Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Confusion surrounds winter games plans Herald. Legislature Bureau EDMONTON - There Is confusion' here surrounding plans to include Lethbrldge Community College in the 197S Canada Winter Games. Advanced Education Minister Jim Foster said in an interview that he will investigate reports that the college wants about $900,000 from the provincial government to include college educational facilities in a proposed $2,8 million Canada Winter Games Sportsplex to be built in Lethbrldge. Mr. Foster said he has received a request - sent via the Alberta Colleges Commission - for money,: but that "with the limited information available I'm really not in a position to make a decision." He said "the City of Lethbrldge and the college seem to be throwing the ball back and forth ... so I'll try and sort this out with the colleges commission." However, he applauded apparent negotiations between college officials and Games organizers saying that any expansion of college facilities should be planned with the needs of the city and surrounding area in mind. "There is going to be a lot of money spent in Lethbridge dur-,ing the Games and we just can't have someone presenting a request for money from one minister and someone else go- ing to another minister, everybody here will have to know what's going on." Horst Schmid, minister of .culture, youth and recreation, told The Herald he doesn't know anything about plans to include the college in the proposed Sportsplex in Lethbridge. PRELIMINARY BUDGET Mr. Schmidt said that all he knew was that a Games committee has drawn up a prelim- inary budget and that capital costs will be paid one-third 'federal, one-third provincial and the other third by the area communities. The $2.89 million budget Includes $2.8 million for a sports complex in Lethbridge, $60,000 to upgrade recreation facilities in Southern Alberta - primarily at West Castle Ski Resort- and $30,000 for improvements to the Taber Recreation Centre. . The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI -No. 69 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1973 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Trustees dig in: No concessions Another Irish election be in may- offing Trade minister off the hook in auto fuss By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA-Trade and Commerce Minister Alastait Gillespie backtracked in the Commons Thursday regarding the Canada-United States Auto Pact and removed, for the time being, what had loomed as a threat to the life of the Liberal minority government. The controversy exploded in the Commons Wednesday when the minister talked about "transitional provisions" in the auto pact and aroused the suspicions of the New Democratic Party and Progressive Conservative members, that he was bowing to pressures from the United States. Mr. Gillespie, aware that NDP automotive critics had declared that if he persisted in his interpretation of the pact, the NDP would remove its support from the minority government, told the Commons Thursday that he had "inadvertently misled the house." He was questioned by Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield. NDP and PC critics, outside the House, Thursday said the minister by his carefully worded responses to their questions for the second day of the controversy, bad said "the right tilings and was off the hook for the present." Ed Broadbent, of the NDP, who represents Oshawa, a constituency where automobiles are manufactured in an interview after the question period Thursday said: "I think the minister is off the hook for the present. He said in the house that he had made a mistake. He also said that if there are to be changes made in the pact they will be to the benefit of Canada. If he had said that Wednesday there would have been no difficulties." The controversy over the auto pact exploded into a major controversy when Mr. Gillespie told opposition members in the commons Wednesday that, the so-called "safeguards" in the auto pact are in "reality transitional provisions." This caused an uproar among opposition auto pact watchers. It was the first time a Canadian cabinet minister had adopted the U.S. terminology of "transitional" in referring to what Canadians have always described as "safeguards". NDP and P.C. members saw this as evidence of a "sell-out" to the Americans and pounced on the minister, warning that the minority goverment could face defeat on this issue. Heavy load This 100-ton grain elevator at Craddock is all set to take a four-mile ride to the site of Hi-Way (52) Feeders Ltd. where it will be used for grain storage. The) 85-foot high structure is the smallest of two which are destined to be moved this weekend or early next week. The other weighs 200 tons. They are to be hauled over farm fields and around a coulee by two-tracked vehicles. The elevators have a capacity of 80,000 bushels. By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Rural school trustees-faced with a possible walk - out of more than 1,300 teachers as early as MarelffS - say they will make^iio1 concessions in an attempt to avert a strike. Ray Clark, of Burdett, chairman of the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association, felt Thursday his group has the support of the Alberta public in its stand against rural teachers. HOHOL OPTIMISTIC Labor Minister Bert Hoho! said Thursday, however, he is optimistic an agreement can be reached by next week. Dr. Hohol said in an interview that despite the area's 1,340 teachers having voted 73.9 per cent in favor of a strike, both sides appear willing to continue negotiations. The t/aVdvoI industrial relations w-a^workuVg Thursday to arrange a start to mediation proceedings for Saturday in Lethbridge. The minister held out the possibility that he would get personally involved in negotiations if mediation fails to find an agreement. Peace conference hacks agreement PARIS (CP) - The interna-tioanl conference on Vietnam ended today with the foreign ministers of 12 gaveviv ^ signing a declaration backing the ceasefire agreement. Canada was among the signers although its delegation is clearly unhappy with the outcome of the conference and has warned it may withdraw from the International Commission of Control and Supervision I.CCS if ceasefire violations continue. Canada had sought a means of effectively channelling ICCS reports to an authority capable of preventing resumed warfare. Canada had urged that reports on ceasefire violations should be channelled to the Inside Classified Comics .. Comment District Family 24-28 .. 22 ... 4 ... 3 20, 21 "/ want 'draft-dodger' declared a 4 letter word!" Joan Waterfield 11 liocal News .. 15, 16 Markets .. .... 23 Sports .. 12, 13, 14 Theatres .. .. 10 Travel........18 TV........5-8, 10 Weather ......2 Workshop .. .. 19 LOW TONIGHT 25, HIGH SAT. 45: MAINLY SUNNY conference governments through Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim of the United Nations bu this was vetoed by the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. The declaration provides for recall of the conference if any six governments agree that grave violations have taken place. It does not specify what action a future- conference might take. BOTTLENECK FEARED The Canadian fear is that the ICCS reports to the four countries will be bottled up by their recipients and never find their way to international authorities. Asked whether any progress had been made on this issue to keep Canada on the ICCS, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp replied: "I really don't know." Sharp told a news conference Thursday that Canada "suffered" through 19 years of failure on the old Vietnam truce commission. "If it looks like a repeat of those 19 years, then we will get out," he said. Education M i n i s ter Lou Hyndman told The Herald his department has no plans to get into the dispute. BLACKMAIL WEAPON Mr. Clark, in a telephone interview from Edmonton, said the strike vote actually indicates confidence by teachers in the trustees' stand, lie said the strike issue is simply'-a k,black-mail weapon" against the taxpayers. "The results of the strike vote indicate most of the teachers are realistic enough to endorse the trustees' position. The percentage of those favoring the strike is very low for a serious matter such as this," Mr. Clark said. He said the SASAA offer of 6.2 per cent is as good "if not better" than settlements negotiated elsewhere in Alberta. Rural teachers rejected the SASAA package mainly because of a lack of fringe benefits, attached to the contract. Teachers have asked trustees to include contributions to the Alberta Health Plan and Blue Cross in 1973 terms. Teachers in the 18 rural districts affected have been without a contract since September. WON'T BUDGE "We've gone as far as we can go. Any further concessions to the teachers will result in decreased educational services to the students. "Teachers will be faced with higher class loads, or bus routes will be cut, or programs will have to be dropped within the schools, or even schools will have to be closed - if any further concession is made to teacher requests," Mr. Clark said. Not included in the possible strike situation are teachers at Lethbridge and Medicine Hat. About 27,000 elementary and secondary students will be affected by a teacher strike. Mr. Clark, and members of the Alberta School Trustees' Association, have vowed to keep high schools in the rural areas open despite a walk-out. Volunteers from each affected community are being sought to man school libraries and resource centres if teachers strike. Elementary schools will be closed. PUBLIC SUPPORT "The public is behind us in our stand. We will conduct ourselves accordingly. We have gone further than we should to try to accommodate teacher salary demands." , Talks between teachers and SASAA were officially broken off Feb. 13. Spokesmen for the r u r al teachers have refused comment on how a strike may be directed. Diplomats held in mined office From Reuter-AP KHARTOUM, Sudan (CP) - The Palestinian Arab guerrillas holding five diplomats hostage in the mined Saudi Arabian embassy here today extended their deadline for killing their captives if their demands are not met. The new deadline was set at 8 p.m. local time^ivp.nv. EST), six hours later than their original. By telephone, the guerrillas in the besieged embassy buildings said this followed an appeal by Sudanese Vice-President Maj.-Gen. Mohammed el Baghir Ahmed. In a surprise development, the guerrillas were reported to have demanded to be allowed to fly to the United States with their captives, who include the U.S. ambassador. The Egyptian Middle East news agency said the Sudanese government had agreed to provide the guerrillas with a plane but had, rejected the guerrillas' demand that they also be accompanied on the flight by two Sudanese government ministers. It was not immediately clear why the guerrillas wanted to go inn to the United States, or what they intended to do when they got there. President Nixon said today the U.S. will not yield to the blackmail demand. The guerrillas, members of the Black September organization, stormed the Saudi embassy Thursday night during a reception for the departingiU.S. charge d'affaires, Curtis G. Moore. v They threatened to shoot their, captives unless hundreds of Arab and other prisoners were freed by different countries, including the U.S. Jordan and Israel rejected their demands. Later, the guerrillas sharply reduced the list of those whose freedom they demanded. The list Included Sirhan Sir-han, the Jordanian immigrant to the United States serving a life sentence in California for assassinating Senator Robert F. Kennedy. The guerrillas held Moore, U.S. Ambassador Cleo A. Noel Jr., Jordanian charge Adly el Nasser, Belgian charge Guy Eid and the Saudi ambassador, his wife and children in the embassy. Later they released the woman and children. Indians win battle for back payment CALGARY (CP) - Alberta Indians won their battle for 95-year back payment of "ammunition money" T h u r s day when federal government officials agreed to a $190,000 settlement plus a grant in lieu of interest. Calgary lawyer Webster Mac-Donald, counsel for the Indians, said the Sarcee, Black-foot, Stoney, Peigan and Blood bands will share the funds which are to be paid in recognition of a provision in treaty No. 7 signed in J877. About 11,000 Treaty Indians of Southern Allwrta are involved. FIRST TIME "It's the first time in history the government has recognized its obligations under an Indian treaty," he s a i d. "It's significant to every treaty Indian in Canada." The agreement means Indians covered by other treaties across Canada now have a legal precedent on which to base their claims, he said. "This is only the beginning." The agreement, more than a year in the making, was reached between chiefs of the five bands and Dr. Lloyd Barber, Indian claims commissioner, William McKimm, chief negotiator for the deparment of Indian affairs and other Ottawa officials. Terms of the agreement will be announced within a few weeks when a formal agreement is signed. DUBLIN (CP) - An unlikely coalition of right wingers and socialists has been elected in Ireland, but its razor-thin victory brought speculation today that another general election might soon be in the offing. Prime Minister Jack Lynch, conceding the defeat of his Fianna Fail party after IS years in power, although final results were still incomplete, expressed "apprehension" that mild-mannered Liam Cosgrave as prime minister could not cope with the problem of Northern Ireland as well as himself "because he does not have a united party behind him." Cosgrave, leading Fine Gael which recently hammered together the coalition with the Labor party, remained confident however, saying "a majority is a majority and as long as it stays in line it doesn't matter if it is a big one or a small one." Lynch, appearing weary and obviously disappointed as he went before television cameras in the wee hours today, said: "It now seems obvious the coalition will form the next government:" TAX CUTS OFFERED Although only formed a few days after Lynch called an election three weeks ago, the coalition mounted its surprisingly effective campaign that succeeded in diverting voters attention from the issue of national security with its promise of a "new deal" offering greater pension and welfare, benefits and tax cuts. When vote-counting was suspended until later today Fianna Fail had elected 64 candidates while the coalition had 69,051 my Fine Gael and 18 by Labor-and was solidly leading in a majority of the remaining constituencies. Two independents were alse r e-elected-Joseph Sheridan who in the past voted with Fianna Fail, and arch-repuli-can Neil Blaney who was voted out of Fianna Fail when he criticized as too soft the government's attitude towards the North. In the last gneeral election in 1969 Lynch's party won 75 seats in the 144 seat Dall against 50 for Fine Gael, 18 Labor and one independent. Seen and heard About town QOURMET ? * J. Harold Vos-burgh crediting his mother with the best head cheese he has ever eaten . . . Alan Korth finding out having a pet puppy is more tiring than anything because Patches keeps him'awake all night . . . Jesse Ingrain turning down an evening coffee invitation because she was baking a cake at 10 p.m. Tales of fear, sorrow heard at inquest Page dies J. Percy Page, former Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta and coach of the famed Edmonton Gradi women's basketball team, died in university hospital in Edmonton Thursday night at the age of 85. YELLOWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) - Tales of fear and sorrow are dominating a coroner's inquest called after one of the most controversial plane crashes in Arctic history. An off-course plane piloted by Marten Hartwell cart-wheeled into a wooded slope Nov. 8, beginning an ordeal of death and suffering being revealed in a packed banquet room that has been turned into a courtroom for the inquest. The inquest, attempting to find the reasons for the threo deaths resulting from the crash, was told Thursday David Koo-took, the 14-year-old Eskimo boy who survived the initial im- pact along with Mr. Hartwell, died of starvation after 23 days. After the crash, David, who had never seen a forest before, wrote a letter to his parents. "I will .see you again i n Spence Bay or hi Heaven," ho wrote. "1 try to pray." Tht boy, credited by the crippled pilot with saving his life by acting as his "legs," died with only lichens, spruce needles, leaves, part of a walnut, bark, wood and some artificial fibres in his stomach. Their emergency rations had given out three days previously and both were almost too. weak or sick to move. A statement road earlier nl the inquest by an RCMP inspector who interviewed Mr. Hartwell said the pilot, suffering two broken ankles and a fractured kneecap, realized that the only way he could survive was by eating human flesh. The inquest was told Thursday that one of the passengers, nurse Judith Hill, died in the crash from multiple skull fractures. Miss Hill, 27, emigrated to Canada from Kingsbrldge, England, two years ago and had been looking after David Koo-took and the other passenger, Neemee Nulliayok. They were being taken to hospital in Yel-loH-knifc from Cambridge Bay, a distance of 500 miles. A pathologist's report said Mrs. Nulliayok, put on the plane in premature labar, likely died of a spinal fracture, five hours after the crash. The boy, diagnosed as suffering from appendicitis, was put on the emergency flight, but the pathologist's report said an autopsy showed no trace of appendicitis. There was a "penetrating ulcer" in the boy's stomach which could have been mistaken for appendicitis. Fourteen days after the crash, Mr. Hartwell, who changed his name after he emigrated to Canada from Germany, wrote a letter in German to his only son, Peer Herrmann. A translation of the letter was read at the inquest. "When you receive this lett I will be dead," the letter opened. "I have had an accident on Nov. 8 '72, and I am still lying in the bush with broken legs. Have no more food. Please forgive my sins." The letter concludes: "I am wishing you all the best and re-member me. In my heart, I was not all that bad." Mr. Hartwell was rescued Dec. 9 after a plane picked up the transmission from his portable rescue beacon. He crashed 180 miles off course.