Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Chamber says 'public has more confidence in business9 WINNIPEG (CP) The public image of business, says the new president of the Cana- dian Chamber of Commerce, is coming out of a decline. "The public is becoming aware that business is concerned about the state of our said Jack King of Toronto. As if to prove his point, the chamber ended its 44th annual meeting with adopted policy resolutions that touched a broad section of society's problems. Subjects included mari- juana, criminal punishment, quality of teaching and mos- quito infestation, as well as the usual inflation, employment, government intervention and taxation topics. About 500 delegates represented Canadian businessmen in local and provincial chambers and boards of trade at the meeting. For the most part there was a consensus, not only in terms of preserving the competitive enterprise system but also in having it operate within a framework of social respon- sibility. One potentially divisive issue Mr. King will face in his 12-month term is a request from Calgary delegates that the national chamber oppose the export tax on crude oil planned by the federal government. Mr. King issued policy statement calling on the federal government to make an intensive effort to develop a national strategy on energy resources, agreeable to other governments and the industry involved. The proposed tax of 40 cents a barrel on crude oil exports cannot be evaluated at present "because the underlying strategy is neither apparent nor said Mr. King On the subject of business image, Mr. King, vice- president of public affairs for Texaco Canada Ltd. said he believes "the public is beginn- ing to appreciate the link between jobs and business that a health efficient business sector means more employment. A gloomier view was presented by Norman Dann of Montreal, vice-president of public relations for Imasco Ltd. who said the credibility rating of the business sector is just about the worst of any organized group in society. VOL. LXVI No. 243 The Lethbtridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER TEN CENTS 2 SECTIONS 32 PAGES Drastic drop in beef price A drastic drop in cattle prices over the past two weeks cost Southern Alberta producers about an animal. The cattlemen blame the federal government and are hoping to get help from con- sumers. They say government intervention in orderly beef marketing has caused a flood of cattle on the market. The best way to reduce the surplus of cattle is to encourage con- sumers to buy more beef by substantially decreasing retail beef prices, they say. Specifically, cattle feeders in Southern Alberta point to "delayed" action by the federal government in ending the six-week national rail tie- up. Another villain, they say, was the price freeze by United States President Richard Nix- on which caused a build-up of cattle numbers throughout North America. Since Sept. 1, U.S. slaughter cattle have flooded the Canadian market in spite of low prices and reimposition of a Canadian import tariff. The total Canadian kill Sept. 1 was only but by the mid- dle of the month, aided by the Doctors tackle ambulance care Carson Henry of Chin prepares his load of sugar beets for dumping at the Cranford receiving station. Trucks have had to line up for as far as a half a mile at some receiving stations. But the waiting period also allows for small repairs, discussions about Sugar beet delivery markets and prices and a chance to catch a fresh breath. The machine at the back piles beets. Men in the small shack take samples and grade the beets quality. WALTER KERBER, photo By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Calgary is the sole exception to the inade- quate ambulance service and training existing throughout Alberta, the annual meeting of the Alberta Medical Associa- tion has been told. Dr. W. A. Donald, chairman of the AMA committee on the medical aspects of transport Only a last-ditch try can halt Agnew hearing BALTIMORE (AP) To- day marked the beginning of a criminal investigation without precedent, a special federal grand jury hearing on political corruption allegedly involving Vice-President Spiro Agnew. Only a last-ditch legal move by Agnew's lawyers could halt, at least temporarily, the first judicial inquiry involving a vice-president still in office. The bribery, extortion, tax evasion and conspiracy charges, which Agnew has called "damned centre on kickbacks from contrac- tors in the 1960s, when Agnew was chief executive of Baltimore County and then governor of Maryland. There have been some Seen and heard About town MICHAEL BENOIT suggesting 8th Lethbridge Sea Scouts drink a glass of salt water as part of their in- vestiture ceremony LCI principal Ken Sauer claiming his school is so big he lost a group of parents during a tour last year. published reports, all denied, that Agnew also received il- legal cash after he took office as vice-president in 1969. Agnew's lawyers met Wednesday to assess their client's position after Speaker Carl Albert, noting the matter was "before the courts." re- jected Agnew's appeal for the House of Representatives to take over the investigation. A courthouse source said Agnew can move two ways to block the grand jury hearings: Seek an immediate tem- porary injunction to prevent federal prosecutors from presenting evidence about him. Wait until the jury hears all witnesses and then try to stop any indictment on grounds the Constitution for- bids such criminal action against an incumbent vice- president. Any legal blocking effort would have to be decided by U.S. District Court Judge Walter Hoffman of Norfolk, Va. He was named to handle the Agnew phase of the investigation after all nine federal judges in Maryland disqualified themselves because of their friendship with the vice-president. Inside Attorney-General Elliot Richardson hasn't decided the constitutional question of whether a vice-president can be charged before being removed by impeachment, an- nouncing only that the grand jury will be used, for the time being, "as an investigative body." It already has indicted one Maryland official, however, Dale Anderson, who succeed- ed Agnew as Baltimore Coun- ty executive when Agnew was elected governor in 1966. It is Agnew's view, which Albert declined to accept "at this that a House investigation is -the proper form, not the grand jury. He has said that even if the House investigation would lead to impeachment proceedings he would be vindicated. Soviet orbit MOSCOW (AP) A mann- ed Soviet spaceship has been put into earth orbit, Tass news agency reported today. It said the pilot, Lt.-Col. Vasily Lazarev, and the flight engineer, Oleg Makarov, "feel well and the craft's on-board systems are functioning nor- mally." No other details were immediately available. CASUAL APPAREL VICTORIA (CP) An at- tractive brunette in her 20s, wearing only a pair of shoes, strolled past the premier's of- fice and through the British Columbia legislative building Wednesday. After completing a leisurely circuit of the building, with civil servants gaping as she passed doorways, the woman approached a man working on renovations and calmly asked: "What is the quickest way out of He advised her to put on her clothes, which she carried over her arm. Without comment, the young woman walked down some stairs and disappeared. A security staff member said a brief search was un- dertaken for the woman, with- out success. "There were all kinds of volunteers, believe he said. The indicent occurred short- ly before noon, two hours before members of the legis- lature assembled for their afternoon sitting. Secret plan found for armed assault No contest MONTREAL (CP) The Quebec New Democratic Par- ty will not field any can- didates in the Oct. 29 provin- cial election, says Dr. Henri Francois Gautrin, party president. MONTREAL (CP) The Gazette says a city building inspector accidentally dis- covered plans for an armed assault on one or more penitentiaries to free five prisoners sentenced in connection with separatist terrorist activities. The newspaper says the five men who were to have been released are presumed to be Paul Rose, Gabriel Hudon, Rejean Tremblay, Bernard Lortie and Raynald Levesque. Documents bearing fheir initials and sketches believed to be of buildings were found wrapped in plastic on the roof of a St. Andre St. apartment building more than a month ago, the Gazette says. It quotes "a reliable source as saying- "We have reason to believe a group of unknown persons were planning an armed at- tack on one or more peniten- tiaries, or on an escort taking the prisoners from one penitentiary to another." Crown prosecutor Louis- Philippe Landry said in court Tuesday the five men named may have Been planning to es- cape during a trip to court Oct. 9. He opposed a request for their appearance at an in- quiry into their transfer to the Special Development Centre in nearby Laval. He said police had seized a detailed escape plan. Rose and Lortie were in- volved in the October, 1970, kidnap slaying of Labor Minister Pierre Laporte of Quebec. Rose is serving two concurrent life terms for the kidnapping and murder while Lortie was sentenced to 20 years for the kidnap and is awaiting trial for murder. Crash site located near Calais LILLE, France (Reuter) A plane believed to be the one in which band leader Glenn Miller disappeared into the English Channel 29 years ago has been found, it was claimed here Wednesday. A retired deep sea diver said he had located the C-64 Norseman aircraft in feet of water between Boulogne and Calais. Miller vanished aboard the U S. Army Air Corps plane in heavy fog on a Christmas Day, 1944, flight from London to Paris. He was then chief of the Army Air Corps band, and bouncy Miller recordings such as Tuxedo Junction were popular hits. accidents, said Wednesday most ambulance attendants have not received enough first aid instruction. "The present provincial legislation specifies that the minimum training of an am- bulance attendant is to be a St. John Ambulance standard first aid certificate. This stan- dard, based on a 16-hour train- ing course, is now recognized across Canada to be inade- quate by modern standards." Other courses available in the provinces are the St. John advanced course, 45 hours, and the emergency medical technicians course at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Dr. Donald said although the SAIT course would be too elaborate for peripheral areas of the province, it should be required for personnel in the larger centres. The course, which includes instruction in giving injec- tions, setting up intravenous drips and handling defibrilators, needs legislative protection for its graduates so they can apply these skills without a direct order from a doctor. The committee chairman asked the members to pass a recommendation that the association approach the College of Physicians and Surgeons to initiate legislation to make such action man- datory. Although most members agreed, Dr. Donald received strong opposition from some areas. It would be a grave step to allow this now, Dr. B. K. Weir, a member of the AMA board, said. "This idea sounds good in theory but it is potentially dangerous. These people might want to start playing he said. Dr. Donald also criticized the provincial government air ambulance service, saying his committee found the service was often slower than ground vehicle service at tran- sporting patients from outly- ing areas. influx of U.S. cattle, the kill rose to Although the Alberta kill in the same period remained about 38 per cent, the number of Canadian animals killed in Ontario was drastically reduced. This contributed to a glut of cattle on the market. Jim Gough, manager of the Lethbridge Swift Canadian Co. Ltd. plant, said Wednes- day cattle were being sold in Denver, and Omaha, Neb. for 38 cents a pound live weight while prices in Southern Alberta had dropped to 41 to 42 cents from highs near 60 cents less than a month ago. The U.S. animals are being shipped to Ontario primarily, slaughtered, processed and offered for sale cheaper than packing plants in the west can compete with. Carloads of beef carcasses were bringing 98% cents a pound from Montreal markets Aug. 9. With about five cents a pound off for handling and freight, packers in Lethbridge were getting 93% cents per pound. In a 41-day period from Aug. 16 to Sept. 26, the carcass price Swift Canadian was getting dropped to 83 cents from 94 cents a pound, basis delivery in Montreal. Mr. Gough said the biddings from Montreal markets this week are "ridiculous" with prices likely to drop to 73 cents a pound. Mr. Gough said he is hopeful the carcass price will reach at least 77 cents a pound, basis delivery in Montreal. He pointed to the cheaper cattle from the U.S. as the reason Montreal markets were bidding less for the car- casses. "They find out what they can get carcasses for in Ontario and then use that figure as a basis for bidding for cattle from the west." Mr. Gough said the cattle already bought at the higher prices would result in losses to the packing industry. He said packers in the south will have to bid less for locally- produced cattle in order to catch up but the question is whether the local producers will sell their animals at the lower prices. Adding to the price strain is the fact that many of the pack- ing plants in the U.S. which had to shut their doors during the price freeze because of a lack of cattle are now pouring meat onto the market. Gordon Ross, regional livestock specialist with the Alberta department of agriculture in Lethbridge, said he is at a loss to try to ex- plain the situation. He said the influx of cattle into the Canadian market is being further compounded by the large numbers of local cat- tle which are normally ready for market during September. He said there is always a slight depression in prices about this time of the year as calves born in the spring of the preceeding year are ready for slaughter. 'This is the Pres...er...John Connally speaking.' Classified....... 22-26 Comics............28 Comment.......... 4 District............19 Family......... !2 13 Local News..... 18 18 Markets........21 31 Sports.........14 15 Theatres.......... 7 TV............... 6 Weather......... 3 Youth 8 LOW TONIGHT 50; HIGH THURSDAY 75; SUNNY. Barrett scoffs at 'gloom and doom gang VICTORIA Dave Barrett has ended 10 days of debate on the government's Speech from the Throne with a swinging at- tack on the "doom and gloom gang" in the opposition and a call to the federal government to imitate British Columbia's mincome program. Business profits in the province are way up, capital investment by industry has increaseed, employment has improved and the govern- ment has more surplus cash on hand now than when it took office a year ago, he said. In an hour-long speechv, the premier went after Social Credit members of the Legislature for always claim- ing how bad things are in B.C. He read a newspaper report on profits made in the last year by companies based in B.C. Macmillan Bloedel Ltd. earnings were up 175 per cent, B.C. Forest Products went up 158 per cent, B.C. Packers gained 228 per cent. "Big business is really be- ing hurt by the socialist the premier said with a smile. "I tell you this, we haven't done our homework yet. Ob- viously, we haven't been tax- ing enough." Capital investments up 10.4 per cent to date since 1972, the labor force increased 7.3 per cent in size to employed in August and the number of unemployed dropped to from a year before, Mr. Barrett said proudly. He said the New Democratic Party didn't take credit for the improved economic picture, adding that NDP or Social Credit policy isn't the reason but rather the province's rich supply of natural resources and her enterprising population. Surplus money held by the provincial government is go- ing to be used for housing and chronic care hospitals and homes for the elderly, Mr. Barrett promised. The premier also said B.C. would support a federal program to increase financial support for elderly citizens in poorer provinces even if Ot- 1 awa decided not to give such assistance to the richer provinces such as B.C., Alberta and Ontario He said he still hopes Ot- tawa will provide a guaranteed minimum income for those aged 60 and older, as the province now provides. "Let them show a concern for the other areas of the Mr. Barrett said. He said he felt the money is better spent that way than on "subsidies in other jurisdic- tions that are really ridiculous." That brought him to a favorite theme that the government of Quebec is mis- managing its natural resources and for that reason depends on the equalization payments from richer provinces. The multi-billion-dollar James Bay Hydro project is a "monstrously stupid the premier charged. He protested, however, that he wasn't anti-Quebec but pro- Canadian.