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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 3, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta HOLE NEW OUTLOOK WormVeye view of Gas- town district provides Vancouver conslruction worker Gerome Pichs with o look at some of Ihe oldest buildings in the city. Trench is for underground wiring. enibeszlcrnejit continues Soviet corruption drives fruitless THIRD SECTION Letlibridge, Alberta, Friday, March 3, 1972 PACKS 13-24 Sweeping political measures Irish peace steps hinted By HAROLD MORRISON LONDON (CP) As more as- sassinations arc committed in Northern Ireland, speculation grows that Uic British govern- ment :s preparing sweeping po- litical measures in a desperate attempt to bring peace to the six counties. Tho lafel is today's fronl- ..By DEV MURARKA London Observer Service MOSCOW of the social evils, fairly widespread in the Soviet Union but rarely talked about, is petty pilfering arid embezzlement. Using an office envelope for private correspondence, mak- ing a personal call by oifice telephone, are minor examples of such abuses, but in the So- viet Union even these arc- con- sidered more serious than in other societies, partly because everything is owned by the S'iale. So it is always a theft of State property. Millions of roubles are lost in this way from public funds and he authori- campaigns from time to time ties inaugurate against such acts. The more realistic Russians readily admit that these campaigns hardly make any difference. One such campaign ia under way now. PUBLISH STORY A few days ago the govern- ment newspaper Izveslia pub- lished the story of an electri- cian working at a flour mill. The story was told iu a letter by the electrician, Alexei Mos- tovoi. Ho claimed that when he started working at the mill he noticed that when leaving work, Lawy er's fee to client cut TORONTO (CP) A Toronto lawyer who charged a woman in fees to defend her hus- band on a non-capilal murder charge, although the man never rtood trial, has had his fee re- duced to The deci s i o n was revealed Wednesday in a written judg- ment by William C. McBridc, the Ontario Supreme Court's taxing officer who mediates dis- putes over fees between law- yers mid their clients. Hilda Da ilirte of Toronto, whoso husband was sent to a mental institution, was billed in fees and expenses by Lawyer Murray Herman. Mr. Herrnpn's hourly charge of was descriliod as "clearly inde- fensible" in the judgment. Mr. McBride said of the total hill was Mr. Herman's fees. He said he had no jurisdic- tion over the remaining most of which the lawyer had paid to a private detective. The judgment also said it was "utterly incomprehensible" xvhy Mr. Herman paid the balance ot a retainer fee he re- ceived from Mrs. Dailide with a cheque jointly payable to her and her husband. This meant she could not have recovered the money if her husband hadn't agreed, to endorse the cheque. The judgment said the only explanation seemed to be "that tho solicitor suffered from a lit of petulance when he was fired by Mrs. Dnilide about two months after he took the case which arose from the fatal slxtoting of a man identified in (he judgment only as Jasiunas near Klayncr, Ont., in Decem- ber, 1970. almost everybody took two to three kilograms ot Hour home every day. They carried it in their bags openly past the checking point. He was aston- ished. Soon enough, he was urged by his colleagues to do the same, but he refused because he con- sidered it wrong. Tliis resulted in tension between him and other workers, some of whom accused him of being a secret service man sent lo keep watch upon them. The director of the factory complained that other workers were accusing him of being lazy and uncooperative and his protests about the syt- tematic stealing of flour ignored. Even the militia would not take up the matter. It is gen- erally accepted that anyone who does not join in such ac- tivities is to be despised and pitied. So in the end he decided to write the whole story to Izves- tia. While printing Mostovoi's letter, Izvestia added an edi- torial note which said that all the charges made by Mostovoi were found to be correct by its own correspondent who was sent out to investigate the story. It is not clear, however, whether any action has been taken by the authorities. Pravda Feb. 12 published nn interview with (he First tary of the Rostov Region Com- munist Party in which the ques- tion of how to discourage pil- fering and. embezzlement is dis- cussed. It appears that the party organisation has called in sociologists f r o m a neighbour- ing university to advise them in formulating a policy. SOME FACTS Their 'investigation., though not made public, turned up some interesting facts. One of them was that 75 per cent of petty embezzlement is commit- ted by people in their own of- fices or factories, mostly dur- ing tlieir first year there. Tile Party secretary went on to fcxpiam that most of these crimes were the result of a consumer attitude to society as a whole, motivated by a desire for personal gain. He suggested that the root cause of the trou- ble was mismanagement. Dis- cipline was lax very otteu parsons were given responsibili- ties for which they were not suitable. He cited a factory where the cashier was in the habit of leav- ing money openly on the table and leaving the doors of the room unlocked if he went out temporarily. Nothing happened for a long time, 1hen one day someone stole a big sum. He also cited a brick works in Ak- saisk, also in the Rostov region, where the director and his dep- uty systematically made monev' by writing off perfectly sound bricks as unusable ones and then selling them privately. What makes such crimes dif- ficult to detect and bring the criminals to court is the strong sense of comradeship, especial- ly at factories. Groups will go to almost any lengths lo cover the tracks of an individual. The management often turns a blind eye to what is going on right under its noses. Many of them do not even keep a proper in- ventory of property and goods, so these steadily diminish by theft leaving no record. Though Ihe authorities will deny it, in many pilfering is permitted as a de- liberate fringe benefit. At the flour mill it is quite possible that, unable to retain his workers or finr' replace- ments, the management has re- sorted to encouraging the staff lo take a certain quantity of flour away. This may also be because the management is un- able lo provide wages beyond what is laid down by regula- tions and these wages may not be sufficient to attract workers. So the management writes off n certain quantity of flour as pro- duction loss and retains the workers. Tne trouble arises when such an understanding is not made public and everybody is made lo feel that a certain degree of corruption is acceptable-, even respectable, in the eyes of management The authorities are at their wits' end how to cope with the problem. Since they cannot change the altitude of the peo- ple, their main concern appears to ho not to slop corruption, but to prevent its further growth. underground tests. "S N-plan GENEVA (Heuter) Canada fold the 25-nalion Geneva dis- armament conference today lhat, in view of the apparent lack of real interest by the United Stales and Soviet Union in an underground nuclear weapon test ban, the conference should work towards a morato- rium on nuclear testing as a partial solution, Canadian Amhasador George Ignatieff said 'interim mea- sures of restraint are better than none at all." These could include a reciprocal commit- ment by the two countries now conducting underground tests, the United States and the Soviet Union, to significantly reduce the size and number of their lesls, or Ihe moratorium. The latler could be o! a fixed duration with its continuation beyond a specific date made conditional on either the adher- page report in The Daily Mail, a staunch government sup- Iiortcr, that Prime Minister Heath may IK toying with the idea of dismantling the 50-year- pld Stormont Parliament and imposing direct government from London. Such rumors run contrary to Heath's declared support for the Brian Faulkner Unionist admin- istration. Nevertheless, there are indi- t cations the British cabinet is considering proposals to bring Roman Catholics into (he all- Protestant Stormont govern- encc of all nuclear testing pow- ers, including France and China, to the moratorium or on their taking part in substantive negotiations a comprehen- sive nuclear test ban including ment and ease internment of Catholic extremists. One Heath aide said tht new political package will not he ready for announcement this week but may come next week. The Guardian says the pack- age will include plans for a ref- erendum in Ulster on unification of Ireland as well as proposals "for some sort of community government." Stormont officials said any at- tempt by (he Heath administra- tion to terminate the Protes- tant-dominated Stormont Parlia- ment and administration from London would arouse great anger among Ulster Prot- estants who outnumber the Catholics two to one. Warnings are heard of a Prot- estant backlash that might make the present guerrilla war- fare of the Irish Republican Army seem like child's play in comparison. But there appears to he questions among more moderate Protestants whether, in fact, tile backlash would in- clude sustained violence. However, there is still soma doubt that Healh would deliber- ately pull the nig from beneath Faulkner's feet. A more moder- ate package seems likely. Private B.C. club drops out of charter flight business VANCOUVER (CP) British Columbia's largest private club, the B.C. Automobile Associa- tion, has become a casualty of the tough regulations and in- tense competition in the charter flight business. "We've dropped out of the charter flight Frank Barclay, general manager of the association, said in a telephone interview here. The association entered the charter flight business several- years ago, organizing flights to the United Kingdom. Sticking strictly to interna- tional air regulations limiting such flights to bona fide club members, the association built the business up to 20 flights to the U.K. by 1970. Then it was tripped up by a rarely-invoked regulation stipulating that or- ganizations of more than members were not eligible to fly charters to the U.K. The British government, act- ing at the behest of its state- owned British Overseas Air- ways withdrew landing rights for association flights. The association rescheduled flights to Brussels, wliich meant passengers had to make their own way across the Engh'sh Channel. Only 12 flights were scheduled in 1971 and the club made arrangements for only five this year. Bookings for the five (lights were welt below capacity, and the association last month quietly cancelled its 1972 flights and refunded deposits. "We've been able to arrange seats on other flights for all members who signed up with us said Mr. Barclay. Air industry sources say a key factor in the association's charter flight problems has been its rigid adherence to charter regulations governing membership. 11 consistently refused lo seats on its flights for persons seeking membership at the last minute in order to teke advantage of cheap charier fares. Mr. Barclay said the associa- tion wouldn't bend the rales "one way or the other." "We regard ourselves as a reputable business." Unemployment payments jiunp OTTAWA (CP) Unemploy- ment insurance benefit pay- ments jumped (o nearly million in December from million in November, 1971, Sta- tistics Canada reported here. 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