Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
LETHBRIDQE HERALD-TuMday, April News In brief Stans-Milchell trial near end NEW YORK (AP) The criminal conspiracy case against John Mitchell and Maurice Stans, the two men President Nixon picked to run his re-election campaign, is headed to the jury. Testimony in the nine-week- old trial of Mitchell, former attorney-general, and Stans, former commerce secretary, ended Monday. The jury of nine men and three women, the first in nearly half a century to sit in criminal judgment of former United States cabinet members, may get the case by Wednesday. Final summations by the de- fence were scheduled for today Spiro sells novel WASHINGTON (AP) Former vice-president Spiro Agnew already has been assured of more than for his novel and may get more than million, his agent said Monday. The agent, Scott Meredith, said Agnew is committed by contract to visit Britain for five days to promote the novel, A Very Special Relationship, on its publication there by W. H Allen Ltd. Meredith said contracts also have been signed for Japanese, Portuguese and Greek publication and Flemish serialization by the Brussels newspaper De Post. Movie rights have not been sold. Baby bonus cheques tied up EDMONTON (CP) About half of Alberta's family allowance cheques are tied up in the postal system due to a walkout by employees, Don Hopkmson, regional director of income security, says. Mr Hopkinson said the cheques were delivered to the Edmonton post office where they now sit and "there's really nothing we can do about it" As for old-age security payments, he said "we're not going to be tying them up in the postal system but we're still not sure what we'll be doing The cheques were to be delivered by Friday. Mail censorship stopped EDMONTON (CP) Wardens at Alberta correctional institutions will no longer be permitted to censor mail sent by prisoners. Solicitor-General Helen Hunley told the legislature Monday she has ordered wardens to let prisoners' maii leave institutions without official perusal. The previous policy called for wardens to check all mail sent by prisoners. Miss Hunley said outside the legislature wardens will continue to look at mail sent to prisoners. Gas blamed for explosion NEW YORK (AP) Ac- cumulated gas is the suspected cause of the powerful explosion that ripped open two skyscrapers near the United Nations and injured nearly 100 persons Fire Commissioner John O'Hagan called it "a miracle that no one was killed" Monday in the early-morning blast. The explosion ripped off a 40-foot wide strip of the exterior wall of a 25-storey commercial building. Its force spread destruction through a neighboring luxury apartment house Chaban-Delmas loses ground PARIS (Reuter) Gaulhst candidate Jacques Chaban- Delmas lost more ground in an opinion poll published today which showed him slipping to less than 20 per cent of the vote in the first round of next month's French presidential election. Chaban-Delmas, premier for three years under the late President Pompidou, won 19 per cent in the poll published in the right-wing newspaper L'Aurore. Francois Mitterand, candidate of the united left, gained one point to climb to 44 per cent, while Finance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the other main candidate, remained at 24 per cent. Mail to Canada embargoed WASHINGTON (CP) The United States Postal Service has embargoed all mail des- tined for Canada at the request of Canadian authorities because of spreading strikes of postal workers there. A Postal Service spokesman said Monday mail addressed to Canada will be, returned to the sender where possible. Mail without a return address will be held for forwarding once the Canadian postal strike is over. Dief visits peace troops JERUSALEM (AP) For- mer prime minister John Die- fenbaker visited Canadian peacekeeping forces on the Is- BRIDGERUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL I raeli-Egyptian front near the Suez canal today. The Canadian troops are part of the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) stationed in a narrow strip in the Sinai desert between Israeli and Egyptian front lines. Diefenbaker talked with Ca- nadian officers of the UN Truce Supervision Organization. Healing Substance... Shrinks Piles, Checks Itch Exclusive healing substance pnncn to shrink hemorrhoids...and repair damaged tissue. A research institute IMS found a unique healing sub- stance Nvitli the ability to "Shrink hemorrhoids painlessK. 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Herbert Fielding, counsel for Red Deer Co-Op Ltd., which opposed application for a consolidation-of-debts order for Mr. and Mrs. John Joseph Hutlet of Red Deer, said the issue was a challenge of the province's administration of payment of debts under the orderly-payment-of-debts provision of the federal Bankruptcy Act. The Debtors Advisory Board representative has had the power to advise a debtor and represent him in district court. Mr. Fielding said the system raised the possibility of bias of the board for the debtor. More tape requests irk White House WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon has asked for and been granted a five-day extension in responding to a House of Representatives judiciary committee subpoena for White House tapes, a spokesman said today. A high Nixon administration official said committee chair- man Peter Rodino (Dem. N.J.) agreed to a White House request that the subpoena deadline be set for next Tuesday instead of this Thursday. The committee wants the tapes for its inquiry into Nixon's possible impeachment. Close Nixon advisers said the president still has not finally decided the form or Natives want pipeline probe postponed to '75 Mail piles up The Lethbridge post office was almost deserted this week as only a few inside postal workers reported for duty along with supervisory staff. Box service was continuing, along with letter pickup but there was no mail delivery or wicket service, said postmaster Art Lewis. Mostly local mail was being sorted, but some arrived Monday from Ottawa, Winnipeg and Regma. YELLOWKNIFE, N.W T. (CP) spokesmen told Mr. Justice Thomas R. Berger of the British Columbia Supreme Court Monday that hearings into the proposed Mackenzie Valley pipelines should not start at least until the spring of 1975. "Your inquiry cannot be ef- fective unless the views of the people directly affected by any proposed pipeline are sought and said George Erasmus, a director of the Northwest Territories Indian Brotherhood. "This means, of course, the native people who live in the communities along the Mack- enzie Mr Erasmus said at the opening of prelimi- nary hearings into an appli- cation by Canadian Arctic gas pipelines Ltd. for a right of way through the N.W.T. and Yukon for their project Turner may name budget date today OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister John Turner seems ready to name the date today and, like a pair of nervous brides, the two major opposition parties are all excited. The budget date may determine whether the minority Liberals can continue what critics have called their political marriage with the New Democrats. It also may result in the NDP forming a temporary union with the Conservatives, an alliance that likely would lead to the government's defeat Whether the two major opposition groups pop the question to each other depends on the timing of the budget If it comes early in May, they likely will examine it before deciding how or when to take on the Liberals. A budget date beyond early May almost certainly would result in the opposition trying to force a vote of non- confidence in the government as soon as possible before the budget So far, neither the Conservatives nor the NDP have named the last date they would consider acceptable, but many observers see May 6 as a possible deadline. The tension surrounding the budget date is built largely on the claim of one veteran MP that he knows a way to force a confidence test before the budget. NDP House Leader Stanley Knowles has refused to say how such a showdown might be forced, but insists it can be done. Mr. Erasmus said months of work are needed to prepare the people for the meetings R. M. Goldie of Vancouver, chief counsel for the pipeline company, suggested the pro- posed community meetings could be held during the sum- mer and formal, technical sessions during the winter. But while the government and Indians deal with the settlement, the application for the pipeline should go ahead, he said. The rights of Indians would not be prejudiced. About 100 persons attended Monday's meeting, the first of three to be held in the north to establish procedures of later meetings. Judge Berger will be in In- uvik Wednesday and Whitehorse Thursday "This inquiry is unique in Canadian Judge Berger said in his opening re- marks. "I am anxious that the people of the north and all other Canadians with an interest in the inquiry should have every opportunity to be heard and that the inquiry itself should be complete and thorough." Mr. Justice Berger is to in- quire into the social, environ- mental and economic impact of the pipeline. The multi-million dollar pfoject would lay about miles of pipeline from Alaska to southern Canada. It would employ men for the three winters of construction and, when completed, provide permanent employment for 290. Meeting explores neighborly relations By PETER BUCKLEY WASHINGTON (CP) Nearly two dozen Canadian government figures and academics are to descend on Washington later this week for a series of speeches and panel discussions designed to explore United States relations with its neighbors, Canada and Mexico. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald, Conservative MPs John Fraser and Gordon Fairweathen, former finance minister Walter Gordon and drugs expert Gerald LeDain head a list of Canadian visitors that includes senior civil servants, a Quebec cabinet minister and university professors from five provinces. The energy minister is understood to be seeking a meeting as well with John Sawhill, designated to succeed William Simon as head of the Federal Energy Office when Simon becomes treasury secretary. But no firm arrangements have yet been made, a Sawhill spokesman said. The occasion for the Canadian invasion is a meeting sponsored by the American Society of In- ternational Law, a professional and scholarly organization with members around the world Called "U.S. Relations with Canada and the con- ference features three days of symposiums and panel dis- cussions on topics ranging from trade, immigration and investment policies to civil rights, narcotics and native peoples. Macdonald and William H. Donaldson, the chief state de- partment representative in energy matters, are the speakers Thursday on a panel entitled "Power to the People: U.S.-Canadian Energy Policy." Price of oil unchanged saved from jobless roll SILVER BAY, Minn. (AP) The employees of Reserve Mining Co. began rushing back to their jobs early today, saved from the unemployment rolls by a temporary court order which puts the iron-ore manufacturer back in business. The order was issued late Monday night in Springfield, Mo., by three judges of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The judges stayed, until May 15, a lower-court ruling which ordered Reserve shut down. The full circuit court will hold a hearing to determine whether to allow the company to continue operating while a full appeal is heard. The ruling by ,U.S. District Judge Miles Lord in Min- neapolis Saturday ordered Re- serve's huge iron-ore processing plant at Silver Bay shut down at a.m. Sunday because of pollution into Lake Superior. Reserve, owned jointly by the' Republic and Armco steel companies, produces 15 per cent of the iron ore used in U.S. steelmaking blast furnaces. Also closed was its taconite mine at Babbitt, 47 miles inland from here. Suddenly persons were out of work and the two small towns faced the prospect of becoming little more than welfare centres. Company officials said they expected operations to be back to normal before the day is out. And critics said that means the company will again be pouring tons of rock wastes a day into Lake Superior. Lord's ruling said asbestos fibres which allegedly come from that pollution were endangering the health of five northeastern Minnesota and Wisconsin communities which draw their drinking water from the lake. Lord's ruling ordered the company shut down until it builds an on-land disposal plant which would allow it to meet state and federal pollution standards. The company testified in a nine- month trial that such a plant would cost million and take several years to build. By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The National Energy Board has determined that the "just and reasonable" price for any exports of Cana- dian oil to the United States should remain the same in May as it is this month. In effect, this means that cabinet is being advised to maintain the export charge on Canadian crude oil exported primarily to the American Mid-West at the April level of a barrel. A NEB member also said yesterday that the Board has not yet completed what he de- scribed as the "very com- plicated calculations" con- cerning the level of the export charge for refined oil products from Canadian crude oil. Some government sources have suggested a charge of about 65 to 75 cents a barrel. The extension of the export charge to refined product will affect American customers near the border and by .Canadian refineries in Toronto, Sarnia, Winnipeg, Regina and Vancouver. content of a response to the subpoena for 42 tape-recorded conversations he held with since-departed aides. One official said White House representatives told the committee staff that it is a "very time consuming job to compile and prepare material" for the answer. This was an apparent refer- ence to the transcription of the tape recordings, which one source said is made more difficult because portions of the conversations are virtually inaudible. This official also said Nixon "wanted to take additional time to review the response to the committee and that because of his schedule such a review could not be completed by Thursday." "The president wants to deal with this matter in a co- operative and reasonable way. He does not seek a the official said It was nonetheless clear that Nixon is considering ways to blunt what one official called "escalating requests on all fronts" for more tapes of presidential conversations. This official said that while Nixon has not decided precisely how to proceed, he still plans "a comprehensive statement, a comprehensive response" to the subpoena. "We don't want to move to a point of confrontation, but the question is, do you ever satisfy their said one official. "It's gone from nine tapes to 19 tapes to 42 tapes, and now, even before we answer, they want more." Vice-President Gerald Ford said he hopes President Nixon will co-operate fully with the House impeachment committee investigation. "I hope and trust that some- time in the next 48 or 72 hours, the White House will co- operate to the maximum in making available to the House committee on the judiciary the relevant material that the committee has Ford said in a New York speech Canadian children die in crash RASTATT, West Germany (Reuter) Two five-year-old Canadian schoolchildren were killed and 11 others injured near here Monday night in a crash involving a school bus and a truck, police said. The driver of the bus was also killed and the driver of the truck was seriously injured. Both were West Germans A police spokesman identified one of the dead children as Shawn Lang, daughter of Raymond Lang, a schoolteacher at the Soellingen air base and originally from Saskatchewan. (In Ottawa, the defence de- partment identified the other dead child as Kimberley Chev- rier, but did not give a home- town.) Among the 11 injured chil- dren, two were reported in critical condition and four in serious condition. The police spokesman said the initial- investigation showed the truck had crossed the path of the bus into a sideroad instead of allowing the bus to pass first. The collision split the front of the bus, trapping some of the children and throwing others out of the vehicle. Rhodesians fighting for Portugese? LONDON (Reuter) The Guardian published a secret report it says was written by dissident Portuguese army officers alleging Rhodesian troops are operating deep inside Portugal's southeast African colony of Mo- zambique with orders to take no prisoners. An accompanying front- page article by correspondents Peter Niesewand and Antonio de Figueiredo says the officers repeated earlier reports accusing Portuguese troops of massacres at Wiriyamu and Chavola and elsewhere.