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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta May 25 1974 THE LETHiRIDQE HERALD -13 Alberta government on the hot seat By MARVIN ZIVITZ EDMONTON The provincial government is moving ahead with a plan that the opposition says will give one man dictatorial powers to guide development of essential services in the oil sands district of northeastern Alberta a one-man dictatorship to deal with the problems of the oil says Dr. Dan a Social Credit member of the legislature whose constituency covers the booming oil sands area The Social Credit opposition joined with Grant leader of the New Democratic and Independent Jim Henderson in an unsuccessful attempt to force the government to make changes in the Northeast Alberta Regional Commission Act The which needs only routine third redding and royal assent before becoming is an attempt by the Progressive Conservative government to deal with problems expected as facilities in northeastern Alberta expands A commissioner will be appointed later this year by the cabinet under the legislation to co-ordinate services needed as more oil sand extraction plants are built With each new plant in the Fort McMurray region expected to create services for workers and their families ranging from housing to education to water and sewer facilities are expected to be severely strained Eort a town of about residents 250 miles northeast of is already experiencing growing pains with one plant in a second being a third approved by the government and others on the drawing board There was unanimous agreement by all parties during almost 15 hours of debate in the legislature that orderly development is essential But there was widespread disagreement over the method Premier Peter Lougheed acknowledge the sweeping powers the commissioner will but said it is a unique situation fact that makes this situation so different from any one we've seen in some period of time is the tremendous rapidity of growth that is going to occur in a very concentrated area in a realtively remote part of the province with demands by people in terms of all provincial government services The legislation allows local governments to delegate their authority to the commissioner to plan government services The commissioner will have the power to take that authority if local councils balk at losing their autonomy The opposition argued that it's too much authority to give to one appointed official The government was asked to modify its proposal and name a three-member with one member elected in northeastern or appoint a cabinet minister instead of a commissioner Dave minister of municipal rejected both ideas as being less efficient than one man running the show A cabinet minister wouldn't work said Mr because there has to be someone there on the job 12 hours a not a minister in an Edmonton office Bob Social Credit house led the argument that an appointed commissioner won't be directly accountable to the legislature Mr Russell countered that the commissioner will report monthly to the cabinet and that his budget will have to be approved by the legislature the municipal affairs minister would be able to answer any questions raised by the opposition in the legislature Crane eggs gathered OTTAWA Canadian and American biologists col- lected 13 Whooping Crane eggs from nests in Wood Buffalo National N Friday in a continuing effort to save the species from extinction Members of the Canadian Wildlife Service and the U S Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife flew the eggs to nearby Fort Smith by helicopter for incubation A Canadian Forces jet will take the eggs to Patuxent Wildlife Research Centre at today If the hatching is successful tne young will join a captive flock of 17 birds sheltered at Patuxent DELTA DRAFTING DESIGN 1S12-23rd Coaldato Professional Drafting Sarvicw Phone 345-326F High riser John Maloney recently constructed a multi-family housing complex in his back-yard without getting into trouble with the town council at Ont One pole contains four small houses and one apartment com- plex that are presently vacant and awaiting tenants ______________ Universities said harassed Try Bilora You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION MAI CO SMITH-JONES AID SERVICE RIPLEY OPTICAL 618 3rd A ve S 328-5447 Ont Governments have taken advantages of the vulnerability' of universities and harassed them for 10 years with restrictive says the president- elect of the University of Alberta Harry Gunning told a con- vocation gathering at Queen's University Friday that government power and the power of the can prove to be corrupting forces If ypu can wait till Monday Heist the big ones' Get bargains galore from an inventory of millions of dollars1 Shoppers Stoppers start May 27 Simpsons-Sears Trade value falls OTTAWA Value of foreign trade fell by more than 10 per cent during Statistics Canada reported Friday The large one-month drop comes in a period of erratic movement in trade figures as Canada and its major trading partners have been adjusting to rapid changes in the world economy Weak automotive and housing markets in the United States have been major contributors to a falling off in exports On the import side drops were spread over a variety of products Exports adjusted for seasonal variations were down 101 per cent during April During March they rose 8 8 per cent The seasonally adjusted value of exports was 349 1 3 per cent less than the average for the last six months Seasonal adjustments take account such factors as reliance on imported fruits and vegetables during winter and variations in the opening date of the St Lawrence Seaway which is used to move bulk grains and ores IMPORTS DOWN The value of imports during April at 23 billion was 10 9 per cent below March During March there was a five-per- cent gam in imports The April import total was 2 2 per cent below the average of the last six months The April trade surplus of million boosted the total surplus for the first four months of the year to million The annual rate of 3 billion compares with a surplus of billion during 1973 The April figures contained a revision of the adjustments for seasonal variations and the change eliminated an apparent deficit during the two previous months The revision was in large part due to gams in trade with European countries Previous seasonal adjustments had treated these changes as exceptions to the pattern but statisticians now have concluded there was a shift in trading patterns Trade with Japan was off sharply with exports down 33 3 per cent and imports off 20 8 per cent Exports to the U S were down 5 8 per cent and imports 10 8 per cent North judge to get degree EDMONTON Mr Justice William Northwest Territories supreme court will be given an honorary doctor of laws degree by the University of Alberta at its spring convocation next the university announded Friday Another honorary degree will go to Dennis Kestell described as a prominent Alberta businessman Mr who has spent nearly 50 years with Canadian Western Natural Gas Co Ltd and Northwestern Utilities Ltd is currently vice-chairman and director of IU International Corp Thomas Davidson an Alberta teacher for more than 40 will receive an honorary doctor of laws Check On Alberta Blue Cross 1971 Are Your Employees Covered By Alberta Blue As an employer you are naturally interested in the general welfare of all your employees good health is part of your concern and you owe it to your staff and yourself to ensure that they are protected under one or another of the Alberta Blue Cross plans We are confident that coverage under either one of the two Group plans will suit your employees requirements While a great many employers pay a share of their employees low Blue Cross premiums as a fringe benefit it is not a requirement for the formation of a Group Whatever Blue Cross Plan is decided upon it will bring peace of mind to you and to your employees Membership eliminates the fear of being unable to meet the heavy expense of hospitahzation and other services at a ume of illness The cost of borrowing money is usually prohibitive but the important feature is the protection against heavy unexpected expense related to illness or accidental injury TdKe this opportunity now to check on Alberta Blue Cross 1974 More important facts you should know about Alberta Blue Cross Who Qualities For Coverage7 All Albena residents regardless ot age or state health may obtain a wide range of health care benefits by participating in the Plan What Hospital Benefits Does Blue Cross Provide7 Your Blue Cross coverage pays the charges incurred when you occupy either a private or semi private ward bed in a public general active treatment hospital Blue Cross pays these charges for an unlimited time Does Blue Cross Provide Hospital Benefits Outside Alberta7 Yes the following are supplementary hospital benefits provided to Blue Cross members out of the Province 1 You are allowed up lo S40 00 per day to apply against any hospital charges remaining after the Alberla Health Care insurance Commission hds paid its stipulated portion of costs incurred during your stay at ary public general active treatment hospital located outside Alberta 2 Blue Cross will also pay any out-patient hospital charges remaining alter the Alberla Health Care Insurance Commission has paid its portion of hospital charges incurred outside the Province of Alberta Are There Any Forms To Fill Out When Claiming For Hospital Expenses7 No all you have to do to obtain hospital services under the terms of your Blue Cross membership is to present your Blue Cross Identification Card at any approved hospital Blue Cross pays the hospital directly foi any services you receive there so you don t have to pay the hospilal and then seek reimbursement from Blue Cross afterwards The money you are required to pay the hospita' is the initial registration fee at the time you are admitted What Is Meant By The Term Year A Benefit Year is 'rom July 1st of one year to June 30th of the year following What Other Services Are Provided7 Whether you have Single or Family Coverage you eligible for other reimbursement in addition to hospital expenses Within certain speci'ied limits under one Group Plan Blue Cross will reimburse you for these services from the first dollar of expense Under an alternate Plan reimbursement commences when your costs have totalled more than S15 00 within one Benefit Year that first S15 00 being deductible Professional Ambulance Service This provides reimbursement for professional ambulance service to and from a hospital Where thp service is provided within 'he corporate limits of a City benefits are limited lo S15 00 per trip and 530 00 for a period of disability Actual reimbursement limit is S100 00 per person per Benefit Year Appliances Charges for the repair or replacement of artificial limbs Myoelecinc controlled and braces of certain types are all reimbursable providing the appliances have been supplied or repaired on the written order of a physicnn Dental Care Repair or extraction natural tooth damaged through Reimbursement will cover the actual chprqes by a qualified dcnlisl piovidinq repair or extraction is carriod out within IweKe months of the accidennl injury Clinical Psychologist Clinical Psychological services n the treatment ol mental or emotional illness Reimbursement here is up to S20 00 the first hour and 55 00 for oarh subsequent thirty minute nllowinre s S100 00 per Benelil under either Single or Firmly Class Coverage Home Nursing This involves charges rmdo by i piactinl or Registered related to Iho Member for care provided m Ihe patients homo on the order of thp attending physicipn Reimbursemenl is p to S100 00 m one Bonotit undoi a Single or Family Class ol Coverage Naturopathic Services Services provided by a Naturopnh lor a disability Reimbursement will be rmdc of actual charges not excpf dmg S4 00 per visi' Maximum of SlOC 00 in a Benelii Yoar under either a Single or Family Chss of Coverage Monthly Rates Group Deductible Plan Single Si 65 Family S3 30 NoDeduchbleor Co Insunncc Plan Single S3 40 Family 56 80 25 YEARS SERVING ALBERTANS Maj ALBERTA 1 II you would like more information or application lorms lor Alberta Blue Cross Plan membership complete and mail this coupon Alberta Blue Cross Plan J0025 WBtii Strict Alberta T5J 'K9 Service O'l cc 2I4A Mezzanine Floor Ch noun C mire S-iio MacLeod Trail CALGARY Alberta OK9 Sales Service OHicc 5lh Street South LETHBRIDGE Allicna TU Please send me information application formb on Group Plan J.Non-Group Plan NAME OF FIRM_____ INDIVIDUALS NAME. 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