Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
24 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tuwday, OelobW 1, 1974 Commissioner urges land report be kept Throne speech disappoints oil industry CALGARY (CP) Chief city commissioner Denis Cole today urged that Calgary city council keep secret a report which is said to show that a near-monopoly exists among land developers on land inside an area proposed for annexa- tion to the city. Mr. Cole, in a letter to coun- cil members, confirmed that the report, which was prepared by a firm of lawyers, deals with property developers, but says the report should not be made public at this time. "The findings are in- conclusive but confirm the need for said the letter. He said commissioners and the law firm which prepared the report feel that" further studies should be conducted by federal authorities into the operation of the property developers, and that publica- tion of the report now might jeopardize further investigations. Information in the report, said Mr. Cole, cannot be con- firmed at this time, and if the report was made public it might include false informa- tion which would be harmful to the companies named. Mayor Rod Sykes said Mon- day night the accusations con- tained in the report could cause the city to "be blown out of the water by law suits" from the companies for defamation. The report, which has been seen only by the com- missioners and Mayor Sykes, has become the central issue in the Oct. 16 civic election here. Two of Mayor Syke's op- ponents Aldermen Peter Petrasuk and Ross Alger have called for publication of the study, claiming, that it should be available before voters are asked to decide on a 125-square-mile annexation plebiscite. Two pesticides placed under ban Aid. AJger has asked Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell to delay the plebiscite until the report is made public. The minister has not replied to the request. Mayor Sykes has asked the federal combines department to investigate the accusations in the report, but Aid. Petrasuk has criticized the mayor for not acting sooner on the report, which has been in the mayors hands since February. Aid. Petrasuk has succeed- ed in obtaining a special coun- cil meeting to discuss the report and to decide whether it will be made public. He presented a petition bearing the names of nine aldermen Monday, and asked the city clerk to set the meeting for Wednesday mor- ning. Mayor Sykes, using powers granted to the mayor under the Municipal Act, over-ruled the requested time and date and set the meeting for Thurs- day morning. A The mayor gave no reason 'for seeking the one day delay in the meeting. WASHINGTON (AP) -The U.S. Environmental Protec- tion Agency ordered today an immediate ban on further production of the pesticides Aldrin and Dieldrin because of evidence they may cause cancer. The decision by agency ad- ministrator Russell Train al- lows the continued sale and use of existing stocks of Aldrin and Dieldrin, widely used on a variety of crops. But it prohibits further pro- duction, starting im- mediately, until proceedings begun in 1971 are completed and a decision is reached whether or not to ban the sale and use of Aldrin and Dieldrin permanently. The agency estimated that the immediate production ban would keep about 10 million pounds of the two pesticides off the United States market in 1075. Train concluded that Aldrin and Dieldrin "present a high risk of cancer to that their benefits do not outweigh this risk, and that fanners can turn to other alternatives to control crop pests. His decision, in effect, adopted the findings of an ad- ministrative law judge, Herbert Perlman, who reviewed testimony and scien- tific evidence and recommended the production ban 10 days ago. Perlman said the entire U.S. population is exposed to Aldrin and Dieldrin, in the air and as residues on food, adding that it would be "irresponsible in the ex- treme" to wait until a wave of human cancers provides final proof of their suspected danger. The two pesticides have been manufactured in the U.S. by only one company, Shell Chemical Co. CAREERS FARM IMPLEMENT DEALER IN MILK RIVER Requires The services of a competent accountant. Minimum experience: 3 years in a C.A. office, or 5 years in other accounting functions. Applicants are requested to send application to BOX 43, Lethbridge Herald, stating ex- perience, age, training and salary expected. RESTAURANT MANAGER Required for Lethbridge location. Must have minimum two years experience as a manager of a successful restaurant Liberal salary and bonus program. Replies held in strict confidence. SMITTY'S PANCAKE HOUSES LTD. Sta. tth AVWNM S.W. Calgary, Alberta Phona 263-5683 ACCOUNTANT A growing business in the Lethbridge Construc- tion industry requires an accountant to oversee the accounting function, maintain basic records, and prepare monthly financial statements. Applications from students in RIA or other ac- counting programs would be well received. Ex- perience in the construction industry is not essen- tial. Send a resume to Rle 1000 Thorne, Riddell 6 Co. 207 Canada Trust Bkfg. LETHBRIDQE CALGARY (CP) Spokesmen for the oil and gas industry in Alberta say they are disappointed with Monday's speech from the throne, but representatives of at least one farmer's organization say they are pleased with the liberal government's speech. G. W. Cameron, general manager of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada, said the proposal included in the speech for establishment of a national petroleum corporation may mean the government body will get special privileges from Ottawa and be privy to information which would be unavailable to other companies. The proposed export tax, said Mr. Cameron, will "simply legalize what has Snow sets farmers back GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. (CP) Peace River area farmers who were already well behind in harvesting have suffered a severe setback with Monday's snowfall, agriculture officials say. John Harvard, assistant area manager for United Grain Growers, said rapeseed is about 80 per cent harvested and barley about 30 per cent in storage in the Peace region. "About 30 per cent of the crops were still he said from Grande Prairie: "They'll be pretty flat now, although I think they can be harvested." Yields are generally good but much of the grain is tough which means it tends to heat in storage and must be shipped quickly, he said. "But we're pretty well congested now at all points in the Peace River country. We're not going to be able to move grain fast enough to help farmers out until after the strike (of west coast grain Mike Dyjur, an Alberta Wheat Pool agent at Mundare, said much of the barley he is receiving is light, as much as 15 pounds per bushel off what it should be for top grade. Light barley will grade at number three for livestock feeding and will be discounted about eight cents a bushel, he said. "Crops as a Whole are in very poor condition it's probably the worst average we've had in 15 or 20 said Terry Holgram, district agriculturalist for St. Paul region. "About 30 per cent of the grain is so poor it's being harvested as green he said. He said harvesting is about 70 per cent complete in the St. Paul area. Audit made RENO, Nev. (AP) Bank officials continued an audit today in efforts to learn precisely how much money was stolen in what the FBI calls the largest bank robbery in United States history. Meanwhile, nine more agents have arrived to help the force of investigators look- ing for more than million in cash and .three unidentified masked robbers who entered the downtown branch of the First National Bank of Nevada on Friday evening. Vern Loetterle, FBI special agent in charge for Nevada, said Monday about 20 agents were working on the case- already been happening." He said Canadians should enjoy the advantage of revenue from the tax, but if the price of oil is kept down Canada will be unable to maintain self sufficiency in energy. Maurice Paulson, president of the }PA. said the proposed government spending curbs are "a good thing." "Fiscal restraint is a necessary thing and a start toward reducing he said. He said the petroleum industry is waiting to see Finance Minister John Turner's new budget, expected sometime in November, to see what the future of the industry will be. Mr. Paulson said the only way the government can encourage exploration is to "see to it that the producer gets more money." Gordon Harrold, president of the Alberta Wheat Pool, said he is glad to see that the government will finally step, into the grain handlers dispute because negotiations have been impossible since Ottawa said several weeks ago it would legislate an end to the dispute along the lines of a concilliation board report. Mr. Harrold said a pledge to develop more secondary industry is welcome, particularly in Alberta, because the. provincial government has already taken some steps to diversify the economy. 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