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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 26 _ THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID Iliutsdoy, Morch 8, 1973------- No justice in Dr. Craig case EDMONTON' (CP) A re- port commissioned by the Al- berta human rights and civil liberties association says just- ice was not (lone in tlie seizure of medical files and the laying of criminal charges against an Edmonton doctor treating drug addicts and alcoholics. The report, released Wednes- day, says the Dr. John David Craig caso higlUights a press- ing need for a royal commis- sion to study human rights in INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSS1TER AGENCIES no. ESTABIISHED !9U lower Fbor S17 4lh Avo. S. Phono 327-1541 Albertn, particularly the fvmc-! tioning and structure of (he lower court system. Dr. Craig, a British- born physician, operates a store- front medical practice in Ed- monton's skid road area. In January, 1972, he became the centre of a civil rights con- troversy as a result of police seizure of his files and charg- es against him of fraud and later, causing death by crim- inal negligence. SERIOUS UUEAKDOWS The report, prepared by An- drew Sims, a 24-year-old second-year University of Al- berta law student; says the Craig affairs suggests a serious breakdown at several points in due process of law. Mr. Sims spent more than hours writing the report and conducting more than _ 50 interviews with people associat- ed with the three aspects of the matter: inquests into the deaths of Iw-o drug users, fraud charg- es, arid the, four criminal neg- ligence charges. Mr. Sims nolcls a bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from the University of Alberta and has been active in the last two years as a dir- ector of the university's student legal services. In the report, Mr. Sims says the case served to so badly shake public confidence in just- ice that strong corrective mea- sures are needed. The case began Jan. 17, when city police arrested Dr. Craig and used search war- rants to seize all his documents. He was charged with nine counts of fraud relating to al- leged false billings made to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission. Bail was set at cash. Dr. Craig had only with him and spent several hours in jail before friends could raise the additional funds. On Jan. 19, Provincial Court Judge Lucien Mayuard denied an application to have the doc- tor's office files returned or sealed. Five days later Mr. Justice W. R. Sinclair of the Alberta Supreme Court order- ed the records sealed and turn- ed over to the court. On Jan. 31, Supreme Court Justice Andree Dcchene order- ed all documents returned to Dr. Craig with the exception ot nine files pertaining to the fraud charges. A month later Chief Trial Justice J. V. H. Mil- vain quashed the search war- rants used to seize the material and ordered the nine remain- ing files returned. Tho fraud charges were even- tually dropped after tlw crown allowed Dr. Craig to be re- manded more than the maxi- mum eight days without first obtaining the consent of defence counsel. In his report, Mr. Sims rais- es, some "matters of concern" regarding the fraud charges. He said neither the Health Care Insurance Commission nor the Royal College of Pysicians and Surgeons knew or took parr laying the charges. SIMPSONS bears Count the features Compare this Coldspot's price Our price is No running alloived Family-size, 13.7 cu. ft with 105-lb. freezer capacity. True zero" freezing Completely Froslless. Never needs defrosting in either section Adjustable shelves, meat keeper and twin, moisture-sealed crispers Separate temperature controls Butter compartment. Easy-reach door shelves. Moulded egg rack Odour-free porcelain interior Hi-style interior colour trim New'sculptured'Woodgrain handles In decorator colors 410 more. Sure-footed Charlie Smilh walks carefully along a gfrder high above the ground at construction site in Mississauga, west of Toronto. When completed the building will house an automated mail processing plant to service Metropolitan Toronto. DES ban extension requested Herald Legislature Burean EDMONTON The provin- cial government has asked the federal government to extend the ban of the artificial growth stimulant DES to meat coming into the country, Agriculture Minister Hugh Homer told the legislature. Dr. Homer said technical people in his department have found alfalfa and products of that plant to be a better growth stimulant than the chemicali suspected of producing cancer. Former Social Credit agricul- ture minister Henry Ruste ask- ed if the ban on the chemical is to be altered since DES is only banned in parts of the United States. Dr. Horncr said "We've had pretty extensive discussions with the federal agriculture de- partment in relation to all growth stimulants. Wo feel very strongly that because of the ban in Canada, meat coming in from the United States shpul< also be banned if they continu to use the implant." The minister said "If we ar going to be in the -world mea market then we'd better get better growth stimulant ha DES." i He said alfalfa has bee proved a superior growth slim ulant to livestock than DES. Long-term program for bottles EDMONTON (CP) The government is working on a. long-term, viable program :or recycling bottles being turned in by consumers under Al- berta's container collection sys- tem, Environment Minister Bill Yurko said Wednesday. In an interview, Mr. Yurko brushed aside claims by Don Dixon, director of Project Re- cycling in Calgary, that the re- cycle theme being used by the environment department in pro- moting the container collection system is inaccurate and mis- leading. Mr. Dixon said most of the wirx) and liquor bottles being collected through a deposit-re- fund collection system are be- ing disposed of in landfill sites and are rot being recycled. He said Project Recycling, a non-profit organization that has been recycling tin cans, paper, cloth and glass for more tlian a ear, had offered its Calgary ivarehouse and staff to help the overnmsnt carry out its public ommitment to recycle bottles but its offer had been rejected. PATIENCE URGED Mr. Yurko said broken wine and liquor bottles now are be- ng disposed of hi landfill sites )ut "we've only been in opera- ion two months and people lave to have a little patience." He said negotiations are in progress with a private firm hat could soon begin stockpil- .ng crushed and broken glass "or future use. Mr. Yurko said Project Re- cycling is not a viable opera- tion. It operated last year on a provincial grant and this year was operating on a largo federal local Initiatives projects grant. 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