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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Sleuart at the helm SASKATOON (CP) Saskat- chewan Liberals rallied Satur- day around their new leader, former deputy premier D. G. Steuart, and said that their re- cent crushing blow at the polls was not a fatal punch to their party. "Our first job is to get behind Otto Lang and win the next fed- eral election then we'll get to Little shouted a jubi- lant Steuart after his election at the two-day leadership conven- tion that ended Saturday after- noon. He was referring to pre- mier Allan Blakeney. "We'll tell Little Allan that the Liberal parly is on the march again. We're coming and we're coming strong." The pint-sized Prince Albert early favorite in the race and clearly in con- trol after the first referring to the next federal el- ection in which he hoped Liber- als could increase their repre- sentation in Saskatchewan. Mr. Lang is the federal minis- ter in charge of the Canadian Wheat Board and the only Lib- eral member from the province. LOST LAST ELECTION Mr. Sceuart's other reference was to Premier Allan Blakeney. whose New Democratic Party decimated the Liberals in the June 23 provincial election, tak- ing 45 of 60 seats. The 55-year-old Mr. Steuart was opposed in the leadership contest by the MIA from Mile- stone, C. P. (Cy) MacDonald, and 48-year-old former member for Elrose, Geodge Leith. 35 slain in Toronto TORONTO (CP) Thirty-five persons have been slain in To- ronto this year more than any year in the city's history and police blame drugs for the in- crease. Insp. John Wilson, who heads the department's drug squad, says weapons of violence have now' become part of the drug culture. "We run into a fantastic range of weapons in our Ire says. "The list in- cludes rifles, shotguns, re- volvers, stilettos and even base- ball bate." Although tht previous high of 26 slayings in 19M! lias been sur- passed, police say violence in Toronto is still notably less than in somt American cities. The 35th victim this year was Mrs. Marika Sokoloski, a 23- year-old former model whose stabbed body was found in her Rochdale College apartment. Police said she was part of the drug to which they at- tribute 12 ether slayings this year. SENTENCE COMMUNTED Former Egyptian Vice- President Aly Sabry, sentenced to death for plotting to overthrow President Anwar Sadat, stands in a Cairo court- room as tbe court announces his sentence has been com- muted to life imprisonment on orders from President Sa- dat. Two other cabinet ministers implicated in the plot also had their death sentences commuted. on drug studied makes it official Monday, December 13, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD It I Brief urges hike m minimum wage OTTAWA (CP) Federal au- thorities are studying discipli- nary action against doctors who irresponsibly prescribe the add- ictive drug' methadone, includ- ing limits on their prescribing privileges, Health Minister John Munro indicated here. He told reporters he will dis- cuss possible action with provin- cial health ministers at a meet- ing here Dec. Krl7. At the same time, he will seek agreement from the provinces for a series of federal initiatives to cope with the growing use of heroin. Both subjects, heroin and methadone, were discussed at a secret conference of govern- ment, medical and rehabilita- tive authorities here. Dr. J. Maurice LeClair, fed- eral deputy health minister, said that as a result of the con- ference action on heroin and methadone could not await the report of the LeDain commis- sion on non-medical drug use. Dr. William Craig, who heads the federal drug abuse pro- giam, said the conference dem- onstrated that "we have a her- oin situation, a problem that is expanding and I do not know if it is an epidemic." Heroin was highly available in the streets, especially in Van- couver, Toronto, Montreal and through Ontario border points Bulk of Canadian arms sold to United states sucli as Windsor and Niagara j Falls. The price was dropping fast, indicating abundant supply. Use of the drug was expanding from the urban ghetto of lower-in- come groups to the smaller towns and to middle-income families. The age group of users ap- pearing at institutions for treat- ment was dropping rapidly from the 35-40 bracket to 21 ot 22. Mr. Munro said the confer- ence and the recent report of a committee of federal govern- ment and medical officials had prompted the study of discipli- nary action with respect to methadone prescribing. Methadone is an addictive I drug that has been used in the treatment of heroin addicts. The committee report said a small number of doctors were pre- scribing it irresponsibly. Informants said that between 25 and 30 doctors were in this category. They had been pre- scribing methadone in excessive amounts and to patients not proved to be heroin addicts. In experimental programs, the drug has been shown to block the constant craving of addicts for heroin through a sin- gle daily dose given in fruit juice. Some addicts on this treatment have been able to live otherwise normal lives. Mr. Munro said federal regu- lations about prescribing are being examined and would be discussed with the provincial ministers. RED DEER (CP) Robert Thompson announced Saturday he will not seek re-election in Ked Deer constituency which he has represented in the Com- mons since first as a So- cial Credit member and then as a Progressive Conservative. In a letter to T. J. Parkinson, constituency association presi- dent, Mr. Thompson said he will finish serving his fourth term in Parliament but when the next federal election is called will move with hs family to Fort Langley in British Columbia's Fraser Valley. "My move to British Colum bia is necessitated by health reasons for my own he said. The former Social Credit leader, a key figure in the fall of the Diefenbaker government, said he has an agreement to join a religious liberal arts col- lege in the Fraser Valley as ad- ministrative vice-president. Meanwhile, he will serve as national organization co-ordina- tor for the Conservative party through the next election cam- paign. In an interview, Mr. Thomp- son said he has no involvement or intention of being involved in B.C. politics. The 57-year-old teacher, born in Minnesota of Canadian par- ents, gradauted from Calgary Normal School, Garbutts Busi- ness College in Calgary, Bob Jones University in Greenville, N.C., and the University of Brit- ish Columbia. EDMONTON (CP) Increas-, ed royalties, severe penalties on polluters and a minimum wage for the prov- ince were urged in the Alberta Federation of Labor brief pre- sented to Uie provincial cabi- net. The brief also ad- vocated a publicly operated automobile insurance pro- gram, compulsory arbitration, changes in the Alberta Labor Act, extension and no premiums for medical care and outlawing private employment agencies. flic federation, which repre- sents the province in the Cana- dian Labor Congress and speaks for the vast majority of Alber- ta's union employees, said the oil and natural gas royalties re- ceived by the province are the lowest in the world. The federation, commenting that the 10-cents-a-ton coal roy- alty does not even pay for the railway the citizens of Alberta built for Mclntyre Porcupine mines, recommended an imme- diate increase on all natural resources royalties "to a level the market will bear." Slating agreement with En- vironment Minister Bill Yurko that "the polluter must the brief proposed introduction of "effective and enforceable legislation which will prevent, under severe penalty, the con- tinuance of destructive prac- tices which would endanger our environment." The federation asked for im- mediate increase ot the mini- mum wage to an hour from tlw present "and provide for further upward revision to 52.50" an hour. Referring to car insurance, the federation said that in 1971 Alberta premiums in a selected area were 45 per cent higher than in Manitoba and 40 per cent higher than in Saskatch- ewan. Both these provinces have publicly-administered pro- grams. The brief contended contrac- tors in the building and con- struction industry should be forced to post performance bonds because such a regula- tion would protect employees who have lost wages when em- ployers have not been able to meet their payroll. The federation asked the gov- ernment enforce "the intent of statutory holidays legislation" to prevent large department stores remaining open. On the minimum wage, the brief said it would sist greatly in eliminating "working poor" in Alberta, would give added purchasing power to many thousands, would stimulate the economy and would assist in combatting unemployment. BROADCASTS SHORTWAVE The CBC International Serv- ice broadcasts by shortwave i 11 languages to Europe, Africa, Australia, Asia, Latin America, the aribbean and North Amer- ica. LONDON (CP) Nearly three-quarters of Canada's annual arms sales now are going to the United States, says an authoritative study of recent international de- fence expenditures. A detailed study prepared by the International Peac? Research Institute says Canada exports almost mil- Canada has a restrictive po'-1 dian government plays a large I icy towards arms exports to the and important role in control- Third World but many aircraft sold can be used for military as well as civilian purposes. During the 1950s, the study says, Canada supplied aircraft formerly used in the Canadian air force to such countries as Zambia. Malawi and Rhodesia. Canada also sold armored lion in arms to the U.S. nach fighting vehicles to Lebanon year. Major weapons exports to un- der-developed "Third World" countries have averaged S23 million annually since 1950. the study says. "Major weapons exports to Third World countries reached a peak in the late 1950s, when Canada was selling com- bat aircraft produced under U.S. licence to U.S. allies, gen- erally under U.S. military as- sistance programs. "Thus, for example, Canada delivered Sabre fighters to Greece, Turkey, Iran and Col- umbia as well as to South Africa to support South Africa's contribution to the Western de- j fence system." EXPORTS DROPPED around 1950, the study adds. The survey has been published as an 804-page book. It is important to remember, says the study, that the Cana- Holiday goodies for taxpayers TORONTO (CP) Armed with a personal mandate from Ontario voters. William Gren- ville Davis leads his Progres- sive Conservative government into a mini-session cf the pro- vincial legislature today. proauciion The 42-year-old lawyer from Brampton who steamrollered; ___ ling and promoting military ex- ports although many Canadian defence firms are privately owned. Apart from military exports to the U.S. and developing coun- tries, Canada also sells a large proportion of its exportable mil- itary equipment to other NATO countries, the study says. Canadian purchases of mili- tary equipment have declined about S250 million in 1958 from million in 1959, the survey says. But as military imports have fallen "there lias been an in- creasing emphasis on export promotion." The study says the U.S. has always been Canada's main cus- tomer for military exports. "A large proportion of the Ca- nadian defence industry is U.S.- owned and the aircraft industry was largely built up through [reduction of U.S. combat air- tire Liberal and New Demo- The study adds, however, that arms exports to Third World cratic Party opposition in the Oct. 21 elecUon, expects the ses- sion will end by Friday. Before that, he will have some Christmas goodies for the Driver charged !at Calgary CALGARY MANY OMPANIES The Canadian life insurance business consists of more than 230 companies and fraternal societies, about half of which are federally-registered companies. countries decreased from tax-payer. to 19G9. But there was a The speech from the throne, a spending increase in Canadian j statement of the government's' Robert Debnam, 20, of Cat sales to other Commonwealth I intentions, will be short but will I gary was killed early Sunday countries as well as to Latin! include his promise to cut pro-: in a two-vehicle accident. vincial personal income taxes; Police said Debnam's car by three per cent. i was struck at an intersection mem um me uiu seuuuu By doing so, he hopes to in- j by a ccr driven by Garth Sie- half cf the 1960s consisted of Ca-1 crease consumer spending, j wart. nadian-designed transport and stimulate the economy and gen-1 Siewart was charged trainer aircraft. crate jobs. dangerous driving. American states. Most of the military equip-. ment supplied during the second j if you need money. One-stop shopping for the money you when you need it. Personal loans to and more. Mortgages up to Money to make life a little more pleasant. 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