Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
2-THE LETHBRIOOE HERALD TiMtday, 29, 1974 'U.S. oil funds cutback not Canadians9 fault9 Malta to cut royal ties Herald News Services EDMONTON The withdrawal of U.S. invest- ment capital from oil explora- tion programs in Canada has, in some cases, "really little to do with any Canadian energy Premier Peter Lougheed told the Alberta legislature Monday. He had been asked whether any companies besides Shell Explorer Ltd. were planning to leave the province. Mr. Lougheed, explaining that Shell Explorer was an Alta. seeks personnel for mental hospitals Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta is scrambling to find 232 new employees for its mental hospitals to improve staff patient ratios until 1970 the third worst in Canada. Neil Crawford, minister of health, says the objective is 133.5 staff to each 100 patients. The present ratio of 114.4 staff to 100 patients represents a "significant improvement" since 1970 when the ratio was 82 staff to 100 patients, Mr. Crawford told the legislature Monday. "Alberta had the third lowest ratio in Canada of employees to patients, that is, the third worst record in Canada." Provincial mental hospitals now employ persons. Unable to find nurses for either mental or general hospitals, the province has launched a recruiting cam- paign in Great Britain. More than 100 Britons answered the call for applications within six days, Mr. Crawford said. A "full-scale" recruiting campaign is under way to fill five administrative positions at the two major mental hospitals at Edmonton and Ponoka. Six medical vacan- cies should also be filled soon. American company "involved as a 50 per cent partner in an application by Shell Canada Ltd. for a further oil sands said that to his knowledge no other firms were withdrawing from oil sands projects. "One of the most important things that seems to be con- tinually overlooked on this matter is that, particularly with regard to smaller com- panies that have been explor- ing in this area over the last decade or so, the source of their risk money has been coming from U.S. tax sources. "And it became evident three to five years ago that continued reliance on such a source of funds was in jeopardy and had really little to do with the situation of any Canadian energy said Mr. Lougheed. "When the crunch came as it did last winter where American supply fell behind American consumption needs, quite obviously the American government, unrelated to Canadian policy, was going to start to ensure that risk funds for drilling operations found their way into the U.S." Mr. Lougheed said the situa- tion "arises out of a concern by the U.S. of not being able to rely in the long term on supp- ly from the oil sands or elsewhere." The exodus of drilling rigs from Western Canada mul- tiplied six fold since the last federal budget, Bill Dickie, minister of mines and minerals, told the legislature. But, he added, Alberta was not yet feeling the full impact. A drilling incentive program initiated by the province had slowed the exodus occasioned by uncertainty over federal energy moves. VALLETTA (AP) Malta, the Mediterranean island awarded the George Cross in 1942 by King George VI for its people's fortitude during the Second World War, is to cut its royal links and become a republic, says Prime Minister Dom Min- toff. "The present constitution has been im- posed by the British. We cannot go on with a British Mintoff told a crowd of here. Mintoff, addressing a mass rally Sunday to mark his 25th year as leader of the Maltese Labor party, added that the Maltese respected the who is symbolic head of state in her family, "but she is not Maltese." The Maltese government is due to pre- sent plans for a new constitution for the island either at the end of this year or ear- ly next year. The island was annexed to the Crown in 1814. Internal self-government was introduc- ed and elections held in 1962. The Maltese government, with British approval, prepared a new constitution which made the Queen symbolic head of state and provided for a House of Representatives and a Cabinet. The constitution was approved by referendum and introduced in 1964 when Malta became independent. King George VI awarded the island the George Cross after Malta had endured constant severe air bombardment. News In brief Ballot stuffing denied MONTREAL (CP) Judge Robert Cliche, chairman of a Quebec inquiry into construc- tion union freedoms, Monday ordered a Liberal member of Parliament to testify before the commission. In testimony' last week, a former union official said fellow union members "stuff- ed ballot boxes" and telegraphed votes to help the Campaign of Jacques Olivier in south-shore Longueuil riding during the 1972 federal election. i Mr. Olivier denied the allegations Sunday and said Brian Mulroney, one of three inquiry commissioners, wanted such testimony made public because he was a Quebec organizer for the Progressive Conservative party. White House tapes release Vude awakening' for Hunt WASHINGTON (AP) Howard Hunt says a "rude awakening" brought on by release of the White House tapes persuaded him to stop lying about Watergate. Hunt testified Monday at the Watergate cover-up trial that he lied more than a dozen times before grand juries in the spring of 1973, even though he could no longer have been prosecuted for his part in the Watergate break-in or subse- quent attempts to cover it up. Competition bill gets approval in principle By KEN POLE OTTAWA (CP) Eight years in the making, the government's contentious competition bill moved a hesi- tant step closer to reality Monday night with approval in principle from the Commons. But despite government pleas for speedy consideration of the bill, first half of a two- stage competition policy designed to protect consumers and to foster business com- petition, it likely will be some time before it becomes law. The first part of the policy would establish a restrictive trade practices commission to investigate questionable trading activities. The second part, 'covering monopolies, has not been introduced yet. The bill now goes to com- mittee for detailed study and promised amendment and, if replies to an invitation from Consumer Affairs Minister Andre Ouellet are an in- dication, the opposition -will try to get changes. Second reading for approval in principle began two weeks ago with Mr. Ouellet inviting constructive criticism. Hunt, free on appeal from his guilty plea for the burglary, was to return to the witness stand today for the first cross-examination by defence lawyers who repre- sent the five R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, John Mitchell, Robert Mardian and Kenneth Parkinson. As the sixth week of the trial opened Monday, the 56- year-old retired CIA agent said he read published transcripts of the presidential tapes last spring shortly after he was released from prison. The tapes disclosed increas- ing discussions among Richard Nixon and aides about Hunt's continuing demands for money. Former White House counsel John Dean told Nixon it was blackmail. "I felt a sense of rude awak- ening and I realized that these men were not worthy of my continued or future Hunt testified near the end of his first day on the stand. By March 16, 1973, Hunt by his own testimony had receiv- ed for lawyers' fees and other ex- penses. However, by last spr- ing the money had long since stopped. Hunt cited another reason for telling the truth about Watergate. He said his four children "were not fully per- suaded that the testimony I had given in prior public forums was in all respects factual and candid." Arab guerrillas killed TEL AVIV (Reuter) Israeli security forces killed three Palestinian guerrillas today after they crossed the Lebanese border during the night near the northeast settlement of Yif tab, an army spokesman announced. The guerrillas were caught in an ambush set up while Israeli forces were conducting one of their biggest anti- guerrilla operations in northern Israel. Archbishop stops defence JERUSALEM (Reuter) Greek Catholic Archbishop Hilarion Capudsi refused to- day to continue his defence on arms-smuggling charges, say- ing the Israeli court has no jurisdiction in Jerusalem because it is an Arab city. He said the charges against him were trumped up because of his pro-Palestinian views. When he began to deliver a political statement he was interrupted by the president of the court, Miriam Ben Porat, who said he must confine himself to facts of the case. Cabinet accused of undermining legislature EDMONTON (CP) Op- position MLAs blasted the provincial government in the legislature Monday night for what they called another attempt to centralize power in the cabinet and undermine the legislature. The criticism came during Trans-Canada Telephone System Before you can solve a business communications problem it has to be identified, right? We've got a man who can help you do both. And his in-depth study costs you nothing. WHO IS HE? 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"Why should the government choose a favored class of people? We're giving the government the power to show a preference." MISS MEYER Edmonton girl named Miss Canada TORONTO (CP) Terry Lynne Meyer, 22, of Ed- monton became Miss Canada Monday, beating out 30 other girls for the title. Miss Meyer, who did im- personations during the talent portion of the pageant, is an English major at the Univer- sity of Alberta. The first three runners-up were: Manny Fink, 20, of Cal- gary, Regan Wendy Gustus, 19, of Saskatoon and Leslie Anne Mitchell, 18, of Oakville, Ont. Jacqueline Robichaud, 20, of Mississauga, Ont., won the talent portion of the pageant, singing her way to a trophy and a prize. Monique Odile Hubert, 22, of Quebec City was chosen Miss Congeniality by the other en- trants. Henry says U.S. accepts Strike brings body backlog VANCOUVER (CP) A grave diggers' strike, now in its fourth week, has resulted in an indefinite delay in the burial of between 50 and 60 bodies, a spokesman for the two affected cemeteries said Monday. The strike has affected burials at Forest Lawn and Ocean View burial parks in Burnaby which handle about 20 per cent of the funerals in the Lower Mainland. Robert Clarke, president of Forest Lawn, said the bodies scheduled for burial are being held in cold storage until the strike ends. Condominium act flayed EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government's con- dominium property act should be strengthened to protect those living in apartments that are being converted to condominiums, Ron Ghitter (PC Calgary Buffalo) told the legislature Monday night. Speaking during second reading of amendments to the act, Mr. Ghitter said the government had not an- ticipated the great "con- dominiumization of apart- ment blocks." Cominco signs accord TRAIL, B.C. (CP) Cominco Ltd. and the Associa- tion of Commercial and Technical Employees Union signed a memorandum of agreement Monday which could end a nearly four month work stoppage at the company's operations in Trail, Kimberley and Salmo. The Kimberley local votes on the agreement today but results from the 500 ACTE members in the three Kootenay centres are not ex- pected until Thursday. Details of the agreement were un- available. non-alignment Heist suspect arrested BRIDGE RUG DRAPES LTD. FREE ESTIMATES PhoM 329-4722 COLLEGE t i i t 4 NEW DELHI (AP) Henry Kissinger says the United States government has aban- doned its cold war opposition to governments that take neither side in the U.S. rivalry with the Soviet Union. "The United States accepts the U.S. state secretary said Monday in a major address to the Indian Council of Foreign Affairs. "In fact, America sees a world of free, independent, sovereign states as being decidedly in its own national interest." Kissinger acknowledged that Washington is partly in debt to the late Jawaharlal Nehru. India's first prime minister and one of the pioneer advocates of non- alignment, for "this new American view." He suggested it might have been adopted earlier. He said that at least now, "support of national independ- ence and of the diversity that goes with it has become a cen- tral theme of American foreign policy." CHICAGO (AP) A second man has been arrested in con- nection with the largest cash theft in the United States FBI officials say. FBI agent John Housley said Monday night that Peter Gushi, 47, of Oak Lawn, JJ1., was charged with bank larceny, bank burglary and the illegal use of explosive devices in connection with the haul of an estimated (4-3 million from a vault of the Ar- mored Express Corp. of Chicago Oct. 20. Oil price cut expected NEW YORK (AP) The Times says Saudi Arabia will reduce next week the approxi- mate J11.65-a-barrel price of its oil by less than a dollar and other oil-producing countries are expected to follow its lead. In a dispatch from Rabat, Morocco, the newspaper quotes an informed Arab source as saying Saudi Arabia is expected to freeze its prices at the lower level for about a year. Hostages still held Just Arrived! WORLD OF SHOES 317A Sixth Stow! Sonth ora mi 9 Ml. THE HAGUE AP) Four armed convicts holding 16 per- sons hostage in a Dutch penitentiary gave no indica- tion of surrender today despite an appeal to give up by another prisoner they hoped would join them. One of the convicts, Palestinian hijacker Adnan Ahmad Nuri, made the first threat against the lives of the hostages Monday. But later he and his Algerian and two the last of the four children who were in the chapel of Scheveningen prison when the convicts took it over during a mass Sat- urday night. Pilots vote to strike MONTREAL (CP) Negotiations were to continue today after the announcement Monday that Air Canada's 1.- 500 pilots have voted overwhelmingly to strike if necessary to back contract demands. The Canadian Air Line Pilots Association, representing the men, said in a statement it would make an announcement of "major significance" concerning the dispute Friday. Cantor replacement found EDMONTON A new chief coroner to replace Dr. Max Cantor is expected to be named by the end of the week. William Mcl-ean. deputy at- torney general, said Monday that a Calgary physician has been selected for the post but declined to release the man's name until some "ad- ministrative details have been worked Death THE CANADIAN PRESS Bathvrst, Justice Albany M. Robjchamd, 71, a prominent figure in legal and political circles.