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April 23, 1977

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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - April 23, 1977, Winnipeg, Manitoba WEATHER REPORT FROM Sunny; high 15, low-2 Winnipeg Free Press SUN: Rises a.m.; Sets p.m MOON: Rises a.m.; Sets VOL. 84 173 SATURDAY, APRIL, 23, 1977 25c WITH 15 CENTS COLORED COMICS Final Edition Talks start to end curbs OTTAWA (CP) Govern- ment, labor and big busi- ness traditional antago- nists cautiously entered a new co-operative relation- ship Friday. Following a top-level eco- nomic meeting between the three groups, Prime Minis- ter Trudeau said initial talks were "extremely positive." The government found "a great deal of assistance and help" from labor and busi- ness leaders in drafting a discussion paper on methods for ending the federal wage and price controls program, Trudeau said. Labor and big business are opposed to the controls pro- gram, but the government is reluctant to lift it early un- less there are guarantees there will be no fresh out- burst of inflation. Joe Morris, president of the 2.3-million-member Ca- nadian Labor Congress said Friday's meet- ing was "a good start" to- wards continued three-way consultations on major eco- nomic problems facing the rountrv. See INITIAL page t AIB action stuns Union officials at Winni- peg's Health Sciences Centre said they were completely stunned by Friday's federal anti-inflation board rollback of a new contract, for the hospital's support employees and warn it could lead to a strike after May I. Eugene Kostyra. national representative and health- care co-ordinator for the Ca- nadian Union of Public Em- ployees said an ex- ecutive meeting of Local 1550, late Friday recom- mended that "we do not ac- cept the position of the AfB and we will request further consideration of the con- tract." Kostyra said the AIB roll- back of wage increases from 16.07 per cent to 10.91 per cent destroys two years of .joinl union-hospital efforts "to correct some of the wage inequities between male and female employees" at the centre. Half of the 16 per cent wage boost, was slated to apply only to the salaries of female workers to help close an average SllO-a-month gap -Photo bv Boo eppler After Thursday's tire in the Manitoba School for six men died stripped bunk beds stand empty Retardates, Portage la Prairie as a result of which against a smoke-stained wall. School lacked smoke detectors There were no snmke detectors or sprinkler systems in the Hast (Jrove building of the Manitoba School for Re- tardates in which six people were killed and two others injured in a nightmar- rish fire Thursday. Dead are: Edmund Leon Chartrand. 2-1. Frederick Lord, Clarence iVIarner, 41. Brian Fcwings, 27. .lames Morrison, 2fi. Albert Edward Murdy, 2.> The names of the injured arc being withheld by RCMP pending notification of relatives. The only alarm system in llic 7fl- year-old government-owned buildiny was a single key-operated unit locat- ed in a room, which was locked when the fire began about 6 p.m. Thursday. Although school officials say a smoke detector wouldn't have helped, a sprin- kler system could have put Ihe fire out he-lore it went out of control. "The residents don't know how In react to fire. They don't know what lire is." Seymour the school adminis- trator, said. "They haven't even seen a bonfire." Cause or estimate of damage from Ihe fire hasn't been determined. spokesman for ills' lire department However, one spokesman theorized the lire started in the bedroom area of the dormitory, just after a check by staff nurses.From there the smoke and flames rose to the roof and circled within Ihe room, forming a cloud- shaped wall within the room and en- gulfing the residents. Representatives from the lire com- missioner's office went over the charred ruins of the building Friday, and RCMP questioned lour nurses on duty at the time of the fire. "Because of stress and pressure on the nurses resulting from the fire, they See page 1 Clocks advance Daylight lime offi- cially begins at 2 a.m. Sunday. Clocks should be moved forward one hour. Thus, for instance, 8 a.m. becomes 9 a.m. Under the Manitoba Offical Time Act. day- light time for the pro- vince applies for a six- month period, begin- ning the last Sunday in April and ending the last Sunday in Octo- ber. So. don't Ff you don't, want to be late for church, brunch, or a cycle around Assiniboine Park with friends, make sure you put you clocks, watches, and radio alarms forward one hour. U.S., Britain adopting new tactics in Rhodesia See AIB page -I _ The Washington Post LONDON United States and British dip- lomats have agreed on a new set of tactics aimed at ending the guerrilla war and achieving black majority rule in Rhodesia. The key element, calls for the close involve- ment of Ihe United States in every nego- tiating step, thereby exploiting what one British diplomat called Washington's "politi- cal clout" with both black and while leaders in southern Africa. Other new steps in Ihe plain largely the handiwork of David Owen, the" British for- eign minister, are: Leapfrogging any transition govern- ment and moving directly 10 a conference that will write a constitution providing a majority rule. It was the deep disagreements between Rhodesia's white premier, Ian Smith, and black nationalists over control of a proposed transition government that ear- lier this yea r wrecked the Geneva conference on the country's future. Seeking agreement on central points of (he constitution through separate, bilateral talks with rival black and white leaders before any conference is held. The con- ference would be a final stage to ratify the powers of a new state, determine who shall get the vote and what electors will vote for. According to both British and American diplomats, many details are still to be worked out. There is no special optimism that the new tactics will work, but British and American officials fear that letting events drift will lead ultimately to ihe crea- tion of a black Marxist state wide open for penetration by the Soviet Union or its Cuban proxies. The Anglo-American plan already has come under strong attack from Ihe more radical black Rhodesian leaders. Joshua Nkomo and Robert Mugabe. On Tuesday in Lusaka, they issued a joint statement asserting: "There is no need for us to sit in on a conference involving the intrusion of the big powers Token aid offered in budget Bv DAVID LEE AND MARY ANN FitzGERALO Manitoba's NDP government brought down a budget Friday offering million in tax relief that will give everyone in the province at least a token tax break. In a budget containing few surprises. Fi- nance Minister Saul Miller told the legisla- ture the government had been able to avoid any lax increases in 1977 by paring its own expenses. Miller, presenting his first budget since assuming the finance minister's post last fall, said it was one aimed primarily at fighting unemployment ami stimulating the economy. Budget in detail, pages 10 and II "It is a people's budget, by a people's said Miller. "H is an honest budget, without gimmicks or giveaways...it will get the job done." Highlights of the budget, which opposition critics Inter said would be used as ammu- nition during the forthcoming provincial election, included: No tax increases in At least a small tax reduction fur every Manitoban, averaging SI20. End of provincial income tax for low-income residents. Increased property tax rebates and cost-of-living credits. A major job-creation effort this sum men Increased exemptions under the Sm cession Duty Act. Gift Tax Act exemptions raised to A property tax deferral plan for pension A three-point, energy conservation pro gram. In a 'JO-iriinute speech. Miller said the government would be providing mil- lion in tax relief during its 1977-78 fiscal year, with the greatest benefits going to Ihe those on lower-income. Of this amount, he estimated will save million on provincial income taxes this year. The reduction for most peo- ple will be slight, but it will eliminate income tax for others at the lowest end of the tax scale. The 75.000 who will benfit most, represent- ing IS per cent of the province's tax filers. See NEW page 1 Brief slams PQ MONTREAL Parti Quebecois govern- ment's language proposals appear designed to ensure the extinction of the anglo- phone community in Quebec, says a group of 101 promin- ent Montrealcrs. The group of self-described "concerned in- cluding business and educa- tion leaders, said in a brief sent Friday to Cultural De- velopment Minister Camille Laurin that the language proposals in the govern- ment's recent white paper suggest "anglophones can and should be suppressed." It" theVhite paper is adopt- ed, the group contends, ang- lophones will only fit into Quebec society if they are "invisible, inaudible and steadily declining in num- bers.'' "We cannot be expected 10 consent (o our progressive the brief says. Calling for a bilingual Que- bec, the group maintains that, "bilingualism is an eco- nomic necessity. Its exclu- See BRIEF page 4 Opposition ready to fight By DEBBIE SPKOAT Manitoba's Progressive Conservative and Liberal leaders Friday they "would be glad to fight an election on the basis of the budget brought down by Finance Minister Saul Miller. Progressive Conservative Opposition Leader Sterling Lyon called ii "a political budget. trying to make the best out of a poor case. "1 feel fine about fighting an election because it's not coining to grips with Ihe real problems which face Manito- Lyon said. "I really don't see there will be much in that'kind of program that is going to be meaningful or long-term. Liberal leader Charles Huband said the budget was "a cynical, do-nothing which left its only important measure a job creation program to be used as a pre-election ploy. "I don't know how it could be a pre-election budget in Huband said. "It doesn't strike me as some- thing that would appeal to anyone's fancy. "I'd certainly be glad to fight the NDP on a program based on this budget. It's the best manifestation that this government has run out of new ideas." Both leaders' were sharply critical of the short-term job creation program announced in the budget, saying it would do nothing to stimulate job-creation in the private sector where jobs are needed to ease unemployment. Details of the job creation program won't be announced for another 10 days, but Lyon said "i! smells like govern- ment jobs That falls into the category of make-work. And we don't need more people in the government. In fact, we need IPSS." He quoted figures which show that only 2.000 of the 10.000 people entering the Manitoba job market this year will find work, adding the plan announced by Miller will do nothing to provide long-term unemployment for the other 8.000. See OPPOSITION page 1 Our multi million dollar battle against those creepy crawlies By SCOTT EDMONDS All levels of government have marshalled their arsenals of manpower and chemicals to combat the annual onslaught of bugs and blights in and around Winnipeg. The provincial agriculture de- partment, in concert with feder- al and city authorises, will be continuing its Dutch elm disease sanitation program, concen- trating on those areas most se- verely affected last year Sel- kirk, Brandon, and Winnipeg. Winnipeg's mosquito abate- ment branch is preparing to carry out a methoxychlor spray program in major parks, munic- ipal golf courses, cemeteries and along boulevards in an at- tempt lo control the serious in- festation of forest tent caterpil- lars expected this year. The mosquito situation isn't expected ro be as severe a prob- lem thi.s year because of dry weather. There are fewer damp places for the bothersome in- sects Jo breed. This week the mosquito abatement branch began larvaciding pools of water left from melting snow. Finally, municipalities throughout Manitoba are plan- ning to combat Ihe expected crop-destroying flea beetles which the agriculture depart- ment predicts will be attacking rapeseed Ihis year as well as caterpillars. The big item on the control budget again this year i> Dutch elm disease as il has been for Ihe pasl several years since the blight spread io (his part of North America. Last year ahwil million was spent in the province lo control the disease, said T.A. Sandercock. chief of the agricul- ture department horticulture branch. This year's budgel and cost- sharing agreement with the city hasn't been finalized yet. "We're anticipating of course that some of Ihe major clean-up areas have been looked after and we'll be able to hold ii wilhin certain confines. Bui we really can't say what's going to happen." Sandercock said. The aerial spraying is paid for by the property owner. Normally an outbreak runs in a four- to six-year cycle, and Manitoba has had outbreaks of caterpillars for six years. Al- though Smith said there is a record of a 16-year unbroken strelch of caterpillar infestation, on the law of averages we're due for a collapse of the cycle this year." he said. "No one really knows whai triggers these outbreaks it's thought to be perhaps a combi- nation rtOxlromely cold weath- er and a lack of Sandercock said. Since Ihe inception of the con- trol program about trees have been removed and des- troyed in Manitoba. It's necessary lo wait until the leaves come out in June before the extent of the spread of the disease this year will be known, Ssndereock said. Vern Hildahl. of the Cana- dian Forestry Service, said (hat Ihe detection program here has been excellent, along wilh the cleanup. In Winnipeg a diseased tree is removed immediately at public expense, Hildahl said. About 14 to 16 students again will be employed this summer by all three levels of government 10 spot afflicted siu- denls will start combing the pro- vince about the middle of May. "Our detection program covers both public and private properly." Hildahl .said. See OUR page fi ;