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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Dtctmbtr Lowered age for retirement said too costly Dy KEN POLE OTTAWA (CP) The Liberals, including Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde, dredged up some familiar arguments Tuesday when they rejected a Social Credit mo- tion to reduce the retirement age to 60. The motion had the support of the New Democrats and the Progressive Conservatives, the latter with some reser- vations, but it went nowhere when faced with the majority Wardair to stay in Alberta EDMONTON (CP) A strong upsurge of business in Western Canada was responsi- ble for a decision by Wardair Canada Ltd. to remain independent in Edmonton, president Max Ward said Tuesday. The charter airline has call- ed off a deal made two years ago whereby it would sell a one third interest to Air Canada. It has also decided against moving its head- quarters to Toronto. "The headquarters will probably stay Mr. Ward said in an interview. He said the stock purchase was called off because "we just agreed the ball game had changed." Safe Driving Week deaths reach 18 By The CANADIAN PRESS Alberta reported four traf- fic deaths Tuesday the highest in Canada on the third day of Safe Driving Week. Tuesday's total of eight fatalities brings the three day count to 18. Last year, 76 persons died on Canadian roads during the seven-day period. Provincial totals to date with last year's total for the week: Dec. 1 2 3 '74 '73 Nfld. 00005 P.E.I. 00000 NS. 10122 N.B. 00001 Qae 1 0 0 1 15 Ont. 1 0 0 1 36 Man. 01014 Sask. 00221 Alta 40376 B.C. 11246 Total 8 2 8 18 76 government's refusal to con- sider it. Introduced by Gerard Laprise the motion also would have made pen- sioners' spouses eligible for old age pensions, regardless of age. It was this that worried the Conservatives. "I think we could be accus- ed of being a little bit said Heath Mac- quarrie "If, in 10 years time when I am should be able to con- vince a 19-year-old girl to run the risk of living with me, she would become an old age security recipient for God knows how long." He suggested that spouses 55 and older be allowed pen- sion benefits, but Mr. Lalonde rejected the idea. Mr. Lalonde used the same argument he used to counter an earlier Social Credit proposal for a guaranteed minimum annual income: It would cost too much. The government has said it intends to provide pensions for persons between 60 and 65 if their spouse is 65 or older. But there has been no indica- tion of when and there will be a provision for an incomes test for younger spouses. Stanley Knowles, the NDP House leader who is a vocif- erous proponent for higher old age pensions, joined Mr. Mac- quarne in scoffing at govern- ment arguments that costs would increase dangerously if pensions were broadened. Mr. Knowles said that when J S. Woodsworth, a 1920s leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation, the NDP's forerunner, called for a old age pen- sion at age 70, he was told by the finance minister that the government could not afford it. they used the argument that it would bankrupt the country." Fatigued Mills in hospital WASHINGTON (AP) Rep- resentative Wilbur Mills, fatigued and stripped of some of his wide congressional powers, rested in a hospital today facing an effort by some Democrats to replace him as chairman of the House of Representatives ways and means committee. The Arkansas Democrat, whose re- cent behavior has baffled his colleagues, was on the House floor Tuesday afternoon when he refused to handle a routine legislative matter and told a close friend: "I just can't do it." Shortly afterwards, he entered hospital without notifying his office. Mills, 65, was examined by a hospital staff doctor Tuesday afternoon but no report on his condition was released, a hospital spokesman said. The nature of his illness was not dis- closed. Sources close to the hospital said they understood it had not been diagnosed, but that Mills appeared to be tired. Meanwhile, the woman who entered Mills' public life last October said she wanted to visit her friend in hospital. "If the doctor says it is okay, then I will go see said Annabel Bat- tistella, the stripper who jumped into the Tidal Basin from Mills' auto when police stopped it. Mills' power as chairman of the ways and means committee was whittled down Monday when the House Democratic caucus decided to expand the panel, which initiates tax and Social Security legislation, and authorized it to establish subcommittees. Congressional Democrats talked Tuesday about replacing Mills with Representative Al Ullman of Oregon, the No. 2 Democrat on the ways and means committee. Representative Richard Fulton of Tennessee a member of the Democratic steering committee and the ways and means committee, said he would propose that the steering committee nominate Ullman. He said he expected the recommendation to be followed. The movement to replace Mills gain- ed momentum after the 36-year House veteran appeared on a Boston stage over the weekend with Mrs. Battis- tella. The stripper bills herself as Fanne Foxe and the Tidal Basin Bombshell. Mrs. Battistella, who moved her show to New York this week, announc- ed after learning of Mills' illness that she was calling off her performances. She said she was "mentally upset." Ex-Kissinger aide contradicts Rocky's wiretapping testimony WASHINGTON (AP) Contradicting vice president- designate Nelson Rockefeller's testimony, a former official says Henry Kissinger told him in 1969 that Rockefeller knew about the wiretapping of Kissinger aides. Rockefeller swore two weeks ago that he did not know of the wiretaps until he read news stories about them in 1973. The conflicting account was given Tuesday at Rockefeller's vice presiden- tial confirmation hearing before the House of Represen- tatives judiciary committee. The sworn testimony that Rockefeller knew of the wire- taps four years before he says he did came from A. Russell Ash, then Kissinger's security officer on the U.S. National Security Council. Ash testified that Kissinger called him into his office in the fall of 1969 and said the director of an intelligence ad- Prosecutor says Haldeman admitted crime during trial WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John Sirica said today he will rule Thursday whether former president Richard Nixon's testimony must be obtained before the Watergate cover- up trial can end. Former Nixon aide John Ehrlichman subpoenaed Nix- on as a defence witness and has asked the judge for per- mission to take a deposition from the former president. Three court-appointed doc- tors who examined Nixon and 13-year-old in custody after fatal shooting VANCOUVER (CP) Police said Tuesday night they had a 13 year old boy in custody in connection with the rifle slaying of a maintenance man at Woodward's down- town Vancouver store. There were no further details. The body of Edward Bur- tinshaw, 20, of Vancouver shot at least four times was found Tuesday by a woman clerk about 30 minutes before the store opened for customers. Police said another maintenance man said that a boy, armed with two rifles, confronted him on the store's fourth floor about 11 p.m. Monday, then turned and went upstairs. They said a partially eaten lunch, of the kind packed for school children, was found in a storage area near a freight elevator. his medical records last week reported that the earliest he could give a deposition would be Jan. 6. Sirica has said he expects the trial to be concluded before Christmas. The prosecution filed written arguments today op- posing Ehrlichman's motion. While all parties in the case waited for Sirica's ruling, the defendants continued presenting their defences against government charges they conspired to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate break-in. During a bench conference Tuesday, assistant prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste contend- ed that former White House staff chief H. R. Haldeman confessed to a crime during his testimony about the attempt to get CIA officials to ask the FBI to curtail its investigation of the Water- gate break-in. Speaking out of the hearing of the jury, Ben-Veniste said Haldeman "confesses to a crime, which I believe he has just done, to defrauding the United States through the mis- use of the CIA for improper reasons. Haldeman is one of the defendants in the cover- up trial. Ben-Veniste was referring to Haldeman's indication right before the conference that Deputy CIA Director Vernon Walters' testimony was substantially correct. Walters testified earlier that Haldeman had said the CIA should tell the FBI to curtail its investigation and that Haldeman had expressed con- cern that the FBI probe might be "embarrassing" and lead to "high people." visory board of which Rockefeller was a member had told Rockefeller about the wiretaps. Ash said this one conversa- tion was all he knew about the matter. He said that the former board director, J. Patrick Coyne, had telephon- ed him Monday night to deny that he had told Rockefeller of any wiretap. Ash said under questioning he had no way of knowing if the story was true and that he could not remember if Kissin- ger had said Rockefeller him- self had told Kissinger of his knowledge of the wiretaps. Kissinger was former presi- dent Richard Nixon's foreign affairs adviser at the time. The FBI wiretaps were put on telephones of 13 federal of- ficials, including seven Kissinger aides and four reporters, to find out how government secrets were leaking to the press. The story that Rockefeller knew of the taps became public last year because of a Feb. 28, 1973, taped White House conversation during which former counsel John Dean told it to Nixon. Top public service posts get shuffled OTTAWA (CP) Two of Ottawa's most powerful public service posts were affected by changes announc- ed one an ap- pointment, the other a resignation. Simon Reisman, for years a major figure in economic de- partments, announced he will resign next year as deputy minister of finance, a post he has held since 1970. Basil Robinson, a career Arms pact reduces chance of sneak attack News In brief Coal pact approval seen CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) Members of the United Mine Workers (UMW) wind up voting today on a new contract that, if ratified, would bring an end to the three-week strike by soft-coal miners in the U.S. Although UMW officials said no voting figures would be released until Thursday, an unofficial Associated Press tabulation of scattered returns showed that with 922 votes about 17.4 per cent of the miners covered by the of the new pact is in doubt. Of the votes, or 50.7 per cent, were for the contract. Miki approved as premier TOKYO (Reuter) drawn-out political crisis end- ed today as prime minister- designate Takeo Miki pledged swift action to improve the tarnished image of the ruling Liberal-Democratic Party A meeting of LDP members of both houses of the Diet (parliament) unanimously approved Miki as the new par- ty president to succeed outgo- ing Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. Arabs buy French tanks THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Saudi Arabia has concluded an deal with France to improve its tank corps and is shopping in the United States for other arms, the Saudi defence minister said in an interview published today. "French arms factories began work four days ago to honor France's commitments under the new deal as soon as Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz told the Lebanese newspaper Al Hayat. W. Berlin cuts immigrants WEST BERLIN (Reuter) The West Berlin city government took steps today to reduce the influx of Jewish immigrants arriving here from the Soviet Union and Israel, a city government spokesman said. He said anyone wishing to come to West Berlin as of to- day must be able to prove German ancestry or obtain a residence or work permit; otherwise he would be liable for expulsion after six months. This means, in effect, that Soviet Jews will be treated like other foreigners. NFU supports wheat board WINNIPEG (CP) The National Farmers Union (NFU) reaffirmed its support for the orderly marketing of grain through the Canadian wheat board Tuesday after be- ing told there is a possibility the board may not be in ex- istence within five years. Dr. R. L. Kristjanson of Winnipeg, a wheat board com- missioner, told delegates at the union's annual meeting that farmers who exercise their option of selling outside the board will weaken it. Italian workers strike ROME (AP) About 14 million workers in Italy's fac- tories, businesses and govern- ment offices walked off their jobs today, demanding wage hikes equal to the more than the 20-per-cent inflation rate, Europe's highest. In Milan, brokers joined the strike. Most workers in industry, commerce and public offices went on strike for the whole day. Steel works were ex- empted from the strike so as not to interfere with the continuous process of produc- tion, union leaders said. diplomat who has been deputy minister of Indian affairs and northern development for four years, was appointed under- secretary of state for external affairs. He replaces E.A, (Ed) Ritchie who has suffered a heart attack. The announcements open the way for further shuffling of top public service jobs, which Prime Minister Trudeau began slowly after the July 8 election victory. Mackenzie hearing set CALGARY (CP) The Mackenzie Valley pipeline in- quiry will begin its public hearings in Yellowknife, N.W.T., March 3, 1975, Mr. Justice Thomas Berger said Tuesday. The inquiry was com- missioned by the department of Indian affairs and northern development to study the im- plications of a natural gas pipeline from the Mackenzie Delta to the U.S. border, proposed by the Canadian Arctic Gas Study Ltd. consor- tium. 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The ceiling is higher than existing levels and the absence of limits on warheads means that each side can have as many as hydrogen warheads by the United States is expected to have slightly more than the Soviet Union. Because the agreement does not restrict the size of the missiles, each side might nearly triple the "throw- weight" of their mis- current limitations on the size of launching silos provide a loose restraint on size. Theoretically, either side might build a missile the size of a skyscraper and arm it with a thousand warheads, but it would not be able to hide such a weapon in a silo, or un- der the sea in a submarine, and the weapon would be highly vulnerable to attack. The significance of the agreement, yet to be approved by Congress, lies in the fact that for the first time neither side will be likely to try a sur- prise first strike, and neither side will be able to point to the other's arms program as a justification for mammoth new expenditures, the of- ficials said. The officials said the United States is confident it would be able to detect any violation of the multiple nuclear warhead missile limit because such Russian missiles are percep- tively different from their single-warhead vehicles, and development of a look-alike missile could be detected. A state department official said the agreement at Vladivostok came after a sur- prise Soviet concession that it did not have to have weapons superiority over the United States to make up for the nuclear strike forces of Bri- tain and France. The Russians had insisted on counting British and French weapons, as well as U.S. tactical nuclear forces in Europe, in the U.S. strategic arsenal. But the Kremlin apparently decided that the French, British and overseas U.S. bases made no real difference in the light of the total destruction power of U.S. long-range missiles, capable of destroying the world's pop- ulation many times over. CHICAGO UP) A medical scientist has warned that lung cancer is "rapidly approaching the dimensions of a national calamity." He cites an American Cancer Society estimate that persons will be stricken with lung cancer in 1975 and that will die of the dis- ease during the year. And he says cigarette smoking is almost entirely responsible. CBC walkout ends EDMONTON (CP) A walkout by 12 members of the CBC news department here ended Tuesday night after about four hours. Discussions were held Tues- day afternoon on the dispute, which centred around reporters and editors being unhappy with the amount of space that was to be allocated to the department in a planned expansion of the newsroom. Cuba-Canada air link seen OTTAWA (CP) The cabinet soon will discuss the possibility of regular air ser- vice between Canada and Cuba, Cliff Mclsaac, parliamentary secretary for transport, said Tuesday night. Mr. Mclsaac (L Battleford Kindersley) said in the Commons that Tran- sport Minister Jean Marchand will make the proposal to his cabinet colleagues soon. No shortage of shortages as hoarding hits Britain Child death brings 5 years LONDON (CP) "Psst." whispered the lady cashier, "wait for me in the back room." The invitation was not to be turned down lightly, promis- ing as it did a sweet reward which in present-day Britain is becoming extraordinary hard to obtain. For there, in the back room, lay half a dozen two-pound packages of sugar, reserved for only the most regular of icgular customers. Sugar, only one of the short- ages to develop in bottleneck Britain, is among the most sought-after, fought-over and hoarded items in the country. Nobody, it seems, not even the government, is quite sure what has gone wrong, but it appears that a real shortage did develop as the government negotiated new sugar-buying arrangements. House- wives, already edgy be- cause of shortages in such vital materials as panty elastic, rushed to buy up remaining stocks and a genuine shortfall developed. A country-wide bakers' _ strike has eliminated 75 per Deaths cent of the bread supply. And even those who planned to bake for themselves have found the shelves suddenly bare of yeast and flour. Only a handful of indepen- dent bakers were unaffected. DRUMHELLER (CP) Linda Viola Myrby, 24, of Drumheller, was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for the death of her five year old daughter. She was convicted on the By The CANADIAN PRESS Stuttgart Sophie- Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte of Winnipeg, one of Canada's leading composers, in a traf- fic accident in Germany. lesser charge of manslaughter, changed from murder, by Mr. Justice W. J. C. Kirby of Alberta Supreme Court last month. Mr. Justice Kirby ordered a psychiatrist's report before sentencing Tuesday. Lexington, Va. E. Parker Cy Twombly, 77, former professional baseball pitcher and athletic director at Washington and Lee Univer- sity, after a heart attack. ;