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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta THREATENING HIGH FORECAST THURSDAY 80. e Herald ik if it VOL. LXV No. 144 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 1072 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTION 40 PAGES small EDMONTON (CP) Three Social Credit members objected in the legislature Tuesday to a proposed 50- pcr-cent salary increase for Alberta Ombudsman George McClellan. The objections came during second reading of a bill which will strengthen the role and position of the ombudsman and increase his salary lo from a year retroactive to last Jan. 1. Altorncy-fiencral Men1 Leitch said the amendments will clarify the ombudsman's right to take possession of documents within government departments, allow only the legislature to conduct an inquiry into the ombudsman's work and dear up uncertainty that ex- ists as to whether the ombudsman can be compelled to appear as a witness before such an inquiry. The change will conv.wl the ombudsman to give evidence at the inquiry, but give him the discretion of refusing an answer which in his opinion might dis- close matters of a confidential nature. First in Canada Mr. McClellan, a former RCMP commissioner, was the first ombudsman appointed in Canada in 1967. Me is to be re-appointed for a second five-year pe- riod Sept. 1. Dick Grucmvald (SC Lethbridge-WesU said he could see no reason to enhance the position of the om- budsman "because I am not convinced that we need him in the first place." Mr. Grucmvald said that if MLAs and appointed officials "do the they are supposed to do.'' and il human rights legislation now before the House really works, "that will make less cause to have an ombuds- man." He objected to giving someone 63 years old a five- year appointment because it would eliminate a job opportunity for a younger person, and criticized the proposed 50-per-cent pay increase. "Not only do we give him a 50-per-eent increase, we excuse him from paying many of the taxes of this province when he gets past the age of 65. namely (he education tax and medica! care in- surance premiums. "That, coupled with his pension, will leave him a very rich man.'' E. W. Ilinman (SC Cardston) said that vhen the office was first conceived in 1967 the function of (he ombudsman was to be one to whom the people could appeal when they thought the actions of government had been unfair. "But we have created something Mr. Ilinman said. Gone too far The legislature had gone too far in setting up the ombudsman "as the man who can save our citizens." Mr. Hinman said he is concerned because there is no appeal against a decision by the ombudsman, that nobody has a right to be heard by the ombudsman and that his salary is out of line." Gordon Taylor (SC Drumheller) agreed the om- budsman should get a salary increase but suggest- ed it should only Ire Sfi.OOO. At Mr. Taylor said, the ombudsman will be getting more than the premier of the province. The premier gels a year in addition to in indemnity and expenses as an MLA. "I just don't follow the idea that the positions in our civil service are carrying as much responsibility as does the premier of the province. "I, for one, do not go along with the suggestion lhat we should have no bounds on these salaries for top civil servants." Mr. Taylor said an office carrying a salary of a year for a five-year term "should provide an; one with an excellent standard of living." Drink sewage (gulp) project being tried out P.y STI'PHFA" SCOTT OTTAV.'A may soon be possible to drink your own The question is why would you to. Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford has several answers. The sowagu nv> cling plan could be of use in the North or in the crowded core areas of major cititcs, he paid in an ink'rview. It could be used in apartment complexes or housing aiviis sewage facilities are operating at a max- imum. II could cut. down on I he cos! of housinp. lie commenting nu a recycling system Hc.vrlop- rd with financial help from Central Morlgago and Hous- ing Corp. under which sewage can he recycled into drinkable water, making possible the frequent re-u-sc of water. The pilot, project of the system is at. Sheridan Park, near Toronto home of the Ontario Research Council. The minister in the Commons that. it. might be economically feasible lo use l.he system hy At Ibc moment, the prototype system is recycling l.'t.ram i.'allnns of Mr. Hasfurd said I ho cost is about cents ,i jijillon. II is Imped further refinement would reduce thai cost but Mr. Hasford said he is not win! ;jn rrunnmic price would be. lie- .'-aid Ihc Astern tould ;ichievt! a tfreal. saving in developing One of the major costs in housing today is the cn-l of serviced land. To Hie exlenl. that, f.'waj'.e cniild be by the .sy.slem, the cast of housing could be reduced, airport shooting ons ass Arab guerrilla s DEATH WEAPONS Israeli police officer carries two Communht-made Kalachnikov submachine guns used by three men Identified os Japanese terrorists in a bloody Israel's International Airport Tuesday night. (AP Wirephoto) attack BEIRUT (CP-AP) Arab guerrillas in south Lebanon braced today for a possible re- prisal raid by Israeli armed forces for the slaying of 22 per- sons at Tel Aviv's international airport by three Japanese gun- men hired by an Arab guerrillas organization. The gunmen had Arab code names and "travelled thousands of miles to share the struggle of the Palestine people against im- perialism and the guerrilla group that claimed re- sponsibility for the attack said. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine de- scribed the gunmen as heroes and said they were "avenging the deaths" of two Arabs killed earlier this month in an unsuc- cessful hijacking at the Tel Aviv airport. The statement did not say that the three involved in the shooting Tuesday night were Japanese. But it charged that Israeli De- fence Minister Moshe Dayan "resorted to treachery to strike down our two comrades in order to teach our revolutionaries a lesson." "But he must realize that the death of two of us only hastens the appearance of new fight- ers." RECALL ISRAELI RAID Lebanese recalled the Decem- ber. 1968. Israeli raid on Beirut airport, which was carried out after Palestinian Arabs at- tacked an Israeli airliner in Athens. Thirteen planes were destroyed in the attack. There was no immediate offi- cial Arab comment on the shooting, but the newrs was prominently displayed in news- papers here and on Arab radio stations. The Popular Front statement noted that the raid was carried out on the eve of the fifth anni- versary of the June, 1967, Arab- Israeli war and said the guerril- las' "march is continuing de- spite all difficulties." It noted that "many attempts will be made to exploit this op- eration by talking about human- itarian considerations and ex- posing people to danger. From AP-REL'TER TEL AVIV (CP) Premier Golda Meir, blasting Cairo and Beirut for told the Israeli parliament today that Arab states will be held respon- sible for Tuesday night's massa- cre at Israel's international air- port. At least 22 pei-sons were killed and more than 70 were wounded in the shooting. The 74-year-old leader, her voice trembling with anger, also censured world governments for lax airport security and said the massacre by three young Japa- nese terrorists hired by a Pales- tine Arab guerrilla movement s mar ixon's visit to Iran TEHRAN (API President Nixon flew to Poland today after a stale visit of nearly 24 hours to Iran's capital that in- cluded talks with the Shah, a glittering imperial banquet and a rash of bombings. The president and Mrs. Nixon took off for Warsaw- at a.m. were due in the Polish capital nearly three hours later. During an overnight stay in Warsaw, the president will have SALISBURY (API The Rhodesian government an- nounced today the expulsion of the British government's repre- sentative in Rhodesia, Alec Ward. ARhodesian government statement said Ward has been asked to leave Rhodesia be- cause the British government has turned down a Rhodesian government ultimatum that he would have lo leave unless Rho- desia were allowed to have a representative in London. The statement said Rhodesia had allowed Ward to operate on its territory during the survey by the commission headed by Lord Peai'ce, a judge of Brit- ain's High Court. Once the Pearce commission published its report. Rhodesia asked for representation in London on a reciprocal basis if Ward were to remain. Isler escalated by IRA From AP-REUTEK BELFAST (CP) Irish guer- rillas. smashing aside a growing peace movement, lef! a trail of Ixmib destruction across North- ern Ireland today, Five more deaths, including two British soldiers, were reported. The violence escalated a few hours after the Official wing of the Irish Republican Army Mon- day night renounced force of arms as a weapon lo bring Uls- ter under Ihc rule of the neigh- boring Republic of Ireland. The bloodshed was clearly an assertion oi power by the Provi- sional arm of the IRA, which has pledged its fight will go on. Some members of the Official IRA were reported switching to the Provisional following their Army officer was quoted by the London Daily Express as say- ing: "They are hardened gun- men who went into it for a fight. They are not going to give up now." TOLL NOW 352 The bombings and shootings which ravaged Ulster Tuesday carried the three-year death toil to 352. This year alone. 146 were known to have been killed. Two soldiers died in hospital early today, one of injuries re- ceived when a fortified security post was blown lip in Belfast, wounding four other soldiers and two civilians, none seri- ously. his first meeting and talks with the Polish Communist party boss, Edward Gierek. The bombs killed one Iranian woman and broke both legs of a U.S. Air Force general, and one exploded near a royal tomb be- fore Nixon got there to place a wreath. But White House press 1111 secretary Ronald Ziegler said there was "no indication what- 3LJ a soever" lhat Ihe acts were aimed at the life of the presi- liOWll IO dent or members of bis party." The Iranian police blamed the bombs on local Marxist guerril. las who have been waging a bomb-and-bullet campaign against the Shah's regime for two years. Iraqi broadcasts from Baghdad have been urging them to disrupt Nixon's visit. Nixon's trip to the tomb of Reza Shah, the father of Iran's present ruler, was delayed 45 minutes by the bomb that ex- ploded jus't outside the 10-foot wall around the tomb. The bomb did little damage, and Nixon appeared unruffled as he placed a wreath on the tomb. BROUGHT HIS CAR The president travelled in his bulletproof, bomb-resistant lim- ousine brought from Washing- Ion, and police detachments lined his route wherever he wcnl. BENSON, England (API The body of the Duke of Wind- sor was flown today to England from Paris where the former king died Sunday after 36 years of virtual exile. Senior officers of the RAF ac- companied the coffin during the 55-minute flight to Benson RAF base. The Duchess of Windsor did not accompany the body of her 77-year-old husband who abdi- cated as King Edward VIII in 1936 in order to marry her. She has been suffering from strain and is expected to remain in Paris until Friday, when she will (ravel to London as a guest of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. the Provisional following their _ proposes tww crown land sale legislation to have made the move in Lon- donderry. An unnamed senior British Seon and heard About town XGUC'AN ministor linn lluiil mul S n 1 vfilion Army Hem Itiilrlior Iwn "lions" ;i Purlin hc.T'fl she finim; 1't (i-il ;i nintcry l.n ITIICW (.trnn and raul mnro nionn- in.u Ilian v.liile liclp- ini: lo nunc ;i piinio up four of EDMONTON The Al- berta government intends to in- troduce legislation prohibiting Ihe sale of Crown land to non- Canadians, Alan Wan-nek, min- ister of lands and forests, said Tuesday night. Dr. Warr.-ick said in an inter- view outside the legislature he would introduce the bill as soon as it is printed. It would give Alberlans prior- ity in land sales and it fulfils a promise made by premier Polrr Loiighood during the campaign leading up lo the provincial election last Aug. 30. At the same time, War- rack said, he wants Ihc lure's committee on foreign mmership fo cMiniinc the ontii'f Issue of Alberta land owned by foreigners, primarily United Slatos citizens. I-lc said he knew nothing of a report allegedly prepared for the former Social Crcdil. ndmir1- Nixnu lo n WASHINGTON (API Con- gressional leaders announced today President Nixon will ad- dress a joint session of Congress Thursday nigh I. immediately after his relurn from his trip lo Moscow. The address is scheduled for p.m. EOT. GOLDA MEIH Wasls Cairo and Beirut could "easily have been pre- vented." France, on whose national air- line the gunmen arrived, con- demned the teiTor attack by the sub-machine-gun-firing and grenade-wielding Japanese. But the government shot back a sharp retort, lo Mrs. Meir's comments on security. "The French government can only express its surprise at cer- tain official Israeli government spokesman Jean Philippe Lecat said after a cabi- net meeting in Paris. Travellers, relatives, bystand- ers and employees at the crowded airport were hit in the wild fusillade of gunfire and ex- plosions loosed by three gunmen who disembarked from a Paris- Rome-Tel Aviv flight, pulled weapons from their baggage and started shooting. In Beirut, the Populat Front for the Liberation of Palestine denied that the three Japanese of whom died after the hired guns. But Ihe surviving terrorist was quoted as saying he did it for money. Front sources spoke of them as "Japanese comrades" and said Arab elements belonging to the PFLP had taken part in the ail-port operations from inside Israel. An Israeli official described the tragedy as a "massacre of the innocents." Among the dead were 13 Christian pilgrims from Puerto Rico on their way to the holy- city of Jerusal'Tn and a top Is- raeli scientist. Two of the gunmen died in (lie attack, one apparently a suicide by his own grenade, the other killed by a companion. The third was captured. The attackers snatched Rus- sian-made Kalachinkov assault rifles and grenades from suit- cases as their baggage arrived by conveyor belt in the hall packed with bvlwecn 200 and oOO persons. In seconds the hall was a scene of carnage as the gunmen rushed to various assault posi- tions, indiscriminately spraying passengers and waiting rela- tives and friends with gunfire and hurling their grenades. Bodies, dismembered limbs, blood and broken glass splat- tered the floor, the groans of the dying drowned out by screams and the roar of explod- ing grenades. The floor of the morgue was wet with blood and seven of the bodies at Sheba Hospital were blasted by grenade bursts be- yond any normal recognition. Two of Ihc victims died on tire operating table. Some of the faces were frozen in open-eyed horror. Most of them looked burned, indicating the terrorist killers may have used phosphorous grenades. The gunmen arrived aboard an Air France plane from Home. One apparently commit- ted suicide by blowing his head off with a grenade and the other was cut down by a companion's bullets. The third was captured and lold his interrogators he was a member of the extreme left- wing Japanese organization The Red Army. The Japanese foreign minis- try in Tokyo gave their names as Daisuke Namba, 22, Jiri Sugisaki, 2.1. and Ken Torio. 23, based on information provided by the Japanese embassy in Tel Aviv. In Beirut. Lebanon, the Popu- lar Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack. Eyewitnesses to the attack said" the floor of the customs hall was scattered with the limbs of dismembered bodies, pools of blood coagulated on the marble paving stones, shattered glass and broken doors lay ev- erywhere. There was total panic and confusion as people rushed around in all directions, some crying, some shouting hysteri- cally, others too stunned lo utter a sound. The attack caused deep shock throughout the country and had grave implications, since it did not involve. Arab guerrillas alone. KERKMEOS. P..C. iCPi More I'.'iO workers, most of them volunteers, la- bored furiously for CO hours on and only just man- r.ged to hold hack flood waters from sweeping through Kerc- in southern British Col- umbia. The worst was expected ei- ther today, vhen the water was istration by nn Edmonton con- sullant. The report, prepared in 1371. showed that at least 41! square miles of Alberta were bought hy U.S. residents in Social Credit Leader Harry Strom, premier until his party was upset hy the Progressive Conservatives in the election, said he had never ordered a rcporl "as such." "I called for a cursory exami- he said, adding that Ihe information he received did not. indicate any major problem. The Saskatchewan g o v e r n- ment hns inlroduced similar legislation restricting land sales but il hns been stalled ponding committee study. 'You can minn out lion'. expected to rise another eight to' !2 Inches, or on Thursday when a further increase was forecast. Temperatures close ti f1 degrees Tuesday for the third day in a row brought wa- ters spilling off the high moun- tains surrounding the Simiika- koen valley. Flood officials said they didn't know if Ihc hadly-dam- ngcd dike-: could hold out much longer, even Ihough thousands of ions of gravel and sandbags were used to shore up the Flooding threatens Ihc nv.mities of Cawston to Ihc cast and Ilr-dley and Princeton to I ho All arc located on or near the Similkameon, which is joined hy the Tulamccn River at Princeton. Dozens of smaller waterways in the area about miles of Vancouver are also in flood. KV.UTATF.n A number of reside-Is on ti-.o outskirts of Hcdley worn evacuated late Tuesday when a swollen creek threatened their homes. About :iO residents of tlh' area ami ;ibont 17 Kcreme'is homes uero evacuated. ;