Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 5, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY NEAR 35 The Lethbndae Herald ? ? ? ? if. VOL. LXIV - No. 20 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 16 PAGES Heath won't back down HEATH By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) - Prime Minister Heath is prepared to risk collapse of the commonwealth rather than retreat from his intention to sell arms to South Africa, a high-placed Whitehall source said today. Heath's Conservative government has announced it is prepared to supply South Africa with some limited weapons, such as frigates, reconnaissance aircraft and surface-to-air missiles, ns a means of safeguarding the Cape of Good Hope sea lanes used by giant tankers carrying Persian Gulf oil for Europe. This informant, who is close to Heath, emphasized that contrary to widespread press speculation in Britain, the cabinet has not as yet reached a final decision on the explosive arms sales issue. He said tWat Heath and his ministers will not Tiake a final move until the prime minister returns home from the Jan. 14-22 Singapore conference of Commonwealth leaders. But though Heath has held prolonged and intensified consultations with Commonwealth leaders individually, he has found that no acceptable alternative proposal has been offered which would allow him to ditch the intention of selling arms to South Africa. There still exists the shadow of possibility that collective argument during the Singapore meeting may change Heath's mind. But the view handed down by the informant suggested that Heath has made up his mind and he won't change it even if some Commonwealth members threaten to leave the 31-country association. Trudeau on his way The argument in Whitehall is that Britain has no plans to leave the Commonwealth. If other countries want to do so, it is ibeir responsibility. That kind of threat doesn't shake Downing Street. Amiu this c�'<%us element of brirJimajisai;; .^i the eve of Heath's departure for pre-conference meetings in Asia, including further discussions with Prime Minister Trudeau in India, the one hope that remains is that Heath may be persuaded to delay an announcement on the arms issue, even after the conference ends. Trudeau set out today on a 3V2 week Asian trip. Arnold Smith of Canada, Commonwealth secretary-general, believes, for example, that Heath may agree to continue some form of post-conference consultations to avoid Commonwealth destruction, possibly to assess collectively the nature of the Soviet threat in the Indian Ocean which worries Heath. The informant declined to say whether Heath would agree to such continuing consultations. He said he could not look beyond the Commonwealth conference itself where ample room will be provided for collective discussions on this end other issues. British aid stressed While, it appears, Heath will take a strong defensive position at the Singapore meeting, he nevertheless will emphasize the need for expanding British aid to Commonwealth and other developing regions, with British contributions estimated to rise to �340 million by 1975 from the current �200 million. He also will give full support to a proposal by Trudeau that the Commonwealth consider whether existing forms of government structures are suitable to meet great changes in society, such as the crises caused by environmental threats and other problems in the latter part of this century. The informant said Trudeau aired Uiis proposal before and it was discussed when Heath visited Ottawa last month. It likely will be a major agenda item at Singapore where Trudeau will seek a Commonwealth pooling of ideas on it. The informant emphasized that Heath believes the arms issue involves British sovereignty and is one on which only the British government should make a decision. Tanzania an example Tanzania, for example, has asked China to train the Tanzanian air force and Britain has not interfered. In the same way, other Commonwealth countries should not seek to interfere with British policy. The Indian Ocean and Cape route carries one-quarter of all Britain's trade and one-half her oil supplies. The Soviet Union has been building up her naval presence in the Indian Ocean and thereby influencing governments bordering on the Indian Ocean. Britain had certain obligations to South Africa under the Simonstown naval agreement. There was no other port in the vicinity where Britain could repair and refit ships. There was no alternative but to give effect to that agreement by providing a limited supply of British arms. Many experts believe that the era of gunboat diplomacy had vanished but this was not so, the informant said. The presence of a few British naval vessels could exercise considerable influence among tlwse countries which may be over-awed by the Soviet naval presence. Britain did not intend to seek a naval showdown with the Soviet Union in the Indian Ocean. But the Russians were continually pressing sensitive spots to see what the reaction is. They might be more ready to draw back when they found British ships in front of them. Lack of funds may slow gium west side development UNITED NATIONS (CP) - � Peace hopes UNITED NATIONS (CP) -Gunnar V. Jarring resumed the disrupted Middle East peace talks today. The Swedish diplomat met privately for 26 minutes with Israeli Ambassador Yosef Tekoah shortly after submitting a report to the Security Council on the status of the peace efforts he embarked upon in November, 1967, as special UN Middle East envoy. Jarring was to meet later with the ambassador from Egypt. Jordan's Muhammad H. cl-Farra is the other party to the discussions. Meanwhile Egypt continued making hard-line statements in the Middle East. Diplomats here were reported gloomy over the prospects of Jarring's efforts. The UN released Jarring's report of the fitful negotiations in the last three years. The report says little that is new but does indicate the distance between the thinking of the Middle East parties. Conspicuously absent from the report was any conclusion drawn either by Jarring or Secretary-General U Thant about the lack of results from Jarring's .intermittent talks here and in the Middle East. But it did indicate how Israel changed its attitude toward the talks in the last few months. China, Chile establish relations TOKYO (AP) - China announced Wednesday it has established diplomatic relations with Chile, with Chile "taking note'* of PekjSig's claim to. Nationalist China. "The Chilean government recognizes the government of the People's Republic of China as the sole legal government of China," said a Chinese-Chilean communique broadcast by the official New China news agency. As for Formosa, which is also called Taiwan and is the seat of the rival Nationalist Chinese government, Chile adopted a position similar to that of Canada. This position is not to declare that Formosa belongs to Peking, but merely to recognize Peking's stand on the issue. Other major Western countries with ties to Peking are Italy, France, Britain, Denmark, Norway, Finland and The Netherlands. Israel and Switzerland also have diplomatic relations with the Chinese. Seen and heard About town XJLANS being made by x Harold and Lillian Rut-ledge to celebrate their wedding anniversary on Feb. 1 for the first time, after Mr. Rutledge proved his contention that the wedding date was not Feb. 2 as the couple had celebrated for the past 52 years . . . Darrcl Scbuitc-ma and Mitch Brown agreeing during a recent hockey game there are some real good-looking girls in Blair-more . . . Arnie LocatelU bemoaning his broken leg and hip-to-ankle cast which will prevent him driving his new four-speed sports car. The development of the city's west side may be delayed as much as one year becaus of a lack of funds for construction of services. The city council budget committee was told last night by Allister Findlay, finance director, that it will be difficult for the city to meet its projected commitments to provide servicing for the industrial park and the west side while paying for secondary sewage treatment facilities. The situation basically is that the 1971 portion of the 1971-1975 capital budget lists expenditures of $4,-347,000 while the city's total borrowing capacity is only $3,261,000. WARNED EARLIER The budget lists servicing costs for the west side for 1971 at more than $1% million for sewers, water mains and reservoir and roadworks.' Also included for this year is $780,000 for a water reservoir and feeder main that would service the city's industrial park. Added to this is $1,355,000 that remains to be borrowed for secondary sewage treatment. Alderman Joe Balla told the committee they had been warned a year ago that if there was development in the industrial park area the city would have to choose between it and the west side because there would not be enough money available to service both areas. NO DECISION He said no decision should be made on when services could be constructed for the west side before it was known how the $1,355,000 for the sewage plant was to be financed. This is the factor that makes it difficult for the city to make a firm decision at this time. Several methods of financing for the needed money are being investigated but it may be weeks or maybe months before final arrangements can be made. A meeting with the provincial cabinet' has been tentatively set for Jan. 13 to explore the possibility of assistance from the province. An infrastructure grant may be available or the money may be financed through Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The most expensive method for the city would be borrowing through the Alberta Municipal Financing Corporation. LOWEST ON LIST The amount of money available for servicing the west side depends on how this final portion of the treatment plant costs are financed. Ted Lawrence, engineering director, said the north side reservoir had to be built this year, leaving the west side lowest on the list of priorities. However he suggested it would be possible to provide service over a two-year period, thereby reducing the cost for this year but still putting at least partial services in this year. This would mean that a smaller area than planned would have services by the September, 1971, deadline the city has set. After much discussion, the committee passed a resolution asking city council to approve ttie 1971 projects to the extent that they could be covered by borrowing through the AMFC. All projects are approved and will go ahead as money is found for them. REFUSE TO TESTIFY - These sketches by Montreal Gazette artist William Campbell of, left to right, Francis Simard, Jacques Rose and Paul Rose were done when the three refused to testify during the inquest into the death of Labor Minister Pierre Laporte held in Montreal Monday. Murder charges laid in Laporte death case MONTREAL (CP)-Murder charges are to be laid today against four young men found criminally responsible Monday for the kidnap-killing of Pierre Laporte. Jacques Ducros, special Crown prosecutor in the case, made the announcement after a coroner's inquest found the four responsible for the death of the Quebec labor minister, abducted by terrorists Oct. 10 and strangled a week later. Named in the coroner's ver- More people employed here than ever before diet were Paul Rose, 27, a former teacher; his brother Jacques Rose and Francis Simard, both 23 and unemployed laborers, and Bernard Lortie, 19, a student. In Quebec, no charges are laid in cases of violent death until criminal responsibility has been determined by a coroner's inquest. Mr. Ducros told reporters the arraignments on murder charges would take place this afternoon. None of the four was present when the terse verdict was handed down by Judge Jacques Trahan, who acted as coroner. Dog shot as rabies victim CALGARY (CP) - City police said today that a dog suspected of having rabies was shot in the southwest part of the city Monday night by a constable. Two officers were sent to investigate a complaint about a barking dog and when they found the animal it was foaming at the mouth and aggressive when the men attempted to leave their vehicle. Its body was taken to the Calgary animal clinic to confirm whether the animal was rabid. Dr. W. J. Dorward of the Lethbridge Animal Diseases Research Institute said last week 14 cases of rabies have been confirmed in the province recently. More people are employed in Lethbridge now than ever before, according to Mike Brennan of the Canadian Manpower Centre. Although jobs are currently hard to find, the unemployment rate in Lethbridge now is 3.8 per cent compared to the national average of six per cent. Mayor Andy Anderson says he is "very optimistic'' about the local situation, attributing the generally low level of unemployment to the building boom Lethbridge has enjoyed the past year. Total value of building permits for 1970 was almost $28 million- up nearly $10 million over 1969. TIMING IMPORTANT Mayor Anderson predicted the situation would remain stable, unless there is a prolonged spell of cold weather that would interfere with construction. There usually is an increase in unemployment in the winter, he said, but he did not foresee any major change in the local situation. It is important, he added, to time developments so there are no slack periods. As far as expansion of the city is concerned, he feels 1971 looks as though it will be as good or better than 1970. Nixon says: 6I hope to do better' From AP-REUTER WASHINGTON (CP) - President Nixon, admitting to disappointments during his first two years in office, says "I hope I do better" and achieve both prosperity and peace by 1972. His greatest accomplishment to date, Nixon told a television audience Monday night, has been the gradual withdrawal of American troops from South Vietnam. In an hour-long live interview with four broadcast journalists, Nixon also viewed many of his difficulties as resulting from events that occurred before he took office. "Before we can really get the lift of a driving dream," he said, "we have to get rid of some of the nightmares we in- herited. One of the nightmares is a war without end. We are ending that war." On the international front, Nixon called the Middle East potentially the most dangerous area in the world today and said the Soviet Union will have to co-operate if peace is to be achieved. ARE FAR APART He acknowledged that the U.S. and Russia are far apart on the Middle East, but he said he sees a ray of hope that the Soviets will play a peacekeeping role now that Israel has agreed to return to peace talks under UN envoy Gunnar Jarring. He said the Arabs and Israelis must adopt a live-and-let-live attitude toward each other. He also said the Big Four powers must guarantee the terms of a settlement. Nixon predicted improved relations with Russia and said that agreement in the strategic arms limitation talks would be reached. But he rejected the idea of a summit meeting with Russia at this time. In discussing disappointments of the last two years, Nixon placed high on his list the fatal shootings last spring of students at Kent State University and Jackson State College, and the summertime bombing of a University of Wisconsin building in which one person died. Sitting in a chair before the fireplace in the White House library, Nixon fielded more than two dozen questions from the four broadcasters-Howard K. Smith of ABC, Eric Sevareid of CBS, John Chancellor of NBC and Nancy Dickerson of Public Broadcasting Service, the educational TV network. The interview produced hard news. no Keep the donations coming Less than $1,000 needed to reach milk fund goal Smith quits Tory post HALIFAX (CP) - Former premier G. I. Smith has submitted his resignation as leader of the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative party to the party executive, citing health reasons for his decision. Among those mentioned as possible candidates for the leadership are John Buchanan, former PC fisheries minister; Dr. T. J. McKeough, former labor minister; Dartmouth Mayor Roland Thornhill; Nova Scotia MPs Patrick Nowlan and Robert Coates; and Finlay Mac-Donald, president of Industrial Estates Ltd. The Cup of Milk Fund, which needs less than $1,000 to reach its objective of $12,500, will be kept open hopefully until the full sum is realized. The money goes, to the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada for the purchase of Canadian milk powder. Each cent contributed buys one cup of milk for a child in Korea, Hong Kong or India. Official receipts will still be issued for tax deduction purposes, if not for 1970, for 1971. Christmas charities of one kind or another are promoted in most cities across Canada, The amount already contributed by Herald readers to the Cup of Milk Fund makes this probably the most successful (on a per capita basis) in Can- than ada, certainly far better most. However, the need for the full amount (and far more) exists, and another $1,000 for work like this also exists in the pockets and bank accounts of Herald readers. Thousands of people have al-ready contributed. Another hundred, at $10 each, would put the fund over the top. Car collision victim dies CALGARY (CP) - Carsten Jensen, 53, of Airdrie, died in hospital Tuesday from injuries received Dec. 24 in a head-on collision between two cars in the northwest part of the city. Garry Brigs, 23, of Calgary was charged with careless driving following the accident. The verdict was reached after the reading of a statement, attributed by police witnesses to Simard, which said Mr. Laporte was strangled by the Rose brothers and Simard. Lemieux bail judgment reserved MONTREAL (CP) - Superior Court Judge Roger Ouimet reserved judgment today until Friday on a bail application made by lawyer Robert Lemieux, detained under the terms of the War Measures Act. The Crown opposed the application on grounds that charges against Lemieux, including seditious conspiracy, are too serious to permit bail. It was the second day of legal argument in a new application for bail made by Lemieux, who in October acted as a go-between for the terrorist Front d� Liberation du Quebec in negotiations for the release of two kidnap hostages. An earlier ball application was voluntarily withdrawn last week. Lemieux was arrested shortly after the War Measures Act was invoked Oct. 16 and has been held without bail since then. He was charged in November with seditious conspiracy and with being a member or professing to be a member of the outlawed FLQ. CONSIDER OTHERS Also to be considered today were bail applications from author Pierre Vallieres and teacher Charles Gagnon, both of whom were also arrested Oct. 16 and later arraigned on similar charges. Argument on their applications was to follow the Lemieux appearance. In presenting his case, Lemieux claimed he had "been threatened by all kinds of people, including judges, Crown prosecutors and the police since I took over the FLQ cases." However, when questioned, he refused to name names. Meanwhile, in another court Monday, Vallieres and labor leader Michel Chartrand lost a bid to appear in person to argue their claims to have two cabinet ministers declared in contempt. Train robbers son killed MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - The 10-year-old son of Ronald Biggs, the last of Britain's Great Train Robbery gang still at large, was killed today in a car accident at Kilsyth, 20 miles east of Melbourne. Police said Nicholas Biggs was killed when a car driven by his mother was in a collision with another car. Mrs. Biggs and another son, Farley, 3, were treated for shock and cuts at a Melbourne hospital.