Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
VOL. LXVI No. 242 The Uthbrtdge Herald LETHBR1DGE. ALBERTA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26. 1973 TEN CENTS 4 SECTIONS 48 PAGES Quebec election set Oct. 29 QUEBEC (CP) Premier Robert Bourassa has called a Quebec general election for Oct. 29, dissolving the Quebec national assembly after only years in office. The election call left only 4V2 weeks for campaigning before election day, a Mon- day, and thfe first campaign shots were fired soon after the premier's announcement. Mr. Bourassa said in his ra- dio-television announcement his government has fulfilled its mandate "to get the economy moving again, to clean up our public finances, to improve our social climate and to affirm Quebec's role within Canada." But the Parti Quebecois said in a statement the Liberals are trying to get the election out of the way in the face of resurgent un- employment. Record grain prices for Prairie farmers Doctors battle for life WASHINGTON (AP) W. A. (Tony) Boyle, former head of the United Mine Workers (UMW) Union, remains near death after an apparent suicide attempt the night before his scheduled court appearance on a murder con- spiracy charge. The ousted union boss, who is 71, was to be in court Tuesday, but he was rushed to hospital Monday night with what doctors at first thought was a stroke. His condition was listed as unchanged early today. He was in a coma, and earlier in the day hospital authorities said Boyle was "in very, very critical condition" and "all we can do is support the life systems and wait." Boyle's hearing was to have been removal procedure to have him taken to Penn- sylvania to face state murder charges in connection with the 1969 slayings of insurgent un- ion leader Joseph (Jock) Yablonski and Yablonski's wife and daughter The hear- ing was postponed until Oct. 24. Dr Milton Gusack, Boyle's doctor, said blood samples and other tests indicated large amounts of sodium amytal, a strong barbiturate. He said chances for survival were poor. Too Little, too late the a -6a have been Praying rain> and temperature and rain (.19 inches Tuesday) is moving into Saskatche- T' and with a hi9h system hard on its heels, th SeemS 9 'l in hlS Strid6' Drifting in from the southwest. To Bill, this mean's it will be clear today unaware that a low pressure system responsible for the chilly and Thursday, with cloudy periods and no rain Sfa'SS I Agnew remains aloof from criminal action WASHINGTON (AP) VicePresident Spiro Agnew has asked the House of Representatives to investigate the allegations of political corruption against Canadians freed from Chile prison HAMILTON (CP; The Spectator says three Canadians held m Chile since the recent military coup that overthrew President Salvador Allende have been freed. The newspaper says it heard of the release today from Canadian embassy officials in Santiago where the men have been held together with about 1.000 other persons in a sports stadium. Seen and heard About town CITY Jesus People pastor Keith dancing and praising the Lord with a smile after his church was identified as the New Hop Centre James Angus serving regal quality tea in a king-size cup Wendy Palmer claiming her mouth gets dry beating the drum at band practice him. contending that the United States constitution for- bids criminal prosecution while he holds his present of- hce House leaders said an investigation might be made by a House committee, but would not rule out the possibility of a hearing through impeachment procedures or even a rejection of Agnew's request. Agnew asked for the investi- gation Tuesday after secret negotiations between his lawyers and justice depart- ment officials broke down and Attorney-General Elliot Richardson announced he had authorized a federal grand jury m Baltimora to begin hearing the Agnew case Thur- sday- President Nixon, who met with Agnew Tuesday morning, said the vice-president had again assured him of his in- nocence Nixon issued his strongest statement of sup- port for Agnew since the investigation was announced nearly two months ago. Agnew requested the Capitol Hill hearing in a letter that he hand-delivered to House Speaker Carl Albert before meeting for more than an hour with House leaders. He said in the letter his law- yers advise him "that the con- stitution bars a criminal pro- ceeding of any kind against a president or a vice-president while he holds office." "I am confident that I shall be vindicated by the House." Agnew's request caught House members by surprise, and Albert said there was no decision during the meeting with the vice-president. House Democratic Whip John McFall of California said alternatives for action includ- ed placing Agnew's request for a hearing before the House, referring it to the judiciary committee or a special committee, or ignor- ing it He would not rule out impeachment Oil spill threatens beach lands VANCOUVER (CP) Fed- eral, provincial and civic offi- cials have joined forces Tues- day to contain more than 50.- 000 gallons of oil threatening beaches in the Vancouver area following the early- morning collision of two freighters at the entrance to Vancouver harbor. "It's our first big one." said the harbor master, Capt Roy Holland "If any oil gets on the beaches, it's nobody's fault." ASTRONAUTS ARE OKA Y ABOARD NEW ORLEANS (AP) Doctors were elated with the physical conditions of the Skylab 2 astronauts today after their record 59Vz-day space mission. Alan Bean, Owen Garriott and Jack Lousma planned to sleep late aboard the recovery carrier headed for San Diego, Calif. The astronauts blazed back to earth Tuesday in a perfect ending to their 24-million-mile journey. They splashed down six miles from the recovery ship which was waiting about 230 miles southwest of San Diego. The three were quickly hoisted aboard the New Orleans with their precious cargo of films, tapes and other data which may provide vital information about the sun, the earth and man himself. The astronauts were a bit wobbly when they stepped on the carrier deck after their long exposure to space weigh- tlessness. Smiling and happy, they wa.ved and saluted the hundreds of sailors who lined up for a look. They were taken to a medical facility for exam- inations NO MOTION SICKNESS A medical report said none of the spacemen suffered from motion sickness and all three had normal blood pressures and heart rates. The report said there was some evidence of dizziness. But this was expected as part of the process of adapting to earth's gravity. Ontario starts trade challenge CALGARY (CP) The bat- tle between Ontario and Alberta over the letter's con- stitutional rights to interfere with the movement of goods beyond Alberta's borders Car bomb fails to kill couple BELFAST (AP) A police officer and his wife escaped death early today when a bomb taped to their car fell apart The car was parked in front of the couple's home in Newry. It had been wired to explode when the engine was started. The couple got in, the policeman stepped on the starter, the detonator went off with a bang, but the four sticks of gelignite that con- stituted the explosive charge fell to the ground and did not explode, police said. A man was found shot in both legs in Strabane. Police said he had been hit by two gunmen, probably a punish- ment squad from the Irish Republican Army The IRA traditionally punishes in- formers by shooting oft their kneecaps. was resumed with the con- stitutionality of Ontario's challenge being challenged. Submissions and counter- arguments were heard on the legality of the. Ontario challenge and of the board to proceed with the hearing. Robert Macaulay, repre- senting Ontario Hydro, and Robin Scott, representing the Ontario attorney-general's department, said the board does not have the authority to conduct the hearing as the British North America Act provides the federal govern- ment with exclusive jurisdic- tion to regulate trade and commerce. The specific case the board is hearing concerns the appli- cation for renewal of a natural gas export permit issued to Consolidated Natural Gas Ltd. several years ago. The original Consolidated permit was to sell gas to Northern Natural Gas Inc. in the United States. However, the National Energy Board in Ottawa de- cided in August, 1970, that the gas was not surplus to Cana- dian needs and denied the ex- port permit. Consolidated then sold the gas to TransCanada PipeLines Ltd. j TransCanada is to distribute the gas under the Consolidated j contract, involving the removal of 125 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually from Alberta. WINNIPEG (CP) The Canadian Wheat Board today announced its estimated final prices on grain delivered during the current crop year and, as widely predicted, they will be the highest by a wide margin that the Prairie farmer ever has received. The unprecedented announcement was made, the board said, to give producers an understanding of the potential value of their crops and because estimated final payments are an essential part of the federal government's new feed grains policy. Chief Commissioner G. N. Vogel stressed the estimates are based on the best available knowledge of a number of factors, including quality of the 1973 crop now coming off the fields, which could change from time to time. For this reason, the es- timates will be "checked, ad- justed and announced each month in the light of changing market conditions and the rate of producer deliveries." Estimates for the top grades of the three grains marketed by the wheat board: No. 1 Canada Western red spring a bushel on top of an initial payment of for a total realized price of basis Thunder Bay. No. 2 C.W. six-row on top of an initial pay- ment of for a total real- ized price of basis Thun- der Bay. No. 2 C.W. cents on top of an initial payment of for a total realized price of basis Thunder Bay. Elevator and freight charges are deducted from the Thunder Bay figures. For example, the Thunder Bay price for No. 1 wheat would be worth to a farmer delivering at Brandon, at Saskatoon or Red Deer. By contrast, the highest total realized price in recent years at Thunder Bay was a bushel for No. 1 wheat and 84 cents for No. 2 oats in the 1965-68 crop year, and for No. 3 barley in 1966- 67. Final payments for the 1972- 73 ciop year which ended July 31 will be announced in a few weeks. They are expected to exceed the previous marks but will not match those of the current year. The final payment figures are based on "estimates of this year's grain crop, reports on the quality of the grain be- ing harvested, anticipated deliveries by producers during Revenue sharing debated Federal Energy Minister Donald Macdonald is to meet Alberta government ministers in Edmonton next Wednesday in an attempt to hammer out an agreement on the new ex- port tax on crude oil. Mr Macdonald told The Herald Tuesday he would not commit himself on what share of the tax Alberta could ex- pect. "This is a matter for negotiation." he said in a telephone interview. But the energy minister said he could still "live with" a resolution he supported at the national Liberal convention calling for a "large part" of the tax to be handed over to the province "What is a large part is a matter for negotiation." he said Mr. Macdonald labelled as unfair comments by Alberta delegates to the convention that he might be changing his stance on the province should recede Alberta P'remier Peter Lougheed has said tho province will fight the export tax but no retaliation is ex- pected until the province dis- covers next Wednesday what Mr. Macdonald is prepared to offer. Revenue from the tax, to go into effect Oct. 1, has been es- timated at million a month. Adjourns the crop year, estimated carrying costs and price pro- jec tions on the world said MP Vogel. "Any of these factors could still change enough in the 10 months remaining in this crop year to affect our projections of final payment in a major way." MONTREAL (CP) The Quebec Police Commission in- quiry into organized crime has adjourned its public hearings to Nov. 13. Commenting on published reports the inquiry had been postponed due to rumors of a provincial election at the end of October, Judge Rheai Brunei, inquiry chairman, said the postponement haa nothing to do with the "pre- sent political climate." Inside Classified Comics Comment District Familv 32-35 22 4 15 18 25-27 Local News Markets 14 40 Sports Theatres 7 Weather 3 'Spiro, Spiro, come back LOW TONIGHT 40 HIGH THURS. 70; MAINLY SUNNY Cardston teacher to launch protest in court By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer A former Cardston High School teacher intends to test in court the right of a school board to transfer him, against his wishes, to a Hutterite colony. It will be the first time a teacher has tested, in an Alberta court, a school board's decision to transfer a teacher. Paul Payne, now teaching in a one-room school on the Stan- doff Hutterite colony, says he was transferred to the colony school because he was out- spoken about a lack of student-discipline at the Cardston High School. lie insists it is an injustice to the teacher and the Hutterites when school boards send teachers to colonies as a form of punishment. He was transferred to the Standoff colony this summer by the Cardston School Divi- sion board after 12 years at the Cardston High School. The superintendent of the Cardston School Division says Mr. Payne was transferred because the Cardston High School had a surplus of one teacher due to a drop in the school's enrolment. Grant Matkin told The Herald the only feasible solu- tion was to transfer the teacher whose teaching load could be most easily dis- tributed among the other teachers so as to cause the least amount of inconvenience to the school and the students. "It boiled down to one of two teachers and after con- sulting with the principal of the school, it was decided that Mr. Payne was the one to he said But a Cardston School Divi- sion trustee says he believes Mr. Payne was transferred to the Standoff colony as a method of discipline, but "the board and the superintendent won't admit it." Willard Brooks, said in a telephone interview that it wasn't necessary to transfer any teacher from the Cardston High School to a Hutterite colony because there were several openings for a teacher to teach in the lower grades within the Town of Cardston. Six new teachers were hired to teach in Cardston elemen- tary schools this year. Mr. Brooks said there were teachers in the high school who were willing to teach junior high grades and junior high teachers willing to teach elementary grades in Cardston schools, so the sur- plus of one teacher could have been eliminated by hiring one less teacher. Mr Matkin says the board didn't move teachers around in the Cardston schools to make room for the extra high school teacher because the principal of the Cardston High School didn't want to lose any of his other teachers. An Alberta Teachers' Association representative claimed in a telephone inter- view from Edmonton that some school boards are abus- ing their right under the School Act to transfer teachers. Dr. Melvin Sillitp said school boards are using the transfer as a method of dis- cipline rather than as a tool to provide better educational consideration 'for students who need a teacher with a specific educational background. He said some school boards use Hutterite colonies, while other boards use isolated schools and still other boards use schools consisting mainly of native children in a remote area "as a Siberia treatment" for outspoken teachers. "It is a punitive effort and certainly is irrespon- he insisted. He said the 'ATA has brought the abuse of the transfer to the attention of the provincial government "and changes should be made soon." The ATA has represented several teachers in transfer cases that were handled out of court, but never has a teacher taken a school board to court on the transfer issue. Last spring, a teacher in Brooks and two teachers in Milk River were reinstated, in their respective schools of the previous teaching year, after an out-of-court settlement nullified school 'loardd decisions to transfer them to Hutterite colonies The Herald has learned that a trasnfer was also issued to another teacher in the Cardston School Division last year, but the teacher retired rather than accept the transfer to a Hutterite colony Mr. Payne says he decided to proceed with court action when fellow teachers pleaded with him not to resign, but instead fight the transfer.