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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Provinces urged to beef up French language training By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Secretary of State Hugh than a week after the House of raons gave overwhelming sup- port to Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's controversial resolution on Tuesday announced his in- tention to talk to the various provincial governments about beefing up French language training In the Specifically, Mr. Faulkner wants to discuss conUnuau... the Federal-Provincial Program for Co-operation for the Devel- opment of Bilingualism in Edu- cation. The program came into force in January, 1970, and runs to March, 1974. As Mr. Faulkner made the anouncement of his forthcom- ing visits to the provincial capi- tals he released a number of statements plus large some bulky provincial reports which, ironically, in some instances show that fewer students are learning French now than a few years ago. Of the 16 Progressive Con- servative MPs openly opposed to Mr Trudeaus bilingualism policies and the Official Lan- guages Act 14 are from West- ern Canada and five of them front Manitoba. In fact, just last week Statis- tics Canada issued a report showing thai with the exception of the four Western provinces English and French were by far the most common languages spoken in Canada. On a na- tional basis, English is spoken by 67 per cent of the population, French by 25.7 per mainly In Italian rates third at 2.2 per cent. But in the West, apart from Manitoba where It ranks second alongside German, French ei- ther rates fourth or fifth in pop- ularity. It's fourth in Alberta, and fifth in both Saskatchewan and British Columbia. Spoken by more people in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia are Ukrainian, German, Chinese, Italian and native Indian dialects. The Alberta report says the need to acquire or maintain fluency in French is given a low priority by students since the English language is so domi- nant. Statistics Canada rates the use of English in Alberta at 90.8 per cent. While pointing out the rights of pa-ents to pressure their school boards to place more emphasis on second language training, the Alberta report says one obstacle is determin- ing the necessity of a second language within a "wider soci- ological" context. It even criticizes Ottawa for failing to provide a French tele- vision station in an area where a number of French-speaking Albertans live, and questions whether attempts to promote bilingualism through the school system alone can have any meaningful result. Routine repair City workmen had little trouble finding the downtown water main leak Tuesday after this hole suddenly appeared in the middle of 4th Street S. The pavement dropped about six engjlfing a backhoe which had just begun work at the location. The operator wa; able to drag the tractor out using its and the operation after that was described as a "routine A bad- ly deteriorated length of cast iron pips which had caused some flooding of downtown basements early Tuesday morning was replaced. Historic Indian rock sought in city park Excavation began today in a coulee in Indian BatUe Park in Lethbridge for a pink high rock described by an ex- pert as one of the most'signi- ficant Indian religions sites in North America. The bid to find the legendary "medicine rock" the latest effort of several through the years is spearheaded by the Alberta Historical Productions Society, a local group that will produce the Sight, Sound and Fury pageantu here tliis sum- mer. A society spokesman says if the excavations are successful the Indian people themselves will decide the rock's future. He says the historical produc- tions society hns the help of longtime city resident Andy Staysko, No. 1404 9th Ave. A S., who aims he played on the rock as a boy and knows al- most exactly where it is locat- ed. Mr. Staysko and the histori- cal productions society dis- count rumors that the rock has been destroyed. One rumor has the rock being used years ago to fortify the nearby Oldman River bank from high spring water. Another has it that "ie rock has been cut into, chunks and now adorns some Lcth- bridge resident's fireplace. Hugh A. Dempsey, director of history for the Glenbow-Al- berta Institute in Calgary, said today the lost rock is "one of the most important Indian re- ligious sites in North Amer- ica." The Uthbtidac Herald VOL. LXVI No. 155 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS SEVEN SECTIONS 68 PAGES Truce pact signed From AF-Reuter PARIS (AP) Rpresenta- tives of the United States, North and South Vietnam and the Viet Cong signed an agreement to- day designed to bring a true peace to the war-weary people of South Vietnam. Henry Kissinger of the U.S. and Hanoi's Le Due Tho, who negotiated the new accord to strengthen their muci-violated ceasefire pact, scheduled a sep- arate signing ceremony later in the day to include only theU.S. and North Vietnam. The new agreement came in the second day of the latest round of conferences by Kissin- ger and Tho on reinforcing the Jan. 27 peace pact that was de- signed to end the Vietnam war. Secret negotiations leading to today's communique began as early as April because of con- tinuing violations thai, under- mined the earlier agreement. The signing formalities had been twice and be- cause the Saigon government objected to the new agreement. President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam opposed parts of the new accord, fearing it would amount to formal recog- nition of the partition of South Vietnam between his govern- ment and the Provisional Revo- lutionary Government of the Viet Cong. Saigon hoped that holding two separate ceremonies for signing the agreements would play down whatever diplomatic rec- ognition the Viet Cong regime might claim by being a sig- natory. A similar procedure was used in signing the original agreement, in deference to the Saigon government assertion, that the Provisional Revolution- ary Government should not be a full-fledged participant. Kissinger announced that he and Tho had initialled the new accord and were spared to sign it as he and the North Viet- namese Politburo member came out of the suburban French Communist villa where they held today's negotiating sessions. Both were smiling as they exited together, but neither disclosed details of what they had agreed on. At a second ceremony, the U.S. and North Vietnam will sign a document on bilateral re- lations, the sources added. These include a resumption of the U.S. de-mining operations off the North Vietnamese coast and the talks on American post- war economic aid to Hanoi, were suspended in April in retaliation against reported infiltration of more than 30.000 North Vietnamese soldiers into South Vietnam. Kissinger and Tho are re- ported to have agreed that the U.S., North Vietnam, Saigon and the Viet Cong must end all military activities in Cambodia and Laos, the sources added. In effect that could mean the withdrawal of North Vietnam- ese troops from these territories and an end to U.S. bombing. Air strikes to continue during mediation talks MONTREAL (CP) The In- ternational Association of Ma- chinists announced early today that union members walked off the job at a.m. EDT in six airports in the latest of a series of rotating strikes. The places struck include Montreal, Yarmouth, N.S., Syd- ney, N.S., Gander, Nfld., Steph- Alberta passes western lottery up EDMpNTON (CP) The provincial cabinet dec i d e d Tuesday that Alberta will not participate in a proposed lot- tery involving the four west- tern provinces. A statement issued after the weekly meeting said the deci- sion was reached after sub- missions were considered from associations and sports groups in the province. "The submissions pointed out that funds could be raised at the local level to finance rec- reational programs and facili- ties without participating in a four western province lottery." Saskatchewan and Manitoba previously said they would par- ticipate in the venture propos- ed by British Columbia. Ernie Hall, B.C. provincial secretary, had said the three provinces de- Tony' relayed WASHINGTON (AP) For- mer Commerce Secretary Mau- rice Stans said today he was told six weeks ago that "a man named Tony" relayed from President Nixons political organization to the seven origi- nal Watergate defendants to pay their legal fees. Stans told the Senate's tele- vised Watergate hearing of the June 29, 1972, arrangement un- der which he said he gave the money to Herbert Kalmbach, then President Nixon's personal lawyer. "I asked Mm why he wanted the money and he said it was Nixon may impose stiffer controls WASHINGTON (AP) With an unveiling tentatively set for tonight, President Nixon has settled on a major new pro- gram to fight the worst outburst of inflation in the United States in more than 20 years. Most sources expected a sig- nificant tightening of wage- price controls along with sev- eral other anti-inflation meas- ures. Some officials said there was Princess Anne's wedding date announced LONDON (AP) Princess Anne will marry cavalry officer Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey Nov. 14, Buckingham Palace said today. The wedding day will also Jbe the 25th birthday of Anne's brother Prince Charles, and is six days before the anni- versary of the Queen's mar- riage to Prince Philip which also took place at the ancient Abbey. The 22-year-old princess be- came engaged to Phillips at Easter but the palace did not make the announcement until W. Phillips, 24, Is serving with the Queen's Dragoon Guards in West Germany where the young couple have seen each other twice in the last two weeks. The marriage will be per- formed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Michael Ram- sey. a possibility of price ceilings in selective industries where in- flation has been a particular problem. An freeze of wages and prices was considered unlikely. The new program is expected to feature a tough enforcement policy of the largely-voluntary Phase 3 wage-price controls. Nixon has had several days of intensive debate with his eco- nomic advisers, including a 90- minute meeting Tuesday. MUST ACT NOW With prices rising at the high- est rate since 1951 and Congress threatening to impose a wage- price freeze of its own, Nixon "realipes the compelling politi- cal need for a highly p'aced source said. The May wholesale price in- dex rose two per cent, a rate "of 24 cent if it continued for a year. Until Tuesday, the congres- sional pressure for tougher con- trols was coming from Senate Democrats. But then Republi- can senators voted 22 to 8 at a luncheon meeting in favor of some kind of selective controls or a freeze. Meanwhile, Republicans won a delay at least until today on a vc'.e on Senator William Prox- mire's proposal to require a 90- day freeze on wages, prices, consumer interest rates, profits and rents. Along with tougher controls, Nixon has considered tax in- creases to cool the booming economy and slow inflation. He also considered a rise in the federal gasoline tax. on high authority for a White House project not related to the election and I would have to trust Stans said. Stans, chief fund-raiser for the Nixon re-election camnaien, said he gave the money to Kal- mbach without checking further on the matter. Stans returned to the witness stand to deny anew that he had any advance knowledge of Wa- tergate. KNEW NOTHING He said he had known nothing of a fund set up for Gordon Liddy, finance counsel in the campaign, later con- victed as a Watergate con- spirator. Stans said he received a "pep talk" from Nixon in August of last year, two months after the break-in at Democratic offices, but Nixon didn't discuss the matter with him beyond that. Stans said Nixon said he was aware Stans was taking "con- siderable punishment in the press" for refusing to answer questions about the wiretap- ping, that he appreciated Stans sacrifice, and hoped Stans "could continue to take it." Stans said he had absolutely no information from any source to indicate the president knew about the wiretapping ahead of time, or had anything to do with the coverup. would go ahead if Alberta cided not to join. It was suggested that not more than five per cent of the proceeds would go to the Mon- treal Olympics Committee. Provincial representativ e s are scheduled to discuss the proposal in Burnaby, B.C., dur- ing the Canada Summer Games in August. Following the cabinet meet- ing, Horst Sclimid, culture, youth and recreation minister, declined to name the groups that made submissions. He said he assumed the other three provinces would go ahead on a three province basis. Mr. Schmid said the Western Canada lottery scheme con- tained a formula whereby for every population, the province could authorize one additional lottery for more than In Alberta, it would have meant three lotteries could be sanctioned along with the Western Canada lottery. This would have allowed the major Edmonton Exhibition Board and Calgary Stampede Board lotteries and one other, but local groups would have been restricted in lotteries they could run. Local groups could have earned a 30 per cent com- mission by selling Western Canada lottery tickets, but the profits would have gone to a government agency that would have distributed the proceeds among cultural and amateur sports groups. enville, Nfld., and Sept-Hes, Que. A total of machhu'sts are affected by today's walkout, 465 in Montreal, 30 each in Syd- ney and Stephenville, 25 in Sept- Iles, 23 in Gander and nine in Yarmouth. At the same lime, an IAM spokesman announced that the union would stage another walkout Thursday in one or several locations around the country. An IAM spokesman said Tuesday that the 24-hour strikes would continue during media- tion talks which are scheduled to begin here Tuesday. He made the statement after Labor Minister John Munro an- nounced the appointment of a mediator in the dispute. Appointed was Bernard Wil- son, deputy labor minister in the federal government. Spokesmen for both Air Can- ada and the IAM expressed their pleasure at the nomination of, Mr. Wilson, a veteran labor ne- gotiator. "We have worked with Hr. Wilson before and have found him an Air Can- ada spokesman said. A union spokesman said "both sides seam pretty happy." The new mediator was named after both the IAM and the air- line responded favorably to a telegram from Mr. Munro, of- fering further mediation "if both parties advise us they are flodbte." Earlier mediation sessions un- der Roy A. Gallagher of the la- bor department broke off last Wednesday with several issues sti'l outstanding. In Ireland mean while a strike by security workers closed Shannon International Airport today, stranding hund- reds of homebound North American tourists. P1 a n es from the United States and Canada were diverted to lin. break may hamper used car racket probe EDMONTON (CP) An RCMP investigation into re- ports that used car dealers turned back speedomelers on high mileage vehicles may be hampered because the news media broke the story, Bob Dowling. cosumer affairs min- ister, said Tuesday. Mr. Dowling said RCMP have been conducting investi- gations into allegations that dealers are buying high mi'e- age vehicles, turning back their mileage, and selling them as newer cars with a higher mar- ket value. Evidence that would have been useful in finding the number of dealers involved now can be easily destroyed, the minister said. Mr. Dowling said details of the car operation were reveal- ed to RCMP by a used car salesman who was fired by one of the firms. Several search wan-ants have been executed at cily car lots and Mr. Dowling said he expects a report in about a week. and heard About town TJOTUND Gcnnar Craw- ford having his ego tar- nished twice by first striking out in his fastball game then being told his jersey should read Double Boiler instead of Liberty Boiler Carl John- son commenting on a pre- sentation of fishing gear to retiring school caretaker George James: "May all the fish you catch be longer than the tales you tell." Inside 'I think tit's none mad. Classified 22-25 Comics 32 Comment......4 District ___ 3, 50-52 Family 18-20 Local News ]3, 14 Markets 25 Sports 6, 7 Entertainment 9 TV 8 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT SO; HIGH THURS. 70; SHOWERS. ;