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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Walkout hits at heart of economy Canadian Press Impact of the national rail strike is being felt icross the country with everything from .indus- rial shutdowns to stranded elephants to remind Ca- ladians that the trains no longer run. More than a third of all freight in the country travels by and every day thousands of travel- lers and commuters depend on trains. Countless Canadians from the Prairie farm- srs to cabinet ministers wish they had the answer. Within 24 hours of the general strike in- iustrial curtailments and closings were reported. In the East Kootenay region of British Colum- the huge Kaiser Resources Ltd. coal operation was completely shut a spokesman said Friday. In Sault Ste. 600 employees of Abitibi Paper will be laid off Sunday when the plant there shuts down. Abitibi announced other plants would close. General Motors in Oshawa announced a shut- down Monday further at Oshawa and Ste. involving layoffs of and and Chrysler Canada American Motors and Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. all pre- dicted their operations will halt by the end of next week. With CP Air operations reduced to 45-per-cent capacity by a machinists Air Canada has been left to meet most of the demands of Jong- distance travellers. Air Canada busy An Air Canada spokesman said added 30 to 40 flights across the system and we're hand- ling to passengers a day. Our usual av- erage is a Truck normally handling less than 10 per cent of freight tonnage in Canada were call- ing the rail strike a Trucks cannot fill the particularly in mov- ing bulk commodities like news- print and lumber. The shortage of newsprint for export already was acute because of strikes in the paper industry. Vone of the three million tons of newsprint CN carries every million tons of it destined for the U.S. has moved since the national rail strike was launched. An Air Canada spokesman described the de- mand for air express and freight service as and Friday the company announced an embargo of all express and most freight. A Frames summary is only partial look at a bleak picture. PACIFIC REGION Cominco Ltd. lead production will be partially shut down this weekend. Kimberley Cominco's fertilizer operations will cease production by Sunday night. Vancouver Two ships were left unloaded Thursday because of the shortage of grain. the strike continues we'll be in very serious trouble within a a spokesman for the Alberta Wheat Pools Grain Exchange said. Vancouver Coin supplies have all but dried up because no supplies have been shipped by rail since the strike began July 26. It's exact-change- only at many theatres and smaller stores. Victoria The provincial government has an- nounced assistance from the provincial major disas- ter fund for trucking feed to dairy farmers in in- terior B.C. Prairie scene PRAIRIES Peace Grain Grow- ers say three quarters of the company's elevators in the district are full and can take no more de- liveries from fanners. Fort Saskatchewan Dow Chemical of Can- ada Ltd. has reduced production of a used in pulp and paper by 50 per cent. Edmonton Clenaese Canada Ltd. has reduced production of cellulose acetate because of a lack of wood pulp. Edmonton Alberta's largest farm wants an immediate recall of Parlia- ment. Winnipeg Greg vice-president of western stores for says mail order sales in the West can't all be handled by truck and air transport. Winnipeg Spokesmen for Manitoba Pool and for Pioneer Grain Co. Ltd. predict elevators will be conjested within two weeks. Saskatoon Jim secretary-manager of the Hudson Bay Route said the future of the port of Churchill in northern Manitoba may be in jeopardy because of the strike. Saskatoon Retailers report shortages of sev- eral commodities and grocery stores could run out of some products. Inside Classified 12-16 Comics........25 Comment 5 District........27 Family......22-24 Local News Markets 11 Religion 29 Sports ......20-21 Entertainment 7 TV............6 Weather......2 LOW TONIGHT know it's HIGH SUNDAY it's supposed to.' MAINLY SUNNY VOL. LXVI No. 216 The Lethbrtdge Herald AUGUST 1973 15 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 68 PAGES Ottawa pressured to end strike 'Useless' mediation efforts are halted MONTREAL Pres- sure built on the federal govern- ment today to end a crippling national rail. strike by legisla- following collapse of the mediation efforts of Judge Alan B. Gold of Quebec provincial court. management and Judge who tried since Aug. 8 to bring the two parties to an agreement on a r-ew c told reporters after a 75- minute meeting Friday night that further mediation would be useless. Across the there was a growing clamor from business and industry leaders for settlement of the dispute which has produced es- calating industrial shut- downs and disruption of resi- dent and tourist passenger transportation. In Labor Minister John Munro spent Friday night trying to find a way to restart negotiations and avoid an im- posed settlement. Compelling the non-op- erating workers to return to the job would involve a recall of Parliament ahead of schedule undoubtedly distasteful to the minority Liberal government. MINISTER CONSULTS A spokesman for Mr. Munro said a public statement was ex- pected from the minister about mid-day. The Associated Non-Operating Railway after a month of regional Thursday launched a coast-to-coast strike of indefinite duration. Premier Alex Campbell called on Prime Minister Trudeau Fri- day to honor a constitutional commitment to provide contin- uous transportation to the mam- land. A private ferry still but the larger CN service has stopped. Acting Premier T. Alex Hick- man of Newfoundland said that province's cabinet told Mr. Trudeau in a telegram the strike should be ended imme- diately by the federal govern- ment. After the announced break- down of talks J. C. Ander- vice-president of CP Rail and its clu'ef said the initiative rests with the fed- eral government to solve the dispute. Richard chief non-op said the unions re- mained ready to anybody is willing to despite the failure of Judge Gold's efforts. He said a nine-month contract dispute has gone on too but the only way to settle it and stop what he called the regrettable strike was by reach- ing an TRUDEAU IN TOUCH Prime Minister Trudeau was reported the strike verv but Friday had not cancelled plans for a private holidav next week in the eastern Arctic. The whose members earned an average of an hour under the last want 10.8-per-cent or about 38 cents an hour on aver- in each year of a two-year contract. The railways offered seven per cent in the first year and 6.5 per cent in the which Mr. Smith called ridi- culously low. CN and CP in a Thurs- day night said they had told Judge Gold during his that they were prepared to negotiate a final settlement 3 killed in blast BELFAST Three per- sons were killed in an explosion followed by a fierce fire in Bel- fast today. Police said they were in- vestigating the blast in an aban- doned garage at the rear of a disused cricket ground. Police and British troops found three but did not identify them as men or women. One police theory was that the three could have been han- dling a bomb which exploded based on the recommendations of a conciliation wage in- creases in three stages over a two-year contract of 17.8 per increased pension bene- fits representing a 4.3-per-cent increase and .8 per cent in oth- er increased benefits. Ed a union said Friday in an interview that no from the railways to negotiate a fi- nal settlement on these terms was conveyed to DISASTER SAYS ALBERTA EDMONTON Al- berta Labor Minister Bert Hohol Friday added his voice to the growing demand for an immediate recall of Par- liament to deal with the na- tionwide rail strike. is situation of dis- astrous proportions to Al- berta and the Dr. Hohol said in a telegram to his federal John Munro. is imperative that the government of Canada as- sume its responsibility in the matter by recalling parlia- ment to resolve the Explosions continue in London From Reuter-AP LONDON Three per- sons were one se- when a bomb exploded today at the Bank of England. Today's explosion was the lat- est in a series of bomb attacks that have swept London during the last week. Police have linked the attacks to splinter groups of the Irish Republican Army. a letter bomb injured two people at London's stock the first injuries in tte wave of fire letter bdmbs and other explosive de- vices across this city. The police spokesman said the incident simulta- neously to other suspicious ob- jects being found all over Lon- services are stretched to the He said today's bomb ex- ploded in the bank's post room as three men were trying to surround it with sand-bags. SECRETARY HURT Stock exchange secretary Joanna Knight was in satisfac- tory condition in hospital today with bruised punctured ear drums and cuts. Her George suffered only shock and a cut hand. Special security is in force at air and sea ports used by trav- ellers between the United King- dom and Ireland to stop any flow of explosives between the two countries. Postmasters could strike in weeks Ont. An of- ficial of the Canadian Post- masters' Association said Fri- day there is a possibility of a national postal strike within a few weeks. Squire president of the association's Ontario council and postmaster at nearby Dor- said in an interview that a year of negotiations with the federal treasury board has been frustrating. Mr. a member of a f o u r-man bargaining com- said the committee re- jected a report by conciliation board chairman J. S. Gunn of Winnipeg because of- fered were too low. The postmasters' bargaining team then drew up its own mi- nority rejectljj the treasury board and this report is being distributed for approval by postmasters across Canada. IN STRIKE POSITION The association has been in a legal position to strike since Mr. Wallace said. He added that he expects overwhelming support from members for the minority re- port rejecting the post office's offer. If postmasters walk the Canadian Union of Postal Em- ployees has agreed to honor Montana fire crews eased MESOULA. Mont. Forest service officials in Mon- tana say they plan to demo- bilize fire crews as one of the worst fire seasons In the state's history appears to be stabilizing. picket lines and mail service would be effectively tied up across the he said. William another mem- ber of the bargaining com- said in the minority re- port being mailed to members that the post office is not com- plying with the federal min- imum wage in its offer. In the last postmasters' con- tract which expired inp Septem- maximum earnings were but some post- masters who worked shorter hours ii. small communities re- ceived only he said. Cigarettes hijacked in Montreal MONTREAL Three trailer trucks loaded with 5500.- 000 worth of cigarettes were stolen from a suburban St. Leonard transport company yard Friday police said. The 1973 Mack models colored blue and white with Rothman's painted on the were hijacked from the Impe- rial Roadways Ltd. lot by at least three armed men. Police said the incident oc- curred about p.m. but was only discovered an hour later when a company employee ar- riving cm the premises found several workers handcuffed and gagged. Some of the workers told po- lice they had heard shots fired outside the building. 'Death on roads9 It usually comes In ones and and trie space of time 'between each impact. But this in the Hamilton Spectator's circulation 146 persons have died on ihe roads. on a quiet road in North Spectator photographer Brian Clark creafed this picture to dramatize the death toll. The Burlington police closed the the fire department loaned Clark an aerial truck and recreation de- partment supplied 146 from its nearby day camp. and About town nnRENT h o r r i fied by sweat beads on his forehead with I'm melt- Janice Varzari at- tempting to clean up the mess created by a broken vaccum cleaner dust collec- tion bag without installing a new bag. Preclearance pact Washington Star-News WASHINGTON United States and Canadian negotia- tors appear to have reached some sort of agreement that would end the impasse over customs preclearance of air- line passengers. department and air- line industry sources said four days of private talks here reached a solution to the prob- lem that will be put before ne- gotiators when route discus- sions resume between the two nations on Sept. 4. Preclearance currently is in effect at airports in four Cana- dian cities Toron- Winnipeg and Vancouver. It allows U.S. bound passen- gers to pass through customs and immigration inspections before boarding the plane. This avoids having to disembark at a U.S. and therefore pas Tigers can continue aboard the same plane to a final destination. The Canadian government threatened to cut off all preclearance Sept. 10 unlrs a satisfactory route agreement is negotiated by that time. It is understood that this threat is still in effect although those close to the negotiations appear to feel that the major obstacles as far as preclearance is con- cerned have been solved. would say we saw solu- tions to all the said David B. assistant chief of the state department's aviation office. didn't phi down every little nut and bolt and dot every T and cross every but we saw no serious he added. He said the most urgent dis- cussions involved the reintro- duction of preclearance at Air Canada facilities in Montreal and Toronto. Allende alliance crumbles From Eeuter-AP SANTIAGO President Salvador Allende's alliance with the military was almost in ruins today with a third military member of his cabinet appar- ently preparing to leave the government. Informed sources said AUenda was organizing a major cabinet reshuffle to replace the crum- bling pscurity cabi- formed only 17 days ago to include the four commanders of tha armed services and paramilitary police. The military were brought in to end a crippling anti-govern- ment road transport now in its 31st and crush an ac- companying wave of terrorist violence. But the by the owners of Chile's privately-owned was still on today. Violence has continued with an official total of 527 acts of sabotage and terrorism and anti-government riots in San- tiago. The failure of the military ministers to end the troubles has brought them under grow- ing from the opposi- tion and from within their to quit the government. Cattle losses could reach 75 per cent Rains give new hope to drought areas By THOMAS A. JOHNSON New York Times Service Senegal Cattle herdsmen in many parts of the draught stricken region below the Sahara are returning to their villages and waterholes now that the summer rains have started and the grasses are growing. But the herds are and the herdsmen have brought back grim stories. The summer rains started two months ago in many parts of the which is larger than the United States and en- compasses the nations of Sene- Upper Niger and Chad. And be- cause of the the grasses have started to grow again and the bushes and trees ere thick with leaves. Villagers who remained in Darma sowed the last of their seed after the first and now they tend green ex- panses of peanut plants that blanket the yellow earth. The dark green millet stalks are al- ready taller than many of the young children helping their mothers in the fields. Assured that their cattle would have the herdsmen then began their long marches back to their moving slowly to keep their animals to- gether and ignorning the many thousands of carcasses that dot the region these days. be with was the welcome Al Hajj Ibrahim Kah Darma gave Usman-Ba when the lfr-year-61d youth trudged into this village during the heat of the day behind 57 long-horn- white cattle. be with the younger man replied and said that 23 cattle had 'perished during the sax-month trek from the village to the grassy moadowa near the Gambia river about 100 miles to the south end back again. The older man nodded. The five-year drought that grips this region just south of the Sahara and stretches nearly from the Atlantic to the Indian oceans had taken far greater tolls of other cattle herds. The Usman Ba and his two younger cousins with other cattle herders of the wide- ranging Fulani in the shade of a thorn tree and watched the herd drink water from a concrete trough. Keeping they listened to older men tell in the Wolof lan- guage of how they wandered during recent months to keep their cattle alive. This scene in a vil- lage of persons in mrth- central was being re- peated in many villages throughout much of the region. animals were so weak item hunger that they were often attacked by foxes and Usman told the other men beneath the thorn tree. Several said that they had similar experiences. No one knows the extent of cattle losses in the region and some nations report that a third of their animals perished while others report losses ai high as 75 per cent. ;