Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The Lethbridge Herald VOL LETHBRIDQE, ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1974 15 Cents 60 Pages French now understand Canadian gov't Ignoring the violence Carrying a gaily-colored umbrella to keep off the drizzling rain, a pretty girl calmly ignores the violence of Ulster as she crosses a street near the centre of Belfast, between youths and British riot troops preparing to do battle across a barbed wire barricade. It is almost a daily occurrence for children in the troubled province to stone British troops. PARIS (CP) Prime Minister Trudeau said today he believes that France now understands that the Canadian federal government is pre- eminent over Quebec in matters of foreign affairs. '73 birth rate lowest on record OTTAWA (CP) The na- tional birth rate was the lowest on record last year and the birth rate dropped in all provinces except Quebec, Statistics Canada reports. The national rate was 15.5 per population compared with 15.9 the previous year. Records were begun hi 1921. Quebec again had the lowest rate among the provinces at 13.8 per population but its birth rate was unchanged while rates in all other provinces and the territories declined. Newfoundland again had the highest rate and Prince Edward Island was the only province disrupting the rank- ing of the previous year, mov- ing to fifth from eighth. Here are the rates by prov- ince, beginning with the lowest, for 1973 compared with 1972: Quebec, 13.8 both years; British Columbia, 14.8 and 15.4, Ontario, 15.6 and 16.0; Saskatchewan, 16.3 and 16.9; P.E.I., 16.4 and 17.8; Nova Scotia, 16.5 and 17.0; Manitoba, 16.0 and 17.7; Albeita, 17.4 and 17.7; New Brunswick, 17.5 and 18.4; and Newfoundland, 22.0 and 24.2. The rate in the Northwest Territories declined to 31.9 from 34.4 and in the Yukon to 21.3 from 23.9. He told a news conference that in his talks with French leaders he had the impression they understand that the federal government is respon- sible for foreign affairs in Canada. He said he considers his visit to France a success. It resulted in agreement to ufcrease trade between the two countries. He said his visit "opened a new phase in Franco- Canadian relations." The news conference came at the end of Trudeau's visit to France. He left immediately afterward for Belgium on the next leg of his European tour. Trudeau said the French government now seems to accept that Canada has a federal system of government which differs from the French system of one government for the entire unitary state. The issue of Franco-Quebec relations has been a touchy one since Gen. Charles de Gaulle shouted "Vive le Quebec libre" (Long live free Quebec) during a visit to Montreal seven years ago. Since then, Quebec provincial representatives have often been treated like representa- tives of independent countries on their visits to Paris. Asked at his news conference today about de Gaulle's remark, Trudeau said: "This shadow did not spoil the cordiality of our talks. For us, Canadians, the page is turned and I believe it is the same for France. I believe this affair resulted from an erroneous un-. derstanding of what the federal government of Canada represents. This under- standing exists today." The prime minister also said today that France accepts the fact that Canada will require controls on the use of uranium it exports to ensure it is used only for peaceful purposes France has indicated it would like to buy enriched uranium in Canada, oernaps through an enriched uranium plant powered by electricity from the giant James Bay pro- ject. Canada some years ago re- fused to sell uranium to France because the French would not pledge it would be used only for peaceful pur- poses. Trudeau told reporters Canada remains committed to its control provisions. Trudeau said France is interested in selling and rail equipment to Canada. 'Must be a politician's wife. She's Classified........30-33 Comics.....26 Comment...........4 District............15 Local Markets..........27 Sports...........23-25 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather...........3 LOW TONIGHT 30; HIGH THURS. 65; SUNNY, COOLER. School board eyes policy on records confidentiality The Lethbridge Public School Board took the first step Tuesday in formulating a policy to govern the confiden- tiality of student records in its schools. Trustees, after some dis- cussion, instructed superintendent Bob Plaxton to draft a confidentiality of stu- dent records policy and cir- culate it to the board's ad- Canadians must sacrifice for visory committees for com- ment and suggested changes. Calling student record con- fidentiality "one of the most controversial issues the board has faced for some time" Dr. Plaxton said trustees across Canada have been receiving OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Allan MacEachen said Tuesday night Canada, hi following its foreign policy priorities, may have to ask its citizens to make sacrifices. The new minister told the Commons defence and exter- nal affairs committee Canadians may have to be asked to "postpone the satisfaction of their own im- mediate needs hi favor of the greater need of others." "Whether it be. food or energy, Canadians should not expect to enjoy indefinitely much greater advantages than he said. The minister made the re- marks in a statement that gives an indication of his philosoply on foreign affairs. The minister also said Can- ada and the United States can no longer claim special con- sideration from one another as a matter of course.. see the records the schools keep on their children. In previous years, informa- tion such as teacher com- ments about a student, a student's health record, notes from home and results from standardized tests was restricted to school staff use, be explained. Alberta school trustees last year adopted a resolution that says no school system should release information about a student to any person or agency without permission of the student's parents. Dr. Plaxton said be is not aware of any complaints. Gov't may face bumpy session By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Today may or may not be the start of a bumpy ride for the Lougheed government over its purchase of Pacific Western Airlines. The issue has been touted as the crucial one which will absorb members of ail par- ties at the fall session of the legislature, opening today. But the opposition has stumbled badly before when pressing an attack over the few issues let fall by Peter Lougheed's politically adept Progressive Conservative administration. Backing the Opposition in its cries that the cabinet, in purchasing the airline, energy issue are continuing, overstepped its authority, will Studies delay oil legislation EDMONTON (CP) Any major changes in Alberta oil legislation will be delayed un- til 1975, Bill Dickie, provincial mines and minerals minister, said Tuesday. Studies, hearings and ..dis- cussions now along with the federal expected led to adjustments, in Alber- ta's policies next year, said Mr. Dickie, preparing for the fall session of the 1974 legisla- tion which begins today. Provincial studies on the impact of current oil and gas drilling incentives and possi- ble changes hi the existing structure could be affected, along with studies of possible incentives for geophysical programs, by the federal government's income tax policies, said the cabinet minister. said Mr. Dickie. He added that supplying crude oil for the Petrosar Ltd. petrochemical project at Sar- nia, Ont., could become a problem hi future. "Preliminary reports say -there is not sufficient oil to 'supply Petrosar barrels of oil daily for 10 years and meet other re- Mr. Dickie said. Many existing refineries now use Alberta oil and the pressure of new refineries in Western Canada plus incresed demands created by the proposed extension to Montreal of the Interprovin- cial Pipe Line system have caused the provincial govern- ment to take another look at its relationship with Petrosar. The Provincial Petroleum Exploration rates also have Marketing Commission es- been studying should rates following ensure "that Alberta oil is May of higher federal taxes, available for old and new Discussions in the province, he and provincial officials on the said. Papadopoulos men arrested, exiled ATHENS (AP) Former dictator George Papadopoulos and four of his closest associates have been arrested and exiled to a remote part of Greece on charges of plotting to regain power, the govern- ment announced today. The announcement said those arrested with Papadopoulos were his former deputy premiers, Stylianos Patakos and Nicholas Makarezos; one of the hard-line ministers in his regime, loannis Ladas; and the former chief of the central intelligence agency, Michael Roufogalis. Authoritative sources said the five men were taken to the small island of Kea, about 60 miles southeast of Athens. The government's an- nouncement said Papadopoulos and the other four "undertook con- spiratorial activity, creating anxiety and the conditions conducive to the disturbance of public peace and order, ata time when the people are be- ing summoned to exercise their sovereign rights for the completion of democratic legality." This was a reference to the parliamentary elections- Greece's first in more than 10 that the reform regime of Premier Constan- tine Caramanlis has scheduled Nov. 17. The announcement also in- dicated that more charges will probably be filed against the five men. It said then- con- finement made it impossible for them to escape from Greece while the leaders of dictatorship are Potentially-dangerous hamburger arouses MPs HenM Ottawa BBTSM OTTAWA Hamburger sold in some supermarkets is potentially dangerous and could cause food poisoning members warned in the Commons Tuesday as they called on fee federal government to step up its food testing procedures across Canada. Ground beef is the largest single item of consumer beef purchased in the country. It accounts for nearly 30 per cent of the total consumption of retail beef cots, according to a study made this year by the Food Prices Review Board. Consequently MP's worried when tests made by the University of Gndph issued this, week, showed that of 108 samples of givuixl beef taken from 28 representing the major food chains in eastern Canada, 46 per cent cottoned staphyiococci bacteria. Staphytococri bacteria is dangerous to humans and can cause food poisoning, James McGratli (PC-SI. Join's East) alerted the house. Agriculture Minister Eugene Whelan has assured the members that this cuuuliy has one of the best food inspection services. He was confident that UK food inspectors were doing their job. He said be would check on the reports of germ laden minced beef. Consumer and Corporate Affairs Minister Andre Onellet said his department has already taken action against the persons who violated the pure food regulations. He said be has asked that "very special attention be given to these inspections." He promised his department will not fail to take action against those who do not comply with the rotes. In the Commons Tuesday Mr. McGrath alerted the members to the study conducted by the university and its findings. He said it bad been aired over the Canadian Broad- casting Corporation and was worrying Canadians. He moved that the federal government give immediate consideration to imptementiag the recommendations contained in the Food Prices Review Board report on ground beef. It was issued last June. One of the seven recommendations called for a stepped up inspection of low priced meats across Canada. It said they should be tested for fat content, sulphite, foreign matter and bacterial content Violations of the standards and re- quirements of fiie Food and Drags act per- taining to these meats should be more se- verely penalized and widely publicized, said the board. Mr. McGrath's motion consent to be passed by the bouse. Some Lib- eral backbenchers snooted "no" and it was not put to a vote. Earlier in the boose Bert Hargrave (PC-Medicine Hat) said be was alarmed by the Godph University findings. He said it showed "widespread violation of federal regulations guveiniug the fat uwiteul of bam- burger and excessive bacterial counts In view of the large number of cows now coming to market in Canada which provided the bulk of Canadian hamburger and ground beef, he asked if the minister of agriculture would take steps to ensure greater sur- veillance. He wanted no repeat of the "rotten egg mess." Six supermarket chains sold minced beef that is potentially hazardous to health the Guelpb University study showed. It involved supermarket stores in three cities: Hamilton, Toronto and Guelpb. The CBC paid for the study and broadcast it on their national program The Marketplace. W.K. McKinley, director general of the federal food directorate said "heating ham- burger to 160 degrees Fahrenheit will destroy these organisms (that cause food He said that bis division bad no reports that hamburger had caused food poisoning in Can- ada. However be acknowledged that mild food poisoning as exhibited by diarrhea, nausea and stomach pains is difficult to pin- point. The government announced Tuesday that Papadopoulos has been under house arrest for the last three weeks "for making conspiratorial moves." Kissinger in Moscow MOSCOW (AP) U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger arrived here tonight for a new attempt to forge an agreement with the Soviet Union on nuclear arms control. Soviet Foreign Minister An- drei Gromyko met Kissinger and his wife Nancy as they stepped from their United States Air Force plane. Kissinger is believed to have sent the Kremlin new proposals to get the strategic arms limitation talks (SALT) moving again, including a schedule of suggested limits on the production of offensive missiles. About town Four year old Mils! being asked what her one wish would be, saying "two more wishes" local college student Barry NoOes at camp oat discovering that streaking and fir trees don't mix. be a report to a legislative committee. The report says safeguards are needed to prevent cabinet abuse of power through government by regulation. The report may be tabled at the sitting expected to last four to six weeks Robert Clark, official leader of the Opposition, says his Social Credit party will hammer at four aspects of the PWA deal: the apparent ab- dication by the Conservatives of their own free enterprise philosophy, whether anyone connected with government benefitted from advance knowledge of the takeover, possible overpayment of the airline and whether the purchase was necessary. This morning, Mr. Clark said he can show that one of the government's announced reasons for purchasing PWA was. a lie.. Mr. Clark said he has "in- formation that shows the government's claim that it purchased PWA to look after the export trade was a fabricated lie." A group of Edmonton businessmen were prepared to put together an air fleet that would have had the capacity to transport "agricultural production all over the world. The businessmen, who he declined to name, had talked with cabinet ministers about their plans and the airline would have been "far ad- vanced" by the end of the year had the province not undercut their plans by spending milhon-to buy PWA, he said. Grant Notley, lone New Democrat hi the legislature, is more concerned about the unilateral manner cabinet took over PWA, without regard for the legislature. The premier's "slate of the province" address which was scheduled for this afternoon will no doubt deal with the takeover. Mr. Clark will hope for a un- ited front by his 24 Socred members on the purchase. But despite his test efforts last spring, opposition ranks split on protesting the appoint- ment of a powerful com- missioner to govern the developing northeastern sec- tion of Alberta. And the opposition failed to mount a sustained attack on the faltering department of consumer affairs. Alberta is still waiting fora long-promised package of con- sumer affairs legislation. The cabinet plans to introduce an unfair trades practices law this fall as one of a handful of new bills. Energy may move into file background compared with previous sessions, with Ot- tawa and the province at relative peace on pricing problems at least until next year. An "obsolete" Coroner's Act may be revamped with legislation encompassing recommendations of the Kirby commission inquiring into the administration of justice Several sources predict the government will move to plug the loophole thai allows some landlords to escape the re- quired three-month notice of a rent increase Government of- ficials have said this problem is being examined. Legislation to monitor purchase of land in Alberta by and a repcwt on foreign investment are ex- pected.