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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Fortcott high Thurtdoy 40-45. The LetKbttdge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 40 PAGES Ombudsman Barred Split develops OVCT amiS goes to bat for himself rabbi held By WALTER KREVENCHUK EDMONTON (CP) North America's first om- budsman, appointed in 1967 to defend the citizens of Alberta against unfair decisions by government agen- cies has felt compelled to defend himself and his office. George B. McClellan, a former RCMP commission- er has placed his case before the legislature in a special report that deals primarily with harsh criticism of the ombudsman by a former Alberta chief justice. Colin Cameron McLaurm, the former chief justice, conducted a government-ordered inquiry into Mr. Mc- Clellan's investigation of a case involving a former Edmonton real estate salesman. He said the ombuds- man had "glaringly" flouted the law under which he operates because be had not investigated both sides in the dispute. Mr McLaurm said the ombudsman's report to the cabinet on the case was "biased, unfair and in- After what he described as the most exhaustive investigation made by the ombudsman's office, Mr. McClellan said R. J. Philipzyk was wrongfully expelled in 1966 from the Edmonton Real Estate Go-Operative Listing Bureau Ltd. Suggested damages He suggested the expulsion was partly due to the government's action in allowing the bureau to incor- porate as a co-operative and that Mr. Philipzyk should receive damages from the province. Mr. McLaurm said Mr. Philipzyk was "rightfully that no government compensation should be paid, and that no changes were necessary in the bureau's bylaws or pro-racial legislation. In the special report, Mr. McCleUan said "this is the harshest criticism I have received in over 38 years of public service.'- "My judgment has been called into question an previous occasions: my impartiality and my credibility, never. "There are no more difficult charges to defend one's self against than charges of this 'nature. There is littla a man can do but deny them, if be feels they are wrong, and a simple denial is of no real assistance in disarming such charges "If at any Jime the members of the legislative assembly should ever come to feel that they have lost confidence in the ombudsman, I would hope to be the first to know.- -My position would be untenable, and my course would be1 clear." Mr. McClellan said he and Commissioner McLaurm approached the case from considerably different direc- tions. Mr. McLaurin's report made strict legality an "My approach was a different Mr. McClellan said, "for the Ombudsman Act permits me to go far beyond legality, and to consider matters of discrimina- tion, oppressiveness, unreasonableness: and even to consider whether any practice on which a decision, recommendation, act or omission was based, should be altered, or, indeed, that any other steps should be taken. "I am a layman, and it was my earnest belief that the manner in which this bureau was brought into being as a co-operative, and the resultant effect on Mr. Philipzyk would be sufficient to indicate that he had suffered an injustice. I at no time attempted to ascertain the guilt or innocence of Mr. Philipzyk. I regarded this as none of my business. My sole concern was the correctness, or otherwise, of the procedures, which were used against him, and the law which might have sanc- tioned his expulsion contrary to natural justice." Expulsion unlawful "In view of the legal opinions which I have re- ceived I respectfully submit to the honorable members of this assembly that Mr. Pbilipzyk was un- lawfully expelled and additionally, was denied the rights and appeals to which he was entitled by the laws of the province of Alberta." Mr. Philipzyk was expelled for making derogatory statements about a former employer. Mr. McClellan said the legislature has given the ombudsman authority to range outside a purely legal position and to look at a number of other factors. The mere fact that something which has been done is legal under the law is no bar to the ombudsman examining the practice or procedure from several other distinctly different viewpoints." BRUSSELS (AP) Rabbi Meir Kahane, head of the mili- tant Jewish Defence League in the United States was picked up today by Belgian police after he was barred from a congress of Jews from 37 countries discuss- ing the plight of Soviet Jewry. A U.S. embassy spokesman said the case was being studied to see what official action would be taken. An uproar broke out on the floor of the congress when a delegate Dr. Morris Brafman of New York, protested the New York rabbi's arrest. Brafman, head of the Interna- tional League for the Repatria- tion of Russian Jews, said he does not belong to Rabbi Ka- hane's organization, but thinks all viewpoints should be repre- sented at the congress. OPPOSES EXCLUSION Howard Adelson, a member of the JDL and professor of his- tory at the City College of New York, said: "We must exclude no one, we must welcome everyone, and we must be heard." Kahane, 38, was convicted in New York Wednesday on charges of obstructing govern- mental administration and dis- orderly conduct growing out of an anti-Soviet demonstration. He is to be sentenced April 13. Demanding an' end to Soviet restrictions on Jewish emigra- tion to Israel, the Jewish De- fence League has been carrying on a campaign of harassment of Soviet officials and visiting per- formers. But more moderate Jewish organizations and the Is- raeli government have con- demned the JDL's campaign of violence and harassment. OTTAWA (CP) Withdrawal of Nigeria from the eight-nation Commonwealth committee on maritime defence in the Indian and South Atlantic oceans likely will scuttle the committee be- fore it can even meet, informed sources here said today. Canada is a member of the committee, established at last month's Commonwealth prime ministers' conference in Singa- pore as a delaying tactic on the issue of British arms for South Africa. The tactic worked for only one month and while Arnold Smith of Canada, Common- wealth secretary-general, was still trying to arrange the com- mittee's first meeting. Britain announced earlier this week it will sell military helicopters to South Africa. Mr. Smith is in Ottawa for a meeting late today with Exter- nal Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp. He was to leave immedi- ately after the meeting for Lon- don. Nigeria is one of two African members on the committee. The other is Kenya. INDIA MAY FOLLOW India has indicated it is likely to withdraw from the committee following the Nigerian move. One source said possible dis- integration of the committee may foreshadow what will hap- pen to the Commonwealth itself in the next few months because of the arms issue. The main African opponent at Singapore to British sale of ar- maments to South Africa was not Nigeria. The most criticism came from Zambia and Tanzania, which are not members of tha committee. Prime Minister Trudeau at Singapore said Britain had a perfect right to act in what it considered its own self-interest. But he added that a British arms sale might result in breakup of the Commonwealth and that Canada would not re- main as a member of any ex- clusive white dab. Banks react quickly to lending rate cut New tax law bill delay predicted OTTAWA (CP) Govern- ment sources say that Finance Minister Edgar Benson's defini- tive proposals for revision of federal tax law will not be intro- duced in the Commons before May. This represents a month s delay from the schedule the government had a few weeks ago. It was then stated the tax- law changes could not be intro- duced before the end of March, but might come in April or May. The plan will be introduced in the Commons with a budget speech, triggering a six-day general debate before the tax law amending bill itself is intro- duced formally. But thought is being given to releasing the full text of the proposed new tax law at the same time as the budget speech. Another informant said today the government has no plans for a spring budget changing exist- ing tax rates for economic pur- poses. Mr. Benson's last budget was introduced Dec. 3, and offi- cials said the government sees no economic shift warranting another budget Sewage treatment plant process whittles cost HIGHLAND, Wash. (AP) A process that could cut the cost of sewage-treatment plants by 75 per cent has been developed by its engineers, Battelle-North- west has announced. Costs are cut in two ways. Construction of a plant to serve a city of would be about million, compared with the million it takes to build a conventional plant. And sewage can be processed in less than an hour, compared with the six to 10 hours it takes in today's Dr. Alan Shuckrow, originator of the process, says the cost of operating the new process is higher than conventional treatment processes, but total savings over the 20-year life of the plant would be more than the original capital cost of the facility. Shuckrow's process involves adding a chemical to the sewage to coagulate suspended solids into a form that settles to the bottom of a tank. Then powdered carbon is added to absorb organic materials. Both the chemic.nl coagulant and the powdered raihon arc reclaimed and reused to reduce costs further. MAY BE FREED Ar- Board of Pardons and Paroles lias recommend- ed freedom for Winnie Ruth Judd, the trunk murderess of the 1930s. The three member board voted 2-1 to recom- mend that Mrs. Judd's life stntencc be commuted to limp she has served. Final derision on her ease is tip In Gov. Jack IVUHams of Arizo- Election talk in air WILL IT NEVER STOP? Ottawa area residents, hit by another big snowstorm Tuesday, were wondering if it would ever stop as the total accumulation of snow neared the all-time record set back in the winter of 1915- 16. This is a sidewalk scene on Parliament Hill. Ottawa has had 141 inches of snow to date this winter and Montreal 130 inches. Nixon clamps on wage controls WASHINGTON (Reuter) President Niton has given man- agement and labor a clear indi- cation of his toughening stand against inflation by imposing wage controls on government- sponsored construction work. The White House announced Tuesdav Nixon suspended indef- initely "the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 which controls wages paid on building jobs financed by Washington. Officials 'estimate that these amount to about one- third of the million in construction- projects at present under way in the United States. Labor's immediate reaction was hostile, and construction in- dustry chiefs said the presi- dent's action would be ineffec- INixoii on air WASHINGTON (AP) Prosi- dent Nixon will address the United States by radio Thursday on his foreign policy message that goes to Congress later that day. The 30-minule speech will re- late to foreign policy and the administration's thinking in re- gard to its diplomatic decisions largely the review Xixoil is providing in his "stale. ti[ the world" report to Congress.. live and inadequate. But Nixon appeared to have backed away from a direct showdown with either group by ruling out a politically-volatile general freeze on wages and prices throughout the industry.- Instead, he suspended the leg- islation under which men em- ployed on government construc- tion work are paid at the pre- vailing local wage rate, which usually means the highest scale for private projects. The order goes into effect today and one result could be that contractors will be able to make lower bids for federal jobs. TORONTO (CP) Canada's chartered banks reacted quickly today to the lowered bank rate by cutting the interest rate charged on loans. The Bank of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and the Royal Bank all announced reductions in their prime rate to per cent from seven per cent. MORTGAGE RATE DOWN The Royal also announced re- ductions in mortgage half of one per cent to per cent for National Housing Act mortgages and one half of one per cent to 9TA per cent for con- ventional mortgages. Bank of Canada announced Tuesday night that the bank rate was being lowered to 5V4 per cent from 5% per cent effective today. The prime rate of the chart- ered banks is the rate of inter- est they charge to their best and lowest-risk customers. The bank rate is the interest charged by the central bank on infrequent loans to the chart- ered banks. The Bank of Canada bank rate cut was the second to less thsn two weeks. The earlier one was one-quarter of one per cent to 5% per cent Feb. 15. The Toronto Dominion Bank announced after that reduction that it was reducing its prime rate to 6% per cent from seven per cent effective Monday, Feb. 22. The new bank rate, which governs emergency loans to chartered banks and invest- ment dealers, is the lowest since the autumn of 1967 when it was five per cent. The cut is designed in part to stimulate business activity and employ- ment. STEMS INFLOW The central bank's announce- ment indicating the signal for reduced lending rates was de- signed in part to stem an in- flow of foreign funds attracted by high yields in Canada. The Bank of Canada has low- ered its rate in six steps during the last nine months from the tight credit, anti-inflationary peak of eight per cent that pre- vailed between July, 1969, and last May. The decline of commercial and consumer rates charged by banks and other lenders has been much slower. While the Bank of Canada's rate declined by 2'A percentage points in the nine months to last week, most bank-loan rates fell by only IVi points and mortgage interest rates by one percentage point or less. The prevailing prime rate charged by chartered banks to their most credit-worthy cus- tomers a guide to other rates went down only to seven per cent in the nine months from Strike notice lifted A strike notice at the Alberta canning division of Canada Packers Ltd. in nearby Mag- rath, was lifted today pending mediation talks. The strike, which would af- fect about 50 members of Local 740 of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers Union, was scheduled to start at 8 a.m. However, both union and man- agement agreed to a round of mediation talks, to start today in Calgary with John Hutton, government appointed media- tor. If mediation fails, two work- ing days' notice must be given of intention to strike. WAGE DISPUTE The dispute is over wages. The union is asking a 60-cent increase across the board over two years, 30 cents this year and 30 cents in 1972. The com- pany has offered 35 cents over a two-year contract. Female workers at the plant now earn to an hour and men to A conciliation report earlier recommended a 40-cent in- crease 10 cents every six months for two years. Both company and union rejected the report. The old contract expired Dec. 16, 1970. OTTAWA (CP) Among Lib- erals, there is a lot yet, but the possi- bility of a federal general elec- tion in the fall. This talk has spread to the Conservatives. In fact, more Conservatives than Liberals seem to be saying there is a chance of an election in Septem- ber or October. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield has warned his sup- porters to be ready for an elec- tion at any time. Sources close to Prime Minis- ter Trudeau are inclined to dis- count any election this year but a prominent Liberal said Tues- day in an interview: "Don't dis- count the possibility. It's some- thing to be looked at seriously in a few months." Liberals who advance the theory of a fall election predict that all or most of the economic indicators will show by summer a business upturn with a re- duced unemployment rate and relatively small growth in infla- tion. They maintain that Mr. Tru- deau would be better advised to call an election this fall than wait for the spring or early summer of 1972 after another winter of possibly high unem- ployment. American freed from Czech jail AMSTERDAM (AP) A young American was freed from a Czechoslovak prison today after serving seven months of a four-year sentence. He was ex- pelled from the Communist country and flown to Amster- dam en route to the United States. Fred H. Eidlin, 28, of Roches- ter, N.Y., refused to discuss his trial on a charge of subversion or his time in jail. Eidlin was a student of East European affairs at the Univer- sity of Toronto. Eidlin was arrested last July In Prague, and a court there convicted him Dec. 18, ruling that his employment in 1968-69 by Radio Free Europe in West Germany was a subversive act against Czechoslovakia. He said he was told at 8 a.m. today he was being freed. Leaves fortune MELBOURNE (Renter) A Melbourne millionaire has be- queathed almost all his mil- lion estate to charity and asked that it be used for the conserva- tion of Australian wildlife and to provide scholarships for foreign students. The bequest was con- tained in the will of Roy Ever- ard Ross, who died in Novem- ber. The will was published Tuesday. Threi in N.S. fire TRURO, N.S. (CP) A woman and two children died early today when fire destroyed a home in'the Salmon River dis- trict near this central Nova Sco- tia town. The dead were identified as Margaret Elizabeth MacCallum, 26; her daughter Wanda, 6, and Verna Marie McCabe, 5, daugh- ter of Clyde McCabe. Mr. McCabe and four of his children, ranging in age from four to 11, escaped from the blazing house. Seen and heard About town rpIME Airways ticket agent A Pat Lacy falling in the shower and breaking her big toe in efforts to get to work on time Bill JIcColI, just returning from a trip to Mexico, commenting, "had a fine time. Got a sun tan on my face and a sun burn on my back." Sylvia Me- nmigall claiming the best vay to contact committee members is to, "tclewoman." Great Train Robber to be freed LONDON (API One of Brit- ain's Great Train Robbers will be released on parole after sen-ing half of a 14-year sent- ence, the home office said today. Rogcrt Cordrey, 47, should leave Coldingley Prison in Sur- rey within three months, the first member of the gang that slole million in lo be paroled. Most of the ringleaders are serving 30-year terms. Cordrey had z comparatively minor job to hide some of the money, and he did not board the train with the others. He wns arrested a week after the rob- bery and pleaded guilty to con- spiracy and lo receiving of the biggest cash haul on record. The original sentence of ?fl years cul on r.ppeal be- cause he. had helped police re- cover about The home office said good be- havior entitled Cordrcy to an automatic remission of one- third of his sentence, and Home Secretary Reginald Maudling accepted a parole board recom- mendation to put him on proba- tion for the last, two years. His closest friend in the gang, William Uoal. died of a brain tumor lasl. .lime at the ago. Of the seven otter robbers, only Ronald Biggs, 37, is out o! jail. He escaped anj is believed hid- ing in Australia. The mastermind of the gang, Bruce Reynolds, stayed at large for five vcars but was- sentenced to 25 yc.iis in January. 19SO. Charles Wilson, Douglas Goody, Roy James, Robert Welch and Thomas Wisbey are serving 30- yenr terms. I hail ?1 million uas re- covered. ;