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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 8, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST HIGH SATURDAY 70-75 lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1971 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAULS Nixon curbs plan to cheer Canadians OTTAWA irn provident he-economy ,-Hlilress Thursday nighl. uas n let-douii for Canadian political leaders eager for a iiint (list Washington might relent on lough trade restrictions imposed eight weeks ago. Comment in Ottawa was guarded because the president dealt almost entirely with do- mestic cool thaw that is to follow the cuiTent on wsgos and prices in then only in rough outline. There was little iii Mr. Nix- on's optimistic references to in- ternational matters to buoy Ca- nadians, In facl, lie obliquely Ihat Cannda and other count firs may expect even tougher limes in trade markets wilh hi'., [jiodge that will In1 a year in "ivbie.li open up new mar- kets for our goods abroad" iii a reborn spirit of competition, BENSON WORRIED Finance Minister Edgar Ben- son said Friday it would not bo appropriate to impose wage and price controls in Canada ''at the present time." lie told reporters, however, lhat such controls could necessary if inflation became He said he is worried by the recent trend of price increases. AflT Mr. Nixon's speech, Op- position Lender Robert Stanfidd r.aid Im had been skeptical about the 90-day wage and price freeze imposed Aug. and said he would need more detail on the next phase before assess- ing its influence on Canada. But George. Hees Edward-Hastings J, Mr. Stan- field's colleague on the opposi- tion front bench, volunteered that Canada should match the U.S. effort to restrain prices and wages. David Lewis, New Demo- cratic Party leader, said he did not think the restraint would work. To hold inflation within tolera- ble limits, the president an- nounced Thursday night that the government would oversee tlm economy for an indefinite period to limit prices, wages and rents but there would be no direct control of profits. TAKES OPTIMISTIC VIEW Taking a generally optimistic view in his radio-television ad- dress, Mr. Nixon caJfed on iabor, management and Con- gress to co-operate in a war on the ''inflation psychology" that has beset the U.S1. for too long. But he fixed no specific wage or price standards for the sec- ond phase of his economic pro- gram, leaving that hot potato for two newly-created semi-au- tonomous boards to regulate prices and wages. Although he did not mention an actuaJ for the over-all program, the White House dis- tributed a "background paper' that cited an objective of hold- ing the annual rate of inflation to between two and three per cent by the end of 1972. Some economists said that could mean a guideline of five to six per cent a year for aver- age wage increases. Nixon announced ho will ap- point a 1 .Vmember pay board with three representatives each fnm labor, industry and the public, and a price commission of seven public members to ad- minister pricc-wage-and-rent controls when the current freeze ends. EXPLAINS PROMT I'LAV In cases when; "exorbitant profits" develop, "rather than tax such profits, the price com- mission's policy will be that business should pass along a fair share of its cost savings to consumers by cutting prices." The president wants standby power to control interest rates and corporation dividends. He will ask Congress shortly for that authority and for a one- year exlensio.i of (he Economic Stabilization Act under which ho. froze prices, wages and rents Aug. 15, and on which he is bas- ing Phase Two of his program. "We will permit some adjust- ments of prices and wages that fairness demands, but not permit inHMion to flare up Nb.nn -ai'l. Tlio early Ir, (hfl Inng-av.futai n ay- was that in making it sweet enough for t h e Democratically-controlled Congress and labor to swallow the president may have diluted the medicine loo much to bo really effective. Economists said they found Nixon's plans encouraging but probably hard to administer. Union leaders were unhappy about the absence nf firm regu- lations to keep in check divi- dend payments to interest rates charged by finan- cial institutions and profits. Reservoir is bloivn up in water-short Belfast BELFAST (Reuler) Saboteurs blew up a reservoir in ISelfast today, sending one-million gal- lons of writer gushing over the streets of this city which is already suffering a serious water shortage. Gunmen marched into lliu reservoir's adjacent Iiiimiiiiig strilion, ordered staff out and then planted explosives at each of the main pumps and al, the re- servoir well. Because of the water shortage all water (or Bel- fast's people was turned off from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ttnirsdny. North teachers go on strike Prison reform plan stresses more dignity By JOHN HAY OTTAWA (CP) Family visits, prison committees find even the income tax are being granted prisoners a.s part of a new federal policy of rehabilitation in- stead of Solicitor-General Jean Pierre Goyer outlined the policy in the commons Thursday. He said it was aimed at the 80 per cent or more of prisoners who, the experts say, can return to nor- mal life. Visits by the prisoner's family, "under conditions winch are to comply more fully with the requirements for privacy." are one aspect of the program. Establishment of elected prisoner committees, for co-cperalion with prison officials, already has been set in motion, he said. Gel minimum wage dropped EDMONTON (CP) More than 850 teachers in eight dis- tricts north and west of Edmon- ton went on strike today, leav- ing students out of school. They went on strike to sup- port their demand for inclusion of a clause in a new contract. This would com- pel each school board to notify ihc teachers of any policy changes affecting working con- ditions. Teachers would have an op- portunity to comment on the policy change but board would retain the right to make the change even if the teachers do not agree with it. School trustees say the strike is part of a struggle by the teachers to gain the power to control almost every facet of school system and the school board system. In a jetter to parents in the area affected by the strike the Alberta Asso- cialion said "education is too im- portant to be left entirely up to teachers." The teachers, on the other hand, say education is too im- portant to be left entirely up to the school boards. Teachers need a voice in deci- sion-making, they say. BOARDS HAVE FINAL SAY They add that the consultation clause they now propose would pive Uierri such a voice hut would still leave the boards free to make a final decision on pol- icy changes. Government magazine As an experiment, prisoners at the William Head minimum security establishment on Vancouver island will receive the federal minimum an for helping to put up a needed building at the centre. Prisoners now pet 55 to 85 cents a day for working. The new wage "will make it possible for them to pay for their room and beard at the institution, to pay for their clothing, to help support then- family, to save money for (heir eventual release from prison, to pay their taxes and to be eligible for payments under unemployment insurance and workmen's com- pensation acts." Mr. Goyer paid. "Onco released, an inmate may be less inclined to rob a bank. On the contrary, he will already have a. bank account. "He may even, as in Uie case of other workers, receive unemployment insurance payments during the period required for finding some employment.'' Mr. (lover .sml that "for long a time now. our society has cultivated the slate of mind that, demands lhat offenders, whatever their age and whatever the offence, be placed behind bars. "We have (iix'klcd from now on to stress the re- habilitation of individuals than protection of so- ciety." Lists other changes Amcnn of her changes listed by Mr. Goyer wore: of the maximum security section at SI. Vincent de Paul Penitentiary and transfer of most of Mir Kindlon Penitentiary prisoners lo the new Mill- haven institution. permanent psychiatric advisory committee. Rd.-ivH regulations on communications between prisoners and MPs. haiunit and abolition of identi- fication numbers on clothing, Kstablislminit nf small enmmumhrs in pn.vM-; winjrs, inc.Iudiiig .im! miTrclional officer.'- lo Ihr .syMein. Cafeteria eating lo replace, meals in cells. training futilities for officers. plans tn create greater citizens' in- volvement to improve chances for rehabilitation. (Vr.iHTvalive justice spokesman Eldon Woolliams (Calgary and -lolin Gilbert Itroadvieu1) hoped Mr. Goyer would put. his welcome announcement into action. Hut Sacial Credit Real Caouetle said crime remain as limtf as misery exists in the. nvidsl. of plenty Alberta's Progressive Conser- vative government has an- nounced fcnninalion of a con- tract lo publish the government magazine. Alberta, A Land For Living. The premier's office in Cal- gary told The Herald that termination of the contract is "at considerable saving of pub- lie funds." Fred Peacock, minister of in- dustry and tourism, and Rob- ert Douiing, minister without portfolio, said the termination by mutual agreement be- tween I he parties concerned. The two-year contract was val- ued at S750.000. "The contract was negotiated pul al, a cost of approximately f.i.500 covering out of pocket expenses.'1 the premier's office said. The publication, started hy the former Social Credit gov- ornuteiU. was a political issue in Ihc recent provincial elec- tion. Tho C'onsrrva lives described the publirnlinn as a propa- ganda magazine and a waste nf public funds. Premier Peter Lou.ehccd indicated last month it would be scrapped. plans for a replacement periodical have been revealed. on Tlir llr-uM Mill pub hsh Monday, Ocl II. Thanks- giving Day. Complete news of the holiday week- cm! will he included in the Tuesday, Or.1. 12 edition. Display advertisers are re- minded that copy to appear Wednesday, Oct. 13, must be :il The Herald by llr.lfl a.m. Sahmlay. Ocl. !l" Clas.sif i r d advertisements iTi-cived up lo Satur- day appear in Tuesday'.1; Million, The eight effected districts are Jasper, Grande Cache, Parkland, Drayton Valley, Lac Ste. Anne, Tliibault, Wesllock and Earrhead. udies suspended TWO-HEADED KITTEN A two-headed kitten, one of nature's rarest mistakes, was born at the farm of Fred Dangerfield of Courts this week. Cause of the monstrosity is unknown although it is presumed to be in the genetic make-up of the animal, according to a local authority. Such cases are much more infrequent In cats than cattle. Such dis- orders have been known to occur in cattle due to drugs or poisonous plants. Ethnic groups get help OTTAWA (CP) The federal government is p r e p n r i n g a wide-ranging program of assist- ance to ethnic groups, Prime Minister Tnirieau said today. Me Inld the Commons that "although there are two official languages, there is no official cull lire, nor does any ethnic proup take precedence over any other." All Ifiree opposition parlies Mr, Trudeaifs .state- ment of principle but said the prime minister had given no in d'eation much ir.onoy the n v c r n m e n I is prepared lo .spend to implement the princi- ple Opposition I. e a d n r Knherl .Slanficl'l cultural minor! firs nnf appear to have much hope aid in light of the Kovcrnmenr.s treatment of Indi- ans and Eskimos. Tho government's support of cultures other Ilian French and ErgLisIi arises from the fourth volume of the report of the royal commission on i.sm and hiculturalisin. Mr. Tnidean said: "A policy of muKinilhiraliisin within a hilinjjnal framework commends itself to tho novoni- nu'nt as the must suitable means of assuring the cultural freedom of Canadians. "Such a policy should help to break clown discriminatory atti- tudes and cultural jealousies. "National unity, if it, is to mean anything in the deeply personal sense, must be founded1 Seen and heard About town 1T T V II A I, I- employees outside (be south entrance fur Hrtly On! who was trying to gain entrance at (.he north en- trance because she had left her keys a! a service sta- tion .layecc forum chairman Maurice I.amlry making the overstatement of the evening by introducing aldermanic candidate Dwiglit -Irnsi'Li as I lie father of one child. (P.S. Mrs. Jensen is peeling their first child in a few in confidence in one's indi- vidual identity." OITLINKS I'KOCKAM The federal program in- cludes: for projects to de- velop ethnic culture and for meeting places for all cultural groups. to grther dat.a on the relationships between culture ar.d language in different ethnic groups. The data would serve as a base f'ir future federal pro- plains. v.iIh provincial authorities to find ways lo pro- vide leaching aids for third lan- guages. -Kv'rn-.i'i'i eviyhnf; fM rrn! support lo provincw, fnr leaching official languages to adult, immigrants lo include as- sistance for leaching children. projccLs by the Na- tional Beard ard ruhlie Archives "to display the variety and of all the cultures are part of Canada's heritage." Kefcn'ing lo the extension of language training for immi- grant children, Mr. Trudeau enid; Any thoughts of transferring more water into southern Alberta must be suspended, it learned by The Herald Friday in a telephone interview with Hon. W. J. Vurko, minister of the environment, The essence of the PKLMK program the suc- cessive transfer of water from northern to southern basins is suspended, Mr. Vurko said. Instead, each basin will be studied separately, with a view toward independent management and development. Transfers are not now a considera- tion. RESERVOIR STUDIED The PRIME concept in- volved upstream diversions from the Peace system to the Athabasca, from the Athabasca to the Nor til Saskatchewan, and from the North Saskatchewan to the South Saskatchewan. Water-short southern Alberta would have been the ultimate net beneficiary of the program. Mr. Yurko, in office for only a few weeks, said he has not yet bad lime to consider what developments there might be within the Oldman basin. Federal and provincial engi- neers have studied a possible dam-site north of Pincher Creek, just, below Uie junction of the Castle, Oldman and Crowsnest rivers, to create a reservoir for storage for the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District, to raise the minimum flow of the river at Lethbridge, and for other possible bene- fits. This study was suspended by the Social Credit govern- ment until completion of the PRDIK studies, which are now themselves suspended. Earlier this week Mr. Yurko announced as government pol- icy a campaign pledge of his party that there would he no ''export'' of water from A.lber- ta. lie said his government "considers that there are no surplus surface waters in Al- berta." Ho also said the government ''bas placed a moratorium on die use of provincial govern- ment funds for IJ-T either in part or in total, for funding studies which involve the diver- sion of Alberta surface waters for export beyond the Cana- dian borders. The Herald suggested to Mr. Yurko that this implied that funds had been spent for such purposes, lie said that implica- tion was unfounded and he was not alleging that, the previous government was looking to- ward export. However, be in- sisted that others had been pro- jecting the PRIME concept into a possible link in an eventual major export scheme. Socreds- take oath as opposition EDMONTON (CP) Twenty four of the 25 members of the Social Credit Party of Alberta were sworn in today as the of- ficial opposition in a special ceremony at government house. Lt.-Gov. Grant MacEwan of- ficiated at the ceremony. He said the procedure, which in- cludes the oath of allegiance to the Queen, can be taken at any time up to the opening of the first session of the legislature. Doug Miller, member for Tabcr-Warncr, was unable lo attend today's session, a Social Credit spokesman said. No rea- son was given. Following the brief ceremon- ies, leader Harry Strom con- vened a day-long caucus. Ray Speaker, former minister of health and social develop- ment unlil the parly was upset in the Aug. 30 election, said Thursday the meeting will for- mulate plans for their role as an opposition. The caucus also wiD assign the "shadow cabinet'1 and dis- cuss their stand on problems of unemployment and agricul- ture, lie said. Snub that failed LONDON (CP) The Queen put in a personal tele- phono call to her unele. Earl MounlbaUcn of Burma, to dis- suade him from snubbing Em- peror llirohito of Japan, it was reported today. The Daily Mail carried (be new version of the almost- snub in a full-page article by foreign editor Brian Krecman- tle. The article was beaded Why Mounthatten of Burma Had to Kail into Line. Mounlballrn. wlm vrceivrd the smrender of the Japanese forces in Southeast Asia in the Second World War, did not at- tend any public functions for the emperor during his visit here, including a Buckingham Palace banquet. Ho pleaded previous en- gagements in the country. Hut he did have a private r.celing the emperor Wednesday. A Japanese spokesman said the meeting had been Arranged even be- fore the emperor left. Tokyo. Rut says that the Queen told her 71-year-old uncle that his absence was ex- tremclv embarrassing to her. i VMrr if ithcn people had ;