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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 7, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 7, 1973 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD ~ ^9 400 300 200 100 MURDERS 'ersons- in Canada ii linn HI H IH B 1H H 1H IB I . m 4 | r g| B B B ^ 61 63 65 67 69 71 Murders double in 10 years The number of murders in. Canada has more than doubled in the last ten years according to statistics provided by Statistics Canada. Since capital punishment was banned in Canada Dec. 1967, except for killing of police officers and prison guards, 315 persons were murdered in 1963 and 425 in 1971. The 1970 Quebec figure included 40 killed in one fire. Since 1968 there have been these murrders of prison guards or police officers. Saskatchewan: two in 1970; Manitoba: one in each of 1969, 1970 and 1971. Ontario: three in 1968 and two in 1969; Quebec: two in each of 1968, 1969 and 1971. Murderers spend more prison time OTTAWA (CP) -Murderers have been spending longer stretches in prison during recent years than they did previously, the Commons was told Monday. Capital-murder convicts released during the four years 1968 to 1971 inclusive spent an average l3J/s years in prison. That average excludes one unidentified convict who served almost 40 years. Capital murderers released from prisons during the previous seven years had an average imprisonment of 12 years. imprisonment of those convicted of non-capital murder also has increased, to an average 7.8 years when released in the most recent four years from 6.2 years before 1968. The figures were given in a written reply from Solicitor-General Warren Allmand to a question from Barry Mather ( N D P-Surrey-White Rock). They covered the 11 years from 1961 to 1971 inclusive. The dividing point, the beginning of 1968, marks the start of Veterans grit their teeth No sweat about reveille new American army in By JOHN T. WHEELER FORT LEWIS, Wash. (AP) -Despite written guarantees and recruiters' hoopla, the privates of the U.S. Volunteer army are still a little astonished. "Like there really is a new army," said one recruit as he passed the beer machine in his mess hall. Meeting a senior Less gov't regulation of TV proposed WASHINGTON (AP) - A White House official says the Nixon administration wants less government regulation of television-not censorship he said critics accuse the administration of seeking. Clay T. Whitehead, director of President Nixon's office of telecommunications policy, elaborated on the administration's proposed television licence-renewal legislation in a Jan. 26 letter to a National Association of Brodacasters (NAB) committee. Release of the letter came after Whitehead conferred for a half hour with President Nixon Monday. "The bill," Whitehead wrote, "would add no new burden, impose no new obligation, or require no new affirmative showings on the part of any licensee." Whitehead first disclosed the legislation in a Dec. 18 speech in which he said: "Station managers and network officials who fail to act to correct imbalance or consistent bias from the networks-or who acquiesce by silence- can only be considered willing participants to be held fully accountable by the broadcasters' ':om-m u n i t y at licence-renewal time." Outlaw gives up MANILA (AP) - The surrender Of a Communist Huk field commander and 200 members of the front organization of peasants called Masaka was announced here. The commander, �Mariano" O. Mata alias Larry Taba, 44, had a $3,000 price on his head, dead or alive. The Masaka members pledged loyalty and full support to the government. NCO, he called out, "Hey, sarge baby." Outside an aging station wagon passed, painted in its entirety with stars and stripes except for prominent peace symbols. It was 4:30 in the afternoon, closing-up time in the new army. Many young men were headed for their barracks to change into mod clothes for a night in town. All night in town for some, at their shared pads done in spychedelic colors and where the pungent scent of marijuana is not unknown. And no sweat about reveille. That pre-dawn tradition was buried long ago by the Pentagon. Show up in time for duty at 7:30 a.m., the sergeant said. TOUGH FOR VETERANS Veterans, especially NCOs, sometimes grit their teeth when they talk about what has happened to their service, once typified by paternalism, strict regimentation and unquestioning obedience, no matter how pointless some routines might seem. But it's a new world now. "Most of the firing you hear around bases now is the sound of the army's sacred cows being shot in the head," a be-ribboned colonel said, only half in humor. The new army was the logical outgrowth, or bastard child, depending on viewpoints, of President Nixon's order to turn the service into an all-volunteer force from trigger-pullers and cooks to missile-men and computer technicians. As the word filtered down, many professionals stiffened their shoulders and prepared for the worst. Men now can volunteer for a specific post and specific job with basic training at whichever one of six camps they select. If the army breaks the contract, which is written, the man can choose to get out. Starting salaries are $307.02 a month, plus room and board. 40-HOUR WEEK Not only is reville out, but so is kitchen patrol and the need for passes to town. Commanders are under orders to keep duty hours as close to a 40-hour, five-day week as possible. Those who volunteer for combat arms jobs, riflemen, tankers and the like, qualify for a $1,500 bonus, minus $250 in tederal taxes, once they complete training. Everyone from generals down are under orders to respect the individuality of the bottom ranks. Senseless formations and inspections are out. Discipline, however, is still very much in. And so is education. Soldiers on three-year tours now can get up to two years of college credits in formal classes, many during duty hours. The army believes with these inducements it can compete with private industry. Recruiting so far tends to prove the army correct. PROS ARE DOUBTFUL When pilot programs for the volunteer force began in 1971, doubting professionals believed their worst fears were being borne out. Traditional basic training was "humanized" to the point where drill sergeants were not allowed in trainee barracks at night. Beer was available, drill hour's were short and they included little of the training the services traditionally considered absolutely necessary. To everyone's surprise, the recruits complained. In a confidential survey they told the army they wanted it rougher; tr.at better and stronger leadership was needed and that they didn't feel trained well enough to fight a war. The army feeis it has hit a isppy medium. Recruits get harder training, but their individual dignity is not heavily challenged. The Pentagon says k is producing th