Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
28 - THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wednesday, January 77, 1971 Francophone issue flares in house OTTAWA (CP) - A publk service commission plan to use $2 million to hire 250 unemployed French-speaking college graduates in Quebec this year hasn't been approved by government, Treasury Board President C. M. Drury told the Commons Tuesday. In fact, he said, the government hadn't even known about it. He defended the commission against allegations by Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield that it planned to hire on the basis of "racial origin." Mr. Handkerchief may reunite war buddies LONDON (CP) - The RAF says an old handkerchief may help reunite Canadians and Britons who spent years in a German prison camp during the Second World War. Carefully painted on the white cloth is a Wellington bomber, the heads of five aircrew, a surroundLi; design of maple leaves and crew names and a laundry mark on the hem. Now in the hands of a British bank clerk, it was shown to an RAF Strike Command officer. The bank clerk said he found it beneath a mattress when he was in a German prisoner-of-war camp in 1942. Retaining it for almost 30 years, he feels it should be returned to its rightful owner. The RAF started a tracing service and soon picked up hopeful leads. The all-sergeant crew depicted on the handkerchief-three Canadians and two Englishmen-were members of 116 Squadron based at RAF Marham, Norfolk, whose Wellington was shot down over Bremen in September, 1942. The crew spent the rest of the war "as guests of the Third Reich." FOUR FOUND So far, four have been traced: G. A. Keith, Char-lottetown; Alex Stevenson, Ottawa; John Strickland, Leicester, and Roger Spalton, Sheffield. The RAF is still trying to trace Sgt. A. G. Winton, RCAF, one of those depicted in the painting, and Sgt. F. C. (Tiny) Weighill, whose name appears on the handkerchief hem. Weighill, believed to have lived at Davidson, Sask., was the sole survivor of a Wellington that crashed near Duisberg in August, 1942. None of the four traced remembers the handkerchief being painted though Keith wrote to the RAF saying he believed it may have been done by a New Zealander known as Nick Nicholson. These men spent three years in the same German camp but lost touch after the war. Fire prevention prize winners BOSTON (CP) - Scarborough, Ont., and the Canadian Forces station at Senneterre, Que., have been named Grand Award winners in the National Fire Protection Association's annual fire prevention competition. More than 1,600 entrants from Canada and the United States competed for the awards, which are based on year-round community effonts to reduce fires and to educate the public in fire prevention. Scarborough's award for excellence came in the Canadian municipal division for Class A areas with a population cf more than 100,000. Baltimore received the Grand Award in the U.S. Class A division. In Class A, Ottawa was second and Calgary third. OTHERS CITED Honorable mention went to Montreal, Gdmonton, Kitchener, St. Catharines. Windsor, Saint John, N.B., and Quebec City. Each Grand Award winner receives a large bronze plaque to honor its top-ranking in fire prevention. Other Canadian cities ranking first in their population classes and receiving class award plaques were: Class B (pop. 25,000 to 99,999), Westmount, Que.: Class C (pop. 10,000 to 24,999), Vanier, Ont.; Class D (pop. 5,000 to 9,999), Deep River, Ont.; Class E (pop. 2,500 to 4,999), Manitouwadge, Ont.; Class F (pop. under 2,500), Rim-bey, Alta. In the military division, 68 Canadian facilities competed. Other class winners were bases in Halifax, Winnipeg, Cornwal-lis, N.y., La Macaza, Que., and Kamloops, B.C. Drury said the memo referred to language, not race, in using the word francophone. He had to admit, however, that he hadn't known of the plan before being confronted by the memo last week during a televi' sion interview. Mr. Stanfield said outside the Commons that any program which aims at hiring people of a particular background to the ex elusion of all others must be considered discriminatory. He added that he is concerned that the government has not brought the matter before Parliament and the people. There might be certain jobs where a French-speaking back ground is necessary to fill a public service post, but this did not necessitate recruiting or hiring simply on the basis of background. CALLS IT STUDY Evidently trying to defuse what could be a stormy issue, Mr. Drury said the memo is merely "a feasibility study" and nothing would be done until government approves the program and Parliament is con suited. The memo, signed by G. R, C. M. DRURY . . . Bombarded D'Avignon, assistant director-general of the public service commission, ends with the note: "This information is confidential and no official announcement will be made." Mr. Drury said that making it public before approval might raise expectations that mightn't be justified, especially among the numerous Quebec college and university graduates who can't get jobs. The first paragraph of the memo describes it as a follow up to a telephone survey of de-partment requirements for post-secondary graduates "if special funds were made available in 197J." Departments had been asked how many "additional francophone graduates" they could gainfully employ, should salary costs be covered from outside their normal budgets. Cuts ordered in malatliion OTTAWA (CP) - Substantial cuts have been ordered in the residues of the pesticide nsala-thion which may appear on a variety of foods, the federal food and drug directorate announced Tuesday. The step is part of a continuing review of pesticides which may be harmful to humans if ingested in foods. No more than .5 parts per million will be permitted on potatoes and the allowable amount on whole meal and flour from wheat and rye has been cut to two parts per million. Previously both were allowed up to eight parts per million The amount allowed on beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers and & substantial list of other vegetables was cut to three from eight parts per -nillion. The amounts allowed in beef, pork, poultry and lamb are unchanged at four and on many fruits unchanged at eight. Hudson's Bay oil, gas firm earnings up CALGARY (CP) - Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas Co. Ltd. reports a 6.8-per-cent increase in earnings for the year ended Dec. 31,1970. Earnings were $20,170,000 or $1.02 a share, up from a restated $10,883,000 or 95 cents a share in 1969. The company said production of crude oil and natural gas liquids rose 10.6 per cent while natural gas sales increased 12.5 per cent. The company's total gross operating revenue was $84,190,000, up 10 per cent from 1969. SENTENCED TO DIE - A Formoscm police officer, right, puts handcuff* on 38-year-old sailor Lin Shan-mu in Taipei after a Taipei District -Court judge sentenced Lin to death for the murder of 22 of his shipmates while off the coast of Brazil last September. Lin, second engineer of the fishing boat Hsin Hai No. 2 was found guilty last week of gassing the boat's crewmen with ammonia normally used for freezing fish. Apologizes for snooping incident MONTREAL (CP) - Keith Spicer, federal language commissioner, says an Ottawa airport incident involving tape recording of Air Canada employees' conversation was a "misunderstanding" for which he has apologized to the employees' union representatives. Published reports Tuesday said Ottawa-area members of Parliament launched a flurry of protests over the incident. The reports said a commission officer approached the ticket counter at the airport Dec. 14 and directed a number of questions in French at employees. An employee is said to have spotted a small tape recorder when the man unbuttoned his coat. The employee called RCMP, asking that he be ejected from the premises. Mr. Spicer said in an interview Tuesday night the incident occurred "as part of an expert-ment with methods of verifying Air Canada's performance in serving Ottawa's bilingual public." "As a result of a misunderstanding between Air Canada management and myself, eight minutes of innocuous ticketing conversation were taped without Air Canada employees receiving the general pre-notice I intended to give and thought had been given. "When I heard the tape replayed that same afternoon, I immediately stopped the experi- m e n t as unacceptable. No names of employees were taken. "A large tape recorder was carried openly on our representative's shoulder. Police did not remove our representative from the aii-port." 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