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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 23, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 12 THI IETHBRIDOI HSJJAID Solurdny, 33, 197J U.S., Soviets join in pollution fight By 11EDMCK SMITH New York Times Service MOSCOW The United States .-UK! the have agreed to Soviet Union undertake 30 joint projects on environmental protecfon for Uic cities, farms, rivers, lakes and air of both countries. At a news conference conclud- ing the three-day meeting of Tax column thoir newly established Joint Committee on Cooperation in Hie Field ot Environmental Pro- tection, Soviet mid American officials said that some actual projects would get under way as early as November and would piit Soviet specialists on American research sites to' weeks or mor.tlis as well as Americans in the Soviet Union. If the projects develop as hoped, ono American official said, as many as several hun- dred scientists and specialists would be involved in joint stud- ies on such problems as air and water pollution, oil spills, seis- mic research, comprehensive urban environ mental problems, pest management to reduce used of chemical pesticides, at- mospheric pollution problems caused by super-sonic trans- ports, or the unusual problems of permafrost regions, where the ground is frozen year-round, Russell E. Train, chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and cliief American delegate here, hailed the agreement as an un- precedented breakthrough in Gov't improves tax information By T. H. ASPEil j One of the most com-' mendable improvements in- stituted by the federal govern- ment in the operation of the revenue department in the last few years has been the publica- tion of regular information cir- culars and interpretation bulle- tins. These circulars and bulletins are available to all taxpayers are intended to inform the public and its tax advisers on what is happening in the tax department generally and, more specifically, clarify and explain exactly hoiv the offi- cials intend to administer and enforce (he complex tax laws. To take a fictitious example, the statute law may say thai all "reasonable" entertainment expenses for promoting one's business may be claimed as a business deduction. The tax di- vision may then issue an inter- pretation bulletin defining wha: it will consider "reasonable" in giving circumstances. The taxpayer may not agree with the department's inter pretation and he's free to dial lenge it in the courts. But it has never been Oimight that th government would unilaterally and summarily dispute its own rulings. While it has alway been known that these depart mental rulings do not have th Kinqlana, tree of law, It has always been ssumcd tliat the government not issue tax assess- .ents that violate its own in- ent. and interpretation of the aw. This system, whereby lax Dayers and their advisers could btain advance rulings for their pecilic situation or rely in gen- eral on the government's rul- ings in planning their tax at- airs has been dealt a serious >sdy blow by a recent decision of the new federal court. While there is little doubt that the court reached the cor- rect legal decision, the prac- :ical results that flow from that decision are highly undesirable and call for quick remedy by Parliament. The facts of the case before the court were quite ele mentary, arising from the 1862 treaty between Canada and the United States, governing the taxability of teachers who go from one country to the othe to accept short-term teaching assignments. During the early lOCOs It wai considered desirable to encour agn teachers and professors from many countries, includin Canada, to travel and teach i countries other than thei homeland in order to broade the base and background of th educational talent pool. INSURANCE IS JUST NOT PART OF OUR BUSINESS -IT IS OUR ONLY BUSINESS Phone 327-3009 CONN VAN HORNE JACK WARBURTON 507A 7th STREET SOUTH In order to reduce llw lax omplexity for these temporary esidents, several countries nacted treaties providing that ic host country would levy no ax on the Income they earned uring their stay, leaving their ountry of origin to tax them as Loopholes found in Quebec law MONTREAL (CP) Ttack- jteers have found loopholes in almost every clause of Que- bec's Consumer Protection Act says Lieut. Leo Talbot, head ol the Montreal police fraud squad. While the act requires oral types of vendors to obtain government permits, used ca salesmen, door-to-door pod dlers, travel agents and real es tate brokers continue to operate Montreal without them, he said in a recent Interview. Enforcement of the protection act is in the hands of govern ment investigators who havi conducted only one inquiry am contributed to no convictions since the act came Into fore last year, he said. Investigation should be left t police officers armed with th Criminal Code. Otherwise, re sources were just being split. Since the fraud squad was se up in 1SC2, fraud offences hav risen to In 1971 from in 1962. Police investigated com plaints of commercial fraud in volving In the Mon (real area alone last year, lead ing to the conviction of 62 per sons and one company. ley were still resident aeir homeland. The court even went so far as overrule a recent tax review oard decision which said that in a case where a taxpayer had ono to the department, dis- closed his plans and received a ax clearance, the revenue de- rartment epuld not .later hange its mind and assess tax violation of its own advance "ulhig. The federal court lias decided liat no matter what rulings and advice the tax authorities jive the public, even if tax- iayers act on those guidelines, he department is still freo iequently to change Its mind. Tills is indeed a sorry state of affairs. Wliile the court is quite right in saying that oniy Parlia- ment can make the law and only the courts can give bind- ng interpretations of it, tills se- verely weakens the reliability of any guidelines and inter- pretations given taxpayers by government officials, since they are free 10 retroactively upset their own rulings. In his budget address of May 8, Finance Minister John Turner pledged that he would continue his search for means cf Improving the newly-re- formed tax system. Clearly one concept requiring eaiiy atten- tion is a provision that makes departmental rulings binding on the government. Otherwise, the thousands of Canadians who annually arrange tiieir affairs to comply with these rulings are placed in unwarranted jeopardy. (Mr. Asper a Winnipeg lawyer) HUNTING GROUND Mexico has so many beautiful flowers that It has been called a "happy hunting ground" for flower lovers. international co-operation on environmental problems. It ex- tended the earlier agreement signed last May 23 by President Nixon and President Nikolai V. Podgorny.' "We are trying to develop solutions by bringing our people together to work on projects as a Train told news- men at the House of Unions, a conference centre. "This is UM new element. This is by far tha most comprehensive agree- ment on environmental co-oper- ation ever entered into by any two nations." Ills Soviet counterpart, Yev- geny K. Fyodorv, head of the Soviet hydrometeorological ser- vice, praised the 20-page mem- orandum they signed as "a groat beginning to be followed by active work for the benefit of both countries." Among the specific projects described by the two countries as embraced in their new ac- cord were the following: joint project for develop- .ng mathematical models on air pollution hi two cities lead- ing to improved aCr control and management, using St. Louis and Leningrad as samples. Pri- vately, American officials, raid neither side had been particu- larly anxious to begin with their largest cities, New York and Moscow. study of water pollu- tion and effects on marine life lakes of both countriei Check Beatle farms GLASGOW, Scotland (Ren- ter) Police analysing plants taken In i search of tw> {arms In Scotland owned by former Beatlo Paul McCartney. A police spokesman uld the searches were made yesterday when the pop singer and his wife Linda were in London. Ha said no one has been charged. Police are awaiting a report from their laboratory proceeding further. McCartney, his wife and an- other member of their pop group Wings were fined a total of last month in Gote- Ix-rg, Sweden, for possession ot marijuana. using the world famous Lake Baikal in Soviet Siberia and both Lake Talioc in the Ameri- can west and one of the Great Lakes as test areas. similar study ot water pollution in river basins with Ihe Delaware River and a still- to-be-designated Soviet River as sites, hopefully adding the Potomac River and a second Soviet site later. of entirely new communities bringing Soviet researchers to Reston, Va., and Columbia, Md., and sending Americans to some free-stand- ing Soviet communities outside the north Siberian mining cen- tre of Norilsk. END OF THE SEASO Trailer Camper Parts SOME OBSOLETE and DISCONTINUED LINES Specials on GAS, ELECTRIC REFRIGERATORS 3 BURNER HOT PLATES PLUMBING SUPPLIES SAVINGS OF UP TO REGULAR PRICES HAICO MANUFACTURING COUTTS HIGHWAY PH. 327-3165 OPEN1 MONDAY THRU FRIDAY A.M. TO P.M. HITTING THE BEACHES Canadian sofdiers, Major Don Jazey, {left) of London, Ont., and Sgt. Robert Bowins of Cococonk, Ont., disembark from a British Army Hover- craft during exercise Strong Express, 200 miles Norway's Arctic Circle. The combined sea and land manoeuvre, involving men from 10 NATO coun- tries, ends Sept. 28. missions vital EDMONTON (CP) Prem- rshlp with the federal govern- ier Peter Lougheed says Alber- ment. ROME (Router) Fflm stars Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Richard Burton start shooting their llth film to- gether in Home next week, ent- itled Dlvorce-His, DIvorce-Hers. After filming in Rome from Sept. 25, the crew moves to West Germany on Oct. 5 to complete the film in Munich. It is being directed by Indian-born director Waris Hussein, who launched his career with Brit- sh television. The story of the film con- cerns the imminent breakdown of an 18-year marriage, with Burton as the business execu- tive husband and Miss Taylor as his demanding wife. Where are cars? ta must continue to expand and diversify its markets. In a brief and informal news conference, the premier said Uie Alberta mission to Japan was an essential step toward development of better relation- ships with Pacific Kim coun- tries. Because of our natural re- sources and our landlocked ge- ographical he said, "such missions arc vital to us." Premier Lougheed, who de- clared himself fit again after a back injury confined him to "We could have been more ef- :ective In ho said. "After Uie Japanese learned the provinces own the natural re- sources, it was much easier." aren't they being Mr. Atkinson said it would be tragic if grain handlers were laid off and loadings were halt- ed because of lack ot grain at west coast terminals. He said a recent CP Rail de- railment near Golden, which blocked movement on the line for 36 hours, aggravated the situation. EDMONTON (CP) The National Farmers Union says Canadian National Railways must put more grain cars into use immediately to avoid inter- nipSon of wheat loading at western terminals. In a telegram to CNR presi- dent Norman MacMillan, the NFU predicted wheat loading will be delayed until next week unless the plleup Is corrected. "The CNR knew last winter the boxcar requirements need- ed to meet our export commit- ments out of west coast was right to send a large mis- said Hoy AUdnson, NFU presl- sion. indent, In the telegram. "There are so many missions "They stated then they had going to Japan, if we hadn't made arrangements for the re- gone in such-force and straight, quired extra rolling stock, we would have got lost. Where are those cars and why NO FOLLOW-UP Land inventory program ends EDMONTON (CP) The Ca- nada Land Inventory Pro- grain, almost 10 years old, has been completed for Alberta, Environment Minister Bill Yur- ko announced here. In a news release, Mr. Yurko said the inventory includes as- sessment of the value of lane for agriculture, forestry, recrea- tion, wildlife, sport fishing ant current use. The inventory has been fi nanced by the federal govern' ment since 1963, when it was undertaken as a federal-provin- cial program under the Agri- cultural Rehabibtalion and De- velopment Act. The inventory does not pro- ride Uic detailed information required for management of in- dividual parcels of land or land planning in small watersheds or local government units, said Mr. Yurko. It provides maps and statisti- cal tables on the location, qual- ity and extent of land suitable for types of agricultural pro- gram, he said, particularly use- In the past, he said, Alberta has conducted sdnviar frade missions that were followed up inadequately. "Our intention now is that the followup may take several but it would be carried out thorough- ly. The premier said he was par- ticularly impressed with the prospect of Japanese tourists visiting Alberta In large num- bers. More visitors had visited Jasper from Japan in 1971 than rom either California or cen- tral Canada. Future foreign missions will be tailored to fit specific needs, said the premier, who has been invited to visit Russia next year. No other specific foreign missions had been scheduled. Perhaps the only difficulty, apart from the complication caused by Japan's new govern- ment taking "office shortly be- fore AltKrta's arrival, was caused by lack of understand- ing of the province's relation- Unique bicycle safety plan successful MONTREAL CCP) West- mount Police have had 100 per cent co-operation from parents in a unique bicycle safety program, a spokesman for the department says. Sergeant Lloyd Parliament, officer In charge of the safety program begun this summer, said children who drive their bicycles through stop signs and red lights or ride double are issued "caution tickets" which are delivered person- ally to the child's parents. "We leave it up to them to dacide on the he said. "Some parents put the bike away for week or After a third infraction, the parent fa asked fo bring the child to the police station for a "chat." Westmount decided on the program as a result of the current bicycle craze. This year the city licenced bikes, an Increase of 300 over 1971. So far 100 tickets have been issued and there hasn't been a single serious accident in- volving a bicycle in tha sub- urb this year. NEW ORLEANS (AP) Singer Jaye P. Morgan and Pe- ter A. Donald, her drummer, had pleas of not guilty filed in their behalf yesterday on charges of possession of mari- juana. Neither was present in 24th Judicial District Court. The matter was handled by their lawyer, William Cruell. Miss Morgan, 40, of Studio City, Calif., and Donald, 27, of Santa Monica, were arrested changing planes at Inter- national Airport here March 14, They were en route to an en- gagement in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Officers said a routine weap- ons check revealed about VA ounces of marijuana. Court offi- cials said the case probably would not come up before Feb- ruary or March. LONDON (AP) Independent Television Author- ity banned a government ad- vertisement from commercial networks yesterday In what wti believed to be an unprece- dented move. The ad, which explains tha controversial new rent act, was denounced by op- position politicians as "prej- udicial, inaccurate and scan- dalous." Tho commercial had been seen by television viewers ear- lier this week. It will not screened again until it has been modified, the TTA said. The controversial ad de- scribed the government's new housing finance act as a "fair rents scheme." New career NEW YORK (AP) Sir Rudolph Bing, the 70-year-old brmer general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, has start- ed a new career, as a visiting professor of music at Brooklyn College. Sir Rudolph, who stepped down earlier this year after 22 years at the Met, is conducting a seminar In the performing arts and teaching opera management. Canada lauded NAIMEY (Reuter) new Canadian ambassador to Niger, Gllles Mathleu, pre- sented his credentials Friday to President Hamani Diori. president said relations be- tween Canada and Niger had developed "remarkably" and praised Conda's aid policy and development project. PUSIIEHS GET YEARS SAIGON (Reuter) Three Singapore businessmen have been sentenced to a total of 14 years in jail foe importing and selling heroin, Vietnam press, South Vietnam's official newt agency, reported Friday. Election date WELLINGTON, N.Z. (Ren- ter) _ The New Zealand gen- eral election will be held Satur- day, Nov. 25. Prime Minister John Marshall told Parliament Friday. DANGEROUS BUMP BANGKOK (Reuter) A bus conductor had both legs blown off and 16 of his passengers were injured when a live gre- nade ho carried in his pocket (ell out and exploded when the ful in identifying agricultural I bus hit a bump in the road, and submarginal farm land. Thailand police said Friday. COMPETITION FOSTER PARENTS FOR BLOOD RESERVE GROUP HOME, STANDOFF, AITA. Open to all interested couples. Group Home accommodates 4 teenagers. Aged 12 to 18 years. For application formi contacti ARNOLD FOX BLOOD TRIBE SOCIAL SERVICES STANDOFF, ALBERTA or PHONE 737-3911 CLOSING DATE OF COMPETITION SEPT. ;