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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, February News in brief Kimberley talks secession KIMBERLEY, B.C. (CP) The Kimberley Chamber of Commerce voted Thursday to start action to have the east Kootenay area become part of Alberta. Similar secession proposals have been made from East Kootenay groups in Fernie and Golden. About 35 persons attended the meeting here, but only 12 were eligible to vote. Eight of those voted for secession from British Columbia. The chamber plans a campaign to find out the feelings of area residents. Kissinger would resign MEXICO CITY (AP) State Secretary Henry Kissinger says he probably would submit a courtesy resignation if President Nixon were impeached or resigned, says Senator Gale McGee. But both McGee and Kissin- ger himself denied a story in the Washington Star-News Thursday that Kissinger had said he could not conduct the foreign policy of the United States if Nixon were im- peached. Kissinger called the story "nonsense." The senator and several other congressmen accompanied Kissinger to Mexico City for his conference with Latin American and Caribbean foreign ministers. France hasn't forgotten PARIS (Reuter) When French Foreign Minister Michel Jobert next meets his West German and British counterparts, Walter Scheel and Sir Alec Douglas-Home, he plans to greet them by saying: "Hello, traitors." The French foreign minister volunteered this information at a private briefing of the Na- tional Assembly's foreign af- fairs committee Thursday. Several members present con- firmed the remark. "The next time I see my German and British colleagues, I will say to them, with a smile of course, hello he was quoted as saying. Jobert's reported comment reflected French bitterness towards West Germany and Britain for supporting a U.S. proposal at the recent Washington energy conference to establish a working group which would coordinate some aspects of oil policy, despite strong French opposition. Labor ministers meet EDMONTON (CP) ministers from the four western provinces began a two-day closed meeting Thursday by discussing collective bargaining in the public sector. Bert Hohol, Alberta labor minister said in an interview the conference was intended as a forum for learning about the policies of different provinces, not as a step towards uniformity. He said much interest centred on Saskatchewan's new Teachers' Collective Bargaining Act, under which government and school trustees bargain as a unit with teachers. "It's interesting, different. and will test the real capacity of people to make it work." The representation of hospitals for bargaining purposes by hospital associations was another topic. Polish miners trapped WARSAW (AP) Rescue workers were still try- ing today to reach eight Polish miners entombed since Thursday feet below ground after a coalface collapsed at their mine in southwestern Poland. Polands vice premier and minister of mines, Jan Mitrega, was supervising operations. Authorities declined to say whether any contact has been made with the trapped men. The accident occurred at the Czombierki mine in the town of Bytom, near the Silesian city of Katowice the heart of Poland's industrial region. U.S. bread shortage feared WASHINGTON (AP) -The American Bakers Association says immediate government action is needed to avert a possible bread shortage in the United States. "People may have to stand in line for a loaf of bread, at much higher prices, the way they now wait in line to buy ABA President Robert Wager said in a statement Thursday. Wager said agriculture department figures as of Feb. 1 show a 23-million-bushel deficit for hard red winter wheat, the basic type for Doyoibavi PROBLEMS GOOD PICTURES? Then let the experts show you how BERRY or RANDY KWIKKOLOR 327-4884 toy Strife M TMT Mtr Mite' UM Smfflw KWIK KOLOBSEIWCt now locctod si to! Co-opStera bread. He asked the department to determine the minimum wheat supply necessary for domestic consumption during the second quarter of 1974 and develop a plan to assure that supply. Meets Pope VATICAN CITY (Reuter) Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko held talks Thursday with Pope Paul on the Middle East and the difficulties facing practising Roman Catholics in the Soviet Union. Pope Paul received Gromyko in a private audience in what observers saw as a fresh effort by the Vatican to ease its long- strained relations with Communist Eastern Europe. Gromyko was in Italy on a four-day official visit Deaths By THE CANADIAN PRESS Arlington, W. Crocker, 96, the inventor of the combination aluminum stormscreen window. La Mesa, Calif.-Bob Christian, 28, former outfielder with baseball's Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox, of leukemia. St. Catharines. Tim Horton, 44, de- fence star with Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, in an automobile crash. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FUtttSTNMtW Phom COVlCOtMAU. Scene of motorcycle mishap Photo by BILL GROENEN The teachers' convention ended early for at least one school- teacher. Gary Patrick Scovill, 23, 964-9th St. S., a teacher at Ham- ilton Junior High, is placed on a stretcher after his motorcycle was in collision with a pickup truck Thursday afternoon at 3rd Avenue and 12th Street S. Mr. Scovill apparently had stopped to let pedestrians pass when the pickup, driven by John Van 40, of Fort Macleod, collided with the rear of the motorcycle, po- lice say. Mr. Scovill was treated at St. Michael's Hospital for minor injuries and released. Alcoholism centre turns away applicants in name of research EDMONTON (CP) The Journal said Thursday that every 10th person who qualifies for admission to the provincial intoxication recovery centre here is being turned away in the name of research. The newspaper obtained a copy of a confidential memo circulated among the centre's staff before the research pro- gram began about two weeks ago. The memo outlines a program.in which every 10th person who applies for admission to the centre for the first time and qualifies is being told he or she does not qualify, even in cases where a bed is available. Staff members have been told that in no case is such a person to be referred anywhere else for treatment, the newspaper said. These people then are being compared with every ninth person who applies for admission, receives it and is being inter- viewed like the lOths. The program is aimed at providing some assessment of the centre's operation. The Alberta Alcoholism- and Drug Abuse Commission, which operates -the centre, wants to obtain a rating of the centre's effectiveness and thinks the best way to do so is to compare persons who don't receive the treatment with persons who do, the Journal said. PAID FOR INTERVIEW Staff members have been instructed to tell every 10th applicant he doesn't qualify for admission but that he can get by agreeing to an interview at commission offices in a week. The staff does not add that a second interview at three months earns these persons and a third at six months will earn them Richard Anthony, commission chairman, confirmed the research program is being carried out. But he added: "It is my understanding that people who really need help from the centre are being admitted and getting it." "If these people are not being admitted, it's not my understanding of the way the evaluation program is to be run." The confidential memo was shown to Andy Sims, president of the Alberta Human Rights and Civil Liberties association, who termed the program, as outlined, "human discrimination thinly disguised as science." "If this is >going on, and the memo indicates it is, then the government should immediately dismiss those responsible for he said. PROGRAM RISKS LIVES Mr. Sims added that by turning people away or refusing to refer them elsewhere for treatment "the commission is taking arbitrary and almost criminally negligent risks with those people's lives." Dr. R. W. Nutter, the commission's research and evaluation supervisor, said Thursday the project is bis brainchild. "We are attempting to determine whether or not the (Edmonton intoxication recovery centre) is fulfilling the objec- tives for which it was designed and Dr. Nutter said. "At the present time, we have no scientific evidence to indicate (the centre) is in fact offering appropriate treatment to individuals presenting themselves for admission." He said the research and evaluation project uses a standard design which is universally accepted scientific procedure. The memo indicates the only thing toe centre's staff may do for every 10th applicant is find him a bed for the night at such places as provincial hostel. If any 10th person is so physically ill that he is taken to hospital by the staff, then "he is not part of the 'one in 10' the memo says. However, this clause "applies only to clients you would normally have sent to hospital prior to admission because they are so sick their lives are in danger___" Envoys shaken by proposals From AP-REUTER MEXICO CITY (CP) Latin American foreign ministers have been thrown into disarray by new proposals put forward by U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger to improve relations. The foreign ministers, scheduled to give their answer to Kissinger Thursday night, failed to reach agreement on a joint position by the appointed time. They will reply today. Mexican Foreign Minister Emilio Rabasa, after a three- hour session with his col- leagues, told reporters: "There is no consensus." Conference sources said the differences stemmed from the issues of multi-national corpo- rations and development aid. Speaking Thursday at the opening of a three-day confer- ence with 24 Latin American foreign ministers, the American foreign policy chief proposed the -formation of a fact-finding board of important hemispheric figures to handle disputes in- volving U.S. companies. One delegate present at the closed-door meeting said the proposed board would try to resolve disputed nationalization or expropriation moves against U.S. companies and thus avoid government to government confrontations. "Kissinger explained that while countries have their own responsibilities, the U.S. also has a policy of protecting U.S. companies abroad. So there is often a he said. Western alienation PM Svants shoot-out if we wear black hat9 Soviets grant Canadian visa OTTAWA (CP) Eugene (Jim) Lenko has been advised by Soviet authorities he and his family will be allowed to leave the Soviet Union, an external affairs department spokesman confirmed today. The spokesman said he ex- pects the Lenkos will return to Canada within a month. Mr. Lenko, 35, a native of Ste. Sophie, Qne., went to the Soviet Union in 1996 with his Russian-born parents. At that time it apparently was understood he could return to Canada once his parents were settled. But when he filed a visa ap- plication to return, be was turned down by Soviet officials who said he is a Soviet citizen. While he was in the Soviet Union Mr. Lenko married and had three children. The Lenkos settled in Kiev. The external affairs spokes- man said today the department feels "that this favorable decision on the part of Soviet authorities is a result of prompt representations made by the Canadian embassy in Moscow and by the department of external affairs with the Soviet ambassador in Ottawa." CALGARY (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau will "poke and probe and needle" the spectre of Western alienation until he can find an election is- sue in it, Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield said Thursday. Mr. Trudeau will "spoil for a shoot-out if he can only get Alberta to wear a black the Conservative leader told a party fund-raising dinner. "When I hear him say that alienation from federalism is worse now in the West than it was in Quebec in the early 1960s, I frankly get pretty bloody minded." But Canadians would not be taken in by this ploy, he said. Mr. Stanfield said during his tours of the West he did not get the impression Westerners are alienated from federalism although many were angered at the prime minister's harping on it. Neither the provincial governments nor the majority of their peoples have expressed a wish to have the provinces act as sovereign states, he said. But they did not want to be treated as Actor's son awaits trial BRIDGEPORT, Calif. (Reuter) The 26-year-old son of actor Paul Newman is awaiting trial on a charge of assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon, his boot, following a brawl Wednesday in this desert town. Deputy Undersheriff Martin Strelneck said that while Scott Newman was being transported to jail in a police car after being arrested for drunkenness, be kicked the driver in the back of the head. colonies and they oppose any attempt at empire-building at the federal level. On another matter, Mr. Stanfield said the prime minister's statement that inflation will continue and there is nothing that can be done about it is Any interpretation of this attitude would motivate either "vigilante action" or a "heightened state of despair." He reiterated his feeling that if the "inflationary psychology" is permitted to continue, organized groups such as labor unions will become determined to protect their own while the standard of living of the unorganized shrinks. "So to attempt to persuade Canadians that nothing can be done is a fool's game." The Conservative Party would continue to press in Parliament for a "comprehensive system of temporary price and income he said. Traditional methods of combatting inflation have' failed and temporary controls would create a breathing way of stopping the psychological danger." In an earlier news confer- ence, he said he supports the desire of Alberta and Sas- katchewan to obtain a fair price for their petroleum. They had expressed a willingness to make these non- renewable resources available to Canada at a rea- sonable price in return for pol- icies that would increase diversification of the Western economy. The oil-price freeze could not continue, but future' increases should be carried out in phases and should remain below the world price, he said. Doctors speak against methadone maintenance OTTAWA (CP) The Le Dain commission's recommendation that methadone maintenance be made available to all heroin addicts is unsound and potentially harmful, the Cana- dian Medical Association said today. Evaluation and data on the synthetic narcotic as a treat- ment for heroin addiction is lacking, and the treatment should only be used ex- perimentally, the CMA says in its response to the final Le Dain commission report. However, the CMA brief found favor with many commission recommen- dations and agreed with its emphasis that alcohol, tobacco and multiple drag use Fort McMurray hard pressed for housing EDMONTON (CP) The most immediate problem facing Syncrude Canada Ltd. in developing the Athabasca oil tar sands is the inability of the town of Fort McMurray to provide housing for an estimated construction wuifceis, Syncrude's president said Thursday night F. K. Spragins told a Cana- dian Manufacturers Association meeting the town can provide only 30 new homes a year while the company requires homes a year to meet the demands of construction workers and permanent employees. "We will need about a year for the next four years. One of the greatest needs is to provide housing for construction workers who will build houses for permanent employees. "Yon can go to McMurray today and you will see people unable to find a place to sleep at night. They are sleeping in a hotel lobby and I understand that you have to make reservations in some places to eat breakfast "The town at this stage is completely incapable of dealing with the expansion. There are virtually no building supplies available locally. Everything is going to have to be imported from Edmonton." NEED LAND He said Edmonton will benefit directly from the development of the oil tar sands so the city must make an effort to provide enough serviced industrial land to meet the needs of industry. If Edmonton does not become the supply centre for the oil tar sands, Vancouver or some other western centre will try to provide industrial sites for pre-asseinbly of equipment, he said. "For this sort of expansion it takes planning ahead and you've got to think big to at- tract he said. "If it isn't attracted here, it is going to go other places. When yon start looking at the prefabrication of equipment distance isn't a great factor. pre-assembly of equipment could go as far away as Winnipeg or Vancouver and still be econonricallly feasible. It's a question of which of the largest cities can provide the welders, pipefitters, the skilled craftsmen and a suitable site within a reasonable distance which could be a thousand-mile radius." He said Syncrode's eventual investment in bousing could reach 1200 million. No worker would face hardships by moving to Fort McMurray. are a great hazard. The doctors' evaluation will be presented to Health Minister Marc Lalonde as part of a general reaction to the four-year Le Dain study. The government is considering legislation on many of the recom- mendations. The final Le Dain report, published in December, said governments should establish clinics so methadone treatment would be available to all of the country's heroin addict who desire it The commission inves- tigating the non-medical use of drugs was headed by Toronto law professor Gerald LeDain. The commission said daily dispensing of the synthetic narcotic offers heroin addicts their best chance of recoveiy. But the association said methadone can lead to more opiate dependence and compound the over-all problem. Reliance on methadone, an addictive drug in itself, might also prevent some addicts from ending their drug use altogether. The CMA also was opposed to the commission recommendation that heroin maintenance be available to those who do not respond wen to methadone. The association said the availability of heroin as an alternative to heroin would decrease the motivation of those on methadone and other treatment programs. ;