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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-05,Lethbridge, Alberta RCMP STOCK HIGH New commissioner airs vietps By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) - Canada's top cop says the sbwk of the RCMP is fairly blgh with the public as it enters its 101st year, fighting crime ranging from syndicateil narcotics traffic, white collar offences and the threat of Palestinian letter bombs. Maurice J. Nadon, 54, new commissioner of the RCMP. speaking Friday just four days after he took office and after the force’s centennial year ended, said there has been a change in the attitude of the public toward police in recent years. ' In a wide-ranging interview he said: —    Canadians could become targets for Palestinian letter bombs in the future; —    Narcotic crimes are a continuing serious problem in Canada — with cocaine adding a new element to the picture *- and “white collar” crime is becoming another serious criminal area; —    There are “local bred criminal families” in Canada, not controlled from the United States, which are in both the drug and white collar crime areas; —    The Olympic Games in Montreal are going to pose a serious problem in security but he expects the RCMP and other police forces to handle it as they have handled other security problems in the past. JUST TOOK OVER The commissioner has just taken over the office of Canada’s top policeman, replacing the retiring W. L. Higgitt as head of the 14,500-member RCMP. ’The 54-yearrold Mattawa, Ont., native has been in the force since 1941, a year in which he applied to the RCAF and the RCMP on the same day and the police were first with their affirmative answer. He has served in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. He is a quiet-spoken man whose first love is criminal investigation but who can relax on the ski slopes or curling rinks. He is said to 6e popular in the force where men obey him because they want to rather than because they have to. Father of two teen-agers, the commissioner says young people in general are a good group and now-a-days they are turning their backs on those who caused trouble in the past. He mentioned the letter bomb threat in a general discussion of crime and security problems in Canadá. In the last couple of years about a dozen letter bombs h(td been received In Canada ,^sA^Wreppt|ie mailing list’’ H«>/Mid the police suspect Hog market definition amended EDMONTON (CP) ~ A change in the definition of the word hogs in the Alberta Hog Producers’ Marketing Plan accomplished two aims, Clark Ferries, chairman of the agricultural produts marketing council, said yesterday. The change, passed by order-in-council, clarifies Alberta's position that hogs coming from Saskatchewan do not have to go through the Alberta markeUng system, as established in a recent Supreme Court of Canada decision, Mr. Ferries said. Amending the definition to read hogs “produced” in Alberta also strengthens the hog marketing board’s hand when collecting a 45-cent - a -head levy on Alberta hogs going to Saskatchewan. The levy is collected on all hogs marketed in Alberta, he said. COMMISSIONER NADON ... Canada’s top cop “there is a possibility we may be targetted at a later date” partly because there have been arrests in Europe where letter bombs addressed to Canada have been found in baggage. The commissioner said the letter bombs discovered have be«i addressed to Canadians rather than embassies. The most publicized letter bomb scare tn Canada in recent years concerned some sent to Israeli officials in 1972. He said the Olympics in Montreal and Kingston, Ont., in 1976 are going to be a serious problem and planning already has been started by a group made up of the RCMP, the police forces of Montreal, Quebec, Ontario and Kingston. Kingston. Arab militants struck at the Munich Olympics, causing the death of several Israelis, and Mr. Nadon acknowledges they could try to strike in Canada. The Olympics was a good forum for them to get the publicity they desire. He expressed no such optimism about smashing the “criminal families” that exist in Canada and are into drugs and other crimes, “There are definitely families that exist in Canada, criminal families .... They have existed for ;ome years. We won’t destroy them overnight. If one man leaves then another takes his place.” , They were not controlled from the U.S. but had a “cousin relationship” with American families. These families were in the high-profit area of drugs, a problem that was showing no indication of levelling off. Addiction was on the increase, particularly among the young, and addicts were turning to cocaine as well as heroin, posing new problems for enforcement officials. He linked the relatively new problem of cocaine with the public attitude toward soft drugs. “This is what happens when you allow or liberalize the use of soft drugs. The others (ad-dcits) say what’s the difference between this drug and the other drug and they go from one to the other." “We find that 90 per cent of the addicts started on soft drugs and that’s very conservative ...” The commissioner said cocaine, which comes from Latin America, is not yet the problem that heroin is, but "we are afraid that it's a new trend." Next to narcotics, white NO GLARE! Polarized Lenses POLARIZfcO LENSES completely eliminate annoying glare from water highways • anci beaches And now you can havG ihem in your own prescription' Driver more safely See more dearly Framed in our zmgy new platters. squares ovals or Order them today* octagons OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. collar crime—fraud, embezzlement, illegal dealing in securities and the like—was the major crime for the RCMP. Mr. Nadon said it Is a growing problem because of the money to be made. “Speculating in stocks and c forming of ti the \ew airport passenger lax delay seen OTTAWA (CP) - H» new airport pas#enger tax may not be implement« for two or three monthi. or possibly longer, a United States air industry executive said Friday. FoUowlng a meeting with transport department officials, Gabriel Phillips, vice- president of the Air Transport Association of America, (ATAA) said: “I assume, they look forward to having it Implemented within the next two or three months. I don’t think they could get all the problems worked out within Uie next couple of months.” A transport department spokesman said the government still intends to introduce the $2.80 head tax as soon as possible. Hie target date, set last month, was Jan. 1. The held e transport department talks with the Air Trans- port Association of Canada (ATAC), and ATAA Friday and will meet soon with the Interoational Air Transport Association (lATA) to work out problems raised by air carriers. Air carriers have said the tax is an administrative headache and places an undue burden on air passengers travelling a short distance. The transport minister said later that the charge would apply once only to a passenger on a single, continuous trip though he may transfer flights. trming of holding companies and the like is a terrific field for fleecing the public and these are bc^g exploited to the limit.” But he saw a changing attitude toward police on the part of the public. Police were more involved in community relations and the problems which brought police into conflict with youth are resolving themselves gradually. One problem area for the force was the shortage of bilingual men. Only 9.3 per cent of the regular force is classified as bilingual. In Quebec almost all Moun-ties are bilingual but there are not enough to police the northern N^ Brunswick area which also has a large Frenchspeaking population. The force is seeking more recruits from (^ebec, and from native peoples and ethnic groups. “We think of them as Canadians rather than ethnic groups,” he said. 1,000 jobs could be eliminated HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A state study says enforcing airpollution controls could eliminate 1,023 jobs and take 110.2 million in earnings out of the area’s economy by forcing closure of a smelter in East Helena. The department of InterGovernmental Relations (IGR) said Friday that closing of the American Smelting Refining Co. plant would eliminate another 693 jobs worth $6.4 million. The report said the study considered only economic factors because the environmental side of the issue would be studied by other agencies. New daily paper set MONTREAL (CP) - A new French'language daily newspaper committed editorially to the Independence of Quebec is scheduled to begin publication here Feb. 28, it was announced Friday. ^ Yves Michaud, former newspaper man who was a Parti Québécois candidate in the Oct, 29 provincial election, said at a news conference here that the paper, as yet unnamed, will be published by a company called Société de Presse. Mr. Michaud, who will serve as editor-in-chief of the newspaper, was accomipanied at a news conference by Parti Québécois leader Rene Levesque, who will be chairman of the company and Jacques Parizeau, former party economist. The Sunday Hour SUNDAY, JANUARY 6th First United Church Senior Choir Director - Mrs. Dorothy Glock SUNDAY, JANUARY 20th McKiilop United Church Senior Choir '    Director - Henk Van Egteren SUNDAY, JANUARY 13th The Salvation Army ‘ Director - Allen Kennedy SUNDAY, JANUARY 27th Lal<eview Mennonite Brethren Church Dtrector - Henry Krause CJOC-TV Channel 7—-3:30 to 4:00 p.m. and 11:30 to12 midnight .    Presented By MARTIN BROS. FUNERAL HOMES LTD 2nd GENERATION FUNERAL DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATIVE COUNSELLORS FOR PRE-ARRANGEMEN i (Authorized by the Alberta Government Security Commissions) THE MEMORIAL CHAPEL 70313th Street North THE TRADITIONAL CHAPEL 812 3rd Avenue South NOW IS OUR 61 St YEAR    , Member of A P D S (Associated Funeral Directors Service) A World-Wide Connection EVERY WORKER IN ALBERTA SHOULD READ TfflS= AS OF JANUARY 1,1974 A MUCH IMPROVED WORKERS’ COMPENSATION* ACT COMES INTO EFFECT IMPROVED BENEFITS •    Minimum Total Permanent Disability pensions for all workers drawing WCB pensions increased to $275 per month. Minimum partial disability pensions increased proportionately. •    Maximum annual earnings, on which compensation is based, increased to $10,000. Compensation, which is non-taxable, is 75% of workers’ earnings up to a maximum of $10,000 at time of injury. •    Increased benefits for dependent widows and children of workers who die as a result of industrial accidents which occurred before January 1, 1974. *    Widows' pension increased to $225 per month *    Dependent child allowance increased to $70 per month •    Dependent widow and family of worker fatally injured on or after January 1. 1974, to receive full compensation deceased worker wouid have received as total disability pension. •    Dependent widower or dependent common-law spouse entitled to compensation under terms of the new act. •    Lump sum "termination of pension payment" increased to $2,700 for dependent widow or widower upon re-marriage. •    Grants to dependants for additional expenses resulting from death of worker increased to $500. IMPROVED PROCEDURES •    Where a permanent disability results from an accident the evaluation of the worker’s disability shall be made on behalf of the Board by one medical and one non-medical employee of the Board. •    Where necessary a further review of claims to be made by a Review Committee of senior members of Board staff who were not involved in previous decisions. •    Where the employer or the worker or dependant is dissatisfied with a decision of the Review Committee it may be appealed to the Board. •    Examinations by two independent medical specialists are no longer required. Review Committee and Board permitted to use any independent medical advice desired to expedite and assist decisions on review applications. IMPROVED STRUCTURE •    Provision for additional members of the Board. •    Establishment of an Advisory Committee representing workers, employers, members of the Legislative Assembly and The Workers' Compensation Board to review compensation legislation and make annual recommendations to the Minister of Labour. •    Application of the Act to employers and workers in all industries in Alberta with the exception of those designated in regulations as being exempt. •    Lieutenant-Governor in Council may make new regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of the Act. Further detailed information concerning benefits under the new Workers' Compensation Act will be available in booklet form early m 1974 Copies of the new Workers’ Compensation Act are available through the Queen's Printer, 11510 Kingsway Ave . Edmonton *N6w name for "Worhmen’s Compensation Board" as ol January ), 1974 Æana GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA ;