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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Drinking drivers under gov't eye Spiff? biffy Members of the Status of Women's Council ot B.C raised chuckles from passers-by when they put up this portable toilet on a street in Vancouver to spoof a decision by a company not to hire two women because it didn't have toilet facilities. Highrise for elderly approved by province Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The long awaited Lethnndge senior cii lughrise will go .ihcvid as soon as tenders can be callled Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell said today The building will be 10 storeys high and will provide housing tor HiO senior citizens. The estimated COM in 9 million The Housing Cor- poration a ppro ved preliminary estimates and an architectural sketch Thur- sday A meeting will be called in Lethhndge wit Inn 10 days for local groups and senior citizens to make suggestions on the Imal interior designs, the minister said in a release The original design provid- ed accommodation lor only 70 people Because the number ol senior who were forced from their homes by the new downtown redevelopment, the building was enlarged to accommodate 110 people, now 160 The building, to be located on 6th Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets South, will force the new public library civic centre and a park. When the initial design was rejected it was said to be too wslh A proposal followed to build the structure lb storeys high director Fred Weathcrup said at the time the delav between then and now would not necessarily add to the completion date. That date, however, has not been set Justice response awaited by Agnew Seen and heard About town PTIMISTIC Joe Maughan sporting his Oakland Athletic baseball cap an- ticipating another World Series appearance for his favorite club BALTIMORE (AP) The 1'mted States justice depart- ment formally responds today to Vice-President Spiro Agnew's effort to stop the lederal grand jury investiga- tion ol him Icngtln government brief is expected to counter Vgnew's contention that it is illegal to indict a vice- president tor any criminal oil once Agnew s lawyers, in moving to halt the investigation, said last week the U S Constitu- tion indicates that a vice- president must be impeached bv the House of Represen- tatives and convicted by the Senate before he can be tried in a criminal court. Agnew has requested a House investigation, but Speaker Carl Albert rejected the request at least for the present The government reply was ordered submitted bv todav bv I'S District Judge Waller 11 oil man The justice department is scheduled to answer by Mon- day Agnew's second challenge to the investigation that lederal prosecutors leaked m- lormation to the press in order to preiudice the jury against the vice-president. No Herald Thanksgiving The Herald will not publish Monday. Oct 8. Thanksgiving Day Display advertisers are reminded that copy for ads for Thursday, Oct. 11. must be received by 11 n.m Satur- day. Classified advertisements received by 11.30 a m Satur- day will appear in the Tuesday edition MLA shuns Tories EDMONTON (CP) An independent member of the Legislature. Dr. Dan Bouvier. today shunned an invitation to become a member of the Conservative Party and re- joined the Social Credit Party he deserted in May. 1972. The MLA. unveiling a 17- month saga of political intrigue, said he was tired of being a "nice guy" in the Legislature, trying io "beg for crumbs" so the Conservative government wouldn't ignore his vast constituency. His constituency of Lac La Bichc-McMurrny contains the vast Athabasca Oil Sands and is to be the scene of the billion Syncrude project to develop the potential ol the oil-saturated sands Dr Bouvier said he believes the Alberta government has proven a "miserable failure" as a negotiator in the interests of Alberta. He said the Social Credit Party he deserted, "is the only real alternative in Alberta today Dr. Bouvier said his deci- sion leaves in the lurch a cabinet minister, not named, who was expecting a meeting with him next Wednesday opening day of the Legislature's fall session to work out a method to get around objections by local party members to Dr Bouvier joining the government caucus All the government wanted him for. Dr. Bouvier said, was to win the constituency for the Conservatives in the next election Meanwhile, he said, the Social Credit Party is will- ing to welcome him back "with open arms at all levels One of Dr. Botivier's main objections to the Conservative government was the way they handled recent negotiations resulting in the billion Syncrude deal to develop the oil sands. Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Drinking drivers in Alberta will face an intensive campaign of spot checks by police under a new program announced today by the province. To go into effect Nov. 1, the system of checks is intended to cut down on the number of traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers. Estimates of accidents caused by impairment run to more than 50 per cent. Preceding the crackdown by both the RCMP and municipal forces, the province will run an advertising campaign in newspapers and through the broadcast media emphasizing the seriousness of the problem. The program is a direct copy of a Lethbridge City Police program, the city police's traffic inspector said today. Inspector Bill West said "they've copied what we've been doing for about one and a half years now." He was referring to the 24-hour suspension program that allows city police to suspend a drinking driver's licence for 24 hours. "The program has been a very good thing for us." he said Solicitor General Helen Hunley said most motorists would be willing to put up with the checks "when they realize our actions may save the lives of them and their families." There will up to 120 check stops through the province marked by a new warning signal. The signal is in the shape of a stop sign but shows a glass held in a hand on one half divided diagonally from a representation of a car on a highway on the other. Police will stop groups of cars at random to examine registration and insurance documents. At the same time they will be watching for signs of impairment. Miss Hunley said drinking drivers could expect penalties ranging from a verbal caution or 24-hour licence suspension to arrest and a fine or jail term The province has estimated there will be 600 deaths on Alberta highways in the next year. It also estimates people will be injured Under the Criminal Code, a first offender on an impaired driving charge can be jailed up to three months and fined The motorist who refuses to take a breathalyzer test can be lined up to and also be jailed up to six months. "Last year 400 Albertans died in trallic ac- cidents and 8.600 were injured Police statistics indicate at least hall of these deaths and injuries can be attributed directly to driver judgment impaired by alcohol. A death toll of 600 has been predicted for the 12 months ahead." Miss Hunley said. The program will be on a trial basis for one year Attorney General Merv Leitch said he did not consider a provincial com- mittee's recommendation, to allow open alcohol in vehicles, as contrary to the aims of the check- ing program In addition to cutting down drunken driving. Mr. Leitch said it would provide a systematic way of enforcing the province's compulsory automobile insurance plan The Lcthbruicjc Herald VOL. LXVI No. 250 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1973 10 Cents 28 Pages 'Consumers are the losers9 No help for Syncrude Minister Donald Macdonald says the federal government will not provide any special treatment lor Syncrude Canada Ltd. a consortium of foreign owned firms that last month announced plans for a million plant to extract synthetic crude oil from Alberta's Athabasca oil sands Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed had said earlier federal concessions must be provided il the huge project worth billion to the province during the next 25 years was to be viable and that he was sure Ottawa would not want to "kill'' the proposal by withholding concessions. The energy battle between the federal and Alberta governments passed the skirmishing stage Thursday as both sides fired major shots with the oil industry and consumers caught in the crossfire Alberta's broadside was Premier Lougheed's announcement that the province plans substantial increases in its royalties on oil and natural gas to counter the federal government's imposi- tion of a tax on oil exported from Canada. Meanwhile, the oil industry reacted by saying it was a pawn, being victimized in the Ottawa-Alberta constitutional battle and that the ultimate loser would be the consumer Mr Lougheed's announcement came less than 24 hours alter a meeting here with Mr. Macdonald that ended in a stalemate Needs an incentive Alberta oil prospects facing unsure future The premier said the Icderal tax means Alberta oil producers will lose sales because of the higher federal tax is 40- cents-a-barrel over and above the oil company price Lost sales Mr Lougheed said, will mean the loss of about million a year in royalties and development money. Mr Lougheed, who believes the amount ol name for be strictly within provin- cial jurisdiction, did not es- timate how much additional revenue the tax changes would bring. John Barr. Syncrude public relations director, said-he was sure the federal government would have more to say about the matter, "in fact, it is im- perative "There's got to be some in- centive to develop the oil sands which recognues that this is more expensive oil to produce The plant, the second pro- posed for the oil sands north- west ol Edmonton, would ex- tract synthetic crude oil from the sands through a costlv and complicated process unlike conventional methods in which oil is pumped out ol the ground John Poven ol Calgary, president ol the Canadian Petroleum Association, said the industry is the immediate victim ol the battle but "the ultimate loser would be the Canadian consumer." He said the Alberta action, coupled with the federal tax move, can "onlv lead to a deepening of uncertainties and confusion in the explora- tion and producing industry 'We seem to he the meat in the sandwich with the federal government and the Alberta government confronting each other without either govern- ment properly evaluating the consequences to Canada Scottv Cameron, general manager of the Independent Petroleum Association of Canada, agreed the industry was caught in the middle of a constitutional confrontation EDMONTON (CP) The future of an million plant to develop Alberta's Athabasca oil sands and the prospects of other producers moving into the area are in jeopardy following an Ottawa announcement that Syncrude Canada will not receive any special treatment says John Barr, Syncrude director of public relations. Mr. Barr was commenting on an announcement by Energy Minister Donald Mac- donald that Syncrude. a foreign-owned consortium will not be exempt from ex- port controls or any export taxes that may apply when the company begins production scheduled for 1978 "We're sure the federal government will have more to say than this, in fact it is im- perative." Mr Barr said in an interview "There's got to be some in- centive to develop the oil sands which recognizes that this is more expensive oil to produce." Mr Barr said the best in- centive would be to allow the production from the oil sands to reach a realistic price on international markets and to let the producer realize the lull benefit ol these prices If there is not some further elaboration or e n couragement, it will pose real problems not only for Syncrude. but all other poten- tial oil sands developers." He said the federal govern- ment "must recognize it is in the national interest to develop the oil sands now because of declining reserves ol conventional oil reserves in Canada "There must be some mis- understanding on Mr. Mac- donald's part about the impor- tance of international price movements in oil Brutal Boston murders blamed on black youths BOSTON lAP) Two schools, closed because of tear of racial violence, reopen today at the end of a week in which two whites were brutal- ly murdered by biack youths A 24-year-old woman died early Wednesday after being drenched with gasoline and set afire On Thursday, a 65- yearold fisherman was stoned and stabbed to death by a band of 30 to 40 black youths. "No question the problem is racism and fear." said Chair- man Paul Tierney of the Boston school committee "It's deteriorated to the point of these horrible murders and gone down to the level of children He was referring to the deaths ol Evelyn Renee Wapler and Ludivico Barba ol Roxbury Mrs. Wagler was set afire Tuesday night bv six black and died early Wednes- day, police said A witness to the killing of Barba told police that the youths first stoned him as lie was fishing in the ocean, then stabbed him with his knife and rifled his pockets He lived only 20 minutes away and often walked to the Bayside Mall area to fish, said his widow. Verna. 55. She said had been married a year Tierney. who called on Mayor Kevin White to meet with community leaders about Scare money away What the governments are doing will have a drastic eltect on oil and gas explora- tion in this country and will scare a w a v foreign investment Carl president ol Conventures Ltd a Canadian- exploialion and producing firm, said unless the constitutional battles between Ottawa and Alberta and Ontario and Alberta are resolved quickly, the industry will be reluctant to attack new reserves such as the oil sands, and lead to "a critical energy shortage within a few years In Toronto. Dare y McKcough. Ontario energy minister, said he was not sure how Alberta's new policy would work but that it would mean higher prices for On- tario consumers. He said he would find it difficult to believe that Ot- tawa would retain the export tax if Alberta's new royalty proposal became effective. But Mr. Macdonald said Ot- tawa always has had responsi- bility for matters of inter- national or interprovincial trade, rejecting Mr. Lougheed's claim that the ex- port tax invades provincial jurisdiction over natural resources. The federal energy minister accused Mr Lougheed ol us- ing the tax as a smokescreen to make royalty increases that already were planned and would have been announced in any case Despite the wide dillercnces between the two governments. Mr MacdonaH said he did not expect to go to court to settle energy policy differences. Meanwhile. Alberta's right to dictate where energy products go once they cross a provincial boundary is being challenged bv Ontario. Energy Board headed by CDC chairman OTTAWA (CP) Marshall Crowe, president of the Canada Development Corp. has been named chairman of the National Energy Board filling the position left by the resignation of Dr. R.D Howl- and during the summer. B.C. labor board may be challenged VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia lawyers specializing in the labor and constitutional law fields agreed the biggest test of the new Labor Relations Board 11 RP1 nes in the question of i.piher the provincial .jveinment was within its rights when it assigned court- like powers to the board "It would seem any im- mediate problems would relate to whether judicial power can be conferred to the board." said J. D Lambert, former law teacher and specialist in constitutional law. Under Section 96 of the British North America Act. the provinces are allowed to set up courts, but the right to name judges is given te the governor-general, which is to say. the federal government of'the day. Mr. Lambert, who stressed he had not examined the proposed legislation closely, said "in legal jargon, the question would seem to be whether the board is a Section 96 court 'If the board exercised the same sort of powers as superior, district or county courts did at the time (1867) then it would be argued that the provincial government acted outside its powers the problem, said it was better to have pupils in school where police security was available than on the streets McCormack junior high and Dcver elementary schools were closed Thursday morn- ing because it was feared trouble might erupt a half mile away when 100 to 200 hostile youths gathered, authorities said That gathering produced no conflict, but police said that bands of black youths later roamed the low-income Columbia Point housing pro- ject, where Barba was killed Another white man was stabb- ed and a white woman was hit with a bottle and robbed Police Commissioner Robert diGrazia said all incidents occurred witlun 20 minutes Police Supt Jeremiah Sullivan said the at- tacks "are definitely tied together One 16-year-old black youth was arrested Thursday night and charged with armed rob- bery with a knife in the attack on Ronald Leonard. 37, of Re- vere a furniture truck driver who was stabbed while in an apartment hallway Police also were questioning another vouth Inside 24-28 22 4 17 19 9 16 20 12. 13 18 15 'You can always rely on me for a helping hand, Spiro.' 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