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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Recreation, tourist development proposals to cost millions By ANDY OGLE . Herald Staff Writer Some 138 specific proposals for recreation and tourist developments in Alberta's mountain region have been received by the province's Environment Conservation Authority. SUMMER HEARING Dr. Walter Trost, chairman of the ECA, which will conduct public hearings into land use and resource development in , the province's mountain and foothill regions this summer, said in Lethbridge Thursday some of the proposals were in excess of several million dollars. Dr. Trost, who was in Lethbridge to explain the nature and purpose of the ECA headings to a meeting of the Old-man River Regional Planning Commission, later told The Herald, some of the proposals were getting close to the controversial $30 million Village Lake Louise project in size. Village Lake Louise was turned down by the federal government after a storm of protest from environmentalists. PASS AREA INCLUDED A majority of the proposals submitted to the ECA by private and commercial interests, Dr. Trost said, were for the Bow Valley corridor west of Calgary, although a fair number were received for the Red Deer River - North Saskatchewan River headwater area west of Red Deer and for the Crowsnest pass area. Nearly all, If not all were sub- mitted by Albertans, he added. One of the areas of controversy surrounding the Village Lake Louise project was that American Interests - Imperial Oil Ltd. were behind the project. Dr. Trost told the ORRPC meeting that all the proposals along with other materials concerning the mountain - foothills regions would be made available to the public at least two months before the hearings begin June 11 in the Crowsnest Pass. The hearings are Intended, he explained, to work out the best way of using the resources of the 40,000 square miles of "the most beautiful part of our province." EXPLAINS PROBLEM "Our problem is to look at the resources we have and figure out the best ways of using them to get the maximum benefit important to ourselves and to get them out in such a way as to also benefit following generations," he said. Uses of the mountain and foothills regions run all the way from total conservation, to strip mining, recreation, watershed, urban developments and agriculture, and it is the possible conflict of uses that the hearings will be concerned with. Dr. Trost said information centres will be set up in public libraries in towns and cities in each of the regions in which the hearings will be held, as well as in community colleges and universities. The ECA will spend a week in each of the five mountain regions, beginning June 11 it the Crowsnest Pass with hear* ings in the major towns and cities of the regions. Following completion of the hearings in July, the ECA will submit a report and recommendations to the provincial cabinet. The province's three mountain national parks will not be a part of the hearings as they are under federal Jurisdiction. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI _ No. 81 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 28 PAGES Equal pay disputed Strike talks on again Farm land forum to be set-up By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislature Bureau - EDMONTON - High emotionalism subsided Thursday as the Alberta Legislature voted unamiously to set up a three-member forum to consider regulations on . farm land. However, Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner made It clear the forum will be in no hurry to report on this complex issue. > Social Credit House leader Jim Henderson charged that the land forum was a "sop to placate a few people who have some rather bigoted views ..." The government proposed the land study in response to a demonstration by nearly 400 farmers on the steps of the legislature Feb. 23 calling for controls on Hutterite and corporate land holdings. Emotions have run high as Socreds - notably Ralph Sorenson (Sedgewick-Coronation), Ray Speaker (Little Bow), Harry Strom (Cypress) and Gordon Taylor (Drumheller)-charged that rural Alberta is up in arms about the threat to small communities of unbridled expansion of Hutterite colonies. >. The forum will conduct public hearing into numerous land matters - corporate, communal, absentee and foreign ownership, the effect of land use on urban housing costs and population distribution, the use of land for farming, recreation and other purposes and "the extent to which the historical right of a land owner to determine the use and distribution of agricultural property ought to be restricted." The forum will likely begin work this summer. The government has made no statement on members or expenses. Mr. Henderson charged that the terms of reference for the study were too broad. The fear of Hutterite expansion, he said "is frought with too much emotionalism to ignore. I don't in any way, shape or form suggest that the concerns expressed by some of our citizens are logical, but unfortunately on this particular matter we're not talking about logic, we're talking about emotions, right or wrong, that members of this legislature have to face up to . . ." Earlier the opposition culled on the government to investigate whether the sale of 7/"D acres of land at Grassy Lake east of Lethbridge was done illegally- before the Communal Properties Act expired March 1. Attorney-General Merv Leitch said if the opposition have evidence of a violation of the law, they should i make a complaint - which would be dealt with through normal channels. Victory at last Margaret Campbell, winner in Ontario provincial byelection in St. George riding Thursday, lets out a victorious* cheer in campaign headquarters in Toronto. The 60-year-old candidate gave up a family court judgeship to enter provincial politics and win the Conservative stronghold riding for the Liberals. ; Liberals two byele win ctions By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Talks aimed at settling the week-long teacher strike in rural Alberta will not resume until 10 a.m. Tuesday - still with no agreement in sight. By that time, the rural strike will be in its ninth day - at a minimum cost to the Alberta Teachers' Association of $270,-000. The ATA has approved strike pay of $24 per day for a teacher with dependents, $16 per day for a single teacher. ATA negotiator Russ Purdy estimates strike pay costs at a minimum $40,000 per day. > Not estinWed is the ATA cost of strike headquarters in the Lethbridge Holiday Inn and .at Socal:drop-in centres through-cut Southern Alberta. Rural teachers, on strike since March 12, are demanding a 1973 wage boost of 7.5 to 10 pei* cent plus trustee payments to the Alberta Health Plan and Blue Cross. Teachers have also picked up the slogan "equal pay for equal work," claiming teachers at Lethbridge and Calgary earn higher salaries than those of their country cousins. ATA spokesman Mel Spack-man said today rural teachers, with four years' education, have been offered a minimum salary of $8,450 per year rising to a maximum of $13,700 per year. Mr. Spackman said a teacher in the same Lethbridge category is receiving $8,700 to $14,-150 per year in 1973. He said the 1973 Calgary rate is $8,700 to $14,775. Ray Clark, chairman of the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association, said today striking teachers have not considered subsidized housing- now available to rural educators at board'expense. Mr. Clark said there are about 300 teacheraees in the 18 affected rural districts subsidized anywhere from $50 to $100 per month: He said subsidized teacher housing, in the rural areas, amounts to $600 to $1,200 per year. Lethbridge and C a Ig a r y teachers do not receive special allowances for housing. If housing subsidies were converted to annual cash outlay, and applied to a rural teacher's annual salary should that teacher be living in a teacherage, it would boost the minimum rural salary rate to $9,050 per year. The Lethbridge teacher, on that basis, earns $350 per year less. "If these teachers are talk- ing about equal pay for equal work, why aren't they listing the wage difference between the City of Lethbridge and the City of Calgary? "In addition the rural boards provided outright grants to rural teachers for continuing education. During a 10-year period that amounted to close to $500,-000," Mr. Clark said. He said such bursaries were discontinued about two years ago when the shortage of qualified teachers ended. Rural trustees have offered their teachers a 6.2 per cent salary boost for 1973, a 2 per cent increase on the last four months of 1972 and trustee payments to the Teachers' Disability Fund. That offers has been rejected. Teachers have been without a contract since September of last year. Tight security bridge opening at TORONTO (CP) - The Liber-als gained a potential leadership candidate and the Conservatives had two cabinet prospects erased as voters pulled a double surprise in two ' byelections Thursday, ending the long Conservative grip on two ridings. For the first time in more than 30 years, rural Huron and urban Toronto-St. George fell to the Opposition party in clear-cut wins in the first provincial New gov't fund for Inside Classified Comics .. Comment District .. Family .. 24-28 ... 6 .... 4 3, 11 20-22 WfcM Joan Waterficld. 13 Local News .. 17, 18 Markets......23 Sports .. .. 14, 15 Theatres...... 13 Travel ........ 19 TV ........ 7-10, 12 Weather........ 2 Workshop......16 LOW TONIGHT 20, HIGH SAT. 40: MAINLY SUNNY education A new educational opportunities fund aimed at upgrading the quality of elementary education in Alberta and providing a better deal for disadvantaged children, Was announced in Edmonton -today by Education Minister Lou Hyndman. The $4.5 million fund will go into operation this September with $4 million to go towards providing additional services to the province's 200,000 grade 1-6 students on tho basis of "upgrading grants" of $20 per child per year. Tho opportunities fund will complement the $4.9 million early childhood services program aimed primarily at handicapped pre-schoolers, announced earner this week. The other $500,000 portion of the opportunities fund is earmarked to provide new opportunities for socially and culturally disadvantaged students. Termed "compensatory grants" tliis money will bo available on a project basis to classroom, school-wide or district-wide projects. The upgrading grants will be available to school districts whose proposals for extra services meet government guidelines. Approved proposals can be funded for three years. "We intend to give the elementary school years the attention, recognition and resources they deserve, Mr. Hyndman said in announcing the new program. polling since Premier William Davis led the Conservatives to a lopsided victory in 1971. Margaret Campbell, 60, a former Conservative supporter and family court judge who leaped into the Liberal candidacy just a month ago, swept St. George, and the victory intensified speculation that she may be in the running for the soon-to-be-vacant provincial Liberal leadership. The victor.es reinforced the Liberals' position as the official Opposition with 22 seats to 19 for the New Democratic Party but, though his Big Blue Machine was bruised, Premier Davis's party remained comfortably in the saddle with 76 of the legislature's 117 seats. Farmers protest Land Act Canada launches UN drive against marine pollution VICTORIA (CP) - Two thousand shouting, placard-wielding farmers descended on the British Columbia legislative bui'd-ings Thursday to protest the proposed Land Commission Act. But. Premier Dave Barrett said tlie New Democratic Party government will not, withdraw Bill 42, will not hold public hearings on the issue and has "no intention" of deviating from its stated goal of preserving farmland "for our children and for our children's children." Leaders of the Social Credit, Liberal and Conservative parties sided with the farmers in their demand to "kill the bill." Opposition Leader W. A. C. Bennett told a cheering throng not to lie satisfied with "little amendments." "Defeat the bill. Call for an election on the issue. March all over this province," the Social Credit leader shouted in his first appearance of the demonstration. Mr. Bennett was cheered when he said: "The Socialist hordes are moving in on the farmers first." He called for a complete withdrawal of the bill and public hearings to discuss it. By DAVID NICHOLSON UNITED NATIONS (CP) - Canada has launched a drive In a UN committee to have effective measures against marine pollution incorporated in international law. Monetary discussions encouraging PARIS (AP) - Finance ministers from 14 countries met today and France's financial chief said there were good pros-. peels of agreement later in the day on joint action to meet the world monetary crisis. The ministers met for \V& hours in the morning. Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France said results were "positive" and there was a broad convergence of views. Finance Minister Willy de Clerq of Belgium told reporters the United States is ready to give "sporadic" support to the price of the dollar. The Swedish minister for foreign trade, Kjell-Olof Feldt, said the United States is ready to intervene in currency markets but not without conditions. The measures are contained in draft articles submitted to a subcommittee preparing for an international .conference on the law of the sea. The conference, which is to produce new international law relating to oceans and waterways, is to be held in Santiago, Chile, in 1973-74. The 13-point Canadian draft includes proposals on preventing pollution and legal methods of enforcing them. The subcommittee began work earlier this month and has been proceeding at a cautious pace. But J. Alan Beesley, legal adviser to the external affairs department, said he is pleased that the group took up the Canadian draft Thursday, only one day after it was introduced. He said in an interview the measure is aimed against all kinds of pollution at sea, including oil, plastics and other sources, including heat produced by nuclear generating plants. Scientists say that such heat can disturb the natural balance of marine life. The Canadian initiative attempts to draw together principles established at recent international meetings, including the UN Stockholm conference on the environment and a London conference on ocean dumping. LONDON (CP) - With armed detectives hovering near, police marksmen in concealed vantage points/ and other unprecedented security measures, the Queen opened today the third London Bridge to span the Thames since the 13th century. All available Special Branch officers were drafted to protect the Queen in the wake of last week's bomb explosions in Whitehall and outside the Old Bailey. London's two police forces, the metro'politan and the independent City of London police, were working hand in glove after last week's embarrassing mixup when a misunderstood message about the Old Bailey bomb caused a critical delay in clearing the area around the court house. More than 230 persons were injured in the blast. ROUTE PROTECTED It was a bright, sunny morning with a chilly breeze as the Queen, in a fur-trimmed coat and hat, sailed along the Thames in a Port of London launch. Escorted'by a flotilla of police boats. All high buildings along the route from Westminster to the slender white span of the new London Bridge were patrolled by police, including several sharpshooters. The bridge itself, which replaces the 1831 stone structure now gracing a desert scene at Lake Havasu City, Ariz., was checked several times during S�en and heard About town JRISHMAN ? * Michael Coce-ran the target of a surprise St. Patrick's coffee party . . . school teacher Geoff Tagg raising some eyebrows when he drove up to a building in his new car - one hour after tho teacher strike stalled . . . Sherry Clark flatly denying that he wears his pajama bottoms backwards. the night for possible bombs. The Queen walked across the 860/foot-long $12-million bridge, chatting with spectators in her n o w-customary "walkabout" style, after first unveiling a plaque. Children, unaware of the security tension, cheered and the Queen looked relaxed. Replying to a speech by Lord Mais, the city's lord mayor, the Queen said the bridge was a "worthy inheritor of a great legend." Having approached it by water, the best vantage point, she was "pleased to report that it shows no signs of falling down. Bombs rock Cyprus NICOSIA (Reuter) - A wave of explosions throughout the Mediterranean island of Cyprus today shook homes of supporters of former guerrilla leader George Grivas in an apparent counter-attack against Thursday's bombings of police stations and policemen's homes. Six explosions were reported in Nicosia, 18 in Limassol and four in Paphos, but they caused no casualties. Grivas is directing a campaign for Enosis (union with Greece) against President Ma-karios and his supporters who favor continued independence for Cyprus. Armed and masked raiders bombed two police stations in eastern Cyprus, but were driven off from two other stations Thursday. They also bombed the homes of many policemen. In the retaliatory explosions today, a car was destroyed outside the home of Socrates Eliades, a personal friend of Grivas. Relief for the home-buyer House warranty system planned By VIC PARSONS OTTAWA (CP) - Home-buyers fearful they will be stuck with a lemon soon may have some of their worries allayed. Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford told the Commons Thursday night lie expects to announce in a few months a national warranty system for house purchasers. He announced the proposal in opening debate on a series of amendments to the National Housing Act. The amendments will promote community planning and research into housing development, help low-income individuals buy homes, fight increasing land prices and aid restoration and preservation of old residential areas, the minister said. But despite his cheerfull presentation of the overhaul proposals, opposition spokesmen found fault with them. E1 d o n Wolliams, Conservative housing critic, called them band-aid measures that would not effectively solve housing needs. INDICATES SUPPORT Nevertheless, Mr. Woolliams indicated the Conservatives will support the bill and send it to the Commons welfare and so- cial affairs committee' for clausc-by-clause study. New Democratic spokesman Ed Broadbent (Oshawa-Whitb was even less enthusiastic. Ho said that despite some positive aspects the NDP will not support the present legislation. A house is the most expensive item families will buy, Mr. Basford said in his opening remarks, yet there is no protection offered to the purchaser such as is given to buyers of television sets and cars. "As a former minister of consumer affairs, you will realize this seems incongruous to mo and it is a matter to which 1 am devoting quite a bit of,my attention.' Under the warranty provision, funds necessary to complete homes will bo advanced to buyers through a mortgage insurance fund if builders go bankrupt. The amendments include a $100 million land-assembly fund which Mr. Woolliams charged is not enough to cure the high cost of serviced land. Other amendments would ensure low-cost housing development through co-operatives and non-profit groups and assist Indian and low-income families to buy homes. 21 ;