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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 32-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD- Stpttmbw 'Bribe feeler' relayer vague about incident EDMONTON (CP) Mayor Ivor Dent said Wednes- day the man who he says relayed "a feeler for a bribe" from city developers Raphael and Eskandar Ghermezian later could not recall the in- cident. Mayor Dent, testifying before the Morrow inquiry into Edmonton civic affairs, said that Norman Nilsen, the city contractor he identified Tuesday as being the man who made him aware of the "feeler" offer, told him at a meeting in March of this year that "he didn't remember the gist of the conversation that we had." Mayor Dent testified Tues- day that Mr. Nilsen told him Oct. 2, 1973 that he had had discussions with the Ghermezians "and they had suggested to him that if I were easier on them in my attitude on city council that it would be possible there would be an ex- cellent job available for me after I was finished as mayor. G. R. Forsyth, counsel for the commission, asked the mayor if Mr. Nilsen had denied the gist of the conver- sation the mayor related to the inquiry Tuesday. Mr. Dent replied that the discussion between himself and Mr. Nilsen this March was not of that nature. The mayor said he described the Oct. 2 incident in "in an informational way" but that Mr. Nilsen "had a vague recollection or no recollection of that part of our conversation." POLICE INTERVIEW The March meeting between the mayor and Mr. Nilsen took place after the mayor had been interviewed by Insp. A. W. R. Lefeuvre of the city police in an investiga- tion of a claim by Aid. Alex Fallow that he had been offered a "gift" of from Raphael Ghermezian. Under questioning by J. W. McClung, lawyer for Mr. Nilsen, the mayor testified that at the March meeting, Mr. Nilsen was "absolutely emphatic" that at no time had he been commissioned by the Ghermezians to convey the .ob offer the mayor had described. The mayor also testified that Mr. Nilsen had suggested to him that the mayor's under- standing of the incident could have resulted from a mis- interpretation of something Mr. Nilsen said at the Oct. 2 luncheon. Mr. Nilsen, the mayor said, had been surpris- ed at the allegation the mayor later disclosed to Insp. Lefeuvre. Mr. McClung asked if the mayor could recall himself and Mr. Nilsen discussing a shopping centre rezoning application the Ghermezians had before council prior to dis- cussion of the job offer. "When the discussion in- volved the suggestion that the Ghermezians thought I should go easier on them, I think I inferred what was being spoken of" the mayor said. "Can you say with positive certainty that the Ghermezian development was not dis- asked Mr. McClung. "I don't recall that it was discussed the mayor replied. Mayor Dent made it clear he did not favor developers or other -persons who tried "socialize" him to their way of thinking. But when W A. McGillivray, counsel for the Ghermezians, specifically asked whether the mayor felt the eight aldermen who voted in favor of the Ghermezian development were bought, or were not voting strictly on the merit of the project or were undully influenced, the mayor said he did not know whether the socializing the Ghermezians did with the aldermen had any impact or not. The mayor replied, "I don't think it OPENS EXHIBITION LOS ANGELES (Reuter) The Earl of Snowdon, photographer-husband of Princess Margaret, launched his first North American tour of his photographic art in a department store here Tuesday. Ambassador Shirley Former movie star Shirley Temple Black appears before the U.S. Senate foreign relations committee in Washington Wednesday on her appointment to be ambassador to Ghana. Alaskans'choice: 'fuel or grub' ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) While the rest of the United States waits hungrily C J EQUIPMENT RENTALS 1410-2ndAve. S. 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Now he says he doesn't have enough to buy butter, at a pound, or a 12-ounce can of corned beef which sells for in his hometown of Egegik in Bristol Bay. FUEL COSTS DOUBLE Native speakers told the panel many isolated areas will run out of fuel this winter, not because there isn't enough of it, but because the cost of fuel has doubled this year. Michael Harper of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program said native villages are feeling a crunch because of a new policy of oil suppliers which requires an advance cash payment when the fuel order is placed. David Friday of Bethel said, "Because our people are still largely dependent on the land for their food, no reduction of gasoline consumption is ex- pected in the near future. We must travel farther and farther from our villages to catch the amount of food we require for our families." Friday said his organization studied the possibility of returning to dog sleds as a means of catching food, but declared it improbable in his region. 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