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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday. News in brief Nixon reaches 61 today DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (AP) President Nixon marks his 61st birthday today, bent on yet another attempt to put Watergate behind him. With his so-called Operation Candor apparently wrapped up in the form of Tuesday's statements on the ITT and milkpriee support controver- sies, Nixon was described as ready to begin emphasizing his leadership role. The president's associates say he has worked hard during his California stay, now in its 14th day. Several acknowledge that he is showing signs of fatigue. Bing's doctor concerned SAN FRANCISCO (Reuter) Entertainer Bing Crosby's doctor said Tuesday he is "very concerned" about the medical of the 69- year-old singer aim acioi, who was admitted to hospital New Year's Eve with pleurisy. Dr. Stanley Hanfling refus- ed to make a diagnosis, however, saying the results of tests would not be known for two days. Thais flay Japanese visit BANGKOK (AP) Thou- sands of Thai students gave Premier Kakuei Tanaka of Ja- pan a hostile reception today as he arrived in Bangkok for a two-day visit. The that the nation that occupied their country m the Second World War now is going to dominate its to blockade Tanaka in his hotel and then beat on his limousine with their fists. The police did not interfere, and no casualties were re- ported. About jeering young persons demonstrated outside Tanaka's hotel with loudspeakers and anti- Japanese posters. Student marshals with red armbands held that noisy crowd back, and it dispersed after burning paper effigies in front of the Japanese Trade Centre several hundred yards away. NON-DA WIGHT Lalonde offers veteran review Montreal transit men strike NDP wiretap refusal delays adjournment MONTREAL (CP) Of- ficials of the Montreal Urban Community Transit Commis- sion (MUCTC) were keeping their fingers crossed today that -no breakdown would oc- cur in the public transit system with about employees off the job. A transit official said super- visory personnel are filling in for the strikers but they would be unable to handle a major breakdown. The trouble started Monday when 160 electricians who service the subway system walked off the job in support of a fellow-electrician given a three-day suspension for refusing to work on Christmas Day. About 740 MUCTC gar- age and maintenance workers walked off the job Tuesday. Sinclair rejects profit TORONTO (CP) Gordon Sinclair, the radio and tele- vision personality whose re- I BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL cent recording in praise of the United States has become a hit in that country, says he doesn't want any of the record's profits. "I've said from the start, and do repeat, that I neither need nor want money from this little he says in a letter to the editor of The Globe and Mail. By PETER LLOYD OTTAWA (CP) New Democrat refusal to accept a Commons-Senate compromise on the controversial wiretap bill appears destined to sink hopes for an adjournment of Parliament Friday. Appointment challenged VICTORIA (CP) B.C. Liberal leader David Anderson Tuesday criticized appointment of former Province newspaper reporter Peter McNelly as ad- ministrative assistant to Premier Barifett because Mr. McNeiiy is a'U.S. citizen. In a letter to the premier, Mr. Anderson asked if the government has changed its policy that Canadians get first preference for all government jobs. Liberals and Conservatives agreed Tuesday that a break Friday would be possible ex- cept for NDP opposition to any deal with the Senate after it amended the bill passed earlier by the Commons. NDP members say they are not willing to compromise with what they consider un- warranted interference by the upper house. An adjournment Friday, or whenever it comes, would be tantamount to prorogation of the session which began Jan. 4, 1973. However, adjourn- ment provides the technical advantage of making it easier for the government to recall Parliament in an emergency. The break, expected to last four to six weeks, would be followed by a routine proroga- tion and the immediate start of a new session with a speech from the throne outlining, the government's new plans. Stanley Knowles, NDP clearance sue HIGA'S MEN'S WEAR 406 13th STREET NORTH 1 RACK OF SUITS Values to Values to Values to S90 1 TABLE OF SLACKS Values to Days-GWG S3 Values to Values to Price 1 SECTION OF SHIRTS to Selection of Lancer Shirts 1 RACK OF JACKETS 30% to 50% OFF 1RACK OVERCOATS 30% off TO Price 1 RACK OF SWEATERS Values to 50% Off Values to 30% off to Arrow, Mr. Jeff CLEAR OUT Everything Price BOYS' OVERSHOES ASSORTMENT OP VafcMttofS.IO ALL SALES FINAL ALTERATIONS EXTRA Price firs House leader, said his party is prepared to approve a motion on the wiretap bill immediate- ly "if it is designed to send the bill back to the Senate in the way we sent it to Their Honors the first time." Both the Liberals and Con- servatives have expressed hope the compromise they reached before Christmas as a response to the Senate amend- ment will be dealt with quickly. Their combined forces would outweigh the New Democrats in any Commons showdown on the matter, but the NDP might mount a filibuster which Tom Bell, Conservative House leader, says could last a week. "However, the government definitely has'to get us out of here by next Friday (Jan. They don't want us around for the conference." The federal-provincial energy conference will be held here Jan. 22-23. Ron Atkey (PC-Toronto St. Paul's) said in an interview he is concerned the government might drop the bill. However, a government source said the .minority Liberals still want to push ahead with the bill despite NDP objections and the possibility of a delay in getting Commons approval. Kohoutek fades fast LONDON (Reuter) Comet Kohoutek is fading fast. Back in March, when it was discovered by Czech astrono- mer Lubos Kohoutek near the orbit of Jupiter, it was pre- dicted that this latest visitor from outer space might rival the full moon for brightness. Now Kohoutek, at the very time that it was supposed to be lighting up the sky, is no brighter than a candle in the forest. The comet already has fad- ed to about the brightness of the star than 1- 15th the brilliance it achieved at its peak. That peak oc- curred, unfortunately, when it was closest to the meant it was mostly obliterated from earthly view. Wheat drain warms bakers WASHINGTON (AP) Bakers in the United States, alarmed at a drain on the U.S. wheat supply, want the Nixon administration to begin ratio- ning foreign deliveries of the grain at least until a new crop is ready next summer. Officials of the American Bakers Association called a news conference to announce their plan today. The uproar in the baking in- dustry followed disclosure Tuesday by the U.S. agriculture department that wheat exporters are being urged privately to hold down foreign deliveries until the 1974 harvest begins. By then, agriculture of- ficials said, farmers will be harvesting a record crop of two billion bushels. They say it will be enough wheat to meet sales requirements and add a bit to the shrinking stockpile. Time change While most of the Unit- ed States set clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning, two states and parts of four others chose to remain on standard time. They are, from west to east: Hawaii, one county in Oregon, the southern portion of Idaho, all of Arizona, most of Indiana and the eastern half of Kentucky. Energy disputed WASHINGTON (AP) Six members of the United States Congress challenged oil firms and utilities today to substan- tiate their advertising claims concerning the energy crisis. The lawmakers said they are petitioning the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to adopt new rules on such advertising. Taking the action were Senators Birch Bayh (Dem. Ind Thomas Mclntyre (Dem. and Frank Moss (Dem. and Represen- tatives Les Aspin (Dem. Benjamin Rosenthal (Dem. and Andrew Young, (Dem. Many big oil companies and utilities are making "an un- precedented and unsubstan- tiated propaganda blitz con- cerning their role in the current energy Aspin and Rosenthal said in a joint statement. The commission is being asked to adopt rules forcing such firms to substantiate their "corporate-image advertising claims by making available to the FTC for public inspection currently concealed facts on such issues as the true scope of the energy crisis and their part in they added. By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Health and Welfare Minister Marc Lalonde said Tuesday that the Election haunts envoy By BRUCE LEVETT WASHINGTON (CP) -Wil- liam J. Porter, veteran career foreign service officer, Tues- day became ambassador to Canada in a series of high- level diplomatic moves. Porter, No. 3 man in the state department as un- dersecretary of state for political affairs, said Presi- dent Nixon had named him to the job "to enhance the already warm, cordial relations that exist between our two countries." Diplomatic observers here, however, saw more to the move than that. Porter relinquishes his high state department post to Joseph J. Sisco, the chief architect of United States Middle East policy who had announced his resignation to become president of Hamilton College in New York. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, a firm supporter of Sisco, had to find a top job to keep him. At the same time, specula- tion here has been that the present ambassador to Canada Adolph W. a career diplo- mat-had fallen from grace with the White House. Schmidt is related by mar- riage to the wealthy Mellon family of Pittsburgh, in- dustrialists who were among the top half-dozen contributors to the Nixon re- election campaign fund in 1972. Recently, sources here close to Schmidt say, there has been strong criticism among the Mellon donors as to how the contributions were that such criticism has not gone unnoticed. Porter, born 59 years ago at Stalybridge, England, became an American citizen in 1936, the year he joined the diplomatic service. federal government is con- sidering an amendment to the Old Age Security Act to end discrimination against war veterans who have served overseas. He made the statement in the House of Commons after acknowledging that present legislation provides that the number o! years served by members of the armed ser- vices abroad may not count as residence in Canada for com- puting the start of old age pen- sion benefits. George Whittaker (PC- Okanagen-Boundary) raised the issue in the Commons, charging that officials of Lalonde's department were misinterpreting the legislation. The Tory MP released copies of a letter from a department official to one of his constituents outlining the situation. The letter, to Gerald Builder, 71, of Oliver, B.C., in- formed the applicant for old age pension benefits that he could not be considered "physically present in Canada" under the terms of the Old Age Security Act dur- ing the six years he served overseas after 1940. "The Old Age Security Act does not permit us to consider overseas service as physical presence in Canada for Old Age Security pension pur- the letter said. It stated that for this military service overseas, and because he left Canada again five months later for a period, Builder could not qualify for pension until December of in April of 1974 as originally thought. Lalonde told MP's that this restriction on pension quali- fication is provided for under legislation passed by Parlia- ment "many years ago." Outside the House, Whit- taker said the problem is serious enough in that it has affected Builder's pension for one year, and added that it would be "outrageous" if the B.C. man was denied his pen- sion for a longer period for this reason. The MP said that Builder's period abroad with the armed services and his later absence, when he worked for the Canadian govrnment overseas, should both count toward his pension. American health plan to broaden By RICHARD D. LYONS New York Times Service WASHINGTON President Nixon is expected to propose to congress later this month a national health insurance program for all Americans that would cost about billion next year. About billion in new federal funds would be spent on the plan in addition to money that would have gone into the existing Medicare and Medicaid programs, plus contributions from employers, employees and states. Final decisions on five specific points await action by Nixon before the completed bill can be sent to congress, an action which is due to occur in the last 10 days of January. The national health in- surance proposal together with initiatives in the energy area are expected to be the cornerstone of the Nixon ad- ministration's domestic program this year. The new proposal would aid low-income people without children, the unemployed and people who retire before the age of 65. The package of health benefits also would be broadened to include coverage for mental health services, prescription drugs for people not admitted to hospitals, and dental care for children. Edmonton transit halt hurts sick and elderly EDMONTON (CP) The prolonged strike by Edmonton transit workers is reducing visits to doctors and hospitals, hindering downtown shopping and entertainment activities, and affecting employment op- portunities for some. But those suffering the most from the strike appear to be the elderly who rely on buses to take them around this city of These have been confined to their homes by the fear of slip- ping on icy streets or freezing in sub-zero temperatures since the 674 members of the Amalgamated Transit Workers left their jobs Nov. 29 in a contract dispute with the city-owned transit system. To the older citizens and the disabled, the strike has meant long, lonely days sitting in- doors worrying about missed doctor's appointments, dwindling food supplies and undone business duties. One of these is Violet Scraba, 75, almost totally blind and so crippled by arthritis that she dare not walk alone on slippery streets. Mrs. Scraba normally relies on the bus, which stops within a few hunered yards of her front door. This week she was wondering if the city would penalize her because she had not been out to pay her utility CAN'T GET OUT "I just can't get out at Mrs. Scraba said. "I can't walk becauee the cold makes my joints too stiff and I can't carry anything." She said the worst part of the strike is the increased loneliness caused by being forced to stay home alone even on Christmas and New Year's Day. Loneliness has also increas- ed for hospital patients whose visitors normally use public transport. "Morale is really down be- cause patients who used to see wives or relatives once a day now have to wait as long as a said a spokesman for one Edmonton hospital. Kay Charest, president of Pensioners Concerned, says the health of many elderly people may be injured because they cannot afford taxi fares to attend regular medical appointments. The Society for the Retired and Semi-Retired is preparing a letter to officials involved in the strike urging them to end it as quickly as possible, but neither side has announced further collective bargaining sessions since breaking off discussions Monday. Businessmen also are feel- ing the pinch. A survey by the Chamber of Commerce show- ed 10 per cent of businesses polled had experienced a drastic reduction in their sales. Those selling women's and children's wear are being affected most, and theatres and restaurants also report declining business. Ruth Bro'vn, 75, says she can afford the taxi fare to a nearby shopping centre, but she's afraid to go because she was recently unable to get a ride home. "I'm getting very low on food, but I'm afraid to go to the shopping centre because I might get trapped theie again." Some people are not able to take jobs offered to them be- cause of the transportation problem, says Stu Carson, community liaison officer for the Canada Manpower centre. Frank Stanton, said: "I could be working, a healthy man like me, if I had trans- portation." T ;