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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta FORECAST. HIGH THURSDAY NEAR SO Tlie Letlibvidge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 261 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 1970 PHICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FIVE SECTIONS 56 PAGES Break Hopes Fade In Kidnapping Case Arctic Chain Twisted Around Neck Tanker PI Strangled Pierre Laporte A MOMENT TO REMEMBER-Justice Minister John Turner and Mrs. Turner, former prime minster Lester Pearson (centre) and Finance Min- ister E. J. Benson take part in a service in mem- ory of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte in Ottawa Tuesday. See Laporte funeral story page 2. Calgary Civic Investigation Resumes Today CALGARY (CP) Public scrutiny of civic man- agement, during the last 10 years resumes today with an investigation of political interference in the ex- ecution of police duties. The possibility of such interference is only one several areas being covered by the inquiry which opened late in September for seven days. _, At that time, a series of witnesses told of thefts, loose security and questionable management by civic employees. The involvement of Aid. John Kuslmer in the re- moval of an apple tree from city property to the home of his son was also heard. Commission chairman, Mr. Justice W. G. Morrow of the Northwest Territories Court, said although the apple-tree incident had comic effects, the matter was not trivial. Aid. Kushner and project manager Ed Burgoyne, whom the alderman said had given permission to re- move the tree, gave conflicting evidence. Mayor Hod Sykes had pushed tire provincial gov- ernment for several weeks to call the inquiry. Focus On Thefts The early part of the inquiry concentrated on thefts from the Calgary Transit System and the cash- counting room at city hall. Bertram Freeman, an administrative .assistant closely connected with the transit system, said many ingenious ways had been developed to violate fare boxes. One involved lowering a grasshopper by string into a fare box where it would grasp a ticket or light coin before being retrieved! Angus MacDonald, president of Local 583, Amal- gamated Transit Operators Union, dismissed the story as a myth which "originated when a bunch of kids tried it on a street car many years ago." He also challenged testimony that 25 per cent of the transit drivers had stolen from the system. "I can line up 400 bus drivers against the wall and defy anyone to find 100 men who are stealing money." Several employees who had worked in cash-han- dling positions for the city said (hey stole "coffee mon- to a day. They testified under the Canada and Alberta Evi- dence Acts which means their evidence cannot b e used against them except in perjury prosecutions.. Reverse Testimony James Ross and Dennis Mclvor, former dry casn- iers, appeared twice at the inquiry, the' second time to reverse earlier testimony and admit thefts. Both were fined for contempt and Mr. Jus- tice Morrow said he understood the pressures they were under, but by being untruthful "you very often magnify the thing you try to conceal." City detectives testified they used closed-circuit television to observe people taking coins but the city did not prosecute preferring to fire the offenders or transfer them to less tempting positions. Tlie inquiry was sought after two.men'Were con- victed of stealing from the transit system and in- vestigations revealed dubious actions in other parts of the civic administration. One of the men who was convicted told the in- quiry lie stole 5600 a week for years. Mr. Justice Morrow ordered the man's name with- held because he had already paid his debt to society. The man said on one occasion he went home ill and inadvertently took a set of security keys: which tie kept "for three weeks before anyone called to in- quire about them." The hearing covers administrations of Mayors Har- ry Hays, now a senator, Grant MacEwan.now lieu- tenant-governor of Alberta, Jack Leslie and Mr. Sykes. New Fishing Deal Hammered Out OTTAWA (CP) The Soviet fishing fleet will stay clear of an area of the continental shelf off Vancouver Island, scene of numerous incidents involving Soviet and Canadian fishing ves- sels, under an agreement an- nounced today. In return, the Soviets will be accorded port privileges in Van- couver and fishing area oft the Queen Charlotte Islands inside Canada's territorial boundary. the agree- ment; at four, weeks of talks here between Ca- nadian and Soviet fisheries offi- cials, was made by Fisheries Minister Jack Davis, at-a .news confers ence described the accord as an "interim .agreement, an under- standing." It will be put into final shape at a follow-up meet- ing in Moscow "at an early date." WILL PREVENT COLLISION Mr. Davis said the agreement removes the possibility of colli- sions between Canadian and So- viet fishing vessels. The area from which the Rus- sians have agreed to stay clear is Big Bank, off the southwest coast of Vancouver Island. This last summer, a series of Spacecraft To Grcle The Moon MOSCOW (AP) The Soviet government announced today that an unmanned spacecraft, Zond VIII is on its way to circle the moon. Tass, the Soviet news agency, said the craft was launched Tuesday and will return to earth Oct. 27. It said it would round the moon Oct. 24. The last shot in the Zond ser- ies, No. 7, circled the moon in August, 1969, and returned vath pictures of the lunar surface. collisions and near-collisions oc- curred there between fishing beats of the two countries. Similar incidents, giving rise to an increasing outcry among Island fishermen against Soviet trawler operations, had oc- curred in previous summers. These incidents prompted the federal government to seek an accommodation with the Soviets that would prevent a recurrence in succeeding years. The Soviet fishing fleet visits the. Vancouver Island fishing ...banksi.each .summer, moving furtheri southward in the fall. The area where the Soviets will be permitted to fish is off the south central coast of the opposite Tasu Sound. [an Shelved HOUSTON, Tex. (CP) Movement of crude oil from Alaska's North Slope to United States markets by icebreaking tankers is commercially feasi- ble, Humble Oil and Refining Co. said Wednesday, but pipe- line transportation appears to have an economic edge at present. The company said it has de- cided to suspend its studies of icebreaking tanker operations and concentrate efforts on pipe- line alternatives. Humble said Arctic tanker de- velopment could be resumed on short notice if economic factors change or other circumstances warrant. The statement was issued by M. A. Wright, Humble board chairman. Humble sent the leased tanker Manhattan, specially equipped for icebreaking, on two voyages into the northern, ice. On its first voyage, Aug. 24 to Nov. 12, 1969, the Manhattan journeyed through the Northwest Passage, reaching Point Barrow, Alaska, on Sept. 21." This year, between April 3 and June 12, the Man- hattan made a sscond Arctic voyage but did not go through the passage. Canada provided an icebreaker escort on these voyages. MONTREAL (CP) A light gold chain With a small reli- gious medal attached, worn by Pierre Laporte, was identified Wednesday as the murder weapon used by terrorist kid- nappars who strangled the Quebec labor minister last Sat- urday. Coroner Laiirin Lapointe told reporters that Mr. Laporte died of asphyxiation, sometime be- tween noon and 11 p.m. Satur- day, when the chain around his neck was twisted from behind. "The mark of strangulation was all around the neck except at the back of the the coroner said. The only other marks on the body were three superficial the right hand, left wrist and upper right chest. .All had been inflicted before death. The labor minister had not been shot, as police from subur- ban St. Hubert reported origi- nally when his body was found there early Sunday in the trunk of an abandoned car. NOT TORTURED Also unfounded were a flurry of published and broadcast re- ports in recent days, quoting un- named police sources as saying that Mr. Laporte had been slashed, tortured and stabbed with an ice-pick. Mi'. Lapointe.spoke to report- ers at a news conference, and read from what he described as a two-minute "summary" of an autopsy report. No further details would be made public until the coroner's inquest, expected "in the very near future." Iraq Pulls Out Of Jordan Area Truce Proposed 16-Year-Old Given Life In Prison NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. (CP) A 16-year-old youth was sentenced here to life im- prisonment for the murder of a nine-year-old schoolmate i n February. Chief Justice J. 0. Wilson im- posed the mandatory life sent- ence after a British Columbia Supreme Court jury found Clin- ton Arthur Ash of Hope, B.C. guilty of non-capital murder. The all-male jury deliberated four hours. Ash was charged after the body of Roland Kamimura was found tied to a sapling by a belt around his neck in bush 001111117 near the Coquihalla River in Hope, Feb. 5. UNITED NATIONS (CP) Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir announced to the General Assembly today that her gov- ernment is prepared to continue the Middle East ceasefire "without a time limit." Mrs. Meir's statement before the 25th-anniversary session was the strongest yet by Israel on the possible extension of the ceasefire that was due to end Nov. 5, although Foreign Minis- ter Abba Eban had hinted at fie extension earlier this month. Egypt has announced that it is willing to extend the ceasefire for another 90 days. But until the situation which existed before the current 90- day standstill went into effect at midnight Aug. 7 was restored, Israel could not be expected to take part in peace talks under Sterility Or Jail PATNA, India (Reuter) Prisoners under 50 years old who agree to be sterilized will have their sentences reduced, the Bihar state government an- nounced Tuesday. The reduc- tions will be between 25 and 50 days, depending on the length of tile jail term and the number of children a prisoner has. It will apply to both men and women. the auspices of UN envoy Gun- nar Jarring, she said. "Israel seeks to resume nego- Mrs. Met told the 127-nation assembly. "It wants the Jarring talks to be fruitful, but it cannot renew its partici- pation in them until it is demon- strated that agreements that have been concluded are faith- fully observed." Israel has charged Egypt with violating the standstill by mov- ing Soviet-built missiles nearer to the Suez canal. Egypt has denied the charge and marie counter-allegations of Israeli vi- olations of the standstill. From AP-REUTER AMMAN (CP) The Iraqi troops stationed in Jordan since the 1967 Middle East war are pulling pub and-.will com- plete their withdrawal Thursday night, informed Jordanian sources said today. The informants said Jordan- ian'trobps were stationed on the border with Iraq to supervise the withdrawal. They said Jordanian officers had foiled an attempt by the Iraqis to crate up Jordanian equipment and take it home with them. King Hussein told a news con- ference last Week the Iraqis would be asked to leave, and Prime Minister Ahmed Toukan met Monday with Iraqi diplo- Troops On The Move OTTAWA (CP) A long line of military armored cars and personnel carriers rolled into Ottawa during the early hours of the morning from the Cana- dian Forces Base at Petawawa to reinforce army security forces on station in the capital. An army spokesman, who refused to give the number of vehicles but said it was "less than said the units were just reinforcements and there was no special significance to their arrival. He would not say where they would be deployed. The vehicles were described as Ferret armored cars, the type used by peacekeeping forces hi Cyprus, and Lynx ar- mored personnel carriers. They are normally armed with ma- chine-guns, but the spokesman would not say if these units were. mats to present the request ior- mally the informants reported. VICE-PRESIDENT OUSTED Gen. Hassan Naquib, commander of Iraqi forces in Jordan, was ordered home dur- ing the weekend after a power struggle in Baghdad in which Vice-President Hardan Takriti was ousted. Leaders of Iraq's governing Baath party came under sharp criticism after the Iraqi force failed to come to the aid of the Palestinian Arab guerrillas in the civil War in Jordan last month. The Iraqis had repeat- edly pledged assistance for the guerrillas, but when the fighting broke out they did nothing. In other developments: The Christian Science Moni- tor, in a dispatch from Beirut, Lebanon, says Egyptian busi- nessmen are re-examining a plan to reopen the Suez Canal- closed since June, ships of all nations including Israel, and enlarge it to accommodate supertankers. The Monitor says the plan "has been secretly sent from Cairo to Washington in time for the NixonrGromyko meeting." President Nixon is to meet with Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko Thursday. New President Sworn In At Cairo CAIRO (Reuter) Dr. Mah- moud Fawzy, 70, was sworn in today as prime minister of Egypt with a virtually un- changed cabinet of 22 ministers. Fawzy, former foreign minis- ter and Egypt's most experi- enced diplomat, took over a post occupied for three years following the 1S67 war by the late President Nasser, who died Sept. 28. Immediately after it was sworn in today the new cabinet went into session under Presi- dent Anwar Sadat. Student Papers Ban Criticized Meir To Visit OTTAW (CP) Prime Min- Tnidenu announced here that Prime Minister Golda Meir of Israel will pay a one-day visit to Ottawa Monday, Ntov. 2. OTTAWA (CP) Selective harrassment of student news- papers under provisions of the War Measures Act was charged Tuesday night by the vice-presi- dent of the Canadian University Press. Susan Reisler said in an inter- view: "It's a dilemma. We don't really know what to do. "Why some papers and not She said the newspapers were being closed because they Were publishing all or sections of the the Front.de Liber- ation du Quebec. Under the War Measures Act, invoked last Friday, it is illegal to support the FLQ or to dis- seminate its philosophies. But, Miss Reisler said, there appears no pattern to the news- papers' closings or to warnings received by student editors. "We feel it's harrassment of certain papers and editors. We think the authorities are just using the act to hassle editors they don't like and to threaten them." MENTIONS NEWSPAPERS Miss Reisler said the Dalhou- sie University paper in Halifax was printed but not allowed to be distributed and the Univer- sity of Lctlibridgc Meliorisl also was forbidden distribution. At the University of Guelph the moulds from which the newspaper is printed were seized by local police and the Quarticr Latin of the University of Montreal was ordered not Io distribute its paper because it contained the manifesto. She said the McGill Daily was warned, after printing an edi- torial denouncing government action, not to print similar edi- torials. On ths other hand, she said, papers allowed to publish and distribute editions containing all or part of the manifesto include the University of Toronto Var- sity; the Waterloo Chevron; the McMaster Silhouette; the two University of Saskatchewan pa- Carillon i n Regina and the Sheaf in Saskatoon; the Gateway at the University of Alberta, Edmonton; and the at the University of British Columbia. "So we really don't know what to do. It's a dilemma. "Who decides if it's TO PUBLISH GUELPH, Out. (CP) The University of Guelph student newspaper, The Ontarion, in- tends to publish as usual this week despite the seizure by po- lice last weekend of printing mats for a single-sheet special edition. Editor Alan Ricketls said Tuesday, the mats for the single sheet, which contained refer- ences to the Front ds Liberation du Quebec, were given by Guelph police to the RCMP at Kitchener. The sheet was to have been distributed a t homecoming events last weekend. It had the FLQ manifesto on one side, and on the reverse an editorial and the text of the War Measures Act. Mr. Rickctts said the editorial was similar in tone to one Saturday in the Toronto Star. Joke In Bad Taste MONTREAL (CP) Hope for an immediate break in the terrorist kidnapping of British diplomat James (Jasper) Cross faded today when police de- scribed a series of anonymous telephone calls as "probably a joke in very bad taste." Calls to police during the night offered to discuss terms for tie release of the 49-year-old British trade commissioner, ab- ducted 16 days ago by a cell the terrorist Front de Liberation du Quebec. Insp. J. L. Melancon of the Quebec Provincial Police dashed any hopes that the calls might have contained when he said a men had been picked up for questioning. He was believed to have been the anonymous caller. PHONED 3 TIMES The anonymous caller, who telephoned three times during the night, was given some ques- tions by police that could only be answered by Mr. Cross. The caller, who claimed to represent the FLQ, said on his third call he would provide re- plies by "late afternoon or early evening." Police gave no details of the questions and aside from his "joke" reference, Insp. Melan- con refused to give further de- tails. A brief telegraphic bulletin put out under the authority of the QPP public relations section said of the calls: "During On night, following these calls concerning the safe conduct for the kidnappers of Mr. Cross, the police received other, information, one individ- ual was arrested and an investi- gation is in progress. It is prob- ably a joke in very bad taste." Suspects Turned Loose OTTAWA (CP) Solicitor- General George Mcllraith said Wednesday that a "large num- ber" of persons arrested in Quebec under the War Mea- sures Act are being released. He said in a Commons reply to T. C. Douglas, the New Dem- ocrat leader, that 379 persons had been, taken into custody up to noon Wednesday. Twenty-one had been released and a "large number" more would be re- leased Wednesday. The authorities were in the process of releasing "quite a Mr. Mcllraith said. WON'T DIVULGE NAMES Justice Minister John Turner said in reply to Mr. Douglas that it would not be in the inter- ests of all those arrested io make public the names of those detained in the police operation against the Front de Liberation du Quebec. Prime Minister Trudeau told the Commons Tuesday he would "gladly consider" the sugges- tion of Opposition Leader Rob- ert Stanfield that the names of those arrested and the charges against them be made public. 101 czc oct21i Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN p E R P L E X E D POSTAL clerks George Spoulos, Jack Yales and John McColl staring at a small parcel which when dropped emitted maniacal laughter Hugh Christie admitting that "miniskirts will do it every time" after he and Warren Johnson collided while both were intent on observing Janet Willms attire Flor- ence cleJong packing a newly-seeded lawn with roll- ing pin. ;