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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 7, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY FORICAST HIGH FRIDAY NIAR 30 The Lethbridge Herald k ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 22 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 22 PAGES Weapons snag could unravel empire thread A major issue at the forthcoming prime ministers conference in Singapore will be Britain's proposal that it sell arms to South Africa, whose apartheid policy is under fire throughout the Commonwealth. In the following story Peter Buckley, of The Canadian Press Washington staff who recently visited South Africa, gives the South African position and outlines what is at stake. By PETER BUCKLEY PRETORIA (CP) - If the Commonwealth comes apart at the seams during the prime ministers' conference in Singapore, the snag that unravels the thread is likely to be arms for South Africa. Despite the possibility of such drastic consequences, the details and motives behind the arms issue have appeared at times to become blurred by emotion and distortion. From the South African viewpoint, the arms are sometimes described as being for the defence of the Western world against an imminent Communist takeover and for the protection of shipping routes which have become vital to Western economies. South Africa's opponents picture the issue as one of putting guns into the hands of white racists who will use them to dominate and exploit the country's non-white majority. In the middle: Edward Heath. Britain's prime minister has been publicly committed for years to resuming the sale of British arms to South Africa, a business interrupted by Harold Wilson's Labor government in 1964, and to fulfilling the terms of the 1955 Simonstown agreement between Britain and South Africa for defence of the southern seas. Background diverse A study of the issue, with opinion from experts in South Africa and abroad, brings out several basic ideas which seem worth keeping in mind when the question of arms for South Africa is debated: -Unless the South African military goes berserk, the armament reported to be involved could not be usefully deployed in the event of internal disorders or levoluUotknor .;�jw,*im until he conferred with. Israeli Foreign Minister Abba Eban. UN diplomats expressed belief that the Jerusalem visit would be brief and that Jar-ring's talks at UN headquarters with representatives of Israel, Egypt and Jordan would start again in two or three days. Jarring decided to make the trip after Israeli Ambassador Josef Tekoah urged for the second successive day that he accept an invitation extended by Eban Dec. 28. Arab sources charged privately that the proposal was a stall to delay the peace talks, but Western diplomats said Jarring believes the Jerusalem visit is necessary to get the talks off the ground. It was not clear why Israel placed so much stress on the meeting, but some observers' speculated Eban might seek to shift the site of the indirect Arab-Israeli talks to Cyprus or some other location closer to the Middle East. Indians will get buffalo to boost welfare diet OTTAWA (CP) - Cree and Chipewyan Indian bands in northeastern Alberta will be supplied with at least 100 buffalo to supplement their welfare diet, an aide to Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien said today. The Indians had asked permission to kill 200 buffalo from Wood Buffalo Park. Their request was backed by park superintendent David Addie, who Moose Jaw in tizzy over bylaw said that at least 90 per cent of the Indians on welfare in the area were unable to feed themselves properly. Mr. Chretien's aide said park wardens will either do the killing themselves or supervise it. This is because of a recent anthrax outbreak in the park. O f f i c i a 1 s of the Canadian Wildlife Service based in Fort Smith, N.W.T., also will inspect the meat before it is turned over to the Indians. The Indians will be responsi-ble for transporting the meat and for its distribution to families. MOOSE JAW (CP) - What began as an elementary change to the city's traffic bylaw has erupted into a controversial issue here. Mayor J. E. Pascoe, aldermen and city officials have been bombarded by calls and visits from people protesting introduction of an amendment to the traffic bylaw encouraging pedestrians to walk on the right-hand side of sidewalks. One caller to the local newspaper asked: "Should I equip myself with signal lights and an automobile horn? What happens when I want to pass someone?" City council Monday night gave three readings to a bylaw requiring pedestrians to move, wherever practical, on the right hand side of city sidewalks and crosswalks. The penalty is a maximum fine of $100 or 30 days in jail. Police Chief Gordon Crawford said that before the bylaw takes effect, it must be approved by the highway traffic board. "I am just hoping that the board does not see fit to grant approval." Repercussions have not only been local. Mayor Pascoe received a telephone call from a Los Angeles radio station and was interviewed on air for several minutes, City Clerk Gordon Bolting said he received a telephone call from Southern California wondering "what it was all about." Aid. Raynell Andreychuk, who introduced the amendment, lost count of calls. Aid. Don Lewry said he counted 119. Mr. Botting said Wednesday that the amendment is not unique. SAME AS WINNIPEG "Winnipeg has had such leg. islation for years and Regina restricts pedestrians to the right side when meeting other pedestrians at crosswalks." Mayor Pascoe said Wedast- day, "Tlie amendment is intended to bring to the attention of pedestrians, particularly for Thursday night shopping, that if everyone keeps to the right side of downtown sidewalks, complaints of jostling in the crowds would be ended. "1 think there is merit in the amendment," he said. Not all members of city council see the same merit. Aid. Gordon Pritchard and Aid. Fraser Muirhead made their objections known Monday night. And Wednesday, Aid. Jack Armstrong said: "I was never so embarrassed in all my life as taking part in such a . am." Seen and heard About town    CONFESSION by nay Vj MacPherson that the most exciting part of a recent skiing holiday was driving home in a blizzard with practically no headlights. . . Lyman Tailfeather and Leg Hcaly drawing straws to decide whose desk the new secretary will be closest to . . . Gene Wong insisting that the numbers game, "birds in the bush," was invented by the Chinese tad not the Russians, ;