Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 3, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
eath A coroner's jury in Calgary has recommended that the stretch of Highway 3 between Lethbridge and Fort Macleod be paved to the shoulders, or widened. The inquest was investigating te death Jan. 4 of 23-year-old Robert Gooder of Lethbridge who died in Calgary General Hospital of injuries sustained in a two-car crash near Fort Macleod Dec. 31. A witness to the two-car collision, Hymie Davids, of 644 13th St. S., Lethbridge, testified that he travels the road frequently and considers it one of the worst stretches of highway in Alberta. The six-person jury found that Robert Gooder died of multiple, severe injuries, but assessed no blame for the mishap. ICY CONDITIONS It found that extremely icy conditions caused a vehicle driven by Allan Robinson of Riverside, Calif, to go out of control as it was preceding east on Highway 3. The Robinson vehicle was then struck by the Gooder vehicle, which was westbound. As a result of the accident, Mrs. Gail Gooder and Mr. and Mrs. Robinson were also sent to a Calgary hospital. The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 46 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1973 PRICE: 15 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 92 PAGES Socreds bid Onto neiv saddle . . . Harry Strom tries out new saddle, presented to him by party during "Harry Strom Night." Oil shortage s grow Staff and Canadian Press EDMONTON - Harry Strom, the taciturn, mild-mannered rancher from the south-western grasslands, exited graciously from the leadership of the Alberta Social Credit party Friday night. He left much the same man as when he assumed the leadership four years ago-quietly strong,, reserved in poise and devoted in his religion. Despite the fact he was the only Alberta Social Credit premier ever voted out of office, he said he had no regrets. And on Friday, young people began to appear in numbers at the convention as the party bid a fond farewell to two of its old guard. More than 1,800 overflowed main floor convention rooms at the Chateau Lacombe to honor Mr. Strom, 58, while an hour earlier, hundreds said goodbye to Orvis Kennedy, organizer of most of Alberta's Socred election victories. CLIMAX TODAY Young people - many with long hair - were a sharp contrast to older, conservatively-dressed, delegates who arrived Gov't may amend hanging bill By VICTOR MACKIE ; Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - Oil supplies in Canada for February are assured but there is growing concern about the ' situation that might exist in March, the commons was informed Friday. Energy Mines and Resources Minister Don Macdonald said he hoped to be in a position to issue a comprehensive statement on supply and demand later in the spring. Tlie United States is facing a serious shortage of oil. Some members of parliament have voiced alarm that the Americans might make such demands on supplies from Canada that this country will find it does not have enough to meet its own needs. T. C. Douglas (NDP-Nanaimo-Cowichan-The Islands noted that in Alberta' recently Mr. Macdonald said that discussions are being held with the oil producing companies. The possibility of voluntary restraints on oil exports for the purpose of guaranteeing Canadian supplies, as considered. Oil feeder stocks appear to be ample for February, he said, but there "is a good deal of apprehension about he future because a number of orders cannot be met with present supplies." RESTRAINTS UPON EXPORTS Mr. Douglas asked the minister in the House if discussions are being held by the National Energy Board with oil producing companies regarding a passible restraint on exports. He asked if the government is considering proclaiming Section 87 of the National Energy Board act to place some restraint upon exports in the manner already done with natural gas. Mr. Macdonald said the section was proclaimed in 1970. What was involved w^as the passing of regulations to deal in detail with oil. He confirmed that he has held discussions with tlie oil industry, the Alberta government, the National Energy Board and with the Energy Resources Conservation Board of Alberta. OTTAWA (CP) - Solicitor-General Warren Almand said Friday the government may amend its bill to continue the partial ban on capital punishment. �He was confident the legislation, introduced Jan. 11 in the Commons, will draw enough votes to pass second reading -but he was unsure whether it would survive third reading in its present form. As a result, he said in an interview, there may be amendments ar. the committee stape bsiween second and third reading. He did not elaborate but in- dicated the government will take into account objections raised by MPs since the debate began last Monday. n He referred in passing to the demand by many members for a stricter parole system. "We have to do everything possible to ensure that no one who presents a danger to society is release |J before he should be. We want to guard as much as possible against this. He denied a suggestion that opposition to the partial ban may prompt the government to abandon the legislation. A decision "one way or the other" must be made by Parliament. Ceasefire outfits in field Monday Inside 'We can get you in the Common Market but you'll have to move to Europe!' Classified .... 26-29 Comics ......... 22 Comment......4, 5 District ...... 3, 8 Family ...... 19-21. Livestock ....... 24 Local News .. 17,18 Markets ....... 25 Religion...... 10, 11 Sports ........ 13-15 Theatres ........ 7 TV ............. 6 Weather ........ 2 LOW TONIGHT 15, HIGH SUNDAY 25; SNOW FLURRIES SAIGON (CP) - Tlie international force set up to supervise the Vietnam ceasefire, stalled in Saigon for a week because of lack of co-operation with the joint military forces, will be in the field and operating Monday morning. The announcement came today from Michel Gauvin of Canada following a meeting of the International Commission for Control and Supervision (ICG'S). Gauvin said a meeting at the top level has been arranged with the Joint Military Commission (JMC), the four signers of the Paris agreement, for Sunday. There were other indications of breakthroughs in implementing the Vietnam ceasefire agreement. In Paiis, a South Vietnamese spokesman for the Saigon peace delegation said talks will begin shortly with the Viet Cong on a political solution. In another development, US. spokesmen disclosed that American, South Vietnamese, North Vietnamese and Viet Cong members of the subcommittee on captured persons of the four-party Joint Military Commission met to plan for prisoner exchanges. Tlie substance of the talks was not disclosed. Tlie peacekeping developments overshadowed the fighting as thousands of Vientamese celebrated tlie Tet lunar new year. President Nguyen Van Thieu called it "the first peaceful new year after 15 years of war." Rescue teams sift debris for victims EAGLE GROVE, Iowa (AP) - Rescuers searched through debris today for more victims of an apparent gas explosion which ripped through a popular restaurant in this small farm town during a Friday night "fish fry." By daybreak, five bodies had been recovered from the wreckage of tlie Chatterbox Cafe and two ad.ioining stores, which also were demolished in the blast and fire. Among the missing, Branuman said, was Doni Blue, 42, Eagle Grove truck driver and son of former Iowa governor Robert Blue. New comic strip begins on Monday Brand new and just for you! That's Hagar the Horrible - a delightfully funny comic strip by one of America's top cartoonists, Dik Browne, which starts Monday in The Herald. What was life like for a henpecked barbarian businessman, his nagging wife and their rebellious offspring in those days when sacking and looting was the only respectable business to be in? How did a family man handle the competition centuries ago? Find out in Hagar the Horrible starting Monday in The Herald's comic section- the first two days of the convention. Free from school and jobs a cross-section of the public is attending the climax of the convention today - voting for a new leader. Former premier Ernest Manning, in a telegram read by Ms son, Preston, commended both Mr. Strom and Mr. Kennedy for "service with distinction and unselfish devotion in a worthy cause." Mr. Manning, Alberta's second Socred premier, from 1943 to 1988, was in Phoenix, Ariz., with his wife. Mr. Strom was presented with gifts including a saddle by longtime friends and government colleagues at a "Harry Strom Night" highlighted by a musical program directed by Edmonton entertainer Tommy Banks. PAY TRIBUTES A plaque presented by former health minister Jim Henderson honored Mr. Strom's years as a school trustee, municiple councillor, MLA for Cypress, agriculture minister, municipal affairs minister, premier, and leader of tlie opposition. Speakers, including former agriculture minister Henry Ruste, and women's auxiliary president Doris Oliver of Lethbridge paid tribute to Mr. Strom's quiet efficiency, integrity and humanity. Mr. Strom's younger brother, Walter, recalled growing up with Harry - as children of Swedish immigrants on a homestead in the Burdett area, the move to Calgary hi 1927 where they saw men in white shirts ar.d business suits digging ditches dining tlie depression, and Harry's shy courtship of his wife, Ruth. Harry Strom reached the vot- . ing age of 21 in 1935 In time to cast his first ballot for the historic election of tlie world's first Social Credit government, headed by William Aberhart. The former premier appeared on stage with his family and said "tonight brings back a lot of memories," tlie greatest of which, he said, was working for former premier Manning. KENNEDY DINNER A farewell dinner at the Macdonald Hotel for Orvis Kennedy, 65, who retired as league executive director in August, was a more emotional affair. Speaking for his father, Preston Manning said Mr. Kemiedy was an outstanding political strategist, an uncorruptible person and "an advocate and practitioner of the highest political ideals." Mr. Kennedy was presented with ii small plastic container of grass roots. Said Preston "he talked so much about grass roots to my father that I thought Alberta was either a sod farm or a community pasture." FOUR-WAY RACE Earlier, the party was assured of a four-way race for the leadership. When nominations closed at 5:30 p.m. Friday, only the four announced candidates had indicated their Intentions to have their names placed on the ballot. Voting for the new leader began at 1:30 p.m. The candidates are John Ludwig, 40, dean of business education at Alberta college in Edmonton; Werner Schmidt, 40, academic vice - president of Lethbridge Community College; Gordon Taylor, 62, of Drum-heller, a veteran of 33 years in the legislature; and former education minister Robert Clark, 35, of Carstairs. Protestant loyalist' guns turned on U.K. soldiers BELFAST-(AP) - A spate of sectarian murders and an outbreak of fierce rioting which saw Protestant "loyalist" guns turned against British troops carried tensions in Northern Ireland close to breaking point today. A spokesman at Belfast police headquarters said he felt the situation is out of control. Army headquarters said: "It's highly explosive." A series of apparent revenge killings by Roman Catholic-based guerrillas Friday pushed Northern Ireland's 3%-year death toll to 701-1% times the District teachers ask strike vote District school teachers have voted in favor of applying for a strike vote, it was announced at a press conference today. A secret ballot conducted this week showed 715 teachers voted in favor of the action and 157 were opposed. An estimated 1,300 teachers in the Alberta Teachers' Association southwest district are involved. The teachers earlier rejected a conciliation board award of a 6.2 per cent salary increase-They were asking for a 9.1 per cent increase based on tlie ability of school boards to pay, said Bill Cassanova, representative of the bargaining unit and staff officer on teacher welfare for the ATA. School boards in the district collectively have $5.5 million in liquid surpluses, he claimed. They are wrong if they say they can't pay higher than 6.2 per cent, he said. "They do have the money. They are attempting to snow the public-" While the application is being made for the strike vote the taechers will also be asking for immediate mediation. If trustees don't accept the mediation application, the teachers will have no alternative but to proceed with strike plans. A strike can be launched two days after an affirmative strike vote is taken. "Negotiations will not go on until spring, I can assure you," said Mr. Cassanova. District teachers have been without a contract since September. Directors must be Canadian under B.C. companies bi VICTORIA (CP) - The majority of tlie directors of every provincially - incorporated company will have to be Canadian citizens resident in Canada, under legislation introduced Friday in the British Columbia legislature. Attorney-General Alex Macdonald brought in the highly-technical, 157 - page Companies Act, which is a redraft of a similar bill introduced in the 1972 spring ssesion by the former Social Credit government but left over for further clarification. There are a number of provisions in the new bill, including that dealing with company directors, winch have been added to the legislation which brings up to date the rules by which companies are formed, carry on their business and are dissolved. Mr. Macdonald said in an interview that the old laws were "very widely unobserved and this brings the law into disrepute" Mr. Macdoonald said he thought the provisions dealing with the Canadian content of B.C. company directors will "require quite a few changes in the composition of boards of directors." He said there are 70,000 B.C. incorporated companies, 90 per cent of winch are private. total number killed in the Irish civil war of the early 1920s. The victims were an 18-year old Protestant slain in a machine-gun attack on a crowd of teen-agers leaving a church youth club; a Protestant murdered in front of his friends at work; and a l�oded man-also believed a Protestant-killed by bullets fired through his brain. This was believed the "ruthless retaliation" pledged by the Irish Republican Army in return for the slayings earlier in the week of five Catholics, including three teen-agers. As three bursts of machine-gun fire were sprayed from a speeding car into the youth club crowd, British troops came under mob attack in Protestant East Belfast. The army reported more than 80 shots fired at soldiers as vehicles were hijacked by stone-throwing rioters and set on fire. SHOOTING UNUSUAL It is rare in Northern Ireland for Protestants to shoot at British soldiers. Most Protestants swear allegience to the Queen and call themselves "loyalists." The rioting was understood to have its roots in the series of retaliatory killings that have plagued the country this week. Immediately after the bus raid, troops launched a search operation in East Belfast,- a Protestant stronghold. Police headquarters said today three men were arrested by soldiers and held for questioning. Tlie hardline Protestant Ul-r> t e r Vanguard Movement, whose paramilitary wing is tlie 50,000-strong Ulster Defence Association (UDA), said Friday that if Britain cracks down on its camp, "talk of civil war will become a reality." Seen and heard About town * ? ? 'pOLICE constable Doug Harris wishing he could pull someone's beard . . . Geraldine McMahon getting her tongue tied over the name change from Susie Bawden school to Fleewood Bawden, calling it Floosie Bawden schooL Apologies not EDMONTON (CP- - Alberta's human rights legislation will lose its credibility if Premier Peter Lougheed fails to deal directly with the investigation of three men in northern Alberta, New Democratic Party Leader Grant Notley said Friday. Mr. Notley, in a prepared statement, said the apology tendered the men Thursday by Attorney-General Merv Leitch confirms that Mr- Leitch is a gentleman, "but hardly clears the government of a blatant breach of the bill of rights." Tlie controversy arose when Mr. Leitch, at the request of AI Adair, minister without portfolio in charge of northern development, asked the RCMP for background information on three men in the Slave Lake area who had been critical of local government officials. Mr. Adair said late Thursday that Mr. Leitch's apology spoke for him and that he considered the matter closed. The attorney-general admitted he had been wrong to ask RCMP for the information. Mr. Notley said that in spite of the apologies, there still were many unanswered questions- "Why were the .men investigated? They are not government employees or directly involved in government programs." The men Involved are Bruce Thomas, 24, publisher of the Slave Lake Scope, a weekly newspaper; Al Burger, 32, ofo Faust, Alta., and Floyd Gries-bach, 56, of Wabasca, Alta. Authored forged letters VANCOUVER (CP) - Clive B. (Bud) Arnold, former union organizer, said on a radio program Friday he is the author of forged letters to Prime Minister Trudeau which attack the international labor movement. Mr. Arnold said during an interview with Jack Webster on CJOR that he had tried to discredit two labor leaders to "attack the fraudulent methods' of international uiu'ons who are reaping millions from Canadian workers." The forged letters were purportedly signed by Donald McDonald, president of the Canadian Labor Congress, and Senator Ed Lawson, at the time a top Teamsters Union official in Canada. The letters are being investigated by the post office. Copies of tlie letters, received Monday, were also sent to some members of Parliament and news organizations. Mr*. Arnold, 35, is a former organizer with the United Steel-workers of America and the Office and Teclinical Employees Union in British Columbia. In 1971 he worked in Sudbury, Ont, as an organizer for a new all-Canadian group, the United Metal and Mine Workers of Canada.