Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 17, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Final electrical energy report ready for study EDMONTON (CP) - Municipalities in Alberta which made representations to the Burton Commission on Electrical Energy now can study the final report although it has been superseded by new pro* vindal legislation. The, report was the result of a study made by the commission, headed by Dr. G. L. Burton, established in 1967 by the provincial government. Earlier this year, there was some controversy when several municipalities, which had spent considerable money on preparing submissions, asked they be given copies of the final report. The province rejected the requests, advising the municipalities involved that the report was written for the provincial government's own information. Mines and, Minerals Minister A. B. Patrick tabled the report in the legislature after introducing two bills designed to bring all energy resources under the same administrative framework. In January, Edmonton city council - which spent $100,000 preparing a submission to the commission - was told by the province the report would not be available to them. Mr. Patrick, at a news conference rejected a statement the provisions of the new acts were in conflict with the recommendations of the three-man commission. He reiterated the commission bad been established only to "advise" the cabinet on energy, not present or recommend new legislation to the government. The committee, in its 192-page report, recommended the municipalities shou Id enjoy the exclusive right to generate, distribute and price power within their corporate limits. The commission said regulation of municipal power utilities should be limited to accounting, rates outside their boundaries, construction of new generating facilities and interconnections. The new provincial legislation will establish an energy resources conservation board with power to approve or reject new generating plants, considering the energy resources available and the environmental situation. However, Bill Major, a Calgary lawyer on the commission, submitted a minority report which said municipally-owned utilities "should be regulated in the same vay as privately-owned utilities" except that a council could request a fixed percentage of property taxes on top.of a fair rate of return. There is nothing in the new legislation which refers to prices of electrical energy, except in general terms and some utilities, excluding Edmonton and Calgary Power, now have to appeal to the public utilities board to determine a fair rate of return. Mr. Patrick said the New Hydro and Electric Energy Act, reflecting th-j "study done by the Burton committee, "will replace the Power Commission Act. The new Energy Resources Conservation Act ex- Girl mauled to death by sled dogs fort Mcpherson, n.w.t. (CP) - Suzzanah Wootten, 5, daughter of Rev. Don Wootten, was mauled to death by sled dogs near this settlement 1,150 miles northwest of Edmonton. The girl was walking with other children and an adult when the group met a dog team on the dog sled trail. Everyone but Suzzanah managed to get out of the way. The dogs mauled the girl until they were beaten off with an axe. The team was put under observation for possible rabies infection. Mr. Wootten is administrator of Flemming Hall hostel here. Vegetable plant closed down ALTONA, Man. (CP) - A vegetable processing plant at Winkler, Man. has been closed because the owners feel there will be insufficient business for both their plant and the Manitoba government's canning operations at Morden. Raymond W. Siemens, presi dent of Co-op Vegetable Oils of Altona said in a statement that canning operations at the Gar denland Canners plant have been terminated. He said the decision was raeched after the announcement by industry minister Leonard Evans that the Manitoba Development Corporation is setting up a crown'corporation to resume production at the former Canadian Canners Ltd. plant at Morden. pands the duties of the Oil and Gas Conservation Board into the field of hydro-electric power by replacing the A1 b e r t a Power Commission. It now is expected a dispute between Edmonton and Calgary Power, on which will serve new areas of Edmonton, will go to the new Energy Resources Conservation Board for a series of public hearings after it is established about June 1. Wednesday, March 17, 1971 - the lethbridge herald - 13 Government won't let independent body-settle its Edmonton telephones dispute EDMONTON (CP) - The Alberta government is not prepared to let an independent body settle its dispute with Edmonton Telephones, Premier Harry Strom said. He also said it would be possible to hold a plebiscite on the dispute at the next provincial general election although no group had suggested such a move. The premier was speaking in an interview following a state- ment by Alderman Neil Crawford, a member of the city telephone negotiating committee. The alderman said that "ill-tempered outbursts and tedious lectures" by Telephones Minister Ray Reierson made effec t i v e negotiations impossible between the city and the province. The city and province have held meetings over a boundries dispute between Edmonton telephones and the provincially- owned Alberta Government Telephones. Premier Strom said in an interview that alderman Crawford "is talking sheer nonsense and he knows it." Mr. Reierson said in an interview that alderman Crawford, as the Progressive Conservative candidate for the provincial riding of Edmonton Parkallen. probably made his statement "bee a u s e he had nothing else to say." He added that the alderman was not present at all the meeting on the telephone dispute. Negotiations began last fall and were broken off once by the province before a complete breakdown two weeks ago. Premier Strom said nothing has been brought forward by the city that might delay the government's announced intention of bringing in legislation setting out the boundries of the areas covered by the two telephone companies. Edmonton Telephones and AGT both want to service new areas on His outskirts of Edmonton. new de gaulle book PARIS (Reuter) - An unfinished volume of former president Charles de Gaulle's memoirs goes on sale in France today. 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