Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
High forecast Sunday -10 "Serving South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LX1V No. 8 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19, 1970 FOUR SECTIONS 60 I'ACJliS No restrictions on farm products 5, Prairies plan free trade area SCHOOL? YES SIR! While most children pop ouf of a warm bed, eat a good breakfast and run to school each morning, it's not quite as simple for some. For this polio-crippled Kor- ean boy, it's crawling off a matfress on a cold floor, downing a bowl of thin soup and hob- bling down to class. But at least there is a school Ihe 5am Yook Rehabilitation Centre, sponsored by the Unitarian Service Committee. Funds from the Herald's annual Cup of Milk drive on behalf of the USC go to make it just a little easier for little fellows like (his whose courage is without question. success Our depends upon WINNIPEG (CP) Pre- miers of the three prairie prov- inces agreed Friday to "make every eflort" to remove inter- provincial trade restrictions on each other's farm products by Feb. 1, 1971. The move, announced at a news conference following a closed meeting of the Prairie Economic Council, was de- scribed by Premier Ed Schry- er of Manitoba as tantamount to setting up "a free trade area with a country." It marked another battle in the so-called chicken-and-egg war, which began earlier this year when Quebec placed re- strictions on import of eggs from other provinces. Virtually all provinces have responded with restrictions on out-of-prov- ince poultry products. The joint resolution also call- ed on the federal government "to increase its efforts to eli- minate such interprovincial barriers against trade in agri- cultural products." But Premier Ross Thatcher of Saskatchewan said he had favored a tougher resolution, getting rid of such restrictions immediately on (lie prairies. "We felt that in a balkanized country it is not enough to call on Ottawa. We figure the prai- rie provinces should set an ex- ample and immediately take action to permit freedom of flow between the provinces." Mr. Thatcher said the pre- miers would welcome similar free-trade agreements with other provinces, but it was also made clear restrictions would remain on poultry products coming from outside the prai- ries. Quebec products will have A proposal from Alberta Pre- niier Harry Strom that the three provinces have direct representation on the Canadian Wheat Board and other federal agricultural agencies was ap- proved. Wiiat Mr. Thatcher described as "the perennial but vital" protest to Ottawa over "dis- criminators'" freight rates was also issued, along with a reso- lution calling for re-adjustment the freight rate structure on rapeseed oil and meal. Weir to step down WINNIPEG (CP) Confident that if he chose, he could win another leadership convention en the first ballot, former pre- mier Walter Weir announced his intention Friday to step down as leader of the Manitoba Conserv- ative party. Mr. Weir, a cigar-chomping former undertaker, ended weeks of speculation about his political future with the an- nouncement that he wiU remain head of the party only until a leadership convention finds PUPPY LOVE? -This puppy steals a kiss from a kitten while posing for a picture to promote the idea of adopting animals for Christmas presents at the Fort Wayne, Indiana Humane Shelter. The fellow cocker spaniel at the right appears unconcerned, or embarrassed or too caught up having his picture taken. The story we at The Herald would like to write most for our December 24 edition would be a happy Christmas message to all children in Korea, Hong Kong, India, and Vietnam. "Merry Christmas boys and it would say, "The Cup of Milk Fund is over the top! You are going to gel your Christmas present of milk after all." But people in southern Alberta will have to hurry if we're going to be able to print that message In fact, we will need nearly a day for the next five days if we are to reach our objective of We can do it. We are confident our readers will come through with flying colors, like they've always done. Boys and girls of southern Alberta also think we can do it, because each mail that comes in contains money from youngsters who have been saving then- allowance to send to the Cup of Milk Fund. The Sunday School class of Fanny Litchfield, in Raymond, sent us ?3 this week with a note signed by all the children saying "we hope tliis mil help." Of course it will help boys and girls, and we thank you very much. Keep the donations pouring in, we haven't many days left to reach our goal, and how can we here in Canada enjoy our Christmas if we haven't in some way, helped those unfortunate people so far away? Send your donation immediately in care of The Herald Our objective is The lota! today, with Christmas less than a week away, stands at List of the latest donors appears on page two. We can do it, car.'lwe southern free access when Manito- ba good have free access into Mr. Sc.hreyer said in an interview later. The premiers, meeting for the ninth time since the eco- nomic council was set up five years ago to provide a united voice for the prairies, also reached agreement on about a dozen other ilems on a hefly agenda. One. item, placed on the agenda at the insistence of Mr. Thatcher, calls for a meeting in Regina Jan. 28 between the government and university of- ficials from the three provinces to discuss more efficient use of university resources. URGE COSTS CUT The premiers approved a se- ries of recommendations from .the university co-ordinating committee, made up of govern- ment and university officials. The recommendations urged prairie universities to cut costs by establishing priorities and avoiding duplication through sharing of post-secondary cation facilities. The premier also agreed not to buy from the "big three" auto manufacturers, in re- sponse to a move by the com- panies to discontinue fleet dis- counts on government vehicle purchases. Mr. Thatcher said without the discount, each government vnll pay more per auto than in the past. executive was to meet today to set a date, but it is expected the convention will be held in the next six or eight weeks. In announcing his decision, Mr. Weir cited uncertainly, brought aboul last month when the parly annual meeting de- cided to hold a leadership con- test within one year, as the rea- son beliind his decision. "The effect of the resolution was to create uncertainty, very undesirable at the present time, as to when such a convention should best be held. "I have concluded that it is of the utmost importance that the Progressive Conservative party hold a leadership convention be- fore commencement of the next legislative the opposi- tion leader told a news confer- ence. Mr. Weir said his decision not to try to retain the leadership was based on "a number of compelling personal and family reasons." Another Rioting spreads in Poland WARSAW (CP) After quell- ing mobs with rifle fire in the country's biggest shipyards, po- lice and troops in Poland have placed another darkness curfew on the country's rebellious northern cities. Rioting was re- ported to have spread to a fifth city Friday, but there were no confirmed reports of new viol- ence today. Quoting newspaper accounts, Radio Gdansk reported Friday night that some of the thou- sands of rioters in the Gdynia shipyards fired on the troops and police. "There could have been only one reply to the broadcast said, "a resolute action." Gdansk, Gdynia and Sopot, Commons gives approval to regional development Seen and heard About town celebrity Tom Fer- ..guson receiving a piggy bank from fellow city hail employees, so he could hide bis poker winnings from wife Joan Kimliall Thomas excited about his first year close to skiing faculties in many years, after a consider- able stay in southeastern Sas- katchewan. Maddox stalks Soap developer out of TV show halts production NEW YORK (AP) _ Gov. Lester Maddox of Georgia termed himself a segregationist Friday night then stalked angrily out of the Dick Cavett television show over the use of the word "bigot" to describe his supporters. The eruption camu after another guest, Jim Brown, black actor and former pro football star, asked Mad- dox if he had encountered "any trouble with the white bigots because of all the things you did for blacks." A commercial break intervened before the governor could answer. When the show resumed, Cavett picked up the question, but phrased it: "Air. Brown was asking whether any of yoiu- white admirers. Maddox angrily termed this "another example of how words are twisted against me" and demanded an apology "to Ihe people of Georgia." Cavetl conceded he had inadvertently confused his words and said: "If 1 called any of your admirers bigots who are not bigots, I apologize." Refusing to accept this, the governor walked out. During an ensuing break, Cavett ran after him in the street, hut the governor refused lo return. Earlier in Ihe show, Maddox had said: "I am a segregationist. By that, I mean a person who has enough racial pride and wanl.s lo preserve it. A racist is one who doesn't can1. WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Lnited Slates government's an- nouncement that an anti-pollu- phosphate substitute in soap may be harmful has prompted its developer to halt production. Officials of the Monsanto Co. in St. Louis said Friday (here is no more market for the 100 mil- lion pounds of the detergent in- gredient NTA it makes every year. Federal officials announced Friday they have persuaded the detergent industry lo quit using t h c acid. At least 13 wash products con- tain NTA as a partial substitute for phosphates, officials said. Phosphates are considered un- desirable because they promote the rapid growth of algae and cause premature aging in some lakes and streams. The government acted after a public hcallh service experi- ment showed that rats and mice fed NTA. mercury and cad- mium were 10 times more likely to have stillborn or deformed offspring. The experiment showed lhal NTA combined with (he two metals and carried the combination across the placenta to the embryos. HARM POSSIBLE Since both mercury and cad- mium occur naturally as pollu- tants, the findings raised the possibility, officials said, that pregnant women might be harmed. Exposure lo Ihe chemical could come from drinking water contaminated by sewer "runoff they said. In Ottawa, a spokesman for Fislwries Minister Jack Davis said there would have to be a reassessment of tlw timing in the Canadian ban on phosphates in detergents. An absolute ban is to be imposed in 1971 and phosphate content this year was limited to 25 per cent. The spokesman for Davis said a "careful look at the U.S. re- search-on which the findings were have to be made." OTTAWA (CP) Royal as- sent was given Friday to gov- ernment bills to increase old pensions and spread the benefits of the regional develop- ment program into new areas, before MPs and Senators packed their bags for a Christ- mas vacalion. The Commons returns Jan. 11. The Senate meets Jan. 26. But the holidays did not begin on a cheery note in Parliament. The Commons sitting was ex- tended four hours past its usual Friday adjournment time of 5 p.m. EST while opposition MPs voiced bitterness over the re- gional-incentive aspects of the new bill. Senators objected lo what one called the "impropriety and in. dignity" of the government's re- quest for Senate passage of Ihe two bills within hours of their appearance on the Senate floor. RAISES PENSION The pension bill raises the old age pension to S80 for all those over G3. It raised the maximum supplementary payments to from 530 for those with little or no outside income. The basic pension now is But with fhree living-cosl in- creases since 1968 actual pay- ments are The living cost escalator under the new bill would be dropped from the basic bill relained for the supplements. The bill was passed by the Commons Thursday. The basic pension lakes effect Jan. 1, the supplements April 1. The regional incentive bill al- lows service well as manufacturers eligible under the current incentive re- ceive loan guarantees. But the big issue for MPs was the extension of the designated areas in the law to include the Montreal and Hull, Que., areas and the tliree eastern Ontario counlies of Glengarry, Prescolt and Stormonl. In debate on the incentive bill, Senator Allister Grosart (PC- Ontario) said the upper cham- ber was on the "verge of re- volt" after being given lasl-day bills year after year. Senator Gil Molgat who sponsored the bill in the Senate, proposed the eslab- lishmenl of a Prairie develop- ment council styled on the At- lantic development council. Radioactive dust spreads over desert clustered beside the Bay of Danzig, were torn by rebellious mobs early in the week. The fighting spread to Szczecin, 180 miles to the west, and outbreaks were reported Friday at Slupsk, a city of light industry 60 miles east of Szczecin. Authorities are reported to have used tear gas at Slupsk to restore order. The government says up to 20 persons have died in the clashes and hundreds have been in- jured. Radio Wai-saw said the Polish news agency PAP reported that "calm prevailed in the whole of the triple cities" today, with, trade and transportation work- ing normally and 15 ships being loaded at the docks. "There's lots of traffic in the streets and all shops, kiosks, restaurants and public places are the broadcast said. It then quoted a warning to rebellious youth from a local newspaper: "Recent events disclosed the painful fact that many people still see their own .interest overshadowing the public-good. We shall have lo revise our atti- tude toward our youth, who proved they don't know how to behave. Many of the looted things are being returned. Mothers lave brought back tilings stolen in the shops by their children." 'Then I said-watch pass this MERCURY, Nev. (AP) Ba- neberry, the code name for the United States Atomic Energy Commission's 230th announced underground nuclear lest here since 1963, wenl off normally and created a spherical cavern 800 feet below the desert sand. What followed five minutes later Friday wasn't normal. The AEC said pressure from the blast, equivalent to detona- tion of about Ions of TNT, spewed radioactive dust from the shaft in which the nuclear had been placed. A dirty brown column of dust arose and within minutes reached feet. Within hours it spread over 1.000 square miles of barren, almost uninha- bited desert. The AEC evacuated 600 of its employees near the test site, but said that nowhere outside of the immediate area of the shall was Ihe falloul a danger lo human life or health. The most contaminated dust particles fell to earth near the lest site, the AEC said, where investigators found radiation levels above 25 rcentgcns an hour. The Federal Radiation Council says humans are endan- gered if exposed to more Uian 25 roentgens a year. As the cloud drifted slowly away, officials said the radioac- tivity dropped markedly. No- body outside the Nevada test site's square miles was evacuated. The cloud drifted over sheep and cattle ranches, mines and a handful of towns with fewer than a dozen inhabitants, but the AEC said the radioactivity was less than 10 milli-roentgens an hour in the cloud and only one on the ground. A routine chest x-ray exposes a person to about 50 milli-roentgens. A mil- li-roenlgen is one one -t h o u- sandth of a roentgen. The 600 evacuated employees changed clothes and showered -what the AEC called nominal precautionary measures. Three hundred of them were found lo carry a small amount of ra- dioaclivily. Racjuel ranks a poor sixth CALGARY (CP) Movie actress Raquel Welch placed sixth in a poll asking Southern Alberta Institute of Technology students who Ihey would like as a graduation speaker. Prime Minister Trudeau was picked as the No. 1 choice fol- lowed by institute president Fred Jorgenson, Mayor Rod Sykes of Calgary, Alberta Pre- mier Harry Strom and former prime minister John Diefen- baker. No Herald Christmas The Herald will not publish Friday, December 25. Christ- mas Day. Regular editions will he published Saturday, Decem- ber 26. Display advertising for Sat- urday, December 26, must be received no later than noon, Wednesday, December 23, and for Monday, December 28, by noon on Thursday, December 2-i. Classified advertisements for Saturday, December will be taken until noon on Thursday, December 21.