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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 21, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Low tonight 30 High Wednesday 40s The Utkktdge Herald RIGHT ON TARGET FOR T975 VOL. LXV No. 290 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21, WTt PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Tories see no action' over new gas prices EDMONTON (CP) Pre- mier Peter Lougheed said Mon- day the province lias no rea- son to fear "retaliatory action" by Eastern provinces over Al- berta's proposed two-price sys- tem for natural gas. He was 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 Quebec 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 Leighton Buckwell (SC Mac- leod) that petroleum dealers in British Columbia are servicing some parts of northwestern Al- berta. "Alberta dealers are quite said Mr. Buckwell. Meanwhile, the session moved closer to prorogation Monday night when it com- pleted 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 17th 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. The Progressive Conservative minister stressed sev- eral times that the government of Premier Peter Loug- heed would not accept direct involvement by Ottawa with the municipalities. However, he was careful to point out tliat the Al- berta government is prepared to work closely with the federal government of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau in solving problems of urban growth. Nevertheless, he was careful to emphasis his gov- ernment's hands off altitude 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 Ottawa is trying to bypass the provinces. The federal minister 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 to his aims. Mr. Russell also rejected the notion that the urban problem is a "national problem." "The problems of urbanization are quite distinct and unique to the provinces and within the various areas of the provinces. They require flexible and dis- tinct he said. Many problems The Alberta minister appeared to 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 Mr. Russell the 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 mushrooming growth of Edmonton and Calgary, and the drift from the farms. "All these problems must Ire solved, and the task is certainly not an easy one. Nonetheless, governments have n rcsponsibiity to design effective policies and programs to meet the problems of urbanization and the problems of urban centres." But, he said, the variations within Alberta alone are striking enough to warrant different urban and re- gional policies. do not feel Unit 'a national urban policy' can meet these needs and arc firmly convinced that only policies developed at the local and regional level can effectively cope with these said Mr. Russell. Fiscal disparity The Alberta minister pointed out to the tri-levcl meeting that just as serious as the lack of co-ordination and communication between the three levels of govern- ment was the problem of fiscal disparity. "Figures show the astronomical increase of provin- cial and municipal expenditures over the last 20 years. In spile of this rapid rise in expenditure, the figures still underestimate the increasing need for the services that must be financed by provincial and municipal he said. Like representatives of some other provinces, Mr. Russell stressed the. need for a "rcallocnlion of fiscal capacities" that will be more consistent with respon- sibilities. "The fad Hint provincial and municipal govern- i .-Is hiivu rcsnrled lo debt financing Is an indication of Ihe fact thai revenues derived from the Inxing pow- ers nre seriously out of line with expenditure responsi- contended the minister. NEW MISS CANADA TEARS OF HAPPINESS Gillian Regehr left Lethbridge when she was three Former city girl, is new Miss Canada Gillian Regehr, 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 beauty, who now lives in Victoia. is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Regehr. They moved from Lethbridge about 15 years ago and now reside in Vemon. Miss Regehr studied ballet for one year at the Banff Cen- tre as well as in London, Eng- land. Her father was well known as an artist of western scenccs who also worked at the Leth- bridge Research Station as a technician. Their home in Leth- bridge was at 2602 3rd Ave. S. The family still has several relatives in the Lethbridge a.-ea, including the new Miss Canada's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter H. Regehr of Coaldalc. Miss Regehr was the young- est and the tallest, at five feet, nine inches, of the 28 contest- ants in the pageant finals tele- vised on the CTV network. A member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Miss Re- pehr presented an interpretive ballet to the theme from Romeo and Juliet as her part in the talent contest- Miss Regehr 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 of Kitchener. Miss Regehr plans to become a professional model. Canada lists conditions joining truce team OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell today laid down Ihe conditions under which Canada would serve on any new supervisory commission in heading the list is Hit require- ment that the invitation come from all combatants in the war- ring countiy. There is no wav that Gsnadn would serve ns the nominee of any one side or as Ihe represen- tative of the United States, Mr. Sharp said. Canada has made no com- milment, he said. Instead, he "sought clarification" on the proposed make-up of the com- mission. And he made it clear that Canada would not be inter- ested in joining the supervisory body unless the points on which he sought "clarification" were implemented. Apart from the unanimous in- vitation, Canada also wants some highe' authority estab- lished to receive the reports of proposed commission: "You cannot have a successful com- mission without a higher au- thority to which lo report." It also must be shown that the procedures Jo he followed by any commission are "work- able." And the fourth and final con- Incentive areas 'unsatisfactory' dilicn is that such a commission be given freedom of movement. Mr. Sharp said the proposed commission would be a mil- itary peace-keeping operation, but a supervisory commission which would "observe and re- port.'' He said that since there is no agreement on the commission, the points he raised could not be answered. But "I am satis- fied the United States under- stands our position" and ho was confident the Canadian con- ecrns would be taken into ac- count during future negotia- tions. 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 h'ne around some part of your province is not a satisfac- tory way for the department of regional economic expansion to operate in Mfc Getty charged. He said before the Oct. 30 fed- eral election, the two govern- ments were close to 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 Homer, 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 to 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 Taber would require considerable study, implying the venture was headed for difficulties with DREE. Dr. Homer 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 meeting MONTREAL (CP) Mayor Jean Drapeau said Tuesday Montreal City officials will meet federal treasury board of- ficials Iliis week to discuss fi- nancing of the 1976 Olympic Games. The Montreal mayor said the purpose of the for which had not been was to "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 commision 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 thi Is- raeli military command an- nounced .that it had downed six Syrian jet fighters in aerial combat. While Isr.-eli and Eyria.1 jefe 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- eted 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-21s were shot down by the Israeli .air force in the last major dash :fNov. 9. S y r i a r: r illery cannons opened fire in mid-mornnig, 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 PARIS (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 the same closely guarded two- storey villa at Gif-Sur-Yvetta, 15 miles southwest of Paris, where the two met for 51i hours Monday. French sources said the villa is the property of the French Communist Kissinger opened what could ba the final phase of Ins secret negotiations with Tho Monday. A television camera team tracked Kissinger to the pre- viously secret meeting place in Gif-Sur-Yve'te Monday. As he and Tho arrived for today's meeting, they found the villa besieged by reporters, photog- raphers and television crews- some perched on top of nearly buildings. 'Who's your 'Utter Seen and heard About town Stove Pom find son Harvey In Winnipeg (or the CFI, final, missed the last two minutes of the game including the controversial last play when I hey went for coffee lo get ready for over- time play Tony Toliin. from Liverpool, welcoming OKI foggy Invasion last night. Unconditional discharge criticized CALGARY (CP) Tlw idea of an unconditional discharge is the "most utter, errant piece of foolishness" which may be applicable in some "exception- al" cafes, says Chief Justice .1. V. II. Milvnin of the Alherla Supremo Coirt Trial Division. The thought of a person lw- Ing found guilty of a criminal offence and then unconditional- ly discharged "seems to be like a beautiful dream that takes away Ihe basic purpose of the criminal law, of putting in a sanction behind itself." lie made the comments Mon- day In refusing a discharge re- quested by defence counsel for a 17 year old Calgary resi- dent who pleaded guilty to auto theft- Chief Justice Miivain sus- pended sentence for two years and ordered the teen ager to report monthly lo a probation officer. According lo Criminal Code changes which went into effect last July, n person who hns pleaded or been found guilty may be discharged by tha court absolutely or on condi- tions of a probation order if tha judge believes the discharge is in the person's best interest and not contrary to the public Interest. The effect of a discharge Is that the person is "deemed not lo have been convicted of the offence the code says. IRA chief iu. court From AP-Rcuter DUBLIN (CP) Sean Mac- Stiofain, generally credited as the mastermind behind the Irish Republican Army's ihree- year guerrilla offensive in neighboring Northern Ireland, was charged today under the Irish republic's Offences Against the State Act. In a brief court appearance, during winch he was ordered held unl.il another court appear- ance Friday, MncStiofain pro- lestcd his detention and said ho is on a thirst nnd hunger strike. "I have taken neither food nor liquid since my he said. "It is my iniention lo re- fuse food nnd linuid us long as I am in custody." The English-born guerrilla lender was arrested in Dublin parly Sunday under the offences act which states that a person must be charged within 43 hours of arrest or be released. ;