Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald LXVII-295 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1974 15 Cents Aide claims Munro didn't solicit donation I ATTACKERS GET PRISON I v vl I CALGARY (CP) Two men who lucked the eyes 8 out of a man in an alcoholic rage and beat him so badly police and doctors at first thought he had been shot at S close range were jailed 6tt years each Wednesday. iji; As he sentenced Gerrard Francis O'Reilly, 33, and S g Joseph Walter Parks, 31, for the assault on Walter McManiman last June, Mr. Justice Peter Greschuk of Alberta Supreme Court stressed the need to protect society. Sj Tentative contract starts grain moving OTTAWA (CP) Labor Minister John Munro did not solicit an election campaign contribution from the Seafarers' International Union of Canada Gordon McCaffrey, Mr. Munro's executive assistant said today. Mr. McCaffrey said the transcript of a telephone conversation between Mr. Munro and SIU president Roman Gralewicz shows that Mr. Munro was returning a call from Mr. Gralewicz and that the union leader made the first offer of aid. Mr. McCaffrey said the transcript of a telephone conversation between Mr. Munro and SIU president Roman Gralewicz shows that Mr. Munro was returning a call from Mr. Gralewicz and that the union leader made the first offer of aid. He said Mr. Munro will re- spond in detail to charges of impropriety by Dr. Morton Shulman, New Democratic Party member of the Ontario legislature, as soon as Dr. Shulman publicly makes all of his allegations. Dr. Shulman has said the SIU boasts of having a senior, but still unnamed member of Prime Minister Trudeau's cabinet under its influence. Mr. McCaffrey took issue with published reports today that Mr Munro phoned the SIU office and asked for cam- paign assistance. Mr. McCaffrey took issue with published reports today 'that Mr. Munro phoned the SIU office and asked for cam- paign assistance. He said Mr. Munro was shown a transcript of the con- versation with Mr. Gralewicz which was taped by Metropolitan Toronto police as part of an investigation of SIU activities. "The transcript clearly in- dicates that Mr. Munro was returning a call from the McCaffrey said. He said the two men greeted each other by their first names "and then Mr Gralewicz goes into the fact that the SIU wants to make a contribution." He said the transcript con- tains no reference to any first request by Mr. Munro for money or other union help. Roof falls, 25 killed TEHRAN, Iran (AP) The roof of Tehran's airport ter- minal collapsed today after a heavy snowfall and the national television station reported at least 25 persons were killed. The root fell so quickly the victims scarcely had time to scream. Airport officials said earlier that between 50 and 100 per- sons were believed killed. Most of the casualties were believed to be Iranians. Injured survivors staggered out of the steel-and-concrete rubble, blood streaming from their faces. OTTAWA (CP) A tentative contract settlement that could start grain moving again was reached Wednesday, but an angry union official said a premature announce- ment by Treasury Board President Jean Chretien has threatened the pact. The settlement between treasury board and food inspectors came with about a week to 12 days left in the Great Lakes shipping season and an estimated 50 per cent of domestic supplies for eastern Canada locked up in Thunder Bay or points west. Mr. Chretien announced the must be ratified by union the Com- mons. When he released the information, a memo- randum of understanding was not signed. The minister said the agree- -f 1 f JI f ment provided for an 18-per- HiV IM, f- cent pay raise in a 15-month contract. But the agreement m j provides for a lump-sum pay- J ment of a 15-per-cent pay Trial to end Lougheed misled Alta. on oil By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON Opposition Leader Bob Clark brandished copies of the Alberta Legislature Hansard Wednes- day to back his claim that Premier Peter Lougheed mis- led the province about an oil pricing agreement with Ot- tawa. Mr Clark said the present flurry over a federal budget move on taxing oil companies is being used as camouflage to hide his premier's mis- representation. The issue concerning the op- position leader is Mr. Lougheed's claim last Spring that Alberta got what it wanted when it agreed with Ottawa to sell a barrel of oil for That agreement reached March 27 meant Canadians paid about a barrel below world oil prices. It was hailed as a triumph for Confederation. "The average per barrel was not an offer of the federal government. Their offer was a Mr. Lougheed told the legislature Tories wary of farm income bill OTTAWA (CP) An in- come stabilization plan for western grain farmers which could cost taxpayers as much as million a year drew wary reaction from the op- position after it was introduc- ed in the Commons Wednesday. The Western Grain Stabilization Act is designed to ease financial pressure on producers during times of poor crops or sagging markets. It would set up a fund into which Ottawa would double every dollar con- tributed by farmers whose primary product is wheat, oats, barley, flax, rye or rapeseed. The maximum farmer contribution would be Otto Lang, minister respon- sible for the wheat board, told a news conference that whenever a producer's net in- come dropped below the Prairie average of the previous five years, payments would be made in proportion to farmers' contributions, Farmers would voluntarily pay up to a year into the to two per cent of their gross cash receipts to a maximum of Mr. Lang could not give a precise figure, but expected that after a lucrative year like 1974, the government might pay out million if the bot- tom fell out of the grain business next year. the day after the accord was reached. "We went into the negotiations with a target, which we had concurred in here by the Alberta Petroleum Marketing Com- mission, of a 70 per cent jump at one time (to Mr. Lougheed told Socred MLA Albert Ludwig. Mr. Clark Wednesday lined up those statements against letters exchanged between the prime minister and premier made public recently, and found Mr. Lougheed's statements to the legislature wanting. On March 12, Trudeau wrote to the premier: "All of this has led us to conclude that an increase in prices to bring the average level over the next year to about per barrel at the wellhead in Alberta would not be un- reasonable. That would mean an increase of approximately per barrel, or about 70 per cent" over the present 'frozen' level." "He got what Trudeau offered him and nothing Mr. Clark said Wednesday. He concluded his indictment of the premier with quotes from a letter Mr. Lougheed wrote to the prime minister last June. Said-the premier: "I was unable to convince you and the other first ministers from the non-producing provinces to reach an accord on a price higher than per barrel although world prices were then averaging about per barrel. "I reluctantly accepted the price of per barrel in the interests of Canada with the belief that Albertans would support my Mr. Lougheed said, after telling the legislature was the price Alberta wanted in the first place. Mr. Clark was asked if he believed Mr. Lougheed lied about the oil pricing accord. "The more charitable thing to say is that he misled the legislature and he said. See related story Page 20. 191 killed in Sri Lanka plane crash COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) Parachutists were dropped on a rocky hill today where a chartered Dutch airliner load- ed with Moslem pilgrims crashed and burned, the air- line reported. Police said ap- parently none of the 191 per- sons reported aboard sur- vived. The parachutists were dropped after helicopters were unable to land at the crash site because of continu- ing bad weather. A spokesman said persons in the helicopters saw no survivors. The DC-8 of the Dutch charter line Martinair was carrying Indonesian Moslems on a pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam's holy city in Saudi Arabia. It crashed in a rain- storm Wednesday night about 70 miles southeast of Co- lombo in an area known local- ly as the Seven Virgins for the seven rugged peaks dotting the landscape. RICK ERVIN photo Help from a friend Unconscious Peter Groom, 4, 1007 34th St. S., gets first aid from Sgt. Bill Zaychuck of the city police, while his mother, Wendy Groom, looks on. Peter was crossing 4th Avenue S. with mother Wednesday when he tripped on a curb and hit his head. He was treated at St. Michael's Hospital for a bump on the head and released. Inside Iv 36 Pages S Classified.......30-34 Comics............28 Comment 19-21 Family..........23-25 Markets...........29 Sports...........14-16 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 Youth..............8 LOW TONIGHT 25; HIGH FRI. SO; CLOUDY, WINDY. What would you like to talk increase back to July 29 and a further pay raise of three per cent April The propos- ed contract would end Nov. 9, 1975. That would provide the em- ployees who now average 638 annually with a substan- tially larger increase. The union urged their strik- ing members, including 222 grain inspectors and meat, fruit and vegetable graders in several cities, to return to work today. When Thunder Bay grain in- spectors heard of the an- nouncement by Mr. Chretien, they said they would not return to their jobs, a union spokesman said. "It was a totally irresponsi- ble union chief negotiator Andy said in Ottawa. "He (Mr. Chretien) totally mis- represented the settlement. "If on Friday when the re- sults of the ratification vote are announced, the settlement is rejected, the blame must be laid at the feet of Mr. Chretien." In Vancouver, fifty-three federal grain inspectors in British Columbia ports returned to work at 8 a.m. to- day and half an hour later ship loadings were under way at several elevators. Bill Longmuir of the Cana- dian Grain Commission said today, "it doesn't take us long to get going again. We'll be in full swing right away." The Vancouver inspectors voted 21-to-17 to accept an offer from the treasury board of an 18-per-cent wage increase over 15 months. However, in Thunder Bay dissatisfied with federal government actions, 100 grain inspectors at the Lakehead were slow to return to their jobs today. Syncrude firms reviewing project after Arco pullout WASHINGTON (AP) U S. District Judge John Sirica ruled today that the Watergate coverup trial will be concluded without the testimony of former president Richard Nixon. Ruling on requests that Nix- on's testimony be taken by deposition, Sirica said: "The motions are denied and the trial will proceed." Sirica announced his ruling just hours after Nixon's lawyers said that the former president would not be available to give a deposition until long after the date set by a team of court-appointed doc- tors. The doctors had informed Sirica that the earliest they felt Is'icon would be well enough to be questioned would be Jan. 6. Nixon's lawyers argued that Jan 6 was the earliest date the former presi- dent could begin preparing for his testimony. Nixon is an unindicted co- conspirator in the case in which five of his former ad- ministration and campaign aides are charged with con- spiring to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate break-in. The trial opened Oct. 1 and now is expected to be conclud- ed before Christmas. In a response filed with Si- rica, Nixon's lawyers said that while he might be healthy enough to give a deposition on that date "he is not and will not be able to prepare to give a deposition prior to that date "The time necessary for Mr. Nixon adequately to prepare for tne interrogation is substantial." The Nixon response concluded that "it would be highly, unfair to require Mr. Nixon to be subjected to the interrogation proposed until a date well after Jan. CALGARY (CP) The other three members of the Syncrude Canada Ltd. consor- tium building an oil sands plant in northeastern Alberta said today they are reassess- ing their position following the pullout of Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. (ARCO) Executives of Imperial Oil Ltd., Gulf Oil Canada Ltd. and Canada Cities Service Ltd. were holding an emergency meeting in New York City today, joined by represen- tatives from their parent com- panies, to discuss the impact of Arco's withdrawal. Arco informed the Alberta government, Syncrude and the other partners Wednesday that it was "reassessing" its participation in the consor- tium. The remaining Syncrude partners have also sought an emergency meeting with Premier Peter Lougheed to discuss the situation next Tuesday, a spokesman for Imperial said. Seen and heard About town Winter Games figure skating committee secretary Betty Dorren notifying only female committee members of an impending news photo and Bill Petrunik adjusting his lapels claiming "I don't mind" Your kindness eases Bangladesh pain Thanks, Shalom Teen Club of Vauxhall, for your wonder- ful gift to the Lethbridge Herald's Cup of Milk Fund. Bless you, reader, for help- ing us in memory of Jim, Myi tie and Jimmy Underdahl. Thank you, Swede Canuck, for a fine gift. Good luck to the Bombers Bowling Team of Lethbridge and thanks for the milk that goes to starving children in Bangladesh. You just rolled your biggest strike of the year. You know, good people of southern Alberta, southeastern B.C. and Mon- tana, there's never enough for all in this hungry world we live in. From one third to half the people go to bed hungry at night. Many of them have a sidewalk for a bed and a few rags on strings for the walls of their shelter. Mothers watch their babies die. How can we express the grateful sense we have of your kindness? Year after year, you respond. You're easing the pain and suffering of the daily ordeal in Bangladesh. Thanks a million, Wadena Unit of Taber Knox United Church and thank you, Parkview United Church Women of Vauxhall. Thanks, Ben Tschritter of Foremost. God bless you, Megan, Trevor, Bradley and Stewart Templeton of Lethbridge. Here's a gift of 25 cups of milk from A. Kaye of Elkford, B.C. Thank you! The plight of the refugees is heartbreaking. Let's realize it, and let's do something about it. Here's our chance to show some compassion for helpless, hungry, suffering little children. 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