Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
United Way shake-up may give member agencies strong role By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A possible shake-up of the United Way board of directors which would give member agencies more say in the operation of. the annual fund- raising campaign and allocation of the dollars raised appears to be in the offing. Member agencies, there are 14 plus the Canadian Red Cross, have been meeting since early December when it became obvious the 1973 campaign would not reach its ob- jective to encourage more dialogue among themselves and to seek ways to get more input into United Way. The Herald has learned the agencies sent a proposal to the United Way board calling for a re-organized boacd in which each of the agencies would have a representative on the board which would then select a six-person executive from the community. But at the last meeting, another proposal for a board that would have agency and community representation on a 50-50 basis was put forward and a three-member committee has been set up to study amendments to the constitution. The United Way's annual meeting is set for March 27. These efforts appear to be emerging from a general dissatisfaction with last year's campaign, which fell short of its goal and about short of the 1972 total of Criticisms have been levelled at the board for not finding a full-time campaign chairman for last year's effort, and for exhibiting a lack .of commitment. ,X Some board meetings, including two'cturing the campaign, had tqibe cancelledjof postponed because of lack of Board members were invited from the outset to the agency according to one source their attendance was poor. Now, howevejvtiie Board is said to be working with the agencies arrive at a satisfactory reorganization. According to one observer, the attempt by the agencies to participate more fully in the United Way, would bring it full circle back to its original make-up when agencies banded together, to conduct one fund-raising campaign. The logic has always been that one campaign means less competition for the charity dollar and saves the individual agencies the great deal of time and effort required to conduct their own campaigns. But somewhere along the way the United Way board became an autonomous body which ran the campaign and told the agencies how much money they were to receive. reasoning now is that since the agencies have the most at stake in raising the dollars for their own operations, they would be more likely to try and ensure the goal is met. At the same time, there is a hesitancy to criticize board members, who, after all, are working on a purely volunteer basis, and quite often have other volunteer commitments. Whatever solution is arrived at, the United Way will have its work cut out for it in the next few weeks. Executive director Al Purvis resigned this week, saying his personal goals were no longer compatible with those of the board. The board will have to replace him, and turn its attentions to finding a full-time campaign chairman for this fall's campaign and soon Thelethbrtdge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 1974 15 Cents 92 Pages Post says report points at Nixon WASHINGTON (AP) The Watergate grand jury kept one tantalizing secret as it indicted seven associates of President Nixon: its findings about the president himself. Those conclusions were con- tained in a large envelope handed to the judge as the grand jury indicted H. R. Hal- deman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell and four others for conspiring to obstruct the Watergate investigations. U S District Judge John Si- r-ica glanced at the report, or- dered it sealed and kept in the court's custody "until further determination Aides said the judge has not decided whether to turn the report over to the House of Representatives judiciary committee which is studying possible impeachment of the president A briefcase bulging with grand jury evidence also was given to Sinca and there were reports the jurors have asked that Jt go to the impeachment committee Sirica banned any statements by prosecutors, defendants and their lawyers and grand jurors. The jury, which had been hearing evidence for 20 months, was not discharged and was told its presence may be needed in court in two weeks. PENALTIES HEAVY The grand jury charged a to- tal of 24 felony violations against the seven men. Each carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and fines ranging from to All seven were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice from June 17. day of the break-in at Democratic party the present. The charge said they tried to impede the Watergate investigation by lying, "craft, trickery and dishonest means The grand jury charged "the conspirators would at various times remove, conceal, alter and destroy documents, papers, records and objects." The Washington Post, in a story attributed to informed sources, says that the grand jury's secret report described "its belief that President Nixon was involved in the conspiracy to obstruct justice in the case." The story, by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, says the report "contains approximately 50 paragraphs outlining evi- dence against the president." Nothing to it No more cut knuckles and frustrating hours for Alberta car owners. As Terry Noble, 3403 20 Ave. S., demonstrates, the new 1974 license plate is nothing more than a sticker easily affixed to your Rebellious troops control Addis Ababa old plate. The sticker still costs the same as a regular metal plate and is specially designed not to' wash off in the rain. The stickers went on Friday. ADDIS ABABA (AP) Addis Ababa was controlled by rebellious troops today seeking to maintain order on the fifth day of a military revolt. One student was reported killed Friday and 10 wounded by shotgun 'fire when troops and police dispersed several thousand demonstrators. But by evening, the capital was quiet under an army-enforced curfew. The new premier, Endalka- chew Makonnen, conferred with military leaders but declined to say how long it will take him to form a new cabinet He said he believes "the armed forces are prepared to give me chances as premier." 'All we wmnt is peace. A piece of Tel-Aviv, a piece of Haifa, apiece...' Classified........34-38 Comics............32 Comment.........4, 5 District............11 Family..........29-31 Local News......9, 10 Religion.........16-18 Sports...........21-23 7 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 15, HIGH SUN. 39; FEW CLOUDS. Flu bug bites multitude at Milk River By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor MILK RIVER The Erie Rivers High school teacher- student population here has been decimated by influenza of the lungs but school authorities have not decided Seen and hvard About town Sgt. Donald Hunt receiving an award for bravery from the City Police department at the same time his wife was delivered of a newborn child shoe salesman Brian Fvdge spotting customers from the restaurant across the mall to close the school. Friday. 90 of 222 students were reported sick with the lung ailment The teaching staff of 15 was cut by three. School principal Calvin Steinley said only one substitute teacher was available. Other substitutes were also sick with the flu. Dr Aidan Byrne, part-time medical health officer for Wanner County, said Friday he suggested, but did not order, that the school be closed. Dr Byrne said school authorities can close the school under provisions of the School Act upon the advice of a medical health officer. Dr. Byrne said if students were given a couple of days off it "might prevent people from going back before they are fully recovered." "I think it (closing the school) might be said Dr. Byrne, qualifying this view with the idea that it would be helpful only if the ill students stayed in bed. He said if they just wandered around, closing the school would be useless. "It started very said Dr. Byrne. "It may be a sudden outbreak that will ease fairly quickly." He said ha isn't sure if the outbreak is confined to flu. There is a possibility other respiratory diseases might be involved. Dr. Byrne is the medical health officer at the Lethbridge health unit and visits the Warner health unit on Mondays. Health nurse Kathleen Croteau said 90 per cent of the pupils in the Milk River Elementary School are sick with the flu and Coutts pupils are also afflicted. Other centres in the county seem to be escaping the bug. Mrs. Croteau said there have been some pneumonia complications from the flu but she said most of the cases seem to involve symptoms of headache, cough and muscular aches and pains. She recommends bed rest and fluids. The Erie Rivers principal said "there are a number of students hi school who should not be here." He said parents sometimes send sick children to school because they are worried the student is missing too much school. Mrs. Croteau said students should stay home if they are sick to avoid contact with other people. "I think probably we are right at the peak now." said Mr. Steinley. "But the elementary school here is starting to pick it up and it is spreading to Coutts." Driver killed TABER iStaff) An unidentified person was killed early this morning when a half-ton truck struck a parked car, then rolled and burned on Highway 3, three miles east of here. The victim was the driver and lone occupant of the truck. No one else was injured, Taber RCMP said today. Other details were unavailable. PM would force rate disclosures By IAIN HUNTER Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau con- firmed Friday that his govern- ment will bring in legislation to force Canada's railways to disclose freight rate statistics to the Western provinces if the companies don't provide the information voluntarily. And he called on MP's of all parties to support the legisla- tion spontaneously if it becomes necessary. Trudeau, speaking during question-period in the Com- mons, admitted that the government is having difficulty persuading the railways to provide for the provinces the information which they requested at the Western Economic Opportun- ities Conference in Calgary last July. David Orlikow who failed earlier Friday to get the unanimous consent of MP's to have the whole question of grain movement by rail examined by the House standing committee on agriculture, raised the freight rate question. Ottawa 'may nationalize oil OTTAWA (CP) The national petroleum corporation planned by the government eventually may nationalize existing oil companies, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Friday. The government is particularly interested in well-established exploration companies and is not anxious to move directly into retail marketing of petroleum products, he said in an interview. But it might in the future want to take over one of the large ,multinational oil corporations. Israel, Syria to negotiate RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) Israel and Syria have agreed to send military and diplomatic representatives to Washington within about two weeks to negotiate a first phase of disengagement in the Golan Heights. United States officials travelling with State Secretary Henry Kissinger said today. The two sides will send their representatives separately and work through Kissinger. The Israelis are to arrive first, about March 16. This probably will cause Kissinger to put off a trip to the Soviet Union, where he intended to speed negotiations on a new nuclear arms- limitation treaty. A senior U.S. official dis- closed the set-up as Kissinger came here to see King Faisal about lifting the oil embargo imposed against the United States and the Netherlands for their support of and friendship with Israel daring the October war. He asked Trudeau why the Canadian Transport Commis- sion has not turned over the information promised to the western premiers some seven months ago. The prime minister replied that Transport Minister Jean Marchand had reached "a satisfactory conclusion" in discussions with the premiers about a month ago "as to the way in which to proceed." However, Orlikow pointed out that the four provincial leaders meeting in Saskatoon Thursday had indicated they were not getting the information because the railway companies were not co-operating. "Is the government consid- ering bringing in the necessary amendments to present legislation to require information on freight rates to be made available regularly as requested by the western he demanded. Trudeau admitted that the Winnipeg MP had pointed out the difficulty facing the government "The commitment we made at the Western Economic Op- portunities Conference was based on the assumption that there would be co-operation from the railway companies in this he said. "There is some difficulty in getting these figures under the law as they interpret it but we are still hoping to ensure that we shall get their voluntary cooperation and that we shall not be obliged to bring legislation into the the prime minister stated. "However, if the government does feel it has to obtain legislative authority from this House I hope we shall receive quick and spontaneous co-operation from all he added. The throne speech read at the opening of the new session of Parliament Wednesday stated that the government will take steps to end "any discrimination" in freight rates. While government sources admitted no specific "steps" are ready for introduction this session, they suggested that the throne speech references could mean the government is determined to force the railway companies to comply through special legislation if they don't cooperate voluntarily. Trudeau's statement Friday confirmed this. The provinces have asked Ottawa to secure from the railways freight rate information on 28 commodities. So far they have received none of the infor- mation they requested. Heath meeting Thorpe LONDON (CP) Prime Minister Heath, beaten in Britain's general election, is to meet with Liberal Leader Jeremy Thorpe today in an apparent bid for some form of alliance which will allow the Conservatives to retain office. Thorpe immediately left his Barnstaple home in southwest England for the London trip amid indications that the bar- gaining at 10 Downing Street will centre on the question of establishing a minority or coalition government. Heath suffered a final- election blow today with the announcement that the Conservative Scottish seat at Argyll fell to the Scottish Nationalists who will have a record seven members in Parliament. Heath, who had 323 members at the time of dissolution of the last 630-seat Parliament, will enter the 635- seat Parliament March 12 with 296. Harold Wilson's Labor party will be strengthened with 301 members, up from 287 at dissolution, while the Liberals will have 14, up from 11. Other groups, including the Scottish Nationalists, will have a total of 24. They also include two Welsh Nationalists and 11 hard-line Ulster Unionists and an Ulster Catholic Social Democrat. In bygone years, the Union- ists supported the Conservatives at Westminster and wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill depended on them for solid backing. But with Heath pushing for a more balanced political structure in Northern Ireland that would give Catholics more au- thority, the Protestant Unionists have tended to split with Westminster Tories. Nevertheless, it appeared that Heath, faced with a deepening economic crisis threatening the future of Britain, may seek to govern with Britain's first minority administration in 45 years. Heath had an audience with the Queen Friday after it be- came evident that neither the Tories nor Labor would obtain a clear election majority. Youth flees police, in five-car smashup A young city man's fear of being arrested for not paying three parking tickets led him to flee police and cause a five- car smashup in downtown Lethbndge Friday night Roy Sackman. 21. 308 12th St C N.. was fined 1200 and had his drivers' licence suspended for three months after he pleaded guilty in provincial court today to a Criminal Code charge of dangerous driving. Friday night's chase began when police spotted Sackman driving at 3rd Avenue and 6iti Street S. A warrant for his arrest was outstanding after he failed to answer to court summonses on traffic tags. When they attempted to apprehend Sackman, he drove through several alleys and streets trying to elude his pursuers. At 4th Avenue and 7tii Street S.. Sackman drove through a red light and was hit by an eastbound car. The Sackman vehicle went oat of control and collided with three parked cars He was treated and released from hospital. A damage estimate is not available.