Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 19, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
SNOW ' Forecait high Wednesday 10 above The Lethkidge Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 32 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 18 PAGES jobless policy Auto Engineman dies in train crash under attack in Commons By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) - Opposition MPs and liberal back-benchers kept up their attack in the Commons Monday on government economic policies. The fusillade came in debate on Finance Minister E. J. Benson's Dec. 3 budget, scheduled to resume today. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield raked the government for the latest unemployment figures, which show 538,000 Canadians unemployed in mid-December, a seasonally-adjusted rate of 6.6 per cent of the labor force. Labor Minister Bryce Mackasey retorted later that the December figure was far lower than levels reached between 1958 and 1962 under Conservative governments, when annual rates reached seven per cent. Outside the Commons, Mr. Mackasey said the country would have to expect another two months of high unemployment. Mr. Stanfield called on the government to quell its "false pride" and take new steps to fight unemployment. - He urged the government to lower personal incomes taxes, remove the 11-per-cent federal sales tax on building supplies, discontinue the three-per-cent surtax on personal and corporate income tax and widen eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits as a stop-gap. He said the time is ripe to urge voluntary price and wage restraint on business and labor, when neither group is pressured by high inflation to hedge against increases. David Lewis, New Democrat deputy leader, proposed similar moves to combat unemployment. He also suggested grants to municipalities to coven rising welfare costs, an immediate increase in unemployment insurance benefits to $100 a week, and increased grants to build schools, hospitals and anti-pollution facilities. The unemployment benefit increases were recommended in the government's white paper on unemployment insurance. Creates poverty Mr. Lewis said the government had succeeded in a deliberate attempt to create poverty. Creditiste. Leader R*al Caou^Me' "s-aid the uneir--. ployment problem could be solved oijly by increasing purchasing power with a national dividend from the Bank of Canada. That would put people back to work in the factories by increasing demand for their products. One of the bitterest attacks on government policy came from one of its own back-benchers-Robert Kaplan (Toronto Don Valley)-who scored the cabinet for not having the courage to propose wage and price controls as weapons against inflation. In its strategy of fighting inflation with unemployment the government had "succeeded too well." The resultant number of out-of-work Canadians was "simply unacceptable." A better tactic would be to enact an economic war measures act-controls that could be quickly applied to economic sectors threatened by inflation. The main inflationary danger, said Mr. Kaplan, is wages, which tend to increase without any push from other forces. Mr. Mackasey said the government's critics displayed uncalled-for pessimism. If investors read the speeches of the day "they would be damn fools to spend a nickel in Canada." "Fortunately they know that the record of Canada is good. They know that we are on the right track financially." He said "we can console ourselves" that the unemployed now have training programs, mobility grants and other benefits not available 10 years ago. Milk campaign donors thanked Slightly short of its objective but still with a highly rewarding response from Herald readers, the "Cup of Milk" fund campaign for the \970 Christmas season is now being closed. Receipts now stand at $11,9-10. The objective was $12,500. A year ago $11,991.90 was raised. In other parts of Canada Christmas appeals were generally far down from last. year. Official receipts are now being mailed from the Unitarian Service Committee headquarters in Ottawa. Donations are welcome at any time, and any submitted through Tlie Lethbridge Herald, whether made out to the Cup of Milk Fund or to the USC, will be forwarded immediately. However, the active solicitation for the Cup of Milk fund is now ended. The Herald received over the weekend this letter from Dr. Lotta Hitschmanova, executive director of the USC: "With great joy I write to thank readers of The Lethbridge Herald for making the Cup of Milk Fund such a success! 1 am due to leave for overseas at the beginning of February and I shall have many opportunities Lo see Canada's White Gold distributed to hungry little children. In other areas USC milk distributions have completely wiped out malnutrition among under M-year-olds, thanks to the warm generosity of Canadians who care. "During these cold winter months be warm in the knowledge that you have brought life and hope to countless little ones." The Herald joins Dr. Hitschmanova in thanking contributors. The concern, effort and sacrifice of so many children, individually and in school or other groups, is especially beart-warming. plants closed WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) - About 14,100 United Auto Workers went on strike against Ford of Canada Ltd. at 1 p.m. today. The strike deadline passed with no settlement as bargainers continued to work at hammering out a new wage contract. Negotiations under a news blackout were to continue this afternoon with no break since Monday night's all-night bargaining session. CROWSNEST - An engineer was killed and a trainman injured when two Canadian Pacific Rail freight trains collided this morning four miles west of here near, the Alberta-British Columbia border. The accident happened on a mountain curve when a scheduled eastbound f o u r-engine freight hauling 94 cars collided with a westbound extra, hauling 8 empty cars. Killed was engineman J. P. Bohan, of Cranbrook, who was in the cab of the eastbound train; injured was L. D. Swinerton, also of Cranbrook, who was in the caboose of the' westbound. The injured man UAW workers at Windsor, Oakville, Talbotville, Niagara Falls and Bramalea set up picket lines. Details of the Ford offer have not been made public. Some local and non-economic issues, which have stalled the talks, still remain to be settled. Workers at the Talbotville plant near St. Thomas walked out about five hours ahead of the official strike resulting in the company's sending home all the 1,500 hourly-rated day shift workers and closing the plant which turns out Maverick and Pinto cars. IGNORE DIRECTIVE Meanwhile, a Chrysler of Canada Ltd. engine plant here was closed down after day shift workers walked out despite a union directive to stay on the job past a 10 a.m. strike deadline. At about the same time the Chrysler workers were going home, union and company negotiators in Detroit reached a tentative contract agreement.' While the agreement generally followed the pattern set in negotiations at Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Corp., including a 51-cent-an-hour first-year raise, a new twist was added. The two sides agreed to establish a six-member committee to study the^feasibility of changing to a iour^day, 40-hour work week; No pickets wer set up at the Windsor Chrysler plant and a company spokesman said the afternoon shift was still scheduled to come in at 4 p.m. At Ford's Oakville plant, night shift workers walked out Monday night bringing plant operations to a halt but the day shift came to work as usual and remained on the job until 1 p.m. PICKETS SHIELD FACES About a dozen pickets carried placards outside the Talbotville plant, using them to shield their faces at any attempts by photographers to take pictures. Police were standing by but no incidents were reported and about 450 salaries workers stayed on the job. Winter storm emergency order ends. ST. JOHN'S Nfld. (CP) - A state of emergency declared here at the height of an intense weekend winter storm ended at 6 a.m. today as workmen continued the job of cleaning up. Most schools remained closed but many other disrupted activities were returning to normal in eastern Newfoundland. The storm moved out to sea Monday after sweeping the island's eastern half with winds gusting to 70 miles an hour. Farris dies at Vancouver VANCOUVER (CP) - Financier Ralph K. Farris of Vancouver, 60, former president of Northern Ontario Natural Gas, died today in hospital. Farris, jailed for nine months for perjury in 1964 following an investigation by the Ontario government into distribution of NONO shares, had been s\iffer-ing from cancer. 95 registered at Los Angeles LOS ANGELES (AP) -Southern California's summer-in-January, with 95-degree temperatures and a smog alert, should come to an end by Thursday, the weather bureau says. The 95 Monday made downtown Los Angeles the country's warmest spot and continued a three-day string of summer temperatures. was taken to hospital at Natal, Two diesel units, left the from Lethbridge and from late this afternoon. B.C., but the hospital has re- track, and were reported Cranbrook, B.C. to haul the Regional superintendents leased no details on his condi- heavily damaged. two trains free. Clearing was were on the scene investigating tion. Auxiliary engines were sent expected to be completed by the accident. Heath softens stand on arms sales issue ~ Talks SPLASH-TYPICAL LETHBRIDGE SCENE TODAY The weather-it's goofy If you're a stranger, you might be on the verge of seriously considering southern Alberta weather the eighth wonder of the world. Since last Tuesday, Leth-bridgeites have experienced, among other things, temperatures ranging from 37 below zero to 45 above, melting snow and ice, a 38-degree drop in temperature in less than 30 minutes, sunshine, heavy cloud cover, warm winds and cold winds, and even an additional snowfall tossed in for good' measure. As the native proverb says, "if you don't like the weather, wait just a minute." While south Albertans enjoy the balmy Chinook breezes, not many may appreciate the greatly increased driving hazards. Lethbridge city police report a rash of 18 motor vehicle accidents since the first arrival of the Chinook last Friday, as streets and highways were turned into virtual skating rinks by the widely fluctuating temperatures. A police spokesman said even professional drivers experience difficulties on the icy road conditions. Late Monday three semi-trailer trucks jack-knived and stalled on the coulee hill, two miles west of Lellv bridge. A fourth vehicle, a bus, was also involved in the chain reaction stall on the lull but no injuries occurred and damage was negligible. Meanwhile, it appears south- ern Alberta is in for a return to colder weather as the warm Pacific low responsible for the Chinook, is absorbed by a cold arctic front reported to be sinking southward. Typical Chinook conditions are, however, expected to continue t h r o u g h out today and most of Wednesday. Temperatures today and Wednesday will be near 40 above during the day, dropping to about 25 above tonight, and 10 above Wednesday night as the colder system arrives. Winds will be from the west at 20 mph today, shifting to northerly at about 15 mph Wednesday night. Alberta toughens pollution laws M>lic\<& HI EDMONTON (CP) - Industries polluting the environment could be closed under legislation planned by the province, Health Minister James Henderson said here. Mr. Henderson said the power Seen and heard About town QPTIMISTIC Saturday chinook shoppers Gary .tones and Heather Luckhurst returning in only a half hour after the temperature dropped 38 degrees . . . English teacher Bryan Elcffson lamenting that lie would like to be able to live like Bryan Eleffson, "if only I could afford it." . under the new legislation will be similar to that now held by the oil and gas conservation board which can close oil operations contravening regulations. The new legislation will make this principle "a little more universal," Mr. Henderson said in an interview. The planned law will apply to all industry affecting air and water, and in some aspects, land, the minister said. It will be provided under the proposed environmental improvement department which is expected to be established during the next, session of the legislative. Under present health department regulations, offending industries can be ordered to clean up their own pollution within a set deadline. Further action must be taken through court action. Dissident Poles back to yards GDANSK, Poland (AP) - Apparently placated by a story about their strike in the local state-owned newspaper, dissident shipbuilders returned to the yards today. But a sympathy strike by the riot-scarred city's transportation workers forced thousands to walk to their jobs. Trolley cars and buses were back on the streets after a stoppage of about two hours in this port city where riots began last month that toppled the government and gained salary concessions for poor Poles from the new regime. Evidence of 'huge error' expected BRAMPTON, Ont. (CP) -Evidence of "a huge error" made by medical experts investigating an air crash that killed all 109 persons aboard an Air Canada jetliner last July 5 was expected today at an inquest into the crash. The man who was to testify about the error before Ontario's supervising coroner, Dr. H. B. Cotnam, is Dr. Ian Anderson, a specialist in aviation medicine. Inquest sources Monday said a report prepared by medical examiners accidentally mixed up the names of the pilot and co-pilot in a report that yellow paint from a crucial cockpit control lever was found on the hand of First Officer Donald Rowland. Last month a federal inquiry was told that. Uic paint flecks were major evidence in concluding it was First Officer Rowland who prematurely deployed the spoiler control, sending the huge plane bouncing off a Toronto airport runway, to crash later in a farmer's field despite the efforts of Captain Peter Hamilton. In related testimony Monday a pilots' representative said that the control was only one of three in the cockpit painted yellow. Dr. Anderson said the mixup In the names was a small error that should be cleared up. "It was a huge error," Dr. Cotnam said brusquely. 'Die plane's spoilers, flaps along each wing which help brake it. after its wheels touch down, were deployed prematurely while it was coming into the nose-up position for landing. The resulting loss in lift sent it crashing to the runway with almost twice the maximum permissible force. An engine was ripped off, rupturing a wing fuel tank and showering the leaking fuel with sparks from exposed wires. Captain Hamilton, unaware of the extent of the damage, took off again for another approach and landing. LOST WING The Los Angeles-bound jet from Montreal, with a brief stop scheduled for Toronto, then lost its right wing in a series of explosions and crashed. "You've only seen fit to extract what's consistent with your theory," Dr. Cotnam told the specialist. "We didn't hear it all at the original inquiry and we didn't hear it the second time around here today yet." going well By DAVE McINTOSH SINGAPORE (CP) - British Prime Minister Heath is reported to have undertaken to consider one proposal and to have made another today on the controversial arms-to-South Africa issue at the Commonwealth conference. Reports said that at a seven-hour leaders-only private meeting Heath: -Produced a compromise formula under which Britain would "replace and maintain" equipment for the South African navy. This would be a comedown from the original proposal to sell the navy new equipment to help guard the sea lanes against; possible Soviet naval harassment. -Agreed to consider demands for an indefinite delay in reaching a decision on the whole controversial issue pending more prolonged and relaxed Commonwealth consultations on it. This is somewhat in linewith what Fi'lme Minister T$deau has been suggesting publicly. It also is reported that Heath offered to monitor the use �f any arms sold to South Africa to see that they are not used against the black African majority as a furtherance of the country's apartheid policy. Use of the arms in this manner has been one of the fears of the African delegates, although they add that sale of arms to South Africa implies acceptance of apartheid. T r u d e a u, meanwhile, was asked when he emerged from the conference if there was a deadlock. "No," he replied, "The talks are going well." The private meeting, in which even top-flight officials of delegations to the 31-country conference are excluded, will continue Wednesday. It was considered doubtful that Heath's reported compromise plan would satisfy African and Asian critics, some of whom have threatened to leave the Commonwealth if the arms sales go through. But at least one report said the general mood of the leaders was one of optimism, although there appeared little change on either side of fundamental positions. "Perhaps what might be decided is a means of disagreeing and saving face," one well-placed source suggested. Highly-placed informants in a position to know reported Heath undertook to ponder the suggestion of an indefinite delay and to convey his response to Wednesday's meeting. 00 slick threatens waterfront SAN FRANCISCO (CP) - A black tide of oil drifted across San Francisco Bay today, threatening waterfront c o m-munities fighting a major battle against oil pollution from two Standard Oil Co. of California tankers which collided under the Golden Gate Bridge. The coast guard estimated final figures could show that nearly two million gallons of fuel oil had spewed into the bay after Monday's collision of two sister ships-the 10,533-ton Arizona Standard, and the 10,449-ton Oregon Standard. The biggest oil leak in the history of San Francisco Bay already has fouled two beaches, the waterfront of the picturesque village of Sausalito and threatened a waterfowl reserve.