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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 2, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, January 2, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID - 25 Many prominent Canadians died in 1970 Political assassination adds grim chapter to Canada's history By THE CANADIAN PRESS A political assassination by Quebec terrorists added a grim, chapter to Canada's political history in 1970. Pierre Laporte, Quebec minister of labor and immigration, was kidnapped by members of the Front de Liberation du Quebec from outside his Montreal home Oct. 12. Mr. Laporte, 49, was strangled Oct. 17. His body was found in the trunk of a car parked near St. Hubert airport at Montreal. The Dieppe cell of the FLQ claimed responsibility for the slaying. A senior minister in the Quebec Liberal cabinet, Mr. Laporet had served previously as minister of municipal affairs and cultural affairs min- SOUl FOOD - A father has to be abl e to do more than one thing at a time- and when hunger pangs bothered nine-month-old Sheila Paul during a special Native Mass at Edmonton's St. Joseph's Cathedral, dad was able to provide both food for the soul and food for the stomach and continu e his prayers. Snowmobile turns killer due to stupid operators By JAMIE UNDERHILL Canrtlian Press Staff Writer The stupidity of operators is turning snowmobiling into one of the world's most dangerous winter pastimes, the Canadian Safety Council says. So far this season, 36 persons have died in Canadian snowmobile mishaps. The council predicts 100 will die before winter is over-seven more than last year. "It has become apparent that tlie stupidity of snowmobile operators is the principal cause of accidents and deaths," a safety council spokesman said. "We can no longer take the easy way out by putting all the blame for cccidents on the heads of manufacturers." Manufacturers, the spokesman said, are doing a good job of policing themselves and making the machines safer. Across the country, the soaring death rate has prompted demands for stricter legislation to make snowmobiling safer. STRICTER LAWS ON WAY A Cross - Canada Survey by The Canadian Press shows many provinces are proposing stricter laws to control the use of the vehicles. The legislators face a rapidly - expanding problem. There ere 1.5 million snowmobiles in use in Canada this winter. By 1073 manufacturers exp e c t to have produced and sold three million. Youthful drivers, alcohol, roadway driving and night driving are rated by the Council as the main factors for fatalities. Half the current total of 36 deaths resulted from collisions between snowmobiles and motor vehicles. Collisions with station-cry objects, such as fences, and drownings have been the other main causes of death. Alcohol also is an important factor, particularly in resort areas where some drivers apparently like to drink their way from lodge to lodge. Many drivers have been involved in roadway collisions during these journeys and others have driven into lakes and drowned. Here is a rundown by western regions: Alberta The Alberta Safety Council attributes the lack of accidents-only one broken leg so far this year-to tough legislation which prohibits driving of snowmobiles on any portion of a highway or sidewalk. No changes are being planned in Alberta laws governing opei-ation and a police spokesman said the snowmo bile has not been a major problem in the province. British Columbia British Columbia has no specific regulations, but the government is expected to introduce legislation next month after examining regulations in other provinces and in the United States. A spokesman for the B.C. Snowmobile Association said the group is in favor of legislation and expects the banning of snowmobiles from highways and railway rights-of-way. "More than 95 per cent of snowmobilers are law  abiding citizens and must have their rights protected," he said. "The best way to do this is through firm, fair regulations." No provincial statistics are available concerning snowmobile fatalities but the association said there were at least two last year and one so far this winter, all involving collisions with automobiles. "The two don't' mix and we have to keep them apart," the spokesman said. Manitoba Manitoba's transport a t i on minister, Joe Borowski, said he plans to propose to the cabinet doubling or even tripling the provincial registration fee introduced for the first time this year. He added that it' is something close to "criminally irresponsible" for factories to produce machines capable of 70 miles an hour or more. But he said the greater blame rests with a "bunch of irres-ponsible snowmobile drivers who have refused to abide by the rules set up for their own and other people's safety." The sport has claimed one life in the province so far this winter. Saskatchewan In Saskatchewan, where there have been no deaths this year, licensing is not required as long as the machines are operated on private property. But Tom Ireland, program co - ordinator of the Saskatchewan Safety Council, s a y s the problem is increasing with r/e of the main concerns being the use of machines by young perrons on private property. "We're attempting to get more precise information on snowmobile accidents such as tne ratio of injuries to deaths so that we can gain some insight into the frequency of deaths." He said the council considered conducting a safety campaign for young operators and has a "seed of a plan" to hold a rally which would put emphasis on skills rather than the speed aspect of the machines. ister and as Liberal house leader while the party was in opposition from 1966 until April, 1970. He remained Liberal house leader in the new administration. Among other political notables who died in 1970 was William Martin, 93, premier of Saskatchewan from 1917 to 1922 and a former chief justice of that province. He died in Regina June 22. RETIRED AS SENATOR The political deaths included Rene Beaudoin, 57, Liberal MP from 1945 to 1958 and a former Speaker of the House of Commons; Senator J. Wallace de Beque Farris, 91; Senator Jean-Marie Des-sureault, 81; J. Wesley Stam-baugh, 81, the first Canadian senator to retire voluntarily; Raymond Doucett, 62, minister of public works in the outgoing Liberal government of New Brunswick; J. Elmer Blanchard, 43, Liberal attorney-general and labor minister of Prince Edward Island, and Kelso Roberts, 72, former Progressive Conservative cabinet minister in Ontario. In the judicial profession Robert Taschereau, 73, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada from 1963 to 1967, died in Montreal July 26. Among others: J. Keiller Mackay, 81, lieutenant-governor of Ontario 1957-63 and former justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal; Russell W. Treleaven, 82, former Ontario Supreme Court judge, and Helen A. Kinnear, 75, first woman long's counsel and first female county court judge in the Commonwealth. WERE NOTED ARTISTS Losses in the arts and literature included Lauren Harris, 85, a member of the Group of Seven; Marion Long, 87, portrait painter who in 1933 be-' came the first woman academician of the Royal Canadian Academy, and Laura Goodman S'alverson, 79, Canadian novelist who twice won the Governor-General's literary award. Deaths in the world of business included Jack Prescott, Bride given away over telephone HOBART, Australia (AP) -The bride was given away in unusual fashion at a wedding today. The father of the bride, Su-tanne Mean, was in Vancouver, and the wedding ceremony at Ulverstone Methodist Church, on Tasmania's northwest coast, was arranged so that his call could be received on a specially installed telephone at the appropriate moment. Rev. Keith Ogier asked: "Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?" and Sutanne's father replied: "I do." The minister said he "stretched the rules a bit" to allow the bride and groom to speak to the father briefly before the ceremony continued. Sutanne married Peter Stratton, son of a member of the Ulverstone local council. 71, chairman of the Royal Trust Co. of Montreal; Jean Raymond,, 62,- Quebec industrialist; H. IS. Sellers, 83, honorary chairman of Federal Grain Co. Ltd.; Earl W. Morris, 72, pioneer in commercial fashion photography in Canada and president of Pringle and Booth Ltd. photographic studios in Toronto; John Spiwle, 65, consulting geologist and engineer and expert on Canada's North; Matthew J. Boylen, 62, prospector who built a multi-million-dollar mining empire, and Dr. Arthur Valdmanis, 61, former financial adviser to the Newfoundland government. The church lost two former moderators of the Presbyterian Church in Canada-Very Rev. Dr. Francis Mac-Kenzie, 86, in Houston, Tex., and Very Rev. Hugh A. MacMillan, 77. Anglican bishops Kenneth Evans, 66, of the diocese of Ontario, Ernest Reed, 61, of the diocese of Ottawa, and George Luxton, 69, of Huron diocese, died. Most Rev. Joseph Gagnon, 66, Roman Catholic bishop of Ed-mundston, and Msgr. Al- phonse-Marie Parent, 64, vice-rector of Laval University and a leader in Quebec educational reform in the 1960s, also died. PUBLISHED DAILIES Francis P. Galbraith, 74, publisher of the Red Deer (Alta.) Advocate, died May 16 and W. B. C. Burgoyne, 49, president and publisher of the St. Catharines (Ont.) Standard, died Nov. 14 while hunting near Chatham, Ont, Other prominent newspaper men included James Herder, 66, former owner and publisher of the St. John's Telegram and Corner Brook Western Star in Newfoundland; Frederick Boyd Brown, 69, chairman of Pacific Press Ltd.; Gilles Berthiaume, 65, former president of Montreal La Presse; James Ruskin Flatt, 71, former general superintendent of The Canadian Press; and Lucien Langlois, 54, editor-in-chief of Montreal-Matin. William Ewart Gladstone Murray, 77, first general manager of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., died in Toronto Feb. 28. Municipalities gain control EDMONTON (CP)- The cabinet has passed regulations which give municipal governments control over ambulance service in their area. The new rules allow a muni cipality which operates its owi ambulance service to stop ; company from providing l similar commercial service in the local area. Municipalities will also have the power to give a company the exclusive right to provide ambulance service to all or part of a municipality. Ambulance service provided by a hospital is ecluded from provisions of the new regulations. If a council provides its own ambulance service and passes a bylaw prohibiting the opera lion of commercial companies the private firms must be com pensated for the value of their equipment and loss of antici pateil profits. CHARGES FILED CLEVELAND (AP) - U_. authorities have filed criminal charges against Jones and Laughlin Steel Corp. for allegedly discharging 75 tons of blast furnace waste a day in the Cuyahoga River during a 10-day period in September. Conviction could result in a possible fine of $5,000 to $25,000 upon conviction. Sport lost one of its great names with the death of Edward Cyril (Newsy) Lalonde, 83, a hockey and lacrosse star in his youth, at Montreal Nov. 21. In the same category were Ken Galbraith, 38, trainer of Bradley Song, 1969 three-yea r -o 1 d Canadian trotting champion; Danny Lewicki, 23, former star quarterback of the University of Ottawa football team; Cliff Manahan, 81, who won two Canadian curl-i n g championships in the 1930s; Harry Freeman, 76, former Canadian welterweight boxing champion, and George Ohenier, 64, North American snooker champion since 1947. Marie Houle, 35, one of the Dionne quintuplets, died at Montreal Feb. 23 and Lady Eaton, 91, widow of Sir John Eaton, department store owner, died in Toronto July 9. Also among notable figures who died in 1970 were William J. Roue, 90, designer of the championship racing schooner Bluenose; J. Adrien Robert, 64, who headed Montreal and Quebec Provincial Police in the course of a 40-year car- eer; Hilalre Beauregard, 67, former QPP director; John R. White, 69, former general manager of CN Telecommuni-cations; James Wesley (Patty) Conklin, 78, Canada's carnival king; Alfred Rive, 72, former Canadian ambassador to Ireland and high commissioner to New Zealand; Arnold Heeney, 68, chairman of the Canadian section of the International Joint Commission and a former ambassador in Washington, and Mait-land Steinkopf, 58, chairman of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation. INSURANCE  LIABILITY  BONDS  AUTO  FIRE R0SSITER AGENCIES ITD. ESTABLISHED 1911 Lower Floor 517 4th Ave. S. Phone 327-1541 A handful of Cash ... Is better than a basement or garage full of "DON'T NEEDS" A FAST-ACTING CLASSIFIED AD WILL RAISE THAT NEEDED EXTRA CASH! JUST CALL 328-4411 The Lethlnridge Herald and a courteous, experienced classified girl will help you word your ad to bring fast results. 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