Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The UtHbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 122 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MAY 4, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Canada presses air lanes issue Bailing it out The summer home of Mrs. Blanche Hunter of Public Landing is one of a number that suf- fered flood damage this week when the lower part of the St. John rose to flood conditions, har- old Livingstone is seen bailing his boat out which provides the only access to the house. Public Landing is about 30 miles north of Saint John. Prices board major issue By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA New Democratic Party Leader David Lewis said Thursday the policy of his group hi the pre-Easter session will be to continue to try "make parliament work" with tba minority Liberal govern- ment. A caucus of New Democratic Party members will be held Sunday when it will examine its position on the government's newly announced Food Prices Review board. Several members of the party are critical of the government's board on the grounds that it lacks "teeth." Purpose of the caucus is to deal generally with Issues that will confront the NDP party in the up- coming session after the Easter recess. FACES SERIOUS CRUNCH Stanley Knocks, veteran NDP member of parlia- ment and tlie part) 's house leader, said recently he be- lieves the Liberal government should have little troub- le surviving aficr a on its controverisal corpor- ate tax cu! legislation. But he agreed with Grace Mac- Innis (NUP-Yancom er-Kingswaj) that it will face 3 'serious crunch1 -when the ineffectiveness of the Food Prices Review board is rased in the house. NDP spokesmen last week, when Mr. Lewis was in Israel, said they found the government's response to the problem of rising food prices "seriously inade- quate." They said the proposed board was "unaccept- able" because it had no powers to roll back prices. Mr. Lewis in an interview Thursday, said he agreed that the Food Prices Review board was an important issue. He said the board being appointed under the Inquiries act gave it the required investigative powers and the authority to appoint needed staff. "But the question is what follows the investigation by the board. If the board does not have the authority to follow-up on its findings with some action, then the minister should have (he authority to take action. If necessary, legislation should be passed to give him the authority, or someone the authority, to act as a follow- up to the board's said Mr. Lewis. The NDP leader said he understood there were some constitutional questions involved. He noted that the minister had suggested the government does not have the power to roll back food prices. He said his party was looking into the constitutional aspects of this question. "ft is quite right to say that this is a very import- ant issue with Mr. Lewis said what informed that Mr. Knowles had suggested it might prove more of a "crunch" for the minority government than the corpor- ate income tax cut which the NDP firmly opposes. Inside 'My fellow Americans...' Classified 22-25 Comics........12 Comment......4 District 3 Family 26, 27 Joan Waterfield 5 Local News 37, 18 Markets 21 Sports 14, 15 Theatres 5 Travel........6 TV 5, 7-10 Weather 2 Workshop 11 LOW TONIGHT 40, HIGH SAT. BO; SUNNY PERIODS Flood aid fund grows FREDERICTON (CP) A special flood relief fund contin- ued to grow here Thursday as the first displaced families along the slowly-receding St. John river began to return to their damaged homes. Heavy rains- last weekend pushed the river to record lev- els and forced hundreds of people from their homes. Ap- praisal of damage to public and private property is expected to take three weeks. High waters have inundated several river bank areas at Saint John, 65 miles south, but the heaviest damage is ex- pected among farms at Mau- gerville and Sheffield, about 20 miles south of the capital. One emergency measures of- ficial said Thursday it might be another 10 days before families from that area would be able to return to their homes and begin the job of calculating their losses. The Trans-Canada highway runs along the river through the area but was still covered by muddy flood water. A highways depart- ment spokesman said Thursday there was no indication when the road would be reopened for traffic. The special flood relhf fund started here this week is being co-ordinated by the Frederic ton United Way. Byron Lawrence, executive director of the United Way, said the National Chapter of tha Im- perial Order cf the Daughters of the Empire (IODE) made a Sl.OOO pledge. The tctal of the fund has reached about in contributions and pledges. He said the fur.d would not at- tempt to duplicate assistance provided by the federal and provincial governments. "I think the money we receive will fill in where the federal-provin- cial money slops." Mideast ceasefire holds BEIRUT CAP) Two days of bitter fighting between the Lebanese army and Palestinian Arab guerrillas ended today with both sides holding to a new ceasefire. Two ceasefire at- tempts Thursday collapsed and street battles threatened to sweep Lebanon into full-scale civil war. Only a few random shots were heard in the streets of this shell-torn capital today. In southeast Lebanon, troops of the Palestine Liber- ation Army were reported to have crossed the border from Syria but then withdrew to posi- tions on the border after truce was agreed. A defence ministry spokes- man said army forces in Beirut have "withdrawn to assembling areas in compliance with the ceasefire agreement and we hope the other side will do the same.' Guerrilla jeeps with loudspea- kers toured bullet-riddled Pale- stinian sectors of the city urg- ing combatants to observe the ceasefire. Be'rut's international airport was reopened and commercial flights were resumed after a 12- hour closure. Traffic between Beirut and Damascus also re- sumed. Premier Amin Fafe? told re- "All signs show that conditions today are better than yesterday. Both sides are mak- ing efforts to apply the provi- sions of the ceasefire. Reactions of all other Arab countries were excellent." Before they withdrew to the Syrian border, Palestinian troops were reported to have occupied three villages and be- sieged two towns along an eight-mile front. The Palestinians pulled back after Franjieh telephoned Presi- dent Anwar Sadat of Egypt, a partner of Syria in the Feder- ation of Arab Republics. SAIGON (CP) Canada urged the international peace supervisory force today to con- demn the Viet Cong for a for- mal violation of the Vietnam truce agreement if they refuse to grant wider air corridors for observer helicopters. The four-country International Commission of Control and Su- pervision (ICCS) was divided on tlie request, however, a Cana- dian spokesman said. Apparently the Indonesian delegates are non-committal, while the Hungarians and Poles oppose such a move. The Canadians argue that un- der the Paris peace agreement, freedom of movement is guar- anteed. At issue is the width of flight clearance which the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Gov- ernment (PRG) is prepared to give ICCS helicopters for flights over its territory. The PRG has offered to increase this to three miles from 2'2 but the Cana- dians insist anything less than fhe miles is unacceptable. The dispute is holding up the release of civilian prisoners by the Saigon government and the Viet Cong since ICCS helicop- ters will not fly to the exchange point of Loc Ninh until the cor- ridor argument is settled. Meanwhile, an incident Wednesday in which two peace- keeping helicopters came under intense fire at the start of a pre-arranged flight over Com- munist territory is meeting an astonishingly low-key reaction here. It came less than a month after an ICCS helicopter, which was off course, was shot down killing all nine persons aboard. Canadian Ambassador Michel Gauvin termed the incident "deplorable" but declined fur- ther comment. Canadian offi- cials contend that they must wait for formal investigations before they can take any posi- tion on the matter. In other developments. Air America, the firm which sup- plies air crew and aircraft for the ICCS, has run into difficulty obtaining work -visas from the Saigon government for its Fili- pino mechanics. Sources say that unless sorr- solution can be found quickly, large num- bers of aircraft may be grounded for several weeks un- til mechanics can be found else- where. CLOUDY FUTURE FACING ALBERTA? LACOMBE (CP) Suimy Alberta apparently Is mov- ing into a cloudy future. The federal research station at Lacombe said that only three monlhs of May and August registered more sunlight than the 65-year average for the province. All othsr months shewed a decline. In July, for example, the 65-year average was 296.6 hours. Last year, the total was 254.4 hours. The Lacombe report said there were 116 fewer hours of sunlight in central Alberta last year than the 65-year average. Precipitation was 12.12 inches, three inches higher than the 65-year average, and the number of frost free days, 108, was higher than the average of 90. Nixon opens arms ivider to Canada WASHINGTON (CP) Presi- dent Nixon has linked Canada with transatlantic opportunities this year to produce a healthy world economy and peaceful society. While placing emphasis o n Europe in his world policy re- view Thursday, Nixon opened his arms in a wider embrace by saying: "The United States, Canada and Western Eruope have a decisive contribution to makp to a healthy world economy and to a new peaceful international order. These are new creative tasks for our partnership." Reviewing post-war develop- ments among alliance mem- bers, the president dwelt brief- ly on the offered as both Canada and the U.S. re- defined their world positions. "Frank reappraisals of our respective interests have brought some new problems to the fore, particularly in econ- omic relations between the two he said. He had explored with Prime Minister Trudeau during a visit to Ottawa last year "how we might work together while re- specting Canada's right to en- sure its own identity and to chart its own economic course." B.C; wage floor iraifi watched NO RUSH FOR LOTS IN WEST LETHBRIDGE Alberta roil link listed on agenda EDMONTON hours to return their bottles anymore." Alberta's bottle-return legisla- tion became effective Jan. 2 and universal depots were set up to provide rebates for wine, li- quor and soft drink containers. Guard hurt as convicts take over N. W. T. (CP) A guard was injured when 40 prisoners seized control of the medium-security Yel- lowknife correctional institute for about two hours Thursday night. The guard suffered two cuts to the head that required stitches. Clarence Wilkins, chief of the Northwest Territories Correc- tion Service, said today the prisoners took advantage of in- complete construction to rush the four guards who normally patrol the jail at nicht.