Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Employment picture continues to show some improvement OTTAWA (CP) The unem- ployment situation continued t o improve in March as the total of dropped to down from in the pre- vious month, Statistics Canada reported today. The decline of followed the trend of February, when the number of unemployed de- creased from January figures of The total of unemployed in March represents an actual job- less rate of 6.8 per cent and a rate after accounting for sea- sonal factors of 5.5 per cent. The seasonally-adjusted job- less rate in February was 5.9 per cent, down from 6.2 per cent in January. In March and February of 1972, the rate was 6.1 per cent and 5.9 per cent re- spectively. The actual unemployment rate in February was 7.3 per cent and in March of last year was 7.4 per cent This year's trend is opposite to that of last year. In March, 1972 the actual jobless rate in- creased to 7.4 per cent from 7.3 in the previous month. Between February and March this year, the labor force in- creased in size to from The total aT persons employed during March rose to from February figures of In March, 1972, the number of persons working to- talled The figures show that of those employed, were male and were female. The substantial improvement in the number of jobless over March of last year, when there were an estimated out of work, was reflected mainly in decreases in the number of male unemployed. In March, an estimated 000 males were jobless, along with females. But in spite of the improve- ment for males in the labor force, men still have higher unemployment rates than women. The actual unemployment rate for males was 7.6 per cent and for females 5.1 per cent in March. Regionally, the Atlantic prov- inces showed the largest im- provement in the actual jobless rate, but they still had the high- est percentage of unemployed. The March "nomploympnt rate in the Atlantic region was 11.5 per cent, down from 12.6 per cent in February and from the March, 1972, figure of 12.1 per cent. Quebec also showed substan- tial improvement, with a March actual rate of 8.9 per cent. The Ontario unemployment rate dropped to per cent, lowest of the five regions of the country. In the Prairies, the actual jobless rate in March stood at 5.1 per cent. The February unemployment rate stood at 5.7 per cent while last March it was 5.4 per cent. Total number of unemployed in the Prairie region was down from in February. British Columbia's actual unemployment rate fell to 7.6 par cent in March compared with 8.3 per cent in February and 8.6 per cent In March, 1972. The letHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 108 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 52 PAGES Nixon signals arms warning to Red side WASHINGTON (AP) By ordering United States bomber planes back over Laos. President Nixon has the North Vietnamese he will tolerate no dramatic military actions by the Communists without equally sharp U.S. response. The announcement that B-52 bombers are again hitting Laotian targets after a lapse of seven weeks came hours after North Vietnamese and Communist Pathet Lao forces overran a town and two small military outposts. Pentagon officials said the Communist forces which took control of Tha Vieng were supported by tanks and heavy artillery. "This was a flagrant and brutal violation of the one official said. Nixon has not spoken publicly about the current fighting in Laos, but he has rebuked the North Viet- namese for other alleged ceasfire violations. At a mid-March news conference, the president said the North Vietnamese "should not lightly disregard" U.S. expressions of concern over reports that heavy military equipment was being moved' from the North into the South. Returning the accusations, the North Vietnamese have denounced South Vietnam for alleged ceasefire violations. Pentagon sources said the Laotian bombing in- voked about a dozen flights by B-52's. which bomb from high altitudes, and the ligtter and faster-F-111 figber-bomfcers. Each B-52 can carry about 30 toes of bombs. On Feb. 21, the government of Sauvanna Phouma announced a ceasefire agreement which called for the Pathet Lao to assume an active role in the Lao- tian government in Vientiane. So far, however, the de- tails of that agreement have yet to be earned out. The Nhon administration offered the same ration- ale for the new Latrtian strike? it has for continuing daily bombing raids in Cambodia. In a terse announcement, the U.S. Pacific Com- mand in Honolulu said: "At the request of the Royal Laotian government, U.S. aircraft including B-52s conducted operations over Laos." When bombing was resumed over Cambodia, com- mand headquarters said it was done at the request of the Lon Nol government. Inside Colgory senior citizens ore currently fascina- ted o new approach to housing the elder- ly. More Jhan 400 now live in high-rise opart- ments. look in Chinook, enclosed wifh today's Herold, for Andy Ogle's report on this innovation, os well as words for the Christian church from Chairman Moo end an item about cattle breed testing. Classified 26-29 Comics........32 Comment 4, 5 District......3, 19 Family 20, 21 Local News 17, 18 Markets 25 Sports 12-14 Theatres 7 TV .........6 LOW TONIGHT 30, HIGH WED. HO: CLOUDY PERIODS Finned under rock- A rescuer holds the hand of 19-year-old Robert Thomson of West Hill, Ont., as the youth lies pinned under a four-ton boulder. The youth had been climbing an embank- ment when the rock dislodged, knocked him into Lake Ontario and rolled on top of him. A log (centre right) which took the brurint of the weight is credited with saving Thomson's life. MLAs blast own side Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON In a rare move Mcnday a number of So- cial Credit opposition MLAs turned on a member of their own side Albrrt Ludwig Mountain View) for "going too far'' in criti- cizing the Emergency Mea- sures Organization During debate of estimates, Mr. Ludwig attacked the EMO as lacking "the muscles, the mobility and the leadership" to effectively meet a military dis- aster. Adding "they (the EMO) probably would be well organizzed to head for tte hills if there was a real attack." Later, he said jeeps carrying members of the EMO would be in the lead. Deputy Premier Hugh Horner strongly denounced Mr. Lud- wig, saying hi attack on a vol- untary and civil service organ- ization was "cheap and dis- graceful.'' BUCKWELL TEES OFF Leighton Buckwell (SC-Mac- leod) was the first opposition MLA on his feet in defence of the EMO. "I want no part of running these people 'said Mr. Buckwell. Seeing that Mr. Ludwig was being attacked by his own side, the Conservative benches be- gan, chanting "apologize, ap- ologize, apologize Ted Hinman (SC-Cardston) was nest on his feet in defence of the province-wide emergency organization, saying the EMO workers are working a val- uable duty without the recog- nition they deserve. Ed Benoit Harry Strom (SOCypress) and Gordon Taylor (SC-Drumhel- ler) cams to, the defence of the EMO. Dr. Horner said later he will take Mr. Ludwig's behaviour up with Speaker Gerry Amer- ongen. The asembly passed an ap- propriation of over up 4.6 per cent from last year for the Emergency Measures Organization. McLellan (TUllS J. Coal pipelines talks under way in a slurry form mixed wath liquid to electrical power producers in Eastern Canada so it could be competitive with United States coal now used in the East EDMONTON vhn -.vjilh Canadian-born Kcdcmptirist priests in a Sai- gon parish, has been con- demned by a regional military court, to five years in prison for allegedly breadline security rfistrib'Tiing Communist lil- t ivJ ure But the sentence has not been carried out Father Tin. a vigorous man of 52 who edits a magazine called tihe Chan Review, said in an m- teniew he is not a Communist but believes socialism would be belter than capitalism for the millions of South Vietnamese poor. "They have only the liberty to die near the he said. He also is closely associated trith a campaign to improve conditions for political prisoners including those on On Son. the famoms former French penal jsbnd off the southeast Father Tin said many of hss friends and associates are jailed there under painful condi- tions. and that he gets secret messages from thr island and runs two reception centres for those who are released. He added that many of the who he said were jailed mrinly because they op- the Thieii government, suf- fer from tuberculosis and vita- min deficiency and a temporary form of paralysis of the limbs caused by years of confinement in so-called Tin said the tiger eace? are like deep trenches will) iron grates as roofs at jmound tevd. and that guards patrol the cages by -walking along Uie roofs, tiwonring Hme down on those prisoners who become violent. "The lime i? in otto- prisons, -against women as as The priest as well as other persons Interviewed claimed that prison interrogators and guards other painful meas- ures, such as electric rods ap- plied to gemtaJs, to obtain infor- mation.