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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Three men and woman face Brink s robbery charges By DAN SLOV1TT TORONTO (CP) Kalherine Craig, 21, and Ernest William Barker. 41, both from Saint John, N.B.. appeared in provin- cial court here today charged with possession of stolen money in connection with the theft of more than from Brink's Canada Ltd. Both were remanded in cus- tody until Monday. They were picked up Thurs- day as a nationwide search for two other men allegedly In- volved in the Easter weekend robbery terminated here. Leslie James Dominey, 32, and MeJvin Edward Downs. 37, Krinks' employees in Saint John, surrendered to Metropoli- tan Toronto Police early Thurs- day morning. Police said they were ex- pected to be returned to Saint John sometime today to face charges of robbery over The time of their return was uncertain. Dominey and Downs appar- ently gave themselves up along with three heavy brown suit- cases containing some Another was found later under a sink in a Toronto apartment. Mrs. Craig was picked up at the apartment and charged with possession of stolen money. Barker was arrested Thurs- day as he walked along-a road at Kingston, Ont., and police seized from a bus ter- minal locker in the city. But the recovery of nearly by paliee in Toronto and KingFton left many ques- tions unanswered. Brink's said cniy S700.000 was missing when the theft was discovered Mon- day. Neither Downs nor Dominey had been seen by their families since Saturday night. A detective here said "we're satisfied all the money belongs to Brink's." He said the dis- crepancies in figures could have been caused by missing ledgers. Mrs. Craig, a pretty girl dressed in slacks and sweater, appeared in court for only a matter of a few minutes, before being remanded until Monday. Barker, short and partly bald, stood silently as he was told he would be held in custody for a further appearance here Mon- day. He wore a light blue jacket and jeans. Brink's had posted a reward, but a police spokesman said no one seemed eligible for it. Police said the two who sur- rended first checked into a lakeshore motel after driving more than 600 miles from Saint John. They then moved to a Bathurst Street apartment in midtown Toronto. Dominey's wife Marie ap- psared on nationwide television from Saint John Wednesday night, begging her husband to come home. Within an hour of her tearful appeal, police got a call from a man saying he wanted to give himself up. Brink's discovered the money missing from their single- storey, windowless office on downtown Charlotte Street in Saint John when a time vault malfunctioned, apparently be- cause its mechanisms had been tampered with. The LetHbrid0e Herald VOL. LXVI No. 116 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Pension plan amendments get go-ahead OTTAWA (CP) Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde won swift approval from his provincial counterparts Thursday for changes in the Canada Pension Plan CPP, but said later it was unlikely that legislation could be introduced in Parliament before fall. The changes, proposed in the federal working paper on social security released last week, would eliminate the two-per-cent ceiling on annual cost-of-living increas- es in pEnsion benefits and raise the maximum pension- able earnings level on which benefits are calculated. Precise details will be worked out by a committee of deputy ministers which the conference agreed should hold its first meeting next month. One of the questions it will have to decide is how night the earnings level should be raised above the current cut-off point of Mr. Lalonde has sug- gested but Ontario would like it pegged at Both want the increase made by 1975. Mr. Lalonde said the changes could come as early ence he is prepared to consider a figure above if there is a concensus favoring it. CPP changes require consent from at least seven provinces and they must represnt at least two-thirds of the population. Mr. Lalonde sais the changes could come as early as this fall but he couldn't imagine making them any faster than that. He said other details on CPP alterations, including the final decision on timing and the effect of the cost- of-living changes on related private pension plans, will also be decided by the committee. A deadline for the group's first report will be set before the confer- ence ends today. The provinces agreed with a Manitoba suggestion that CPP benefits be made available to persons at age 60. Federal hesitation, however, prompted a recommen- dation that the proposal be referred to the committea. Mr. Lalonde said if persons did decide to opt for the pension at age 60. there could be no turning back later. COULD NOT TRY LATER They could not try later for the higher pension available after age .65. Manitoba Welfare Minister Rene Toupin said if the federal government "really believed" in the need to make CCP benefits optional at age 60, it would simply implement the change. "No provinces object to he said. The committee will also work out remaining de- tails on the federal proposal to boost average family allowances universally to monthly but make them taxable from the current average leral of a child. There was unanimous agreement to move ahead with the federal proposal to bring the new rates into effect Jan. i. Mr. Lalonde was also urged during the day to tie family allowances to the consumer price index by adding an escalator clause. UT TO CABINET His working paper recommended a periodic review to offset the effect of inflation but he told reporters Thursday any decision to move ahead in this area must be approved by cabinet. Among other topics, the conference discussed un- employment insurance, social services and a still-un- specified federal proposal to pay a guaranteed in- come to all those unable to work and supplement the incomes of the so-called working poor. On unemployment, two provinces in particular Saskatchewan and New Brunswick complained about delays m getting unemployment insurance cheques out promptly. Brintfs loot in the bags Two employees of Brink's Canada, wanted for theft exceeding from the security company's Saint John, N.B., office surrendered just after midnight Thursday to Toronto police. Constable Mel Pennington displays three large brcwn suitcases con- taining the money, each weighing about 65 pounds. Preclearance becomes tool in air route bargaining OTTAWA (CP) In an at- tempt to bolster its position in air-route bargaining with Wash- ington, the government will ban pre-flight clearance through U.S. customs at Canadian air- ports. Announcing the abolition of preclearance, Transport Minis- ter Jean Marchand said Thurs- day thst reinstatement wculd come only if Ottawa wins new routes to the United States for Canadian airlines, especially from western cities. He said preclearance has given U.S. carriers an unfair advantage over Canadian air- lines, because it enables them to advertise many ir.cre desti- nations by direct flights from Canada. The U.S. government has been given SO days from April 29 to set up post-flight clear- ance facilities at U.S. airports. The issue now becomes part of the negotiations on air routes which have proceeded fitfully for more than three years. There was no official com- ment from the siate department beyond acknowledgement that it had received the external af- fairs department note Wednes- day. But Tex Gunnells, an aids to Congressman Tom Steed and heard About town WEIS-thanking the minister for prompt- ings during his wedding cere- mony Grudniski sporting a wet face as a result of watching a water trick too close'y Separ- ate school trustee Paul Stat- ist wonderiing out loud if prizes are going to be award- ed for perfect attendance at meetings. (Dem.-0kla.) said he felt that "once we terminate pre- clearance, pull out the men and go through the agony of read- justing to pastclearancs. no amount of negotiation will bring preclearance back." He also said he felt Air Can- ada had forced the government to take a- stance it really was unhappy with. On the ether hand Gabe Phil- lips, international vice-chair- man cf the Air Transport Asso- ciation, said the Canadian posi- tion was not unexpected. He added thst he hoped the U.S. government would continue the air-route negotiations to a satis- factory conclusion He did say he thought the 90- day time limit was too stiff when considering the facilities that would have to be built in the- U.S. The change wiil likely cause delays travellers to the United Slates. particularly those flying beyond one stop. Coste Alberta farmers millions Wheat board attacked as sacred cow By GRKG MclNTYRK Herald Ivrgislalnrr Bureau EDMOXTOX The minister cf agriculture Thursday attack- ed the Canadian wheat board as a sacred cow that has cost Alberta fanners millions of dol- lars a year. In the legislature Hugh Horn- cr accused Bill Wysc the MLA for Medicine Hat-Rcdcliff of bc- ing naive for defending the fed- eral rrain regulatory accncy. OutMdr the hroiw. thai Jlr. al- 1o undermine She wheat board is a "rclrrtcrade in- tended In return grain market- ing Jo the market that cx- j-'fd in the depression, The STjtbcrn Sorred said a of fsrmers in the province not support the agricul- ture minister's campaign for Tf.OTC provincial jurisdiction ener grain marketing. The wheat said Mr. provides stable prices and equal access to market for all grain growers- Dr. Homer declared that Mr. assessment cf grain marketing is "narrow mind- ed." LARGER ROLE The province Umiuch the Alberta Grains Commission and other agencies mwt play s larger role in dolcrmnnmg A1- Ixrfa production to mcel world He saM barley jvwiucTs in Alberta have subsidized 1 h Canadian wheat board, and m- directly the federal covemmCTt, to the fame of million a year tvr the last several years. The board pays producers five cents a bushel for malt barley as a premier arrd turns arownJ ard charrc-s the Irrcv- orics in the .province 30 a bushel premier to use the bar- k-y nroduced in their own back- yprd. Twenty of the 24 million shels of maliing barky grown in Canada are grown in Alber- ta, Dr. Homer said. He demanded more western producer representation on the wheat board. Alberta gOTern- ment representation. Alberta grain grower rcpreHsi'.alion and "somr say in what g.rdns they should br allowed to han- for export." The rwwunrc lias made rK rav to OHn minislcr in charge of the board, fed- eral agricufturc Eu- gene Whdan and board offi- cirls. said Dr. Horncr. ATherta has chslier1 "H the federal aziency in appealing wheat board charges against. farmers cororiclod of over to the cru.-hing plant IT "Under a fair amcmnt of pressure frni) this government and from fsrmrrs who know v'rai the facts ?.re. the Cana- dian wheat board now de- clared arc open quota for race- seed both to crushers and e3e- he said. Mr. Wysc asked if the prov- ince supports a suggestion by Mr. Lang that a vtfc be taken farmers to decide v.-hcther to keep rapcseed. a-nd rye under control. "Wr would like 1o made wilh