy, Bernard L. Barker, Eugenio R. Martinez and Felipe De Diego. The indictment charged that the defendants engineered .the break-in of the Beverley Hills office of Dr. Lewis J. Fielding "with intent to search for confidential information concerning Daniel EUsberg." The burglary took place Sept 3, 1971, when EUsberg was under indictment in connection with the leak of the Pentagon Papers. The grand jury also indicted Liddy on two counts of refusing to testify before a House committee. Liddy already is serving a sentence for contempt of court for his refusal to testify before a grand jury. Liddy was sentenced to serve a maximum of 20 years for his role in the June breakin at Democratic National Committee headquarters. Ehrlichman also was charged with one count of lying to FBI agents and three counts of lying to a grand jury about the activities of the White House special investigative unit known as the "plumbers." Both Barker and Martinez served about a year in prison for their part in the Watergate break-in. Martinez, 49, was released on parole today from the Eglin Air Force Base federal prison facility in Florida. Barker. 55, was released Jan. 4 pending appeal after serving one year and 19 days. Propane prices in custody of PUB EDMONTON (CP) Telephones and Utilities Minister Roy Farran today announced proclamation of the Gas Utilities Amendment Act 1973 which will give the Public Utilities Board the right to establish propane prices within Alberta. The act was proclaimed despite a voluntary rollback of prices by the industry, said Mr. Farran, because certain major distributors have not abided "by the spirit of their agreement to stabilize the price in most of Alberta.'.' In a news release, the cabinet minister said there is no plan at this time to instruct the utilities board to fix either wholesale or retail prices. The government does not plan to ask the board to regulate the industry fully. However, the board will have the right to all information on costs and sales and that all circumstances concerned with price be considered. The board also may require producers to supply various quantities for provincial consumption as required. No uniform price for Alberta is envisaged, said Mr. Farran. Even at the agreed current price of 21 cents a gallon of propane, rural consumers are paying almost four times as much for heat as those using natural gas, said Mr. Farran and the government recognizes there must be a differentiation between the price paid for propane used for heating and the opportunity price for propane used for other industrial purposes. The government renewed its pledge to continue to assist in rapid conversion to natural gas. Legislature opening Premier to propose energy partnership By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The Lougheed government today is expected to outline its plans to make Albertans full partners in the development of the province's rich natural resources. In the speech from the throne opening- the third session of the 17th legislature this -afternoon, the government is expected to say it will strive to convert the world energy picture into an opportunity" for Albertans and Canadians. "A special position paper will outline a proposed Alberta resources growth company it will provide Albertans with the opportunity to invest in petrochemical and resource upgrading projects in the exciting decade ahead. By this means, balanced growth involving smaller centres throughout the province will be the speech to be read by Lt.- Gov. J. W. Grant MacEwan said. In the field of agriculture, the government said it wants to double funds allotted to the Agricultural Development Corporation to million. The corporation provides low interest and guaranteed interest loans to stimulate agricultural product industries. "The Water Resources Act will be revised to upgrade irrigation and management techniques, and initiatives in the management of Alberta's rural fresh water resources will be the Progressive Conservative government promised. "The irrigation rehabilitation agreement with the government of Canada will be fully implemented during the coming year, thus expanding the availability of a resource that can increase food production and processing in Southern Alberta in a major way.'' In addition to the position paper on the resources growth company, the government will present its bill to create the Alberta Energy Company which will invest in giant natural gas reserves at Suffield. And it promised a "statement of guidelines" for future oil sands projects, controlling ownership and environment. In education, the government promised a "special grant" for remote rural schools to "further slow centralization and help preserve community schools in smaller centres. The Early Childhood Services Program would be "substantially expanded" and support for pre-school handicapped children provided for the first time. Under health care, the government promised new initiatives" in day care. A "Dependent Adults Act" to protect mentally handicapped persons and others would be in Canada." Senior citizens will in future be able to obtain prescription; drugs at 20 per cent of the retail cost, persons with no taxable income will be relieved from payment of premiums for basic health services. For the cities, financial assistance would be substantially increased, partly to develop urban mass transit systems. Recreational grants to both urban and rural areas would be increased. "New highway construction and improvements to existing roads will continue at an even greater pace in 1974." Consumers were promised "new approaches" in consumer education through extension programs, community colleges, school systems and the media. For taxpayers, the government will make amendments to the Alberta Property Tax Reduction Plan. "This year, Alberta citi- zens who own homes or live on farms will be relieved totally of the provincial education property tax. The present 28- mill levy on such property will disappear, providing over million of major financial relief, giving municipalities more 'elbow room' to effectively carry out their responsibilities, and reducing administrative costs." Swm and heard About town Friends referring to Ted Berlando as "Minestrone Fats" after watching his prowess with a pool cue Sharon KoopmM threatening to walk to Hawaii if the airport was shut down because of the snowstorm. Canada may face 'worst grain tie-up in history9 By RIC SWIHART HeraM Staff Writer CALGARY It is possible Canada will witness its greatest elevator and railway tie-up in history this year, says Del Pound, chief commissioner for the Canadian Grain Commission. Addressing the annual meeting of the Calgary branch of the Alberta Institute of Agrolofists here Wednesday, Mr.Poond said the Canadian Wheat Board Is 140 million bushels behind in export shipments, compared with the same period one year ago. He pointed to the rail strike last summer, a general lack of farmer deliveries of the right type of grain for export and a lack of the proper type and number of rail cars. The Americans are also trying to move record amounts of grain to export position so rail cars are difficult to lease from them. This will mean Canadian farmers will miss grain sales when the prices are at record high prices, he said. It can't be sold if it can't be delivered. Mr. Pound said the general inavailability of rail cars is adding strain to the situation. Available rail cars have dropped to from in the past 10 years. Through a statutory freight rate set for Western Canadian farmers that would ensure cheap transportation for grain, the rail companies are losing money. Because of this rate, the rail companies would rather haul commodities other than grain, said Mr. Pound. To solve some of the problems, Mr. Pound suggested working toward a system of transportation that would be able to handle one billion bushels of grain each year. A system to meet this ob- jective would need storage facilities that would protect export commitments. This would mean a surge capacity for storage for export grain with the rest of the country's grain stored in fanners bins, the cheapest place to keep it And the system would have to cover the costs of and provide profits for the rail companies. Mr. Pound said fanners fed they get better service when there is competition at a grain delivery point. This is something which would be increased if elevator companies have to use fewer delivery points. Without competition, one elevator company could force radical centralization of grain delivery service. For this reason. Mr Pound said the elevator companies should make enough money to ensure adequate moderniza- tion of elevators to assure maximum service. THE HIGHLIGHTS Highlights of today's Alberta government throne speech: significant increases in food production and processing in Southern Alberta resulting from full implementation of the irrigation rehabilitation agreement with the federal government; of general irrigation and management techniques and initiatives in the management of Alberta's rural fresh water resources; alloted to the Agricultural Development Corporation will be doubled to for expansion of program that stimulates agricultural industries through low-interest and guaranteed loans; provincial education property tax will be eliminated; help to municipalities will be increased; Natural Gas Rebate Act will guarantee the resource -jrill be sold only at fair value and will reduce the net cost of gas to Albertans. V PM rattles sabre over oil prices TORONTO (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau says "if forced" he would fight a federal election over prices Alberta and Saskatchewan may demand for their oil and natural gas. Nixon's offer questioned WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon has offered to give sworn testimony, in writing or in a White House interview, to speed the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry. But some congressional Republicans questioned whether he would be open enough. Nixon told a news conference Wednesday night he will surrender to the House judiciary committee all tapes and documents made available earlier to Wa- tergate special prosecutor Leon Jaworski, besides making himself available for questions. Although Nixon labelled his offer as "very forthcoming." he hedged at promising to provide other evidence the committee might seek. And he said it would be improper for him to submit to cross examination. "I don't want an election on this divisive the prime minister told about per- sons attending a black-tie Lib- eral party fund-raising dinner here Wednesday night. "But, of course, if forced we will fight for the Canadian common interest." Mr. Trudeau said he is con- fident agreement will be reached with the western oil- producing provinces on raising oil prices and sharing proceeds when the oil price freeze ends next month. "If there is no the prime minister told the audience which paid a person, "we will do our duty" to prevent what he said would be "massive economic disorder" should Alberta try to claim exclusive right to regulate prices and share the profits with the oil industry. The prime minister repeated promises to encourage industrial development in Western Canada. Mr. Trudeau held talks ir Ottawa Monday with Premiei Peter Lougheed of Alberta and on Tuesday with Saskatchewan's Premier Allan Blakeney. A more balanced growth pattern across the country "will help preserve and enhance what is best about urban life in Canada." "Neither Toronto nor any other Canadian city need be- come another Tokyo or New York. Inslda Classified 22-25! 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