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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE IETHBR1DGE HERALD Tuesday, March 20, 1973------- 'Dissident' nuns holding sit-in Dollar VICTORIA (CP) A dead- xk between factions of a tiny oman Catholic order of nuns ontinucd today, with three el-' erly sisters maintaining a sit- i and their superior saying ley'vc been a "disruptive in- uence" for several years. Hugh McMillan, lawyer for IB tlu-ee dissident nuns, said londay night control of more han in cash and secu- itics and a large piece of sub- rban property worth million s at stake. The complicated, decade-old iispute between two different ;roups of the Society of the jOve of Jesus burst into the leadlines again last hen the three nuns began a sit-in at St. Mary's Priory h suburban Colwood. They sai( :iiey were being forced out o Ihe home in. which they hav lived for three decades. Sisters Mary Agnes Eaton Mary Lucy Ford and Mar. Josephine Donovan have slep on the floor in the kitchen of th priory, (o which they were con fined Thursday when a securit guard put a lock on the dot leading to the rest of the buik ing. As of Monday, they wcr allowed to use upstairs bet rooms and a bathroom. The oilier four nuns who live in the priory, to be closed dow left last week for another rer dence, a home aero, the road. But the three d: sidents say they'll stay until o dered by law to get old. ISSUE STATEMENT Sister Leonette Hoesing, mother prioress of the order, said in a statement issued Mon- day jointly with Monsignor Mi- lael O'Connell, chancellor of e Roman Catholic Diocese of ctoria, that "a responsible de- sion was made by duly au- orizcd officials of the society move the convent to another cation." They said the society's pur- ase in carrying out its care of e sick and the aged has been eopardized" by the dissident uns' actions. The statement also said the iree were offeree', another omc and full maintenance but efused. Mr. McMillan said Saturday ic three were given envelopes rith in each and the ad- ress of a nearby motel. But as ar as he knew, that was the xtent of the most recent offer >f accommodation. The three dissident nuns he past "disturbed the peace o he house so often" that otlic members of the order had t save temporarily for otber con vents, the statement said. Am n October, 1971, they also re Aised to live in a separate rcsr :lence "when the majority c the members of the society re quested it for the sake of peac and harmony." In an interview Monday nigh the lawyer lor the three mm said, the basic issue whether or not the three nun represent and who've lived in :e priory for many years have e right to live there." He called the hiring of secur- y guards to force out the three uns and quoted rom the society's 1970 annual eport to show the extent of the ssels at-stake. ,ISTS ASSETS As of Dec. 31, lost [or which a report is avail- ihle since the refusal of three dissidents to attend has meant 10 quorum for the annual meet- ngs of the last two society had bank term deposits of and negotiable secu- worth In addition, buildings am equipment and land, valued al the purchase price, totalta But Mr. McMillan said he land purchased for a hospi tal for the aged 40 years ago is worth million today. The society was founded 1929 to care for the aged and the order once had 38 nuns. Tile provincial governmen look over operation of their hos pital about 15 years ago, wit' many of the wer registered ainin on the staff. They turned over their sala ries to the society, recelvin food and clothing and board i return, plus about ?20 a monl o buy personal extras, said Jlr. [cMillun. The thvee dissident uns are all retired, though two Sister Leonetle's faction still rork as nurses in the hospital. ROUBLES START Mr. McMillan said the troll- ies between the factions began vhen a South Dakota congrega- ion came to Victoria. One of hem was elected the new loth.er prioress, replacing Mother Mary Cecilia who had for 40 years. Mother Cecilia is better known for her Good Shepherd Animal Shelter at Mill Bay north of Victoria where she ant another nun care Cor stray cats and dogs and oilier livestock on a month from the society. Sister Lconetle was the or der's third motha- prioress elected in 19C5. Mr. McMillar said counling only the nin members of the society in Vic- toria, Sister Leonette would have been defeated when her re-election came up two years ago, but he used the proxies of nine other sisters who had left Victoria for other convents. On this basis, he appealed the election on behalf of the dissidents in the British Colum- bia Supreme Court, but it was dismissed last Ap'il. He said an appeal is pending. up, down LONDON CAP) Tiie dollar had a mixed day in world money markets today, moving up in some centres and down in others. Dealers here called the state of the markets 'very un- settled." But they said this had been expected after the adoption in Paris last Friday of a new floating system of international exchange rates. This was only the second day that the markets have operated under the new floating system. The dollar was down sharply in Lomlan, Frankfurt and Zur- ich during the morning but re- covered much of the loss later in the day. It closed substan- tially lower in Paris and Tokyo. It closed higher, however, in Milan, Amsterdam and -Madrid. UNION' FORMED JOHANNESBURG, South Af- rica (At1) The Union of Black Journalists has been organized (o protect the interests of non- white newspaper men in South Africa. Membership is re- stricted to black Africans, Indi- ans and those of mixed ances- try, known as coloreds. i plans to onl VICTORIA (CP) Opposition Leader W .A. C. Beinett said Monday he will not seek re-elec- tion as member of the British Columbia! legislature. The 72-year-old former Social Credit premier made the state- ment adrcssing the an- nual meeting of the Asociated Chambers of Commerce of Van- couver Island. He gave no indication whether he would resign his Okanagan South seat in the leg- islature before another provin- cial election is called, lie has TIGER POPULATION NEW DELHI (AP) The government estimates the tiger population at about in India, where it is forbidden to kill the beasts. Pattern ties power bid rebuffed by Ottawa Bj GARRY FiilRBAIRN7 1 OTTAWA (CP) Municipal waders were rebuffed with oothing words Monday when icy sought help from the led- ral government in their cam- 2ign to gain a greater share of overnmental power and rcve- ue. Spokesmen for a 35-member legation from the Federation f Mayors and Municipalities pent two hours in debate with he federal cabinet over the is- ue and were told to take their arguments directly to the prov- nces. A major theme of both tie lelegation's arguments aid a 22-page federation brief was hat the municipalities must lave greater representation in lolicy-making. In particular, he federation asked for repre- sentation at federal-provincial conferences and for municipal representatives on federal bod ies like the Canadian transport commission and Intei-nationa Joint Commission. The municipalities also soughi more revenues, suggesting tha Pattern CHOOSE from six different, dashing versions of the prin- cess pantsuit that's a run-away success. East-tit panls have elastic waist. Printed Pattern 4964: NEW Misses' Sizes 8, 10, 12, 1-1, 10, 18. Women's Sizes 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, -13. FIVE CENTS in coins (no stamps, please! for each 15 cents for each pattern for first-class mailing and special handling. Print plainly SIZE, NAME, ADDUESS. STYLE NUMBER, Send order to ANNE ADAMS, care of ANNE ADAMS, CO Front St. VI., Toronto Print plainly PATTERN NUM- BER, YOUR NAME AND AD- DR5SSS, and (he name of the Lethbridge Herald. DO NOT send it to The Herald. e federal government could effort to co-ordinate approaches ake grants to the provinces on ndition that the grants be issed on the municipalities. RUDEAU REFUSES Prime Minister Trudeau, how- rer, turned down all the spe- fic requests while saying that e is sure some solution will be Hind to municipal problems. At one point, he delivered a onstitutional lecture, empha- zing that provincial govern- icnls have sole jurisdiction ver municipalities. ;'If there's one fundamental hing that keeps us together as democracy, it is the basic ule that the constitution must e obeyed." He said the federal goycrn- ient encourages the provinces o include municipal representa- ives in provincial delegations o federal-provincial confer- :nces, but the decision is one or each province to make. "They form the delegations. This is the way t'ederal-provm ial conferences work." The municipalities, however rejected that approach as in sufficient. Federation president D. G Newman argued that municipa governments together reprcsen all Ihe people of Canada am spend 30 per cent of all mone spent by governments, thus them the right to cqu. status with Ihe olher two levels of government, not simply pos sible inclusion in a provincia delegation. Mr. Trudeau noted that las November the three levels c government met in the first tr level conference as part of an urban and othe.' problems. It look some time for the pri- jicial governments to be per- uaded to low municipalities participate in that confer- nce, Mr. Trudeau said, and tile rovinces may back away from tri-level concept if the fed- ral government accepted the ederation's view. "I fear that we may not eon- .nue making that progress if ve try to do it in a way that i.-eaks the constitution." Mr. Trudeau suggested the ederation's arguments be taken ireetly to the provinces and to he next tri-lcvel conference. Similar comments came from ,everal cabinet ministers, al- hough they emphasized prog- ess in tri-level and federal-mu- licipal links. Urban AtJairs Minister Ron Basford said general agreement ,o hold a secpnd-tri-level confer- ence means in effect that it has become a permanent institution. "In this country, once you iave two conferences you have a continuing process." Finance Minister John Turner, referring to the feder- ation's call for a wide-ranging inquiry into the responsibilities and revenues of all levels of government, said the proposed terms of fcrence i'or the in- quiry ignore the fact that the provinces have constitutional responsibility for municipalities. He said any arrangement whereby the edcral govern- ment shares taxation revenue directly with municipalities would be strongly opposed by the provinces. U.S. determined on tanker route She'll love going places in this cozy, bright set! QUICKIE SQUARES in 3 gay colors are easy to memorize, to join! Crochet of kmlling worst- ed. Pattern 749C: joining charts. directions for coat 2-12 beret included. SEVF.NTY-FIVK CENTS for each pattern cash, cheque or money order. Add 15 cents (or each patlern for iirst-cbss mailing and to Alice special handling Brooks, care o Print plainly PATTERN MUM BER, NAME, ADDRESS. 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