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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-11,Lethbridge, Alberta Islands eye Canada = HALIFAX (CP) — If Canada showed any interest in annexing the British colony of Caicos-Turk’s Islands in the Caribbean, a referendum would be called in short order, a member of the island’s legislative assembly said yesterday. Headley Durham, one of nine members of the assembly, said in a telephone interview with The Canadian Press that the 6,000 people rai the island are tired of the “indifference" of Britain and are hoping Canada will help them. “Nine out of 10, and perhaps even a unanimous 10, have a sincere desire to get away from Britain," be said- “The future is dark and grim right how and we can’t see any possibility of developing our economy.” The islanders want to establish a tourist industry and a report prepared for the British government three years ago suggested how it could be done, the member said. But Britain has taken no .action on the recommendations. “The real problem is our young people . . . the government is offering them nothing but the street to walk on," he said. “There is nothing for them to do, absolutely nothing.” Any skilled jobs on the 'islands go to the British, who 'also hold all the administrative jobs. ’ “They bring in foreigners ^nd our people are just pushed -aside." He said the assembly h'ad told Sir Alec Douglas-Home, ■British foreign secretary, that rthey wanted to join Canada, “but he only listened and didn’t say anything." : Mr. Durham said he realized Canada could not approach ..the islands without being criticized for interferring in another country’s affairs. But ■he said islanders do not have ,the real knowledge to take a proper approach. ,, “The legal brains here are jwfute Englishmen employed the British administration. . we can’t expect them to fiieip. Because of the lack of legal ‘help, the islands haven’t made a direct overture to the Canadian government, he said. But they discussed the matter ivith a delegation from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association that recently visited the island. "They gave us assurance that they would try to help, but pointed out that Canada could not intervene and that it would have to be up to the people.” One of the members of the .association was Max Salt-sman, New Democratic member of Parliament for Waterloo, who said he would introduce a private member’s bill in the Commons, asking the House to set up a committee to study the question of .Canada taking over the islands. He said he realized.it was a private bill and hasn’t much hope of being passed. Most are debated briefly and die before coming to a vote. “But here’s an idea,” he said in an interview. “Let’s see if we can get some public support.” .8,000 moved in Rhodesia SALISBURY (Reuter) -Rhodesian authorities have moved more than 8,000 African tribesmen out of northeast border areas of the countiy where guerrilla activity has been high, the ministry of information said today. The Africans had been '‘moved voluntarily” from their homes along the border into protected villages built for them by the government, Other trifcesmen had been resettled in villages free from guerrilla attacks in other districts of their choice throughout Rhodesia. Postpone gas rationing date THE HAGUE (Reuter) -The Netherlands government has postponed until Jan. 12 gasoline rationing, originally scheduled to be Introduced Monday. The government said today the decision was made to alknr more time to work out rules for certain categories of motorists and because the oil import sitintion has Improved slightly.    . New look for parole system OTTAWA (CP) - Parole service in Canada is to get a new look this spring as the government seeks to provide a smoother conviction-through-release system for convicted persons. About April 1 the national parole board will be expan«ted and regionalized and at the same time will lose its parole service—the administration of parole officers. The 200 parole officers in the service either will become a new agency of th« solicltor-general's department or be integrated with the penitentiaries service. It is possible that eventually there will be a new corrections division in Solicitor-General Warren Allraand’s departnwnt which will have over-all control of the penitentiaries and parole service. Mr. Allmand, noting that splitUng the service from the parole board has been recommended by more than one authority, said Thursday the change should help rehabilitation of convicts. He said that under the present system the penitentiaries service has charge of a prisoner’s rehabilitation program from the moment he enters prison until he comes under jurisdiction of Uie parole board, when he is handed over to another group. Under the new system there may be great«r liaison between parole officers and those who have dealt with the prisoner in penitentiary. By bringing the parole service under direct control of his department the minister will be following throu^ on his often- expressed view that there should be more co-ordination in criminal Justice. The timing of the start of regionalization is vague because nobody is sure when the new members will be selected. These people must be brought to Ottawa for training and new staff must be hired for them. Mr. Street said the regional boards will be able to keep closer contact with all areas of criminal justice and well as with the prisoners theniselves. In recent years there has been considerable criticism from a few Judges and s<Hne police and others that the parole board is not in close touch with them about Individual cases. Last year there was more criticism when Mr. Street said the board was too overworked to continue visiting prisons across the country to hear parole applications. Mr. Street said the regional boards will permit speedier decisions on paroles. The chairman also lodced forward to using the time central board members will get. He said he will establish a sophisticated system to review rejected paroles to determine if they should have beet granted.    ^ The chairman also wants to investigate why some persons do not get parole. He said statistics show that some persons denied parol« do not go back to crime for five years after leaving prison. PiMar, January 11, 1«74 - THE LETHtHlDOE HtRALD —B Montana gambling bill approved HELENA. Mont. (CP) - A state - operated lottery, poker and bingo would be legalized, taxed and controlled under a package of five bills given tentative approval Thursday in the Montana House of Representatives. The lottery bill squeaked through the house debate stage by a single vote while the other bills were given better odds. However, slot machines and punchboards were rejected by the representatives by nearly 2-to-l margins. Clearing house debate were bills making poker, sport polls, bridge, whist, pinochle and solo legal in Montana. Bingo and raffles would become legal in the state under a bill that got the strongest support. The package's key proposal, known as the Montana Gaming Control Act, ^ives full authority to the state department of revenue to regulate and police any gambling the legislature may make legal. SAND GRAVEL ASPHALT mESTRUPi SAND and ORAVCL Cwwhiidioti C«. LM. 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