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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 24, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 2-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, October 24, 1973 News In brief Police station attacked BELFAST (Reuter) Irish Republican Army guerrillas laid siege to a Northern Irish police station Tuesday night and fought an hour-long gun battle with police and soldiers. Police said the guerrillas, armed with machine-guns, fired from at least three positions. Soldiers and police inside the police station at Coalisland. west of Belfast, returned fire until the gunmen withdrew. There were no reports of casualties on either side On the political front, Northern Ireland's former prime minister, Brian Faulkner, won a narrow vote of confidence for his policy of sharing power between Protestants and Roman Catholics in Ulster's proposed new cabinet. A move by right-wing ex- tremists to reject his power- sharing concept was defeated by 132 votes to 105 Tuesday night. Missing sailors survive HOBART. Tasmania (Reuter) Seven crew members of the missing British-registered freighter Blythe Star have survived after drifting for nine days in a rubber dinghy in shark- infested waters, police said today. But three of their shipmates died after the 321-ton freighter overturned and sank Oct. 13. Officials said three of the all-Australian crew wandered into the small fishing township of Dunalley. 38 miles northeast of here, today and said they were washed ashore three days ago. Attack on prisoner denied CALGARY (CP) Prisoners testifying at the Harradence Commission for inquiry into alleged brutality by guards at the Calgary Correctional Institute are ly- ing and have prepared their evidence in ''group meetings." an assistant depu- ty Warden at the Institute said Tuesday. John Schlegel denied allegations made Monday that he attacked one prisoner in a cell and sprayed another with gas He told counsel for the prisoners. Webster Mac- donald Jr.. that during the last month prisoners have held "group meetings and coached each other" on what to tell the commission. They had given false evidence and were ''out to make it rough" for him and other guards Plan Soviet ships boycott MIAMI BEACH, Fla. fAP) The head of a stevedores' union announced Tuesday that United States maritime un- ions would soon begin a boycott of Soviet cargoes that would last until the Middle East war ends and Arab countries resume oil shipments to the U S Cairo airports closed BEIRUT (AP) Egypt closed Cairo's airport again Tuesday after only 13 hours of normal activity, the Middle East news agency reported. The airport was opened Tues- day morning after Monday night's ceasefire was ordered, but closed again at 9 p.m Ira- q, meanwhile, has closed its airports to KLM. and Pan American airlines to punish them for "flying mercenaries and volunteers into Israel" during the war, the news agency reported from Baghdad. Seek seaway extension OTTAWA (CP) The government is considering keeping the St Lawrence seaway open beyond its nor- mal closing date. Transport Minister Jean Marchand told the Commons Tuesday "We have no control over the weather and he told Paul McRae William, but if it is feasible we will take it into consideration Mr. McRae had asked if the seaway will be kept open to facilitate rail shipments of grain through Thunder Bay from Canadian Furriers Fill winters with a thous- and beautiful sights from our magnificent collection of fine mink. Whether you choose a luxurious full length coat, a snappy topper, a chic jacket or a lovely stole, you- 're sure to find lust "You're mink" m this seasons shade of pastel, dark ranch, demi buff, pearl, black shadow, sapphire violet and many more Our entire collection priced from to 2950. Convenient budget terms. Shop Thurt. till 9 p.m. Your authorized Canada Maj- estic Mink Retailer. CANADIAN FURRIERS "in A Tradition of Quality" Paramount Theatre Bldg. 4th Ave. 8. Seek space flight participation Lorraine C. Schoen, second from right, tells a news Conference Tuesday about five weeks of clinical tests to determine if women were as well suited for long space flights as men. The testing program was conducted at Ames Research Centre in Mountain View, Calif. The women who took part in the tests said they want to go into space and anticipate women in space. Left to right Carol L. French, Judith A. Keetcn, Bonnie L. Kultgen and Miss Schoen. Syncrude looking for tax deal on oil sands earnings OTTAWA (CP) Syncrude Canada Ltd. is looking for a special deal that would free it from paying income tax on profits earned in its million northern Alberta oil sands project, Eldon Woolhams (PC Calgary North) said Tuesday He said the foreign- controlled consortium wants to deduct all profits the Alberta government earns in the project from the amount the company uses to calculate its income tax. Under an agreement with Syncrude. Alberta will get 50 per cent of all profits earned in the venture. If subtracted from Syncrude's equal share, it would leave the company B.C. takes action to ease possible natural gas cut VICTORIA (CP) The provincial government Tues- day began to act on its own to alleviate a natural gas shor- tage in British Columbia, after an ultimatum to Ottawa expired with no promise that exports would be cut back before B C users felt the pinch. Premier Dave Barrett promised to go in person to Edmonton to ask Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed for Funeral held for composer SAN JUAN, P.R. (AP) Pablo Casals' widow wept Tuesday as students sang part of a Casals oratorio. El Pesebre. at a funeral for the master cellist and peace ac- tivist Martita Casals listened to the singing by students of the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music which Casals founded, then walked to the coffin in tears. Casals' coffin was draped with flags of Puerto Rico and of the pre-Franco Spanish republic as hundreds of silent mourners jammed into the capitol rotunda here to pay their last respects The celebrated composer and conductor died Monday at 96 Mrs. Casals, 36, was fatigued from a three-week vigil at a hospital where Casals died. She married Casals when he was 80 and she was his 20-year-old pupil Casals entered hospital after a heart seizure, but doc- tors said he also suffered from chronic bronchitis, kidney failure and circulatory ailments. emergency supplies to carry B.C. through the winter. The Petroleum Corporation Act, which gives the govern- ment wide powers of control over the petroleum and natural gas industries in B C., was called for second reading and got quick approval from ML As. NEED AGENCY Attorney-general Alex Mac- donald said the new crown agency to be established un- der the bill will be needed in the coming weeks as B C negotiates terms and price for Alberta gas. A 40-mile link would have to be constructed, to join ex- isting gas pipelines in northern B.C. and Alberta, and supplies could be flowing by Dec. 15, said Mr Mac- donald. He outlined two alter- natives, but he said both were more costly and would take longer. The first, which would not involve building any new pipelines, would be to get Alberta gas into B.C. via con- necting transmission lines through the U.S. Westcoast Transmission Co., sole supplier of gas in B.C. and which already has slapped an eight-per-cent cut- back on two buyers, is work- ing to get approval for the connecting lines from the Canadian National Energy Board and the American Federal Power Commission, but this will take two to four months, said Mr. Macdonald. The hitch in this plan is that American companies through whose pipelines the gas would flow ant 70 per cent of the 30 million cubic feet a day that Alberta has to spare the same proportion of gas that now flows out of B.C. into the US The other alternative is to tap two proven gas wells at pointed mountain in the Yukon Territory with a flow of about 20 million cubic feet a day, but this couldn't be done before March 1. 1974, he said. with no taxable income. Mr Woolliams, who raised the matter in the Commons, said he learned of the bid from Syncrude and Alberta govern- ment officials He said "all or a good'part" of the request should be approved because the federal government will collect tax revenue separately through its 40-cents-a-barrel crude oil export tax. Finance Minister John Turner told the Commons the proposal has not been discuss- ed with Ottawa. But he has talked with Alberta govern- ment officials of the Syncrude project Another meeting is planned next week Syncrude asked earlier for exemption from the export tax and permission to export unlimited amounts of oil produced from the sands The high cost of extracting crude from the oil sands makes special treatment es- sential, it argued Both requests were rejected by Energy Minister Donald Macdonald Spill would be deadly MONTREAL (CP) There is danger of a "spectacular kill" of thousands of geese if the province goes ahead with plans to build a superport for tankers, the director of the Science Council of Canada said Tuesday. Patrick McTaggart-Cowan said a ma- jor oil spill during an incom- ing tide would spread downstream to the vast marshes of the St. Lawrence River. Much would never be recovered in a cleanup attempt and "would be there for said the man who directed the oil cleanup operation in 1970 at Chedabucto Bay, N S. Indicted Rep. Frank Brasco, D-N.Y., was indicted Tuesday on federal charges of conspiring to give million in mail hauling contracts to a man whom the government de- scribed as a mobster. Ac- cording to the Justice Department, Brasco re- ceived in cash payoffs. Brasco has de- nied any wrongdoing. Gunderson elected chairman CALGARY (CP) Harold Gunderson, president of the Alberta School Trustees Association, has been elected chairman of the Calgary public school board. Mr. Gunderson defeated the only other candidate, trustee John Curran, in a secret ballot at the start of Tuesday's school board meeting. fie succeeds Deley Sallen- back who is leaving the board at the end of the month to move to Vernon, B.C. Commons votes on issue today Cabinet has last say in reuse of gallows By STEPHEN SCOTT OTTAWA (CP) Despite today's vote in the Commons on the capital punishment issue, it is up to the federal cabinet to say whether the gallows will be used again. MPs were freed from party discipline in the vote, to decide to limit hanging to killers of on-duty policemen and prison guards or to make all premeditated murders subject to the death penalty Despite the outcome, not all murderers will necessarily hang The cabinet can con- tinue to commute all death CNR AIL BILL COMMONS CLUB FOR OPPOSITION OTTAWA (CP) Opposi- tion MPs continue to use the annual Canadian National Railways financing bill as a Commons club to batter CN operations in nearly every corner of the country. The bill would provide the Crown corporation with million for capital spending this year and an additional million next year, a total of million. The bill also in- cludes loans for Air Canada Tuesday was its fifth day of debate at second reading, which began April 13. The debate showed no real signs of ending as several MPs demanded a statement on the rail situation from Transport Minister Jean Marchand. The minister left the House early in the debate There were no new criticisms, just strengthening of old arguments, as MPs used the bill to criticize rail, air and marine transportation in their own regions The heaviest emphasis continued Housing corporation sued CHICOUTIMI, Que. (CP) Two hundred victims of the St. Jean Vianney land-slide, which turned that community of into a ghost town two years ago, filed damage suits Tuesday totalling against the Quebec Housing Corp. The suits claim that houses provided in nearby Arvida by the government-run board are riddled with minor faults. Lawyer Gerald Aubin pre- sented 200 suits asking for damages of between to in court here. The landslide, on May 4, 1971, swept more than 40 homes into the nearby Riviere aux Vases, killing 32 persons. Only 19 bodies have been re- covered. The last, that of a teen-age girl was found 500 miles away in the Baie des Chaleurs, near Bathurst, N B. Several months after the disaster, St. Jean Vianney was ordered abandoned and its residents were located in Chicoutimi, Arvida and neighboring communities. St. Jean Vianney was 115 miles north of Quebec City. to be on service in the Prairie and the Atlantic provinces. Jack Marshall George's- St. Barbe) said it is high time for the government to recognize that "New- foundlanders are just as much Canadians as those in the larger urban centres DEMANDS IDEAS Newfoundland's west coast has unlimited potential for harbor development, but the government has done nothing about it, he said, suggesting the departments of en- vironment, transport, public works and regional economic expansion get their heads together and come up with some ideas. His digression from the main topic of CNR and Air Canada financing was typical of many members from all three opposition parties. Doug Rowland kirk) blasted the logic of the Canadian transport com- mission, which has approved CN abandonment of many rural railway lines on the Prairies. It was the "epitome of madness" to eliminate railway service that the provinces, at great cost, have to replace with highways Many Prairie MPs have said railways provide an economic and social link, elimination of which has weakened the structure of the region. sentences to life im- prisonment, as it has done in every case since 1962. The government bill being voted on would renew a five- year moratorium on capital punishment that expired last December. During the 10 months since the bill was introduced in January, a series of un- successful attempts were made to toughen its provisions. While a close vote was ex- pected, there were cautious predictions that abolitionists would score a narrow victory and give the bill third reading. MERCY LIKELY Whatever the outcome it is assumed that anybody con- victed this year of murdering persons other than police offi- cers and prison guards will have his sentence commuted. Since the previous ban ex- pired, 1961 Criminal Code amendments dealing with pre- meditated killings have come back into force. Prime Minister Trudeau, an abolitionist, has said no auto- matic commutations will take place but neither will the cabi- net let a murderer hang just to prove a point. Conservative Leader Robert Stanfield. also an abolitionist, has said the government should follow the will of Parliament as express- ed by legislation. Allan Lawrence a former Ontario attorney-general, complained during the debate that the proposed legislation is meaningless because the cabi- net can be expected to com- mute in all cases The last hanging was in 1962 when two police killers went to the gallows in Toronto's Don Jail The outcome of today's vote meant little to three men con- victed of killing police officers or prison guards in the last year. Their cases are climb- ing up the appeal ladder, and if their convictions are upheld their fate rests with the cabinet. Energy sharing pact action may be too late OTTAtPA (CP) Emile van Lennep, secretary- general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said Tuesday he doubts that OECD members will reach agreement on energy sharing in time to soften the blow of reduced oil shipments from the Arab states. He said the oil committee of the grouping of 24 Western industrialized countries and meet again Thursday and Fri- day to seek a scheme to appor- tion oil supplies among members in times of shor- tage. Mr. van Lennep held a brief press conference after meetings with Energy Minister Donald Macdonald, External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp, Prime Minister Trudeau and other cabinet ministers. He left immediately to fly back to OECD headquarters in Paris The European members of OECD already have an appor- tionment plan. But Canada and other non-European members have been trying tor months to win a broader agreement to meet shortages such as that now threatened by Arab cutbacks. Mr. Macdonald said last week those talks had ended in stalemate. Mr. van Lennep said he "wouldn't call it stalemate." But he acknowledged that an agreement may be months away. Inquiry receives draft for new Coroner's Act EDMONTON (CP) Dr. M M Cantor, Alberta's chief coroner, Tuesday presented his proposals concerning a new Coroner's Act to the Kirby inquiry into the lower court system of the province. He attached a proposed draft to a written brief which he presented to the inquiry into the administration of justice in provincial courts. Dr. Cantor defined the powers and duties of coroners, not specified in existing legislation. His submission provides that persons having a direct interest in an inquest may be represented by counsel and have the right to ask questions during an inquest. It also clarifies the rights of witness and rules and procedures of evidence. SEEKS BOARD He proposed establishment of a review board to enforce standards of performance for coroners. His suggestion was Uhat the board would be authorized to review cor- oner's actions from time to time and receive complaints for investigation. In addition, Dr. Cantor proposed that inquests be held where a person has been charged or may be charged with an offence under provin- cial statutes, although he specified that an inquest not be considered a court of criminal or civil jurisdiction. The coroner's submission included mention of some sub- jects he expects to be placed before the inquiry, headed by Mr. Justice W. J. C. Kirby of the Alberta Supreme Court. He predicted the news media would complain about lack of information regarding causes of death. "Not infrequently, press editorials and columnists comment on the lack of infor- mation provided by this office or by peace officers in the course of he said. "We feel that the release of information of this type interferes with the due process of law." He said his office has found, when special reporters are sent to obtain information is not classified, "not infre- quently, the information is edited, changed, deleted in part and otherwise mis- represented." In an oral submission Tuesday, Dr. Cantor said he adjourns an inquest and seeks instructions from the attorney-general when it becomes fairly certain police will lay criminal charges in the matter. When a person to be charg- ed has not been arrested, he said, inquests may be held so testimony is obtained before memories fade. Reports denied WASHINGTON (AP) The White House denied Tuesday that President Nixon had a Si- million investment portfolio. ABC News reported Monday night that an unidentified witness from Miami had alleged to Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox's staff that Nixon had a "private investment fund" ad- ministered through a bank owned by the president's friend, Charles G. Bebe Rebozo. MAN GETS THE BRUSH DOVER, England (CP) Ralph Osborne was the only man among women of- fice cleaners in a contest run by a television company and he carried off the prize of and a golden scrubbing brush. ;