Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 1, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
SNOW FLURRIES HIGH FOtKAST THURSDAY 40 The Lcthbridgc Herald VOL. LXII1 No. 92 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGES This Is D-Day For Alberta Motorists EDMONTON (CP) Today is D-Day for Alberta drivers as the new demerit points system goes into effect. Under Ihe new system, driver? will accumulate- points upon conviction of moving traffic offences, rang- ing from seven points for failing to remain at the scene of an accident to two for improper turns and failing to signal. When 15 points have been accumulated, a driver will lose his licence for one it was his first suspension within the last Iwo years. If the- suspension is Ihe second within Iwo years, the licence is lifted for Ihree months. A Urird sus- pension means a loss of licence for six months. When a suspension ends, the driver starts with a seven-point accumulation. After two years of conviction- free driving all demerit points are wiped out. No Leniency Shoicn Highways Minister Gordon Taylor said the system requires no administrative: changes hi his department. "Before when a person was convicted, we got a record of it anyway. The only that the information now is fed into a computer." He said there will be no leniency under, the pro- gram. "It dcesn't matter who the person is, once he reaches 15 points, his licence is suspended. If some- one! needs a licence for Ms job. .then he should force himself to drive within the law." When a driver accumulates nine points he win re- ceive a letter of warning from the highways depart- ment Drivers who have a bed who not accumulated 15 points may have their licences sus- pended by a driver review board. List Of Of fences The following is a list of driving offences, with the points assessed after conviction: the of an accident: 7 points. -Exceeding the speed lirrit by more than 30 miles an hour', careless, driving and racing: 6. bus or vehicle carrying gas or flammable liquids failing to stop at railway crossing, failing to railway crossing, failing to stop for a police officer. An unreasonable rate of speed, exceeding speed limit by 20 to 29 miles an hour, following too close, failing lo stop for'a school bus: 4. to report an accident, exceeding speed limit by 10 to 19 miles, an hour, improper passing, driving on the wrong side of the road, railing to yield the right-of-way to a vehicle or pedestrian, failing to stop for a traffic control device, proceeding when it is unlawful or unsafe after stopping, stunting: 3. the speed timit by up to 10 miles an hour, traffic lane violation, impeding traffic by driving too slowly, failing to signal, improper turns, improper backing up. More Negroes -i Gain Offices WASHINGTON (AP) Negroes in increasing num- bers are being elected to public office in the United States but in proportions still far below their percent- age of the total population, a survey by two privaU organizations shows. The survey lists Negro office largest number in the nation1! .said the figure represents only three-tenths of one per cent of the more than elected officials in the country. Negroes make up about 11 per cent of the total popu- lation of more than Blacks hold elected office in 41 of, the 50 states, and are in positions ranging from' U.S. senator to jus- tice "of the peace and school board member. The survey, completed Feb. 1, was compiled by the Metropolitan Applied Research Centre of Washing- ton and NOT York and the voter education project of the Southern Regional Council In Atlanta. Comparisons with the previous year's 'figures snowed a gain of about 100. Records Not Kept However, it is noted that accurate comparison with earlier years could not be made because records were not kept outside the south until recently. The .survey shows that of the black office holders, 5M w 38 per cent live in the south, mostly in small lowns; while 62 per cent live in Ihe north and west, mostly in cities. There are 48 Negro mayors, 575 other city officials, 362 school board members and 188 state legislators. Also, 114 black judges and magnates, most of them oulside Ihe south, and 99 other black law-enforcement marshals and of them in the south. In Congress, there are nine Negroes In the House of Representatives and one senator, Edward Brooke (Hop. Mass.) No southern state since has sent a black pcrsoo lo Congress, Aircan Decision Awaits Study Any change Jo Ah- Canada ssfvico to Letfcbridge, north- south or to addition of east- west flights, wfll depend on feasibility studies of the area's demands. This was the general conclu- sion of officials of Air Canada and the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce, following a closed meeting in Lethbridge Tues- day. Air Canada officials said they had no comment on the rumor the airline would be withdraw- ing its Lethbridge-Calgary ser- vice. "The role of the regional car- rier is spelled out by said Air Canada representative Gor- don Wood. "Talks are going on but I can't make any comment because I don't know where the talks stand." KOTCH PLEASED. Steve Kolch, chairman of the transportation committee of the Lethbridge Chamber of Com- merce, said the meeting with Mr. Wood still accomplished a great deal. "If he had not come k T..l'.V he. said, "we would not have known what steps to take to get the ser- rice we need a lot more facts before we can, move." Mr. Wood said Air Canada once had the east-west service through 'IJethbridge and the Lethbridge chamber, approach- ed Air Canada recently to find put (he potential of' ing the service. "Both the city and oursdves agreed that there was not enough information available at this time to make airy deci- sion, with steps to be taken in the next few months to correct he said. He added that t Joint evalua- tion of information at further meetings must be undertaken before a formal request can be considered. He said the operation could come to Lethbridge in six. to months, including time required for licensing with the Canadian Transport Commis- sion. He said it is premature to say which'type of aircraft would be used on such an east- west service but chamber offi- cials indicated it would be DC-8 jet for freight purposes; PinXOUT SEEN The local chamber is ceasing Its. efforts regarding the north- south run: "It looks.inevitable that they (Air Canada) wiH pull out and we can't do any- thing about said Mr. Kotch. He said Ihe Lethbridge com- pany, Time Air Ltd., should be able to. provide adequate north- south trarcportation as it has been doing. "We prefer Air Canada to PWA because A i r Canada does not pose a threat to Tune he "said. "The local firm is our man 'concern in Ihfe area." He added that the local arr terminal and runways mast ba upgraded to strengthen the re- quest to .the Canadian Trans- port Commission. Strom Averts Trouble In Farm Union March Storm Legislature FARMBtS PROTEST More than supporters of the. National Formers' Union' gathered in front of the Alberta legislature buildings in Edmonton Tuesday before storming inside and demanding to Premier Harry Strom. i EDMONTON' (CP) Premier Harry Strom averted possible violence in the legislative build- ing Tuesday when he met chanting, singing and shouting farmers seeking recognition of their union in Alberta. The fanners, led by Roy At- kinson of Saskatoon, president of the National Fanners' Union, converged on the legislature about two hours before the nor- mal adjournment hour for the MLAs. Free Fishing Licences For Over-65s EDMONTON (CP) Senior citizens will not have to pay for (idling licences, J. Donovan Ross, minister of knds and for- ests, toM the legislature Tues- day. He said the decision was made because it was believeu many people over 65 enjoyed fishing. Licences cost each. Trucks Rolling At Montreal :MOtfTMiL "Inde- pendent trucks began moving the mail through Montreal' today after delivery drivers re- jected Tuesday night govern- ment offer of job guarantees for more than half of 457 truckers suddenly wrtboot work. About. 18 employees of G. La- palme lac., whose exclusive contract to deliver mail on Mon- treal Island expired today, showed up at Ihe mam down- town post office but left quietly when told there was no work for item. Nearly 200 of the firm's driv- ers gathered at the Lapalme ga- rage and planned a march to the east-end Paul Sauve Anna for a mid-morning meeting. About 85 private trucks were being loaded with mail for de- livery to the island's 33 postal stations. In a show of-hands Tuesday Bight, the.457 men rejected a government offer to hire 285 of the most senior Lapalme driv- ers as post office employees.' The offer was earlier rejected by union officials in Ottawa; The drivers have been In- volved in 'a work slowdown since Feb. 3 when the govern- ment announced mail pickup Calgary Station Loses Licence and delivery contract held by After sporadic violence and Lapalme would be split among postal authorities four other companies today. The' decided to place the mail truck- 'men were afraid they would ing service under government lose their jobs aod seniority. control. Plunging Plane Misses Village OTTAWA (CP) The Cana- dian Radio-Television Commis- sion has refused to renew the licences of three radio stations in Ottawa, Toronto and Calgary beyond Dec. 31. Pierre Juneau, commission chairman, said in an interview Tuesday night the decisions will force a complete change in own- ership of CKPM in Ottawa, CHIN in Toronto and CHFM-FM in Calgary.________________ Truckers Quit Cabs WASHINGTON (AP) Truck drivers stepped down from their cabs and picketed terminals in several major U.S. cities today with the expiration of nation- wide trucking contracts and talks deadlocked over a new pact. The pattern was one of scat' tered and local action, but some St. Louis Teamsters were reported staying away from work. A St. Louis trucker said the (nicking industry "Is shut down from St. Louis to Kansas City." All Teamsters walked off the job in Denver, of them forming picket lines. Pickets also appeared in Kan- sas City, San Francisco and Oakland, Calif, Now applications to' operate stations on the same frequen- cies would be accepted until July 10, Mr. Juneau said. It was "inconceivable" that the CRTC would consider appli- cations from the present own- ers, although anyone could sub- mit such an application, be said.. In the case of CHIN, an appli- cation could be considered from one of the present shareholders if the! CRTC was. assured that the new ownership structure would be substantially different from the present one. CLAIM BROKE RULES The commission said the sta- tions had failed to comply with CRTC requirements designed to ensure, as far as possible, good-quality broadcasting serv- ice, The. CRTC announcement Tuesday said management of CHFM had failed to maintain control of the station. Carpenters Get Pay Hike Carpenters in Lethbridge will have a raise in pay effective today which will bring their rate to .per hour. Lethbridge laborers- are cur- rently working for a base pay of but this will be raised to in the near future. The wage rate for electricians is now Carpenters, electricians and laborers earn an average and per hour in Van- couver while in many Alberta centres, the average hourly rate for union workers is and (2.70. (The B.C. rales are averages of non unipD labor ss well as CASABLANCA, Morocco (Reuters) Fifty-seven per-, sera died hut 25 survived when a Royal Moroccan Airlines Caf- avelle jetliner plunged 650 feet out of the sky and crashed and burned while coming in to land near here today. Eyewitnesses said the pilot made, a desperate last-minute attempt to avoid a small village just before Hie jetliner smashed into the ground, broke up and burst into flames. 'in its sudden swerve to avoid the tiny village, the Caravelle plowed .through three high-ten- sion cables and slammed on to road.' It was carrying 76 pas- sengers and a crew of six. The jei, carrying Easter vaca- tioners home to France, ap- peared to be mailing a normal landing when "it suddenly dived straight a witness said. He said the twin-jot, rear-en- gine airliner was heading straight for the hamlet of Al Gara as it plunged but at the last moment it swerved and crashed nearby "like a big bomb." The plane was ppoted by Rob- ert Emont, an Air France cap- tain on loan to the Royal Moroc- can Airline. The passengers included about a dozen members of'the Club Medilerranee, a tourist or- ganization with resort centres all over Europe. The club mem- bers were returning to Paris from an Easter vacation in the club resort at Agadir, southern Morocco, officials said. Hijacked Airliner To Retuni Gathering in the rotunda, they shouted "We want Strom." Later they worked their way up the staircase to the door of the legislative chamber, still chant- ing. Security guards stood before the large doors and the crowd's leaders they would enter the chamber unless the premief came out and talked rath them. There were several anxious minutes as government officials tried to reason with the leaders and a call was sent to UM RCMP to provide reinforce- ments for the building's security. staff. After the legislature ad- journed, the premier appeared- at the top of the staircase and was met with applause, sho-J- ing and whistles. Using a portable public ad- dress system, he said the gov- ernment was willing to meet the National Farmers' Union execu- live and bear their lions. SEEK RECOGNITION' Mr. Atkinson said-the NFU. wanted to be in Al- berta. The Fatmers Union of Alberta last December voted to remain outside UB National Farmers' Union.organization al a convention attended by Mr. Atkinson. the FUA formerly amalgamated with the Alberta Federation of Agriculture, form- ing a new- organization, Unl- farm. Atkinson'Vikb premier the NFU. wanted the government to lake steps la stop the importation of feed grain from other and to nationalize private power companies in 'this province and operate them as public utilities. .He'said the.farmers..wanted, the government out- standing arrears guaranteed loans to'farm-' erS. '--v The premier askjd Mr. Atkri-. son if the government could tain a copy of the farm organs' lation's constitution and a list of its membership.'' Mr. Atkinson1 tajd the constf tution is a public "document but that no lisf. of members would be provided because it'was 'Hm- to protect this mfcrmt- tjon." The remedy to agricultural problems "is not through pro- Paul Babey, president of Unifarm, said Tuesday. Mr. Babey was commeotfcw on the demonstration af tht legislature buildings by farm-, ers supporting the NaUoaai Farmers' Union. "These kind of .demonstra- tions do indicate there is'frus- tration in tho farm com- munity." "In the future, however, BM to the agricultural dil- "emrha" is.: promoSng and "devel- oping new markets not relying on government 'MT.' Babey said in an interview. War Hero Dies MOSCOW (AP) Marshal Semyon K. Timoshenko, one of the SovM Union's heroes of the Second World War, is dead at 75. Seen ond Heard ABOUT TOWN AT the Model United Na- lions banquet GwWe watched political dif- ferences dissolve as Arab and Israeli delegates goo-goo eyed each othef while citting across table Joyce Lancaster, Jean Swlhart and Bessie Bota coffee-klalsching when (hey should have been selling goodies lo palients at a nursing home. Terror On The Riviera SEOUL, South Korea (CP) North Korea. announced today that Ihe hijacked Japanese air- liner grounded at the Seoul air- port could land in Pyongyang, and the North Korean lied Cross said the passengers and crew would bo relumed to Japan immediately. There was no immediate re- action from South' Korean offi- cials trying to get the approxi-. mately 15 Japanese radical stu- ricnL hijackers lo let the other 100 passengers and crew mem- bers off the plane. Two Ameri- cans are among Ihe passengers. The hostages, after more thaa 30 hours inside the Boeing 727 jcl owned by Japan Air Lines, were reported in generally fair condition. The pilot reported some were suffering from ex- haustion and tension. VILLEFANCHE SUR MER (AP) Four gunmen, their leader a mental hospital es- capee, seized four tourists as hostages today and shot one at a French Riviera hotel. They hurled a grenade, fired at policemen and shot down an elderly West German tourist, Mrs. Hans Tische, with ma- chir.c-gim fire. The woman was in serious condition in hospital. "Giva us a car in front of Un door and don't follow the men in a room of the luxurious Versailles Hotel fold po'ice. "Let us have the time to make 100 kilometres (about 60 miles) In the direction of Italy ar.d we'll lot the hostages go." But the demand was turned down by Police Chief Rene Ma- (hievi, who also refused an offer by the bandits (o free the hos- tages if he would ride away with them in a car.