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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Local news The LetMnridge Herald id Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, November 6, 1974 Pages 13-20 ayor won t he 'no' on nmonia plant Time Air security awaits MOT machinery Time Air is ready to tighten airport security but is waiting for the ministry of transport to provide the machinery, the airline's vice president said Tuesday. Richard Barton said Time will be using metal detec- tors, to be supplied by MOT to give passengers departing on Time Air flights from Lethbridge, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Edmonton and Grande Prairie a "full screening." Committee to expose cabinet 6power abuses' By SELL OUGHTRED Staff Writer i the Town of Ray- expecting to gather Ilion a year in taxes the proposed Alberta onia fertilizer plant, Bob Graham says 'on't take 'no' for an :r" and "will fight to lis thing through." wants "part of the n'' in resource pment. Mayor Graham public forum Tuesday Iberta Ammonia's ation to the provincial tments to build a i anhydrous ammonia jx near Raymond. amount of money they putting in is probably to none, except for the the mayor told 27 at a panel discussion zed by the local chapter Committee for an ndent Canada, last of five panelists to and the only one to sup- Alberta Ammonia's al. Mayor Graham said ant will create jobs, t the environment and ;he local economy, mayor, who claimed he caking on behalf of his and not Alberta Am- said "it won't do us good" to sit on energy :es when we have "lots f below us." rta Ammonia "hasn't for any subsidies" and ng to pay top prices for Istock. In return for the ted million gallons :er the company will each year from the Reservoir, the St. Mary Irrigation District will a "gift" of an- Alberta Ammonia, he will pay "more than what farmers pay for on water. ering comments that posed plant wili pose a drain on irrigation the mayor said: re not going to waste Water is a lishable he and pollution of water the proposed plant will BLING BLOCKS' :cused junior civil ser- n Edmonton of throw- imbling blocks" in the Alberta Ammonia and CIC members at the they shouldn't try to ack progress." layer's outspoken sup- "progress" prompted mber of the audience .ify himself as a Ray- atepayer and declare: ankful to have such a ful man as Mayor i as our mayor." however, shared by the mayor's panelists or most of the audience, do we have to exploit ing now and ship it to ed asked one r of the audience, ice is too high. As a in 1 truly hope it get off the ited another, ta Ammonia, corn- local CIC president "list Roger Rickwood. a Canadian-controlled it is effectively ?d iron-. ;he ojisidc." jobs cou'.d be created Ja by Canadian com- the University of ge political scientist nee anhydrous am- leaves Canada, the ran customer. id Corporation, can ammonia. "basic CIC PRESIDENT ROGER RICKWOOD SPEAKS WHILE PANELISTS TED TILLACK, LEFT, BECKIE COUSINS AND WARNER COUNTY COUN. JAY SNOW WAIT THEIR TURN building block" in the petroleum industry. Mr. Rickwood said natural gas is a "vanishing com- modity" which "should be used for Albertans first and Canadians second." Promoters behind the giant fertilizer plant, he cautioned, are not making information about the plant "public in a way that you or I can use." Describing the announcement of the plant as "out of the John D. Rockefeller he said Alberta Ammonia "didn't bother notifying the Alberta cabinet" of their intentions. Fellow panelist and CIC member Ted Tillack. who attended recent Energy Resources Conservation Board hearing on Alberta Am- monia's application, said the number of jobs to be provided by highly automated plant is "greatly exaggerated." He faulted the company for refus- ing at the hearings to give details on feedstock suppliers and financial backers. The massive consumption of natural gas and water were examined by panelist Beckie Cousins, who said the biggest problem facing Alberta Am- monia's critics is the lack of public information on the scheme. In addition to expelling two tons of methanol. or wood alcohol, and two tons of am- monia into the atmosphere daily, the plant would con- sume 34 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 3'z billion gallons of water in one year, she said. Water supply is limited and gas is non- renewable, she argued. The lack of public informa- tion was repeated by panelist -Jay Snow, councillor for the Ounly of Warner, who said his council also belongs to the "we don't know what is on club." AEC Chiefs paycheck still secret _ 1 1 Herald Bureau WS UllW dUdCX UW board composition EDMONTON The opposi- tion was unsuccessful Tues- day in attempts to learn the salary of the new president of the Alberta Energy Company. But debate over the question was marked by personal charges hurled between Albert Ludwig SC Calgary Mountainview) and Roy Farran, minister of telephones and utilities. Both eventually withdrew their remarks after repeated requests from Speaker Gerry Amerongen. Mr. Farran used the expres- sion "Muckraking" in describ- ing remarks by Mr. Ludwig and Mr. Ludwig asked Mr. Farran if he had been "dipp- ing into the sauce." Don Getty, minister of federal and intergovernmen- tal affairs, refused to reveal the salary paid David Mitchell. A EC president and formerly president of the Calgary-based Great Plains Development Company. Mr. Getty said the informa- tion should come from Mr. Mitchell or the AEC. The government did not want to treat the public-participation company as a Crown corpora- tion or interfere in its every- day decisions. The presence of agency representatives on the Lethbridge United Way's board of directors came under mild attack at a board meeting Tuesday. President Elaine Bartel started the ball rolling by an- nouncing her doubts about the effectiveness of having one representative of each of the 15 United Way agencies on the board. Doug Walker, public relations chairman, agreed. He said fears of inter agency rivalry had proved unfounded, but expected benefits of closer agency involvement had not materialized either. But agency representatives did have a generally better attendance record at board meetings that others, said Mr. Walker. Mrs. Bartell said the board needed representatives from all areas of the community, particularly business, the professions, and education. The board voted to drop agency by agency represen- tation, and revert to the former system of finding board members. The board also voted to ap- point Larry Mead, president of the Lethbridge and District Labor Council, as a labor representative on the United Way board. It accepted with regret the resignation of Wilfred Langdon. provincial civil ser- vice representative on the board. Another board member. Fern Bouchard, ver- bally indicated he might resign because of other com- mitments. He said he always had to decide which meeting to attend. Mrs. Bartel reported the fund drive was up to and volunteers are needed from the agencies for call back canvassing. She urged board members to help out. The objective is About five canvassing kits had been returned unopened, she said. Farmers remain uncompensated for incorrect tax information Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Participants in a provin- cial rural natural gas program have received an apology but no action from Ottawa for a foul-up in tax advice. Local taxation offices had advised farmers they could deduct up to depending on how much they contributed as a capital ex- pense. Then Ottawa said no. Ray Speaker (SC Little Bow) raised the issue in the legislature last spring. He said the decision could cost farmers to in additional taxes. Provincial Treasurer Gordon Miniely told the legislature Tuesday that while Ottawa apologized to him for the mix-up, it would not change its decision. Under the plan to put heat into rural homes and provide power for irrigation systems, farmers can get a S1.300 grant and 51.700 loan from the province. But some farmers put up the loan themselves, counting on being able to deduct it from their income. home grant 6will help some' "Up to this date, our contact Alberta Ammonia has been very limited We haven't seen hide nor hair of them." "If we had to depend on Alberta Ammonia we would know even less than what we learn through the Ov.n Snow said. Bv RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer A local builder of low-cost homes and a mobile home dealer have welcomed the federal cash grant for first-lime buyers of houses priced under Bob Sapsford. sales manager for Nu-.Mwde Realtv. abinet to consider ambulance aid Legislature Bureau ONTON Rec idations on am- scrviccs Alberta o Jo cabinet by next ;ays Health Minister wford "rawiorri has the f an ambulance study d by the Alberta Services Commission sk. "No decision has ?n on tht- rer'.nnen- dations." he told Waiter Buck 'SC Clover Ban in the legislature Tuesday. Financial help for com- munities lacking ambulance services will be considered. Mr Crawford said. Fort Macleo3, Cardston Municipal District and County of Forty Mile councils have dttoissed ambulance service The Cartiston MD council was told businessmen in town arc not eager to take over the service as it i> a money los- that requires 24 hirjr a dav respon- sibility The Village of Foremost and the County of Forty Mile are interested in a joint am- bulance as the closest hospital is a Premier Peter Lougheed said Tuesday the new federal which is to be in- troduced Nov. 18. should in- clude tax incentives to en- courage Canadian investment in resource industries Mr Loughccd told a party mectinp here he was "ex- tremely disturbed" with the last federal budget, introduc- ed May S, which led to the defeat of the then minority Liberal government. Mr Loupheed said he saw that budget as an effort 1o weaken the spirit of agree- ment reached March 27. in which Alberta agreed to hold the price of oil to prr barrel while world prices reached i don't know what Nov 18 will brinp." he said "We need to have within the tax system incentives for those across Canada who are not in the oil industry to provide alter- native risk money similar to the tax system in the United Stales ;