Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
B.C. proposes rail-pipeline system to move Alaska oil WASHINGTON (CP) Pre- mier David Barrett of British Columbia proposed today a billion program to get Alaska's oil to mainland markets by rail and pipeline. Unlike existing pipeline pro- posals, the B.C. plan would si- multaneously handle Alaskan natural gas. Barrett told a news confer- ence, here the proposal now should be given a "cautious look" by the Nixon adminis- tration. He said he hopes and needs to have the "support, interest and drive of our federal govern- ment" to see the plan wins out over alternatives Involving pipe- lines across Canada or across Alaska. The elaborate thickly-illus- trated and documented proposal was delivered privately Monday to Acting U.S. Interior Secre- tary John C. Whitakcr by Bar- rett and other B.C. officials and simultaneously to the Canadian government and to opposition parties in Ottawa and Victoria. Barrett conceded that the "odds are long against this being accepted." But he said that, unlike the pipeline proposals, a railway or bust" development for Alaska, Hie Yukon and Brit- ish Columbia. It would offer more long-term jobs to local workers and a ra- tional development of resources throughout the region. Financing, the New Demo- cratic Party premier said, would come i'rom public funds contributed by the United Stales, Canada and B.C. and ho proposed a formula per cent U.S., 31 per cent Canadian and 20 per cent to be split equally by B.C. and the Yukon. The plan calls for construc- tion of a new doublelrack rail- way from the gigantic oil fields of Prudhoe Bay, on the North Slope of Alaska, through tnc Yukon to lower Post, B.C. Refining and treatment facil- ities could be constructed at Imvar Post1 and both oil and natural gas from Alaska could then be shipped by existing or projected British Columbia Railway facilities to the B.C.. lower mainland, or be carried by existing or proposed oil and gas pipelines. KE1TERATES CONCERN The B.C. premier reiterated his "deep concern" about the trans-Alaska pipeline, which the Nixon administration ciearly fa- vors but which would involve a fleet of oil carrying tankers be- tween southern Alaska and the U.S. West Coast. "In my opinion .our very great friend, the U.S., may be taking us for he said- This came at a time of grow- ing nationalism particularly about natural resources and the environment. "I am not suggesting that this is the ultimate proposal. But a cautious examination of it by the U.S. could go a long way to ease the fealing the U.S. takes us and our resources for. granted." If the Nixon administration were to act unilaterally ap- proving the trans-Alaska pipe- line it "might unintentionally add fuel to the nationalist fires in Canada." COMMITTED Asked about Whitackcr's re- action, lie said it was that the "administration appears to bo committed to the oil-tanker route at this lime." He repeatedly said he wanted to avoid becoming involved in political disputes in either Can ada or the U.S. The proposal was being prehehied openly for public debate. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 78 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Proposed 6th Ave. Bridge construction to start this summer on link between Scenic Drive and University Drive Job picture brightens OTTAWA (CP) The unemplayment picture brightened somewhat in February with an estimated persons out of work compared with in January, Statistics Canada said today. Ths February total amounted to 5.9 per cent of the labor force on a basis adjusted to take seasonal factors fnto account. This figure in January was G.2 per cent. Without adjustment, the February total amounted to 7.3 per cent of the labor force, down from 7.7 per cent in Januai-y. In February a year ago, there were unemployed for an adjusted rate of 7.3 per cent of the work force and an adjusted rate of .9 per cent, same as the most recent month. The country's labor force took another upward jump in February, totaling compared with" in January. In February a year ago, when the unemplayment rate was the same, the work force totalled The participation rate, pcrecentage of the civilian population 14 an over listed as in the labor force, also moved upward. It stood at 55.9 per cent in Febru- ary compared with 55.7 per cent in January and 51.3 per cent in February, 1972. Unemployment rates dipped in all regions on the seasonally-adjusted basis, the statistics bureau re- ported. In the Atlantic area the decrease was .7 per cent, in Quebec .5 per cent, in Ontario .1 per cent and it was .5 per cent for both the Prairies and British Columbia. Last time the national adjusted rate was as low as 5.9 per cent was April of last year. The unadjusted figures showed Canadians working in February compared with in January and in the second month of 1972. The number of women employed increased to 2, from in January. Quebec showed the best month-to-month improve- ment in the employment picture. However, it still had more unemployed along its labor force than pace- setting Ontario even though the Quebec work force is smaller. On the prairies, unemployment dipped to from in January while the labor force grew to from The rate dropped to 5.7 per cent from 6.2 per cent. British Columbia had unemployment estimated at compared with the previous month and the labor force expanded to from That dropped the unemployment rate to 8.3 per cent from 9.9 per cent in January. Bridge plan is unveiled Alberta sitting on time bomb? EDMONTON (CP) A proposed land use forum for Alberta could ignite a "time- bomb" that may bring out traits in Southern Albertans "that could frighten us Opposition members of the legislature warned Monday. "People are talking about burnings and taking the law into their own said Roy Wilson He was referring to emotionalism over the ques- tion of land purchases by the Hutterite religious sect. He was supported by other Social Credit members and by Grant Nolley, Alberta New Democratic Party leader. Land dealings curbs removed Inside Thanks for the advice, Dick, but I haven't any POWs I can promise to bring home.' Classified 15-19 Comics J4 Comments ____ 4, 5 District 3, 6 Family 15 Local News 11, 12 Markets 20 Sports 7-9 Theatres 7 TV 7 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 20 HIOH WED. M; MOSTLY SUNNY By niCHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Preliminary plans for an 830- foot long, million bridge lo West Lethbridge at 6th Ave. S. were presented to city council Monday with provisions for an additional million expendi- ture in the future for expansion of the major' throughway to the west side. The design calls for a two- stage development of the bridge, approach road, i n ter- clianges at Scenic Drive and Bill Ave. and access road to ths river valley. The first stage, which is scheduled to begin with, cca- straction before September, in- volves a two lane road with a 50 mile per hour speed capacity, one bridge and an overpass and interchange at Scenic Drive. The bridge will cover five spans, if the engineers recom- mendations are accepted, and Medicine Hat couple's son to be freed MEDICINE HAT (CP) The 43-year-old son of a Medicine Hat couple will be among .pris- oners of war released by the North Vietnamese this week. Bill and Dora Barnctt recent- ly learned that their son Rob- ert, a colonel in the United Spates Air Force, will be releas- ed in ttte Philippines Wednesday and returned to his wife and 13-year-old daughter in Los An- geles. His F105 fighter bomber was shot down by missile fire on his 41st mission over Vietnam in November; and he has been held by the North Viet- namese since. The senior Barnetls lived in Medicine Hat from 1910 to 1922 before moving to California where their son was bom. They returned lo Medicine Hat in 1969 to retire. Self-insuraiice program save money EDMONTON (CP) Al- berta will launch a self-insur- ance program for the prov- ince's car and truck fleet in November, Provincial Treasur- er Gordon Miniely said Monday night. He I old a committee studying provincial budgets that the sys- tem will save about a year on auto insurance. Last year's fleet coverage cost 000. The total bill for government insurance this year including liability on buildings is a "rough" estimate of he said. wili sit about 40 feet above the surface of the Oldman River. A spokesman for Stanley As- sociates Engineering Ltd. said the five precast concrete spans were recommended as the most practical from a function- al standpoint and have been ac- cepted by the provincial de- partment of highways. He said, however, the artist's concept shows six spans at the request of the local community services department to open up the river valley for a continu- ous recreation area. (If the sixth span were left out, more landfill would be required clos- er to the river bank split! tag the valley.) The provincial environment department could be approach- ed for financial assistance to provide at least part of the for the additional span, the spokesman suggested. The financing arangement now is between the city and the highways department with the city paying 20 per cent of the total cost, million, and the province the rest, million. The seven per cent grade of bridge approach roads allows the project to be built with minimum landfill in the river valley. Plans include a pedestrian and bicycle trail apart from the roadway, connecting at the bridge where a seven foot wide sidewalk is provided, and picking up an existing trail to the university on the west bank. PARTIAL CLOVERLEAK There will be room under the east side of the bridge for ve- hicle access lo recreational areas and a tunnel under the roadway on the west side for cycling and pedestrian traffic. The access to the river valley would remain as it is with modifications at the top and bottom of the coulees. The interchange at Scenic Drive will consist of a 230-fot long bridge on Scenic Drive and a partial cloverleaf ar- rangement connecting the drive with 6th Ave. The engineers estimate the two lane road system will be adequate to handle traffic for 10 to 15 years at which time they recommend stage two the project. That stage would see a sec- ond bridge, identical to the first one, be built along side the first one providing four traffic lanes across the river, two each way, linked with the four- lane approach roads. The second stage also includ- es an overpass and interchange at University Drive and 6th Ave. The total length of I lie road- way, from Scenic Drive to Uni- versity Drive, is about feet or just under two miles. The total land area required for the roads, interchanges and bridge structure is about 45 acres. Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes said council should have a date for approval of the preliminary plans by March 26. With ap- proval, the architects will then proceed with detailed plans. Bermuda extends powers New York Times Service HAMILTON Tlie govern- ment of this British colony ex- tended its emergency powers Monday in Bermuda in an attempt to speed a solution of the murders of the governor and his aide Saturday night. Following the declaration of a state of emergency Sunday, the government increased from, two to four days the period the police could detain suspects without having to charge them with a crime. No arrests were arrests were announced, but government sources said that several persons had been de- tained. The 359 Bermudian policemen were put on special 12-hour shifts to search for whoever killed the governor, Sir Rich- ard Sharpies, and his aide de camp, Capt, Hugh Sayers short- ly before midnight Saturday. Scotland Yard sent its third highest-ranking officer, Cmdr, John Morrison, here Monday to oversee its contingent of nine investigators, the largest force that the yard has ever sent to this island. Mr. Wilson compared feeling over the Hutterite problem in Alberta to "Watts, the Regina Depression riot and Northern Ireland." "They started small he said. The proposed three-man for- um on land use would hold public hearings and make rec- ommendations about such mat- ters as communal farming, corporate farms and foreign ownership of land. The forum was suggested in a motion pre- sented to the house Monday by Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer. On March 1, a bill that re- quired Hutterites in Alberta to gain cabinet permission before expanding their c o m m unal farms was dissolved on the grounds that it violated the Al- berta Bill of Rights, forbid- ding religious discrimination. ACTION SOUGHT However, farmers and other rural residents from some areas populated by Hutterites, marched on the legislature to protest the action. They argued Hutterites are taking up most of the good farm land in cer- tain areas and are not contri- buting to rural towns. Tlie opposition Monday pressed the government for immediate action and a firm deadline for the report on that portion of the land use study dealing with communal farm- ing. They called the proposed for- um "just a government move- to shelve the entire matter in- definitely, in the hopes the problem will just go away." While the motion deals with the over all question of land use, Social Credit MLAs im- mediately zeroed in on the Hut- terites and accused the govern- ment of attempting to hide the problem "that is very delicate and very sensitive" for resi- dents of Southern Alberta. BUCKWELL FAILS Leighton Buckwell speaking immediately after Dr. Homer introduced the motion, attempted to have the section dealing with corporate and communal farming deleted from the forum's guidelines. He said existing committees and previous committees al- ready had obtained volumes of information on that subject. The Cons erva lives used their majority to defeat Mr. Buck- well's amendment. "It's (Hutterite controversy) going to be a very serious problem in Southern he said. "It will bring out traits in Southern Albcrtans ones we would like to discourage and it could frighten Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON All regula- tions have been removed from the land dealings of Hulterites in Alberta, Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell told the legislature Monday. The Communal Properties Act which has limited the size Ipcation of land held by the re- ligious sect since the 1940s was repealed as of the first of this month, he said. While a commtmal property committee has been set up to keep watch on land dealings in- volving Hutterites, the commit- tee has no authority to in any way restrict the freedom of Hutterites, he said. "As of March 1, all citizens within the province are now treated absolutely equally with respect to land sales and pur- chases." STROM SEEKS ANSWER Former Social Credit leader Harry Strom asked if the min- ister had any indication of the amount of land the Hutterites have purchased since repeal of the-restrictive legislation. Mr. Russell said he didn't know, and that the matter is in the hands of the communal ad- visory committee which will be making a report sometime in the future: Said Mr. Russell "I sense that the honorable member is disturbed by some rumors he hears, but to my knowledge there is no basis for those and we are trying to proceed very carefully and with understand- ing at this time." Leitch to check Threinen parole Herald Lcgislalure Bureau EDMONTON Attorney-Gen- eral Merv Leitch told the legi- slature Monday he'll look into the parole suspension of a Leth- bridge man jailed 20 hours after being cleared of a non- capital murder charge. David William Threinen spent eight months in jail wait- ing for disposition of his non- capital murder case. Before and heard About town IJ AU1U quiz 'show psrlici- pant Rosannc Penning- ton first on the line for a contest for truck drivers only first-time grandfather John Van Sluys popping but- tons on his coveralls at Hie announcement that son Den- nis was a proud father Hank Coulter claiming his wife Donna gives him (lie car keys quickly just so he won't sec what is in her purse. that charge arose, he had been out on parole on a three-year sentence for armed robbery, breaking and entering and theft, and possession of an of- fensive weapon. On release after the non- capital murder acquittal, Mr. Threinen was arrested and a parole official in Calgary said his case witl be reviewed. Art Dixon Mil- lican) asked if the time Mr. Threinen spent waiting for lus r.on capital murder trial couldn't be considered as part of the three year term. Mr. Leitch said he wasn't aware of the Threinen case, but would look into it. Sharp departs on Vietnam trip OTTAWA (CP) External Afairs Minister Mitchell Sharp today departed from Canadian Forces Base Uplands on the first leg of his journey to North and South Vietnam. The trip will giv.1 Mr. Sharp a first-hand look at the ceasefire problems facing the four-nation International Commission of Control and Supervision Mr. Sharp said Monday that no decision has been taken whether to withdraw the Cana- dian ICCS contingent once the 60-day initial period has ex- pired. If Canada pulls out, a period of up to 30 days would be allowed to give the ICCS lime lo find a replacement Mr. Sharp will be accom- panied by Senator Donald Cam- eron, an Independent-Liberal from Alberta, and MPs Dout; Rowland and Eudore Allard The Conservative party de- clined to send a representative. There will be a refuelling stop in Anchorage, Alaska, today and a short visit to Tokyj Wednesday before arrival in Saigon Thursday. Mr. Sharp departs for Vien- tiane, Laos, aturday and is to arrive in Hanoi Sunday. A visit by the prime minister of East Germany may cut down the time available in Hanoi for laiKs with North Vietnamese. Although Mr. Sharp is to stay in Saigon almost three days, the Hanoi slop, because of [he con- flicting visit, will probably be less than fix hours long. There is a possibility that the stay might be extended. At the completion of the trip, Mr. Sharp is expected lo report lo Parliament on his dis- cussions, but he has said re- peatedly he will not consult the commons en the unllimslc deci- sion to slay in or pull out of the ICCS. U.S. railway workers get wage boost WASHINGTON (AP) A'ten tative wage and fringe-benefit settlement covering virtually al 500.000 railway workers in the United States was announced today. Spokesmen for the rail in- dustry and 15 unions involved in the pact haid the agreement wilt increase wages and bene- fits by a total f K.7 per ent over 18 monlhs beginning July This would include a four-per- cent wage increase effective next Jan. 1 and a revised pen sion system which would put an additional a month into the pay cheques of rail workers. Tho industry would pick up the payments that heretofore had been paid by the workers into the separate railway retirement fund that covers rail workers in lieu of Social Security.