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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 25, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 - THI LETHBRIDG! HERAID - Thursday, March 25, 1971 SOLDIERS THREE IN CAMBODIA - Three Cambodian soldiers, on* at Uft holding a B-40 rocket, sit in back of a truck with their weapons on arriving at the Norodon Palace in Phnom Penh to take up positions nearby. Legislature roundup Highway Traffic Act change to help impaired drivers EDMONTON (CP) - Alberta Highways Minister Gordon Taylor feels it is unfair that an impaired driving cohvicton that took place 20 or 30 years ago could cost a person his driver's licence for three years. He told the legislature Wednesday that "in the inter- ests of justice" the Highway Traffic Act is being amended so that only impaired driving convictions during the last 10 years will be considered for the purposes of the three-year suspension. As it stands now, three convictions over any period of Municipalities to share tax income from industry sure a high quality of life for everyone, whether they_live in the cities or the country. "I do not want to see facilities in outlying communities such as housing, hospitals and schools falling into disuse." The conference heard criticism of all levels of governments for leading farmers astray with poor advice. "A few years ago we were urged to borrow money and expand our units," said Cliff- Edg-son of Fairview. "Now the price of our products is down and interest is high." Another speaker said governments had encouraged farmers to raise hogs. "I think the biggest offender is government propaganda," said Mr. Edgson. "All of us farmers had better take a pretty close look at government advice." EDMONTON (CP) - Municipalities will be able to band together in sharing tax income from indsutry in the future, Fred Colborne, minister of municipal affairs, said Wednesday. Amendments to the Municipal Government Assistance Act at this session of the legislature will permit the tax-sharing, Mr. Colborne told the annual conference of the Alberta Improvement Districts' Advisory Committee. This would cut down on competition between neighboring municipalities for industries. Mr. Colborne also said the government wants to take some of the population pressure off the cities. The government was preparing legislation to en- Vote favors mediation in salary dispute EDMONTON (CP) - The University of Alberta General Faculty Council Wednesday voted in favor of mediation and compulsory arbitration to settle salary disputes with academic staff. The proposal, which has the support of the Association of Academic Staff, now must be approved by the University's Board of Governors. The board is expected to discuss the matter at a meeting April 2. The association has asked for a wage increase of $350 a year for its 1,500 members in the next academic year. The board has offered to pay a larger share of pension contributions and one-half the cost of a dental care program, but has not made a salary proposal. Armed forces loaded with Separatists REGINA (CP) - Canadian armed forces units based in Quebec are "loaded with Separatists," Rene Levesque said at a news conference. If Quebec votes to separate during the next provincial election and the federal government decided to call in the armed forces "there would not be any armed forces to talk about in Quebec," he said. Mr. Levesque, leader of the Parti Quebecois, saM his party has lists of the number of Separatists in the forces which are not known to Defence Minister Donald Macdonald. time lead to a 36-month suspension. The * amendment is one of many proposed in 14 bills that were given first reading. Other changes in the High* way Traffic Act would require trailers to have turn signals, prohibit the towing by a motor vehicle on a highway of any person riding a sled, toboggan, at b'cyc's and nut the onus on the driver when a person litters a highway from a motor vehicle and it cannot be determined which of two or more occupants is responsible. An act to establish a new department of culture, youth and recreation was introduced. The new department will take over the functions of the existing youth department and certain functions of the provincial secretary's department. The department would Initiate, foster and encourage the orderly development of all constructive forms of culture, youth and recreational activities in the province. J. Donovan Ross, minister of lands and forests, introduced a bill which will provide more protection for flie province's non-urban areas against fire and pollution. Besides outlining responsibilities for fighting, controlling and preventing fires, the act allows the department to commandeer men and equipment to clean up pollution related to the oil and gas industry. During consideration of budget estimates, Hugh Homer (PC-Lac Ste. Anne) said the province had done little in the way of highway construction during the last five years and needs a crash program to improve its road system. "I'm all for a crash program but when I realize it will result in more taxes I suddenly lose my enthusiasm," Mr. Taylor said. "People have made it clear to me that they don't want increased taxes." Don Getty (PC-Strathcona West) suggested the Alberta Oil and Gas Conservation Board place greater emphasis on studying market possibilities outside the province. Premier Harry Strom said government and board officials are already involved in such studies, but said he will take Mr. Getty's suggestion under advisement. Faulkner faces challenge in Unionist party ranks BELFAST (AP) - Brian Faulkner; new prime minister of Northern Ireland, faced today a new challenge from hardline elements of his Protestant based Unionist party's right whig. While Faulkner put the finish- ing touches to his cabinet, fight wingers stepped in with demands for general elections. They believe elections would give them a strong chance of ousting the middle-road Unionists who form the main part of Faulkner's base in the 52-mem- ber Ulster Parliament. This wouM open the way for a much tougher line against the republican elements who dominate much of the country's Roman Catholic minority. William Craig, the former home affairs minister whom Court told Nelson night before CRAN'flROOK, B.C. (CP) - adults were killed in Ms home Dale Merle Nelson joked tad town of West Creston in south-laughed in a hotel bar the night eastern British Columbia, a before five children and three B.C. Supreme Court jury was Rival unions battle disrupts meeting QUEBEC (CP) - A brawl between construction workers belonging to rival unions broke up a meeting of a Quebec national assembly committee Wednesday. Committee members scattered as about 30 workers belonging to the Quebec Federation of Labor and the rival Confederation of National Trade Unions pushed, shoved, cursed and punched each other for several minutes in the committee room before dispersing. There were apparently no injuries resulting from the brawl, but the windshields of cars parked outside the assembly building were smashed, apparently by some of the combatants. Debate in the assembly itself was haltea for 20 minutes after members realized that their cars were being damaged and rushed to the windows of the second-floor chamber to see what was happening. Ironically, the brawl in the committee room took place he-fore the cameras of a television crew commissioned by the gov- ernment to prepare a 30-minute documentary presenting the different points of view of the parties in the construction dispute. HEARING JUST BEGAN The disorders began about 10 minutes after the assembly's labor committee had begun a hearing on the job-security aspect of Quebec's three-year-old construction strike. About 20 burly QFL members burst into the room on the first floor of the national assembly building, shouting denunciations of the CNTU. "We're disgusted: Hurry up. they shouted, "we're fed up with the CNTU." QFL president Louis Laberge tried in vain to quiet the demonstrators, who continued to shout insults at CNTU president Marcel Pepin, Labor Minister Jean Ccurnoyer and the committee members. Mr. Laberge told the committee members the QLF usually did not behave in such a manner but added that some of its members are losing patience with the dealys in resolving the construction dispute. Media rapped by Manning OTTAWA (CP) - The mass media in Canada are falling far short of the responsible presentation of issues and events that the public has a right to expect from them, Senator Ernest Manning told the Senate Wednesday. The former Social Credit premier of Alberta said responsible mass media are of vital importance in a democratic society. The soundness of decisions made by the public depended on how fully and accurately it was informed. But the mass media on the whole were not doing this job in a responsible manner. Technological progress seemed to have far outstripped the ability of those controlling the media to provide factual information reported without bias. Speaking in debate on the report of the Senate's special committee on mass media, Senator Manning said the need for an informed public and in turn a responsiblemassmedia should have been the focal point for the committee's recommendations. Senator Manning singled out four areas in which he said the media falls short of what Canadians have a right to expect. for your mom& That's what you get when you buy BENJAMIN MOORE PAINT 1 You get Moore Quality! You get Moore Value! You get Moore Professional Service from your Benjamin Moore Paint Dealer! You get More of Everything for your Money! Get Moore for your money at your Benjamin Moore Paint Dealer. The media too frequently failed to employ qualified reporters, perhaps because management was unwilling to pay enough to attract them. But the public suffered as a result. There was hte practice of slanting news by putting emphasis on things the media chose to support. The fine print in a news item might reflect an event with reasonable accuracy but headlines and the prominence given selected items all too often gave the public a different impression. A policy of anti-morality had become evident, especially with the electronic media. On many television programs, anything about morality or spiritual values tended to be ridiculed. The mass media catered excessively to "the sensational, the revolutionary and the negative." In some ways the electronic media were the worst offenders hare, with the CBC doubly guilty because it spent taxpayer's money. Senator Manning said the Quebec crisis at the time of Labor Minister Pierre Laporte's murder last fall by terrorists was a blatant example of such excessive conduct by the media. The terrorists had known violence would gain them a national audience for then* political cause and it did. Senator Manning said his feelings about the media are not due to any adverse effect the media had had on his political career in Alberta, where he was premier for 25 years. Nimsick warns law tough to enforce VICTORIA (CP) - A bill to register, identify and control snowmobiles, dune buggies and other all-terrain vehicles in British Columbia received approval in principle in the legislature. All three parties approved the principle of the bill, although aspects of its operation were criticized. ' Leo Nimsick (NOP - Koote-nay) said a clause prohibiting snowmobiles from travelling on private land would be difficult to enforce because snow would make it hard to see land boundaries. told Wednesday. John McKay, at one time brother-in-law to Nelson, 31, testified that he, Nelson and another man had been drinking in a hotel bar and later in a hotel room on the night of Sept. 4. Nelson appeared happy, "he was joking and laughing, talking to people," McKay said. Nelson had left the hotel about 11:30 p.m. McKay's testimony came in the third day of Nelson's noncapital murder trial in the deaths Sept. 5, 1970, of Tracy Wasyk, 7, and Catherine St. Amand, 8. Mrs. Maureen Hambler, sister of Nelson's wife and at one time married to McKay, told the court Nelson came to her West Creston home on the afternoon of Sept. 4 and took back a rifle she had borrowed from him. She said she lived alone with her daughter and had the gun for protection. VICTIM VISITING Mrs. Hambler said that when Nelson came to get the rifle, Shirley Wasyk, Tracy's mother, who was also slain, was visiting the house. Mrs. Hambler said Nelson was in a friendly mood and sat and talked with her and Mrs. Wasyk. She added that she knew, however, that be had been drinking. Testifying as to the events that night, Mrs. Hambler said she talked with Mrs. Wasyk on the telephone about 9 p.m., and a friend, Frank Chauleur, visited her about 30 minutes later. Shortly before midnight, she said, she heard a car drive up to her house and footsteps on the porch. When Chauleur went to the porch, a car be later described as similar to Nelson's drove away in the direction of the Wasyk residence, about 200 yards away. Nelson was arrested Sept. 6, 1970, after a major police search launched following the discovery of the bodies of Mrs. Wasyk, about 30, Raymond Phipps, 42, Isabelle St. Amaind, 26, Brian St. Amand, 7, Paul St. Amand, 10, and Kenneth Phipps, 1. The body of Tracy Wasyk was found during the search and after Nelson was captured the body of Catherine St. Amand was found. Debbie Wasyk was expected to testify today as the trial continued. Trudeaumum on seal hunt OTTAWA (CP) - Prime Minister Trudeau was asked in the Commons Wednesday to stop the seal hunt in the Gulf of S'c. Lawrence. Grace Maclnnis (NDP-Van-couver-Kingsway) made the request and referred to reports that a bill was introduced in the U.S. Congress asking that the import of sealskins be stopped. Mr. Trudeau made no reply. Although the leading daily newspapers there had been in open, often vehement opposition to what his party stood for, he said, he doubted whether it ever lost a seat because of what he called the media's constant anti-government bias. However, this illustrated how wide the credibility gap is between the public and the media. French classes at Edmonton EDMONTON (CP) - More than 100 federal civil servants in Edmonton will attend special French classes at the University of Alberta next fall says Marcel Caron of Ottawa. Mr. Caron director-general of the federal government language bureau said in an interview he was "pleasantly surprised" at the enthusiastic reaction of Edmonton federal civil servants toward Ottawa's new drive for bilingualism among civil servants. Faulkner defeated for the premiership, said: "Without changes in law-and-order policy mis government will last only a couple of months." Craig added: "Our next move will be to bring about conditions for a general election, we hope by the end of May." TEST FRIDAY The first possible test of right-wing strength against the 50-year-old Faulkner comes Fri- Sr when the new premier goes ore the 300-ftrong standing committee of the Ulster Unionist Council. Normally the.eommittee could be expected to endorse without a vote Faulkner's succession to James Chichester-Clark, who resigned last weekend after 22 months in office. But Craig believes that if a challenge to the new premier can be mounted he will receive the backing of at least one-third of the committee's members. In forming his cabinet, Faulkner was expected to keep for himself the key ministry of home affairs. WINS SCIENCE AWARD OTTAWA (CP) - Dr. R. N. Jones, head of the organic-spectrochemistry section of (he National Research Council of Canada, has been selected by (he Chemical Institute of Canada for the 1971 Fisher scientific lecture award, it was announced here. The award is given annually for distinguished contributions in the field of anlytlcal Stanfield to visit Edmonton OTTAWA (CP) - Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield's itinerary for a five-day visit to Regina and Edmonton was announced Wednesday. Mr. Stanfield will arrive m Regina tonight end depart for Edmonton late the next day. During his one-day stop he will appear on an open-line radio show, attend an ecumenical service at St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral, tape a television snow and meet local Conservs-tlves. He will visit Ms daughter Sarah and her family in Edmonton Saturday, and attend the Canadian Western Stock Show and Rodeo on Sunday, Monday he will attend a joint Chamber of Commerce-Kiwants luncheon, citizenship court and a reception sponsored by the Edmonton Construction Association. On Tuesday, last day of the tour, Mr. Stanfield will attend an Edmonton Petroleum Club luncheon and meet Mayor Ivor Dent to discuss unemployment and welfare costs. GEOLOGIST RETIRES OTTAWA (CP) - Dr. A. H. Lang, a geologist who has specialized in uranium deposits and prospecting methods, retired Wednesday after spending 40 years with the Geological Survey of Canada. Dr. Lang, of Peachland, B.C., helped pioneer the use of airplanes for geological reconnaissance and mapping. He has published a number of scientific articles and tin book, Prospecting in Canada, a recognized textbook on prospecting. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES PRESENTS TH[" f ' 'v ' ill I jij =il Weather and road report in ABOVE 10.00 ZERO AT A6uVV