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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta CLEAR FORECAST HIGH FRIDAY IN 50s The Letttbridge Herald VOL. LXIII No. 268 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1970 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO PAGES Canada Court Fears Aired ELDON WOOUJAMS By BOB DOUGLAS OTTAWA (CP) Conservative critics of a gov- ernment measure to create a federal court of Can- ada expressed fears in the Commons Wednesday that the court would be too expensive for "the little manj' and would be a "faceless monster in the capital city." Eldon Woolliams (Calgary North) said he is not convinced justice would be any more accessible to the ordinary person in the forum which would replace the Exchequer Court. Debate on the report stage of the bill continues today. The federal court would be "all-powerful for the state and too costly for the the Calgary law- yer and Conservative legal critic said. The new court would have both a trial and ap- peal division. Citizens could appeal against "capri- cious or perverse" decisions by judicial or quasi- judicial federal tribunals such as the Canadian trans- port commission, the labor relations board and the national energy board. The bill to set up the court was approved by the Commons legal affairs commit- tee last 'spring. Most appeals against such government agencies now are directed to the federal cabinet. Residence Rule The legislation also would require federal court judges to live in the Ottawa area though they will hear cases in different parts of the country. Mr. Woolliams proposed that judges reside in major cities across Canada, but Justice Minister John Turner said the court should reside in, one place so the law developed by the court would not be divided. Andrew Brewin said the gov- ernment requirement was too limiting. If a judge had to do in Vancouver, why should he live in Ottawa? They should stay close to the people. Jack Bigg (PC Pembina) said that he does not want to see the court become a "faceless monster in the capital city." The government should not necessarily bow to the opinion ot judges, lawyers and university professors on this issue. Perry Ryan Siatlina) said the gov- ernment is taking a narrow justice1. Earlier, opposition MPs pressed Prime, Minister Trudeau during, the daily question period for more in- vformation-on the reasons for invoking the War Mea- .surcs Act. The prime minister replied that? the House had .been given all the information that led to the gov- ernment decision. In the Senate, Senator Paul Descmisseaux Quebec) said he is confused and shocked by reports that French' government-controlled news claims the Front de Liberation du Quebec is a "responsible poli- tical party, forced to the extreme of terror to sup- port a just political cause." These French newspaper, radio and television ac- counts were "absurd and damaging to unity within Canada." Universities Back-Track On Report By SUSAN BECKER OTTAWA (CP) The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada has to some extent disavowed the findings of a report on the university, society and government which it co-sponsored. The association's board of directors, which con- sidered the report at a meeting late last month, now says it is particularly disturbed that the report leaves an impression that universities and educational insti- tutions are instruments of the province. It also says that the report, released in June, after a 15-month review, is "too thin and general a study" and calls its historical, political and sociolog- ical review of higher education "deplorably incomplete and inaccurate." The report, published by the commission on rela- tions between universities and governments, was fi- nanced by a Ford Foundation grant of It is the work of Donald Rowat, professor of political sci- ence at Carle-ton University, Ottawa, and Eene Hur- tubise, vice-rector at the Montreal campus of the Uni- versity of Quebec. The report was also sponsored by the Canadian Association of University Teachers which now has a committee examining it. The report proposed withdrawal of the federal gov- ernment from its role in financing the universities and a compensating shift of tax revenue to the pro- vincial governments. It maintains that traditional notions of university autonomy as forming a "state within a state" have no basis in present fact. But it does say that uni- versities must have "substantial institutional auton- omy" to guarantee their role as active critics ot society. It agrees that provincial governments, as chief bankers for the university community, have definite interests in its administration. The board of the AUCC, in a statement, criticizes the report for not recommending anything which "deals effectively with concern for individual institu- tional identity" and says the document lacks apprecia- tion of "the inevitability of federal concern in matters related to higher education." Farm Subsidy In Bad Times OTTAWA (CP) A new grains policy was proposed by the federal government Thurs- day that would subsidize west- ern farmers during hard times and encourage production in line with long-term forecasts rather than solely on the basis of immediate demand. .The proposal, tabled in the Commons by Otto Lang, minis- ter responsible for the Canadian wheat board, predicts govern- ment payment of more than ?100 million. during this crop year to ensure western grain farmers an income not lower than their average for the last five years. The effort to stabilize grain farmer incomes would not be solely a subsidy program. "A small contribution" would he made annually by farmer! on a check-off basis in a form of. in- come insurance. In a year inferior to the pre- vious five-year average those contributions would serve to supplement fanners' incomes. The improvement in forecast- ing that would be required to make this approach feasible would be provided by a product research, development and pro- motion program to which the government would contribute million a year. OTHER MAJOR POINTS Also announced as major points in the proposed program were: continuation of the incen- tive program to encourage seed- ing grain land to to 'an additional four million acres over the next three years. commitment to announce .initial prices for. wheat, oats and' l-orley by Marifl 1 each year. major emphasis on ex- panding Canadian sales of -feed grain, principally barley, in world markets, with a target of 16 million acres of .barley for three million acres from last year. Speed Limits Raised It wasn't election night, but a vote called for 'by Provincial Highways Minister Gordon Taylor at the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce high- ways meeting Wednesday re- sulted in plans to increase sev- eral highway speed limits in about three weeks from 60 to 65 miles per hour. In answer to several queries from the floor, Mr. Taylor said several bills were now on his desk to sign which would in- crease speed limits for many highways in the province but "I felt it was the wrong time of the year to increase them." He then called on a show of hands from the 35 Lethbridge and district chamber members and four members of the Leg- islative Assembly in attendance approving the move to increase the limits immediately. The vote was unanimous. The highways affected are Highway 3 from Coaldale west to the Highway 24 junction near Monarch; Highway 3 from a point west of Taber east to Fincastle, and Highway 36, Ta- ber north to the Trans-Canada Highway. Wheat Acreage Plan Dropped WINNIPEG (CP) Otto Lang, the minister responsible for the Canadian wheat board, said Wednesday the federal government's wheat acreage reduction program will not be continued next year. Mr. Lang made the comment at a news conference following a day of talks with farm or- ganization leaders and agricul- ture ministers from the three prairie provinces. He said, however, that there may still he some "special pre- cautions" introduced by the federal government for the 1971 growing season to ensure against buildup of a large wheat surylus. Under the acreage reduction program introduced this year, fanners were pah1 an acre to leave land in summer fal- low, and an acre to plant forage crops in land that for- merly grew wheat. Mr. Lang declined comment on the outcome of Wednesday's talks, but said they would lead to "an agricultural policy for the federal government." Earlier, sources here said the talks were aimed at developing a new policy statement on the grain industry, to be made in the House of Commons Thurs- day. The sources said the pol- icy is "almost going to be a federal white paper on the in- dustry." Mr. Lang told reporters he wil make a1 statement in the Commons later this week, prob- ably Friday, on what effect the talks will have on government policy. Anti-WAAA Protest Voices Grow Louder ARRESTED IN CHILE Former Chilean Gen. Roberto Viaux was arrested Wednesday -for questioning about the recent assassination of the commander of the Chilean Army.', New Hospital Beds Plan Announced EDMpNTON. (CP) A pro- gram, aimed at freeing hospital beds more quickly was an- nounced today by Alberta Health Minister James Hender- son. The program, effective Nov. 1, provides financial incentives for patients to move from aux- iliary hospitals to nursing 'homes to make beds in active treatment hospitals more avail- able. Under regulations approved by the cabinet, Mr. Henderson said persons who have to re- main in auxiliary hospitals beyond a 120-day period but need assistance will be able to obtain it from the social de- velopment, department. The provincial contribution to the cost of nursing- home patients will be increased to from and the patient contribution reduced to from ?3.50. Since July 1, the government has been paying the full cost of the charge for aux- iliary hospital patients, without a time limit. Under .the new regulations, patients who stay in auxiliary hospitals will be required to pay a day for every day over 120 days. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN A FTEB a tiring week-long visit to the East, Mu- nicipal Affairs Minister Fred Colborne having to bypass Edmonton because of the snow storm and ending up in Vancouver Lethbridge MLA Jack Lamleryon saying universities have replaced reading, writing and. 'rithme- tic with "reading, willing and rioting." Public school trustee Dr. Bill Bcckel confessing an unfulfilled life- long desire "to ride on a fire engine." MONTREAL complaints against stringent security measures in Quebec grew louder Wednesday while police sought leads to terrorists who kidnapped British diplomat James (Jasper) Cross 24 day ago. Protests against the. operation of regulations under the War Measures Act were voiced.by Iaw3'ers, labor leaders, academics, students and politicians in meetings and statements. NEWS INTERFERENCE A. procession of'speakers pro- tested against the regulations at a teach-in Wednesday night at the University of Montreal Where a CBC reporter charged interference with the news. The Quebec Bar Association condemned the refusal of au- thorities to permit persons de- tained under war-measures reg- Oct. consult lawyers immediately. Louis Laberge, .president of the Quebec Federation of Labor, said the QFL's general council decided at a four-hour meeting to continue its campaign against the War Measures Act, despite criticism of the. leadership's stand by some local branches. A committee of 14 academics of the Quebec Civil Liberties Union invited relatives of per- sons detained under the war- measures regulations to get in touch through the committee. An official "tally Wednesday gave the total of persons picked up by police since Oct. 16 as 397, with 138 still held. None had been charged with any crime, by Wednesday. Meantime, police were seek- ing clues to the whereabouts of Front de Liberation du Quebec terrorists after studying an FLQ message. It was the first such message known since Oct. 18, the day po- lice found the corpse of Pierre Laporte, the Quebec labor min- ister who had been kidnapped eight days earlier. He bad been strangled. Quebec Justice Minister Jer- ome Choquette forbade police to disclose contents of the three- page message, picked up Tues- day night in downtown Montreal and signed by three different FLQ cells. NOTHING POSITIVE Mr. Choquette said police had given him "no positive or nega- tive indications" about the sur- vival of Mr. Cross, the trade commissioner snatched at gun- point Oct. 5. About 800 students at the Uni- versity of Montreal heard CBC reporter Michel Bourdon, sociol- ogist Guy Rocher and lawyers Serge Menard and Bernard Mergler criticize the war mea- sures. Mr. Bourdon said control of R a d i o -C a n a d a, the CBC's French-language branch, had been so strict that "we are al- ways half an hour later than all the other stations." He said Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau, re-elected last Sun- day, had been permitted to pr3- view a news film dealing with municipal politics before it was screened. A. R. PATRICK Bank Drops Rate TORONTO (CP) The To- ronto-Dominion Bank announc- ed Wednesday it will lower its prime interest rate on loans to 7% per cent from eight per cent effective Nov. 1. The prime interest rate is the rate charged by banks to best- risk customers. Allen T. Lambert, Toronto- Dominion president, said the bank will also lower the, inter- est rate paid on premiuriiyiion- chequing savings one quarter of one per'cent. to Nov. 1. He saidVthe move to lower rates reflects somewhat easier money market conditions and will result in1 improved capac- ity to take on new lending business. Patrick Won't Run LACOMBE, ALTA. (CP) Allen Russell Patrick, minister of mines and minerals for Al- berta, announced Wednesday night he will run in the next provincial- .general elec- tion. Mr. Patrick, 60, told a con- stituency meeting he .would like to see a younger man handle his portfolio. The Social Credit MLA for Eacombe, he has represented that constituency for 18 years. Premier Harry Strom, guest speaker at the meeting, de- scribed Mr. Patrick as one the "stalwarts" of his cabinet and said the decision had been discussed for some time. Born at Stettler, Mr. Patrick is a graduate of the University of Alberta and is a former school principal. Student Union Plans Spook Insurance GRANDE PRAIRIE The Grande Frame compos- ite high school students' union is selling "spook insur- ance." For 50 cents a car, a house and for a busi- ness, the students' union ac- cepts liability for cleaning up debris and superficial dam- sge left behind by Halloween pranksters. There is one condition, tha damage n.ust be removable by soap and water. Peace Signal Beeped WASHINGTON (Reutcrj The United States has received hints that North Vietnam might want to negotiate on President Nixon's proposals for an Indo- china settlement, official U.S. sources said Wednesday night. They said that indications passed on by unnamed third parties made them think Hanoi might want to talk seriously de- spite earlier outright rejections of the president's five-point offer Oct. 7. V.S. Recalls Seal Liver Pills WASHINGTON (AP) -The U.S. Food and Drug Administra- tion announced today the first recall in the United States of a product contaminated with poi- sonous rn e r c i] r pills made from seal livers. The FDA requested the recall in nine states after inspectors found mercury levels in the pills 60 times the safe level estab- lished in the U.S. for food: 0.5 parts a million. A half-part a million is comparable propor- tionately to a jigger of ver- mouth and a railway tank car full of gin. The seal-liver pills were man- ufactured by Randal Nutritional Products, Sant Rosa, Calif., and are sold in health food stores as a blood builder and mild laxa- tive. The recall affects outlets in California, Washington, Oregon, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, Col- orado, Michigan and New York. An FDA scientist described the contaminated pills as a "possible, moderate health haz- ard." SEALS FROM PACIFIC The pilis were fashioned from the livers of seals killed on tlw Pribilof Islands southeast of Alaska in freeze-dried the for storage and used them dur- ing the last six years to make pills, the FDA said. "Seal liver attracted my at- tention because it came from an animal most free of contami- said Downing Randal, president of tire company. "You can just figure from this that there isn't any place in the whole earth that isn't contami- nated." Dr. George Harry, director of the government's marine mam- mal biology laboratory in Seat- tle, said it is still not known how the seals became contaminated. The seals, he said, migrate up and down the Pacific coast and possibly could have picked up mercury from industrial dis- charges. The seal contamination was the first finding of significant quantities of mercury in ocean fish and mammals, said Harry, "and it was slartling." In Ottawa, a food and drug di- rectorate official said no Randa Nutritional Products are sold in Canada and to his knowledge no products similar to the conlami nated seal-liver pills are availa- ble in this country. Regiua Buried Under Snow REGINA (CP) A snow storm, accompanied by high winds, dumped more than four inches of snow on the city ear- ly today, the first big fall of the season. Police Seek Assassination Plot Suspects CHICAGO (AP) Illinois state police issued an all-points bulletin early today for two men who officers said were wanted for questioning about an alleged assassination plot against Presi- dent Nixon. Beer Ousts Sake TOKYO (Renter) Beer has ousted the most popular alcoholic drink in Japan. The beer consumption in 88.5 million gallon? a record for any one month. UNITED APPEAL Countdown To Go ;