Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THI U-THBRIDGt HERALD Snlurday, May 2, 1970 Oil Probe Ban Hit By Richter VANCOUVER Brit- ish Columbia cabinet minister renewed an old battle with Ot- tawa Fiiday night after Fish- eries Minister Jack Davis ban- ned seismic exploration for oil in the Strait of Georgia. Mr. Davis announced he not approve seismic permits and has told six companies, who hold and have'paid for gen- eral exploration permits, that the strait now is off limits. "The combination of property and recreational values in the Strait of Georgia is so great that its possible contamination with oil could not be counte- he said in a news re- lease. Frank Richter, provincial mines minister, branded the move saying Mr. Davis "is talking about re- sources that may really belong Dr. Alcock Condemns Nixon Plan EDMONTON Nor- man Alcock, founder of the Ca- nadian Peace Research Insti- tute, said Friday the United States' advance into Cambodia was "a stupid policy." "It won't achieve what (presi- dent) Nixon wants. Wars follow a predictable curve and in the case of the Vietnam war, we must look to the history of the Korean war and learn from that." AGT Project Under Way COALDALE (HNS) AGT commenced work this week on a portion of the buried cable program in the Lethbridge, Coaldale, and Stirling rural areas. A total of 573 miles of buried cable and wire will provide ser- vice for subscribers and 480 potential subscribers. Buried cable results in more dependable customer service, lower maintenance costs, and the elimination of unsightly pole lines. FIRST DOMESTICATED Dogs and reindeer were the first animals domesticated by man, possibly as early as BC. to the people of British Colu bia." Victoria and Ottawa have been squabbling for severa years as to which has jurisdic "lion over off-shore mineral am oil resources. The question has not yet been settled, Mr. Rich ter said. Mr. Davis said an amend ment' to the fisheries act wil give him power to ban off-shore oil drilling, so he can't see any reason for the companies doing exploratory work. Complained Mr. Richter: "He has gone so far as to in- form the oil companies thai they are banned before this amendment that he talks abou has been passed by the federal House of Commons. "He apparently has no statu- tory authority upon which tc base any prohibition." Mr. Davis had indicated for monlhs that he would likely ban drilling in the strait, between the B.C. mainland and Vancou- ver Island. He has suggesled it should be declared a national under wa- ter park, which would bar re- source development. This sug gestion also had drawn fire from Mr. Richter. The six companies hold per mils covering more than 15, acres. They are: SheL Oil Ltd., Canadian Pacific Oil and Gas Ltd., Texaco Explora- tion, Tenneco Oil and Minerals, Union Oil Co. of Canada and Gulf Oil of Canada Ltd. 3 Labor Groups Mark May Day MONTREAL (CP) More than singing, chanting demonstrators marched through downtown Montreal Friday night in a show of labor strength and solidarity organ- ized by three labor federations. The march was mostly peace- ful, marred only by isolated in- cidents of vandalism, as union members and students cele- brated May Day and demon- strated support for workers in several disputes. The demonstrators were in an almost festive move and their own parade marshals kept order as they marched. Hundreds of police men equipped with helmets and riot sticks had little to do but watch. However, windows of a CBC mobile van were broken and paint was thrown at the front of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. There were two arrests. Short Circuit In Fan HOUSTON (AP) An electri- cal short circuit in a fan inside a liquid oxygen tank is thought to be the "most probable" cause of the explosion which crippled Apollo 13, the deputy administratof of the National Aeronautics and Space Adminis- tration said Friday. George Low said an investiga- tion team has narrowed its search to the short, but noted: "I don't think anybody as of today can be positive that was the cause." Low said the review board in- vestigating the explosion on HALE OPTICAL Percy Ripley Dispensing Optician COMPANY LTD 307 St. S. 327-7152 board the Apollo 13 service module has worked out the fol- lowing as the "most probable sequence" of events: short circuit in oxygen tank No. 2 caused combustion in the tank. combustion caused a rapid increase in pressure. pressure caused the tank to rupture. thus released caused a panel of the service module housing the oxygen tank to be blown away. as the panel was blown away, it hit an antenna which disrupted communications mo- mentarily. The explosion caused Apollo 13 to lose most of its electrical and oxygen supplies, forcing cancellation of the moon landing sod forcing the three astronauts to move into the at- tached lunar module. 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Point of impact will be the courtroom of the Canadian Transport Commission here, which set the date in letters mailed out to more than a score of participants and inter- ested spectators Friday night. The public hearing involves the biggest corporate collision to be seen here in several years, a federal official said. It pits the Canadian Pacific Railway against the recently- formed Burlington Northern Inc, which wants to sipiion off some of the hauling business 'created by multi-billion-dollar coking coal export contracts signed by Rocky Mountain min- ing firms and Japanese steel consortiums. Official witnesses of the clash will include the attorneys-gen- eral of Canada and British Col- umbia, several B.C. municipal- ities and Canadian., railway brotherhoods' legislative arm. But many agencies of provin- cial and state governments in the west and the national gov- ernments of Canada, the U.S. and Japra will be watching in- tently from a distance. The shock waves of the col- lision will affect lire distribu- tion of hundreds of jobs, im- mense corporate revenues, sizeable income and sales taxes and even echo along the corri- dors of national policy and bal- ance of payments. All these ramifications are tied up in a double-barrelled question which will be put to the quasi-judicial commission: Does it have the jurisdiction to grant Burlington Northern a crossing of the international border between B.C. and Mon- tana; and will the commission refer me question to the Su- preme Court of Canada for its opinion? On the outcome of these questions and the inherent arguments involved depends whether the'' B.C.-chartered1 Kootenay and Elk Hallway is transformed from a "paper railway" into 70.8 miles of track at an approximate con- struction cost of million. That's just about the smallest sum involved in the issue be- cause the proposed K and E line would link the lower line creek property of its parent- company, Crows Nest Indus- tries Ltd., some 12 miles north of Sparwood to Roosville West, B.C., on the Montana border. The Burlington Northern then would build a spur from its mainline about 10 miles from Eureka, Mont., to Roos- ville and open the way for its unit trains to run up to Kai- ser Coal Company's established mine near Fenu'e as well as CNIL's developing property to haul huge quantities of coking coal to tidewater over its own lines at to a short ton. That adds up to a chance to intercept a substantial share of a breath-taking fortune when existing Japanese export eon- TRAIN ARRIVES The first official trainload of East Kootenay coal arrived at Rob- erts Bank deepsea port 20 miles south of Vancouver this week, destined for the steel mills of Japan. The 88-car CP Rail train was radio-controlled and carried tons of coking coal. Game Preserves Urged To Solve Agro Problems EDMONTON farm land into large recrea- tional areas for hunting and fishing might be one way to help solve some of the prov- ince's agricultural problems, Dr. T. W. Manning, an expert on agricultural economics said today. ACTION NEEDED Government action is needed ;o help solve the three basic and inter-related agricultural problems of land use, labor force and farm capital and technology, the University of Alberta professor told about 450 delegates to a Social Credit party conference. Canada is moving in the right direction on the problem of the labor force, although not neces- sarily by choice, he said. But :he direction and kind of solu- tions for the other two problems may be wrong. LEAVE FARMING Many persons now urge that one-half to two-thirds of the farm population should be en- couraged to leave farming, lie said. "But the non-farm labor mar- ket may not be able to absorb the numbers coming off the farms." Dr. Manning also described some of the other problems such an exodus would bring, such as difficulties in finding suitable jobs for a largely un- trained population or setting up retraining programs. And there also is the cost of relocation to be considered, he said. FIND WAYS Dr. Manning, chairman of the university's agricultural econ- omics and rural sociology de- partment, said he would advise governments to find ways of in- creasing jobs for farmers in the rural areas. "This need not mean taking industries to the farm he said. "We can also look at different kinds of land use in rural areas." He suggested that turning land into large recreational Dr. Brian Wilson Wins SFU Post VANCOUVER (CP) Dr. Brian G. Wilson, dean of arts at the University of Calgary, las been appointed academic vice-president of Simon Fraser University in suburban Burna- >y, SFU president Dr. Kenneth Strand announced Friday. As academic vice president Dr. Wilson, 40, will be respon- sible for1 academic activities at SFU, including teaching pro- grains and academic planning. He will take up his new post later this year. Dr. Strand said a 12-member search committee composed of faculty, students and adminis- trators had unanimously rec- ommended Dr. Wilson for the position. FARMERS MERCHANTS TRUST Lethbridge _ 309 7th St. S. Phono 328-5548 Blanches at Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Lcthbridgo, Medicine Hat, Montreal Member of Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation____ areas, such as for hunting and fishing, would be a way of ta- king farm land out of produc- tion and providing jobs for farmers. Following Dr. Manning's ad- dress, the first of four major speeches scheduled for the two- day conference, delegates broke into small groups to record suggestions to be submitted to cabinet and caucus. But in his opening remarks, Premier Harry Strom stressed this was not a policy confer- ence. It is a larger version of previous annual conferences that provided suggestions to the executive council for formulat- ing government action, he said. A Social Credit party po'icy conference is scheduled for the fall. tracts totalling 203.9 rnillio tons are considered with a most another 100 million tor expected to be committed contract in the next couple years. In 1972, on the basis of prc sent contracts, Western Canac will be Japan's third-large: supplier of coking coal, ae counting for one-fifth to oni quarter of its needs. Already, Kaiser's Femie un is contracted to supply 84 mi lion short tons; Colerhan Co lieries is signed to 14.9 millio tons; Canmore Mines Ltd. ha a firm 4.2 million tons; Card nal River Coals Ltd., at Lusca near Edmonton, is contracte for 16.8 million tons; Mclntyr Porcupine Mines Ltd., whic prompted construction of th 110-mile Alberta Resource Railway to the Smoky Rive district, is signed to 33.6 mi lion tons; and a CPR affiliate Fording Coal Co. Ltd., about 3 miles north of Fernie, has contract for 50.4 million ton although it still needs a ra line and won't begin productio until 1973. These contracts alone most signed at a ton, in eluding for the long ra haul and 50 cents for docksid handling represent bi lion in revenues. Federal officiate say it's an open secret that the Japanes are now negotiating with thes same companies for supply of further 100 million tons of gen erally high-quality coke whic would push the aggregate valu to billion. And the officials say, com pletely new contracts for cok deposits being proved up by flock of other companies such as Canadian Pacific 0 and Gas, Dennison Mines Real-Algom and CNIL amon them are expected to be cor firmed to "produce a second generation round of mine an railway expansion in Western Canada after 1972." Little wonder that Burlingtoi Northern and Kootenay ant Elk Railway applied1 last fall t the transport commission fo the right to build the Sparwood Eureka connection or, alterna lively, to get the right to us some existing CPR trackag for part of the distance so i could tap the traffic. The Great Northern Raiiwaj which subsequently mergec to create the U.S. Giant wa associated with CNIL and Kai ser in an earlier bid to butt the link so it could run the coa to Tidewater freighters at Se attle or Vancouver. The issue went into abeyance but the U.S. companies now arguo that the very enormity of Japanese Contracts, signec recently and being drafted make their point valid again. They say there should be a second route through Washing ton state to Roberts Bank (Bur lington Northern is one of the railways serving the superport in the event of the CPR line being cut But the CPR, which only (Ms week sent its first automate! unit train to Roberts Bank on a regular run from Femie, con tends that it has various stand arrangements othai lines, providing it with contin gency routes. CNIL countered that CPR could only move about 12 mil lion tons of coal over its line and even more optimistic than Ottawa, predicted that Japa nese contracts eventually wil reach 20 million tons a year. But the CPR whicl already has invested mil lioii in its unit train system STAN PESZAT SURE KNOWS MEN'S CLOTHING Just Like Our ERNIE KNOWS MOTORS Call Us Today! We Specialize in Tune-Ups CARBURETOR AND IGNITION All WORK GUARANTEED! TEXACO CAR CARE Another reason why you should call in at El Rancho Texaco Service 6th Ave. and Mayor Mograth Drive South PHONE 327-5406 ERNIE ROSVOLD replies that it expects and wil be able to expand facilities to deliver more than 38 million tons a year to Roberts Bank alone. There may be some more of these arguments produced at the May 21 public hearing here but, essentially, the nub of tJie argument revolves around jur- isdiction for the moment. But the railways, Burlington Northern and K and E, sup- ported by CNIL and Kaiser, contend that the transport com- mission has the power to give a permit for building track across the international border. If conceded, they would he expected to argue further that the CTC could not deny the per- mit application because of pre- cedents anct inter-locking rail operation rules. The CPR supported by the railway unions and B.C. com- munities involved object to the application for a crossing ar.d are expected to argue that only Parliament can issue a border crossing permit. If this were conceded, it's almost certain that on grounds of nationalism alone, Canada's MPs would refuse to give the U.S. group a crossing. The Burlington Northern and K and E have added a second string to their jurisdiction bow, asking the commission to seek a Supreme Court reference on the issue presumably as a backstop in case the commis- sion decides its does not have jurisdiction. A further legal complication, which is expected to pose some ticklish side questions, is the potential conflict of federal- provincial jurisdictions. While the K and E holds a B.C. char- ter, both the CPR and Burling- ton Northern operate in Canada under federal controls. With more than a billion dol- lars in the pot, it can be ex- pected that every legal card will be played by both sides before the game is over. Thatcher Urges Carpenters To Reconsider STAR CITY, Sask. (CP) Striking workers in the con- struction trades should recon- sider their wage demands and return to work as quickly ES possible, Saskatchewan Pre- mier Ross Thatcher said here. He told the Star City Board of Trade that if carpenters and plasterers decide to strike, fol- lowing the example of plumbers and electrical workers in Re- gina, "the 1970 building year could be a total loss." "This is the time of year when construction should be swinging into high gear, par- ticularly at a time when the in- dustry needs all the help it can get." CAN'T KEEP UP SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The president of the American Bar Association says the inabil- ity of United States courts to keep pace with the times has "severely strained citizens' re- spect for law and the judicial system." Bernard G. Segal Friday the courts "have not been able to meet the demands of our skyrocketing economy, the mounting crime wave and the ever increasing new types of litigation." WEATHER AND ROAD REPORT ABOVE SUNRISE SUNDAY SUNSET Lelhhriilge Medicine Hat Pincher Creek 'algary...... Edmonton High Level Peace River Jasper Banff........ Vancouvef Penticton..... Prince George Kamloops Prince Albert Saskatoon Segina...... Winnipeg..... Thunder Bay White River Ottawa...... Montreal..... Fredericton Charlottetown 70 47 68 41 62 48 67 41 70 43 58 37 62 36 58 46 58 48 60 42 72 43 54 40 .03 70 45 62 42 .01 62 40 51 36 46 30 47 31 .28 46 27 .40 84 60 .08 81 64 .07 68 47 64 52 St. John's, Nfld. 50 40 Quebec..........79 64 .13 Minneapolis...... 43 33 .16 Los Angeles...... 75 57 SYNOPSIS i Weak weather disturbances, forming in a strong westerly flow, have resulted in giving a band of cloud and some show- ers lo the central regions. This is expected to carry into Sun- day, but the second weather feature will be much weaker than the current one. FORECASTS Lethnridge Medicine Hat Variable cloudiness Sun- day. Little temperature change. Low-high Lethbridge 40-65. Medicine Hat 35-65. Kootenay, Columbia Sunny with afternoon cloudy periods today and Sunday except most- ly cloudy in northern sections. Winds light. Low tonight and high Sunday at Cranbrook, 38 and 62; Castlegar, 42 and 65. EDWARDS ROD WEEDERS AND CULTIVATORS -Versatile for spring, summer and fall work -Cultivators designed for chain driven rod weeder attachment ROD WEEDER ATTACHMENTS it FIT All CULTIVATORS DRIVE DISENGAGES AUTOMATICAUY WHEN CULTIVATOR IS LIFTED if NO SLIPPAGE NO MUD BUILD-UP GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES OFFICIAL AS AT A.M. TODAY COURTESY OF AMA All highways in the Lett- iridge district are mostly bare nd in good driving condition. Highway 1 Canada [ighway Calgary to Revel- toke. Mostly bare and in good pndition. Motorists are ad- ised to watch for fallen rock nd frost heaves between Gold- n and Revelstoke. The Banff- Radium and Banff-Jasper high- rays are mostly bare and in ood condition. Creston Salmo highway is iflstly bare and in good condi- on. Motorists are advised to atch for fallen rock and cari- ou on the highway. Snow tires or chains are re- quired when travelling in any mountain area. This includes all ski resort access roads. There is a 75 per cent restric- tion on the following highways: Highway 3 Fincastle to Medi- cine Hat; Highway 5 Ma- grath to Cardston; Highway 61 From the junction of Highway 4 to Foremost and one mile south of Forcnioht to Manyber- ries; Highway 6i Magrath to Del Bonita. Effective 7 a.m. April 29 there will be a 75 per cent loading restriction im- posed on Highway 23 from the junction of Highway 3 lo Barons. PORTS OF ENTRY (Opening and Closing Courts, hours; Carway 6 a.m, to 9 p.m. MST, Chief Mountain closed. el Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Eooseville, B.C. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Qngsgate, B.C., M hours; Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m. to midnight; ogan Pass, closed.