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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - June 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY HIGH FORECAST WEDNESDAY 85 e Herald ? ? ? ? ? VOL. LXIII - No. 162 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS New Muscular Convict "Jq^^ TWO SECTIONS - 18 PAGES Dystrophy Treatment By FRANK CAREY WASmNGTON (AP) - A scientific accident has led to a discovery that may help the cause of crippling muscular dystrophy, so far an incurable disease. Dr. Ade T. MOhorat, a New York medical researcher, reported to the White House Monday that chemicals derived from vegetable oils have reversed the muscle-disintegrating process in chickens, the first such reversal in any livmg creature. Dr. Milhorat, however, cautioned against premature hopes the chicken experiments would assure a new treatmtnt for humans. "We believe that these obsei-vations will lead to a more complete understanding of the cause and nature of muscular dystrophy," be said in a letter to Mrs. Richard Nbcon, honorary chairmain of the Muscular Dystrophy Associations of America. "We hope, but cannot predict, thehr role in the treatment of the disease in other species', including man." Human Tests Envisaged But be also told the president's wife the chicken-test results were so promising that human trials of at least some of the compounds are envisaged. Dr. Milhorat, director of the Institute for Muscle Disease Inc., told a reporter it is possible human tiials could begin witliin a few months-provided the recently-identified, "active princple" chemicals pass rigid safety tests already under way in other experimental animals. And he voiced confidence the chemicals would pass the tests. Asked why vegetable oils happened to be tested in the first place, Milhorat said some scientists at his institute planned last-ditch tests in cliickens of a laboratory-produced compound called "Co-enzyme Q." The latter material, first reported in 1966 by Dr. Karl Folkers of Stanford Research Institute, bad initially brought about an "apparent improvement" in mice generally afflicted with muscular dystrophy. But the initial pi'omise failed to hold up in later mouse tests. Dr. Milhorat said. Decided On Chickens "Before we discarded it completely," he said, scientists decided to try it on dystrophic chickens. "They asked me: "What shall we use to dilute it?', and I said, 'Try safflower oil,' " Milhorat said he had long had a scientific interest in vegetable oils for reasons having nothing to do with muscular dystrophy. As things turned, he said, the mixture worked, but It was later found that it was something in the oU itself, and not the chemical it was carrymg, that was doing the bick. He said vegetable oils themselves work, but that certain recently-identified constituents of the oils work even better. One Million In Trouble By SUSAN BECKER OITAWA (CP) - A report released today by the Commission on Emotional and Learning Disorders in Children calls for a radical re-organization of sa-vices to help about 1,000,000 young Canadians. The report, called One Million Children, is based on a national, three-year study by an 11-member committee of educationists, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. Its co-chairmen are Chailes A. Roberts, chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of Ottawa, and Denis Lazure, executive director of the Rivieres-des-Praiiies Hospital m Montreal. Its work was sponsored by seven organizations, including the Canadian Mental Health Association and tlie Canadian Welfai-e Council. Its 144 recommendations amount to a new deal for children who ai'e neurotic, retarded, have specific learning difficulties, are judged to be deUnquent, are culturally or emotionally deprived or who have sensory or physical handicaps likely to lead to an emotional or learning problem. Have Disorders "Consei-vative estimates tell us that one cliUd in eight, or aa-ound one million Canadians mider 20 yeai-s of age, have an emotional or learning disorder that will prevent optimal development unless' some intervention bakes place," the report says. "Canada has neither the manpower nor the financial resources to handle a problem of this magnitude outside the regular systems of child care. , . ." The child had to be kept within the regular school system and all the helping resomxes of the conunu-nity should be mobilized to support the school and reinforce the classroom teacher's work in developing the chUd. In keeping with this, the committee recommended a reorganization of special education for cluldren with emotional or learning disorders so that it is caiTied on m the regular classroom rather than m separate, segregated classes and schools. It asked for significant changes in teacher training, many changes in the school system generally, and a co-operative attitude by professionals working in the field as well as among different departments and services. In sketching the background for its recommendations, the study committee said it found disb-essing divisions between many of the services and helping professions which were all working separately to aid cbUdrem, Vote Bid Lost e OTTAWA (CP) - Frank Howard (NDP-Skeena) was unsuccessful in getting Commons approval Monday of his bid to give prisoners the right to vote m federal elections. Mr. Howard made a strong plea for revisions to proposed legislation changing the Canada Elections Act that would have given the vote to Canadian citizens in penal instituticns. Tlie proposal was defeated 62 to 18 in commdttee of the whole, the step before third reading. Mr. Howard said one of the main ai'gumenits in the past agauist letting prisomers vote has been the lack of political in-foaimiaiuion available in prisons. But prisoners now read newspapers, listen to radio amd waitch TV as well as visit outside the institution at times, he said. 'Mr. Howard said prisoners convicted of breaches 'Of electoral laws should not be allowed to vote, however. HOUSE MUST DECIDE Privy Council Presid'gnit Donald Mscdonald said the government had r.o posJiboin on the issue as cabinet mindsters were divided. He said he was leaving it to the House to decide. The bill under discussion would lower the minimum voting age in federal elections to 18 from 21, extend voting rights to include aE federal public servants' abroad amd ppovide proxy vo'ting arrangements for electors away from home. EarUer Monday, John Diefen-baker (PC-Prince Albert) charged the government with "utter disregard" for Camada's British traditions. His remarks came on a proposal by PieiTe DeBane (L- Maitane) that would have wiped out all special voting privileges for noin-Cainiadian British subjects in Cainiadian elections. The proposal, defeated 30 to 22, drew its support from those who argued that no one sihould be shown spcial treatment in elections simply because of their national origin. Presemit law allows British subjects who have been in Canada one year to vote in elections. The bil now befiore the House would allow British subjects who were eligible to vote in the 1968 election to retain tlieir voting rights. The Comimions later approved 44 to 8 an amendment by Grant Deachman (L-Vancouver-Quadra) that would give non-Canadian British subjects five years after passage of the bill in wWch become Oaeadiam citizens if they wish to retain their votmg rights. Sharp Seeks Action oriAWA (CP^ - External Affau-s Ministei-' Sharp made a bid today for immediate action by Canada and the United States on Great Lakes pollution problems raised m reports of the International Jouit Commission. He told the opening session of a Canada-U.S. conference on the subject that "we should take action on these recommendations right away." There was little doubt that tlie final report of tiie IJC "will confirm that the situation is serious and in some respects getting worse," he said. Mr. Sharp said the issues of the conference are of immense importance to both countries and die public is deeply interested in the meetings. The Camsdiain move met with an apparently favorable response, informants said.  The meeting was closed. Russell Train, chairmaai of President Nixon's coundl on environmental quality, was reported to have told the meeting that his government "attaches the highest priority and importance to water quality in the Great Lakes. Dine With Queen LONDON (Reutei-s) - The Queen entei-tauied Gov. - Gen. Roland M i c b e n e r and Mrs. Micbener to limcli at Buck-jjogham Palace today. I eadloc COOLING THE OPPOSITION - V/illiam Kunstler, counsel for the Chicago 7, cools off the right-wing during appearance for a speech at the University of Toronto Monday night. F. Paul Fromme, 21, a student and a member of the right-v/ing Edmund Burke Society heckled the lavi^er and asked for time to speak. When Mr. Fromme stepped onto the speaker's platform, Mr. Kunstler poured a pitcher of water over the student's head. Later a warrant was served out against Kunstler. \ixon To Test Validity Of New Voting Bill WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States government prepai-ed today to test the validity of a biU just signed' into law by President Nixon lowering the votmg age to 18. Nixon signed the biU Monday rather than veto it and so threaten civil rights legislation to which the voting age clause was added. But he made it clear that he has grave misgivings about whether it is'' constitutionally valid and ordered Attorney-General John Mitchell to take it to the Supreme Court to test its legality. The biU gives about 11,000,000 Americans between Uie ages of 18 to 21 the right to vote in all local, state and federal elections. Eighteen-year-olds already have the vote in Georgia, Alaska and Kentucky, the minimum age in Hawaii is 20 and 21 in all other states. The bill signed by Nixon Monday goes into effect Jan. 1, too late for the congressional elections in November but in plenty of time for the presidential elections in 1972. Nbcon said he would not veto the whole bill because its over-all provisions were impor- tant. The voting age section was' a rider to legislation extending existing laws that ease voting regulations for Negroes and other minority groups in the United States. But in weighing his decision on whether to apply a veto, he doubtiess also considered the impact it would have on college campuses and among other young people disenchanted with his administration. Nixon said he strongly favors lowering the voting age to 18, but questioned whether CJon-gress has the power to do this by statute. Bombing Suspect Leaned To Left Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN ALDERMAN Veri Ferga- son claiming she had to sneak out of the liouse to attend a council meeting in her po'lka-dot paintsuit . . . Hicrse-racing enthusiast Jim Wells offering first pick for a small wager but shying away from a deimainded five - length spread at the Standoff race meet . . . Karen Orstcn serving purple potatoes after foi--gettiiig to take the peelings off. MONTREAL (CP) - A fh-e commissioner's inquiry mto Montreal terrorist bombings was told Monday that Pierre Carrier, detained as witness in the inquirj', had "leanings toward the militant left." Maude Martin, 26, a script assistant for tiie CBC's French-language television network, told the inquiry she is "vague" about Carrier's activities. She testified that Carrier, a 30-year-old unemployed plumber, was part of a west-end workers' committee and campaigned for the separ'atist Parti Quebecois in the Quebec general election last April. The two are among six Montreal residents being held as material witnesses in the inquiry which is investigating 12 Montreal-area bombings since May 24. Miss Martin was to continue her testimony today, tiie second day of the inquii-y under CjriUe Delage, a Quebec City notary. The inquu-y was announced early Monday by Justice Mmis-ter Jerome Ghoquette in the wake of the arrest of six persons and the seizure of more than 350 pounds of dynamite in two weekend raids. ITie others detained in the inquiry are: Andre Roy, 23, a part-tima taxi driver; his 26-year-old wifa Nicole; Claude Morency, 19, unemployed; and Francois Lanc-tot, 21-year-old laborer. Three men and a woman were arrested in a Sunday raid on a chalet in Prevost, Que., 30 mOes north of here. Police also found $28,260 in cash, weapons and "material usually used in bomb fabrication" such as detonators, some djiiamite, clocks batteries and vires. T^vo other men were ai-ei-sted later in a raid on a Laval home. That raid uncovered 350 pounds of dynamite. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Tons of mail pUed up across Canada today as thousands of postal workers stayed off the job or held sit-ins to protest a deadlock in contract talks with the federal government. Nearly 8,000 postal employees were off work in Toronto, Hamilton, BurUngton, Ont., Calgary, Vancouver, CJiarlottetown and Summerside, P.E.I. Montreal workers, meanwhile, began a series of sit-ins to protest the hiring of casual help by the post offices. The combination of strikes and sit-ins in Toronto and Montreal meant mail was tied up in the two key distribution centimes in Canada, affecting routmg across the country and air mail delivery. A Montieal post office spokesman said only 40 per cent of the city's mail will be delivered today. ' Rotatmg strikes in Toronto and Montreal 10 days ago caused the mail to pile up and the post office began hiring non-union, casual workers to help clear tlie backlog. Marcfil Perreault, president of the Montieal local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, denounced the post office action and his men began the sit-ins. In Toronto, Hamilton and Burlington, the situation appeared more serious as officials warned the men could stay off their jobs until a conti-act agreement is rsaclied. The 500 HamUton-Burlington workers went on strike S'unday and spokesmen indicated they had no intention of returning to their jobs by following the previous procedure of a 24-hour strike. In Toronto today, a spokesman for the city's 4,000 postal employees said the inm were "peeved" at Prime Minister "Trudeau and could stay off Uie job paist the 24-hour limit. A Vancouver official declined to say whether the walkouts there would follow the 24-hour pattern. At Calgary, the city's 800 postal workers went on a rotating stiike today, shutting off virtudly all miail sendee for the second time in less than a month. Thers was one bright spot today, however as about 1,000 workers in various centres in the Atiantic provinces except Charlottetown and Summerside retuiTied to work and ended a 24-hour walkout. But the resumption in duties did not mean much if no mail was there to deliver. The situation in Toronto and Montreal effectively closed the major distribution points and in Montreal alone, a post office spokesman said more than 3,000,000 pieces of mail have already backed up. Social Credit ML A Loses Nomination CORONATION (CP) - John C. Hillman, Social Credit member of the Alberta Legislature for 18 years, was defeated here in his bid for renominatiion to contest the (Coronation riding the next provinciai general election. About 1,200 persons chose Ralph Sorenson of ffillam, on the fourth ballot. Six persons sought the nomination. Mr. Hillman, a Forestburg district farmer, wais rumored during the last session of the legislature to be thinking of retiring. He and another oandi-daite were defeated on the fii'st ballet. Mr. Sorenson is a form-er president of the oo:istituency Young Social Credit League. PIERRE CARRIER Times of pick-ap ... ?772' Army WASHINGTON (AP1 - The United States Army today dismissed court-martial charges against three highhrankhig officers who had been accused of covermg up the alleged massacre of civilians at My Lai, South Vietnam, in 1968. Exonerated were Brig.-Gen. George H. Young Jr., Col. Nels A. Parson and Maj. Robert W. McKnight. The army said Lt.-Gen. Jonathan 0. Seaman, commanding general of the 1st Army, dismissed the charges agauist the three officers "based upon his evaluation that the charges were unsupported by the evidence." The three officers were among 13 charged with dereUc-tion of duty and other offences in a field mvestigation of the alleged Son My Lai massacre. In addition, 12 other officers and enlisted men have been charged with murder, rape or assault and other offences resulting from alleged participation in the incident. The army said dismissal of charges against Young, Pareon, and McKnigiht was taken at the preliminary-inquiry stage of processing court-martial charges. Shell Army Base By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Israeli commandos crossed into Egypt Monday night to shell an army base 80 miles southeast of Cairo. An Israeli spokesman said aU the raiders returned safely, but Egypt said 20 were killed or injured. The Israeli spokesman said the raiders attacked barracks and warehouses near Bir Arai-yida, 46 miles west of the Gulf of S'uez in the Eastern Desert, and destroyed two loaded troop carriers sent to the installation to defend it. NASSER RAPS U.S. In Tripoli, where celebration of the American and British withdrawal from military base in Libya turned into an Arab summit meeting, President Gamal Abdel Nasser told a mass meeting the United States "has irrevocably made herself an arch enemy of ihe Arabs." JIAUDE MARTIN Soccer Victory Death Toll Passes 100 RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -The death toll in Brazil from celebrations of the country's World CXip soccer rictoiy increased to mc5-e than lOO Tuesday, although it was ijnpossible to determine bow many died as a direct result of the \rild jubilation. Brazilians began celebrating their victory even before the firal game was played in Mexico Cit>- Sunday-. In tlie 48 hours startmg at midnight Saturday night the Rio morgue registei-ed 73 bodies. A pathologist on duty said the average is 20 a day. He added that it would be difficult to determine bow manj- cf the deatlis were directiy connected \riLh the celebrations, but said that many were a reacBA of riotaooe. ;