Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Militant Protestants defy re-erect smashed barriers 1 BELFAST Gunfire crackled today in Protestant strongholds of East Belfast as militant strikers defied thou- sands of British troops in com- bat gear by re-erecting barri- cades after the soldiers had torn them down. There was no word of but police said six or seven men were in- volved in the shooting. One mob of young men armed with rocks and clubs attacked and encircled a police and soldiers in armored cars moved in to rescue the officers. Objects thought to be bombs were reported to have been dumped on a half-dozen roads around the eastern quarter. Army demolition squads were dispatched to check the reports. T had begun flow- ing to. at trst time in tV days aftei army swoop was snarleu again as the new barricades went up. The Protestant reaction came a few hours after soldiers in combat gear swarmed through Ulster's beleaguered clearing streets blocked to back up a Protestant-led general strike. It was a quick reply to claims by strike leaders that they controlled Northern Ireland to the point of being able to form a provisional government. Soldiers with blackened faces and guns at the ready moved in at dawn and quickly cleared all main roads into the capital. They bulldozed vehicles to the sidewalks. Extra British troops were placed on alert in Britain to be ready to reinforce the man force already in Ulster. After eight days of almost total industrial the militants had tightened their stranglehold on the Northern Ireland capital by cutting off the distribution of fuel supplies. The early-morning action followed a night in which Protestant extremists were blamed for two with machinegun fire and a in which four teen-age girls were wounded. The ban on fuel supplies took effect at midnight. Cars were filled up Tuesday evening at the few service stations remaining open. Leaders of the general strike said oil and gasoline will be allowed only for essential services such as hospitals and public utilities still operating. William leader of the hardline Vanguard Unionist told are in effective control of the country. We certainly control the sinews of life in the One of his Glenn took an even tougher could set up a provisional government if we took the notion. We have the power to govern in our Barr has emerged as the brain behind the strike called last week to gain reversal of concessions made to Ulster's Roman Catholic minority that strike leaders saw as steps to- ward unification with the Irish republic. The first demand of the strikers is for elections by next fall. Their leaders believe this would demonstrate overwhelming opposition toward Irish unity. Triumphing over the failure Tuesday of a government at- tempt to get heavily-guarded workers back on the job at Harland and Wolff Belfast's main Barr told are prepared to do anything to save the province from being taken over by Strike leaders threatened to cripple water and sewage services if the government tries to put troops into electric power plants. Sleepy time Dave NDP leader David Lewis lets campaign weariness show momentarily as he listens to speeches at a party meeting is Tuesday night. It was the third day of a 10-day 10-city election tour. story on Page Ethnic groups dismayed by Quebec language bill By The CANADIAN PRESS Reaction to the Quebec Lib- eral government's bill making French the province's official language has ranged from dis- may to outright hostility. The tabled in the national assembly Tuesday by Education Minister Francois makes French the sole official language in Quebec in areas ranging from government business to neon signs. Three Liberal backbenchers broke ranks on first reading of the bill. A section of the bill would repeal legislation which now permits all parents to decide the language of instruction for their children. Under the children of immigrants who speak neither French nor English would be directed to French schools. is not the said Nicolo pub- lisher of the Italian newspaper II Cittadino Canadese. right to choose our language in schools must not be taken Anthony editor of the Greek magazine said many immigrants fled Greece only to be confronted with another government's language bill. Greeks won't stand for this Mr. tzakos adding that he thought many Greeks would leave the province. Demetrius chairman of a Hellenic Canadian Community are going to fight the legislation. It is unfair. We want our children to be able to compete in the world of today and it demands that they know both Rev. Paul Chan of the Cana- dian Chinese Cultural Centre said many educated Chinese might abandon Montreal if the legislation is passed. from Hong Kong and their English is better than their he said. will be planning protests almost immediately. We would like to have a seminar of all Montreal ethnic groups to organize our About 20 per cent of Quebec's six million population is non-French and most reside in Montreal. lot of people here are g. other stories on Page Burning issue left to simmer and About town Chris Astle looking for the right kind of glue to hold his toy car together Pat Nugis falling over a chair while attempting to please a City council will discuss the status of the fire marshal's outdoor incinerator proposals at its next City Manager Allister Findlay said today. residents who want to burn in their back yards should contact the fire department if they suspect their burning receptacle doesn't comply with the city's new outdoor burning he said. The says City Clerk John prohibits outdoor burning except in incinerators allowed by the fire marshall. Fire Marshall Doug Kometz has come up with specifications for safe and standard incinerators. Mr. Gerla told The Herald today he thinks the matter is beyond any more discussion. He feels the fire marshall's specifications are automatically the regulation- type burner allowed by the bylaw. And that's why council didn't discuss the incinerator issue at its regular meeting Tuesday night. But Mr. Findlay said today he was the matter did not come up Tuesday night. He thinks the fire marshall's specifications should be officially approved by council And he suspects council might second guess some of the fire marshall's proposals. my I think a 12- foot smoke stack would make us a laughing but that's up to Would-be kidnapper confined LONDON Ian a 26-year-old former mental pleaded guilty today to attempting to kidnap Princess Anne and was ordered confined indefinitely in a mental hospital. Lord Britain's Lord Chief said he considered sentencing Ball to life imprisonment but decided against this in view of medical evidence proving that Ball is mentally ill. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 135 MAY 1974 10 Cents 44 Pages Another public hearing possible Power plant sale urged By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A city council committee has unanimously recommended that the city sell its power plant to Calgary Power and purchase all future electrical power needs from that company. The recommendation from the power supply comprised of Deputy Mayor Vaughan who is Aid. Vera Aid. Steve City Manager Allister Findlay and Utilities Director OH was tabled Tuesday to council's next meeting June 3. Indications that it is unlikely council will vote on the recommendation at the June 3 meeting as at least two and possibly more aldermen will be in Winnipeg attending the annual convention of the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities. Mr. Hembroff said another public hearing on the issue is a possibility depending on public reaction to the committee's report. In announcing the committee's recommendation to Mr. Hembroff said it was with some reluctance that the committee came to its conclusion. i Gives reasons The spells out the reasons for the recommendation to sell to Calgary including the conclusions that the city could have difficulty receiving approval from provincial authorities for both the borrowing of the necessary funds to build a new plant and for the actual construction of such a plant. The alternative of expanding the existing plant is also rejected primarily because it is felt such a as set out in plan of the would leave the in in the same .position it is in with an obsolete plant. Plan the committee report would also leave the city the mercy of unpredictable power requirements by the electrical users of the city. our needs were to sky rocket we could not cope with them without buying more power from Calgary undoubtedly at a rate that would not be beneficial to the the reports says. The report also contains Calgary Power's latest offer to the city which includes boosting its plant purchase offer to cash from the original offer of The says Calgary is open to June and if accepted a transfer date of Aug. 1 is suggested. One important gain by the city in the current round of negotiations with Calgary Power is an agreement to give the power plant buildings and land back to the city when the plant is shut June or other date as is mutually According to the power committee report that is worth conservatively Other benefits from sale of the plant to Calgary including property taxes paid by the an increase in the provincial discount to the and the metering cost of a third point of power delivery to the city in West brings the net worth of the package to the city to according to tine report. The human factor is also examined in the which terms it a major concern. According to the 15 members of the power plant staff will be retained in the city's water work's and another eight will be hired by Calgary Power Ltd. May not be hired There are another six the report who may not be hired by Calgary but these employees were hired in recent years on the understanding that their jobs could disappear in the event of a Calgary Power takeover. Power service reliability is also considered by the which notes that according to the city's own utility since 1969 power has been off in the city for longer periods of time because of continued city operation of its own power plant than would have been the case if all power was purchased from Calgary Power. Mr. whose separate submission to the committee is included in the says the financing of a new generating plant estimated in 1973 to cost million would incur a staggering debt. If the money could be borrowed at nine per the debt principal and interest over the lifetime of the debenture would total he says. The total debt of the city to the end of December 1973 was comprised of and he notes. Mr. Findlay also feels Energy Resources Conservation Board approval for the plan option of expanding the city plant by adding a used gas turbine is also not likely. Inside Classified........28-32 Comics...........is Comment...........4 Family..........35-38 Local News Markets...........19 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 1 Whoop- Up Days parade switched to afternoon LOW TONIGHT HIGH THURS. WARMER. I I 'First you'll spaak in than than Horse and after breakfast.'..' Lethbridge will hold its first afternoon exhibition parade this year when Whoop-Up Days celebrations kick off July 16. Cleve parade marshall for the 30th consecutive said problems with setting up of the midway at the Exhibition Grounds and added promotion of the downtown business district prompted the parade time change. In past the parade started at 10 a.m. was usually finished before a.m. Residents had time to rush home for a quick dinner and then go to the Exhibition Grounds early in the said Mr. Hill. But because the midway has a late commitment in it can't be fully set up in Lethbridge in time to serve the public in the earlv afternoon. With the later parade the festivities won't be completed until or 3 said Mr. plenty of time for the midway to be in full operation. Mr Hill said the later parade time also allows the Lethbridge and District Exhibition Association to plan more activities for the downtown area. Grits reject Lougheed plant support condition Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald Tuesday rejected categorically Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed's for Alberta govern- ment endorsement and authorization of the Dow- Dome The outlined in a speech by Lougheed in the Al- berta legislature last was that a major portion of the exported ethane or ethylene is diverted and held back in Canada as a result of federal government regulatory action pipeline up-grading and processing should be undertaken in Mr. in a tele- phone said wouldn't find that saying that this would have the federal cabinet or the National Energy restricting the flow of ethylene or ethane into eastern Canada for processing into petrochemicals. The government or the NEB could not that kind of end-use condition on a moving in or into he added. Nor could the government condition exports of ethane or ethylene into the U.S. by requiring they not be re- imported into Canada. Mr. Macdonald said. The structure and future of the petrochemical industry in Canada is such that Alberta need not have any concern about the- possibility of ethylene exports being stopped in preference for Canadian he suggested. Ottawa may Alberta to co-operate WINDSOR. Ont. A Petrosar petrochemical plant will be built in Ont on federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald told a news conference Tuesday. Mr. Macdonald. here to attend the nomination meeting of Herb minister of consumer said the federal government would use its export-licensing powers to lever Alberta into co-operating in the supply of feedstock to the Sarnia plant. Mr Macdonald said that although gas prices have climbed. Canada still has the cheapest gasoline of western industrial country. He said the compromise solution reached by provincial premiers and prime minister Trudeau this spring was the best sort of balance of regional interests possible. Kissinger fails to get full Israel-Syria pact ASSOCIATED PRESS United States State Secretary Henry Kissinger said today that agreement has been on a. truce line to reduce the fighting on the Golan Heights but indicated he will not secure a full disengagement accord before he leaves the Middle East this weekend. Emerging from his latest talks with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem before flying to Kissinger said Israel and Syria have agreed to a a disengagement line. But whole range of other still must be worked he said. must caution that each subject is very heavy and full of clauses said Israeli Information Minister Shimon Peres. The statements appeared to be a forecast that Kissinger will return to Washington without a pact to separate the Syrian and Israeli armies and leave final details to be settled by his aides. expect to leave this week- Kissinger told reporters. The secretary plans to continue flying between Damascus and Jerusalem until work- ing out more details of the dis- engagement. Syria predicted earlier that Kissinger would leave the Middle East in two or three days without a working disengagement accord. Gas price monitoring not being stepped up EDMONTON The Alberta Government has not stepped up its monitoring of retail gasoline prices in the face of reports that some .prices went up by 19 cents a gallon last week. Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely told the legislature Tuesday that normal monitoring of prices is but special monitoring would be a I would have to Bob Clark. Social Credit house and Gordon Taylor both said some service stations increased prices by as much as 19 cents a gallon last week.