Winnipeg Free Press, July 12, 1978

Winnipeg Free Press

July 12, 1978

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - July 12, 1978, Winnipeg, Manitoba Rent rebates held luck (POKbOOK 23 (MI isUfcml Nfiiiw Tax rebel alleges intimidation The bad aspects ef constiUtim reform 38 Manitoba's ecnunic oitliak rosy 51 Bieuex, Buretcept f 34 1 1 34 Far People............. 23-34 tetters.......................35 Movies.......................32 WEATHER REPORT FROMJ Cloudy; low 12, high 22 HIM: 1: RttM l.-Wp.m.; Mi Jf f Winnipeg Free rress VOL.8S-No.23t WEDNESDAY, JULY CENTS MOTH COLORED COMICS FINAL EDITION Food prices push inflation rate to 9. .2 OTTAwT higher food prices, mainly for beef, once again pushed up the inflation rate in June. It now is at its highest level so far this year, Statistics Canada reported today. The 12-month inflation rate in June was 9.2 per cent, up from nine per cent in May. The consumer price index, the generally accepted measure of in- flation, rose by nine-tenths of one per cent, in June. This follows a 1.4-per-cent increase in May. Supermarket prices for beef cuts were up by 11.1 per cent in the month and now are 70.3 per cent more expensive than a year ago, the government agency says. Fresh fruit prices increased, especially for apples, but prices for fresh vegetables were lower because higher potato prices were more than offset by seasonal de- clines for lettuce and tomatoes. Fresh fruit prices are nearly 39 per cent higher now than a year ago. Pork cost more last month than in May and in three of the western. dairy product prices rose.. Housing costs increased, mainly for homeowners, accounting for most of the price increase in items other than food, Statistics Canada said. Prices for some cars were up, as well as for certain clothing, train and inter-city bus fares. The consumer price index stood at 175.1 in June, compared with 173.6 in May and 160.3 in June last year. That means a standard basket of-consumer goods and services that cost in June was val- ued at in May and a year ago. The sharp rise in consumer prices comes as the government is dismantlingjts anti-inflation pro- gram. The controls imposed in October, 1975, were only partly effective on food prices at any time because they applied only to processors and distributors. The government now is con- ducting an inquiry to determine whether unfair profit margins are being earned by the processing and distributing part of the food industry. In 1973, when food prices started rising dramatically, the food prices review board was set up to See INFLATION page 4 Four escape Quebec jail Prisoner, guard die in shootout Open idea refused The Winnipeg Police Asso- ciation has scoffed at the idea of opening Winnipeg po- lice commission disciplinary hearings. But Lome Leech, council- lor and commission chair- man, said he is optimistic the association, which is the ne- gotiating body for the city's policemen, will "see the light" and eventually decide to allow the secret meet- ings to be held in public. The objection was made through association lawyer R. A. Gallagher in a letter made public during a com- mission's meeting Tuesday. Gallagher's, letter was written in response to state- ments made by Leech after a commission meeting last month that the city's legal department would meet with association representatives to discuss eliminating a clause in the city's contract with the association requir- ing complaint bearings to be closed. In his letter Gallagher said the association objected to Leech's remarks. The letter Burned out cars lie in a parking area of the campsite near Tarragona sion Tuesday. A runaway truck loaded with industrial gas exploded in on Spain's Mediterranean coast which was destroyed by an expk> the campsite engulfing hundreds of campers in flames. 135 feared dead Explosion flike giant flame thrower9 TARRAGONA. Spain (AP) "It was like a giant flame thrower." said a French woman who survived when tank truck loaded with in a camp- killed between 125 and 135 persons, police reported. More than 200 other campers wore were author, y to ten-gam associate and that wish u vacationers hc thmkmg on your (Leechs B va w of Barce- seems to have replaced m from countries. Many of the bodies were burned beyond recognition, and identification was difficult. The campsite "resembles hell or what we think hell is said one policeman working amid the charred remains of automobiles, campers and tents. The permanent campsite is one of a score along the popular COM a Brava. The lunch-hour explosion blackened more than 160 acres and was heard four kilometres away. Earlier reports put the death toll at near 200. Officials blamed the higher estimate on "great confusion." Vincente Mirabel, the head of a burn treatment unit at a Valencia hospital, said 40 victims were admit- ted there and most were in critical condition. "I don't think many will hc said. Police at noon put the death toll at 11.9 and said half a dozen persons were missing. Police said the 38-ton single-trailer truck was loaded with n cubic- metres of gas when it left the high- way while rounding a curve, crashed through a stone fence and exploded. Witnesses said the truck was going about 65 kilometres an hour when the driver lost control. The blast set off a chain of explo- sions as campers' bottled cooking gas blew up. No trace of the Spanish MONTREAL (CP) Four prisoners escaped from the .maximum-security Laval Institute Tuesday after a shootout which left two persons dead and another four wounded. Police set up road blocks around the city in an attempt to corner Andre Chartrand, 23, Jacques Massey, 36, Ghislain Gaudet, 27, and Pierre Vincent, 35, all considered "extremely dangerous." They were still on the loose late Tuesday night. Killed in the shootout were Guy Fournier, 29. a guard at the prison, and Jean Lachapelle, 41, who was serving a 10-year term for armed robbery. Gerald Marineau, regional director of operations for the federal penitentiary service, said Lachapelle was "proba- bly" shot by one of the escapees in the heat of battle. Tuesday's breakout began at p.m. on the second floor of the prison's administration building, when five prisoners were being led to the visiting area for a meet- ing with their caseworkers. They were armed with makeshift steel rods, and al least one had a pistol which he fired at a guard near the entrance to the visiting area. The four who made the break forced prison person- nel to take them to the lower floor. A brief gun battle ensued in which Fournier and La- chapelle were instantly killed. Wounded were guards Marc Drouin, 22, Richard Holland, 28, and Gaston Langejier, 18. Another prisoner was also wounded, said Marineau. but authorities could not provide details. Ail the wounded were listed in satisfactory condition. Following the gun battle, the t'our escapees fled through the main entrance and sprinted across the parking lot outside the wall. Dodging gunfire from guard towers, they seized Jean Vigncault. a resident of Chicoutimi, Que., a visitor al the prison, and ordered him to speed away in his Toyota Corolla. Vigncault was later released, unharmed, near Montreal's downtown district! Paratroops to stay! Danson See EXPLOSION page 4 After the meeting Leech labelled the letter "typical Gallagher." adding that hc expected as much. He said the city's legal department hasn't talked to the associa- tion formally yet because some members were on va- cation. Leech said it is always dif- ficult to negotiate something out of a contract The move to open- the meetings comes after a sc- ries of Free Press articles on Northern communities take illegal TV network By BOB LOWERY LYNN LAKE. Man. Residents here and in two other Northern Manitoba communities have decided to go ahead with an alternative television network despite the knowledge it's illegal and the probable opposition by the closed meetings. The scries Canadian Radio-television and TelcCommu- documented 12 instances of nication Commission brutality allegations dealt The three communities, Lynn Lake. Leaf with secretly by the commis- Rapids and Gillam, until recently only ser- sion. viced by CBC. have joined the Toronto-based The police department's Northern Access Network, which operates 22 internal investigation unit other community-run stations in Ontario, processed 143 complaints Saskatchewan and the Northwest Terri- against members in in- tones. eluding 43 assaults. Sisty The Manitoba stations, managed by local cases were deemed to be committees, were set up in early May foikm- 41 not sustained ing a visit and demonstration by the foun- and five are pending. Only dcr and manager of Northern Access Net- one of the assault cases has work, David Brough, whom some residents been sustained. described as a "super smooth salesman." (Brough) told us frankly that his operation was unlicensed and therefore ille- gal and that he was in it to make Mel White of the Leaf Rapids committee said. Despite the risk, White said, "we decided the time had come for us to go ahead and stop being second-class citizens.'' Leaf Rapids town councillor Jim Wilson has some reservations about the opera- tion but, like most residents, generally favors the opportunity to have a second television station. "It smells. It's illegal and all that. But as a subscriber I know that if CRTC ever de- cides to lake it off the air without giving us a pretty darned good alternative they're going to be up against some awfully mad people." Wilson said. See NOCm 4 OTTAWA (CP) Defence Minister Barney Danson moved Tuesday to defuse a growing controversy over the future of the elite Canadian Airborne Regiment, say- ing there are no plans to disband or to relocate the 1.000-mcmbcr unit. Danson also told a news conference hc hopes recent remarks attributed to Col. Jacques Painchaud, commander of the Petawawa-based paratroop regiment, that Danson should resign are all a mistake. However, Danson made it clear "appropriate action" will be taken against Painchaud if statements attribut- ed to him are found to be accurate. Kent to quit as anchorman TORONTO (CP) Peter Kent, anchorman for CBC television's The National, says be will leave the SSf-a-year job when his con- tract expires November 15. "I won't be reading (the news) after-the contract ends, although I may stay on in the news department or elsewhere in the hc said Tuesday. Kent said be has not.yet formally resigned from the job. News director Knowlton Nash said he hoped he could persuade Kent to stay. Artificial heart valve has flaw, 47 Toronto patients told TORONTO (CP) The Globe and Mail says m copyright story that Toronto Genera! Hospital has notified 47 patients that an artifi- cial valve implanted in their hearts has a design flaw that i it towor out sooner thaw espwled. The 97 patients during open-bean sur- gery between ISO and 1972. The story does not include com- ment from the manufacturer of the valve. The newspaper says that 45 of the S7 are known to have died Irom a Yai'iety of causes. The hospital has notified 47 others of the flaw has been unable to trace the vvfnaMMuj Irwt. the newspaper says. Dr. Morley Cohen, neac wf wm- nipeg's open heart surgery team at SL Boniface General Hospital. said today m under the care and treatment his team has ever received the valve. otv iJCJilw aH such operations in Manitoba. "These hare around Mr a mmwer of years nowauju we haua MMcaCuieiw wJHMuvcy PJTH so we decided wry early on not to usenV' Toronto Hospital officials are as saying that each of the 47 now has been examined at feist H77. after tests en with another model and that all are well. Dr. Leonard Schwartz, a heart surgeon on the hospital's staff, is quoted as saying the 42 remaining may not need surgery because their nitrauti of uue valve may be Mfter. The Globe ami Mai says ai aft that three patients died after the follow-up began bit that the deaths were due to a combination heart problems. Dr.Scufleyh ouwied as saying the mortality rate of M> per cent m is twice as high as in M an nwerwew. Twe at TofuMo General as saying that ilRinli ud fur a hour slay to undttgn uuuftunul wp we of pobfcc at Toronto General, said in Merriev be uefcwes the CJS. tot pwiiKwi the valve MI longer exists. 1? Montrtit 10 B.C. 30 Winnipeg MSEMU. MStarCtnte MitJonri 7 3 LOOKING POM AN OK. FURNACE? Tin's want ad under: Jliscewaiieous Articles for safe Off ftfl IBtA cowfttiow. tf.m. is among tbe hundreds of bargains in today's clas- sified section, pages ;