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W. Mtl. Que. H3A 2L9 842-3961 MONTREAL FRIDAY, JULY 29.1988 FINAI 50 tew Canadian airliner in near-miss with warjets off Newfoundland interception of the Soviet aircraft, which it said was the 16th such action this year. It did not mention the Worldways near-collision, but the news trickled out yesterday when a reporter at the Sudbury Star was told of the incident by a relative of two of the passengers.

The Soviet planes are usually en route between Cuba and Soviet air bases in the northern Soviet Union, but the Defence Department does not know what their mission is, Roy said. "We fly beside them and Just let them know we're aware they are there." He said he could not comment on the Inci dent, but referred questions to the Canadian Aviation Safety Board in Ottawa. Worldways has complained about the incident to the board, which monitors air safety- "We're looking at it as a risk-of-collision incident," said Jim Harris, the board's public affairs co-ordinator. Doucette said the pilot of the passenger plane reported that two Soviet bombers and two Canadian CF-18 fighters were in his path while he was in international airspace when he "pulled up and pulled right" to avoid collision. Roy said he didn't know how the military aircraft got in the path of the Worldways plane.

And airport officials at Gander, the nearest tower, referred inquiries to Transport Canada in Ottawa. An official there said the aircraft were out of Gander's radar range and military planes are not required to report via radio. The Defence Department release said the U.S. planes were sent from Maine to intercept the Soviet aircraft, while the Canadian planes were in the area. No one at the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa was available for comment yesterday.

A U.S. military official in Washington referred inquiries to Canadian authorities. siles, were intercepted and escorted through the area by two U.S. F-15 fighters. Roy said two Canadian CF-18s were being refuelled in the air and were at least three kilometres away from the F-15s and Soviet Bears.

The DC-8 was travelling at 9,500 metres over the Atlantic Ocean about 400 km off the coast of Newfoundland when the incident occurred, Doucette said. There were no injuries. The charter flight continued on to Ottawa and then to Toronto. The Defence Department had issued a routine news release Wednesday about the TORONTO (CP) A Worldways Canada jetliner carrying 246 passengers had to climb sharply to avoid two Soviet bombers and two U.S. fighters off the coast of Newfoundland this week.

The crew of the DC-8 travelling from London's Gatwick Airport to Toronto on Wednesday, saw the military planes within 150 to 300 metres of its flight path, said Bill Doucctte, vice-president of flight operations for Worldways. Capt. Don Roy, a Defence Department official in Ottawa, confirmed yesterday that two Soviet Bear aircraft, long-range bombers capable of carrying cruise mis Dying girl needs $150,000 for operation Abortion accord eludes MPs as all motions fail V-fr jm hum nmjmji By JENNIFER ROBINSON Gazette Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Members of Parliament failed to reach a consensus on the abortion issue yesterday, voting down both pro- and anti-abortion motions as well as the government's vaguely worded resolution. Justice Minister Ray Hnatyshyn "'i 'v 1 i i ex If" jjui tf l-Wi Sill JOHN TURNER Taking a gamble By ANDRE FAUTEUX of The Gazette Six-year-old Danielle Hebert knows she has leukemia, but to spare the child some grief her parents haven't told her she is dying. They may have little time left to speak together.

Danielle's condition was chronic until Wednesday, when it took a severe turn for the worse. Danielle has acute lymphatic leukemia, a rare blood cancer. The leukemia was diagnosed in March. Her only chance for survival is to receive a bone-marrow transplant involving a mismatched donor, a revolutionary procedure that has never been performed in Canada. Danielle's parents, Alan and Deborah Hebert, want the procedure done by Dr.

James Caspar of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. But the treatment would cost at least $150,000, the Heberts have been told. The Quebec Health Insurance Board would not say if it would cover the costs. It could reject a claim if it finds the treatment is experimental. Danielle begins intensive chemotherapy today in the hope that her condition will stabilize to the point at which she can undergo the transplant.

Dr. Sylvain Baruchel, of the Montreal Children's Hospital hematology department, said yesterday that Danielle's condition is "extremely severe." He said it's possible nothing can be done for her if she does not respond to chemotherapy. The doctor who usually treats Danielle, hematologist Penelope Koch, is on vacation. Matched marrow, involving compatible human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) proteins on the surface of white blood cells, is usually transplanted from a sibling, but tests have shown that marrow from Danielle's brother Michael, 4, and sister Christina, 11, would not be compatible. Dr.

Noel Buskard, Red Cross med-'icai director for British Columbia, is setting up a Canadian bone-marrow donor registry and is seeking a matching donor for Danielle. But he said in a telephone interview that a "perfect match may not be found because Danielle has a rare HLA type. Caspar heads a team of pediatric doctors who have performed 18 mismatched bone-marrow transplants in the last three years. In an interview, Caspar said he expects 30 per cent of the recipients to recover. Six of the 18 have died.

"The transplant might kill her," Alan Hebert said. "But we can't just sit back and do nothing." The Heberts have set up a private trust fund, No. 4033005, and are ap- pealing to the public for donations. Donations can be made to the Danielle Hebert Trust, P.O. Box 274, Pointe Claire, H9R 4P3.

iVl V'i iJ W1 I if I 9 i' i i ij Most want election on trade: poll gave no hint as to whether the government got the guidance it was seeking by holding the abortion votes. "Clearly the votes today have indicated the complexity of this moral, ethical, philosophical and legal question," Hnatyshyn told reporters. "I learned there are diverse views across the country," he said. Asked if he didn't already know that, he said "this is Parliament, Parliament at its finest." He said cabinet will study the issue and decide what the government's next step should be. He gave no indication if it will draft legislation to replace abortion provisions in the Criminal Code that were struck down in January by the Supreme Court of Canada.

Of the five recorded votes on the issue, the tightest was on a motion to outlaw all abortions except for women who could die if the pregnancy continued. On the motion, a surprising 105 men 99 Tories voted in favor. Voting against were 118 MPs, including 23 women. Estimates of anti-abortion MPs before the vote had put the number between 60 and 100. On another motion legalizing all abortions performed by doctors, 198 voted against while 20, including 11 women, voted in favor.

The government motion was defeated 147 to 75. It said the government was to draft legislation to allow abortion early in pregnancy if one doctor believes the woman's physical or mental well-being is in jeopardy. After an unspecified point in pregnancy, abortion would be allowed only if two doctors agree the woman's life or health is seriously in danger. For the most part, the Liberals and the New Democratic Party MPs voted against all the motions en bloc. The Tory cabinet members present were split down the middle.

Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who in 1984 joked privately about his "courageous silence on abortion" was not in the House for the vote. Liberal leader John Turner was attending his Liberal nomination meeting in Vancouver. NDP leader Gazette, Allen Mclnnis Leukemia victim Danielle Hebert, 6, in a photo taken about two weeks ago. (See ABORTION, Page A-2) ii Eloquent, aloof Eban exits without fanfare 10 stranded sailors fly home to Mexico By KEN MacQUEEN Southam News OTTAWA Most voters want an election before the free-trade deal is in place, but many disagree with Liberal leader John Turner's use of the Senate to force the issue, a poll for Southam News indicates. Although 58 per cent favor forcing an election on the Canada-United States trade pact, almost half are unhappy with Turner's plan to blockade enabling legislation in the Senate, according to the survey by Angus Reid Associates.

Thirty-four per cent oppose Turner's attempt to force an election on free trade. The telephone survey of 1,501 Canadian adults was conducted July 20-25, starting the evening of Turner's announcement that he had asked the Liberal-dominated Senate to block the trade legislation. A survey of this size is statistically accurate 95 per cent of the time to within 2.5 percentage points. Seventy-seven per cent of respondents said a party's stand on free trade will be the major reason, or at least a factor, in deciding how they will vote. "At this stage, it promises to be the closest thing we have seen to a one-issue election in recent memory," Reid said.

The risk Turner is running is apparent from another survey question: "Regardless of how you feel about free trade, do you support or oppose the use of the Senate to block the legislation?" Nationally, just 39 per cent support this use of the unelected Senate while 47 per cent oppose it. The New Democrats risk being hurt badly in a one-issue election on free trade as voters move toward the two old-line parties, Reid found. Respondents were asked who they would vote for if an election were called immediately with free trade as the major issue. The result was a dead heat for first place with the Conservatives taking 40 per cent of the decided vote and the Liberals 39. The NDP would fall far back with 20 per cent of the vote.

That scenario differs from the standard measure of party preference recorded by Reid and reported yesterday. It found the Tories with 35 per cent of the decided vote, the Liberals at 34 and the NDP at 28. Sunny and hot high, 32. Low, 18. A high-pressure system is expected to bring more hot and sunny weather today.

PageC-14 By DAN FISHER Los Angeles Times JERUSALEM In some other country, for some other man, there might have been farewell speeches and maybe even a few tears to mark the official end of an illustrious parliamentary career spanning nearly 30 years. But this was Israel, and this was Abba Eban. And not even the journalists, who are usually super-sensitive to such things, paid much more than cursory attention this week as the 11th and almost certainly Eban's last Knesset held its final scheduled session. Elections for the 12th Israeli parliament, from which the 73-year-old Eban has been excluded as a candidate by his party, are scheduled for Nov.l. In a sad sort of way, this week's lack of fanfare was fitting in light of what is the central paradox of Eban's public life.

No living Israeli, with the possible owed more than $185,000. The 18-year-old freighter has also been ordered detained by the Canadian Coast Guard for 51 fire and safety infractions. The sailors have complained they haven't been paid for three months and that conditions are unsanitary. The crew members had refused to fly home until they received their wages, but the 10 quickly changed their minds when Mexican consul general Jose Luis Vallarta arrived with plane tickets and assurances the Mexican government would help them recover their outstanding pay. Vallarta said 10 new workers from Mexico City were expected today to replace the departing sailors.

But the day was not so happy for the seven crew members whose contracts are still in effect. "Today is my birthday and we were supposed to have a party. But I guess it's a nice present to see my friends go to their home," said Victor Gomez, 22. Clad to be going. Page A-3 By LAWRENCE MORTON of The Gazette After 42 days stranded aboard a Mexican freighter in Lake St.

Francois, 10 of the ship's 17 crew members headed home yesterday. "I have been praying for this day every day since we got here and now my prayers have been answered," said Norma Cruz, the ship's cook, as she left the Feder Gulf. The 10 crew members, all of whom had contracts entitling them to return to Mexico City at the company's expense, left Mirabel airport about 6 p.m. I Their ship has been anchored near St. Zotique since it delivered a shipment of steel in Valleyfield June 16.

The 10 crew members were not aware until the last minute that they were going home. The Federal Court of Canada has issued three arrest notices for the freighter after three creditors claimed the ship's owner, Flota Maritima Mexicana of Mexico City, exception of former prime minister Menachem Begin, has had more of an impact than Eban on the world's view of his country and his people. He was Israel's first ambassador to the United States, its envoy to the United Nations and later its foreign minister. His speeches, his books, and his epic television series, Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, reached an audience of uncounted millions. Yet the man who abroad was "Mr.

Israel" is, because of his personality and background, an outsider to his countrymen. In the end, even the political party he served for eight successive terms in the Knesset dropped him ignominiously last month from its list of candidates. The closest thing to a tribute Eban received as bis Knesset career drew (See ELOQUENT, Page A-7) Births Deaths D-10, D-11 Bridge D-9 Business B-4 Cam! C-12 Comics D-12 Crossword D-9 Editorials B-2 Entertainment C-1 Horoscope D-9 Landers C-1 3 Living C-1 1 Movies C-2 Probe C-1 4 Sports B-9 Weekend Guide C-7 Wonderword D-9 mi..

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