Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Grit columns advertising in news cloak By MICHAEL LAVOIE OTTAWA (CP) The Lanark Era, a small weekly newspaper in Eastern Ontario, hit the streets last week with the byline of a new Minister Pierre on the front page. A column bearing Mr. Trudeau's name, his faintly grinning picture and the headline, "priorities for the 30th parliament" gave a glowing, upbeat account of the main points in the Throne Speech at the Sept. 30 opening of the parliamentary session. It wasn't written by Mr. Trudeau at all but by employees of the Liberal Party of Canada as part of a new promotional paying any advertising spread the good word about the doings of the Liberal government in Ottawa. Fred MacDonald, the party's director of special pro- jects, said Friday the Trudeau column is the first in-a series which the party will distribute in coming months to about Canadian weekly newspapers. Mr. MacDonald said Liberal party functionaries will ghost-write the columns for members of the Trudeau cabinet and mail them out every two weeks or so to news-hungry weeklies across the land. LAUDATORY ACCOUNTS The idea is to spread laudatory accounts of activities in various government departments to the weekly papers in hopes that they will be reprinted under the bylines of different cabinet members. The next contribution is a column on Indian affairs, ghostwritten by the party researchers for Judd Buchanan, the recently-appointed minister of Indian and Northern Affairs. Mr MacDonald said the weeklies will eventually receive a column under the byline of every minister in Mr. Trudeau's 29-member cabinet. Some ministers may actually write part or all of their columns before they are distributed, he said. But in most cases the columns will be written at Liberal headquarters and approved by the minister or a member of his staff. Mr. MacDonald said the Liberals would like to provide a similar but more expensive service to radio stations using the taped voices of cabinet members. The principal costs of the newspaper columns are for postage. He said the Liberals tried to make it clear to the weekly editors and publishers that the party, not the government, is providing the promotional service. Era publisher Paul Crawford said he had space for Mr. Trudeau because it was a slow news week. Cornered gunman telephoned Mom EDMONTON (CP) Two and a half hours before be- ing blasted by a police shotgun, Danny Dallas Smith telephoned his mother. "Mom, I'm in trouble. I'm pinned down by police and we're having a shootout." After a long pause, the 25 year old gunman who had a long criminal record and bad only been out of jail for five weeks said "I'm sorry, Mom, I've got to go" and banged down the phone. During the hours that followed, Smith fired a rifle at policemen surrounding the House of Coin in southside Ed- monton and ignored police warnings to give himself up. Shortly after 8 a.m. last Oct. 19, the three hour gun battle ended ,when Smith received a shotgun wound on his head and was dragged from the building. He died withing hours in hospital. A week after his death, his body was still at a funeral home because arrangements hadn't been made for an indigent burial. This will be paid for by the government if the family can't afford it. They gave him free room and board now they can give him .a free a close relative said. Since the gun battle, police and people who knew Smith have been puzzled over his reasons for deciding to shoot it with the more than 20 policemen. Police and the relative feel Smith may have believed he committed himself when he fired the first shot at policemen who arrived to investigate a report of break- ing and entering. A detective who had dealt with Smith six years ago for breaking, entering and steal- ing tools from trucks, said he was surprised at the death but added: "He had quite a temper." As he had only been releas- ed from jail in September, "I can see him putting up quite a stand not to go back." On Smith's record are con- victions for carrying a concealed weapon, robbery with violence, theft over ISO, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and several convictions for possession of stolen property. When Smith was released after serving his latest term two years for possession of stolen property he had a job waiting for him and took a week room in downtown Edmonton. His landlady described him as "an easy going, pleasant man, and kind of quiet." He cooked his meals in the community kitchen in the rooming house "but he usually ate by himself with his radio beside him and almost always could be seen drinking from a large bottle of pop. Act change holds up inquest CALGARY (CP) A cor- onors inquest into a drowning death has been postponed indefinitely because of plann- ed changes in the Coronor's Act. Coroner W. W. Wilson post- poned the inquest suddenly and said later he was acting on instructions for Chief Coronor Dr. Max Cantor of Edmonton. Dr. Cantor was not available for comment. The planned changes in the act would take the conduct of inquests away from medical doctors and abolish the traditional six member cor- onor's jury. Monday, October 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 3 Dog lover offers help DIDSBURY, Alta. (CP) A Toronto businessman whose life was saved by a dog when he was a child has offered to pay expenses necessary to help George Woodward whose -100 dogs have been slated for extermination by the SPCA. Doug MacDonald, who says he is part owner of several advertising, public relations and film companies in Toronto and Calgary, said today he is willing to spend several thou- sand dollars to see that the pensioner and his pets are treated fairly. "I haven't made any specific offer, I have just ask- ed him what I can Mr. MacDonald said in a telephone interview. Mr. MacDonald said he call- ed Mr. Woodward Friday night after reading about the elderly man's plight in a new- spaper. He also telephoned Salvation Army envoy George Maley. I have always been a dog Mr. MacDonald said. "When I was a kid our dog woke the whole family one night when the house was on fire." Mr. Woodward, 64, has been ordered evicted from his rented farm home where he feeds himself and his dogs with farm produce and lives on a veterans pension of a month. Alta. hospital workers want parity with B.C. EDMONTON (CP) The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has serv- ed notice that it will seek sub- stantial improvements in the next contract negotiated for hospital workers in Alberta. Al Cunningham, CUPE national representative, says the employees such as orderlies and certified nursing aides represented by the organization want wage parity with their counterparts in British Columbia. "Our people leave for B.C. because of the better says Mr. Cunningham. "B.C. has sufficient staff for its hospitals, while our people here have to work harder for lower pay at the same jobs If CUPE gets its way, some of the salaries will increase by 70 per cent. Mr. Cunningham said the increases, would cost the Alberta government million annually, but he feels provincial energy revenues could handle that amount. WHY A CULLIGAN WATER SOFTENER WILL NEVER BE AN ORPHAN! We will tMClOMd fittt Nov 2 Because we will be here to take care of it if it needs convention, care. 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