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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Ftbrmry 5, 1975 Natives 4expecf action from justice meet Proposed land deal The Town of Fort Macleod council may be in violation of two sections of the Alberta Municipal Government Act if it completes a deal with Montreal meat packer Larry Paletta involving 430 acres of town land. The deal involves a sale of 70 acres and an option to purchase another 360 acres. An appraiser has eval- uated the 70-acre parcel at twice the value the town plans to sell it for. Story on Page 1. Anglican bishops nix church union TORONTO (CP) The bishops of the Anglican Church of Canada said in a statement Tuesday they are against the proposed plan of union for the Anglican Church, the United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of "The plan of union in its present form is unaccep- the statement said. "Most of us doubt that there is serious hope for a successful BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL outcome to a further revision process. "We base this conclusion in part on the perception that our churches have not yet reached a common mind on faith and the statement said. "We think also that the cli- mate of feeling, at least in our own constituency, seems at the present time less favorable to organic union and more disposed towards other expressions of unity." Talks on the union, which would have brought into being a new church of 3.5 million members, are taking place this week. The United Church has about two million members and the Anglican Church more than one million. Lang plans no abortion law change Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Justice Minister Otto Lang said Tues- day that he has no plans to change Canada's abortion laws this year. He made the statement in the House of Commons after former Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker noted that many people in the country are asking what the attitude of the government is. "In this (International) Women's Year has the minister in mind any legisla- tion to alter the section of the Criminal Code concerning Diefenbaker asked. Lang replied that he had not. Previously the minister has expressed dissatisfaction with some hospital abortion com- mittes across the country which he charged are interpreting abortion laws too liberally. He has stressed that the law provides for abortions only in cases where the life or health of the mother is en- dangered. No Paletta probe until application Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The attorney-general's depart- ment has no plans to investigate Montreal meat packer Larry Paletta until he makes an application with the government to proceed with a packing plant'at Fort Macleod, Attorney-General Merv Leitch said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Solicitor General Helen Hunley was not immediately available for comment on the progress of a request from Fort Macleod to her department for an assess- ment of the meat packer. Peputy Premier Hugh Homer, who originally said her department was asked to comment on Mr. Paletta, said the request" is in the hands of the department." Mr. Leitch's comment came in response to a question in the legislature by George Ho Lem (SC Calgary "We have no plans within this department to investigate Mr. Paletta, although if applications are made for licences and 'things of that nature, undoubtedly there nORmfln COSMETICS i FIHAL3DAYS-THUBS..FBI..SAT, SALE PRICE 1995535 AW tfl WW BOUTIQUES AND GIFT ITEMS ENTIRE STOCK 50% OFF SLIPPERS SALE PRICED OFF JEWELLERY AND PURSES ENTIRE STOCK LOUNGE SLEEPWEAR LINGERIE ENTIRE STOCK 25% t. 50% OFF noRmnn cosmETic BOUTIQUE Gifts Wigs Perfumes College Mall Phone 328-1525 AIL SALES FINAL. NO EXCHANGES, NO REFUNDS) would be information asked for from him which might be relevant to the granting of those licences or other per- mits from the Mr. Leitch said. "Is the honorable attorney- general aware that Mr. Paletta has been mentioned frequently in the past few months as being a possible organized crime figure in Eastern Mr. Ho Lem asked. He was asked to come to the point of his ques- tion by the speaker Gerry Amerongen. Mr. Ho Lem then asked if the attorney general was aware that "some local- government officials in Fort Macleod want to see the Paletta deal postponed until a full investigation of. his background has been com- "I do not have any informa- tion on that Mr. Leitch replied. "I had heard of some inquiries being made by officials of the Fort Macleod Mr. Ho Lem then asked if the government was consider- ing "screening agencies" to keep "organized crime and organized crime money out of Alberta." "There is no plan under ac- tive consideration at the mo- ment to establish that kind of Mr. Leitch replied. Leighton Buckwell (SC Macleod) then asked the at- torney general "if it is -the normal custom of his depart- ment to investigate new investor in- the province of Mr. Leitch said it was not. Freight traffic may come to halt VANCOUVER (CP) A CNR spokesman said Tuesday that all the railway's freight service in and out of terminals here could be halted today after more than half of the 100 CN locomotive engineers here booked off Tuesday night. William Fleming, assistant regional manager of operations, said in a state- ment that about 60 men were refusing to work because they .apparently were planning to go to the courthouse today to file court documents personal- ly in response to an action for breach of contract started by CN a week ago. EDMONTON (CP) Federal and provincial justice ministers were told Tuesday that Canada's native people expect them to act on policy changes recommended by the national conference on native people and the criminal justice system. The ministers were to at- tend a public meeting here to- day to discuss proposals con- tained in reports compiled by 12 conference workshop com- mittees during the last two days. Gloria George, vice- president of the Native Coun- cil of Canada, told a news conference that native delegates expect government officials to take action on the conference proposals. "The money is there for many projects but until now most people haven't known said Ms. George. "Native people are not going to forget about this conference. We want some ac- tion." A report by the Inuit (Es- kimo) workshop recommends 10 major changes in training for the RCMP, including orientation of officers in Inuit homes and approval of of- ficers by northern community councils. The Inuit report also demands abolition of what it calls discriminatory RCMP regulations which discourage Inuit and native people from joining the RCMP special con- stable program. The report says a minimum height requirement is one of the major problems because "Inuits are not tall people." Another workshop report recommends that Section 91 of the British North America Act, which restricts laws applicable on Indian reserves to federal and band statutes, be enforced by the federal government. SECTION IGNORED The report that for the last 100 years the federal govern- ment has ignored the section and allowed provinces to en- force provincial laws on In- dian reserves. Most of the workshop groups agree there is a need for more native people in the court worker and interpretive services and they suggest that governments recruit and train native personnel to fill the jobs. British Columbia Attorney- General Alex Macdonald said he will ask other ministers to follow B.C.'s lead in abolishing jail terms for peo- ple unable to pay fines impos- ed by the courts. He said B.C. virtually abol- ished the practice because it unfairly imprisoned people "for being poor." Complaints by militant In- dian leaders who "said they were excluded from the conference were defused Tuesday after at least one leader was allowed access to a closed workshop session. Ed Burnstick, Canadian director of the American In- dian Movement, had said he would defy a ban on participa- tion by "crashing" a workshop dealing with prison reform. But later, Mr. Burnstick said he was allowed to attend the discussions but he was not allowed to participate. Native delegates also ap- proved a resolution which de- mands a public federal in- quiry into last fall's Parlia- ment Hill riot involving native demonstrators, leftist groups and the RCMP. They also demanded a Que- bec government inquiry into the death of a native youth in a Hull, Que., jail cell following the riot. They said police an- nounced that the youth had committed suicide. Both resolutions were pass- ed at a closed meeting of native delegates Monday night but-were not made public until Tuesday. News In brief Board appeals huge judgment PRINCE GEORGE (CP) The Prince George School Board decided Tuesday to appeal a British Columbia Supreme Court ruling giving a million award to a schoolboy who broke his neck in a gym accident. Joan MacLatchy, board chairman, said a motion was passed by the board to appeal both the amount awarded and the liability assessed. Mr. Justice D. E. Andrews awarded in damages Jan. 25 to Gary Ed- mund Thornton, 19. Thornton was permanently paralyzed from the waist down April 6, 1971 when he landed on his head while doing somersaults from a springboard in class gymnastics. ARR deficit up to million EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta Resources Railway's accumulated deficit climbed to million as it went another million into, the red in 1973. The financial statement of the troubled railway, tabled in the legislature Tuesday, show- ed the line had to pay million in interest on borrowings during the year, and only gained million in tonnage rentals to help offset the cost. The which has been chalking up deficits for each of its seven years of operation, was partly out of commission during 1973 as washouts on the northern half of the line were being repaired. Nerve gas destruction delayed WASHINGTON (AP) Destruction of more than 000 nerve gas cluster bombs stored at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Denver will be delayed more than a year, United States Army spokesmen said Tuesday. They blamed the delay in disposal on unexpected maintenance required for the special equipment involved. The disposal is to be com- pleted by December, 1977, instead of the autumn of 1976. The army said that cluster bombs, less than 19 per cent of the total, have been destroyed since disposal started in October 1973. The bombs contain a total of about gallons of nerve gas, called GB. Onassis' life 'not in danger' ATHENS (AP) An aide says the life of ailing Aristotle Onassis is not in danger, but his wife, Jacqueline, and a heart specialist were flown from New York to be with him. The 69-year-old shipping magnate is reported suffering from a potentially dangerous combination of my asthenia, or muscular debility, and influenza. The Greek national radio said he had been in bed at his villa in Glyphada, a seaside suburb of Athens, since last Friday. An aide said the heart spe- cialist was sent for because the combination of myasthenia and influenza could endanger Onassis' heart. His doctors also are considering sending him abroad for treatment, said loannis Georgakis, spokesman for the Onassis business interests. Onassis' daughter Christina, 24, also was at the villa. His only son, Alexander, was injured fatally in the crash of a family plane in January 1973. Slasher confession a hoax LOS ANGELES (AP) "It was just drunken says a hotel handyman of his false claim that he was the Skid Road Slasher.. But the statement landed Theodore Lane, 44, an employee of the Brevoort Hotel in Hollywood, in jail for a time Tuesday for question- ing in the deaths of nine men found with their throats slit. Hours after Lane was re- leased, officers took into cus- tody another man who appar- ently wanted to confess. But again it turned out to be a false alarm. Police said the second man "surrendered" at a local tele- vision station with a razor in his hand. Lane was arrested after a drunken argument with a friend at the hotel in which he declared: "I am the slasher." The friend called police who later determined that Lane had nothing to do with the case. Wounded Knee charges dropped RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) The United States justice de- partment has asked a federal court to dismiss 50 in- dictments stemming from the armed takeover of Wounded Knee. None of the indictments involved the leaders of the occupation of the Pine Ridge Reservation village in early 1973. Special' prosecutor Keith Uhl said dismissal of the in- dictments would leave fewer than 20 cases of Wounded Knee defendants to be tried, starting Feb. 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. "It would have been time consuming, costly, with little chance of success to try these Uhl told U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Bogue of Rapid City. Ford optimistic about re-election WASHINGTON (AP) President Ford says the United States economy will improve faster than some ex- perts predict and that it will be in good enough shape to justify his seeking election in 1976 for a full four-year term. He made that statement Tuesday before returning to Washington from a 26-hour visit to Atlanta to promote his economic-energy program. Ford voiced his optimism shortly after the White House sent a gloomy economic mes- sage to Congress predicting higher unemployment, per- manently higher energy prices and a less bountiful standard of living. Asked if the economic fore- cast might change his mind about running, Ford said he believes there "will be an im- proving picture" although it will not be "as good as we would like it." OFF Condominium housing 'misunderstood' WINNIPEG (CP) Con- dominiums may not be the an- swer to all housing problems but they .could meet some needs, the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada (HUDAC) was told Tuesday. Colin Bennell, executive vice-president of Wimpey Homes Canada Ltd., Toronto, said a key point is that con- dominiums allow people to create an equity situation, instead of simply paying rent. He said condominium hous- ing, with individuals owning residential units of an apart- ment or town house complex while the land and other ele- ments are shared among the owners, is widely misunder- stood. "You'd be amazed at the number of people who have bought condominiums and who really don't know what they've let themselves in Mr. Bennell said. He said the concept of con- dominium living is relatively new in Canada and that many lawyers, instead of trying to sort out the complicated legal forms, advise their clients not to buy into the scheme. Mr; Benell said con- dominiums, which are suited to urban centres where land accounts for 50 per cent of housing, costs, offer a com- munity-type atmosphere, with better recreational facilities than single family units provide. He said some people were turned off the condominium idea by clauses that allowed charges to escalate and cases where builders contrived to keep control of condominium administrative boards in their own hands. Mr. Bennell said upkeep charges should not be conceal- ed from prospective residents. "People are prepared to pay if they know what they are paying (or." Al Koehli of Community Builders Ltd., Port Moody, B.C. said his firm surveys the market in a particular area and plans its units to come in at a level 25 per cent below the price for a single-family home. ;