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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 19, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLOUDY FORECAST HIGH WEDNESDAY 60 The LetHbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 132 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, MAY 19, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES LetJibridge Play Draws Criticism By JOAN BOWMAN HcraM Staff Writer WINNIPEG Dominion Drama Festival adjudica- tor Guy Beaulne described The Hostage Monday as a "well directed, enjoyable but "losing much in confusion of movement and voices." Directed by Dick Mells, the Playgoers of Leth- bridge production of the Brendan-Behan satire was the opening entry in the six-day festival here. M. Beaulne, director general of theatres and con- servatories in Quebec, said in a public adjudication that some of the actors were too young for the parts they played and tended to lose their characters when they were not the focus of attention. He said how- ever that the production had "got the juice out of the comedy" and was "rich in entertainment." The play, written by the Irish playwright in the 1950s, concerns a young English soldier who is arrest- ed by the IHA in retaliation for the arrest by the British of an Irish sympathizer. The winning entry in the Alberta regional drama festival and western zone representative in the DDF, the play repeated here its use of the entire stage and front of stage as acting areas. However M. Beaulune said the use of the lower stage in the 1475 seat Playhouse Theatre "meant much of what was going on was lost" because the audience could not see it. He described the set by Ed Bayly as "well de- signed" and providing the dimension of the house, but without the proper character to create a mood." Criticizes Actors He criticized the actors for what he contended was lack of good enunciation and for "playing to the obvious" rather than letting the obvious take care of itself and pulling but nuances in the character. Jack Warburton as Pat was "believable and most M. Beaulne said. Lois Dongworth as Meg was "talented, with stage presence, but she was forcing too much as if the whole play were on her shoulders." Sheila Pisko, who shared the best-actress award with Mrs. Dongworth at the AHDF, "had a very, very nice singing voice and has presented a charac- terization of warmth. He was critical of Bill Matheson as Monsewer for "composing his voice in order to get the Jim Elliott, Muriel Matheson and Phil Story were cited for their well-handled roles, but Mrs. Matheson who was described as "delightful" as Miss Gilchrist as "too young for the part." Chip Schott as the Russian soldier was also con- sidered' too young. He said Ed Bayly as the hostage had "some warmth in his acting" but the role could have been played far more subtly. M. Beaulne said he did not find Al Greenway or Wayne Barry Willie Mathis was "mora believable." Audience Likes It M. Beauhie's criticisms of the play were much stif- fer than those given in the Alberta Festival in March. ARDF adjudicator Roberta Dolby described the production as. "superb." There was also some indication the audience of 500 disagreed with the strength of his criticisms. Spec- tators broke into spontaneous applause at least three times during the 2% hour performance and joined in singing one of the play's numbers with the cast. Tonight the Carol Players of Labrador City .stage Spoon River Anthology, the second of the six entries contesting the DDF's nine awards. (The Hostage is eligible for seven.) Edmonton Post Office Closed EDMONTON (CP) About 800 postal workers and letter carriers went into "study ses- sion" this morning, causing clo- sure of the main post office and eight sub-stations. W. J. MacDonald, president of the local letter carriers' union said the session was called to elaborate on th e conciliation board recommendations and proposals before the nationwide strike vote today. All workers were to report back to their jobs after the study session and work was to be carried on normally while the strike vote was taken said William Schulha, president of the Edmonton local of the Cana- dian Union of Postal Workers, representing inside workers and clerks. Mr. MacDonald said almost 10 per cent of the union mem- bers had turned out to the meet- ing, and that "at least 95 per cent" are prepared to vote 'yes' for a strike. A rally attended by about 350 workers was held Sunday, but Mr. MacDonald said many of the members still had questions and it was decided Monday night to hold a study session. Edmonton Postmaster J. M. Watson said the move by the union this morning came as a surprise. The main post office and all postal stations were closed except for lock-box serv- ice, he said. G. G. Walker, district director of postal services, said normal work took place during the weekend and there was no par- ticular backlog of mail, except for delivery service. Negotiators for the Council of Postal Unions and the treasury board are to meet in sub-com- mittee today in Ottawa to pre- pare for resumption of talks once the vote is taken. Mass rallies of postal workers in Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver Sunday indi- cated support for strike action. Backlogs of mail were re- ported at Toronto, Montreal, Ot- tawa, Windsor, Ont., and Sar- nia, Ont., over the weekend as a result of work-to-rule cam- paigns or 24-hour "study ses- sions" held Thursday and Fri- day. Mr. MacDonald said he couldn't say whether there would be mail delivery by car- riers in the city today. Second Strike Hits Local Labor Front TURNED AWAY-Members of Local 70, inside workers, Canadian Union of Public Employees, gather outside city hall this morning but city officials refused them entrance. Had the workers been permitted to work, the city would have had to pay them for the statutory holiday. The suspension was effective Friday morning when almost all inside workers showed up for work. The city said the suspension is a result of the workers' refusal to cross a picket line set up at city hall by the International Brother- hood of Electrical Workers Monday, May 11, Wilson Takes Lead In Opinion Poll After Calling June Vote Taylor Fills Post EDMONTON (CP) High- Ways Minister Gordon Taylor today was named youth minister by Premier Harry Strom. The appointment .of a new minister to the portfolio had been the subject of speculation for some time because of the heavy workload on Education Minister Robert Clark, 32 who previously held the youth port- folio. Mr. Taylor. 59, resigned his highways post two weeks ago to accept a position as deputy minister in the new federal transport department but turn- ed it down at the last moment to remain in Premier Strom's Social Credit government. Mr. Taylor is known through- put Alberta for his involvement in youth work, particularly at Camp Gordon, a camp for boys which he started. He has represented the Drumheller known as the Drumheller-Glei- chen riding for the las'; 30 years in the legislature. He has been highways minister since 1951. He will retain his high- ways portfolio. LONDON Prime Min- ister Wilson, bidding for an un- precedented third straight term in what promises to be one of the closest general elections since the Second World War, took a slight lead today in the first public opinion poll of the campaign. But Opposition Leader Ed- ward Heath is confident his Conservatives will win. Heath said Monday night he is "aching for this fight" after Wilson called a general election for Thursday, June 18. A marplan opinion survey, published today in The Times, gave Wilson's Labor govern- ment a 2.7-per-cent per cent to 44.5 per cent for the Conservatives. If the lead holds in key con- stituencies on polling day, Wil- son can count on a majority of 60 in the 630-seat House of Com- mons when the new Parliament convenes. His majority now is 64. SOME SEATS MARGINAL Some 50 seats, however, are marginal, with pluralities of 81 votes to slightly under in the last election in 1966, and could help swing the result ei- ther way this time. Other unpredictable factors Include: public opinion polls, which have seen a remarkable Labor comeback of some 12 per cent in the last month, could swing back to the Tories in the month before the election. voters, including young people between the ages of 18 and 21 able to cast ballots for. the first time. economic recov- ery, the trump card in Labor's campaign deck, facing stern tests from inflation, strikes, the slump in the United States and rising unemployment. Wilson led-Labor to power in 1964 and again in 1966. He seeks to become the first prime minis- ter of any party to win three straight elections here since the reform bill of 1832 brought mod- ern democratic politics to Brit- ain. Wilson picked Waterloo Day 155th anniversary of the famous battle when the British, under the Duke of Wellington, defeated French Emperor Na- poleon. CLAIM CREDIT Labor claims credit for Brit- ain's strong foreign trade sur- p 1 u s of a key to the economic recovery of this island trading nation. "We naw have practically the strongest bal- ance of payments in the Wilson asserted. Government Bill Cuts Vote Age OTTAWA (CP) The gover n-ment presented a bill in the Commons Tuesday to lower to 18 from 21 the minimum voting age in federal elections. The 200-page bill was intro- duced by Privy Council Presi- dtent Donald Macdonald and given routine first reading. The government forecast in the speech from the throne opening the present session of Parliament last November that it planned to reduce the mini- mum voting age. As well, the Commons privi- lages and elections committee in March recommended 63 changes in the Canada Elections Act, including the lowering of the voting age to 18. The bill also calls for the reg- istration, of each candidate's po- litical party and extends the vote to public servants abroad. These revisions are in line with proposals made by the Common committee. Under the new law, political party-affiliation would appear on the ballot beside a candi- date's name. HAROLD WILSON in close fight Crop Diversion Scheme Tabled In Commons Surpluses Turn Into Deficits WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon announced Tuesday his expected budget surpluses for this fiscal year and the next fiscal year have turned into pro- spective deficits of and respectively. Nixon coupled this announce- ment with a call for an anti-pol- lution tax on the lead" additive in gasoline. The president indicated the deficits would be allowed to stand in order to avoid tks pos- sibility of a recession in the United States .with further in- creases in unemployment. Budget Director Robert P. Mayo told reporters in a White House briefing that another def- icit appears probable for fiscal 1972, the economic year starting in mid-1971, Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN Maurice McDon- gall of the Peigan In- dian band commenting to Fred Gladstone at the Kai- nai News second anniversary banquet, "This looks like thai old bull from your pas- ture, but it sure doesn't taste like it." Doug Frier, after finally reaching Dennis Allen at home, asking "Where abouts are you Miles Maiighan considering a career as a guiding Cliff Stroh to victory in the First Chance Golf tournament. MAKEUP TIME Two of The Play3oers of Lethbridge, receive help with raakeup as they prepare for their presentation of The Hostage at the Dominion Drama Festival In Winnipeg. Bill Matheson, who plays is seated with his wife Muriel applying makeup to his hair. Hazel Durrans, who plays a prostitute, is reflect- ed in mirror. OTTAWA (CP) A three- year crop diversion scheme, aimed at holding Prairie wheat acreage at acres until 3973, was recommended Tues- day by the federal task force on agriculture policy. Tire 475-page report, tabled in the Commons by Agriculture Minister H. A. Olson, calls for a transition policy providing in payments this year and in each of the next two years to hold wheat land at the level until new marketing and price stabilization programs 'an be applied. It also calls for a one-year program costing to reduce barley acreage to acres this year. In February the government announced a one-shot program to pay fanners an acre to a maximum to divert wheat land to summerfallow for one year, or an acre to divert land to forage crops for tw years for a maximum of acres per farm. The government hopes that the program, expected to cost about will reduce wheat acreage to acres this year from about in 1989. A survey by the Dominion Bu- reau of Statistics in March snowed Prairie f annew plumed to sow about acres in wheat this year. Another survey is being made public today. Canada suffered serious losses by making sacrifices to bring into being Hie Interna- tional Grains Arrangement and no further concessions should be made until they are matched hi full by other countries, the re- port states. Tlie group recommends that wheat marketing remain under the jurisdiction of the Canadian wheat board, but that the board come under a new department of agricultural industry with its own cabinet minister. Man Shot To Death In Bed EDMONTON (CP) Russell Hydamacka, about 30, was shot to death in his bed today by a man armed with a 12-gauge single-barrel shotgun. Ronald Bruce Wittenburg, 28, was arrested shortly after the shooting and charged with non- capital murder. A police spokesman said a man broke a window in the rear door cf Hydamacka's house, entered the bedroom, aimed the gun and fired point- blank into Hydamacka'i chest The dty of Lethbridge was hit with its second strike In as many weeks this morning when the outside workers of Local 70, Canadian Union of Public Employees set up a picket line at city hall. A. N. (Nap) Milroy, repre- sentative of CUPE, with about 30 inside workers, members of Local 70, was informed by of- ficials of city hall this morn- ing that the temporary sus- pension of the 61 inside work- ers would remain in effect at least until Wednesday morn- ing. Later city officials lifted the disciplinary action against 01- side city hall workers. The workers will be allowed back to work at 8 a.m. Wednesday if.they want to work. City hall officials Friday morning temporarily suspend- ed the inside workers, refusing them admittance to city hall because a bylaw dictates that the employees who work on the day before or the day after a statutory holiday must be paid for the holiday. CLAIMS LOCKOUT Mr. Milroy said it appears that the temporary suspension is nothing more than an "il- legal lockout" because the city administration hasn't gone through the proper channels like the union has. The strike affects 115 full- time and 100 casual outside city workers. the city stand is that it is not a lockout but a "tempor- ary disciplinary brought about because the in- side workers refused Monday, May 11, to cross a picket line .set up at city hall by the Inter- national Brotherhood of Elec- trical Workers, Local 254 Leth- bridge Unit. "We will-play it by ear until the Alberta-Supreme Court de- cision in Calgary Wednesday at 9 said Mr. Milroy. "It will be up to the judge to decide whether the city action is an illegal lockout or not." CONSTRUCTION NEXT Mr. Milroy said CUPE will picket every place affected by the city. "We are trying to close down all the jobs in the construction field. There is a possibility the University of Lethbfldge construction site will be picketed." Other areas which will be picketed by CUPE are the Civic Sports Centre, Civic Ice Centre, the car park, parks de- partment office and depot, the Gait Museum and paint shop, the sanitary land fill, transit and public works garage, as- phalt plant, line shop, public works and stores, Henderson pool and Nikka Yiiko Japanese Gardens. City officials said today J. R. Button, provincial appointed mediator, is standing by for further conciliation with Local 70's insidr workers. Mr. Button indicated to city administrators that no meet- ings with the inside workers should be held until at least Thursday after the court hear- ing in Calgary regarding the picket injunction and law suit by the city against the IBEW, the Lethbridge Transit Union and CUPE, and the 11 officers of the three unions. The city is asking for general damages and at least per day in fines against the unions and their officers. New Minimum Wage Bill Presented OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment presented a bill in the Commons today to raise the minimiim wage in areas under federal jurisdiction to an hour from The legislation was given rou- tine first reading. The govern- ment hopes it will be able to go into effect. Wednesday, July I. Hie -resent hourly mini- mum wage for areas under fed- eral jurisdiction was set July 1, 1965, when the Canada Labor (Standards) Code, the legisla- tion now being amended, cam? into effect. Firemen Resign RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) Gov. Frank L. Farrar called in 25 National Guard troops Mon- day to provide fire protection for this city of following the mass resignation of its 60 firemen in t-ialary dispute. ;