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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SUNNY FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 35-10 The lethbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 275 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1970 PJUCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 FAflliS FLQ Suspects Howl Abuse At Judge By PIERRE VENIOT MONTREAL (CP) Mr. Justice Ignacc-J. Jeslairriers kepi his cool Thursday amid wild out- bursts of slogan-shouting and profanity from the five persons he sent to trial on charges involving the out- lawed Front de Liberation du Quebec. But 19 other persons were quiet when remanded without bail for trial in January. Mr. Justice Dcslauriers calmly listened as Pierre Vallieres, Charles Gagnon, Robert Lemieux, Jacques Lanie-Langlois and Michel Cliarlrand spoke in Court of Queen's Bench. They are charged with having conspired seditious- ly between January, 1968, and last Oct. 16 to change the Canadian and Quebec governments by force and with being members of the FLQ. None entered pleas. Seeks Explanation Lemieav, a lawyer who acted as negotiator for the FLQ in futile three-day talks for the possiUle release of two kidnapped hostages, said: "I want to know of what act, of what omission I am accused. "If you reject the motion, you should be ashamed of yourself." He said it was wrong to try the five in the court- room in headquarters of Quebec Provincial Police in- stead of Sessions Court. "You're not the judge who sits this Lemieux said. II was "an exceptional court." "It's such a stupid charge, so said Gagnon, who screamed at times Bud described Pre- mier Robert Bourassa and Prime Minister Trudeau as "our gods of unemployment, our- gods of colonialism." "The only goal of these charges is to keep guys la jail the guys who now make up the opposition in Quebec." Charged with making seditious statements Oct. 15 when he allegedly said the use of dynamite and arms are the only way to light the government, Vallieres said: "I won't pleail to farces like that." Raises Fist As Vallicvcs walked out tire prisoner's dock, he raised his right fist and shouted: "Long live Free Quebec: We win, no matter nbal dirty SOBs try io crush us." Larue-Langlois, with'a goatee and moustache, turn- ed to the justice and battery of lasers and said: "You're all going to have martinis tonight and play with your wives. Enjoy yourselves." Chartrand, president of the Montreal council o( Ihe Confederation of National Trade Unions, said he is not a member of the FLQ. "I can't be a he said to laughing in the courtroom. "There's no membership card. They know god- dam well that I never was a member." The moustached Cliarlrand said he has been a union activist since 1932 and wanted lo know whether the charge dates back to then. In his years of fighting "to change the Chartrand said, "I said less than Diefenbaker said, thaa Duplessis said." He was referring to John Diefenbaker, former Ca- nadian prime rcinister, and the late Quebec premier Maurice Duplessis, "I always took democratic means." Larue-Langlois said: "When did we commit this set ot sedition. You judges are behaving like, im- beciles." Pilot Liquor Rule Imposed WASHINGTON (AP) The Federal Aviation Ad- ministration announced today a new rule prohibiting all civilian pilots and other flight crew members from using alcohol eight hours before a flight. The ban on consumption of intoxicating liquor by any person acting as Ihe crew member of a civil aircraft will go into effect Dec. 5. It was requested by the Aircraft Cullers and Pilots Association last January, and was proposed tentatively by tire FAA June 3. 11 docs not affect the more stringent rules of U.S. airlines, which prohibit their pilots and other flight crews from alcohol use for much longer periods, as as during, a flight. "The eight-hour alcohol rule was devised to dis- courage pilots from drinking alcoholic beverages prior to said Transportation Secretary John Volpe. FAA Administrator John Schaffer said the eight- hour no-alcohol period before a flight is the rock- bottom amount of time permissible without jeopardiz- ing safely, Shaffer said one reason for pulling the ban into r.ffcct at this time was lo improve safely ill view of Ihe large volume of light planes flying lo and from ski resorts. Regulations in Canada are that "no person shall fly or attempt In fly as a flight crew member while his ability to do so is impaired by alcohol or drugs." A transport department spokesman said he feels that the eight-hour ruling to be enacted in the Uni- ted States is almost "Tlie degree of impairment varies wilh Ilic in- dividual. will they determine whether a pilot lias hail a drink eight hours or seven hours and 50 min- utes Ireforo flying." Uneasy Calm Exists By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Uneasy calm prevailed along the Suez canal today as Egypt, Israel and Jordan extended the 90-day ceasefire but Arab ter- rorist bombs exploded in Tel Aviv, killing one person and wounding 34. The bombs presumably were touched off by sympathizers of the Palestine Arab guerrillas, who say they never will cease attacks on Israel until their land is restored. The bombs went off in the central bus station, crowded with thousands of Jews return- ing home for the Jewish Sab- bath. One bomb exploded on a bus platform and another in a trash bin about 20 minutes later. Arab suspects were rounded up. Egypt made clear that it will never approve another exten- sion of the ceasefire, which ex- pired at midnight Thursday, "under any circumstances." ACCEPT EXTENSION The semi-official newspaper Al Ahrara said Egypt had ac- cepted a 90-day extension of the truce "at the wish of the inter- national community" but that any further extension would "serve Israel's goal in turning it into a permanent ceasefire." Israeli Premier Golda Meir told a British television inter- viewer: "We hope that the longer the ceasefire lasls, the more difficult it will become for the Egyptians to begin shooting agtin." "As far as Israel is con- said Deputy Premier Yigal AUon, "the ceasefire will continue as long as Egypt avoids taking military steps against us." Jordan had announced earlier that it would continue to ob- serve a ceasefire as long as its forces were not attacked. GUNS QUIET Egyptian and Israeli forces along the Suez canal were on. the alert, but their guns re- mained quiet. The situation was also calm along die River Jordan separat- ing Israel and Jordanian forces. SEES ANOTHER IVAJ! In Beirut, Lebanon, Jordan- Ian Premier Wasfi Tell said in an interview.'loday he expects another war with Israel. Tell, who formed his cabinet Oct. 28, told the weekly maga- zine Al Hawsdeth: "I have r e p e a t e d I y an- nounced that J do nol. believe in a peaceful settlement with Israel because I understand the Israeli mentality." Eight-Bushel Wheat Quota Assured WINNIPEG (CP) Western wheat producers Thursday tfere assured of an eight-bushel quota during the current crop year by G. N. Vogel, assistant chief commissioner of the Canadian wheat board. He gave Ihe assurance when questioned by delegates at the United Grains Growers' annual meeting where he and wheat board commissioner R. L. Kirstjanson fielded questions for almost an hour. He was asked when farmers could ex- pect the delivery quota target lo be reached. "It will reach eight replied Mr. Vogel. He refused lo speculate when it may come about. Frames Banned JACQUES LAIIUE LANGLOIS Hates Courts CHARLES GAGNON Hurls Abuse MICHEL CIIAJITUAN1) Overthrow Plotter ROBERT LEMIEUX Raises Fuss 39 Persons Held In Quebec Jails MONTREAL (CP) A total of 39 men and women were held in jails across Quebec province today on charges ranging from conspiracy to overturn federal and provincial governments by force to common assault. All were arrested under the War Measures Act proclaimed Oct. 16 after Quebec authorities reported a state of "apprehended insurrection" following the kidnappings of British diplomat James "Jasper" Cross and Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte. Mr. Lnporlo was murdered Oct. 17 and a cell of the revolutionary Front de Liberation du Quebec, now outlawed by the emergency legislation, took respon- sibility for it. Mr. Cross OTTAWA (CP) Eye-glass frames containing cellulose ni- trate have been banned under new regulations announced here by Consumer Affairs Min- ister lion Dasford. Mr. Basford said in fl release tliat cellulose nitrate cannot be used in a common consumer product because of its high flammabilily. The new regulation was one of four issued under the Hazardous Products Act passed in the last parliamentary session. may still be held by an- other FLQ cell. SHORT-CUT TAKEN Largest group, totalling 26, was held in the east-end Mont- real headquarters of Quebec Provincial Police where they were arraigned Thursday and ordered for trial at the January assizes. They were arraigned under preferred indictments, sliorr- cutting the normal legal process b y eliminating preliminary iearings. No bail was allowed.L 'Twenty-four were arraigned in the windowless coroner's court of QPP headquarters under tight security. The first five to enter, most'prominent oE those' charged, screamed insults at Mr. Justice Ignnce Deslaii- riprs of Quebec Superior Court The five who objected most vociferously to the .proceedings were lawyer Robert Lemieux, labor leader Michel Chartrand, author Pierre Vallieres, former teacher Charles Gagnon and journalist Jacques Larue-Lan- glois. All 24 were charged .with hav- ing been, or having professed lo be, members of the FLQ, proclaimed are still awaiting arraignment. Receive Cross Photo Etna Belches CATAW1A, Sicily (Reuter) A mile-long stream of red-hot lava oozed Thursday from a crater on Mount Etna, Eu- rope's largest active volcano. The lava stream was between two and three yards wide and came from a crater on (he northeast side of the mountain. Meanwhile, The Gazette says police have received a photo- graph of kidnapped British dip- lomat James Cross playing cards while sitting on a box ap- parently containing explosives. "J. Cross" is hand-mitten on Italy, China Make It Official ROME (Reuler) The Ital- ian government officially an- nounced today that it has estab- lished diplomatic relations with China. The announcement was made in a joint Italian-Chinese com- munique issued by the foreign nu'nislry. The communique said that mutual recognition look effect from loday and that both coun- tries undertook to exchange am- bassadors within a period of three months. Italy will become the ninth country in Western Europe to recognize Peking. Olher West European nations recognizing China are Britain, France, The Netherlands, Switz- erland, Sweden, Norway, Den- mark and Finland. the back of the photograph, but the newspaper said it is not known whether it is a genuine signature of the diplomat, kid- napped Oct. 5. Also in the envelope was a note from the FLQ, the news- paper said. Police would not confirm ths newspaper report. A bill now before Parliament to replace the War Measures Act with a public order act would reduce the special police powers. Under the bill, deten- tion could not be extended be- yond seven days without charges. The bill was approved in principle 152 to 1 yesterday. Only David MacDonald Egmont) voted against giving second reading. Saturday Post Oil Way Back PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Saturday Evening Post, tlie queen of United States magazines until heavy losses ended its publication 22 months ago may be hack on news- stands next spring as a quar- terly publication. A Curtis Publislung Co. suokesman said (he first issue will come off the presses in April. Halloween Victim Dies DETROIT (AP) A five- year-old boy who had clung to life for three (lays after eating Halloween candy containing heroin, died today in hospital. The boy, Kevin Toston, had gone trick-or-lreating with his two brothers in Ihcir West Side neighborhood .Saturday. Hallow- een night, Ihcir mother, Ida Foster, 31, said. When they re- turned homo within hour, they sorted through Inch" candy, tlirowing away everything (hat was improperly wrapped or was open. "Kevin even threw out the ap- ples because lie thought there might be razor blades in Mrs, Foster said. Kevin ale some of his Hallow- een candy before going (o bed at II p.m. Monday and was dis- covered sweating and breathing heavily about 3 a.m., Mrs. Fos- ter said. He was laken lo hospital and never regained consciousness. A drug analysis of Kevin's Halloween candy showed traces of heroin and quinine in powder form, authorities said. "They've got to rule out Hal- Mrs. Foster said, "fl's too dangerous for Eleven other charges ranged down to common assault and illegal possession of weapons. CHARGES SERIOUS The most serious charges, conspiracy to overthrow the Quebec and Canadian govern- ments, were laid against 10 men including Lemieux, Chartrand, Vallieres, Gagnon and Larue- Langlois. Following the courtroom ses- sion, where 80 reporters were admitted after being frisked and having their credentials checked twice, Mr. Justice Des- lauiiers went down to the cells for a separate arraignment oi two more men, Marek Gut- kowski and Artlnu- Vachon. There was no explanation why the two had not appeared at the court session. Gutkowski was charged with advocating the aims of the FLQ and Vachon with being a mem- ber of the terrorist organization. Elsewhere in Quebec 13 other persons, detained under the War Measures Act, also ar- raigned. Police said 20 of the more than 400 persons detained since the emergency legislation was in jail GRIZZLED PHOT Jim Hamilton, the bush pilot who turvived 30 days in Ihe Northwest Terrilories, waved from an aircraft in La. Ronge, 140 miles norlheasi of Prince Al- where he was reunited with his family. Perpetual Leases Being Renewed OTTAWA (CP) Northern Development Minister Jean Chretien said in the Commons Friday that his department now is approving renewal of perpet- ual Leases in national parks "as an interim measure." It has been parks policy since 1958 nol to renew such leases but lo change theni into J2-year leases. However, the Supreme Court o Canada ruled recently (hat the parks branch must honor the perpetual leases. Mr. Clireu'en said the govern- Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN (JALGAllY PIANIST Con- :tcc Chdnnon Douglas, recently gave a concert of classical music, reluming In Lplhbridge unexpectedly ami performing an impromptu rc- cilal of works by the Beatles and Burt Bacharach Four-year-old Jody McKillnji. attempting lo build her first snowman of [he year her balcony Ihis morning at Jean Warhurton, whoso identification bracelet con- tains (he anVvcss of her homo in England, hoping someone will find her and send her boms. ment has yet to decide what to do about roughly 750 perpetual leases wlu'en were not renewed under the new policy. Pat M a h o n e y Calgary South) started off Ihe question- ing on what the government in- tended to do about the perpetual leases. "All applications or renewal of tha leases are being pro- ceed." Mr. Chretien Eldoon Woolliams (PC-CaJ- gary Norlh) asked about the persons who surrendered their perpetual leases "under du- ress. Mr. Cliretien replied this was "a perplexing problem that liis department is studying. He repealed that the doing away with perpetual leases had started under the Conservative government in 1958. Walter Dinsdale don-Sourisl. on a question o privilege, said the Conservative policy had been not lo make any new perpetual leases. It was not policy (hen to reuse to renew existing leas.es. Plon Pig Bowl SALT LAKE CITY (AP) The police departments of Salt Lake City and Ogdcn, Ulah, will meet in a football game Nov. 23 at Weber Slale College in Ogdcn. The game is being billed by police as Ihe PiR Bowl. OTTAWA (CP) RCMP Commissioner W. L. Higgitt said loday police have picked up the "leadership" of the Front dc Liberation du Quebec and it is only a mailer of lime before the terrorist kidnappers of James Cross and Pierre La- porte ajid tlie killers of Mr. La. porte are arretted. "One phone call could be the Commissioner Higgilt said in an interview. "One lead is all we want and it will fold like a deck of cards." He said arrests under the War Iteasures Act have "taken most ot the leadership out of circula- tion." Mi4. Cross, British trade com- missioner in Montreal, was kid- napped Oct. 5 and Mr. Laporla was abducted from his St. Lam- bert home Oct. 10. Mr. Laporle was strangled Del. 16 and his body was found in an aban- doned car early the nexL iky. ARRESTS Police hnu> nad some bad breaks in'the cases, he admitted. But arrests were "a matter of time." Progress may have been Impeded by tile fact that possi- ble informant feared the There was no justification lor "some very nasly tilings" being said about the RCMP. One criticism has been that Ihe force is weak in French- speaking officers. Commissioner Higgitt strongly denied this. Of (he 800 HCMP officers and men in Montreal, 99.2 per cent were bil- ingual and more than 70 per cent of these had French as their mother tongue. fa trie kidnap investigation it- self, 96.5 per cent of lire RCMP involved were bilingual and a heavy majority were of French descent. Commissioner Higgilt said ha is unable to confirm that assas- sination lists seized by police during the last two years are of FLQ origin hut this couldn't ba discounted. He said the RCMP has not asked any prominent Quebecers to leave Ihe province during Uio current troubles. Game Officials Kill Drunken Black Bear FLORIDA, Mass. (AP) Game officials shot and killed a 125-pound female blsck bear j'esterday after Ihe animal, ap- parently intoxicated, became dangerous. Officials said Hie intoxication may have boon caused by eating fermented ap- ples. Tlie bear and a com- panion bear were preventing a New England Power Co. crew from working in (he wooded seelion. The second bear re- lumed to Uie deep woods after its companion was sho" 'That reminds me, isn't it time I was winterised? ;