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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 15, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta - THI lethbridge hermd - Friday, January 15, 1971 Labor heads, politicians rap govt, anti-inflation By THE CANADIAN PRESS The Liberal government's' anti-inflation policies came under fierce attack Thursday from labor leaders and opposition politicians across Canada in the wake of statistics showing a 13-per-cent rise in the ranks of the unemployed in a single month. Figures released Thursday morning by Canada Manpower and the Dominion Bureau of Statistics showed that 538,000 Canadians were unemployed in mid-December, 6.5 per cent of the labor force. By Thursday night, angry politicians and labor leaders were attempting to turn the statistics into criticism of the Trudeau government. In Ottawa, Joseph Morris, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labor Congress, said the jobless figures represent "a terrible waste of Canada's talents and resources." Mr. Morris said the situation could have been avoided had the government taken responsible action a year ago when it knew what was in store, instead of pursuing "excessively tight money policies which have been instrumental in bringing about the present crisis." In Winnipeg, Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield, on the first full day of his cross-Canada 'unemployment tour," ac- cused the government of delib-1 erately trying to "run down the economy," adding that "there are hundreds of thousands of Canadian paying for this." "I'm not suggesting at this stage that too much can be done about it," said the Progressive Conservative leader. "The government has let. it go pretty long." In the Commons, NDP-Leader T. C. Douglas failed in an attempt to force a special debate on unemployment Thursday afternoon, then predicted another 100,000 Canadians will join the jobless in January. In Vancouver, Ray Haynei, secretary of the British Columbia Federation of Labor, said CONTRAST IN MOODS-Sgt. Charles Hutto, 22, of Tallulah, Pa., followed by hit smiling wife, Brenda, leaves the Ft- McPherson courtroom is Atlanta Thursday shortly after he was acquitted of assault with intent to murder civilians during the alleged My Lai massacre in 1968. Sergeant acquitted on assault charge Geologist issues warning on river system changes FORT MCPHERSON, Ga. (AP) - Sgt. Charles Hutto, 22, of TaHulah, La., who was in My Lai as a machine-gunner when United States troops swept through the South Vietnamese village in 1968, was acquitted Cold winter to take toll of wildlife ' EDMONTON (CP) - Alberta's long, hard winter is ex- j pected to kill more wildlife! than usual, a lands and forests spokesman said Thursday. "Everything but moose is likely to be badly affected," the spokesman said. Wildlife biologists are planning a survey in early spring of such animals as elk, mountain sheep and goats and bird life to see just how much their populations have declined. The spokesman said early �nowfall this year, combined with two "crustings" of the �now due to thaws and re-freezes, has presented many species with difficulty in getting food. He said grouse in the northern half of the province are at the low point of their 10-year population cycle but the population in the southern half should be sufficient to provide reasonable sport. Thursday of assault with intent to murder at least six civilians during the action. The verdict was returned by a six-member court-martial board at Third Army headquarters. Hutto is the second soldier to be acquitted in the alleged massacre. The jury returned its verdict after little more than two hours. Outside the courtroom, Hutto said; "I am not going to answer any questions about My Lai. That is all I've got to say about that." The soldier, who has been held in the U.S. Army a year past his scheduled separation date, said he planned to be out of the army in less than a week. The other soldier acquitted in the assault on My Lai was S. Sgt. David Mitchell, who also was charged with assault with intent to murder. Hutto could have received up to 20 years in prison if he had been convicted. Former SC minister dies at 89 VANCOUVER (CP) - John William Hugill, 89, attorney-general cf Alberta in the early days of the Social Credit movement, died here yesterday. Mr. Hugill stepped down as attorney-general in 1937 when then Premier William Aber-hart demanded his resignation, saying Mr. Hugill "felt himself out of harmony with the movement." Mr. Hugill was one of four ministers so treated. One of them was W. N. Chant, then Alberta's agriculture minister and now B.C.'s minister of public works. Mr. Hugill read law with R B. Bennett - later Conservative prime minister - and practised briefly with Bennett's law firm in Calgary. He was a Calgary alderman in 1921-22, QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental Mechanic Capital Furniture Bldg. PHONE 328-76841 Escapes death PINCHER CREEK (HNS) -Gordon Dyck, 23, of Pincher Creek is recovering in hospital here today after being found unconscious Thursday beside his monoxide-emitting truck in a quonset building here. Mr. Dyck apparently had been able to get out of the truck before lapsing into unconsciousness. The truck engine was running when Mr. Dyck was found. His hands and feet were frozen. He regained consciousness after hospital treatment and authorities say he will not suffer ill effects from his ordeal. Church cleared of charges RAYMOND (HNS) - Seven charges against members of the Hofer Brothers Mennonite Church involving allegedly operating a school over which a board has no control were dismissed in magistrate's court here Thursday. Crown prosecutor D. V. Hartigan failed to produce witnesses who apparently had not been subpoenaed. The charges said "children have not been enrolled in a school over which a board has control." The charges arose when 27 students did not return to the Stirling School last September. The parents apparently had been conducting a private school at their farm five miles east of Raymond. EDMONTON (CP) -Man should consider the consequences before he manipulates river systems, D. A. Gill of the department of geography at the University of Alberta, said Thursday. He warned that even the mighty Mackenzie River drainage system may be affected by the W. A. C. Bennett dam on the Peace River in British Columbia, which has already brought ecological change to the Peace-Athabasca delta in northeaatern Alberta. "The Peace is only one portion of the Mackenzie drainage system," he told delegates to a delta symposium. The ramifications for the entire drainage system must be considered." Dr. Gill said a dam on the Mackenzie River, which drains into the Beaufort Sea, would have such long-term effects' on the river's delta region that even the climate would change. Cooler temperatures would create a shorter growing season and permafrost would develop in soil now active for growing. The Bennett dam, 700 mites upstream from the delta, has stopped the irregular but life-sustaining spring floods that make the Peace-Athabasca delta a haven for waterfowl, fish, muskrat and bison, said H. J. Dirschl of Saskatoon, a research scientist with the Canadian Wildlife Service. The Canadian Wildlife Service has been studying the effects of the Bennett dam on the delta since 1967 to determine what remedial action can be taken, The disturbance of the delta ecology has brought hardship to 1,500 Cree, Chipewyan and Metis residents of the area who depend on the muskrat and fishing for their livelihood. Mr. Dirschl said nature had sustained a wetlands habitat in the delta which provided an ideal nesting area for water fowl, a home for the muskrat and food for the 6,000 bison in Wood Buffalo National Park. By eliminating the rejuvenat ing floods, the Bennett dam will cause a change in the growth of vegetation which will strangle the life-giving marshland, he said. Mr. Dirschl said the change could be reversed to some ex tent by discharging water through the Bennett dam, but such a step would not be in the interests of a company that hoped to produce hydroelectric power. Some ecological changes would still occur. The symposium, sponsored by the University of Alberta extension department, ends today with a look at the implications of river manipulation as well as the social and economic as pects. the trade union movement thinks unemployment is really higher than the DBS figures show. "The actual number of unemployed is probably higher but regardless of figures, the fact is that we have a horrible unemployment situation," said Mr. Haynes. EXPECT BAD SUMMER In New Glasgow, N.S., John Lynk, president of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labor, said the figures indicate that the Maritimes will be in for a bad summer "unlets something drastic is done." The job situation In Nova Scotia is "worse than we had antic ipated it would be a month ago." Bill Davies, executive secretary of the Saskatchewan Federation of Labor, said the problem is more serious than the figures indicate. He said the total work force on which calculations are based includes professional people such as doctors as well as farm ers who should not be included in the over-all picture. Bill Paterson, executive sec retary of the Calgary Labor Council, said high unemploy ment is the result of anti-inflation measures and the federal winter works program should be re-introduced. Coast snow storm sets new record VANCOUVER (CP) - Snow, changed to rain as the temperature rose to 40 in the Greater Vancouver area today, ending a storm which dumped a record 40.2 inches of snow on the city since Sunday. Six consecutive days of mow, ending with an 8.3-inch fall overnight, broke a record for the month of January of 37 inches set in 1950. It took 14 consecutive days of snow to set that record. Meanwhile, city streets and lower mainland highways that have been cleared of snow were in good condition, but the heavy, wet snow was making driving difficult and hazardous on side streets. The storm shut main highways, closed several schools for three dajs and slowed business activity to a snowshoer's pace. A snowslide today closed the Squamish Highway northwest of Vancouver and the Trans-Canada Highway from Hope to Boston Bar in the Fraser Canyon was closed until further notice because-of blowing snow. The Trans-Canada Highway from Hope, west to the Vedder Canal near Chilliwack was closed for about four hours earlier today. TWO DEATHS Two persons froze to death during the storm when a family was stranded for three days on a barren road near Hope. The heavy snow overnight brought down hydro and telephone lines in some areas and Police link bombing with FLQ LONDON (CP) - A Scotland Yard spokesman said today that possibilities that the bombing of a cabinet minister's house may somehow be linked with supporters of Quebec separatists is being explored but so far there is no evidence of any relationship. The spokesman was commenting on a report published in The Daily Mail today saying that special police have uncovered clues linking the bombing of Employment Minister Robert Carr's home "with the terror group which killed Quebec's minister of labor, Mr. Laporte." The newspaper, in its frontpage story, said that detectives found that sympathizers of the Front de Liberation du Quebec fled to Britain during the police roundup following Pierre La-porte's murder in Montreal. It maintained that some of these sympathizers got in touch with Maoist groups in London and that during the last few days several of them have been questioned by police and their rooms searched. One Scotland Yard source described the newspaper report as "rubbish," but said all possible linkups are being checked and that police attention is being given to political agitators. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES PRISr.NTS THI Weather and road report the rain was expected to bring with it the danger of overloaded roofs and falling icicles. In one area of downtown Vancouver Thursday, the sidewalk was blocked off while five-foot shards of ice were knocked from an office building's overhanging roof. All schools and universities in the Greater Vancouver area a n d the Fraser Valley remained closed again for the third day, but the four campuses of Vancouver City College were open. Airlines, railways and 'buses were running regularly, with only a few delays. Meanwhile, the two-week bus strike in the Vancouver area and Victoria continued. A settlement recommendation was expected later today from the B.C. mediation commission. It is not binding on either B.C. Hydro or the 1,800 striking members of the Amalgamated Transit Union. . JO BELOW A* ZERO AT 12:00, NOON SUNRISE SATURDAY 8:22 SUNSET 5:01 Lethbridge Pincher Creek Waterton..... Medicine Hat . Edmonton ..- Banff..........-12 -24 Calgary...... Grande Prairie Cranbrook ... . Victoria...... Penticton ... ., Prince Rupert Vancouver ... Saskatoon ... . Regina....... Winnipeg..... Toronto..... Ottawa...... Montreal ... . St. John's ... . Halifax...... Charlottetwon Store owner, wife injured in robbery EDMONTON (CP) - Axel Anderson, a 74-year-old store proprietor, lay helplessly in a pool of his own blood Thursday as a robber pistol-whipped his 60-year-old wife, Marie. Mr. Anderson was shot in his back, face, neck and hands by the bandit, who was carrying a pellet gun. When Mrs. Anderson came from the living quarters, the robber knocked her to the floor and struck her about the head with the pistol. Mr. Anderson described the robbing in an interview later after being treated and released from hospital: "As I went back to help, I slipped. The next thing I knew, the guy was hitting me on the head with his gun." Mrs. Anderson was admitted to hospital for treatment. Mr. Anderson said the robber had asked for three bolts and paid for them with a dollar bill. "As I was getting him his change I felt this thing in my back and heard a click." The bandit escaped with about $15, police said. New party to appoint president EDMONTON (CP) - meeting of the general executive of the Western Canada Party is being planned for middle of next month to point or elect an interim president, Gerry Beck said Thursday. "We don't have a president yet and while we're working it, we don't want to rush i it," Mr. Beck, Alberta vice-president, said in an interview. In announcing the formation of the new party earlier this month, Mr. Beck said vice-presidents were named for th� four western provinces in addi tion to 10 directors. A ai-da the ap- H L Pre 15 -29.. -14 -26 .. -14 -17 .. -17 -29 .. -24 -35 .. 21 -28 -19 -40 3 36 14 15 30 -22 21 -5 31 7 7 5. 9 . 4 -5 29 8 11 23 -41 -33 -30 23 4 3 . 2 6 1 Fredericton ...  . -1 Rome........ . 41 Paris.......... 40 London......... 41 . . 25 . . 27 . 41 -7 66 47 48 38 39 48 47 SI 46 32 .11 .27 .20 .05 .07 .02 Berlin....... Amsterdam ... Madrid..... Tokyo ....... New York...... 35 31 .15 Los Angeles.....60 Las Vegas..... . 53 FORECAST: Lethbridge - Today: Light snow. Temperatures rising to 30 above by this evening. Saturday: Chinook winds. Temperatures near 30 above. Calgary-Medicine Hat - Today: Light snow. Winds SE1S and gusty. Saturday: Chinook conditions in the early morning. Temperatures rising to 30 above. Columbia. Kootenay - Today and Saturday: Cloudy with occasional snow. Milder. Winds S15. Highs today 20-25 above. Lows tonight zero to 10 above. High Saturday 25-35 above. We will accept barley at $1.00 and wheat at $1.25 per buihel en present stock* enly. ItUdwtst LIFT-HARROWS FOR PLOWS, DISKS and FIELD CULTIVATORS See how you can practice minimum tillage and prepare the [very best seedbeds with new Midwest Lift-Harrows for your plows, disks and field cultivators. Stop in todayf GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES COUTTS HIGHWAY PHONE 327-3163 Smol.ing deaths THE HAGUE (Renter) - About 1,000 persons die in Holland every year from lung cancer pr heart disease caused by cigarette smoking, Public Health Secretary Hobert Kruis-inga told Parliament. No ivonder he tvent back to bed TULSA. Okla. (AP) - Tulsa streets were icy yesterday morning and the last time anybody talked to him, Tommy McDonald had gone back to bed. He set out for work in the early morning in his Toyota, but a woman driver knocked him into a curb and damaged a wheel. He went back for his station wagon and gave it another try. This time a male driver rammed him from behind. Undaunted, the 23-year-old college student went back and borrowed his landlady's car. Shortly thereafter, he found himself in the middle of a six-car pileujj. He called his office and told a co-worker of his difficulties. "The last time I talked to him," the co-worker said, "he said he was going back to bed." OFFICIAL AS AT 9:00 A.M. TODAY COURTESY OF AMA Highway 2, Nanton to Standoff is mostly bare with ice on the shoulders. Standoff to Card-ston has short icy patches. Cardston to Carway has patches of ice and packed snow. Highway 3 - east, Lethbridge to Grassy Lake is mostly covered with thin ice. Highway 3 - west, Lethbridge to Burmis is mostly bare with packed snow and ice on the shoulders. Burmis to the B. C. border is covei^ed with fresh snow, has been plowed. Highway 4 is mostly bare witli some blowing and drifting snow, from Waterton to Coutts. Highway 5, Lethbridge to Cardston is mostly bare. Few sections of hard packed snow and ice, from 3 miles east of Cardston to Cardston. From Cardston to Mountain View, short sections of thin ice. Mountain View to Waterton is mostly covered with a thin layer of packed snow. Highway 6, Pincher Creek to the Shell plant turn-off received some fresh light snow, but is mostly bare. From the plant turn-off to Waterton is covered with thin packed snow. Highway 23 from the Junction of Highway 3 to Nobleford is bare and from Nobleford to Carmangay, long icy sections, but wheel paths are bare. Highway 25 from the junction of Highway 3 to Picture Butte is mostly bare. From Picture Butte to Enchant, the wheel tracks are beginning to bare. Highway 30, from Taber to Scandia is covered with packed snow and ice. Hgiway 52 is mostly bare. Highway 61, the wheel tracks are bare. Highway 62, some blowing and drifting snow. Gocd tires or chairs aire required when travelling in a:.y mountain area. This iix'liidci all ski-resort access roads. PORTS OK ENTRY (Opening and Closing Times): Coutts 24 hours: Carway 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. MST. Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 0 p.m.; Rooseville, B.C. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Kingsgate, B."., 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m. to midnight. Chief Mountain closed. Wildhorse, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ;