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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD WrtnMday, October 23, 1974 Opposition MPs berate gov't competition bill By PETER LLOYD OTTAWA (CP) Con- sumer Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet opened a suggestion box Tuesday on the government's competition bill and opposition MPs rushed to stuff it with critical opinions. The bill, intended to protect consumers and small businesses by increasing business competition, was condemned by New Democrat John Rodriguez as a toothless 'Alta. prosperity cause of unrest' CALGARY (CP) Mayor Rod Sykes said Tuesday Alberta's energy bonanza is the root cause of labor unrest in the province, including the walkout Tuesday by the city's 1.600 outside workers who want a share of Alberta's prosperity. He said in an interview that the outside workers are protesting the provincial government's handling of the energy revenue, estimated to create a billion-dollar surplus this year. "The union realizes the city hasn't the funds for a wage increase. These demonstrations are sparked by the province's hoarding the billion dollars in energy revenues. As yet the provin- cial government has made no move to spread the money around." The. outside workers, members of Local 37 of the Canadian Union of Public BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phorw 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL Employees, walked off their jobs Tuesday and staged a demonstration at city hall to back demands for a cost-of- living adjustment of an hour. It was the second walkout and demonstration in less than a week. The workers also stayed off the jobs last Thur- sday. Chief Commissioner Denis Cole said the work stoppage is illegal as the current two-year contract does not expire until December, 1975. He said the city would seek a court injunc- tion to prevent further walkouts. Harley Home, CUPE regional representative, said the workers were scheduled to return to work today. He did not rule out the possibility of further work stoppage. Orlando Campo, president of CUPE Local 38, representing the city's inside workers, denied reports that his workers would join the outside workers' protest demonstrations. But he added if the outside workers get what they want, it will affect the inside workers' stand in contract negotiations. measure that would only "in- stitutionalize competition between buyer and seller." Conservative Sinclair Stevens saw the proposed legislation as ill-defined and a possible threat to "aggressive business behavior" in its pre- sent form. Both appeared to take at full value Mr. Ouellet's comment during second-reading debate that "I am open to any sug- gestions that can be made" on the bill. Mr. Rodriguez, from the Sudbury-area riding of Nickel Belt, called for prohibition of monopolistic control "of production, distribution and marketing." He cited the George Weston food empire as an example of virtually un- fettered corporate power un- dermining competition. SHOULD INTERVENE He reeled off a list of the company's holdings and called on the government to intervene "in the marketplace to provide consumers with goods of quality at reasonable prices." Mr. Stevens coaxing the government to hear more views on the bill, warned that it will not get away with wearing down op- posing views. Gov't must meet needs of Indians says senator OTTAWA (CP) Unless the government to be a peaceful protest into a violent demon :ts quickly to meet the needs of Indians, stration. tniaM ha ffamnnotratinno 1aroai> frifiianc pvistixl in a etato nf acts quickly to meet the needs of Indians, there might be demonstrations larger and more violent than the one that rocked Parlia- ment Hill last month, Senator Guy Williams said Tuesday. society, your government is respon- sible for the impoverished state of Indian peo- ple in Senator Williams a Kwatiutl Indian and president of the Native Brotherhood of B.C., told the Senate. "The day of decision for them and for the government of Canada is here today, not tomorrow. I am very much concerned that delay could mean bigger and more serious demonstrations and violence." He said the Native People's Caravan had not anticipated the violent clash that developed Sept. 30 between demonstrators and riot-equipped police on Parliament is why there were mothers and children in the demonstration." Non-Indian agitators had turned what was stration. Indians existed in a state of "frustration, hopelessness and poverty because there is an attitude of indifference and non-acceptance where the Indian is concerned." Senator Williams said that while Indians are money-poor, they are land rich with esti- mated resources of billion on their reserves "and I am not even speaking of their claims." "In view of these assets I would like to see an Indian corporation funded in the amount of million with all Indian directors hiring the best accountants and financial experts from any part of the world for management." With these assets and such a program the Indians would no longer be dependent on welfare. Senator Williams, 67, said that for many In- dians, living in poverty is "a short cut to the happy hunting grounds.'1 Drug abuse was complicating the existing problem of over-in- dulgence of alcohol by many Indians. News in brief Power out in PEI CHARLOTTETOWN Some areas of Prince Edward Island were still without electrical power to- day following Sunday's violent storm and it could be at least the weekend before it is restored. A spokesman for Maritime Electric said Tuesday extra work crews from New Bruns- wick and Montreal are helping replace poles knocked down during the storm. Bomb explodes in London LONDON (AP) The se- cond bomb explosion in two weeks in London's fashionable St. James district hit a private club as Conservative Leader Edward Heath was having dinner across the street. Scotland Yard said three wine stewards were injured, one seriously, when the bomb went off Tuesday night in a small dining room of the ex- clusive Brooks Club. OPEC reviewing oil prices Dean's credibility under fire of defence lawyers VIENNA (Reuter) Finance experts from major oil exporting countries em- bark today on a study aimed at simplifying the oil pricing structure which might lead to a slight reduction in the cost of petroleum. The study, launched by the 13 member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) aims to maintain the current high levels of revenues gained by oil producers since 1973 while cushioning them against inflation. WASHINGTON (AP) Former White House counsel John Dean testified at the Watergate cover-up trial to- day that in 1972 and 1973 he made personal use of withdrawn from a secret White House fund. The admission was drawn out in cross-examination by defence lawyer John Wilson in an apparent effort to discredit Carbon monoxide passes safe levels in Vancouver VANCOUVER (CP) Air pollution levels here appeared on the rise, as Tuesday after- noon readings of carbon monoxide surpassed the federal standards. The levels represent a steady increase toward highs mERLE nORfflfln COSMETICS Says. Trade In Your Old Wig Save ON THE PURCHASE OF ANY NEW WIG Your Trade in Is Acceptable Regardless Of Condition Or Age 9 DAYS ONLY! Oct. 24 thru Nov. 2 mERLE noRmnn cosmETic BOUTIQUE Gifts Perfumes College Mall Phone 328-1525 All Final No Exchanges No Refunds recorded last week, when carbon monoxide content ex- ceeded the standard of 13 parts per million by five points. A weekend rain and a mild system which moved through the Lower Mainland erased the high readings and Sunday they fluctuated between two and four parts per million. By Monday, however, a high of 13.1 parts per million was recorded, and Tuesday it rose to 13.9 parts. "They re the worst readings we have ever Don Johannes, of the pollution control board said Tuesday. "If we have a couple of more weeks of no rain or wind it could get really bad." The weather office predicted Tuesday that a small system approaching Vancouver from the north will have little effect on releasing the stable air locking in the pollution, by the time it reaches the Lower Mainland. The weather office said it was unlikely another system would move through before Monday. Dean's character before the eyes of the jury. In two days of cross-exam- ination, Wilson has yet to at- tack the substance of Dean's narration of how he par- ticipated for nine months in covering up the Watergate scandals. Defence lawyers acknowledge privately that six White House tapes heard by the jury so far make it dif- ficult to dent the testimony given by Dean during five days on the witness stand un- der prosecution questioning. Dean testified in detail before the Senate Watergate committee about his personal use of money from the White House fund. Its significance in the trial is how it affects the jury's opinion of his character and honesty. Under cross-examination today, Dean testified that 200 in cash was delivered to his office by White House aide Gordon Strachan. Dean said that on Oct. 12, 1972, the eve- of his honeymoon, he took out part of which was spent on the trip and part of which was used for miscellaneous expen- ditures over the next six months. Wilson repeatedly question- ed Dean about the propriety of using the funds without advis- ing anyone at the White House. "For a period of six months you used money that didn't be- long to you, didn't Wilson asked. Dean: "Yes, sir." Indian caravan planned VANCOUVER (CP) A caravan, composed only of native Indians, will leave here Friday for Ottawa, an Indian leader said Tuesday. Ken Dennis, who has recent- ly returned to British Colum- bia after participating in the last native caravan to Ottawa, said there would be "no drugs, no booze, no firearms, and no politics involved" in what he said would be a "spiritual caravan." New Zealand tightens belt WELLINGTON, N.Z. (AP) Prime Minister Wallace Rowling announced today a stiff program of compulsory savings, reduced wage increases and new taxes to combat inflation in New Zealand. The Labor party leader also announced selective credit relief for essential farming and business needs. Under the compulsory sav- ing plan, nine per cent of all wages of more than week- ly will be withheld for the next five months and returned later without interest, like a tax refund. Civil servants inquiry set QUEBEC (CP) The Quebec justice department has begun an investigation into the activities of certain civil servants who help ad- minister the northern region of the province, it was an- nounced Tuesday. The government said in a statement that the investiga- tion, requested by Natural Re- sources Minister Gilles to determine how much embezzlement was be- ing practised by the employees involved. The Quebec Provincial Police began their own investigation into the matter in 1971 and showed illegal activities dating back to 1965, the state- ment said. Elementary school bombed CHARLESTON, W. Va. (AP) An elementary school was bombed Tuesday as new violence flared in Kanawha County's seven-week textbook protest. The bombing occurred less than a day after a presidential aide announced that the White House was seeking a "constructive compromise" to end violence that has included several shootings. Mexico not expecting 'Depression not coming9 retaliation for oil price MEXICO CITY (AP) President Luis Echeverria says .he- does not expect retaliation from the United States because he won't sell Mexican oil to the U.S. at a cut price. family snacktimc... with the bright tingling taste of B.C. Spartan apples. Their crisp, white flesh and sweet juicy flavour make every bile a wholesome, satisfying break. Between meals, after school, anytime at all. Spartan-Dp snacktime at your house with the natural goodness of rosy-red, ail purpose Spartan apples. Sportons the BRIGHT apple flavour. Echeverria told a joint news conference with President Ford Monday that all oil ex- ported from the rich new fields found in Mexico will be sold at the world market price. On his return to Mexico City Tuesday night, a reporter asked him whether he feared a U.S. reaction against Mex- ican agricultural exports. "I don't believe Echeverria replied. "We have a just attitude, a reasonable position. We have no other alternative but to stick to the world price." Mexican oil now is pegged at a barrel, about the same as the price currently in effect for members of the Organiza- tion of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Mexico's exports have not been enough to qual- ify it for admission to OPEC, but this is expected to change due to production from a ma- jor new oil find in southeast Mexico. Old plane netted MARYSTOWN, Nfld. (CP) The wreckage of what appeared to be a Second World War fighter plane was hauled op in a fishing net about 20 miles off this southern New- foundland community Tuesday. The dragger Atlantic Lindsay was undergoing sea trials when she cast her net in Placentia Bay and caught the fighter. The wreck was lifted intact, bat the engine fell overboard and was test while the crew attempted to get it aboard in heavy seas LOS ANGELES (AP) Treasury Secretary William Simon says the United States is not headed for a depression, but government officials need to "take off the rose-colored glasses and tell it precisely as they see it." "Granted that the economy has its weak spots; let me re- emphasize, however, that we are not headed for a depression. This point is ex- tremely important not simply to allay fears but to steer us away from the dangerous opi- nion that our first job is to stimulate the economy." Deportation loophole plug OTTAWA (CP) An amendment plugging an Im- migration Act loophole which allows deported persons to 'return to Canada without penalty was introduced in the Senate Tuesday. The amendment would make it illegal for a deported person to return without the consent of the immigration minister. Quake hits South Pacific HONOLULU (AP) A ma- jor earthquake struck a remote area of the South Pacific, authorities said today. There were no early reports of casualties or damages. A spokesman for the Inter- national Tsunami Information Centre said the quake, which registered 7.2 on the Richter scale, was recorded in the vi- cinity of the Solomon Islands. Soviets orbit animals MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet Union says it has sent up a Cosmos satellite with "laboratory animals and other biological objects'" aboard. Tass, the official news agen- cy, said Cosmos 690 was launched Tuesday for "further research into the effect of space-flight factors on living organisms as well as trials of systems ensuring the vital activity of the biological objects will be carried out." Rocket tests completed MOSCOW Soviet Union announced today that a new series of rocket tests in the Pacific Ocean has been successfully completed. Tass, the official news agen- cy, said the test area was open again to sea and air navi- gation. It was closed Oct. 17. The US defence depart- ment said the tests included the firing Sunday of an inter- continental ballistic missile. The tests are apparently part of the Soviet effort to develop multiple-warhead (MIRV) missiles. FIRST RAILROAD The first North American railroad was built in 3830 from Charleston to Hamburg, S.C. The first passenger train made its initial trip in 1831. ;