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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY NEAR 60. The LetHbridae Herald AI.ISKUTA, THURSDAY, MAY 18, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THREE SECTIONS PAGES (AP Wirephoto) AT STAKE Eight men, billed as among tlie world's besl poker players, concen- tralo on the deal during Ihe "World Series of Poker" in Las Vegas. Each man storied wilh SI 000 and will play unlil he loses it all or beats Ihe other seven and collects S80.000. The "tournament" began Wednesday and was ex- pecfea1 io end sometime Thursday. The annual game is sponsored by a Las Vegas casino. Drag report gets mixed By THE CANADIAN PRESS The recommendation from the Le Dain commission nn the use of non-medical drugs that penalties [or simple possession of marijuana and be removed drew praise and damnation Wednesday. Spokesmen for some church, social and medical groups welcomed the move while justice and police officials took an opposite view. Premier W. A. C. Bennett of British Columbia left; little room for rloubt where his feelings lay. "I'm opposed to the legalization of these drugs, period, double period, triple period." Premier William Davis of Ontario had no comment on Wednesday's report but announced Hie establishment of a committee lo assess its findings and recommenda- tions. Kldon Progressive justice critic in Par- liament, said he and his parly oppose Ihe recommen- dation. The report, tabled in the Commons Wednesday, rec- ommended that trafficking remain a criminal offence. But (he commissioners suggested definitions for traf- ficking which could exclude a person giving another person without, seeking or making a profit. In addition thu report recommends in effect that the onus be on Hie police to prove uilent lo traffic. Newfoundland's Justice Minister T. Alex Hirkman was unhappy with the legalization recommendation. Ho said penalties for traffickers should ho harsh. John Anderson of the United Church of Canada, however, it a.s nlu'ions skip.1' Mr. Anderson, special assistant in the church's di- vision of mission in Canada, that "basically, the. marijuana is.sne is a mailer of personal choice, not something that .should be legislated." Dr. Tom Porter, assistant secretary of the Ontario Medical Association, said the organization recom- mended la.sL year liiat. the possession of cannabis be legal. lie also applauded the commission's attempts to dp- rinc trafficking, saying that Ihis a major area of vonctTii for the association. Would he Paul youth director of Toe Alplia You'll] Movement. a private organization Hint provides infor- mation about dniR anil alcohol use, said the legaliza- tion of cannabis possession bo "a positive step." But. be said, the recommendation comes "aflcr Ibe and persons arro.-'ed for possession of cannabLs no limiyr are dc.ill by the court. Deputy Cliii't .lack Ackroyd of Ilio Toronlo police force said if llic nosM'ssion of cnnnabis is Icgali7ed "we'll see an increase, in the accident, rale: and, I Mip pose. Ibn crime rnle lie r.nid be Ins always been opposed lo criminal records or jail sentence for first offenders, but docs not believe pas.scssion is the answer. Dr. l.ic.nel Sulir. iish. a and expert di.Minsscd Ihe rcpurf as a "purely political document ulncli cost several millions of dollars lo produce." Dr. Solursh outlined Ibc choices facinq the eom- misMiin tol.-d nmlnbilioii, tolal approval, or tlm "politically suiitiil" eboiccs of partial prohibition or Meanuhilc, a special committee of the Uniled Na- I'o-is Economic anil Social Council approved a rcsolu- rcconimondnif! governments apply "Ibe most !c- vcre conlrol measures'' lo prevent illicit Iralfic in marijuana. Thi> mo.i-ine, vbieli nmv before the 27-mcmhor council, alv.i expre: si's reilrci that "unfounded slale- menls are bcini; spread lo the effect Iliat cannabis is not a iliinijerou.s .substance." McGovern stalked By JEAN HELLER BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) Arthur Ercmcr, the busboy-jani- lor charged with shooting George C. Wallace, carried in his car two books about the as- sassinalion of Senator Kobcrt J1'. Kennedy and some of Senator George McGovcrn's presidential campaign literature. flic laltcr started federal au- thorities looking into the possi- bility that Bremen also may have been following McGovern, the current leader in Demo- cratic delegate standings. An inventory of items found in Bremcr's 1967 blue hardtop included McGovern and Wallace campaign literature. "On that a sourca close to the investigation said, "we are checking out the possi- bility that Bremer may have been stalking McGovern, too." Ercmer. 21, of Milwaukee, is Ijeing held in Baltimore County jail at Towson, Md., under ?200.000 bail. Also found in Bremer's car was a copy of the book, RFK Tier in battle siege SAIGON (AP) A South Vi- etnamese relief column moved lo within 2Jz miles of the be- sieged provincial capital of An Loc today, making its biggest advance in six weeks, field re- ports said. The carrier Saratoga joined the battle to lift the six-week siege of (.he devastated town 60 miles north of Saigon. It was flic carrier's first combat sinca she was commissioned in 195G. Moving behind hundreds ot bombs dropped by juts from tho Saratoga and from U.S. B-52 Slratofortresses, the South Viet- namese met no determined re- liance Iroin North Vietnamese forces, the Hold reports said. The U.S. command confirmed an earlier report from South Vi- ension may OTTAWA If the. Sc- nale co-opcrales as it has in the past, pensioners in Canada will pel increased chorjues in .June. And indications arc that it v i., rrovernnloilt efforts lo Ret old-age and vet- i... ea.s, il ,n lime for those only jusl. The. government says to bit .lunc cheques Ihe two pieces of legislation must pel through Parliament by Kriday. The ('minions gave third and finaf reading to pen- sions increases Tuesday and .sent them to the Senate for ap- proval. Wednesday II failed to pel tlie nld-ajie pension i n c r e a s e s Ihrnujlh Iliird lint il made sure this would lie done luday with consequent forward- ing lo Ihe Senate, etnamesc headquarters that 300 North Vietnamese troops were killed by a B-52 strike two days ago southwest of An Loc. The nightly shelling by tha North Vietnamese to 500 rounds, all mortars, followed weeks heavy artillery and rocket bar- rages that ran into thousands of rounds nightly. FIND IT SIGNIFICANT U.S. officers said they consi- dered it significant that only mortars were used. They said this could indicate the North Vi- etnamese were running low on artillery and rocket ammuni- tion, or perhaps pulling back, but they could not be certain. Anti-aircraft fire also has been reduced sharply, the offi- cers said. They said a big North Vietnamese ammunition dump north of An Loc had stroyed by air slrikes, and Ihis could account for Hie reduction in firepower DKSTIUIV M1SSII.K SITK The strikes also tleslroycrl one North Vietnamese ground-to-air missile sile just north of the DXIZ. Warships of tho 7lh Fleet p o u n d c d coastal targets in North Vietnam and in return came under heavy artillery fire, Ibe. statement said. None of the ships was hit. The arrival of Ihe "S.OOMon Saratoga from Ihn Allantie boosted the Till Klool lo six car- riers for Ihe first time in Iho M'ar and increased fhc offshore I'.S. naial force to about men aboard more than lid ships. Phil Ksposilo lo jjel jnviird SALT LAKH CITY (AP) Kxploror .lacqucs Coslcau. Bos- Ion Uruins hockey .star Phil TCs- posilo and Key. Mother Wad- dles, who has pained national recognition for her work with the peor in Pelroil, will be in- eluded in The American Acad- emy ot Achievement's ISI72 Sa- bile lo lAcellencc. The awards will be presented July R. Province almost wrecked Quebec trouble ends after nine grim Musi Die. by Robert Kaiser, about Sirhan Sirhan. the man convicled of assassinating vSena- lor Robert F. Kennedy in 1968, and another book, Sirhan, Ilia Aziz Shihab. Bolh books were from the Mil- waukee public librarv. WONT WALK AGAIN At Silver Spring, meanwhile, although in good spirits and po- litically enthusiastic. Wallace, paralysed by an assassin's bul- let., probably will bo unable to resume his fight for Ihe Demo- cratic presidential nomination, even from a wheelchair. Doctors say one of the .33- calibre bullets that ripped into his body inay leave Wallace crippled for life. He is paralys- ed from the waist down. Wallace, shot four or five limes at close range, was alert and vigorous Wednesday when visited by his family and friends, hut doctors attending the 52 year old governor were becoming increasingly pestimislic about his chances of walking again. QUEBEC (CP) Union members who had been protesting the jailing of three labor leaders went back lo work today, ending nine days of unrest and insta- bility that had wrecked the province. The union members, whose protest walkouts broke out across the province botli willingly and under coer- cion from militant union factions, returned to their jobs ---------------------------------at the urging of union officials. BARGAINING SEEN There were strong indications that bargaining talks would re- sume today between provincial government representatives and officials of public service workers whose 11-day legal strike in April was ended by emergency-back-to-work legisla- tion. Spokesman for a common front of public service unions had demanded that the three imprisoned union leaders attend any new negotiation sessions. The government was said to. Se studying their status and considering the possibility of day parole to allow them to sit in on the talks and return lo Or- sainville jail at night. Meanwhile, strikes by soma outside civic workers in Montreal and at the St. Law- rence River ports of Montreal and Trois-Rivieres continued today in disputes involving their particular collective agree, ments. END WAS ORDERLY The end to the protest walk- outs was generally orderly today as employees showed up at hospitals, schools, factories and other shops. Striking Mont- real construction workers voted 9G per cent in favor of returning U> work. Some resistance to the return developed at Albert Prevost Hospital In Montreal where union workers demanded the resignation of administrators of the psychiatric institution. Elsewhere, hospitals were re- porting a full return of non-med- ical workers. The protests, In both public and privale sectors of the econ- omy, had continued until late Wednesday when the retum-to- work appeal went out from union officials after Labor Min- ister Jean Cournoyer said he fa- vored an early resumption in talks. "This is not a capitulation on our Fernand Daousl, spokesman for the common front and secretary-general of the 250.000-m ember Quebec Federation of Labor, said at a neM's conference here. "We are showing an act of good faith." A union condition was that ths three presidents of Quebec's main labor federations, who have been in jail for contempt of court since May 9, attend Uie bargaining talks. Ttobcrt Burns, Parti Quebo- cois member of the Quebec na- tional assembly, was reported lo have visited the trio in jail Wednesday night to urge them lo request day-parole privileges. IT TO PRESIDENTS Justice Minister Jerome Clio- has maintained that it is up to Ihe three presidents to re- quest either day parole or ap- peal IJjeir one-year ccnlences, actions that would permit them to be released from behind bars. Ransom bid at sen Bombs on big liner Pledges to cut taxes TORONTO fCP) Conserva- tive Leader Slanfield said today that, if elected this year, a Con- servative government would re- duce taxes for 1972 as an in- terim measure leading to hia proposed new lax system. And his target date for imple- menting the new system that ha proposed Monday in. Ottawa would be Jan. 1, 1973. Iji a speech to the Toronlo Progressive Conservative Busi- nessmen's Club, Mr. Stanlield said Ills proposal would elimi- nate the vested interest the gov- ernment now has in mllaUon. He said inflation, by pushing in- comes into higher tax brackets, brings more money into govern- ment coffers while not increas- ing the real income of taxpay- ers. He proposed that income, for tax purposes, be calculated in terms of constant dollars, re- lated to tlie consumer price index. Then tax increases would come only with a rise in real in- come. LONDON (AP) The de- fence ministry said today bombs are reported lo have been planted aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 at sea and that lour bomb disposal experts were being flown out lo mid-Atlantic lo deal with them. Unofficial reports in London said the captain of the big liner liad been advised bombs were planted in New York, Ihe ship's last port of call, and would ex- plode if a huge ransom was not paid. There are 1.400 passengers aboard the vessel, the pride o[ the British merchant 'navy. Defence ministry sources said Ihe bomb experts will bo para- chuted as close to the ves- sel as possible. First reports said the ransom demand originated in Copen- hagen. Tlic Cunard company, owners of the ship, immediately made contact willi British defence ministry officials. And a HAF transport took off from Lynehani in Wiltshire heading out lo the Atlantic. The defence ministry said Ihe. plane carried four bomb dis- posal experts. The BBC said a caller lo Cun- ard's New York office said a bomb would explode at 9 p.m. tonight unless (lie ransom was paid. City MLA wants speed lid off These planners are really red-faced CALGARY (CP) Plan- ning department officials are embarrassed. They've learned that land zoned for future industrial purposes allows "houses of ill rcpuw." The proposed bylaw ?ays permitted uses for future in- dustrial districts include motels, open-air sports are- nas, parks, service stations, and certain kiwis of houses. They're supposed to be city officials said. It's a misprint. By GREG McINTYRE lieralcl Staff Writer EDMONTON As an exper- !ment lo determine if speed, by itself contributes to highway accidents, Diclc Gnienwald (SG West) has recom- mended that the department of highways remove the speed limit from the four lane divided highway between Calgary and Edmonion. Mr. Gruenwald. an insurance egent who said he has a vested interest In highway safely, said Uie province should adopt (ho policy of Montana and other reg- gions of the United States where signs instruct motorists only to drive salely and pruden- tly. A speed limit should remain for night driving, however, he said. "The statistics show that al- cohol, careless driving, follow- ing loo closely and things like that cause accidents, but not he said. SIGNS POLICY During debate In the legisla- ture over department of high- ways spending estimates for Ihe 1972-73 budget year, he pro- posed the speed limit be re- moved to see whether the acci- dent rate goes up. He also urged the govern- ment to relax the "overzealous and restrictive" policies of former socred highways minis- ter Gordon Taylor prolubiting more signs along roads. The highway east of Lelh- bridge lo Medicine Hal, and west to the Crowsnest Pass do not have adequate signs show- ing direction and distance to Lelhbridge, he said. There is also a lack of signs pointing to attraclions around the city such as a game farm south of town and an auction market a few miles east. SYMPATHETIC BIT Mr. Grucmvald said when Lands and Foresls Minister Allan Warrack was in Leth- bridge last weekend lo of- ficially open the game farm, ha would never have found the place, had he not received di- rections from local residents. Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne was sympathetic to Mr. Gruenwald's concern for more signs, but cool lo the rec- commendation to remove speed limits. Seen and heard About town SURPRISED 11 c a I II r r Fulilrndors empty i n R HIP mail bag at city linll and finding a utility bill payment, sent in a local department store bag. G.-irry Hnmil arceptinp n new job ill Wash- ington, DC. after allowing a single man lo take a similar posting in Australia. Seabed pact comes into force today LONDON (Rculerl An in- ternational treaty banning the placing of nuclear weapons and other mass-destruction weapons on the seabed outside a 12-mile coastal comes inlo force. Imlny. Within this coaslal zone Hie ban does not apply to the coaslal slate. The Soviet 1'nion, the ['nilcd Slates and Britain today ratify the seabed arms control treaty at ceremonies in Moscow, Washington and London. Has Trudeau found election issue? By VICTOrt OTTAWA Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau who has been looking around for an election issue may have found one in tho (urrcnl unrest in Quebec. It would ho a law iind order issue, lie hinted n.s much in an in- terview with Lite Toronto Daily Slar whirl) was published Wednesday and excerpts from il wore issued simultaneously by tho office of the prime minister. Significantly the section is- sued by the FM dealt with law and order and the present up- heaval in Quebec. Air. Trudonu was asked whnf would be tlu> cffoci of nn cliic- linn wilh Quebec "in this slale of Tlie prime miuisLer rcplicdi "It's hard to say hut. my guess would be that it would rather SPI-VC the cause of federalism and hopefully nf our govern- ment, to have that kind of an election, because T think tho people of Quebec want to bo reassured (hat (here is at least one strong government some- where. "And if we arc campaigning In Quebec and say: 'Look, you may be having troubles locally but don't worry; the country is in good strong hands; ploaso vole for I think it wouldn't he disadvantageous (o Later he atldod, regarding tho Quebec "Does Ihis prevent an eleelinn? I'm saying no. T don't think it necessarily tiocs. I don'L LlUnk you could have an Hoclion if ninrlinl law or tho. War Measures Act were in operation, but that is not Iho hypothesis." His questioner described cvenls in Quebec as a "MMIII- Mr. Trudeau said he was in- terested lo hear the situation described ,i.s ,T "scini-revolii- although he suggested that niichl be rxagceralerl. "Quite frankly my view is that this is serious labor trouble but it. isn't as serious as broke out in October, 1970. 1 think tho proof of it is (hat (here hns boon no request by Ihe provincial government for Iho federal gov- ernment lo come in and assiM, or by the municipal government of Montreal for said Mr. Trndeau. Turning lo the labor mrnl bo replied to other ques- tions that when he activo, on the side of labor in Quebec in IK' i'ar lid'i's a n d middle lilfiii's there was nn general Mrikc in the province. "Now 1 think what is happen- i.s .'i of labor leaders and they make no bo'ies about il -are net fiT ui'ioii re they .'irr- IC.T dcmn the social fak-v. They want to gel nd 01 they tall a I hey want (o join forces in eases with .separatism to de- stroy the counlry in are living." f-aid Ihe prune min- ister. ;