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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, August News in brief Explosions shake Paris 'Hospitality native way' claims developer i Renter) Three c us packed with explosives hit up here outside the iittuis ol a newspapei a rn and a Jew ish 01 g in 11 on causing widi spread damage and sliuhtlv mjuiiiif, iwo persons immediateh claim ed responsibility tor the earlv- mormng blasts but minutes beloie a woman telephoned a waining to the offices of France Presse the 1 tench news agencv Israel notes war signals III iRenteri De tuui Minister Shimon Peres -..nd todav Isiael has recened Munals that hostilities m t isame in the Middle .-t il Hie commissioner of a judicial into Edmonton s civic affairs urged anyone with information to the inquirj to come forward Mr Justice William Morrow of the Northwest Territories Supreme Court also asked that lawyers participating in the inquiry inform commission counsel Greg Forsvth if they know of anyone who can contribute information or if thev feel additional documents could be provided to clarify any matters before the inquiry Mr Morrow s comments came just before the inquiry adjourned to Wednesday having completed its eighth dav with the conclusion of testimony from and questioning of developer Eskandar Ghermezian Mr Ghermezian was on the stand six davs and will be replaced by his brother Raphael when the inquiry resumes The inquiry was called after Aid Alex Fallow said he was offered a gift of 000 by Raphael Ghermezian The alderman has told the inquiry Raphael made the offer after Mr Fallow voted in favor of rezonmg a section of land in West Edmonton that would allow the brothers to proceed with plans for a shopping centre Eskandar however has testified his brother indicated the alderman had asked for the money Mr Ghermezian during his testimony has said he entertained nine of 13 city council members at dinner and that he lobbied council when he was seeking a rezonmg of the site to permit development of the Westgate Shopping Centre Mr Ghermezian told the inquiry Friday such hospitality is a pait of life in Persia his native country and that Persians are very hospitable He said he saw nothing "infamous about having conversations with aldermen and added all developers 80 to 90 per cent of the tune talked to aldermen about their projects He saw nothing wrong in talking with aldermen about the Westgate pioposal and said that in the case of a project which would employ between 4 000 and 5 000 people such as the shopping centre he would expect the aldermen to want to know about the developers Mr Forsyth asked Mr Ghermezian if there had been a particular alderman who the developer honed would be a spokesman for the shopping centre when the rezonmg was being considered by council Mr Ghermezian indicated he had not expected this from any particular alderman and said he had talked to all the aldermen 1 M. awarded for motorcycle injury EDMONTON (CP) 24th birthday today but James Andrews a doesn t regard the 02 mil quadraplegic celebrates his lion awarded him m Alberta Kenora settlement hopes evaporate Ont (CP) Hopes tor an earlv settlement between this town and about 1 it) Indians occupying Park flared then evaporated Friday when spokesmen for the Indians denied a report emanating I torn town council that an agi cement was near Negotiations had extended into the night Thursday and Kenora Mayor David son s optimism was apparent F ndav morning when he told leporters Tentative agree- ment has been reached between all parties in the dis pute and I hope there will be a welcome statement in a few hours But Mayor Davidson s op- timism apparently had been based on a misunderstanding Instead Louis Cameron leader ot the Indians negotia tors re stated his group s de- mands and added that the In dians have not even con- sidered leaving the part they have occupied since July 22 He expressed disappoint ment in the talks saving government olficials had been making decisions without even talking to us The Indians claim that the 14-acre park is rightfully theirs by virtue of a 1929 agreement with the federal government and that it was sold illegally to the town in 1959 The Indians have insisted on c lear title to the park before ending the occupation but government negotiators say the Indians must lay down their arms before a settle- ment can be agreed to Open rebellion near in Alberta? EDMONTON (CP) The Journal says a source at the Indian Association of Alberta has stated that unless the province acts immediately on land claims by the Stoney Indians there could be an Alberta parallel to Kenora Ont where armed Indians are occupying a park In a report todav the newspaper suggests Alberta mav be only weeks away from open rebellion by the Wesley Reserve Band Sources said that some Stoneys have already marched onto Crown land and begun exploiting timber in the area said The Journal The Stoneys living on a 5 000 acre reserve west ot Rocky Mountain House are demanding action on a land claim for 18 000 acres acknowledged in March by the federal department of Indian affairs The Alberta government was to have responded in 60 days with negotiations for the site of the 18 000 acres claimed under an 1877 treaty Bob Young legal advisor to the Indian Association of Alberta says that despite urging from the Indian affairs department Indian commissioner Lloyd Barber the Indian Association and Chief John Snow of the Stoneys there has been no reply from the province In fact claimed Wayne Getty Stoney co ordmator of economic development, once the province learned which land the Stoneys wanted the land was designated part of a recreational area and the government has been leasing recreational permits to white commercial interests The Indians themselves have plans for a recreational development on the 10 000 acres west of their current site, he said Supreme Court Friday as a gift to mark the occasion He admits however it s a good time of year for it The judgment against Grand and Toy Ltd and Robert Anderson was made by Mr Justice J C Kirby in a 46 page assessment of damages resulting from a 1972 accident in which Mr Andrews was struck by a truck while riding a motor- evcle A spokesman for the Insur- ance Bureau of Canada said in Toronto 'he award was un- doubtedly the largest ever made in this countrv to a single individual but could not provide figures on the previous high It is almost triple the pre- vious record award in Alber- 000 awarded to 18- vear-old Dianna Loney in January by Mr Justice M E Manning In both cases the in- jured person had asked for a home ol their own and the judge agreed to the request The 022 477 48 judgment includes which Mr Justice Kirby earmarked for future care and this sum includes a housing allowance The total award also includes 200 for special a van with power lifts power steer- ing and hand more than 500 per month to pay the two orderlies who will have to care for Mr Andrews I don t look on it as a birth- day present Mr Andrews said in an interview Mr Justice Kirby apparent- ly agreed Noting that damage awards cannot be perfect compensation the judge allowed Mr Andrews 000 for pain and suffering loss of amenities and loss of expecta- tion of life Andrews now faces a future of probably 45 years which he will spend either in bed or in a wheelchair, depen- dent on others for assistance in carrying out the basic ac- tivities of bathing, dressing (and) the judge wrote Sitting in a wheelchair in the comfortable southside apartment he shares with his orderly and housekeeper, Mr Andrews indicated he is grateful the award will enable him to buy his own home so he will not have to spend his remaining years in an aux- iliary hospital Fair fun Everybody wanted to help Friday when the Har- dieville playground gang got together to build their contribution for the Coal- dale Settler Day parade, a Gingerbread house float Loretta Kammskt, left, staples on another Gingerbread man Corry Weistra and Ruth Pruden were in charge of the playground Baby born high aloft ROME (Reuter) An Egyptian woman gave birth to a bov 35 000 feet above the Mediterranean today then re turned to earth to give him a twin sister To the astonishment of her fellow passengers on board the Egyptair flight Shahida Abdel !5 produced her first child m the arms of an air hostess between Cairo and Rome The announcement of his birth was flashed over the plane s radio to the control tower at Rome s Fiumicino airport where ambulances and medical staff were asked to stand by Born prematurely the boy weighed little more than two pounds The mother and child were taken b> ambulance to a clinic where Shahida gave birth prematurely to a daughter New cabinet ABABA (AP) Ethiopia s new prime minister announced todav the appointment of a deputv prime minister and a 17 man cabinet White House shuns censure WASHINGTON (AP) Shunning a move to censure rather than impeach Presi- dent Nixon White House aides are portraying the proceeding in the House of Represen tatives as a political struggle with Nixon in the role of the underdog Republicans introduced in the House Friday a resolution offering an alternative to a tullfledged impeachment proceeding It would censure Nixon tor maladministration and moral insensitivitv but not call for his removal from ottice Increase for milk 'short' OTTAWA (CP) Increased returns dairy producers will get tor a hundred pounds of milk definitely fall short of requirements savs the Dairy Farmers of Canada In a statement Fndav the association said the 91-cent m- c rease tor a hundred pounds of milk announced Thursday by Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan is 60 cents below what producers need to get a fair return The increase means dairymen will be paid 41 for a hundred pounds of milk as well as a minimum 85 cents for a pound of butter up from 77 cents and 54 cents a pound foi skim milk up from 50 cents The consumer will pay 70 per cent of the increase The dairymen said the in- crease was based on costs that have since risen alarmingly They had been asking for for each hundred pounds What Dairy Farmers now asks of the minister is to give urgent priority to his stated intent to establish a guidelines program designed to better relate producer returns to cost the statement said Mr Whelan said Thursday the government now is work ing on a program to link producers returns to the cost of production House spokesmen had no formal comment on the resolution int.oduced by Representative Paul Findley (rep 111 and signed by House Republican leader John Rhodes of Arizona urging that the House be given such an alternative Rhodes himself took no stand tor or against censure He scheduled a news eonterence for Monday to announce his position on impeachment But presidential aides dis claimed any part in the move to censure rather than im peach with several saving thev were surprised by the introduction of the resolution House spokesman Gerald Warren talking with reporters before presentation ot the resolution tor the first time described impeachment as a political struggle We recognize the situation as it exists in the House we faee an uphill struggle ren said He later said that while he was not conceding the House would impeach Nix on it you had to make odds vou would have to place president in the role of the un derdog s reference to the proceeding as political mark- ed an ipparent shift in White House strategy Previously he and other spokesmen have stressed the legal aspects of the proceedings and contend ed that the evidence would vindicate Nixon Warren said again that House strategy is not based on head counts in the House and insisted that 'Nixon has no intention of resigning Railway disrupted BELFAST (Reuter) All services on the busy Belfast Dublin rail line were halted early today after guerrillas hi jacked a freight train and abandoned it It was reported to be full of explosives British bomb experts cleared the area and began searching the tram near Ionc3sborough 40 miles south of here and just inside Northern Ireland s border with the republic U.K. cabinet eases business gloom LONDON (Reuter) The British cabinet has toned down left-wing plans for na- tionalization political sources said today The cabinet under Prime Minister Harold Wilson met for three hours Fndav to com- plete the government s white paper on industry due to be published later this month There were signs that the ministers have blunted the de- mands of Tony Benn the minister in charge of industry to draw up a specific list of companies to be transferred to public ownership The cabinet is thought to have adopted a more flexible approach authorizing intervention into the private sector of industry by a nati' nal enterprises board only in special circum- stances News ot an easing of plans for public ownership came too late to pull the business com- munity out of a week of gloom that saw the stock market hit its lowest level in 15 years Texas jailers optimistic HUNTSVILLE, Tex (AP) State prison officials were hopeful that a convict might release the remaining 12 hostages of a group he has held in the prison library for 10 days Negotiations between prison officials and convict Fred Go- me? Carrasco resulted in the release of librarian Linda Woodman Friday evening She was the third hostage to be released Two others were released after they suffered heart attacks and a convict- hostage escaped by hurling himself through a glass door We are hopeful that the ongoing negotiations will result in the release of the balance of the Ron Taylor director of informa- tion of the Texas department of corrections said Friday night Miss Woodman 44 was re leased to convey a personal explanation of Mr Carrasco s proposals relating to the me- chanics of hostage release, Taylor said However he de- clined to specify what proposals have been offered by Carrasco a former un- derworld narcotics boss serv- ing a life sentence Cnirasco grabbed the 16 hostages in a desperate bid for freedom and has been negotiating with prison of- ficials in telephone conver- sations ;