Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
SUNNY HIGH FORECAST TUESDAY 80 The Uthlnidqe Herald VOL. LXIII No. 171 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, JULY 6, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 16 PAGES SORRY SCENE A doll and pair of shoes lie in the rubble after an Air Canada DC-8 crash- ed while landing at Toronto International Air- port Sunday. Two infants and 106 persons died in the crash. At bottom, type of plane that crash- ed is shown. Paul Hettyer New Govt. Tactic In Mail Strike Not Be Goner _________ PAUL HELLYER By DAVE McINTOSH OTTAWA (CP) In the Canadian parliamentary system, a former cabinet minister is considered a goner when his own party is in power. When a minister is dropped from a cabinet for one reason or another and sent to the Senate or some other resting place, he is usually written off politically for good. In Canada, unlike in Britain and some other coun- tries, they seldom if ever come back. The idea of trying to change this political graveyard system now is being discussed in some high govern- ment circles. There are suggestions that Prime Minister Trudeau may attempt to institute a change when he next makes over his 30-man cabinet. That could be in late August or early September. The change would be to drop a man from the cabinet to sit as a private member but on the under- standing that he might be invited into the administra- tion again when a suitable post became available. HELLYER EXAMPLE So far, there are no indications (hat Mr. Trudeau intends to invite back into the cabinet his former trans- port minister, Paul Hellycr. But it-is known that Mr. Hellyer would be prepared to consider such an offer and not turn it down flat. Mr. Hellyer's circumstances are considerably differ- ent from those of a man dismissed from cabinet. He resigned in an argument with Mr. Trudeau about housing policy. But neither man has had an ill personal word for the other. It is pacifying for the party in a prime minister to appoint a dropped cabi- net minister to the Senate or some government agency or board. There are some faint indications that Mr. Trudeau may not do this in every case, though he said Thursday he hopes to fill some of the 16 Senate vacancies this summer. It is considered likely that he will bring about half a dozen new men into the cabinet from among the par- liamentary secretaries or even back-benchers.: PUT ON STANDBY One or two of those being replaced might sit as private MPs again and be available for recall to tho cabinet. Walter Gordon resigned from the Pearson cabinet for. he said, giving the prime minister bad advice in calling the 1965 election. Mr. Pearson later persuaded him to rejoin the government but gave him only the largely-titular portfolio of president of the privy council. It is not likely that the presidency of live privy coun- cil would entice Mr. Hellycr, for one, back into the ad- ministration. The sug2c.sl.ion now is that a proven former cabinet minister would have In be given a big portfolio if ha were to be invilcd back into tho adnnnistratioii. OTTAWA across the country have been authorized by the government to close .down local operations if they feel recurring strikes and backlogs of mail have rendered adequate service impossible. Sources confirmed Monday that the postmasters were noti- fied during the weekend to be ready to take action at any time. They said, however, that a decision to close would be left entirely in the hands of local of- ficials. The new government tactic is a long-delayed response to ro- tating strikes organized by the New Crisis Deepens In Italy ROME (CP) Premier Ma- riano Rumor resigned today on the eve of a planned nationwide general strike, and Italy's three labor federations promptly sus- pended the walkout. The surprise resignation of II u m o r's centre-left coalition government forced a showdown with the powerful unions, which just three days ago had brushed aside Rumor's appeal to revoke the economically damaging gen- eral strike. The strike was- called to press the government for social reforms. The 55-year-old bachelor pre- mier went directly from the meeting to submit his resigna- tion to President Giuseppe Sara- gat at the letter's summer home on the Tyrrhenean Sea. Council of Postal Unions in the contract dispute that has dis- riipted post office service for more than a month. Small Children See First Rain In Their Lives JA1SALMSR, India (Reuters) Small children in the desert city of Jaisalmer have just seen rain for the first time in their lives. Widespread down pours during the weekend broke a sev- en-year drought affecting large areas of western Rajasthan, ad- joining Pakistan. Investigation Begins Into Plane Trag 108 Persons Die At Toronto TORONTO (CP) Investigators today began a painstaking reconstruction of the last minutes of Air Canada flight 621 in an effort to determine the cause of Sunday's crash which killed all 108 persons aboard. The Super DC-8 jet crashed only 75 feet from a farmhouse 3% miles north of Toronto International Airport after an abortive attempt to land for a brief 'At open stop-over on a flight to Los Angeles from Mont- real. SECOND WORST The victims of the second worst air disaster" in Canada's history included 75 paying pas- sengers, most of them from Quebec and California, two in- fants, 22vAir Canada employees and a crev nin.e.. Another'' Canada DC-8, also Toronto from Montreal, crashed Nov. 29, 1963, at Sis. Therese, 20 miles north of Montreal, killing all 118 on board. Investigation showed the crash was caused by failure of the plane's trim controls. "Everything was silent except for a hissing sound coming out of the said farmer Sytzs Burgsma, the first witness on the scene after the four-engine plane crashed in his vegetable patch at a.m. "There was no screams or anything like that." PIECES SMALL A shoe, part of a stewardess's uniform, a child's doll and a 20- foot piece of wingtip were among the few recognizable pieces of debris scattered in the field-s and trees around a scorched hole 35 feet wide and up to seven feet deep. W. M. House of the federal department of transport, who is heading the investigation, said tap.es from the plane's flight re- corder, found at the crash site, are being studied for clues. Teams of investigators were set up to study control tower tape recordings of conversation with the pilot, Capt. Peter Ham- ilton of Montreal and Weyburn, Sask., interview eye witnesses and examine the wreckage. An Air Canada spokesman noted that many of the passen- gers were Americans returning home on the holiday weekend, but that even so the plane was not carrying its peak load of 198 passengers. "Yesterday (Saturday) or to- morrow it would have been he said. There were conflicting reports of what happened at the airport when the giant stretched version of the its landing approach to runway 32 in near-perfect flying weather. FIRE REPORTED Ground control officials a_nd police were quoted as saying the pilot had radioed that one of his starboard engines was on fire, and that the control tower had ordered him to gain altitude and jettison fuel. But Mr. House, although con- firming that there had been a fire, said it had not yet been de- termined whether it occurred before, during or after the land- ing attempt. An Air Canada spokesman said there were no emergency messages from the plane at any time and that the aircraft made a normal approach. Officials from the McDonnell Douglas Corp. of Santa Monica, "Calif., manufacturers of the DC-S, were to join the un tion. Two refrigeration trucks called in to help a Cai Armed Forces helicopter ii1- move the bodies to a. sports arena at the nearby community of Woodbridge. The arena was used as a tem- porary morgue while patholo- gists, dentists and document ex- perts began identification proce- dures. HUSBAND WAITS The husband of Hildegund Wie- czorek (inset) a stewardess killed in a DC-8 crash near Toronto Sunday, waits at Montreal International Airport for confirmation of his wife's death. They had been mar- ried one month. The Connoisseur Flight Then Disaster Struck TORONTO (CP) There was soft music, a bouquet of red roses and perfect flying weather as the four steward- esses of Air Canada's flight 621 welcomed then- passen- gers aboard the ;Los..Angeles- bound Super DC-8 Suno'ayV The time was a.m. aid the flight the sales agents call the "connoisseur cause of the wine and cham- pagne served loading 99passengers at Montreal International Air- port. There were two Montreal honeymoon couples: Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Adams and Mr. and Mrs. C. Mailhiot. Perhaps they got a special smile from stewardess Gundi Wieczorek, herself recently married to a Canadian Pacific Airlines ticket clerk. Also among the passengers were 22 Air Canada employ- ees and their families taking holiday trips. In the cockpit Captain Peter Hamilton, a veteran airline pilot who had been with Air Canada for more than 20 years went through his pre- flight drill with the confidence born of long experience and the knowledge that Ms air- craft was one of the newest in Air Canada's fleet. It was de- livered April 24 and had flown fewer than 450 hours. Shortly after takeoff the passengers settled down to breakfast: Baked ham and scrambled eggs in economy class, an alternative omelette and com flakes on the first- class menu. Flying in brilliant sunshine with perfect visibility Flight 021 climbed n o r t h w e s t to feet over Ottawa. Cruis- ing at 550 miles an hour the aircraft passed over Peterbor- ough, Ont, and began its slow descent toward Toronto where another 100 passengers were waiting to board. Heading toward the radio beacon at Kleinburg, Ont., the pilot cut his speed.to 275 miles an hour and dropped to feet. At feet'and; 250 miles an hour the jet soared over Metropolitan Toronto, banked over Lake Ontario and The New Japan Series Begins In Herald Twenty five years after defeat and devastation, Japan is the world's third largest- nation in terms of economic and industrial strength. And her growth shows no signs whatever of slowing down. Every part of the world, Western Canada especially, is affected by Japanese in- vestment and trade. What of this new Japan, its stability, the safety of its Western friendships and its "democratic" processes? Mrs. Georgean Harper of Lethbridge, a skilled and dis- cerning student of these things, recently visited Japan. She has written several ar- ticles for reader's of The Leth- bridge Herald on Japanese agriculture, industry, educa- tion, the social .fabric and the national identity. To under- stand Japan not as a tourist mecca or camera factory or barley market, but as a na- tion which will affect if not transform the whole world, these articles will be found very helpful. The first is on today's edi- torial page. began the approach to Run- way 32 at Toronto Interna- tional Airport rath the signs in the cabin warning passen- gers to fasten their seat belts and put out their cigarettes. The time was a.m. It had been a textbook flight and approach and the huge jet was cleared for touchdown five.minutes ahead of sched- ule. Then disaster struck. As Flight 621 touched the ground, for reasons still unknown, an engine broke away. The jet roared into the air again, heading northeast. Flight 621 had three minutes to live. The ground controller guid- ing me touchdown called ur- gently: "He's lost an engine He's lost another he's going down. In a farmer's field seven miles from the airport the DC lay scattered in thousands of pieces. The wreckage hissed and steamed gently. There were no cries, no screams. The 99 passengers, the nine crew aboard the "connoisseur flight" were dead. Landslide Victory In Mexico MEXICO CITY (AP) Liu's Echeverria Alvarez won Mexi- co's presidency by the expected landslide Sunday, extending (lie 42-year hold of the PR In- stitutional Revolutionary party the Mexican government by another six years. The PR! said unofficial re- turns from of the country's voitng precincts gave Echeverria votes to for Efrain Gonzales Mor- fin of the PAN, the National Ac- tion party. Canadian, 22, Died Of Starvation During U.S. Prison Fast BELLINGHAM, WASH. (AP) at the Whatcom County jail have claimed jail- ers knew a young Canadian was not eating "a long time and could have done something about the 20 day fast that ended with his death. The Bellingham Herald re- ported today it received three letters from inmates, one sign- ed by 10 men, calling for an investigation. The death Friday of Robert Lyle Guest, 22, of London, Out., was labelled "un- called for" and a "senseless death" in tha letters. Coroner Robert L. Rood ruled out an inquest. "There's no question to b e Troops Face New Trouble 520 Die In U.S. CHICAGO (AP) As the three-day Fourth of July holiday period ended. 520 persons worn known killed in traffic accidents across the United States, BELFAST (AP) British troops faced new trouble today after breaking up bloody street riots for the second straight weekend. Angry residents ac- cused soldiers of looting and damaging their homes. Tlie bitter complaints came from the Roman Catholic Falls Road area where liwps en- forced a curfew and conducted a -house-to-house arms search, following five deaths in rioting Friday night and Saturday. Allegations against the troops included taking money, break- ing windows and smashing cru- cifixes and other religious em- blems. Rood said. "He starved to death." An autopsy was performed Friday and official results were expected today. Guest died about 12 hours after being taken from the jail to a Bellingham hospital, under Sheriff Ludger Bisail- lon said. Bisallon said he learned Tuesday that Guest was fasting for "universal citi- zenship." He said it took him two hours Thursday to find a doctor who agreed to come lo the jail to see the Canadian. Guest was arrested June 12 for or.tij and sentenced to 30 days in jail before de- portation. Guest ate two forced meals, Ihcn said he was going on a '10 day, fast, deputies said, Kiniberley Strike Vote Scheduled KIMBERLEY, B.C. (CP) The United Steelworkers of America has scheduled a strike vote for Thursday following the collapse of talks between the union and Cominco Ltd. Steelworkers negotiator Lynn Williams of Toronto said today the company's latest offer of a 12-per-cent increase on a S3 hourly base rate in a two-year agreement was unacceptable. The union, he said, wants a 22-per-cent increase over two years, which works out to about 68 cents an hour. About 550 Steelworkers will vote here Thursday along with mine workers at nearby Rion- del. Cominco workers at Trail will vote Friday and Saturday. ROBERT GUEST Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN CL1GHTLY CONFUSED Jacfc O'Sullivan mistaking a green mouthwash for a green shampoo, and remarking "It didn't get very sudsy, but my hair smelled good" Clarence Griger. at the Gait Musucm, puzzling over a pic- ture of an early governor- general and wondering about how easy it is to forget fam- ous faces four-year old Margie Gal (old she was out- growing her swimming suit and remarking wisely, "But bikinis never get too small."