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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 16, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLEARING HIGH FORRCA51 WEDNESDAY 70 VOL. LXIII No. 150 LKTHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 1C, 1970 MICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES ser Mine Marks Dedication ceremonies set for today at Can- ada's largest coal mine, an open pit development from which comes coal for Japanese steel furnaces. Mines Minister Frank Richter was to do the honors for Kaiser Resources Ltd., the mine owner, and CP Rail, which carries the coal to Roberts Bank port from Sparwood, B.C. Similar ceremonies were held Monday at Roberts Bank, 20 miles south of Vancouver. It has cost more than to bring into pro- duction Kaiser's open pit mine at the foot level of Harmer Ridge in this rich coal territory near the B.C. Alberta border. Kaiser has contracts to supply Japan tons of coking coal a year for 15 years, an order worth more than The company now is producing about tons of low volatile coking coal a year foi Japanese and North American markets and barely scratching the surface of deposits. Kaiser estimates its deposits contain at least tons of coking coal. Kaiser's parent, the giant Kaiser Steel Corp. of Oakland, Calif., paid more than in cash and shares in 19C8 for acres of coal property owned by Crows Nest Industries Ltd. Created Boom Since then, the work has added another boom to tliis hard luck area, which tied its fate to coal mar- kets in the late 1800s and has lived in boom-or-bust fashion ever since. Tire full operation, economists say, means more than new jobs, new and expanded service indus- try, and annual expenditures of more than on labor and materials, most in Canada. In addition, the federal and provincial governments stand to pick up a year between them in assorted taxes although this has not subdued anti- pollution critics. They lost a two year battle to scotch' Kaiser's operation but now are pressing governments to ban any further strip mining in the area. At the Harmer Ridge mine, rock and earth over- burden lies up to 500 feet deep. Huge machines bita through it to reach coal seams that go up to 60 feet thick. Pollution has been a battleground, with conserva- tion groups expressing angry disbelief at Kaiser's promises to leave the coal country in better shape than it found it. Last Wednesday, the Society for Pollution and En- vironmental Control asked that the area be preserved in its natural state and that a wilderness park be declared here. 10 Hold Licences About 10 companies hold mining licences in the region. SPEC and other groups want no more strip- mining after the Kaiser project. Kaiser also plans extensive underground mining. Kaiser says its surface mining operations will cover less than Vk square miles in 15 years, of other- wise useless land, and will be accompanied by "sen- sible and accepted reclamation techniques." British Columbia's Social Credit government re- quires a bond of 5500 an acre be posted to ensure reclamation. A Kaiser consultant says .the area was logged and burned before Kaiser entered, and looked terrible. "When we are through we will change all that. We don't run a sloppy organization." To many, this operation is the proving ground for strip mining operations elsewhere in Canada, perhaps in other countries. As Dr. Pat McGeer, B.C. Liberal leader, puts it: "If they make a mess of it, we may want to bring to an end strip-mining in B.C. If they make a success of it, then we will demand that others live by the standards they set." Kaiser has not made public any profit estimates and disputes a figure of S4 a ton given by Dave Bar- rett, B.C. New Democratic Party leader. "It's the biggest give away since Manhattan protests Mr. Barrett, who maintains a govern- ment corporation should develop the coal and pour profits into schools, hospitals and services. Black Member Seen Likely LONDON (AP) Thursday's British election is likely to give the House of Commons its first black member. The man in line for the job is Dr. David Pitt, a physician who admires Ihe works of Gandhi and Mar- tin Luther King Jr. but thinks housing, better public transport and improved education arc issues that tran- scend the race. "The black man in Britain has the opportunity of making Ms mark as an ordinary member of so- he says. "He is not a second-class citizen if he tries not to be." The labor party chose Dr. Pitt, 56, over 12 while aspirants to run in Clapham, a working-class district. He lives in the fashionable Hampstead quarter; a can- didate here need not live in the district he wants to represent in Parliament. Tire Times says: "His record certainly lends sup- port to the idea that he is being accepted in Clapham as a Labor partyman rather than as a black man." His campaign manager believes some votes may be cast against Dr, Pitt because of his color, "but I don't think there will be many of them-" RARE GOPHER This albino gopher (more correctly Richardson's Ground was snared by Ross Ruggles of Lomond. The white, or absence of color, is from the lack of melanin in the hair and skin. Pink eyes are also characteristic of the albino. Mr. Rug- gles had another equally interesting catch a week ago when he captured two black gophers, said to be even more rare. Photo By Bryan Wilson At Opening Of BigSuperport VANCOUVER (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau and Premier W. A. C. Bennett joined hands to start .conveyor belts rolling at the new Roberts Bank deepsea port Monday and the first of more than worth of Canadian coal poured into the hold of a bulk .carrier bound for Japan. From the port, tans of low volatile coking coal from southeastern British Columbia will be shipped to Japan over the next 15 years for less money little more than 52 a than coal from its own mines. About invited guests braved a persistent drizzle to hear the prime minister praise the national and international co-operation that went into the port project, calling it "a trib- ute to human imagination and ingenuity." He said the opening was linked in many ways to his Asian tour last month and added that it should result in in- creased trade between Canada and the countries he visited. BIT STAGGERED Mr. Trudeau said he was "a bit staggered" by the magni- tude of the work involved in the port, representative of the kind of federal-provincial co-opera- tion people like Premier Ben- nett and Premier Ross Thatcher of Saskatchewan have insisted upon. Premier Thatcher managed a little tongue-in-cheek politicking too, saying he hopes the port will eventually move grain and potash and that Saskatchewan will win the lower railway freight rates it is seeking. Premier Bennett lauded Otta- Viet Cong Release Newsmen SAIGON (AP) Three United States correspondents captured last month by the Viet Cong in Cambodia have been re- leased. They are Richard B. Dudman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Elizabeth Pond of the Christian Science Monitor and Michael D. Marrow of Dispatch, Inc. Dudman said they were re- leased Monday night. They were taken captive May 7. We're safe and healthy and in good shape." Dudman said tonight. wa's role in the port and added: "I think it is fair to say that British Columbia was the first region of Canada to recognize the opportunities far Canadian development which awaited the promotion of increased trade with the nations of the Pacific rim, "We are pleased that the fed- eral government's department Harbors Board, in the interest of Canadians generally, as- sumed their responsibilites and got on with the job." ANNOUNCES GIFT Mr. Trudeau took the opportu- nity to announce a federal gift toward the 1971 cen- tenary of B.C.'s admission to Confederation. Roberts Bank, begun in 1968, is an automated transfer point in a oper- ated by five men. About worth of handling equipment sits on a 50-acre is- land of sand and gravel, dredged from the .ocean floor and connected to the mainland by a narrow, three-mile cause- way. The port represents total in- vestments of about including spent by the National Harbors Board on the causeway and fill. Top Labor Leaders Meet To Discuss Postal Issue OTTAWA (CP) A meeting scheduled today between postal union leaders and the executive of the Canadian Labor Congress could result in an intensification of the nmc-iuonth-old contract dispute in Ihe post office. The postal workers have al- ready received offers of money and other forms of support from brother unions in their fight against the federal govern- ment's wage restraint guide- lines. A unifcd-front strategy, how ever is likely to be a topic at the CLC-postal meeting as (he CLC itself formally considers what to do about the guideline policy. The day's deliberations include a meeting with John Young, chairman of Ihe prices and incomes commission which formally proposed June 5 the six-per-ccnt ceiling on wage in- creases. The postal union leaders, who continue to negotiate with the government while carrying out rotating strikes across the coun- Iry, have given no indcation that they want to bo pushed inlo a complete shutdown of tte post office. Such a move was proposed last week by William Smith, president of the Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Trans- port and General Workers, while offering as a start on a strike fund. While the CLC executive may not bo prepared to go so far, the statement to be made at the end of the day by Congress Presi- dent Donald Mac-Donald will he a measure of Canadian labor's identification with the postal workers. MARKED TIME Perhaps in anticipation of the CLC meeting, negotiations Mon- day appeared to mark time on the main issues of pay and job security. Meanwhile, work- el's were called out from 70 off- ices in Quebec as the Council of Postal Unions followed up a 2-1- hour stoppage in Montreal last Friday. Cecil Harper, chief of the treasury board negotiating team, told reporters talks would resume today on the relatively minor matter of statutory holi- days but that a return to the main questions would come only when time permits." Wago negotiations hnve ap- peared frozen with the unions insisting on a pay package of more than twice the size of the government offer which would raise wages by just less than six per cent a year in a 30- month agreement. Wages now paid in the post office average an hour. The City of Lelhbridge, long recognized as one of the leading recreational centres in Canada, is going to launch a bid lor the 1973 Canada Summer Games. Approval was given by city council Monday night to the brief prepared by the parks and recreation com- mission for the 1973 event. TO FORWARD BRIEF It will now be forwardiri to the provincial department of youth and, if chosen over pos- sible other briefs from within the province, submitted to the Canadian Amateur Sports Fed- eration. The brief was prepared by Wilma Winter of the Univer- sity of Lethbridge and was ap- proved by the parks and rec- reation comission at last Thursday's meeting. A major consideration of council was the expenditure of a projected for facili- ties required for the games. Mrs. Winter pointed out. that the city's five year capita] bud- get now includes plans for a covered pool and tennis courts costing a tojal of If the bid for the games is suc- cessful the city would get these, plus a track and field stadium for the The rest of the cost would be split between the federal and provincial governments. Alderman Steve Kotch asked if Lethbridge had any real chance of being awarded the games. "We could handle the Mrs. Winter said. We have a balance of facili- ties we need and those we re- quire, and the things we need, are the types of things the fed- eral government seems willing to help build, she said. Operating costs of the games are picked up by the federal government. These- are esti- mated at Deadline for submissions to the sports federation is July 15. LESTER B. PEARSON food for hungry Softer Penalties Indicated Drug Ceasefire Agreement Violated By THE CANADIAN PRESS Jordanian military units are arresting, torturing and execut- ing Palestine commandos in vio- lation of an agreement that ended fighting in Amman last week, a far-left guerrilla group said in Beirut Monday night. A spokesman for the Marxist- Leninist (Popular) Democratic Front for the Liberation of Pal- estine said the violations of the ceasefire agreement, including the execution of four comman- dos and sniping at commando units, were the work of right- wing conspirators. The front, one of the smaller commando groups, was re- ported to have been involved in the original clashes in Amman and the nearby town of Zarka during the weekend of June 6-7. These clashes led to the later heavy fighting in Amman which resulted in casualties. t.TAWA (CP) Time mag- azine says that a federally-au- thorized drug inquiry has rec- ommended softer penalties for users of marijuana, in wide- spread use in Canada. Although the interim report of LeDain commission on non- medical use of drugs has not been made public, Ihe news magazine says it proposes the removal of the so-called "soft" cannabis and the Narcotic Con- trol Act. The commission, headed by Gerald LeDain, dean of Toron- to's Osgoode Hall law school, suggested the cannabis drugs be switched to the Food and Drug Act which could be amended to further lighten drug penalties. Under the revision, maximum penalty for trafficking hi canna- bis drugs would be reduced to 18 months from a theoretical maximum of life. Jail sentences would be elimi- nated entirely for possession. The first-conviction penalty would be a year's suspended sentence. Second offenders would be liable for a nne. All criminal records for drugs offences would be destroyed after two years. Police would be encouraged to end the practice of enticing young people to traf- fic in order to gain convictions. Time says the report argues that the use of marijuana and hashish is spreading so rapidly that it is becoming a pervasive aspect of Canadian life. It finds the police and courts are, to a large extent, helpless to control it. Drug Leak Launched Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN QOLF novice Ur Water-, field using a cup-place- ment to add some humor to the links with a take-off on trooping the colors ,lini Andrea clink "accidently" stepping on his golf ball as it rolled past Uie hole .Sandy Oi'slcri complaining about his haircut because "it looked as though he just had a hair- cut" Motorists at the east end of Henderson Lake screeching to a halt to view what they thought was (he Loch Ness Monster but which turned otit to be a scuba diver. OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau said Tuesday that Health Minister John Munro has launched an inquiry into the leak to Time magazine of the interim report of the LeDain commission on the non-medical use cf drugs. Mr. Tnideau said the Time story is "full of falsehoods" and it is believed the magazine got its information not directly from tile report but from someone who knew about it. The prime minister, to opposi- tion demands for a full-scale in- vestigation, said one may be forthcoming if necessary. He liviftcd the Commons opposition for suggesting that the RCMP be lurncd on the press. The government' rejected an NDP motion that tt investigate the leak. But Privy Council President Donald Macdonald said the cabinet would like lo know "the source of the leak." Mr. Macdonald denied an alle- gation by Frank Howard (NDP that the cabinet had known for two or three days that Time had information on the LeDain report but refused to publish the report. Stanley Knowles, NDP House leader, presented the motion thai the procedure committee lock into possible recourse by Parliament in cases of unau- thorized publication of govern- ment document.i- THE HAGUE, Netherlands (Reuters) Lester B. Pearson, former Canadian prime minis- ter, warned today thai ncv; food production techniques, it not fol- lowed by social change, would only uiden Hie gap between the hungry and the well-ted, Pearson, an expert on the problems cf developing coun- tries was addressing about participants on the opening day of the second world food congress, sponsored by the Unilod Nations Food and Agri- cultural Organization. Commenting on the so-called "grc.en the former prime minister said that all the knowledge in the world on in- creasing food production is in vain without social and political wisdom. "It can result in social disrup- tion, especially when the bene- fits are not fairly he said. "In that case the new wealth created may even in- crease the gap between the rich and poor. "We know (his from the expe- rience of India, Pakistan, Mex- ico Brazil and other he said. Pearson characterized the people of the affluent food-rich societies as more concerned with reducing their own weight than reducing the hunger of the great majority. Cambodian Troop Attack KOMPONG SPEU (CP) South Vietnamese and Cambo- dian troops and armor smashed into this provincial Cambodian capital and regional military headquarters today to find the large, Viet Cong and North Viet- namese force they had hoped to trap had vanished. A Cambodian general said the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong had retreated south and west of Kompong Speu, which is 30 miles southwest of Phnom Penh, but still had a strangle hold on Highway 4, Phnom Penh's'only access route to the coast and ta Cambodia's lone oil refinery there- Cambodian Brig.-Gen. Sothen Fernandez told a reporter the elements of five Viet Cong and North Vietnamese divisions now in place north, west and south of Plroam Penh, ap- parently preparing for a push against the capital. Fernandez did not predict when the drive might start. 'It's a nice place to visit, but I don't want to stay Soviet Spacemen In Third Week Of Space Trip MOSCOW (Reuters) Two Soviet cosmonauts orbited into their third week in space today with congratulations from the two United States astronauts whose endm'ance record they broke. The Soyuz 9 crew of Col. Andrian Kikolayev and civilian Vitali Sevastyanov completed 14 days in earih orbit Hooray, beating Frank Borman and James Lovell's previous longest flight of 13 (lays. 18 hours and 35 minutes aboard Gemini 7 in Moscow radio Monday night quoted a telegram from the two Americans as wishing ilv1 cos- monauts a successful flight and safe return to earth. With more than S.OCO.CdO miles and more than 220 orbits behind them since hlast-off .func 1, there has still been no official word on how Jong they will stay up. ;