Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Friday 20-35. Forecast high The Lethbridge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 64 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 28 PAGES Housing study report urges new measures OTTAWA (CP) - Housing should be regarded �i a social program, with government supervising the delivery of housing services to consumers, says a national study of landlord-tenant legislation released today. Prepared for the Canadian Council on Social Development by Michael Audain and Chris Bradshaw of its housing staff, the study says the guarantee of a right to housing demands a wide range of new measures affecting the building industry, land develop* ment and the financial system. The Canadian Council on Social Development, formerly the Canadian Welfare Council, is a national voluntary organization which analyses social need and causes of social breakdown. The study, which the authors admit favors tenants, criticizes the present court system as having serious drawbacks to satisfactory settlement of landlord-tenant disputes, and advocates establishment of special local courts. Such courts would be modelled after existing family courts and would emphasize seeking solutions rath* er than determining guilt. The report also recommends establishing centralized community information services regarding landlord-tenant laws. It also says mandatory standardized leases are crucial. Lack information "We have been impressed that even in provinces with reformed legislation, one of the real barriers to effective exercise of tenant rights is a lack of adequate information about the provisions of the law and its remedies," the report says. It also urges programs "to stem soaring rents la rapidly expanding urban areas." Although some tenant groups advocate collective bargaining to achieve lower rents, the report suggests mechanisms are needed through which tenants' unions could be certified and effective bargaining take place. Citizen, action would need publicly-funded outside support to be effective, it says. Manitoba first The report ranks Manitoba first among provinces for its interpretation of tenant rights and New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island last for their antiquated laws. j Nova Scotia is ranked second to Manitoba, although certain provisions contained in the laws of other provinces are lacking. British Columbia is third, followed by Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Newfoundland and Saskatchewan. The report says that Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia, which have significantly reformed their legislation in the last year, "will certainly make for a major change in the status of tenant rights in Canada." There were still serious gaps in providing for tenants rights even in these provinces, however. Courts generally are not geared to handling landlord-tenant disputes, the report says. Not specialized They do not hear cases in the evenings and on weekends-when most tenants could present them-and are not specialized enough "to 'smell out' such devious tactics as landlord retaliation." It also complained that certain tenants are excluded from the protection of landlord-tenant laws. These included employees of landlords, persons living in Canadian Forces housing, students in residence and boarders. The only legislative change the study says might prove detrimental to tenants is the abolition of security deposits. Such a change might lead to increasing discrimination against young tenants and families. Laporte letter released MONTREAL (CP) - Pierre Laporte, the late Quebec labor minister, wrote a letter to his wife after two days in the hands of terrorist kidnappers, saying he hoped to be home soon. The letter, never before made public, has been introduced as evidence at the continuing kidnap-murder trial of Paul Ruse. Jt is dated simply "Monday," which would be Oct. 12, two days after he was kidnapped from his home and five days before his body was found in the trunk of an abandoned car. Addressed to "My dear Francoise" and signed "Pierre," it reads as follows: "I hope that all is going well at home. Knowing your strength of character and the friendship you inspire, I am not concerned on this account. I am keeping myself from worrying about you all. 'A REST IS A REST' "I am in good health and very calm. Having had absolutely nothing to do for two days, I have at least been able to fulfill, in spite of myself, your wish to see me get some rest. A rest is a rest, after all. "I have even started on a little voluntary diet which I am sure will do me good. "Things are looking up now and I should be back at home before too long. "I urge you all to take tilings philosophically and never lose the sentiment that has never left me: Hope. Love to you all. Everything will go well, and I hope this will be. over won " i \ 'CIERIC AND 'POLICE OFFICER' ROB BANK - Two men, one dressed as a priest and another as a police captain, were among six men, all armed, who invaded an Exton, Pa., bank near Downingtown, and fled with more than. $8,000. These photos, released today by the FBI and described as "the best we ever have gotten from an automatic camera", show the robbery in progress. In top photo, a woman customer stares at one of the holdup men whose head shows in bottom of picture while another pulls a revolver from his hip pocket. One man, who wore the clerical garb, crouches at right behind the counter while a woman teller lies on floor. Man who wore police uniform is at lower right while another bandit is pictured at left. He is the same man in rear in top photo. Canada won't withdraw By REUTER Canada and Australia reacted differently to Britain's decision to sell seven Wasp helicopters to South Africa, but both white Commonwealth nations said they would stay in a Commonwealth committee set up to consider regional maritime secu-, rity needs. African Commonwealth countries continued to demonstrate their opposition to arms deals with South Africa. In Ottawa External .Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp told Parliament Wednesday that Canada regretted Britain's decision to resume arms sales. But Australian Prime Minister John Gorton today told his Parliament that the sales were a matter for the British government itself to decide in the light of its own interests in the Indian Ocean. Both countries, however, announced that they were prepared to continue taking part in the eight-nation Commonwealth committee on maritime defence in the Indian and South Atlantic oceans, set up at last month's Commonwealth leaders on conference in Singapore. Sharp said he thought there was a useful role for the committee. He regretted Nigeria's deci- sion to pull out of the study group, but said that the Canadian government had not yet received any indication that other committee members would withdraw. � Meanwhile, Arnold Smith, Commonwealth secretary-gen- eral, is going ahead with plans for a meeting of the committee, a Canadian external affairs department spokesman said. . Smith expressed hope for the continued life of the committee in a meeting in Ottawa with Sharp Wednesday. Jews issue appeal to Soviet Union BRUSSELS (AP) - The world congress on the plight of Soviet Jewry appealed to the Soviet Union today to let its Jewish citizens emigrate to Israel, or live as Jews in the Soviet Union. The appeal called on Moscow to halt "the defamation of the Jewish people and Zionism" and ended with the plea: "Let my people go." The appeal came at the end of a three-day meeting marked by a stormy dispute over the expulsion from Belgium Wednesday of Rabbi Meir Kahane of New York, head of the militant Jewish Defence League. Kahane was refused admittance to the congress, which condemned his organization. Menachim Beigin, opposition leader in the Israeli parliament, refused today to join in the condemnation. His speech set off 10 minutes of boos and applause. MANY DISSATISFIED Today's statement gave little satisfaction to those who want concrete action against the Soviet Union, such as trade boycotts and the picketing of embassies. It limited itself to a denunciation of Soviet "harassment, arrests and virulent anti-Jewish propaganda." It was not put to a vote of the 700 delegates who had come from 38 countries. Nixon proposes enduring peace this century Bonds sale ends OTTAWA (CP)-The govern-in en t announced Wednesday night the current issue of Canada Savings Bonds will be withdrawn from sale at the end of next week. The rare move is designed to encourage the decline of interest rates generally, reinforcing a reduction Wednesday in the Bank of Canada's guiding rate. The fixed rate of return on the savings bonds-7% per cent if held to maturity -in effect was inhibiting the downward movement of rates on competing investments. The withdrawal, effective at the close of business March 5, will not affect purchases made before or on that day, including bonds being purchased by instalment payments that run beyond March 5. About $1.5 billion worth of the 1970-71 savings bonds were purchased when they went on sale last November and sales have continued since then. The net total sold in November, aftei* subtracting refunds on previous-issues, amounted to about $1 bil* lion. The continued availability of the 1970-71 savings bonds with a relatively-generous yield had helped to cause uncertainty in money markets recently. While federal authorities on one hand have been trying to encourage lower interest rates, the presence of the high-yield savings bonds on the market tended to deter a downward movement. Gleichen man committed for trial CALGARY (CP) - Robert Wolf Leg, 21, of Gleichen, was committed for trial in Alberta Supreme Court on a charge of non-capital murder. He was arrested last December after the body of Dominic Yellow Old Woman, 55, also of Gleichen, was found beside a rural road with seven knife wounds to the chest. 'J'm from pollution control!' Want to invest in a book firm? LONDON, Ont. (CP) - A man from Otterville, Ont., has offered to invest $5,000 in McClelland and Stewart Ltd. to help keep the financially-troubled publishing house in Canadian hands. The offer is the most dramatic response to a challenge from W. C. Heine, editor of Tho Free Press, to "economic nationalists" to put up the money to buy the firm's stock if it is offered for public sale. Mr. Heine, chairman of Ryer-son Press before its sale to a Umted Statu group lau fail. said Wednesday as he received many telephone calls and a number of letters from as far away as Vancouver in response to an editorial-page column Friday. Mr. Heine said he had received about 12 pledges by letter and telephone. Three Free Press newspaper men offered $100 each, he said. PLEDGES S500 PERSONALLY In the column, Mr. Heine personally pledged $500 to the cause. "If enough people pledge to buy common �tock Mo Clelland and Stewart tltis fine book-publishing company might be preserved as a purely Canadian book-publishing firm," Mr. Heine wrote. "I'm interested in seeing whether funds could be raised for such a venture. I'd like to see the economic nationalists, who were so critical of the sale of Gage (W. J. Gage Ltd.) and Ryerson to American companies, given the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is." Mr. Heine, who said he wasn't proposing to start a fund to buy the company, said he referred those who did respond to Jack McClelland, the publisher. M r. McClelland announced last Thursday the company is for sale as a "matter of economic necessity. "The firm is in no immediate difficulty but my personal financial commitments on behalf of the firm are close to $2 million." He said it was "highly unlikely" the firm will be sold to foreign interests, except as "a last resort," WASHINGTON (CP) - President Nixon urged Russia and China today to work with the United States to ease international tensions, scale down the nuclear arms race and build an enduring peace that would safeguard their legitimate interests. REFUSES TO BUDGE Nixon made his appeal in his annual State of the World message to Congress, in which he also stressed his determination to stand fast against Hanoi's conditions for a Vietnam settlement, and reported gains in his program of building up Saigon's forces as American troops withdraw. Nixon keyed his message to a quest for a "a full generation of peace" this century. But, he said: "If winding down the war is my greatest satisfaction in foreign policy, the failure to end it is rcy deepest disappointment." The 65,000-word report, accompanied by a radio speech, was the second Nixon has made on the role of the United States in world affairs since he took office. The president said the United States wants to establish a dialogue with Peking and to work with the Russians in creating peace in the Middle East and resolving dangerous situations through.the world. The president made the unusual move of appealing directly to the Russians to produce decisions matching his own willingness to wosk with them in the causp- of peace. The report also contained a warning that "the natural expansion of Soviet influence in the world must not distort itself Into ambitions for exclusive or predominant positions." "Such a course ignores the interests of others, including ourselves. It must and will be resisted. It can, therefore, lead only to confrontation." Nixon gave a pessimistic report about the prospects for a negotiated settlement in Indochina. But "we will not give up on negotiations," he said. TO MAINTAIN STRENGTH Other key points in the message were: -The United States will maintain an undiminished military presence in Western Europe, despite congressional pressure for troop cuts. -A settlement of the Middle East crisis requires the recovery by the Arabs of territories lost to Israel in the 1967 war, with minor border adjustments if necessary, linked with a binding agreement giving the Israelis an assurance that they will be free from attack. -A basis for an agreement may be emerging in the strategic arms limitation talks with the Russians, and further progress is possible when the negotiations resume next month. -While the U.S. condemns apartheid, it is against attempts to isolate the white regimes of South Africa, Rhodesia and the Portuguese territories. The president called for a combination of contact and moral pressure, while rejecting violence. -The administration will make strong efforts to liberalize international trade, but the European Economic Community must, in turn, take full account of legitimate U.S. economic interests and Japan must continue its reduction of trade and investment restrictions. PRESIDENT NIXON Our dollar decision mentioned WASHINGTON (CP) - Canada's decision last May to let the foreign-exchange value of the dollar seek its own level, was acknowledged by President Nixon today as a pioneering move which indicates the need for new world rules on the movement of foreign exchange rates. w" In a section of his State of the World message to Congress devoted to international economic policy, the president listed some of the measures the world community took in 1970 to improve monetary co-operation. Recalling the series of foreign-exchange crises which characterized the 1960s, Nixon said "improved procedures" for adjusting the values of individual currencies in relation to other foreign money would help to promote stability. Canada's decision to free the dollar "demonstrated the potential utility of such a mechanism," Nixon said, referring to a floating currency, "but also emphasized the question of whether there is a need for new international rules to govern its usage." He welcomed continued work by the International Monetary Fund and other bodies toward defining new regulations which allow individual countries greater flexibility in adapting their currencies in unusual strains. Convicted murderer captured TERRACE, B.C. (CP) - Fugitive convicted murderer Arthur James Kendall was captured today in this northern British Columbia community, RCMP reported. He was returned to custody without incident, police said, describing Kendall as "very co-operative." Kendall was given a one-day leave of absence from the J o y c e v i 11 e Institution near Kingston, Ont., Feb. 13 and did not return. He was serving a life sentence following his conviction for murder in 1961 in the death of his wife nine years before. Her body was never found and ho was convicted on testimony of his daughters, who broke years of silence concerning their mother's disappearance. March on North matter of time SAIGON (AP) - President Nguyen Van Thieu was quoted today as saying a march on North Vietnam is only a matter of time. Vice-President Nguyen Cao Ky has several times called for a drive against the North, including air Attacks. Seen and heard About town fOLLEGE board member Bob Hamilton following fellow board member Don Livingstone's lead and tearing meeting agenda items in two and filing them in the wastebasket as each item was dealt with "to save confusion" . . . Vcrlin Olsen providing G o w c r Kennedy with a "well-done" serving of roast beef when Gower complained the first attempt was too rare: a thin, crispy coating of black meat around a huge bone . . . Elmo Brandvold watering his lawn, and wondering if "just maybe it's too early to do this."