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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, February 7, 1975 News in brief IRA hunger strikers 'grave' New oil plants must pay resources tax DUBLIN (Reuter) Six Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) prisoners are in a military hospital near here today, continuing their hunger strike which has deadlocked negotiations to end the guerrilla war in Northern Ireland. Five of the prisoners were moved to the military hospital in Curragh army camp from Portlaoise prison late Thurs- day night. They joined Patrick Ward, another hunger striker, whose condition is described by medical sources as "grave" after 35 days on a diet of salt and water. Separate caretakers strike CALGARY (CP) A strike by the Calgary separate school system's 200 caretakers, starting at 7 a.m. today, was announced by the Canadian Union of Public Employees late Thursday following the collapse of eleventh hour contract talks. The separate system's caretakers are joining the 750 caretakers employed by the public school system who went on strike 10 days ago and forced the closure of all secon- dary schools in the public system next week. Islanders await Paris reply ST. PIERRE (CP) Work- ers returned to their jobs to- day in this French territory off Newfoundland's south coast as residents awaited a reply from Paris to their demands for a better economy and removal of Gov. Jean Cluchard. More than workers and about women and children took part in a general strike and demonstration Thursday to back demands for the removal of the governor and 65 special policemen. Soviets condemn Jackson MOSCOW (API Tass re- ported United States Senator Henry Jackson's announce- ment of his presidential can- didacy today and called him the "henchman of reactionary circles of the military- industrial complex, the right- wing leadership of the AFL- CIO and of Zionist organ- izations." The Tass report made clear that the Kremlin opposes Jackson, an outspoken critic of Soviet-American detente and the leader in the drive to force Moscow to liberalize emigration restrictions on Soviet Jews in return for U.S. trade concessions. OTTAWA (CP) Com- panies planning future oil- extraction plants at the Alberta oil sands will not be exempt from the tough', new federal resource taxation laws, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Thursday. Future participants "will have to take the laws as they find he said in the Commons. This followed Prime Minister Trudeau's statement Onassis in Paris hospital PARIS (AP) Aristotle Onassis entered the American Hospital in suburban Neuilly today for treatment of a debilitating muscular disease complicated by flu. He went in through a rear door to avoid photographers gathered at the main entrance. The 69-year-old Greek mul- timillionaire flew to Paris from Athens on Thursday night in a private executive jet. Doggone taxes Muttley, a Basset hound from Austin, Texas, probably came by his woeful expression natur- ally, but the income tax forms don't help. Millions more will likely be wear- ing hangdog expressions before the filing season is Anglicans taking vote on church union talks Investment report 'junk' CALGARY (CP) Mel Hurtig, honorary chairman of the Committee for an Indepen- dent Canada, said Thursday ,the provincial select com- mittee on foreign investment was "amateur and irrespon- sible" and its final report was nothing more than a "purple piece of junk." Speaking to the Calgary dis- trict rural teachers' conven- tion, the Edmonton publisher said the report contained "no new documentation of any significance, no figures on the number of foreign companies in Alberta and no figures on the assets or sales or profits." of those companies. Daylight time rejected LANSING, Mich. (AP) Amid passionate arguments for the safety of women and children, the State House of Representatives refused Thursday to put Michigan on daylight time Feb. 23 with the rest of the United States. Supporters of the bill will ask that the vote be recon- sidered, but as it stands now under state law Michigan will not adopt daylight time until April 27. Museum considered safe URBINO, Italy (AP) The Ducal Palace, from which three priceless Renaissance paintings were stolen early Thursday, has no alarm system and practically no protection, art experts and security officials said today. Yet the government consid- ered the 500-year-old palace one of Italy's safest museums and in 1973 gave it a low priority on the list for installa- tion of alarm systems. Coastal limit doubted VICTORIA (CP) Canada shouldn't enter into any inter- national agreement for a 200 mile fishing limit until it has BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL the muscle to enforce it, Rear Admiral Reginald Pickford said Thursday. The Maritime Forces Pacific commander told reporters Canadian forces, could only put up a "bare bones" showing if required to patrol the extra square miles of water that such a 200 mile economic limit would en- tail. U.S. jobless rate sets new record WASHINGTON unemployment rate in the United States soared past the peak of the 1957-58 recession in January and may have set a .new post-Second World War record, labor department statistics are expected to show. Heavy layoffs touched near- ly every industry in recent weeks while claims for un- employment insurance mounted at record levels, in- dicating a big jump in the jobless rate. The rate might rise to eight per cent or higher in labor department figures being released today. In December, joblessness stood at 7.2 per cent, with 6.6 million unemployed. An eight- per-cent rate will add another Americans to the unemployment rolls and increase the total to 7.5 million. The unemployment rate has not approached eight per cent since October, 1949, when it hit 7.9 per cent, and that was for only one month because of a coal miners' strike. Unemployment hit a peak of 7.5 per cent in May, 1958, and remained at that level for three months during what was then regarded as the worst recession since the Great Depression of the 1930s. TORONTO (CP) The Anglican Church of Canada, often accused of lagging on negotiations for church union that it itself opened in 1943, moved far ahead of its partner churches today as it began the process of feeling out its members on what they think of uniting with other Protes- tant denominations.' The national executive council met to establish the means by which that feeling can be determined. It will be through a national poll, the question to be asked being: Should union negotiations be continued? Anglicans will not be asked to vote on whether church un- Oil countries cutting output BEIRUT (AP) Sharp words are flying in the war of nerves over oil prices, and the big petroleum exporters are facing a test of their newly forged unity. In the latest shot, U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger spoke about a possible break in oil prices because of cuts in consumption by the industrial- ized West. Kissinger's verbal arm twist to push oil prices down coincided with reports that several major exporters are Survivors to testify at inquest Pantera riiooi.i.eoe Now Through February 15th Workers' benefits to increase EDMONTON (CP) A bill increasing the benefits payable under the province's workers' compensation act was introduced in the legislature Thursday by Labor Minister Bert Hohol. Under the' bill, minimum monthly payments to the totally disabled would increase to from Partially disabled persons would receive an increase proportionate to the percen- tage of disability. Totally disabled persons who are currently receiving more than the new minimum of would receive a' percentage increase, depending on when the acci- dent occurred. A dependent widow or widower would receive the same increase as the totally disabled in cases where the accident occurred after Jan. 1, 1974. LEDUC, Alta. (CP) One of two survivors of last Oc- tober's crash of a Panarctic Oils Ltd. aircraft said today he intends to testify at an in- quest into the accident. Gary Weyman, the flight engineer on the ill fated Lockheed Electra which crashed through the ice near Rea Point, N.W.T., said he has "no hesitation" about testifying. He said in an inter- view from his home he is back flying with Panarctic. Mr. Weyman added that he understands the other sur- vivor, co pilot David Hatton of Calgary, will also testify. Mr. Hatton was in Vancouver today and could nqt be reach- ed for comment. Mr. Weyman's comments followed a statement Thurs- day by coroner Walter England of Yellowknife, N.W.T., who said he has no jurisdiction to order the sur- vivors to testify. They have given statements to transport department investigators. Asked if the two men were going to appear at the inquest, Mr. England replied: "I doubt it, I'm not sure. I can't say if they will or not." The two men were the only survivors of the 34 persons aboard the aircraft, one of two Electras operated by Panarc- tic to transport men and equipment to Arctic explora- tion sites. cutting production to maintain the high price of crude oil decreed by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Iran's production for January, 1975, was reported at 5.3 million barrels a day, more than 10 per cent below the 1974 average. Kuwait is reported produc- ing well below its stated goal of 2.5 million barrels a day. An economic weekly with sources in the oil industry said Kuwait, to help sell its oil, is offering credit to oil purchasers of up to 75 or 90 days, in effect slightly lower- ing the price. Other production 'drops re- ported were Iraq, five per cent; Libya, 32 per cent; Qatar, nine per cent; Venezuela, 12 per cent, and Algeria, four per cent. Saudi Arabia, however, was reported still pumping at the 1974 level of 8.4 million barrels a .day. And the Saudi oil minister, Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yamani, said Thursday that his government is still "strongly against" any further price increase. Since Saudi Arabia is the OPEC's largest exporter, its refusal to reduce production is a potential trouble spot for OPEC members trying to keep prices up by lowering output. ion itself should be accepted or rejected. All members over 16 will have a vote though it will'not be a referendum as such. The operative word in the enabling motion adopted by the council Thursday night was "circularize." There has never been a referendum in a major Cana- dian church. The council almost was pushed into taking a stand when the executives of the other participating churches, the United Church of Canada and the Christian Church (Disciples of re- quested a formal statement outlining the basis on which the Anglicans were willing to continue union negotiations. The forum was a joint ses- sion of the national ex- 'ecutives, called to consider a recommendation of the com- mittee on union and joint mis- sion that there be a delay in reaching a final decision on plan of union. That document, brought forth early in 1973 after years of study and revisions and ac- cepted by all three churches for study and consideration, proposes that Church of Christ be formed, bringing into a new manifestation of the Christian church about 1.5 million Anglicans, million United Churchmen and Disciples. Irrigation council bill approved Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Agriculture Minister Hugh Horner Thurs- day night shepherded his irrigation council bill through the legislature with more than liberal dollops of politicking. The bill, approved in prin- ciple, establishes a majority of irrigation farmers on the council. "It is a change in concept from one of civil ser- vant control to one of irriga- tion farmer Dr. Horner said. But the agriculture minister had to be interupted repeated- ly by Speaker Gerry Amerongen for staying from the discussion. 'We are ushering in a new era in irrigation in he said. "It is a refreshing change from the past when it was run out of their (the op- position Socreds') hip pocket through the water resources division." After listing the numerous sins of the previous govern- ment and its allegedly lax at- titude towards irrigation. He said this government will spend upwards of million in Southern Alberta on irriga- tion in the next decade. Wednesday that any future developments at the northeastern Alberta sands likely will have to be on a purely commercial basis. However, the prime minister said the government will look at requests for aid and concessions on an individual basis. The budget defeated in the Commons last spring, and re- surrected Nov. 18, placed a tax on resource royalties paid to the provinces. Previously, those royalties were tax ex- empt. Syncrude Canada Ltd. is ex- empt because it had made a start af developing the oil sands before last spring's budget, said Mr. Macdonald. Earlier this week, Ottawa, Alberta and Ontario bailed out the Syncrude project by buy- ing into the scheme. Mr. Macdonald has been quoted as saying that "any other oil sands projects will have to be established on a strictly commercial basis, with no expectation of govern- ment participation." Syncrude has seen its costs more than double from bil- lion in just one year and its plant near Fort McMurray, Alta., is not producing yet. It threatened to shut down operations if assistance was not forthcoming, leaving Great Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., a Sun Oil subsidiary, the only company developing the Athabasca sands, said to rival the huge Middle East fields! The National Energy Board has said that a new plant will be needed every two years at the Athabasca sands if Canada is to become self-sufficient in oil. But both Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Macdonald have taken a less definite approach; Mr. Trudeau saying there is no particular "construction rhythm" and Mr. Macdonald saying that much depends on the initiative of the Alberta government and the oil com- panies. Novel's swearing angers parents KEREMEOS, B.C. (CP) Residents of this southern British Columbia village know what they like, and they don't like the swearing in the Cana- dian novel of the prairies Who Has Seen The Wind. The W. 0. Mitchell' novel, published in 1947, is set during the Depression and has been in use at Similkanieen Secon- dary School in Keremeos for the last three years and is currently being read by the Grade 10 English literature class. Parents complain that the book contains numerous swear words and irreligious Pete Van Diemen, a turkey farmer, said the book contains such words as "bastards" and "whores" and two pages men- tion "goddamn" 14 times. "Our son came home and, having homework to do, threw Cave-in traps miner BEAVERDELL, B.C. (CP) Little hope was held late Thursday for AI Attro, 33, a miner trapped feet from the mouth of an old mine shaft here, about 25 miles east of Penticton. Mr. Attro was cleaning up the old shaft of the Teck Min- ing Corp. silver lead zinc mine when about 200 tons of rock came down in the tunnel. Rescuers said about eight or 10 feet of the tunnel is blocked and it will probably be late to- day until they can get through to Mr. Attro. "The rock has to be broken by hand and taken out' by one of the rescuers saiti. "It is very slow work." No contact has been made with Mr. Attro and the rescuers said they have no reason to believe he is still alive. About 20 others were work- ing other parts of the mine at the time of the cave in but were not affected. his books down saying 'I hate this Mr. Van Diemen said. "Out of curiosity we looked at the book from which he had to do an essay and needless to say we were startled and shocked when we read one of the pages." Georgiane Sanders, mother of five, said Education Minister Eileen Dailly must be "sick in the head" for recommending such a book. Mrs. Sanders said the book contains phrases "most parents don't use around their homes." Mrs. Sanders and Mr. Van Diemen have both written letters to local newspapers urging parents to support them in their campaign to have the book removed from school. Mr. Van Diemen estimated that 95 per cent of the local community supports his cam- paign to get Mrs. Dailly and Prejnier Dave Barrett to get the book removed. Brian Holt, school principal, said the book is one of three which the provincial depart- ment of education requires be taught to grade 10 students. He said three school board members have read it and found nothing wrong with it. Parents have taken sections of the novel out of context, he said. Fred Lipsack, grade 10 English teacher, said a cur- sory inspection could indeed give an unfavorable im- pression. Arab states to give Lebanon million in aid and weapons THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Other Arab countries are going to give Lebanon (62 million worth of Soviet arms to strengthen its defences against Israel and million to rebuild villages destroyed by the Israelis in southern Lebanon, sources in Cairo reported today. The Cairo newspaper Al Ah- kbar said the weapons would include surface-to-air mis- siles, anti-tank missiles and torpedo boats. Informed sources in Cairo said the arms would be supplied by Syria and Iraq, which' are armed by the Soviet Union, and other countries. The sources said five Arab oil Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Libya and the United Arab Egypt and Morocco would provide the million for reconstruction. The semi-official Cairo paper Al Ahram said the J90- million package was approved at a meeting in Cairo Wednes- day and Thursday of the defence council of the 20- country Arab League. Al Ahram said it was "the first step in a sliort-term plan to bolster Lebanese defence." It said the defence council would meet later to make long-range plans. Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Solh said his govern- ment has not requested foreign troops. "We only _ requested quan- tities of necessary weapons to bolster the Lebanese armed he told reporters in Beirut. The (62-million arms grant is the first concrete response to a request Lebanon made last July for billion in new arms to double its army. The request was shelv- ed by mutual consent until the Arab summit conference in Morocco last October, and it was never divulged what secret discussions were held about the matter at the conference. Intensified Israeli raids into southeast Lebanon in January gave new urgency to the Leba- nese request. Syria is believed to have added its urging be- cause of speculation that Israel planned to occupy southeast Lebanon to be in position to strike into Syria from both there and the Golan Heights if a new Arab-Israeli war developed. ;