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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, April 24, 1974 News In brief Power rale hearing postponed EDMONTON (CP) The Public Utilities Board has postponed a hearing into Alberta Power Ltd.'s application for a rate increase to May 13 to give those objecting to the increase time to prepare. Alberta Power responded by asking for an interim rate increase effective June 1. The company has sought increases ranging from 15 to 23-per-cent to its clients' bills in northern and east central Alberta. The company says it needs the increase to offset inflated costs of energy, labor and material and to give the company a rate of return on investment large enough to attract future development capital. Advertising legislation sought EDMONTON (CP) Consumer Affairs Minister Bob Dowling ran into opposition pressure Tuesday to introduce legislation concerning misleading advertising by companies licensed to trade in Alberta. Bob Clark, Social Credit house leader, asked in the legislature if legislation was planned and Mr. Dowling replied that misleading advertising was primarily a federal matter. He hinted, however, that some legislation may be brought in during the fall sitting. More labor unrest forecast EDMONTON (CP) The president of the Alberta Federation of Labor warned Tuesday night that organized labor unrest will increase in the province within two years unless workers get a voice in job assessment. Reg Basken said the idea that the man must fit the job must be changed so that "the job is made to fit the man." In an interview on the eve of the federation's annual convention, Mr. Basken said increased militancy could take the form of unlawful strikes and constant switching of jobs so production would be undermined. Interpreters return to work UNITED NATIONS (AP) A one-day strike by United Nations interpreters postponed a General Assembly session and two committee meetings Tues- day, but the work of the world organization proceeded in pri- vate conferences. The brief suspension of public debate had no effect on the business of the world organization since the Security Council's debate on an Israeli raid into Lebanon and the General Assembly's special session on raw materials and economic de- velopment are deadlocked. The strikers said they are satisfied because they have drawn high-level attention to their complaint that they are overworked. Interpreter service was to return to normal today, and new efforts were to be made to settle the dispute. Air force men charged in deaths OGDEN, Utah (AP) Homicide charges have been filed against two young United States Air Force men in connection with a robbery- slaying case in which five persons were beaten, tortured and shot. Three died. The two Hill Air Force Base airmen, Dale Pierre, 21, and William Andrews, 20, were ar- rested Tuesday night, Ogden Police Chief LeRoy Jacobsen said. Jacobsen said police found belongings of some of the victims of the Monday night robbery-slaying at the Hi-Fi Shop in Ogden in a trash receptacle near the Hill AFB dormitory where Pierre and Andrews were seized without resistance. He did not elaborate. Poll boosts Chaban-Delmas PARIS (Reuter) The presidential candidacy of Gaullist-standard bearer Jacques Chaban-Delmas got a boost today when the latest opinion poll showed him gaining four per- centage points and left-wing contender Francois Mitterrand losing three. The Ifop poll, published in the mass-circulation newspaper France-Soir, showed Chaban-Delmas winning 23 per cent of the first round vote May 5, compared with 26 per cent for Valery Giscard d'Estaing, the other government-aligned con- tender Mitterrand got 41 per cent of the vote in the poll, down from a high of 44 per cent in a rival poll published Tuesday by the right-wing paper L'Aurore. Heroin 'destined for children' CHICAGO (Reuter) Police seized heroin worth million Tuesday and said they believed it was destined for Chicago school children. The cache of heroin, weighing seven pounds, was the biggest ever seized in Chicago. Jesus Herrera, 31, Francisco Rodriguez, 27, and Emiliano Hernandez, 36, were charged with possessing narcotics. Police said they were leaders of a ring which concentrated on supplying drugs to children attending elementary and high schools. Culture in jeopardy OTTAWA (CP) State Sec- retary Hugh Faulkner said Tuesday night he believes for- BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL eign investment screening should be extended from the economic sphere to cultural areas such as book publishing. He was speaking in the Commons after Douglas Rowland told of plans by the United States publishing company Houghton-Mifflin to set up a branch plant in Canada. 'Army of kids'9 saved Lumsden from flood By STEVE KRUEGER LUMSDEN, Sask. (CP) The 67-year-old retired railroader was near exhaustion after working on what residents of this town 18 miles north of Regina call the Great Wall of Lumsden. "When the river flooded in 1969. they called in the army from the Shilo (Man.) Canadian forces he said. "This year, we got another army of kids. If we didn't have them, we'd be washed away for sure by now." Work on the dike- eventually three miles long and up to 12 feet started early in April because of record snow packs in the Qu'Appelle River basin, the scenic wooded valley which slices through the Saskatchewan prairie When Moose Jaw, 20 miles upstream from Lumsden, flooded last Thursday, the people of Lumsden knew they had a fight on their hands. CALLED FOR HELP Original predictions put the Lumsden crest at about cubic feet a second, but when the river peaked Tuesday morning, the level was just short of feet a to 6.25 billion gallons of water passing through the town every 24 hours. When the water began to rise last Friday, the Saskatchewan Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) in Regina was asked for volunteers Hundreds of young people swarmed into the town, filling sandbags, passing them to other students and placing them on the dikes. "If it wasn't for these kids we'd be known as Lumsden, Man right said Ken Smith, EMO co-ordmator and town clerk. "They saved the town." An EMO official said most of the volunteers were teenagers, but some were only 11 years old and had lied about their age to get aboard the bus from Regina. A bus driver said "on the way to Lumsden the kids were laughing and some even sang.'- "It was like a rolling party. On the way back to Regina, though, they were really ex- hausted. But they were still smiling, even though they were tired." THEY GOT BLISTERS St. John's Ambulance workers said the young volunteers "had lots of blisters because they are all city kids and have never done anything like this before. They hurt, they were tired, but they didn't stop." Volunteers finished sand- bagging the dike on the north- ern side of the river early Monday morning and the Canadians said safe ADDIS ABABA (AP) Tenneco Ethiopia said Tuesday iwo Canadians and three United States residents held captive for four weeks by the Eritrean Liberation Front (ELF) are safe, despite the lack of contact with the guerrillas for the last week. Tenneco manager Edward Burtchaell said in a telephone interview from Asmara, northern Ethiopia, he is hopeful they will be released soon. teenagers dropped in their tracks along the dike and slept on top of the sandbags they had placed on the dike moments before using a 100- yard-long human chain. Elsewhere truck drivers, some of whom admitted going without sleep for 36 hours, caught brief rests behind the wheels of their trucks. When the south side dike be- gan to fail Tuesday morning, 30 dump government-owned or chartered by the provincial in line on the main street, carrying dirt and sandbags to the dike. Sotres were empty, the town's only restaurant was closed and equipment removed, and even the bank had removed all its money. Two separate strategies were needed to battle the Immigration officer wanted Asexual favors from clients' WESLEY EDWARD DESJARDINS Flat-footed prisoner holds escape record KINGSTON, Ont. (CP) Anyone seen Wesley Edward Desjardins recently? If you have, officials at Kingston penitentiary would be happy to hear from you. They would also be happy to hear from Desjardins. Desjardins is still listed as a prisoner but he hasn't been near the institution for 26 years. Prison officials say he holds the Canadian record for a prisoner at large. Desjardins was serving a six-year sentence for forgery when he was granted a ticket of leave to go to a tuberculosis sanatorium near Haileybury, Ont Dec 17, 1947. He escaped from the sanatorium less than six months later and hasn't been seen or heard of since. But if the law ever catches up with him, "he would have to be brought back for being unlawfully at Edgar Babcock, a deputy warden at Kingston penitentiary, said Monday. Desjardins, a native of Greenfield, Ont., who served five other prison and jail terms, would be 60 years of age today if he is still alive. And nobody knows exactly why he was sent to the Haileybury sanatorium. The only thing on his medical records here is that he has flat feet. MONTREAL (CP) Four immigrant women told a fed- eral inquiry Tuesday a Mon- treal immigration officer had casual sexual relations with them between 1970 and 1973. The women, whose identities have been ordered withheld by the court, told a dura. t the modacrylic wly fibre from Monsanto I 1 Restyles like real hair, heat resistant and fuzz-proof, 1 year manufacturers quality guarantee, and featuring the latest 4 WAY STRETCH WEFTING Trend' Jutt 3 of many wlgt noRmnn cosmETic BOUTIQUE JV College Mall Phone 328-1525 Governor-General's inquiry into the Montreal immigration office that the officer successfully demanded sexual favors from them during a period when they were applying for landed immigrant status or sponsoring relatives. Their testimony opened the special commission of inquiry investigating the behavior of certain department officers. A commission lawyer said the inquiry, appointed last summer by Robert Andras, federal manpower and immigration minister, will continue hearings for several months. All four of the women said the sexual relations took place in the officer's apartment where he requested they meet him after taking their telephone numbers from their immigration files following interviews with him. One of the women said she had sexual relations with a second immigration officer. She said: "We were there having some drinks and watching television until he asked me to make love with him. I told him no, but he still asked and then I did. I was scared." Another woman testified she had heard the first officer would be able to help her and she started seeing him before she applied for landed immi- grant status. Two of the women said the subject of their immigration or sponsorship did not come up during visits to the officer's apartment. Farmers' Day Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON There will be a Farmers' Day in Alberta this year on Friday, June 7, Lou Hyndman, government house leader, announced Tuesday. Mr. Hyndman, also minister of education, said primarily rural schools would be making the day a holiday for students. Qu'Appelle River. On the north side, the dis- tance between the dike and homes was so narrow in places all diking had to be done by hand. Human chains moved thousands of sandbags up to 200 yards to build the emplacement. HUNG ON SIDE On the south side, most diking was done by heavy machinery, but when the dike began to fail, hands took over from bulldozers and sandbags were placed on the dike by three men hanging on the dike's side by safety ropes. Premier Allan Blakeney, who visited Lumsden twice during the building of the great wall, expressed genuine amazement. "These people have fought for their town tooth and nail and done what the experts thought was impossible. "They built a dike that would hold cubic feet a second of water, a flow that is a quarter greater than what flooded Moose Jaw." The old railroader nodded in agreement. "If we lose the town and damned if .1 think we're going won't be because people didn't care." (See other stories page Lalonde step closer to football goal By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) Health Minister Marc Lalonde gained ground Tuesday in his attempt to outlaw United States football leagues, but whether he can go the full distance remains in question. The Commons gave approval in principle to Mr. Lalonde's bill banning U.S. professional football by a vote of 118 to 92. It now goes to committee where witnesses can be called before it returns to the Commons for final approval. It is questionable whether Parliament will last long Alberta doctors may face review CALGARY (CP) The Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons is considering re-licensing doctors after a certain time to make sure they have kept up with the rapidly-increasing body of medical knowledge, a Calgary doctor said Tuesday. Dr. Robert Hatfield, president-elect of the Alberta Medical Association, said there are already some professional societies which require their members to put in a certain number of hours of post-graduate training every year. He said there is strong consideration being given in Alberta to re-examining doctors at regular intervals and to making this examination a condition for re-licensing. Commons revision tackled OTTAWA (CP) A proposal to increase representation in the Commons by six seats in- stead of 14 proposed by the government came under criticism in the Commons privileges and elections committee Tuesday. The proposal, introduced by Gordon Ritchie would give Ontario and British Columbia an additional three seats each. The current representation by provinces in the 264-seat Commons is Newfoundland seven seats, Prince Edwafrd Island four, Nova Scotia 11, New Brunswick 10, Quebec 74, Ontario 88, Manitoba 13, Sas- katchewan 13, Alberta 19, British Columbia 23 and one member each from the Yukon and Northwest Territories The government proposal, for changes based on the 1971 census, would add seven seats in Ontario, three in British Columbia and one each in Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This would raise the number of seats in the Commons to 278. The total would jump to 295 after the 1981 census, to 324 after the 1991 census and 354 by 2001, based on the complex proposal introduced by Privy Council President Allan MacEachen. The government originally proposed a redistribution for- mula based on population dis- tribution that would have re- duced seats in some provinces including Saskatchewan. But complaints from MPs whose provinces would lose seats prompted Parliament to post- pone any changes until the end of 1974 and introduce the new proposal. Mr. Ritchie said his proposal is based on the idea that the Commons might grow too fast in a short period of time. His proposal is based on a 10-year period ending with the 1981 census. Les Benjamin Centre) said Mr. Ritchie's proposal will be recommended to the NDP caucus with a provision for an additional seat for the Northwest Territories. He said he personally feels the government's proposal is a better one but members of the NDP steering committee had recommended Mr. Ritchie's proposal. There is also a proposal to graduate doctors with only a limited license, he told a news conference. "We graduate doctors now as physicians and surgeons and he said. "Perhaps in the future we will tell graduates can practice medicine and do a restricted amount of surgery rather than giving them a license to do everything medical." Allegations to drop WASHINGTON (AP) -The ranking Republican on the House of Representatives judiciary committee said today most of the allegations being investigated in the committee's impeachment inquiry will be dropped Thursday. The committee staff has been gathering information on 56 allegations covering a wide range of presidential activity. Hutchinson did not give any details but other committee members said they expect the issues on which the committee will continue to gather evidence deal with the Watergate breakin and cover- up, the ITT antitrust action and the dairy industry political contributions. Jet bodies recovered DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuter) Troops and police today began recovering bodies from the jungle slopes of a mountain where a Pan American Boeing 707 crashed killing all 107 persons aboard. Indonesian officials had planned to ferry the bodies by helicopter to the nearest main road but the Pan Am spokes- man said the slopes of the mountain are too steep for helicopters to land. Instead, the long task began of carrying the bodies down on foot. enough for the bill to complete the entire legislative process. The New Democrats, effective balance of power in the minority Commons, have indicated they might help defeat the Liberal government after the budget is presented May 6. Mr. Lalonde's bill is designed primarily to ban the new World Football League Toronto Northmen. But it would affect all U.S. professional football leagues and would set a limit on the number of American players allowed on Canadian pro football teams. PLANS TO PLAY Toronto businessman John F. Bassett, head of the Northmen, has said he intends to have his team playing in July. Mr. Lalonde says no. However, if the NDP does help defeat the government early next month, there likely will be an early July election. That would mean Parliament would have only about two weeks to deal with the con- troversial football bill. Com- mittee study alone will take much longer. The Progressive Con- servatives have indicated they will try to change the bill in committee. All but three Conservatives in the House for Tuesday's vote opposed the bill. The Liberals were solidly in favor of it, except for James Walker from Toronto's York Centre riding. He abstained, along with Jake Epp The New Democrats and So- cial Credit ranks were split. In the latter case, party leader Real Caouette supported the government, while his son Gil- les, Social Credit House leader, voted agains the bill. DID NOT VOTE There were 49 members ab- sent from the 264-seat Com- mons, so a future vote might be different. Mr Lalonde, after the vote, expressed confidence that his bill will carry on final reading. He said he will consider any amendments suggested m committee. He also said the health and welfare committee, which will study the bill, may consider changes to the Canada Pension Plan first. If that is the case, chances of the bill passing all stages of approval prior to a confidence vote is remote. The Conservatives oppose the bill on more than one count. They say it will hurt the Canadian Football League, rather than help it. Also, they say the government has no right to legislate against one sport, The bulk of their objection is that the government should not have introduced the bill when the country is faced with high inflation, labor unrest and housing and unemployment problems. Oxygen line switch 'killed' girl, 15 EDMONTON (CP) A 15- year-old city girl died last month after the oxygen and nitrous oxide lines had been switched on her dentist's anasthesia machine, a coroner's inquest was told Tuesday. The six-member jury investigating the death of Wendy Lotnick ruled there was negligence in the care and checking of the machine in the office of Dr. M. E. Shewchuk. Provincial coroner Dr. Max Cantor later noted the similarity between the incident and one in Sudbury, Ont., last summer where a mix-up of the lines was blamed for the death of one person and linked to 22 other deaths. In Sudbury, the lines were crossed during construction of the building. Two anesthetists and Dr. Shewchuk, testifying at the inquest, disclaimed any responsibility for switching the lines. The three men testified under the Canada and Alberta evidence Acts, which guards them from any other court action that could arise from their statements. Dr. D. F. Lunn, who administered the anesthetic, said he didn't realize until the day after the girl's death that the lines had been switched. He said he had checked the machine, but didn't look at the top where the switched hose connections were later dicovered. Abbott dies LOS ANGELES Bud Abbott, 78, half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello. died today. Lou Costello died in 1959, two years after the team split up. ;