Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
SUNNY FORECAST HIGH TUESDAY 75-30' The letliinidge Herald VOL. LX1I1 No. 242 LET11I3RIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1970 rtilCE NOT OVER 10 CENTS FOUR SECTIONS _ 40 PAGES First Break In Medical Deadlock MONTREAL (CP) The Quebec cabinet will study a proposal for an entirely new opting-out scheme for doctors in the province's medical care in- surance plan, Premier Robert Bourassa said Sunday night. The premier in an interview, said a decision on the new proposal will be made Wednesday. The premier's statement is the first break in the medical deadlock since negotiations between the medi- cal strongest opponents of the and the government broke down during the weekend. Mr. Bourassa declared last week the government had no intention of changing its position. However the cabinet is scheduled to meet toa'ay and if the by the specialists' federation- are accepted, a "distinct strike possibility" by t h e doctors could be averted. Says Money h Key However Mr. Bourassa said in the radio inter- view that money is the real reason for the special- ists' refusal to join the plan. If the government agreed to meet the monetary demands, questions such as doctors opting out or con- trol of standards of medical practice would quickly become of secondary importance, the premier said. Disagreement over these two questions has been cited by the specialists as being at the root of stall- ed negotiations. "There is ho question that the government can shell out more cash and place an added tax burden on the taxpayer just to meet their (the demands for parity with Mr. Bourassa said. But the premier said he feels there is a pos- sibility of a compromise agreement on the opting-out clause and he sees no objection to further discussion on the issue. But no matter what happens, the government can- not delay any longer the setting of a date for the introduction of the medical scheme. "I only hope that we're not headed for an open he said. Set Up Pool Dr. Raymond Robillard, president of the Quebec Federation of Medical Specialists and the most dynam- ic opponent of the medicare plan said Sunday a fi- nancial pool- has been set up by the doctors to be used in the event of a strike. He said various measures have been drawn up to provide emergency services at selected hospitals in the event of a strike. The public would be informed well in advance, he said, indicating there would be no general withdrawal of specialists' services in the early part of this week. Dr. Robillard said that since the discussions with the government on an opting-out clause and monetary considerations have broken off, "we now must con- sider government intention of passing special legisla- tion to enforce their plan." "So far, in all our meetings in negotiation, media- tion and conciliation the government has not been dealing fairly and they were not telling the truth about everything. "There was no real truth1. No he said. Dr. Robillard said the next move "is up to the government." Strike Possible Dr. Robillard said a strike-is a "definite pos- sibility since we have made no progress. The govern- ment could have told us more than a year ago it wasn't going to accept changes instead of going through all these discussions unnecessarily." "This plan will not benefit the government. It de- stroyed the Saskatchewan government and the one in Belgium. They both fell after similar legislation." Dr. Robillard said in an interview the decision to end talks with the government was taken at a week- end meeting of the executive of the federation. He said he met Friday with Premier Bourassa and Health Minister Claude Castonguay and was told then they "have no leeway, no possibility of discussing with us" the controversial issues of opting out and monetary return." The federation, which represents 64 per cent of practising doctors in Quebec, lias scheduled a news conference for Tuesday. 'We Will FigM "We will fight stale medicine. We insist on our liberty and a reasonable return for Dr. Robillard said. The government has said the total amount it was setting aside for medicare will be about million. Dr. Robillard said Sunday the specialists federa- tion and the Quebec Federation of General Practi- tioners, which represents the province's other doc- tors, would have been required to co-operate on a scale of fees designed not to exceed this "monetary mass." "This would give Quebec specialists only 65 per cent of what our Ontario counterparts are earning. "We were seeking parity with Ontario, of course, but we would have settled for slightly less if we had been convinced of the reasons." The specialists federation has announced its stead- fast opposition to two main areas of dispute result- ing from the medicare legislation passed by the na- tional assembly July 10. Mr. Bourassa has said the cabinet would decide or without the agreement of the when medicare will begin in Quebec. Nov. 1 is oue flalo mentioned. Arab Peace F OIL DERRICKS NEAR FIRE Smoke and flames billow around oil derricks in the Shell Oil field in Brea Canyon near LaHabra, Calif. This is one of many fires that have been raging in the Los Angeles area since last Friday, claiming two lives and destroyed several hundred homes. Big Fires Spread In California LOS ANGELES (AP) Huge fires spread on brush-covered slopes outside San Diego and Los Angeles today after destroy- ing hundreds of homes and forc- ing thousands to evacuate. Three persons were killed. One blaze devastated acres in southern San Diego County, advancing to the out- skirts of several San Diego sub- urbs. A spokesman for the state division of forestry said tlu's fire covered a greater area than any single fire in the state's history. Another blaze blackened Irish Stone Troops BELFAST (AP) Rioting crowds in the Protestant Shank- hill Road district today stoned troops, overturned- cars for bar- ricades and set some of them on fire. The new outburst of violence followed a weekend of trouble in which the number of civilians injured has been put as high as 200. Ninety-nine British soldiers and police were hurt, several of them seriously. The outburst was the biggest in recent weeks in terms of numbers taking part, although rubber bullets and CS gas used by troops have resulted in less reports of serious injury. Forty-seven persons were ar- rested during the weekend. Today's hundreds of rioters flung stones at troops near the Snugville Street army command post, scene of fierce fighting Sunday. Broken paving stones and shattered glass still littered the streets. acres around the Los An- geles basin. Firefighters managed to check the western progress of the San Diego area fire Sunday night as winds, wildly erratic during the day, subsided.' But the firs moved southward to- ward the Mexican border. THOUSANDS FLEE More than residents fled the San Diego area fire and thousands of others were evacu- ated from canyon homes as flames raced along a 35-mile front northwest of Los Angeles. Other fires, some believed set by arsonists, burned in various parts of Southern California for the fourth straight day. Firefighters battled flames from the air and the ground. They faced another day of tem- peratures above 100 degrees and winds stronger than CO miles an hour. San Diego, Los Angeles and Ventura counties were declared disaster areas by Gov. Ronald Reagan, who urged Californians to donate clothing and toys for families left homeless. MC Jordan Accord By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS An Arab peace force of 100 officers began setting up ob- servation posts in Amman today to police a ceasefire between Jordan's Bedouin army and Pal- estinian Arab guerillas. The force is commanded by Gen. Ahmed Abdulmajid Hilmi of Egypt and is made up of officers from Suday, Saudi Ara- bia, Kuwait, Tunisia and Egypt. Hilmi appealed in a broadcast for the Jordanian army and the guerrillas to adhere to the ceasefire and co-operate fully with the peacekeeping officers. Premier Bahi Ladgham o! Tunisia headed for Amman to put into effect a 14-point accord to restore peace in Jordan. The agreement was signed Sunday night in Cairo by King Hussein and guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat. JORDAN IN CUSTODY Ladgham left Cairo to nead a three-man committee includ- ing one member named by Hus- sein and another named by Ara- fat. It apparently will have vir- tual custody of Jordan's sover- eignty until further notice while permitting Hussein to retain his throne. The agreement, like many previous ones reached by the two sides, calls for Jordanian troops and the guerrillas to withdraw from the country's capital. The agreement is essentially a compromise which seeks to re-establish in Jordan the same conditions that would have pre- vailed had a previous agree- ment reached Sept. 15 between former prime minister Abdel Munim Rifai and the guerrillas been applied. The key provision calls for Jordanian troops to return to their normal barracks and the guerrillas to leave Amman for "posts best suited to their activ- ity." This apparently means po- sitions facing Israel on the Jor- dan River ceasefire line. 'Tmdeaa's coming to it NASSER DEAD Presi- dent Gamsl Abdel Nasser of Egypt died Monday niglit of a heart attack, Cairo radio announced. HOSTAGES RING NIXON Security forces ring Nixon as he attempts to meet a planeload of hostages, who are flying from Jordan to the U.S., at Rome's Airport Mon- day. Nixon made an unscheduled trip !o the airstrip but the crush of people forced the meeting from the runway into the airplane. Nixon Talks War, Peace iddle East From AP-Reutcrs ROMS (CP) U.S. President Nixon told Italian leaders today the United States is committed to a strong presence in the Med- iterranean, made an unsched- uled visit to greet freed Ameri- can plane hijack hostages flying home from Jordan and then met with Pope Paul. The president, who arrived here Sunday night, drove through Home to Vatican City for his meeting with the Roman Catholic pontiff. At one point along the heav- ily-guarded motorcade route, several youths heaved a cas- cade of leaflets at the black, closed Nixon .limousine. They bore the Communist party's slogan for the Nixon visit: "Nixon, don't count on Italy." Police grabbed two youths and dragged them away. Nixon went in to see Pope Paul after being greeted in San Damascus courtyard by Msgr. Jacques Martin, head of the pontifical household. Nixon flew to Fiumicino Air- port by helicopter and met the Americans on the tarmac as they walked off a special Trans World Airlines plane that is tak- ing them back to the United States. Such was the crush around the president that authorities herded the 28 hijack victims Rossland Boy Fatally Shot ROSSLAND (CP) Kev- in Dean McBride, 12, of Ross- land was fatally shot near his Kootenay region home in a hunting accident. back into the plane. Nixon fol- lowed and addressed them in- side. The Americans had arrived an hour earlier from Nicosia where they had spent the night after being freed by Palestinian guerrillas in Amman. They were to continue on to New York after refuelling, but the surprise decision by Nixon to greet them held them in Rome a little longer than scheduled. Nixon said afterward: "I think I feel as happy as they do." He told reporters that what the hostages went through may mean' "the possibility of this happening again in the future has been substantialy reduced." He referred to measures that include armed guards aboard aircraft and security at air- ports. Before visiting the hostages, Nixon discussed the Middle East with President Giuseppe Saragat in a morning confer- ence. The president told Italian leaders the United States is committed to a strong presence in the Mediterranean, which he called the "southern anchor of NATO." An Italian spokesman said the two presidents agreed on two main objectives in their efforts to find a solution to the Arab-Is- raeli conflict in the area: 1. The respect by all countries of clear and recognized fron- tiers, with guarantees of the in- dependence of all countries in the area. 2. Moves toward finding a so- lution to the problem of the Pal- estinian refugees. Nixon later talked with Pre- mier Emilio Colombo, who ac- companied Nixon on the trip to meet the hostages. Nixon said the hostages were "glad the policy we followed was one that worked." B.C. In Landslide Missing Girl Found Safe At Calgary TORONTO (CP) ..Debbie Thompson, 12, who disappeared from her Toronto home Aug. 9, has been found safe by Calgary police and will return to Toronto today, Metropolitan Toronto po- lice Debbie's mother, Mrs. Victo- ria Thompson, who has spent weeks looking for her daughter in Toronto said in an interview today: "She had no money 1 just don't know how sire got (o Al- berta, Cuba Willing To Enter Hijacking Agreement MIAMI, Fla. (AP) Cuba says it is willing to enter an agreement with the United States to return airplane hijack- ers, but only if such a pact also covers the hijacking of boats. This could involve Cubans who steal boats to come to Flor- ida, and the state department declined immediate comment while it studied the statement by Foreign Minister Raul Roa. In the past, such Cubans have been granted haven in the United States. Hoa's statement was broad- cast by Havana radio Saturday niglit, "The problem of the hijack of planes could not be solved. by simple publicity Roa's statement said. "If the United States govern- ment wishes to discuss this problem in a serious and defini- tive way, the Cuban government is willing to subscribe immedi- ately an agreement on the basis established in the Cuban law No. Sept. 16, 1969, which includes besides the hijack of planes, the hijacking of ships and other violations of regula- tions and laws ruling the inter- national lloa said. Roa also said lhat Robert badie, 27, a U.S. Army private put aboard a U.S. plane at a Cuban airfield and returned to the United States last Thursday as an accused airplane hijacker, should be treated as a mental case rather than a criminal. Labadie has been charged with hijacking a Trans World Airlines jetliner with 86 passen- gers aboard tu Cuba Aug. 24. The hijacking occurred as the plane flew over Fort Wayne, Ind. Roa said Labadie was turned over lo Ihc United States as the result of a note to Cuba Ilirough the Swiss Embassy, SUMMERLAND, B.C. A man was buried in tons of earth SUnday night when a landslide swept through his house in this Okanagan com- munity about nine miles north of Penticton. The body of Fred Gale, 66, proprietor of Gale's Radio and Electric, was uncovered later by searchers. His wife, Lucie Suzanne, was taken to hospital and was in good condition early today. WALLS SWEPT AWAY Their two storey frame house, at the base of a clay cliff about 200 feet high, re- mained standing although two walls of the main floor were swept away. Earth and debris five feet deep covered Lakeshore Drive along Okanagan Lake for 450 feet. The slides spread more than 250 feet from the cliff to- ward the lake. Television Show Host Injured NEW YORK (AP) Hugh Downs, host of NBC's Today Show, was thrown off his motor- cycle Saturday near his Arizona home and suffered cuts and bruises. He will IK off the show until later this week. A light truck owned by the Gales was swept across the road and landed in the bed- room of a house owned by Mr. and Mrs. Orville Morphy. Maureen Morphy, 13, alone in the house preparing supper at the time of the slide, said it sounded like an earthquake. She was not hurt, although the house was damaged extensive- ly. Seen and Heard ABOUT TOWN TJETERMINED senior zen exhausting ster" Helen Brinlcy with a couple of polkas to the glee of hand-clapping, foot-stomp- ing Clara Whitney George and Roberta Roljinson, on a lour of the University of Lelhbricige sile, having to re- 'Irieye (heir 16.month-old son Christopher who decided he would leave with a new- found friend in another group of visitors Earl J. Wilson reciting the poem about the leaves falling slowly one by one "from tiie trees up to your knees" and getting punched in the niouth by 14 office workers.