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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Dock strike causing big grain backlog By CRAIG ASriNAl.I. VANCOUVER (CP) Russia faces Ihc threat of n harvest and Is bidding heavily on the world market; Japan will call lenders Nov. 1 for whcal shipments; China promises it will Iw a long-term cus- tomer for Canadian wlwat. A pretty situation for Canada, Ihe broad basket of. the world. And a pretty picture for British Columbia, whose ports handle all (he shipments to China and Ja- pan and a solid chunk of the traffic to Russia. But the picture is out of focus. Prairie grain elevators are full, Vancouver elcva- (ors are bulging and loaded railway grain cars nre stacked up in U.C. ami Alberta. There arc about 20 million bushels in the Vancouver elevators, another JO million bushels in (he boxcars and millions more sitting in prairie terminals. Not one grain has moved from the poll of Van- couver since Aug. 7. Not one grain has moved (rom any of li.C.'s six major polls since Wednesday. 40 ships Avail About 40 dccpsea freighters swing idly at anchor in Vancouver harbor. Twenty of Ihcm arc waiting for grain; and every one ot these is tjoing cither to Rus- sia, China or Japan. That scenario lia.s Hie federal yovcrnmcnl, the gov- ernments of B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan, prairie farmers, shipping noil authorities, railway men nnd ship captains biting their noils. The big cjuoslton is: How much nail-biting is going on in government purchasing offices in Moscow, Pe- king and Tokyo? Tho cause of all the anxiety is a strike tiy tha members of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union employed on the docks in Van- couver, New Westminster, Victoria, Nanaimo, Port berni and Prince Kuperl, At issue is a new collective agreement, and a dis- pute over hiring practices at Vancouver, The labor dispute is not in itself the primary, and certainly not the only, cause for alarm. drain officials have long decried the tack of ade- quate elevator facilities, loading facilities and rail fa- cilities for handling grain exports. Slowed by winter And it is not the first tirne tins year that grain shipments have piled up in the harbor. Last winter, rail shipments through mountainous were an on- ngain, off-again proposition for weeks due to heavy snow and avalanches. Vancouver was on the verge of clearing up that backlog when the longshoremen walked out. This picture of an exporting nation constantly fail- ing to meet its delivery dales, matter what the reason, Is what has rcnlly the scare. When President Nixon announced in -July Ilial the United States exiieelcd to .sell million worth of grain to Hassia over Ihc1 next !hrec yenrs, a lot of Canadians saw some ominous handwriting on the wall. When port offiririls at Seattle, Wash., across the B.C. border, moved quickly tn pel up separate facilities to handle Canadian cargo diverted by the strike, it hurt. n.s n The Lethbttdge Herald HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 80. South Athvrta and Soitlhca-iterti Price 15 Cents VOL. No. 21f! LETHBRIDGK, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 1972 FOUR SECTIONS 52 PAGES Ister death its 535 CASTS FIRST VETO Huang Hoa, Communist Chine's ambassador to the United Nations, casts that country's first veto Friday, barring Bangladesh from membership in Ihe U.N. It was the lone vote against the entrance of the new notion. (AP Wirephoto) Foster explains reasons behind education move Ottawa's concern was shown in the arrival 10 days ifin of William Kelly, deputy minister, to act R.S an observer the IIAVU mid the H.C. Maritime Kmployer.s' Association, representing about. 50 compa- rics, triwl to settle their (liffercncns. Minister on lumd Whon nognliatinns broke off a week ago, Minister Mnrt.iii O'Conncll got marly to move in. Iln nrrmxi Thursday nml tlir two sides back tn the llul Mr. O'i'omif'll nut issuing any ulliinahirns, ajinrrl with Ihr Impeht! asscsMiienl of local observ- ers ;i .soUU'mrnl prubably would IKI reached quirkly. 'Eli'1 federal govern mml, which takes responsibility because tho bigges! purls mine under the1 authority of Mir- National llnrhors Hrjard, was under intense pres- sure in k'fjLslritc n return to work. That course was taken end a dock at. SI. Laurence port.s in .Mity. Alloniry-dcNorM Hoy Uornanow nf Saskatchewan flow in early in Ihe week on a fact-finding muss ion flrnf later ilrinaiulcd tluil OMiiwn irlervone direrlly. Ho Maici priiiiic farmers have had 1 hi vet years of reces- sion and couldn't .stand another blow this year. Premier W. A. IlennclL of R.C, sent a telcgnmi (o Ottawa nsking for Iho declaration of n national emergency. Tt. M. rommissiriiirr nf lite Canarlinn fm.'tnl. said thai unless Ihe heard can catch im on de- in it may miss nut on future export sale.s, llui Prime Minister Tnideau lielrl out nn hope for n repeat of tho St. Lawrence action, mainly on Iho I'.iiuiirls that the two parlies in Ihe R.C. c3i-spulo havo }et (D (limn (o any really serious bargaining. think lie, Mr. O'Connell, is making good pro- jo-ei.s in Vancouver and Ilierofore we are mil look- nig at any na.sly Ihe prime minister said. By KON CALDWKLL Herald Staff Writer There were a number of rea- sons for the decision to recom- mend to the government that China blocks Bangladesh UN entry UNITED NATIONS fAP) Blocked by a Chinese veto o( Us application for UN member- ship, Bangladesh will attempt al Ihc General Assembly de- bate this fall to revive its bid for adrpission. China, in an anticipated ac- tion Friday night, cast the sola negative vote in the Security Council to prevent admission of Bangladesh. Although II of Ihe 15-membcr nations voted for Hie immedia- te entry of Ihe former eastern region of Pakistan, a veto by one of the five permanent coun- cil members mas sufficient t o nullify the majority vole. Bangladesh representatives said they press In tbo Ihrcc-monlh assembly session beginning Sept, 10 for ttio moral backing of Ihc organ- ization's 132 The assembly cannot reverse a council decision. Bui an over- whelming expression of support In the assembly for liangla- desh's membership could result in a recommendation Ihat tbo Securily Council reconsider tbo matter. the Allrerta universities com- mission and colleges commis- sion, be aijolished, says Jim Foster, minister of advanced education. "With more money being spent on education, there has heen a trend for governments to want to get a liltle closer to Ihe he said. "Major decisions and lems end up with the govern- ment anyway." Mr. Foster added that with a department of advanced educa- tion, one has to wonder "wheth- er we need the commission or whelher they are just another layer of bureaucracy." DELICATE ROLE It the government approves liis recommendationt the minis- ter said H will mean govern- ment will be "playing a very delicate role" in the adminislra- lion of post-secondary institu- tions. "I'm not unaware of the threat which government poses to these places some people may be concerned that the gov- ernment may meddle in their affairs too much. It is a very delicate position to be in." Mr. Foster said the rec- ommendation won't be present- ed lo government until the spring legislature session, so the commissions will remain in existence until at least next April. Mr. Foster said this was one of the reasons appoint- ments were made to both com- missions in July. commissions have to have a quorum to act and they have almost a year (o go there is still a lot of work lo bo he said. The minister said he expects commission members will be- come involved in an advisory capacity with his department and commission staff will like- ly be offered an opportunity to work in the department of ad- vanced education. "I'm not In the business of abolishing commissions and people out of he explained. "I'll he tabling to a lot of peo- ple about the reorganization of this department and finding out whether they are interested in working here." BELFAST (AP) A bomb planted in an abandoned car killed, two militiamen, two men were found dead, and threa persons were shot and wounded in a riot against British troops today, authorities reported. The deaths brought to 535 the mimljer of persons killed in Ihree years' of violence in Northern Ireland. More than 320 of the hillings were logged this year alone. The two militiamen, mem- bers of the volunteer Ulster De- fence Regiment, were part of a four-man patrol investigating the car when it blev; up near Enniskillen, 65 miles southwest of Belfast. A second explosion in the Erjiiskillen area slightly wounded Kf soldiers and wrecked an army truck. The bullet-riddled body of tho man was found in the Roman Catholic Old Park section of Belfast. Later the body of an- other man, dead from muliiplo bullet wounds, was found in an area between the Protestant Shankiil Road area and the Catholic Crumlin Road district. Rioting broke out in the small town of in County Armagh and one rioter was shot and slightly wounded hy Sir Francis Chichester dies at 65 members of a four-man army patrol. Two youths were also wounded in the melee, both se- riously, but the army said its Tncn did nol shoot them. Police believed they were cut down by someone in a passing car. An army spokesman said tho patrol was investigating shots ihat they heard when a of Catholics started tossing bottles and bricks. The soldiers warned them to disperse and then fired two warning shots over their heads. Most of the crowd then left, but four men kept on throwing missiles and the soldiers shot one of them in the leg. The spokesman said: "It was a very ugly situation. Our men Queen to attend Olympic games LONDON (AP) _ Queen Elizabeth will attend the Olym- pic Games next week and give a reception for athletes from (he British Commonwealth, Buckingham Palace announced today. Prince Philip and Princess Anne will accompany the Queen. Anne, 22, is an accom- plish2d horsewoman and was a strong contender for the British equestrian team at the Munich Olympics. were greatly outnumbered and I think (hey feared for their lives. They were very badly bruised and battered by the on- slaught." Durocher back on ball scene HOUSTON (AP) Houston Astros' general manager Spec Richardson announced today that manager Harry Walker had been fired and Leo Duro- cher, former manager of Chi- cago Cubs, had been retained to manage the Astros. Richardson said Durocher will be in Houston Sunday to assume control of Ihc National League baseball team. The general manager said Walker will he given a chance to remain with the organ- ization. He said the decision was reached late Friday night fol- lowing Houston's 4-.1 loss to Montreal Expos. He knows, hut who else? Trudeau stalling on election dale Itv STKPHKN SCOTT OTTAWA