Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 1, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 145 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENT? TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Greek government abolishes monarchy Airline workers begin strikes on Saturday Travellers lose money on rate Heated-cups treatment A patient sits stolidly in the market place in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, undergoing treatment at the hands of a market place "doctor." The treatment involves the application of heated suction jars to the back of a person suffering just about any minor ailment. The heated cups large red welts, which are said to effect a sure cure. By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer If the monetary situation remains as it has been lately, travellers to the United States this summer can expect to lose in the exchange to U.S. fund? from Cana- dian currency. The same goes for American tourists coming to Canada, however, as banks on both sides of the border try to keep up, or ahead, of the fluctuating exchange rate. Local banks Thursday charged 50 cents on each of Canadian money to buy U.S. cash. Money orders and traveller's cheques cost an extra 40 cents for the exchange but charges for the cheques were added to the total. The charge was an additional one per cent of the value for travellers cheques and 24 cents for each money order less than Three banks contacted in Great Falls Thursday all had different rates. The Central Bank had both currencies on par. The First National Bank gave the advantage to Canada offering U.S. for Canadian. The Montana Bank offered what it called a 2 per cent discount, which means for every Canadian bill, you would get back U.S. At local banks, there is a difference per in the selling and buying price of U.S. dollars. That is, if you changed your Canadian today for U.S. funds and sold it back to the bank tomorrow, you'd lose ia the transaction. The rate charged by banks includes it cents per for handling the transaction. LETHBRIDGE RATES VARY Business in Lethbridge vary the rates they charge. Simpsons-Sears accepts U.S. money on par with Ca- nadian funds, but Eaton's charges 1 per cent and Woolco 2 per cent. Alcan Service on Mayor Magrath Drive charges 3 per cent and Fort Whoop-Up 2 per cent on bills but accepts smaller currency on par. The El Rancho, Holiday Inn, Marquis Hotel and A and W Drive-in Restaurant all accept U.S. funds at par. In Great Falls, Penny's Department Store accepts Canadian money at par with U.S. but other firms charge at their discretion. Both here and in Great Falls, banks are called by some business firms seeking the current exchange rate and base their rates accordingly. Many, however, set a single rate for the summer despite fluctuations at the banks. LONG DRY SPELL SEEN FOR SOUTH Southern Alberta is in for a long dry spell, according to the Irving P. Krick associa- tion of weather engineers. "The drought is intensify- ing and deepening from the Pacific Northwest (Washing- ton and Oregon) Paul Caubin, company vice- president, told The Herald today. "We he said, "that your area will be caught up in this intensifying drought movement from the Pacific Northwest as it ex- pands east and northward." Tlie Krick organization op- erated a hail suppression program in Alberta for sev- eral years. It has numer- ous rain 'increase projects in operation in the U.S. and elsewhere. It operated one project in eastern Washington s i n ce 1950, with the exception of only two years (including this and these are the only two years of crop fail- ure, Mr. Caubin said. The company has offered to start a project in Southern Alberta, and needs only a few days' notice to get a pro- ject under way. However, it can deal only with persons or groups with some public au- thority over large areas, such as a group of municipal governments. New prison system measures taken Inside Classified 22-23 Comics........6 Comment 4 District 3 Family ___ 20. 21 Local News 17, 18 Markets 27 Sports......14, 15 Entertainment 13 Travel n TV...... 7-10, 12 Weather 2 Workshop 26 LOW TONIGHT 45, HIGH SAT. 60; CLOUDY OTTAWA (CP) Solicitor- General Warren Allmand has removed some of the leave- granting privileges of the peni- tentiaries service and moved to keep parole violators in prison longer. At the same time the minis- ter, announcing the changes in the Commons today, has re- vamped the national parole board to provide for regionali- zaticn of its work. He said the parole board will be enlarged. The minister said in his state- ment the new measures will help prevent abuses of the vari- ous release programs, provide for a more adequate means of investigating prisoner griev- ances and improve working conditions. In the latter cases, he an- nounced the creation of a cor- rection investigator who will Arson suspected in B.C fire VANCOUVER (CP) At least three persons were killed and seven injured today in a fire that ripped through a 40- suite apartment building hous- ing senior citizens. Fire Chief Armand Konig said cause of the fire that destroyed the old building was not known but he suggested arson is .sus- pected. Names of the victims were not released. look into prisoner grievances. There would be improvement of the physical facilities used by employees at institutions. MONTREAL (CP) The 900-member International Asso- ciation of Machinists (IAM) an- nounced today it will begin ro- tating strikes against Air Can- ada Saturday morning. It did not say where the strikes will be held. Mike Pitchford, union spokes- man, said location of the first strike will be announced tonight. "Under normal circum- stances, advance notice of the date of withdrawal of services and the approximate time will be given the public and Air Canada 24 hours in advance." Today's news conference con- Crew showers in space HOUSTON (AP) Skylab's astronauts slept late in their or? _ biting station day" off. They lewked forward to the luxury of man's first space shower after a week of work in the warm laboratory. They slept nearly three hours past their normal wakeup time and once they were up and around they had little to say to Mission Control of the first leis- ure day ever enjoyed by men in space. The control centre said that during the day "we won't call them. We'll let them call us." It was one of three free days planned during the 28-day mis- sion by Charles Conrad, Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz. Experiments were suspended for the day and, barring an emergency, Mission Control was to leave them alone except for relaying routine messages. Experts on the ground con- tinue to troubleshoot Skylab's power shortage, working on procedures to restore at least two of 18 dead batteries and planning a space walk to re- lease a stuck solar panel. Commander Conrad said Thursday night it wouldn't be a total lark today. He radioed: "We've got an awful lot of housekeeping to do. Things are scattered all over the place, so we'll spend some time cleaning house." stituted the first such 24-hour warning. Mr Pitchford said the poiots where rotating strikes are to be held will not be specified at the same time strike action is an- nounced "because Air Canada, wiiih 24 hours notice that a strike will take place in a particular region, could nullify any effects the strike could have.'' WELCOMES APPOINTMENT Appointment by the federal labor department of Roy A. Gallagher, a conciliator earlier in the dispute, as mediator was welcomed by the union which would meet with him later to- day. However Mr. Pitchford "we would like to point out that Mr. Gallagher was in this be- fore and'tried to get Air Canada to act reasonably but they didn't. "We were pleased with him during our last negotiations." Mr. Gallagher was appointed Thursday following a nation- wide vote by the machinists to hold strikes to back their con- tract demands. A labor depart- ment official said mediation does not interfere with the ma- chinists' right to strike. They .gained the right to strike legally today. Results announced Thursday showed 91 per cent of union members rejected the com- pany's latest contract proposal and 87 per cent favored a strike. CHAIRMAN PLEASED Yves Pratte, Air Canada board chairman, said he was pleased the talks were to be re- sumed. He a'Med that Air Can- ada will return to the bargain- ing table with every intention of reaching a reasonable settle- ment. Mr. Pratte said he hoped the union would consider seriously the effects rotating strikes would have for the public dur- ing the peak travel season. He said both management and the union w.ere responsible to protect the public interest with a quick settlement of their differences. An airline spokesman earlier said Air Canada will "maintain service to the limit of its abil- ity" if the machinists walk out. Nordair Ltd., which lias five daily flights to Hamilton, Ont., has said 15 Boeing 737s could be put into service, each vAth ca- pacity for 113 passengers. PREMIER PAPADOPOULOt Canada will bar U.S. oil tankers OTTAWA (CP) Canada will send a note to the American government stating that oil tankers will not be allowed to pass through Canadian waters to reach a proposed oil refinery in Maine, a spokesman in Envi- ronment Minister Jack Davis' office said today. The spokesman said the cabi- net had agreed with Mr. Davis' position that tankers should not be allowed to pass through Ca- nadian waters to reach East- port, Me. Mr. Davis" decision was based on environmental, na- vigational, economic and inter- national considerations, said the spokesman. "A major oil spill could de- stroy the lobster fishery for time immemorial and no one in a New York restaurant would be able to get lobster said the spokesman. It is not known when the note will be sent, said the spokes- man, but it would have to be before June 11. A conference is scheduled then in Augusta, Mo. to decide if hearings wilt be held on (he question of locating the refinery in Eastport, The hearings could start June 18 but the spokesman said it is unlikely they will be held if the Canadian position is officially known in Maine. and taard About town engineer Norm Christie scoring a hole- in-one on the seventh green of the Lethbridge Golf and Country Club Separate school trustee Paul Matisz. commenting on a national presentation to former trus- tee Dick Grucnwald, now MLA for Lethbridge West: "He's one of our boys." ATHENS (AP) Greek Premier George Papadop- oulos announced Friday the abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of a presidential republic. Papadopoulos said he has been appointed provision- al president. Papadopoulos said over the nationwide radio network that a plebiscite will be held in two months asking the people to rat- ify the government decision. He added that following the referendum, Greeks would be called upon to vote in general elections for a new parliament by the end of 1974. This would be the first elections held in Greece sines February 1964. The announcement came after a cabinet meeting where the decision to oust the mon- archy was made. The premier said investiga- tions showed that King Con- stantine was involved in the re- cent abortive attempt by royal- ist admirals and navy officers to topple the government. ACCUSES KING Papadopoulos accused Con- stantine of "collaborating with foreign forces, of turning against the armed forces, of be- coming a political leader and even collaborating with murder- ers." In Rome, where King Con- stantine has been living in self- chosen exile since his failed countercoup in 1967, a spokes- man said he "had no immediate comment to make." The decision was not unex- pected. The government had been leaking its intentions for the last week. However, observ- ers did not expect the decision to be made so soon. The military junta has ruled since the army seized power in April, 1967 and suspended par- liamentary rule. Police and military units were put on a nationwide alert today in preparation for the an- nouncement. The premier's radio address %vas preceded by military marches, giving the impression that another army revolution similar to the cne Papadopoulos led more than six years ago had taken place. The monarchy had been rees- tablished in Greece by plebi- scite in 1346, returning King George from a six-year exile. Pspadopoulos said that the 33- year-old king, instead of con- forming to the 1968 constitution after the "monstrous" at- tempted coup of December, 1967. went abroad and "co-oper- ated with all shades of reac- tionary political forces despite the constant warnings of the government. WAS LOSING CONTROL Papadopoulos' decision came after it became apparent that the regime was losing its grasp on the armed forces. Ths admirals' attempt to force the government to resign was considered a severe blow to Papadopoulos' prestige. Western diplomatic sources had said recently Papadopoulos would have to make a decision quickly on the fate of the mon- archy because of the split in the armed forces. KING CONSTANTINE Top Ghandi aide dies in crash From AP-REUTER NEW DELHI (CP) A plane which crashed here Thursday night killing 48 persons, in- cluding a top aide to Prime Minister Indira Ghandi and an Indian diplomat, was landing without two important elec- tronic aids, an Indian news agency said. The Indian Airlines Boeing 737 came down in flames while preparing to land after a two- hour flight from the southern city of Madras. It was the second major crash on the approach to Delhi's Palam Airport in a year. Officials said today the dead included Mohan Kamaramanga- Jcm, Mrs. Ghandi's minister of steel and mines, and Gurnam Singh, former chief minister of Punjab state recently named high commissioner to Australia. All but 14 of the 58 passengers Indians. There were no Canadians. Jet explodes RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Twenty-three persons were killed today when a Brazilian jetliner crashed and exploded while landing in the Amazon jungle city of Sao Luir, the Cru- zeiro do Sul airlines said. ILS.-France relations City man continues suit despite public apology Lethbridge businessman Fred Weatherup is continuing his defamation law suit against Jim Henderson, despite a public apology Thursday by the provincial Social Credit house leader. An "examination for discov- ery" has been slated for the Lethbridge Court House at a.m. June 22, Mr. Weatherup's lawyer said this morning. In an examination for discov- ery, said lawyer Laurie Mac- Lean, admissions are taken under oath for use during a trial. Mr. Henderson's appear- ance will be required. If he does not show, the court can enter a judgment against him. Mr. MacLean said Mr. Weath- erup has received a written apology from Mr. Henderson but it does not completely cover the allegations made by Mr. Henderson against Mr. Weath- erup. "I apologize unreservedly for mentioning that a person spon- soring a dinner for Premier Lougheed was Interested in a company which had received a loan from the Alberta Oppor- tunity Co. or said Mr. Henderson. Fred Peacock, industry commerce minister, announced Thursday the province has re- versad its policy of not publicly disclosing names of recipients of Alberta Opportunity Co. loans. The names of businesses and majority owners receiving loans, the amount of the loan, the purpose for which it will be used and the effect the de- velopment will have on the economy will now be published monthly in the Alberta Gazette. Information on loans made before tlie policy change will be publicized only with permis- sion of the borrowers, said Mr. Peacock. warm REYKJAVIK, Iceland "U.S. President Nixon and French President' Pompidou ended their two-day summit talks here today with an agree- ment to work for a revitalized transatlantic alliance that can meet the changing needs of the 1970s. The American and French leaders took leave of each other with few if any firm accords of substance but with an under- standing that if all goes well a unique summit conference of North American and West Eu- ropean government leaders can be arranged. This would bring together all 15 members of the North Atlan- tic Treaty Organization, plus Ireland which is the only non- NATO country inside the Eu- ropean Common Market. Persona] relations between the two presidents evidently warmed up considerably during their conference with each pass- ing subtle political compliments to the other.