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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Truth isn't that popular Monday, octooer zz, i Mt Lt i nemuvat j Figures in inquiry Lathing contractor Cesidio Romanelli (right) is one of the principal figures in the Ontario Royal Commission on Crime m the construction industry. Romanelli is hand- cuffed to Natale Luppino ofHamiltonas they enter court at Toronto. Both men face perjury charges in connection with testimony given to the commission. Orwell's predictions loom above Parliament By KEN POLE OTTAWA (CP) It seems the closer we get to 1984, the more concerned we become that George Orwell's pre- dictions of a society with no privacy might become reality The increasing use of elec- tronic eavesdropping devices was brought sharply to the fore in the Commons last week when it was learned that a television reporter had bugged a New Democratic Party caucus room just to prove how easy it was After Parliament has dealt with the capital punishment GENERAL FARM Presents The Weather SUNRISE TUESDAY SUNSET H L Pre Lethbridge...... 61 36 Pmcher Creek 63 34 Medicine Hat 69 Edmonton ___ 43 34 Grande Prairie 36 32 18 Banff 51 35 01 Calgary 51 25 Victoria ......55 44 05 Pentieton 52 48 .63 Prince George 40 34 07 Kamloops 53 41 .14 Vancouver 55 47 .19 Saskatoon 63 36 Regina 70 36 Winnipeg.....65 36 Toronto.....54 31 Ottawa....... 52 36 Montreal 49 38 St John's 46 36 .04 Halifax 50 39 Charlottetown 46 34 .06 Fredericton 46 32 Chicago 70 43 New York 63 46 Miami....... 83 70 Los Angeles 71 60 Las Vegas 87 54 Phoenix 94 60 Rome.......64 61 Paris........... 57 45 London 55 45 Berlin 46 34 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Medicine Hat regions: Todav: Mainly sun- ny Brisk westerly winds Highs near 60 Lows tonight near 35. Tomorrow. Cloudy with a few showers Highs tomorrow near 50 Calgary regions: Today Variable cloudiness. Few periods of light rain Highs 45 to 50 Lows tonight near 30 Tomorrow Cloudy with showers of light rain or wet snow Highs tomorrow 40 to 45 Columbia, Kootena> region: Today and Tuesday Mainly cloudy A few showers over the Columbia Highs today and Tuesday near 50 Lows tonight near 35. MONTANA East of Continental Divide. Partly cloudy and mild and tonight Cloudy and a lit- tle cooler Tuesday with wide- ly scattered showers western mountains along the east slopes of the rockies Tuesday. Highs today 65 to 75. Lows tonight 35 to 45 Highs Tuesday mostly 60s West of Continental Divide: Variable cloudiness with few showers over the mountains today and tonight Scattered showers and a little cooler Tuesday. Highs today 55 to 65. Lows tonight 35 to 45 Highs Tuesday 50s GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES BONANZA DAYS! Daily Door Prizes Hourly Draws for Prizes Refreshments Specials on Many Items Each Day to Celebrate Our 31st Anniversary GENERAL FARM SUPPLIES Coutts Highway Box 1202 Phone 328-1141 Highway 1 reported bare and drv Widening 01 one mile sec- tion of Highway No. .1 oast of Fort Macluod is in progress All remaining highway ,in Hi good driving condition PORTS OF ENTRY (Opening and Closing Carway i a.m to 10 p.m Chief Mountain closed: Coutts 24 hours, Del Bonita 9 a.m. to 6 p.m Kmgsgate 24 hours. Porthill-Rykerts 8 a.m to midnight, Wild Horse8a m to5p m Roosevill'eBa m to midnight. Logan Pass open issue a top-pnonty item is expected to be third reading of a bill regulating wiretapping by anyone including the police The proposed amendment would affect the Criminal Code, the Crown Liability Act and the Official Secrets Act and would prohibit bugging by anyone except police with a judge's written warrant or, under special emergency con- ditions, for up to 36 hours without such permission if a judge is not readily available. An attemot bv Justice Minister Otto Lang to make wiretap evidence admissible as evidence at a trial was toss- ed out by the Commons justice com- mittee this summer The incident in the NDP caucus room last week show- ed just how sensitive Parlia- ment is to the issue despite the tact the reporter who planted the bug. Tim Ralfe of CTV. freely admitted he had done it NDP Leader David Lewis, who disclosed the incident to the Commons after being told by Rolfe. did not press for se- vere parliamentary action but described the move as a clear violation of MPs' rights and "morally and socially wrong in every respect." Tapes of the NDP meeting were handed over to Mr Lewis and he received an apology from CTV network president Murray Chercover. But there was no apology for the motivation that led to the produce material for a Nov 4 program on electronic eavesdropping Commons Speaker Lucien Lamoureux, in a letter to Ralfe. warned that any use of the recording on the program would be in contempt of Parliament The incident caused a minor rift among members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery The gallery executive issued a statement condemn- ing Ralfe's action, and said that as the elected represen- tatives of the gallery members, it "expects all members to respect the privacy of members of Parlia- ment." Less than 30 minutes after the statement was posted on the gallerv bulletin board, a petition was tacked un- derneath in which more than a dozen representatives of various media expressed dis- approval of the executive's memo. While the dissidents were not supporting Ralfe. they ob- jected to the executive's at- titude and indicated that the executive would perhaps be better left to routine tasks as assigning scats in the gallery. Rut whatever the outcome of this sidelight tempest, the bugging itself is, as one observer indicated sar- castically, "sure to have perhaps just a slight effect on what happens to that bill IIKAVIKST WOOD The lu'aviesl wood is black inimvood which weighs pounds per cuhir foot Payoffs preferred in brown envelopes By JOHN LeBLANC TORONTO (CP) In the boisterous world of the On- tario lathing trade, the most popular unit of currency seems to be preferably in a plain envelope. A commodity less favored by some in the trade, prosecutors say, is the truth A provincial royal commis- sion on crime in the construc- tion industry has been sitting about five weeks, and so far three witnesses have been charged with in- volving cheques in round num- bers. Another key witness was kidnapped at gunpoint for three hours on the eve of his appearance on the parently by still another has been given a contempt fine for holding out information. There has been evidence of payoffs, double-crossing, per- sonal threats, an assault, dynamitings, a shoot-up, niter-union in a pervasive aura of fast money. Somewhere in the back- ground, though nothing has surfaced, is a suggestion that the money-magnetized Mafia has a finger in the Italian- dominated million-a-year lathing one that puts up inside the only one so far touched on by the continuing inquiry. The Mafia has not been mentioned in evidence but a connection between it and contractors was alleged by Dr Morton Shulman. New Democratic Party member of the legislature for Toronto High Park, in a speech last December which spurred the government to set up the royal commission Millionaire Elvio Del Zotto, executive vice-president of a construction empire whose name was mentioned by the MPP. described Dr. Shulman's statements as "slanderous He was not questioned about it in a ses- sion on the stand However, ears perked up when a list of firms the Del Zotto group had done business with included one with the same family name as a reputed Ontario figure in the Mafia "I recognize the name, of course, but I don't think there's any association." Mr Del Zotto said when com- missioner Judge Harry Waisberg asked him what he knew about the firm. "We've already made in- quiries, commission counsel Albert Shepherd said without revealing the result. EVIDENCE LISTED But of free-and-easy money among the lathers there has been a bale of evidence, in- cluding these items: contractors wanted to show their appreciation to union officer Gus Simone for a satisfactory labor contract, they tossed envelopes onto a table for him at a boozy hotel party Mr Simone's Lath- ers" International Union footed the bill for a meeting with contractors, it came to a round five contractors de- cided to enlist Mr Simone's help in a price-rigging plan on lathing bids, the agreed contribution for him was 000 per month per company another effort at price- fixing, the five considered put- ting apiece into a "trust with anyone forfeiting his share if he un- dercut an agreed-upon price on a job The plan was not put into action tipster informed police that two men were paid each to dynamite the plant of Naftali Kanner. a Jewish con- tractor, in September, 1972. Cesidio Roma- nelli and two men he employed last year were charged jointly with perjury as the result of their evidence concerning a cheque written by Mr Romanelli and cashed by one of the others the day before a shoot-up at the Kanner premises. project manager of a Toronto construction job said Mr Romanelli and another contractor jointly offered him to steer a lathing deal their way, though Mr. Romanelli later testified he was only joking. various con- tractors claimed to have do- nated to or for Mr. Simone added up to more than for 1971-72, though the a year union business agent ad- mitted to taking no more than over about four years. But Mr Romanelli testified he had contributed in one lump in 1971 and Guiseppe firm had a truck he gave over four years to avoid labor trouble, Denis, Ottawa business manager of the Oper- ative Plasterers Union, said Mr Romanelli offered to mnke him vvcalthv if he would sign an agreement for cheap labor on Ottawa jobs. S Donaldson, partner in a Toronto lathing firm, testified his company paid two employees of other companies and respectively, for moonlighting work Simone testified that Scottish-born Mr. Donaldson's Italian partner. Tony Cesaroni. offered him in 1971 if he would apply pressure on Mr Romanelli to withdraw from a lucrative contract which the Romanelli firm had won at the new Hyatt Regency Hotel here. accounting by Mr. Simone's Local 562 may be allowing contractors to chisel anything up to a year from checkoff money due the union under contracts. Frank Fior, a former busi- ness agent of that local and now owner of a 30-per-cent share in the Romanelli firm, was the abduction victim on Oct. 17. He told police he had been taken from his office to inspect a lathing job about which a customer had com- plained A man was charged with kidnapping. The first punitive repercus- sion has been a fine against Mr. Donaldson for re- fusing to name the outside men his company paid Later, he gave the information. Other evidence before the commission would appear to make interesting reading for income-tax officials and com- bines investigators. Most witnesses connected with the lathing trade have sheltered under the Canada Evidence Act, which bars the use of their testimony against them in court except in case of a perjury charge Two Del Zotto brothers were notable excep- tions. The inquiry by County Judge Waisberg, 62, who is backed up by a battery of provincial police investigators, was the out- growth primarily of a se- quence of 1972 violence here. But some branches of the mushrooming construction in- dustry had been markedly tur- bulent for years The lathers" and plasterers' unions have been at odds since the development within the last decade of "drywall." which replaces much plaster work in apartment construc- tion and which the lathers have invaded Further feuding between the plasterers' union and the lathers apparently is blamed for a 1971 assault, which the commission is investigating, upon the son of Mr. Denis. The commission plans to pursue this m hearings at Ot- tawa early in 1974 and also to look into Mr. Denis' allegation that Mr Romanelli tried to bribe him and that a PACIFIC car wash people FREE EXTERIOR WASH with gasoline purchase of 5 gallons or more (Exienor wash S 1 75 with gasoline purchase ol less than 5 gallons) Complete interior and exterior wash S I wilh purrn.iso o' gallons or more SI 75 wilh 10 IS g.illon purch.iso S225 wilh f> 10 gallon purchase S? 75 wilh no gasoline purchase SUPERSONIC CAR WASH 1819- 3 Ave S We honor all credit cards approved by dealer before purchase including CHARGEX. Extra charge lor commercial credit cards Romanelli employee threatened him with harm if he did not co-operate Contractor Romanelli denies the charge. The concrete-forming sec- tion of the trade also has been spotted with violence Italian- born Bruno Zanini organized its largely-immigrant labor into a union with the help of Four-day week for PWA help VANCOUVER (CP) Machinists at Pacific Western Airlines have won a four-day work week in a new contract agreement announced by the airline and the International Association of Machinists and Aeorspace Workers Local 1500 The 450 machinists will work four nine-hour shifts a week followed by three days off under terms of the 22'2- month contract effective Oct 1 Machinists. flight engineers, aircraft cleaners and maintenance workers at Vancouver. Edmonton and Calgary are covered by the new agreement. Mr. Simone's treasury but later got squeezed out and last year he was wounded in a unsolved shooting After the lathing phase ol the inquiry, the commission will turn to concrete-forming, plastering and tile and work This week, it is exam- ining prospective witnesses privately Evidence later will deal with activities in Hamilton. London and perhaps Windsor, but it is still uncertain whether hearings will be he'd in those cities The Toronto incidents under volved the spraying of Mr Kanner's office with bullets from an automatic weapon: a dynamiting next door, ap- parently meant for the same premises: the Alessandro firm's truck wrecking and a bombing at the Kanner plant itself. Mr. Kanner offered no firm motive for the of which occurred with no per- sons within there have been vague references to anti Semitism and suggestions that his business was growing too fast to suit rivals Shifting alliances-in the vol- atile lathing there is a nanow line between lot tune iind compiicatod the commission's job Tmng to track down the winding tidil of passed under the table sometimes bafiles lawyers, auditors and poh'e iiuestigators For in- sta1.. e u appears tnat con- bidt'dblt1 mone> uslenMbly collected to enlist Mr Simone's in the use ol his labor fort c made its olong the route into other pockets Where it all went never be known Paper records are haid to come b> because, as one witness pointed out. "vou get more action for cash INCOME TAX BY CORRESPONDENCE YLH, ui11 E.T'I Lxi -it- huv to :j re :lnj i Tu> For i b bjcor-v sn INCOME TAX COn.S'JtTAI.T f Or Full Details Conlac! CANADIAN SCHOOL OF TAX ACCOUNTING 69 Winter r3_; Toron'rj OrUDr c f.'-IP "H? 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