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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The UtHlmdge Herald VOL LXVII 119 MAY 1974 10 Cents 28 PAGES FBI bag hideout clothing Calif. Police and the FBI have seized clothing and other items at a hideout that was apparently used recently by the terrorist Symbionese Liberation Army the San Francisco Chronicle says. The newspaper says SLA slogans were found on the walls of the apartment. One of them was signed the name Patricia Hearst said she adopted when she announced she was joining the group. The SLA has claimed responsibility for abducting Miss the 20-year-old daughter of newspaper executive Randolph Hearst. A offer by the Hearsft Corp. for Miss Hearst's ignored for a expires tonight. A neighbor near ihe apart- ment was said to have identi- fied a picture of Donald De- an escaped convict authorities have identified as SLA leader Nixon lawyer granted major procedural role From AP-REUTER WASHINGTON The House of Representatives judiciary clearing the way for the crucial phase of its impeachment has given President Nixon's lawyer a major role in the proceedings. Under rules approved unani- mously by the committee White House lawyer Janes St. Clair will able to --uestion raise-Dejections and propose witnesses. The rules and the Democratic majority's support of them helped restore harmony in the committee after its party-line split Wednesday when Nixon was found in non-compliance with the committee's subpoena for Watergate tapes Adoption of the rules marked the final step m the long preparation for receiving evidence that the committee has been engaged in since January. Starting next week it will begin examining the information on which it will base a judgment as to whether Nixon should be impeached. The rules include a provision permitting hearings to be televised if the committee decides to open them to the public. Chairman Peter Rodino said the fizst Veek of the hearings will be closed Those first four or five days will be taken up by a presenta- tion to the committee of the secret grand jury evidence relating to Nixon's role in the Watergate cover-up and other information covering a wide range of alleged presidential misconduct. The committee's hearing room will be fitted with elec- tronic equipment to permit the playing of so that each of the 38 members has Chinese restore soldier's favor By JOHN BURNS Special to The Herald PEKING China-watchers everywhere were scratching their heads yesterday over the re-emergence on the political scene of Li the country's senior serving who has been out of sight since a poster campaign against him was launched several weeks ago. thought by many observ- ers to have been was included in the official list of party leaders who participated in May Day celebrations across th'e country on Wednesday This was an almost certain in- dication that he is back in fa- vor. The handwritten and signed by workers' groups or other grass roots were seen by travellers in numerous provinces in east and central China. Their form varied but the most common charge was that Li was a of the fallen defence minister Lin Piao. His startling can almost say be taken as a further indication that the political climate in so highly charged during the is now beginning to cool his own headset and set of transcripts. Nixon's popularity has been hovering between 25 and 27 per cent in public-opinion polls because of Watergate and other scandals linked to the White House and his administration. Crude oil doubted OTTAWA The possi- bility of an election has placed in doubt the validity of the government's commitment to set up a domestic two-price system for crude oil. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Thursday he is seeking legal advice on the issue. Prime Minister Trudeau and the provincial premiers agreed to terms of a two-price system at a meeting in March. Enabling legislation was subsequently introduced and that legislation now is tied up in committee. The Liberals have no hope that the legislation can be passed before the federal budget is introduced Monday. Sotn and heard About town Aid Vera Ferguson telling Lethbridge County Coun. Steve Slemko that at his he's all thunder and no rain winemaker and public school trustee Carl Johnson saying corks are a rare commodity around his house. Income tax time Postal worker Louise Hotte handles some of the thousands of tax returns that have been coming into Ottawa after the April 30 but before the end of the three-week extension period announced in Commons Tuesday. Taxpayers now have until May 21 to file their forms. Inside 'We're not flying today. There's a weavers strike. Classified .....22-26 Comics ..........20 Comment .......4 District............17 Joan Waterfield.....7 Local News Markets.........21 Sports Theatres...........7 Travel........ 8 TV Weather 3 At Home ..........27 LOW TONIGHT HIGH SUNNY Study session closes airport MONTREAL Air Canada announced early today all air traffic at Montreal International Airport was to be grounded after air traffic controllers walked off the job for a six-hour study session at 2pm EOT All incoming transatlantic flights to Montreal will be re- routed to an airline spokesman said British Airways and Eastern Airlines said they will try to continue overseas schedules by busing passengers to airports in New York or Vt. Setback LONDON Brit- ain's Labor party suffered un- expected setbacks in local London elections reducing the prospects of an early election. Meanwhile Ian St. secretary of the Montreal local of the Air Traffic Control said most of the 190 controllers who man Montreal airport will reject the tentative contract agreement between the association and the federal treasury board. Fred the Montreal local broke with a secrecy agreement between the association and treasury board and revealed details of the tentative reached Wednesday night He said controllers would receive a 12-per-cent salary increase retroactive to Jan. a three-per-cent increase July 1 and a nine-per-cent increase at the beginning of 1975. can we accept that when we read in the news- papers that there's going to be a 30-per-eent rise in the cost of processed foods over the next he asked Trudeau stabs profit posture Bf DAVE BLAIKIE OTTAWA The gov- ernment will hold the Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats accountable on the campaign trail if they force an election before the Commons deals with proposed anti-profit- eering Prime Minister Trudeau said Thursday. think they'd be very un- wise and we'd gladly use this argument during an he told reporters outside the Commons people are pretty fed up with a lot of posturing which comes from both opposition parties He said opposition MPs have argued for months that the government should give the food prices review board power to end gouging and profiteering. we bring in a bill which is going to precisely permit us act on recommendations of the food prices review board. And they say. 'We don't want a profiteering bill. We want an election. they want they can get The crunch will come next likely Wednesday or when the first non- confidence vote is taken on the new budget The to be tabled Monday by Finance Minister John will offer the first chance to challenge the government on a confidence issue since the NOP said it may withdraw support from the minority Liberals Election speculation hit a peak Wednesday when Conservative and Social Credit MPs called the anti- profiteering bill badly- drafted and not worth passing. Prime Minister Trudeau's strategy Thursday appeared to be An attempt to make the opposition back down and a bid to put opponents on the defensive if an election is forced. The anti-profiteering bill is only one of a series of new bills expected to be still on the Commons order paper by the time the first non-confidence vote cpmes A bill to set up the long- awaited national petroleum corporation was introduced Thursday and four more are expected today. They will deal with women's wheat the Supreme Court of Canada and housing. Test talks New York Times Service WASHINGTON Administration officials said today that the United States and the Soviet Union had begun negotiating a treaty for a partial ban of underground nuclear tests a project discussed off and on since 1958. At the officials the hope is to have an agreement ready for President Nixon and the Soviet communist leader Leonid I. to sign at their meeting in probably at-the end of June. The anti-profiteering if would give the cabinet power to freeze prices tempo- roll them back if thc-y are found too high in some force companies to make refunds to purchasers or turn excess profits over to the government. Fines up to and prison sentences up to two years could be imposed on company directors and officials for violations Mr. Trudeau and a series of Liberal members challenged the opposition to send the bill to committee and bring in amendments if they weren't satisfied isn't even worth sending to said Don Blenkarn The government had the bill together over a in.a desparete bid to shore up crumbling NDP he said. Parties prepare campaign flights OTTAWA It's con- ceivable there won't be a July although the odds heavily favor and if this happens it will mean that a monumental amount of high- priced conversation has gone to waste. In the last few weeks around Parliament the likelihood of a July election has dominated all conversations. Every party has had organizational all MPs have talked about it in and cabinet ministers discussed it in their meeting this week In the corridors little else is heard from MPs. In the Parliamentary press gallery there is conversation about the forthcoming campaign In secretaries are talking about a recess from the daily grind. Headquarters for all major parties are thinking in terms of a July vote. The Conservatives and New Democrats have all been in touch with airlines about chartering campaign aircraft. In some cases the discussions were detailed to the point of deciding what individual cabin personnel would be aboard 6South lacking water management' Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON There is no lack of water in Southern just no way to manage Bill Yurko. minister of the said Thursday. He told Dick Gruenwald Lethbndge that the government was actively involved in bringing order to management of water resources Legislation establishing regional water commissions to manage water on a river basin basis would be brought he said Outside the legislature Mr. Yurko said the government is gearing for a massive increase in food production in the south. are being changed in anticipation of major thrusts in food growing in Southern Alberta. It's not just a willy-nilly approach. It is an overall pattern of upgrading and developing our basic He rejected a claim by president of the Lethbndge Community College that planning now being done would not be able to cope with forecasted water shortages Dr C D former chairman of the South Saskatchewan River Development said earlier a lack of long- range planning will cause conflicts when drought conditions arrive Stewart doesn't appreciate all the planning that is going Mr. Yurko said Impoundment of water on the Oldman River was under active consideration. The government was considering using unproductive land in gullies and arroyos as storage reservoirs. Water impoundment on the Red Deer River expected within two years would begin to ease the drain on more southerly river he said. Water management commissions to be established by the fall would start to have an effect within a few years. They would have control over who used water Agriculture would now receive higher priority than hydro he said. But the minister has said it will be five to ten years before actual construction of water impoundment structures will begin on the Oldman River. Agreement takes shape Syria A senior United States official said today he see the shape of on dis- engagement of Syrian and Is- raeli forces on the Golan Heights. He spoke as U S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger arrived here after 10 more hours of talks in Jerusalem. Quadraplegic claims airline treatment 'dehumanizing' By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer A Lethbridge lawyer is studying claims against Air Canada made by Frank chairman of a Lethbridge handicapped action who claims the airline's treatment of disabled passengers is Doug Maxwell said Wednesday he is seeing what action can be taken against the Crown corporation because of what Mr. Merkl said happened to him on a flight from Calgary to New Brunswick. Mr. Merkl charges that Air Canada first lost then smashed his left him sitting in a terminal for two .hours strapped into a chair used for boarding and leaving a and not assistance for him to get off an aircraft. Mr. Maxwell said the situation is serious and one should be treated as he It seems especially bad that a government corporation would treat a veteran who became a quadruplegic while serving in the armed forces in this Mr. Merkl told The Herald his problems began April 22 when he boarded'a plane in Calgary. He was helped on the plane with the assistance of a Roosevelt chair. The chair is used to transfer the disabled passenger from his own wheelchair to a seat on the plane. The special chair is small enough to fit through the aisles of the aircraft and a wheelchair is not. The airline then put his collapsible wheelchair inside the baggage compartment of the Mr. Merkl claimed is against the airline's policy. Air Canada's district manager in Howard said in a telephone the company's policy says wheelchairs will be accepted for carriage without charge as baggage on the same flight as the passenger who is dependent upon The wheelchair then would be put in the baggage compartment but special care umnlrl HA fair An eaiH Mr. Merkl claimed by the time the plane reached Toronto the wheelchair had been broken. And when he changed planes to continue to Moncton the wheelchair was left in Toronto. When he landed in Moncton it was found the wheelchair was missing so Mr. Merkl was carried into the terminal strapped into a Roosevelt chair where he was left sitting for two hours. Mr. Merkl was in Moncton to attend a conference of the Canadian Federation of Civil Liberties and Human Rights Associations. He is a director of Jhe Alberta organization. One of the items he is promoting is the integration of the handicapped into existing human rights legislation which would include the right to use public transportation systems. Mr. Paillefer said if something has happened that should not have it is not the fault of company policy. policies are clear on the handling of the handicapped but whether they were its something that happened then it is an employee who dropped the he said. Mr. says more than one ball was dropped. On the return trip to Calgary Mr. Merkl was never assisted in or out of the craft by a Roosevelt chair people grabbed me under each arm and dragged me into the plane and down the aisle. My shirt was pulled up and it was simply dehumanizing. is hard enough to get back into society but when they do that in front of the other passengers how can we took away my dignity and right to be Merkl said. At the end of the trip in Calgary other passengers got off the plane and Vancouver-bound passengers boarded but Mr. Merkl was left on the plane. The crew had changed and he was told he would have to continue on to Vancouver because there was no notice received to assist him off the plane. Meanwhile wife was trvinu act some assistance from personnel in the terminal and was directed to baggage was asked what my value was. The baggage men may have been joking but after sitting at least 45 minutes in the plane I he said. Finally two members of the ground crew came aboard and pulled Mr. Merkl over the top of the seat and into his wheelchair which was picked up in Toronto on the return flight. The delay in leaving the plane caused Mr. Merkl to miss his connection with Time Air to Lethbridge and he had to stay the night in he said. was the first time I flown since I broke my neck 13 years ago and if this is what is going to happen I had better find another he said. may not be a common thing but.it seems to he said. The only compensation he has received from An Canada is an offer to pay the it met tn have his urheelrhair fivoH FRANK MERKL ;