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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Wednesday, February News In brief Emergency for Brandt FRANKFURT (AP) rWest Germany's public strike went into a phase today as Willy Brandt's 'cabinet met in emergency ses- ;sion. On the agenda was the 'apparent willingness by union ;chiefs to settle the labor -conflict crippling public mail services land sanitation with an 11-per- cent across-the-board pay increase or a minimum 170 marks increase for lower-income government, state and municipal employees. Meanwhile, the strike spread as mailmen refused to deliver letters in several towns, drivers stopped railway-owned buses and .freight yards were strike- bound. Hardest hit were mass- transit systems in most major cities. t Explosives found at plant J MONTREAL (CP) A Forces bomb squad from CFB St. was called Tuesday Anight to remove the 'ingredients of a powerful ;bomb found on the property of ;a strikebound United Aircraft -of Canada Ltd. plant on the South Shore opposite Montreal. A company spokesman said today the bomb was not armed He said it consisted of eight to 10 pounds of plastique ex- plosive, three sticks of dyna- mite, four detonator caps and five-second fuses. ilraq seeks U.N. hearing I UNITED NATIONS (AP) rThe United Nations Security 'Council is expected to meet Friday to discuss fighting 'between Iranian and Iraqi troops on the border between two countries. Iraqi delegate Wissam Za- ihawie asked Tuesday for an I urgent meeting, telling the "The situation on the is deteriorating .rapidly as the Iranian aggression continues and heavy massing of Iranian troops on the borders is still in progress." Iran countercharged that Iraq was the attacker in a series of border incidents starting in late January. The Iraqi request may pro- duce a Soviet-American con- frontation in the council. Iraq gets military aid from the So- viet Union; Iran is armed by the United States. ;Peron checking bomb plot x. BUENOS AIRES (AP) -Argentine police are about 30 persons -accused of plotting to .assassinate the presidents of -Argentina and Uruguay as -they rode through Buenos Aires Tuesday. Police Chief Miguel Iniguez are of Peronist urban -guerrilla groups and the -Tupamaros, the Uruguayan guerrilla organization. One of the Carlos -Alberto Carides of tneRevolti- tionary Armed Forces, was arrested with a satchel of ex- plosives as he rushed toward the route to be taken by Argentine President Juan Peron, his wife and President Juan Bordabeny of Uruguay, police said. Bordaberry came to Buenos Aires to sign a treaty, Raids on terrorist hideouts turned up arms and explosives "which would have blown up four city blocks of Public Safety Commissioner Luis Margaride said. Rudnicki to sue CMHC OTTAWA (CP) Walter who lost a -year job last October for 'allegedly leaking a cabinet 'document, has launched a suit -against the Central Mortgage land Housing Corp. Mr. Rudnicki, who was -director of the CMHC native -people's housing branch, is 'seeking unspecified damages <-A public servant for 18 years -he was dismissed by William Teron, CMHC head, for "serious misconduct." He was accused of showing a cabinet document on housing policy to some Metis leaders. Mr. Rudnicki maintained that the document was only a preliminary list of policy proposals and was hot meant for cabinet approval. He said he had a mandate to speak to native leaders to discuss such proposals. Canada 5 IN PERSON "MAX SOLBREKKEN" P.M.-FEB. 15 CIVIC SPORTS CENTRE EVERY SUNDAY- 2P.M. -CH. 13 TV Four firms bid million for Colorado oil shale lease DENVER, Colo. (AP) Four oil companies have combined for a joint bid and the right to develop a tract of land in western Colorado. The bid opening Tuesday was the second this year for leasing oil-shale property on public lands in the Piceance Creek Basin. Earlier, Standard Oil Co. of Indiana and Gulf Oil Corp. suc- cessfully bid million jointly to develop a tract 14 miles from the one on which bids were opened Tues- day. The bid Tuesday by Atlantic Richfield Co., the Oil Shale Corp.-, Ahsland Oil Co. and Shell Oil Co. was on land in which the oil shale is buried deeper and therefore will be more costly to develop. Interior department officials estimate the tract contains 723 million barrels of oil locked in the underground shale deposits. The bureau of land manage- ment will study the bids before deciding to lease the land. Four more public tracts, two each in Utah and Wyoming, are scheduled for bidding in coming months. The three-state area holds 600 billion barrels of recoverable oil and 1.8 trillion barrels of total oil, it has been estimated. That compares with proven crude oil reserves of 355 million barrels in the Mideast. Fire, flood threaten Britain's coal pits LONDON (CP) Fire and flood threaten a third of Brit- ain's 260 coal pits because of a lack of safety work since the miners went on strike last Sunday, says the National Coal Board. Jeering pickets have dis- couraged safety workers, who belong to another union, from entering the collieries. There has been no violence, however. "The safety of the pits is hanging by too slender a thread, and the people who are doing the work are getting more and more the board said Tuesday night. Twenty-five coal faces were lost to production in the seven- week miners' strike in 1972. However, this had no effect on the total output because the problem in the industry is a shortage of miners, not a shortage of coal. The miners' 27-man executive committee rejected Tuesday a temporary wage supplement offered by a group of businessmen in an effort to get the miners back to work. "We believe it does not solve any problems to accept an offer like union President Joe Gormley said. Running for their lives Firemen run as a propane tank car explodes Tuesday outside Oneonta, N.Y. A fireman in the white helmet is dropping the hose as he runs. Oneonta Star photographer Bruce Endries, who took this photo, is in hospital being treated for burns. The explosion took place after firemen moved in follow- ing a derailment. Six propane-filled rail cars exploded, injuring 55 persons. Second dam on Peace River L-r worry for Egyptians begin cleaning up Suez CHETWYND, B.C. A senior B.C. Hydro and Power Authority official gave assurance Tuesday that a second dam on the Peace River will have minimal effects downstream in Alberta. John Hedley, of Vancouver, jmanager of Generation 'Planning, told a public meeting here that the operation of the new dam, to be built near Hudson's Hope, 470 miles north of Vancouver, will be barely noticed. The Bennett Dam, 14 miles upstream of the proposed dam, has been blamed for extensive water losses in the Peace-Athabasca Rivers Delta in northeast Alberta and for water supply problems at the town of Peace River. Mr. Hedley said the new dam will be run in tandem with Bennett Dam, so that over-all water discharges are co-ordinated. It will mean use of roughly the same amount of water from each power house. Filling of the reservoir to its 175.000-acre-foot capacity might have some effect in noRmnn COSITIETIC BOUTIQUE PRE-1 NVENTORY 1979, but corrective measures will be taken. Guaranteed income for Manitoba WINNIPEG (CP) Spending proposals of million, including funds for a guaranteed income program for senior citizens, were announced Tuesday by the Manitoba government for the fiscal year beginning April 1. The record spending program, tabled in the legislature by Premier Ed' Schreyer, is up 15.2 per cent from estimates for the current fiscal year. The guaranteed income plan, similar to one already in effect in British Columbia, involves provincial payments in addition to the federal government's old age security and guaranteed income supplement payments. Beginning July 1, the provincial government will guarantee single persons over the age of 65 a monthly income of Married couples will receive a minimum of about The new dam, as yet known only as site one, will have a reservoir about acres, about one-hundredth as large as the reservoir behind Bennett Dam. However, its power capacity, 700 megawatts, will be about one-third as much as the Bennett Dam's Shrum Generating Station Mr. Hedley told the meeting that had the Bennett Dam not been in existence in 1972, flooding of the Peace River that year would have involved -another seven feet of flood water at Peace River. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Egyptians have begun clearing mines and bombs from the Suez canal, the first step toward reopening the waterway, the Cairo press reported today. The reports said President Anwar Sadat of Egypt ordered the clearance of the canal, closed since the 1967 Arab Is- raeli war, to progress as quickly as possible. The Egyptian Railway Au- thority said repairs already are under way to restore train service between Cairo and the war-shattered cities along the 103-mile canal. The reopening of the canal was agreed upon by Israel and Egypt as part of their troop disengagement pact signed last month Israeli sources today reported the beginning of the final stage of the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the west bank of the canal. Sadat, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and Presidents Hafez Assad of Syria and Houari Boumedienne of Algeria were to meet today in Algiers to consider "new and important developments" in the Middle East since the last Arab summit conference in November. Sadat, who observers said was the moving spirit behind the meeting, was expected to press the others, Faisal in particular, to support his proposal that the oil embargo against the United States be eased. The Arab oil ministers' con- ference due to start in Tripoli Thursday was postponed in- definitely, the Libyan oil ministry announced today. A ministry spokesman said he could give no reason for the postponement and Oil Minister Ezzed in Mabrouk was not available for comment. "We want to be in a position to negotiate an honorable settlement with our employers and not with outside bodies." TO PRESENT CASE The miners offered a glimmer of hope, however, that the fourmonth pay dispute will be settled before coal stocks at electric power stations fall below crisis level the middle of March. The union agreed to give evidence to the government- appointed relativities board. It starts hearings next week to determine whether the miners, in comparison with workers in other industries, deserve above-ceiling raises. The board is expected, to recommend that the miners are a special case. The miners' union said, however, that it would not bound by the board's findings. Meanwhile, campaigning for the general election Thursday, Feb. 28, has intensified with a pledge by the Opposition Labor party to renegotiate the terms of Britain's Common Market membership. In what was seen as a move to broaden issues in a campaign so far largely fought over industrial strife, Labor Leader Harold Wilson said Britain was "dragooned" into the European Community on terms dictated by France. Accusing Prime Minister Edward Heath of subservience to French leader Georges Pompidou, Wilson said that if renegotiations do not succeed "we shall not regard the treaty obligations as binding upon us." There will be 635 seats in the next House of Commons. Standings in the old House were: Conservatives 320, Labor 286, Liberal 11, independent 8, vacant 1, Speaker 1, deputy speakers 3. Malpractice decision reserved SALE! WIGS Selection of Dyne) and Elura Capless wigs regularly priced from 34.00 to 50.00. PURSES 20% .50% OFF 20% -50% OFF JEWELLERY Selection Priced to dear at BOUTIQUES and GIFT ITEMS Selection at 10% to 50% OFF noRfmn COSMETIC BOUTIQUE G'lS W'35. Pr.r'jT.r, CeflcgtMafl Phon032S-152S HOLIDAY FLOWER HoMayVHUge 453 Mayor Magrath Drive Remember her on with FLOWERS Poste Bouquets and up Affair Bunch United Rowers-by-Wtre 328-9231 Ampto Free CALGARY' (CP) A general practitioner in Banff in 1960 could have done nothing to diagnose and prevent the illness that left- -Teija Tiesmaki permanently brain damaged. Alberta Supreme Court was told Tuesday. Ross Mackimmie, arguing in defense of Dr. Ian Wilson who is one of 10 defendants in a malpractice suit launched by Teija's parents, said his client battled the illness "as a concerned family physician.. with a high degree of professional skill." The million suit, launched by Mr. and Mrs. Viejo Tiesmaki, names three doctors, four nurses, the Banff Mineral Springs Hospital and the Banff Clinic as defendants. Mr. Justice Samuel Liberman reserved his decisions saying the trial transcripts will not be prepared for six weeks. According to trial evidence, Teija developed an illness following an immunization booster on the night of Oct. 12, 1960. The symptoms included sore throat fever, fretfulness and difficulty breathing. Dr. Wilson made two house calls to see the child and later ordered by telephone that she be admitted to hospital. Shortly after 2 a.m., Oct. 13, the girl developed symptoms of oxygen starvation and the doctor arrived at the hospital in time to perform a tracheotomy and sav3 the girl's life. Teija, now 18, suffered brain damage when she stopped breathing due to oxygen starvation and now is described as having the mentality of a small baby Her patents contend that Dr. Wilson and staff at the Banff hospital failed to pay heed to the seriousness of the symptoms. Mr. MacKimmie argued that Mrs. Tiesmaki's evidence contains no criticism of Dr. Wilson and, in fact, "shows a concerned family doctor." VISITED TWICE Dr. Wilson twice visited the Tiesmaki house on the night of Oct. 12, and made a thorough examination of the girl, he said. When the mother expressed continued concern in calls to him. Dr. Wilson admitted Teija to hospital, although he was not told of any substantial deterioration in her condition. The doctor ordered a proper treatment for her symptoms and gave instructions for "professional and objective" observation. Mr. MacKimmie said. When Mrs. Tiesmaki called at 2 a.m. Oct. 13 to say her daughter's condition was causing her concern, be went straight to the hospital. There, "under less than ideal conditions. Dr. Wilson did a tracheotomy with a high degree of professional skill." Mr. MacKimmie argued that Mrs Tiesmaki's evidence is of questionable reliability because she was in an emotional state and harbored "a degree of bitterness, which may have developed over the years" This would explain conflicting elements between her evidence and that of others who observed Teija's condition that night Mrs. Tiesmaki had testified Dr. Wilson was at a cocktail party that night and "gave her the impression be had been but there was no such party and the doctor says he had nothing to drink, he said ___ WHAT EXPECTED Mr. MacKimmie said the burden rests with the Teismaki's to prove by a preponderance of evidence that Dr. Wilson was negligent. "In malpractice suits against a doctor, the test of competence is what degree of competence can be expected." It must be determined what degree of competence could reasonably be expected of a general practitioner in Banff in 1960, he said. Pediatrician Dr. Richard Corbet of the Calgary General Hospital testified Dr. Wilson's "professional performance did not meet acceptable standards." he said. But Dr. Corbet based his criticism of Dr. Wilson by the standards of a 1974 pediatrician. And. said Mr. MacKimmie,