Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, January 'Inland terminals won't prison popuiations boost farmers' profits' Idramatically reduced SASKATOON (CP) Under current conditions, inland terminals to handle grain from the Prairie provinces will not put more money in farmers' pockets although they could in the future, A. M. Kunciman of Winnipeg said Thursday. Mr. Runciman, president of United Grain Growers said his firm has engaged consultants to study the concept because something has to be done to try and reduce skyrocketing costs of handling grain which are paid by the producers. He said handling costs through the firm's country elevator system increased by one-third during 1973-74 com- pared with 1972-73, even though the volume of grain handled dropped slightly. "This year, with the in- dustry facing a drop in handl- ing of about 25 per cent, the picture is he told an audience at the University of Saskatchewan's Farm and Home Week. Mr. Runciman said the ap- proach of the Palliser Wheat Growers Association, which is committed to building an inland terminal at Weyburn, Sask., is based on economic factors which do not now exist Refinery strikes cut gas supplies MONTREAL (CP) At least four service stations supplied by Shell Canada Ltd. ran out of gasoline Thursday, the seventh day of worker walkouts at four oil refineries and at a Union Carbide petrochemical plant. About 30 other service sta- tions had low supplies of gaso- line or were already out of one of three Shell grades by noon, a company spokesman said. Pickets at the company's marketing plant, not decreas- ed production, were blamed by Shell for the breakdown in deliveries of gasoline to ser- vice stations and heating oil to homes. "If marketing plant entrances continue to be il- legally picketed with .obstruc- Edmonton mental hospital gets accreditation EDMONTON (CP) Alberta Hospital, Edmonton, has become one of the few mental institutions in Canada to receive approval from the Canadian council on Hospital Accreditation. Dr. James Murray of Toron- to, the council's principal medical assistant, said the hospital was awarded a cita- tion of accreditation based on assessment of professional staff, nursing care, rehabilita- tion .programs, dietary operations, administration and physical plant. Several mental institutions in Ontario, as well as two in Manitoba, one in British Columbia and one in North Battleford, Sask., are also accredited. tion, a greater number of dealers, homeowners and in- dustrial customers will be without essential Shell petro- leum products within a few the spokesman said. Other refiners affected by the Canada Ltd., Petrofina Canada Ltd. and Texaco Canada Ltd. reported no similar shortages, but a Petrofina spokesman said pickets at refinery gates made deliveries difficult, difficult. Royal mint employees on strike BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL OTTAWA (CP) Some 600 employees of the Royal Cana- dian Mint in Ottawa, Hull, Que. and Winnipeg walked off the job Thursday afternoon in their first legal strike. A Public Service Alliance spokesman said the Ottawa and Hull employees walked out about 4 p.m. EST and the Winnipeg workers followed shortly after. The alliance represents the employees. G. W. Hunter, master of the mint, said the day shift left at 4 p.m. and the night shift did not show up and the Ottawa 'mint would have to close down as it could not operate without the alliance workers. Mr. Hunter said the mint, which is a Crown corporation, was ready to continue negotia- tions but the union broke off talks earlier in the day. Money is a key issue, with the alliance asking for salary increases of between 22 per cent and 25 per cent for the first year, an alliance spokesman said. The union wanted a similar increase in the second year or a cost-of- living allowance clause plus three per cent to protect members against future inflation. WORKERS'COMPENSATION BOARD-ALBERTA FIRST AID CLASS 75-C23 LETHBRIDGE SCANDINAVIAN HALL January 13 14 15 16 20 21 22 23 to EVENINGS 8 Sessions Complete the Course No Charge for Workers Under the Act. Changes made effective March 1, 1974 through Alberta Regulations 56-75 (First Aid) require certain industries and businesses to have qualified First Aiders available where more than (5) workers are actively employed at any one time. and as a result the group would have a "tough row to hoe." He said inland terminals, which would grade, clean and load unit trains rather than the straight grading and loading of boxcars through the current country elevator system, originated in the United States where con- siderable savings were made lor producers. The savings were basically made on lower freight rates provided as a concession for the handling of unit carrying a full load of grain. But Canadian grain producers now have the benefit of low rates under the 78-year-old Crowsnest Pass agreement and "if railroads already are losing money on Crowsnest rates, it's doubtful they would grant a premium for unit trains though such trains might cut their losses." Mr. Runciman said the Palliser group also bases its projected savings on farmers being paid for the protein con- tent of their wheat, on unit quotas and special freight premiums which do not now exist. Mr. Runciman said Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, has suggested the government would pay a transportation premium for grain delivered to an elevator that permits more efficient rail service and that the government also has suggested an "examination" of the Crowsnest rates "which has generally been interpreted as meaning he and the government intends to raise them." "If there is a significant change, either in the form of freight rate increases or in the form of transportation pre- miums, the case for inland terminals is much stronger." Mr. Lang's representative, Howard Easton of Ottawa, transportation co-ordinator for the Grains Group, said the federal government intends to explore with the railways the prospect of the joint operation of some lines. Mr. Lang could not attend personally because of previous commitments in Regina. OTTAWA (CP) A dramatic reduction in prison population was recorded last year and the new penitentiaries commis- sioner says there are indications of reduc- ed tension. Latest figures show the population in federal institutions dropped more than six per cent last year, a reversal from 1973 when it increased more than 10 per cent, jamming prisons and creating conditions that led to tension. Andre Therrien, who took over as penitentiary commissioner this month, said in an interview Wednesday that re- cent reports appear to show a reduction in tension because of the decrease. The figures show that as of Dec. 24, the prison population was compared with the same time the previous reduction of 6.33 per cent. But community correction houses operated in cities by the showed an almost 10-per-cent population increase, reflecting the increasing number being established. Mr. Therrien, former deputy chairman of the parole board, said overcrowding resulted from fewer paroles being granted while a high number of parolees still were being returned to prison. There was no way to judge how the pop- ulation would fluctuate in the future. As paroles increased, for example, more per- sons probably would be coming back to prison for parole violations. Whatever the reason for the reduction, unquestionably it is a break for the new commissioner. Overcrowding in recent years slowed a program of prison reform, and increased tension was shown in dis- turbances in maximum security prisons in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia and escapes from other institutions. The government launched a five-year building program last year to provide more space. Mr. Therrien said the priority items of the program are replacement of older high-walled institutions such as British Columbia penitentiary. September jet crash said caused by bomb in cargo WASHINGTON (AP) A bomb on board caused the Trans World Airlines jetliner crash which killed 88 persons off the coast of Greece last September, the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board said today. Another TWA flight over the same area two weeks earlier also had a bomb hidden in the plane but that device malfunc- tioned, the safety board said. That device was found in a suitcase after a fire was dis- covered in the cargo hold. successful sabotage was the first against a United States aircraft since 1964 when a Pacific Airlines flight crashed after the pilots were shot. It was the first confirm- ed bomb explosion on an U.S. aircraft since 1962 when a Continental Airlines jet crash- ed in Missouri, killing all 45 persons on board. A bomb also was suspected in the dis- appearance of a National Airlines plane over the Gulf of Mexico in 1962 but this never was proven. The safety board said laboratory investigation of debris recovered from the doomed TWA plane "establish conclusively that the detona- tion of a high order explosive took place in the aircraft's air cargo compartment." The TWA plane was on a flight from Tel Aviv, Israel, to New York, with stops in Athens and Rome. It crashed into the Ionian Sea off the coast of Greece shortly after taking off from Athens on Sept. 8, 1974. TWA officials originally rul- ed out sabotage despite a claim by a telephone caller in Beirut that an organization called the Nationalist Youth for the Liberation of Palestine had sabotaged the plane. The Palestinian news agency WAFA reported shortly after the crash that a spokesman for the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which speaks for the guerrilla organizations, denied that Arab groups were involved in the disaster. Layoffs mounting in U.S. industry MP questions makeup of beef commission OTTAWA (CP) Bert Hargrave, a Conservative MP who is a former president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association, said Thursday he doubts the qualifications of a federally-appointed commission that will be investigating beef marketing. The commission was announced earlier this week by the prime minister's office. Its chairman is Maxwell Mackenzie of Ottawa, a businessman whose interests include the Coorsh meat-processing company. The other members are Alberta Liberal Hu Harries and Lydia Patry-Cullen of Montreal, former food advertising director for the Steinberg grocery chain. "Mr. Mackenzie has had a long and distinguished career in business and public service, but he has no direct involvement in the cattle and beef industry Mr. Hargrave said in a news release. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS More than workers in the United States learned Thursday that they will be laid off their jobs indefinitely. Auto manufacturers and companies that supply them accounted for most of the total, but United Airlines, New England Telephone Co. and Honeywell were among other companies that had bad news for some of their employees. The announcement affecting the most workers was made by General Motors, which said it will put employees at its Lordstown, Ohio, plant on indefinite layoff beginning Jan. 20. In Indiana, three divisions of General Motors announced layoffs affecting a total of 335 employees. In New Castle, Ind., Chrysler Corp. said of the workers at its casting division plant will be Accused killer's wife flees 6hate campaign" VANCOUVER (CP) The wife of a man accused of kill- ing two Moncton policemen has fled to Vancouver to es- cape a "hate campaign'' in her own community. Colleen Hutchison, aged about 25, has brought her two children here and is living with her mother in a small city apartment. Her husband, James Lawrence Hutchison, 43, is in jail in New Brunswick charg- ed with the Dec. 12 murder of two policemen and the kid- napping of 14 year old Ray- mond Stein. Jointly charged with Hutchison is Richard Ambrose, 22, of Moncton. The policemen disappeared while investigating the kid- napping of the Stein boy, who was released unharmed after his father paid a ran- SAND gravel ASPHALT ITOLLESTRUPJ I SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-8196 som. Their bodies were found two days later in shallow graves near Moncton. Hutchison's lawyer, Edward Bell, in Moncton and the Salvation Army in Van- couver said Mrs. Hutchison had arrived here and was in need of financial assistance. They also confirmed that she had left her home1 in Moncton because of rude treatment by some people there and because of the publicity surrounding her husband's arrest. A close friend of Mrs. Hutchison's, Mrs. Bob Mclsaac of Moncton, said: "That's right, there was a hate campaign going on here. "Some people can be very cruel Mrs. Hutchisaon didn't leave here in a very happy mood." Mrs. Hutchison, who is liv- ing with her mother, declined to be interviewed. 15 dead, 8 missing in U.S. plane crashes THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A commuter airliner and a light plane collided Thursday in Whittier, Calif., killing 14 persons. Meanwhile, one person was known dead and eight others were missing after a United States Air Force training plane and a single-engine craft collided in Virginia. In California, debris and bodies rained down on a schoolyard where 300 students were watching a basketball game. Nearby houses were damaged but no one on the ground was injured, aulhorities said. The Golden West Airlines twin-engine commuter plane was on a 60-mile hop from On- tario. Calif., to Los Angeles with 10 passengers and a two- man crew. The other plane was a Cessna 150 flying from nearby Long Beach, carrying a pilot and a student pilot. Near Newport News, Va., a U.S. Air Force T-29 trainer plane and a Cessna 150 collid- ed over the James River. A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said two persons were aboard the small plane and five crew members and two passengers on the T-29. He said there were no survivors reported. laid off Monday. Virtually the entire plant had been shut down in December until Jan. 6. In Muscle Shoals, Ala., in- definite layoffs were announc- ed for 165 hourly workers about 15 per cent of the force at a Ford Motor Co. plant where pistons and transmis- sion parts are made. In Akron, Ohio, a total of 048 layoffs across the U.S. were announced by three tire companies Goodyear, Firestone and Seiberling. In Eagle, Pa., Gindy Trailer Manufacturing Co. announced indefinite layoffs for nearly 65 per cent of its work force a total of 515 white-and blue-col- lar workers. A spokesman blamed lagging sales of truck trailers. In Arcade, N.Y., Motorola, Inc., said it will lay off 375 ad- ministrative and production workers later this month. The layoffs bring the number of workers idled since Oct. 1 to 900, or more than half of the total employment at the Ar- cadia plant late in 1974. The plant manufactures parts for the auto industry. Squatters occupy queen's houses LONDON (AP) Britain's Royal Family has uninvited guests. More than 100 young squatters have occupied a stately row of houses owned by the Queen and her family overlooking Regent's Park. Most are unemployed. Some ar-e students, some drifters, some foreigners from Spain, Argentina and New Zealand. "We're here because we have nowhere else to go; it's as simple as said Robert Newman, 18. A week ago, three veteran squatters living in other va- cant houses in the area owned by the Royal Family dis- covered the uninhabited Regency houses in .Cornwall Terrace. "We broke in through a win- dow and, once in one, got through to all the others, opening them up and then changing the said one of the group. That set off an influx of homeless into the 20-foot-Iong rooms with marble fireplaces. The new occupants are busy finding mattresses, fixing the plumbing and doing bits of re- wiring and carpentry. One girl said she was planning to move in her piano. News in brief Oil strike averted DENVER (AP) A threat- ened strike against major oil companies in the United States was averted early to- day when one company made a contract offer that brought the union back into negotiations. A.F. Grospiron, president of the union, refused to name the oil company that had made a formal offer as he worked with the union's 12-member bargaining policy committee on the contract proposal. Trudeau, Heath meet KINGSTON (CP) Cana- dian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau had a two-and-a-half- hour private meeting Thurs- day with British Conservative Opposition Leader Edward Heath at the beach house near here where Trudeau is staying during his two-week vacation in Jamaica. Agence France-Presse re- ported that following their meeting, Trudeau and Heath refused to disclose to reporters the content of their talks. Extortion suspect held VICTORIA (CP) A 29 year old man was to appear in provincial court here today charged with attempted ex- tortion following the delivery of a suspected bomb Thursday to the office of the manager of a downtown branch of the Toronto Dominion Bank. Police would not release the man's name and said he was of no fixed address. Distressed tanker reached TOKYO (Reuter) The U.S. freighter Fort Fetterman today reached the tanker British Ambassador, which is taking on water 180 miles west of the Pacific island of Iwo Jima, Japanese maritime of- ficials said tonight. The officials said the ton U.S. freighter reached the British tanker, which has a leak in its engine room and had sent out distress signals, shortly after 9 p.m. local. Scientists sign pay pact OTTAWA (CP) The Treasury Board and federal research scientists have signed a new contract raise through two years, the treasury board announced Thursday. .The agreement runs from providing a 19 per cent pay July 1. 1974 to June 27, 1976. Arsenic report doubted OTTAWA (CP) Health Minister Marc Lalonde said Thursday there is nothing in an unpublished report to in- dicate that arsenic is respon- sible for sickness and death in Yellowknife. "There is no causal con- he told reporters seeking comment on the report, which indicated that arsenic came from gold mines that used it for refining. "It's purely a statistical analysis." Indian takeover protested GRESHAM, Wis. (Reuter) Angry white residents stag- ed a 150-mile protest drive Thursday against what they regard as the indulgent handl- ing of a group of American In- dians who have occupied a deserted monastery. A group of Manominee In- dians, including women and children, took over the Roman Catholic novitiate in this farming area of northeast Wisconsin on New Year's Day and demanded that it be turn- ed over to them for use as a hospital. Boston students arrested BOSTON (AP) Trouble erupted Thursday at Hyde Park high school, integrated last fall under a federal court order requiring desegregation of Boston's public schools. Fifteen pupils were arrested after a hallway scuffle between black and white youths. Leo Howard, area school su- perintendent, ordered the school closed for the day. No decision was announced as to whether the school would reopen today. Spanish workers riot BARCELONA (Reuter) About demonstrating workers from the Spanish car firm Seat clashed with riot po- lice in the centre of Barcelona on Thursday. Eyewitnesses said several demonstrators, bleeding from head injuries suffered in baton charges, were bundled into po- lice jeeps. Danish Liberals gain COPENHAGEN (AP) Premier Poul Hartling's Liberal party scored gains in Denmark's national elections Thursday but failed to break the country's political stalemate. Liberals nearly doubled their strength with 42 seats compared with 22 before. The Social Democrats won seven more seats for a total of 53 and remained the largest single political party. 'Drug flow stemmed' VICTORIA (CP) The head of the RCMP in British Columbia said Thursday re- cent high level drug arrests in the province have stemmed the flow of drugs in B.C. Assistant Commissioner Edwin Willis said there is a shortage of heroin on the British Columbia lower mainland and offered as proof an increasing number of break ins since the arrests. Police statement flayed CALGARY (CP) Senator Earl Hastings, the Liberal party's liaison for Alberta, Thursday branded as "irresponsible" a statement by the president of the Calgary Police Association that punishment should take precedence over rehabilita- tion of offenders. Senator Hastings, com- menting on remarks by Con- stable Frank McDonald, said the policeman was imposing on the public "his personal view, which amounts to brute punishment." Snowmobilers die in lake TACHIE, B.C. (CP) Three people were killed when a convoy of snowmobiles broke through the ice of Stuart Lake, about 70 miles northwest of .Prince George Wednesday night. The victims have been iden- tified as David Joseph, Alex Joseph and Jasper Joseph. Their ages were unavailable.