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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-Tuwday, March News in brief Non-smokers win case MONTREAL (CP) Canadian National Railways was ordered Monday by small claims court to pay three commuters each for luilure to enforce no-smoking regulations on commuter trains. In his Feb. 21 judgment, Judge Jacques Casgrain did not question the plaintiffs' claim that smoky passenger cars were unhealthy. The Society to Overcome Pollution, which aided the plaintiffs in preparing their case, hailed the decision as a "useful precedent" in spurring firms to enforce existing non-smoking rules. A CN spokesman said "we've wiped out smoking" on commuter trains. Former cashier sent to jail CALGARY (CP) Diane Katherine Rusnak, 27, of Calgary, was handed an 18- month jail sentence Monday in Alberta supreme court for stealing from the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Board, her former employer. Rusnak pleaded guilty March 6 to three counts of theft committed March 14, May 2 and May 31, 1973, when she was a cashier for the board. Hearst food program may end SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Randolph Hearst's food program has handed out about cartons packed with prime meats and produce in a giveaway that a spokesman says "appears to be the last one." The newspaper executive hopes the food giveaway will lead to negotiations for the re- lease of his kidnapped daugh- ter. Patricia, abducted Feb. 4. Hearst, who funded People in Need with of his own money and million from a family foundation, said a coalition that has run the program will announce today whether it will continue. When Lee Ross, information officer for the program, was asked Monday how long the giveaways will continue he re- plied: "This appears to be the last one." Syrian attacks in 15th day TEL AVIV (Reuter) Syrian guns and tank cannons fired into the southern sector of the Golan Heights today for the 15th straight day, an Israeli army spokesman said. Most of the fire was directed at the rojcky area captured in the October war, but some fell in part of the area captured in the 1967 war for the first time in more than a week. There were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties. Ethiopian officers seized ADDIS ABABA (Reuter) About 25 junior officers, thought to be the ring leaders in last month's rebellion against the Ethiopian government, have been arrested, reliable sources said today. The arrests are believed to have been made last weekend and to have led to new unrest in the armed forces. 1 This is believed to be the reason why reinforcements were sent to guard radio stations in and around the capital Monday. The reinforcements were later withdrawn. Arson suspected in swamp fires THE EVERGLADES, Fla. (AP) Firefighters say they have contained the last in a rash of what officials describe as arson-caused blazes in the Big Cypress Swamp. About acres have been scorched. The fire was centred about four miles south of the Broward County line, just east of the L28 Canal where last week's Big Cypress fires were stopped from spreading into Dade County. Meanwhile, forestry officials report no new leads in their search for a mystery airplane which they believe dropped flares on the tinder- dry grasslands. II -year-old kills family RICHARDSON. Tex. (Reuter) An 11-year-old boy apparently shot and killed his father, mother and sister and then killed himself sometime last week, police here said Monday night. The police said the four bod-. ies were" discovered Monday in their fashionable home in this Dallas suburb and it appeared the boy, a spelling bee champion, had killed his parents and sister and then turned the gun on himself. They estimated the deaths occurred four days ago. They refused to identify the dead pending notification of relatives. Two Boyle jurors selected MEDIA. Pa. (AP) Two jurors have been seated in the murder trial of W. A. (Tony) Boyle, former United Mine Workers president accused of ordering the 1969 slaying of a union rival. The task of selecting a jury began Monday after several hours of private legal wrangling between opposing lawyers in the chambers of Common Pleas Judge Francis Catania. Marriage rumors surface again LONDON (AP) British newspapers today renewed their speculation that Prince Charles will marry Lady Jane Wellesley. daughter of the BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. E ESTIMATES COLLEGE HALL Duke of Wellington, because she accompanied the royal party at the annual Royal Film Performance- Lady Jane. 22. was the guest of Queen Mother Elizabeth, who headed the party Monday night at the premiere of The Three Musketeers. The group also included Princess Alexandra, a niece of the Queen Mother, and her husband. Angus Ogilvy. Coroner's Act criticized as INDIA'S MISSIONARY TO CANADA Dr. A. B. Masilamani Preacher and Evangelist of International Renown FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1614-5thAve.S. TONIGHT 730pm EviryMt Witemi Complete break with past needed EDMONTON (CP) The report of a review commission says that what are currently termed coroner's inquiries should be conducted by people with legal background, not by a doctor and a jury. It calls for repeal of the present provincial Coroner's Act and replacement by a Fatalities Inquiry Act to make a complete break with the past." It says the present act may well be unconstitutional. The report by a provincial commission led by Mr. Justice W. J. C. Kirby was tabled in the legislature Monday. It concluded that the existing Coroner's Act is obsolete. "All of it should be rewritten to meet the needs of a modern society that has advanced technologies at its disposal. "In order to. make a complete break with the past, we suggest that it be repealed and replaced by an act to be known as the Fatality Inquiry Act: that the terms chief provincial coroner, and coroner's inquest, be respectively replaced by the terms supervisor of medical examiners, medical examiner and public inquiry." The review commission also suggests that such inquiries be conducted by persons with legal training, preferably by provincial judges. An inquiry under the proposed new act "would involve a formal hearing in which witnesses would be examined under oath. this would call for knowledge on the part of the presiding official of the rules of evidence, and might result in criminal charged being laid, or give rise to civil litigation, it should preferably be conducted by a person with legal the review concluded. kit also said that "juries can lay no significant role in such an inquiry." Most of the 156 coroners in Alberta, including chief provincial coroner Max Cantor, are physicians. The inquiry, which resulted from expressions of wide spread dissatisfaction with the present practices of coroners' inquests, also suggests that such inquiries "not be used as a step in criminal proceedings or as a means of obtaining information for civil litigation." The commission also advises that all common law applicable to the office of coroner in Alberta should be changed. "It is by no means clear to us that evidence given at inquiries held under provincial legislation, even though the protection of the Canada and Alberta evidence acts has been explicitly invoked, can be withheld from a court created by federal legislation." "It may well be ultra vires'" the report says. It says the public has no interest in more than 80 per cent of all deaths in Alberta. "However, the public has a legitimate interest in deaths that occur other than through natural causes, which raise such questions as: What was the cause of death? Did the death occur because of malpractice or negligence of one or more professionals? Did the death occur because of wrongful behavior of one or more persons? Was the death preventable or avoidable? Does the death require a post mortem examination to establish the medical cause of death? Did the death occur when the deceased was involuntary detained in the custody of some agency or society? Such an investigation may well result in a "detailed scientific investigation, a detailed police investigation and a public the report said. West faculty REGINA (CP) Delegates at the annual convention of the Chiropractors Association of Saskatchewan approved a resolution calling for establishment of a committee to study possible creation of a chiropractic faculty in Western Canada. All smiles Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed and Prime Minister Trudeau were all smiles Monday as they met at the prime minister's residence in Ottawa to talk about oil. Mr. Trudeau will meet with all 1Q premiers on the same subject Wed- nesday. See story on Page 1. I DC-10 safety rules rfofi'f go far enough J WASHINGTON (CP) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for preventing explosions caused by depressurization of the cargo hold in DC-10 jumbo jets do not go far enough, a United States safety agency complained Monday. The complaint by the National Transportation Safety Board came on the eve of a Senate subcommittee hearing into the cause of a DC-10 crash near Paris earlier this month. The crash, the world's worst, killed 346 persons. The cause of the crash has yet to be determined, but some investigators believe sudden decompression of the plane's cargo hold might have buckled the aircraft's floor and jammed rudder controls. The safety board blamed the same decompression for a 1972 accident involving another DC-10 which had to make an emergency landing after its cargo hold door blew off over Windsor, Ont., and controls jammed. There were no casualties in that accident. After the 1972 accident, the'safety board recommended that the FAA require all DC-10 operators to make changes in the cargo door design and to install relief vents in the hold so that sudden depressurization would not buckle the aircraft's floor. The FAA, however, rejected both recommendations. Instead, it agreed to let McDonnell-Douglas, the plane's manufac- turer, circulate service memos that recommended design and operating changes in cargo doors on DC-lOs. John Brizendine, president of McDonnell-Douglas, said Monday in Long Beach, Calif., his company has recommended installation of reinforced plates to .the cargo hold door to ensure proper closing. He said the Turkish Airlines DC-10 that crashed near Paris March 3 had reinforced plates installed by the company but that no such plates were found in the wreckage of the plane. "This is a circumstance for which we do not yet have an Brizendine said. "We are investigating the matter vigorously." Tories 'frittering away' Alta. resource heritage EDMONTON (CP) The Social Credit opposition accused the Alberta government Monday of spending the province's "resource heritage" on the day-to-day operations of the province. Leighton Buckwell (SC Macleod( opened the opposition's attack on the provincial budget introduced Friday by saying it shows an "ever-increasing over- dependence" on oil revenues to finance provincial spending. The Progressive Conservative government also demonstrates a "total off- hand approach" towards the Deed to fight inflation, he told the legislature. Mr. Buckwell said energy revenue pays for 40.9 per cent of the spending program unveiled by provincial treasurer Gordon Miniely. "Without oil resources we are spending far more than we would ever hope to generate through the normal processes of government." Mr. Buckwell said. As desirable as social programs are. some policy must be -developed to determine how much can properly be spent on them without spending Alberta's Dean certain about Mitchell Vesco call NEW YORK (AP) Deposed White House counsel John Dean has rejected a defence suggestion that it was John Ehrlichman rather than former attorney-general John Mitchell who frequently inquired through him about the Robert Vesco fraud case. Under cross-examination in federal court, the 35-year-old Dean was asked about a tele- phone call he said he made at Mitchell's behest: "Are you certain it was not Efirlichman who asked you to make the "Yes. I replied Dean. He and Ehrlichman both lost top-level White House posts in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, which was not mentioned at the trial here. Ehrlichman had been President Nixon's chief domestic affairs adviser. Dean was scheduled to testify again today at the criminal conspiracy trial of Mitchell and former commerce secretary Maurice Stans. Mitchell and Stans are ac- cused of interfering with a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) fraud investigation of Vesco's multi- billion-dollar corporate empire, in return for the Jailer's secret cash contribution to President Nixon's 1972 re-election cam- paign. heritage of natural resources, he said. Mr. Buckwell warned the legislature to expect, in addition to current inflationary pressures, that energy will become a major factor in inflation when oil prices climb April 1. George Ho Lem (SC Calgary McCall) said he objects to the "flippant attitude" of the government in its handling of the resource windfall it can expect this year. "There is a frivolous attitude toward this new wealth that is an affront to the people who own it and make it possible. "We're only custodians and trustees of the vast treasure placed in this province." Graham Harle (PC Stetller) relied by saying Social Credit could only complain about dependency on oil revenues and inflation in the budget, yet they ignored measures such as assistance to the elderly, elimination of (he provincial education (ax on homes, the gasoline (ax reduction of five cents a gallon and the natural gas rebate plan. Extradition LONDON Britain has formally applied to the Brazilian government for the extradition of Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs, the foreign office announced today. A spokesman said the British authorities are awaiting Brazil's reply. U.S.-Soviet talks said moving slowly from AK-KEUTER MOSCOW (CP) United States State Secretary Henry Kissinger and Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev met for hours in the Kremlin today and opened discussions on the Middle East. They scheduled a further meeting for late afternoon. During eight hours together Monday, Brezhnev and Kissin- ger focused on strategic arms limitations and the European security conference in ;Geneva. j It was presumed that those subjects were again taken up today, but United States offi- Committee has jury report WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John Sirica today turned over to lawyers from the House of Representatives judiciary committee a satchel filled with grand-jury evidence on President Nixon's alleged role in Watergate. Sirica met with John Doar, chief counsel for the impeach- ment inquiry; Albert Jenner, minority counsel; and Peter Kreindler of the special prose- cutor's office and went over the material in the satchel. Sirica has described the ma- terial as focusing on the presi- dent and ''bearing on matters within the primary jurisdiction of the committee in its current inquiry." James Bay policy expected MONTREAL Minister Jean Cournoyer will announce in the national assembly today the Quebec government's construction site policy in the wake of destruction last week at a James Bay hydro de- velopment camp. The labor minister and Pre-' mier Robert Bourassa met Monday with officials of the James Bay Energy Corp. and provincial police. All declined comment after the talks. Mr. Cournoyer said, however, he would propose administrative measures to improve conditions surrounding the recruting of workers at construction sites throughout the province. LG-2. largest camp in the billion James Bay project, and two others on La Grande River were evacuated last Thursday and Friday after some of 900 men knocked out generators, punctured fuel tanks and set fires that destroyed bunkhouses at LG- 2. Yvon Duhamel. business agent for Local 791, Inter- national Union of Operating Engineers was sentenced to eight days in jail for contempt when he refused to testify at a fire commission inquiry into the incident. cials said they moved on to the Middle East situation before the end of the morning session. Sitting in on the talks was Alfred Atherton, assistant state secretary for Near Eastern affairs. Also present were Kissinger's advisers on strategic weapons and European problems. Observers said the talks ap- peared to be moving slowly. Meanwhile, a Soviet spokes- man voiced the possibility that Kissinger, during his current visit, might be unable to lay the groundwork for another arms limitation agreement for President Nixon to sign when he visits Moscow next summer. Kissinger, before his arrival Sunday, made clear that his chief goal in his talks this week with Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev was to break the deadlock in the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks in Geneva. A similar Soviet goal was indicated by Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko, who said at a luncheon he gave for the U.S. visitor Monday: "We would wish the forthcoming summit meeting to be marked by new important steps on the parth of development of peaceful relations between our states and improvement of the international atmosphere." But later Monday, the Kremlin's leading authority on Soviet-American relations, Georgy Arbatov, told reporters travelling with Kissinger that it is not necessary always to expect results" from summit meetings. Replying to Gromyko's luncheon toast, Kissinger said President Nixon is determined to make his policy of Soviet-American detente But he warned: "If our two nations attempt to take advantage of each other, if we attempt to blackmail each other, or deal with each other from a strong position, then there can be no peace among ourselves or in the world." 'Elderly should pay fair share9 VICTORIA (CP) Health Minister Cocke said Monday that elderly patients in British Columbia chronic care hospitals should not be allowed to save estates for relatives while the government pays for patients' care. He was speaking in the legislature on the government's proposal to raise charges for chronic care to a day from Mr. Cocke said that the government would not impose higher fees on anyone who would suffer a hardship but said he could not see why elderly persons receiving the government's income supplements should pay only a month for their care, leaving more than a month for them to save as an estate. Goby's SPECIAL Regular 12.50 Special Only WIGS Cleaned and Set Only.................. 7 00 Goby's Beauty Shop 13 St. N. PIMM327-SM7 ;