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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, March 21, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 9 City will borrow to help finance Games Edmonton residents in favor EDMONTON (CP) City residents opted for a "Cadillac" version of the 1978 Commonwealth Games Wednesday when they gave solid approval in a plebiscite for the city to borrow million to pay for its share of million in Games facilities. Unofficial results from 113 of 316 polls showed 72.5 per cent of voters in favor of city council passing a bylaw to authorize the borrowing, which will cost the average property owner more than a year in additional taxes for 25 years. A simple majority was re- quired in the plebiscite, which Games organizers said would determine whether the city would hold the sports extrava- ganza. "I am extremely said Mayor Ivor Dent, who had threatened to resign if there was a negative decision. "I've always had faith in the citizens of Edmonton -and they've never disappointed said the mayor, who said a few days before the plebiscite that city residents preferred a Cadillac to a Volkswagon version of the Games. He said residents had decided that "we've got them (the Games) and we're going to keep them. let's get ahead with the job." The committee conducted an intensive radio, television and newspaper campaign and even got down to the neighborhood level with members visiting homes throughout the city. In contrast, Mr. Reilly's association sent out a brochure and members appeared on radio open-line shows. "We didn't have much Mr. Reilly said. "We spent about including costs of the petition." Mayor Ivor Dent, chairman of the Commonwealth Games Foundation, said the plebiscite would determine whether Edmonton staged the 1978 Games. "I'm not going to put on the chinziest games Mayor Dent said. "We're either going to put Edmonton on the map and leave the city with some last facilities, or we're not going to." The mayor said a negative vote would force him to inform the national body responsible for finding Games sites that Edmonton was not prepared to stage the event. He also said he would resign if the plebiscite was rejected. The Commonwealth Games Federation in London had set July 31 as the deadline for the city to decide whether it will go ahead with plans to act as Games host. Cost of the loan to the aver- age Edmonton taxpayer has been estimated at an- nually for 25 years. The provincial government has already agreed to share in the cost of Games facilities, to the tune of million, and the federal government has indicated it will also pick up some of the cost. About million of the provincial contribution has already been allocated for a hockey coliseum, which is being financed separately and which was not part of the question before voters Wednesday. The coliseum, which would be used for Games' gymnastics and boxing, would bring the cost of Games facilities to million. Operating costs for the Games have been estimated at million and a surplus is anticipated on the basis of million in revenue expected from lotteries, corporate appeals, donations, television rights, concessions and sale of commemorative coins. Any operating surplus would be applied against capital1 costs.. The Edmonton plebiscite paralleled a 1972 referendum in which Colorado residents rejected state funding for the 1976 Winter Olympics in Denver. Opposition to the Denver games was organized by a group called Citizens foe Colorado's Future. Costs were also the major component in the Denver case. Bassett believes Canadians preventing NFL infiltration VrTDiDNOu YOU WERE MAKIN1 fWEM DRINKS CELTICS WIN GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) Glasgow Celtic beat FC Basle of Switzerland 4-2 after extra time Wednesday night and moved into the semi- finals of the European Soccer Cup of Champions on a 6-5 aggregate. The teams were tied 2-2 at half time. After the regular 90 minutes Celtic led 3-2, leaving the teams 5-5 on aggregate. In an extra half-hour, Murray grabbed the winning goal for Celtic in front of at Glasgow's Celtic Park. NEW YORK (CP) John F. Bassett says he believes the Canadian government's threat to legislate his Toronto Northmen out of Canada is really a first step in a move aimed at preventing infiltration by the National Football League. Bassett, a founder of the new World Football League, owns the Toronto franchise. The WFL completed its two- day draft in New York Tuesday. Among the players it drafted were 76 from the Canadian Football League, including both stars and lesser-known players. During'the draft, Bassett said in an interview that Marc Lalonde, federal health and welfare minister, wanted to stop the new league in order to prevent future NFL encroachment. Lalonde is seeking legislation to prohibit the WFL and the Northmen from operating in Canada because, he says, the operation of another league in Canada poses a threat to the survival of the Canadian Football League. Bassett, who said the North- men already have signed 70 players irrespective of the draft, promised a court fight if the Northmen are forced out of Canada by legislation he and his lawyers consider illegal. Bassett said Lalonde is "not really concerned" over .the new football franchise in Toronto.' What he's really con- cerned about, in my mind, is the possibility of the National Football League going into Montreal because the French community in Montreal prefers the National Football League over the Canadian Football per cent to five per cent as shown in newspaper he's concerned with that happening. "So what he's trying to do is stop us to stop the NFL. So he figures he's going to throw the baby out with the bath water. "And I think that is highly unfair tremendously dis- criminatory and I think he's far too late after the fact.... "I will fight him tooth and nail, and as far and as long as we are able to." But it seems obvious at this point, Bassett said, "that Mr. Lalonde is not going to back Bassett said he is figuring on the WFL to help him if Parliament passes legislation against the WFL. "I'm sure that the league will support us. It's a league function." Gary Davidson, president of the WFL, said he would "lean over backwards" to help Bas- sett in any litigation against the Canadian government. "Of course, I'm an American Davidson said. "I don't want to get involved in Canadian politics. John Bassett is one of the founders of the World Football Vancouver people not interested Attention shareholders... HENDERSON LAKE GOLF CLUB An extraordinary meeting will be held in the CLUB- HOUSE on Sunday next, March 24th at 2 p.m. to approve a resolution to increase the issue of shares as outlined in the Notice of Motion sent to all share- holders on March 11th, 1974. Please plan on attending or forward your signed Proxy immediately! Board of Directors Henderson Late Golf Club VANCOUVER (CP) As befits a maiden left twice at the altar, this city's proposal to host the 1980 Winter Olympics is an underplayed one, full of shy come-hither looks. It's a marked contrast to the way things are usually handled in the west coast city and the manner in which Vancouver's first two bids to host the Winter Olympics were a fanfare of publicity trumpets and plethora of speeches. But the bids for the 1972 and 1976 Winter Games were spurned and this time around local organizers, headed by a freshman mayor, are trying a new approach. Mayor Art Phillips, a 43- year-old investment dealer and an avid amateur skier, is handling most of the low-key workload, travelling to Europe to sound out delegates there, putting forth plans that call for little expenditure and attempting to sell local residents on the merits, of. hosting a world-wide sports extravaganza. Phillips insists it isn't dreams of financial glory or the thought of attracting swarms of winter fun-seekers to the city that has motivated the push for the Olympics. "The reason I'm interested is because as a city we would enjoy having the Winter Olympics said Phillips. "It would be an exciting event and one we could handle easily. I'm interested in the intangibles, rather than the buildings or facilities the Olympics would provide." Very much in the background is the Vancouver Garibaldi Olympic Committee, composed largely of civic boosters and businessmen who see the games as a chance to provide an economic shot-in-the-arm for the city and Western Canada. Opposition. like the bidding, 25% Off on all Ski Doo Sportswear GftJ EQUIPMENT RENTALS 14TOMAM.S. has mainly been low key, cen- tred mainly around Whistler Mountain, 60 miles north of here, the site for the skiing portion of the games. The area is a ski paradise- acres of powder snow, the longest vertical drop of any major ski hill in North America, a near-infinity of challenging runs. It's been almost untouched by major development, which brings about much of the criti- cism. One of the most vociferous of the anti-Olympians is Don Gow, president of the chamber of commerce at Alta Lake, at the bottom of Whistler. "I have no doubt Whistler would be great for the Olym- pics, but I've also no doubt the Olympics would be hell on said Gow, suggesting that bringing the games to the mountain would send the cost of living skyrocketing, escalate property values and set off a wave of speculation in land which would destroy the pas- toral way of life residents have made for themselves. Sid Young, president of the Olympic committee, says the games would bring planned development to the region, boost tourism and provide improved facilities in an area which should serve more skiers than it now does. Suit names Howe, Dineen CLEVELAND (AP) A Cleveland man is seeking damages in a suit filed against Bill Dineen, Gordie Howe. Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association and the Cleveland Arena. The action filed in Cuyahoga County common pleas court by William Petroff stems from an altercation during a game at the arena Jan. 30 between the. Aeros and Cleveland Crusaders. Petroff seeks in compensatory and punitive damages from Dineen. coach of the Aeros. Howe, their star right wing, and the team and in compensatory damages from Cleveland Holding Corp., the arena. "It will give an economic shot in the arm to the whole of Western said Young. BERT MAC'S CYCLE LTD. PHONE 327-3221 SMART EXECUTIVES BENY CHEVROLET OLDSMOBILE UASIIM AW INSUMAHCIDIWIOII League and I feel that the league will support anything he wished to do. "John has been very strong in supporting the Canadian cause and I.would lean over backwards to support him." Replying to a question whether the WFL would help foot the bill involving legal costs, Davidson said: "I think that if John wished to fight any kind of legislation that we'd do whatever is necessary to support him including seeking support from the United States government, and also fi- nancially." Davidson quickly denied re- ports said to come from his own organization that the WFL was ready to wage "war" with the Canadian and National football leagues. Power, speed allows teams to score narrow verdicts By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Greg Luzinski's power pro- vided the winning margin for Philadelphia Phillies while Dave Lopes' speed gave Los Angeles Dodgers the edge in exhibition baseball Wednesday. Luzinski homered twice and drove in five runs as the Phillies rallied in the ninth in- ning to Beat New York Mets 10-9. Lopes stole two bases and singled in the decisive run in the eighth inning as the Dodgers picked up their fourth straight victory 5-3 over Cincinnati Reds. Lopes now has seven of the Dodgers' 21 stolen bases in 11 games. In other action, Texas Rangers hipped Minnesota Twins 10-9, St. Louis Cardinals trimmed New York Yankees 3-2, Baltimore Orioles edged Kansas City Royals 4-3 and Detroit Tigers beat Boston Red Sox 6-3. Houston Astros played Mon- treal Expos in night action. RAINED OUT California Angels' game with Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians vs. San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres against Oakland Athletics were all postponed because of rain in Arizona. A two-run homer by rookie Jim Fuller off veteran Undy McDaniel provided the margin of victory for the Orioles. Dave McNally allowed five hits in seven innings for Baltimore. Detroit's Mickey Stanley hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning off Craig Skok after Juan Marichal had blanked the Tigers for five innings. Jeff Burroughs hit a triple, a home run and two singles and drove in three runs, including the game-winner for Texas. 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