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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 21, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Thunday, October !1, 1971 THE lETHBRIDOf HERAID 17 Fingerprints stored in case of accident By GERARD MCNEIL OTTAWA (CP) A Canadian can walk into any RCMP de- tachment and have fingerprints recorded as a means of certain identification in case of acci- dent. About 100 people have done so in the last 25 years, say the RCMP. The prints are stored in a special file, kept apart from the tens of thousands of other sets recorded for other reasons. The voluntary file is consulted only when the RCMP are asked to help identify a body that may be burned beyond recognition, or otherwise unidentifiable eas- ily. "When a person burns to death, the fists tend to clench, protecting t h e says Chief Supt. Bill Harrison of the RCMP fingerprints bureau in Ottawa. Supt. Harrison says foot prints, which are as unique to each individual as fingerprints might be even more valuable because shoes protect the prints. Recently, the Canadian Asso- ciation of Chiefs of Police rec ommended that Canadians vol untarily obtain a set of their own fingerprints. The person rather than the police would hold the prints, averting one problem for storage of 22 million sets of prints. It has about one million sets on file now. The recommendation is outgrowth of one made earlier this year by a coroner's jury investigating the crash of an Air Canada jet north of Toronto July 5, 1970. U.S. government rapped by Vatican VATICAN CITY (AP) Vatican commission attacked the U.S. government today for its recent unilateral changes in the monetary system and voiced support for those who refuse to fight for the United States in Vietnam. The Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace, in a docu- ment submitted to the World Synod of Roman Catholic Bish- ops, urged the synod to deplore recent "monetary decisions taken by some rich countries which involve the well-being and the development of two bil- lion persons" in poor countries. The 18-member commission is headed by Maurice Cardinal Roy of Quebec and includes many laymen from around the world. The W-point message also called on the synod to support those who "refuse to participate in certain wars or certain acts of war. such as the bombard- ment of civil populations." It Trudeau dodges queries OTTAWA (CP) Min- ister Trudeau dodged Commons questions again Wednesday on what Canada's unemployment rate will be this winter. Asked the question directly by Lincoln Alexander ton Mr. Trudeau said the government wanted "the lowest possible unemployment'.' Mr. Alexander noted that Labor Minister Bryce Mackasey said last week that the unem- ployment rate has averaged 4.8 per cent since the Liberals took power in 1963, and was unlikely to average below that under Canada's geographical condi- tions. Was the government aim- ing for 4.8 per cent? Mr. Trudeau said he had heard both NDP and Conserva- tive members refer to 45 .per cent unemployment as a target, but the government, he sai.d was aiming for a really low rate. The September rate, adjusted to take seasonal factors into ac- count, was 7.1 per cent of the work force. Two persons perish in house fire VALLEYVffiW (CP) _ Two persons were killed and a third injured when fire destroyed a two-room house in Valleyview, 200 miles northwest of Edmon- ton. The RCMP said the owner of the house, Henry Laroque, was the only survivor of the fire and was being treated in hospital for burns and shock. He had not yet recovered suf- ficiently to help in identifying the two bodies found in the house, RCMP said. SLAIN IN PARADISE AOSTA, Italy (AP) Poach- ers killed nearly .TOO rare cha- mois and stcinbocks in the Grand Paradise National Park in the Italian Alps early this week during a three-day strike by park wardens. Another three-day walkout of wardens, scheduled this weekend, was called off Thursday when the 64 wardens re c c i v e d wage in- creases. called for "understanding of those who, in the name of their faith of their conscience, refuse to bear arms." Although neither clause men- tioned the United States by name, its intent was clear. The message also condemned colonialism and nee-colonialism, racial discrimination, particu- larly in South Africa, and in- creasing armaments and nation- alism. The outline of recommended policy positions was submitted to the assembly of 209 bishops as they took up the second major topic in their month-long meeting, social justice. During the first two weeks of the synod the bishops discussed problems of the priesthood, recording massive opposition to the ordination of married men but strong support for accept- ance of priests who marry as "laymen in good standing." URGE PAKISTAN AID The justice and peace com mission's report also called on the synod to "find the concrete means to stand by the millions of victims of the East Pakistan drama." It deplored the oppression of black majorities by white mi- nority regimes in South Africa, "often in the name of 'Christian civilization' denunciation of South Africa and of the Catholic Portuguese regimes in Mozambique and Angola. The commission's statement said the Roman Cath- olic Church should also clean its own house of injustice, an ap- parent criticism of the church's co-operation with the authoritar- ian regimes in Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Brazil. The document was by far the strongest and most explicit statement by a Vatican body on justice in the world. If accepted in totality, it would carry the church to its strongest stance yet on war, justice, racism and political oppression. It described as a "burning issue" the "current crisis of the international monetary sys- tem." The crisis "reveals the degree to which the peoples of the Third World are excluded from decision-making that deter- mines the course of the world's economic system, and affects, too, the jobs and salaries which provide daily bread to millions of families." DISCUSS BIRTH CONTROL? The document even spoke of the population explosion, possi- bly opening the door to a discus- sion in the synod of birth con- trol. It said: "In vast regions of the world high and accelerating rates of population increase put a brake on development or pose a threat to the quality of lifi. The document reserved some of its strongest words for the plight of the world's poor. "Two-thirds of the world's population lives on less than 12.5 per cent of the world's pro- duced wealth, while one-third consumes the other 87.5 per cent About 10 per cent of the world's population do not get enough to eat, while another 50 per cent have inadequate diets." The greater part of the human family lives in condi- tions of "anguish, misery and insecurity." It urged the church to take the lead in sharing wealth with "certain bold measures in thn management of church prop- erty, including public accounta- bility to the whole people of God." It called for the sale of church properties in favor of the poor and more equal distri- bution of wealth inside the church. The pontifical commission was formed by Pope Paul in 1967 to act. as a study group on one of the Pope's main areas of peace and de- velopment. Twenty of the 109 bodies in that crash were never identi tied. The jury proposed that for identification purposes, every Canadian be able to ask police to provide him with a set of his prints. It further recommended that Air Canada itself take prints of its flight crews. Air Canada says it has done this for some time although stewardesses aren't finger printed for identification pur poses. The reason given is tha the turnover is high. Some other airlines take mouth of denta an additional means to identify crews in case of acci- dent. Few individuals fingerprints taken have their voluntarily. perhaps because it never occurs to them, perhaps because of the criminal connotation. "It really is a says Supt. Harrison, citing the posi- tive side of fingerprints. CAN BE HELPFUL Official records include nol only criminal prints but those ol civil sen-ants in sensitive jobs and members of the armed forces. Some industrial plants require prints. In mass disasters, when posi- tive identification of bodies is often difficult, these records often perform a public service that can be both psychol- ogically and legally important to the family of the victim. Inevitably, when positive identification isn't made, there may be a nagging doubt that a missing friend or relative wasn't on that plane, boat or train, or at the hotel that burned that night. Legally, positive identification clears the' way for settlement of an matter that can run into great difficulties other- Campus rift centres on privileges EDMONTON (CP) The problem of affiliation between Red Deer College and the Uni- versity of Alberta centres on extension course privileges, says W. D. Neal, university vice-president for planning and development. Dr. Neal was commenting 01 report that the college board of governors will not sign ar affiliation agreement with Uv university unless the college is allowed to participate in the inal worduig of the agreement College president Merv East- man said Monday one of the contentious issues in the agree- ment is the right of the college a offer off-campus credit courses. The present arrangement al- ows the college to grant credil or courses which include direcl 'overnment support through he colleges commission. Dr. Neal said the college ap- larently wants to grant credil or extension courses as well is the regular first and second- year university transfer courses and receive government sup- for the extension courses. Discussions on the proposal continue and the matter must go before the university's gen- eral faculty council for approv- al, he said. University enrolment rate slows EDMONTON (CP) The University of Alberta not grow to what had been ia- ted as a maximum limit 000 students as fast as once ex- pected, says Dr. W. D. Neal, vice-president of planning and development. It is possible the limit may take 10 or 20 years to reach in- stead of the 1969 estimate of five or six years, he said in an interview. The university con- sequently was re-evaluating the assumption of growing to a lim- it of The rale of increase in en- rolment at the university has slowed in the last few years. No decision has been made on a revaluation of the original assumption of setting a maxi- mum limit of students, Dr. Neal said. Current univer- sity building was still aimed at "catching up" with space needs created by enrolment jumps in the late 1960s. "We won't be caught over- he said. THE UNIVERSE French author A n a t o I e France once said "a dictionary is the universe in alphabetical order." 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