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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD Thursday, February 6, 1975 News in brief Congress blocks Ford plan WASHINGTON (AP) Congress confronted Presi- dent Ford Wednesday with its first major move to block his oil import tariff increases. The House of Represen- Rockets kill 13 PHNOM PENH (AP) Two Khmer Rouge rockets killed 13 persons and wounded more than 40 in the heart of this Cambodian capital today. Many of the victims were children in a crowded classroom. tatives voted to suspend Ford's authority to increase any import levy on petroleum for 90 days, to repeal his initial increase last Saturday and to refund any money collected. It was the heaviest toll from a rocket attack on the city since insurgents began an offensive New Year's Day. Officials said that since then, 553 rockets have hit the city and its airport, killing 75 per- sons and wounding 335. Night club blast kills 5 NETANYA, Israel (Reuter) Five people were killed and 25 injured when a grenade blast shattered a rock-'n'-roll dance in a cellar discotheque early Wednesday. Police said the grenade was dropped down an air shaft into the dimly-lit Bar-Orient Club. In Damascus, the Palesti- nian Popular Struggle Front claimed responsibility for the attack. Auto workers demand jobs WASHINGTON (AP) With unemployment rising, Wednesday's protest by auto workers demanding jobs may be a prelude to mass worker demonstrations as dis- content grows within organiz- ed labor. President Leonard Wood- cock of the United Auto Workers threatened to return in the spring with workers if the government fails to take immediate action to restore economic health to the United States. Medics reach quake area PEKING (Reuter) Medical and army teams in northeast Liaoning province are doing emergency relief The official Hsinhua news agency said today the quake hit the heavily populated and euc uumg emergency reilcl unu work following Tuesday industrial Yingkou-Haicheng night's powerful earthquake. sector of the province. Eavesdropping bill pushed EDMONTON (CP) A bill which would make it illegal to eavesdrop on a person or record his conversation without his consent was introduced in the Alberta legislature by Roy Wilson (SC Calgary Bow) Wednesday. "The rapid growth of government and the increas- ing use of computers and other electronic devices by both private and public enterprise has generated a growing concern by citizens for the survival of individual rights and said Mr. Wilson in an accompanying statement. RICK ERVIN photo Hunt denies JFK death plot MIAMI (AP) Convicted Watergate burglar E. Howard Hunt denied Wednesday that he was part of an alleged Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) plot to assassinate the late president John F. Kennedy. A spokesman for Frank Sturgis, also a convicted Watergate conspirator, said it was not Sturgis in a photograph said to show Hunt and Sturgis near the assassination scene in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. The spokesman would neither con- firm nor deny if Sturgis was in Dallas on the day of Kennedy's death. Dick Gregory, the activist and comedian, 'and two associ- ates turned over evidence to the Rockefeller commission Tuesday that they claimed showed that Kennedy's 1963 death was planned by the CIA. February flight Several drake mallards in full plume stretch their wings on a cold winter day to keep warm. Instead of migrating south, the ducks have decided to spend the winter on the Palmer Ranch, about 60 miles southwest of Lethbridge.' Nearby stubble fields provide food for the ducks and artesian wells that flow year round provide open water. Winter Games delay teacher contract talks Contract talks between the Lethbridge separate school board and teachers are not ex- pected to resume until after the 1975 Canada Winter Games, an Alberta Teachers Viet Cong excluded GENEVA (AP) An inter- national conference to revise the Geneva Conventions for the protection of prisoners and civilians in wartime voted Wednesday against inviting the Viet Cong to its' deliberations. In Vienna, another inter- national United Nations conference on relations between states and international organizations failed to resolve a .similar Viet Cong question and ad- journed "to a later date." later date." Local bargaining best, city teachers told Attorney general confirmed WASHINGTON (Reuter) -The Senate confirmed Univer sity of Chicago President Ed ward Levi Wednesday as th new attorney action came by voice vote without debate. Levi, 63, succeeds William Saxbe, who e resigned to become U.S. ambassador to India. is the fifth U.S. at- BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE torney general in the last fpur years. Two of the men who served during that period, John Mitchell and Richard Kleindienst, were convicted in connection with the Watergate scandal Alberta teachers should only turn to salary negotiations on a provincial basis as a last resort, an Alberta Teachers Association executive told a meeting of Lethbridge teachers Wednesday. Vice president Halvar Jon- son, of Ponoka, told teachers the best route to take when negotiating a contract is local bargaining. However, he added, the department of education is in the process this year of reviewing its method of funding to school boards. Should the change result in less money to the boards, teachers might have to review to their approach negotiations, he said. "If we run up against a stone wall, then provincial bargaining may be the only way out." In response to a question about what method of provin- cial funding would be most effective, Mr. Jonson replied: "It doesn't matter how you cut the pie as long as the pie is big enough." He said the ATA is providing advice to the government on possible methods of funding education through its membership in ad- visory committees to the department of education. Price index to be seasonally adjusted OTTAWA (CP) Statistics spring and summer and price Pantera at fiiooi.i.eoe Now Through February 15th Canada announced Wednes- day that the agency will be publishing consumer price index figures which are ad- justed to account for seasonal factors. "There will, of course, con- tinue to be only one consumer price index for Canada, based as before on unadjusted data which measure changes in prices actually paid and which should continue to be exten- sively used for a wide variety of purposes a statement from Statistics Canada said. The new seasonally- adjusted series of price reports will attempt to measure how much of month- to-month price changes are due to such factors as in- creased use of home heating oil in winter, cheaper prices for domestic vegetables in changes which occur regularly, such as new vehicle price lists in August and September. Association spokesman said Wednesday. Negotiations between the teachers and trustees for a 1975 teacher contract broke down in November when the teachers refused a board offer and the trustees held firm to their proposal. A settlement is not expected to be reached before March. The separate school teachers have been teaching for over a month now without a contract. The two groups reached a stalemate over an "averaging clause" that the teachers wanted included in the contract. The clause would provide them with the average salary increase granted teachers un- der the jurisdiction of other major school boards in the province. Any increase as a result of the clause would be in addition to a salary increase of about 12 per cent the board offered the teachers. The public school teachers were awarded the clause and about a 12 per cent increase for 1975. Major school boards in Calgary and Edmonton still have not settled with their teachers on a 1975 contract. The Edmonton public school teachers rejected a board offer of 17 per cent last week. Man held responsible for night club fire MONTREAL (CP) -'After hearing 12 hours of testimony from 23 witnesses, Coroner Cyrille Delage held Fernand Beaudet criminally responsi- ble at a coroner's inquest Wednesday for the deaths of 13 persons in a north-end nightclub Jan. 21. Mr. Delage also sentenced 28, to 30 days in jail for contempt for refusing to testify at the inquest into the slayings at the Gargantua Bar Salon. As for Richard Blass, the prison escapee killed in a police raid three days after the Gargantua incident and implicated in the deaths at 'the inquest, the coroner said: "I see no point in holding Richard Blass responsible in view of the fact that he is al- ready dead." The coroner held that the fire in the Gargantua was of criminal origin and the in- quest testimony led him to conclude Beaudet was the "presumed author" of the crime. No criminal charges have been formally laid yet. Before such charges can be laid in cases of violent deaths in Que- bec province, a coroner's in- quest is held to determine whether there is criminal re- sponsibility. Called to the witness stand, Beaudet put his hand on the Bible and said: "Sir, I refuse to testify. I mourn the death of Richard Blass. Long live Richard Blass." Asked by the coroner to show cause why he should not be held in contempt, he replied: "I refuse to answer." Coroner, Delage sentenced him to 30 days for refusing to answer without valid reason. Beaudet, arrested on a coro- ner's warrant last Friday along with four other persons in connection with the slayings, was the only one to remain in custody after the in- quest. Beaudet's girlfriend, Irene Ouellet, 22, cab driver Joseph Leboeuf, 36, Michel Melchoir, 22, and Richard Blass's brother, Michel, 30, were freed. Evidence at the inquest re- vealed that Beaudet may have been a fearful participant in the mass murder. 'The tape of a wiretapped telephone conversation show- ed Beaudet's sister, Gisele, 20, telling a friend, Carole Cholette, Jan. 24 that Beaudet had been told to be present at the Gargantua nightclub by Richard Blass, a man he feared. Cholette told police in a statement filed in evidence that Beaudet was afraid of Blass because the latter had once beaten him up. A tape of a wiretapped con- versation recorded by Montreal police the day of the Gargantua fire showed Beaudet discussing the inci- dent with another sister, Jac- queline, 18. When she asked if he had been involved, Beaudet replied: "Well, yes." Jacqueline also said in a pol- ice statement that her brother had told her on another occa- sion that Richard Blass was responsible for the slayings. She said in her statement that Blass herded the victims into a small room, fired a shot through the door when one man tried to break out and then blocked the door with a jukebox. Cholette said she spoke with Beaudet four days after the slayings and he told her: "I can't stand.living like this anymore. I have 13 murders fny conscience." Allmand promises action on native, justice reports EDMONTON (CP) Federal Solicitor-General Warren Allmand promised Wednesday that recommen- dations drafted by the national conference on native people and the criminal justice system will not be allowed to die through govern- ment inaction. Mr. Allmand said in an interview at the end of the three-day conference that a 33-member Canadian advisory council on native people and the criminal justice system will study the recommen- dations and, if necessary, call other national conferences to further discuss native people's legal problems. "Nobody can say how long it will take to act on these recommendations because there is no way to tell now how long it will take to study the proposals and come up with ways to implement he said. The council is to report to native peoples groups and governments. It will include native and government representatives from each province and territory, and representatives from four federal departments and five national native groups. The native groups are the National Indian Brotherhood, Native Council of Canada, Inuit Tapirisat (Eskimo National Native Women's Association, and National Association of Friendship Centres. Alberta Solicitor-General Helen Hunley suggested the advisory council aim for another national conference on native people and the criminal justice system "within two years" to further discuss issues raised at the conference. Mr. Allmand said he thinks other conferences will be necessary before most of the broad and sweeping changes recommended by conference position papers can be made into law. Among the most commonly- heard recommendations were ones calling for changes in the attitudes and operation of the RCMP and other police departments which deal with native people. LaSalle denies bribing newsmen OTTAWA (CP) Roch La- Salle denied before a parliamentary com- mittee Wednesday that he ever has paid reporters for news coverage. "I never offered a nickel to he told the Com- mons privileges and elections committee investigating allegations that politicians bribe reporters. The charges were made in December by Social Credit Leader Real Caouette who ad- mitted paying-two reporters and said he suspected Mr. La- Salle and other MPs of doing the same. Mr. LaSalle said the sugges- tion is absurd. It was made in connection with publicity given to him when he violated Commons dress rules by Rail passenger service 'wasteful of resources' OTTAWA (CP) Former Liberal transport minister J.W. Pickersgill said Wednes- day that "modernization of rail passenger service in this country is a very wasteful use of very scarce resources." Mr. Pickersgill's comments at a transport seminar at Carleton University again seemed to run counter to current government efforts to revive passenger service. At another Carleton Univer- sity seminar two months ago, he said that the best way to improve rail efficiency quick- ly would be to "phase out the passenger service as fast as it could be done without too much pain to the workers." Mr. Pickersgill, former president of the Canadian transport commission, was reacting to proposals by other panel members at the seminar urging technical im- provements to increase speed and improve service. "I don't think we can afford in Canada to have toys at vast he said. "It seems to me that if we are going to modernize the railways it will be for hard economic reasons. "If it is done for other rea- sons, 1 hope that whatever government does it is put out of office before we are all bankrupted." appearing without a tie. It would be impossible to pay all the newspapers carry- ing accounts of the incident, he said, adding that he knows of no MPs who bribe reporters. The committee agreed to in- vite Mr. Caouette as the next witness but there appeared to be little interest in forcing him to do so if he refuses. The Social Credit leader did not at- tend the meeting. He would not say later whether he will appear. He has said previously he will not disclose-the names of reporters he says he bribed, or testify before the com- mittee. Robert McCleave (PC-Halifax-East Hants) said the request to Mr. Caouette should be no more than an invitation, an oppor- tunity to testify if he wants. Mr. LaSalle began with a 16- page brief backgrounding the Caouette allegations and events leading to the inquiry, ordered by the Commons Dec. 19. Art Lee East) asked how the Caouette allegations had breached the privileges MPs enjoy. Kidnapping MILAN in the Milan area abducted the son of an Milan industrialist during the night and released an employee of a wealthy jew- eler. This raised the total kid- nappings in Italy to 12 this year. Paolo Testori, 20, was am- bushed near Milan as he was taking his 'fiancee home from a date, police said. Moncton murder hearing winding up MONCTON, N.B. (CP) The preliminary hearing into murder charges against two men in the December slayings of two Moncton city police of- ficers moves into its final stages today. The hearing, which opened Jan. 28, is expected to end ei- ther late today or early Fri- day following evidence from the last of more than 50 Crown witnesses. Provincial Judge Henry Murphy will decide following the hearing whether there is sufficient evidence to send James Lawrence Hutchison and Richard Ambrose to trial. Hutchison and Ambrose are .charged with murder punish- able by death in the killings of Cpl. Aurelle Bourgeois and Constable Michael O'Leary. The two officers dis- appeared Dec. 13 while investigating the kidnapping of a Moncton schoolboy. The bodies of the two policemen were found later in shallow graves near this eastern New Brunswick city. Hutchison and Ambrose are also charged with kidnapping but the current hearing deals only with the 'murder charges. During the hearing's seventh day Wednesday, Judge Murphy interrupted defence lawyer Edward Bell's cross-examination of a police witness. Judge Murphy said Mr. Bell's "hypothetical" questions to the witness appeared to amount to an attempt to influence public opinion. Mr. Bell, who said he did not care about headlines, asked the press not to report on anything that arose from his cross-examination during the rest of hearing. Mr. Bell said this was mere- ly a request at this stage of the proceedings. If lie still had the right to ask for a ban on all publicity of evidence as he had at the start of the hearing he would do so. During Wednesday's 6 1-2- hour court session, the defence said an RCMP cor- poral at one point was making visual signals to a police witness. Judge Murphy asked the corporal to sit elsewhere. Four employees of a hard- ware store here testified a young man purchased two shovels, a pick and an axe at the store early Dec. 13. ;