Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL. LXVI No. 144 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, MAY 31, 1973 PRICE: TEN CENT? THREE SECTIONS 34 PAGES Air Canada braces for strike action MONTREAL (CP) Air Can- ada machinists across Canada have voted to reject the latest company contract offer and in favor of a strike, it was an- nounced today. No strike date was set. The machinists may strike le- gally Friday. The federal labor department earlier in the day appointed a mediator in the dispute but a department official said later this does not interfere with the machinists' legal right to strilie Friday. The International Association of Machinists, representing the 6.900 workers involved, released here the results of the national strike ballot held earlier this week. The union also scheduled a news conference for a.m. Friday. Meanwhile, Roy A. Gallag- her, a Winnipeg lawyer, has been appointed mediator in the dispute, the federal labor de- partment announced today. BAWDEN CRITICAL In the Commons Wednesday Peter Bawden (PC Calgary South) criticized Air Canada Laughing jiwtter Five-year-old gelding Bellavista Prince ob- viously enjoys the 10-minute swim allowed daily at Cronham Training Farms in Langley, B.C., near Vancouver. Owner M. R. Snow guides ani- mal from shore. Sentry shot Canadians Royal family under attack LONDON1 (Renter1) Britain's monarchy came under bitter left-wing attack today in the wake of the widely-publicized engagement of Princess Anne to arrrv officer Mark Phillips. The Communist daily Morning Star described press treatment of the event as "royal razzamatazz an insult to the working people of Britain sickening and revolting." Playwright and novelist Keith Waterhouse. writing in the moderate leftwing Daily Mirror, said the spec- tacle Of an expensive rojal wedding not help Prime Minister Edward Heath's bid to show he was creating a united Britain with class privilege swept aside. Lieut. Phillips. 24, son of a wealthy businessman- farmer, returned to his regiment in West Germany Wednesday night after dining with the Royal Family. The 22-year-old princess and her fiance told report- ers Wednesday a date and place had not yet been fixed for the redding, but it was expected to be in November, probably at Westminster Abbey In London or at Wind- sor, west of here. ALLOWANCE JUMPS Princess Anne is to have her allowance from the state increased from a year on her marriage, jnd this point has brought spe- cial criticism from anti-monarchists. The Morning Star editorial said British society a parasitic monarchy serving no useful pur- pose, alien to all democratic principles, maintained in ostentatious luxury, serving only the interests of the ruling class." The Morning Star has a circulation of some bat its readership is believed to be much larger since single copies are passed from hand to hand in factories. The British Communist parly itself has a membership of In another referenr .he coming royal wedding, the newspaper said there was speculation on where the princess vould live, ''but there's one thing for sure, she'll have a house while thousands remain homeless. "She'll have no mortgage worries like thousands of young couples unable to stait famines because of the burden." UNITED NATIONS (CP) Zambia told the United Nations Wednesday that a lone army sentry, fearing that a mission of sabotage against a vital water- works was under way, shot and killed two Canadians and wounded an American May 15 at the Victoria Falls power sta- tation while they were swim- ming in Zambian waters. The Zambian government is- sued a lengthy communique on the incident and planned to cir- culate it to all members of the UN. It was released by Paul J. F. Lusaka, permanent Zambian delegate to the UN who also is high commissioner to Canada, The communique said the white-minority Rhodesian gov- ernment must bear direct re- sponsibility for the deaths of the innocent Canadians because it allowed them to enter a high- tension area. It was against this backdrop of glowing tension in the re- gion, especially on the Zambezi River, that 19-year-old Christine Sinclair of Guelph, Cut. and Marjan Drijber, also 19, of Rockwood, Ont.. were killed. Earlier in Ottawa, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp tabled in the Commons a letter from Zambian Foreign Minister E. H. K. Mudenda blaming Rhodesia for the incident. But Sharp said Ottawa still wants ''an explanation that seems to accord with the facts." Sharp said a report from A. M. Leith, Canadian deputy high commissioner in Zambia, record with the public statements made by the Zam- bian authorities." Irish vote turnout good sigu BELFAST (AP) Northern Ireland administrator William Whitelaw said today the mass turnout in local government elections is a "substantial step" toward peace. Thousands of voters ignored a boycott call and threats of re- prisal by the Irish Republican Arrays Provisional wing to cast their ballots. Polling Wednesday was par- ticularly heavy in some Roman Catholic areas where the IRA is deeply entrenched. "It" shows that the people pre- fer the ballot box to the bomb." Whitelaw said. "The people have cast their votes in very large numbers. Full results in Northern Ire- land's first local government elections in six years are not expected before Friday because of the complicated form of pro- portional representation voting. Peace operation at standstill Wardens killed in jail riot PHILADELPHIA (AP) The warden and the deputy wardan at Holmesburg city prison here were stabbed to death today during a disturbance at the in- stitution, a spokesman in the prison superintendent's office said. SAIGON (CP) The four-na- tion International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) suspended all regular meetings of the chiefs of dele- gations Thursday when the commission was unable to re- solve a tightening deadlock. This means in effect that the commission comes to a com- plete standstill since no reports of investigations of truce viola- tions can be formally com- pleted. Canadian Ambassador Michel Gauvin told The Canadian Press he will assume the com- mission rotating chairmanship in June but will call no further meetings unless the deadlock over reports of alleged North Vietnamese infiltration can be resolved. The commission met for a to- tal of three hours Thursday in an attempt to break out of the wceklong stalemate. But Gau- vin said the positions of the four Hungary. Indonesia and unchanged. DIFFER ON REPORTS At issue are three reports by the Canadians and Indonesians which say that North Vietnam- ese regular forces have infil- trated South Vietnam in what the two countries say is a -viola- tion of the Paris agreement. The reports are based on inter- views with four North Vietnam- ese prisoners, two of whom Seen and heard About town WATER lovers Vaugban Ifembroff and Blaine Thacker out for a dip in the Oldman River after their canoe overturned LCI band director Jerry Pokarn- ey and members of the Green Band not learning they had won the provincial competi- tion in Banff until greeted the news by Mrs. Po- karney on their return. School board blasts medical policy By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer The Alberta Medical Associa- tion has been accused of pro- moting sexual promiscuity and boosting the rate of venereal disease through its policy on family life education in pro- vincial schools. Charges were levied against the AMA Wednesday by mem- bers of the Lethbridge separate school board. Trustees, in a letter from AMA executive director Dr. Bob Clark, were asked to sup- port a resolution no'V before Education Minister Lou Hynd- man and Health Minister Neil Crawford. The AMA resolution states: "In view of the fact that the 12 to 14-year age group is now a large percentage of the popu- lation, total family life educa- tion including contraceptive counselling be made avail- able in schools Dr. Clark said the resolution reflects concern by the AMA about teenage pregnancy. SPURS COMMENTS The letter spurred commt s from trustee Steve Vaselenak. "We're talking-about kids 12 years he said. "That's about Grade 8. You mean we'ro going to sit here and allow these people to talk about con- traception and abortion to these kids? "We're just inviting trouble. If we're going to teach these boys and girls of age 12 all about contraception, all it's go- ing to lead to is promiscuity. you what prom- iscuity leads to: venereal dis- ease. And you know what starts venereal disease, teaching con- trustee Steve Vase- lenak said. Dr. Clark, in his letter to the board, said "considerable ef- fort and resources" must be di- rected to the 12 to 24 age group "to reduce unwanted pregnan- cy and thcrnpeulic abortion." Board chairman John Boras said the AMA letter should be "received, filed and disregard- ed." He said there is no way he could support the AMA "These things are contrary to the teachings of our church. No way would I be a party to this. "If they want to talk about abortion, I'm unalterably op- posed in any way, shape or Mr. Boras said. Board members unanimously approved a motion by trustee Paul Matisz that the MIA re- quest for support, be rejected. Mr. Matisz also called for a report from curriculum direc- tor Maurice Landry on the ex- isting family life program in Lethbridge Catholic schools including areas where the pro- gram could be improved if ne- cessary. claiming its "disregard" of the "legitimate grievances of the machinists against dis- criminatory airline had provoked the strike threat. He warned that such a nation- wide strike could harm the economy. Mr. Bawden moved in the House, supported by Ken Hurl- burt (PC that Air Canada be instructed to take all steps necessary to en- sure settlement of the dispute with the 6.900 machinists in its employ. However when Speak- er Lucien Lamoureux asked if he had unanimous consent to put the motion there were shouts of "no" from the Lib- eral back benches. Members in Toronto, Winni- peg and Edmonton voted Wed- nesday to reject the latest com- pany offer. The machinists, whose last contract expired March 25, are seeking a four-day work week and a wage increase of 15 per cent in a one-year contract. The company's last offer was for a 12-per-ccnt raise over a 23-month agreement. Present rate for a two-year mechanic is an hour and the top rate is an hour. COMPANY READY An airline spokesman said Wednesday Air Canada will service to the limit or i's abiJitv" if the machinists decide to stage rotating strikes. He said Air Canada is ready (o return to the bargaining table to seek an early settle- ment of its contract dispute with the machinists. The machinists went on strike against Air Canada in 1966 for 10 days, in 1968 for six weeks, and had several weeks of rotat- ing strikes in 1970. said they infiltrated after the January ceasefire and two of whom reported entering just be- fore the truce. ICCS field teams can still carry out investigations of truce violations which are requested by either the Viet Cong or the South Vietnamese at regional levels. But the results of these will not be forwarded to the two-party Joint Military Com- mission until the ICCS am- bassadors begin meeting again. The Hungarians and Po'.es contend that investigations of infiltration ars outside the scope of the commission's man- date. The Canadians and In- donesians argue that the Paris accord makes clear provision for such investigations. Another s all possible HOUSTON (API The loss of a second battery forced the Sk> lab astronauts to reduce ac- tivity today and raised the pos- sibility one of them might take a space walk to try to free a jammed solar panel to gain ad- ditional power. Mission commander Charles Conrad urged ground con- trollers to give serious consider- ation to the space walk. The battery went dead Wednesday, draining another six per cent of the already short electrical power from the Sky- lab, which has been plagued by problems since it was launched May 14. The first battery failed even before the astronauts rock- eted up to the station eight days ago. The orbiting lab was oper- ating today on 16 remaining batteries. Mission control Wednesday night directed Conrad. Joseph Kerwin and Paul Weitz to de- lete an earth resources study from today's plans. They are to shifc to additional medical and solar observatory experiments, which require less maneuvering and power. Even these alternate ex- periments might have to be cut back to conserve electricity. lurch mulls Hutterite question EDMONTON (CP) A res- olution to extend a friendly hand to Hutterites will be con- sidered during the annual meet- ing of the Alberta conference of the United Church which begins here Friday. Rev. Philip Cline of Edmon- ton, conference president, said the resolution says the United Church in Alberta historically lias not actively sought an un- derstanding of Hutterites. The resolution will be pre- sented Sunday by Rev. James Taylor of Calgary, head of the conference's division of church in society. He suggests the church's lack of action has contributed to existing "mutu- al feelings of isolation and mis- trust in several areas of the province." The resolution calls on the conference to encourage local congregations to invite Huttcr- Uc representation on minister- ial bodies and in other ecumen- ical and inter-church activities. PLANE HIJACKERS DEMAND ORANJESTAD. Aruba (CP) The hijackers of a Colombian airliner today dropped their de- mands for the release of 140 leftist prisoners here but raised their money ransom from OC? to The four-engine turboprop Electra on the ground at this Dutch sland in the Carib- bean north of Venezuela. The aircraft took off from here before dawn today with the two masked hijackers and their hostages for Lima. Peru, but it was forced to retum to Aruba because the engines' oil ran low. The hijackers then allowed 33 women and children to leave the aircraft at Princess Beatrix airport for food and medical at- tention. That left 56 passengers and crew members remaining on board with the hijackers. The plane was seized in Co- lombia Wednesday by the hi- jackers armed with sub-ma- chine-guns. Earlier today. Colombian gov- ernment refused the hijackers demands for in cash and safe conduct out of Co- lombia for 140 leftists. They had threatened to blow up the plane and all aboard if the demands were not met. AIRLINE WOULD PAY The airline. SAM, agreed to pay the money, but the Colom- bian government said that to comply with the hijackers' de- mands "would imply the total breakdown of the country's le- gal regime." The hijackers seized the plane during a domestic flight from Cali in western Colombia to Me- dellin Wednesday afternoon. They set 9 p.m. as their dead- line" but let it pass without car- rying out their threat. France opposes U.S. troop cut REYKJAVIK, Iceland President Pompidou of France told President Nixon of the United States today there would be "great danger" in any unilateral cutback of the U.S.'s military force in Europe. In the first session of the French-U.S. sum.nit conference the two leaders discussed prob- lems confronting the North At- 1 a n I i c Treaty Organization Their exchanges were "very useful and a French spokesman said after the meeting which ran on 30 minutes beyond its sched- uled span. Their foreign and finance ministers met separately on the more practical and technical problems that divide the U.S. and France. Secretary of State William P. Rogers the U.S. and Foreign Minister Michel Jobert of France examined the tense situ- ation in the Mideast, in Viet- nam where a frail peace settle- ment is barely hanging together and in Cambodia where fighting persists. On each of these issues there were gaps between the two sides. On the money, trade and eco- nomic front U.S. Treasury Sec- retary George P. Shultz and Fi- nance Minister Valery Giscard d'Estaing of France discussed ways in which key governments can act to help restore a stable world monetary system. Here, too, U.S. and French ideas dif- fered. Ronald L. Ziegler. White House press secretary, told re- porters the emphasis in the first presidential exchanges was on "the evolution in the future of the Atlantic alliance." Henry A. Kissinger, Nixon's adviser o n national security affairs, sat in on the meeting. WANTS U.S. TROOPS In discussion of the future of the transatlantic partnership, Pompidou, according to his spokesman, insisted on ''the ex- traordinary imnortance of the presence of U.S. troops in Eu- rope and on the great danger of a unilateral reduction of these troops." His meaning, on the basis of k n o w n French positions, seemed clear. France would re- sist any U.S. move to bargain defence concessions to the Eu- ropean allies for economic con- cessions. The Nixon administration has disavowed any such intention. The Frerch, nevertheless, suspect deais of this kind could result from a U.S. proposal for linking negotiations on transat- lantic political, defence and eco- nomic subjects. The French leader also had in mind the current conference in Vienna on East-West force cuts. France has stayed out of these talks. Extortion attempt hushed TORONTO (CP) jlice said Wednesday they did not make public an extortion at- tempt last month on Richard Murray Thomson, president of the Toronto Dominion Bank, for fear the publicity might spawn similar attempts on other bank officials. Staff Supt. Adolphus Payne of the Metropolitan Toronto Police said Mr. Thomson's wife. Heather, and their two-year-old son were tied to chairs at their home April 15 for more than 15 minutes. But Supt. Payne said the armed man's attempt to get money from the bank was frus- trated because Mr. Thomson was in Winnipeg on business. He said that after the man left, Mrs. Thomson dialed the tele- phone with her tongue for help although she was blindfolded. Nurses picket CALGARY (CP) City hall operations were partly shut down today as public health nurses went on strike for high- er wages and set up picket lines. 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