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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta SNOW FLURRIES HIGH FORECAST SATURDAY 40 Herald VOL. LXIII No. 223 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1970 NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTION By JIM NEAVES EDMONTON (CP) Many city dwellers still be- lieve the basic economic needs of Prairie farmers are much less than their own, but investigation shows that in today's society this is a fallacy, agricultural experts old idea that fanners do not need as much f-ike homo nay because they can live off toe land is Lcorrect bJcause rural people are just as concerned about a standard of living both economically and w cially, as their city counterparts. Unifarnr, an Alberta organization which says _it represents more than of the farmers in the province, says such thinking today reflects a lack of knowledge about changes in the agricultural indus- on the farm has changed significantly and the trend has been to purchase more and more goods and services rather than living off the land With increasing specialization in agriculture, fewer farmers have access to farm-grown produce Today many more farmers must buy their gro- ceries, milk, butter, eggs, meat and poultry, just as the city dweller does. "At one time the majority of our population was not inclined to compete with the standard of living of urban Unifarm said in a recent brief. "Today this has changed with modern com- munication and transportation technology rural People are becoming more aware of the more affluent sector of our society and, they too, would like to enjoy all the modern conveniences and more leisure time. Added to this are many services provided today that- were not available in bygone days, such as tele- phones, natural gas, electric power, running water and sewer systems. These conveniences taken for granted in the cities mean extra costs in farm operation. "In other words the rural financial needs are much closer to those of urban people today than they ever were in the past." But falling farm income and increasing production arid living costs have forced many fanners to the lower end of the income scale, resulting in pockets of poverty in rural areas. Unifarm says that, based on the Economic Council of Canada's definition of poverty, fully "50 per cent of Alberta farm families were below the poverty level in 1968 which indicates the magnitude of the rural. problem." Welfare Roles Grow Alberta's social development department said farm families are receiving social assistance this September, an increase of 262 families during the last 10 months. In addition there were .some farmers re- ceiving provincial interim assistance loans of to cover living expenses. No figures were available for Manitoba, but Sask- atchewan's farm welfare roll also is growing. In Sept- ember 1969, there were 404 farm families receiving fi- nancial assistance while this year the figure has grown to 579. The rolls probably would be higher if many fanners did not have additional off-farm income or wives that work. Unifarm said the number of Alberta farmers taking jobs off the farm is growing. In 1966, about 51 per cent of the non-commercial farmers did off-farm work com- pared with 41 per cent in 1966. _ .The farm organization advocates some form of guaranteed annual income because present social wel- fare development programs do not serve rural areas adequately. "It is not easy for the farmer to get welfare be- cause he usually has some equity in the farm and the net value of the farmer's assets make him ineligible for assistance." Tories Request Camp To Stop Diet Criticism OTTAWA (CP) Conservative parly headquarters has asked Dalton Camp to stop his public criticism of former prime minister John Diefenbaker, informants said today. Mr. Camp, a Toronto public relations consultant and national President of the Progressive Conservative Association from 1964 to 1968, engineered Mr. Diefen- baker's fail from the Conservative leadership in 1967. The consequent feud between him and the former prime minister has become one of the most venomous in Canada political history. Mr. Camp had played a major role in Mr. Dicfcn- bakcr's successful campaign for re-election in 1902. But affer Mr. Diefenbaker's 1963 defeat by lha Liberals, Mr. Camp began to seek a party leadership convention and he was finally successful in 1967. Mr. Camp twice sounded out Conservative MPs in 19C7 on whether lie should run for the leadership him- self. He finally decided to back Robert Stanfield, who became the winner. Mr. Camp now is reported assisting Conservative leader Richard Hatfield in the New Brunswick elec- tion campaign. Mr. Camp is a native of Woodstock, N.B. He also wiles an occasional newspaper column and earlier this week wrote one attacking Mr. Diefen- baker which appeared in lha Calgary Albcrtan. He said Mr. Diefenbaker still draws nourishment from the praise of the prairie loyalists and takes com- fort from their complaints about Mr. Stanfield's leader- ship. Commando Exchange U.S. May Place Armed Guards On o p o s e Airliner FUghts FIRST OF THE YEAR Although they likely won't last too long, the season's first snowmen made their appearance in tethbridge today. Donald Tinordi (left) and Ray- mond leavitt took advantage of some free moments before school this morning to get started on iheir snowman. The weather office says the snow will likely continue in the form of occasional snow showers Saturday and conditions should improve Sunday. Israel Accuses Russia Of Ceasefire Violation From REUTERS-AP TEL AVIV (CP) Israel im- plicitly accused the Soviet Union today of violating the Middle East ceasefire through the installation of sophisticated SAM-3 missiles in the Suez canal truce zone. An official Israeli complaint, the 13th since the ceasefire began five weeks ago, did not mention Russia by name, but lor the first time SAM-3 mis- siles were mentioned. Israeli sources said that as far as is known the SAM-3 bat- teries in Egypt are exclusively operated by Soviet personnel. The development was viewed with extreme gravity in Tel Aviv, since it came more than a week after Washington made representations in Cairo and Touring Rock Musical Actors Battle With Police MIAMI (AP) Heather MacRae and seven young actors from the touring rock musical Hair were arrested following a noisy shoving match with police City Woman Charged With Second Murder A second charge of non-capi- tal murder has been laid against Joan Agnes Bayon of Lcthbridge. She is being held responsible for tiie March 23, 1967, death of a five-monlh-old Lethbridge in- fant. The name of the child is being withhold until the next of kin have been notified of the charge against Miss Bayon. Miss Bayon, 24, appeared in magistrate's court in Leth- bridge Sept. 4 and was charged wilh the Sept. 2 death of two-year-old John William Cotton, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilf Cotton of Lethbridge. Miss Bayon was remanded Sept. 4 for 30 days so she could be examined in the Al- berta Hospital in Ponoka. Medical evidence, indicated boili babies died of suffocation. in a park. They were jailed for four hours. Miss MacRae, 23-year-old daughter of entertainers Gordon and Sheila MacRae, stars in the show and strips nude nightly with other cast members for a brief scene. She was charged with public obscenity. The seven young men jailed with her were charged on counts ranging from obscenity to hindering police and resisting arrest with violence. During their four hours be- hind bars, the eight rehearsed show songs. After being freed on bail, they barely made the curtain for the Thursday niglit performance. "Direct from the Dade County stage director Bob Farley told the audience, "we bring you the American tribal rock musical Hair." And the show went on. The arrests resulted from an afternoon incident as the 31- member cast rehearsed under a palm tree in a bayside park in Miami's Coconut Grove section three blocks from the theatre where Hair packs them in every night. Charles Irwin, a member of the east, said the disorder began when one of the young actors pointed a camera briefly at police officers in the park. Moscow over previous reported violations. This is the first time that Is- rael has accused Egypt of mov- ing up SAM-3 missiles into the standstill zone. All previous charges involved SAM-2 mis- siles. In the complaint handed to the UN ceasefire supervisory organization in Jerusalem today, Israel charged that ac- cording to information gathered by the Israeli army Thursday the Egyptians also were con- tinuing with the construction and other preparatory work on SAM-2 missile batteries within the 18-mile belt west of the wa- terway. Egypt says it has introduced no missiles into the standstill zone within 31 miles of the canal but has only moved around some that were already there. American officials re- ported that the Russians, in a reply to a protest issued by Washington a week ago, agreed with Egypt and said such moves are not prohibited under the ceasefire terms. From Reutcrs-AP AMMAN (CP) The central committee of the Palestine Lib- eration Organization announced today that it had decided to re- lease all the hostages held in the Jordanian desert except for "Israelis with a military capac- in exchange for seven Arab guerrillas held captive in Europe. There was no indication that the Popular Front for tire Liber- ation cf Palestine had agreed to the central committee decision. The Popular Front guerrillas hold about 280 hostages aboard three hijacked Western airliners at a Jordanian desert airstrip. The central committee also of- fered to release the three planes and their crews in the proposed swap. The announcement came as news reached Amman of the ar- rival at a Turkish air base 300 miles away of 25 American Phantom fighters and more transport planes, and was cou- pled with a warning against "imperialist" military interven- tion in Jordan. The Middle East was alive today with by the United States embassy in Ihe U.S. 6th Fleet was steaming eastward through the Mediterranean to open up an operation to snatch the hos- tages out of the guerrillas' hands. LINKED TO ZIONISM The committee statement charged that the Western pow- ers were planning military in- tervention in Jordan "in order to impose a peaceful solution (of the Palestine problem) in the interests of the Zionist enemy and imperialism." The committee said the pas- sengers would be released as soon as a declaration was made by the governments concerned undertaking to release Arab commandos held in Switzerland, West Germany and Britain. The planes and their crews would be freed as soon as the released commandos arrive in Jordan or any other Arab coun- try, the committee added. It said the arrangement should also include the return of the body of a commando killed aboard an El Al Israeli airliner which he and a female accom- plice failed to hijack over Brit- ain Sunday. West Germany and Switzer- land, which hold three comman- dos each, have already ex- pressed readiness in principle for a trade, but Britain has not made any statement of its inten- tion with regard to girl guerrilla Leila Khaled, who is held in London. The central committee offer falls short of what the five pow- ers with hostages in Jordan have release of all passengers and crew without exception. Although the committee an- nouncement did not define what it meant, observers believed that since both women and men serve in the Israeli army, "Is- raelis with military capacity" were likely to be Israelis of ei- ther sex between around 15 and 50. WASHINGTON (AP) Presi- dent Nixon moved today to place armed guards aboard in- ternational and some domestic flights of United States airlines, starting Saturday, to counter aerial piracy. Nixon's decision was an- nounced to reporters at the White House by congressional leaders who had conferred with him. A presidential statement on the subject, spelling out details of the anti-hijack plan, was promised later in the day. John McCormack (Dem. Speaker of the House of. Representatives, said that in ad- dition to Hie posting of guards, there would be greatly in- creased surveillance of passen- gers and their baggage at air terminals. The Senate's Democratic leader, Mike Mansfield of Mon- tana praised the Republican administration for its handling of the crisis precipitated by the hijacking of international flights by Palestinian Arab guerrillas. "I think the government has Liz Taylor III LONDON (Reuters) Actor Rich ard Burton said Thursday night that his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, bad been seri- ously ill for about 18 months. Press reports Friday quoted Burton as telling a news confer- ence at a London hotel: "It's only in the past few weeks that she's come up from under." "It's not one of those women's he said. "It's one of those tilings that happens to all of us. "I can't tell you more than that." done everything that It possibly said Mansfield. Asked whether he could re- port any progress in efforts to win release of hostages being held by the guerrillas on tha Jordanian desert, Mansfield re- plied: "Some." Before (lie White House meet- ing, an informed source re- ported that armed federal agents will ride shotgun on overseas flights of two U.S. air- lines. Hurricane Growing Stronger NEW ORLEANS (AP) Hur- ricane Ella was growing stronger today as she howled up the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas and Louisiana. "It will affect some portion of the Texas or Louisiana coast within the next 48 Dr. Robert Simpson, director of the National Hurricane Centre at Miami, said Thursday night. The Red Cross announced it was dispatching emergency teams to stretegic points along the coast. Ella first showed up as a trop- ical depression Wednesday and blossomed into a hurricane al- most as soon as she hit the warm waters of the Gulf after passing over the Yucatan Penin- sula Thursday. Early today, Ella was about 420 miles southeast of Browns, ville, Tex. and hustling to the northwest at 15 to 18 miles an hour. mt-MP Joins Tory Party OTTAWA (CP) Perry Ryan, MP for the riding of To- ronto Spadina, announced today he has joined the Conservative party. He was a Liberal who quit that party to sit as an inde- pendent. Mr. Ryan appeared at a news conference with Opposition Leader Robert S t a n f i e 1 d to make the announcement. Mr. gcanfield welcomed the former Liberal as an important addition to the Conservative caucus. Mr. Ryan becomes the only Toronto Conservative MP. Mr. Ryan, 52, quit the Liber- als Dec. 3 after serving the party as an MP for seven years. Mr. Ryan's swing to the Con- servatives increases Conserva- tive strength in the Commons to 72. There are 153 Liberals in the Red Army Ready MOSCOW (AP) Soviet De- fence Minister Andrei Grechto has completed an inspection here of the battle readiness of Russian troops guarding the Chinese border, Tass reported. The Soviet news agency said Grechko travelled to Ulan Ba- tor, capital of Mongolia, after the tour. 264-seat house, 23 NDP meu bers, 13 Creditistes, one inde- pendent Lu- cien two va- cancies. The last MPs to cross the floor were both Social Credit members. H. A. Olson, MP for Medicine Hat; joined the Liber- als and became agriculture minister. Robert Thompson, MP for Red Deer, joined the Conservatives. Both crossed in 1967. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN "THE GUY SABEY family immersed in education with the entire family in school from grade 1, junior high, high school, college and university levels Koss Held calling for a lantern Thursday night so he could finish his golf game Al Ncilson stating life is dull enough without midis coming into vogue to cut down on a few thrills. Restaurant Protected By Act On Alleged Discrimination Travelling this may rules out According to a letter re- ceived by the Lethbridge police department from Ray Reierson, minister of labor, no action can be taken under the Alberta Human Rights against the Dairy Queen in Lethbridge for alleged d i s crimination against male customers with long hair. The act states that no pros- ecution can proceed without the consent in writing of the minis- ter, who is responsible for the administration of the act, which was passed four years ago. In reply to a request from the local police department, Mr. Reierson said the act covers discimination on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry or place of origin only and that his department could be of no further assistance in the matter. The request from the pob'ce department was prompted by a petition they received July 31, containing S3 names, stating that the Dairy Queen discrimin- ated against people with long hair, not allowing them to stand outside on the lot or to corno inside to purchase food. Dan Peters, Dairy Queen manager, told The Herald his establishment does not allow "dirty long-haired people" to be seated. He said that after repeated complaints t h e policy was changed May 17 to allow any- one to be served, but to refuse seating to those considered to be dirty. About 25 persons have been asked Jo leave (he premises since that lime, he said. Clean, long-haired customers can bo found in the restaurant every day, he said, but those who are obviously dirty and come in wearing "muscle shirts" or "tie-dye underwear" are not al- lowed to sit down. Mr. Peters said the petition was the result of an incident earlier this summer and the person responsible for it had since apologized to him. Mrs. Joan Puckett, who had raised the matter of dis- crimination against long-haired customers at Tuesday's meet- ing of city council told The Herald she had no knowledge of the petition and that her in- formation had come from oth- ers who felt that discrimination against them existed in the city. S'ne said she has no objection to any eating establishment re- fusing service to a particular customer for a specific reason, such as creating a disturbance. She did feel, she said, that discriminating against a class of people, such as all those who have long hair, was wrong and dial her submission (o cily council was made strictly on that basis. She said she has no intention of pursuing the matter further. ;