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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY IN 20s Lethbridge Herald TCTH'RRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES room plan tiy GERARD McNEIL OTTAWA (CP) The government's 1973 package Criminal Code amendments, unveiled Monday, would introduce broad new laliludcs in the Canadian court room. Foremost among them would be the interrupted- trial concept recommended by the 1909 committee on coiTCCtions under Justice Roger Ouiment of Montreal. The interrupted trial means no sentence and no record. A judge would he empowered to stop the trial once a person was found guilty or pleaded guilty. At that point the judge could grant an absolute dis- charge or a conditional discharge where this was in the "best interests of the accused and not contrary to the public interest." Judges also would have the discretion to order that a sentence of 90 days or less be served intermittently, enabling a person to work or attend classes by day while spending the night in jail. Lessens impact The heavy impact ol ths tough breath-test law rm those who make their living by driving travelling talesmen, truck diners, delivery men would be lessened. A licence suspension for impaired driving means loss of employment to such people. But the court could limit the impact by restricting the suspension to per- sonal and not occupational use of a motor vehicle. In general, it is out with a lot of old ajid in with a lot of new in the package put to- gether hy John Turner, who left the justice portfolio lor finance three weeks ago. Code antiquities that allow prosecution for attempt- ed suicide and enable judges to prescribe the lash as a punishment would be repealed. Also due for repeal would be vagrancy, "the poor man's and its tag-end section that has enabled police to pick up prostitutes. A new clause would make soliciting by a male or female for the purpose of prostitution an offence. The current law has been criticized as discriminatory against women. Add new offences A number of new offences would bring the code up to dale in other areas, among them: breath test for impairment would be extended to operators of boats, making drunken sailors liable to jail, fines and suspension of boating licences. piracy or sabotage would become crimes sub- ject to life in prison and carrying weapons or explosives aboard a civil aircraft without authorization would bring up to 14 years in prison. LLse Balcer's embarrassing refusal to testify in a case arising out of the Quebec terrorist crisis ap- parently has inspired a provision that would place wo- men on the same basis as men for jury service. Miss Baiccr, linked to Paul Rose, convicted slayer of Quebec Labor .Minister Pierre Laportc, based her refusal to testify on the ground.1; that discriminatory provisions in Quebec kept women off juries. Another change that might be traced to the 1970 crisis would widen flic avenue of appeal against con- viction for contempt of court. A person now may appeal his sentence for con- tempt "in Ilic face of Uie court" that is, if you call tire judge names to his face but may not appeal the Theft level up Inflation .iKn would have its effect, on the code, r.iisinc the pclly thofl level lo from Petty theft is Uie country's most common criminal offence. Maximum srolrnce for theft under is Iwn years, for (Ml over ?.VI is 10 years. But hardly any- thing wonh Mealing bicycles, aulo accessories, all the obvious old targets is worth less Mum ?50 nowa- days. Common assault, which can mean anything from a fhnvc In bone breaking alt.-ick, would be divided. Com- mon assault would become a minor charge, causing bodiK harm a MTion.-; one. Other new provisions: Boating offences such as dangerous driving would be extended lo air cushion vessels; il would become an offence, lo disturb flic peace and quiet of an apartment building by shooting up (he lobbies and corridors, "or by other disorderly and il would become tougher lo prosecute, charges of possession of in.sfrumeiils for the purpose of house-brejiking. CHOP STICK TRYOUT Mrs. Pat Nixon tries her band of using chop sticks during tour of the kitchen of the Peking Hotel Tuesday while a Chinese woman covers her face in obvious amusement. Wirepholo) Geoffroy case iles ordered OTTAWA (CP1 Speaker Lucien Lamoureux today or- dered Solicitor General Jean- Pic-nc Goyer to make public the documents in the Geoffroy case which the minister had earlier refused to reveal. Mr. Goycr said he would com- ply with the order during the course of the day. Convicted wife murderer Yves Geoffroy vanished in De- cember after obtaining prison leave to marry a second time. He had served only 38 months of a life term. Eldon Woolliams, Conserva- tive justice spokesman, said in (lie Commons today that the case "smells to high heaven." The documents involved are a letter by Geoffroy himself, one by a social worker who alleg- edly investigated the case be- fore Geoffrey's release and one by a prison chaplain. Ml'. Goyer quoted certain par- agraphs from these letters Mon- day. Mr. Woolliams said it is a Commons rule that documents from which such quotations are taken must be made public in their entirety. The Speaker ruled that Mr. Woolliams' argument was valid. Any document cited in the Com- mons must be tabled. Former prime minister John Diefenbaker said Mr. Goyer was trying "to conceal and to cover up." ordered back lo clean up snow MONTREAL (CP) City snowplow operators quit clear- ing operations after seven hours today in the face of massive traffic jams as MonlreaJers by ths thousands defied public ap- peals not to bring private cars into snow-clogged city streets. The snow rcmovol crews, who tackled the huge clearing opera- tion on orders from their union executive despile a four-day strike, were unable lo function in the chaos caused by traffic jams on streets and thousands of still-buried cars abandoned when a blizzard struck four days ago. The men arc among tiie city's s.OOO blue-collar workers who have been on strike since mid- night Friday night. The work- ers, members of Local 301 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, are protesting lag- ging negoliations for a new con- tract. Meanwhile, heavy snow and gusting winds were adding to the congestion of downtown streets. Many abandoned cars still dotted main arteries, closing off traffic completely, one- lane traffic had been estab- lished on other streets. Fourteen inches of snow had fallen by early this morning. About 500 workers were af- fected by the order to return to work, a union spokesman said, but no sanding or salt crews were among those ordered back on the job. All public schools on the is- land had been closed by Satur- day's storm, but none an- nounced their intention to re- main closed today. Less than half the city's buses were in operation Monday night and Jean Arpin, city roads de- partment director, announced all garbage collection was bein2 discontinued because of street conditions. Seven killed in explosion in British officers mess ALDERSI10T, England (API Seven persons, including an army officer, were killed today in a massive bomb explosion Hint wrecked the officers' mess of n British para troop brigade. Five U'omen civilians working n I I lie big jinny base were cK'irl, Oambridgo Military hospital Thirteen jxrsons injured in km to hospital. Tho explosion was believed raised by a bomb left in a car parked outside Uie officers mess at the headquarters of the HHh in this army ramp about. Ml miles southwest of London. The brigade's First Battalion was involved in the Bloody Sun- day clash in Londonderry Jan. 30. The army has denied charges by militant Roman Catholics that the paratroops in- discriminately shot unarmed ci- vilians. The IHA has vowed re- venge for Iho 13 dead. The. allegations of murderous shooting had Iwen m a d o ngainst tho paratroops. The Belfast Irish News pub- lished notices today in which the 1HA claimed Mini the four men blown up Monday in Bel- fast were memlwrs of tho .IRA's 3rd Belfast Battalion, Chinese leaders warms up PEKING (AP) President Nixon and Premier Chou En-lai held their second summit talks today amid signs that the U.S. president was being accorded the highest honors by the Chinese leadership. A broadside of official Chinese publicity about the ________________________ president's visit blossom- Nixon Tories in a fla The directors of the Leth- bridge Federal Conservative Association were in an emer- gency meeting at noon today to decide whether to over-rule a technicality that had apparent- ly disqualified Ken Hurlburt as a candidate for the next elec- tion. Some or all of the seven names on Mr. Hurlburt's nom- ination papers were apparent- ly not "duly registered" with party headquarters at Edmon- ton. Association president Julius Gal Jr. said due 1o the com- plexity of tlic matter, lawyer Gerald Offet had been asked to examine the isuc. "To avoid any more con- troversy, I can't say any more at this said Mr. Gal. VALIDITY QUESTIONED The Herald learned that late Monday, nomination deadline, association secretary Fanny Hopkins questioned the validity of names on Mr. Hurlburt's pa- pers. Mrs. Hopkins said today that all seven signatures on the Hurlburt nomination form were not on an official regis- tration list issued Feb. 18 by Conservative headquarters at Edmonton. Apparently Mr. Hurlburt. for- mer mayor of Fort Macleod had sold membership cards to friends just prior to having them sign his papers. There was not time, there- fore for these new party mem- bers to get on the list that was isued from the Edmonton office Feb. 13. Mr. Hurlburt was not avail- able to comment at press time, but campaign supporter Rich- ard Barton said: "on behalf of the Ken Hurlburt campaign I want to say that Ken Hurlburt will definitely be contesting the nomination at the meeting Monday." GRAY DROPS OUT John Gogo, the only other contestant ill the running for the federal Tory nomination, was guarded in his statement today about whether he would press the legality of his com- petitor's nomination. "I have no said Mr. Gogo, an investment deal- er, "other than to say that I am interested in seeing done what is right and proper." Dick Gray, a potential third contestant who withdrew be- fore nomination deadline, has throwTi his support behind the campaign to nominate Mr. Gogo. Mr. Gray said that the partj should abide by their constitu- tion which would disqualify Mr. Hurlburt. but "they can't just go with Gogo because it would split the parly down the mid- dle." Seen and heard About fown IJOSPITAl, ORDERLY cnn calmly re- acting In a vicious stare of z patient who crudley noted that the blade in the razor was using was probably and issued during the Boor Wnr Howi Steven- son being elected president of the uorlh Men's Lib movement a! n stag parly after gelling tho okay from his wife Stella. Off the jol Tiy TIIE CANADIAN PRESS CBC technicians raiKiinod off l.hc job in Vancouver, Calgarv, II.ilif.ix and Toronto today with the- rosiill Hint tho Kiwoml (jlovor noon lelrvision shnw n iTpiNif ami the radio show This Coumry In The Morning was replaced. eel in the Peking press. DOU'.V TO BUSINESS Nixon returned to the Great Hall of the People on Tionan- men Square for his .second ses- sion with Chou. But in contrast lo their largely ceremonial meeting Monday, the session today had all the earmarks of getting down to the business of sounding out their agreements and disagreements. Their meeting room today was small and conducive lo an exchange of opinions. Instead of the line of easy chairs in which they posed for photograpers Monday, they faced each other across a rectangular table only a few feet wide and with only a few aides and interpreters present. Henry Kissinger, the presi- dent's adviser, was at his right and State Secretary William Rogers at his left. ATMOSPHERE FRIENDLY Tire atmosphere at the outside was jovial and friendly, and all laughed with reb'sh during the brief picture taking before the leaders got down to business. Meanwhile Mrs. Nixon began her sightseeing with a visit to the kitchens of the famed Pe- king Hotel, a citadel of Man- darin cuisine. She displayed ob- vious pleasure at. everything she saw and everything she tasted but finally called a halt to the sampling, commenting: "All 1 seem to be doing all day is eating. I don't want to buy all new clothes when I get back." The local press and had ignored the arrival of the presi- dential party Monday, but today the American visitors were the big story. The Communist party news- paper Peking People's Daily went on pale carrying seven pic- tures of the president in Peking. This is far more publicity than is normally received by a head of state visiting China. SHOWN WITH MAO Two of the pictures show Uie U.S. leader in cordial conversa- tion with Chairman Mao Tse- tung, who received the presi- dent at home within a few hours of his arrival in Peking. Apart from the picture cover- age, which also will be carried in newspapers throughout the country, it was noted that Nison was one of the few visitors to China to see 78-year-old Chair- man Mao on the first day. The banquet, at which both sides made appeals for im- proved relations, served to dis- pel the chili of the austerely- correct welcome given the presidential party at Peking airport earlier in the day. BEIRUT, Lebanon (APi Three Arab hijackers held men including the oldest son of the late .senator Robert, F. Ken- nedy prisoner today aboard a West German jumbo jet in Aden and planted exposives on the plane to keep the police at bay, the Iraqi news agency reported from the capital of South Yemen. Women and children among the plane's 172 passengers were JOSEPH KENNEDY III Held Prisoner allowed to leave the Boeing 747, but the male passengers and the 15 members of the crew were kepi aboard, the West German airline, Lufthansa, said. Among them was 19-year-old Joseph P. Kennedy III. Later all passengers were re- lersed. Diplomats in Beirut said the hijackers were demanding the release of four Palestinian Arabs on trial in Cairo for the assassination of Premier Wasfi Tell of Jordan. The diplomats said they had reports that South Yemen's director of civil avia- tion had boarded the plane to negotiate with the hijackers. Iraqi reports said the three hijackers w ere Palestinians from Ilia Organization of Vic- tims of Zionist Occupation in the Jabala refugee camp which is in the Israeli-occupied Gaza Strip. Three Arabs who boarded the plane in New Delhi hijacked the airliner about an hour after it took off from the Indian capital for Athens and Frankfurt. Tho flight had originated in Tokyo and stopped in Hong Kong and Bangkok en route to New Delhi. The three Arabs all had pass- ports issued during December, in Oman, the coastal sultanate east of South Yemen. They gave their names as Sultan Aljram, 30. Abdel Razzak Almalki. 24, and Kassim Ben Said Moha- mad, 22. MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet Union announced today that its unmanned spaceship Luna 20 had made a soft-landing on the moon adjacent to the northeast end of the Sea of Fertility. Tass, the Soviet news agency, said the equipment aboard the spaceship was functioning nor- mally following the landing, and "the station Luna 20 has started implementing the program of operation on the surface of the moon." There was no indication whether the spaceship carried a Lunokhod vehicle to explore the moon's surface. The landing is the first in a "mountainous mainland area" of the moon, the Soviet an- nouncement said. 'Avon Driver killed near Airclrie AIRDRIE (CP) Larry Wil- liam Couturier, 20, of Castor, was killed today when his car left a highway about 15 miles north of Calgary. Power in BEIRUT (AP) .Sheik Kha- lifa bin Hamad al Thani. prime minister of the Persian Gulf oil sheikdom of Qatcr, seized power from his cousin before dawn today, Bahrain radio reported. Unconfirmed reports said the deposed ruler, Sheik Ahmad bui Ali al Thani, was on a hunting trip in Iran. The Bahrain broadcast said radio Qriar announced1 the coup to the former British pro- tectorate's people. SHHfK KHALIFA iclzes power SI1K1K T1IAM on hunting trip Sheik Khalifa long has been the strongman of the sheikdom, and his cousin's role as head of slate was a ceremonial one. Qatar is a small peninsula that juts inlo the Persian Gulf from the northeast side of the Arabian peninsula. It has an area of square miles and in 1969 produced nearly 130 mil- lion bairels of crude petroleum. Qatar proclaimed independ- ence last Scpl. 1. tcrmin.it.inp century-old t real if s of defence and foreign affairs wiih Britain. II has since became a member of the United Nations and con- cluded a new treaty of friend- ship and co-operation with Bril- flin. Qatar, however, choso to stay mil of a fodrntlion proclaimed in December by seven neighbor- ing Persian Gulf emirates fol- lowing Britain's military with- drawal from Iho region. The coup followed reports that Saudi Arabia is Irving to weld Qatar, Bahrain and the British- backed sultanate of Oman inlo an alliance will) Uie Arabian kingdom to counter Soviet infil- trnlion in the Persian Gulf. Diplomats in the area consi- dered Sheik Khalifa's takeover an ndjii.slnirnl rather than a coup since ho had liocn running Qatar for romo years. ;