Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 31, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbndge Herald LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1974 15 Cents 40 Pages Municipal loan fund boosted Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta this year will pump million of its resource revenues into a program to ease municipal capital spending woes. For Lethbridge it means a green light on industrial expansion, Dave Russell, minister of municipal affairs, announced today. It is the biggest chunk of resource revenues to be allocated to date, Mr. Russell said. "What we are doing is Export tax said threat to heavy Fish-eye view If Charlie the Tuna were to visit the Lethbridge held this weekend with representatives attending from Sportsplex, this is how he might see it. This photo the city, provincial and federal governments. AcUvi- taken by Herald photographer Rick Ervin, was shot with ties during the opening Saturday include a Pee Wee 10-second exposure through a fish-eye lens, giving Hockey tournament, figure skating and speedskating a 180-degree view of the interior of the Sportsplex, demonstrations and public skating. See other stories, The official family opening of the new arena will be pictures on pages 24 and 25. Agricultural chemicals necessary, EGA warned By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Use and misuse of agricultural chemicals must be differentiated before legislation is passed that might rob fanners of their most effective tool in the fight for increased production, four municipal district represen- tatives warned Wednesday. Appearing before the Alberta Environment Conser- vation Authority public hear- ing into the use of pesticides and herbicides, officials said closer controls of the sale and application of chemicals through public education most be the answer to satisfy both Crash survivors ask interview ban EDMONTON (CP) The two survivors of a plane crash that killed 32 persons in the high Arctic early Wednesday are unlikely to tell their story of the disaster for at least a of days. :David Hatton and Gary Weyman, both of Calgary, are in satisfactory condition in University Hospital here with injuries suffered when the four-engine Lockheed Ekctra owned by Panarctic Oils Ltd. of Calgary mmtifd ttimugh rough sea fee in the worst plane crash ever hi the Cana- dian Arctic. Hospital officials said late Wednesday that the men, and their physician, have re- quested m tatenriews be held for at least two days. Relatives of oil rig workers in Edmonton and Calgary sought frantically Wednesday to establish whether anyone in their families was involved in the crash. S. Africa UN expulsion vetoed UNITED NATIONS (AP) South Africa is keeping its membership hi the United Na- tions as the result of a triple veto by the United States, Britain and France. But even its supporters demanded that the white South African government change its racial policies. passenger plan not dead yet says Marchand HeraM Ottawa Bncn OTTAWA Transport MinWer Jew Marchand said Wednesday that the Liberal government's election-time proposal to establish a Crown agency to tike over railway paiiiimi service in Canada is "not dead yet" And be said outside the K 0 Ktviiiff flic country's two major raflway companies anon two iiiumin to come up with firm uiuuyiali OB what they would do if they are allowed to con- tinue to operate the country's railway passenger service themselves, hi an improved fashion. He said he has talked with the presidents of Canadian National Railway Ltd. and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., both of Montreal, and that he was toid by them that the raflway companies want to continue operating in Canada. agricultural and environmen- talist sectors. John Otto of the County of Warner told 130 people at the Exhibition Grounds at the se- cond of 14 public hearings use of chemicals wouldn't be a problem if containers were labelled so they could be used properly. Miro Tomasta, councillor for the County of Lethbridge, said although pesticides and herbicides are vital to an economical agriculture, they are too easily available to the general public. He said controls are needed at the selling level to dis- conrage the abuse of chemicals but, "hi no way can we say-that they must be banned entirely as the en- vironmentalists suggest." Ken Beswick of the Municipal District of Cardston said while chemical use is important in the fanners' fight with weeds and other pests, non-chemical prevention has always been and will continue to be the first line of defence against most pests. It has been the limitations of mechanical prevention mat has made supplemental control with chemicals so im- portant to farmers, he said. He said there also are some pests which don't respond to non-chemical control methods. "Our most effective weapon is a joint approach with cultural control supplemented by selective chemical said Mr. Beswick. The result is greater production of higher quality food products at lower con than would otherwise be possible, be said. Richard Berringer of dareshobn, fiddman for the Municipal District of Willow Creek, picked apart the authority's information bulletins on points that don't apply to his area. He said ft is wrong to say spiaying vegetation hi road- side ditches drives grasshoppers into fields. Comment District............15 Family..........33-35 Local Markets...........31 Sports...........21-23 TV.................7 Weather............3 Youth..............8 LOW TONIGHT 39; HIGH FRI. M; MOSTLY SUNNY. Trick or treat? investing in our own growth, where the action is, in our municipalities." These are the highlights of his announcement which was to be made to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association: The province will add million to the Alberta Municipal Finance Cor- poration, the agency which provides communities with capital funds, in the current year an additional million to million will be made available each year thereafter; Spending ceilings imposed on municipalities to qualify for loans will be removed "municipal governments will now decide locally the extent of their borrowing Mr. Russell said; Cash payments will be made to communities beginn- ing next year to stabilize interest rates on capital borrowings at eigfit per cent (the present AMFC rate is 9% per cent) and this portion of the program is estimated to cost 2.8 million in 1975-76; Mr. Russell's announce- ment today lifted a veil of suspense hanging over the future of the city's northern industrial park. Wednesday, the crty was granted a two week extension on an option to purchase 206 acres from Lethbridge Theatres Ltd. However, the program does not appear to directly help the city's acquisition of the property, City Manager Allister Findlay said. "We wanted a kind of partnership in which we could reimburse the government as we sold the Mr. Findlay said. "My concern is that if he has to go into a development like the industrial park through the Alberta Municipal Finance Corporation, the city woulo Lave to issue 20 year debenture he said. That would mean the city would be making interest payments over 20 years when it could pay off the loan in possibly five years when all the land was sold to in- dustrialists, he said. oil industry Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta and Saskatchewan's heavy oil in- dustry is in serious jeopardy because of the federal export tax on crude oil, says Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals. About jobs in the Uoydminster area depend on the heavy oil industry, and a lesser number in Southern Alberta. Mr. Dickie said Wednesday the industry re- quired a reduction in the federal tax within weeks. Ottawa has already reduced by 50 cents its a barrel levy in recognition of the greater difficulty heavy oil has in competing for American markets compared to light and medium oils The heavy crude is used to make asphalt. Mr. Dickie would like to see another chopped to bring the tax down to a barrel. Some of Alberta's produc- tion comes from the Taber region. About 50 Taber residents could be affected by a shutdown, Tom Anton, secretary treasurer for the town said Wednesday. The jobs in the Lloyd- minster region 150 miles east of Edmonton dependent on the industry are not in imminent danger. "We may have to do some cutting back but we have several Ken Hill, division manager for Husky Oil, told The Herald. Husky is the major producer at Uoydminster. The market problems could see production reduced up to 25 per cent, Mr. Hill said, but his company was not planning to shut down any wells yet. Part of the problem with heavy oil is whiter cutbacks caused by less use of asphalt. If a well is forced 1o close down, it can be expensive to put it back into production. Shifting sands can clog it and require redlining. Property sharing legislation urged Lougheed silent on inflation talk Calves killed OTTAWA (CP) There was general agreement among the provincial premiers and the prime minister Wednesday mat anti- inflationary measures should not slow economic growth. Nine premiers pronounced themselves pleased with the dosed five-hour conference on economic issues at Prime Minister Trudeau's residence and in general endorsed the federal approach to economic policies. The 10th, a tight-lipped Pre- mier Peter Lougheed of Al- had no comment on the meeting called to talk about inflation. It was requested by the premiers at a September conference. Others readily offered com- ments as they emerged from 21 Susses Drive into a foggy Ottawa evening. Mr. Lougheed said be bad a dnty to report to the Alberta legislature, now in session, be- fore commenting publicly on the confe Mr. Lougheed had held a news conference after a first ministers meeting in March to fix the price of domestic crude oil. The legislature also was in session at that time. THE CANADIAN PRESS Hundreds of calves were slaughtered Wednesday as beef and dairy farmers in two niore Quebec regions con- tinued the growing protest over low prices paid to provin- cial beef producers. REGINA (CP) The Sas- katchewan Law Reform mission today called for legislation to give husbands and wives an equal share in property acquired during their marriage. In its first recommen- dations since being organized last February, the commis- sion made three major proposals for new laws: should have wide discretion to order division of. all property between spouses. spouse should have an equal share in the matrimonial home. married after the new law is passed should share equally in all property acquired during the marriage. The commission emphasiz- ed that today's recommen- dations are tentative and sub- ject to change depending on public reaction. Its final recommendations are to be given to the provincial government some time next year. Nixon still critical LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) Richard Nixon's doctor says it is too early to nuke a long-range prediction on the health of the former president Bat Dr. John Lanfren said Wednesday that Nixon's vital signs have stabilized, although he remains on the critical list Dutch hostage drama ends in surprise commando raid THE HAGUE (Renter) Fifteen huge Dutch marine commandos smash- ed into the rhapri of Schevenmgen prison today to four armed. rebel convicts and free their hostages. ing and firing gun into the About town Schoolteacher Gaelyad PUltag, Magrath, slopping a night university class because be was afraid bis professor wooMfind be didn't have Ids air to terrify the convicts, the marines, members of an elite close-combat special group, ended the 105-hour prison seige without bloodshed. Hague Police Commissioner Kees Peyster said one of the convictsmade a move to shoot back but was Juwwu ag- ed when several of the marines, an huge menespeciany trained in hand to Justice Minister Andreas van Agt declined to say bow the marines, back- ed by Hague city police, got into the chapel. But a senior police officer who asked not to be named toW Renters that the raiding party used a thermal lance to burn through the locks of the dupel door. At the same time, the raiders buried magnesium grenades through the chapel windows. Tne glaring light of tne burning magnesium apparently hand fighting, fired his bead. Peyster told a news conference after the 4 ajm assault that the Marines would have killed the convicts, who included a Palestinian guerrilla hi- jacker, if they had opened fire witt the two pistols mat had been smuggled to them hi pi ism. temporarily blinded the convicts. Peyster said 32 marines took putt hi the operation which was aO over in 15 minutes. Fifteen men made tne first assault while 17 others stormed in as a S6CQWQ Peyster said the hostages, 13 men and two women, were sleeping on the left side of the chapel while their cap- tors were on the right. One of men, 27-year-oM Dutchman Jan Brouwers, serving seven yean for robbery and violence, was the only con- vict to make for Us pistol, but he dropped it at the marines' warning shots. Another prisoner, 23-year-old Mohammed bin Kondacbe, tried to hide among 4he hostages but was plucked out by the marines, Peyster said. The convicts did not make known their major plane to fly them out of the Tuesday night. Van Agt said the decision to freetiw (rf'isuoers by force was taken because the behavior of the convicts, and es- pecially that of Brouwers and another Dutchman, 26-year-old Daan de Me was becoming close to panic. "Therefore we came to be convinced that the continuation of negotiations (with the prisoners) could have led to a diauta, a ufcmdbath, to the be said.