Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
VOL LXVII 110 X The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 1974 10 Cents 68 PAGES Airports wait for voting By CANADIAN PRESS Air service in Canada re- mains severely restricted today as airport firefighters continue study sessions in their contract dispute with the federal treasury board. There appears little hope the two-week-old disruptions will end soon. The federal firefighters have been locked in a dispute with the treasury board since April 9 over ratification of a new contract. The firefighters, who earn an average of annually, have been offered a 26-month 'contract by the government providing a four-stage wage increase to Claude Edwards, president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada which represents the firemen, said in Ottawa he expects about votes to come in. "If by Tuesday we had 800 in favor, we'd know the he said. There are early indications, however, that the firefighters may reject the government's latest wage offer. NOT OPTIMISTIC A spokesman for Halifax firefighters said Monday night he was not optimistic about the results of the vote taken among members there and speculated other firemen across the country will vote to reject the contract. In Vancouver, early reports indicated the firemen there had voted 100 per cent against acceptance of the government's wage offer. A spokesman for the Van- couver firefighters said, "Some of the people in the PSAC have been in the dustbin for 40 years and are boxed in With rules." Air Canada announced Mon- day it has laid off more than personnel until the fire- fighters' dispute is settled. Sentence reduced ATHENS (AP) Two Arab terrorists who killed five per- sons and injured 55 at the Athens airport last August have had their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment by Greece's Council of Pardons, a spokesman said Monday. Arid el Shaf ik and Khantou- ran Palaal, 22-year-old Jorda- nian-born Palestinians, were sentenced by an Athens crimi- nal court last January to the death penalty on five counts and 27 years imprisonment on six other charges. SMH and About town A sporting Wolfgang Otto delivering doghnuts in his lederhosen (German 'hotpants') broomball champion Roger McAdatn confining his trophy acceptance speech to one word: "Thanks." Postal talks continue mediator Eric Taylor, left, and Joe Davidson, centre, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers during talks to end strike. City carriers support strike Some Lethbridge postal clerks reported for work today in defiance of the walkout called by their union, the Canadian Union of PosU! Workers Doug Harrold, CUPW local president, said "four or five" were known to have crossed the picket line, and postmaster Art Lewis said "a few." Mr. Lewis said there were no letter carriers and no wicket service due to lack of staff. But post office boxes were open, and mail pickups were being carried out. Local mail was being sorted, and some arrived Monday from Ottawa, Winnipeg and Regina, he said. A mere 600 family allowance cheques had arrived and been sent out, he said. This was one tenth of the usual number. He said he had not heard of any plans for other government cheques. Lethbridge letter carriers decided Monday afternoon to join the inside workers' walkout and man the picket lines with their colleagues, said Bob Brown, president of the Letter Carriers Union of Canada local in Lethbridge. The Lethbridge workers have joined a national walkout by their unions, which followed a week of walkouts by CUPW members in various centres. CUPW members are protesting the post office's plans for introduction of automated sorting equipment. Coding machine operators are paid less than manual mail sorters and workers fear this will undercut their pay demands. Some local businesses appeared to be turning to private courier services for their written communications. An AGT official said a significant increase in long distance calls had developed, especially during business hours. No difficulties were reported yet, but callers unable to complete direct distance calls should hang up and try again. At the national level, some workers were staying out of the strike. A spokesman for the Council of Postal Unions governing body of the CUPW and LCUC, in Red Deer said workers there would not join the walkout for the time being. They backed the national office, but did not want to hurt local residents, and a strike in Red Deer "would not impress anyone." Inside workers in Sarnia, Ont., and Halifax letter carriers also went to work. Carriers in Montreal and Quebec refused to leave their jobs but did not cross picket lines. 'Our agents report seeing you after dark riding in a coach and wearing glass slippers.' Inside Classified.....22-25, 27 Comics............20 District............17 Family..........12-14 Local Markets...........21 Theatres............8 TV.................7 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 35; HIGH WED. 60; SUNNY, MILD Another 707 jetliner crashes killing 107 JAKARTA (AP) All 107 persons aboard a Pan American 707 jetliner that crashed on the island of Bali are feared dead, the Indonesian department of communications announced today. The airline said three of those aboard were Canadians. They were identified as Walter Cleland, his wife Winnifred, and 17-year-old son Thomas, of Richmond, B.C. Walter Cleland worked as a CP Air baggage handler at Vancouver International Airport. "The aircraft was burnt and there was no sign of any survi- the communications department said. It was the fourth crash of a Pan Am 707 since last July. Three of them have been in the South Pacific. The plane was en route from Hong Kong to Bali and Sydney, Australia, when it crashed. A passenger list furnished by Pan American said 70 of the passengers were bound for Bali, 24 were going to Sydney and the other two were ticketed for Fiji. The air controller at Denpa- sar told the Sydney, Australia, San: "We waited for him to come into our view. But he never came. We received no distress signal and picked up no other indication that a crash was imminent." Interpreters force meeting halt at UN UNITED NATIONS (Reuter) An unprecedented job action by United Nations interpreters forced cancellation of both scheduled meetings of the General Assembly today. Most of the 75 members of the interpretation staff, nationals of many countries, called in sick. They are protesting against the long hours without extra compensation demanded by their task of translating UN proceedings into six languages simultaneously and the alleged failure of senior officials to meet their demands for extra staff. They said only the Soviet na- tionals present refused to go along with fhe majority. Strikes are forbidden in the Soviet Union. Flood damage help pledged By THE CANADIAN PRESS Provincial government leaders and Prime Minister Trudeau have pledged financial assistance to help repair the widespread flood damage on the Prairies. With the exception- of the Red River area in Manitoba, where heavy rains brought a drastic upward revision in expected water levels, the floods in most areas appeared to have stabilized. An evacuation program was announced for persons living in a 10-mile stretch along the Red River from the southern fringe of Winnipeg to St. Adolph where flood forecasters were predicting a flood crest would hit by Friday Fifty miles south of Edmon- ton, the Vermilion River at Vegreville and the adjacent town of Two Hills was expected to reach its peak today. Workers were trying to reinforce earth and sandbag dikes. Heavy runoff from farmland to the southwest boosted the river level a half- inch in two hours. In Moose Jaw, a hastily- erected earthfill dam reinforced with sandbags was all that protected a large portion of the city from the swollen waters of Spring Creek Monday, but in Regina families who abandoned their homes Sunday because of the flood threat were told they could return. RICHARDSON TOURS Defence Minister James Richardson, after a helicopter tour of flood-stricken southern Manitoba areas Monday, said he was surprised to find conditions so bad. "The waters are higher than I expected and there is obviously a great deal of the minister said after doing a sandbagging stint along the Red. He said the main purpose of his tour was to determine how the armed forces could be of more assistance. Already Canadian Forces personnel have airlifted residents of two Manitoba Indian reserves and were scheduled to help in the evacuation of 390 from the Roseau reserve today. In Ottawa, Prime Minister Trudeau told the Commons that Otto Lang, justice minister and Saskatchewan's representative in the cabinet, will be on his way west soon to look at the situation. Mr, Trudeau told MPs that Ottawa intends to help in every way that federal policy permits. Federal aid for restoration of essential private property and public works is not available to the provinces until damage totals exceed per capita. Manitoba Premier Ed Schreyer said after an air tour that a ballpark damage figure could be somewhere between and million, enough to bring the federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement into effect. Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed told his legislature it would take a few days to assess the damage. His government would provide financial aid but details had not been worked out. Saskatchewan Premier Allan Blakeney said damage in his province will total several million dollars and his government would make formal application for federal aid. Raging waters wash away town's optimism LUMSDEN, Sask. (CP) More than 50 feet of earthen dike eroded Monday night and work began early today on a back-up dike in this Qu'Appelle Valley town besieged by raging flood waters. Large sections of the dike's outer surface were washed away as the Qu'Appelle River reached an unheard-of flow of cubic feet a second, almost five times riverbank capacity in the community of Efforts to reinforce the outer side of the dike were abandoned early today when two men almost fell into the swirling water while placing sandbags. The men were pulled to safety atop the dike by volunteers who were holding a rope tied to special harnesses worn by the men. The back-up dike was being built three houses back from the eroding structure at a bend of the river where a bridge connects the two sides of the town. The bridge, built by hand in 1904, was under four feet of fast-flowing water. Its railings had been torn away by water and ice but it was still standing. Fifty dump trucks and 25 bulldozers joined the battle to dump dirt behind the failing dike in an effort to double the width of what residents call "thegreatwall of Lumsden." As the dike broke away a sense of victory that had spread cautiously through the town a few hours earlier evaporated and Emergency Measures Organization officials conceded that the worst may come later in the day. particularly at the northern tip of the town's south side where the dike was eroding. A dike on the north side of the town was reported to be holding although it was being widened with sandbags. Although three-quarters of the town has been evacuated, the community itself remains unharmed behind three miles of massive, roof-level clay dikes. Education spending control blistered BANFF (CP) The president of the Alberta Teachers Association said Monday it is unbelievable that the government should retain control of school board spending when similar controls have been removed from municipalities. Dr Murray Jampolsky said that by not pushing the issue, trustees have lost ground in the struggle for local autonomy. He also told delegates to a conference on school finances that trustees have neglected Plumptre claims progress TORONTO (CP) Beryl Plumptre, chairman of the federal food prices review board, said Monday a housing price review board might be as useful in keeping housing costs in line as her board has been in policing food costs. Mrs., Plumptre said her board had been instrumental in subsidizing domestic wheat prices paid to farmers and thus consumers. It has also helped in advanc- ing the starting date for family allowance increases and in aiding legislation so that the lowest, most clearly visible price on "double- ticketed" supermarket items must be honored, she said. their responsibility by not demanding that more money be spent on education. The ATA and the Alberta School Trustees Association should work together to get a bigger budget for education in Alberta, he said. Art Bunny, vice-president of the ASTA, said school boards have lost control of education because they have lost control of financing. The government was implying by its retention of control of educational spending that trustees are not responsible people. "It's time we took on the responsibility and quit going to the government and asking for more he said. "We should demand the right to raise the money ourselves." Edison Bardok, a member of the education department staff in Lethbridge. defended the government that employs him. "You say more money but have you said what you plan to do with he asked. "Government controls are resented, but isn't the government following the public? We've had no protests from the public. Let's not set the government up as a whipping boy." John McDermott. a lawyer with the Western centre on Law and Poverty in Los Angeles, said that as long as the supplementary requisition levied by school boards is determined by local assessment, the quality of education will fluctuate across the province. City council votes 6-2 in favor of burning ban By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Aid. Bill Kergan gave it a good try but all his huffing and puffing failed to prevent his fellow aldermen from banning open burning Monday. City council voted 6-2 in favor of the bylaw prohibiting open burning with Aid. Kergan and Mayor Andy Anderson opposed on third reading. "You'll be Aid. Kergan warned, saying thousands of responsible Lethbridge citizens want to retain the privilege of using their burning barrels. But other aldermen felt that because the bylaw specifically excludes incinerators from the burning ban, nothing much jwill really change. "It doesn't prevent burning, just open said Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. "For the life of me I can't see what the controversy is all about. "If people can't live with a piddly bylaw like this, I can't believe it." Aid. Vera Ferguson agreed, saying that with the incinerator section in the bylaw nothing's really changed. "It's such an innocuous thing, I can't get excited about it she said. There was some discussion and not much agreement over just what constitutes an incinerator. According to the bylaw, burning will be allowed in an incinerator which does not permit the escape of sparks, ash or dense smoke. "It's just what it says it is a controlled way of burning said Aid. Cam Barnes. Aid. Kergan felt an incinerator was all right for rich people. "A lotof people couldn't afford to build he said. Other aldermen, however, felt constructing an incinerator to meet the requirements of the bylaw wouldn't impose much of a financial 'burden. "I just can't see how Anyone in the city can't still burn if he wants said Deputy Mayor Hembroff. Aid. Kergan fought the burning ban to the wire nevertheless. "It's an established fact burning doesn't cause much pollution he said. "But we're really going to have pollution if we pass the bylaw paper pollution." He said it stood to reason garbage collection would cost more, and guessed it would be an increase in the neighborhood of "Why take paper out to the landfill and let it blow all over the he said. He also jumped on the 18 per cent figure which had earlier been suggested was the percentage of fires attributed to burning barrels in 1973. Doug Kometz, fity fire marshall, said 18 per cent was the right figure, but it referred to garbage fires, not just those connected to burning barrels. The bylaw goes into effect immediately. Although it includes a provision allowing council to declare a two-week moratorium on the ban each spring and fall, no move for such a declaration was made Monday. Mr. Kometz said the bylaw will help the fire department. "We're not going to go up and down the alleys patrolling, but now if we do get a complaint we can act on he said. Aid. Barnes had what could be considered the final word. "Let's get rid of the burning barrels and get on with city he said. Aid, Kergan "you'll be sorry"