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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 22, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta WINDY FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY NEAR 10 ABOVE The Uthbruige Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 35 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - '22 PAGES Fingerprint facilities advocated By DENNIS BELL BRAMPTON, Ont. (CP) - Every Canadian should have access to voluntary fingerprinting facilities as an aid to identification in cases of mass disaster, says a coroner s jury which investigated a July 5 crash of an Air Canada jetliner. Twenty of the bodies of the 109 aboard were never identified. But the jury, reporting its findings Thursday at the the conclusion of an inquest conducted by Dr. H. B. Cotnam, Ontario's supervising coroner, rejected his suggestion that all such fingerprinting should be compulsory. The jury had been told by Dr. Cotnam not to consider the cause of the crash of Air Canada's Flight 621, which was bound from Montreal to Los Angeles with a stop at Toronto. A report on the cause of the crash five miles north of Toronto International Airport, aimed at preventing similar accidents, is expected later this month or early in February. Preparing findings Mr. Justice Hugh Gibson of the Exchequer Court of Canada is preparing his findings on the federal inquiry he conducted here last month. The inquest jury, in its conclusions Thursday, recommended: -That all victims of multi - death air disasters be given a single, mass burial instead of individual burial for remains that can be identified. -All police agencies should "provide facilities to enable any citizen to obtain a set of his own fingerprints." -The set should be retained by the citizen and no copy should be made by the authorities. -An educational program should be started immediate! to Promote public acceptance of the n^'es-sity and \wluc of s��ch records. -Dentists should provide records of their patients to a central agency-such as the National Society of Forensic Odontology-for identification purposes in event of a crash. -All airline employees should be required to have their fingerprints and dental records on file with their employers. In his summation to the jury Dr. Cotnam said: "Only criminals would mind having their fingerprints on file." He said with combined fingerprints and dental records "you would get almost a perfect record of identification." Seats not changed They jury also decided that Captain Peter Hamilton and First' Officer Donald Rowland were sitting in their correct seats when the jet crashed. Experts at the inquest backed off from earlier conclusions that the two were sitting in the wrong seats. The five-man jury, which sat four days in this town 27 miles northwest of Toronto, earlier heard testimony that identification of the 109 shattered bodies required the most difficult investigatory procedures. The 20 who were never connected with names on the passenger list were buried in a mass funeral in Toronto July 30. Identification of the remains of the others took three weeks' painstaking work which Dr. Cotnam said stretched the resources of Toronto's medical profession to its limits. Forty-four were identified by dental work, 20 by fingerprints, 19 by personal effects attached to their bodies and six by pathology examination. Year-round school plan PEMBROKE, Ont. (CP) - Education minister William Davis has pledged full government support for experimental progress that would keep some Ontario schools open on a year-round basis. Mr. Davis, speaking to Ottawa Valley delegates to the provincial Progressive Conservative party leadership convention, also said the experiment may extend to elementary and secondary schools in several cities. The minister, one of five cabinet minister seeking the leadership, said a committee on post-secondary education already is conducting a study of year-round operation of Ontario universities and community colleges. Another study concerns secondary and elementary schools. ' Year-round teaching now is being tried at ltyerson PaJylechnical Institute in Toronto and at the University of Guelph. The system under study would see the school year broken into three semesters of four months. Students would go to school for eight months and have a four-month break. Mr. Davis said the scheme would work only in large centres where only a few schools would be open year-round. Small towns couldn't support the plan because of lower populations. Trudeau saves the day at Singapore By DAVE McINTOSH SINGAPORE (CP) - Thirty-one Commonwealth leaders accepted today a new declaration ' of principles-to be known as the Singapore Declaration-Betting out their opposition to racial and other forms of discrimination. Prime Minister Trudeau, who delayed his departure for a Buoyant Trudeau hailed JAKARTA (AP) - Prime Minister Trudeau flew to Jakarta today to begin a four-day state visit to Indonesia that will include talks with President Suharto and other leaders and an air dash to central Java, the nation's cultural centre. The prime minister arrived at Jakarta's Kemayoran Airport at 6 p.m., some two hours behind schedule, because of an extended meeting of the Commonwealth summit conference in Singapore. The buoyant Trudeau, smiling and dressed in a dark blue suit, ran down' the steps of his Canadian air force Boeing 707 to meet his host, President Suharto, following the 1%-hour flight that crossed the equator into the Southern Hemisphere. ^ Foreign Minister Adam Malik, other Indonesian leaders, a large group of diplomats and others were on hand to greet Trudeau. The visit of Trudeau, the first Canadian prime minister to come to Indonesia, was seen here as a sign of growing trade and cultural relations between the two countries as well as a o^nce fcr-rSuharto to impress Hie Canadian leader with Indonesia's economic progress. GETS WARM WELCOME Trudeau was warmly welcomed by the English-speaking newspaper Indonesian Observer, which said: "Indonesia is grateful for the unselfish aid that Canada has given to this country." And with a keen eye to Trudeau's reputation as a ladies' man, the paper also said: "Everyone wants to see the swinging prime minister in action. We hope he will not disappoint us." Tonight, Trudeau was to be feted at a state banquet given by President Suharto. The two men were to hold official talks Saturday. He is to depart for Ceylon Monday morning. Kimberley school gutted KIMBERLEY, B.C. (CP) -Damage was estimated at about $1 million Thursday night after fire swept a 16-room wing of Selkirk Senior Secondary School in this Koot-enay community. Firemen from the city and the local Cominco Ltd. mill fought to save a recent wing of the building in temperatures of about 10 degrees above zero. The burned section of the school contained a cafeteria, where the fire was thought to have started, a library, music room, gymnasium and offices. state visit to Indonesia today, provided the compromise amendment that made the declaration acceptable to all. The document was distributed by Commonwealth Secretariat officials after heads of government agreed on the terms1 during hours of sharp, often.heated debate on passages that would bind member nations to refuse any assistance that might bolster governments, like South Africa, practising racial discrimination. . Prime Ministers EdwaTd Heath of Britain and John Gorton of Australia were the main opponents of this commitment. They relented, however, when the Canadian compromise inserted words which left the question of aid to individual in' terpretation. PROPOSED BY ZAMBIA Zambia first proposed the declaration which included a controversial clause calling on all members of the Commonwealth not to aid countries practising racial discrimination-in other words, South Africa. Britain strongly objected to this because it would be a denial of its own legitimate interests to sell arms to South Africa. At the windup of the nine-day summit talks that saw the Commonwealth teetering on the brink of breakup, the 31 nations pledged to deny to racist regimes1 aL aid which in their judgment "directly contributes to the pursuit of this evil policy." The Commonwealth leaders said: "We recognize racial prejudice as a dangerous sickness threatening the healthy development of the human race and racial discrimination as an unmitigated evil of society. "Each of us will vigorously combat this evil within our own nation. "No country will afford to regimes which practise racial discrimination assistance which in its own judgment directly contributes to the pursuit or consolidation of this evil policy." WORKS BEHIND SCENES Prime Minister Trudeau, working hard behind the scenes, came up with the compromise acceptable to Britain and Australia, and it included the key words, "in its own judgment." Six nations offered additions or amendments to the Zambian original draft. It was a Canadian one which finally proved acceptable to the 31 heads of delegation. Commonwealth leaders were reported to have reached agreement after an hour of discussion Trudeau dispels view Canada boring nation LONDON (CP) - Daily Mail columnist Anthony Carthew says that Prime Minister Trudeau has emerged from the Singapore Commonwealth conference "as a force to be reckoned with in international affairs." "More, he has done something to dispel the long and widely held view that Canadians and Canada are respectively the most boring people and the most boring nation on earth," be adds, Carthew says Trudeau exerted an important influence on other Commonwealth leaders and used his skill "in helping to avert the disintegration of the Commonwealth." "He has manipulated his image cynically enough but he has an intellectual curiosity which is sufficiently strong to be of immense benefit to the world scene in the near future." behind closed doors with only their senior advisers present. Asked whether his amendment prevented a deadlock, Trudeau told reporters, "You are looking for heroes again. I'm not a hero, just another individual." The new wording of the declaration was worked out during a coffee break today between the most interested leaders, sitting In a group around Trudeau- acting as conciliator. Among the leaders were Heath, Kaunda, President Milton Obote of Uganda and Australian Prime Minister John Gorton. LISTS PRINCIPLES The 696-word declaration listed five principles which Commonwealth members hold in common: -Belief in peace and order for the prosperity and security of mankind. -Liberty of the individual and equal rights regardless of race, color, creed or political belief. -Recognition that racial prejudice is a dangerous sickness and racial discrimination is an unmitigated evil and opposition .to colonial domination and racial oppression. -Belief that wide disparitiet of wealth now existing between different sections of mankind are too great to be tolerated and aim for their progressive removal. -Belief in international co-operation as an essential to remove the causes of war and to promote justice and tolerance. Hospital boards plan ranswer to high costs EDMONTON (CP) - A system of regional boards is the Alberta government's answer to rising hospital and associated costs, it was announced here. Social Development Minister Ray Speaker made the announcement during a closed meeting of hospital administrators arid doctors. DRAINS ENDS-Mrs. Geraldine a manhole from a los Angeles ORDEAL IN STORM Delgado Is helped up a storm drain in which she and her husband James, wandered for 12 hours in impenetrable darkness. Their ordeal began when Mrs. Delgado entered a cove-like entrance to the storm drains in the belief her 6-year-old son had wandered inside. Her husband found the boy above ground, then went looking for his wife. Compulsory auto insurance scheme CALGARY (CP) - A bill which would make a minimum insurance requirement' compulsory for every vehicle in Alberta will be introduced at the legislature session opening Feb. 11, Premier Harry Strom said today. He told a meeting of the Independent Insurance Agents the sale of insurance would be maintained by private companies and would not be run by the Social Credit government. The government, however, would establish a continuing committee of legislature mem- Wins $10,000 at bingo table EDMONTON (CP) - Yvonne Carrierc of Edmonton, mother of nine children, won $10,000 at a bingo here. bers to ensure everyone Is protected. In 1972, licence plates would be issued only after an applicant furnished a required insurance, certificate. Seen and heard About town    FOLLOWING installation of an electronic secretary at city hall, Betty Gal claiming she will assume the new name of "Buttons" . . . L. S. Drayton of Edmonton, regional manager for Ford of Canada, being ribbed at Dun-lop Ford Sales opening about his initials - LSD . . . Myra Bell telling office mates, "I do not wear boxer shorts! By the way, what were you talking about?" CONTROL HOSPITALS He said the boards initially would control hospitals, their financing, nursing homes and senior citizens' residences, later, if a number of pilot projects succeed, this'cbuld be expanded to. include control of welfare and preventive social services. ' .'' The ultimate' 'would be a "composite health and social development board" elected by voters in various regions of the province. He admitted health services could be improved by more efficiency but said a modest increase in revenues meant health costs had to be watched closely. For the 1970 - 71 fiscal year, hospital and nursing home expenditures increased '14 pier cent to $186 million from $163. million. "By way of comparison, it is of interest to note present projections indicate an increase of only three per cent in provincial revenues during the current fiscal year." NO INCREASE Mr. Speaker said the government will not pick up excess costs above the amount allotted in the budget for the 1971 - 72 fiscal year "nor does it appear that we will be able to provide an increase in operating funds over what they were in the year 1970-71." "It is clear, however, that the responsibility for meeting salary adjustments is that of the hospital board," he said, adding that such boards probably would be able to requisition on a municipal basis, a portion of funds from property taxation. A provincial hospital commission proposed by the government "will assume most of the functions of the hospital services division of the department of health, in the administration of the hospitals act, and the homes for the aged act." MERGE DEPARTMENTS The department of health and social development bill, he said, would merge the two departments while allowing flexibility to allow co - ordinated services to develop in different ways. A development and planning division would "ensure health and social services pull in the same directions." He said doctors would be required to become more cost-conscious in an attempt to squeeze the most out of the tax dollar. 'I've jtut had en ideal Let'* $tay on strike!' Attack wrecks planes PHNOM PENH (AP) - A rocket, mortar and commando attack on Phnom Penh's airport and a nearby military camp and ammunition dumps early today took a heavy toll of lives, wrecked Cambodia's tiny air force and overshadowed the Cambodian army's success in its drive to reopen the highway to the sea. Cambodian officers said six of their air force's eight helicopters were destroyed and the other two were extensively damaged. From a nearby rooftop, it appeared that few if any military planes on the field could fly. The military flight line looked like a junkyard. Nixon plan program of reform WASHINGTON (Reuter) - President Nixon will go before Congress and the American people tonight to unveil a program cf reform and national rejuvenation that he hopes will lead to his re-election. Nixon's televised State of the Union message, to be delivered before a crowded chamber of Senators and Representatives at 7 p.m. MST will be the platform on which he intends to run for a second term as president. T2?^n?Z- Lethbridge to cut livestock show at army nerve gas site From AP-Reuter GARRISON, Utah (CP) -More than 1,250 sheep have died mysteriously on a remote range in western Utah 150 miles from a grazing area where thousands of the animals were killed by army nerve gas in 1968. Guesses on the cause included another nerve gas mishap, radioactive dust thrown up by a nuclear test last month, and the effects of a noxious plant known as loco weed. Laboratory tests continued through the night at Utah State University. A herder said the sheep toppled and died Thursday with blood pouring from their noses. Many of the survivors in a herd of 2,400 appeared to be dying. The Atomic Energy Commis- sion and the army both denied responsibility. It was nerve gas from an aerial test at the army's top-secret Dugway Proving Ground that caused the 1968 kill of 6,400 sheep at Skull Valley. The army at first denied that nerve gas was the lethal agent, but later admitted the aerial test was to blame. Gov. Calvin L. Rampton said initial reports by state investigators indicated "the sheep died of something they ate." "I think it is unlikely the deaths are linked to the AEC, but you can't rule out the possibility," Rampton said. "It is unlikely the sheep would have died in we nigbt if the cause was radiation." SASKATOON (CP) - Mem-bers of the Western Canada Association of Exhibitions said here they want to remove livestock competitions from their summer fairs but are afraid they may lose then* status as agricultural societies if they do it. "We thought we'd take the bull by the horns and throw him out," said Lou Thornton in explaining Winnipeg's attitude towards continuing livestock competitions at its Red River Festival. Mr. Thornton and Jack Bailey, representing Edmonton's Klondike Days, agreed that the removal of livestock competitions would be a gamble. Mr. Bailey told the agricultural committee of the exhibi- tion association that the right to hold horse races is an example ef the important benefits granted to agricultural societies in Canada. Stan Tiffin, representing the Lethbridge and District bition said Lethbridge is ing to gamble that it can dim inate its livestock competitions and not jeopardize its status. Mr. Bailey said he is con- Exhi-will- cerned that Lethbridge would not only jeopardize its own status but perhaps also undermine efforts to have federal legislation changed. Mr. Tiffin replied that Lethbridge stands firm on its decision to eliminate livestock competitions this year. "There lias to be � start made some place and we're going to start." Crimes board awards $1,500 EDMONTON (CP) - An award of $1,575 by the Alberta Crimes Compensation Board was announced here for John Warawa of Edmonton, who suffered extensive injuries, last April when assaulted outside his home by a person with a crowbar. John Cheredaryk of Edmonton was sentenced to 18 months in connection with the incident; Lethbridge eliminated swine competitions last year at its summer fair and had a pork display and exhibit instead. It plans to do the same with all its livestock this year. A general livestock competition is planned for the fall. The seven fairs represented at the meeting - Winnipeg, Brandon, Regina. Saskatoon, Lethbridge, Edmonton and Calgary - all favored having consumer-oriented agricultural displays at their summer fairs. Livestock competitions would be switched to separate dates. All fairs, however, except Lethbridge and Winnipeg, planned to continue holding the competitions along with the fairs until they find out the federal government's position. ;