Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 16, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Armed forces drug abuse to be curbed By JOHN BEST OTTAWA (CP)-The defence department' is moving to crack down on drug abuse in the 90,000-mem-ber Canadian armed forces. Military authorities insist that the drug problem is not as great in the forces as in the population at large. Nevertheless they recognize that it exists and are taking steps to combat it. "We have to take the strict approach! because of the nature of the organization," said Lt.-Col. D. K. Tucker of the surgeon-general's office in an interview Friday. Security is a dominant consideration. A foreign agent could easily manipulate a serviceman who used drugs. Problem imported Because of increasing drag use in Canadian high schools, revealed in surveys, and because most military recruits are recent graduates, the problem in some degree is inevitable. An estimated six per cent of present recruits have used drugs in the past, said Col. Tucker. Current drug takers are excluded from joining up -provided they can be caught in the screening process. If an applicant admits to having taken drugs in tlie past, but has given them up and there is no evt dence of present use, it is possible for him to be enrolled. It's only in the past year or so that psychologists involved in the screening program have been.giving special attention to the drug problem.. Two-line campaign Within the forces, four commands-Atlantic and Pacific maritime commands, training command and Canadian Forces Europe-have started a program of lectures and movies on drug use. ' But authorities here appear to be putting more emphasis on a program, still being worked out, to instil and develop what are called the "core values" of service life. "We've got to explain to the serviceman the incompatibility between being in the service and being a drug user," said Col. Tucker. This approach will demand as much from the unit commander as from his men, Col. Tucker said and will involve, among other things, improving the quality of life on military bases and perhaps better recreational and spare-time activities. Britain urged to postpone South Africa arms sales LYNDON B. JOHNSON . . . pneumonia patient Johnson condition satisfactory SAN ANTONIO, Tex. (AP) - Former president Lyndon B. Johnson is reported in satisfactory condition and responding to treatment for mild viral pneumonia. "This is not a serious or life-threatening illness," his doctor, Col. Robert North, said today in reply to written questions. North also said the chances of the illness affecting Johnson's heart were "remote." Johnson, 62, suffered a major heart attack in 1955. He was flown by helicopter to Brooke Army General Hospital here Wednesday night. By DAVE McINTOSH SINGAPORE (CP) -. Britain is being urged to postpone for six months any arms sales to South Africa while attempts are made to impose a world arms embargo against the apartheid nation, it was learned today. Prime Minister Trudeau, who did not attend the morning session of the Commonwealth leaders conference, has been involved in discussions on this point. A six-month postponement of the arms issue would give the Commonwealth, particularly African members, time to bring pressure on countries which now sell armaments to South Africa-they include France and Italy-to stop the shipments. The conference's general po-. Meal debate ended today and the economic one will begin Monday. This means' that the South African issue probably will not be reached until Tuesday afternoon at the earliest. Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore summed up the political debate today and said a walkout on the arms problem would not benefit anyone. DOMINATES MEET Britain's proposal to sell arms to South Africa to guard sea-lanes from the Indian Ocean >as dominated the conference so far, with Prime Minister Heath of Britain stressing his country's right to determine its own affairs. Britain maintains the arms sales are necessary to counter a Soviet buildup in the Indian Ocean. Jarring to hear Jordan's position UNITED NATIONS (AP) -United Nations mediator Gun-nar V. Jarring now has heard Middle East peace proposals from both Israel and Egypt, and has scheduled a meeting Mon- Weather outlook ioo cases in 1970 is encouraging Defence department figures show that about 100 cases of drug abuse in the services were investigated last year, involving about 400 people. Not all resulted in charges being laid, however. A number of servicemen-said to be less than 50- were discharged after narcotics convictions. Last year, four cases of drug dependency were admitted to military hospitals compared with one case in 1969. Though comparative figures are unavailable, the incidence of drug abuse is considerably higher on the West Coast than in other military regions. Last year, 19 servicemen on the West Coast were released as unfit for service because of illicit drug use and related incidents. Everyone send the weather man flowers - he says the Chinook is going to stay with us for "the next three or four days." After more than a week of polar temperatures, the Chinook, with a heavy transitional ice-fog, reached Lethbridge shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. At about 4 o'clock the temperature was four below; by 4:3S it was 33 above, and continued climbing to give the city a late-afternoon high reading of 40 above. That was 77 degrees warmer than the 37 below coldest temperature during the cold spell. Edmonton and Calgary haven't been nearly as much affected by the shifting weather front, with both cities recording below zero temperatures through the night and into this morning. The Lethbridge low last night was 25 above, and the temperature is not expected to drop below freezing until the Chinook winds leave. The high expected for today was 40 above and the low, 35. Similar temperatures are expected Sunday. Waterton this morning reported a temperature of 37 above with light wet snow, which was expected to continue most of the day. Throughout the southwest region, winds were 25 miles an hour and westerly, gusting at times to 40. Last year on this date, the low was 31 below; the high, 17 below. day to hear Jordan's position. Jordanian Ambassador Muhammad H. el-Farra told a reporter Friday night that he would see Jarring Monday and convey to him "the position of the government of Jordan on the implementation" of the 1967 UN Security Council resolution that laid down conditions for a settlement of the Middle East crisis. Mohammed H. el-Zayyat, the Egyptian ambassador, presented his country's recommendations to the Swedish diplomat late Friday, a week after Jarring had received Israel's proposals during a visit to Jerusalem. The Egyptian ambassador said he has received instructions' from his country and has replied to the Israeli proposals "on paper" to Jarring. Youths predict motor city ivill become ghost town By DICK BROWN WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) - "I suppose you've heard it's desperate." "If it doesn't get any better, Windsor's going to be a ghost town. Everybody'U split." For young persons in this city of about 197,000, youth unemployment is not spoken about in the same manner as an Ottawa bureaucrat would speak. "I could always go back to my old occupation-stealing." A few have. Others have given up: "Why should I go to Canada Manpower? They'll just tell me there's nothing they can do." Many just continue to plod down a Via Dolorosa of don't-call-us, we'll-call-you. Windsor is an automotive city -a "lunch bucket town." When car sales boom, so does Windsor. When car sales are not booming, neither is Windsor. Cars are not booming. About 5,500 Chrysler Canada Ltd. workers laid off this week return to work Monday, but about 600 others face layoffs the same day. Tuesday is the strike deadline for both Chrysler and Ford of Canada Ltd. Stories of youths turning to theft and break-ins lurk menacingly in scattered conversations. It hasn't happened on a widespread basis yet. Nonetheless, Police. Chief Gordon Preston feels the youth unemployment problem is "a serious major one, that has to be looked at." Heath said Friday "the frontiers of the Soviet Union are not bound by the Mediterranean" and the Commonwealth is not a tribunal "to sit in final judgment of the policies and actions of its members." He said the Soviet Union Is ready to prove any sign of weakness in the West's position. It was Soviet policy to extend its naval units for-in the words of a Soviet naval chief-"broad offensive policies against sea and ground troops of the imperialists at any point of the world's oceans." Some African states have threatened to withdraw from the Commonwealth if Britain goes through with the arms-sales proposal. In an interview with CBC Radio News Service, Trudeau said Friday night that Britain should assert its' right to sell arms to South Africa but delay for some time implementation of the policy. He said at the same time Britain should accept a proposed Declaration of Commonwealth Principles of multi-racialism. Trudeau said that in this way a compromise could be worked out on the arms question. Trudeau flew today to Sabah in North Borneo and, among other things, planned to ride a giant turtle. In North Borneo, Trudeau will spend the weekend at a small Canadian-assisted forest project. It is reported that he will be the only Commonwealth leader to leave Singapore during the weekend when vital behind-the-scenes discussions will be held in an attempt to reach some compromise on the arms-sales issue. OFFERS BASE In another development today, Mauritius offered itself as an alternative naval base if. such a move would please the Africans by negating the need for Britain to supply arms to South Africa. External Affairs Minster Gae-tan Duval said in an interview: "If it is agreeable to all members of the Commonwealth, and to stop the disruption of the Commonwealth, we will help by giving a base to Britain in Mauritius." Duval said the offer would be made when Indian Ocean security is discussed at the conference early next week. Brazilian guerrillas release kidnapped Swiss ambassador SPLENDID IDEA, BUT - The imaginative motorist who plugged his car Into a Christmas light socket on a street post in downtown Regina should have looked more closely at his surroundings - he was directly across from ihe police station. RIO DE JANEIRO (Reutcr) - Kidnapped Swiss Ambassador Giovanni Bucher was re-leased apparently unharmed today after nearly 40 days in tlie hands of Brazilian leftist guerrillas. Bucher turned1 up at tlie home of an embassy official more than 48 hours after the Brazilian government met all demands for his ransom by freeing 70 political prisoners and flying them to Santiago, Chile. Bucher was driven to his embassy residence. He posed for cameramen but would say only: "I am well. I am not in a position to make a statement right away." A news conference was scheduled for Sunday. The envoy arrived at the embassy residence in slacks and a pink sports shirt. He was driven to the building, just a few hundred yards from the presidential palace in Rio's hillside Laranjeiras district, by Swiss embassy official William Rock. The ambassador arrived at Rock's home early today. Mrs. Ruck said he looked well but seemed tired. At the embassy residence, tlie ambassador was reunited with his sister, Marie Anne Maillet, who had flown from Europe to meet him. Bucher's release came after two days of mounting anxiety over his fate. H i s kidnappers-who had threatened his execution if their demands were not met-originally pledged to release him as soon as international news agency reports confirmed the arrival of the 70 political prisoners in Chile. The political prisoners, 68 Brazilians and two foreign revolutionaries, arrived in Santiago early Thursday morning. From then on, Bucher's release was thought to be imminent. But until the . ambassador turned up today, there had been no word on his safety or guerrilla plans for his release. The kidnappers apparently delayed (ha releaaa because of Seen and heard About town JJ0RN loser Ralph Franklin receiving a belated Christmas gift in the mail Friday afternoon, just after the Chinook hit: an in-car warmer ... Dr. W. J. Cran-Icy suggesting that the next ethnic project in Lethbridge should be "construction of a WASP garden" . . . Mayor Andy Anderson admitting that a block heater cord left lying on the ground after "someone" had forgetfully driven away without first unplugging it might "just probably" be Ms. HIS FATE IN HANDS OF JURY - Accused killer Charles Manson is escorted by two deputies to court in Los Angeles Friday for what was the last day of the seven-monfhs-old murder trial for him and three girl defendants- The case went to the jury Friday afternoon. The four are accused of seven murders, including that of actress Sharon Tate. Tate murder case in hands of jury Tor my first number...1 LOS ANGELES (AP) - Climaxing seven months of trial, the Sharon Tate murder jury is deliberating after hearing a prosecutor tell them Charles Manson and his three co-defendants lived by "a religion of death, blood and murder." The seven-man, five-woman jury deliberated for 70 minutes Friday after receiving its charge from the judge. It resumes today. Manson, 36, although barred from the courtroom for unruly behavior, managed to inject a comment before the jury retired. "Tell them why we couldn't put on a defence, old man," he shouted from an adjoining room just after the judge finished reading the charge. In his final summation, Deputy District Attorney Vincent T. Bugliosi called out the names of tlie seven victims who, he said, "from their graves cry out for justice." He called the August, 1969, slayings "perhaps the most inhuman horror-filled hour of savage murder and human slaughter in the recorded annals of crime." "As the .helpless victims begged and screamed out into the night for their lives, their life blood gushed out of their bodies forming rivers of gore," Bugliosi said. Earlier, he summarized evidence against the women, Susan Atkins, 22, Patricia Krenwinkel, 22, and Leslie Van Houten, 21. The state asked for first-degree murder and conspiracy convictions against all. Defence lawyers in their summations said the defendants are innocent and other unknown persons did the killings. They said the state's main witness, Linda Kasabian, lied in order to gain immunity from prosecution. Violence renewed BELFAST (AP) - Two Brit-ish soldiers were Injured in this Northern Ireland capital during more than four hours' of widespread raids early today by youths hurling gasoline bombs, rpeks and bottles. The renewed violence in the capital forced Prime ' Minister James Chichester-Clark to call off his planned American tour to New York, Chicago and Washington. the presence of large numbers of police in and around Rio. The pre-dawn release broke with guerrilla tradition. Previous political hostages have been freed at night. GREETINGS AFTER RELEASE - Swiss Ambassador Giovonni Bucher waves to newsmen outside his Rio de Janeiro residence Saturday following his release by Brazilian terrorists. At hit side it hit titter, Mrt. Anna Marie Maillot. Bucher was held in captivity for 40 day* following Ma kldnopplng.