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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta SNOW FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 30-35. VOL. LXIV - No. 88 The Letlibridge Herald ? ? ? ? * LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MARCH 25, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS - 28 PAGES KITE FISHING - The giant bat caught in the tree It actually a kite. The boy and his dad are following the tradition of using any. means available to get the kite out of the tree.. In. this case the long extension pole has a cord, at one end with a hockey puck on the cord. The idea is to wrap the cord around the kite, or the branch, and poll it down. The idea worked. Students told to act fast MONTREAL (CP) - State Secretary Gerard Pel-letier says university students will have to act quickly to get federal grants established to subsidize student-initiated summer work projects. Speaking on the CBC radio's Cross-Canada Check radio program, Mr. Pelletier said that initial response to the recently-announced scheme has been heavy and imaginative. The government has set aside $15 million to subsidize student-initiated summer work ideas but once the money runs out there will be no more, the minister said. The program will make funds available for such community-improvement projects as anti-pollution programs and day care centres. Canada-2000 TORONTO (CP) - By the end of this century Canada will be a nation of apartment dwellers, most women will have jobs outside the home and the gross national product will triple, predicts a study commissioned by the federal government. Systems Research Group, a Toronto organization, also predicts major changes in population distribution. Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Atlantic provinces will show little growth by 2000 and will decline in relative importance. Quebec's population will be 27 per cent of the Canadian total, compared with 29 per cent today. Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta will be the gainers, increasing their share of the Canadian population to 61 per cent from 51.5. By the end of the century, 16.6 million Canadians-half of the predicted total-will live in the eight largest cities: Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton, all with more than a million inhabitants, and in Hamilton, Calgary and Quebec City with about 800,000 each. Toronto, with 5,185,000 residents, will be Canada's largest city, equal to the combined present populations of Toronto and Montreal. Systems Research experts predict multiple dwellings, mainly apartments, will constitute 60.8 per cent of all housing, compared with 37.2 per cent in 1966. Factory jobs will decline relative to jobs in service industries, opening the way for greater employment of women. Strike-curbing bill approved LONDON (Reuter) - Hotly-controversial and hotly-contested strike-curbing legislation was approved by die House of Commons early today after a wild session lasting 30 hours with only brief breaks. In the frenzy that accompanied the final balloting, Tory legislators stood cheering and Troops fire on crowds CALCUTTA, India (Reuter) - At least 35 persons were killed and about 100 were injured when troops fired on huge mobs in the Rangpur district of East Pakistan Wednesday, Dacca radio reported today. It said the area was put under a 24-hour curfew from 7 p.m. Wednesday. Rangpur is about 150 miles north of Dacca. Dacca radio, monitored here, said about 50 houses were burned in the area in apparent clashes between East Pakistani civilians and West Pakistani troops. Dacca radio quoted the deputy commissioner of Rangpur as saying the army took charge of Saidpur area without consult, ing him. It also reported serious clashes between the army and civilians at Mirpur, Chittagong and other towns. Talks in Dacca aimed at ending Pakistan's political crisis appear to have reached a new and difficult stage, observers said. An official of the left-wing People's party said that an earlier estimate by his party chief, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, that there was an even chance of a settlement now seem oyer-optomistic. The official returned to Karachi, but Bhutto and five of his advisers remained in Dacca to continue their discussions with President Yahya Khan and Sheik Mujibur Rahman, East Pakistan leader of the Awami League party. Balcer cited for contempt MONTREAL (CP) - Lise Balcer was cited for contempt today when she refused to testify at the trial of Michel Viger, charged as an accessory after the fact in the kidnap-killing of Pierre Laporte. Miss Balcer was cited for contempt earlier this year and will be sentenced on both counts March 29. She is accused of membership in the outlawed Front de Liberation du Quebec, which has claimed responsibility for the kidnap-killing of Mr. Laporte, Quebec's former labor minister. Viger's trial began last week. University of Alberta tightens belt EDMONTON (CP) - The affluent years at the University of Alberta are over says University president Max Wyman. During the last 10 years "the large amount of money available in the incremental part of the budget made it relatively easy to make decisions on the number of programs to be opened and the amount of salary increases to be given" he told a general faculties council meeting. He said that in the next decade the university will have to decide between justifiable salary increases and justifiable increases in work loads "when both cannot be given." Skunks taboo under Alberta legislation EDMONTON (CP) - People will not be allowed to keep skunks as pets under an amendment to the wildlife act given first reading in the Alberta legislature. J. Donovan Ross lands and forests minister said the step is being taken because skunks have been found to bo a prima carrier of rabies. _u waving papers while Opposition Labor members accused the government chief whip of being drunk when he began shouting on the floor of the House. Despite the fervor which greeted the end of the voting in the House, the bill will not become law until it passes through the Lord�-the upper chamber. Opposition there by Labor peers could delay final passage until August. The bill would set up a national industrial relations court which could impose financial penalties on wildcat strike leaders-found guilty of breaking union agreements, and on unions flouting a new code of in* dustrial behavior. Two major one-day strikes, involving millions of workers, have been held to protest the measure. CITES STRIKES Employment Minister Robert Carr told Parliament that in Britain there were more than 2,000 strikes in 1968, at least 3,000 in 1969 and almost 4,000 in 1970. He said no responsible government could let the situation continue. Tuesday, the Opposition forced a 21-hour marathon session on the bill. Wednesday's all-night session saw one woman member, Sally Opphenim, wearing a dressing gown and slippers in the House and two Labor members playing chess in one of the lobbies. The final vote on the measure was 307 to 269, a government majority of 38. Labor legislators have been particularly incensed at the amount of time given for debate oh the detailed and highly-complex legislation. The bill will put Britain's labor unions under legal rtgula-tion for the first time. It outlaws wildcat strikes,, provides for cooling-off periods in labor disputes of national igttiorpnce and makes labor contracfT^e-gally binding if both uarties agree. .... * Canadian oil route project shot down SST EMPLOYEES LEARN FATE - Boeing Co. SST workers in Seattle leave their work areas Wednesday to hear Boeing vice-president Lowell Mickelwaite tell of 7,000 employees who will be laid off due to the U.S. Senate vote killing federal funding of the SST program. The layoffs will come in the next Severn weeks. Supersonic plane after money cut dead off From REUTER-AP WASHINGTON (CP) - The U.S. supersonic transport appeared all but dead today following a Senate cut-off of further government spending and only faint hopes enough money tould be raised elsewhere. 4 The Senate voted 51 to 46 "^Wednesday against providing $134 million to keep the project 10,000 casualties in Laos campaign From AP-REUTER SAIGON (CP). - The 45-day campaign in Laos cost the South Vietnamese army nearly 10,000 casualties or almost 50 per cent of the total force committed, highly placed military sources said today. The sources said 3,800 South Vietnamese troops were killed, 775 missing and 5,200 wounded, nearly double what the Saigon government has reported. These sources said the communiques from South Vietnamese headquarters are lagging or are deliberately not reporting the true losses. Lt.-Col. Do Viet, an official spokesman, announced that the last of the 22,000 South Vietnamese troops who invaded Laos had returned to South Vietnam. 'That was close!' But Sssociated Press correspondent Michael Putzel reported from the front that South Vietnamese marines were ordered back to the Co Roc ridge just inside Laos this afternoon to prevent the North Vietnamese from using it to shell bases on the Vietnamese side of the border. The marines had been pulled off the ridge earlier while U.S. B-52 bombers pounded the area. Then they were ordered back. But the North Vietnamese fired a 20-round artillery barrage at the South Vietnamese forward command post at Ham Nghi, and U.S. officers said the rounds came from Co Roc. South Vietnamese have consistently denied that strong North Vietnamese pressure caused a general retreat although correspondents at Khe Sanh reported seeing many South Vietnamese soldiers in severe disarray after fleeing from Laos. The latest official figures list 1,146 Saigon troops killed, 245 missing and 4,235 wounded in Laos. At the same time, South Vietnamese headquarters is reporting nearly 14,000 North Vietnamese troops killed. A large proportion of these are credited to U.S. bombers and helicopter  gunships, but the U.S. command in a report last Saturday said "cumulative results of U.S. air operations in support of the South Vietnamese . . . indicate 3,600 enemy troops reported killed by air." going until June 30 the current financial year. The seven-year project already has cost the United States $864 million. Robert Withington, Boeing vice-president for the SST said the company would terminate the project and that layoffs of up to 5000 workers in its Seattle plant would start in about a week "We are out of the SST" Withington said. William Magruder government administrator for the SST program said a committee of California and New York banks would give him their answer today on whether financing would be provided. But he seemed doubtful they would. UP TO EUROPE The Senate vote appeared to leave future supersonic aircraft development up to the Anglo-French Concorde and the Soviet TU-144. Despite warnings from the White House that an end to the SST would cripple the ailing aerospace industry and hurt U.S. prestige in world aviation the Senate followed the House of Representatives which last week voted 215 to 204 agsihst the SST. Although technically the project could be revived by funds provided in the budget for the next financial year it seems to have finished for Boeing which was developing two test prototypes and for General Electric which was building the engines. A General Electric spokesman said about 1500 men would probably lose their jobs although the company would try to place them in other work. The vote was a triumph for defenders of the environment against unknown damage caused by supersonic flights and for those who argued for a different set of national spending priorities than aircraft catering to what Senator Edward M. Kennedy called a few international jet-set travellers. It was his brother President Kennedy who launched the United States on the project more than seven years ago. Air Canada loses deposit on planes $600,000 order MONTREAL (CP) - Air Canada will not lose its $600,000 deposit on six U.S. supersonic aircraft as a result of the United States Senate cancellation Wednesday of funds for develop-ment of the controversial Boeing airliner, a spokesman said today. He denied reports that Air Canada would lose half of the $1.2 million set aside for the aircraft, expected to be delivered in the late 1970s. The United States government, he said, would refund the money if the plane were not built. A CP Air spokesman said ns could not comment on reports that CP Air would lose $300,000 -half of its deposit for three aircraft - until Boeing announced its decision on the project. Until Boeing announced it was scrubbing development of the supersonic airliner, the project would be considered as continuing. A CP Air. spokesman in Vancouver said Wednesday there was no reason to believe the situation had changed since last August, when CP Air said it and Air Canada would lose half their deposits if the program-were cancelled by the government or Boeing. OTTAWA (CP) - A multi-bil-lion-dollar pipeline to carry Alaska oil to market through Canada has been all but ruled out by time, costs and the choice of companies that own the oil. The Canadian line has an outside chance, but only if opposition in the United ycates manages to kill the first-choice project of a delivery system by trans-Alaska pipeline and ocean tanker. The message emerged loud and clear from a meeting Wednesday between Canadian ministers and chief executives of five of the international oil companies behind the Alaska project. , The meeting, arranged by Energy Minister J. J. Greene and Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien, thm produced nothing new. From the Canadian govern-men'ts point of view, however, it might serve to subdue political critics who have said the government should have been pressing the Canadian alternative upon U.S. authorities. Opposition MPs were engaged in just that kind of criticism in a special Commons debate March 12 when Mr. Greene and Mr. Chretien first announced the invitations to Wednesday's meeting. CASE PUT After "the meeting, Mr. Greene thus was able to say that the case for a Canadian alternative to the Alaska-tanker route had been put before the companies in person. But he also said in effect that the case had been shot down because the oil executives want speedy action, costs in Canada would be much higher for the longer pipeline route and there now is financial room for mly. "one oil pipeline from the Ar%$ The executives were told Can? ada is not ready to go ahead with a pipeline along the Mackenzie River valley right away. Officials estimate another 18 months of research is required into questions of the precise route, protection of the environment and economics. Mr. Greene said previous cost estimates had been greatly under-estimated. MIGHT COST MORE Oil and gas pipelines in tandem along the Mackenzie to Chicago might cost $8 billion-say, $4 billion for the oil line alone or double the estimated cost of the Alaska line. The evidence presented from the closed meeting thus might serve to take the sting out of advocates of the Canadian route. However, it leaves unresolved the agitation in both Canada and the United States about the potential danger of oil spills from tankers running a coastal route between the Alaska pipeline terminal at Valdez and Puget Sound refineries in Washington state. Ticket holders draw blank Louis Armstrong sweepstake has operation NEW YORK (AP) - Trumpeter Louis Armstrong, already under treatment for a heart condition, has developed a pulmonary infection and has undergone a tracheotomy at Beth Israel Hospital. Tracheotomy is an operation to make an opening in the throat to ease breathing. Trudeau halts Quebec status drift A total of 234 Canadians had tickets drawn today on the Irish Hospitals Sweepstakes based on the Lincolnshire Handicap to be run Saturday at Doncaster, England. None of the tickets drawn is from southern Alberta. Those who hold tickets on the winning horse will receive about $121,500. Tickets on the second-place horse will pay about $48,600 and on the third-place horse about $24,300. MONTREAL (CP) - Rene Levesque, leader of the Parti Quebecois, says a firm federalist stance on the part of Prime Minister Trudeau during the last two years has temporarily stalled a steady drift towards special status for Quebec. The 48-y e a r -o 1 d separatist chief says, however, he believes it will be difficult for the federal government to cut off a stream of concessions given the province since 1960 and that a tide towards "semi-separation" of Quebec is practically irrevers'a-ble. Mr. Levesque, whose party captured nearly 25 per cent of the vote in the last provincial election, mad* the comments in an interview with Le Devoir on the future of the Quebec separatist movement. He says sympathy for Quebec independence among the province's youth and even in other parts of Canada is growing steadily. But this interest could prove frustrating if developments do not keep pace with rising expectations, he said,' repeating his prediction that the PQ will cease to be the prime vehicle of Quebec separatists if it does not at least form the official opposition after the next provincial general election. PARTY HAS TROUBLES Even now, he said, the party it hard pressed to find � middle road between supporters ranging from radicals demanding immediate independence t o moderates who hesitate, saying, "We aren't ready." On one point, Mr. Levesque said, he is in agreement with Mr. Trudeau: It must be one or the other, separatism of federalism. However, he says federal-provincial relations since 1960 have been marked by a form of creeping separatism (hat will culminate in "semi-separation" if Ottawa meets the present provincial government's request for control of all social security matters. Quebec social affairs minu- ter, Claude Castonguay formally asked for this following a provincial royal commission study on health and welfare services. "The federal government cannot accept to let go of another big piece," Mr. Levesque said. "Think what it means. It would have the effect of withdrawing from everyday Quebec life federal presence in the form of pension and old-age cheques. "This presence is very important to the federal government. "If this enormous representation, the unemployment insurance and the like, disappeared . . . what we would have is a half-way house-a semi-separate state." Seen and heard About town JP IGHT-YEAR-OLD Sliari Samson walking bravely into Mayor Magrath Drive traffic this morning at an intersection to stop traffic so her six-year-old brother David could cross the street during the power outage . . . Joe Lakie suggesting the Fleetwood - Bawden Elementary School open-area instruction centre was "a little dark" this morning but "it gave the kids a chance to hide from their teachers and vice-versa." ;