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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Lougheed calls for low freight rates through Western unity By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Labelling possible abandon- ment of Crowsnest Pass railway freight rates a "very threatening move Premier Peter Lougheed Monday called for a united front in general by the western provinces. Mr. Lougheed said he was "shocked" that Ottawa should put the rates in a "threatened position" after promises made by the federal govern- ment at a Western Economic Opportunities Conferences in 1973 Otto Lang, federal minister in charge of the wheat board, suggested last week that the rates, set in 1896, should be changed to reflect present costs of railway operations. The lederal government has been subsidizing the railways to make up the difference between the rates and the ac- tual costs incurred in ship- ping. Mr. Lang said there may be other ways to insure western farmers can continue to com- pete with other producers despite the long distances they must ship their products to market. The rates were intended to alleviate that disadvantage. It was imperative "to try our best to communicate to Central Canada our needs and Mr. Lougheed told a Lethbridge nomination meeting. The issue of the Crowsnest Pass rates was only one facet of the problem. Mr. Lougheed said he was as determined as he was about anything that "Canada remain unified." "But we must convince the rest of Canada that a stronger West means a stronger. he told an applauding audience of 500. "We're not looking for any special privileges we're looking for the removal of ob- the premier said. Considering the differences, it was "a pretty natural position" for Alberta to be at odds with the rest of Canada but Confederation was design- ed well enough to withstand the strains, he said. Mr. Lougheed said he looked to his audience to stand strong not only for Alberta but for the West. "The era that is ahead of us in Alberta is probably the most challenging in our he said. news Herald District "Probably there have not been more difficult times for Alberta or more oppor- tunities He said his government would be "pressed at every corner" to spend resource revenues that properly belonged to people's children and grandchildren For Albertans to maintain their prosperity, they must "resist the easy way or leave "a sad legacy for those who come after he said Premier's Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, November 5, 1974 Pages 13-24 Permits near million Residential and commercial construc- tion boosted the value of building permits issued by city hall to the end of October to Figures for October released by city hall Monday included permits for 30 single family residences, two fourplex apart- ment buildings, and four duplexes worth a total of October's construction figures also include worth of construction at Lethbridge Centre. When that permit was issued at the beginning of the month it brought the value of construction in the city to a new record, topping the previous record of set last year. While some of this year's 10 month total can be attributed to inflation, the figures also reflect the rapid pace of construction in the city this year, city hall officials said. Besides the Lethbridge Centre permit, other permits for commercial construc- tion last month totalled with the major one Enerson's new auto sales show room worth Northside avenues blocked for trucks Schmidt to visit Coaldale Social Credit leader Werner Schmidt will speak Wednesday even- ing at the annual :g meeting of the Taber -i-i Warner Social Credit 8 Constituency Asso- ciation. The meeting will :g begin at p.m. in the Coalda'e Sportsplex. Mr Schmidt is the Si Socred candidate for Taber Warner. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council finally passed" bylaw amendments Monday which will stop trucks from using 5th and 9th Avenues N. as through routes. The action came some three months after the issue first arose. In so doing, it boosted the maximum fine for truckers that don't heed the law from to Aid. Tony Tobin brought the business of the fine up and Aid. Bob Tarleck and Aid. Vera Ferguson expanded on it. "If the penalty is only is that really enough to deter Therapy team finds favor here Hospital officials in Lethbridge have reacted favorably to a suggestion that Lethbridge should be the centre for a travelling physiotherapy team for rural hospitals. Doug Schindeler, assistant administrator at Lethbridge Municipal Hospital, said the hospital will be discussing the proposal made last week by a Calgary physical medicine specialist. Dr. David Blair, director of physical medicine at the Calgary General Hospital, said Lethbridge should base a rehabilitation team to help improve facilities available in rural hospitals. Mr. Schindeler said LMH has had discussions with Dr. Blair on establishing such a team but Dr. Blair was not available at that time to help in the planning. Dr. Blair, however, said last week he is willing to offer guidance to hospital personnel if they wish to establish a team comprised of a physiotherapist and rehabilitation nurse. The two member team would visit various hospitals in the Lethbridge area, regularly helping to train nurses at those hospitals in physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Although one phys- iotherapist from the department in the Auxiliary Hospital, which also serves LMH, now travels to some hospitals, facilities in rural communities here are lacking. Dr. Blair said. Mr. Schindeler said a deci- sion on whether to establish a team could not be made im- mediately. "We are into our 1975 budgeting and will have to wait to see what he said. "It is too early to see what we can do." Mr. Schindeler said the LMK-Auxiliary phys- iotherapy department would be a suitable base for the team, but could also in- volve the physiotherapy department in St. Michael's Hospital. Firms discouraged from using RITE line Use of a provincial govern- ment information number by commercial concerns is being discouraged. Evelyn Strachan. Lethbridge operator for the Regional Information Telephone Enquiries