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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald 1-281 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 1974 15 Cents 's lack f fertilizer id attacked PICKETS A VOIDED REGINA (CP) Premier Allan Blakeney and his cabinet ministers today side stepped the question of whether or not they should cross picket lines that govern- ment employees threatened to set up around the Saskatchewan legislative building. An official in the premier's office said Mr. Blakeney and the ministers were holding their regular cabinet meeting away from the legislative building. Food experts warn of water shortage )mONTGN (CF) Can- 3 lack of a firm com- lent of fertilizer aid to Vorld Food Conference in e has been attacked by idian non-governmental rvers at the conference, e 14 NGOs, as they are vn, said it was disap- ted with External Affairs ster Allan MacEachen's ch to the conference last i. to a world shor- of nitrogen fertilizers, MacEachen said that ere Canada can help make se problems more ageable, it will." Canadian aid of nitrogen ilizers has fallen from HX) metric tons in 1970 to ing this the NGOs This comes at a time when less-developed countries I this resource more than ic United Nations Food Agriculture Organization 0) has estimated a shor- of more than 1.5 million i of fertilizer for the sloping nations, n food terms this amounts lore than 15 million tons of n to countries that have no to fall back on, and se diets consist almost to- V of direct grain con- FAO says. ie Canadian government tns it can't help because e is not enough nitrogen ilizer even for domestic ners, the observers said. fet, in the 1973-74 season, >er cent of Canadian fer- er production was ex- ed, mostly to the United es. furthermore, it is es- ited that 10 to 15 per cent ur fertilizer goes to non- ntial uses such as golf and lawns." ie Canadians said it has i estimated that one ton of ilizer applied to an acre of >le land in the developing itries would increase pro- tion by 10 tons, in a developed nation such Canada, a similar amount Id only produce an extra tons of agricultural pro- tion." argaret write ee-lance 3RONTO (CP) garet Trudeau plans to .ribute free-lance articles photographs to Chatelaine azine. Doris Anderson, magazine's editor-in- f, said today, rs. Anderson said Mrs. ieau called her after a re- hospital stay in Montreal, magazine had been plan- g a story on Mrs. deau which the hospital had postponed. llie phoned and said she Id like to do some work the magazine) herself." Anderson said in an British budget expected to lower living standard LONDON (CP) Warning that a ruinous world depres- sion may be imminent, Britain's Labor government has pledged an immediate cash injection for industry, told workers that an increase in unemployment is in- evitable and tightened the screws on consumers. But the sweeping increases in taxation which had been widely expected in the government's budget, an- nounced today, were not in- stituted, and Denis Healey, chancellor of the exchequer, told the House of Commons he will bring in another set of financial measures next April Most commentators consid- ered Healey's 90-minute Com- mons speech to represent a "no-change budget." The immediate reaction from businessmen was that tax relief and new loans made available to them, while welcome, were not enough. Labor leaders on the whole seemed generally satisfied and increases in old-age pen- sions, family allowances and help for the disabled received broad general approval. The sharpest short-term blow to most consumers will be 16-per-cent increase in sales tax on gasoline to 25 per cent from eight. This means a two-grade fuel will cost roughly 68 pence a gallon compared with the current rate of 60 pence a gallon But consumers will likely also face a wide range of price increases as the government relieves controls on prices and subsidies on such things as electricity. Subsidies to ser- vices such as the railways and airlines are to be phased out and controls on their prices removed entirely, entailing an almost certain increase in fares as well. Healey also tried, through tax concessions in some areas, and the tax increase on gas. to encourage more ef- ficient forms of conserving scarce energy resources. The over-all increase in the cash available to industry is expected to be the equivalent of about billion, experts calculated, composed of tax concessions and a new loan facility The guarantee of the value of sterling held on deposit in Britain by foreign countries were dropped and their size will depend on the pound's international level. Healey outlined what he called a "comprehensive strategy" for dealing with the country's economic ills. WALTER KERBER photo Wild turkeys Wild turkeys near Spring Point in the Por- cupine Hills head for cov- er. Introduced to South- ern Alberta by the fish and wildlife division of the Alberta department of lands and forests, the turkeys' future is "on the balance says Mor- ley Barrett, wildlife biol- ogist with the division. Fluoride recount request rejected An application for a judicial recount of the Oct. 16 fluorida- tion plebiscite was dismissed Tuesday in Lethbridge District Court chambers. District Judge C. G. Yanosik said the application was "out of time." It was filed too late, he said. "I am without jurisdiction to appoint a time or place for a recount I am bound by the Municipal Elections Act and it cannot be abridged." Judge Yanosik said. Judge Yanosik said he had to conclude the returning of- ficer properly declared the result of the Oct. 16 vote. Mona Thorburn filed notice of application on behalf of the Lethbridge Safe Water Com- mittee Oct. 31, and the application was made in the court Nov. 5. An application is a request made before a court or judge, he said. "The filing of the notice is not the application Chemicals endanger water for millions By JANE E. BRODY New York Times Srrvicc EW YORK For more than half a century, .ing water safe for drinking has consisted nanly of controlling a variety of disease- hicing bacteria that can cause epidemics if they .arninate public water supplies. >w. however, with such organisms fairly well >r control, attention has turned to a long list of dangerous chemicals and minerals that finding their way into the drinking water of ions of Americans. In fact, the very method for controlling bacteria chlonnation to contaminate drinking water with meals that could be hazardous to health. any of the substances being found in water dies around the country are known or suspected agents; some may cause birth els, others may act as insidious poisons -ting the heart, liver, kidneys or other organs these substances probably would not produce healih effects until derates after exposure to them began, any "epidemics" they may cause could easily go undetected TTie presence of these contaminants reflects the increasing complexity of our society, permeated as it is with a wide array of industrial and agricultural chemicals and manufactured materials that can seep, often undetected, into public and private water supplies. The very pipes through which most water supplies flow may be a source of con-, lamination Potential drinking water contaminants under study by government, university and industrial scientists include such known hazards as asbestos, pesticides, nitrates, arsenic, mercury and lead. Two new studies of municipal drinking waters just released by the Environmental Protection Agency added to the list 60-odd organic chemicals, including chloroform, carbon letrachlonde and other known or suspected cancer-causing agents Several of these chemicals are apparently formed during chlonnation in a reaction of chlorine with organic chemicals that are already contaminating the water In response to these findings, Russell E. Train, administrator of the environmental agency, said that he was ordering an immediate nationwide study to determine the concentration and potential effects of certain organic chemicals in drinking water But the problem of chemical and mineral con- tamination of drinking water is hardly a new issue. One theory of the decline and fall of Rome holds that the Romans may have been suffering from chronic lead poisoning from their lead-lined water pipes Lead poisoning from water was not unusual in this century. A few old cities, including Boston, still have lead service pipes in water systems that serve millions of Americans The replacements for lead pipes have also been seen as creating possible hazards. Galvanized pipe iron covered with a protective layer of zinc contains a contaminant, cadmium, which can be leached into the water Cadmium, as well as other inorganic chemicals, is now under study by the National Heart and Lung Institute and oters as a possible cause of heart disease Cuba sanction removal fails ROME (CP) Experts at the World Food Conference warn that the next global crisis will be a water shortage, and it may already have begun. Four water-short India, Egypt, Bangladesh and introduc- ed a resolution asking international organizations and the more affluent countries to provide billion to billion a year over the next decade to find new sources of water and improve conservation of the water already available. "The water potential is ___________________________________________ by no means Lester Brown, a U.S. economist and adviser to the United Nations- sponsored conference, said Monday. "In the near future the lack of fresh water rather than of land may be the principal con- straint on efforts to expand world food output" Some experts believe that the conference's goal of increased world food produc- tion would decrease already depleted water supplies, es- pecially in areas where it is needed most. As in the case of food, rich countries have been accused of extravagant use of water The UN Food and Agriculture Organization figures that global demand for fresh water will increase by 240 per cent by the end of this decade. Brown said in an interview that rather than increasing food production, which would step up the consumption of water, countries that have plenty of food should eat less. Brown expressed belief that disputes over water might lead to international conflicts and said a world water conference should be held within five years. Meanwhile, oil-exporting countries proposed setting up a fund to develop food produc- tion in needy countries. Conference sources said the oil countries set no figure for the proposed investment fund and made their participation in the plan contingent on the participation of the in- dustrialized countries. URGED TO ACT However, conference of- ficials considered the proposal a major breakthrough. The United States has been in- sisting it is time that the oil exporters, with their vast new income and their inability to spend much of it, should take on a good share of the cost of feeding the world's hungry. Conference sources said there seems a good prospect of establishing an early warn- ing system designed to give advance notice of impending famine in any part of the world and enabling prompt remedial action to be taken. But the question of setting up an internationally-co- ordinated reserve stock of grains to regulate world markets is still an open one given the Soviet Union's reticence. QUITO, Ecuador (CP) foreign ministers failed today to muster enough votes at the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting here to lift economic and political sanctions against Cuba "It's all said Costa Rica's Foreign Minister Gon- zalo Facio, one of the strongest backers of ending the sanctions. "We have no further meeting he told reporters in the congressional palace here where the conference sponsored by OAS ends today. Facio made the statement after four Latin-American countries indicated that they would soon establish diplomatic ties with Cuba despite the failure of the bid to have the OAS lift the United States-initiated sanctions. The foreign ministers of Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras and Venezuela told colleagues at a closed meeting that they would proceed within a few days. Three OAS members already have made bilateral agreements with Cuba Argentina, Panama and Peru Three other member countries Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay said during the conference of OAS ministers which ends today that they are opposed to any kind of relations with Cuba, arguing that Havana supports left wing subversion against them The meeting, which began Friday, was called specifical- ly to discuss the Cuban issue, and the pro Cuba lobby had expected to win the necessary two third majority to lift the embargo against Cuba. But they mustered only 12 votes in favor of lifting the sanctions imposed between 1962 and 1964. This was two votes short of the two third majority of the 21 OAS members entitled to vote on the issue. Nicaragua, Brazil and the United States announced early in the meeting they would abs- tain in the voting. Cuba's supporters were sure of victory until Monday. Then Haiti and Guatemala announc- ed thev also would abstain. Heavy security protects PLO men Power rate hike denied CALGARY (CP) The Alberta Public Utilities Board today refused to consider an application for a 17.6 per cent rate increase by Calgary Power until next spring, blocking the company's application for what it said was a vital rate increase. PUB chairman M H Patterson said the delay until March 14 was necessary because the board was under pressure to deal with a number of rate claims from other utilities NEW YORK (AP) Police maintained an extraordinary security screen around the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and United Nations headquarters following the arrival of the vanguard of guerrilla chief- tain Yasser Arafat's Palesti- nian delegation Arafat, the head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was ex- pected to arrive today and to speak Wednesday at the start of the UN general Assembly's Palestine debate. Meanwhile. 16 members of his delegation arrived Monday and 10 more were reported travelling with Arafat, who stopped over in Cairo Monday for talks with Egyptian leaders on Arab strategy at the UN. Because of New York's large Jewish population and Jewish anger over the murder of Israeli citizens by Palesti- nian terrorists, the police said they were providing the Palestinians with the tightest security web in the city's history There were heavy police cordons around the hotel and UN headquarters, police lines between the two points, and large uniformed escorts to ac- company the Palestinians back and forth. Police sharpshooters were positioned on rooftops near the hotel and the UN building. Coast guard cutters and police launches patrolled the East River alongside the UN headquarters. Police helicopters hovered overhead Israelis raid village in Lebanon TEL AVIV (AP) Israeli troops struck 100 yards across the border into Lebanon early today, blew up a house used by Arab terrorists and took three Lebanese prisoners, the Israeli military command an- nounced. Less than eight hours before. Israeli jet fighters crossed the border, and the command said they bombed terrorist concentrations in southern Lebanon. Lebanese reports said three Lebanese and two Palestinian guerrillas were killed in the air strike and heard About town Marion Virtue describing her hectic autumn as a "bad fall" Ceiling painter Al Millar crediting his latest ar- tistic venture for his star gaz- ing appearance curler Leo Bonrassa Sr. pondering the use of his trusty broom for yet another season Inside 36 Pages '-V V Classified Comics ComrnfTil Pistrir' Family Markets Sports Theatres TV Weather 20-23 g 4 .1 if, iT S :o w 6 5 'Finished with the financial section, dear? TONIGHT HIGH WED 40, SNOW F1A ;