Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 15, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Uthbridgc Herald VOL. LXVI No. 131 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MAY 15, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENTS THREE SECTIONS 46 PAGES Unemployment drops sharply OTTAWA (CP) April jab- less dropped substantially to compared with a month earlier and a year earlier, Statistics Canada reported today. That is the lowest actual rate for April in four years. The figures, illustrating eco- nomic buoyancy that holds the seeds of sharp inflation, showed a jump in the April labor force of to an estimated The unemployment rate as adjusted seasonally to smooth out the dips and rises caused by such factors as summer student participation and winter jobless- ness was 5.4 per cent, also the lowest in at least four years. This is the rate regarded as most significant economically in assessing the employment pic- ture. Unemployment still is highest in the Atlantic provinces, drop- ping by an estimated to Crippled space JL JL JL lab new IVo B.C. study Solid ivall of flame By IAIN HUNTER. Kerald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau indicated Monday that whether there is any serious federal study of Dave Barrett's alternate pro- posal to avoid the tanker transportation of Alaskan oil down the B.C. coast depends on the existence of "background studies" by the provincial government. Trudeau said in the House of Commons that as far as he knows, Barrett has not produced any such studies, even though Ottawa has asked for them re- pea'.edly. Meanwhile, sources in the Energy, Mines and Ke- sources department said thay don't bslieve any such studies exist. They believe that Barrett's proposal for a rail-pipeline route through the Yukon and Northern B.C. was simply lifted out cf a Queen's University study on a Canadian rouie for an oil and gas pipeline. The Yukon raule was the choice of the A firefighter is pictured against a solid wail of flame and smoke in northwestern Toronto Monday afternoon, after a fire and a series of explosions levelled a chemical plant. Three persons were reported dead in the fire at the Ashland Chemical Co., which manufactures resins and chemicals. Prison heads under fire kenzie Valley pipeline. John Frassr (PC Vancouver South) asked Tru- deau whether icports last -neck that the federal gov- ernment is prepared 1o give a ''green light'' to tho Alaskan oil tanker route, are true. The prime replied that there has been no change in government policy. "We do net favor the route which, from Alaska, would lake oil tan'.crs over the ocean into waters which are particularly narrowly confined between the United States and he said. MONTREAL Pub- lic Service Alliance of Canada says the escape Sunday of five prisoners from the special cor- rectional unit of St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary was the re- sult of "bad co-ordination by the authorities.1' A spokesman for the union representing prison guards said three of four guard towers at the prison were unmanned at the time of the escapes. The four towers were manned 24 hours a day the last month until last Tuesday, when guards in three towers were ordered to take their lunch breaks simulta- neously, he said. The fourth tower was to be left occupied. The spokesman said prison authorities changed their orders three and four times. The spokesman said a change in visiting regulations was partly responsible for the es- cape. Convicts and visitors are usu- ally separated by glass in a meeting room and they speak through telephones. Last Wednesday, however, guests were ushered into the prison gymnasium where they met openly with inmates. "It was like a party and the guards had no way of knowing what was going he said. The five men broke out dur- ing a lunch period Sunday by sawing through a bar on the door, then climbing over the prison wall. The five men who escaped were: Jean-Paul Mercier, 28, Andre Ouelletle, 33, Robert Im- beault, 24, Gilles Gingras, 26, and Michel Lafleur, 23. The lat- ter four were serving sentences for armed robbery. Mercier pleaded guilty last week to two charges of non-cap- ital murder in the shooting deaths of two Quebec game wardens last September. lie was sentenced to two con- current life terms. Maurice St. Pierre, Quebec Provincial Police director, said Monday the prison authorities could have prevented the es- cape. He said that prison director Pierre Goulem was told Apnl 24 or 25 that a group of prisoners were "plotting to escape." In Victoria, Solicitor-General Warren Allmand said a three- man inquiry commission will be established to investigate penitentiary security in Quebec. He said he hoped to have a representative from the Cana- dian forces security wing, a judge and someone from the penitentiary service to take charge. It also was learned in Ottawa that prison administrators were warned as late as May 1 that guard towers were not to be left unmanned at any time. CAPE KENNEDY, Fla. (AP) The crippled Skylab space station developed a new prob- lem today when temperatures cf 100 degrees were recorded in side the laboratory. The space agency called it a serious prob- lem but still hoped to launch three astronauts to link up with the station on Sunday. "Its too early to tell if we're in an unmanageable situation." reported flight director Neil Hutchinson. "But the Skylab cluster is hot and it's a problem that we'll have to be able to solve if the mission is to con- tinue." Hutchinson also reported a problem with a stabilizing gyro- scope in the spaceship control system. These add to the difficulties of space agency experts who are trying to salvage three manned missions from the United States first space sta- tion. The laboratory was launched unmanned into a 272-mile-high earth orbit Monday, but suf- fered a severe blow when two of six solar panels failel to ex- tend properly. The panels are designed to convert the sun's energy to electrical power. With two pan- els inoperative, the power sup ply of the Skylab was cut in half. Skylab 1 astronauts Charles Conrad, Dr. Joseph P. Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz were to have ridden another rocket into space today to link up with the station for a 28-day space ad- venture. But the space agency late Monday postponed the astro- nauts' liftoff until Sunday to give experts a chance to work out a new flight plan adapted to the reduced power supply. The failure of the two solar panels to deploy was traced to a mishap 63 seconds after launching of the Saturn 5 booster rocket when an alumi- num micrometeorite shield ripped away from the side of Skylab, damaging or jamming ths wing-like devices. Hutchinson said the absence of the shield, only six-hun- dredths of an inch thick, appar- ently is responsible for the heat problems aboard the spaceship. for April but the improve- ment displayed nationally since the start of 1973 was evident there too. Quebec improved sharply with unemployed against in March and a 3'ear earlier. Ontario was less improved at jobless, down but the Prairies im- proved substantially. Official awareness of the haz- ards cf the economy's momen- tum, the force behind the im- proved employment picture, was signalled last Friday when the Bank of Canada made its second recent increase in the rate at which it lends money to the chartered banks. That rate was raised to 5'A per cent from 5% per cent. PRAIRIE PICTURE Unemployment in the Prairie region showed a substantial de- cline, dropping to in April from in March. Last April, the region's figure was jobless. The adjusted rate also dropped to 3.5 per cent, down from four per cent in March and 4.2 per cent in April, 1972, while the actual rate for April was 4.3 per cent, compared with 5.1 per cent in March and five per cent in April last year. The total of jobless in British Columbia was in April, down from in March and in April, 1972. Peace pact talks begin Thursday PARIS (Reuter) United States and North Vietnamese officials here said today that talks between U.S. presidential adviser Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese envoy Le Due Tho will begin Thursday as scheduled. Kissinger is due here Wednes- day to discuss with Tho ways of implementing the Vietnam peace pact which each side has accused the other of violating almost since it was signed here Jsn. 27. Another monetary crisis looms tj Look in Chinook, enclosed with today's Herald, for a bear pin-up on the centre spread. Young Yogi (above) is enjoying life with many other young animals and birds at the Stewart Game Farm. Today's edition also features memoirs of a Vietnam navy veteran; studies the fears and fortitude of police and firemen's wives; and salutes the 50th anniver- sary of the Lethbridge Playgoers group. Classified 20-23 Comics 18 Comment 4, 5 District 3, 9 Family 24-26 Local News 13, 14 Markets 19 Sports 10, 11 Theatres 7 TV 6 Weather 2 LOW TONIGHT 50, HIGH WED. 85; SUNNY, HOT 'Good Job we didn't self you to the butchers after all.' Kissinger with wi By R. W. APPLE JR. New York Times Service WASHINGTON Henry Kis- singer confirmed Monday that he had sssn summaries from sex'eral wiretaps placed in 1969 and 1970, but said he had not asked that they be installed or specifically approved them in. advance. Confirming in for the first time his involvement with the taps, which have become intertwined with the Watergate- Pentagon Papers imbrog- lio, Kissinger said in an inter- view that he first became aware of tha taps in mid-1969, when summaries of the record- ed conversations began cross- ing his desk. Only a relatively small number of reports came to his attention, he said. Kissinger, President Nixon's national security adviser, had not even been indirectly asso- ciated with the scandal until last week, when the govern- ment disclosed at the Pentagon Papers trial in Los Angeles that the chief defendant in the trial, Dr. Daniel Ellsberg, had been overheard speaking on the tap- ped phone of Dr. Morton Hal- perin. At the time, Halpexin was a member of Kissinger's staff. Asked whether he had taken any action when he discovered that Halperin's phone was being tapped, Kissinger declined com- ment. RECORDS FOUND Meanwhile, missing FBI rec- ords of wiretaps on 13 govern- ment officials and four report- ers were found in former aid John Ehrichman's White House safe, acting FBI Direct- or William Ruckelshaus an- nounced. Ehrliehman said he hadn't known in detail what the documents contained. Ruckelshaus said the taps were ordered in 1969 after Kis- singer told the late FBI Dir- ector J. Edgar Hoover he was ''extremely concerned" about news leaks affecting foreign policy. John Dsan, turned over a batch of classified documents to federal court official af.er Chief Judge John J. Sinica of U.S. district court agreed to ac- cept custody. Djan had stashed the docu- ments in a Virginia safe-deposit box, saying he was afraid some- one might destroy them. LONDON (AP) The price of gold jumped more than an on European bullion mar- kets today, and the U.S. dollar weakened sharply. Dealers said another international monetary crisis may be developing. The dealers reported the rush to buy gold was depressing the dollar, and the sale of dollars was driving up the price of geld. Market sources cited a number of reasons for the wave of dollar selling and gold buy- ing, among them: that the Watergate scandals will weaken President Nixon's hand in fighting in- flation, in liberalizing trade and in working to reform the inter- national monetary system. corporations are protecting their funds by switching from dollars to safer gold. gold buying from the Middle East as a hedge against inflation, mone- tary turmoil and the threat of more trouble in Lebanon. Some reports said Middle East oil in- terests negotiating for com- pensation to offset the recent U.S. dollar devaluation are helping to drive gold up and the dollar down to reinforce their case. that Soviet Communist party chief Leonid Brezhnev and Nixon will dis- cuss new gold price arrange- ments when Brezhnev visits Washington next month. The So- viet Union is a major producer of gold. Dissension splits ICCS SAIGON (CP) The inter- national truce observer force has decided unanimously to in- vestigate Communist charges of renewed United States bombing in South Vietnam but the agree- ment was overshadowed by a new round of serious dissension within the group. The four-country International Commission of Control and Su- pervision (ICCS) quickly agreed Monday to respond to a Viet Cong request for an exam- ination of their bombing claims. The Canadians and In- donesians on the ICCS have a stated policy of agreeing to all such requests, whether they come from the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Gov- ernment (PRG) or the South Vietnamese government. The Poles and Hungarians on ths ICCS, always, anxious to pro- tect the interests of the PRG, were certain to press for an in- vestigation in this case. But the issue which domi- nated a four-hour meeting of the ICCS Monday was a long argument over a Saigon govern- ment request for an ICCS inves- tigation of alleged infiltration of North Vietnamese forces into South Vietnam since the January peace agreement. Some of the evidence on which the allegation is based seemed somewhat flimsy to ob- servers but the Canadians and Indonesians argued strongly that the request was a formal one and that the ICCS was bound by the Paris agreement to respond. The Poles and Hungarians were completely opposed, sources said later, and in the end, the matter was referred back to the Joint Military Com- mission composed of representatives of the PRG and the South Vietnamese govern- ment. The ICCS's deadlock over the infiltration charges reflects a continuing division within the ICCS which threatens even- tually to render it impotent. Canadian sources tend to ar- gue that it is still too soon to write off the ICCS as com- pletely ineffective and many in- dependent observers support this view. leaders offered jail leave No Herald Victoria Day There will be no Herald Mon- day. Victoria Day. A full round- up of weekend news and sports will be earned in Tuesday's edition. Display advertises are re- minded of the following dead- lines: Ads Tuesday, May 22, must be received at The Herald by r.oon Friday, May 18; for Wed- nesday May 23 by a.m. Saturday, May 19; for Thurs- day May 24 by noon, Tuesday, May 22. Classified advertisemsnts re- ceived by a.m. this Satur- day will appear Tuesday. QUEBEC (CP) Quebec's three top labor leaders will be permitted, subject to a series of conditions, to leave nearby Or- sainville prison at 8 a .m. Wednesday for a temporary leave, the justice department said today. A statement issued just be- fore noon said that "at the present time" the three union chiefs "are reflecting on the conditions set by the depart- ment for granting the privilege of temporary absence." Marcel Pepin, Yvon Char- bonneau and Louis Laberge, presidents of the Confederation Stock market bounces back NEW YORK (AP) Stock market prices recovered a good portion oi their early-morning losses today, and the Dow Jones industrial average moved up from below the 900 level touched earlier in the session. Analysts attributed tha rebound to bargain-hunting, saying that investors were nibbling at sharply-depressed issues. It came on the heels of a more than 46-point decline in the Dow in the last four ses- sions. On Monday, the Dow dropped more than 18 points, its largest singl's-day decline in al- most three years. cf National Trade Unions, the Quebec Teachers Corp. and the Quebec Federation of Labor re- spectively, are serving one-year sentences for contempt of court. The men may be released on the following conditions, the jus- tice department said: temporary absence is to run from 6 p.m. Sundays to neon Saturdays; may not make public statements commenting on the conditions of their release, criti- cizing the judgment on whjch they were sentenced or ir citing persons to break the may not leave Quebec province without permission; they request, and receive, permission to stay out of prison curing a weekend to take care of union business, they are sub- ject to being imprisoned during the week for the same number of hours as they would normally have served during the week- end: will lose the privilege of temporary absence for any infraction of tha law. Seen and heard About town ,'D MANTLER shaking his head over the fact that even after years of record trapshooting he'd never made the Lethbridge Herald Hamilton junior high principal Kendrick Smith de- ciding on second thought not to send off his school's travelling RCMP study group wearing his pyjamas.