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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL. LXVI No. 94 The Lethbridge Herald LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS SIX SECTIONS 106 PAGES RICK ERVIH photo Oil companies in U.S. begin fuel rationing The Associated Press NEW YORK Several large United States oil com- panies have started allocating gasoline or trimming deliveries because of shortages in crude oil. And a number of independent service slations are closing down or operating on rurlailed schedules be- cause demand for aulo fuel is outstripping the supply. Mobil Oil Corp., one of the big three U.S. oil pro- ducers, announced Friday it was adopting an alloca- tion plan lhat will limit distributors lo Ihe same amount of gasoline Ihey purchased in 1972, although, over-alt demand has risen seven per cenl. Texaco Inc., the biggcsl V.S. gasoline marketer, lias been establishing a similar quota system with dis- tributors as their contracts come up for renewal. Cities Service Co., among Ihe (op 15 sunpliers, has found the situation so tight it is advising distribu- tors they will be gelling only SO per cent of their eslimated gas requirements. The industry's supply problem is essentially Ihe result of a limited amount of crude oil and limiled num- ber of refineries, induslry sources say. Heavy strains were put on oU supplies during tlie winter heating sea- son and the rccowl number of new cars on the all equipped with gas-devouring anli-polulion devices has aggravated the silualion. Some officials fear the situation will get worse before it gets better. But the American Automobile Associatwn assured molorisls they shouldn't shelve their summer vaca- tion plans because of fear aboul lack of gas. "They might just have lo make a few extra Slops before they find a service station lhal's said an AAA official. Sears, Roebuck End Co. slarlcd rationing gasoline sales at a southern Florida cutlets this week and is limiting customers to 10-gallon purchases. Sears said it had asked its supplier, the Marathon Oil Co of Fuitllay, Ohio, for additional gasoline but was told no more was available. Easy does it Six-year-old Dean Selz, 1409 St. Andrews Rd., and pa! Bruno are sure they be reworded if ihey long enough so they've made themselves comfortable. Fishermen of oil sizes ond descriptions are Irying their luck cut at Henderson lake these days. Dean is hoping his net is plunked in the water over the side of this pier stands as good a chance as the most sophis- ticated fishing apparatus. Bill ivould allow ''services tax' OPPEL 'DOING WELL' PORT ALBERNI, B.C. (CP) Missionary L'oyd Oppel, 21, of Courtenay, B.C., released Wednesday in North Vietnam, is responding lo medical treat- ment in Manila and will be on his way home soon, says Ins brother, "I heard Fr Eda y m ornin g from tha external 'affairs de- partment that he's doing well and coming 'W. E. Op- pel said in this Vancouver Island city. "But they don't know how long he'll lie in hospital so I can't say when we'll see added Mr. Oppel. Torture claim blasted 28-32 24 Classified CnrriirR RBPlNSil Comment 1 District 1 I Family ___ T-Si_ .jfOy" ijrt Ma.rkRl.-i Religion Sports 1 1 Theatres 4, 5 38, 37 17, 18 2J-27 M, 35 11, 15 7 Weather 2 1.0 W TONIGHT 30 IKGH SUNDAY 59; MOSTLY SA100N (Router) A senior Viet Cong official said today that United Slates accusations of Communist maltreatment of prisoners of war are designed lo cover up acts of brutality against Communists held cap- live in South Vietnam. Col. Vp Dang Giang (old re- porters in Saigon that minutes prepared by observers from the International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) at each of tlie prisoner releases showed all (he freed Americans were in good health. EDMONTON (CP) The government 'introduced a far- reaching bill Friday w h i c h would do everything tram giv- ing cats the same status ;is dogs lo allowing municipalities to levy tjro special taxes to meet the' cost of addition- al services. Another provision of the bill, which changes the limitations municipal governments oper- ate under in Alberta, would force a city or town council to have a bylaw drawn up on any subject under municipal juris- diction provided a specified, numbar of people sign a pelition reo.uesting it. The bylaw would then have lo be submitted to a plebiscite for approval. The number required to force the municipality to draw up the bylaw and hold a plebiscite would be three per cent of the population in communities of IO.OOQ or more, five per cent of the population in communities of lo and seven per cent in communities of less than Cat lovers are expected fo ob- ject to a provision of Ihe bill giving municipalities the power to extend dog control bylaws lo cats. Municipalities would have tha power to prohibit cats as well as dogs from- running at large, and could require cats to be li- censed. Municipal affairs minister Dave Russell stressed that the change would only be "permis- sive.11 It would be for the mun- icipality lo decide if it wants to regulate cats. Under Ihe bill, municipalities would be aKowed to make a levy" on new buildings that increase the pop- ulation density in cMer sections of Ihe cily. This would help meet the cost of extra parks, school grounds and recreation- al facilities. Another section wouM allo-.v an "off-sife levy" on raw land soon to be developed to meat the cost of expanding, facilities for water supply, sewage treat- ment and disposal that will bo needed to serve the area. In a section.of the community designated by city council as a redevelopment area, tlie mun- icipality have the power to levy a one-time charge on new construction of.up to for each self-contained dwelling unit, or up lo 50 cents per square foot of new building floor space, or up to 10 per cent of the market value of the land being developed. In a new development area, the levy could ba up to on each unit of housing provided, or up to 50 cents per square foot of floor area, or up lo an acre of the land being developed. No change seen 111 tuition fees EDMONTON (CP) No sub- stantial changes in college and university fees are anticipated for Ihe next academic year in Alberta, Jim Foster, minister of advanced education, said Fri- day. "I recognize there may be or one way or the other within the institutions bat not any significant he told the legislature. Jrr. Foster said fliat when he wrote to the university and college commissions advising them of the level of govern- ment support for the next aca- demic I indicated to them that I was assuming there would be no significant change in fees in the next year." Price controls clamor growing From Herald News Services Pressure is steadily building on the Canadian government to resort to controls to curb inflation, with opposition members this week clamoring for action and the government responding that it has no price control policy to announce "today." President Nixon's move Thursday to freeze prices of meat in the United States prompted question in t h e Commons Friday. Acting.Prime Minister C. M. Drury told Parliament he had nothing further to add that day to what Prima Minister Tru- deau had said earlier in tlie week. The prime minister had re- jected a strong plea from Op- position Leader Robert Stanfield for consideration of controls with the words: "I have no policy statement to announce today on that mat- ter." Mr. Stanfield in the House Friday pointed out there has been almost a 14 per cent in- crease in the wholesale price in- dex in Canada in February. In view of that rapid rise and in view of Mr. Nixon's decision to impose controls on meat prices he enquired if the Canadian government was now ready lo act. Mr. Stanfield said food prices generally in Canada have gone up substantially more between February, 1972 and February, 1973 Ihan (hey have risen in the U.S. "Is the government now going to consider any action similar to that taken by President Nixon or related action wilh a view lo slowing down con- trolling the retail and wholesale prices of food commodies lhat have been leading Ihe price in- dex in he asked. Mr. Drury said' that the ex- perience in most countries has been that there is a bias against thij, advisability of imposing price, controls on food items. However the situalion in Ihe U.S. with respect to meat had reached Ihe point where Mr. Nixon felt it was necessary to impose a ceiling on those food items alone. Ke said Canada is a net im- porter of beef. Tne action of the U.S. would have a useful cou- trolling effect in Canada, ha suggested. Mr. Stanfield said he took from Mr. Dairy's remarks that the government of Canada does not intend to take any further action. Mr. Drury replied: "I was not saying lhat at all. I was nisrely saying Ihal as of today, we will not be doing anylhing." In the U.S., meanwhile mem- bers of Congress and spokes- men for the meat-packing and supermarket industries voiced disapproval of the ceilings on meat prices. As shoppers and retailers wondered how to calculate max- imum lawful prices for the va- rious meat cuts, (he Internal Revenue service announced that it was creating "a 250-man in- vestigator force" to enforce the ceilings. In Alberta, Agriculture Min- ister Hugh Horner blasted the news media Friday for "over- zealous promotion of boycotts and consumer agilation." He said the freeze on t h e price of beef, pork and lamb in the United States could harm Alberta farmers. Replying to Leighton Buek- Dr. Horner said the current prices and de- mand for meat are likely lo hold, despite tlie U.S. price freeze, One of the disadvant- ages of putting on price freezes is that it's likely that prices will be maintained close to the he added. And Ihe Alberla Hog Produc- ers' Marketing Board a boycoll against meal prices could create decreased produc- tion and lead to more expense. Worth Report stand taken EDMONTON (CP) Educa- tion Minister Lou Hyndman Fri- day brought down the govern- ment's long awaited position on the massive Worth report on the future of educa- tion in Alberta, endorsing some recommendations and reject- ing others. He told the legislature the government has already imple- msnted, in a the early childhood education plan suggested in the report, but was stopping short of. a universal kindergarten system for the moment. The government was also following recommendations by abolishing departmental exam- inations for Grade 12, by its move to require teachers enter- ing the profession to spend an- other year in training and by reorganizaing the education de- partment. But, he said, the government rejects as "premature" the sug- gested modification of the school year. It also rejects "at this time" the proposal fur an integrated provincial development plan for education that Mr. Hyndman believes would have killed local autonomy and created a "super board." Tlie report, years in the mak- ing, by a government sponsor- ed group headed by Dr. Walter Worth, contains 400 recommen- dations dealing with education and suggests changes extend- ing into the next century. Mr. Hyndman told the legisla- ture he and Jim Foster, minis- ter of advanced education, will deal wV.h each of the recom- mendations during the next few weeks. Mr. Hyndman said the gov- ernment opted for an early childhood services plan as a step toward a universal kinder- garten system. The province will spend million this year and million next year to bring educational opportunities to pre-schoolers. Instead of implementing a universal kindergarten plan now the government consid- ers costs to be prohibitive for doing it all-in one step the early chUdljood plan is aimed at bringing .educational oppor- tunities to those least likely to have them including children in remote' settlements and na- tives. The program will also eventually include vitamin sup- plements and learning tools. For new teachers, the govern- ment accepts recommendations urging higher standards and will require by 1977 that teach- ers have four years of training, rather than the current three, and a longer period of practice training. The minister earlier announc- ed that grade 12 departmental examinations are being abol- ished. 'Gentle hand' in store for illegal immigrants TORONTO (CP) Speaking on the day before Ihe deadline for all illegal visitors lo register wilh the immigration depart- ment. Immigration Minister Robert Andras said Friday night the government will "ap- ply a very gentle hand" in deal- ing with visitors who establish themselves in Canada without gaining landed-immigrant status. He upoke lo 100 persons at a conference on immigration sponsored by the Canadian In- stitule on Public Affairs. With today's deadline, lineups were the rule all this week at the immigration office here as visitors who arrived in Canada before Jan. 1 scrambled to meet the target date. Many have no idea what is in store for them at immigration. Fear has been common lo many of the estimated to persons who arrived in Canada as visitors before Jan. 1 and overstayed their official welcome. Under the new immigration rules the government requires visitors fo regisler if Ihey wish lo stay in Canada longer lhan three months. They have to get s. '.York permit which is issued if no qualified Canadian or landed inunigranl can be found for the job the visitor seeks. Officials said the registration drive, enhanced by large news- paper advertisement, was in- tended to delermine how many visitors are here and what they are doing. But Toronto lawyer Mendel Gree, who handles many immi- gration cases, charged the gov- ernment's advertisements "were calculated to mislead people." He said in an interview that visitors who register and do not have jobs or immediate pros- pects of one "are just putting themselves on deportation lists." Hohol Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Labor Min- ister Bert Hohol fold fhe legisla- ture Friday he'll cheek whether there have been complaints to fhe new human rights branch about against the Lethbridge Friendship So- ciety. Dr. Hohol (old John Ander- son (SC-Lethbridge East) he wasn't aware of charges of dis- crimination against Ihe native group, but would check. The friendship society ran into complicalions recently in renling accommodalicn in Lelh- bridgc. Drier-than-usual spring' forecast for south Seen and heard About town J1ETTY GAL trying out Ixsr car's brand new impact bumper to no avail as dam- ages came to Nap Milroy heading for his dealer to complain of a buzzing noise in his new car after driving lo Coalda'e sud back witliou'. doing up Ihe scat belts. It will be an unusually dry spring in agricullural Western Canada including Southern Al- berla, according Dr, Irving .P. Krlok DC. Krirk heads Ihe v.xirld's largest non-government weath- er business, engaging in long- range forecasting, hail suppres- sion and rain increase pro- grams in a dozen countries for a quarter of a century. His base is Palm Springs, Calif. "Dryness breeds lie lo'.d The Herald "and it will be difficult to reverse tlie cur- rent dry spell." His forecasts call for a drier- Ihan-usual April, May, June and August in Southern Alberta and Western Canada. Only .1 u 1 y shows normal or above normal precipitation. May and June are the wellest months, on Ihe average. The soil is so dry now that at least average spring rains are es- sential fo develop both pastur- age and field crops this year. The Krick organization oper- ated n (nil suppression program in Central Alberta for several years. "We still have- equipment stored in Alberla and get back into business there almost he said. Since fhe company keeps close check on the wealhcr patterns every- where, it would conduct a West- ern Canadian rain increase program from its Palm Springs office. The Alberta government has assumed sponsorship of the hail suppression effort; and met with Krick and others earlier this year. "We told Dr. Horner lhat the problem this year would be getting enough moisture to grow a crop more than protecting the crop from Dr. Krick said. "Tlie government wasn't interested in rain-increase then, but interest seems lo be devel- oping now. I understand there's a meeting planned next week to look at this." At least square miles are needed in a project lo keep the costs down around five cents an acre. Local sponsorship, either gov- ernment or responsible farm groups, is needed before Hie Krick organization will operate. It docs not deal with individual farmers. Dr. Krick said a s liar drought situation developed in Oklahoma four years ago. and at the invitation of local groups nine projects were oper- ated and the moisture reserves are now restored. While there are still skeptics, Dr. Krick said the practice is now routine in most parts of the world. The chief effect of cloud- seeding is to mate sporadic showers into general ;