Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 86 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Strike news flow fails to dry up Pressure mounts for settlement Traffic tied up It took two tow Trucks and a forklift truck lo clean up the mess Wednesday afternoon after this trailer, piled high Lumber, tipped at ihe corner of 3rd Ave. and Mayor Magrath Drive, blacking traffic on 3rd Ave. for about an hour, The trailer was being pulled by a truck driven by Timothy Clayton Peirens, 21, of Spring Coulee.. There were no injuries. V BILL GROENEN photo Pressure mounts today for a settlement of the ll-day rural teachers' strike in Southern Al- berta. Although a news blackout on negotiations has been imposed by Labor Minister bert Hohol, spokesmen said today' one of two things could happen by Fri- will be reach- ed or talks break completely. Mediation Wednesd ay lead until 3 today. Details of talks have not been released, although c o u n t e v-proposaSs from both teachers and trus- tees arc reported to have been made, Labor Minister Hohol is in Lethbridge today. The Alberta Teachers' Association has pull- ed in its big guns through per- sonal intervention here today of ATA president Dr. Murray Sesieged camp relieved war in eras Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Premier Peler Lougheed lold Ihe legislature Wednesday he'll conduct a speaking en- gagement "war" across Canada lo combat opposition from Ontario to his proposed two-price system for natural gas. Details ot Urn two-priced policy arc to he outlined Jn coming weeks to a plan where Albertsns will pay lower prices for natural gas than non-Albertans. Premier William Davis of Ontario has the plan wil be a particular hardship on his province. Art Dixon (RC-Calgary Millic.-m) asked, "Has Ihe premier any indication from Ontario, following yester- day afternoon's throne speech (opening the Ontario legislature) that Ontario is going to declare war on Alberta regarding the energy policy announced by the The premier suggested war was loo strong a word, hut said lie will listen with interest when Premier Davis speaks lo the Canadian Petroleum Association in Calgary April 3. MESSAGE COSIES LOUD, CLEAR "I have not read (lie throne speech in said Premier Longhead, "but we recognize the con- cern they have. I, cf course, will be planning some return engagements in the province of Ontario, so that the message is clearly developed across all of Canada." The Ontario "war'' could consist of any number of as yet unspecified measures, he added. A report prepared for the Ontario government has called for a three-price for prjcc jor Alberta, one for Canada ami a third for export Waiter Buck (SC-CIover Bar) suggested the war is between Premier Longhead Premier Davis for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative parly Mr. Lougheed, grinning broadly, shook head NDP leader Grant Not ley suggested national Con- servative leader Boh Stanficld "play Henry Kissinger in solving our collective problems From SAIGON (CP) A South Vietnamese- task force backed by air strikes has fought its way to a militia camp be- sieged by Communists lor nearly two weeks, government military sources said today. The outpost of Rach Bap, near Ben Cat north of Saigon, was relieved Wednesday by the column pushing westward from 22 miles norlh of Saigon. Tito Communist forces withdrew into the jungle. A fresh company ol South Vietnamese militiamen was holding the post today and ail was reported calm. The International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) observer team in Ben Cat was supposed lo investigate the Communist ground and ar- tillery attack on the camp, but the Hungarian and Polish mem- bers would not go bio the out- post because they said it was unsafe The ICCS sources, who said that South Vietnamese com- manders had kept them Iiilly in- formed of thn operation, said the militia .company defending the uu'..-iii.: Buffered nearly 50 per ceiil casualties, with at least W dead. Helicopters v.ere unable to land supplies or evac- uate wounded during the siege. They said an ICCS team will try to go into the area to ob- serve the situation and to col- lect evidence. They will go in by helicopter if Ihe Joint Mili- tary Commission (IMC) gives assurances of their safety, U.S. CHANGES HIIND Meanwhile, the United States today repudiated an agreement the Communists that would have freed the last U.S. prison- ers of war captured in North and South Vietnam by Sunday It appeared that the PoW trans- fer might be delayed several days. The U.S. delegation to the IMC asked for the names of all Americans held in Laos and when and, where they would be. released. The delegation said1 withdrawal of the US. troops to be pulled out fay next Wednesday was suspended until it got the information and until a first group of was handed over. Schmidt marks Ratepayers favor time closing Jampolsky, ATA executive sec- retary Dr. Bernie Keeler and ATA welfare co-ordinator Frank Ackerman. All are at strike headquarters today. Alberta School Trustees' As- sociation president Harald Gun- derson attended mediation talks here March 17 and 18. Dr. Hohol told the legislature Wednesday he has imposed a news blackout in the dispute because news reports might prolong the slrike. About students have been without "classes since more than teachers went on strike in 18 rural school divi- sions March 12. Dr. Hohol appealed to both the Alberta Teachers Associa- tion and (he vSouthern Alberta School Authoril i e s Association "to get on with the business and conclude the agreement" Negotiations began last May. QUOTES REMARKS Replying to Dick Gruenwald (SC Dr. Hohol read from a Canadian Press story from Lethbridge to indicate the kinds of remarks that have divided teachers and trustees. He quoted the school trustee chairman as saying the teach- ers have an "irresponsible and frivolous attitude to the grav- ity of the present situation" and he quoted the teachers negotia- tor as saying trustees have "replied with curt, closed-mind- ed arrogance in breaking off talks." These remarks arc not con- ducive tii the public which is the conclusion of the slrike, the labor minister. Negotiations are currently proceeding "nearly, literally around the he said. But, he added, there was no "major breakthrous-'h" to report. Dr. Hohol agreed with a Leth- bridge Herald editorial which said the facts in the teachers dispute are public information. But, he said that when the news media becomes the arena for negotiations "this would further separate the parties, rather than bring them togeth- er." By KERB LEGG Herald SlatI Writer A government imposed blackout on public information surrounding this week's rural teacher strike will have little eft'ect on news copy in South- ern Alberta. Although both rural teachers atyi trustees have agreed to the provincial closed mouth the teachers continue their major surge of advertis- ing, public relations and dis- cussion of slirke issues through Alberta Teachers' Association strike' headquarters. Teachers, who have asked not to be named because ot possible reprisals from the In- dustrial Relations Board which initiated the information clos- ure' Wedensday, say they will continue to issue news releases on progress to ATA drop- in centres here and across Southern Alberta. They will not, however, dis- cuss offers made at the bar- gaining table. So far, the ATA has distribut- ed handbills lo afflicted rural communities plus a minimum 40 paid radio ads, television messages and daily newspaper promotions. Also included are about 20 weekly newspapers serving communities with strike-bound schoDls. All information on the strike issues is available to the pub- lic and news reporters, even though reporters are banned by the IRB from local media- tion headquarters. Special issues of the ATA News have been issued from strike headquarters, a hand- bill (listing strike issues en- titled This Concerns Your Child) has been mailed throughout Southern Alberta. All are freely available lo Letbbricjge news media. PRESSURE TRUSTEES One handbill urges rural parents to pressure trustees into a fast settlement Explain- ing strike issues, the bulletin says: "We fully agree with the parents of this community that the strike has gone on long enough. We join you in asking trustees to deal realistically wilh the issues involved and selllc this dispute. "Trustees have suit i c ient funds lo seltle the dispute and still lower your taxes. The sooner trustees are willing to 'Charisma, charisma, Vtey kept Classified 20-23, 25 Comics........R Comment 4 District......3, ID family 12, 13 Local News 17, 18 Markets 0, 10 Spurts 14, 1T> Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather........2 Youth........21 LOW TONIGHT 30, HIGH FRIDAY SO; SU.VNV FORT MACLEOD (HNS) Ratepayers at the Willow Creek school division annual meeting Elevator workers return TORONTO (CP) Elevator workers in the Toronto district began returning to work lodny after a strike, of more than six montiis following the in- troduction of a bill in the On- tario legislature providing far compulsory arbitration of their contract d is pule. About 670 of the union members across Canada af- fected by the dispute are em- ployed in the Toronto district. Half the total is in Ontario. However, the 203 union mem- bers in Hamilton, London and Windsor remained away from work today as tte hill remained before the legislature after the New Democratic Party blocked the government's hoped-for one- day passage. In Edmonton, Bruno Schultz. business agent for the local of the HJEC which has 230 mem- bers in Alljerla, said he was waiting word from union ofli- ciats in Toronto. "I expect all our people will go back when the legislation is he said. Alberta's Labor Minister Bert Hohol said Wednesday (he province is ready to im- pose compulsory arbitration if the u nnn's Alberta members fail lo follow I he legislation in Ontario. here last night recommended that trustees move lo close r.ll schools on Hulterite colonies in the division by June 30. About one-third of ihe 100 people at the meeling support- ed the recommendation. Some were opposed and many ab- stained. Jim Kindt of Nanton brought it to the floor of the pub-ic meeting in (he form of a resolu- tion but chairman Wallace Da- ley said the meeting hnd no Power to formulate policy but could make a recommendation. Also recommsnded was that the board refuse permission for public schools to be op- erated on any new Hutteri'e colony (hat might be formed iri the school division. STUDENTS BUSED .Most of the people attending were from the Parkland-Nan- lon-Clareshohn-Stavely areas to the north. School trustee Frank Eden said the Monarch colony docs not have a school and sluclents are bused into Fort Macleod. Secretary treasuer W, C. Cogdon reviewed the provincial government's grant system. The division pays teacher sal- aries but Ihe government gives a grant for each s'vdent. Last year, he said, colonies in the division were assessed an addi- tional each to defray costs. This is above their regular (ax- es. Hullerilcs may pay more next year, he said. If Ihe hoard goes ahead with the suggested policy, all Hutler- ite children would have to f.t- tend school in towns in the di- vision or Hiiltcrites would have to set up their own schools. Some people in r.t'endance said Ibis would benefit Hullcritps and division financing. Herald Lcgtslalure Bureau EDMONTON Credit party leader Werner Schmidt says he has discussed running in the Calgary Foothills con- stituency with officials of the riding's Socred association, but slill hasn't made up his mind whether to seek the seat there vacant since the Feb. 25 death of telephones minister Len Werry. Mr. Schmidl said in an inter- view he hopes to make an an- nouncement on whether he will contesl Ihe Calgary Foothills seat before Premier Lougheed sets a date for a by-election. Two Conservatives and a Lib- eral have expressed interest in contesting Ihe riding, but the Sccreds are holding back pend- ing an announcement by Mr. Schmidt. Attacked aircraft on spy mission? seltle the Issues, the- sooner we'll all be back in school." The day the news blackout was imposed, rural teachers were claiming the slrike could continue another week main- ly due to lack of concern on the part of rural parents. In the handbill Quid edited by Lethbridge Universi- ty senator and striking teacher Geoff Tagg, teachers arc urg- ed to encourage discussion on the strike situation: "Don't go into hiding during the strike. Stand up for what you believe is right. You mil get abuse, there will be ill feel- ing, but believe what you are doiug is right. "Public discussion and de- bate of the issues is to be en- couraged." TEACHERS WARNED Teachers have been warned, however, not to write or talk directly lo the news media. They have been told any views on the strike must first be cleared wilh ATA bargaining officials before it is made pul> lie. "There will be no communi- cations with the press in tha form of letters or articles re- lating to the dispute by teachers. "If you to follow such a course of action, submit your letter through the local infor- mation officer who will for- ward it to the bargaining agent's representative. "He is the only person au- thorized to release such infor- Mr. Tagg writes in Quid Novi? So, although a news ban has bsen attempted by the provin- cial government, and rural teachers have been restricted in their methods of public com- munication, inform a t ion on strike issues will continue to flow. RATIFY CONTRACT As talks continue totiay, tha 11th day of the rural strike, teachers of the North Central Alberta Social Authorities As- sociation have ratified a 1973 contract calling for a 6.5 per cent salary increase. The 12 month agreement boosts the wage of a degree teacher a minimum per year ani a maximum of The offer by the Southern Al- berta School Authorities Asso- ciation, rejected by Lethbridgo area teachers, would have pro- vided a minimum salary of. per year to a maximum for a degree teacher. SASAA has offered a 6.2 per cent hike, rural teachers are holding put 'for 7.5 to 10 per cent during 1973. WASHINGTON (AP) Offi- cial secrecy is raising suspicion that an unarmed United States Air Force C-130 transport-type plane was on an electronic in- telligence mission when at- tacked by Libyan jet fighters over the Mediterranean Wednesday. U.S. authorities said the four- engine plane was on an unspeci- fied military mission over inter- national waters 83 miles from Libya when it was attacked by two Libyan Air Force jets in daylight. They refused to describe the mission. Libyan officials said they had no notice of the in- cident. Cannon shots missed the C- 130, which escaped unharmed into a cloud and flew back to base in Athens, officials said. State Secretary William. Ro- gers summoned the senior Lib- yan diplomat in Washington and protested strongly while the too U.S. representative in Tripoli handed the Libyan government a similar protest deploring what was called an "unpardonable incident." Neither the defence depart- ment nor the state department would discuss the C-130's mis- sion, refusing even to answer questions about the size of the plane's crew. I Seen and heard About town 770RMER Herald mail room employee (1928 Earle Palmer visiting relatives in Lethbridge at the conclusion of a North Ameri- can business tour prior to his return to London, England John Walker picking a bouquet of dandelions be- cause he couldn't afford flow- ers for fellow city hall em- ployee, Mary Graham, who was off sick. Day care hospital established EDMONTON (CP) Three hospitals are being established in Alberta lo provide day care for elderly patients, health min- ister Neil Crawford announced today. Mr. Crawford, in a news re- lease, said two of the "geriatric clay hospitals" will be localed in Calgary and one in Edmon- ton. He said (lie concept has benn in use in New Zealand and Iho United Kingdom since the IWOs and will allow patients to ar- rive in the morning, spend sev- eral hours in therapeutic activ- ity and return home the same day. "This new approach is part cf the government's program lo examine ways and means ot providing a more flexible cost effective method of patient he said. The neiv operation will pro- vide services which will allow patients now in hospitals lo he- discharged and provide an al- ternative care program to post- pone for as long as possible the admission ol elderly patients to hospitals. "ft is ex peeled the project will start at the end of Mr. Crawford said adding the renovated facilities at the Cross Bow and Glen more Park aux- iliary hospitals in Calgary and the Dr. Angus McGugan Nurs- ing Home In Edmonton will bo used. The minister estimated the Calgary facilities will handle 250 patients each and said is being spcnl lo upgrade the two facilities to meet the new requirements. The program's objectives in- clude: the prevention of retar- dation of physical and menial deterioration; allowing patients to remain in their homes; to provide follow-up care for pa- tients discharged from hospi- tal, and to provide fome relief for relatives by caring for tho patient and his needs during the day. Mr. Crawford said patients will be admitted from nursing homes, senior citizens' homes, active trea t men t hospitals, home care extension programs, and from such groins as the salvation army and men's hos- tels. He said it also !s planned lo provide two 12-passenger buses for each unit because expe- rience in Great Britain showed city transit and private cars do not meet transportation needs for such patients. "The buses will be multi-pur- pose and allow for the trans- porting of wheelchair or am- bulatory patients in addition to transporting palients now in the district's facilities to outside activities." Dr. Hugh Atkinson and Dr. David Woolridge have been ap- pointed medical directors at the Cross Bow and Glenmore Park facilities respectively. Each unit will be staffed by seven professional hoalth care work- ers in addition to volunteers trom Hie community.