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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIOQE HERALD Friday, March News in brief Spring flooding expected U.S. appeal court passes on secret report EDMONTON (CP) The potential for spring flooding in Alberta north of Red Deer is high, Environment Minister Bill Yurko told the legislature Thursday. The greatest flood danger is expected along the Vermilion, Paddle, Pembina and Sturgeon rivers and Pine Creek, Mr. Yurko said. The Grande Prairie, Fairview, Rycroft, Whitecourt, Coronation and Cold Lake regions are also expected to face flooding. Heavy winter snow and autumn rain double the seasonal average has created the flooding potential, Mr. Yurko reported. "The fall rains reduced the ability of the soil to Absorb spring runoff. The amount of runoff and flooding will depend to a large degree on the speed of the spring melt and whether rains accompany the thaw." Albejrta 'regrets attack" EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta legislature Thursday sent a telegram to Queen Elizabeth expressing regret at the "outrageous criminal action" taken against Princess Anne and Capt. Mark Phillips in the unsuccessful kidnapping attempt. The telegram, sent at the urging of Ralph Sorenson (SC expressed admiration for the courage demonstrated by The Queen "in facing this brutal and unwarranted crisis." Private bills introduced EDMONTON (CP) Two MLAs who didn't have any success getting their bills through the legislature last year are hoping for better luck this session. Albert Ludwig (SC Calgary Mountain View) Thursday introduced two bills and Dr. Ken Paprpski (PC Edmonton Kingsway) proposed one piece of fegislation. All three bills died on the order paper last year. Mr. Ludwig wants amendments to the Insurance Act to ensure that a person'is not discriminated against because of race, color, sex or age in the purchase of automobile insurance. He also proposed legislation that would require all elected officials in the province, as well as senior government officers, to disclose personal business interests. Currently, such disclosures apply only to cabinet ministers. Dr. Paproski introduced a bill designed to establish centres for co-ordinated community health and social services. Terrorists shoot dock workers BELFAST (AP) Terrorist gunmen shot down a group of workers in Belfast's dock area Thursday, killing one and wounding four. In the city centre, a bomb wrecked a bar and injured four men. The violence followed an offer by the militant provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) for a but on its own terms. The IRA, fighting to wrest Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom, made three main demands: must declare an intention to withdraw its garrison in Ulster in a phased and orderly way. Irish must determine their own political solution without British interference. must free all prisoners and guarantee amnesty for those wanted by Northern Ireland security forces. The ceasefire bid brought no immediate reaction from British officials. Northern comment requested OTTAWA (CP) The Com- mons northern affairs com- mittee agreed Thursday to postpone discussion of a bill aimed at enlarging the councils of the two northern territories until the councils have had a chance to comment on the proposed legislation. The bill, which passed second reading in the House March 18, would increase the size of the Yukon territorial council to 12 elected members from seven. It also would drop four appointed members currently sitting on the Northwest Territories coun- cil and increase its elected representation to 15 from 10. Second kidnap suspect held MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) Authorities have arrested a second man in connection with the kidnapping of a banker's wife, and have recovered all but of ransom paid. The FBI identified the second man as Frederick Henry Helberg, 43, a South St. Paul welder and carpenter. They arrested him Thursday in Minneapolis. Authorities said Helberg will be arraigned today on Doyuhivf PROBLEMS 600D PICTURES? Thenletthe experts show you how in MM iMk SBMYtrMIIDY KWIKKOLOR 327-4M4 'Same Day Servioe on Your Color KWIK KOLOM MMVtCC IQA charges of violating the Hobbs Act, which involves extortion. Helberg was arrested for the abduction of Eunice Kronholm, 46. Her husband, Gunnar, paid ransom. He is president of the Drovers State Bank of South St. Paul. James William Johnson, 35, Lakeville. was arrested Monday and was charged with violation of the Hobbs Act. He was being held in lieu of bail. Mrs. Kronholm .was taken from her home last Friday morning. On Monday evening she talked one of her captors into releasing her after hearing on the radio that Johnson had been arrested. Non-aligned ALGIERS (Reuter) A meeting of leading non- aligned countries today with a call for a new international economic order fairer to the world's poorest countries. The non-aligned movement called for "a thorough struc- tural change of economic rela- tions which hitherto have been based on inequality, domination and exploitation." The conference also decided to appoint experts from Sri Lanka. Nepal. Guyana and Liberia to consult oil- producing countries on ways of offsetting the serious effects on the economies of poor countries of the recent huge increases in oil prices. Delegates set up a committee of experts to draw up detailed proposals for an economic and social development fund. The committee, whose composition was not announced, will hold its first meeting May 6 in Kuwait. WASHINGTON (AP) A federal appeals court has moved the House of Representatives judiciary committee a step closer to access to a secret grand jury report on President Nixon's role in Watergate. In an opinion Thursday, the court rejected requests that it reverse U.S. District Judge John Sirica's order sending the grand jury report to the committee. The appeals court delayed delivery of the report until 2 p.m. MST Monday to give lawyers time to take the case to the Supreme Court. President Nixon did not op- pose sending the report to the House, a fact cited by both Si- rica and the appeals court. But lawyers for H.R. Halde- man. former White House staff chief, and Gordon Strachan, a former Haldeman opposed sending the report to the House on the grounds its contents probably will be made public and result in publicity that might make it impossible for them io obtain a fair trial. Haldeman and Strachan were among seven former administration or campaign aides indicted March 1 for allegedly trying to block the Watergate investigation. The grand jury gave Sirica its sealed report and a satchel filled with evidence at the same time it returned the indictment. Lawyers for Haldeman and Strachan said they were unde- cided on whether to ask the Supreme Court to overrule the appeals court. The appeals court, which heard oral arguments earlier Thursday, said in its decision: "We think it of significance that the president of the United States, who is described by all parties as the focus of the report and who presumably would have the greatest interest in its disposition, has interposed no objection to the district court's action." As for the statements that there might be a leak that would generate prejudicial publicity, the appeals court said they were "at best, a slender interest" and added, "it appears to be premature at the least" to make the claims before any such publicity has occurred. Nursing home standards tightened Philip received word of shooting in his nightshirt Standing guard Military police, together with a guard dog, check vehicle at entrance to Oak Grove House here Thursday, while inside Princess Anne rests after Wednesday night's shooting attack. JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) An urgent call from Buckingham Palace brought Prince Philip, barefooted and in his nightshirt, to the telephone in the front hall of the guest house in Jogjakarta at 3 a.m. Thursday. Philip Moor, an assistant to the Queen's private secretary, told the Queen's husband that their daughter, Princess Anne, and her husband, Capt. Mark Phillips, had narrowly escaped death when a man fired repeatedly into their limousine Wednesday in an apparent attempt to kidnap the princess. The Queen and her husband are on a state visit to In- donesia, and Moore telephoned them as soon as he heard of the attempt on the princess. There were some minutes of frustration and a little screaming when Moor encountered a language Costs up PRINCETON. N.J. (AP) The latest Gallup Poll says the average American family spends a week on food, more than last year. In the eastern parts of the United States, the figure is while in the rest of the country it is the pollsters said. barrier. The Indonesian guard at the Jogjakarta guest house could not speak English. The connection was broken three times before the guard managed to reach Lt.-Col. Purnomo, the Queen's Indonesian aide de camp. Purnomo rushed to the Queen's private secretary, Sir Martin Charters, who hurried to the royal bedroom. The Queen and Philip had retired after a tiring day, flying 300 miles from Jakarta to Jogjakarta, then travelling another 100 miles by car around central Java. The prince had trouble with the connection to London. Moving to another telephone, he caught his foot in a flower pot-and hurt it slightly. After talking vvith Moor, the prince immediately phoned Princess Anne in London. They talked for several minutes, and he looked relieved as he returned to the Queen to tell her what had happened. The Queen was shocked, then relieved that her daughter was safe. And she was reported deeply concerned about the four men wounded in the shooting. But she decided not to cut short her visit to Indonesia. Later in the day, the royal couple carried on with their schedule, visiting a British aid and an exhibition of Indonesian handicraft and painting. 77 Suffield tests hit gas formations EDMONTON (CP) All 77 exploratory wells on the Suffield military reserve in southeastern Alberta have tapped gas formations, Bill Dickie, mines and minerals minister, said Thursday. The government, which.owns the mineral rights, spent million on the drilling program, Mr. Dickie said after tabling in the legislature a report on the drilling. The next stage is development wells that will determine how much gas is contained in the Suffield Block. Previous estimates have indicated there is four trillion cubic feet of natural gas, enough fuel for both Edmonton and Calgary for the next 100 years. Ownership of the Suffield Block will eventually be turned over to the newly-formed Alberta Energy Co., a joint government-investor company designed to allow expanded citizen participation in resource development. B.C. minister defends firing of commissioner Gunman holds hostage in Belgian embassy STOCKHOLM (AP) An armed Frenchman surrendered early today after holding the Belgian ambassador's secretary hostage for 14 hours in the em- bassy in this Swedish capital- He said he wanted his young son returned to" him from a children's home in Belgium. About hours before giving up. the man set fire to some of the furniture in the embassy, smashed windows with his pistol and dropped burning papers on policemen outside. But police said neither he nor his hostage, Marita Sundberg. was hurt. Mrs. Sundberg is secretary to Ambassador Edmonde Devere. The man, identified by the police only as a 30-year-old Frenchman, probably from Paris, was taken to a hospital for examination. VICTORIA (CP) Former education commissioner John Bremer was fired because he never showed any results of his work, not because his ideas on education clashed with those of the provincial government, Education Minister Eileen Dailly said Thursday. She said Mr. Bremer was hired last April to evaluate the public school system in the province and after nine months of work he did not produce "one piece of paper" with interim recommenda- tions. The government's dismissal of Mr. Bremer as of Feb. 28 has been the subject of much opposition criticism and the subject has been raised many times in the current session. It was raised Thursday night by Conservative leader Scott Wallace who said Mr. Bremer has responded on television to the government's release Wednesday of its "motherhood and apple pie" white paper on education with a white paper of his own. He said Mr. Bremer called for the formation of 12 regional. community education boards and five separate pieces of legislation covering various stages of educational development. Dr. Wallace said Mr. Bremer's recommendations would result in a 50 per cent cut in the education department staff and greater decentralization of educational authority. Mr. Bremer was in the public galleries during the debate and in an interview afterward said although he had never presented his recommendations in a formal bound document to Mrs. Dailiy he had explained them orally to her at least once last year. "I had always worked on the assumption that I had been appointed for 3% Mr. Bremer said. Rapid transit given green light EDMONTON (CP) A proposal for a million rapid transit system linking the downtown area to the city's northeast region was approved in principle Thursday night by city council Council voted to proceed with the proposal made by Brooker Engineering Ltd. for the system whick would run above and below ground. Only million has been approved by the city for the huge project which will take until mid-1977 to complete. Mayor Ivor Dent said it was uncertain where the remaining million would come from, but there are indications the provincial government will participate. The speech from the throne March 7 promised that the province would support a multi-year program for mass transit, although the extent and terms of such support were not detailed. The mayor also said it was not immediately known if the federal government would participate in financing. Aid. Ed Leger's motion to refer the report back to city commissioners for farther study was defeated. Aid. Una Evans, referring to the start of rapid transit planning hi 1968, said a "six- year pause is long enough." "If we had gone ahead with the proposal in 1968 and then million it would have initially cost we'd have an operational rapid transit system she said. "Our pause of six years has proven that costs have tripled." Initial construction work would begin late this year. Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Legislation to tighten up standards of nursing home care and prevent local hospital boards from interfering with private applicants for establishing homes was introduced Thursday. The Nursing Homes Amendment Act would also require that nursing home operators be Albertans or Alberta companies. It would bring all nursing homes directly under the control of the Alberta Hospital Services Commission. In an interview outside the legislature, Les Young (PC Taylor rips Parks Act EDMONTON (CP) Provisions in a proposed Parks Act allowing the cabinet to change existing legislation regarding parks came under sharp attack in the legislature Thursday night from the Social Credit opposition. Gordon Taylor (SC Drumheller) criticized a section of the act that would permit the cabinet to make regulations "varying, substituting, adding to or making inapplicable" provisions of four acts dealing with parks. "If sections in the acts need to be changed, the acts should be brought to the legislature and the changes made through Mr. Taylor said during debate on second reading of the rewritten Parks Act. Mr. Taylor said that section would "make the government supreme and the legislature subsidiary to the government." Debate was adjourned before Dr. Allan Warrack, lands and forests minister, had an opportunity to reply to Mr. Taylor. Mr. Taylor also spoke against a section of the bill that would allow a park officer to seize any object being used in contravention of park regulations whether or not it is in the possession of the person alleged to have committed the offence. The park official would then furnish an affidavit to a provincial judge stating he has reason to believe an offence was committed. "It's going too far to say a park officer can seize anything he wants to Mr. Taylor said. He said that if an offence has been committed, the charge should be heard by a judge who would then determine if an article should be confiscated, "Sometimes an article is seized and held up for a Mr. Taylor charged. Mr. Taylor noted that his party, when it formed the government, had legislation allowing seizures, "but that doesn't make it right" Jasper who introduced the bill, said it did not conflict with the government's stated aim to decentralize services. "We are trying to tighten up on quality of care, and strike a balance between decentralization of services to local governments but provide opportunities for private operators. It is a difficult balance to strike." Mr. Young said the government wanted to prevent private applicants from being blocked by local hospital boards with which they would compete. "We are trying to bypass local aspirations and politics." But he emphasized that in removing approval powers from local boards for private homes, ample protection was being included to insure anyone who wanted to, an opportunity to appear before the commission on an application. All new applicants would have to be Albertan "because the commission wants to be doubly assured it can deal first hand with the ultimate authority in charge of a Mr. Young, a member of the commission, said. He said the requirements will not apply to nursing homes already in operation. No significant problems in care are evident at the moment but "unsatisfactory levels of care" including poor food and lack of proper activities existed in the past, Mr. Young said. The legislation is intended to avoid these and nursing home operators "by and large" were co-operating with the government. Israel to lodge complaint TEL AVIV (Reuter) Israel instructed its ambassador at the United Nations today to lodge an immediate complaint as firing broke out between Syrian and Israeli forces on the Golan Heights front for the llth day in a row. An army spokesman in Tel Aviv said one Israeli soldier was wounded by Syrian artil- lery fire which opened up on Israeli positions in the northern sector of the bulge captured by Israel in the October war. Later the artillery was joined by tank shelling and the Israelis returned the fire, the communique said. Today's injury brought the number of Israeli casualties in the last two weeks to three killed and 11 wounded, in addi- tion to two United Nations truce observers hurt BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. race COLUEOCMAU. MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE Men's Glee Club Will Be Heard In Concert in the LCJ, Gym Tonight, Friday, March 22 p.m. ;