Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
concedes defeat for Canada's peacekeeping scheme By CY FOX PARIS (CP) - External Affairs Minister Sharp today virtually conceded defeat for Canada's controversial plan for peacekeeping machinery in South Vietnam. "It would be very naive to think that our proposal as such has a chance," Sharp replied in an interview when questioned-about reactions to the plan which was submitted to the international Vietnam peace conference here. The Canadian plan calls for developing the 12-party Paris peace conference into a continuing political party to act on complaints of breaches in the Vietnamese ceasefire. The complaints would be channelled through Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim of the United Nations. Communist delegates have already rejected ssnv UN involvement in the Vietnam peace and have shown no enthusiasm for the over-all Canadian demand. In making his comment, Sharp said there is still some chance that the Canadian plan ma" have some influence in drafting the final joint declara- tion of the participating parties, To this extent, he said, Canada's influence has been salutary but he added that it remains to be seen whether the final conference statement about a peacekeeping authority for Vietnam is satisfactory to Canada. MEETS CHINESE Sharp, voicing no surprise at Communist reaction to the Ca- nadian proposal, made his comments as he left his Paris hotel for a meeting with Chinese officials at their embassy here. Bilateral relations between Canada and China were among topics to be discussed. Sharp met earlier with South Vietnamese officials who raised the problem of the diplomatic status of the Viet Cong as seen by Canada. The Saigon government continues to insist that it alone should be treated as the sole .sovereign authority in South Vietnam despite the claims of the Viet Cong that it has a provisional government (here. Canada recognizes the Saigon administration as the only government of South Vietnam. Sharp said the peace conference itself, clouded by America's hint that it would stall the sessions, continues fo go on working, though today's session of tiie committee trying to draft a final agreement had been "very difficult." He said the reaction lie has found to Canada's proposal for a continuing political authority and an effective renorting procedure for the control commission was no different frord what he had expected. Letllbridge Herald Vietnam peace VOL. LXVI - No. 67 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1973 io CENTS THREE SECTIONS - 38 PAGES North flying hazardous busin YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) - In northern aviation almost anything can go wrong, a coroner's inquest is learning. Compasses can become useless, radio beacons can be difficult and, especially in winter, it can be impossible to determine a plane's location from the air. These gloomy descriptions came from witnesses appearing Tuesday at a crowded inquest into one of the most controversial crashes in Canadian history. The six-man jury, five pilots and the proprietor of a drycleaninig store, are charged with determining why nurse Judith Hill and her two patients, Neemee tfu'lia-yok and David Kootook, died Nov. 8 on a mercy flight. Mrs. Nulliayok was in premature labor and David, 14, was diagnosed as suffering from acute appendicitis. They were being evacuated from their remote com munity to hospital in Yellowknife. The only survivor was the pilot, 46-year-old Martin Hartwell, who lived in the bush for 32 days in below-zero temperatures. The crippled pilot credited David with saving his life. Radio faint Witnesses said Mr. Hartwell's radio was hard to hear on the day of the crash and a radio beacon he might have been expected to depend on was sometimes inadequate. 3 But it still isn't known exactly why he crashed into a wooded hill near Great Bear Lake in the western Arctic, 180 miles off course. The inquest continued. Pilot John Peacock, on the scheduled flight to Yellowknife aboard a DC-3 owned by Territorial Airways Ltd., followed a route that .would have crossed over Mr. Hartwell's flight path as he veared off course. His plane, however, was several hours behind. "We had no problem, with the weather," said Mr. Peacock. "It was a beautiful night with limited visi-bDily. It was easy to map-read below the tree line." His automatic direction finder became useless on the flight but lie had alternative means of. navigation. Mr. Hartwell also is believed to have been Tarrying an automatic direction finder. The inquest was told many northern navigation problems can be avoided by using instrument light rules. Mr. Hartwell filed a flight plan for his fatal trip calling for the use of visual flight rules (VFK). Must hug ground Under VFK. the plane is supposed to remain in a position where the pilot can see the ground, and low cloud can force a pilot using VFR to fly low altitudes. B.CMP Inspector Robert Fletcher said this often makes it difficult to use the plane's radio and directional equipment and pick up homing beacons. The inspector, veteran of 22 years of flying, said he prefers to climb to 8,000 feet where communications are generally good. Meteorologist Ronald Calling of the Yellowknife weather office testified there were low clouds, even ex- � tending to the ground at s-ome points, along the route Mr. Hartwell had been scheduled to follow. Inside ai.ciiriH*) Vote. LYNCH Classified .... 21-27 Comics........22 Comment .._____ 4 District........'J- 6 Family .. .. 20, 21 l-oeal News .. 17, .18 Markets .. .,, 23 Sports ...... 8-10 Theatres ...... 7 TV ............ 7 Weather........2 LOW TONIGHT 25, IUGII T1IUUS. 15; MAINLY SUNNY Collecting evidence Copt. George Barr of Vancouver photographs a hole in a jeep window caused by-shrapnel from o Vist Cong rocket attack in Tri Ton; Members of the 1CCS were conducting their first field investigation Tuesday. Irish vote seen close DUBLIN (CP) - The Irish vote today in a general election following a hectic campaign that attracted more international attention than any in the republic's history and left politicians predicting a neck-and-neck race. A minority government - the thing both the Irish and the British fear most in attempting to cope with the critical situation in the North - loomed as a distinct possibility, although all party leaders predicted a clear victory for themselves. Prime Minister Jack Lynch forecast that Fianna Fail will take 74 seats and upwards in the 144-seat Dail parliament but said he would go ahead and form a Magnussen almost sure minority government if necessary. An opposition spokesman said "victory is within our grasp," but declined to predict by how many seats. Although by Irish standards this � has been an unusually-active campaign - Lynch, for instance, travelled a record 2,000 miles around the country-the final days were subdued, with little of the traditional election hoopla. COUNTING TAKES TIME Vote-counting does not start until Thursday morning and under Ireland's complex system of proportional representation the r e s u 11 is not expected before Thursday night at the earliest. Most of the Dublin pundits were predicting Lynch will be defeated. However, they made that same prediction in 1969 and were wrong. The election battle was over such domestic Issues as taxation, prices and improved social benefits. HOLDS CORK RIDING Lynch fights for his own seat in the Dail in Cork, the second largest city. Liam Cosgrave, the Fine Gael leader who will become prime minister if Fianna Fail is defeated, was . running for re-election in Dunn Laoghaire, a resort town just south of Dublin that's pronounced Dunleary. of crown BRATISLAVA, Czechoslovakia (AP) - Karen Magnussen of North Vancouver won the compulsory free skating section and all but clinched the world single's crown today when Janet Lynn of the United States fell twice during her performance. The blonde Canadian was placid first by seven of the nine judges for completing the six required jumps and spins with no marks lower than 5.7 out of six, according to preliminary results. The U.S. hopeful who skated after Miss Magnussen fell when attempting a double axel and a double toe loop combination. "I wouldn't wish that on anybody," Miss Magnussen told reporters after consoling her rival in their dressing room. Seen and heard About town flTY HALL switchboard operator Betty Gal getting a sore throat answering so many calls about yesterday's two - hour power outage . . . Steve Kotcli and his 42 bus tour passengers slinking back to their bus after realizing lliey were in a lineup for an exclusive Hollywood premier, instead of at a public shooting of the television show the "Newly-weds . . . No word yet about second Canadian PoW OTTAWA (CP) - There have been no real new developments regarding Lloyd Oppel of Courtenay. B.C., held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, the external affairs department said Tuesday. Mr. Oppel, a missionary, was captured in Laos last October and his name appeared on North Vietnamese list of prisoners issued after.the January ceasefire. The government is continuing -its representations to the Hanoi government for his release, a spokesman said. Another Canadian, Marc Cayer of St. Raymond, Que., was released by the North Vietnamese two weeks ago and returned home last week. accord hangs in balance PARIS (CP) - North Vietnam said today it will resume freeing United States prisoners of war as soon as the Joint Military Commission (JMC) in Saigon guarantees the security of its Communist members in South Vietnam's cities. A North Vietnamese spokesman, Nguyen Thanh Le, told a news conference that the liberation of prisoners will resume "normally" as soon as the four-m e m b e r commission has adopted a North Vietnamese "working plan" to safeguard commission personnel. Le reported Communist protests against attacks on North Vietnamese and Viet Cling members of the commission hi Hue and Da Nang. U.S. State Secretary William Rogers had arranged an urgent meeting with Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh of North Vietnam to demand the resumption of PoW releases. Trinh relayed a request from the Viet Cong's foreign minister, Mrs. Nguyen Thi Binh, that the meeting be enlarged to include all four signers of the ceasefire agreement, and Rogers agreed. Mrs. Binh and Foreign Minister Tran Van Lam of South Vietnam joined Rogers and Trinh at the International Conference Centre. It was the first meeting of the four to consider alleged violations. The outcome of the 13-party conference to endorse the Jan. 27 Vietnam peace agreement hung on the meeting, sought by the U.S. on orders of President Nixon. Delegates were hopeful that the crisis will be resolved, permitting the conference to complete its work so that foreign ministers can sign the final declaration by Friday. Nixonhad ordered Rogers to suspend other conference business until North Vietnam clarifies its refusal to go ahead with the release of the next group of U.S.- prisoners. The White House made clear that there will be no further progress toward the conference objective of a guarantee for the ceasefire until the prisoner issue is resolved. The North Vietnamese delegation hit back by saying that those who create "fake difficulties and obstacles" to the work of the conference must assume full responsibility for the consequences. The prisoner issue is linked to North Vietnam's demand for reassurances that all provisions of the ceasefire agreement will be strictly observed. POWER PLAY In Saigaon meanwhile the United States suspended its troop withdrawals from Vietnam today in an attempt to prod North Vietnam into releasing another large group of American prisoners. Hanoi also was given a virtual U.S. ultimatum to dismantle an anti-aircraft missile base south of the demilitarized zone. Mail truck theft attempt foiled Two men have been arrested following an attempted armed robbery of a mail truck this morning at Brocket. A Big Horn Transport truck, under contract to the Post Office, was being unloaded at the Brocket post office at about 5:30 a.m. by its driver, Barry Beglaw, of Lethbridge. Two masked men jumped the driver and attempted to hold - up the ti-uck, police says. A scuffle ensued, but Mr. Beglaw was able to hold onto the keys. He got into the truck and as he was driving away, one of the masked men attempted to break the windshield with what was believed to have been a heavy pistol. Mr. Beglaw then drove away and notified the police. Two unidentified men were picked up about two hours later near Arrowwood, 65 miles north of Lethbridge. No shots were fired during the incident and no mail was taken. British railway service disrupted LONDON (CP) - Railway stations throughout Britain were deserted today and a vast army of commuters took to cars and buses as a one-day strike by train drivers stopped all pasenger services and nearly half the London subway system. Spokesmen for Britain's automobile association said it was the worst chaos for years on roads leading into the capital. Businessmen jammed London's hotels Tuesday night and many strike-weary commuters simply stayed home. About 29,000 drivers of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen (AS-LEF), one of the two main rail- Oil export curbs said temporary OTTAWA (CP) - Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Tuesday export restrictions on oil, announced earlier in the day by the National Energy Board will probably be temporary. "I think it may just be a March situation," he told reporters. The min'lter said the board's decision was based entirely on a dem-and-exceeding-supply situation but, with the coming of spring, circumstances would likely change. Warmer weather would probably ease demand and the situation could be further helped by an increase in other foreign supplies for the U.S. market. way unions, are involved in the walkout, which started at midnight Tuesday night despite last-minute peace proposals by the British Railways Board. The drivers are demanding a basic minimum weekly rate of $96 against their present $74. Union leader Ray Buckton dismissed the rail board's offer, understood to be about $81.60, as "unrealistic." British Rail estimates today's stoppage will cost it $2.4 million in lost revenue. CONSIDERS MOVES The union will meet Thursday to consider its r#xt moves. Among those understood to be under consideration are shutting down whole regions for two or three days at a time and the posibility drivers may refuse to take their trains at more than 40 miles an hour. As London workers struggled to get to their offices today, about 60 per cent of the subway system was operating. Buses also ran normally. Commuters pouring into London by car faced additional problems caused by break, downs of heavy trucks and broken gas and water mains blocking some streets. Emergency parking lots set up to cope with the heavy traffic were full before 8 a.m. An automobile association said it was the worst chaos on London roads for years. The rail strike followed a similar one Tuesday by civil servants, the first in British history. Gas workers also outlined plans to increase their spot strikes which have already added a chill to the British winter, while hospital and car workers and teachers all threaten further action. The strikes are in protest against government wage and price policies designed to combat rising inflation. ' More rapeseed controls needed Kail slowdown hits A Iberia EDMONTON (CP) -A CNR work slowdown in British Columbia has resulted in a slower movement of freight hi Alberta but the situation is not serious, CNP public relations officer Mike Williams says. He said reports indicate there are about 1.000 freight cars moving behind schedule but no passenger trains have been affected. EDMONTON -- The Alberta government must have more control over the quality and quantity of rapeseed delivered to crushing plants in the province, Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer declared Tuesday. The provincial government- as one step hi gaining more control - is appealing the conviction of Alberta producers found guilty of over-delivery of rapeseed to Western Canadian St-3d Processors Ltd., in Le:h-bridge. - the only rapeseed crushing plant in Alberta. Quotas are controlled by Hip Canadian Wheat Board. Dr. Homer said in an interview that provincial control is vilal to giuiranlon consistent quality and quantify of vegetable oil to give Alberta a competitive position in world markets. Rapesesd oil competes with fish and soya oil and other products on world markets, he said. "This is something that has been difficult to get producers (o understand." In Id years, the minister would like to see six to eight crushing plants in Alberta and a substantial increase in pro- duction of rapeseed oil and meal. In I he legislature NOP leader Grant Notley asked it the provincial government intends to extend assistance to a company planning to build a rape-seed crushing plant 'at High Prairie. Dr. Horner replied that an application for funds for the plant is currently before the federal department of regional economic expansion and a decision is expected from the federal government "in the very near future." "I'm very confident we'll seo an expansion of rapeseed crushing plants within Alberta provided we can solve the difficult, problem of transportation cods and provided we can grow the kind of variety the world market will demand . . ." The minister said later that a decision by the Canadian Transport. Commission has been pending for about a year concerning a better freight rate for rapeseed. Currently bei'ause of "long distance rates" it is cheaper to ship rapeseed from Vancouver to Toronto than from Vancouver to Calgary, he said. Albertans help fight fires m Colombia EDMONTON (CP) Two rxperls from Alberta were on (heir way lo South America today to help fight H forest fires threatening the city of Bogota, Columbia. Stan Hughes, head of the forest protection branch, and Carson McDonald, chief fire control officer for the Alberta forest service, will serve in an advisory capacity. Bogota had requested Canadian assistance in fighting the fires through the federal government.