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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 85-90. Lethbridtie Herald No. AUGUST 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES Science plan to stimulate the economy By JEFF CATWUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau TORONTO The federal government today an- nounced a master plan for stimulating the economy by moving more of tho government's research and devel- opment activities closer to tire market place, from gov- ernment laboratories lo the private sector. The hope Is to create a stronger, more innovative manufacturing and secondary industry which will in turn stimulate more consumer goods, more jobs and more economic grovrth for Canada. Science Minister AlasUir Gillcspie officially reveal- ed the details of the long-delayed policy on contracting out of research and development. It is part of the government's larger industrial strat- egy now being developed. Under the policy, a progressively larger portion o! govemmerjt funded reseaeh and development (R and D) is lo be done by industry, Mr. Gillespie said. The main thrust of the policy is lo help ensure, that research and development results are translated more effectively ir.to Canadian industrial capability, ho explained. 'Cutting edge' Mr. Gillespie noted that research and development Is the "cutting edge" of technological advancement, which in turn is the "single largest factor in economic growth." the government is banking on Is that the private sector's proximily to the consumer and its awareness of his needs, will result in prod- ucts wliich are technologically advanced and capable of .strengthening Canada's industrial capability and thus ils competitive he said. Mr. Gillespie described the government's decision as a representing a fundamental shifl in government policy. II. is ,1 "further demonstration" of Ihe government's confidence in Ihe private sector's ability to create new products processes nnd services, "given the proper climate." The government hopes thai, as a result of the pol- icy, industry will sec opportunities for new products and services that might otherwise not be seen. Another aim of the policy Is to lessen the gap be- tween the amount of R and D now being done in gov- ernment laboratories nnd the amovmt supported by Iho government being done in Ihe private sector. Latest government .statistics reveal Hint slightly more than half of federal expenditures on ft and D is being done in industry this fiscal year. Gap shrinking The gap is already shrinking, compared with Ihe two previous years, And Mr. Gillespie suggested that narrowing this gap would Iw a first priority of the government's new policy. Ifo added it will lake at least five years to bring this about. Olhcr experts suggcsl it may lake longer. KmpIiasLs In the policy will lie on mission-oriented research on the one hand and Ihe manufacluring and service industries on the other hand. For government agencies, the onus will on them lo place their research and development contracts with private industry ralher than do Ihe work themselves. Kor industry, contracts will be given lo Canadian- based companies, not just Canadian-owned companies. Ili't the policy docs not prevent R and I) from being done oulsidc Canada, under certain rare conditions, And Ihe policy provides safeguards, the minister said, lo er.r.ure Ihal technology which is developed in Canada will remain with companies operating in Can- ada or will be exploited lo Ihn maximum benefit of Ca- nada, The safeguards will likely written Into the re- search contracts. Won't meet needs Mr. fiille.spin suggested that the traditional policy of having govonirncr.t facilities perform by far tho largest .share of U and D work for government has .served its purpose "hut cannot meet Canada's future nerds.'1 Is now nf Hir rtngn whore, if, muM orient. of il.--. It nnd D lownrrls innovative nclivity in (lie privfito wrlor, ,-ulrIrd. Part nf Hm rrfisori for policy is Ibat, Canada, in comparison to mosl other industrialized count lies, is Tint doinjj ns much H and I) in industry a.s 1hr.sc other countries. OIluT liirtors include the threat of Ihe V.S, DISC program, JJriUiin's entry into tbo Common Mar- ket, and tho need to keep up the momentum of newly crratod jobs, fin indicated. Also Micro ha.s hcon litllo growth in It Ttnd 1) in i' .Ur.iry in in iTirnt years, and fiO per cent of is rlono is informed in four fcrtor.s, elcrlrical, (hrmical, machinery ami transportation and Did a Is, 90 workers protest ''working conditions' at Swifts Hy RUDY HAUGENEDEH Herald Stuff Writer In n spontaneous action, some 90 employees at the Swift Canadian Co. Ltd. meal pack- ing plant in Lcthbridge walked off Iheir jobs this morning lo protest working conditions. Tile employees, members of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers, Local 740, walked off llicir jobs at 7 a.m. Alleged forced overtime, rep- rimands, suspensions and un- necessary disciplinary action by the company against employ- ees were said to Ixj the primary reason for the work stoppage. Norm LeClairc, union busi- ness agent, met with manage- ment tills morning to iron out the problems leading to the work .stoppage. The worker action began as the men arrived for their mor- ning shift. Tile men, dressed in their white smocks, overalls and hanlhals, refused to go on- to the work floor until instruct- ed lo BO do by Iheir union bosses. The incident was sparked bv the "indefinite" layoff of an employee who refused to work overtime after putting In a Vh.- hour day recently. "We should be asked to work overtime, not told to or a worker yelled In the lunch- room. Another said at least IS rep- rimands have been banded out in the past two weeks some wore short two or three day work suspensions. "We're not going to go homo until we're told to go home by management." The first management reac- tion was to tell the workers to get lo work or he fired. Shortly thereafter some workers were asked lo individually state whether they would work or leave. Shortly after the questioning began, however, management asked the workers to return to Hie lunchroom and wait. Later, the plant superinten- dent, who refused to identify himself, told a Herald reporter to leave "or do I have to put you off the property." He also declined to comment on the labor situation other than: "We've always had our labor and management differ- ences and they get setlled." A handful of plant supervis- ors wore seen attempting to carry out the jobs deserted by the employees. It's believed the plant em- ploys a total of about 150 work- ers. At press time neither com- pany nor union spokesmen could be reached for comment. own OTTAWA fCP) Employ- ment picked up last month in ths service transportation, communications and public util- ities fields, cutting unemploy- ment to an estimated from in But unemployment remained Chemical PRISON This Is the ga- rage in which Marlcne Hash man, 17, was kept, prisoner for 1-1 hours last Thursday while her fallier rounded up ransom. The garage was located Sumlay. Two men have been charged in the kidnap. Second man charged in ludnap CALGARY fCP) Two Cal- gary .stock brokers were ro- without bail to Aug. 21 when they appeared in court Monday on charges of kidnap- ping the daughter of construc- tion, executive Sam Hashman. Charged aro Michael Malh- cny, 27, and Donald Wayne Ma Lhcson, 27, both cmp loyee s of Merrill Lynch Royal Secu- rities. Mathcny was charged Monday when ho approached police will] lawyer Brian Ste- venson. 1 athesn n was a rrcsl or I F ri day, after Marlcne llasliman, 17, was released unharmed after he ing held for 14 hours. Her father, president of Great West International Equities Ltd., paid for her rc- lurn. The money has hecn re- covered. Mr. Stevenson nskcd the court to release Mafhcny on his recogni7ance ho had been hi touch with police since Friday and had surren- dered voluntarily. Milt Harradence, acting on bchaJf o[ Mathcson, also at- tcmplcd unsuccessfully lo have his client released on bail. A tturd man, arrested Mon- day after lie told police his lo- cation, was questioned and then released charge hampers trade VANCOUVER fCP> Tho longshoremen's dispute which has dint clown Vancouver's docks may puL more than half the grain workers on {he docks out of work by Wednesday, a grain workers union spokesman said Monday. Henry Kancs said 250 of tha 530 grain workers have already been laid off nnd (hnt the total will reach at least 320 by Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Vancouver Grain Exchange has warned that exports could he affected if shipments do not resume soon. An exchange spokesman, whose act as brokers for grain shipments through ttio port, said ships are waiting far grain and another LO arc ex- pected this week. Coast longshoremen have voted 93.1 per cent in favor of a strike, but so far Vancouver is thn only idle port. Negotiations were stalled Monday because one of the union's chief negotia- tors was ill. Doth sides havo been reluctant lo comment oil progress. The union Is asking for an hourly wage increase of 50 ccnt.s on present rates of to a dental care plan, im- provements in pensions and welfare coverage, as welt as a new method, of filling the spe- cialized jobs. The old contract expired July 31. Accidental Mr. Kancs and the grain ex- change say grain has moved from Vancouver since long- shoremen Iheir jobs in a dispute over Wring practices nine days ago. There arc few alternative fa- cilities for grain shipments on Hie West Coast, although some is sWpped through Prince Hu- pcrt. Aside from the grain issue, port officials fear Ihe latest crisis will result in more ship- pers deckling to use the port of Seattle, using trucks to trans- port the goods across Ihe bor- der. Seattle already lias set aside dock facilities for Cana- dian cnrgo during the current disruption. Some longshoremen in Vancouver weren' t working Monday, but other union members were on the docks in New Westminster, Victoria, naimo, Port Alherni, Prince Rupert nnd smaller Vancouver Island ports. IRA youth From BELFAST (CP) A 19-year- old member cf the Irish Re- publican Army is slowly dying because the guerrillas are us- ing a chemical for explosives that can be more dangerous for the bombers than the bombed, the British Army said today. The chemical is nitrobenzene, and IRA bomb factories have slocking it for two months, a spokesman said. When the highly toxic sub- stance is absorbed into the bloodstream, it produces symp- toms of cancer, and' "unfortu- nately there is no cure." 19-year-old is critically ill in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hos- pilat after handling the chem- ical. The spokesman said two others, a youth and a teen-age girl, were killed last week when a nitrobenzene bomb tiiey were carrying in their car exploded prematurely. That is the only nitrobenzene bomb known) to have been ex- ploded in Northern Ireland, the spokesman said, but Hie army recently discovered a large cache of the chemical. The highly volatile compound Is used in the un- der strict dyes, shoe polish and synthetic fibres. It gels into the system through u scratch, a cut or break in the skin, but when ex- ploded leaves no poisonous resi- due, the spokesman said. higher than U was a year ago, when the July figure was 000, Statistics Canada reported today. Reporting a drop in the unemployment rate to 5.B per cent of the labor force from C.2 in June, the statistics bureau said there was a marked im- provement in employment of students. There were of them employed in July Ibis year, compared with in June and in July last year. The improvement in the over- all employment picture, how- ever, was only marginal. The usual July pick-up in the manu- facturing industry failed to de- velop, and employment in agri- culture did not rise as much as it usually does in July. LABOR FOriCE BIGGER While marginal, the gain to employment last month was somewhat better than usual, apparently due principally lo the increase in student employ- ment, The total labor force grew by to more than 9.3 million, and the number with jobs rose to more thari 8.8 million. The unemployment number of unemployed as a percentage of the tolal labor force-declined to 5.8 in July from 6.2 in June. It was 5.7 per cent of the labor force in July last year- However, the underlying I rend for unemployment was still up, Statistics Canada re- ported that the seasonally-ad- justed unemployment rate, computed mathematically to show the underlying trend, showed a small increase to 6.3 last month, after resting at C.2 for two months, May and June. Unemployment was higher in the Atlantic and Prairie prov- inces, but down in Quebec, On- tario and British Columbia. Joblessness among young people, up to the age of 25, was down by five per cent, to 000 from in June, but it still ran slightly ahead of last year's July figure of There were small reductions of each for men and women workers aged 25 or over, lo for men and 000 for women. The bureau also reported an Improvement in the number of workers without jobs for four months or longer. The figure was down to last month from in June. Tiie number out of work for less than a mor.lh when the em- ployment survey was taken was down to from But the number who were job- less for one to three months was up, to from Tough pollution control just around the corner Dockmeii's strike nears end in U.K. LONDON' CAP) Longshore- men's delegates vole Wednes- day on a proposal to end Brit- ain's 18-day dock strike, and one of the union leaders said ha Is "fairly hopeful" of a settle- ment. The strike by dock workers is tying up more than 500 ships at a cost of millions of pounds a day to their owners and many millions more in or- ders lost to British exporters. If the delegates vote to end the strike, the ports could ba back to normal by Monday. "We feel we hava made enough progress to enable the dockers' delegates lo make a said Jack Jones, head of the Transport and Gen- eral Workers Union, which in- cludes the stevedores and co- chairman of the labor-manage- ment committee trying to work out an agreement. Lord Addi- son is representing the port em- ployers. The longshoremen want guar- antees that unloading jobs at inland container depots will go lo them rather that lo truck drivers, and the labor-manage- ment committee has been seek- ing assurances from the depots on this point. Seen and heard About town pEKSISTANT Graeme Man- Furliinn not yol three years nW, saying. "Had gimme your car keys." I.oo Konr.i.ssn Jr. and Law- rence II o n r a s s a telling friends that their parents I.TO and Jcanclte. are really mar- ried, after a 50lh anniversary marriage rerun Fnul Matisz continually apologiz- ing lo newcomer .Mm lOvans for the changes in weather. Geneva silo Cor next anus talks WASHINGTON (AP) Tho Uniled Stales nnd Ihc Soviet Union hnvc agreed tn hold (heir next round of strategic- jirms limitation lalks in Geneva, Miimstnilkm smireos said licro. 'Hie MnnTCs .snitl n dnlc for tlw nesl. rnnml tons not brcn eel. deaths reported KCMP report (wo accidental fTr-atlis in southern Alhcrt-a in the hsl 24 hours. PosifivR identification has not been made of the body of a Brocket tfirl killed instantly at about 10 p.m. Monday on High- way 3 when she was stnick by a car. RCMP believe the dead girl is Karen Ivy White Cow, D ri vcr of 1 he car lias 1 rfen identified by RCMP as Greta Itocvc of Krlckson, B.C. No in- juries lo passengers in (ho car, Mrs. HOOVP'S husband ami fam- ily. roporlett. N'o derision has madfl ronrp.niinp an iiKjiifvt. JM a Swecl Grass, of tho Wood Indian near Cnrrkion, died in Municipal Hospital early twlay of what KCMP reported as se- vere bleeding from vcricosa Mrs. Sweet Crass was escort- ed to hnspllnl by RCMP hinh- pnlrol following a routine check of a vehicle, driven by her son, near No Inquest wll] bo held. CALGARY (CP) Energy resources industries in Alberla (fo not have a good envir- onmental record and Ihey can expect tougher controls as a result, says Environment Min- ister Rill Yurko. Restrictive legislation will be introduced Ibis fall and more will follow, ho said. Exploration and production activities have "badly scar- rod'' some parts of Alberta and surface coal mining "has left an indelible imprint and burdened tho government with reclamation needs." In an interview 11 ic minister said he told the Industry of the government's intent i on whe n he addressed (he petroleum so- ciety of the Canadian institute of mining and metallurgy last week. vSeismlc exploration stripped surface cover from Wft.SM acres up to 1971 with oil and gas development resulting in the clearing of another acres, lie said. Eros Ion in tfic Swan H il Is area northwest of Edmonton, where there are 900 wells, was "Mibslnntial" with the cost of remedial action estimated at ?4 million. "The companies involved can be expected to be asked to meet government officials shortly to plot a course of reclamation action." The petroleum industry gives co operation "far from ade- quate" in oil spills and is "un- der organized, under equip- ped and under-prepared." Mr. Yurko said there is con- cern about excessive use of water for injection into produc- tion formations In areas where thero are water shortages. Conflicts in "priority of, use" are fast developing. hear he's with a World Hockey Association Worst single-plane disaster Holiday jet fiery tomb for 156 KOKNIGS fHrnlerl Tho (JHvrl.s of dis. of pevpon.il lngcagf antl passports mixed up "ilh nils of and alumi- tfivn a ('hie loday lo u-liat raiisfxi an ICast German Tiirlincr to explode in flight Monday, .sending lofi people lo Uicir deaths. East German experts sifted through Ihe wreckage of the So- vicl-buill Ilyushin jo( blasted over ii area near this Kast German town in Iho worst, civil nir disaster tnvolvlnj; s single plane. Tlw only higher rleatli Japan w July. Iwo planes. An All-Nippon Air- ways U-727 and an F-flfi Sabra jot fighter rolliiled, killing 162 persons. The Ilyushin-62, a rear-en- gincd long-haul jet belonging to the East German .state airline. Intcrflng, crashed minutes aflcr taking off from East Ber- lin's Schocnefeld Airport, II was pnckcx! with MR pas- and eight erow niem- Iwrs en a eharler flight Iwiind for Bulgaria's Black Sea icsort area. An Interring spokesman in East Berlin said all aboard were East Germans. EXPLODED IN AIR Kycwitnesses told how tho plane the air, breaking into two parts and scattering flaming wreckage which just missed a group of houses, a station and a water works. "Pieces of luggage and pass- porls sailed on lo our tiny front one woman said. hits of wood, alu- minium and cardboard every- where, and a hig chunk of metal landed on our car.1' A shocked young nurse said as she came away from the dis- aster site that all the bodies were horribly mutilated. East German troops and po- lice threw a cordon around the area and soon after the official report of Ihe crash a govern- ment Investigation commission, headed by Transport Minister Olio Armlit, was on Iho spot. It was the 'first known crash of the Ilyiishiii-to which havo hecn In witi loiefJug tar hro ;