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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Henry visits Hassan Secretary of State Henry Kissinger passes an honor guard on his arrival at the royal palace in Rabat for talks with King Hussan II. Morocco was Kissinger's first stop on a tour that is taking him to Cairo and other Arab capitals. Hotel fire 'deliberate' Vancouver jury rules VANCOUVER Five men who perished in the Commercial Hotel fire here Oct. 21 were deliberately kill- ed by an a coroner's jury has ruled at the conclu- sion of a three-day inquest. The jury of three men add three-women ruled the deaths of 'John Kenneth Arthur Walter Wolanek and Peter Halderson were and City fire investigators believe the fire was set with a flammable liquid possibly paint thinner by dumping it along the fourth floor hallway and in a women's where the fire began. The fire trapped four of the victims in their rooms. The fifth fell to his death from his room on the top floor of the four-storey where the fire was touched off. The jury brought in six the first one being the implementation of a city bylaw to upgrade fire protection facilities in city hotels by July instead of in 1975 as originally in- tended. The jury also called for strict enforcement of a city bylaw that stipulated flam- mable liquids must be kept in fire-proof lockers. Also where more than one investigative agency is involv- ed in checking a a co- ordinator should be appointed to insure the investigation is the effectively jury said. There was conflicting testimony at the inquest given by city fire wardens and provincial fire investigators who disagreed ou the cause of the blaze. The jury also urged an emergency telephone number be instituted for all cities and municipalities. Regarding testimony that hotel night watchman Stanley Pawlak had been drinking and was in his room when the fire broke the jury stated a person such as Mr. Pawluk receives a few dollars a week for 49 hours very .little could be expected from mm as to enthusiasm and The final recommendation called on hotel operators to properly instruct hotel employees regarding checks to be made for the safety of guests. Cease-fire line still fighting Seen and heard About town A LOCAL bank of- ferring Katherine and Colin assistance in such financial matters as investments after' they had just opened bank ac- counts Joan Uttley saying as a greeting after getting an electric shock when answering the telephone. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger takes his Middle East peacemaking tour to Tunisia and Egypt today as Arab leaders confer busily and Israel reports more clashes with Egyptian troops along the cease-fire line. Kissinger arrived late Mon- day night in the Moroc- can and had a mid- night meeting with King Hassan which Kissinger's spokesman said was ranging and very Kissinger and the king were to meet again then the U.S. State Secretary was to fly to Tunis for a brief meeting with President Habib Bourguiba of Tunisia. He was to arrive in Cairo in the evening. a Jew making his first visit to the Arab got a warm reception in Rabat. The official newspaper Le Matin -said in a front-page editorial that relations between a major recipient of U.S. economic and Washington have suffered the slightest deterioration or eclipse and have invariably remained fill- with cordiality and high mutual Inside Classified........18-21 Comics............ 8 Comment........ 5 District............15 Family........ 17 Local News 14 Markets...........22 Sports.......... 10-12 Theatres........... TV................ Weather........... LOW TONIGHT HIGH WED. LIGHT SNOW Kissinger's aides said he ex- pects no spectacular break- throughs on his trip but is try- ing-to work out a procedure for Arab-Israeli peace negotiations and to smooth out such current problems as the Arab demand for Israeli troops to pull back from territory they occupied after the first ceasefire Oct. 22 and Israeli demands for an ex- change of prisoners of war. The aides said Kissinger is confident that a prisoner ex- change can be arranged easily once Israel and the Arabs agree on a of The Cairo newspaper Al Gomhouria. reported that President Anwar Sadat and the other Egyptian leaders will stress to Kissinger their demand for Israeli troops to pull back. Israel has shown no intention of making such a which would release the Egyptian 3rd Army from encirclement in the Sinai Desert. From Kissinger goes to Jordan and Saudi then on to Pakistan and China. Arab leaders were also travelling. Algerian President Boumedienne arrived in the Saudi and met with King Faisal after visiting Kuwait and Syria. Boumedienne is trying to line up another Arab summit conference in and press reports said Egypt and Syria were ready to attend. The Saudi radio said Boumedienne and Faisal also discussed the Arab oil sanc- tions against countries sup- porting Israel. Col. Moammar the outspoken Libyan visited Damascus after stops in Cairo and Baghdad. contributed no troops to the war and criticized Egypt and Syria for starting was re- ported trying to rally resistance to the ceasefire. The letkbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVI 276 NOVEMBER 6 24 PBQM 10 a says Macdonald Oil rationing looming OTTAWA Energy Minister Donald Macdonald has outlined a three-stage oil rationing program that the government will implement if needed this winter. He told the Commons supply interruptions have not oc- curred yet and the govern- ment does not know if the program will be required in in or at all. But it is being prepared as a precaution. i The first stage would be limited to voluntary conserva- tion measures by Prospects for fuel good here EDMONTON Fuel rationing in Alberta is a prospect in the near says Barry Alberta deputy minister of mines and minerals. Commenting on federal government contingency plans to ration fuel if a shor- tage of Middle-East oil reduces supplies in Eastern Dr. Mellon said Alberta's oil exports are ad- justed monthly to ensure domestic needs are met first. it came down to a shor- tage in Western it would be fair to say that government would intercede by cutting Dr. Mellon said. The Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board has set Alberta oil production jLJU million barrels daily' Alberta uses' about barrels daily of this production and exports the remainder to Ontario and the United States. Dr. Mellon said the threatening shortage would appear to affect the area east of the Ottawa Valley which uses oil imported from the Middle-East and Venezuela. This region is not connected to Alberta by an oil pipeline system. At Finance Minister John Turner said he personally believes it is in the interests of Canada that the gigantic billion Syncrude Canada Ltd. tar sands project go ahead. Mr. Turner pointed out that not only had. taxation con- siderations to be worked but the impact of federal and provincial resource plans or guidelines had to be taken into consideration regarding federal incentives for the Syncrude project. government and It would be started the moment demand outstrips supply and could cope with a shortage of 10 per cent or less. Beyond a 10-per-cent shor- tage a allocation would start at the wholesale obligating dealers to reduce deliveries to retail customers a percentage equivalent to the supply At 25 per the govern- ment would adopt an emer- gency rationing program. De- tails were sketchy but Mr. Macdonald indicated it would mean individual rationing controlled by ration cards. He said he does not know if ration cards have been printed but they would be wise because of the time needed to put such a program into operation. At the voluntary fed- provincial and commer- cial buildings would cut temperatures three to five degrees and ventilation and air conditioning systems would be adjusted to lower the drain on heating fuel. Homeowners would be ask- ed to turn down thermostats three degrees but no one would be expected to keep temperatures below 70. Space heating would be re- duced in industrial buildings but there would be no cut in the fuel needed for manufac- turing he said. The Arab the latest in a series of war-related sanctions against Israel and its holds unclear im- plications for Mr. Macdonald said. Canada is regarded as neutral by Arab countries and will not be cut off totally from Mideast as has happened with the United he said. But there could be some supply losses resulting from the production- cuts. the Arab states continue with their there will be at least some diversion of oil supplies from the Cana- dian On another he said Canada will cut off the export of refined petroleum products to the U.S. should Arab nations make this a condition for continuing shipments to Canada. But the government would not cut off crude oil shipments to U.S. customers. He was responding outside the Commons to a report that Saudia Canada's big- gest Mideast might demand an export cut to the U.S. If Arab production cuts con- tinue at the planned he told shipments to con- suming countries will be re- duced by about 21 per cent during the winter. Golda rejects bid to aid Egypt army TEL AVIV Premier Golda Meir told her govern- ment that she rejected American demands to keep supply lines permanently open to Egypt's trapped 3rd Army and to pull back Israeli forces now inside the new- spaper Maariv reports. The whose political correspondents have access to government says Mrs. Meir told z secret cabinet session after her return from the United States Monday that are the main with President Nixon and State Secretary Henry Kissinger. Maariv says Mrs. Meir told her ministers that discussions with Nixon and Kissinger were and and that Kisiinger insisted on more help for the encircled Egyptian army. An estimated men of the Egyptian 3rd Army are marooned along the Suez canal. Liberals stand united against Alberta gov9t By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau says the federal govern- ment is behind Energy Minister Donald Macdonald in his policy fight with Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed and his provincial government. Mr. Trudeau made the statement in reply to questions raised during Commons question period by Joe Clark PC Rocky Moun- Alta. and was im- mediately greeted with desk thumping applause from Liberal benches. Seconds later as the prime minister finished claiming that Mr. Macdonald's policies could in no way be said to be unfair to the United States but are simply aimed at returning money to the federal treasury which otherwise would have gone as a profit not to the people of Alberta but multi- national Mr. Trudeau was greeted with another bout of desk thumping applause this time from both Liberal and New Democratic Party benches. Mr. a former Alberta journalist and executive assis- tant to Progressive Conser- vative leader Robert Stan- had suggested that Mr. Trudeau intervene personally in the Ottawa-Alberta con- frontation by meeting with Mr. Reflecting comments made by other Alberta MPs such as Eldon Woolliams North and Gordon Towers Mr. Clark suggested that Finance Minister John Turner or some other Grain fund highest since war WINNIPEG The Canadian Wheat Board today announced final payments for oats and barley for the 1972-73 crop year that will give farmers their highest cash returns since the Second World War. The for grain delivered in the crop year which ended last July average 45 cents a bushel on 51.63 cents on barley and 40.8 cents on oats. On top of initial payments made when the grain was delivered to country this brings the total realized price to an average of 12.25 a bushel for in- cluding for barley and for oats. The final totall- ing more than will be. mailed to farmers starting next week. The prices are on the basis of Thunder Bay or and elevator and shipping costs are deducted from the returns to farmers. minister take over negotiation duties with Alberta from Mr. Macdonald. The Alberta government last week cut off complete communication with Ottawa on energy battles claiming it could no longer trust the federal government because of Mr. Macdonald's lack of co- operation and consultation. The break came after Ottawa suddenly upped the 40 cent a barrel export tax on oil going to the U.S.A.- to but there had been repeated squabbles with Mr. Mac- donald before that On television Friday Mr. Macdonald claimed Alberta had launched a per- sonal attack on him and was trying to get him removed as energy minister. Mr. Trudeau did tell the Commons that he would delighted to meet with the Alberta premier on any sub- but he stressed on this particular matter his support was behind Mr. Macdonald absolutely. Small business gets protection OTTAWA Legisla- tion to protect consumers and small business from a bagful of commercial dirty tricks was unwrapped in the Com- mons Monday by Consumer Affairs Minister Herb Gray. Mr. Gray says it would ban or tightly control misleading leaky warranties and such marketing schemes as pyramid selling and referral selling. Small businessmen would be protected by provisions against various strategies jlsed by their suppliers to fix prices or support sales. The amending the Com- bines Investigation is a chopped-off version of legisla- tion that died on the Commons order paper last year. Further sections of that ear- lier bill likely with mergers and other issues probably will not come before the Commons for another Mr. Gray told reporters. The original bill weathered heavy opposition in the Com- mons and from business groups claiming it would have given government agencies too much power over their ac- tivities. The government says the new bill offers these benefits to prohibition of ad- vertising that is false or mis- even in the general impression it conveys. That would include salesmen's claims. of warranties or guarantees not based on adequate tests. an item is tagged with two or more the retailer must charge the lowest price. selling in which customers must recruit more and more buyers and would be for- bidden there is any mis- representation to new par- ticipants as to the gains they might reasonably expect to buyers commissions on sales to people whose names they be prohibited. Bait and switch customers with a then switching them to other be outlawed. For the first the bill would bring ser- the professions under the com- bines law. Exceptions would be allowed where they are already governed by federal or provincial laws The restrictive trade prac- tices commission would get power to give small businesses protection from practices of a supplier to already a common topic of says the govern- ment. The restrictive trade practices commission would be empowered to recommend tariff cuts to let in more im- ports. Meeting sought on tapes WASHINGTON -The Senate Watergate committee today sought contact with White House lawyers to deter- mine whether there is a possibility for committee members to meet with Presi- dent Nixon to obtain his ac- count of the Watergate political espionage scandal. Committee chairman Sam Ervin said after an executive session that the committee is willing to meet with the president in the White House and question necessary without Nixon testifying under oath. be happy to have him come down here and testify under Ervin this relates to a mating with him in the White House.' The action followed 5 dis- cussion behind closed doors of a letter to the committee by one of its Senator Lowell Weicker Weicker proposed that com- mittee members seek a private White House meeting with Nixon and publish a record of the meeting afterward. Closed-door presentation approved Grandstand and barns to be replaced A million program to replace the 60-year-old grandstand and barns at the exhibition grounds received city council endorsement Monday. Council approved in princi- ple a request from the Lethbridge and District Ex- hibition Association for an an- nual grant of up to for a 10-year beginning in 1975. Exhibition board president Fred Pritchard told council support from the city is re- quired to get assistance from the provincial and federal governments. The request was made following a closed-door presentation by the board. While estimating the cost of replacing the grandstand and barns at the ex- hibition board also said general landscaping and upgrading of the exhibition is required to create a park-like atmosphere next Henderson Lake. Drainage improvements and utility line replacement at the grounds will take place next with city ad- ministrators meeting the ex- hibition board's planning com- mittee in the near future to determine what work is necessary. AM. Bill council's representative on the exhibi- tion urged support of the board's proposals. He said the exhibition has done great deal for the city and for the agriculture in- which he termed the guts of the city. is growing let's see the fair board grow with the he ;