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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 6, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE XETHBRIDGE HERAID SeplBmbnr 4, 197S Big soft drink firms accused EDMONTON (CP) Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola, two Am- erican-based international soft drink companies have fought tooth and nail against the de- velopment of an effective re- turn system for beverage con- tainers, Environment Minister Bill Yurko said Tuesday. Mr. Yurko said the firms have refused to co-operate with his department and have be- come "cry babies" because they recognize that the estab- lishment of a fitntnd universal return depot system "m a y have uiternalional implications; they may catch on." NEW SYSTEM The minister announced last week that a system of universal depots would te set up effective Jan. 1 to receive all brands of soft drink containers for re- funds hi addition to liquor ant! wine bottles. Mr. Yurko said most compa- nies co-operated but the action of the two firms in refusing to join the depot system resulted in problem where a consumer could not return all his con taincrs to a single depot. "I have been displeased witl t li e performance of the twi Mr. Yurko said "They have used every method of lobbying I can think of." The minister said he knows the firms intend to launch "publicity campaign" agains the new regulations. YURKO ACCUSED Frank Murphy, Alberta Sof Drink Association presiden and an official of Pepsi Cola said Mr. Yurko was guilty "bad in dealing with a advisory committee appointe to aid in developing the beve: age container return system. Mr. Murphy said the commi tee was "summarily dismissec when they unanimous! agreed that the proposed sy tern of universal depots woul work to the detriment of return able, refillable soft drink bo ties." Dennis Wighton of the Un versily of Alberta committee oecause they "will have to pick up containers from a large number of retail outlets and de- count them, set up more complicated accounting sys- ems to control refunds and landllng charges, transporta- ion costs to the plant from out- ying areas and crush the con- ainers so they cannot be turn- ed in a second time and finally disposed of in accordance with he Mr. Murphy said. He said that un d B r the leg- islation, litter would be reduced only "marginally." Speaker to run again CORNWALL, Out. (CP) Commons Speaker Lucien La- moreux, expected to withdraw from the House at the end of the- last Parliament, announced today that lie will run again as an Independent In Stormont- F1HE DEATHS DOWN BOSTON (AP) There were Duuclas. Constituency Literals Imd ar- ranged a nomination meeting for Thursday night with a strong likelihood that riding president Brian Lynch would lie named lo contest the seat held by Mr. Lamoreux since 1962. Mr. Lynch said today he was 'somewhat surprised" as there been an "understanding" hat Mr. fficer of the Commons since not run again. Wliile Mr. Lamoreoux, 52, did ot mention the prospect of re- urning to the speakci'sliip at a .ews conference, he said he lad been put under pressure to un by members of the federal after deciding to retire. The fact that ho will run igain as an ah el in the 1008 general elec- ion after winning three con- ests as a ome expectation of returning o the chair. DECISION 'DIFFICULT' Mr. Lamoreux described his decision as "the most difficult of my political career." I found It Impossible to re- sist the temptation. Much has iecn done for this area in the past as the result of close co- operation at all levels of gov- ernment, and I would like to be associated with the continued growth of the Members of the constituency 350 fewer fire-attributed deaths in the United States in 197 than in the previous year, thi National Fire Protection Asso- ciation reports. The association said there were deajh. due lo fire In 1971 and 12.20C in 1970. The 1971 total was the lowest since 1963 when deaths were reported, the asso- ciation said. REGISTER HERE The registration desk at the Unl- versily of lethbridgo was a busy place this morning as several hundred students filled out their forms for the fall semester which begins Thursday. The registration be- gan at 9 a.m. and continues until 9 p.m. Officials report- ed that everything was running smoothly, despite the large numbers of students converging on the area. Socred chief retires EDMONTON (CP) Orvls Kennedy, considered one of the prime movers behind the suc- cess of the. Social Credit party in Allierta, has retired, the So- cial Credit League announced today. Mr. Kennedy, 65, left the post of executive 'director Sept. 1 and his duties have been taken over by Eric Lingnau. His retirement is seen as move to prepare the Social Credit organization for a new man at the top: a man who will revitalize the party follow- ing last year's election loss lo the Progressive Conservatives. The Social Credit loss Aug. 30, 1971, put the party Into opposl- ion for the first time in IU liistory. It had been the govern- ment since 1935. Mr. Kennedy won attention as a strategist and power behind the party's leaders with repeat- ed victories starting in 1935 and ending last year. He was a Social Credit member of parliament for Ed- monton East from 1933 to 1940. Liberal executive were to meet today to consider the new situ- ation. The New Democratic Party, only group to contest the last general election against Mr. Lamoreux, is expected to field a candidate. In 1968, Tim Wees polled for that party agalnsC for Mr. Lamo- reux. Company chairman snatched Olympic victims fine athletes Wardair talks going on MONTREAL (CP) Air Canada said hero it is holding discussions; with Wardair of Ed- monton to find the best method in which tha two companies can co-ordinate of their activi- ties. Air Canada said In a state- nment that no agreement has been reached BO far and the discussions are still going on, "It is expected that a state- ment on tha outcome of these conversations will be made shortly." Air Canada said It Issued the statement in response to queries from the news media regarding relations between the two airlines. Inside job seen MUNICH