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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lcthbridqc Herald VOL. LXVJI LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, APRIL 22, 1974 10 Cents 24 Pages Strike forces airline layoffs By THE CANADIAN PRESS Air Canada began laying off more than flight attendants at midnight Sunday night, as airline employees began feeling the effects of walkouts by airport firefighters which continue to disrupt air travel. A spokesman for the airline said other employees besides the stewardesses and pursers were laid off Sunday in several regions, but the total number would not be known until today. Spokesmen for Air Canada and CP Air estimated Sunday they were operating at 60 per cent of normal' capacity, as most major airports were only open for partial service. However, a spokesman for the union representing the federal firefighters said the results of a country- wide ratification vote may be known as early as Tuesday night. A "yes" vote would end the walkouts. The men, who earn an average of annually, have been offered a new contract for 26 months which provides pay increase of 31 per cent over its duration. The offer would raise their pay to about an average of USED CARS Claude Edwards, president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, said Sunday in Ottawa that the union has used cars and buses to speed up the return of ballots which was being hampered by the airline and post office disputes. "There are a little more than voting so if by Tuesday night we had 800 in favor we'd know the results. "If the vote is close it might take until late Wednesday or even Thursday." Mr. Edwards said the proposed contract offers "a pretty substantial and called it the "highest award offered in the public service in recent history." The government slapped load restrictions on the airlines as a safety measure when the walkouts, which had been sporadic, swept across Canada last week. Most airports will only handle mid-size 100-passenger jets like DC-9s and 727s rather than the large DC-88s, 707s and jumbo 747s. While only Ottawa and Moncton were open Sunday to large DC-8s and jumbo jets, the midsize jets were able to fly to St. John's, Halifax, Charlottetown, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Windsor, Winnipeg, Ed- monton and Vancouver. On the west coast, both Air Canada and CP Air switched their international operations to Seattle, 125 miles to the south, for flights to Great Britain and the Orient. City posties join national walk-out Except for private courier services, no mail was moving in Lethbridge today. Local post office inside workers voted Sunday to join the national walkout called on the weekend by their union, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. Doug Harrold, president of the Lethbridge local, said today the decision was taken to support the national office in its dispute with the post office over automatic coders. He said the union was not opposed to automation, but to the way it was being implemented. Lethbridge letter carriers did not cross the inside workers' picket lines at the post office this morning. Bob Brown, president of the Lethbridge local of the Letter Carriers' Union of Canada, said the carriers were to meet this afternoon to decide what to do They were waiting for more information, he said. Record water levels threaten Prairie towns By THE CANADIAN PRESS Swollen by record winter snowfalls, the normally-placid Vermilion River Sunday turned on Two Hills, Alta., a town of about 65 miles east of Edmonton, after inundating the northeastern section of Vegreville, about 15 miles closer to Edmonton along Highway 16 The river usually is less than 20 feet wide but has stretched into a lake almost half a mile wide and about 20 miles long, threatening 50 homes and jeopardizing one of the province's main north- south highways The story of the Vegreville- Two Hills region was duplicated throughout the Prairie provinces as flood- control officials continued to ..peak cf record levels and warn that much of the heavy winler snow has not yet begun to move. homeless RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuter) Almost people are homeless, 27 dead and dozens missing in northeastern areas of Brazil after four days of floods Seen and heard About town Lethbridge Community College instructors getting end of the semeste'r treatment from students Gaylen Armstrong, and Craig Smith being tossed into Henderson Lake, and Buster Burke's desk being graced with horse manure. The water threatened a bridge on Highway 36 which was built after the last big flood, in 1956. Crews have built a five-foot dike of coarse sand lined with plastic to protect the 50 homes south of the Canadian National Railways tracks. Six other homes already were sur- rounded by water. Conditions eased slightly in Vegreville, where the water level Sunday night was about eight inches lower than the peak of Saturday morning. The town's residents continued their massive cleanup job although warned that high water would remain for another three or four days. The 140-bed hospital complex evacuated at Vegreville after Mayor Virgil, Moshansky declared a state of emergency probably won't be opened for about a week. Pupils of a separate school will have their Easter vacation extended by a week. Premier Peter Lougheed toured the river and promised to "cut red tape" to assist stricken communities. In Saskatchewan, where Lumsden residents had been expected to receive record flooding from the swollen Qu'Appelle River, EMO co- ordinator Ken Smith said signs are that the crest will be lower than anticipated. "I'm much more optimistic now than I was this he said late Sunday night." Most of the news was good in Moose Jaw and Regina, which bore the brunt of Saskatchewan's early flooding Moose Jaw residents contin- ued to clean up where possible as water levels stabilized and officials said conditions ap- peared stable at Regina al- though about 400 residents evacuated their homes Sunday when threatened by the waters of Wascana Creek and Wascana Lake. Whoppee, Vm next Walter Kerber photo Dog shows are for people, not for dogs. And if you don't believe that, just ask this canine ball of en- thusiasm. Snoozie, an English setter and one of 623 dogs who competed in the Lethbridge and District Ken- nel Club championship and obedience trials on the weekend, relaxes as he waits his turn to show his stuff Battles spread along heights in the obedience part of the show. Oddsmakers, judging from this photo, would have likely made this pooch a favorite to "stay" when his master command- ed. Whether he would have mustered the energy to respond to the "come" command is another matter. (Story on Page 14.) Inside The ASSOCIATED PRESS Artillery exchanges continued through the night between Syrian batteries and Israeli positions on strategic Mount Hermon and spread today along the Golan Heights front, the Syrian military command said "Intermittent artillery fighting continued throughout Egyptians will vary i their arms suppliers By C. L. SULZBERGER New York Times Service CAIRO President Anwar Sadat said today Egypt had decided to cease relying on the Soviet Union for all her modern arms because Moscow had used the supply of weapons and ammunition as an "instrument of policy leverage" to influence Egyptian actions. The Soviet action was unacceptable, President'Sadat said. "If the United States is ready to sell me arms, I shall be very happy; I shall also be happy if the Soviet Union wishes to negotiate new the Egyptian leader added. Sadat outlined his views in an interview at his private home in Giza, a section of Cairo fronting on the Nile. The atmosphere was unusually friendly and Sadat took pains to underscore how greatly Egyptian-American relations had changed in the last two years. Hermann F. Eilts, the new American Ambassador, presented his credentials to Sadat Saturday. And the United States helicopter-carrier Iwo Jima is due this week at Port Said, which used to be a Soviet naval facility. The carrier force is to help clear mines from the Suez Canal. The president stressed his desire to pursue a policy of balanced non-alignment and emphasized that improved relations with Washington need not produce a strain with Moscow. But, he said, during the six months since the October War with Israel he had sent four official requests to Leonid Brezhnev, the Soviet leader, for additional military supplies and the only reply was that the matter was "under study." "I can't wait six he added, asserting that such deliberate delays had been frequent in Egyptian-Soviet relations since Cairo first started buying arms from Moscow in 1955. "Therefore, from now on I'm going to vary the sources on my military equipment." Asked whether Egypt had had any discussions with American or European concerns about new arms deals, Sadat said- "That is a military secret, but I assure you we are already in action." Asked if Egypt would again make available to the Soviet navy special facilities in Mediterranean harbours, Sadat said the matter was being studied. He added that other fleets in the area, including that of the United States, would have equal rights. He insisted that Soviet naval facilities had never been real "bases" and were only depots for reserve stocks, storage and spare parts. He said that he wrote Nixon in 1971 to why the Russians had Deceived such facilities. the night between our forces and enemy forces on Mount a Syrian communique said. "At a.m. Monday, fighting by tanks, artillery and anti-tank missiles broke out on several other sectors of the Golan Heights front." Sources in southern _Lebanon said Israeli troops "grabbed a Lebanese hilltop Sunday in their struggle with the Syrians for control of strategic Mount Hermon. The sources said the Israeli force occupied Shahar hilltop, on a southwest slope of Mount Hermon, early Sunday and several mortar rounds fired by Lebanese troops did not dislodge them. There was no official com- ment from the Israeli or Leba- nese governments. Both Israeli and Syrian air forces were reported in action Sunday. The Israeli command said its planes attacked artillery and troop positions six miles behind Syrian lines after Syrian guns shelled Israeli positions on Mount Hermon. The Israelis said the Syrians also sent one of their MiG jets against the Israeli positions on the mountain, but Israeli interceptors drove it off. A Syrian communique re- ported Syrian forces battled the Israelis at 10 points in the Golan Heights and the Mount Hermon area Sunday. It said a number of Israelis were killed or wounded and two observation posts were blown up. Syrian and Israeli forces have been battling for positions on Hermon for more than two weeks. Israel captured the south shoulder of the mountain in 1967, but Syria held on to the rest of it. EARLY LATE Classified.......20-24 Comics............18 Comment...........4 District .........15 Family.............5 Local News 13-14 Sports............8-11 Theatres ___7 TV................6 Weather ......3 LOW TONIGHT 40; HIGH TUES. 60; SUNNY, WINDY On the national level, Eric Taylor-, a Toronto labor mediator, was appointed to mediate the dispute. Mr. Taylor, who earlier this year helped resolve a'dispute between airport electronic technicians and the treasury board, met this morning with government and union negotiators. But the talks were closed and no word was available on any progress. The talks came after hard- line moves from both sides. The Council of Postal Unions, parent body of both the inside workers' and carriers' unions, came out in support of wildcat walkouts by the CUPW. Postmaster-General Andre Ouellet said he would consider suing the unions if the walkouts continued. Letter Carriers' Union of Canada members were divided on the strike issues automation and reclassification of coding machine operators Coders are paid about 54 cents an hour less than manual mai! sorters. Postal workers fear this would undercut their pay demands as automation spreads, and so they want the coders reclassified to the higher level. Mr Ouellet contends that if coders are reclassified, it may lead to demands for reclassification by the lower- paid letter carriers. Speaking on French- language television station CFTM in Montreal Sunday night, he said that a group of about 95 postal workers there is responsible for the illegal strike. He said Montreal workers ignore grievance procedures provided in theii collective agreement and stage work stoppages whenever they have a problem They also have "infinitely lower" productivity than their couterparts elsewhere, he said during a debate with Jean-Claude Parrot, chief steward for the CUPW. The dispute started in Montreal more than a week ago when some employees wore clothing urging a boycott of the postal code, resulting in suspensions by the post office. Negotiations between Mr Ouellet and CUPW officials broke off Friday night. Joe Davidson, acting union president, said the post office did not intend to meet union demands. The postal council said Saturday it wants the post office to waive ail disciplinary action against strikers, to guarantee no reprisals against strikers and to agree that technological change come in for negotiation. The postmaster-general has accepted the first two conditions and rejected. the third. Ulster death toll is BELFAST (AP) The offi- cial death toll in Northern Ire- land's religious war climbed to during the weekend. Two men were shot to death, two judges were attacked, a bomb exploded in a village on the border with the Irish republic and militant Protestants jeered the Archbishop of Canterbury in the third consecutive weekend of violence. James Murphy, owner of a filling station at Kinawley, in County Fermanagh, was the fatality recorded since guerrilla warfare between Ul- ster's Roman Catholic minority and Protestant majority broke out in August. 1969. Villagers said Murphy was a member of the Catholic- based Irish Republican Army. The 1.000th death occurred Saturday in Belfast when James Corbett, a 20-year-old Catholic whose wife is ex- pecting their first child, was shot to death. The Provisional wing of the IRA said it killed Corbett because he was a trai- tor A short time later gunmen seriously wounded County Judge Garrett McGrath at his vacation home. He was one of two Catholic prosecutors who resigned to protest the "Bloody Sunday" killing of 13 Catholics by British paratroops in Londonderry in 1972. But last month he angered the IRA by sentencing one of its woman members to 12 years in jail. The North Belfast home of another judge, William Johnson, was badly damaged by firebombs Sunday, but no one was hurt. Oil spill accord announced VANCOUVER (CP) Environment Minister Jack Davis says a coastal oil spill clean-up agreement is about to be signed by Canada and the United States Mr. Davis said Saturday that signing the pact depends on when External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp and U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger can get together. He said in an interview that he did not know when the agreement will be signed, but said "it's not in the indefinite future somewhere in the next month or two at the outside." Mr. Davis would not discuss details of the pact, but said it i.s basically a "salt water equivalent" of a 1971 agreement to cope with oil spills in the lower Great Lakes. Wilson associate charged LONDON (AP) Ronald Milliench, a key figure in a police investigation into the forging of Prime Minister Harold Wilson's signature, was charged today with attempting to obtain from a London newspaper by criminal deception. Scotland Yard detective Alan Jones told the magistrate's court in the Midlands city of Wolverhampton that further serious charges will be made against Milhench No details were given The forged signature was in a letter connected with land deals involving members of Wilson's personal staff, The Daily Mail newspaper reported. Milhench, 36, has been held in a Wolverhampton prison since Thursday. Opposing an application for bail. Jones said it would hinder police inquiries and frighten certain witnesses Milhench was ordered held in custody and told to appear in court again in eight days A Scotland Yard detective reported last week, the investigation was being widened to include a number of alleged forgeries and the circumstances under which Milhench's second wife was killed two months ago. Kathleen Milhench, 27, drowned when a car driven by her husband plunged into a lake near their Wolverhampton home. Milhench escaped and a coroner's jury subsequently ruled his wife's death was an accident. Scotland Yard has been studying information given them by Milhench's first wife, Elfriede. who lives in West Germany. She flew to Britain during the weekend. Scotland Yard has told the prime minister none of his staff is in any way suspected of having forged his signature on the land deals mentioned in the latter, police sources reported Early budget may save Grits By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Finance Minister John Turner will probably bring down his budget on May 6 which would persuade the New Democratic Party at its caucus Wednesday to wait until after the budget, before deciding whether to move to topple the minority government. A budget May 6, one day to think it over for all parties, and a crucial vote May 8 in the Commons to determine whether the minority government retains the confidence of parliament. That may be what lies ahead for this restless house of Commons. Under the pressures of inflation and growing labour unrest the tempers on both sides are becoming frayed and debate more bitter. NDP House Leader Stanley Knowlcs has explained that if the budget comos down "reasonably soon" the NDP caucus would probably wait to see what it contains before deciding whether to continue the Trudeau administration in office. If the budget is to be that is May 13 or 14, the caucus could decide to "pull the plug" now, ahead of the budget. Mr. Turner is expected to announce the budget date in the House early this week, before Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau leaves for a tour of Ontario in mid-week. Speaking in Winnipeg on the weekend Mr. Turner laid it "on the line" for the NDP and Conservatives. He defended his policies. He explained there is a need for sufficient business profits to ensure new investment in plant and equipment. This prompted speculation there would be no excess profits tax in the budget He refused to comment ;