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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 8, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta RCMP files closed to reporters OTTAWA (CP) RCMP Commissioner W. L. Higgitt said Thursday he does not ex- pect to open force files to tho press in future in the light of misconceptions he says ap- peared in a newspaper story after a reporter was given such access. "We don't want to make this a he said in a tele- phone interview here. "We must not and will not, under normal circumstances publicize personal material." He was commenting on a story in the Toronto Globe and Mail where Joseph Ralferty, 21, an ex-RCMP constable, is quoted as saying he was driven out o! the force after being held incommunicado in a psychiatric ward on orders of one of his non-commissioned officers. The story was written after a reporter was given permission by both Rafferty and I he RCMP to inspect Rafferty's personnel file at RCMP head quarters in Ottawa. "We were being accusec directly and indirectly o: wrongdoing. It was a very mis leading said the com missioner. BITTEN BY INSECT Commissioner Higgilt Mr. Rafferty was sent tu a hos ital in June, 1971, for treat- ment for an infection caused by n insect bite and not for psy- iliiatric treatment. He said Mr. Rafferty was given psychiatric care by the ospital, based on a medical lecision. The commissioner aid Rafferty asked that his ainily not V notified of his ill- ness and the allegation that ho ras held incommunicado "is absolutely false and I lie re a limply no foundation for it." Commissioner Higgilt said as ar as he is aware, the Rafferty case is the first where RCMP personnel files were made available to the press. Rafferty is quoted in the To- ronto newspaper as saying that he force deliberately set out to rid of him and that harass- ment by senior officers drove lim to attempt suicide with his service pistol. He was stopped oy the brother of his girlfriend. WON TWO APPEALS Rafferty was discharged from the RCMP on Aug. 23 as unsuitable" lor the force. His dismissal came alter winning two earlier appeals against dis- missal on medical grounds. Commissioner Higgitt said that Rafferty's dismissal was not groundless. There certainly were some problems. I had a responsibility which I met." RCMP files contained a re- port from the detachment ser- geant at Indian Head, Sask., where Raffery was posted after COMMISSIONER HIGGITT one of Rafferty's instructors in training camp as recommend- ing that he would "require con- slant supervision in the ficlc due to his inability to control himself." Commissioner Higgitt said he plans no further action on the case. "As far as I'm concerned, tne matter stays where it lies." Friday, 1972 TrU IFTHBRIDGE HHAIO 13 training, suggesting that sideration be given to Haf- ferty's dismissal on grounds of his over-all performance and attitude to RCMP work. The newspaper story quotes Japanese beef about pork but sales prospects good TOKYO (CP) There are Improved prospects for sales of Alberta pork to Japan but there has been concern about the quality of the product ship- ped so far to the Pacific Medicine Hat man dies of injuries MISSOULA, Mont. CAP) A Medicine Hat man died in hos pital here from injuries re- ceived in n motorcycle accident near Hungry Horse Dam in northwestern Montana. Authorities said Richard C. Hall, 27, was injured e cycle driven by Hugh A. Camp- bell, 25, of Medicine Hnt, slam med Into a rock wall. Hall was a passenger on the vehicle. SAND GRAVEL ASPHALT TOLLESTRUP SAND AND GRAVEL Construction Co. Ltd. PHONE 328-2702-327-3610 ountry, spokesmen for an Al- erta trade mission said Thurs- ay. Hugh Horner, Alberta's ag- iculture minister and deputy remicr, said pork appears to iold the greatest potential (or hrec to five-year contracts vith Japan where the demand or pork is rising by 10 per cent each year. Domestic pro- duction is increasing by three >er cent a year. "Japan's concern over pollu- ion means they are unable to expand hog production to close he Dr. Horner said. He said Japan now imports 60 million pounds of pork a year with Canada supplying 35 per cent and the United States SO per cent. POOR QUALITY Sten Berg of ArcVossan a director of the Alberta Hog Producers Marketing Board and hog spokesman for the trade mission, said he had received complaints from om trading company concernin; the poor quality pork in a few shipments. RCMP calendar REGINA (CP) A calendar giving a pictorial history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Pollc has been produced as a join project between the city anc chamber of commerce to com memorate the force's centen nial. The Japanese are interested n a joint venture with Alberta a which quality control super- ision would be involved, he said. Mr. Berg suggested a spe- cialized plant for cutting the pork to Japanese specifications and where quality supervision could be maintained may be one answer and that such a venture would be compatible with the Alberta government's wlicy on foreign investment in ;he province. Youth agency expands OTTAWA (CP) The Com- pany of Young Canadians is hoping for a budget increase of between 25 and 50 per cent to pay for an expanding number of projects. Dal Broadhead, executive di- rector of the controversial gov- ernment-supported agency, said today that in the fiscal year to March 31, 1972, the number of projects by the CYC had in- creased to 120 from 54. The revitalizatlon of the agency, which had been criti- cized for the allegedly radical views of some of its members, has seen CYC expansion into every province- except Prince Edward Island and CYC offi- cials hope to move there soon. The CYC also is operating some projects in the Northwest Territories. With an increase in the num- ber of requests for volunteers, the CYC is looking for addi. Uonal funds of between and million, Mr. Broadhead said in releasing the CYC an- nual report. The present CYC budget is million. STAND IN MOURNING Surviving n mberi of the Israeli Olympic team stand at attention as the names of their murdered teammates were read during the memoria service at the Olympic stadium. MOST EVER The number of volunteers Social welfare bill is lower EDMONTON (CP) Social assistance costs to the city dur- ing the first eight months of this year are almost million less than during the compar- able period last year, the social service department said today. Keith Wass, department sup- erintendent, said total spending so far this year was mil- lion compared with million to the end of August in 1971. He said the decline reflected a "generally better employ- ment situation" and to an in- crease in unemployment insur- ance benefits. now stands at 248, the highest since the organization began in the mirl-1960s. Field staff totals about 25. Single volunteers are paid a month, while those with dependents receive a month. Mr. Broadhead said the CYC now is coscentrating more on work with the unemployed, tho underemployed and the unorga- nized employed. He said he thought that unemployment would be the No. 1 issue in forthcoming federal election. The CYC has two objectives, Mr. Broadhead said to aid communities to define their pri- orities and to tackle their prob- lems; and to help train local leadership. FIRST MILL The first pulp mill in Canada was built in 1864 at Windsor Mills, Que. LETHBRIDGE KIWANIS CLUBS' ANNUAL APPLE CAMPAIGN Starts Wed., Sept, 6th Buy a box of these tantalizing, mouth- watering fancy Mclntosh apples when a Kiwanis member calls at your home and help to further the many worthwhile projects sponsored by Kiwanis Clubs. SOME OF THESE INCLUDE: KiwanTi Music Fetlival, Girl Guide Camp at Fort Macleod, Young People} Gun Club, Scholarships, 4-H Club Award Winners, Tourist Huts, plus many other. .50 IN PLACE OF APPLE ORDERS A DONATION WOULD ALSO BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. box L5 charged in Canmore derailment CALGARY (CP) Canadian Railway said here IS persons have been charged rith theft or possession of stol- n property following the de- ailment Friday of a freight rain near Canmore, 65 miles west of here. CP Rail police said goods 'rom "piggy-back trailers" were stolen after 33 cars of G9-car train went off the tracks. Those charged are scheduled :o appear in Canmore pro- vincial court next Wednesday. A CP Rail spokesman said search warrants have been is- sued in an effort to retrieve the property and more charges could follow. Some of tha goods, worth about and included musical instruements, toys, clothing and radios, have been recovered. The looting allegedly occur- red during the Labor Day week- end. The track, on CP Rail's main line, was cleared early Sunday. bill story has happy ending HAMILTON (CP) For the first time in John Mark- ovich's life, he held a bill Wednesday night. After admiring It, the serv- ice station operator put the bill obtained through the sale of a car into his wallet. Then a customer came in for gasoline and Mr. Mark- ovich, short of change in the till, went to his wallet. Ho mistook the bill for a bill "When I realized what had happened it was just like hav- ing a heart he said as he told a reporter of pac- ing the floor of his home until the early hours of Thursday morning. Then the police, lo whom I Mr. Markovich had reported his loss, phoned. Henry Orze- powski, who lives nearby, had turned in a bill, not knowing where he had ob- tained it. From now on, vowed John Markovich, Mr. Orzepowski gets free repairs to his car at the Markovich service sta- tion. his style old style It was steam and cinders all the way on those big eight-wheelers. Gave a man a thirst as big as the Rockies and as dry as the Drumheller Badlands. So his style was Lethbridge Old Style Pilsner, for thirst-quenching flavour slow-brewed and naturally aged. And that's the way it still tastes beer brewed with half a century of know-how. Try it at your next wet-your-whistle-stop. TRADITION YOU CAN TASTE FROM THE HOUSE OF LETHBRIDGE I ACCORDION SPECIAL ADULT COURSES INSTRUMENT SALES and REPAIRS LESSONS IN PINCHER CREEK EVERY MONDAY GUITAR PIANO ORGAN BEGINNERS' COURSES RFPTI SCHOOL of MUSIC UtilV I 9646 Smith Pnrkddn Drive-Phone 2646 South Parkside Drive-Phone 327-0115 ;