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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH THURSDAY NEAR 25 The LetKbndae Herald VOL. LXIV - No. 87 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENT9 ? ? ? * ir FOUR SECTIONS - 46 PAGES Plan announced to neutralize surplus DDT supply at Suffield OTTAWA (CP) - Plans were announced today to neutralize the defence department's 107,-000-gallon surplus supply of DDT by this December at a $150,000 destructor plant to be V,built at defence research estab-. lishment Suffield, near Medicine Hat, Alta. The process is scheduled to begin in July. When the defence department surplus has been neutralized, work will begin on DDT currently being held by other federal departments, the provinces, and cities and municipalities. Strict restrictions on use of the pesticides were announced by the federal government last November and came into effect Jan. 1. The Defence Research Board said the destructor plant-consisting of a furnace and scrubber-will be built by Protherm Equipment Ltd., of Burlington, Ont. The DDT combinations will be fed into an installation that resembles a single-stage jet engine with a vertical scrubbing tower at the exit end. They will be atomized in a high  temperature refractory where complete combustion will take place. Water, serving as a coolant, will be introduced at the top of the tower and flow through a fil-\ "Mr ,7i11 '-oo1 and liquify the combustion products which will emerge as a harmless dilute add. Special credit for development of the system is given to E. R. Mitchell, of the combustion research laboratory of the energy department, who conducted feasibility studies and then designed and built a model of the plant now being prepared for installation. The system will later be mo- dified for destruction of compounds with different combustion products. The defence department surplus had been used to control biting flies at military bases, until the government determined the use of DDT to be detrimental to the ecology and announced restrictions for its use. City seen testing ground for health, social plan By RICHARD BRONSTEIN EDMONTON (Special) - There is a strong likelihood that Lethbridge will be desigr I nated as a proving ground to test an, experimental method for the delivery of health and \ social services. t A government official confirmed Tuesday that Lethbridge ^ would be ideal in a number of | ways to examine the feasibility of the recently announced composite health and social services plans. But that a final decision must await legislative approval. "It would be improper to make the announcement before the act is approved," a health department spokesman said. "But we should be ready to get the project under way in Lethbridge by July." The composite health and so-, cial services plan, contained in HOT CHIIE-Rightwing Party Congressman Fernando Maturana, left, trades punches with three Communist congressmen during heated debate in Santiago, Chile, as special Chilean congressional commission investigated alleged copper scandal._____ Copyright law overhaul advocated By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) - A fundamental switch in historic government attitudes towards copyright and patent law was recommended Tuesday by the Economic Council of'Canada. It would lead among other things to lower prices for imported books. The council, in a final report of a five-year study, also recommended that cable television companies be held liable for the payment of royalties on copyright material, but that patent and copyright laws not be extended to.the field of computer programming. The 236-page Report on Intellectual and Industrial Property was endorsed by the 28-member council representing government, business, farm and consumer organizations. But two labor representatives, Donald MacDonald of the Canadian Labor Congress and Marcel Pepin of the Confederation of National Trade Unions, withheld support from some aspects. Basically, the report recommends a shift from the old concept of royal patents and copyrights to inventors, authors and innovators for the use of their ideas. Instead, the council recommends that while the financial interests of innovators should be protected, the wider interests of consumers should be encouraged- The term of 17 years for a patent would be continued. But under the council's recommendations, the government could insist that exclusive rights to the use of a patent be spread! wider after the first five years. Protects ideas The ownership of the expression of an idea in words, music or art would continue to be protected by copyright. But rules would be introduced to see that copyright is not used to support inordinately high prices. Exclusive distribution rights under copyright law can be used now as a shield for Canadian industry and to support higher prices for imported books. The council found that British books sell in Canada at prices 30 per cent higher than British prices. The report also recommends that a clear copyright be recognized for material originating in live broadcasts. This has not been established in the law as it now stands. Where radio or TV programs now are spread to larger audiences through cable TV systems, the system operators have not so far been charged royalties on the relay of copyright material. The report recommends that if they alter the nature of the program in any way, they should be required to pay royalties. Programs that are simply relayed intact are presumed to give a wider audience to the originating station which, in turn, should pay any additional benefits to performers or copyright owners. Arthur J. R. Smith, chairman of the council, would not agree at a news conference with a reporter's suggestion that the report recommends weakening present patent and copyright laws. The proposals, he said, are designed "to work more effectively in the broad social and economic interests of the people of this country. "This means a great deal for the man in the street. He's the one who pays for the incentives provided by patent and copyright laws, so he has a very large stake. "The net result is to achieve wider benefits to society, and to reduce the. economic costs involved,'1 _j Mental health Plane report accepted vote today WASHINGTON (Reuter) -The future of the American supersonic transport faces a Senate showdown today with a vital vote that could spell the end of government financing for the controversial plane. President Nixon was reported telephoning wavering senators trying to swing enough support to win the vote, but most tentative advance counts indicated the SST would lose government support. The government already has spent $864 million over seven years on the SST. Senate support for the plane would send the issue to a conference with the House of Representatives, raising the prospect of another temporary lease on life for the SST. The House Thursday reversed its previous stand and voted against an administration request for another $134 million to finance the prototype program until the current fiscal year ends June 30. Nine senators remained publicly uncommitted Tuesday night. A vote count by the Columbia Broadcasting System, based on educated guesses on what six of these would do, came up with a 49-46 tally against the SST. This left three senators who could go either way-Hubert H. Humphrey (Dem. Minn.), Stuart Symington (Dem. MD.( and Margaret Chase Smith Rep. Me.). K there was a 49-49 tie, Vice-President Spiro T. Agnew would cast the deciding ballot for the SST. Two senators will be absent because of illness. EDMONTON (CP) - The government has accepted the philosophy of the Blair report, which recommends major improvements in mental health services, and is working with local authorities to provide a flexible health services system in the province, Health Minister James Henderson told the Alberta Legislature Tuesday. Mr. Henderson said the coming merger of the departments of health and social development is primarily a result of the report's recommendations. The health minister spoke during debate oh a motion by Len Werry (PC-Calgary Bow ness) which asks the legislature to direct the government to the commitment of the implementation of the 13 priorities of the Blair Mental Health Study in Alberta. He said the basic problem in Improving treatment facilities is changing the attitudes of the public and medical profession about mental health. LETHBRIDGE GRANT The government had taken several concrete steps, including a grant to a hospital in Lethbridge to expand psychiatric services. The problem was somewhat more difficult in Grande Prairie, because the Peace River district lacks a practicing psychiatrist, he said. The government has signed a contract with the Alberta Medical Association to overcome the lack of personnel. Under the contract a psychiatrist will visit Grande Prairie and the town of Peace River once a week on an alternating basis to provide consulting psychiatric services. Negotiations were in progress on a similar contract to have psychiatrists from Calgary visiting communities such as Druinheller. Mr. Henderson said the program will be limited to communities which have a functioning mental health planning council. The government was assisting in setting up a program at the Woods Christian Home in Calgary for mentally disturbed children. The three-year program will eventually provide treatment for 30 children. Steps were being taken to increase the supply of psychiatric beds at Holy Cross Hospital in Calgary and to develop a small remand unit in the southern city to work with the city police force. The unit would contain facilities for the acute detoxification of alcoholics and drug users. In adjourning debate, Mr. Henderson said the problems of mental health facilities can not be solved by government edict. It's easy to make a recommendation but hard to carry it' out." More money in offing for schools EDMONTON (CP) - Elementary schools may soon be getting a bigger share of the money spent on education in Alberta, Education Minister Robert Clark said here. He was replying to Bob Dowling (PC-Edson) during consideration of education department spending estimates in the legislature. The legislature approved estimates of $410.6 million, which make up more than 35 per cent of the province's 1971-72 budget of $1.2 billion. SMinging Sinatra retires HOLLYWOOD (AP) - Frank Sinatra, bobby sox idol of the 1940s and show business giant of two later decades, says he is retiring from the entertainment world and public life. The announcement comes four months after Warner Bros, studio said the singer-actor was forced to withdraw from a starring role in a movie because of persistent pain in the right hand. Sinatra, 55, in a statement to the New York Daily News, said Tuesday his retirement is effective immediately, adding: "I look forward to enjoying more time with my family and dear friends, to writing a bit-perhaps even to teaching." Sinatra underwent surgery on his hand last June for a condition known as Dupuytren's contracture, a shortening or distortion of muscular tissue in the palm and fingers. The surgery was successful, his doctor said, but the ailment is marked by a persistence of pain. QUIT ROLE The pain caused Sinatra to quit the role in the Warner Bros, movie Dead Right which Carson, wife agree to part NEW YORK (AP) - Johnny Carson's wife Joanne has dropped a demand for $7,000 a week temporary alimony and signed what a lawyer described as an "amicable separation agreement" with the Tonight Show TV star. No details were disclosed. legislation merging the health and social service departments into a single administra t i v e unit, is designed to ultimately put under one roof all the various "people services" now operated by the province and tha municipalities. Theoretically, this would combine active treatment hospitals, welfare agencies, nursing homes, homes for the aged, day care centres, auxiliary hospitals, guidance clinics, local health units, and juvenile centers, to name only a few under the jurisdiction of one local authority. The final decision on which services and agencies will participate in the composite plan however is a matter of negotiation between the province and the local jurisdiction. The health department official noted that Lethbridge's size lends itself to support a controlled pilot project where the ramifications of the composite health and social services delivery system can be meaningfully evaluated for future provincial application. Another factor enhancing Lethbridge, he said, is the fact that much of the input of the new legislation came from Lethbridge and district officials. He said the Lethbridge Regional Mental Health Planning Council, the Municipal Hospital Board and other local authorities have already gone on record as supporting the proposal. SUPER-MARKET IDEA By combining the various services into a "super market" the spokesman said, local autonomy is blended with, financial flexibility, resulting in health and welfare programs responding more accurately to the needs of each region. He anticipated that three composite units would be established in Lethbridge, making use of as many existing facilities as possible, to centralize "people services." The plan would operate along the lines of the highly successful Glengarry project' in Edmonton, where numerous services were put under one roof. At Glengarry for instance a mother can drop her child off at the nursery, visit her physician, receive family counselling and obtain her smallpox vaccination if planning to visit abroad, all in one stop. The Lethbridge pilot project is intended to expand this concept and to eliminate what the health department official feels is becoming a major problem. "The fact that people have to go chasing all over town for different services is becoming almost as big a problem as the original reason for these people wanting to seek help in the first place," he said. FRANK SINATRA would have required great physical activity in the role of a tough policeman, the studio said. It was not immediately known whether the affliction was a factor in Sinatra's retirement. Seen and heard About town    RATHER and daughter team Tom and Leslie Lavers leading the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in the National Anthem . . . Beverly Tailfeathers returning from a holiday with a broken windshield caused by overheating conditions in the cold atmosphere . . . Hunter Keith Watts claiming he saw gophers the size of house cats in the Crowsnest mountain area, but failing to produce the evidence. END LAOTIAN CAMPAIGN - The South Vietnamese drives against the Ho Chi Minn trail in southern Laos ended Wednesday with North Vietnamese tanks pursuing Saigon's troops right to their border. More U.S. units which supported the 45-day operation were pulled out of the base at Khe Banh. Battered troops end Laos drive SAIGON (AP) - The South Vietnamese drive against the Ho Chi Minh trail in southern Laos ended today with North Vietnamese tanks pursuing the Saigon troops right to their border. U.S. aircraft knocked out six tanks, spokesmen said. .More U.S. units which had supported the 45-day operation were pulled out of the border base of Khe Sanh, which is being closed out during the next three weeks. Lt.-Col. Do Viet, a spokesman for the South Vietnamese command in Saigon, said the last fire base in Laos had been abandoned and the remaining 2,000 troops had marched through' the hills to the border. The command's chief spokes* man, Lt.-Col. Tran Van An, said the South Vietnamese forces had accomplished 80 to 90 per cent of their objectives. Field reports, however, said the operation had fallen far short of expectations and that it was closed out sooner than scheduled because of the battering the South Vietnamese were taking from North Vietnamese forces estimated to outnumber them 2 to 1. The South Vietnamese claimed that 13,668 North Vietnamese troops were killed, but some U.S. officers in the field said this claim was greatly exaggerated. By their own accounting, the South Vietnamese suffered heavily, admitting 1,146 troops killed, 245 missing, and 4,235 wounded; This total of 5,626 casualties represented 25 per cent of the 22,000-man invasion.force, and the South Vietnamese command considers 15 per cent casualties a heavy loss. Half of an armored column of more than 200 tanks and armored personnel carriers was wiped out, field reports said. Tax-sharing bill to be introduced EDMONTON (CP) - The Alberta government intends to introduce a bill to provide for sharing by municipalities of the property taxes from pipeline and power line transmission facilities, electrical generating equipment and railway rights of way, Municipal Affairs Minister Fred Colborne announced in the legislature Tuesday. He said the government intends to introduce the legislation during the current session and then to defer further consideration for a year so municipalities have an opportunity to study the implications of the proposal. TO DISTRIBUTE BILL "I make this announcement now in order that the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties, and other municipalities which have expressed concern about this leg- islation, may be assured that it is our desire that the legislation and the results' of such legislation will be fully discussed, studied and understood before being enacted. The government intends to distribute the bill widely among all interested parties and organizations, together with full information about the proposed formula of distribution of the revenues to school boards and municipalities, and data which will demonstrate the results of municipal revenues of adopting the proposal. Mr. Colborne said he hopes in this way a full public discussion of the merits of the proposal may result and a consensus obtained as to whether this kind of tax-sharing should be adopted in the interests of justice and equity. Simpson quits post BELFAST (AP) - Northern Ireland's first community relations minister, Dr. Robert Simpson, quit today while Prime Minister Brian Faulkner began crucial talks on forming his cabinet. In a brief statement Simpson said lie wished to return to his country medical practice but would continue to be a member of Parliament. Informed sources said he was totally disillusioned wit) prospects of bettering relatjns in the community between Protestants and Roman Catholics. The new leader worked amid speculation he might bring a Protestant hardliner into the government to placate the forces which brought down his predecessor, James Chichester-Clark. 'I hear the crime rate's up again!* ;