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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNN? FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 60-65. YOU No. 1.13 idgc Herald ii, ALLJEKT.A, THURSDAY, MAY 25, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THHKIi PAGES Newspaper ban draws criticism By PAUL JACKSON Jlorald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Two members of Parliament, both for- mer journalists, say they are not unduly concerned ahout a new federal government hill that limit the freedom of expression of newspapers for 48 hours during a federal election. The MPs, both former newsmen with the Vancou- ver Sun, made the comments as a wave of protests began erupting across the country against an amend- ment suddenly tacked on to a bill basically governing campaign expenses, Paul SI. Pierre (Lib Coast Chilcotin) had not heard about the amendment when first questioned. However, he said at first glance it appeared as if it was simply making newspapers follow the same regulations under which radio and television stations have been operating for some time. Barry Mather (NDP Surrey-White Rock) said he is in favor of the amendment portion that bans paid political advertising on election day and on the day preceding the election. Mather said he had not had time to fully digest the amendment, but indicated he might be in favor of the part of the amendment that would ban political comment on election (lay not on the day before. Both men appeared to express reservations about jumping to a swift conclusion about the amendment and also about the practically of administering the provisions. penalty Basically, the amendments will bafl any paper from pnblisliing political advertisements on election day and on the day before (he election. It will also prohibit a newspaper from publishing an editorial or any form of comment supporting or opposing a political candidate or party during the same 48-hour period. The penally on summary conviction is a fine not exceeding Malher said he is in favor ol banning advertise- ments because this will aid smaller political parties, such as the New Democrats. He pointed out that other parties have vast funds at their disposal and eleventh- hour mass advertising campaigns which wealthy parlies can mount can put oilier parties at a disadvantage. Of (lie banning of partisan political comment for 48 hours, Mather said he favor- this on election day ilsclf all deserve one day off after the cam- paign, don't But lie is against the ban on the day prior to a (ederal election or hyelection. St. Pierre, Parliamentary secretary- to External Af- fairs Minister MilclicTl Sharp, thought the amendment not distasteful, but lie suggested that it did not cover some of the things it should. "Some of the more serious abuses of partisan po- litical expression do not occur in editorial comment or advertisement but in the use of 'roar-back' by an un- scrupulous candidate and said the MP. By this, he meant the candidate who on election eve suddenly hurled out unjustified charges against his opponent. The charges then appeared in print and the opponent had no opportunity to reply. "Naturally, afler the election the opponent can sue lire other person lor libel. If il is possible, but per- haps the other candidate has now won the scat and sils in The two MPs expressed doubls about how the new provisions could be fairly administered. "Who's to say what is fair comment and what is actual straight reporting asked Mather. He said there would certainly be disputes about ivhclhcr a slory actually broke the proposed law or was, in lad, -written without any partisan polilical ob- jective. St. Pierre suggested the complexity involved in a case involving a weekly publication which' normally published on election day or the day before. LINKUP PLANNED-This NASA illustration shows how, by 1975, a U.S. Apollo spacecraft, and a Soviet Soyur will link up in space under an agreement signed in AAoscow by Presidenl Nixon and Soviet leaders. The connection is possible by using a Docking Module between the crafls. The Docking Module is the area with the two pro- trusions, which represent tanks for pressurization. {NASA Pholo) seas pact signed A C? Radar system prevents eollisioiis NEW YORK (AP) An experimental automobile radar designed to prevent rear-end or ''faif- yjjlir.u" collisions announced today by RCA. The radar, mounted on Ihe front, of a car, tracKs I lie abend on the or in heavy traffic, .'ipnri and speed. V, hen tbr M'paralion between the cars is too small fur the speed, radnr flashes a light and bounds a for the driver. "The radar ranks .'Huong Ifie most promising elec- tronic developments yd achieved hi Ihe area of high- way said Dr. Kerns II. Powers, director of the Communications Research Laboratory at RCA Lab- onilorios. Princrlon, N..J. Kvcnlually, RCA engineers said, the system's data circuits could be designed lo feed signals I" equipment thai. Mould nulnmntically control tho UirolMr nnd 'Hie M.'.trni ).hr polr.nUM, n( preventing cars from running off liighwaj's into dan- gerous objects such as bridges. RCA said the radnr requires further testing hut excels it could, lie mass produced within five years at a cost, to the consumer of to a car, Tho system requires a special reflector moiinlerl mi every vehicle the rear licence plalc is now. The key lo Ihe is the ahilily of the reflector to double Die frequency of Ihe radar signal before, re- lurniiifz il. The radar IrnusmiMrr-rceciver rends only lo Hie doubled frequency. 1 his oliniiiir.-lofi from Ihe reflections other objects produce, nnd would prevent approaching cars from "blinding" well other's radar. The v. aruiiiK devices an! when n e.'ir I h rliiMT d> another (ban OIH; ear lentil for each Hi milc.s of speed. This formula could bo varied. mn MOSCOW (AP) President Nixon find Russian leaders, pushing tjv.'nrd the. honiMed firms curb climri.i of Iheir Mos- cow sun1 mi I talks. formal approval today to the fiilh U.S.- PovlcL accord faiyned in three nays. Tile lolcsl agreement is de- signed lo insure against, danger- ous roiifroiiuitions bcHveen U.S. and Soviet warships. frc- shadow each other on the hHi seas. Sipimg the csocimicn! John Warner. U.S. secretary of the nnvy, ami Admiral Sergei commander in chief of the Russian nnvy and deputy licfLMicc miuislcr. and top Soviet leaders had trapped up nnoliicr round of summit lalk.s about, an hour before Ihe a p.m. EDT signing. T h e y have been conferring quiclly about long-range Euro- n ;iml Askin is.sues Iheir cimulries. us as about such Ifjjirs as lijuilalions on slralccic arms. MOHK SUiNAI-S The naval agreement rlocs not alfcc! nu'iTliant sliips or fishing vcpsels hut only ships and air- era R nf the cnunlric-s' armnd forces. I ndcr military roniUKifKicrs niiiFf make in- Eaton enters (iekl TORONTO (CPI T. Eaton Co. Lid. ha.- announced il is IIIOVIIIK iali) I lie diM-iniul More Held plans Ir.r a (if a nov nr.iin1. said i'i a slalHiirnl thai Iho til'.--! llnriynn slon' will Iv opened Ihis u'nr ni 'I'drnnlu and ll.crc are immediale. for olhei's here and in London, Out. Ihe sini'c.s rnn- on fiisl-movini: lines of merchandise and so he able, lo offer shoppers uniisiiallv good Ihe Malcincnl saitf. Mr. Hullcr also said Ihe com- pany has plans lo open seven lle'.v '.Inn1-; These he localcd in Harlinonlh. S Slicrhrmikc. ijuc Mnnlreal, (II. Toronlo. SI. Catharines, Oiil. and llaillillon. creased use of signals, refrain trom making simulated attatv.s am] use greater caution pnr'cnce in approaching mili- tary oE-thetither country. Regarded as particularly sig- nificant was a directive that naval ships and pianos keep "well clear" of aircraft carriers lliat are launclung or recovering planes. Kepresenlatives of Ihe hvn na- vies are to meet at least once a year to consult on implementing the Ljgrecment. Wednesday night, Nixon and Kozygin signed an agreement thai foresees a space rendez- vous between three American astronauts and three Soviet cosnionauL. on June 15, 1975. It olso foresees dockings of Soviet and American craft. While House press secretary Ronald Ziegler told reporters the discussion Wednesday night centred on international mai- lers, and lie indicated Vietnam was nmnng Ihe topics. On Friday, if nil goes well, a two part agreement limiting the deployment of strategic of- fensive and defensive nuclear weapons will be signed. payments OTTAWA (CPl Provincial governmcjils Jjavc asked not lo penalise welfare recipi- ents for getting higher Federal family allowances, Health Mm- i.slcr Jolin Munra .said Wednes- day- The federal government has I old provinces it hoped I ho higher allowances would not be deduct tld "dollar for dollar'1 from wcTare payments. Mr. Munro told the Commons health committee. And. lie said, lie believes most provinces not lower welfare payments to families who will pet higher federal family allow- ances when the planned new family a 11 o w a n c c program conies into effect. The federal government can cnly ask. ci, Mncc Ihe provinces have piwvr to do so, he said. Xcw Democrat tirace Mar- 1 n n i s (Vancouver Kinpswayt .said she is concerned the Brit- ish Columbia uould Inuer its welfare pnymenls lo families getting higher family allowances. Conservative MPs, however. concentrated Iheir concern on Ihe upper-income families vho would lose nil or par! of Iheir family allowances umln ihe, new plnit Under Ihe plnu, Ihe nmnunl of declines as family in- come rise.s. For a one-child family, maximum benefits are paid if income is or less, and the payments decline by 33 cents a month for each addi- tional 5100 of income. For each other child, the In- come level for maximum pay- menls rises Tims a two- child family would get full bene- fits at a four-child family al sii.OOO, and a six-child family at The monthly payment is S15 for children 12 and under and S20 for children 13 to 18. Mr. Munro said llml under the new plan 1-25 million families would get maximum benefits and be better off than under the present system, (523.000 families would gel partial payments and be better off. aBii.OOO families would get partial payments and he worse off, and one million families wouJri have HO pay- monls al all. Me said officials need five or six months to prepare lo put the new plan into effect and it would probably not begin until 1973. 66 persons die in port fire .IAKAHTA (AP) Sixty-sis IVTSOUJ: were Killed .nnd rtL' ships in .1 fire that through .Inkniln's main harbor area Wednesday, police re- ported. Fairness of tax question By WALTER KREVENCHUK EDMONTON (CP) The pe- troleum industry got some sup- port Wednesday for its argu- ment that the damage caused by a proposed tax on crude oil reserves in Alberta would can- cel out the benefits. The Town of Draylon Valley said the tax could set olf a chain reaction that would have an impact" on the economy of communities de- pendent on tho industry and called for a full study into its possible effects. Drayton Valley, In the Pern-. bina oil field 75 miles west of Edmonton, told a public hearing that increased production costs could lead to the abandonment of marginal producing wells. This, in turn, would reduce the number of workers required in the operation of a field and subsidiary services, a reduction which would be felt in the urban business economy. Secretary-Treasurer W. G. Jo- hanneson said 90 per cent uE Drayton Valley's people are dependent on the oil indus- try. QUESTIONS FAIRNESS In its brie! to a committee of the whole legislature, the town questioned whether the govern- ment is being fair in its pro- posal to raise a special tax from the oil industry without also looking for extra revenue from all other industry. The fairness of the tax has also been a faryet hi industry briefs, with company spokes- men claiming flic industry shouldn't bt the main source o[ the increased revenues the gov- ernment wants. The Independent Petroleum Association of Canada said a re- tail sales lax would be a more equitable way to raise revenues. Union Oil Co. of Canada Ltd. said that instead o[ placing ex- tra-ordinary demands on one in- dustry-, "the government should look to all segments of the Al- berta economy to provide their equitable share of immediate and future revenue require- ments." Canadian Occidental Petro- leum Ltd. said the government is already receiving a fair and reasonable return from the re- covery of crude oil reserves. In 1971, the province received some S260 million from cash bo- nuses, rentals and royalties, an amount equal to about 25 per cent of the sales value of crude oil. RAISES SHARE The proposed tax, designed to yield an addition 550 million to million in 1973, would boost the province's share to 35 from 31 per cent. Bomb found at Calgary shop centre CALGARY (CP) A bomli was found on the floor of a telephone booth in a city shop- ping centre Wednesday night. The 11'2-pound explosive was (aken to a nearby Canadian Forces Base and delonalcd. Police said it was similar to those used in armed forces training exercises. Their inves- tigation was continuing. Nine other pelroleum Pelrolma Canada, BP Oil and Gas, Blue-Mounl Resources, Ballinderry Explorations, Pal- liser Petroleum. Bergen Re- sources, Canus Petroleum and Pacific the lax increase could seriously af- fect further development in the province. Slan Milner, presidenl of Ihe Independent Petroleum Associa- tion, warned that any reduction in exploration which could be caused by reduced earnings by the industry could seriously re- duce employment in Alberta; as many as could be af- fected. FARMERS DISAGREE The industry arguments were rejected by Unifarm, an organi- zation representing 36.DOT Al- berta farmers, which followed the line laken by tne Neu- Dem- ocratic Party and the Alberta Federation of Labor that the in- dustry can easily afford even move lhan the government Unifarm said various studies indicate thai Ihe industry could afford an increase of up lo 50 cents a barrel on the price o( crude oil and slill be competi- tive. The hearing ends loday. Seen and heard About town rTFY police Sergeant Ray Maniocli saying he is such a bad horseman tliat he can't even ride a saw horse Belly Skura watching more than her share of cadet inspections. Last week il was the army cadets and brother Fred and Ihen last night the cadets and brother Ed, Mystery surrounds hijacking I'roni AP-KEUTErt BLANTYME, Malawi (CP1 All five passengers and four crew members aboard a hij.-ok- ed South African Airways Boe- ing 727 nl C'liilcka airport here have been released, the airhne announced today. Earlier reports said the pilot and three passengers were still aboard Uic plane with the two hijackers. There was no immediate mdi- ralion of what happened to the hijackers, who seized (he plane on a flight from Salisbury, Rho- desia, to Johannesburg Wednes- day afternoon. the plane remained at the end of the runway on flat tires. Authorities confirmed t li e y were dealing with demands from Ihe hijackers. Eul Ihe hi- jackers' reason for seizing the plane was still not clear. The Malawi government has still made no statement on the presence of the plane, but this morning a roadblock was set up between Blanlyre and the air- port. Supersonic plane order announced LONDON (API British Overseas Airways Corp. or- dered five supersonic Concorde jetliners Thursday, the first firm order for one of the fastest airliners ever bnill. The planes will cost Ibr air- line million, or mil- lion, DOAC said The sale rockets Concorde, possibility Nixon stalked OTTAWA fiT'l is :nvr.--l Ih Ilial Arlinir Binncr, accused nt Presidential candiflalo (iconic. in durini: 1'ic April visil, of .An finnnl dial cimdncli'd m s-iMikcsinan niuiiiry is b lii'l'iall of oil- Iliu l-'UI." llnl no itlhci- di-lails made available. (Invermncnf officials said Iho mailer was o n t 1 r e I y 11CM1' bands in Canada, and KCM1' officers said II was an FBI in which Ihcy en '1'bc Canadian 1'res.s has a luro lal.cn by staff pliologra- I'hc-r Tim (VIx-ll which Includes a man hearing a striking resem- blance lo Bromc-r. Tbp photn ia n crowd shol on rarliament Hill taken as Mxon was addressing a joint session of rarliament April M. Tbe piclnrf an TJCMP constable and soAeral people in n crowd (.landing less thaji 100 yards Irom where rrcsidonl Nixnn entered the Parliament Buildings. If also has been learned that the U.S. secret service has n yiholofrraph which is snid lo show Rremcr. 21-year-old for- mer Mllw.inlico bnshoy, on Par- liament Hill during tin Nixon Visit. developed by the firitiph Air- craft Corp. and Aerospatiale of Trance, ahead in Hie supersonic sales slakes against Russia's Tupolev TU-H-I, its only com- jiolilor, HdAC Chairman Kcilh d'ran- said Ihn airline will lake, delivery ol the firsl Concorde early in uill fly the lucra- tive routes from Britain lo Ihe United Slates. Sonlb Alnca, Japan and Australia, be said. The sleek Della-uingcd plane can fly 12s passengers at Iwicc. the speed of miles an hour. Air 1'Ynnce is expected lo order amilhcr five1 Concordes wilbin Ihe mnnlh. The air- line now has an option on eight of Iho planes. The double srde may brim: n flow of orders, from oll'ii-r major nirlinc-S. PLXCHER CREEK (HNS) Councillor is iiij! a shmvdov.-n on the issue of w h e I h e r Councillor Oliver Haigh is or is not eligible to sit on council. Council tried fu sidestep Iho issue recently. Then Mayor Arthur Ames re- signed, saying it was clear lo him that Councillor Hajgh should leave council. Councillor Sawyer has resign- ed so he will be free lo tile a court affidavit regarding Ihe eligibility of Councillor Ilaigli lo nt on council while holding t h c hospital administrator's post. ELECTION' JULY 23 An election to fill [he two seats will be held June 23. Nomination day is May 31. Councillor Sawyer said in a prepared statement: "Because ol several sections in tho Town and Village Act. the question arose somclime ago wbelher one parlicnlar member of coun- cil is in fact sitting on council legally. "When the question was brought up lo Ihe council as a whole. II was decided lo H judicial opinion. When this was taken up with the town sol- icitors we were- lold the way lo decide this was for Ihe council- lor in question lo resign his seat within Ihrce days. "Failing this, his "seal would be declared vacanl until a judi- cial opinion ivn.s given. Ihis mnlion came to Hie lable it was defealed. "In fairness In the ccuncillor in question and lo our e.v.nayor who resigned over this vcrv same issue and in fact for the assurance of (he whole council and the ratepayers. I feel very lhal Ihis mailer should he cleared up once and for all. "Since I cannot press the matter furlher as a council member. I have decided lo re- sign my seat and seek a judiciaJ opinion as a private citizen." battle rages o SAIf.ON (APi Koi-lh Viet- nanu'se forces allaoked Konhnn City in the central highlands loday. i; 5 pianos bomlic'd tuo pnv.'cr and a major bridge in the Hanoi-Hai- phong industrial complex lor (he first lime since Hie 1365-60 bnmbin" campaign. The LSoulli Yiclnanieso com- mand said Norlh Vietnamese sappers pcnelralod into the norllmw part of KonUim and occupied purlions of a liomnn (.'alholir .-.oir.inaiy. a school. Ihr Thnnli orphanage and the1 homr of tin1. Tri'iu-h i.ishop of Ki-nium. MMX Paul Scil? Ulhcr V i r I n a ni c1 s r troops attacked Iho air licld al the northeastern of [bo cily and cunlrollcd a portion of il for a lime. Bnl the Saignn command said by noon Ihe Communists hail been driven oul ar.il UK field was in nicnl bands. s ;