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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHIRIDQE HERALD November 1t73 News In brief Troops to be cut VIENNA nations gave the Soviet bloc a jocumented plan Thursday calling for United States- Soviet troop cuts and fixed military manpower limits in central Europe. The Western program was submitted to the Vienna troop- reduction conference by U.S. delegate Stanley acting on behalf of all 12 NATO delegations. NATO of- ficials said. The Western proposals call for the superpowers to make the first to be followed by the setting of a common ceiling for all NATO and War- saw pact forces in the region. Indians end sit-in Sask. A sit-in by 40 Indian students at the Balcarres High School ended Thursday night live hours after it began as In- dia.ns presented their grievances at a meeting with school officials. The peaceful sit-in was call- ed to protest alleged dis- crimination by the white ma- jority at the the lack of Indian culture courses and un- balanced Indian representa- tion on the school board. Chief Noel Starblanket of the nearby Starblanket Reserve said derogatory remarks were written on walls and spoken to some of the 50 Indian students at the 130-student school. are willing to grant equal representation the school when we can make it said Jack chairman of the local school board. He said under provincial no provision is made for Indian representation on small school boards. Mr. Steuck said the board actually broke the law by placing 'two Indian represen- tatives on the six-man school board. He also said plans are being formulated for Indian culture courstes. Balcarres is about 60 miles northeast of Regina. Diplomat rescued MARACAIBO Venezuelan guns freed Kurt West German honorary con-. from kidnappers near here Thursday. The holding the consul in their were sur- prised by a police patrol while trying to steal a police sources said. Two of the kidnappers were a third escaped but was believed and the owner of the van was wounded seriously while resisting the the sources added. Nagel was snatched Tues- day night by a group of armed men when he drove his car into a service station in this western Venezuelan oil capital of Zulia state. Mackasey backs VIC Ont. A former cabinet minister in the federal Liberal government says unemployment insurance benefits are greatest single factory in the prosperi- ty we now Bryce former minister of manpower and im- migration and architect of the revised Unemployment In- surance Commission Act of told a meeting of the Canadian Club that everyone who receives UIC benefits or welfare is ripping off the Mr. Member of Parliament for said there have been some abuses of the UIC program but the same abuses exist among who misuse medicare and among lawyers who overcharge for their ser- But in these and in other he members do their own policing. Mackasey said the Biblical conceptjof a man he should earn by the sweat of his is an attitude no longer acceptable in today's period of affluence and social awareness. Pigeons forgotten EDMONTON Somebody forgot about the pigeons when the provincial law courts building was designed. The b-aIconics in the opened last were sealed off from the in- side by windows that could not be opened. But pigeons found the balconies to their and the cleaning staff could do nothing but watch as pigeon droppings accumulated. Workmen have begun smashing the sealed glass and replacing it with hinged win- dows so cleaning crews can get to the balconies. The cost of replacing the glass is estimated at million land cost EDMONTON The proposed outer ring road around Edmonton would cost about million just for land says a provincial government engineer. The road would require a 1.350-foot-wide corridor 350 feet for right of way and another feet for buffering. M. J. chief planning engineer for the department of says in a letter to city coun- cil's utilities and engineering committee. Mr. Dolinsky says a con- sulting firm has prepared a report on the social and environmental con- siderations of such a road. The report was given to the highways department in Oc- tober but has not been releas- ed publicly because it is still the subject of a cabinet review. The question of who will pay for the road has not been resolved. The department of highways takes the position that the first step is to deter- mine whether the ring road is even a good Mr. Dolinsky says. If the different government levels decide they want to build the then the next step is to define their roles in the he suggests. Alberta man killed An unidentified Southern Alberta man died Thursday night in Bow Island General The LARGEST ASSORTMENT of imported styles in LETHBRIDGE 30 minutes after the car he was driving was in collision with another vehicle. A passenger in the other car. Kathleen of Christina is in satisfactory condition today in Medicine Hat hospital. The accident occurred on Highway west of Bow when the car driven by Terry was struck from the rear by the other car. No decision has been made on an inquest. SPECIAL COCA COLA Mot. 5J1 COCA COLA MriFANTA all dump Noisy arrival Football fans from across Western Canada arrived in Toronto Thursday and today in pnparation for Grey Cup festivities beginning with a parade followed by Sur day's game between the Edmonton Eskimos and the Ottawa Rough Riders. This grcup of dignified westerners brought a portable noisemaker to their downtown Toronto hotel. Bennett nears victory for Socred leadership VANCOUVER Bill Bennett appears close to vic- tory in the British Columbia Social Credit party leadership race. When the three-day con- vention opened Bennett campaigners claimed he has 800 to 900 delegates sewn up. i is going to said it will probably go to four or five Convention chairman Ken former cabinet minister in ex-premier W. A. C. Bennett's said as many as delegates should be registered to vote by the noon Saturday deadline. Voting begins shortly after. Bill Bennett's main opposi- tion is Bob Langley member of the legislature. The other can- didates are Columbia River member James Ed the member for North Peace River riding. Chilliwack member Harvey Schroeder and accountant James Mason from a Vancouver suburb. A few delegates seemed dazed by all the hoopla at the convention which is unlike any other in the party's 22-year history in B.C. ORATION REMAINS But one convention feature that remained unchanged was W. A. C. Bennett's oration. He exhorted party summon you to a great and holy war. We need mem- members In their battle to oust the New Democratic Social Crediters will be ing live bullets in the He said being out of power lor three or four years will be good for the it had be- come lazy and careless after 21 years in office and membership dropped. Social Credit could use the time to renew itself. Regardless of who is elected to take over his the 73- year-old only leader of the party in all its years in will still take an active part as a private in the Another reminder of the principles the party was iounded upon came with the traditional resolution damn- ing Canada's banking system and suggesting their credit functions be taken over by a more active Bank of Canada. The sponsored by Comox constituency on Vancouver passed un- animously without debate. Loudest debate came over a proposal to give financial aid and legal recognition to the private and religions-oriented schools in the province. It passed a reversal of past Social Credit policy. Fuel shortages may hit 25 p.c. TORONTO Heating oil and gasoline shortages are expected to reach 10 to 25 per cent this and both vol- untary restraints and restricted sales at the wholesale level will be needed to says Energy Minister Donald Macdonuld. It is the bleakest assess- ment the government has made of the prospect facing residents in threatened areas of the primarily Crew to focus on huge comet HOUSTON -Arecord space walk behind the Skylab 3 astronauts turn their attention to a huge comet which is streaking toward the sun from the far reaches of the solar system. This afternoon they plan to aim a camera at the cornet which now is 140 million miles to start an extensive series of Kohoutek studies which will span several weeks. Gerald Carr. William Pogue and Edward Gibson were to spend much of their day re- grouping and storing space suits and other items used during a space walk Thursday. In six 34 minutes and 35 seconds Pogue and Gibson loaded film for four telescope developed several scientific experiments and repaired a stuck antenna. Their outside excursion was three minutes and 25 seconds longer than the previous record set by two Skylab 2 astronauts last Aug. 6. Flight Director Neil Hutchinson said Pogue and Gibson did a worked slow and steady on a tough job. You've got to give those guys a great big Hutchinson said ex- perimenters were especially pleased that the space walkers were able to restore the antenna to about 80 per cent of capability. It .was stuck in one position and was almost unusable in an earth- resources experiment which gathers data on oceans and earth's terrain. eastern -Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Mr. who esti- mated earlier that shortages would be less than 10 per said Thursday night legisla- tion will be introduced in the Commons to give the govern- ment power to impose a allocation to protect fuel supplies. He did not make it clear whether the program will be applied in all areas of the or merely regions where shortages develop. The most serious threat ex- ists in the five eastern provinces where refiners rely almost exclusively on im- ported oil. now in scarce supply. When the legislation is in- troduced. Mr. Macdonald the government will also seek authority to impose an emergency rationing program in the event that shortages pass 25 per cent. But this would be .merely a precautionary measure. There was no reason yet to fear such drastic action would be necessary. Under an allocation the government will define priority fuel demands and instruct wholesalers to handle distribution accor- dingly. There has been no decision on when the program will start but it could be needed by the first of the. the minister said. French status one priority j of Quebec Grits QUEBEC A nation- alist program emerged in the throne speech read Thursday at the opening of the 30th Quebec legislature. v Central point in the outlining the Bourassa government's legislative was economic but the status of the French language and culture and Quebec's rela- tions with Ottawa also were major elements. will see its status given recognition conforming to the importance of the Francophone population of said the read by Lt.Gov. Hughes Lapointe. At the same the government would place the first rank of its preoc- such questions as the federal government's for provincial juris- The government clearly Trouble faces federal bill OTTAWA Debate on the government wiretap bill started in the Commons again Thursday and there were immediate indications that Justice Minister Otto Lang was in trouble. Conservatives and New comprising the majority of the 264-seat Com- gave indication of agreeing to amendments to the bill that are unacceptable to the justice minister. The speech of one Liberal showed that Mr. Lang lacks unanimous support on his own side of the House for a bill that seeks not to provide too many restrictions on police bugging in criminal investigations. Mr. Lang was known to be talking privately to members of both sides of the Commons in an attempt to tone down the opposition amendments and to remove some objections to one of his own. If he it is believed the bill will be withdrawn from debate at the end of today's sessions and be allowed to die. And if the minister withdi aws the bill it will mean that the Commons has failed for the third straight year to agree on a measure to control bugging.. The bill outlaws private wiretapping provides penalties for illegal bugging and for possession of wiretapping and allows police to bug in generally after getting permission from a judge. Most MPs are in agreement with those basic al- though NDP spokesmen Stuart Leggatt West- and John Gilbert iToronto plus Pierre De Bane said they would prefer to out- law police wiretapping totally. Indications of the trouble the minister is in came with start of debate on 22 amendments proposed to the bill. The first by Ronald At- key St. would make it slightly more difficult for authorities to bug. It was opposed by Mr. Mark MacGuigan and James Jerome The op- position was mostly over technical aspects. supporters of the amendment including the two NDP and Con- servatives Mr. Gerald Baldwin and Gordon Fairweather strongly opposed the bill. The major amendment that Mr. Lang wants to make would allow the use in courts of indirect evidence obtained from an illegal wiretap. The as originally provided that this type of evidence could be although the evidence obtained directly from an il- legal bug could not. The Commons justice com- mittee removed that section of the bill and Mr. Lang is at- tempting to put it back again with some modifications. He is supported in this by all provincial attorneys-general. Funding set for LIP plan OTTAWA Projects under the Local Initiatives Program will get million for about one-third of the 1972-73 budget. Manpower Minister Robert Andras said Thursday. He told the Commons mis- cellaneous estimates com- mittee the department has received L.I.P. applications seeking million for the coming year. Allocations will be made on the basis of unemployment figures and various needs of winter work as determined by Statistics Canada and the provinces. Quebec will get the lion's share of the 1973-74 grants. Mr. Andras said that of the million allocated to the Quebec will get per cent. Ontario gets the next- biggest share with 15.8 per follow- ed by British Columbia with 12.5 per cent. Other provinces and alloca- tions. Newfoundland 6.2 per Nova Scotia 6.3 per Prince Edward Island 1.3 per New Brunswick 6.9 per Manitoba 4.1 per Alberta five per Saskatchewan 3.2 per Northwest Territories 0.7 per cent and Yukon Territory with 0.4 per cent. Almost million of the total million goes for ad- ministrative operating expenses and a reserve for workmen's compensation. reaffirmed its faith in saying it has been preoccupied in re- cent years with getting the most out of the federal system. general improvement of the economic and social system testifies to the capaci- ty of Canadian federalism to provide an instrument of privilege for the development of The eight-man overwhelmed by a 102-seat government set the tone for the new session by holding up proceedings with a two-hour filibuster. The six Parti Quebecois members and the two Creditistes complained of a contemptuous attitude from the government in provision of essential facilities for opposi- tion parties. Jacques-Yvan Parti Quebecois com- the government knows that they can't ignore that we will fulfil our The speech said the French language see its status given recognition conforming to the importance of the Francophone population of Though it suggested concrete plans to give French a priority status. present legislature will be called upon to adopt measures which will guarantee respect for the rights of the linguistic-majori- ty while assuring the minority of just and equitable The speech was read entire- ly in French for the first time in Quebec although bits of it were repeated in English translation. The speech also promised of relations be- tween Quebec and the of the Francophone community and particularly reinforcement of cultural and technical exchanges with The powers Quebec needs its cultural security must be transferred to par- ticularly in the field of com- the speech said. Demands on the federal government for a greater share of tax resources would be increased. Regional priorities would be stressed and for a recognition of its special cultural Constitutional reform would also get top priority. The speech also emphasized economic development. There would be provisions to channel Quebecers' savings into devel- opment of the Quebec and the major ob- jectives of this push would be increased profits for of the exploitation of its natural modern- ization of promo- tion of the tourist industry and improvement of the trans- portation system. Legislation in the social in en- education and sports and leisure were promised. Social measures included day care continued reform -of the electoral a human rights court and judicial a and dynamic policy of income improved health services and extended con- sumer protection. Educational reform would involve decentralization and establishment of new type of relationship between ad- ministrators and Construction crews return to work today MONTREAL Con- struction crews are back at work following the lifting of an injunction blocking the billion James Bay hydro pro- ject. Hard at work again too are the Indian representatives trying to block it. About workers in wilderness construction miles north of here were back on the job within hours of the Appeal Court decision Thursday morning. Legal counsel for the In- dians of Quebec Association are working on an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada to be filed as early as next week. Thursday's decision by the Quebec Court of Appeal over- turned a judgment of a week earlier by Superior Court Jus- lice Albert Malouf. After six months of hearings and five months of study he had ordered a temporary halt to work on the power project on the grounds of Indian claims to the land. PREMIER HAPPY Premier Robert Bourassa said at a Quebec City news conference he was happy the injunction had been lifted because it permitted a return to work after days of uncer- tainty. He also said he still hoped for a settlement as quickly as of In- dian and Eskimo claims. James legal counsel for the Indian- Eskimo coalition vhich ob- tained and then lost tin in- said lifting of the slop-work order may have harmed chances for a negotiated settlement. ;