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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta HIGH SATURDAY 35 The LetWnidgc Herald LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, FH1DAY, MARCH 20, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS PAGES No Housing Money For Lethbridge LOUIS RASMINSKY By CAROL MOLUNS OTTAWA (CP) Loui5 Rasminsky, governor of There's no mortgage mor.cy available in Lethbridge (or housing, Mayor Andy Anderson said Thursday. And there are indications from Ottawa llwre soon won't be much mortgage money available in any urban centre in Canada for conventional housing, he said alter speaking on the telephone with officials in Ottawa. Mayor Anderson is to be in OLtawa Tuesday to discuss with government housing officials the critical shortage of housing and lack of money for housing In Lethbridge. In setting up appointments the mayor was informed that the government appears to be interested only in supplying money for low-rental public housing projects. FANTASTIC PHKSSURES The lack of mortgage money is going to create "fantastic pressures" next year, the ma- yor said. Alberta was given well over million for housing "but nobody will tell us how much Lethbridge was alloUed or who get it. There certainly isn't anything avail- able DOW. A contractor is able to get mortgages to build houses in Coaldale but he can't gel any money for Lcthbridge developments." The mayor figures the senior government has its wires crossed somewhere. "Leth- bridge is a designated area un- der the incentives program and the government is trying to en- tice industry to locate here. That's fine. But where do they expect the employees of these new industries to live? There's little accommodation available in the city now and there's no mortgage money available to provide the much needed ac- commodation." Tilings are so bad oi late that several contractors have indi- cated they arc laying rcen off. One previously busy contractor "hasn't turned a shovel or hammered a nail in three the mayor said. CONTRACTORS CUT OFF Contractors who previously had an almost unlimited supply of funds from their banks re- port they now are cut off. The Lethbridge banks have no money for housing develop- ments, they say. Several major apartment building developments slated for Lelhbridge are hanging in mid-air because of no mortgage money for Lethbridge, develop- ers say. "You can get money for an apartment building in Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver but you can't get any for LeUi- one developer said. Outlying communities are be- coming bedroom communities for the mayor said. People working in Lethbridge are living in neighboring towns because they can't find a place- to live in Lc-lhbridge, and in a number of cases, if they could find accommodation in the ciiy it would be too expensive. The pressure and demand for accommodation in neighboring towns is making them apply for public housing projects. Senior governments have In- dicated they feel it would be unsound at time to provide the lowns with much public housing because they feel most o! the pressure is coming from the city. the BCan a, says Canada tosh credit and spending restraints, despite dilficul- fesucn as rising awl regional reces- {ions. inflation remains "the foremost pttblem nf the country as a the head of the central annual report to the government, published Thursday. Although there has been an encouraging change in the economic climate after more than a year of stringent restrictions on credit and government spend- ing, Mr. Rasminsky adds: will not achieve its objective if it is aban- doned at the first sign of success, namely as _sooi, as toe growth of the economy shows signs of decelera- tion. "We have no choice but to continue the effort in spite of all the difficulties involved." The report, which covers the year 1969 but includes comment on developments early this year, is dated Feb. 28. Us publication Thursday coincided with a re- port of increased Canadian unemployment m February indications that United Slates autorities might be relaxing light-money restraints on credit. Rebuts Argument Attacking suggestions that advocates of continued austerity do not care about people put out of work, Mr. Rasminsky says: "There is not, as sometimes alleged, one group who care about people and their employment and mother group who care only about price stability. Tnib is a false antithesis. "Even-one wants to achieve increases in output, employment and standards of living tot are as great as can be managed." Differences of opinion are largely reflections of dif- ferent outlooks about timing, he says. "Some concentrate their attention on the short-run costs of anti-inflationary policies. "On the other hand, those who stress as I do the Importance of price stability believe that we shall have a better chance of maintaining a high rate of growth of employment in the future if care is taken to pre- serve the purchasing power of money. CourtRulesGovt. Has To Renew Park Leases OTTAWA (CP) The Su- preme Court of Canada ruled today that the federal govern- ment must renew two long-term leases held by residents of Jas- per national park. In a 9-to-3 decision, tlie lu'gh court said Iwo leases in Ihe twecn the go v e r a m e n t an- about leaseholders in Al- berta's three national parks. The government had proposed to eliminate gradually the "per- petual leases" in favor of much shorter ones. The government had argued lhat the cabinet In Uranium Dispute Govt. renew "we properly is- sued pursuant to the 1913 regu- lations and, consequently, no question arises as to the author- ity to provide for successive re- newals." Tire appeal involved leases held by Wilfred Alan Walker and M.'E. Clark and Eon Ltd. in Jasper and was a test ease be- _____renewable at the oplion of the lessee, for successive lerms of 42 years, in perpetu- ity." Greene Won't Budge i Prices Will Rise Tracing efforts to slow down Inflation by restrict- ing the supply of money available for spending, Mr. Rasminsky says growth o! total spending in Canada has slowed but prices mil continue to rise for a while. Although industrial countries generally have been experiencing inflation, Canada had special problems. _ One is proximity to the United Stales, the major trading partner, where consumer prices increased mote rapidly last year than in Canada. Another result of living next door to the United Slates is that Canadians base aims for income and living standards oa the U.S. example, even though Ca- nadian productivity is at least 20-per-cent lower. This fact sets a real limit on our current living standards which no amount of wishful thinking can remove. Another Canadian problem in dealing with inflation Is regional disparily-thc fact that austerity bears hard- er on economically-weaker Atlantic Canada than else- where, or can te exaggerated for regions dependent on ore or two products, such as Saskatchewan with wheat and po'.osli, when world markets slump. Court Post Filled OTTAWA (CP) Mr. Justice Gerald Fauteux of the Supreme Court today was named Chief Justice of Canada. Announcement of the appoint- ment was made in the Com- mons by Solicitor-General George Mcllrailh who also said that Mr. Justice Bora Laskin of the Supreme Court of Ontario will fill the vacancy created by the retirement Monday of Chief Justice John Robert .Cartwright from the nine-member court. Tne raw chief justice, whose appointment is effective Mon- day was named to the Supreme Court in 1949. He has been sec- ond in precedence to Chief Jus- tice Cartwright who was ap- pointed before him on the same day. At 70, Mr. Justice Fautcux is five years younger than the man he succeeds. Mr. Justice Laskin, who will be lhe first Jew ever lo sit on the Supreme Court bench, was a professor of law at the Univer- sity of Toronto before his ap- pointment to the Ontario Su- preme Court in 1953. He has been a well-known labor conciliator and expert on labor law. Vfas Toe been drafted, Shows Handicap Further, the federal system of government makes It more dilliciill for one authority lo manage lhe econ- omy when demands increase on the provinces and mu- nicipalities (or health, education, roads and other ser- vices. Mr. Rasminsky lists five main reasons why he be- lieves inflation must be curbed by continued austerity measures: risk of severe recession and disruplioa "from which all would -The unequal impact of Inflation, which hits the poor, the retired and workers in weak bargaining posi- tions hardest. -Hie clanger of slowdown in real economic growlrl as inflation diverts effort away from constructive ac- tivity towards frying to out-guess the course of the economy. -Loss of confidence in money values and the re- luctance ol those with capital lo commit funds to growth-stimulating investments. -Damage lo essential trade If the competitive strength o! Canadian products is wiped out by rising prices. New Alberta Medic Plan Outlined EDMONTON (CP) Albcr- tans will have to pay medical care premiums outstanding from July 1, 1569 if they don't wish to join the new combined hospital medical care insur- ance program, Health Minister' James Henderson announced in the legislature Thursday. The health minister intro- duced three bills which will im- plement the new plan as of July 1. Before any resident can re- ceive a card from the Alberta Health Care Insurance Com- mission acknowledging they do not want to participate in the new plan, they will have to pay any premiums outstanding fiom July 1. I960. Mr. Henderson said those wishing to stay outside the plan will have to make application on a yearly basis. Strike Ends LONDON (Reuters) The airport firemen's strike, which lias disrupted international air traffic, at Heathrow for nearly three weeks, ended today. Editor Gets Job OTT AW A (CP) Montreal editor Jean-Louis Gagnon will become first director of Infor- mation Canada April 1, It was announced in the Commons today. The announcement was made by Robert Sianbury, minister without portfolio responsible to Parliament for the new central information body. Sentenced To 20 Years OTTAWA (CP) -The govern- ment's policy to maintain Cana- dian o w n e r s h i p of uranium properties "will be carried F.r.nrgy Minister J. J. Greene told the Commons today, and any purchaser not meeting the governments qualifications will be buying "at his own risk." Mr. Greene, faced with a bar- rage of questions about the gov- ernment's new limits on foreign ownership, said there is no question about the government s intention to see Uis limits are observed. And at the same time, he said the whole question ol foreign ownership in Can- ada's industrial and resource assets is being studied "very actively." T. C. Douglas, the New Demo- crat leader, started the lengthy exchange when he said that Ste- phen B. R.'-.-n, chairman of Denison Mi-ies Ltd., is still ready to sell his controlling in- terest in the mines to a U.S.- controlled corporation. Mr. Green said it hasn't yet been decided whether enforce- ment of the government's oolicy will be carried out by a change in the Atomic Energy Control Act, or by specific legislation, but Ifcerc was no question about t h e government's intenlions being carried out. George Hees (PC-Prince Ed- ward-Hastings) asked whether the government would help find a Canadian buyer for Denison in view of statements by Mr, Roman Uiat the mine may have to close for three or four years unless additional linar.cial re- sources are negotiated. Mr. Green said he thinks tha question of getting buyers should be left to the private sec- tor. As far as a possible closing is concerned, he said that that eventually will have to be met if the problem arises "but that bridge hasn't been crossed yet." Under VICTIM CARRIED FROM HOTEL FIRE A fireman carries an unconscious palron of the Ozark Holel down a ladder in Seattle, Wash., early today after fire burned through lhe five-storey building, killing at least IB per- sons. Authorities don't know how mony injured. A guest said there were as many os 40 patrons in Inn hotel on lhe edge of Seallle's downtown business district. Thai Battalions Join In Battle VANCOUVER (CP) thur Grice, 61, of Langley, B.C., the bank robber police named Rubberlace, was sen- tenced to 20 years in prison for a series of nine holdups which netted him Police named Grice "Rubber- face" because of facial distor- tion.; which made identification difficult. However, when he was arrested following Uie March 2 holdup of a branch of the Toronto-Dominion bank, they found he has a goitre con- dition. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN TVEWS reporter Kay Payne trying to relire but un- able lo get the "urge to write" out of her system Don Davis, chidcd about his driving, saying: "It's the 'boll' in tlie back seat that makes the 'nut' behind the wheel Micliad Ducrilcn explaining lhal his Gcr' bils are r.ot "shrunken kan- VIENTIANE, Laos (AP) Two Thai battalions have rein- forced Laotian troops defending Long Cheng against a North Vi- etnamese force that has adv- anced to within a mile of that army base, informed sources repoited tonight. They said the battalions were flown from Thailand by Air America transports. It was the first report of any sizeable force of Thai troops entering the con- flict in Laos, although there have boon reports of advisers from Thailand operating in small numbers. The threat to Long Cheng, base of Gen. Vang Pao's Meo tribal army, was increased when the 'North Vietnamese overran three hilllcp positions. The development came as Col. Pradith Thicngthaiii. a Pa- thet Lao emissary, arrived in Vientiane from Hanoi earning a peace proposal to Pi'emier Prince Souvanna Phonma. Pradith will present the peace plan of Prince Souphancuvoag, the titular leader of the pro- Communist Palhet Lao. Among other things, it cal's for n con- ference of Laotian (action; to seek peace and for the end of United Stales bombing in Laos. Souphanmivong is a half-bro'her of Souvanna Phouma. TORONTO (CP) presi- dent of DcniEOn Mir.es Ltd. said today directors may have to consider closing its huge Elliot Ijakc uranium mine for three or fouf years if additional financial resources cannot be negotiated soon. Stephen B. Roman, chauman of Denison Mines, (old a news conference: "Without additional resources, management definitely has to give consideration to closing the mine." Mr. Roman had originally called the to an- rrjunce details of a sale of about one-quarter of Dcnison's to a O.S.-controlled corporation. He used it instead to comn-.ent on government restrictions an- nounced Thursday night that would apparently block the deal. Mr. Roman said he could not comment on his next s'.ep unlil the government's action had been thoroughly studied. He said "many points" were left open in the statement by Energy Minister J. J. Greene 'but "if possible. I definitely, will go through with the deal." RAPS GOVERNMENT Mr. P.oman called the govern- ment's action "arbitrary and discriminatory" and said hB was "most concerned that the policy announced should so ob- viously be aimed at me and the corporations I control." The potential buyer in the deal negotiated by Mr. Roman was Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas Co. Ltd., G5.7 per cent owned by Continental Oil Lid. of Delaware and 21.1) per cent by Hudson's Bay Co. of London. It would have involved the Denison shares he'd by- Roman Corp., of which Mr. Roman is founder and presi- dent. The price was in cash ar.d preferred voting slock of Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas, which would have given Roman Corp. a "substantial position." Mr. Roman the federal government, five years ago blocked a large sale of uranium (o France, ard thrn forced Den- ison into a stockpiling program at prices "not of benefit to our stockholders." Denison had ac- cepted this to keep Elliot Lake from "becoming a ghost-town." "For years 1 fought to keep Penison" he said, "but received r.o: one iota of help from the Canadian govern- ment. "If the government was so concerned, it tliould have been in the act." Francophone Deal 'In The Bag' frt thn now bu OTTAWA (CP) A charter for an agency lo promote educa- tional and technological co-oper- ation among francophone states has been agreed upn at a con- ference in Niamey, Niger, the- govcrnrr.cnl announced today. "The whole thing is settled and in the an official i.nokcunan said. He told reporters Canada is "exlremciy happy" wilh provi- sions in the draft covering par- ticipation by Quebec and other provinces in lhe work of tl'.o agency. Francophone states arc stales where French is spoken by s. majority or a significant seg- ment of lhe population. The new agency is expected to embrace more than 20 countries, most of them in Europe and Africa. The key article in lhe charier provides that any government can be admitted to the institu- tions and activities of the agency with the approval of the momber-slale under which it exercises its authority, and ac- cording lo the "modalities' agreed to bclwo-'n ihe two. The government official said the charter accords in all points with the federal position on Ot- tawa's jurisdiction in interna- tional affairs. The provinces would have no individual voting or signatory power in the agency, and no right of direct membership. Quebec and the other prov- inces represented at Onlario, Manitoba and New expected lo sign the document giving birth (o the new agency, but as mem- bers of the Canadian delegation. The agreement means Uiat the provinces can participate in international agencies only wilh federal approval, said the gov- ernment oflicial. France originally proposed lhal all governments should have full right o! membership in the organization. This wou'.d have meant admittance of Quebec as a member in standing with Ottawa ar.d any other state. Canadian Shares Rare Sid Title LABRADOR CITY, Nfld. (CP) Canada's Bill McKay and Scot I Pyles of lhe L'niled Stales A team shared a rarily in skiing firsl-plarc gold medals in lhe men's gianl sla- lom at the Canadian national ski championships. The 22-ycar-c'.d veterans o! in- lerna'.ional skiing were bo'Ji timed at for their two nitis over the tricky foot Nancy slope at ne-arby Smokey Mo'.in'tain, ;