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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Judge rules Calgary trustees can keep honoraria CALGARY (CP) Mr. Justice D. C. McDonald of the Alberta Supreme Court ruled Monday that a 50-per- cent increase in salaries Calgary Public School trustees voted themselves last December was legal. He was ruling on an application by Leo Vladicka, a local ratepayer, for a judicial decision on the right of the trustees to raise their honoraria to annually from Mr. Vladicka claimed the present salary of the trustees exceeded what the legal definition of the word honoraria would permit. In making his ruline. Mr. Justice McDonald said until 1959 trustee allowances were set by the School Act. But since that time the amount has been left to the discretion of the trustees. "The very removal of any such specific limitation in 1959 lends support to the view that no limitation was intended." Mr. Vladicka said after the hearing that the judge's ruling left open the possibility of'further court action and he might proceed accordingly if his lawyers advised it. Mr. Justice McDonald had said a court in a proper proceedings might, "in certain find that the salary voted by the board was not a proper honoraria as defined by the School Act. "For example, if the statutory power to set the honoraria were not exercised reasonably in the sense that there had been bad faith or if the amount decided upon is so absurd .that no sensible person could dream that it lay within the powers of the board to pay it. He said if his interpretation of the word honoraria was inaccurate and Mr. Vladicka's claim that it meant only a token payment was correct, it would be difficult to determine what a token payment was. There was no evidence concerning the importance of the trustees' functions and responsibilities or the time they spent on the job. "Council for the applicant urged that the sum of is greater than the normal wages of many citizens and therefore cannot be regarded as a token he said. "That contention might be of some weight if I had come to the conclusion that the word honoraria implies a token payment." The lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 81 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 1974 10 Cents 40 Pages Brisk reminder thaHt's still winter BILL GROENEN photo A driving blizzard hit Southern Alberta late Monday afternoon, the second in as many days. But the weatherman insists weather befitting the season Spring begins this week, according to the calendar is close at hand. Monday's storm greatly reduced visibility and iced up roads that had thawed only hours before. Downtown Leth- bridge was a chilly spot to be waiting for a bus. Inside Appeals may put secret report into cold storage for months Ottawa provides names for junk mail By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Trade and Commerce Minister Alastair Gillespie disclosed Monday that confidential mailing lists obtained from the income tax department have been passed on to private firms to use for sending out junk mail. He stated in the House of Commons that it is "perfectly legal" for Statistics Canada to pass on the mailing lists ob- tained from the National Revenue Department to private firms since the Crown agency sets its policies (without government direction. But he added that Statistics Canada has agreed to recon- sider the practice. He said he will announce later what the agency has decided as a result of the review which he requested. Allan Lawrence (PC Northumberland Durham) asked in the Commons if there are restrictions on government agencies releasing lists obtained from confidential tax returns for commercial purposes Revenue Minister Robert Stanbury acknowledged that his department exchanges information with other departments as permitted by legislation, and that there are limitations in various statutes on the uses of the information. WASHINGTON (AP) It may take weeks for the House of Representatives judiciary committee to learn whether it will receive the secret grand jury report on President Nixon's role in Watergate. U.S. District Judge John Si- rica ruled Monday that the re- port should go to the committee for its impeachment inquiry, but at least one Watergate defence lawyer said he expects to appeal the ruling. Sirica delayed implementa- tion of his ruling for two days to permit filing of appeals. That gives lawyers until late Wednesday to file their appeals and also to ask either Sirica or the U.S. Court of Appeals to extend the delay in transmission of the report to the judiciary committee. John Wilson, lawyer for for- mer presidential aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlich- man. said Monday: "It is our present intention to pursue ap- pellate review." William Hundley, lawyer for former attorney-general John Mitchell, said he hasn't decided yet whether to appeal the .order "If we go up, it'll be on the very narrow ground that if there is something in the presentment that reflects on Mitchell we would want that Hundley said. At a hearing before Sirica March 6, Wilson argued that the grand jury lacked the S0Mt flnd httsro About town City police Intp. Max Cropland shaking a two-week flu bug with a lemonade-type drink from a local drugstore Jessie Snow claiming she stands to speak because nobody can see her when she is sitting and fellow university senator K. V. Robin noting she is not much taller when standing. authority to issue such a report and that if it were sent to Congress Its contents probably would leak out and possibly prejudice his clients' rights to-a fair trial. However, Sirica noted that "the person on whom the report focuses, the president of the United States, has not objected to its release to the committee." And, he concluded "delivery to the committee is eminently proper, and indeed, obligatory." Sirica said the report "draws no accusatory conclusions. "The report is a simple and straightforward compilation of information gathered by the grand jury, and no more." Vice-President Gerald Ford told reporters Monday night that he agrees with Sirica's decision. Ford, at a Republican fund-raising dinner in College Park, Md., said: "What he has done is what I personally felt should have been done." Classified 20-23 Comics 18 Comment......4, 5 District............15 Family .16. 17, 24 Local News 13, 14 Markets........19 Sports.......10-12 Travel .6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 5; HIGH WED., 35; MOSTLY SUNNY i Ottawa 'didn't think out subsidy9 HeraM Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Ottawa's seven-cent-per-pound subsidy to hard-pressed Canadian beef producers was ill-considered, says Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner. Dr. Horner told the legislature Monday his department would do its utmost to help the federal government distribute the subsidy to Alberta beef producers. But in an interview outside the legislature, he said the program to protect producers from cheap American beef flooding their markets "is another of those programs Ottawa hasn't thought out." He said Alberta favored closing the border to American beef for two or three weeks until the market stabilizes. Dr. Horner said the province would offer to distribute the subsidy at the local level to insure all producers received it. But he said Ottawa would probably not agree to such a plan. Earlier, he told the hoped beef producers would "stand .pat" for a day or two while the confusion clears. Wilson lets Tories hand him easy victory t LONDON (CP) Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Employment Secretary Michael Foot have won wide acclaim for a nimble performance in averting a crucial Commons vote that had threatened to topple Britain's new Labor govern- ment But observers say Con- servative chief Edward Heath, forced from 10 Downing Street in the Feb. 28 election, has suffered a severe rebuff as a result This may kindle an inter-party controversy whether he should step down as leader. The Tories bad vowed to force a vote on what they called the government's failure to commit itself publicly to maintaining statutory controls over incomes They had the backing of the 14 Liberal members, and so posed a serious threat to the minority government. But in the last hours before the vote the Conservatives suddenly announced they had decided to drop the whole issue. The government later won a routine vote on the speech from the throne, outlining its legislative program, 2M to 7. An attack by UK Liberals and Scottish Nationalists on the speech was won by Labor 296 to 21. The Conservatives abstained in both votes, with Liberals and Nationalists combining in the second to protest a Speaker's ruling which prevented them from moving specific amendments. Standings in the 635-seat House: Labor 299. Con- servatives 295. Liberals 14, United Ulster Unionists H, Scottish Nationalists 7, Welsh Nationalists 2. Independent Labor 2. Northern Ireland Labor I, vacant I. non-voting Speaker and two deputies The Wilson cabinet says The Times, "has crushed, for the present at "east any hopes of successful coalitions against the government." Other newspapers echo The Times" view. Sources indicate Heath and his colleagues originally de- cided to press a vote on the in- comes question because they considered it a routine requirement for the Opposition to oppose the government on some aspect of the throne speech. They say there was no intention, however, of bringing down the government. But Tory firebrands seized on the issue, blowing it up in importance until it became, in effect a vote of confidence which, if lost by the government would leave it little choice but to resign. When the addition of Liberal backing dramatically increased the possibility of a Labor defeat moderates in the Conservative party became alarmed, believing that if they forced an election so quickly, they would be denounced by the public and' an easy victory would be handed to the government Meanwhile. Wilson and his cabinet kept silent, letting the Conservative dispute run its course It was not until last weekend that they began mak- ing clear that the vote was ex- tremely serious and if the gov- ernment lost another election would likelv be unavoidable Sharp ties strings on freedom aid OTTAWA (CP) In most cases, government aid to black African freedom fighters will only be granted with the consent of the white governments they oppose, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said today. Exceptions would says end to ban 'treason' VIENNA, Austria (AP) Most of the Arab oil producers prepared today to load tankers for the United States following their decision to lift their oil embargo Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait and Qatar agreed Monday fo lift'the ban on shipments to the United States that they imposed during the October Arab-Israeli war. Their action was taken in recognition of U.S. efforts in getting Israel to withdraw from the Suez canal and in hopes State Secretary Henry Kissinger will secure a similar Israeli withdrawal on the Syrian front Despite strong pressures to join in the majority decision and present a united Arab front, Libya and Syria refused to endorse resumption of ex- ports to the U.S. The Libyan government radio termed the lifting of the embargo an "act of treason." Radio Damascus made no mention of the announcement in Vienna. Syria's only oil weapon is the pipeline from Saudi Arabia to the Mediterranean, which crosses its territory, and it is expected to continue barring U.S.-bound tankers from loading at the pipeline's Syrian terminal. Saudi Oil Minister Ahmed Zaki Yamani said tanker ship- ments from the Persian Gulf should begin reaching U.S. ports in about two months. Smokes going up be permitted in so-called liberated areas -under control of freedom movements, and in the case of refugees from white-ruled countries living in neighboring black states. In his statement to the Commons external affairs committee, Mr. Sharp stressed that the government will not grant funds directly to insurgent groups All money would be paid to church or other private agencies And those agencies would be required to supply only humanitarian aid medical, educational and so on not cash or arms "The government does not support violence to solve the current conflicts in southern Africa.7" the minister said But "we must do something more to demonstrate our sup- port for the millions of people in southern Africa who are de- nied the right to choose their own future in a free and open society He said the amount of funds available for such programs will depend on the applications the government gets from the voluntary organizations The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) "would consider requests for contributions from reputable Canadian non-governmental organizations and international bodies for projects of a humanitarian nature in Namibia. Rhodesia, the Portuguese African colonies and South Africa." "The projects clearly would not be practical without at least the tacit concurrence of the local authorities in the particular regions concerned." he added. Moreover, applications would be considered for humanitarian aid. "Here again, no projects would be feasible without the agreement of whoever is in de facto control of a particular area where a project is lo- cated." Mr. Sharp said outside the committee he is sure the white governments of South Africa, Rhodesia and the Portuguese colonies will not object to Canadian humanitarian aid. TORONTO (CP) Two other cigarette companies said Monday they also anticipate price increases following an earlier announcement in Montral by Imperial Tobacco Products Ltd. that its price to wholesalers would rise 67 effective April 1. presidency wins Tory The increase was expected to be reflected at the retail level by a nse of 20 cents a carton, "two cents on packages of 20 cigarettes and three cents on 25s but no more." the Imperial announcement said. Rothmans of Pall Mali Can- ada Ltd a statement thai-its prices would be raised Apnl 1 John Broom, executive vice- president of Benson and Hedges (Canada) Ltd., said it was "safe to say that a price increase of this sort won't cover cor cost increases OTTAWA