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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY HIGH FORECAST THURSDAY 80 The lethlnidgc Herald VOL. LX1II No. 163 LETHBBIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 44 PAGES Sick Children Called Losers In Life Game By TOM MITCHELL OTTAWA (CP) A plea to bring young- sters back into the mainstream of life has been is- sued by a private commission after a 3Vz-year study of emotional and learning disorders among Canadian children. The fact-packed volume also unleashed scathing criticism of current aid programs, which it said leave many such children "quiet losers in the game of life." The present system of schools and aid programs are a hodge-podge of overlapping jurisdictions and cross purposes, complicated by petty professional jeal- ousies, it says. The study says Canadian children up to age 19 are affected by emotional and learning dis- orders and only a quarter of them are getting ade- quate treatment. "In any other field a problem of this magnitude would be heralded as an acute epidemic or a national disaster." Commissioned by seven welfare, health and edu- cational organizations, tiie study makes a strong pitch for public support. Rarely Dramatic "The children we are concerned about are rarely don't have much public appeal until you understand their problems and the frustration and an- ger of their parents in their search for help. "These children suffer from varying degrees of emotional crippling. Some are retarded, some are men- tally handicapped. "Almost all have problems in learning and grad- ually fall farther and farther behind in school until they fail or are forced to drop out. They are often the quiet losers in the game of life." It calls for a halt to the system of dividing these youngsters "into with teachers trying to teach them and doctors trying to make them healthy. It says this procedure may compound the problems by cutting a child off from his family and friends. "Frequently, by the way we handle him, we make him even more different." Each child should be treated in a way that would enhance his personal dignity. Groups Join Forces The commission was set up by the Canadian As- sociation for the Mentally Retarded, the Canadian Coun- cil on Children and Youth, the Canadian Education As- sociation, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled, the Canadian Welfare Council and Dr. Earnardo's, a Brit- ish-based organization that has studied children in many countries. R. H. Shannon headed the 11-member commission which created a study committee under Dr. Charles A. Roberts, head of the psychiatry department at the Uni- versity of Ottawa, and Dr. Denis Lazure, executive di- rector of Rrrieres-des-Prairies Hospital in Montreal. The study was released at a news conference Tues- day. It stresses the point that, as far as possible, the child's connections with his family and his 'school companions should be maintained. It cites instances where, in order to get pubh'cly- financed help for a disturbed child, families have first had to make their child a public ward. "We saw families falling apart when a little tem- porary help and support to relieve the strain could have maintained a home base for the child." Teachers Hampered Because of a fragmented approach, teachers work- ing with disturbed children have been denied medical information about their students because they were not considered part of the "medical the report said. This kind of professional jealousy should be re- placed by effort "to support the school and to reinforce tile positive contribution that the classroom teacher can make to the development of the child." Overworked nurses, teachers be helped by lay assistants, it said. Nursery, kindergarten, pre-school and day care pro- grams should be expanded, and priority for attendance should be given to children who are handicapped physically, socially or educationally. The educational grading system should be revised, permitting the student to progress through the system at his own speed. Needs, interests and abilities of chil- dren should be determining factors in their studies, rather than mastery of a set quota of specific knowl- edge. Suggests Local Units Tlie country should be divided into population units ranging in size from to persons. For each such unit, there would be a community board to pro- mote, plan and run a co-ordinated network of personal care services. Standards would be set and supervised by the provinces but the greatest administrative freedom pos- sible would be allowed the community board. The federal government would be responsible for ensuring the necessary persona! care services, to be financed on a broad tax base and to eliminate econ- omic disparities that leave poorer provinces now with- out adequate hinds U> provide proper service, LEAVES FOR DEATH ROW Robert Beausoleil, a member of the Charles Manson hippie peers through the bars of a sheriff's department bus as he leaves Los Angeles loday for San Quentin prison where he will occupy a cell on death row. He was convicted of murder in the slaying of musician Gary Hinman. Mail Stoppages Hit Alberta By THE CANADIAN PRESS The federal government and leaders of Canada's two postal unions resumed negotiations today in Ottawa as a series of rotating postal strikes hit centres from southern Ontario to British Columbia. The talks began again under the pall of walkouts in Winni- peg, Ottawa, Hamilton, Cal- gary, many parts of British Col- umbia and boroughs and centres near Toronto. Later in the morning, about 800 postal workers in Edmonton walked off their jobs. The major centres of Vancou- ver and Toronto had service today aftr walkouts Tuesday, but picket lines were set up by workers in the adjoining areas. Workers in Prince Edward Is- land were back at their jobs after taking most of Tuesday off. It was Wnnipeg's third work stoppage since the Council of Postal Unions, made up of the Letter Carriers Union and the Canadian Union of Postal Em- ployees, began its series of ro- tating .strikes to protest delays in bargaining. For Calgary, it was a contin- uation of a strike that began Tuesday. SPREADS THROUGH B.C. While about men re- turned to their jobs in the Greater Vancouver area early today, a new walkout started in nearby New Westminster. It spread to Prince Rupert, all centres in the Okanagan and many parts of the Fraser Valley including Mis- sion, SuiTcy, Port Coquitlam and Delta, and to several points on Vancouver Island, including Victoria and Nanaimo. About 800 workers remained on strike in Calgary and a union official said the strike would continue until about 6 a.m. Thursday. In Ottawa, the council is seek- ing trace the size of a govern- New Director Of PC Parly OTTAWA (CP) Liara Sterne O'Brian, a Waterloo, Ont, investment dealer, will be- come national director of the Progressive Conservative Party Oct. 1. Party Leader Robert Stanfield announced Tuesday. Mr. O'Brian replaces Malcolm Wickson who earlier said he wanted to vacate the post dur- ing 1970. ment offer that would raise wages by just less than six per cent a year in a 30-month con- tract. Average wage now is ?3.06 an hour. Soviet Pilots Active WASHINGTON (Reuters) Russian pilots in Egypt are flying combat missions south of the Suez canal and have chal- lenged Israeli jets which crossed the Gulf of Suez, intel- ligence reports revealed here Wednesday. The reports made available to reporters said Russian pilots have taken over the entire air defence of Egypt with the ex- ception of a small area west of the Suez canal ceasefire zone, according to the intelligence re- ports. Moscow Trip For Trudeau LONDON (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau plans to carry his personal style of diplomacy to Moscow next fall, it was learned today. It is understood he will confer with Premier Alexei Kosygin and other Soviet leaders on So- viet-Canadian affairs as well as on world issues. Undoubtedly one of the sub- jects will be Canadian policy to- wards China. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN CABLES being turned on a cat in the vicinity of 8th Ave. and llth St. S. as he was chased by an aggres- sive magpie Uon MoRac, leader of the now disband- ed rock group Duckbutter, explaining, "We reached the ultimate sound in music, but we didn't like the ultimate sound so we had no choice but to quit playing it." Joyce Jantzc drawing neigh- borly wolf whistles on her daily trip to the swimming pool with her daughter JatmcUnc, Gulf Of Tonkin Resolution Repealed WASHINGTON (CP) The Senate voted today to repeal (lie Gulf cf Tonkin resolution, amid sharp debate over tactics being followed by Republican supporters of President Nixon's Southeast Asia policies. This is the resolution which president Lyndon B. Johnson used as authority to escalate the war against North Vietnam. It was adopted following reports of an attack on American warships in the Gulf of Tonkin. Nixon administration spokes- men have said the resolution is not relevant to present policies. Ottawa Bomb Rocks Army Office Female Worker Killed OTTAWA bomb explo- sion rocked a defence depart- ment building near the centre of Ottawa early this St. Jean Bap- tiste holiday, causing one death and sending two other persons to hospital with injuries. The dead person was identi- fied as Jeanne St. Germain, 50, a worker in the defence tele- ommunications room which Core tiie brunt of the explosion. Cpl. H. B. Vallance, 33, is in military hospital with lacera- tions. Private G. I. Swaffield, 23, was treated at the medical unit at defence headquarters for shock and later released. Windows were shattered over a radius of several blocks from the centre of the blast and streets in the area were littered with broken glass. Capt. Russ McKee, an armed forces information officer1, said it was assumed the blast was caused by a dynamite charge planted outside the corner of the building where the telecommun- ications room is located. However, the number of sticks of dynamite used had not been determined. Army investigators swarmed around the site of the explosion, which ripped away most of the wall section outside the signals room and another room just above. Ottawa city police and RCMP. also were involved in the inves- tigation. GUAK0 ON DUTY The blast occurred at about a.m., about 40 minutes be- fore the guard changes at tha main entrance to the building, located about 75 yards away from the scene. The building, known as B Building, _is one of several frame structures built for the defence department here during the war. It was the first major explo- sion in Ottawa since New Year's Eve 1968, when a bomb went off in the former National Film Board building. The explosion was heard far away from the scene. A resident of Elmvale Acres, eight miles distant, was awakened by it. His wife told him it was only thunder, and he went back to sleep. Just before the explosion, an Ottawa radio station received a call saying a bomb would go off "in one minute's time." Planes Check Farm Cut Program EDMONTON (CP) Aerial photography will be used on the Prairie provinces to verify that farmers have diverted wheat acreage to fallow and forage crops under the federal operation lift program. Howard Riddell, Prairie Farm Assistance administra- tion director, today said Spar- tan Airways will use seven air- craft for the project between July 19 and August 15. Under the federal assistance program, farmers make a map of their crop acreage on their application form and the aerial photographs will provide an ac- curate check, Mr. Riddell said. The PFAA director said the photographs, to be taken from feet, are preferable to using on-the-ground inspectors. GRIEVING DAUGHTER Mrs. Jacques Parisien, daughter of a defence employes who was killed when a bomb exploded at defence headquarters in Ottawa this morn- ing, leaves tha scene of the blast which she visited on hearing of the tragedy. The dead woman was identified as Mrs. Jeanne St. Germaine of Vanier. Proxy Vote System ii Clears Hurdle 'Try a puff, Bob! The worst you can get is a fine.' OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons Tuesday cleared one of the last hurdles to giving thou- sands of Canadians the opportu- nity to vote through a proxy system. A person unable to vote could appoint another voter to cast his ballot. Voters would be limited to one proxy each. MPs limited the right to pro- spectors, mariners, fishermen, students and the handicapped Montreal Bombing Inquiry Witnesses Sent To Jail and ill. They turned down a pro- posal that would have included workers in airlines, buses, rail- ways and trucking who work away from their riding on elec- tion day. The decision on proxy voting came during debate at the com- mittee step before third a bill to amend the Canada Elections Act. The bill would lower the mini- mum voting age to 18 from 21 and extend voting rights to fed- eral public servamts abroad. The Commons does not sit today, St. Jeaai Baptiste Day. MONTREAL (CP) The spe- cial fire commissioner's inquiry into Montreal's recent wave of bombings was adjourned indefi- nitely Tuesday night after two female witnesses were released from custody and four males were sent to jail for refusing to testify. Commissioner Cyrille Delage suspended the hastily-called in- quiry at the end of the second day's sitting. Further action would depend on Jerome Cho- quette, Quebec justice minister. He liberated Maude Martin and Mrs. Andre Hoy after they had testified and sentenced Andre Roy, 26, Pierre Carrier, Spaceman Retires HOUSTON, Tex. (Reuters) Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper an- nounced Tuesday he will retire at the end of next month to be- come a business executive in Washington. Cooper, a 43-year- old air force colonel, said he will be president of National Ex- hibits Inc., and a member of the board and engineering consult- ant to Intersaies Ltd. 30, Claude Morency, 19, and Francois Lanctot, 21, to 15 days in jail for contempt when they would not answer questions. Lawyer Robert Lemieux, rep- resenting all six young wit- nesses, said his male clients could be out of jail in 10 days with good behavior. The inquiry was ordered Mon- day by Mr. Choquette to investi- gate 12 bombings in the Moat- real area since May 24. At 78, Mae West SHU Wows NEW YORK (Reuters) Mae West, looking less than her 78 years, caused a near-riot on Broadway Tuesday night as thousands pressed in to get a look at her. As the limousine carrying Miss West pulled up in front of the theatre where her movie Myra Breckinridge pre- miered, police lines holding back the surging crowd finally broke and Times Square was overrun by the actress's fans. Tremor Felt In Northern B.C. Area MASSET, B.C. (CP) An earthquake centred south of the Queen Charlotte Islands was felt throughout a widespread area of northern British Columbia today, but there were no reports of damage or Injuries. The quake also was felt across Highway 16 on the B.C. mainland, from Prince Rupert on the coast to a point about 100 miles inland. In Seattle, the magnitude cf the shock was placed at 6.75 to 7 on the Ricbter scale by the University of Washington, seis- Plan Tax Cut To Beat Inflation LONDON (AP) The new Conservative government pre- pared a plan Tuesday to fight inflation in Britain by cutting taxes. This is a radical departure from several other countries who have used tax increases as a weapon to combat inflation. Britons have been under a "freeze and squeeze" program that the Labor government cl.imped en frav years ago. The Conservative program is to be unfurled July 2 in the speech from ths throne opening the new session of Parliament and outlining the pou'cies Prime Minister Edward Heath's government. The program is ex- pected to go into effect immedi- ately afterward, subject to later approval by Parliament. Some experts see Heath's pro- gram as a risky gamble that might pay off. Heath's method is to beat in- flation by promoting a boom rather than by curbing the econ- omy as conventional methods do. Heath and his ministers dis- cussed economic policy at a cabinet meeting Tuesday, but gave the broad outlines of his economic intentions in a written statement last week, two days More (lie general election which brought him to power. Unlike most European coun- tries fighting inflation with tight-money policies, Italy an- nounced a tax cut Monday for lower income brackets, appar- ently to stimulate economic de- mand along the lines of Heath's reasoning. Heath said last week; "Our problem is not tso much money chasing too few goods but too much taxation chasing tco little income." He said the old "freeze-and- squcezo" method of combatting rising wages and prices would result in "throwing even more men out cf work by the traditional methods cf demand deflaiJon and higher taxation." Instead, he said, his govern- ment will slash taxes directly affecting prices, end one tax in- stituted by selective employment be abol- ished. U.S. Urges Three-Month Ceasefire From BEIRUT (CP) New Ameri- can proposals for a Middle East settlement i n cl u d e a three- mcrtth ceasefire along the Suez canal ar.d creation of a 20-kilo- metre (12-mile) wide demilitar- ized both sides of the canal, ministerial sources said today. Reuters news agency said the Lebanese sources said the plan, discussed at a cabinet meeting today, also proposed evacuation of nil territories occupied by Is- rael in the 1067 June cept for the Syrian Golan Heights. ;