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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta VOL. LX1V Nn. 278 Canada-U.S. low point NEW YORK New York Tunes says in an editorial under the heading "Do we care about Can- ada'" that if there "is any country on earth winch the United Stales could afford to consult as a matter of settled policy it is this important neighbor." Canadian-American relations have reached the low- est point in many years. The Times says. "Canadians resent Ihe way in which they are regularly ignored or for granted by Ihe United States." These long-standing American "habits" have become more se- rious at a lime of growing nationalism everywhere. "They have become intolerable for a neighbor that is now the world's 10th largest industrial The Recalls Nixon remark Following is the text of the editorial: During a September press conference, President Nixon casually dropped an unfortunate remark that still reverberates in Canada. He had discovered that "Japan is our biggest customer in the world and we are their biggest customer in the world." In fact, Canada remains this country's biggest customer by a wide margin. In the first six months in 1971, the United States sold times as much by value to Canada as it exported to Japan. For Cana- dians. already deeply concerned about the impact of .Mr. Nixon's economic measures on their economy, the i'c-niai'h was all loo symbolic of a chronic ignorance and indifference this northern neighbor and oily. Their suspicion that nobody in Washington cares is heightened by Ihe fact that 'Mr. Nixon's 10 per-cenl surcharge could cost Canada S3 billion in a year and boost an unemployment percentage already the high- est in a decade. The president's decision to go ahead with the mas- sive nuclear test on Amchitka in the face of strong protests from the Canadian Parliament and people has in the last few days greatly intensified this rising cli- mate of resentment. Pierr Trudeau in office has always eschewed the anti-American antics that come naturally to many Ca- nadian politicians. Yet, the prime minister was moved by recent events to say of Americans: "I don't think they know much or care much really about Canada." He added lhat, if the United States intended as a per- manent policy to "beggar its Canada would be forced "a fundamental reassessment" of its whcle economy. Signal low point Such words, coupled with the Amdiitka affair, sign- ed the lowest point for many years in Canadian-Am- erican relations. Blame for this condition doubtless falls on both sides of the border; in her differences with I his country Canada is not always right. Nevertheless, in their own interest, it would be well for Americans to understand why Canada believes it merited exemp- tion from the Nixon economic actions and the threat they pose to Canadian political and economic stability. Canada "floated" its dollar a good 15 months be- fore Washington demanded currency revaluation by its trading partners and the upward revision of nearly seven per cent hit some Canadian exporters hard. Washington demands that other countries lower tariffs and other trade barriers; but Canada insists that it maintains no discriminatory trade curbs against the United States. For the last three years Canada has enjoyed a fa- vorable trade balance with Ihe United States; but prior to HW8 it traditionally ran deficits. Canadians ask whether Washington now contends that the United States must always have trade surpluses, even if one result is a continuation of Ihe buying up of Canadian enterprises with American capital exports. Apart from these arguments on economic prac- tices, Canadians resent the way in which they are regularly ignored or taken for granted by the United States These American habifs long antedate the Nixon Administration, but they become more serious at a time of growing nationalism everywhere. They have hec-nme intolerable for a neighbor that is now the v.nrld's loth largest industrial power and that ranks or in per capita international trade. These American practices are wholly unnecessary nr. as self-defeating, if there is any country on earth which Ihe United States could afford to consult as .-i mailer of settled policy it is this important neighbor. What the noises from Canada clearly indicate is that Ihc of traditional neglect is escalating dangerous- traffic i__.' device signals blind Sometime next year, an audible moulted nn traffic lights at a busy Vienna in- I ewe! urn will mean go for blind pedestrians. 'Ilie device is especially lo help those who live at Institute for ihe Blind near the crossing at Wit- Llpsbach and Boekliti Streets. Kritz, a spokes- man for the Society of the Blind, says Ihc signals bp a advantage. The crosMiv. near the institute is the only or.c for Mich signals are planned in Vi- attention In blind ;iro up near 1mm rs fir ihe blind, IIKIV IIP .-Kl'lilioml imdjblr tr.nffir riq- Ibe inMsintr u-nrk ntit ''r K.-il.'H', nil enuineer of t.hc traffic depart- decision has been reached whether In linr, or goiifis. "VuL'n Ihc li.yht lnrns lo there would ho audible signal for about 30 seconds or a minute liavo not yet. decided for how long which would mean r.o for the Kalab explained. "TuTe nut be another signal for :-l'-p. .since Ihe end of Ihr go .signal would in fact The Lethbridge Herald Lr-yj'IIBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER JO CENTS TWO SECTIONS-24 PAGES Damage minimal at Amdiitka ext nuclear blast to tap gas flow DEATH IS BEAUTIFUL Lynn Helton, 20, a victim of terminal cancer passed away Sunday at Children's Hospi- tal in Denver. Mrs. Helton enjoyed fun moments with her daughter, Jennifer, 20 months of age. The photo above the bed was taken just over a year ago by her husband, Tom. Mrs. Helton had written and recorded her thoughts aboul her certain death. "Dying in beautiful. Even Ihe first time around, at the ripe old age of she said. Vauxhall airman missing A former Vauxhail man is among three crew members still missing after a Canadian Armed Forces helicopter carry- ing four men crashed into Ilia Atlantic lale Sunday. The crash, 200 miles south of Sable Island, took place during fleet exercises. Missing is Capt. Lawrence Michael Ostaficiuk, 23, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Ostaficiuk of Vauxhall. Capt. Ostaficiuk, who is mar- ried, graduated from Vauxhall High School and the University of Alberta under the CAF uni- versity officers training pro- gram. Rescue helicopters and pianos yre combing the crash area today. Also missing are Capt. Allan Edward Dick of Winnipeg and Cpl. John Ross McCrea of Arnprior. Ont. The search was abandoned today. A Canadian Forces spokes- man said a statement from the lone surviving member of the crew indicated there was little chance the other three men es- caped from the helicopter be- fore it sank. The helicopter was based at nearby Shearwater, N.S. r nig BELFAST (.API A heavy explosion tore apart a Belfast suburban shopping centre today, climaxing a night of ter- ror bombings. More than 20 explosions rocked city streets, with prop- erty and British soldiers the tar- get's. There were no casualties. In London, Scotland Yard det- ectives made a series of raids searching for explosives. They found nothing. In Londonderry, Northern Ire- land's second biggest city, more than 2.000 persons followed an oak coffin in freezing rain for Ihe burial of a 47-year-old mother of six who was gunned down in a crossfire between troops and guerrillas Satuiday. Loudspeaker trucks urged a general strike to protest her dealh. Belfast police said up lo M pounds of gelignite were planted in a grocery store at Carryduft on the southern outskirts of Bel- fast early today. STORKS WRECKED The blast wrecked three stores and badly damaged an- other six. During the night several army patrols came under attack from nail bombs. In 30 minutes, eight were hurled at two patrols in the Roman Catholic Ballymtir- phy d i s t r i e I. No one was wounded. Olhcr bombs damaged a ho- siery factory, a restaurant. a hairdressinu salon, a cafe and a bus Police in Ihe Netherlands today investigated an explosion at an Amsterdam branch of Britain's Lloyd's Bank. Radio reporls said i! was the work of the Irish Republican army fight- ing to reunite mainly Protestant Northern Ireland wiih the largely Roman Catholic Irish Republic. Pie. Paul Genge was shot dead Sunday in Lurgan. south- east of Relfasl. IRA gunmen were blamed for his killing. which brought Ulster's two-year dealh toll to 154. Thirty-five sol- diers are among the dead. UNDER PRESSURE On the political front, Pre- mier Brian Faulkner of North- ern Ireland came under right- wing pressure lo resist any moves by Ihe British govern- ment lo trim the Ulster govern- ment's authority. Former home minister Wil- liam Craig said he had created a group called Unionist Van- guard in the Ulster Parliament to press Faulkner to maintain the country's "constitutional status." In London, former prime minister Harold W i 1 son an- nounced plans to visit both Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic in mid November. Wilson, leader of the opposi- tion Labor party, said he would confer with Faulkner before going on to Dublin for talks with Prime Minister Jack Lynch. In the Irish Republic, Lynch faces a vole of confidence Wed- nesday, and his government's survival depends on the votes of who former cabinet minis- ters he ousted and at least one independent. Laird urges troop pullout speedup fl. L L omg1 io Jn'lantl fnr tin' Ititl Mihu'y rouldn'l Jiml his WASHINGTON (AP) De- fence Secretary Melvin R. Laird indicated today he would recom- mend to President Nixon a speedup in the pace of Ameri- can troop withdrawals from Vietnam. Returning from a five-day visit to Saigon, Laird said the progress of the South Vietnam- ese was "indeed encouraging" and that ihe Nixon administra- tion's program of turning re- Heath accepts invitation lo visit Tito LONDON (AP) Prime Min- ister Edward Heath today ac- cepted an invitation from Presi- dent Tito to visit Yugoslavia sometime in t.he fuliirn. A communique issued nt the end of Ihe Yugoslav leader's 2-i- hour stopover in Britain also .said Heath and Tito discussed European, Middle Eastern and Asian affairs. Tilo broke his homeward jour- ney from Canada and tin? Unilpd Slnlcs in order confer with 1 Infill In Ihrir nn A.M.I, Jknth ,iiul Tito dwelt on tlm tinns of China's enlry inlo Iho United Nations. Both appeared to share the view, informants said later, lhat a major objective of the Chinese, is likely to he attempts to chal- lenge United Stales and So- id Union in the United Na- linnx in Ihe Middle "Kast and in olher of the world. sponsibility for the conduct of the war to Saigon was "on schedule or ahead of schedule in all respects." He declined to speculate on the next phase of the pullout but predicted substantial reductions in the use of American ah" power as the South Vietnamese air force gains strength. President Nixon lias promised an announcement next week on the size of the next withdrawals, which now average aboul men a mon 1 h, U.S. troop strength, now down to 191.000 is scheduled lo drop lo by Dec. 1. PENETRATE DMZ Meanwhile a dozen U.S. fight- er-bombers attacked anti-ari- crafl sites around North Viet- namese bases Sunday and today and one of the, strikes was 180 miles north of the de- zone, the deepest penetration this year. Tim U.S. command said the attacks wore carried out after Iho .sites lired on U.S. recon- naissance planes. AMC111TKA ISLAND (CP-AP) A United States government spokesman says the only initial adverse effects from the Amdiitka underground nuclear blast were minor ones. Scientists now look forward to the use of underground blasts to tap new sources of natural gas. Atomic Energy Commission officials salt! they were pleased with the results of the Amchitka explosion and plan no further nuclear tests on this bleak Aleutian island between the BeriiiR Sea and Pacific Ocean. II is conceivable, AKC officials say, lhat a new lest of the- use of nuclear explosions in the production of natural pas could come as early as late next year near the small mountain Kj j] I'tftflJ'fl O'f fc> community of Rio Blanco, Colo. HAS RESERVATIONS Hundreds of similar explo- sions eoukl sollow beneath the hills of Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Utah. AEC officials also expect that this peaceful use of atomic en- ergy will meet with many of the same protests thai mcl Satur- day's Cannikin explosion hero a tost of a warhead for ihc Spar- tan anti-ballistic missile. Although the test went off without incident. External Af- fairs Minister Mitchell Shaj'p of Canada noted it "will be some lime before we can be sura there has been no venting of ra- diation and 110 harm to the envi- ronment. Sharp said apart from possi- ble danger to the environment, Canada also opposed the lest because it sustains the nuclear arms race. "The Canadian government will continue to do all it. rectly with the nuclear testing powers and in the UN and in the Geneva disarmament commit- bring all testing to an end." Sharp said. Thousands of Canadians dem- onstrated Saturday against the blast. Most were peaceful and the most serious incident oc- curred in St. John's, Nfld., where a crowd of about 200 gathered in front of the U.S. consulate. Three persons were arrested after several consulate windows were broken and some members of the group clashed with police. SHIP RETURNING Meanwhile, the Greenpeace Too protest mission will return home without completing its voyage to Amchitka. The inan crew aboard the charier vessel Edgewater Fortune had hoped to be near the island Saturday to take air and water samples but decided Sunday to turn back. The former Cana- dian navy minesweeper was al- mcsl 700 miles east of the blast tile. In Winnipeg, two men were to be charged after a mainly orderly demonstration outside the U.S. consulate. In Ottawa, about 500 profes- Japau. offers bigger yeu for U.S. favor TOKYO (API The Japa- nese government is prepared to increase the value of the yen a maximum of 12'-j per cent if the U.S. government removes its 10-per-ecnt import surcharge, Japan's largest economic news- paper said today. The. Nilion Keizai Shimbun said government sources told it the Japanese would present this offer to U.S. Treasury Secretary John Connally, who arrives in Japan Tuesday for talks wiih Foreign Minister Takeo Fu- kuda, Finance Minister Mikio and probably Premier Eisaku Silo. (invernment sources declined to comment on the report. ters stood in front of the U.S. embassy as the bells on the Pence Tower across the street chimed at 5 p.m. EST, Blast time. The crowd roared disap- proval when a radio report told them the test had been com- pleted. Waving burning plac- ards, they sang 0 Canada. DAMAGE The AEC said lhat post-deto- nation examination of the island has discovered only "minimal'' environmental damage. The only casualties discov- ered thus far, the AEC said, were an injured sea otter, sev- eral dead a destroyed nesting area and a small fresh- water late. The otter, UK birds and the nesting cither bald ea- gles or pcrcgdii'j apparent victim of huge rock- slides touched i-fi" by the United States' most powerful under- ground explosion The small Icku near ground zero drained awsy when the nearly five-megaton blast ripped a crack in the lake bed, the AEC said. Henry Vermilion, an AEC public affairs officer, stressed that ihe AEC's findings were in- complete. He said the search for more subtle environmental dam- age which the AEC hopes it won't find will continue for at least a year. At Rio Blanco, CER-Geonu- clear, Inc., wants to detonate nuclear explosives in a sand- stone formation 7.000 feet be- r.eaUi the surface in a new gas production method. The force of the explosions, which might include nuclear de- vices fired sequentially, would facture the sands'.one Little pockets of gas in the formation would he freed to ac- cumulate in the underground chambers formed by the detona- tions. The chambers would then be tapped and the gas, inaccessible before the sandstone was frac- tured, could be pumped out. El Paso Natural Gas Co. also has proposed a test, code-named Wagon Wheel, for the Green River Basin of southwestern Wyoming, perhaps in 1973. OTTAWA the re- sult of a nation-wide ad- vertising campaign, Julie came home Sunday night. The pretty bru- nette drew national attention when the message Julie Please Call Home appeared in major Canadian cilic.s Sat- urday emblazoned on huge, floodlit billboards. Her lather. .Mark A. Prim of Otlauy. is genera] man- accr of r.n advertising firm and, with his daughter awsy from home since July 1C. tool; the only way ho knew to reach her. In a brief interview Sun- day, Mrs. Prinn said Julie saw the sign erected in Van- couver and telephoned home Saturday. gums return Seen and heard About town -A- SCHOOL MUSIC supervisor Janet Larson to "get those kids dancing" after watching the Broln folk dancers curling enthusi- asts Bill McKay and Garth Filling turning up for a match Neighbors realizing Don .McTavisIi does have a flag- pole since winter took all the leaves off the veritable forest he has in his vard. BRUSSELS fAP) The mod- erate coalition government of Premier Gaslon Eyskens will remain in power despite gains made in Sunday's parliamen- tary elections by extremist par- ties that want to divide Belgium along language lines. With more than three-quart- ers of the six million votes tabu- lated. the Christian Democrat- Socialist coalition had almost 60 per cent of the vote, about the same percentage it captured in the elections. The Christian Democrats won 30.27 per cent and the Socialists, 27.60 per cent. The militant Flemish Federal- ist party had 11-27 per cent, up from 9.79 in 4he last election. And the rival French-speaking Walloon Federalists had won 10.56 per cent, a sharp increase over their 5.9 per cent showing in 1965. The main opposition party, the Liberals, lost ground with 16.74 per cent compared with ila 20.87 per cent showing in tha 1968 balloting. The Communists and other small parties also suf- fered losses. Belgium has rival regions at Flemings iji the north and Wal- loons in the south. Although Flemish and French are both official languages, the national- ist parties favor dividing the country into a Flemish-speaking slate and a French-speaking state. trailer fire kills in an DRAYTO.V VALLEY (CP1 Robert Lylc Blake, 26, died dur- ing a fire in his house trailer in Drayion Valley, fi.'i miles south- west of Fdmonlon. Identify victims of ditch mishap COCHRAXE iCPi Robert Sandluk. 22. of Edmonton and Dennis Hall, mi. of Calgary have been identified as tlwfvic- tims of a ditch cave-in Friday. Tiie men were welding a pipeline in an ciiihi-foot-deep trench about miles north- west of Calgary when the sides of the ditch collapsed, partially burying both. Heartbreak i llnitcn India's .slate of Or- far-'vl ;i fiirtlw Ihrrnl. nf I ml; iv ;i'. I hr mpnl relief slniiij'led I'1 hniij; aid loan estimated five million people hit. by a cyclone and tidal wave 10 days ago. -Slate Health Minister K. K. Pntnaik issued a neu- warning of a (holora epidemic in Ihi.1 ai'.'il, All Ihe supplies have heroine pollnM new threat 'i in- official Ihr Tii-font. tidal unve ami ryrlnnr