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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 16, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, May 16, 1973 THE LETHBRiDCE HE8AIB 13 Peace Institute report Mixed weather Temperatures are expecied to vary from below nor- mal in Newfoundland to reach above normal in parts of Prairies, according to the 30-day weather forecast of the U.S. Weather Bureau. Precipitation is however expected to fee moderate to light for most of the country with heavy precipitation expected in Mantmes. This is not a specific forecast and changes may occur. Warning issued on political use of OYP funds By PAUL JACKSON Herald's Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Alberta MP Joe Clark believes there is a real danger that the sometimes con- troversial million a year Opportunities for Youth pro- gram may be being manipu- lated for partisan political pur- poses. Mr. Clark (PC Rocky Moun- tain) brought the matter up in the House of Commons Monday following a report in a Toronto newspaper Saturday. The report mentioned an Op- portunities for Youth project application in Lac Megantic, Que. that was rejected by the government. According to one source a defeated Liberal can- didate suggested the applica- tion could win approval if par- ticipants helped create a crowd scene to welcome Prime Minis- ter Pierre Elliott Trudeau to the area. Secretary of State Hugh Faulkner said the allegations appeared to him to be "patent nc-nsense" but he said he would investigate the matter. Mr. Clark, a former reporter with the Calgary Albertan and Edmonton Journal, said the Quebec incident 3s just one of a number of similar reports that suggest in some cases Oppor- tunities for Youth grants are being approved or rejected on a political basis. "As a supporter of the prin- ciples of the program I'm shocked that political consid- erations should help decide a group of youngsters get a grant or not." BAN PLACED ON COMPOUND WASHINGTON (AP) The Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) has halted the medical use of an experimental radio- active compound because three patients died following injection with it. The AEC said Monday it will conduct an investigation to de- termine whether the compound figured in the deaths. The agency said its ban on chemical technetium in an iron compound applies to all its licensees. The compound is used in lung studies. The patients died at George- town Medical School last sum- mer within 30 minutes after they were injected, said Dr. John Harbert, nuclear medicine director at Oeorgetown. The AEC learned of the deaths only recently. Autopsies in two cases in- dicated the patients died of nat- ural causes and that ex- planation seemed consistent in the third case, although no au- topsy was performed, he said. The Rocky Mountain MP said he was once told by a member of the program's Cal- gary advisory committee that they had been given a list of "troublesome" persons in Al- berta. The "troublesome" persons included Mr. Clark and Calgary Centre MP Harvie Andre. "Mr. Faulkner, questioned in a Parliamentary committee, denied any knowledge of such a list and admitted that I have been a supporter of the pro- grain. But when you realize that all 19 MPs in Alberta are Progressive Conservatives it makes you said Mr. Clark. Mr Clark recently attempted to get a motion passed by a standing Parliamentary com- mittee calling for the Opportu- nities for Youth program to be given statutory authorization. "When you realize that Op- portunities for Youth has been around for three years with a million a year budget it ap- pears obvious it can't be run out of someone's hip pocket any longer. As long as it is run by Mr. Faulkner's of them being partisan political is obviously a danger of wrongful in- said the Alberta MP. He feels if Opportunities for Youth is going to become an es- tablished and permanent pro- gram it should become answer- able to Parliament and safeguards should be in- corporated so that there is no chance of political influence. The report in Saturday's To- ronto Globe and Mail quotes a co-ordinator for the abortive project as saying that a Liberal organizer said it would be "helpful" to the application if project volunteers helped stage a crowd scene to welcome the prime minister. Mr. Clark, a former executive assistant to Progressive Con- servative Opposition leader Robert Stanfield, said he has sent a letter to Mr. Faulkner demanding a thorough investi- gation. He also plans to look mto the matter in greater de- tail himself. In the Commons Mr. Clark asked the secretary of state to tell the House "categorically and for the record that no Lib- eral organizer is in a position to cause any OFY grant to b? ac- cepted, rejected or reinstated Mr. Faulkner said he has al- ready given that assurance. Several Opposition MPs have expressed concern in the Com- mons that defeated Liberal candidates and former MPs have been given the job of an- nouncing grants for successful applications for various federal government programs. Howev- er, no one has provided any concrete evidence of this. Militarization of the world continues unabated STOCKHOLM (AP) "The militarization of the world con- tinues the Stock- holm International Peace Re- search Institute reported in its fourth yearbook today. The institute, financed by the Swedish parliament, was set no in 1966 as an independent centre for research into problems of peace and war. Its yearbooks are used widely in international forums as authoritative sources on armament and dis- armament. The report today said: the signing of the first strategic arms limitation agree- ment last May the number of nuclear warheads deployed strategic weapons increased to more than in the United States from about and to 2.260 in the Soviet Union ffom least 26 underground nu- clear explosions were conducted by the United States and the So- viet Union in 1972. Five atmos- pheric tests were carried out by China and France. satellites launched by the United States and the So- viet Union since 1957, 47 per cent been for military re- number of arms-pro- ducing countries in the Third World is increasing. OUTSTRIPS GNP import of major weap- ons into the Third World in- creased 10 per cent annually since 1950, more than twice as fast as the countries gross na- tional product. the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty has been in force for more than three years, at least a dozen coun- tries with near-nuclear capacity have not yet renounced the pos- sibility of developing nuclear weapons. tons of na- palm were used in the In- dochina war compared with 000 tons in the Second World War. world spent about billion annually for military items in the last three yean. "The insanity of these levels of military expenditure to im- pressively indicated by the fact that the sums spent annually en arms are about equal to the to- tal national income of tht poorer half of the re- port commented. CAMPFIRES CAN BURN MORE THAN BACON! This weekend is the beginning of a summer full of fun weekends. Traditionally, it's also a bad weekend for forest fires. In fact, about 50% of each year's forest fires happen on this one holiday weekend. No one sets out to start a forest fire. Plain carelessness causes most recreational fires. Campfires built too close to the forest. Unattended. Left burning. A cigarette or a match carelessly discarded. This year, let's take better care of the forests. Treat them as though they were your own. They are. THIS MESSAGE IS BROUGHT TO YOU IN THE HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE CONCERNED ENOUGH TO HELP US PRESERVE OUR FORESTS. THE ALBERTA FOREST SERVICE ;