Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Parents in strike-bound districts denounce teacher salary demands CALGARY (CP) Parents in strike-bound Bow Valley school districts have started a petition denouncing wage de- mands and urging supervised correspondence courses for the remainder o[ the year rather than a settlement vrfth teach- ers. About students entered their second week without classes Monday as trustees Tram the rural boards and ne- gotiators of the Alberta Teach- ers' Association could not reach agreement Sunday night. The petition says that a six- Ulster bombings mar anniversary BELFAST (AP) Bombs and gun battles burst in North- ern Ireland again Monday, rul- ing out any anniversary cele- brations tor the treaty that was supposed to settle the Irish question 50 years ago. As three prime ministers as- sembled in emergency meetings in London on how to stop tho violence, two bombs ripped apart a five-storey carpet fac- tory in central Belfast and started a raging fire. Three armed men planted the bombs, warned the staff to run for their lives, and COO women scrambled to saff'.y in the street before the explosions erupted. Shops and offices for 100 yards around were evacuated as troops scaled the streets. No in- juries were reported, however. The blasts followed an explo- sion in a Belfast Roman Catho- lic bar Saturday that killed 16 persons. It was the highest toll from a single incident in North- ern Ireland's 28 months of bloodshed. The treaty of Dec. 6, 1921, supposed to put an end to the Irish troubles, was signed by some of the best-known British and Irish political figures of the 20th Lloyd Austen Chamberlain and Winston Churchill for Brit- ain, Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins and Robert Barton for the Irish. It created an Irish Free State, now the independent Irish Re- public, containing counties, and Northern Ireland, with six counties. That division, how- ever, remains a major political issue to this day. WANT BRITISH OUT Roman Catholics north and south of the border have long campaigned for the British to leave the North and permit Irish unification. The outlawed Irish Republican Army has mounted a 28-month terrorist campaign to that end. But the Protestant majority in the North wants to remain Brit- ish and has called in British troops to restore order. The British are pledged to remain in the North as long as the major- ity there wants them. There is no shortage of pro- posed settlements, but no three- way agreement so far on any of them. Jack Lynch, prime minister of the Irish Republic, went to Lon- don for talks with British Prime Minister Edward Heath. Speak- ing at a lunch before seeing Heath, Lynch supported a plan put forward by former prime minister Harold Wilson, leader of Britain's opposition Labor party. Wilson has urged an all-party conference to draft a new con- stitution for a united Ireland to take effect in 15 years. Lynch described Wilson's plan as "a turning point in Anglo-Irish re- lations." But Brian Faulkner, prime minister of Northern Ireland, rejected Wilson's plan. Faulk- ner also went to London Mon- day for emergency talks with Home Secretary Reginald Maudling on the security situa- tion in the North. icr-cent annual increase in ;chool costs is the maximum Jiat taxpayers can afford. SWEAT IT OUT "Moreover, we are prepared to sweat it out, if necessary, with supervised corresponden- dcnce courses in our schools until next summer to hold edu- cation costs within our means." Frank Baerg, one of the pe- tition organizers, said it is he- ing well accepted and sig- natures are expected by the end of the first day. The petition is to be sent to the minister of education, the premier, the Bow Valley School Authority Association and the teachers association. Richard West, chairman of the teachers negotiating com- mittee, said the six-per-cent guideline is acceptable but be- cause several boards are ne- gotiating together some will have larger increases to reach a uniform salary grid. A conciliation baard recom- mendation, which teachers ac- cepted and trustees rejected, called for wage increases over 28 months which varied from 10.1 to 16.1 per cent in different districts. Average percentage increase is 13.8 per cent or 5.9 per cent year. The teachers want the maxi- mum salary on the three grid levels increased to 800 and Talks broke down Sunday af- ter trustees offered to increase pay by a month for eight months of the period under ne- gotiation but teachers refused unless the entire length of the contract was included. The last contract with the 613 teachers expired in September, 1970. The strike effects the coun- ties of Wheatland and Moun- tainview, the school divisions of Three Hills and Drumheller Valley and local boards in Banff, Canmore and Hanna. Most school libraries in the areas east, north and west of Calgary have remained open and others have rooms where those students writing depart- ment of education examina- tions can study under the su- pervision of school secretaries HALF OF HIS BEARD GONE John Linley Frozier, convicted in the slaying of five persons, presented this view going in and out of court today in Redwood City, Calif., dur- ing the sanity phase of his trial. Frazier had half of his head and beard shaved by jail barbers before his court appearance today. Tuesday, December 7, 1971 THE tFTHBRIDGE HERAIO 9 Blood bank for animals in operation TORONTO (CP) Tho next donor at a blood bank in suburban Scarborough may go "woof" or "meow" when the nurse gives it the needle. The blood ani- operated by Geoffrey Robinson, 40, who also runs an animal ambulance service for Toronto's ailing pets. Mr. Robinson set up tha bank last month after veteri- narians reported shortages of wlwle blood for emergency surgery. The first donor to the clinic was Mr. Robinson's Siamese cat Foo. The second was a friend's St. Bernard dog. The animals can contribute almost a pint each depending on size. Since the first donations, the blood supply has been replen- ished by vets and pet owners on a voluntary basis. Mr. Robinson says he is op- erating his blood bank en a non-profit basis and no pay- ments are made to donors. However, he says he is mak- ing "a good living" on his ani- mal ambulance sendee. Cambodian army retreats after fierce fighting PHNOM PENH (APi North Vietnamese troops dealt the Cambodian army another set- back today, forcing it into re- treat froni a district town only 16 miles northwest of Phnom Penh. At least 50 Cambodians were killed or wounded. About 150 troops fled from Bat Doeung before dawn after two days of fierce fighting. About nfl of the survivors were reported to have reached safety at the nearby outpost of Phnom Basel. Last week the Cambodian army's n o r 1 beast front col- lapsed, prading thousands of troops and civilians fleeing north to the besieged provincial capital of Kompong Thorn. Reports during the weekend said hundreds of the fleeing sol- diers and civilians were killed during the retreat. In Saigon, it learned that U.S. Navy planes have nearly doubled attacks against the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos since the dry season began. The aim of the air campnign is to reduce the movement of North Viet- namese reinforcements and war materials into Cambodia and South Vietnam. tering defeats at the hands o( forces loyal to the prince. Prince Sihanouk also told cor- respondents he will be consult- ing in Hanoi with Indochinese allies when President Nixon visits Peking next February. Tire prince earlier said he would be ready to meet Nixon in Pe- king. The former head of state said his own Cambodian forces now could easily capture Phnom Penh, but that there are no plans to attack the city because an occupation would lead to U.S. air strikes that wculd re- duce the Cambodian capital to rubble and cause heavy civilian casualties. PEKING (Reutert Noro- dom Sihanouk, exiled former Cambodian ruler, said today the Cambodian government army no longer exists following shat- Sanla Clans' toy in, the red EDMONTON San- ta's toy shop is in the red. "We didn't expect to make a lot of says shop owner John Feiidlcy, "Rut we thought it was a good idea ;is far as the kids were con- cerned and it would mean n little extra for us.'1 'I ho shop actually is n busi- ness venture in which Mr. Fendlcy, an unemployed pliam-o repairman, answers children's lollors to f'.intji C! ?1 a reply. Mr. Frndh-y slaried advcr- r t'.o early in v. aiul had a stock of i :u iflirrs printed. o far he has reecivcd Ifi Ic.'ors and Mi1. Kemlley says he used to lots of letlers when he provided the serviro jit no charge. Spring session wins okay EDMONTON' (CP) A spring session at the University of Al- berta has been given final ap- proval by the board of gover- nors. Earlier the board approved the session in principle and gave final approval following a study of the proposal by the finance committee. Planning for the session, to begin May 8 and end June 16, now is under way. The program will he administered by Dr. S. C. T. Clarke, director, sum- mer session and evening credit. North Indians slill at it EDMONTON (CP) Indians from northeastern Alberta re- serves today were in Iheir seventh week of a sit-in at the downtown offices of the federal department of Indian affairs. 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