Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 23, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
2 - THI LETHMIDOI HERALD - Saturday, May 33, 1970 Labor Congress Brightens Image EDMONTON (CP) - The Ca-1 nadian Labor Congress showed lots of determination at its biennial convention this week to brighten its image as an agency of social reform. It began with a bit of house-cleaning. The 1,500 delegates readily approved a resolution calling for more autonomy for Canadian members of United States-based international unions and another for the appointment of an ombudsman to protect individual workers from arbitrary discipline within their own unions. The congress urged its 113 affiliates to become more involved in such social issues as housing, education and pollution. It endorsed an industrial democracy concept which could introduce in collective bargaining the question of the role of workers in industry. Specifically, the CLC leadership was authorized to work for improved Canadian health services and was granted its request for increased dues from the 1,650,000 workers it represents to support the new and expanded programs. The convention ended Friday with re-election almost in total of its past leadership. Congress president Donald MacDonald told a news conference after his acclamation to a second term that the most immediate problem facing labor is deterioration of industrial relations in British Columbia. NEED KEEP COOL It would be an industry-by-industry campaign on the west coast and at least part of the task of union leadership would be to keep in line the tempers of men convinced their employers are ganging up for a confrontation. Nationally, there was the problem presented by federal economic policies. With the many resolutions on social pol icy, the main concern expressed at the convention was over the rising level of unemployment. Several delegates warned that a serious recession threatens all gains made by the labor movement. The convention failed to resolve just what should be labor's tactics in response to the threat. Policy statements were adopted condemning Ottawa's approach to inflation, and advocating anti-recessionary measures and more flexible controls on the economy. But delegates indicated Tuesday they want more effective action against the government from their leadership. They rejected an executive committee resolution which generally condemned collusion between government and business on policies resulting in unem ployment. WANT FORGE FORCE Speakers on the floor held out for an active program to organize unemployed workers as a political action force. In th" same debate Larry Sef-ton, director of District 6 of the United Steelworkers of America, was booed when he argued the speakers were indulging in "old rhetoric and old plans." The question was sent back for further study. Mr. Mac-Donald hinted the executive will act to fill the gap but he was not specific. He suggested earlier that the row over unemployment was staged by a small group of dele-pqt.es '~'":~o f-^ mirrorchones in the debate. He sounded the same uo^ Tuesday alter an overwhelming vote against re-admission to the congress of the B.C.-based United Fishermen and Allied Workers union, ex pelted in 1948 for communist activities. Mr. MacDonald claimed the vote was a defeat of efforts to "pervert" the labor movement by the Communist Party and when many delegates protested they were being smeared he back-tracked only to say that some had been duped by parry members. He admitted the intentions of the young men of the reform caucus were honest but dismissed them as "gnats on the tail of an elephant." Yukon Not Part Of Canada -Councillor Chamberlist WHITEHORSE, Y.T. (CP) ' - Norm Chamberlist, irres-pressible member of the Yukon Territorial Council, is contending that the Yukon is not part of Canada. In fact, he says, it's still part of the British Empire. And Yukon Commissioner James Smith said yesterday Mr. Chamberlist may have a good case. Mr. Chamberlist said Thursday he wants a better tax deal with Ottawa and hopes to get this by renegotiating the status of the Yukon. He threatened to take the matter to the courts unless Ottawa produces documents showing a legal marriage between the Yukon and Canada. Mr. Chamberlist said in an interview the only Northern HALE fIB l optical V �E M Oory Mart,n ^tr Dispensing ^W*^ Optician > COMPANY LTD 307 *th Si, S. 327-71S2 area ever deeded to Canada was Rupert's Land, former Hudson's Bay Company territory defined as all lands with waters draining into Hudson Bay. The Yukon drains into the Arctic Ocean. Bomb Scare Delays Flight CALGARY (CP) - Pacific Western Airlines flight 702 to Vancouver from Edmonton by way of Calgary and Kamloops, was held up for 90 minutes at McCaU Field Airport because of a bomb scare Friday night. The Boeing 737 jet was searched thoroughly and took off for Kamloops at 9 p.m. MST with 80 passengers after no trace of a bomb was found. Duncan Fisher, PWA spokesman in Calgary, said in a telephone interview the Edmonton reservations desk received a telephone call about five minutes before the aircraft was due to land at McCall field after the 40 minute flight. 24 HOURS A DAY AND STILL LOSE WEIGHT Mora pc-opla take- II off and keep It off through WEIGHTr WATCHERS than any ether mothed Hera's your chance to |oin the largest and most successful weight control organisation in the world No contract* to tignl "WEIGHTr WATCHERS MEETS EVERY TUESDAY I p.m. and 7:30 p.m. EL RANCHO MOTOR HOTEL MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE Trust only the original Weight Watcher* (TM) to watch your weight. Hundreds of thousand* have done It successfully. You can, tool REGISTRATION $3.00 MEETING $2.00 MEN WOMEN TEENAGERS For Further Information Call 328-5832 Orlikow Tosses Barbs Kierans Answers Allegations By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) - Postmaster-General Eric Kierans was accused in the Commons Friday of stupidity and incompetence in tils leadership of the post office, RUNAWAY OIRl - Mary Ann Vecchlo, 15, of Opa Locka, Fla., arrives at the Indianapolis Airport this morning with police and juvenile authorities. Mils Vecchlo was flown to Miami to meet her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Vecchio, following a nationwide search. She was identified by her parents when her photograph was taken kneeling over one of the four students killed at Kent State recently. 12 Inmates Perform With Zest At DDF By JOAN BOWMAN Herald Staff Writer WINNIPEG - The 1970 Dominion Drama Festival Friday night saw its first entry from a federal penitentiary since the DDF was established in 1932. The Penthouse Players from the Manitoba medium-security prison at Stony Mountain presented John Patrick's light, comedy, Teahouse of the Aug-1 ust Moon, and provided, according to adjudicator Guy Beaulne, a "pleasant night of entertainment." The production featured a cast of 12 inmates - incarcerated for offenses ranging from forgery to sex crimes - plus six non-inmate women and two children. The play drew the first full-house of the week at the 1,475-seat playhouse theatre here. Mr. Beaulne, director-general of theatre and drama conservatories for the Quebec government, said the production "had some beautiful scenes, well-set and well-acted." He said the cast showed "zest, involvement and good characterization." BATHROBES However, he criticized lengthy scene changes, "blank" lighting and some costumes, notably the use of bathrobes rather than Kimonos. Teahouse of the August Moon, set in Okinawa, pokes gentle fun at the American occupation forces as they attempt to bring Democracy to resistant natives. The play involves bumbling officers, an indigent bootlegging operation and a teahouse which Okinawans converted from a petagon-shaped school. The adjudicator said that Charles Hill as Sakini had good stage presence and "carried through well" in the role. Jim McPherson as Col. Pur-die was "a bit stereotyped at first," but "effective" in the third act, while Lance Lloyd was "a bit too shy in his characterization" of Capt. Fisby, Mr. Beaulne said. GIRL PRAISED He said the part of Sgt. Gre-govich, one of two roles played by Brian Ferguson, "was very well done," and Rosemary Smith as Lotus Blossom was "sweet, soft and delightful." Her "charming dance was a moment of magic we go to the theatre hoping to see." The production was directed Pickets Posted At Montana Supermarkets BUTTE, Mont. (AP) - Pickets were posted at major supermarkets here as members of the Retail Clerks Union staged a strike in a contract dispute. A union spokesman said about 130 grocery store clerks were involved in the walkout. The strike does not involve smaller or indepdendent stores. but replied that the post office is a gold mine of good administration. David Orlikow (NDP-Winni- rNorth) made the accusation support of a Conservative motion slamming the government for "mismanagement" of the post office through cutting mail delM""-*""!. rWIn* noet offices, raising postal rate*, disrupting kbjn,.., uiiu "deplorable DDF Followed By New Act Theatre Canada Emerges by Harold Turner, speech and drama supervisor at the University of Manitoba, who six years ago approached prison officials with a plan for teaching drama to inmates. Me; Turner, who is allowed to teach once a week in the former maximum-security prison, said the inmates at first thought he was a "social worker or someone using them to get my degree." About 25 prisoners a year are allowed to work in the productions. So far 21 plays have been presented, 16 of them one-acters. Plays are normally presented twice in the institution: once for the inmates, and once to an invited audience. Although none of the men appear to be heading for a career in theatre, Mr. Turner .said the drama had made them "more communicative, more able to present their cases to the parole board." Teahouse won the Manitoba regional drama festival in March, and since then seven of the cast have left the institution. Of the remaining five, three had to switch roles, and some of the backstage crew had to be enticed to take acting parts. The teahouse cast will be present tonight for the festival's final production, Luv by the Sault Theatre workshop of Sault Ste. Marie. There is also a chance the inmates will be invited to a ball, following the presentation of the DDF awards. DDF productions are normally followed the morning after by a private adjudication with Mr. Beaulne. He was to visit the prison this morning to give the adjudication, rather than meet with the cast in the DDF headquarters at the Hotel Fort Garry. The Hostage by Playgoers of Lethbridge is eligible for best set design, best direction, leading actor and actress, supporting actor and actress, stage lighting, Banff School of Fine Arts tuition, best actor or actress under 26 years. And if a prejudiced spectator can speculate, Playgoers should arrive in Lethbridge early Monday evening with at least one DDF trophy in their safekeeping. WINNIPEG (CP) - A new organizational structure of the Dominion Drama Festival that includes elimination of national competition and a new name for the 37-year-old organization was announced Friday. Prof. Alvin Shaw, DDF president, said at a news conference that the organization, to be known as Theatre Canada, would, "for the immediate future at least" and beginning in 1971, hold an annual national showcase of toe best of Canadian theatre at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Mr. Shaw said that since "Canadian theatre has become so complex" that "it is impossible for one organization to be all things to all people," the new Theatre Canada would work primarily "for the development of non-professional theatre." The annual showcase, however, would be open to any type of theatre in any language, amateur or professional. Participation would be by invitation of the national executive and no entry "will reach the finals by means of regional festivals," Mr. Shaw said. Competition could still exist at regional and zone levels, at the discretion of the regions and zones involved. Even inter-zone competition Is a possibility if desired by more than one zone, the DDF president added. Implicit in the new structure is decentralization, with permanent secretariats being established in the four zones-Western Canada, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. The present 14 regions will remain, but national policy will emanate from the zones, instead of being passed down to them from the national office in Ottawa as in the past. Mr. Shaw said the organization's training programs would now be "completely the prerogative of the zones." Bargaining Continues With Posties OTTAWA (CP) - Postal negotiators became secretive Friday and refused to talk to the press about their efforts to write a new postal contract and avoid another mail strike. However, the atmosphere appeared good during the second day of negotiations. Sixty per cent of 27,000 postal workers voted for a strike if progress isn't made. Bargaining was stalled briefly Friday as efforts were made to settle a disruption in the Montreal post office caused by hiring of casual labor to clear a heavy mail back-log. Post office and union despatched men from Ottawa to the scene and the dispute was soon settled. < Elsewhere, mail was reported moving smoothly. Negotiations were to continue during the weekend but it wasn't clear what progress was being made. Non-Payment Note Ruled Defamatory Richardson Sees Support For 1 P ro voice (iUELPH, Ont. (CP) - Individual federal cabinet ministers are reacting favorably to a proposed amalgamation of the three Prairie provinces, James Richardson, federal minister of supply and services, said here. "The idea ... has not yet been brought up in cabinet," he said, "but it seems to be attracting support from the ministers I have spoken to individually. "So far no one has opposed the idea-" EDMONTON (CP) - A letter sent to Northern Alberta Railways indicating one of their employees owed about $500 to the Credit Bureau of Edmonton was found defamatory in Supreme Court here. The .letter, for which the bureau was assessed $1,000 damages, said that despite numerous requests by letter and telephone Larry Dwayne Sawatzky "has as yet shown no inclination to make satisfactory arrangements for payment." The letter suggested "that possibly a word from you (Northern Alberta Railways) could impress on him the advantage of legal proceedings . . . and bring about amicable results." WRONG MAN It was the wrong Larry Sawatzky. Mr. Sawatzky said he suffered considerable embarrassment because of the letter as one of his supervisors had spoken to him severely about the matter. He claimed $10,000 for general, exemplary and punitive damages from the credit bureau. In his judgment, Chief Justice J. V. H. Milvaln said the letter was a clear indication that Mr. Sawatzky was being branded as one who did not pay his bills. "The choice of language is somehow or other insulting." He said he felt that in the hands of railway companies such correspondence was perhaps more of an insult and He said it was hoped Theatre Canada would be able to provide funds for all the expenses of groups invited to the National "owoase, the first of these being scheduled for the week of May 17,1971. He explained that the executive would want a complete dossier on what each group had done-both during the year of the Showcase and in the past- on which to base the decision of their invitation. Productions Invited to the Showcase would be selected to represent all of Canada, he said, and there would be an adjudicator to comment on each production and conduct public discussions, but there would be no awards. The award for the best production at a national festival was dropped last year. The 1970 festival concludes tonight with presentation of 11 scholarships and trophies. labor-management relatione." The government had decided to operate the post office "not as a public service, but in the black," Mr. Orlikow said. He said Mr. Kierans had inherited a mess in the pott office, and had done "everything possible to make it worse/' Mr. Kierans denied the charges, saying he was only "guilty of waking up the sleeping giant that was the post office." He said the post office had suffered the nonsense perpetuated since Confederation that "everything could change but the post office." SEES NO THREAT Mr. Kierans rejected Mr. Or-likow's charge that automation would lead to "large-scale layoffs in the post office." He said automation would merely slow the rate of growth in the post office staff, and that it was "not a threat to the job of any employee in the post office." He said automation-an issue in the current labor dispute-was a productive force and vrould eliminate drudgery for employees. Shutdowns of rural post offices resulted from the disappearance of such communities as people moved to the cities. He said post offices were closed only after other services bad departed. GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES WEATHER AND ROAD REPORT 67 ABOVE lO.Aft ZERO AT X*,UWAOON more damaging than with other employers. TAKE DIM VIEW "Railway companies are well-known for taking a dim view of garnishees," he said. Chief Justice Milvain said that eventually, the most elementary checking with Mr. Sawatzky by the credit bureau brought the matter to light The credit bureau should have written a letter of apology," ne said. PCs Nominate Brooks Man BROOKS (CP) - Don Murray, owner-manager of a vegetable processing plant in Brooks, Friday was nominated to contest Bow Valley Constituency for the Progressive Conservative Party. Mr. Murray was the 35th Conservative candidate nominated for the next provincial general election. ASPHALT PAVING T0LLESTRUP SAND and GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. 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Warmer and drier ah* will enter western Alberta by tonight and cover all forecast regions Sunday with temperatures ranging from 65 to 80 degrees. Strong westerly winds, now in the Peace region, will move southward this evening. Winds occasionally gusting over 80 miles per hour will occur1 over southern Alberta Sunday. FORECASTS Lethbridge - Cloudy with scattered showers today. Sunny and warmer Sunday. Winds N15 and gusty In show* ers today. Low - high Lethbridge, 45-80. Medicine Hat - Sunny with cloudy periods and widely scattered showers today and Sunday. Warmer. Winds N15 today, W20 and gusty Sunday. Low-high 45-80. Kootenay, Colombia - Sunny with a few cloudy periods today. Winds light, at times northerly 15. High today at Cranbrook, 68; Castlegar, 72. Sunday outlook: contin u i n g sunny. 3 ONE YEAR CERTIFICATE FARMERS & MERCHANTS TRUST LETHBRIDGI 309 7th Street S. - Phone 328-5541 Branches at Calgary. 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Motorists are asked to watch for fallen rock, deer and caribou. Snow tires or chains are no longer required when travelling in any mountain area. There is a 75 per cent restriction on the following highways: Highway 3 - Fincastle Medicine Hat; Highway 5 - Ma-grath to Cardston; Highway 61 from the junction of Highway 4 to Foremost and one mile south of. Foremost to Manyber-ries; Highway 62 - Magrath to Del Bonita. Effective. 7 a.m. April 29 there was a 73 per cent loading restriction imposed on Highway 23 from the junction of Highway S to Barons. PORTS or ENTRY (Opening and Closing Times): Cmrtts, 24 hours; Carway 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. MST, Chief Mountain effective May 18 - 8 a.m. to S p.m. Del Bonita 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Roose* ville, B.C. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Kingsgate, B.C., 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m. to midnight; Logan Pass, closed.