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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta RAIN HIGH FORECAST WEDNESDAY SO VOL. LX11I No. 91 The lethbrtdge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTION'S 18 PAGES u.s. 1970 Mill Rate Exercise Cancelled Cut Wiped Out The sick-walkout ol U.S. air controllers has caused the cancellation of the North American Air Defence Com- mand (NOKAD) and Strate- gic Air Command (SAC) joint training eiercise that was Is take place over Saskatche- wan and eastern Alberta to- night and Wednesday morn- ing. During the aerospace train- Ing exercise the U.S. n 52 bombers were io eperatc at lugh and low altitudes witfc no supersonic activity. The planes were (o pass be- tween Medicine Hat and Letlilmdge on their return the U.S. No bombs, rockets, or other weapons were to be tarried by the bombers, 1 DIG THIS! Heath of los Angeles calls home from a telephone "booth" made from on old western coffin. The pine box slands In front of a frontier-style barbershop-morluary that serves as a major attraction for visitors to Woodchuck, Calif., an Old West resort town. Death Duties Bill Unique In Canada -Bennett Crafty By PETER KIERN'AN VICTORIA (CP) Landowners could be the big winners in a move by British Columbia in the controver- sial field ol death duties. Amendments to the province's Succession Duty Act BOW before the legislature will exempt "family homes" from succession dulies, but lawyers specializing in field of taxation say the move also applies to farms, ranches and other land holdings. The dispute among experts Is whether the move is a stroke of political genius on the part W. A. C. Bennett, premier arid finance minister, or merely a matter of poor draftsmanship in drawing up the legisla- tion. Either way, says estate lawyer Jacques Barbeau, the legislation is unique in Canada and has "tremendous consequences." Under the revised acl, he said in an Interview, anyone will be able to buy a large piece of property erect a house on it, and escape succession duties if passes the property along to his wife, children or grand- children. Terms For Exemption Under the present legislation, maximum exemption U and the home must ba bequeathed to the- deceased's spouse. During debate in the legislature the premier Indicated the change is designed to aid the average home-owner. However, Mr. Barbeau points out, the exemption, as worded, applies to a home and the parcel of land on which it stands. While some experts argue the gap b e t w e e n IJie intent and wording of the legislation is accidental, one pointed out that it is beneficial to farmers and ranchers and "that's where Mr. Bennett gels his vo'.es." Another feahu'C of the acl, branded "imfair, punitive ar.d arrogant" in legislalive debate, would limit the tax exemption for charitable donations (o 10 per cent and only if the money is given to a provincial charily and on a "r.o-strings-allachcd" basis. New Requirements Mr. Earbeau said that while there is precedent for the 10 per cent ceib'ng on exemptions, the reqiu'rements Dial Die charily be based in B.C. and that the donation be used absolutely at 11 w discretion of the organiza- tion are new. The discretion feature would eliminate stipulations such as Ihe naming o( a new liospilal wing after the- donor. The restriction to provincially-bascd charities could cause a lot of problems in enforcement, though tlie premier lias indicated this of the legislation will, he enforced with discrimination. It would be possible, for example, (or lire province to exclude donations to heart or cancer foundations if the money is to be spent on research carried out in other provinces. As well as the family homo and charitable donation features, the legislation increases exemptions on pension and annuities (o monthly from and provides for a general and life insurance exemp- tion. Succession duties range from three per cent on the first ?JO.OOO of dutiable estate to M per cent amounls over Art objects donated Io B.C. for display Mil rallied >1 aider Un Final Move Today OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment makes a final effort to reach agreement today with Montreal mail truck dri'vers in older to have mail moving reg- ularly in the cily by Wednesday. Treasury Board President C. M. Drury will hold final discus- sions with representatives of the Confederation of National Trade Unions, representing 475 drivers who have been delivering mail under contract to G. Lapalme Inc. The Lapalme contract expires today and was to have been re- placed by five smaller conlracls to four other firms. The drivers began fighting for proteclion of their jobs with a series of slowdowns that started Feb. 3. Attack Rocket Bases TEL AVIV (Reuters) Is- raeli jels attacked two Egyptian missile bases at Mansoura in the northern region of the Nile Delta today, a military spokcs- nran announced. The Israeli spokesman said tho air second today aimed at the two bases SAM-2 grouncl-lo-ajr missiles. Tito specific mention of SAM-2 missiles followed recent speculation that Israeli planes were blasting sites being rebuilt for the more sophisticated Sovi- et-made SAM-3 missiles. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN T KTHBRIDGE Northern Irrigation director Hoy Jensen joking that a good turnout of water users at a recent meeting means they must be discontented with the works of tlie directors or they wouldn't have bothered com- ing Rill Michrl trying (o convince everyone thai the initial B in his new sen's name (Marlon B. Michc1) dees not stand [or Brando. Marion Martin not hudp: --4 Iter money on a recent nip to Vancouver, and having to pay a 50 cent car park charge by cheque, By JIM MAYBIE Herald's City Hall Reporter The city's budget committee. Monday night struck the 1970 mill rate at 64, a drop oi 4Vi mills from last year. The drop, however, won't mean much to tlie average lax- payer's pocketbook. The increase in assessment this year, which most taxpayers received; the increase in the water frontage tax Io 15 cents from 10 cents a front foot; the increase in the sewer frontage tax to 36 cents from eight cents; the increase in the sewerage system service charge to a month from CO cents; and the three cents a front foot reduction in the paring frontage' tax, all amount to slightly less or slight- ly higher payments this year. The decrease in the mill rale amounls to for every 000 assessment, providing one's assessment remains the same this year, as it WES last year. On Ln assessment of for both years, the mill rate reduction this year would am cunt to a tax saving of SJ2.50. However, the increases in water ar.d sewer frontage taxes, the increased sewer service charge and Ihe reduced paving fronlage charge, amount to an increased cost this year of for. a 50-foot lot and for a 60-foot lot, resulting in little or no reduction in cash out- lay from last year. On a both years, the mill rate reduction would amount to a tax reduction of Oukrf-pockel money would result in a saving tf be- tween and this year. Even ca a assessment, the reduction this year would amount to no more than depending on one's lot size. The larger the lot, the higher the frontage tax increase and the lower the reduction. One must keep in mind that land assessments generally in- creased by 20 pr cent' this year and buildings by about five per cent. While one may be paying taxes on a lower mill rain this year, it is evident the average taxpayer isn't going to be any better off money-wise than he was last year. The budget committee made few changes Io the operating budget Monday night. The fin- ance director came in with 000 worth of additions to the budget and in deletions, which the committee accepted. Tlie mill rale could have been struck at 60.3 but the additions to the budget added four-tenths of a mili bringing the figure to 60.7. It was derided would be required for river pol- lution control so another 3.3 mills was added to the budget bringing the mill rate up to 64. The last time the city's mill rate took a dip was in 1963 when the rale dropped to 45 miils from 50. Fear Dead The lowest mill rale on city records was 27, recorded in 1913. At that time the city re- quired 19.21 mills for general purposes (compared with 25.5 mills this year) and schools re- quired 7.79 mills (compared with 36.3 mills this The city had an sssessment of million in 1913 compar- ed with miffioa this year. Japanese Plane Pirates Refuse To Be Tricked HIJACKER SHOWN One of the hijackers stands in the doorway of Ihe plane with a large, sharp sword in his right hand anj what appears to be the hill of another sword in his other hand as some passengers leave the today. Jo! jetliner at Fukuoka Airport Service Curtailed Tlie city's budget committee Monday night approved reduc- tions in city bus service which will save taxpayers this year. Service Sundays and statu- tory holidays will be from neon !o p.m. instead of the present service of 9 a.m. to n midnight. The rest of the week buses will slop running after 10 p.m. Weekday service row is 6 a.m. to midnight. The change In schedule is ex- pected to take about three weeks. No. 1 route is fo be extended to include the College Mall Shop- ping Centre. Service will be on a 20-minule schedule. Alderman Sieve Kotch told the budget commillee that a motor company representative said Lelhbridge was probably one of the worst run city transit systems in the country. He said mechanics are doing bank deposits and driving school buses and that preventive main- tenance is non-existent. Utilititcs Director Oli Erdos said it is true that at certain times mechanics give the bus driver relief on their routes for one trip when spare drivers are not available. Aid. Kotch felt a comprehen- sive study of the city's transit department should be conducted. The Iransil deparlmenl is bud- geting for a deficit of this year compared with a def- icit of last year. Aid. Kolch felt the city should consider now whether it should be going deeper and deeper into debt..If the city is going fo get out of the transit busin- ness it should be doing so soon, he suggested. B.C. Waterfront At Standstill From Reuters-AP GED1Z, Turkey (CP) New tremors pounded earthquake- battered western Turkey today, Wiling at least 130 persons, arid unofficial sources sair! Ihe death toll since the first quake Satur- day night was spproaclu'ng Istanbul Observatory an- nounced today that 300 tremors have been recorded in the last 12 hours. Eight were heavy. 30 secondary and the rest minor, the observatory said. 'Paper, paper! Get your White Paper Government Gets Tough With Air Controllers From iMMtcnhrs WASHINGTON' (CPI Tlie U.S. goyernmenl moved ahead today with a crackdown against striking air controllers in a move (o smasli tlie week-old slowdown of air traffic. As the so-called sick-in work stoppage by controllers contin- ued to spread, the Federal Avia- tion Administration threatened to fire or suspend those who slay away from their posts. Tlie justice department filed f.nil Monday in 16 major cities, including New Yoik and Chi- cago, seeking temporary re- straining order) against work floppagc.s by the Professional Air Traflic Controllers Organi- zation. In New York, a fedefal judge Issued a temporary restraining order directing Ihe controllers (o return (o work. PATCO members have been calling in sick since Wednesday to back demands in their long dispute with the FAA over working conditions and safely slandards. Tlie court order was issued at tiic request of 13 airlines atuf the Air Transport Association of America. The effect o( Ibs ww was rot immediately clear early today as flight delays ar.d tieups continued in major airports throughout Ihe nation. The list of absentees In- creased Monday to 522 out of a scheduled force of 1.G66 control- lers who handle higli-alli'ude flights in 21 Centres, Ihe FAA said. Transportation Secretary John Volpc said (hose who con- tinued to work can look forward Io cash awards and special rec- ogFiilion. Volpe said Ihe government would call In the military only as a last resort, VANCOUVER (CP) Work- was at a standstill on the Van- couver waterfront for the sec- ond straight day today as deck- workers stayed home in a con- tinuing dispute over dispatch of work gangs. "There Is r.o dispatch of gangs said a spokesman for Local 500, International Longshoremen's ar.d W a r e- Imisemen's Union. The spokesman said the union Comet Visible In Northern Hemisphere TORONTO (CP) The David Dunlop Observaloiy, 15 miles north of here, said Monday the Bennett Comet is visible to sky-watchers in the Northern Hemisphere during early morn- Ing hours. The comet, most clearly visi- ble about a.m., was named after J. C. Bennell, a South Af- rican who first saw il Dec. 23, 18C9. Travelling inanorlherly direction, Ihe comet will be vis- ible with the naked eye until April 19. It first became visible in (he northern hemisphere March 10. fed received orders for labor for today from Ihe British Col- umbia Maritime Employers As- sociation, "bill we haven't sent any men." It was not immediately known whether talks were planned today between the union and the association in an effort to settle the dispute. Longshoremen refused to work Monday as they said em- ployers had attempted to make work crews from extra or "scratch" gangs instead of using six regular gangs that had worked Sunday night. From AP-Rt liters SEOUL (CP) A Japanese jetliner hijacked by leftist stu- dents with samurai swords and dynamite landed lodav at a South Korean airport that was disguised to look like one to North Korea. But the ruse failed and the 15 hijackers demanded to be flown north. They insisted that 100 other persons on the plane go along with them. Ths crew cf the Japan Air- lines plate awaited daybreak Wednesday Io depart. Ambassador Masahide Kanay- ama cf Japan pleaded with the hijackers Io lei the passengers til bul he was turned down. He h-d talked for 50 minutes (o the hijackers by radiotelephone. The plane was down at Seoul's Kimpo International Air- peat for fcur hours before the hijackers apparently decided the landing at Seoul was a trick. The pilot then asked the control tower to let him lake off. "We want (o land some 120 miles north of he said, apparently meaning at Pyon- gyang, (he North Korean capital and the destination the hijack- ers had demanded. The South Koreans had rigged up signs to make the airport ap- pear to be Pyongyang's and tried other devices to convince its hijackers they were in Ihe Communist North. Sources at the airport said local manager of Japan Air Lines sent the hijackers a rate le'Jing them the pilot could take them to Pyongyang but they should allow the other 85 or more passengers ar.d cm? to get off in Seoul. WITHDRAW TROOPS Learning from the pilot's call shortly before 7 p.m. that the tricks had failed, the authorities withdrew a group of South Ko- rean troops standing guard near the plane to North Korean uni- forms. Yashuhiro Nakssone, direc- tor-general of Japan's Self-Def- ence Force, said the plane had entered North Korean air space after leaving Fukuoka, Japan, and was refused permission to land in Pyongyang. He said he had received infor- mation that North Korean anti- aircraft guns fired near the air- liner and that North Korean MiG-2l jet fighters approached Tha plane then flew fo Seoul with six South Korean F-5 jet figh'.ers flying escort, Nakasone said. Tlie plane, o Boeing 727 jelli- ner owned by Japan Air Lines, was seized by the students as it left Tokyo airport on a domestic flight for Ilazuke airport in Fu- kucka. Tae students, armed with samurni swords and home- made bombs, said they were reedy to die if necessary. Amcr.g the passengers aboard were two Americans: Herbert Brill of Pepsi-Colt Japan and Rev. Daniel S. MacDonald, a Marykr.oll priest from San Francisco. All the rest were Japanese. Shot Misses PATNA, India (Reuters) A gunman shot at Wesl Bengal's .Marxist-Communist leader, Jyoli Basil, here loilay hul missed and killed a government offical etwiing nearby. FLIGHT ROUTE Mop locales flight of Japoresa oirli.ier which was hijacked afler leaving Tokyo. Plane laler lorded at Fukuoka, Japan, then flew up east coast of Sooth Korea before turning toward Seoul, where it landed and officials tried to deceive hijacker! into Ihink- ing Ihey were ot Pyongyang, North Korea. Hijackers had wanted the plans Io fly to hlie Norlh Korean capital (broken ;