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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, December 11, 1974 THE UETHRRIDGE HERALD 23 The sad story of two sets of pay cheques OTTAWA (CP) Forty-six future armed forces doctors who apparently thought they were in on a good thing, ended up pay- ing to the defence department. The case of the interns, who received salaries from both hos- pital and armed forces, was dealt with Tuesday in the Com- mons public accounts committee which is examining the 1972-73 report of the auditor general. Sylvan Cloutier, deputy minister of defence, told the com- mittee the men were receiving pay to intern at hospitals. In receiving two sets of pay they were violating military law, but the offence was not considered serious enough to prosecute. Besides the men were students who as yet had no experience in the military and probably had little idea of military regulations. The pay they received from hospitals was paid to the defence department, in some cases on the instalment plan. Mr. Cloutier assured the committee that steps have sub- sequently been taken to assure that hospitals and military in- terns realize that the latter get paid only the defence department. In another matter, Mr. Cloutier said Canada's allies will pay more to have their pilots trained by the Canadian Armed Forces in future. He was dealing with a section of auditor-general's reports for 1972-73 and 1973-74 which said the government did not recover the full cost of training pilots for NATO allies. He said that in future, depreciation of equipment will be taken into account as well as the cost of training a pilot who fails and leaves a course early But he added that the department does not seek a profit in training other country's pilots, only to recover costs. At present an agreement under which Dutch pilots are being trained in Canada is up for renewal The auditor-general's report said that up to March, 1974, the defence department had paid million more than it recov- ered in training allies. Mr Cloutier said the amount charged for training allies is negotiated but that such things as depreciation and failing stu- dents will be considered in future negotiations. Gordon Towers Deer) said the fact that depr- eciation was not taken into account in the past amounts almost to maladministration. He also suggested that Canada "sell" the vast wide-open spaces it has available for training Mr Cloutier said recovery of the cost of using those spaces is part of government policy The arrangements under which the British train at Suffield, Alta and West Germans at Shilo, Man., are fully cost re- coverable. All steps were taken to protect the environment. France's drug habits change PARIS (CP) The relentless and often fruitful police hunt for narcotics pedlars in the last few years has forced important changes in drug consumption habits in France Use of hard and decreased while use of soft juana and rapid- ly increased. Recent government statis- tics show that police seized more than one ton of cannabis derivatives in the first half of 1974 and were continuing to make important seizures of soft drugs each week They also seized 90 pounds of her- oin, 45 pounds of opium, 85 pounds of tranquillizers and more than doses of LSD More than persons, mostly male, were arrested for trafficking and possession of narcotics including about 80 international pedlars, 400 dis- tributors and users. Since 1972 French author- ities, bolstered by inter- national police forces, have uncovered a dozen clandestine laboratories where morphine was transformed into heroin and convicted many impor- tant pedlars. As a result of the crack- down, the number of heroin addicts has decreased sub- stantially since 1971 although it appears most of them have returned to soft drugs. But this alone does not ex- plain the increase in con-. sumption of soft drugs in France. Recent studies show that soft drugs are no longer solely consumed in the stu- dent, university and artist communities but also by workers. Police have also noted an increasing number of burglar- ies in pharmacies where the object has not been the cash box but opium powder, co- caine, morphine, barbiturates or amphetamines. In 1971 only 21 cases were reported, 200 in 1973 and one a day in 1974. It is estimated that French- men consumed more than 500 pounds of cannabis de- rivatives and about 300 pounds of heroin between 1970 and 1973 At present, a marijuana cigarette costs and more and heroin is an injection. Prisoners hint dummies for watchtower duties OTTAWA (CP) Con- servative MP John Reynolds suggested Tuesday that penitentiary officials take a hint from prisoners and place dummies on night watchtower duty at a British Columbia penitentiary. The query followed a Com- mons exchange in which So- licitor-General Warren Al- Imand explained that two men escaped from the New West- Brothers shot after party HIGH PRAIRIE (CP) A man and a youth, charged with attempted murder after a shooting incident near this northwestern Alberta com- munity were remanded in custody to Jan. 29 for a preliminary hearing. Alec Colin Ward, 27, and a 15-year-old juvenile, both from the Sucker Creek Indian Reserve, were charged after two brothers were shot. Police said residents of a house at Sucker Creek were placed under seige after a par- ty. minster prison last week after placing dummies in their cells. The escape came during the midmght-to-8 a.m. a period when the watchtowers are not manned because prisoners are supposed to be in their cells "In this rase, they put dum- mies in their cells and hid in the Mr. Allmand said. "After lock-up, they es- caped." Mr. Reynolds (Burnaby- to laughter from both sides of the House, observed that prisoners have no compunction about escap- ing in the middle of the night. "Is the minister considering putting dummies in the tow- he asked. "Is the honorable member available for the shot back Mr. AH and. He said keeping guards in the four towers around the clock is an expensive oper- ation that was dropped be- cause he was advised it was not necessary. "There are very few es- capes at that time." However, he was looking at the "cost-benefit ratio" of 24- hour watchtower operations once again. Alberta mute on trial for mail-truck theft Black troops trained South Africa has revealed its first black combat troops. These infantrymen will be instructors in a full-time professional black corps. In peacetime blacks have never before been allowed to carry arms. VEGFJEVILLE (CP) The trial of a 53 year old mute charged with robbing a mail truck and kidnapping its driver has opened with the arraignment and not guilty plea of Michael John Tokar. Conviction of Tokar in a first trial on the charges was overturned by Alberta Supreme Court because the first court failed to arraign him and allow him a plea. Most the evidence in the trial concerning the September, 1973, robbery dealt with the path of a cash shipment from the bank where it was prepared to the main Edmonton post office. The court learned that the post office's first "preventive security officer" in Western Canada was hired because of "problems in Edmonton." The officer, Wilfred Rain- bold, said money had "gone missing" on one previous oc- casion. He said a cash shipment, sent by registered mail, would be handled by a number of people, but a signature would be obtained each time it was handed over. In answer to a question by Edmonton lawyer Burke Barker, acting for Tokar, Mr. Reinbold said it was "probably possible" that a money bag could leave the post office without its money, but "a lot of co operation would be required." Earlier, two bank tellers told the crown prosecutor of the procedure they followed when making up a cash shipment. ART FORM ANCIENT The earliest known murals on man-made walls date from about 5850 BC and are found in .southern Anatolia, Turkey. STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd St. S. Phone 327-3024 r tit Faberge Brut 33 Soap on a Rope 5-'oz 1.77 Icicle Decorations Flameproof 18' long 500 strands 3A1. 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