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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbtridge Herald LXVII 137 LETHBRIDQE. ALBERTA. FRIDAY. MAY 1974 10 Cents 26 Pages xsi. Power plant sale supported by minister By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Lethbndge is probably well-advised to sell its power plant to Calgary Roy minister of telephones and says The minister in a Herald interview Thursday that the decision was entirely up to Lethbndge City Council and the province had absolutely no intention of getting involved But he said Calgary Power and the City of Calgary had an excellent arrangement for supplying consumers with electricity Lethbndge consumers are paying 35 per cent more for their power than Calgary he said Even buying its power from the private Calgary still rakes in a 25 per cent profit on the sale of Mr Farran estimated The average residential power bill for a month is 70 in Lethbndge compared with 85 in Calgary and 10 in Edmonton difference is largely caused by an inefficient Lethbndge plant' In the Mr Farran told New Democratic Leader Grant Notley sale of the plant was a matter of choice by the local the City of Lethbndge He said it was too early to consider a provincial subsidy to keep Lethbndge City in the power business Until all the facts are in it's not reasonable to make a judgment There is a school pf thought that thinks the power plant in Lethbndge is obsolete and inefficient and will be very costly to replace It might be advisable to bypass with somebody else There is another school that thinks entirely the opposite Until all the evidence is I imagine Mayor Anderson won t make his final Mr Farran told the House But outside the he would have thought the evidence indicated they should go the same route as Calgary He said the government would almost certainly reject a new gas-fired plant if the city wanted to build one Such use of natural gas is considered wasteful by the government I can't see the point of building a coal-fired plant at he said the point of putting in great big smoking In the midst of negotiations with the city about shelter from rising gas Mr Farran said those prices might be an additional reason for them to sell because they're not going to get full shelter from rising prices Under the recently announced natural gas rebate plan the province will subsidize cities to cushion gas consumers from rising prices The amount of the subsidy is now being negotiated If the cost of natural gas goes above 31 cents per thousand cubic the province will pick up the total tab It has determined 31 cents as the level at which coal becomes competitive with natural gas So below that it offers only a and shelter from rising gas prices The reason is that it wants to encourage cities to use coal-based power plants Calgary Power uses primarily coal to produce its power so the province would have no objections to its supplying Lethbndge needs The negotiations will determine how much more city power consumers will pay in additional charges Mr Farran says rising power costs will be under 11 per cent That figure would represent the increase if the province only subsidized cities above the 31-cent level The partial umbrella from price increases below that figure should be decided by the end of June One of the items being negotiated is a suggestion from the cities that removal of the umbrella under 31 cents be phased in It has been suggested that under 31 a 30 cent umbrella go into effect now It would decrease to 20 per cent next 10 per cent in three years and then disappear Mr Notley said in an interview the province should pay to enable Lethbndge to keep producing power Killings feared if strike goes on Can I have a peek Getting to the bottom of Pal goes after a gopher under the watchful eye of his master 11-year- old Rob Clarke of 1414 Birch Place This pair of hunters were spotted by Herald photographer Bill Groenen in a vacant lot near their home BELFAST not said a victim of the crippling general strike by Northern Ireland's Protestant militants that went into its 10th day today A protestant Neil is a craftsman in a Belfast factory He said he has not been paid since the strike began the strike goes on for much longer there are going to be looting and killing as people are forced to take what they can find or he said Neil is not his real name He asked not be identified cause it could mean bad trou- bles for me and my family Protestant thugs have used strongarm tactics to enforce the threatening men like Neil who would prefer to work Neil was asked to stay away from his downtown plant last week He wasn't threatened he but he knows men who defied the shutdown have been beaten or had their homes set afire by the strikers The called by Protes- tant extremists to kill plans to give the predominantly Roman Catholic Irish republic Canadian reactor made Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA India almost certainly used a Canadian reactor to produce the nuclear material used in the 'peaceful nuclear device India exploded last according to Canadian nuclear experts knowledgeable about Canada's co-operation in the development of India's nu- clear competence But to India has not re- plied officially to recent Cana- dian diplomatic inquiries whether in fact the research reactor given India by Canada under the Columbo plan in the late 1950s was used to make the weapons-grade plutomum needed for a nuclear Canada now strongly suspects And federal nuclear officials admitted yesterday that even if and when India does admit using the Ill- million the country will have a case for defending its actions and for claiming they did not violate the letter of an agreement made with Canada in ac- a voice in the affairs of Northern has brought industry and commerce to a virtual standstill Electricity and gas supplies have plummeted to critical lows Food especially fresh meat and are diminishing rapidly and the stores that still are open report panic buying of canned goods There was a sign of a slight letup in the extremist grip Thursday when leaders of the Ulster Workers' coordinating the agreed to let power plants continue operating at their minimal scale Supplies are down to 30 per cent of normal Inside 22-27 Comics 20 Comment 4 District 17 Family 18 19 Local News 16 Markets 21 Sports 13 1 Theatres 7 RERRE Travel 11 TV 6 9 10 1 Ms 3 'My fellow Canadi Home 8 LOW TONIGHT an HIGH SAT. WARM Grain policy confuses South The grain industry in Southern Alberta remains confused today following annoucements Thursday of a new federal feed grains policy by Otto minister in charge of the Canadian wheat board Alberta's key farm group representing more than claims the new policy will relieve the pressure on grain producers to sell at distress prices Unifarm also welcomed increased cash advances for feed grains added storage in elevators for feed grains and flexible quotas The group will continue to look at control by the wheat board of quotas imposed on feed grams being sold from one farmer to another This is only in effect when the feed gram is to be stored in a country elevator prior to use Allan Macpherson of vice-president of Alberta Wheat told The Herald in a telephone interview today the new policy provides a price quarantee for feed producers that should be welcomed by the industry Mr Macpherson said the new policy will mean little change to users of feed grains in Eastern Canada Livestock feeders will continue to base their feed costs on the price of corn in the United States If they can get barley and feed wheat cheaper from the west they'll buy But if corn is western feed grains will be he said Al graing supervisor for Ellison Milling Co in Lethbndge said tnere is no argument for the clause which removes all provincial borders to feed grain movement It doesn t hurt the industry if eastern Canadian feeders want feed grain the he said Let then come out and buy it at the same price local feeders have to said Mr Hines But it will cost more to the eastern feeder because of the higher transportation and handling costs BONANZA MAY AID HOMES Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Part of a billion-dollar oil bonanza may go to help home provincial treasurer Gordon Miniely said Thursday With mortgage rates climbing to 11 per cent and only relatively high income famines eligible for the help may be in the form of subsidized interest rates Or it could be a direct grant or low-interest loan The province was giving the matter in-depth Mr Miniely told Opposition Leader Bob Clark But legislation not be introduced before next he said Better petro deal seen for Alberta By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Ottawa has come part way in meeting Alberta concerns about a petrochemical plant Don minister of federal and intergovernmental said today Mr Getty also revealed to the legislature that the government has nearly completed negotiations with the plant Dow- Dome for a better deal in the project for Albertans The hopeful note struck by the minister was that the federal cabinet has recognized the Canadian market must be protected for Alberta petrochemicals for a specified period of time The province has feared Ottawa would unilaterally divert products from the plant shipped to non competitive Eastern American markets If it did that Ontario plants would be able to provide damaging competition to Alberta Dow-Dome which plans the project for Fort Saskatchewan must now apply to the- National Energy Board which will set the period of time its product will be guaranteed freedom of shipment to the United States Mr Getty said this is where the uncertainty remains The board might only guarantee no diversions for only a short period such as two years He would like to see a 10- year guarantee then wed have ourselves gearcc1 up to use the product fit Price knowledge doubted Ont Ontario s premier William Davis said Thursday he didn't know whether Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed and Saskatchewan Premier Allan Blakeney were aware of the critical difference between wellhead and citygate prices during the March energy conference I wouldn't say that Lougheed and the premier of Saskatchewan knew Mr Davis said in an interview You have to be a mind reader to know that' He said later that he didn't believe Prime Minister Trudeau knew the difference either at the time Wellhead is the price in the oil field and citygate is the higher price at the refinery in Edmonton where the pipeline to Eastern Canada begins Ontario Energy Minister Darcy McKeough said last week that the citygate price added an estimated 20 cents a barrel to the 50 a barrel rate accepted at the conference At the Ontario had suggested a price of a barrel while Alberta and Saskatchewan were pressing for a much higher price But Prime Minister Trudeau told them that if they couldn't Ottawa would legislate a price of said Mr Davis Duke Ellington dead of cancer NEW YORK Duke who introduced a sizzling brand of jazz to Harlem in the 1920s and later became known the world over as a bandleader and died today of cancer and pneumonia Edward Kennedy nicknamed for his im- peccable died at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre Ellington suffered from cancer involving both lungs and pneumonia at the OTiH fincnital eairl in a statement on behalf of the family He entered the hospital at the end of March and received intensive radio and chem- otherapy treatments He was heartened by the thousands of messages from his friends around the world Af his bedside at his death was his and his Mercer The funeral will be Monday at St John the Divine Cathedral in New York Ellington had been unable to attend celebrations for his hirthdav in New York last month The celebration brought together 35 jazz groups and soloists in a tribute to the jazz master In Ellington had returned to where he grew and performed for several hundred inner-city school children and Julie Nixon Eisenhower The president's daughter hailed Ellington as of my and brought a letter from her father addressed to 'his excellency the Duke of Ellington The letter from President Nixon proclaimed that 'there'll never be another you And across the world music- loving audiences as in stomped and shouted to the smooth jazz of the Ellington band Among the honors given El- lington in the course of his ca- reer was the French Legion of Honor presented in 1973 Asked how many countries had given him awards he re- plied I never count awards I only enjoy I don't even count the bars when I do I9 Oh I guess I have to said outside the legislature the province is happy with a new deal it is negotiating through Fred Minister of Industry and with Dow- Dome Cabinet approval of the deal could come as soon as two weeks from now The deal will see substantially further' upgrading of the ethylene produced in Alberta and more Mr Gettv said The plant will be built sooner with second and third stages moved ahead Albertans will get a larger chunk of the profits through some form of public participation possibly the government's Alberta Energy Company Galilee massacre plotted TIBERIAS Israel A captured Palestinian terrorist whose suicide squad was intercepted by Israeli security forces in the Golan Heights says the band s mission was a Maalot-style raid and possible massacre at fishing villages on the Sea of Galilee The terrorist who spoke some and another member of the eight man squad were seized Thursday by Israeli soldiers participating in a security screen thrown up to protect border areas from guerrilla attacks They disclosed under inter- rogation the presence of the others and the Israelis killed all six in a battle four miles in- side Israel The captives said they be- longed to the Popular Demo- cratic Front for the Liberation of the same group that sent three terrorists to attack a school in Maalot last week Twenty-one five adults and the three gunmen were killed in that carnage The English-speaking Pale- stinian captive told reporters his band was sent into Israel to seize hostages and demand the release of 30 guerrillas held in Israel if the demands were not met they were to blow up the houses we had captured with the hostages and ourselves as he said There would be a massacre Seen and heard About town Don LeBaron wondering if Lethbndge County Council had a ceremonial flush when new plumbing was installed in Hardieville Scotsman Bob reluctantly accepting a lesson in billiards from an Irishman DUKE ELLINGTON ;