Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
I Gov't rejects rail passenger service plans Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal government has told Canada's two railway companies that it wants a com- bined industry proposal for a "simple integrated pas- senger service" for the future, not the separate proposals provided by officials of Canadian National Railway Company and Canadian Pacific Railway Com- pany of Montreal that were unveiled in Ottawa behind closed doors in September. And the transport ministry has also made it clear the government wants future passenger service centred on convenient inter-city so-called "city pair" concept rather than the bid approach centred on transcontinental railway passenger service, according to federal and industry sources. The sources predict that it'will now take "months" to iron-out a combined passenger service proposal of the type that would be acceptable not only to Canadian National and Canadian Pacific but also to the federal government. In the meantime, aU parties in the sorting-out exer- cise continue to operate under a self-imposed silence on the main proposals already made by industry and the thrusts wanted by Ottawa. Canadian National, which quietly says it in fact proposed a plan for an "industry-wide" passenger ser- vice for Canada in its meeting with transport ministry officials in September, may be the first to break the silence. One CN official suggested the company would be making its proposal public in some form within a few weeks, possibly either via a news conference or a public statement. Proposals 'compatible9 Canadian Pacific, which contends its proposals to Ottawa are "compatible" with those made separately by CN, says it is up to the government to reveal any of industry's proposals, since Ottawa asked for the proposals. _ One highly-placed federal transport source said that while the government appreciated the separate briefings By CN and by CP on passenger service costs, timetables, and concepts, what the federal govern- ment really wants to start with is a "consolidated" presentation from both companies, laying out in- dustry's proposals on an "integrated passenger ser- vice." The source said that Transport Minister Marchand would then want to proceed with more formal dis- cussions with the railway industry on what Ottawa feels it could support and what it wants in the way of rail to achieve passenger service. He suggested that the first priority is to. establish passenger service concentrated on inter-city pairs, such as between major cities like Ottawa and Montreal, Toronto and Montreal, etc. Then, the idea would be to build-up passenger srrvice on a wider regional basis, out from inter city transport service. The two national railway companies would be ex- pected to share equipment, facilities and track much more than they now do, as a way of achieving this much more integrated approach to passenger service. Reasonable approach Spokesmen for both CN and CP agreed Tuesday that this was a much more reasonable approach to passenger service. But they added that even concentrating on inter-city railway passenger service would not allow the railway companies to make money. Substantial and increased federal assistance would still be required. In fact, CN has already proposed that a new integrated industry approach along these lines would likely require an extra or more for five years between 1975 and 1980, to improve track and facilities and obtain new equipment for the industry. This would be in addition to the federal subsidy now be- ing provided the industry for money-losing passenger services across estimated at anywhere from ISO-million to f 100-million a year. Canadian National also agrees that the idea of a transcontinental railway service as a way of moving passengers coast to coast is dead, except perhaps for tourists. He suggested most Canadians wanting to travel long distances go by air and most of the use of transcon- tinental rail service is for inter-city travel Government and industry sources suggested this week that the Canadian National proposals are in fact closer to what the federal transport department wants than the Canadian Pacific proposals. And, in one specific area, that of experimental train service, there seems to be an initial government preference for CN's once-troubled Turbo over CP's less-tested LRC or Light, Rapid and Comfortable train. Nixon In critical condition following surgery LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Former president Richard Nixon is still on the critical list at Long Beach Memorial Hospital although he shows some improvement and bis internal bleeding has ap- parently stopped, his doctor said today. "His vital signs are said Dr. John Lungren; adding that Nixon had some "inter- rupted sleep" during the night. Premiers worried about anti-inflation measures OTTAWA (CP) The 10 provincial premiers gathered at Prime Minister Tradeau's residence today for a private conference on how to deal with inflation, but some suggested they want to avoid any anti-inflation measures that might interfere with their own priorities. Premier Gerald Regan of Nova Scotia said as he entered he does not want controls that might hold back provinces with high unemployment and slow-growth problems. Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan arrived with a ready-made statement outlin- ing proposals for a tax-sap- ported food bank, which he had discussed Tuesday at a news conference. Ontario Premier William Davis expressed particular concern about bousing, saying he wants more construction in his province and reduced interest rates for low-income house buyers. Mr. Regan also said be op- poses farther increases in the price of Canadian-produced oil. The last meeting between Mr. Tradean and the premiers was in March when they agreed to fix the price of domestically produced crude oil at 16.50 a barrel until June, 1975. Mr. Regan said be believes that OK world price, about higher, is artificially rigged and that the Canadian price should not rise to that level. Most premiers bad little comment as they hustled through rainy weather into the meeting, which opened with a- luncheon. The former president is ex- periencing restlessness and occasional nausea, Lungren said. He said anti-coagulation triggered the bleeding that sent Nixon into shock for three hours Tuesday after phlebitis been discontinued and will not be begun again "until we feel safe that bleeding from sur- gery is not a danger." Lungren said Nixon receiv- ed three pints of blood during transfusions to counteract shock and internal bleeding. "There were no significant bleeding problems en- countered at the time of sur- he said. Lungren's remarks came in a three-page written state- ment read to reporters by a hospital spokesman. He attributed'the internal bleeding'to secondary reac- tion to anticoagulation drugs Nixon had been receiving to combat the threat of potentially-fatal blood clots. Lungren said he had been in contact with President Ford's physician, Dr. William Lukash, Tuesday night and this morning. "He expressed President Ford's deep concern over Mr. Nixon's condition and asked me to convey to former presi- dent Nixon and Mrs. Nixon that his prayers are for his full and complete recovery. "Dr. Lukash also requested that I keep in contact with him so he and President Ford may be apprised of any change in the former president's condi- tion." Nixon's wife, Pat, and daughters Trim and Julie arrived at the hospital before Lungren's statement to be at Nixon's bedside. Lungren said Nixon is receiving intravenous an- tibiotics and is under con- tinuous intensive care. "He is being monitored as any patient in critical dition, and this includes con- tinuous monitoring of heart activity and such tests as constant monitoring of blood volume determination." The statement added: "At this time it would be premature to provide a of Nixon's outcome. The Lethbvidge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1974 15 Cents 64 PAGES Moving up Pressing upwards, the Lethbridge senior citizens' high rise nudges closer to completion. The 10-storey high rise is expected to be completed around April at a cost of about million. The building is to accommodate 160 tenants in 122 bachelor and 19 one bedroom suites. Even as the high rise is being built, two more senior citizens' lodges are being requested for the Lethbridge area. Bread price may rise if Crow rate abolished EDMONTON dian consumers could face an increase in the price of bread if the Crowsnest agreement, which has provided low rates on rail movement of grain the last 78 years, is abolished, agriculture industry spokesmen said Tuesday. When Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, said Monday the rate should be abandoned, be emphasized that producers must be protected against the higher costs of shipping their grain. But he did net say whether the HrOuM (MvteCt millers against higher freight rates on the grain they use to mill flour. Industry spokesmen attending the semi-annual meeting of the Canadian Grains Council, which ended Tuesday, were hesitant to comment because the rate abolition was only one of many suggestions to moder- nize the country's deteriorating grain handling and transportation system. J. H. Easton of Ottawa, an advisor with the grains group of the industry, trade and commerce department, said that with the balk of mining now done in Eastern Canada, be -'assumed" that removal of the Crowsnest or statutory rate would "have an impact" on the price of floor. He empbasired the govern- ment has implemented the two-price system under which doitnestic wheat sells at a cheaper price than mat for ex- port and that any increase in transportationcosts on grain for milling would "exert a small amount of pressure." "Sat dao'l think traas- portation costs would have a -terrific impact on the price of bread." Meanwhile, 'Mr. Lang stressed Tuesday that if the Crow rate is abolished, the benefits of the rates to prairie farmers will be maintained some other way. Lang, the minister respon- sible for the Canadian Wheat Board, was asked in Uw Com- mons by opposition MP% to explain his remarks to the Canada Grains Council in Ed- monton Monday suggesting Oat the rates, established at the end of the last century, may be replaced. Under the scheme low rates are provid- ed for grain, destined for ex- port and domestic markets, moving to the West Coast H was only last week that Transport Minister Jean Marchand stated in the Com- mons that no one in his depart- ment had indicated that the Crows Nest Pass rates should be modified. Lang stated that be made It clear at the Edmonton meeting "that this govern- WAS not IDOViQg ill any sense from the benefit of the Crows Next rate." He said he had suggested that the benefits might be transferred to prairie farmers in a better way rattier than through the "inflexible rate" itself. "It is just a double cross of the western inter- jected former Conservative Prime Montr John Diefenba- ker But despite pressure, Mr. Lang would not go into detail, saying he thought it would not be "appropriate at this tune" to make policy statements. In a news release later, be said "freight rate changes on rail movement of Prairie grains may have to be made." Housing starts drop OTTAWA (CP) Housing starts in September were down 31.4 per cent from the corresponding month last year, Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) reported today. The actual number of bous- ing starts in urban centres 'during the month diupped to from in September, 1973. Based on an annual rate, boosing starts to the end of 1976 are expected to be 19WOO Gov't reviews medical code Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Major legislation intended to up- grade medical profession standards and give the public a say in decisions affecting doctors was introduced in the legislature Tuesday. The bill would also enable persons such as trained am- bulance attendants to render emergency aid they are not now legally entitled to per- form. Introduced by Health Minister Neil Crawford, the rewrite of the province's Medical Profession Act was originally requested by 'the profession. One major provision tightens regulations for doctors hoping to practise here. "It does away with the provision which allowed graduates of other medical schools, primarily in the British Isles and United States to be admitted to practise in Alberta with little Mr. Crawford said outside the house. "The new provision basical- ly requires the passing of an examination which is sefon a Canadian basis." It is intend- ed to insure immigrating doc- tors meet Canadian standards of training. "For people who haven't passed the exam, they can practise for a period of two years in order to upgrade their Mr. Crawford said. "We feel that it won't unreasonably restrict the immigration of doctors in to the province." Doctors immigrating to the Province after the bill is assented to, probably later this fall, would be the only ones affected. A second major provision would give the college of physicians and surgeons the power to demand doctors take additional training after medical school. "Doctors have for some time asked the government to provide them with a means of controlling qualifications and upgrading of their members on a continuing basis, to be able to require them to take refreshers and the like." In the past he said the college could act only if there were incompetency demonstrated by a doctor. "It is a positive approach as op- posed to a negative approach. It was put forward by the profession as one of the ways they can protect and better serve the public." A third provision would re- quire three members of the public sit on the college coun- cil, its chief executive body. "There has been me sugges- tion for a number of years that when professional bodies deal wife UK profession, the public tends to think the professional people are being overly protective of their own members. "It is deliberately intended to allay these types of fears." Sevn and IMMVO About town NORMA RAMAGE daim- ing to be Letbbridfe's answer to Evel Knievel as she prepares fora map box deitiy Bffl Deckel answering his phone "City morgue." A relic aircraft crash kills 32 EDMONTON (CP) Only two persons survived early to- day when an oil company aircraft carrying 34 persons crashed off the east coast of Melville Island in the high Arctic. The Lockeed Electra, owned by Panarctic Oils Ltd. of Calgary, crashed into the ice between Byaro Martin Island and Melville Island on its approach to a landing strip at Rea Point on Melville. The survivors, in satisfactory condition at University Hospital here, were identified as David Button and Gary Wayman. The hospital said their ages and hometowns were not immediately available. Graham Laughren of Calgary, public relations officer for Panarctic, said three persons survived the crash but one died en route to hospital. The survivors were suffering frostbite and facial lacerations and one had an undetermined back injury while the other was suffering a leg injury. They arrived at the industrial airport here about a.m. MST after a four hour flight from Melville Island. Doctors attending the two survivors said they would not allow them to be interviewed immediately because of their emotional condition. The Edmonton weather office said there were brisk northwest winds and temperatures of five to 10-below-zero in the Melville Island area at the time of the crash. A transport ministry spokesman said that when the aircraft failed to arrive, a Twin Otter aircraft was sent to search and found a hole in the sea ice about two miles from the end of the runway. He said early reports indicated the plane crashed while on a landing approach. The sand and gravel runway is operated by Pan- Arctic which also owns the aircraft navigational aids, including a SOO-watt non-directional radio beacon. A Canadian forces search and rescue spokesman here said the crash occurred about a.m. and that no search operation was involved. Grain inspectors return to work VANCOUVER (CP) Movement of Prairie wheat out of two British Columbia ports resumed today as 48 grain inspectors returned to work at 8 a.m. after booking off sick for two days. Bill Longmuir, spokesman for the Canadian Grain Com- mission, said employees in Vancouver had started un- loading boxcars of wheat and operations at the ter- minals were "back in produc- tion and going strong." The book-offs halted grain shipments out of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Mr. LoQgnmir said grain continued to move out of Vic- toria because inspectors there did not book off sick. A spokesman for the Public Service Affiance of Canada, which represents the inspec- tors, would not indicate if more book-offs are planned before completion of a con- ciliation report by the public service relations board, ex- pected by Nov. 12. A spokesman for CP Rail said boxcars continued to move from the Prairies Mon- day and Tuesday. He said CP Rail has about grain cars stretched between Field, B.C. and Vancouver, with about 850 of those in the Vancouver area. A Canadian National Railways spokesman said more than 550 of its grain cars, in place on sidings since Monday morning, have started moving through the terminals. Classified Comics Comment District Family Local News Markets...........29 Sports...........2W6 Theatres............5 TV.................5 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT HIGH TOURS. SUNNY. COOLER.