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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 20, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta By THE CANADIAN PRESS Initial reaction generally has been 'favorable' to the interim report of the LeDain royal commission on the non-medical use of drugs, except for a proposal to drop jail sentences for possession of hard drugs such as heroin. The report, written by Gerald LeDain, dean of the Osgoode Hall law school in Toronto, was tabled In the House of Commons Friday. Specific comments centred on the recommenda- tion that prison sentences be replaced by fines to a maximum of in cases involving possession of narcotics, whether they are the so-called soft drugs such as marijuana or those in the hard category, such as opium and heroin. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield said he agrees with the commission that marijuana should not be made legal "but that the penalty ought to be lightened." Creditiste Leader Real Caouette supported the gov- ernment's determination to study the report before reaciiing any decisions and suggested stress should be laid on education of drug users. David Orlikow, North) said he is in favor of the proposal to do away with prison sen- tences for possession of marijuana. Voices Opposition On the provincial level, D. V. Heald, attorney- general of Saskatchewan, said his government is basically opposed to the commission recommendations, and particularly to the proposal to remove jail sen- tences. In Edmonton, Youth Minister Gordon Taylor said a definite line must be drawn between marijuana and other drugs, such as heroin. Although removal of prison sentences for posses- sion of marijuana would be appropriate, similar ac- tion should not be taken with drugs known to be addictive or damaging, he said. Health Minister Norbert Theriault of New Bruns- wick said he personally welcomes the suggestion to remove marijuana from the Criminal Code. Justice Minister Bernard Jean said Uiat although "we have never operated with a closed neither was New Brunswick ready for rapid liberalization of narcotics George Pnquette, RCMP superintendent in Mon- treal, said he would reserve comment until he had time to study the proposals. Sgt. John Finnic, head of the Vancouver city po- lice drug squad, said the recommended leniency for marijuana smokers "missed the other side of the pic- ture." The other side, he said, shows that countries where drug use is prevalent "are full of bloody drop- outs." Jail A Deterrent Inspector John Wilson of the morality squad of the Metropolitan Toronto police said jail terms Have a definite deterrent effect and made it possible for a user to kick the habit because he was separated from narcotics while in prison. William PUMngton, police chief of Whitby, said substitution of fines for jail terms would be a retrograde step adding that everyone who possesses heroin is a potential trafficker. Reaction from clergymen, social workers, lawyers, psychiatrists and youth groups was overwhelmingly favorable. The proposal to remove jail terms for drug pos- session was welcomed by Dr. Sidney Lecker, director youth services in the psychiatric department of Montreal General Hospital; Dr. Vivian Rakoff psycm- atrist at Toronto's Clarke Institute; and Dr. John u. Griffin, general director of the Canadian Mental Health Association. STORK DELIVERS A baby white stork, the first incubated naturally in a North American zoo, was hatched Friday at the Calgary Zoo. The mother stork, which is standing over the arrival, laid two eggs this year, but one was broken. She laid several eggs lasl year but lliey wore stolen a few days before they were to hatch. The stork and her male have lived ot Hie zoo nine years. HIGH FORECAST SUNDAY 85 "Sereins' South Alberta and Southeastern B.C." Price 15 Cents VOL. LXIIt No. 100 TETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, JUNE 20, mo "FOUR SECTIONS ure By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) Prime Min- ister Edward Heath arrived at his official residence today and met with the men who will help him lead Britain's new Conserv- ative government. Heath waved at a cheering crowd and went inside the 10 Downing .Street, residence. He was still beaming at his victory in the British election Thursday which resulted in the first Brit- ish Conservative government in six years and the political upset of the quarter-century. As Labor Leader Harold Wil- son hastily moved out of 10 Downing Street and struggled to find reasons for his defeat, the new prime minister prepared his strategy of government to modify Britain's expanding wel- fare state and steer it more to- NEW OCCUPANT FOR 10 DOWNING STREET A smiling Edward Heath, leader of the Conservative Party, walks through e, manned crowd of cheering supporters as he ar- rived at thV historic residence Friday night shortly after leaving Buck-ngham Paloc9 where Queen Elizabeth asked him to-form a new Government. Conflict In Cabinet Apparent On Light Marijuana Pena By GERARD AlcNElL OTTAWA (CP) The LeDain commission's proposal that pen- alties for marijuana possession be lightened has left the cabinet in apparent conflict. Minutes after the report was tabled in the Commons Friday, Health Minister John Munro and Justice Minister John Turner differed about what the government may do to imple- ment the report. In a statement as the interim report was tabled, the govern- ment said it will consider rec- ommending to Parliament that marijuana be shifted from tlie Narcotics Control Act to the Food and Drug Act and the pen- alty for possession be limited to fines rather than jail terms. Ottawa Accused Of Colonialism OTTAWA (CP) Conserva- tive MPs accused the govern- ment Friday cf colonialism and confusion in its approach to ad- ministration and water pollu- tion-control in ths Yukon and Northwest Territories. The charges came in debate on government proposals to change the administration of the territories and to increase con- trol over pollution of northern waters. The Commons also gave final approval to hills requiring oper- ators of nuclear plants to carry liability insurance against acci- dents, improving consumer protection in sales contracts and making a housekeeping amend- ment lo the National Energy Board Aci. Erik Nielsen (PC-Yukon) led the attack on the government's plans to change administration in the territories L'irough amendments to tlie Yukon Act. tile Northwest Territories Act and the Territorial Lands Act. He said a measure giving the cabinet power to dissolve the territorial councils and call elections "smacks cf pure colo- nialism." The bill would enable the pov. envmcnt to dissolve the Yukon council if it didn't like the coun- cil's actions, he- .snicl. Gordon Aikcn (P C r r y Sound-Muskoka) agreed that tho council should lie able to dis- solve itself. Patrick Nowlan (PC Valley) supported liis fellow Conservatives. Northern Affairs Minister Chretien said the bill would give flexibility to the election system in the north. It would allow the people of the territories to ex- press their views through an election if a dispute arose, be- tween the council and the terri- torial commissioner. The charge of confusion cams from Mr. Aiken earlier in de- bate on a bill requiring users of northern waters to obtain lic- ences from the federal govern- ment, and setting penalties for pollution. Outside the House, Mr. Munro forecast that the changes will be implemented at the nest ses- sion of Parliament, to begin in October. Mr. Turner, standing nearby, said the government is commit- ted only to consider the pro- posal. "Well, we're still Mr. Munro said after listening to Mr. Turner. THIS ONE REJECTED Quickly rejected by the gov- ernment was the proposal that possession of not only mari- juana, but any drug, including heroin, be subject to fines' of no more than S100. Mr. Munro said the govern- ment has decided against any all-encompassing changes until the commission makes its final report next year. Gerald LeDain, the York Uni- versity law dean who is leading the royal commission study, de- fended" 'die no-jail proposal at a news conference. "No one should be liable for prison for simple use of a drug is a general he said. ward free enterprise. Within a lew hours after Wil- son conceded defeat Friday Heath summonded his top aides to 10 Downing Street as specu- lation mounted that his cabinet would be ready for announce- ment in a day or two. Such men as former prime, minister Sir Alec Douglas- Home, party chairman An- thony Barber, Quinton Hogg, Lain Macleod and Reginald Maudling are likely to figure in the streamlined cabinet, which will be co-ordinated with a body of specially selected businessmen to guide the 53- year-old bachelor leader. CAN HAVE POST Sir Alec, the Tory prime min- ister unseated by Wilson _ in 1964, arrived at 10 Downing soon after Heath. Sir Alec was Heath's foreign policy spokes- man during the campaign and could have the job of foreign secretary for the asking. But ha is 67, and friends said he might prefer a less exacting job as lord privy-seal. There was speculation that Macleod might become chan- cellor of the exchequer, that Geoffrey Hipon might bo named defence secretary', and that Maudling, Heath's deputy party leader, would get a key post as leader of the House of Commons or lord chancellor. The new prime minister cele- brated his victory Friday night at a paily given by the Queen at Windsor Castle in honor of the 70th birthdays this year of Queen Mother Elizabeth, the Duke of Gloucester and Lord Mountbatten. Heath's main immediate con- centration will be to contain what he called "roaring infla- tion" and lower the protests of price-conscious housewives, who, Wilson says, may have spearheaded Heath's surprising leap to power. But there are other big issues before him. Within 10 days he must have a negotiating team ready to begin bargaining for passible British entry into the European Common Market. He also must prepare plans to en- sure expansion of Britain's vital exports and to avoid further trade deficits, which also fig- ured in (he election campaign. Hsath also wants to establish close relations with key Western statesmen. After receiving a telephone call from President Nixon, it appeared the prime minister will visit Washington in the late summer or early fall. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN Air traffic controller Dan Buckler lempora r i 1 y giving Kenyon Field a new name, as he answered the phone with "Lcthbridge Inter- national Airport." Hur- ried young lady at the Kainai race "meet, buying lunch for a group of friends and putting her own hot dog in her purse John Munro, federal health minister, at Standoff for the Indian Associaion of Alberta conference, being kidded by emcee Jim Mnnro and retorting: "The Munro's have never gotten along Thatcher I' Calls For PREMIER THATCHER sharpen labor law Cambodian Forces In PHNOM PENH (AP) Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops launched a series of new attacks against towns north and northeast of Pruram Penh today as Cambodian forces struggled to keep the capital from being isolated. Along with fighting at several points along major highways, increased pressure at Tonle Bet and ether locations along the Mekong River was seen here as indicating a renewed effort by the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong to seize control cf the upper reaches of the vital wa- terway. Heavy fighting was reported at Ton'le Bet, a city virtually levelled in a battle several weeks ago. Tonle Bet, 50 miles northeast of here, is on the Me- kong opposite the important provincial capital of Kompong Cham. Communist units also overran a government post at Peam Chi- kang on the Mekong 13 miles west of Kompong Cham, and threatened Skoun, on the main road linking Kompong Cham with Phnom Penh, ssion HEGINA (CP) The Saskat- chewan legislature has been called in'.a emergency session to sharpen the teeth of a contro- versial labor law which many people ssy already has too nasty a bite. Premier Ross Thatcher an- nour.ced Friday after a meeting will) his Liberal caucus the legislature will be j-sked to expand the Essential Services urgency Act to order 800 striking plumbers and p'peiittcrs back to work. the premier said the session will slart Monday, June 29, three days before the New Dem- ocratic Party opposition meets to chose a siicccessor for retir- ing leader Weodrow S. Lloyd. "Tlie government will ask that construction unions bo brought under Bill Mr. Thatcher told reporters. "If the strike is settled and an agreement signed by June 29, the emergency session might be called off." Although the government is most interested in settling the two-month-old strike by mem- bers of the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentice Plumbers and Pipefitters, Mr. Thatcher said an expanded Bill 2 would cover all construc- tion unions for two or three vears. Spacemen n MOSCOW (AP) Space en- durance champions Andrian Ni- fcDlayev and Vitaly Sevasyanov got a heroes' welcome today in Star City, the c o s m o n a u t s' training centre near Moscow, where they will nn'dcrgn 10 days of medical tests and debriefing. Ths five-man Waterton Lakes advisory council has resigned because tlie federal govern- ment is showing a complete lack of feeling toward business operators in Waterton Lakes National Park, council chair- man W. K. Sloan said Friday. The council is composed of Mr. Sloan, Hugh Craig, Harry Reeves, Leo Schmidt and Leon- ard Zorn. "We have fought the federal government as long as we in- tend Mr. Sloan said. "There is just no co-opera- tion between us and the parks management. They make no attempt to understand our nroblems. "We were set up as an ad- visory board but as soon as we bring up something the govern- Three Feared Dead In Fire FRANKLIN. Pa. (AP) Hundreds of firemen battled a fire today which has engulfed an oil refinery near this north- western Pennsylvania town. The blaze still burned out of control almost a full day after explo- sions set it cff. Two workmen and a firemen were missing and feared dead at the Wilco'Chemical CD. refin- Fourteen persons were in- jured, three critically. ment says it can't be done it's not in the book they say. "We have to do what the gov- ernment tells Mr. Sloan added. "We're running under a dictatorship." Mr. Sloan said many busi- nessmen in tlie park spend two or tliree years training young cix-oloyees only to lose them to the' federal government, which offers higher wages. "It wouldn't be so bad if they would hire the kids before the season Mr. Sloan said, "but they wait until the season is just under way and then government starts luring our employees." p'ark Superintendent Tom Ross said the government doesn't force anyone to work for it. "We hire under the terms of the public service commission, which means everyone is en- titled to apply for a job, and wo advertise positions throughout southern Alberta." Mr. Ross said relations be- tween tht federal government and the businessmen have been strained, largely because of (lie protests over leases. Wives Need Love; Affection cure we're hijacked to Cuba will it- cost TORONTO (CP) Wives should be treated with tender loving care says George Chu- valo, Canadian heavyweight boxing champion. "Treat them gentle. It's tlie only way." Chuvalo commentiiiK today on a statement Thurs- day by Hamilton psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Smith that many women in mental hospitals r.rc driven (hero by "emotion- less, tough guy" husbands. Dr. Smith told delegates at the Canadian Conference, on Social Welfare that young boys should be encouraged to baby sit without being la- belled "momma's boys." "I baby-sit my own Chuvalo said in an interview F Ho says lly po-calM Iniiqh guvs should Iw Ihst a woman needs love and slice- lion. "It's only the guys who doubt their masculinity who act that way anyway. They're insecure. If you're a real man, you have nothing to (car in letting your emotions show." Chuvalo says he tells his wife he loves her every day. "A woman ims lo bo con- stantly told she's loved1 and it doesn't hurt when I'm told it Tim bow's r.o.rw-li'e Irdi- niqiifs miuj work. Says his Lynvic: "I think it's terrific for a man lo slaw his emotions. (Icorpo is very much a man's but ha. kr.ows how t" make a woman fee! like a woman loo." (iEOHOE CHUVAI.O treat Uieni gentle ;