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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 9, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SCATTERED SHOWERS HIGH I-'ORECAST WEDNCSDAY 65 LETIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 9, 1970 1JBICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES A David Leinwand of Cooks Bay, Ont. stands beside the 30-inch five inches shorter than he caught in Lake Simcoe. "I caught a monster, a sea shouted David after landing the 11 pound, ounce prize. OTTAWA (CF) Lawbreakers charged with mi- nor offences in Canada may get an easier road to the courts in future. Justice Minister John Turner Monday presented his bail reform bill which was given first reading in the Commons; If it becomes law, policemen will be given more responsibility, cash bail will no longer be an integral part of the court system, and there likely will be far fewer people in jail awaiting trial. There also should be fewer on-the-spot arrests. But the bill is unlikely to cut down court ap- pearraces. Its main concern is with the treatment of accused persons from the moment they are nabbed by police until they reach the courtroom. "The ball reform bill will continue to humanize the administration of criminal justice in said Mr. Turner at a news conference. "The right to bail should not be the prerogative of the rich and deten- tion the plight of the poor." By introducing the bill now, with no plans to pro- ceed wtih it until fall, Mr. Turner wants to expose it to provincial officials and police authorities, so it will be fully understood when debate begins. It would make drastic changes in existing arrest and bail laws. The long-awaited bill is based to a large degree on the report of the Canadian Committee on Correc- tions, headed by Mr. Justice Roger Ouimet of the Que- bec Superior Court. A special course would be needed for policemen fully to understand the new laws, but in the long run, tlie minister said, the laws would make the police- man's job more credible and therefore easier. Under the bill, if a policeman picks up a suspect on any of a wide variety of minor offences, he would not arrest that suspect unless lie had "reasonable and probable grounds" to believe it was necessary in the public interest. Instead he would consider having a summons is- sued, or serving the suspect with an "appearance notice." The appearance notices would be an innovation. Mr. Turner said these could be issued on the spot, requiring (lie accused to appear in court on a given day. If he didn't appear he could face a 5500 fine, six months in jail, or both. '.'We've got to be hard on the guys who abuse the said the justice minister. The bill also provides for faster court appearance for those arrested, and once they were before the courts there would be fewer complications about bail. Under existing laws, sr.id Mr. Turner, there is no real direction given to (lie courts on granting bail. In general terms, the new rule would be that an accused person she-aid be released simply on his writ- ten undertaking to attend court as required. No cash would be involved, except in the case of a person from outside a province, who would put up a maximum of Bail could be refused if the prosecutor establishes that detention of the accused is necessary to ensure his appearance in court, or if it is considered neces- sary "in the public interest or for the protection or safety of the public.1' Persons involved in major crimes, such as mur- der, manslaughter, piracy, sabotage, treason or incit- ing to muliny, would not be affected by the new laws. Hie offences affected arc those in Section of the Criminal Code, those in which the Crown can option to proceed either by summary hearing con- viction or indictment, and those involving summary trial only. This wide variety of offences includes dan- gerous driving, theft under municipal corruption, common assault sM forcible, entry, Organized Labor Target iscussion OTTAWA (CP) Organized labor was the villain or the vic- tim of inflation in Commons rhetoric Monday, depending on which party was speaking. Conservative finance critic Marcel Lambert (Edmonton West) maintained that, instead of pulling with the rest of the economy to curb inflation, labor is "merely standing off on the sidelines and taking what I sug- gest is a purely negative stance." NDP finance critic Max Salts- man (Waterloo) disagreed. Latxjr is willing to co-operate, he said, but the government would never obtain co-operation by bringing in guides which "apply to labor alone" and pointing its finger at labor as the villain. Finance Minister Edgar Ben- son said labor had disappointed the government in failing to "join representatives of other sectors of the economy" in a voluntary approach to curbing inflation, necessitating the wage guides proposed last Friday and Saturday at the finance minis- ters' conference in Winnipeg. "It is abundantly he said, "that it is no longer realis- tic to expect such co-operation to be forthcoming" from labor. STILL DETERMINED The divergent views were ex- pressed following a statement by Mr. Benson on the Winnipeg conference in which he said the government is still determined to "break the back" of inflation. The six-per-cent limit on wage and salary increases agreed upon at Winnipeg would "estab- lish reasonable upper limits in present economic circum- stances." Mr. Bailsman said Mr. Ben- son's claim that the business sector had complied in volun- tary inflation-fighting was "the greatest misstatement of this whole year." Businesses in a position to re- alize a profit had already done so before the government asked them to'restrict themselves, he said. CITES MANITOBA PLAN Instead of picking on labor in particular, he said, the govern- ment should adopt a compre- hensive incomes policy similar to the one advocated by the province of Manitoba in Winni- peg, wliich would demand re- straint on professional fees, rents and profits as well. Mr. Benson said the agree- ment to hold price increases below cost increases obtained at the February conference with business on price restraint had held back price increases and lowered profits by 3.8 per cent in the first quarter of 1970 com- pared with last year. If voluntary methods were not effective, "then the government is fully prepared to consider other measures which may have to be adopted to eliminate this threat to the well-being of our economy. Mr. Benson said agreements he made at Winnipeg to shift cash to the provincial govern- ments to prevent the economy from further tightening would reduce the federal surplus this year to about from the previously predicted Middle-East War Stepped Up By THE CANADIAN PRESS Jordan said King Hussein es- caped an assassination attempt today as Jordanian troops and Palestinian Arab guerrillas con- ducted a bloody battle in and around the capital of Amman. The battle between Jordanian troops and the guerrillas, who have been a painful thorn in the side of the government for a long time continued to rage even after a ceasefire was an- nounced by Amman radio. Radio Amman interrupted its normal program to announce that the king's motorcade was fired upon as it was travelling through the town of Sweileh, 12 miles northeast of the capital. Palestinian guerrilla sources in Beirut, Lebanon, said the king's driver was wounded in the incident, but gave no other details. Earlier Radio Israel had re- ported that Maj.-Gen. Sharif PM Wilson Intervenes In -Newspaper Dispute JL JL JL LONDON (CP) Prime Min- ister Wilson left the election trail today to personally inter- vene in the impending shutdown of Britain's national newspapers in a labor dispute with printers. Kierans Issues Warning OTTAWA (CP) Postmas- ter-General Eric 'Kierans said Monday he is afraid the rotating postal strike is ruining chances of turning the post office into a modern, competitive enterprise. Mr, Kierans said in an inter- view the post office lost close to in anticipated revenue last month as a result of public fear of a strike and lost a num- ber of leading business clients "who may or may not come back after a settlement." He warned that the effects on Wilson rushed back to London as publishers maintained it would be economic suicide for the newspapers to yield to union demands for a 25-per-cent pay increase. Sir Max Aitken, Montreal- born chairman of Beaverbrook newspapers, took the unusual step of publishing a long front- page editorial in The Daily Ex- press today sayir.g the wage de- mands amount to "an economic torpedo which' would sink us without a trace." The printers' union, supported by engravers, said their unions will go on strike tonight, crip- pling the newspaper industry as the general election campaign reaches towards its peak. Efforts by the Trades Union Congress, governing body of all the unions, to bring printers' chief Richard Briginshaw to the conference table with publishers failed Monday night. Employ- ment Minister Barbara Castle, who had been hoping to an- nounce resumption of pay talks, made a harried post-midnight call to Wilson on the election trail. He rushed back to London. PHONES LEADERS Wilson is reported to have tele- phoned union leaders, calling for a conference in his office with the publishers and there was rising hope today that his personal intervention would end the deadlock. Aitken, son of the late Lord Beaverbrook, said that the Beaverbrook papers show a net profit of only (about a year on a turnover of (about The wage bill amounts to (about and to bow to the 25-per-cent increase demand would mean paying out another (about "It is right to warn the unions and the public that there is a breaking point and at this mo- ment of time, we are dealing with demands which it is simply impossible to concede." Nasser, uncle of the king and commander of the Jordanian army, had been killed. But Amman Radio later issued a denial of this. The Radio Israel report said that the commander had been hit by a stray bullet during street battles. BATTLE IN STREETS The street battles came as Jordanian troops moved to cur- tail guerrilla incursions into Is- rael. In Jordan and Lebanon, the guerrilla organizations have been a virtual law unto them- selves. Many dead and wounded were reported in the fighting. Radio Amman broadcast during the morning that a ceasefire had been arranged in government- guerrilla talks. But by the after- noon Jordanian troops were re- ported shelling guerrilla posi- tions in and around Amman. The combatants battled with rockets, bazookas, machine- guns and automatic weapons. Jordan clamped a total cen- sorship on reports from Amman of what appeared to be the gravest confrontation yet between authorities and the guerrillas. But Amman Radio announced in the morning that authorities and the central committee of Unemployment Rate In U.S. Continues Rise WASHINGTON (AP) The unempoyment rate in the United .Stales climbed in May for the fifth straight month, ris- ing to five pef cent from 4.8 per cent of the labor force for the highest rate in more than five years, the government said here. The labor department said the number of jobless rose to a total of Total employment, which usually rises substantially in May, dropped to 'Klerans has gone an pest office business could be "disastrous" if the rotating strike continues through the summer as union leaders have threatened. Negotiations between (lie Council of Postal Unions and the federal treasury board were to resume today after a four- day pause. There was no indica- tion whether the unions would meet the board's request for a complete package proposal. Military Govt. Takes Control Of Argentina Free Hand SAIGON (AP) Vice-Presi- dent Nguyen Cao Ky said to- night Cambodian' leaders have agreed to "let us launch mili- tary operations along the bord- er as well as anywhere neces- sary for our BUENOS AIRES (AP) Ar- gentina got a new military gov- ernment early today after the armed forces ousted President Juan Carlos Ongania, the gen- eral they installed in a coup four years ago. Not a shot was fired, and life went on mostly as usual for the residents of Buenos Aires. Tlie three military command- Alejandro Lanusse of the army, Admiral Pedro Guavi of the navy and Brig.- Gen. Juan Carlos Key of the air sworn in as provi- sional leaders of the country of people. The junta said it would name a president within 10 days. Among tboss being mentioned for the presidency are Eduardo Ortiz Basualdo, the conserva- tive president of the Supreme Court who is reported to have powerful navy backing; Justice Minister Conrado Etchebarne, who has wide support in the army, and two retired army generals, Jean Enrique Gugliel- melli and Osiris Villcgas, both of whom arc supported by fac- tions that believe in rapid devel- opment of heavy industry. The junta said their basic dis- agreement with Ongania was "the lack of a political solution for the the term used for the 1966 coup. Speeches in the last year by Lanusse indi- cate that lie may seek a return to some democratic procedures before long, KING HUSSEIN escapes unharmed the guerrillas had met and agreed to an immediate cease- fire. They agreed to establish a joint operations room to "super- vise and control the situation." ATTACK STRONGHOLDS A spokesman for AI Fatah, the largest guerrilla organiza- tion, said in Beirut the comman- dos had respected the ceasefire agreement but "tho army has not so far done so." But travellers reaching Beirut reported many commandos and civilians dead and wcunded in a series of battles in which the guerrillas said the troops used artillery and tanks against guer- rilla strongholds in the refugee camps which ring Amman. Some reports from Amman said the guerrillas seemed to be in control of the city centre. The guerrilla spokesman de- nied reports from Amman that the army had captured the headquarters of the Palestine Armeu Struggle Command. Open warfare broke out be- tween King Hussein's troops and militant Palestinians two days of tension and the kid- napping hy the guerrillas cf Morris Draper, the United Slates embassy's political offi- cer. Overhaul Issue OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment Monday absolved four public servants1 recommended for discipline following an in- quiry into the controversial overhaul of the aircraft carrier Bonaventure. But in clearing the public servants, Privy Council Presi- Housing HALIFAX (CP) In view of the worsening housing situation, it is time for some connection between the "high-flown philos- ophies" of the federal govern- ment and the day-to-day opera- tions of the municipalities, Mayor Ivor Dent of Edmonton said Monday. Mayor Dent, chairman of the housing committee of the Cana- dian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities, laid a news con- ference that the federation is not satisfied with much of the housing assistance given by the federal government. However, he said, Robert An- dras, federal minister responsi- ble for housing, has assured the federation that the federal gov- ernment will work mire closely with it. And there are new de- velopments, such as the govern- m e n t 's announcement of a program for experi- mental housing projects. Mr. Andras and regional directors cf the Central Mort- gage and Housing Corporation are to attend today's sessions of the federation. Mr. Andras will address a banquet Wednesday. The annual conference offi- cially opens today after series cf committee meetings Monday and a dinner at which national Opposition Leader Robert Stan- field spoke. Mr. Stanfield told delegates he believed the primary respon- sibility of meeting urban prob- lems shauld reside with provin- cial and local governments, be- cause these governments are closer to the citizen. dent Donald Macdonald rapped Alt Hales chairman of the Commons pub- lic accounts committee, for making public the names of the men recommended for disci- pline. "We regret that this proce- dure has been followed, making specific attacks on particular public Mr. Macdon- ald said. The four men are: Capt. J. A. Lynch, principal naval overseer during the refit, and Capt. T. W. Maxwell, director of maritime system engineering, both of na- tional defence; R. D. Wallace, associate director, shipbuilding and heavy equipment, and L. E. St. Laurent, chief estimator, for the former defence production department, since renamed sup- ply and services1. Mr. Macdonald and Supply Minister James Richardson said no disciplinary action would be taken against the men. The statements came diu-mg debate on a motion criticizing the gov- ernment's role in the Bonavent- ure refit. Boalsmen Found Safe NTPIGON, Ont. (CP) men, including the mayor of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, were found today on a tiny is- land in Lake Nipigoh after a t w o -d ay search by float- equippsd aircraft and provincial police. Mayor John Harrington, 55, his son, John, 29, and Vem Cou- tant, 66 found on Murchi- son Island. An OPP spokesman said their boat had run out of All three were taken to Nipi- gon, about 60 miles northeast of Thunder Bay. Police said they were in good shape despite spending thre.e days on the is- land. The three were reported over- due from a fishing trip Sunday and four aircraft and more than 15 boats began the search Mon- day. This morning, a search and rescue plane spotted a boat and a float took the men from the small island. Postal Workers Walk Out TORONTO (CP) About City of Toronto postal workers walked off the job today in the latest of a series of relating strikes which have marked the wage dispute be- tween Canada's postal unions and the federal government. The walkout came after postmen in the five Metropoli- tan Toronto boroughs and 14 ad- jacent communities returned to work Monday night after a 24- hour walkout. Meantime, postal workers in Windsor, Out., who returned lo work Monday after walking out last week, again went on strike Monday time over a local issue only indirectly con- nected to the national protest. The Windsor workers were protesting the suspension of a steward for alleged insubordina- tion, and the use of casual labor to help relieve the backlog of work accumulated during the strike which started Ust rctsk, Seen and Heard j ABOUT TOWN j WISHING with trade names dene by Mrs. Forrest Dunk, saying'the family mo- bile home is a travelairc, the air conditioner is- a marvel- airc and if she wp.s just a millionaire, everything would bo fine Abe liikmac "losing his shirt1' in tho trucking business, when he took it off to boat (lie heat and couldn'l find it Terry liorii getting a do-it- yourself hctfoct, when the lighted cigarette he stepped on sizzled throug'.i his thin shoe sole. QUAKE IX I'.S.R.R. MOSCOW (Reuters! An earthquake shook tne Soviet town of Kirgiziya close to the Soviet border with China's Sin- kiang province, destroying 5.000 houses and leaving 20.000 peo- ple homeless, the news agency Tass reported Monday. ;