Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 1974 20 Cents 78 PAGES Home grant plan derided as 'cruel hoax9 Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Opposition MP's greeted with scorn the announcement by Urban Af- fairs Minister Barney Danson Friday that grants will be paid by the government for one year to buyers of new homes Eldon Woolhams (PC-Cal- gary North) said it could prove to be another "rotten egg while John Gilbert said it is a "cruel hoax" on Canadians buying new homes Danson stated in the Com- mons that he will introduce the legislation authorizing the grant shortly and that it will be retroactive to Friday and last until Nov 1, 1975 To qualify for the grant, ap- plicants must be buying their first house and it must be newly-built and previously unoccupied and be their prin- cipal residence He set the following price ceilings on houses qualifying to ensure that they are "moderately priced In Toronto and Vancouver, in Ottawa and Ham- ilton, in Victoria, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax, and in Lethbndge and Montreal, Woolhams said that because of the 10 per cent inflation rate, the price of houses is ris- ing by to a year and many will be priced beyond the ceiling to qualify for the grant He stated that the "sub- sidy" will do little to deal with the housing crisis in Canada and added that Ottawa should move to increase housing starts, deal with inflation, re- duce high mortgage rates and remove the 11 per cent tax on building materials Gilbert said the announce- ment left him "appalled, shocked disgusted and mazed He agreed with Woolhams call for more housing starts and lower interest rates and urged as well that the government in- crease its program of land banking and servicing of lots The NDP member challeng- ed Danson to show him a new house which can be purchased for less than in Toronto where the average price of a home is 000 East slope coal hunt continues Shah, king may combine to ease high oil prices This Weekend ARCTIC BEAUTY For 13 years, Fred Bruemmer has travelled the Arctic recording in pictures Its wild and im- mense beauty, its raging gales and the dazzling flowers of Its brief summers. An excerpt from his new book "The Arctic" is featured in Weekend Magazine. Page 14 PATATES FRITES ESTERIV For 10 days every September in St. Tite, Que., Is high noon, horses and western music 24 hours a day en francais. It's the Calgary Stampede Eastern style. Weekend Page 2 CHAMPIOINS Catholic Centra! Cougars and Picture Butte Elks win Southern high school football titles on two fronts. Pages 16, 17 BIG PLANS For fellows whose hobby forces them to think small, members of the Southern Alberta Model Railway Club have some big plans for their club layout. Page 19 T RETIREMEN Most people don't plan nearly enough ahead oi time for their retirement years, says a researcher. Page 22 On the loose City electrical crews are dismantling the sub- station on the site of the proposed provincial gov- ernment office building, and moving it to its new home behind the new fire hall at 5th Street and 6th Avenue S. Keith Labrash piles loose switching e- quipment on a truck while John McGuire and Mike Varzan give a lightning arrester the old heave-ho. This queen is a man BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) Students at Bowling Green State University have selected a 21-year-old man as their homecoming queen Richard Morrow of John- stown, a six-foot one-inch, brown-eyed junior majoring in American studies and elemen- tary education, defeated nine women for the title "I didn't think the campus was ready for a male can- didate." he said Air Canada, pilots avoid Dec. strike MONTREAL (CP) Air Canada and the Canadian Airline Pilots Association announced Friday they have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, averting a possible strike. A joint statement said details of the contract would be revealed only after ratification by the pilots Both sides refused to elabo- rate The association announced last Monday that the pilots had voted 91-per-cent in favor of strike action to support their contract demands The pilots had previously re- jected a conciliation proposal that would have given them a new 18-month contract Trustees facing consumer concern _ i 1 5 23. 27 Loral 20 21 'i 'Watte Wttitams Wigan v 1 OW TONIGHT 30. HIGH SUN. 55, MAINLY SUNNY A greater emphasis on con- sumer education in schools is called for in a resolution to be presented to the three day Alberta School Trustees Association annual convention in Edmonton Monday. Its sponsors believe youth today is faced with an increas- ing need for more knowledge about purchasing and using services and material goods effectively and economically Consumer education should be included as core and option components of other courses now being offered, the resolu- tion states Information supporting the Bilingual MP 'best' Tory hope EDMONTON (CPi The Federal Progressive Conser- vative partv will hold a Convention to choose a successn'- to leader Robert Stanf.Hd sooner than next hint- national president Michael Mcighen said Friday- He added that a young, bilingual MP would offer tfie bet 01 loading the conser bark into power He rffusH to submit a list oi potential candidates but predicted there would be strong leadership contenders from the west resolution to be presented to the convention suggests that the content of the consumer education to be taught should be developed by business, in- dustry, government, trustees, parents and students The law. individual rights, rights and channels of redress, contractual matters, governmental involvement and responsibilities, the advertising industry and the gullibility of informed con- sumers are some of the topics that should be included in con- sumer ed1 cation, the sponsors of the resolution suggest A second resolution on con- sumer education calling for consumer preparation programs for student teachers at Alberta's universities will also be presented Teachers must have a thorough background in con sumer education if they are to be in a position to prepare students Jo be knowledgeable and efficient consumers, in- formation supporting the resolution suggests Universities the sponsors of the motion point out. must dssume their share of the responsibility in preparing the teachers of consumer education The resolutions are two of more than 35 that will be presented to the trustees convention which is expected to include at least 50 Southern Alberta trustees among the 700 or more delegates to attend Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The govern- ment will continue to issue coal exploration permits in the east slopes of the Rockies, Lands and Forests Minister Allan Warrack said Friday Dr Warrack, at the centre of a controversy on develop- ment in the east slopes, said several departments reviewed applications to explore for coal "We would consider issuing coal exploration permits with sufficient conservation safeguards he told The Herald Tne minister admitted he was responsible for a mis- taken letter sent by Premier Peter Lougheed to members of the public assuring them no exploration permits were be- ing issued "I wish to assure you that no government approval has been given for coal explora- tion within this area, or for that matter, on the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in general." the premier told Marjone Howe of Hmton in a letter July 11 Despite a claim by Dr Warrack Friday in a Herald interview that he moved quickly to correct the letter, it was not until Aug 22 the premier sent a correction "No new coal exploration or development is being approv- ed on the Eastern slopes, pending results of the environ- ment conservation authority hearings and policy formula- tion by the government thereafter. "However coal exploration approvals are being granted under certain stringent con- ditions as extensions to ex- isting or ongoing operations Dr Warrack said he was at fault for giving the original in- formation on exploration to the premier's office "on a ver- bal basis "I ought to have com- municated in writing and no misunderstanding would have been possible "I also believe if one makes an error, it should be cor- rected as soon as possible with no hesitation to admit the error." he said The error was not corrected for some time, according to Graham Griffiths, chairman of the Edmonton chapter of the National and Provincial Parks Association of Canada The error was not corrected for some time, according to Graham Griffiths, chairman of the Edmonton chapter of the National and Provincial Parks Association of Canada He referred to a copy of the premier's first mistaken letter sent out July 23 is frankly discouraging to discover that information sent out over the premier's signature was inaccurate If even vou are not told what the civil service is doing, what hope is there for the rest of us''" Dr Griffiths wrote to Mr Lougheed Meanwhile Opposition Leader Bob Clark who obtain Trip okay Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau sees nothing wrong in his wife travelers m Japan at the expense oi a Hong Kong shipping magnate He invited her she ac- cepted, that s he said Fndav when whv Y K Pao is paving for the inp ed the admission of a mistake by Dr Warrack in the House, said granting more explora- tion permits would mean Dr Warrack was "just in for more trouble Everybody was under the assumption there was a moratorium." Mr Clark said "My most serious charge is that Warrack misled the En- vironment Conservation Authority and he certainly misled everyone in the province concerned about coal exploration in the east slopes Saturday Night gets reprieve TORONTO (CP) Robert Fulford editor of Saturday Night, said Friday that a grant from Imperial Oil has all but guaranteed the magazine's survival He said the company grant is contingent on the magazine raising an additional needed to keep Saturday Night operating "We have already raised roughly so they have all but guaranteed the continuation of the the editor said. Publication of Saturday Night, Canada's oldest surviv- ing magazine, was suspended indefinitely Oct 7 after 87 years The federal and provin- cial governments both provid- ed grants in the past to keep the operation going By The Associated Press The shah of Iran said today he will press for a 14-per-cent decrease m the fixed, posted price of oil, but he expected oil company profits to wipe out any gams for the North American consumer He told a news conference at Tehran, after meeting with U S State Secretary Henry Kissinger, that Iran will propose a price of a barrel. a reduction of about 65 from current levels It was not immediately known how much influence the Iranian leader will have on the other members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) U S sources said Kissinger had hoped during his visit to Tehran to enlist the shah's support in pressing for lower oil prices They had said that if the shah and King Faisal of Saudi Arabia together pushed for the reductions, other OPEC countries might go along Informed sources in Tehran said earlier in the day they ex- pect oil prices to stay as they are, or possibly be increased by 30 to 40 cents a barrel in December At his news conference the shah said he stood firm with his contention that oil prices should be linked to the prices of a cross-section of industrial products "Once you do this." he said, producing and consuming na- tions "will have the same des- tiny The shah said even if the posted price is reduced to a barrel, he does not expect it to lower the cost of oil to the North American consumer un- less the profits of oil com- panies are neld to a fixed level He suggested 50 cents a bar- rel profit for the companies as a fair return, in contrast to as much as a barrel now 'Why should they make on one barrel7 Why should they make 700 per cent profit is that fair9' he asked Money woes LONDON (AP) Prime Minister Harold Wilson has two accounts in the London of- ce of a Swiss bank in finan- u 1 difficulties No 10 down- St said Friday A Downing Street statement distributed by the British Press Association said the ac- counts were opened at the London branch of the Inter- lat'onal Credit Bank of Geneva in July, 1973 while Wilson was leader of the op- position It added "One was a deposit account for (S3 480) and the other a current account for Seen and heard About town Scotty Rhodes telling friends he's going to take a trip to the Pass Nest Crow s Jim Blackmer of Coutts saving 'Man has messed in his own nest and fouled up the environment Aldermen will discuss more city truck routes Truck routes will again be a topic of city council discussion Monday, but not the conten- tious 5th and 9th Avenue N issue Two reports from the engineering directorate, one on straightening out the southside route up 1st. 2nd and 3rd Avenues, and the other on improvements to the north perimeter route, are going to council's meeting The new route suggested for 3rd Avenue S would eliminate difficult left-turns onto 3rd Avenue at un-controlled heavily-travelled intersec- tions, that truckers had com- plained about A maintenance program for the rest of the year is recommended to up- grade the north perimeter truck route along Stafford Drive. 26th Avenue N. and 28th Street N While council's regular public meeting starts at 8 p m Monday, aldermen will assemble an hour earlier for a closed-door report on the in- dustrial park expansion situation Other business on council's agenda includes a resolution from Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson that council hold a full day or weekend seminar with city administrators to discuss future policies of the citv in depth She's asking that the seminar be held no later than Dec 15 The deputv mavor also wants to ban smoking during council meetings and has another resolution to that effect on the agenda An amendment of the public parks zoning bvlaw to allow establishment of an art gallery m the old library at Gait Gardens is up for second and third reading However planners for the citv arc recommending that the bvlaw be deferred until the art gallery proposal is more definite and considera lion can be given to allowing other uses in parks sych as municipal amphi-lheatres or nature interpretation centres Terrorists asking UN for help to find settlement with Israel Times Service BEIRUT The Palestine Liberation Organization plans to appeal to the United "Gallons to help it find common grounds for a settlement with Israel, a high-ranking source in the grouping of guerrilla movemen said today The in.ormant. who is ex- pecle-d to be a member of the organization 5 delegation when it appears at the general Nov 23 said such international help was now es- sential to pet the Pa'estinidns and Israelis off their present collision course Referring to Israeli statements that Israel will not negotiate with the guerrilla orgari7dtinn went on We shall the w that we peace at the tinv the are refusing it If this is to remdin Kr-if1 attitude he said too" i 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