Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thelethbridge Herald Fernie hospital in receivership following death By MOLLY LATKA Special Correspondent FERNIE The B.C. government has placed the Fernie Memorial Hospital in receivership following the resignations of five members of the hospital board. Rev. James Morelli of Fer- nie said today he resigned as chairman of the board because he has no confidence in the hospital administrator and the director of nursing. "There is just a lack of con- fidence and no communica- tion between the ad- ministrator and the chairman of the said Father Morelli. Florence Starr, the govern- ment representative on the board, and trustees Ed Kathol, Trem Yourcheh and John Salus have also resigned. One of the reasons for the mass resignations is the death of Leon Jaworski, alleged to have choked on his food while locked in a room at the hospital. Father Morelli said today there is going to be an inquest into Jaworski's death. He said Jaworski could have died of a heart attack. "We don't know the cause of the man's said Father Morelli. "I don't want to say anything in that respect." Coroner Dr. Nehata Fahami could not be reached im- mediately for comment. Personal friction The British Columbia Hospital Insurance Service has taken over administration of the hospital. An official is expected to arrive this week. Hospital administrator Nick Vucurevich said today, "I wish to make very little com- ment. It will only keep the fire burning. It is just a personal friction, period." At a recent special meting the board discussed the resignations of a hospital dietician, a mistake in salary scale which resulted in the director of nursing receiving more money than she was en- titled to, and a total of 34 com- plaints received by former board chairman Father Morelli from people who were Public inquiry Said former board member Mrs. Starr: "I handed my resignation in on Nov. 21. There was one resignation on the Tuesday before that: Father Morelli handed his in on another day." She says she now intends to call for a public inquiry into the state of affairs at the hospital. Other matters gave her concern: resignation of a dietician. regarding food. fact that the board's grievance committee has become answers to Love is "Love is began as per- sonal postscripts on Kim Grov-e's letters to her boyfriend. And they grew into the internationally syndicated cartoon panel which appears daily in more than 350 new- spapers. It returns to The bridge Herald starting today and will run on the family pages daily. "I thought my feelings were unique." says Miss Grove. "So I was amazed when peo- ple would say that they had felt the same way, too." The cherubic cartoon characters featured in Love Is came into being as Ms. Grove's way of explaining her progress on the ski slopes to a handsome Italian, Roberto Casali. When Kim and Roberto met at a Southern California ski questions relating to a hospital orderly's cer- tification. answers regarding the pay scale of the director of nursing. a statement by government representatives that the board is responsible for the actions of 12 previous board members. Mrs. Starr says she is con- vinced patient care at the hospital is suffering. "Low morale at the hospital and its notorious reputation, publicly known through the entire East Kootenay, should be able to convince anyone that something is deciiedly wrong she returning club in February, 1967, both had been in the United States only 3 year and a half. And Roberto, not Kim, was the skier. So when Kim went to Mammoth Mountain without Roberto a few weeks later, she brought back a souvenir a series of comic illustrations to show her progress. Casali liked the cartoons and Kim began illustrating other incidents as they dated, than, adding some of her feelings. The words "Love Is did not show up on ibf cartoons right away, though "It took ma about three years to get around to doing that she admits. These cartoons, encouraged a four year romance between the two. They were married in July 1971 and now live in England. Inside 'Rocky! Rocky! Good news. tpproveU your nomination for Pnsidmnt 24 Pages Classified..........20-23 Comics..............ID: Comment..............4: Markets..............19: Sports.............10-12 Theatres...............7 TV....................6 Weather...............3 LOW TONIGHT IS; HIGH TUES. M; SUNNY PERIODS, LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1974 15 Cents or had been patients in the hospital. Father Morelli said the dif- ficulty at the hospital, "in a nutshell is my one personal observation of a lack of con- fidence in the administrator and the director of nursing, and variances in the philosophy of how to run a hospital." Regarding his association with the administrator, Father Morelli said: "You can't get anything definite from him, that is all." It is a 12 man board. Five have resigned and there was a vacancy. That leaves six board members. Seven are re- quired to form a quorum to conduct business. S P JOHNSON photo SEA OF LIQUOR, BROKEN GLASS REMNANTS OF RAMPAGE Liquor-hating boy goes on bottle smashing spree PICTURE BUTTE An angry Picture Butte youth Sunday smashed hundreds of bottles after breaking into the liquor store here reportedly in an attempt to call atten- tion to family alcohol problems. Picture Butte RCMP said today charges are pending against a 12-year-old boy who broke into the store early Sunday morning and destroyed "thousands of dollars worth" of wine and spirits. Police es- timated damage to the building at roughly Store manager Ernest Worth said this morning that the juvenile broke every win- dow in the front of the store. The store was closed-today, as ALCB staff continued the second day of mop-up and stock-taking. Mr. Worth said the staff cannot accurately estimate damage to stock until a complete inventory is completed. ALCB spokesman Paul Schorak said to- day from Calgary the liquor board is "looking at probably in stock loss." "I've never seen a mess like added Mr. Schorak, who arrived in Picture Butte from Calgary shortly after noon Sunday. The juvenile, apparently enraged by li- quor problems at home, will appear here in court later this week. 'Politics of confrontation threaten disaster to man' NEW YORK (CP) House government leader Mitchell Sharp told Jewish community leaders Sunday night that there is no substitute in foreign and domestic affairs for patience and negotiation. He said the six years he spent as Canada's external af- fairs minister had led him to the conclusion that "the politics of confrontation threaten disaster to mankind." At no time in the history of the world "has there been a greater need for national lead- ers, not of appeasement but of moderation, of conciliation and of peace. "These are the true heroes, not those who speak stridently, who threaten violence and thereby make the headlines." Sharp was the main guest speaker at the annual Stephen Wise awards dinner of the American Jewish Congress The black-tie affair was attended by 800 Jewish community leaders from around the world. No progress in talks OTTAWA (CP) Media- tion talks in the grain and food inspectors' contract dispute continued today but a union spokesman said no significant progress has been made to date. As lairs continued under mediator Tom O'Connor, grain shipments across the country were halted and the Great Lakes, shipping season shrank. The 1974 Stephen Wise awards bronze medals were given to Charles Bronfman of Montreal and his brother Edgar of New York for leadership in civic and Jewish affairs in Canada and the United States. Edgar Bronfman is presi- dent of Distillers Corp.- Seagrams Ltd. Charles is president of the House of Seagram Ltd. Their father, The late Samuel Bronfman of Montreal, received the award in 1965. The late Rabbi Stephen Wise was the founder of the AVC. Sharp, who became presi- dent of the privy council and government leader in the Commons in August, said that he had no ready answers to the Middle East and other international problems. "No one contemplated any- thing like the present crisis when they were created As for the United Nations it- self, the present model "shows signs of fatal weaknesses." Israel claims ability to produce N-weapons JERUSALEM (AP) President Ephraim Katzir says Israel has "the potential to produce atomic weapons. If we need it, we will do it." It was the first declaration by a high Israeli official that Israel is capable of moving into the field of nuclear arms. Katzir made the comment at his residence.Sunday night during a reception for inter- national science writers tour- ing Israel.1 Asked if he i.ieant that parts aiready existed for weapons, the president replied, "that is difficult to say. It is mainly the know-how." If necessary, he said, "Israel will protect herself by ali means possible." Israel is known to have two atomic reactors. 4Next oil step up to Alberta' CALGARY (CP) Two federal cabinet ministers Sunday called for more reasonable debate and compromise and less emotion between the federal government and Alberta over the energy industry. Justice Minister Otto Lang and Health Minister Marc Lalonde told an overflow audience of 480 at a Liberal fund-raising dinner that the next step in the resource battle is up to Alberta. Their comments follow- ed a warning by Calgary Mayor Rod Sykes that the dispute has "bled Calgary quietly for more than a year" and that the city, province and country could not long tolerate the energy struggle. Mayor Sykes, who has hinted he may try for a federal nomi- nation at the end of his pre- sent term in city government, said both the federal and provincial governments were guilty of a lack of negotiation but added "I think we will sur- vive as a confederation that provides a country we can all be proud of. "The only people who should be ashamed are the ones who want to break up this country." He said Alberta "cannot ex- pect to humiliate the federal government" in the energy battle. Federal politicians from Al- berta who do not support the government and make constructive suggestions and policy alternatives "are not fulfilling a responsible role in the mayor said. Mr. Lang said the federal government has tried to nego- tiate over oil royalty taxation but that Premier Peter Loug- heed refused to meet with fed- eral Finance Minister John Turner when Mr. Turner came to Edmonton twice last summer. He repeated warnings that the federal government would tax crown corporations if the provinces tried to nationalize oil companies as a way of avoiding federal taxation on royalty payments. "That could not be allowed because the construction would be encouraging socialism if it allowed provinces to escape federal taxation in that he said. "Let us make a case for rea- sonable negotiation here, as an example for the rest of Canada." Mr. Lang said there is no way the provinces can win the constitutional battle with Ot- tawa over resource taxation. In or out of court, the federal government's move as contained in the budget cannot be blocked, he said. The minister said the federal export tax on crude oil is legitimate device to cushion Canadians against the inflated price of oil set by a Middle East Cartel. Mr. Lalonde, after com- menting that he "wanted to pour a little water on the trou- bled oils of said the oil and gas industry "must be feeling like the ham in a sand- wich with the two governments as the bread." He said the conflict over re- source control is natural and "you can't have a federal sys- tem without tension." APPEALS TO REASON Admitting a long tradition in Canada to protect provin- cial rights, Mr. Lalonde appealed: "Feel with emotion but reason with your brains." Mr. Lalonde said Albertans who are concerned about the state of the oil industry should put pressure on Alberta to change its royalty structure Because the federal govern- ment has already taken some steps to ease the load oil companies. Western grain bill scheduled OTTAWA (CP) A bill to establish the long-awaited western grain stabilization plan will be introduced in the Commons this week. First proposed more than three years ago. the plan is de- signed to protect Prairie grain producers from the economic upheaval of boom and bust cycles. A similar bill was introduc- ed in 1971, but the government withdrew it after the opposi- tion objected strongly to some clauses although they sup- ported it in principle. The new bill is expected to be much the same as the original, but the government is expected to compromise on some aspects. Under the plan, grain growers who want to par- ticipate will contribute two per cent of the money from all grain sales to a stabilization fund. The government will contribute the equivalent of four per cent Otto Lang, minister respon- sible for the wheat board, said Friday that the plan, if ap- proved, will end the sometimes drastic slumps farmers have suffered in the past. "For every put in by the farmer, the government will put in he said in Calgary when he announced that the new bill would be introduced this week. He said the money will be held in trust to be paid direct- ly to farmers whenever net grain income drops below nor- mal levels because of slow markets, low prices, rising production costs or bad weather. "The western grain stabilization fund will prevent any jolting and drastic declines in Prairie grain in- comes." The proposed legislation was to have been introduced within a week of the Sept. 30 opening of Parliament, but Mr. Lang said it was delayed because of changes suggested by farmers during the late summer. The idea of a stabilization fund has been endorsed by most major farm organizations since he first made the proposal in 1971, he said. Arafat guerrillas blamed for raid THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli officials said two of Yasser Arafat's Al Fatah guerrillas made the latest terrorist raid on an Israeli frontier village, in which a Moslem factory worker was killed and his wife wounded. "There is a competition be- tween Arafat and the other or- ganizations over who will kill more Defence Minister Shimon Peres said Sunday at the funeral of Subhi Mussa, slain in the raid at midnight Saturday, Peres promised the mourners at Rihaniya. a Moslem village near the Lebanese border, the govern- ment would do "everything possible" to end such attacks. Peres said Arab guerrillas attempted three raids that failed in the test month, and the Israeli military command said five Asab invaders were killed on the Lebanese border during the weekend. The two gunmen who raided Rihaniya surrendered to Israeli soldiers an hour and a half after they knocked at the door of Mussa's cottage and riddled him and his wife with automatic rifle shots when he opened the door. He was 37 and returned two weeks ago from military reserve ser- vice. The Mussas' three children were unharmed. Israeli military sources said the two terrorists planned to take hostages and exchange them for prisoners of the Is- raelis, including the Greek Catholic archbishop of Jerusa- lem, Msgr. Hilarion Capudji He is held on charges of smuggling arms to Arab guerrillas in Israel B.C. agency to withdraw from CEMA Seen and heard About town Robert Rasmussen, Magrath. glad that surprise dinner guests had dropped in Sunday because that meant no leftovers for Monday guide Bill Michalsky, Lundbreck, noting that elk hunters this year are carrying a lot of high powered hardware but little game. OTTAWA (CP) The British Columbia Egg Marketing Board has served notice that it intends to withdraw from the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency the agency said in a statement Monday. John Hyde, vic-j-chairmaa of the national marketing agency, said the notice, dated Nov 28, would come into effect Jan. 1, 1976. CEMA's statement said the B.C. board had given "proper notice" and it "was within their rights to do so." The B.C. board is the first provin- cial board to give such notice. Cup of Milk Fund can help save lives The little boy from Bangladesh. His eyes haunt you. This week he may be dead. Yes, about people die each day from hunger in this imponderable world we live in. We can't save them all. The fact is, our efforts are laughable. Please God, help us. That's our prayer, this Christmas, and we hope it will be yours. Please God, help us to help them. The Cup of Milk Fund has a lot of friends. Good, loyal friends. Perhaps you are one of them. We write for you. We write for those who are indifferent. We write for those whose hearts are locked the people who say "nothing can be done." Let's hope more people will come into the fund this year. The Unitarian Service Com- mittee and Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova are using your Cup of Milk Fund pennies to help starving children. Let's get this thing moving. We can do it, together. Send your pennies, your dollars and your prayers to Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald. And we'll help the U.S.C. to get some milk on the way to Bangladesh.