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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, November 14, 1974 News in brief More strikes hit France PARIS (Reuter) Fresh strikes gripped France today with gas and electricity workers joining a walkout by post office employees and selective stoppages by thousands of other public sec- tor workers The electricity workers' ac- tion will hit factories and homes in northern France to- day and the southern half of the country Friday. The postal workers' strike, which has paralyzed the mail and given impetus to the la- tent discontent of thousands of other workers, ends its fourth week today with no sign of a settlement. Rail men endorse pact MONTREAL (CP) Representatives of 18 railway unions Wednesday endorsed a new contract negotiated last week with 11 Canadian railways and voted to send it to the union members for ratification. The 1975 contract negotiated last week by a joint bargain- ing committee of the 18 unions now is subject to the ratifica- tion vote which may take up to a month. Man fit to stand trial CALGARY (CP) Edward Francis Kuchciak, 21, has been found fit to stand trial for the murder of Lorissa Nicole Severight, age three years, following a 30 day psy- chiatric examination in Ed- monton. Kuchciak, who had moved to Calgary from Hamilton, Ont., shortly before his arrest Oct. 9 was remanded in custody for one week and was advised by Judge Douglas M. McDonald to find a lawyer. Coal pact approval seen WASHINGTON (AP) -The striking United Mine Workers (UMW) won a hefty package of wages and benefits from the coal industry in a tentative contract settlement which might reopen the soft-coal mines in the United States within two weeks. UMW President Arnold Miller predicted his members would approve the pact. The union's ratification process is expected to take about 10 days. Reporters tour prison MONTREAL (CP) Reporters toured cellblock No. 1 at St. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary Wednesday at the invitation of Solicitor- General Warren Allmand after two escaped prisoners threatened a bloodbath if con- ditions are not improved. Hours before reporters en- tered the institution, two guards were attacked by prisoners being escorted to cells after outdoor exercise. Storm clean-up starts NOME, Alaska (AP) Telephone calls and telegrams got in, planes got out and the power was back, but the toilets did not work and the main street looked like a muddy pond as Nome's residents cleaned up Wednes- day from the largest flood here in two decades. The city, inundated by 10- foot waves which crashed over a sea wall and swamped the main business district and residential areas, was declared a major disaster area by Gov, William Egan. 'Teachers to police selves' VICTORIA (CP) Teachers in British Columbia could find themselves govern- ed by a teacher certification board set up by teachers to regulate the profession. A task force from the B.C. Teachers' Federation makes such a recommendation in a submission to its executive and its representative assembly. Transit scheme in doubt TORONTO (CP) On- tario's highly-touted develop- ment contract with Krauss- Maffei AG has been ter- minated, throwing the future of the magnetic levitation urban transportation program into doubt. In a surprise announcement Wednesday, Transportation Minister John Rhodes said the contract with the West German firm has been cancelled and the government will have to take a long look at the progress made so far in developing the magnetic tran- sport system. Inflation slowing seen Light work City worker Larry Rudolph, 2022 19th St. N., changes the lamp in a street light at 3rd Avenue and 20th Street S. The city replaces all the street lights m Lethbridge regularly, servicing a different area each year so that each light is changed every five years. Rockefeller promises to curtail generosity LAS VEGAS. Nev. (AP) President Ford said today he will call on Americans in the weeks and months ahead to sacrifice for the national. BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES Phona 329-4722 COLLEGE MALL good, but he predicted "infla- tion will be cooled." "There will be an upturn in the nation's economic patterns despite some economic weakness reces- sion business fallback call it what you will." the president said in a speech prepared for the National Association of Realtors JUBILEE SHOW HOME By Appointment Only! 3609 REDWOOD ROAD .This lovely split level home features 210G sq ft of, gracious living. 4 bedrooms. 2vr baths. family room 'large Kitchen. black walnut cuobosrds. separate' room Exterior brick front double garage and' WASHINGTON Nelson Rockefeller has reluc- tantly promised to make no gift to any federal employee if Congress confirms him as vice-president "I think it's going to be necessary that I do that." Rockefeller said Wednesday after a hearing in which he was told repeatedly that his motives in making large cash gifts to public officials were npcn to serious question The former New York governor earlier said he did not to foreclose the possibility that MIS monev might be of help to any staff member or friend in govern- ment who faced dire medical expenses or other pressing humanitarian needs. Rockefeller and more than a dozen other witnesses face further questioning today and Friday about the ways he has used the Rockefeller fortune and about his family's financ- ing of a campaign biography. Despite the questions, assistant Democratic leader Robert Byrd of West Virginia said at the close of Wednesday's hearings that Rockefeller likely will be con- firmed SPCA destroys Didsbury man's dogs CALGARY (CP) A storm of protest is building over the decision by the Alberta Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to kill 58 dogs owned by the self- proclaimed dog breeder from Didsbury. George Woodward, the 64 year old pensioner who was evicted from his rented farm house Sunday, said he learned that the dogs had been destroyed from a Calgary man who had gone to Edmonton to try to adopt one as a pet. SPCA director Archie Bruce said the dogs "never got off the truck" and that he would not try to house the dogs which he described as "mangy." Sheila Nelson, the Toronto card reader who flew to Calgary to take about 50 of the dogs back to Ontario, said "even the Mafia has more heart than the SPCA in Alberta" when told that the dogs had been killed. "I think it is a disgraceful trick." Mr. Woodward signed over the dogs to the SPCA because he was moving from the home following an eviction order issued by the Alberta Supreme Court. The owners of the farm house wanted Mr. Woodward out because they said his estimated 100 tiny mongrel dogs had ruined it. Mrs Nelson and two reporters from the Calgary Herald said they overheard an SPCA constable tell Mr. Woodward that the dogs would be housed in the Ed- monton animal shelter and that homes would be found for them. Mr. Bruce, who ordered the destruction of the dogs, said when Mr. Woodward signed the release, the dogs became the property of the SPCA "and we were free to do with them what we wanted." Sirica appoints doctors to determine Nixon's health WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. District Judge John Sirica has selected three physicians to ascertain whether former president Richard Nixon will be healthy enough to testify in the Watergate cover-up trial. Sirica said Wednesday the three doctors, all specialists in heart and circulatory problems, would decide the best method for making the independent medical inquiry. Meanwhile, Frederick LaRue was scheduled to resume describing his role in the alleged cover up as a close assistant to defendant John Mitchell. Nixon, recovering from se- vere side effects of a chronic phlebitis condition, was ex- pected to be released from hospital today. Sirica said in a formal order: "Should Mr. Nixon refuse access to appropriate and necessary medical records or refuse to submit to an appropriate physical ex- amination the panel shall report immediately to the court." A spokesman quoted the chairman of the panel, Dr. Charles Hufnagel, as saying he will wait for Sirica to work out preliminary arrangements for the inquiry'. Hufnagel, 58, has been chairman of the sur- gery department at Georgetown University medical school in Washington since 1969. The other two physicians are Dr. Richard Starr Ross, a heart specialist at Johns Hopkins University medical school in Baltimore, and Dr. John Spittell, an internal medicine and heart specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Nixon has been subpoenaed by cover-up defendant John Ehrlichman, whose lawyers say the former president's testimony is crucial if their client is to receive a fair trial. In testimony Wednesday, retired New York City detec- tive Anthony Ulasewicz, an unindicted co-conspirator in the cover-up case, said he made a series of deliveries of in cash to the seven original Watergate defendants or their lawyers. LaRue, a former Nixon re-election committee lawyer who has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for his part in the cover-up, broke little new ground during his testimony, but implicated all of the defendants directly or indirectly in his testimony. Grits sidestep charges of political favoritism Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA A three- barrelled with charges that federal cabinet ministers have been handing Local Initiatives Program grants to political fa- sidestepped by the Trudeau government in the Commons Wednesday. The fancy footwork was led by Privy Council president Mitchell Sharp, with the op- position pressure applied by Conservative MPs Jake Epp, Tom Cassitt and Erik Nielsen. Mr. Sharp would admit to none of the allegations put for- ward in an Ottawa Journal story Tuesday and said he definitely did not have control over allocation of LIP grants in his Toronto riding of Eglinton. Gas consumption estimates flayed Market boycott RED DEER (CP) The secretary of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association has urged beef producers to ig- nore the National Farmers Union livestock market boycott that is planned for to- day across the country. Chris Mills Wednesday call- ed the planned boycott "ill advised and damaging." There is no possible way the boycott can do anything but damage to the cause of beef producers, he said. "It will hurt the responsible image that beef producers have, and won't do anything to help solve problems." Government and producers recognize that there are problems and are trying to solve them. Mr. Mill's said. Meanwhile, the best plan is to move cattle to market in a responsible and orderly fashion, he added. "In our view, producers should ignore this boycott, which will only hurt the beef producer CALGARY (CP) Estimates of natural gas con- sumption made by a produc- ing company came under fire Wednesday as the National Energy Board opened hearings on natural gas de- mand and supply during the next 20 years. Lawyers for the Ontario and Quebec governments as well as two Ontario utilities questioned estimates made by BP Canada Ltd., the first company called to testify. A brief filed with the board by BP Canada estimated de- mand will increase to 3.3 trillion cubic feet a year by 1995 if prices rise gradually to match the cost of equivalent amounts of oil. Demand in 1973 was 1.2 trillion cubic feet. The lawyers said they wanted to know the reasoning behind the company's forecast, but were told most of the information was con- tained in working papers not available here. An adviser to the utility companies said later they wanted the information because the BP Canada figures were substantially below most other estimates, especially in the area of in- dustrial use. Company officials said they would try to get the informa- tion from their Montreal of- fice. The board is expected to make a ruling today on introduction of the additional documents. The newspaper article quoted an unnamed source as saying the LIP grants were allocated on instructions from Liberal cabinet ministers since shortly before the federal election in October of 1972. The story said most grants approved after distribution authority was given to the cabinet went to Liberal areas or Liberal party supporters. Mr. Epp, Tory LIP critic and MP for the Manitoba riding of Provencher, had planned to put the heat on Prime Minister Trudeau. But he didn't get a chance to ask his questions in the Commons Tuesday and the PM left shortly after Wednesday's question period began. Earlier in Wednesday's ses- sion, Mr. Cossitt, MP for the Brockville, Ontario area riding of Leeds, failed to win the necessary unanimous con- sent for introduction of a mo- tion demanding details on the alleged irregularities and ac- tion to prevent recurrence of such activities. Syrians pledge safety for Canadian aircraft Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Defence Minister Jarnes Richardson has accepted a Syrian guarantee for the safety of future Buffalo aircraft flights in the Middle East in spite of evidence that Syrians were responsible for the deaths of nine Canadian members of the peacekeeping force in a Buf- falo crash in August. Richardson, making a report Wednesday to the House of Commons on his Syncrude costs to zoom CALGARY (CP) The Syncrude plant on the Alberta oil sands may cost 50 per cent more than the billion originally estimated. Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, told the annual meeting of the Calgary Glenmore Progressive Conservative Association Wednesday night that due to spiralling costs of labor and materials the plant may now take some billion to construct. He said the extra S500 million is being geared for by Syncrude officials and said there is no chance the plant will be sidetracked by the ris- ing costs. return from a 10-day visit to Cyprus and the Middle East, announced that in the next few days the UN will resume flights between Beirut. Lebanon, and Damascus, Syria, using Canadian Buf- falos. The flights were suspended after the crash of one of the aircraft August 9, killing nine Canadians. "From conversations with the defence minister of Syria and his sermor officers. I am satisfied that the tragic loss cf the United Nations Buffalo aircraft on this route last August was an accident regretted by all. and was not an aggressive act directed against the United the minister told the House. He said that he was assured that all future nights of Cana- dian and UN aircraft to supply Canadian peacekeeping forces on the Golan Heights will be made in safety "as far as the Syrians are concerned 'Officers' orders sparked My Lai massacre' Built by KANEWISCHER HOMES LTD. Builders of JUBILEE HOMES SEE ALSO OUR SHOW HOME AT 1402 BIRCH PLACE Phone 327-2608 or 328-4375 _ WASHING i ON AT. TV exaggerated >tdte- report-, that of lb civrn by some task The report says Medina's forr" orders to the platoons that I'MTS r-ornrnittf-d alronties left i. --i.% Tii 'i-rj'-rs Jit'lr or no doubt in the minds i'l'.'n ''i Km f-vT-.rinf ,r 01 number of of in his rompam that all T' tr-.j1 rrmamiric m the 1-fi at the time of J --tTifi j' S miS51on r'i !o fjfs'r'rt the enemv !nf report >did m. T.i vi .V The two-volume report was released Wednesday by army Howard Callaway railed the massacre "a dark chapter in the army's history but said he does not think it rouid happen again. He said the army has a new attiludf and that the kind of offjr-ers training now "is different than it was then fallawav said he will not is- sue thousands of pages of the report tr.it hr said include in- fJamrmiori -jnsupported rff against in- dividual.5. The secretary also said the army has no plans for any fur- ther action against Calley, the only man jailed in connection with either the massacre or cover-up. The report is named for Lt Gen. William Peers who head- ed a special army inquiry into the massacre and cover-up The report says part of the cover-up of the massacre was the failure of the commander. Maj -Gen Samuel Koster. to send any word of the incident to Gen William West- moreland, then II S com- mander in Vietnam The report says some of the cover-up "continues to this day." with six officers refus- ing 1o talk and with others giv- ing testimony and key- documents still missing Because of this, it "has not been possible to sort out acts of concealment" that were initiated by the task force and those initiated by officers at higher levels However, the cover-up went no higher than Koster. the re- port says The report estimates thai 347 M> Lai residents were kill- ed in three hours on the morn- ing of March 16. 1968. bv members of three platoons, not just the one led by Lieut William falley It says crimes committed by soldiers "included in- dividual and group acts of murder, rape, sodomy, maim- ing and assault on noncom- batants and the mistreatment and killing of detainees The atrocities included an old man killed with bayonet, a man pushed down a well with a live hand grenade thrown after him and a young girl gang-raped, the report says ;