Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
CLOUDY High forecast Friday 35. The letltbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 304 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGES Reaction on mass report good By TOE CANADIAN PRESS Publishers and broadcasters Wednesday had praise in general lor the report of the Senate committee on the mass media but balked at some criticisms that touched them individually. Reaction among publishers to the committee's call for a press council was largely lukewarm or outright opposed. The report said a watchdog council, to pro- mote higher standards of journalism, should be formed by publishers, editors and reporters, without govern- ment participation. Spokesmen for the Canadian Association of Broad- casters and the Radio-Television News Directors As- sociation of Canada defended the quality of their mem- bers' news reporting. Reader's Digest Association Canada Ltd. said it is confident that the government will not accept the com- mittee's recommendation that special tax treatment for the Canadian editions of Reader's Digest and Time magazine be stopped. The Saint John Telegraph-Journal today carried on its front page a statement signed by Publisher Ralph! Costello, saying the committee's report contains false statements about The Telegraph-Journal and the eve- ning Times-Globe, which he also publishes. The report calls Nova Scotia and New Brunswick "journalistic disaster areas." Charge unfounded Mr. Costello says: "It is a disgraceful, unfounded accusation and the saddest thing about it is that the whole report, which can be of great importance to the press and to the nation, could be questioned be- cause of these childish smears and defamatory non- sense about New Brunswick. "But should it be judged on the basis the shoddy treatment given to the press of the maritime provinces? My answer is no." The Halifax Chronicle-Herald, which with the Hali- fax Mail-Star is singled out for "uncaring, lazy journal- says in an editorial the report contains "a harsh', unfair, unsubstantiated and often vicious attack" on the two newspapers. Fred Auger, president of the Canadian Daily News- paper Publishers' Association and publisher of the Vancouver Province, said it is encouraging "to see the committee telling our readers that newspapers have generally improved in the last five years and remain the least-dispensable medium over the long term." But he added: "The committee shows some confusion about the role of the Canadian Daily Newspaper Publishers" Association when it says the CDNPA exists only to promote the sale of advertising and has no interest in establishing professional standards or training the peo- ple who produce the products they sell "Talk of placing profit ahead of product is, to say Hie least, imprecise. Without some profit there will be no product and all Canadians will be the worse off for that." Promises study Mr. Auger's statement, promised a detailed study of the report. It did not mention the suggestion that the CDNPA and Canadian Managing Editors Confer- ence consider a press council at their next meetings. R. S. Malone, president of FP Publications Ltd., described as "quite unnecessary" the recommendations for a press council and a federal board to review fu- ture mergers or purchases. "They could, in fact, be dangerous to tlie public Interest." His eight FP dailies are described in the report as "from competent to excelled." St. Clair Balfour, president of Soulham Press Ltd., which owns 10 Canadian newspapers and has interests in three others, said he favors a press council and that his company would join it if one were established. But Mr. Balfour said he thought an ownership re- view board would only duplicate the work of amend- ments to the Combines Act. James Cooper, chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union and publisher of the Toronto Globe and Mail, said the British experience with a press council has been that the good newspapers are still good "and the bad newspapers are dreadful." John Bassett, publisher of the Toronto Telegram, said of the proposed council: "I wouldn't join it and I wouldn't pay any attention to anything it had to say about my newspaper." Mr. Cooper said an ownership review board might help confront the dangers of concentration of owner- ship. Mr. Bassett said the committee failed totally to deal with the problem of concentration. The report calls the Canadian Association of Broad- casters "neanderthal" and said most private broad- casters have been content to "sit at the end of the pipe and letting networks fill their prime-time slots with imported programs. W. D. McGregor, president of the association, said the committee appeared to be basing.its judgment on "second-hand information" from a hearing of the Cana- dian Radio Television Commission early this year when the CAB appeared to oppose proposals now regulations aimed at increasing Canadian content on radio and television. Don Joluiston, president of the Radio-Television News Directors Association and news director of Ham- ilton radio station C1IML, described the report as a worthwhile document but said broadcasters do not con- sider news a sideline In entertainment and do not depend on newspapers and newspaper wire services for their news coverage. Tile committee says most new-gathering for radio and TV is done by Broadcast News, a subsidiary of The Canadian Press. In Winnipeg, the founder and editor of the maga- zine Canadian Dimension said the proposal for a million development loan fund to assist Canadian pub- lishing ventures "is an excellent suggestion." The re- port calls Canadian Dimension "probably the most au- thoritative and thoughtful" of the promising now pub- lications it says Canada needs. Improvemen in mass me SENATOR DAVEY presents report By IRVING C. WHYNOT OTTAWA (CP) Canada's newspaper owners and private broadcasters have the power and the profits to improve their operations for the public good. A lengthy special Senate com- mittee report on the mass media tabled Wednesday reaches this conclusion but says the improvement should come from within the industry and not by force. Senator Keith Davey, commit- tee chairman who originally 'Quake rocks Peru LIMA (Heuter) A strong earthquake rocked northern Peru and southern Ecuador for 40 seconds Wednesday night causing panic and destruction in the northern cities of Tumbes and Sullana, the Peruvian Geo- physical Institute announced. No official information on damage or victims was immedi- ately available because commu- nications with the north of Peru were cut off. Tumbes, the city most af- fected by the quake, has a popu- lation of "There has been destruction in Tumbes, Sullana, Talara and other the institute said. Unemployment continues rise SHOPPING DAYS TILL CHRISTMAS OTTAWA (CP) Unemploy- ment rose at mid-November to compared with a month earlier, and amounted to 5.7 per cent of the labor force, it was announced today. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, the one used by the gov- ernment and economists in judging the impact of unemploy- ment on the economy, unem- ployment edged down slightly in November to 6.5 from 6.6 in Oc- tober and 6.9 in September. November's unemployment figure of was out of a total labor force of It compared with unem- ployed a year earlier, out of a Doctor faces murder charge PORT ALBERNI, B.C. (CP) Dr. Glen- Stewart, 43, for- merly of Lethbridge, was charged Wednesday with non- capital murder in the; slaying of a bible camp caretaker on the west side of Vancouver Is- land. HCMP in this Vancouver Is- land community said the charge resulted from investi- gation into the death of Gor- don Adrian Kralt, 23, whose badly-decomposed body was found Nov. 22 in an open field, three weeks after he dis- appeared. Stewart, who practised in several northern B.C. centres, was being held in Hiverview Mental Hospital in Coquitlam, near Vancouver. He was re- manded there, pending a Dec. 18 court apearance here, after being returned to Canada from San Francisco. suggested the study, told a news There was no recommenda- conference after presenting the tion to force such action, "but I hope the people of Canada will insist on better media prod- said the Liberal senator from Toronto. Specifically, UK report recommended: government press owner- The owners could make the ship review board with power to improvements, he said, because bar further media ownership the committee had found media concentration unless those in- profits surprisingly high. volved could prove that the pub- "I think the media possess the lie would benefit. million or more gov- ernment fund to subsidize prom- ising, new journals. of special tax treatment for tire Canadian edi- tions of U.S.-owned Time maga- zine and Reader's Digest. scholarships for post-graduate journalism training. of national and regional press councils as methods of gathering ideas and public. report: "We are anxious to encourage more diversity and arrest the trend to more concentration of media ownership. We also want to see an escalation in the qual- ity." resources to escalate quality." Unions withdraw rail strike action -gathering labor force that then numbered g 115 goo A 'joint, report by the man- power department and the Do- abroad by The Canadian Press, minion Bureau of Statistics said national news-gathering co-oper- that the coming of winter ative. caused a seasonal reduction in full-scale journalism employment in November, and anj TV faculties at universities. an increase in unemployment. The labor force this Novem- by CBC television as accom- ber was 3.5 per cent larger than piished by CBC radio. a year ago, while employment MOST ARE SATISFIED was up 2.1 per cent. A study done for the comnrit- TvrnFiw T mum tee fintis Ulat "uv lai'6e> de- INCREASE LOWER spite a number rcserva. The increase in the raost Canadians are sat- number of jobless for the month the job the media was slightly lower in relative are doing But not all WASHINGTON (CP-AP) Four unions, defying a congres- sional ban and a court injunc- tion, shut down United States railways today, but a few hours later two of the unions an- nounced that they were ordering their men back to work because of the law passed by Congress. The unions withdrawing from the country-wide strike were the United Transportaiton Union, with headquarters in Cleveland, and the Brotherhood of Mainte- nance of Way Employees, based in Detroit. The Brotherhood of Railway Clerks and the Hotel and Res- taurant Employees were the other unions that went on strike. terms than the average increase It describes Nova Scotia and All are members of the AFL- C10. The UTU withdrawal was an- nounced in Cleveland by W. W. Carson, assistant to Charles Luna, the union's president. In telegrams to all general chairmen and international offi- cers, Carson advised that be- cause Congress President Nixon tion prohibiting a strike and guaranteeing a wage increase that UTU was cancelling its part in the strike. Harold Crotty, leader of maintenance of way workers, sent telegrams from his Detroit headquarters to local union leaders telling them "maintenance of way employ- ees should return to work on their next regular assignment." L r.ronc" cusafater areas employed aged 14 to 24. The in- crease in the number of unem- ployed aged 25 and over was less than average for the time of year. Laporte inquest postponed mly disappoint- ing." Lord Thomson owns 30 dailies in Canada. The report wasn't unanimous. Two Nova Scotia senators disso- ciated themselves from criti- cism of Halifax newspapers and a Quebec senator dissented from the recommendation that special tax treatment be with- drawn from Time magazine and Reader's Digest. Broadcasting, the report says, "has softened the onslaught of social change only to the extent that it has been an anesthetic, that someday the patient must iwake to fund his left leg anrpu- and that broadcasting Wfctel 'It's pitiful. She's too old for Women's Lib. and too young for a mayor re-elected VANCOUVER (CP) Tom Campbell, soft pedalling the law and order issue he voiced loudly for the last two years, won his third two-year term as mayor of Vancouver Wednes- day night. The 43-year-old millionaire lawyer rolled steadily to vic- tory, although his margin was reduced from his landslide tri- umph in 1968. Power blackout in Britain causing jmsery, cliaos Cup of milk fund Helpless children aivait your aid The real victims of war are the innocent children who do not understand or comprehend the attacks adults make on each other with dreadful weap- ons. In Vietnam, one of the most violent of wars hi wlu'ch Chil- ians have been involved, ihe plight of suffering children is heart-breaking, for many of those who have survived bomb- ing attacks are badly burned or crippled. As in oilier parts of Asia, in Vietnam there is still a stigma attached to being crippled, and because of this many young handicapped rarely go to school. The USC has taken up the challenge and recently assisted the National Rehabilitation In- stitute to launch the first Day Care Centre primary school for the handicapped children, which will serve as a model for similar programs in other parts of the country. Here medical and paramedical care related to their disabilities, is helping children maimed by disease and war, to live useful lives. Rehabilitation cannot be suc- cessful unless the USC receives funds to support (lie necessary programs of this nature. Send your donation today to the Cup of Milk Fund, care of The Her- ald, Lethbridge. The USC will see to it that money donated by southern Al- berlans is used in rehabilita- tion centres to aid in dietary needs which arc fundamental in restoring broken bodies, The objective this year is The total stands at 123.02. List of donors appears on page 2. MONTREAL (CP) The cor- oner's inquest into the death of tated, Pierre Laporle was postponed will have done nothing to pre- today until Dec. 21 at the re- pare him for his new situation." quest of the Crown. (More reports on the Senate Prosecutor Jacques Ducros report on Canada's mass said the testimony of witnesses media aPPear on pages 6, 7 and scheduled to appeal' "if they tell the tpth, could hamper the po- lice investigation" of the stran- gulation Oct. 17 of the Quebec labor minister. Judge Jacques Trahan, acting as coroner, told reporters the postponement was granted "purely and simply in the inter- ests of justice." Defence lawyer Bernard Mer- gler identified the witnesses (CP) Federal scheduled to appear today as and provincial health ministers Clement Roy, Pierre Marc Beauchamp, and Lise Rose. All the three witnesses, ar- rested under the War Measu- rees Act, are awaiting trial on LONDON (CP) Misery and chaos again faced British homes and factories today with no enci in sight to the power blackouts and the government apparently split on how to deal with the slowdown by electrical power workers. Britons were beginning to lose their cool as the go-slow work- ers' protest for higher wages entered its fourth day after ini- tial government peace moves failed. Fear grew that freezing weather would bring great hard- ship illiijji to elderly peo- ple witnuuc heat and_ light. An electricity official ap- pealed to the public: "For God's sate turn off that light. Every you turn on a light unnecessarily you might be pre- venting an emergency hospital operation." One strong faction in Prime Minister Edward Heath's cabi- net was said to be demanding an independent court of inquiry to assess the demand of the electrical workers for a. 24-per-cent pay increase. Additional funds for health costs sought by provinces are moving gradually toward a system where each province will get one lump sum from Ot- tawa to apply as it sees fit to a whole range of health pro- charges of being, or professing grams, to be, members of Hie outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec. The four largest provinces, and it is reported the smaller ones as well, told the federal government firmly Wednesday they want just that kind of flexi- bility to check soaring health care costs and develop future programs. Health Minister J. D. Hender- son of Alberta was the first in the field with a specific propos- of present cost-sharing for hospital and medical care insurance with per capita grants. He warned that without some such device it would be almost impossible for the provinces to stop rising health costs which threaten to wreck the economy. Federal Healih Minister John Mimro adopted mostly a listen- ing role although reports com- ing from the closed sessions in- dicated the provinces inter- preted his attitude as encourag- ing. Ralph R. Loffmark, British Columbia health minister, told reporters there was clear indi- cation of federal and provincial willingness to work toward greater flexibility by untying some of the strings attached to federal health funds. Thomas Wells of Ontario said the separate systems of federal financial contributions to medi- cal care insurance and hospital insurance are inflexible, proba- bly inadequate and not geared to the job that needs to be done. Seen and heard About town NO, THEY'RE NOT THE BOSTON BRUINS I These Iwo hockey-ploying bears aren't trying 1o make any National Hockey league team, are jgst performer! at the opening of the Moscow Circus on ice in Madison Square Gardens. The show is part of a U.S. Soviet cultural exchange program. WONDROUS confusion re- sulting after Robin Uann managed to melt the casing on a brand new tape record- er A! Matliison going all out in a bid !o join wife Grace in hospital, by suffer- ing a badly-injured knee in a hockey game Joe Lakic pleading with parents to put names on their children's overshoes because they were paying him S95 an hour, and that's a lot of money to pay a man for anonymous over- ihoes."