Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
30 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, October 4, 1973 Provinces seek cable TV powers MONCTON. N.B. (CP) Canada's provinces want "substantial responsibilities" in the communications field but the provincial com- munications minister did not appear to reach a consensus during a conference which concluded here Wednesday on what those responsibilies should include. Most provinces fell in line behind Quebec in seeking provincial jurisdiction for cable television, for instance, but New Brunswick and Nova Scotia indicated they would be satisfied with continued federal control coupled with consultation Tin.- ministers spent most of their time hammering out a policy to take to the federal- provincial communications conference next month and. although he gave no indication what it would contain. I'an I Creaglian. New Brunswick's economic growth minister, said he expected a common statement would be made there. Discussed during the two- day conference were educational communications. 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It added that a strong bond forged between the provinces would be impossible to break. A communique released by the ministers included a resolution that Ottawa and the provinces attempt to resolve their differences in com- munication fields through negotiation rather than court actions. This could be interpreted as a reference to Quebec's deci- sion to move into the cable television field against Ot- tawa's wishes. The federal government said it would be illegal for Quebec to issue licences to cable operators. The ministers heeded On- tario's advice and resolved to establish continuing com- mittee for inter-provincial consultations. The ministers will meet at least once a year. The communique also said the Nov. 29-30 federal- provincial conference should be open to the news media to promote public understanding of the issues. The provinces agreed on the need for a national commu- nications policy, but insisted on their right to hold substan- tial responsibilities. A national policy should reflect the needs, interests, aspirations and priorities of the provinces, they said. The ministers indicated in- terest in Quebec's decision to bring in new cable regulations Nov. 1. Quebec will also require that cable television com- panies have at least two- thirds of their ownership held by residents of that province. Ottawa says it wants to be flexible, but Communications Minister Gerard Pelleteir said earlier the federal government wanted to avoid a "partition" in the broad- casting field. Robert Strachan. British Columbia's transport and communications minister, said at the conclusion of the conference that his province had adopted a position similar to the Quebec stand. SEE RURAL NEEDS Roy Farran. the Alberta telephones and utilities minister, wanted to ensure the service was available in rural as well as urban areas, while Saskatchewan Telephone Minister John Brockelbank said his de- partment had plans to make cable facilities available. 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As things now stand Kreisky is caught in intense inter- national crossfire, accused on the one hand of capitulating to Arab terrorists and on the other to Golda Meir. The irony of the saga is that Kreisky got himself into this position because of Austria's humanitarian concern for Soviet Jewry and indeed for refugees everywhere. At great expense, inconvenience and clanger Austria has sup- ported Schoenau Castle tran- sit camp which has been handling thousands of Jews in transit from the Soviet Union to Israel Aside from that, neutral Austria since the Second World War has taken in more refugees than any other country. The chancellor, himself a Jow with a brother living in Jerusalem, was thrust into the limelight last Friday when Arab guerrillas seized three Jews travelling to Israel and an Austrian officer and ex- tracted a promise that the camp would be closed in return for the hostages' safety. Since then world opinion has been almost unanimously critical of Kreisky. charging that he has emboldened the terrorists to try similar tac- tics elsewhere. At a strained two-hour meeting in Vienna with Israeli Premier Golda Meir he put forth the idea of the UN taking over administration of the camp, explaining later that an Arab attack against the camp then would be an attack on the UN "and the Arabs have great interest in not offending the UN." He conceded the formidable Mrs. Meir was cool to the idea and many Western diplomats doubted the scheme would gain support since the UN refugee commission is not anxious to take on new obligations and Arab delegates were bound to op- pose the proposal. Arab spokesmen already have charged Kreisky is going back on his pledge to the guerrillas in an attempt to pacify Mrs Meir. Meanwhile, in the view of most observers, the con- sultations and debate at the UN will divert attention while Kreisky considers his alterna- tives For a start, there is no in- dication the camp will close soon Certainly Soviet Jews in residence or in transit will be accommodated. Kreisky also hinted that Austria will continue to help travellers by other means, provided they move through swiftly and do not require stopover facilities. Others have suggested Kreisky is not bound by a promise extracted under pres- sure and IK- is under no obliga- tion to hold to it. But he has in- dicated he will not renege, ar- guing that to do so would make it more difficult for other leaders who have to negotiate with terrorists in the future. Prudish Calgary not ready for night club nudity? CALGARY (CP) The Supreme Court of Canada decision permitting nude dancing isn't likely to turn Calgary into a major night spot on the continent, but cabaret operators say they will keep trying. The court, in a 6-3 decision, declared that dancing in the nude in a theatre or cabaret isn't necessarily an immoral act. thus ending the Kelly Johnson case that began two years ago. Miss Johnson was served a court summons after a nude performance at Dino's Hideaway cabaret Sept. 29, 1971. and fined in provin- cial court in December. GAS EXPORT ISSUES STILL UNRESOLVED CALGARY (CP> A six- day Alberta Energy Board hearing to re-examine a natural gas export permit has ended with basic issues raised still unresolved. The board, on the instruc- tions of the Alberta cabinet, was reviewing a permit issued in 1969 to Consolidated Natural Gas for removal and sale of gas to the United States. The gas later was sold to TransCanada Pipelines for sale to Ontario utilities. Ontario opposed any amend- ment of the consolidated per- mit on the grounds that a reduction in gas deliveries would have a serious effect on that province's users. Ontario lawyers argued the validity of Alberta's Gas Resources Preservation Act and of the ordcr-in-council issued by the Alberta cabinet to call the hearing. The board reserved decision on the validity of the act and the order despite requests from Ontario lawyers that it make a decision on the matter. The Ontario attorynoy general's department now is socking permission from the Alberta Attorney general to take the matter to the Alberta Supreme Court. If successful. Ontario would ask the court to instruct the energy board to make a ruling on the validity ot the Alberta legislation in question and the order in council. Bruce V. Massie, counsel for Union Gas of Ontario, call- ed the hearing a "political ploy" which had resulted in an abuse of the process of the board Alberta officials could have obtained the information they wanted by simply picking up the phone, he said. Trail plant plans bared TRAIL, B.C. (CHi Plans ior a million sulphuric acid plant at Cominco Ltd.'s operations here were unveiled yesterday. F. K. Burnet, chairman of the company, told the Trail Chamber of Commerce construclion of the plant will start immediately. He said it will create a more efficient operation and will improve the smoke situation because ol pollution control devices. The judgment went to the Supreme Court of Alberta and was overruled. It then went to the Alberta Appeal Court and the conviction was reinstated July 12, 1972. RESENTS REMARKS Guenther Marruhn, manager of Dino's. said cabaret operators resent remarks, particularly from tourists, complaining about the lack of night life in Calgary. "We said we're sorry that that's the law. and people said why don't you change the law. So that's what we decided to do." He said Dino's has spent "quite a bit" pressing its case to the highest court in the country and now wants to see how far the law will go. As he was saying it, Reverley Critchlow shed her bra before a dozen patrons during a dimly lit floor show. Mr. Marruhn said he is con- sidering taking the bottoms off. Mrs. Critchlow. who is married with a child, said most dancers "couldn't care less about undressing." GOOD DECISIONS "It's a very good said Ruth Schachter of Ed- monton, president of the Alberta Human Rights and Civil Liberties Association. Mr. Marruhn said Calgary is far behind Toronto. Van- couver and even Edmonton in allowing strip shows. Brian Humeston, manager of Marco's restaurant and lounge, said despite the liberal leaning court verdict, Calgary is not ready for night club nudity. A spokesman for the Alberta attorney-general's department said despite the Supremo Court of Canada ruling, dancing of a more suggestive nature could still prosecuted.