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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, March 24, 1971 - THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD - 27 Angry teachers issue ultimatum TORONTO (CP) - Angered at provincial restrictions on school board spending, representatives of Ontario's 34,000 high-school teachers issued an ultimatum Tuesday to Education Minister Robert Welch, demanding he reply by 9 a.m. Thursday to proposed modifications in the spending limits. The two candidates for the presidency of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation followed the meeting's lead Tuesday night, both saying Horner rides out storm of abuse OTTAWA (CP) - Cattle rancher Jack Horner, Conservative MP for Crowfoot, rode -out a storm of government abuse in the Commons cgricul-ture committee early . this morning to keep alive discussion on proposed marketing legislation that appeared ready to go on all night. Shouting a t vice-chairman Marcel Roy (L-Montreal ' Laval), to let him continue speaking on an amendment to the legislation, Mr. Horner could barely be heard above Liberal members yelling for order and denouncing him for being silly. "End your damn foolishness," bellowed businessman Ross Whicher (L-Bruce). Mr. Horner persisted despite a warning from Mr. Roy that he was repeating himself tediously and might therefore be reported to the Commons. At the end of the hour-long procedural fracas, Mr. Homer was given the right to continue. The committee meeting, which began at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, had left members in weary disarray early this morning. Alf Gleave (NDP-Saskatoon-Biggar) fell asleep in his chair, many members had loosened their ties and taken off their jackets, a proliferation of private conversations around the room were continually punc tuated by yawns. � Earlier, the chairman left in a huff, and initial courtesies were forgotten in a swirl of insults between MPs. The Liberal - dominated committee voted to continue sitting until government members felt sufficient progress had been made in consideration of proposed national farm-marketing legislation. Hie major cause of deepening friction in the committee is the government's annoyance at the slow pace of the bill and Conservative determination to delay passage as long as possible and force as many amend ments as can be arranged, they agree with the concept of a more militant profession and with the possible need for strike action to give teachers a greater say in the education system. But neither Jean Aceti of Sudbury, the current federation vice-presient, nor We 11 and vice-principal Phillip Downie seemed willing to take a rigid stand on the spending restrictions. Mrs. Aceti, questioned about her position concerning the ultimatum, said the spending ceiling is only one of a number of important areas with which the federation must be concerned. To the same question, Mr. Downie replied that it is up to the federation's regional councils to get support for militant action. "When you are ready to march, I'll be there leading you." As the annual meeting opened Tuesday, about 300 delegates voted almost unanimously to demand that the minister reply by 9 a.m. Thursday to their resolution that school boards be allowed to exceed spending limits a majority of trustees ap- if prove. Only two hands were raised in opposition to the motion. The Toronto district president, James Forster, said he will call for a series of rotating walkouts by teachers, starting April 5, if Mr. Welch does not provide a satisfactory reply. Earlier, the federation's president, G. P. Wilkinson, called the spending ceiling the "greatest crisis in history" for Ontario teachers. In an interview he said he would be prepared to recommend a teachers' strike, if necessary to protest the restrictions Gerhart would table court files EDMONTON (CP) - Attar-ney - General Edgar Gerhart said Tuesday he would haw "no hesitation" in tabling files on police investigations or cri- minal records if the house orders him to do so. In cases where there were no direct requests from the legislature he would use his discre- Confidential file case study set Second reading for vets' bills OTTAWA (CP) - With no debate, the Commons gave second reading to three government bills increasing veterans' disability pensions by 10 per cent and allowances by 15 per cent all effective April 1. J. Angus MacLean (PC- Malpeque) said the Conservatives would forego the usual second-reading debate to speed along passage of the bills. Stanley Knowles (NDP-Winnipeg North Centre) said his party agreed with this. This increase, first announced last December, will affect about 200,000 veterans and dependents. Confusion, secrecy reign OTTAWA (CP) - rive inter-national oil executives met today with government ministers about plans for piping Alaska oil to market amid a comic round of secrecy and confusion. The aim of the meeting was announced in Ottawa two weeks ago was an attempt to interest companies with oil in northern Alaska to choose a Canadian route for a pipeline instead of their present plans for a pipeline across Alaska and ocean tanker to the U.S. West Coast, Since then, however, the purpose of the meeting has been blurred by conflicting ministerial statements-some saying the idea is just to talk about future oil transport and others suggesting that the aim is to persuade the oil executives to give up the Alaska-tanker plan for an all-overland pipeline through Canada to Chicago. In addition, each of the three Canadian government departments acting as hosts were saying right up to the time of the conference that it was one of the others who was responsible and therefore should answer questions. Even the five guests seemed in some doubt about why they are in Ottawa. WONDERS WHY Robin Adam, president of BP North America Inc., said before the meeting that he could not comment until he found out why the meeting was being held. Thornton P. Bradshaw, presi dent of Atlantic Richfield Oil "Co., said he understood there would be discussion "in very general terms" about pipeline routes. HELPING HAND FOR WOUNDED COMRADE - South Vietnamese soldier carries wounded comrade, evacuated from Laos, to a medical centre at Ham Nghi bate, near Khe Sanh, South Vietnam. Soldiers were evacuated from Landing Zone Brown, scene of heavy fighting with North Vietnamese forces. EDMONTON (CP) - The case of a cabinet minister using an individual's confidential file to rebut opposition criticism was revived here in the Alberta Legislature and referred to a standing committee on privileges and elections. The request for committee investigation was made by Opposition leader Peter Lougheed and Hugh Horner (PC-Lac Ste. Anne). The storm broke last week when the Opposition accused Health Minister James Henderson of improper conduct for tabling private information about a citizen in the house. Debate mushroomed to touch on the actions of Mr. Lougheed, Social Development Minister Ray Speaker, Premier Harry Strom and the rulings of the Speaker, Art Dixon. The motion also asked that the committee determine whether the Opposition leader, who presented a petition from the individual concerned, misled the house in any way. Mr. Henderson tabled the confidential file after Mr Lougheed said Noel McKay, a 65-year-old resident of Fort Chipewyan, Alta., wanted the government to help his people recover from the effects of the W. A. C. Bennett Dam on the Peace-Athabasca rivers delta. Mr. Horner also moved that the committee decide if the file should be withdrawn and if additional legislation is needed to protect the confidentiality of individual records in all government departments. The motions were approved. tion before tabling such information in the house, Mr. Gerhart said in an interview. He would still table files and records on his own initiative if they were relevant to the issue under discussion. The attorney - general was replying to questions about the action taken last week by Health Minister James Henderson who tabled welfare records of a Fort Chipewyan resident, causing one of the biggest storms in the legislature in years. Mr. Gerhart said that besides discretion and relevance, the other key to his decision on tabling personal files would be the involvement of public funds. "I take the position that anything involving the expenditure of public money'is reveal-able in the house," h? said, supporting Mr. Henderson's action. So far, he had been "most reluctant" in tabling anything of a confidential nature from the attorney - general's department. But should it be "appropos of anything raised in Ihe brw"" he would think it his duty as attorney - general to disclose the information. Emperor in crash NAIROBI, Kenya (Renter) - Emperor Haile Selassie escaped death when a helicopter in which he was touring Ethiopia crashed to the ground, Kenya radio reports. Banff manager gets new post PRINCE ALBERT (CP) -Eldred Weeres, 43, townsite manager at Banff. Alta., has been appointed city commissioner in Prince Albert, it was announced here. The appointment is effective May 17. A native of Assiniboia, Sask., Mr. Weeres has been townsite manager in Banff for almost five years. Ask About The NEW INVISIBLE MULTIFOCAL LENS (MULTILUX) OPTICAL PRISCRIPTION CO. Pours cold water on uranium idea OTTAWA (CP)-W. M. Gilchrist, president of Crown-owned Eldorado Nuclear Ltd., poured cold water Tuesday on the idea of building a uranium-enrichment plant in Canada. He told the Commons public accounts committee that any benefits would not be worth the cost of such an enterprise. Enriched uranium is used as fuel in nuclear power stations outside Canada. Mr. Gilchrist was questioned five days after William D. Mul-holland, president of British Newfoundland Corp. of Montreal, said he had proposed to the government the building of a uranium-enrichment plant in Canada at a probable cost of about $1 billion. Last Friday, Energy Minister J. J. Greene said the government was looking at the idea but would want to be involved directly in any such project, possibly through Eldorado. Eldorado mines, buys, refines and markets natural uranium, which is used as fuel in Canadian nuclear power plants. COST TOO HIGH Mr. Gilchrist said the cost of enriching uranium-up to $32 a pound-makes it uneconomical The cost of building an enrichment plant would amount to about $1.5 billion and any benefits to be gained would not be in proportion to the amount of capital that would go into it. Mr. Gilchrist also said a current slump in Canada's uranium industry is only temporary while military uses are overtaken by peaceful ones. He said the demand for uranium will increase tremendously during the next 15 years, particularly in the U.S. "Increases in the cost of crude oil and a general shortage of power in the U.S. is giving tremendous impetus for nuclear power developments." He predicted that world requirements for uranium will grow to about 124,000 tons by 1985 from about 13,500 tons this year. That works out to an increased demand of 50 per cent compounded annually, Mr. Gilchrist said, compared with an annual increase of about four or five per cent in the demand for copper. SECRET TECHNIQUES WASHINGTON (CP) - The I United States government is | considering making available to Canada and other friendly nations so-far-secret U.S. techniques for enriching uranium, the chairman of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission says. But the government is not ready to make an announcement yet, he added. Glenn T. Seaborg was asked | at a National Press Club meeting here whether the AEC would make available to Canada its enrichment technology, known as the gaseous diffusion technique for increasing the proportion of fissionable U-235 in uranium ore. He replied: "We are considering within the government the possibility! of making available to friendly nations our gaseous diffusion technique under conditions of security so the know-how cannot be passed beyond that government and under safeguards . so that it could not be diverted j to non-peaceful purposes." Liquor revenue OTTAWA (CP) - Federal revenue from liquor, beer and wine was at least $341,076,594 in 1970, the Commons was told. That doesn't count the general sales tax applied to their, sale, Revenue Minister Herb Gray said in a written Commons reply to questions by Barry Mather (NDP-Surrey). Known Ottawa revenue on spirits totalled $146,343,646; on beer $139,353,060 and on wine $6,990,586. U.S. Russia keeping all options open in arms limitation talks VIENNA (Reuter) - The top-level strategic arms limitation talks between the Soviet Union and the United States bear some relation to an international game of blind man's buff. Like the blindfolded man in the game, each of the two nuclear giants knows only some of the elements of the situation. Furthermore, both players in this international exercise are keeping all their options open. When American and Soviet chief delegates arrived in Vi-"enna March 15 to start the fourth round of the 16-month-old talks on limiting strategic nuclear arms there were guardedly encouraging statements on each side. American chief delegate Gerard Smith said he thought the basis of an agreement might be emerging. Vladimir Semyonov, the chief Soviet delegate, said his government had instructed him to seek positive results. With these joint expressions of goodwill and earnest intentions, the two sides almost immediately got down to reviewing positions after a three rip"""-' pause since the end of the last round in Helsinki, Finland. NO ONE SURE But no one-not even the most astute expert-can be com-pletey sure that he knows what the Soviet delegate, or what the Soviet government, really means by "positive results." Does it mean something similar to the American side's aim -an agreement to limit strategic missiles, including both strike and defensive systems, in one elaborate package to curb the upward arms spiral but leaving both states confident that they retain enough of a nuclear punch to deter the other from any surprise attack? In private and informal discussions, some Russian diplomats here have favored the idea of a joint U.S.-Soviet declaration to renounce the use of nuclear force in regulating their problems. But if this were to be accepted as a genuine component of the Soviet negotiating strategy, it would cause some dismay to the Americans, who seek specific agreements on several classes of strategic nuclear weapons and who are not interested in broad statements of goodwill couched in vague terms. It is still too soon to determine whether the traditional Russian inclination toward secrecy and general statements of goodwill will be injected into SALT. U.S. PRESENTS OUTLINES So far, it has been largely the American side which has pushed across the table various combinations of outlines for agreement. The Russians have in general spent more time probing, questioning and asking for additional clarification. The only Soviet initiative has been to issue an appeal to examine the possibility of limiting defensive missiles to rings around Washington and Moscow. In the meantime, the Americans and the Russians are trying to make sure that the other side understands its own positions: that there is no blurred definition or misconception of terms. In any diplomatic encounter this is the first major aim, and while this process continues there is hope for eventual agreement-however a g o n i z-ingly slowly it may appear to develop. S SIMPSONS-SEARS The New Look In Blazers . . . 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