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   Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1983, Lethbridge, Alberta                                Seen and Heard TODAY THE A Canadian lottery ticket she'd forgotten about for eight months made a millionaire out of a woman in Roseburg, Ore., who promptly checked out of her job as a grocery clerk when she learned what she'd won. Sixty- two year old JULIA McNEESE, flew from -Eugene, Ore. to Van- couver Tuesday on the first leg of a four-day trip to Canada, where she is to pick up a cheque for million. McNeese bought the win- ning Superloto ticket last August through the mail. -fr -tr Soviet leader YURI ANDRO- POV Tuesday offered to reduce nuclear medium-range forces in Europe to the present NATO levels in numbers of warheads as well as in numbers of missiles and planes.- His proposal, which left many details unclear, would still seek to include French and British nuclear forces within the arsenal of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and would bar the United States from deploying missiles in Europe as planned by the Atlantic alliance later this year. A subcommittee, of the Univer- sity of Utah Institutional Review Board in Salt Lake City has com- pleted its report on artificial heart recipient BARNEY CLARK a necessary step before the second implant of the device, officials said Tuesday University Medical Centre. spokesman JOHND WttJVsaid the report and rec- ommendations for a second implant, which are confidential, will be submitted to the 16 mem- bers of the board on Thursday or Friday. THE NATION Solicitor General ROBERT KAPLAN has sided with the RCMP in denying organizers of a Mother's Day rally for peace the right to form a human chain around the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. The RCMP rejected the proposal last week, saying it would be impossible for police to ensure access in and out of the buildings if .the chain were per- mitted. A spokesman said acced- ing to such a request would not only break a long-standing rule, but also would set a precedent for future demonstrations. Spokes- man DEB ELLIS of Ottawa the group was disappointed by Kaplan's decision but the rally -will go ahead Sunday. A permit for the demonstration was granted in early April. More than 500 people who live in the vicinity of DR. HENRY MORGENTALER's abortion clinic in Winnipeg have signed a petition supporting the facility, pro-abortion spokesmen said Tuesday ELLEN KRUGER, chairman of the Coalition for Reproductive Choice in Mani- toba, said the petition shows there is no animosity towards the clinic from neighbors, as some groups have claimed. Kruger said the names were gathered in two days by coalition members who support the Montreal doc- tor's efforts to make abortions more available to Manitoba women. ABOUT TOWN MATTHEW HUNTER, convinced his father KEVIN was referring to Luke Skywalker when he told Matthew and brother MARK that if their expectant mother NANCY has another son, he'll be called Luke Taber Mayor GEORGE MEYER receiving a standing ovation upon his arrival at Mon- day's council meeting because, "according to Coun. VIRGINIA CAMPBELL, "We were here w TaAerCoun. TIM LONG saying jokingly he'll have to con- sult his Super Channel listing before committing himself to a special budget meeting the mayor was attempting to sched- ule for Monday. INDEX City Classified D4-D8 Comics D3 Comment A2 Entertainment C1Q-C12 Lifestyle C1-C4 Marketplace Region A5.C8 B1-B5 Theatres Cll TV listings D3 Weather A4 "Here's one. 'Leader of well-known party wanted. Junior high school French or better preferred.'" The Lethbridge Herald Weather LOW TONIGHT NEAR 5; HIGH THURSDAY NEAR 22, SUNNY THURSDAY LXXVI-122 WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 1983 30 CENTS Brewery lockout expected By JIM LEGG Herald Staff Writer There's trouble, brewing and it appears that spring won't be all roses for Alberta beer drinkers or unionized breweries. Cliff Chapman, secretary-treasurer of Local 245 of the Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Softdrink and Distillery Work- ers Union in Lethbridge, said Tuesday he was expecting a lockout as early as Thursday or Friday in Lethbridge. Chapman said members of Local 245 at Sicks Lethbridge Brewery "strongly rejected" the offer by the Brewery Employers Industrial Relations Asso- ciation He wouldn't elaborate on the vote by the 137 brewery employees. Sicks produces about to dozen bottles a day, which doesn't include draft beer production. Labatt's workers in Edmonton havi served strike notice for Thursday and workers at two other breweries are con- sidering a contract offer. Money is not the issue in the growing dispute, which could turn into the fourth beer strike in five years in Alberta. The industry was shut down by a strike-lockout for seven months in 1981. The unionized breweries in Alberta bargain jointly through the BEIRA. The six local unions (which includes work- ers at the Alberta Brewers Agents, the brewery-controlled distribution arm of the industry) have agieed in principle to an industry-wide simultaneous settle- ment, but they are demanding individ- ual coutracts. When Labatts' workers went on strike in 1981, other breweries locking out then- employees, even though workers at Sicks here had accepted the contract offer. If Alberta's four major breweries Molson's and Labatt's in Edmonton, the Lethbridge brewery and Carling O'Keefe in Calgary are closed down by strikes and lockouts, only the Rocky Mountain Brewery in Red Deer, for- merly the maverick Uncle Ben's, will be producing. Rocky Mountain produces about bottles a day, a fraction of what Albertans normally consume. The tiny brewery recently announced plans to open retail outlets in Calgary and Edmonton. During the last dispute, the Alberta Liquor Control Board increased imports of American beer to fill the void. The BEIRA has said a increase in each year of a two-year con- tract would be the final offer to workers at the four major breweries in Alberta. An estimated dozen cases of beer are sitting in the Alberta Brewers' Agents warehouse in Edmonton Davis opts out of Tory race TORONTO (CP) Ontario Premier William Davis announced today he has decided against running for the federal Conservative party leadership. Davis, his voice cracking, said he lost no sleep, but had a "thoughtful week- end" mulling over question and decided his main responsibilities were to remain as premier of Ontario. "I honestly believe I can make the best contribution to this country by serving as premier of this great prov- he said, adding that "how suc- cessful we are will have influence on the rest of the country." He also said he won't support any par- ticular candidate in the leadership race, but will cast a ballot at the June convention. Davis said it was his intention all along to remain out of the race, but that a number of people and groups urged him to reconsider Herald pnoto by MICHAEL DREW JESSIE HUGHES, 7, and her Grade 1 classmates at Nicholas Sheran School plan to spruce up their neighborhood as part of an unofficial Arbor Day ceremony. The 90 students were each given the tiny Colorado spruce seedlings to plant in their yards and took part as a mature tree was planted on school grounds The trees were donated by the Chinook Chapter of Landscape Alberta, the Alberta Nursery and Trades Association. Chapter spokesman Harold Nicholson said the association eventually hopes to rejuvinate Arbor Day and visit all schools in future years. Local volunteer group 1983 Citizen of the Year SID KOBEWKA, left, chats with Tara Lavelle, who accepted the 1 983 Citizen of the Year award on behalf of the Samaritans, a volunteer group operating a local suicide crisis line. Heratt photo By DWAYNE JANKE Herald Staff Writer A volunteer group operating a local suicide crisis line was named the 1983 Citizen of the Year by the Lethbridge Jaycees Tuesday. The Samaritans, which has been run- ning the service since November, was chosen as the award winner recognizing volunteer community work from among 15 nominations received in the past six weeks. Tara Lavelle, executive director of the agency, received the award on behalf of the Samaritans at a Jaycees dinner ceremony. "I just think it's Lavelle said in an interview. "It's nice to see the people of Lethbridge agree with what the Samaritans are doing and feels its worthwhile." "I really believe the volunteers deserve she added. "They give so much of their time." Staffed entirely by 80 volunteers, the Samaritans is the first branch in Can- ada of the international organization originally founded by Rev. Chad Varah in England 30 years ago. The Lethbridge branch operates a tel- ephone line 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering assistance to persons considering suicide. Lavelle said in six months of opera- tion the agency has dealt with calls. About 20 per cent of them involved a risk of suicide. Russell Raslask, who sat on the Citi- zen of the Year committee with Ken Fabbi and Sid Kobewka, said The Samaritans were deserving because of the group's strong volunteer member- ship. Raslask said the Jaycees were happv with the number of nominations received for the award, including vari- ous groups and individuals involved in a variety of charitable and volunteer efforts Lavelle was appreciative of the work by Dr. Jean Collins and the Centre for Personal and Community Development (CPCD) to apply for a provincial grant to establish the Samaritans branch in Lethbridge The Samaritans is now an indepen- dent agency operating out of the Hunt Building downtown. Lavelle said the group would like to expand what it is already doing, includ- ing more public education on suicide and its prevention. The group wishes to do more counsel- ling, paiticularly on a face-to-face basis, and would like to start a crisis line for teenagers operated by their peers, she said Alberta blasts possible shift in Crow policy Police satisfied baby not murdered TORONTO (CP) Metropolitan Toronto Police are satisifed seven- month-old Gary Murphy was not mur- dered at the Hospital For Sick Children late last month, Solicitor General George Taylor said today. Taylor said the results of meetings between digoxin expert Dr. Alois Has- preiter, Metro police and Dr. Ross Ben- nett, chief coroner of Ontario, indicate the child's death April 23 should not be treated as a homicide. An inquest into the death has been scheduled for May 24. "The police are satisfied after receiv- ing both medical and legal advice that the case should not be treated as a hom- Taylor said. He did say tiere are still some tests to be completed at the Ontario Centre of Forensic Sciences, but refused to elabo- rate. Preliminary tests showed an "ele- vated" level of digoxin, a powerful heart drug, in the infant's blood after his death on a cardiac ward at the world renowned hospital. Since the death, authorities have been conducting exhaustive tests on samples of fluids and tissues taken from the body. The Kitchener, Ont., infant's death came just a day after the government appointed a royal commission, headed by Mr. Justice Samuel Grange, to investigate 28 earlier deaths of infant cardiac patients on two cardiac wards between July, 1980 and March, 1981. BY KATHY KERR Herald Edmonton Bureau EDMONTON Rumored tinkering with the latest grain freight rate pro- posal has prompted a strong attack from Alberta's cabinet. A message sent to Ottawa describing the possible shift in federal policy as "unfortunate in the extreme" was released Tuesday by Agriculture Minis- ter Leroy Fjordbotten. Federal Transport Minister Jean Luc Pepin and other federal officials have warned a federal subsidy in the new rate structure may go entirely to the railway companies. Pepin's original proposal for ending the 86-year-old Crowsnest Pass rates suggested splitting the subsidy between the railways and farm- ers. "I've said all along the worst possible scenario that we could have is an ad hoc solution which would be tinkering here and there. If in fact it ends up to be an ad hoc .solution, I would rather see no Fjordbolten told reporters. Until the latest turn of events, Fjord- botten's chief concern has been a speedy change to the rates. But Fjordbotten and Economic Development Minister Hugh Planche warn in their telex message that giving the benefit solely to the railways will sacrifice any economic development benefit the freight change would have had for Alberta. "The economic distortions which inhibit the development of the Western Canadian livestock and processing industries wiU continue to exist, and in all likelihood will be the ministers warn They charge the change in plans would damage farmers" ability to diversify their crops and make their own choice on shipping method. Fjordbotten said in an interview the Pepin plan is a chance for the federal government to do something for west- ern Canada. By losing the option to decide what to grow, where to process it, whether to feed it to livestock or ship it, the farmer loses the benefit of the change, said Fjo.Jbotten. Papal visit OK'd OTTAWA (CP) The Vatican has approved a general itinerary for a 10- day visit to Canada by Pope John Paul Sept. 9-19, 1984, the Canadian Confer- ence of Catholic Bishops announced today. Archbishop Henri Legare, president of the conference, said in a statement he visited Rome April 14-21 and he dis- cussed the visit with the Pope and Vati- can officials. While details will be developed at the regional levels. Pope John Paul is expected to be in the Atlantic region for 14 days, in Quebec for three days, in Ontario for lla days, in the West for two days and in Ottawa for two days. Specific dates for events in each region will be announced later. r Skunk buffer zone established CAROL GRBAVAC will visit about landowners in the buffer zone to seek permission to place the poisoned egg baits on their properly ByRIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer A skunk eradication buffer zone start- ing just south of Kenyon Field has been established to-keep Lclhbridge free of rabies. Phil Merrill of Lethbridge, a pest con- trol specialist for the Alberta agricul- ture department, said Tuesday poi- soned eggs wili be spread throughout the buffer zone stretching 30 kilometres on an cast-west line from Judson on Highway 61 to Highway 5 and 9.6 kilo- metres north of that line. "Our main concern is that rabies could spread into Merrill said in a Herald interview. "If the disease continues to spread like it has in the past three years, we were looking at rabies in Lethbridge without the buffer zone. "Then we would really be stymied because rabies and rabid animals are harder to control and handle in an urban area." Merrill said home pels are the main concern in urban areas. "That is the biggest concern for spreading the dis- ease." Merrill said Carol Grbavac of Leth bridge and one other person will visit about 300 landowners and leasees in the buffer zone to seek permission to place the strychnine-injected egg baits on their properly. He said most of the baits wili be placed in fields, likely under granaries or utility shades. They will be located where only a small animal can venture, said Men ill. "That puts the onus on the landowner tenant to keep house pets 
                            

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