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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 24-THE LETHBRIDQI HIMALD Friday, April 5, 1174 Prison last resort OTTAWA (CP) Research is being conducted into the possibility of offenders making restoration to victims of their crimes, Solicitor- General Warren Allmand said yesterday Answering questions from Stuart Leggatt Westminster) in ,the Commons justice committee, the minister said this is only part of an overall effort by his department designed to make prison the last resort. Researchers were looking at improved probation, improved parole, and an improved system of fines, among other things. The latter point included restoration to the victims. He used the word because such could include working on weekends for the victim to make up for some wrong- doing Mr Leggatt had asked about a Law Reform Commission of Canada working paper which said that victims of crimes must be compensated and that this compensation, in the case of minor crime, could take the place of imprisonment Mr Allmand also reiterated that the department is looking at the possibility of prisoners working for wages He already has said the de- partment is considering schemes under which prisoners could produce products for government, for private industry, and for themselves to sell outside. These prisoners would receive the federal minimum wage after their enterprises became self-supporting. The wages would gradually work up to the federal minimum level as the enterprises moved toward self-support Laundered Alberta publisher invested R. Ross Munro, (left) publisher of the Edmonton Journal and noted Second World War Correspondent was among 22 persons to be invested as Officers of the Order of Canada in Ottawa by Gov.-Gen. Jules Leger. crime money invested TORONTO (CP) "Laun- dered" crime money is invested in many kinds of business in Metropolitan Toronto, says Inspector Thomas Venner, head of the 100-man RCMP intelligence squad here. Laundering is the practice of putting money of questionable origin through a legitimate business and having it returned to the sender in respectable form. Federal Solicitor-General Warren Allmand and Ontario Solicitor-General George Kerr confirmed this week that United States criminals send money to Canada to be laundered. Inspector Venner said in an interview yesterday the amount invested here is not known but he cited examples in hotels, restaurants, shopping plazas and real estate. He said police reports show money from organized crime is buying chunks of Metro real estate but police cannot provide the surveillance necessary to prove the extent of the transactions. Assistant Commissioner Kenneth Grice of the Ontario Provincial Police said some money comes from U.S. businessmen looking for ways to avoid income tax. Dr. Morton Shulman, New Democratic Party member of the Ontario legislature for To- ronto-High Park who opened up the subject of laundered money here last week, said Wednesday he is drafting a bill making it an offence to invest money in Ontario known to have been obtained through illegal activities. Soaring gold prices viewed with alarm in monetary circles LONDON (CP) As the free-market gold price rises to undreamt of heights, fear is growing in international circles that it may be one of the hidden catalysts of the inflationary spiral threatening world prosperity The price on the Paris mar- ket, for example, recently climbed to within a few dollars of an all-time record of an ounce, compared with the official price for inter- bank dealings of The role of gold in the inter- national monetary system and its inexorably-increasing value have long been a source of concern for experts trying to devise a new world' financial structure. But it is only recently that economists, particularly in Europe, began looking at the gold price with a new sense of alarm as part of the over-all inflationary problem. Xenophon Zolotas, former governor of the Bank of Greece and a highly-respected financier, recently referred to the "dangerous possibility" that gold is one of the major sources of rising prices. Few economists claim to understand the full meaning or the roots of inflation but the arguments of the "gold as they have come to be known, have an appealing logic that seems to be gaining acceptance among experts Events which drove the gen- eral public into the gold market in the first place sprang ih fact from moderate inflation which began several years ago and which slowly weakened the value of currencies. Gold, as an integral part of the monetary system and uni- versally acceptable as a symbol of wealth, gradually became for many a more attractive medium for holding savings than any combination of currencies. This movement was rein- forced by the system of floating exchange rates which has prevailed for several years and produced uncertainty about the future value of money. At the same time, traditional suppliers of gold, such as the Soviet Union and South Africa, reduced the amounts they were selling to keep the price high. PROTECTION SOUGHT Once the race to accumulate gold had begun, it became attractive for speculators as well as those who bought it simply as a protective measure and the price shot upwards. The energy crisis increased panic buying and the price skyrocketed. The situation was ex- acerbated because banks were unwilling to sell their gold holdings at the official price and the general shortage worsened. Meanwhile, currency values changed erratically. Now, say the gold prophets, the public has become "psy- chologically linked" to the gold price and decisions in the marketplace are made more and more inflationary by its fluctuations. They contend that every time the yellow metal has a substantial price increase, for whatever reason, it tends to give people an exaggerated idea of the erosion in currency values YOU CAN PAY Economy AND STILL GO FIRST CLASS. A lot of people think buying a small car means giving up power, performance and comfort But we make some small cars that offer things you'll find are hard to get even on big cars Like 5-speed shifts, for ex- ample There are three new Toyota 5 speed models where the outlay is modest, but the layout is lavish Our Corolla SR 5, in addi- tion to its protective bolt-on fen- der rims, has a racing type console, woodgrain steering wheel and wide radial tires All standard equipment There's even a tachometer (it redlmes at rpm) at no extra charge And the charge is a pleasant Surprise In fact, there isn't another 5-speed on the market that comes within of it The completely new Corona SR comes with something you won't find on any big car anywhere ESP, an overhead warning panel that lights up when certain parts of the car need attention Radial tires are standard too, plus specially contoured reclining bucket seats and a hefty 2 litre overhead cam engine But even with all its expensive extras the Corona still isn't what you'd call, expensive COROLLA SR 5 However, if you're willing to go a little higher, (but still not as high as you'd have to go for the average big car) there's the Celica GT. A standard 5-speed stick shift is just part of its racy, sports car appeal The Celica GT also has a woodgramed dash with full racing type instrumentation. (Cluster-mounted tach, oil pres- sure gauge and electric clock.) You also get an radio as standard equipment Plus radial tires and power front disc brakes. So no matter whether you choose our economically CORONASR (WITH ESP) CELICA GT priced Corolla SR5, our mod-, erately priced Corona SR, or our compet- itively priced Celica GT, one thing's for sure: It's not a lot of money for the car, but it's a lot of car for the money. Yellow Pagesf INTRODUCING 3 NEW 5-SPEEDS. TOYOTA r the Toyota dealer nearest you See how much car your money can buy Jittery prison could blow "up KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) Don Gillies, a former prisoner at Millhaven penitentiary, says he is afraid friends he left behind at the maximum- security prison here may die if violence erupts "It's explosive and something has got to be done or the place is going to blow Mr. Gillies said in an interview Wednesday in Toronto. "It takes only one guy to bust up his cell and there could be a chain reaction and the whole place could go up." Mr. Gillies, who was released from the prison last week, was sent to Millhaven in July, 1972, after a 21-day hunger strike at nearby Collins Bay penitentiary. "I consider myself fortunate to have got out because if something doesn't get done, it will make Attica look like a Sunday school he said. "And that is a stupid way to take human lives." The threat of a violent up- heaval at Millhaven results from a struggle between prison guards, who want to see a return to discpline, and prisoners who say there should be more to a prison than rotting in cells and sewing mail bags. The dispute has led to recent fights, cellblock searches and a denial of privileges for the prisoners. Mr Gillies said the guards "are so scared" they keep the night lights on all night and in- sist the lights be kept bright "The only way I can see to stop all this nonsense before there is bloodshed is to bring in the army and take out the screws he said. Guards, who are reluctant to give their names, suggest that the removal of 50 or 60 hardcore prisoners to other in- stitutions is one way of defusing Millhaven While they admit to having some tough guards in their midst, they deny beating prisoners. A spokesman for the Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents the guards, said "the only ones who get beaten up are the bloody offi- cers." Paul Faguy, commissioner of penitentiaries, said he would just as soon not talk about the guards because any talk of transfer or demotion stirs up trouble with' the Public Service Alliance union. "There are a certain number who don't believe in the new he said. WANTED: BUILDING SITE FOR PRISON OTTAWA (CP) Wanted: A British Columbia lower mainland municipality willing to accept a penitentiary within its boundaries The penitentiary service would like to improve the overcrowded prison situation in that area, but is having trouble finding a place to build. The situation was outlined in the Commons justice committee today by Solicitor General Warren Allmand and Penitentiaries Commissioner Paul Faguy The service wants to build two medium security institutions in the lower mainland area this year and to start work on a replacement for the elderly maximum security prison at New Westminster. One of the ISO-prisoner medium prisons is toeing built at Mission. But the service has been unable to find another municipality willing to accept the second. At the same time New Westminster, which has had the penitentiary since the 1890s, has had enough and wants no new institution. The government has money set aside to acquire a site for a badly needed replacement for B.C. Pen., If only somebody would accept it. The minister and commissioner were answering questions from Stuart Leggatt (NDP New Westminster) who said be joins those opposing a new maximum prison in his city. Mr. Faguy alto said two minimum-security forestry camps are planned for B.C. and reiterated that the William Head prison near Victoria is being upgraded to medium security from minimum security. ;