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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1974 15 Cents 44 Pages Fall in the Pass VERN DECOUX photo The Crowsnest River winds through autumn colors( in the Crowsnest Pass in this scene about two miles' east of Blairmore. Frank Slide and Turtle Mountain are in the background. Jobless rate up slightly OTTAWA (CP) The unemployment rate moved upward in 5.8 per cent seasonally adjusted from mainly to increases in unemployment in the under-25 age group, Statistics Canada reported today. The labor force shrank by more than compared with August. This was partly due to students returning to school but women generally were dropping out of the work force in greater proportions. Among the provinces, New Brunswick was hardest hit by gains in unemployment levels. Newfoundland and Alberta were the only provinces with declines in the seasonally- adjusted rates. The participation proportion of the labor force with jobs or seeking work- dropped by four-tenths of a percentage point in September to 58.5 per cent Seasonally-adjusted figures are considered by economists to be better indicators of the performance of the economy and the seasonal adjustment process discounts most of the large drop in the labor force because there is a drop at this time every year. However, on a seasonally- adjusted basis there was a decline of in the number of persons with jobs. The drop followed three months of in- creases. By sex groups, there was a slight increase in employment for men and a sharp drop for women. The number of persons em- ployed fall time dropped 000 to while part- lime employment increased by Statistics Canada qualified its estimate of the September unemployment rate by saying seasonal weighting factors may be causing part of the large increase. Egg export curbs planned as lid on consumer prices BOISE, Idaho federal government plans to introduce controls on egg ex- ports to the United States to protect Canadian consumers from increased prices, Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan said Monday. He said the controls would be put on to stop speculators from exporting eggs at a higher price and short- circuiting the Canadian market. 'We want producers to get a reasonable profit, but to supp- ly Canadian consumers at a reasonable price." The minister, to address a Western Agricultural Chemical Association meeting today, said the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency (CEMA) suggested the export control to guard Canadians against steadily-rising U.S. egg prices. Egg futures markets in the U.S. indicate steady price in- creases as a result of higher feed costs and a general reduction in the American lay- ing flock because of price increases during the last year. The move to block egg ex- ports follows by weeks the lift- ing of import controls against egg' shipments into the country, put in place last May when U. S prices were con- siderably less than in Canada. Officials said when the im- port controls were lifted in August that Canadian producers no longer had to fear U.S. competition. Mr. Whelan agreed the CEMA could have made a quick profit if it had allowed sales to the United States, now that the American price is rising, but the agency would have lost consumer markets in Canada if they had let North American competition set the new price. "That's not the idea of a good marketing he said. Racial clashes erupt in Louisiana, Boston ASSOCIATED PRESS The mayor of Boston has asked for United States mar- shals to help supervise school desegregation in the racially- troubled city, and in Louisiana, a teen-ager was shot to death after a day of racial clashes at a high school. Boston Mayor Kevin White, in a letter to the U.S. District Court said that "the general safety of the community can- not be assured" without the marshals. Boston schools have been plagued with violence since schools opened last month and started busing pupils in com- pliance with an order issued by U.S. District Judge Arthur Garrity. In Destrehan, La., an oil-re- fining centre 20 miles north of New Orleans, 13-year-old Timothy Weber was shot to death as he walked from high school with his parents. Police said the boy's parents were concerned about the racial troubles that led to the school's early closing Monday and had come to drive their son home. Tories thwart quick end to grain strike OTTAWA (CP) Govern- ment plans for quick passage of a bill to end the Vancouver grainhandlers' strike were wrecked Monday and more hours of debate on the propos- ed back-to-work legislation were expected today. The government had hoped the bill would receive second reading, approval in principle, by Monday night. It proposed sitting late if necessary, but the parties in the Commons could not agree on extended hours. As the first day of debate ended, Justice Minister Otto Lang, responsible for the wheat board, asked that the bill be sent to committee. However, Frank Hamilton Current-Maple a former chief com- missioner of the wheat board, signified his intention to speak and there were indications that more Progressive Conservatives might follow. The Conservatives are op- posed to the bill while the New Democrats and Social Credit members have said they will support it. After debate on approval in principle, the bill must be ap- proved by Commons com- mittee, then final approval of the House. It then goes to the Senate. The bill, introduced Mon- day, would provide pay raises to the 550 Vancouver grainhandlers of 87 cents an hour retroactive to Nov. 30, 1973. That would bring the basic hourly to from It also would make law the terms of a conciliation report prepared last spring by Dr. Neil Perry of Victoria, leav- ing the parties to work out details of a collective agreement. If necesssary, a referee would be provided to interpret the report. The Perry report, accepted by the Grain Workers' Union but rejected by the five grain elevator companies involved, suggests another pay increase of 65 cents an hour effective Dec. to bring the basic wage to It proposes a company-paid pension plan and a cost-of- living allowance to take into account inflation after four per cent a year. The expired agreement would be extended until a new settlement is made. During debate, Labor Minis- ter John Munro announced an inquiry into labor relations in the troubled grain-handling in-. dustry. While the New Democratic Party and Social Credit Seen and heard About town Lloyd Kanewischer saying if yon were sent to prison in Russia you would be in the hoosegow in Moscow Bill Kergan paying off Randy Holfeld on a bet the city wouldn't have enough seats ready at the Sportsplex for all the fans opening night agreed to back the bill, NDP spokesman Les Benjamin (Regina-Lake Centre) joined the Conservatives in berating the government for what he called taking sides in the dis- pute. Mr. Lang, Mr. Munro and Prime Minister Trudeau all had warned the companies that Parliament would legislate a settlement based on the Perry report if agree- ment was not reached. Mr. Lang said Monday that each day the legislation was delayed would cause the wheat board planning problems. His plea to send the bill to committee immediately brought hoots from the Conservatives who had said Parliament should have been called earlier to end the six- week strike. The strike, which follows a slowdown by the workers since last May, has virtually halted export grain shipments from Vancouver. The slow- down in exports also has brought complaints from Chinese and Japanese buyers. BARRETT FLAYS WANTS BANK FOR B.C. GRAND FORKS, B.C. (CP) Premier Dave Barrett said Monday night British Columbia's NDP jx government is dedicated to finding an alternative to S what he called the outrageously usurious private bank- S ing system. Speaking here at the beginning of a two-week public 8 relations tour of B.C., Premier Barrett said there is no reason the provincial government should not have the Sj power to have a bank of its own, able to provide funds >S at lower interest rates than the private banks. g There could be a massive program of mortgages at six per cent interest if the economic power of the peo- pie of B.C. could be channelled into suchan alternative to the private banks, he said. Such funds as the million in Insurance Corpora- tion of B.C. premiums could be marshalled in support of such a provincial bank, he suggested. "And I intend as long as I am asked to remain in of- fice to find an alternative to the private banking he said. jg The premier attacked the private banks for having earned profits of 23 per cent last year. The banks get away with such usury, said Mr. Barrett, but teachers g' and other workers get attacked for causing inflation g with their wage demands that merely seek to keep up with inflation. r :x Calgary Power to ask rate hike of over 15% A Calgary Power Ltd. rate increase request of "more .tjian 15 per cent" will likely mean a hike in city electric bills next year, but by how much is uncertain. City officials were un- available for comment today on a statement by Calgary Power president Marshall M. Williams that the firm plans to ask the Alberta Public Utilities Board for a rate increase of more than 15 per Inside Classified........20-24 g Comics............18 g District............15 Local Markets...........19 Sports...........10.11 x Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 S We'd do the repairs but we can't get the LOW TONIGHT 45; HIGH WED. 70; MOSTLY SUNNY. Cominco workers to vote on pact A tentative agreement between Cominco Ltd. and the United Steel workers of America does not mean the three-month strike against the company's operations in the Kootenays is over, union of- ficials said today. The strike is still on, and the agreement must be ratified by the union membership and the company board of directors to be effective, said Ian McLay, vice-president of Local 651 of the USWA. In a telephone interview from Kimberley, Mr. McLay said Cominco also has to Renovations, nursing home cost million Bow Island hospital project approved By D'ARCY R1CKARD Herald District Editor FOREMOST A million project that will see renovations and a 20-bed nursing home built onto the Bow Island General Hospital has receiv- ed the approval of the department of health and social development Solicitor-General Helen Honley announced here Monday. Speaking at an informal meeting of County of Forty Mile councillors and village officials. Miss Hunley said the hospital will be renovated to provide for the integrated delivery of health and social services in the area. In upgrading the 20-bed hospital, provisions will be made for emergency facilities, am- bulatory care and treatment of day and out- patients. Existing support services and the laboratory and x-ray department will be renovated. In addition, space hi a staff residence will be converted for use by allied health agencies. Conn. Frank Romeike told the minister, "This construction has been in the mill since 1972 and it is now the end of 1974. We had hoped the building would be closed in this fall. Our latest informa- tion was that the plans were on the fire com- missioner's desk and he had some objections to it" Said Miss Hunley: "They handed me this last night. This has been approved by the minister of health and social development and it had better be right because I don't want to come back and explain it." reach an agreement with the Association of Commercial and Technical Employees No Steelworkers will cross ACTE picket lines, he said. Les Lilley, president of ACTE Local 1672, said his un- ion would not lift its picket lines without an agreement "They haven't even negotiated with us or bothered to talk." Mr. Lilley said in a telephone interview from Kimberley. The first talks between ACTE and the company since the strike began July 1 are set for Wednesday, be said. Mr McLay said the USWA policy committee will meet today to set a time for a ratification vote. Details of the contract package were not available. Peace prizes awarded OSLO, Norway