Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
r-6HOWER HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 80. VOL. LXIV No. 218 The Lethbrtdge Herald LETIIBRIUCiE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, AUGUST 27, 1971 ,-HICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGKS Drug scheme stirs up hornet's nest H.V JAMIE UNDEHHILL Canadian Press Staff Writer Most early reaction to the report of tile federal committee on youth dealt with only one of its 29 recom- mendations: The proposed legalization of such can- nabis drugs as marijuana and hashish. Police spokesmen, medical autliorities and drug- abuse workers joined in disapproval of the proposal, rejecting it at least until more is known about the ei- tects ot the drugs. A few civil rights workers supported it. "It is [or the said Manitoba Premier Ed Sclireyer. Most officials declined comment on other committee proposals until they have studied the report. However, Saul Miller, Manitoba's minister of youth and educa- tion, said lie agreed with recommendations for a new student loan program and the committee rejection of a monthly payment to encourage students to stay in school until 18. But the rommillee's recommendation on cannabis, wluch sakl existing laws against soft drugs are un- tenable, drew plenly of fire. Predicted reaction Vincent Kelly, a Toronto civil rights lawyer and member of fe three-man committee, predicted the re- action Thursday he expressed dismay at the em- phasis news reports gave to the cannabis recommenda- tion. "Our worst fears, have been he said. David leader of (lie federal New Democratic Party, said lie agrees thai possession of marijuana should be removed from the Criminal Code but from reports on the recommendations "it sounds a litUe wild." Robert Welch, Ontario minister of education, term- ed the cannabis recommendation irresponsible. The Canadian Medical Association opposed the legalization of soft drugs because, it said, not enough is known about their effects. "It would be tantamount lo legalizing fiechie. CMA director of communica- tions. "We do not >et know (lie long-term effects of these drugs, hi 'nzi, ;h is c.'iily just under way on Foresees disaster Xic-k Lchik. a spokesman for the Council on Drug Abuse, said legalized sale, possession and use of canna- bis could lead lo "another llialidomide disaster don't want a recurrence of the Uialidomide he paid. "Only after thousands of deformed babies were bora did we learn about that drug's ef- fects." Sylvanus Apps, Ontario minister ot correctional ser- vices, also said he is opposed to making the soft drugs legal "until we have all Ihe facts." Others with the same opinion included Dr. Lionel "Soiursh. chairman of the CJLA committee on drug abuse; Or. Wilfrid Boothroyd, senior medical research officer for the Ontario Addiction Research Founda- tion: Pelor Tumor, president of Toronto's experimental Rochdale College, and Dr. C. J. Varvis, president of the Alberta Medical Association. Military angle Early reaction lo other committee was scarce and cautious, but it too indicated the com- mittee had stepped on more than one established horn- et's nest. Defence Minister Donald Macdonald said a recom- mendation (hat defence colleges be turned over to civilian control because they have become "the pre- serve of military establishments" was based on faulty interpretation of the colleges' role. Criticism of (be Company of Young Canadians ant! a recommendation that it be disbanded appeared lo be based on old information, said CYC Executive Director Dal Brorlhead. The CYC lias been reorganized and Ihe criticisms probably are outdated, he said. The committee did draw one burst of early en- thusiasm with a recommendation for a stronger federal role in education. If they ir.can dial the federal government should concern itself directly wilh post-secondary education, said Dalhousie University President Dr. Henry Hicks, "I agree wholeheartedly." Other proposals Mmc perhaps less ambitions, recomjnen- daliir.; hvlude proposals thai: ---Tlin federal and provincial governments co-operate in an independent study of Ihe goals and methods of Canadian education, complete with projections of de- velopments lo Ihe end o.1' Uic century; federal prograpi Ire introduced to advise wel- fare of their rights and that provincial and municipal authorities Ire encouraged to take fuller ad- vantage of the Canada Assistance Program "particul- arly in lenns of Ilic polcnlial it offers for programs aimed at young Canada Council expand assistance for cul- tural anil arlislic experiments by and for young peo- ple; federal government seriously consider crea- tion ol iHTiiianent silos for Summer and Winter Games and also develop as soon as possible a non-competitive parallel lo its current fitness and amateur pro- gram. 'lire report also reviews the contributions of vol- untary associations, cautioning that support loo often fines lo those adult-led Boy Scouts of Can- ada and Iho YW-YMC'A ns have dc- veloncd successful lobbying techniques. Court stalls prison strik at Lethbri RCMP AT PROVINCIAL JAIL An RCMP constable is pictured wilhin the cell block of the Lethbridge Correctional Institution. The RCMP were called, in to replace ihe strik- ing correctional officers. Japan bows to pressures From HEUTEH-AI' TOKYO (CP) Japan bowed lo international pressure today and allowed its currency lo float temporarily as an alternative to outright revaluation. A finance ministry announce- ment said Hie yen would be freeed as of Saturday to find its own exchange level against the U.S. dollar. The announcement said that as a temporary measure the of- ficial restrictions which prevent the yen from rising or falling more than one per cent either side of its official parity would be removed. The decision was a dramatic reversal of an announcement by the government Tuesday that no action would be taken on the yen until multi-national negotia- tions in mid-September. The decision lo allow the yen lo float was innde at ;m emer- gency meeting of senior finance ministry officials called (o con- sider Ihe continued confusion on the Tokyo foreign exchange markets VICTORY FOR NIXON The fiorernmcnl's action, aflcr [wo weeks of trying to hold Ihe yen lo pariiy of 360 lo Ihe U.S. dollar, was a major victory for Presidenl Nixon's program lo put the U.S. trade balance back into the blade. The yen. which consider- ably undervalued, was the chief target of Nixon's announcement Aug. 15 suspending the gold standard and putting a supple- mentary levy of up to 10 per cent on dutiable imports ijilo he United States. Meanwhile, the British and European currency markets reacted favorably today to Ja- pan's decision. Foreign exchanges were gen- erally wary and quotations against the dollar, the British pound, the .Swiss and French francs and Ihe West German mark were hesitant and fluc- tuating except in West Ger- many where the dollar fell. Common Market sources in Burssels welcomed the Japa- nese decision as helpful in film- ing up the true value of cur- rency exchanges. The Europeans reckon that Japanese exports to the United Stales would be cut by a rise in the value of the yen. i'rpsitlrnt in husy Tchcm'sing his inaugural Face firing squad I'llXOM PENH fflev.ter) Cambodian bom Chinese businessmen have been sen- Icnccd to death by firing squad on charges of economic sabo- tage by reselling cars at in- Ilatcd prices. The trial was the first for economic sabotage and speculation since the Cambo- dian war broke out nearly 18 tnomtis ago, bringing sharp in- flation. Guards at Lethbridge and four otiier piuvnicicil jdils jn Alberta went on strike early today but were immediately served with court injunctions ordering them back to work. The injunction was issued by Cliief Justice J. E. Manning, of the Alberta Supreme Court on the request ot Attorney-General Edgar Gerliart. The back-to-wbrk order was valid only until 4 p.m. when it must either be extended or a new injunction must be issued. An appeal of the court's ac- tion was under way in Edmon- ton. RCMP MOVES IN Meanwhile, the RCMP moved in to take over duties if the guards did not return. "The guards at all of the pro- vincial jails, though reluctant, have returned lo said Roy Harrison, the executive di- rector of the Civil Service As- sociation in Edmonton. Later it learned (hat guards at Calgary went a n strike today, declining to fol- low the example of guards at other provincial jails who rc- lurncd to work [juickly after being served wilh a court in- junction. In Lethbridge a dozen cor- rectional officers formed a pic- et line in front of (he main gate of the provincial jail. They remained on duty from shortly after 4 am. until 7 a.m. when they were notified of the in- junction. Shortly before 7 a.m. 11 members of the RCMP and In- spector G. I. Gordon, officer commanding of the Southern Alberta sub-division arrived at tlie jail. Inspector Gordon met with warden L. C. Fisher and a briefing was conducted for the HCMP. NO Dwnjnr. VXCES No disturbances from eitlier the inmates or the picket lines were reported from any of the five Alberta correctional insti- tutions this morning. Prisoners at two of the institutions at Calgary and Peace River _ staged what officials called mi- nor disturbances Thursday to give the authorities "just a taste of what will happen if the RCMP moves in." The strike had been threaten- ed for several weeks by 575 correctional officers who con- stitute almost all of the guards at the five institutions. Mr. Gcr- hart had said any correctional officer wh'o went on strike would be fired because Ihe strike be illegal. The five institutions involved are at Peace River, LcUibridge, Calgary, Fort Saskatchewan and Bowden. Mr. Gerliart said today (he injunction was issued to pre- vent picketing, not directly to prevent a strike. "I would never restrain a man from quitting a job he did not he said. POWER PLAY Bill Holowatiuk, employee relations officer for the CDA said today in Lethbridge, "The government is using a domi- neering attitude and indescri- minate 'power play' legal lac- tics. We feel Hie government of Alberta is being unfair to its citizens, civil servants are after all citizens. "The major issue at said Mr. is Ihe right of collective bargaining, 1 do not like the idea of a strike, but when the government fails to lislen to our requests and grant us the same rights as other workers in the province there is h'ltle else we can do.1' Tlie correctional officers are also seeking improved pay and working conditions. MILLION-DOLLAR GRIN Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins, the Notional Hockey League's mosl valuable player the last (wo seasons, laughs al a remark a) a news con- ference in Boston, Thursday, where it was announced he had signed a five-year conlract with the Bruins. Terms of the pact were not announced Boslon speculates the agreemenr was 51 million. Coleman company deal announced TORONTO (CP1 Northern and Central Gas Corp. Ltd. an- nounced Thursday it has pur- chsswi an ss-per-cenl interest in Coleman Collieries Ltd., which has operations in the Crowsne.st Pass area of southern Alberta, for Coleman has established re- serves estimated at 170 million tons of coking coal, ft operates two open-pit and two under- ground mines. The production rale has been about one million tons a year and is scheduled lo increased to 1'j million is 1972 lo meet commitments of contracts running to 1982 for de- liveries of I'j million tons a year to Japan. Norlliern and Central, a natu- ral gas distribution company op- eratisg in Northern Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba, bought its share of Coleman by buying the interests of Byron Creek Collieries lit mid Hillcrest Col- lieries Ltd. A statement said Northern and Central has no plans to buy the remaining 18- per-cent share. Coleman's earnings for the year ended March 31 were 53C3.TO. Coleman was incorporated as a public company in 1951. ft combined Ihe assets of the In- ternational Coal and Coke Com- pany and McGillivray Creek Coal and Coke Company, both ot Coleman and Hillcrest Mo- hawk Collieries Ltd, In lhc> early 1930s, when coal companies were closing be- cause of fuel oil competition, Coleman moved lo new [ields and sought overseas markets. Japanese steel firms became interested in western Canadian coking coal and in isss the first shipment was made to the Orient. A new million cleaning plant was opened in 1969 and another ?G million was spent in underground development to provide the qualily coal re- quired. The company's annual payroll exceeds J3 million. Francis J. Harquail of Cal- gary, Coleman president, was unavailable for comment. Alberta election campaign in llth hour Challenges Caouette TORONTO (CP) James McGillivray, 42. of Cdlingwood. Ont., announced today he will challenge Real Coauette. whom he described as do facto leader of Ihe Social Credit Parly of Canada, at a leadership conven- tion in Hull. Que., Oct. 9-11. Dr. McGillvray, vice- presi- dent of tlie party, told a news conference he is running for Ihe leadership lo stress more strongly major issues and not because he. is dissatisfied with parly policies Dr. McGilh'vray. a native of Weyburn, Sask.. said his inlcn- lion is lo "lead and not merely represent the parly." EDMONTON (CP) Tlie final major rally of the Al- Ijerta election e.'impaign will be held tonight in Calgary and as tl'c Alonday approaches, few observers arc brave enough to predict the outcome Neither Premier Harry Strom nor Profiresshe Conservative. I-eader Pelcr Uiughecd. I h e front-runners in the campaign, will predirl Ihe number of seals they will win. "Wo are cotifidenl, said Pre- mier Strom, figl'ling his first el- ection ns government position ho inherited in mtill from E. C. Manning, now a sen- ator. "1 sense a growing momen- tum and a desire for change, Mr. Ixiuglipccl lold a crowd Thursday niphl in Edmonton's .Jubilee rally which attraclcd more people than (he Social Credit rally Wednesday nighl. Wednesday, however, Ihe pre- mier and his enndidales had lo compelo wilh a Western Fool- ball Conference game in Ihe cily. niii.D The Social Creditors and Con- servatives have bolh held (heir major Edmonton rallies and Ihe premier moves into Calgary lo- night. Grant Notlcy, the Now Demo- cratic Parly leader who at- Iranted 1.100 persons at a Cal- gary rally, says any more than one seat for bis parly would "be a bonus." Mr. Notlcy is pre- diclcd as (ho winner in Spirit Tiivcr-Fairvicw in northern Al- berta. Liberal Lender Hob Russell, whoso parlj has candidates in Ihe field, is fighting a tough four-way batllc in St. Albert. The number of seals needed, lo form a government in (he en- larged 75-sr.il legislature is .19. llodislribiilion added 10 saels, Al dissolution, (he Social Credit government held 54 scats, tlio Conservatives 10 and cue scat was vacant. Bolh Mr. Strom and Mr. vovied lo visit each riding before Monday's election and bolh have almost reached their goal. Mr. Loughecd had clocked more than miles by Thursday night. l'''llCU> VVl.L SLATF.S Tlie Social Credit and Con- servative parties each have full slales of 75 candidates while the NDP has candidates in 70 rid- ings. Three independent.1; hring tlie candidate lolal lo 2J.1. The Conservatives have con- centrated on (ho "lime for a Change'1 theme while the Social Credit leader has concentrated on !hc government provided by his parly during the last 36 years. Mr. Strom lolrl an overflow nudicncc at Wednesday's rally a Conservative victory would be IJic first ,clep in Iho eventual or of Alberta by Ihe so- cialists. ilo said Social Credit VMS Ihe enemy" of socialism and a parly of the people while Ihe Conserv.ilivps arc the p.irty of. special privilege and interests, .1 parly against whirl] the so- cialists would have a field day. Seen and heard About town I ETHBRIDGE F.AKKBALL player Dm c r.ullrll. challenging .lorn lo knock him off a dunk tank (o- night Hmiice Janns ask- ing her liusbnnd why newspa- per smcllcd like baby pow- der Jim Goodstriker, Caen Illy and Francis Wi-asvl I'al planning a pally after l.rn Migsi'il- cd new office attire.