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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 83 LETIIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MARCH 19, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS fWO SECTIONS 20 PAGKb' Sharp: Vietnam decision soon Blaze doused Burning bales of straw and hay .kept firemen busy for about four hours Sunday the Leth- bridge public stockyards east of the city. Damage is estimated at about The blaze was conffned Jo the si raw and hay and a lean-to, although for a time, it did endanger other build- ings. BILL GROENEH phclo safety program set YELLCWKNIFE, N.W.T. (CP) An air safely plan, including a navigational aids program and new flight rules, was araiounced Saturday by Transport JImister Jean The plan follows controversy over the Marten Hartwell air crash, but transport department officials say it has bean developed over tlie last two years. Mr. Hartwell piloted a Beeclicraft 18 which crashed on a flight from Cambridge Bay, N.W.T. to this ter- ritorial capital Nov. 8 leading to the deaths of three passengers. Mr. Hartwell was rescued after 32 days. Mr. Marchand, on a tour of air facilities in the west and north, told a small crowd at the airport here that the department plans a million program to expand and upgrade air navigation facilities in the Arctic. Work already is under way- Tho minister also announced new operating rules for small commercial aircraft. The new rules, which apply throughout Canada, provide for aircarft mainten- ance standards, pilot training requirements and flight regulations. They fake effect next Jan. 1. Mr. Marchand said the plan "will be of great assistance in providing a safe aviation service in tiie north." The minister was opening new air terminal facililies at the Yellowknife Airport. The department plans to install long-range air navigational aids at Yellowknife, Inuvik, Norman Wells, Fort Simpson, Resolute Bay, Frobisher Bay and Cam- bridge Bay in the Northwest Territories and Whitehorse and Watson Lake in the Yukon, the transport minister said. The new aircraft operating rules announced by Mr. Marchand will apply to commercial aircraft weighing 12.500 pounds or less. Generally, Uiis includes single engine -and light twin-engine aircraft. The rules require air carriers to have an approved operations manual insuring Ihst all company employees meet certain standards. All aircraft using instrument flight rules, or flying nt night under visual flight rules, will have to fly along specific air routes. No flight under visual rules is lo begin unless weather conditions along the entire route arc gocd. The Hartwell flight tegan in poor weather conditions. Road pileup toll rises BARRIE, Ont. (CP) A death toll of at least 15 was feared today as searchers sought more victims in the a. flaming Sunday pi- leup jbtf Highway 400 near here already yielded nine bodies. Barrio Coroner Dr. William Farrington said at least six more persons were believed to liave been trapped in burned a nd sh attcred veiucles which were being pried open by work- men. A doctor who walked through twisted metal at the scene said it might be days before a death count was established among the debris of more than 30 ve- hicles that crashed in a blinding snowstorm 10 miles south oE here about p.m. Sunday. Identities of most of the vic- tims were unknown today but authorities released the name of Brian Johnson of Newmarket, appar- ent ly had been killed standing by the highway alongside his car as other vehicles slewed into the spot. Canada's worst previous high- way accident was at Espanola, Ont., on July 17, 1957, when 10 persons were killed. More than 40 persons were in- jured in Sunday's smashup and 35 remained in hospital here to- day, all described as in "satis- factory" condition with, broken bones or other injuries. Fire fed by exploding gasoline tanks and a tractor-trailer load of lumber, which scattered over vehicles that began telescoping at the scene of an origial mi- nor accident, reduced many of (he dead to charred skeletons. Severn1 crushed cars were trucked to an Ontario transport department garage on Highway 89, where police were attempt- ing to remove trapped bodies. Come had been crushed .so that there was only a foot between roof and floor. Police were trying to trace the ownership of some Q[ the cars through licence plates. As police tramped through the snow, a portion of the south- bound lane of Highway normally carrying heavy com- muter traffic into m ained closed. Most of the wrecks ge had b ccn hauled away, but some remained. Police said the combination of an icy road and a sudden burst of blinding snow led to the pi- leup. There was no indication of excess speed, they said. Police were uncertain exactly what touched off the accident but it was believed to have started with a minor mishap in the southbound lane. Investigated man claims told to tear down home Inside 'Some guy Sharp hers. TONIGHT 25, Insists on seeing things TUESDAY M. for himself.' WAI1M Seen and heard About town A BSENT MINDED Nancy Asplunil giving her son Hyan to husband Darryl to burp, Ihen realizing she for- got to feed the baby Barllell considering the week- end a good one because lie managed to get through it wilhout having his face cut by a hockey puck Glenn Varn.iri showing chivalry is still alive by carrying his wife's purse to the car. Harold Cardinal cited by Jaycces TORONTO (CP) The Cana- dian Junior Chamber of Com- merce honored five persons Sat- urday night as the year's out- standing young Canadians be- (ween the ages ol 18 and S3. Winners of Ihc Vanier Awards were Mayor David Crombie of Toronto, 37, figure skater Karen Magnusscn, 20, of Vancouver; Harold Cardinal, 28, president of the Indian Association of Al- berta; Boris Brrjtt, 29, dircclor of the Hamilton philharmonic crcheslra, and Fr.iser 30, president of CKPR radio and TV in Thunder Bay, Ont, EDMONTON (CP) Floyd Griesbach, one of tliree north- ern Alberta men recently in- vestigated by the RCMP, said Saturday lie has been ordered to tear down bis home that is being built on crown land at Wabasca. Mr. Griesbach, in an inter- view, said the municipal af- fairs department said the rea- son for the order was that he bad applied for permission to raise rabbits on his one-acre lot. But, Ibe real reason for Ihe order is because (he provincial Port pilots threaten to strike government is embarrassed about (he investigation and "I think they're lowering the heavy he said. Ha said he had not received a lease from the government for tile property hut started building a few months ago be- cause other homes on the sub- divided, proviucially owned land were built without com- pletion of lease arrangements. He didn't feel 103 safe about building wilhout a lease, but went ahead and put worth of materials and months oi' labor into the home because other homes near him also did not have leases. Mr. Giesbach, with two other men, was investigated by the RCMP at the request of Attor- ney General Merv Leitch. The men were alleged to have made critical comments about municipal affairs personnel in the northern community of Slave Lake. Mr. Leitch later aco'opizsd, saying Ihc use of Ihe nCMP was wrong. OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp flew back from Vietnam today and said he will make a deci- sion "very quickly' on Ihe fu- ture of Canadian ceasefire ob- server operations, He told reporters minutes after landing at nearby Uplands airport he bas not quite made up his mind on the issue and refused to indicate what recom- mendations he will make to the cabinet. As a result of his six-day visit, which look him to South Vietnam, North Vietnam and Laos, Mr. Sharp said Iw con- firmed that the four-nation In- ternational Commission of Con- trol and Supervision (ICCS) is not working well. "That's even clearer now than it was before we he said. On the other hand, he added, Canada was urged by "a whole series of governments" to re- main a member of the commis- sion which has 290 members eacli from Canada, Hungary, Indonesia and Poland. Mr. Sharp, whose Canadian military Boeing 707 touched down at a.m. EST, said he will make no statement today in the House of Commons but will report shortly to his colleagues and the decision will be an- nounced soon afterward, DEADLINE NEARS He refused to be pinned down but said the government must make up its mind before the ini- tial 60-day observation period ends March 28, a week from Wednesday.. He described the trip as a tre- mendous experience and said he and the tliree parliamentary representatives who accom- panied Donald Cameron and MPs Doug Rowland and Eudora Allard back with a much deeper understanding of the problems facing the ICCS. "Now I understand bow the control commission is actually working on the spot.11 He said he learned much from his discussions with mem- bers of the Canadian delegation, including the bead of the group, Ambassador Michel Gauvin. OPINIONS VARY Mr. Allard said he feels, as a result of the trip, the govern- ment should commit Canadian observers to another stay of 60 days or perhaps longer but Mr. Rowland said he will take a couple of days to make up his mind. Senator Cameron was not available for comment after ar- riving home, but said earlier he favored an extended period of Canadian participation. The Conservative party de- nounced the trip in advance as an exercise in window-dressing and refused an invitation to send a representative. Mr. Rowland said this was a mistake in his view. As a re- sult, the party would lack infor- mation that would help it come to "the best possible decision" on the he said. Cool return New director of housing EDMONTON (CP) James R. Landsky, 36, former direc- tor of business development for the building systems divi- sion of Polymer Corp. at Tor- onto, look over today as execu- tive director of tile Alberta Housing Corp. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The floating United States dollar rosa strongly at the open- ing of foreign exchanges after a two-week shutdown, and the Bank of Japan sold an esti- mated million to keep the rate from rising too fast. But by noon in Europe, the value of the U.S. money was edging down in brisk but ner- vous trading. Big money oper- ators appeared holding off while they watched for indications whether the international deci- sions in Paris Friday had ended the two-month monetary crisis. Tokyo dealers reported an acute shortage of dollars in the Japanese capital after the two- wcsk shutdown of exchan-es. The Tokyo market Ihe first to reopen because of ths time differential. The central bank's intervention was designed lo keep ffie dollar's rate close to the level between Feb. 14, when the yen was floated, and March 2, when the exchanges closed. FLOAT AGREED TO Finance ministers of the ma- jor non-Communist trading na- t'ons agreed in Paris Friday that all major currencies would float freely in relation lo the dollar according to supply and demand forces in the market place. The move, putting an end. to the 23-year-old Breton Woods system of fixed parities, means no stale bank is committed any longer lo support the dollar at a fixed value. For an indefinite period, ''speculators will specu- late iirainst speculators'1 and roi against state banks, as one VS. informant nyt it. OTTAWA (CP) British Co- lumbia pilots have decided to strike in the "very near future" unless the federal government changes its bargaining stance, the Canadian Merchants Serv- ice Guild announced today. A strike by the men who guide ships in and out of har- Ijors would slop all access for ships lo the B.C. ports. Caplain Bob Cook ot Ihc guild said lhat Caplain Alex MacKin- non, president of the B.C. Coast Pilots Association, is in Ottawa today seeking a meeting with Transport Minister Jean March- and or his officials. Failure (o g.nt satisfaction in these lalks would result in a strike, Cppl, Cook said. Gov't system overhaul stressed OTTAWA (CP) Canada's system of government needs substantial changes to avoid on- rushing catastrophe, the Feder- ation of Mayors and Mimicipa- itics said in a brief presented loday (o Prime Minister Tnideair. "Every major urban problem is characterized by an in- appropriate distribution of func- tional responsibilities and finan- cial resources among the three levels of government. "The result is a serious im- pediment to managerial effec- tiveness and Cificicncy of our political institutions, con- straining both their responsi- veness and their capability (o perform." A major lliemc of the brief, which was to be read by feder- ation president. Mayor D. G. Newman of Orit., was tho ncied for continued tri-lcvcl consultation and municipal rep- resentation on bodies such as the Canadian transport commis- sion. The brief zeroed in on an ap- parent contradiction between the federal throne speech of Oc- tober, 1970, which called for co- ordination along all levels of government, ami tbe January, 3973, throno speech, which spoke only of federal-provincial consultation. Between the two speeches, the first Iri-lcvcl conference was held in N'ovembor, and produced "a documented consensus among Ihc three lev- els of government in favor of Uie principle of continued con- sultation on the many problems engendered by urbanization with a view to more com- prehensive The federation asked: "If in the of 1970 a 'new Canada' required the participa- tion of .ill levels of government lo avoid the catastrophic future that our present course dic- tates, then can we assume that suuirient gains were made at (he first fri-levcl conference to justify returning the problem to bi! Hcral If (hen answered its question by declaring that there still is <'n urgent need all three levels to act together to resclvc community development problems. The governmental system suf- fered from outmoded political sti'uclnres, an'Jqua'.ed organ- izational technology, conflicts between entrenched and in- senritivc bureaucracies and "the entire lack of a com- prehensive national priority-set- ting ;