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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDGE War resister groups split Dick Brown, 28, came to Canada from his home in Detroit in 1969 joining thou- sands of Americans who left their country in opposition to the Vietnam war. He worked in Canada as a jour- nalist and now is a free- lance writer. TORONTO (CP) While angered about what they see as the injustice of it all, few American war resisters here were surprised at the terms of the conditional amnesty an- nounced Monday by President Gerald Ford of the United States. None had really expected the kind of unconditional amnesty resisters had called for. That was too much to ex- pect from a country still reel- ing from Watergate. Almost as predictable was the Machiavellian analysis resisters ascribed to Ford's two-year alternate service. The granting of an uncon- ditional pardon and a pension to former president Richard Nixon proved a bitter com- parison to the penalty of two years service offered resisters. A conference for resisters from throughout Canada and Europe will be held this week- end to discuss the proposal and the tone of the response from the various exile groups. A split appears imminent as two factions develop: One faction has already called for a boycott of the am- nesty proposal because of what the groups see as its punitive action against resisters. The other, mainly con- sisting of counselling groups, feels a large number of deserters both outside and in the U.S. may be willing to accept the amnesty proposal. One deserter phoning for ad- vice from the Toronto Anti- Draft Program, the only exile counselling centre now open in Ontario, told counsellor Katie "I'll be damned if I'm going to pass up my only opportunity to go back for a visit." But that same deserter said he wanted to live in Canada afterwards. Ironically for the dodgers, Ford's offer of a return to the U.S. would create as big a dis- ruption in their lives as the move to Canada did years ago. Jobs and families would be upset. Canadian landed-immi- grant status would probably be stripped. For many draft dodgers, to whom Canada is now home, that is too high a price. On the other hand, the deserters, who frequently had difficulty in getting immi- grant status because of few job skills and inadequate education, would likely be able to clear their status with the military and return to Canada in a matter of days or weeks. The loophole in the amnesty offer allows a deserter to return to the U.S., get an un- desireable discharge and return to Canada without los- ing immigrant status. Like many another draft- dodger, Canada has become home for me. However, while I im- migrated about five years ago to avoid induction, my case is quite different from most others. SALE BY PARADE HOMES LTD. 2004 20th AVENUE NORTH SHOW HOME OPEN: Sunday, Sept. 22nd p.m. Host: PETER W. GIESBRECHT Phone 328-8535 Law office strikers replaced WINDSOR, Ont. (CP) Two secretaries engaged in Ontario's first union strike against a law office have been replaced, a member of the law firm of Weingarden and Hawrish said Friday. Arthur Weingarden said there now is a "full staff in they are all replaced." The office has four employees in addition to the partners. Mary Anne Fox and Janet Martin, members of the Of- fice and Professional Employees' International Union, walked out Thursday to back demands for job security. Mrs. Fox heads the union's law-office branch here. Mrs. Martin said Friday the wives of two Windsor lawyers now are working in the office. Try Bifon You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION Lots of energy Seventeen-year-old Mark Kent of Toronto jogs into Ottawa Friday paced by Energy Minister Donald Macdonald (foreground) as part of the cross-country journey in support of the 1976 Olympic Games to be held in Montreal. The high school student left Victoria June 28 and expects to complete the odyssey late in October. MAICO SMITH-JONES (HEARING AID SERVICE RIPLEY OPTICAL S. Phone 328-5447 MacEachen or Trudeau? OTTAWA (CP) External Affairs Minister Allan MacEachen will address the United Nations general assembly Prime Minister Trudeau makes up his mind before then to speak instead. The external affairs depart- ment said late Friday that Mr. MacEachen was still awaiting word on whether to go ahead with his speech or step aside for a later UN address by Mr. Trudeau. The prime minister's office said a long-postponed decision will be made Monday on whether Mr. Trudeau will go to the UN. If the prime minister decides to make his first-ever speech to the UN general assembly, UN authorities will be asked to postpone the designated time for Canada's speech until later in the session. Mr. Trudeau has to be in Ot- tawa Monday and Tuesday for a visit by Japanese Prime Minister Kakue Tanaka. Pete's Wheel Alignment 518 5th Street S., Lethbridge -Is being closed due to health reasons! -I wish to thank all my former customers for their valued patronage over the past 24 years. It has been my pleasure to serve you! Signed Peter N. Zubach Owner "Me? consider making a trade my career I don't know." Why not consider a trade as a career? Consider also, that the Alberta Apprenticeship Training Program, in cooperation with an employer, can help you become a professional trades person. You can learn while you earn through on-the-job and trades school training. "Rewarding blue" apprenticeship programs can help you achieve professional status as Journeymen. The pay is good and opportunity for advancement is excellent not to mention the satisfaction you'll get out of being tops in your field. The Alberta Apprenticeship Training Program offers 35 designated trades. Right now there is a strong demand for apprentices in all these trades. If you are interested in learning more about the trades offered under the program, apply in writing to: Apprenticeship Registry 6th Floor, IBM Building 10808 99 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta OR contact the following office of the Apprenticeship and Tradesmen's Qualification Branch: Lethbridge Administration Building, 9th Street 3rd Ave. N. 328 4471 Liberia MANPOWER AND LABOUR Apprenticeship Branch ;