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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 27, 1074-THE LCTHBRIDOE HERALD-37 After June 30 it will be illegal to use wiretapping equipment OTTAWA (CP) After June 30 it will be illegal to use, possess, buy or sell wiretapping equipment unless you are a policeman. Justice Minister Otto Lang announced here that on that date Canada's wiretapping bill, passed at the last session of Parliament, will come into force. The minister said the almost six months between passage and coming into force is necessary to enable provincial and federal officials to take necessary procedural steps. When asked at a news conference whether people should rush to get their wiretapping done before June, the minister said he hopes people will rush to destroy equipment that will become illegal. The wiretapping legislation struggled through the last sit- ting of Parliament to bring to a climax more than three years of efforts to get control over bugging and to provide some protection of privacy. Under the bill only police will be allowed to bug, and then under controlled situations. Illegal use of wiretapping equipment can result in a five-year sentence and illegal possession two years. Provincial attorneys- general or the federal solicitor-general, or their agents, must apply to a judge for permission to bug. It is the time needed for courts to appoint judges to hear the requests and for provinces to name their agents that is part of the reason for the'long time it takes for the law to come into force. He said he hopes that be- tween now and June 30 there will be enough publicity for those possessing wiretapping equipment to know they must destroy it. The minister said there arc still some grey areas dealing with equipment that must be clarified before the legislation's regulations can be completed and made public. This is in regard to cases where listening devices can be used under licences obtained through the RCMP. An example of that might be a device used by a store as part of an anti-theft system. This device probably could be used if there was sufficient warning that it was in place. But other devices would be illegal. Meanwhile, the question of notification of the victims of a police almost brought about a constitutional crisis in has not died. The provision was inserted by the opposition. Mr. Lang, with support from attorneys- general and police, strongly opposed it because it would tie up courts in arguments over admissibility of evidence and because it would tip criminals that they were being watched. When the bill passed the Commons, the Senate deleted the provision and sent the bill back. MPs refused to make the change and the bill was re- turned to the Senate which then approved the bill unamended. Mr. Lang said if attorneys- general still seek removal of the notification provision he will try again in the Commons. This probably would not occur until the bill was in force for a time. He said he understands that some senators are considering whether they should make an attempt at removal of the pro- vision in the upper house. Canada space package on Venus probe? Adopted sister A two-day old kitten snuggles in with her canine brothers after lunch from her stepmother. Its natural mother, glowering in the background, rejected the kitten at birth but Molly decided she would fit in fine with the pups. Mrs. Linda Betlam of Edmonton says Molly treats the kitten as one of her own. Snow shovels busy in West CALGARY (CP) A pack- age of Canadian ingenuity may be rocketing toward Venus in 1978 atop a United States space vehicle. If approved by U.S. Con- gress, the National Aeronaut- ics and Space Adminis- tration's Pioneer Venus Orbi- ter would spend a year dod- ging in and out of the planet's upper atmosphere to deter- mine its chemical content. The decision is to be made in April A group of Canadian scien- tists from four universities hope their instrument pack- age will be one of the 12 car- ried by the space probe on its six-month voyage to Venus. All four key figures in the venture are ex- in space explor- Canadian perienced ation. Project head Dr. Clifford Anger, associate professor of physics at University of Cal- gary; Dr. Gordon Shepherd, professor of physics at York University in Toronto, and Dr. Terrill Fancett, assistant professor of computer science at Sir George Williams Uni- versity in Montreal, worked closely on developing a spe- cial television camera for use on the Canadian-built ISIS II satellite, launched in 1971 to study the earth's ionosphere. Dr. Donald McEwan, chair- man of the institute of space and atmospheric studies at University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, aided in the analysis and interpretation of data from the Alouette and ISIS satellite series. "If it wasn't for our ex- perience with space satellites, I doubt if NASA would have considered our Dr. Anger said in an interview. TORONTO (CP) The Prairies are experiencing abnormally high amounts of snow this winter. British Columbia and central Canada are receiving slightly above average amounts and the Maritimes are getting off easy, weather statisticians say. Statistics from the federal department of meteorology to the end of January show Alberta and Saskatchewan have been the hardest hit with Edmonton recording 56 3 inches almost double the normal 29.8 inches and Regina snowfall climbing to 44.4 recorded inches compared with the normal 25 5. Saskatoon has been hit with 44.6 inches compared with a 25.7 average and in Uranium City, in the northwest corner of the province, 80.9 inches has fallen compared with the 47.6 average. The picture is slightly better for Calgary and Winnipeg where 38.6 and 37.6 inches have fallen compared with respective averages of 29.4 and 29.9. But it's much better on the east coast where recorded snowfalls have usually topped 50 inches by this month. In Halifax a 60.8-inch normal has dwindled to 23.2 inches this year. Fredericton has recorded only 36.8 of its 59.7 norm, Charlottetown has 38.2 inches compared with 53.2 and St. John, N.B, is lowest in the region with 24.1 compared with 39.7 norm. Vancouver has received 16.9 inches compared with a 15 4 norm and most of Ontario is slightly above average. 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