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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 27, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 75-80 The Lethbridge Herald VOL, LXIII No. 216 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 27, 1970 i'BICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES (Agnew i__ IRuns i Into Grief SPIRO AGNEW By KAY DICK WASHINGTON (CP) A changing emphasis in United States policy is beginning to make itself felt in Asian countries and Vice President Spiro Agnew now is finding out on his mile Pacific tour that the feelings are not all that good. Agnew, with' limited success so far, has been try- Ing to reassure Asian countries that, despite growing anti war sentiments and recent congressional action to cut U.S. pay for allied foreign troops, the U.S. will not pull out of the area and leave them in the lurch. The message he is delivering is that the U.S. can and should afford important help to Asian countries battling communism, but that the day of large scale American intervention with ground troops on the main- land of Asia is over. The vice president's mission to South Korea, For- mosa, South Vietnam and Thailand is a difficult task, but no doubt he went prepared. His first major stopover, in South Korea, could hardly be termed a success. Planes Replace Men Agnew offered the South Koreans the promise of the transfer from Japan of 54 U.S. F-J Phantom jets and increased military assistance as compensation for the loss, by the end of nest June, of of the American troops stationed there. Tiie South Koreans, however, angry over proposed cuts in combat pay by the U.S. for Korean troops serving in Vietnam, congressional action restricting textile imports and continued implementation of the Nixon doctrine, could well respond by pulling some their troops out of Vietnam. They view with concern, observers say, the con- tinuing implementation of the doctrine expressed by Nixon, which would' have Asians co-operating with Asians in fighting communism, while the U.S. provides military equipment and a nuclear umbrella. South Koreans recognize the U.S. will eventually pull out its combat troops, but they are also convinced their army is not yet well enough equipped, and won't be for some time, to stand alone against North Korea. Agnew should have little trouble in Formosa, which merely wants assurances that no change is contem- plated in existing American policy on Communist China. Nor should he have any trouble in South Vietnam where the American schedule of troop withdrawal was worked out with the South Vietnamese government. In Thailand it may be a different story. The Thais are extremely concerned about recent de- velopments in Cambodia, where North Vietnamese troops now control a large part of the country, and by anti war statements voiced recently in the U.S. Senate. Senate action in voting to cut'the pay of South Korean and Thai troops fighting in Vietnam was follow- ed closely by a second vote forbidding the use of U.S. funds to pay foreign troops fighting in Laos and Cam- bodia. While both actions cculd be overturned by a House- Senate conference, statements such as the one by Sena- tor Barry Goldwater, Republican from Arizona, are causing the concern. Goldwater, speaking before the vote, said: "If the Thai government, for example, wants to at- tack anybody on their own, that's.their business. They just would not be able to use our money to do it." Such comments cannot be very reassuring, espec- ially when North Vietnamese troops are already crowd- ing the Thailand border. DOUBLE RARITY This little mule, shown with its mollier, is a double rarity. It's a female, which is unusual, and it's one of a set of Iwini another oddity. The animals are owned by Rich- ard of Syracuse, Ind. STOR F' i 1 Am WHYC MOTH STEWARDESSES DEMONSTRATE Three airline stewardesses, carrying signs pro- claiming they should be able to fly and have babies too, walk past the White House in Washington during a demonstration calling for the liberation of women. Police Round Up Arms Benson Bows To Mining Pressure LONDON (AP) Police made more than 100 co-ordi- nated raids throughout England during the night, rounding up weapons believed destined for Northern Ireland and the Mid- die East. The sweep, which began at exactly 7 p.m. Wednesday, was the biggest dragnet in British police history. More than half the targets were in the London area, but the rest were spread from Cornwall to the Scottish border. Several men were arrested. No estimate of the amount of arms seized was available yet, but it appeared to be considera- ble. One room at the Croydon police station was stacked like an arsenal with machine-guns, rifles, grenades and ammuni- tion boxes. _ The sources said Scotland Yard suspects an effort is under way to stockpile weapons and ammunition to prolong the Pro- testant-Catholic strife in North- ern Ireland. It is beh'evfid that underworld gangs were trying to profit from the street fighting by supplying arms at high prices. Homes of rifle club members also were raided for unlicensed weapons. Both Sides Feeling Pressure OTTAWA (CP) Jittery union and government negotia- tors enter the final rounds of postal mediation talks today as a five-day suspension of rotating postal strikes begins. Representatives of the federal treasury board and the member Council of Postal Un- ions refused to make any com- ment on the talks Wednesday but sources say both sides are feeling the pressure as the weekend approaches. Mediator Thomas O'Connor of Toronto has said the 11-month- old contract dispute will have to be settled by this weekend or talks will be broken off. Prime Minister Trudeau said last Friday he would aUow Mr. O'Connor a week to 10 days to reach a settlement. Mr. O'Connor, a labor rela- tions specialist appointed to me- diate the dispute last week, now will make no comment on the talks after expressing optimism when they began a week ago. The council announced earlier this week it would suspend ro- tating strikes, which it has staged since May, to allow for delivery of old-age pension cheques which go in the mail today and Friday. The operation had been in preparation for a week, ready to be set in motion by a coded teletype message from Scotland Yard's London headquarters. Three simultaneous raids in London last month netted more than rounds of ammuni- tbn, along with rifles, pistols and machine-guns, hut two w ago a bomb left in a Lon- don movie theatre seriously wounded a young couple. Quebec Doctors Threaten To Move MONTREAL {CP) Several hundred medical specialists gathered in an east-end arena today for an all-day information rally on the proposed Quebec medical care insurance plan, leaving, only emergency crews of specialists on duty in hospi- tals throughout the province. One spokesman for the profes- sion said some doctors are con- sidering leaving the province permanently over the medicare legislation enacted' July 17. The medical specialist doc- tors who have taken training in specialties like internal medi- cine, neurology or dermatology, were called to the rally and will hear speakers from Canada, the United States and five European countries. General practitioners, resi- dent doctors in hospitals and in- terns are not involved in the in- formation meeting. The rally at Maurice Richard Arena was called by the member Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists to discuss the Quebec medical care insur- ance plan, objected to by some of the province's doctors. Dr. Augustin Roy, registrar, of the Quebec College of Physi- cians and Surgeons, said Wednesday a- growing number doctors are prepared to leave tte province if the legislation, already passed, is implemented without amendment. Legislation establishing the medical care scheme was passed July 10 but negotiations between the government and representatives of d o c t o r s' groups have delayed its imple- mentation. Dr. Roy said he is "signing certificates of competence daily for doctors who are making preparations for a move else- where." Many of those considering leaving because of the legisla- tion are English-speaking spe- cialists, highly qualified doctors who cannot easily be replaced, he said. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN administra- tors finding out how im- portant their secretaries were as the girls attended an all day seminar Wednesday and campus work ground to a crunching halt U of L Acting President Dr. Bill Bcckel answering his own telephone and making his own appointments and cof- fee due to the same semi- nar Two-year-old Wade Fleming curiously watching babysitter as she applied hair spray and asking "Do you have skeeters in your TOOK OWN ADVICE MOSCOW (AP) Dr. Zakha- ri Frenkel, author or Prolonging Your Life and Active Old Age, died Tuesday at the age of 100, Tass News agency announced Wednesday. Frenkel was a resi- dent of Moscow. France Cuts Rate PARIS' (Reuters) The French bank rate was cut today to 7% per cent from eight per cent. The decision was made at a meeting of the council of the Bank of France. The bank rate had stood at a record eight per cent since October. The cut in the bank rate, ef- fective immediately, came after a series of optimistic official reports on the progress of the French economy in the year since the devaluation of the franc last August. The bank council also cut the rate at which money is lent against securities to nine per cent from 9.5 per cent. The bank rate is the estab- lished rate at which money is lent. OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister E. J. Benson has yielded to heavy pressure from the provinces and mining com- panies and rewritten parts of his tax-change proposals in favor of mines. He announced three revisions Wednesday night to his original tax white paper of last Novem- ber that would have the effect of giving mining companies an easier tax ride than first out- lined. In a letter sent to his provin- cial counterparts in advance of a federal-provincial conference next month, Mr. Benson pro- posed: reduction in the federal rate of corporation tax on min- ing companies to 25 per cent from the 40 per cent applied to other companies. The provinces at present collect varying addi- tional cuts of corporation tax ranging between 10 and 13 per cent. broadened definition of the types of investment that would count towards calculation of tax concessions that a mining company could earn by explor- ing and developing resources. The so-called depletion allow- of tax-free profit for every spent on development also be earned by build- ing new ore-refining facilities in Canada, even when located off the minesite. extension of the original proposal to accord depletion al- lowances to costs of buildings and equipment on a new mine so that such costs as a major expansion of an existing mine would qualify. TAXES MAY BE UP Taxes could still be heavier than at present once final tax- change legislation becomes fully effective on mines five years after enactment. However, the revisions mean that the white paper's proposed withdrawal of present tax concessions for the present three-year tax holiday for new mines and automatic tax-free depletion be less severe. Mr. Benson suggested the re- visions were designed particu- larly for mining ventures that would not normally have been able to earn depletion conces- sions by further explorations- iron, potash, salt and the oil- sands of Alberta. The finance minister told re- porters that provincial govern- ments had been "next, to unani- mous" in condemning the origi- nal white-paper proposals for mines. Referring to claims that some potential mining ventures had been stalled because of. doubts about the eventual tax burden they would face, Mr.. Benson mentioned development of Al- berta's Athabasca oil sands and "several projects" besides. The revised proposals were announced because "it is urgent that some decision be made in order that major developmets will not be held he said. Mr. Benson said he did not believe the same urgency ap- plied to other industries, al- though he did not rule out simi- lar revisions to Ms tax propos- als before final legislation is presented to Parliament. Present target for enforce- ment of tax-reform legislation is Jan. 1, year later than originally planned. Main points of the mining-tax changes would come fully into force five years later. MR. BENSON revises tax plan Sabotage Blamed For Oil Leakage EDMONTON (CP) Oil leaking from well bleed-off valve was reported Wednesday night confined to one corner of Freeman Lake, 95 miles north- west, after reportedly killing fish and some wildlife. J. Sherrold Moore, area su- perintendent for Amoco Pe- troleum Ltd., said that at least 10 vehicles and pollution con- trol measures were in progress and as much oil as possible was being recovered. VALVE LEFT OPEN He said the valve was left open "by other than Amoco personnel." RCMP are investi- gating. Mr. Moore declined to esti- mate how long the valve was open before it was reported late Tuesday, or to estimate how much crude oil had es- caped. He said control mea- sures were started within an hour of the report. One report said the small lake, about half a mile across, was covered by about bar- rels and that the valve had been open about 16 hours. Spokesmen for the Alberta Fish and Game Association and the provincial fisheries branch said their agencies are checking reports of killed fish and wildlife. Ottawa Phases Out Manitoba Bases OTTAWA (CP) The def- ence department announced today that its bases at Rivers and Gimli in Manitoba will be phased out of military opera- tions over the next year. In a press statement Defence Minister Leo Cadieux said he decided to close the bases in view of the reductions in the forces, a change in priorities and the fixed defence budget. Affected by the closings are about 170 civilians and 300 mili- tary personnel at Rivers and 200 civilians and 800 military at Gimli. Qualified civilians at both bases who are offered and ac- cept positions at other defence establishments or elsewhere in the public service will be reim- bursed for reasonable expenses if the new job .requires moving. Armed forces personnel will be posted to vacant positions in other units. Rivers, about 30 miles north- west of Brandon, and Gimli, 55 miles north of Winnipeg, have been used primarily for air training. A reduction in the pilot train- ing program was announced last year. Training for aircrew will continue at Portage la Prai- rie, Man., Winnipeg and Moose Jaw, Sask. Stanfield To Meet Albertans Tory MP Dies (CP) George Muir, Progressive Con- servative member of Parlia- ment for the rural Manitoba rid- ing of Lisgar since 1957, died Wednesday at his home in Ro- land about 45 miles southwest of Winnipeg. He was 67. Czech Boy Scout Troops May Go Underground PRAGUE (Reuters) Some Czechoslovak boy scout troops are preparing to go under- ground rather than be inte- grated into the Communist-run Young Pioneer League, the Ontario Hydro Workers TORONTO (CP) A general wark slowdown by On- tario Hydro employees across tlic province today appeared to have little outward effect on the public utility's operations. A spokesman for Hydro head- quarters here said a check of the 75 offices and power gener- ating stations in the province showed that normal power sup- plies were being maintained and that everything looked "pretty good." The s 1 o w d o w n began at a.m. today after failure of Hydro rHkials and negotiators Launch Slowdown 81 for Local 1000, Canadian Union of Public Employees, to reach a contract agreement with the help of provincial mediator W. H. Dickie. Andre Bekerman, publicity of- ficer for the local, said all Hydro employees were partici- pating in the slowdown. "It nieans that everybody is not doing as much a-i usual that everything takes he Mid. Employees also were refusing to work overtime or make themselves available for standby duty, except in emer- gencies. He said that rotating strikes could start any time and "Ihe members are standing by for strike action." A spokesman for Mr. Dickie said Uie mediator would rccon--- vene Uie parlies in tho teiac today, 'It's the V.C. They've just heard Agnew it Communist party newspaper Rude Pravo says. The boy scout troops, de- nounced here as a "bourgeois company" whose leaders in- clude clergymen and political elements, will be liquidated Sept. 1, apparently because state-sponsored Communist youth groups could not compete with them. Rude Pravo quotes a youth of- ficial as saying that some scout leaders hoped to transfer their troops into other organizations, such as the Physical Culture League, rather than be swal- lowed up by the Pioneer League. "And some are even thinking of going Rude Pravo says. This would be a repetition of w h a t happened during the Slalin era, when the scout troops also were dissolved and scoutmasters tried to carry on Iheir activities in secret. The boy scout movement, called Jiuiak, was reviled dur- ing the 1868 reform era and quickly developed into an over- powering rival to the Pioneer wgaaizttiOD, OTTAWA (CP; Conserva- tive Leader Robert Stanfield rail be given a wide opportunity to meet the people when he goes to Alberta next week. After a Monday speech to the Canadian Association of Real Estate Boards, and a panel-type television show in Banff, Mr. and Mrs. Stanfield will spend two days visiting their daughter privately in Edmonton. But after this the emphasis will be on meeting people. Thursday, Mr. and Mrs. Stan- field drive from Edmonton to Camrose where they will spend the day at a series of informal functions. They will tour the city, meet civic officials, attend a hospitality hour and an infor- mal buffet dinner at the Legion hall. Then they go to the Sedg- wick ranch of Len Berg, Presi- dent of the Battle River Pro- gressive Conservative Associa- tion. Tire Conservative leader will spend most of Friday touring the farm, inspecting the live- stock and meeting farmers from the surrounding area. More peo- ple will come to the ranch in the evening for. a barbecue. The following day, Uie Stan- fields go to another ranch at Cochrane, owned by Clarence Copithorne, a Conservative member of the legislature. Later in the day. they will go to the grain farm of Ted Burger in Arrounvood. They spend two days on the farm, watching the harvesting and visiting the nearby Gleichen Indian Reserve. Mr. and Mrs. Stanfield leave the farm Tuesday, Sept. 8 and go to Calgary for a joint lunch- eon of the women's and men's Canadian Clubs. They return to Ottawa later that day. ;