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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lettibridge Herald VOL. LXVII-246 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 1974 15 Cents 52 Pages Civil service paralyzed by strike Sweet harvest sugar beets unloading at one of 14 dumps Sugar beet harvest off to a good start Harvest operations on acres of sugar beets rolled into high gear Monday with tons hauled by farmers to 14 receiving stations operated by Canadian Sugar Factories Co., according to Gerald Snow, company agricultural superintendent. Sugar beet processing is scheduled to start at both _ the Taber and Picture Butte factories Wednesday, allowing time for sufficient stocks of beets to be hauled to the factory sites. Weather conditions for the fall harvest are good with moisture and frost the main drawbacks should they occur. Excess moisture in the soil clogs up the harvest machines, while frost can damage the harvested beets in the storage piles. A severe frost won't damage the beets still in the x ground but it would stop the growth of the beets. The sugar beet acreage this year was lower, dropping from acres harvested in 1973. Canadian Sugar Factories wanted to contract up to 46.000 acres for this year. :g PM, Indians trade criticisms over Parliament Hill riots Betty's outlook "optimistic" WASHINGTON (AP) First Lady Betty Ford's doc- tors say they remain op- timistic for her "prolonged survival" despite discovery of some cancer cells in lymph- gland tissue removed during breast-cancer surgery. And the president said he certainly shares that op- timism, although he said the pathology report raises some questions. Statistics indicate that finding of cancer cells in lymph nodes in such cases usually diminishes chances for a long-term cure. Following a visit to his wife Monday night after the final pathology report was issued, the president described her condition as "much, much better." OTTAWA (CP) Prune Minister Trudeau and Indian militants traded criticisms to- day in the wake of a violent demonstration that marred Monday's opening of Parliament. Mr. Trudeau accused the In dians of doing their cause more harm than good with a protest eventually supressed by club-wielding, helmeted not police. Ken Dennis, of British Columbia, one of the leaders of the group of about 200 In- dians, said the demonstration would have ended peacefully if the prime minister or other officials had come out to hear the protest. "It was a pretty gutless thing for Trudeau to do. It would never have become violent if he had come out. and he knows it" Meanwhile, Indian Affairs Minister Judd Buchanan was expected to announce that he would soon visit a number of reserves to see firsthand the conditions which led to the protest. Sources said he will visit the Caughnawaga reserve south of Montreal and a number of reserves in the West. The minister is also ex- pected to tell the Commons that the Indians have legitimate grievances they are protesting long-standing problems of shabby housing, poor medical care and a host of others and that the vio'ence Monday can not be pinned completely on the natives Ford to testify WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford has offered to discuss his pardon of former president Richard Nixon before a House of Represen- tatives committee in what would be the first such congressional appearance by a president since Abraham Lincoln. George Washington was the only other president to testify in Congress while in office. Ford told a House judiciary subcommittee Monday night he wants to arrange the appearance within the next 10 days to answer 14 questions on the pardon Inside i 'On the other hand, you wen Nelson Rockefeffer...' Classified........20-23 Comics............18 District ...........15 Family......... Local Markets...........19 Sports.......9-11 Theatres............7 TV...............6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 30; HIGH WED. 78; MAINLY SUNNY. S. Africa expected to keep seat Competing firms file briefs against ammonia complex By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Six interventions, five from probable competitors and one from the Committee for an Trudeau's energy plans mostly rehash By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA With a few minor exceptions, the Trudeau government's proposals for action in the energy field are mostly a rehash from the pre-election Parliament The Liberal majority government will try again to legalize its export charge on crude oil and refined products, along with the Eastern imported oil subsidy program financed by the export charge revenues The Petroleum Admini- stration Act known as the oil omnTbuS bill, will be reinlroduced to make it all possible, and more Following the recent announcement of a boost in the export price of natural gas sold to the U.S. the federal government will add to the oil omnibus bill a section to create the power to order gas pipeline companies to pass all of the increased revenues from the higher gas export price back to producing companies, to encourage the search for more gas. The omnibus bill would also give Ottawa tfie power to set interprovincial crude oil prices in Canada, if the power was needed, as well as give the new Energy Allocations Board the responsibilil for the eastern oil subsidy program. The Liberals will introduce, as promised a year ago, a bill to establish a federal petroleum company, called "Petro Canada." The proposed Crown corporation initially would concentrate on investing in exploration and development undertakings within Canada. To overcome legal problems, the government is also proposing to introduce new legislation so it can change royalty rates for oil and gas on Indian reserves, to make the rates comparable to royalties now charged by oil- producing provinces In recent months, the major oil and gas-producing provinces have boosted their royalty rales. The Liberals also plan to take steps (o ensure Canadian ownership of all uranium companies by introducing a Uranium Mining Contixd Act which will likely require at least two-thirds Canadian ownership In a related matter, the government will follow through on recently announced policies designed to develop the uranium mining industry to serve Canadian nuclear needs first and foremost Under a new policy announced by Energy Minister Donald Macdonaid, exports of uranium will also be more stringently controlled. For example, uranium will only be approved for export if it is exported in the highest processed form possible. The Liberal government, according to the Speech from the Throne, also intends to have discussions and negotiations with the provinces, to ensure that natural resources generally are up-graded more in Canada first, before export, and to ensure that oil and gas prices in Canada are set to encourage sufficient exploration and development for new reserves. Independent Canada, have been filed with the province's energy board on a huge fertilizer plant proposed for Raymond. The Town of Raymond filed a letter supporting the pro- ject. All are expected to be considered today and Wednes- day at Alberta Energy Conser- vation Board hearings. The board is considering an application by Alberta Ammonia Ltd. to build the world's largest anhydrous ammonia fertilizer plant near the town 22 miles south of Lethbndge. Alberta Gas Chemicals, owned by Allarco Developments of Edmonton and Alberta Gas Trunk Line, says it has plans for an ammonia plant of its own adjacent to its two meihanol plants in Medicine Hal It says it will upgrade the ammonia to a greater degree and should be given consideration on that basis Alberta Gas Ethylene Co which plans a I.S billion pound ethane plant to upgrade natural gas as far as polyethylene and polyvinyl About Alberta civil servants walked off the job this morning in a hastily-called strike because of a per-month or seven per cent wage increase given to employees by the provincial government. The workers, members of the Civil Service Associa- tion of Alberta, claim that Labor Minister Bert Honol gave the workers the cost of living adjustment in order to weaken union negotiators in contract talks which were to begin Monday. CSA president Bill Broad told an emotion-charged union meeting in Calgary Monday night that Dr. Hohol did not have cabinet authority when he gave civil servants the raise, despite statements by the minister that he did have the cabinet's approval. Mr Broad said the minister made the announcement on his own and without govern- ment authority. He said the union felt it could not negotiate with the government because of the situation and said the CSA leadership was asking all employees to walk off the job this morning. As many as 650 civil ser- vants in Lethbridge could be affected by the strike, the president of the Lethbridge branch of the CSA said. But the exact number is not known because of the difficul- ty of informing that many people, Ted Buchanan told The Herald There are about 650 members of the bargain- ing unit in Lethbridge, he said. The University of Lethbndge and the Alberta Li- quor Control Board were not affected, he said. The strikers are general service employees Pickets have been set up at the Lethbndge Correctional Institution, the district court house, the administration building, the health and social development department of- fice in the Sun Life Building ana some maintenance buildings, said Mr Buchanan. Provincial court is reported operating with supervisory staff. Gordon Colledge, informa- tion officer for Lethbridge Community College, said there were picket lines on the campus, but the CSA strike had no effect on the college. The college faculty and staff are not CSA members, he said. The college shares its cam- pus with offices of the provin- cial departments of education, environment and agriculture. The pickets are around the science building, which houses agriculture and environment and the administration building. Provincial jail Warden L. J. Fisher said the institute was with enough super- visory staff and RCMP of- ficers to maintain essential services. About 10 Mounties are at the jail, he said An official of the Alberta Treasury Branch said about GO per cent of its employees were absent. Its employees are members of the CSA. No pickets had appeared, he said. E N- Pickard, manager of the Alberta personnel ad- ministration office in Lethbridge. said he did not know which offices were clos- ed this morning. Mr. Buchanan said between 1.500 and 2.000 union represen- tatives attended the Calgary meeting which called the slnke The slnke will continue un- til Dr. Hohol retracts or amends "to something meaningful" his announce- ment of a wage increase to UNITED NATIONS (AP) South Africa is expected to hang on to its seat in the United Nations with the help of a United States or British veto in the Security Council. But this year's vote of 98 to 23 in the General Assembly to reject the credentials of the South African delegation was the biggest yet against South Africa's white-minority government and its policy of apartheid, or racial separation Every assembly since 1970 has voted to reject the South African delegation's creden- tials, but each year the assembly president rules the vote has no effect because only the Security Council can expel a nation This year's president, Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelaziz Boutef- lika, followed the precedent. But for the first time this year, the rejection vote was followed by a demand that tae Security Council review South Africa's UN credentials The United States, Britain and France were among countries that ab- stained. Canada voted against the resolution to expel South Africa and in favor of referr- ing the matter to the Security Council. Explaining Canada's vote against expulsion, Am- bassador Saul Rae told the assembly that any step to isolate the South African government would only "reduce our chances of success in modifying" South Africa's racial policies which Canada opposes. High winds DACCA, Bangladesh lAP) A storm packing 150 mile- an-hour whipped through several villages near here Sunday. Officials confirmed three deaths, but unofficial sources said the toil might be higher chloride, also argues up- grading in Alberta is a prime consideration. Industries Ltd says the project does not provide for any growUi in the Western Canadian market The Lethbndge chapter of the Committee for an Independent Canada says a decision by (be board should be postponed until National Energy Board hearings determine Canadian needs for energy. Pan Canadian Petroleum Ltd which proposes a similar but smaller plant than Alberta Ammonia at Brooks, has filed an intervention so it will have the right to cross examine Alberta Ammonia witnesses today A similar intervention has been filed by Western Co- operative Fertilizers Ltd which has fertilizer plants in Calgary and Medicine Hat Alberta Ammonia is asking for approval of a plant to produce tons ol anhydrous ammonia per day for pipeline shipment to farmers in the midwestern United States provincial employees, be said. and heard About town Blanche Radons helping a city policeman from the rear of the paddy wagon in which he had inadvertently locked himself District agriculturist Bob Lyeas claiming the fishing was good at Faterton Lakes last weekend he had to bait his nook behind his back ;