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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 27, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, June 27, 1973 THE LETHMIDGE HERALD 3) Arctic judge dispenses justice as best he can with what he's got By JOHN DODD EDMONTON (CP) Mr. Justice William Morrow is a r o u n d-faced, mild-looking man who packs a pistol and a case of rye. The 56-year-old bespec- tacled judge, known every- where across the Northwest Territories, has a long record of sweeping away what he considers outdated laws that discriminate against Indians and Eskimos. In doing this, he has built up another kind of fighting the federal govern- ment and of not backing down. This is the opponent that the federal government has taken on in the first stage of a legal battle involving con- trol of square miles of land. Industrial and govern- ment officials say the whole course of northern develop- ment will be determined by the outcome of the case. The government has chal- lenged the jurisdiction of the judge, the only justice of the Supreme Court of the North- .west Territories. Ottawa says he should not be allowed to rule on an ap- plication by representatives of treaty Indians to file a caveat with the registrar of lands and titles against prop- erty described in two un- settled treaties dated 1899 and 1921. Caveat is the legal term for a declaration of interest. The Indians hope that if the caveat is granted, they can freeze development in the ter- the con- struction of a final court ruling is obtained on who should own the land. The federal government has said the case should be heard before the Federal Court, a successor to the Exchequer Court, which has the author- ity to hear certain types of land claims involving the Crown. Mr. Justice Morrow has made it clear he intends to fight Ottawa to the limits of his ability over the issue of his court's jurisdiction. "It seems to me that if I can be entrusted to adjudicate on cases involving the liberty of the subjects of the terri- tories, permitting me to put them in jail, I should be ca- pable of adjudicating on ques- tions involving their property, unless, of course, property in- cluding land is placed on a higher plane." Such battles are not new for the Edmonton-born judge who graduated with distinction from the law school of the University of Alberta. In 1968, he attacked what he called Ottawa's reliance on le- gal technicalities in the prose- cution of an Indian's appeal against a liquor conviction. CHALLENGE PROCEDURE The Crown had argued that the appeal was incorrectly filed. But, Judge Morrow said, for years Ottawa had ignored procedural deficiencies. "To me, procedural rules, such as we are dealing with .here, are to assist the court in holding orderly trials but should never become the in- strument of a denial of jus- tice. "To say I was shocked at the Crown's sudden change of tactics is to put ft mildly. I think it is ill-advised and cowardly, and contrary to the best tradition of our jurispru- dence." The Crown, acting on orders of Prime Minister Trudeau, then stopped insist- ing on Indians and Eskimos following the letter of the law in procedural matters. Mr. Justice Morrow has also, in the opinon of legal experts, played a major roto in forcing Ottawa to accept the unorthodoxy of traditional Eskimo marriage. HOT DOG or HAMBURG 8's pkg. FAB Laundry Detergent net wt. (king size) pkg. RELISHES Rose Brand Assorted.................---------- 12-fl. oz. jars LEMONADE Minute Maid Frozen Pink or oz. tins CANNED HAM Maple Leaf 1-lb. net wt. tin 1 Effective Til Closing Saturday, June 30, 1973 We Reserve the Right to Limit Quantities wrm THIS COUPON ran MAY PURCHASE .49 1 SALAD DRESSING CQe iws oz. far Mb. bog WITH THIS COUPON Y PURCHASE ORANGE JIUCE York 48-fl. oz. tin ti if 11 S Dipper Assorted Flavours Gallon Pail......... l 3 PUSS W BOOTS Assorted favours. L tins Morsels tSSi A for 6 ox. net wt. pkg.......... HT for Peas and Carrots or Mixed Yegetabes Canada Fancy Grade. Your Choice 2lb. net wt. Jelly Powders, Assorted 3 or. wt. pkgs York Bartlett. Canada Fancy u OI. tins 59 3 for 89C Beans 'N' Pork or SpaghettiYork w n tini YOUR CHOICE tins I Yerkr Canada Grade M M fl. York Cut Grttn, Frozen, Canada 2 Ib. net wt. pkg for Serviettes Instant Coffee Mustard Fr6t'_____ Hamburger Lift ltt 19c .....1.89 ..............25c L pkf. 3 for 25C Apple Juke Facial Tissue Fish N' c York Cod s 20 ox. wt. Worcestershire I 49c 89c 69c 29c ;