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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Land bank' proposal expected to ease municipal burdens B> BOB DOUGLAS EDMONTON (CP) A ma- jor new land-banking proposal designed to lift some of the h nancial burden from municipal shouldeii was ex- pected from Ron Basford, federal urban affairs minister, at the tri-level con- ference today Informants said the fedeial government would also describe plans for a national transit development corpora- tion to design build and market uiban transportation systems for domestic and world markets These aie expected to be the most conciete programs offered by Ottawa at the two- day federal-provincial- murncipal conference which begins today The meeting is an important test of the value of national tri-level conferences It is the second such meeting and the first did not impress some Plan attacks transit woes EDMONTON (CP) The federal government will propose todaj a national Tran sit Development Corporation to attack urban transportation problems and stimulate the Canadian transportation manufacturing industry say informed sources The corporation would aim at capturing portion of the domestic and world markets for Canadian-designed and built transit systems It would also carry out research and development The transportation plan will be outlined at the second national conference of federal provincial and municipal governments The tri-level meeting is grappling with such issues as housing land use and transportation but has no powei to make binding decisions One of the important targets of the Transit Development Corporation would be to encourage national standards in transit equipment Federal officials fear several expensive transit systems will be imported from foreign countries for different Canadian cities Alread> Ontario nab set up its own transportation development Corp to market the West German Krauss- Maffei system specially adapted to Canadian con ditions Ontario is understood to be willing to participate in national transu corporation efforts The nanciii t-vr, tion wuuld nandle research and development work now carried out by the transport Warning issued to Canadians EDMONTON (CP) Canadians will have to face restrictions on their lifestyle unless all levels of govern- ment learn to manage urban growth Ron Bastord minister of state for urban af fairs said today People will find themselves living and working in areas that have become unbearable and in environments destructive of social and cultural values Mr Basford told 300 delegates to the second national federal- provincial-municipal conference Canadians have to be made aware of the real and concrete benefits that would come to them if runaway growth was brought undei control and the forces behind it managed more 'That is our job We are the politicians and it is our responsibility Mr Basford said the federal government wants to attack unbalanced urban growth in concert with the provinces and municipalities the federal govern- ment is prepared to join within its jurisdiction with you to face urban growth and cope with it A re the provinces and municipalties ready to accept this offer' department s transportation development agency Ottawa also supports research at the Canadian Institute of Guided Ground Transport at Queen's University Informants say Canadian in- dustry has not been active in the transit field The govern- ment move was designed to spur industry to show more interest The government expects Canada should be able to gam between five and 15 per cent of the world market for tran- sit systems It would allow in- dustry to market whole tran- sportation systems or com ponents to less developed nations Development and manufac- turing would be dispersed throughout the country This would aid regional develop- ment and would better meet the transportation needs of particular areas The corporation would be set up in consultation with provinces and municipalities Several federal departments such as industry trade and commerce and transport will also be involved Students ask for gov't aid federal government should es- tablish a 43 000 guaranteed an nual income applicable to students the National Union ot has decided Ths year-old organization of 27 post secondary student bodies also resolved that Ot- tawa should pay tuition fees and distribute education funds to provinces on an equal per capita basis Under the current system NUS delegates" New Brunswick is given ?273 an- nually per person aged 18 24 while Alberta is given Thirty delegates representing more than 120 000 students asked that students be considered independents for the purpose of receiving government loans at the age of majority In addition students should be represented on federal bodies making decisions concerning student financing and on all provincial student- assistance advisory and appeal boards Regional disparity now ex- ists in the grant loan proper lion of student aid agreed the delegates In Alberta for ex- ample a student must borrow 500 before he can collect a grant but in Ontario he only has to borrow Student leaders also criticized the variation in maximum student aid throughout Canada saying it ranges from 900 in Saskatchewan to 400 in On- tario and 000 in Alberta Student governments are usually not successful in com- municating their goals to students delegates decided As a result student councils are largely apathetic and alientaed from student ex- ecutives Discontent with stu- dent government seems to stem from disapproval of the structure of student councils delegates added Inside Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets Sports Theatres TV Weather 16-19 6 4 13 4 15 1 12 20 8-10 7 7 3 provincial municipal affairs ministers The government was ex- pected to outline new measures to beef up recently approved provisions in the National Housing Act for land assembly and new commu- nities The government earlier this year set aside million an- nually for the land-banking programs The new- communities plan would enable governments to ac- quire large tracts of land lor entirely new towns The aim of the land-banking plans is to curb rising land costs by assembling large blocks of cheap land for rapid development Housing experts say piecemeal development of urban land helps drive up land costs Mr Basford and other federal officials have said they are disappointed at the slow response to the land bank programs One obstacle is thought to be fears that municipalities would be saddled with the high costs of sharing land banking with senior levels of government But it was understood that the federal government would suggest that Central Mortgage and Housing Corp urovide funds to install all ser- vices on publicly-owned land The cost of servicing land has been a prime stumbling block in land-assembly provisions CMHC would also provide land necessary for public services such as schools at no cost to municipalities Faced with cheaper land costs in publicly-owned land banks private developers would be forced to compete The government may also outline plans for an expanded sewage-treatment program The program was first men- tioned late last year but legislation is not expected for some time perhaps even a veai Federal cost sharing for sewage treatment will be stretched to include storm sewers under current plans The transit development corporation will mirror on a national level the Ontario Transportation Development Corp set up to market the West German Krauss-Maffei system adapted for Canadian conditions The system is an elevated train floated above its track by magnetism Ontario Treasuiei John White said Sundaj he accepts the federal idea but would like to see details before fully committing himself The new national corpora tion would conduct research and development work and market Canadian transit systems domestically and in ternationallv Sources say the new national bodv could help Cana- dian industry The LetKbridge Herald VOL LXVI No 263 LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA, MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 1973 10 CENTS 20 PAGEF Battle freeze ordered by UN Driver killed A mushroom cloud forms above the burning wreckage of a fuel oil tanker after it blew up following an accident near Montreal The driver of the truck, Rheaume Ayotte, was killed and two other persons were injured Israel and Egypt accepted a United Nations resolution calling for an in-place ceasefire in the Middle East today as the first step toward ending the Arab Israeli war High sources in Amman said Jordan also would abide by the UN Security Council appeal for a halt to the fighting after 17 days of the fourth Middle East conflict since 1948 The Syrians kept silent but were expected to follow Cairo s lead Iraq the other major Arab participant in the war announced its refusal to abide by the UN resolution, but this was not expected to affect the truce efforts significantly UN officials at first said the ceasefire would start at 12 49 p m EOT UN headquarters in New York later officially set the start at 12 50 p m That would be 6 50 p m in the Middle East But as the deadline ap- proached, tough fighting reported near the Golan Heights and on the western bank of the Suez canal Syria said its troops were locked in a fierce battle with Israelis for control of a strategic position on Mount Hermon overlooking the Golan Heights battleground Cairo said Egyptian in- fantry and tanks were attack- ing the Israeli invasion force on the western side of the canal in an apparent attempt to push them back as fas as possible before the ceasefire hour Cairo radio announced four hours before the ceasefire deadline that Egypt would stop fighting The Israelis agreed to the UN proposal hours earlier in a statement issued from Tel Aviv But both sides objected to proposals in the UN resolution dealing with the steps to be taken for permanent settlement U S State Secretary Henry Kissinger meanwhile arriv- ed in Israel for talks with Premier Golda Meir on the ceasefire deal he worked out in Moscow during the weekend with Soviet Com- munist party leader Leonid Brezhnev Iraq which has troops tanks and planes fighting with Syria said over Baghdad radio it would not accept the UN Security Council s truce resolution sponsored by the Soviet Union and the United States The Israelis have taken more Syrian territory than thev held before the war Motions begin to oust Nixon Commons death debate drags on: abolitionists not optimistic OTTAWA (CP) The capital punishment debate drags into its final hours in the Commons today with abolitionists no more op- timistic than before that they can prolong a partial ban on hanging Those working hard to gain passage of the government bill to provide another five year period of limited use of the nouse are discounting two lopsided votes last week Some people say we ve got it made said one Well we certainly haven t got it made Another said there is consid Labor unanimous against president 'We went to the museum today and saw a tree LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH 50, CLOUDY MIAMI BEACH, Fla (Reu- ter) The AFL-CIO unani- mously called today for Presi- dent Nixon to resign or be im- peached to preserve democracy in the United States and restore a fully functioning government The resolution passed on a voice vote with no dissent AFL CIO President George Meany read the resolution to the 1 000 union delegates at the labor federation s conven- tion here and drew 'foot stamping and applause" at each mention of resignation or impeachment an AFL CIO spokesman said The resolution adopted by the AFL-CIO s 35-member ex- ecutive council said "We believe that the Ameri- can people have had enough more than enough 'We therefore call on Richard Nixon to resign "If Mr Nixon does not resign we call upon the House of Representatives forthwith to initiate impeachment piocecdings against him The resolution called for the president s resignation 'in the interest of preserving our democratic system of govern- ment which requires a relationship of trust and can- dor between the people and their political leaders The proposal added that Nixon is asked to step down 'in the interest of restoring a fully functioning government which thus administration is too deeply in disarray to provide erable work ahead to get out the abolitionist vote Both said there is a danger of complacency among abolitionist forces because of the defeat of two amendments that would have toughened the Bill that seeks to continue the limitation of hanging to murderers of on-duty policemen and prison guards The amendments from Al- banie Morin (L Hebert) and Allan Lawrence Northunberland Durham) would have made second-time murderers and persons who kill during air piracy kidnapping and rape subject to capital pun ishment The amendments were de- feated m free votes 115 to 78 and 114 to 75 On the surface those are handsome enough majorities to cheer abolitionists but sup- porters of the bill point to the more than 70 MPs absent or abstaining Some of those ab sent would have voted for the amendments and can be ex- pected to vote against the bill Defeat of the bill means re- tention of hanging for all pre- mediated murders The abolitionists say that some retentiomsts voted against the amendments because they did not want the bill toughened to make it acceptable to pseudo- retentionists Spain floods could claim 500 deaths MADRID (Reuter) The known death toll after floods swept across a wide area of southeastern Spain reached 150 today with at least as many more missing and feared dead officials said The officials could not con firm reports that more than 500 persons might have died in the disaster and said the final toll would probably be more than 500 WASHINGTON (CP) Member of Congress shocked and confused over President Nixon s sudden firing of his tough Watergate special prosecutor were returning to- day to a Washington suddenly alive with talk of im- peachment Both houses are in recess in observance of Veterans Day and the rapidly developing crisis caught many legislators out of town However a number of con gressmen said they will in- troduce impeachment resolu- tions in the House of Representatives when it reconvenes Tuesday Among those out of town were a dozen members of the House in Ankara for a NATO meeting They were recalled hurriedly by telephone at the orders of Speaker Carl Albert Senators scheduled to join their colleagues at the Turkey meeting cancelled their trips These were the events which touched off the crisis Fired Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox Harvard law professor who has served under four presidents in special assignments and who vowed to pursue the Watergate case wherever the trial might lead into the White House Fired-William Ruckel- shaus deputy attorney general former head of the Environmental Protection Agency and one-time acting head of the FBI the man who refused to fire Cox under presidental order order Resigned Attorney- General Elliot Richardson former defence secretary and head of the department of health education and welfare who also refused to fire Cox Elevated Solicitor General Robert Bork bearded former Yale law professor As third in line in the justice department Bork assumes the post of acting attorney- general Air pollution closes firm Eight other members of the justice spe- cial aides to Richardson and four members of Ruckelshaus s immediately There were reports others might follow Any impeachment proceed- ings must begin in the House of Representatives A simple- majority in favor would be enough to send the case to the Senate sitting as a jurv un der Chief Justice Warren Burger A two-thirds majority is needed in the Senate to remove the president from of fice Kissinger to Israel for talks WASHINGTON President Nixon has asked State Secretary Henry Kissinger to go to Israel in search of a Middle East peace the White House an- nounced today The president asked Kissinger to stop in Israel on his way home from talks in Moscow on the Middle East situation, Gerald Warren deputy White House press secretary said Warren released a one-sen- tence statement saying Nixon asked Kissinger to fly to Israel 'in connection with the current efforts to end the hostilities and to hasten the full implementation of the Security Council resolution submitted by the United States and the Soviet Union The announcement came several hours after the United Nations Security Council adopted a Soviet-American resolution calling for a ceasefire along the current battle lines in the Arab-Israeli war Both Israel and Egypt said they would agree to the resolution Warren declined to elaborate on the White House statement CALGARY (CP) Calganans breathed the foulest air in the city s historv when the pollution count reached 122 At least one industrial plant shut down and the provincial depjrtment of the environ- ment told three others they might be asked to temporarily cease operation if the com bmation of smoke and car emission grew worse A count of more than 75 is moderate to high Phil UHman head of the Southern Alberta office of the pollution control division said a warm layer of air at feet sat atop cooler ground- level air created Friday's pollution problem The pollu- tion count dropped con siderablv Saturday Sunday and today as the warm air mass dissipated Anthes Steel voluntarily shut down operations Friday and Western Co-Operative Fertili7er, Commco and Con- solidated Concrete "were ask- ed to stand by for an order by the environment department to close operations The problem eased before the order was required The carbon monoxide count exceeded provincial standards for five straight hours and ox- ides of nitrogen from cars and industrial stacks exceeded the standards for seven The city has experienced more inversion layers than usual in recent weeks and readings near and above 75 have been abnormally tre- quent Mr tlllman said Inversion layers occur more often in winter monthr when the air is less turbulent than in other seasons Seen and heard About town JOYCE Lancaster term- ing her husband Rob's duck hunting trip as a "wild goose chase Bruce Cooper resigned to the fact that he might have to go to the fat man s shop to get his next shirt ;