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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY Forecast high Chrislmas Day 35-40 VOL. LXIV 12 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 2-1, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS 44 PAGES Holiday bells merrily in Japan M, By GEOFFREY MURRAY TOKYO (Renter) The West nray have been the innovators of Chrislmas but that hasn't stopped Japan from embracing it wholeheartedly. "Merry Christmas" signs, trees and decorations have been sparkling on city streets since early No- vember, an indication that Japanese need little ex- cuse for holiday. Under post-war Western influence, Christmas has developed here but still remains only an appetizer for the New Year. For the tradition-bound Japanese it has become a time to be unorthodox before facing Uie rigid formali- ties of New Year celebrations. Centuries-old rituals have been prescribed for this. But an increasing number of Japanese are fleeing to winter ski resorts rather than face the rigors of a three-day holiday with all its conventions. The New Year preparations began early in De- cember with the issuing of fat year-end bonuses that produce huge weekend crowds in Tokyo's department stores. The rush was on to buy seibo year-end presents which are given like Western Christmas presents to relatives, friends and business associates. It is an ex- pression of deep affection and courtesy to show that one appreciates a friendship in tire last year and wish- es it to grow in tlie new year. Japan virtually closes down from New Year's Day to Jan. 3, and only really starts getting back into some semblance of normality in the second week of the year. Tlie traditional first act on New Year's Day is a visit to one of the innumerable Shinto shrines located .in almost every town and village throughout Japan. Money is proffered, prayers said for the departed ancestors and a Shinto fortune-telling card for the year received. Invariably, long lines form hours before midnight in the new year. Simple breakfast Breakfast on New Year's Day consists of rice cakes tills dull fare is traditionally supposed to con- tinue for the next two mornings. No food is cooked for the three days as even housewives are. given a holiday. They prepare or buy food that can be. preserved throughout the period. At the ancient Yasaka shrine in the former Impe- rial capital of Kyoto a bonfire of Okera, a Chinese medical plant used for stomach ailments, is lit on New Year's Eve. Visitors take home a flame from the bonfire on a specially provided cord, because legend says that if one cats New Year breakfast with tlie flame good health is assured for the entire year. Reds at Ottawa mark holidays By GERARD McNEIL OTTAWA (CP) The thought counts at Christmas and a pleasant sensitivity to this is being shown by Communist diplomats and correspondents here. In the past Soviet diplomats as individuals have bought cards in Ottawa shops and sent Uiem to Cana- dian acquaintances. This year, for the first time, a Russian design is on their them a ring of official endorse- ment. It is a line drawing on grey stock by Vasili Shabin, a top Russian artist. Entitled The Hunt, it shows a man and dog in a wintry forest. Inside are Uie words Season's Greetings. "They took special pains this says Jo Pear- son, one of the three Canadians employed at the Mos- cow-based Novosti Press Agency bureau in Ottawa. "Since they don't recognize Chrislmas, it is a ees- ture in our direction.1' Holding party At Novosti, the Canadian employees usually organ- ize the Chrislmas party a drink on Christmas Eve, before the office closes. But Ibis year, the Russians arc doing it. Poiisli diplomats have extended a Happy New Year, via the mails, as have some other Eastern European representatives. Communist embassies celebrate Uie New Year with parties. Even the Peking-based New China News Agency's Ottawa correspondents have sent out cards this season, a gesture Canadian Maoists might note. The cover of the Chinese card is a red drawing of tlie Temple of Heavenly Peace in Peking, with a photo of Mao Tse-tung in the centre. Inside, in Chinese characters, is the greeting: "Congratulations on I he New Year." A photo of a vast parade, full of red banners, also Is inside, with the caption, Festival in Poking, in Chi- nesc and English below. istians prepar or From AP-Rcutcr BETHLEHEM (CP) A bright winter sun shone over the Holy Land today as thousands of Christian pilgrims prepared to celebrate Christmas in this little town of Christ's birth. The Israeli army imposed tough security measures in and around Bethlehem lo guard against possible Arab terrorism. No incidents were reported. Hundreds of Israeli troops clad in battledress and carrying automatic weapons ringed Beth- lehem. All entrances into Uie Israeli- occupied Jordanian town were 28-hour week said necessary CHRISTMAS !N FLORIDA With temperatures in the high 70s, Christmas is still an excellent season for strolling on Miami Beach whatever your style. EDMONTON (CP) Reduc- tion of the work week to 23 hours from 40 is an absolute necessity, says AI Heidebrecht. business agent for Local 1325 of the United Brotherhood of Car- penters and Joiners. Troops lo pull out of Quebec Trudeau claims inflation licked OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau said flatly Wednesday: "Inflation no longer exists in Canada." He made the categorical statement to reporters after a day-long cabinet meeting, his last until February following his return from a 24-day, six-coun- try January tour of Asia. The cabinet again discussed unemployment which, Mr. Tru- deau said, remains an economic evil and which will be his gov- ernment's chief problem in 1971. But, he added, unemployment would have been worse than it is if inflation had not been checked. In an impromptu corridor news conference, Mr. Trudeau made these statements: troops on anti-terrorist duty will be withdrawn by Jan. 4 except for some soldier-body- guards of political leaders and other prominent, persons in Quebec and Ottawa. the public order act would remain in effect for the time being. It is not sched- uled to expire until April except by special decree. projected sale of British arms lo South Africa is the most serious threat to the Com- monwealth in Uie history of tlie organization. will consider ment of retiring Premier John Robarts to the Senate. Minister Bryce Mack- asey and his Quebec counter- part, Jean Cournoyer, will have Cabinet commutes sentence of police murderer OTTAWA (CP) The cabinet Wednesday commuted Uie death sentence of Clifford Wickett Lurvey, 53, convicted in Winni- peg last March 12 for the mur- der of a St. Boniface, Man., po- liceman. The sentence has been changed to life imprisonment in Manitoba penitentiary. The shooting took place July 18, 1969, during a robbery. The victim was Constable L. W, Shakespeare of (lie St. Boniface police department. After trial, the judge set Lurvey's execution for last Oct. 7. This date was set back after appeals were launched in the Manitoba Court of Appeal and, later, in the Supreme Court of Canada. The appeals were dis- missed and the date of Jan. 7, 1971, was set for Lurvey's exe- cution. The death penalty for murder has been abolished in Canada for a five-year trial period in all cases except where tlie victim is a policeman or prison guard who is on duty. But the cabinet still has the power to commute death sent- ences. In such cases, the person whose sentence is commuted may not be released on parole without prior approval of the cabinet. discussions about Quebec's re- servations concerning the fed- eral white paper on unemploy- ment insurance. Mr. Trudeau had a long tele- phone conversation wiUi Pre- mier Robert Bourassa of Quebec Tuesday night during which the troop situation was discussed. INFLATION FIGHT WON The prime minister said it is obvious from the statistics that the fight against inflation has been won. The government's anti-infla- tion performance was un- equalled in any country in the Western world. Now the government had to deal even more vigorously with the twin economic evil, unem- ployment Mr. Trudeau said the govern- ment in Uie last six months, has announced many" mea- sures to combat unemployment. These measures were taking ef- fect now. There was little delicate bal- ance between unemployment and inflation and the govern- ment had to be careful not to set off another round of infla- tion. Mr. Trudeau maintained that in the short term national unity improved. Support for his ov.rn and the Bourassa govern- ment had increased enor- mously. However, whether, this would continue in (lie long run was anybody's guess. Mr. Trudeau will spend Christmas in Montreal with his family. He leaves Jan. 5 for the Comnionwaelth prime minis- ters' conference in Singapore. Restaurant Seen and heard announced EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government has or- dered restaurants in Alberta to keep cold food at less than 40 degrees and hot food at more than 150 degrees. Deputy health minister P. B. Rose said here the new regula- tions are designed to reduce the possibility of food being spoiled. Food stores, delicates- sens and smorgasbords must also abide by the new rules. Previously, regulations set no minimum temperature for hot. food and a maximum of 50 degrees for cold food. Cup of niilk fluid Day care children aid milk fund This is Quislnias Eve. Tlie stockings have been hung; the' presents placed carefully under the tree. In Lethbridge this Christmas business has been fairly perhaps not a record year for Christmas sales, but certainly not a bad year. Children land in the city can look forward to a Christmas morning with pres- ents for everyone. Not everyone in the world is so fortunate. There arc chil- dren whose Christmas morning would be brightened consider- ably by something as simple as a cup of most of our children take for grant- ed. One way to share tlie bounty of our Chrislmas with those iii the world today who orn fortunate is in contribute In Tire Heralds Cup of Milk Fund, Children at the Kradle Koop Day Care Centre in Lcthbridgo seem to have an appreciation of the real meaning of Christ- mas. They understand that the Chrislmas spirit is something Ihat should be part of our lives all year long. Their contribution to Uie Cup of Milk Fund not gathered in the few weeks just before Christmas. H was collected in a piggy bank over' the course of the entire year. A total of S387 was brought in this week by Uie children. Al- ready Uiey have made a start on their contribution for next year. If you haven't done so al- ready, sending a gift to some hmigry ciu'Idren through tlie Cup of Milk Fund could well be the most appreciated gift you will give this Christmas. Total In dale: Ob- jective: About town JfORMER. city residents Joe and Chamiaine Le- faivre, who "just love chil- dren" sending notes on Christ mas cards saying "there are still just 12 0f us about For- mer Lethbridgeite Sam Vine exclaiming how delightful it is to be back in the banana belt after suffering through winter's grip in Edmonton Sheryl Petminglon's gift col- lection bulging boyfriend Fcfer's car convertible top and claiming ''that's only half of them.'" And Merry Christinas to all. Wai'lime German spy dies, 66 MUNICH (AP) Elyesa Bazna, the Second World War German spy who did his spying while valet to the British am- bassador in Turkey, has died in Munich. He was 66. Bazna used the code name of Cicero. The movie Five Fingers, starring James Mason, was based on his exploits. A Munich cemeteiy official said lie died Monday and was buried Wednesday. He had lived quietly in Munich for several years.1 Mr. Heidebrecht said in an inierview that a 28 hour week will be one of the bargaining points in negotiations for a new contract with the Alberta Gen- eral Contractors' Association. More Ulan 200 of the local's members are out of work, he said, "and we know there are others who aren't working but they haven't even bothered to register because things are so bad." SPREAD WORK AROUND Bargaining meelings to re- place the contracl. which ex- pires March 31, 1971, already have been held. "We know luiemployment is bad and is going to get worse before next spring. The only alternative to unemployment is lo spread Uie work around He said the union also will an increase in the hourly wage of 54.70 but he would not specify how much of an in- crease. Peter Burns, secretary-man- ager of tile Edmonton Housing Association, said the proposed reduction would result in an in- crease in the-cost of housing. "In Umes of high unemploy- n.ent, all people should use good judgment in trying to keep costs Mr. Burns said. "An- other increase in costs would make another contribution to the difficulties of the low-in- corne group." LITTLE ADVANTAGE Al Klettke, manager of the construction and development division for Engineered Homes Ltd., said the reduction would bring little advantage to carpen- ters because dining peak per- iods of employment "nobody ad- hered to the 40 hour week anyway." Mr. Kletlke said most trades- men in the construction indus- try work 48 to 50 hours a week during the summer months. Gene Mitchell, executive sec- retary of the Alberta Federa- tion of Labor, said the brother- hood is working in Uie right di- rection in its aim to provide more work for more people. guarded by mobile units and border police while other units manned rooftops overlooking Manger Square in front of Uie Church of the Nativity. But there was little tension and Uie troops were less in evi- dence than during the three pre- vious Christmases celebrated in Betlileheni under Israeli control since Israel captured the town from Jordan in tile six-day war in 1967. KOCKETS CRASH Only four days ago, however, Arab guerrillas sent two rockets crashing into Jerusalem to warn tourists they could strike any- where at will, a guerrilla spokesman in Amman said. Israeli authorities were taking no chances today. Entry into the town which has been decorated wifh festive lights and flags is by permit only and police set up road- blocks to check the documents of entering pilgrims. Some pilgrims were ex- pected including some Arab Christians. Manger Square was a scene of busy activity today as final Here's first; tax reminder OTTAWA (CP) Individual tax forms will be mailed to some nine million Canadians in tlie first week of January, the national revenue department announced foday. Tlie department described the mailing in a statement as "the first reminder of Uie April 30 deadline for filing one's income tax return." Vice preparations were made before the festivities started. Illuminated Tosses glittered atop the Church of 111 e Nativity and' other Christian holy places in the town of about Wooden stands were erected for the Israeli police band and four youth choirs scheduled to sing Christmas carols. Later today the new Latin pa- triarch of Jerusalem, Msgr. Giuseppe Beltritti, will make his entry accompanied by horse outriders along the road from Jerusalem along which the three kings are believed to have followed the star into Bethele- hem nearly years ago. He will lead the celebrations into their a midnight mass in the Church of St. Cath- erine adjoining the Church of the Nativity. The church can only hold about persons and the rest of the pilgrims will have to watch tlie midnight mass on a closed circuit television in the biting cold in Manger Square outside. As Uie sunshine streamed through high clouds, one priest said it was the best Christmas weather Bethlehem has had in four years. No Herald Christmas The Herald will not pub- lish Friday, Dec. 25. Christ- mas Day. There will be a regular edition published Sat- urday Dec. 26, Foreign teacher probe set up EDMONTON' (CP) Tlie Al- berta government announced here the formation of a com- mittee to investigate "non-Ca- nadian influence" in post-sec- ondary education in Uie prov- ijice. EducaUon Minister Robert Clark said in a prepared state- ment the inquiry results from two factors. "The first is public support for more study of Canadian problems. Tlie second is public unrest at the hiring of non-Ca- nadian staff people, especially- in our universities, at a time when more and more well- qualifier! Canadians are unable to obtain jobs." He said Uie committee is ex- pected to hold hearings at which students, teachers, col- lege administrators and mem- bers of the public caji present their views. HIOIR CHAIRMAN Arnold F. Moir of Edmonton, president of the Law Society of Alberta, was named chairman of the seven-member commit- tee. Mr. Clark said Uie inquiry will be held "wiUiin the con- text of Uiis government's sup- port for the principles of aca- demic freedom and institu- tional autonomy." "We want a fair and bat s_nced sludv." Responsibilities of the com- mittee are to include: the nationality of instructors and administra- tors in post-secondary institu- tions in Alberta. t h e reason for tlie present distribution of per- sonnel of various nationalilies and Uie methods of recruitment and promotion in the post-sec- ondary system. influences on Canadian content in post-sec- ondary studies in Alberta in- stitutions. i n g measures tx> help ensure "employment for qualified Canadians in Alber- ta's post-secondary institutions" and lo develop studies "having a greater concern with Cana- dian problems." Other members of the com- mittee are Jack Pierce of Cal- gary, president of Ranger Oil Ltd.; Elizabeth Peterson if Standard, president of Women of Unifann; Dr. Richard Baird of Edmonton, associate profes- sor of political science at the University of Alberta; Dr. F rank MacKinnon, associate professor of political science at t h e University of Calgary; Howard Lceson of Edmonton, .1 University of Alhrria grad- uate student; mi'l Urno Dick, an mslructor in gt Medicine Hat College, ;