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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 32 - THE LETHBRIDGI HERALD - Wednesday, January 13, 1971 Breath-testing legislation has again been challenged ftp 1 WA:-. � i t Hi : SINGING IRON WORKER - Betty Burnett, holds down two jobs. By day she's an iron worker on a Sudbury construction site, left, and at night she sings in a local cock- tail lounge. Miss Burnett recently became the first woman in Canada to hold an International Ironworker's union card. Life is saved by broadcast NEW YORK (AP) - "I'm desperate," the sobbing Long Island housewife said. "I want to die. "I took sleeping pills. I've been told I'm a burden. I made this call because I have no hope." In a dramatic, 90-minute live broadcast on a local radio station recently, the woman told psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers and thousands of stunned listeners why she wanted to die. Dr. Brothers offers advice on various problems to callers on the phone-line show. The station, WMCA, cancelled 15 advertisements and two newscasts to extend the normally hour-long program 30 minutes so technicicans could S p-STEVENS" V ^ JANUARY X 0* REGULAR STOCK - NO SECONDS WIDE RANGE OF COLORS TOWELS: WINCHESTER - CASTIUAN - WINDSOR BATH HAND Reg. to 3.98 Reg. to 2.50 2.99 1.99 WASH Reg. to 98c 79c RAPTURE - SUMMIT - ROSE SPLENDOR BATH Rag. to 4.50 3.49 HAND Reg. to 2.75 1.99 WASH Reg. to 1.15 89c LUSTRE - FELICITY - VENETIA - VIS-A-VIS BATH Reg. to 7.50 4.99 HAND Reg. to 4.25 2.99 TIP Reg. to 1.50 1.15 BOUNTIFUL - CHEZ MOI BATH Reg. to 8.95 6.49 HAND Reg. to 4.50 3.39 WASH Reg. to 1.50 1.15 WASH Reg. to 2.00 1.29 DESERT SONG - DIMENSIONS (YSL) BATH Reg. to 10.00 6.99 HAND Reg. la 5.00 3.49 TIP Reg. to 3.00 1.99 WASH Reg. to 2.00 1.49 RUGS - MATS - LID COVERS ELEGANCE Reg. 14.90. SALE..... 11.98 ROYAL VELVET Reg. 21.90 SALE..... 15.98 MARTINIQUE Reg. 19.90. SALE..... 15.98 VISION Reg. 27.90. SALE..... 17.98 SHOWER CURTAIN SALE 4.98-5.98-6.49-10.98 GOOD COLOR SELECTION! AND MUCH, MUCH MORE . . . "AT THE STORE YOU'LL LOVE MOST" otititjuc 104 CENTRE VILLAGE MALL 327-1323 trace the call to the woman's home in Bethpage, N.Y. She was taken to a hospital in satisfactory condition. Dr. Brothers, in often tense exchanges, talked to the woman about troubles with her husband and her battle with arthritis. The woman, who often broke into sobs, was not identified. TALK HEARD , Here is a partial transcript of the program: Dr. Brothers-Good morning. Woman-I took sleeping pills, but I don't believe it's an overdose, because it's only 15. I've ... I want to ask you a question. I want to leave my husband because he's tormenting me. I became crippled-handicapped, not exactly crippled-a few years ago from an illness. Since then, I've been tormented. I can't take it. I just can't take it. Dr. Brothers-Let me talk to you first about the pills that] you've taken. Have you had anything to drink? Woman-No. Dr. Brothers-You are in a very dangerous position now. Don't hang up and don't go away from your phone. I want to talk with you, and we will talk. But the most important thing is to get medical help to you. DISCUSS HUSBAND The caller talks about her husband, describing him as a "street angel, a house devil" who says her handicap is slowing his career. She says she told her husband she was going to commit suicide. She says she didn't want "to get my doctor in trouble" by using pills, but that she is afraid to use gas because "per haps there are animals in the house." She has no children. Dr. Brothers-Do you have an animal in the house? Woman-Two of them and don't want to kill them. Dr. Brothers-Well, you don't want to get your doctor in trouble and you don't want to hurt your animals and you don't want to hurt yourself really. Woman-No, I want to die at this point. I'm so desperate, have been living from day to day for two years now. I go to bed hoping I would die. Dr. Brothers-If you died . Woman-The only reason wouldn't attempt suicide sooner is that in my religion, it's sinful to commit suicide or to have autopsies. Dr. Brothers-And if it is sin, and then it remains with you forever, why would . . . Woman-At this point, I have to have peace. After 90 minutes the program went off the air, but Dr. Brothers continued to talk to the woman until police arrived at her home a short time later. U.S. forces withdrawal to be met SAIGON (AP) - Defence secretary Melvin Laird said todav that the Communist command's armed threat "has increased in Laos, remains the same in Cambodia and is lower than ever before in Vietnam." Laird said U.S. forces will meet or exceed every one of President Nixon's troop withdrawal deadlines. But he added that the pullouts would be based on "progress in Paris, progress in Vietnamization and the size of the enemy threat." Commenting on U.S. troop morale after a four-day visit to Vietnam, Laird told a news conference that a problem exists in the ranks. "Our commanders are well aware of the problems involved in a war that is winding down," be said. "But I IxMiove this winding down is a good problem for our commanders to have." ( lie gave no new withdrawal | figures, saying Nixon would an-; nouncc the next target in April. ! But he said the current target | -a ceiling of 284,000 U.S. troops in the country by May 1-would he met or exceeded. The U.S. command announced today that the total strength last week dropped to :s:i2.j00, the lowest in i more than four years. FREDERICTON (C P) -Aftrer surviving one major bout with the Supreme Court of Canada last year, federal breath testing legislation has again been challenged-this time by the rulings of a county court judge in New Brunswick. Because of rulings handed down by Judge Reginald D, Keirstead of Saint John, Justice Minister J. B. M. Baxter ordered Friday that all use of the legislation be suspended in the province until a test case can be heard by the New Brunswick Supreme Court. Mr. Baxter said he expects a decision by the end of January and, in the meantime, prosecutions for impaired driving will continue under a separate sec-Lion of the Criminal Code. Since Septemebr, Judge Keirstead has upheld four appeals by motorists against lower court convictions of operating a motor vehicle when their blood alcohol levels exceeded .08 per cent. His rulings questined procedures in the handling of certificates and notifications to the defence, and in two cases he found the Crown had been unable to prove the proper solution was used in the breath machine when tests were conducted. SAMPLES TESTED In one case, testimony showed that samples of the solution were tested at the RCMP crime laboratory in S'ackville, N.B , but there was no evidence that all capsules were of the same batch number or that precaution had been taken to avoid the possibility that they might have been tampered with. A police chemist said he was unsure how many capsules were in a batch, how distribution was handled or who decided and applied batch numbers. The defence in that case was handled by Mr. Baxter, then a practising lawyer in Saint John, and Judge Keistead ruled that a reasonable doubt had been ere ated. Lawyers within Judge Keir-stead's jurisdiction began to take notice and prosecutions tapered off after Christmas. The situation came to public attention last week when charge against Education Minister Lome McGuigan was with drawn because of what a Crown prosecutor called "insufficient evidence" in view of Judge Keirstead's rulings. DECIDES THIS WEEK Mr. Baxter said he will decide this week whether to go to the Supreme Court through the appeal process or with a "stated case" in which questions are posed for the court to decide His prime concern is to get speedy "clarification" of the issue. Judge Keirstead said in his judgments the question of chem icaLs used could be solved by amending the legislation so that random sampling of capsules would be deemed proof that the proper solution was used. I Opinions by a number of lawyers indicate that hte judge's points on procedure could be overcome by more careful handling of certificates and documents. Until the findings are reversed by a higher court or the legislation is amended, the judge's rulings will be binding at the provincial-court level in New Brunswick and presumably could be cited in other provinces. Use of the legislation was suspended across Canada for a period last spring after a British Columbia judge dismissed a case on grounds that a part of the Criminal Code section involved was left unproclaimcd when the rest was brought into force. The disputed part guarantees motorists the right to have a sample of their breath analysed privately. It was not enacted because no container capable of preserving a sample had been developed. Use of the legislation resumed later when the British Columbia decision was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada. Meanwhile, another question was raised last week in Prince Edward Island after a S'ummer-side motorist refused to comply with RCMP policy and refrain from smoking prior to taking a breath test. It then became contrary to RCMP policy to conduct the test, on grounds it might "gum up" the machine, and the motorist was charged under the separate impaired driving section of the code. However, the charge was dismissed when the presiding judge ruled he could not enter a the conviction on the basis of RCMP's smoking policy. No similar case has arisen in New Brunswick but RCMP officials say it is general policy in the province to have motorists refrain from taking anything into their systems prior to a test. Supt. H. P. Bourassa of Fred-ericton said police could not order motorists to refrain from smoking, however, "Mind you," he added, "if a person does smoke a cigarette', in most cases, it doesn't affect the breathalyzer reading." BANKERS MEET BASEL, Switzerland (AP) - Full employment must have priority over the battle against inflation throughout the world, the major financial nations' central bank governors concluded here. Stratford Shakespearean Festival Documentary film planned STRATFORD, Ont. (CP) -The first documentary film to be made on the behind-the-scenes departments at the Strat-ford Shakespearean Festival now is being made by Leon Pownall, a well-known actor with the Stratford company. Emergency plan set OTTAWA (CP) - An emergency plan to help deal with chemical accidents on railways, highways and water was announced today by the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association. The plan, developed by the $2,500 million chemical'industry, is the first in North America and is to be launched officially Friday, association officials told a news conference. Bruce Macdonald, association president, said six regional control centres are being set up at chemical companies in Ontario and Quebec to provide round-the-clock assistance to authorities in cleaning up serious chemical accidents. Centres were not being set up in other provinces because the bulk of the chemical industry is based in the two central provinces. But authorities outside Quebec and Ontario can still call the regional control centres for advice. Mr. Macdonald said the plan was drawn up after two years of discussion with fire, police and government officials. May call police hunt for women ST. JEROME, Que. (CP) -The lawyer for two Michigan men, seeking custody of their four children, said Monday the children and their mothers still are missing from a nearby monastery of the Apostles of Infinite Love. Jean-Marc Levac said in an interview it may be necessary to call police to search for the women, who were ordered by Quebec Superior Court last week to turn the children over to the fathers, both of Ypsilanti, Mich. Father Jean de la Trinite, Seek lllll'S from quacks CORONADO, Calif. (AP) -The developer of the first polio vaccine says misunderstandings and "sentimentality" about cancer lead many patients to seek miracles from quacks. The nature of cancer begs for nothing less than "a miraculous act," leading to false hones at best and quackery at worst, Dr. Jonas Salk said here. Ho urged more effort to he devoted to better educate the public on the complexities and varieties of cancer and proposed a national information clearing house. "What is really wanted by patients or members of their families is to know that all that can conceivably be done is being done and for this to be stated by the highest authroity," he said Salk, director of the research institute that bears his name, spoke o the National Conference on Cancer of the Colon and Rectum. leader of the breakaway Roman Catholic religious sect that calls itself the Apostles of Infinite Love, told a reporter he had had no contact with the two women since they removed the children from the sect's monastery in nearby St. Jovite last month. He said the women, Pauline Kramer Short and her sister Shirley Spangler, both originally from Ypsilanti, were believed to be headed for the United States. MEN GOT CUSTODY M r S' Spangler's estranged husband, William, and Mrs. Short's former husband, William, were awarded custody of the children by U.S. courts in 1969. But the women Instead brought their children to the St. Jovite monastery in August. They refused to return the children until a decision had been reached in a Canadian court. Mr. Justice Paul Langlois announced his decision last week after more than two months of hearings. Both fathers and members of their families made numerous trips to the community, 60 miles north of Montreal, for the custody hearings- Their lawyers filed for writs of habeas corpus, staling the children were being held against their wills at the Apostles' monastery. In his decision, Mr. Justice Langlois gave custody of Mrs. Short's daughter. Pamela, 15. and two sons, Kevin, 12, and Stephan, 13, to the father. He ordered Mrs. Spangler to give up her eight-year-old Daniel to her estranged husband. The Apostles of Infinite Love, founded in France IB years ago. allows parents to become nuns and priests. BEGINS PROGRAM India is beginning a $69 million aviation development program. "We are trying to make an I entertaining film that will show where the festival is at now, and also the tremendous amount of harmony in the vast number of off-stage departments in the theatre," Mr. Pownall said. The film is being produced with minimal cost to the festival. Mr. Pownall, with the help of artist-designer Don Lewis and narrator Ken Welsh, is making use of video-tape recording equipment used by the festival for stage rehearsals and during auditions. A rough script has been prepared by Mr. Pownall, but for the majority of the film the camera simply zooms into a back-stage department and shoots the workers moulding a crown or sewing sequins on a gown for a Shakespearean lady. UNDER SINGLE ROOF "The Stratford theatre is unique in that all operations are under one roof," Mr. Pownall said. "Few people realize that behind every actor they see on stage, there are at least eight people who have prepared his costume." The actor said he hopes the film will be the first in a series on the Stratford, theatre. This production will be entitled After the Adventure, a follow-up to the only other documentary on the festival, The Stratford Adventure, filmed by the National Film Board soon after the theatre opened in 1953. "The history of the festival will be touched on only lightly in the course of interviews with various festival personalities, in an attempt to keep the film light and entertaining,'' Mr. Pownall said. "Factual information, such as the size of the theatre and the number of people who work here, will be over-emphasized with the addition of music or unusual filming techniques in order to maintain this 'entertainment' theme." REDUCTIONS UP TO (sometimes mori!) Centre Village Mall - Phone 328-5030 ;