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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIOQE October News in brief NDP want energy policy VICTORIA (CP) Ot- tawa's failure to adopt a national energy policy could be one of the issues that even- tually leads the New Democratic Party to withdraw its support for the federal liberal government. NDP leader David Lewis said Monday. He said the NDP, which holds the effective balance of power in the House of Com- mons, shares Premier Dave Barrett's anxiety about the energy situation "and ex- asperation with the federal government for doing so little about it." Mr. Lewis, on a speaking tour of B.C., was here for an informal meeting with Mr. Barrett, his cabinet members and other members of the legislature. In an interview prior to the meeting with the premier, Mr. Lewis said the federal government is inviting con- frontation with the provinces because of its failure to es- tablish a federal energy policy. Environmental program okayed EDMONTON (CP) The University of Alberta took a step towards setting up a program of environmental studies Monday when the general faculties council approved a committee to isolate environmental studies in already existing courses. The committee will be able to encourage environmental studies in different faculties, provide student guidance and recommend establishment of necessarv courses. Monday's action by the council, the body responsible for academic matters, doesn't mean a new department will be set up, said Dr. Henry Kreisel. university vice- president. But students will be able to take a degree in various faculties with an emphasis on environmental studies. More than 100 courses relating to the environment are already offered in the faculties of science, engineering and agriculture, he said. Freight train derailed KINGMAN. Ariz. (AP) Flames engulfed most of a Santa Fe freight train early today when 19 rail cars jump- ed the tracks near the village of Hackberry near here, of- ficials said. No one was injured. Authorities said the west- bound train, en route from Chicago to San Francisco, was derailed on a bridge a few hundred yards from Hackberry, a village of a few hundred persons 15 miles east of here. Oil price to be increased JAKARTA (Reuter) In- donesia announced today a 20- per-cent increase in oil prices to come into effect shortly. A spokesman for the state- owned Pertamina Oil Co. said the increase was not linked with recent decisions of Arab countries to cut oil exports to certain was to boost revenue. Crime aspects probe urged OTTAWA (CP) Damning the penal system as a "crash course" for becoming a hard- ened criminal. Conservative MP David MacDonald asked the government Monday to set up a special committee to investigate all aspects of crime Mr. MacDonald 'Egmont) was speaking to his private member's motion calling fora committee to study the cor- rectional system, crime prevention and punishment. The 37-year-old clergyman said the existing penal system has "failed miserably" and he challenged MPs to deny this. He said persons do not come out of jails or prisons reformed, "but as people who have grown increasingly hardened to a life of crime." No knowledge of agency OTTAWA (CP) Solicitor- General Warren Allmand pro- fessed ignorance Monday about a group described in the Commons as the Centre of Analysis and Documentation in the province of Quebec. The matter was raised by Erik Nielsen (PC-Yukon) who asked if Mr. Allmand is aware of the agency "which concerns itself with secret policing of matters affecting national security." Mr. Nielsen asked if the agency is working in co-oper- ation with the government and if a similar group exists in any other province. Mr. Allmand said he is not aware of the group but that he would check to find out. "I might say we have rela- tionships with the Quebec pro- vincial police through the RCMP, but I am not aware of that particular committee." Sharp to address meet OTTAWA (CP) The ex- ternal affairs department and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs will sponsor a three-day conference on Canada and the European Community here Nov. 1-3, it was announced Monday. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp and Sir Christopher Soames, vice- president of the Commission of the European Com- munities, will address the conference. Topics for discussion will in- clude Canada's relations with the community, trade, in- dustry, technology and energy. Auto trade balance down OTTAWA (CP) A rapid increase in Canadian demand for North American automobiles is the main cause of an abrupt reversal in this country's automobile trade' balance with the United States. Trade Minister Alastair Gillespie told the Commons Monday. Ed Broadbent awa-Whitby) said a MODERN INDUSTRIAL RENTALS 12501 at Ave. S. Phone 328-8896 'Industrial and Home Owner Rentals" RUG SHAMPOOERS FLOOR SANDERS RENTAL IS YOUR BEST BUY million deficit was recorded in the first six months of this year. He said this represents a "turnaround of million." Mr. Gillespie said depart- ment officials had investigated the change and found "quite clearly" that "an unprecedented demand on the part of Canadians for North American-made vehicles" is at fault. Welfare rolls decline WASHINGTON (AP) United States welfare rolls edged downward in fiscal 1973 for the first time in seven years. Government figures show that 14.8 million persons were receiving public assistance at the end of last June, a decrease of or 1.7 per cent fewer than a year ago. UNLOP FORD'S Exhibition Pavilion November 6th to 10th V, ff 11 RICK ERVIN photo House collapses This was a two-storey house under construction Engineered Homes Ltd. was building the house, and on Aspen Place S. until about this morning. now it is tearing it down to start over. Foreman Dave High winds lifted the second story and dropped it Gertzen says a patio door may have been left open, about six feet out of line with the foundation. letting in Monday night's stiff west winds. B.C. municipal vote Nov. 17 Acclamations cut election race VICTORIA (CP) A quar- ter of the 679 elected jobs for grabs in province-wide municipal elections Nov. 17 were filled by acclamation Monday as nominations closed across British Columbia. Despite the large number of acclamations there were 169 mayors, aldermen and school trustees who gained of- fice unopposed officials of the municipal affairs depart- ment were impressed with a larger than usual number of candidates. "In recent years we've worried quite a bit about the apathetic attitude of many politicians towards the municipal level of said a depart- ment spokesman. TREND REVERSED "But this year the trend seems to have reversed itself to quite a large extent, par- ticularly in the larger com- munities. And the large number of school board can- didates indicates a renewed interest in the administration of education." Among the province's 139 municipalities 30 cities, 37 districts, 13 towns and 59 villages a total of 107 mayoralties were up for grabs, and 42 of them were filled by acclamation. Of the 405 aldermanic vacancies, 65 were filled by acclamation, as were 62 of the 167 school board seats. In all, a total of can- didates filed nomination papers for the 679 vacant municipal posts the highest number of hopefuls ever to seek two-year terms in B.C.'s annual municipal go-around. All organized communities in the province with the excep- tion of the city of Vancouver are involved in the elections on Nov. 17. Vancouver operates under its own charter and no civic elections are scheduled until late next year. In Kamloops and Kelowna, which were amalgamated with surrounding smaller communities earlier this year, the voters will choose only school board trustees. Mayors and full councils were elected for terms that expire in 1974 earlier this year. In addition to voting for can- didates, those who go to the polls will also be called to vote on a wide variety of plebiscites, money bylaws and referenda worth close to million. The total includes million for schools, million for municipal im- provements such as recreation, roads and sewers, and million for hospitals. PAPERS REJECTED There were few surprises among the nominations, although there was a little ex- citement at Victoria City Hall, where aldermanic hopeful Henry Bitterman had his papers rejected by Return- ing Officer Morran Waller. Mr. Waller ruled that Mr. Bitterman was disqualified from candidacy because his real estate company was in- volved in litigation with the city. The returning officer cited a section of the Municipal Act that bars can- didacy where there is any "disputed account" with the municipality. Mr. Bitterman said he planned to appeal his dis- qualification to a provincial court judge. Elsewhere on the ballot. Mayor Peter Pollen is being challenged by Victoria businessman William Hollick, and 10 persons are in the runn- ing for four aldermanic spots, including all four incumbents. Across the province, other incumbent mayors facing ballot box battles include: Al Holder in Chilliwack, veteran To go before next season Bill will allow suing gov't VANCOUVER (CP) At- torney general Alex Mac- donald said Monday British Columbians will be allowed to sue the provincial government in a bill to be presented at the next session of the B C legislature. Mr. Macdonald, speaking to the B.C. Hotels Association, said suits against the provin- cial crown now are permitted only after receiving the attorney-general's per- mission. Under the bill to be introduced, he said, a person will have the right without the attorney general's per- mission. The attorney-general also told the hotels association meeting that the New Democratic Party govern- ment will introduce changes in provincial liquore regulations. One of the changes will be an end to the monopoly on draft beer held by hotel beverages rooms, Mr. Mac- donald said, allowing other types of outlets in the draft beer field. The meeting was also told the serving of liquor in hotel rooms by room service will be allowed and there will be more live entertainment in li- quor outlets. New B.C. labor code approval in final stage VICTORIA (CP) After seven days of debate, the British Columbia legislature Monday finished clause-by- clause scrutiny of legislation which would set up a new labor code for the province. All that stands in the way of the 153-section bill becoming law is third and final reading, which could come as early as today, and the customary royal assent by the Lieutenant-Governor. Most of the opposition criticism of the bill centred around the court-like powers to be given to the proposed new Labor Relations Board and the fact that there is no appeal to the courts of the board's decisions. The liberals made a final stab Monday at providing greater access to the courts as Garde Gardon Point Grey) moved an amend- ment which would allow the LRB to seek a B.C. Supreme Court opinion on any question of law in the interpretation of the legislation. The amendment would also allow the court of appeal to set aside a board order if a member of the board mis- behaved or was unable to fulfil his duties properly or if there was an error of law or an error of procedure resulting in denial of natural justice. The amendment was defeated by a vote of 32-to-13. Mr. Macdonald said other changes in liquor regulations will allow for more licensed outlets in logging and mining camps. He said he is asking the B.C. Liquor Beard to exairiiiie tlie archaic sections of liquor laws and regulations, such as clos- ing liquor outlets on election day and the prohibition of serving drinks in hotel rooms. "I don't think we should be afraid of looking at the archaic parts of the Liquor he told the meeting, adding he wants the board to make recommendations for changes. Mr. Macdonald said he was uncertain when the govern- ment would make the changes, but said they would be gradual. "There will be gradual changes beginning some time in 1974." Commenting on the end of the hotels' draft beer monopoly, he said there should be no complaint about endangering the financial status of existing beverage rooms. The attorney-general also announced that Nov. 28 has been set as the date for a conference to examine relations between police forces and communities. He said concern over an increasing crime rate in B.C. has led to the calling of the conference. Earlier Monday, Mr. Mac- donald announced the govern- ment is trying to obtain the services of Mr. Justice Thomas Berger of the B.C. Supreme Court to head a Royal Commission inquiry on the family. Vernon Uphill in Fernie, Tom Reid in North Vancouver, former MLA Frank Ney in Nanaimo and former MP Tom Goode in Delta. Among well-known mayors returned by acclamation were: Peter Lester in Prince Rupert, Stuart Fleming in Vernon, Doug Taylor in Mats- qui district, and Oscar Austr- ing in Pitt Meadows. A couple of communities had more than their share of troubles in coming up with any candidates at all. The village of Pemberton hasn't got any candidates for the vacant mayoralty and only one candidate for two aider- manic seats. Other smaller communities also came up short on aldermanic and school board candidates. Sayward village filled its en- tire council two aldermanic seats and the mayoralty by acclamation. In the interior community of Lytton. exasperated village clerk Karl Model unilaterally extended the nominations deadline seven hours in a vain attempt to drum up can- didates for two council seats. "I had no luck at he glumly told reporters, ex- plaining he spent most of the afternoon calling the village's 114 residents and trying to talk someone anyone into run- ning. "I've tried my best and one is just as stubborn as the he said. "Everyone is just too busy." Canada to escape oil boycott OTTAWA (CP) Arab oil- producing countries have in- dicated Canada will escape war-related sanctions impos- ed against some countries, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp said Monday. He told the Commons the government has made initial contact with all the Arab oil- producing countries and there has been no suggestion of a boycott on Canadian shipments The government argued earlier it should not be penalized by Arab s.anctions because it did not favor either side in the Arab-Israeli war. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said there has been no indication of any supp- ly interruption except for one shipment stopped last week by Abu Dhabi, a tiny Persian Gulf state. Resig ns VANCOUVER (CP) After eight years as the mili- tant secretary-treasurer of the British Columbia Federa- tion of Labor, Ray Haynes an- nounced his resignation Mon- day at the federation's 18th annual convention. Canada Pension Plan increase sought by NDP OTTAWA (CP) The New Democrats plan to press for increased Canada Pension Plan benefits despite a Com- mons ruling Monday that the plan can be amended only by the cabinet. House Leader Stanley Knowles North Centre) told the House Monday night that his party intends to ask Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde to make further changes when amendments to pension legislation go to the welfare committee for clause-by- clause study. Mr. Knowles called the pro- posed amendments excellent and said "as far as I can ascertain, I think a pretty good job has been done." Mr. Lalonde "need not look for much trouble in getting it through." However, he hoped the minister could be persuaded to lower the pension eligibility age to 60 from 65 because if the person "is out of the labor market, that is a fair way to do it." Mr Knowles also wants equal rights for housewives. They do not receive pensions under the plan. 'SHOULD CONTRIBUTE' The veteran NDP pension spokesman said a husband's wages should be counted as- joint income if his wife does not work and she therefore should be entitled to contribute to the pension plan. Parts of the legislation app- lying to the public service also need amending, he said, espe- cially sections applying to the widows of public servants. A man collects a 100-per- cent pension on retirement and, if his wife dies, he still collects full pension. If he should die, however, the pen- sion is cut to 50 per cent. "The sense of Mr. Knowles, "really escapes me." The bill Mr. Lalonde will take to committee contains none of these changes but Mr. Knowles said he and other op- position MPs will press for their inclusion despite Com- mons Speaker Lucien Lamoureux's ruling. Mr. Lamoureux endorsed the government claim that the bill is a money bill and, as such, can be altered only to cabinet. Mr. Lalonde said the bill contains the most urgent reforms to the Canada Pen- sion Plan. It gives retroactive cost-of- living increases to persons retired since 1967 and whose pensions previously were restricted to two-per-cent an- nual increments. This means a maximum 20-percent increase in pensions for those who retired in and a minimum eight per cent for those retiring this year. Earlier Monday, the Com- mons completed second read- ing, approval in principle, of the .annual Canadian National Railways financing bill. This bill, which now goes to the transport committee, would provide million for CN capital spending this year and up to million in the first half of next year. It also would permit Air Canada to borrow up to million to discharge obligations due between Jan. 1, 1973, and June 30, 1974, and would approve the issue of million in Air Canada debentures from July 1. 1972, and ending Dec. 31, 1976. Gas bombs destroyed DENVER, Colo. (AP) The U.S. Army began full- scale destruction of leftover Second World War nerve gas bombs Monday at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal northeast of here, a spokesman said. Army Secretary Howard Callaway approved the destruction of 4.2 million pounds of nerve gas contained in bomb clusters. Dean pressured FBI to limit Watergate probe WASHINGTON (AP) A congressional report concludes that former White House counsel John Dean put "tremendous pressure" on the FBI as well as the CIA to limit the first Watergate investigation. The House of Represen- tatives intelligence subcom- mittee report, released today, said Dean urged then-acting FBI director Patrick Gray with about 25 calls in two weeks to hold off investigating evidence that campaign contributions for President Nixon were involved in the break-in at Democratic national committee headquar- ters here. The report quoted Gray as saying Dean's final calls in the effort shortly after the June 17, 1972, break-in were, in the report's words, "made in such a way as to constitute harass- ment." It quoted deputy CIA Direc- tor Vernon Walters as saying Dean told him "the problem was how to stop the FBI investigation beyond the five suspects" caught red-handed in the break-in. CONNECTION DENIED The subcommittee's report on its four-month closed-door investigation of CIA involve- ment in the Watergate scan- dal also said: Dean and former top White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman urged that the FBI not investigate the so- called Mexican connection in- volving Nixon campaign contributions because of possible exposure of secret CIA activities, they were "in- voking non-existing conflicts with CIA operations." CIA and its top of- ficials were nothing more than "unwitting dupes" in supplying disguises used in the Watergate break-in, the burglary of Daniel Ellsberg's psychiatrist's office and other domestic activities. Easterners face gas price hike OTTAWA (CP) Soaring crude oil prices in Venezuela and the Middle East could boost "asoline east of the Ottawa Valley by six cents a gallon before the end of November. This was the bleak assess- ment of one federal source Monday after a staggering 56- per-cent weekend increase in the base price the Venezuelan government uses to calculate oil taxes. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald refused to guess how much prices will rise, or how fast, but warned eastern consumers to prepare for ma- jor increases in the months ahead. There is "really no choice" but to pay the higher prices if consumers are to be supplied with enough oil to meet their needs, he said. PLAIN SIMPLE CHRISTIANITY ARE YOU INTERESTED? MUTUAL BIBLE DISCUSSIONS Opportunity to Ask Questions Sports Centre, Room No. 1 11th St. and 5th Ave. S. Tuesday, October 30 p.m. Come and Speak Out! Everyone Welcome ;