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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta HIGH FORECAST FRIDAY 65-70. The Let lib ridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 163 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, JUKE 22, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 50 PAGES Urgent action in pollution battle urged OTTAWA (CP) The Science Council of Canada :oday said pollution and environmental problems are being created faster than they can be solved but it is "not too to mount a massive counter-at- tack. Pollution of fresh water lakes and rivers, particu- larly east and west of Montreal, demands the most urgent attention, it said. Other environmental problems loomed large and needed longer-range attention. "It may be later than we the council said in a report. "It is a lime for setting priori- ties, for getting on with the job, for maintaining en- thusiasm by action." A five-year attack on pollution in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence system needs to be undertaken as a matter of urgency, with million for cleansing tho river from Cornwall, Ont, past Montreal to Riviere-du- Loup, Que. another million needed to be spent down river from there, including the estuary and gulf. Some tributaries and channels of the Fraser River In the lower mainland of British Columbia show signs of excessive pollution and the problem will grow on some main Prairie rivers unless checked, the council said. It already was serious in some Atlantic province localities. Urges new body The council, composed principally of univer- sity scientists and industrial engineers, urged forma- tion of a politically-independent body which would keep the public reliably informed on pollution problems and progress in meeting them. Canadians have developed an environmental con- science, and this should be allowed neither to wither nor to become exaggerated into national panic, tha council said. All data on pollution and environmental damage collected by federal and provincial governments, re- search institutes and universities should be made free- ly available to the public. The report said there is a tendency of some gov- ernment departments to refuse publication on grounds that people will take the wrong meaning out of the in- formation, or are too ill-informed to know what it means. "We have and need a nation of well-educated neo- pla. These people have a right to make up their own minds. Other scientists must have access to data if maximum progress at minimal cost is a goal. A gram of planned ignorance is unacceptable." Has good base The country has a good scientific base on which to build pollution research, the report added. Scientists and engineers, once attracted by production techniques, now needed to be encouraged to study the causes and effects of pollution, including the poison danger to health of people, plants and animals. "We have developed the capacity for designing jet engines, but do not yet have much more than an 'out of sight, out of mind1 technology of garbage disposal." The country has been mapped and surveyed for geology. But more studies were needed on the effects of disturbing the frozen groundwater of the North, tho Ecological consequences of human activity there and the effects of such projects as major hydro-electric in- stallations. The Bennett Dam on the Peace River in B.C. was built "without sufficient prior ecological consideration." Water supplies to the Athabasca delta in northwestern Alberta had been seriously reduced while the dam was being filled. "It is not certain that a similar catastrophe will be avoided by hectic llth-hour studies in the James Bay area by Quebec." Must assess projects One of Hie main council recommendations is that projects having a possible significant impact on the environment should be assessed for their climatic and ecological consequences as well as tlicir feasibility be- fore they are considered for implementation. The airport installation at Sle. Scholastique, north of Montreal, now is being studied in this regard, though construction is under way. The council made no mention of the proposed new Toronto airport at Pickering. The report, sketching a provocative picture of anti' cipaled national growth, said by the year 2000 there Vvilf be no commercial agricultural land left in the Ixwcr Fraser Valley of B.C., between Cobourg and London in southern Ontario or between Cornwall, Ont., and Trois-Itiviwcs, Quo. The square miles of land described as urban In would grow by an additional or square miles by 2000. Western Canada enjoyed well-washed air from the prevailing westerly winds across the Pacific and Arctic regions. But Eastern Canada, "downwind from largo industrial centres of the has reason to be worried about the potential or "high and chronic levels of air pollution over large areas." The report said that smelting at Trail, B.C., a few years ago virtually denuded the area of vegetation, but now is coming back. Sulphur dioxide from smelters in Surihury had stunted vegetation in a 720-square-mile area. It had cost million in 10 years of lost pro- duction of white pine, and acidity had killed all the fish in 33 lakes within 50 miles of Sudbury. Fish would soon be gone from at least 38 more lakes. "We should get on with the job of regulation, de- veloping control of emissions and carefully planning disposal systems for the smallest possible amounts of residues. Ulster ceasefire offered by IRA DUBLIN (AP) The (nation- alist Provisional wing of the outlawed Irish Republican Army announced today a condi- tional ceasefire in its bomb and bullet campaign in Northern Ireland starting at midnight next Monday night. The IRA said suspension of military activities would take effect "from Monday provided Ihc "terms" are reciprocated by the British Army. William Whitelaw, chief Brit- ish administrator for troubled Ulster, said in London that Brit- ain will "obviously reciprocate" if the IRA ends Us offensive. Ho gave the government's initial answer in the House of Com- mons even before knowing the full terms. The IRA announcement did not give details and did not ex- plain the "terms." In the past the British have ignored Provi- sional IRA ceasefire offers that were linked to demands for troop withdrawals. The IRA also did not say whether the truce would be in- definite or for a fixed time. A British Army spokesman in Belfast commented: "We are Staniield critical of govt. record BEWARE OF GAY PAREE Heath Macquarrie (PC- Hillsborough) told the Commons Wednesday that a Que- bec cultural envoy of France was reported to have request- ed a group of Canadian visitors lo remove their maple- leaf lapel pins on the grounds ihey were "a The incident was reported to have happened at Quebec House in Paris, France. Premier Bourossa of Quebec has ordered an investigation. (CP Wirephoto) Gunman kills six in shooting spree By TOM CANNON CHERRY HILL, N...7 (AP) Police say they are baffled as they search for a motive for the shooting rampage by a gunman who entered an office building armed with two sawed-off rifles and methodically pumped bul- lets into any man he encoun- tered. Six men died, six were wounded. Officials Identified Uie gun- man as Edwin C. Grace, 33, a uniformed off-duty guard for a security agency. He was in hos- pital with what police said were self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the neck and head. Doctors said he had a good chance of pulling through. A witness said the gunman kept reloading the .22-calibre ri- fles and that nearly 100 bullels were fired as he ordered women to get out of his way. A worker in an employment office in Die building, James Ashen, 24, of Blackwood, said: "Tills guy walked in. He was a complete stranger. I never saw him before and he shot my boss in the head and he lu't the floor. He shot the guy sitting in front of me a couple of times in the back. "The other three of us grabbed chairs and crowded into the corner of a small room, begging him not to shoot us, but he kept firing and he kept say- ing, 'Don't move, don't mive.' He was a maniac." INJURED IN JUMP Three of the wounded men were in critical condition and a seventh man was injured seri- ously .when he leaped through n window attempting to avoid the gunman. Victims .interviewed by police said they did not know Grace and had not seen him previously. OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons took on the aspect of an all-party candidates meeting prior to an election Wednesday. Under debate was a Conserva- tive motion accusing the gov- ernment of failing to live up to promises it made when the cur- rent session opened Feb. 17. The motion, which served only as a vehicle for debate and did not come to a vole, was presented by Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield who seasoned his statistical criti- cisms of the government record with a heavy dose of political rhetoric. "Talk about the right hand not knowing what the left hand is supposed to be he said of government economic measures. "Here we have a situation where the right foot and the left foot keep colb'ding and going into the same mouth." MACEACHEN REPLIES Government HotSe Leader Allan MacEachen countered with charges that the opposition has been guilty of carping criti- cism and tired, bilious plati- tudes devoid of any constructive alternatives to government pro- grams. He described Mr. Stanfield as lfa mourner at the funeral of his own party" and said one could almost expect the Conservatives pleased that a ceasefire has been called. But we have not been told what the terms are or bow long the ceasefire will last." The Marxist Official wing of the IRA has been observing an indefinite cease Eire since early this month. The Provisional wing ignored this and continued its violence to expel the British from the Northern Ireland. HOPE FOR PEACE TALKS A statement issued in Dublin by the Provisions on the cease- fire said: "The leadership of the republican movement believes that a bilateral suspension of operations would lead lo mean- ingful talks between the major parties to the conflict." In Londonderry, Northern Ire- land's second city, Provisional leader Martin MacGuinness an- nounced that his men will ob- serve the Dublin-called cease- fire. Provisional leaders in Dublin were earlier reported running Macdonald tion old flag, the old party and tho old leader." New Democrat Leader David Lewis tore strips off both the Liberal and Conservative par- ties. He said the government has consistently placed the welfare of big business above that of in- dividual Canadians. "It is a government, as it is a system, of corporate he said. But the Conservatives would be no better in power. Although he had high personal regard for Mr, Stanfield, the Opposition leader, in philosophy and attitude, was "not the slightest bit different" from Mr. Trudeau.'-: group of Provisionals in Belfast were reported to be holding out against such a move and urging that the violence campaign be continued. But sources said, this group was overruled by a majority of the IRA. The sources said they were sensitive to growing pres- sure from Northern Ireland's Catholics for an end to three years of communal strife that has left 375 dead. Communist delegates attacked TEL AVIV (AP) Three hundred young Jews attacked delegates to an international Communist convention Wednes- day night and wrecked the fa- cade of the convention hall with stones and bottles. Communist delegates from 16 Russians, East Germans, Cubans and cover be- hind the glass front of the movie theatre convention ball as stones and bodies arched over the road and punched out the windows. Fifteen persons were reported injured. Police stood back for more than half an hour, then charged in and scuffled with the mob. About 20 were arrested. The protest was led by the Jewish Defence League and in- cluded members of other right- wing groups and many young immigrants from the Soviet Union. RCMP to launch inquiry into Armstrong deaths Issue appeal GENEVA (Reutert Japan and Canada in speeches to the 25-nation Geneva disarmament conference today appealed to France to call off its planned nuclear test blasts in the Pacific and urged the conference to speed up its work on a proposed comprehensive lest ban treaty including underground explo- sions. Thousands homeless killed in U.S. floods By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tropical storm Agnes inched northward today, continuing to dump torrential rains that caused floods over wide areas of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York. Thousands were lelt homeless and there were reports of as many as 14 persons dead. Hundreds of persons were evacuated from si tes below flood-threatened dams, motor- Topless bait girl hired NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) Dale Thomas has done what ha figures is a first lie's hired a topless bail girl (or liis charter fishing vessel. Not only that, a cocktail wait- ress will serve drinks beginning today when Thomas' 28-toot boat, the Caroline, leaves Ya- quina Bay at Newport. Thomas ran a newspaper ad as a joke last summer, asking for applicants (or the topless bait girl job. He was flooded with telephone calls from cu- rious readers and a few pros- pective applicants. He hired a 19-year-old girl, but she backed oul at the last minute. ile there was enough interest to give the idea another try this summer. Thomas, who lives in the coastal town of Yachats, says he plans to eater mainly to the convention trade that comes to the Oregon coast. When the Caroline gets out- side the three-mile interna- tional off-shore boundary, drinks will be served by the coeklail waitress. She'll be fully clothed. The first topless fish bait girl Is named Mindy. She's shapely, in her 20s, worked previously as a waitress and secretary, and thinks there's a future in her new job, "I think there will be more of this up and down the she says. Reaction to tho topless Idea has been mixed, M Thomas ex. peeled. Local clergymen have expressed disfavor. Others fig- ure it will pass, especially when it gels cold at sea. isus were stranded on flooded highways and utility service was cut in many areas as the ex-hurricane poured up to 12 inches of rain in spots. Virginia's state civil defence lieadquarters in Riclimond said it had reporls of 11 flood-related deaths, but there were no fig- ures available from state police who keep the official count. At least two persons were re- ported dead in New York and one in North Carolina. An officer in Virginia's hard- hit Prinse William County near Washington, B.C., said "cars have just been washed off tho roads with people in them." "Weve got cars floating right by our barracks." said vania Stale Trooper Joseph Be- linski in the borough of Lykens northeast of Harrisburg. The borough was under three feet of water early today. Flood warnings remained in effect today for most of New York state and north central and western Pennsylvania. EDMONTON "com- plete" RCMP inquiry will be conducted into the. case of an elderly couple found dead In their accident-damaged car last Sunday in the Peace River dis- trict of northwestern Alberta. The bodies of John Clinton Armstrong, a 67-year-old bar- ber from Holden, Alia., and hi9 wife, Hazel, 61, who disappear- ed last September white driving to visit a daughter in Peace River, were found in a farm wa- ter dugout 22 miles south of Peace River. Don Mazankowskl, member of Parliament for Vegreville, said in an interview' Wednes- day the inquiry was promised by Douglas Hogarth, parliamen- tary secretary to Solicitor-Gen- eral Jean-Pierre Goyar. Mr. Mazankowskl said he asked for "a full inquiry in or- der to determine if there was an element of negligence on the part of the investigating body in regard to its failure thoroughly and adequately to investigate all aspects and de- tails surrounding this accident at the time of its occurrence." He said he asked for the in- quiry at the request of rela- tives of the Armstrong couple, who said they were not happy with the way the RCMP han- dled Uie search. Mrs. Eugene Shtokal of Ve- greville, one of the couple's five married daughters, said Wed- nesday members cif the family had asked HCMP detachments all along the highway from To- field to Peace River if an acci- dent had been reported on tho night of Sept. 4. "Every time they insisted that no accidents had been re- ported along that route that Mrs. Shtokal said, "and now we find that it was report- ed." Tlie bodies and car were found on the farm of William Chomiak, who said he was in- volved in a three-car accident on the night of Sept. 4. Israel denies shelling two Lebanese villages By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israel denied a Lebanese re- port lhat its forces shelled two border villages today, following up its attack on a village and guerrilla camps in southeast Le- banon Wednesday. The report came from Le- banese living in the border area, but an Israeli military spokesman "complelely denied" it. "It's simply not he said. The Lebanese government barred reporters from the area. There were also unconfirmed reports that Israeli tanks had crossed (he border again today in the Mount Hermon area that was attacked Wednesday. Israeli patrols were active along Israel's side of the border today, searching all cars and keeping a sharp lookout for any attempt by the Palestine guer- rillas to retaliate (or Wednes- day's, strike. The Lebanese government and the guerrilla command said the Israeli raiders killed 23 Ar- Lebanese and 14 guer- wounded 33 in the air, artillery and ground attacks on the village of Hasbaya and nearby guerrilla camps on the western slope of Mount Hermon. But other sources in Beirut said the number of dead and wounded was closer to 150. SAYS 10 SEIZED The Israelis said they also captured 10 prisoners, including a Syrian brigadier-general and four colonels who were am- bushed during an inspection tour with a military delegation. One Lebanese offi- cer was among the prisoners, Israel said. FLOOD VICTfM Mrs. Conrad Popov, o ne of those driven from her home by Wed- nesday's flood waters, sils on a cot with her son, Jerry, in a school gymnasium in Rio Vista, Calif., after being evacuated from low lying Andrus Island. A dirt ievee under- going repairs broko early todoy, flooding more than 15 square miles. (AP Seen and heard About town rTTY HALL secretary Dec Murphy asking ORRPC planner .Jay Simons if he couldn't find something bet- ter to do than experimenting with various types of beard Shirley Thompson being named "bunny girl" because she raises rabbits for a hobby Andy Andrcachuk reporting the loss of two to crows at Watertoa Lakes Self course. Warrant issued for Senator on driving charge VANCOUVER war- rant was issued today for tha arrest of Sen. Guy Williams of Richmond, B.C., following his failure to appear in court here Tuesday on a drinking-driving charge. The senator was charged March 29 with driving a car while the alcohol content of his blood exceeded .08 per cent. The warrant was signed by provincial court Judga David MoffctL ;