Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wednesday, February 14, 1973 r News in brief Liberal convention date set OTTAWA (CP) - The national convention of the Liberal party, postponed from last fall because of the Oct. 30 general election, will be held here in September, Senator Richard Stanbury, president of the Liberal party of Canada, announced Tuesday. Meetings will be held Sept. 14, 15 and 16. He said in a statement that the convention will be preceded by a series of regional conferences in the spring and summer. There were similar local and regional meetings prior to the last convention, in the fall of 1971. Police arrest sclioolboys MARSEILLE (AP) - Four French schoolboys aged 12 to 14 years have been arrested for setting fire to a classroom of their school in Marseille 24 hours after a similar fire c-msed the deaths of 21 children and adults in a Paris school, police reported Tuesday. The boys said they started the fire last Wednesday because they were punished for skipping a music lesson. The fire caused extensive damage, but no injuries. The leader of the seven boys of similar ages arrested for the Paris fire told police he wanted revenge for punishments h e claimed were unjustified. Policy guidelines released VANCOUVER (CP) - City planners have released a 79-page draft of policy guidelines aimed at making downtown Vancouver "the executive, cultural and tourist centre of western Canada . . ." The report, released Tuesday, suggests a small high-density downtown core, rather than "a concept of regional diversion." The guidelines for the next 10-15 years will be discussed Thursday by council's civic development committee. Other proposed goals include, promoting high standards of environment, maintaining a range of housing alternatives and improving public transportation- The report said a high-density core area is needed "to promote the urban qualities of choice, diversity and opportunity." Former premier hospitalized TORONTO (CP) - Former Ontario premier Leslie M. Frost, 77, is in Toronto General Hospital for what one official described as "a checkup." His housekeeper at Iirtdsay said Mr. Frost was admitted during the weekend after haying recurring trouble with "his old war wound." Mr. Frost, premier from April, 1949, to November, 1961, suffered a shattered hip by a sniper during the First World War. Indian trust company proposed OTTAWA (CP) - The Indian affairs department, in consultation with Indians, is considering ways it might transfer control over band and other funds to a company under control of the Indians themselves. But a department spokesman emphasized the planning is still at an early stage and that Indians are more involved in the planning than public servants. Under the Indian Act, band council and other funds are held in trust by the Indian affairs department. Indians must come to Ottawa for permission to spend large sums of money. The proposed trust company would strip that control from Ottawa and place it in Indian hands. Students continue protest CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian students clashed with police again Tuesday in continuing disturbances over comrades imprisoned during riots in January in protest of curbs on speech and assembly. Tear-gas was seen billowing from the campus of Ein Shams University, where unrest was reported following the arrests of an undisclosed number of students there Monday. There also were unconfirmed reports of disturbances ait Cairo University, where the government said'40 policemen were injured during rioting Sunday, and in the suburban area of Ha-daiq. This May, 100 years after the Cypress Hills Masacre which brought about the formation of the N.W.M.P., twenty students wOl leave for Ft. Dufferin, Manitoba in order to retrace and film the original route of the force in their history making trip to bring law and order to the Canadian West. Many descendents of the almost 300 men live in Southern Albarta today. In order to defray the expenses of our trek, we will be researching biographies of the men who took part in this 1874 event. Our charge will be what each man would have earned for one day's pay on the trek. For most this will be 75c. A complete list of men along with their puy can be obtained by contacting the school at 7-3465. For the next two and one half montlis we would like to share with you the diaries of Lieutenant Colonel C. A. French, N.W.M.P., 1874. It is the landmarks mentioned in the diary which we hope to put on film. This material will be made available for showing as Alberta celebrates the arrival of the police force in 1974. The force ready to move west from Ft. Dufferin (now Emerson), Manitoba consisted of: 22 officers, 287 men, 310 horses, 67 wagons, 114 ox-carts, 18 yoke of oxen, 50 cows and 40 calves. On the afternoon of July.8th, 1874 the long procession filed out from Dufferin. While waiting to leave over thirty men took advantage of the close proximity of the American border and chose to desert. At the first camping spot two miles out, four or five more took the easy way out. It would be a "Long March West." Diary - Wednesday, July 8th. Left the Boundary Commission Camping Ground at Duf-ferin at 5 p.m. and moved out to the little lake, a distance of two miles. Several horses very balky in moving off. EATON'S Congratulate ... The Students of Hamilton Junior High on thoir retracing of this historic trip of the N.W.M.P. It Pays To Shop at EATON'S . . . Where you get the big choice, the best choice, at Moderate Eaton Prices! NDP abortion bill given first reading in. House By DAVE BLAIKIE OTTAWA (CP) - The Commons, in the first recorded vote at first reading since 1948, agreed Tuesday to introduction of a New Democratic bill that would allow abortion on demand for any woman pregnant 12 weeks or less. The bill, introduced by Stuart Leggatt (New Westminster), was granted first reading by a vote of 179-56. The Liberals and NDP voted as a bloc in favor, the Conservatives split and Social Credit opposed the legislation. But Prime Minister Trudeau went before national television cameras later to announce his personal opposition to the content of the bill. He said the Liberal decision to vote in favor, made at a hurried caucus in the government lobby off the Commons chamber, was based on parliamentary tradition that respects the right of any member, regardless of party affiliation, to introduce legislation. A second reason, he said, was that the government feels the issue of abortion should be debated in the House. Mr. Trudeau said the Liberal party has made no decision on reform of abortion laws. He declined to indicate what stance Greeting for first repatriate Navy Cmdr. Brian D. Woods, first of the freed U.S. prisoners of North Vietnam to return home after'the war, talks with his wife Paula and his father, retired Rear Adm. R. W. D. Woods. In greeting party at San Diego Tuesday night were Capt. J. H. Foxgrover, left, Miramar Navel Air Station commanding officer, and Rear Adm. J. W. Williams Jr., eomnrandartf of the 11th Naval District. B.C. plans to crackdown on mortgage loan sharks VICTORIA (CP) - A crackdown on unscrupulous mortgage brokers who charge interest rates as high as 40 per cent is comng, Attorney - General Alex Macdonald told the British Columbia legislature Tuesday. He said the "loan - sharks ing" business is being investigated by his department and charges will be laid "any day" against six to eight brokers. Two brokers have already had their licences cancelled, he said. Most of the mortgage brokers in B.C. he said, were "honest businessmen, but there are some exceptions." His comments came one week after a speech by a Liberal MLA on the same subject- Dave Brousson (L. - North Vancouver - Capilano) attacked the "outright crooks" in the mortgage business and named six Vancouver firms in the legislature. "Nothing hits the poorer, weaker parts of society harder than the credit system," said Mr. Macdonald Tuesday. Interest rates are under federal jurisdiction, he said, but B.C. will ask Ottawa to revise the "archaic" small Loans Act, which now covers loans only under $1,500. He also said he will approach the major financial institutions in the mortgage business and ask them to set up a "credit pool" for those ordinarily unable to obtain mortgages at Shipping industry subsidy request ignored by Ottawa By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - Premier Dave Barrett's request for restoration of the 40 per ceat federal subsidy for the West Coast shipping industry hasn't got very far. Not only has the federal government ignored the request as Barrett charged in the legisla- MPs in good mood OTTAWA (CP) - MPs turned old sod in the Commons Tuesday, plowing through time-worn farm issues and waiting, like fanners for rain, for Monday's federal budget. Good-natured hoots and interjections floated across the Commons floor as Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan explained the difficulty in attempting to "act as an equalizer" for provincial farm programs ranging from grain to sugar beets. "Sometimes when you compare the agricultural program of one province with that of another province, you ould think they were from two different countries." the rotund, southwestern Ontario farmer, lamented. "It is hard for me to understand how a federal minister can be expected to act as an equalizer on some of these problems." ture Jan. 29, but Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau apparently hasn't even passed it on to the ministers responsible. Industry, Trade and Commerce Minister Alastair Gillespie says the request hasn't crossed his desk. And three of the four cabinet ministers who talked with Barrett during his pre-Christmas visit to the capital don't recall the premier even raising the subject of shipping subsidies. Bsrrett said Jan. 29 that he had a?ked Trudeau to reintroduce the 40 per cent subsidy for shipbuilding on the West Coast, in effect before 1�S4-replacing the present 17 per cent subsidy on construction costs- The premier stated that such a subsidy could revive the shipbuilding industry and result in the establishment of a Canadian merchant marine on the B.C. coast. But Barrett charged in the legislature that Ottawa has "ignored" his request. Regional Economic Expansion Minister Don Jamieson, Transport Minister Jean March-and and Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basforci were three cf the cabinet ministers the premier met during his December visit to Ottawa. None of them remember his ever raising the subject during talks which covered a wide range of transportation and economic topics. Gillespie, whose department would be responsible for providing any increased subsidy, ssid he has heard nothing from the prime minister about Barrett's request. " "It hasn't crossed my desk, as I belive the expression is," he said- Hanging bill fate still to be decided the government might take in any future debate on abortion. inside the House, Justice Minister Otto Lang said the government does not intend to support Mr. Leggatt's bill beyond first reading and has no intention of introducing a similar bill. There are 109 Liberals, 107 Conservatives 31 New Democrats, 15 Social Credit members and two Independents in the 204-seat House. The Criminal Code permits abortion only when a board of physicians rules that the mental or physical health of the mother is in danger. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield, among Conservative members voting for the bill, said outside the House his decision was based on the same reasoning as that of the Liberal party: any member should be allowed to introduce legislation. TOOK NO STAND He was not taking a stand on the principle involved but apparently some members of his caucus were. "They obviously didn't feel they could dissociate the principle involved with the tradition on introducing legislation." Prime Minister Trudeau noted tliat the Conservatives raised no objection. Jan. 15 when a similar bill on abortion was introduced by Grace Ma-clnnis (NDP-Vancouver-King-sway) and given first reading. Traditionally, all bills are given first reading on a voice vote with virtually no opposition, even if they are sponsored by opposition members and run counter to government policy. Bat private members' bills rarely go through the remaining stages of legislative consideration and become law. The vote was precipitated by a ruling from Speaker Lucien Lemoureux that the nay votes on Mr. Leggatt's bill were louder than the yeas and the New Democrats called for a recorded vote. Then there was more than an hour of confusion as division bells rang and the various parties held hasty discussions on how to vote. The Conservatives decided eventually to let their members vote on a personal basis while the Liberals chose to support the bill on a technicality. After- a hurried caucus in the government lobby off the Commons chamber, the Liberals decided to follow tradition and support the motion, which merely asked for first reading and printing of the bill. A party spokesman said they took the view that the principle of arbor-tion was not involved. Approval in principle is normally acknowledged by the House when a bill passes second reading. The Conservatives, however, appeared to take the position that the principle of this bill on a controversial subject was on the line even at first reading and let their members vote on a free basis. The Liberals, New Democrats and Social Creditors all voted along party lines. good interest rates, similar to the assigned risk pool in the auto insurance business. MORE JUDGES Mr- Macdonald also told the legislature his de p a r tment plans to upgrade the provincial court system by appointing more judges with legal training. He said less than half the 189 judges in the province now have legal backgrounds. No part of the province, "particularly the hinterlands of B.C.," will get "second-class justice," he said. The government also plans more in the way of legal aid, the attorney-general said. "Neighborhood law offices" similar to one operating now in Vancouver where the ordinary citizen can drop in and get a rough idea of where he stands, legally, in relation to his landlord, or a company or his neighbor, are planned for other B.C- centres, he said. There will also be more duty counsel, lawyers in the provincial courts who can give on-the - spot advice about pleas or bail, and more Indian court workers and an experimental program to counsel Indians on drugs and alcohol and their legal and civil rights, Mr. Macdonald added. OTTAWA (CP) - Incomplete returns from a poll of members of Parliament suggest that the fate of the government bill to keep the partial ban on capital punishment has yet to be decided. The replies by MPs to ques tionaires from The Canadian Press indicate that a perhap: decisive number of votes could be attracted to support the bill if it is amended. The bill would extend for another five years the present system, under which only the murderers of policemen and prison guards are liable to the death penalty. The system was begun in 1967 for a five-year trial period. Parties in the Commons have declared a free vote on the issue, thus removing any overt compulsion on their MPs to vote together. Only 91 of the 264 MPs have reolied to the qusstionaire, distributed Feb. 2. Of these, 44 say they will support the bill, 37 say they will vote against it, and 10 are undecided or did not reply directy. Of the 10 undecided, however, most are unhappy with the present system and may well reject the bill if it is not amended. Five of the 10 want tougher restrictions on paroles, two want the death penalty for kidnappers who murder their victims, one wants more study of parole regulations, one wants a referendum and the 10th says ambiguously that he wants to abolish the distinction between policemen and public. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES PRESENTS JTHE ^"".'Ce^f Weather and road report Three obstacles bar signing of ceasefire VIENTIANE, Laos (Reuter) - Three main obstacles still bar the way to a ceasefire in Laos, informed sources said today. A government spokesman said after the 18th session of peace talks Tuesday that a ceasefire will almost certainly be signed this week. The sources listed the three main obstacles as: -The Pathet Lao's refusal to separate the political from the military problem. The government wants a military ceasefire declared first, followed by talks on the political problems, the sources said. -The Pathet Lao's refusal to recognize the Royal Lao government of Prince Souvanna Phouma. The Pathet Lao insists that the government be referred to in the draft text as the Vientiane administration. -The government's insistence tta-t the North Vietnamese be referred to in the text. The government feels that as the United States and Thailand had been decried for aggression by the Pathet Lao, then so should the North Vietnamese, who are reported to have 50,000 troops in the neutral kingdom. Cabinet bears labor report on north town EDMONTON (CP) - A special committee of the Alberta cabinet presented a report to the full cabinet Tuesday on the labor situation in the northwestern Alberta community of Grande Cache. A spokesman for Premier Peter Lougheed said the report will be studied before its contests are released. He had no comment on the report. Tourism minister Bob Dow-ling, MLA from Edson, the riding in which the mining community is located, previously said the committee would study how the province can best assess problems that have been developing in Grande Cache- Mclntyre' Porcupine Mines Ltd. has announced that 148 miners would be laid off because of the closure of one of two underground mines. SUNRISE THURSDAY 7:42 Stockholm ........ 37 30 .. SUNSET 5:50 II L Pre FORECAST: U'lhbridge ... ',. 9 -15 Lethbridge - Medicine Hat Pincher Creek .. . . 2 -18 -Today: Sunny. Highs 5-10 Medicine Hat ... .. 2 -14 above. Lows zero - five be- Edmonton ..... ... -1 -19 low. Thursday: Mostly Grands Prairie . -9 -23 sunny. Highs 15 - 20 above. Banff .......... . 25 -6 Calgs*y - Today: Sunny. Calgary ....... ... -3 -19 Highs near five above. Lows 5- Victoria ....... ...48 32 10 below. Thursday: Cloudy Pentieton ..... ... 35 23 periods. Highs 10 - 20 above. Prince George . . 13 -4 .01 Columbia Kootenay - Today Kamloops ..... ...32 13 cloudy with a few clear peri- Vancouver ..... .. 48 32 ods. Thursday mostly cloudy Saskatoon ..... ...-11 -21 .15 with occasional snow. Highs to- Regina ....... ... 1 -16 day and Thursday in the upper Winnipeg ..... ... 4 -19 20s to low 30s. Lows tonight Toronto ....... ... 32 8 near 25 in the Castlegar area 25 10 t t and 10 to 20 elsewhere. Montreal ..... ...25 10 , t MONTANA St. John's ..... ... 53 28 East of Continental Divide - ,,. 28 23 .01 Mostly fair with moderating Charlottetown .. . . 31 21 .03 temperatures most sections to- Fredericton .. . ...28 19 .02 day and Thursday. Highs today Chicago ....... . .' 44 3 .01 15 to 25. Lows tonight New York ... . .... 42 29 10 above zero to 10 below zero. , . 73 68 Highs Thursday 30s west and Los Angeles ... ... 64 52 south 35. Las Vegas ... . .... 51 36 .09 West of Continental Divide- Phoenix...... ... 58 43 .22 Partly cloudy today and Thurs- Rome ......... .. 54 48 day with patches fog and Paris .......... .. 45 32 smoke some valleys. Highs both days 30s. Lows tonight 5 London ....... ... 43 34 Berlin ........ . . 39 32 to 15 except 5 below to 15 be- Amsterdam .... . . 34 32 low zero in higher valleys of Moscow ...... .... 30 25 south portion. Britons shiver LONDON (CP) - Britons felt the first pinch of the gas workers' rotating strikes today just as an unexpected cold snap brought shivers to much of the country and snow in many areas. In the London area several old gas-heated hospitals were evacuated with patients moved to institutions with their own power supplies. In the Midlands, Joseph Lucas, a major car components firm, immediately closed one factory leaving 1,000 men Idle. DICK ORSTEN NEW POLICY AT GENERAL FARM KEN DICKSON We now have to offer along with our cash or grain policies for your Farm Equipment and Irrigation needs a long term 'lease Purchase Plan" Come In And See The Boys At GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES COUTTS HIGHWAY PHONE 328-1141 OFFICIAL AS OF 9:00 A.M. TODAY COURTESY OF AMA All highways in the Lethbridge district are mostly bare and dry and in good winter driving condition. Highway 2 to Edmonton is bare and dry with occasionl slippery sections. Highway 3 west to the B.C. border is mainly clear with icy sections through the towns only. Highway 3 east to Medicine Hat is mainly bare and in good winter driving condition. Highway 1, Trans Canada Highway, Calgary to Banff is in good driving condition with some slippery sections. Banff to Revelstoke Is plowed and sanded with a few slippery sections. Banff-Radium and Banff-Jasper highways, plowed and sanded and in good winter driving condition. Motorists are reminded that snow tires or properly fitting chains are mandatory in all national parks and on dci -s roads. PORTS OF ENTRY (Opening and Closing Times): Coutts 24 hours; Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Rooseville, B.C. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgale, B.C.; 24 hours; Porthill Rykerts R a.m. to midnight; Chief Mountain closed; Wildhorse, S a.m. to 5 p.m.