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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, October 2, 1973 News In brief Beef prices to soar KAMLOOPS, B.C. (CP) A continent-wide beef shor- tage this winter will send prices soaring, possibly even beyond the peak levels of August, warns Bruce Whyte. general manager of the British Columbia Livestock Producers Co-operative Association Mr. Whyte said Monday market uncertainties and the high costs of raising beef have resulted in reduced production and the industry is not ex- panding to meet growing demands. Mr. Whyte said North American demand for beef is increasing while statistics show Japan will dou- ble its per capita demand for beet in the next year. Kidnap plot uncovered TEHRAN (AP) Security forces have uncovered a Marxist plot to kidnap the Shah and other members of the royal family, a govern- ment spokesman said Tuesday The spokesman said the plot was planned with the aid of a foreign ambassador, who was not identified. Twelve suspects have been arrested, including two women. The spokesman said the plot was to kidnap the Shah. Em- press Farah, Crown Prince Reza and other members of the royal family and hold them against the release of political prisoners. The suspects were said to have confessed that the hos- tages would have been assassinated if the demands had been turned down. Nixon indicates visit WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon provided Monday night the first indica- tion of when he might make his planned visit to Western Europe, saying it might come "in about two or three months." Nixon disclosed the timetable while chatting with Italian tourists who joined a crowd that had gathered out- side a downtown restaurant where Nixon had dinner. The president drove unex- pectedly to the restaurant with his wife Pat, daughter and son-in-law, Julie and David Eisenhower, and two of their friends. The tourists asked Nixon when he planned to visit their homeland, prompting Nixon's reply. White House aides said they could not supply an exact date for the trip. Gov't may hike UI payments OTTAWA (CP) An increase in employee- employer contributions to the unemployment insurance ac- count is likely in 1974 because of rising living costs and deficits incurred by the government program. But a government spokesman said Monday there is no definite indication yet whether the amounts will be raised or how much any increase will be. Higher costs of living and the desire by government to meet unemployment in- surance deficits will likely lead to increased levies on workers and their employers, he said. Camp closing protested MONTREAL (CP) A message protesting Austria's "decision to surrender to terrorist blackmail" by clos- ing down a transit camp tor Soviet Jews was sent to Chancellor Bruno Kreisky Monday by the Canadian Zionist Federation. "We ask you to revoke your promise to the blackmailers and reinstate conditions which permit transit" of Jews from Russia through Austria on their way to Israel, said the message. "It is a sad day for the Aus- trian people when a handful of Arab criminals can extort from your government the lives and future of a persecuted people." The message was signed by Phillip G. Givens, president of the Zionist federation and also Liberal member of the On- tario legislature for Toronto York-Forest Hill. Troops kill civilians SANTIAGO (Reuter) Chilean troops killed nine civilians in a weekend hunt for opponents of the new military government. They have orders to shoot resisters on the spot. A government spokesman said Monday night six of the civilians were lined up and shot when they tried to flee as soldiers searched a shanty town near the capital for arms during the strict curfew Sun- day night. the other three were killed after opening fire on a military post here, the spokesman said. One of the six shot at the shanty town was a member of the personal bodyguard of President Salvador Allende who died during the Sept. 11 coup. Pipeline cost million CAIRO (AP) -Thewinning offer by a United States con- sortium to build a long pro- jected oil pipeline from Suez to Alexandria was million less than that of a European consortium, Petroleum Minister Axhed Hilel told a news conference Monday. The offer of million was made by the California- based Bechtel construction lirm. the New York invest- ment firm of Kidder, Peabody and Co., and New York's First National City Bank, he said. Under the agreement construction is to begin on Jan. A pipeline with an initial capacity of 40 million tons annually is to be com- pleted by the end of 1975 with an additional 40 million tons capacity six months later, he said. Estimated revenue to Egypt from the pipeline would range from million to million annually, he said. Enters governor race SAN DIEGO (CP) Mayor Joseph Alioto of San Fran- cisco, declaring himself vin- dicated of charges that he once had ties with the Mafia, Carpetl Dirty? PHONE 328-2853 mr. steam Carpet Cleaning Ltd. formally entered the 1974 race for Governor of California today. "My life is an open the 57-year-old Democrat said in an open letter to Califor- nians prepared for distribu- tion at a campaign breakfast here. Alioto promised to lead California to a "new begin- ning" of social justice for all. Alioto is the third democrat formally to enter the contest for the seat being vacated by Republican Ronald Reagan. The others are Congressman Jerome Waldie of Antioch and William Matson Roth, scion of a San Francisco shipping-line family. MODERN INDUSTRIAL RENTALS Phont "Industrial and Owner Rentals" RUG 8HAMPOOERS FLOOR SANDERS RENTAL 13 YOUR BEST BUY Deny sale of aircraft Chile recognition factor OTTAWA (CP) The ex- ternal affairs department Monday night flatly denied that the pending sale of six aircraft to the national airline of Chile was a major factor in Canada recognizing the military junta there. A published report said the deal was for million and in- volved de Havilland Aircraft of Canada. The report quoted Pierre Charpentier, new head of the department Latin American division, as saying trade considerations were the foremost factor in recognition of the junta that overthrew the elected government of Salvadore Allende Sept. 11. An external affairs spokes- man Monday night said Mr. Charpentier denies making that statement in that context. Mineral output may be tripled VICTORIA (CP) Cana- dian mineral output is ex- pected to triple and over-all production, exclusive of oil and gas. is expected to top billion by the year 2000, Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald said Monday. In a speech prepared for de- livery to provincial mines Weather hampers harvest EDMONTON (CP) Cool, rainy weather hampered harvest operations throughout the province last week although swathing now is nearly completed, says the Alberta Wheat Pool. Most points north of a line running from Calgary to Lloydminster report that less than 50 per cent of wheat and barley is harvested, said the Pool's weekly report. However, for the province as a whole, about 59 per cent of the wheat, 61 per cent of the barley and 72 per cent of the rapeseed is in the bins. Two weeks of warm, dry weather is needed to get the balance of wheat and barley under cover, added the report. About 53 million bushels of wheat and 78 million bushels of barley are included in crops still to be threshed in the province this fall. ministers, Mr. Macdonald said this growth will bring with it opportunities for increased industrial diver- sification, higher incomes and more employment. "This represents a major new bloc of economic ac- tivity." Mineral activities now pro- vide the basis, directly and in- directly, for about eight per cent of all employment and 14 per cent of the gross national product, he said. In addition, they account for eight per cent of all invest- ment in the country and make up 25 per cent of all Canadian export earnings. He said the expected growth makes it important that the federal government press ahead with development of a new mineral policy in co- operation with all those concerned. Agreement of basic objec- tives for a new policy was reached last April at a meeting between Mr. Mac- donald and his provincial counterparts. New politics By CANADIAN PRESS More than a million On- tarians today with a new style of politics on their hands: regional government. Voters helped to set the seal on the system Monday when they wont to the polls in the lour provincial government- appointed regions of Hamilton-Wentworth, Halton, Peel and Durham, extending in an arc east and west of Toronto along Lake Ontario. No headway made in transport ills OTTAWA (CP) Transport Minister Jean Marchand held a day-long meeting on thorny transportation issues with his Western counterparts Monday but no major announcements resulted. A joint communique said the meeting covered a broad variety of subjects and the ministers agreed to meet again in December at a location in Western Canada. The session, a follow-up to the Western economic oppor- tunities conference in July, was attended by the four Western ministers responsible for Evans of Manitoba, Fred Peacock of Alberta, Roy Romanow of Sas- katchewan and Robert Strachan of British Columbia. Rail costs, highway standardization programs, northern highways development, aviation services and port im- provements were among topics discussed. The communique said Mr. Marchand agreed to study Western complaints on freight differences between raw rapeseed and rapeseed meal and oil. He also reported on a current federal review of other freight rates that the Western provinces have complained inhibit development. No details were released but the com- munique said Mr. Marchand is expecting a report from'the Canadian transport commission by early December. The provincial ministers were briefed on federal plans to implement the so-called Darling report which eventually will restrict coastal shipping to Canadian carriers. Terms of reference also were set for the federal-provincial transportation committee formed following the July con- ference. The ministers agreed to call tenders for consultant studies recommended bv the committee. And Robert Mclntyre, de Havilland market develop- ment director, denied in Toronto that the company had put pressure on the govern- ment to facilitate the sales. "It's far too serious an issue for one company to be involv- ed in that he said. "We're not pressuring these people" to form Canadian foreign policy, he said. EXPRESSED BY SHARP The external affairs spokes- man also said higher-ranked officials state that "the reasons for Canada's recogni- tion of the military regime in Chile were clearly expressed in a statement Saturday by External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp." In his statement, Mr. Sharp said recognition was accorded the junta headed by Gen. Au- gusto Pinoche Ugarte to aid Canadian citizens and many other persons affected by the coup and to facilitate handling Canadian interests in Chile. These would include trade matters. The spokesman quoted the high-ranked official as saying the matter of the de Havilland sale "was never put before the minister as a matter for con- sideration." He said the pending sale through the Export Develop- ment Corp. was known of though he understood it in- volved million and not added "it cer- tainly never was a matter of paramount consideration at any time." Po sties ratify contract OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian Postmasters' Association, representing about 8.000 small town and rural postal employees, has ratified a tentative contract agreement with the gov- ernment. D. A Blackie, association president, said Monday that although all votes are riot yet in. more than 50 per cent of those eligible to cast ballots have approved a proposed three-year contract. The ratification follows more than a year of bargain- ing during which the post- masters threatened strike ac- tion to gain what they thought would be a fair contract. The agreement is the fourth with various postal employee un- ions this year. The contract will run from Oct. 1. 1972, to Oct. 5, 1975, and increases in the first pay period after ratification will boost annual pay to a range between Pay now ranges between 000 and Pay ranges between and will come into effect on Oct. 7. 1974. More channels EDMONTON (CP) Long- distance telephone capacity from E-klmonton to Calgary will be protected by the addi- tion of 1.320 voice channels. Alberta Government Telephones announced Mon- day. Gerry Bryce of AGT's public relations department said the additional microwave equipment will provide a total of 2.280 voice channels with an expansion capability to Show stealer Owner Nancy Chrustawka shows off Checkmates Peppercorn, a one-year-old Yorkshire terrier in RCMP costume, who won top honors for his breed in the Ed- monton Kennel Club fall dog show and obedience trial. The show featured a salute to the RCMP. Munro plans to remain in federal field By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Labor Minister John Munro who had been con- sidering running for the Tradesmen protest contract EDMONTON (CP) Provincial government tradesmen in Edmonton and Calgary protested their new contract Monday by refusing to work and picketing govern- ment buildings. An estimated 250 maintenance tradesmen in Edmonton and 115 in Calgary about half the force employed by the province were opposing provisions ot the contract settled under binding arbitration. Discontent centred on the government's job reclassif ica- tion which ended a previous policy of basing wages on the hourly rate in the construction industry, said Bill Broad, president of the Civil Service Association of Alberta. Workers were also angry that an arbitration board, es- tablished earlier this year when negotiations for a new contract stalled, said it had no jurisdiction in the reclassification issue. Semi permanent maintenance tradesmen have also been frustrated by the failure of the arbitration board to accept jurisdiction over their wage grievances, said Mr. Broad. Liberal party leadership in Ontario announced Monday he has decided against jumping into the provincial contest. He is the second federal cabinet minister in a week to announce he has decided against seeking the Ontario Liberal leadership. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan opted out of the race a week ago. Mr. Munro gave similar reasons to those given by his colleague for staying in the federal cabinet. Mr. Munro said the challenges in his portfolio were great and there were so many things to be done that he had decided to stay on in his post as labor minister. He was asked if Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had asked him to stay on in the cabinet. He said he had dis- cussed the possibility of runn- ing for the leadership with the prime minister but Mr. Trudeau had said it was a decision Mr. Munro would have to make on his own and "if he felt it was the right thing to do he should do it." Mr Munro said there had been numerous calls in recent weeks urging him to enter the race at the Liberal Ontario convention on October 28. The four declared can- didates are present leader Robert Nixon, Donald Deacon, MPP for York Centre, Eddie Sargent, MPP for Grey Bruce and Ted Gulp a Toronto teacher. LOST TO FLAMES TORONTO (CP) The de- parlinent ol natural resources luis announced that since the beginning of the year. 476 forest fires have destroyed 12ti.OOO acres ot forest in On- Senator beats off robbers WASHINGTON (AP) Senator William Proxmire, who once bluffed two would-be holdup men into walking away from him empty-handed, beat off a second robbery attempt Monday night. Police said the Wisconsin Democrat suffered minor in- juries when he refused to turn over his money to two youths 14 and 15 year's old. Proxmire was walking home on Capitol Hill when the youths approached him and demanded money. He told them: "You must be out of your mind." One of the youths beat Prox- mire on the side and thighs with a stick. He grappled with them before they broke free and ran. The senator flagged down a patrol car and cruised the streets with police until he spotted the youths. They were arrested and charged with assault on a member of Congress, a federal crime under the 1971 Congressional Assassination Act, and assault with intent to commit armed robbery. Police said the youths had a gun Proxmire said it was a cap pistol. Proxmire was walking home in May, 1972, when two men approached and said: "Give me your money or I'll blow your head off." He told the men, "Go ahead and shoot because I have ter- minal cancer and will be dead in two weeks anyway." Then he began to shout and the men ran away. The latest assault came the same day the jury was selected in the trial of a Washington youth charged with attempting to kill Senator John Stennis (Dem. Gunderson statements criticized EDMONTON (CP) Statements made by Harald Gunderson, president of the Alberta School Trustees Association, "are often not representative of what most trustees George Brosseau, Edmonton separate school board trustee, said Monday. "in some cases, (the statements) have been very he told a separate school board meeting. But the board defeated a motion to withdraw financial support from the association for 1973-75, deciding to "fight instead for what we should have from within." The motion, proposed by trustee Larry Messier, said the board did not agree with the association's proposed 15 per cent increase in membership fees. The board approved a resolution calling on the provincial government to amend the School Act to allow separate school boards to receive tax assessment based on the total number of students enrolled in the separate schools. Currently, tax assessment is divided according to the total assessment of property held by individuals whose children are enrolled in separate schools. Natural gas hike proposal, crown agency meets okay VICTORIA (CP) Proposals by the British Columbia Energy Commis- sion to nearly double the price of natural gas in the province and to set up a Crown agency to control gas production at the wellhead met with qualified approval Monday from federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald. He said in an interview that the main recommendation of the commission to raise the price 26 cents, isn't far off federal policy. "Prices for export should be increased, and indeed that was the substance of the government's chance in the National Energy Board (NEB) regulations back in 1970, so I have no argument on he said. Mr. Macdonald is in Vic- toria to attend a two-day conference of provincial mines ministers and mining company officials. "We feel the American users should be paying the commodity value, which is the value of another energy resource in that added Mr. Macdonald. He also said that it is clearly within provincial jurisdiction to establish a Crown agency which would control gas production at the wellhead relegating the main pipeline company in B.C., Westcoast Transmission Co., to a com- mon carrier. On the announced cut in gas delivery to B.C. points this winter by Westcoast, Mr. Macdonald said the NEB has been working on a way to en- sure alternate supplies are available. An announcement should be made in a few days. The federal minister agreed with Attorney-General Alex Macdonald of B.C. that export sales of gas should be curbed first before any domestic cut is imposed. "I think there's an obvious argument in favor of favoring home users, that is users in Canada, subject only to this: That if it's going to risk interruption to domestic users in the U.S. then we should try and protect that market He said that B.C. users would be favored except if it was found that homeowners in Washington or Oregon state, for example, would be affected. "I think we'd want to be concerned about taking an ac- tion which in humanitarian terms would be difficult to he said. LETHBRIDGE SHRINE CLUB MEMBERS REGULAR irfEETfNG IS WEDNESDAY, OCT. AT P.M. AT PARK PLAZA HOTEL (Not October 5 as Shown on Your Notice) ;