Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 15, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday, March 15, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 21 Arts grants frozen OTTAWA (CP) About 40 leading arts organizations, ranging from the National Ballet and the Stratford Festival down, will have their federal government Canada Council grants virtually frozen in the new fiscal year starting April 1. The council told the Commons committee on broadcasting and assistance to the arts Thursday that it intends to use its million in extra federal money in the new year to help individual artists and new artistic ac- tivities in -parts of the country not served adequately in the past. Andre Fortier, council director, said in an interview after the meeting that he does not like calling the new budget plans a freeze on the established arts organizations But he said the council intends to maintain the level of the grants, in general not allowing even enough extra money to meet the normal annual in- crease in costs. Mr Fortier said the arts or- ganizations have been warned they will have to look to business increased funds The council has earmarked million for the arts in 1974-75. It has long been criticized in some parts of the country for pouring too much money into the big, well- established arts organizations, most of them in Montreal and Toronto. No tow at Edmonton These Edmonton motorists had to rely on their own power Thursday in trying to free their stalled vehicles after a 12-inch snowfall. The tow truck itself is mired in snow at the end of the street (top of the Secret check idea comes under fire OTTAWA (CP) The envi- ronmental impact of 'all pro- posed government projects will be checked in future, but it will be done in secret and the announcement in the Commons Thursday unleashed a flood of criticism from opposition members. Environment Minister Jack Davis said most projects will be approved "without comment." But some would have to be "examined very carefully indeed." Screening of environmental impact would be done by a de- partmental panel before any information was released to the public. Conservative environment critic John Fraser retorted that the m- camera screening process would serve to keep many details secret. "If this is supposed to be an attempt to enlighten the public this gets very close to being a fraud." Referring to a 1972 depart- mental report in which environmental impact studies were recommended, Mr. Fraser (Vancouver South) said it is obvious the government is ignoring a recommendation for full public disclosure. "It isn't going to work; it's in defiance of their own report and it's a New Democrat Randolph Harding (Kooteney West) also said "it doesn't go far enough." will play role in armed forces TORONTO (CP) Defence Minister James Richardson announced Thursday steps under which Canada's tiny air reserves, the so-called weekend flyers, will take more part in the activities of the armed forces. As a first step air reservists in Edmonton will participate in search-and-rescue activities, he said in a speech to air reservists in Toronto. If the plan works then reservists in Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal will have a role to play in armed forces activities. Meanwhile he said, he plans to double the size of the air reserve, now a mere 714 men in the four cities. Mr Richardson's speech follows earlier announcements of a greater role for reservists, with some going to the Midddd East to participate in the United Nations Emergency Force. Left unanswered in his speech is whether he plans to go as far as the United States has done, with reservists responsible for most of the fighter defence of the continental U S But he said that no longer will reservists be weekend fly- ers They will make use of regular-force aircraft and eventually have regular forces assignments. USE BETTER PLANES Instead of the few outmoded planes they now have available, they will be using helicopters and Twin Otters and eventually Buffalos. In the first step the 440 Transport and Rescue Squadron based in Edmonton and the 418 Air Reserve squadron of Edmonton would take "common roles." No sabotaging MONTREAL (CP) Cana- dian National Railways Thursday denied it is "sabotaging the grain delivery system of the country" to facilitate grain rate changes. Roy Atkinson, president of the National Farmers' Union said in Vancouver Wednesday that CP Rail and the CNR have boxcars to move grain but are purposely slowing down gram movement to force a change in statutory grain rates. Long-range energy planning emphasized WINNIPEG (CP) An au- thority on energy says there is a need for long-range planning and co-ordination of farm and energy-resources if Canada is to survive Dr. Gordon Patterson of Ot- tawa, energy studies director of the Science Council of Canada, told a conference on agriculture and the energy crisis Thursday that fossil fuels won't last forever, and may become too expensive for use by the end of the century. Dr. PatCerson said Canada can't hope to stay alive as a nation unless a great deal of money is allocated to energy, with the focus on the inter- mediate and long-term energy needs of the country. He said fossil fuels and nu- clear development have at- tracted most of the the energy research to date, but attention also must be paid to solar power and the possibilities of biomass processes that use waste material or direct or- ganic substances Dr Gordon McEachern of Ottawa, president of the Agricultural Economics Research Council of Canada, said there has been a worldwide rise in energy costs since the early 1970s and the trend probably is long-term. He said agriculture is a big user of energy resources and the entire agricultural system must be adjusted to meet the requirements of the changing energy situation. OUTLOOK LONG-RANGE Dr. Patterson, speaking to a one-day national farm and business forum organized by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, emphasized the need to plan 30 or 40 years ahead, instead of the three or four years projected by governments between elections. 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