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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta HOT FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY MID 80s. The LctHbridge Herald VOL. LXV 219 i-.THBKIUGK, ALUKKTA, TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES a Fierce 21111 battle rages Munro s plan hospital for elderly hasn't died BELFAST (AP) A fierco gun battle raged early today wound a Belfast hospital. Patients cowered Inside as gunmen in at least 10 positions pumped more than rounds at two military posts In 90 min- utes. The Irish Republican Army- winch Monday night pledged la fight "relentlessly and. ruth- lessly until up to 1G casualties in the shoot- out, the army said. The gunfight erupted after a holiday weekend of violence I hat claimed at least 11 lives to raise Ulster's three-year death toll to be a known 542. again urges wage, price controls By TAUT, JACKSON Herald Ottawa Uurcaii OTTAWA It's been a good six weeks since feder- al Health and Welfare Minister John Munro unveiled his multi-million dollar New Horizons for the Aged pro- gram designed to give Canada's old age pensioners something to do and get them back into the mainstream of life. The program, a kind of Opportunities for Youth concept adapted to the elderly, met with a barrage o! criticism. The Conservative-leaning Ottawa Journal, which claims it has the most quoted and influential editorial page in the capital, immediately tabbed it as tho Horizons' program and went on to describe it as "a carload o! political pap" and "a sham, a gimmicky projection trick" calculated to offset the give-aways to youth under the government's earlier program. Steve Paproski, who was given the job oi criticiz- ing tho announcement from the official Progressive Conservative point cf view, wasn't nearly as colorful In tho attack iis the Ottawa Journal. Bui the Edmonton Centre MP did condemn it and describe it as loosely conceived and vague" ami unlikely to help tho elderly who needed help most. Welcomed by some Some laymen were heard to comment that from a practical and down to earth stand Ihe Literal adminis- tration would be serving Canada's elderly belter if it spent the million initially earmarked tor the pro- gram on regular distributions of free movie tickets and six packs of beer. Nevertheless, despite the seeming loftiness of tho concept it was welcomed by some groups, Reg Wat- son chief spokesman for a Canada-wide senior citizens organization called Pensioners Concerned Canada Ltd., declared the program would enable Ihe elderly to uso their talents to the advantage of society as a whole and perhaps most of all, bring people back Into com- munily Jack Lerette, president of the United Senior Citizens of Ontario, said the very day after the program was announced that his group was working on ideas that would qualify for grants. Since ttiose first days after Mr. Munro's announc- ment little has hecn heard or said about New Horizons. Indeed, for all the general public is aware it may well have been pensioned off. But behind the scenes things have been happening and starting this month, Canadians should be hearing a lot more about Mr. Munro's already controversial program. There will he the opportunity to judge tha program on a less emotional and more rational basis than ID the past. Ideas submitted A national director of the New Horizons program has now been appointed. He's Maurice Joubort, Mon- trealer, former businessman, former mayor of Uu- vcrnay anrl former president of Ihe National Associa- tion of Homo Builders. At the age of 57, Mr. .Joubert probably can't quite be classed as a senior citizen yet, but obviously he's getting there. Mr. Joubcrl, who fnr the past few years has been working as a consultant with the federal Indian and northern affairs department, says although application forms for llinse wishing to lake part in the program will be available starting early this month a number of ideas have already IXXMI submitted for consideration. The government should soon bo able lo make public Ihe ideas meeting il.s approval. Once public, Canadians should have a heller mvnreivss of just what the gov- enimcnt has in rniml. In olhor ways ton thr gnvrrnnient tins iKT-n moving to iM Km Mew llnrivins operation in high gear. Nino regional offices arc being roast-lo-cn-isl. Ho- rnminitlr-i's arc bciiij! While Ihe com- mittees will rvidiiiilc simgestitnis for final decision on m'cejilabilily will be made in Ollawa. Slricl guidelines A prHly slriivjcnl list of guideline regulations has already htvn issued governing project eligibility. On a technical basis, inilal projects should nol last longer lhan If! mouths. Ihcy must tic controlled by 3 specially-established group of at least 10 persons tho majorily Ixiing permanently retired from Ihe lalxvr force. There'll lx> firm auditing controls on expendi- a project lhal anticipated paying wages to its individual participants would be disqualified. There'll no money available for capital construction projects either. After HKKC. firm il is ,1 lillta mnro ilitrinilt lo pul your linger nil just what (Ml.lvvn hopca New lo mliicvr. (Iffieial (fiK'unu'nts lalk alioul "siimulalinp and porling Ihe creative pmlicipation of retired Canadians in Hie mainstream of Canadian life and of "enabling retired Canadians to define and develop Ihcir interests i'i consultation wilh olliers who are retired from tho labor force." II all .sounds voiy loMy. However, starl- hv Ibis inimlli, we should :iblc to gain a bellrr in- .'Mfciil how Hie elderly really read to the program nnd find nul ju.st how Ilie government reatly sees Ilift scheme. SHOUTING DOWN HECKLERS Aided by powerful outdoor speakers Premier W. A. C. Benncrl shouts down hecklers tit a rally as Attorney General Leslie Peterson makes a move as though lo intercept a young man who came up to the platform and yelled something that could not be heard. OTTAWA (CP) Dr. John Young, head of the prices and Incomes commission, said again today the time may come when the country will have to adopt wage and price restraints to halt inflation. lie told a news conference much will depend on the out- come of the U.S. election this fall and how Canada's price and unemployment perform- ance compares with thai of Iho U.S. Dr. Young released Ihe final report of his commission, ap- pointed in to investigate the causes of inflation and unemployment. The commis- sion now has ended its task, and Dr. Young retires Thurs- day. He reiterated the view ex- pressed in the commission's summary report, released in June, that "the march of Retirement report said 'premature' EDMONTON (CP) Reports that the Alberta Social Credit party will hold a leadership convention next January to pick a new leader are "pre- mature and party leader Harry Strom said Mon- day. Mr. Strom, Opposition leader since losing to the Progressive Conservatives by Peter Loughecd last year, said the leadership situation is "as- sessed from time to time." but he had no announcements con- cerning a leadership conven- tion. Orvis Kennedy, executive dir- reclor of Ihe Alberta Social Crcdil League, said reports of a convention are "just some- body's pipedream, again." Take its going to cool oil Monday, Aug. 2S will lie re- membered by Albcrlans as ono of the hottest days of 1972 on the books. As the thermoomeler soared, decade-old record max- imum temperatures fell by (ho wayside throughout the province. With n scorclilng 9-1, Lcth- bridge was jusl one degrco short of being Canada's hot spot. The old record for Aug. 23, of set in 1905, was broken at 3 p.m. The day last year reached a high of only 78 although the rest of the month was far hotter. Thirteen provincial records were either equalled or broken, including Pindier Creek wilh a high of 90. The old record thero of was set in Relief is on Ihe way, though. The wealhcnnan predict slight- ly cooler tr-mperalures loday ils only going lo be JW lo 85. Crjoler is rxjiected for the weekend. Gaglardi claims libel in newspaper reports JL JL JL VICTORIA (CP) It was left to Rehabilitation Minister Phil Gaglardi to provide the fi- nal spark Monday as British Columbia voters prepared to vole in Wednesday's provincial eleclion, Mr. (iaglardi filed suit for li- against two reporters, a publisher and a publishing company lo enliven one of (ho mosl muted campaigns in tho lively polilical history of Can- ada's westernmost province. in shootings arrested NAKiisr. n.c. ItCMP here have arrested n suspect in their search for a gunman who shot and killed Iwo persons anrl injured Ihreo others in the West Kootcnays, No further dclails were irn- Tiiedialcly nv.iiiahlc. The siory Iwgan to unfold Monday vhen a man fired on four cap-.pcr Irucks, Northeast of Osoyrms. killing a wommi and injuring throe other per- sons. The injured were all from renlirlon. Earlier today RCMP discover- ed the hotly of a man at Burton, 15 miles south of here. A po- lice spokesman said he was ap- parently fishing when- shot wilh a small'Calihre weapon ;ilxiut p.m. Monday. More RCMP officers and search dogs participated in the man- hunt. 'Hard luck Spasskyl. .Take a holiday, warm clothes a shovel.' Mr. Gaglardi filed Ihe suit after an interview dealing wilh his aspirations to succeed Pre- mier W. A. C. Bcnnelt as leader of the Social Credit parly. The interview focussed the attention of the voters on tho 71-year-old premier, his retire- ment plans and his potenlial successors. In a wvil filed in Brilish Co- lumba Supreme Court, Mr. Gaglardi claims damages for li- bel against Chris Dennett, a re- porter for the Toronto Star; Paddy Sherman, publisher o! The Province; Peter McNeely, a Province reporter, and Pa- cific Press Ltd. The writ slates that Mr. Den- nett "knowingly and falsely lo be published in sev- eral newspapers having wide circulation in H.f. Ihe alleged libel." ASKS INMli.VfTION' Mr. Gaglarcli also asked for an injunction restraining fur- ther publication of lite alleged lilicl, which he said appeared in The Star Aug. 22 and was re- peated in The Province Aug. 25. An endorsement on the xsrit said Pacific Press, as owner Find operator of Tho Province, Mr. Sherman and Mr. McNeely maliciously, knowingly r. nri falsely caused the alleged libel to be published in The Province with Mr. Dennett's consent, au- thority and knowledge. For most of the campaign, the rhetoric has hecn low-key, with the premier maintaining a low profile, hopscotching about Ihe province leaving reporters wondering where he would turn up next. Premier TJennett refused lo disclose his itinerary, pre- ferring to travel alone from rid- ing lo riding in his quesl for anolher term in (hs office ha has held for 20 years. Premier Bcnnelt, who con- fined his campaigning Monday lo an appearance on a radio open-line program, warned Mr. Gaglardi lo win his libel action. "If he (Gaglardi) doesn't wur his case, well then there'll be a replacement in the (ht> premier said. Polls open at 8 a.m. PDT Wednesday and close at 8 p.m., with a total of 1.34IU45 British Columbians eligible lo vote. In the election, were eligible and casl ballots. Social Credit captured 46.8 per cent of the popular vote, compared wlh .13.9 per cent for Ihe NDP, 19 for the Liberals and .1 per cent for the lono. Tory candidate in 1969. events" may dictate the adop- tion of price and wage re- incomes supplement government efforts to dampen excess demand in the economy. It was obvious, he said, that the June report was not re- ceived by tho general public in Canada wilh overwhelming ap- proval. "The consensus for controls is not yet he said. COULD DEVELOP But such a consensus would develop, he added, if there was "a signilicant divergence be- tween Canada and the U.S. (in economic performance) which looked as though it was going to persist." The public would demand and support controls "if our per- formance were markedly worse than their performance." George Freeman, one of the commissioners who worked with Dr. Young, said it is "much too early yet to say" what U.S. economic policy and performance will be after the- congressional eleclions in No- vember. Dr. Young said acllon lo adopt wage and price controls or.some kind of restraint pro- gram amounting to an incomes- policy "would have been timely" at any moment in th3 last ihree years that the com- mision has been operating. But people did not demonstrate that they were determined to stop inflation. The commission's final report reviewed the development of in- flation and high unemployment since 1964, analysing it in eco- nomic terms. Dr. Young in- troduced it lo reporters with graphs and charts drawn on an easel, like an economics profes- sor lecturing to a class. He re- turns lliis fall lo teaching eco- nomics at the University of Brilish Columbia. PINPOINTS START The gist of the commission's report is that the current in- flationary phase started be- tween 1954 and 1966 when there was an upsurge in total de- mand for goods and services. High spending was not dis- couraged by government when demand began pressing against available supplies, forcing prices and wages up. This is the standard texl-book explanation of inflationary pressures, but Dr. Young said his commission tried to take a new look at the economic re- sults. As the country tried to pro- duce more to supply the high level of demand, wages rose and unemployment grew smaller. This led people lo lieve Ihe country could liva with higher wages and prices, but economic forces led to a re- newal of unemployment. Tio country then had the worst of both worlds: inflation and unemployment. The only way lo get hack lo a lolerable rate of price increases and unemployment is through tho exercise of government re- straints on demand, tho com- mission says. The report in- dicated the commission's belief Ihe federal government did not acl forthrighlly enough in 1969, when it appoinled the commis- sion, to force an easing of de- mand pressures. Progress in talks hinted at VANCOUVER (CP) A hint of optimism from a manage- ment spokesman and a tcrso "things are tough" from a un- ion leader kept proceedings un- der wraps Monday as talks con- tinued in a waterfront contract dispute that lias closed all ports in British Columbia. Ed Strang, president of the B.C. Maritime Employers Asso- ciation, would say only that "perhaps there has been soma progress." Negotiations are to continue today. Don Garcia, Canadian-area president of the International Longshoremen's and Ware- housemen's Union, would not say whether any points had been settled but indicated Eoma hard bargaining was going on and "things are Meantime, Henry Kancs, spokesman for grain handlers on the Vancouver waterfront, said he may go to prairie farm- ers with his case for a contract based on a federal conciliation board report rejected Friday by four elevator companies. The union voted 63-per-cent approval of the report which of- fers a -iOcent hourly wage in- crease in each year of a two- year contract. Trademen now receive an hourly rate of and laborers J4.16. Mr. Kancs said farmers own three of the elevators com- Grain Growers and Saskatchewan and Alberta wheat pools. He said that if ha makes the tip he will try lo tell farmers the employers had little reason to reject the re- port. He has termed the com- panies' -ejected a "political move designed to influence the vote of the prairie farmers in the next election." Amm 'to liberate' Rhodesia KAMPALA (Rculer) Ugan. dan President Idi Amm has proposed that Kenya, Ugnada and Tanzania join forces lo lib- erate Rhodesia from the white minority government. Amin accused Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere of making the liberation of Africa more difficult by "not pulling in the right direction." Claresholm mail dies iu accident A Claresholm man died In- stantly when the car he was driving missed a curve on a paved district road about threa miles east of Stavely and over- turned in a ditch shortly before fi p.in, Monday. RCMP identified the man as Glen Kenneth Olson, 39. He was alone in the car. Seen and heard About town native Ken Ncal seeing where he has been rather than where ho is going on a horse- back riding expedition Cathv Johnson selecting the friskiest horse in Ihe stable for her first try at horseback riding. system to he promoted City retains transfers, 10-ceiit fare ny ilrr.il'1 Staff U'ritor The IDcent fare for a ride on a cily bus will retained while- the cily starts a cam- paign to promote tlic transit system. City council Monday decided against a fare increase and elimination of transfers. A1 the same time, council aj'ieoil lo submit a resolutiml Id the Alberta Urban Mu- nicipalilies Association to dis- cuss a possible additional ga.'v- oluip lo hclfi subsidufl Irnnsit systems. Council had IKTU given four iwssible allernnlives by Ihe ad- ministration to approach fu- lure transit system operations. Tho firsl two options, con- cerned with decreasing the de- partment's annual 'deficit, wdiild have seen elimination of transfers to patrons taking tho In (lie university and in- cieasiiig the fare on thai route lo 2.5 cents. Aid. Bill Kergan was Ihe lona council member lo Mippo'1 Iho elimination of Iransfcrs. lie ar- gued even if passengers had In pay an additional 10 cents, il would cheaper lhan driving a car. Aid. Vera Ferguson said the west side has to considered part of the city and to increase faros for only that run would help lo segregate lhal area. Transit siiperiiiteinlent John T-'rouws cautioned lhal an in- crease in fares would mean a decrease in passengers. Statistics that, morn paying passengers were using buses last year, when fares were hiflher, than are to far this year. In the first sis months of 1971, fi.VI.OOO fare passengers rrde the buses compared with 631.500 during the similar pe- riod this year. Total revenues are down (o 511.500 from S122.SOO last year. There are more passengers Titling on free passes this year, which partially accounts for the, revenue decrease. Passes were issued to 2.COO senior citi- ?ens last year compared with 3.200 this year. City Manager Tom Nutting said the reference to transfers to the west side cutting into revenues was only an exam- ple. Transfers to any part of the cily have Ihe same result. The transfers will remain, however, along wilh the 10 cent fare. ;