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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta sunnv HIGH FORECAST WEDNESDAY 90. The LetWmdge Herald VOL. LXIV No. 203 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 10, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES Canadian held hostage at games CALI, Colombia (CP) Les- ler Wong of Toronto, a fencer who competed in foil and epee, was t'ken hostage by s group of Cuban athletes early today at the Pan-American Games. He was later released unhurt after Bob Osborne of Vancou- ver, the Canadian chef do mis- sion, to the Games village to negotiate the release. A spokesman for the Cana- dian team said the incident arose when Wong was talking with a Cuban fencer near the village restaurant, site of the stand holding the flags of all competing countries. "A Canadian athlete e don't know yet who he came up and asked Wong which was the Cuban the spokesman said. "Wong said he didn'f know and asked the Cuban, "The Cuban pointed out the flag and the Canadian went over and began pullig it down. He was immediately set upon. "Wong, who was an innocent bystander, was held by the Cu- bans until the Canadians could come up with a high official. Men' Verguson, Vancouver, the general team manager who is also a judge, was awakened and decided in view of the delicate position of the Cubans, to send for Osbome." The spokesman said Osbome expressed regret over the inci- dent, which resulted in a three- inch tear in the Cuban flag. He said he felt no maiice had been intended, and that the incident was the result of a high-spirited athlete going after what ho mus have considered a valua- ble souvenir. Osborne has promised to in- vestigate and "take appropriate action." ood-soaked Ulster fears more violence People won't be fooled-so what happens? By THE CANADIAN The people, said Premier Harry Strom, cannot be fooled by "glib promises of government give-away pro- grams hastily hatched up at election time." So what happened during Week 2 in the Aug. 30 Alberta election campaign? Social Credit offered a grant to first-time purchasers of homes. The Progressive Conservatives pledged more parks and recreation areas. The New Democrats promised lo make education available to overvone without cost and the Liberals said they will "strive to provide jobs and a quality of life that would surpass all other areas of North America. Umvraps platform In unwrapping the Social Credit election platform, Premier Strom said it contains not "glib promises" but "responsible plans for a responsible government within the bounds of our financial capabilities." The home-purchase grants, he said, would be pass- ed by cabinet Sept. 14 and would be available to fam- ilies'with income of less than a yesu. The Social Credit platform also called for a 510- pcr-capita grant to improve recreational facilities through the province; a reduction in medical care in- surance premiums for persons receiving the guaranteed income supplement; pre-school programs for under- privileged and physically-handicapped children and child-development centres, including day-care facilities. The Tory side Conservative leader Peter Lougbeed said parks should be rezoned lo prelude all resource development. He said a Conservative government would immediate- ly legislate a land use management system to include wilderness areas, provincial parks, forest preserves, recreation, resource development and commercial areas. In a delicate balance of industrial growth and po- tential job opportunities, with preservation of the en- vironment, the parly would lean on the side of con- servation rather tlmn development of resources where il would disturb UK natural state. Mr. Loughccd pledged lo establish a pollution con- commission which would introduce and enforce all pollution legislation in an effort to get through on polluters and to make them responsible for cleaning up their own mess. Life is good Bob Russell said that to create jobs, a Liberal administration would conduct a detailed study of pri- mary resources. It would determine where the tim- ber, minerals, water, oil and gas are located, what Ihc reserves are in each area, and what the poten- I ial is, based on global and Pacific-rim marketing pros- pects. Mr. Russell said there is a quality of life in small communities worth preserving and the Liberals would develop small, satellite communities near large urban areas. There would be a clcau-up of lakes and rivers. with a Libernl government providing weed-cutting machines .liid dmlfics. Government support for kindergartens, capital and c'pcralhiR funds to municipalities for day-care centres, an export lax on natural resources, with the money going lo inset education costs, were also part of the Liberal plans. For the Liberal platform offers a program of family planning and birth-control information and fa- rililie.s, grants and bursaries for adult women sludenfs renew their education and a sludy of legislation lo ensure lhat no liscriminalion exists. (Irani Nolley said the NDP would relieve fnrm I'i'iipli' of their liTMicndous debt worries in times when farm incomes are low, remove many of Ihe high casts vjiidi eonfrihiile to ninny farmers being strangled in I'.clil and establish long-lerm prograira which would allow land lo remain in the hands of farm families. The NDP will bring its big guns into Uie campaign in the nexl few weeks, when nntinnal leader Dnvid Ixjwis anil former leader T. C. Douglas will join Mr. Noflcy on Uic hustling. EXPLORING THE MOON In photos released today Apollo 15 Astronaut James B. Irwin is shown in the lunar roving vehicle, part of the lunar rrodule "Falcon" is at ihe left with the MESA shown at the foot of the vehicle. The view is looking slighlly west of the soulh with the Apennine front behind the LM. St. George Crater is about three miles in the distance behind Irwin's head. Strom faces court in damage action CALGARY (CP) Calgary lawyer Alfred L. Harris has filed a suit against Premier Harry Stiom, as trustee of the Alberta government, for allow- ing a strip mining operation on Mt. Rundle on the eastern edge of Banff National Park. Mr. Harris said Monday he filed the suit in court Friday and papers were served on the premier Saturday. lie also ar- ranged for papers to be served to Canmore Mines Ltd., oper- ators of the mine. Mines is noi a de- fendant, Mr. Harris said, "but they are interested parties and I thought they should know what is going on." 51 DAMAGES SOUGHT Mr. Harris said the suit, which asks for SI damages, was filed because he is con- cerned about destruction of mountain scenic areas. The claim asks that the min- ing be stopped until "all the facts are put before the public and the public has a chance to decide whether it should go Mr. Hams said. "It is the stripping of one of the most beautiful areas in Canada, peihaps the most fam- ous mountain in Canada." Mount Rundle, wliich appears on thousands of post-cards from Banff, has one slope out- side the park near Canmore. It is on this side that the nun- ing is being done. Mr. Harris said he heard about the new strip-mining op- eration one week before he filed the suit. Both Mr. Strom and Peter Lougheed, Progressive Conser- vative leader, have been asked about the operation during die current provincial election campaign. The premier has said that he makes no apologies for devel- opment outside designated park areas. He has said ths govern- ment will establish more wild- erness areas, but that develop- ment can be expected to reach to within a jiie of these areas. Mr. Harris, a mayoralty can- didate in the last Calgary muni- cipal election, said there are no political implications in his action. The case is scheduled to open in Calgary court Thursday. Kennedy visit off RAWALPINDI (AP) Plans for Senator Edward M. Kennedy to visit Pakistan were cancelled today as the U.S. senator ar- rived in Tndia to "see with my OUTI eyes the plight of the VA million refugees" who fled East Pakistan. Pakistan news agencies said Kennedy has cancelled plans for visiting Pakistan, but a United States embassy spokesman said: was not our initia- tive or that of the senator." There was no comment from Ihe Pakistan government. statement saying Kennedy can- celled his visit was issued by Pakistani news agencies two hours after they distributed sto- ries that the Massachusetts Democrat was scheduled to ar- rive Thursday in Dacca, capital of East Pakistan. He was scheduled to fly from Dacca Friday across miles of Indian territory to Islamabad to complete his stay. In Calcutta, the senator was greeted by thousands chanting, "Long live Kennedy." The welcome carat at the Salt Lake Refugee Camp for Bengali refugees from East Pakistan. At a brief news conference at Cal- cutta Airport, Kennedy said: "I hope to carry back to Congress and the American people a true picture of the situation." Rail firm denies bugging charges Seen and heard About town Barrow discard- ing liis "seven dwarfs" role, and feeling (and look- ing) years younger after his beard was whittled off by Ken McLean Roy Mont- gomery calling out his raffle ticket number, and Clajl Car-. nry Ihcn pulling that ticket out of the basket Bob Grant sitting out on liis front steps Monday night to thor- ouglily enjoy Ihe cool eve- ning breeze. MONTREAL (CD The Ca- nadian National Railways dis- missed union charges of wire- tapping and eavesdropping on employees as exaggerated. George Lach, CN vice-presi- dent of personnel and public re- lations, confirmed charges by the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers that recordings of tele- phone dealings with Ihe pubb'c are being used for disciplinary purposes. But he said that "lo call this wire-tapping is stretching your imagination a little too far." The union has protested lo Justice Minister John Tiu'ncr the monitoring of telephone calls of employees dealing with the public. Mr. Lach said tape recordings of telephone conversations began about six years ago to train new employees. Union offi- cials had initially agreed to it. The CN area manager posted notices last week saying the tape-recordings would be used for disciplinary purposes as well, Mr. Lach said. The union local charged that tlie announcement was a mea- sure to harass employees. Mr. Lach says he knows of no CN employees being repri- manded for impolite telephone dealings with the public. But he added: "If someone were guilty of such an infraclion, we would give them a stiff warning. If this practice persisted, we would have no choice but to dis- charge thenr." Brought down MOSCOW (AP) Pravda an- nounced today that Cosmos 433, the latest unmanned Soviet sat- ellite, lias been brought down after less than one complete orbit. The launch was announced Monday by Tass. Tlie report today indicated the satellite was brought back to earth in Soviet territory, but the date and the exact location were not given. Kaiser firm involved in million deal VANCOUVER, (CP) Kaiser Resources Lid. and Milsubislii Cimadn Lid. have entered inlxj a million financial agree- ment, Kaiser president C. Leo Emerson announced" today. "The agreement is structured nfler n million financing nr- rnngomcnf entered inlo by the two companies lasl December, and completes the financing as- sistance wo requested ol Mitsu- bishi in the fall of lasl he said. Mr. Emerson also announced lhat discussions would slart soon between Knisrr and Mitsu- bishi concerning possible fulure equity participation by Mitsu- bishi and or Mitsubishi Canada Lid. in Kaiser Resources Ud. No agreement hnd Ix-on renclicd on essential terms, but under consideration uas con- version lo of up lo million