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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Canadian peace team official repudiates Red attacks SAIGON (CP) Michel Gan- vin, Canadian ambassador with the international peace super- visory force here, repudiated today a series of sharp Com- munist attacks on his impar- tiality, branding them false and unfounded. "The attacks are aimed at trying to discredit me and cast doubt on my he told The Canadian Press. "But they the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese cannot cite one example to such ac- cusations other than my April 13 statement which they have he added. Gauvin, interviewed in his of- fice at the International Com- mission of Control and Super- vision ICCS, appeared rela- tively undisturbed by the criti- cism, but he emphasized: "I will not make a deliber- ate effort to be partial towards the Democratic Republic o? Vietnam North Vietnam and the PRG the Viet Congs Provi- sional Govern- ment just so that in their eyes I can appear to be impartial." SENT LETTER The latest charges against Gauvin are understood to have been contained in a letter sent to the ICCS by the PRG Mon- day, dealing with the issue of permitting survivors from an April 7 helicopter crash to' re- examine the location of the wreckage. There have been two other in- stances in which the 53-year-old French Canadian diplomat has come iuvler attack from Hanoi and the PRG over positions he has taken in relation to the crash, which killed all nine per- sons aboard one of the two heli- copters involved. Capt. Charles Laviolette of Quebec City was among the dead. The second aircraft landed safely. Hanoi Radio initiated the crit- icism April 15 when it accused Gauvin of "unscrupulous state- ments" in suggesting that" the nine might have met their- late not at the hauls of the Viet Cong or South Vietnamese but "at the hands of troops whose presence in South Vietnam is not provided for by the Paris agreement." The ambassador is generally assumed to been referring to North Viet- namese forces although he did not spell this out. The LetHbtfdae Herald VOL. LXVI No. 114 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS 60 PAGES FIVE SECTIONS Alberta opposes guaranteed income OTTAWA (CP) A universal guaranteed annual income is not the desirable or feasible way to meet ths many income security needs of Canadians, Al- berta Health Minister Neil Crawford said today. Mr. Crawford, in a position paper presented at the federal- provincial conference on income security, said Alberta supports the concept that the individual is responsible to himself, his family and to society to provide for himself and his dependents to the best of his ability. "At the same time govern- ments should readily assume a role which will provide oppor- tunities to people to participate in Mr. Crawford said. He said governments also must ensure that those unable to provide for themselves should have a level of income that -will allow them to "live at a socially acceptable level." A companion paper to the pol- icy statement outlined the re- sults of a survey on public atti- tudes toward public assistance in the province. Mr. Crawford said a Barely asleep Bored with it all, polar bear in Vancouver's Stanley Park zoo snoozes away the afternoon, ignoring visitors. Red troops eye capital Plane noise lax imposed ROISSY, Prance (AP) The French are building Europe's largest airport in this flaOands of beet fields and peaceful villages near Paris. If you pass through on vacation, you'll have to pay a tax to protect the villagers from jet roar. A government decree, said by officials to be the first for a major airport anywhere in the world, pro- vides for the tax on every departing passenger to help pay for relocating people who don't want to live near the airport or for soundproofing the homes of those who want to stay. The government imposed the tax because of pres- sure from groups in the Roissy area and in Vilteneuve k Roi. a town at the end of the main runway at Orly Airport south of Paris. "We don't want to end up like the poor people at Villeneuve." says Pierre Bories. a 43-year-old lawyer who heads a community organization in the Roissy area 17 miles north of Paris. AFFECTS 250.000 He estimates people in 45 towns and villages around Roissy will suffer "noise nuisance" when the airport takes over from Qrly as France's chief gateway. The Roisy airport is one-third the area of the city of Paris and will be able to handle 60 million passengers a year by 1985. The noise tax began last February for travellers from Orly and the third major Paris airport, Le Bpurget It will be collected at Roissy as soon as the airport opens next spring. Unofficial estimates show the tax 22 cents a passenger for interior flights and 66 cents for inter- national travel will bring in about million in From REUTER-AP PHNOM PENH (CP) Hun- dreds of refugees poured across the Mekong River to Phnom Penh today as Communist forces occupied positions directly opposite the city. Refugees said the Commu- nists were digging bunkers on the river bank at the village of Arei Khsat, only 1.7 miles from the centre of the capital. Observers said the Commu- nists could make use of the river bank as a superb site from which to shell the capital if they were able to hold out there until darkness. Cambodian planes bombed and strafed the village through- out the afternoon as crowds gathered on this side of the river to watch the air strikes. FIGHTING RAGES ON By late afternoon, the din of fighting between ground troops was still going on and could be clearly heard here. Communist forces have never before tried to occupy a stretch of the Mekong River bank within sight of Phnom Reports of the Communist ad- vance followed an announce- ment Tuesday night by Cam- bodian President Lon Nol that Angry Japanese commuters riot TOKYO (Reuter) Train services were suspended in the Tokyo area and police guarded tracks throughout Ja- pan today after thousands of angry commuters rioted at 30 stations Tuesday night. Half the special police guard was posted in the Tokyo region, where the commuters' revolt against late trains raged for several hours and ended with 123 people under arrest and 33 injured. But rail union members, who are conducting a go-slow cam- paign, decided today to press ahead "with their planned na- tional transport strike. This could paralyse nearly all rail and bus services Friday and Saturday. Most of the Tokyo district was without trains early today while maintenance teams re- paired damaged rolling stock and stations. Tuesday night's rampage left 67 trains stranded, another 90 damaged and af- fected about travellers, national railway estimates haid. STOPPED BY POLICE The commuter -uprising was finally quelled by 13.000 police after station employees were beaten, ticket machines wrecked and attempts were made to set trains on fire. Many passengers had to spend the night stranded on platforms. he will share power with three of his chief anti-Communist op- ponents. The president said he also is suspending for six months both the national assembly and the senate, which were dominated by his Social Republican party. Nol said he is creating a "high political council" made up of himself and the three most important opposition poli- premier Siso- wath Sirik Matak; in Tarn, for- mer president of the National Assembly: and Cheng Heng, who was chief of state after the coup three years ago in which Nol and Sirik Matak overthrew Prince Norodom Sihanouk. "This committee's main func- will be to help the presi- dent lead the Lon Nol said. HOPE FOR TALKS The Nixon administration hopes that the Communist and pro-Sihanouk guerrillas who now control most of the country will agree to ceasefire negotia- tions with a broader-based re- gime. naire was mailed to more than "randomly selected Alber- tans" followed by 233 inter- views. Response to the question- naire was 47 per cent. "Only 36 per cent of those in- terviewed thought a guaranteed annual income was a good idea and should be Mr. Crawford said. SUSPECT ABUSE He said the study, conducted under contract by Socio-Sys- tems Ltd. of Calgary, showed that Albertans believe almost 30 per cent of people now receiv- ing welfare do not deserve that assistance and are abusing the system. "Many complaints were re- ceived about the abuse of wel- fare, but they were not as vehe- ment as the figures might lead one to believe." Based on the "strong public Mr. Crawford said Alberta had four recommenda- tions. They were that emphasis should be placed on the creation of jobs in both the public and private sector, that there should be a substantial increase in family allowances as a direct benefit to the working poor with young families, and that max- imum pensionable earnings un- der the Canada Pension Plan be increased to widows and the disabled. "The incomes of persons who have worked should bs pro- tected through the Canada Pen- sion Plan, with a decreased em- phasis on unemployment insur- ance." The final recommendation was that the concept and .bene- fit levels of the guaranteed in- come supplement be extended to handicapped and disabled persons under 65 who have been unable to earn Canada and Que- bec pension plan benefits suf- ficient for their needs. The policy statements were released prior to delivery. Single education department urged CALGARY (CP) The Al- berta Teachers' Association (ATA) has urged the provin- cial government to return to a single department of education. When the Progressive Con- servative government came to power in 1971, a department of advanced education was added to look after post-secondary and continuing programs. Tha resolution advocating the single department was passed Tuesday at the ATA annual representative assembly after delegates were told a single de- partment would provide better co-ordination of various pro- grams and improved liaison. The association also voted to seek a greater voice in certify- ing new teachers, evaluating university teacher education programs and to push for es- tablishment of extended prac- tice teaching for education stu- dents. BARGAINING UNIT A motion to bring all provin- cial teachers into a single bar- gaining unit they now bar- gain by regions was referred to committee for study. A single bargaining unit would likely result in a uniform salary grid across the province. A similar resolution was eas- ily defeated at previous repre- sentative assemblies. The delegates also reaffirm- ed tire existing position that the ATA should "attempt closer liaison with the Alberta Federa- tion of Labor with a view to possible joint action in the event that the provincial gov- Work termed key to social system Inside 'Not only pollution tree, but it helps with the vtrempJoy- ment problem.' Classified 24-23 Comics ........38 Commeat........4 District Family 22, 23 Local News 17, J8 Markds 2) Sports ......8-10 Theatres 7 TV WcaUxar........2 tAJW TOMGIfT 3D, HIGH THUKS. 90; CLOUDY Vietnam war sides still far apart and heard About town dairy farm- er Pete Zirmrchyk breaking ground the hard way with his nase while try- ing out as a motorbike rac- er Co-chairman of the LCI Model UN, Gordon Thomas and Barbara Allen, happily informing delegates they would gel meat for sup- per, a rare commodity at soaie tables these days. OTTAWA (CP) Western welfare ministers agreed today that work for those who want it is the key to a sucessful social security system. But the three New Democrat Sas- katchewan and British Colum- further at the open- ing session of a three-day fed- eral-provincial welfare confer- ence, stressing the need for a broad overhaul of present patchwork social assistance plans. Albera's govern- ment on the other hand, agreed with proposals to beef up current plans, but advocated holding the line on suggestions for a universal guaranteed an- nual income and other broad aporoacbes to social assistance. B.C. Welfare Minister Nor- man Levi. echoing sentiments of the other westerners, said people will work if there is work to be done. Most will move from welfare to ment if they have the opportun- ity- Like Saskatchewan Welfare Minister Alex Taylor, he urged the federal government to speed up a suggested time table to implement increases in Canada Pension Plan benefits, a guar- anteed minimum income for the disadvantaged and other federal suggestions proposed in a re- cent working paper by Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde. Mr. Lalonde suggested a two- year review of welfare pro- grams and a three-to-five-year implementation period for any changes both levels of govern- ment agreed to. eminent interferes with the democratic bargaining rights of the two organizations." At the start of the assembly Monday, ATA president Murray Jampolsky said if the govern- ment continues to intervene ia strikes, like it did earlier this month in ordering rural South- ern Alberta teachers back to work, teachers may be forced into greater political acti'ity. CHILDHOOD SERVICES The teachers also gave their support to provincial plans for a new program of early child- hood services but urged it be carried out by sufficient spe- cially trained teachers. The program currently re- quires one certified teacher, aiong with teacher aides and cdher instructional assistants, for every 35 students. The assembly recommended a certified teacher be employed for every 20 students. This was not aimed at elmiinating teacher aides, but ensuring they did not replace teachers. Canadian cheese benefits WASHINGTON (CP) Presi- dent Nixon struck at rising cheese prices Wednesday by giving Canada and other foreign exporters a chance for a 50-per- cent increase this summer in their cheese sales to the United States. The action may mean ao ad- ditional million pounds of Canadian cheese on the U.S. market, part of an extra 64 mil- lion pounds that will be into the U.S. before July 31. Nixon signed a proclamation permitting the increases at the request of his cost-of-ttving council, a watch-dog agency which oversees wages and prices. Council Director John T. Dun- Icp said the move is designed to "increase food supplies and re- strain food-price inflation." A Canadian embassy official said he understands that suf- ficient supplies of cheese- mainly cheddar and mozza- be available in Can- ada to meet the new quota op- portunities. East Germans flee in kayak LUBECK, Germany (AP) Five East Germans, including two dentists in a kayak, fled to the West during the Easter weekend. West German cus- toms reported Tuesday. Canadians see for tliemselves PARIS (AP) South Viet- nam and the Viet Cong pre- sented today radically different proposals for reaching a politi- cal solution Jo the continuing violence in South Vietnam. At the eighth session 01 deadlocked talks on the political stalemate thai has succeeded the war, Ihe Saigon government presented a program and the VH Cong proposed a sis-point soMion. Bo1h called for new elections, but there was ciiii wide diver- gence on Ihc dcljils. The proposals came near the end of the deadline set by the .Ian. 27 Park peace pact for reaching agreement on po- litical issues. Nguyen Lwu Vien, the South 'Vietnamese deputy premier, suggested signing a preliminary agreement April 27 as way of meeting the deadline despite continuing disagreement. But the Viet Cong rejected the Vnole South Vietnamese pack- age. Nguyen Van Hieu, a Viet Cong minister of state, said Sai- gon's plan .was "nothing but yet another manoeuvre of diversion and propaganda containing nothing concrete or positive and designed to deceive world pub- lic opinion." The Vifl Cone plan prcscntH pv HJcu called for an inrme- end to Ibe continuing hos- tililies 5n Smith Vie'narn and strict observance of the cease- fire. Doctors find acupuncture works PEKING (CP) Canadian doctors came dubiotis, saw, and were conquered Tuesday by the fact that acupuncture as an aneslihetic. Speculation arose imme- diately abort application of the body-needling system in Canada. Opinion varied. The unanswered question is how to train Canadian doctors in a technique on an ancient Chinese cultural twn. But difficulties foreseen here were postponed in the immediate excitement in the 16-nnan Canadian medical del- egation at having observed anesthetic acupuncture work. The high point of the drama for half the Canadian group and this reporter came at a.m. Tuesday in a small operating room in Hsuan Wa Hospital. At Oiat moment, office clerk Yao Kuo Chung raispd his bead slightly from tbe op- craling table, waved a hand and said. "Nihao" and then, and "Can- ada." Yao bad just undergone 90 minutes of surgery in which his head and cranium had been cut drilled and sawn open for removal of a tumor. Throughout Ibe operation. Yao had been conscious and talking to his anesthetist, a diminutive woman who had inserted four acujnmchirc needs in his forehead 30 min- ifies before surgery. The aneslbelic needles carried a small cJectrir charge. Midway through the oper- ation, Yao complained of nau- sea. Acupuncturist LLi Hsi Ming, who teamed her craft from her father, inserted a needle in Yao's left wrist and twirled it. He was OK again. For other Canadian doctors simultaneously x-isiiing Pe- king Maternity Hospital, the big moment of drama came about the same time, they re- ported later, when a mother smiled as her neuiwrn son began his birth cry. The baby was delivered by Caesarian section and tbe mother's only anesthetic were electricity charged acu- puncture needles in the abdo- men. ;