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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Lows tonight 30-36; High Friday 50-55. The Letkbridge Herald VOL. LXV No. 245 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1972 PRICE NOT OVER 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS 28 PAGES Firecracker ban goes over with a bang By THE CANADIAN PRESS The federal government's move to defuse fire- cracker sales went over with a bang Wednesday with Canada's police and firemen who said the ban will reduce fires and injuries caused by careless use. But shares of Canada's only fireworks producer fiz" zled the Toronto Stock Exchange. Hand Chemical Indusl.ries Ltd. stock dropped 70 cents to a record low of a share following the announcement by Enorgy Minister Donald Macdonald. A total of 600 shares changed hands. Btesides the people who Import and sell firecrack- ers, Ihe only ones who expressed opposition to the ban M-as Manitoba's attorney-general, A. H. Mackling. "1 would think H would be much better for there to be a consultative process between provincial and federal governments before announcing this sort of ap- Mr. Maekling said in an interview. Mr. Macdonald said the ban, effective immediately, will neslrict the use of firecrackers to persons licensed to usi; display fireworks under new conditions that will be irjiplementcd in the next few months. Display fire- works are the large type normally used for public gatherings. Bliireworks distributors will be authorized to sell dis- play ifireworks only to persons holding a "permit at competency" issued by the energy department. Tf.ie nsw regulations will set down guidelines for setting off fireworks displays and the department will introduce training courses and examinations for those applying for permits. Sparklers curbed TIhe ban, as well as outlawing the sale of common noisfr making firecrackers to the public, also will re- strict the sale of less hazardous types of sparklers and roman candles to persons 10 years of age or over. The ban, which will be implemented by tightening regul ations under the Canada Explosives Act, was pre- cedo'l by similar restrictions in many Canadian mu- nicipalities. And in Alberta, ihe provincial cabinet last week ap. regulations prohibiting the sale and use of fire- workfii except where a permit has been obtained from Uie file commissioner. Alberta's ban came after the deaths last May of two children in a fire caused when firecrackers were throvm into a tent at St. Albert, five miles north o( Edmonton. In Toronto, Dennis Latten, administrator of the Po- lice Association of Ontario, said the ban "will help get away from these accidents where people are killed or Injurirf." The police association was one of several .groups whidh pressed the government last year to pass such legislation. I tarion Brechin, president of the Consumers Asso- tiatifn of Canada, said she is "delighted" about the ban. Q'anadian cities that now have bylaws banning fire- include Montreal, Halifax, Charlottctown, and Fredraicton, Moncton and Saint Jolui, N.B. not enough IDespite the ban on firecrackers in Montreal a spo- kesman for tlio city's fire department says accidents still occur. iMarcel Lalonde of the department's fire prevention bur? au said Montreal still has "several accidents a year mostly involving children." "Fireworks are still sold outside of Montreal and thei'e s not much we can do about he said. Montreal's firecracker strip a string of gift shops on Highway 15 near liie U.S. border _ exploded with pretest over the federal ban. Koger Noel, proprietor nf x shop along the strip sails Ire may be driven back f.o.the welfare rolls by fhri new rugnlalmas. illegal in New York, so that's how I maka my- money Mr. Noel said of his forecrackcr Ho started his business seven years ago with ren laming from a welfare cheque. Will keep selling Heal Landry, whose "Fireworks" sign can be seen a wife nway on the highway, says he will keep on selling firecrackers until he is stopped. "They moan profit to ma each year alone. Tljeyre tho only reason any Americans stop here." Highway 15 runs south from Montreal 3 miles (o inn U.S. border. In Vancouver, Peter Chew, manager of Sang Lung Ltd., the largest fireworks distributor on (he West Coast, said he Is puzzled by the ban. He s.-iicl his company still has between and worth of stock ready to ship to retailers for Hallowe'en celebrations. Job-creating plan announced TORONTO (CP) Alan- powir Minister Bryce Mack- asey has announced a lion program to create jobs. The program, which' becomes etteclive Dec. 1, will cost em- ployers more than a similar program run last winter. In that one, the federal govern- ment paid employers 75 per cent ot the direct wages paid to workers and employers paid fringe costs In training courses. In the new program, the fed- eral government will pay 75 per cent of direct wages during the first half of training and 60 per cent during the last half. Mr. Mackasey told a news conference this in- centive still is generous enough to attract employers to the pro- gram. He said that In training work- ers in areas where there are skill shortages, the employers' interests are greater and, therefore, the government will pay only 50 per cent of salaries for the first half of training and 25 per cent for the remainder. The training of workers to meet skill shortages and the shared-cost training of the dis- advantaged, are aspects not present in last winter's plan. In (raining of the dis- advantaged, said Mr. Mack- asey, the public interest will be paramount and employers will be asked to take on some "very difficult problems." LIAISON IMPROVED On-thc-job training, which created jobs last year, will be continued this winter and be expanded into a new and permanent Industrial Training Program. Mr. Mackasey said closer ties between the manpower depart- ment and the Unemployment Insurance Commission will be created by formation of a joh information centre where unemployed persons will be able to get the latest informa- tion about jobs available from computer-based job banks. He said people will be able to walk into manpower centres and browss through the jobs avail- able, much as they are able to browse in a book store. Another level will deal with people who are not ready for a job and who need counselling, training or lielp in moving to places where suitable jobs are available. A third level would consist of a "specialized team approach" to deal with hard-core ployed. He said only 17 per cent of those on welfare could work If jobs were available for them. During the news conference, Mr. Mackasey said he has been "stung" by charges of abuse in unemployment insurance and criticism of its high cost. BRYCE MACKASEY WHERE AM I? Awed by her surroundings, little Kishoric Voru, six months, looks around in her mother beams at Montreal International Airport Thurs- day. Ihe r.vo a group of Ugandan refugees who arriv'ed from Kampala. See story page 2. (CP Sharp tells United Natio7is No truce with terror UNITED NATIONS (CP) Saying tliere "must be no truce with External Affairs Minister Mitchell Sharp of Can- ada called on the General As- sembly today lo take stiff ac- tion on international terrorism. Sharp told the assembly there had been significant advances during the last year In tho quest to find permanent peace and it would be "bitter irony" if the prospect of a saner world instead became a world "in which the stream of violence simply cuts new channels." He admitted the task of end- Ing terrorism is formidable, but asked: "How can the world, wliich has declared slavery, piracy and the drug traffic .be- yond the pale of civilized life, fail to outlaw terrorism" Sharp praised Secretary-Gen- eral Kurt Waldheim for in- cluding Ihe subject of ferorism in this year's assembly debate. But made no direct reference lo the U.S. call for a treaty conference early next year to draft new laws on prosecution and extradition of terrorists. Tho Canadian minister's ad- dress was generally optimistic! in reviewing diplomatic achievements of the last year but his comments on terrorism were among the sharpest spoken during the four days the assembly has been in its gen- eral debate. "There are those In the world who appear to believe that the norms of civilized international Seen and heard About town WIIVERING Hi-yon Welsh locking himself out in the snow in his stocking feet Marie Wylie receiving a kiss from Premier Pclcr Ixjnghcccl while awaiting the usual greeting handshake at the university opening Jack Lanrtcryon's jesting solulion lo wheat sales and secondary industry: make half Ihe wheat into flour and the olhcr half into cakes, cookies and other delights. MITCHELL SHARP Expulsion labelled outrage NEW YORK TIMES SERVICB UNITED NATIONS British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home, in a strongly worded statement Wednesday asked the General Assembly to give urgent consideration to the expulsion of Asians from Uganda. Terming the action "an out- rage against standards of hu- man decency, in the face of which this assembly cannot re- main Sir Alec nskcd that the assembly call upon President Idi Amin of Uganda lo extend "his arbitrary and in- humane deadline of 90 days and to allow the Asians expell- ed to take their belongings with them." Sir Alec also asked that Iho members of the United Nations "show your good-ncighboiiiness by sharing some of the prac- tical problems of resettling these unhappy people." life are not for Sharp said. "They consider that they, have a right to pursue their grievances with kidnapping, piracy, murder, and wholesale terror and violence." He said Canada "has had its tragic experience of violence of this sort" and said Canadians instinctively share the shock; terrorism produces wherever it occurs. Sharp noted some UN mem- bers were opposed to a debate on the matter for various rea- sons and admitted the world body would encounter troubles in trying to halt acts of vio- lence. But he added: "The problem cannot be ignored because it is difficult; there must be no truce with terror." In his only apparent refer- ence to Ihe U.S. call for a treaty _ conference, Sharp sale" new international machinery and new international legal in- struments might be needed along with existing methods. "Then let us create he said, adding that his govern- ment "stands ready to contrib- ute to tile strengthening of in- ternational law lo outlaw er- ror." Sharp spoke warmly of Im- proved relations between the great powers, in Europe and between the separated nations of Germany and Korea. China, Japan bury hatchet PEKING CAP) Prime Min- ister Chou En-lai announced tonight that China and Japan have decided to establish diplo- matic relations and terminate the state of war between the two countries. The 74-year-old premier said in a farewell toast at a glitter- ing banquet in the Hall of the People given by Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka of Japan that this historic step will make a "positive contribution" to the Vietnam ceasefire rumors quashed PARIS (Reuler) North Vietnamese chief negotiator Xuan Thuy firmly quashed to- day rumors of an early Viet- nam peace breakthrough but divulged what may be holding up progress in secret talks. He said Washington sought presidential elections in Soulli Vietnam while the Viet Cong in" sisted on elections for a Con- stituent Assembly. Thuy, who attended two days ot secret negotiations here this week between U.S. presidential envoy Henry Kissinger and Hanoi politburo member Le Due Tho, said the positions of the two sides were "still far apart and contradictory." At today's session of the peace conference he rejected allegations that the Viet Cong was opposed to free elections. "The question is what shall ba elected and who will organ- ize the proposed he said. 'DELIBERATELY DISTORTS' Thuy, who resumed his seat at the conference today after an absence of one month, said it was regrettable that the U.S. government was "still deliber- ately distorting the contents" of the Viet Cong proposals for a peaceful settlement. "I think it is necessary to compare the negotiating stands and the solutions of both sides to see what is correct and what Is he said. Kissinger who was reporting to President Nixon later today on his secret talks with Le Due Tho and Thuy, is expected back In Paris shortly for a further probe of areas of possible agreement, diplomatc sources said. relaxation of tension In Asia and to world peace. Tanaka, 54, who arrived Sunday on a state visit, said es- tablishment of normal relations is only the first step and that he will try his best to continue tb.3 trend of rapproaehement. Japan's 22-year-old state of diplomatic relations with Tai- wan is expected to be ruptured by Friday morning, when Chou and Tanaka sign a joint com- munique outlining the stepi they have taken. "We are going to end the ab- normal state of affairs which has existed between the two countries up to Chou said. The banquet took place after the fourth and final round' of talks by Chou and Tanaka. Earlier, Mao Tse tung the Chinese Japanese summit his official public blessing by meeting with Tanaka. TALKED FOR HOUR The Chinese C o m m unlst party leader, received Tanaka Wednesday night in the private residence where he met Presi- dent. Nixon in February'.. They talked for an hour and the ses- sion was described as "very friendly." It was Mao's- first encounter with a Japanese prime min- ister in more than 50 years as a revolutionaiy leader. Official color photographs showed Mao ruddy faced and in apparent robust health as he shook hands with Tanaka. City and county to discuss joint emergency services By GREG McINTYRE Herald Staff Writer The city and the County of Lethbridge plan to study the joint use of police, fire and am- bulance services. Discussions, scheduled to be- gin Oct. 12 with a meeting be- tween Tom Nutting, Lethbridge city manager, and Bob Madill, secretary-treasurer of the coun- ty, could be widened to fake in the territory covered by the Oldman River Regional Plan- ning Commission. "At this stage though we're only interested in services in the city-county said Mr. Madill. At the September meeting of county council, a committee of Reeve Dick Papworth and coun- cillors John Murray of Lefh- bridgft and Jim Nicol of Kipp, was formed to meet with a city council committee. A dale for the joint commit- tee meeting will likely be set when Mr. Madill and Mr. Nut- ting meet Oct. 12. Mr. Nutting said In an inter- view that discussions are timely because the Canadian Under- writers Association is currenlly reviewing the city's insurance rating. A preliminary study of fire, police and ambulance services which found all but police service inadequate was done by Jay Simons, associate plan- ner of the ORRPC. A more detailed study with recommendations for the vari- ous councils is expected to fol- low joint discussions. The preliminary ORRPC study found a lack of communi- cation between the fire and am- bulance services in neighboring communities and the absence of any over-all agreement for sharing costs. The cost of ambulance fares Is usually charged to the Indiv- idual victim, yet "approximate- ly 20 per cent of overhead is uncollected said the re- port. Municipalities lend firefight- Ing equipment, said the report, "normally on a goodwill basis, but sometimes not." Although the county of Lelh- bridge is billed for city fire equipment used in the county, there are complaints that the true cost of the service is not being paid, said the report. In an interview, Mr. Simons said there is a "strong possibil- ity" that hospitals will be ask- ed to take over the operation of ambulance services and that bills be payable through the Al- berta Health Care scheme. There is also a chance coma form of "air pos- sibility with the use of helicop- ters, may be instituted, he said. Of the three services, policy protection is easily the most ef- ficiently operated, he said. The ORRPC report recommended that police offices be maintain- ed in "designated growth cen- tres" places like Pineher Creek and Cardston but that smaller offices be closed in favor of police service out of a. central office such as Leth- bridge. Hard-bargaining faces money chiefs WASHINGTON (CP) A special group of 20 finance min- isters charged with remoulding the world monetary system hold their first session today against a backdrop of rising op- timism on the reform issue. The "Committee of 20" min- isters, who together represent Ihe interests of all 124 member countries of the Inlernalional Monetary Fimd, have been given Ihe task of thrashing out a compromise solution on re- form that will serve world trade and finance for decades ahpnrl. The five-day annual confer- ence of the IMF and the World Bank, which closes Friday, has seen considerable progress to- ward an eventual consensus on Ihe nolilirnl issues involved in shaping up a new economic or- der for tha non-Communist world, observers agreed. Until the United Stales came out with specific monetary pro- posals Tuesday, the mood was gloomy over whether any kind cf agreement could be ham- mered out between now and the next IMF meeting In Nairobi, Kenya, next September. "I leave this meeting with a lilllc bit more said Helmut Schmidt, Ihe West Ger- man finance minister. Schmidt said several major sore points had been resolved, including a U.S. pledge lo make the dollar convertible again once its balance of payments Is In line, and a softening of the American insistence that trade and monetary talks be closely linked. But a number cf differences remain, indicating that hard bargaining lies ahead. ;