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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Saturday, May 26, 1973 New regulations needed for handling bodies EDMONTON (CP> Exist- ing standards of handling bod- ies in Alberta must be changed because they are not up to the standards ''expected by mod- ern society." the Alberta Hos- pital Services Commission said Friday in its report on the han- dling last month of a Metis child. The body of Belinda Many- bears, three month old child who died in an ambulance while on a 230-mile drive from Slave Lake to Edmonton, was returned to her family in a cardboard bos. The commission, directed by the federal government to in- vestigate the proceedings, said the services of an undertaker should be required under law after a post-mortem has been performed, before a body is re- leased to relatives for burial. It may be necessary to con- sider racial and religious be- liefs of groups or organizations that might object to the use of undertakers, said the report. The commission found that persons responsible for han- dling the child's dead body act- ed in accordance with existing provincial standards, but that standards must bs changed. Neil Crawford, health and so- cial development minister, said in a news release that the gov- ernment would act quickly on the commission's findings. The provincial health board will be marie responsible for recom- mending rule changes that can be implemented as soon as they are prepared. He said that once regu- lations are in force, fines of up to will be imposed for violations. The commission was asked to determine whether "existing standards of conduct in the province of Alberta confirm with a contemporary sense of propriety and respect for the deceased." The issue arose after the case of the Manybears body was re- vealed in the legislature this spring. It was the second case in six months of bodies being shipped home in cardboard boxes. Both involved Indian children from northern Alber- ta. Belinda Manybears was be- ing taken to the Royal Alex- andra Hospital for emergency treatment when she died. She had been suffering from shigel- la. a form of dysentery. Provincial coroner Dr. M. M. Cantor said he ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death. The parents were not BLOCK TWO TOP for APRSL, 1973 NOY BARNABY 327-6683 "SUCCESS THRU SERVICE" Phone 328-2356 1240 3rd Ave. S. STU SHORTT 327-4142 NATIONAL REAL ESTATE SERVICE EINAR BRENDA MARLENE STOKKE DAWLEY PAUL 328-4352 328-0309 328-1459 B1U WARREM JOHN IAZARUK LYCKMAN PIETRAMALA 328-7402 327-1472 328-2573 1 PEGGY ROELOFS 327-5892 TIM GRISAK 328-2266 JIM CICON 327-0476 JAKe TAMS 328-6522 LES MARTIN 328-2464 TED ADNITT 327-1384 CAROL LEAH LORAN 756-3447 Stirling LAWRENCE SMITH 328-797C BLOCK BROS. Open 9 to 9 Guaranteed home trade Canada Wide I Service Complete Financing Interest Loans Home N.R.S. Catalogue Realtor Phone 328-2356 N.R.S-M.L.S. informed that an autopsy would be performed, he said. The cause of death was not revealed. Later, Lillian Manybears sent an ambulance to Edmon- ton from Slave Lake to pick up the body of the baby. The driver brought the body back to Slave Lake in the box. It was opened because the lo- cal tradition is to display the body for three days on the din- ing room table before burial. Mrs. Manybears, 29, said she tried to reach the Indian af- fairs department to see about a coffin before the ambulance left for Edmonton but could not reach anyone. It was Easter Monday. The department is authorized to pay complete costs of the undertaker's services, the cof- fin and the burial, if requested to do so by a registered In- dian. Mrs. Manybears is a reg- istered Indian and the child is a Metis. U.S. radical movements liome-growii NEW YORK (Reuter) The Times says Central Intelligence Agency reports in 1969 and 1970 indicated no link between for- eign governments and United States protest movements, but that the findings were rejected by high-level White House aides who were convinced otherwise. Quoting White House and in- telligence sources, The Times says that in late 1970, these same White House aides ar- ranged for 35 FBI agents to open overseas offices in 20 countries. At the time, the Nixon admin- istration believed foreign gov- ernments were supplying under- cover agents and funds to radi- cals and Black Panther groups. The Times quotes an official who said CIA's analyses showed "the radical movements were home-grown, indigenous respon- ses to perceived grievances anH problems that had been growing for and that "the radi- cals were clean." Romance over Desi Arnaz, Jr., Is in a contemplative mood be- tween scenes on a movie location set in Los Ange- les after learning that singer Liza Minnelli told a London news conference that their engagement is over and that she's in love with comedian Peter Sell- win top awards CANNES, France News Captain J.OO News Our Lives Dinah's Place Three on a Dating Garni Split Second Bewitched Password Kangaroo News Ntwt ;