Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 13, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
games I975 Brisk weather no obstacle to speedskater Despite temperatures that hovered near the 13 below mark, crisp east winds that blew snow in the skaters faces and a mechanical breakdown of electronic timing equipment, speedskaters earned the lions gold medals as the 1975 Canada Winter Games saw day one go by the boards. Two 15-year old Manitoba girls and a 16-year Ontario skater stole the individual spotlight'with their perfor- mances but Saskatchewan surprised by moving into the overall lead in the sport. Kathy Vogt of Winnipeg won the 400 metres, edging clubmates Barbara Johnston and Pat Durnin by one- tenth of a second. Miss Johnston captured the 800 metres with Miss Vogt second and Diane Caswell of Saskatoon third. Patrick Guay of Ottawa won the men's 500 metres with Jim Johnson of Winnipeg second and Craig Webster of Regina third. What gave Saskatchewan the edge in the provincial team standings was the generally strong performance of its skaters. Although their best finish in any race was third, they had four skaters in the top 10 in the 400 metres, two in the 500 and three in the 800. Manitoba was second and Ontario third in team rankings. The fourth gold medal of the dames was captured by Lyne Carrier, 13, of Quebec City, in the synchronized swimming solo competition. the medals Medal standings after the first day of competition. "5 -2 u U 33 ta 2 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 .0 0 0 (0 Man Ont Quc Sask Alta B.C New Brims 0 0 Nfld 0 0 N.W.T. 0 N.S 0 P.E.I 0 Yukon 0 Two silver medals awarded in women's 400 metre speed skating event. 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Lyne, the Canadian junior champion who also swims in the duet competition with her twin sister Lyna, won in a tight finish over three other swimmers. She received 82.80 points. Second was Mary Jane Ling, 22, of Hamilton, with 82.40 points, third Carol Stuart, 19, of Calgary 81.00, and fourth Jill Poole of West Van- couver, B.C., 80.40. Miss Stuart is making a comeback following a year of inactivity after being a member of the Calgary team that won a silver medal in the 1973 world cham- pionships in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Two silver medals but no bronze were awarded in the women's 400 metre speedskating as Miss Johnston and Miss Durnin tied for second. That left fourth place Shawna Hicks, 13, of Winnipeg, out in the cold.. In the round-robin badminton competition, five provincial men's and women's teams Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec came through the first two of 11 rounds undefeated The B.C. team of Blake Kennedy and Ray Stevenson of Vancouver, Maureen and Ron Chen of Richmond, Brenda Lewis and Greg Paul of Nelson and Lyn Poison and Diane Sluggett of Victoria had the easiest time. Ontario, which won the men's fencing title at the 1971 Games, and runner-up Quebec were undefeated with 6-0 records after Wednesday's foils competition. The men's foil competition ends tonight with the gold medal certain to go to the Quebec-Ontario winner. Alberta at a glance Following is a capsulized summary of how Alberta athletes fared at the Games'. Curling Dave Cruickshank's Red Deer rink shares the lead after winning three games, 11-9 over Prince Edward Island, 12-5 over Yukon and 15-6 over Quebec. Joan Phillips' foursome lost 12-9 to Ontario but defeated Manitoba 10-7 and Yukon 12-7. Basketball Alberta's Mount Royal Cougars from Calgary won their first game defeating Saskatchewan 67-51 in the men's event. Our women lost to Manitoba 60-44. Badminton Alberta's team won its first two matches in the round robin tournament, defeating New Brunswick 9-0 and Newfoundland 8-1. Foil team fencing Alberta won four matches, lost two. We defeated Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Manitoba and New Bruns- wick but lost to Ontario and Quebec, the competition co favorites. Solo synchronized swimming Carol Stuart of Calgary finished with a bronze medal. For more qunn coverage tee Pages 10-13, 15, 18, 19 The Lethbrtdge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 1975 Cyprus partitioned by new Turk state 15 Cents 1917 BLAST CASE CLOSED TORONTO (CP) The Globe and Mail says the federal government has decided to close the books on the Halifax explosion of 1917 which killed per- sons, injured thousands and flattened half the city. In an Ottawa story, the newspaper says the Halifax Relief Commission, incorporated in 1918, has been tending to the aftermath of the First World War ex- plosion. The Globe and Mail says the staff of the commission has dwindled to a secretary manager and a stenographer and the number of victims still on pen- sion is down to 69. NICOSIA (AP) Turkish- Cypriot leaders proclaimed a separate state of northern Cyprus today. They said the new state would become an equal partner with a similar Greek- Cypriot state, provided the Greek-Cypriots agreed to such a settlement of the Cyprus problem. There was no immediate re- action to the proclamation from the Greek-Cypriot com- munity or from the Greek government in Athens. The proclamation was made jointly by the council of minis- ters and the legislative assem- bly of the "Autonomous Turkish Cypriot Ad- meeting in joint session in the Turkish- Cypriot quarter of Nicosia. The proclamation came seven months after Turkey in- vaded Cyprus claiming it had to protect Turkish-Cypriots after -Greek-Cypriot ex- tremists, with support of the Athens military junta then in power, ousted President Makarios. The Turks occupy the northern 40 per cent of the island. Hundreds of Turkish- Cypriots in the main square of their sector of the divided capital cheered as the proclamation was read over loudspeakers. "There is no possibility of (Turkish-Cypriots} living to- gether with the Greek- Cypriots, co-founders of the republic of the Turkish-Cypriot leaders said in a separate statement. Rauf Denktash, 'the leader of the Turkish-Cypriot com- munity and vice-president in the long-defunct Greek- Turkish island government, was unanimously chosen head of the new state by the joint session, the loudspeakers said. In Ankara, Premier Said Ir- mak said the proclamation was not directed against the independence of Cyprus. "There is no question of par- titioning the island or realiz- ing union of each sector with Turkey or Greece, he said. Brezhnev receives Wifson MOSCOW (CP) Soviet Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev made his first of- ficial appearance today in 51 days as he received British Prime Minister Harold Wilson in the Kremlin. Brezhnev laughed and joked with Wilson, British Foreign Secretary James Callaghan and Soviet Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin while they posed for photographers. "It is very good to see you. Were you Wilson asked the 68-year-old Brezhnev. Rumors have abounded since Brezhnev dis- appeared from public view Dec. 24 that the party chief was ill. Brezhnev waved his hand and said: "I'll tell you later." Brezhnev did not go to the airport earlier with Kosygin and Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to meet the visiting British prime minister. Brezhnev made his last public appearance 'Dec. 24. Son and About town Ray Morton sitting in the lobby of the Heidelberg Inn sans socks or shirt following a fire near his room Sven Ericksen wearing a hat for the first time in his life. VERNDECOUX photo There you are A Blairmore resident finally gets a view of his car after the season's worst blizzard dumped more than three feet of snow in the Crowsnest Pass since last weekend. The storm closed roads and schools and forced postponement of some Canada Games events at Westcastle before abating. New marijuana law may mean parole for some Inside 'If that's Henry, it must be Thursday' 28 Pages Classified........22-26 Comics............20 15-17 Markets...........27 Sports...........10-13 Theatres............7 TV..................6 Weather Youth Low tonight -IS high Friday 5 mainly cloudy, snow. Caouette bribery claims 6just joke' OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons committee investigating allegations that MPs bribe reporters adjourn- ed abruptly today without in- person testimony from Social Credit leader Real Caouette, the man who made the allegations in December. After sitting only 15 minutes, the committee agreed to accept a letter of ex- planation from the Social Credit leader 'who is in hospital. A four-member sub-com- mittee was authorized to draft recommendations on the basis of the letter which said Mr. Caouette spoke in jest when he named Roch LaSalle as one MP he suspected of paying the press for coverage. Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal government plans to give many of the hundreds of young Canadians now in jail on can- nabis convictions a special parole break as soon as the less-stringent cannabis bill now before the Senate becomes law. Solicitor-General Warrand Allmand revealed in an inter- view that he has asked the, National Parole Board to automatically review all cases involving persons jailed on cannabis convictions before the new bill came into law, to see whether they can be given an early parole. Mr. Allmand said the parole review promises to be of most benefit to persons convicted of importing cannabis and sen- tenced to the minimum seven years in "amateurs" who would likely have received a shorter or even no jail sentence under the proposed law. Under the proposed new cannabis laws, the minimum jail sentence for cannabis im- portation is only three years on conviction by in- also means earlier eligibility for parole. And for conviction by sum- mary proceedings, there is no minimum jail sentence. The National Parole Board, which is already .gearing up for the automatic review, will first determine whether the individual now in jail would have received a shorter jail sentence under the proposed cannabis law changes. If so, then the parole board would in most cases then con- sider the individual eligible for parole on the basis of the hypothetical shorter jail sentence under the proposed new law, rather than waiting for the individual to become eligible for parole under the actual jail sentence. Mr. Allmand explained that prisoners first become eligi- ble for a parole review after one-third of the jail sentence has elapsed. And parole board officials explained that, on the basis of good behavior in jail, a prison inmate becomes eligible for release under mandatory supervision after two-thirds of the sentence has elapsed. Murderer wants hanging sentence OTTAWA (CP) In a un- animous judgment the Supreme Court of Canada to- day upheld a murder ponvic- tion against Rene Vaillan- court of Montreal. Vaillancourt was convicted of killing Toronto policeman Leslie Maitland in February 1973 and is under sentence to be hanged March 12. His last chance to escape the gallows will be an automatic review of his case by the federal cabinet. Solicitor-General Warren Allmand said recently Vaillancourt has written letters asking that he be hanged. Although Parliament sus- pended the death penalty for all but killers of police of- ficers and prison officials on duty, all cases corning before cabinet have been commuted to life imprisonment. The last hanging in Canada was in 1962. Mr. Allmand, who presents the cases before cabinet, has recently affirmed his Com- mons statements that he is against the death penalty. Prime Minister Trudeau and all members of the cabinet have voted against the death penalty. Senate to probe FBI anti-Arab campaign New York Times Service WASHINGTON Efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to combat Arab guerrilla terrorism the ef- forts allegedly included a burglary of the Arab Informa- tion Centre in Dallas by government agents are likely to come under the scrutiny of a new Senate select committee, according to Senate sources. The new committee, the select committee to study governmental operations with respect to intelligence ac- tivities, headed by Sen. Frank Church, D-Idahao, has not begun active investigation or finished selecting a staff. But well placed Capitol Hill sources said the committee would be provided with evidence of FBI domestic in- telligence operations against alleged Palestinian terrorist groups. The evidence was said to include statements by L. Patrick Gray, former director of the FBI. According to sources on the now defunct senate Watergate committee, Gray testified that as acting FBI director he authorized an illegal entry of the Arab information centre in Dallas in the fall of 1972 to obtain a list of 94 alleged Al Fatah agents. The list alleged- ly belonged to Dr. Seif Wade Vamahi, the director of the centre. Gray, according to the Watergate committee sources, gave the same infor- mation to the Watergate special prosecutor. It is the Watergate committee's material on FBI operations that will reportedly be given to the Senate committee. The operation was mounted, according to Gray's version, because the FBI had been told that the documents might con- tain a list of names of men in- volved in planned assassina- tion in the United States. The operation, which was briefly mentioned in Newsweek magazine in 1973, obtained a list of 94 names written in Arabic with addresses in the United States-and Canada. The FBI was acting upon a request from the Central Intelligence Agency, ac- cording to committee sources. The CIA in turn, was following up on intelligence received from foreign governments that believed the international Palestinian terrorists were operating in the United States, these sources said.