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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 25, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNKT FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY 60-65. VOL. LXV NO. ins Newspaper ban draws By PAUL JACKSON Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Two members of Parliament, both for- mer journalists, say they are not unduly concerned about a new federal government bill that would 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 St. Pierre (Lib Coast ChilcoUn) had not heard about the amendment when first questioned. However, he said at first glance it appeared as if il 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 day 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, (lie amendments will baa any paper from publishing political advertisements on election day and on the day before the 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 penalty on summary conviction is a fine not exceeding Mather said he is in favor of banning advertise- ments because this will aid smaller political parlies, 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 parties can mount can put other parties at a disadvantage. Of the banning of partisan political comment for 48 hours, Mather said he favor? this on election day itself all deserve one day off after the cam- paign, don't But he is against the ban on the day prior to a federal election or byelection. St. Pierre, Parliamentary secretary to External Af- fairs Minister MHcteTl Sharp, thought the amendment not distasteful, but he 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, after the election the opponent can sue the other person for libel, if it is possible, but per- haps the other candidate has now won the scat and site in The two MPs expressed doubts 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. Me said I here would certainly be disputes about -.vhcther a story actually broke the proposed law or was, in fact, written without any partisan political ob- jective. SI. Pierre suggested the complexity involved in a case involving a weekly publication which "normally published on election day or the day before. ridge Herald if -k LJiTllBKIUGK, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MAY 25, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS THHKE PAGES LINKUP PLANNED This NASA illustration shows haw, by 1975, a U.S. Apollo spacecraft, and a Soviet Soyuz will link up in space under on agreement signed in Moscow by President Nixon and Soviet leaders. The connection is possible by using a Docking Module between the crafts. The Docking Module is the area with the two pro- trusions, which represent tanks for pressurization. {NASA Photo) seas pac JL From REITER-AP MOSCOW (AP) President Nixon tind Russian leaders, pushing to'.vnrd thn heralded arms curb climax of their Mos- cow sun1 mit talks, pave formal approval today to the fifth U.S.- Sovict accord signed in three days. The latest agreement is de- signed lo insure against danger- ous confrontations between U.S. and Soviet warships, which fre- auenily shadow each other on the hifh seas. Signing the document were John Warner, U.S. secretary of the navy, mid Admiral Sergei Gorshkov. commander in chief of the Russian navy and deputy defence minister. Nixon and lop Soviet leaders had wrapped up another round of summit (silks about, an hour before (he 5 p.m. EDT signing. T h c y have been conferring quietly about long-range Euro- pcc'ii Asian issues dividing their countries, as well as about such topics as limitations on strategic arms. USK MOKK SIGNALS The naval agreement docs not affect, merchant ships or fishing vessels but only ships and air- craf I rtf t lie t wn counl ries' armrd forces. Under provisions, military commanders must make in- creased use of signals, refrain from making simulated attatv.s and use greater caution ar.d pnr'cnce in approaching mili- tary units country. Regarded as particularly sig- nificant was a directive that naval ships and planes keep "well clear" o[ aircraft carriers that are launching or recovering planes. Representatives of (he two na- vies are to meet at least once a year to consult on implementing the agreement. Wednesday night, Nixon and Kozygin signed an agreement that foresees a space rendez- vous between three American astronauts and three Soviet cosmonaut.; on June 15, 1975. It slso foresees dockings of Soviet and American craft. Wlu'tc House press secretary Ronald Ziegler told reporters the discussion Wednesday night centred on international mat- ters, and he indicated Vietnam was among the topics. On Friday, if all goes well, a two part agreement limiting the deployment of strategic of- fensive and defensive nuclear weapons will be signed. Welfare payments Radar system prevents collisions Eaton enters new i iiei YORK (AP) An experimental automobile radar system designed to prevent rear-cud or ''tail- gjjtin.u" collisions was announced today by RCA. The radar, mounted on the front, of a car, tracks I he ahead on the highway or in heavy traffic, recording distance apart and speed. When the separation between the cars is too small fur the speed, radar flashes a light and sounds a warning for the driver. "The radar ranks among Ihe most promising elec- tronic developments yet achieved in the area of high- way said Dr. Kerns II. Powers, director of the Communications Research Laboratory at RCA Lab- oralories, Princeton, N..I. Kvcnlually, RCA engineers said, the system's data circuits could be designed (o feed signals I" equipment Hint would automatically control tho Ihvot'lr and brakes. Thr Mir IK.'A nf preventing cars from running off highways into gcrous objects such as bridges. RCA said the radnr requires further testing hut. exports it could be mass produced within five years at a cost, to the consumer of to a car. The system requires a special reflector mounted nn every vehicle vhorc the rear licence pinto is now. The key lo tin1- system is the ahilily of the reflector to double Ihe frequency of the nirlar signal before re- liirning il. Tbr radar Iransmilter-rceeiver rends only lo the doubled frequency. This interference from the reflections nlher objects produce, and would prevent approaching cars from "blinding" each other's radar. The v, aruing devices an> Inhered when a car I Is HuMT lo anoliier than one car length for each ID miles of speed. This formula could bo varied. TORONTO (CPi T. Eaton Co. Ltd. has announced it is moving ind.) (he 'ii.'-emmt More field with plans ;i chain of stores a new name. C. Butler. Kalcm president, said in ;i sink-men! thai tho firs! store will he opened this year in Toronto and there are immediate plans for others here and in London, Out. the Horizon stores will con- sent rr.fe on fast-moving lines of merchandise and so he ablo lo offer shoppers unusually good Ihe Malcmop.t said. Mr. Hutler also said the com- pany has plans to open new Mores nrxi year. These will he located in narlmonlh, N S SlKTbrnnko. ijue., Montreal, 01. tawa, Toronto. St. Catharines, Out., and Hamilton. OTTAWA (CP) Provincial governments have been asked not. to penalize welfare recipi- ents for getting higher federal family allowances, Health Min- ister John Munro said Wednes- day- The federal government has (old provinces it hoped Hie higher allowances would not be deducted "dollar for dollar'1 from welfare payments. Mr. Munro told the Commons health committee. And, lie said, he believes most provinces will not lower welfare payments to families who will get higher federal family allow- ances when the planned new family n 11 o w n n c e program comes inlo effect. The federal government, can cnly ask. however, since the provinces hove power to do so, lie said. New Democrat Grace Mac- Innis (Vancouver Kingswayt said she is concerned the Brit- ish Columbia government would lower its welfare payments to families gelling higher family allowances. Conservative MPs, however, concentrated their concern on tho upper-income, families who would lose all or par! of their family allowances under the, new plan Under Uir plan, Ihe amount of benefits declines as family in- come rises. For a one-child 66 persons die in port fire JAKARTA (AP) Sixty-sis persons were killed and 32 ships flrMroyed in a fire that, swept through Jakarta's main harbor area Wednesday, police re- ported. Fairness o tax questi family, maximum benefits are paid if income is or less, and the payments decline by 33 cents a month for eacli addi- tional S100 of income. For eacli other child, the in- come level for maximum pay- ments rises Thus a two- child family would get full bene- fits at a four-child family at S6.000, and a six-child family al The monthly payment is for children 12 and under and S20 for children 13 to 18. Mr. Munro said that under the new plan 1-25 million families would get maximum benefits and be better off than under the present system, families would get partial payments and be better off. 585.000 families would KO! partial payments and be worse off, and one million families would have no pay- ments at all. He said officials need five or six monlhs to prepare to put the new plan into effect and it would probably not begin until 1973. By WALTER KKEVENCHUK 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 Drayton Valley said the tax could set off a chain reaction that would have an "immeasurable 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 Pem- bina oil field 75 miles west 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 of. Drayton Valley's people are dependent on the oil indus- try'. QUESTIONS FAIRNESS In its brief to a committee of the whole legislature, the town questioned whether Uie 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 target hi industry briefs, with company spokes- men claiming the industry shouldn't be the main source of the increased revenues the gov- ernment wants. The Independent Petroleum Association of Canada said a re- tail sales tax would be a more equitable way to raise revenues. Union Oil Co. of Canada Ltd. said that instead of placing ex- tra-ordinary demands on one in- dustrv, "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 million to million in 1973, would boost the province's share to 35 from 31 per cent. Bomb found at Calvary shop centre CALGARY (CP) A bomb was found on the floor of a telephone booth in a city shop- ping centre Wednesday night. The explosive was taken to a nearby Canadian Forces Base and detonated. Police said it was similar to those used in armed forces training exercises. Their inves- tigation was continuing. Nine other petroleum Petrofina Canada, BP Oil and Gas, Blue-Mount Resources, Ballinderry Explorations, Pal- liser Petroleum. Bergen Re- sources, Canus Petroleum and Pacific the tax increase could seriously af- fect further development in the province. Stan Milner, president of the 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 36.000 Al- berta farmers, which followed the line taken by the New Dem- ocratic Party and the Alberta Federation of Labor that the in- dustry can easily afford even more than the government wants. Unifarm said various studies indicate that the industry could afford an increase of up to 50 cents a barrel on the price of cnide oil and still be competi- tive. The hearing ends today. Seen ond heard About town flTY police Sergeant Ray Manioch saying he is such a bad horseman that he can't even ride a saw horse Betty Skura watching more than her .share of cadet inspections. Last week it was the army cadets and brother JYed and then last night the Navy cadets and brother Ed, Mystery surrounds In jacking From AP-REUTER ELANTYRE, Malawi (CP) All five passengers and four crew members aboard a hijack- ed South African Airways Boe- ing 727 at Chilcka airport here have been released, the airline announced today. Earlier reports said the pilot and three passengers were still aboard the plane with the two hijackers. There was no immediate indi- cation of what happened to the hijackers, who seized the piano 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 h e y were dealing with demands from (be hijackers. But the 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 Blantyre 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 over bnill. The planes will cost Mir air- line million, or mil- lion, BOAC said. The sale rockets Concorde, Probe possibility Nixon stalked OTTAWA HT) The liClll1 is Baling Ihe possibility fhal Arthur Bremfr, accused of shonlmg Presidential candidato (ioorge Wallace, was in Otlawa during the April KMf> visit, of President Nixon. finned that ".in inquiry is being conducted on bo-hall of Lint FBI." Kill no other details worn being made available. Government officials said Iho matter was entirely within liCMP bands in Canada, and IxCMP officers said if was an FBI investigation in which Ilioy wore en The Canadian has a pic- turo lakcu by staff pliologru- pher Tim O'fx'lt which includes a man bearing a striking resem- blance lo Brcmer. The photo is a crowd shot on Parliament Hill taken as Xixon was addressing a joint, session of Parliament April M. picture shows an RCMP constable and several people in n crowd (.landing less than 100 yards from where President Nixon entered the Parliament Buildings. It also has been learned that the U.S. secret service has a photograph which is said to show Bromer. 21-year-old for- mer Mihvaiikeo bnshoy, on Par- liament Hill during the Nixon Visit. developed by the British Air- craft Corp. and Aerospatiale of France, ahead in Ibe supersonic sales stakes against Russia's Tupolev TU-H-I, its only coin- pet iI or. HOAC Chairman (iraiv ville said the airline will take. delivery of tiie first, Concorde early in The planes will fly the lucra- tive routes from Britain to the Vniled States, South Africa, Japan and Australia, he said. The sleek IVlta-wingcd plane. can fly 128 passengers at Iwice. the speed of miles an hour. Air Franco is expected to order another five Concordes wilhin the next month. The air- line now has nn option on eight of the planes. The double sale may briar, n flow of orders from other major mrlincs. PI.NX'HER CREEK (HNS) Councillor Brad Sa'.vyer is forc- ing a showdown on the issue of w h e t h e r Councillor Oliver Haigh is or is not eligible to sit on council. Coinici! tried to sidestep tho issue recently. Then llayor Arthur Ames re- signed, saying it was clear to him that Councillor Haigh should leave council. Councillor Sawyer has resign- ed so he will be free to file a court affidavit regarding tho eligibility of Councillor Haigh lo sit on council while holding t h c hospital administrator's post. ELECTION' ON JL'l.Y 25 An election to fill the two seats will be held .June 23, Nomination day is May 31. Councillor Sawyer said in 3 prepared statement: "Because of several sections in the Town and Village Act, the question arose sometime ago whether one particular member of coun- cil is in fact sitting on council legally. "When Ihe question was brought up to (lie council as a whole, it decided to seek a judicial opinion. When this was taken up with the town sol- icitors we were told the way to decide this was for the council- lor in question to resign his seat within three days. "Failing this, his seat would be declared vacant until a judi- cial opinion was given. "When this motion came to the table it was defeated. "In fairness lo the ccuncillor in question and lo our ex-mayor who resigned over this very same issue and in fact for the assurance of the whole council and the ratepayers. I feel very strongly that this matter should be cleared up once and for all. "Since I cannot press the matter further as a council member. I have decided to re- sign my seat and seek a judiciaJ opinion as a private citizen." SAIGON (API Norlh Viet- namese forces attacked Kontiun City in Hie central highlands today, while U.S. pianos bombed tuo power planis and a major bridge in the Hanoi-Hai- phong industrial complex for the first time since Hie 1365-68 bombing campaign. The South Vietnamese com- mand said Norlh Vietnamese sappers penetrated the northwest part of Kontum and occupied portions of a Koman'iry. a school, the Thnnh orphanage and the1 homo of the I'Yench hishop of Kontum. Msgr. Paul Soil? Uthcr North V i r I n a m e ,s r troops attacked the air field at the northeastern edge of the city and controlled a portion of it for a time. But the Saigon command said by noon the Communists had hoon driven out ar.d the. field was in govern- ment hands. ;