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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL. LXVI No. 89 The Let lib ridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, MARCH 25, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 22 PAGES SCHOOL STRIKE TALKS BREAK DOWN RICK ERVIN photo Postal report kept secret By PAUL JACKSON' Herahl's Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A management consultant's report that the government says is confidential'recommends a number of ways by which several millions of dollars a year of Ihe taxpayers' money cc'.ild be saved by streamlining operations of the deficit-ridden Canada post office. Bui, claims Dan JIcKenzie South who has (ackled Ihe government on the matter in the House of Commons, the recommendations have either been ignored or action directly opposite to them has been taken. The controversial report, which was presented to the federal government in June, and remained secret ever since, was developed by the firm of Samson, Belair, Riddel and Slead Inc., which has of- fices in Ottawa. If only two recommendations were followed, the post office would save sums of million and million without any real decline in post office service, stresses the report. Other similar recommendations would result in savings of sums in the tens of thou- sands of dollars range, every year. In the Commons last week, Postmaster-General Andre Ouellet said he rejected a motion by AFr. Mc- Kenzle "for the production of papers" which would have made the report public material. In volume one of the reports, which contains con- clusions and recommendations, the consultants find that government operated fleet services are more costly than those contracted out lo private business. It recommends lhat tho post office department should contract out for such fleet services. But, says Mr, McKenzic, even after this report was presented the government look over from a Win- nipeg contractor collection and distribution of mail in lhat city. The report spends some time considering street letter box collections, particularly in regard to Toronto arid Montreal, and it suggests thai early and late trips arc costly when compaicd with the number of bags collected.' Hulls eye A jubilant Marc Lalonde, minister of nalional health ond welfare, screams salf-congratulations after throwing a shot at tile curling rink al Fort Macleod Salurday. Mr. Lalonde stopped at Ihe rink for a few minutes as part of his helicopter lour of Southern Alberta. Fort Macleod rec- reation director Lao Bourassa, left, Mayor George Buzun- is, right, and the unidentified youngster in the foreground share the minister's glee. Further stories and pictures on the Lalonde visit on Pages 6, 1 and 12. Acrimdny marks second stalemate fly HERB LEGO Herald Staff Writer Schools throughout Southern Alberta remain closed for the third week today, the result of a complete breakdown of medi- ation in a 15-day dispute be- tween rural teachers and trust- ees. Despite personal intervention by Labor Minister Bert Honol, negotiations ground to a halt at 7 p.m. Sunday. No date for the resumption of talks is in sight, Hope of a set- tlement before the end of the month is dim. Dr. Hohol, in Lethbridge Thursday and Fridav of last week, left the city during the weekend. Talks between the Al- berta Teachers' Association and Canada likely to stay OTTAWA (CP) The federal government is expected to an- nounce Tuesday th at it will keep Canadian observers in Viet- nam, for the time being at least. Despite gloomy reports from Kxternal Affairs Minister Mit- chell Sharp about the effective- ness of the four-country Inter- national Commission of Control and Supervision most observers feel that Canada will continue as a member, even on another short-term trial basis. Many countries, including the United States, Britain, Japan, and China, have urged Canada lo remain on the commission, along wilh Poland, Hungary and Indonesia. When the 290 Canadian ob- servers were sent to Vietnam, Mr. Sharp said it would be for an initial 60-day period, and this period expires Wednesday. Ho has said there would be a 30- day notice if Canada decides to vithdraw. Actor Noel Coward dies in Jamaica LONDON (AP) Sir Noel Coward, outstanding Dritisli playwright and actor for almost half a century, died today in Ja- maica, his London secretary said. Joan Hirst, the London secre- tary, said the 73-year-old Cow- ard died of a heart atlack at his vacation home, the Southern Alberta School Authorities Association contin- ued Saturday and Sunday. A government-imposed news blackout on contract discussions was lifted at 11 p.m. Sunday by Industrial Relations Board med- iators John Mutton and Neil Graham. SASAA chairman Ray Clark, contacted late Sunday night, re- fused comment on the media- tion breakdown. Teacher negotiator Bill Cas- anova claimed at midnight Sat- urday that the collapse of talks is due entirely to the position taken by Mr. Clark and rural trustees. "Trustee negotiators are not interested in getting students back to school. Their motive is to let the government settle their problems lor them. "The whole mediation process has been a farce. It seems that trustees had no intention of try- ing to reach a settlement and are simply wailing for the la- bor department to interfere with the legal riehts of Mr. Casanova said. Sunday's breakdown of talks is th? since the strike began March 12. Dr. Hohol ordered both sides back to the bargaining table March 14 but mediation ended the same day. So far, the dispute has cost the ATA in strike pay for its rural teachers in Southern Alberta. Rural teachers originally claimed they are off the job to suoport demands for fringe ben- efits such as Blue Cross and the Alberta Health Plan. Sunday, teacher negotiators dropped their request for Al- berta Health and offered two wage proposals for a 12-month and 16-month contract. Mr. Casanova said teachers have offered lo scUle Ihe dis- pute for trustee contributions to Blue Cross, the Teachers' Disability Fund and a 12-month wage hike 7.5 per cent. He said teachers would also be willing to settle for a 16- month hike of 9.9 per cent, coupled wilh the two fringe benefit areas. Trustees have offered con- tributions to the Teachers' Dis- ability Fund, a 2 per cent sal- ary boost on the last four months of 1972 and a 6.2 per cent wage hike for 1973. Pincher Creek seeks intervention Land grab protested PINCHER CREEK (StatfJ- Several farmers and ranchers here claim "substantial outside fortunes" arc being used lo buy huge tracts of agricultural land and they want the government lo intervene. About 60 farmers and ranch- ers including two Huttcrites voted at an emotional meet- ing here Saturday lo ask for government intervention. On a suggestion from MLA Charles Drain (SC Pincher Creek the meet- ing unanimously agreed lo cir- culate a petition "asking the provincial government to im- pose some control on large land purchases involving land acquisitions large enough lo be detrimental to the community involved." But the meeting, sponsored by the Municipal District of Pincher Creek, rejected by a standing vote of 29 to 26 a mo- tion calling controls over for- eign investment. Mr. explained the pro- vincial government's land use study-now under way. But action as a result of what the four man study group learns "could be a long way down the he said. He said people can expect lo wait one Eo two years for a re- port, to be followed by evalua- tion of the report and they hope- fully some legislation. Mr. Drain warned the meet- ing not to ask for loo many I Seen and heard About town IRUUCE LANG, telephoning home to speak to his wife, being asked by his daughter "Who is speaking Margaret Ball telling husband Bruce she should get a medal for her 33rd wedding anniversary to- day pistol instructor Arnold Moranz blaming the flu for his son's better shoot- ing. regulations from government. "It is a time for cool he said. Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt said he was alarmed by Uie exodus of rural people to the cities. He said all people have to try and decide where the prob- lem really is. He suggested the problem doesn't lie with the M.D. or Ihe province but with the federal government. He said a lack of financing from the federal government level is driving young people from the land. One farmer asked what will happen if all Ihe land is sold while I lie community wails for some form of legislation. Arnold Plall, chairman of the government's special land purchase liaison committee to oversee land sales, especially to Hutteriles, said there were several alternatives available lo the people. He Raid a moratorium could be set on land sales but that this would hurt a great many people, particularly the sellers. Messer dies Don Messer, popular band leader whoso way down east music kept Ca- nadian audiences tapping their toes for more than four decades, died in Hali- fax today, apparently of a coronary attack. He was 63. Crisis at feet THOUGHT THIS WAS IT By JIM MAYS IE Herald Staff Wriier "There was a loud, terriffic bang, the plane lurched and Started losing Cy Redfern of Lethbridge said today. "I naturally checked my insurance policies and to see if. anyone around could help me. "I think everyone thought this was it. There was no gen- eral panic. There was one girl on the plane that will never get on anolher one again." That was how Mr. Redfern recounted a harrowing exper- ience Friday when the Air Canada DC-8 in which he was a passenger lost an engine alter leaving Toronto. Jim Gough, also of Letti- bridge, said "We're lucky to be around to talk to anybody. I guess it just wasn't our time to get our tickets punched." He said he was dozing when the inside engine on the right wing of the plane exploded. Flames and debris scattered from the engine. "It shook the craft like it was going to shake the wings he said. .The engine sounded liicje it 'was grinding up, like when a car transmis- sion goes on the fritz.' The engine cowling blew off and hit the rear door of the plane, near the tail, cutting a seven foot gash in the out- side shell. "It made a hell of a said Mr. Gough. The plane was about 35 minutes out of Toronto and was (lying at about feet when the engine exploded, he said. The plane's four engines were cut after the explosion, the plane did a flop and the fire was extinguished. "The purser was beautiful" Mr. Gough said. "He said, 'I guess by now you know we've had a bit of a problem. How- ever, there's a travel agent on board who will make ar- rangements for you to con- tinue with your flight.' One girl was screaming but she was finally quietened down, he said. Ken Hurlburt, Letbbridge member of Parliament, was sitting at the window beside the engine and he kept giving numerous engine reports to lessen the tension, said Mr. Gough, As the plane approached Toronto the airport was pack- ed with fire engines. The plane coasted to the far end of the runway and foam was sprayed on the burned-out black engine. "Everyone cheered and clapped when we got on the he said. "That was my thrill for this said Mr. Cough. "I'm glad we weren't on the bingo card." Mr.Huriburt said he was sitting beside the engine when it exploded. It blew about seven feet of the cowling off, he said, "and I heard a thump" but didn't know until later that it was the cowling hitting the fuselage. The pilot had trouble put- ting the fire out. He would get it out and it would flare up again. A lot of things go through your mind at a lime like that, he said. "I was thinking of my wife and family, plans for the weekend, and the constit- uency. I even wrote a note to my wife. "One thing I did learn, there's never an atheist in a foxhole." The whole event "was a lot "funnier on the ground than when we were up there. "It sure made me think when we approached the run- way ond saw all the (ire en- gines, ambulances and police cars with their flashing red lights." When Mr. Hurlburt arrived home in Fort Macleod there was a note for him to the effect: "As one of your con- stituents and a staunch Cath- olic and Liberal I am never- theless concerned with your well-being." Enclosed was a medal of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, and the note: "As a Protestant, if he never does you any good he won't do you any harm." St. Christopher was in Ottawa today with Mr. Hurlburt. After a Ihree-liour delay in Toronto, the 187 passengers boarded another plane to re- sume their trip west. Air Canada this morning was unable to give any rea son for the cause of the explo- sion and fire. Hanoi to free prisoners SAIGON (AP) North Viet- nam has announced an agree- ment to release the final 139 American prisoners held in Vietnam in exchange for with- drawal of the remaining Ameri- can military forces beginning Tuesday and ending Thursday. Although the statement did not specifically refer to Cana- dian missionary Lloyd Oppcl, Canadian authorities here are- confident that Oppel will be re- leased in the American group or separately but roughly at the same time. Earlier the U.S. said Pres- ident Nixon was continuing a troop withdrawal freeze until arrangements were completed for the release of all U.S. prisoners. Invasion claim denied From AI'-REimCFl NAIROBI. Kenya (CP) President Idi Amin of Uganda has ordered his 2nd Infantry Brigade lo move up to Ihe Tan- zanian border "at once" to fight off another invasion, Radio Uganda has reported. A senior Tanzanian spokes- man in Dap es Salaam said Amin's claim Sunday night that an invasion force was preparing to strike is "absolute non- sense." Inside 'From your best supporting tutor. Chief.' Classified 18-22 Comics................ 16 Comment............... District 3, 9 Family............ 14, 15 Local News II, 12 Markets 17 Sports 6-s Theatres 5 TV....................5 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 20-25, HIGH TUESDAY NEAR SUNNY, MILD ;