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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 - THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD - Wednesday, January 27, 1971 So says La Presse, North America's largest French-language newspaper Davey media report biased and wrong $2,000,000, AND IT'S ALL FAKE - Secret Service agent Darwin Horn displays $2 million in counterfeit $100 bills, seized by federal agents near Palm Springs, California. Three suspects were arrested \n a parking lot where officials said they were moving the bills from 'one car to another. Oil spill precautions urged by Victoria MPs By JOHN MIKA Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA-Two Victoria area MPs are launching a double-pronged effort to persuade the federal governments of both Canada and the U.S. to take steps that would avoid an "inevitable" and catastrophic oil spill in the sheltered waters of the west coast. Former navy captain David Groos (L - Victoria) and commons pollution committee chairman David Anderson (L- Saanichi - Esquimalt) think the tanker collision that spilled almost two million gallons of crude oil over San Francisco bay is trifling to the potential tragedy for the Victoria - Vancouver - Seattle area posed by Alaskan slope oil deliveries with super-tanker. Groos has decided to mount a campaign here to persuade the transport ministry to set up a foolproof automatic position-fixing navigation system along the west coast and to build a Alberta offers formula EDMONTON (CP) - Premier Harry Strom said here Alberta will present its formula for amending the Canadian constitution at the federal-provincial conference next month. Another portion of the submission will be a statement on unemployment, the premier said in an interview. He (lid not elaborate. Mr. Strom said attempts should be made to work out a constitutional package containing only Ihose clauses on which all the provinces can agree immediately. Alberta will promote this idea at the conference, he said. Once the minimum agreement is worked out and the amending formula agreed upon, the constitution could be repatriated from Britain. "If there are some amendments to the constitution that can't be agreed upon, they can tie left out." the premier said. "With the amending formula we can change them anv time." STKJ' NO. �> The province's submission to the Feb. 8-9 conference in Ottawa is the .second .step from a position it adopted at the first minister's meeting in September. As agreements are reached later on contentious issues, they can he added to the constitution, Mr. Strom .said. special port on the seaward side 1 of Vancouver Island where all oil and potentially - pollutant cargoes must be discharged from ships. This ties in with Anderson's campaign - widely publicized through an angry confrontation in a Washington, D.C., pollution conference last week - to make the U.S. reconsider its decision not to send Alaska oil southward entirely by pipeline even though it would have to cross Canadian territory, rejected on security grounds. Anderson says he will prepare a brief for next month's hearing in Alaska opposing the favored proposal of a pipeline frorc the north slope to Valdez to load super - tankers for the run down the coast and through the international Strait of Juan de Fuca to Seattle "unless there is a great deal more research and thought given to the hazards." He says his project doesn't conflict with Groos' proposals because the latter would still be useful for other dangerous cargoes and would be vital if the marine route for the Alaskan oil wins out. "I have two things I'm going to press on the government here," said Groos in an interview. "First, the transport department should establish a Decca-type of navigation system �11 along the coast. It would oi'y take about a dozen transmitting stations and the receivers now, I understand, cost less than $1,000 so the system could be useful for small craft as well as the giant ships. INSTANT POSITION "These units, in combination with a special overlay on thp chart, give an instant position fix to the men on the bridge that is accurate to within six feet." "We used them to take tbo old Ontario through minefields," said the former skipper of the RCIV's only cruiser. "You could read the position off the digital receiver and put your finger on your chart position instantly. "They were very cxpens i v c units then but the price has dropped away down now so they're entirely practical for even small commercial or pleasure craft - if the government establishes the transmitt i n g units." Groos said similar coastwise navigation aids have been set up by some European countries and. it would be an immense j common - sense improvement | for the rock-and-island studded j west coast where many ships -big and small have come t� ; grief. "Then you could require that any big .ship will) a dangerous j cargo, like oil. would have to check-in its position by radio , every two or three hours using \ the navigation fixes." he s;>id. i "Now that's just part of mv j proposal. ; "Secondly, I think we should build a special, isolated port on the seaward coast of Vancouver Island to prevent these huge ships with dangerous cargoes from having to go down that narrow, rocky, foggy channel to Juan de Fuca which often is dotted with fishing boats. "There are several places with deep water where, with suitable breakwaters and tank storage, you could require them to discharge their cargoes. "Then you would have smaller vessels to tranship it from there to the mainland, both Canadian and U.S. These ships would be safer to manoeuvre and operated by men with local knowledge and even if one of them was harpooned the quantity of pollutant spilled would be nothing like 400,000 tons. "And I'm sure that 400,000 tons of sulphur, not to mention oil, would be bound to cause ecological damage if it was dumped into the sea somewhere near Roberts Bank, or Vancouver harbor or Seattle. "Altemat i v e 1 y, you might tranship oil for instance by pipeline from the special se-ward port under the channel. After all they did that across the English Channel during the war." EXTRA COST Groos says lie knows there would be an extra economic cost from his proposal but he said the choice is between a limited number of dollars and an almost unlimited ecological disaster along a settled coast from daily visits by 400.000 ton tankers. "And I'm not too sure that it would add that much to the cost of a barrel of oil because there w o u 1 d bp offsetting ! costs." he said. "One of these of course would be the much speedier t u r n-around of a super-tanker terminating its run on the island's west coast instead of having to slow-manoeuvre its way across the Gulf of Georgia or deep into ruget Sound. MONTREAL (CP) - La Presse, North America's biggest French - language newspaper, says the Davey committee's report on Canada's mass media, is superficial, contradictory, biased and wrong. "The report is not only deceiving, it is disarming," said La Presse Tuesday in the last of five articles on the special Senate committee's report published Dec. 9. "It would be necessary to draft another report to bring together all that it contains in the way of unsupported facts, malicious insinuations, biased judgments and erroneous deductions." The series reporting on a study of the Davey report by the editors of La Presse was started Jan. 16. It appeared on the page opposite the editorial page and totalled 12,000 words, longer than the newspaper usually devotes to any subject. The Montreal newspaper used the heading Un Rapport Equivoque - an equivocal, ambiguous or dubious report - over the articles which an editor described as the first "structured and serious" response by a Canadian journal to the Davey committee effort. EMPHASIS ON PRESS La Presse condemns the committee's recommendation for a new review board to watch press ownership concentration, says Quebec's French-language media received only shallow study in the report and accuses the committee of lopsided attention to the printed media and consequent neglect of the electronic media. Though rejoicing that the senators departed from the "pompous" literary style of previous commissions, La Presse editors deplore the "sarcastic" tone en.ployed in a passage dealing with the right - or lack of it- of journalists to professional secrets. The Davey group maintained that journalists should not enjoy any privilege inside the courtroom not enjoyed by other citizens, even if mat meant going to jail to protect news sources. It commented at one point that many reporters might find such a sojourn refreshing and advantageous. La Presse contends the watch dog role played by the presi in a democratic society makes it vital that reporters be able to protect their sources of information - the purpose being to serve the interests of society, not newspapers and not reporters. La Presse urges study of a formula by which sources could be protected when: 1. The news is in the public interest; 2. It does not imperil state security. It also recommends that the Quebec government's special legislature committee on press freedom undertake a deeper study than that of the Davey committee, examining the advantages to the public of receiving more complete information under a system less dangerous to the journalist. La Presse comes out in favor of regional press councils, including one in Quebec, but discounts the value of a national press council in a country like Canada of wide diversity. The editors note at the outset of their series that the Davey commission spoke highly of La Presse, which forms part of Montreal financier Paul D e s-marais' wide range of newspaper interests. But in a final blast entitled Conclusions, the editors declare: "The commission's main task was to inquire and to make a report on the ownership and control of the principal means of information in Canada and to study the extent and the nature of their influence on the public. "On the precise point of con cenlration of ownership, the commission did not fulfil its task. It prejudged the issue. It based all of its argumentation on the preconceived id concentration of news f owrership is a bad thing. "As a result of this prejudgment, the commission simply ignored the mass of reports presented to it so that it might pronounce itself, with nuances and authority, on a question the written press. The approximate judgments against the press take up so much space in the report that very little was left to deal with the problems of the audio - visual medium . . . "Despite the attention given to it, the French - language press of Quebec finds itself ignored in the report, in the sense that scarcely any heed was paid to the specific problems which it must face. "The report contented itself with vague and arbitrary flat-terings, but tried to be serious solely when examining the problems of the English-language press. Would this be be- cause too few French - language senators participated in the work of the committee?" The 15 - member body headed by Senator Keith Davey, Liberal, had two French-Canadian members - Senator L.-P. Beaubien, Montreal financier, who was vice - chairman, and Senator Romuald Bourque, also a Montrealer. On the matter of costs, La Presse says F'rench - language newspapers operating in an English - language North America are placed at a disadvantage. They must translate varying volume of news, feature material and advertising matter. Of 284,000 words received daily by La Presse from news services, only 84.000 were in French. La Presse says the Press Ownership Review Board recommended by the senators to approve or disapprove press mergers might become an instrument of political power. Such a development, against which there was no guarantee, would be a worse evil than the tendency of newspapers to concentrate ownership for reasons of economic survival, the editors maintain. In any case the board was not needed because existing federal anti - combines legislation, applicable to newspaper mer- gers, provides a better protection than that envisaged for the proposed body. The committee started from a "prejudgment" that all mergers were bad but was contradicted by its own study, says La Presse. The formation of Pacific Press in Vancouver had made possible, for instance, survival of two newspapers rather than one. "The only logical conclusion is that each case ought to be examined in the light of its particular circumstances and the public interest. "It is precisely this which is provided by the existing federal legislation." A K 9th ANNUAL JANUARY FINAL 3 DAYS-ENDING SATURDAY, JAN. 30th ADMIRAL CONTINUOUS CLEAN 30" RANGE AVOCADO Manufacturer's Sugg. List 384.95 CLEARANCE PRICE 234 .94 ADMIRAL 19" TV SET BLACK AND WHITE PORTABLE Manufacturer's Sugg. List $199 CLEARANCE PRICE 148 .38 GENERAL ELECTRIC 30" RANGE DELUXE, AUTOMATIC OVEN Manufacturer's Sugg. 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