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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-12,Lethbridge, Alberta The UtKbrtdge Herald VOL. LXVI) — 26 LETHBRIDGE. ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 12. 1974 78 Pages 15 Cents Snow~kissed tranquility Defying both winter and man, a small creek in    owed up by the waters of the Elk and spit out into the southeastern B.C.’s Elk River valley continues its course sea.    ' through snow-kissed scenery until its defiance is swall-    bill groenen pnoso Chilean refugees arrive in Canada Insid« TORONTO (CP) - A plane load of refugees from Chile arrived in Canada at dawn today. The 170 men, women and children were immediately taken to a basement of the Toronto Interna tignal Airport for processing through immigration. The refugees, apparently fearing reprisals against relatives still in Chile, indicated they did not want to sjKak to reporters or have their pictures taken. The group flew out of Santiago Friday and arrived here after a stop in Acapulco, Mex< ico, aboard a Canadian Forces Boeing 707 jet. Included in the group were some non-Chileans who have been under the protection of a United Nations body in Chile and about SO Chileans who had been given sanctuary in Uw Canadian embassy there, plus their families. The refugees left Chile in the waka m last September's military-tidSit which toppled the Manust'AUende regime. Governincfil-^ «pokesmen said tlw ref«ge«s tnclud« « wide cross-section of professions and trades including some university professors. Several already have jobs lined up but it is uncertain where m Canada the bulk of the refugees will go. Following processing by immigration authorities the refugees will be taken downtown to an immigration centre where they will each receive warm clothing and |650 in government funds. , 'isn't it wonderful. Anne and Mark are still together' Classified....... 26-30 Comics.......24 Comment........ 4, 5 District...........19 Family......... 21-23 Local News .... 17, 18 Markets .....25, 31 Religion...... 10, 11 Sports .......14-16 Theatres ........ 7, 8 TV ....... 6 Weather........3 LOW TONIGHT -S, HIGH SUN. 15; FEW CLOUDS, MILDER Oil confrontation ^disastrous' ROME (Reuter) — Saudi Arabia's oil minister warned today that a bloc-to-bloc confrontation between oil consumers and oil-producing nations could have disastrous consequences for both. Commenting on U.S. President Nixon's proposal for a conference in Washington of major oil-consuming countries. Sheik Ahmed Zaki Yanwini said: "What we are concerned about is that the consumers <k>n’t form a Moc which will seek a confrontation with the troducing nations. This would ead the whole world to disaster.” He denied a recent Kuwait newspaper report that any country taking part in the proposed Washington conference would automatically be considered “an enemy" of the Arab oil-producing nations. ■‘We don't want to interfere It) the internal affairs iA any consuming country,” he told a news conference. Hie minister, speaking at NRC says iVs not CIA tool JEFF CARRITTHERS erald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - Dr. WiUiun Schneider, president of the National Research Council, yesterday dented allegatlms that the NRC is a “tool of the CIA" and an espionage agency. But the NRC president, who knowledgeable government sources say probably was never informed of the true nature of the operatiws of the NRC’s communications branch as Canada’s major intelligence analysis agency and codebreaker, did admit in an interview that the communicattions branch does perform “classified communications research” for other federal agencies. Meanwhile, Ottawa sources Friday revealed that the communications branch receives the majority of its intercepted foreign radio messages from the weather station outpost and military communications research centre at Alert, Üie northern-most settlement in Canada, on Ellesnoere Island. The Alert base, cloaked in a veil of secrecy, is really the defence department’s major electronic eavesdropping post in Canada. Day and night, sources said, Canadian military personnel intercept and record radio transmissions from Russia, mainland China and other countries. Some American military personnel also work at Alert, as do a small number of weather specialists at a different part of the t>ase, sources say. The U.S. runs similar listening posts in the Aleutian Islands and other parts of Alas^. Intercepted foreign transmissions are normally transcribed in the North and then transmitted down to Ottawa and Wasliington by both the American and Canadian military, for analysis decoditu by the NRC’s communicati s branch and by the U.S. National Security Agency. Often, the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System and DEW lines are used, to relay information south, sources say. (The defence department yesterday said that Canadian Forces Station Alert is a communications and research centre that collects data in support of research into comnuinications problems and radio propagation in the Arctic. The number of personnel on the base is classified.) In Ottawa, NRC President Schneider admitted Friday that with the exception of the communications branch, all the portions of NRC are normally open to the public and the results of their research are published. In a few instances, some research is done on a proprietary basis for industry. The communicaticKis branch “is a special case," Dr. Schneider said. He refused to provide any details about the branch. And he said the NRC would not authorize any interviews with N.K. O'Neill, the public sérvant who directs the secret communications branch. “I don't intend to rive any reasons for this either," he said. The NRC, Dr. Schneider said, will not have anything more to say about the communications branch “The less it is discussed, the better,” he said. “Public discussion would not be in the public interest and would defeat the purpose of the agency" and its work, he said. Senate ponders snooping while MPs take holiday OTTAWA (CP)~Thc Commons adljoumed Friday until Feb. 26 but the Senate sits today, pondering its battle with ^e lower house over the controversial wiretap bill. Adjournment of the elected house came after its approval of the emergency energy bill, and effectively ends the session which began Jan. 4,1W3. For technical reasms, the government decided to ad* joum, rather than prorope. Miners accept contract SPARWOOD - About 1,300 members of United Mine Workers of America, Local 7292, Friday voted 57.7 per cent in favor of ratifying a two-year agreement with Kaiser Resources Ltd. in this Southeastern British Columbia community. Normal operations were to resume today after a strike which began midnight Mffii- the end of a two-day official visit to Italy, expressed concern at the effect of higher oil prices on developing countries and on the balance of payments of industrialized countries. The Saudi Arabian government would have preferred a slightly lower price to that agreed in Tehran because of this concern, he said. Yamani denied that the Arabs were using their vast currency reserves for speculative purposes. The.'previous five-year agreement expired Dec. 31. The new agreement calls for a basic wage increase for laborers to $5.10 an hour from 13.95. The agreement also calls for an across-the board increase of 35 cents an hour for underground workers in addition to their classified rate.    ' Regina wants $10 a barrel TORONTO (CP) - The Star says Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan plans to increase by more than 150 per cent the price of Saskatchewan crude oil starting Feb. 1. In a Retina story, the newspaper quotes Mr. Blakeney as saying Saskatchewan will start charging “fair world prices” for its oil The newspaper says the move is expected to raise the price of Saskatchewan crude to about $10 from its present average of $3,70 for a 35-gallon barrel. It says the increase also will apply to exports to the United States and will come seven weeks before the federal government’s freeze on domestic oil prices IS due to be lifted. The newspaper says Saskatchewan already has approved legislation allowing it to take windfall profits away from oil producers, and the expected $540 million in extra revenue generated by the increase will go to the provincial government. The adjournment motion allows a quick recall of MPs in case of an emer^ncy and provides for a routine recall lot a royal assent ceremony expected next week Official prorogation likely will be Feb. 26, foUoM^ed by a throne speech the next day b^inning a new session with an outline of the government's new lerislative pUms. ilie energy bill, with sweep' ing powers to cope with ihier shortages, was' the last Item the government insisted on dealing with before the end of the session. * - - Once it received final Commons approval, parliamentary attention shifted to the appointed senators who debated what to do with the wiretap bill, returned to them by the lower house after rejection of a Senate amendment. KEEP TALKING Liberal senators indicated they are willing to pass the bill in the form the Commons insists on, but they joined other senators in saying the upper house has the right and responsibility to amend bills passed by the Commons. A special Senate sitting was scheduled for today to give senators a chance to debate their position. The clause they removed earlier provides for notification of the subjects of wiretaps within 90 days of removal of the bug. Ilie bill bans private bugging and restricts police use of taps. Senator Paul Martin, government leader in the up-ler house, said Friday the bill s too important to be scuttled by Senate insistence on its amendment. His comments came in a rare Friday night Senate session, hours after the Commons adjourned following passage of the energy bill considered during the unusually long Commons session. WORKED HARD The session, with 46 government bills passed, is the fourth longest since Confederation. With the days for royal assent and prorogation, the session will reach 206 sitting days, compared with the record 250 days in the 1966-67 session. The session was punctuated by several Progressive Conservative attempts to overthrow the minority Liberals With Parliament adjourned for six weeks, the government will be able to concentrate its efforts on energy matters, particularly at the Jan. 22-23 premiers’ energy conference. MORE TO A CRISIS THAN MEETS THE EYE LONDON (Reuter) — Just before television ends each night beginning Jan. 28 a birth-control commercial will flash on the screen to Londoners.    ' The “Make sure your baby is a wanted one” message will be Ecrssiisd because iQcai government officials fear an early TV shutdown will bring a baby boom Television networks were ordered by the government to close dovm at 10:30 p.m. each ni^t to conserve electricity during the current et^gy crisis. "Undoubted y, the early close-down of televisitHi, which means that people will have more recreation time, could result in an increase in the birth rate, a spokesman for one of the six London borou^s sponsoring the commercials said. Fresh fighting in Middle East TEL AVIV (CP) -- U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger arrived in Israel today on the second leg of a Middle East tour aimed at bringing Egypt and Israel together on a proposal for disengaging their forces on the explosive Suez canal front. The urgency of Kissinger's mission was underscored by reports of fresh clashes and artillery ceasefire duels on the ine as the secreta: was winding up his talks wi a Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the Nile River resort town of Aswan The two also met Friday night. Kissinger and Sadat conferred on Israeli troop withdrawals, and the American characterized their discussion as "veiy good," Egypt's Middle East news agency said The U.S. state secretary arrived in Egypt Friday and met for an hour at the resort city of Aswan with President Anwar Sadat. < ‘Military spied on Kissinger’ S««n and hMrd About town Const. Dogg Harris complaining that Crown Prosecutors Art Larson and Jim LangstoH keep stealing pencils from the court room .. Debbie Barnaby wishing everyone a belated Happy New Year Thursday in a local tavern. SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (Reuter) — Observers predict more Watergate-style digging by reporters and congressmen following reports that top military men spied on Henry Kissinger. News reports Friday said Kissinger, now secretary of state, was spied on in 1971 when he was negotiating with North Vietnair: to end the Vietnam war The White House said the reports conveyed an incorrect position of what had actually happened and denials came in from military leaders. The news reports said that a still-secret White House investigation by the ‘plumbers" unit had disclosed that top military officers had spied on Kissinger because he was withholding from them sensitive intelligence information. It said “the most that can properly be stated” was that the news reports conveyed an incorrect impression of the knowledge and actions of the chairm^in of the joint chiefs of staff. Admiral Thomas Moorer, The reports said the spying started after Kissinger cut Moorer off from non-military intelligence information. In Washington, a spokesman for Moorer said the reports of Pentagon spying were ludicrous. Gen. George Brown, air force chief of staff, said in San Francisco Friday he found the reports “almost unbelievable because there is a very close and effective working relationship between Dr. Kissinger's staff and the joint chiefs of staff.” “I can't believe there’s any need to spy, so I think the story must not be factual." CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Sun-Times says a wave of mutual spying and suspicion between the White House and Pentagon led in 1971 to a telephone tap being ‘ placed in the office of then Defence Secretary Melvin I.,aird. The Sun-Times says a former‘White House official claimed Henry Kisifinger ordered the tap on Laird's office to determine whether secret diplomatic dealings were being leaked to the Pentagon. Kissinger, who was national security adviser then, was involved with negotiating the Vietnam settlement at the time. ;