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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 18, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SNOW Forecast high Saturday near sere. NO. 7 LethbttdgeH LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES ivers learn to stay off the roads laws ivorking By ELINOR READING Canadian Press Staff Writer Canadians don't drink and drive like they used to. Police believe the people who've had too much alcohol may slowly be learning to stay off the roads. A cross-Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows accident trends down slightly in many cities and on highways. Police are inclined to give the credit to breath analysis laws. They're using spot checks, extra patrols, publicity campaigns and sometimes free rides home in an effort to kacn the year-end holiday toll down. trend in Nova Scotia is down many years. So far this year, it's Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario, ier of the Quebec Provincial Police il number of accidents is about the e more cars on the roads, so Hie lower. for also Jnsp. points oil same bill pcrcentagi In British Columbia, tlie over-all accident trend has been downward, although fatal accidents have in- creased. Tins has been Canadians' first full year of ex- perience will! compulsory breath tests in all provinces. On Dec. 1, 1969, amendments to the Criminal Code made il an offence for a driver to have more than .08 per cent alcohol ill his blood. Give law credit Police officers in Edmonton, Vancouver and To- ronto credit the new legislation with keeping impaired drivers off the roads. But Sgl. Paul Quezel of the QPP thinks they may just be moving to a different nrachine. Sgt. Quezel says that last year, because of breath analysis, there were no deaths over the Christmas holi-Jays in cars only snowmobiles. A campaign throughout the province and particularly in French- language television and radio networks, warns of that danger. Inspector Chris Stagg of Uie Calgary police warns that the law may be old hat to some drivers by now. He says there could be more accidents because of alcohol this year than last. Deputy Chief John Murray of the Toronto police says his officers have been stopping cars for spot checks but finding fewer impaired drivers. "People just aren't drinking as much this he said. "People are leaving the hotels after the first drink. The hotels say many people are having their drink at noon so they won't bo impaired driving home." He says the spot checks have killed the old-style, booze-it-up office Christmas bash. Family invited "Many offices are inviting the wife and kids down for ice cream and Deputy Chief Murray said. "Nobody's going to get sloshed at the office party with the old lady there to keep an eye on him." Several Ontario communities, among them Barrie, Kingston and Brockville, also rrrake spot checks during tiie holidays. Gait is considering doing so. New Brunswick sets up both spot checks and check- points. Checks in British Columbia will continue through the first week in January. Regina police also check vehicles. In Calgary, cily policemen will drive you and your ear home Cliristmas Eve if you call them and ask. Then they'll give your ignition keys to a responsible adult, or take them back to police headquarters where you can pick them up the morning after. The service doesn't extend to New Year's Eve. Regina tried a rides-home program a few years ago hut had to stop it because police couldn't keep up with the demand. Newspapers and radio and television stations are helping with publicity campaigns in many parts of Uie country. Promote safety New Brunswick's Drive to Live campaign has tins luessagc this year: Drinking drivers kill. JSrockvillc police hand courtesy tags to drivers, asking Ihem to he careful. Their safety vehicle patrols main sl.rccls broadcasting over a public-address sys- tem and carries a blue pennant for an accident-free day, yellow for a day with accidents but no injuries, red for an injury and black for a traffic death. The Brockville Recorder and Times prints a daily list warnings and charges. In Vancouver, police co-ordinate a newspaper, radio and television campaign. One radio slalion fed- lures interviews with persons slopped for infractions and lips from traffic officers. In St. John's, Nfld., no special measures are planned. An liCMP subdivision spokesman says police have found by experience that most people stay home or leave their cars in Ihe driveway. Chief Allan Dwycr of the Newfoundland Constabu- lary says cxlra police are more liable to be nccdcc) (lie annual August, r-i BURNING POLISH POLICE BlilLDING-Bystanders watch burning police headquarters building in the Polish city of Szczecin on Thursday. It was one of four cities in Poland hit by rioting and arson touched off by demonstrations against price increases. At right, tanks line up to cool outbreaks in Stettin. An early morning broadcast appealed for ob- servance of the nightly curfew instituted on Thursday. Alberta to raise trade question EDMONTON (CP) Alber- ta will raise four items at a meeting of the Prairie Eco- nomic Council in Winnipeg to- day, including the question of int'erprovincial trade barriers. Premier Harry Strom said in a news release that artificial barriers are divisive to Cana- dian federalism and must be el- iminated before they damage the patterns of interprovincial commerce. Mr. Strom said he will also seek support for a proposal to representation of the Prairie Provinces on the Canadian wheat board and oth- er agricultural marketing boards and agencies. DOMINANT VOICE He said that because most agricultural p r o d u c tion em- anates from the Prairie Prov- inces they should have a dom- inant voice on agricultural boards and agencies. Alberta will attempt to ob- tain the support of Manitoba and Saskatchewan to have the federal government eliminate the 12-per-cent sales tax on em- ergency equipment pur- chased by municipalities for the protection of people and property. Mr. Strom said he will also propose an agreement which would enable the Prairie Prov- inces to combine equipment resources to combat fire threats to forests in any of the Premiers Strom, Ross Thatcher of Saskatchewan and Ed Schreyer of Manitoba will evaluate the effectiveness of the council and seek ways to improve liaison between the three governments. Poles defy burnin Federal medic insurance act considered valid CALGARY (CP) The Al- berta government is of the opinion that the federal medi- cal care insurance act is valid, Attorney General Edgar Ger- hart said Thursday. The act was challenged as unconstitutional Thursday in Alberta Supreme Court by Dr. Dennis Mercer of High River. Mr. Gerhart said in an inter- view that the provincial gov- ernment had been asked to ini- tiate such action by several groups but had declined to do so because in its opinion "it is a valid use of federal power of equalizing opportunity and ser- vices across the country." A statement of alarm filed on behalf of Dr. Mercer said the legislation invades provincial jurisdiction over property and civil rights. Seen and heard About town HALL receptionist Betty Gal ringing a little bell despite city bylaw which prohibits the rining of bells planning commis- sion chairman Hugh O'Neil asking for new business at a meeting held just before the group's Christmas get-togeth- er and getting a motion for adjournment Mr. and Mrs. Fred O'Mara recieving congratulations, "Irish" and other kinds, as they cele- brated their 60th wedding an- niversary. Pensions bill is passed amid howls of 'Scrooge9 OTTAWA (CP) With Christmas only a week away, the Commons Thursday passed a government bill to increase old age pensions and supple- ments for what Health Minister John Munro estimated at more than 1.1 million Canadians- effective April 6. The legislation winch would set the basic pension at for all those 65 and over and in- crease the guaranteed annual supplement to a maximum from for those in need re- ceived third reading. But not before a last minute Conserva- t i v e -N e w Democrat proposal that the motion not be put was defeated 100 to 72. The bill now goes to the Se- nate, which sits today at 11 a.m. The Commons today resumes debate on a government bill to widen the scope of the Regional Development Incentives Act. While the pensions bill was still at report step before third r e a d i n g a n amendment by Stanley Knowles North Centre) winch would have retained the cost-of-living escalator for Uie basic pension was defeated 105 to 79. During debate at report stage the government was labelled _ Scrooge by opposition MPs for reguiaTevenillg night between not retaining the .annual two- the dties was cancelled without per-cent cost-of-hvmg escalator for the basic pension. REJECTS ATTACKS Health Minister John Munro WARSAW (CP) The major port of Szczecin was reported in flames today as troops armed with orders to shoot patrolled riot-torn cities along the Baltic coast of Poland. Premier Jozef Cyrantoewicz indicated a virtual state of emergency existed in the country when he ordered the military and police to take tough measures to control the spreading anti government demonstra- tions. GK13AT DISASTER Jh'.'iJ'o Szczecin reported dur- ing the night that "fivrhrands" and "bandit elements" had set fire to buildings in parts of Uie cily and looted stores and oUier public buildings. The radio reports, monitored In Bonn, said "a great disaster" has befallen the city, which lies on the border with East Ger- many and is Poland's principal oort. An earlier report by the radio staUon said Szczecin (formerly Stettin) was put under a b p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew Thursday, although no reason was given. Telephone and telegraph links between the port and Warsaw also were Warsaw ex- change operator attributed it to swlichboard the Let'; go! Find surgical towel in, body of dead man TORONTO (CP) An ill- quest has been scheduled into the death of ,a Fort Erie, Out., man whose body contained a surgical towel almost a yard long. Wilfred English, 68. a re- tired border customs inspec- tor, underwent abdominal surgery at Toronto General Hospital a few days before his death Nov. 22. Time running out on milk campaign SHOPPING DAYS 'TILL CHHISTMAS Come on, southern Alberta, let's go! We have only received one third of Uie objective of the Cup of Milk campaign and we have less than two weeks to go. Time is running out. Surely we aren't going to let the Uni- tarian Service Committee down this year. If we do it will be the first time since this project began seven years ago. So let's go! Let's cut down on our Clirist- mas spending a little and send the extra to tiie Cup of Milk Fund, care of The Herald. Each dollar we contribute buys some under-nourished child 100 cups of milk. Often the cup of milk a dcstituc child receive.? each day is the only food lie receives. When we con- sider our loaded Christmas tables surely this should make us feel like sharing whenever we can. Christmas is a wonderful season for Canadians. It's the timn wrhcri wo emphasize the need for hrolherly love; for peace lo all mankind. Unfortunately, our messages iiud our thoughts clo not reach many areas of the world. They are not enough. Many places are still reeling under the im- pact of war, disease and dread- ful poverty. The ones who suf- fer most under these conditions are the children. Help them this Christmas by acting out our brotherly love; donate to- day to the dip of Milk Fund. Tolal to dale: List of donors on page 2. explanation. Troops, police and security forces got tough new orders Thursday night empowering rejected opposition attacks, say- them to shoot to control rioting, ing the bill would increase in- ]00lhig and destruction in Polish comes for 64 per cent of those cjtjcs which first broke out MOD- eligible for rjensions. rjay the port of Gdansk (for- Under present pensions legis- merly lation, 1.1 million of the 1.7 mil- Cyrankiewicz, speaking on na- lion people who would be 65 and Uonal radio and television, re- over in 1971 would receive in- ported that between 12 and 20 comes of less than each, persons had been killed and But with the bill, no single called on police to "reject the person over 65 would have an provocateurs." income under No couple He said Uie first Uiree days of 65 and over would have com- clashes which started "over bined incomes less than sharp pre-Christmas price in- Mr. Munro said that with four creases had created a grave sit- million Canadians living in pov- nation in Uie country, erty the government has to be Militia used tanks and demon- selective in distributing bene- slrators responded with Molotov fits. Persons most in need must cocktails in Szczecin Thursday have top priority. P. B. Rynard price Ggarette hike announced MONTREAL (CP) A ciga- rette price increase of one cent a package effective Jan. 4 was announced today by Imperial Tobacco Co. of Canada Ltd. Imperial Tobacco, which com- mands about 40 per cent of the cigarette market, last an- nounced a price increase in March, 1969, and other compa- nies quickly followed. However, MacDonald Tobacco Inc. and Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Ltd., which each hold about 24 per cent of the market, and Benson and Hedges (Can- ada) Ltd.. commanding the re- maining 12 per cent, have not announced increases. night, a Swedish radio reporter returning from the city said North) said the bill is discrimi- today, natory because it creates The reporter, Anders Tun- "haves and have-nots" among borg, telephoning his report to pensioners. Also, the value of Stockholm from a Swcden- tlie basic pension would be er- bound ferry, said he saw a oded by the cost-of-living. mother and child mowed down "That is the fine hand of by n tank as troops and police Scrooge and here we are at charged the crowds time and Christmas time." again. Can marry at IS DAR ES SALAAM (Reuter) A new marriage bill published Friday fixes 15 as the youngest age at which a girl can marry in normal circum- stances, although in special cases the courls may allow M- year-olds to wed. GM workers warm up machinery TORONTO (CP) General Motors of Canada Ltd. workers began returning to their jobs Thursday night as United Aulo o r k e r s locals gave over- whelming endorsement lo a new three-year contract Maintenance men began warming up machinery, idle during the 91-day strike in prep- aration for a return to full pro- duclion Monday. Attendance a t ratification meetings was low, and workers ril Oslmwii, Ihe largest local, booed and jeered Ihe union's Canadian director, Dennis Mc- Deruiolt, accusing him of a sell- out on the wage-parity issue. But the final vole tallies showed 10.826 in favor of (ho new agreement and against. The 2.1.50H Canadian workers will get an immediate pay raise an hour in the case of assemblers, from (lie pro-strike level of WILL 'REACH By 1973 the rate will rise to sn hour plus cost-of-living increases if the consumer price index, based on 100 points for lOfil rates, rises by more than 52 The Dominion Bureau of Statistics reported Tuesday the index stood at 130.3. The Oshawa local endorsed Ihe contract to 543. Oilier votes: Si. Catharines 5.101 lo 377; Windsor to 147; Sle. Thcresc, 1.285 to 101; Fri- gidaire, Toronto, 537 (o 126; London 512 to 8. With the return to work, em- ployees are almost certain to get higher than normal pay- cheques for some time as the company Irics to recoup lost produclion by scheduling over- time. An executive of Ihe Oshaw.i local said Thursday GM may try in the new year to al- most double ils normal first- cjuartcr production. He said the company may schedule hours overtime cacii weekday for Mb shifts r.nd an extra eight-hour Satur- day shift to try to produce, cars and trucks. In January, February and March, 1970, Uw company pro- duced cars and trucks. A company spokesman said schedules arc still being prepared and are not re- leased more Uiau one week ahead. ;