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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 12-TNI LETHMIDOI HIBALD-Tueeday, February S, 1174 Secret service 'kept tabs on Donald Nixon9 By JOHN M. CREWDSON New York Times Service LOS ANGELES Investigators for the United States Senate Watergate committee have reportedly learned that the secret service was ordered to keep F. Donald Nixon, the president's brother, under physical surveillance because of mounting concern within the White House that his business dealings might embarrass the president and harm his chances for re-election in 1972. According to a well-placed committee source, the investigators are seeking to link the surveillance effort to an occasion in the summer of 1969 when reports of Donald Nixon's movements were passed by the White House to Charles G. Rebozo, the Florida banker who is a close friend of the president. Kebozo subsequently used the information, according to Senate and other sources, to bring about the dismissal of John Meier, then an employee of the Howard Hughes Prime Minister Vorster calls April 24 election CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) Prime Minister John Vorster Monday called a general election for Wednesday, April 24, a year before one is required by law. Announcement of the early balloting had been expected for weeks. It was made in Parliament after Opposition Leader Sir de Villiers Graaff moved that the government had lost the confidence of South Africans. Analysts expect Vorster to go to the white electorate in a position of strength. Internal wrangling in the main opposition United party plus a recent redrawing of parliamentary constituencies has established the governing Nationalist party a firm favorite. Vorster, 58, is said to want early endorsement of his policies for another five years because of inflation and other economic problems, the energy crisis and increased terrorist attacks on Africa's white-ruled southern tip by black insurgents. The Nationalists have governed South Africa since 1948. They currently hold 118 of the 166 seats in the House of Assembly as well as solid control of the Senate. The last election was in April, 1970. Jury learns about error in drawings By JOHN LEBLANC SUDBURY, Ont. (CP) error in working drawings led to some medical gas lines in a new wing of Sudbury General Hospital being installed out of sequence, a coroner's jury in- vestigating 23 deaths was told Monday. However, Brian Bradshaw of Chelmsford, Ont., a project controller for the installing firm, also testified that test of the gas system "should have picked up all the problems." Mr. Bradshaw, whose evi- dence began last week, re- turned to the witness stand for a final session as the inquest entered its 16th day before Dr. Ross Bennett, Ontario's deputy supervising coroner. It is toying to find the cause of a switch hi oxygen and nit- rous oxide supply lines leading to the new wing, which has been established as the cause of at least one death last year. Mr. Bradshaw, employed with Comstock International Ltd., was not specific on whether the pipe misconnection had resulted from the out-of-sequence lines. He listed the drawing error and testing procedures as among "many contributing factors" in the gas problem. There has been earlier evi- dence that the working draw- ings were prepared by the To- ronto engineering consultant firm of Reid, Crowther and Partners. Some previous witnesses have stated that the effect of mislabelling oxygen and nitrous oxide lines on one section of the plan should not have been significant. Another witness Monday, foreman Reg Robert of Stur- geon Falls, Ont, testified he could not recall what instruc- tions concerning the mislabelled lines he had given to the man who succeeded him in charge of the pipe installation job in 1972. He said any installation de- viations from the plans were recorded daily on "as-built" drawings during his period on the job. But he could not iden- tify two sets of plans which have been taken into the evi- dence as such drawings. These two sets do not contain the colored markings which Mr. Robert said wen used to record changes and Crown attorney John Takach suggested there must be a third set of working drawings which investigators have not located. Allmand would train prairie prison staff DRUMHELLER (CP) A federal prison staff training college and a revised parole service were among a lengthy list of development plans for the Prairies outlined here by Solicitor General Warren Allmand. The department is committed to finding non- institutional solutions to the rehabilitation of offenders, Mr. Allmand said in. an interview. "I don't like to build prisoTS it saddens me to authorize a new he said noting that be prefers the use of parole, probation and a greater use of sentencing alternatives by the coats. Included on the list of development plans were: A training college and medium security prison at Edmonton to be built in 1175- 76 along with replacement of Grierson Community Release Centre, a minimum security "boarding house" where prisoners serve the last part of their sentence while working or studying; A prairie parole board, created under the new Parole Act and likely to be functioning by April 1, to provide for more dependable screening of parolees; A new parole servke that wonW report directly to the soliator-feneral and lead to the integration of prisons and parole into a corrections division of the department; Creation this year of a prairie region for the Canadian Penitentiary Service with headquarters at either Edmonton or Saskatoon with British Columbia to be a region in itself; A forensic clinic in Saskatoon for the psychiatric care of federal prisoners and from Saskatchewan jails; Federal provincial co- operation to co-ordinate the use of prison facilities and to develop more community release centres. Perimeter security at the federal prisonat Dmrnbeller would be upgraded UBS year with the constiucUon of gun towers and a doable fence, he said. But internal policing of prisoners world remain at a medium institutional level and rehabilitation programs would not be affected. Escapes at SpringhiH, N.S. and Cowansvitle, Qw., which share a similar design to DrnmbeHer, have pointed oat weaknesses in perimeter security and prompted the decision, he said. The whole puipuse of the criminal justice system is to ui event crime, Mr. Allmand said. But this often is forgotten by those who operate the system. "For example ymseciituis often view the goal as getting as many convictions as possible and getting them with tough sentences." organization, whom Rebozo had previously demanded be kept away from the president's brother. At a news conference in November, President Nixon acknowledged that the secret service tapped his brother's telephone in the past, but only to monitor "others who were trying to get him, perhaps to use improper influence" with the Nixon administration. He did not elaborate, and said nothing about ordered the agency to extend its efforts to include following his younger brother. If accurate, the senate source's account of the covert physical surveillance is another manifestation of the sensitivity of the president and his advisers to Donald Nixon's ties to Meier and the Hughes organization, and his involvement in a number of unsuccessful, and sometimes questionable, business adventures. Asked to comment on the source's report, Edward Schmults, the general counsel of the treasury department, which includes the secret service, said in a telephone interview that he had been "instructed not to give any information" to the press about any surveillance of the president's brother by the White House protective agency. Schmults would add only that he believed the secret service was authorized to conduct physical as well as electronic surveillance of individuals "in connection with its protective functions, with or without a court order." The staff of the Watergate committee, which has temporarily put off public hearings on the complex relationships between the I Nixon administration and Howard Hughes, the I billionaire industrialist, is' understood to believe that the alleged surveillance effort I may have led directly to I Rebozo's knowledge of a meeting between Meier and I Donald Nixon at a southern California airport. _ According to the senate I source's account, key elements of which are supported by other persons I close to the Hughes I organization, Rebozo earlier prevailed on Hughes aides to I order Meier to stay away I from Donald Nixon because of the fears of John D. I Erhlichman, the former I presidential assistant, the then attorney general, John N. I Mitchell, and others high in I the White House that Meier would try to "use" the I president's brother. I One Hughes explained that their a continuing concern derived I not from any suspicion that I Donald Nixon was dishonest, but rather from their view of I him as "a very gullible fellow" who was vulnerable to possible attempts by Meier to I exploit his name within the business community. The concern eventually I became so great, according to I these sources, that Herbert W. Kalmbach, President I Nixon's personal attorney, I was sent by Erhlichman to interview a Las Vegas I newspaper publisher in an I effort to find out what the publisher, Henry Greenspun, knew of the Nixon-Meier I relationship. I At one point, what one source called a "Don Nixon I Book" was 'prepared for Erhlichman and Mitchell outlining Nixon's activities. I The Watergate committee reportedly has also received information that a break-in at I Greespun's office, allegedly planned by two members of the White House I E. Howard Hunt Jr. and G. I Gordon Liddy, but apparently never carried out, was aimed I in part at retrieving I documents relating to Donald Nixon that were believed to be in the publisher's safe. I Saskatchewan won9t boost I gas royalties I RBGINAJCP) r Despite I recent increases in Alberta I royalties on natural gas, Sask- atchewan gas rates will not I increase this winter, Industry I Minister Kim Thorson said B Monday. I Mr. Tborson also told a I Foster care rates too small9 Guarding overpass A member of the Allentown, Pa., National Guard watches the flow of traffic on U.S. Highway 22 from an overpass near Allentown. The guards were called up at the weekend to help state policemen patrol highways and overpasses in the area. Earlier, a trucker was killed when a rock was hurled from an overpass through the windshield of his truck, causing the tractor-trailer unit to crash. EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government has increased rates paid for care of foster children twice in the lastv month but Mary McDonald, president of the Edmonton and District Foster Parents Association, says it's still not enough. The second increase came last week following protests from some foster parents that they were better off before the first increase Jan. 1. They said simultaneous changes in family allowance payments had left them with less money. The latest increase in maintenance rates, for children up to the age of 12, provides the following amounts for the following age groups: a day for 0-1, for 2-5, 13.40 for 6-11, for 12-15 and a day for 16-18. Prior to Jan. 1 foster parents were paid a day for maintenance of a child up to two years old and a day for maintenance of 16-to- 18 year olds. Mary Jinks, membership chairman for the Foster Parents Group, said the problem'arose because of a change in family allowance payments. Until Jan. 1. parents who had foster children in their home for more than a year got regular family allowances for the children. But that practice was discontinued and such parents now receive a special allowance of a month for each child. Until this year the province allowed foster parents to keep the family allowance but now requires them to deduct the a month from their bill to the province. Despite Jan. 1 increases in per-day board rates and clothing allowances the net effect has been only a minimal increase, Mrs. Jinks said. In the case of a 10-year- old foster child in her home she's now getting only 60 cents a month more than before the increases. Mrs. McDonald, a mother of nine, including five foster children, said the new rates don't take into account the money that must be spent on such things as records, dances and other entertainment. She said the "increases are just barely enough to keep people quiet." With the way the cost of living was increasing "people might have to quit being foster parents." Mrs. McDonald said people who provide day-care to children in their homes get more per day than foster parents but don't have to provide the staples and other items that foster parents do. "Alberta continues to have the highest foster care rates in Dean Melsness, child welfare director, said in announcing the increases to the province's foster parents. Mr. Melsness said the amounts paid to foster parents represent the amount the government believes it costs to keep an average child. The rates are not intended to include any compensation for keeping a foster child. He said the latest increases were designed to compensate for the inequality that existed between foster parents who received the family allowance and those who did not. With the new rates, foster parents who were getting family allowances were slightly better off while those who did not were much better off. If you are an the total of your Canada Pension Plan contributions was more than last year, you have a credrt coming. Last year, more errors occurred in the calculation of Canada Pension Plan overpayments than in anything else. (They even beat out arithmetic errors which almost always come in first.) So. Since something obviously went wrong somewhere, this year we want to see if we can clear up some of the confusion The information below will help you when you're doing your own CPP calculations, so clip it and use it for reference when your own Income Tax Day comes You say if I paid more than have a credit coming, but how do I know what I did pay? By your T4 slips Box D. If you have more than one T4 slip, add up the separate amounts in all Box Ds, to get the total you paid. If you have only one, that's the figure you use. Where do I calculate whether or not I overpaid? At the top of Page 3 of your Income Tax Return It's clearly labelled "Employee Overpayment of Contributions and The first line mads "Total Contributory Earnings perT4 slips, maximum What does that mean? Look on your T4 slip in Box J. If box J is blank, use the figure in Box C, just as it says on yourT4. Enter that amount on the first line. If you have more than one T4 slip, and the totals m Box J (or Box C) add up to more than ignore that, and just enter is the maximum figure you contribute on, no matter what you earned My employer gave me a T4 slip which has one figure in Box C and a smaller amount to Box J. Why? it's likely you became 18 or 70 years old during the year, or received a retirement or a disability pension from the CPP in 1973. In that case, you should use the figure in Box J for CPP calculations (In other words, only a portion of the income shown in Box C of yourT4 slip will be considered for CPP purposes.) Be sure to check your Guide. Items 24A and 24B. Okay. The next line reads: "Less: Basic Canada Pension Plan Exemption of Do exactly what it says. Deduct from the amount you entered above. No matter what you earned or contributed, that amount is the same It's standard. (The only exceptions to this are those who turned either 18 or 70 years old in 1973. or received a CPP Pension in 1973. Check your Guide- Item 24B.) So far, so good. But this is where I get confused: "Less required contribution-1.8% of earnings subject to contribution or amount per Contribution Table, maximum Fortunately that statement is much less confusing than it sounds. The key word is OR, so take the easy way and ignore the (They both come out the same in the end.) Open your Guide to the back, to the "Employ- ee's CPP Contribution Table" and look on the chart to find your "Earnings Subject to Contribution" which you now know. Right beside it as a figure. _ telling you how much you should have paid. Enter that figure (and it be higher than because that's as much as you can contribute on) on that line. And then how do I get that last figure? Subtract. And enter the amount on the line labelled "Canada Pension Plan Overpayment" Now where? If there is a difference, take that last figure and do exactly what the return tells you to do with it. Enter the amount on Line 23 of Page 2 of your return, and again on Line 49 of Page 1 That's it. You've done it Hold on. I was self-employed part of last year, what do I do? In that case, if your contributory earnings from employment and self-employment earned you more than last year (if it didn't don't you'll need to fill m the bottom part of Page 3 labelled "Canada Pension Plan Contributions on Self-Employed it's just as easy. An you'll find full instructions for that in your Guide, Item 24C. ilattons show that I owe the Government more Then it Earnings Subject to That figure is the one you get when you deduct the from your Contributory Earnings on the first line. It can't be more than because maximum Contributory Earnings can't exceed and you've just deducted from that amount. Rne. NowHsays 'Total Contributions deduct per Bm D on all T4 Look at your T4 slip again. Box D. The amount shown there is the amount you enter on that line. Again, if you have more than one T4 slip, add up the total of al) Box Ds and enter it. VB1W APRLAD INCOME TW What H my for CPP? That may be your employer's error. If so. we'll have him correct it. Do not pay the amount. Attach a note, bringing the error to our attention, and we'll contact him directly. Don't worry about it. I'm sony, but I'm snfl a imte mhted-up. Follow April Aid. Read your Guxte. Then re-read this ad. If it's still hazy, phone or drop by your District Taxation off ice. We'll be glad to give you all the help you need. One more thing... Please check your arithmetic. And re-check. Every time there's even a small error, the computers reject your return and it has to be checked and corrected by hand, then cycled through the computer again Not only does it hokJ up the completion of your return, but every error, no matter how small, is very expensive to correct. Together we can get it done. "I don't anticipate that there will be am increase m the heating rates for this winter for of gas from Saskpower the immediate impact will not be severe, less than hi total o' annual basis." Your GiwJs is aTwaysrbe best answer Reads! 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