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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, March 25, 1974 LgTHSRIDOE HERALD RCMP 1 suicide rate said 'alarming' By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA An "alarming" number of incidents of .suicides and attempted suicides have occurred in the .Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Erik Nielsen claimed in the commons Friday. Solicitor General Warren Allmand said there are suicides from "time to time" in the Mounted Police force but he doubted that the number could be described as "alarming." "These are unfortunate cases. We are always concerned when there are suicides and measures are try to deal with personality problems. But I do hot .think there is an high level in com- parison to the level among the gehfraj said Mr. Mr. JVielsen said there had a number of incidents involving the firearms and the disappearance of narcotics frpSjjpolice exhibit lockers, in British Columbia. The Yukon member enquired if there was any interna.l inquiry being conducted within the RCMP to determine the "reason for these rather alarming incidents." He added "I am not suggest- ing there was a high level of suicides but rather incidents involving suicide attempts, suicides, and discharge of firearms and disappearance of narcotics from police lockers where a trial is now going oh in British Columbia." Mr. Nielsen said this type of incident appeared to be on the rise in the force. He asked the minister if an over-all internal investigation is now being con- ducted within the force to determine the reason for the increase. Mr. Allmand said the mem- ber appeared to be referring to two things. "One is the disappearance of narcotics. I must say that no particular case has been brought to my attention fec'eiitiy.where there has been taking, of narcotics by RCMP "There' Jiave been cases where the taking of firearms have led to unfortunate in- cidents; but members of the RCMP all have weapons and there have been cases where they have used these against themselves and against others in unfortunate incidents. "We are trying to make sure -that the rules we have in effect in this respect are said Mr. Allmand. LONG COASTLINE The coastline along the Northwest Territories stretches for 9.500 miles. experilneiits Porpoises are teaching humans a few things Ask About The NEW INVISIBLE Multicocal Lens (MULTILUX) OPTICAL PRESCRIPTION CO. By DANA ADAMS SCHMIDT Christian Science Monitor WASHINGTON The U.S.. Navy has been teaching some of its team of 20 sea lions and 50 porpoises useful tricks like fetching and carrying from the bottom of the sea. But the scientists have been learning from the porpoises even more about how to sense the presence the size, shape, composition and movement of objects i; that cannot be seen. Applications could be industrial and medical as well as naval. Navy officials emphasize strongly, though, that they are not using sea mammals for any kind of attack duties. There are no "kamikaze" porpoises, they i say. A team Of six sea lions is now, saving the Navy thousands of .dollars by recovering f ordnance fired during exercises. A harness, including a, device strapped to the sea'lion, who I dives to depths of 500 to 750 feet to find an j item such as an anti-submarine depth charge and to nuzzle it with the grabber. As the grabber closes around the depth charge it is detached from the sea lion i which swims happily back to its master aboard a rubber boat, who in turn hauls in the depth charge and tosses the sea lion a reward of fish. The Navy would need to assign a team of four divers to do the same job, according to Harris B. Stone, director of the research and development plans divisions of the Navy. And the divers might not be able to do it at all, he adds. A great deal of research on sea is going on at the Navy Undersea Center at Point Loma, on the southern California coast; at Hawaii; at Woods Hole, Mass., and elsewhere. The Navy is studying the shapes and skin textures of sea mammals that enable them to slip so swiftly through the sea, and already has modified submarine design accordingly. It has been analyzing the whistles, clicks, bleeps, and Bronx cheers, not to mention the grimaces, postures, and gyrations by which porpoises communicate. It has attached radio transmitters to whales to discover how and where they migrate. And it has invented a nonperishable fish food concentrate which sea lions find delicious and which may be on the market as animal feed in a few-years. The most astonishing work of all being done by Dr. C: Scott Johnson of the Point Loma center in collaboration with his associates and a contract scientist, Dr. Richard Alter Of the Electro Magnetic Systems Company of Sunnyville, Calif. Dr. Johnson is developing a mechanical model reproducing the signals in the form of clicks emitted by the porpoise together with devices able to pick up echoes from those signals and translating them into terms understandable to. the human ear and mind. In a telephone interview Dr. Johnson described initial experiments in which the porpoise, using his natural sonar, can distinguish a three inch steer ball which he cannot see underwater at 200 yards, or an object the size of a pea on the floor of his tank at 20 distinguish from several yards between aluminum and copper plates and between plates of different sizes and shapes triangles, squares and circles., For these experiments, the porpoises wear rubber suction cups over their and there is no cheating. The first task, Dr. Johnson explained, was to record the pulse like blips of toe porpoises' signals, and put them in graph form where they could be analyzed. Analysis showed that porpoise blips up to around 150 kilocycles, or 10 times more highpitched than the human ear can handle. The echo receiver, therefore, has to step down the nigh pitched tones, like slowing down a tape recorder, sO that the human ear can hear them. i Sound does not travel well from underwater to a receiver in the air and has to pass through a machine called a transducer. If at the end of the experiment human beings can "hear" the distant underwater objects the way a porpoise does, it will open up broad fields of application. To give just a few possibilities, it might enable oil technicians to examine obstructions at the bottom of an oil well pipe far more accurately than can be done with present echo sounding equipment It might make possible precise mapping of the bottom of the sea, which cannot be seen and can be only crudely calculated at present. Call SPRING CLEANING! AIR VAC 328-O286 Here's what we do: Entire ductsyMem it sanitized, toning pleasant aiOMia Fan and motor are removed, cleaned and oiled Chhnntjrs arc inspected and ctoaiwd, and heat exchanger arc cleaned and checked, are cleaned and adjusted A PROPER CLEANING DOESNT COST, IT PAYS! CALL AIR VAC A DIVISION OF NEUKO Sheet Metal Ltd. Complete Furnace Service Work and Repair 1811- 2nd Avenue South Phone 328-0286 Pipeline inquiry head early headline grabber VANCOUVER (CP) Mr. Justice Thomas R. Berger, the .man selected by the federal government to hold hearings into the proposed Mackenzie Valley pipeline, began making newspaper headlines at an age when many men were still won- dering what to do with their lives. Several of the headlines con- cerned native and environmental rights, two subjects the government has asked Mr. Justice Berger to. look into during hearings into a proposal by Canadian Arctic Gas Ltd. to build a pipeline that'would move Alaskan and Mackenzie Delta natural gas to Canadian and United States markets by 1978. Tom Berger was appointed in December, 1972, to the B.C. Supreme Court at the age of the youngest justice ever to serve on that bench. He already had served a brief term as provincial leader of the New Democratic Party and Won national prominence as a champion of Indian rights and of the persecuted. The case that he spent the most money, energy and time on was an unsuccessful battle to establish the claim of Nishga Indians on the northern B.C. coast to aboriginal rights to about square miles around the Nass River. The Supreme Court of Canada, in a 4-to-3 de- cision Jan. 1973, rejected the Indians' claim. It took Mr. Berger eight years to prepare the case which some civil rights leaders have described as the strongest ever made for aboriginal rights in Canada. "It was a vast undertaking, a labor of Mr. Berger said at the time of his appointment to the B.C. Supreme Court. "I think I've put more of myself into this case than any other." Born in Victoria on March 23, 1933, the son of an RCMP sergeant, her received his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1957. Atf28, Mr. Berger became the first president of the B.C. New Democratic Party in 1961 and a year later became the youngest member ever elected to the House of Commons from B.C., when he won the Vancouver-Burrard seat. He was defeated in the 1963 federal election by Liberal Ron Basford. In 1966 he won a seat in the B.C. legislature, and in May, 1969, was elected provincial leader of the NDP, but resigned after being defeated in the August, 1969, provincial election. During his career as a lawyer he specialized in labor cases, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and welfare matters in addition to Indian rights. He won a series of cases against the Workmen's Com- pensation Board on behalf of victims of silicosis denied compensation. In the light of these cases, a royal commission was set up to look into the workings of the board. Mr. Berger says hestill con- siders those cases the most Acupuncture clinic for Winnipeg WINNIPEG (CP) A acupuncture clinic will be established .next month at the Victoria General Hospital, Dr. Victor Rpsenfield, director of medical services, says. Dr. Rosenfield said the clinic will operate on a referral basis only, under the direction of Dr. Sheung Chi Man. Only members of the hospital's medical staff will be able to refer cases to the clinic. Dr. Man, one of North America's foremost acupuncture specialists, said his practice will be restricted to. patients who have not responded to normal methods of treatment within a six- month period. important of his career. In .1968 a man named Haddon was sentenced to life imprisonment for stealing a can opener. Haddon had been arrested more than three which made him a habitual criminal and subject to life imprisonment. Mr. Berger fought the case to the Supreme Court of Canada, and the law which lumped chronic nuisances with public menaces was re-evaluated. During the same year, he acted for G. E. P. Jones, a B.C. civil servant, and won a judgment for for slander against then Premier W. A. C. Bennett. Married and father of two sons, he enjoys skiing, tennis and. reading and is an avid hockey fan. THOMAS BERGER Try a gentle laxative from the maker of Turns! Press Bubble to release STAY-FRESH PACK FAMILY LAXATIVE REGULAR USED It's called Nt because it's Nature's Remedy. I The Turns people, as you would expect, i know a great deal about sensitive stomachs. They make I their laxative with vegetable ingredients NR brings easy, effective, overnight relief. re's I gentle action works while you sleep without disturbing your rest. TryNature's Remedy, a gentle all-vegetable laxative. Regular or chocolate coated. 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