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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIPGE HERALD WMlntsdiy, January 29, 1975 News in brief Passenger run to resume EDMONTON (CP) Full transcontinental passenger service on the CNR will resume Thursday, the railway announced Tuesday. At the same lime, regular passenger service between Jasper and Prince Rupert will be restored. Service was halted last Fri- day by a walkout of locomotive engineers at various points along the system. Quake rattles Okanagan VANCOUVER (CP) An earthquake measuring about 3.5 to four on the 10 point Richter scale rattled British Columbia's Okanagan Valley Tuesday night. There was also an uncon- firmed report of an earth- quake three weeks ago in the Oliver Osoyoos area. Danish PM resigns COPENHAGEN (Reuter) Prime Minister Poul Hartl- ing handed his formal resigna- tion today to Queen Margrethe who will consult political leaders on the forma- tion of a new Danish government. Hartling's minority Liberal administration was toppled by one vote in the 179-seat Folk- eting (parliament) Tuesday night, less than three weeks after the general election. UN to seize Namibia ore GENEVA (Reuter) A United Nations body plans to seize any copper ore or ura- nium shipped from'Namibia without UN authority, a senior UN official said here Tuesday. Sean MacBride, UN com- missioner for Namibia, told a news conference his office was authorized to take the ac- tion by a UN General Assembly decision last month. Explosion rips Taiwan city TAIPEI (Reuter) The toll climbed to at least 16 persons killed and more than 100 in- jured today following a huge explosion which ripped through a toy shop in the central Taiwanese city of Taichung. Twenty-two persons were missing and at least 50 of the injured were hurt seriously, police said. New oil agreement urged WASHINGTON (CP) Senator Walter 'Mondale of Minnesota urged President Ford Tuesday to .exempt Canadian crude oil from his forthcoming tax on oil im- ports and try to negotiate a new oil-supply agreement with Ottawa. Mondale, a Democrat who plans to visit Ottawa next month to discuss energy prob- lems with Prime Minister Trudeau and other cabinet members, said the tax which Ford plans to begin Feb. 1 on all crude imports would add more than mil- lion a year to Minnesota's oil bills. Insurance hike expected EDMONTON (CP) A further increase in automobile insurance rates over the 10 per cent increases approved since December might be expected later this year, a member of the board which approves the increases said Tuesday. A. B. Mitchell, a member of the three man Alberta Automobile Insurance Board, said between 70 and 80 'per cent in the province's policy holders were included in the rate increase applications the board has approved since December. More families evacuated ASBESTOS, Que. (CP) Another 28 families were evacuated from their homes Tuesday night as a safety zone was enlarged around the 950- foot open-pit asbestos mine where landslides last week swallowed four homes. A spokesman for Canadian Johns-Manville Ltd., owner of the mine, said 19 buildings had been evacuated as a "pre- cautionary measure." The evacuated zone is northeast of the area from which 77 families were moved last week. Congress balking at aid to S. Vietnam, Cambodia Legion plans tulip blitz OTTAWA (CP) The Royal Canadian Legion hopes to have what its president calls a carpet of golden tulips blooming from coast to coast next year to commemorate 50 years of fighting for the rights of veterans. The legion hopes that at least four million bulbs of a specially Netherlands-bred Royal Canadian Legion Tulip will bloom across the country in the spring of 1976. Brezhnev back in public MOSCOW (AP) Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, who has been absent from public functions for about five BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phone 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL rrrrtttttrtt tit Hutu weeks, was reported seen on his way to work today and Tuesday. A high-ranking Western diplomat said he saw the Com- munist party chief being driven from his apartment to- the Kremlin on Tuesday. A Western correspondent said he saw Brezhnev making the same trip today in his limousine. State Secretary Henry Kissinger says he hopes the administration's request for more aid to South Vietnam will not rekindle debate about United States involvement in Indochina, but Congress already is balking at Presi- dent Ford's proposal. Congressional leaders said stiff opposition awaited Ford's request for an ad- ditional million in military aid for South Viet- nam and million for Cam- bodia. The request, made Tuesday, was referred to in a written statement by a group Claim- ing responsibility for a bomb that exploded early today in the state department head- quarters but caused no in- juries. Identifying itself as the "Weather the group said the request meant more U.S. involvement in In- dochina and violated the Paris peace accords. Shortly after congressional leaders met with Ford and Kissinger, assistant Democratic leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia said that while both sides did not give a "flat they said it would be difficult, if not im- possible, to win approval for the request. Senator John Tower (Rep. Tex.) chairman of the Republican policy committee, said the request would be denied because "the majority of the Congress is prepared to let Vietnam go down the drain." By voting only half of the administration's request for South Vietnam aid last year, Congress indicated its willingness to sacrifice the country, Tower said. Ford's request was accom- panied by a message to Con- gress saying that "recent events have made it clear that North Vietnam is again trying to impose a solution by force." Turner trims sails on wage hike issue OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister John Turner moved hastily Tuesday to recover from what Progressive Conservative critics saw as an embarrassing slip in his fight to control inflation. "Labor is not to be the scapegoat of any understan- he said in the House of Commons as the Conser- vatives pressed him for details of his attempts to get voluntary pay, price and profit restraint. Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield and Sinclair Stevens (PC-York-Simcoe) took Mr. Turner to task for his com- ment Monday that the major inflationary force is "the rapid escalation of wage and salary costs." The minister quickly ex- plained he believes it is under- standable that there is a wage push as labor attempts to catch up with rising prices. Mr.' Stanfield used Mr. Turner's original comment to prove the government's anti- inflation initiatives, while Mr. Stevens raised'it again in. the Commons Tuesday night. The comment about wage and salary escalation was "a Drapeau clears stadium hurdle The final word Several motorists learned the hard way what this sign, erected Tuesday by city Schwarz, tells them. Police tagged a number of drivers before the sign.went up because the rules are that unless otherwise posted, the speed limit on all city streets is 30 m.p.h. Some motorists observed however, that the river crossing could be entered from a 40 m.p.h. zone on Scenic Drive with say- ing the speed limit was not still 40 m.p.h. But that logic was refuted by Peter Bowkett, city traffic co-ordinator, who pointed out that even though its an inter- change and not a corner, it's still a different road. It's like turning from the 40 m.p.h. zone at the south end of Mayor Magrath Drive onto 20th Avenue, he said. QUEBEC (CP) Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau's insist- ence on going ahead with the building of the main stadium and swim hall for the 1976 'Olympics site still Montreal' AMSTERDAM (Reuter) Lord Killanin, president of the International' Olympic Com- mittee said today there is ho question of the 1976 Sum- mer Games being held any- where except Montreal. He told a news conference after talks here with the Cana- dian IOC representative, James Worrall of Toronto, that the committee is confi- dent that a solution will be found to the problems of cost and organization which have threatened the Games. "I would like to make it quite clear that there is no question of the games taking place other than in Lord Killanin said. Death sentence commuted OTTAWA (CP) The Soviet Union has commuted a death sentence given a naturalized Canadian citizen to 15 years in prison, the ex- ternal affairs department said today. A spokesman said David Geldiashvilli's sentence was commuted after represen- tations from the Canadian em- bassy in Moscow. Geldiashvilli, of Montreal was sentenced to death after being found guilty of par- ticipating in the murder of 000 persons when he was a member of a Caucasian com- mando company run by the Germans during the Second World War. Summer Olympics came one step closer Tuesday after con- sultants rejected the concept of relocating the Autostade to the east-end Montreal Olym- pic site. The relocation proposal was dismissed when architect Claude Gagnon told a Quebec legislature committee study- ing Olympic costs and construction that the Autostade, built for Expo 67, could not be torn down, transferred, and rebuilt in time for the opening day of the Games, July 17, 1976. The national assembly com- mittee requested the feasibili- ty study on the relocation last week after it heard conflicting reports about the cost and construction of the seat, million stadium. Mr. Gagnon told the com- mittee the cost of the reloca- tion alone would amount to million, and another million would have to be add- ed to take into account the building of a dome, additional seats, the breaking of present contracts and the losses in- curred by work already com- pleted but which would be rendered useless. He said construction of the Olympic stadium would be completed by February, 1976, as promised by Mayor Drapeau. Whether the stadium will be built without an adjoining 600- foot tower anchoring a retrac- table roof has yet to be decided. Elimination of the tower, which would save the deficit- ridden Olympics has been strongly opposed by the mayor. startling statement for any: minister of finance to he said: No one had been hurt more by inflation than wage earners and salaried 1 employees. "Despite this, the minister of finance lashed out at labor." Both Mr. Stanfield and Mr.: Stevens sought in vain for' word on whether Mr. Turner is seeking agreement on; specific guides for voluntary restraint in his current series. of talks with labor and business leaders. Talks on inflation are at "an.' exploratory stage" with the government hoping for an evo- lution of mutual understan- ding, replied Mr. Turner. Earlier, Joe Morris, presi- dent of the Canadian Labor Congress, said the minister's comments: about wage and salary demands might have jeopardized his restraint talks. Mr. Stevens said-in an inter- view later that Mr. turner's remarks about the talks in- dicate "he either doesn't have a plan or if he does, he's play- ing games." "Our general guess is that he's stalling for time in the talks and trying to get ideas from the private sector, that is from business and labor." In the Commons, he com- plained that if Mr. Turner is working on guides or some kind of "social contract" with the two sectors he has given no indication of his intentions. Fire kills woman CALGARY (CP) Joan Annabelle Bullock, 50, died early today when fire swept her north Calgary townhouse. Fire department officials said it is believed the fire was started by a discarded cigarette. The woman's body was found in the living room. The fire apparently started when the Woman fell asleep while smoking, said a fire depart- ment spokesman. Bomb defused OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Helmeted demolition experts who found a bomb planted in the federal building here to- day carried the device out of the building in a metal tub and detonated it in the street. Allmand readying bill for strong gun control He was convicted by a court in his native Georgia in 1973 and the Supreme Court of the Soviet 'Union rejected an appeal last fall. Sadat replenishes arsenal, believes peace is possible ASSOCIATED PRESS President Anwar Sadat of Egypt announced today he had er as the sun gets brighter "OSUN ensor Lenses Yukoners 'ready for autonomy9 itiatic Sunglasses Open till p.m. Monday to Saturday (Thurtday till 9 p.m.) OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. OTTAWA (CP) Using amendments to the Northern Canada Power Commission Act as their platform, several prominent Yukoners Tuesday argued for more self-govern- ment for their territory. Ken McKinnon, a member of the Yukon territorial coun- cil, told the Commons northern affairs committee: "The Yukon is almost at the break-even point, especially if it were to get government revenues from resources as the provinces do. "If democracy has to be paid for, which .we don't accept, we are about ready for he said. Mr. McKinnon argued that the Northern Canada Power Commission, a federal agency generating electrical power in the Canadian North, should become a territorial agency. Under proposed amendments to the act, the commission will be em- powered to establish zone rates rather than community- to-community rates, which have lowered hydro bills in large centres but caused high rates in more isolated com- munities. Mr. McKinnon, fellow coun- cillor Willard Phelps and Whitehorse Mayor Paul Lucier agreed the Yukon should have some control over Northern Canada Power, including establishment of rates, location of new stations and distribution of excess profits. purchased a number of super- sonic jet fighters from France to make up for a lack of sup- plies from the Soviet Union. Sadat said he could not reveal the exact number of jets he has bought but said they were "much less than" the 120 previously said to be involved in the deal. Sadat said delivery of the planes will be "in years to come." At the same time as he an- nounced his arms replenish- ment, Sadat said "I quite agree" with the belief of United States State Secretary Henry Kissinger that the op- posing positions of Egypt and Israel on a second stage military disengagement can be reconciled. Kissinger expressed his view Tuesday at a news conference in Washington. He leaves for the Middle East early next month to promote a second disengagement. Sadat told a crowded news conference on the last day of his visit here that he and French President Valery Gis- card d'Estaing had discussed at length a possible French role in the peacemaking process. But Sadat indicated it would be some time before this would come about. Sadat was on the last of his three-day state visit to Paris. "We have not asked Mr. Discard d'Estaing to launch .an initiative at this Sadat said, "but in a coming stage France must assume its role, and with it Western Europe as well." The Egyptian president was evidently highly pleased with his military purchases here, which appeared to give him an alternative to his exclusive re- liance on the Soviet Union up to this time. Sadat referred to uncon- firmed, reports that he had bought 120 planes which is the Egyptian figure for aircraft lost in the 1973 war. "This is not true. What I agreed to buy is much less than this." "I can't tell you the number. It's a secret. Delivery will be in years to Sadat said, repeating the word years three times for emphasis. Sadat said the arms order included the Mirage F'-l, the latest generation of the French jet. OTTAWA (CP) Solicitor- General Warren Allmand said Tuesday he hopes to eventual- ly be able to present stronger gun control legislation to Parliament. The minister, who believes that stronger gun control can reduce killings in Canada, did not expand much on his idea either in answer to a question in the Commons or to reporters. But he did say in an inter- view he does not necessarily anticipate being in conflict with Justice Minister Otto Lang, who has expressed himself as much in opposition to extensive gun controls as Mr. Allmand has expressed himself in favor of them. The question was raised in the Commons by Adrien Lam- bert who asked if there should be charges against the person who sold a gun to a murderer. Mr. Allmand only said he hopes to have something to present in the future. But out- side the Commons he said a group within his own depart- ment is looking into the ques- tion of more extensive controls' than now are covered in the Criminal Code. "I'd like to press it he said referring to the study. He said the study covers many facets of guns legisla- such things as velocity of bullets and gun- running. He noted that gun control legislation probably would have only slight effect on murderers involving organiz- ed crimes, such as the mass murder in Montreal this month. But he noted that two thirds of killings involve families or close friends and gun control might have an effect in this area. Mr. Allmand said some of the objection to.gun control from hunting groups is un- reasonable. He said registra- tion and licensing of guns might cause some delay in a man getting a gun but that is all. Mr. Allmand brushed off ap- parent conflict between his views and those expressed by Mr. Lang. He said there has been no recent discussion be- tween the two ministers on gun control. Mr. Allmand, who represents a Montreal con- stituency, noted that there is a difference of feeling between urban and rural ridings. Mr. Lang comes from Saskatoon-Humboldt which is largely rural. Going down? SEATTLE (AP) Two men parachuted safely from Seattle's Space Needle Tues- day afternoon, landing ap- parently unharmed on a street that borders the Seattle Center, police said. v Seattle police said the two men landed on Broad Street, got into a van and drove away. The two had .unscrewed parti of a safety net installed around the observation deck 520 feet above the ground, said officials of Western Inter- national Hotels, the company that manages the Needle. A maintenance worker at Seattle Center, Robbie Rogers, said he heard the first chute pop when it opened. Mr. Rogers said both parachutists landed on the' street, gathered their chutes and were taken away by a van. Both were laughing, he said. ;