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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL. LXVI No. 192 Rail strike in day two with no panic By THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO Amid union warnings of a national railway shutdown and federal government urgings not to panic, Ontario entered its second day today without trains and telegrams. And the other provinces were wondering which would be the next for strike action by he ber Association of Non-Operating Railway Employees. About workers halted rail and telegram ser- vice in Ontario Thursday as they left their jobs for 48 hours in the first of a series of rotating strikes to back contract demands. They are in dispute with Canadian National Railways, CP Rail and eight smaller railways, Despite the shutdown Thursday, no major commun- ications or telecommunications prAlems'had been re- ported' in Ontario to early this morning. But in Montreal, R. C. Smith, chairman of the onions' joint negotiating committee, said the railways were laying off employees in some areas not on strike in an attempt to us iato a country-wide strike" and "bring the government down on us with emer- gency legislation." It was by use of such legislation that the federal government brought an end to national railway walk- outs in 1950 and 1966. Mr. Smith said the unions are doing then- best to stick to the selective "strike plan but if "harassment and intimidation" of employees continues, "we cannot guarantee that our policy of moderation can be pre- served." He said up to 50 per cent of employees in some categories had been laid off in areas outside Ontario. Included, were employees needed to maintain essen- tial services such as gram shipments and ferry runs which the unions have agreed to keep in operation, be said. A CP Rail spokesman said Mr. Smith's claims are "typical exaggeration that arises in a labor situa- tion. The only employees laid off are those for whom there is no work because of the strike action in On- tario." A CN spokesman said the only employees without work outside Ontario are in Manitoba and Quebec. They would have manned the trains, ifiat were cancelled be- cause of flre Ontario strike. s V But CN said if the strikes force it to 'discontinue certam work there will have to be "adjustments" to the work force. la Ottawa, Labor Minister John Munro advised people not to panic. He told the Commons he thought the parties in-the dispute should bargain freely without threat of par- liamentary intervention. Responding to opposition questions, Mr. Munro said he thought contracts for international sales of wheat would be But Mr. Munro told Les Benjamin (NDP-Regina- Lake Centre) he had not yet had "absolute assurances" from the rail companies that grain would be moved. Inside Tapes nothing, who ordered the Classified 12-15 Comics........25 Comment......4 District........3 Family ........ig Joan Waterfield 5 Local News 9, 10 Markets__ 18 Sports ......6, 7 Entertainment 5 Travel TV 5, 21-24 Weather......- 2 Workshop......36 LOW TONIGHT 55, HIGH SAT. W; MAINLY SUNNY The Uthbrukje Herald ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JULY 27, 1973 PRICE: 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 26 PAGES Note of doubt ends meeting CALGARY (CP) Three days of federal provincial in-fighting, phflosophical discourses, expressions of patriotism, veiled insults, platitudes, praise and terms of disappointment ended Thursday as Prime Minister Trudeau. brought down his gavel with evident relief and declared: and _ _ Conspirator faces 8-year sentence Packing preparations Canadian Sergeant Bernard Vandersteen from Camp Borden, near Toronto, checks several packed boxes of Canadian Army property being readied for return to Canada when the ICCS delegation from Canada leaves Saigon. About 300 personnel will be fly- ing back to Canada by the end of the month. assues over Viet Gong tactics By STEPHEN SCOTT SAIGON (CP) Canada is- sued a surprise that lashed out at what it termed the "outrageous" treat- ment of two Canadian officers detained by the Viet Cong for 18 days. Vernon Turner, senior rank- ing Canadian on the Inter- national Commission of Control and Supervision, (ICCS) read the statement to ICCS commis- sioners at their regular meet- ing. The statement said that the officers, Capts. Ian Patten of Toronto and Fletcher Thomson of Ottawa, "were denied even the treatment accorded prison- ers of war. "They bad forced marches through the jungle under guard while bound by the hands and neck, they were subjected to po- litical propaganda, they were deprived of their uniforms and, on occasion, in the case of Capt Patten, suffered physical vio- lence. "Treatment of this sort for members of an international commission is outrageous in the extreme, and must be nearly if not completely without prece- dent. "It is clearly not the type of behavior one would expect of a serious responsible party, con- scious of its moral and legal ob- ligations under an agreement which it has itself signed." The statement went further than criticizing the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Gov- ernment (PRG) for the deten- tion of the two officers and their two Vietnamese ICCS em- QftCi iMQffl About town player Paul Areland skunking Jock Mulgrew in cribbage and getting a 29 hand in the process Old- timer Andy SUysko lament- ing the loss of Henderson Lake as a swimming hole be- cause be never got the there. ptoyees from Jung 28 until July 15. The captors of the men in the Xuan Lac area, 45 miles north- east 'of Saigon, bad said they were "false ICCS" members. Turner's statement said: "The false ICCS concept is in- cur view part and parcel of the highly subjective attitude which the PRG has adopted toward thelXS. "There is little evidence of genuine goodwill in this atti- tude, notwithstanding profes- sions to the contrary by this party." The statement had been unex- pected and there were no for- mal replies from the other members of the commission. The Hungarians and Poles re- served their right to reply at a later date and Hungarian Am- bassador Ferenc Esztergalyos said that he did not agree with sections of the statement. Turner said be was making the statement on instructions from Ottawa. He gave no ex- planation why the Canadians waited so long to make such a hard-hitting statement Downtown shopping plan Revised plans for the new downtown Safeway store call for frees on the corners, low juniper and pine. All the plantings will be 5n a ond shrubs surrounding the entire block. On the south and west sides, ribbon cf bark mulch. choke cherries will be planted on the shown here, the tail trees will be Moyday, reaching 25 to 30 feet north side, pyramidal crobapple on the east and torge American elms ot maturity, lower honeysuckle shrubs wiU be planted between ond, on parking lot itwrtf. (SM story "Thus ends the one and only western economic op- portunities conference." What was accomplished by the tens of thousands of words poured across the horseshoe- shaped conference table by the four western premiers and era! spokesmen? "There's no way you can an- swer that Manitoba Pnemier Ed Schreyer told re- porters. But he and the other premiers said they felt in some way the conference was worthwhile, de- spite their unanimous complaint that the federal government generally failed to respond to their proposals. >Prime Minister Trudeau agreed with the general reluc- 'tance to call the conference a complete waste of time: "We are better off that the conference has taken he told a news conference. Finance Minister John Turner was showered with praise for ionising to amend banking egfslation to allow provincial governments to own shares in banks. But Justice Minister Otto Lang, responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, ran Mo heavy fire for his description of the principles used by Ottawa to form a new feed-grains pol- icy. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan, who outlined 16 propos- als to bolster the agriculture in- dustry, was a lesser target. Mr. Turner said the promised banking amendments would permit provinces to own up to 25 per cent of the .voting stock of a bank, although tins ;would have to be reduced tor 10 .per cent over a decade. 4; Freedom to invest in banks as a means of promoting financial institutions more sensitive to a region's needs was a major ob- jective of the premiers, particu- larly Dave Barrett of British Columbia who characterized Mr. Turner's remarks as "one of the most significant speeches for the ordinary people of Can- ada." MUST TAKE WIDE VIEW Mr. Lang told the conference the federal government op- poses "artificial assistance" to feed-gram or livestock produc- ers in one area if help hurts producers elsewhere. Other federal principles were that the wheat board should continue to play an important role hi feed-grain marketing and that farmers should have freedom of choice in marketing. Federal agriculture proposals included more money for vari- ous research activities, estab- lishment of a Saskatoon oilseed and gram research centre, higher advance payments and a new grain insurance program. Nuclear blast today? WELLINGTON. N.Z. (AP) The baDoon went up today at the French nudear testing ground in the South Pacific, and a reporter on the scene said the second explosion of the 1973 series is expected today or Sat- urday. Christopher Turver of the New Zealand Press Association said one of the giant yellow bal- loons from wiach the French suspend the nuclear devices they explode in the sUnospbcre was raised crver the Mururoa Atoll, the test site 800 miles south of Tahiti. A hydrogen bomb is expected to be exploded this time. Torver is aboard the New Zealand frigate Canterbury, pa- trolling outside the 12-mile ter- ritorial limit around Mururoa. A French plane equipped 1o track radioactivity took off Ttarakyfrom Tahiti. MONTREAL (CP) Jacques Rose was sentenced today to eight years in prison for being an accessory after the fact of the kidnapping of Pierre Lap- orte by assisting his brother Paul to avoid arrest. Mr. Justice Guy Mathieu of Court of Queen's Bench said be decided on the sentence after taking into consideration the se- riousness of the act- and the tragic fate of Mr. Laporte. Mr. Laporte, then Quebec la- bor minister, was murdered Oct. 17, 1970, seven days after be was kidnapped from his home. Paul Rose is serving two concurrent lifejterms for the Mr. Justfce'-Mathieu said be also took into account the two and a half years Jacques Rose has already .spent, in jail await- ing trial. Rose, 26, looked pale as he was taken out of the courtroom. "If I am guilty I am only guilty of havinp exercized a fundamental he said. "Vive le Quebec- libre." His mother, Mrs. Rosa Rose, JACQUES ROSE kept her constant smile, raised a clenched fist and said "Bravo" as her SOD was led out. The spectators who packed the courtroom and crowded the hall outside greeted the sen- tence with silence. Court test looms over Nixon stand WASHINGTON (AP) The demands of Watergate investi- gators for access to presidential tepes and documents have moved into (he courts and onto a road leading toward a Su- preme Court test. In a rapid ssries of legal moves Thursday, President Nixon rejected subpoenas from the Senate Watergate com- mittee and-special prosecutor Archibald Cox. The committee and Cox (hen moved to force him to comply. The committee voted unani- mously to seek a court order di- recting the president to obey Us subpoenas. Chairman Sam Er- vin (Dem. N. C.) said the com- mittee petition probably will be ready for filing in court aext week. Cox was to court less than two hours after receiving notice the president would not obey bis subpoena. He asked Judge John Sirica of U.S. district court resi- dent to show cause why he should not comply with the sub- poena. White House aides delivered letters from Nixon to Ervin, Cox and Sirica shortly before the 10 a.m. EOT deadline for compliance with the subpoenas. "I cannot and will not consent to giving any Investigatory body private presidential the president told Ervin. In his letter to Siricar Nixon said that in declining to obey the subpoena he was following "the example of a long line of my predecessors as president of the United States who have con- sistently adhered to the position that the president is not subject to compulsory process from the courts." Skylab blast-off tomorrow CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Anxious to get started, the Skylab 2 astronauts made final preparations today for their record 59-day space voy- age. Alan Bean, Dr. Owen Garrfott and Jack Lousma scheduled a flight plan review, but generally they were to relax for the long mission set to start at a.m. EDT Saturday. They'll retire early tonight and awaken at 2 a.m. EDT for a final physical exam and to suit up for the trip into orbit aboard a Saturn 1-B rocket MANY NON-STRIKERS DROPPED BY CP ADI VANCOUVER (CP) CP Air began Saying off passenger agents. Thursday as a strike by machinists continued. A company spokesman said the noivstriking -workers, mem- bers of the transportation and communications division of the Brotherhood of Railway, Airline and SieamshJp Clerks Union, will likely be sent to training sessions during the strike. Other layoffs in kwer job classifications are possible, he said. CP Air said it tkttght earlier that employees served with lay- off notice could be transferred to places where service was not so greatly curtaited, but it later appeared (here could be no transfers because employees belonging to one union could not take jobs belonging to other un- ions. The International Association of Machinists, representing strikers, said the majority of pi- lots and stewardesses were re- specting picket lines. Bat !he company said that apart from a few individual cases flight crews were reporting for duty. The airline's coonSing and computer service departoett however, was seriously affected when about 170 of 200 workers respsded picket ones. AD flights from Vancouver were reported on time except one to Prince George in north- ern British Columbia, winch was an hour late. ;