The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada on July 15, 1968 · 1
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The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Canada · 1

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Monday, July 15, 1968
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Postal negotiators meet ood morni over wages and to make significant adjustment in their previously-stated classification and salary demands, treasury board officers will be prepared to move quickly to negotiations on the crucial pay issue." Today's negotiating session could be the first face-to-face discussion between the parties on pay. The treasury board, which bargains for the government, has not made a wage offer and has termed the council demand "unreasonable." Prime Minister Trudeau told a news conference Friday some wage increase for the postal employees was "conceivable." OTTAWA (CP) The federal employer of strike-threatening postal workers said yesterday it will talk money quickly if the unions reduce pay demands and accept a conciliation report. A statement from the treasury board added it hoped for "significant progress" at today's negotiating session to avoid the strike set for 5 a.m. Thursday. It was the first statement issued by the board in its longstanding dispute with the 24,000-member Council of Postal Unions, which seek a flat 75-cent-an-hour increase over a 14-month contract. The board statement added it was concerned about union claims that there was not time to call off the strike start even if negotiations produced agreement today. Union leaders suggested three days was too little time to permit the union membership to ratify any agreement. The board said any agreement "may have to be ratified" by the membership, but the union leaders "must have the authority to postpone strike action." The statement added: ' Indications are that if union negotiators are prepared to accept the recommendations of the conciliation board recommendations in which their own nominee concurred ng LAGOS A massive international rescue operation is poised to save 2,000,000 starving African tribesmen in breakaway Biafra but before it can begin rolling international relief officials await word from the Biafran leader, LI. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu, on whether he will accept the Nigerian federal government offer of a mercy corridor into his beleaguered territory. Story, page 4 : HONG KONG More than 200 persons are reported to have died in a battle in Canton between two Red Guard factions Saturday. Hong Kong newspapers quqote travellers from the mainland as saying the fighting centered around the Canton Hall of Culture. Story, page 4 HONOLULU Twenty-eight Japanese fishermen who drifted for two days in an open life raft after their boat burned have been rescued in the Pacific. The men were picked up by another Japanese vessel. WASHINGTON More than a month after the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy, messages of sorrow still WATCH THE BEACOM AT CANADA LIFE SUNNY, WARM High 90; Low 70 Details on Poge 2 FOR Off mi WEATHER MUSES pour into his office. An aide says they receive approximately 15,000 notes every day from all over the world. ' MIAMI Brown-haired "Miss Brazil," Martha Vascon-eellos, 20, is the new "miss universe." She was selected from 65 of the world's loveliest women Saturday night 'in Miami Beach. Her statistics: 36-25-36. Photo, paga 4 NEW YORK The owners and players of the National Football League Sunday reached a peaceful settlement of their dispute which had threatened to disrupt the entire 1968 schedule. (Details, page 1?) More than 100 hearts have been offered to the Montreal Herat Institute for transplant operations, but so far surgeons are not sure what to do with them. A meeting will be held later this week to discuss the matter. Story, page 3. NEW DELHI At least 45 persons are dead and more than 500,000 have been made homeless by heavy floods in three Indian states. The Indian army has been called in to save thousands of persons stranded in dozens of flooded villages. Czech 'liberalization' makes Red pot boil; 'democratization' hit WARSAW, Poland (CP) The two top leaders of the Soviet Union held a five-nation Communist party summit meeting here yesterday, apparently to talk over their fears that Czechoslovakia's liberalization drive may be getting out of party control. In advance of, the meeting, the Polish Communist party demanded a "firm rebuff" for "hostile forces" in Czechoslovakia. The Polish news . agency PAP reported the meeting got under way with Soviet Premier Kosygin and Communist party Secretary-General Brezhnev gathered with top party delegates from Poland, East Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria. Romania and Czechoslovakia were not present. Western reporters also saw East 'German party, chief Walter Ubricht and Premier Willy Stoph on hand. The Soviet troops leaving eases Czech threat PRAGUE - (AP) -Some Soviet troops were reported to have pulled out of Czechoslovakia Saturday from a prolonged stay viewed by some observers as an implied threat to the country's more liberal course. The Czech news agency Ceteka reported: "Several units, especially signal and communication units of the Soviet army left the military training areas to their permanent stations outside the territory of Czechoslovakia." Withdrawal of the estimated 3,000 troops was negotiated earlier this week after Czechoslovakia's defence minister called for their withdrawal "without delay." They 'were part of a Soviet contingent that took part in Warsaw peace manoeuvres which ended officially two weeks ago. , Hungarians were led by party chief Janos Kadar, the Bulgarians by Communist boss Odor Zhivkov. The , Soviet, Polish, East German, Hungarian and Bulgarian parties have expressed fears that the Czech Communists are losing control in their liberalization process. The shrill prelude to the meeting was sounded by the Polish party organ Trybuna Ludu with an editorial blast at Czechoslovakia, Poland's southern neighbor. "We are concerned," the newspaper said, "that anti- At long last! LONDON' - (UPI) - Lord Kinross, the third baron of Glasclune, made his maiden speech in the House of LoWls Friday after having sat in the chamber for 29 years. Communist reaction is tolerated within the framework of democratization's and does not meet with a firm rebuff." ; Trybuna Ludu said there is no doubt that "hostile forces" to Communism intend to push the Communist party there on a "liberal bourgeois road and 'disable it, to subvert the socialist order and to expose Czechoslovakia to the fraternal socialist countries." Without stating specifically what form future pressure on Czechoslovakia might take, ,the party organ said that "a firm rebuff to the reactionary forces and the imperialist manoeuvres against socialist Czechoslovakia lies in the interest of all fraternal countries." The newspaper emphasized Communist apprehension over brisk Czechoslovak diplomatic contacts with West Germany, the declared arch enemy of most East European Communists. , The party organ charged that anti-Communist actions and appeals are finding a "favorable tribune" in the Czech press, radio and television as well as "in the ranks of the party itself." It spoke of "increasing attacks" of reactionary forces supported by "centres of imperialist subversion." The Trybuna Ludu editorial was the sharpest criticism of events in Czechoslovakia since early May when the newspaper after voicing the attitude of Poland's orthodox leadership urged that the "alien, anti-Socialist trend" there be "forcibly silenced." Czechoslovakia turned down an invitation by the five countries to attend the summit meeting, Radio Prague said yesterday. -vu t. IX II Uf. 1 IT J J I "The number yoi law bUgged If MObtjInjWt, PleSJI bg MOtBfrT m iiw I iTI -1 y UK w0j n i l 191st YEAR 36 U , : ; , t I W r mSL ' & ml ft 4 Symm,-:t . .... ; iAI Beating the heat, and law: youths to brave the law's censure by cooling off in trie pool and waterfall of Agrignon Park, off LaSalle Blvd. Bathing is prohibited, but considering the weather the Montreal area has had in the past few days, any water becomes even more alluring than usual. In other parts of the city, swimming pools recorded huge attendances, and even fountains at Man and His World were used as liqu'd air Conditioners. (Gazette Photo Service: Stan Harwood) Clark Clifford arrives in Saigon as city braces for onslaught SAIGON -(AP)-U.S. Defence Secretary Clark Clifford arrived here yesterday "as Saigon braced for a threatened insurgent offensive that intelligence reports could be the fiercest of the Vietnam war. It is his first visit to South Vietnam since becoming defence secretary. A massive a Bridge 28 n - A T orowaers ..... j-r erl arroii ' rinifiH 29 Comics .' 28 r I -a JYj wunuiu . . . d-u Editorial 6 Facts and Fancies 10 Finance ....... 27 Fitz 4 Health 25 Marine 16 rvauiny ....... 4.6. Social :. 9 T70Snd Radia ! H Women ,.. 8 PAGES The and security force of American and South Vietnamese miU-tary police swarmed through Saigon in a joint effort to protect Clifford and stem the flow of Viet Cong squads reported pouring into the capital for the threatened offensive. Clifford, who will spend two days in Saigon and two days touring the provinces, said he will discuss with President Nguyen Van Thieu the improvement of South Vietnamese forces He said the United States will speed up delivery of modern M-16 rifles to South Vietnamese forces "even at the expense of our ownd forces." ' . , '; Clifford declined to set any date when U.S. forces might begin to withdraw, saying this depends on how fast the South Vietnamese Army can be built up, the amount of insurgent pressure and possible developments at the Paris peace talks. He also daclinud to speculate on what effect the threatened offensive against Saigon might have on the partial MONTREAL, MONDAY, city's high temperatures, hiah humiHitv. erl thp;p cessation of U.S. bombing of North ' Vietnam. At the v conclusion of his visit, Clifford will fly to Honolulu to brief President Johnson at a conference with President Thieu. I, a Woman . long-running City police seized the Scandinavian film I, a Woman at two local movie houses Friday night and charged , the two managers with allowing an indecent performance. The film was in its 22rld week at the Snowdon One of the theatres raided: The other was the Papiheau Theatre, where the 'film was beginning a French-language run. Quebec censors screened the film months ago and passed it for adult viewing. The two managers, Marcel Bertrand of the Papineau and James Deslounis of the Snow- JULY 15, 1968 1 Overwhelming will clear ship jam By United Press International and Canadian Press The St. Lawrence Seaway reopened at midnight last night, with the first westbound vessel a huge Canadian laker carrying a cargo of iron ore. The 730-foot Quebecois, owned by the Papa-christidis Line, inched through the famous St. Lambert locks under lights shortly before midnight. She headed a line of 96 ships which had been waiting for the walkout of Seaway employees to end. The ships stretched in . a line from Montreal east to a point beyond Quebec City. "We had the locks operative Sunday night shortly after the first workers reported back on the job," a Seaway official at the authority's regional executive offices here said. "And we didn't waste any time." The Quebecois sailing marked the end of a tie-up that had cost at least $15 million. Some 75 ocean going vessels and 200 lakers manned by a total of 5,000 sailors were idled by the walkout. Strike started June 21 The Seaway Authority's 1,300 Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers employees went on strike June 21, demanding wage increases of 20 per cent over a two-year contract. Their union negotiators settled early Sunday morning, after an 11-hour bargaining session in Ottawa, for a 19 per cent increase over three years. The vote, by workers, taken in meeting halls in Seaway communities, was 72 per cent in favor of the wage package that will cost the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority another $2,000,000 in the life of the three-year agreement. Workers get a seven-percent increase for the first year, 6 for the second and 5y2 for the third. One unusual feature makes the first-year increase retroactive to last Nov. 1, two months before the Dec. 31 expiry of the old two-year contract. The new agreement ends Dec. 31, 1970. . The retroactive provision will mean about $300 cash to each striker, including $75 for the two-month period prior to the end of the old contract. " Strikers also won an eleventh holiday, Boxing Day. Four-week vacations were given after 14 years service instead don, were released "on $100 ; bail after pleading not guilty to the charge before Municipal Court Judge Gerard Touran-ge'au Saturday morning. They were held overnight in cells and will face preliminary hearing Aug. 7. Two morality squad officers, who had secured seizure warrants signed by Judge Tour-angeau earlier Friday evening, showed up at the theatres and told the managers to stop the performance. In both cases, the police officers were asked, and agreed hit film seized for indecency' FINAL vote up of 20. 'Other three weeks employees as in the get old contract. Extra pay for evening shifts was raised from three to eight cents an hour. Overnight differential went up from six to 12 cents. Some job classifications were upgraded by 12 to 15 cents an hour. , ' s .The average hourly rate for Seaway workers, which includes lock operators and laborers - and many other classifications, rises from $3.10 an hour to $3.73 in the final contract year. The laborers' rate rises from $2.77. to $3.32 and the skilled rate including carpenters and machinists rises from $3.63' to $4.36. Except for a few special classifications, the skilled rate is the top Seaway category. : Beer strike ending seen fairly soon - TORONTO (CP) -Hopes for an imminent end to Ontario's beer strike rose yesterday when union spokesman David Lewis said "sqme hurdles were passed" during weekend negotiations. The strike-lockout, involving the United Brewery, Flour, Cereal, Soft Drink and Distillery Workers of America, has entered its fourth week.. A union spokesman had earlier hinted that workers may compromise on demands for a $1.25 hourly increase over three years. There were also indications that brewers would compromise on their 95-' cents-an-hour package offer. Wages ranged from $2.57 to $3.51 under the old agreement. to wait until the film had fin- ished before seising the reels. The showing of the controversial film, was termed "filthy", by Emilien Lafrance (Lib. MLA for Richmond), in the Legislature, but he later admitted he never actually saw it. The film has been described as a "major breakthrough", in censorship here by movie critics. The seizure coincides with a call for a clear definition on what is and isn't obscene by the Quebec Association of Police and Fire Chiefs dur PRICE: TEN CENTS Bastille PARIS (UPI) President Charles de Gaulle rode majestically down the Champs Elysees in an open car yesterday, leading the traditional Bastille Day parade hours after a student riot at the place where Frenchmen rebelled against autocratic authority 179 years ago. The 77-year-old general was apparently oblivious to either the riot - late Saturday night at the Place de Bastille or the downpour that drenched his uniform as he arrived at the reviewing stand. Tanks rumbled along the broad avenue in the annual display of French military power to mark the anniversary of the storming of the old Bastille prison. " The fighting Saturday night Soviets friendly MOSCOW (Reuters) -The Soviet Union indicated . yesterday if will continue to woo President de Gaulle despite . bitter criticism of his rule by . the French Communist party. In a Bastille Day message to the French leader, President Podgorny called for expanding co-operation between, the two countries in. the interests of Franco-Soviet friendship and European and international security. , and early yesterday morning was the first outbreak of violence since June 16 when do- lice ousted rebellious students who had occupied the Sor-bonne to start the 1968 revolution. At least 12 persons were injured and 208 arrested only hours after de Gaulle's new government said it would maintain "complete order.", . De Gaulle and his new premier, Maurice Couve de Mur-ville, were capitalizing on an overwhelming majority won by Gaullist candidates in the parliamentary elections last night. , ' . The strife Saturday night re flected an atmosphere of un rest and unhappiness with the Gaullist government by. thousands of students and workers. Isolated incidents of violence were reported in the provinces yesterday. ' " ' Demonstrators hurled. Molo-tov cocktails at two police stations and Gaullist political , headquarters in Bordeaux. Arsonists put the torch to the reviewing stand for the local Bastille Day parade in Beancon. ing their 36th annual convention in Chicoutimi last week. Montreal Police Dir. Jeaa-; Paul Gilbert, who is the association's secretary-general, said the situation here was "far from being clear," and placed the police officers in "an ambiguous situation." - Apt name?, HAMILTON, Mont. -(UPI) - The head ot the list of presidential electors for he Prohibition Party on the Montana ballot is Harry Boozer. festivity marked i

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