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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - August 7, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 85-90 The Lethbridge Herald * ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIII. - No. 199 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 7, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 18 PAGES Moscow, Bonn Bury Hatchet WALTER SCI1E' L MOSCOW (Reuters) - The West German and Soviet foreign ministers initialled today a treaty to normalize their relations-a major step toward healing a quarter century of post-war hostility and distrust. The treaty-a non-aggression pact through which both countries mutually renounce the use of force-was initialled by Foreign Minister Walter Scheel of West Germany and his Soviet counterpart, Andrei Gromyko. Full signing of the treaty will take place at a later date. Scheel and Gromyko put their initials to the document at a short ceremony in the Spiridon-ovka Palace, where they have negotiated it during the last 11 days. Under the treaty the two countries will agree to renounce the use of force and' accept the existing boundaries in Europe, including Poland's western frontier along the Oder and Neisse rivers and the East-West German border. The document, the result of lengthy negotiations begun here in January, must still be approved by the two governments before it is signed. MAY SIGN QUICKLY But a West German spokesman said the Bonn cabinet will meet to discuss it Saturday and if approved it could be signed before the end of the month. Bonn, however, has said it will not ratify the treaty until Russia, the U.S., Britain and France reach an acceptable agreement on the future of West Berlin. The treaty is a major success for West German Chancellor Willy Brandt's "ostpolitik" policy-improving relations with his country's Eastern neighbors- and will lay open the way for possible agreements with Poland and East Germany. The West German delegation insists the treaty will not impair the German people's right to self-determination and eventual peaceful reunification. The two ministers initialled the document in the white marble conference hall of a former czarist textile millionaire's palace. It was here that the late Chancellor Konrad Adenauer met the then Soviet premier Marshal Nikolai Bulganin, in 1955 when the two countries agreed to open diplomatic relations. Exact details of the text have not yet been disclosed, but it was understood one of the four articles would be a separate West German document addressed to the three Western al-1 i e s -t h e U.S., Britain and France. It would inform them the treaty neither constitutes a separate peace treaty with Moscow nor infringes on their rights as victors in the Second World War. It has been proposed that the notification should be confirmed by the Allies, a move which would enhance its legal status. An accompanying document to the pact was expected to take the form of a West German letter to Russia stating that Germany's right to unity and self-determination did not conflict with the treaty. Before they put their initials to the treaty, the ministers each recorded a television interview, Gromyko for West German viewers and Scheel for the Soviet Union. They then exchanged toasts to future relations between Bonn and Moscow. One important result of tire treaty is expected to be a big boost in economic and trade relations between the former enemies. ANDREI GROMYKO Communists In Canada Seek Revolt TORONTO (CP) - The Globe and Mail says a fanatical Communist group called the Internationalists is trying to foment violent revolution in Canada and has had an impact wildly out of line with its small membership. The Internationalists have about 300 members in Dublin, Cleveland, Toronto and Montreal and several smaller Canadian centres, says Globe and Mail reporter Ross H. Munro. He says he attended some early meetings when the group was formed at the University of British Columbia in 1963 but they were "little more than college bull sessions." None of us ever imagined that the group would evolve into a small but fanatical organization of Maoists whose declared aim is violent revolution." The group's power lies in its total dedication to revolution, he writes. It has only 50 or 60 members in Toronto and the same in Montreal. But Prime Minister Trudeau, for instance, cancelled an appearance in Toronto June 11 because the Internationalists were apparently planning a potentially violent demonstration, Mr. Munro says. "During the past year millions of Canadians have heard about the Internationalists, although not by that name," he says. "They are the 'Maoists' who scream at the Prime Minister that he is an 'imperialist lackey'; they are the ones continually being charged with contempt of court for labelling judges 'Fascists'; they are the demonstrators chanting 'es-ca-late peo-ple's war' who helped turn an Ottawa anti-war rally in late February into a fiasco." Founder Fades Away Hardial Bains, founder of the group at UBC, now is a mystery figure, mentioned only as chairman or director of Montreal's Necessity for Change Institute of Ideological Studies. The most visible member of the group, which Mr. Munro says relies on up to 150 front names such as the Canadian Student Movement and the Afro - Asian Peoples' Solidarity Movement, is former law student Robert Cruise, 27. "I have tasted all the pleasures of bourgeois society and' they hold no attraction for me any more," he told Mr. Munro. Mi-. Cruise is the editor of Mass Line, the movement's newspaper, sold on the streets with ever-increasing difficulty. Toronto sellers of Mass Line are frequently arrested for peddling it in places like the city hall square or on Toronto Transit Commission private property. The son of a businessman, Mr. Cruise is now deci-cated to the destruction of his father's class. He says the actual armed struggle has not yet started but is inevitable. Says No Rush He earlier predicted it would break out within two years but now says: "We're very patient. It could be as much as 10 years." The Internationalists wear their hair short. They tolerate sex but members are criticized for being preoccupied with it. Abortion and birth - control are frowned on - birth control as an imperialist plot. Mr. Munro says the RCMP keeps a close eye on the Internationalists. Prison authorities are sufficiently alarmed at their recruitment activities behind prison walls when they are jailed that at Oarieton County jail in Ottawa eight Internationalists were isolated from other prisoners. Mr. Munro says that even though most Internationalists have university educations they are assigned working - class jobs because as Marxists (bey believe that's where the revolutionary potential lies; Railway Firemen To Be Axed WASHINGTON (AP) - A pi-esidential emergency board has recommended railway firemen's jobs gradually be abolished as a means of settling a long-staaiding labor dispute. The White House disclosed Thursday the board called for the phasing out cf the jobs of most railway firemen. The recommendation wan immediate approval of the White House. The board said the National Railway Labor Conference, which represents more than 130 railways with 95 per cent of the country's track, is on the verge of a settlement with the United Transportation Union which bargains for the firemen. The settlement would combine the duties of firemen and brake-men under a new job classification acceptable to the railways and union. No new workers would be classified as firemen but no firemen would be fired. The classification would be eliminated gradually through retirement and death. USED FOR STEAM At issue in the dispute are the Jobs of firemen who stoked boilers on engines burning coal and wood. The railways insist-and the presidential board agree d- there is no use for firemen on diesels. But the union contends a third mian is necessary for safety reasons. Tlie provision will allow firemen holding seniority to bid for more desirable jobs as firemen or firemen-brakemen. The dispute over having a third mail'-in addition to engineer and brakenuaa>-in diesel locomotives is the longest in the history of U.S. collective bargaining. Since the 1930s, when diesels were introduced, maoi-a g e m e n t and labor have sparred over whether firemen are essential to safe and efficient operations. Hopeful Sign Seen In Postal Stalemate Ceasefire Begins In Middle East WASHINGTON (AP) - The state department announced today that Israel and Egypt have accepted the U.S. proposal for a standstill cease-fire in the Middle East, to take effect at 6 p.m. E.D.T. Department press officer Robert McCloskey issued this brief announcement of the agreement on the U.S. proposal for a ceasefire of at least 90 days, aimed at allowing talks to get started on a long-term Middle East peace settlement: "We have just been informed by the governments of the United Arab Republic and Israel of their acceptance of the United States proposal for a standstill ceasefire to come into effect at 2200 GMT today, Friday, Aug. 7. "We welcome this statesmanlike action taken by the leaders of the governments concerned. "We hope this important decision will advance the prospects for a just and lasting peace in the Middle East." The state department spokesman said he could not go into any details at this time about how the ceasefire will be supervised. Nor did he have any immediate word concerning the proposed settlement talks, which are to be under the supervision of UN mediator Gunnar V. Jarring. Jarring has been in contact with the Middle East rivals on setting up the talks. OTTAWA (CP) - Talk of a higher government wage offer added a mildly-hopeful lustre to the stalemated postal labor dispute despite another of those little-progress negotiating meetings Thursday night. The meeting between teams from the council of postal unions and the federal treasury board talked over a schedule for future meetings, according to William Houle, the chief union spokesman, but no progress resulted on the central issues. Gold Assistance Act Extended OTTAWA (CP) - The Emer- 1975, if "suitable adjustment NEW SCHEDULE He expected both sides to reach final agreement today on a schedule that would, perhaps, increase the number of negotiating meetings. Once or twice a week has been the pattern so far. The meeting was arranged under the pointed prodding of Jacot) Finkelman, chairman of the public service staff relations board, which opened a hearing on some union charges arising from the .long-standing dispute over a new contract. At the opening, Mr. Finkelman made it clear that he did not wish the negotiations to suffer because the hearing was underway. S'o both sides, which had planned to meet Monday, met ahead of time Thursday. Meanwhile, a treasury board source said in private that the government is considering taking the intitiative to get the negotiations moving again. Any new offer, however, would not come this week. In moving in this direction, the government concern is whether the unions would use a new offer as a springboard to a higher settlement. Other pressures, however distant, came from Prime Minister Trudeau who said during his western tour the postal situation is intolerable. And Conservative leader Stanfield asked that the recessed Parliament be recalled to deal with that matter and unemployment. Postmaster-General ' Eric Kierans, speaking Thursday at ceremonies opening a letter-processing plant in Laval, a Montreal suburb, confirmed he has recommended that the government raise its offer to postal workers. But he said the public would have to bear the cost of an increased offer to the postmen, possibly through increased postal rates. New Mail System gemcy Gold Mining Assistance Act will be extended for another 2Vfe yearns, to June 30, 1973, under legislation to be introduced in Parliament this fall, Mines Minister J. J. Greene said today. He also said the government will be willing to consider an additional extension to Dec. 31, Disneyland Park Closing Blamed On Hippies ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Disneyland officials closed the famous amusement park five hours early Thursday night after they said more than 100 hippie types "threatened destruction of property and violence." About 29,000 persons were in the park when loudspeakers blared requests to patrons to follow directions of security officers and police in clearing the area. The youths, who had been at the park all day, had shouted obscenities, pulled down bunting hanging near Disneyland's make-believe city hall, and "appeared on the verge of causing a serious disturbance," officials said. programs" can be worked out among the provincial governments, the gold mining communities, the mining companies, and the unions concerned. The present plan of subsidizing high-cost gold producers will be continued after Dec. 31 this yean* on its current basis, pending the consideration of a new plan for mM-1973. Under the act, the federal treasury pays a subsidy to mines in which costs of production are unusually high in view of the fixed U.S. gold price of $35 an ounce. A number of communities depend on the continuance of gold mining for their survival. Mr. Greene said in a statement the extension, of the act on its current basis "is for the purpose of minimizing the economic and social hardships of the many gold mining communities which are directly concerned." "An estimated 7,000 workers directly employed in gold mines and a further 6,000 other workers and business men are affected," he said. Most of the gold nuning communities affected have no other economic base for life. WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has released its grip on the U.S. mails after nearly 200 years and the.post office looks forward to shedding handicaps that prompted one postmaster-general to say the department was in "a race with disaster." More than two years after a presidential commission recommended it, and more than one year after the legislation was introduced, Congress sent Thursday to President Nixon a bill creating an independent U.S. postal service. The White House said Nixon would sign the measure next week. It provides for establishment  of the corporate-like federal agency within a year and a retroactive elght-per-cent pay increase for postal workers. It also makes likely an increase in first-class postage rates - to eight cents from six-early next year. The wage increase is retroactive to April 18. Present wages average between $5,000 and $11,000 a year. Under the new law, mailmen will be able to reach the top scale in eight years instead of the present 21. The, new postal service wall be run by a nine-main, presidentially-appointed board of governors who will select a postmaster-general and deputy postmaster-general. The new system is designed to modernize and streamline delivery of the mails, and eventually to eliminate the huge deficits that have been an annual feature of the post office budget for the last 16 years. The Canadian government has been moving slowly towards changing the post office from a government department to a more-autonomous Crown corporation. A white paper prepared by government officials dealing with the changeover has been sent to the cabinet for approval. If approved, the document! would be published in the fall. Legislation to effect the changeover would follow during the winter. The whole process, however, has been slowed down by he longstanding stalemate between the government and the postal unions over a new working can-tract. Deadly Weed-Killer Gas Rate Boost Hits City Lethbridge Deputy Mayor Rex Little said today the city will take no action on a proposed 13-per-cent rate increase by Canadian Western Natural Gas Co. until it has seen the detailed submission by the company to the Alberta Public Utilities Board. Canadian Western filed an application Thursday with the board and is to appear before it Aug. 21 to request that a date be set for a public hearing. The rate, increase is planned for next February. Lethbridge was one of 91 Southern Alberta communities notified Thursday of the proposed increase. $599,000 BILL Deputy Mayor Little said the notification did not include any of the details that would have to be discussed before a decision could be reached on what action the city might take. A vital concern, he said, was the possible effect on the city's power generating plant, which uses natural gas. The city's gas bill last year for the power plant was $599,-000. Oliver Erdos, utilities director, met this morning with representatives of Canadian Western to discuss the rate increase. Mr. Erdos said it was impossible to say at this time just how much an increase might cost the city as far as the plant was concerned. In its letter to the communities involved the company said increases are needed because of rises in operating costs and the price of gas purchased by the company and high interest rates. The company said its last increase was in 1961. $13 INCREASE Canadian Western said the increase, if approved, would amount to about $13 a year on the average residential bill. Calgary will likely contest the increase. Mayor Rod Sykes said the city "will question the prudence of the management of the company in carrying through 10 years of considerable prosperity and growth without financing adequately for the future." "Nothing, he said, could bt more destructive or more inflationary than a cost increas* no one can escape from." SIGN OF THE TIMES? The words "heroin here" are written by an arrow pointing to a condemned building in NeAV York City's Bowery. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN yACATIONING Bob Miles, ready to set out with his family, saying "well, do we sit here and remember what we've forgotten or do we leave and then come back" . . . Dennis Pommen realizing he couldn't find the right date because he was still using the July calendar . . . Myra Bell threatening to take drastic action if her name appeared in Seen and Heard. Threatens Water Supply ^^vfefc* PORT HOPE, Ont. (CP) - The water intake pipe from Lake Ontario to this town of 9,000 was reopened today, although officials of Hie Ontario Water Resources Commission continued to monitor the lake for traces of a poisonous chemical washed into it during a train wreck. A spokesman for the OWRC said the make pipe would be closed again immediately if the chemical escapes from the town harbor into the main body of the lake. He said the chemical - the weed1 killer di-nitro-phenol-is a heavy substance and apparently 6ank to the bottom of the harbor. Dow Chemical of Canada Ltd., which manufactures the chemical, is sending a team of men to the scene to offer assist-once. The chemical, described as an acid derivative highly corrosive to the skin, escaped from one of 11 Canadian National freight' cars which toppled over a 30-foot embankment. The intake pipe from the lake was closed Thursday night on orders from the OWRC. William Bisset, chairman o f the Port Hope water comsmis-6ion, appealed to residents at that time to conserve water. Mr. Bisset said the town has water in reservoirs but lost a great deal when the tumbling cars from the derailment broke a hydrant on a new water line 30 feet from the wall of the Eldorado Nuclear Ltd. plant, which refines radium. Reporter Margaret Cavan of the Port Hope Guide had her feet immersed in a gush of water from the hydrant which carried the chemical into the lake. She was ordered by officials to go home and take a shower, but later her feet broke out into red snots. It's agreed then. We stop for three months-then Hart asainl' ;