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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 29, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY 70 The Letlibvidcje Herald VOL. LXIII No. 192 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JULY NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Grain Prices Same In New Crop Year British Dock Workers Call Off Strike FISHERMEN GET THEIR GUNS-Some resi- dents of Madeleine Centre, Que., a Gaspe fishing village, 300 miles-east of Quebec City think out- of-province trawlers are threatening their cod catch. Shots have been fired at the visiting trawlers. Top-To-Bottom Army Shakeup Advocated WASHINGTON (Reuters) Proposals by a presi- dential commission for a sweeping reorganization of the defence department are likely to run into strong opposition from service chiefs, Pentagon sources said1 today. Officially, the military is remaining silent on the commission's report, published Tuesday. One major recommendation called for placing the military opera- tional functions of the joint chiefs of staff under a single, high-ranking officer. But officials did little to hide their coolness to- ward the report, which was scathingly critical of Pentagon efficiency and organization. Gilbert Fitzhugh, chairman of the commission which spent a year studying the department's admin- istrative structure, acknowledged that there is mili- tary opposition to its proposals. He agreed at a news conference before release of the report that the joint chiefs of staff had greet- ed the findings unenthusiastically. But he said they would come to support them when they found the re- port's recommendations gave them more, not less, responsibility. Defence Secretary Melvin Laird said the report would be given urgent consideration. Minorities Are Issue Laird said he is implementing at once a recom- mendation to employ more Negroes and members of minority groups. The report said the percentages of employees from minority groups at present employed in civilian and military jobs by the Pentagon is far below what the department considers reasonable among its defence contractors. The report pictured the Pentagon as an amor- phous lump with1 many layers of civilian and mili- tary staff resulting in "excessive paper work and co- ordination, delay, duplication and unnecessary ex- pense." It said poor organization caused millions of dol- lars in waste and it recommended 113 changes in all. The report said that because of centralization, ef- fective civilian control is impaired, and "under such circumstances, far too many decisions go unmade, critical issues are not assessed, problems are defer- red and the principle of personal accountability is lost in tire diffused maze of staff co-ordination." Called Aivkivard What is thought to have particularly upset the military wss the report's assessment that the present arrangement for staffing military operation activities for the president and defence secretary through the joint chiefs of staff and military departments is awk- ward and unresponsive. "It provides a forum for inter-service conflicts to be injected into the decision-making process for mili- tary operations, and it inhibits the flow of informa- tion between the combatant commands for the presi- dent and secretary of defence, often even in crisis the report said. The report suggested the military operation func- tions should be handled by one high-ranking officer, leaving the military clu'efs in their roles as strategic planners and with authority, as heads of each service, for recruiting, training and equipping their forces. Fitzhugh, chairman of the board and chief execu- tive officer of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., said if the proposals were implemented, there could be a cut of up to one-third in llie Penta- gon .work t ores. _, Oil Pollution Faces Harbor LONDON (Reuters) British longshoremen decided today ot call off a national strike which immobilized cargo handling at all ports for the last two weeks. Their decision was announced officially after a stormy meet- ing of stevedore delegates- The meeting, representing the industry's workers in all ports, decided by a vote of 51 to 31 to accept a compromise bet- ter-pay offer. PRINCE HUPERT, B.C. (CP) The Alaska ferry Taku, with 342 persons aboard, crunched hard aground on West Kinahan Island early today and oil spill- ing from her ruptured tanks threatened to pollute the harbor of this north coastal British Col- umbia port. The ferry, southbound from Alaska for Prince Rupert with 297 passengers, 45 crew mem- bers and 73 vehicles aboard, piled up on the rocky island as the midnight watch was being changed. All persons were taken off without incident except for a skeleton crew that remained aboard overnight. The Taku ran half of her 352- foot length on to the rocks and was reported listing at a 45-de- gree angle in "a dangerous, unstable condition." No one was seriously injured as she rantmed aground at 17 knots, coming to rest in what one member of the ship's crew described as "right up in the trees." Four persons were treated in hospital for minor in- juries-, then released. But port officials were con- cerned about the pollution dan- ger from a heavy oil slick, more than three miles wide, spread- ing from the side of the stranded vessel. West Kinahan is one of a group of four small islands situ- ated eight miles west of dock facilities in Prince Rupert har- bor and officials said the incom- ing tide could sweep the oil into No Herald On Civic Holiday In observance of the Civic holiday, Monday, Aug. 3, The Herald will not publish. A full account of the holiday week- end news will be found in Tuesday's edition. Display advertising copy for Tuesday, Aug. 4, must be at The Herald by noon, Fri- day, July 31, and for Wed- nesday, Aug. 5, by a.m. Saturday- Aug. 1. Classified ads received b.v a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1 will appear on Tuesday, Aug. 4. the harbor, resulting in a seri- ous problem. The sailor, who declined use of his name, said the Taku was steaming at 17 knots southbound from Alaska for Prince Rupert and Seattle when she ran aground. "There was an awful the sailor said. "There are holes hi her all right." Senior Servants Get Pay Raise It gives stevedores a guaran- teed weekly minimum wage of and with overtime and fringe benefits puts most of them nearly into the year wage group. The more militant men at some ports wanted more than the average increase of 10s a week represented by the new award. Most of the docks will be op- erative again Monday, but there is a fear that splinter groups, where the militants are power- ful, will decide to continue their stoppage on an unofficial basis. The strike held up imports of raw materials to keep industry going and also stopped exports which Britain relies on to pay its way in the world. Together, the value of these delayed goods is estimated at But with only a two-week backlog, an all-out effort by the longshoremen when they re- sume work Monday, should soon clear the delayed cargoes. One loss which cannot be re- couped is perishable foods. Fruit, vegetables and some meat worth several million pounds rotted in ships' holds during the strike. it nuw is dead loss arid some cargoes of bananas from the West Indies today were dumped into the sea. The strike has cost British shipowners about in loss of earnings. Government Takes Beating OTTAWA (CP) The government will absorb a loss on sales of 1968-69 Prairie grain but pay farmers the same initial prices for their wheat, oats and barley in the crop year beginning Aug. 1, it was announced today. Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, said that about bushels of grain, including bushels of wheat, will have been exported in the crop year now drawing to a close. This is an increase of more than bushels of grain over the previous crop year and about more bushels of wheat, OTTAWA Board President C. M. Drury confirmed Wednesday that sal- ary increases amounting to five per cent have been awarded, retroactive to Jan. 1, to senior public servants at the deputy and assistant deputy minister and executive levels. Mr. Drury said in an inter- view that the increases1 were "no secret as such" but the re- port which recommended the higher pay was confidential. The minister, was commenting on a statement Tuesday by Les- lie Barnes, executive director the Professional Institute of the Public Service, who said the pay raises had been awarded but the government was treat- ing the matter as "top secret." Mr. Barnes said the institute bargains collectively for some government workers, many in categories just below the deputy and assistant deputy level. He said raises for the deputies and assistant deputies have a direct impact on bar- gaining for institute members. He said the government should end its secrecy on the matter. About 120 persons are in- cluded in the levels covering deputy and assistant deputy ministers. Before the retroac- tive raise, the government re- ported that more than two- thirds of those in the group were earning or more annually. The top level was On this range, the five-per- cent increase would mean more a year for persons at the level and1 more a year for persons at the level. Hungry Thief Falls Asleep In Meat Shop CALGARY (CP) A thief who had an appetite when he entered a meat market Tuesday night was nabbed by police-after lie fell asleep, still clutching a cleaver in his left hand. Police found the partially eaten remains of a can of soup, a box of crackers, a package of bologna, two loaves' of bread and a can of sardines. A charge of breaking and entering was laid. including flour. STRONG EXPORT FLOW In the new crop year starting Aug. 1, sales commitments have already been made to assure a strong export flow until the close of Great Lakes navigation, he said. W. C. McNamara, chief com- missioner of the wheat board, told the same news conference the board now has sufficient wheat, oats and barley in store to meet immediate demand, and will concentrate for the first few weeks in taking rapeseed, flax- seed, rye and white spring wheat off the farmers. Mr. Lang said that in the 1968-69 crop crop har- vested in the fall of 1968 and sold through the first half of wheat board had a loss on barley and a loss on oats. MAY REACH Final account ing for the wheat crop has not been com- pleted but the government is likely to have to cover a loss of about "In each case, these costs will be paid by the federal govern- ment and reflect a payment to the producer of more than in excess of the mar- ket value of his crops." For the new crop year 1970-71, the initial prices to be paid on delivery of grain by the farmer to his local elevator will be a bushel for top grade wheat, 60 cents for oats, and 91 cents for barley. Payment for lower grades will also be the same as in 1969-70. Mr. Lang said a feature of the last year was the market for barley. Canada has hot been a big exporter of feed grains, but found a big market, mainly in Europe, for barley as a live- stock feed. This big market is expected to continue, at least well into the coming crop year. He said wheat delivery quotas Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN Church Robbed ROME (AP) -'A priceless 13th century painting portraying the Madonna and child has been stolen from the Santa Maria del Popolo Roman Catholic Church, police reported Tuesday. iOLD and new city man- agers Tom Ferguson and Thomas Nutting both in- sisting that the other take the last remaining soft chair at Monday's meeting of council Joe Collar earning the title of "Mr. Clean" but un- able to decide if it is because of his lack of hair or his ability to clean the many fish he has caught this year Stella Lapotcc claiming a 29 hand in cribbago but having her balloon deflated when husband Albert reminded her it took two hands to ac- complish (he feat. Strikers Face Ariuy Draft In Spain MADRID (AP) Subway workers suddenly walked off their jobs in the Spanish capital today in a contract dispute. The government ordered them back to work by midnight tonight or be drafted into the army. As members then of a mili- tary force, the workers would have to work or face discipli- nary action. The government raised the draft threat after the strik- ing workers ignored an order by the director-general of security, that they return to work. An estimated persons were affected by the strike. Buses became jammed and long lines formed at stops. Competi- tion for the (axis was fierce. Juvenile Control Shift Reported CLAGARY (CP) The AI- bertan says the Alberta depart- ment of social development will take over the juvenile offenders program from the attorney's general department effective Aug. 1. Social development Minister Ray Speaker will announce the takeover today, The Albertan said Tuesday night. Mr. Speaker's department will assume control of juvenile offenders in rural areas and custody of all delinquents who are declared wards of the prov- ince. The transfer of authority was approved, in Child Welfare Act amendments in the legislature earlier this year. BOWDEN ELIMINATED The Albertan says the juve- nile boys' section of Bowden Institute, 57 miles north of Cal- New Yorkers Feel Power Pinch NEW YORK (AP) From sweltering subways to dimmed skyscraper corridors, New Yorkers felt the pinch of the city's power shortage Tuesday as they struggled through the hottest day of the year. Subway service was tempo- rarily cut 30 per cent, tele- phones were ran on emergency power. Major buildings reduced air conditioning, halted some es- calators and elevators, ami turned off lights. The cuts in electrical use combined with voltage reduc- tion and the purchase of kilowatts from outside the city enabled power-short Consolidated Edison Co. to ease through the day as the tempera- ture hit 94 degrees. Ontario Hydro began to chan- nel emergency supplies of elec- tric power to New York Tues- day. Consolidated Edison will be getting kilowatts daily from Ontario until New York's power crisis is over, Hydro spokesman Hal O'Neil said Tuesday night in Toronto. NO RELIEF YET With more hot and humid weather forecast through Sun- day, the power crisis was ex- pected to continue. A stable high pressure air mass extending from the Gulf of Mexico to New England has not only caused the heat wave, but also shrouded cities from New York to Atlanta in an annoying haze. The weather bureau said at- mospheric conditions in a sev- en-stale area bounded by Phila- delphia, Atlanta and Chatta- nooga could cause potentially serious air pollution. Pollution alerts were issued in Washington and Baltimore. gary, will be emptied, and the girls' correctional institute in Edmonton will be made co-ed- ucational as a result of the changeover. Social workers want to shift the emphasis away from treat- ing delinquents through a stig- ma-attached legal system, pre- ferring to handle them as all children who are neglected, The Albertan says. Mr. Speaker is expected to call for increased public and community involvement in the care and treatment .of juvenile offenders. Under the new system, The Albertan says probationary of- ficers responsible to the attor- ney-general will be phased out in rural areas, while cities will retain their s-eparate system. In rural areas, where less than 10 per cent of the delin- quent problem exists, social workers will handle probation guidance and determine the fate of juveniles who are re- moved from their homes, in- formed sources told The Al- bertan. Electric Mixer Cuts Off Tongue LIMOGES, France (Reuters) A housewife cut off her tongue Tuesday when she tried to taste her whipped cream without turning off the electric mixer. Doctors sewed the tongue back on with 20 stitches, will be eight bushels per acre, as announced at the time plans were bared for the big program of incentives to cut Prairie wheat production. Latest indications are that last year's acres of wheat will be halved to about acres for the current crop being harvested later this year. The Canadian wheat board will determine how the eight- bushel quota is opened up, Mr. Lang said, but wheat deliveries in excess of bushels were assured. GEARED TO CUTS Mr. McNamara noted that starting Saturday, the delivery quotas are geared to the gov- ernment's wheat acreage reduc- tion program. Under the "lower inventories for 1 i f t r o- gram- the government has al- ready paid S5.250.000 and will pay another to to farmers to reduce their wheat acreages, Mr. Lang said. Farmers are paid an acre to a maximum for converting wheat land to sum- merfallow and an acre to a maximum for converting wheat land to forage crops for more than a year. Mr. McNamara said the wheat board will.relate its ac- ceptance of grain shipments more closely in the new market demands. The board needed to create more room in its delivery system from the farmer to export elevators in order to move more quickly on special orders. "We will be entering the new crop year with grain moving." he said. "We will be able to keep the whole system operat- ing at full capacity at least until tb.9 close of navigation." Initial delivery quotas in the new eroo year starting Aug. 1 will be three bushels an author- ized acre for rapeseed, three bushels for flax seed, five bushels for rye, and five bushels of white sprinj wheat. Extra carload lots will be allowed for malting-grade barley and for special selective grades of oats. SUPPLIES SHORT White spring wheat, mainly used for domestic needs, has been in short supply, Mr. Mc- Namara said. Mr. Lang said Canada is en- tering the new crop year with a carryover of about bushels of wheat. With the lift program and sales prospects, it now appears the carryover at lira end of the coming year will be about By Saturday, Mr. Lang said, outstanding advances would be about covering 1969-70 and previous years but most for 1969-70. MUST REPAY Mr. Lang said the cash adv- ance program will be continued in the coming crop year, but farmers will have to pay back at least half of what they have received before obtaining a new cash advance. This repayment can be made by a reduction from the new advance. Mr. Lang said the maximum of per farmer will con- tinue for cash advances. Wilh lire new delivery quota system related to (lie lift pro- gram, cash advances starting Aug. 1 will be directly related to the opportunity to deliver gram, Mr. Lang said. The advance for wheat will be limited to those acres qualified for wheat deliv- ery quotas, and similarly with oats and barley. The maximum advance pay- ments are a bushel for 40 cents a bushel for oats and 70'cents a bushel for barley, up to six bushels an au- thorized acre. These limits set by law. ;