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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Alberta budget Control set oil education EDMONTON (CP) "A major re ordering of educational including tighter control o' university spending, was announced Friday by Provl cinl Treasurer Gordon Minicly in his budget. "Operating grants for universities have been lim- ited to million, an increase of only J.8 per he told the Alberta Legislature. "The priority which we place on college, technical and vocational education programs Is reflected in tha provision of million for these purposes in the 1972- 73 budget, an increase of 2T> per cent over 1971-72 ex- penditures. million support "An additional S20 million Mill be contributed [a Hie School Foundation Prngvani for support of local school systems." ..In all, the new department of advanced education lor everything after Grade have estimates totalling or 12.5 per cent of the total income account budget. Combined with the department of education's which is 22.2 per cent of the total, this means or 34.7 per cent of the total operating budget will go toward education. Capital spending lor advanced education will ba Regular school boards' building capital comes from education grants in most cases. Average medic paid in health plan EDMONTON' (CP) Medical doctors in Alberta received an average of each from the prov- ince's health care insurance commission during Ihe 1970-71 fiscal year, the legislature was told Friday. The disclosure was made in the commission's an- nual report which was tabled by Helen Hunley, tha minister without portfolio responsible for the com- mission. The report showed physicians earned more than during the 12-month period while 18 of them earned more than each. Ear nngs listed In the year ended ,lune 30. 1971, 159 doctors earned to 365 earned lo 540 earned to 283 from to and 126 from to Grant Notlcy, leader of the New Democratic Parly and holder of his parly's only seat in the 75-seat house, said the average earnings of was more than higher than the previous year's average. Besides the payment to medical practitioners, the report showed the commission paid an average of to oral surgeons, to chiropractors, 654 to optometrists, to osteopaths and to podiatrists. A (olal of Albcrtans were covered by tho plan, more than half of by group medical insurance. In all, the commission received claims for R total of icians pay- report rapped. EDMONTON (C'P> Physicians' earnings given in Ihe Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission report arc "misleading" and give an "inaccurate Dr. C. J, Varvis ot Edmonton, president of Uie Alberta Med- ical Association, saiti Friday night. The report to (lie provincial legislature said med- ical doctors received an average of each from the commission during the 1070-71 fiscal year and 18 of them earned more than each. Dr. Varvis said in a prepared statement: Self employed "The vast majority of physicians are self-employ- cd. When figures are quoted for self-employed business- men in their own firms, they are either net earnings, after expenses if Ihe business figures are used, or personal earnings il a salary is drawn from Ihe com- pany." Dr. Varvis said many physicians' expenses can vary anywhere from 40 lo 80 per cent of gross income. "Most doctors are in a high income tax hrackct, so after deducting Ihcir operating expenses and paying their income tax, Ihcir lake-home pay, in many oases, is not much more than Hint of many other professionals and tradesmen who hava comparable hours oj work." HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 60 The Let lib ridge Herald 'Serving Sotilh Alberta and Southeastern Price 15 Cents VOL. LXV No. 83 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 1972 FIVE SECTIONS 7G J'AGE3 SINGALONG WITH ClANCY King Clancy of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey organization receives a hug from Debbie Long, one of 50 children who attended a St. Patrick's Day celebration at Shopsy's delicatessen Clancy raises his voice in song with Irish entertainment provided by accordion-playing Sam Shopsowiti, owner of 1he deli- catessen. (CP Wirephoto) Alberta economy good but govt. still worried E DMONTO N (CP 1 Al- though the short-term outlook for the Alberta economy gen- erally is good, Provincial Trea- surer Gordon Miniely said Fri- day the government is worried about i n c r c a s ing unemploy- ment, rising prices and the in- ternational monetary situation. "For Canada as a he said in his 1972-73 budget speech, "the recovery in eco- nomic activity appears fo have proceeded at a very even tem- po throughout the- year "The major sources of growth during 1971 were a sharp acceleration in con- sumer expenditure, especial- ly on durable goods, housing construction and government spending. "While we have less compre- hensive indicators for Alberta, those which are available point (u substantial economic recov- ery in Alberta, particularly during the last quarter of 1971." A "in a j c r riisappointment" was continued high unemploy- ment despite the fact more jobs were filled. "The labor force will con- tinue to grow rapidly and It will require sustained growth to reduce the present levels of unemployment. "Second, we are concerned about the level of price in- creases. Although price in- creases during 1971 were low- er than those recorded since 1967, there has not been any substantial improvement in the underlying cost, structure of tiio economy. "The third broad area of con- cern is me international situa- tion, Although an agreement to realign currencies has been reached, It appears that it is al- ready on unfirm ground. More important, however, are the present trade disagreements with the United Slates. Mr. Miniely said the Alber- ta government is not concerned only with short-term economic developments. "We arc fully cognizant of the longer-term problems and prospects for our economy." He said Alberta's economic foundation has been built on agriculture and petroleum, both wliich have undergono may end life of isolation VANCOUVER (CP) Rich- ard Hannah, chief spokesman for billionaire Howard Hughes, arrived in Vancouver Friday night and said the rich recluse may soon take steps to end his self-imposed isolation. Mr. Hannah, official spokes- man for the Hughes Tool Co., said Hughes was in Vancou- ver on business, but would not what business Mr. Hughes was on "because he hasn't told jiij 'Hie eccentric bil- lionaire, whose every move is shrouded in secrecy, remained i n heavily-guarded isolation atop the Baysiiore Inn in down- tow n Vancouver. He has re- mained tliere since arriving by private plane early Tuesday. Although Mr. Hannah said bo was not in Vancouver to set up any "immediate" press confer- ence, he added lhat the billion- aire industrialist may be taking steps soon to end his exile from the everyday world. He sugges ted Mr, Hughes may meet with press "sometime soon" in a follow-up to his announcement during a January telephone news confer- ence that he eventually ease his restrictive life sLyle. drastic change In the 3ast few years. "Our agricultural sector has, unfortunately, experienced de- clines in net farm income (and) this situation in rural Alberta requires new policies and approaches. ''The petroleum industry bi our province has passed through major exploration and development phases charac- ter i zed by h ea vy in vest ment and .substantial crown lease Bales. "However, the industry has now matured into a production phase with the main revenue lo (lie province being realized in the form of royalties. The de- cline in oil and gas exploration has reduced one of our major economic stimulants although we expect some continued in- vestment in production facili- ties in the form of pipelines and refineries." Mr. Miniely said the future of Alberta will depend on the government's ability to guide the economy from a resource- and-agricullut'e base to a bal- anced one of primary industry mid .secondary manufacturing. "The creation of new job op- portunities for young Albertans during this transition period will be one of the most diffi- cult hurdles of our lion." Five million dollars is to ba appropriated in an attempt to provide summer jobs for stu- dents and a base for a winter works program. The million is to be pro- vided for the department rf manpower and labor, in addi- tion to million for capital advances to a new Alberta op- portunity fund and more than million for industrial devel- opment and manpower plan- ning. Record spending forecast given in lory bud By KEN POLE EDMONTON (CP) Record spending of billion ami long-term borrowing of mil- lion wore forecast in the 1972-73 budget presented in the Alberta legislature Friday night. Despite a planned capital ac- count deficit, described by Pro- vincial Treasurer Gordon Min- iely as a deliberate move TO "provide additional stimulus to our the budget had some points critics were hard- put to complain about. The government emphasized lax breaks for senior those 65 and exemption from the 30-mill pro- vincial property owners' educa- tion (ax. Combined with this is S2-million fund to provide an- nual 550 grants to senior citi- zens renting private accommo- dation. A new program, to be knovn as the Senior Citizens' Shelter Act, provides S2.5 million from w h i c h pensioner-homeowners will get a refund when their tax is more than S75, the amount ot the existing homeowners' grant. PLAN1 HOUSING Also planned for Hie elderly is million for construction of senior citizens' housing. million to give those B5 and older premium-free coverage for medical, drug and optional health care and in sen- ior citizens' homes grants. The budget forecasts tha Budget highlights EDMONTON' (CP) High- lights of the 1972-73 Alberta budget presented Friday night by Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely: Record budget calling for spending of bilb'on. No new taxes or increase In current rates announced. school boards, colleges, techni- cal and vocational schools ex- peeled to account for million or 4-i per cent of the Sl24-million increase in operating expendi- tures. Smallest increase in six years In operating expenditures, 8.1 per cent 1 o S1.146 billion, pecfed (o produce a modest op- erating surplus of Senior citizens to be given re- lief from education taxes, in- cluding an annual 550 grant to renters and an exemption from the education property lax for homeowners. A shift toward employment opportunities to be marie in edu- cation priorities, with more mcfiey for vocation al trainm g and less for universities. Borrowing of million provided for in a million capital works budget, although only to S150 million ex- pected to be needed this year. Funds for workmen's compen- sation lo be doubled, enabling an ir.crea.se in the maximum monthly bencf i L to from An appropriation of million budgeted for a summer employ- ment program for students and a base for an attack on unem- ployment next winter. Municipal assistance grants to be increased million or more than 10 per cent above the S3R- million ceiling imposed by fha previous Social Credit govern- ment last year. Hospital care and grants to Doctors lo.se battle lo save liny sepliiplels SANTA CLARA, Calif. CAP) Doctors lost their battle today to sijve any of seven ba- bi es born to a young woma ti who hsd been taking fertility drugs for almost four years in hopes of having a child. The three inf a n t. gi rLs who survived the longest died today, two at Stanford University Med- ical Centre in Palo Alto and the other at Kaiser Foundation Medical Centre where the sepLu- plets were born Friday. Rogers Pass blocked by snowslides VANCOUVER (CP) Tons of snow, loosened by rising temperatures, p 1 u m m e Ud down a mountainside early to- day blocking the Rogers Pass section of the Trans Canada Highway Closure of the main road link between Cclgary and Vancouv- er came only hours after the highway had been reopened to two lane traffic Friday night after being blocked for two days by earlier snowslides. The British Columbia depart- ment of highways reported that other roads in the province are open to traffic, including the Hope Princeton section of tha southern Trans Canada High- way and Highway 16 between Terrace and Prince Rupert in north central B.C. Plumbers strike VANCOUVER (CP) Thou- sands of plumbers downed their tools Friday at construction sites throughout British Colum- bia to protest new provincial thai would curb self- protective powers of the build- ing trades unions. German recluse laughs at claim he's top Nazi Cigarette smoking reduces drug bloodstream content WASHINGTON (AP) Ciga- rette smoking reduces the amount of a common drug in ..BOGOTA CReuter) A 72- year-old German recluse roared with laughter at tho idea he might be Nazi war criminal Martin Rormann, but Colom- bian offfcials pressed ahead today with a conclusive finger- print check. ..The German, Johann Ehr- mann, was still under heavy po- lice guard today in Paslo, south- ern C o 1 o m h i a, after being brought in by security police in- vestigating a weekly magazine's allegations that, he was really Hitler's former deputy. But the ragged old Amazon jungle farmcr-the. 16th man ar- rested in South America since 1915 as allegedly being lior- reporters who were allowed to see him that he had never worn a Nazi uniform in his life, and was certainly not Bormann. He roared with laughter and said: "Maybe I will get a free trip back to Germany after alt this. I would like to see Berlin again. 1 have missed it." A Colombian lawyer Friday night lodged a habeas corpus demand in Pasto in favor of Ehrmann, asking for his situa- tion lo be clarified within 24 hours. ...Soon after his arrival in Pasto, Ehrrann, wearing a n flld Bavarian-type hat, was fin- gerprinted several times. But police were unable lo take prints from a mutilated right index finger which the farmer said was ruined by a snake bile 10 years ago. 'As you can sea. the ear titling is a very heavy smoterl' the bloodstream, a research team reported Friday, but more tests are needed to sec whether other drugs are affected and whether smoking alters their action. The team reported on the ef- fects of the pain-killing drug phenacetin on two test groups of men and women......one group of nine smokers and one group of nine non-smokers. Researchers E. J. Pantuck of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York; and Ronald and A. II. Conney of Hoffman- La Roche Inc., Nutlcy, N.J. made the report to the technical journal Science. The drug was administered orally to all subjects, and blood samples were taken at varying periods up to five hours after administration of the drug. LOWER LEVEL "A significantly lower plasma concentration of phenacelin was found in the subjects who the scientists said. "In four cigarette smokers, no measurable amount of phenace- lin found at any time, whereas measurable amounts of phenacetin were found in all non-smokers." The researchers said they be- lieve that in the smokers tha drug was converted to another a much greater degree than in Ihe non-smokers before reaching the bloodstream. Summing up the experiment, they said: "The results suggest a need (o determine whether ciga- rette smoking influences the ac- tion and toxieity of phenacelin and other commonly-used drugs.'' "Toxieity'' refers to any unde- sirable side-effects a drug might have. smallest increase In si.x years in operating, or income account, million or 8.7 per cent to SI. 145.525.000. Mr. Minicly, a chartered account- ant, expects an operating sur- plus of S500.000. Capital expendi- ture makes up the record total of Two new programs will gel S! minion each to improve support and treatment for handicapped children while SI.2 million is for acceleration of programs of mental health reform. A total of is lo be spent en mental health services, on services for tho handicapped and million on an impiwed pension fund for permanently disabled workers. The department of agriculture is to get a 31.6-percent boost in its operating compared with in the 1971-73 fiscal year which ends March 31. There's a catch, however. The department's capital budget is fo drop 25.3 per cent to from SPEND ON MARKETING Because marketing of agricul- tural products has been a sore point with the Alberta govern- ment, even prior to the Progres- s i v e Conservatives takeover from the Social Credit govern- ment last August, in lo be s-penl on a "new agricul- tural marketing thrust, an in- crease of 124 per cent over ex- penditures for this purpose in 197J-72." Municipalities are to get (4 million more in assistance grants, more than 10 per cent above a S33-million ceiling im- posed last year by the prevous government. A drastic shift !n the empha- sis on education the prov- ince's three universities get an increase of only 3.8 per cent in operating grants: A tola! of million. Spending for col- lege, technical and vocational education programs Is to be in- creased 25 per cent to ?43 mil- lion. Mr. Miniely warned, at a press briefing before presenting his budget, that he expects gov- ernment departments "to Uvo with the budget estimates." Gone are the days when a de- partment could overspend and More budget stories pages 2, 12 and 17 get automatic approval for a special warrant granting more funds, he said. EDUCATION' BILL As usual, education gobbles the largest portion of the budget million compared with million in 1972-73. Othar big spending depart- ments are highways and trans- port wiih million, public works with minimi and municipal affairs with lin. Opposition Leader Harry Strom didn't like the "heavy borrowing the government i s going to embark on." "Almost S200 the So- cial Credit leader lold reporters. "There isn't any question in my mind that this is the beginning cf the mortgaging of future gen- erations of Albcrtans." Grant Nolley, the only New Democrat in the 75-seat house, said in an interview (lj.it he was frightened by Ihe S199-million capital account deficit. Seen and heard About town howling Chinookiwind lifting the gravel high enough off (he street to break Dave Dyck's windshield Transplanted Maritimor Bob Grant amaz- ed lhat he can play golf in soulhern Alberta on March 18 Bob Brown claiming (he besl music is still Glenn Mill- er music. Scoll Henderson warming up for [he Elks do- minion curling championship with tirrce-car takeout. ;