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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta September i Ht LE i HBRIuub Dateline Alberta Teachers accept contract CALGARY (CP) Calgary Catholic separate school teachers Tuesday overwhelmingly accepted a two-year contract with the Calgary Catholic School Board which freezes the pupil- teacher ratio and gives teachers more say over the direction of classroom development. Teachers voted 86 per cent to accept the contract, which also gives them a 9.2 per cent pay raise retroactive to Jan. 1 and another 10 per cent next Aug. 1. The agreement slightly reduces the pupil-teacher ratio, setting it at 22.83-to-l. Changes in the pupil-teacher ratio will be decided after con- sultation between the board and teachers. Pair plead not guilty EDMONTON (CP) An Edmonton man and woman, jointly charged with the murder of Darlene Gladys Hicks, 23, of Edmonton, plead- ed not guilty to a charge of murder punishable by life im- prisonment when they appeared before Mr. Justice Peter Greschuk Tuesday dur- ing Alberta Supreme Court arraignments. Heather Rose McKenzie, 23, and Ronald Clifford Grant, 21, are to appear in Supreme Court again in October when a date will be set for their trial. They were committed to stand trial earlier this summer following a three-day preliminary hearing in provin- cial court at which 27 witnesses were called. Kidnap trial dates set EDMONTON (CP) Four days were set aside for the Supreme Court trial of four men charged with kidnapping after the men appeared before Mr. Justice Peter Greschuk Tuesday during Alberta Supreme Court arraignments. Wayne William Regan, "22, Allan Herbert Huntley, 35, Stanley Andrew Hasay, 21, and Dennis Gordon Blenkin- sop, 30, all of no fixed address, will be tried by judge and jury from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 after having pleaded not guil- ty to the kidnapping charge. The charge was laid after two teen-agers were taken from their hotel room in Ed- monton May 20 and held for 19 hours for ransom in a cabin at Cooking Lake, Alta. Names of the two youths, aged 17 and 18, were not released. Bail set at EDMONTON (CP) Three men, charged after police seized almost 300 pounds of marijuana, were granted a total of in-cash and property bail when they appeared in court Tuesday. Provincial Judge Carl Rolf granted Ronald Van Slyke, 24, of Spokane, Wash., cash bail of while Michael Meyer. 32, and William Grant Nolan, 30, both of Edmonton. were each granted property bail with one or more sureties. Charges were laid last week after city police detectives and RCMP seized about 300 pounds of marijuana and dried marijuana plants as well as an unharvested crop of 750 plants near Redwater, about 35 miles northeast of Edmonton. Street value of the drugs was estimated at The Letlibridge Herald Weather A SUNRISE THURSDAY SUNSET H L Pre. Lethbridge...... 81 50 Pincher Creek... 78 48 Medicine Hat 80 46 Edmonton 76 41 Grande Prairie 83 53 Banff........... 76 43 Calgary......... 76 45 Victoria 71 53 Penticton....... 82 54 Prince Rupert... 62 51 .01 Prince George 81 49 Kamloops....... 87 59 Vancouver...... 78 60 Saskatoon....... 75 42 Regina......... 73 43 Winnipeg....... 70 42 Toronto......... 63 42 Ottawa......... 53 39 .15 Montreal 53 46 .13 St. John's....... 65 53 Halifax......... 64 63 .53 Charlottetown 67 54 .48 Fredericton..... 52 49 1.50 Chicago 65 50 New York...... 78 582.86 Miami.......... 86 71 .54 Los Angeles..... 87 70 Las Vegas......103 81 Phoenix ........104 79 Honolulu........ 86 74 Mexico City.....74 50 Athens........81 64 Rome 66 52 London......... 63 54 Berlin.......... 64 54 Amsterdam.....64 57 FORECAST: Lethbridge, Calgary, Medicine Hat regions Today: Sunny and warm becoming cloudy with showers or thundershowers this evening. Highs 80 to 85. Thursday: Cloudy. A few showers. Winds northeast 15 and gusty. Much cooler. Lows 40 to 45. Highs 60 to 65. Columbia Kootenay regions Today sunny with a few cloudy periods. Chance of isolated showers or thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Thursday mostly sunny. Cloudy periods and a few showers in the Columbia district. Highs today 75 to 80. Lows tonight in the 40s. Highs Thursday mid 70s. GOOD IDEA! duct or m vice hi tfifc Ivthbridgc When Call Display Advertising 328-4411 The Letltbridge Herald "Serving and Selling the South" PORTS OF ENTRY opening and closing times: Carway 6 a.m. to 12 midnight; Chief Mountain 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Coutts open 24 hours; Del Bonita 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Kingsgate open 24 hours; Porthill-Rykerts 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Rooseville a.m. to midnight. (Times in Mountain Daylight Time.) Alderman pestered builders EDMONTON (CP) Aid. Ed Leger told a judicial in- quiry Tuesday into affairs at city hall that Aid. Bill McLean had been "pestering" two developers for various benefits, including money. Aid. Leger said he had a number of meetings with the developers, Eskandar and Raphael Ghermezian, in late 1973 when they were lobbying for his support on a rezoning application. The Ghermezians "complained that Aid. McLean was carrying on a campaign of pestering them for various he told the inquiry under William Morrow, Northwest Territories Supreme Court justice. Aid. Leger said he asked the developers if they thought Aid. McLean wanted anything in particular from them. "I was told by them that he wanted some money The Ghermezians also said Aid. McLean offered to sell them some land in Edmonton, that Aid. McLean suggested the Ghermezians hire Robert Gillespie as their lawyer, and that Aid. McLean's son had approached them requesting franchises in the shopping centre they were planning, said Aid. Leger. "They were concerned about Mr. said Aid. Leger. "At one point I told them to avoid Mr. McLean. But they were worried about gaining his enmity and losing his support on the rezoning application." Aid. Leger said he told the Ghermezians that if he found any alderman accepting money in exchange for votes on city council "I would do everything possible to see they were prosecuted." Aid. Leger also said he re- jected the idea of making public his conversations with the Ghermezians. "I know Aid McLean and I didn't think he meant any harm. I didn't really consider it to be a matter which required drastic action, although I shouldn't say I disregarded it." NO HARD EVIDENCE Asked by commission counsel Greg Forsyth why he did not go to police after hear- ing the Ghermezians' allegations, Aid. Leger said "that is a good question and it has given me a lot of problems answering not only to myself but here." He said he considered going to police but "I had to abandon that idea because other than what they (the Ghermezians) told me, I had no hard evidence." "There was nothing to pre- vent them (aldermen men- tioned by the Ghermezians) from walking into the public arena" and refuting the charges, said Aid. Leger. "It was not a risk I was prepared to take at that time." Aid. Leger testified that later, after he was informed police were investigating city hall matters, he called Insp. A. W. Lefeuve to disclose remarks made by the Ghermezians. The inquiry, which resumed Tuesday for its 16th day after a week-long adjournment, was called after Aid. Alex Fallow said he had been offered a "gift" by developers, later revealed as the Ghermezians. The Ghermezians have said Aid. Fallow asked for the Aid. Leger testified that the Ghermezians told him Aid. Fallow demanded a "nominal" price on a piece of land the developers owned in Fort McMurray. Aid. Leger also said he was told that Aid. Una Evans demanded a substantial cam- paign contribution and that the developers met with a city contractor who asked for sub- stantial payments to Mayor Ivor Dent. RCMP honors civilian for bravery LA RONGE, Sask (CP) A La Remge man received a citation for bravery yesterday- after assisting two RCMP of- ficers. Assistant Commissioner J. E. Gibbon presented the award to Schlicemeyer who became the first civilian to receive the honor. As a result of action taken by Mr. Schlicemeyer. two RCMP constables were ab3e to disarm and take a suspect into custody. Signs of new Ice Age appear near Waterton park region More signs of the Ice Age returning to northwestern North America were reported today by Andy Russell, internationally-known writer and naturalist of Waterton. Mr. Russell reported to The Herald that in the southeasternmost corner of British Columbia, just behind Waterton Park, there is still a good deal of snow left over from last winter in areas where normally it would have been long since melted. Glaciers and continental ice packs are formed when annual snowfall is greater than the annual melt, when winters become wetter and summers cooler. Mr. Russell has been spending most of this summer on photographic expeditions into remote coV- ners of the Rockies, to gather material for his next book Last week he revisited some of his old haunts in western Waterton Park, the edge of Glacier Park, and the corner of B.C. At and above the level the snow still lies 20 feet deep in places, said Mr. Russell. Some of it could be accumulation from late winter avalanches, but much of it is simply evidence of heavy snowfall and insufficient melting. Climatologists, although not unanimous, have been reporting global changes which they say portend a rapid return to ice-age conditions. In recent days it has been suggested that these changes will tend to wipe out farming in the Peace River area. Alberta's first prisoner remand centre opens doors Disgruntled gov't help protests EDMONTON (CP) Clerical workers employed by the government are becoming "very disgruntled because of government hiring practice" and in at least one city employees are promoting a work to rule approach, a Civil Service Association of Alberta (CSA) official said Tuesday. Association president Bill Broad said a number of employees in Calgary booked off sick for two days and now are trying to persuade others to join them in a slowdown by working to rule. "While we bless the attitude, it did not originate with the CSA but with the employees themselves." Mr. Broad said. He said government wages for clerical employees are falling behind the cost of living. CALGARY (CP) Alber- ta's first prisoner remsnd centre opened here Tuesday, and Alberta Solicitor General Helen Hunley said she hopes the transfer of prisoners awaiting court appearances can begin soon. Miss Hunley said she hopes prisoners can be moved from the Spy Hill Jail to the remand centre "without losing any of a remark aimed at the seven escapes which have oc- curred at the minimum security prison in the last three weeks. The new remand centre will house about 150 men who are in custody awaiting court appearances. The men have been kept in the Spy Hill Jail prior to the opening of the centre. Miss Hunley said renovations will begin almost immediately on the Spy Hill facility, which has been rack- ed by prisoner discontent and staff unrest which culminated in a riot last fall. The prison warden resigned during an inquiry into the riot, claiming that he was being made to look like the scapegoat in the riot. Miss Hunley said the re- mand centre is the first for Alberta and said many other provinces do not yet have such facilities. NO PLAN FOR WOMEN The battle to get the remand centre raged for more than seven years, and demands for improved facilities for women prisoners awaiting trial are No foul play suspected CALGARY (CP) Police recovered the body of a well- dressed man. said to be about 50 years old. from the Bow River near downtown. Calgary. The body carried no identification but foul play is not suspected. yet to be met. Women will not be housed in the remand centre. Miss Hunley said the women prisoners will be held in city police cells if they are waiting for a short period of time. If they are to wait for extended periods for sentencing or other court matters, they will be imprisoned at the Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., facility for women near Edmonton. Ellen Jrempien, president of the Alberta Elizabeth Fry Society, said the province's decision not to allow women prisoners in. the remand centre is "indefensible" and said women are held in inade- quate facilities in the city police jail. 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