Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2-THE LBTHtMOOt HIRALO FrkUy, April 5, 1074 News In brief Students collect bread ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) University and high school students, on hunger strike for the second day today, were collecting bread for refugees from drought and famine areas in Ethiopia who have gathered in the capital. The students collected enormous quantities of bread for the peasants Thursday, Another Nixon to testify NEW YORK (Reuter) Edward Nixon, younger brother of President Nixon, is expected to be among the witnesses for the defence when the conspiracy-ob- struction-of-justice trial against two former U.S. cabinet members resumes today. Another brother, Donald, al- ready has appeared for the prosecution at the trial of for- mer attorney-general John Mitchell and former commerce secretary Maurice Stans. MPs get 12-day vacation OTTAWA (CP) MPs will start a 12-day Easter vacation next Wednesday, informed sources said Thursday. The sources said the govern- ment proposes to start a parliamentary recess at 6 Firemen strike at airport VANCOUVER (CP) Firemen at Vancouver International Airport walked off the job at 8 a.m. PST this morning, throwing airlines into a frenzy of schedule juggling The firemen, who say they make about less a year than municipal firefighters, have asked for wage parity with the municipal men. The ministry of transport negotiated with the firemen until late Thursday night, but talks were unsuccessful. Hunting rules 'unworkable' EDMONTON (CP) A Progressive Conservative backbencher said Thursday the two sets of hunting regulations exist in Alberta are unworkable. J W. Cookson (Lacombe) told the legislature that different regulations for Treaty Indians and the rest of the population work against sound game management principles. Mr. Cookson, in presenting a private member's resolution, called for the federal government to standardize wildlife hunting regulations for all hunters. Vote spending control urged EDMONTON (CP) NDP leader Grant Notley called Thursday for stringent controls on election spending in Alberta. Mr. Notley introduced a bill that would require disclosure of all contributions to political parties of more than Candidates and parties would be limited to spending 25 cents per voter in each constituency or a maximum of in the riding. Violators would be fined for every dollar they exceeded the limits. Traffic fatalities down 25% CHICAGO (AP) United States traffic deaths decreased sharply in January and February, and the National Safety Council says the main reason was lower speeds If the 25 per cent reductions in the first two months continue throughout the year, the number of fatalities on U.S. highways could be fewer than in 1973 and the lowest in more than a decade, a council spokesman said Thursday. 10-year civil war ends LUANG PRABANG (Reuter) Laos announced today the formation of a coalition government, marking the end of nearly a decade of civil war. King Savang Vathana signed Thursday a royal decree ap- pointing the new government, less than one hour after Prime Minister Prince Souvanna Phouma's government resigned. Prince Souvanna's Vientiane administration and the Pathet Lao led by his half- brother, Prince Souphanouvong, will share fJower equally in the new government formed under the terms of a peace accord they signed last year. Communists seize city Do you hive PROBLEMS taking GOOD PICTURES? Then let the experts show you how In and talk 6EHRY ir RANDY KWIKKOLOR PtMM327-4M4 'Same Day Service on Your Color Prints' KWIK KOLOft SMVtCt PHNOM PENH (Reuter) Communist-led insurgents oc- cupy part of the coastal city of Kampot after a day of street fighting with government forces, military sources said here today. The insurgents, the sources said, seized control of half of the northern sector of the city after launching a heavy artil- lery barrage. Hollander sentence delayed VANCOUVER Xavier Hollander, who stole four nighties from a Vancouver department store last June 8, appeared in provincial court Thursday for sentence but the hearing was adjourned by Judge Darrel Jones to May 3. Will Nixon's investment pay off? handed it out themselves and asked why the government could not do the same. Meanwhile, representatives of about railway workers threatened to strike next Tuesday for better pay and working conditions. The city's bus workers were also said to be ready to go on strike Saturday. By CLIFTON DANIEL Ntw Ttntet Service WASHINGTON "Richard Nixon invested half a million dollars in the presidency last night." That was one of the remarks heard in the cloakroom of the House of Representatives after Nixon announced that he would pay the back taxes and interest assessed against him by the Internal Revenue Service. A news analysis The remark was overheard by Rep. John Wydler of Nassau County, deputy leader of the New York State Republican delegation in the House. The question Washington was asking was whether the president's investment would pay off. Some foes as well as teemed to think it might at least to the extent that the president had neutralized the tax evasion issue by his prompt decision to pay up. "The president's reaction was a very good one and very said Mortimer Capita, who was commissioner of internal revenue under two Democratic presidents. "The president's conduct in accepting the I.R.S. judgment is going to counteract some of the adverse criticism." "I don't think this is going to change the situation one way or the remarked Sen. James R. Buckley, New York Republican and Conservative, who startled the White House and the country on March 19 by calling for the president's resignation. A dissenting opinion came from Robert S. Strauss, chairman of The Democratic National Committee. "I think it has hurt him ver, very Strauss uid. "I can't see even any room for a backlash of sympathy for him." Chere was little, if anv, support for the view that the president should have stood and fought, although there was some feeling that he had been treated harshly by the I.R.S. and the staff of the Congressional Joint Committee on Internal Revenue Taxation. The more prevalent opinion was that Nixon had good advice, that "he did the right thing for and, in any event he had 'no alternative but to pay the extra taxes assessed on his 1960-1972 income. He had invited the committee to investigate his tax returns and had promised to abide by its decision. "The most important thing is that the president kept his Ken W. Clawson, the White House director of communications said today. Another White House official said the president would pay far more than he legally owes, that he had disregarded the advice of his lawyers to go to court, and had foregone the remedies available to any ordinary taxpayer. Some members of Congress were said to be astonished at some of the expenses charged to the president for example, travel costs for his family and his dog, and improvements on a house (at San Clemente) that will be given to the nation. Although the staff report and I.R.S. assessment were financially devastating, Nixon's supporters stressed that neither one of them charged the president with tax fraud. That was important because, in their view, the president's tax delinquency cannot be made a cause for impeachment if there was no fraud. p.m. Wednesday and have MPs return April 22. The question some observers are asking is just how long MPs will be here after April 22. BRIDGE AUQ DRAPES LTD. nWllSTIMATIS PtMHM SM-4T2S Autonomy step closer for Yukon Margaret fills in for hubby OTTAWA (CP) While Prime Minister Trudeau makes his first trip to France as head of government this weekend, his wife Margaret will make a debut of her own in Ottawa. Mr. Trudeau's first official trip to France, to attend a me- morial service for late French president Georges Pompidou, has left Mrs. Trudeau with the task of delivering a speech for the prime minister. She will speak at the Satur- day afternoon University of Ottawa convocation ceremony, where an honorary doctorate in law will be bestowed on Mr. Trudeau. It will be the first time she has performed such an official function since marrying the prime minister in March, 1971. For Mr. Trudeau, his trip to Paris marks the first visit by a Canadian prime minister to France since 1964. He has vis- ited France since becoming prime minister in 1968, but never in an official capacity. After announcing he would attend the memorial service, Mr. Trudeau told reporters he did not plan to meet officially with other dignitaries at the ceremony. However, the Saturday Air Canada safety standards challenged OTTAWA (CP) Con- servative Dan McKenzie's de- mands for improved air safety measures by Air Canada got a conciliatory response from Transport Minister Jean Marchand Thursday. The transport minister told the Winnipeg MP that if arbi- trators decide Air Canada safety measures are inadequate and "if! don't act upon this, I hope you are going to give me hell." Mr. McKenzie, who has been hammering at Air Canada safety procedures for about a year, said he has received complaints on safety matters from airline employees at the Air Canada maintenance base at Montreal International Airport. He repeated charges that an Air Canada jet leaving Quebec City March cabin pres- sure at feet and only 40 per cent of the oxygen masks in the aircraft functioned properly. Mr. Marchand disputed Mr. McKenzie's figures. service will be followed with an official presentation of condolences to French officials and Mr. Trudeau also plans to spend all Sunday and part of Monday in Paris. The prime minister is scheduled to return to Ottawa Monday night. In addition to missing the convocation, Mr. Trudeau also had to postpone a two-day trip to Saskatchewan to May 30-31. New Ulster peace plan unveiled BELFAST (Reuter) The British government has an- nounced a peace program for Northern Ireland which includes releasing prisoners held without trial and legalizing two banned extremist groups. There is also to be a limited withdrawal soon of 500 British troops and a reorganization of the police force. Announcing the measures in Parliament Thursday, Mlyn Rees, minister of state for Northern Ireland, said: "What we are aiming for is the minimum number of troops which the situation requires." But meanwhile, a temporary reinforcement of 250 soldiers was flown to Northern Ireland to assist in a big operation to prevent arms and explosives moving into the cities. The contingent brings the number of peacekeeping troops there to a number which the government is believed to want to reduce to about over five years. The phased release of some of the 583 prisoners would be made under a sponsorship scheme, with people in the community such as priests and respected businessmen vouching for an internee. The guarantors would be asked to undertake a measure of responsibility for the re- leased prisoners but would not be answerable if the men re- turned to acts of violence. The bans were lifted on the Protestant Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and the Sinn Fein party, representing the political arm of the Irish Republican Army The plan for the police is aimed at attracting more Ro- man Catholic recruits in the predominantly-Protestant Royai Ulster Constabulary. Eight died This is an aerial view of the roof of the Wind- sor Curling Club that collapsed Wednesday night when a Tornado struck the southern Ontario city. At the time, 48 persons were in the rink taking part in a mixed bonspiel. Eight persons were killed. Suffield scientists :J; going to Ottawa v By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau S OTTAWA Between 25 and 30 scientists who have 'S been involved in field trials at Suffield with the 8 chemical and biological division of the defence department are being transferred to the Shirley's Bay laboratory in Ottawa. Defence Minister James Richardson confirmed Thursday that field trials conducted by the division are coming to an end. Ever since the Second World War the chemical and biological division has had its headquarters at the Shirley Bay research station in the nation's capital. Field trials had to be conducted to test the chemical and biological weapons. They were carried on at Suffield because the necessary space was not available near the headquarters in Ottawa. The laboratory work was carried on at Ottawa. However back-up laboratory work for the field trials had to be carried on at Suffield, in Alberta and the 25 to S 30 scientists were located at the Alberta station. Now their work is finished they will be moved to Ottawa i-i because the station is being phased out. The move to Ottawa has aroused alarm in Ottawa. But Mr. Richardson said there is "absolutely no risk S whatsoever." The move from Suffield involves some 8 184 personnel, not all of them engaged in chemical and biological defence work. OTTAWA (CP) The Yukon took another step towards self-government today when its legislative council was granted the right to increase or decrease its own membership. Until now, the territory had to wait for the federal government to decide whether its council should be enlarged or cut back. In a surprise move today, Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien agreed with a request from the council that it alone decide on its membership. The bargain was made at a meeting of the Commons northern affairs committee which is studying bills amending the parliamentary acts under which the Yukon and Northwest Territories councils were established. The Ottawa amendments in- crease the size of the Yukon council to 12 from seven and the N.W.T. council to 15 from 14. In addition they do away with the four appointed seats in the N.W.T. The amendments also would have created a formula under which the Yukon council membership could be increased by two members for every increase'of in the territorial population. Erik Nielsen urged Mr. Chretien to allow the Yukon people to decide their own territorial council membership. In 1970, he recalled, Mr. Chretien had given the Yukon the power to set its own indemnities to council members. "This power has not been said Mr. Nielsen. If the council were to "go hog wild" and enlarge its membership in an irresponsible way, it would have to answer to the people, said Mr. Nielsen. In addition the minister had the power to disallow any territorial act. Mr. Chretien replied he National parks approved OTTAWA (CP) After a bit of dealing between the New Democrats and the minority Liberal government, a bill creating seven new national parks received final reading in the Commons Thursday. In exchange for New Demo- crat support for one govern- ment amendment, another was proposed and passed with the aim of protecting native land claims while aboriginal rights in the North are being settled. Approval of those two amendments and two others allowed the bill to finish a long Commons journey that started last session. The bill started in the Senate and now returns there for approval of its amended form. Under the bill, three vast areas in the in the Yukon, and two in the North- west be re- served for use as parks. But they will not be declared parks until aboriginal rights Yablonski 'knocked off9 ----he knew too much MEDIA, Pa. (AP) A United Mine Workers official convicted of participating in the assassination of Joseph Jock Yablonski says the man who enlisted him in the plot claimed "Yablonski knew too much about the affairs of the union and had to be knocked off." William Prater, 53, one of the key prosecution witnesses at the murder trial of former UMW president W. A. (Tony) Boyle, testified Thursday "I was very shocked" when asked to find "somebody who might do it" for Later, Prater said, he re- cruited Silous Huddleston, 86, also from LaFollette, Tenn., whom he described as "a most trusted friend of Huddleston eventually hired the killers. One of them, Huddleston's son-in-law Paul Gllly, 42, of Cleveland, was convicted and sentenced to death for his part in the plot. Huddleston has pleaded guilty. claims are settled. The bill would formally establish Pacific Rim park on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Pukaskwa on the north shore of Lake Superior, Forillon and La Mauricie in Quebec, Kejimkujik in south- central Nova Scotia, Kouchibouguac on the North- umberland Strait in New Brunswick and Gros Morne on Newfoundland's northwest coast. During .committee consideration, New Democrats and Con- servatives ganged up on Northern Affairs Minister Jean Chretien and forced a number of amendments. One called for approval from the councils of the Yukon and Northwest Territories before any national park is set aside in their areas. WON IN COMMONS The NDP tried unsuccessfully in committee to protect aboriginal rights claims, but eventually won the point in the Commons. Thursday, after discussions with Mr. Chretien, the NDP reversed itself and supported the minister's amendment under which territorial councils would be consulted on parks but council approval would not be needed. would go along with the Yukon request if the committee agreed he should. But he set the council membership limit at 20 until 1978 and said the council should increase its membership by one member for every increase of in the population Mr. Nielsen said the minister was making a good compromise and that the Conservatives would support it. Mr. Chretien also repeated that it was government policy to make the Yukon a province when its population and reve nues reach reasonable figures. Explosion threatened i Halifax HALIFAX (CP) Two men braved an inferno caused by exploding propane storage tanks to shut off valves, enabling firemen to bring under control a blaze that one fire official said could have levelled several square miles of this explosion-conscious city. Fred Hector and Marshall Spears, employees of Speedy Propane Ltd., told firemen they knew where to find the valves. The fire was brought under control within two hours after they had completed their mission. At the height of the north- end fire, the bright orange -flames could be seen for several miles despite a thick mist that shrouded this Nova Scotia capital. More than 50 firemen fought the blaze and some still were on the scene early today, pouring water on tanks to prevent further explosions. The fire began about a.m. when the largest of seven tanks at the site exploded, a fire department official said. The ensuing heat caused several other tanks to explode. Southam fellowships awarded TORONTO (CP) Two women and three men have been awarded this year's Southam Fellowships for Journalists at the University of Toronto, it was announced today. They are: Newbery, 29, editorial writer on the Hamilton Spectator. -Maggie Siggins, 31, reporter for CITY-TV, Toronto. Bouvier, 28, reporter for La Presse, Montreal. David Oancia, 44, reporter for the Montreal Star. -Donald MacLachlan, 31, assistant city editor of the Vancouver Province. The fellowship recipients will spend from September to next May in any division of the university at a graduate or under graduate level. They take no examinations and receive no degrees or diplomas.