Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 22, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
THREATENING HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 65 The Lcthkidge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 135 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, MAY 22, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES MotherJVature Mideast Scrap Erupts With New Fury May Be Ally In Wheat Cut By CARL MOLLINS OTTAWA (CP) Federal officials regard poor planting weather on the Prairies as an ally in the government campaign to reduce wheat production drastically this year. Best current guesses among Ottawa agriculture officials, crop statisticians and economists average out at planting of acres of spring under half last year's acreage and 40 per cent of the previous five years. With many Western farmers balking at the gov- ernment's cash-for-fallow program to reduce wheat acreage, federal authorities say a matter of days in additional delay of good seeding weather in Manitoba and Saskatchewan could cut the wheat planting down to acres. A sudden onrush of spring in the next few days could goad farmers into seeding as much as acres, which would disappoint authors of the program aimed to prevent a further mountainous in- creases in current wheat stockpiles. When the so-called LIFT Inven- tory for announced Feb. 27 by Otto Lang, minister responsible for wheat trade, maximum possible reduction was set at acres from last year's acres of wheatland. A March 1 statistical report on Prairie planting intentions, compiled before the LIFT program could have had any impact, forecast a reduction of acres to acres in wheat. Mr. Lang subsequently spoke of an ultimate re- duction to acres. May Not Be Half On a strict comparison with last year, cutting acreage in half could pare production to about bushels of wheat next fall. Reduction to Mr. Lang's projected acreage figure could mean output of about bushels, depending again on weather. Last year's crop was about bushels, Combined with a stockpile of about bush- els carried over last Aug. 1 into the current sta- tistical crop year, that gave Canada an all-time rec- ord supply of bushels at a time when world wheat markets are depressed. Subtracting domestic requirements of .bushels, exports to April 1 of bushels and perhaps another exported bushels in. the remaining four months of the crop that would still leave a record stockpile crammed in-elevators, barns and1 fields of more than The projected tally amounts to about'two years' normal usage. Recently-negotiated new export sales for delivery in the coming to bushels to Peru 'and bushels to make relative- ly small dents in the surplus. The LIFT program carries a double Incentive to keep seed drills idle this spring. Farmers would get an acre for wheat acre- age turned into summerfallow and an acre for .land planted to perennial forage crops. Could Drain Stores r In addition, the quotas governing how much wheat a farmer can deliver to the Canadian Wheat Board after Aug. 1 will be base'd on summerfallow acreage and new forage on acreage seeded to wheat as usual. The farmer thus could get rid of farm- stored grain. Farmers have complained that the proposed trans- formation of land use would cost them more than they would collect from LIFT with the. additional danger of losing topsoil by wind erosion from ex- cessive fallow land. So the backward spring reported in Wednesday's telegraphed crop-progress the Prairies could be the extra push the LIFT program needs. The crop report, issued by Dominion Bureau of Statistics, referred to only five per cent of seeding completed in Manitoba, eight per cent in Saskatch- ewan and 50 per cent in Alberta. But a spokesman said they were percentages of an unknown quantity, "a rough approximation of what has been sown." "It was rather a weak kind of statement because we don't know yet how much is going to be sown." By THE CANADIAN The bloody figbiioj; between Arab and Jew in the Middle East erujiied with new fury today, bringing death to women and children in attacks on an Is- raeli school bus and Arab vil- lages near the Lebanese border. Guerrillas from a splinter Arab left-wing group claimed credit for the bazooka and small-arms attack on an Israeli school bus this morning. Ten children and four killed and 22 per- sons, mostly children, were in- jured. Many of the children lost limbs when bazookas were fired almost point-blank range. A half-hour after the bus kill- ings, the Israelis started heavy shelling of four Lebanese border villages not far from where the bus incident took place. A Le- banese spokesman Said the Is- raeli barrage killed six persons and injured 11 and damaged 62 houses. Lebanese army artillery was returning the fire, a military spokesman said. Israel protested the "das- tardly attack" on the bus to the United Nations Security Council but didn't ask for a meeting. ATTACK NAVAL BASE Israeli commandos supported by planes carried out a success- ful attack Thursday night on Egypt's major naval base south of Suez on the Bed Sea, the Is- raeli military command an- nounced. A spokesman said the raid lasted 75 minutes. He gave no further details. In Cairo, Egyptian Informa- tion Minister Hassanein Heikal reported that Israel has esca- lated its air attacks along the Suez canal to 625 sorties during the past week. In Amman, Jordan, the Popu- lar Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command claimed credit for the attack on the Israeli bus. Al Fatah, the leading Arab commando group, immediately rebuked the splinter organiza- tion for the incident. A spokes- man at the Al Fatah office in Beirut said Al Fatah's strategy was aimed at avoiding civilian casualties by concentrating on strategic, military and eco- nomic targets. The splinter group claimed in a communique at least 50 pas- sengers were killed or wounded in the bus attack. TROOPS PURSUE RAIDERS Israeli troops who rushed to the scene in pursuit of the raid- ers ran-into a field of anti-per- sonnel mines and suffered addi- tional losses, Uie communique claimed. In Jerusalem, officials said Premier Golda Meir, 71-year-old grandmother, burst into tears when she heard about the death of the children on the bus. Egyptian children also have been victims of the fighting. Is- raeli planes bombed a school in Egypt several weeks ago, kill- ing some 30 children. ISREAL FURIOUS The incident sent a wave of fury through Israel. Tel Aviv newspapers rushed special edi- tions on to the streets. Israeli officials emphasized there was no question that the bus could have been mistaken for a military target. "This bus goes by here every day, so they must know about said one settler in the area. Canadian Broadcasting sought Becomes More Canadian bunas Amid continuing meetings between the city and the Cana- dian Union of Public Em- ployees, Local 70 and, the In- ternational Brother hood of Electrical Workers, Local 254 Lethbridge Unit, officials here appealed to CUPE locals in the province for additional strike funds. A. N. (Nap) Milroy, CUPE representative said: "We are hopeful the current negotia- tions will lead to a settlement 'and if the city takes the strike seriously, a settlement can be reached. 'The appeal for funds was made because we are not ia- king ajiy chances." RECEIVE MONEY All CUPE members on strike receive money from the strike fund in CUPE national head- quarters. A single member receives per week, a couple and a family member per week. Mr. Milroy said the appeal funds should be coming in about the middle of next week and they will be used to "beef- up" the strike pay for mem- bers. The CUPE National strike fund is just shy of said Norm Simons, public relations officer for CUPE. The city negotiation commit- tee was to meet with Local 70s negotiation committee this af- ternoon. In other mediation talks; J. E. Button, the provincial ap- pointed mediator, was to talk with the inside workers of Lo- cal 70. Talks between the city and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 254 Lethbridge Unit, also wera scheduled for today. Stiffer Content Rules Enforced OTTAWA to enforce higher Cana- dian content on television and radio programming were announced today by the Canadian Radio-Television Com- mission. While sticking to its previously announced proposals to make Canadian broadcasting more Canadian, the CRTC, acknowledging some heavy pressure from those in the industry, said it will give privately-owned broadcast- ers more time to meet the effort" toward increasing both the number of Canadian pro- grams carried and the number produced by the stations. It sug- gests they aim at content of 50 per cent throughout the pro- stiffer content rules. NEW REGULATIONS The new regulations require: content of 60 per cent for the operating time of any TV station, with no more than 30 per cent of the remain- ing time being filled by pro- grams from any one country, to be mandatory on the entire TV system by Oct. 1, 1972. The pub- licly-owned CBC network would gram day, prime time included. Starting Oct. 1, 1971, the CRTC will require 50-per-cent Canadian content throughout the broadcast day, including prime time, with not more lhan wuuiu meet the requirements this Oct- 35 wait trf the remaining Cricket Tour Off RIOT CONTROL DEMONSTRATION! -Fred Cannon, with the Smith and Wesson Law Enforcement Group, Lake Erie Chemical Co., Rock Creek, Ohio demonstrates the proper use of crowd control equipment to the Westsrn Canadian chiefs of police. Before con- cluding their 15th annual conference in Lethbridge, the chiefs were also shown a display of the various types of riot control equipment in use in the U.S. Wheat Gift Announced LONDON (AP) The Cricket Council bowed to government pressure tonight and called off the tour of Britain by the all- white South African team. The council, after a 90-minute .emergency meeting, said it had no alternative but to accede to the request of Home Secretary James Callaghan and withdraw the invitation to the South Afri- cans. The announcement cleared the way for full-strength Com- monwealth Games at Edinburgh in July. African and Asian coun- tries, opposed to the South Afri- can government's apartheid pol- icies, had threatened to with- draw from the Games if the South African cricketers came to Britain. The South Africans were headed off only 10 days before they were due to fly here for a 10-week tour. OTTAWA (CP) The govern- ment announced today a gift of bushels of wheat worth to India, the third such food-aid grant in as many years. Otto Lang, minister responsi- ble for wheat trade, said the grain is being sold to the Cana- dian International Development Agency by the Canadian wheat board, both federal agencies, for shipment through St. Law- rence and Pacific ports this summer. The minister said it is the fourth major wheat sale in five Options Exist Should the weather encourage hesitant farmers to abandon wheat-growing on a big scale, alternatives re- main to fallow or forage. Other grains, particularly barley and oilseeds, may be planted later than the early-June deadline for wheat in most areas. Those options could help diminish the wheat prob- lems, but might generate comparable over-supply dif- ficulties in feedgrains and oilseeds. The March 1 planting intentions had already pro- jected a six-per-cent increase in oat seeding the acres, five per cent more barley at 000 acres and a major increase of more than 75 per cent to acres for oilseeds. Half was to be in flaxseed and half in rapeseed, for which further expansion could be limited by a reported scarcity of seed for planting. CULTURE TOO COSTLY LONDON (Reuters) The London Philharmonic Orchestra has cancelled several guest ap- pearances by Soviet musicians this reasons any capitalist would understand. The Russians' fees have jumped 60 to 75 per cent over last year. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN Al Martin bursting his buttons, af- ter hooking a 24-pound pike at Cross Coulee Ted Wilson eyeing an antique car, and wishing he owned it so he could get better gas mile- age Dr. Ray Bain-, borough claiming the only good aspect of a postal strike is the complete lack of bills arriving in the mail. weeks, following sale of bushels to Syria, the same amount to Peru and bushels to Egypt. CIDA, with a budget of this fiscal year for aid grants, provided worth .of food aid to India in each of the previous two fiscal years. Referring to Canada's record wheat surplus and the new gov- ernment program designed to reduce 'production, Mr. Lang urged .Prairie farmers to bade up recent sales efforts by co-op- erating Kvith .the crop-reducing program. PART OF PLAN He said that when he an- nounced the cash-for-fallow pro- gram in February he had indi- cated it would be combined with maximum sales efforts and would not reduce emphasis on food aid. "The success of the sales pro- gram and government pur- chases for aid purposes can only have their full impact on farm income in the coming crop year if farmers participate fully in reduction of wheat he said. Under the so-called LIFT pro- gramt-Low Inventory for To- farmer will be paid for each wheat acre switched to summerfallow and for each acre put into perennial, for- age. In addition, delivery quotas for each farm will be based on acreage taken out of production rather than that sown to wheat, opening the way to delivery of farm-stored grain. Some Western farmers have criticized the program as inade- quate. ober. music content to reach a minimum 30 per cent on all AM radio stations by Jan. 18, 1971. OUTLINES FORMULA The CRTC said it will keep re- porting processes to a mini- mum, in line with representa- tions from broadcasters who feared the new regulations would saddle them with a heavy load of paper work. But it warned that, despite the extended time period granted for meeting the new content regulations, it wiil be watching to see that broadcast- ers start now to live up to their 'frequently-expressed i n t e n- tions" to develop "imaginative and interesting programming through their own initiative." For the private TV sector, the CRTC proposes a three-step process to reach the 60-per-cent Canadian level. The 55-per-cent Canadian con- tent regulation Imposed by the Board of Broadcast Governors, predecessor regulatory agency to the CRTC, would remain in force until Oct. 1, 1971. The BBG regulations allowed Cana- dian content to dip to 40 per cent in the prime TV viewing p.m. to aOso to classify many programs as Canadian, because of interest to Canadian audiences, that in fact are not. The CRTC said it expects dur- ing this first year that private stations will make a "maximum programming- during the day coming from any one country. The one-country requirement would be allowed to edge up to 40 per cent during prime .time, when U.S. programs dominate viewing fare now. Starting Oct. 1, 1972, the full objective would have to be met. The privately-owned CTV net- work, in line with statements made during public hearings on the proposed regulations, would be expected to meet its commit- ment to add 1% more hours of Canadian programming to its prime time scheduling slots this fall. The announcement said thii CRTC "will make this a condi- tion of the CTV network licenca for the 1970-71 season." A proposal on TV advertising was changed. The new regulations set maximum of five commercial interruptions totalling 12 min- utes in a one-hour telecast, rather than four as proposed last February. The regulations also permit an extra 30 seconds an hour for an unpaid public service announcement where a station has sold all 12 commer- cial minutes during the hour. Noisiest City ISTANBUL (AP) This Turkish city is the noisiest in Europe, says a report published yesterday. Postal Strike Talks Sidetracked OTTAWA nego- tiations were sidetracked today by what a government spokes- man described as a chaotic sit- uation in '.he Montreal post off- ice. The spokesman said the gov- ernment negotiators were as- sured Thursday by the Cana- dian Union of Postal Workers that the disruptions would stop. "But things are in a chaotic condition in Montreal again today, with a lot of sitting down and horsing the- spokesman said. Elsewhere in Canada, mail handling was reported to be normal. Government and union nego- tiators spent nearly three hours in a morning session on the Montreal situation. An afternoon session was scheduled but it wasn't clear whether the negotiators would get back to contract discussion. They indicated it would be sometime during the weekend before the key issues, on which another mail strike may hang, would come up. THEIR SEXTUPLETS DIE A 25-year-old New York woman who had been taking a fertility drug gave birth to sextuplels Thursday night, but all of the infants died within seven hours. A spokesman at Universily Hospital said the infants, five girls and a boy, were born three months premature and weighed less than a pound each. The mother, Mrs. Martin Danoff, wife of a Manhattan lawyer, was reported in good condition.