Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
News In brief Fire destroys apartments MONTREAL A dis- trict fire chief was 20 firemen injured and 45 families left homeless Monday night following a fire that destroyed three three- storey apartment buildings in the city's west end. Rene Montreal fire said at the scene he had received no reports of serious injuries to residents of the buildings. He identified the dead chief as Guy a veteran of more than 20 years with the department. Prisoners release hostages SANTA Argentina Sixty-five convicts released 47 hostages after authorities gave in to their demands for better living police sources said today. The guards and 37 including several they were well treated and fed by the prisoners during more than 24 hours of captivity until they were freed Monday night. Mediator named in dispute VICTORIA British Columbia Labor Minister Bill King has announced the appointment of an industrial inquiry commission to investigate the dispute between Vancouver City Police and the city's police commission. Mr. King made the announcement Monday night following a five-hour meeting with representatives of both sides in the dispute. It was agreed that provincial mediator Clark Gilmour would continue to be involved to assist Bert who will be making recommendations within 14 Mr. King said. He said although the 850- member police union gave 72- hour strike notice last week long as a mediation officer is involved in the the right to strike does not reside with the police Games levy may be illegal EDMONTON City Solicitor Harry Wilson jolted a city council meeting Monday bv announcing that he does not believe a proposed levy of 1.2 mills for the 1978 Commonwealth Games is legal. The city's finance department has proposed the levy to raise between and million during the next five years to help pay for the games. Mr. Wilson said he did not see anything in the Municipal Taxation Act or the Municipal Government Act which would permit council to raise money for games facilities in this way. Tom economic affairs commissioner and members of the finance department did not agree with the city solicitor. Council decided to table consideration of the mill rate and 1974 expenditures until the matter could be decided on by the province's municipal affairs possibly later today. Two guns at murder LOS ANGELES A hearing aimed at reopening the investigation into the 1968 assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy was told Monday there may have been two guns at the scene. Two weapons experts said that the fatal bullet and one that wounded a bystander in the kitchen of the Ambassador Hotel may have been fired from different guns. Lowell an expert for the San Jose district attorney's and Herbert director of a forensic laboratory in New said the Kennedy bullet had only one manufacturer's while the other had two. They asked that the gun used by Kennedy's convicted Sirhan be fired again to clear up the matter. Strike may halt grain exports VANCOUVER Canadian grain exports through Vancouver may soon be halted by' a strike or a a union spokesman said Monday. Henry business agent of The Grain Workers local said strike or lockout action is likely following the elevator companies' rejection of a conciliation commissioner's recommended settlement for a new contract. He said his members have already accepted the proposed and will hold no more negotiations with the five elvator firms. The companies involved in the contract dispute are Alberta Wheat Pacific United Grain Burrard and Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. Commissioner Dr. G. Neil Perrv of the University of British Columbia recommended the workers receive a increase over two years on a base rate of with a cost- of-living adjustment clause and introduction of a non- contributory pension plan. Colleges have priority rating BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FMEEHIMATES COLLEGE MALL EDMONTON Grant MacEwan Community College and the concept of the community college rank as' high priorities for the provincial Premier Peter Lougheed said Monday. He was speaking at the college's second convocation. Healing Substance... Shrinks Checks Itch Exclusive healing substance proven to shrink hemorrhoids...and repair damaged tissue. A renowned research institute has found a unique healing sub- slancc the ability to shrink hemorrhoids painlessly. It re- ami discomfort in minutes and speeds up healing 'of llie inflamed tissues. One hciiiorrhoidal case his- tory after another reported striking I'.iin promptly and gently relieved actual reduction or place. 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The youths are believed to have been swept into the river when their canoes struck a submerged log. The swollen with a heavy spring was a raging torrent of white water in the area the mishap is believed to have occurred. Police identified the missing youths as Paul Robert Lloyd Dwight Devere Brian Donald Ian Stuart David Michael and Murray Arnold all of Prince and Jeff of the Queen Charlotte Islands. About 50 aided by a the RCMP and a tracking combed a 25-mile stretch of the river Monday. the youths were dropped off at the river about 30 miles east of the city Friday and were to arrive here Saturday evening. The search began Sunday. None of the youths were experienced canoeists. Only assorted including parts of bits of clothing and and a pack have been recovered. Armed Forces warned about attaches By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been alerted to a marked in- crease in recent months in the efforts of Warsaw Pact Military stationed in to obtain information through social contacts. It is an but still very ef- fective way of getting bits of pieces of secret information that can be pieced together by trained espionage agents and passed along to the Warsaw Pact countries. Officers messes where members have become a favourite target according to national defence department officials. The Canadian Armed Forces director general of intelligence and security Brig. Gen. R. J. G. has sent out a warning letter to the presidents of all a spokesman for the defence department confirmed Tuesday. Top ranking officials of the department of external affairs said this was an fg.r the defence department. They said there had been no recent spy but precautions were always being taken by the defence department. No attache from a Warsaw Pact country has been expelled from Canada officials said. After receiving the warning from Gen. Weeks the presi- dents in turn have passed on the word of caution to their members. Pictures of Warsaw Pact military attaches stationed in Canada have been posted in each mess. One such notice received by mess members warns that the attaches whose pictures have been posted are constantly seeking information overtly by asking direct or insidiously during general Recently a Warsaw Pact at- tache entered an officers' mess in Ottawa without an invitation. He joined in conversation with members who were present. type of contact presents a special security hazard because it affords an opportunity for the attache to enter into conversation with officers of the Canadian Forces under circumstances when unguarded conversation would be anticipated. This is particularly true when the Warsaw Pact attache does not identify himself as such and is in civilian said the notice sent to one officers' mess. Gen. Weeks has warned all members of each mess to be on their guard. His alert has been passed along. Members of the messes are warned that for the most part the conversations with the Warsaw Pact attaches will appear quite innocent. they are however friendly and apparently harmless discussions even about unclassified subjects always have a point. unimportant scraps of information and per- sonal opinions become useful when correlated with information from other sources and can be used as the basis for action contrary to this country's members of the intelligence and security branch have pointed out. Chartered banks may not raise interest rates Premier changes mind on controls Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The federal election may _ be affecting Premier Peter Lougheed's stand on wage and price controls. Mr. Lougheed told the legislature temporary wage and price controls might work. To this the premier has opposed such controls as unworkable. But he plans to do some campaigning on behalf of the federal Conservatives who have advocated such controls to fight inflation. Mr. Lougheed maintained his opposition to any permanent we get involved in a rigid system of price in a province such as Alberta there is no question that the primary the farmers who have not had an opportunity to get a fair value or fair price for their product are going to find themselves under difficult it may be there are circumstances where a short- term temporary situation in terms of price and wage control might but any permanent arrangement would just work against the premier said. Cannon exceeds duty VANCOUVER The city's nine o'clock gun has been silenced for exceeding its duty. The in Stanley Park facing Burrard is supposed to signal time. It isn't supposed to fire projectiles at an oil barge anchored about 300 yards off its muzzle. A spokesman for the Vancouver Parks Board said Monday that the which goes off every evening at has been taken put of commission temporarily after a shot dropped rocks around a floating oil barge Sunday. go put at low tide and toss rocks into the muzzle of the said Bill manager of the Texaco oil barge the gun faces. when it fires the rocks fly out into the water. very Own poll PHILADELPHIA A public opinion poll which in- dicates that only 35.3 per cent of the United States people want President Nixon to resign and only 29.9 per cent want him has been mailed to newspaper broad- casters and Nixon supporters. The which shows that a majority wants Nixon to stay in was mailed by the White officials there confirmed. It was taken by the Albert Sindlinger a Phila- delphia and differs sig- nificantly from other public opinion polls released in the last week. By THE CANADIAN PRESS Chartered banks have taken no immediate steps to follow the Bank of Canada's move to increase its prime lending rate. Paul an information officer with the Royal Bank's head office in said in an interview he did not think there would be a corresponding change in the rate of chartered banks. The weekend increase in the Bank of Canada rate to a record 8.75 per cent from 8.25 was the seventh since April when the rate was in- creased to 5.25 per cent from 4.75 per cent. Mr. Wilson said the Royal Bank believes the Bank of Canada this time is reacting to the action of the chartered not vice-versa. Arnold vice- president in charge of public relations for the Toronto Dominion said the Bank of Canada's action is under review by his bank and a statement will be made later. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce said it hoped a further increase in its interest rate for loans and mortgages will not become but that will depend on whether the demand for bank loans increases or decreases. No Canadian chartered bank has posted a minimum lending rate higher than 11 per but at least one major United States bank has posted an 11.4- per-cent prime rate. C. W. Peter senior vice-president of the investment tirm of Cochran Murray Ltd. of further movement in prime rates would be deter- mined by continuing demand for credit. If the demand does not we will be look- ing at 11.5 per cent or 12 per It is the intent of the central bank and the chartered banks to cool out the rising demand for he said. The prime rate is that charged on loans to the largest and most credit-worthy bank customers. Other rates are geared to the prime rate. More autonomy for Quebec labor VANCOUVER The ticklish question of greater union independence for Quebec members of the Canadian Labor Congress appeared closer to a friendly solution Monday as Quebec Federation of Labor president Louis Laberge praised a move toward compromise by CLC president Donald MacDo- nald. The issue has threatened to drive a wedge between leaders of the QFL and the rest of the congress at the organization's biennial convention here. The QFL has about 300 of 400 delegates to the meeting and has proposed that the con- gress give more control over education labor councils and financing to the Quebec federation. Such a delegation of powers has been stoutly resisted by the congress in the past. But Mr. MacDonald said in his presidential address Monday that the congress must recognize that Quebec labor is unique while union solidarity must be the organization must ensure that interests of Quebec workers are protected. His comments drew a pleased reaction from Mr. the controversial QFL president who has in the past been strongly critical of congress leadership. happy about it. It shows a new Mr. Laberge said. shows some of our contentions have been accepted as right by the The QFL has wanted more power because Quebec leaders feel the English- language dominated congress is unable to cope with the language and differences in the province. The issue is likely to be re- ferred to a special group for study. The first day of the con- vention was generally quiet with major issues of national union autonomy and leadership due to come up later this week. Elections are planned for Thursday and- the autonomy which has led to rifts between the congress estab- lishment and a reform will come up Wednesday. De- bate on the QFL resolution is also expected Wednesday. Little support for truck strike NEW YORK Militant truck drivers protesting high fuel costs and low speed limits have been unable to generate much initial support. But they still hope they can convince re- luctant counterparts to join their strike. The walkout called by the most adamant of the owner- operators began Monday with truck traffic reported close to normal on major highways. There was sporadic rock- but no reported injuries. And markets and food-processing some of which were forced to shut down during a similar action last reported little .difficulty in obtaining commodities on time. No solid estimate was avail- able on how many truckers 1 were taking part in the strike. John a striking trucker from predicted the strike will grow. He look for more violence to come out of this thing. But it isn't because the truckers arc angry. They are beyond the point of being angry. It is utter At the Four- State Independent Truckers Association voted Monday night to continue the shutdown and.to picket a pipeline company and a farm co- operative. Police in most states reported Monday thai truck traffic was about although there were congregations of up to 100 striking drivers at truck in Texas. Deaths Ottawa Robert M. mayor of for 16 years and a past president of the Canadian Federation of Mayors and Municipalities. Soviet naval power 'surpasses' that of U.S. By JOHN W. F1NNEY New York Times Service WASHINGTON Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt chief of U.S. naval says he is convinced that the United States has lost to the Soviet Union its ability to control the world's sea lanes. The admiral offered that assessment in an interview as he prepared to step down as the naval chief. The interview with three reporters covered a range of topics including the navy's international the condition of the fleet and the sharp alterations he has made in personnel policies. The Soviet Union's to deny us the sea which is their is greater than our capability to keep the sea lines which is our he said. Nor does Zumwalt believe the naval imbalance is likely to be reversed over the next five and he sees a reversal then only if Congress adequately funds a multibillion-dollar naval construction program that he instituted. For his concession that the Soviet Union has achieved potential control over the sea lanes in a crisis is somewhat a self- fulfilling prophecy and one that may be designed to influence both the navy and the Congress when he retires. With fervor mounting as he approached the end of his he had warned that the naval balance was shifting against the United States. for the first he has openly declared that the have and the Soviet Union has achieved the ability to control the sea lanes. Zumwalt will step down as commander of the navy at the end of June. At the age of 53 he is not only the youngest officer ever to serve as chief of naval operations but also proved to be one of the most unorthodox in the modern history of a tradition-bound navy. During his four controversial years as head of the he brought about major social changes that upset the hierarchical structure of the navy. At a cost of billions of he also set about rebuilding an aging fleet around classical concepts of sea power and novel concepts of ships that are still not completely accepted by a postwar generation of admirals who equate super- carriers with naval supremacy.