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April 22, 1977

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 22, 1977, Winnipeg, Manitoba TODAY Rent controls: are they working? 17 Fashions for today's children 29 Ivan isn't so terrible Arena plan wins cautious approval 3 Health care for elderly to cost more? 8 Student violence in Rome Page 15 WasPM critical of Manitoba? Page 6 THURSDAY SCORES BASEBALL AL Detroit 8 Boston 0 New York 8 Toronto 6 Minnesota JI Texas Chicago at California, DDO NL No games scheduled HOCKEY World Championship Canada J U.S. 1 Czechoslovakia 11 Finland 3 Soviets 10 W. Germany 0 Sweden 8 Romania 1 NHL PhilacfelDhla 4 Toronto 3 (Philadelphia wins bcst-of- seven quarter-tinal 4-2} Boston 4 Los Angeles 3 (Boston wins best-of-seven quarter-final 4-2) Western Canada Brandon 8 Lethbridge 3 (Brandon leads oest-of- seven semi-final 3-0) Details page 69 INSIDE Blo-dex.................5 Bridge................28 Business Report...... 17-24 Classified.......38-60, 70-71 Comics...............12 Crossword...........28 Deaths............5, 38 For People......25-34 Horoscope...........26 Letters...............10 Jumble...............41 Movies............31-33 Television...........30 WEATHER REPORT FROM -Advance Sunny: Sow 0, high 14 Details page 5 Winnipeg Free Press Final on SUN: Rises a.m.; Sets D.m. MOON: Rises a.m.; Sels p.m. S'l __No IT' FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 1977 ?sc WITH 15 CENTS COLORED COMICi Fire into the room Five patients die as blaze hits Portage school ByJOHNBARR Five residents of the Mani- toba School for Retardates in Portage la Prairie died Thursday in a fire that swept through a single room in a wing of the East Grove building. The fire, in a wing housing 55 retarded persons, was confined to a room which normally holds.16 young men, but only 15 were home when the fire broke out about p.m. Health Minister Larry Desjardins told the Manitoba legislature this morning he has ordered a full investiga- tion into the tragic fire. Desjardins. who went to the Portage centre after learning of the fire, said he was expecting a full report on the blaze later today. He stressed the residents weren't locked up but had (o be watched constantly be- cause their "level of func- tions was very low." The five victims of the blaze were in their early 20s, Desjardins said. Dr. Glen H. Lowther. med- ical director of the school, and director of the mental retardation program for the province, said when two staff members in the room at the time went to check smoke seeping from the wall it erupted in flames. The fire then spread quick- ly thoughout the room in which residents were seated or relaxing in bed after their meals. Lowther said it has not been determined what fed the fire causing it to spread so quickly. Only furniture was in the room. "One minute there was a leak of smoke, and the next minute the room was full of smoke and Lowther said. "It seemed to explode into the room." In addition In the five resi- dents who died, three others are in "a very guarded con- Lowther said. One is in the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg, and two are in hospital in Portage. Names have not been re- leased. Although the staff was well-trained in fire drills, and immediately started to evacuate residents, it was difficult getting them out, Lowther said. A staff member led a resi- dent from the room as soon as the fire erupted, Lowther said, but when she returned to bring out others, the rest- dent who had just been re- scued followed her back into the burning room. "The fire moved so fast the staff couldn't get many out unlil it had been extin- guished (by about Lowther said. The school has 935 resi- dents. The building had been ren- ovated in 1953 and again in I'JiiO. Lowther said he did not know when it was built. Trudeau set to revise his bilingualism policy By RON CI.1NGKN Free Press Corresponded OTTAWA Prime Minister Trudeau Thursday confirmed published reports the government will propose revisions to iis lan- guage policy by summer. But he would nol specify whether those changes would include reductions in the number of designated bilingual jobs in the public service as suggested by informed sources. He did note the government has already indicated it will be shifting tin- language training emphasis toward young people and the schools. Trudeau said hi: hoped the Commons "will Sec TRUDEAU page 1 With Horner in cabinet, is Schreyer next target? By VICTOR MACKIK Staff Correspondent OTTAWA Prime Minis- ter Trudeau firmly and em- phatically denied Thursday rumors thai. Transport Min- ister Olio Lang had threa- tened to resign because of reports that Jack Horner would be taken into the cabi- net and given the transport job. At the .siinie lime he indi- cated he had talked to Pre- mier Ed Schreyer about the possibility of coming to Otta- wa to accept a post with the government. Speaking at his regular weekly press conference, he iold members of the media that he felt in his heart the need 10 convince good pre- miers like Mr. Schreyer of the importance of taking po- sitions with the federal gov- ernment. "I have seen Mr. Schreyer many limes and we have dis- cussed Ihe problems of na- tional unity." Asked about the report thai Lang had threatened to resign Trudeau looked an- See SCHREYER page -1 ov Dave Johnson. Federal Industry Minister Jean Chretien told a S125- a-plate fund raising dinner here Thursday federalism will win over the Quebec crisis Canadians, he added must make adjustments if Canada is to live in peace. National unity, on the other hand is a certainty. See story page 9 I READS THE FREE WESS AIB wields scalpel The federal anti-inflation board today reduced by slightly more than live pet- cent the' negotiated settle- ment for about hospital service workers at the Health Sciences Centre. The board has recom- mended an increase of only 10.94 per cent for the first year of a contract between Local 1550 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the health centre. The contract, signed last October, provided for in- creases of 16.07 per cent for one year and was retroactive to May 1, 1976. The second year of the contract has yet to be negotiated. The announcement fol- lowed nearly six months de- liberation as (he anti-infla- tion board considered the union's request to allow the higher raises because of pre- vious pay inequality. Hospital employees have been receiving an eight per cent raise since tho contract was signed. But a number of nob classifications, re-eva- Huated by the hospital last 'year, were to receive an ad- ditional eight per cent. Elderly must wait for compensation Unemployment bill pushed By KEN POLE Free Press Correspondent OTTAWA About elderly persons who were cut from unemployment insurance rolls by the government last year evidently have a long wait before ihey can hope for any compensation. Manpower Minisier Bud Cullen said Thursday, in reply lo opposition questions in ihe House of Commons, lhat "Ihe most efficacious way" of settling accounts was to get an amendment to a bill through Parliament. When Ontario New Democrat John Rodriguez suggested that legislation isn't necessary, that the government could do it unilaterally. Cullen made it clear that the only way he is willing to co-operate is 10 have the compensation included in a bill now before the House. This is C-27. which tightens up on unemployment insurance benefits in general, a measure thai is being vigorously criticized by members of all parties. The problem is thai when the persons were cut off from benefits lasi lowering the maximum age to 65 from 70 600 successfully appealed the deci- sion in court. The government then agreed, but in principle only it seems, to seille up with ihe ones who did not appeal. The minister's refusal to provide compensation in any other way brought Conservative manpower critic Lincoln Alexander to his feet ''in utter shock and amazement" and when he pressed for clarification, he was cut off by the Speaker, Liberal MP Jim Jerome. Unemployment attack expected Tax cuts unlikely in budget By MARY ANN FitzGERALD Little general tax relief appears in store for Mani- tobans in the provincial budget Finance Minister Saul Miller was to bring down today. No changes in provincial income or sates taxes were expected as Miller prepared his government's pre-elec- tion budget. The previously-announced increase in property tax credits and rent rebates could be the most genera! tax benefits for Manitobans. A significant budgetary attempt to alleviate the pro-, vince's 7.2 per cent unemployment rate is expected. The government has already announced a million winter-works-type program for municipalities and the capi- tal expenditure program, brought in with the budget, is expected to contain other employment measures. Lyon wants tax cuts page 9 With the usual security surrounding budget prepara- tions, the only other known measure is the government's announced intention to raise the succession duty exemption. It has been suggested the exemption for a spouse might rise to or Premier Schreyer hinted Thursday during the legis- lature's daily question period that the government might remove the sales lax for home insulating materials, which both opposition parties are urging. Questioned by Harry Enns (PC Lakeside) about wheth- er Manitoba would ask to participate in the federal energy conservation now available in the Maritimes, Sehreyer said that had already been done but Miller "will have a message in that regard tomorrow." He suggested members "should look forward to (his part of the budget with anticipation." Miller, who last fall moved into the finance portfolio Schreyer vacated, has grappled with four major prob- lems in his first budget: Loss of million to million in federal revenues because of new fiscal arrangements, and another million because of lax benefits to corporations in the recent federal budget. 7.2 per cent provincial unemployment rate, still third lowest and beiow the Canadian average of eight per cent. Possible drought. Need for continuing restraints. British unions resent curbs The Washington Post LONDON Prime Min- ster James Callaghan met with half a dozen lop British union leaders at 10 Downing .Street Thursday night in an effort to gel them to accept a ihird successive year of curbs on pay increases. Joe Gormley. the moder- aie president of the militant miners has already pro- claimed there is "not a cat's chance in hell" of his union agreeing to a third round. Clive Jenkins, the leftist chief of the big Scientific and Technical workers has pub- licly scoffed at government contentions that an uncon- trolled return to free collec- tive bargaining would create an industrial jungle. "I would rather live in a jungle ihan be undernourished in a zoo." he said. Britain's key union figure Jack Jones, the retiring chief of ihe country's biggest union, the Transport and General Workers, was the virtual architect of the first two pay curbs, but he is balk- ing at No. 3. All over Britain, rank and file shop floor workers are restive. Two years of pay curbs have cut deeply into their buying power as prices rose faster than wages. The limits, moreover, have re- duced pay differentials be- tween skilled and unskilled, another major source of grievance. For Callaghan, however, it is no exaggeration to say that his prescription for curing Britain's economic ills rests on moderate wage demands. He claims his strategy has no centrepiece, that these things are all a quesiion of fashion. But in fact, his hopes of a boom spurred by exports depends on holding back labor costs. Callaghan's .chancellor of the exchequer, Denis Hea- ley, is hoping once again to capture union asset with a tax cut of billion condi- tioned on a third round of pay curbs. He pulled off this trick last year, but he is having trouble repeating it. Interestingly enough, one big reason his bait is not being swallowed is because he also imposed stiff new taxes on gas and autos. Many British workers have cars, See BRITISH page 4 Ex-terrorists are smuggled out of Ulster BELFAST (AP) The Peace People, a group of self-styled "pacifist guerrillas" battling to end 71.5 years of communal war- fare in Northern Ireland, says it is running an underground railway smuggling defecling terrorists and .survivors of assassination at- tempts out of Ulsler. "These are frightened people who need to get out or be killed." said Befty Williams, co-fntinder of the most successful peace move- ment in Northern Ireland since Roman Catholics and Protestants started killing each other in Au- gust "We've helped morp than 50 men and women get out in the last few months." Mrs. Williams said. "This is what the movement's all about." In Belfast's Catholic and Protes- tant districts, the crucibles of the sectarian conflict where most of the terrorists live their clandes- tine lives, the underground rail- way is known as the Ho Chi Minn Trail. This was the name given to the network of jungle trails along which North Vietnam sent troops and supplies to the Viet Cong in South Vietnam. Mrs. Williams, a 33-year-old Catholic housewife in Belfast's turbulent Andersonstown quarter, was interviewed shortly before leaving for a month's tour of U.S. cities to appeal to Irish-Ameri- cans to stop giving money to orga- nizations fronting for Irish Catho- lic or Protestant extremists. The underground railway, said Mrs. Williams, "is the nitty gritty work of peace." "It's a way of reducing the vio- lence. We've got a good network- set up. and our operation's well under way now." She stressed that her Peace People are not aiding wanted ter- rorists or criminals to escape. They aim only to help members of the IRA, of the Protestant Ulster Defence Association or of other extremist groups who risk death if they try to quit their groups. The Peace People movement was born lasi Aug. 10 after a run- away IRA car killed three chil- dren in Belfast during a gun battle between guerrillas and British troops. Since December, the move- ment's leaders have been organiz- ing the campaign at grassroots level into a force that seeks to transform Ulster's feuding society through self-help projects, co-op- erative factories and weaning people away from the politics of violence. Mrs. Williams declined to dis- close details of the underground railway. But informed sources close to the pacifists said the orga- nization provides money and ad- dresses of sympathizers in En- gland and on the European contin- ent, particularly in Scandinavia, for people who need to get out of Northern Ireland. Ciaran KcKeown. a former jour- nalist who is a member of 'the Peace People's leadership, said last month that the organization runs a "rehabiliation centre" on the Continent for people who de- feet from terrorist groups. He refused to say where the centre is located, but other sources in the movement said it. is in Sweden. "We're all responsible for help- ing create these people so it's our job to uncreate said Mrs. Williams. "By helping them, we help ourselves move closer tr> peace." ;