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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNV- FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 65-70. The Lethlnridge Herald >V PKK'E NOT OVER 10 CENTS Labor union Pollution plan aids municipalities old guard holds own By TAN PORTER Canadian Press Labor Writer OTTAWA ICP) The old guard of organized labor in Canada stood its ground against, all comers at the Canadian Labor Congress conference Thursday, but its ranks were drawn tighter, perhaps, than ever before. Challenges to the authority of the congress execu- tive focused on its leadership during the receding Que- bec labor crisis and on the issue of admission to the CLC of unions once considered parialis. In the case of the Quebec situation, as it has been known throughout the week-long conference, the pro- tests fizzled for lack of support. But on the matter of the outside nial CLC issues-the leadership fell back on its pro- cedural skill to lop a spirited but disunited opposition. Today, the 1.650 delegates representing 1.7-miihon union workers in Canada will elect leaders for the next two years. MAY OPPOSE PRESIDENT Running against President MacDonald is expected to be James Bell, secretary-treasurer of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labor and, by CLC standards, a boat-rocker. William Stewart, president of the British Columbia Federation of Shipyard General Work- ni's. is expected to run for general vice-president to replace one of six established leaders. But the consensus was that any major change will have to wait until 1974 when Mr. MacDonald, 63, is expected to retire. By then, composition of the CLC may have been (.ignificantly altered. If successful, a campaign to or- ganize white-collar workers will bring to the next con- vention a new breed of delegate who could change Uia whole complexion of labor politics. White-collar workers are represented already in the form of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, with ]30.COO federal workers as members. Alliance del- egates have taken an angry share in convention de- bates this week but their influence so far has been limited. The big fight of the day was over admitting the 7.000-member United Fishermen and Allied Workers, based on the west coast, a-id the Uni- ted Eleclrical Workers. BOUNCED IN '50s Both unions were drummed from the central labor body during the 1950s in anti-Communist purges but continued to exist and retain reputations for untar- nished militancy. The congress executive easily resist- ed demands that they re-admitted at the 1970 conven- tion in Edmonton. This time the leadership apparently thought it wiser to avoid an open floor fight on the issue. At first, a constitutional committee composed of top CLC executives, recommended that the resolutions be defeated. Then William Mahoney, CLC vice-president and Ca- nadian director of the Steelworkers, said the resolu- tions were unconstitutional as only the executive coun- cil has power to certify unions in the CLC. Mr. MacDonald agreed, but did not rule the resolu- tions out of order. The explanation came from Joe Morris, chairman of the committee, who admitted that ''if we had asked you Mr. MacDonald to rule them out of order, it is impossible to imagine the riot on the convention floor." In the resulting procedural battle, the resolutions eventually were referred to the executive council for consideration despite a solid wedge sleelworkers from Hamilton and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., who shouted their defiance at the leadership after the crucial vote. U.S. president buys ticket to Moscow WASHINGTON (API As administration sources reported a U.S.-Soviet strategic-arms-control accord vir- tually ready for announcement. President Nixon moved into a final round of conferences today prior Jo de- parture Saturday for his Moscow .summit talks. A secret session wilh the Soviet, ambassador to the United Slates preceded Nixon's planned meeting to- day wilh congressional leaders and with Vice-Pres- ident Spiro Agnew. just back from a Far East tour that included a Vietnam visit. Accompanied by presidential adviser Henry Kis- singer. Soviet Ambassador Anatoliy Dobrynin flew by helicopter in the wee hours Thursday lo the secluded Camp David. Md.. retreal where Nixon had been sineu Tuesday preparing for his talks beginning Monday with Soviet leaders. I'ohrvnin and conferred for ahoul an hour Thursday. While House Press Secretary Ronald Zicgle- uniildiil M .is discussed, but (he mounlainlfip conference uas Ivlieved lo have in- cluded movement toward an agreement lo check llm missile race. 1-OliKSKF, ANNOUNCEMENT Adminislralion sources said they anticipate a slral- cnic-arms-conlrol accord will be ready for announce- meul during Nixon's eight-day Soviet visil. The President (lies Salurday In Snlzburg, Austria, uhere he will iinlil Monday uhen he travels on in Mn'.rcnv. liar, scheduled brief slops in Iran and, Poland rn rn'Ufl In t.bfl EDMONTON (CP) A pro- gram will be established to fin- ancially assist municipalities tn pay for sewage disposal facili- lias, the Alberta government said in a position paper tabled in the legislature. The position paper, on finan- cial assistance for pollution control, said the program will go into effect in fiscal 1973-74 and will initially cost the gov- ernment about million a year. When it comes to Industry the read by environment Minister Bill Yurko, said tho government finds no cause or need to offer direct, monetary granls for pollution control pur- poses. "Such granls mitigate- against the establishment of vi- able and responsible enter- prises because they distort the relative regional, interprovin- cial and even national econ- omic character of such enter- prises." Mr. Yurko said. "Industry must consider pol- lution control costs as an Inleg- gral part o( the costs of pro- duction." Mr. Yurko said that only under Ihe most extreme and extenuating circumstances will anti-pollution granls of any kind be considered for industry, such as for rehabilitation of an existing industry to allow it lo conform with stringent stan- dards and prevent a major loss of jobs. Industry already gets help from the federal government through accelerated wrile-off of the capital costs for pollu- tion control equipment and fa- cilities. Additionally, the prov- ince excludes all land and equipment used for pollution control purposes from assess- ment and taxation. Mr. Yurko said the provin- cial government will loans to industry for pollution control equipment and facilities Ihrough Ihe proposed Alberta Opportunity Fund, a S50-mil- lion loan program designed to stimulate and expand industry in the province. The position paper says mu- nicipalilies already receive- some federal and provincird as- sistance for sewage disposal facilities. The government also recognized municipalities were reluctant to install modern facilities for sewage treatment because of the high capital cost "and Uie burden of existing municipal debt." The will be carried by (he province on .in interest- free basis. Cniiimunitli's which rxpon- r-nc-f H ffecliniuc population and qualify for annunl assistancn will not have lo repa> Ihe gov. ernmont. Mr. Yurko said the grant, por- tion of Central Mortgage and Housing Corp lornis Fur sev.-ace treatment facilities v.ill not be considered part of a municipal- ity's debenture load under the program. KEK registere claims Notiey O.K. I promise! If we're not enjoying ourselves, we'll leave early.' Union chief dies MONTREAL (CP) Frank Hall, 78, once Canada's most powerful labor leader who fought the railways for better working conditions, died at his home here Thursday night. As chief negotiator for 18 un- ions of non-operating railway employees, he knit them into a joint force and took on the rail- ways in a. bitter 11 -day nci: on- wide strike in 1950. It was the only strike during his term as head of the bargain- ing team between 1947 and 1965. In 1967, he retired from all his union associate chairman of the bargaining committee representing railway workers and Canadian execu- tive assistant to the interna- tional president of the Brother- hood of Railway, Airline and Steamship Clerks, Freight Han- dlers, Express and Station Em- ployees. Seen and heard About town rjAILROADER turned mechanic (Jarry Stock-. ton offering to lend Dou and Norm Davis shovels and wrenches but refusing to be- come a shoveller or a wrencher Dave Oberg saying the blood-filled scenes from the movie The God- father were "just beautiful" city police constable Michael Soroka unable to vol- unteer to guide a class of 90 students through the police station because all four of his uniforms were at the cleaners. By GREO McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer EDMONTON The Klu Hux Klan was registered in Alberta in April. NDP leader Grant- Motley said Thursday, but may not be legal under proposed provincial human rights legis- lation. In the legislature, the MLA asked Attorney-General Merv Lcitcii to determine whether the group has established here and whether it would violalo anti-discrimination laws. Outside the house, Mr. Not- ley produced a copy of a form showing that a group called the Confederate Klans of Alberta was registered by the attorney- gencral's department under tha Societies Act. April 6, 1972. The approval was apparently granted without coining to the attention of anyone at the min- isterial level, judging from the surprise of the attorney-gen- eral, said Mr. Notiey. SERIOUS QUESTION "With a quite dlsaslerous his- tory of hate and prejudice in the United he said there is a serious question as to whether the klan will mea- sure up to the proposed Alberta of and its sister, Uie Individual's Rights Protection Act. "It's a very difficult civil liberties question." he said, ad- mitting he has not marie up his own mind whether the group should be banned in its present form or nol. Two objectives in the klan charier that Mr. Notiey found unacceptable were: To attempt to preserve the traditions and ideals of the white races, and, to advocate racial purity, among its members. While the law cannot eradi- cate prejudice, Mr. Notiey said the law can "set a tone" to dis- courage it. The dilemna, be said is to No Herald Monday The Herald will not publish Monday, May 22, a statutory holiday in observance of Vic- toria Day. Display advertisements t o appear Wednesday must be at The Herald by a.m. Sat- urday. Classified advertisement.? re- ceived up to a.m. Satur- day will appear in t.he Tues- day. .May edition. balance the right of the people to form associations of their choice against the principles that society in general consid- ers acceptable. Pentagon building suffers damage. man treates hurdle house From AP-REUTER BONN (CP) Chancellor Willy Brandt's non-aggression treaties with the Soviet Union and Poland cleared the upper house of the West. German par- liament today without objection, completing their parliamentary ratification 21 monlhs after the first, pact was signed in Mos- cow. Tlie end of the hazardous rati- fication process promised to im- prove the climate for President Nixon's visit to Moscow next week, opened the door to imple- mentation of the agreements easing East German restriction on West Berlin, and paved tho way for Brandt to seek better relations with other members of the Soviet bloc. The bills ratifying the pads now go to President Gustav Hei- nemann for signature, making them law. The treaties are the keystones of the ostpolilik, or eastern pol- icy, for which Brandt won tho 1971 Nobel Peace Prize. Twen- ly-seven years after the Second World War, they recognize Ger- many's territorial losses to Po- land and the Soviel Union. T OTTAWA (CP) Prime Min- ister Trudeau said today there will be no federal election this summer. At a special lunch-lime news conference, the prime minister put down speculation that he in- tended to dissolve Parliament and call a general election, pos- sibly in July. Mr. Trudeaii said Canadians could look forward to "a pros- p e r o u s, sunny, election-free summer." Mr. Trudeau's announcement to a crowded, jostling corridor press conference ended frantic speculation that had built up over a July ]7 election. And he ruled out an August election at the same time. "There will not be a summer it might be any- time after summer and up to the middle of 1973." "I hope now you will he told reporters, MEETS PARTY CAUCUS A few moments earlier, the prime minister met his party caucus and made thi> ss-ie. an- nouncement thei.- He told reporters that he been saying for months that election machinery should ba cooled. "You fellows didn't seem to believe it." He hoped that the present ses- sion of Parliament, with elec- tion fever dissipated, could carry on normally. The govern- ment was anxious to pass legis- lation on housing, labor, farms, privacy and other measures. Hockey-playing brothers sign MONTREAL (CP) The Ma- hovlich and signed contracts with Montreal Canadiens. end- ing speculation that Peter would leave the National Hockey League club in favor of Minne- sota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association. Deny ransom money handed over NEW YORK (Renter) A Cunard Steam-Ship Co. spokes- man denied today that any ran- som money had been handed over to an extortionist who threatened to blow up the liner Queen Elizabeth 2 in mid-Atlan- tic unless he was paid in ransom. Commenting on a statement, in London by Canard's chnir- man, Victor Matthews, that tho ransom could "conceivably" have been paid out, the spokes- man said: "We categorically deny any money has been handed The spokesman that the money had nol been turned over "either lo the KB! or the extortionist." lie said 11m funds, in and bills, nrr available tn Cunard in n bank lirn1 Tho liner, prulc of Omanl'i passenger fleet, was steaming at full speed toward Cherbourg, France, after a stem-lo-stcrn search by bomb experts and crew failed to turn up any evi- dence of bombs. Tt is due in Cherbourg at noon KDT Satur- day with MM passengers and (150 lo lino crew aboard. An anonymous caller Irlo- phnnrd. New Vnrk of- bombs had been planted aboard the liner and would be exploded by two accomplices who were aboard the ship unless Cunard gave him He claimed his accomplices were an ex-convict, and a ter- minal patient. No ex- planation was given as to how the extortionist, would be able to make contact with his ales. The Cunard spokesman here said be thought Matthews have been quoted out of context when he told a London ncus conference today that "it could conceivably be that the money has been paid." adding that Iho full stoiy would come from the FBI. While some Cunard find police apparently worn leaning to the theory that tho whole thing was a hoax, there was still no clear explanation of why authorities and the ship- ping company t ook such ex- treme measures after receiving the. threal. The Britir-.li defence ministry dispatched four homlvdisposal experts to the ship Thursday, and they parachuted into I ho ocean from an RAF plane. They picked up hy a launch and boarded the liner to make a (borough search for bombs, Nothing was found. New pension legislation bee Ja luxury linor Queen Elizabeth Uufjot bomb plot, law OTTAWA (OP) The govern- ment's two pension bills ended their speedy making them law-a! p.m. KDT. Putlinn Ihe bilK into law means that about oO.Vnoo nn! very vrll bnl he in British embassy spokesman William ilaniini; siiid afler Hie .'iO-minute reunion. Calgary luiiai hy CAI.GAIIV K'lM A four- year-old city pirl was hiiien by n wolf Thursday u'nile. playing in front of her horn" Anita Harilen su.'fi ;vd Inju- ries lo llie head and t of ]nir body and was in tory rnndit.io.'.i in ;