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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THF LETHBRIDGE HERAI D-Saturday. October News in brief Sydney Opera House opens SYDNEY, Australia (AF) Queen Elizabeth opened the Sydney Opera House today. The building covers 5.5 acres, has a shell-like roof and contains four mam halls plus studios, small halls and restaurants. It is not just for opera but for concerts, con- ferences and conventions It took 14 years to build, cost million and was financed by a series of lotteries On the dais with the Queen were Prince Philip, the gover- nor of New South Wales. Sir Roden Cutler, and Lady Cutler, and the premier of New South Wales, Sir Robert Askin and Lady Askin Around them were thousands of people. Close to the dais was a group of 300 native people from eight South Pacific countries and a team of Australian aboriginal dancers. Sixty thousand colored bal- loons were released as the Queen officially declared the building open Kennedy hammers Watergate MIAMI BEACH. Fla (AP) Senator Edward Kennedy Friday called the Watergate political espionage scandal "only a symbol of the stain that has spread through the political process" and damag- ed the administration's ability to command respect at home and abroad. In a scathing attack on the Nixon administration, delivered at the annual AFL- CIO convention the Massachusetts Democrat said the "shattering events" of re- cent weeks have left the ex- ecutive branch in disarrav "They threaten our ability to meet the crisis in the Mid- dle East, to recognize the perils as well as the promise of detente, and to cope effec- tively with an international energy crisis." Kennedy said Kennedy followed Senator Henry Jackson Dem. Wash, to the podium Jackson also assailed administration economic and foreign policy. The two senators, both possible presidential can- didates m 1976, received a warm welcome from the labor delegates. Coliseum seeks federal aid EDMONTON (CP) The federal government has been asked for a grant to help build the Edmonton Coliseum. The request was made in a letter from Jack Pickett, vice- president of the Alberta Liberal Association, in a letter to Urban Affairs Minister Ron Basford. A copy of the letter went to Prime Minister Trudeau. The Edmonton Exhibition Association, which is building the 16.000-seat coliseum, has received no contribution from the federal government but Al Anderson, the association's general manager, said it will be completed whether Ottawa contributes or not. Expansion assistants named OTTAWA (CP) Four assistant deputy ministers have been appointed by the regional economic expansion department under the department's new decentralized organization plan. Don McPhail. a Halifax native and former am- bassador to Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, has been appointed assistant deputy minister for the Atlantic region following his current work as director general of the external affairs department's bureau of economic and scientific af- fairs Robert C Montreuil of Ot- tawa, a career civil servant now acting executive director of the department's incentives division, has been appointed to the Quebec region Ronald R Mclntyre. a native of North Battleford, Sask.. will take over the On- tario region from his job now as director of the department's eastern region Mark R. Daniels, a Van- couver native, has been ap- pointed assistant deputy minister for planning and co- ordination in Ottawa from his job as director of the treasury board's effective evaluation division. He replaces Rod Bryden. who will be acting assistant deputy minister for the western region. B.C. appoints four judges OTTAWA (CP) The ap- pointment of four judges to fill positions in British Columbia was announced Friday by- Justice Minister Otto Lang. William Rogers Mclntyre, 55, a B.C. Supreme Court judge, has been appointed a justice of appeal of the B C. Court of Appeals to fill a vacancy created by changes in the Judges Act. William A. Craig, 51. has been appointed to the B C Supreme Court to replace Mr. Justice Mclntyre. Donald M MacDonald, 50, a district judge of the provincial court, has been appointed- judge of the county courts of Yale and Cariboo and H Lee Skip, 47, has been appointed a judge of the Vancouver coun- ty court following work as a barrister at Williams Lake, B.C. Light plane still missing CRANBROOK. BC (CP) Another day of extensive searching has failed to find Carpet Dirty? PHONF 328-2853 mr. steam Carpet Cleaning Ltd. any trace of a light plane that disappeared six days ago on a flight from Nelson, B.C. to Edmonton with two persons aboard. Seven military aircraft and a number of civilian planes took part in Friday's search, which covered two possible alternate routes that could have been followed by the missing pilot. William Dubois of Vimy. and his passenger, Patriria Goadalc cf Nelson. Air turbulence in the high mountain valleys of eastern B.C. again bothered search olanes. Deaths ByTHECANADIAN PRESS Nakusp. B.C.-H. W. Bert Herridge. 78, one of Canada's most distinguished parliamen- tarians during a 23-year career in federal politics and later New Democratic Party MP for Kootenay West. Chatham, Ont.-Victor Lauriston, 92. former news editor of The News and a well- known newspaper columnist. SPECIAL Plut Dapoill (At ill participating Bubble blamed for oil blowout Capital punishment debate nearly over OTTAWA (CP) The debate on capital punishmnt in the Commons may be over within a few days A government source said Friday that the debate on whether to bring back hanging for all pre-meditated murders may end Monday or Tuesday. He based the prediction on indications that few MPs want to say any more on the sub- ject, which has been before the House since early January The government's capital punishment bill would renew for five years the hanging ban passed by Parliament in 1967 but which expired last Decem- ber Onh murderers of police Canada eager to aid French culture project By DONAT VALOIS LIEGE. Belgium (CP) Canada is willing to spend more to promote cultural co- operation among French- speaking countries, federal Communications Minister Gerard Pelletier said Friday. Mr. Pelletier, head of the Canadian delegation to the third annual conference of the Agence de cooperation cultu- relle et technique meeting here, said he was satisfied with the increased spending Satan cult leader sentenced DELANO. Fla. alleged teen-aged high priest of a satan cult has been sentenced to life in prison in the torture slaying of a California youth Circuit Judge Uriel Bount Friday sentenced David Hester. 17. of Greenville, S C to life on the recommendation of a jury Under Florida law, the ver- dict and sentencing in capital cases are decided sepaiately by the jury, but the judge is not bound to accept the decision. The state asked for the death penalty Thursday wnen Hester was convicted of kill- ing Ross Michael Cochran, 17, of Fresno. Witnesses at the trial told how Cochran was tortured during a satanic ceremony last April 23 and then taken to a wooded area near Daytona Beach where he was clubbed to death. Police said Cochran was flogged with chains and slash- ed with broken glass Hester, described as the high priest or warlock of the cult, denied killing Cochran and said he hit him with a log to knock him unconscious and trick other members of the cult into thinking the youth was dead Cindy Black, 15, of Toronto pleaded guilty May 18 to a murder charge in connection with the rase and is serving an indeterminate sentence at a Florida correctional school. approved by the agency for its 1974 and 1975 budgets. The agency formed in 1970 to encourage cultural contact among wholly or partially Francophone nations, adopted a 1974 budget of 28 3 million francs (about 8 23 per cent higher than last year Delegates also projected a 1975 budget of 32 5 million francs (about million) 15 per cent higher than 1974. "We want to encourage the closest possible co- operation." Mr. Pelletier said, adding that Canada contributes 35 per cent of the agency's annual budget Twenty-four countries are members Mr Pelletier hinted that the two largest contributors, Can- ada and France, would have liked an even greater budget increase. France underwrites 46.7 per cent of the agency budget. It seems however, that Bel- gium, third among contributors, was opposed to further budget hikes. JUSTIFIES SPENDING Mr Pelletier justified the expenditures by saying they are capital for French Canadians who are culturally isolated on the North American continent French-speaking Canadians are less isolated since the for- mation of the agency, he said. "This agency has the firm ambition of becoming the pivot, if not the motive force, of the entire Francophone world On another matter. Mr Pelletier said that a youth festival planned for August, 1974 in Quebec would introduce Canadians to "the Francophone world as it ex- ists elsewhere." The federal government has set aside for this event. Quebec will contribute about and prison guards are subject to the death penalty under the bill Thursday. MPs defeated by margins of 115 to 78 and 114 to 75 respectively amendments that would have extended capital punishment to those who kill during rapes and kid- nappings and to murdering aerial hijackers and second- time murderers But the abolitionists expect a closer decision on the third- reading vote. MPs are being permitted by their parties to vote according to conscience on the issue. Since the last ban expired, the pre-1967 law has been in effect, but there have been no executions since 1962 because the cabinet has exercised its powers to commute the death sentence If it receives final approval, the bill will have to face the Senate and get routine Royal assent before it becomes law. Attendance in the House has been dwindling as some MPs rise for their third round of speech-making on the bill. At least one MP suggested Friday that the debate "was about to become tedious." During nearly five hours of debate Friday, 10 MPs voiced their of them fa- voring retention of capital punishment. Some of those favoring the death penalty argued that the government would be going against the public will by passing the bill. The government would have to answer to the electorate, Don Blenkarn South) said. The people wanted a severe punishment such as hanging for the most heinous crimes. CALLED GUTLESS One of two abolitionists who spoke, Peter Reilly tawa called some MPs gutless. "The tyranny of the so- failed public opinion h3s spread cowardice among some of his colleagues, he said. "They are putting their con- sciences up for said Mr. Reilly. "They are bidding for votes in the next election." Jake Epp argued that many retentionists mere- ly had reconciled their views on capital punishment with those expressed by con- stituents Ben's brewery may open again Tuesday MODERN INDUSTRIAL RENTALS 1250 1tt AVI. S. Phona 328-8886 "Industrial and Home Owner flUO SHAMPOOERS FLOOR SANDERS RENTAL IS YOUR BEST BUY RED DEER (CP) Ben Gmter. owner of the local Tartan Brewery, said Friday he has not received a grant discussed in the Alberta Legislature and won't ask for the money until his brewery is in full operation. The grant had been promis- ed Tartan Brewery by the former Social Credit government. Production had been delayed because of labor dis- putes over the jurisdiction of a union which sought to repre- sent the workers. Operations at the brewery were started with non-union workers but were stopped again after a labor group in Calgary voted Beer to blacklist Tartan produced here. Mr. Gmter said he has received assurances from people he did not identify that a boycott of his products would be lifted. He said if this, in fact, happens then the brewery will open next week. Leadership candidate VICTORIA (CP) Dr G. Scott Wallace (PC Oak Bay) announced Friday night that he is a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party in British Columbia. A convention to decide a new leader has been set for Nov. "30-Dec. 2 at Richmond, B.C. Farewell U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shakes hands with Huan Chen, head of the delegation from the Peoples Republic of China, Friday night prior to a dinner given by the delegation. Kissinger left Washington iate Friday night on an un- scheduled trip to Moscow to discuss "means to end hostilities in the Middle East." The man in the background is an uniden- tified interpreter. CTV sends Lamoureux apology OTTAWA (CP) Murray Chercover, president of CTV, has sent a letter to Commons Speaker Lucien Lamoureux apologizing for any breach of parliamentary privilege caus- ed by the television network's bugging of an New Democratic Party caucus earlier this week. The letter, delivered Friday, did not apologize for the motivation that led to the incident. The network has said the bugging was to demonstrate how easy it is to conduct electronic eavesdropping and to draw at- tention to the lack of legisla- tion to cover the matter. A copy of the letter was also sent to David Lewis. New Democratic Party leader, it was disclosed by CTV reporters on Parliament Hill. By TOM CAMPBELL CAMROSE, Alta. (CP) An oil well blowout which forced central Alberta residents to flee their homes early this month has been blamed on a bubble. The events which led to an oil well blowing out of control near New Norway, 12 miles southwest of here, were described Friday to an inquiry called by the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board. Technical witnesses appear- ing prior to the public hearing gave few technical recommendations on how such situations might be avoided. But the board was told more co-ordination and communication is necessary among groups handling major emergencies in Alberta. The wild well was an emer- gency because the dirty stream of water and oil spew- ing from the wellhead was ac- companied by natural gas con- taining deadly hydrogen sul- phide Small concentrations of hydrogen sulphide gas can be lethal. It is heavier than air and accumulates at ground level The RCMP and the- Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) ordered the evacuation of an es- timated people from the surrounding farms and villages. BUBBLE MOVES UP Appearing for Sun Oil Co., which owns the well, Roger Egglestone said the blowout was believed to have occurred when a huge bubble of natural gas percolated through water in the well casing The company conservation officer said it was believed the gas bubble displaced water inside the well casing. The water had been pumped into the well to counter- balance gas pressure at the bottom of the hole while pipes were being pulled out of the well. When the bubble displaced the water in the well casing, the pressure of the oil and gas at the bottom of the hole was able to escape to the surface The oil, gas. and water blew out when a perforated piece of pipe being drawn from the well became stuck and prevented automatic valves from closing The force of the eruption jammed the pipe in the wellhead and it was 26 hours before the flow could be stopped. In the meantime the hydrogen sulphide was escap- ing into the surrounding countryside. Evidence submitted by Sun Oil and by the environment department indicated that the hydrogen sulphide concentra- tion did not attain a dangerous level beyond the immediate vicinity of the well. Bob Briggs of the environ- ment department and Ernest Tyler, Alberta director for the EMO. both testified that evac- uation seemed the wisest move at the time. SPEND NIGHT AWAY An estimated people left their homes on the night of Oct. 2 and did not return un- til the following day Problems encountered in handling the emergency situa- tion underlined the need for an improved system of co- ordination and com- munication, Mr. Tyler said. Mr Egglestone said Sun Oil was aware of no damage to livestock caused by the gas. Vegetation had been killed by the gas and salt water in the immediate vicinity of the well. Because of the high gas con- centration at the wellhead, oil crews used oxygen masks and rubber suits while working to close off the flow. This was eventually done by pushing back into the well the pipe which had jammed the blow- out prevention valves open. Mr. Egglestone said he felt the news media had "created a condition of hysteria over that which was completely un- necessary." Mr Tyler, who com- plimented local radio stations for supporting the emergency evacuation, said outside the hearing that if the danger had been overstressed it was an error in the right direction. D. R. Craig, vice-chairman of the emergency board, clos- ed the hearing after three hours He said the board would make a report, in- cluding recommendations to avoid similar incidents, in about four weeks Floods in Spain claim 100 lives MADRID (AP) Floods fed by torrential rains swept through parts of southern Spam, resulting in as many as 100 deaths, officials said today. More than 150 persons are missing and hundreds are stranded in flooded towns It was believed to be the worst natural disaster in Spain since 1962, when floods in Barcelona killed 600 per- sons. The rains came unexpected- ly after a devastating six- month drought Officials said that eight inches of rain fell in some areas in only six hours. La Barita, a village of persons on the Mediterranean coast, was reported the worst hit. Fifty bodies have been re- covered there and another 40 persons are missing, officials said. The semi-official Cifra news agency reported that 23 bodies were recovered from streets and buildings crumbled by the waters in Puerto Lumbreras and Lorca, two towns on the road between Murcia and Al- meria near the southwestern coast. The towns were un- reachable by land, and helicopters and lifeboats were being used in rescue operations. Otto Lang Road Show explains feed program By GARRY FAIRBAFRN REGINA ICP) The Otto Lang Road Show, featuring new props and an expanded cast, rolled into Regina Fri- day for a return engagement, but met critical reviews. Justice Minister Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, dis- cussed his feed grains program with representatives of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool and Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture before starting a small-town tour to explain the program to farmers. Earlier this month, he spent four days on a similar Saskatchewan speaking tour defending his controversial policy. Although Mr. Lang told a news conference that he found "very general agreement about the basic principles" when he discussed his program with the pool and federation, a pool spokesman later strongly criticized the program. Pool president E. K. Turner said in an interview that at the meeting "it was clearly in- dicated to Mr. Lang that our assessment of the policy as put forward to date shows a number of weaknesses that would result in lower prices to Western producers." Mr Lang's schedule includes meetings in the Saskatchewan communities of Rouleau, Southey, Munster and Cud worth. His basic message will be the same as the previous tour that his policy is designed to provide equal opportunity to feed grain and livestock producers across the country and that it will not lower feed grain prices. But he has added a set of charts to back up his arguments by showing soaring farm revenues He is using the charts to argue that the time is ripe for a grains income stabilization plan that, based on current good times, will provide com- pensation to farmers when the next downturn comes And he has doubled his sup- porting cast from the one aide who accompanied him on the previous tour. At his news conference, Mr. Lang emphasized that lie is willing to listen to any suggestions the pool or federa- tion may put forward for realizing the objectives of equity and natural advantage. The federal policy proposes to ensure equity in feed grain pricing by having eastern livestock producers buy at the same basic price plus tran- sport and handling costs as producers on the prairies do. With the removal of freight rate discrimination against prairie livestock producers, that will ensure that livestock industry growth is determined by natural geographic advan- tages and not by artificial means, he says. Referring to criticisms that the new policy will undermine Canadian Wheat Board authority, Mr. Lang said the board will maintain full control over feed grain ex- ports, which he called four or five times as important as sales from the prairies to Eastern Canada or British Columbia. On the criticism that there would be serious problems allocating boxcars between feed grain for export and for use in the east, Mr. Lang said that is a real difficulty but any comprehensive program would have such difficulties Other comments included: A weekend announce- ment is expected on what the so-called off-board price is for prairie feed grain. This price will be the basis for sales to the east. The Agricultural Products Board, set up to provide a floor price for feed grains, is "buying some but not very much." That would indicate most farmers agree with Mr. Lang that they should not sell to the APB. The federal government is considering speeding up freight rale reforms to help hard-pressed cattlemen. There is a serious backlog of grain, lumber and potash to be moved on the railways, but that will be cleared up eventually ;