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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 75-80. LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 210 "lETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Lord's Day Act monstrous-judge CALGARY (CP) The Su- preme Court of Alberta ruled Wednesday that It no longer is a crime in Canada to work on Sunday for reasons other than necessity and mercy. Mr. Justice Harold W. Riley ruled the key section of the Lord's Day Act is outside the jurisdiction of criminal law. The section Mr. Justice Riley attacked has, since 1906, made Sunday work legal only for em- ployees involved in serving the public in the areas of need and mercy. The decision came in tho case of The Boardwalk, a shop- ping centre in the downtown Edmonton area, which was charged with violating the act by opening Sundays. The Boardwalk faced prose- cution in provincial judge's court, but a lawyer for the company applied to the Su- preme court for a prohibition order denying the lower court jurisdiction in the case. In granting the prohibition, Mr. Justice Kilcy handed down a 24-page report outlining why he felt all Canadians have a legal right to work on Sundays. "I do not agree wilh the phil- osophy that what may be a crime In 1906 is automat- ically a crime today, my thought being that the law is a living, changing and breath' ing thing. "Section 4 (of the Lord's Day Act) is, to say the least, ob- solete, archaic, Inapplicable and unenforceable and in no sense criminal law. "As a further thought, and in tne light of the analysis here- in, it is monstrous, it is grotes- que that parliament can creata a crime that is not basically so. "If reed be, I find that sec- tion 4 is ultra vires." It is likely the Cro'.vn will ap- peal. wants THE FISKIN' iS EASY Henderson Loke is missing two rainbow Irout today thanks to young Robert Vander Molen, 1 1, of; 714 20th St. S. He was out Wednesday evening around feed- ing time, bul the fish didn't seem to like what lie was offering. He tried again early this morn- ing and two, "about eight inches went homo for breakfast. The Alberta fish and wild- life division of Ihe lands and foresls department stocked the lake with yearlings last spring. Groenen Phoio Monopolies Dockers rebel land prices Ry THK CANADIAN I'liEpS Action must be taken now lo stop rap- Idly rising land prices from doubling every decade, says a massive 751-page report prepared for the Cen- tral Mortgage and Housing Corporation on low Income housing. The once-secret report, released Wednesday by New Democratic Party leader David Ixtwis, places much of the blame for the spiralling land price increases on Ihe federal government. And the report, prepared by Toronto lawyer Mich- del Dennis, says that "Ihe concenlration of land-hold- ing by a small number of very powerful holders docs pose the real threat of even greater rates of in- crease in land costs." Chapter one of the study was released by the Lib- eral government about three weeks ago, but Mr. Lewis tuld a news conference the government destroyed complete copies. Mi1. Lcuis did not stw where he got his copy of Iho report. A FKW HOLD MUCH The Dennis report reveals that near-monopolies of land for housing exist in most major Canadian cities ns relative hamlfuls of developer-builders control high percentages of the land available for residential expan- sion. This pattern threatens to push up land ccsls evc-n more rapidly in future, Ihe report says. The report criticizes the federal government for rc- jcrliiit; provincial proposals for land assembly projects, ami CM! 1C- fo backing off from land assembly projects nfler political pressure from private developers. Tils portion of the Dennis report released previ- ously had recommended a guaranteed annual income to luilp the poor for housing. The report was given to the government in April, antl (he recommcndalion re- jected when a new government housing policy was in- troduced ill June. Land purchase and collection by governments lo slop speculators from buying it and reselling at large profits lo prospective homeowners, are suggested in tlio study. Included in Ihe report is a description of how imid prircs have soared lo the iK-ncfit of land speculators as cities expand. Without public land-assembly projects Ihe situalion will become worse, Ilic study says. COUI.I) SAVK IIIU.fONS "If we could even halve tho rale of growth in land prices, (he savings in (his decade alone lo the economy nntl housing purchasers would be in the order of from billion lo Ihe study says. While an osl.imntcd billion to billion would be required hy governments across Canada lo buy land for future uso, (bis would be recovered when the land was developed and sold, The study says CMIIC has boon reluclant In par- ticipate in major land-assembly projects because of tha fffect this might have privalo enlcrprisc. "The rclrent was n direct result of political pres- sures crcalfd hy developers, who understood Ihe im- plication.1; of several l.irge.srale assemblies in southern Ontario." From AP-Ilciiter LONDON (CP) Militant Liverpool longshoremen spear- headed a revolt today against ending Britain's national dock strike antl voted to continue their stoppage unofficially. The stevedores manning the west coast of the biggest in tire country unanimously rejected a deci- sion by union leaders Wednes- day night lo call off the three- week dock blockade, a decision that sparked violent rioting in London on Wednesday. The revolt is expected to be supported at Hull, another ma- jor port. At smaller docks however, thousands of longshoremen de- fied militant pressure for an unofficial continuation of Iho strike and said they would go back lo work on Monday. They were led by 'dock workers at Tilbury in London, which is normally a militant stronghold. At dock gate meetings around the country, stevedores en- dorsed the decision by a union delegate conference Wednesday to end the strike which has made idle ahout 500 ships and brought import-export traffic to a virtual halt. A call lo continue the strike came after a three-hour meet- ing of the unofficial National Ports Shop Stewards' Com- mittee Wednesday night. A few hours alter an official meeting to end the 20-day .strike broke up in a shambles of (lying fists and screamed ip- sults, rebel dockers got to- gether and declared they would not return to work Monday as their leaders had demanded. Bernic Steer, secretary of the committee, read a statement to reporters rejecting efforts of union leaders and employers to insure longshoremen's jobs. Attempt on life fails I-Yom AP-RI'HJTKU RABAT (CP) Muroccan Defence Minster Mohammed Oufkir committed suicide Itxlay in the wake of an assassination attempt on King Hassan H whose personal aircraft was al- lacked by rehcl pilots. Official sources in Hnbal said fhifkir, Ihe Moroccnn Strong- man named defence minister said. There in e of teachers with- out work. Skilled constnicUon have been In a lull, but with the start of construction on the Ijelhbridge. distillery their lot should improve, he said. At the end of July, 7fl3 main and 631 female persons wcro registered as looking for work through CIMC. During a cor- responding period last 'year, 70S male and 506 female per- sons were registered. Mr. Bcsplug attributed Increase to southern Albeiia population growth ar.d said. "Iho Job picture is as good if healthier Urea last year." VANCOUVER (CP) Social Credit and the New Democrat- ic Parly both fielded full slates of 5 candidates for tire Aug. SO British Columbia election while the Progressive Conservatives fell six short and the Liberals muffed their plans for a full complement. Liberal candidates Trudy Gibson and Robert Forrest had Iheir nomination papers in the dual-member Vancouver East riding rejected because both sets did not have the required number of signatures from eligible voters. Returning Officer Joe Dang made Ihe decision after con- sulting late Wednesday with Chief Electoral Officer Ken Morton. Mr. Dang said tho two sets of papers carried only 46 legitimate signatures each, four short of the required 50 endorsalions. Earlier, two Conservatives In tho Vancouver Centre riding, which also elects two mem- bers, had their names knocked oft Ihe ballot because they brought in (heir papers 10 min- utes alter the 1 p.m. PDT nom- inations deadline expired across the province. Despite elimination of four candidates there is a record to- tal of 226 candidates seeking the 55 legislature seats at stake, compared wilh 177 in Ihe 1930 election. In addition to full slates of Democrats and Social Creditors, there are 53 Liberals, 49 Tories, five Com- nnmists and nine Independents in tho running. Social Credit, the NDP and Liberals all ran full slates In the last election, along with four Communists, one Conser- vative and seven Independents. Standings at dissolution of (he house July 24: Social Credit M, NDP 12, Liberals five, Pro- g r e s s i v e Conservative two. Standings following (he last election. Aug. 2. 1369: SC 38, NDP 12, Liberals five. Premier W. A. C. Bennett, 71, seeks re-election in the Okana- gan South riding he has held since 1941. He has emerged victorious from 10 previous campaigns in the riding and in racked up the biggest So- cial Credit margin of victory in the province, votes. Mr. Barrett, who took over as NDP leader when Tom Berger went down lo personal defeat in is fighting his fifth bat- tle in the Coquillam riding he has hold since I960. Lilx-rnl leader David Ander- son. .15, faces an uphill battle in Ihe two-member Victoria rid- ing where he and running mate Dr. C a r r o n Jameson are tackling Indus trial Develop- merit Minister Waldo Skillings and fellow Social Creditor Ne- well Morrison. Progressiva Conservative Leader Derril Warren, a 32- year-old lawyer, has an equal- ly difficult task on Ms hands in trying to dump Liberal incum- bent Barrie Clark in North Vancouver-Seymour. And provincial Communist Leader Nigel Morgan is run- ning in Vancouver east where he collected only 203 votes in 1909. Despite the fact that they lost two candidates _ In Vancouver centre, the Tories are making their strongest invasion of pro- vincial politics since 1960, when Deane Finlayson led a full slate of 52 Conservatives to the polls. Not a single one was elected. The Tories' last major elec- tion outing was in 1963 when E. Davie Fulton, former fed- eral justice minister, tackled Social Credit with 44 candi- dates. Again, not a single Con- servative was elected. There are more women In running then ever before 25 including all five female mem- bers of the last house. The Conservatives have thft most women candidates( nine, followed by the New Dem- ocrats vith eight, five Social Creditors and three Liberals. Vancouver Little Mountain checked in with the largest number of candidates. Twelve names are on Ihe ballot in tha t w o-member riding, including two Communists and two Inde- pendents. The riding was won the last time by Attorney-Gen- eral Leslie Peterson and Mrs. McCarthy. All but six members of the last house are seeking re-elec- tion. Swift operation back to nor Operations at the Swift Can- nda Co. Ltd. meat packing plant here returned to normal as 75 employees, who walked off their jobs Tuesday to pro- test working conditions, went back to work. The men, members of the Ca- nadian Food and Allied Work- ers, Local 740, were objecting Triideau. visit tiiinoiniced PEKING (Rcuter) Prime Minister Pierre Triideau will visit China shortly, it was an- nounced here today at a ban- quet for visiting External Af- fairs Minister Mitchell Sharp. to alleged forced overtime, un- necessary disciplinary action, suspensions and the actions of a dressing floor supervisor. Although both union and company officials are near a complete settlement of differ- ences, another meeting has been set for Monday, said Norm Leclaire, union business agent. At present "we're just going to sit light." Monday's meeting will be be- tween Russ local 740 Swift union president. Bob Courier, shop Stewart. Mr. Le- claire and company officials in- cluding Tom Dane, national di- rector of operations for Swifts. Mr. Leclaire said the plant is currently being operated un- der the direct supervision ol the plant sirperintender.t. Historic park songlit for B.C. CALGARY (CP) The fed- eral government has been ask- el to form an historic park at Grizzly Gulch In southeastern British Columbia, the site of one of Western Canada's first oil wells. The Walorton Lakes Cham- her of Commerce said the area is being threatened hy a log- ging project, which has appar- ently been started to slop ao infestation of bark beetles. Removal of lumber from Ihe area will require rebuilding of the Akamina Trail which now is basically a liorse mile, the chamber said. ;