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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 70-80 The Lethbridcje Herald VOL. LXIII No. 214 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1970 fRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 14 PAGES O To 'Deliver Cheques Iram service striking rosties Plan Comes Switch Strategy Under Fire By JOE WILL CALGARY (CP) The Canadian Pacific Railway plan for reducing the deficit incurred by its trans-con- tinental passenger service was criticized Monday as little more than a scheme to allow the company to dis- continue the service. J. J. Frawley, counsel for Alberta, told a Canadian Transport Commission hearing that fare changes pro- posed by the CPR would make The Canadian uncom- petitive with other modes of transportation and the trans-continental service offered by Canadian National Railways. By increasing coach fares 10 per cent and all-in- clusive fares for meals, berth and transport 25 per cent "you would only drive people from the Mr. Frawley said. "I am accusing you of just waiting until every- thing fails and the Canadian Transport Commission has to finally agree you should be allowed to get out of The Canadian." Mr. Frawley was cross-examining T. P. James, passenger service chief, during the first day of the CTC railway committee hearing. Mr. James neither agreed with nor denied Mr. Frawley's suggestion but earlier in the hearing said the CPR definitely wanted out of passenger service. The CPR all-inclusive rate for a lower berth from Calgary to Toronto now is in the summer, com- pared with for CP Air and for the most ex- pensive CN service from Edmonton to Toronto. Needs CNR Raise When the CPR presented its plan to reduce losses last year it suggested the increase in' fares would give added revenue only if CNR increased its rates accord- ingly. Mr. James said if CNR did not go along with the rate increase more than 25 per cent of CPR's all-in- clusive passengers would switch to competing CNR routes. The change would "hurt he said, and drive the money-losing Canadian deeper into debt. The rationalization plan also called for a reduction in the number of trains during all but the summer months to three a week from the current daily service. Summer trains would be reduced to 14 cars from 20 and all other trains to nine from 11. Mr. James said the company planned to make the reduction in summer train size even though the CPR often found during "the summer months we have more business than we can handle." Members of the CTC railway committee and Mr. Frawley also questioned the CPR passenger chief on the level of food service provided on The Canadian. Food Too Expensive Although all agreed the level of food and service on the train was the best in North. America, they asked whether it could be more economical. Mr. James said the railway had investigated the use of airline-type meals but found they would be too expensive and conversion of train facilities to handle such meals would be prohibitive. "We're probably wrong about this, but we feel we have the most economical diner car service there is in North America." Jack Pickersgill, president'of the railway commit- tee, said the service may exceed the needs of the pas- senger service, particularly when subsidized by the gov- ernment. The CPR applied Oct. 31, 1969, to discontinue The Canadian as uneconomic after claiming losses of during 1968. Ordered Continuation The transport commission calculated the loss at ordered the railway to continue the service in the public interest and find a method1 of reducing the deficit. Under the federal law, when the commission orders a railway to continue an uneconomic service, the trea- sury picks up 80 per cent of the deficit. Mr. Frawley noted at the hearing the largest bene- factor in any reduction of loss would be tire Canadian treasury and pointed out there was no counsel present from (he finance department. The hearing is expected to continue until Wednes- day then move to Vancouver for more hearings. Mr. Pickersgill promised Monday that interested groups which wonted more time to make submissions on Hia CTK rationalization plan would be given the opportunity in October, provided they made a request to tlifl commission by Sept. 30, OTTAWA (CP) Postal me- diation talks entered a crucial stage today discussion of what mediator Thomas O'Connor describes as "the meat of the issue." Wages, job security and fringe benefits are major com- ponents of a program that must be agreed upon between the Council of Postal Unions and the federal treasury board before any settlement can be reached in the lengthy dis- pute. Mr. O'Connor did not elabo- rate during a brief interview today on what aspects of the dispute were under discussion. The council announced Mon- day night all workers will be on the job Thursday, Friday and Monday to deliver old age pen- sion cheques which go in the mail at the end of the week. Still lying undelivered are nearly a million family-allow- ance cheques, most of them in post offices in Montreal and Ot- tawa. A council spokesman said these cheques would be deliv- ered gradually as strikes changed to other locations: Postal workers have been staging rotating strikes to sup- port their contract demands since May. The government has retaliated by closing down re- gional offices in some areas af- fected. The council spokesman said he did not know Why the unions had decided to change their strategy and deliver old-age pensions on time after leaving family allowance cheques undis- tributed. BROUGHT CRITICISM But some sources say that union negotiators are extremely sensitive to widespread criti- cism they received over the issue of family allowance cheques and did not want to risk tarnishing then- image fur- ther by delaying the old-age pension cheques, The decision not to hold strikes for five days coincides with the deadline for a contract settlement set by both Thomas O'Connor of Toronto, the recent- ly-appointed mediator, and Prime Minister Trudeau. Mr. O'Connor has said Sunday is his personal deadline for a settlement and Prime Minister Trudeau said last Friday a week to 10 days would be al- lowed for a settlement. Peace Seen Possible In Mideast Dispute Jarring Nudges POSTAL PROTEST Postmaster-General Eric Kieran talks to women protesting the lack of mail service in Ottawa Monday. Women wanted their baby bonuses, held up by the current postal strikes. __ Four Recaptured In Jail Break Find Helmet Of Missing Jet Pilot BAGOTVILLE, Que. (CP) The helmet of Capt, Denis Lam- since Friday when his CF-5 jet crashed after collid- ing in flight with another was found Monday by searchers at Lac Gouin, about three-quarters of a mile from the crash site. A spokesman for the Cana- dian Forces base here said today the helmet was found about p.m. Monday, but it took some time to determine whether it belonged to Capt. Lambert. An additional 100 army troops today, joined the search for the 30-year-old pilot from Arvida, Que., bringing the total search paily to about 400. PRINCE ALBERT (CP) Police early today captured four of seven prisoners who escaped from the federal maximum-se- c u r i t y penitentiary Monday night. The seven were described as highly dangerous. Warden John Norfield said Charles E. Dorrington, 23, and Stafford Lake, 21, were appre- hended in a stolen car on High- way 2 about 12 miles south of Prince Albert. Neither man was armed and neither offered resistance when taken at 3 a.m. CSI, about one hour after a pop machine was broken into and a car stolen at a motel just south of the city. About two hours earlier, po- lice arrested Wilfred Eadie, 22, of Calgary and Patrick Shan- non, 21, in a lane in downtown Prince Albert. Both surrendered without struggle. Included in the three still sought are a convicted mur- derer and a kidnapper both serving life terms. Dorrington, recently trans- ferred from Kingston peniten- tiary, had been serving eight years for armed robbery, Lake, four years for possession of an offensive weapon, Eadie three years for robbery with violence and assault and Shannon three years, nine months for robbery. Mr. Norfield said the men es- caped under a newly-installed gate about p.m. Still at large were: Robert Desjarlais, 28, origi- nally of Lac la Biche, AHa., serving life term for the'1965 murder of a young woman. He is a Cree Indian about five feet, two inches tall, and 134 pounds. Douglas Letendre, 26, of Ed- monton, doing life for armed robbery, kidnapping and parole violation. He is said to be five feet, seven inches tall, weighs 142 pounds and has dark com- plexion. Glen Wayne Burnett, 25, serv- ing five years for armed rob- bery in North Battleford, Sask. He is five feet six and one-half inches tall, weighs 148 pounds and has medium complexion. Ashes Taken From Cemetery Held For Ransom Boy, 11, Shot Accidentally CALGARY (CP) Stanely John Borni, 11, was killed when a .303-calibre rifle accidentally discharged while he was play- ing with friends in southeast Calgary. Police said the bullet severed his spinal cord. 'Eureka! I've found a cure for the Australians Protest Budget SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Industry throughout Australia came to a virtual halt today as an estimated workers staged a strike against last week's federal budget. But protest rallies held in the state capitals flopped. Of unionists who joined in the stoppage in Sydney, fewer than attended a meeting in the city centre. Federal Treasurer Leslie Bury cut income tax for lower and middle income earners by 10 per cent, but increased indi- rect taxation with duty rises on cigarettes, gasoline and wine. UNITED NATIONS (AP) Arab-Isre.eli peace talks started here today under United Na- tions auspices and the Israeli delegate said he thought peace was possible if the Arabs really wanted it. Israeli Ambassador Yoscf Te- koah spoke to reporters after a 45-minute meeting with Gunnar V. Jarring, UN special repre- sentative for the Middle East. The meeting was the opener of a new round of Middle East talks to which Israel, Jordan and Egypt agreed in accepting a United States peace proposal. Tekoah told reporters he had informed Jarring of "the basic principles of Israel's position." He said he would return to Je- rusalem for consultations this evening. "I don't think it would be use- ful to enter into details of our Tekoah said. "All of us realize that to con- clude a peace after a conflict which has lasted for 22 years will require the solution of many difficult problems. "Hbwevfir, if the Arab govern- ments prove desirous of attain- ing genuine peace with Israel, we are confident that this will be possible." Tekoah added that he would feel much better abouf the pros- pects "were it not for news about continuous violations of the ceasefire by Egypt." Jarring has been trying for nearly .three .years to nudge the 'Arabs and Israelis towarti a peace agreement. He is follow- ing his regular procedure of talking to one government and then another. The Arabs refuse to negotiate face to face with the Israelis, Both Jarring and Secreatry- General U Thant were optimis- tic. Thant, arriving after Te- koah, said: "I am cautiously op- timistic over prospects for peace, in fact more optimistic than at any other time since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war." He has no direct role in the current talks. Jarring told reporters Monday he feels sure the three govern- ments have "the firm intention of finding a solution." "I hope that with good will and understanding they will in time reach agreement on a just and lasting he said. GUNNAR JAHRING Go-Between Probe Pincher Fires -Arion Is suspected in another fire which broke out near Pincher Creek last night. RCMP is investigating a fire which destroyed a feed shed, 000 bales of hay and 12 head of cattle on the farm of Eugene Cyr, one mile south of Pincher Creek. The Pincher Creek RCMP is still Investigating three fires which broke out within two hours near Pincher Creek last week in which arson is also suspected. Fires last week destroyed a feed shed and some feed on the Gaston Rigaux farm, level- led a stack of hay in the barn- yard on the farm of Tom Dwy- er and destroyed the recently- remodelled farm home of Walter Wolbert. Court Proceedings Held In Grim San Quentin SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) For the first time in the 118- year history of San Quentin Prison, court proceedings have been held within its grim con- fines. Demonstrators protested at the main gate. "We're trying it out on an ex- perimental Presiding Judge Joseph G. Wilson of Marin County Superior Court said Monday as he held pre-trial hearings for four convicts ac- cused of crimes within the prison walls. He set trial date for two of them, indicating that at least one would be tried here despite protests both Inside and outside the impromptu courtroom that the defendants are being denied a public trial. Moving the court here was an outgrowth of the Shootout Aug. 7 at the Marin County courthouse in nearby Sail Rafael. Four per- sons died as a -youth smuggled guns inside a courtroom where a San Quentin convict was on trial. The presiding judge, the youth who brought in the guns and two convicts were shot to death. TORONTO (CP) Police said today that thieves stole cremated remains from a To- ronto cemetery more than two months ago and are holding the ashes for ransom. Chief Harold Adamson said Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN SECRETARY Dcbby Mas- sou expressing "our dis- pleasure" for a typographical error in spelling her name the Bill Jamie.ion family walking home from church after Bill gave his car keys to baby Glcnnis Lnscher to play with and forgot to get them back Irv Fraser nursing a sore shoulder back to health to be ready for the city employees' tourna- ment. the ashes in "about 20" small urns were taken from Mount Pleasant Cemetery June 11. The robbers have sent one ransom note and have been .in telephone contact with cemetery' officials. He said police followed the in- structions of a ransom note last month but the thieves failed to show at a specified place where the money was to be exchanged for the urns. "We have done a lot of work .on this but have gotten no- the chief said. Police said .the cemetery have not informed relatives that the ashes were stolen because they thought they were about to re- cover the urns. H. F. Clark, general manager of Toronto General Burying Grounds, a non-profit organiza- tion which operates ths mauso- leum, refused to confirm or deny the crime, "Let's just say there's been a nasty case of vandalism and the investigation is still going he said. "We are dealing with very tick Secondary Sewage Treatment Plant Price Discrepancy Draws Fire Lethbridge taxpayers could be rapped with a 6.04-mill tax hike for secondary sewage treatment facilities alone in 1971 unless the provincial gov- ernment conies through with some form of assistance. The secondary sewage treat- ment plant was a top item dis- cussed by city council Monday night and the situation was described as everything from "shocking" to "horrible." The plant was initially esti- mated to cost Ear- lier this year this estimate was hiked to When bids on construction closed earlier this month the lowest lender from Laing Con- struction and Equipment Ltd. of Calgary would m'nke the total Dries S4.M7.noo. Representatives of Under- wood McLellan and Associates of Calgary, the city's engineers and consultants on the plant, said they had no answer as to why the costs were so high above the estimates. The city has asked for and has had approved a loan of for sewage treatment facilities for the current year. The money is from Ceniral Mortgage and Housing Corpor- ation, but it is being allocated tlirough provincial government channels. Two hundred thousand dol- lars of the total has been spent on a river crossing syphon to lha new university of Leth- bridge site. The remaining is to be made available to the city by the provincial government on a cash flow, as- required basis. NO ADDITIONAL FUNDS The has a 25 pel- cent forgiveness clause in it -if Hie city completes the secondary sewage treatment facility by June 1, 1971. The consultants fee! that even the highest bid- der, adding another S200.000 to the Iota! cost, would have a tough time completing the project the deadline. Laing Construction said it could do it by Sept. 1, 1971. The province has also told (lie city there are no additional funds available for the second- ary sewage treatment plant. Alderman Jim Anderson said that the fl million plus higher bid was a shocking thing for the city and that he found it difficult to accept the reasons for ths discrepancy put for- ward by the consulting firm. Aid. Joe Balla suggested that a delegation be sent to Edmon- ton to clarify the situation. Ini- tial contact with the health de- partment will be made Thurs- day by City Manager Tom Nut- ting. Further representations may be made lalcr. Mr. Nuifing explained how costs could conceivably add up to C.04 mills to next year's mill rate. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said he wanted to make it clear the city was acting on instruc- tions from the province and (hat he was tired of having the city's taxpayers kicked around by tha nrovincial government ;