Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 23, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday 13-20. Forecast high The LetHbndge Herald ? ? ? ? ? LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 20 PAGES Troops flee from Laos From AP-Reater KHE SANH (CP) - U.S. support forces began pulling out of the northwest corner of South Vietnam today and more thou-sands of South Vietnamese troops fled across the border from Laos under heavy assault. As the Laos operation drew to a close, North Vietnamese troops stepped up their attacks on the U.S. forces in the northwest sector who backed the South Vietnamese in their 44-day drive to cut North Vietnam's Ho Chi Minn trail. North Vietnamese artillery, rockets, mortars and sappers MIRACLE - NOBODY KILLED - This late model vehicle, driven by Stanley Zwierzynsky of Vancouver, the lone occupant, was proceeding east on Highway 3 Into the city when It went out of control and struck a power pole. Mr. Zwierzynsky was taken to St. Michael's General Hospital and treated for a broken pelvis. He is reported in satisfactory condition. The car was almost torn in half by the impact. Damage was estimated at $2,000. _ _ SpeakerDixon defuses Alta. house issue EDMONTON (CP) - Speaker Art Dixon has defused, at least temporarily, the most contentious issue of the current Alberta legislature session by ruling it out of order. In an adept recovery from a stormy debate Friday during which he was overruled, Mr. Dixon first asked for and received a vote of confidence Monday, won an appeal against a ruling, then lost the support of Opposition Leader Peter Lougheed. ..... Pushed off the order paper was a Progressive Conservative motion which accused Health Minister James Henderson of improper conduct in tabling in the legislature personal, confidential information about a citizen in the legislature. Introduced last Thursday as a matter of privilege, the motion asked that Mr. Henderson's actions be investigated by the legislature's standing committee on privileges and elections. Debate became heated Thursday when Mr. Henderson proposed an amendment which asked that Mr. Lougheed's actions in the matter also be referred to the committeee. The Conservatives countered with a sub-amendment which questioned the actions of Social Development Minister Ray Speaker and Premier Harry Strom for "condoning" use of the confidential information. Mr. Dixon ruled the amendment out of order but the ruling was challenged by Mr. Henderson and overturned1 44 to 14 in a standing vote. Voting to uphold the Speaker were 10 Conservatives and four of 55 Social Credit members in the 65-seat house. Seven members were absent. Pot begins to simmer The pot began to simmer Feb. 16 when Mr. Lougheed presented a petition from Noel McKay, a 65-year-old resident of Fort Chipewyan in northeastern Alberta. Mr. McKay sought government aid in correcting low water problems on the Peace-Athabasca rivers delta. He said he had made his living on the delta as a trapper but low water, caused by the W. A. C Bennett Dam in British Columbia, was destroying trapping in the area. Mr. Henderson came back March 16 with a document that gave Mr. McKay's welfare record and noted that the Fort Chipewyan resident had reported no income from trapping since 1963. Things began to boil last week when Mr. Lougheed attacked Mr. Henderson for "a disgraceful effort" to discredit Mr. McKay. The health minister replied that Mr. Lougheed had used Mr. McKay "for his personal political benefit" and he had tabled the information to show that the petition was not factual and accurate. Most observers who were expecting the fireworks to resume Monday were surprised when Mr. Dixon opened proceedings by saying: "I have taken the opportunity of consulting with other parliamentary authorities regarding the matters of privilege that are before us. "As Speaker, it would be my duty to present these findings for the information of the house and to make certain rulings. "Before doing this, I must draw the attention of the members to the result of a previous ruling of mine regarding these matters that was not sustained by an overwhelming majority of the house. "Under these circumstances, doubt has been expressed on my continuing tenure of the office of speaker without first seeking interpretation of what amounts to a motion of non-confidence." Hugh Horner (PC - Lac Ste. Anne) tried to get Mr. Dixon to give his ruling before the vote but failed and the Conservatives grudgingly made the vote of confidence a unanimous 61 to 0 affair. Mr. Lougheed then rose and said: "In view of today's events I no longer have confidence in the Speaker,'' Court refuses to rule in chemical firms case WASHINGTON (CP) - The United States Supreme Court declined today to exert jurisdiction in a case in which the state of Ohio charged chemical firms in Ontario and Michigan with feeding poisonous mercury compounds into Lake Erie.- By a vote of 8 to 1, the court directed Ohio to take its case to its state courts. Ohio had sought to take the case directly to the Supreme Court without first going through lower courts. However, the Supreme Court made a virtual promise that if the state's allegations are proved the high court then would uphold Ohio. Ohio complained that chemical firms were contaminating Lake Erie tributaries and asked the court to enjoin further contamination and to order damages paid to the state and its residents. The firms are Dow Chemical of Canada at Sarnia, Ont.; the Dow Chemical Co. at Midland, Mich., and Wyandotte Chemicals Corp. of Michigan, whose lawyer told the Supreme Court in a Jan. 18 hearing that it would close April 1, having found a recycling process too expensive. Ottawa discounts Home Oil report OTTAWA (CP) - Government sources discounted a report today that a federal bid to take over effective control of Home Oil Co. of Canada has fallen through. Informants indicated that there was a change of tack Monday in negotiations between Home Oil President R. A.. Brown and an energy depart, ment official, but declined to Sierra Leone government toppled FREETOWN (AP) - The commander of Sierra Leone's army, Brig. John Bangurah, declared today that the army has toppled the government of Prime Minister Siaka P. Stevens. Sierra Leone, a country of about 28,000 square miles on the Atlantic bordered by Guinea and Liberia, has a population of nearly 2.5 million. Established by British interests in the 18th century as a haven for freed slaves, it gained independence within the Commonwealth a decade ago. say precisely what was involved. The office of Energy Minister J. J. Greene first said the minister would make an important announcement Monday, then said it was cancelled. Mr. Greene declined to say whether he would make an announcement today. Radio station CFRA said in a broadcast this morning that the government offer had fallen through. In a Canadian Contemporary News item, sources are quoted as saying Home President R. A. Brown did not act on a Monday noon deadline set by the government and gave two reasons for refusing the offer. One reason, the news item said, was that the government's offer was $1 million less than that offered by Ashland Oil Co. of Kentucky. The other reason was that Mr. Brown refused a demand by Resources Minister J. J. Greene that the deputy resources minister, Jack Austin, be appointed to the board of directors of Home. No further details were given. West Germany to buy planes BONN (AP) - The West German defence ministry announced today it plans to buy F-4 Phantom jets from the United States to replace its ill-fated F-104G Starfighters, and its G-91 Fiat jets. Seen and heard About town rpiME watcher Holly Light-foot getting fooled by an oven timer when she counted 12 dings when it was only six o'clock . . . Reg O'Sulli-van receiving congratulations when his team won the southern provincial hockey title with, "You surely missed a good game." He was ejected for objecting to a call. hit the forward base of Khe Sanh near the Laotian border and eight other U.S. positions supporting the South Vietnamese in Laos. The U.S. command reported seven Americans were killed and 40 wounded, but field reports said the casualties were higher. Associated Press correspondent Michael Putzel reported from the northern front that some U.S'. helicopter units began pulling out of Khe Sanh and returning to their normal headquarters at Chu Lai and Phu Bai. Informed sources said it would be some time before the last U.S. units are withdrawn from western Quang Tri province, bordering Laos on the west and the demilitarized zone on the north. About 10,000 U.S. troops were put into the sector Jan. 30 to act as a blocking force for the South Vietnamese and to suo-port the Saigon forces with helicopters and supply movements. It was understood that Khe Sanh itself would be closed within the next three weeks. Ham Nghi, the South Vietnam- ese forward command post for the operation nearby, now is in the process of closing out. RECAPTURE POSITION Government troops have recaptured the closest government position to Luang Prabang which was overrun by two North Vietnamese companies early today, Laotian military sources said. Earlier, Prince Souvanna Phouma, the premier of Laos, called for Britain and Russia to act urgently to remove the Communist-led military threat against the country's royal capital, Luang Prabang. West side project Forces seize power BUENOS AIRES (Reuter) - The armed forces seized power in a bloodless coup early today, ending a long-simmering dispute between military leaders and deposed President Roberto M. Levingston about the handling of labor disputes and general unrest in the country. Another reason for the coup, The Associated Press said, was that the president wanted to put off elections for another four, or five years. Levingston, who took a harder line on the disputes than the military, will be replaced by a three-man junta, one member chosen from each of the-services. Levingston, 51, who was himself appointed by the armed forces, had been in power for only nine months. He took office last June after the armed forces ousted the regime of Juan Carlos Ongania. Levingston, an army general, is the ninth Argentine president to be ousted by a military coup in the last 40 years. The country of 23 million has had six military coups' and several unsuccessful revolts in 40 years. The announcement that the military now plans to run the country itself was made by the army commander-in-chief, Gen. Alejandro A. Lanusse. The commanders of the navy and air force joined with Lanusse in removing the president because Levingston Monday tried to get rid of the army chief, who was opposed to the president's nationalist' policies. The statement. by the commanders struck observers here as reaffirming plans for a return to democratic rule, which ended in Argentina when Ongania took power. gets go-ahead Despite the reservations of three aldermen, city council Monday voted to go ahead this year with the provision of some services to the west side. Alderman Vaughan Hem-broff, Joe Balla and Vera Ferguson voted for a motion that would have deferred further construction until 1972, putting west side development back one year. The motion was defeated. They also opposed the motion that was passed - to award the $473,000 contract for the provision of services to one point on the perimiter of Phase 1 and to investigate the possibility of tendering out Phase 1 residential construction in three or four block developments. The contract will go to Borger Construction Ltd. of Calgary. Design costs of about $104,000 will also be paid this year. SERVICING PROJECT The servicing project approved is the smaller of two New Irish leader promises fight PRESIDENT LEVINGSTON From AP-REUTER BELFAST (CP) - Brian Faulkner, a veteran in-fighter in Northern Ireland's political and religious strife, took over as premier today and pledged to "smash terrorism." The 50-year-old Faulkner-regarded as a moderate-beat back the challenge of militant Protestant right-winger William Craig who wants to rearm the police and set up internment camps for suspected Irish Republican Army terrorists. Faulkner, a skilful political manoeuvrer, promised the Protestant militants, who have accused British troops and reform advocates of being too soft on the IRA, sadd he would stamp out "not only terrorism and sabotage, but riots and disorder." And he held out a pledge to the Roman Catholic minority that he would work for restoration of "confidence throughout the entire community." He said he did not want "harsh measures or repressive measures." CAUCUS SHOWDOWN The showdown in the two-man fight came in a caucus of the Protestant-based Unionist party. The caucus consisted of the 31 Unionist members of the 52-seat Northern Ireland Parliament. Faulkner got 26 votes, Craig four. Faulkner did not vote. Although a nominee, Craig could not participate because he had been ousted from the Unionist parliamentary group for opposing official policies. But Craig, while short on support in the caucus, claimed control of more than half the Unionist party's district branches, raising the prospect that he could be elected leader of the party at a convention scheduled Monday. ; James Chichester-Clark quit as prime minister, and party leader last weekend because the British government would not BRIAN FAULKNER ... veteran in-fighter approve tougher measures against' Roman Catholic extremists of the IRA. Generally the prime minister also is elected party leader. But in this case there appeared to be a chance that different men would hold the two jobs. Vaccine controls liver disease Laxative spills in Ontario derailment TICHBORNE, Ont. (CP) - Derailment of five cars of a CP Rail freight yesterday dumped thousands of gallons of laxative near a swampy area 30 miles north of Kingston. The Ontario Water Resources Commission was investigating whether the milk of magnesia spilled from a tank car would affect wildlife. alternatives prepared by the engineering department. It involves drainage, sewer and water systems, plus roadworks on the periphery of Phase 1. Main trunk lin.es would be provided to one point near the university site; interior services that would provide hook-up to individual houses are not included. The interior services' would be a part of any project undertaken by a private developer to develop a 10 to 20 acre parcel. The possibility of tendering such projects out is to be investigated by the land sales committee and a report made to the finance committee or a closed session of council. City Manager Tom Nutting said there is still the possibility that the city could be in a position to provide services to all of Phase l. He said that if there is good response from developers and a large part of Phase 1 (a total of 185 lots) can be taken over by private firms and lot sales assured, then the city could decide to go ahead with providing the trunk lines that would allow interior services to hook up. He said there was some doubt about how much of Phase 1 could be developed with only partial services being provided by the city. The cost of interior services and off-site improvements comes to about $943,000. Mr. Nutting told a group of Leth-bridge builders earlier this month the city was taking a hard look at this cost and that if the developers were serious about moving across the river they might help out by financing these costs rather than have the city tie up its money in pre-servicing lots. MAYOR WARNS Aid. Joe Balla pointed out that none of the developers had showed any interest at the time. Mayor Andy Anderson, temporarily vacating the chair to comment, said council should be wary of being guided by the opinion of builders who had land on the east side that was undeveloped. He also said he was totally opposed to any delay in development of the west side and "not one bit pessimistic" about the future of the city. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said he was committed to the west side but did not feel there was a lot of pressure to begin building homes across the river. This was seconded by Aid. Vera Ferguson, who said she felt the move was "a little premature." The decision was made after two closed sessions of council and in the face of pressure to pay for secondary sewage treatment facilities' and a new arena. NEW YORK (Reuter) - Scientists have found a way to immunize people against serum hepatitis that may control the disease in the way the Salk vaccine virtually ended polio, it was announced today. The New York University Medical Centre said it considered the work of Prof. Saul Krugman and two associates to be "a significant accomplishment toward the development of a vaccine for the control of the disease, much as poliomyelitis has been controlled by vaccines." Hepatitis is a virus-caused disease, attacking the liver and causing jaundice, nausea, weak- ness and other symptoms. Prof. Krugman, chairman of the department of pediatrics at the medical centre, disclosed his findings at a lecture here today. Serum hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by transfusion o f contaminated blood or plasma and by the use of poorly sterilized hypodermic needles and other medical equipment. It can also be passed on by an infected person. THERE'S ANOTHER KIND It is distinguished from infectious hepatitis which is caused by contaminated food and water. Prof. Krugman said recent observations by his team, which has been studying hepatitis since 1956, indicated that the boiling for one minute of serum made from the MS-2 (serum hepatitis) strain of virus destroyed the substance's ability to infect without affecting is ability to stimulate production of antibodies against the disease. The scientist said his team had been successful in fighting the disease by both active immunization-the injection of a virus into a body which then produces antibodies-and passive immunization-the direct injection of antibodies. Active immunization, he said was induced by the inoculation of a boiled preparation of MS-2 serum in distilled water. Two inoculations were more effective than one but one inoculation gave enough protection to prevent some cases and modify others. Those receiving two injections of the boiled serum were not only protected against hepatitis but they also developed antibodies against the disease. The studies were conducted with a comparatively small number of participants and further testing is necessary, he ded. Gas company worker killed BANFF (CP) - Dennis Edward Kambeitz, 27, of Banff was killed when pinned between the boom and cab of a small power shovel he was operating. He was digging a ditch for a Canadian Western Natural Gas pipeline when the accident occurred. Chevalier striken PARIS (AP) - Maurice Chevalier is in hospital where, a source said, he was taken in a coma two weeks ago after suf-feting a 'minor heart attack." 'It's a lottery for who talks longest, us or the.Paris Peace crowd)'