Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District tethbridge Herald News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, October 2, 1974 Pages 13-24 Plant owners revealed By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer CALGARY A principal gas supplier to a proposed Raymond fertilizer complex Tuesday reluctantly revealed his company's ownership to an energy board hearing. Opening the cross- examination of participants in the huge project at hearings before the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board was the Lethbridge chapter of the Committee for an Independent Canada. Ted Tillack, 24, a student at the University of Lethbridge, and CIC member wanted to know who owned Sulpetro of 'Canada Ltd. which has a quarter interest in the project. Gus Van Wielingen, prin- cipal Canadian shareholder, chairman of the board, presi- dent and chief executive of- ficer of Sulpetro, told Mr. Tillack the information was on public file and not relevant to the hearing. But when he told ERCB Chairman George Govier that the list of shareholders was a short one, Dr. Govier asked him to answer the question. The Dutch corporation, Atitlan N. V., and an American corporation, Chilewich and Co. of New York, were the other two shareholders, Mr. Van Wielingen said. Alberta Ammonia's proposal for a huge ammonia fertilizer plant at Raymond 22 miles south of Lethbridge was considered by the board Tues- day and hearings were to con- tinue today. That proposal and one from PanCanadian Petroleum for an ammonia plant at Brooks were the first to come before the board under provincial legislation passed last winter, to control the upgrading of natural gas within the province. Sulpetro joins Great Basins Petroleums Ltd., a subsidiary of Great Basins Petroleum Co. of Colorado, as a quarter- owner of Alberta Ammonia and principal supplier of natural gas to the project. The two firms and other as yet unnamed suppliers will receive 80 per cent of the net profits from the proposed pro- ject. Alberta Ammonia describes Great Basins Petroleum Co. as: "A public company incor- porated in the State of Colorado; traded on the American stock exchange, New York; with corporate of- fices in Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. Jack Wahl, a Canadian citizen, resident in Alberta, is the largest individual shareholder and is responsible for controlling and directing the worldwide operations of the Canadian and U.S. cor- porations." Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. Ltd., owned by Cana- dian Utilities of Edmonton which is controlled by the International Utilities Cor- poration of Philadelphia, Pa., is responsible for delivering gas to the plant Half of Alberta Ammonia plus one per cent is owned by Calgary businessmen Duncan Sim, president, and Eric Connelly, chairman of the board. I I Up in smoke Elmer Jones, 88, of 636 13th St. S., has been burn- ing leaves for a long time, and didn't waste any time getting started on this year's crop when the burning ban was lifted Tuesday for two weeks. "If I couldn't burn them, there would be a garbage truck-full from my yard said Mr. Jones. Compromise plan reached for Radburn A compromise solution to fencing and other problems with the Radburn cul-de-sac subdivision may. have been reached in meetings Monday and Tuesday. At least 35 of the some 75 home-owners were represented at a meeting with city council Monday at the Yates Centre to discuss en- forcement or abandonment of restrictions registered against the title of each lot in the laneless subdivision in southeast Lethbridge. Out of that meeting came a second meeting Tuesday chaired by Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff and attended by four represen- tatives of the residents two from among people who want to remove restrictions and two from those who want to see them stay. Three positive suggestions were made and from these a letter will be drafted and sent to each of the residents of the five cul-de-sacs, said Mr. Hembroff. "If a large number of them approve of the suggestions we'll see if we can't redraft the agreements to meet their needs and desires." The letters will likely be sent out Monday and replies would be asked for within a week, said Mr. Hembroff. The suggestions will be made public after residents have seen them, he said. The Radburn subdivision is the only one of its kind in the city and was planned with an open space concept in mind. Houses look onto a rear area of grass and walkways and residents were not supposed to build fences or plant trees and shrubs in their back yards, within a certain distance of the walkways. But that and other restric- tions were never enforced and several people did put up "illegal" fences, including Aid. Steve Kotch, who now plans to move to the west side. Instructors may practice politics United Way on its way- Did you know The John Howard Society assisted 3S6 ex-inmates of correctional institutions last year? Support the John Howard Society through the United Way. 1974 Campaign results to date: Professional National Selected Local Education Civic Provincial Federal Banks financial Real estate Agency staffs UW United Lethbridge Community College personnel can participate in political activities during working hours as long as they accept a pay reduction for the time spent away from their duties, it was decided Monday. The 'college board of governors reached the decision after being informed by three staff members that they intend to seek political office in the Oct. 16 civic elections. Grant Fletcher, instructor, is a candidate fer the public school board in the city: Hal Hoffman, automotives instructor, is campaigning for a seat on the Lethbridge city council and A. F. Blakie. registrar, was returned by acclamation as mayor of Coaldale. The governors had a difficult time deciding whether to make it compulsory for successful candidates to request permission to leave the college each time they had to do so for commitments to their political office. After considerable debate, the board decided to rely on the professional ethics of those involved to report the time they are away from their duties for political reasons so that their pay cheques can be deducted accordingly. If those involved do not live up to their professional ethics. C. D. Stewart, college president, was instructed to inform the beard of such cases. However. Dr. Stewart not verv enthusiastic was about reporting "unless the board is prepared to stand behind" him by taking definite action against the first case reported to the governors. "It is very distasteful for us to bring it to your attention. We have to work with these he pointed out. LCC administrators also questioned the board on the details of its policy of pay deductions for employees absent from their duties. By absent, do you mean from classroom instruction hours or at any time during college office hours, they asked the governors. For instructors, chairman Bob Babki said he would interpret the policy to be referring to classroom instruction hours. Doctors ask more money in brief to government By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The Alberta Medical Association ex- pects to formally approach the govern- ment today to ask that its fee agreement with the province be renegotiated. Dr. Robert Clark, AMA executive direc- tor, said Tuesday a letter has been drafted and "it is safe to say they (the government) will be approached he said. The association, which represents more than Alberta doctors, decided at its. annual meeting last week that a renegotia-! tion of their current contract was needed because of the rapid rise in the cost of living. Meanwhile in Lethbridge, a member of the AMA negotiating committee, said the committee will try to show how rapidly physician's costs have increased while their income has stayed the same. Dr. Ray Kimberley said the committee will likely present facts regarding inflation, costs and income. Physicians are arguing that a 1973 agreement between them and the govern- ment has been eroded by inflation while costs to the physicians have increased. The current agreement on fees expires Dec. and was to be renegotiated in June, 1975. Horner rejects plan for more irrigation ByRICSWIHART Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Alberta Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner Tuesday shot holes in a Social Credit proposal that would provide interest-free money to up-grade Alberta irrigation districts. In an interview following in- duction of five persons into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame here, Dr. Horner said the Socred plan is "10 years too late." Socred Party Leader Werner Schmidt, has propos- ed the provincial government establish an irrigation im- provement fund of up to million during the next 10 years from "windfall monies" received into provincial coffers from the petroleum in- dustry. Mr. Schmidt wants the province to pay all interest on the loans from the fund with money usually paid to the irrigation districts each year for renovation work. He feels this would cut the cost for rehabilitation to farmers in half. Dr. Homer said everybody' thinks the windfall money should be spent somewhere. He then blasted the former Socred government for not do- ing enough to help the irriga- tion districts during its time in office. Dr. Horner said since the PCs came to power, they settled a long-standing difference between the province and the federal government on how irrigation rehabilitation should be carried out. It culminated in a deal for Alberta with the federal government moving out of the irrigation picture. He said the work of his par- ty started with the arrange- ment for the Bow River Irrigation Project to come un- der provincial jurisdiction. He has also committed "substantial expenditures" for the irrigation districts in the South, claiming the Socred figures for their plan for the windfall money are only es- timates. While downgrading the Socred irrigation plan, Dr. Horner admitted credit in huge amounts is needed in agriculture. He also said farmers have to accept interest payments as a part of the cost in doing business. In this vein, he welcomed news that the federal Farm Credit Corporation will increase the amount of money available to agriculture in Alberta. Dr. Homer said the Alberta Agriculture Development Cor- poration, set up as a last resort for farm credit in Alberta, has only 20 per cent as much money as FCC to loan. The increase will simply make that much more money available for fanners. In other matters, Dr. Horner said help will soon be on the way for cow-calf operators in the province who face depressed prices for the calves they usually sell to feedlots for finishing. Dr. Horner said a plan en- dorsed by western premiers at Regina recently is high on the list. It would incorporate a system of cash advances, similar to a system used to pay grain fanners an initial payment when the grain is delivered and a final payment when all grain is sold. Dr. Horner said this would give the cow-calf operator the capital needed to keep the calves until they are a heavier weight and can be sold for a better price. He also stood behind the marketing board concept for selling agriculture products grown in Alberta if the boards are doing their jobs in the selling market. He said Albertans consume only 20 per cent of the agriculture products grown in the province and the rest must be sold elsewhere. That is the job of the marketing boards for various commodities. No new agriculture legisla- tion is forecast for tne fall sitting of the legislature, he said. Chamber chief The president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will speak Thursday at a Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Holiday Inn. Robert Olson, of Win- nipeg, will address the chamber general meet- ing. Mr. Olson is general manager of Alwinsal Pot- ash of Canada Ltd. A min- ing engineer, he has pre- vious experience in gold mining and uranium min- ing. Farm pioneers grew history EDMONTON "Deserved recognition" was bestowed on five provincial agriculture pioneers Tuesday by "fellow farmer" Alberta lieutenant governor Ralph Steinhauer. Speaking to about 175 people at the annual Alberta Agricultural Hall of Fame in- duction ceremony, Mr. Steinhauer said it was people like those entering the ball of fame who made agriculture the "greatest industry in this province." He said men and women who came into agriculture before and after the turn of the century weren't out to prove Alberta was a bright spot, but to establish a way of life for themselves. To do (his. fanners struggl- ed with the elements, over- coming problems in transpor- tation, never afraid to try new methods. "They proved farming was a profession, he said. "They made the public realize fann- ing was not something a person did because he couldn't do something else." The induction ceremony, a kick-off to agriculture week honored Southern Alberta sheep and sugar beet expert Lalovee Jensen of Magrath and the late W. H. Fairfield, first director of the Dominion Experimental Farm which evolved into the Lethbridge Research Station. Others inducted included Winnifred Ross of Millet, Francis Maddock of Entwistle and Carl Enderson of Scandia. The hail of fame, located in the provincial archives, is un- der the direction of agriculture minister Hugh Horner and Horst Schmidt minister youth, culture and recreation. Com-serv sets out to assess services for retarded By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer An assessment of all services provided for the mentally retarded in Lethbridge will be undertaken by the directors of the Com-serv pro- ject here. Dr. Orest Pyrch, Com-serv ex- ecutive director, said the assess- ment is an immediate goal of the project, which is aimed at moving the retarded from institutions into the community. Dr. Pyrch told The HeraM the Com-serv project will evaluate ser- vices and make suggestions as to how they could be improved with the philosophy of the program in mind. An area that has already found tacking is community residences for the retarded such as approved homes. The Com-serv project, however, has been working with the Lethbridge Association for the Men- tally Retarded and the government's Services for the Han- dicapped to acquire accom- modations, for the retarded in people's homes. Co-operation between agencies will be a major factor in the success or failure of the experimental pro- ject, he said. Com-serv will not be supplying many services directly to the public but hopes to work with organizations to fill gaps in services and act as a referral agency to other services, he The Com-serv project has been working closely with the Lethbridge Rehabilitation Society in an attempt to help the handicapped train in the society's workshop and eventually become employed in industry. Dr. Pyrch said his main philosophy will be to get the han- dicapped out of the workshops and into the community. The project will basically focus on the mentally retarded but it is concerned with services for all han- dicapped people in the Lethbridge area, he said. One of the main thrusts in the future will be to make sure the han- dicapped have follow-up care after they move on from various services. A handicapped person would take advantage of the services necessary then proceed to another service until he is working in the community as a normal person, he said. Dr. Pyrch took charge as ex- ecutive director of the Com-serv project last month. He is a specialist in the education of emotionally dis- turbed children. He has taken instruction in the philosophy of Com-serv in Syracuse, New York and the Canadian national institute on mental retardation.