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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta WARMER HIGH FORECAST TUESDAY 60 VOL. LXIII No. 231 The LetKbridge Herald LETHERIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1970 HKICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 18 PAGES EMO Diverges From Nuclear Disaster Role By JOHN BEST OTTAWA (CP) The Canada Emergency Mea- sures Organization, long pointed almost totally to- wards planning for a nuclear disaster, has embarked on a new program of preparedness to meet peace- time civil emergencies. The revised approach came to life last week at a seminar of federal and provincial emergency plan- ning officials at the civil defence college in nearby Arnprior, Ont. A paper presented to the two-day seminar by J. F. Wallace, director-general of EMO's national sur- vival and recovery program, proposed what is called a new national objective: "To develop throughout the nation non-military plans and preparations for responding to emergencies caused by internal or external threats to the social, political or economic structure of Canada." Stuart (Tubby) White, EMO director-general of long- range planning told the conference that while the threat of nuclear war lias not been eliminated, civil threats to Canada should take precedence over the threat of war. Cites Examples In the term threat, he included "anything which tends to create instability in our social, political or economic structure." Among the non-military examples he cited were both civil disorders and natural dis- asters. Copies of some of the papers presented at the closed seminar became available to The Canadian Press Monday. EMO officials said that what Mr. Wal- lace called "a shift in emphasis on the order of priorities as between the external and internal threats" received solid backing from provincial repre- sentatives. C. H. Patterson, national co-ordinator of civil emergency measures, said in an interview Monday this did not represent a reduction of the organization's responsibility to plan against: nuclear disaster. "We are trying to give more positive direction to having a total emergency response rather than a total wartime emergency response with a peacetime spinoff." Mr. While said Monday that EMO's role as co- ordinator of federal emergency activities will not change. However, instead of waiting until called upon by civil authorities, EMO officials in the provinces will take the initiative in making the organization's services available in emergency situations. Refers To Sudbury Mr. Wallace said last month's destructive wind- storm in and around Sudbury, Ont., pointed up the need for more adequate warning of peacetime emer- gencies. An example of the type of emergency, planning which the organization hopes to develop in the future was carried out last April in British Columbia, when the U.S. Army was planning to send a shipment of nerve gas through the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Okinawa. Under EMO auspices, federal and provincial offi- cials plus a number of scientific experts met to con- sider wh'at steps should be taken in the unlikely ev- ent that the shipment should meet with disaster going through the strait. A detailed plan for protection of the public, with special instructions for groups like farmers and fish- ermen, was ready for distribution by the provincial civil defence co-ordinator when U.S. military authori- ties called off the shipment under pressure of public opinion. On the nuclear planning side, the emergency or- ganization is chiefly concerned ss it has been for many years with devising a national fallout shelter program. Had Pilot Project A pilot carried out at Granby, Que. earlier this year resulted in the identification of 79 buildings that can be used for shelters should a nuclear attack occur. A map distributed to citizens shows where the shel- ters are and the number each will accommodate. In Ontario, a province-wide program is under way aimed at determining the amount of emergency ac- commodation that would be available in a wartime disaster. In Alberta, Lethbridge is being used as a pilot centre for a possible province-wide community shelter plan. EMO officials hope that the federal government eventually will approve a national policy for commun- ity fallout shelters. Pa T nger Hijack Foils Attempt U.S. Rail Strike HAPPY AUTO STRIKERS Thousands Idled By Action Auto Workers On Strike DETROIT (AP) The United Auto Workers went on strike against General Motors Corp. today, choking off car produc- tion by the world's largest man- ufacturing firm ar.d making idle hundreds of thousands of work- ers in Canada and the United States. Pickets were posted around GM facilities in 31 states and at seven plants in Ontario and Quebec, after last-minute nego- tiations failed to produce a new contract for the auto industry. The old1 three-year- at midnight Mon- day night. The shutdown will cost the workers about million a Egypt Raps U.S. Support Of Israel CAIRO Egypt says the United States is blocking the Middle East peace talks by backing Israel, but that Cairo will not let Palestinian hijackers "jeopardize the peace-seeking efforts of the Arabs." Egyptian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Riad said in Cairo Monday that U.S. support of Is- raeli charges of Egyptian cease- fire violations is to blame for the current "political standstill" in the Middle East. He added that the charges are "baseless." Israel issued its 14th com- plaint Monday that Egypt has violated the U.N. sponsored agreement. by moving Egypt- ian-manned 'anti-aircraft missiles and Russian-manned SAM-3 missiles closer to the Suez canal. Riad also reiterated Egypt's charge that Washington has bro- ken a promise to withhold Phan- tom jets and other arms from Israel during the ceasefire. American officials have denied there was any such promise and have maintained that the United States has a publicly-declared obligation to maintain the Mid- dle East arms balance by counter-acting the flow of Soviet arms to Egypt. Cairo radio said Monday that "Egypt not allow a Pales- tinian maverick group to jeop- ardize the peace-seeking efforts of the Arabs and justify Israel's demand for additional arms to be used against the Arabs." The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine is hold- ing hostages from three hi- jacked airliners. week in wages, but will also cost GM a whopping million a day in lost production. Both GM and the union said they were far apart on reaching contract, but pledged talks to make the strike as short as possible. .They said they would try for another meeting Wednesday. However, some union and in- dustry sources predicted the strike would be lengthy, and might exhaust the UAW's million strike fund. Union offi- cials said the strike funds would last seven to eight weeks, with the workers on strike drawing up to weekly each. Some of them were in six Ontario plants and one in Quebec. ORDERED TO STAY ON But another were or- dered to stay on the job at 27 GM plants to produce auto parts for companies not involved in the dispute. The strike is the first wide- spread shutdown of GM since 1964, when failure to agree on a new contract closed the firm for 10 days. The only other major strike against GM lasted 113 days in 194iHG. That was the longest work stoppage ever in the in- dustry. The strike comes just as GM is introducing its 1971 models, including the sub-compact Vega 2300, designed to help fight off the challenge of imported small International Tribunal Urged To Try Aircraft Hijackers UNITED NATIONS (CP) Secretary-General U T h a n t stepped outside the UN Monday night to call for an international tribunal to try aerial hijackers. In a speech to the UN Asso- ciation of the United States, the Secretary-General said: "It is high time that w.e go to the root of this phenomenon and treat its causes with novel rem- edies and not old-time rec- ipes to which it is largely im- mune." Observers greeted the state- ment, delivered on the eve of the opening of the silver anni- versary session of the 126-coun- try General Assembly, with questions of how Thant's pro- posed tribunal could be formed. The suggestion was stronger than anything Thant had said in his annual report to the General Assembly, en aerial hijacking or anything else. This report, released earh'er Monday, expressed cautious op- timism in the world situation, including the Middle East, and mad.e a veiled call for a Big Four summit conference on the Middle East. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A male passenger demanding to go to North Korea attempted to hijack a Trans World Airlines jetliner today. He was shot by another passenger, a private guard for a shipment of securi- ties, after being in control of the plane for a little more than an hour, deputy sheriffs said. Robert E. De Nisco, 34, an employee of Brinks, Inc., stood up and shouted "Police" and began struggling with the hi- jacker after the pilot announced the hijack after the plane landed. One shot was fined. The hi- jacker, described only as a young white man, was reported in serious condition at nearby Peninsula Hospital, where he was taken to surgery. In Washington the Federal Aviation Administration identi- fied the would-be hijacker as Don Irwin, 27, Reseda, Calif. He was undergoing surgery at Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame, Calif. He was said to be hi seri- ous condition. The FAA said Irwin was shot in the right side of the abdomen by a Brinks' guard in -civilian clothes. The, guard was protect- ing a private shipment of a val- uable nature and was not a part of the newly-established plane- guard system, the FAA said. One shot only was said to have been fired. Passengers said he boarded the plane in Los Angeles. The flight had started at New York, with a stop in Chicago. Moments before the pilot's an- nouncement to the passengers the hijacker had passed a note to him reading: "I hava a gun and want to go to North Korea." It was not known whether the hijacker was actually armed. Do Nisco, Brinks said, was carrying an undetermined amount of securities from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The plane, flight 15 from Los Angeles, had landed at a.m. and the pilot advised the tower that a white male passen- ger had told him: "This plane is being hijacked. It will be going farther." The pilot said there were 17 passengers aboard, plus the crew. At a.m. the pilot reported that one shot had been fired in- the plane. After the plans set down, it was directed to an outer runway away from the passenger ter- minal while sheriff's deputies and airport security officers rushed to the area. The pilot radioed that officers should stay inside their vehicles. WASHINGTON (AP) pA partial strike against major U.S. railways was avoided for at least a week when a federal court early tcday issued a re- straining order preventing a walkout by four big labor un- ions. Although four AFL-CIO unions had called the strike against only three lines, chief railway negotiator John Hiltz had indi- cated the entire industry would have shut down hi a retaliatory lockout. The last-minute temporary re- straining order by U.S. District Judge Howard Corcoran forbid- ding the a.m. strike ap- peared to freeze the dispute until p.m. Sept. 23. Hs set a hearing for Sept. 22. The wage dispute involves some on all rail lines. Locked In Prison From Rcutcrs-AP AMMAN, Jordan (CP) More than 50 hijack hostages remained locked in their secret prisons today while negotiations between their guerrilla captors and Western governments were at an impasse. Israel seemed to hold the key to the duration of their detention. At a news conference guer- rilla leaders warned again today that any attempt to free the hostages by force would only endanger their lives. They demanded swift bilateral action Papal Guard Corps Is Disbanded VATICAN CITY (AP) Pope Paul has disbanded three Vati- can Guard corps of nearly 700 rnen, who "no longer corre- spond to the needs for which they were founded." The functions of the The Palatine Guards, Vatican Gendarmes and Noble Guards to be taken over by a new "special which will be charged with maintaining "order and the Vati- can said today. The only traditional military corps left to guard the Pope will be ths colorful Swiss Guards, who number about 60. The Palatine Guards cur- "rently number about 500. the so-called Noble Guards 45 and the Vatican Gendarmes 145. Of the three, only the gendarmes are salaried. The others don an- cient costumes and serve on special Vatican occasions. in swapping hostages for im- prisoned guerrillas and warned: "We will not wait forever." The hijackers, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Pal- estine, announced Monday night it had closed the door on all further mediation with the Western governments involved in negotiating as one to obtain the 54 hijacked airline hostages it still holds in secret hideouts. Today, the guerrillas expanded on bilateral negotiations. The Popular Front is demand- ing the release of seven guerril- las held in Switzerland, West Germany and Britain, in addi- tion to an unspecified number of guerrillas in Israeli prisons. SETS FOUR CONDITIONS The Popular Front laid down four conditions today: by Switzerland of the three Arab commandos it holds and their delivery to a safe place in exchange for the Swiss hostages held in Jordan. of the three Arab guerrillas held in West Ger- many in exchange for the Ger- man hostages. of Arab girl hi- jacker Leila Khaled by. Britain and the return of the body of a dead hijacker for the freedom of eight British hostages. the release of American and Israeli hostages the Popular Front demanded Israel should announce its agreement on four points. Teachers Okay New Salary Pact SASKATOON (CP) A strike by Saskatoon teachers was averted Monday night, hours be- fore the teachers were sched- uled to withdraw sendees. A meeting of about teachers approved new salary schedules submitted by Saska- toon trustees by a vote of to 578. Trustee negotiators had spent the last several days paring al- most from an earlier agreement reached between Saskatoon teachers and trustees in July. But one of the condi- tions of that original proposal was that government approval also was necessary and the gov- ernment rejected the contract on the basis that it was more than the s i x -p e r -c e n t wage guidelines it has recommended in all provincial salary negotia- tions. By most interpretations, the new contract falls within the guidelines. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN rrWO-year-old Mary Ann 'Lusclier, after her mother had slipped down a few steps, saying "Mommy, I take Item one at a time." Dianne Violini and Berthella Pcder- seir arriving at the wrong apartment for a kitcbenware party but deciding to remain for the entire evening because they were too embarrassed to inform the hostess that they were uninvited guests Merle Eaves recounting tales of a recent week spent in Waterier. Lakes with the entire party trying to survive a power outage during the winter's first storm. Robarts Objects To Changes In Capital Markets 'Rubbish... the passing: of the mini-shirt is not the end of the By JAMES NELSON OTTAWA (CP) Premier John Hobarts o f Ontario ob- jected strenuously today to a federal proposal to make major constitutional changes in gov- erning the country's capital markets and financial institu- tions. The federal position, not yet public, apparently was given pri- vately to the provincial pre- miers before today's second ses- sion of the federal-provincial constitutional conference. Premier Robarts said in a statement he docs not think "the major constitutional changes proposed" are neces- sary. At present, the federal gov- Do Your Part: The United Way ernment has exclusive jurisdic- tion over currency, banking and monetary conditions. But there is divided jurisdic- tion between Ottawa and the provinces over such subjects as trust, loan and mortgage com- pany organizations, credit un- ions and other important ele- ments of the capital market. The federal government is be- lieved to be hi favor of bringing a wider part of the market under federal regulations. CHANGES UNNECESSARY Mr. Hobarts said Ottawa's present powers over currency, banking and moneiary condi- tions are adequate and tha! it can exercise jurisdiction over a wider area if it needs to, by agreement with the provinces without a formal constitutional change. "The federal government can exercise firm control over the flow of credit through Parlia- ment's exclusive jurisdiction over rates of Mr, Ro- tarts's paper said. ;