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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE October Ouellet threatens combine hard-line BOY, 13, 'INCAPABLE OF RAPE' OTTAWA (CP) Severe fines and perhaps even jail terms are viewed by the new consumer affairs minister, Andre Ouellet, as likely the only way to save the free enterprise system and ensure that consumers get a fair deal. "If we don't act he told the Commons Friday dur- ing the throne speech debate, "we will lose the free enterprise system because the public will insist that the government intervene." It was Mr. Ouellet's first speech in the House since tak- ing over the portfolio from the relatively low-key Herb Gray. He called for a hard-line Combines Investigation Act and suggested that Canada follow the lead set by the United States, which has jail- ed company executives for offences such as price-fixing. "If there are cases here that justify such action, I hope those responsible for such en- forcement will have enough courage to see that it is done." Mr. Ouellet said he has been Youngster survives fall ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) A seven-year-old boy who fell 15 storeys down "an elevator shaft remained in hospital today as doctors sought to find whether he suf- fered more than a broken leg and bruises. John Olmstead, his nine- year-old brother, Jeffery, and a newspaper delivery boy were playing in the freight elevator when John fell 150 feet down the shaft Thursday. He landed on his feet. Alan Olmstead, John's fa- ther, said Jeffery and the de- livery boy played a game in which they stopped the eleva- tor a few feet above a floor landing and jumped to the floor. John, making his first at- tempt, jumped to the landing but lost his balance and fell sideways into the shaft, Olms- tead said. "When I first heard about the accident 1 thought he was dead." the father said Friday. "Today I feel like I've been told that I've just won the sweepstakes. This is one chance in a million "delighted" to see recent sub- stantial fines of combines of- fenders, but did not name spe- cific examples. He said the proposed amendments to the Combines Investigation Act, reintroduc- ed this week after dying at dis- solution of the last Parliament, will go a long way to restoring the public's faith in the free enterprise system. These amendments basical- ly will promote truth in adver- tising and protect small businessmen from the depravations of large cor- porations. The rest of throne speech debate Friday fell into the familiar pattern of diversity as MPs discussed just about any subject under the sun. But two MPs, the lone Inde- pendent in the House who was elected for the first time July 8, and a Conservative return- ed for his second term in the Commons, attracted a lot of attention. The Independent, Leonard Jones, is an acknowledged foe of the federal Official Lan- guages Act. He added Quebec's Bill 22 to his list Friday. Mr. Jones, the former mayor of Moncton, N.B., won Moncton riding as an Indepen- dent after being personally re- jected by Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield because of his views on bilingualism. He originally was nominated as a Con- servative candidate. He made it clear he intends to continue his battle against UK official languages policy anc said he considers his inde- pendent status an advantage. Mr. Jones said Quebec's Bill 22, which makes French the working language of that province, is unconstitutional and he called on the prime minister to disallow the bill or refer it to the courts. John Reynolds, the Con- servative re-elected in Bur- naby-Seymour, called for ex- amination of the salaries of RCMP personnel and peniten- tiary guards, saying they are grossly underpaid for the kind of work they do. He charged that some RCMP officers traffick in drugs because they are under- paid and overworked. He cited the case of a former drug squad commander in Van- couver who was charged with making from heroin seized in a raid. The House will discuss a bill aimed at ending the West Coast grain handlers' dispute Monday. GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) A delinquency petition charging a 13 year old boy with rape has been dismissed because of a century old ruling that boys un- der age 15 are incapable of rape. Judge Gordon Gentry dismissed the com- plaint, which had charg- ed the youth with second degree rape. Convic- tion would have carried a mandatory life sentence. In 1864, the North Carolina supreme court dismissed rape charged against a 14 year old, citing "physical im- potency" in youths of that age. In the recent case, police said the youth allegedly broke into a Greensboro house before dawn Sept. 15 and raped a 12 year old girl. The charges were dis- missed last Tuesday but were not made public until Friday. i I i U.S. continues oil preparation Dominican hostage condition disputed SANTO DOMINGO (AP) The Dominican government is demanding the unconditional surrender of terrorists holding seven hostages in the Venezuelan Consulate. "There have been and will be no the government said Friday in its first public statement since, the siege began Sept. 27. Gen. Rafael Guzman Acosta, head of the national police, told reporters: "The only solution is that they turn themselves over to authorities to face Dominican justice and that they do no harm to any of the hostages." The hostages include U.S. Information Service official Barbara Hutchison and the Venezuelan consul and vice- consul. Earlier Friday, terrorist leader Radames Mendez Var- gas met briefly with U.S. Am- bassador Robert Hurwich and the Spanish and Venezuelan envoys and told them the hostages were in bad shape. But a spokesman for Hurwich said Mendez Vargas's report was evidently only a ploy to draw the Dominican government into negotiations. Other sources said none of the hostages visible through the second-storey window appeared in bad shape, although the Venezuelan vice- consul was reported suffering from an intestinal ailment and one of the guerrillas was wounded in the foot. Fishermen feared dead LIMA (AP) Peruvian officials said today they fear that 72 missing fishermen whose boats capsized during Thursday's earthquake have been drowned. The fishermen were last re- ported 50 miles offshore, ex- actly at the site of the quake's epicentre. If confirmed, their deaths would bring the official death toll from the earthquake to 135. WASHINGTON (AP) -The interior department is contin- uing preparations to open the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Alaska to offshore oil drilling next year, provided environ- mental or legal obstacles don't intervene. Undersecretary John Whita- ker says he told the Bureau of Land Management and the Geological Survey to prepare a schedule for leasing in the Atlantic, the Gulf of Alaska, or alternately in the Gulf of Mexico, with the target of leasing 10 million acres in 1975. Senator Edward Kennedy (Dem. said an orderly development plan cannot be prepared in one year and charged, "The decision is pre- mature and potentially dis- astrous if it is implemented fully." Senator Clifford Case (Rep. N.J.) also said that "any firm commitment to lease areas of the Atlantic Ocean for offshore oil drilling at this time is premature." But Whitaker said in an interview Friday there has been no decision on where to lease offshore in 1975. The schedule he ordered, in- cluding specific lease-sale dates, may not actually be carried out, but is needed so the interior department can assign funds and manpower to prepare the environmental studies required before decisions can be made, Whitaker said. Yamani proposed during the discussion a meeting of seven or eight countries, including oil producers, consumers and underdeveloped countries, to prepare the agenda of a wider discussion of oil-related problems. Yamani said the world is rapidly using up its oil and urged the United States to press development of its domestic resources. Vancouver 'no problem9 for tankers r WASHINGTON (CP) There would be "great political difficulty" if it were proposed to bring oil super- tankers into the port of Van- couver, Energy Minister Donald Macdonald said Friday.. The minister said in an interview that while "we're willing to listen" to just about any proposal, there had been no suggestion that the tankers be permitted to deliver Alaskan oil to Vancouver. The Canadian government has registered displeasure with the U.S. over current plans to sail the supertankers through inshore waters close to Canadian shores en route to refineries at points along the U.S. West Coast. NURSES CONCERNED OTTAWA (CP) An inter- departmental report on feder- ally-employed nurses in- dicates a majority are un- happy with salaries, are concerned that they are not used properly and worry about career progression, the treasury board said Friday. The report was prepared after many of the federal nurses left their jobs in a wild- cat strike following an ar- bitration award which they felt left them behind provincially-employed counterparts. U.K. 6rogue employers' cautioned by Wilson LONDON (Reuter) Prime Minister Harold Wilson has warned "rogue employers" that they risk bankruptcy through price controls if they tempt workers with large pay deals in breach of his wage-restraint agree- ment with Wilson's warning, at a news Water problem unresolved Skagit negotiation preferred OTTAWA (CP) The United States chairman of the International Joint Commis- sion said Friday he hopes a negotiated settlement can be reached in the dispute over the flooding of the Skagit River Valley in British Colum- bia. Christian Herter told a news conference that talks had opened between the British Columbia government and the Seattle City Light. The utility plans to raise the level of a dam in the U. S. that would in- undate some acres of valley on the B.C. side of the border. "If you want a personal opinion. I think negotiating is the only way to settle the said Mr. Herter. The B.C. government has asked the commission to res- cind a 1942 order approving the Ross dam on the Skagit. The commission said it had CARE E RS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY TWO BAR PERSONS Duties to include: Tapping Kegs, also to Mix Cocktails. ONECOOK Union Wages Apply in Person to the MANAGER Elks Club of Lethbridge received briefs from B.C., Seattle City Light and the gov- ernments of the U.S. and Can- ada on whether it has the jurisdiction to consider the un- precedented application. A deadline of Oct. 15 has been set for reply briefs from the four parties and a decision on the matter will be made in November, the commission said. Commissioner Keith Henry of Vancouver said the approval issued to the power company in 1942 permitted them to build a dam that would flood only waters on the U.S. side of the border. Height of the dam could not be increased until permission was received from the B, C. government. That approval was given in 1967 when a Social Credit government accepted annual rent of from the power company for flooding the vallcv A New Democrat govern- ment elected in 1972 opposed the plan and has offered to buy the 1967 agreement back for million, the accumulated annual rental for 99 years. Maxwell Cohen, Canadian chairman of the commission, said it is also hoped the prob- lems of Point Roberts. Wash., can be settled by negotiation. Point Roberts, although part of the U. S., is located at the Up of a peninsula jutting out from the B.C. mainland just south of Vancouver. Residents must travel through Canada to reach the rest of Washington state. There are many problems involved, says Mr. Henry, in- cluding water supply, busing children through Canada to reach schools in the United States and transportation of prisoners from Point Roberts to the jail at Blame. Wash. conference in the Welsh city of Cardiff, followed a J144- million pay offer by the Ford Motor Co. to its hourly-paid workers in Britain and a pay increase of nearly 30 per cent for Independent Television reporters. Angered by opposition taunts that these made a mockery of his "social contract" with the un- of his gov- erning Labor party's cam- paign for next Thursday's general prime minister said: "Price control can be an effective deterrent against rogue employers. If they (employers) were going to charge more for their products on the home market because of their increased costs, they would simply be caught by price controls and would put themselves into bankruptcy." Wilson refused to say whether he felt the Ford or TV men's pay offers breached the social contract. But Chancellor of the Exchequer Denis Healey said in a radio interview that "on the face of it, the offer made by Ford is contrary to the social contract." The leader of Britain's un- ions, Len forged the unwritten contract with the Labor that if employers make new offers good for production and stability, "then neither the trade unions nor the Trades Union Congress (TUC) can slap them in the face." Earlier Friday, Wilson de- scribed as "utterly bogus" a claim by the opposition Con- servatives that only they could form a government of "national unity" to tackle the country's problems. But Conservative Leader Edward Heath retorted Friday night during a speech in northern England that British voters must decide on "national un- a socialist state, prob- ably for ever." Heath's national-unity call, however, received a setback in an opinion poll published in The Times indicating that only one in four of British voters favor a coalition of Britain's three main parties. Old bones found in California SERVICE MANAGER REQUIRED Top wages. Full company benefits, Profit q arrangement. Oniy loo mechanic may apply. Previous experience as manager not essential bu5 should be a good organizer. Replies held in PRO-MOTORS LTD. 1520-2 Ave. S., Lethbridge Phone 328-8117 Vote-KERGAN Wm. L. A native son 3 years on Council My record speaks for itself. 1 have trie time and interest to serve all citizens Planned and controlled industrial growtn is very importanl Full employment for our ciJizens For progress with sound common sense and for good civic government Vote-KERGAN Wm L.-X RED BLUFF. Calif. (AP) Seventeen human skeletons were uncovered Friday in a long, trench like grave on a Montana buys gas HELENA, Mont.