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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Furious Seafarers assail donation claims as 'lies, slander' OTTAWA (CP) The em- battled Seafarers' Inter- national Union came to its own defence Friday, claiming innocence in all its political activities and threatening to prosecute its chief accuser. SIU president Roman Gralewicz told reporters at the union's headquarters in Montreal that the SIU cam- paign contributions that have kept the Commons aboil all week were "completely legal." Shouting at times, the 44- year-old president -said the contributions totalled only not as charg- ed by Morton Shulman, member of the Ontario legislature, or as alleg- ed in some news reports. He aimed his anger princi- pally at Dr. Shulman, a New Democrat who has accused the SIU of bribery, corruption, intimida- tion and violence. Denying all charges of wrongdoing, Mr. Gralewicz said the SIU contributions were offered freely, without strings, and went to 17 can- didates Liberals, Progressive Conservatives and New have supported SIU goals such as higher pensions and ant all- Canadian coastal shipping in- dustry. The LetHbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1974 20 Cents Used committees He also said the contributions were channeled through campaign com- mittees in every case and that none of the candidates per- sonally received any money. He accused Dr. Shulman of "peddling crap lies and slander" by suggesting that SIU members upset by union management actions have been, dealt with violently and that federal politicians have been bribed to look the other way. The SIU had never bribed anyone and the only violence had been the occasional drunken fight at bars fre- quented by SIU members, Mr. Gralewicz said. He said he never has talked directly with Dr. Shulman, who is demanding an inquiry into SIU activities. "We're taking action against Shulman and his big white he said. "I in- tend to give Shulman... a boot up the you-know-what." Saying there is "nothing to inquire he disclosed that SIU lawyers have asked Ontario Attorney-General Robert Welch to take criminal action against Dr. Shulman. The Metropolitan Toronto police also have been asked through Mr. Welch to produce legal authority for installing a wiretap on the SIU's Toronto office, he said The political contributions, the focal point of the week- long uproar in the Commons, were made during the July 8 election campaign and includ- ed a donation to Labor Minister John Munro. He returned the contribu- tion in September fearing it might draw charges of im- propriety. Legally, there is nothing wrong with union political donations. Giving them to favored candidates and par- ties is a long-established prac- tice. But the SIU donations, particularly because of Mr. Munro's involvement, have raised the question of conflict of interest. The SIU president also denied published reports that Mr. Munro asked for SIU money in a telephone conver- sation police taped between the minister and Mr. Gralewicz. All donations were offered voluntarily, he said. Another Shulman charge, that violence broke out in Mr. Allmand's Montreal riding of Notre Dame de Grace after SIU members worked on his election campaign in 1972, also was denied by Mr. Gralewicz. He said he is not a personal friend of Mr. Munro or Mr. Al- Imand and he rejected a state- ment by Dr. Shulman that the SIU has boasted of having a senior cabinet minister "in its pocket." Challenges dissidents He accused Dr. Shulman of basing his attacks on unfound- ed complaints by dissident SIU members unsatisfied with the 41-per-cent pay increase negotiated with shipping com- panies in April. He identified three SIU members, John Cooper, Edward Devereaux and Jack Rafik, as men he suspects of giving information to Dr. Shulman. Opposition critics have been demanding an inquiry similar to the commission which in- vestigated the SIU in the early 1960s and uncovered brutality within its ranks. The SIU president at the time was Hal Banks whom the commission labelled ruthless, lawless, cruel and dishonest. He fled Canada in 1964 while on bail and subsequently left the union. Mr Gralewicz, who became SIU president last year, ad- mitted Friday he has had per- sonal experience with violence. he said, recalling his days as a ship's fireman and barroom brawls while in port "I got into fights I lost a few too." The fights even extended to union matters, he added when questioned. "Sure. If you're sitting with a bunch of seamen in a bar, it wouldn't be unusual to argue about a union." But he said he is strictly op- posed to union violence and would be the first to dismiss any SIU member or official beating up another. This Weekend ECHOES FROM THE PAST 11 they listen carefully, city workers may hear the sound of marching feet and shouts of guards as they build a new foundry plant on the site of a former prisoner of war camp. Page 13 SOUTH WINS THREE Three Southern Alberta teams win their open- ing games as LCI's two day Eighth Annual In- vltatlonal Basketball Tournament gets un- i derway. 23 HETTER TREATMENT Transient men are treated as "a third rate" concern and a department of health and social development regional administrator thinks they deserve better. Page 45 72 Pages Classified........28-33 Comics ...........40 Comment.........4, 5 Family..........33-38 Markets...... 26, 27 Religion........11, 12 Sports...........23-25 Theatres............17 TV.................16 Weather.............3 ACCIDENT ENOUGH TO BREAK ANYBODY'S SPIRIT SYDNEY, Australia (AP) A wine lover paid J380 for a bottle of vintage port today then accidentally smashed it a few minutes later on the front steps of a hotel. Businessman John Nader had just won a spirited bidding duel for the bottle of 1922 port at a wine auction. Bystanders said he shouted with dismay as the bottle slipped through his fingers. Another oil sands plant in jeopardy 'An you sure there's no mention of LOW TONIGHT 25, HIGH SUN. 50; SUNNY, WINDY This, too may melt The sun's rays glisten- ing across a patch of un- melted snow in West Leth- bridge give the impres- sion that winter is finally upon the city. But the weather office today turn- ed aside any cause of alarm. The weekend tem- peratures are expected to reach 50 degrees with sunny skies, which may eliminate these remnants of a November snowfall. Rhodesia rejects black rule SALISBURY (Reuter) The Rhodesian government today rejected a black nationalist demand that im- mediate black majority rule be a precondition for holding a constitutional conference: It said the Rhodesian government had agreed to hold a constitutional conference if certain con- ditions were met, including a cessation of hostilities by two guerrilla Zim- babwe African Peoples Union (ZAPU) and the Zimbabwe African National Union It added: "Our representa- tives were informed that there would be no cessation of terrorism unless it was agreed that a precondition of a constitutional conference was that it would be on the basis of immediate majority rule. "These proposals are not acceptable to the Rhodesian government." Howard Johnson eyeing downtown for new hotel By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Downtown Lethbridge could have a 120-150 room Howard Johnston's hotel in the not- too-distant future, if negotiations between Woodward Stores Ltd. and a Winnipeg developer bear fruit. "We are taking a very close look at said G.S. Bhatia, general manager of Bestlands Investment Ltd., in a telephone interview from Winnipeg Friday The firm may also build and manage the high-rise apart- ment building in the Lethbridge Centre project, Mr. Bhatia said. Initial market and financial feasibility studies indicate there is a demand for both the hotel and the apartment building downtown, he said. But he added, Bestlands, which has the Western Cana- dian franchise for Howard Johnsons, will re-examine its studies before signing with Woodwards. "I don't want to mislead anyone it's still a study at this Mr. Bhatia added. He refused to commit himself on a date when a decision might be reached. A project of this nature depends on the economy if the interest rates go up, it could be put off, he said. "As it is, it looks good." If the outcome of the talks with Woodwards is positive, it will end more than a year of uncertainty which has sur- rounded the hotel and to some extent the apartment building part of the Lethbridge Centre project. Makarios returns home NICOSIA (AP) Archbishop Makarios return- ed to Cyprus today after five of exile and in a dramatic balcony ap- pearance told'a roaring crowd of he would grant am- nesty to the men who plotted his overthrow as president. A large section of the throng screamed its disapproval, chanting "EOKA-B murderers, try them, try But Makarios held out his hands appealing for quiet, then said: "Please, please. I absolve them of all sin and grant them an amnesty in the hope that this will bring about the desired concord and unity of our people." CALGARY (CP) The federal and Alberta governments have offered to rescue an oil sands project in northeastern Alberta following the withdrawal Friday of Atlantic Richfield Canada Ltd. (ARCO) from the Syncrude consortium. But John Poyen, president of the Canadian Petroleum Association, said oil sands development, "key to Canada's energy has been jeopardiz- ed by the "short-term, politically-expedient" policies of the two levels of government. While ARCO announced its withdrawal from Syncrude Canada Ltd., which has been building a plant in the Athabasca oil sands since September, 1973, Home Oil Co. Ltd. said it may not be able to launch its proposed oil sands plant. ARCO, which owned a 30- per cent interest in Syncrude, cited rising costs and uncer- tainty over oil prices as the major reasons for its decision. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said in Ottawa that he made a proposal for the federal government to invest in Syncrude to Alberta Mines Minister Bill Dickie, who was attending the federal-provincial mines ministers' meeting. Mr. Macdonald did not say whether Ottawa offered to pick up the full 30-per-cent interest withdrawn by ARCO. "We talked in general terms and Mr. Dickie said he will discuss the matter with his colleagues." Premier Peter Lougheed, whose government holds an option through Alberta Energy Co. to buy 20-per-cent interest in Syncrude, said im- mediate increase in the domestic price of oil, current- ly at a barrel compared to for oil exported to the United States, would en- courage companies in oil sands development. Gordon Miniely, Alberta treasurer, said the province may consider taking over ARCO's share of the Syncrude project. In Toronto, Guif president Jerry McAfee said the three remaining partners "are interested in seeing the pro- ject continue." The Syncrude group already has spent more than million. Ron Coleman, vice- president of Home, which is proposing a day oil sands plant, said "there is serious doubt" its project could be launched. He said Home is unable to get sufficient financial back- ing for its project, estimated to cost billion. He said as a Canadian company, Home is experiencing more difficulties in raising capital than the multi-nationals. Two other groups proposing oil sands projects also are re- examining their positions- The U.S. half of the Shell group has withdrawn its 50- per cent interest in a proposed oil sands plant. Petrofina Canada Ltd. said it is developing a new set of economic projections before committing itself. Students, monks still have Thant LONDON (AP) A threat- ened popular uprising in Burma apparently has been averted by a government promise to grant a hero's funeral for former United Nations secretary-general U Thant, diplomatic sources here say. The sources said the govern- ment of Gen. Ne Win has de- cided not to take reprisals against an estimated stu- dents and Buddhist monks who seized the casket contain- ing Thant's body during a funeral procession on Thur- sday. In Rangoon, the students and monks still held the body at the Rangoon University campus today. City officials proposed that Thant be buried in a tomb near Rangoon's Shwedagon Pagoda, but the students refused the offer and were building a tomb for him on the campus. The site chosen by the pro- testers once was occupied by a student union building, which was demolished by the government 12 years ago. The government's original plan was to bury Thant at Rangoon's Kyandaw cemetery. Chou recovery said remarkable TOKYO (AP) Chinese Premier Chou En-lai has made "remarkable" recovery from his recent illness, a Japanese religious leader back from a visit to China said today. "The premier seems to have recovered greatly since my last visit in late May and early said Daisaku Ikeda, president of Soka- a Buddh-ist organization. Seen and heard About town Taber farmer Les Chomany telling a banquet audience that he was "all balled up" Friday because he slept on a pool table the previous night Alt Sloane joking about an empty sugar bowl at a sugar beet growers' banquet. Cup of Milk Fund helps many to live They know they're dying. The children of Bangladesh slip toward death by star- vation. We're eating and drinking. They're hungry and dying. We live in a land of plenty. They wait and wonder why they must die. No way. There's no way we can let these children starve. We've got Your goal is There's a still small voice within you. Listen to it. Then send your gift to the Lethbridge Herald's Cup of Milk' Fund. Thank you Johnson Bros. Sawmills of Cowley. Many thanks. Show an understanding heart. There's a law of kindness. Be a cheerful giver. Speak the truth in love. The children of Bangladesh will call you blessed. Thank you, good women of the Netherlands Reformed Church of Picture Butte. We're well on the way now. Go together with your neighbor and help us help these children this Christmas. Together we can do it. Four cents will pay for a cup of milk for a hungry child in Bangladesh. Thank goodness we have the will and the resources to help them. We must help them. Devastation, floods, disease and full-scale famine. The misery to humanity can only be imagined. The Unitarian Service Com- mittee is working with its local partner agency, the Ramakrishna Mission, in well over 20 feeding stations and a number of medical centres. The USC has a commitment to ship five carloads, pounds of skim milk powder, before June 30, 1975. One carload costs USC Friendship Dollars. Seven babies are born every minute in Bangladesh. Take one in your arms Write Cup of Milk Fund, Lethbridge Herald. Special thanks to the Ray- mond Fifth Cub Pack for organizing a raffle to raise money for the fund. Good luck boys! (For list of contributors see Page ;