Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, "arch News in brief Strike rotates to Edmonton WINNIPEG (CP) The Canadian Air Line Employees Association called out Air Canada ticket and reservation employees today at Calgary, Winnipeg Edmonton Saskatoon Gander Nfld and St John s Nfld as tne union s rotating strikes con- tinued Wednesday the rotating strikes stopped passenger agent services in Sydney, N S Halifax, Saint John, N B Moncton and Fredencton The strikes also took place in Ontario at Timmins North Bay, Sudbury Thunder Bay and Sault Ste Mane J T Saunders association president said the passenger agents are protesting the lack ot progress in negotiations which began Aug 27 1973 and are currently in the mediation stage An Air Canada spokes- man in Montreal said talks would continue today in Van- couver Language policy major item QUEBEC (CP) What the government plans in the way of a language policy will be the big question of the new legislature session which gets under wa> today Speculation on such a policy s contents has centred on establishing French as the official language of the province setting up a language board providing incitement for industry to make French the language of work and obliging immigrant children to enter the French- language school system Hill to end teacher strike TORONTO (CP) After MX hours of heated debate Wednesday the Ontario legislature gave approval in principle to legislation aimed at ending a 42-day walkout by high school teachers in York region Bill 12 which imposes com- pulsory arbitration on the 667 teachers and the York County board of education passed second reading by a 57-to-29 vote with both the Liberals and New Democratic Party opposing Meanwhile the teachers de cided at an earlier meeting to postpone any action on the bill until a meeting today at 1 p m The executive of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) recom- mended that teachers return to work as employees of the federation not as employees of the school board Stans 'passed the NEW YORK (AP) Former commerce secretary Maurice Stans passed the buck to former attorney general John Mitchell when financier Robert Vesco sought help in a Security and Exchange Commission fraud inquiry a government witness says Laurence Richardson, 51 a one-time Vesco aide, has testi fied at the criminal conspiracy trial of Mitchell and Stans that Vesco made his first pitch for aid personally when he pledged a contribution to President Nixon s re election cam paign The witness said he renewed the request for help at Vesco s direction when he secretly de- livered the money in cash to Stans Richardson of Livingston N J is the former president of International Controls Corp the firm around which Vesco built a multi-bilhon- dollar global financial empire He was scheduled to return to the witness stand today TV appearance requested Joseph Rem.ro, 27, centre, followed by Russell Little, 24, both wearing white prison overalls, leave the Contra Costa courthouse in Martinez, Calif., Wednesday after a court appearance at which their attorneys asked the two prisoners be granted a national television appearance to present ideas for winning release of Patricia Hearst Judge Sam Hall says he will rule on the request Monday. The two are charged with murdering Oakland school superintendent Marcus Foster Soviet space station touches down on Mars amnesty this year' WASHINGTON (AP) -The chairman of a Congressional inquiry on the subject says he doubts amnesty for Vietnam war deserters and draft evaders will be enacted in the United States this year Three days of hearings have shown grave differences over the issue." Rep Robert Kastenmeier (Dem Wis I said in an interview "I just don t think we re close to resolving it thats all Leftovers for legal fees WASHINGTON (AP) Trustees of President Nixon s leftover campaign funds have decided to pay legal fees and expenses for former officials acquitted of criminal charges and possibly for those found guilty of misdemeanors One of the largest beneficiaries of the decision could be one of the trustees former secretary of commerce Maurice Stans who is on trial in New York Stans reported to have spent more than for legal fees participated in the trustees decision according to one of the other trustees Stans was finance director of the Nixon campaign He is one of the three trustees of S3 57 million in funds left over from the S60-million Nixon campaign Pal INixon leaves for Brazil CARACAS (AP) Pat wound up a three-day v isit to Venezuela s presidential inauguration festivities and headed south today for the installation of Gen Ernesto Geisel in Brazil The wife of U S President Nixon invited her Venezuelan host President Carlos Andrew Perez, to Washington for a state visit No date was arranged MOSCOW (Reuter) The Soviet Union landed a capsule on the surface of Mars but communication with the capsule failed as it was on its descent path Tass news agency reported today The official Soviet news agency said the capsule from the spacecraft Mars-6 landed Tuesday but radio commu- nications failed on its way down Another capsule from the Soviet Mars-7 ship did not land but passed the planet at a dis- tance of 800 miles, it added The Mars-7 capsule failed to land because of a fault in one of its onboard systems, Tass said The agency said "the de- scending apparatus of the Kad inactive leak reported RICHLAND Wash (APt 2 500 gallons of highly radioactive liquid waste have BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FflEE ESTIMATES COLLEGE M leaked into the soil around a storage tank on the Atomic Energy Commission s Hanford reservation near here a spokesman for Atlantic Richfield Hanford Co says The latest leak was dis- covered bv automatic detection equipment installed alter a massive radioactive waste leak last year The Yoho Gang Robert Stall writes about the men who guard, check, maintain and repair the most dangerous stretch of railway track in Canada. This Saturday in Weekend Magazine. The lethbridge Herald Mars-6 capsule landed on the planet s surface In December. 1971, the Soviet Mars-3 ship landed a capsule which took photographs for about 20 seconds before its systems failed The mother ship remained in Mars orbit to relay data back to earth Mars-6 one of a fleet of spaceships launched toward Mars by the Soviet Union, be- gan its landing operation two days ago and had begun transmitting scientific data on the Martian atmosphere the news agency reported Tass said the Mars-6 capsule transmitted data on the atmosphere of Mars while it was still descending, before communications broke down Earth's burst of speed has scientists puzzled TORONTO (CP) The earth started spinning faster last January but scientists are unable to explain why. a York I niversity scientist said Wednesday "It was something not external, something we can't explain yet said Prof Douglas Smvhe in an interview There was a fluctuation in the normal rotation of the blanct The only rumor I hear [that anyone is working on is that somehow it was connected with a sudden burst of magnetic activity from the earth s core The two-week long speed-up forced the earth to spin by 100th of a second a day Joseph Poplar, a research scientist with the department of energy mines and resources, said in a telephone interview from Ottawa that science is "puzzled" about the phenomenon He said his only explanation was that Mercury was closer to earth in January than it had been in 100 years Exxon pays guerrillas million in ransom BUENOS AIRES (AP) Exxon's Argentine subsidiary says it expects Marxisi guerrillas to release American refinery manager Victor Samuelson today following payment of a world record ransom of 2 million Esso Argentina announced Wednesday that the money had been delivered to the People s Revolutionary Army (ERP) It said the final ransom demand would be fulfilled today with publication in Argentine newspapers of an advertisement stating that the ransom was "part of the super-earnings obtained in Argentina through exploitation of its workers Samuelson, 36, of Cleveland, Ohio, was kidnapped Dec 6 Esso's payment brought to about million the total ransoms collected by kidnappers this year in Argentina The take in 1973 was more than million, much of it paid by foreign companies One other French manager of the Peugeot automobile company s is in the hands of Argentine kidnappers An ERP group seized Samuelson as he was lunching in the company restaurant at the refinery he managed in Campana, 60 miles north of Buenos Aires Strapped consumer in Commons spotlight Pompidou rejects summit PITSUNDA. Soviet Union (Reuter) Soviet Leader Leonid Brezhnev has told French President Georges Pompidou he would like France to join in guaranteeing a Middle East peace settlement, French sources said today Brezhnev made the offer during the two-day Franco- Soviet summit meeting which ended at this Black Sea resort Wednesday the sources said The Kremlin chief also as- sured Pompidou he wanted no part of any "super-power con- dominium with the United role France has ac- cused Moscow of playing. The Franco-Soviet summit ended with the Kremlin leader failing in his chief objective of winning over Pompidou on how to achieve lasting detente in Europe Before flying home to Paris. Pompidou told reporters he agreed with Brezhnev that the European security conference was moving too slowly and that it risked getting bogged down in side issues unrelated to the principles of detente By BILL COULTHARD OTTAWA (CP) The beleaguered consumer held centre stage in the Commons Wednesday as opposition members seized on new living cost increases with which to hammer the government The political reaction came in renewed Progressive Con- servative demands for price controls and a renewed New Democratic Party call for legislation giving the food prices review board power to roll back unjustified price increases Statistics Canada announced living costs rose one per cent in 6 per cent above February, grocery prices up 26 per cent and housing up six-tenths of one per cent Prime Minister Trudeau, fending off a flood of Commons questions on the latest rise in the consumer price index, said the next federal budget will attack inflation as well as other problems Beef costs accounted for half of the increased food prices which in turn made up 60 per cent of the over-all rise in prices Mr Trudeau said a report due next week from the food prices review board will cover increased beef costs and he hoped it would clarify matters To NDP Leader David Lewis s demand that the board be given power to roll back unjustified price increases. Mr Trudeau said the government will step in when companies refuse to follow the board s advice after a fair hearing This is the position we have always taken The first bill debated since the session opened Feb 27, an amendment to the Combines Investigation Act would broaden marketplace competition and protect consumers from unfair pricing and misleading adver- tising Herb Gray consumer affairs minister said the bill also would forbid interference in the operations of Canadian subsidiaries by their foreign parents Recent events have demonstrated the importance of this provision, Mr Gray said urging early passage He was referring to an million locomotive sale to Cuba which was thrown into doubt because the company involved is controlled by a United States corporation FEARED ACTION MLW-Worthmgton Ltd of Montreal, which was negotiat- ing the sale, feared action un- der the U S Trading with the Enemy Act if the sale went through The act prohibits trade with Cuba and other specified Communist countries The bill also has provisions to protect consumers against guarantees and warrantees that have little or no practical value and to outlaw misleading advertising Pyramid and referral sales also are prohibited under the bill and small businessmen would benefit from new provi- sions a.rned mainly at major suppliers Ron Atkey St Pauls) rejected the call for quick passage, however He said the bill covers too many subjects and makes too many changes to be rushed through the House The opposition needed four to six weeks to study it in detail Gunners duel on Heights arrves in Bali JAKARTA (Reuteri Queen Elizabeth arrived on the Indonesian island of Bali todav to join the royal yacht Britannia which will take her on to Jakarta Friday for a five-day state visit to .Indonesia The Qeen flew directly from London for her visit, the first to Indonesia bv a Bntish mon- arch She will join the Duke of Edinburgh who has sailed from Australia aboard the royal vacht From AP-REUTER TEL AVIV (CP) Israeli and Syrian gunners duelled across the Golan Heights front for the third straight day todav an Israeli army spokesman announced He said the Synans opened fire on Israeli forces in three different sectors of the front There were no casualties among the Israelis who re- turned the fire, he said In Beirut, the newspaper Al Shark said Israel dropped paratroopers on the slopes of Mount Hermon after two days of heavy artillery duels on the Golan Heights below The paratroops landed Wednesday apparently to rein- force two observation posts overlooking the Damascus- Beirut road that Israel captured from Syria in the October war Israel s government today presented a record draft budget of more than billion to help recover from the October Middle East war Trudeau needled on spending Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA In a roaring row over the soaring cost of living Prime Minister Trudeau was needled Wednesday in the Commons about the scale of his per- sonal spending and reacted in anger The House has been rocking along m a rage over prices for nearly 40 minutes when Winni- peg Conservative MP Dan McKenzie got to the previously unruffled Prime Minister with an explosive question How he asked Mr Trudeau, did he square his admonition to Canadians in these days of spiralling prices, to "make do with less when he himself was indulging in such things as ashtrays, book- matches and for wooden matches'' These were but a few among the many objets d art and furniture including 000 for chesterfields. for Eskimo carvings and for a pair of Hepplewhite consoles the Prime Minister has had purchased for his office and official residence As the Conservatives and even some of the New Demo- crats pounded their desks in gleeful approval the Prime Minister added acidly that perhaps Parliament should cut the salaries of the Honorable Members Back came Mr McKenzie with the suggestion that at least the Prime Minister should set the example in personal spending restraint by checking the cost of the apartment he has had installed in the official residence at 24 Sussex moves into B. C. transit service 1 VICTORIA (CP> Legislation allowing the provincial government to extend and improve transit services, the B C Egg Marketing Board and government purchases of ompanie1? were dealt with in 1be legislature Wednesday First reading was given to the Transit Services Act. introduced by Municipal Affairs Minister James which would allow the government to spend million to beef up transit services The toil would allow the minister, with the approval of the cabinet, to buy up existing transit companies or to design public transportation systems anvwhere in the province Mr Lonmer told a news conference that a B C transit company would be established io extend government transit services outside the Vancouver and Victoria area alreadv served by the government-owned B C Hvdro bus service Nelson. Kamloops and Pnncc George are in need of better transit services the minister said Following the introduction of legislation and the daily question period the house returned to consideration of the spending estimates of the attorney general s department and the main topics were the BC Egg Marketing Board and the government's handling of the purchase of companies Opposition members hounded Attorney General Alex Macdonald to conduct an investigation of activities recent government purchases and to lake steps to ensure that alleged abuse of insider knowledge HI connection with these takeovers does not occur in the future Opposition Leader Bill Bennett suggested the government use the information gleaned from such an investigation as a basis for a well-defined policy on the procedure for handling government purchases Mr Macdonald said the government is concerned about the matter and officials of his department will be meeting with other provincial officials shortly to discuss the matter In the meantime, he said, if the opposition members have any evidence oi a breach of the law in connection with government purchases they should present Ihe evidence to him and it will be dealt with As was QIC case with an investigation into the government s announced intention to purchase Dunhill Development Corp there is no evidence oi irregularities into share transactions surrounding Ihe government s purchase of Columbia Cellulose. Mr Macdonald said Garde Gardom.