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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta NEW CEASEFIRE OFF TO SHAKY START SAIGON (AP) Continuing fire from rockets, artillery, mortars and guns got Vietnam's new ceasefire off to a shaky start today, and there was no progress reported in implement- ing any of the 14 points of the communique signed Wednesday by Henry Kissinger and Le Due Tho. Fighting and U.S. air strikes continued in Cambodia, and the two-party Joint Military Com- mission that Kissinger, foreign affairs adviser to U.S. Presi- dent Nixon, and Tho, North Vietnam politburo member, designated to put a true peace into effect seemed in no hurry to go about its task. After a two-hour meeting, the Saigon and Viet Cong chief rep- resentatives to the commission adjourned until next week. There was no arrangement for the commanders of opposing armed forces to meet at noon Saturday at places of direct contact to avert hosilities. This was the time specified in the communique signed in Paris by the United States, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the Viet Cong. The foreign minister of South Vietnam confirmed that the po- litical talks in Paris between Saigon and the Viet Cong aimed at signing an agreement on in- ternal matters within 45 days had been postponed for two weeks. He said the Viet Cong had agreed to the delay and said technical reasons were be- hind It, but did not elaborate. An agreement on political matters was one of the 14 points in the Kissinger-Tho commu- nique. The earlier truce brought more bloodshed than peace with over casu- alties reported on both sides by the Saigon command. But it was far too soon to tell whether the new ceasefire would be effective over the long run. Saigon sources however, were pessimistic. The Letfibridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 157 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES c Election averted as government survives test Export controls unnecessary By TltE CANADIAN PFE.SS Export controls on gasoline and home heating oils announced by Energy Minister Donald Macdonald are unnecessary, oil industry spokesman said in Calgary. "I don't think the controls are said Charles Dunkley, president of the Independent Petrol- eum Association of Canada. "There is ample refining capacity in Canada to cover current and future needs in this country." Mr. Dunkley noted Mr. Macondald's statement that "very substantial differences" exist between American and Canadian prices and said the minister is probably justified in fearing that voluntary export restraints would be difficult if and when a shortage situation ar- rives in Canada. "But we now have surplus refining Mr. Dunkley said. Bill Hamilton, vice-chairman of the Canadian Pe- troleum Association, said the controls are unnecessary because "there is no shortage nor is a shortage an- ticipated." He said Mr. Macdonald's announcement came as a surprise. "We don't see the need for controls at this time." Alberta Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie said controls probably will not affect crude oil produc- tion in Alberta. Mr. Dickie said the province was not consulted on the move. He added no representation is planned to Ot- tawa unless the controls hamper oil production. The federal government's action, said Mr. Dickie, appears to be aimed at concern expressed by eastern Canadian service station operators. "What's happening down there is that some of the service stations are closing because they can't get cheap gasoline they could get before. They now are dealing with recognized oil suppliers and have to pay the going price." Meanwhile, the decision met with little objection from major oil companies. They repeated assurances that demands of Cana- dian customers should come first and said that a tight- ening supply situation developing in Ontario and Brit- ish Columbia was largely a problem of refining cap- acity. Rained out It was one of those days Thursday and it's going to be another one of those weekends for five-year- old Scott Crowe of 815 19th St. S. Rain today, Sat- urday and Sunday, coupl- ed with cool temperatures, will force many sandlot sluggers off the neighbor- hood diamond and into in- dividual rumpus rooms for duration. Cheer up Scott, even the New York Mets weathered situations worse than this. OTTAWA (CP) New Demo- crats plugged the leaky minor- ity government breakwater as expected Thursday night, turn- ing back another non-confidence motion in the Commons that could have swept the country into a general election. Twenty-three New Democrats joined 97 Liberals and eight So- cial Credit members to defeat 128 to 89 a Progressive Con- servative motion condemning the government for mishandling the economy. It was a foregone conclusion, however. The NDP indicated earlier it would not bring down the government on another party's motion. This was the third non-con- fidence than tradi- tional opposition motions in the throne speech and budget de- the government has survived since Parliament opened in January. Roch LaSalle voted with the 88 Conservatives present. Forty-six members were absent for the vote. Had the motion carried, an election would have been likely. The only other alternative open to Prime Minister Trudeau would have been to recommend that the Governor-General turn power over to the Con- servatives. Brezhnev-Nixon summit set WASHINGTON (AP) The White House says the United States-Soviet summit next week will not produce a sweeping new arms-limitation agreement, but hopes the two countries can achieve a breakthrough toward permanent nuclear curbs. At a news conference Thurs- d a y, presidential assistant Henry Kissinger said there "will not be an agreement on the substance" of strategic- arms-limitation (SALT) negotia- tions during the week-long sum- mit. But Kissinger said he does ex- p e c t extensive discussion "which might open the way to more harmonious, more com- patible instructions" to U.S. and Soviet negotiators who are seek- ing in Geneva to reach per- manent arms limitation ac- cords. At about the same time that Kissinger. Nixon's chief foreign- affairs adviser, was holding his news conference, the Soviet leader, Leonid Brezhnev, was holding an unprecedented meet- ing with American correspond- ents in Moscow. The general chairman of the Soviet Communist party brushed aside suggestions that the Watergate scandal might in- fluence his talks with Nixon. Brezhnev added "it would be completely indecent for me to refer to it" and said "my atti- tude toward Mr. Nixon is one of very great respect." Like Kissinger, Brezhnev spoke warmly of the improved U.S.-Soviet relations, saying the two countries are "passing from an era of confrontation to an era of negotiations. Brezhnev plans to arrive in the United States Saturday and spend the rest of the weekend at Nixon's Camp David retreat in the Maryland mountains 75 miles northwest of Washington. Monday he will be welcomed to the White House by Nixon and the two leaders will begin their talks. The week of summit talks will inculde formal signing of bilat- eral agreements on such issues as scientific exchanges and oceanographic research and transportation-agreements. Judge lashes out at government Inside Classimield 20-24 Comics 6 Comment 4 District 3 Family 26. 27 Joan Wateriield 13 Local News Markets 25 Sports 14-16 Entertainment 13 TV 7-10, 12 Weather 2 Workshop 5 LOW TONIGHT 45-50; HIGH SAT. 55-60; CLOUDY. YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) Judge William Morrow of the Northwest Territories Court criticized the federal gov- ernment Thursday for attacking his courts integrity as he ruled he has the jurisdiction to hear a controversial Indian land-claims case. The judge's ruling came shortly after the federal govern- ment applied to the Federal Court of Canada for a writ of prohibition which would prevent the judge from hearing aspects of the land-claims case. That move, said Judge Mor- row, was "an unwarranted at- tack by the executive of the Ca- nadian government upon the in- tegrity and independence of the Supreme Court of the N.W.T." To me, this represents a policy decision by the govern- ment which can only be inter- preted as an affront to my court and to me as a judge of that court." The federal move would sub- ject him not to the discipline of the territorial appeal court but to the ruling of anoher judge of equal rank. IT'S FIRST TIME "I am cerain that it is the first time in the history of Ca- nadian jurisprudence, the first time since Confederation, when one superior judge has been placed under attack by another superior court judge of equal status." The case revolves around an attempt by the Indian broth- erhood of the Northwest Terri- tories to place a caveat, or le- gal declaraion of their interest, against square miles of land in the western part of the territory. Conservative speakers said during several hours of debate on the motion that rocketing liv- ing costs are unbearable. James Gillies Don sponsor of the mo- tion, called for an immediate 90-day freeze on incomes, prices, rents, dividends and profits. This has been the major plank in Conservative economic policy this year. 1'JRNER REJECTS IT Finance Minister John Turner said a freeze would solve noth- ing. Many price increases were caused by world shortages created by unusually heavy de- mand. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield said government pol- icy is causing growing frustra- tion among Liberal backben- chers. He predicted Mr. Turner will accept a freeze some day. Mr. Turner said he does not underestimate the problems caused the average family be- cause of the present "phenome- non." But nothing could be done at home to stop global inflation. He contended that the price freeze in the United States has not been successful. Between February and April this year prices in the U.S. had jumped nine per cent compared with six per cent here. BUSY DAY IN SPACE HOUSTON (Reuter) Skylab astronauts spent their "day off today with one of the heaviest schedules of their 28-day mis- sion, starting to get their Apollo ready for the trip home and searching for more solar flares. "It is a jam-packed commented Neil Hutchinson, flight controller, adding "it is the day the crew gave back to be used for experiments." In view of power problems earlier in the mission which curtailed many experiments, Commander Charles Conrad, Dr. Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz volunteered to give up their free time once a week in order to catch up on ex- periments. Sellers denies romance on the rocks LONDON (Reuter) British actor Peter Sellers today dis- missed as "rubbish" news-paper reports that his whirlwind ro- mance with American enter- tainer Liza Minelli is on the rocks. Friends of the coupla said there had been a quarrel, but that a breakup of the affair can be ruled out. Liza, 27, was reported in newspapers to have left the Lon- don home of thrice-married Sellers last week after an argu- ment and had taken a room at a hotel. The couple announced three weeks ago that they were in love, but refused to discuss marriage plans. Soaking rain 'saved the day Rainfall expected to total more than three inches in parts of southeastern Alberta by Sun- day couldn't have been more timely for area fanners. "It sure saved the said W. D. Jensen, district agricul- turist in Foremost, one of the most critically dry areas in the south. "Another two to three weeks and most crops would have started to dry up and deterior- ate pretty Sir. Jensen said. He said that despite the fact there has been virtually no rain in the area this spring and the snow cover was gone in Janu- ary, spring seeded crops were in remarkably good shape and had rooted well. "Needless to say this rain is just what we he said. The rainfall is widespread across the province south of Ed- monton with the heaviest amounts in the southeast where it's needed most. More of the same It's attributed to a low-pres- sure area that moved up from Montana Thursday and has stalled roughly over Swift Cur- rent, Sask. Lethbridge had about an inch and a half of rain by this morn- ing, while Medicine Hat had about the same amount by 6 a.m. and Coronation to the north had nearly two inches. The weatherman says anoth- er one-half to three-quarters ct an inch can be expected in the city today and Saturday with at least an inch more than to the east. Most of the weekend will be cloudy with intermittent rain and northwesterly winds, he said. According to most reports the wet weather is particularly good news for cattle raisers, some of whom reportedly had al- ready had to turn their livestock onto dry feed because of the poor condition of native pas- tureland. "It was getting pretty serious, especially in the extreme south- east, said Alex Johnson, plants science specialist at the Leth- bridge Research Station. Shot in the arm Grass growth hadn't even started in large areas with the only green spots in depres- sions, he said. Mr. Johnson felt the rain may be too late for hay crops that depend on early spring and fall rains, but it would cer- tainly bring along the native rangeland grasses. "It's a tremendous shot in the he said, adding that it was most unusual and unfor- tunate to have cattle en feed this early in the year. Ken Krogman, soils special- ist at the research station, said the rainfall will have a drama- tic effect at least at the mo- ment. "It changes the outlook com- pletely, both from the point of view of crops and the way peo- ple he said. Dick Haywood, soil and wa- ter specialist with the Alberta department of agriculture irri- gation division, said the rain was very timely for everyone including irrigation farmers who had started irrigating their crops earlier this year than most. Guaranteed feed He said there had been a tremendous, demand for new irrigation equipment this spring with some resulting de- lays in delivery and getting crops in. Most farmers like to seed in moisture and get their crops up before starting irrigation, he explained. "They couldn't do that this year, and it's meant a lot more work for them, but this rain should get everyone caught up." Slightly lesser amounts of rain was reported west of the city in the foothills but it was equally welcome. "We're g u a r a n teed feed now, where it was pretty bor- derline said Pincher Creek district agricult u r ist R. J. Lyons. He said pasture growth was fairly normal in the area but it wouldn't have lasted without the rain. According to the weather- man, even with this rainfall, the Lethbridge area is still a full inch below normal for this time of year. Rain was also heavy in Mon- tana and Saskatchewan with reports of some flooding in northwestern Saskatchew a n while a wind and hail storm struck parts of southern Mani- toba Thursday lifting the roof of a Winnipeg home and caus- ing power outages in the city. and heard About town hear- ing chairman Dr. Wal- ter Trost observing "every- one is supporting the Winter Games here except the may- ors of "one or two cities" Scott Henderson order- ing food for 22 persons only to return from the chone to find 16 of them had" left. Strikers switch tactics MONTREAL (CP) A walk- out by Air Canada machinists at Toronto International Airport at a.m. today resulted in the cancellation of 11 flights, an Air Canada spokesman said. The International Association of Machinists (IAM) members walked out only one hour after notice was given today "be- cause the company has said our strikes aren't very a union spokesman said. "From now on, we're going to switch things around a bit, we are changing our tactics be- cause they say we're not achieving what we want to achieve." The spokesman said there would also be another 24-hour rotating strike at one or more locations Saturday and that the union would maintain its policy of informing the public 24 hours before each strike. "The airline keeps saying it has people ready to step in any- time and anywhere we stage a the IAM spokesman said. "Today we got them up early." The strikes, bent on keeping pressure on the airline, continue despite resumption of mediation talks Thursday. IAM and Air Canada spokes- men met Thursday with recently-appointed mediator Bernard Wilson in the first day of resumed negotiations. Mr. Wilson, deputy federal la- bor minister, was appointed Tuesday by Labor Minister John Munro. Earlier mediation talks broke off last week when the two sides remained stalemated on wage and other issues. Tremor felt in Montreal MONTREAL (CP) An earth tremor, strong enough to register for 15 minutes on a seismograph in the National Ob- servatory in Ottawa, was felt for about five seconds in the Montreal region Thursday night. No injuries were reported and no damage was believed caused by the tremor. It was recorded as far south as Hartford, Conn., and Boston. Alberta farmer faces eviction EDMONTON (CP) -The president of North West Trust Co., which plans to evict a Fairview, Alta., farmer be- cause of failure to repay a loan, says the company's first duty is to protect its deposi- tors. M. A. Miles said in a pre- pared statement Thursday the trust company can't "forgive its loans merely because a borrower can or cannot pay and must, if necessary, take possession of its security for the protection of its deposi- tors." The trust company plans to take over the title to land own- ed by Martin Romb today and evict the Romb family from its house July 31. The National Farmers' Union has called on the provincial government to help the Romb family. Mr. Miles said Mr. Romb never made a payment on time since he borrowed in 1964 at nine per cent interest. Mr. Romb, who has suffered a series of crop failures, used the loan to purchase land. Mr. Romb has only paid back and by April, 1973, the loan stood at plus outstanding legal fees. The loan was to have been paid back in 15 installments of on Nov. l of each year beginning in 1965, the trust company statement said. Mr. Miles said that Mr. Romb was refused a loan from the Farm Credit Corp. to re- tire the mortgage loan. In 1972, he applied to the Agriculture Development Corp., a division of the Alberta agriculture de- partment, for a loan and tbtt corporation offered the trust company to settle the debt. "Clearly, with its duty to its depositors, the trust company cannot accept a loss of over upon a loan or 25 per cent of the principal amount of the Mr. Miles said. "If anybody owes a duty to sup- port Mr. Romb, surely it is of government." In Peace River, Alta., pro- vincial NDP leader Grant Not- ley said the province should in- tervene in the case. ;