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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 3, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, January 3, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Dateline Alberta Fuel airlift completed Recommended by Kirby Inquiry New fatality act would have more strength EDMONTON (CP) An emergency airlift of fuel to the North by. the Canadian Forces has been completed, it was announced Thursday. Panarctic Oils Ltd. required diesel and aviation fuel for five drilling sites in the Arctic Islands but the Hercules tanker aircraft they usually charter were engaged moving drilling rigs in the North. An appeal to the Forces Base at Namao, just north of Edmonton, resulted in 40 flights requiring 57 hours of flying time. Since last Friday, 20 members of 435 transport squadron, using a Hercules aircraft fitted with a gallon tank borrowed from Pacific Western Airlines, ser- viced and flew the flights to deliver almost gallons to Panarctic sites on Melville, Cameron, Lougheed and Banks Islands. Contract talks begin EDMONTON are under way with three ma- jor health groups in Alberta whose contract demands for pay increases remain un- settled. They are the doctors in the Alberta Medicial Association, the member Hospital Support Staff in the Canadian Union of Public Employees and 800 technical hospital workers, members of the Health Sciences Association. CALGARY (CP) The proposed Fatality Inquiry Act, to replace the present Coroner's Act, would be geared to investigating more than car accidents, suicides and murders, says the Super- visor of Medical Examiners, who would administer the new legislation. Dr. John Butt, in a prepared statement Thursday, said the proposed.new act's greatest strength lies in the strict rul- ing that all cases must be referred for examination if the doctor in attendance can- not give the cause of death, or if a doctor was not present during the final illness. This would include all in- stances of mystifying crib deaths, he said, adding that at present there is no "uniform system" of reporting sudden, unexplained deaths in the province. The proposed Fatality In- quiry Act was one of the recommendations made in April by Mr. Justice William Kirby, head of a provincial board of review investigating the provincial coroner system. The Kirby Inquiry said that the coroner system had failed to provide adequate protec- tion for those who are re- quired to appear as witnesses at coroner's inquests. Such inquests were fre- quently abused by lawyers seeking information for civil suits and, at best, such in- quests "rubber stamped" the opinions medical professional gathered by investigations. Dr. Butt said there are "on- ly three questions" an inquest should answer: "Who she or he was, where she or he died the mechanics, and why she or he died the medical cause. That's all." The Kirby Inquiry also said a public inquiry should not be used as a step in criminal proceedings or as a means of obtaining information for civil litigation. The Fatality Inquiry Act would go one step further in protecting an individual's rights by proposing that if, during an inquiry, the judge becomes aware that a criminal charge has been laid in connection with the death, or believes a charge may be laid, the inquiry would be im- mediately adjourned. Dr. Butt, a forensic pathologist in Calgary, Thurs- day reiterated the Kirby Criminals attracted to Edmonton, need more policemen says mayor EDMONTON (CP) Mayor William Hawrelak said Thursday an increasing number of criminals are being Regional study underway Crime rate encourages American emigration FORT McMURRAY, Alta. (CP) A regional study is un- tie r way in the Fort McMurray region of northeastern Alberta to assemble information about all resources, not only the oil sands, contained in the area. "It may be true that we'll discover significant new resources as a result of the said Vic Henning, Northeast Alberta Com- missioner. "I know there's a big uranium deposit south of Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan. Maybe we have some uranium in the northeast too." It is known there is a signifi- cant granite deposit near Fort Chipewyan, Alta., Mr. Henn- ing said, adding that the Northern Alberta Develop- ment council is studying the deposit. Will consider report CALGARY (CP) The Albertan says the Calgary Board of Education will con- sider a secret report Monday which recommends that a million electronic security system be installed in 200 public school buildings here. The report is said to include 28 specific references to cost savings which could be achieved by installation of the digital security system. By AL COLLETTI UNITED NATIONS (CP) Little Frank Garcia, a native New Yorker, wants to go to Canada to play the organ in a big cathedral. He also wants to be able to walk the streets without fear of being mugged. Frankie's best friend was killed by a mugger. Frankie, 22, worries when he rides the subways and walks downtown streets to school where he is studying sacred music. The church organ has become his Bible, and he plays in churches every chance he gets. The discovery of insulin by Canadian scientists Charles Best and Frederick Banting gave Frankie his life. He was born a diabetic and needs a shot of insulin every day to survive. "Uncle Alfred, I'm always thinking about Frankie said on Christmas. I am his uncle. Every week thousands of Americans either phone or visit Canadian consulates, seeking information about emigrating to Canada. Many are unskilled and unable to meet Canada's immigration requirements. The growing crime rate in the United States is one of the major factors influencing Americans who want to leave their country. "It is clear that safety is a major issue in United States society and a serious concern for the majority of says a United Nations report on social trends in North America. While crime also is increas- ing in Canada, the report notes, "major Canadian cities are still considered relatively safe." FBI statistics show a 16-per- cent jump in the national crime rate in the U.S. for the first nine months of 1974. The UN report cites a U.S. survey taken in December, 1972, in which 42 per cent of the respondents said they were afraid to walk alone at night compared with 31 per cent in 1967. There were 11 murders in New York City on Christmas including an Alitalia Airlines, flight engineer who was stabb- ed to death by a mugger less than half a mile from UN headquarters. But the murder rate in New York is actually down about nine per cent from last year. attracted to Edmonton and the city needs more policemen. He also told a news con- ference that the provincial government had been approached for increased provincial funding of police protection costs. When the latest recruits complete their training, the city will have 826 persons on its police force, 14 more than recommended in 1971 by the international association of chiefs of police. Asked by reporters if he in- tended to disclose his land holdings and business in- terests, the mayor said that he would as soon as his in- terests were arranged "in such a way that they're more intelligent for people to follow." However he added that Murder charge withdrawn EDMONTON (CP) A charge of non capital murder against Gerald Gaston Cosineau of Edmonton in the beating death of his wife was withdrawn Thursday in provincial court at the request of the Crown. council's resolution calling for disclosure was "not a binding resolution and, as much as I respect council, what is not required by law is not necessary for anybody to follow." Discussing municipal finan- cing, Mr. Hawrelak said he hoped the province would in- crease its unconditional grants to municipalities in 1975. The provincial government knows "what our problems are and we're looking forward to some assistance, but, as to the amount, we don't know." The city's budget now calls for million in current and capital spending. Last year, Edmonton received million in unconditional grants from the province. recommendation that the medical examiner who has conducted an investigation into a sudden, unexplained death and, where necessary, the doctor who has conducted a post-mortem would be required to testify at a public inquiry. Under the Fatality Inquiry Act, the terms "chief cor- "coroner" and "coroner's inquest" would be replaced by "supervisor of medical "medical examiner" and "public inquiry." Dr. Butt said he is not assuming the position of chief coroner, but will handle the administrative problems associated with the job in the interim until the proposed medical examiner system has been fully implemented. The system must have the medical profession's full sup- port, Dr. Butt said. "Doctors don't feel in- volved." "We get their co-operation, but what we really want is their enthusiasm. Life and death are vital topics of every day and a medical legal system respecting sudden death has a vital role to play in the public health of this province." Medical examiner systems concerning sudden death currently operate in Nova Scotia and Manitoba. DOWN PAYMENT 200 unit trailer court located in the heart of Pros- perous Southern Alberta. Over 100 acres for future expansion. Excellent return. Call collect to STEPHEN WILCOX. (Realtor) at (403) 527-7726 or 526-3348 BLOCK BROS. 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