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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta RAIN HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 65 VOL. LXI1I No. 153 LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 1970 PUICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS -24 PAGES aces Crisis Threat VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbians, enmesh- ed in a spreading labor crisis, faced a new threat to- day a shortage of beer parlors and restaurants in which to spend their idle hours. About 850 hotel bartenders and restaurant work- ers in the heavily populated Fraser Valley were lock- ed out of 37 hotels Thursday. At the same time, the hotel and restaurant employees union announced it is serving 72-hour strike notice en 22 establishments in the greater Vancouver area. The deepening crisis in the hotel industry came as other union and management groups sought an end to crippling strikes in the construction and towboat industries. The hotel lockout is in the new Westminster zone, which covers an area stretching 80 miles from the outskirts of Vancouver east to the Fraser Valley com- munity of Hope. Lockout Effects Vary Effects of the lockout varied. Some hotels closed restaurant and beverage room facilities, others were continuing to operate with supervisory personnel. The dispute over wages was touched off with a strike Monday by union workers at the airport in suburban Richmond municipality and at the Royal Towers in New Westminster. Both are continuing to operate. The imioa is seeking an 70-cent hourly pay in- crease over three years and has rejected a manage- ment offer of cents an hour over tW years. In Vancouver, hotel and union sources said any strike action would probably lie delayed at least until after a scheduled meeting Tuesday between union and hotel negotiators. Not affected by the dispute are 20 hotels in great- er Vancouver including Hotel Vancouver, the Georgia, tiie Bayshcre Inn. and the Blue Horizon. Ho- tel Vancouver employees are members of the Ca- nadian Brotherhood of Railway and Transportation workers and other hotels have separate agreements with the union which are not yet subject to renewal. Hotel Vancouver employees recently voted :ln fa- vor of strike Action to back up demands for hourly' increase in a ear contract. .Dick Henham, spokesman for the union repre- senting Hotel Vancouver's 500 employees, said they will go on strike unless a contract settlement is reach- ed today. "We are going hi again today for some more ne- he said. "But the mediator is out of it now and unless we get a settlement by tonight, we're going to be on strike. We've done enough negotiating." Results of a vote among 1.150 masters, mates and engineers on a three-year package aimed at ending a towboat strike that has throttled the forest industry, forcing the layoff of about employees, were ex- pected to be announced sometime tonight. And in the construction industry, employers and unions were also expected to announce sometime to- day their decision on a proposal by Labor Minister Leslie Peterson for a 60-day truce in a strike-lockout involving about tradesmen that has halted work on upwards of worth of construction since April 14. The carpenters' union, however, rejected the pro- posal. "A 60-day truce is not the said union business agent Larry Anderson. "Meaningful negotia- tions are the answer." Negotiator Freed Meanwhile Captain Arnie Davis, chief negotiator for the Canadian Merchant Service Guild in the tow- boat dispute, was freed Thursday oh Sl.OOO bail pend- ing an appeal against a six-month jail sentence for contempt of court. Capt. Davis was sentenced to jail last week on a contempt charge arising from tiie towboat strike. In another court action, Mr. Justice James Mac- donald Thursday adjourned until Monday passing sen- tence against the guild on a contempt charge. He had i earlier found the union guilty of contempt of an in- 1 junction granted Canadian Forest Products Ltd., pro- hibiting picketing at its Eburne Sawmills division. In still another legal development, the Construction Labor Relations Association, bargaining agent for the 600 contractors involved in the construction dispute, filed an appeal against refusal by (he B.C. Supreme Court to grant an injunction to void a contract sign- ed between one of its members and a labor union. The association claimed the member, Atlas Instal- lations did not have the right to sign a sepiirate con- tract with the Plumbers Union, one of nine locked out by the association. s BY TIIE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA (CP) Finance Minister E. J. Benson has stepped into the debate about his tax-change proposals in an attempt to defuse recurring crit- icism that he is using tax re- form to increase Ottawa's total tax take. He has promised in a letter to the Commons finance commit- tee studying the tax policy white paper that legislation will include a guarantee that no ad- ditional revenue will be gener- ated as a direct result of changes in the tax system. He also repeated that "the white paper proposals are going to be changed." While the letter, published Thursday night, might tend to undercut critics of the white pa- Fifty-eight foreigners held hostage in Amman were agency reported that a commando group holding reported released today, but Egypt's Middle East news the widow of an United Stales military attache killed by guerrillas in the Jordan- ian capital earlier this week. The Palestine guerrillas refused today to be satisfied by concessions from King Hussein of Jordan and called on him to renounce liis commitment to a political settlement with Israel. The guerrillas said only such a "radical solution" could bring peace to Jordan, where more than 700 persons are reported killed or wounded in fighting this week between guerrillas and Jordanian troops. United States officials were preparing to evacuate about 400 Americans living in Jordan al- though a U.S. spokesman in Washington said only "precau- tionary planning" was being done. 'Despite this disclaimer, three jetliners of Lebanon's Middle East Airlines were standing by in Beirut for ah air- lift to Greece, awaiting comple- tion of arrangements in Amman. It was not known if the eva- cuees would include Americans among 58 foreigners held hos- tage by the guerrillas in two Amman hotels. It was later reported in Bei- rut, Lebanon, that the foreign- ers had been released. Those held had included Canadians. The information on their release came from the Jordanian em- bassy in 'Beirut. MADE CONCESSION Hussein made a major con- cession to the guerrillas Thurs- day by dismissing his uncle from command of his army and removing a cousin from com- mand of an army division that had spearheaded the battle against the guerrillas in Amman. But Al Fatah, the larg- est of the Arab guerrilla organi- zations, said in a broadcast from Cairo that this was only "the beginning of victory for the people." The broadcast demanded that the king join the guerrillas in their commitment to "liberate" Israel from Jewish domination. It also demanded "the liquida- tion of America's entire fifth column in Jordan." "What is needed is a radical solution, not merely decisions written on paper or broadcast on the A] Fatah said. The king, speaking on Radio Amman, warned that the dis- missal of his uncle, Maj-Gen. Sharif Nasser Bin Jamil, as su- preme commander of the armed forces, and of his cousin, Maj-Gen. Zeid Bin Shaker, from command of the 3rd Armored Division, was his last conces- sion. If the violence continues, he said, the responsibility would rest with the commandos. PICTON, Ont. (CP) A va- riety-store owner said Thurs- day he has withdrawn his four children from Queen Eliza- bstii rubric School because his 15-year-old son received cruel and brutal treatment from four teachers. Robert Bates charged that his son had been beaten with a plastic pipe and had been made to chew wads of bubble gum mixed with pencil shav- ings. Picton Crown Attorney Richard Sheehy said he has ordered an investigation into Mr. Bates' charges and intn similar charges concerning 14 other students. John M c N e i 1, education director of Prince Edward County, make no com- ment. Mr. Bates also said at a meeting of the Prince Edward County board of education that: teacher forced his son to walk around the interior of the school 100 times with tongs for holding test tubes at- tached to his ears. teacher flung a handful of pennies on the floor, ordered the Bates boy to pick them up and hit him with a strap as he did so. teacher was in the habit of forcing the boy to hold a stack of books over his head, hitting the boy in the stomach with a pointer when- ever his arms wavered. Palestine Word Use per's revenue-raising feature, the move provoked immediate political protest tiiat it subverts ths role of Parliament. Robert McCleave fax-East Hants) served notice he will raise the issue formally. He said Mr. Benson clearly has made up his mind about the final form of tax legislation be- fore the finance committee has made its own recommendations, as requested by Parliament. SOME SUSPICIOUS Although Mr. Benson has de- nied the tax white paper of last November was devised to in- crease federal revenue, critics have voiced suspicion that it is. Ontario has been in the van- guard of such critics. The prov- ince has challenged the federal estimate of the increase in reve- nue that would be generated by proposed changes in the system of taxing personal and corpo- rate incomes along with the in- troduction of a tax on capital gains. The white paper estimates that the proposed changes, to be introduced in steps over five years, would have added to federal revenue of about last year had the new system been fully in force then. Quebec and Alberta, while not offering their own calculations, have indicated they also fear the federal tax proposals' would tend to usurp for Ottawa most future growth in direct income tax, thereby assuring the fed- eral government of the whip hand in spending and political power within Confederation. Mr. Benson said in his letter to Gaston Clermont, chairman of the Commons finance com- mittee, that it had become diffi- cult to debate the essential tax- change proposals because of "the emotional climate" caused by allegations that the white pa- per's hidden purpose was to shift resources to government from private enterprise. OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons gave final approval Thursday to a bill that will re- quire large federally-incorpo- rated private companies to make an annual disclosure of their financial situation. The bill, which now needs Sen- ate approval and royal assent to become law. amends the Can- ada Corporations Act. Disclosure regulations will be broadened for public compa- nies. Private companies witli assets of more than or gross revenues of more than will be required to make public balance sheets, profit-and-loss statements, source and application of public funds and a list of shareholders. Although the bill affects only federally-incorporated private than 10 per cent of the Canadian sumer Affairs Minister Ron Basford said be expects disclo- sure requirements to be ex- tended to provincially-incorpo- rated companies as well. He said he hopes the prov- inces will follow suit with ex- panded disclosure regulations. If they don't, he said, the gov- ernment will to look at o'.iier measures'' to achieve pro- vincial compliance. Asked outside the House what he meant by "other Mr. Basford said possibilities in- clude amending federal acts thai affect provincially-incorpo- companies. These include the Combines Act, the Bankruptcy Act. and the Corporations and Labor Un- ions Returns Act. Jordanian Embassy Is BEIRUT (Reuters) Left- wing demonstrators shouting "death to Hussein" seized the Jordanian Embassy in the Le- banese capital tonight and set fire .to it after hoisting the Pal- estinian Arab guerrilla flag on the roof. The demonstrators forced their way into the embassy de- spite the presence of police, some armed with ir.achine-guns. There were no clashes. Cars and jeeps packed with armed Palestinian guerrillas drove up and down past the burning building. The demonstrators later left tiie embassy and began dispers- ing. Hussein is King of Jordan. Earlier some of the demon- strators shouted slogans de- manding (he overthrow of Hus- sein and the establishment of a republic in Jordan as they marched through the streets. HALIFAX (CP) The Brit- ish passenger liner Queen Eliza- beth 2 and four smaller ships were searching off Nova S'cotia early today for a missing fish- ing vessel with four men aboard. The vessel sent a dis- tress signal at 4 a.m. A spokesman for the rescue centre here said the Cunard liner joined the search about 10 a.m. for the 56-foot Mildred L. White out of Port LaTour. The fishing vessel said in the distress signal that she had been struck 120 miles off Yar- mouth, N.S., by a steamer. The vessels apparently collided in dense fog. Identity of the second ship was not known. The rescue centre said a United States Coast Guard air- raft reported that visibility in the area of the collision had been reduced to about one- quartermile by thick fog. Cana- dian search aircraft would be held at Yarmouth until weather clears. rip NEW PRESIDENT-U. M. (Morley) Tanner has been elected president of the Lctli- Chamber nf Com- merce, succeeding Jack Lakic. First vice-president for the 1970-71 year is T. A. (Terry) Bland and second vice-president R. M. (Hub) I'arkyn. The finance officer elected is Singer. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The words "Palestine'' and "Palestinian" are often in the Middle East news these days. Here, briefly, is their mean- ing: Palestine, the area that was long under Turkish rule and then under British mandate be- fore Israel was created in 194S, no longer exists as an entity. In 11 general, it means the Holy j[ JJX ?V 111 Land. The word conies from the Greek for Philistia, home of the ancient Philistines. The area be- came split between Israel and Jordan in the 1948-67 period; in 1967 Israel occupied land claimed by Jordan including the Old City of Jerusalem which the Jordanians had held. Palestinians in general are the Arabs who lived in Pales- tine under the British man- date, or those who are de- scended from these people. About 800.COO of those who are descended from these people. About of these left or were forced out of the Israeli- commanded area at the time Israel wgs formed, and many of them and their descendants occupy refugee camps. It is the avowed aim of guerrilla groups in Arab countries to restore these people to1 their old homes. The guerrillas are called fedayccn. Arabic for sclf-sacrificer. Intruder Found In Home Of PM Wilson LONDON (Reuters) -An in- truder was found in 10 Downing St. during the night after slip- ping past detectives and other police guarding Prime Minister Wilson's London home. A top-level inquiry was under way today info how he managed to breach all security precau- tions. A suspect was being ques- tioned, police said. "Where's he off to VANCOUVER (CP) Cana- dians will pay lower personal income taxes when the white paper proposals for Income Tax Act revision are imple- mented. Finance Minister Ed- gar Benson said Thursday- night. Mr. Benson, here to address the Canadion Bankers Associa- tion, said additional revenue brought in by a capital gains tax will go towards lower sonal taxes. "I am net thinking about corporate he said in on interview. "As 1 have said before, I am out to reform taxes, not to increase them. The entire tax structure will he redesigned." Freighter Sunk LONDON (AP) A Dutch- Liberian freighter sank after a collision with another snip in the foggy English Channel ear- ly today. All except one of its Dutch crews were rescued. Rotating Postal Strikes Continue By THE CANADIAN PRESS About postal workers in Montreal walked off the job early today in the latest in a se- ries of 2-1-hour rotating strikes by postal employees across Can- ada. Adrian Matl.e, slriko director for the Montreal Island postal workers, said the decision to walk out at a.m. EDT today was made at "the last minute" as part of the strategy of the Canadian Council of Postal Unions which has been calling the 24-hour strikes. About men in 82 Ontario and Quebec communities re- turned to their jobs today, com- pleting their 24-hour strike pe- riod. The rotating strikes are being called to back the demands of Canada's 27.000 postmen, who are negotiating with the treas- ury board in Ottawa. Meantime, there were in- creasing indications of support from other unions for the post- men because of ihe federal gov- ernment's announced intention to keep postal wage increases within the six-per-cent guideline proposed in Winnipeg last week Seen and Heard ji ABOUT TOWN by the federal prices and in- comes commission. Officers of the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Trans- port and G e n e r a 1 Workers called on the Canadian Labor Congress Thursday night lo cs- l.nblish a Sl.sro.OCii fund to back the postmen in the event of a national strike. William Srath, CBRTGW president, announced his union would immediately dona t e SXi.OOO to the fund because "the guideline battle is between the government and the entire labor movement." II TAIL guard Norm Toliry getting Ihe laspberry from inmates for trying to "steal" a base in a recent fastba'I game Alder- man Jim a winner in the sartorial splendor divi- sion with his four inch wide striped tie at a city council meeting Maurice Truck- exhibiting a swan feath- er as concrete proof of early morning jogging at Hender- son Lake. SHAPELY POtlCE GRAD Metro Toronto Police Commissioner C. 0. Bick casts a glance al one particular officer's legs during graduation ceremony at Denison Armor- ies in Tqronlo. Chief Harold Adamson (Isfl) presented tha diplomas and Bick gave out awards including one to Policewoman Karin Sickel for physical excellence and effort. ;