Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Claresholm man wins $50,000 on Valentine's Day Ev JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer "Guess what?" Bob Smith asked his wife Wednesday afternoon. "You got fired!" replied Bertha. "No, I won $50,000!" Bob told his unbelieving wife. That was how Robert Albert Henry Smith of Claresholm informed his wife ho had won, the first prize in the Calgary Shrine - Lions second annual sweepstakes. The 51 - year - old cook at the Claresholm Care Centre was notified of his win at work. His wife had just come on shift with the nursing staff of the care centre. VALENTINE PRESENT The win couldn't have come at a better time. Tuesday was Mrs. Smith's birthday. There wasn't enough money for a present. Wednesday was Valentine's Day. And Feb. 26 is the couple's 25th wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, their 15-year - old daughter Sherry and 24 - year - old daughter Dar-lene decided to splurge Wednesday night - they went out for a steak dinner. Plalf the money will go to pay off debts, Mrs. Smith said Thursday morning, and the rest will go into the credit union. Some of the funds will be used for a trip - to B.C. "I've never seen B.C.," said Mrs. Smith. Mr. Smith, who was born at Margo, Sask., worked 25 years as chef at a sanatorium at Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask. until the operation was phased out. He had been unemployed for a considerable length of time prior to accepting the Claresholm job in July. Mrs. Smith secured a position at the care centre later. FINANCIALLY STRAPPED They were financially strapped when the win came through. They hadn't been able to sell their house in Saskatchewan and they had the choice of either moving out of their Claresholm residence or buying it. Mr. Smith doesn't buy many tickets, Mrs. Smith said, but his boss, Stan Stoklosa, chef at the centre, finally talked him into buying what turned out to be the lucky ticket. The couple plans to continue working at present jobs. After all the bills are paid, including paying off the Claresholm house, "we will be very careful with what's left," said Mrs. Smith. Five Lethbridge residents whose names were among the 128 drawn Wednesday were: Leythen Skinner, 1244 31st St A S., $100; and $50 winners, Walter Hooge, 2521 14th Ave. N., K. H. Newinger, 1512 17th Ave. S., Ezio Pedrini, Box 592, and Harry Bannerman, 2214 5th Ave. A N. Winners received a total o! $1&2,000 in cash prizes. The LetKbridge Herald VOL. LXVI - No. 56 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES Home at last Air Force Maj. Arthur Burer is hugged by his wife, Nancy, as his' son, Robert, rushed up to greet him upon his arrival early Thursday at Andrews Air Force near Washington. Burer of Rockville, Md., was in the first group of POW's returned to the United States. Hijack Teachers throw signed away strap - VICTORIA (CP) - Use of the strap or any other Eorm of corporal punishment will not be allowed in IBritish Columbia's public schools as of Friday, Education Minister Eileen Dailly announced Wednesday. The minister also announced in the legislature that sex education courses will be encouraged, more money will be made available for French language programs and all Grade 12 government exams will be" eliminated beginning in 1974. Regarding corporal punishment, Mrs. DaiUy said she cannot, as minister of education, "in all consciousness" preside over a system which allows such treatment of children. "Surely, if we want to reduce acts of violence in tlie community we must eliminate it in our schools. If we want to develop future generations into more humane people we must practise more humanity ourselves," she said. Mrs. Dailly said she does not want to suggest that teachers condone the "acting out" behavior of students, but she said research has shown that schools that allow for individual differences in learning abilities and behavior and which require stiff - discipline from their students, have little need for corporal punishment. Referring to family living and sex education courses, Mrs. Dailly said the previous Sociail Credit govern-. ment gave little encouragement in this area but that she considers it her responsibility to "give leadership in developing such programs." On the subject of French-language programs, Mrs. Dailly said federal funds have been available to help with the teaching of French in pubic school, but the previous government merely placed the money into general revenue. "I think that was a shameful tiling to do." She said outside the house there is about $700,000 available and it will be used to provide school boards with grants for tapes, television shows, students' trips, in-service teacher training, immersion projects, or other projects that will help students leam French. Classified .... 18-21 Comics .......... 16 Comment...... 4, 5 District .. 3, 12, 22 Family .......... 8 Local News .. 13-15 Markets ........ 17 Sports ........ 8-11 Theatres ......... 7 TV .............. 6 Weather........ 2 LOW TONIGHT 15, HIGH THURS. 35; SUNNY LOW TONIGHT -5, HIGH THURS. 15; MOSTLY SUNNY Gov't seeks economic balance OTTAWA (CP) - Flanked by Cuban and Canadian flags, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp and Vice-Foreign Minister Rene Anillo of Cuba signed an anti-hijacking agreement today. The treaty, designed to combat hijacking of both airplanes and boats, requires each country to present suspected hijackers for prosecution in its' own courts or send them back to the country where the crime was committed. Mr. Anillo was part of a 20-member Cuban delegation that arrived in Ottawa today and which was to return to Havana later today. Announcement of the agreement came Wednesday after the United States had announced a similar agreement with Cuba. The agreement will not. cover past hijackings, Mr. Sharp said Wednesday. HAS HIGH HOPES After the signing today, Mr. Sharp said he hoped the agreement would be an effective deterrent to hijacking. He added that he was gratified at the commitment of the Cuban government to the "elimination of the menace to lives posed by resort to hijacking of aircraft and vessels." The agreement was an example of the ability of Canada and Cuba to work together, he said. By GREG McINTYRE Herald's Edmonton Bureau EDMONTON - Property tax relief, energy policies and education finance highlighted the throne speech opening the second session of the 17th Alberta legislature today. Reading to an assembly packed with visitors and ringed by television cameras Lt.-Gov. Grant MacEwan said the Lougheed government in the coming session will continue to give priority treatment to the family farm, the handicapped, the elderly and "citizens least able to help themselves." He said the government is dedicated to "the pursuit of economic policies winch have as their objectives not merely growth for growth's sake, but a balanced Alberta economy, less dependent upon natural resources, more diversified, with smaller centres growing to reach their full potential." REBATE SYSTEM During the session the government will outline a two-price rebate system for natural gas and present a new plan for expanding the benefit of natural g a s to rural Albertans, said the lieutenant - governor, reading from a 12-page speech which outlined government pol- Highlights of throne speech EDMONTON - Highlights of the speech from the throne opening the Alberta legislature Thursday: Municipal tax reform to be implemented with hard pressed municipalities and rebates to homeowners and renters. New policies to be established to get more return for Alberta resources, including a two-price sj'stem for natural gas. A new parks policy to be established, with provision for provincial parks in urban areas. Improvements to be ni2de in housing and upgrading of water supplies for Metis people. Efforts to be made to improve accommodation and recreation faciliites for senior citizens. A new educational television and radio corporation to be established. Longer - term education finance plans to be provided for basic and post-secondary education facilities. Kissinger in Peking TOKYO (AP) - U.S. presidential adviser Henry A. Kissinger arrived in Peking today for "concrete consultations with Chinese leaders to further the normalization of relations" between the United Slates and China, the official Hsinhua news agency reported. The U.S. presidential adviser spent the pevious two days in Hong Kong after a weekend in Hanoi, where he discussed postwar relations between the United Slates and North Vietnam. Kissinger will be in China until next Monday, when he flies to Tokyo en route to the United States. More legislation promised to protect the environment. Several programs to be implemented to improve the quality of life in rural areas. icies to come during the 10-w&ek session. A new oil sands development policy, a land surface conservation and reclamation act and a coal conservation act will be introduced, he said. "My government has already completed a new revenue plan for crude oil, and exploratory drilling incentives system and made other significant changes in natural resource policies." Property tax relief - the Alberta Property Tax Reduction Plan already announced - will shift the cost of education and health now carried by the residential property tax payer to the general revenues of the province effective Jan. 1 this year. "It will involve some $50 million of new additional provincial expenditures each year," said Mr. MacEwan. WHAT IT MEANS "For our citizens owning average residential property, it will mean a property tax reduction of $140 in addition to the homeowners grant of $75. Resident farm owners and mobile homeowners will also benefit, as will renters." He said, "municipal government will be strengthened by increased municipal assistance which includes the provincial government taking over full financial responsibility for the operation of hospitals." Education was named a priority with a new three-year basic education finance plan starting this year and a new long-term plan to finance university education. Legislatin will be introduced to create a co-ordinated education television and radio corporation and teacher pension legislation will be updated, he said. "Assistance for the family farm will continue to be a high priority for my government," said Mr. MacEwan. The government will provide farmers with more .information about markets and will conduct a series of overseas trade missions to promote Alberta products. "These missions will be co-ordinated with the department of agriculture and the department of industry and commerce w i t h the co-operation of agri - business and the various commodity and farm organizations concerned." IRRIGATION PROGRAM Expanded environ mental management was proposed through new river development, irrigation rehabilitation and lake stabilization programs. A proposed federal-provincial cost-sharing agreement to upgrade facilities in, the 14 irrigation districts in Southern Alberta is likely to receive considerable attention during the session. Continuing with human rights legislation introduced in 1972, Mr. MacEwan said an Alberta Human Rights Commission is now being organized. Other proposals included a plan for provincial parks within urban areas, increased housing assistance, workman's com pensation improvements, an industrial safety commission and amended labor and police legislation. Indians elated over victory MacEWAN . . reads speech OTTAWA (CP) - "Weve got it," exclaimed one official of the Yukon Native Brotherhood Wednesday after Prime Minister Trudeau agreed to establish a federal committee to negotiate Yukon Indian land claims. Getting Ottawa to the bargaining table was the main theme of a brief on land claims presented to Mr. Trudeau by the brotherhood. And while there were suggestions that the prime minister would announce a breakthrough, it still came a surprise to the delegation. The brief proposed a 15-mem-ber settlement committee, seven chosen by Ottawa and seven by the Indians. A chairman would be appointed with the agreement of both parties. "I look forward to negotiating a settlement," Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien said afterwards. Lloyd Barber, Indian claims commissioner who brought the Indians and Mr. Trudeau to- gether, said the meeting was historic. A new government policy on land claims is being prepared as a result of the Supreme Court of Canada decision on claims of the Nishga Indians. The brief seeks a settlement along the lines of one in Alaska but Yukon delegates said they had learned from some of the weaknesses of the U.S. Settlement. Like Alaska, ihe Yukon natives would set up a financing agency to put settlement cash into projects that would be owned by the Indians. Postal workers favor contract OTTAWA (CP) - Sketchy returns available today indicate that Council of Postal Unions members are likely to accept a tentative contract settlement. Voting on the agreement, reached three weeks ago by union and government negotiators, ended Wednesday night and results are being forwarded to Ottawa headquarters of the council. Postal workers in Ottawa, Calgary, Winnipeg, Quebec City, New Westminster, B.C., Belleville, Ont., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and Brantford, Ont., were reported to have voted for acceptance of the agreement, while those In Montreal, Hamilton and St. Catharines were opposed. 113 port strike in sight OTTAWA (CP) - The federal government is doing its best to "bring about a satisfactory solution" to a labor dispute between the Pacific Pilots Authority and the British Columbia Coastal Pilots Association, Justice Minister Otto Lang said Wednesday. The pilots guide shins in and out of ports. In a telegram to Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan, Mr. Lang said the government is fully aware of the situation on the West Coast and is maintaining close contact with the parties involved. In Ottawa, 652 inside workers favored acceptance while 126 were opposed. Calgary postal workers were reported to have accepted the agreement despite opposition to the contract from their local leaders. In Montreal, postal workers turned down the contract proposals but a poor turnout was recorded. Results from other large centres such as Toronto and Vancouver were not available, an Ottawa union leader said. James McCall, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, one of two unions in the council, said he was hoping for a definite decision. Mr. McCall had visited locals across Canada in the last three weeks drumming up support for the agreement. He said he thought there would be a good majority in favor. There was no indication this morning how Lethbridge workers voted. Gold price soars LONDON (AP) - The United States dollar sagged on foreign exchanges, and the price ot gold reached new peaks today amid widespread doubts over the stability of the world monetary system following devaluation of the American currency. The dollar opened lower in most centres, but there. were signs the decline toward its new official parities was slowing. Sales of dollars, relatively heavy Wednesday, appeared to be slowing also. But dealers reported no indication speculators had begun buying dollars to reap the profits from the huge amounts of yen, German marks, Dutch guilders or Swiss francs they bought feverishly last week. The price of gold climljed to new peaks in bullion markets everywhere. Dealers said this was partly a reflection of the valuing upwards of the money of South Africa, the world's largest producer of gold, and partly an indication of the uncertainty of small speculators over monetary stability. Television star Watty Cox found dead HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Comedian Wally Cox, television's shy Mr. Peepers, was found dead today in his home, firemen said. They said they found the 48-year-old comedian dead about 7:45 a.m. after being summoned to the home. Cause of death was not immediately known. S�en and heard About town CCHOOL trustee Reg Tur-er, back from a U.S. vacation, hoping his credit card company will take the American dollar devaluation into account before sending his bill . . . Bill Collar wishing he had a heated cab on his snowmobile . . . city manager Tom Nutting's secretary giving a routine answer that Tom would be in for the first meeting of the day and then realizing he didn't have any meetings that day. Why Lethbridge-why? Red Deer bitter over Games site choice RED DEER (CP) - The decision to hold the 1975 Canada Wintre Games hi Lethbridge has touched a raw nerve in this central Alberta city and led to the renewed compaints that Red Deer doesn't receive any breaks from the federal and provincial governments. Red Deer was in competition with' Grande Prairie, Hiuton-Jasper, Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge to stage tlio games. When Health Minister Marc Lalonde aiuiouneed Saturday Lethbridge would be the site, officials in the other cities .expressed disappointment. But in Red Deer, the reaction was bitter. MAYOR STUNNED Mayor R. E. Barrett was stunned when he heard the news. , "Why Lethbridge? Why? , "Naturally we are very dis- appointed . . . we're not crying sour grapes, but we hope that somehow we can'find out what advantage Lethbridge had over Red Deer. There must have been some important reason for the government awarding (he Games to Lethbridge, and I'd like to know what it is." City council, meeting in the wake of the Games' decision, asked the city administration to "find out why we lost out on the Games." Aid. Jack Donald says he is "very disturbed" over rumors that Red Deer and some other communities "did not even have a chance against Lethbridge because the award was made on political grounds." Council will hold a special meeting Monday to consider arguments that will be presented when a meeting is arranged with Premier Peter Lougheed and his cabinet. Renewed calls were heard to have the Red Deer region included under the department of regional economic expansion program so industrial develop-m e n t grants would be available. Lethbridge is eligible for such grants. Lethbridge has a population of about 43,000, while there are 27,000 persons in Red Deer.