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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 10, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 'THREATENING HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 80 The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXIII-No. 176 LETHBRIDGE, A 1970 t'lilCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 20 PAGES Canada Faces Acute Meat Glut Problem By CAUL MOLLINS OTTAWA (CP) A glut of frozen hamburger and hotdog meat in Canada could cause a mild case of heartburn in Canadian trade relations with the United States, Australia and New Zealand. While the mounting surplus might promote bar- gain barbecues in Canadian backyards this summer, some meat distributors are worried by the prospect of depressed prices and financial loss. Federal trade officials are still trying to assess the size of the problem caused when the United States called a halt last week to imports of the "frozen bone- less manufacturing meat" from Australia and New Zealand by way of the Canadian back door. The trans-shipments through Canadian agents, which had built up in recent months to an annual rate of almost pounds, were relatively miniscule when measured against total U.S. meat consumption of more than pounds. But they violated a U.S. program of restraints on meat imports and provoked compaints from U.S. meat producers because the cheaper Australasian product was undercutting them. On the Canadian side, about a dozen dealers in- volved in the trans-sliipping trade were left with a surplus when the U.S. ban was imposed despite unofficial warnings that such action might be coming. More Stocks Coming Guesses about the eventual size of the surplus more meat intended originally for U.S. buyers is on its way to Canada from across the Pacific -.range to above pounds. Most of it is frozen for easy keeping. The amount is relatively trifling against total Canadian meat consumption of about pounds a week, but it is still a lot of hamburger, hotdog, sausage and shepherd's pie to unload. Trade officials in Ottawa say Canadians might be able to eat their way out of the problem in a few months. They tend to doubt that prices of other types of meat would be pushed down... Nevertheless, faced with anxiety in the domestic meat trade, they say they are seeking U.S. co-opera- tion to help relieve the pressure on Canadian markets. Canada expressed its concern to the United States after the ban on trans-shipment came into force last Friday, an official said. If the buildup of stocks in Canada became extreme, and the United States refused to'budge from its ban, Canada might turn.to Australia- and New Zealand for help in trying to turn off the supplies. Import re- strictions would be a last resort. Canadian authorities then would be in a delicate position. Canada declines to recognize Hie U.S. program of "voluntary restraints" on meat shipments the U.S. limit for Canadian-origin meat is pounds a year although most other producers, in- cluding Australia and New Zealand, do. Barrier Opposed The official explanation is that Canada is opposed to such barriers to trade. If Canada then were to ask the Australasian coun- tries to restrain their shipments here vol- untarily, the inconsistency would not be lost on Australia, New Zealand or the United States. Further, Australia has already turned down a U.S. request to stop trans-shipments through Canada or count them as part of the Australian limit under the restraint program, lumping them with direct ship- ments. The Australians say sales are arranged between dealers and it has no control over what the Canadian buyers do with the meat. The U.S. ban on trans-shipments was imposed by presidential order June 30, cutting off the cross-border sales of Australasian boneless beef, veal, lamb and mutton. The ban formed part of an order that, ironically, increased the total 1970 limit on direct imports of meat into the United States from all countries by about pounds to By so doing, the U.S. administration avoided im- posing formal import quotas on meat that would otherwise have been required under the law behind the program. Australians Protest Australia, which has been depending on the United States to take two-thirds of its meat exports worth about a year, complained publicly about the U.S. move. Thus, the Australians would be in no mood to en- tertain Canadian requests to reduce shipments here. Canada ranks fourth among buyers of Australian meat behind the United States, Britain and Japan with purchases last year worth almost That total represented an increase in purchases of more than 50 per cent in a year partly as a result of the growing trans-shipment business through Canada to the United States. Canadian trade officials deniM that the United States been asked to suspend its trans-shipment ban for a month to let Canadian dealers get rid of their surpluses. But he said dis- cussions were under way with U.S., Australian and New Zealand officials. Way Is Cleared For Sabbath Emergency Job Films, Sports Law Proclaimed BISHOP WALSH Released The way appears to be open for Sunday entertainment and sports in Lethbridge. No petitions against the. pass- ing of a new Sunday bylaw were- received at city hall be- fore yesterday's1 deadline. City council may now give third and final reading to the bylaw at Monday's meeting. I! passed, it would come into ef- fect next Sunday. The apparent lack of interest on the part of the public has HUGH REDMOND Suicided Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN T ETHBRIDGE court worker Albert Lapotec claiming Lethbridge Friend- ship Centre Director Rose Yellow Feet uses a mirror when playing cribbage be- cause "she is almost impos- sible to beat." J. A. (Bunny) Segboer, A and W manager in Fort Macleod be- coming an "instant fireman" as he quickly grabbed a C02 extinguisher and smothered a flaming engine on a car parked for refreshments. U.S. Bishop Freed After 12 Years From AP-Renters HONG KONG (CP) China released today Roman Catholic Bishop James Edward Walsh after nearly 12 years in captiv- ity, but it said another Ameri- can prisoner, Hugh Francis Redmond, committed suicide three months ago. Bishop Walsh, 79, of Cumber- land, Md., crossed the border into Hong Kong at dawn. American consulate officers went to see the bishop immedi- ately after immigration officials C" lied them with' news that he walked across unan- nounced. He was believed to have trav- elled by tram from Canton. The bishop later was taken Planes Duel In Mideast From Reuters-AP Israeli and Egyptian jets fought several dogfights ovsr the Suez canal today and a Tel Aviv military spokesman said three Egyptian MiG-21s were shot down. The MiGs were downed by missiles and aerial cannon fire when they tried to intercept a number of Israeli raiders bomb- ing Egyptian targets in the northern sector of the canal this morning, the spokesman said. The MiGs, which brought to 105 the number of Egyptian planes claimed by Israel sines the end of the 1967 six-day war, were the first Egyptian aircraft downed since Israel reported a new combined Soviet-Egyptian missile defence network had been established in the canal zone. Monday Israel's chief of staff, Lt.-Gen. Haim Bar Lev, said that the Russians and Egyptians at the beginning of last week es- tablished a new missile system of about a dozen SAM-2 bases, supported by at least two SAM-3 sites. away by ambulance for a medi- cal check. The bishop later was taken for a medical check to Mary- knoll Hospital in Kowloon, where a hospital spokesman re- ported that his condition was "pretty good." Bishop-Walsh, a'longtime mis- sionary in China, was bishop of Shanghai when the Communists took over in 1949. He refused to leave Shanghai and continued to hold mass for Chinese Catholics. Eventually he was arrested in 1958 and later imprisoned for 20 years on charges of spying and sabotage. A New China news agency re- port from Shanghai, monitored here about the same time as news was received of Bishop Walsh's release, said Redmond, 50, of Yonkers, N.Y., died April 13. Arrested in 1954, Redmond, an employee of an American import-export firm, was serving a life sentence on charges of es- pionage. In the same report, New China said Bishop Walsh "con- fessed his crimes" while he was in prison. "Considering his old age and ill health, China's organs of dic- tatorship, acting in accordance with the proletarian policy of le- niency toward those who con- fess their crimes and severe punishment of those who refuse to do so, now showed him leni- ency by releasing him before his term the agency said. It said Redmond slashed his arm and wrists with" a razor blade. He was immediately given emergency treatment but died the same night from loss of blood, the agency said. His body was cremated and his relatives were advised through the American Red Cross, it added. Redmond had been "given the same treatment and care as the other foreign the re- port added. "He was in good health and led a regular life." been reflected in the council proceedings that dealt with the bylaw so far. Both the original motion to have the bylaw pre- pared and first a nd second reading went through' council with no comment whatever. The only sport not allowed under the new bylaw would be wrestling and horse and dog racing. Sunday movies, allowed un- der the bylaw, will likely come to the city some time in the future. A. W. Ehackleford, president of Lethbridge Theatres Ltd., has said "It's inevitable that Sunday movies will be a part of the Sunday entertainment life of the community of Leth- bridge." Mail Dispute Jousting Continues OTTAWA (CP) The postal unions called off. the job a larger number of men but postal authorities closed the larger number of offices as each side tested the 'other's pain threshhold today. Acting on orders from the Council of Postal Unions, 495 workers went on strike at four postal stations in Ontario, in Re- gina and at Vancouver airport, a post office official reported. For its part, the post office had two offices shut down in New Brunswick, six in Ontario, and1 four in Saskatchewan with another seven in that province expecteH..to be closed later in the post office spokes- man repeated the explanation that the local offices have been shut down as a result of disrup- tions caused by rotating strike action. The jousting between the two sides came as their bargaining teams in Ottawa were to re- sume negotiations after a three-day break. Neither side has given any in- dication since their last meeting Monday of a change in bargain- ing postures. Sideline action Thursday in- cluded the announcement by the postal unions that they planned legal action against Postmas- ter-General Eric Kierans be- cause of tile shutdowns. Treas- ury Board President C. M. Drury, meanwhile, said he'd be "delighted" if the unions would be willing to accept a settle- ment of the dispute giving wage increases of 7Vi per cent a year. Treasury board negotiators said no such compromise figure as 7% per cent had been author- ized by the government. "I never even heard the figure mentioned said one. lightning Bolt Kills Youth At Carstairs CARSTAIHS (CP) Douglas Bales, a Carstairs youth1, was killed Thursday when hit di- rectly by a bolt of lightning while playing with three friends in the announcer's booth at the local rodeo grounds. Another youth' was in hospi- tal in serious condition with burns. The two others escaped injury when the lightning hit the elevated booth at Carstairs, 30 miles north of Calgary. Man Washed Down Manhole Report Spiked By Police EDMONTON (CP) Police today discounted an earlier re- port that a man may have been washed down a manhole during a heavy rainstorm Thursday night. A police spokesman said the report was one of hundreds of calls reporting flooded base- ments, power disruptions and streets blocked by flood waters. No one has been listed as missing in the city, said the spokesman and it could be some time before the story can be verified or denied. The storm Hew into the city about p.m. MST and lasted only hours. But before it ended, it popped sewer covers across the city, washed out roads and knocked out power transformers. POWER OUT was out over five per cent of the city, said an Edmon- ton Power spokesman, but for no longer than an hour and a half. Calgary Power, which serves rural areas, reported re- ceiving 700 to 800 calls. Edmonton Transit System buses were hours behind schedule because of street flooding but a spokesman for the company said schedules were restored by 11 p.m. Flights were held up only for a few minutes at the city's Indus- trial Airport. At International Airport, 20 miles south, one flight was diverted to Calgary. The weather office in Edmon- ton said hail accompanied the storm but a forecaster said it was not heavy enough to dam- age crops seriously. Hailstones ranging in size from grapes to walnuts fell about 20 miles north of Calgary. REGINA (CP) Premier Ross Thatcher, taking a step he has threatened for more than a week, today signed his name to an order-in-councilbringing Saskatchewan's construction workers under compulsory arbi- tration The emergency measure was to be sent to Lt.-Gov. Stephen Worobetz later in the day for his signature. The law was passed 12 days ago but the final step was withheld in the hope a settlement would be reached. Mr. Thatcher, speaking at a news conference, said amend- ments bringing plumbers and electricians under scope of the arbitration law "will take effect immediately." While the plumbers and elec- tricians have returned to work wherever jobs are available, ne- gotiations with contractors on new collective agreements have been deadlocked. The strikes, and the provin- cial government's retaliatory postponement of its entire pub- lic works program, left the Sas- katchewan construction industry in a depressed state. TERMED EMERGENCY "The time is Mr. Thatcher said. Much of the buildiijg season had been lost because of the work stoppage, a situation that the premier termed an emergency. Labor and management now have five days to name a repre- sentative to a three-man arbi- tration board and another five days to agree on a suitable chairman. If the parties are unable to agree on a chairman, the gov- ernment will appoint a judge. The province had set Wednes- day afternoon as a deadline for a construction settlement, but that limit was pushed back. The original arbitration law, called the Essential Services Emergency Act and commonly known as Bill Two, was passed four years ago to terminate a strike a g a i n s t Saskatchewan Power Corp., a Crown corpora- tion.' The law carries penalties as high as, a day for those who don't comply with it. The amendments broadening terms of the 1966 legislation to cover construction workers in any event would last for no more than three years, a limit set by the legislature. Military Leaders Worried From Renters-AP Military leaders in the Cam- bodian capital were said to be apprehensive about uncon- firmed reports that pro-Com- munist troops from Laos were sighted near Kompong Thorn, the isolated provincial capital. Reuters correspondent Julian Kerr reported from Phnom Penh the introduction of sizable numbers of the pro-Communist Pathet Lao forces into Cam- bodia would free regular Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops for fighting in South Viet- nam. This, in turn, would lead inevitably to a lessening of the South Vietnamese effort in Cambodia. 'You've forgotten your, case of throat City Closed PASCO, WASH. (AP) The city of Pasco was ordered "closed" Thursday night fol- lowing two nights of violence, Acting Police Chief John Stred- wick said. PREMIER BENEDIKTSSON MRS. BENEDIKTSSON Premier Perishes In House Fire REYKJAVIK, Iceland (Reu- ters) Premier Bjarni Bene- diktsson, 62, who led the move- ment bringing Iceland into NATO, was burned to death early today along with his wife and grandson when a fire swept the premier's state-owned sum- mer house at Thingvalla, 38 miles from the capital. The premier, his wife Sigridur Bjoemsdottir and his two-year- old grandson Benedikt Wilmun- darsson went there to spend the night. Firemen hurried to the scene when the alarm was raised but the wooden building was re- duced to ashes. A neighbor raised the alarm when he saw the house in flames. Beneditksson, chairman of the Independence party, b a c a m premier in November', 1963, when he succeeded Olaiur Thors who resigned for health reasons. He had previously served in the Thors administration as minister of justice and later as foreign minister. Beneditksson became a pro- fessor of law at the University of Iceland at the age of 24. Ho served for some years as .mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. MOURN DEATH The country went into a state of mourning as news of the tragedy circulated. Flags flew at half staff and the radio played solemn music. Benediktsson was a distin- guished with a long rec- ord of public service. Russians Offer Peace Scheme LONDON (CP) Uncondi- tional withdrawal of Israeli troops from all occupied Arab territories is the central de- mand of Soviet Middle East peace proposals published in the currant issue of Soviet Weekly, a London Soviet embassy publi- cation. Writer Spartak Beglov, in summing up the proposals, says there is nothing secret about them. They had been published in the Soviet Communist party, newspaper Pravda last January and were on the agenda of Big Four talks on the Mideast. However, Beglov says that ne- gotiations and co-ordination of positions "is a continuous proc- ess in the course of which new ideas are bound to arise." But he emphasizes that discussions in the four-power negotiations have not in any way changed "the initial stand of the Soviet Union." "The Soviet plan provides for a settlement in he says. "First, Israel and the Arab countries must confirm theii' willingness, in good faith, to carry out the (UN) Security Council's resolution of Nov. 22, 1967 in all its aspects. "All parties must accept that gaining territory through war cannot be permitted. "After that document has been drafted, then the with- drawal of Israeli troops would be carried out and the state at war between Israel and' the Arabs would be ended. "With the consent of the coun- tries concerned, it is also pro- posed to establish demilitarized zones straddling these frontiers. Their regulations will include temporary restrictions of a purely military nature. "Provision is also made for the stationing of UN troops, with the agreement of the United Arab Republic (Egypt) and by decision of the Security Council, in the Agaza area where they were before May, 1967, and also in the area of Sharmash-Sheikh. "The Soviet proposals also stress the necessity for Israel to pledge herself to comply with the UN decisions on Palestinian refugees. "Finally the Soviet proposal provides for freedom of naviga- tion for all states through the Tirana Straits, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Suez canal." Time To Throw The Book Over Oil Spills-Henderson EDMONTON (CP) Health Minister James Henderson said Thursday a series of crude oil spills in the Swan Hills region of northern Alberta appear to border on negligence. Mr. Henderson, after studying a brief and 15 photographs from the Alberta Fish and Game As- sociation, said the spills "are difficult to justify from an operating standpoint and are not typical of the industry." "It is sloppy, lousy house- keeping." Mr. Henderson said officials of the oil and gas conservation board, the province's oil regu- lating body, are being sent to the area. The board had the power to do something about the situa- tion and will rectify the prob- lems, he said. "They can go in and shut an operation down." Frequency of oil spills was decreasing "but this did not ex- cuse what happened at Swan Hills. Mr. Henderson, a professional engineer, said that from his own experience in the petrole- um industry he can see no ex- cuse for oil well site spills. It could be time to "throw the book" at such offenders. ;