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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 12, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, September 12, 1973 News in brief I'tnmber shortage feared (CPi -Calgarv could lace a serious shortage ol plumbers and pipefitters if the strike bv 850 members ot the I'nited" Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters is not settled soon Lyle Tackaberry. business agent ior the union's Local 496. said Tuesdav more than 100 of the men hav left the cit> to seek jobs and some of them tnav not come back even when the strike is over He said more plumbers are planning to leave the city and the longer the strike the worse the situation The plumbers have been on strike since Aug 23 There was a difference of 16 cents an hour in fringe benefits when contract talks collapsed between the union and the Mechanical Contractors Association ot Alberta Plan branch office EDMONTON i C P i George McClellan. provincial ombudsman, announced Tues- day that he is opening a branch office in Calgan to investigate cases in the southern half of the province Investigators would report to Mr McClellan who per- sonallv judges all complaints The office would also advise on the procedure for lodging complaints and to help deter- mine whether they fall under the ombudsman's jurisdiction The branch is to be headed W E McElhone. an investigator with the Ed- monton office since 1969 and previously with the federal government for 34 years. School enrolment drops EDMONTON C P Enrolment in Edmonton public schools dropped from 72.868 students last year to 70.- 833 this term says a report given trustee Tuesday Over the three high school populations dropped I 04 per cent to 18 131 The largest drop has been in Grade 1 which this year has an enrolment of 5.240 compared with 7.001 three vears earlier Total elementary atten- dance dropped from 38.733 to 33.351 from 1970 to this year. Junior high school enrol- ment has risen slightly .03 per cent during the three vears to Kail strike hurts miners GRANDE CACHE. Alta iCPi Representatives of miner-- and officials of Mcln- tyre Porcupine Mines Ltd met Tuesdav but could not reach agreement on returning 350 men to their jobs The men more than half the mine 600 workers were laid off Monda> until the mine resume-, coal shipments to Vancouver and Japan The rail strike disrupted the nor- mal ilow of coal Phil Oakes. president of Local 7621 of the United Steel Workers ot America, said it appears the men will not get back to work this week and "He can't tell the men there'll be work for them -by Mon- day Rather than laying off men. the company should have been stockpiling mine production outside the processing plant, he said Launch search for plane EDMONTON iCP) A search was started late Tues- cldv for a single-engmed plane overdue on a 650-mile flight from Cambridge Bay. N.W.T to Yellowkmte. N W T The float-equipped Cessna 180. earning the pilot, was scheduled to arrive in Mon- Yellowkmte at 6 p m da> Canadian Forces Her- cules was conducting an electronic search and an arm- ed forces Argus and two other aircraft were standing by to assist during daylight The name of the pilot was not released Separatists make promise QUEBEC iCP -The Parti Quebecois revealed part ol what would be its first Quebec budget Tuesday and announc- ed that if elected to power, it would increase family allowances bv S17 a month a child and up to 945 a month for a fourth child The new program, with an estimated cost of million for 1974. was announced at a news conference held jointlv by partv leader Rene'Leves- que and Camille Laurin. party house leader in the national assembly. forces control city PHNOM PENH (Reuter) The Cambodia military com- mand said todav government forces have regained almost complete control over the centre of Cambodia's third largest citv KompongCham. The command said that in fighting Tuesday, government troops captured a school and a Buddhist temple near the cen- tral part of the city where sev- eral hundred Communist-led insurgents were entrenched Only small, isolated areas ot the city remained in in- surgent hands, the command said. The command said house-to- house fighting was continuing in some areas of the southern set tor of the city which government troops recap- tured Tuesdav from the in- surgents who occupied it ior live days No details ol casualties were released. Oil pollution heavy VANCOUVER (CP) An American environmental ex- pert says that in 1972 some 30 million gallons of crude oil and oil products were spilled into U S lakes, rivers and coastal waters but only six million gallons were mopped up Donald R Jones, physical science adviser to the U S Environmental Protection Agency, said the American government's entry into the Deaths Tories plan new attack on inflation Peaceful demonstrations staged Military coup protested ASSOCIATED PRESS Youths staged noisy but peaceful demonstrations in Argentina. Mexico, and Costa Rica Tuesday and today, pro- testing the military coup in Chile' P'irst official reaction in Latin America to the overthrow- of Marxist Presi- dent Salvador Allende was moderate Allende committed suicide during the coup President Luis Echeverna ot Mexico expressed "deep re- gret' at the coup He added Loyal to the pohcv of non-in- teivention. we express our solidarity with the Chilean people and the confidence that Chile soon will find again the way ior a democratic and peaceful life Echeverna offered asylum in Mexico to Allende's sup- porters BCR employees _SL accept wage hike Karsdale, N.S.-Arthur Neish. 57. noted Canadian researcher Danburj, Conn. Madriguera. 71. former concert violinist and orchestra leader who was instrumental m introducing Latin-American music to the United States in the 1920s. oil spill field was belated but he is hopeful new regulations will considerably reduce the incidence of oil spills Mr Jones told the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers meeting here Tuesday, that oil spill reduction depends on the oil industry observing the spirit as well as the letter of the regulations. Hamilton Lloyd D. Jackson. 85. mayor of Hamilton from 1949 to 1962 Santiago, Allende. 65. first freely- elected Marxist leader in the Western Hemisphere, in a violent coup by the Chilean militarv VANCOUVER (CP) Shopcraft union employees at British Columbia Railway i BCR i voted Tuesdav night to accept an interim 10-per-cent wage increase until a com- missioner appointed fay provincial Labor Minister William King completes his work But the provincially-owned railwav could still be tied up by a second group, the United Transportation Union i UTU Albert Beckman. chairman of the UTU negotiating com- mittee, said a meeting was scheduled todav to decide what action would be taken The UTU representing about 450 BCR employees is in a legal position to strike and leaders are studying a media- Storm damage extensive EDMONTON (CP) Light aircraft were overturned, trees broken and power lines tangled late Tuesdav when a thunderstorm with winds to 73 miles an hour blew through the city. Six aircraft parked at the Industrial Airport on the city's north side were over- turned and one single-engined plane was blown onto nearby power lines. No one was in- jured Police said several streets were closed when trees crash- ed across them. There were also reports of windows blown out of some downtown office buildings and of cars and windows damaged by airborne debris 'Bill Kirkland, general manager of Edmonton Power, said 14 crews worked to restore power after more than 100 failure? have been settled He said the UTU has been bargaining since the contract expired Dec. 31 A strike vote was taken Aug. 1 and notice served on the company Aug. 17 The UTU is demanding an hourlv guarantee ol 81 tor trainmen and for yard- men. The shopcraft unions include machinists, electricians, plumbers and carmen Food price probe will be costly OTTAWA (CP) The special investigation of grocery store pricing prac- tices by the Food Prices Review Board will take plenty out of the board all because of a lack of mail from concerned consumers Lack of public response has lorced the board to take its in- vestigations out of the mail- room and into the field, a board spokesman said Tuesday This week 80 research- investigators, 70 of them newly-hired trainees with the Public Service Commission, were sent across the country to track down examples of tood-pncing infractions The board now receives be- tween 40 and 50 letters a day, the spokesman said. But the increase has been apparent only since the review board .secured a permanent post of- lice box late in August Before then, board spokesmen admitted they had received few letters from con- sumers late May when the board was established About 300 Mexican students demonstrated for an hour in tront of the Chilean embassy Speakers offered to go to Chile and gladly give our blood" in defence of Allende's socialist cause The students booed three Chilean tourists who arrived at the embassy with the red. white and blue Chilean flag and a sign on it saving "Viva Free Chile." thousands of leftist youths marched hand-in-hand in Buenos Aires chanting Bravo Chile The marchers included Peromsts, Com- munists and others who wav- ed red flags, painted lettist slogans on buildings and shouted against "Yankee im- perialism" and fascism OFFER ASYLUM Costa Rica offered asylum to Allende s family, and Presi- dent Jose Figueres said Allende was a noble idealist and died like a man The Venezuelan Socialist party said the revolt in San- tiago was an attempt "to crush Chilean democracy and set up a Fascist dictatorship Brazil will not immediately recognize the new Chilean government, a spokesman for the foreign office said in Brasilia Tuesday night. Traditionally Brazil only recognizes a new government alter the situation is clearly and unequivocally defined This traditional position will be maintained.'' the spokesman said. The conservative president of the Brazilian chamber of deputies. Flavio Marcilio. said Allende's ouster was "a victory of democracy At a luxury hotel in down- town Mexico City, a tourist guide commented "It's about time the Chileans did something to get rid of Allende He was leading the count rv to chaos Busy session VICTORIA (CP) -The fall session of the British Colum- bia legislature gets under way Thursday with the heftier pieces of legislation expected to focus on labor and agriculture The New Democratic Party government has promised ma- jor amendments to labor legislation and a program to provide a better deal for farmers. There will be no budget brought down during the ses- sion, the third of the 30th legislative assembly, but Premier Dave Barrett has said he will make some state- ment on the province's finan- cial picture. On alert at palace Army troops aim their weapons in the direction of the presidential palace (out of picture) in down- town Santiago Tuesday. A military junta ousted Chil- ean President Salvador Allende, who reportedly committed suicide. PLAN OIL POOL PARIS (AP) Major non- Communist oil consuming countries have taken a step toward pooling their resources in the event of a shortage or crisis, intormed sources said Tuesday night An unscheduled meeting of the high-level oil committee ol the Organization of Econ- rnic Cooperation and Develop- ment discussed the problem during a general review of the world oil situation and entrusted a restricted technical group with the task of working out details The plan calls for Canada, the United States. Japan. Australia and New Zealand to join a scheme under which European members ot the organization have agreed in principle to come to the aid of one another in the event of crisis The European scheme began as a result ot the 1956 closure of the Sue? Canal It was updated by the oil com- mittee last November, the sources said It calls for placing in a pool 10 per cent of each member s 011 resources, including production and imports, for distribution to members hav- ing a shortfall in supplies The 10 per cent excludes security stocks which the organization has recommended should amount to 90 davs' consump- tion The oil committee reviewed the world oil situation in view ol the latest developments, in- cluding Libya's recent nation- alization moves, the sources said Members of the high-level 011 group, are Canada, Norway France, West Ger- many, Italy. Japan, the United States and Britain. By KEN POLE OTTAWA (CP) The Con- servatives appeared to be try- ing to stall Commons debate Tuesday on a bill proposed to grant an interim increase in family allowances next month The latest consumer price index comes out Thursday and the Conservatives may be pre- paring a further attack on gov- ernment anti-inflation efforts A jump in the index could sup- port their call for an im- mediate increase in family allowances to an average per- child payment of a month The 'minority Liberal government plans to make the average allowance a taxable but not until Jan 1 The bill before the House would raise allowances, now a monthly average of S7.21 a child, to a flat non-taxable Oct. 1. Opposition statements offered support for the propos- ed legislation, but Tuesday the debate skipped to such things as wheat, price controls and Salvador Allende. the overthrown Marxist president of Chile The delays upset Health Minister Marc Lalonde who said MPs were extending the debate unnecessarily CAOUETTE DIGRESSES It was mostly Conservatives who spoke on the bill Tuesday, but it was Social Credit Leader Real Caouette who brought up Allende Earlier. Jack Marshall Humber-St. George's- St. Barbel called tor fast approval oi the increase, but digressed to the Canadian Assistance Plan Kissinger hearing in recess WASHINGTON lAP) confirmation hearing for Henry Kissinger as United States state secretary was in recess today while a two-man subcommittee prepared a report on his involvement in national security Wiretaps Senators John Sparkman i Dem Ala and Clifford Case iRep.N.J.) said their report on an FBI summary of wiretaps of 13 government of- ficials and four reporters from 1969 to 1971 likely will be made to the committee in closed session Thursday. The two senators examined the FBI summarv Tuesday and discussed it for nearly two hours with Kissinger, At- torney General Elliot Richardson and William Ruckelshaus, who ordered the summary drafted when he was acting FBI director last May Sparkman told reporters it was "a full and free dis- cussion" and felt no further information would be re- quired. He doubted the matter would hold up a committee vote on Kissinger's nomination, tentatively set for next Tuesdav Kissinger is to return for a fourth day of questioning in closed session before the full committee next Monday. Fri- day, the panel will hear wit- nesses opposing his nomination. WIND STATION WINDED CR England (CPi wind research centre here lost its root when it vvas siiuck by a 95-mile-per- houi whiilwind "Is it not time we revised the Canada Assistance Plan to allow fora bigger contribution bv the federal government, particularly in the have-not Debate ot the tamily allow- ances was to continue today. Meanwhile. Conservative House Leader Gerald Baldwin said in an interview he wants his party to reject any plan for resuming the summer recess which started July 27 and end- ed Aug. 30 when Parliament was recalled to settle the rail strike The summer break was supposed to have lasted until Oct. 15. CLC plans to organize workers By VIC PARSONS CHARLOTTETOWN (CP) Canadian Labor Congress (CLC) officials concentrated Tuesda.% on plans to organize non-union workers and at the first session of their 30- member executive council made a decision that could br- ing them into conflict with the Teamsters union Under the new plans, the CLC would no longer have to ask the permission of af- filiated unions to proceed with their etforts to organize blue- collar workers Executive vice-president Jean Beaudry said at a news conference that the require- ment tor the CLC to check first with affiliates had hampered ettorts to increase the number of workers in the labor movement. Only about one-third of the labor force is organized now The CLC council also wants its member unions to waive objections to groups that may have broken away from affil- iates, but which now wish to join the CLC. Such groups are located in British Columbia and Quebec. Mr Beaudry said. The groups that had broken away would still need approval of the atfiliates to re- join the CLC. but any veto by an opposing union could be reversed by a two-thirds ma- jority of the congress ex- ecutive council William Dodge, secretary- treasurer of the congress, said first etforts at organizing would probablv be directed at the retail and distributing sec- tors The CLC has already com- mitted to the blue- collar drive and affiliates are expected to put more money into the fund. There is an Held staff of 35 available and CLC officials expect the drive to begin im- mediately. The congress officers also discussed a white-collar organizing drive that is ex- panding into the Vancouver area after a first effort in Toronto The congress has issued charters to 10 groups of white-collar employees since the drive began earlier this year Congress president Donald MacDonald also said ex- ecutive vice-president Joe Morris would go to a Calgary meeting of the brewery- workers union this fall to tell those who want to stay out of a proposed merger with the Teamsters that there is a place for them in the CLC. Dairymen willing to co-operate in reducing cost of products BANFF. Alta. (CP) The National Dairy Council wants to co-operate in reducing the cost ot dairy foods but it is still in the dark about details ol the federal govefnment's subsidy proposal, says John Jackson of Ottawa, council president. "We have been told there must be a 'hold-the-line' on prices but they haven't told us vet when and how it is to be eltected Mr Jackson, in an inter- view Tuesday after a directors' meeting at the council's annual convention, said the problem of the sub- sidy is complex province has its own