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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 15-20 ABOVE The Lethbridge Herald ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIV - No. 39 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS - 56 PAGES Storm-battered Ontario areas struggle to get back on their feet By THE CANADIAN PRESS .Much of'Ontario struggled to get back on its feet today following a new storm which trapped about 20,000 children in rural schools, disrupted traffic, stranded travellers and caused widespread chaos Tuesday. The weather office predicted the storm conditions could continue and issued a severe weather warning for most of the province. It said snowflurries, fierce winds and temperatures just above zero would prevail in most sections of Ontario. Many schools across the province remained closed today and the majority of the children stranded in them overnight were still there today. QUEBEC ALSO HIT Meanwhile, a snowstorm whipped by winds gusting up to SO miles an hour swept through Quebec province late Tuesday and early today leaving two persons dead and transportation snarled. Only four inches of snow fell in the Montreal region but in the Quebec City area more than seven inches had fallen by early morning and another three inches were forecast. The temperature in Montreal dropped from a high of 37 Tuesday to near zero by day- break when the snow stopped. Proceedings in the trial of Paul Rose, charged with kidnapping and murder in the abduction-killing of Pierre La-porte, were postponed until Thursday because of disrupted transportation in the city. The London area was particularly hard hit by Tuesday's storm which featured snow squalls, winds of 70 miles an hour or more and below zero temperatures. Mayor Herbert McClure declared a state of emergency in order to obtain army aid. PUPILS STRANDED � North of Toronto, in the counties of Perth, Huron, Oxford and Middlesex, 7,000 schoolchildren were billeted for the night with nearby families. Another 5,000 students stayed in their rural schools, with food and blankets being rushed in by volunteers on snowmobiles. Buses today were still unable to get through to them to take them home. Officials in Waterloo County said that about 1,500 students still were stranded today in county schools or were being cared for in nearby homes. Volunteers, such as the farmer who supplied 47 children with about five dozen eggs for breakfast this morning provided the children with food and blankets. In Wellington County, board of education officials estimated that more than 1,000 students had been unable to return home Tuesday night. One of the hardiest groups inconvenienced by the storm was 25 Port Hope high school students who spent the night camping in Northumberland Forest near Cobourg where the temperature dipped to 10 degrees below zero. Canada, Russia sign first industrial pact MUSIC FOR All AGES - The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra, rehearsing for Its next concert in March, has representation from alt ages among its 50 members. Shown here during weekly three-hour sessions are cellists Perry Foster, 12, and Roland Von Chorous, practising under the baton of conductor lucien Need ham at St. Mary's School auditorium. The next concert runs March 8 at the Yates Memorial Centre. Tanzania attack charge hurled Strict curfew in Guatemala By JOHN PLATERO GUATEMALA (AP) - The curfew in Guatemala is so strict that doctors making emergency calls after 11 p.m. must have special permission and a military escort. Even firemen cannot be dispatched; without the army's approval. . Punishment for violating the 11 p.m.-5 a.m. restriction can range upward from five to 10 days in jail. A state of siege was imposed in an effort to halt persistent violence which has plagued the country since a 12-year-old military regime was ended in 1966. President Carlos Arana Osorio, who took office July 1, vowed to end terrorist political action by both the right and the left. "For the first four months after President Arana took office we tried to be lenient but it wasn't successful," one cabinet minister says. In one month, the government has reported at least 15 persons slain, allgedly by the Communist guerrilla organization called Rebel Armed Forces, or F.A.R. Other violent actions are attributed to the National Orgaized Anti-Communist Movement, or MANO, a rightist gr. Follow Soviet line Another F.A.R., .for Revolutionary Aimed Forces, follows a Soviet-inspired line. Some sources say it has engaged in kidnapping for ransom to raise funds. Reports of shootings or kidnappings appear almost daily in the newspapers, which are under self-censorship. Newspaper men are not exempt from the violence. Two are missing. Arana's election marked the third time in Guatemala's 150-year history that presidential succession has taken place by constitutional means. The nation is a traditional battleground for extremists of both left and right camps. Guatemala has some five million people. More than half of these are Indians, about five per cent are of European descent-mostly Spanish-and the rest arc mestizos, with Spanish and Indian blood. From AP-REUTER KAMPALA, Uganda (CP) - The leader of Uganda's military coup charged today that neighboring Tanzania "is preparing to come and attack Uganda" in an attempt to restore President Milton Obote to power. "I am preparing myself to welcome them," Maj.-Gen. Idi Amin told reporters with a laugh. "We shall be very happy to meet them." Obote took refuge in Dar es Salaam, the Tahzanian capital, after Amin deposed him Monday while the president was returning home from the Commonwealth conference in Singapore. Amin met the reporters on the porch of his residence and apologized for cancelling a news conference. He explained that he had just received intelligence reports that an attack from Tanzania was impending. Obote had refused to say in Dar es Salaam Tuesday whether he had asked President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania for military aid. But he denied that he was seeking political asylum, asserted that' he was still president of Uganda and would return. SAYS HELP SOUGHT Amin said Tanzanian military help was requested by Obote. He said he is preparing for any situation and that his air force is well trained. OTHER CENTRES QUIET Reports from elsewhere in this East African country of some 9,000,000 people indicated that other major centres were quiet, too, following the daylong clashes Monday in which about 70 persons died, including two Canadian Roman Catholic priests. External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp told the Cana- dian Commons Tuesday that Caiiada will not make a decision on whether to recognize the military regime until the situation becomes clearer. Sharp said there are approximately 300 Canadians in Uganda, who are reported to be in no danger. If it were determined that the situation had become "adverse" at any time, Canada would consider further action. The two Canadian priests were killed and two others were injured "accidentally," Sharp said. Killed were Rev. Jean-Paul Demers, 60, of St. Isadore, Que., and Rev. Gerard Perreault, 55, of St. Hyacinthe, Que. Wheatkey burgers debut SASKATOON (CP) - Wheatkey burgers make their debut here this week and if they're well received, one supermarket chain plans to market them regularly. Wheatkeys, one-third wheat and two-thirds ground chuck beef, were devised last summer by Karini Nasser, a Saskatoon engineering professor. Prof. Nasser says the burgers are one way of reducing the Prairio wheat surplus. He is a native of Lebanon and says people there eat a similar product. Wheatkeys look like hamburger but because of the wheat and seasonings have a different taste. A local meat packing plant prepares the wheatkeys and puts them in one-pound packages of six patties each. They will be sold for 59 cents a pound, the same price as hamburger. Stan and heard About town    "DIRD  WATCHER Mrs. Reginald Matthews predicting an early spring after sighting a Yellow - Shafted Flicker at her bird feeder . . . Erwin Adderley explaining to members of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission that the bill from Middle Earth that he hadn't been able to explain at the last meeting was for Christmas cards for the members . . . university counsellor Dave Ayers coining a new phrase with his remark about the "administri-via" some people get involved in. Trudeau takes swig of toddy COLOMBO, Ceylon (Reuter) - Prime Minister Trudeau today rode an elephant and took a swig of toddy right off the tree. Trudeau, on a four-day state visit to Ceylon, spent the day at the hill capital of Kandy, 72 miles from here, where he had travelled by special train. The engine had been given to Ceylon by Canada several years ago. Trudeau took off his coat and tie as Rajah the elephant knelt down to enable him to haul himself up. At Kings Pavilion, residence of the governor-general in Kandy, Trudeau watched tappers shin up coconut and palmy-rah trees to bring down pots of toddy. Trudeau tried the fermented juice of both coconut and pal-myrah and said they were close to beer and good. He leaves Ceylon Thursday. Girl punished for drinking grape juice BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -A nine-year-old girl suffering from extensive bums has told authorities she was placed in scalding water as punishment for drinking grape juice. The mother of Victoria Myers has been charged with intent to , murder. The child said drinking grape juice is against her family's religion. Her father is a Seventh-Day Adventist minister. MOSCOW (Reuter) - Canada and the Soviet Union signed today their first-ever industrial co-operation agreement aimed at boosting scientific and technological exchanges. The agreement was signed by Canadian Trade Minister Jean-Luc Pepin, who arrived in Moscow Tuesday on an eight-day official visit, and Soviet Deputy Premier Vladimir Kirillin, chairman of the state committee for science and technology. JOINT COMMISSION The accord-the official title is An Agreement on Co-operation in the Industrial Application of Science and Technology -establishes a joint commission which will hold its first formal session later today to discuss possible areas of Canadian-Soviet co-operation. The signing ceremony was held in the chandeliered hall of a government guest house on the Lenin hills overlooking Moscow. Pepin, who is due to have talks with Soviet foreign trade and industrial officials, was accompanied by a group of about 30 Canadian government officials and leading industrialists. AIMS AT CO-OPERATION Speaking after the signing, he described the essentials of the new agreement as "co-operation by all practical means via mixed commissions." The size and scope of the delegation which accompanied him from Ottawa showed Canada's eagerness to press ahead with co-operation as soon as possible, Pepin added. Today's accord follows the first Soviet-Canadian fisheries agreement signed here last week, aimed at settling differences over Pacific fishing rights. Canadian officials here have expressed the hope that today's agreement will draw the attention of Canadian businessmen to the vast potential of the Soviet market. They say Canada has both the technology and experience to sell to the Russians. MEET YEARLY The mixed commission of Canadian and Soviet experts will meet annually. Tlie new agreement is expected to complement the existing Canadian-Soviet trade agreement, which was renewed for a further two years in Ottawa last February. It specifies several areas where co-operation appears most. feasible. These include road and rail building, electric power, forest-based industries, architecture and public housing, and cold-weather housing. Govt, revamping plan attacked 'How come you're not unemployed like the other Dads?' Miners refuse to work COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) - A wildcat strike is in progress here today after Coleman Collieries coal miners refused to travel a "snow-slide endangered" road to the company's B-level mine 12 miles north of here. Company officials said they are hopeful the "absentee" miners will be back on the job later today. Some miners reported for work as usual but the company would not comment on numbers involved. Company officials said the snow had been removed from higher levels above the road. The road in question is be-yonc" the Vicary Creek mine which is itself some distance from the Kananaskis Highway. OTTAWA (CP) - Treasury Board President C. M. Drury says a proposed large-scale government reorganization plan, creating additional cabinet ministers and a new government department, will give Canadians the kind of government they want. But not many opposition MPs agreed with his assessment, made in second-reading debate Tuesday on the proposed measure. The debate continues today. "In the last election," Mr. Drury said, "there was a prevalent demand for greater sensitivity in government to b^e,accompanied ... by more government activity and less government intrusion, or at least less big government. "The best answer to this ap-parent riddle lies in the strengthening of parliamentary institutions. ..." Robert McCleave (PC-Halifax-East Hants) said a provision for more ministers seemed to him nothing more than "prime ministerial patronage." The cabinet was already too large to operate effectively. The bill would also create a department of the environment with jurisdiction over marine, forest and wildlife resources as well as management of most air, water and soil quality and anti-pollution programs. Fisheries' Minister Jack Davis is scheduled to head the department. The bill also transfers some departmental responsibilities and creates some new pension arrangements in the public service. CALLS BILL A SHUFFLE New Democrat Leader T. C. Douglas said the bill was more reshuffling than genuine reorganization. He had listened in vain for any statement of purpose or outline of goals to justify the changes. The new environment department should be given sufficient funds and legislative power to discharge its duties effectively, Mr. Douglas said. Mr. Drury said the bill also alters pension requirements to allow those,, in highjpressure jofis^eputy ministers, air1' tvaf  fie controllers and so on- (o take jobs outside the public service but maintain their pension position. The new provisions would allow employees to get out of the public service before age 60 without losing pension benefits. Under the proposed reorganization there would be four types of cabinet ministers: -Regular ministers with established departments. -Ministers of state for designated purposes, whose number would be limited to five and who would be appointed to carry out particular policy functions, assisted by public servants. -Ministers of stale to help senior ministers with departments. -Ministers without portfolio to assist departmental ministers, usually in legislative business. B.C. waitress held hostage by man with a knife Kicked off team, Flin Flon strike bowler sues affects 2,500 FLIN FLON, Man. (CP) -The slow cooling of blast furnaces and steam boilers at the Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co. Ltd. began today as company and striking tradesmen prepared for a shutdown expected by union officials to last more than three months. About 2,500 employees are involved. DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - A woman has filed a $100,000 suit charging three parties with conspiring to kick her off a bowling team. Maggie Ossitifin brought the court suit Tuesday against the E. F. MacDonald Co., sponsor of the team; an agent of the company; and the Dayton Women's Bowling Association, saying that being dropped from the team brought her embarrassment which caused her to lose her job. VANCOUVER (CP) - A 20-year-old cocktail waitress, held hostage for four days by a man with a knife, has been identified as Sharon Baird of Vancouver. Miss Baird was released by Winnipeg police Tuesday after they raided a room above an auto-wrecking firm where she was being held captive. In an interview Tuesday night, Miss Baird said she was abducted by two men, one of whom she knew, and "the two men told me they were going to take mo to Florida. The only thing 1 thought about was how to get away, but they never left me alone." On Sunday, however, she was alone for about a minute and managed to telephone her mother in Vancouver and whisper the address where she was being held. Her mother in- formed police here who told Winnipeg police. ; Borislaw Bua, 19, was brought to Vancouver Tuesday and was to appear in court today charged with kidnapping. Police are searching for a second man. TRIED TO GET HELP During the drive from Vancouver, Miss Baird tried twice to get help. She wrote one note on a Hudson's Bay receipt bearing her name which she left in a service station washroom in Kamloops, B.C. The note read: "This is no joke. I have been abducted. Please phone . . . she then wrote her mother's name and address on the note. The second note she wrote on a cheque stub. "I was hoping I could drop it somewhere but I never had a chance." New farm program unveiled OTTAWA (CP) - Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, Tuesday revealed a new farm program that would inject some $40 million into forage crop production during the next two years. At a question and answer session at the Canadian Federation of Agriculture's annual meeting, Mr. Lang said he would be "announcing details soon" on a plan to increase forage production by about 4 million acres. The program would "need limitations." Farmers would have to plant at least 25 acres to forage in order to qualify for the program. But each producer would receive "perhaps 510 an acre," for his forage holdings. The program is one of a series viewed by Mr. Lang's department as an attempt to stabilize Canada's agriculture industry. The department recently announced a grains income stabilization program that would force farmers to gear their operations to market conditions. As well, the grains program would provide a fund from which farmers could draw when their production faltered. Both farmers and the government would contribute to the fund in above average years. The Temporary Wheat Reserves Act, under which the government pays farmers for stored grain up to 178 million bushels, would be discontinued under the grains stabilization program. J. W. Marshall of the Saskat. chewan Federation of Agricul- ture, asked Mr. Lang whether he was not going about his new program "from the wrong end." Tlie government should first determine the needs of farmers; then develop policies and programs that would satisfy these needs. Mr. Lang said there was a need to make policies first in order to "put the industry in a better posture." It would be impossible to assess the changing requirements in agriculture if some of the worst problems weren't dealt with first. ;