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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Teacher bargaining results in turmoil By RON SUDLOW Canadian Press Staff Writer Bargaining with teachers has resulted in turmoil across Canada as provincial education departments wrestle with the problems of cutting costs while maintaining standards. The issues range from salary structures to pension funds to class sizes, and the stance taken by teachers has resulted in one province-wide strike, walk-outs in another province and strike talk in a third. In British Columbia, teachers went on a one-day strike Friday over pension benefits and an estimated 500,000 children got a holiday. Almost all the teachers took part in the walkout called by the British Columbia Teachers Federation to protest what it calls glaring inadequacies in the pension scheme for retired teachers. Jim Killeen, president of the 22,000-member federation, said before the strike that every local teachers association was supporting it but there were some scattered reports of rebellion against the walk-out. DON'T LIKE CEILING High school teachers will consider calling the first teachers' strike in Ontario to protest spending ceilings imposed by the province on local school boards. Newfoundland already has ex-perienced walkouts by 430 teachers in 20 schools who demand a 20-per-cent raise. About 11.000 students were affected. A Cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows that some provinces have had to deal also with issues other than money problems, and others have escaped disruption in their education programs so far. The Newfoundland Teachers Association, representing 6,500 teachers, is negotiating for a two-year contract that would provide a 20-per-cent increase on current salary levels that range from $1,600 to $11,000 the first year and another six per cent in the second year. In Nova Scotia, salaries are settled throughout the province until Jan. l, 1972, but talks involving one-third of the province's 10,802 teachers are under way with local boards on the issues of working conditions and benefits. There is no indication that the teachers, who earn an average of $7,266 a y�ar, are considering strike action. SEEK PAY HIKE In New Brunswick, the teach' ers' federation is seeking a 20-per-cent increase over two years on salaries ranging from $3,400 to $12,200. The teachers have rejected a government offer of 14 per cent over the same period and the dispute is 'expected to go to conciliation next week. Prince Edward Island teachers are covered under a three-year collective agreement that doesn't expire until 1972. In Quebec, teachers aren't bargaining yet for their next contract but have staged walkouts to express dissatisfaction with reclassifications written into their current pact which expires June 30. About 45 per cent of Manitoba's 11,700 public school teachers have not signed agreements for 1971 but negotiations are still going on at the local level, mostly in rural areas, The major issues are salaries and more time to. prepare les- sons. Teachers who have signed agreements have accepted pay increases ranging from 4.9 to 7.6 per cent. In Saskatchewan, 11 of 13 bargaining areas have settled 1971 contracts without the. strikes that affected students in seven jurisdictions in 1969 and in the Prince Albert area last year. CONDITIONS THE ISSUE In Alberta, teachers are more concerned with working conditions than salaries as 160 hoards on education deal with their 22,000 employees. About half of the teachers now are working without a contract. Working conditions have surpassed salaries as an area of concern since a new school act in 1970 brought all parts of teachers' contracts under the Labor Act. Working conditions were included under the old School Act, but now they must be re-negotiated in current contracts. Teachers' concerns include opening dates of school and length of the working day. The Alberta Teachers' Association also wants teachers to be involved in policy changes; some agreements signed since January have provided for board-teacher consultation. Calgary teachers criticize their supervision duties and express fear they could be obligated to commit weekends to extra-curricular activities. Police search for robbers EDMONTON (CP) - Police were searching for two men, believed to be in their thirties, who robbed an Edmonton branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia of about $10,000. The pair carried sawed - off shotguns but no shots were fired. A police spokesman said it is believed the original car used by the robbers was recovered and a second vehicle was being sought. Hard pitch, soft sell at pipeline talks DDT banned in Japan TOKYO (Reuter) - Japan Has decided to ban the use of the pesticide DDT and severely restrict the use of another agri' cultural chemical, BHC. An agricultural ministry spokesman said today the Agricultural Chemical Controls Law now is being revised and it is hoped the ban can be put into effect in May. He said DDT would be allowed only for forestry work for a grace period of six months after the law is revised. BHC would be banned for use on flowers as well as near water resources and dairy farms. By CARL MOLLINS OTTAWA (CP) - United States oil executives invited to consider a Canadian pipeline route to get their Alaskan oil to market are likely in for a puzzling combination of hard pitch and soft sell here Wednesday. Public statements by their two main hosts reflect differences in emphasis. Energy Minister J. J. Greene stresses the need for speed and no unnecessary roadblocks to win commercial acceptance of a Canadian overland route instead of the combined trans-Alaska pipeline and ocean-tanker system of delivery. Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien, by conrtast, says more time is needed for research on the route. 'We are not pushing the Americans. ... We are not being rushed." Mr. Greene, a lanky, talkative dynamo despite a history of heart trouble, says of the meeting with the oil executives: "We'll urge them to consider that alternative-the Canadian route-and to make an application for that talternative." WANTS DISCUSSION Mr. Chretien, boyish but politically tough, says: "lie gouvernement n'a pas l'intention de faire des propositions concetes. C'est settlement pour discuter de la situation- The government does not intend to make concrete propositions, only to discuss the situation." The third member of a designated triumvirate of hosts, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, is due home Sunday from a two-week tour of Africa. Before leaving he expressed concern publicly about the danger of oil spills from tankers plying between Alaska and the U.S. west coast. The Canadian government last week invited the seven oil companies behind the projected Trains-Alaska Pipeline System to send senior men to talk about the alternative Canadian route Public comments by some members of that consortium, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co., have shown they are not thrilled by the idea of switching to an all-overland Canadian delivery route. THINK ALASKA BEST "The way we believe is the best way is the line across Alaska," said Dudley Knott, vice-president of public affairs for BP North America Inc. of New York. British Petroleum is one of the seven companies in Alyeska. Edward Patton, president of Alyeska and formerly with Humble Oil, said the company has heard of no new data which would suggest that the trans-Alaska route is less desireable than the Canadian route "being pushed by some Canadian politicians." Data is just what Joe Greene months. It is data from the Inuvik tests, plus more from government research, that Mr. Greene has ready for Wednesday's conference. The minister says a federal inter-departmental committee has been examining Arctic pipeline problems since December, says the government has for Wednesday's closed meeting. He says research has been under way on a Canadian pipeline route since shortly after the massive oil reserves were discovered on Alaska's North Slope in 1968. In Alaska, he says, they bought the pipe first and ran into opposition after. Robert Howland, chairman of the National Energy Board, first raised the idea of a pipeline from the North Slope into Canada, along the Mackenzie River valley and into the Chicago area at a private meeting with oil companies in July, 1968. Those companies-Humble, BP and Atlantic Richfield Oil Co.-rejected the idea then. They later joined Alyeska. But they are also among 17 companies involved in MacKenzie Valley Pipeline Research Ltd., which has been running an experimental oil pipeline in the Canadian Arctic at Inuvik for about IS 1968. Four groups in that committee have been studying transport alternatives, pipeline technology, marketing and environmental problems. The transport group, for example, has rejected for the time being a tanker system through Arctic waters across the north of Canada. The marketing group estimates an overland pipeline route from northern Alaska could deliver oil in Chicago at a price 30 cents-a-barrel cheaper than by trans-Alaska pipe, tanker to Puget Sound and pipe to the Middle West. Just two weeks before the scheduled meeting with U.S. oil executives, the Canadian government received a progress re- 18 killings in Montreal MONTREAL (CP) - Although there have been 18 killings in Montreal so far this year, police suggest there is no widespread gangland war in progress' and the deaths do not represent a dramatic increase in the murder rate. Lieut. Larry Levis, a spokesman for Montreal police, said: 'We had the same murder rate in 1969 as we have this year. There are more murders this year than there were last year at this time, certainly, but there were fewer murders in 1970 than in a normal year." At this time last year, ho said, there had been 11 killings. There were a total of 35 in the full year. William Eieff, 75, the latest victim, died Thursday, a week after he was shot in the chest during an attempted holdup. Lieut. Levis said there is no evidence to indicate more gangland slayings than previously. "The Unking of these murders to the underworld by the press is, perhaps, exaggerated. "Only if the victim had a record or belonged to a gang can we call it a gangland or underworld slaying." One newspaper report, quoting unnamed police , sources, said 28 of 49 killings in 16 months involved gang warfare or underworld retribution, chiefly in the loan-sharking racket. Money is loaned for short periods at exorbitant rates, and threats are used in collecting delinquent payments. But Lieut. Levis denied loan sharking was the motive in most of this year's murders. "Many of the victims were small-time hoods and there could have been any number of motives for their murders." One such killing was' that of Danny Pelensky last July. His car exploded as he was driving along a Montreal expressway and police said the explosion was triggered by remote control from a oar behind Pe-lansky. In other violent deaths this year, three men with police records were shot through the head while in a nightclub, a 24-year-old man, described by police as a small-time hood, was gunned down and dumped in an east-end street, and a nightclub operator was shot as he walked along a sidewalk but tine killers ignored a bank bag with $200 of club receipts. Lieut. Levis said four of 18 killings this year have been solved. port on the Inuvik tests from Mackenzie Valley services president E. Cecil Hurd of Vancouver, also president of Trans Mountain Oil Pipeline Co. From the federal energy department, you hear that the Inuvik tests show a pipeline carrying hot crude oil over permafrost along the Mackenzie valley is feasible. From the Northern Affairs department comes word that the Inuvik tests show the problems of an Arctic pipeline could be solved, but another 18 months or so of research are needed. GAVE HIS VIEWS Hence Mr. Chretien's comments to the Commons March 12: "We have not solved all the problems. We need to know more about the ecology and about building pipelines on the permafrost. . . . "If the Americans do not build a pipeline from Alaska I will not be too upset, because I know that we will find enough oil in the future in Canada to justify an oil pipeline. Perhaps it will take two or three years more but there will be a pipeline." While Mr. Greene says in the same debate: "I think we are in a position to move with considerable expedition if it appears that the oil companies and the government of the United States are interested in having the Mackenzie Valley line as the primary line and if it appears in the Canadian interest that this is where we want the oil to flow rather than down the coast of Britisih Columbia." Monday, March 22, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - f| CAN'T GO ON VACATION - Dennis Wilkinson, of Peterborough, Ont., who relies completely on a seeing-eye dog for sight, is out to change regulations. Wilkinson and his wife want to take a vacation in their native England this year but dogs must be held six months of point of entry in case of rabies infection. Buys interest in iiew hotel VANCOUVER (CP) - Vancouver - based United Equities Ltd. has announced its acquisition of a quarter interest in the $4.5 million International Hotel in downtown Calgary. The hotel was completed last year. Sweden now has a 350-mem-ber parliament. FOR SALE 2,000 YARDS WASHED V/i" DRAIN ROCK Can be Used in Concrete 600 YARDS %" AGGREGATE 800 YARDS '/" AGGREGATE This is all washed material and can be used in concrete, driveways and roads. Must Sell by April 30th, 1971 PRICE REASONABLE. Will sell at pit or can also arrange for trucking. This is in the Lethbridge and Coalhurst Area. For Information Call: TOM HAUIDAY at 327-1443 or MR. GIL DEIURME at 327-4463 SAVE roP 60% ON MUFFLER REPLACEMENTS WE HAVE: A $9.95 MUFFLER FOR MOST CARS FREE INSTALLATION 10 MINUTE INSTALLATION LIFETIME GUARANTEED MUFFLERS FREE INSPECTION AND ESTIMATES All AT 509 6th Avenue South IIUUTB UFFLEA INSTALLATIONS Phone 328-8134 AW C'MON MUMI-One-year-old Michael Humphries seems to think a visit to a high school art exhibition held in the Edmonton Public Library is a bit tiresome. Obviously not impressed with his mother's staying power, Michael couldn't suppress a yawn despite the fact he had almost an adult point of view over his mother's shoulder. CAPITOL FURNITURE'S SPECIAL Govt, not bankers to set CDC rules TORONTO (CP) - The federal government, not Canada's bankers, will set the rules for the Canada Development Corporation, Barnett Danson, parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Trudeau said here. Mr. Danson tol da public meeting that two of Canada's top bankers made "sneering, derisive remarks about Parliament" at a conference of leading United States businessmen Thursday in New York. W. Earle McLaughlin, chairman of the Royal Bank of Canada and Arnold Hart, chairman of the Bank of Montreal, told 300 U.S. businessmen that they would fight any Canadian move to restrict foreign investment. They also said they hoped to keep the CDC restricted to the operation of Crown corporations such as Plymer Corp. in Sar-nia, Ont. The federal government's plan for the CDC is to have it act independently of the government as a holding company to invest savings of Canadians. BENSON ALSO CRITICAL Finance Minister Edgar Benson was one of the first to criticize the bankers' statements in New York. "T h e banking community. doesn't tell the government, or Parliament what to do," he said. Mr. Danson said: "Businessmen are interested, inquisitive, perhaps concerned about CDC. But it's not Up to bankers to decide what the CDC's functions should be. "The government is very interested to hear what the banks -and everyone else-feel about the CDC. But tell us, don't go sneering in New York. . . ." He also objected to a remark by Mr. McLaughlin that the government's policy on foreign investment "doesn't make sense -but who can make sense out of politicians anyway?" "What he seemed to be saying is that Canada's politicians are stupid but don't worry about them, the banks will look after things," said Mr. Danson. YELLOW FEVER SPREADS LISBON (Reuter( - Mass vaccinations are under way and only persons with certifications are being allowed through checkpoints in Portuguese Angola following an outbreak of yellow fever there. Health officers said two persons were known to have died from the disease in the last 24 hours. CONTINUES � � � ... A manufacturer's special shewing of all new 1971 Furniture Styles styled by one erf Western Canada's leading manufacturers! Come in this week . . . select your fabric . . . sefact your style or choose as shown - and get custom built furniture for your home by making your selection during the show and sale we are able to offer this custom service at no additional cost! OVER 100 PIECES TO CHOOSE FROM NOW ON DISPLAY! O CHESTERHEID SUITE Modern A Pieet Group includes sofa. Mr. and Mrs. Chair $dQA and Footstool ...............^ITO LOVE SEATS $159 $199 SECTIONALS $299 * $519 CONVENIENT BUDGET TERMS AVAILABLE! 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