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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL. LXVI No. 248 The UtHbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1973 10 Cents Six Sections 52 Pages Bustling farm community now a deserted Alberta ghost town poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas is still being monitored in 20-mile radius Labor unhappy with B.C. code VANCOUVER (CP) The British Columbia Federation ol Labor charged today that provisions in B.C.'s new labor code will cause increased labor unrest unless they are amended Secretary-treasurer Ray Ilaynes. reading from a state- ment issued by federation of- ficers and B.C. represen- tative's of the Canadian Labor Congress, said a number ol Ihe provisions are detrimental to the interests of working people- He said while the government has made some worthwhile changes, many others of great importance have not been made He said the government departed drastically from Now Democratic Party policies and Irom the spirit of a program which was part of the NDP campaign in the 1972 election. An over-all critinsm. said, is that the Labor Code of British Columbia Act would place un- precedented powers in the bands of the Labor Relations Board The federation says the board is poorly composed from the point ol view of the trade union movement. "We know that important lulltime executive positions will include none of the per- sons proposed by the federa- tion and the majority of these positions will be filled by peo- ple with no background in the trade union movement nor any record of assisting the aspirations of working people The federation called this an intolerable situation and said it is asking Labor Minister Bill King for sub- stantial amendments to the legislation The proposed labor code was introduced Monday by Mr King to replace the ex- isting Labor Relations Act. Mediation Services Act and Trade Unions Act. Unless there are substantial amendments to the code, the federation statement said, "we urge that it be referred to the Legislature's standing committee on labor to enable the labor movement to make clear the potentially dis- astrous implications ol many sections Promising a more detailed analysis later, the federation listed a raft of points it said require amendment if the legislation is to serve the interests of working people and promote improved in- dustrial relations in B.C. No Herald Thanksgiving The Herald will not publish Monday. Oct. 8, Thanksgiving Day A full roundup of weekend news will be carried Tuesday. Display advertisers are reminded of the following holiday deadlines: Ads to appear Tuesday. Oct. 9 must be received by noon Thursday, Oct. 4: for Wednesday. Oct. 10 by noon Friday, and for Thursday, Oct. 11 by a.m., Satur- day. Classified advertisements received by a.m. Satur- day. Oct. 6. will appear in the Tuesdav edition. OTTAWA SILENT ON MILK SUBSIDY Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal government is keeping tightlipped about the state of negotiations between Alberta and Ottawa agriculture officials over that long awaited five cent a quart milk subsidy. i The subsidy, which could prevent a retail price hike of two cents a quart the second increase in recent weeks, is part of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's government's inflation fighting package. However, in Ottawa, a federal spokesman said he could not say whether an agreement would be reached with Alberta officials before Oct. date the two cent boost will come into force. "I don't want to say anything that might prejudice an early agreement All I will say is that there are no great disagreements. We have reached an agreement with three provinces, and there are different problems with each province. Each province represents a different situation. But there are no real problems with Alberta." There was one glimmer of hope and optimism: "We may not necessarily have to meet face to face in negotiations again We mav well be able to reach agree- ment by telephone conversations." To receive the subsidy Alberta officials must convince Ottawa that milk prices will not be increased within one year. S D. Williams. Daily Control Board head who met with Ottawa officials, said Alberta has presented a proposal for application to the federal government for application ol the subsidy and said he was "optimistic" of its acceptance. The Alberta Public Utilities Board has already said it has doubts about an early decision by the federal government If the two cent hike comes into force Oct. 15th. retail price ol one quart of homogenized milk in Alberta will jump to 40 cents a quart. On Sept. 15. homogenized milk was boosted in retail stores from 33 to 38 cents a quart. Workers not winning battle of inflation Seen and heard About town FORMER school principal Joe Lakie, prior to mak- ing a speech, saying he felt like a mosquito in a nudist colony because he didn't know where to begin. School teacher Murray Coleman claiming a teacher's silence is often the best method of dis- ciplining students. OTTAWA iCP) -Canadian workers are losing the battle ol inflation alter three months of extraordinary sharp rises in living costs that more than wiped out wage gains, latest government figures show. Statistics Canada reports the average wage of four million workers nearly hall of Canada's work force, and concentrated in the highest- paying industries declined two cents a week to in July. The drop, coupled with the 3.2-per-cent jump in consumer prices in June. July and Au- gust put the average worker's wages behind rising prices tor the first time in this year of Canada's worst inflation since 1951 The July wage figures of a week was 11.64 above July of 1972 but the 7.7-per- cent rise in living costs over the same period wiped out a week in purchasing power lor a net loss ol 78 cents a week But il it shows wages re- mained unchanged from July, the average worker would show a net loss of a week over the last year Conversely, if the August pav tigure rises, he would make up some or all of the deficit. The wage reports cover for- estry, mining, manufacturing. construction, transportation, trade, finance, insurance, real estate and service industries. Thcv do not include, real es- tate and service industries. They do not include wages of the other hall ol Canada's work force in agriculture, fishing and trapping, education, health and welfare services, religious organ- izations or government employment. Washington bomb threat forces Watergate recess WASHINGTON (AP) -The Senate Watergate hearings were abruptly adjourned lor two hours today to permit po- lice to search the hearing room lor a bomb. Capitol police received a bomb scare call telling them that a bomb had been placed in the caucus room of one of the House office buildings. That room was searched, and no bomb was found. The packed hearing room was cleared and a search was launched Deadly gas cloud floats over town NEW NORWAY. Alia. (CP) A night of fear when hundreds of farmers and small-town residents fled their homes turned to op- timism today as a wind started to dissipate a cloud of deadly hydrogen sulphide gas Irom a ruptured well. Manv of the people who were evacuated from their homes during the night were allowed to return in the morn- ing but were warned to be ready to flee again should the deadly cloud return. Crews were wearing gas masks working to cap the well that blew out of control Tuesday. The gas, said by ex- perts to be harmful in even small concentrations and deadly in slightly larger doses, was still spewing out of the well. The whole area, about 50 miles southeast ot Edmonton, was ringed with gas detection devices equipped to give the alarm if hydrogen sulphide was detected. Estimates varied widely about the number of people who fled their homes. The Emergency Measures Organization said about 250 people were received at their evacuation centre in Camrose, just outside the danger area. Some police and RCMP spokesman said between 600 and 1.000 people in total had left their homes, most ol them making their own arrangements for emergency accommodations. "Nobody has a way to tell how many have left their homes because many left on their a police spokesman said. A well owned by Sun Oil Co.. located on the north end of Red Deer Lake 50 miles south- southwest of Edmonton, blew out a mixture of crude oil. water and sour gas containing the lethal gas mixtuie. The gas formed a cloud up to a mile wide and 800 leet in height, moving north- northwest along the Battle River. Then it changed and followed the wind in a souther- Iv direction. An RCMP spokesman early today said the village of New Norway was evacuated, along with the village of Bittern Lake and the hamlet of Gwvnne Farmers in the Ferintosh area had been alerted and were told they would have to evacuate if the deadly gas moved in their direction. An RCMP spokesman said Camrose. a city ol 9.000 about 20 miles northeast of the well site. ''could become vulnerable lor evacuation Hugh Horner, deputy premier and agriculture minister in charge of the Alberta Emergency Measures Organization flew to the scene Tuesday night Twenty-five RCMP cars were involved in the evacua- tion alert, which a spokesman said was done through radio and television stations and "travelling from farm to (arm where possible The evacuees went to emergency relief centres in Camrose and Wetaskiwin. about 20 miles northwest ot the well (las detection equipment was set up throughout Oimrose. where a few men were reported to have been taken to hospital suffering from chest pains The first svmptoms of exposure to hydrogen sulphide gas are chest pains and sore throats. After issuing the evacuation alert. RCMP closed off sec- tions of Highwavs21. 13andS3 to the north, south and east ol the affected region, as well as an area east of Camrose. Highway 13 was reopened at about midnight About 300 evacuees had registered at the civic centre in Wetaskiwin and officials es- timated another SOU were staying with relatives or friends in the community Most of the evacuees in Wetaskiwin were billetted in private homes. The affected area is prime cattle-raising country and the gas would take a heavy toll ot livestock. Mew Norway is a quiet town at the best ol times, but Tues- day night the only human be- ing staying in town was a lone- Iv RCMP officer, patrolling the empty streets and ner- vously glancing at the strip of chemically treated piece of pa pei he wore to detect the slightest whiff of deadly gas. "When this goes brown. I cut out. he said, breaking the silence Mr and Mrs Joe Cardinal were at a gravel crushing camp at Dried Meat Lake with two young children. "We couldn't smell it but the foreman heard about it over the radio and we decided it was time to gel out." Mr, Cardinal said Edmonton Gas Forces Evacuation Lake Bittern Afta C o m r o s e Norway Edberg Edmonton Lake Red Deer ed Deer This map locates the area, about 50 miles south- east of Edmonton, which was evacuated Tuesday night after a gas well blew out of control, spewing a cloud of poisonous hydrogen sulphide gas. Warden promises no harm to prisoners CALGARY (CPi A five- dav strike bv prisoners at the Calgarv Correctional Institute that warden James Jackson called "an attempt to em- barass the administration." has ended Warden Jackson was relerr- ine to an inquiry now in progress into alleged beatings of prisoneis at the by prison guards following an argument over curlew hours. No disciplinary action is planned, he said "hut we may move some of the men into another range "We have to expect in- cidents of this kind as long as problem prisoners Inside 26-30 Comics 20 Corjiment 4 District 15. 34 35 Local News 13. 14 Markets 17 Sports 23-25 Theatres 9 TV 3 LOW TONIGHT 35, HIGH THIJRS. 60; MOSTLY SUNNY 'Lights out1' Farmers give enthusiastic reception to wheat minister KOSKTOWN. Sask. (CP) The federal feed grains pro- gram and Otto Lang's political status appeared a lit- tle more secure as the justice minister wound up a five-day speaking tour. The largest audience of his Prairie tour jammed the hall hero Tuesday night and gave Mr Lang as enthusiastic a re- ception as could be expected Irom any group of farmers for a government spokesman. Mr. Lang, minister respon- sible lor the Canadian wheat board and Saskatchewan's lone Liberal member of Parliament, won frequent applause for Ins defence ot the program and even provoked general laughter at jokes which yielded only lamt smiles at the previous meetings At the end of the two-hour meeting, he was given an al- most-unanimous standing ova- tion. Before his lour. Mr Lang's toed grain policy had been lac- ed with what seemed to be a solid wall or Prairie op- position, including provincial governments and virtually every farm organization So Mr Lang took his case direct to the tanners, speaking to persons in Brandon. Man Friday night, then moving into Saskatchewan to address 100 in Balcarros, 250 in Canora. 175 m Wovburn. 400 in a nil 450 in Uosotown Professing himscll "ox- Ircmclv pleased" with his re- ception, ho said the support shown In I ho audiences should lead lo moderation in attacks In provincial representatives on the federal policy However, at each stop some members of (lie audience ex- pressed at least strong suspi- cion that (ho federal program would [list mean cheap feed urain tor easterners But more often than not. il was the minister's rebuttals that drew the heaviest ap- pl.iuse. as when he said ho has worked hard lor higher prices, or when he said Canadian un- ity demands that eastern and western liveslock producers the same basic price lor Iced m-.iiiis The minister plans two fur- ther tours this month, cover- ing all three Prairie provinces and including consultations with farm organisations. those meetings, he can he expected to give the same speech he delivered with slight variations to the .Hidienccs ol the last five days. The speech begins with a U low ing description ol agricultural prospects -the second biguest crop in history, no problem selling or mount; it. lanlastieallv high prices and record total revenues that will make Sas- katchewan one ol the pros- perous provinces Then he describes the prob- lems I hat his policv is meant in solvo leod grain prices in the Kast four times those in the Prairies, and frequent dis- 11 ess sellmi; by Prairie farmers Then he noes into the pro- posed solutions I'ndor an interim program lor this year, the auncuitiiral products hoard will oiler a price loi all loot) Uiain farmers uisfi deliver to it ensuring that no distress selhnu will occur In-low that level vcar. the previously restricted Prairie market will be opened t-> eastern leed arain purchasers who will he allowed to buv directly from Prairie farmers and. Mr L.inu predicts the eastern purchasers will bid up the pru e N'eM program. Ihe details ol which not been woi ki-d out also includes a Mm" price lor leed grains perhaps to be paid in the form of supplements to farmers higher cash ad- vances, a farm income stabilisation program and re- moval ol freight rate dis- crimination against livestock and meal products Mr Lang savs the measures will put money in the hands of ur.iin producers in surplus v.uis lessoning the tempta- tion to soil at distress prices, anil will tend to move the livestock indiistrv more to the Plan ios .I- ;