Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
WARMER HIGH FORECAST THURSDAY 45 The Lethbttdge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 87 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Lethbridge Tax Rate May Be Cut 7.5-MiHs Drop In Prospect OimiDE-HECKlING Outside Nev; York's Generol Post Office, o sinking postal service worker, standing behind another person's vie- lory sign, heckles troops inside the building who are working on Ihe moil Tuesday. Many of his colleagues In Ihe postal service, however, bolh elsewhere in the counlry and in Ihe Manhattan area voted Tuesday lo go back lo work. Pay talks were lo begin todoy. Automobile Insurance Plan Urged EDMONTON' (CP) Compulsory minimum aulo- mobile insurance combined with a no-fault provision was recommended for Alberta Tuesday by a seven- man legislalive committee. The committee made 27 recommendations after a year-long study and suggested that while automobile insiu-ance remain in the hands of the private under- writers a special continuing committee made up of MLAS and the provincial insurance superintendent be set up lo provide liaison, ''The commillee should involve itself deeply into rating structures lo determine Ihe cquilabilily especially its fairness with respect lo young drivers." The recommendations included suggested minimum liability coverage of and a deductible policy for third party liability. The report also said premiums for the basic plan should be Ihe same for all drivers with additional coverage provided by private firms at competitive rales. While the report as tabled in the legislature by committee chairman Roy Ells there has been no indication of what the government intends to do with it. The all-parly committee, established during the 39C9 session of Ihe legislature, recommended that licence plates for vehicles be issued only on presenta- tion of proof of minimum insurance coverage and lhat any cancellation of such minimum insurance would involve Ihe surrender of vehicle licence plates. It was recommended lhat accident benefits include for funeral costs with death benefits ranging be- tween for a child up to four years, for ll'.osc children 10 to 17 while the benefit would be for Ihe head of a household and up (o for a By JIM J1AYB1E Herald Slalt Writer Lethbridge taxpayers are facing a mill rate this year of 61, a decrease of 7.5 mills from last year's G8.5 mill rate. On a assessment this year and last year the re- duction in general taxation would amount to General taxes last year would have been and this year A general reassessment of property went into effect this year, however, with land assessment being increased by an average 20 per cent and buildings and hnprove- going up an average five per cent. HERE'S THE riCTIJRE lure r.ow stands: City taxation for general pur- poses at 22.2 mills, down two- tenths of a mill from last year, raising compared with last year. The city's budget committee is still working on Ihe budget ar.d this figure mny be altered. It is as- sumed some cuts in the budget, will be made but others may be added. Supplemental education req- uisition of 10.3 mills, down 6.3 mills from last year's 16.G mills. The 10.3 mills this year will raise for public schools, compared with last year and for separate schools, compared to last year. The public school board completed its budget Tuesday night. The separate school board usually makes Ihe same supplemental requisition. P r o v i n cial education plan contribution is up from 28 to 30 mills on the equalized assess- ment which, when converted, amounts lo an increase of 1.6 mills from 24.4 last year lo 26 mills of general taxation this year. The contribution in- creases from to The lolal Lethbridge contri- bution lo education this year will be down slighlly from" 252.129 to There will be no provincial hospital plan contribution this year resulting in a saving of 3.5 mills. HOSPITALS IN RED It is expected, however, for the first time in years, there will be a supplemental requisi- tion from hospitals. The Leth- bridge Municipal Hospital has a deficit of it has to pick up. Lelhbridge's contribu- tion lo that deficit would be or seven-tenths of a mill. LMH is resubmitling its budget lo Edmonton in Ihc hope this can be further cut. St. Michael's General Hospi- tal, with a deficit of is still reworking its budget. As a private hospital it U not entitled lo requisition the citizens of the area for financing. Some changes can be made, how- ever, whereby the citizens could be requisitioned. St. Michael's at this point is an unknown factor and has not been in- cluded in the 61 mills. The Lethbridge Health Unit requisition is up two-tenths of a mill from 1.2 mills last year raising to 1.4 mills'lhis year raising .MAY BE ALTERED The Oldman River Regional Planning Commission requisi- tion of four-tenths of a mill is the same as last year. Last year tho four-tenths of a mill raised and this year it will raise for planning. The mill rale of 61 can be altered by a rcquisilion from St. Michael's hospital or by cily council during its final study of the budget. The nest budget meeting is slated for Monday at which the final mill rate could be established. A mill of taxation this year brings into cily coffers. May Not Work OTTAWA (CP) The Letter Carriers L'nion cf Canada an- r.ounced today that it is asking members to stay home next Monday, Easter Monday, unless the post office changes its present position on work sched- uling. The union said its representa- tives lave been meeting with post office authorities for more than 10 days without reaching agreement, lor the Easter Mon- day work program. The day is one of the statutory holidays set out in the union's last contract. union news release de- scribed the meetings as "a com- plete waste of time" and said unless the department changes ils position it would ask its members lo stay home ar.d "take advantage cf this slalu- tory holiday by resting and en- joying themselves." The release said the union sought to have Ibc post nlfice define the day either as a scheduled working day or a day where overtime pay rales would apply. Nixon Proposes Death Penalty For Bombers WASHINGTON' (AP) Presi- dent Nixon asked Congress today to increase penalties- even'to the death to extend federal jurisdiction to deal with the rash of bombings by "potential murderers." The president proposed ex- tending and strengthening laws involving the transportation and use of explosives in the wake what he called an alarming in- crease in criminal bombings and threats in recent months. Schools and public buildings have had to be evacuated, prop- erty has been destroyed and lives losl, Nixon said. "Clearly nuny of these bomb- ings have been the work of po- litical fsnalics, many of them young criminals posturing as ro- mantic revolutionaries. They must be dealt with as the poten- tial murderers they are." HEADS FOR CONGRESS Nison issued the statement in connection with his request for strengthened laws and the jus- tice department was to send the legislation to Capital Hill today. Present !aw under certain cir- cumstances make it a federal crime to transport explosives across state lines. Nixon proposed: it a federal crime to use explosives to damage or de- stroy any building, vehicles or property owned by the federal government or involving any business engaged in interstate commerce or any federal prop- erty or property cf private busi- nesses engaged in interstate commerce. without written authorization, of any explosive in a federal building or one leased to the federal govern- ment would be a federal crime. devices would be inclujed in Uie category of "ex- plosives" to bring such devices under anti-bombing provisions of the law. individual engaged in transport or use cf explosives in violation of these provisions would be subject to the death penalty if a fatality occurs. Postpone Shooting Of U.S. Officer MAN WITH A BURDEN Kent Schneider, 24, director of Ihe Cenlre for Contemporary Celebration, drags a crois in form of a section of telephone pole daily along a stretch of Michigan Avenue In downtown Chicago area. He says it symbolizes modern man's crucifixion lack of communication. Schneider wtU be ordained a United Church of Christ minister later this spring. Air Controllers Book Off Sick Famous Slamp Js Auctioned For NEW YORK (Reuters) The world's most valuable stamp, the I85B one-cent Magenta of British Guiana, was auctioned here Tuesday niiht for The 1 li-inch-by-one-inch stamp was purchased hy Irwin Weinberg of Wilkes- Earre, Pa., who said he was representing a group of investors. From AP-IUufers WASHINGTON (CP) Air traffic conlrollers stayed home "sick" in some key centres in the United Slates today, causing increasing delays and cancella- tions of flights at New York and other eastern points. The most immediate impact of the controllers' slowdown was felt at the New York Cily area's three airports, Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark where there were departure delays up to 1% hours. Million Fire CALGARY (CP) par- tially destroyed a spring manu- facturing plant in southeast Calgary Tuesday nighl, damag- ing equipment valued at Joseph lozzi, part owner of Klar.den's Limited, estimated the worth of the equipment, but said it was insrjcd. The build- ing at 24 St. and Maclcod Trail S.B. WES about two-thirds de- stroyed. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN JJIRTHDAY dream come true as Eililh van der Lcc had her wish lo "go dar- ing" fulfilled with the gift of a cherry red bikini Bruce liivcrsced resting before a dale only lo wake up at Ihe stroke of midnight Ron Kubola afler stripping nu- merous parts off his motor- cycle for chroming, making repealed trips back lo the motorcycle shop lo fmd out where Ihe parts BO, Half the 140 air traffic con- trollers were off the job at Islip, N.Y., the centre which handles flights for those airports. The Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization an- nounced plans Tuesday for swift, severe, dissipation of a traffic service." The organiza- tion has conducted a continuing campaign for higher wages, more controllers and modern- ized equipment. The immediate cause of the work stoppage was Ihe proposed Iransfcr of three controllers from Baton Rouge, La. Government officials criti- cized Ihe action and called it il- legal. Shortly after the s lowdown began, there were 50 planes lined up for lakeoff at Kennedy International. Laler, departures were delayed 90 minutes. At La Guardia, the delays were up lo 75 minutes and American Air- lines cancelled 00 per ccnl of its 130 flighls. In Toronto, Air Canada can- celled two early flights lo New York and Chicago today be- cause of uncertainly over the U.S. silunlion. U.S.-bound pas- sengers also faced delays on Eastern and American airlines. SANTO DOMINGO (CP) The kidnappers of a US. air at- tache today rejected the Domin- ican Republic government's offer lo release 20 prisoners for his freedom. They demanded that all 24 prisoners named ear- lier be freed. The leftist kidnappers, oppo- nents of President Joaquin Bal- aguer, said all 24 prisoners had to be released at 3 p.m. today in the downtown Duarle Plaza. In a writlen statement senl to a local radio station, the kidnap- pers further demanded that the police stop searching the cily for the attache, U.-Col. Donald J. Crowley, and Ms abductors. The kidnappers said lhal, in lighl of the government's offer lo release 20 prisoners, "we have postponed the shooting of Col. Crowley." There was some confusion about the number of persons Ihe. government agreed to release. Reuters news agency said Ihe figure was 21. The Associated Press said 20. Crowley was seized Tuesday by armed men who identified themselves later as members of an organization called the United Anti-Re-election Com- mand. The name refers to its opposition to the re-election of Balaguer in May's presidential election. An earlier communique said Crowley was being guarded by 50 men at a hideout within the city. The U.S. embassy spokesman said it had received a letter it is "accepting as authentic" writ- ten by Crowley which staled in English: "1 am well. 1 am in the custodv of 50 armed men." The Idler also slated: "Make no searches...." A covering leller, wrilten In Spanish, promised that the at- lache would be released be- tween 10 and 2! hours afler "Ihe prisoners are out of Ihc hands of Halaguer's henchmen." "Any attempt lo rescue him will mean his death." Man Awarded In Cigarette Contest Case TORONTO (CP) Ernest Ranger of North Bay, who found a cash coupon in a Peter Jackson cigarette pack- age two years ago, was awanled the money Tuesday by Mr. Juslicc Edson Itaines of the Ontario Supreme Courl. Sir. Ranger, a 47-year-old trucker, did not receive Ihe money earlier because he gave a wrong answer lo a mathemat- ical question asked on Ihe tele- phone. Mr. Justice Haines ruled Mr. Ranger did r.ol undergo a fair lesl. and did not know that to qualify for Ihe money he would required lo write dur- ing a lest of mathematical skill. Mr. Ranger's lawyer had argued that Mr. R a n g e r 's glasses were broken, he was emotionally upset, and was mis- led because Ihe question was mathematical rather than gen- ei'al. Mr. Justice Haines said Mr. Ranger cannol read without his glasses, ar.d was only relaying the question to his wife who is deaf in one ear, and his son. An earlier prank call about the con- test had made him dubious of the authentic call. Mr. Ranger gave. 114 as his answer to the question multiply 24 by six, add 388, divide by seven and subtract. The correct answer is 38. "It seems lo me the time has arrived for an examination of our law upon the obligation of manufacturers and vendors of products to implement their un- dertaking given in the news media by nationwide advertis- ing." Mr. Justice Haines said. The coupons in the Peter Jackson cigarelle packages are nol cash certificates as adver- tised, he said, bul only tickets entilling holders to engage in a contest with the prospect of win- ning the amounts mentioned on the lickcls. No Discrimination In Cabinet Jobs "Uccause of its monopolostic aspects there is ad- vantage in government-operated insurance." The com- mittee rairl. "Any monopoly .supported by the despotic powers of a government board would have economic advan- tages." The report said any private firm with such a monopoly would enjoy a favorable position. "On Ihe other hand trie freedom lo shop', the satis- faction of having allernalivcs. the convenience of credit and the opportunity to be individualistic arc RM. I No Herald Good Friday The Herald will not publish Good Friday, March 27, a stat- utory holiday. A full account of Ihe holiday news scene will be found in The Herald's Saturday edition. Display advertising for Mon- day, March 30 must be re- ceived by noon Thursday, March, 2C, Classified adver- tising received up until 3 p.m. Thursday will be published Sat- urday, March 23. OTTAWA (CP) A study of federal cabinels since Confeder- ation has shown to- day's portfolios traditionally assigned to French-speaking Canadians were relatively minor, but Pro- fessor F. W. Gibson says this did not reflect deliberate dis- criminalion. Professor Gibson, vice-princi- pal of Queen's University, Kingston, Ont., says that what does emerge from his study is that there were "settled prac- tices with regard fo the alloca- tion of certain portfolios, 2nd it seems equally clear that such practices went largely unchal- lenged until quilc recently." The study, carried out for the 'royal commission on bilingual- ism and biciilturalisin, was re- leased, tod ay, It contains a sludy, by various Canadian scholars, of seven dif- ferenl ministries since Confed- eration, along with detailed con- clusions by Professor Gibson. While Ihe study shows that, based on present standards, the portfolios assigned to French- speaking Canadians were rela- tively less important lhan those assigned fo English-speaking Canadians, Professor Gibson says this must he viewed against the fact Ihnt the politi- cal importance cf various port- folios has changed over the years. 11EVIEW 1S67-13S5 PERIOD From 1867 lo 1066 there were. 19 riilfcrenl ministries and French-speaking Canadians have been poslmslers-gencral in 15 of them. They were secre- taries of state in 12, ministers ol public works in 11, solicitors- general in eighl, presidents ol the Privy Council in eighl, min- isters of fisheries in seven, and ministers of juslicc in six. On Ihe oilier hand, in that same period, Ihc portfolios of fi- nance, trade and commerce and labor, had never been filled by a French-speaking Canadian, And until the Pearson cabincl, there had not been a French- speaking minister o! defence since 1806. Professor Gibson says lhal while these sla'isiics indicate thai Krenrh-spoaking ministers appeared most consist- ently In a few cluding public works and Ihe posl office where there was op- portunity lo dispense patronage would bo "quite wrong" to draw any immediate conclu- sions from this. Patronage, says the author, was a natural currency of politi- cal life "and power lo dispense il was what, for the most part, gave a cabinet minister the au- tr.oritv and prestige thai he de- sired" While the trade and financial portfolios traditionally have gone lo English-speaking minis- ters from business areas, (ha author says this was not sur- prising since they rcprcjen'.od src.ns "which were Ihc principal distributing poirts of corporate patronage." "The essential point is lhat a concern for government patronage has never been a monopoly of any group of sec- tion of the Canadian popula- tion."