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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wadnnday, February 26, 1975 Hews In brief Cambodians lose key post PHNOM PENH (AP) Military sources reported to- day the loss of a key govern- ment position on the Mekong River below Neak Luong, and the Khmer Rouge rebels kept up their bombardment of Phnom Penh. Peam Raing Loeu, 37 miles southeast of Phnom Penh, was the second major govern- ment loss Tuesday. It was reported earlier that Oudong, an isolated provincial capital 21 miles north of Phnom Penh, fell to the Khmer Rouge. Aircraft seeks freighter HALIFAX (CP) A Cana- dian Forces Tracker aircraft left here early today to check the position of the runaway freighter Answer in ice floes off Anticosti Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. A Canadian Forces spokes- man said any action taken against the Answer would be initiated by the RCMP or the Ministry of Transport. New marijuana laws contain 'potential for distribution9 Cavalry ends protest Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A University of B.C. professor warned Tuesday that new cannabis laws before Parliament contain the potential for government distribution of marijuana and hashish. Harry Klonoff, of UBC's psychiatry department, told a Senate committee studying the legislation that it needn't follow from "decriminalization" of cannabis that the government must assume responsibility for providing the drug on demand. "Such a step is premature and in my opinion un- warranted at this he said. But Klonoff argued that by removing cannabis out from under the Narcotic Control Act to the Food and Drug Act gives the drug "some degree of social accep- tability." The new legislation would lower the max- imum penalty for simple possession of the drug to a fine. He stated that the next making the drug available through government outlets similar to liquor follow quickly. He said legislators must consider whether it-is possible to stop at "decriminali- zation." Klonoff stated that he supports the lowering of the penalty for simple possession so long as it is realized that drug use and abuse is not acceptable. He stated that lower penalties for possession must be accompanied by more stringent penalties for dis- tribution of cannabis and better enforcement of laws against trafficking, and with penalties for driving un- der the influence of the drug. The UBC professor also urged senators to recom- mend that more research should be conducted into the varying ramifications of cannabis use, and that a problem should be implemented. He criticized "scare" educational programs such as that undertaken by the previous Social Credit govern- ment in B.C. as ineffective, but added that other educational programs used in the past may be spread- ing the use of marijuana by dispelling fears about its effects. Tax bill clears final major stumbling block LISBON, Portugal (AP) A cavalry charge early today broke up stone-throwing lef- tists encircling a political ral- ly of about Christian Democrats in this Portuguese capital. After the rush of mounted national guardsmen, riot police chased the. demonstrators through a nearby park, firing their pistols and automatic weapons into the air. Though several hundred troops also were on hand, they did not intervene. Munro comes under fire again for Hamilton harbor scandal Queen's raise opposed LONDON (Reuter) Left- wing members of the ruling Labor party will oppose today a government plan to increase Queen Elizabeth's income by a year. The increase is in the civil list, the official bill for royal household expenses. The 'Queen softened the impact by offering to pay of the increase. But with the Queen's in- come moving to million and her private fortune es- timated at million, this gesture probably will placate the leftwingers. OTTAWA (CP) Three governments are on the political firing line because of simmering scandals about marine dredging contracts in the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City and the harbor at The issue provoked a series of tense exchanges Tuesday for the second day running in the Commons. Labor Minister John Munro, MP for Hamilton East, came under close opposition ques- tioning. Prime Minister not Daley trounces opposition Gov't launches energy campaign CHICAGO (AP) Mayor Richard Daley has trounced his first primary election op- position in 20 years. His Republican opponent said: "It's impossible for me to be elected mayor." Republican John Hoellen's wife, Mary Jane, told a re- porter by telephone today that he had withdrawn from the April 1 general election. OPEC debate continues VIENNA (AP) The 13 countries of the oil cartel con- tinued their debate today on proposals to counter the decline in the value of the United Stales dollar and the decline in demand for oil that is putting pressure on them to .cut prices. The meeting of the Organ- ization of Petroleum Ex- porting Countries originally scheduled to end today, now is expected to run into Thursday. Jobless fund nearly gone OTTAWA (CP) The federal government opened an advertising campaign to plug energy conservation Tuesday, rapping Canadians for being energy gluttons and urging them to cut down consump- tion. In the first of a series of nine full-page newspaper advertisements, the govern- ment pats itself on the back Mills has 'other ailments7 DETROIT (AP) The spe- cial unemployment fund that bolsters jobless benefits for laid-off salaried workers at Chrysler Corp. will be depleted in mid-March, the United Auto Workers says. The union also confirmed Tuesday earlier reports that the Supplemental Unemploy- ment Benefit (SUB) fund for hourly workers would be ex- hausted by late March or ear- ly April. Hijacker sentenced to death BEIRUT (AP) A court in North Yemen is reported to have handed down the first death sentence against a sky- jacker. He hijacked a North Yemeni plane. The Iraqi news agency says the state security court in BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE San'a, the capital of North Ye- men, gave the death sentence to Ali Ben Ali al Awadi, a Yemeni who hijacked a DC-3 jet last Sunday. If the sentence is approved by Lt.-Col. Ibrahim al Hamdi, the chief of state, al Awadi will be beheaded in a public execution and his head will be hung on San'a's main gate for 24 hours before it is buried with the body. Al Awadi took over the plane on a flight from San'a to Hodeida. WASHINGTON (AP) Representative Wilbur Mills is suffering from ailments other than an acknowledged drinking problem and may never return to Congress, a friend says. The opinion was given Tues- day after Mills, former chair- man of the House of Representatives ways and means committee, was dis- charged from Bethesda Naval Medical Centre and entered an undisclosed facility for further treatment. A statement issued by the Arkansas Democrat's office said his doctors "do not presently feel he is able to return to work and have advis- ed additional medical treat- ment at a facility outside the Washington area for a con- tinuation of the treatment he has been receiving at Beth- esda." for efforts to cut down its own energy bills and suggests homeowners also look for ways to save. "The savings can be achiev- ed' the ads say. "Turn off the television set when your show is over. Walk to the corner store. Take the public transit to work. "Keep your furnace clean, Insulate your home. Weatherstrip doors and win- dows. You can save from to right there-plus the energy." Further tips are promised in future ads. The million advertising program, outlined earlier this month by Energy Minister Donald Macdonald, is aimed at shaving two per cent off consumption this year, a sav- ing of about billion. Television and radio ads as well as pamphlets also are planned. The first of the ads carried words of encouragement from Prime Minister Trudeau, Fi- nance Minister John Turner and Mr. Macdonald. Trudeau tried to cut off questioning and defended Mr. Munro. In Quebec, Premier Robert Bourassa was quoted protesting about news stories linking a contract bidding scandal with companies part- ly owned by his wife's family and partly by the province. In Ontario, where some of the same companies are in- volved, Solicitor-General George Kerr, has quit the provincial cabinet to fight allegations in the Hamilton case. The law forbids public dis- cussion of some details in the Quebec and Hamilton cases because both are before the courts. They involve 1971-74 dredg- ing contracts worth millions of dollars, charges of bid rigg- ing and a countersuit by some of the dredging companies. In the Commons Tuesday, the prime minister said he found the questioning of Mr. Munro "not very dignified." Finance Minister John Turner also objected. Progressive Conservative House Leader Gerald Baldwin retorted that his party would not be "suppressed by these attempts to muzzle." Mr. Munro said he has not been called as a witness in the coming trial of two men in connection with the Hamilton harbor contract. Premier Bourassa told reporters in Trois-Rivieres, Que., that the Montreal new- spaper La Presse appears to be trying to implicate him, through his wife's family, in the St. Lawrence River dredg- ing case. He said he knows nothing about a federal in- quiry into the dredging contract. Three men already have pleaded guilty and have been fined on a variety of charges arising from the Hamilton harbor contract. OTTAWA (CP) The gov- ernment's massive income tax bill was expected to move quickly to final parliamentary approval today or Thursday now that the majority Liberal government has cleared the major opposition stumbling block. Defeat Tuesday night of a Progressive Conservative amendment, which would have delayed implementation of the contentious resource tax provisions, signalled an effective end to debate on the 287-page bill. Remaining stages of Com- mons study, Senate approval and royal assent were ex- pected to follow quickly. Rebates for 1974 income tax returns cannot be mailed until the bill, an amalgam of meas- ures contained in Finance Minister John Turner's Nov. 18 budget, is approved: Thousands of rebate cheques are piled up in the revenue department. The defeated amendment, introduced last Friday by Alvin Hamilton (PC Qu'Appelle Moose would have delayed implementation of the federal resource tax until after the federal-provincial energy conference in April. All opposition parties favored the amendment, which was defeated 107 to 77. The provision would force .oil, natural gas and mining companies to pay federal in- come tax on royalties they are charged by provincial govern- ments. Opposed bitterly by resource companies and most provincial governments, it has dominated most of the debate. Mr. Turner said that "the taxation aspects of this budget have been thoroughly discuss- ed with the provinces" and delays in passage of the bill are causing uncertainty in the resource industries. He said he wants "the taxation fabric in place" before April. Deaths THE CANADIAN PRESS CHICAGO Elijah Muhammad, 77, sharecropper's son who rose to the head of the Black Muslin sect that controlled a business empire, worth an es- timated million. Newspaper chain drops Time magazine plans Islamic leader's son to head organization CHICAGO (AP) Wallace Muhammad, the son of the late Elijah Muhammad, will be "the official leader and ad- ministrator" of the Nation of Islam, a spokesman for the religious sect said. Abass Rassoul, the national secretary of the Black Muslims, made the announce- ment Tuesday night after the death of Elijah Muhammad. The 77-year-old Muhammad died Tuesday of congestive heart failure after a month- long stay in a local hospital. Wallace, 41, a minister at a Black Muslim temple in Chi- cago, is the second youngest son of the man who headed the organization more than 40 years. Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Canada's largest newspaper group has abandoned any plan of acquir- ing an interest in the Canadian issue of Time and perhaps us- ing Time as the basis for a new weekly news magazine with more Canadian content as well as Canadian ownership. R. S. Malone, president of FP Publications, said Tues- day that the government's latest proposals concerning the type of content required for Time to remain classified as a Canadian publication un- der the Income Tax Act has' killed any FP interest in the news magazine. "It's a dead issue as far as we are Mr. Malone, who is also publisher of the Globe and Mail in Toronto and chairman of the Winnipeg Free Press, said. While FP had preliminary discussions" with Time of- ficials last year on the sub- ject, there are no such negotiations or discussions now under way, nor are any contemplated, Mr. Malone said in a Toronto interview. "The terms just aren't acceptable. The government would be controlling the news content and telling people what they can read" in the magazine, something that wouldn't bode well for the Canadian publishing industry generally, he suggested. The latest government proposals which would be in addition to the previously proposed 75 per cent Canadian ownership and the restriction on licensing agreements with foreign parent magazines "will destroy the he asserted, referring to time Canada. At issue is the recent government statement by Revenue Minister Ron Basford that the Canadian editions of Time and Reader's Digest will have to be 80 per cent different in content from the U.S. parent publication versions, as well as 75 per cent Canadian owned, if Time and Reader's Digest want to retain the special treatment as "Canadian" magazines un- der the Income Tax Act. Mass looting follows CNR train wreck MERLE nORfflfln COSfflETICS Wig Brush mERLE noRftifln COSIDETIC BOUTIQUE Cllpthit ValuaMa Coupon and Bring it lo Maria Norman today Clip this Valuable Coupon and Bring it to Maria Norman today! THUNDER BAY (CP) The Times News says a CNR freight train was looted of flour, fruit and clothing believed to be worth nearly million after it went off the tracks 150 miles east of here two weeks ago. In a copyright story, the newspaper says numerous bags of mail and parcel post are also missing, and post- masters in two northern On- tario centres have reported empty mail bags found miles from the derailed train. The newspaper says the goods were carried off over a nine day period with the es- timated participation of near- ly people. No cause lias been determined for the derailment which occurred early Feb. 9. The eastbound train left the. tracks 17 miles ;east of Longlac, turning over nine carloads of dressed beef, seven cars of dry goods, two mail cars, two cars of fruit and one car containing horses and hogs. Two express cars and one car carrying two automobiles were also hurled into the bush and snow, and the wreckage splattered over hundreds of yards was a twisted night- mare when CNR special agent George Rooi arrived. He found cars laid on their sides, meat on the ground, horses and hogs dying in-the wreckage. Hundreds of crates of fruit had been scattered and thousands of pieces of mail had been hurled in every direction. The crash scene is five miles from the nearest road and, as word of the wreckage spread, people began to trickle into the. site. Then, said Mr. Root, "It spread like with as many as 200 people a day mak- ing their way througli the bush to raid the rail cars almost at will. Many of the looters came by snowmobile. Mr. Root's call for help brought another CNR official and two Ontario Provincial Police officers from Longlac. Later two other OPP officers from the town of Geraldton came in as relief, but the looting went on. "People were coming from all over creation Caramat, Longlac, Kapuskasing, Geraldton I have never seen anything like said Mr. Root, who guarded the cars for nine days. "We tried to keep them Ottawa tightening rules on acupuncture equipment I Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA The federal government has decided to crack down on the growing number of acupuncture needle kits and other acupuncture devices being sold in Canada. The health protection branch has informed manufacturers and dis- tributors of medical devices in Canada that recent federal evaluations of acupuncture devices have led to the con- clusion that "minimum stand- ards are essential to ensure safety and prevent fraud." Dr. A. K. DasGupta, direc- tor of the bureau of medical devices, said Tuesday that the health department is most concerned "about' the layman who has health problems and who seeks out anything, including self-acupuncture devices, as a treatment for their ailments." The department is propos- ing to establish standards un- der the federal Food and Drugs Act for metallic acupuncture needles and other skin-penetrating de- vices; for acupuncture point finding devices, used for determining the location of acupuncture treatment points and for electrical acupuncture stimulators, so-called "therapy devices." The standards for acu- puncture needles, for ex- ample, would be designed to ensure they are sterilized properly before distribution and to ensure that the needles are strong enough so they won't break off during therapy. In the case of electrical acu- puncture stimulators, which replace the mechanical rota- tion of-acupuncture needles with a pulsating or alternating current as the source of acupuncture stimulation, the federal health department is considering standards that will both prevent excessive electrical leakage and prevent the sale of devices that don't do what they promise. away from the train for their own safety. We tried to talk them away. We were running up and down the length of the train trying to keep people away. "They wouldn't listen to us, they just wanted the meat." Mr. Root, a longtime CNR employee who is new to this area, said he has witnessed people's reactions to other derailments but "I have never seen anything like this. "Men, women and children were making off with meat and sacks of flour. Tons and tons of meat were he said. People came equipped with axes, knives and hatchets to carve up the beef car- casses. Other railwayman said an undetermined number of hogs died in the crash. Some large hogs were shot later because they were too heavy to load back into rail cars. The crash killed one horse and one had to be shot later.. BARRY A. 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