Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 3, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Forecast high Thursday 25-30 The Lethbridge Herald ? ? ? ? * VOL. LXIV - No. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 3, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS 34 PAGES Drugs (3) World full of social crutches By JIM WILSON Herald Staff Writer There is only a certain measure of social and emo-tional pressure human beings can take before having to do something to alleviate it. Unfortunately, the pressures are rapidly increasing today, and more and more people are finding their own personal ways to opt out. Sometimes, of course we can work hard, put on a different attitude and bail ourselves out of our problems. And no doubt some fortunate people are relatively happy throughout their lives and never have to meet overwhelming pressure head-on. But for the rest, the world is full of crutches. If our hangup is social insecurity, we drink at parties so we can "get with it." And sometimes, the other kinds of pressures turn us into alcoholics, because a drunken stupor becomes more attractive than facing the reality of our real lives. A few people, both men and women, escape (drop out) by becoming freight-hopping hoboes. Some drop out of sight, change their names and start new and less-complicated lives. Increasing numbers decide they don't want either to face reality or to escape from it: they commit suicide. In Los Angeles more people die in suicide than in car accidents. Other escapes Other people have other escapes - overeating, development of martyr complexes, use of medically-prescribed tranquilizers, development of an all-encompassing faith in religion. Alcohol has been with man as a form of escape since prehistoric times, and perhaps so have other drugs. The earliest - recorded mention of marijuana is in a Chinese encyclopedia of drugs written for Emperor Shen Nung about 2727 B.C. Its use spread from China to India and then North Africa, partly compliments of Marco Polo. It was probably picked up in Egypt by Napoleon's troops at the beginning of the 19th century, and taken to western Europe. Marijuana started to become popular in Canada and the U.S. about 1920, and has become increasingly common throughout the world. A United Nations survey in 1950 estimated that 200 million people used marijuana, and estimates today range up to 400 million, including perhaps two million Canadians. Social crutch Today marijuana, hashish and other soft drugs are becoming the younger generation's social crutch, and because of their illegality and the emotionalism surrounding them, durgs are also a youthful badge worn to differentiate the user from the "straight" world around him. And - whether or not drugs are physically harmful - they're used in the same way as any other crutch. They relax a person after or during an emotionally tense situation. They act as a social stimulant at a party. They lead to fellowship in a small group, when everyone "turns on." They also, increasingly, are the psychological reaction to the other pressures around - fear of the future, the inability to find a job and a host of other factors, the loss of success, failure. It matters not that many of these problems can be solved in other ways: most of us don't think so logically. Just as the alcoholic loses himself in alcohol abuse to escape from reality, so do some (but by no means all) drug users. The rate at which alcoholism is rising is just as disastrous as the rate at which drug abuse is rising - including overuse of tranquilizers, aspirin and others, as well as marijuana. These abuses point to social problems, many of which are difficult for older people to comprehend, but equally many of which are difficult for younger people to understand. Many changes If you're more than 40 years old, almost as many social and scientific changes have taken place since you were born as took place during the 50,000 years before you were born. And the next 10 years will again double all of those changes. As sociologist Alvin Toffler says in his book Future Shock: "The assertion that the world has 'gone crazy,' the graffiti slogan that says 'reality is a crutch,' the interest in hallucinogenic drugs, the enthusiasm for astrology and the occult, the search for truth in sensation, ecstasy and 'peak experience,' the swing toward extreme subjectivisim, the attacks on science, the snowballing belief that reason has failed man, reflect the everyday experience of masses of ordinary people who can no longer cope rationally with change." Younger people may turn to drugs; their parents have turned to alcohol and tranquilizers; and most of the rest of us have turned for our escape to the new opiate of the masses: endless hours spent watching the vast and mindless wasteland of television. They are all used to dull the aches and turmoils of the mjnri, _� insurance Trudeau guard tightened as homes bombed rumors buzz in London LONDON (AP) - While 800,000 car owners caught in the collapse of Britain's second largest auto insurance firm scrambled for new coverage, London buzzed with rumors today about more failures. One newspaper reported another 100,000 motorists could be hit in the next three months by insurance company failures. Another said at least seven motor insurance firms were targets of speculation. There were no firm facts to back up the rumors. "This sort of thing is inevitable when a major company like Vehicle and General collapses," said Gordon Hayman, chairman of the Federation of Insurance Brokers. Government officials would say only that "all companies are being scrutinized as part of a continuing process." John Davies, secretary of trade and industry, told the House of Commons that the government was checking to see whether changes must be made in laws covering insurance companies. Vehicle and General Insurance Co. and five- associated firms, which collapsed Monday, had been put under 30-day notice to cease singing new policies by Davies just five days earlier. OWNERS AGITATED Average car owners in Britain were the agitated losers in the closing down of Vehicle and General. The company insured one in 10 of all British private motorists. They stormed the offices of insurance firms and brokers, lining up for hours to buy protection so they could drive their cars. Their policies with Vehicle and General were virtually worthless, providing only the legal minimum of coverage for third-party damage. That meant that if they had an accident, they might have to pay for the damage to their own cars. TORONTO (CP) - Provincial police will take extra security precautions when Prime Minister Trudeau arrives later today as a result of the smoke-bombing of the homes of two prominent businessmen, apparently in protest against federal government policies on Quebec. Mr. Trudeau is to attend a Liberal party fund-raising dinner chaired by one of the businessmen. An anonymous caller telephoned local newspapers and radio stations around midnight Tuesday night to warn that "two grenades" would be exploded in the Forest Hill area as a demonstration against the Trudeau government and the capitalist system. A CBC radio news editor, Laszlo Bastyovanszki, received a telephone call about an hour after the bombings when a caller played a tape recording of a woman's voice saying the action was a "threat and warning" to the federal government over "its actions in connection with French-Canadians." HEAVY ESCORT An itinerary for Mr. Trudeau's visit has not been announced. A provincial police motorcycle escort will guard the Tru- deau motorcade into Toronto after arrival at Toronto International Airport. Included will be about three dozen RCMP, OPP and Metropolitan Toronto plain clothes officers. Other provincial police will be stationed on overpasses and on Highway 401 along the route to downtown Toronto. "Because of the bombs we naturally need more men," said Chief Inspector Al Duguid, head of the special services branch of the provincial police. The bombs, preceded by bricks which broke the windows, damaged a carpet and curtains in the home of Leon Weinstein, director of consumer relations for Loblaw Groceterias Co. Ltd., and a rug in the home of Neil J. McKinnon, chairman of the board of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. Speculation growing about federal ballot ^^^^^^^ Nixon visit seen BOMBING VICTIMS - Leon Weinstein, (left), director of consumer relations for Loblaw* Groceterias Co., Ltd., Neil J. McKinnon, chairman of the board of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, were both the victims of smoke bombs which were thrown into their homes in Toronto early Wednesday morning. Damage was light and no one was injured In the incidents which police said happened within seven minutes of each other. Fire damages government Dock Walkout buiidmg get f or sumjay OTTl?.Rirn (nP"\ - Pirn Mrlw *^ OTTAWA (CP) - A visit to Ottawa by U.S. President Nixon sometime this year "would be logical" but no plans have yet been made, the prime minister's office said today. A spokesman was commenting on a Montreal newspaper report that such a visit was in the planning stage. He said that Prime Minister Trudeau invited President Nixon to visit Canda two years ago when the prime minister was in the U.S. Reciprocal visits by U.S. and Canadian heads of state are normally the rule, the spokesman said. In addition, 1972 will be an election year in the U.S., making this year a more likely year for President Nixon to come to Canada. The spokesman said there has been no discussion of a visit since Mr. Trudeau's invitation. 6 66 QUEBEC (CP) - Fire early today destroyed the 28th floor of a new Quebec government building, being constructed as an annex to the national assembly. The 32-storey structure was to be ready by summer. About 60 firemen battled the blaze, and had to take a building elevator up to the 20th floor before they were able to use their hoses. A fire department spokesman said the blaze apparently was caused by an electrical defect which sparked an explosion of an oil furnace used to harden cement. No estimate of damage was available. HALIFAX (CP) - The Halifax Dockyard Trades and Labor Council announced today that 1,700 dockyard workers will strike the federal government at 3:01 a.m. EST Sunday. The men voted overwhelmingly Tuesday in favor of strike action to back their demands in contract talks with the federal treasury board. The statement, released by the council, said a meeting of the national executive will be held Thursday, to raitify the decision to strike Sunday. The difference in wages that would be paid east coast workers and those in Esquimau,, is the major issue in the contract dispute. The government's offer would have given the East Coast workers $1 an hour less than rates received by West Coast dockyard employees. 'What's your dad unemployed at?' Missies fired in Asia Seen and heard About town SENIOR high student Gary Jones committed to wearing a neck tie for the first time, getting a lesson on how to tie one from a sympathetic neighbor . . . George Guntin finding out to his chagrin that it is not always possible to pick the small amounts on a raffle board . . . Caen Bly and Jerry Holland strutting their stuff after The Old Gals defeated the young ones in a recent basketball game. SAIGON (AP) - North Vietnamese crews fired surface-to-air missiles into the skies over South Vietnam Tuesday for the first time in the Indochina war, the U.S. command disclosed. The 37-foot-long SAM-2 missiles were fired at three US. planes supporting the South Vietnamese ground drive to disrupt the Ho Chi Minh trail network in Laos. The U.S. command said none of the planes was damaged. The Russian-built missiles have a range of about 30 miles. South Vietnamese headquarters announced it had thrown 2,000 marines into the Laotian operation to boost its strength across the border to 18,000 men. Heavy fighting raged today in Laos, at Hill 30, a South Vietnamese post eight miles north- west of the border outpost of La Bao. Headquarters said North Vietnamese troops a t- Toivn fined for using farm gasoline LEDUC (CP) - The town of Leduc was fined $100 Tuesday for using farm gasoline in its vehicles. Town secretary W. A. Bell pleaded guilty for the town in provincial judge's court. The charge followed a routine roadside check of a town vehicle. There is a 14-cent a gallon difference between regular gas and colored farm gas. tacked behind a mortar barrage but lost 98 men during a 10-hour fight. Saigon said it had one man killed. The U.S. command said eight American helicopters were shot down over Laos today, bringing to 30 the number downed in the country since the South Vietnamese invasion began Feb. 8. U.S. warplanes roamed over wide areas of Indochina in an intensified campaign to ease pressure on nearly 40,000 South Vietnamese ground troops in Laos and Cambodia. One F-105 fighter-bomber attacked a SAM site 10 miles north of the demilitarized zone before dawn today when it threatened another flight of U.S. planes bombing along the Ho Chi Minh trail, the U.S. command said. Thief picks mechanical brain OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A 29-y e a r -o 1 d computer company expert has been accused of dialling into the mechanical brain run by a rival firm and stealing information by phone. Police said Hugh Jeffry Ward, who works for the University Computing Co. of Palo Alto, Calif., had been charged with grand theft. Disclosing the case Tuesday, Detective Sgt. Terry Green said the looted com- puter was a Uiu'v'ac at Information Systems Design, Inc., of Oakland. He said Information Systems became suspicious when one of its legitimate customers received some unordered information and the Univac began spitting out data cards without apparent reason. CODE INVOLVED Information Systems rents its computer's services on a time basis. Firms calling are supposed to identify themselves with a special code and account number when dialling the Univac. Green said " a program" was taken from the Univac. He did not disclose what the information was, but indicated a trade secret was involved. Ward, ordered to appeal- in court Thursday, was charged with grand theft because Information Systems figured be used $21,000 worth of the Uni-vac's time. Greene said a check of phone records showed a call had been made from Ward's firm in Palo Alto at the same time the unauthorized data was stolen from the computer. Police went to University Computing and made a search Feb. 19. Police said evidence obtained in Ward's office corresponded with the program stolen Jan. 19 from the Oakland firm. By DAVE McINTOSH OTTAWA (CP) - Speculation has grown here in the last week that Prime Minister Trudeau will call a federal election this fall, possibly Monday, Oct. 18. Though the decision rests with Mr. Trudeau, some Liberal party insiders are forecasting the issue on which he would call a contest. Their prediction goes like this: The government will introduce legislation in May embodying its new system of imposing personal and corporation income taxes. Among these tax changes will be one, included in the government's originial white paper on the subject, which would lop some 750,000 low-income persons off the tax rolls. The legislation presumably will contain other features to which the Conservatives and other opposition parties will take strong objection, as they did to the white paper. This, so the prediction goes, will force the opposition into a filibuster operation and drag debate on the legislation beyond the planned late June Commons adjournment and into July or August. Mr. Trudeau then could say the opposition was blockading a bill especially important to lower-income citizens and impose closure or call an election on the issue or both. 60 DAYS NEEDED It requires about 60 days notice for an election. A parliamentary dissolution in mid-August would mean an elec-1 tion about mid-October. Speculation does not focus exclusively on a fall election. Far from it. Many MPs say they expect Mr. Trudeau to wait the normal four-year span between elections. The last contest was in June, 1968. Doug Rowland, NDP MP for Selkirk, said at a news conference Tuesday-the subject was next month's NDP leadership convention-that he is getting prepared for an October election this year. If it doesn't come then, he predicted, it will be in June or October, 1972. In any event, both the Conservatives and NDP say they are getting ready for an election for any time from now on. The Conservatives, incidentally, have a policy conference scheduled for Ottawa Oct. 14-17. A source close to Mr. Trudeau said the prime minister will not call an election this year unless there is an opposition filibuster on an important piece of legislation. Passengers shaken up TORONTO (CP) - Ten persons were injured Tuesday night when an Air Canada DC-8 jet from Edmonton hit severe air turbulence on its approach to Toronto International Airport. Air Canada officials did not immediately release the names of the crew members or 39 passengers. Four stewardesses were listed in satisfactory condition at H u m b e r Memorial Hospital. They were Maureen Lannen, 21, of Toronto; Jean Blanch, 21, St. Catharines, Ont; Linda Todd, 22, Montreal; and Dianne Mc-Gowan, 24, Victoria. Also injured was Edmonton businessman John Vandenberg, 32, who despite head cuts and five cracked ribs, went to the aid of one stewardess who was bleeding and unconscious. Her name was not immediately available. CLAUDE FLY Kidnap victim 1� MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (Reuter) - American soil expert Claude Fly was in hospital today in serious condition with heart damage following his release by left-wing guerrillas after nearly eight months in captivity. Fly, 65, seized by the Tupa-maros last Aug. 7, was left at the door of the British Hospital here Tuesday night in a stolen Volkswagen delivery van after the guerrillas kidnapped a well-known heart specialist to examine him. The Associated Press quoted the heart specialist as telling hospital personnel when they wheeled Fly in: "You must be careful with him. He has suffered a heart attack and his condition is delicate." A hospital spokesman said Fly was still being examined but bis condition remained serious. U.S. Ambassador Charles Adair, who went to the hospital to confirm the identity of Fly, said he would have to rest for three or four weeks. Adair said Fly had told him In a brief conversation that he was happy to be free again after 208 days in a small cell. HAD RELAPSE As police put together fragments of the bizarre circumstances of Fly's release, it became apparent that Fly suffered a relapse of a chronic heart ailment eight days ago. His Tupamaro captives gave him medical attention but then decided that an expert opinion was needed to determine the seriousness of the illness. Motion thrown out MONTREAL (CP) - Mr. Justice Marcel Nichols today rejected a mistrial motion from Paul Rose, 27-year-old former teacher on trial for non-capital murder of Labor Minister Pierre Laporte. Rose had alleged that there was an irregularity during jury selection Feb. 8. The judge cited legal precedents indicating that an accused should have a new trial in the event of an irregularity which infringed on his rights. However, he continued, "if there was an irregularity, it was not a serious error." "I do not see how the accused was deprived of a fair trial by the rejection of a jury candidate who might have been partial to the Crown." Mr. Justice Nichols also noted that both Rose and his legal adviser, Pierre Cloutier, were present in court Feb. 8 when jury selection took place.