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The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta ROAD CLOSED Closed teed grain market urged More than a pothole RICK ERVIN photo Road closed the sign says, and not many people are likely to argue. Work crews placed the sign to tell people the obvious that 4th Ave. S. ceases to exist beyond this point The gaping hole in the ground is being prepared for the building of the foundation to Lethbridge Centre, the downtown shopping, office and enter- tainment complex that will feature the new Woodward's department store. Socred leader will quit if he doesn't win seat CALGARY (CP) The Alberta Social Credit party agreed Friday that Werner Schmidt should continue as party leader but that he should resign if he fails to win a seat in the legislature for the third time. This position was stated by Mr. Schmidt himself, by House leader Bob Clark, and by their respective supporters at the 39th annual convention of the Alberta. Social Credit League, attended by 400 delegates. Mr. Clark, told the conven- tion that "now is not the time to discuss the leadership question." The convention should aim at rebuilding the party and prepare for the next provin- cial election, which was to be called by 1975 or earlier, Mr. Clark said.' "The leadership question should be settled after the next election." Mr Schmidt, who observed his 42nd birthday Friday, said he would resign as party leader should he lose in the next election. He said his three alternatives after the election are "as premier of Alberta, leader of the opposi- tion or I shall resign as par- ty leader MLAs opposed to Mr- Schmidt's leadership said they supported Mr. Clark's position of postponing the leadership issue Inside 'Does it still tit, Classified........24-28 Comics............20 Comment.........4, 5 District............17 Family.........18, 19 Local News.....15, 16 Markets........22, 23 Religion 10, 11 Sports........12, 13 Theatres..........7, 8 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 25, HIGH SUN. 35 SUNNY REGINA (CP) Eastern and British Columbia buyers should not be allowed free access to the Prairie feed grain market, the Western Agricultural Conference decided Friday. In a rambling resolution, the conference suggested the interests of eastern and B.C. buyers could be protected by strengthening the Canadian livestock feed board. The food board could then act as their purchasing agent and negotiate purchases with the Canadian wheat board, which acts for Prairie producers and has a monopoly on sales made outside the Prairies. The resolution would give the two boards two criteria for negotiating prices to be paid by eastern and B.C. buyers. The price would be competitive with United States corn prices or less and would take account of the value of feed grain sold within the Prairies and fed on Prairie farms. Conference delegates said they expect the most con- tentious point in the proposed policy will be the provision that feed grain grown by Prairie farmers to feed their own livestock should be valued competitively with U.S. corn for the purpose of calculating the Prairie price that in turn influences the price paid by buyers elsewhere. Eastern livestock producers have long complained that Prairie livestock producers get feed grain counting transport costs, which add more to the eastern of occasional low prices reported in feed grain sales on the Prairies. Prairie spokesmen counter that such prices are unrepre- sentative and grain that is fed on Prairie farms should -be counted in such price com- parisons. The conference's approval of the resolution Friday in effect means endorsement of it by the largest Prairie farm organizations. The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXVII 32 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 1974 56 Pages 15 Cents Subsidy plan approval seen OTTAWA (CP) The most visible achievement of next week's federal provincial energy conference may be more stable gasoline and heating oil prices in Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. If the federal government has its way, and that seems likely, the conference will approve a petroleum subsidy program to hold down prices in and east of the Ottawa Valley. Tentative plans for a sub- sidy scheme were announc- Ottawa seeks quick hind claims accord YELLOWKNIPE, N.W.T. (CP) Negotiations are to get under way "as soon as pos- sible" to reach a final settle- ment of land claims, by In- dians of the Northwest Territories, Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien said Fridky. The announcement was made after a two-hoar talk between the minister and James Wah-Shee, president of the Indian Brotherhood of the Northwest Territories. The land over which the In- dians claim aboriginal title in- cludes the Canadian Arctic route of the proposed gas pipe- line from Alaska. The federal government has been worried that if the Indian claims were not settled soon, pipeline investors might be scared off in the Arctic and that an alternative U.S. route, which would have the gas transported by tanker, might become more attractive. "We do not want to risk these Mr. Chretien said in an interview. "The Indians told me they are not against development of the north and they are not against the pipeline. "This agreement to Watergate tape mysteries to grand jury for study WASHINGTON (AP) Citing the "distinct possibility of unlawful conduct on the part of one or more a federal judge has referred the case of the non-existent and damaged Watergate tapes to a grand jury. U.S. District Judge John Si- rica took the action Friday, saying he would consider it "a dereliction of duty to ter- minate the present inquiry without further action of any sort." "Substantial questions re- mained unanswered." Within an hour, the White House issued a statement say- ing "it would be wrong to con- clude on the basis of Judge Si- rica's decision that any in- dividual within the White House is guilty of impropriety Viets, Chinese battle over disputed islands SAIGON (AP) South Viet- namese and Chinese ground and naval forces battled today in the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea., the South Vietnamese com- mand reported A command spokesman said one South Vietnamese patrol boat carrying 100 persons was hit by a missile from a Chinese ship and "we fear that it has been sunk Unconfirmed reports said three other South Vietnamese ships may nave been hit The command said two of its navy commandos were killed and two wounded in ground fighting on Duncan Island in the coral chain 250 miles off the South Vietnamese coast. The command also said a Chinese patrol boat with 50 to 60 persons aboard sank after being set afire by the South Vietnamese destroyer Tran Khanh Du. South Vietnam said Wednes- day that the Chinese landed fishermen on the islands which are 175 miles southeast of the Chinese island of Bainan and are claimed by both countries. Lt -Col Le Trung Hein, the chief spokesman for the South Vietnamese command, said that since Friday, Chinese vessels have been trying to "run into our ships" in the area. On Thursday, he said, South Vietnamese navy com- mandos landed on the islands, but the fishermen had pulled out leaving only their flag. Today's fighting erupted when a Chinese patrol boat fired on the Tran Khanh Du and "we fired back and set the Chinese boat Hein said. The Trans Khanh Du is reported to have received "light" damage to its superstructure and no casualties. or wrongdoing in the handling of the Watergate tapes." Sirica announced his deci- sion on the 19th day of hearings Dean's son arraigned LOS ANGELES (AP) Dmo Martin, son of enter- tainer Dean Martin, has been arraigned on a charge of un- lawful possession of seven machine-guns and an anti- tank cannon. Charles Weedman, lawyer for the 22-year-old Martin, told reporters after the arraignment Friday that his client collected guns as a hobby and "is not a criminal." Martin, whose full name is Dean Paul Martin Jr., was re- leased on personal recognizance bond after entering no plea at his arraignment. Weedman said Martin planned to plead not guilty at a later time. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Perry said: "We do not believe Mr. Martin was in- volved in the sale of guns to any terrorist organization. We anticipate no one else being involved." negotiate will make it plain to everybody that all Canadians are united in wanting the pipeline, including the In- dians." The Indians in the Northwest Territories hold a favorable court decision which says they have native title to square miles in the Mackenzie Valley. Up to now, the Indians had refused offers to negotiate a settlement. Israelis pleased with pact New York Times Service JERUSALEM Viewed from Israel, the disengage- ment accord signed with Egypt Friday holds out the promise of a genuinely observed ceasefire and the possibility of much more. The widespread initial reaction here is that Israel got a good deal. This sentiment is es- pecially strong among the of- ficials who participated in the exhausting, week-long negotiations. In the main pragmatic men, they are seasoned by years of diplomatic frustration and inclined as a result to a fun- damental distrust of Arab motives. Nonetheless, they seemed pleased by the provisions of the agreement, gratified by the manner in which it was reached, and hopeful that it can provide the basis for a similar compromise with Syria Some are even flirting with the notion that the agree- ment reflects a genuine reordering of priorities in Egypt One of these perennially skeptical men speculated in a conversation Friday that it was possible that Egyptian President Anwar Sadat had decided to concentrate on rebuilding Egypt economical- ly and sociality rather than militarily. SMII and heard About town Vauxhall cribbage buff Den- nis Hart stopping Donald with 29 hand... luckless motorist Bryan Matthews on an icy street and finding himself parked on the median during rush hour. ed by Prime Minister Trudeau and Energy Minister Donald Mclc- donald last month. They said then that details would have to be arranged by the conference. The entire region from the Ottawa Valley to New- foundland depends almost ex- clusively on overseas oil, the price of which has risen dramatically in the last few months. The rest of Canada is supplied by domestic oil, the price of which has been frozen at about a barrel since September. The price of overseas oil is roughly triple s this flgureT Canada depends largely on Venezuela and the Middle East for imported oil. Both sources nearly doubled prices when the last increase was an- nounced in December. Previously, rising inter- national prices had opened a gap of eight to nine cents a gallon between East and West. When the first tanker loads of higher priced oil are delivered later this month, the gap will widen to about 20 cents a gallon, say federal of- ficials. Mr. Macdonald says the differential is intolerable and some form of subsidy must be adopted. He has indicated it will be about 12 cents a gallon. Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta and Premier Allan Blakeney of Saskatchewan have said there is really no problem. They are willing to supply the other provinces with all the oil needed, even if it means reducing or eliminating exports. Premier Lougheed, whose government controls almost 75 per cent of domestic oil, has said he would be willing to increase oil prices gradually, provided Ottawa and the provinces are willing to help him The prime help Alberta and Saskatchewan say they want is acceptance that they are the ones who should control prices for their oil and gas. They would also be willing to sell their oil at less than the soaring international rates, provided they get what the Alberta government has term- ed a "quid-pro-quo" from the rest of the country Otherwise, they have said, taxpayers of Alberta and Saskatchewan, who own the oil, would be subsidizing in- dustry and consumers in the rest of the country. Russians accused of spying TOKYO (AP) China said it ordered five Russians to leave Peking today because they were spies, but the Soviet foreign ministry in Moscow said it knows nothing about it and cannot comment The official Chinese news agency HsinhiM said First Secretary V. I. Marchenko and his wife, Third Secretary U A Semenov and his wife, and A. A. Kolosov, an interpreter in office of the Soviet military attache, left today. JIM AND BEV MURRAY Anguish of 'losing child9 was too much By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer The much dreaded moment in every foster parent's life arrived Friday for Jim and Bev Murray when a social worker took their toddler back to her natural mother. The little girl had thrived under their care. Friday night the Murrays of 1507 10th A Ave. S. decided she would be their last foster child. "We can't take the tearing that comes to a person's heart when you're separated this said a shaken Mr. Murray. "This has just embittered me to the point where I can't take it again and I can understand why people don't want to become foster parents. The province is now running an advertising campaign to flnd foster homes for children in Alberta. The Murrays feel their foster child should not be going home. But, says Cam Bracken, regional supervisor for the provincial department of health and social development: "Not the social worker, the court, myself or the foster home can say they know what is right for a child." He says an overview is needed that is a combination of all of them. The Murrays had not expected the wrenching blow which came Friday. In fact, they were even looking forward to adopting the three-and-a-half-year-old girl who had fitted so well into the family's routine over the last eight months. But they went into the situation with their eyes open. No hints that they could adopt the child were made. The family only suggested they would like to do so. And the foster home contract they signed last June says: "We accept the authority of the director (of child welfare) or his representative to move the children without notice when in their opinion the welfare of the children requires such action." This latest ward was the fourth the Murrays have added to their own family circle of four children on a temporary basis over the past seven years. It hurt to lose the little boy they cared for just previous- ly too: "But he was awaiting adoption says Mr. Murray. "When he was taken, it took a big piece out of our hearts but we were prepared Now this little girl is back with her mother. Juvenile Court Judge Frank Byrne is the man who re-united them at a hearing Thursday. After 10 years of judging child protection cases, he says: "Our norm can't be perfection so we're not looking for the perfect family to return the child to. We do look for some improvement in the situation. "I like to see a child with its natural parents or parent A father of eight children himself, Judge Byrne says that at times his court can be an unpleasant place to work. Mr. Bracken says: "We can certainly understand the anguish and the frustrations of our foster parents. They have to be very special people. We want them to be able to love a child and then let it go when the time comes." If they didn't show visible signs of distress at a parting, adds foster parent supervisor Bob Howell, "I would begin to ask questions In 10 years of this work, I haven't seen a parent who didn't cry when a child went. The social worker often has tears in his eyes." But the department is committed to keeping a child in its own family or returning it as soon as possible. "Seldom is there a totally right or totally wrong answer. A lot of people want to impose their values on other people. There may be difficulties and risks return- ing the child to the he says, admitting some sleepless nights on the matter. "But to help that child the most, we have to improve the mother and the home. We want to leave the child in the home and community if we at all can, working with the family to help give better care. "We have to believe in the potential of all parents to become better parents, while safeguarding the child." flaciivtvo.ii ;