Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Puerto Rlcans bomb 'Imperialist' N. Y. banks NEW YORK (AP) Four bomb explosions directed at major banks hit mid- Manhattan early today. A militant Puerto Rican group claimed responsibility for the blasts. The bombs exploded within a hajf hour of each other in a five-block area, the first at a.m. Jagged glass flew for hundreds of feet, but no in- juries were reported, police said. Police said that all the ex- plosions were caused by bombs placed on outside win- dow ledges. "It was a a said Police Lieut. Brezhnev, Ford meet next month MOSCOW (AP) President Ford of the United States and Soviet leader Brezhnev will meet Nov. 23-24 near the Soviet far eastern city of Vladivostok, it was announced today. Announcements by Tass, the official Soviet news agen- cy, "and the White House in Washington, said the meeting would take place in the area of the Soviet far eastern seaport and naval headquarters. Thebasic idea is to get them together so they can come to an agreement on nuclear arms limitation by the time Brezhnev visits Washington early next summer, a top U.S. official said. Approved EDMONTON (CP) A bill requiring, persons who buy Alberta land to disclose their citizenship was approved in principle in the legislature Friday with little criticism f roin either of the opposition parties. The bill says the registrar of land titles shall refuse to register an estate transfer or to file any caveat relating to the sale of land unless the citizenship is-stated. Edward Cash at the scene of the first blast at the Banco de Ponce at 49th Street and Rock- efeller Plaza. Police said there was no ad- vance warning. The three other explosions hit a Chemical Bank branch office in the Exxon building at 49th Street and Avenue of the Americas, the Union Carbide Building at 48th Street and Park Avenue and Lever House at 53rd Street and Park Avenue. A fifth bomb, placed in a car in the Wall Street area, de- stroyed the automobile and blew out plate-glass windows in five nearby banks. No in- juries were reported. Police would not definitely link this explosion to the other four, but said that a connec- tion was likely. A woman who did not give her name told The Associated, Press in a telephone call that the explosions were the work of a Puerto Rican nationalist organization. "We have just bombed imperialist she said. "Free all Puerto Rican political prisoners." She directed the news agency to a letter which had been placed in a telephone booth at 73rd Street and Broadway. The letter was signed the "Central Com- mand" of the "Armed Forces of Puerto Rican National Liberation." It demanded the release of five Puerto Ricans who are federal prisoners: Oscar Collazo, Lolita Lebron, Rafael Cancel Miranda, Andres Figueroa Cordero and Irving Flores. Collazo was one of two Puerto Rican nationalists who attempted to assassinate President Harry Truman on Nov r, 1950. The other four fired more than 20 pistol shots from a spectators' gallery in the U.S. House of Represen- tatives on March while shouting "Freedom for Puerto Rico." Five congressmen were wounded. The letter from the militant group said in part: _.. "The corporations we bombed are an integral part of yanki monopoly capitalism.... The Puerto Rican people are organizing an army in order to form Peoples Revolutionary Army which will rid Puerto Rico of Yankee colonialism. We have opened two fronts, one in Puerto Rico and the other in the United States.... An acrid smoke followed the explosions and Cash said: "The bombs were probably made from some form of gun powder, possibly dynamite." A member of the police bomb squad shifting through1 the rubble in front of Banco de Ponce said the bomb was a "sophisticated device." The windows of an adjacent Eastern Airlines ticket office were also shattered in this ex- plosion. Buildings near the other bomb targets also had some windows broken. This Weekend EARTH'S SALT Toronto writer Heather book "Salt of the Earth" Is a portrait of rural on the through the of settlers thomsshfos. week' end Magazine hat excerpted the book's Introduction and various Page 2 ANCIENT GUILT Who kitted Jesus? The Romans or the Jews? Two thousand fears after the crucifixion that question Is bemg debated In a French civil court Page 14 SEASON OPENER Lothbrtdgo MethfO Sons host Medicine Hat at the Henderson Ice Centre "at 2 p.m. Sunday In 0 Hockey WOMEN IN POLITICS female Liberal official wontons political awareness has to go further titan the coffee cups In the kitchen. Pegs 22 Classified........3045 Comics............25 District............21 Family..........22-24 Local Religion .-........12-15 I Sports...........16-18 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH SUN. fit; SUNNY, MILD. REMAINS OF AUTOMOBILE REST ON NEW YORK STREET NEAR DEMOLISHED BANK The Utlibridge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26, 1974 20 CENTS 68 PAGES Another Alberta-Ottawa clash looming Gas pricing control at stake Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The Trudeau government has loaded and aimed another gun in its arse- nal for the continuing war of nerves with the western prow inces, mainly Alberta, over resources taxation and energy matters. And another clash between Ottawa and Alberta could be in the making. This time, it's legislation that would give Ottawa the power to set natural gas prices nationally, outside the borders of the province where the gas is produced. The intention, according to East slope policy blasted EDMONTON (CP) The government, particularly the lands and forests department, has come in for strong criticism from a group the government created. The public advisory com- mittee on the environment, Friday accepted a report from a special sub committee set up to examine coal explora- tion on the eastern slopes of the Rockies. The study was started after the government declared a development freeze on the slopes pending a study and policy declaration on the slopes' future, however, during the freeze several coal exploration per- mits have been issued. "In our opinion, the con- tinued and substantial issuance of coal exploration permits- is a serious breach of the freeze on land development in the eastern slopes the special sub committee said in its report "It matters not whether there was a sinister motive behind this policy or whether it was bungling in good faith. What matters is this free issuance of permits paves the way to create moral rights to coal mining in areas in which it should not be authorized." The sab committee recommended that Environ- ment Minister Bill Yurko order a halt to all exploration activities authorized since the freeze went into effect. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald, is to ensure that domestic natural gas prices don't jump drastically next fall but instead increase, in stages over the next few years to a price level competitive with tile domestic oil price. If Ottawa and the provinces are able to agree to a staged increase over the next few years, to cushion domestic consumers, then the federal legislation on gas pricing would't have to be used, Mr. .Macdonald indicated Friday. Mr. Macdonald told 'reporters Friday-that con- sultations on the iiew legisla- tion have already been held with Ontario and Alberta He said that Alberta has al- ready warned it would oppose any federal pricing. Alberta, Mr. Macdonald added, argues that Ottawa doesn't have the right to regu- late interprovincial trade in such matters as pricing of gas or oil in Canada, and that the provincial right to control re- sources overrides any federal jurisdiction. Further discussions on the matter are scheduled when Mr. Macdonald visits Alberta Nov. 12, he said. The Energy Minister ex- plained that while everyone now seems to agree that natural gas must be priced more competitively in the domestic and export markets, there is some possibility of disagreement on the timing and extend of increases in the price of natural gas domestically. To make gas competitive in price to domestic oil prices would require gas prices to jump from about GO cents per thousand cubic feet now to about JO to per thou- sand cubic feet Domestic gas prices are al- ready scheduled to jump about 22 cents per thousand cubic feet effective Nov. 1, un- der new gas rates approved by the National Energy Board Friday. The "critical Mr. Macdonald said, is that under Alberta law, gas selling prices hi the province are scheduled to be revalued again next year, in time for the 1975-76 winter beating season. "There's a real risk of the natural gas going to commodi- ty that is to-about 11.15 to per thousand cubic feet, starting Nov. 1, 1975, as a result of Alberta revaluation of gas selling prices, be said. DST ENDS TONIGHT Albertans will gain back the hour tonight they lost hi April when clocks are turned back to end the provinces third session of Daylight Saving Tune. Officially at 2 a.m. Sunday the time will be changed to 1 a.m. Alber- tans moved clocks ahead one hour in April. Daylight "time was first introduced to the province in 1972 after a plebiscite accompany- ing the 1971 election supported the change from Mountain Stan- dard to Daylight Tune. CTC rejects PWA bid to service city JOHN DIEFENBAKER .EDMONTON Rejection of a Pacific Western Airlines plan for jet service between Lethfaridge and monkey off our says the president of Tune Air. Stubb Ross Friday was elated by the decision handed down by the Canadian tran- sport commission in "The decision will protect the existing saidjfe. Reception cool to DiePs Tory leadership proposal By DAVE BLADUE OTTAWA (CP) John Die- fenbaker's proposal that the next federal Progressive Con- servative leader be a sitting federal MP met with cool reaction Friday from at least two caucus members. James McGrath (PC-St John's East) said the idea of excluding from the party lead- ership race candidates who are not MPs is outdated, and Walter Dinsdale said the restriction would be too severe. Mr. Diefenbaker said no one outside Parliament should run as a candidate when Robert SvMI MM ItMfffl About town Fifty accountants and chamber of commerce members forking out each at Sven Ericksen's for soup, sandwiches, paxtiy and lecture from Texan accoun- tant Chartes Zbtkvrich on the subject of inflation DHU Dorigatti wrestling a grasshopper out the back door after a farmer friend smuggl- ed it in the front door. Stanfield steps down as leader. A convention to choose a successor should be held by next July at the latest, the former prime minister recommended. Mr. McGrath said the prac- tice of "laying on hands in caucus" died years ago and would be unacceptable in the current political climate. "I don't subscribe to it That's elitism." Mr. Diefenbaker's advice, if followed, would exclude two major potential candidates- premiers Peter Lougbeed of Alberta and William Davis of Ontario. Neither has indicated he will jrun but both figure strongly in speculation. Mr. McGrath, also speculated as a possible can- didate, said there are people outside Parliament with the stature and ability to lead the party. Mr. Dinsdale said be agrees with Mr. Diefenbaker on the importance of holding a con- vention "just as soon as we practically can." Bat it might take longer than next July "to get the machinery oiled up While be did not support a blanket restriction on candi- dates from outside UK federal caucus, be said "the caucus should have a very strong say in who becomes the next leader." He said he understands the concern expressed by Mr. Die- fenbaker that persons outside, caucus might exert undue influence on the convention. "This is what happened with the advent of Dalton Camp." Mr. Camp, former national party president, spearheaded a campaign in the 1960s to re- place Mr. Diefenbaker and was a key organizer in Mr. StenfieM's waring bid for the leadership in 1917. Mr. Diefenbaker, who out- lined his proposals in an Ot- tawa interview and elaborated in a Saskatoon speech Friday night, said be wants the next leader chosen from inside caucus because outsiders nave had a dismal record in federal elections. Mr. Stanfield, a former Nova Scotia premier who did' not hold a Commons seat when elected, was defeated in three federal elections.' PM home OTTAWA (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau returned here Friday after a five day trade tour in Europe without a firm new contract but ap- parently nappy with nibbles from France and the Euro- pean Economic Community. Ross who had predicted his company could be forced un- der if it had gone the other way. "It's a good decision. Thisis a monkey off our backs as a matter of Mr. Ross said. PWA's application for twice daily 737 jet service between Lethbridge'and Calgary was rejected "basically because 'Time Air is providing suf- ficient a spokesman for the CTC said Friday. "The commission rejected the application on the grounds there is no present public necessity for that the spokesman said in a telephone interview from Ot- tawa. Mr. Ross said he also welcomed the takevoer by the Alberta government of Pacific Western. He said be had no "philosophical objec- tions" as he did not object to the federal government own- ing Air Canada. He also ex- pected to receive more co operation from PWA. Fred Peacock, minister of industry and commerce, told the Legislature Friday that "casual discussions" had so far been neU with Tune Air about financial aid for expan- sion. Frank slide offer made Herald Legislatne Bweu EDMONTON Alberta has made an offer to boy part of the Frank slide from a Win- nipeg based company but hasn't received an answer yet. Bill Yurko, minister of the environment, told Charlie Drain (SC Pincher Creek Crowsnest) in the legislature Friday thai the government offered to buy part of the com- pany's holdings. The province wants to protect the area of the slide an historic site. U.S. Shell group pulls out of oil sands project CALGARY (CPJ The United States half of the Shell Group oil sands development uunsoi lium is pulling out of proposed plans for a million Athabasca oil sands extraction plant in northeastern Alberta. Shell Explorer Ltd. an- nounced in Hossto" Friday that its SO-per-cent snare in the project will be pot op for sate. Bat its partner, Shell Canada Ltd., said it will proceed with the plant, and Bill Dickie, Alberta's mines and minerals minister, also said the project will continue. The plant to be built near Fort McKay, north of Fort McMurray. would produce barrels of synthetic erode oil daily starting in 1989. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in 1976. The Shell Canada-Shell Ex- plorer application to tmud the plant was approved by the Al- berta Energy Resources Con- servation Board (ERCB) last April, but Shell is still negotiating with the provin- cial cabinet for final per- mission. A statement issued Friday by Shell Oil Co. of Houston hinted that the Shell Explorer decision to pull out was made because Canada has not guaranteed long-term oil ex- ports to the United States. "Tar sands development has been seriously affected by the uncertainty as to whether sufficient erode oil win be available for export to the United States in the long term, as Canada's own needs toe statement said Oil-pricing policies by the provincial and federal governments had also affected the decision, combin- ed with "uncertainty re- garding the business terms to be granted" and escalating costs. Mr. Dickie, in a telephone interview from Edmonton after the Houston an- nent, did not role out the possibility of the Alberta obtaining part or aH of Shell Explorer's share in the uwiiwitiuiu, but said that would be a matter for Albert Energy Co. to decide. The announcement came in the wake of Premier Peter Lougheed's disclosure that the Albert govettuiient is pulling its plans for a comprehensive oil sands policy on the shelf in- definitely because of federal taxation policies and low well- bead oil prices Shell Canada, based in To- ronto, also issued a statement Friday confirming that it wfll continue with its oil sands plans.