Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wvdnmday, ScptwnbW LETHBRIDGE 'Excellent job' Travel offer testimony heard at probe firm closes EDMONTON (CP) Mayor Ivor Dent said Tuesday he was told last fall that "an excellent job" might be waiting for him after his term ended if he softened his at- titude towards two city developers. The developers he named, Raphael and Eskandar Ghermezian, are central figures in a judicial inquiry into allegations of wrongdoing at city hall. Aid. Alex Fallow has said they offered him a "gift" in appreciation for his vote at city council in favor of a rezoning for a shopping centre the Ghermezians were developing. The Ghermezian brothers testified that Aid. Fallow himself sought the money from them but was refused. Mayor Dent told the inquiry he met on Oct. 2 last year with city contractor Norman Nilson. The mayor testified that Mr. Nilson told him the Ghermezian brothers had suggested "that if I were easier on them in my attitude on city council it would be possible there would be an ex- cellent job available for me after I was finished as mayor." Mayor Dent said he told Mr. Nilson "that I was not par- ticularly interested in money or making money and I said I would rather drop the conver- sation." "He said 'I think they are stupid in thinking they could do business in this the mayor said of Mr. Nilson's reaction. The mayor testified that im- mediately after the session with Mr. Nilson he called a meeting of the city's commis- sion board and told them about the offer, naming the Ghermezians. "I said to them that I wish No sabotage in TWA crash ATHENS (Reuter) The Athens coroner ruled out Tuesday the possibility of sabotage in the crash last Sun- day of a Trans World Airlines Boeing 707 jetliner in which 88 people died. The coroner, Demetriot Kapsaskis, said post mortems on some of the crash victims had satisfied him that there was no in-flight explosion but that the victims died of in- juries sustained when the plane crashed. The bodies also showed no burns or shrapnel marks which would indicate an explosion before the crash impact, he said. that in dealings that staff members had with the Ghermezians, they be ex- tremely careful. I remember I was quite upset. I said to them this may be a feeler for a bribe." In other testimony Tuesday, the son of Aid. Bill McLean denied that he attempted to use his father's influence to obtain restaurant concessions from the Ghermezian brothers. Doug McLean, 22, told the inquiry under Mr. Justice William Morrow of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories of a series of meetings he had last year with the Ghermezian brothers to discuss various business propositions. Mr. McLean said on Sept. 26 he visited the Ghermezians to ask for the restaurant concessions in the Westgate Shopping Centre, subject of the rezoning mentioned in earlier testimony. In previous testimony, Raphael Ghermezian testified that Mr. McLean told him that if the Ghermezians wanted "my old man's support" on their shopping centre proposal, they would have to concessions. But on Tuesday, Mr. McLean said he had never made such a statement to the Ghermezians and did not recall anything in relation to the bylaw vote that Raphael Ghermezian could have mis- interpreted. The alderman's son told the inquiry that he always con- sidered himself to be speaking only for himself in his dealings with the Ghermezians.. "Anytime I dealt with them, I was dealing for myself. And I felt that they were dealing with me on my own merits, nothing to do with my father." The Ghermezians' lawyer asked him what he considered his own merits to be. Mr. McLean said the Ghermezians did not know much about him. Concerning the request for the restaurant concessions which Mr. McLean acknowledged, he made at the meeting accompanied by his cousin, Don Nelson, the lawyer observed: "You fellows didn't have much to offer, did Mr. McLean said. They did not receive the concession. KEEPS MANY IN WORK With more than government employees, Kansas City ranks second only to Washington, D.C., as government employment centre. The Rogers9 Prize- winners are here. Fifty delicious priHe-winning recipes o.f the more than entered in Rogers' Recipe Contest have now been assembled in a new cook booklet that's yours FREE for the asking. Just send your name and address to THE PRIZE-WINNERS, Rogers' Recipes, P.O. Box 2150. Vancouver. B.C. V6B 3V2. Here's a sample from that new collection of bright ideas using Rogers" Golden Syrup. You'll find everything from Fruit Flip drink to Do-Ahead Beef Stew among The Prize-Winners. 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Jill Prindiville, who worked for Four Seasons said, employees were informed Fri- day that the company was go- ing to close. She has since begun working for Calladine and Baldry Ltd., another travel firm which is trying to honor Four Seasons' bookings. James Calladine, president of Calladine and Baldry, said between 300 and 350 persons would be affected by the clos- ing of Four Seasons, but said that this did not mean that many people would be strand- ed without holidays. "It's likely that in a number of these cases we will find that the clients' money has not been lost and that, in fact, their holidays have been paid he said. "In other cases, only partial payments may have been made on behalf of a client. Banker proposes government walk the middle road Going up Nine Folland 'Gnat' jet aircraft of the "Red Arrows" Royal Air Force aerobatic team leave trails of smoke as they climb over Farnborough on the last day of the Farnborough air show. TORONTO (CP) A Cana- dian banker urged the federal government Tuesday to walk the middle road between ex- pansion and restraint in trying to steer the economy on an even course. Dr. B. V. Gestrin, a vice- president of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, said some difficult decisions will have to be made between promoting continued growth of the Canadian economy and the stabilization of prices. Dr. Gestrin said the ex- pansionary approach, follow- ed by the government to date, would only aggravate inflation. But on the other hand, too much restraint might create a prolonged recession, he said. Dr. Gestrin was addressing the Toronto chapter of the Fi- nancial Executives Institute. The government's ex- pansionary stance has placed too heavy a burden on the Bank of Canada. If the govern- ment held back on its spen- ding, it would stimulate investment and take some pressure off the financial markets, he said. Canadians can expect that food-price inflation will ease by 1975 and wage settlements can be expected to be higher than average as workers try to recover from the effects of inflation. The bank's senior economist said the higher wage demands will, however, decrease profits and push prices up. So inflation will ease only slightly, dropping to around nine per cent, he predicted. Looking towards the future, he said, residential construc- tion will continue to be weak throughout the beginning of next year. Consumer spending will recover somewhat after sagging for the remainder of this year. Export sales will not pick up until Canada's trading United States, Japan, the United to show some signs of recovering. Business investment should continue to be strong. He estimated funds raised by the business sectors from major lenders will total billion in 1975, compared with billion this year. Bank loans will account for billion while bond issues will raise another billion of the requirements. 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