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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta New world to open up at 18 years By JIM POLING EDMONTON CP one of the last holdouts In lowering the age of soon plans to grant adult responsibilities to an estimated per sons 18 to 20 yean A bill lowering the legal age to 18 from SI Is the legislature and is expected to become law when the current session probably sometime next The government will hare to amend 58 provincial acts to open up the new world to 19and 20year The changes will allow them to consume marry without parental join pro fessional associations and generally enjoy all rights and privileges once given only to persons 21 or The intention of the legislation is to give every individual full rights at says dep uty Nineteenyearolds have had the right to vote in municipal and school elections since But candidates for public office have had to be Many young Albcrtans probably consider chan ges to election and liquor laws highlights of the legisla it goes deeper than casting a ballot or being able to enter a Must assume debt The age of majority act will allow persons 18 and older to seek government assistance to buy farm land and make them eligible for home They also will be responsible for their own including hospi tal Under existing an 18yearold cannot be mar ried to someone 21 or older unless the consent of one parent is The legislation will eliminate this and 18yearolds will be allowed to officiate at mar provided they have the proper The Child Welfare Act also will be changed to per mit adoptions by persons who have reached the new legal Many of the changes will really not be applicable to young Only persons 2 or over have been eligible to be registered as land chartered agro logists or other The bill will change this but most persons are well into their 20s before they have completed training in these Where some of the changes may be felt is in the Coal Mines Regulation the Cooperative Associa tions Act and the Forests At 18 persons will be able to qualify for certifi cates in mine blasting and mine electrical They will be able to get logging incorporate credit unions or hold office in a Jury the execution of wills and the right to collect proceeds from wills also are some of the new Alberta will be the eighth province to lower the of Ontario and New Brunswick still con sider 21 the legal age but New Brunswicks new Pro gressive Conservative government has promised to low er it to Family income fig ures rise By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA CP The average Canadian family Income rose 17 per cent in two years to reach in the Dominion Bureau of Statistics reported It also reported that on the basis of Economic Council of Canada guides adjusted for 1969 price the number of families living on low in comes declined in relation to the total The figures are based on a survey of consumer fi nances conducted last year among some house It found the highest average family income was in followed by British Columbia with Quebec with the Prairie provinces with and the Atlantic provinces with For individuals living alone or as boarders or otherwise in households with which they have no family the average across the country was up about 23 per cent in two The highest was again in followed by British Columbia with Quebec with the Prairies with and the Atlantic provinces with Thought loo high Tlicjc are averages of all family and unattached indmdiialb Since they include large numbers nf relatively small and a few very large rome analysts think they are too high to lie representa The bureau therefore calculated tire median in come income of families and individuals who arc midway between the number below them and the number abovo Ihem on Ihe income Jlx median income for for in is For British Columbia it is for Quebec for the Prairies and for the At lantic provinces The median income for unattached individuals is in in British in in the and in the Atlantic prov Sel poverty line The economic council said u its 1968 review o Hip economy that families of two living on less than a vcnr with S6WI more for each additional or single persons living on less than a were living on low These became known as Canadas poverty The bureau adjusted these 1968 figures with tba change in consumer prices since and said Ihe in cidence of lowincome families decimal in 1969 to per cent from 13 6 per cent in The number of lowincome individuals declined to per cent from 63 The Lethkidge Herald High forecast Sunday 20 in South Sni Price 15 Cents LXFV 84 MARCH 1971 FOUR PAGES South Stormy threehour debate n ft erupts in Alberta house troops panic From ReaterAP HAM NGHI CP South Vietnam pulled out of two more bases in southern Laos in one ease under heavy attack from encircling North Vietnam About 400 frightened and bat tleweary troops reached here today aboard helicopters after they abandoned Fircbasc Brown Friday night and fought their way through the surround ing forces to an area from which they could bo flown to Saigon troops also abandoned a base at A a government spokesman in Saigon an nounc He said there was lit tie North Vietnamese resistance in this Fire Base A about 12 miles inside is a major paratroop and armor base along Highway Fifteen helicopters were shot down or crippled while lift ing a battalion of 400 South Viet namese from Trying to escape after days of heavy some troops dan gled from landing skids of over loaded helicopters at alti tudes as high as One crew member said a sol dier fell from a skid at feet and others from lesser alti Five battles were reported along Highway 9 between dawn Friday and early today in some of the heaviest fighting of the sixweekold Helicopter pilots said they had to fight off South Vietnamese trying to leap aboard their dan gerously overloaded aircraft and escape constant North Viet namese attacks on their posi Several fell said one You just cant control Theres no doubt about They are being pushed back fast Some soldiers were still cling ing desperately to the skids when the helicopters landed at Ham a forward headquar ters just across the border from Mideast stands harden WASHINGTON Reuter United StatesIsraeli differences on Middle East peace strategy appeared to have haiueiied today following Foreign Minis ter Abba Ebans talks here with the Nixon Eban firmly ejected fuggestions that Israel with draw from Egypt in return for a peace agreement backed by in ternational guarantees and peacekeeping These were advanced by State Secretary William Rogers earlier this week ss the best means to assure Israels secu Speaking at a news confer ence following his talks here with Rogers and Henry Kissin White House foreign policy Eban said Israel will alone if necessary to de fend its He also rejected he idea of a bilateral security commit ment to another induce ment understood to have been offered to encourage with Russia dickers for IIIOIT calllc CALGARY CD Tile So a regular pur iiaser of Canadian breeding rallie for the last is ne Colialmg for another head on n fiveyear Paul Holmes of the Cana dian Hereford A buying delegation recently hold meetings with representa tives of Angus and Shot thorn Breeding Associa he The buying delegation made ils firt approaches last year iml indicated they wanted head in a oneyear agree ment but subsequently reduced tha amount 4 names linked to allegations By WALTER KREVENCHUK EDMONTON CPi The names of three cabinet ministers and the leader of the Opposition were linked to allegations of impropriety during a stormy three hour debate in the legislature Debate is to resume Monday on the issue which suspended other House business A vote is ex pected Monday on proposals to have the matter re ferred to a legislative At the centre of the controversy is Health Min ister James The Opposition has assaulted Henderson for tabling confidential personal information about a pri vate citizen in the an act which Hugh Horner Anne describes as violating one of the basic tenets of The launched by Opposition Leader Peter Lougheed has touched on Premier Harry Strom and Social Development Minister Ray ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY DEAD Peruvian rescue workers attempt to identify bodies they found beneath an avalanche Friday after finally reaching the isolated mining camp at Chungar in the Peruvian An earthquaketriggered avalanche swept over the camp Thursday killing many of them women and Avalanche disaster toll hit APOLOGIZE OR RESIGN the legislature be came embroiled in amend ments and subamendments as it sought to place the matter in the hands of the 25member standing committee on priv ileges and The 10 Progiessive Conser vatives in the outnum bered by 55 Social Credit mem said Henderson had done wrong and should apol ogize or They submitted a motion asking that the actions of the health minister and the im propriety of those actions in re gard to the disclosure of con fidential files be referred to the Henderson accuses Lougheed May Then Cinderella joined Womens Lib and Heed happily ever after Buenos Aires polie e guard house BUENOS AIRES AP Heavilyarmed police occupied key points near Government House and other parts of Bue nos Aires Friday night after President Roberto Marcelo Lev ingston dismissed the head of Argentinas joint chiefs of The city was reported Under increasing pressure from left and Levmgston announced on television that he had fired air force Ezequiel Martinez because of a grave act against disci The situation was confused Martinez held the post only two weeks and was consi dered a close associate the chief of Ihe armed Alejandro Peru AP Geolo gists and police warned resi dents of a tiny Andean moun tain valley to evacuate the area today to avoid further ava lanche disasters such as the one that killed half the resi dents of a Peruvian mining Officials said a mild earth quake had loosened a mountain side that slid into Lake Yana hurina and sent its waters roar ing over the isolated camp at Rescue workers reached the area 24 hours after the They said many of the victims were wives and children of some 200 men who eked out a living from hillside copper mines near the The offi cial toll was 400 to 600 and about 50 persons were taken to Reuters news agency said fears were rising that the death toll may reach Reuter said reports reaching Luna said the death toll might be much higher than the 400 to 600 origi nally estimated since only 50 persons have so far been con firmed Officials of the Peruvian min ing company that operated the camp urged that heavy equip ment be sent to the area high in the Andes to drain the remain ing water in the Company geologists advised that more of the peak above the camp could fall into the lake at any and police said the possibility of further slides presented an imminent dan The avalanche was the worst natural disaster in Peru since an earthquake and trailing slides last May buried two mountain towns and took an es timated The Chungar quake struck at 10 and the trem ors were felt in coastal 62 miles to the It would be a mockery to suggest that my actions can be examined without dealing with the total Henderson and proposed an amend ment which asks that the ac tions of Lougheed in the whole affair also be referred to the Henderson said it was the Opposition leader who saw fit to inject the affairs of a pri vate citizen into a The health minister said he responded by ensuring that the facts are placed before the Henderson was referrilg to a petition presented to the legislature 16 by Lougheed on behalf of Noel Mc a 65 year old trapper from Fort Chipewyan in north eastern In the McKay asked the government to build a dam to alleviate low water levels in the PeaceAthabasca Delta caused by construction of the Bennett Dam on the Peace River in British McKay said he is a trap per who makes his living on the The information tabled In tba House Tuesday by Hender son said McKay had re ceived welfare assistance for some time and had not report ed any income from trapping since Lougheed said he antici pated Henderson would do what he could to offset the ef fects of the petition but he could have conre back in other Henderson said Lougheed in a precal culated and premediated man to exploit the situation for political a charge hotly denied by the Opposition lead Seen and heard Speaker unhappy victim About town Dennis Merrill carefully hiding a bill after coming home from a party and then wondering all the next day where he had hidden it Jack Stacey celebrating his 77lh birthday by playing 18 holes of golf in the morning and b o w 1 i n g a 281 in the after noon Sixyearold Connie Cutforth wishing she werent the youngest in the family so she wouldnt be the last to get Speaker Art Dixon was an unhappy victim of the Reacting to arguments by Op position Dixon order and suggested Loug heeds case should be referred to the committee through a separate Henderson challenged the and in a standing vote the Speakers decision was overturned 44 to with four Social Credit members with the 10 Conservatives to uphold the Speaker Dixon made his feelings known later in the when he said the Speaker is a servant of the House and if Britain moves to head off Irish chiefs resignation injured a I Calgary CALGARY CPi A stu dent pilot escaped with minor injuries Friday when the wheel of his Cessna 150 struck a power line and the plane crashed in a field about 15 miles northeast of the The RCAfP said Bmce Mar tin of Calgary suffered facial cuts in the The owned by Chinook Flying Ser vice of was ex tensively The transport department Hatted an tavertgatioa BELFAST AP Britains two top defence chefs flew back to London today after a series of crisis meetings aimed at pre vpniing Ihe resignation of Prime Muuster James ChichesterClarlc of Northern Neither Defence Minister Ixird Carrington nor army chief Sir Geoffrey Baker made any statement as they boarded a plane to Ixmdon following an hour of private discussions with ami wih ilia Northern Ireland cabinet Carrington was understood to have arranged tn meet HiUi British Prime Minister Edwaid Heath Ihe Northern Ireland cabinet went into a fresh round of No public statements were is sued immediately by the British officials or by who has been forced to the brink of resignation by militants ilbin his oun Unionist party demanding alloul measures to crush underground terrorists of ttx Irish Republic Carrington and Baker were reported to have come here with assurances from London that British troops would be tough in rooting out lerrorist guerrillas who want to forcibly unite Ulster with tha Irish Republic to the A RELUCTANT PREMIER The emissaries went directly lo Stormont the seat of the Ulster for Uilki with a former IMV uiin iia a re ChicheslcrClark told his cabl nol Friday that he intends lo quit in protest over what is seen here as British reluctance to smash terrorists of the outlawed Political sources in said the British gov ernment would not change its basic policies in Northern Ire land Ornngfon and Baker went to torn by two years of not and to raplain the means by which the armed forces are carrying out our policy of enforcing law and order and ruthlessly pursu ing as a Biitih government statement put it CinCHESTER CLARK members on either side want to abuse him its easy to Dave Rusell Victoria Park said the Social Credit juggernaut has ruthless ly trampled the rights of an in dividual the actions today cant be very comforting no citizen can rest Russell said the tremen dous amount of personal data on individuals in government hands doesnt belong to a minister to publicize at his whim it leaves a chilling spectrum of what could hap Don Getty West then proposed a sub amendment which asked that the propriety of the actions of Speaker and Strom also be referred to the com tile social development minister for allowing the files to be used and ihe premier for condoning the action But Getty withdrew tha sub amendment when the Speaker suggested that a de cision should first be made on the In supporting the amend Highwavs Minister Gor don Taylor said the whole ex ercise is to lot the people of this province know the whole story about the whole not just part of All speakers acreed that mat ter should he leferred to the bul differed on how Hie mcjuuy should bo Bill Yurko East said release of a per sons confidential or private filo without his consent must considered it must in fact bo considered a crime Municipal Affairs Minister Fred Colborne said he was shocked at OppoMiion com ments which proindued the It was up to the com mittee to decide whether there had been improper action Horner adjourned de ;