Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Low tonight 30 High Wednesday 40s The Lethbridge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR 1975 VOL. LXV No. 290 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, Wt PRICE MOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Tories see no 'retaliatory action' over new gas prices EDMONTON (CP) Pre- mier Peter Lougheed said Mon- day Ihe province has no rea- son to fear "retaliatory action" by Eastern provinces over Al- berta's proposed two-price sys- tem for natural gas. He K'as replying to a question in the legislature by Art Dixon (SC Calgary "The difficulty with that question is that it contains an assumption that I'm sure the honorable member doesn't agree said Mr. Lougheed. "That is that there was some- thing basically unfair or unjust about the policy we presented. "All we're asking for is equity for the people of Alber- ta and 1 wouldn't expect there would be retaliatory measures to that." As outlined Friday when it was announced, Alberta's new natural gas policy would dra- matically increase wellhead costs but Albertans would re- ceive a rebate. Mr. Lougheed said a publish- ed report that the province of Qu3bec is looking outside Can- ada for natural gas was merely coincidental with Alberta's an- nouncement. "I'm sure they're aware that the cost of imported liqui- fied natural gas is well over per thousand cubic feet and I'm sure they're also aware of tne great expense involved in large-scale importation of li- quified natural gas." The current wellhead price in Alberta averages about 16 cents a thousand cubic feet and it has been proposed that this be increased by at least 10 cents. Earlier in Monday's question period, Mr. Lougheed said he would check into a report by Lelghton Buckwcll (SC Mac- leod) that petroleum dealers in British Columbia are servicing some parts of northwestern Al- berta. "Alberta dealers are quite sajd Mr. Buckirell. Meanwhile, the session moved closer to prorogation Monday night when it com- nlelert committee study of the last major bill, the Individual Rights Protection Act. The first regular fall sitting of the 75-seat house began Oct. 25. As of Monday night, it had completed 18 days and nine nights of work which, when added to the spring sitting of the 17lh legislature, made a rec- ord total of 81 days and 43 nights. The previous record was 58 days set in 1969. It's expected the house will prorogue by Wednesday. Introduced by Ron Ghitter (PC Calgary the In- dividual Rights Protection Bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, color, ethnic origin, sex or age. It is a companion bill to the Bill of Rights which received third reading and royal assent last week. 'Hands off municipalities., Russell warns By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau TORONTO Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister David Russell told the tri-level conference on urban affairs here Monday that the federal government must recognize and accept that the provinces have the pri- mary responsibility for urban and regional develop- ment. Tlie Progressive Conservative minister stressed sev- eral limes ttat Ihc government of Premier Peter Loug- heed would not accept direct involvement by Ottawa with the municipalities. However, he was carelul to point out tliat the Al- berta governmenl is prepared lo work closely with the federal government of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in solving problems of urban growth. Nevertheless, he was careful lo emphasis his gov- ernment's hands off attitude to any inclination Ottawa might have that it can bypass the provincial govern- ments in dealing with the municipalities. Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford has denied sug- gestions that Otlnws is tiying to bypass the provinces. The federal miniver says he wants to develop more co-operation and consultations between all three levels of government, and that to bypass the provincial gov- ernments would be exactly contradictory lo his aims. Mr. Russell also rejected the notion that the urban problem is a "national problem." "The problems of urbanisation are quite distinct find unique to the provinces and within Lhe various areas of the provinces. They require flexible and dis- tinct he said. Many problems The Alberta minister appeared lo take Ottawa to task for apparently suggesting the problems of urban growth can IK handled In a simplistic manner. He said the situation is much more complex than might be realized. In fact, said 3Ir. Russell (he problems and chal- lenges at hand are not simply confined solely to large urban areas. "The problems are essentially those of urban and regional growth. Therefore, policies to provide for a more balanced growth, without jeopardizing growth it- self, is the challenge confronting governments." Mr. Russell gave a rundown of the problems con- fronting urban and regional centres in Alberta and of the changes which have occurred in the province over the past 20 years. His comments ran from the "disturbing" decline in the home ownership rate, the muslu'ooming growth of Edmonton and Calgary, and the drift from the farms. "AM ltie.5e prtihlcins must IK? solved, and Ihe task- is certainly not an easy one. Nonetheless, govenimcnls have a to design effective policies and programs lo meet the problems of urbanization and the problems of urban ccnlrcs." But, he said, the variations within Alberta alono are striking enough lo warrant different urban and re- gional policies. rio not foci 'a national urban policy' can meet these needs and are firmly convinced thai only policies developed at Ihc locnl and regional level can effectively cope iiilh HIMC said Mr. Russell. Fiscal disparity 'Hie Alberta minister poinled out lo the tri-levcl meeting that just as serious as Ihc lack cf co-ordination and communication between the three levels ot govern- ment was the problem of fiscal disparity. "Figures show Hie astronomical increase of provin- cial and municipal expenditures over the last 20 years. Jn spile of Ihi.s rjipifl rise in Ihc figures still uiulereslinialc Ihc increasing need for flic services that must he financed by provincial and municipal he said. Like representatives of some other provinces, Mr. Ku.xsell stressed Ihc need for a "reallocnllon of fiscal capacities" Ihal, will he more consistent with respon- sibilities. "The fad dial provincial and municipal govern- 1 'Is bine rexnrted lo di'bl finnneiiiR Is nn indlcallon of Ihe fael Ih.'il revenues derived from Ihe taxing pow- ers are seriously out of line wilh cxpcndiUirc responsi- contended Uio minister. NEW MISS CANADA TEARS OF HAPPINESS Gillian Regehr left tethbridge when she was Former city girl, is new Miss Canada Gillian Regchr, a native of Lethbridge who left Southern Alberta when she was three years old. Monday night danc- ed her way to the Miss Canada throne. The 18 year old beauly, who now lives in Viclo'ia. is Ihe daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Poler Rcgehr. They moved from Lethbridge about 15 years ago and now reside in Venion. Miss Hegehr studied ballet for one year at Ihe Banff Cen- tre as well as in London, Eng- land. Her father was well known as an artist of western sconces who also worked at the Leth- bridge Research Station as a technician. Their home in Lelh- bridge was at 2602 3rd Ave. S. The family still has several relatives in the Lethbridge a.-ea. including Ihe new Miss Canada's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Hegshr of Coaldale. Miss Regehr was the young- est and the tallest, at five feet, nine inches, of the 28 contest- ants in Ihe pageant finals tele- vised on lire CTV nelv.-ork. A member; of tlie Royal Academy of Dance. Miss Re- pehr presented an intcrprclive ballet lo Ihe theme from Romeo and Juliet as her part in talent contest. Miss Rego.hr receives worth of prizes including in cash, a scholarship, a S10.000 chinchilla coat, snow- mobile, grand piano, a car and a wardrobe. Miss Regehr also won a scholarship for further studies In the field of fashion. Miss Regehr was crowned by last year's winner, Donna Sa- wicky cf Kitchener. Miss Rcgehr plans to become a professional model. Canada lists conditions for joining truce team OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell today laid down Ihc conditions under wlr.ch Cnnadn would serve on any now supervisory commission in bending the list is (lie require- ment that the invitation come from all conibalanls in Ihc war- ring counli'V. There is no wav Ihat would serve ns the nominee of any ono side or ns Ihe represen- tative of (he United Slnlcs, Mr. Sharp said. Canada has made no com- milmcnt, IK said. Instead, he "sought clarification" on Ihc proposed make-up of Ihe com- mission. And he made il clear thai Canada would not be inter- ested in joining the supervisory Iwdy unless the points on which he sought "clarification" were implemented. Apart from the unanimous in- vitation, Canada also wants some higher authority cslab- lislicd lo receive the reports of the proposed commission: "You cannot have a successful com- mission without a higher au- thority to which lo report." II also must be shown that Ihe procedures lo he followed by any commission arc "work- able." And the fourth and final con- dition is thai such a commission bo given freedom of movcinenl. Mr. Shan) said Hie proposed commission would he a mil- iiary peace-l'.copinp ope.-ation, but a supervisory commission which would "observe and re- port.'1 He said that since (.here is no agreement on Ihe commission, Ihe points he could not be answered. But "I am satis- fied Ihe Unilod States under- stands our position" and he was confident the Canadian con- cerns would be taken into ac- count during future negotia- tions. Incentive areas 'unsatisfactory' By GREG McINTYRE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The federal department of regional eco- nomic expansion may eliminate incentive grant areas in Alber- ta on request by the provincial government, Don Getty, Alber- ta minister of federal and inter- governmental affairs, said Mon- day in the legislature. The DREE incentive area in- cludes much of southern Alber- ta, including the Lethbridge dis- trict, and a section in Northern Alberta. DREE has apparently turned down two multi-million dollar Alberta grant applications for a hog processing plant at Taber and a rape seed crushing plant at High Prairie. Elimination of geographically designated grant areas would allow the Alberta government more say in where the federal industrial incentive grants go, Mr. Getty said. "Taking a pencil and draw- Ing a line around some part of your province is not a satisfac- tory way for the department of regional economic expansion lo operate in Getty charged. He said before the Oct. 30 fed- eral election, the two govern- ments were close lo an agree- ment to eliminate the concept of incentive areas. If Regional Expansion Minis- ter Jean Marchand, is replaced when election results are straightened out. Alberta will have to reassess the matter, said Mr. Getty. Hugh Horcsr, Alberta Minis- ter of Agriculture, replying to a question from Grant Notley (NDP Spirit River-Fairview) said an application by a private company for a DREE grant lo establish a rape seed crushing plant at High Prairie has been turned down. The proposed plant would be the second in the province. The only one now is at Lethbridge. Federal Agriculture Minister Bud Olson told The Herald re- cently a grant for proposed hog processing plant at Tiber would require considerable study, implying the venture was headed for difficulties with DREE. Dr. Horner said in an inter- view Monday that the hog plant promoter has still not heard from DREE about a grant ap- plication. Mr. Notley said in an inter- view that the promoter of the seed crushing plant in the Peace River country had cho- sen High Prairie over more suitable locations because of the chance of receiving a fed- eral grant. Money niceling MONTREAL (CPt Mayor Jean Drapeau said Tuesday Montreal City officials will meet federal treasury board of- ficials (Us week lo discuss fi- nancing ot the 197C Olympic G ernes. The Montreal nuiyor said the purpose of the for which had not been was lo "exchange information and confirm information and see if they have any informa- tion they can give us." The plant would be more suit- able at Fairview or Rycroft in the central Peace country than at High Prairie at the extreme east of the rape seed growing area, he said. Fred Peacock, minister of in- dustry, told The Herald that his department will get behind the rape seed plant proposal pos- sibly with provincial loans once the Canadian transport ccmmision brings down a de- cision about rape seed trans- portation rates, which is expect- ed shortly. Furious battle wracks Mid-East ceasefire line By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Furious land and air battles between Israel and Syria swirled along the Golan Heights ceasefire line today, and this Is- raeli military command an- nounced .that it had downed six Syrian jet fighters in aerial combat. While Isr.-eli and Syrian jeb fought it out in the Middle East skies, the biggest tank battle since the 1967 Middle East war blazed away on the ground be- low. The Israeli armored forces claimed knocking out 12 Syrian tanks across the ceasefire line on the occupied Golan Heights. Israeli jet pilots knocked down two MG-21 planes earlier in the day then bagged another four as afternoon wore on, the military command said. Syria said it lost one plane and downed two Israeli jets while Israeli spokesmen denied losing any. An Israeli spokesman in Tel Aviv said no Israeli tanks were destroyed and there were no Is- raeli casualties. Damascus radio, however, said 14 Israeli tanks were dam- aged in the fighting. TRADE SHELL FIRE Syrian heavy artillery pounded Israeli positions along the ceasefire line, and gun and tank shells still were being traded in early afternoon, Dam- ascus radio said. In four separate waves. Is- raeli planes bombed and rock- eled Syrian army and guerrilla bases, pounding artillery posi- tions and an army radar sta- tion, the Israeli military com- mand said. The jet dogfight brought Syr- Ian aircraft losses since the 1967 war to 39 planes by Israeli count. Israel claimed to have lost only three planes in fights against Syria since the war. Two Soviet-built Syrian MiG-2Is were shot down by the Israeli air force in the last major dash 9. Syrian r cannons opened fire in mid-momnig, shelling three paramilitary set- tlements in the Golan Heights. The fourth wave of Israeli planes bombed and strafed two Syrian camps in retaliation for continued shelling, a spokesman said. Two Israeli civilians were wounded in the shellings, a spokesman said. An Israeli spokesman said the raids resulted from "intensified terrorist activity" in the Golan Heights the last few days. Peace talks enter their second day PARTS (CP-AP) Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Due Tho opened their second secret peace meeting today in a suburban villa near Paris. The meeting took place in Ihe same clcsely guarded two- slorey villa at Gif-Sur-Yverta, 15 miles southwest of Paris, where the two met for 5Vi hours Monday. French sources said tlie villa is the property of the French Communist party. Kissinger opened what could b2 Ihe final phase of his secret negotiations with Tho Monday. A television camera team (racked Kissinger to the pre- viously secret meeting place in Gif-Sur-Yvette Monday. As he and Tho arrived for today's meeting, they found the villa besieged by reporters, photog- raphers and television some perched on lop of ncarjiy buildings. IRA chief in court 'Who-s your 'Viler Seen and heard About town Sieve roria find son llnrvcy In Winnipeg (or the CFL final, missed Iho List two minutes of Iho game including Ihe. controversial hisl play when I hoy wonl for coffee lo gel ready for over- lime piny Tony Tuliln. from Liverpool, welcoming lira foggy Invasion last night. Unconditional discharge criticized CALGARY (CP) Tlw idea of nn unconditional discharge is tlie "most litter, errant piece ol foolishness" which may be applicable In some "exception- al" capes, says Chief Justice .1. V. 11. Mllvain of Ihe Alhcrla Supremo Coirt Trial Division. The thought of a person lw- ing found guilty of a criminal offence and then unconditional- ly discharged "seems lo bo like a beautiful dream that takes away Ihe basic purpose of flic criminal law, of pulling in a sanction behind ilsclf." He made Iho comments Mon- day in refusing n discharge rc- qucsled by defence counsel lor a 17 year old Calgary resi- dent pleaded guilty lo auto (licit. Chief Justice Milvain sus- pended sentence for Iwo years and ordovcd Ihc Iccn agcr lo report monthly to a probation officer. According lo Criminal Code changes which wonl inlo effect List July, a person who has pleaded o.- been found fitiilly may be discharged by llio court Absolutely or on condi- tions of a probation order if Iho judge believes Ihc discharge is in Ihe person's best inlcresl and nol contrary to Ihc public inlcresl. The effcel of n discharge Is Hint the person is "deemed not lo hnvc been convicted of (lie offence the codo says. Vrom AP-Rculer DUBLIN (CP) Sean Mac- Sliofain, generally credited as the mastermind behind Uie Irish Republican Army's Ihree- year guerrilla offensive in neighboring Northern Ireland, was charged today under the Irish republic's Offences Against Ihc Stale Act. In a brief court appearance, duriup which he was ordered held until another courl appear- ance Friday, MacStiolnin pro- tested his detention and said ho is on a lliiret and hunger strike. "I have, taken neither food nor liquid since my ho said. "II is my iniention lo re- fuse food and linuid as long as I am in custody." The Knglish-born guerrilla leader was arrcslcil In Dublin early Snnilay under Ihe nllenccs act which slates thai a person must be charged within -13 hours of arrest or be released.