Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbndge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 128 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY. MAY 11, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 32 PAGES Alberta set for gas war EDMONTON fighting for Increases in the price of natural gas against the opposition of Ontario, added a new weapon to its arsenal Thursday night. The government, acting only a few hours before the spring session adjourned for the summer, introduced a bill that observers said will probably ensure that gas prices increase to the Neiv deal Blown to bits An attempt to intimidate police and bank officals with a bomb wired to his body back- fired on a holdup man in Kenora, Ont., Thursday when the bomb exploded, blowing the robber to pieces. This was the sequence of events: Const. Don Millard, in plain clothes and carrying a duffle bag full of money (left picture) precedes robber from bank; seconds later the bomb ex- plodes (centre) killing the rcbber and injuring the policeman; at right, fellow officers rush to Const. Millard's aid while smoke clears. B.C. for By IAN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Environment Minister Jack Davis stat- ed Thursday that tha federal government will bill B.C. Hydro for million as the cost of saving the Atha- basca Delta in Northern Alberta which was damaged by contraction of the W. A. C. Bennett Dam. He stated in an interview that he expects B.C. to pay the bill since the province s'.ands to benefit from the establishment of a Mackenzie River system man- agement board which Davis proposes to set up in the future. "We would like British Columbia to enter into the whole question of management of the Mackenzie Daws said, "right to the Arctic Ocean." The minister said that a stone weir, costing about million will be constructed on the main sfem cf the Athabasca within a year. He added that experts have said that tk's would put the Athabasca Delta "back in a state cf nature." Ottawa, Alberta and Saskatchewan are sharing the cost of the weir, studiss and preliminary work, ex- pected to add up to about million to repair the damage done downstream by the construction of the Bennett Dam on the Peace River in B.C. In the face of drought in the delta following the construction of the dam. the former Social Credit gov- ennnant of W. A. C. Bennett in B.C. insisted that the structure on the Peace River actually bsnefitted the delta area by regulating flows. However, conservationists claimed and a federal-provincial study confirmed that the drying up of the delta was caused by the dam resulting in the disappearance of wildlife and disruption of the tra- ditional trapping and hunting occupations of Indians in the delta area. The Indians' legal cause was taken up by Tom Berger, now a B.C. Supreme Court judge, but formerly leader of the New Democratic Party in B.C. the party which is now in power. Sources here expect this gives the NDP government in Victoria a moral reason for paying the bill for the damages. WASHINGTON (AP) To a backdrop of cheers and chants, the United States House of Rep- resentatives has turned against administration Indochina war policy for the first time by re- jecting a presidential request for more funds for Cambodian bombing. The House rejected President Nixon's spending proposal 219 to 188 Thursday. Then, by a 224- to-172 vote, the House added a prohibition against using any of a supplemental ap- propriation for bombing in Cambodia. The actions came during con- sideration of the supplemental appropriation, which was passed 284 to 96 and sent to the Senate. "We've gotten out of South- east said Representative Robert N. Giairno, (Dem.- "Let's stay out." Defence Secretary Elliot L. Richardson has said that rejec- tion of the spending authority by Congress would not halt the Cambodia bombing because the Pentagon can use other funds for it. House anti-war forces cheered ard chanted during a roll call as the House approved an amendment by Representative Joseph P. Addabbo (Dem.- N.Y.) to deny million in military spending authority, in- cluding at least million for Indochina. Approved later was an amendment by Representative Clarence D. Long to prohibit use of any of the supplemental bill for "combat activities in, over or from off the shores of Cam- bodia by U.S. forces." Supporters cf President Nixon were dismayed. "This is a very, very sad day in the House of Representa- said Republican Leader Gerald R. Ford. "We are back- ing away from our responsi- bility." BEIRUT fAP) Palestinian guerrillas from Syria shelled a border post in northern Leba- non today4 but elsewhere along the frontier thousands of the guerrillas were moving back into Syria. An army spokesman said the general withdrawal of the guer- rillas who invaded from Syria during the fighting Tuesday be- tween the army and the guer- EDMONTON (CP) Alber- ta's coal industry is to be placed under a single author- ity with power to shut down mines for violation of regula- tions, says a bill introduced Thursday in the legislature. The Coal Conservation Act places all aspects of the coal industry under the Alberta En- ergy Resources Conservation Board, eliminating overlapping authority involving the depart- ments of environment, lands and forests and mines and min- erals. The bill, introduced by Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie, will be held over to the fall session of the legislature. It says coal mines may not operate or shut dawn (except in emergencies) without noti- fying the board and receiving permission. The mines would be required to outline proposed measures for reclamation of land and prevention cf pollu- tion of ah-, water and land. Penalties for violating tha regulations would result i n fines for corporations of to and ?50 to for in- dividuals. Corporations would be fined an additional to for each day the offense continues. Individuals would be fined to a day. The board would have the power to require companies or individuals to post perform- ance bends at a level to be Mt by the board. All or part of the bonds could be used to de- fray expenses incurred when an investigation was underta- ken into reasons for failure to comply with the regulations. Inside "25years old...big dealt' Classified ___ 28-31 Comics........26 Comment 4 District 3, 11 Family 20, 21 Joan Waterfield 13 Local News 17, 18 Markets........27 Sports 14, 15 Theatres...... 13 Travel.....22 TV........7-10, 12 Weather........2 Workshop......16 LOW TONIGHT 30, HIGH SAT. 65; SUNNY, MILD No birthday party for crash victim rillas based in Lebanon began Thursday from the Bekka Val- ley. The valley was the scene of heavy fighting Wednesday and Thursday. As part of the peace agree- ment, joint army and guerrilla patrols fanned out over the country to help enforce the lat- est ceasefire agreed to Wednes- day night. Meanwhile, President Sulei- man Franjieh was looking for a successor to Premier Amin Ha- fez, who resigned Tuesday after Franjieh ordered the air force LENDING RATES RAISED MONTREAL (CP) The Bank of Montreal announced to- day it is increasing its prime lending rate to 6% per cent from per cent effective May 14. The bank also said rates on mortgage loans under the Na- tional Housing Act will be ad- vanced from nine per cent to 9U par cent. A bank spokesman said there will bs no increase in interest paid on deposits. Loans of or less to farmers and small businesses will be tied to a small-business rate which will remain at 6'2 per cent "for the time being at least." The rate charged on con- sumer loans also will remain unchanged at about 12 per cent. to repel a guerrilla attack on the Beirut airport. A military spokesman re- ported no fighting in the Bekka Valley since early Thursday afternoon, and Beirut was quiet after only cccasional sniping Thursday. The curfew in the capital was relaxed for five hours, bringing thousands of persons into the streets to buy food and ether provisions. The pullback Cf the infil- trators from Syria promised a significant reduction in the in- ternational crisis resulting from the fighting. There were fears that the Palestinians would be followed by the Syrian army, and Israel said it would intervene if that happened. increase level Alberta wants. Legislation to implement the change, effective immediately, forces arbitration boards decid- ing on the renegotiation of gas purchase contracts, to use the "commodity value" cf the gas in making their decision. The bill defies the commodity value as the "maximum price obtainable in a specific regional market area having regard to the mix of end uses and the prices of competitive energy sources. Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, said in an inter- view the action is constitutional because it deals with contracts made within the province. The Alberta government had a right to regulate them. BILL HELD OVER The bill is to be held over to ths fall its provi- sions are effective immediately. It specifies that members cf an arbitration board deciding on gss contracts have to be Al- berta residents. About 85 par cent of the gas leaving the province is sold un- der gas purchase contracts that specify that the price will be re- negotiated about every five years. If the buyer and seller can't agree On a renegotiated price, it goes to an arbitration board for decision. From now on, arbitration boards will have to use criteria that observers say are bound to result in gas prices that meet the province's stated objective o! an increase of 10 to 20 cents per cubic feet. The aver- age price now is 16 cents per cubic feet. WILL DELAY DEAL Observers said the move could mean sellers will hold out during renegotiation for prices closer to what the province wants. They would know tha criteria an arbitration board would use. Mr. Dickie said outside the legislature the government is not setting eas prices through the move. It was giving arbi- tration boards a "guideline" in reaching a decision. EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta legislature Thursday adjourned for the summer and the government is expected to use the next two months to gather its case for a new deal for the West. As 57 days and 31 nights of debate ended Thursday night, the government was freed to concentrate on preparing for a major conference with the fed- eral government on western economic development. It will be held at Calgary July 25-26, The four western provinces have formed what the premiers called a "western bloc'' to unite in pressing the West's case. Premier Peter Lougheed Ejaid several times during the legislature session that start- ed Feb. 15 that he would give to preparing for the conference, once the house ad- journed. The West wants mainly an end to freight rates which, the governments say, discriminate against western industry and favor central Canada, and mere accessible source of do- 's elopment capital. CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUES The Progressive Conserva- tive government encountered its strongest opposition on civil lights issues. The Social Credit opposition charged that the government is indifferent to civil liberties be- cause cf such cases as that of Edmonton Dr. John David Craig, then treating drug ad- dicts on skid road. The police seized his files and civil lib- erties groups claimed they were just trying to learn the names of the addicts. McCord fingers Mitchell e operation FENN (CP) A teenager heading for her birthday party was among six young peop.e killed Thursday night in a car- train collision rear this central community 60 miles east of Red Deer. Evelyn Irene Thieme of Stet- tler, would have been 19 years old today. RCMP' today said she was with five friends heading to a farm in the area for a planned party when the 1964 automobile in which they were riding colli- ded with a Canadian National Railways Rail-Liner on an un- controlW crossing. A police spokesman said all six occupants of the car were believed to have died instantly, The car's driver was identi- fied as Gregory L. Ballinger, 39. of Endiag. The other pas- sengers killed were: Virginian Baugh, 18, Cheryl Hauser, 17, both of Sbettler, Gail Evelyn Brooks, 18, of Botha, and Mar- ilyn Louise Wasbel, 17, of Bye- moor. The Rail-Liner was push- ed from the track by the force of the impact and the car was dragged about 200 feet before the trail stopped. A police spokesman said the car's driver was either blinded by the sun and did not see the train, or was trying to beat the Rail-Liner to the crossing. There was no comment from officials of the three major banks with headquarters at To- Imperial Bank cf Commerce, Bank of Nova Scotia and Toronto except that they were studying the change by the Bank of Mon- treal, Seen and heard About town T.JOCKEY fan Glen Math- ens .giving Lethbridge native Len Frig a standing ovation in front of his televi- sion set when Len scored a goal in Stanley Cup play Lethbridge Research Station assistant archivist Bcv Stov- inski claiming she "digs up news." WASHINGTON (AP) James W. McCord Jr. has testi- fied under oath that he never would have participated in the Watergate operation without as- surances that John Mitchell as attorney-general had approved it. McCord also swore that fellow convicted conspirator G. Gor- don Liddy told him Mitchell re- ceived legs of wiretapped con- versations while President Nixcn's campaign chairman, after he quit as attorney-gen- eral. McCord said Liddy had told him Mitchell urged the wiretap pers to get started in mid-April, 1972, and later prodded the bug- ging crew to make its second entry into Democratic head- quarters June 17, when five of them were arrested. McCord's testimony, given April 30 and May 1 in con- nection with the Democratic party's lawsuit against the Nixon campaign for million in damages from the Watergate raid, was made public Thurs- day. Atlhough much of what McCord said was reported sec- ond-hand before, the 383-page transcript of his testimony is his first sworn statement offi- cially made public. FRAUD CHARGED There were other develop- ments in the Watergate case Thursday: and former com- merce secretary Maurice Stans were indicted in New York for conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, obstructing justice and perjury in a case involving fugitive financier Robert Vesco and he gave the Nixon campaign last year. presidential counsel John Dean issued a statement saying unnamed persons are trying to "get" him and limit his testimony about White House involvement in the wire- tapping of Democratic head- quarters and the subsequent cover-up. Richardson testified at Senate hearings on his nomi- nation to be attorney-general that he feels "betrayed by the shoddy standard of morals of those whose activities have recently come to light" in the affair. He promised a broad and independent investigation. Time will reapply for air service Time Airways Ltd. of Leth- bridge will ba reapplying to federal authorities to provide air sendee between Edmonton and Grande Prairie, company president Stubb Ross said to- day. Northern Thunderbird Air of Prince George, which was awarded the run about a year ago, announced this week it will drop ths Edmonton Grande Prairie Dawson Creek portions of its operations today. Thunderbird president Milt Ritchie said that after operat- ing the run 11 months, it is not economically feasible. Mr. Ross said he will be go- Ing to Grande Prairie Monday to discuss Time Air service to Ibr.t community. Mr. Ross also said plans are progressing favorably for in- auguration this fall of larger aircraft in Time's service. Time now provides scheduled flights between Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer and Ed- monton and Medicine Hat, Cal- gary, Red Deer and Edmonton. Peace talks set WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. envoy Henry A. Kissinger and Le Due Tlio of North Vietnam will meet in Paris on Thursday to talk about implementing the Indochina peace accord, the White House announced today. Kissinger, who returned Thursday night from confer- ences in Moscow and London, is expected to engage Tho in three to four days of talks, White House press secretary Ronald L. Ziegler said.