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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY NEAR 70. The lethbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 155 I.KTHBHIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 33, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SUCTIONS 38 PAGES Alderman champions late sleepers Unemployment rate still high EDMONTON (CP) City council Monday night debated how late residents should bo "allowed" to sleep in the morning. "I think people have a God-, given right in tliis city to get some sleep after G said Ed Leger in attempting to have the official municipal definition oE "night" changed. The definition of "night" affects certain bylaws pro- hibiting noisy activities, such as garbage collection, during that period. Niglit is current between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m. but Aid. Leger said it should be ex- tended to 8 a.m. He was un- successful but gave notice ot another motion to protect the Jale-riser. OTTAWA (CP) Unemploy- ment declined by last month as industrial activity grew with the springtime, but the reduction was not as great as usual lor this time of year, Statistics Canada reported today. Unemployment declined to from in April. It was in May last year. Because the improvement was not as great as usual for May, the unemployment rates gyrated. While the actual rate of unemployment declined to 6.2 from 6.8 per cent of the labor force, the seasonaly-adjusted rate moved up to 6.3 from 5.8 per cent. It was one of those rare occa- sions, occurring about twice a year, when the actual and sea- sonally-adjusted rates turned out to be the same. The season- ally-adjusted rate usually runs below the actual rate in the win- ter months, and climbs above il in the summer. Economists look to the sea- sonally-adjusted rale to show the (rend of employment and unemployment, since the fate of actual unemployment swings so widely In Canada, because of the climate. By historical standards, how- ever, unemployment remains high. Its most recent peak was 6.9, on the seasonally-adjusted basis, in September last year. It has been 4.5 or higher sinca April, 1909. The seasonal adjustment Is made by the statisticians lo show the underlying trend re- gardless of (he low level of ac- tivity in the harsh winter months and the usual pick-up in the spring. The numbers of unemployed declined in aE regions but Brit- ish Columbia last month, with the best improvements being made in the Atlantic and the Prairie provinces- The unemployment rates by regions cot seasonally-ad- to 9.1 per cent from 10.9 In the Atlantic prov- inces, lo 8.6 from 9.2 in Quebec, to 4.5 from 4.9 in Ontario, and to 3.8 from five in Die Prairies, but rose to eight per cent from 7.5 in British Columbia. WATERLOGGED The fire hall was one of many buildings flooded on the weekend by ris- ing waters which flowed Into low-lying areas of Sicamous, B.C. from nearby Shuswap and Mara lakes. Photographer Uldis Veideman of Revel- jloke, B.C. look this shot of a group of Sicamous youngsters paddling through 1he community. (CP Wirephoto) Belter deal for western firms pledged By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Supply and Services Minister James Kichardson told the House of Commons Monday that his department buys more than SI billion worth of goods and services from Canadian companies every year. And he openly admitted that Western Canadian companies don't get much of the business. But, in speaking on the budget debate, he assured the companies that regional discrimination in federal government purchasing policies is being wiped out un- der his leadership. "When I first began to look over the vast amount of purchasing undertaken fur the federal government Uirough my department I was I may say as a Western Canadian somewhat amazed and under some circumstances find the extent lo which the federal government purchasing was con- centrated in a relatively small region of Canada, a re- gion not more than 300 miles from the national capital in a country miles said the MP for Winni- peg South. Mr. Kichardson said close Investigation showed that year in and year out more than 85 per cent of federal government purchases were made in Ontario and Que- bec. "It did not seem lo me that figures such as these were consistant with equality of confess- ed tlie minister. Mr. Richardson, who has often expressed his deter- mination to see that Western Canada gets a fair deal from the federal government, said plans now under way in his department will end discrimination in fed- eral government buying plans. Looking back, Mr. Richardson said investigation o! federal government purchasing over the past six years clearly indicates the discrimination: Six per cent of all purchases have been made In the four Atlantic provinces, an area containing al- most ten per cent of the Canadian population. Under len per cent of the purchases have been made in the four Western provinces, an area contain- ing about 27 per cent of the population. Forty-four per cent of the purchases were mado In Ontario which contains 35 per cent of the population. And forty per cent of the purchases have been made in Quebec with 28 per cent of the population. Obviously, he said, the four Western provinces with 27 per cent of the population WCTC favored with only 10 per cent of the federal government's business. Pointing out that Ihe federal government buys ev- erything from pencil sharpeners and toothpaste to the largest computers and advanced aircraft, he said the new purchasing policies now being evolved will spread the wealth around more equitably. Mr. Richardson said the federal government is now establishing federal government purchasing regions: tha Atlantic provinces or Canada East, the western prov- inces or Canada West and for Ontario and Quebec as individual regions. The targets arc based roughly on population Seen and heard About town pAR RENTAL AGENCY manager .Linda Wliite-. law, recently from Oalgary, c o m p 1 a i n I n g Lethbridga bachelors are "too aggres- sive" John Kobal con- fusing friends with the com- ment: "I could open my coat and fly" federal return- ing officer Edwin Davidson with a ton of election mate- rial in a guest house at his Coaldale residence wailing for the prime minister lo an- nounce a date. Gold price jumps LONDON (AP) The price of gold jumped at the open- ing of Europe's free bullion markets loday, apparently headed back to last week's record high. The United Slates dollar slumped to Us floor level in Paris and moved down in ether foreign exchanges. Gold was traded in London at U.S- an ounce before price was fixed at by tha five main bullion traders. Mon- day nighl's closing was The precious metal reached a peak last week of helwecn and an ounce. Dealers reported heavy de- mand and short supply State- ments in Basel, Switzerland, at the annual meeting of the Bank o f International Settlements that gold will always be part of tho international monetary sys- tem, appeared to have encour- aged buyers of the metal. Gold opened in -Frankfurt at SC3.25 an ounce and in Zu- rich. Frankfurt's closing Mon- day was and Zurich's was Faulty- door blamed DETROIT (AP) Investiga- tors said loday a malfunctioning cargo door that opened in flight an incident in wlu'ch an American Airlines DC-10 was damaged but managed to make it safely back to Delroil's Mel- ropolitan Airport Monday night. First reports said the tail sec- tion of the huge las Angcles-to. New York plane might Iiavo heen ripped by an explosive. Put the airline quoted the FBI as saying there was no evidence of an explosive device being in- volved. The 56 passengers and 11 crew members all escaped seri- ous injury as Ihe jet ran off a runway during an emergency landing. After hours of investigation by FBI agents, Wayne County sher. iff's officers and airline person- nel, the incident was blamed on a faulty door which opened in flight. OVER ONTARIO The malfunction occurred feet over southern On- tario about 15 minutes after American Flight 96 had taken off for Buffalo. Officials said the fact that the malfunction came early In the flight, while the seatbelt light was on and pas- sengers were in their seats, pre- vented deaths or serious Inju- ries. An Ontario Provincial Police spokesman fit Essex, Ont., said debris from the explosion, in- cluding a body in a coffin, fell onto Canadian terrilory about four miles south of Windsor in suburban Sandwich West Town- ship. The body had been loaded on the plane in Detroit. A legal technicality may prevent, imme- diate return to the United States. Ontario law says that a body cannot be shipped out of the province before a post-mor- tem has been performed. B.C. dikes as water cree Largest cattle sale completed CALGARY (CP) The Al- berta Hereford Association says it has made the largest cattlo sale in its history to tlie Soviet Union and the first involving dairy caille. The Iransaclion involves purebred beef and dairy catlla for more than with shipments to be made between August and October, an associa- tion spokesman said Monday. The sale was agreed to in Ot- tawa by the cattle group and the agriculture wing of the Rus- sian sales importing agency, V- 0 Prodenlorg. The beef cattle are lo be ob- tained mainly from farms in Al- bert a and Saskatchewan and perhaps some from Ontario, said Dwayne Jones, director of the association. Ha said the dairy callle may have lo be obtained from On- tario, Quebec and perhaps the Marilimes in addition lo West, era Canada. Of the 985 beef animals in lha sale, 900 are to he Herefords and 85 Aberdeen Angus. All 650 dairy callle will be Holsteins. Plans call for Ihe cattle to he shipped by rail to Montreal and then transported in three sepa- rate boat loads lo a Soviet port in Ihe Baltic Sea. The sale is the 13lh Ihe Here- ford Association has made to I he Soviet Union since 1960 when such dealings started. Alberta power needs study scheduled EDMONTON (CP) Calgary Power Ltd., Alberta Power Ltd. and. the city of Edmonton will commission a study to establish power generalion and transmission needs in Alberta, it was announced here. The study, designed to cover needs for tha next 13 years, is to be done by Montreal Engi- neering Co. Ltd. City council author ized spending ns its share of the costs Fear 3 dead ill raft accident SEEBE (CP) Two men and a woman are believed to have drowned In the Bow Riv- er when their inflatabla raft was overturned by rapids. ECMP identified Ihe missing as Sheila Kae Walson, 21, Del- bert Morgan, 22, and Rod Ken- er, about 25, all of Calgary. Their dingy was found Mon- day 18 miles downstream from the Horseshoe Dam at Seebe, about 50 miles west of Calgary. Just below tlie dam are sel- dom-travelled rapids which are swollen by spring runoffs. Parents of the missing said the three planned to travel downstream from Seebe t o Morley and return home Sun- day. The RCMP is continuing its search for Ihe bodies. British rail wage pact in sight LONDON (Reuter) Brit- ain's three rail unions conferred loday on a new pay settlement that could bring peace to lha hours before a threatened slowdown. Union representatives wero expected to ratify the latest wages compromise, averting disruption of Irain services set for midnight tonight. The reprieve, if confirmed, would end two months of spo- radic slowdowns and ease the risk of all-out conflict belween the Conservative government and a restive 10-million-slrong trade union movement. Government supporters, while welcoming a settlement, viewed the terms as a further blow at the pay policies of Prime Minis- ter Edward Heath. There were widespread pre- dictions the settlement provi- sions would mean increases in train fares ranging up lo 10 per cenl. KAMLOOPS, B.C. (CP) The rivers of the Thompson Val- ley reached their Ugliest level of the century early today, hut the dikes were holding firm against the increasing pressure. Thousands of volunteers aided by heavy equipment- stacked sandbags and loads of dirt and gravel along the shores of the North and South Thomp- son Rivers. Early today, the river level here had reached feet above sea-level, after rising 12 inches in 18 hours. The level in 1948, when the rivers spilled over in low-lying land in the area then surged south to causa million damage in the Fra- ser Valley, was feet. As the rivers were held In check, heavy rains, reported earlier in the upper Thompson Valley, tapered off. FACE CRITICAL PERIOD Officials said the critical pe- riod could come within 24 hours weary residents and dike-workers watched Ihe creep- ing, muddy waters and wailed. All available men and equip- ment were directed lo Iroubla spots by a corps of volunteers manning emergency flood trol centres round the clock. Civil defence officials warned Monday night that the R.CMP had been asked to arrest or con- script sightseers who are in dangerous areas. The conscripts be made to flll sandbags, said one official. Along a 60-mile section of tha North Thompson Valley, hundreds of cattle were ma- rooned and in danger of drown- ing as river waters closed in on their islands. KAIL LINES CUT Rail lines in various parts ol the province were also cut off. Canadian National Railways had to stop its passenger train between Prince Rupert and Prince George near Terrace and CP Rail crews were at- tempting to repair a 45-foot washout on the main line east of Golden. Serious flooding was also re- ported at Sicamous, 50 miles east of Kamloops, where a two- block business section was inun- dated by up to three feet of water after spilling over a canal linking Shuswap and Mara lakes. RESORTS RINGED Meanwhile, Prime Minister Trudeau said in Otlawa the fed- eral government can, in certain circumstances, help provide compensation to flood victims i! a province also contributes. firm up day when floodwaters knocked down power lines. West of Jasper t o w n s 11 e, crews were working wilh 50 car- loads of malerial lo fill places on the Canadian National Rail- ways main line where floodwa- ler had undermined the track. Rail Iraffic on a section of the Alberta Resources Railway was halted by washouts and muds- lides at four points between Grande Prairie and Winniandy, near Grande Cache. Although most freight Iraffic between the two communities was slopped, the ARR was mov- ing grain over a Norhtern Al- berta Railways line. area hit GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. (CP) The city faced a water supply crisis today after the Wapiti River overflowed its hanks and inundated the water treatment plant. The plant was closed. The city imposed immediate water rationing for its residents and city council sched- uled an emergency meeting. Before the flood waters reached the plant Monday night, officials had filled water storage tanks with a total capacity ol 1.5 million gallons. The flooding due to heavy rain did not affect residential areas. Several persons were evacu- ated from their homes near tha Smoky River, 25 miles east of Grande Prairie. Across Ihe border in Alberta, the coal mine at Grande Cacho north of Jasper National Park was forced to shut down Mon- Air battle TEL AVIV (Reuter) An Is- raeli military spokesman said Israeli air force planes shot down two Egyptian MiG-21 fighter bombers over the Medi- terranean in an air battle today. Montreal strike ends MONTREAL (CP) Striking manual employees of the Cily of Montreal have voted to return to work, ending a month-long blrike over contract demands. The members of Local 301, Canadian Union of Public Em- ployees, voted lo 302 in favor of a return to work at a meeting this morning in an east-end Montreal arena. There were 51 spoiled ballots. Tiic strike involved members of the local. The vote to return raised hopes of a quick cleanup of garbage rot- ting in emergency dumps around the city. Agreement in principle on the new contract was reached Sat- urday. The men make about 20 per cent of the garbage pickups in Montreal. Parka Jioods order dropped to save vanishing wolves PLANE DAMAGED A Wayne County depuly sheriff stands beneath the rear section of an American Airlines DC-10 which returned to Detroit's Metropolitan airport after a malfunctioning door that opened in flight caused damofls (AP Wirepholo) Pledge support HONG KONG (Reuter) China said loday that American air raids near the Chinese bor- der in North Vietnam were a provocation against Chinese people and pledged its resolute support lo the Vietnamese peo- plo. WASHINGTON (AP) Tho Pentagon has cancelled an order for more than a quarter, million parka hoods lined with wolf fur in an effort to savo North America's vanishing tim- ber wolves. Tho timber wolf is on tho United States government's list of endangered species. The National Wildlife Federa- tion had estimated Ihat wolves would have to be slaugh- tered to fill Ihe order for 277, 502 parka hoods. This was nearly one-half of the estimated wolf population in North America, the federation said, and there was fear the loss would doom the species. Representative William Whi- fehurss (Rep. who had protested the Initial order, an- nounced Monday it had been cancelled. Whitchursl said use of a syn- Ihetic fur is expected (o reduce the cost of each hood by nearly resulting in a net savings o( f LI million ;