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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta NO INTERFERENCE IN THREINEN CASE Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Attorney-General Mcrv Lcilcli said Tuesday the Threinen case is a federal matter and the provincial government won't get involved. David Ttu'einen of Lethbridge spent eight months in jail wailing for disposition ol a non-capital murder charge and was iinaliy cleared. Almost 20 hours after being released he was re- arresifid for review o{ a parole sentence that hs had previously been serving for another charge. Art Dixon Millican) asked in tlie leg- islature if the attorney-general, would intercede on Mr. Threinen's behalf and perhaps appeal for the eight months served waiting to be applied against the earlier sentence. Mr. Leitch replied "If it's a revocation of parole, which I believe it to have been, it's solely within the federal government's jurisdiction.' VIC cheaters live it up on ski slopes By RICHAHD JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA While insisting there is no "blitz" against unemployment insurance cheats, Manpower Minister Andras told the Commons Tuesday that the rate of disqualification of U1C claims has been run- ning as high as G5 per cent. Of claims filed for benefits, reported the minister, were disqualified on investigation. He emphasized that only slightly more than 10 per- cent of UIC claims were being probed, and those only in centres where there are both unemployed and job vacancies. Nobody would protest there should be no investi- gation oE claims, he related, when it was learned, in one probe in Calgary and Edmonton, that 32 people on unemployment insurance had asked that their benefits be mailed to a certain post office box. "The box proved to be the Banff Springs he reported, "and 29 of those claimants were disquali- fied" for haying gone skiing at a luxury Rocky Moun- tain resort at the expense of the Canadian taxpayer. Conservative MP Lincoln Alexander of Hamilton West agreed "cheats and chiselers must ue weeded out." But he was concerned that UIC investigators in their drive against this massive fraud, might "hound and harass the honestly unemployed legitimately look- ing for work." He felt the basic fault was with the UIC legisla- tion which tlie Opposition had warned almost invited "fraud and abuse." He was upset, too, thai UIC investigators, looking into Uie claims o{ only of Toronto-Hamilton's unemployed, had disqualified John Rodriguez, New Democratic MP for the Nickel Belt protested that the figures 'of fraud only "fed tie fires of reaction" against unemployment insurance. He was convinced, he said, that the 32 jobless who had gone skiing at Banff on their UIC money, formed "only a small percentage of cheats." He too, like Mr. Alexander was worried about UIG investigators "pushing too hard." And he cited the case of a Sudbury district pro- fessor who after working for two years at a year, lost his position and claimed UIC benefits. Because he specified he wanted another a year job, the UIC probers told him he was "limiting his job opportunities" and cut Irim oft the benefit list, Mr .Andras reported laying down these ground rules: 1. Investigators must be tactful and courteous. 2. The use of "leading questions" to trap cheats is "strongly condemned." 3. Particular oi claimants must be recognized and help given them. There arc also ground rules for claimants to qualify for benefits: 1. Thsy must be "capable of and available for suitable work" or provide such a legitimate excuse as illness at injury. 2. The "may be required to prove they are actively seeking registering at Manpower Centres or at union hiring halls for jobs. Even where the prospects of work are all but hopeless, UIC benefits caimot go on indefinitely. VOL. LXVI No. 79 The Lethbridge Herald LETHBR1DGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS FOUR SECTIONS '-56 PAGES Little support for oil scheme PoW son to be freed Bill Barnet of Medicine Hat poses with, o pholo of his son, United Slates Colonel Robert Barrietl, 43, who will be released from a North Vietnamese prisoner of war camp Wednesday. Col. Barnell, who was shot down over North Vietnam S'A years ago, will be released in the Philippines and returned to his wife and 13-year-old daughter in Los Angeles. Cars 10 per cent higher OTTAWA (CP) New Demo- cratic Party complaints that Canadian-made cars cost 10 per cent more here than in the United Stales received slron g support from an unexpected quarter Tuesday, Conservative Terry O'Connor Bill planned to ban taxing of senior housing projects Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The provin- cial government will introduce legislation in the next few weeks to prohibit municipali- ties taxing public senior citi- zens' accommodation, Munic- ipal Affairs'Minister Dave Rus- sell told the legislature Tues- day. The move foltoivs a con- troversy in which the City of Edmonton decided to tax senior citizens housing, he said. Replying to Ashley Cooper (SC Mr. Russell also said the through the Alberta Housing Corporation is considering participation in a new federal public housing plan. Federal .Urban Affairs ItSnis- ter Ron Basford Monday an- nounced a scheme to encourage a mix of low and midclle- iucome housing in apartment and town house projects. NO MORATORIUM However, Mr. Russell told Art Dixon, (SC Calgary Milli- can) that tlie provincial gov- err.ment is not considering a moratorium on senior citizen rents. Mr. Dixon said rents havo been increased to senior citi- zens living in the Baker House public housing complex in Cal- gary. (Hallon) made public in the Commons an annual report lo the United States Cong.-ess on the result of tha 19G3 Canada- U.S. auto pact. It showed that although the price gap had closed between 1965 and 1971, this trend had beer reversed in 1972. Mr. O'Connor said the report had not yet been made public ill the U.S. The report indicated that Ca- nadian wholesale prices in 1972 on a .typical eight-cylinder se- dan was 10.9 per cent more than in (lie U.S. The 1971 differ- ential was 9.8 per cent, the 1970 gap 13.9 per; cent and the 1905 difference 18.5 per cent. The U.S. report clearly stole some of the thunder Irom an NDP motion by Ted Broadbent (Os'iawa-Whitby) that called for removal of a -15-per-cent duty on cars imported by individuals from the U.S., so Canadians could cross the border to buy vehicles. Canadians now were paying to more for the same models because of "excessive he said. First since act abolished New Hutterite colony at Grassy Lake liy IUC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The first Huttcrile colony es- tablished in Alberta since the abolition of the Communal Pro- perties Control Board March 1 has teen formed in the Grassy Lake district. A parcel has been purchased by the New Elm Hutterite Colony near Magrath from farmer Dave Penncr. Rev. Jacob Waldner of the OK Colony near Raymond, the leader of the Lehrcieut group of Hutterites, said it takes about two years to build, a colony. He said the number of people and the ultimate size of the col- ony couldn't be determined until the colony was completed. 51.2.) MILLION DEAL Although the purchase price was not released, speculation in district puts it at mil- lion. Arnold Platt, chairman of (lie recently implemented Hutterile liaison committee responsible for land purchase agreements fnr the religious seel, told The Herald in a telephone inter- view Tuesday Ihe establish- ment of the new colony is the only transaction to be complet- ed through to the land titles office. He said the price of the sale couldn't be released because it was a strict business transac-. tion between the Hutterites and Mr. Penner. Mr. Platt said the acres was more than tlie former max- imum set on colonies under the Communal Property Control Act but "it isn't a large farm considering that land." llr. Platt indicated the land is less Elian prime land. He said the new colony was well isolated from other colon- ies. The main reason that the land was sold to the Hutterites is that Mr. Penr.er was having some problems getting rid of it. NEW IDEAS He said the Hulterites have come up with some new ideas about how to use the land, adding, "1 think they can mako a success of it." He said other requests for new colonies and additions to further colonies are under study. About 75 per cent of the land being looked at for pur- chase by the Hutleritcs is land which they have been leasing for up lo 30 years. The idea of selling this land under lease to Huftcrites is to allow thp settlement of estates. He said they range up from quarter section parcels, averag- ing about one section in size, with the majority, in northern Alberta. "Under the present arrange- ment Mr. Platt said the liaison committee is still "feel- ing its way" any requests for new colonies or additions must come before the commit- tee. He said requests are made through a group of six elders, Hirec from each of Ihe Lehre- ieut and Dariusleut Hultarian groups. Rev. Jacob Waldner of the OK Colony is leader of the Lehreieut group and Rev. John Wurz of the Wilson Colony south of Lothbridge is leader of the Dariusletit group. NO FURTHER DEALS Mr. Platt said some of tlie land decisions brought before the liaison comrmttee are agreed to immediately. Up to' Tuesday, no further land deals had been completed through to to land titles stage. Mr. Plait spelled out some of the criteria used by the liai- son committee in establishing a decision on land sales, includ- ing: The possible effect on the community surrounding the col- ony. How the establishment of a colony will affect the schools in the surrounding district. That the land purchase won't fence another farmer off from access to his land. The reason the person sel- ling the land wants off the land. Tlie other members of Hie lia- ison commiltcs include George Whitehead of Claresholm, Rev. Waldner, Rev. Wurz, Bill Das- cavish, a member of the Na- tional Farmers Union from Mundare, Harald Gunderson, president of the Alberta School Trustees. Association from Cal- gary, Earl Nilson, a member of Unifarm from Inna and A. W. Roland, a member of Ihe Alberta Society of Municipal Districts and Counties from Minburn, Mr. Platt said the other members of the committee are now trying to settle In their own minds some type of guide- line which will assist the com- mittee. Ho said each claim to the committee is different, re- quiring different thinking so the guideline will have to be flexi- ble. "We could go back lo the strict rules of the Communal Property Control Act but that didn't he said. Mr. Plait said the spring buy- ing activities of the Hultarian sect should subside by early April. The land should be pur- chased by the end of March in order lo have time to seed the crops for the coming year. By Herald News Services A British Columbia .govern- ment proposal for a Yukon rail route to carry Alaskan oil to United States markets has drawn little support from Ot- tawa, Alberta and the United States. The plan is deficient because it would not serve oil deposits in the Canadian North, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said in Ottawa Tuesday night. In Edmonton, Premier Peter Lougheed.said that the idea of a railway to transport natural gas from tlie Arctic appeal's "completely uneconomical in every sense of the word. How- ever, the feasibility of a rail- way to transport Arctic oil to Alberta is worth much he said. DIFFICULTIES SEEN Mr. Macdonald said a rail- way or pipeline down the Mac- kenzie Valley could serve both Alaskan and northern Canadian oilfields. The Yukon Valley route was proposed to the U.S. govern, ment Tuesday by B.C. Premier David Barrett. The billion program calls for a new double-track railway from the oilfields of Proudhoe Bay, Alaska, through the Yukon to British Columbia. Oil and gas would be refined there for onward shipment by rail or pipeline to the U.S. The plan is proposed as an al- ternative to the U.S. suggestion for an oil-tanker route through the coastal waters of B.C. or a pipeline along the Mackenzie Valley in the Northwest Terri- tories. Mr. Macdonald said many impediments stand in the way of the B.C. proposal. Construc- tion of the railway would be difficult, he said, due to the mountainous nature of the Yu- kon Valley. SHORT NOTICE "Any idea is lie said, but "I don't welcome having a project presented to me Mon- day and being asked Tuesday if I accept it." The proposal had not been discussed by the federal cabi- net. If it were' ha expected to be asked what studies have been made to back it up. "There's a lot of work to ha said, to gether environment- al and oilier data regarding the feasibility of the project. The most daring deficiency of the B.C. proposal, he said, is that it would not he useful in transporting Canadim oil from deposits in the North. The Mac- ker.zie route could serve both Alaska and Canada. CRITICIZES OTTAWA Premier Barrett returned to British Columbia Tuesday night, criticizing the federal government ;or its "timidity" in not actively pushing his pro- posal. He said American response to his proposal was favorable, but the whole deal might floun- ,tier unless Ottawa takes a posi- tive stand, adding' that :he was assured in Washington that if Canada came out strongly for it, "the Americans would give serious consideration to the idea." Gov. William Egan of Alaska meanwhile rejected as impossi- ble the proposal. Egan said the proposal would present "insurmountable logis- tics problems and equally im- possible environmental ques- tions." Gov. Dan Evans of Washing- Ion said in Olympia, "Premier Barrett's proposal is an inter- esting and unique one which deserves thorough considera- tion." Slave Lake affair motion defeated EDMONTON (CP) New Democratic Party leader Grant Notley and the Social Credit op- position joined forces Tuesday but failed in an attempt to make public the files of three men investigated by the RCMP at the order'of the Alberta gov- ernment. The government which liad said the information was gathered in confidence and must remain confidential used its majority to defeat the motion. The vote came after Art Dixon (SC Calgary Millican) told the legislature the govern- ment's action in using the RCMP to gain background in- formation on Albertans "is a gi- ant step towards a knock on the door in the middle of the night." The three men investigated by the RCMP had appealed to the legislature to make the in- formation public "to help them clear their names of suspicion and doubt." "They are asking for equality before the Mr. Dixon said. "They are asking for jus- tice Alberta Ludwig (SC Cal- gary Mountain View) said he is satisfied that the government action in using the RCMP will happen again, despite the pub- lic apologies of the ministers who ordered the investigation. He said many government members have defended the action and don't think any wrong was done. Mr; Notley, who proposed the motion asking for the tabling all background information col- lected by the RCMP on the three men involved, said the question of civil liberties is at stake. He also criticized members for using the words "draft dodgers and radicals" in con- nection with the men who had been investigated. "It is net a crime to be a draft dodger and it is not a crime to be a radical." The Progressive Conserva- tive government had spoken earlier on the motion and did not participate in the debate Tuesday. Earlier, Attorney General Men' Leitch said that if gov- ernment officials or the police can't pass along their thoughts snd various pieces of informa- tion to their superiors in con- fidence, then their effectiveness is destroyed. Military buildup draivs warning WASHINGTON (AP) The White House and United States state department have issued sharp reminders to the Commu- nists after weighing evidence that Hanoi is infiltrating South Vietnam with men and heavy equipment in violation of the ceasefire agreement. Spokesmen for President Nixon and Stale Secretary Wil- liam Rogers reminded Hanoi Tuesday that the Paris pact specifically forbids an arms buildup in South Vietnam. Government intelligence sources decline to specify the number of men and the amount of material that may have crossed over, but Pentagon offi- cials earlier acknowledged that as many as North Viet- namese troops have moved down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into" Laos. Also, The Associated Press reported last month that jnora than 250 tanks had rolled down the supply trail along with sev- eral large artillery pieces, ar- mored personnel carriers and large quantities of ammunition. Any military buildup In Laos caused by another country would, in itself, violate the agreement signed in Paris Jan. 27 by the United Stales, Hanoi, Saigon and the Viet Cong. In Paris, meanwhile, (he Viet Oong issued a statement accus- ing the Saigon government of violating thp agreement by con- ducting military operations and failing lo release civilian'pris- oners. I Seen and heard About town P RISKY Ken Seaman managing a couple of fancy dance steps in the en- larged city hall coffee room. Darcy Treclie-Rickard putting his pyjama top on backwards because all the buttons were missing Gerry Van Santan confusing herself when she put both socks on her daughter's left fool. Peron barred until gotft takes over By JONATHAN KANDELL, New York Times Service BUENOS. AIRES Dr. Hec- tor J. Campora, president-elect of Argentina, said yesterday ha would shortly visit his mentor, the former president and dic- tator Juan Domingo Peron, in Madrid. The ruling military junta has forbidden Peron lo relurn to Argentina unlil after the new Peronist government takes over on May 25. The Peronisfs' team elected in Sunday's national election will assume power with the greatest popular support at th3 polls since Peron last won el- ection in 1952. Storm warnings for Montana CHICAGO (AP) Tornado- spawning thunderstorms raked a large part or the United States midseclion today while a late-winter storm heaped snow on Uie northern Rockies and spilled into the adjacent plains. Tornadoes struck south- western Missouri, central Ar- kansas and southern Illinois. Numerous twisters ivere sighted in Texas, Oklahoma and Kan- sas. Meanwhile, heavy-snow or blizzard warnings were issued for Colorado, Montana, South Dakota and most of Wyoming and Minnesota. 34 Classified Comics Ik Comment 4 r District 9, 47 22-24 Local News 18 26, 27 10-14 7 6 ___ 2 Markets Sports Theatres LOW TONIGHT 20-25 HIGH THURSDAY NEAR 45; SUNNY, ;