Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 50 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 28 PAGES Canada plays no favorites By RAY DICK The Canadian Press SAIGON - Canadian recognition of North Vietnam demonstrates Canada's objectivity and impartiality in its approach to the job of serving on the international truce supervisory force in Vietnam, Ambassador Michel Gauvin said today. Gauvin, leader of the Canadian contingent and cur-.ent chairman of the International Commission of Control and Supervision, said the South Vietnamese government has accepted the Canadian action as "realistic, dispassionate and very logical." Meeting the press a few hours after the Ottawa announcement, Gauvin said: "The recognition makes clear we are not siding with one side or the other," Canada is the only one of the four truce-supervisory countries which recognizes both sides officially. Hungary and Poland recognize only North Vietnam and Indonesia only South Vietnam. "The success of the Paris agreement depends on the good will and the good faith of the signatories," said Gauvin. "However, the objectivity of the members of the international commission is at least as important, and that is why Canada has decided to emphasize its own objectivity by granting equal status to both Vietnams." The ambassador said he expects no adverse reaction from the South Vietnamese government or the Viet Cong to the announcement that Ottawa recognizes the Democratic Republic of Vietnam as the sole legal government in the North. "The South Vietnamese reaction has been realistic: and dispassionate," he said. South Vietnamese officials, briefed in advance of the Ottawa action, had pointed out that they also had recognized the North Vietnamese government in the Paris talks. The Viet Cong have known all along, he said, that Canada recognizes the Republic of Vietnam as the sole legal government in South Vietnam. Gauvin said he met with Prime Minister Tran Thien Khiem of South Vietnam Wednesday and informed him that External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp would be announcing the decision regarding North Vietnam recognition. He also presented a letter from Prime Minister Trudeau. It said: "In the- name of the government of Canada, I congratulate you on the conclusion of the accord on the cessation of hostilities and the re-establishment o f peace in Vietnam. I hope that in the future we can work together to reinforce the cordial relations which already exist between our two countries." Gauvin said he "explained to Prime Minister Khiem that a similar message was being delivered in Hanoi to Prime Minister Pham Van Dong by our representative on the International Control Commission," and that this constituted recognition of the North. Inside 'Welcome home.' Classified .... 20-23 Comics .......... 8 Comment ......4, 5 District ...... .3, .19 Family ...... 10, II l-ocal News .. 17, 18 Markets ........ 24 Sports ....... 12, 15 Theatres........ 7 TV ............... 6 Weather ........ 2 LOW TONIGHT 0-5 HIGH FIK-DAY 25-30 SUNNY, MILDER Crash site This was the scene in Alameda, Calif., after navy plane crashed. Plane crashes into apartment ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -Rescue crews search today for more victims believed buried in charred debris after a United States Navy fighter jet crashed into an apartment house and exploded, touching off an inferno that spread to two adjoining apartment buildings. The local fire chief said as many as 40 persons may have perished. Four persons were known dead and at least 17 were injured, with an unknown number of missing, including the plane's pilot. Fire Chief Ernest Servente estimated that 42 to 45 tenants were inside when the jet slammed into the four-storey 27-unit apartment building. The building exploded in flames and witnesses said they saw only a few people escaoe. "I can't see how anyone could survive that,' Servente said. "It just cremated them." Authorities said more than 200 persons were believed living in the buildings affected by the Miner found dead GRANDE CACHE, Alta. (CP) - A 27-year-old miner buried in a rockfall at the No. 2 coal mine, was found dead by a rescue team Wednesday. He was identified as Joel Paul Moreau of Grande Cache, 230 miles northwest of Edmonton. Officials of Mclntvre Procu-pine Mines Ltd. said the walls of one of the shafts under a mountain started to cave in along a 30-foot length. They said the miner might have been able to survive if he had managed to climb under the coal-digging machine that was buried hi the rockfall. crash and fires in the San Francisco Bay area community. "There's no question they're going to be pulling bodies out of there," said city councilman Malcolm Longaker. "There's no knowing how many are dead." Intense heat prevented workers from entering the rubble for several hours after the crash. SEARCH FOR DEBRIS Military investigators searched for pieces of the aircraft. (Reuters news agency quoted police as saying the pilot apparently was unable to bail out before the crash.) The building struck by the A-7 Corsair was a wooden, four-storey, cpen-courtyard type. One of the adjoining apartment buildings was levelled, another damaged. A navy spokesman identified the pilot as Lieut. Robert Lee Ward of Lemcore, Calif. Alameda Mayor Terry Lacr-oix called the crash "the worst fire and holocaust ever in the citv." Alameda, an island city adjacent to Oakland and across the bay to the east of San Francisco, has a population of about 66,000. LtiKarios returned in Cyprus Gordie Tapp breaks arm in spill WETASKIWIN (CP) -- Entertainer Gordie Tapp suffered a broken arm Wednesday during a performance before about 3,000 spectators at ceremonies opening the annual Wetaskiwin winter carnival. Tapp fell heavily as he ran toward the stage and stepped off the plywood boards covering the ice surface in Wetaskiwin Avon a. He promised to be hack in ac'ion today with a cast tin his left arm from wrist to shoulder. Trudeau modifies views on Indian land claims OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Trudeau delighted a group of British Columbia Indians Wednesday when he told them they had more legal rights to lend than he at first believed. They said he conceded that the government might have been wrong when it scoffed at aboriginal rights in its 1969 policy paper on Indians. Members of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs said he told them he had modified his views on Indian claims after reading the Supreme Court of Canada decision rejecting land claims of the Nishga Indians of B.C. The deciding vote in the 4-lo-3 decision was based on a technical point. Three judges voted for the claims and three against them. The dissenting judges said Indian claims flowed from a 1763 royal proclamation in which Great Britain laid down firm rules on how Indian land could be transferred. The proclamation, signed by King George III, often has been called the Indian Bill of Rights. Doug Saunders, a lawyer for the National Indian Brotherhood who was with the chiefs delegation, quoted Mr. Trudeau as saying: "In non-treaty areas of the Eskimo and Indian we (the government) are saying perhaps we shouldn't be holding your land because the King in 1763 said we shouldn't take your land without Uie Indians first signing on the dotted line." Earlier Mr. Trudeau and Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien told a Nishga delegation, their land claims would come before the federal cabinet today. Schmidt resigns post ns h error wave spreads The Lethbridge Community College board accepted the resignation of vice-president Werner Schmidt Wednesday, but may offer him a parttime job to finish a report he had started while there. "It could be to the mutual advantage of Werner and the college to have him complete the report," said LCC President Dr. C. D. Stewart who will discuss the part-time job with Mr. Schmidt when he is in Lethbridge Monday. ADVERTISE JOB The college is advertising immediately for another vice-president to fill the $25,000 a year job Mr. Schmidt occupied since November 1971. Dr. Stewart verbally communicated Mr. Schmidt's resignation to the college board. Mr. Schmidt was elected Saturday as leader of the Alberta Social Credit party. Dr. Stewart said if Mr. Schmidt is willing to complete the long-range report on future space needs at LCC, Ms part-time employment will be proposed to the March college board meeting. NO CONFLICT Alberta Social Credit League president Francis Porter of Drumheller was asked today if there could be any conflict of interest with Mr. Sah-midt working for the college and being the leader of the opposition party. "I wouldn't think so," Mr. Porter said in a telephone interview "It would be like an Alberta Government Telephone lineman being the opposition party leader. I can't see any problem with that." From AP-REUTER BELFAST (CP) - British troops and terrorists fought a running gun battle today, extending Northern Ireland's wave of violence that left five dead from an orgy of bullets, bombs and arson. Even swords were used in Wednesday's fighting, the military reported. After a relatively quiet night shooting broke out early today in Portadown, southwest of Belfast. The army said three gunmen attacked troops there. The soldiers fired back, chased the gunmen and hit one of them, the army said. No soldiers were hurt. In London, Prime Minister Edward Heath's cabinet met on the situation and was understood to be considering whether to send in additional troops. There now are about 17,000 British troops in Northern Ireland. While the troops battled with Protestants in East Belfast, guerrillas of the Catholic - based Irish Republican Army opened up across the River Lagan to the west. Two rockets were fired at an observation post in the Lower Falls area, an IRA stronghold. Both missed. The IRA has been deploying Soviet-made rocket launchers for the last three months. Tartan gangs-young Protestant hooligans who roam in packs-desecrated a Roman Catholic church in the Willow-field district and started to smash up the home of the parish priest until the army forced them out under a barrage of rubber bullets. Others set fire to another Catholic church in the Dundo-nald district and besieged a convent school for mentally handicapped children. Quebec walks out rift NICOSIA (AP) - Archbishop Makarios was re-elected today as president of the republic of Cyprus for a third five-year term. A rally of an estimated 150,-000 to 200,000 people in Nicosia hailed the proclamation. Makarios told the crowd: "The people speak today. They condemn violence and terrorism. They condemn unlawful armed men, bomb throwers, those unconsciously working for a fratricidal disaster." Makarios was referring to his arch-rival, the underground leader Gen. George Grivas, though he did not mention him by name. Grivas in the last month launched a terrorist campaign designed to prevent Makarios' re-election. The bearded black-robed archbishop was proclaimed president automatically as the only candidate for the office. UIC cheques are held pending bill's passage up OTTAWA (CP) - A bill that would lift the $800-million ceiling on the government unemployment insurance account was approved today by the Senate committee on health welfare and science. It is expected an afternoon session of the upper house would see the bill given third reading and royal assent, making it possible for the Unemployment Insurance Commission to meil several thousand cheques, that have been delayed by one day. Senate Opposition members insisted Wednesday that they would not be "blackmailed" into rushing the bill through in one day. The Commons passed the legislation Tuesday and sent it to the Senate with a-warning that the fund became bankrupt midnight Wednesday. The Senate then gave the bill second reading Wednesday and agreed to discuss it in committee today. About 49,000 claimants did not receive their cheques today. If the bill is not passed, an additional 75,561 claimants will not receive unemployment insurance benefits. OTTAWA (CP) - The Quebec wing of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) walked out of the federation's annual meeting today in a dispute over feed grain marketing. Albert Allain, leader of the newly-formed Union des Prod-ucteurs Agricole (UFA), led his 13-member delegation from the meeting after reconsidering a temporary solution to the feed grain problem passed Wednesday. Whether UFA will remain in the federation will be decided sometime in the future at a general meeting of the Quebec farm organization. President C hades Munro of the CFA, obviously shaken by the move, would make no comment other than to say "it leaves one in an awkward position." The dispute centres on a proposed formula.- for setting feed grain prices in a manner that would make tliem similar in central Canada and the Prairies. PROPOSED BY QUEBEC The formula was proposed by the Quebec group which suggested the base price for feed grains-barley, oats and poor grades of wheat-be based on that charged -by feed lots and feed mills on the Prairies. But the meeting accepted an amendment to the formula proposed by Ted Turner, president of the. Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, which would have extended this base price to include the full amount Prairie farmers felt their feed grain was worth. Instead of a feed mill price, farmers could also take into account' what they felt the grain would be worth if they fed it to livestock themselves and then sold the livestock- Mr. Turner said today that such an amendment was the only way to assure Prairie grain growers of a "realistic price" for their products. Mr. Allain said he realized the amendment had been made in good taith but that it "opens the doors to a host of factors that cannot be checked." WANT 'FAIR PRICE' Factors used to determine prices out west would not meet Quebec's objectives of a "just and fair price" for feed grain. The CFA has been hag-tied by the feed -grain problem throughout its four-day meeting. Quebec has argued in favor of re- moving Canadian wheat board control on the sale of all Prairie feed grain because, in the Quebec view it drives prices up for central Canadian livestock farmers. Tiie board sells feed in cen-r tral Canada on a competitive basis with U.S. imported corn, often' for a higher price than that paid by livestock farmers in the West for the same feed. Quebec's move puts even greater pressure on the government to come up with a solution to the feed grain issue. Otto Lang, minister responsible for the wheat board, reaffirmed the government's intention of solving the problem before the end of July during a speech at the meeting Wednesday. Badly-burneck babv shows improvement The condition of the 18-month-old boy injured in a house fire Tuesday is improving, according to a report issued today by Foothills Hospital in Calgary. Colin Heninger, who received burns covering 60 to 70 per cent of his body in the blaze, is now in serious condition. He was sent to the Calgary hospital because medical facilities here were not adequate to treat him. The fire, which broke o u t Tuesday morning, is believed to have started when one.of the four Heninger children threw a lighted match book into a bedroom cupboard. Seen and heard About town QOWER Kennedy , -personnel director of Letli bridge Community College, falling off Ms chair during a dinner for new Socred leader Werner Schmidt. The Kennedy fall came as Mr Schmidt told Ms companions he had a "levelling statement" for them . . . Marie Smith, Rick Chapman, Trcv Jenkins, Walt Endo and' a host of other Fincaslle-Taber people working on the case of the wayward poodle. Government Daniel to enter lion's den By RICHARD JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - The new solicitor general, Warren Allmand of Montreal has agreed to play the government Daniel and go into the lions den of the Canadian Police Chiefs' Association to discuss crime and punishment. He met their executive Wednesday in Ottawa over lunch, and as an avowed abolitionist on the controversial capital punishment issue, accepted their brief demanding restoration and retention of the death penalty. Then, he told reporters later, he agreed to go before them, for a "full and free discussion" of crime and the lack of punishment as many of the cMefs see the situation, when they meet at their national convention next August in Charlottetown. At their lunch yesterday, the solicitor general said he had talked with the police ..chief's, not just about capital punishment,, but parole, the temporary prison leave program and penitentiary sentencing policy, all about equally controversial. "Just as the conversation was getting good," he reported, "I had to leave to attend the House." But in the short discussion, he conceded, there remained a wide gap between Ms position as an abolitionist and the cMefs as retentionists. He saw some encouragement, (hough, he suggested, in the view of "a few" of the chiefs that: there just could be a "trade-off" between abolition of the death penalty and a tough tightening up of easy parole and soft prison leave.