Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 70-75 The Lethbdtfne Herald VOL. LXJII No. 204 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 1970 fRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES Manitoba Insura Legislatio Juvenile Home For Lethbridge Member Quits Over Threats LET TRAIN THROUGH RCMP link arms to herd picketing farmers off the track and allow the Northern Alberta Railways engine at right fo advance to pick up a boxcar loaded with fes- cue grass seed at Grande Prairie Wednesday. The farmers tried to block the engine from entering a seed cleaning plant as part of a blockade to protest prices to farmers for the seed. NFU Boycott May Dry Up Seed Market By KEN POLE Canadian Press Staff Writer Recent moves by the National Farmers' Union to force a price increase for a popular ingredient in grass seed mixture are viewed by some as a threat to Can- ada's share of a lucrative export market. The farmers, however, say they must have a voice in determining the price of their own products. The current price, they said, is far too low. The NFU.is in its second week of picketing places where Creeping Red Fescue, the prime ingredient in icany grass seed mixtures for lawns, is cleaned and delivered throughout Alberta's Peace River country. This region where CO per cent of Canada's fescue is grown by about 200 farmers. Between 18 and 20 million pounds was expected to be produced this year and 90 per cent of this was due for export. At the going rate of 14 cents a pound, Canada's 1970 crop would be worth about million. In the past, prices have been as low as six cents a pound and as high as The NFU wants 27 cents a pound and has threaten- ed to wait until the end of October before withdrawing its picket lines and releasing the fescue for marketing. Too Late Then By then, several agricultural leaders say, the dam- age will be done; former customers will be difficult to Bin back. Many large lawn-seed handlers already have changed their mixtures to include other grass seeds. Gordon Harrold of Calgary, president of the Alberta Wheat Pool, says many customers of Canadian com- panies have been forced to buy fescues from the U.S., Holland and Denmark. A. M. Runciman of Winnipeg, president of United Grain Growers Ltd., has decried the NFU action. "Already some foreign buyers have shifted away from Canadian fescue and are buying fescues from the United States and Mr, Runciman said. "If the situation continues, autumn contracts will be jeopardized since buyers will shift to bluegrasses and ryegrasses to make up then- lawn mixtures." The chairman of the NFU bargaining committee, Harry Reindeers of Deadwood, Alta., says the picket- ing is simply intended to gain farmers a say in deter- mining tlie price of fescue. "Farmers feel they have every right to participate in the pricing of their own products. Until the com- panies recognize this basic right, no fescue deliveries will be allowed." Despite the sanction, some deliveries were com- pleted. At Grande Prairie Tuesday, RCMP herded 12 picfc- cters away from a seed cleaning plant and allowed a Northern Alberta Railways locomotive to pick up a boxcar loaded with fescue. There were no arrests. The picket lines have generally been orderly. A couple of apparently isolated incidents have been re- ported, one of which was a scuffle between a seed plant official and a picketer at Beaverlodge, Alta. In an interview Wednesday, Mr. Harrold said the Alberta Wheat Pool would consider getting a court in- junoction against the picketers if they interrupted nor- mal business. "We may be doing tins very soon if things aren't peaceful." He doubled whether the picketers represented a majority of the fescue growers in the province. "We made enquiries. The pickelers, in many in- stances, are not fescue growers. "Tlie ones picketing in Edmonton admitted this. A number came from the St. Paul and Mundare districts ajid there's no fescue grown there at all." Henry Ruste, provincial minister of agriculture, said he would be concerned if any markets are lost but said (here is little (he government can do. "We have in our legislation the provision of estab- lishing marketing he said. "If they want to form ona of these boards, they're free to do so." Jobless Figures Running High The provincial social de- velopment, department is to construct a holding home in Lethbridge for juve- niles charged with an offense whose case is awaiting court judgment. The home is expected to be in operation by late next year and will accommodate up to 15 juveniles. It will be built on 1.1 acres of land in northwest Lethbridge near the current re- ceiving home, Sifton House. Jack Lakey, assistant direc- tor of child welfare, said ju- veniles may at present wait from two days to two weeks for their cases to come to this to a courts. There is no facility for commodating them during time. They may be sent detention centre in Calgary or be confined to a room in a building with a 24-hour super- vision. In some areas, a juvenile may be accommodated in a jail. Construction of the building would comprise part of the de- partment's plans for Leth- bridge and district juveniles and juvenile offenders since it took over responsibility for them Aug. 1 from the attorney- general's office. OTTAWA (CP) Unemploy- ment eased slightly last month, declining to an estimated in June, but remained high for the mid-summer season, the Do- minion Bureau of Statistics and the manpower department said in a joint statement today. The statement, based on a survey of the employment pic- ture in the week ended July 18, said the number of employed workers increased less than usual, with job opportunities going mainly to students seek- ing summer work. The unemployed amounted to 5.9 per cent of the labor force of 8.8 million. But when normal seasonal factors are taken into account, the an- nouncement said, this repre- sented a 6.7-per-cent rate of un- employment, u p marginally from .6.6 per cent in June. Unemployment in July last year was 4.1 per cent of the labor force on an actual basis, and 4.7 per cent on a seasonal- ly-adjusted basis. This year's seasonally-adjusted one to which economists look for a measure of the country's the highest since 1961. The employment picture in brief, estimated in thousands: July June July 1970 1970 1969 Labor force Employed Unemployed 518 529 349 ALL AREAS DROP The numbers of unemployed declined in all parts of Canada but the Atlantic provinces. The unadjusted rate there rose to 6.7 per cent of the labor force from 5.6 per cent in June. t Regionally, other unemploy- ment rates declined to 7.5 per cent from 7.8 in Quebec, to 4.7 per cent from 4.8 in Ontario, to 3.9 per cent from 4.1 in the Prairies, and to 8.3 per cent from 9.7 in British Columbia. All of these were sharply higher than a year earlier. Mail Bargaining At Turning Point Firearms Use Increases In U.S. Murder Cases WASHINGTON (AP) The use of pistols, rifles and shot- guns by Americans to kill or maim other Americans has in- creased dramaticaEy since 1964, the Federal Bureau of Investi- gation says. Two out of every three mur- der victims in 1969 were gunned down and one out of every four assaults involved a firearm, the FBI reported Wednesday. Murders and non-negligent manslaughters claimed a total Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN jyjOVIE-GOER Connie Hus- sell threatening to pro- test at a local theatre when no cartoon was featured Isabel Cornell's attempts to get a new electric typewriter1 by gradually letting her old one fall apart being thwarted by her boss Wally Leishman, who did a quick repair job Tom Nutting, new city manager, fumbling for a good excuse when quizzed as to why he still had Minnesota licence plates on his car. of those of 86 law enforcement officers the United States during 1969, a seven-per-cent increase over 1968. Aggravated assaults, running the gamut from non-fatal shoot- ings to sluggings, totalled during 1969, up 8.5 per cent over 1968. Guns were used in 65 per cent of the murders and 24 per cent of the aggravated assaults, the FBI said. Between 1964 and 1969, use of guns in murders went up 80 per cent and use of guns in assaults went up 143 per cent, the FBI said. There were armed robberies ia 1969, up 14 per cent over 1968. Two out of every three victims looked into the OTTAWA in the postal dispute appeared to have reached a critical turning point today as government and union negotiators agreed to a complete curtain of silence around their discussions and to meet again Friday morning. Both sides refused to make any comment as they emerged from a meeting at which, the Council of Postal Un- ions presented its response to the new contract offer made y the government at the beginning of the week. The meeting was recessed mid-way for an hour to permit the government's negotiators to meet privately with other treas- ury board officials. A spokesman for the council had previously indicated the union team would go to the treasury board with a modifica- tion of its own demands in the Soccer Star's Family Guarded LONDON (Reuters) Armed detectives are maintaining a close guard on the faririly of Bobby Moore, captain of the English national soccer team, after a threat to kidnap his wife Tina for ran- som, Scotland Yard said today. The around-the-clock watch started after an anonymous let- ter sent to a London evening newspaper was passed to the police Monday. dispute. He suggested, however', that a sticking point could be the issue of long-service pay, a demand which the treasury board has apparently refused to accept on principle. The union demand was backed in a conciliation report WINNIPEG (CP) A last- ditch effort at stalling Premier Ed Schreycr's auto insurance legislation failed today and the bill was given third and final reading. Bill 56, enabling legislation that will allow Manitoba's NDP government to set up a compul- sory state-run insurance pro- gram, now needs only the for- mality of royal assent to be- come law. An attempt by Opposition Leader Walter Weir to delay the bill for three months was turned back by a vote of 29 to 27 and the bill was given third reading minutes later by a similar vote. It was the 19th and 20th votes on the legislation since it re- turned from public hearings. As in the past, the two independ- ents in the chamber supported the government. The bill gained approval of committee of the whole Wednes- day night by a vote of 28 to 27. But passage of the bill was al- most anti-climactic following an earlier1 announcement by one of those members, Liberal Demo- crat Larry Desjardins. Chat he will quit the house at the end of the current session, expected today. Mr. Desjardins, who has been near the centra of the automo- bile insurance controversy since it began, told a stunned legisla- and his cabinet there is no way I cannot support ths govern- ment on Bill 56." His speech, in which he re- ferred to "too much hate and confusion" surrounding the auto insurance question, brought hisses from a packed public gal- lery and howls of anger from the Conservative benches. HOUSE SYMPATHIZES This was in marked contrast to the desk-thumping applause and expressions of regret ac- corded him by all parties while Mr. D.esjardins sat, with his face hidden in his hands, after making his resignation an- nouncement some four hours later. Premier Schreyer said he felt "a deep sense of personal re- gret that this has come and urged Mr. Desjardins to re- consider his decision. Missile Buildup Action by Judge Rene Lippe of Mont- ture "he will resign because of real who recommended pay- "filthy "phone calls and threats" Commissioner barrel of a gun as they surren- Ig Appointed dered their mnnev nr valnnhluc A A dered their money or valuables, the FBI said. All armed robbery rose 157 per cent between 1964 and 1969. The type of firearm used in 51 per cent of last year's murders was a handgun or pistol, the FBI said. Rifles were used in six per cent of the murders and shotguns in eight per cent. As the rate of violent crimes goes 'per cent in 1969 and 130 per cent in the last decade apparently, have, gun OTTAWA (CP) Paul A. Faguy, 50, was named commis- sioner of penitentiaries Wednes- day by Prime Minister Trudeau. He replaces Allen J. Mac- Leod, who retired recently and now is special adviser on corrections to Solicitor-General George Mclh-aith. John A. H. Mackey, 42, presi- dent of ITT Canada Ltd. before the public service in 1969, takes over as deputy post- master-general. ment of an annual bonus of for employees with 10 years' service.'Translated of wages, the bonus would rep- resent an increase of wo cents an hour. Both Prime Minister Trudeau and Treasury Board President C. M. Drury were optimistic in an after-cabinet chat with re- porters Wednesday that a settle- ment of the dispute was near. "We made such a good offer I'm sure the dispute will be bro- Mr. Trudeau said before his planned departure in a day or two for a Caribbean holiday. He hoped the dispute would be, settled before he left. Mr. Drury said lie is "opti- mistic" about prospects for a quick settlement and-said the government had always taken a flexible position in the dispute. He would not say whether the government offer, made Mon- day, was final. NOT READY TO TALK He said the g o v e r n-m e n t waited so long before making an improved offer because of what he called the problem of obtaining an indication from the unions uiat they were in a nego- tiating mood. Meanwhile, the union went ahead with plans to call in its 22 zone directors from across the country for an Ottawa discus- sion Saturday on the dispute in- cluding the latest developments at the bargaining table. The irritating spot strikes will also be discussed at the confer- ence but a council spokesman said there is practically no chance of a moratorium on the Child Killed In Street CALGARY (CP) Shelly Lynn Watson, 2, of Calgary was killed Wednesday night when she ran onto the street in front of her home and was struck by a car. made to his family since he an- nounced his support of the bill. .The St. Bcniiace MLA, who sat as a Liberal for 11 years be- fore joining the NDP caucus after Premier Ed Schreyer led tlie New Democrats to power last June, put the insurance bill in jeopardy when he bolted the party nearly two weeks ago, saying he could not support the bill as it then stood. SPEECH SWAYED THEM However, since Premier Schreyer made a speech last week promising compensation to agents and further study of the regulations governing the compulsory, state-run plan, Mr. Desjardins and independent Gordon Beard have supported the NDP through a series of crucial votes in committee of the whole. Both members ended the sus- pense on how they would vote in the final reckoning when they announced they would support the bill through third reading. Rising to speak after Mr. Schreyer announced an advi- sory committee would be set up with representation from the in- surance industry and public to recommend on regulations and administration of the plan, Mr. Desjardins said: "After the gen- uine efforts of tlie first minister Film Board Chairman Appointed OTTAWA (CP) Sidney Newman, who left the National Film Board 18 years ago to be- come a highly-successful televi- sion producer, is returning to the NFB, this time as chair- man. Tlie appointment of Mr. New- man, 53, to the chairmanship of the hoard, and also as govern- ment film commissioner, was announced Wednesday by Prime Minister Trudeau. JERUSALEM rael has asked the United States to bring about the withdrawal of a new Soviet-Egyptian missile system established in the Suez canal area after the Middle East ceasefire, Defence Minis- ter Moshe Dayan said today. In the first official Israeli an- nouncement on the reported missile build-up, Gen. Dayan told the Knesset (parliament) that both Egypt and Israel had agreed to a military standstill in an area 32 miles on either side of the canal during the lim- ited ceasefire. He said this central clause of the ceasefire agreement had been broken when missile pads were moved1 up on the Egyptian side of the canal both on the first night of the ceasefire and afterward. "This is not a simple burst from a machine-gun, but is of military he added. A highly placed Egyptian offi- cial in Cairo denied the Israeli report, saying: "It's just not true." He said there had been some movement of troop re- placements, which are allowed under the ceasefire agreement, but no reinforcements. The Israeli state radio had re- ported earlier that Egypt had moved several SAM anti-air- craft missiles batteries to within 12 and 18 miles of the canal be- fore dawn Saturday. The cease- fire went into effect at midnight Friday night. Air Bases Would Help Canada's Security Trudeau Leaves For Vacatiou OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau left Thursday for a seven- or eight-day vacation in the Caribbean, a spokesman in his office said. He refused to give any otter details. Solicitor-General Mc- Ilraith is acting prime minister while Mr. Trudeau is away. OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment is being told by its mili- tary advisers that provision of Canadian air bases for the planned U.S. airborne warning system would improve Canada's and North America's security. There is no indication whether the government will take this advice, informants said Wednes- day. Congress has approved initial spending of million as the first phase of "a billion U.S'. air force plan to provide 42 air- craft which would carry NO- RAD's radar warning and con- trol system. The object of North American Air Defence Command is fo make the system invulnerable to bomber or missile attack. Canada, a partner in NORAD, has not decided whether to spend anything on the new air- borne network, which would op- erate much like the present ground radar S3'slem, only in the air. Defence officials say that the normal area of patrol for the radar planes would be off tlie Atlantic and Pacific coasts and over Canada. Bases for them in Canada would shorten the time needed for them to reach patrol areas. These radar planes would con- trol the operations' of manned and unmanned interceptors. Provision ol bases with full facilities for the elaborate radar planes would cost hundreds of millions of dollars, officials said. GOVERNMENT QUIET The Trudeau government has shown no inclination to increase Canadian defence expenditures, which have fallen to some two per cent from nine per cent in 1353 as a proportion of the gross national product. Intelligence sources say the Russians have about 150 long- range bombers, interconti- nental missiles and 60 submar- ines capable of launching mis- siles as much as miles. George Lindsey, chief of the defence research board's weap- ons analysis branch, sayj mis. sile trajectories from Russia or China to tlie U.S. all pass over Canada or very close to Cana- dian coasts. In a paper prepared for mili- tary authorities, he says that if Russia fired missiles at Ameri- can missile silos in Montana and North Dakota, the U.S. Safeguard counter-missile sys- tem would intercept the Soviet, rockets probably 50 In 100 miles above Canadian territory, in- cluding Winnipeg. If Safeguard were installed near Seattle, its defensive nu- clear bursts would occur over British Columbia, possibly above Vancouver or Victoria. Safeguard protection for De- troit and Buffalo would reauiri popu- defensive bursts above lated regions of Ontario. Mr. Lindsey adds: "H o w e v e r, the damage caused on the ground would be very slight, and truly negligible in comparison with the effecls of an ICBM burst at its intended target. "Radioactive fallout from a high-altitude burst is distributed through the upper atmosphere, whereas an ICBM burst on (he ground well to the south of tlie Canada-U.S. border could pro- duce lethal fallout over a wide area extending well into Can- ada." Mr. Lindsey docs not specifi- cally suggest thai Safeguard sites be built in Canada.