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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORK AST HIGH FRIDAY NEAR S IllOlff The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 39 LETHBHIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES SLAIN HI-JACKER The body of Helnrich von George, 45, of Peekshill, N.Y., hijacker of a Mohawk Airlines plane lays on thi runway at the Duchess County Airport near Poughkeepsie, N.Y. The plane was token over shortly after leaving Albany. Drug report draws mixed reception By THE CASADIAN PRESS Initial reaction to the first LeDain report on drugs was both approving and cautious but other comment was forthright on controversial aspects of the report. The commission headed by Gerald LeDain, dean of law at Toronto's York University, called for a limited experiment In giving heroin to addicts legally to win them away from the illicit drug market. This proposal was rejected Wednesday by the To- ronto chapter of Narconon, an organization that ciaizes In the treatment of heroin addicts. It Is the only Canadian chapter of the group whose name is short for Narcotics Anonymous. It has 10 chapters in major North American cities and has treat- ed an estimated addicts since 1966. "When are our so-called experts going to learn that you can't handle a drug addict with more asked Phil McAiney, Canadian director for Narconon. He said what is needed is to get people off drugs, not provide them with legalized heroin. He said his group's success rate has been high. Backs methadone The commission also called for use of methadone to treat some heroin addicts. Methadone is itself addic- tive but eases the agony of heroin withdrawal and allows a patient to function normally. Dr. John R. Unwin, director of adolescent services at Montreal's Allan Memorial Institute, said he sup- ported the LeDain suggestion that methadone should still be used to treat some addicts. He said he agreed with the commission's view that methadone seemed the most promising of all available approaches to the opiate narcotic dependence problem. Premier W. A. C. Bennett of British Columbia said at Victoria he expects front-page editorials in all ma- jor newspapers on the dangers of drinking after the report cited alcoholism as Canada's number one drug- dependence problem. Mr. Bennett said he had always maintained al- cohol was the "most dangerous drug" and now expect ed widespread public support for his stand. Doctors cautious Dr. H. D. Roberts, president of the Canadian Med- ical Association, said it will not comment on the re- port until it has been studied by CMA experts and its administrative council at a meeting Feb. 11-12. "At thai, time we will stale our opinion of the re- port and also make public the association's official stand concerning the non-medical use of said Dr. Roberts in an Ottawa statement. Dr. Unwin, a psychiatrist who wrote the CMA'i brief to the commission, said the report will establish Canada among the world loaders in the field of treat- ment on drug abuse. It was "a superbly-written comprehensive outline of tho modalities of drug treatment. There Is nothing like this In the whole world to date mid there have never been altcmpls to define so clearly such Important terms .is therapy and illness in the context of drugs." Hijacker shot to death POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) A stocky man who hijacked a jet airliner and its crew for ransom money he col- lected was shot and killed by an FBI agent today. Tte hijacker was killed with a shotgun blast after he got .into a waiting get- away car when the plann larfted. The hand gun he carried turned out to be only a .pistol and the1 "bomb" hi claimed he had was only two water-filled canteens. The hijacker was identified as a 45-year-old former Peekskffi, N.Y., man, He-inrich von George. Peekskill police said a man by that name moved from there to Canton, Mass., in 1970. At one point during the 10- hour drama that began Wednes- day night at the Westdiester County Airport, the hijacker said he intended to make a stewardess parachute from the plane with him. Born in shack, famed gospel singer dies CHICAGO (AP) Mahalia Jackson, 'gospel singer and recording artist who performed, throughout the world, died today of a heart seizure. Born in a shack on the Missis- sippi River near New Orleans, La., Miss Jackson rose from washerwoman to international fame singing gospel songs. Day of decision in air traffic strike OTTAWA (CP) The air traffic controllers were giving their answer today to a set of proposals designed to end their 11-day strike that has grounded most commercial air traffic la Canada. There was no indication as the meeting with mediator Noel Hall and government represent- atives began what the union an- swer would be. The cabinet went into a meet- ing, meanwhile, not knowing whether It would have to issue an order recalling Parliament to legislate the end of the strike. Prime Minister Trudeau said just before the meeting that tins could be the day of decision. He das refused to recall Parliament up to now. President H. Richard Camp- bell of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association told report- ers that his organization has reached a conclusion on the Hall proposals. But neither he nor govern- ment negotiators would com- ment publicly on them. Mr. Campbell said the conclu- sion was reached after a confer- ence telephone call with the as- sociation's regional offices Wednesday night. He said the association Is con- cerned about what action the cabinet may take. Asked if he was referring to government In- tervention, he said this has al- ways been a possibility. Mr. Hall had set a 10 a.m. EST deadline for response to his secret proposals, which may be the last chance for a voluntary settlement of the strike. Mr. Trudeau told reporters the cabinet hopes to get some news during its meeting about the progress of negotiations. He said he did not yet know whether this was the day the issue would be settled one way or the other: by negotiated agreement or by the recall of Parliament. But he indicated this could be the day of decision when he said It would take a few days to summon Parliament. Parliament is supreme under the Canadian parliamentary system and could pass a law ordering a return to work. Nixon talks oil flow in report 'Maybe Its Howard WASHINGTON (CP) Presi- dent Nixon assured Congress today that "the American econ- omy is beginning to feel the ef- fects" of the decisive actions he took last Aug. 15, including the wage-price freeze and the tem- porary 10-per-cent import tax on dutiable goods. He took these measures "un- precedented in scope and de- because it then was "becoming clear that not enough was being done to meet our ambitious goals for the American economy." The im- port tax was lifted last Decem- ber. Nixon, in his annual economic report to the nation, underlined that unemployment has become the great economic enemy and assured Congress he is deter- mined to defeat both unemploy- ment and inflation. "The outlook is bright" for success, he said In his word message accompanied by 295-page report by his Council of Economic Advisers. The Mo documents also made these points: council has calculated that development of Alaska's North Slope oil field and trans- portation of the oil to the U.S. West Coast would save the U.S. 515 billion to billion during the expected 20-year life of the field. -That the U.S. could afford to pay significantly more for do- mestic natural gas and still have lower prices than would have to be paid for gas from the fllernaljvo sources now being imported li- quified natural gas. The report noted that domestic supplies and pipeline imports from Can- ada could not keep pace with growing demand. the new monetary agreement hammered out in the December meeting here of the Group of Ten finance ministers only "set the stage for the more extended task of designing a new order for international monetary co-operation, on which more intensive work will begin in 1972." Regarding the controversial Alaska pipeline, the report noted that Interior Secretary Rogers Morton must decide whether it is environmentally practical and whether to issue a permit for its construction. "To help him assess the costs and benefits of alternative deci- the council said, it "ex- amined the economic costs to the nation of not building the pipeline." It compared the pipe- line project with one of the other principal ways of meeting the U.S. demands for low-cost the same amount of oil from, overseas as would be produced at Prudhoe Bay, in north Alaska. "According to the council's study, the real resource cost of imported oil would be more than twice that of the Prudhoe Bay crude delivered to the West the report said. The Alaska field was one of the largest and lowest-cost oil fields discovered and "its devel- opment would supply additional domestic energy to the West Coast of the U.S. at a cost to the nation well below those of Jess secure imports." However, the pipeline "would pass through some of the most remarkable wilderness areas" in the U.S. and "there is no certainty that environmental contamination could be avoided altogether." It's warming up really, it is WINTER'S GRIP TIGHTENS Snow and bitter cold has become a way of life in the Crowsnest Pass. Snow Is five to six feet deep on the level with heavy snowfall and north winds plaguing the area' since the first of December. Even oldtimers are experi- encing difficulty remembering when a longer cold snap has been endured. Loggers in the area report extremely heavy mow in the mountains with some valleys having accum- ulations up to 50 feet in depth. Shown above are cars buried in snow and houses in Blairmore almost obscured by heavy drifts. Decoux Photos Alberta won't be snubbed at future energy talks By THE CANADIAN PRESS It may be warming up in Al- berta but there's a long way to go. Overnight temperature! across the province were gen- erally warmer than those rec- orded in the last two days but were still solidly-frozen in the sub-zero range where they have remained for more than two weeks. Grande Prairie recorded the coldest overnight temperature in the province: 48 below. Temperatures in southern and central Alberta were expected to climb to 10 and 20 below today and drop to 20 to 30 below to- night. The high at Lelhbrldge to- day will be 15 to 20 below and the overnight low will range be- tween 25 and 30 below. Last night's low temperature wu 37 below. Friday's high Is expected to be five below and the warming trend may continue during the weekend. Edmonton International Air- port dropped to 45 below, breaking the Jan. 27 record of 37 below set in 1969. Whitecourt was 40 below, one degree cold- er than the record for the day set in 1989 and Rocky Mountain House hit 39 below, six colder than the 1951 record. Meanwhile the Alberta Motor Association reported Wednes- day that the Crowsnest route to the south is open but has the occasional slippery sec- tion. CP Rail's line through the Rogers Pass was expected to be cleared today following an avalanche Wednesday that knocked out 200 feet of concrete snow sheds and damaged one entrance of a tunnel. Westbound passenger trains were halted at Golden, B.C., and eastbound trains were stopped at Revelstoke, 90 miles away. Passengers were to be bussed between the two cities if the rail line remained closed. Work crews cleared one lane of the Trans-Canada Highway through the Rogers Pass Wednesday night after it was blocked by snow slides earlier in the day. Convoy traffic was to resume today. Blocked rail and road links and a continuing power short- age faced British Columbia to- day for the seventh straight day. EDMONTON (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau has given the Alberta government a guaran- tee of "prior consultation" in changes of national energy pol- icy, Don Getty, provincial min- ister of federal and intergovern- mental affairs, announced Wednesday. He said this means there will be no more "secret agree- ments" as in the past and that Alberta's views will he part of future national energy policy. Alberta had also asked to have an observer present at en- ergy talks involving the federal government, particularly talks with the United States. Mr. Getty said in a prepared statement that the federal gov- ernment has not yet decided whether Alberta'will be permit- ted observer status at such talks but he added that discus- sions are continuing. The federal government pre- viously rejected Alberta's re- quest, prompting the Alberta government to say that estab- lishing its own office in Wash- ington, D.C., might' be neces- sary as an alternative. Mr. Getty said in today's statement that the Alberta gov- ernment "continues to give ac- tive consideration to the estab- lishment of a Washington office to act as a listening post when it comes to the involvement of Al- berta's natural resources." Seen and heard About town UNFATHOMABLE simone Ahho refusing to play billiards because "I need practice" Gordon having to check some figures twice because he forgot his glasses at home Jim Carpenter explaining that his birthplace at Osage, Sask., south of Moose Jaw, Is pro- nounced oh sage, not aw- sagee. Three boys commit suicide U.S. flexible On peace Overture at Que. detention centre PARIS (Rculcr) Chief U.S. negotiator William Porter said today the United States is pre- pared to be flexible on Presi- dent Nixon's new eight-point Vietnam pence plan and the still secret nine-point Communist proposals. The Nixon plan was formally presented at today's 143rd ses- sion of the peace talks by Sai- gon delegate Plum Dang Lam on behalf of the United States and his own government. The plnn, which Ilnnol brushed aside Wednesday ns un- acceptable, offered North Viet. num the complete wilndratval of all U.S. troops from Vietnam hy Aug. 1, 1972, plus a general ceasefire in exchange for tlw release of U.S. war prisoners. In addition, South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu would resign a month before in- ternationally-supervised c 1 e c- tions, open to the Viet Cong, would be held. DENOUNCE PROPOSALS The Viet Cong assailed the Nixon plan. The North Vletnnm- csc criticized Nixon for disclos- ing Uiat his ndvlstr, Henry Kis- singer, had conAirtwl talks in Paris with North Viol- nsm, Tile North Vietnamese nego- tiator, Xuan Thuy, said Nixon, for the second tiir.c in tho three-year talks, had broken a promise not to oivulge secret contacts between the United Stales and North Vietnam in Paris. Porter said the Nixon plan was fair to all concerned. He added: "My comments ore in- tended also to emphcslzo our desire lo be as flexible BS possi- ble so that we can speed the The U.S. plan Is designed !o bring about a lasting peace throughout Ind-xjliina through n negotiated settlement, he said. North Vietnam's nine-point proposal was put to U.S. presi- dential envoy Henry Kissinger during secret talks in Paris last summer. WON'T BUY IDEA WASHINGTON (AP) Stale Secretary William Rogers said today that North Vietnam In- sists e-n establishing "a Com- munist government" in South Vlotnam-and "Uul we can't MONTREAL (CP) The Montreal Star says three teen- age boys nt a provincial deten- tion centre in nearby Riviere des Prairies have killed them- selves in the last month and two others tried but failed. Claude Caslongnay, Quebec social affairs minister, an- nounced Wednesday he has set up a four-man inquiry board to Investigate alleged abuses at Centre Bcrlhclct. Tlic board Is to submit its report before March 31. Conditions at UK ccctrc, which la supposed lo tempo- rary quarters for youth await- ing placement by social welfare courts, have been criticized by social workers in the past. The request for a formal inquiry was made by the centre's ad- ministrators. The Star says the centre is one of three Montreal institu- tions which a confidential report by a group of youth workers condemned as "hangovers from the 19th century." The Star said Information about Iho suicides was provided by a reliable source, alUrough Mr. Castonguay's office would not coDllnn (to nport. ;