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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta Montreal In Tense Mood For Election By CLAUDE ADAMS MONTREAL (CP) An election bracketed by terrorist kidnappings, a political slaying and all the trappings of a mini-revolution will be held in Canada's biggest city Sunday. If nothing else, the civic election will provide a short breathing spell for nearly two million Montreal- ers, preoccupied since Oct. 5 with the activities of the violent Front de Liberation du Quebec For climate is not right. The separatist Parti Quebecois, the Confederation of National Trade Unions and the Quebec Civil Liberties Union feel the election should be postponed until voters are cool-headed again. For others, like Mayor Jean Drapeau, seeking his fourth straight term as chief magistrate, there is no question that the election must be held. Mr. Drapeau is backed in this feeling by the Quebec government. The issues in the election campaign, probably most down-played in Montreal's history, seem unim- portant. The reform-minded Front d'Action Politique (FHAP) party is busy fighting of that it has links with the terrorist FLQ. Files Damage Suit Friday, -FRAP filed million damage suit against Mayor Drapeau which says tile mayor "know- ingly and maliciously" charged FHAP with harboring revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the system. The indomitable 54-year-old mayor shrugged off the suit at a news conference an hour later, and urged the city's voters to return his Civic Party to power. Mr. Drapeau, mayor from 1954 to 1957 and unde- feated since 1960, insisted that he is not using the turbulent situation in Quebec for political ends. But in this period of crisis, any hint of complicity with the FLQ can have a shattering effect ori a young -political party. Voters will cast Uieir ballots in a city where public buildings are patrolled by armed soldiers dressed for combat. Nearly persons are eligible to vote, com- pared with hi 1966. Polls are open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. In force is the War Measures Art, invoked in Ot- tawa last week to facilitate anti-FLQ operations. Cross Still Missing Still believed in the hands of his FLQ kidnappers is James (Jasper) Cross, British trade commissioner abducted, from his home Oct. 5. And the kidnap-slaying of Quebec Labor Minister Pierre Laporte is" still uppermost in the minds of all Quebecers. In this atmosphere, Montrealers will be called upon to elect 4G aldermen to a 52-seat city council after a campaign that has been ho-lium until this week. Also, they must choose among Jean Drapeau and politically-unknown aspirants to the mayor's chair. For the first time in Montreal's history, 18-year- olds will be able to vote if they have lived in the city for at least a year. Much of this student-youth vole is expected to help FRAP, which has in its corner the Parti Quebecois, citizens' committees, labor unions and even the Quebec wing of the New Democratic Party. FRAP, largely socialist-leaning, speaks often of "democratic participation" on the city council. It has '31 candidates in its first electoral test. Alberta Plans Pollution Bill EDMONTON (CP) Tlie Alberta government will Introduce a bill at the next session of the legislature to establish a department of environmental improve- ment to deal with pollution, Premier Harry Strom said today. Tlie premier said in a statement the bill is in re- sponse to "the growing recognition that the problems of pollution and conservation are increasingly tlie fore- most problems which government, industry and society as a whole will have to come to grips with in the 1970s and 1980s." The federal government recently announced plans to establish a new department of environmental pro- tection. Mr. Strom said the proposed new department for Alberta indicates a change of approach. "We have shifted the emphasis in our programs and policies from one which stressed a fight against pollu- tion and polluters to one which stresses programs and policies designed to improve the quality of our en- vironment." The new department would draw togelher respon- sibilities for the purity of air and water and for con- trolled land utilization Mr. Strom said. It is to be re- sponsible for maintaining a balance between industrial development and conservation. It also "is expected to involve the establishment of several specialized units to handle the problems of information, research, liaison and conservation and land utilization." One new unit would gather information on environ- mental legislation and research from all parts of the world. It would also gather information on pollution disasters and any successful solutions. The research unit would fund and co-ordinate studies by provincial government departments, the Re- search Council of Alberta and other organizations in the province. Tlie liaison unit would co-ordinate federal and other provincial legislation "to ensure that federal, provincial and municipal authorities are not working at cross purposes." A conservation and utilization committee would re- view all proposals for major land development or land management schemes. Proposals wliich came before the conservation and utilization committee would then be evaluated by the environmental conservation authority, an agency creat- ed at (lie last session of the legislature. Tlie new department would also include the units of environmental health and water resources, said the premier. e Herald fort Mberta mi OCTOBER 24, UN Prica 15 Cents FOUR SECTIONS 70 PAGES Warner Bank Robbed By Gunman WARNER A lone gunman brandishing a sawed-off, pump action shotgun walked into tlie only bank in this town of 500 late Friday, and robbed it of an undetermined amount of money, likely several thousand dollars. The man, wearing a slocking mask, entered the Canadian- Imperial Bank of Commerce about p.m., ordered em- ployees and three customers to lay down on the floor and gave the teller, Mrs. Kathy Clayton a paper bag for the money. Less than a minute later he was on his way. Roadblocks were immediate- ly set up throughout southern Alberta, but RCMP were un- able to apprehend tire man. He is thought to have driven north on Highway 30 toward Taber. Warner is about 41 miles south- east of Lethbridge. RCMP are looking for a 1960 red or wine Buick, which was reported to have been driving at a high rate of speed on the northern outskirts of Warner, just before 6 p.m. Bank manager Jeff Schat- chard said he was typing in his office, from where he could see the teller's cage and several customers. "This chap came in then, and just stood there for a minute. "Then I heard a high-pitched First Suspect Arrested In Laporte Kidnapping CANCELLING PLANS Prime Minister Trudeau cancelled his intended 10-day visit to Russia so he could be in Ottawa to handle the crisis caused by the terrorists kidnap- pings in Quebec. The prime minister sent a telegram to Soviet Premier Alexi Kosygin saying he hopes to make the trip later. Mr. Trudeau is seen above leaving the House of Commons and talking to his legislative assistant Joyce Fairbairn. A native of Leth- bridge, she is the daughter of Mrs. May Fairbairn, 630 15th St. S., and the late Judge L. E. Fairbairn, A former Lethbridge Herald staff writer. Miss Fairbairn later rep- .resented The Herald and FP Publications in Ottawa before she joined the prime minister's office, Photo Grenadier Guards Assigned To Garbage Collecting Duties LONDON (AP) The Grena- dier Guards, a spit-and-polish regiment normally assigned to glittering ceremonial duties at Buckingham Palace, got a new job today: hauling piled-up gar- bage out of the streets of Lon- don. It was the first time soldiers had been used in a labor dispute in London since troops delivered mail in a postal strike in 1955. Twenty of the guards and about a dozen Hoj'al Engineers arrived with bulldozers at 2 a.m. in the Tower Hamlets dis- trict, where trash from the Pet- titcoat Lane market district had UN Anniversary- Celebrations End By STEPHEN SCOTT UNITED NATIONS (CP) With an outward facade of unity that barely covers the dissen- sion and frustration within, the United Nations ended its 25th anniversary celebrations today. The closing ceremonies of tlie 10-day special session of tlie 'Happy birthday, U.N. Happy birthday, U.N...', 127-country General Assembly came a day after President Nixon delivered a conciliatory speech in which he called for "peaceful competition" between the U.S. and the Soviet Union to promote world peace and prog- ress. The key passage in ihe speech, one of the most substan- tive delivered during a com- memorative session marked by discord over the Middle East and southern Africa, said: "In the world today we are at a crossroads. We can follow Hie old way, playing the traditional game of international relations, but at ever-increasing risk. Everyone will lose and no one will gain. Or we can take a road join in a peaceful competi- tion, not in the accumulation arms but in the dissemination of progress; not in tlie braiding of. missiles but in waging a win- ning war against hunger and disease and human misery in our own countries and around the Iain uncollected since sanitation men went on strike almost a month ago. Striking trash collectors carrying picket signs watched as the soldiers began removing the 10-foot piles of garbage and loading it into trucks. A dozen policemen were at the scene, but the pickets made no attempt to interfere with the work. Residents of the area got out of bed and went to watch the operation. There were cries of "Thank Gcd" as it began. KATES A KISS A pretty dark-haired girl from a nearby apartment block kissed one of the combat-clad soldiers on the cheek as a spe- cial thank-yuu gesture. During brief rest breaks, the soldiers dialled about their job. Few grumbles were heard. Tlie defence ministry issued a statement saying the troops were deployed at the request of Home Secretary Reginald Maudling. "The men will only move rub- bish which has been declared a health a spokesman said. John Cousins, a leader of tlie striking Transport and General Workers Union, said: "We did not raise objections to the use of troops because of the danger of health in the East End." Some municipal work- ers are on strike across Britain, seeking' a raise equivalent to a week on basic pay scales that range from to The sanitation men walked off their jobs Sept. 29. Garbage and ti-jnu are piled in sidewalks in most parts of London, and sew- age pumping stations are in danger overflowing. BULLETIN MONTREAL (CP) Que- bec Provincial Police said today a man called Bernard Lottie arrested in Hull, Que.. earlier in the day was not the man of the same name they are seeking in connection with the Pierre Laporte kid- napping. MONTREAL said today they are "80 per cent" certain that a man called Bernard Lortie, who was ar- rested in Hull Que., early today, is the same man sought in connection with the kidnap- ping of Labor Minister Pierre Laporte. A Quebec Provincial Police spokesman said "the remaining 20 per cent concerns his date of date and month are not the same as those we had on the warrant." The spokesman said the suspect identified him- self as Bernard Lortie and car- ried identification bearing that name. "Everything else corresponds to the Bernard Lortie we are he said. "We're trying to trace his birth certificate to establish the correct the spokesman added. He said the man was to be questioned by police in Mont- real. There was some confusion as to the exact place of the arrest. QPP in Montreal said Lortie was picked up hi Hull. But Ot- tawa city police said they made the arrest with the QPP about 2 a.m. in an apartment on Wil- brod Street in the Sandy Hill section of the capital, near the University of Ottawa. Mr. Cross is believed still held by the revolutionary FLQ which seeks the release of 23 jailed or accused criminals as tlie price on his life. The British trade commis- sioner was last heard from Sun- day when police turned up a letter from him saying he was well but his life still was in jeopardy. While police, combing the province for the FLQ hideout, have admitted some anxiety over Mr. Cross, authorities said the search has not reached a dead end. Five Die In Crash Of Oil Tankers VENTNOR, Isle 0 f Wight (AP) Tugs grounded the stok- ing wreck of tlie giant oil tanker Pacific Glory on a shoal today with flames still spewing from the hull, ripped open by deadly explosions. Five sailors were killed in the flaming blasts. Eigat more from tlie crew of 42 are still missing and feared dead. A search for survivors by six helicopters and 16 rescue ships was partly called off after tugs took the crippled ship, loaded Marxist Elected President SANTIAGO (AP: Congress today elected Senator .Salvador Allende, a Marxist who has pledged to bring socialism to Chile, as president for the next six years. Police and troops imposed the tightest security in years during the balloting, made necessary when AHende won the Sept. 4 presidential election but failed to gel the required majority. with tons of crude oil, in tow. The Liberian-registered ship collided Friday night with an- other tanker, the ton Allegro, four miles off this island on England's south coast. The Allegro suffered only minor damage. Hundreds of spectators watched from shore as the Pa- cific Glory was taken in tow, her bows barely above water. Greasy smoke from the wreck could seen at Portsmouth, 25 miles away. "It was said the tank- er's Dutch pilot, Capt. Jan Fru- diger, at a Royal Navy hospital where he was taken rath the 29 rescued crew members, most of them Chinese. Guards Protect Schools voice call out, 'Where's the so I walked out and found myself facing his shot- Mr. Schatchard said. "I really thought it was a joke, so I walked right up to him and started to talk to him, when he ejected a shell out of the gun to prove it was loaded, and told us all to lay down on the floor. "He got his money, and then left afier telling us to stay where we were for five min- utes, or his partner would get us. We stayed there for a few minutes, and then I phoned the police." Mr. Schatchard said it was the first time in 41 years in the bank business he had ever been robbed, and it is also the first time according to police that a bank robbery has taken place in southern Alberta in the past 10 years. He said the holdup man was fairly thin, about 30, five feet eight inches tall and 140 pounds. He was wearing a red hunter's hat, a long trench coat and tan cowboy boots. Mrs. Clayton called the ex- perience "nothing but scarey." She too thought it was a joke "because he looked so funny." SCOOPED IT OUT "When he gave me the paper bag for the money, after he'd made everyone else lay down on the floor, I just scooped'. it all out of the drawer as fast as I could and handed it to him. "Then he vanished as fast as he'd come in." Mrs. Clayton said. Roger Christensen, manager of the Esso bulk station in Warner, was one the cus- tomers in the bank at the lime, making his day's deposit. NOT NERVOUS Mr. Christensen said the man did not appeal- to be nervous at all, and added he >was con- vinced the gun was loaded after he ejected the shell at the man- ager, saying "If you think this gun ain't loaded, you're crazy. Now move." Mr. Christensen had noticed the strangely dressed man enter the ban'lc, but didn't think much about it: "You don't like to stare." He said, the man had first de- manded American money, but when Mrs. Clayton told him the bank didn't have any, he said to just give him everything there. "I think he must have got about or so there was a lot of money in that bag when he Mr. Christensen said. Mrs, Mary Otami, a Warner housewife, said she had just "nipped down to the bank to check about some bonds. Then all the time I was on the floor I was wishing I was still at home cooking supper." The other customer was Jim Bartlett, manager of a grocery store, who was changing about ?50 which was on the counter but remained untouched by the holdup man. Mrs. Rose Thorn entered the bank moments after the holdup and was "startled to see them all on tlie floor like that, "i'lt they told me to get down on the floor or he'd shoot through, the windows so I did." Cyclone Bolls 100 Persons DACCA (AP) A cyclone with winds of 90 miles an hour battered nine East Pakistan dis- tricts today and sketchy infor- mation indicated at least 100 persons have been killed. Tidal waves engulfed large areas of three districts on the Bay of Bengal as the cyclone began weakening and swept to- ward 's-am, India. Power lines were snapped, air traffic and rail and ferry serv- ice halted at Dacca. A cyclone that struck the area in October, I860, killed persons in one district. EDMONTON (CP) Security guards and supervisory person- nel were at more than 150 pub- lic schools today protecting them against vandalism and keeping ISicir heating systems functioning. The schools were closed when caretakers and mainte- nance workers, members of lo- cals 474 and 784 of the Canadian Union of .Public Employees, called a strike Thursday after- noon. It was the first time public schools in Edmonton had been closed since 1921 when teachers called a strike. Separate schools are not affected. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN 'T'ERPSICHOREAN CLARA Whitney startling custom- ers in a local department store when she unconsciously started dancing with a slip to the live music being provided Dan Ledene commenting to Wilf Bowns "I'm snre glad I'm taking the Cleve Hill public speaking course be- cause being advisor to Die Junior Achievers is going to mean a lot of talking Dennis Merrill somehow managing to miss three dif- ferent rides home for the weekend and finally winding up hitch-hiking. lilpiililHiiiillliifflH UNITEb APPEAL Big Ceremony VATICAN CITY (Reuter) About British Roman Catholics are expected to be in St. Peter's Basilica Sunday "Alien Pope Paul canonizes 40 martyrs of England and Wales. It will be tlie biggest British' Roman Catholic ceremony ever to take place in Rome. To Go IllllM ;