Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
iu, THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 9 Transport board draws criticism OTTAWA (CP) The Con- sumers' Association of Canada (CAC) Monday withdrew its request for a hearing on railway passenger fares, attacking the Canadian transport commission for delays in reaching decisions. M. J. O'Grady, CAC presi- dent, said in a letter to Trans- port Minister Jean Marchand that he is shocked that the transport commission has not yei issued a ruling on the con- sumers' group bid for a hear- ing on Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways fare increases. The request was heard in early April and a decision has not yet been issued. Mr. O'Grady said it now is largely an academic argument whether the fare increase was originally justified. The railways would say it is need- ed now. The increase had been in ef- fect five months and the chances of the appeal being successful were small. A commission spokesman said the case was not official- ly closed until June 20 as CAC lawyers had requested addi- tional information from the railways at the close of the April hearing. The material was supplied by late June. The commissioners involv- ed in the April hearing were busy with other hearings dur- ing the summer, the commis- sion spokesman said. The CAC. which has clashed with the transport commis- sion several times in recent months, urged Mr. Marchand to compel the commission to reach a decision within 60 days of a hearing. The con- sumers group suggested a 15- day limit when the commis- sion is only considering a re- quest for a hearing. The CAC said it could not even appeal a commission rul- ing on the fares because the commission has not issued a decision. But the commission had recently pushed through with "great haste" a hearing and ruling on air fare increases. The increases were opposed by the CAC but were per- mitted by the commission. Mr. O'Grady said the rail in- creases were already in effect when the CAC appealed but the air fares were not. The difference in treatment of the two cases indicates where the commission's sympathies lie. The commission was critical of the way- the CAC proceeded with air fare hearing. The consumers group later replied by asking Mr. Marchand for a better way of hearing consumer protests to air fare increases. Are you looking for steady work with good pay? (SB A mobile home manufacturer is offering just that. We need capable workers immediately to fill existing vacancies in our production line, previous experience not necessary, however it would be preferred. If you are interested please PERSONNEL MANAGER 5 Box 999, Fort Macleod, Alberta Phone 234-4431 Protesi decision A crowd outside the downtown Pittsburgh hotel where President Gerald Ford spoke Monday holds signs in protest of his decision granting a conditions! paro'on to former president Richard Nixon. U.S. draft dodgers outraged DETROIT (AP) American draft resisters in Canada, still awaiting their own presidential amnesty, have expressed outrage over Sunday's full pardon of former president Richard Nixon by President Gerald Ford. In telephone interviews from Toroiuo many of the draft dodgers and United States Army deserters said they had expected a pardon for Nixon would be accom- panied by amnesty for them. :'We had thought all along reason the question of amnesty and reparation for American war resisters came so early in Ford's presidency was to set the stage for giving unconditional amnesty to Nix- on." said Jerry Condon. 27. editor of Amex-Canada, a periodical published in Toronto by American draft dodgers and army deserters. Condon, who used to live in San Mateo. Calif., said war re- sisiers are being asked to pay a penalty to re-enter the U.S. He called Ford's action "a coverup. but not a very good one." Condon also was skeptical that Ford's pardon of Nixon would lessen the re-entry re- quirements for deserters. It had been expected that these be announced today, but a White House spokesman said Monday that Ford has put off indefinitely any decision on the amnestv issue. 'Nixon rule' applied GRAND FORKS: N.D. (AP) County Judge Kirk Smith freed Monday two prisoners previously sentenced to jail "in response to the pardon given Richard Nixon by Gerald Ford. Judge Smith said thai "it is the intention of this court to commute any unserv- ed jai! time and unpaid fines and they are therefore set free." sa QHIEF (Cenadian Side} To Be Removed Sept. 30th, 1974 ft s f Crowd jeers Kennedy BOSTON (AP) Senator Edward Kennedy (Dem. Mass.; was booed and splattered with a rotten tomato Monday when he tried to address about people protesting a court-ordered integration plan for Boston Drowned out by boos, schools. chants and calls of "impeach Kennedy mounted a plat- the senator left the form in front of the John F. platform and went into the Kennpdy Building in Govern- building, making his way ment Centre and tried to through the jeering crowd speak. St. John Ambulance I St. John Ambulance Brigade member Fred Tyrreli simulating the kind of emer- gency treatment provided at public events in Lethbridge. The treatment is being given to his mother, also an active member of the Brigade, in the St. John Am- oulancs mcbils clinic. St. John Ambulance is one of 15 agencies in The Leihbridge United Way. Last year this agency received from United Way funds. SIMS generously tfiis par's 16 1 Ltd. HI Ysur Wsy contribution swipe 14 ffithsr agencies in addition to the St. John Ambulance. 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