Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
SUNNY FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 85-90 The Lethlnidge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 202 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 11, 1970 fBICB NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 16 PAGES Bilingualism Touchy Issue At Ottawa By IAN PORTER OTTAWA (CP) The uneasy relations between the federal government and its employees were made no more tranquil with Prime Minister Trudeau's an- nouncement in June of new measures to extend bilin- gualism in the public service. Mr. Trudeau proposed the designation on an ex- perimental basis of French-language work units in sev- eral departments, a move to enable French-speaking recruits to enter the federal bureaucracy on the same basis as English-Canadians. Spokesmen for federal employees, however, seized another perspective. The Public Service Alliance of Canada saw it as another example of the boss using his power as employer to satisfy political policies. The same principle, it said, governed the con- tentious guidelines imposed on federal salary increases in the war on inflation. In a statement issued right after Mr. Trudeau's an- nouncement June 23, the alliance said that the politi- cians', specifically Secretary of State Gerard Pelletier, are being given too much say in the introduction of bilingualism. The pace is being forced to Hie prejudice of em- ployee careers, the PSAC said, and public servants are being made to pay for whatever the cost of past in- justices against French Canada. Deny Accusations Mr. Trudeau's statement anticipated and denied the accusations. He has been seconded by John Carson, the government-appointed chairman of the public service commission. "I haven't told this to Claude yet (President Claude Edwards of the Public Service Alliance) but I think they Mr. Carson said in an inter- view. Still, he somewhat unwilling agreed that the gov- ernment has a considerable voice in the way that bilingualism reforms are brought in. Bylaw, the commission serves as a politically inde- pendent personnel office for the federal bureaucracy, set up to ensure that merit rather than political pa- tronage is the basis for appointments and promotions within the public service. In any showdown with the government, -however, the most the commission can do is refuse to make appointments, Mr. Carson said, "and even that's only good for a short time." "We really haven't any great muscle to flex in tte cabinet, whereas the secretary of state presumably does." May Overlap Mr. Carson did not suggest that the political muscle is being flexed. But he did grant the possibility of "theoretical overlap" between the role of his com- mission in the bilingualism program and that of the secretary of state department's official languages sec- retariat under the direction of career diplomat Maxwell Yalden. "Over at Yalden's shop they feel they have the same mandate as Mr. Carson said. The possibility of having to keep up with reforms from "Yalden's shop" is precisely the worry of the Public Service Alli- ance. While there is little love lost between the union organization and the commission, at least the proce- dures are known and safe. In its statement, the alliance said "the introduction of bilingualism should be a matter of national, not political policy, and as such should be applied in a fair and impartial manner by a body which reports inde- pendently to Parliament. "The public service commission is such a body." "The secretary of the statement went on, "does not appear to have any well-established person- nel policies governing the administration of the lan- guage 'enclaves' that the government is proposing to establish." Demoralising Issue The statement dismissed as "meaningless de- signed merely to allay suspicion" prime ministerial as- surances that the new initiatives in the bilingualism program represent no threat to the operation of the merit system in tire public service. The alliance wants instead a freeze on new initia- tives and a detailed study of the effect of the bilin- gualism program on the careers of the public servants involved since 19C6. Those who have felt left out or unequal to the chal- lenge of learning French would agree mill the govern- ment secretary who has complained that "nothing has been more demoralizing than the issue of bilingualism in the public service." The political factor has aroused the resentment of otters. "To impose employment conditions in the pub- lic service because the present group in majority thinks it will provide them with a stronger voting power is hardly a sane basis for any a worker says. With a political door opening on the debate, Lib- eral MPs from the Ottawa area have been surging tln-ough to stake a position. Breakthrough In Sight In Long Postal Strike OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment Monday delivered an im- proved offer to the postal unions raising the possibility of an early end to the months-long stalemate over a new working contract. Union officials took the fed- eral offer away from the bar- gaining session at which it was presented for careful study. Their reaction, possibly to be communicated to the treasury board today, could indicate whether a breakthrough is really in sight or has been achieved. Informants suggest tie offer could form the basis of more constructive talks than have so far been held. The final agree- ment could fall around the wage increase suggested by Judge Rene Lippe of Montreal in a fu- tile earlier attempt to bring ao end to the dipute as chairman of a conciliation board. Judge Lipps proposed a 50- cent-aa-hour increase in a 30- month contract. The longstand- ing government the new one for 41 cents in wage rates that now range between and an hour. WANT 60 CENTS The unions have insisted on a 60-cent increase over two years. On the hopeful side, the fed- eral offer transmitted through the treasury board covers not only wages, but some other is- sues in dispute, it is understood. This is a shift from longstand- Hoax Delays Trip From AP-Reuters BONN (CP) Chancellor Willy Brandt left for Moscow today with a large West Ger- man delegation to sign the non- aggression treaty with Russia after a delay of nearly two hours because of a bomb hoax. A Lufthansa airlines spokes- man said a search of the big Boeing jet turned up no bomb. A spokesman said the anony- mous threat probably was the work of "some simpleton." The big jet was ready to roll down the runway at Cologne- Bonn airport when security offi- cers apparently received the bomb threat. Police swarmed out and cordoned off the field. Brandt had received his cabi- net's formal mandate to sign the treaty that could help forge a new relationship between the Russians and their estranged neighbors in Western Europe. Nerve Gas Move Faces Challenge By THE CANADIAN PRESS The U.S. Army's plans to dump tons of lethal nerve gas into the Atlantic apparently faces a court challenge from the state of Florida today. The army plans to scuttle a freighter with 418 cases contain- ing the nerve gas in the Atlantic 282 miles cast of Cape Kennedy, Fla. "We are going to sue the army Nathaniel P. Reed, chairman of Florida's air and water pollution control board, said Monday night. Gov. Claude Kirk of Florida told a House of Representatives committee in Washington last week he would seek an injunc- tion if necessary to keep the army from dumping tte gas off the Florida coast. ing board policy to negotiate ea'ch issue separately with the cost being totalled for each set- tled arrangement as negotia- tions proceeded. The package offer suggests that the union demand for writ- ing in a .job-security clause in a new contract may be granted in seme form or other. While union leaders studied the government proposal, strikes hit eight points in the At- lantic provinces and one in On- tario. A post office .sub-station in Edmonton and offices at Cam- rose and Wetaskiwin were closed today by the latest in rotating postal strikes conduct- ed by the National Council o: Postal Unions. Ulster Premier Wins For Policies INDEED AN HONOR Elaine Mar, 15, of Pincher Creek was given the honor of lighting the torch to open the Southern Alberto Summer Games at Pincher Creek on" Monday. The games torch was carried to the Games site by horseback from Lethbridge. The lighting of the torch opens the first-ever such games held in Alberta. Russia Battles Cholera Spread Pensioner Evicted From His Home From Reuters-AP MOSCOW (CP- Foreign tourists are being barred from nearly all Black Sea resorts the Sea of Azov and the Volga River area following the out- break of cholera near Astra- khan, Intourist said todays The source of the cholera out- break in the Volga delta city, announced by the health minis- try Thursday, has been local- ized, the labor union newspaper Trud said. Astrakhan is a major1 industrial city 800 miles south- east of Moscow. But Intourist, the Soviet for- eign travel organization, said the port of Odessa and resort towns along the shores of the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov were placed out of bounds to tourists as a precautionary measure. Only the sub-tropical Black Sea resort of Sochi, one of Rus- sia's most popular vacation re- sorts, remained open. All cities downstream from Gorky on the River Volga also have been closed, Intourist added. Many of them are nor- mally closed to foreigners for security or other reasons. SOVIETS RESTRICTED Restrictions also have been placed on Soviet citizens head- ing southward. Rail travel from Moscow to the thfee trans-Caucasian re- Armenia and been barred to all but local residents and persons with passes to state rest homes. In Moscow, fruit and vegeta- ble markets signs have ap- peared headed disease of dirty warn- ing that all fruit and vegetables should be carefully washed. They apparently made no ref- erence to cholera to avoid caus- ing panic. Pollution Masks TOKYO (AP) A depart- ment store began selling porta- ble oxygen machines today to residents seeking relief from Tokyo's polluted air. The ma- chines, with mouthpieces at- tached, are priced at each. They generate oxygen through the interaction of hy- drogen peroxide and crystals. CALGARY (CP) Wilrnot Baldwin, 69, was carried from his home on a stretcher Monday night when police evicted him from his house in southeast Cal- gary. He was taken to hospital where his doctor said he was in satisfactory conditon. The old, two-storey, wooden house had been expropriated for an urban renewal project and the Alberta Supreme Court or- dered it vacated by June 8. Construction crews had been working around the Baldwin property for more than a month, pouring the foundations for a million YWCA building. Mr. Baldwin and his wife refused to move although the city offered them alternate ac- commodation. None of the homes was acceptable. About 30 police and one dog were with Sheriff Gordon Fran- cis when he presented the evic- tion notice. Six persons, who had ex- pressed for Baldwin were arrested for disorderly conduct after refusing to obey an order to leave. They had to ba dragged out the door. Mrs. Baldwin went with her husband to hospital in the am- bulance and said she planned to stay with their son until a new place to stay was found. Mr. Baldwin was ordered by his doctor early Monday to re- main in bed because of high blood pressure. The Baldwin home was evalu- ated by the public utilities board at plus interest, but Mr. Baldwin estimated it could bring He said he would accept the lower price a new home was found for him and his wife. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN TJORSEBACK GREENHORN Norma Johnson asking "bow do you keep from slid- ing off when the horse walks Terry Bland sprouting a sparse beard and moustache and blaming it on too much sleep Jerry Kloos giving an Impromptu race diving performance ia six inches of water and sport- ing several cuts on his fore- head. Vott never told me you totroafeawutti' Confession Solves Murder CALGARY (CP) Police said Monday a confession has been made to the murder of Marlene Lowry who was found strangled about six miles from the city July 17, 1967. Police said the confession wss made in April, 1969, by a man serving a life sentence for another murder. There will be no prosecu- tion, police said, because noth- ing would be gained and ths case is considered closed. A reward of was of- fered by the attorney gen- eral's department for informa- tion in the cose but the mon- ey was never claimed. London Rule Seen From AP-Reuters BELFAST (CP) Prime Minister James Chichester- Clar'k won the complete support of his cabinet today for his Lon- don-backed program of reforms so bitterly opposed b y right- wing Protestant elements in sttrife-torn Northern Ireland. The vote came at a two-hour meeting which produced a for- mal statement of support for the beleaguered prime minister. The statement said the cabi- net is supporting Chichester- Clark in all his policies and "We have a continuing man- date for these policies from the Unionist parliamentary party and from the country as a whole." The action in Sormono Castle spared the prime minister from the faie of his predecessor, Capt. Terence O'Neill, more than a year ago when O'NeiU's own cabinet fled from his camp at the height of the Protestant- Catholic row. The cabinet decision clearly was an extension of Chichester- Clark's mandate which' became somewhat clouded by a stormy session of his own constituency party Monday night. THREATENED TAKEOVER It also reflected in govern- ment circles a certain amount of awareness that the Tory gov- ernment in London was serious in declaring that it was ready to take over direct control in Bel- fast if reforms for the Catholic minority of the six counties were torpedoed by right-wing Protestant elements. Angry Protestants mobbed Chichester-Clark and pelted him with pennies and apples earlier today when he left the meeting of party high-ups hi his south Londonderry constituency. The crowd struggled with a cordon of about 100 police and tried to turn over the prime minister's car. As it drove away a man flung himself on the hood, and others tried to smash the headlights. Threa persons were arrested. I 1 Million Holdup At Airport QUEBEC (CP) Five armed men entered Ancienne Lorette airport early today and escaped with 23 mail bags whose con- tents police say may be worth more than million. The masked men arrived at the airport about 7 a.m. in two automobiles and entered an area where the mail bags were being held for pickup by a Brink's Ex- press Co truck. Police said the Bank's truck was delayed when the bandits fired on it before it reached the airport, shooting one of its tires flat. Lieut. Bernard Gr'enier of the provincial police armed robbery squad said 50 mail bags had been unloaded from Air Canada flight 350 from Montreal. Fire Breaks Out On Big Liner SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) P'ire broke out aboard the Peninsular and Ori- ental Steam Navigation Co. pas- senger liner Oriana today, but was quickly brought under con- trol. A P. and 0. spokesman said no one was injured. The 42.000-lon liner, carrying passengers, left Southamp- ton shortly after noon today for Australia via the Panama canal. Mr, Baldwin Carried Out On Stretcher Labor Shortage BERN (AP) Swiss It' offices listed a total of 26 employed and vacant jobs it the end of July.